Privacy vs. Technology: Which Would You Choose?

Radio and news veteran Mike Opelka, host of Pure Opelka on TheBlaze and editor of FireWire, TheBlaze daily newsletter, filled in for Glenn on The Glenn Beck Program today, Friday, December 30.

Read below or listen to the full segment from Hour 3 for answers to these questions:

• Could our technology devices betray us?

• Should police officers get immunity for "hot mic moments?"

• Will a flying fulfillment center soon deliver your stuff?

• Is recording a phone call a Fourth, Fifth or Tenth Amendment issue?

• Can you die of a broken heart?

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:

MIKE: Happy Friday. Happy farewell to 2016. Mike Opelka with you, sitting in for my friend, Glenn Beck.

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If you want to join the conversation here today, you can do it on Twitter. So many of you have been tweeting in. And I appreciate you. We're asking what you -- what you won't miss about 2016. You can also call 888-727-BECK. (888)727-2325.

We're talking with my friend, our show friend, Dr. Wendy Patrick. Wendy Patrick, PhD. She is a lawyer. She is an author. You see on television all over the place talking about the politics and some of the things we're discussing.

Today, a legal question about -- about Amazon and these devices in our lives that listen to us, like Amazon's Echo.

Do these things -- could they betray us? The same way Chicago's police unions are saying, "If cops wear body cameras, they need to be protected for hot mic moments," where they might say something that could be I guess a problem. And the unions want protection.

Wendy, welcome back. I know you only have a couple of minutes here before you join some TV show, one of the hundreds you're on every day.

Did you hear about the cop thing in Chicago?

WENDY: You're going to have to fill me in, Mike. There's been a couple of different incidents that we've heard about in Chicago.

MIKE: Okay. In Chicago, the police union boss is saying, "Well, wait a minute, if you're going to put body cameras on the cops, first of all, we want more pay for any cop that wears a body camera," which I thought was pretty interesting. And the second thing: They want immunity in case the cop says something that could be considered a hot mic moment. You know, an embarrassing moment. And I was kind of surprised by this. I think that's a lot of hubris on the union's side.

WENDY: Well, you know, we live in a day and age where everything we do and say is caught on video camera/audio recording, whether it's inadvertent, whether it's intentional, whether or not it's going to be admissible in a courtroom.

So the instance in Chicago is representative of some of what we're seeing all around the nation when it comes to how much are we going to be able to use of the things that are recorded.

I mean, think about it this way: Recordings are now being used not only to solve crimes, but to exonerate people from committing crimes.

And so too in the law enforcement world, it's -- it's both a sword and a shield when it comes to how they are used in police work, when they're activated, how they're activated, whether they should have been activated, or whether something that was inadvertently recorded should be admissible.

So it's not a surprise that unions across the nation would be taking a look at this, just to make sure that these devices are used accurately and fairly in police work.

MIKE: It's interesting, Wendy, isn't it? That, as you mentioned earlier, that technology is ahead of the law, that so much of what's happening is venturing into untested territory.

We're putting our toes into waters we don't know what's underneath. And we're going to have to I guess -- we're going to have to have a few problems, a few kerfuffles before we actually figure it out.

And I'm fascinated by this murder case that they're actually -- it looks like the judge said, "I'll grant the subpoena," that the Arkansas man whose body was found in a hot tub, over a year ago, can now include a probe into new evidence that might be on his Amazon Echo smart speaker, which to me, that sounds like self-incrimination. I know you've only got like a minute left.

Are we protected from self-incrimination by devices that might record us that are personal devices?

WENDY: You know, Mike, I could talk for a whole hour on this. It's such an interesting question because on the one hand, obviously everybody's got a right not to incriminate themselves. On another, you don't have to buy these devices. I mean, there's lots of people that buy devices that are voice activated and then are upset that it works as designed.

But you also see a lot of cases where there are other things that activate devices. So you might have instances where perhaps you're recording illegally, where you don't have everybody's consent. You might have instances where something else is being recorded, and it has nothing to do with the suspect.

I mean, let's face it, it's unlikely somebody is going to activate a device and ask, "How do I dispose of a body? How do I clean up blood in my house?" Normally, they're asking about the weather or asking a device to play '70s music.

So you do see that sometimes these things work as intended. And why shouldn't they be admissible? But that is not exactly just a knee-jerk response when it comes to what a judge is going to rule as admissible.

A judge is going to have to see whether these devices are reliable, whether they've been tested and whether, in fact, the information is consistent enough to show to a jury. That's been untested as of yet. And that's why we're closely watching some of these early cases seeking to admit such evidence.

MIKE: This is fascinating stuff.

Wendy, I know you're short on time. Promise me -- will you come back on Monday and let's deep dive on this a little bit more. I'll grab some more cases, and we'll tear it apart.

WENDY: It's a date.

MIKE: It's a date.

Well, Happy New Year. Say goodbye to 2016 and all the craziness, and let's have a great 2017, my friend.

WENDY: Happy New Year to you as well, Mike.

MIKE: Take care. That is Dr. Wendy Patrick. If you want to know more about her, WendyPatrickPhD.com is where her digital world lives, and she really is somebody that I use on a regular basis on the nighttime show to talk about issues like this.

I'm fascinated by this case, especially -- it comes on the heels of the case with that guy Durst, who was wearing a microphone in a bathroom, while he was recording a -- a series, a documentary series. And they believe he admitted to committing a crime.

They believe he admitted he confessed to murder. And now that case is currently in court. And they were saying he was not admitting to it. And, in fact, he was just rambling because he was -- he was a meth addict. It's stunning what's going on right now. It's absolutely stunning. And it is the technology that's getting ahead of us.

For example, today the story is breaking -- the story is out there that, where did that go? Is it -- Amazon. Amazon who wants to use drone delivery for just about everything. And I was joking earlier when I said, "Can my drone be delivered by a drone?" Well, that's probably going to happen because it appears that this flying warehouse, Amazon, wants to put a gigantic warehouse in orbit. 45,000 feet above the earth. That will be a warehouse at high altitude. And when you order stuff, it will be deployed and delivered from the floating warehouse.

Imagine, sort of a giant blimp, an airship that is a fulfillment center.

Now, I'm guessing that it's got to be automated. Can you imagine saying, "Oh, I've got to get up to the -- I've got to get up to the warehouse," and you have to fly up to 45,000 feet and then supervise this. But they're going need to somebody to keep it in working order. They're going need to somebody to make sure the machines stay on track. They're going need to somebody -- oh, this is just amazing stuff.

We are truly starting to delve into the world of the jettisons, and this technology warehouse -- a flying warehouse fully functioning flying fulfillment center that will deliver drones -- that will dispatch drones to deliver stuff to you.

Just amazing. And, you know, we -- we -- we worry. Well, what about stuff falling from the sky? Do you know how many things that are above us right now in orbit that don't fall on us from the sky? There are thousands and thousands and thousands of things up there, circling the planet. And they're not going to come down and clunk us on the head. Just, we have to calm down about that.

But I will be looking forward to that. I love the technology. I'm addicted to technology. But I also love my privacy. And Dr. Wendy was talking about -- she was talking about, if you record somebody and not everybody in the room has given their permission, that could be a problem. It could render something inadmissible in court.

And I also believe that not only do we have a Fourth Amendment, a Fifth Amendment issue here, but we also have a Tenth Amendment issue because every state is different. Every state has different requirements on if you can record a phone call.

For example, remember the story of Monica Lewinsky and the phone calls where she admitted what happened with Bill Clinton?

She didn't know those calls were being recorded, but the state where they were being recorded only required one party to consent.

And there was the -- the rub, as it were. Lewinsky could not prevent those tapes from getting out, because one party, namely the party recording her, knew they were being recorded.

But I think now when you -- let's say you call a customer service line, they always say, "By the way, for training purposes, we record all our calls."

And they want you to start trying this out. Every time somebody says that to me, I always say, "Oh, yeah. That's great. We do that here too. I'm recording you on this end."

And pay attention to see if anybody picks up on it. Typically, they don't. But every now and then, you will get someone who says, "Wait a minute. You're recording me?"

And I always say, "Yeah, sure, I am. You're recording me. Why can't I record you? It seems like it's only fair, really."

Another story I want to get to, and we will get to this after the bottom of the hour, we talked about all the celebrities who died this year. And, yes, this week the horrific tragedy to the Fisher family with Carrie Fisher passing away at 60 and then 23 hours later, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, dying.

Can you die of a broken heart? Is that a thing? Is that possible?

Well, we're going to talk to a doctor about that very subject. And he's going to give us the explanation.

But before we get to that, there is a story that's floating out there. And it's one that I'm surprised hasn't got more attention. It is a rant against Caitlyn Jenner, a rant saying that Caitlyn Jenner should not be named one of Glamour magazine's women of the year. The magazine making that announcement or about to make that announcement, which will be the 25th anniversary. But somebody said I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this. That a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone else who was just born a woman. Interesting.

Imagine if I said that. If I said, "Caitlyn Jenner being named woman of the year or one of the women of the year by Glamour magazine, was misogyny, that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman," do you think I'd have my job? Do you think if I went on to say, "Just because you lop off your (sound effect) and then wear a dress doesn't make you a (sound effect) woman." If I said, "I've asked my doctor to give me long ears and liver spots and I'm going to wear a brown coat, but that won't turn me into a Cocker Spaniel," do you think I'd still have my job? Somebody actually said that.

Somebody actually went public with that criticism of Jenner and hasn't really been called out. I'll explain to you what I'm talking about around the corner.

Mike Opelka in for Glenn Beck on the Glenn Beck Program.

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MIKE: Coming to you live from the constitutionally protected free speech bunker in the woods of Delaware, this is the Glenn Beck Program, hosted today and Monday by Mike Opelka. I am also here on TheBlaze Radio Network nightly, Monday through Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern on a show called Pure Olpelka. You're welcome to join.

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MIKE: Thank you, Doc Thompson.

My buddy Doc Thompson sent that to me. And I love it.

Obviously, it's not a real movie. I will get back to my topic about the offensive comments made about Caitlyn Jenner. But Jeff is on the phone again from Georgia. Jeff, I'm sorry we lost you earlier. Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program, sir.

CALLER: Hey, Mike, thanks for giving me a second chance.

MIKE: Yeah, everybody -- you know, I am the leader of the first church of the second chance. And I believe that everyone deserves! Say it.

CALLER: Oh, I appreciate it.

MIKE: A second chance.

CALLER: I wanted to share a couple things about the 22 Lives movement that Ernest (sic) was talking about.

MIKE: Okay. What -- let me just fill everybody in. What Jeff is talking about is before -- last hour, we talked to Ernesto Rodriguez who is a former 15-year Army guy who retired who is walking from Tennessee all the way to California to raise awareness of the vets, especially those who are committing suicide at the rate of up to 22 a day. And Jeff wanted to chime in on another way to draw attention to this problem.

CALLER: Yeah. So I honestly didn't know about it till Christmas. My wife -- I'm a big fan of NineLine.com's apparel, which is Wounded Veterans' own company. And I live about 2 miles from the headquarters. And so I have a lot of T-shirts. And so she gave me a 22 Lives T-shirt for Christmas. And that's when she told me about it. But -- so I just want everybody to know, they can go there, and they can buy the T-shirts and everything else. And everything that they buy there goes to wounded -- Wounded Warriors.

But the other thing is, that I thought was pretty cool, is there's a -- unlike these, like, mannequin challenges and white bucket challenges, there's a 22-day challenge where you tag your friends on social media. You're supposed to do, I guess, 22 pushups for 22 days or something like that. But it brings awareness out, and I think it's really cool. I'm a veteran myself. So I appreciate, you know, all these kind of things that people are doing.

MIKE: Well, Jeff, thank you for your service. What branch did you serve in, sir?

CALLER: I was United States Army.

MIKE: God bless you.

Now, in terms of that company that is owned by Wounded Vets, that's giving a portion of their proceeds to help Wounded Vets, what is the name of that company? Because I didn't catch it.

CALLER: It's Nine Line.

MIKE: Nine Lines?

CALLER: Yes. Exactly like that.

Their shirts stick out. Everywhere in a crowd, I have -- every time I wear one, somebody is always wearing one across to me. And like, "Hey, nice T-shirt." You know, they're -- it's a really good -- good thing that they're doing.

MIKE: Okay. Beautiful. I will get -- I will get it out there. I will look for it. I'm -- I'm having trouble getting it up on the computer now. And I'm against a hard break. But, Jeff, thank you for your service. Thank you for calling attention to this. And I hope to be sporting one of those shirts myself soon.

CALLER: Thanks, Mike. Happy New Year.

MIKE: Happy New Year, sir.

When we get back, can you die of a broken heart? We lost Debbie Reynolds the other day. She lost her daughter Carrie Fisher. Dr. Jorge Rodriguez joins us because apparently this is a real thing. And, look, our hearts are kind of important to us. Number one killer in America is heart disease. We'll find out about this, next on the Glenn Beck Program. Come back, won't you?

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MIKE: Mike Opelka with you on the Glenn Beck Program, on this the final Friday of 2016. A year I will long to see in my rearview mirror and won't miss in the immediate future. It is a year that saw -- well, there was some good things. Look, I got to participate in -- in my Super Bowl. In other words, I got to attend both of the political conventions. I had a front row seat to all the -- all the New York shenanigans and all the press conferences that Donald Trump was involved in. And then I was afforded the opportunity for TheBlaze and TheBlaze Radio to host or visit both conventions, both the G.O.P. convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Very unique experiences, each one of them.

I think the one unifying thing that both conventions have are the hats. Everybody's got ridiculous hats. That is -- and I always look for things that unite us, versus things that divide us. And if you're talking about political conventions, there is precious little other than the fever and the fervor and the hats. And I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the hats.

Now, I mentioned we were going to be talking about some of the notable deaths of the year. Obviously, David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Justice Scalia, and so many. But in the last week, everyone has been fascinated and heartbroken over the -- the death of Carrie Fisher at 60 and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who died 24 hours after -- after Carrie Fisher died.

It's got to be heartbreaking. It's got to be heartbreaking. But can you die of a broken heart? And that was the thing we were trying to figure out. And I'm hoping -- I don't know. Do we have Dr. Jorge on the phone yet? Is our buddy, Dr. Jorge, there?

All right. We're trying to get him. So we will deal with this.

There is an actual condition that says that you can die -- you can die from a broken heart. It's something that happens to you. While we wait for Dr. Jorge, I'll call your attention to my survey question of the day. We are -- we're asking: New Year's Eve, are you staying in, are you going out, or haven't you decided yet? Answer the poll. It is on my Twitter. @stuntbrain. At S-T-U-N-T B-R-A-I-N.

I'd like to know this audience, based on the little things in your life. So now that we have our buddy Dr. Jorge here -- if you want to know more about him, DrJorge.com is the place you can get the Wellness Wednesday tips from my buddy, a board certified internal medicine doctor. Also, a guy who has written books about your health, specifically focusing on how to avoid diabetes, which I think is an epidemic in this country. And it takes just little common sense things to deal with.

And I'm going to ask Dr. Jorge the poll question before we get to the broken heart question.

Dr. Jorge, are you staying in, are you partying, or have you not decided yet, my friend?

JORJE: I have not -- hey, Mike, how are you? First of all, Merry Christmas. And I have not decided yet. We're actually going to an L.A. Kings hockey game that ends around 10:30. And then after that, we'll decide whether we go to a party we were invited to or not. A little bit of a cold.

Chances are, you know what, we'll go out a little bit. But I don't like to party too much on New Year's Eve. I think it's kind of an amateur's night, you know. It usually doesn't live up to the expectation.

MIKE: Yeah. I have to admit, sheepishly I was part of the amateur night years ago and have backed off after I realized just how much dumb stuff we did and are so lucky to still be here.

JORJE: Absolutely. Uh-huh.

MIKE: Now, I did New Year's Eve for work a couple of times.

Times Square -- and it's crazy. And if you're working, you can say, "I'm sorry, I'm not drinking." And you can stay sober, and it's wonderful.

But to be among a million people is not my idea of a good time. It's for folks much younger than I. So I will be riding the couch, watching Kathy Griffin --

JORJE: And Anderson Cooper. Uh-huh.

MIKE: -- and Anderson Cooper have a good time. And I've got a buddy who's producing the 1:00 a.m. show from Dallas. You'll be at the hockey game. Who are they playing, by the way? Who are the Kings --

JORJE: I think they're playing the San José Sharks. Yeah, who is right up there, I think number two. And, you know, the Kings are on the bubble to make the playoffs.

And can you believe this, a Cuban boy who probably didn't see ice till he was 24, you know, into hockey. It's crazy

MIKE: Ooh.

A Cuban boy who didn't see ice until it was being shaved into a mojito.

(laughter)

But, no, I'm a hockey fan. I'm an undying, unabashed Chicago Blackhawks fan. And you guys almost knocked us off a couple seasons ago.

JORJE: Ooh. You just said fighting words when you said Chicago Blackhawks.

MIKE: Yeah, we're the original six. We're part of the original six in the NHL. And three of the last six Stanley Cups went to Chicago. So --

JORJE: But I got to tell you something. Chicago fans are great fans. Even when they were playing the Kings a couple years ago -- we were up in Chicago, and they were -- yeah, you know, they -- you bantered back and forth, but the whole time, they were very respectful and just really great fans.

MIKE: Plus, your team -- you've got fast skaters on your team. That is a fast and tough team. Enough with hockey talk.

JORJE: Yes, enough.

MIKE: Now, the Debbie Reynolds story, it struck a chord with me. Because grief is such a powerful thing and an overwhelming stress thing. Can you die of a broken heart?

JORJE: You can. And let me -- let me clarify that.

You know, there have been lots of studies that have shown that people that have been married or together for decades, they -- they die sometimes within weeks of each other. Statistically greater than they would have.

But there is definitely a syndrome called Broken Heart Syndrome that we doctors called stress-induced cardiomyopathy. To put it very simply, when you're under times of great stress or great sadness, your body releases this hormone called cortisone.

And cortisone, we have in small amounts. But when it's released, when it bombards your body in such high amounts, it can cause the heart to have crazy rhythms. It can cause your blood pressure to go up.

But what has been noted is that in many people, it actually makes the heart muscle sick. It's called cardiomyopathy. And the heart muscle -- the Japanese have a name for it, called (foreign language). And I'm practicing saying that. Because it looks like some kind of urn that they keep octopuses in. I looked all this bizarre stuff up. So the heart just sort of gives up and just becomes flaccid. So it -- it's crazy, but it definitely can happen.

MIKE: So in the case of somebody like Debbie Reynolds who -- who died suddenly, the initial report was a stroke.

JORJE: Right.

MIKE: So that possibly could have been -- and I'm playing my amateur doctor role here. Elevated heart rate that stressed the arteries, and she blew out an artery and had a stroke. And that may have taken her or pushed her over the edge.

JORJE: That could have done it. Her blood pressure could have gone way up, and that also could have blown an artery.

You know, so people that are more fragile, that already have heart disease, that have partially blocked arteries, definitely are at higher risks at times of greater stress, when things like this happen.

It could be fear. It could be a doctor. You know, it could be a letter from the IRS. It could be almost anything.

(chuckling)

But sadness can definitely -- and mourning can definitely affect you.

MIKE: Well, they say that those big life events can build up -- for example, if you move, if you change jobs, if you get married, if you get divorced, the loss of a loved one, and if you compound all of those, they could have a -- I guess an avalanche of emotion that takes you into the spiral. And in this case, what was the Japanese word for it again?

JORJE: I think it's (foreign language). (foreign language).

MIKE: I think I ordered that last night.

JORJE: I think I got sick from eating it actually.

(laughter)

MIKE: Doctor, it's -- it's such an important topic. I'm not trying to make light of heart disease.

JORJE: No, no, no.

MIKE: Especially on National Bacon Day. I don't know if you knew this. National Bacon Day is today, and I haven't had any yet. I plan on having a little bacon later.

JORJE: Today is National Bacon Day? Seriously?

MIKE: Yeah, seriously.

JORJE: Mike, I don't know if you know, but I live with a Texan. And two Thanksgivings ago, our turkey was a nice turkey really latticed on the outside with bacon strips. So I took an extra Lipitor that day and enjoyed bacon.

But, you know what, we are making light of it. The key is that heart disease is the number one killer in this country. The number one killer. Almost 700,000 people a year die from heart disease.

MIKE: Wow.

JORJE: And I always get a little annoyed with people when they don't want to take medications for their cholesterol or their blood pressure because they're feeling fine. And the problem with heart disease is that you feel fine until the day you don't. And then it may be too late.

MIKE: Wow.

JORJE: So a word to the wise, if you're over 40, if you have a high blood pressure or diabetes, for God's sake, check your heart. It is what keeps you alive.

MIKE: And you're saying, check your heart, don't just go to the health chair at Wegmans and put your hands on the blood pressure meter.

JORJE: No. No. Listen, I'm going to do some Wellness Wednesdays about the difference between high blood pressure, a stroke, and heart attacks. Because people really confuse them all.

Think of it this way, if you have a lawn, under the lawn is the PVC piping that supplies water. Right?

MIKE: Yep.

JORJE: For all you know, if you look at your lawn and it looks green, you're getting enough water to your lawn, you're getting enough blood. But you don't know if the pipes are 80 percent clogged.

And one day, one of them is going to get clogged 100 percent, and that sprinkler is not going to give water. That's a heart attack when that part of the lawn dies.

So if you have a family history, if you're overweight, you need to ask your doctors to do more thorough tests than just a blood pressure or even an EKG. All right?

MIKE: Yeah, now I'm getting panicked. Not just about my lawn --

JORJE: No. But go ahead and enjoy your bacon ice cream or whatever you're having today.

MIKE: Thanks. Yeah, from the guy who had a turkey wrapped in bacon last year.

(laughter)

But you did --

JORJE: I had a little bit.

MIKE: A little bit. Right. Right.

Weren't you the guy who was telling me about flawn (phonetic)?

JORJE: Well, yeah.

Listen, another model of mine is, if you can do it, moderation in everything.

MIKE: Well, I think that's key.

JORJE: You know, I really do believe that. I think in diets, if you deprive yourself of too much stuff, you end up binging and going overboard.

MIKE: Well, it is about -- and you and I have had these talks for years. And this is Dr. Jorge Rodriguez. DrJorge.com is his site. He's a great author. He's a common sense guy. He's a physician. An internal medicine guy. And he speaks plainly to us in the layman's world about health and medicine. And you're my go-to guy in stuff like this.

JORJE: Thank you.

MIKE: I'm sorry to say we had to bring up the topic, a broken heart can kill you. Now we know it can. It's not exactly your heart breaking in half.

But going forward in the New Year, Dr. Jorge, I hope we can talk about January and what we all need to do to kick off the New Year and stay healthy. And I hope you'll carve out some time for us going forward.

JORJE: I would love so. I'd love to do that. You know, we'll get on a plan together. So thank you, Mike.

MIKE: Well, the last time we did that, you told me I couldn't drink for the month of January.

JORJE: Well, did you listen to my advice?

MIKE: I listened.

(laughter)

Application was a different thing.

JORJE: I know. All right -- and I'm still about to send your Christmas present. You'll see what it is.

MIKE: I can't wait. I have one for you too. It's a trophy. And I think you're going to love it.

JORJE: Oh, Lord.

MIKE: Yes.

But good luck to your Kings. We'll see you in the playoffs, sir.

JORJE: Thank you. I'd love that. That would be great. We could banter back and forth. And Happy New Year to you and yours, Mike, and to your listeners.

MIKE: Thanks, Dr. Jorge. Take care, my friend.

JORJE: Have a great one. Bye.

MIKE: Thank you. He is one of the good guys out there. One of the good guys who explains medicine the way I wish my doctor -- and I wish my brother who is a physician, he's a surgeon, I wish he could speak as plainly and as clearly as Dr. Jorge. Just a good guy. And I appreciate him so much.

When we get back -- I think I have one more little story to share with you, and then we'll wrap up 2016. I've got to put a bow on 2016. And as I said, I'm tying lead cinder blocks to it and dropping it in the ocean. Mike Opelka in for my buddy Glenn Beck on the Glenn Beck Program.

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MIKE: It is the Glenn Beck Program. Wrapping up 2016. Mike Opelka from Pure Opelka on TheBlaze Radio Network saying thank you for joining me today and being a part of the show. So many of you participated via the Twitter. And we'll be back Monday. Monday, I have a very important story about the UN. There is something happening at the UN that nobody is paying attention to, at least I don't think so.

If you remember Agenda 21 and how evil it was, then you should know and you should want to be here Monday. Because the UN took Agenda 21 and pulled it off the table. Once we started pointing it out, once we exposed the one world government plan of Agenda 21, the UN shut down that program, but it's coming back. And it's bigger and more dangerous than the previous once. I will explain that to you on Monday.

Plus, we're going to look at food trends. We'll talk to Dr. Wendy more about your privacy. And I want to share something with you. When we started 2016, my -- my dream, my goal, my mission was to be situationally aware at all times and try and be more attentive to situations around me. And I think I accomplished that.

However, I want to put a new -- a new mission in place for 2017. And it struck me yesterday when I saw a rose bush trying to kick out a flower in -- in late December here in Delaware yesterday. And I thought, "Nature is relentless. Nature never stops trying to create beauty. Nature just never gives up." And so for 2017, I'm really hoping that I can be more like nature, that I can be relentless, but I can be relentless in my efforts to create things that are beautiful. Things that contribute. Things that make people smile.

Yes, we'll still educate. But let's push. Let's be relentless. Let's make beautiful things in 2017. Testudo, my friends.

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Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history.

The Allied invasion force included 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 planes, and almost three million allied soldiers, airmen and sailors. Despite such numbers, the location and timing of the invasion was still an enormous gamble. The Nazis fully expected such an invasion, they just didn't know precisely when or where it would be.

Despite the enormous logistics involved, the gamble worked and by the end of June 6, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops were ashore in Normandy. The human cost was also enormous – over 4,900 American troops died on D-Day. That number doubled over the next month as they fought to establish a foothold in northern France.

There were five beach landing zones on the coast of northwestern France, divided among the Allies. They gave each landing zone a name. Canada was responsible for "Juno." Britain was responsible for "Gold" and "Sword." And the U.S. had "Utah" and "Omaha."

The Nazis were dug in with bunkers, machine guns, artillery, mines, barbed wire, and other obstacles to tangle any attempt to come ashore. Of the five beaches, Omaha was by far the most heavily defended. Over 2,500 U.S. soldiers were killed at Omaha – the beach so famously depicted in the opening battle sequence of the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan. The real-life assault on Omaha Beach included 34 men in that first wave of attack who came from the same small town of Bedford, Virginia. The first Americans to die on Omaha Beach were the men from Bedford.

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America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it.

America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it. Maybe that's because it wasn't a government project and it's not in Washington DC. It was initiated and financed by veterans and private citizens. It's tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Why is the memorial for one of the most famous days in modern world history in such a tiny town? Because, as a proportion of its population of just 3,200 at the time, no community in the U.S. sacrificed more men on D-Day than Bedford.

There were 34 men in Company A from Bedford. Of those thirty-four, 23 died in the first wave of attacks. Six weeks after D-Day, the town's young telegraph operator was overwhelmed when news of many of the first deaths clattered across the Western Union line on the same day. Name after name of men and families that she knew well. There were so many at once that she had to enlist the help of customers in the pharmacy's soda shop to help deliver them all.

Among those killed in action were brothers Bedford and Raymond Hoback. Bedford was the rambunctious older brother with a fiancée back home that he couldn't wait to return to. Raymond was the quieter, more disciplined younger brother who could often be found reading his Bible. He fell in love with a British woman during his two years in England training for D-Day. Like in that opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, Bedford and Raymond barely made it down the ramp of their Higgins Boat in the swarm of bullets and hot steel before they were cut down in the wet sand.

Bedford and Raymond Hoback's mother, Macie, learned of both their deaths from two separate telegrams, the first on a Sunday morning, the second the following day. Their younger sister, Lucille, remembered her mother's devastation, and her father walking out to the barn to cry.

The day after D-Day, the killing field of Omaha Beach was already transforming into the massive supply port that would help fuel the American drive all the way to Berlin over the next year. A soldier from West Virginia was walking along the beach when he saw something jutting out of the sand. He reached down and pulled it out. He was surprised to find it was a Bible. The inside cover was inscribed with: "Raymond S. Hoback, from mother, Christmas, 1938." The soldier wrote a letter and mailed it with the Bible to Raymond's mother. That Bible, which likely tumbled from Raymond's pack when he fell on D-Day, became Macie Hoback's most cherished possession – the only personal belonging of her son that was ever returned.

Of the 23 Bedford men who died on Omaha Beach, eleven were laid to rest in the American cemetery in Normandy.

These men, many of them barely out of their teens, didn't sign up to march to the slaughter of course. They had hopes and dreams just like you and I. Many of them signed up for adventure, or because of peer pressure, and yes, a sense of honor and duty. Many of the Bedford Boys first signed up for the National Guard just to make a few extra bucks per month, get to hang out with their buddies, and enjoy target practice. But someone had to be first at Omaha Beach and that responsibility fell to the men from Bedford.

Over the last several years, the D-Day anniversary gets increasingly sad. Because each year, there are fewer and fewer men alive who were actually in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The last of the surviving Bedford Boys died in 2009. Most of the remaining D-Day veterans who are still with us are too frail to make the pilgrimage to France for the anniversary ceremonies like they used to.

It's difficult to think about losing these World War II veterans, because once they're all gone, we'll lose that tether to a time when the nation figured out how to be a better version of itself.

Not that they were saints and did everything right. They were as human as we are, with all the fallibility that entails. But in some respects, they were better. Because they went, and they toughed it out, and they accomplished an incredibly daunting mission, with sickening hardship, heartbreak, and terror along the way.

So, what does the anniversary of D-Day mean in 2019?

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough.

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough. You can't learn about the logistics of the operation and above all, the human cost, and not be humbled. But as a society, we have not emphasized well enough the story of D-Day and all that it represents. How can I say that? Because of an example just last weekend, when common sense got booed by Democratic Socialists at the California Democrats' State Convention. When Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said during his speech that "socialism is not the answer," the crowd booed loudly. When did telling the truth about socialism become controversial?

Sure, socialists, and communists and other anti-American factions have always been around. America certainly had socialists in 1944. But the current socialists trying to take over the Democratic Party like a virus don't believe in the D-Day sacrifices to preserve America, because they don't believe America is worth preserving. They are agitating to reform America using the authoritarian playbook that has only ended in death and destruction everywhere it is followed.

Ask a Venezuelan citizen, or an Iraqi Christian, or a North Korean peasant why D-Day still matters in 2019.

The further we move away from caring about pivotal events like June 6, 1944, the less chance of survival we have as a nation.

At the same time, the D-Day anniversary is a reminder that we're not done yet. It's an opportunity for us to remember and let that inform how we live.

Near the end of Saving Private Ryan, the fictional Captain Miller lays dying, and he gives one last instruction to Private Ryan, the young man that he and his unit have sacrificed their lives to rescue in Normandy. He says, "Earn it."

In other words, don't waste the sacrifices that were made so that your life could be saved. Live it well. The message to "earn it" extends to the viewer and the nation as well – can we say we're earning the sacrifices that were made by Americans on D-Day? I cringe to think how our few remaining World War II veterans might answer that.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more. I don't want to believe it's too late for us to rediscover those traits as a nation. I want to believe we can still earn it.

The challenge to "earn it" is a lot of pressure. Frankly, it's impossible. We can't fully earn the liberty that we inherited. But we can certainly try to earn it. Not trying is arrogant and immoral. And to tout socialism as the catch-all solution is naïve, and insulting to the men like those from Bedford who volunteered to go defend freedom. In truly striving to earn it, we help keep the flame of liberty aglow for future generations. It is necessary, honorable work if freedom is to survive.

The end of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is remarkably relevant for every anniversary of June 6, 1944. This is what D-Day still means in 2019:

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Letter from Corporal H.W. Crayton to Mr. and Mrs. Hoback – parents of Bedford and Raymond Hoback who were both killed in action on June 6, 1944

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July 9, 1944 Somewhere in France

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hoback:

I really don't know how to start this letter to you folks, but will attempt to do something in words of writing. I will try to explain in the letter what this is all about.

While walking along the Beach D-day Plus One, I came upon this Bible and as most any person would do I picked it up from the sand to keep it from being destroyed. I knew that most all Bibles have names & addresses within the cover so I made it my business to thumb through the pages until I came upon the name above. Knowing that you no doubt would want the Book returned I am sending it knowing that most Bibles are a book to be cherished. I would have sent it sooner but have been quite busy and thought it best if a short period of time elapsed before returning it.

You have by now received a letter from your son saying he is well. I sincerely hope so.

I imagine what has happened is that your son dropped the Book without any notice. Most everybody who landed on the Beach D-Day lost something. I for one as others did lost most of my personal belongings, so you see how easy it was to have dropped the book and not know about it.

Everything was in such a turmoil that we didn't have a chance until a day or so later to try and locate our belongings.

Since I have arrived here in France I have had occasion to see a little of the country and find it quite like parts of the U.S.A. It is a very beautiful country, more so in peace time. War does change everything as it has this country. One would hardly think there was a war going on today. Everything is peaceful & quiet. The birds have begun their daily practice, all the flowers and trees are in bloom, especially the poppies & tulips which are very beautiful at this time of the year.

Time goes by so quickly as it has today. I must close hoping to hear that you receive the Bible in good shape.

Yours very truly,

Cpl. H.W. Crayton

It's not as easy as it used to be for billion-dollar entertainment empires like The Walt Disney Company. It would be more streamlined for Disney to produce its major motion pictures in its own backyard. After all, abortion in California is readily available, as well as a protected, cherished right. And since abortion access is critical for movie production, right up there with lighting equipment and craft services, you would think California would be the common-sense choice for location shooting. Alas, even billion-dollar studios must pinch pennies these days. So, in recent years, Disney, among other major Hollywood studios, has been farming out production to backwater Southern lands like Georgia, and even Louisiana. Those states offer more generous tax breaks than Disney's native California. As a result, Georgia for example, played host to much of the shooting for the recent worldwide box office smash Avengers: Endgame.

But now it looks like it's Georgia's endgame. The state recently passed what is known as a "heartbeat" bill – a vicious, anti-woman law that would try to make pregnant women allow their babies to be born and actually live. It's a bridge too far for a major studio like Disney, which was largely built on creating family entertainment. How can Disney possibly go about making quality movies, often aimed at children, without access to unfettered abortion? It's unconscionable. Lack of abortion access makes it nearly impossible to shoot movies. So, what's a major studio to do? Disney might have considered migrating its business to Louisiana, but that state too has now signed a heartbeat bill into law. It's utter madness.

These monstrous anti-abortion bills, coupled with having to live under President Trump, has led Disney to seek a new home for its legendary movie magic. Last week, Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, announced that all future Disney movies will now be filmed on location in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda.

"Disney and Wakanda are a match made in heaven," Iger told reporters. "Wakanda was, until recently, a secret kingdom, much like our own Magic Kingdom. With this new partnership, we'll not only get to continue our legacy of making movies that parents and children everywhere enjoy together, but we'll get to do so in a safe space that reveres abortion as much as we do."

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion.

As home to the most advanced technology in the world – and with the planet's highest per-capita concentration of wokeness – Wakanda offers women painless, hassle-free abortion on demand. As the Wakandan health ministry website explains, the complete absence of any white-patriarchal-Judeo-Christian influence allows women in Wakanda to have complete control of their own bodies (with the exception of females who are still fetuses). As winner of the U.N.'s 2018 Golden Forceps award (the U.N.'s highest abortion honor) Wakanda continues its glowing record on abortion. That makes it an ideal location for Disney's next round of live-action remakes of its own animated movies in which the company plans to remove all male characters.

Iger says he hopes to convince Wakandan leadership to share their top-secret vibranium-based abortion procedure technology so that American women can enjoy the same convenient, spa-like abortion treatment that Wakandan women have enjoyed for years.

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion. Disney plans to boycott and/or retaliate against the other 51 African nations, as well as any U.S. states, that restrict abortion. Specific plans are being kept under wraps, but sources say Disney's potential retaliation may include beaming Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the offending territories on a continuous, indefinite loop.

When asked how Wakanda's futuristic capital city and distinctly African landscape would be able to double for American movie locations, Iger said, "I guess America will just have to look more like Wakanda from now on."

One potential wrinkle for the Left-leaning studio is the fact that Wakanda has an impenetrable border wall-shield-thing designed to keep out foreign invaders as well as illegal immigrants. Iger said he understands Wakanda's policy of exclusivity, adding, "After all, not everyone gets into Disneyland. You have to have a ticket to get in. Anyone is welcome, but you have to go through the process of getting a ticket." When one reporter pointed out that Iger's answer sounded like the conservative argument for legal immigration under the rule of law, Iger insisted that the reporter was "a moronic fascist."

What if the unthinkable happens and Florida also enacts its own "heartbeat" law? That would be problematic since Walt Disney World is located in Florida. Iger responded that Disney would "cross that bridge if we get to it" but that the most likely scenario would entail "dismantling Disney World piece-by-piece and relocating it to the actual happiest place on earth – Wakanda." As for whether Disney would ever open character-themed abortion clinics inside its theme parks, Iger remained coy, but said, "Well, it is the place where dreams come true."

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice.

When pressed about the cost of ramping up production in a secretive African kingdom that has no existing moviemaking infrastructure (which could easily end up being much more expensive than simply shooting in California) Iger said, "You can't put a price tag on abortion freedom. Wakanda Forever and Abortion Forever!"

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice. And that will be welcome relief to traditional families all over the world who keep the Walt Disney Company in business.

*Disclaimer: The preceding story is a parody. Bob Iger did not actually say any of the quotes in the story. Neither is Wakanda an actual nation on planet Earth.

"Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris," is a podcast featuring conversations about how faith has guided newsmakers and celebrities through their best and worst times. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a much maligned religion so Glenn joined the podcast and took the time to explain what it means to him and how it changed his life.

From his suicidal days and his battle with drugs and alcohol, it was his wife Tania and his faith that saved him. All his ups and downs have given him the gift of empathy and he says he now understands the "cry for mercy" — something he wishes he'd given out more of over the years.

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One of these times I'm going to go on vacation, and I'm just not going to come back. I learn so much on a farm.

You want to know how things work, go spend a summer on a farm. You're having problems with your son or daughter, go spend a summer on a farm.

My son changed. Over two weeks.

Getting him out of bed, getting him to do anything, is like insane. He's a 15-year-old kid. Going all through the normal 15-year-old boy stuff. Getting him on the farm, where he was getting up and actually accomplishing stuff, having to build or mend fences, was amazing. And it changed him.

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Our society does not allow our kids to grow up, ever. I am convinced that our 15-year-olds could be fixing all kinds of stuff. Could be actually really making an impact in a positive way in our society. And what's wrong with our society is, we have gotten away from how things actually work. We're living in this theoretical world. When you're out on a farm, there's no theory here. If it rains, the crops will grow. If it rains too much, the crops won't grow.

If there's no sun, they won't grow. If there's too much sun, they'll shrivel up and die. There's no theory. We were out mending fences. Now, when I say the phrase to you, mending fences, what does that mean? When you think of mending fences, you think of, what?

Coming together. Bringing people together. Repairing arguments.

I've never mended a fence before until I started stringing a fence and I was like, "I ain't doing this anymore! Where is it broken? Can't we just tie a piece of barbed wire together?"

Let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

That's called mending fences.

And why do you mend fences? So your animals don't get out and start to graze on somebody else's land. When your fence goes down, your cow is now on somebody else's land. And your cow is now eating their food.

We look at the phrase, mending fences as saying, hey. You know, we were both wrong. Mending fences has nothing to do with that.

Mending fences means build a wall. My neighbors and I, we're going to get along fine, as long as my cows don't go and steal their food, or their cows don't come over and steal my cow's food.

We're perfectly neighborly with each other, until one of us needs to mend a fence, because, dude, you got to mend that, because your cows keep coming over and eating my food.

You know what we need to do with Mexico? Mend fences.

Now, that's a phrase. You hear build a wall. That's horrible.

No, no, no. We need to mend fences.

In a farming community, that means putting up an electric fence. That means putting up barbed wire.

So the cows — because the cows will — they'll stick their head through barbed wire. And they'll eat the grass close to the road. Or eat the grass close to the other side of the fence. And they'll get their heads in between those fences. And they can't get out sometimes. Because the grass is always greener on the other side. You look at these damn cows and say turn around, cow — there's plenty of stuff over here.

No. They want the grass on the other side of the fence.

So you mend it.

And if it's really bad, you do what we do. We had to put an electric fence up. Now, imagine putting an electric fence up. That seems pretty radical and expensive.

Does it really work? Does it shock them? What does that feel like to a cow?

The cows hit it once, and then they don't hit it again. They can actually hear the buzz of the electric fence. There's a warning. Don't do it. Don't do it. They hear the current and they hit it once and they're like, "I'm not going to do that again."

So you mend fences, which means, keep your stuff on your side. I like you. We're good neighbors. You keep your stuff on your side and I'll keep my stuff on my side and we'll get together at the town hall and we'll see each other at the grocery store. Because we're good neighbors. But what stops us from fighting is knowing that there is a fence there.

This is my stuff. That's your stuff. But we can still trade and we'll help each other. But let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

You can have a tough fence. It could be a giant wall. It could be an electric fence. But you need one. And that's how you come together.

The side that's having the problem, mends the fence.