Inspirational: Iowa Prison makes donation to Mercury One

On radio today, Glenn read a letter from a chaplain at Anamosa's State Penitentiary, where the inmates made a donation of $100 to Mercury One to help provide aid to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. What made the donation so surprising was that the wage for the prisoners who sent the check is only 52 cents/hour, the equivalent of 32 days of work for a single person.

Glenn read:

Dear Mercury One,

Enclosed you'll find a check from the men of the Chapel Religious Programs at Anamosa's State Penitentiary in Iowa. I work here as the chaplain religious program coordinator for the program. One of the things we try to accomplish is to help people come to an understanding of the value and importance of other people and why it's important to reach out to them in a positive way. This is a new concept for some of the men here. This is how the religious program fits into the security, education and treatment of the prison. Please be aware that inside the walls, and they are relatively high, the rate of hours worked is 52 cents. So that means $100 is 32 days of work for a single person here.

We chose Mercury One to be our charity partner because we know the entire amount will go to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please utilize it in the place where it is needed most.

Richard Jenkins, chaplain, Anamosa's State Penitentiary, Iowa

"This is a tremendous donation," Glenn said.

Glenn used the letter as an opportunity to teach about the importance of being able to control where you choose to spend your money. The current progressive philosophy in Washington is "let the government decide where the need is greatest", but Glenn believes that individuals should have the freedom to decide how to spend their hard earned money.

"When you know the value of work, when you know the value of a dollar, or in this case $100, 32 days of work, and you have the opportunity to give, you don't let the tax structure do it for you.  Because all of that hard earned money, so much of it is wasted.  Our ability to give and our ability to keep the fruits of our own labor, whether it's 52 cents an hour or $100,000 an hour, doesn't matter.  We're all the same in the end.  We all have to be helped and coaxed and coax others to give.  But then when we do, because our heart has been truly changed, we look for the way to give it the most effective way.  Charity is an investment in people.  It's an investment in the future.  It's an investment in ‑‑ I believe in the people in New Jersey, or I believe in the Huntsman Cancer Center.  I believe in them and so I give to them because I know they're going to use the dollar the most efficient way," Glenn said.

On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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