Glenn Beck Christmas Tour '08 Poll

Now, personal note. I'm torn. I'm really torn, and I think I've made my decision but I wanted to put it out to you first and then I won't talk about it anymore at this point. I'll talk about it this one time and I've asked for your opinion on a poll that I just put up on the website. I have been working on this Christmas show for about two years and this is something that I have wanted to do. I've been trying to piece this together in my head and prepare for it now for five years or seven years. I've been telling you about this Christmas sweater story that it is the most honest, it is -- it's turned into something that I didn't expect, quite honestly. I tried to soften the story. I tried to tell it in a way -- and it wouldn't allow me to tell it in any other way. And I know you probably don't know what I'm talking about yet, but you will come around Christmastime. It's coming out as a book and everything else and it wouldn't let me tell it any other way. It really wouldn't. I had to tell it as the truth. And it's stuff that I had never even shared with my family. There's a lot of stuff in there that you just don't know and my family didn't even know. And I originally started to write it and it just kind of, as something for my family and then it just snowballed and so it's coming out as a book. And I'm going to make it into a Christmas show, and I've talked about it for a long time about having a live orchestra with us. I designed the back. It has this giant, what is it, a 50 by 30 foot screen, something like that. I mean, it's this gigantic -- and I have said I'm willing to lose money on this. I don't care. I want to put -- I want to do this one right. I will not do this wrong. And so I will spend what it takes to do it.

Well, I finally got the finalized budget last night and it is so far out of whack with sanity that I wanted to ask you. Because the only way I don't lose, I mean, gigantic sums of money is to raise ticket prices to bring them more in line with an actual show. You know what I do is, you know, I do a stage show, a comedy show and we keep our ticket prices at that level. But if you would go see, you know, the local, you know, Broadway touring show of something else, the ticket prices are higher. So the ticket prices are -- I don't even know. They're like $45 and $65 and then the Golden Circle is like $120 or something. And I know that's a ton of money to ask you to pay for. I mean, I have to sell a ton more tickets and it has to be a lot more, and I'm not even talking about making a profit. I'm just talking about not losing everything on that, you know, on that project. I wanted to bring it up to you. I think I've made my decision that I'm willing -- I don't care if I make money on it. I'll do it once. The story will be told and I will do it the right way and I really done care if I make money. But I would like to ask you. I could do, you know, the standup comedy kind of thing that we do every year and we can change that and, you know, blah, blah, blah, or I could do this right for one year. Are you willing -- for those who go to these shows, are you willing to pay a slight -- I think it's a $10 increase in, you know, the bottom line and maybe a $12 at the top, something like that. Are you willing to pay the extra to be able to see an actual show. I mean, I hired a Broadway producer to produce this thing. Please, only if you go to these shows. Should we do it one night and see what happens, give it a whirl. That poll is on the front page now, And it will only be up for a couple of hours and then it will come down.

Christians are conflicted when it comes to President Donald Trump. Some proudly support him and his policies, while others just can't accept the man behind the boorish language.

Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham, joined Glenn Beck on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to make a case for the president from a Christian's point-of-view.

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WATCH: Dem goes to Trump rally and realizes Dems are screwed in 2020

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On Thursday's radio program ,Glenn interviewed Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, who described what it was like attending a President Trump rally as a Democrat. She told Glenn Beck that crossing party lines is nearly forbidden in liberal circles but she branched out anyway — and learned quite a bit about the other side.

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Ryan: Bernie at the airport Holiday Inn

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Some poor guy booked a hotel at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines on February 3, 2020, assuming it would be a harmless Monday night. Only to find himself in the middle of an overflowing Bernie rally on the night of the caucuses.

For the record, the man was not a Bernie Sanders supporter. Far from it. He popped his head backward when I told him where I work, smiling. Well, grinning, to be precise.


After her speech, Klobuchar wandered into the crowd, immediately submerged. Selfies. Everybody wanted them. A minute later, the other candidates began to appear on screen, giving speeches.

"Bernie," asked Justin Robert Young, host of Politics Politics Politics.

"Bernie," I said, and we paced to the car and lurked out onto the depopulated streets and the trenchant cold. But we were both bright with excitement, a couple of detectives. The valet attendants in their satin outfits saw two oddities, and they were right.

Justin Young and I had just left the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for Amy Klobuchar's "Amy for America caucus night party." She gave her speech, in a brilliant maneuver. I skated the Nissan down empty streets, quietly listening to Bernie's speech on the Iowa Public Radio station.

"I love this, what we're about to do," I said, gripping the wheel, words hurried, leaning forward, tapping my left boot. "We're going to hear Bernie talking, then we'll park, then walk through some doors and we will stroll into that very room as Bernie is giving the speech that's being broadcast to millions of people."

It was like how in the game Mario Bros., Mario can jump into giant green storm drains, occasionally. Like leaping into the television and joining the cast.

"There's nobody out on the roads," one of us said. "Holiday Inn, right up there." As broad-winged commercial airplanes floated overhead. We scoured for a parking spot and each second felt wasted. Urgent. We needed to be inside that hotel. But there was nowhere to park. Even the illegal spots were taken. Cars had creviced every inch of parking lot and curb and all that, had even jammed into dark pyramids of sludge.


Rita Dove wrote, "I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on."


There were so many more journalists press at Bernie's event that the only media spots left were in the overflow room, which itself seemed at capacity. Dank, too. With a heavy vibe, like a sinister library.

The entire hotel exuded gloom. A quietness you hear in locker rooms after a game that should have ended differently.

Bernie supporters, dazed, stomped out into the snow, or to the bathrooms, or just in need of a bit of stomping.


Back to Beechwood Lounge, where we watched the Super Bowl a day earlier. Although it felt like a week had passed since then.

Approaching midnight, by that point.

Because Justin consumes politics with an all-encompassing urgency. As if it's a duty. He's clearly studied history and politics for years. Part historian, part political scientist, but also part reporter and part comedian. On one hand, he's guided by the old school approach to journalism. Objectivity. Solemnity. Accuracy.

An American has the right to tell nobody who they voted for. Or maybe it's a cultural thing.

Snow everywhere you look, piles of it full of gas and oil, and rubbish as well. That day was unseasonably warm. The next would plummet us into literal freezing. The kind of day that slows everyone down. With all that ice, you have to be cautious about every step.

Shame is for the uninitiated.

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In 1990 Michael Bloomberg's employees created a short book full of crude, sexist, and shocking quotes he allegedly said at work, including one story that has him telling a female employee to "kill it" after she announced she was pregnant. Sadly, that story has him fitting right in with the Democratic party in 2020.

The booklet, titled, 'Wit & Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg,' has resurfaced to haunt the Democratic presidential candidate after "The Washington Post" published the full text on Saturday.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere (filling in for Glenn) shared some of the less colorful (many were too lewd to be repeated on radio,) but no less disgusting quotes.

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