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.

Several months ago, at the Miss Universe competition, two women took a selfie, then posted it on Instagram. The caption read, "Peace and love." As a result of that selfie, both women faced death threats, and one of the women, along with her entire family, had to flee her home country. The occasion was the 2017 Miss Universe competition, and the women were Miss Iraq and Miss Israel. Miss Iraq is no longer welcome in her own country. The government threatened to strip her of her crown. Of course, she was also badgered for wearing a bikini during the competition.

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In an interview, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, said:

When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback. I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary. The director of the Miss Iraq Organization called me and said they're getting heat from the ministry. He said I have to take the picture down or they will strip me of my title.

Yesterday, Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, posted another selfie with Miss Israel, during a visit to Jerusalem.

In an interview, she said that:

I don't think Iraq and Israel are enemies; I think maybe the governments are enemies with each other. There's a lot of Iraqi people that don't have a problem with Israelis.

This is, of course, quite an understatement: Iraq, home to roughly 15,000 Palestinians, refuses to acknowledge Israel as a legitimate country, as it is technically at war with Israel. The adages says that a picture is worth a thousand words. What are we to do when many of those words are hateful or deadly? And how can we find the goodness in such bad situations?

No political bias. That's the catchphrase you're likely to see blasted all over the news today. The Office of the Inspector General found no evidence that political bias played any role, either with former director Comey or other FBI agents, during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. So is it "all good now"... "carry on"... "nothing to see here"? Hardly. Here are a few of the highlights from the 568 page report.

The report makes it clear that there's no evidence that political bias influenced this investigation, but why did they take five hundred and sixty eight pages to make that point? Well, after reading it, I kind of think they want us to understand how difficult it is to prove political bias. I think the Inspector General wants us to read this report in its entirety, and read between the lines. Here are a few of the highlights.

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First and foremost, this report straight eviscerated James Comey. You know one of the most controversial decisions of President Trump's tenure - so far - has been his decision to fire the former FBI director. Let's imagine for a second that Trump never did that and Comey was sitting at his desk at the Hoover Building yesterday. I can almost guarantee you that after the release of this report yesterday, Comey would have been fired by this morning anyway. Here are just a few quotes describing his behavior:

"Extraordinary and insubordinate"... not "reasonable"... "engaged in ad hoc decision making"... "serious error in judgement"

So the Hillary train keeps on rolling. She'll escape a courtroom for the fourteen thousandth time.

It goes on and on. This report just destroys Comey's behavior. There's no way he could have remained FBI Director.

The report goes on to analyze the behavior of several FBI agents that were involved in the Clinton investigation. Strzok and Page were but two of five employees that showed questionable behavior, either through text messages or instant messaging. If you read the texts and transcripts, they're pretty damning. In Strzok's case, his bias could have caused a delay in analyzing the contents of Anthony Weiner's laptop. I say again, it could have, but as the OIG alludes… political bias is hard to prove. Another agent that had been caught saying questionable things on an instant messaging service, was actually one of the agents that conducted Hillary Clinton's interview. In that interview, the OIG seems to acknowledge that the FBI had caught Hillary in a lie, and still they let her go. But… political bias is hard to prove.

See the theme here?

So the Hillary train keeps on rolling. She'll escape a courtroom for the fourteen thousandth time. But, as is the common theme for the entire Clinton family, it is those around them that suffer the most. The FBI has been tarnished. People have lost their jobs. Agents have been humiliated. All this for an arrogant and corrupt politician.

Attention earthlings: a "climate emergency" exists. It's official now, because the Berkeley City Council declared it. So, it must be true.

Frankly, you must be living under a rock if you didn't already know that a state of climate emergency exists. And if you don't do something about it, like now, you could be living under a rock very soon. Because according to the foremost authority on climate doom — the Berkeley City Council — this emergency is as dire as World War II.

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Council Member Cheryl Davila warns that global warming is driving us toward, "…the sixth mass extinction of species, which could devastate much of life on earth for the next 10 million years."

The city council resolution says:

During World War II, the Bay Area came together across race, age, class, gender and other differences in an extraordinary regional mobilization, building and repairing Liberty ships, converting car assembly plants into tank manufacturing facilities…

The Berkeley City Council says the only way to avert World War II-level disaster is if Americans mobilize in the same way now to confront climate change as we did in 1942 to confront Nazism. Because climate change and Nazism are definitely the same.

It gets worse. The resolution calls our current climate emergency "the greatest crisis in history."

Seriously, their resolution sounds straight out of the Galactic Empire handbook — "mobilizing workers" to build and install "renewable energy infrastructure."

Technically, that means Berkeley will have to completely transform into an Amish community in 12 years.

Berkeley committed itself to becoming a "carbon sink" by 2030. For the uninitiated, that means they want the city's greenhouse gas emissions to be in the negative. Technically, that means Berkeley will have to completely transform into an Amish community in 12 years. Except they won't be able to use any farm animals, because you know, too much methane.

Becoming a carbon sink is not their only strategy. Their resolution also mentions that earth has too many people screwing up the atmosphere, so we must "humanely stabilize population." Interesting — there were some World War II-era figures also interested in "stabilizing" population. They just forgot the "humane" part.

This weekend, June 15-17, Glenn Beck and Mercury One will be hosting the "Rights & Responsibilities" pop-up museum at Mercury Studios. Private tours through the museum will be led by Glenn Beck, David Barton, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere, Jeffy Fisher and Brad Staggs, each providing their own unique perspective on our rights and responsibilities.

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Glenn Beck and Mercury One will be hosting the "Rights & Responsibilities" pop-up museum at Mercury Studios.