'I am living on borrowed time': Meet the pilot who should have been 'one of the first victims of 9/11'

On September 11, 2001, Steve Scheibner was supposed to be piloting American Airlines Flight 11. A last minute scheduling change had him replaced with Senior Pilot Tom McGuinness. Flight 11 was hijacked by 5 terrorists and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

"I am living on borrowed time," Scheibner told Glenn on Thursday's Glenn Beck Program. "I can look at my calendar. 13 years ago today I should shave been one of the first victims of 9/11."

Glenn, who was unfamiliar with Scheibner's story until recently, asked him to describe the series of events that led up to him not getting on the plane that day.

“On September 10… it just so happened I was the only guy on reserve - on call - to fill in for another pilot,” he said. “In that instance, the computer will automatically assign your name to the trip. So at three o’clock in the afternoon, I went to the computer and… when I brought up the page, there was my name already assigned to the trip. Typically, within two or three minutes, they’ll call you and confirm the assignment. Once that phone call gets made, it’s a done deal.”

But Scheibner's phone never rang.

“What ended up happening was another fellow, a pilot by the name of Tom McGuinness, he was celebrating his 42nd birthday on September 10 with his wife and his children,” he explained. “Tom did what I did at about the exact same time. About three o’clock in the afternoon, he logged in to see if there was any unassigned flying. Because he was senior to me, he could bump me… and so just that quickly, they erased that name from the trip and they put Tom’s on it. And now, as we know, the rest is history.”

Scheibner, who is also a U.S. Navy pilot, ended up going to work on a local base on September 11. He was on the base when he learned of the attacks. At the time, however, he was unaware the hijacked plan was the one he was scheduled to be on.

"It didn’t really click with me that that was the flight that I was supposed to be on," he said. "Later that night, when I finally made it home… we had a little impromptu prayer meeting at our house… I snuck away afterwards to see if I could find the names of the crew that had been on that flight."

"When I brought the screen up in front of me, it looked exactly like it did the day before, where it had my name on it," he continued. "But now there were no names on it, and all it said was ‘sequence failed continuity.’ And what that means is, the flight never made it to its destination. And what an understatement."

Scheibner said the news hit him "like a ton of bricks."

"I can't be happy. I can't be sad," Scheibner said. "I still have an empty feeling after all these years."

That series of events led to a sobering change of perspective for Schneiber. As a father of eight, local pastor, pilot, and serviceman, Scheibner was a very busy man. As he explained, however, in the aftermath of September 11, he realized he needed to discover why his life was saved.

Schneiber has since discovered a calling to change the American culture one family at a time.

“On 9/11, we were passionate about our family. [With] eight kids, you have to be,” he said. “Now we’re passionate about the American family… We really feel like the American family is in crisis, so we started a nonprofit called CharacterHealth.com.”

Along with his wife, Megan, Scheibner created a course for parents called “The Nine Practices of a Proactive Parent,” which he based of a course he designed and implemented for the Navy a number of years ago.

“Our aim is to transform the American culture by equipping parents to train a new generation of courageous, Christ-like, what we call ‘character healthy’ leaders. And by that I mean problem solvers,” Schneiber said. “It’s transforming the culture one family at a time. Forget about the mainstream media. Forget about going toe to toe with liberals and their agenda. Go straight to people.”

Ultimately, Scheibner believes his life was spared that day so he could work to "change the American culture for the cause of Christ."

Learn more about CharacterHealth.com HERE.

COVID is back! Or that is what we’re being told anyway...

A recent spike in COVID cases has triggered the left's alarm bells, and the following institutions have begun to reinstate COVID-era mandates. You might want to avoid them if you enjoy breathing freely...

Do YOU think institutions should bring back COVID-era mandates if cases increase? Let us know your thoughts HERE.

Morris Brown College

Both of Upstate Medical's hospitals in Syracuse, New York

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There was a time when both the Left and the Right agreed that parents have the final say in raising their children... Not anymore.

In the People's Republic of California, the STATE, not parents, will determine whether children should undergo transgender treatments. The California state legislature just passed a law that will require judges in child custody cases to consider whether parents support a child’s gender transition. According to the law, the state now thinks total affirmation is an integral part of a child’s “health, safety, and welfare.”

We are inching closer to a dystopia where the state, not the parents, have ultimate rights over their children, a history that people from former Soviet nations would feign repeating.

Glenn dove into the law AND MORE in this episode titled, "Parental Advisory: The EXPLICIT plot to control YOUR kids." To get all the research that went into this episode AND information on how YOU can fight back, enter your email address below:

If you didn't catch Wednesday night's Glenn TV special, be sure to check it out HERE!

The Biden admin has let in MORE illegal aliens than the populations of THESE 15 states

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There are currently an estimated 16.8 MILLION illegal aliens residing in the United States as of June 2023, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This number is already 1.3 million higher than FAIR's January 2022 estimate of 15.5 million and a 2.3 million increase from its end-of-2020 estimate. Even Democrats like New York City's Mayor Adams Mayor Adams are waking up to what Conservatives have been warning for years: we are in a border CRISIS.

However, this isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010. In the first two years of the Biden administration alone, the illegal alien population increased by 16 PERCENT nationwide, imposing a whopping net cost of $150.6 BILLION PER YEAR on American taxpayers. That is nearly DOUBLE the total amount that the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine.

This isn't the same border crisis that Republicans were warning about back in 2010.

These large numbers often make it difficult to conceptualize the sheer impact of illegal immigration on the United States. To put it in perspective, we have listed ALL 15 states and the District of Colombia that have smaller populations than the 2.3 MILLION illegal immigrants, who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration. That is more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, and South Dakota COMBINED—and the American taxpayers have to pay the price.

Here are all 16 states/districts that have FEWER people than the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. under the Biden administration.

1. New Mexico

Population: 2,110,011

2. Idaho

Population: 1,973,752

3. Nebraska

Population: 1,972,292

4. West Virginia

Population: 1,764,786

5. Hawaii

Population: 1,433,238

6. New Hampshire

Population: 1,402,957

7. Maine

Population: 1,393,442

8. Montana

Population: 1,139,507

9. Rhode Island

Population: 1,090,483

10. Delaware

Population: 1,031,985

11. South Dakota

Population: 923,484

12. North Dakota

Population: 780,588

13. Alaska

Population: 732,984

14. Washington DC

Population: 674,815

15. Vermont

Population: 647,156

16. Wyoming

Population: 583,279

POLL: Should the Government control the future of AI?

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Earlier this week, tech titans, lawmakers, and union leaders met on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of AI regulation. The three-hour meeting boasted an impressive roster of tech leaders including, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, and others, along with more than 60 US Senators.

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The meeting was closed to the public, so what was exactly discussed is unknown. However, what we do know is that a majority of the CEOs support AI regulation, the most vocal of which is Elon Musk. During the meeting, Musk called AI "a double-edged sword" and strongly pushed for regulation in the interest of public safety.

A majority of the CEOs support AI regulation.

Many other related issues were discussed, including the disruption AI has caused to the job market. As Glenn has discussed on his program, the potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real, and many have already felt the effects. From taxi drivers to Hollywood actors and writers, AI's presence can be felt everywhere and lawmakers are unsure how to respond.

The potential for AI to alter or destroy jobs is very real.

Ultimately, the meeting's conclusion was less than decisive, with several Senators making comments to the tune of "we need more time before we act." The White House is expected to release an executive order regarding AI regulation by the end of the year. But now it's YOUR turn to tell us what YOU think needs to be done!

Should A.I. be regulated?

Can the government be trusted with the power to regulate A.I.? 

Can Silicon Valley be trusted to regulate AI? 

Should AI development be slowed for safety, despite its potential advantages?

If a job can be done cheaper and better by AI, should it be taken away from a human?

Do you feel that your job is threatened by AI?