Glenn meets 'Kiki' Barber



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GLENN: So last night he invited me to -- he was speaking in New York and he invited me, I don't know, a couple of months ago to come to this fundraiser for an organization called HELP USA. I didn't really know anything about HELP USA. I did some investigation in it. The food was very expensive, but it was a fundraiser. So I want to make sure I'm putting my money into something that I don't disagree with and so I look into it and it's an organization that helps people get back on their feet. You know, if you're homeless or whatever. And they help you find an apartment. If you're an alcoholic, they help put you through treatment, find a way for you to get off the street and then you've got to go get a job and turn your life around and it's -- I don't know, it's crazy. So I decided, yeah, worth putting my money into. And I knew that I would be the only conservative in the room. It's co-chaired by this fundraiser last night was co-chaired by Mario Cuomo and Hillary Clinton, and Alan Alda is also on the board of directors as is Kenneth Cole, and I don't know if you've seen billboards. Here in New York have you seen the billboards? Are they down in Pennsylvania and everywhere else?

STU: I know they were running a lot of that stuff in magazines. So, yeah, those ads have been all over the place.

GLENN: Gun control ads, you know, from Kenneth Cole: Is this what arms are for? No, carry my purse.

STU: Yeah, you have to factor in, though, that where else would you learn your policies other than pants.

GLENN: Well, purses and shoes and belts.

STU: True, that's a really good point.

GLENN: Luggage. So it's just these obnoxious billboards. So I'm looking at the roster of the people who are going to be there last night and I'm thinking to myself, there's going to be an audible gasp when I walk in this room, and quite honestly there almost was. The bright spot was I could take my daughter out on a date. My wife said, "I'm busy, I've got a church activity I've got to go to." So I took my daughter. Sure, I used her as a human shield, you bet. Anybody started approaching me, I went, this is my daughter; don't hurt me. And I went in and it was -- it's just unlike anything else I've ever been to, really, it just is. I can't get -- the whole socialite kind of world that is in Manhattan is just bizarre. I'm sitting next to this one woman who is, she's got to go 90, 95 years old and she's like an Astor or something. I don't know. She got a lifetime achievement award for, you know, her service and she stood up, and she was a very sweet lady and she stood up and she said, "We all here have so much money, we've got to help others." And I'm like, "How much money does she have? Mary, grab her purse." And so I sit down at the table and Chris Gardner is sitting next to me and right across the table is Stanley Tucci and as soon as I sit down, kind of sit down and I, you know, get situated, I look up and I'm looking right across the table and Stanley Tucci is looking at me and I thought, oh, this isn't going to be good. And he stands up and he says, hey, Stanley Tucci. And I laughed and I said, I know who you are; nice to meet you, Mr. Tucci. And I said, I'm Glenn Beck. And he said, oh, I know who you are. Yeah. Are you saying that in a good way or a bad way? That's what I thought. I didn't say it. I just said, "Yes, thank you. Hey, nice plates, huh? Looks like a yummy salad. Let's eat." So let's see. Chris Gardner, Stanley Tucci was -- who else? Kiki Barber was there, and I saw him. He was at the table next to me. I saw him and I was like, this is Kiki Barber... it's Kiki Barber. And as soon as people could talk and get up, he made a beeline over to the table and he's like, Glenn. I almost said to him, "Kiki, don't let go, Kiki, don't let go!" It's Kiki, isn't it?

DAN: No, it's not Kiki. It's totally not Kiki.

GLENN: Isn't good.

STU: What did you call him? Kiki?

GLENN: I thought he was the one that did the song with Elton John, remember? Back in the Seventies they had that hit. That was a chick?

Anyway, so we chatted uncomfortably for a few minutes and then on the table behind me was Kenneth Cole who I didn't know if he was lecturing people about firearms or, you know, antiwar stuff but I'm sure he was. Governor Cuomo, who else, Tony Bennett was there. Tony Bennett came up and he informed everybody that, you know, that only the people in the room really cared about homelessness I think is the message that I got. But I was like, "I'm in the room, yeah! I care about homelessness." And he sang a song and it was this enormous room and he put the microphone down and he sang "Fly Me to the Moon," which was fantastic. The guy is -- and he was so perfectly clear and good. I don't even know how old he is. Would you look up how old he is? It's phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. But he sang. And then the last piece of it was Charles Grodin was the emcee -- he's 81?

STU: Yeah, 81 years old.

GLENN: Charles Grodin was --

STU: Not Charles Grodin. Tony Bennett who's 81 years old.

GLENN: So Charles Grodin, he's doing the emcee thing. I mean, you know Charles Grodin and I'm thinking to myself, ooh, this is going to be a rough one because we're not going to agree on anything. I spent a lot of the time just thinking to myself, invisible, be invisible, be invisible.

Chris Gardner said to me at one point at the table, Stanley Tucci's wife was kind of talking about politics and I'm thinking, I'm not going to get involved here. And then she looks at me and she's like, don't you think too much money is being spent in politics? And I'm like, oh, I could do that one. I won't be killed on that one, yeah. Absolutely too much money is being spent. And I made the stupid mistake of saying that's why the Government needs to be smaller and closer to the people. The closer we get to the people, the less money that is going to be spent on electing people and -- and it was like, "And have you had this appetizer? It's really yummy." The table got very silent. So I stopped talking. So anyway, Chris Gardner was speaking on stage earlier and he comes back to the table and he had missed the whole very uncomfortable political talk there at the table and he sits down and he's -- I mean, he's a loud guy. I mean, he's just very comfortable with himself and he's just, you know, I don't care. So he sits down and he says, "You know, Glenn, he said, I really kind of, I really kind of avoided politics with you today on the TV show that we taped, but -- "and he said "But." And do you remember the E. F. Hutton commercials where when E. F. Hutton talks, everybody listens? It's almost like the room, at least in my head, stopped. He's talking to me and he says, "You know, I avoided talking politics with you today but I --" and I am thinking, now's not the time to bring up politics. For the love of Pete, man, I'm surrounded by people that want to kill me! And I don't even know what -- honestly I don't even know what he said about politics. I was just like, I'm just not going to react, huh? Mmm-hmmm. "Are you going to eat that?"

So the whole evening goes. My daughter said she had a nice time, enjoyed Tony Bennett, it was nice to meet people, yada, yada. And I said to her, the dessert was on the table. I said, "Honey, we don't want to be trapped. As soon as they say good night, we say goodbye to everybody at our table and we run for the door." And she said, "Got it, Dad. What do you think, I'm stupid?" And I said, "No, I just want to make sure we're clear, fast as you can to the door."

And we get up and we start walking out and say goodbye to everybody and we start walking out and Charles Grodin starts coming and he's just coming off of the stage and I see him out of the corner of my eye and I'm like, oh, no, I'm almost there. Charles Grodin sees me and I pass him and then he grabs my shoulder and he says, Glenn Beck. Just, what I really wanted to say was, "Charles, I'm this close to the door. I mean, I'm this close to freedom. It's been a great night. Let's just leave it at this, shall we?" Because I could just see Charles Grodin just yelling at me. You know what I mean? It's just, Chuck, let it go. And he said, "I watch your show." He said, "In fact, I almost wrote you the other day." I said, "Really?" He said, "Yeah, I got busy, but I watched you and I could not believe what you were saying." And he said, "And I almost wrote you and I'm really pissed off that I didn't because now I can't remember exactly what it was that you said." I'm just thinking to myself, "I'm almost outside; I was almost clear." "Are you going to eat that?" He said, "But I have to tell you, as much as I disagree with you, and I disagree with almost everything you say," he said, "I saw you say something the other day, and you actually have an open mind, and for as much as I disagree with you, it's a pleasure to see somebody who has an open mind on television." And I mean, what, I mean, I -- all I could think was --

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The Omicron variant: Should we ACTUALLY panic?

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As the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus approaches, it seems like those in power want everyone to be terrified, Glenn Beck argued on the radio program Monday.

The chair of the World Medical Association's Council, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, is already comparing the variant to Ebola and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has declared a state of emergency, despite the doctor who announced its discovery describing the new variant's symptoms as "unusual, but mild." So, should we really be worried or not?

In this clip, Glenn and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed what we know about the Omicron variant so far and gave a few reasons why we should wait for more information before succumbing to panic.

Note: The content of this clip does not provide medical advice. Please seek the advice of local health officials for any COVID-related questions & concerns.

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Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.