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What Does Iran Leader`s Letter Mean?; Should Safety Outweigh Political Correctness?

Aired November 30, 2006 - 19:00:00   ET


GLENN BECK, HOST: Coming up, "The Real Story" behind the latest creepy letter from President Tom.
Plus, did we narrowly avoid another 9/11 last week? That and more next.


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BECK: Well, I don`t know if you had a chance to read it, but America got the sweetest Christmas card from Iran`s President Ahmadinejad yesterday. Basically, he told us to leave Iraq, that our economy is in shambles, that our civil liberties are being violated, and if we don`t agree with him, we`ll all die and be destroyed.

Thanks, President Tom, and merry Christmas to you.

Here`s the point tonight: President Tom is not crazy. He is brilliant and he is evil. But he is not crazy. I believe this man is sensing the overall mood of the world and exploiting it to fulfill his dream of global Islamic domination.

Human beings don`t want war. You know what? I don`t think we`re that different. We want to hang out and enjoy life, hang out with my family. It doesn`t matter what race, creed or religion you are. We all feel that way. President Tom senses that and is pushing the world to a pivot point.

I fear that, because of our political correctness, war fatigue, a basic lack of understanding of what we`re facing and our own human nature, we will relent, and we will embrace peace at any cost.

Here`s how I got there: there are so many things about this letter that scared and angered me, you know what? I could spend the whole show talking about it. But we can`t tonight, so let`s look at just some of the highlights, starting with Iraq, specifically.

He talks about our troops. He says, "American soldiers often wonder why they have been sent to Iraq. I consider it extremely unlikely that you, the American people, consent to billions of dollars of annual expenditure from your treasury for this military misadventure." Aw, he cares about our troops, what a guy.

And then he goes on to criticize how we handle our economy? Tom: Iran, unemployment, 11 percent. Forty percent of your people live below the poverty line. Thanks for the economic advice, President Tom, but I think we`re going to skip it.

Then he takes a page right out of the Howard Dean playbook and goes on about our civil liberties. He writes, quote, "Private phones are being tapped, suspects are arbitrarily arrested, sometimes beaten in the streets or shot to death."

Not only is that untrue, but how`s that justice system in Iran working for you? I`m pretty sure we don`t have the public stonings of women here in America, like you do over there, President Tom.

And finally, and most disturbingly, he blames all of the world`s problems on the Jews. He says, quote, "What have the Zionists [the Jews] done for the American people? Is it -- is it not because they have imposed themselves on a substantial portion of the banking, financial cultural and media sectors?"

I can`t take this argument anymore. This is hate, pure and simple, disguised in the form of a plea for peace. Does it sound familiar to anybody: the Jews are in charge? It`s because Hitler said the same thing in 1938. What a surprise.

Actually, I looked it up today. There was a letter written...


BECK: ... and it will have the same consequences today.

Two: he really hopes that we want peace more than we want to understand the truth of what`s really happening. And here is what is really happening.

The letter that he wrote starts with, quoting, "O, mighty God, bestow upon humanity the perfect human being promised to all of you, and make us among his followers." This is a plea to God to bring the messiah to earth and bring about the end of days.

Ahmadinejad is an apocalyptic blight on humanity. I want peace, but not on those terms.

Three: I believe the world is going to turn on Israel. Inevitably, they will turn on us, as well. This is what I predicted on this program with former Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on this show just a couple of weeks ago.

If Ahmadinejad is successful in swaying global opinion, the world could look vastly different by springtime. Israel is being set up.

And finally -- and most importantly -- four: President Tom is warning us. Listen to this carefully. He is telling us now clearly we need to change our face the consequences and be destroyed.

So here`s what I know tonight. I -- I don`t agree with anything that President Tom has said in this letter except the last point. We do need to change, but not by agreeing to peace at any cost. We need to change by not letting political correctness or war fatigue lull us into a state of complacency.

We need to announce, clearly, Ahmadinejad and radical Islam are our enemies, and they need to be killed before they kill us. If we are unwilling to face this truth, then it will only be a matter of time. The hope comes from, we can only be destroyed if we allow it happen.

Now here`s what I don`t know: my gut tells me that the only point of this letter, really, is to fulfill some radical Islamic protocol to warn us so that he can then destroy us and stay with his precious religion that he has so twisted.

But what do I know? I`m a rodeo clown.

Ilian -- Ilan Berman knows. He is from the American Foreign Policy Council.

When is he going to act on this? And where do I have it wrong, Ilan?

ILAN BERMAN, AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY COUNCIL: No, I think you have it right. This letter, more than anything else, is trying to do a number of things.

It`s trying to, obviously, appeal to the American people in a way that is very savvy with regard to domestic politics. Ahmadinejad is watching what`s happening here in the country. He is sensing that there is a shift in the mood, particularly with the congressional election.

And he`s gaming the Baker Hamilton Commission, frankly, which is expected to announce that the United States should begin a phased withdraw of Iraq and should begin talks with Iran.

What he`s saying is, "Americans, this is what want anyway."

But there`s also a religion subtext here. If Ahmadinejad is very interested in checking that box and fulfilling the Islamic requirement that you have to ask your enemies or beseech your enemy to submit before opening fire on them, before engaging war with them.

And I think, honestly, that this letter is very -- has very little to do with reconciliation. It has a lot to do with checking that box.

BECK: Oh, yes. I talked to several people today, in fact one of me producers on my radio show, I talked to him today. I said, what is it going to take for you to finally say, "Oh, you know what, this guy really means what he says. And we should -- you know, he`s a serious, serious foe."

And he told me at that time, he said, "Glenn, these people have been warring for centuries." They have -- you know, if it`s not this country, it`s another country that`s trying to develop weapons of mass destruction. If it`s not this person fighting with Israel, it`s another country fighting with Israel. It`s the same story. Help me explain why this is different this time around.

BERMAN: Well, I think the imminence question is obviously front and center here. What you have with regard to the Iranian regime is something that you haven`t had before. You have a radical government, with very few checks and balances in terms of executive power.

Ahmadinejad is not the only game in town, but he`s very much, on a number of issues, including acquisition of nuclear weapons, in lockstep with the ayatollahs, with the clerical class there.

And you have a government that has positioned itself as a spoiler. And I think we have to be clear here. It`s positioned itself as a spoiler to the war on terror. And to American strategy in the Middle East. The thinking goes in Iran, if the Americans lose, we win. And those are the stakes.

BECK: Everybody I know that I respect, I mean, all the way from Benjamin Netanyahu, I mean, everybody I talked to is reading Churchill right now. Why?

BERMAN: Well, because there are a lot of historical parallels to be drawn here. The political tragedy of World War II was that the world did not wake up to the need for political will to confront a radical, ideological dictator that was bent on domination until it was almost too late.

And I think the parallels are very apt here. What you have is radical anti-American regime that sees itself as the center of the most volatile region in the world and is within striking distance of nuclear weapons. You add those together and you stir it, and it`s a very volatile mix.

BECK: Ilan, thank you very much. And we will, of course, be talking to you again. More on this coming up later on in the program, as well. Thank you for your time.

Coming up, also, critics are calling it an act of Islamophobia. Six Muslims kicked off a plane for praying loudly. We`ll talk to one pilot who says the passengers` safety comes first, political correctness, last. What a hatemonger.

And a SeaWorld trainer is attacked by a trainer of a killer whale. That and other stories of stupidity in today`s "Buzz From". Also, video you must see.



BECK: "While divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically very far apart, we should be cognizant of the human values that are of the human spirit, which proclaim the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings" -- except those we stone to death in the public square -- "have brought our two great nations of Iran and the United States closer together. Both of our nations are god fearing, truth loving, justice seeking, embossed in dignity, respect and perfection."

OK, this is why this is 12 pages. This is the 12 pages, because it keeps going on and he keeps making the same point over and over again.

Mahmoud, you need to learn one thing about America: we`re riddled with ADD. Get to the point!


BECK: Now, there was a flight last week in Minneapolis. Aboard, six Muslim imams reportedly began praying loudly and repeatedly -- repeatedly shouted "Allah." They also changed their seating assignments to a pattern associated with the attacks of 9/11: two people in the front row, two people in the exit row, and two in the rear of the cabin.

Witnesses also said that they overheard the imams talking about al Qaeda and the name Osama bin Laden. Well, naturally, security had them removed from the plane.

Now, Mehdi Bray (ph) from the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation is saying that this was racist.

All right, maybe these people weren`t terrorists, but here`s the thing: the world has changed. I can`t bring hair gel on a plane. You shouldn`t be saying "Allah" at the top of your lungs, changing your seats to mimic the 9/11 attacks and talking about bin Laden. If you do all of these things, then don`t really complain when someone gets a little suspicious and says, "Can you check on those guys?"

Captain Dave Mackett, he is a commercial airline pilot and the president of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance. He`s the guy who started the movement to allow pilots to be armed, if I`m not mistaken.

CAPT. DAVE MACKETT, PRESIDENT, AIRLINE PILOTS SECURITY ALLIANCE: Correct. There are other agencies, but we`re one of the organizations.

BECK: OK. What have I missed. Tell me, would any of these things by themselves -- for instance, you see a bunch of Arab men. Nobody is going to kick you off a flight, right.

MACKETT: Absolutely not.

BECK: Right. You see a much of Arab men that are praying, are you going to get kicked off a flight?

MACKETT: Of course not.

BECK: You see a bunch of Arab men that are playing -- praying and then they are changing their seats, is that going to get you kicked off a flight?

MACKETT: That raises the bar a little bit. I mean, you have to look at this from the perspective of a flight crew. Terrorists are actively seeking to attack commercial aviation. This is the new normal. It`s not going anywhere any time soon.

Airport security checkpoints failed to detect hidden weapons more than 90 percent of the time of the government`s own tests. So there`s no question that bad things and bad people are going to be able to get onto our airplanes. Once they do, only a small fraction of airplanes are protected by armed pilots even today. Only a small fraction are protected by air marshals.

So once that flight leaves the gate, it is virtually nine times out of ten, defenseless against a terrorist attack. So you have to have some level of understanding for this hyper vigilance on the part of flight crew, given that we don`t have another method to stop this attack once: if it was going to take place in the air.

BECK: Dave, the political correctness -- I`m so afraid the people who are in the air -- your job -- if you`re a pilot, your job is to get me there safely.


BECK: And it`s my understanding that, first of all, first question, if this is true or not, are there dry runs? Do you believe there are actual terrorist dry runs going on right now in America?

MACKETT: Right now I don`t know. There have been, absolutely, dry runs in the past several years. And that`s been confirmed by the government.

BECK: Since 9/11?

MACKETT: Oh, absolutely since 9/11. Not only dry runs but planned attacks which we saw with explosive entertainments and other ones.

BECK: OK. Do you believe that our pilots are afraid, even to the point of just serious hesitation, to say anything because of political correctness or lawsuits?

MACKETT: It depends on what the instigator is. I don`t think political correctness should be in conflict with a behavioral profiling strategy, where you say it`s a very simple test. Is this behavior unusual? If it is unusual, is it understandable? And if it is not understandable, let`s just go ask the passenger why he did what he did so we can all, you know, give him a free drink and go fly.

BECK: So what was -- do you know, what was the reason for changing their seats? What was the reason -- what was -- if you were the pilot, what would be the straw that you would say, I don`t care what their explanation is, they`re off the plane?

MACKETT: Actually, it`s funny; it`s kind of convoluted sense, where a pastor may be concerned about things like talking about al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Everybody does that.

BECK: Right.

MACKETT: Praying in a terminal is no big deal. Praying loudly in a terminal is no big deal.

The fact that they were reported to be clearly together in the terminal, but once they got on the plane they separated, and two of them went to first class, and there`s a report that says they did so without permission. That`s enough, at least, to just go ask the passenger and say, "OK, why did you do this?" Maybe there`s a good explanation. Maybe they had an argument in the terminal and they didn`t want to sit together.

It`s then the reaction of the passenger. Is he cooperative? Does he stand up and say absolutely, I`d love to tell you what happen and then we`ll vet it and we`ll all go flying together.

If the pastor takes the tact that, "No, I`m not going to explain this to you and you have no right, and I" -- you know, then that sort of takes you down a path where the crew, even though they want to take him, has very little latitude but to send this down a different path toward the law enforcement track.

And once law enforcement removes the passenger from the airplane, it`s kind of out of our hands, and we can`t do anything about it.

BECK: Dave, thanks a lot.

MACKETT: Thank you.

BECK: Appreciate it.

And don`t forget, our Christmas comedy stage tour kicks off this weekend and continues for almost three weeks. I`m traveling this weekend, and I`m not going to change my seats around.

It continues for almost three weeks. If you live near Denver, Omaha, Akron, Worcester, Toledo, or Oklahoma City, then I have an early Christmas present for you, because there are some tickets still available at those shows.

If you want a great night out that is family friendly, has lots of laughs. And I`m telling you, you will feel the magic of Christmas with storytelling and much, much more. Please, go to right now to see the full schedule or reserve your seats.

Do it now. Back in a minute.


BECK: Every day you can hear on my radio stations all across the country, including Miami at 610 WIOD. Now, if you can`t find an affiliate in your area, you can sign up and listen online on my web site,

Dave Glover is at our affiliate in St. Louis, KFCK, 97.1 FM.

Hello, David.


BECK: How are you?

GLOVER: I`m doing good, man. Doing great.

BECK: Better than Danny DeVito? Or should I check? Should we...

GLOVER: You know what I love about this. You and I are about the same age.

BECK: Yes.

GLOVER: When we were kids, everyone was drunk on television. I mean, every game show had an open bar. Dean Martin was barely vertical. And I have to be fairly drunk just to watch "The View", much less be a participant.

BECK: You know the interesting thing is, do you remember the Christmas shows with Dean Martin? Hammered out of his mind.

GLOVER: Completely hammered. Completely wasted.

BECK: Of course, they said that he really wasn`t.

GLOVER: Yes. I can say I`m not drunk now, too. But, you know, we both would be lying.

BECK: What kind of world do we live in when you`re on national TV and you`re not supposed to be drunk?

GLOVER: I don`t want to live there any more.

BECK: I made a whole career out of that.

I`ve heard that Mel Gibson is actually -- feels bad for Michael Kramer.

GLOVER: He`s reaching out. He`s reaching out to Michael Richards.

BECK: Sorry, Michael Richards, yes.

GLOVER: It`s like getting a Christmas card from devils or having John Mark Carr call you and say he finds you creepy. It`s not a call you want to get.

BECK: Yes. It`s really not good.

GLOVER: Puts things in perspective.

BECK: And there we have some videotape. I don`t know if you`ve seen this, Dave. But there`s a videotape of a killer whale attacking. Can we roll this videotape?

GLOVER: I have seen this videotape. I`m probably talking over it right now.

BECK: Yes.

GLOVER: To me it`s very simple. This is the difference between six months of training a killer whale with wheat thins, you know, to wear a hat and play the accordion against millions of years of grabbing something by an appendage and drowning it. Usually, that`s going to win and probably should.

BECK: Do we know -- I don`t even know, control room, is the guy still alive?

GLOVER: He`s alive.

BECK: He`s alive?

GLOVER: He broke his ankle, from what I understand, but that was about it. It took him under once for 30 seconds and another time for a minute. Not bad.

BECK: What -- what kind of a wus killer whale? You`ve got killer in your name, whale!

GLOVER: Yes, yes. He`s probably one of those, like, fraternity bears. You know, the dolphins put him up to it or something.

BECK: You know what? I feel bad for the whale. Because, I mean, think of the pressure. Can you imagine if your mom had said, since at birth, "That`s Killer Dave." Killer Dave, that`s pressure. You`ve got to live up to that in the animal kingdom.

GLOVER: Broken ankle. Come on.

BECK: Yes. And you are in St. Louis. I just want to make sure, you have food storage? Everything OK?

GLOVER: Yesterday was 75 degrees. Today it looks like Buffalo, which global warming. You know, it`s that whole thing.

BECK: How much snow are you getting?

GLOVER: We`re supposed to get anywhere from eight to 12 inches tonight.

BECK: Holy cow. I`m going on -- we`re starting on our comedy Christmas stage tour. I`m gone for, I think, the next 17 days on the road doing a billion shows, and in every city, you know, snowstorm, snowstorm, snowstorm. It`s -- and here in New York it`s 70 degrees today.


BECK: You know what it is? An inconvenient truth.

GLOVER: You know what you need to do? Start drinking again. Start drinking again.

BECK: You mean since before we started the show?

GLOVER: Didn`t hurt DeVito.

BECK: All right.

Dave, thanks a lot. Talk to you again.

GLOVER: See you, buddy.

BECK: Bye-bye.


ANNOUNCER: Lock the doors, hide the children, because yes, Virginia, Christmas is already here. Luckily, Glenn has just the recipe you need for keeping Santa at bay until Christmas Eve. Find out how by going to or iTunes. Then download Glenn`s podcast, "Sick, Twisted Freak."


BECK: Stay with us. Do not miss the next 10 minutes of this program. You will see things that will raise the hair on the top of your head.

Welcome to "The Real Story." Last night, I told you an unbelievable story about the Associated Press having used a source in the Baghdad police department who apparently is a fake. According to the Joint Operations Center in Iraq, Captain Jamil Hussein, the source of the information for some of the most violent stories out of Iraq, including one where the six Sunnis were burned alive last Friday -- do you remember that story? -- this guy is not a member of the police department or a government spokesperson.

Today we have an update for you. The spokesperson for the Iraq Ministry of the Interior announced this morning that they have searched their entire staff for anyone by that name, and they have found nothing. There is no Captain Jamil Hussein. He went on to say that the story about the six Sunnis being burned alive, along with reports about other various killings and kidnappings, all appear to be nothing more than unsubstantiated rumors.

According to this show`s contact at the Joint Operations Center, the A.P. did attend that press conference today but, as of this taping, they are still standing by their story and their source.

But what`s even more amazing is the A.P. has dug their heels by issuing a statement today -- a new one -- saying simply, quote, "We are satisfied with our reporting on this incident," end quote. Really? I`m no investigative reporter and I don`t work for the Associated Press, but I am a thinker, and somebody`s got to be wrong here.

A.P., why don`t you just clear the whole mess up by finding Mr. Hussein, bringing him to the Ministry of the Interior, or to the police? It shouldn`t be too hard, considering he supposedly works for them.

Our enemy has said over and over again that they are using our own media against us, and that is why I promise you we will not let this story go until we get the answers you deserve.

Next, the National Association of Realtors reported that home prices have now dropped 3.5 percent since last October. That is the biggest drop on record. That now makes three months in a row of dropping prices, which unbelievably is the longest stretch of declines on record.

Even though those statistics are literally history in the making, the real story is most people are ignoring the comments made by the Federal Reserve chairman this Tuesday. He admitted, possibly for the first time, that the housing correction could, quote, "turn out to be more severe and widespread than most people thought" and that it could, quote, "be a drag on the economic growth into next year."

Up until that statement, most economists just kept toeing the company line, saying that housing would have a soft landing and that the overall economy wouldn`t be affected much. I have been telling you for months now: I don`t think that`s possible.

Just think about it logically for a second. To most of us, our biggest asset is our home. Now, are you willing to splurge more on the TV or a big vacation if you think your home is worth $300,000 or $500,000?

People`s perception of their own wealth is all that really matters, because perception becomes reality to them. But to me, this isn`t just about our economic security. This is about real security, as well.

Our economy is so important in preventing the perfect storm that we`ve been talking about from forming against us, because our financial health is what bonds all of us together, and it`s what enables us to fund our military and keep ourselves safe. Unfortunately, this latest story shows us that we are more fragile than most of us are willing to admit.

And finally tonight, a new report is out saying that Islamic Sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in Great Britain. The director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity has even gone so far as to say that there is, quote, "an alternative parallel unofficial legal system operating in the Muslim communities there."

But the real story is most of us here in the U.S. have no idea what Sharia law even is. So, tonight, we`re going to do a little primer, Sharia Law 101, if you will.

But first, I want to start with an exclusive video of an interview with a Saudi Arabian -- remember, they`re our allies -- a Saudi Arabian Sharia law executioner that aired on Lebanese television earlier this month. I want you to watch this very closely.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): This is the most renowned executioner in Saudi Arabia, who carries out the executions. His sword delineates the border between seriousness and play. There`s no negotiating with him once the heads have ripened. When it`s harvesting time, he is the most suited for the job.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Do you cut off hands or do you just do beheadings?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Yes, yes, I carry out the punishment of cutting off thieves` hands, as well as the cutting off a hand and a leg on alternate sides, as is written in the Koran.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Abdallah, when you carry out punishment of cutting off limbs, do you anesthetize the condemned person, or is it done without anesthesia, like beheadings?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): With regard to the cutting off of a hand, or of both a hand and a leg, it is done with local anesthesia only.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): Have you ever beheaded someone you knew?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Yes, I have beheaded many people who were my friends, but whoever commits an offense brings it on himself.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): A viewer from Riyadh called to ask whether you execute both men and women. Do you execute women, and do you feel anything different when you execute a woman or a man?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): An execution is an execution. The difference is that, sometimes when you execute a man, he cannot control his nerves, and sit or stand straight, so that the job can be done.


BECK: Dear mother of God, what are we facing? Paul Marshall is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and an expert on Sharia law.

What we just witnessed, is this radicalized Sharia law in Saudi Arabia or is this the regular stuff?

PAUL MARSHALL, AUTHOR, "RADICAL ISLAM`S RULES": This is a radicalized form. What the Saudis do you don`t find it in many other places.

BECK: OK. Now, what is taking a foothold -- what we just talked about that, you know, it is starting to spread and we are starting to see it in places like Great Britain, where there is a subculture, another set of laws that aren`t on anybody`s books. Is that radicalized Sharia law?

MARSHALL: Some of the things happening in Britain are. You know, Sharia can cover everything from how you pray, it deals with divorce and marriage, and then it also deals with murder and adultery. In Britain and in Canada and other places, most of the push for Sharia has been about marriage, divorce, inheritance.

But there are now cases in Britain where, in the case of assault, in the case of stabbing, some Muslims set up sort of their own Sharia court and adjudicated that on their own. And, in fact, the family of the person who`d done the stabbing paid the family of the person who`d been stabbed, and that`s all that happened, though.

BECK: Is this the same law that is allowing people in Europe -- at least in their own head -- to get away with honor killings?

MARSHALL: It overlaps with that.

BECK: First, explain that for anybody who doesn`t know what an honor killing is.

MARSHALL: An honor killing is that, if someone in your family has done something shameful, the whole family is ashamed. Let`s say your daughter has been going out with a guy you didn`t want her to go out with, or let`s say one of your family members stopped being a Muslim, became an atheist or a Christian or something, that this brings shame on your family. To get rid of that shame, you have to kill the person.

BECK: I find this so frightening. This is the same kind of stuff that -- correct me if I`m wrong; you`re an expert in this. Is this the same kind of stuff that leads us to the mass genocide that we see in Darfur?

MARSHALL: Yes. In Sudan, in the previous genocide in the south, and now dealing with Darfur, the Sudanese government has received, you know, judgments from Islamic jurists that this is, in fact, a jihad war. It`s a war in the name of Islam; they should foresee it like that.

BECK: And we are seeing an up-tick all around the world. Are we seeing an up-tick here in the United States in this kind of understanding? I know I talked to a guy here in New York that was born in New York, and he says this is the answer.

MARSHALL: Well, you`re seeing it first around the world. You know, 30 years ago, Saudi Arabia was about the only country which did these kinds of things. Now you`ve got a similar thing in Iran, in Sudan, parts of Pakistan. You`re seeing that in Nigeria, now in the takeover in Somalia in the last year, the same thing is there.

So these very radical, extremist forms of law are spreading. And certainly some push -- it`s very weak at the moment -- but there`s some push in the United States to have them.

BECK: OK, Paul, we only have a minute left. I want to just rapid fire here. True or false, you tell me if these things are true or not. With radicalized Sharia law, a woman can be accused by one witness of adultery but needs four witnesses to say it was not adultery, true or false?

MARSHALL: Correct.

BECK: People are compelled to go to public beheadings as a spectator sport in stadiums, true or false?

MARSHALL: Correct. In Saudi Arabia or previously in Afghanistan.

BECK: Women are not allowed to be educated in parts of Pakistan?

MARSHALL: Correct.

BECK: Women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia?

MARSHALL: Correct.

BECK: True or false: Drinking wine, you can receive flogging?

MARSHALL: Yes, somewhere in Sudan, that will happen to you.

BECK: Paul, frightening stuff. We will have you back again. Thank you very much.

That is the "Real Story" tonight. If you would like to read more about this or if you`d like to tell us about a real story that you found on your own, please visit and click on the "Real Story" button.



BECK: So here`s what I think is going to happen. I think you are going to be sick and tired of being questioned at about the same time as she is sick and tired of you in her space. However, this is the part that, Gretchen, I think you`re going to love, and, Danny, you`re going to hate: The only thing that will get you through it is, can you guess?




BECK: Gretchen, I can`t believe that you didn`t say it. Faith is the only thing that is going to get you through.


BECK: All right, here is possibly the worst segment that we do. It drives me out of my mind. It`s Brian Sack, our public viewer. Hello.

BRIAN SACK, PUBLIC VIEWER: Worst segment that we do?

BECK: I mean it`s true.

SACK: You`re hurting my feelings, sir. It makes me sad.

BECK: What`s happening? What do you have for us today?

SACK: What do I have for you today? Well, nice to see you again.

BECK: Good to see you.

SACK: Just wanted to say, did a little research after the elections here, and I wanted to figure out something called -- I like to call the Beck touch.

BECK: What does that mean?

SACK: That means, you know, what happens when you get a candidate on the show, because I know -- you know, Schwarzenegger and these other guys, other talk show hosts, I mean, like Leno helped Schwarzenegger get into office.

BECK: Sure.

SACK: Larry King helped various people get in or out. And I wanted to see what Glenn Beck could do for folks.

BECK: This isn`t going to be pretty.

SACK: No, it isn`t. Katherine Harris came on the show, and needed a little help, help a brother out. Could you do it? How did it work out for Katherine? No, siree. Lost by a thumping, double-thumping.

BECK: Yes, yes.

SACK: John Spencer came on the show. Can you help Johnny? Help me out, buddy.

BECK: I don`t even know who John Spencer...

SACK: Nobody did. That was the problem. He came, and he ran against Hillary. What can you do for me, Glenn?

BECK: This was the guy -- this guy was a joke from the get-go.

SACK: Now, Rick Santorum, buddy of yours. You know, when he came in and said, "Glenn, help me out a little bit. Put me on the show. See what you can do for me."

BECK: And what happened?

SACK: And what did you do for him? Let`s see. Not a lot. Close, but no Santorum.

BECK: That`s the only one that should have won.

SACK: OK, there are a few more, but we won`t get into them. We`ll move on.

BECK: You`re saying I`m the anti-Midas touch.

SACK: You`re the anti-Midas.

BECK: Everything I touch -- I touch gold, and it turns to cardboard.

SACK: You are the pawn-maker. Moving on...

BECK: Yes.

SACK: Fridays you`ve got the new format. You`ve got the one-hour talks...

BECK: And I bet you love that?

SACK: Oh, it`s amazing. You got some great statesmen. You had Al Sharpton. You had former prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. And Danny Bonaduce.

BECK: Who I talked to on the radio show today, yes.

SACK: Yes, and that gave me an idea for a new game show I want to play with you, and it`s called "Netanyahu or Bonaduce." And what I`m going to do, I`m going to give you a quote from one of those shows, and you tell me, what was it Netanyahu who said it or Bonaduce?

BECK: OK, I don`t think this is going to be real hard.

SACK: Oh, well, let`s see. Number one, first question...

BECK: Yes.

SACK: ... it is, "I took two gram bottles and filled them with half a gram of cocaine each, then the rest with water, shook them up, twisted them into my nose, stood on my head until my face went numb, and then drove to Mexico." Was that Netanyahu or Bonaduce?

BECK: Benjamin Netanyahu. I stand by it.

SACK: You stand by that? That`s your final answer?


SACK: Let`s roll. No?

BECK: No, go ahead, roll it.


DANNY BONADUCE, ACTOR: I took two gram bottles and filled them with half a gram of cocaine each, then the rest with water, shook them up, twisted them up into my nose, stood on my head until my whole face went numb, and then drove to Mexico.


SACK: OK, so that was Bonaduce.

Number two, next question. This was a quote. "My first sexual encounter -- and I`m eternally grateful -- was to a David Cassidy cast- off." Was that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or Danny Bonaduce?

BECK: I`m going to go with Netanyahu. It`s got to be right one of these times.

SACK: Is that your final answer?

BECK: That`s my final answer.

SACK: Roll the clip.


BONADUCE: My first sexual encounter -- and I`m eternally grateful -- was to a David Cassidy cast-off.


SACK: Apparently, it was Mr. Danny Bonaduce.

BECK: Darn it. I thought I`d be better at this.

SACK: And quote number three. This is, "They`re not from Saudi Arabia. They`re, in fact, we had -- what was his name, the CIA agent? I can`t remember his name. Oh, Bob Baer."

Now, was that Netanyahu or Bonaduce?

BECK: It`s got to be -- I`m going with Bonaduce this time.

SACK: All right. Let`s roll the clip and see if you are correct.


BECK: They`re not from Saudi Arabia. They`re, in fact, we had -- what was his name, the CIA agent? I can`t remember his name. Oh, Bob Baer.



SACK: Oh, I guess it was you.

BECK: I`m Danny DeVito, man.

SACK: A guy that`s been on your show how many times? I`ve got a clip for you just to remind you, a little refresher clip, if you will.


BECK: Bob Baer, former CIA field officer, back with us. Bob Baer has spent 20 years with the CIA. Bob, you were on the show yesterday, on television. You were on the radio show today. Bob Baer...


BECK: OK, I get it. I get it. Back with more later. Thanks a lot, Brian. See you next week.

SACK: Take care, Glenn.

BECK: Bye.


BECK: All right, let`s get to a few e-mails before I head out on my Christmas tour. You can get all the details on where I`m coming to at

Now, I don`t think Craig from New York is going to try to make it to see one of my Christmas shows. He writes in -- he says, "How did Glenn Beck get a job on TV?"

Actually, Craig, that`s a good question, because I`ve wondered it myself. The answer is: Under the cap of a bottle of Snapple, I won the show, plus a diet peach iced tea skateboard.

George in Barbados writes in, "Glenn, the Bush administration and the American media always paint a terrible picture of the beheadings and other horrible crimes being committed in Iraq, yet they try to downplay the ill- treatment of our prisoners in Guantanamo. Let`s not forget the horrible things the Marines did to the prisoners in Iraq. Isn`t that somewhat hypocritical?"

No, I don`t think so. I mean, look, no conservative that I know was tougher on Abu Ghraib than I was. It shouldn`t have happened, and it should definitely never have been downplayed. That legitimately hurt us in Iraq, and it was pointless.

Now me, I`m for more Jack Bauers. The Jack Bauer that has to extract information, that`s one thing, but Lynndie England taking pictures of, you know, a naked pyramid? That was just stupid and pointless. But to compare that to a beheading of an innocent worker or a soldier who was kidnapped is a little over the top. Maybe it`s just me.

By the way, if you need me to visit Barbados and stay at a luxury hotel for a few weeks to go over that, George, you know, please, please let me know. It`s going to be cold here soon.

Julienne in Maine writes, "Glenn, what are we to do about the attack on the word `Christmas`? I was wondering if maybe in Britain they`ll change the name from Father Christmas to Father Holiday. Eventually, Christmas will be completely secular with no connotation of Christ at all."

You know, I honestly -- I don`t even understand this whole movement to pull Santa Claus out of the town squares and make kids sing winter at concerts instead of Christmas. Have you ever, honestly, been offended by somebody celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa?

I mean, you know what I say when somebody comes up and says, "Hey, happy Hanukkah?" I say, "Thanks." I mean, maybe if I`m in a really bad mood I go, "Yes, actually I`m not Jewish, but thanks anyway." Then I move on with my life. I don`t cry; I don`t quiver in the corner, you know, hoping that the Hanukkah candle thingy doesn`t attack me. And I definitely don`t call the ACLU.

If you would like to wish me happy Hanukkah or happy Kwanzaa, do so now online at That`s all the time I have. I`ve got to get on my diet peach iced tea skateboard. And we`ll see you back here tomorrow.


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