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GLENN: 888 727 BECK. Now, I started telling about Mamma Mia. I said no man would ever go to Mamma Mia. I mean, and don't let your wife fool you into going. It is the worst experience of your life. It really, really is.

STU: And you know that because you're a man who went.

GLENN: I'm just trying to help people out. That's what I do.

STU: Right. Sure. Sure, that's what you do.

GLENN: I'm a guy who went just like you went.

STU: Right. I was getting Super Bowl tickets for it. You got nothing. You just went because that's what you do. That's what Glenn does in his frilly shirts.

GLENN: I got

STU: His ruffly shirts.

GLENN: I don't have ruffly all right, I got the satisfaction of being with my family and friends.

STU: As did I. I sat next to my wife, who hated it even more.

GLENN: And my eyes burned out for doing it. Oh, my gosh. Worst movie you've ever seen, Stu?

STU: It's certainly definitely one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

GLENN: I had to bribe Stu to get him to go and then he asked for Super Bowl tickets and I think that's unreasonable to go see a movie.

STU: You agreed to it. How could you think it's unreasonable.

GLENN: I went a little further. I went easy on you and said you had to wear some platform shoes. I strangely decided just to wear your wife's shoes.

STU: Other than my normal platform shoes that I wear.

GLENN: A video is up of GlennBeck.com of Stu and ladies shoes.

STU: Not comfortable. I don't know how you ladies do it. Hurts.

GLENN: But anyway, so I said that I would send him to the Super Bowl, which I have. Go ahead and open up. I've got it all lined up for you.

STU: All right. It's a picture, appears to be a picture, opening. Okay. It is hmmm.

GLENN: Go ahead. Read it out.

STU: It is, admit two to the Super Bowl, which are apparently bowling lanes in Bloomfield.

GLENN: Yes, yes. Come on, come on, Bloomfield?

STU: It says two round trip bus tickets on Greyhound from New York City to Sioux City, Iowa. Available from Sioux City to Bloomfield.

GLENN: I can't lock down the taxi thing. That's as close as I could get you. But it's the Super Bowl, and I have gone there was one in Ohio, there was one in upstate New York, but I wanted you I knew, you know, because you were really strangely excited about it. I knew you wanted, you know, something exotic. And so I figured it had to be the one in Iowa.

STU: You know what's interesting is I mean, I guess I can just have my lawyer call you later but this is not an official ticket to get me into that building. This is not this is something you created. There's no ticket here. So you have violated the contract and also you

GLENN: No, no.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: No, no, no. Two tickets to the Super Bowl. I've got the two Greyhound bus tickets for you to get you to the Super Bowl.

STU: Yeah, see

GLENN: You think this is my first day with this, Stu?

STU: You said that I would be admitted in to the game.

GLENN: No, I did not.

STU: Yes, you did.

GLENN: No, I didn't. And there is a game, by the way. It's bowling.

STU: Quote

GLENN: You can play all the games you like.

STU: Again, this does not even get me into the bowling alley. Quote, quote, quote

GLENN: You can walk into the bowling alley, you can get into the bowling alley, you can even participate in this game. I'm paying for the game and I'm paying for your two tickets to the Super Bowl.

STU: This is not this is not at all what you're promising. It is not at all what you've delivered.

GLENN: This is exactly what I how am I supposed to be a mind reader? How am I supposed to be a mind reader with you?

STU: I mean, no, I understand what you're doing and I think it's adorable and I think that when you know what? My retribution, my retaliation will not even be on the air. We will not get any benefit

GLENN: Really?

STU: For this program.

GLENN: That's just stupid. That's just stupid of you.

STU: It will hurt you, it will hurt your family and for generations. For generations.

GLENN: Do you see, do you see the anger?

STU: I went to Mamma Mia! Unlike you, no frilly shirts.

GLENN: Do you see the anger of the vegetarian sleeper cells? Look at the anger. See, I'm a conservative. I'm happy.

STU: It's unfortunate

GLENN: I'm sending you to the heartland. You got a problem with the heartland?

STU: It's unfortunate your wife will have to suffer for what you've done.

GLENN: It's bowling. You elitist vegetarian snob.

STU: It's unfortunate how bad your family will suffer for what you've done.

GLENN: Really?

STU: It's incredible how awful the rest of the family will pay for the sins of the black sheep, but it will occur.

GLENN: Isn't it amazing how he targets my family?

STU: Right to your family. I will drag your kids into this campaign so fast.

GLENN: I said since September 11th, I believe you are a sleeper cell.

STU: Yep, immediately.

GLENN: Now targeting my family. For what? Over what?

STU: It's no longer asleep.

GLENN: That I keep my promise and give you two tickets to get you to the Super Bowl. I got two tickets to the Super Bowl and then I'm allowing you to play in the game. You didn't even ask, can I play in the game. I may revoke the, you know, the whole gift certificate at the Super Bowl. I may give that to somebody else. I didn't promise that I'd let you participate in the game, but I went the extra mile for you to be able to have you bowl a few games. Hey, hey, midnight lanes open for somebody else. Enjoy your bus tickets to the Super Bowl.

STU: I mean, this is top level comedy, and I appreciate it.

GLENN: I know I enjoyed it.

STU: I know you did. I know you did.

GLENN: I did a lot.

STU: I know you did.

GLENN: But it's better than talking about Russia, isn't it?

STU: That's a really good point. We should do this again.

GLENN: Right. I mean, here's the deal, Stu. You and I can get on Greyhound and we can both go to the Super Bowl... or we can spend the weekend reading about Russia invading Georgia.

STU: That's true. That's true.

GLENN: See what I'm saying?

STU: And I appreciate also the selection of Greyhound. As we know

GLENN: Well, you might get hungry along the way.

STU: None has ever heard of bus rage until...

GLENN: You might get hungry. You might say, I'd like a little snack; you look tasty.

STU: I don't know what else you want me to say. It was a fantastic

GLENN: "You're welcome" would be nice or "Thank you."

STU: Would it be nice? Would it?

GLENN: "Thank you" would be nice, thank you, Glenn.

STU: You should make a decision now whether you are going to tell the audience what has been done to you. I would like to know if you will inform the audience about how, how much you regret what you've done today.

GLENN: I'm not afraid of you.

STU: Really?

GLENN: I'm not afraid of you.

STU: No, really? Well, I guess that has nothing to do with it.

GLENN: Stu, Stu, Stu.

STU: Uh huh.

GLENN: Look, when you engage in these kinds of things, you can either say, that was fun, that was fun.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Or you can get pissed off about it and then really turn it into something ugly knowing that it's what is called technically as mad, mutually assured destruction. But yes, you really wanna, you wanna? Okay. I mean, okay. We'll go for it.

STU: I mean, I don't believe I started this. You are the one who started this. Again I am Georgia in this situation. You are Vladimir Putin and I am the president of Georgia.

GLENN: All I'm doing, all I'm doing

STU: You are the big guy. You are the big guy bossing around the little guy who has done nothing wrong. This is what you are.

GLENN: The little guy who has gone to the Super Bowl for three years running, you are the little guy?

STU: You are Vladimir Putin. You might as well be KGB. You are now KGB.

GLENN: If I'm Vladimir Putin, you are an oligarch. I mean, don't try to play the little guy who won't go bowling in Iowa but demands to be sent free to the Super Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, and he's gone the last three years.

STU: Who won't go bowling in Iowa? You should know audience, the audience should know this, that you listen to a guy every day who went to Mamma Mia by choice and just made an oligarchy joke. That's the person you listen to every day. I want you to know it. Maybe you should consider other options.

GLENN: Well, have a good time. Hey, hey, make sure you get a bite to eat and if somebody says, "What cologne are you wearing," while you are sitting there, just make sure that they know it's not roast beef.

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.