Glenn Beck: Unexplained Missile Launch

GLENN: I want to play some audio also from

The Blaze. This is from a news

channel in San Diego, and the pictures are pretty telling. I just want you to

listen to this news and tell me that you've ever heard, you've ever heard

anything like this on television or seen these pictures on local news before.

Here it is.

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Mystery Missile Launched Near Calif. Has Military Speechless

VOICE: Carlo, we put in a lot of calls to the Navy and Air Force tonight about

this, an incredible missile launch off the coast of LA around 5:00 p.m. But so

far no one seems to know anything about this launch. So we showed the video to

ambassador Robert Ellsworth, a former deputy Secretary of Defense to get his


ELLSWORTH: And it's spectacular. It takes people's breath away.

REPORTER: Who launched this missile and why remain a mystery now.

ELLSWORTH: It is a big missile.

REPORTER: These magnificent images were captured from the KCBS News helicopter

in Los Angeles around sunset. The location of the missile, west of LA, north of

Catalina Island and approximately 35 miles out to sea.

VOICE: You are looking at the LA Harbor.

REPORTER: A Navy spokesperson tells News 8 it wasn't their missile. He says

there was no Navy activity reported in that part of the region.

VOICE: And we have liftoff.

REPORTER: On Friday night Vandenberg Air Force base launched this Delta II

rocket carrying the Kos moss SkyMed satellite but a sergeant at the base tells

news 8 there have been no launches since then.

VOICE: That's a pretty big contrail.

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REPORTER: We showed the video to Robert Ellsworth, former U.S. ambassador to

NATO and a former Deputy Secretary of Defense.

ELLSWORTH: It's not a tomahawk.

REPORTER: He said we should wait for definitive answers to come from the

military but when we asked him what he thought it could be...

ELLSWORTH: Well, I'm just speculating.

REPORTER: Ellsworth said maybe, just maybe with President Obama in Asia this

could have been a show of our military muscle.

GLENN: This is ridiculous. Listen to this.

ELLSWORTH: It could be a test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile

from a submarine, underwater submarine to demonstrate --

GLENN: Overwater submarine?

PAT: Yeah. The airborne submarines.

ELLSWORTH: -- to demonstrate, mainly to Asia, that we could do that.

PAT: Oh. To demonstrate that we could do that because --

GLENN: Stop. Because we've never done that for, what, 30 years, 40 years?

PAT: Fifty or sixty?

GLENN: Okay. So we know that -- everybody -- the world knows that. You know who

doesn't know that? You know what a more logical -- and I'm not saying this is

it. I cannot believe -- I mean, let's just go through the logical explanations.

There is a -- there was a secret missile that was launched? Why would you launch

a missile at 5:00 in the afternoon, rush hour? Off the coast of Los Angeles? You

don't think anybody's going to see that? So you're not launching secret

missiles. That doesn't make sense. The next thing is somebody spilled coffee on

the submarine missile launcher and they are mopping it up and they are like,

whoa, I just hit -- sorry, captain, I just launched a missile. I've got to

believe, but I don't know, I've got to believe it's a little more difficult to

launch a cruise missile than just accidentally falling asleep on the switch.

Maybe I'm wrong. I don't know. I'm not willing to rule that one out. However,

with the redundancy, with the fact that it has -- I've never seen this before in

my lifetime? I just, it doesn't make sense to me. And I know the military. They

don't -- schmo is not behind the button: Oh, gee, wah, wah. There goes schmo

again launching another missile. That doesn't happen.

STU: NBC News does have an on-record -- on-background quote from a senior

official that says it is possible that the incident was an accidental launch by

the military.

GLENN: It's possible.

STU: Right.

GLENN: Uh-huh.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: You know what? Let me ask you this: Does this sound more feasible? We're

crippling the world's economies. The president is going to go over and meet with

the president of China. Thirty miles off the coast of California, a submarine,

not an American submarine, launches a missile as a show of force. Hey, by the

way, we just want you to know we can get within 30 miles of your coastline and

launch a cruise missile.

PAT: Who would do that? Norway? Mexico?

STU: Probably Norway.

PAT: The Dutch, Swedes?

GLENN: I mean, doesn't that sound more logical?

STU: Well --

GLENN: It's a show of force. How are we going to explain it? They are not going

to tell us.

STU: Yeah, but wouldn't they lie about that just as easily as they would lie

about another missile test? Just say, no, it was our test.

GLENN: They wouldn't have known in advance. So when the news media started

calling, they would all say, I don't know, there's no missile. We didn't launch

a missile. We don't know. It would take a while to go all the way up the chain

of command before -- you wouldn't know who launched it. And then China would

just say, we should find out. Did any -- was there any kind of alert? Did

America go on any kind of alert on the West Coast within a few minutes of that


STU: Yeah. Show of force or a test sort of run.

GLENN: I mean, we have a missile 30 miles off the coast of California go up into

the sky? Did we scramble planes? Did we do anything? Did we do anything? What

should we have done?

STU: The only thing I will -- just looking at the, from just journalistic

patterns right now, there are a lot of people writing about this story and

almost no one has any information on it. They all refer back to the same report

you just played.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: And they all refer to this one guy who said specifically don't listen to

what I'm about to say about the speculation, but here's the speculation.

GLENN: Well, his speculation is that the United States made a goof. Or that we

were showing --

STU: He's showing force, I bought.

GLENN: Yeah, that we're showing force.

STU: Right, but they --

GLENN: Why would we do that? They know we can do it. I've seen the pictures of


STU: Of course.

PAT: We've done it for 40 years or more.

STU: I'm just looking at the way these story are breaking with everyone writing

about nothing is that maybe we don't have an answer yet. They may have talked to

somebody quickly who didn't know and maybe we'll get more.

GLENN: I understand that.

STU: It looks like one of those stories.

GLENN: And I would imagine that we were going to get an answer. I'm just asking

you, he's speculating. I mean, I guess we --

STU: You are allowed to speculate, too.

GLENN: I'm speculating, which makes more sense? China does that off the coast as

a show of force, or we do it to China off our coast as a show of -- what?

STU: Those are risky games, though. China's going to come 30 miles? I mean,

you're talking about a possible international nuclear war by launching missiles

off of our coast. Who knows what that starts? Those are high level games. And

maybe they are confident enough to play that, but that's tough stuff.

GLENN: It doesn't necessarily have to be China.

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: I don't know.

PAT: Back to Norway again. We're back to Norway.

STU: All roads end --

PAT: Norwegians?

GLENN: Yah, sure.

PAT: I'm sick of their show of power. I get it. I get it. You guys were strong.

GLENN: It wasn't a missile. It was a Volvo. It was an Saab, shot out of the



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Jon told Glenn that Gov. Northam and the Virginia Legislature are "trying to deprive the people of their Second Amendment rights" but the citizens of Virginia are "rising up" to defend their constitutional rights.

"I do think this is the flashpoint," Jon said. "They [Virginia lawmakers] are saying, 'You cannot exercise your rights ... and instead of trying to de-escalate the situation, we are putting pressure. We're trying to escalate it and we're trying to enrage the citizenry even more'."

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

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Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

New installments come Mondays and Thursdays. Next, the Iowa caucuses. Check out my Twitter. Email me at

The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.