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Battle Over Anna Nicole`s Baby Continues; Will U.S. Attack Iran?; JetBlue Apologizes for Tedious Tarmac Delay

Aired February 15, 2007 - 19:00:00   ET


GLENN BECK, HOST: Coming up, it`s white trash on parade. The battle over Anna Nicole Smith`s body and baby gets even more bizarre.
Plus, President Bush is talking tough on Iran. Will he back that up with action? That and more coming up.


ANNOUNCER: Tonight`s episode is brought to you by Howard K. Stern, attorney at law, representing the interests of billionaire babies since 2007.


BECK: Good to be back. Hope you all had a great Valentine`s Day. I spent my day in bed not having any fun, just watching the back and forth insanity of Anna Nicole Smith`s case.

The latest out of Florida today, the judge has ordered an additional DNA test from Anna Nicole`s body. And the hearing continues. Here`s a highlight.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We`ve got enough of a media circus around here. And everyone on national television and everyone sitting in this room is calling this baby some sort of golden ticket.


BECK: Meanwhile, the half a billion dollar baby at the center of all of this, Dannielynn, is still in the Bahamas. Everybody who wants custody of her, including grandmother Virgie, are looking at this poor, innocent child as their meal ticket. That`s the way it feels to me. The whole thing is sickening.

Here`s the point tonight. I`m going to say this as clearly as I can. Take the baby away from all of these people.

Here`s how I got there. This story is so tragic on so many levels. None of the parasites fighting over Anna Nicole`s body would give a crap about her if she wasn`t worth $474 million. Come on, you know it and I know it. For the same reason, none of these people would want custody of Dannielynn either.

Here we are. We`re living in a country where the government can take away your house under eminent domain, but we can`t take away a baby from unfit parents. I know this sounds harsh, but let`s be real for a second and try to find a single white hat among this collection of white trash, starting with Anna Nicole herself.

This woman`s life, it was a nightmare from the beginning. She was screwed up from childhood, or at least she says she was. She became a stripper. She married a 90-year-old bag of bones. She posed nude for "Playboy", then documented her out of control life in a reality show where everybody around her just said, "Oh, look, isn`t she hilarious?" instead of helping the woman.

In California, they want to arrest you if you spank your kid. But if there`s hours and hours of footage of you acting whacked out of your mind on God knows what, you`re somehow fit to be a mom?

If somebody had nipped this in the bud years ago, if somebody had actually stepped in and said, "Hey, Nicole, enough," maybe Nicole would still be alive. Maybe her son would still be alive.

Now, Howard K. Stern. This guy, this guy`s a piece of work, man. Let me get this straight. He`s an attorney with only one client, and he`s sleeping with that client. I don`t know about you, I don`t trust this guy at all. I saw a tape of him, I think it was yesterday or the day before. He was talking about Anna Nicole. And he -- it looked like he was trying to make himself cry, and he couldn`t.

Then there`s Virgie Arthur, Anna Nicole`s mom. I don`t know. I don`t know if this woman is a phony or not. From a distance she appears to be quintessential trailer trash. Did she do an awful job raising Anna Nicole or was her daughter a black sheep? I don`t know. But why would the court risk giving her another baby to possibly screw up for life?

Remember, Anna Nicole, her daughter, whom she raised, died. And Anna Nicole`s son, who was also raised by Virgie, also dead.

Oddly enough -- oddly enough, the least offensive character in this whole tragedy might be Larry Birkhead. He`s the photojournalist who claims to be Dannielynn`s father. I don`t know anything about this guy. He may turn out to be an absolute dirt bag, too. But the kid might actually be his. But in this case, does that actually mean anything?

What all of this proves is if there was ever a case for licensing people to use the deadly weapon in their pants, this is it. I hate to say it. But we`re all thinking it. We`re all saying the same thing. We`re going to be having the same damn discussion about Britney Spears` children soon.

Here`s what I -- here`s what I know tonight. All of the people fighting over Anna Nicole`s corpse and baby, Dannielynn, are only after one thing, the money. The best possible thing for this child would be for her to be taken away from this circus now.

Here`s what I don`t know. How do you do it? Where do you take her? Where should she go, a foster home? Should she be put up for adoption? Mia Farrow and her house? I honestly have no clue.

To find out some of the answers is Ken Baker. He`s from "Us" magazine.

You know, I don`t know where this baby`s going to end up. Let`s -- let`s just start with some of the cast of characters. Where am I wrong? Let`s start with Howard K. Stern.

KEN BAKER, "US" MAGAZINE: Well, Glenn, can I first say, how do you really feel about this?

BECK: I feel exactly -- I swear -- I`ll bet you 95 percent of the audience, if not more, feel the same way tonight. And nobody`s willing to say it.

BAKER: OK. Let me just try to put it a little bit into perspective.


BAKER: Howard K. Stern, he knew Anna Nicole for over ten years. Yes, he started off as a personal attorney but became basically her closest confidant. Now of course, there`s some ethical issues there.

BECK: Some?

BAKER: He ended up sleeping with his client, which is very unethical. But what you have to really look at is this. He may not be a likable guy. He may be a pretty shady guy. But what`s clear is that you can`t take the custody of a child out of someone`s hands because you don`t like them.

BECK: OK. Hold it just a second. I`m not saying the guy is a little shady. I don`t trust this guy at all. I don`t think this guy is the DNA - - you know, the DNA match of the baby by any stretch. Maybe I`m wrong. I don`t think he`s the dad.

And beyond that, you`ve got two people. He seemingly was the only sober one in the group. He`s had two people that were in his care or in his custody that have died in recent months. What makes you think he`s going to be responsible with a newborn?

BAKER: I`m not saying he`s going to be responsible with a newborn. However, maybe it`s just bad luck, Glenn.

BECK: Come on. Really?

BAKER: People die all the time. But honestly...

BECK: Is anybody -- is anybody investigating him for the drugs? Where did she get the drugs? You know, there`s that story that he took two pills out of the son`s pants after he was found dead. Is that true? Are we looking into that?

BAKER: Yes. Well, actually police in Florida are still investigating her death. Now keep in mind, the police in Florida have not released the results of not only their investigation but also the chemical test, the test that they did on her blood to find out the toxicology of what was in her system.

There are a lot of unanswered questions, and you are right, Howard K. Stern has a lot of unanswered questions, basically, to answer.

But here`s what`s really important here, is that this may all be moot. Who`s the baby`s daddy, all this kind of stuff, it`s really going to come down to DNA. And by February 21, in L.A. court, has mandated that the baby`s DNA be taken and that Howard`s DNA and Larry Birkhead`s DNA. It all comes up and goes up to be matched, and we are going to know biologically who that father is very quickly.

I will tell you, the sources from "Us" magazine and the sources that I`ve talked to all say that it looks like Larry Birkhead will be the father. It`s going to be a relatively moot point as far as Howard K. Stern relating to the baby.

BECK: Please tell me he`s a decent person that actually cares about the baby.

BAKER: Well, you know what? The thing about it goes back to the point that he may not be a very likable or his P.R. strategy may be very horrible, but he`s not necessarily a bad father. We don`t know that.

BECK: Wait, wait, wait. We`re talking about -- we`re talking about Birkhead, right?

BAKER: Oh, you`re talking about Birkhead? Well, Birkhead is even more of an enigma than Howard K. Stern. Howard K. Stern, we`ve been able to probe and observe every aspect of his life going back to the Anna Nicole Smith show on E! back in 2000.

The reality is Larry Birkhead, he may be the biological father and be legally able to get the kid, but we don`t even know if he`s going to be a good father.

You`re right. I agree with you 100 percent. It is a very tragic situation. And I think it`s probably going to get more tragic, and at the center of the tragedy is Dannielynn, a 5-month-old baby who really is going to be relatively just orphaned by this whole experience.

BECK: It`s really sad. Thank you very much. I want to leave you with this clip. This is from the judge. You think this is a mess so far. This is a reality show.


JUDGE LARRY SEIDLIN, BROWARD COUNTY FAMILY COURT: I`m not releasing her. This body belongs to me now. I`m not releasing the body. From what I read, this body is staying right here. We`ll decide how we -- what condition and what place we put the body. But the body belongs to me now.


BECK: It just -- it really -- it honestly needs to be filmed in a trailer park, and you`ve got the perfect setting.

Coming up -- my apologies to anybody who`s in a trailer park.

Coming up, President Bush is certain that Iran is supplying our enemies with weapons. But he can`t exactly prove it yet. Will his tough talk lead to action?

Plus, could the NFL and the Bank of America actually be helping illegal aliens? You bet they are. Don`t miss tonight`s "Real Story". Blood will shoot out of your eyes.

And they`re the top 20 worst dictators in the world. I`ll tell you who took the crown for the second straight year. We`ll show you some of the new faces on the mean list, coming up.



BECK: I want to spend a couple of minutes, first, on Anna Nicole. The story for some reason isn`t focused on the baby, and I don`t know why. We have hours of her being whacked out of her brains on drugs and we can`t take that kid away.

We can take Elian Gonzalez away. Elian Gonzalez at least had a family here that loved him. They gave him a slide. They gave him a nice closet, a closet big enough that, you know, you could hide in, and we kicked down their door with machine guns.


BECK: The world is upside-down.

President Bush yesterday made a speech. He said some things that surprised some day people. But if you`re a regular watcher of this freaky program, you`ve been hearing it for months. He said that while he doesn`t have proof yet, he is certain -- his words, not mine -- that the Iranian government is supplying deadly weapons to anti-American forces in Iraq. Take a look.


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: My job is to protect our troops. And when we find devices that are in that country that are hurting our troops we`re going to do something about it, pure and simple.


BECK: OK. I`m going to be real honest with you. I truly believe that this president has singular focus. In his mind he`s the president of our country at this time in our history for a reason. Now right or wrong, I really truly believe that George W. Bush believes in that mission of changing the face of the Middle East and doesn`t believe that any of the candidates running for president in `08 will have the courage or are up for the job.

It is a tough thing to say and possibly the insane thing to say. But when push comes to shove, I`m convinced Bush will take on Iran before he leaves office.

Me personally? I think war with Iran is a very bad solution, very dangerous. The best would be for -- for us to find a way to collapse them from within.

Peter Brooks is a foreign affairs and national security expert for the Heritage Foundation. Amir Taheri is a columnist from the "New York Post" is covering the story that the mainstream media has ignored.

Amir, tell us about the attack on Iranian troops by Iranians yesterday.

AMIR TAHERI, COLUMNIST, "NEW YORK POST": Yes. In broad daylight, a group of men dressed in their police uniforms stopped a bus that was carrying members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian regime`s elite force. They asked a driver to get out, and then they blew up the bus killing the Revolutionary Guards right in the middle of the city of Zahedan, which is a provincial capital. And this incident has shaken the regime.

BECK: Now, this is a big deal, because these guys had official uniforms. This seems to be well financed. This is almost a replay of what happened to us with the SUVs about a month ago, isn`t it?

TAHERI: Yes. The Iranian leaders are being paid in their own currency and having a taste of their own medicine. Because they introduced these kind of terrorist tactics in the Middle East in the late 1970s. And now it is payback time.

BECK: OK, Peter, I don`t know if these guys are good guys or bad guys. But there -- there seems to be a small window of opportunity, to me it just feels like it`s getting smaller and smaller, to be able to destabilize from within.

What are we doing specifically to help the people inside Iran topple their own government?

PETER BROOKS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION: It`s pretty tough, Glenn. I mean, you know, there`s international broadcasting. There are Persian language television and radio that`s being beamed in there. There`s the Internet. There`s things along this line.

But it`s very, very difficult because the Iranian government does oppose these sort of ideas of free media, of the free press. So it`s difficult to get them to incite them to move in that direction.

BECK: Amir, Diane Sawyer was in Tehran this last week. And she had footage. I saw her in the midst of this big rally that was, you know, down with the U.S. You say there are signs that, again, the media has missed. People that were showing up clean shaven, which is a sign of rebellion.

TAHERI: Absolutely. For the first time in the past 26 years, at least 40 percent of the men in the crowd were clean shaven. There was not any applause for Mr. Ahmadinejad, although he made them assemble for his speech. Many people were leaving. And CNN showed that -- all that live.

But, you know, they didn`t explain the meaning of the images. They didn`t tell the viewers what it meant. It was a very, very important moment. It showed Ahmadinejad`s isolation. It shows that these slogans don`t work with the Iranian people.

BECK: Peter, I said at the beginning of this break that I -- I just think that George Bush is the kind of guy who believes it in his heart that these guys are evil. He`s going to take them down one way or another, and he won`t leave this for the next guy.

Is that -- I mean, in some ways it is insane. Is that insane to think that way? Do you believe he`s a guy who, he will take them on if he has to?

BROOKS: I think if the president feels he needs to take them on, he will. I mean, I think you`ve seen how the president has acted and how he`s acted in our national security.

But, Glenn, you know, war and conflict is not inevitable. What I think what the president has done recently is just laying out a case, slowly but surely, making sure his facts are sound, not pointing the finger, you know, willy-nilly. But making sure that his facts are sound so the international community will see what we`re dealing with in Iraq.

Now yesterday when he was talking about the weapons, he said there were Iranian weapons but he wasn`t exactly sure how they got into the hands of the Iraqis. But, you know, they could have come from some level of the Iranian government. But we don`t have that piece of the puzzle yet. So the president is laying out a case.

BECK: But when we -- but when we do, do you think he`ll respond to that? I mean, he said he`s going to respond firmly. What exactly does that mean?

BROOKS: Well, at this moment right now, this means interdiction. You know, they closed the borders with Iran. This means going after the arms caches to prevent these sort of things.

And I think as the president see whether -- if determines this is Iranian national policy, if the government of Iran at the highest levels is complicit, then he may take other steps. But I think he`s also looking to other partners such as the Europeans and others who trade with Iran and laying out a case for them.

BECK: That`s worthless.

Amir, you know, we used to have, you know, the Voice of America. What is it we should be saying? I mean, I don`t hear a Ronald Reagan, you know, John Paul kind of speech coming any time soon. What is it we should be doing or saying to the Iranian people to strengthen them so they will stand up?

TAHERI: You should support the struggle of Iran. At the moment industrial strikes in ten Iranian cities. Teachers are on a strike because they haven`t been paid for months. And none of your trade unions come out in their support. So students were fighting, women who are fighting, the whole Iranian people are fighting this regime. There is absolutely no voice of support.

BECK: This is -- this is what happened in Poland. How come the mainstream media and how come Bush isn`t covering this?

TAHERI: Well, I don`t know. You are on the other side of the world. You should know better than I do.

BECK: I have no clue. I have no clue.

TAHERI: I have no idea from -- well, I don`t know then what you want me to say. You know?

The thing is that the Iranian people are fighting. You are not supporting them. This is very important. And you need to support them at people`s level. Your Congress, your senators, your congressmen, instead of spending their time justifying the policy, they should support the Iranian people.

BECK: Good. Thank you, Amir.

Peter, thank you very much.

We`ll be back in a minute.


BECK: One hundred and thirty-four passengers boarded a JetBlue flight from New York`s JFK Airport. They were going to Cancun yesterday morning. They were excited to escape the winter storm that was pretty much pummeling the entire Northeast.

Instead, Flight 751 spent eight hours on the tarmac because of that storm. They weren`t alone. There were other stranded JetBlue planes and more angry passengers. The airline has apologized and called the situation absolutely unacceptable. That may not be enough for some of the passengers.

I`m joined now on the phone by the CEO of JetBlue, David Neeleman.

First of all, full disclosure. David and I were friends.

David, you have refunded the money. You`ve offered free tickets to these people. Is there anything you can do to make these people happy?

DAVID NEELEMAN, CEO, JETBLUE: Well, you know, they`re valued customers. And you know, I think the best thing we can do is say we`re sorry and give them their money back and give them a free ticket and then kind of plead them to come and fly again and show them this isn`t the way we do business here at JetBlue.

BECK: I have to tell you. I felt so bad. I saw the paper this morning and I saw this. And I know you. I mean, you`re a guy who gets up and fly red-eyes and you serve drinks to customers. You actually care about the customer. I felt worse for them, but I felt so bad for you, as well.

What happened? How did you get the plane stuck on the tarmac for so long?

NEELEMAN: It was just a series of very unfortunate events that, you know, started to spiral on us, and we didn`t do a very good job recovering. We -- there was a storm coming through. And it was forecasted to go from cold weather to warmer weather and go to rain.

And we relied on that forecast to push some planes off the gate. It just never went to rain, and they just stayed in a state called ice pellets, which is, according to the FAA, a new rule they made just last year that you can`t take off with ice pellets.

And then just hope spun eternal that we could -- that we could get rid of that and get these people on their way to their vacation. And you know, they wanted to go to Cancun bad, and we wanted them to go there, as well. And then by the time we decided that it was not going to be possible, it was very difficult to get them back to the gates.

BECK: Why wouldn`t you take -- why wouldn`t you just take the planes and just head back to the gates? I mean...

NEELEMAN: We could have, except for the fact that we had planes on all those gates. And there was really nowhere for the planes to go. And then the obvious question would be why not just go get a stair truck and let people walk back to the terminal? And that`s a very good question.

You know, there was some concern on the part of our people that everything was coated with ice and there`d be people falling down stairs and it would have been a potentially worse situation than what we`re facing today.

But you know, you live and learn from these experiences. And you know, I`m sure when we get through the situation, it still continues, you know, at the airport. The runways are all iced up, which is causing major delays and cancellations. And tomorrow we`ll be back to normal, and we`re going to reassess it. And then we`ll come up with some hard and fast rules to make sure this never happens again.

BECK: I say one of the people said, why didn`t they just get us all liquored up? And I thought, yes and why don`t I just hand out hand guns, as well? Did you guys stop serving alcohol? Because I would have thought that would be a good idea, to not to feed a bunch of people alcohol who were stuck on a plane.

NEELEMAN: I`m not sure exactly what we fed them, but you know, I know we fed them everything we had. And you know, and gave them water and did everything.

And you know, not something that we`re proud of, Glenn. I mean, we`re very, very disappointed and very upset by it. And you know, we`re not -- you know, this is not our reputation. And so we`ll -- you know, we`ll be better.

BECK: Great. David Neeleman, thank you very much.

Back in a second with "The Real Story".


BECK: Welcome to "The Real Story." I have been home sick for the last couple of days -- I know, stop the applause. It gave me time to do some thinking.

I thought a lot about Iran. I thought a lot about Anna Nicole and her poor, little baby. But most of all, and I hate to admit this, but I`ve got this growing feeling that our government is just not being honest with us anymore. Everywhere I turn, every level, I feel like I`m being lied to, that there`s nobody in government that I can trust. I hope I`m alone in that.

It`s not just one issue. It`s almost all of them. They`re all starting to tie together for me. And I guess there`s nothing that illustrates it better than the border issue.

Like most people in America, I have been so outraged with what has been happening, or I guess more appropriately what`s not been happening, on the border. With the immigration debate, it has been confusing, but that`s not even enough. It has just never made any sense.

Why are we selling out our own security? More importantly, who are we selling out to?

Then yesterday, I had one of those "Jerry Maguire" moments. I woke up in the middle of the night, and it hit me all at once, something that I had seen on television. The real story tonight? The real story is, the answer has been right in front of our eyes the entire time. But it took a statement from the president in a press conference yesterday that I saw on a completely unrelated issue to bring it all together. Listen to this.


GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Let`s put it this way: money trumps peace sometimes. In other words, commercial interests are very powerful interests throughout the world.


BECK: Money trumps peace? Don`t think so. Money trumps everything. It felt like that`s what he wanted to say. You can`t explain it any more clearer than the president just did.

I want you to keep those words in mind as I tell you two unbelievable immigration stories that both make perfect sense to me now.

First, we have that Bank of America story. The ad wizards over there have decided that illegal immigrants would make a nice niche market for a new credit card program. Gee, how do you reach that market? I mean, you can`t exactly buy an undocumented worker e-mail list, right? No, turns out you don`t have to. All you have to do is use one key phrase in your advertising that appeals most to that market. Ready for it? No Social Security number required. And that is exactly what the Bank of America is doing.

Of course, now they`re just claiming, "Oh, we`re just trying to help." Let me give you this quote: "These people, they`re coming here for quality of life, and they deserve somebody to give them a chance to achieve that."

Stop it. You`re breaking my heart. But guess who made that heartfelt plea? It was the Bank of America`s director of Latin America card operations. Now, what do you suppose his interests are, the quality of life for the immigrants, or squeezing every last drop of money out of the Hispanic market? Money trumps peace.

And then there`s the story of the NFL. This one is amazing. They actually refused to allow a U.S. Border Patrol recruitment ad in the NFL Super Bowl program. Look at the ad. This is what they wanted to run. It was going to be printed in their program this year. But, no, no, no, the NFL turned it down.

You ready for this? Quote, "The immigration debate is a very controversial issue." Oh, yes, yes. I guess that ad is controversial, as well, because it says that the border agents help stop terrorists, weapons, undocumented aliens, and drug smugglers from coming into this country. Oh, the humanity!

The Border Patrol says the rejection is more than a little puzzling. No, it`s not. Honestly, it`s not. The real story is that, in 2005, Mexico City was the first official NFL game site. The first game ever by the NFL to be played in Mexico was played in Mexico City. The real story is, 20 million Mexicans watched the Super Bowl this year. The real story is, Mexico represents one of the largest potential new markets for the NFL.

And, most importantly, the real story is that the majority of Mexicans, the very people the NFL is trying to hawk on their crack game, aren`t exactly huge supporters of the Border Patrol`s recruitment efforts. It all fits together, and it all makes perfect sense, as long as you remember the words of our president. And guess what? He`s right.

And if he is right, if money does trump peace, then it will definitely trump common sense. Common sense is dead in America.

T.J. Bonner, he`s the president of the National Border Patrol Council. T.J., I`m not a conspiracy nut. I`m not a guy who believes in shadow government. But the shadow government is alive and well, and it is called global corporations. Am I wrong, sir?

T.J. BONNER, NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL: You`re not wrong. It`s all about the money.

BECK: I mean, how did this happen to us? How did the Bank of America, how did the National Football League start to look at America as just merely a market and not their home?

BONNER: This is not something new. This has been going on for decades now. We`re just becoming more and more aware of it, now that we can`t ignore the fact that we have 12 million or perhaps 20 million people in this country illegally. The government has been telling us that their policies are working, but we look on every street corner and see all these illegal aliens and we say, no, they`re not working.

BECK: T.J., you represent the Border Patrol. You represent the border guards, the people who are risking their frickin` life everyday to try to keep drug smugglers and bad guys from coming into our country. And I live in a state, Connecticut, where I drove into a city, and there is a sign next to the freeway that says, "Illegal No Hassle Zone" or something like that, where you can pull up, and illegal immigrants can stand there, and no one can harass them. It is a consequence-free zone. How does that make you feel?

BONNER: Very discouraging to the people who are risking their lives every day and every night trying to keep people, bad people from coming into this country. And, yes, the majority of people coming across the border are merely looking for work. But bear in mind that about 8 percent of the people that we catch crossing that border -- and that`s only the tip of the iceberg, the ones we catch -- they have criminal records here in the United States.

BECK: I have to tell you, I am not a guy who calls for boycotts. I just don`t do it. But I did make one call today. I called my wife. I said, "Honey, do we do any business with Bank of America? If so, cancel all of it." I refuse to play any role and do business with any company that sees America as merely a market.

Was Clinton as bad as Bush is? I mean, Bush is -- Bush is -- you know what, T.J.? Correct me if I`m wrong, Bush is so good at saying, "Oh, look, look what we`re doing. We`re doing a little of this, we`re doing a little of this, we`re catching these people." But nothing of real significance is happening, is it?

BONNER: It is not. Look around, 12 million to 20 million people in this country illegally. Nothing of any significance is happening. Every month, ICE will come out, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau will come out, and tell us they`ve caught 100 or 200 people working in the country illegally.

Well, during that same month, thousands upon thousands of people have crossed the borders illegally and obtained work in the United States. Our frontline agents estimate that we -- for every person we catch, two or three get by us. And we catch on average 3,000 or 4,000 people a day.

BECK: You know, I tell you, I am so sick of it, because, you know, you have a point of view like mine, you`re immediately painted as a hatemonger and a racist. I don`t hate Mexicans. You know, God bless those people who are coming over here. You guys see it firsthand. Your heart must break for these people who are coming over here...

BONNER: Absolutely.

BECK: ... and are not trying to do any harm. They just want to feed their family. But can we please start putting America first from time to time?

BONNER: That would be a refreshing change, Glenn.

BECK: T.J., thank you very much.

BONNER: Thank you.

BECK: Appreciate your time. Appreciate all you do. And I don`t know how you guys stay sane.

If you`d like to read more about this story or if you found a real story of your own and you`d like to tell us about it, please go to I want you to click on the "Real Story" button right there on the front page and tell us about it, please.

Up next, the list of the world`s worst dictators. You don`t want to miss this.



BECK: Name the funny conservatives. Yes, that`s what I thought. I mean, there`s just not -- name the -- Dennis Miller. Nobody gets Dennis Miller. Dennis Miller doesn`t even get Dennis Miller. I think Dennis Miller just sits around with an encyclopedia, looks up names, dates and foreign wars, puts them at an end of a joke, and then he`s like, "Everybody is going to laugh anyway." I mean, they were laughing when they actually made sense. I ran out of references in 1988.


BECK: All right. Now that the football season is over, or so I hear, where can a guy who loves competition go for a little action? Easy, you just keep an eye on the list of the world`s 20 worst living dictators.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Are you ready for a little torture, some human rights violations, good old-fashioned force labor? Well, sit back and open a cold one, because all the rowdy dictators are here on GLENN BECK tonight.

As dictator of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir is coming off one of his best seasons ever, and he`s been putting up some truly awesome numbers, over 200,000 killed, 5.3 million driven from their homes. But if al-Bashir wants to retain his number-one ranking, he`s really going to have to take up his game a notch.

Breathing down his neck is the veteran Kim Jong Il. It`s been a breakout year for the madman from North Korea. He`s got so many offensive weapons, it`s almost impossible to defend the guy. He can, of course, beat you long with the bomb. Some say he`s just crazy enough to go all the way this year.

Then there`s King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. At 83, still a force to be reckoned with. He`s really made a name for himself this season by executing people for practicing witchcraft.

And don`t forget what could be the Cinderella story of 2007, Vladimir Putin. After years of going unranked, Putin has at last cracked the top 20. Can this be the year? Stay tuned. This one should go down to the wire.


BECK: Joining me now is David Wallechinsky. He is the author of "Tyrants: The World`s 20 Worst Living Dictators."

David, let`s start with somebody that was mentioned in the president`s State of the Union address, Burma. I don`t know even where Burma is, but apparently a bad place with a bad guy leading it.

DAVID WALLECHINSKY, ANNUAL LIST, WORLD`S WORST DICTATORS: Yes, Burma is actually a very beautiful country. I`ve been there many times.

BECK: Yes, me, too.

WALLECHINSKY: It`s headed by General Than Shwe, a military dictator. And what`s really bizarre is some of the things you can be arrested for in Burma.

BECK: Hold on just a second. What is his name again?


BECK: Isn`t that how you arrange your furniture in your room?

WALLECHINSKY: That`s feng shui, but it`s pretty close. Pretty close. You`ve got the right idea, yes.

BECK: OK, good.

WALLECHINSKY: Yes, but you can be arrested for -- people have been arrested for selling videotapes of CNN`s coverage of the tsunami that hit that area. That`s an offense in Burma, as is my favorite offense in Burma, hiding in the dark. You can be arrested for hiding in the dark, even in the daytime.

BECK: OK. Top three worst dictators. Who are they?

WALLECHINSKY: Well, number one, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, who has caused more than 200,000 deaths in Darfur, in the west of Sudan, and after doing the same thing in the south of Sudan. What bothers me is that you never hear about him, even when you hear coverage of Darfur. I think it`s because he`s kind of a dull, thuggish person, but he gets number one because he`s killed the most people.

BECK: He`s an amazing guy. Darfur is just such a sad, sad, tragic story. And nobody -- I think most people don`t even know what`s really going on in Darfur.

Number two is who?

WALLECHINSKY: Number two is everybody`s favorite, Kim Jong Il of North Korea, who inherited the first-time communist country, it passed from father to son. He has complete control. People, you know, talk about him like he`s crazy. Yes, he is eccentric and he has a bad haircut.

But he`s a very wily politician. He knows what he`s doing. I did read a couple books written by Kim Jong Il, for example, his book on the art of opera and the art of cinema. They were a little dull, but I made my way through them.

BECK: What is it with these dictators? Saddam Hussein, before he met his untimely demise, he was a writer, too.

WALLECHINSKY: Yes, he`s a writer of poetry. Yes, he was writing poetry.

BECK: That was good stuff. Did he read any of that?

WALLECHINSKY: No. I haven`t seen it in translation yet. I`m waiting. I did read Moammar al-Gadhafi`s short stories, though. Very dull. Not much plot.

BECK: OK. And number three on the list?

WALLECHINSKY: This would be the Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran. We hear a lot about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president, but really he has no power over their nuclear program or their military or anything, because above the elected government of Iran is the 12-man Guardian Council of Religious Leaders, headed by the Ayatollah Khamenei.

BECK: And why is he so bad? I see he`s moving up the charts, up six slots.

WALLECHINSKY: Well, they`ve been cracking down. And, you know, it`s a country -- by the way, I have to say, as bad as I think Ayatollah Khamenei is, I think it would be a bad idea to attack Iran.

BECK: David, I`m with you.

WALLECHINSKY: This is a country where two-thirds of the people oppose that government, and so there`s a very sophisticated population. And if you bomb Iran, you`re going to silence the opposition. And they don`t want that.

BECK: David, boy, I am so with you on that. Unfortunately, we seem to be in bed with a lot of people that are on your list. I mean, I don`t like the whole Saudi Arabia being on your list, and we`re, you know, having tea with them, as well.

Real quick, because we`ve only got 20 seconds. Tell me about -- because we have to have a moment of silence for the guy from Turkmenistan that passed away this year. The world lost just a great guy.

WALLECHINSKY: Oh, yes, my favorite dictator is Saparmurad Niyazov of Turkmenistan died. He`s the one who renamed January after himself and had his own line of vodka with his picture on every battle.

BECK: Yes, that`s great. David, thanks a lot.

Let`s check in now with Nancy Grace, see what she`s got coming up tonight. Nancy, what`s happening?

NANCY GRACE, CNN HOST: Breaking news tonight, Glenn. Emergency hearings in the death of cover girl Anna Nicole Smith. Tonight, inside that court battle over the body, as an order goes down for brand-new DNA samples from her body. Why?

And all this as family and legal executors claim the remains, still refrigerated, under tight security at a Florida morgue. The M.E. is speaking out tonight, trying to explain to lawyers the urgency to embalm the model. That embalming under such tight security, Glenn, the body won`t even be moved to a funeral home. Instead, embalmers coming there to the medical examiners. And who will claim the body for burial?

And tonight, Glenn, we learn the Bahaman police close in on Anna Nicole`s seaside mansion. Police arriving just hours ago in a patrol car marked crime scene unit.

BECK: Like it or not, we have turned into Ancient Rome, and this is the Coliseum. Don`t forget. Nancy up, she is on tonight at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. Eastern.


BECK: When former NBA star Tim Hardaway came on sports radio station 790 AM, The Ticket, in Miami, supposed to be a typical interview about basketball. But the last question about John Amaechi, the first NBA player to come out of the closet, led to so much more.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: How do you deal with a gay teammate?

TIM HARDAWAY, NBA STAR: First of all, I wouldn`t want him on my team. And, second of all, you know, if he was on my team, I would, you know, really distance myself from him, because I don`t think that`s right.


BECK: OK. Maybe a chance to clarify the position?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know that what you`re saying there, though, Timmy, is flatly homophobic, right? It`s just -- it`s bigotry.

HARDAWAY: Well, you know, I hate gay people, so, you know, I let it be known. I don`t like gay people. I don`t like to be around gay people. You know, I`m homophobic. I don`t like it. It shouldn`t be in the world for that, or in the United States for it. So, yes, I don`t like it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Timmy, we`ll talk to you later.

HARDAWAY: All right. Talk to you all later, and you all have fun.


BECK: "You all have fun." You say, "I hate gay people, and I`m homophobic," and then you end that with, "You all have fun"? As if it wasn`t enough, he had yet another opportunity to clarify that interview with a CBS 4 interview in Miami.


HARDAWAY: I`m saying that I don`t -- I can`t stand being around that person knowing that they sleep with somebody of the same sex.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So if you had a family member who was gay, you`re saying that you hate them?

HARDAWAY: Yes, I wouldn`t talk to them.


BECK: OK, this guy is unbelievable. So what is John Amaechi -- now, this is the original player who came out of the closet -- what does he have to say about Hardaway`s comments?

Quote, "It`s ridiculous, absurd, petty, bigoted. It shows the lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable. But it is honest, and it illustrates the problem better than any of the fuzzy language other people have used so far."

Well, what do you suppose that fuzzy language is? I contest its political correct language. When it comes to something like bigotry, I want to know exactly who the people are that feel like Tim Hardaway. I want to know who they are; I want to be able to keep my eye on them. Because now it`s out there. And once it`s out there, the capitalist system can figure out what to do with it.

By the way, the NBA has reported that they have removed Hardaway from further league-related appearances. They don`t think it would be good for business. Ah, capitalism at work, and Tim Hardaway out of work. All is well in America.

You can e-mail me at We`ll see you back here tomorrow night.


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