PHOTOS & VIDEOS - What you missed on 8/28 and 8/29 in Birmingham

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  • 5pm ET - Highlights from the weekend in Birmingham
  • 8pm ET - Glenn's full speech from Restoring Unity
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    When the long-awaited week of Restoring Unity arrived, downtown Birmingham caught fire with an excitement unlike anything the city had ever seen. Thousands gathered from far and near, united with a clear understanding of their purpose - to stand together, regardless of racial or religious differences, firm in the belief that All Lives Matter.

    Before the scheduled events began, impromptu gatherings began to form where people assembled to share in the excitement. Watch.

    On Friday afternoon, volunteers met at Guiding Light Church for training and to build signs in preparation for the march the following day.

    IMG_2332 Volunteers build signs for the Restoring Unity march at Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    IMG_2335 Volunteers build signs for the Restoring Unity march at Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    IMG_2334 Volunteers build signs for the Restoring Unity march at Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    IMG_2338 Volunteers build signs for the Restoring Unity march at Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    Later that evening, Glenn joined Bishop Jim Lowe at Guiding Light Church to deliver his message to a very full church, as well as thousands more who had gathered outside.

    Crowds fill the Guiding Light Church sanctuary in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Joel West) Crowds fill the Guiding Light Church sanctuary in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Joel West)

    IMG_2330 Thousands gather on the lawn outside Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    IMG_2340 Thousands gather on the lawn outside Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    The following is a brief snippet from Glenn's speech at Guiding Light Church on Friday evening.

    "If you are trying to protect yourself, what is the ultimate protection?" Glenn asked. Listen to his answer below.

    The music provided by the Guiding Light Church gospel choir was absolutely beautiful.

    On Saturday morning, more than twenty thousand people gathered to march the same route as the one trod by Martin Luther King, Jr and his followers, making it the largest march in Birmingham to date, since that one in 1963.

    _MG_6624-L Glenn Beck speaks to marchers gathered in front of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Raphael Cruz offers an invocation with marchers gathered in front of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Raphael Cruz offers an invocation with marchers gathered in front of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    IMG_2358 Crowds assemble to march as a blimp displaying "#AllLivesMatter" flies overhead in Birmingham, AL, August 28, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    Thousands of marchers follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Thousands of marchers follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    A man plays a shofar as marchers follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) A man plays a shofar as marchers follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Marchers hold signs as they follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Marchers hold signs as they follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Drummers play on the street as marchers follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Drummers play on the street as marchers follow the same route Martin Luther King, Jr. marched in 1963 in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    The march ended right outside of Legacy Arena at the BJCC, where the main event was to be held. Before the crowds arrived, Glenn rehearsed his speech to an empty stadium.

    Glenn Beck rehearses his speech before the event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Glenn Beck rehearses his speech before the event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Staff members listen as Glenn Beck rehearses his speech before the event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Staff listen as Glenn Beck rehearses his speech before the event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Glenn Beck rehearses his speech before the event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Glenn Beck rehearses his speech before the event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Glenn Beck and his wife Tania wait backstage with David Barton before the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Glenn Beck and his wife Tania wait backstage with David Barton before the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Soon, crowds began to fill the arena and the show started in full swing.

    The choir from Guiding Light Church sings at the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) The choir from Guiding Light Church sings at the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Attendees raise their hands to the music at the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Attendees raise their hands to the music at the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Actor Jon Voight dances with the choir on stage at the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Actor Jon Voight dances with the choir on stage at the Restoring Unity event in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7331-L Audrea Taylor addresses millennials in the crowd at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7399-L Falma Rufus talks about the power of prayer at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7564-L The band "I Am Spartacus" plays at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7615-L Matthew West sings at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7408-L Pastor Jonathan Gentry speaks at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7473-L Bishop Jim Lowe of Guiding Light Church delivers a rousing speech at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7770-L Glenn Beck speaks at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    IMG_2379 Crowds assembled at Legacy Arena at the BJCC listen to Glenn Beck speak in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    IMG_2384 Crowds assembled at Legacy Arena at the BJCC turn on their phone lights in a display of unity during Glenn Beck's speech in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    IMG_2383 Crowds assembled at Legacy Arena at the BJCC turn on their phone lights in a display of unity during Glenn Beck's speech in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Ted Tuttle)

    _MG_7675-L Glenn Beck speaks at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    _MG_7657-L Glenn Beck speaks at Restoring Unity in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Later that night, Glenn and the Erwin Brothers showed the crowd a premiere of the movie Woodlawn at Legacy Arena at the BJCC.

    Glenn introduces makers and cast members of Woodlawn in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Glenn introduces makers and cast members of Woodlawn in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Makers and cast members discuss Woodlawn in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher) Makers and cast members discuss Woodlawn in Birmingham, AL, August 29, 2015 (Photo by Amber Fisher)

    Want more photos and videos of the event? Instagram showed over 1,400 photos tagged with the hashtag #NeverAgainIsNow and around 450 tagged with #RestoringUnity.

    On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed former Starbucks CEO and progressive Howard Schultz, a lifelong Democrat who has not only been disowned by the Democrat Party but he can no longer set foot inside of a Starbucks store because of his success in business.

    In this clip, Stu explained how at one time Starbucks only sold coffee in bags until Schultz, an employee at the time, convinced the company to open a Starbucks cafe.

    Click here to watch the full episode.

    At one point, the owners came close to closing down the cafe, but Schultz eventually managed to purchase the company and transform it into the empire that it is today.

    Stu continued, describing how Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, went on to implement liberal corporate policies that earned the company a reputation for being a "beacon" of liberalism across the country.

    "And now he (Schultz) can't even get into the Democrat Party," Stu said."That is craziness," Glenn replied.

    Citing a "60 Minutes" interview, Glenn highlighted the journey that Schultz traveled, which started in the New York City projects and evolved, later becoming the CEO of a coffee empire.

    "This guy is so American, so everything in business that we want to be, he has taken his beliefs and made it into who he is which is very liberal," Glenn explained.

    Catch more of the conversation in the video below.


    This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

    This weekend, March 17, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will be speaking at (Council on American Islamic Relations) CAIR-Michigan's 19th annual "Faith-Led, Justice Driven" banquet.

    Who knows what to expect. But here are some excerpts from a speech she gave last month, at CAIR-Chicago's 15th annual banquet.

    RELATED: CLOSER LOOK: Who is Rep. Ilhan Omar?

    You know the speech is going to be good when it begins like this:


    CAIR-Chicago 15th Annual Banquet: Rashida Tlaib youtu.be


    It's important to remember CAIR's ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Think of CAIR as a spinoff of HAMAS, who its two founders originally worked for via a Hamas offshoot organization (the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP)).

    A 2009 article in Politico says feds "designated CAIR a co-conspirator with the Holy Land Foundation, a group that was eventually convicted for financing terrorism."

    The United Arab Emirates has designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

    In 1993, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told a reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

    I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.

    In 1998, CAIR co-founder Omar Ahmad said:

    Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran … should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.

    Notice the slight underhanded jab at Israel. It's just one of many in her speech, and is indicative of the growing anti-Semitism among Democrats, especially Tlaib and Omar.

    Most of the speech, as you might expect, is a long rant about the evil Donald Trump.

    I wonder if she realizes that the Birth of Jesus pre-dates her religion, and her "country." The earliest founding of Palestine is 1988, so maybe she's a little confused.

    Then there's this heartwarming story about advice she received from Congressman John Dingell:

    When I was a state legislator, I came in to serve on a panel with him on immigration rights, and Congressman Dingell was sitting there and he had his cane, if you knew him, he always had this cane and he held it in front of him. And I was so tired, I had driven an hour and a half to the panel discussion at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus. And I sit down, my hair is all messed up, and I said, 'Oh, my God, I'm so tired of this. I don't know how you've been doing it so long Congressman. They all lie.' And he looks at me and he goes. (She nods yes.) I said, 'You know who I'm talking about, these lobbyists, these special interest [groups], they're all lying to me.' … And he looks at me, and he goes, 'Young lady, there's a saying in India that if you stand still enough on a riverbank, you will watch your enemies float by dead.'

    What the hell does that mean? That she wants to see her enemies dead? Who are her enemies? And how does that relate to her opening statement? How does it relate to the "oppression" her family faced at the hand of Israel?

    Glenn Beck on Wednesday called out Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their blatantly anti-Semitic rhetoric, which has largely been excused by Democratic leadership. He noted the sharp contrast between the progressive principles the freshmen congresswomen claim to uphold and the anti-LGBTQ, anti-feminist, anti-Israel groups they align themselves with.

    Later this month, both congresswomen are scheduled to speak at fundraisers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a pro-Palestinian organization with ties to Islamic terror groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State.

    Rep. Tlaib will be speaking at CAIR-Michigan's 19th Annual Banquet on March 17 in Livonia, Michigan, alongside keynote speaker Omar Suleiman, a self-described student of Malcolm X with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Suleiman has regularly espoused notably "un-progressive" ideas, such as "honor killings" for allegedly promiscuous women, mandatory Hijabs for women, death as a punishment for homosexuality, and men having the right to "sex slaves," Glenn explained.

    Rep. Omar is the keynote speaker at a CAIR event on March 23 in Los Angeles and will be joined by Hassan Shibly, who claims Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations, and Hussam Ayloush, who is known for referring to U.S. armed forces as radical terrorists.

    Watch the clip below for more:


    This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

    The roots of AOC

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    It wasn't too long ago that Blanca thought it was all over.

    Born in Puerto Rico, Blanca lived in New York most of her life. Recently, a reporter from the Daily Mail sent a reporter to interview Blanca. When the reporter arrived, Blanca was calmly sculpting wood in the front yard of her modest, 860-square-foot home down the street from a cemetery. Occasionally, a drug deal takes place out front, and the house is crumbling in parts, but Blanca has been fixing it up since she moved in a couple years ago, and this is home.

    Reading the article, you can feel the writer's surprise, you can feel an unsuspecting writer being wrapped in Blanca's story.

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    By day, Blanca works for the Lake County School District as a clerical assistant.

    This is a story about mothers.

    Blanca is a woman who makes lasagna for visiting relatives and watches over her 78-year-old mother, "who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and often breathes oxygen from a concentrator, and a loud rescue mutt named Tammy."

    This is a story about daughters.

    Because Blanca always believed in her daughter. Believed her daughter would be important. And, regardless of your opinion on her daughter—and, believe me, you have an opinion about her daughter, because everybody has an opinion about her daughter—there's no denying the wholesomeness of this story, so hear me out.

    "Her dad and I were preparing for Alexandria's birth and still picking names," Blanca told the reporter. "And he came up with 'Alexandria.' I thought about it for a while and I said: 'Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That sounds very powerful. That'll be her name.'"

    Yes, that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the infamous millennial Democratic Socialist who represents New York's 14th district (covering the Bronx and Queens) in the House of Representatives.

    And her mother is Blanca Ocasio-Cortez.

    Blanca married Sergio Ocasio in Puerto Rico, then moved to New York. She knew very little English, but she learned. She worked the jobs nobody else wanted. She mopped floors at night, she drove school buses, she answered phones, took orders.

    In 1989, she gave birth to her first child, a girl, in The Bronx, New York City. Two years later, she gave birth to a boy.

    Until Alexandria was five, the family lived in a one-bedroom condo in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx.

    Theirs was an American struggle.

    Theirs was an American struggle. Sergio worked hard until he had his own business, and the small family pooled together their resources and took out a mortgage, and moved into "a small single-family house with a yard in nearby Yorktown Heights."

    "We had a great life there," Blanca said. "Alexandria was very social, so she always had a bunch of girls over. She took over the shed in the backyard. She cleaned it up, put up curtains and photos and made it look nice, and that was like a clubhouse for her and her friends."

    Blanca talks about her daughter the way any good mother does, recalling that her daughter was always talkative.

    "When I took her to her pre-K interview, she didn't let me talk much. She was going on and on about knowing the alphabet and being able to count."

    In 2008, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a sophomore at Boston University, her father, Blanca's husband, died of lung cancer.

    Overnight, Blanca had to become the breadwinner.

    I was cleaning houses in the morning and working as a secretary at a hospital in the afternoon... it was still difficult making ends meet. At one point, I was skipping mortgage payments and we almost lost the house.

    This is a story about a single mother who raised her family after her husband died of lung cancer.

    As the Daily Mail notes:

    Sergio's death put the family into a tailspin. He had no life insurance, two years of health care bills due and the money his business brought in dried out. Blanca recalls she faced foreclosure not just once, but twice.

    "It was scary," Blanca told the reporter. "I had to take medicine I was so scared. I had to stop paying for the mortgage for almost a year. I was expecting someone knocking on the door to kick me out at any time. There were even real estate people coming around to take photos of the house for when it was going to be auctioned. The worst is that I only had $50,000 left to pay on the loan."

    Funny enough, it was the bank, not the welfare office or the local church that helped her.

    Blanca worked from 6am until 11pm.

    And I prayed and prayed, and things worked out. After the children graduated from college, I figured it was time for me to move to Florida.

    These days, Blanca lives in Eustis, Florida, a lakefront community of about 16,000 people near Orlando. She moved here just before Christmas in 2016. She'd been paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes in New York. Now, she pays $600 a year.

    When she first got here, the world, her world was much different. Her daughter was a bartender in New York and hadn't filed paperwork to become a Representative.

    Really, though, this is a story about what it means to live in America.

    "I love privacy and calm," Blanca said. "I don't like the limelight for myself and my family. But it seems that God played quite a joke on me with this politics stuff."

    The Daily Mail sent reporter Jose Lambiet, presumably to do a hatchet job. The story is tempting: taxes are so severe in New York that even the mother of the wild-eyed Democratic Socialist representing that area can't even afford to live there. Really, though, this is a story about what it means to live in America.

    And while liberal media has paraded the story around with that smug look on their faces, so have conservative outlets, and in both cases they've missed the real story. The human story. The story of all of us. Because Blanca is an American, same as you and me.