Glenn Beck: Joel Rosenberg's Epicenter


Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg...

GLENN: I also wanted to get Joel Rosenberg on the phone with us. Joel is the author of several books. He was the? ?they called him the Nostradamus of 9/11 after 9/11 because he wrote a book. What was the name of that book, Joel? What was it?

ROSENBERG: The Last Jihad.

GLENN: The Last Jihad. In it, he had jihadists flying planes into buildings but it was in Denver, Colorado. And then we had people saying, oh, my gosh, he's going to actually say what he believes, that's politically incorrect for us. And so Joe went into nether regions of places like shows like mine and where he continues to speak his mind and tell the truth as he sees it. Joel, I thought about you last? ?in the last few weeks with Russia. You and I have talked about, over a year ago about how dangerous Russia is and how Russia has its alliance with Iran, and I thought of you Glenn last week because I believe you told me a while back, watch for Russia and Syria to also get in bed and that's what they were doing last week.

ROSENBERG: Well, that's right, Glenn. You and I have spoken extensively over the last several years about the rise of Vladimir Putin as a czar and this week, of course, my original nonfiction book on this, Epicenter, has just been released, Epicenter 2.0 in paperback which we update extensively the last two things that have happened with Russia, Syria, Iran the Middle East but there's going to have to be a 3.0 now because it had already went to press before this Russian invasion of Georgia. And, of course, this new alliance is building with Syria. It's very, very dangerous. As I said? Epicenter originally, who was not going to leave office? I actually sat in the U.S. embassy in Moscow meeting with all of their top political analysts four years ago and I said with Vladimir Putin's power to himself, rebuilding the Russian military and threatening its neighbors, do you really think he's going to step down when his term ends in 2008, and every single one of them, Glenn, said absolutely. I said, why? What would be the incentive for him to leave? He said, well, he's sort of a Catholic legalism. He would just go because it's the right thing to do. And I said, what would he do? I mean, go to Club Med, you know, run a dot com?

GLENN: No. He could have run like a Taekwondo class.

ROSENBERG: Perhaps. In fact, he didn't leave. He just changed hats from president to prime minister and now he's taken the first military action outside of Russia since 1979 when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan.

GLENN: Okay. So here's the thing. I wanted to talk to you, Joel, because, you know, you are the guy? ?in case anybody hasn't read any of Joel Rosenberg's book, you need to. They are absolutely tremendous. And this is really for the freak edge, I think, but I believe there are a lot of people? ?no, no, no, come on, Joel. You and I? ?

ROSENBERG: President of crazy town.

GLENN: What did you say?

ROSENBERG: President of crazy town.

GLENN: But I have a lot of for the president. I'm the mayor of crazy town. You may be the president. We've talked about this before. We are in the minority of people, but there is a growing number of people that have a gut that is saying to them these are important times biblically speaking, and I think that as Connie Rice said, there are birth pangs that we are experiencing now. She said we experienced about three or four years ago and they are coming faster and faster. And I wanted to pick your brain on a couple of things just with Russia and Iran. Do you, first of all, believe that Israel will attack Iran before Bush leaves office?

ROSENBERG: Well, I wouldn't want to predict it, but the signs are looking increasingly like that's what the Israelis are preparing for. They believe that they have a window that's rapidly closing. President Bush has been the most pro Israel President in American history. Certainly not perfect but, look, here's the situation. They believe that Iran could have nuclear weapons by sometime mid to late 2009, number one. Number two, the Russians have sold a billion dollars worth of ground to air missile defenses to Iran. Haven't delivered them yet but plan to sometime mid to late next year. Three, President Bush, because he's been so supportive of Israel, might give Israel cover if Israel felt it needed to strike before those antiaircraft missiles were operational and before Iran had nukes. Where does that leave you? It leaves you with a window between the end of the American election in November and the inauguration of whomever is going to be the next President, and I think? ?and all signs seem to be indicating Israel's preparing for a possible first strike very similar in their view to 1967 where they were surrounded by enemies who were threatening to throw the Jews into the sea, and Israel had two bad choices: Attack first and hope to neutralize the threat, as bad as that would be; or wait for a first strike against them which could eliminate their country. They chose to strike first. It didn't turn out as bad as they thought, but the world, you know, the world's now looking at a very similar situation to 1967.

GLENN: What do you think Russia? ?what role will Russia play? I think Russia will move to block for us.

ROSENBERG: They already are clearly. I mean, the Russians are now building? ?not only have they formed an alliance with Syria but Russia's been selling billions of dollars worth of missiles and jet planes, fighter jets to Syria. And now they're finishing up negotiations on building a Russian naval port in Syria because they are trying to move the Russian Navy back into the Mediterranean as they were trying to control that region during the Cold War. This is incredibly dangerous. And what's happening is, what's happening aside from Washington seeming to realize it or care is that Russia has joined the axis of evil.

GLENN: Yeah.

ROSENBERG: It is selling weapons to our worst enemies: Iran, Syria, North Korea, and yet the? ?

GLENN: Putin? ?

ROSENBERG: Washington is generally feeling like, I don't know if we really want to cause a problem with Russia.

GLENN: Right.

ROSENBERG: We're not causing the problem.

GLENN: Right.

ROSENBERG: We just need to acknowledge it for starters.

GLENN: Putin thinks that he can control? ?I really think he's looking at the Middle East as fuel. Not only control of oil but I mean actual fuel. He will use the Middle East to get his, you know, his dirty dealings done, but he really believes that he can control these crazies in the Middle East, doesn't he?

ROSENBERG: He does. Putin, like many in the West, fundamentally misunderstands the nature and threat of the evil that is this particular regime in Iran. I distinguish the regime from the Iranian people, 70% of whom roughly have turned away from Islam and actually are quite pro American. But at the regime level this is not your? ?you know, this is not your grandfather's Oldsmobile. This is not the same Iranian leadership that was nutty, crazy, dangerous. This is out of control dangerous now. Why? Because as you and I have discussed and as I discuss in this Epicenter book, the president of Iran as well as the supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, they fundamentally believe that they have been chosen by Allah to alienate the United States and Israel to usher in the return of the Islamic Messiah known as the Mahdi. Now, Putin, I think because he is not a religious person and because he comes from a communist atheist system, just doesn't understand that Ahmadinejad and Khomeini are crazy. I mean, they really are the type of people that will blow up the world if they get the chance. I think Putin thinks that he as the czar has control over them and I think he's making? ?he's playing with fire. He's making a major mistake but he's not the only one. You have the Democratic nominee, or presumptive nominee. But assuming that Clinton doesn't steal it away in the next couple of days. You know, Senator Obama wants to sit down with the president of Iran.

GLENN: Does the idea of Joe Biden you feel any better?

ROSENBERG: Well, I like Joe Biden. He's a nice, friendly guy. I disagree with him on just about every issue except for one day when he voted for the war in Iraq before he voted against it.

GLENN: Right.

ROSENBERG: I mean, these guys, it's interesting. But no, you know, you'd like to think that Senator Obama was hiring a grown up to oversee him, but Senator Biden's judgment on a lot of major foreign policy issues has been disastrous. I would note that before he briefly had sanity on the Iraq issue, previously he had voted against the war to remove Saddam Hussein from the raping and pillaging of Kuwait back in 1990. So I think there's some trouble there.

GLENN: Yeah. He was also for d??tat with Russia. Does it make you nervous at all? I mean, putting this in biblical terms, you know, you have described that it is the alliance between Russia and Iran that the book of Revelation points out as being a gigantic sign.

ROSENBERG: Well, the book of Ezekiel, yes. It's the event, the Ezekiel prophecies of Chapters 38 and 39 precede the events that will happen in Revolution but there's certainly a precursor for, a precondition for the total end of the world scenario that was laid out in Revelation. Yes. Look, I'm? ?as you and I have talked about, I'm an evangelical Christian from an orthodox Jewish heritage. My orthodox Jewish grandparents and great grandparents actually escaped out of Russia in 1907 when czar Nicholas II was trying to kill as many Jews as he could get his hands on. And what has always intrigued me from that Russian heritage, Jewish heritage and my evangelical Christian faith in the Bible is that the Bible is the only document in human history that said that Israel would be reborn as a country in the last days, that Jews would come back to the Holy Land after centuries of exile and then Russia, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan, a group of other Middle Eastern countries would surround Israel and try to destroy her in those last days.

Now, we've seen a number of those specific elements already take place. We just celebrated the 60th anniversary of the rebirth of Israel. Jews are continuing to pour back into the Holy Land and now we're watching this Russian/Iranian/Syrian/Sudanese, et cetera alliance. I'm not saying that we are definitely going to see the total fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38 and 39 prophecy in our lifetime.

GLENN: But you are not not saying it, either.

ROSENBERG: You couldn't rule it out based on the trajectory which seems to be accelerating. Look at it. That Bible prophecy that we're talking about, Glenn, talks about Russia coming from the north with its allies to attack Israel. Now, take out a map. Go to Moscow. Go straight south and before you get to Israel, where do you drive right through? Georgia.

GLENN: Okay. Joel, thank you very much. We'll look for the 2.0 of Epicenter available in paperback now in bookstores and we'll talk to you again, sir. Joel Rosenberg. Thanks, man, bye bye.

15 MLK quotes the far-left does NOT want you to read

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While members of the far-left often herald Martin Luther King Jr. as an emblem of their movement, it is ironic that many of MLK's core values and teachings are at odds with their values. On this day when we honor Martin Luther King Jr., one of America's most articulate and transformational leaders, it is important that we remember his teachings as they truly were, and not what the modern-left would like them to be. Here are 15 of MLK's most impactful quotes the far-left would like you to forget.

MLK was a firm believer in non-violent demonstration, unlike ANTIFA and many of the modern-left movements today. He also taught the motivation behind these non-violent movements should be love, not hate.

1. I have earnestly worked and preached against violent tension, but there is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood. So, the purpose of direct action is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.—Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
2. After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time – the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts.—Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964
3. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.—"I Have a Dream" speech, 1963
4. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.—Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964
5. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.—Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964
6. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaim the rule of the land. “And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid.”—Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964

MLK believed just laws are derived from God's law alone. He defined unjust laws as those that do not treat all men equally in dignity, as God's law requires. Civil disobedience is only justified when it involves breaking an unjust law in pursuit of moral law, he taught.

7. How does one determine when a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law.—Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
8. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. To use the words of Martin Buber, the great Jewish philosopher, segregation substitutes an "I - it" relationship for the "I - thou" relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things.—Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
9. We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." It was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal. If I lived in a Communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I believe I would openly advocate disobeying these anti-religious laws—Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963

MLK did NOT hate America. On the contrary, he loved America's founding principles and fought for the equal application rights of principles and America's Judeo-Christian heritage. He was hopeful rather than hateful of the future of America and mankind.

10. So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."I Have a Dream" speech, 1963
11. One day the South will know that when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters they were in reality standing up for the best in the American dream and the most sacred values in our Judeo-Christian heritage.—Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963
12. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men — yes, Black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.—"I Have a Dream" speech, 1963
13. I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him.—Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1964

Unlike Critical Race Theory and modern leftist movement, MLK fought against applying special privileges to a particular race. Instead, MLK dreamed of both black and white people living together in love and brotherhood as equals.

14. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.—"I Have a Dream" speech, 1963
15. When this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last.—"I Have a Dream" speech, 1963

THIS heals your brain, and it contradicts our 'self-help' culture

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Glenn has been discussing the correlation between the "me-centered" culture and the rise in cases of mental illnesses. Could it be that turning our focus away from ourselves and toward others could help our mental health epidemic? Recent studies indicate, YES.

Indiana University psychology professors Dr. Joshua Brown and Dr. Joel Wong conducted a study that found the practice of gratitude expedites recovery for mental illness patients seeking psychological therapy. Their findings are pretty astonishing.

Patients who adopted a gratitude practice showed significantly more progress than those who didn't.

Brown and Wong's study followed nearly 300 adults, mostly college students, who were seeking mental health counseling at a university. Most of the participants reported critically low mental health when the study began, the majority of whom were seeking treatment for either anxiety, depression, or both.

The participants were then randomly assigned into one of three groups while receiving counseling services. The first group was instructed to write one letter of gratitude to another person each week for three weeks. The second group, on the other hand, was asked to write about their deepest thoughts and feelings about negative experiences. The third group was not assigned any writing activity in addition to counseling. What did they discover?

Those who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health after four weeks compared with the participants who wrote about negative experiences or only received counseling. Moreover, those who wrote gratitude letters reported that the improvements to their mental health persisted 12 weeks after their writing exercise ended.

This study demonstrates the incredible, healing impact of gratitude on patients with critical mental illnesses. So how does gratitude actually change your brain? Brown and Wong explained the science behind it.

"Gratitude unshackles toxic emotions."

Practicing gratitude releases toxic thoughts and language and replaces them with positive language. When studying the writing samples from the two groups, Brown and Wong discovered that those in the gratitude writing group used a higher percentage of "positive emotion words" and a lower proportion of "negative emotion words" than those in the other writing group. The study showed that the practice of gratitude allows people to process negative emotions where they can be released and replaced through positive emotions.

Gratitude changes your focus from "I" to "we."

Brown and Wong also said they looked for the repetition of "we" as opposed to "I" in the writing samples as evidence of a positive emotional change. Repetition of the word "I" indicated the writer was internally focused on their negative emotions while repeated use of the word "we," on the other hand, was evidence that the writer was grounded in the world outside of their internal emotions. Gratitude practice forced participants to look past their current circumstance and examine how they were a part of their social circles in a positive way. This, according to Brown and Wong, turned out to be extremely healing.

Gratitude is counter-cultural.

Glenn has been discussing the state of our "me-centered" culture and its detriments on our mental health. In 2022, Glenn rightly said "we have built a society that does NOT connect" and that "humans need human interaction. Humans need to develop compassion. Humans need positive input."

Is it any coincidence mental health is at an all-time low and suicide rates have risen 30 percent in 2022? Perhaps our "me-centered" culture is one of the key causes of our isolation and loneliness, and turning our focus toward the world around us, as Brown and Wong's study suggests, is the start of building a happy and fulfilling life.

Over the past year or more, Glenn has been focused on exposing the global threat of the Great Reset. As Glenn's listeners are well aware, the Great Reset refers to the agenda proposed by the World Economic Forum in 2020, urging leaders to take advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to restructure the "world order" to bring about a leftist Utopia. A major aspect of this vision is encouraging world leaders to force their people into compliance with climate change agendas and strive towards "zero-net emissions."

This agenda necessarily comes at the expense of YOUR freedom and the livelihoods of millions around the world...and it's closer than you think. Here are five things the government wants to BAN to further its climate agenda.

1. Gas-powered stoves

Glenn recently discussed the ground-breaking proposal from the Biden admin calling for the eventual ban on all gas-powered stoves. Why? The Biden admin cited a "new study" that connects gas stoves to pollution which, allegedly, has been "linked" to asthma in "some" children. However, this study is anything BUT new. The ban on gas-powered stoves has been a goal of the World Economic Forum for over a year.

A World Economic Forum article published on Feb 4, 2022 states:

Gas stoves have been found to be a bigger contributor to the climate crisis than previously believed, as they produce methane even when not in use.

The Biden administration is trying to package the gas-stove ban as a "public health" interest. DON'T FALL FOR IT. The ban on gas-powered stoves has been a part of the World Economic Forum's radical climate agenda for over a year.

2. Gas-powered heating and air conditioning

It comes as no surprise that the Biden administration's proposed ban on gas-powered stoves alludes to a ban on ALL gas-powered appliances. As Glenn pointed out, the proposal says merely having a "gas-powered connection" in your home creates harmful pollutants. Does that mean we have to do away with gas-powered homes altogether? The World Economic Forum says YES.

On April 19, 2022, the World Economic Forum published an article titled, "How electrifying buildings can tackle emissions and improve public health." The article asserts "the need for alternative energy infrastructures are becoming abundantly clear with 30% of emissions in the United States coming from the building sector."

What's the "greener" alternative? Electric "heat pumps." The article applauds leaders who have already mandated the construction of heat pump-powered homes:

Some cities and state governments are enacting laws to speed up the change, including restricting new growth of gas hookups and increasing government incentives to spur adoption. In response to the war in Ukraine, for example, France banned subsidies for new gas hookups and exchanged them for heat pump subsidies. The EU recently announced plans to double the rate of heat pump installations by this winter. And before the war started in Ukraine, New York City became the first city of its size to ban gas hookups in new construction. Now, cities across the United States are following suit with similar legislation.

One of Glenn's predictions for 2022 was that globalist elites would use crises to push their radical climate agenda that infringes on YOUR freedom. He hit the nail right on the head as France and the EU took advantage of the crisis in Ukraine to mandate electrically-heated homes. Glenn also postulated whether people would be unable to sell their homes unless all gas-powered appliances were replaced with electric appliances. This is no longer hypothetical—as detailed in the article noted above, this is already happening in New York, and other left-leaning cities will likely follow suit.

3. Gas-powered cars

Similar to New York's ban on new gas-powered homes, in 2021, California banned the sale of all gas-powered cars by 2035, with Oregon and Washington following suit. In a state already plagued by routine blackouts and brownouts, California will now spend billions in taxpayer dollars to build enough charging stations throughout the state to serve the electric vehicles owned by its 40 MILLION residents. It will not be surprising if the state implements scheduled blackouts in order to ration enough power for vehicles. Drive your EV on Monday, and heat your home on Tuesday. You won't have any choice in the matter—the state will have already mandated it for you.

4. Meat

What else is in your bright, "green future?" Glenn called it...BUGS! In its 2023 Global Risks Report, the World Economic Forum calls for the "transition to net-zero, nature-positive food" to fight "food insecurity." What does that mean? You can expect the crackdown on emissions-producing food like beef, chicken, milk, and eggs, and the introduction of "nature positive" sources of protein, like legumes, soy, and, you guessed it, BUGS—and you won't have any choice in the matter. The Risk Report calls for "radical policy measures" to bring about this food transition.

5. Your FREEDOM

It is clear the World Economic Forum and left-leaning globalist leaders intend to push this agenda regardless of your individual choice. It is one thing to pursue a "green lifestyle" on your own accord. It is another thing altogether to not have meat as an option in the grocery store, being forced to go without heating weekly to ration the power grid, not being able to sell your home because of outdated, "harmful" gas-powered appliances, or not being allowed to sell your car because it's not electric. Is this the future you want to live in?

As Glenn continues to shine light on these issues, there's still hope that we can stop this radical agenda. Vote for people who will stand up to global elites and will protect your freedom above globalist pressures. Support your farmers who are fighting against these green regulations. If we start identifying signs of the Great Reset, we will be better prepared to stop it.

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Let me give you something that I think is absolutely amazing. It's about an 11-year-old boy named Jude Kofi. He lives in Colorado with his parents from Ghana and his three other siblings. Jude is autistic with a very special talent. One day, Jude's father heard beautiful piano music coming from his old keyboard. He was astounded to find Jude masterfully playing the piano—without having any lessons.

When the local news picked up his story, a man—a complete stranger—wanted to invest in Jude's talent. If you've wondered where all the good people have gone, listen to this.

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One of my favorite bands is Poor Man's Poison. They're from the farmlands of California. The lyrics of their song "Good People" asks the question, "If you could help or walk away, if that choice was up to you, what would you do? What if it were you? Where did all the good people go?"

We keep asking ourselves—at least I do—where are they? Where did all the good people go? It turns out, they're everywhere. We don't see them, because they don't generally make the news. But the good people are around us. That's you. That's me—the people who are looking for a second chance at life, who have the ability to do something.

The stranger who helped Jude Kofi spurs us on to pursue goodness. That guy was a tuner of pianos. His father had just died. He inherited money. He saw Jude's story on the local news and he thought, "This kid has got to have lessons and a piano." So he takes his inheritance from his father, buys the piano, promises to tune it every month for the rest of his life, and helps Jude get piano lessons.

I just want to bring you the news today that the good people are here. We're surrounded by them. The problem is, there's not enough examples that we see on a daily basis, but we should start looking for them. We should start sharing those stories, and we should start recognizing that we have been given the opportunity to help those around us—whatever it is. I wouldn't have thought to give this kid a piano. I'm not a piano tuner. But he did because that's his gift.

You are the good people. Where have you gone? Nowhere. Just a quick reminder to wake up and see the ways you can help all around you.