Glenn Beck Blog

June 29 & 30


By Joe Kerry

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Glenn feeling the power and spirit of the Freedom Festival's Patriot Service

Stephen Covey & Glenn sharing thoughts

Glenn doing a sound check at BYU's Marriott Center

Believe it or not, Glenn is this animated on the radio too

To Speak, or Not to Speak....What is he looking at????

Glenn with BYU's Air Force Color Guard

Since Glenn’s nasty fall he’s been laid-up. He’s been homebound and if you know Glenn there really could be no greater punishment then to be told he can’t do something or that he has to stay in bed or can’t leave his house. We’ve been on a plane heading out to a Patriot Service—it feels good for him to get out of the house. And for the last hour he’s been telling Adam and me how he is going to eat healthier—he’s just told us that he is going to give up carbs, chocolate and soda for the summer—fat chance (no pun intended).

But I think the fall and realizing that he is a mere mortal was a wake-up call. His doctor, for the first time, gave him permission to make the Patriot Speech this weekend and being unable to get around has certainly given him time to think.

In addition to talking about giving up his three food groups (carbs, chocolate and soda) for the summer he actually used the word exercise as a ‘verb’ and told us he thinking about starting some sort of training program. I would say that all this talk is prescription drug induced but he isn’t on any.

So many in the end—his being off radio and television as a result of his fall can have a positive final result. Those of you who have been following the blog know that I love Glenn and wish him the best—but I’d take all comers and give you good odds if you think that Glenn can give up the treats for the summer or stick with an effective exercise program.

Well, Glenn wanted to pen a few words…so here’s Glenn…

On the plane back to NYC. They tell me that we will arrive at 5:30 am. I can’t sleep on planes but lucky for me I will get about an hour worth of sleep only to be woken up by either my 3 year old son or 2 year old daughter climbing into bed with me and giving me a kiss. I am glad I get to have breakfast with them tomorrow morning as I will do radio from home tomorrow and then go into the city for TV. I just wish I could sleep now on the plane … Why did I waste all those ‘good Jack Daniels pass out’ times when I didn’t need them?

It’s been nice to have both my older girls with me today. I volunteered to speak tonight on the condition that my girls could come with me. (My integrated life not balanced life theory). It is great. Although, I wonder if it is weird for them to be with me when we walk into the Marriott Center with 22,000 people and those people stand and clap. I know it is for me but still can’t believe it. Tonight the audience brought me to tears several times. I am so blessed. 8 years ago, people wouldn’t have walked across the room to insult me. Thank you. Tonight motivational legend Stephen Covey introduced me. Wow. To have him describe me as inspirational is just so weird and I fear untrue too often.

Tania and the two little ones are now in bed. Tania had to speak at two different church services today. I wish I could have been there. I love watching her speak. Goodness just beams out of her. She was so cute. She was nervous. She had to speak for 10 minutes which is a life time to her. I talked to her between speeches. As we landed in Omaha she was just arriving at the second church meeting and I was lucky enough to catch her on the cell phone. I am the most blessed man living. I really am. Tania is the main reason. Later, she called me just as I was walking into the Marriott center to wish me luck on my speech. I said goodnight to the little ones and walked on stage.

Now it is 11:30 eastern time. We just took off from the Provo Utah airport. I just finished giving the keynote address at the Freedom Festival’s Patriotic Service. WOW. There is nothing like the way this state celebrates America. It is truly different here. It is more like the America I remember as a kid. I wrote this speech with Joe and my daughter Hannah on the way home from another speech last night. Today when Joe gave me the actual facts behind the stories I was looking for I realized that it would be about 4 hours long so, much to Joes frustration I rewrote the speech on the plane ride out here. I am having him look into a couple of other stories that I can’t wait to share with you on radio this week. It’s funny because as I was trying to remember the facts of a story behind My Country Tis of Thee, Joe nor I could remember the names or places, when out of the blue my daughter Hannah shouted out the names. I am proud of her. Sad for her because of the freak gene that I obviously passed on to her, but proud just the same.

As you know I severely bruised my ribs a week and a half ago. I hurt again tonight due to the many great fans that I met tonight that hugged me or slapped me on the back. It was worth it. I hugged back. I love my listeners. You really are the best. … well maybe not you … I mean, I may love you but …. Well , you get the point. I’m just saying.

I am sorry for the A.D.D paragraph above what I wanted to say was: The rib deal, I think God was sending me a message about doing too much. My schedule I have been told is now being filled through 2010. THAT’S CRAZY. My wife asked me a while back, how much is enough? As she knows, it’s not about the money. At this point, if you subscribe to Fusion or buy a ticket to a stage show chances are that some of that money is putting a kid (including mine --- thank you by the way) through college or helping fight cancer or helping a soldier not feel forgotten thanks to the USO. I do it because I love it. I do it because no-one ever has done it before. And honestly, I don’t know how I would survive without you. In these troubled times, you really do give me hope. Meeting you, seeing you, reading your letters, shaking your hand, looking you in the eye while you introduce me to your family … I know we are going to be okay. America is not just going to survive, we are going to again prosper.

Wow. Sorry for that A.D.D. paragraph too. What I really wanted to say was, beginning tomorrow I really begin to roll up my sleeves on the live satellite broadcast of the Dallas Stage show, BECK 08 UNELECTABLE. It is going to be a very elaborate shoot. 6 cameras and hopefully a wild Texas crowd and ALL LIVE AND UNEDITED. Never before seen footage and out takes will be seen in theaters across the country before the live show and during the intermission. Also tomorrow I begin to finalize the score for the Christmas show. I am very nervous about this show. This story is so personal I want to get it right and do it justice. The show is being staged by a big NYC Broadway director ---- which usually would work against someone trying to be on my team but this guy really has a big heart. Adam showed Tania and I the schedule for next fall. It is crazy. I mean really crazy. After the election (and recount) the Christmas sweater book is released as Simon and Schusters biggest release of the year. I think I will be in 40 cities for book signings in November, while renting a very expensive Broadway theater to rehearse the stage show on non travel days- yes, this one will have weeks of rehearsal (we’ve never done that before) which will play in 15 cities over 3 weeks in December. I was told to do what we need to do, it will take two tractor trailers, two tour buses, one Gulfstream 5, one Learjet 60, a helicopter and many, many SUVs. Our carbon footprint will make Al Gore weep and me laugh for weeks. That crazy schedule doesn’t begin to include the daily Radio and Television show.

GEEZ, when will I get to the point ….A.D.D. IS KILLING ME … well actually it is probably worse for you than it is for me but … wait…. NOW I AM OFF TRACK AGAIN!!! THIS IS REALLY WHAT I AM TRYING TO SAY: I don’t know really why I do what I do, I am glad that you seem to enjoy it, but as I promised my wife, I will never do what I am about to do again. God shoved me down the stairs a couple weeks ago on a rainy night in Connecticut to tell me rest. Sleep. Don’t burn out, because there is much left to do.

He is right, what a surprise! There is much to do. Now that the rest of the country and media is aware of the coming perfect storm, I can focus on what everyone else is not. Solutions, Hope and Family. I think you will agree with me that if you follow those in Washington or in the MSM all three of those things will be in short supply. Together, we will show them how wrong they are for I know it to be true that through our families we will find those solutions that will give us more than just Hope … they will give us a peaceful and bright future.


Good night from somewhere now over Kansas. Hear you on the radio, see you on TV and Friday with Miley Cyrus at the Stadium of Fire in Utah. What a Country! Never give up. Never give in.

Joe here again. I dozed off. I fell asleep and I looked over at Glenn and he’s typing away. He can’t sleep—I’m going to try to get some sleep because we get in around 5am and Glenn’s show prep starts early; I don’t know if he’ll get any sleep between now and then, I’ll keep you posted.

The FBI recently sent more than a dozen armed agents to the home of well-known pro-life activist Mark Houck to arrest him for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances or FACE Act. Now the father of seven faces up to 11 years in prison over claims that he blocked a man from entering an abortion clinic and shoved him when he wouldn't stop verbally harassing Mark's 12-year-old son. Now, if that doesn't sound insane enough, this all happened after local authorities dropped the case. So, what's the full story here?

Attorney Peter Breen joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to tell the family's side of the story, including how the case was already "won" three years ago, and how, after receiving a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mark's legal team agreed to cooperate fully, only to hear nothing back until the day the FBI showed up on Mark's doorstep.

Breen also explained how the FBI has tried to downplay "abuse of power" claims, accusing Mark's wife of making "inaccurate claims" about the terrifying experience.

"Ryan-Marie, who is Mark's wife, she thought she saw 25 [FBI agents.] The FBI came back and said it wasn't 25, it was no more than 15 or 20 heavily armed federal agents. And she had called them a 'SWAT team' because she's a lay person. I don't know the difference between a SWAT team and a bunch of heavily armed, armored, and shield-bearing federal agents," Breen said.

According to Fox News, a senior FBI source said:

There may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there. The agents who came to the door had guns out and at the ready, according to this FBI source, but the guns were never pointed at Houck or his family and were lowered or holstered as soon as Houck was taken into custody. Houck was handcuffed with a belly chain.

"So, yeah, they had guns drawn and pointed at Mark in front of his wife and their children. And that whole show of force was done against a man who was not a drug lord, not a mafia boss, but instead, a law-abiding pillar of the community whose attorney said, 'we'll bring him in if you decide to charge, even though you have no case.'"

Breen went on to assert that he believes Congress "needs to" hold Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable for the arrest. "I can't imagine that those 20 federal agents were excited about being called out to a peaceful man's home, guns drawn," he said.

In the video clip below, Breen goes on the explain what he believes should happen next, and why Houck's arrest "should frighten all of us." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:


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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


On a recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn broke down the details of this latest attack on the Second Amendment and revealed how this is a step toward something even worse than federal gun registration. Watch the video clip below for more details. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

(Left) Image source: video screenshot/ (right) Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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