Buck Sexton Live From the Scene at the Attempted Terrorist Attack in New York

What happened?

Terror struck Manhatten again but thankfully there were only a few minor injuries and a major tragedy was averted. A man from Bangladesh strapped a pipe bomb to a suicide vest which detonated early, avoiding any type of major damage. Fortunately, the suspect wasn't a skilled bomb maker, and most the bomb's force went into the suspect himself who is now in custody.

ISIS threat...

ISIS issued a cryptic message about "Christmas in New York" using the image of Santa Clause in Times Square with dynamite.

"We meet at Christmas in New York... soon," the message stated. It was shared online and on social media by ISIS sympathizers.

On the scene...

Glenn welcomed former CIA agent and radio host Buck Sexton on radio Monday who called in live on his way to the scene.

"So when you see the meme that was sent out from ISIS with Santa in the --- in Times Square, 'We're going to visit New York soon,' is that something that you think or authorities think that we are looking for direct ISIS participation in? Or is that just to inspire people to do what this guy did?" Glenn asked.

"You know, it's tough with this one. I wrote about this on the Hill a couple of weeks ago because there was so much jihadist chatter. And there were so many different people -- so many different memes and threats out there. There have been -- in true ISIS chat forums, there have been threats against the Vatican, the British royal family. Times Square. There's a whole bunch of them that have come out in the last month or so. Which is not unusual," Buck answered.

"But the problem with Islamic State threats, especially when they make it into certain channels, is they tend to make good on them. It might take them a year. It might take them two."

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GLENN: So early this morning, there was a terrorist strike in Manhattan. For those who watch ISIS, this was not a surprise. They, a couple of weeks ago, put out a meme that had Santa standing next to a box of dynamite in Times Square. And it says, we'll be visiting New York very soon.

And so today, there was a failed attempt, thank God, because it could have been very bad, right on 42nd and eighth, which is the Port Authority bus station and the subway terminal that kind of brings you right into Times Square.

Buck Sexton is in New York. He does his own national radio program. It can be heard here on TheBlaze Radio Network. Welcome, Buck. How are you?

BUCK: I'm good, Glenn. It's great to talk to you.

GLENN: So tell me what's happening in New York.

BUCK: I just have to tell everybody, if you do hear sirens in the background, those I believe are actually likely on the way because I'm on the way to the site, still. I'm right nearby. So there is still a lot of activity, a lot of police activity. I'm only a few blocks away from where this happened this morning. I think this is one of those weird instances, Glenn, where we have to say, wow, we got lucky. You have someone here who most likely -- I mean, I would -- I would bet money, although we don't know quite yet that he has ISIS paraphernalia at home, that he probably was spending time on various jihadist chat forums. And he might have even either said he did this for the Islamic State or left a note, which are things now that ISIS-inspired individuals do.

But he built a pipe bomb and tried to use it as -- he tried to take that IED and turn it into an S vest or a suicide vest. And fortunately, he wasn't a skilled bomb maker, and most of the blast, it seems -- there's a video that people can watch on the -- I know it's on NewYorkPost.com now. It's probably up on TheBlaze too. There's a video you can see of the actual incident.

And I think a lot of the bomb's force went into this guy, went into the suspect now, who is in custody. And we're just really lucky that -- Glenn, I don't know how he's thinking he's going to fight for the Islamic State and chooses to make a bomb, instead of go with a vehicle attack. A vehicle attack is so much more likely to kill people. So the terrorist incompetence in this case was our greatest ally.

GLENN: So I can't imagine how the force of the blast went into him and it was still alive.

BUCK: I think it was probably a partial detonation.

It reminds me very much of what happened with the underwear bomber. If you recall, Farouk Abdulmutallab. And he really burned himself. He didn't -- there was no real detonation of that explosion.

Because, yeah, Glenn, absolutely. I mean, a pipe bomb, the shrapnel from that, even with a kind of low-order detonation would tear him up. And he would be dead very quickly, you would assume. But it might have been more of a burn than a bomb, if you know what I mean.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

BUCK: It might have ignited, but not actually exploded. And the other injuries are minimal, as has been reported -- which I don't know if they are from people -- look, it could be from people running for their lives, and somebody gets pushed down in the -- you know, they were down in the tunnel and hits their head.

But that's, I think, just more evidence of the bomb being a crude device. And that this individual was fortunately not skilled and did not plan this out well, and that's why we're not counting any bodies this morning.

GLENN: So when you see the meme that was sent out from ISIS with Santa in the -- in Times Square, "We're going to visit New York soon," is that something that you think or authorities think that we are looking for direct ISIS participation in? Or is that just to inspire people to do what this guy did?

BUCK: You know, I -- it's tough with this one. I wrote about this on the Hill a couple of weeks ago because there was so much jihadist chatter. And there were so many different people -- so many different memes and threats out there. There have been -- in true ISIS chat forums, there have been threats against the Vatican, the British royal family. Times Square. There's a whole bunch of them that have come out in the last month or so. Which is not unusual.

But the problem with Islamic State threats, especially when they make it into certain channels, is they tend to make good on them. It might take them a year. It might take them two.

But eventually, one of their adherents, or one of their trained fighters, depending on what kind of attack we're talking about, does attempt to -- does attempt to make good on the threat.

I also feel a little conflicted about it though, Glenn. Because we don't want to allow the terrorist to keep us in a state of perpetual fear over the holidays. And I know that that's part of it. Right?

That's part of the cyber jihad game. They post all this stuff so that every person who goes to Rockefeller Center here in New York to see the tree, gets a little bit nervous in the crowd. Every person who walks around in Times Square with their family has to think, you know, was there a commotion over there? What's going on?

Unfortunately, that's part of this long-term psychological warfare they're waging against us. So we have to create this balance between vigilance and anxiety. And they're playing games with that too. The terrorists are playing games with that all the time.

STU: Buck, we're obviously happy that this turned out the way it did and there wasn't a real tragic loss of life.

But it does pop to, I think the top of the mind, other important questions. Like, is there something we can do to secure Santa Claus, or is the remote location of the North Pole enough to keep him away from ISIS?

BUCK: You know, fortunately, Santa is like the original off-the-grid guy. So we don't to have worry much.

GLENN: You're saying Santa is the original prepper? Huh.

BUCK: His digital foot precipitate -- I mean, first of all, I don't even think he's leaving prints of any kind. Right? He's a slick individual.

GLENN: Right. Yeah, yeah.

BUCK: But, yeah, you're not going to get much off of Santa's social media. So the ways that they would usually try to track him down, I'm not too worried about him. Plus, reindeer, I don't know if, you know, if you get them annoyed, it depends on the time of the year, but they can be a handful.

GLENN: Yeah. Okay. Buck Sexton, thanks.

BUCK: Thanks so much, guys.

GLENN: You bet.

STU: You can catch Buck on his national radio show. He's on TV all the time. Buck Sexton is the place to find him.

The House approved a new aid package for Ukraine of nearly $40 billion, which will increase the total U.S. funding for Ukraine's war efforts to a whopping $58 BILLION since March, if the package passes in the Senate. Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified before Congress that the Biden administration is considering diverting resources away from an already-struggling VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) to deal with the border crisis.

"I am not making this up -- this will [make] your head explode," Glenn Beck said in the radio program Thursday. "They are going to divert costs; the Biden administration is taking money from the VA. Now already, our veterans get seconds, and we are [considering] diverting VA funding, and doctors, and nurses, away from our vets and to the migrants at the border, so we can take money that we don't have, $58 billion, and send it to Ukraine. What the hell is wrong with us?"

"Now, some Republican lawmakers are attempting to fight this," he added. "But, most people haven't even heard of this. This is how the atrocities at the border go unchecked. Biden sweeps it all under a rug. The mainstream media covers it up. And, meanwhile, people suffer and die. And in this case, it's not only the people on the border, but it is also our veterans in VA hospitals."

Glenn went on to detail the unreported deadly consequences of Biden’s border policies which have led to enough fentanyl to kill millions of Americans pouring across the border and terrorists having found easy paths into our country.

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Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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