Glenn calls the election




Stu's "selective" electoral map shows McCain with a huge lead. Glenn isn't quite as optimistic...

STU: Yes, that's right, time for the political geek update. Yesterday we had a report that McCain was abandoning Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico. A new report today says he is doing the same, at least cutting spending in Wisconsin and New Hampshire as well. All of these supposedly because McCain thinks he can win Pennsylvania despite being down as much in Pennsylvania as most of those other states if not more. Also if these reports are right, he's lowering spending or abandoning these issues altogether, states altogether. He's dumping 35 electoral votes to win 21, which sounds like a 2007 Tampa Bay race strategy rather than a 2008 Tampa Bay race strategy. I know you understand that reference, Glenn. Right now we're taking everything at face value. This is where we stand. Obama has 364 electoral votes, meaning somehow McCain needs to pick up 95 by flipping states he's currently behind in. Where does he get them? Well, there's a group of states that are definitely possible for him to win without anything dramatic happening.

GLENN: You know, Stu, will you do me a favor?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Stop talking about the presidential election. Tomorrow start talking about the states. We need to look at the states and we need to look at the Senate for filibuster. I want to start drilling down on that. I think America has made her decision. You know, I hope I'm wrong on that but I just have a feeling with the TV ratings now plummeting after the last debate, I just think that America's like, "Okay, I feel comfortable enough with Barack Obama." So now what is going to happen in the states? Do we have any real Blue Dog Democrats that are going to be elected to the Senate, that are a chance of a filibuster against crazy things? Are there states where it's close, where if people focus their energy in the states, they would be able to help the Senate?

STU: Yeah, sure, we can do it on the Senate update and everything tomorrow. Would you like me to at least give you --

GLENN: You go ahead and call your states.

STU: All right. Call -- we'll skip to calling the states here today, Glenn. Glenn's not interested in -- he's called the election. We're all set.

The Glenn Beck program can now announce the winner of the presidential campaign. Barack Obama is the next President of the United States. He's defeated John McCain.

GLENN: This is not -- no, no, this is not --

STU: Glenn Beck has announced --

GLENN: This is not helpful.

STU: Apparently all votes will now go to Barack Obama.

GLENN: The one thing that I have said on this whole campaign is don't ever call this one out until it's out. Don't ever, ever call this one over until it's over. But you know what? Let's -- just like John McCain says, you know what, let's focus on some states and let's pool our resources. You know what, let's try to focus on those close races, especially in the Senate where there's a chance of a filibuster.

STU: Yeah. Actually, Glenn, we are on top of that. We've been lining up senators and we'll be talking to senators in the close races because there are about a good, I don't know, almost dozen races that are vital that are coming up, some of them very, very close. So we'll be talking to senators in the next couple of days. By the way, in case you care, my states I'm calling today, Minnesota for Barack Obama and Mississippi for John McCain. Our total electoral vote count with the exception of Glenn calling the election already because it doesn't really matter, 98-55 for John McCain.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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