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On Tuesday, Glenn and a small crew from TheBlaze joined Mercury One volunteers on a mission to provide relief to the survivors in Oklahoma. Above are some of the amazing stories of hope and inspiration they found during their journey.
Two men, apparently radical Islamists, reportedly beheaded a British soldier in the streets of London. The attackers chanted ‘Allahu Akbar!’ in the street after chopping the man up with a machete and other weapons.
See the chilling video below via TheBlaze, which has more on this story:
Glenn talked about the release of the new X-Box gaming console on radio today. It seems great and all, except for that teeny little issue of having all of your digital information connected to Microsoft at all times. What could possibly go wrong there? Glenn explained on radio today.
Glenn recounts a recent incident that he’s seen too many times. Walking down the street, with his family, and someone who disagrees with him politically starts viciously berating him. Pat was also with Glenn and wanted to give this person a piece of his mind – how did Glenn respond? The way he hopes to teach his kids how to respond.
Glenn explained that during a trip to Anchorage with Pat and his family for an event, a woman started yelling at him and calling him a “hater” and a “racist”. He was walking with Pat, his son Raphe, and his small security team.
As security moved to get Glenn and Raphe to safety, Glenn stopped and simply responded to her: I love you.
At first she was undeterred, but after three times of her shouting and Glenn only responding with love she stopped.
“What was true in the end, if we were both stripped down and we had nothing but the essence of who we are, it is true. If we were both at the pearly gates, we wouldn’t be arguing about politics. I would tell her I love her. If she were laying in the streets bleeding to death, I would help her.”
“When you get down and you have nothing left, that’s when you realize you’re either love or hate. And I refuse to be hate. I don’t want it. I don’t want it in my life. I’m tired. I’m tired of it. And love has an amazing power.”
“We think we’re not teaching our kids. We think we’ve blown it. Well, here’s your opportunity. My son, I don’t know what my children are going to think. I really don’t. We shield them from an awful lot, and maybe I’m making the same mistake that so many of us make on September 11th. I think I’m protecting them, but maybe I’m not. My son said, ‘why, dad? Why do people say that about you?’ I said that I had the strength to say that because of my son. I wanted him to know. I wanted him to see the difference. How do you respond? I wanted him to see hatred and love side by side and let him choose. Which did he want?”
“Day before yesterday, I come home, I’m dead‑tired after the show, long day, not feeling well, and I get home and I have meetings that night at the house. The guys from the offices in New York are in. We’re working on so many different things and my wife had just said, ‘This is the last meeting at the house.’ And I said, ‘I know, honey.’ She said, ‘We’ve got to have the family time.’ I said, ‘I know.’ And she was right. And we eat and then I go into my office and Joe writes and says, ‘Glenn, we can pull this off if you can find the trucks’ and so I tweet from my office. And I call my wife in and I said, ‘Honey, I think we’re going to go to Oklahoma tonight.’”
“Now, it’s 8:00. Just finishing up my meeting. Supposed to read to my son. We’re on I think Book 7 of the Lemony Snicket. And I go into my bedroom and I start to pack. And my son comes in and he’s in his pajamas and he’s holding his Series of Unfortunate Events in his hand and in such an honest way, he comes in and he said, ‘Dad, why do you have to leave?’”
“I got down on my knees with him and I said, ‘Do you see the pictures that we watched together on television when I came home? Do you see what’s happening?’ He said yes. And I said, ‘That’s not just something on television. That’s real. And those people don’t have any food. They don’t have any water. They don’t have anything. Their dads can’t tuck them into bed and read to them. I have to go because that’s what we’re supposed to do, Raphe.’ So proud of him. He just gave me a hug, told me he loved me, and I told him I loved him and we’d read tomorrow night.”
“I got home yesterday blurry‑eyed. I could barely stay awake. I read to him. I’m not sure if the book completely made sense the way I was reading it. I don’t know if you’ve ever read to your kids when you’re really, really tired and you’re like, ‘And then cat… fishbowl… I put on my pants…’.”
“But we teach our kids. We teach our kids exactly who we are, by what we do and what we say. They are always watching.”
IRS hearings took place all day today and began with a bizarre set of circumstances. Lois Lerner had planned to plead her Fifth Amendment right but was immediately questioned after she delivered an opening statement.
Lerner read, “I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules and regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other congressional committee. And while I would very much like to answer the committee’s questions today, I’ve been advised by my counsel to assert my constitutional right not to testify or answer questions related to the subject matter of this hearing.”
“They use our systems against us. Look at this. I mean, you have the IRS investigating people who are teaching the Constitution. When they get questioned about it, they take the Fifth,” Stu said.
Glenn said that while she does have the right to take the Fifth Amendment, it doesn’t usually go well when that happens.
So what should people do if the IRS is dodging the accountability the American people demand? Well, the American people should demand that Congress do to the IRS what the IRS has done to the American people: monitor them, investigate them, and punish them financially if they don’t comply.
“Here’s what you need to do. What you’re asking for is very easy to find. America, it is time we turn the security state against itself,” Glenn said. “Why isn’t the security apparatus that you can watch us 24 hours a day, you can listen to us 24 hours a day, you can read our e‑mails, you can scan everything, you keep everything, what the hell are we doing? What’s wrong with us, America? You paid for it; you own it. You’re the boss, or are they? Why isn’t this security system turned around on them? Let’s monitor them in the White House 24 hours a day. Let’s monitor them in congress an at the DHS 24 hours a day. Let’s make sure we know where they are. Let’s make sure we read their personal e‑mails. Let’s make sure that they are available.”
“See, what people don’t understand is equal justice. We’re not looking for vigilantes. We’re not looking for social justice but equal justice. If you can do this to me, why can’t we do this to you? If you can close me down without a warrant, if you can garnish all of my wages, if you can shut and seize my bank accounts, if you won’t comply with the law, then why is it we don’t do that to you? Congress, demand that you seize their assets. Demand that you close them down. Demand that you put stop payment on absolutely every paycheck until they answer the questions. I don’t want to pay their salaries anymore.”
I want you to know that I am proud to say I’m your friend. I am proud to claim you as an audience. I want to spend a few minutes, and just before we get into all the news of the day, sometimes you get so close to something that you don’t see it anymore. And I want to make sure that you take some time today to see what you are building.
I grew up at a bakery – and you’d never guess by fluctuating weight. When I grew up, we all worked in the bakery, and high father was a fantastic baker. We used to have bubbling chocolate and bubbling butter always on the stove at the bakery. And that was because if something hot came out of the oven, you could just dip it in butter or dip it in chocolate and you could eat it. And I mean, it was fantastic. But I got so sick of it because I was so close to it.
My father’s bread was just some of the best bread ever. I have a dear, dear friend who makes bread in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s got to be in her 70s now. It’s the best bread I’ve ever had. Every time I go, she makes a loaf of bread for me. And it’s the best bread I’ve had since my grandmother or since my father. But I used to take my German chocolate cake this my lunch and I would trade it for Wonder Bread at school because Wonder Bread had chemicals in it. Wonder Bread was the greatest. And we couldn’t have Wonder Bread.
I was so close, the kids would look at me and and I know now they were teasing, but they were like, ‘We got Wonder Bread. We got some Wonder Bread today. What have you got?’ I’d be like, ‘I got German chocolate cake.’ ‘I don’t know. Okay.’
But I was too close to it. So I didn’t see it.
I want you to see who you are.
I believe this radio audience and this growing network has the most incredible listeners, readers, and viewers in the country, possibly the world. I don’t know how you measure this, but here we are a little group, a little group of people that are mocked and ridiculed, held out as hate mongers and everything else. We’re not a religious organization. We’re a group of people that actually believe in something, and to categorize our beliefs into something as shallow as politics is to grossly distort what is actually in plain view for thin to see.
I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who really do believe that the world can be a better place. All you have to do is care for one another. Love one another. We don’t have to agree with everybody. You don’t have to legislate or tax kindness or charity. In fact, you can’t legislature self into a place of love. What this audience and what this staff suggests is the world can be a better place if we just live our principles and our values.
Through Mercury One we were the first, if not the first on the scene for Hurricane Sandy. The stories we didn’t tell of the people who you fed, you clothed, you gave shelter, you gave water to is astounding. How you changed of Chris Kyle’s children and in 24 hours you stepped to the plate and offered what is going to be a million dollars, by the end of this hour will be a million dollars, a million dollars for disaster relief. I give you my word every dollar of that, every dollar of that will go to the people of Moore, Oklahoma. What media group can claim this? None. Not NBC, not ABC. How much money, honestly how much money do they raise when they do their hurricane relief funds and they have every band and they spend millions and millions of dollars?
I got home night before last at 6:30 or 7:30, I don’t even know when the first tweet came out and I said, ‘Tornado. Give. We’re going to go ‑‑ I need some trucks. We’re going to deliver some food that we have through Operation Blessing. I need two semi‑trucks, two eighteen‑wheelers.’ An hour later I had them. An hour after that we were packing the trucks. Four hours after that, we were pulling into a church parking lot, just down the street where the devastation was, and a woman came up wearing flip‑flops and a T‑shirt in the middle of the night and said, ‘Is this where I can get some food.’
Ponder today and accept that you are part of a growing group of people that is truly amazing. Understand that you make a difference. If you are still filled with those silly or old‑fashioned ideals that the world scoffs at, that the media mocks, that Hollywood tries to tell you doesn’t exist and never did, know this: Mr. Smith does go to Washington but only when we expect him to be there.
When we accept that Frank Capra was panned over and over again by the same kind of jaded insiders that too many times we find ourselves listening to today. When we accept, then we can choose a different path and change the world. I do believe, and I think you do too, that whether it’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington by Frank Capra or It’s a Wonderful Life, another movie pronounced dead on arrival at the time of release, just know this: That world does exist, even in small doses. But because you live, the world is a better place. Because you choose to believe and strive, neighbors in the end really do rally around friends, strangers, and neighbors. Because you refuse to give up, there are people who went to bed last night, even if it was on a cot in a church hallway with the press outside trying to talk to them and ask them how they feel. Because you live, perhaps somebody went to bed last night thinking to themselves, it really is a wonderful life.
The good news is it has just begun.
There are miracles on the horizon.
Nationwide yesterday, grass roots organizations got together to protest the IRS. Not soon after, it was reported that the protests were being monitored by the DHS.
Glenn took a phone call during the radio show from one man who helped organize a protest in Cincinnati where nearly 400 people showed up to stand against the IRS’s targeting of conservative organizations. Alarmed by the report about the DHS monitoring the protests, this was the first thing Glenn addressed with the caller.
“TheBlaze has some pictures of all of the police, the DHS in their cruisers and stuff around these protests yesterday, and what stuck out at me was the cars no longer say Department of Homeland Security with the shield there, which they used to say,” Glenn noted. “They now say in big huge letters “Police” and then in small letters ‘Department of Homeland Security’.”
The caller confirmed that he too saw those vehicles at the protest.
“I ran into that firsthand not only there, but I’ve been at other things around town and they have their BDUs or their bulletproof vests and they say “police” in large letters now, very large letters. But then very small, you have to look closely, they say “Department of Homeland Security.” And I’ve questioned them at the angst of my wife and they say — because she’s more like, “Please don’t say anything, please don’t say anything.” And I said, “But you guys are not a national police force. Why are you here?” And they don’t really saying anything. ”Well, we’re operating. We’re doing this operation.” But we really are creating, and someone — congress needs to wake up. Maybe they’re part of it. I don’t know. But they need to look into this. We are creating a national police force that’s keeping an eye on us and intimidating us,” the caller explained.
Glenn explained that it’s important to have a police force. But a national police force? That’s a problem.
“If you have a police force and it’s out of control; you go down to your mayor and you take care of it with your mayor,” Glenn said. ”But if a national police force is out of control, who exactly do you have?”
Glenn went on to note that the current leaders in the federal government can’t seem to keep the departments that already exist running correctly. There are how many scandals now…that reach how many departments wide? The idea of making more is concerning.
“Let’s remember the Department of Homeland Security was what? What were they? They were for the airports,” Glenn said.
“They were the guys with the really crappy uniforms that have the rubber gloves who were feeling you up at the airport and you’re laughing at them. This is a labor union police force, a federal labor union police force. This is not good.”