Three Things You Need to Know - September 26, 2017

The Cowboys set the example.

We need to give credit to America’s Team for showing the rest of the NFL a path forward.

Last night, just before their Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys walked out to center field, knelt in prayer, then stood up and respectfully listened to the national anthem.

What the Dallas Cowboys did last night was a microcosm for the entire country. They came together as a team, stood up for what they believed in, included prayer, and did it all respectfully. You can disagree with what they’re protesting, but you can’t say that what they did was in any way disrespectful.

This is the type of leadership we need for the entire country. Can you think of any other political activism, in this day and age, that has ended with non-violence and with both sides feeling respected? It just doesn’t happen anymore.

We desperately needed something positive, and I guess I’m not too surprised that it came out of professional sports. Historically our professional athletes have transcended their professions. In 1936 Jesse Owens won four gold medals, showing the “Master Race” they weren't that superior after all. In 1980 Herb Brooks and the US Hockey team broke the myth of Soviet invincibility.

In 2017, the Dallas Cowboys showed us that respecting each other is possible. They provided a path forward for the NFL, and an example for the entire country.

Alejandro Villanueva has the perspective too many Americans are missing.

“The Giant.” That’s what the locals in Afghanistan called him.

His platoon called him “Lieutenant V.” Sometimes just “V.”

One night in August 2011, the Taliban ambushed his platoon. A furious firefight broke out. Three American soldiers were hit immediately in the bullet spray. Lieutenant V – “the Giant” – took the wounded men to a nearby school, carrying one of them on his back. A helicopter eventually rescued them.

V was awarded the Bronze Star for valor, but he’d rather not have it, because one of the three wounded men died that night – Private Jesse Dietrich. V still hasn’t come to grips with the tragedy.

Yet, there would be two more tours in Afghanistan for V, this time as an Army Ranger.

V has an unusual background. He was born in Mississippi to Spanish parents. His dad was a Spanish naval officer. Later, his dad worked at NATO in Belgium where V played football for the first time at an American high school. He was smart, athletic and really big.

He made the football team at West Point as a walk-on. By his senior year, he was team captain.

Then came Afghanistan. The Bronze Star. Falling in love and marrying Madelyn.

Though he hadn’t played football in five years, he tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014. He made the team but was cut before the season started. Then he made the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. Halfway through the next season, he earned a starting spot. This summer, the Steelers gave him a four-year, $24 million contract extension.

Last Sunday, 29-year-old, 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman, “V the giant” Alejandro Villanueva, was the only Pittsburgh Steelers player to step out of the tunnel for the national anthem. He stood with his hand over his heart, and by doing so, stepped into the hearts of millions of Americans disgusted by the childish activism of so many NFL players.

He already regrets the attention. He apologized, saying he made his team and coach look bad. But something drew Villanueva to step out for the anthem, something most of us will never fully understand because our lives haven’t been at stake for our country.

As he stood for the anthem, Villanueva undoubtedly thought back to Afghanistan and the loss of Private Dietrich. Villanueva has perspective, an attribute that is sorely missing from too much of American life.

Time for a quick quiz.

Is 60,000 greater than, less than, or equal to 100?

If you're in the media, you probably just answered "equal to."

That's because the media really wants us to believe that 60,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, over half of which were deleted, are the same thing as the less than 100 emails found in the private email address of Jared Kushner.

You might still think to yourself, "did Jared miss the whole email scandal during the election? Why is he using a private email address?" Fair question, but perspective is important.

First of all, no one is even accusing Kushner of emailing classified documents. He didn't call up some IT professional to set up a private server, he just used a family domain account. And reportedly, the emails were nothing but a bunch of links to news stories, mostly sent to him by other people, that he then forwarded to his government address to fulfill federal record-keeping laws.

This information hasn't been verified yet, and they may still find something real that Kushner did wrong.

But, at this point, we don't even have weird emails about grandma yoga, John Podesta wearing socks to bed, or creepy codes about child trafficking rings held in the non-existent basement of pizza restaurants. So far, there's nothing here at all. Which makes the equation that much easier to solve.

60,000 is not even close to equal to 100. The math couldn't be more simple. Unless, of course, you're in the media.

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A new Pew Research Center report shows the death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is "heavily concentrated" in Democratic congressional districts.

According to the analysis, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. occurred in just 44 (approximately 10 percent of) congressional districts, and 41 of those 44 hardest-hit districts are represented by Democrats, while only three are represented by Republicans.

"A new Pew Research Center analysis of data on official reports of COVID-19 deaths, collected by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, finds that, as of last week, nearly a quarter of all the deaths in the United States attributed to the coronavirus have been in just 12 congressional districts – all located in New York City and represented by Democrats in Congress. Of the more than 92,000 Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of May 20 (the date that the data in this analysis was collected), nearly 75,000 were in Democratic congressional districts," Pew reported.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere argued that, while the coronavirus should never have been made into a partisan issue, the study certainly makes a strong statement in favor of GOP leadership.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once predicted the coronavirus death rate would be between 4 and 5 percent, but they've just come out with a new report and those predictions have been adjusted significantly.

According to the CDC's latest data, the fatality rate among Americans showing COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. And an estimated 35 percent who are infected by the virus will never have any symptoms. Therefore, the CDC is now estimating COVID-19 kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere recalled when the mainstream media went into overdrive, hammering President Donald Trump for predicting the final COVID-19 death rate would be "under one percent."

Looks like the president was right all along.

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Michigan barber Karl Manke isn't a troublemaker. He's a law-abiding citizen who did everything possible to financially survive during the COVID-19 lockdown. pandemic. Eventually, he had no other option: he had to reopen his business in defiance of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home orders.

In an interview on the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Manke, 77, told Glenn, "I'm not backing down" despite Whitmer's seemingly vindictive attempts to shut down his business.

Shortly after reopening, Manke was ticketed for violating Whitmer's stay-at-home order and charged with a misdemeanor. When he still refused to close his doors, the governor's office went a step further and suspended his barber license.

"It's kind of a vindictive thing," said Manke. "I've become a worm in her brain ... and she is going full force, illegally, when legislatures told her that she was out of place and this was not her assignment, she decided to take it anyway."

On Thursday, the Shiawassee County Circuit Judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against Manke. Read more on this update here.

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Time after time, Americans have taken to the streets to defend our constitutional rights, whether it was our livelihood at stake -- or our lives. But, what was the point of all the civil rights movements that came before, if we're about to let the government take our rights away now?

On his Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck argued that Americans are tired of having our rights trampled by "tyrannical" leaders from state and local governments who are ignoring our unalienable rights during this pandemic.

"Our nanny state has gone too far. The men and women in office -- the ones closest to our communities, our towns, our cities -- are now taking advantage of our fear," Glenn said. "Like our brothers and sisters of the past, we need to start making the decisions that will put our destiny, and our children's destiny, back into our hands."

It took less than two months of the coronavirus tyranny to make America unrecognizable, but some Americans are fighting back, risking losing their jobs and businesses or even jail time, as they battle to take back our civil rights.

Here are just a few of their stories:

After New Jersey's Atilis Gym reopened in defiance of the governor's executive order, the Department of Health shut them down for "posing a threat to the public health." Co-owner Ian Smith says somebody sabotaged the gym's toilets with enire rolls of paper to create the public health "threat."

Oregon Salon owner, Lindsey Graham, was fined $14 thousand for reopening. She said she was visited by numerous government organizations, including Child Protective Services, in what she believes are bullying tactics straight from the governor's office.

77-year-old Michigan barber, Karl Manke, refused to close his shop even when facing arrest. "I couldn't go another 30 days without an income," he said. But when local police refused to arrest him, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's (D) office suspending his business license instead.

Port of Seattle police officer Greg Anderson was suspended after he spoke out against enforcing what he called "tyrannical orders" imposed amid coronavirus lockdowns.

Kentucky mother-of-seven, Mary Sabbatino, found herself under investigation for alleged child abuse after breaking social distancing rules at a bank. After a social worker from child protective services determined there was no sign of abuse, he still sought to investigate why the Sabbatino's are homeschooling, and how they can give "adequate attention to that many children."

Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail after she defied the state-mandated stay-at-home orders to reopen her business.

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