Maryland bans birthday invites in order to protect feelings

It's natural for a parent to want to protect their kids, but has it gotten to a point that we aren't letting them learn life lessons? A Maryland school has banned invitations to birthday parties, claiming that in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings they don't want to do anything that would cause kids to get upset. Isn't that crossing a line?

"You notice, you see up in Maryland there's this school now that says you can't have birthday cards, you can't have birthday invitations, you can't pass any of that out at school, you can't have the cupcakes, you can't have anything. And all of it is set up because people will get hurt. You're going to hurt my kids because they weren't invited to the birthday party and so they will be hurt," Glenn said.

"Let me tell you something. My daughter I believe changed. I can tell you the day my daughter Mary changed, and I think she was in first grade. And I'll never forget. She came home and she had a friend who, you know, I think we all you ‑‑ you know, as parents all of our kids at some point have a kid that, no, they're not your friend. They are really not your friend. They are just, you know, they're ‑‑ they'll play with you when nobody else is around, you know, and they are just, they are just not ‑‑ they are just not your friend. Well, Mary had this friend and I remember, you know, Mary coming home one day and everybody in the class was invited to a birthday party except for her. She was the only one in the class. And this was her friend. And my daughter changed because she came home and she had convinced herself that it was okay. And then she had ‑‑ when she told her mother and I, she said it this way: 'You know, it's her birthday on Saturday and I've got to get her something and is she having a birthday party?' Yeah, everybody got a birthday party. Did you get an invitation? No, but that's okay. That's okay. That's okay. Just, I want to get her something and it's okay. It's okay. And she kept saying that, 'It's okay. It's okay.'It broke my heart."

"Now, here comes the hard decision. What do I do? Do I call the school and tell them stop all of the invitations? Do I tell them ‑‑ do I call their parents? Do I involve? Do I ‑‑ as a dad, and I contend this is the easy thing, and I contend we do these things not for our children but for ourselves. We could get involved and we could say, 'You know, I want that changed. That shouldn't happen anymore because that was too much pain.' Too much pain? I think my daughter changed on that day, and I know my heart broke, my heart still breaks, still breaks. I've spent my whole life now with Mary trying to get her to say, 'It's not okay. It's not okay. I hurt. It's not okay.' But she's just put up this wall of defense. And I'm happy to say she is, she is growing past it now. She's a ‑‑ she's a miracle. She is ‑‑ she's a miracle."

"But anyway, what parents do is they get involved and they try to save it, and I contend they do it because it would have been so easy for me to be a hero in my daughter's eyes if I would have said, 'You know what, honey? I'm going to call them.' And she would have said, no, Dad, don't do that. 'No, I'm going to call them and this is going to stop.' And then I could have paraded around my house and I could have been indignant about it and I could have shown her that 'I'm going to do something about it because now I'm her protector.' And if I had enough and early enough, she will believe that I'm her protector when indeed I'm not protecting her; I'm hurting her. And beyond that, beyond that, it's selfish because if I can do that, I can be her hero and be, I don't have to go into my room and cry and try to be strong around my daughter and then come back out of the room and say, 'Honey, you're going to get hurt a lot. That's the way life is. And I wish I could help you, but I can't. And the world sometimes is an unfriendly place, and sometimes, sometimes people hurt you and they don't even know. Sometimes people will hurt and they do know. And I know you feel bad because of this and you feel singled out and you now feel different, and I know you're not going to listen to me at this point. It's not going to make sense, but know this: Everybody who's ever done anything worthwhile has been different, and you can either let it destroy you or you can say, 'You know, it's not okay. I have my feelings hurt, but I can move past that because this will make me a stronger person in the end.' That's a hard conversation to have and a conversation that your kids probably won't understand for a long time, and you're not their hero. 'Dad, help me.' 'I can't. I can't. There's some things you're just going to have to face and I can't help ya."

"All of these things, all of these things come from, do you want to protect her in a small ‑‑ a big government that will protect you, do you want a big helicopter parent that will protect you all the way? I don't care what your politics are, liberal or conservative. It only matters when you start telling me we have to protect."

"I want to play this gun testimony from a citizen in Connecticut in a few minutes. The point of what he said was you were promised liberty, not safety. Liberty. You were not promised anything, except you could be born, and you have certain rights. Everything else is up to you. Teaching that in this society is tough and that's what has to be teached because ‑‑ taught because that is what makes us unique and different. Everybody over in Europe, you can't change your station in life, you can't get around the machine, you can't dream and become."

"Here, you always have been. You've always been able to do it. And now more than ever before for all races, all groups of people, all different philosophies, that's what needs to be taught, reinforced, and strengthened and that doesn't ‑‑ you can't strengthen that through the State. You strengthen that in your own families, with your own children."

A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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