Baltimore Ravens accept $130,000 to promote Obamacare

Back in June, it was reported that the NFL and NBA had been approached by the Obama Administration to help promote and raise awareness for Obamacare. When it comes to sports, Glenn is, admittedly, useless, but Pat and Stu were both frustrated by the thought of Obamacare ads interrupting their Sunday football games. Pat went so far as to say he would stop watching the NFL.

This morning on radio, Glenn broached the topic once again because it now looks like at least one NFL team has received payment for its promotion of the President’s healthcare law.

“So I want to know if Pat's going to boycott the NFL,” Glenn said, “because, if I'm not mistaken, he said [he would] if the NFL starts taking money for Obamacare.”

TheBlaze reports:

The state of Maryland is paying the Baltimore Ravens, defending Super Bowl champions, $130,000 to promote President Barack Obama’s signature health care program, according to documents unearthed by a watchdog group.

The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch this week through a open records request, reveal the NFL franchise is being paid by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to promote the controversial program riddled with online glitches.

“In consideration for the Products and Services provided hereunder, Sponsor shall pay to the Ravens a total of One Hundred Thirty Thousand dollars ($130,000)(the “Fee”) in cash…” the document says.

“The NFL said, ‘No, we're not interested [in promoting Obamacare],’” Pat explained. “It was the Baltimore Ravens. Yes, so I'm not going to watch the Baltimore Ravens now.”

Stu, however, questioned Pat’s willpower.

“Big Monday night football game – Packers, Ravens – you're not watching,” Stu asked skeptically.

“I’m only watching the Packer portion of the game,” Pat quipped.

While Pat questioned why the Ravens were so desperate for $130,000 they were willing to potentially alienate portions of their fan base, Glenn explained that we live in a world that no longer fears backlash for supporting liberal causes – we only fear backlash of being seen as a conservative.

“There's a lot of people that believe we believe in Hollywood. But they will not say it because it will destroy their career… They know the gates of hell open up against you. But nobody's afraid of the right,” Glenn said. “Either they are not afraid or they have more courage than we do. Which is it? For those of us who haven't put it all on the line, which is it? Is it that they are not afraid of the right, which is what I think it is? Or do they have more courage than we do? Can you imagine the Dallas Cowboys doing an ad against Obamacare? It would never happen. Never happen.”

Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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