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What`s the Real Deal with Global Warming?; "Kids on Fire" Camp Promotes Christianity

Aired September 28, 2006 - 19:00:00   ET


GLENN BECK, HOST: ... around every corner. Honestly, I don`t know if we will make it back home alive. I`m Glenn Beck. Tonight, from Hollywood, California.


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BECK: Oh, I`ve been in Hollywood California, now for the last few hours and I think I`m already riddled with disease. It is -- it`s a different world. The sign behind me should read "insanity."

Yesterday Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill that made California the first U.S. state to impose limits on gases suspected in global warning. Here is what he had to say.


GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (R), CALIFORNIA: When we sign this bill, we will begin a bold new era of environmental protection here in California that will change the course of history.


BECK: OK. That`s nice, vote for me.

But here`s tonight`s point. When it comes to global warming, Al Gore, George Clooney and all the other Hollywood liberals and I can agree on one thing: we all love the planet. But we disagree on the problem and the solution.

Well, they`ll have you believe I want your kids to be drinking acid rain every day. I`m telling you that our response to global warming, I got to tell you, I really believe it`s nothing more than a planet-wide pyramid scheme. And here`s how I got there.

I saw the Al Gore movie, and if you haven`t seen it, I don`t want to wreck the ending for you, but we`re all going to die. I have nothing against the environment. I don`t want to kill all bald eagles or dump garbage in the Grand Canyon. I like the planet. I`m just not sure that we, as human beings, are causing global warming.

Temperature shifts are a natural part of the planet`s evolution. Bill Gray, he`s a professor at Colorado State University. He said that human induced global warming is a fear perpetrated by the media and scientists who are trying to get federal grants. Well, that sounds logical. But I don`t know if it`s true.

About 30 years ago, everybody thought global cooing was right around the corner. We were all going to freeze to death. Now it`s going to get hot.

So while there`s no absolute proof that we`re causing it, there`s also no proof that we can prevent it either. Even if every single one of us ditched our Hummers and drove around in a Prius, which is a hot-looking car or better yet in a Big Wheel, we might not put a dent in this thing.

And honestly, if we`re causing it, I`m willing to do my part. I am willing to drive the ugliest hybrid car on the planet. But the fact is, China and India will continue to pump out greenhouse gases.

And alternative energy sources are expensive. Only huge scientific advances, like all of the cars running on electricity and all energy being provided by nuclear power, can possibly have a chance of making even a tiny bit of difference.

I know, people will say, oh, but Glenn, all the scientists say we`re going to burn up in flames. Yes, yes, yes. Well, scientists don`t know everything, all right? First of all, they say butter`s good for you, then butter`s going to kill you. Now I think it`s good for you. I can`t keep up with the butter thing. And if scientists can`t figure out a stick of butter, how exactly are they figuring out the entire planet?

The science is shoddy at best. But if that weren`t bad enough, all of these U.N. treaties like the Kyoto Protocol amount to nothing more than a socialist money-making scheme.

Remember the Kyoto Protocol? We pulled out of it and everybody went crazy and bent out of shape. The reason we didn`t ratify it isn`t because we just want to destroy the earth. It`s because it amounted to economic disaster. Here`s how, basically, it would have worked.

Since a country like Iceland doesn`t create as much pollution as we do, we could actually, as our nation, buy their clean air credits. Even though both countries would still be producing the same amount of pollution, we`d just buy them from them. We`d basically be giving them a ton of money to do nothing. It would have no effect on the climate, just our wallets. It`s socialism on a grand scale. It`s almost as if it came from Hollywood.

So here`s what I know tonight. I went to Al Gore`s movie, and I really did, honestly. If you listen to my show, I went with an open mind. And granted, it was the movie version of Nyquil. But I really -- I did want to correct my behavior if it turned out that my behavior was adding to the problem, and I still feel that way.

But that leads me right to what I don`t know. I don`t know if I can make a difference or you can make a difference or the two of us can make a difference. I think we should know for sure before we start shifting wealth to Iceland. But without concrete proof, I`m just not ready to jump on the socialistic band wagon? How about you?

Senator James Inhofe, he is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Senator, what can we do to save the planet and personally stop global warming?

SEN. JAMES INHOFE (R-OK), CHAIRMAN, ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE: Well, you know, you didn`t go back far enough, Glenn. You were talking about in the `70s, they`re all saying another ice age is coming, we`re all going to die.

You know, at the turn of the century, there`s going to be an ice age, and in the 30s, it was going to be global warming. And it`s always hysteria. It`s always the world is coming to an end.

When I became chairman of this committee, I actually believed that manmade gases caused climate change. I didn`t know any better. I had seen it, you know, in all the TVs, all the media and read about it. Then once we found out how much it would cost America to sign that -- sign onto the protocol that you just mentioned, Kyoto, then that`s when we started looking at it to make sure that the science was there. Only to be shocked to find out that it`s not.

And well, look what`s happening in Canada right now. The 60 scientists in Canada are now trying -- sending a letter to the prime minister, Harper, up in Canada, saying if we had known back in the `90s when we signed on to Kyoto, we wouldn`t have done it because the science isn`t there.

And consequently, this is happening all over. That`s why you`re getting the panic right now. Here`s poor old Al Gore up there running for president, thinking this is his ticket to the White House, and all of a sudden, the science is starting to make a lot of people not real sure of it.

BECK: OK, well, let`s look at something you said. Because you just gave a pretty controversial speech just the other day. Let`s look a little bit of that speech and then I want to ask you a question about this.



INHOFE: Let me repeat, temperatures got colder after CO2 emissions exploded. If CO2 is the driving force in global climate change, why do so many in the media ignore the many skeptical scientists who cite these rather obvious inconvenient truths?


BECK: I have to tell you, Senator, I`m a conservative. I`ve never bought into the -- you know, the conspiracy theory in the news. I`m at CNN. A lot of people say, "You`re in the belly of the beast." I`ve not seen people who are, you know -- they disagree with me and I disagree with them. But it`s not a conspiracy.

Why is the media, according to you, not listening or listening or representing these skeptics?

INHOFE: I think it`s very simple. There`s money involved in this. Look at "TIME" magazine. They came out in June with their cover. That poor pitiful polar bear was going to fall off an ice cube and he was going to die. And he said be very worried. Be very worried. Well, people walking by a newsstand, they`re going to buy that stuff.

That same "TIME" magazine in 1975 said another ice age is coming. And consequently, they sold a lot of magazines back then, too. A lot of money can be made off of getting everyone upset. And I think that`s the primary motive.

BECK: OK. So you`re saying this is a money motive. And honestly, let me...

INHOFE: Well, there`s more to it than that.

BECK: What is it?

INHOFE: If you look at Margot Wallston (ph), for example, the environmental minister of the European Union, she says Kyoto is not about climate change. It`s about leveling the playing field for big business worldwide. Jacques Chirac said it`s the first step toward international governance. And so there are other motivations that liberals have to want to promote this.

I think the part that you played from my speech -- it was an hour speech, so I could be wrong. I was talking about in the `40s, when the largest surge in CO2 or manmade gases increased, it didn`t precipitate a warming period. It precipitated a cooing period.

BECK: OK. Carl Sagan wrote a book. It was one of my favorite books called "Demon Haunted World". And in it, he said that there`s going to come a point with technology that nobody is going to be able to understand and the people who understand technology will be like the priests who only spoke Latin.

This is the same case. There`s nobody that conservatives believe on the other side and nobody that liberals believe on the other side. Who is an authority that both sides can agree with?

INHOFE: Well, I think if you look -- if you would go back and dissect the speech that I made, well, actually I made eight of them on the Senate floor, an hour -- about an hour in each one, I used science all the way through.

I quote scientists, and I believe the science, preponderance of the science since 1999 has shown, has convinced me that it`s, yes, the earth is getting warmer right now, but it`s been going through these stages for a long time, and it`s natural causes.

Let me tell you what the public`s thinking and why the liberals are getting so desperate right now. If you look at the Bloomberg/"Los Angeles Times"/"Post", it shows now the number of people who believe it`s natural causes as opposed to manmade causes has increased in the last five years by 50 percent.

BECK: Senator, thank you very much.

And like we were just talking about, in the good old days of the 1970s, scientists, you know, the guys who are always right about butter, didn`t actually believe global warming was a very big deal. In fact, they thought the problem was exactly the opposite.

What you`re about to see is a recreation of the facts presented in a 1975 "Newsweek" article. As you`re watching it, remember, everything you`re seeing is exactly what scientists believed 30 years ago.


ANNOUNCER: Hello, friends. I`m an important scientist here with important information.

Did you know that the earth is undergoing major climactic change at this very moment? Yes, that`s right. After three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth`s climate seems to be cooling down. We call it global cooling, and like it or not, it`s here to stay.

Major consequences like dramatic drops in food output are only a few short years away. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a very important group of us scientists, says that ground temperatures have recently dropped half a degree and the amount of sunshine reaching the ground has diminished by 1.3 percent. That already brings us one-sixth of the way back to ice age temperatures. Brr.

Other important scientists are working hard to figure out solutions to this crisis. Some say we should melt the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot. Others argue we should simply divert Arctic rivers.

But either way, all of us important scientists agree, the longer we delay, the more difficult it will be to cope with the change once it becomes grim reality.


ANNOUNCER: This is Glenn Beck.

BECK: Unbelievable.

Coming up, training 7-year-olds to fight for their god. It`s happening, and it`s here.

The term "hard sell" taking a very different meaning in doctors` offices lately. Just who is pushing the drugs he`s prescribing?

Also, you`d think a little thing like blindness might stop a person from being a part of a race car team. Not this guy. His story you don`t want to miss.


BECK: There is a new documentary out called "Jesus Camp". It`s about a camp in North Dakota called "Kids on Fire". Now, as far as I know, no children are not actually set on fire at this camp, but they are on fire with Jesus.

Camp founder Becky Fischer says, quote, "I want to see young people who are as committed to the cause of Jesus Christ as the young people are to the cause of Islam."

Now, I am a Christian. I love Jesus. I hope he doesn`t come real soon but you know, whatever. I do believe that we are in a holy war. But I`ll fight it as an American, side by side with other Christians, Jews and Muslims who want to wipe out extremism.

This camp, is this the best way to do this and go about it? Or is it guilty of doing the same things the terrorists are doing with their own kids? Honestly, I have not made up my mind yet.

Pastor Becky Fischer from "Kids on Fire" joins us now.

Becky, I want to show a clip first from the movie where you`ve got kids on fire for Jesus in military fatigues, if we can show that. Here they are in military fatigues and paint on their face. Now I want to show the clip of jihadists.


BECK: Training their kids. There they are.


BECK: What is the difference?

FISCHER: Oh, there`s a huge difference, Glenn. I am so glad you`re asking. There`s probably one of the biggest misconceptions that came out of this, and we didn`t realize in the way it was edited it was going to be so misunderstood.

Here`s the situation. I don`t compare my camp to what they`re doing, and I don`t even consider what we do necessarily political. And we`ll probably answer that question in a minute.

But what has happened is I`ve been watching what the Muslims have been doing overseas with their kids, and I see how dedicated they are to taking small children and raising up their whole life to be dedicated to the faith of Islam.

And on the other side, statistics just came out within the last year that 70 percent of the children that we`re raising in the Christian church are leaving the church in droves when they reach their teen and young adult years and they never return again.

BECK: This is where you and I absolutely agree. However...


BECK: ... there`s a difference between spiritual warriors and spiritual warriors.

FISCHER: Yes. Yes.

BECK: I mean, that`s the -- difference is jihad properly translated by Muslims would be an inner struggle.

FISCHER: Yes. Yes.

BECK: What they`ve done is made it into a war.

FISCHER: Exactly.

BECK: So that`s where you go wrong. Why are you training with fatigues and swords, wooden swords?

FISCHER: OK. First of all, what you have to understand about the Christian community is insider language of the Bible is much littered with terms of war, if you will.

For instance, there`s a scripture that says fight the good fight of faith. There`s another scripture that says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal or natural, but they`re strong to the pulling down the strongholds. There`s another one that says for we fight not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities and rulers of darkness.

BECK: I know the scriptures. You`re -- but you`re not answering the question.

FISCHER: Sure I am.

BECK: Why are you training them in fatigues with wooden swords?

FISCHER: That was a prayer conference. Ever herd the term prayer warrior before? They were doing a dance. In fact, there`s only place in the whole song that even talks about an army or anything.

And I think the person who was leading it -- I didn`t lead that dance, by the way. Someone in the group did. And they thought that it just went along with the song. There was nothing about fighting. That was a prayer conference.

BECK: All right. Let me go on this. You have in one scene of the movie, and honestly, this could be a media hatchet job. I don`t know.

So answer the question. You`ve got one scene, a life-sized cutout of George W. Bush and the kids appearing to be praying to him.


BECK: That spooks the crap out of me.

FISCHER: Did you hear -- did you even watch the movie yet, Glenn.

BECK: No, I haven`t watched the movie.


BECK: I have seen the clip.


BECK: And that`s why I say it could be a media hatchet job.

FISCHER: It`s not a hatchet job. You can`t contextualize anything. But honestly, when you go see the film, you will very clearly hear that woman, Esther Rolinsky (ph) say to them, "Children stretch out our hands and bless President Bush." Stretching out of hands is very common in charismatic circles.

BECK: Sure.

FISCHER: Which I`m a charismatic. It`s akin to laying on of hands.

BECK: Right.

FISCHER: Which is one of the biblical doctrines. And she said, "Stretch your hands out and bless him and now let`s pray for him." It`s right there in the video.

BECK: I will tell you I see that, though, and I think of -- I personally think we should go to war with any country that has giant, you know, posters of their leaders because they`re always bad.

FISCHER: Hey, wait. Come on.

BECK: So when you see this -- no, when you see this, you do -- that does conjure up images.

FISCHER: OK, listen, you have to understand how you minister to children, first of all. Children are stimulated by their five physical senses. So when you go in and work with kids, you just don`t walk in and start preaching like you`re a pastor in the adult service. You go in with visuals. You go in with three dimensional objects.

BECK: And so, OK, I get it.

FISCHER: And that`s all it was.

BECK: But are you also say when it comes to children that Harry Potter is an enemy of God. Again...

FISCHER: No, I didn`t say that. No, I didn`t say that.

BECK: What did you say?

FISCHER: I said warlocks are an enemy of God, and you don`t make heroes out of warlocks.

BECK: Warlocks only exist right here. Where are warlocks?

FISCHER: What do you mean, what, in Hollywood?

BECK: We`re riddled with warlocks. Warlocks, riddled with them.

Becky, we have to run. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

FISCHER: Thanks, Glenn.

BECK: Back in a minute.



BECK: Every day, you can hear my radio program on stations all around the country including 1180 WHAM in Rochester. And by the way, if you can`t find an affiliate in your area, you can sign up and listen online at my web site,

We`re actually in Hollywood today in Los Angeles with my new affiliate 830 W -- I`m sorry, KLAA, tonight, where I`m actually tonight throwing out the first pitch at an Angels game.

Bill, do you know how sick and twisted that`s going to be?


BECK: It`s bad. Isn`t it?

HANDEL: Especially since the angels have already been eliminated. They`ll be 3,000 people there.

BECK: That`s good. For me, that`s good.

All right. So Bill, tell me about the big rally that is happening for illegal immigrants.

HANDEL: It`s a beauty. This is a bunch of hotel workers near LAX, near the airport. And there`s 13 of these hotels, and they`re trying to unionize them. They`re trying to somehow organize this group of hotel workers. Of course, the majority of them being Hispanic, the vast majority.

For the last year they`ve been planning a protest march down Century Boulevard, the main entry into LAX. They`ve been talking to the cops, LAPD and planning this thing for a year. Are you ready for this? A thousand or 2,000 people are going to march.

Four hundred of them have agreed to and have signed up to be arrested by blocking and sitting down in the middle of Century Boulevard. But it gets better than that.

BECK: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. It`s a planned arrest.

HANDEL: It`s a planned arrest for 400 to the point where the cops said OK, half of you will be in front of the Hilton at 6:10, and we`ll arrest you. We`ll arrest 100 of you in front of the Westin.

And what they`ve done is the ones who have signed up to be arrested took an arresting class: how to act, what to do, where to turn in their keys, where to get the bands afterwards when they`re let out. They get their burrito and water when they get out of jail.

BECK: Wait, wait, wait, wait.

HANDEL: They have submitted to the LAPD on behalf of all the, quote, arrestees...

BECK: Wait. Bill, wait...

HANDEL: ... their driver`s license and information to make the process easier.

BECK: Bill, wait. I`ve got too many questions.


BECK: First of all, you`re an attorney. I believe -- and I can`t believe I married into a family who my mother-in-law was arrested with Jesse Jackson, believe it or not, at a union rally.


BECK: I believe those were planned arrests, too. They knew what was going to happen all along. So is that unusual?

HANDEL: No, because this is for more. People go to these events with the understanding that they`re probably going to get arrested. This is a planned event. The police know who`s going to be arrested, where they`re going to be sitting.

BECK: That is so funny.

HANDEL: They`re timing it. They have the vans ready to go. It`s all planned out. It`s all theater, Glenn.

BECK: Are they -- are they -- I have read this. I don`t know if this is true. They are actually giving them a burrito?

HANDEL: No, they`re not. When the people get out of jail and they already have the times they`re getting out, because that`s all planned, too, they get their burrito, a bottle of water, and they get to keep their souvenir placard which says, "I am a human being."


HANDEL: It`s great.

BECK: The insanity never stops here in Los Angeles.


BECK: Thank you very much, Bill.

HANDEL: All right, Glenn.


BECK: Welcome to "The Real Story."

Yesterday, in this segment, we talked about how the headlines really only represent the most sensational piece of a story, not the real story. Today, we have yet another example of just that.

A new poll on the Iraq war just released, and out of a 22-page report, virtually every headline focused on the same stat: 61 percent of Iraqis support attacks on U.S. troops. Wow, frightening, right? Exactly. That`s why it`s the headline.

But the real story again today is the whole story, not just the headline. Here`s what I mean. Back in January, 77 percent of Iraqi Sunnis, the group that clearly wants us out the most, said they strongly support attacks on the U.S. troops. In yesterday`s poll, that had dropped from 77 to 55.

Now, I`m not saying that half of Sunnis wanting to kill Americans is good, but the point is, it`s gotten better -- a lot better -- since earlier this year, and that is one part of the story you`re not hearing.

But it`s just one part. There`s something else. It`s not getting a lot of attention. I wonder why. It has to do with the Iraqi`s perception of bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Remember, right before the war, bin Laden was basically revered in Iraq. In fact, an article shortly before the invasion said, and I quote, "Ask any Iraqi about bin Laden, and invariably their eyes will light up, and their response will be along the lines of, quoting, `bin Laden is a Muslim and a faithful warrior of Islam,`" end quote.

Well, this new poll says that 94 percent of Iraqis now have an unfavorable view of Al Qaeda, and 93 percent don`t support bin Laden. Hmm. It seems like the war is changing some perceptions in our direction after all. It sure sounds to me like the headline of the real story.

Next, being here in Hollywood has -- I mean, look at it, it`s a freak show -- made me think about, you know, the activist moviemakers that I`ve been railing on for years. For example, after a lot of reflection, Michael Moore. I really believe that I have come to the conclusion, now that I`ve been here for a while, that Michael Moore`s movies still really stink. Now, I know that`s quite a revelation, but it`s, I believe, true.

And, unfortunately, his next movie, called "Sicko," doesn`t really look like it`s going to help change my mind at all. It`s supposed to be an expose on how screwed up this country`s health care system is. But I think the real story is that, I mean, anybody who`s been to a doctor already knows that, and government health care really doesn`t inspire confidence, either.

I`m just saying. Imagine getting your prescription filled by the guy who now works behind the counter at the DMV. But just in case you haven`t been sick in a while, let me tell you how bad things have gotten, because they are bad. In the U.S., we spend 15 percent of our income every year on health care. That`s over $5,500 for every man, woman and child.

Costs are rising four times faster than incomes, something that you probably already know if you pay for health insurance yourself. And if you`re not convinced that your own health care costs too much, just consider the price that you pay for everything is marked up.

Auto industry, for example, they say that $1,200 of the price of every single car they build goes to employee medical benefits. So where`s all the money going?

Drug companies aren`t exactly hurting. Pfizer recently said they expect to have a net income of over $14 billion this year. And to keep those profits rolling in, companies sometimes resort to tactics that most industries would consider to be at least in bad taste, if not downright borderline illegal.

For example, drug reps have routinely given doctors free gifts, like golf outings and Caribbean vacations, but now companies are adopting, let`s say, a more personal approach. They`re hiring loads of really hot women, including former cheerleaders -- makes you want to be a doctor, huh? You should have listened to your mom -- as sales reps.

Of course, the companies complain it`s because of their great personalities. Yes. But it doesn`t really take a brain surgeon to figure out that brain surgeons plus attractive women equal a lot more sales. But that`s exactly the problem. Doctors, they say, the claims are, are writing prescriptions because they want their favorite cute rep to get a commission, not because it`s the cheapest or most effective drug.

When you get right down to it, the real story is simple. The insurance and drug companies have made a conscious decision that their sales and profits are more important than your health. And as a capitalist, somebody who strongly believes in the free market system, I have no clue what to do. I really don`t.

Dr. Peter Rost, he is a former drug company executive, author of the new book, "Whistleblower: Confessions of a Health care Hitman."

Peter, let`s start with the cheerleaders, I mean, which is something that I think everybody should say when they get up in the morning. "Let`s start with the cheerleaders." What is the problem, if you`re trying to sell your product with -- well, let me just ask you. Who would you rather buy a product from, this woman or this woman? One makes me want to take drugs; the other one would make me want to buy drugs.

What`s the problem with hot women coming in and talking to the doctors?

DR. PETER ROST, FMR. V.P. MARKETING, PFIZER: Well, the problem with hot women and hot men coming in, selling drugs, is that they`re doing a very, very good job, but the problem is they are often not health care professionals from the beginning. In many other countries, you have to be a medical professional to become a sales rep. In this country, you have to have personality and good looks, and it works very well.

BECK: OK. But the doctors have medical expertise. Isn`t that what we pay the doctors for?

ROST: You would think so, but doctors often claim that they need to see the sales reps to get their continuing medical education. And clearly, they`re...



BECK: There`s the problem. OK. One of the most stunning things that I saw you write down was the profit of the top 10 drug companies on the Fortune 500 equal the rest of the profit from the other 490 companies. Is that true?

ROST: That`s true. A couple of years ago, the profit of the top 10 drug companies was higher than the other 490 companies, and it just shows you how profitable this business is.

BECK: OK. Now, you`re saying that we should re-import drugs. What does that mean? And why do you think that would actually work?

ROST: Well, just as you, I believe in the free market. I believe in an open market, because that`s what gives the best to the consumers. And we don`t have a free market today in the U.S. We are one of the few nations, industrialized nations with a big trade barrier, an iron curtain around the U.S., which prohibits people from importing drugs from lower cost countries. In Europe, they`ve done this for 20 years.

BECK: I will tell you that I`m amazed at -- because usually it`s the Democrats who talk about how expensive our drugs are here in the country, and we have basically a socialist system. The drug companies view us as the wealthiest 1 percent. We should let the wealthy people here in America pay for the drugs for poor people in the rest of the world, isn`t that right?

ROST: That`s kind of the way it works. We really have a socialist system today in the U.S., which is ridiculous.

BECK: Right. So the solution is what, sir?

ROST: The solution is, as always, a free market. Open up the borders. That`s the reason people in Europe pay half the prices, people in Canada pay half the prices of the U.S. I mean, you imagine, if we weren`t allowed to import German cars, Japanese cars, imagine what the American cars would cost.

BECK: Right. Right. Dr. Rost, thank you very much. Appreciate it.

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BECK: All right, I`m about to bring you a story that combines three of the things I hate the most: sports, loud noises, and hard work. Last one I can`t get past. But it also has a few things that I love the most, things like perseverance and inspiration. And when you meet Jay Blake, he may not strike you as the type of person who combines all of those things, but he should be. And that`s why he is the subject of this week`s "Real America."


BECK (voice-over): For Jay Blake, working on cars came naturally.

JAY BLAKE, RACING CREW CHIEF: My love of cars goes way, way back. I am a typical boy.

BECK: So the idea of growing up to own a professional race car team was, well, a dream come true. Jay is the owner and crew chief of Follow a Dream, one of the top racing teams in the National Hot Rod Association. We caught up with him just minutes before the big race.

BLAKE: We will average speeds at over 250 miles an hour. We will cover the quarter-mile in approximately five seconds.

BECK: It`s the kind of sport that happens so quickly, you can literally blink and miss it. But the irony is Jay will never get to see his car cross the checkered flag, because Jay is blind.

BLAKE: May 22, 1997, 5:30 that afternoon, I had a forklift wheel and tire assembly explode in my face, causing me to lose total sight, total sense of smell and taste. It took surgeons at Mass General Hospital over 10 1/2 hours to rebuild my face.

BECK: He was 31 years old.

BLAKE: I had to learn to live my life with my eyes closed.

BECK: After the accident, he spent six months at the Carroll Center for the Blind. And when he finally returned home, even the simplest things were now a challenge.

BLAKE: Going into the refrigerator and grabbing a gallon of milk. You can`t see the date, you can`t smell it, and you can`t taste it. It`s a good thing I don`t like milk.

BECK: It`s hard to imagine being robbed of your vision, your sense of smell, your taste. It seems almost like an insurmountable obstacle to overcome, but not for Jay. Despite everything he lost, his spirit remained perfectly intact.

BLAKE: I am incredibly fortunate to be alive. And, you know, I am truly following a dream. I dreamed as a child to work on a professional race team. Nobody`s going to hire me now that I don`t have sight, but I decided I`d start my own.

BECK: And so Jay began the long road back and focused on the one thing he hadn`t lost sight of.

Over the past few years, the Follow a Dream racing team has done remarkably well. In 2005, they were ranked eighth in the world in their division. And when he`s not racing, Jay spends time at vocational schools all across the country, speaking to students, and spreading his message of inspiration.

BLAKE: The race car is a tool that is used to show people that you can do anything you put your mind to, and that`s what Follow a Dream is about, is teaching people about the power of positive thinking and self- determination.

BECK: It`s that attitude that motivates others and keeps Jay going, even on his darkest days.

BLAKE: Heck, every day`s dark these days, but when I get down and I get depressed, the dream -- the dream keeps it going. Very rarely do I stop and look to what we`ve accomplished as a team, and that`s inspiring by itself.

BECK: Though he may never get to smell burning rubber or watch as his car races past, leaving others in the dust, for Jay, all of that doesn`t really matter. He`s living his dream. And in his eyes, that means so much more.

BLAKE: I actually had a choice to live or die, and it was amazing experience. And I chose to live, and the rest is history.


BECK: Joining me now is Jay Blake.

Jay, welcome to the program. You`re amazing guy. How many -- does it ever piss you off when you hear people around you say, "Oh, I just can`t do it"?

BLAKE: Well, you know, the reality is you can do it. And it`s great to be here, Glenn. Thank you.

BECK: Yes. What was the hardest thing for you to really overcome?

BLAKE: Not being able to see. You know, it`s a constant challenge. It`s something you adapt to all the time, but it`s the way it is. There`s nothing you can do about it. You can`t change it.

BECK: I have to tell you, I would think that it would be -- for me at least, it would be losing my sense of smell and taste. I mean, I understand you drink regular soda and everything else. Why not just eat, you know, mush and water?

BLAKE: Well, you know, doing the healthy thing would make a lot of sense, but...

BECK: It would.

BLAKE: ... I eat by texture and by memory. And I`ve never been a health food junkie, so why start now?

BECK: Wow. And you travel the country, and you speak at schools. What is your message? And what`s the reaction?

BLAKE: The message is, with the power of positive thinking and self- determination, anything is possible. And the reaction is -- it`s amazing. The biggest comment I get, whether I`m at a corporate group or a school, is, "We have never heard this group that quiet for that long." It`s a message people hear and one I`m fortunate enough to give.

BECK: Who inspires you?

BLAKE: There are a lot of people. You know, my dad. You know, just successful people.

BECK: Yes, you know, I tell you, my dad is one of my biggest inspirations, too. I know what you`re saying.

BLAKE: What I`m doing, anybody can do. I`m just the guy talking about it.

BECK: God bless you.

BLAKE: Thanks, Glenn.

BECK: Thank you. Appreciate it. Keep up the good work, my friend.

BLAKE: Have a great day.

BECK: You bet. Bye-bye.


BECK: All right. We`re going to get to your mail here in a second, but let`s check in first with Nancy Grace to see what she`s got coming up on the show tonight -- Nancy?

NANCY GRACE, HOST: Glenn, one full month after 2-year-old Trenton Duckett disappears, very disturbing revelations about his mom`s alleged treatment of Trenton before he went missing. His father, Josh Duckett, with us tonight on set with the very latest in the ongoing search for the 2-year-old missing boy.

BECK: Don`t forget, you can check out Nancy at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. Eastern.

All right, let`s get to the e-mail. Sandy writes in. She says, "Glenn, why do actors always date and marry other actors? You don`t find this in other professions. For instance, termite inspectors don`t always marry termite inspectors. And thank you for providing a forum where I can ask these puzzling questions."

This is a great "Question of the Day." Here I am, standing in front of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California. I think that it`s partially because, you know, they hang out with each other. That makes sense. But it`s also more than that, don`t you think? They relate to each other`s lifestyle. They`re almost all politically aligned, and their relationships create, you know, fancy name combinations, like Brangelina, which, you know, would be good for promotional purposes. Sick, isn`t it?

But let`s not ask why they marry each other. Let`s ask why they marry anybody. If you had a better chance of winning the grand prize on "Deal or No Deal" than staying together for three months, would you put the ring on or just skip it all together? Stick with what you`re good at, Hollywood, like acting, directing, telling us who to vote for, those important things.

Ben in Oklahoma writes, "Great show, Glenn. Keep up the pressure on the border issues. Most of us have absolutely no faith that our government will ever build the fence. We can spend billions all over the world, but we can`t find the funds for our own border?"

By the way, thanks for the excessive use of the exclamation point there. You know, we keep hearing that the only people who want to build a fence are racist. But have you heard about the new 560-mile, $12 billion fence and security system that is being installed by the government? Probably not. They say they want to prevent drug smugglers, weapons dealers, and illegal immigrants from crossing into the country.

One small problem: It`s not our government. It`s the government of Saudi Arabia. Let me ask you, Saudi Arabia, suddenly racist against all Arabs? I don`t think so. It`s completely rational to protect your country against threats. Hopefully, our government will realize that before it`s too late.

I`m going to throw out the first pitch at an Angels game tonight. I hope not to embarrass myself. We`ll see you back here tomorrow.


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