Glenn Beck: Why a man drove 640 miles for a haircut



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GLENN: I'm going to start with the happy news.

STU: Now you are just doing it to spite me.

GLENN: No, no, really this is where I want to start. This is great news. Listen to this. A Mission, Kansas man drove 640 miles for a haircut after hearing Glenn Beck speak about Wilmington, Ohio. Contacted after he returned home, the 62 year old man said his name, he didn't want his name to be in the story because publicity is not what he sought. Joe would be his pseudonym. In the past two years, Joe has experienced the death of a parent, divorce, death of a son who died around Thanksgiving last year from the H1N1 influenza virus and he said he had a noisy quarrel at the workplace and decided to retire early. I sat around in my apartment for nine months. I was watching the Glenn Beck show and he started talking about folks in Ohio having a rough time. Something spurred me to get off the couch and do something, Joe said. "He thought about it through the weekend and then Monday and then again at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 23rd. He decided to get into the car and drive to Wilmington to work in the soup kitchen there. But on the way it struck him that he needed a haircut. He needed to service his truck. And he needed a new pair of glasses and some dry goods. It occurred to me I can get all of that stuff and do all of those things in Wilmington, said Joe, and so that's what he did, along with volunteering at Your Father's Soup Kitchen. He got his haircut at the Oak Barber Shop in downtown. He said, quote, I met a terrific fellow to visit with. He stayed a couple of nights at the Denver Hotel where he said the food is terrific. Joe then went to the optometrist's office of Glenn McDonald where he got an exam and ordered some glasses, bought some dry goods at Aldi's, I guess at Aldi's and had his vehicle serviced at the local car care shop. He estimates that he spent about $1,000 in Wilmington, Ohio. At Your Father's Kitchen he was inside which is inside the Sugar Tree Ministries facilities, Joe did the dishes in the kitchen and met a Twelve Stepper from the Addiction Recovery Program. He also met some church folks who are volunteering their services, Quakers one time and Presbyterians another. Joe said he's absolutely glad that he made the trip and found it very rewarding. Quote: My life was touched and I hope I touched a few lives as well, end quote.

Is that a great story?

STU: That's awesome. Does it end with him getting

GLENN: Killed on the way back. His truck spiraled out of control.

STU: It had to. It's a Glenn Beck story.

GLENN: No, I mean, that is fantastic, isn't it?

STU: That's awesome.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: I love that story.

STU: That's somebody taking the message and the spirit of the season to heart.

GLENN: Yep.

STU: And doing something about it.

GLENN: Yep.

STU: I mean, that's great.

GLENN: I wish we could talk to Joe but obviously we can't talk to Joe because he doesn't want publicity, which makes that story even better.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I think that's fantastic. We're going to be in Wilmington, is it a week from Wednesday? Is that when it is?

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Mmm hmmm.

GLENN: Do we have any of the details yet? Because I know we've been working on so many other projects. Do we have any of the details yet? I know I was looking for the details of, you know, of, we're going to broadcast? Are we going to broadcast from Wilmington as well in the morning? I know we are in the afternoon. Are we going to broadcast in the morning?

STU: I believe so. I know they are working on some of the technical details.

GLENN: This is ridiculous.

STU: Yeah, it is.

GLENN: It's ridiculous.

STU: Usually is when you come up with one of these ideas.

GLENN: I know, and you say

PAT: I'm pretty sure we're in that theater, aren't with he?

GLENN: I

STU: It's not confirmed yet?

PAT: Oh, it isn't? Oh, I was told it was.

GLENN: Really? Okay.

PAT: I guess I have faulty information.

GLENN: Well, no, you might have the right information. Last I heard was they were trying to get all of the broadcast lines in there but that's rather difficult to do on short notice.

PAT: When did you last hear, Stu?

STU: This weekend.

PAT: That's more recent.

STU: They want to do it. It's just a matter of, you know, multiple technical hurdles that they are trying to get through.

GLENN: Yeah. But we've already, we didn't even announce the stage show that we were doing and that thing's sold out already, and I weren't the tickets really expensive? Because it's all for charity.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: I think the tickets were $120?

PAT: $120, I think.

GLENN: And so we decided that we're going to do a broadcast for the radio show and we'll charge for that as well and all the proceeds will go to the local charity there as well. And then I know that I know that, I've heard that we are setting up a stage. Do we know this, that we're setting up stage outside and they are blocking the streets?

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Who are you looking at?

STU: No, I'm not looking at

GLENN: Someone is standing in the hallway that I can't see.

STU: When you start talking about an event that you know nothing about and

GLENN: Everybody comes out of their office.

STU: They come down and they hang out outside my door so when you ask questions

GLENN: Who is it?

STU: It's Liz.

GLENN: Liz, come here.

STU: Here we go. This is why they stay outside the door.

GLENN: Yeah. Liz, just tell me. Liz is the one who orchestrated 8/28 and did just an unbelievable job. And so I asked her to do this and she's also working on the July 4th thing which is going to blow your mind. But tell me what we do know on the Wilmington, Ohio thing.

LIZ: We know that you are doing a book signing and Books and More on Main Street.

GLENN: Okay. Now, Books and More is, emphasis on More, right?

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: Because this tell me about this place.

LIZ: It's this great bookstore. It's a family owned business. It's been around for years and it's a huge space on Main Street right next to the Murphy theater which is where you'll be doing your stage show at 8:00 p.m. And then the town has also organized all these other events. So there's going to be a big stage outside by the General Denver and they are going to have choirs and all the businesses are opening late or staying open late and they are going to have, like, book readings and it's going to be great.

GLENN: Okay. And have we heard from the North Pole yet on Santa? Are you still working on that one?

LIZ: Yeah, we're still working on that. Santa's a busy guy.

GLENN: Santa's a very busy guy and we're trying to get the actual Santa. If you happen to know the actual Santa (sniffing). You know, you could you could probably contact us. But we're looking for the actual Santa to arrive, and then I'm going to am I going to go out on the to the stage outside and I'm going to do some stuff, too, right?

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: Yeah. All right. So it should be a hopefully it will be a nice day for the weather and you can come out and spend the day or, you know, whatever and get all of your Christmas shopping done if you're in the area of Wilmington, Ohio. This is a town that lost, what, 7500 jobs out of 12,000 people that live in the town and they lost 7500 jobs. And it's I mean, it's unlike anything you've ever seen. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I mean that in a good way. This town is just not giving up. It's great.

Okay. Thanks, Liz. Appreciate it.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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