'The Peanuts Movie' reminds us life can be simple, hopeful and fun

If you're like me, you've always enjoyed reading Peanuts in the newspapers and catching the holiday specials on TV.

As a matter of fact, it's a family tradition of mine to sit and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas every year and I will continue to do so 'til the day I die. Peanuts was actually such a memorable part of my childhood that despite my age, I proudly sat in the theater with all the families full of kids.

I'm happy to see Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and Snoopy reaching a new generation of Americans with their timeless experiences. I'm also thrilled to say The Peanuts Movie stays true to the character of Charles Schultz's original comic strip and Hollywood didn't butcher it, thank goodness.

Here's why I loved the movie:

1. The Charlie Brown plot is a good one to show today's youth.

2. The Snoopy timeline is classic and fun.

3. Even adults can be reminded there's still some good, clean fun in this world.

Basically, the plot of the movie is the pursuit of love. Charlie Brown discovers a new girl has moved into his neighborhood and he's instantly smitten. Numerous times he'll begin to pursue her, but will back down out of fear and lack of self-confidence. Nevertheless, he pushes forward noticing little details about her and the things they have in common and he keeps finding new ways to get her to notice him.

I appreciated how the movie chose to present his pursuit of the Little Red-Haired Girl. Charlie Brown didn't try to be the bad boy, class clown, or sports jock. Instead, he practiced magic tricks for the talent show, learned to dance for the Winter Dance competition, and read War and Peace for a book report, all in order to impress the girl.

Charlie Brown shows boys how to pursue the girl with wit and genuine personality as opposed to setting his sights on something lower like being the "cool kid" in order to get her attention.

As far as the Snoopy timeline is concerned, I loved it!

Snoopy is such an interesting character and his vivid imagination is always great fun! In the movie, he fights his nemesis, the Red Baron, in his attempt to rescue the girl. All along, he's got his buddy and pal, Woodstock, there beside him for his adventures and it was a great separation of entertainment to switch back and forth between the Charlie Brown timeline and the Snoopy timeline.

Finally, I would argue even adults would enjoy this movie. Why?

Because it's a reminder there's still good in this world, and our perception of reality can make or break our day. We all know the world can be a dark place, and we all have our own battles to fight. It's very easy to get discouraged or get caught up in the daily grind. However, Peanuts reminds us that life can be simple, life can be hopeful and fun if we look for it.

The Peanuts Movie takes such a simple concept (boy pursues girl), and makes it engaging and fun. We should all take note and follow in Charlie Brown's footsteps of pursuit: never, ever give up and things always turn out alright.

Here's the trailer to help convince yourself to go see it this weekend...

Glenn Beck has been warning since last summer that you would not recognize your country in a year. Well, it's not even summer yet, and he says he already doesn't recognize the country.

Do you recognize an America in which people are making more money off government unemployment benefits than they can make by working, inflation is ramping up, housing, supply and labor shortages are widespread, and the current administration gives cybercriminals from Russia a free pass after the biggest cyberattack on our nation's infrastructure to date?

On the radio program this week, Glenn pointed out that while businesses all over the nation are downsizing, one brand store is actually booming — and it says a lot about the state of the economy and what it means for our country's future.

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The largest American gas pipeline shut down on Friday due to what experts told the media was the "most dramatic cyberattack on U.S. soil to date." Investigators are looking at a group believed to be based in Russia known as "DarkSide."

It's time our leaders in the White House take national security seriously because this isn't the first time enemies of the U.S. — namely Russia and China — have used the cyber world to attack our nation and weaken our infrastructure, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program. Between Russia, China, and Iran — which President Joe Biden is now trying to make another nuclear deal with — it looks like the "Axis powers" of a "digital World War III" are lining up

"The journalists seem to care about the price of gasoline for the first time. Is it because they actually care? Or is it because they're trying not to focus on the fact that this was an attack most likely from Russia? And it isn't the first cyberattack from Russia of the year ... maybe we should be paying attention, to Vladimir Putin," Glenn began.

"And by the way, the pipeline going down, that's not the only [cyberattack] happening now," he added later. "Thirty thousand U.S. victims, small businesses and local governments, were hacked by cyber espionage units backed by the Chinese government in January of this year."

"There is an 'Axis power.' It is Russia and China. And, by the way, who is also aligned with Russia and China? Iran. Wow, this is weird," Glenn surmised. "But don't worry about that. Just leave your dog tags on another table. Let's not talk about China. Let's not talk about who actually crashed the jugular of our oil pipelines. I don't want war. But I got news for you ... this Biden administration is doing the job for our enemies."

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Canadian clinical psychologist, author, and cultural firebrand Jordan Peterson is no stranger to cancel culture. Ever since he was thrust into the culture war, he has faced one controversy after another, stirred up by the woke elites who hate him with a passion. But although they have tried to make him pay for speaking out so fearlessly against their message, he refuses to back down and he believes you should, too. He joined "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to explain why.

"There is a growth of the reluctant hero in all stories ... so many people think that they don't have what it takes, that they're not the hero," Glenn said to Peterson. "How do you get people to recognize and then have the courage to stand? You've taken a beating ... why is it worth it and how do you get there?"

"I think it's worth it because I believe the alternative is worse ... to stay silent when you have something to say," Peterson replied. "You don't know what it is within you that requires your voice, right, because you feel like 'I have something to say.' Where does that come from exactly, that feeling that you have something to say?

"Maybe you're disgruntled at work and you're choking on your own bile because the situation is not just in your estimation," he continued. "You're dying to say something, but you won't. Well, you'll die if you don't say it. Maybe it's a death by a thousand cuts. I don't like deferred punishment. I'd rather take it now and keep the future clean, which is why I encourage people to have the fights now, not to hide things in the fog for later. They grow and metastasize. It's better to confront what you need to confront when it's small and you have some possibility of victory."

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Top officials at the Federal Reserve are doing what they can to sugar coat what's ahead for our economy, telling Americans we may hit a "transitory" period of inflation that will settle by 2022. But Bank of America is saying something different. The bank's latest earnings call commentary warned "at the very least" transitory hyperinflation is ahead.

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