How to help the families of the fallen Arizona firemen

This morning on radio, Glenn spoke with Mike Broomhead of KFYI Phoenix about the tragic death of the 19 elite Granite Mountain Hotshot fire unit in Arizona and how we can help the families of the fallen.

For those unfamiliar with the area, Mike described the location of the fires to be southeast of Flagstaff, and it is believed a lightning strike first caused the fire to break out.

“They thought it was a lightning strike,” Mike said. “It wasn't started manmade. It wasn't arson. They believe it was a lightning strike from storms that we were having – very dry, low humidity and just a tinderbox up there.”

The death of the 19 Hotshot firefighters is the largest single loss of life for any fire department since September 11, 2001. Until this week, those who do not live in fire-prone areas may not have been familiar with the work of this elite squadron, but Mike explained the make-up of the group.

“It was a 20‑person crew, this Hotshot crew was a 20‑person crew,” Mike explained. “The average age was around 21-years-old. They ranged in age from 21 to 43. The one survivor was sent on assignment and wasn't with the rest of the team and so that one survivor is in very good condition, but obviously the survivors remorse is – I mean, he is not speaking to the public. But it was 19 of a 20‑man crew lost.”

These kinds of groups are trained to withstand the harshest conditions and are often sent into blazing fires to set up the perimeters that stop large-scale fires from spreading. In this case, it is being speculated that a change in wind direction caused the group to be trapped by the fire, despite their best efforts to survive.

“So tell me, they had these bags that they were put in. I guess the firefighters have these safety bags that they zip themselves in? Can you explain that,” Glenn asked.

“I got an explanation yesterday. They're kind of like those visors you put in your windshield, those metallic visors to keep the sun out of your car,” Mike explained. “They are a last resort… They are just kind of heat retardants but they are not necessarily flame‑proof. They tell these firefighters that if you, as a last resort, cover yourself with this, you actually wrap yourself in this… They were told that if they have to use this, expect to get third degree burns, but it's the only way you have a chance of survival when the fire is on top of you and that close.”

There is a wonderful group in Arizona, the 100 Club of Arizona, that is working tirelessly to ensure the families of fallen heroes – like the 19 men that passed away this weekend – are taken care of.

“The 100 Club is a fully privately funded organization,” Mike said. “What they do is they seek permission through a liaison. They don't just barge into these families that are grieving. But within 24 hours or 48 hours, they bring a $15,000 check as a gift that's not – there’s no strings attached. It is usually someone who is a survivor of a First Responder. And they hand them a $15,000 check and say this is a gift just to get you through these first couple of days, to pay your bills so that you can grieve.”

“And then they also let them know we are an organization of survivors of First Responders and we will be an emotional connection to help you walk through these dark days,” he continued. “And they told me yesterday they've never written 19 checks, 19 $15,000 checks in a year. They wrote 19 of them and are writing them as we speak, in one day.”

Glenn was so moved by the story of these brave men and the work of the 100 Club that he decided to donate $50,000 to the organization to help replenish some of the funds that have been drained as a result of this tragedy.

“So here's the thing, Mike,” Glenn said. “I'm going to write you – I'm going to write the 100 Club of Arizona but I'd like you to present it to them. I'm going to write them a check for $50,000, and then I would encourage everyone to [do the same]… But help these families out. I mean, as we all know, firefighters do not make very much money and we want to start with $50,000 and replenish some of their deficit here to take care of them, to make sure that they are taking care of the people.”

“Glenn, that is amazingly kind,” Mike said. You know, this is why I got into this business, to do these kinds of things, and no one, no one does it like you do, and I cannot thank you enough. You're the best.”

“There is no audience, I contend… as generous and as amazing as this one. And I can back that up with stats,” Glenn concluded. “I don't believe there's ever been a collection of people that have listened to a mainstream show like this ever in the history of radio. And I'm grateful that they are as active as they are. Mike, thanks a lot. Appreciate it. And let us know how we can help.”

To donate to the 100 Club of Arizona, visit their website HERE.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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