‘She’s a pro’: Glenn remembers Joan Rivers

Comedy legend Joan Rivers died on Thursday in a New York hospital after she went into cardiac arrest at a Manhattan doctor’s office following a routine procedure. She was 81. On radio this morning, Glenn, Pat, and Stu admitted that while they weren’t necessarily fans of the comedian, they do appreciate what she was able to accomplish.

“She’s a pro,” Stu said. “She's one of those people that I don't find funny, but people that I do find funny find her funny.”

As the Associated Press reported, Rivers was one of the early pioneers of female comedy. When Rivers got her start in the early 1960s, comedy “was a man’s game and the only women comics she could look to were Totie Fields and Phyllis Diller.” After pounding the pavement at local clubs around Manhattan, Rivers got her big break on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1965.

Glenn and Pat reminisced about the power of late night TV at the time to turn relative unknowns into stars. With the advent of the internet and modern technology, however, all someone needs is a camera and a computer to create a video or piece of content that catapults them into the mainstream.

“I don't even know if you would remember this, Stu. The big deal was, if you were a comedian, and Johnny [Carson]… invited to you the couch… you made it,” Glenn recalled. “Are there kingmakers like that anymore? I don't think there are.”

While Glenn admitted it might be a “good thing” that there is no longer a small group of people who pull all the strings, Stu pointed out another major change that has occurred.

“We don't have that shared experience… when everyone used to watch the same show and everybody would be talking about that comedian the next day,” Stu said. “There are positives and negatives to that.”

“[There are] viral clips,” Glenn added. “We're starting to have a shared experience – but in a different way. [It’s] not at the same time.”

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California Democrats are leading the way on green spending, but what do they have to show for it?

In this clip, Glenn discusses California's crippling energy shortage and pleas to its citizens to stop cooling their homes during the current heat wave. Elected officials want Californians to buy electric vehicles and stop charging them, leaving Glenn to deduce that California lawmakers want people to stay home.

California's grid is under such strain that it requires a power plant in Oakland that burns jet fuel to continue operating through the end of next year to keep the lights on. "That sounds green as crap, doesn't it?" Glenn snarked. Can Americans continue to shrug this off as only California’s problem? Well, between the 17 states who have bound themselves to California by law, how long will it be before the rest of America begins to feel the impact in their lives?

The average price for a gas-powered vehicle is approximately $48,000, while the average price for an electric car is more than $66,000. And according to a study from the Hoover Institution, California will have to double its grid to meet the EV demand.

Watch as Glenn walks through the challenges and the proposed "solutions" out of California.

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After tense negotiations between Amtrak, its workers, and the White House, Biden has announced that they've reached a "tentative deal" to avoid a national rail strike.

Reuters reported:

U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak would resume normal operations Friday as it works to quickly restore canceled trains after a freight rail labor deal was announced, averting a rail shutdown.

"We're saved!" Glenn said on Thursday's radio program. Pay no attention to what was happening just a few months ago with this deal or the fact that it is nearing the midterms. Just stand in awe of the totally coherent Joe Biden and his unquestionable cognitive ability to intervene in negotiations with the union workers and save America.

"This is political theatre at its finest," Glenn said. In this video, Glenn performed a one-man political theater show and illustrated why some might be led to believe that the whole Amtrak debacle was strategically planned — and on International Democracy Day to boot.

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San Francisco Chronicle reported that catalytic converter thieves targeted police vehicles earlier this week.

According to police, at around 1 p.m. on Monday, an SFPD officer discovered that a catalytic converter had been stolen off of a police truck in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. A spokesperson said the officer later noticed multiple police vehicles had been hit by thieves.

No arrests have been made. Multiple officer injuries have been reported in connection to catalytic converter theft incidents.

As San Francisco police were targeted by catalytic converter thieves, House Rep. Nancy Pelosi was in D.C., along with President Joe Biden, and told the American people about the totally successful and not at all disastrous Inflation Reduction Act. Glenn Beck covered the spectacle on his radio program and called the gathering "the worst propaganda ever devised."

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