Glenn Beck: Iraqi throws shoes at Bush

(Jingle Bells playing)

GLENN: It's another Christmas song I hate.

STU: This is to bring you to the mood of Christmas, Glenn. It's only a few more days.

GLENN: Are you kidding me? How can you get in the mood when President Bush was almost hit by a shoe yesterday?

STU: The attack of the killer shoe was a very tense situation.

GLENN: Was that -- did you not want him to do the Austin Powers? "A shoe? Who throws a shoe?"

STU: He had a pretty funny comeback to that.

GLENN: He did. You know what, did anybody else think, "He's a tough guy, man." You see him brush off the secret service like, "I got it, was a shoe. " Did you see that?

STU: What did he say, something about Size 10s or something?

DAN: He goes, I don't know what the guy believes in, but I could see his sole. That was one joke I saw. Quack, quack. George.

GLENN: That really hurts. That really hurts.

STU: Yeah, I thought he looked pretty solid there. I mean, he was -- 

GLENN: I mean, let's just get into this. Stop the music, for the love of Pete. I hate this song.

STU: That was Wayne Newton. That was the Wayne Newton.

DAN: Wait a minute. That was Wayne?

GLENN: No it wasn't. All right. Anyway, apparently the soles of the shoes are considered the ultimate insult in the Arab world. I mean, what? How can we expect to get along with these people? What is -- so anyway, you know, remember when they pulled down the -- I'm sorry. Do you remember when we pulled down the statue of Saddam Hussein? They all attacked it with their shoes. Do you remember seeing that? I didn't even think about that except they were beating him with the shoes, but now I understand it. The soles of the shoes are the ultimate insult in the Arab world. We're going to post the video in the newsletter today. It's free at if you want that. But the guy stands up and fires that shoe at the President, and I've got to tell you, this guy must be -- I don't know if he's on Olympic shoe toss team or what, but he had a good arm. I mean, I'm just saying, Yankees, you should give him a look. I mean, you didn't make the playoffs this year. I'm just trying to help out. But I think the President was equally as impressive. He had -- I mean, does he have like cat-like reflexes? It was like... I mean, he was just there. Ducked down and avoided the incoming shoe, then popped back -- it was like Whack-a-Mole. Just pop back up, then the guy threw the other shoe, which was amazing that he could get the other shoe off and throw it. It was a little high and wide this time, but he threw it before security could tackle. I mean, that's pretty crappy security. I think all reporters should have to do what we have to do at the airport, take your shoes off. But I think he handled it really well. Poise, class. Wouldn't you be a little freaked if you're the President of the United States and you're in Iraq and somebody throws a shoe at you? I mean, you don't know what's coming at you. Could be one of those, you know, those Chinese stars? I'm just saying. It could have been. Who knows? What are those stars called? You know those martial arts stars? Could have been one of those. Bush, I mean, he just waved off the lead secret service agent just like, "It's a shoe." I liked it.

Now many of the Iraqi reporters immediately apologized to the President and it was, in fact, an Iraqi journalist who first tackled the shoe-tossing idiot, and that's the story. But here's the story that's going to be coming out in the mainstream media that will only get worse as Jon Stewart and his ilk play the incident and that is Bush cowered at the attack. That's what one of the reports said, that he cowered at the attack. Watch the tape, man. Bush is like rock solid. He looks like Sugar Ray Leonard out there, he was so quick. Plus, what is he supposed to do? Just sit there and take a Hushpuppy to the head? "I just want to... okay, that or..." what was he supposed to do? Plus, I thought this was the most dangerous place in the world. I mean, is it at all possible that a shoe could have been a shoe bomb? Yet the President, you know, did the exact opposite of cowering, but the media liked to cover it as cowering. Watch it yourself. A reporter from the Modesto Bee, which, if you can't trust the paper called the Bee, what -- no, come on. You had, like, the newsletter. When you were in second grade, you had the Bee newsletter, didn't you? "We're just buzzing with all kinds of news. Bzzz." The Modesto Bee. Anyway, they opined that there is no doubt that many Iraqis will view his outburst as courageous. Wow. Maybe they're calling this bravery because they are not used to this freedom thing yet.

Under Saddam Hussein that would be 100% without a doubt considered bravery, you know, because if the guy tried to toss the shoes at Saddam Hussein, I guarantee you that Saddam would have fed the guy to a pet tiger and watched him get eaten for kicks. So far that I know, George Bush hasn't done that. Under a free Iraq, this is just another stupid idiot protestor trying to draw attention to himself. That's the great thing about free societies. You can throw a shoe at the President and not get a death sentence! How sweet is that? But hey, no, seriously, Iraq, glad everybody appreciates the no more "Mass grave situation" thing. No, seriously, you'd like Saddam back, is that it? You miss the fresh smell of rotting corpses? Did you like the "If you say something about Saddam, you and your entire family will be raped, tortured and killed" policy? Is that what you really -- I know that you're upset and everything that the government, you know, the government-issued rapes have now ended, but trust me, the freedom thing might work out into your favor. I'm just saying. Because you can actually try to humiliate the President and keep all of your limbs. Who would have thunk it? I mean, really?

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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