Malcolm Gladwell says he "loves" football but has moral issues over permanent injuries to players

Yesterday, the guys played audio from Malcolm Gladwell where he called football "a moral abomination". Glenn, Pat, and Stu strongly disagreed with this position, but they wanted to get a deeper understanding from Malcolm himself. After all, they are big fans of Gladwell and Glenn believes he is a genius. Was Malcolm able to change their minds?

"My whole position on this is out of love, not out of hate. I mean, I've been obsessed with football for most of my life," Gladwell said. "Now, you have to agree with me and you don't have to think the game is wrong or whatever, you just have to consider for a moment, the implications of, what does it mean to watch a game where the game itself will injure permanently and seriously some portion of the players on the field. You have to think about that."

"I have the biggest problems with the game at the high school and college level, where people are not getting paid and they're not adults and where we know the medical risks for kids for concussions are more serious," he added.

Stu, however, argued that there is inherent risk in almost any situation and we will never know all the facts before having to make a decision.

"Isn't this the situation, Malcolm, you could say this about almost any activity? Of course, there's some inherent risk. Of course, we're always learning more. We won't get to that magical end point where we have all the perfect information and we can explain the risks perfectly. We're going to be learning more. Science will always be gaining more information. You know, the consensus was for a long time that these concussions did not add up. We now believe they do. Because of that, helmets are improving," Stu said.

"Some of these concussion protocols fine. But last year, I was watching Wes Welker last year. And he had two concussions in the span of a couple of weeks. And for a guy in his 30s, who must have had I don't know how many lifetime concussions he's had, to go back on the field and then play in the playoffs, that was like -- I felt -- I was horrified by that," Gladwell said.

Gladwell added that his thinking on this topic is changing and in a lot of ways he is talking out loud while trying to find answers.

"What's going on here is something really important, which is our understanding of the nature of neurological damage and brain injury. We've learned more in the last five or ten years about this, and it's just completely changed our perspective on this kind of injury. And these all things have to catch up. Attitudes have to catch up," Gladwell said,

"What you've put on your finger on, the question of veterans is vastly more important than the question of football. It dwarfs it in importance. And people have got to understand. You have, long after the soldier comes up, you have an obligation towards that person who put his life on the line for your country. You can't walk away once the guys back home puts down his weapon. These injuries stay with people for the rest of their lives."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck discussed the recent news that a primary source for the Steele Dossier — the document on which much of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation was based — had been investigated by the FBI for contacts with suspected Russian spies. Glenn also shared several previously unpublished texts and emails from FBI agents have recently been released.

According to a letter sent by Attorney General William Barr to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, the FBI knew early on that the research compiled by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele relied on a "Primary Sub-source" that had been "the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his or her contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers" — but still used it to obtain warrants to spy on former Trump campaign-aide Carter Page.

But, it gets even worse. Now, new leaked texts and communications from FBI agents within the department at the time of the entire Russian collusion effort were disclosed in federal court filings on Thursday. According to the court documents, FBI agents purchased "professional liability insurance" to protect themselves in January 2017, just weeks before Donald Trump was inaugurated president, because they were concerned about the agency's potentially illegal activity during the Russia collusion investigation.

"Trump was right," one FBI employee wrote in response to then-President-elect Trump's Jan 3, 2017 tweet which read: "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"

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Chief researcher Jason Buttrill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to discuss an "explosive" new report released Wednesday by Senate Republicans on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

Among other serious allegations, the 87-page report claims that "Hunter Biden received a $3.5 million wire transfer from Elena Baturina, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow," and the richest woman in Russia.

"The transactions discussed [in the report] are designed to illustrate the depth and extent of some questionable financial transactions. Moreover, the financial transactions illustrate serious counterintelligence and extortion concerns relating to Hunter Biden and his family," the report stated.

Jason suggested the Senate's findings provide additional evidence to back allegations of a money-laundering scheme, which Glenn detailed in a four-part series about Biden's shady connections to Ukraine. Learn more on this here.

"Laundered money is very hard to track to its finality," Jason explained. "I'm sure the Biden camp is really hoping that it just looks suspicious, but [investigators] don't ever find the eventual end point. But, if they do – and it's possible they already have – this is going to be explosive, very explosive."

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Revolutions rarely happen overnight. The Left started laying the groundwork for November 3, 2020, the moment Hillary Clinton had to concede the 2016 election to Donald Trump. It was always solely about getting rid of President Trump — and there's a playbook for that.

Last week, Glenn Beck showed you the "Seven Pillars of Color Revolution" written by a former U.S. diplomat, which are the conditions that must be in place for a successful Eastern European-style "Color Revolution." The left seems to be pushing for a Color Revolution this election because they are using the exact same playbook.

In part two of this series, Glenn peels back the layers on the first four of these Color Revolution pillars to show you how they work and what the end goal is. And he reveals one of the architects of the playbook – a Color Revolution specialist, former ambassador, and former Obama administration official who is one of the key masterminds of this revolution.

Joining Glenn is political campaign veteran and BlazeTV host Steve Deace who says the polls that claim Biden is leading the race "are trash." We're being set up to believe that if Trump wins in spite of the polls, it must be an invalid election.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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