Producer Blog: I should have listened to Glenn Beck

by Wilson G.

Ok, maybe that title is a little misleading. I listen to Glenn about 5 hours a day. It's my job. I write all the articles you read here on glennbeck.com. I can list every Woodrow Wilson factoid, progressive plan, or caliphate theory that's been on air over the past year. I have encyclopedic knowledge of the Glenn Beck doomsday predictions. And yet when it came to being prepared for Hurricane Irene, I was as unprepared as you could have been.

I was over in Israel volunteering on the Restoring Courage project for ten days, long before a landfall in NYC was a real possibility. I didn't really hear about the hurricane until the Restoring Courage event ended and it would still be a few days before I got back to the US. The gravity of the situation hit me when my friend's flight back to the city was cancelled and I realized I was on the last flight back to NYC.

In the customs line at JFK another Mercury staffer said the line at Trader Joe’s was around the block. There was no water or bread at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side. One of my fellow travelers lived in an evacuation zone.

And I had nothing. No water. No food. No flashlight or batteries or candles or go bag.

If this hurricane was going to be as bad as everyone was saying, I was screwed.

Before leaving JFK I bought $40 of overpriced water. Certainly not the best deal, but at least I had some peace of mind. I took it home and dropped off my luggage, showered and waited for the stores to open.

It took me a while to find batteries and a flashlight, eventually getting a crappy little one from a bodega. I didn't think it would work but it was my best and only bet.

The line at the nearby grocery store was ridiculous. Bread was nearly gone by 8am. Water was gone too. I bought some basic non-perishables and headed to my girlfriend's to hunker down for the day.

I didn't take these shots, courtesy of The Blaze, but its pretty close to what I saw in Queens.

I left just in time to get drenched in the first rainfall. Not a good start to the storm, but it ended up being the worst that happened to me.

I was lucky.

I spent the day keeping everything charged and watching Modern Family. But even though I was spared, others saw their homes and streets flooded, others lost power and some their lives. It could have easily been me.

A lot of papers have been going after Glenn for warning people to be prepared. "Glenn Beck says Hurricane Irene 'a blessing'” has been a common headline in national newspapers and blogs. But is that what he really said? Well, that’s certainly an out-of-context excerpt of what he said.

Is what he said really crazy? Did the media not tell the entire story? What did he really say?

“I've been telling you, don't be in a panic situation. If you've waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you. As was the earthquake last week, it's God reminding you. You're not in control. Things can happen. Be prepared and be someone who can help others so when disaster strikes, God forbid, you're not panicking. But we need more people to be in the position so others don't panic.”

As someone who was not prepared, as someone who was waiting to get ready despite hearing Glenn’s calls to prepare for hours and hours a day – this certainly was a wake up call.

Should I have a flashlight? Should I have backup batteries? Should I have a couple of gallons of water and canned food lying around just in case something happened?

If I had listened to my boss and just taken basic steps to prepare, I sure would have felt a lot better when I landed at JFK at 5am Saturday morning. It would have cost me less than fifty bucks to just have peace of mind so that if there is an earthquake, storm, or some other event beyond my control I'd be in a position to take care of myself.

You know what’s at the top of my list this week? I’m going to buy a decent flashlight, some batteries, and a gallon of water. It’s not crazy, it’s just common sense. But I guess when Glenn Beck says it - it’s just crazy.

All I know is that the next time I land at the airport hours before a possible natural disaster, I’ll be feeling a lot better.

The far left is tearing apart the social fabric of our country in the name of "progress." From its emphasis on government dependency, to the $15 minimum wage, to the embrace of Marxist Critical Race Theory in our schools, the Left is destroying our culture and way of life.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck spoke with Christopher Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty, about the latest insane example of the Marxist lies destroying the minds of our kids: A New York school sent parents a "white identities" chart advocating for "white traitors" and "white abolitionists."

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There is an all-out assault on the social fabric of our country. The kids are NOT all right. In the name of "progress," we're destroying their minds with Marxist lies. In the name of "safety," we're destroying their souls by keeping them locked down.

On his Glenn TV special this week, Glenn Beck takes on the national suicide that the Left is committing by destroying our culture and way of life and how it's also leading to actual suicide of our kids. Experts on the front lines expose how the lies of critical race theory are crippling our children's future and provide tools for parents to fight back.

Finally, Glenn hears from a parent who tragically lost his teen son, who took his own life due to COVID isolation. He has a powerful message for parents, teachers, and politicians who he says are failing our kids.

Watch the special in full below:

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With as much gas and oil as Texas has — and not to mention its own power grid — why in the world is Texas experiencing such bad power outages?

Center for Industrial Progress president and founder Alex Epstein joined "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" to lay out what he's found.

Alex said he believes the "fundamental" problem is "the insistence on using unreliable wind and solar energy instead of reliable energy from coal, nuclear, and natural gas." And soon, it may not be just Texas, as President Joe Biden pushes for 100% dependency on green energy nationwide. THAT is the "real lesson of Texas," he warned.

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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Disney actress Gina Carano was just the latest to be canceled for being vocally conservative — this time for making a Holocaust comparison. But on this week's episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," renowned Jewish historian Edwin Black explains how Gina's comparison wasn't exactly out of line: The second phase of the Holocaust, exclusion, "is like cancel culture."

Edwin Black is the son of Holocaust survivors and an investigative journalist with awards and best-selling books translated into 20 languages in nearly 200 countries. His book "IBM and the Holocaust" examines high tech's role in killing Jews during the Holocaust and what it can teach us about the dangers of Big Tech today.

Edwin has spent enough time in the media to see all of its warts (there are a lot). And he's speaking out about it and its role in ignoring history at our nation's peril. He told Glenn he believes our culture and our history are being erased. Our ideals are being censored and our values are being mocked.

Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation, or enjoy the full interview with Edwin Black here.

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