Don't Bail Out, America

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DON’T BAIL OUT, AMERICA!


By Brian Sack

Millions of resolutions are made every January. By February they’re a fading memory. By March they’re totally forgotten, like my keys. And the lyrics to Achy Breaky Heart. And hopefully anyone involved with making Jon and Kate Gosselin famous. It’s a shame, because New Year’s resolutions are always well-intentioned and really could make life better for us if we’d actually keep to them. Here are some popular resolutions made every year and the reasons we should work hard to see them through:

LOSE WEIGHT

Of course we should lose weight! Being overweight creates medical problems for us, shortens our life spans, increases the odds we’ll be mocked on the website peopleofwalmart.com and can impact us professionally and socially to boot. But the most important reason we should all lose weight is so that an organization as ludicrous as the “National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance” has no reason to exist.

TAKE A NICE VACATION

I’m a big fan of travel. Travel is great! You can see other places and learn about other cultures, eat exotic foods and run up your mobile phone’s roaming charges which keep giant mobile phone mega-corporations from starving. But the real reason you should travel is to get an idea of where you might want to live.

Just in case, you know, America totally falls apart and everyone runs away screaming. I think you should buy an RV too, so you can flee in style.

MANAGE DEBT

Can’t argue with that, right? The better you manage your debt, the less money you’re wasting in expensive interest payments to big credit card companies and other lenders. The less money you waste, the more you have! The more money you have, the more you’ll be able to give to the Feds when they ask you to pick up the tab for an illegal immigrant who stubbed his toe while fleeing border agents.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

Our brains could make even the most advanced supercomputer feel stupid. That is if advanced supercomputers were capable of having feelings—Which they’re not because we’re not smart enough to develop a computer capable of having human emotions. So, let’s learn how to do that and other things. Why? Because maybe at some point, while we’re learning something new we’ll learn the secret to not keep electing dunderheads to political office. That’s right, I said dunderhead.

Cigarette Photo Courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Milos LuzaninQUIT SMOKING

I’ll be honest, smoking makes you look a little cooler. I hate to say that, but it’s the truth. Not cigars though. I wish the guy who smokes breakfast cigars outside my building knew that. Nevertheless, you should quit smoking. Sure, it’s bad for you and yadda yadda but the real reason to follow through with your resolution and quit smoking is so nanny-state politicians, like New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, stop wagging their fingers in our faces. Besides, they should be concentrating on all the other things they need to force us to do, like pulling up our pants or not over-salting our eggs.

GET A BETTER JOB

Lots of people would love to get a  better job that pays more, demands less and satisfies them more than their current job. You should definitely, totally work hard to keep this resolution because, if you actually manage to keep it, you’ll single-handedly prove that getting a better gig isn’t some kind of insane fantasy. If that happens, please let me know how you did it.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

Watch the video clip below to hear more from Glenn:


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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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