Glenn Beck: Climbing for Seals


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GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. Last night I had a dinner with a good friend of mine, Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL, part of Seal Team 8 that -- or is it Seal Team 10, Stu?

DAN: 10.

GLENN: Yeah, Seal Team 10. His brother I think is an 8. And he wrote the book The Lone Survivor which if you haven't read, it's just a remarkable story. These SEALs are amazing. We were having dinner and he was telling me, "Oh, yeah, I jumped out of a plane at 29,000 feet and I did this and, you know, you only pull your parachute when you're doing that high altitude, you only pull your parachute about 800 feet from the ground." I'm thinking to myself, I'd be dead. There's just no way I would do any of these -- he's talking about big picked up by the submarine, you throw this band around it. It's just bizarre what these people do and they do it all the time. All the time the SEALs are out. Another good friend of mine, Michael Kobold is in the studio. How are you?

KOBOLD: Hi, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: You're a watchmaker. In case anybody doesn't know, Kobold watches, I wear Kobold watches. They are the only ones -- are you completely made now in America?

KOBOLD: No, not completely but close to 89% by value.

GLENN: This is -- and so many people don't know this. We stopped making watches a long time ago and Michael is a German who came over here and now is working over here and living over here, and are you an American yet?

KOBOLD: I'm not American. I'm here on a Visa. I'm German.

GLENN: All right. So -- but he's making watches, bringing them back here to America, makes them in Pittsburgh and they're great watches. In fact, the 24 watch which I have which is the one that was made for Kiefer Sutherland for the TV show 24 is the one I wear.

KOBOLD: That's right.

GLENN: And the SEALs wear his watches and everything else, great watches. Anyway, you are raising funds for the Navy SEALs?

KOBOLD: Yeah, in a roundabout way. So most people set up, you know, bake sales and lemonade stands, but the SEALs need a lot of money and this is not for the SEALs directly. It's for the Navy SEALs' families. If they get wounded or injured when killed in action, their families are taken care of by a fund called the Navy SEAL warrior fund. Which is a private institution and they raise money for these guys so that their families are taken care of when they can't take care of them anymore.

GLENN: And how are you raising money?

KOBOLD: Well, I'm climbing Mt. Everest in April and in May from Will Cross from Pittsburgh.

GLENN: Oh, in April and in May. We're just going to miss each other.

KOBOLD: Yeah, it's going to be a little bit tough. It's two months on the cold icy mountain there and with the worst food in the world.

GLENN: So again how are you raising money? I mean, that's cool that you're climbing Mt. Everest. What are you doing?

KOBOLD: Well, the way this all came about is I climb Mt. Everest with friends last year but I didn't get very far and, of course, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the world's greatest living explorer. I had a week to prepare for this. I went up and I injured myself. I sliced my hand open. So I wasn't allowed to climb anymore. And then I support the Navy SEALs by various ways, we give watches away, we raffle them off and we auction them off. At one of these events a Navy SEAL commander, commander from Seal Team 10 said how far did you get up Everest? I said, not very far, 20,000 feet. He said, that's not quite the summit, son. And so I said, you know what, I'm going to try it again and this time I'll prepare. I'll take more than seven days to do it. I'll take, you know, three or four months. And if I get to the summit, you know, I'll raise the Navy SEAL flag. And then I thought, well, why not raise money for the SEALs that way, for the warrior fund. And so the Navy said, fine, we'll get a couple of SEALs together to train you. So I've been training on their base in Coronado Island in California for the last three weeks.

GLENN: That's insanity.

KOBOLD: Yeah.

GLENN: That's insanity. Most guys are -- have you cried yet?

KOBOLD: Close to it. They chased me up the seven story high thing called a cargo net and I'm relatively scared of heights and I --

GLENN: Oh, so you're going to climb Mt. Everest and you're afraid of heights.

KOBOLD: Yes. I didn't --

GLENN: What the hell is wrong with you? 20,000 feet and you still, you have like bubbles in your head still? What are you thinking, Michael?

KOBOLD: Well, it's not that scary on the mountain. The scariest part is crossing these ice ladders through the consume boom ice pool which is --

GLENN: Oh, I hate that part, the Khumbu ice fault. I hate that. That's the worst part of it.

KOBOLD: That is.

GLENN: I think anybody you talk to says the mountain's not that bad, but the Khumbu ice fault. What exactly, what is an ice ladder?

KOBOLD: Well, it's basically just your regular stepladder and except for that it's tied together to two or three more stepladders by just a couple of strings and then you lay that across this huge crevasse and you cross the crevasse by climbing over the ice ladders. And you can do this on your hands and knees or you can do it by just walking over it with your crampons attached to your boots and you fall --

GLENN: Your crap-ons?

KOBOLD: Crampons, crampons. They are these metal things to attach to your boots to make sure you can walk on ice.

GLENN: Oh, I thought it was for when you crapped on ice.

KOBOLD: In fact, when you go to the summit, you wear diapers, a lot of guys wear diapers because you are climbing for, you know, 12 to 18 hours straight.

GLENN: Yeah, I could hold it for 12 to 18 hours, but I don't, I don't think I would because how far is the fall if you fall through the ladder, the ice ladder?

KOBOLD: It depends. I mean, it could be as little as 30 feet and as much as 100, 150 feet. But there is a line that you can hold onto. It's just for how long. That's the problem. So they are teaching me on Coronado how to hold onto all sorts of things and one of the ways is to lock your arms, that way you are not straining your muscles.

GLENN: Are you going back to Coronado to train with the SEALs?

KOBOLD: I am indeed. I'm flying out on Friday.

GLENN: Good, because I know we have a lot of SEAL listeners to the program there in the San Diego area.

KOBOLD: Yes.

GLENN: Make Michael cry like a little girl. Make him cry. (Laughing). All right. So if somebody wants to get involved, I mean, how are you raising money?

KOBOLD: Well, we've set up a website. There is the official Navy SEAL warrior fund website which you can Google, look up online, and you can make donations straight to them. And we have a website that tracks my progress and my expedition's progress which is www.Everest-challenge.com, and it's pretty cool. We'll have live updates from the mountain as we climb up and Sir Ranulph Fiennes is coming with us this time with a BBC camera to film us doing this.

GLENN: You have to call us when you get to the very top. You have to call.

KOBOLD: Absolutely, I will.

GLENN: We'll get you the phone number. Call us on your satellite phone.

KOBOLD: I can't agree we'll have such a clear connection as in the studio.

GLENN: Well, there's already -- you won't give a flying crap. You'll just be like, "Help, help." You know, the worst part I would imagine climbing Everest is then you get up to the top and you're like, oh, crap, now I've got to go all the way down.

KOBOLD: Yeah, that's the hardest part because you get elated and you get excited that you've made it to the summit and now you've got to go all the way back down to safety because most people when they die, they usually die on the way back.

GLENN: Have you thought about bringing a sled?

KOBOLD: No such luck.

GLENN: Michael Kobold, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. Next time I talk to you, we'll talk to you I guess from Everest.

KOBOLD: Sounds good. Thanks for having me, Glenn.

GLENN: You bet. We'll have all the information, we'll send it in the free e-mail newsletter today. You can sign up for that at GlennBeck.com, free e-mail newsletter today, help the Navy SEAL.

This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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The former ambassador to Russia under the Obama Administration, Michael McFaul, came up with "7 Pillars of Color Revolution," a list of seven steps needed to incite the type of revolution used to upend Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Georgia in the past two decades. On his TV special this week, Glenn Beck broke down the seven steps and showed how they're happening right now in America.

Here are McFaul's seven steps:

1. Semi-autocratic regime (not fully autocratic) – provides opportunity to call incumbent leader "fascist"

2. Appearance of unpopular president or incumbent leader

3. United and organized opposition – Antifa, BLM

4. Effective system to convince the public (well before the election) of voter fraud

5. Compliant media to push voter fraud narrative

6. Political opposition organization able to mobilize "thousands to millions in the streets"

7. Division among military and police


Glenn explained each "pillar," offering examples and evidence of how the Obama administration laid out the plan for an Eastern European style revolution in order to completely upend the American system.

Last month, McFaul made a obvious attempt to downplay his "color revolutions" plan with the following tweet:

Two weeks later, he appeared to celebrate step seven of his plan in this now-deleted tweet:



As Glenn explains in this clip, the Obama administration's "7 Pillars of Color Revolution" are all playing out – just weeks before President Donald Trump takes on Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the November election.

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Modern eugenics: Will Christians fight this deadly movement?

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Last month, without much fanfare, a new research paper disclosed that 94 percent of Belgian physicians support the killing of new-born babies after birth if they are diagnosed with a disability.

A shocking revelation indeed that did not receive the attention it demanded. Consider this along with parents who believe that if their unborn babies are pre-diagnosed with a disability, they would choose to abort their child. Upwards of 70 percent of mothers whose children are given a prenatal disability diagnosis, such as Down Syndrome, abort to avoid the possibility of being burdened with caring for a disabled child.

This disdain for the disabled hits close to home for me. In 1997, my family received a letter from Michael Schiavo, the husband of my sister, Terri Schiavo, informing us that he intended to petition a court to withdraw Terri's feeding tube.

For those who do not remember, in 1990, at the age of 26, Terri experienced a still-unexplained collapse while at home with Michael, who subsequently became her legal guardian. Terri required only love and care, food and water via feeding tube since she had difficulty swallowing as a result of her brain injury. Nonetheless, Michael's petition was successful, and Terri's life was intentionally ended in 2005 by depriving her of food and water, causing her to die from dehydration and starvation. It took almost two excruciating weeks.

Prior to my sister's predicament, the biases that existed towards persons with disabilities had been invisible to me. Since then, I have come to learn the dark history of deadly discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Indeed, some 20 years prior to Germany's T4 eugenics movement, where upwards of 200,000 German citizens were targeted and killed because of their physical or mental disability, the United States was experiencing its own eugenics movement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas documented some of this history in his concurring opinion in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., Justice Thomas describes how eugenics became part of the academic curriculum being taught in upwards of 400 American universities and colleges.

It was not solely race that was the target of the U.S. eugenics movement. Eugenicists also targeted the institutionalized due to incurable illness, the physically and cognitively disabled, the elderly, and those with medical dependency.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, which wiped out pro-life laws in nearly every state and opened the floodgates to abortion throughout the entirety of pregnancy. Since then, 60 million children have been killed. Abortion as we know it today has become a vehicle for a modern-day eugenics program.

Since the Catholic Church was established, the Truth of Christ was the greatest shield against these types of attacks on the human person and the best weapon in the fight for equality and justice. Tragically, however, for several decades, the Church has been infiltrated by modernist clergy, creating disorder and confusion among the laity, perverting the teachings of the Church and pushing a reckless supposed “social justice" agenda.

My family witnessed this firsthand during Terri's case. Church teaching is clear: it is our moral obligation to provide care for the cognitively disabled like Terri. However, Bishop Robert Lynch, who was the bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, during Terri's case, offered no support and was derelict in his duties during the fight for Terri's life.

Bishop Lynch had an obligation to use his position to protect Terri from the people trying to kill her and to uphold Church teaching. Indeed, it was not only the silence of Bishop Lynch but that of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which also remained silent despite my family's pleas for help, that contributed to Terri being needlessly starved and dehydrated to death.

My family's experience, sadly, has turned out to be more of the rule than the exception. Consider what happened to Michael Hickson. Hickson was a 36-year-old, brain-injured person admitted to a Texas hospital after contracting COVID-19. Incredibly—and against the wishes of Michael's wife—the hospital decided not to treat Michael because they arbitrarily decided that his “quality of life" was “unacceptably low" due to his pre-existing disability. Michael died within a week once the decision not to treat him was imposed upon him despite the efforts of his wife to obtain basic care for her husband.

During my sister's case and our advocacy work with patients and their families, it would have been helpful to have a unified voice coming from our clergy consistently supporting the lives of our medically vulnerable. We desperately need to see faithful Catholic pastoral witness that confounds the expectations of the elite by pointing to Jesus Christ and the moral law.

A Church that appears more concerned with baptizing the latest social and political movements is a Church that may appear to be “relevant," but one that may also find itself swallowed up by the preoccupations of our time.

As Catholics, we know all too well the reluctance of priests to preach on issues of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and other pro-life issues. We have heard that the Church cannot risk becoming too political.

At the same time, some within the Church are now openly supporting Black Lives Matter, an organization that openly declares itself hostile to the family, to moral norms as taught by the Church, and whose founders embrace the deadly ideology of Marxism.

For example, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, knelt in prayer with a cardboard sign asserting his support for this ideology.

Recently, during an online liturgy of the mass, Fr. Kenneth Boller at The Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York, led the congregation with what appears to sound like questions affirming the BLM agenda. Moreover, while reading these questions, pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, assumed victims of racial injustice, were placed on the altar of St. Francis Xavier Church, a place typically reserved for Saints of the Catholic Church.

Contrast these two stories with what happened in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, where Rev. Theodore Rothrock of St. Elizabeth Seton Church fell victim to the ire of Bishop Timothy Doherty. Fr. Rothrock used strong language in his weekly church bulletin criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and its organizers. Consequently, Bishop Doherty suspended Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

In 1972, Pope Pius VI said, “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God." It seems that too many of our clergy today are enjoying the smell.

I encourage all who are concerned about the human right to life and about Christ-centered reforms in our culture and our Church to raise your voices for pastoral leadership in every area of our shared lives as Christian people.

Bobby Schindler is a Senior Fellow with Americans United for Life, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.