Glenn Beck: Palatial estates abandoned

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GLENN: Stu just came in and we were just talking about a story that he saw on NBC?

STU: I think NBC did the report, yes.

GLENN: It's a story about an old woman, 104 years old and they weren't sure if she was even alive and she has all of these old houses that she's never even been to, right? That's the story?

STU: Yeah, she has all this money that was left to her by her parents. When her mom died, she became really reclusive and has all these properties, some of them brand new that are, you know, tens of millions of dollars that she's never even been to but the staff is there. They are not run down. The staff is there keeping them up all the time.

GLENN: Now here's the thing. Stu's telling me the story and I look at Pat and I said, that's the house we saw. There's a house that yeah. I have to be careful. There's a house that Pat and I went to--I've wanted to see this house because it is like $54 million.

PAT: It's fairly well known.

GLENN: Very well.

PAT: It's like 17 acres -- or more than that?

GLENN: I think it's more than that.

PAT: 40 acres?

GLENN: Yeah, it used to be 100 acres

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: And it was built in like 1930, I think, something like that. And she was a young girl over in France and she wanted it to be built like a French manor. And so she built this, just from what I had heard, this unbelievable home. Well, she has never set foot in it, not one day, and it's now for sale. And it is remarkable they kept it up the whole time. They've never updated it. So it's walking into a brand new house from, like, 1930. Pat and I, we were like, we heard about it and we're like, we've got to go to that house, we have to see it. And so we went and walking into the kitchen, it's a 1930s kitchen, brand new. It has all these servant buttons that, you know, you push a button and the bell rings and it pulls a number down I mean, it's bizarre.

PAT: It's got all the conveniences of, 1935. I mean, it's a really state of the art kitchen for the 1930s.

GLENN: For 1930s. And nothing's been updated, and it is in perfect condition.

PAT: It is.

GLENN: Never lived in one day.

PAT: Servant's quarters, all that kind of stuff.

GLENN: There's this big gate and at the two gates there's somebody that takes care of the landscaping and on the other side of the gate is another house that takes care of the home. And that's all they do. And the guy who, takes care of the home he's worked there for, what, 50 years or something like that? He's an older guy. He's never met her. He's never seen her, doesn't he gets a letter from her but he said the letters have stopped coming and he thinks she's dead. But NBC, I guess, went and found her?

STU: Yeah, and apparently it's a big thing. The Internet's looking to find out more details about this woman, Huguette Clark I guess is her name?

GLENN: I have no idea.

STU: They went and they found the hospital that she's in. She's 104 and she lives in a tiny drab hospital room that's not fancy at all, not nice at all and she's just there and she's probably never going to leave there. And these properties, even not even this one, there's dozens of them and they're all multimillion dollar properties and they haven't seen her in decades.

PAT: You should check out her property in Connecticut. It's pretty nice.

GLENN: Really nice.

PAT: It's amazing.

GLENN: We walked through. We had no idea what to expect and you walk in and it's like walking into the Great Gatsby. It's frozen in time.

STU: Wow.

GLENN: I wish we would have taken our camera because I would have loved to take pictures of it and put them up on the Internet. It's just bizarre. For the open house you had to get a ticket to go to the open house and so then you had a time that you would go and my wife was away and I was like, let's go. And I mean, it was just bizarre. And it was one of the weirdest, it was just weird. It was like walking into like a John Waters movie or something. It was just bizarre.

PAT: It was like going back in time.

STU: And they apparently have absolutely no idea. She has no heirs and they have no idea where the money is going if she dies. It's in this complete state of flux and they have no idea where this money goes.

GLENN: Well, they are never going to sell this house in Connecticut.

PAT: That's like $54 million.

GLENN: Yeah. And you can't you can't cut up the land, you know. You can't I think it was 100 acres and then years ago they cut it to 50 and then she put it in a trust and so you can't cut up the land you could drive by it and you'd never know. It's just these gates and you have no idea and it's just in the middle of the woods. And you drive your car in and I mean, everything is made 1930s. And so even the roads going there are little teeny, little narrow roads. It's bizarre. It is really bizarre.

[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability - audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]

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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:

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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.