Glenn reveals the true face of evil

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I want to thank you for watching tonight. I want to warn you that tonight you’re going to see some very disturbing images that you won’t see on other outlets, but I think it’s really important. In fact, I spent a lot of time this weekend debating with myself whether or not to show them to you, and I came down on the side of we showed the pictures of the Holocaust, and if we hadn’t have shown the pictures of the Holocaust, I don’t think anybody would believe it. And as it turns out, because we don’t show the pictures of the Holocaust because they’re too horrible to look at, we no longer believe it.

I want to show you these pictures tonight not because of their brutality but because they don’t fit the narrative, and that’s why nobody else is showing them. It’s a narrative that is hopelessly lost in politics and completely detached from the old standard that we used to use. We used to use the standard of good and evil. It was very pretty basic, good and evil. Whether it’s due to wistful blindness or ignorance, but we have lost the ability to be able to distinguish between these two.

And I want to show you an example. These are things that are just off the top of my head that are pretty easy to be able to say, some of them. Swearing used to be the old standard. Swearing is wrong. It’s wrong. Don’t talk that way. Don’t talk that way in front of a woman. Don’t talk that way in front of, you know, your parents, whatever. Don’t talk that way. And it came from the Judeo-Christian values. But now swearing, I don’t even know if we teach that that’s wrong anymore.

Feed the hungry, is that good? Is that clearly in the good category now? Because there are people now who are angry that we fed the hungry down at the border. So is it good? Is it clearly good to feed the hungry?

How about greed? There are people who are libertarian that say greed is good. Ayn Rand would say greed is good. Is it good or is it evil? Genocide, is it good or is it evil? Lying, forgiving one another, slavery, comfort the sick…may I just suggest that there are a couple of things that are pretty absolute, and I would say feeding the hungry, feeding the hungry is always good.

Forgiving is always good. Comforting the sick, always good. Lying, yeah, that dress does make you look fat – sometimes, not sure. Swearing, I think it’s wrong, but I’m not going to – greed, you can go both ways on that. I think greed is wrong, but I understand what Ayn Rand was saying. But when you look at evil, on this list, I will tell you at no time is slavery or genocide anything other than evil, at no time.

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We can debate the fact that, you know, we have the death penalty. Well, should we kill those people? We can debate that. We can debate that. But if I said we’re going to kill everybody who is this race, color, or creed, and we’re just going to wipe them all off, everyone would know, I think you’re in the evil category, right?

Slavery, the same thing, you don’t have a right to enslave anyone. Well, both of these things are happening in the world today, and they’re both happening with exactly the same people, and we’re not willing to call it by its name. Here’s how you know. It’s really interesting to me, if you believe in evil, and I do, I believe in good, and I believe in an opposing force of evil. Not everybody does, but if you do, you know that the Dark Lord, the Sith Lord, never takes and introduces something entirely new. He always just perverts those things that are good, reverses it, turns it upside down.

That’s how you can spot it. It’s been completely perverted and reversed and reversed – L, I, V, E, live. When you’re snuffing out someone’s right to live, we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I have a right to live, to live.

Let me show you. I’m going to start in Israel. Today, the world pounced on reports from Gaza police that Israel had bombed a hospital. Okay, that’s pretty bad, right? That’s evil, except there’s no real context here, it’s just Israel bombs hospitals. And we should condemn people who are bombing hospitals, except there’s one little problem, is there any context to this story? Every single little opportunity, as if this nation the size of New Jersey could possibly oppress the billions of Muslims who surround them.

Hamas continues to break cease-fire agreements and rain down thousands of rockets on Israeli civilians. We also showed you the videotape taken from the IDF of the hospital, of the schools. We showed you that they did an infrared scan to see is there anybody in there? Yet Israel gets the blame, and they get the horrible headlines.

I showed you last week how Hamas cowardly hides their stockpiles behind civilian targets. This weekend on TheBlaze there was a story about how they uncovered next to children’s cribs bombs from Hamas. The great pains that Israel goes through to make sure that they hit only terrorist targets, but they can’t do that all the time. It’s war. Those things are rarely reported. Instead, we just go right for Israel bombs hospitals. What? And then into another heroic freedom flotilla for Gaza.

That’s what’s being prepared now in Turkey, the same place the last freedom flotilla sailed back in 2010. We were together at FOX, and I took an awful lot of heat for pointing out the freedom flotilla. In fact, I was the only one. There is no national voice that I trust that is going to be telling the truth about what’s happening on this freedom flotilla.

I remember how much heat I took to not stop pounding that story because nobody else was telling you the story. The world now luckily remembers that event, at least you do in the context of truth, but the world looks at this as Israeli aggression and violence because that’s what the world showed on television. But the truth is much different.

The peace activists knew about the blockade. They were warned when they got close, but they breached it anyway. They prepared for the conflict. They wanted the conflict. They ambushed the two Israeli commandos who boarded the boat. They beat them first with metal pipes. At least one commando was stabbed. Do you remember this video? Another was tossed overboard. The IDF had to use force, but the spin was big bad Israel slaughters innocent peace activists. That’s not what happened.

Now, Turkey this weekend gave the blessing for another freedom flotilla. I want to give you some perspective here. Turkey’s Prime Minister just last week had this to say about Israel: “(Israelis) have no conscience, no honor, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.” That’s saying something because remember, we have all deemed slavery and genocide as evil, right?

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We know genocide is evil, and the Prime Minister of Turkey is saying that they are worse than Hitler who we know did genocide. That’s quite a statement. It is so far detached from reality, but if it were actually true, let’s just say it was, what he’s saying is the world has a responsibility for getting rid of the modern-day Hitler. Now, I love this logo here for him, and the reason why love it is because it’s very reminiscent of another logo.

And it makes sense because the current administration, President Obama, has a very close relationship with this man, and it’s extremely disturbing. The president has called him a friend. They have shared parenting tips. When the president won his election, he was the first guy that the president called. He says he is a partner in peace in the region, and it’s not just a hey, you know, they punch above their weight. He means it with this guy.

Why would we partner with this man? Why would we, especially with anti-Semitism and bigotry and hate rising all over the Middle East? Does a man who says that the Jews have surpassed Hitler in genocide and evil, is he a guy that we wrap our arms around? People are rioting now in anti-Israel protests all around the country. There were big, they weren’t riots, but they were big gatherings in the United States. But this one is an actual riot, and it was happening in Paris, France.

France has seen some of the worst protests that are anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. That’s probably the bigger thing here is pro-Palestinian. They were seen making the Hitler salutes. I mean, the last time we had people that were giving Hitler salutes on the streets of France, it was a bad thing, I thought. The world thought was. I wonder where the Parisians are now.

But if Israel is more barbaric than Adolf Hitler, I wonder what the Turkish Prime Minister thinks of what ISIS is doing in Syria and Iraq. Mohamed Elomar, he is a terrorist that originates from Australia, and he has just posed for several pictures that were posted on social media. Most media blacked out these images. A few blogs have the full gruesome images. I warn you that these images are extraordinarily disturbing.

I made this choice because I think it’s irresponsible to not show you the face of evil. You have to know what’s going on, and you have to know okay, so wait a minute, people are defending their right to exist, because in the Hamas charter it says Allah has promised that he would wipe out all of the Jews, evil, genocide. That’s in their charter, and so Israel is making the case, hey, we have a right to live, we have a right to protect ourselves so we can exist, so we can live as a people.

It is irresponsible of me not to show you the face of evil because next they come for you, and that’s not hyperbole, that’s not Glenn Beck fearmongering. What that is is quoting them. Israel is being equated with evil and equated with Hitler, but those who surround them, those who oppose them are not, and this is what they are doing. There is your terrorist.

Okay, this is what they’re doing to Christians and Muslims who disagree with them. Notice the pile of heads. They are chopping off heads in Iraq, and they are smiling while doing it.

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Do you remember how outraged we were when we thought that American soldiers would be urinating on dead bodies? This, my friend, is what evil looks like. This is what Israel is up against, heads on pikes and fences.

We have told you this was happening for a while, but we haven’t had the evidence to prove it until now. I believe you have to see the truth. You have to see what evil looks like, because it matters. It matters.

Let me take you someplace I never thought we would actually go. I never thought we would, you know, take the words, in talking about good and evil, take the words of an atheist who technically, again, I don’t think believes in good and evil, but the words of Christopher Hitchens. He was speaking in 2010, and I think this is really important that you listen to what he’s saying.

Hitchens: Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people, but as the common enemy of humanity and of civilization and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason, most especially in its current most virulent form of Islamic Jihad.

Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this, this pest, by its right name, to make unceasing resistance to it, knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment, and resolving (some of the time, at any rate) to do a bit more to deserve it.

Amen. Maybe we should do a little more to deserve their hatred. Are we standing up against it? I will tell you that I was shocked when I heard those words because he absolutely is right. He gets it. If you look back in the history, the Holocaust happened once, once, but the attempt to kill all the Jews has happened 19 times. Let’s not make it an even 20. Let’s stand, let’s choose a different path. Let us be the people who say we know the difference.

We could argue all you want on swearing and greed and lying. We can argue all you want. On this one and this one, what do you say we get it right? That’s not a fluky sentiment. This is a pattern repeated throughout history. This is what evil looks like.

Some people are trying to stand for the truth. Hashtag went viral on social media, it’s #JewsandArabsrefusetobeenemies, what a great concept, what a great concept. I know Arabs, I know Palestinians, and I know Jews. And they don’t all hate each other. It’s like, you know, the Cold War. When the Iron Curtain came down, and we saw people, not the leadership, not what the politicians and the leaders wanted us to believe, but people, we were all the same.

But even this now has been co-opted online by the people who want to continue the violence and the efforts to wipe one side out. That’s why we can’t sit idly by now. That’s why I want you to share those pictures with your friends. You have to show them this is who we’re up against. I want you to see the break we have coming up in just a second. I’m going to be talking to a guy who has witnessed this firsthand, and he is calling for people, it is time, it is time to stand and call evil evil.

My fellow supporters,

It is with a heavy heart that I must make a sad announcement today. The time has come to press pause on the dream of Beto for president. It's not the end of the Beto dream. It's just pressing pause for a while, like pausing a Foss CD. The dream will keep right on spinning, until we return to it and press play again. I mean, look at Bernie Sanders. That guy's almost twice my age and he's still running for president. That means you can look forward to Beto running for office for decades to come. I have found there is tremendous joy and freedom in running for office and never winning. All the travel, Vanity Fair cover stories, food and free beer, with none of the hassle or responsibility of having an actual job in elected office (or any job at all). It's really great.

With the exception of myself, no one has supported Beto more faithfully and true than you, the fans. I'd also like to thank my wife Amy for continually raising our children so that I can travel this great land in my never-ending quest to find myself (and also to connect with you, the fans). From attending my very hip and not-at-all contrived jogging town halls, to slapping those trendy Beto bumper stickers on your hybrid-SUVs, to steadying tables all over America so I could jump on top of them and yell and jab the air, to clicking "like" on all those Facebook videos of my dentist visits – you perpetuated this Beto dream way longer than it had any right to be perpetuated.

So, I'm sure you're now wondering – what's next for Beto?

Other than pursuing my career as a solo rock recording artist, I believe the best way I can serve America and bring true justice to this great land of ours is by stealing from the rich and giving to those who fall in the sweet spot on the intersectionality charts. Except I won't steal from my billionaire father-in-law, only because getting my family cut out of the will would not be in America's best interest. You need a Beto who is independently wealthy via his wife and so do I. Plus, as you know by now, from following the 2020 presidential campaign so closely, the only acceptable status quo in America is leaving the wealth of Progressive elites alone. Everyone else's wealth is fair game, including the middle class. It's the right thing to do.

You need a Beto who is independently wealthy via his wife and so do I.

Therefore, from this day forward I will henceforth be known as Beto Hood. You will be able to join the cause by purchasing official Beto Hood merch soon at Beto Hood dot com. Together, with my band of merry men, who will be known as "merry non-binaries", we will roam the land, righting all the wrongs and bringing about all the social justice that Donald Trump refuses to let you have.

Beto Hood and his Merry Non-Binaries will live on the road. And in the woods (in eco-friendly, fully sustainable treehouse yurts). And in the shadows. We will skateboard and learn archery and rappelling. We will become proficient in hand-to-hand combat. We will become experts in all weaponry except guns, since guns are the evilest weapons. We will care for all the animals of the forest. You already know my affinity for squirrels. Not only will we continue to rescue all the orphan squirrels, we will train them in petty thievery and nimble sabotage. We will affix tiny helmets on them, fitted with tiny Go Pro cameras to live stream their heroic exploits on Facebook. Side note: my colonoscopy next week will also be live streamed on Facebook and available to rent on iTunes.

Using the skills I honed as a college graduate scaling the gates of UTEP, Beto Hood and his Merry Non-Binaries will scale the gates of America's richest and steal from their grotesque wealth. Jewelry, high-end electronics, precious antiques, art, women's shoes – nothing of value will be off-limits. Drawing on my experience while my father was a county judge, we will live above the law. It will be dangerous work, the Lord's work as some people say. But totally worth the risk.

Also, we will not wait for Constitutional amendments nor judicial overreach to get rid of America's AR-15s. We will steal those too. One by one. Using very large versions of those stretchy sticky hands that come in cereal boxes, we will literally be able to snatch these vile guns right out from under the noses of the monsters who own them. Then, with our literal mountain of confiscated AR-15s, we will melt them down and use the metal to build a flotilla of sturdy watercraft, called Beto Boats (trademark pending). Families will be able to use these Beto Boats to save themselves and others when the rising waters of climate change overtake our cities in exactly ten years.

Who needs the presidency? I have big, bold plans for a bright future as an outlaw hero.

Who needs the presidency? I have big, bold plans for a bright future as an outlaw hero. So, don't cry for me, America. Beto will be just fine. Dropping out of this race is nothing that another months-long, head-clearing road trip won't cure. And after that, I'll start shopping for some tights.



[NOTE: The preceding Memo was a parody written by MRA writer Nathan Nipper – not Beto O'Rourke.]

Ryan: Making of an Ant Queen

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The embattled, Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning author Liu Xiaobo wrote that "Life is priceless even to an ant."

An ant colony can only survive for a few months after the death of its queen. On average, queens live 10 to 15 years. Some, up to 30 years, one of the longest insect lifespans, hidden deep within the colony, protected, unable to use her wings because she's a little bigger than she used to be.

Plus she's very busy.

The majority of ants are female. Wingless, sterile worker ants. They build nests, they forage, they hunt.

Theirs is a far briefer life than the queen's, ranging from a few weeks up to a year. But they see more of the outside world than any other ant.

The bigger they are, the farther they travel. And they release pheromones along the way so that they have a trail home.
Drones — winged male ants whose primary function in life is to mate with the queen — die after mating and rarely make it out of the colony.

Then, there are the soldier ants. They protect the colony and attack.

To quote philosopher Bertrand Russell, "Ants and savages put strangers to death."

They go on raids.

The attacking colony rarely loses, so most colonies flee as soon as an invasion begins. But they sometimes remain and fight.
Ants on both sides of the battle die in droves.

Henry David Thoreau describes an ant battle in Walden: "On every side they were engaged in deadly combat, yet without any noise that I could hear, and human soldiers never fought so resolutely."

If the attackers succeed in overtaking a colony, they pillage the eggs. Some are eaten, fed to larvae. But others become victims of slave raiding. Meaning that the victors return home with their enemy's unborn, feed them, nurse them. Then, when the eggs hatch, the victors force them into slavery.

Often, the slaves even develop an allegiance to the colony which ransacked their home and enslaved them. They'll even help raid other colonies and either die pointlessly or help with the seizure of the next generation of slaves.

Sometimes, however, the slave ants rebel.

In the words of Persian poet Saadi, "Ants, fighting together, will vanquish the lion."

Flying ants, both male and female, leave the colony to form another colony. Once they find a suitable place, the males's wings fall off and they mate to their death. Then one or more of the females becomes queen.

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It felt odd, any time I sat with a roomful of media, a few hundred journalists from all over the world, as they simultaneously, silently, decided "Yep, that's newsworthy. We should hammer that."

It wasn't like everyone turned to each other and said, "Let's agree on the narrative."

It was an energy.

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Like in Houston, at the third Democratic Debate, after Biden misused the word "record player," you could hear chatter spread through the room, people muttering the words "records" and "record player."

In Houston, the media watched the debate from a gymnasium around the corner from the auditorium. So I could contrast the crowd's reactions with the media's reactions.

Nearly every time, there was a disparity between the two. The media were more relaxed — during the debate at least. The audience enjoyed any mentions of identity issues. There were a lot. But the media barely reacted at all.

This was a good thing, probably.

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It's impressive to see how politicians force their stump speeches into a new form, depending on the context. How they say it like an epiphany.

That night brought the opposite for the ever-fledgling Kamala Harris. I could not believe it. Was this the same woman who'd made Iowa hers, just a little over a month ago?

All night, she was so loyal to the tactic she'd premeditated that she didn't realize it wasn't working, like she kept putting on a puppet show on some busy sidewalk.

At one point, she declared, proudly, "We're not talking about Donald Trump enough."

The most talked-about man in the world, perhaps in our country's history.

In five weeks, she became an entirely different candidate. Her latest version resembled a Xanax-fueled stepmom. It was like she was transforming into Joe Biden.

She kept laughing at her own jokes. And the entire media room cringed every time.

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Amy Klobuchar's pre-formed jokes and half-zany dad jokes fell short every time, too. Most of the media saw Klobuchar's long rants as a chance to chat with a neighbor or jet off to the nearest bathroom, which was likely a locker-room full of plastic flight containers and padded camera cases and journalists who curse like sailors.

During the debate, the press was stoic. So if a candidate got a reaction from them, it carried a certain authenticity.

They laughed at things that the audience ignored or disliked or didn't notice. In part because the audience didn't do a whole lot of laughing. But the media laughed like professionals laugh. In-jokey and staid yet ready for anything unexpected.

They loved it when Booker said the thing about "Let me translate that to Spanish … 'No'." And Yang's opening handclaps. As well as Pete Buttigieg's reaction to Yang's raffle.

The biggest laugh of the night in the media center, surprisingly, was when Yang said, "I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors."

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Early scientists believed that ants adhere to a complicated hierarchy, which biologist E O Wilson compared to the Hindu caste system. The idea was, ants and humans have a lot in common, and ants belong to a society divided by class and determined by labor.

In the Wealth of Nations, father of capitalism Adam Smith wrote: "It is the great multiplication of the productions of all the different arts, in consequence of the division of labour, which occasions, in a well-governed society, that universal opulence which extends itself to the lowest ranks of the people."

Ants have been organized into colonized societies since the Cretaceous Period, 140 million years ago, when dinosaurs still dominated the Earth. All of that changed 74 million years later. Which was about 66 million years ago. When a comet slammed into what is now the Yucatan Peninsula, resulting in the KT mass extinction.

80 percent of all plants and animals died. The ash and dust and debris polluted the air, blocked the sunlight, transforming the Earth into a dark, frozen wasteland full of asthma.

Insects, carrion-eaters, and omnivores all survived. Any purely carnivorous animals starved to death, while mammals and birds fed on insects and worms until the earth repopulated itself with more animals that could be eaten.

The K-T Mass Extinction ushered in a new era of life. Species that had lived in constant retreat from predators were suddenly able to form more elaborate purposes.

After these lifeforms thrived for tens of millions of years, certain mammals started to become vaguely humanlike.
Early humans popped up about 300,000 years ago.

Meaning, ants have existed for 140 million years, which is 139.7 million years longer than humans.

For reference, if you counted to 300,000, it would take you roughly three-in-a-half days. To get to 140 million would take about four-and-a-half years.

Humans only began developing language about 100,000 years ago.

Yet we're the ones with libraries and governments and ABBA and iPhones. What did ants have? Other people's sugar?

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Before the debate, I wandered out of the gymnasium and onto bustling sidewalks with makeshift security fencing on each side. And hopped over the massive yellow tubes that belonged in E.T. and pumped cold air into the building. Past dozens of police and security, through an elaborate weave of temporary checkpoints and wires bigger than a fire hose.

On the street, I passed a group of six-or-so teenagers flipping DELANEY signs around like those cardboard "WE BUY GOLD" banners which actual people bob around while dressed as Elvis or Lady Liberty or a Banana.

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The sun cast a delightful orange over Houston, glitter in the humid air.

Those kids were having a blast with those signs. Laughing so hard they had to stop occasionally and slap their legs.

On the other side of the fence, some of the most powerful people in the world were readying for battle, and these kids could not have cared less.

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The protestors had gathered just outside the gates of the campus entrance.

Far as I could tell, it was me and no other journalists present. The rest of the media were in the gymnasium, preparing for the debate or networking or already on-air. Once they got into the media center they stayed put. For many reasons, I assume.
The air collapsed under a wave of heat unique to Houston.

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Gnarled blockades served as borders on both sides of the street. Locked into steel fencing, flanked by rows of police cars with their lights on but their sirens off.

Worse than the humidity, and more intense, was the energy bouncing out of the protestors on Cleburne Street. The opposite of suction energy, shoving out with tension and panic and elation.

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Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" blared from a Bluetooth speaker. I envisioned a slow zoom from above, beginning with the top of my head and rising, up and up and up. Drawing in the greater scene. Up past Trump's message-board plane. A panorama of city, then county, then state, capturing the topography and nuance of each snapshot of nature.

The higher the camera rose, the more I resembled an ant. One more wingless worker or obedient soldier rushing from place to place on a mission.

And when you got far enough above, you saw the colony that each of us belongs to.

Then it shrank like a passing bobsled, and Earth itself resembled an ant.

The scale of it is daunting.

For thousands of years the sky has filled humans with romance and humility and wonder. A restive impulse that strikes when we gaze up at the moon, the stars, the galaxy, the quiet.

But at ground level, I was a man in the throes of a great human drama. And my job was to document it as neutrally as possible.

The 120-odd protestors on the south side of the street spilled onto the sidewalk and into a lawn, and they chanted as the Trump plane groaned overhead.

They were crowded together, and they were all fighting for different causes. Lots of contradictions under the same banner.
Next to a group of Beto supporters with pro-choice t-shirts, several women chanted

We.
Want.
A pro-life.
Dem.

Chaos itself occupied the south side of the street. The protestors weren't sure how to handle it. So they chanted and sang and probed for the problem. Like so many tiny creatures hauling an orange slice.

Across the street, facing that horde of supporters, two men gripped pro-life signs.

They were the counter-protestors. Their barricade was far wider than needed. The grass around them looked sad, like the trail a dog makes along the fence when it wants to escape.

Behind the two counter-protestors, a mini-bus covered with photos of aborted babies, tangled fetuses, severed and indistinguishable chunks.

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I squinted and gasped and felt downright unwell.

Two days earlier, my wife and I found out that she was pregnant with our first child.

At the very moment I stared at images of tiny human shapes contorted and grey, our baby was the size of a pea.
A few weeks later, we'd see its heartbeat pulsing like a strobe.

I'm not making a statement on abortion. That's not my job as a journalist.

It's more my admiration for the impeccable depth of life. The timing. How messages and symbols confront us all the time, with unmatchable creativity.

Because there I was, literally in the middle of two opposing factions. Again. In the divide. Tangled into so many dichotomies. Life and death. Freedom and oppression. Order and chaos. Activity and stagnation. Creation and loss. Art and nature.

And I had once again remained in the middle.

This brought me tremendous satisfaction. It signified personal and journalistic success.

It was also a bit ridiculous.

As a reporter, I never wanted to pick a side. I already had a side. My side was America, and Ireland. My side was humanity.

My side was life.

New installments of this series come out every Monday and Thursday morning. Check out my Twitter or email me at kryan@mercurystudios.com

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak.Not to act is to act."
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The cost of discipleship can be daunting and few people are willing to sacrifice and stand in the face of evil to do what they know God is asking of them. The "Bonhoeffer Angel Award" is awarded to someone with the vision and courage to act when others only talk, to dig in and listen to the whisperings of the spirit when others turn a deaf ear. It is only fitting the inaugural award go to the visionary founder of Mercury One, Glenn Beck.

The award was presented by the Board President of Mercury One, David Barton and CEO of the Nazarene Fund, Tim Ballard. There was a touching video tribute as well including the likes of Penn Jillette, Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Joe Liberman, Congressman Loui Gohmert and Rabbi Daniel Lappin.

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