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Al Gore Testifies Before Congress on Global Warming; Do Americans Care about U.S. Attorney Firings?; Phil Spector Murder Trial Turns Bizarre
Aired March 21, 2007 - 19:00:00 ET
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GLENN BECK, HOST (voice-over): Tonight, all eyes on Al Gore as he brings his super global warming slide show to Capitol Hill.
AL GORE, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
BECK: Can an Al Gore candidacy be just around the corner?
And illegal immigrants and our churches on the verge of an unholy alliance. How your place of worship soon may be a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
Plus, bad hair day for Phil Specter. We`ll bring you the shocking new documents that may spell disaster for the defense. All this and more tonight.
BECK: Well, earlier today we saw the perfect storm of boredom. You had Al Gore testifying in front of Congress about global warming. Wow.
Here`s the point tonight. The only guaranteed effects of global warming are higher taxes and an Al Gore candidacy, and here`s how I got there.
Before Al Gore testified, he had some specific rules he laid out for Congress. First of all, he demanded an unprecedented 30-minute opening statement. I think 30 minutes in Gore time is like five hours to you and me.
He also, two, asked for special permission to bypass the House`s rule that he submit his testimony 48 hours prior to his appearance. Why? Is it because he was afraid Congress would then have time to dispute his claims? No. No. I thought of that first, and then I realized I bet he just couldn`t find any non-tree-killing paper to write that testimony on. That`s probably what it was.
Now before I show you some clips of what Al Gore had to say today, just a quick warning, please, if you are operating heavy machinery, be advised this may cause extreme drowsiness. Having said that, here are some of Al Gore`s recommendations on global warming.
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GORE: We ought to have a law that allows homeowners and small business people to put up photovoltaic generators and small windmills and any other new sources of widely distributed generation that they can come up with.
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BECK: Windmills, wow, that`s a good idea. So let me see if I`ve got this right. Small business owner, let`s say you own a hardware store or something like that, you just build a windmill behind your store, and then you just watch that global warming disappear.
That is good. That is practical. That is cost effective. I can see a lot of people doing that right now.
Do you know, Al, how many windmills, giant windmills it would take to power New York City for a year? Eighteen thousand.
As a real estate developer, which I`m not, but I am a thinker, think about what the landmass alone would cost to build 18,000 giant windmills, and, remember, that`s only for one city. Can you imagine how much windmills we`d need for the entire nation?
Now maybe it`s just me, but I`m beginning to understand why the Dutch had to wear wooden shoes. They couldn`t afford real ones!
Al Gore says he hopes to pay for these measures with pollution taxes. No, I`m sorry, not pollution taxes. Pollution investments. Right.
We`ll have a few more words on those ideas here in just a second, but how does he plan to build awareness for some of his plans? That first.
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GORE: We will -- we will launch a three-year mass persuasion campaign, completely bipartisan in nature. It will involve television and radio advertisements in all of your districts, a very active Internet-based campaign. This is not going away.
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BECK: A mass persuasion campaign. Wow. That doesn`t sound creepy at all, Goebbels. You know what I mean?
I mean, you know -- I`ll tell you what. Actually I believe this mass -- what did he call it, persuasion campaign? Is already happening, and if you have a kid in school, it`s -- you know what I`m talking about. Kids are required now to watch his global warming special. They`re, you know, reciting quotes from "An Inconvenient Truth", and if you disagree with it, you`re graded down in many schools.
You know, we can`t get God into the schools, but we can`t get Al Gore out of our schools.
The key word here is campaign, as in presidential campaign. I believe while the other Democrats slug it out, Al Gore is going to be hopping that private jet all around the world, getting free air time as he persuades Americans to build windmills and drive cars that, I don`t know, run on pudding or whatever.
And he`s going to amass an army of movie stars, hippies and college freshmen that just don`t know any better. And then, when Hillary or Obama stumble, he`ll have no choice but to run for president, to save the whole world from burning in that flood, and that`s the inconvenient truth.
So here`s what I know tonight. If Al Gore has his way, higher taxes are guaranteed to happen. Hear me, guaranteed.
The United Nations has already developed a global carbon tax. Canada has initiated theirs. Politicians are in love with the environmental movement, not because they care about the earth. Some of them might. Some of them may not. They just see it as a way to raise taxes, all in the name of saving the planet.
I also know that Al Gore is on a diet. I`m not making that up. He is on a diet, trying to lose weight. How come, Fatso? You think -- really, you think people care about what you look like during your slide shows? Everybody is asleep during the slide shows, Al. This guy, I believe, is preparing a candidacy.
Here`s what I don`t know. I`m not sure when Al Gore will announce, this summer, winter, but it`s coming. Was today`s testimony actually a de facto campaign stop?
Joining me now to talk about the inaccuracies of Al Gore`s vision and "Inconvenient Truth", as well as what that vision could cost us, is Chris Horner. He`s the author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism".
Chris, I`ve got to tell you, first of all, what a great book. Love, love, love your book. I have laughed out loud through many -- through much of it.
CHRIS HORNER, AUTHOR, "THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO GLOBAL WARMING AND ENVIRONMENTALISM": I enjoy reading it.
BECK: You enjoy reading it?
BECK: You`re saying that about me or this is the first time you`ve read your book?
HORNER: No, it`s actually several -- maybe the fourth, fifth sixth time. Every time I pick it up it`s a handful of laughs.
BECK: It`s great.
What did you think of his appearance on -- in front of Capitol Hill today?
HORNER: No real surprises, no real gotcha moments from the members. That`s always difficult when you refuse to submit your testimony in advance, as the rules require.
Probably the most fascinating moments was the series of things he orchestrated to make sure we never forget that Al Gore is different than we are.
The rules don`t apply to him, whether it involves a carbon footprint, the clotheslines he insists we all have to spread or submitting your testimony, testifying sometimes with others, but under time constraints and so on.
I think the best moment to help remind us of who we`re dealing with, the man that the Democratic National Committee described as having no sense of proportion, is the man who said today, "I`ve been to Chernobyl. I`ve been to Three Mile Island." I mean...
BECK: Those are not exactly the same.
HORNER: Have you seen the devastation, Glenn? I mean, come on.
BECK: One is in a shroud.
HORNER: Sweep the bodies off the doorstep every morning. Come on.
BECK: I know. It`s crazy. That is one thing that is very, very interesting to me. I believe it`s one of the guys, one of the first guys on global warming. He was discredited or at least kind of broomed out of the global warming community, because he said that the best way to deal with it is nuclear energy, and nobody wants to talk about nuclear energy.
HORNER: Right. They say that tens of thousands will die, but your atoms, they frighten me. There`s a certain moral tension there because, remember, many countries have managed to do what the Soviet Union didn`t manage to do. P.J. O`Rourke said they couldn`t build a toaster that didn`t blow up the breakfast nook.
France, 80 percent nuclear power dependent. Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. Many countries do this without the policy mistakes of making sure that they have a waste problem, like we do. They reclaim the spent material. We`ve made that essentially illegal. So maybe the French actually can teach us something.
But nuclear is the solution if you really believe this, and I think by his lifestyle, if nothing else, he doesn`t.
BECK: Now, but what he`s proposing is -- see I`m convinced -- look, I believe that something is happening with our planet, but I believe it`s natural. And I don`t -- maybe we`re helping cause it and making it worse, I don`t know. The real question is whether we can make it better.
What he`s proposing is astronomical in its cost. It`s my understanding that just if the E.U. really implemented the Kyoto Treaty it would cost, is it $9 trillion in the next 100 years, which would reduce the temperature by one degree or, no, stop global warming for two extra years. It`s something like that, isn`t it?
HORNER: It`s an astounding amount of money. With the Europeans you never can really tell. They`re not really reducing emissions. They`re buying indulgences from Canada.
What we do know, because the Clinton-Gore administration is unimpeachable, so to speak, at least as far as their data. Al Gore returned from the Kyoto negotiations, when we did agreed to the Kyoto Protocol. And we did sign it here a year later, by the way. George Bush can`t sign Kyoto; we only sign treaties once.
He asked the Energy Information Administration how much will this thing cost, and they came back and said up to 4 percent of GDP every year. To put it in perspective, that`s five times the cost of the Iraq war every year for the other people.
He asked, what would this do? Tom Wiggly (ph) of a group called Ankar (ph) out in Boulder said it would delay for six years and undetectable seven one-hundredths of one degree Celsius at a cost of five times the Iraq war every year. But, gee, a whole bunch of Europeans might like us, probably not.
BECK: And it`s -- also, that`s just Kyoto. Chris, thank you.
BECK: One programming not tonight. Wednesday, May 2, the return of "Exposed". This time our one-hour special will examine the climate of fear surrounding the global warming issue. We are going to look at the other side of the debate and, yes, believe it or not, there is one. You do not want to miss it. "Exposed." Look for it right here May 2.
Coming up, more politicians as usual in Washington. It`s all about politicians and politics. This time the fight is over manufactured outrage involving the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. It`s time we settle this and move on to issues we actually care about.
Also, churches are becoming sanctuaries for illegal aliens all across the country. A dangerously bad move, and I`ll tell you why in tonight`s "Real Story".
Plus our weeklong special, "Special Ops: Combat Search and Rescue". Tonight you`ll see what it takes to jump into the most dangerous waters just to save our stranded soldiers. Don`t miss it, coming up.
BECK: Today the House Judiciary Subcommittee voted to approve subpoenas for three presidential advisors, including Karl Rove, as they investigate the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.
I`ve got to be honest with you. This one -- today early this morning I got up, and I was having a conversation with my executive producer of the show, and I`m so appalled by this story I don`t even want to bring it to you. I really don`t.
You know, what galls me is that our so-called leaders in Washington think that we give a flying crap about eight lawyers while we have these enormous problems that we`re facing, and the matters that we actually care about, totally ignored. We`re dismissed and treated like children.
Do you really think that the average family is sitting around their dinner table tonight talking about Karl Rove and Harriet Miers? Do you think maybe they might be a little more concerned about our borders, about our troops, about fixing Social Security that we`re not going to be able to afford soon and the new health care plan that nobody can afford?
You know, maybe it`s time the leaders went back and read the words of the Declaration of Independence. I`ve got to tell you. Thomas Jefferson was a genius man, a genius man. I believe the Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution was inspired by God and it`s a living document, man, that lives and breathes and speaks to us from the grave today.
And it -- there is a line in the Declaration of Independence that has been haunting me for the last couple of weeks, and it was written by people at a time, people that spent years of exploitation and betrayal at the hands of their leaders. And what did Thomas Jefferson write?
Quote, "In every stage of these oppressions, We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: repeated Petitions -- Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury."
Washington, that is how America feels today. You are repeatedly injuring -- we are repeatedly, humbly begging you, please, do the will and the work of the people but once again being ignored.
And let me tell you something, Washington. If history is any guide, America is not going to stand for it much longer. Our problems are growing at an exponential rate.
Quin Hillyer, he is the senior editor of "American Spectator".
Quin, is there even any illegal activity in this case?
QUIN HILLER, SENIOR EDITOR, "AMERICAN SPECTATOR": None whatsoever, and the "Washington Post" news story this morning had a line that even acknowledged that there was really -- that nothing released so far shows any hint of any illegality.
BECK: OK. So tell me why anyone in America -- why we should -- I know the answer to this. I was going to ask you why this is on the front page of the paper.
The reason why this story, America, is on the front page of the paper is because 80 percent of the people who run the media are liberals. This is an agenda. There is no reason for this to be on the front page of the paper when nothing is going on here, and we`ve got these enormous problems.
Quin, help me, throw me a lifeline. Why should I give a flying crap about this story?
HILLYER: Well, in the long run you really should not because it is not about anything that really affects the American people. It affects the seven or eight attorneys who actually were treated a little bit shabbily.
BECK: I agree with you.
HILLYER: But that does not affect really how the American people are being served, and the American people don`t want all these talking points shouted across their TVs. They want people to calm down and be fair and look into something, and if there`s nothing there, they want them to move on.
But I`ll tell you what. Karl Rove has both the left and the mainstream media -- which is to be redundant -- he gets them so hyped up. They think he`s some kind of evil genius. And so they are after this like a bunch of starving hyenas chasing after a wounded antelope.
And because somehow, because Karl Rove`s name is vaguely associated with it, they say, "Oh, let`s go after it." There`s nothing there.
BECK: You know, this is the same thing. I mean, this is, you know, Newt Gingrich, Trent Lott. I mean, they -- the left just grabs on to a name, and they just turn it into something that is just insidious and evil when maybe there`s some bad things that happened, maybe you don`t necessarily agree with the guy, et cetera, et cetera, but they use that.
"There`s Newt Gingrich. Oh, he wants to take the food out of your children. It`s Karl Rove. He`s evil."
I mean, it`s just agonizing, especially when you look at what this is going to cost the American people.
Let`s just look at man hours. How many man hours, how many papers did they send over to the Capitol from the white House? What was it, 4,000 memos or something like that? I heard that, and I thought who`s reading this stuff?
HILLYER: It is thousands of man hours in the end will be spent on this, and meanwhile this is for a judiciary committee that can`t confirm judges.
There are literally, officially, judicial emergencies in something like four or five of the circuit courts of appeal. Judicial emergencies, meaning there are too few judges to handle the caseload.
And that`s what the Senate Judiciary Committee should be doing is getting about their business, approving judges, also getting about their business to make sure that prosecutors have the resources to enforce the border and things like that, and instead they`re wasting hour after hour after hour on this nonsense.
BECK: You know, Quin, thank you very much for your time.
America, you need to hear one thing. This is not just about hour after hour after hour. Our children`s future is at stake, and they are wasting dollar after dollar after dollar.
Coming up, big hair, big problems. I`ll have the latest from the bizarre murder trial of music producer Phil Spector.
And later, taking the plunge. Just how dangerous is it to pull a downed U.S. flyer out of the water? We`ll have the answer as we continue our series on the Special Operations troops, the heroes who makes it their mission every day to save our troops.
BECK: To know him may be to love him, but then Phil Spector had to go and ruin things by allegedly murdering an actress. Her name was Lana Clarkson.
Even though the shooting took place back in 2003, this continues to raise questions in this case. Did he do it? Why did he do it? What`s up with the hair? And after the murder, how did he talk a hot 26-year-old blonde into marrying him?
William Bastone, he`s the editor of SmokingGun.com.
Bill, take us back to the beginning of the case. Because all I really remember is he was at this bar, and he picks up this woman, invites her back to the house, right?
WILLIAM BASTONE, EDITOR, SMOKINGGUNE.COM: That`s correct. He was at House of Blues in Los Angeles, and he meets Lana Clarkson. Somehow she agrees to go back to what he describes as his castle.
BECK: A lot of alcohol happening there.
BASTONE: And they had been drinking at the House of Blues.
BASTONE: He goes back to his home with her, and several hours later his driver, who is positioned outside his home in his car, testifies that he hears a large, loud sound, gets out of the car to investigate.
And he sees Phil Spector coming out of the back door of his castle with a handgun in his hand, and according to the driver, Spector tells him, "I think I just killed her."
BECK: That`s going to be a problem.
BASTONE: That is going to be a problem, and then he basically compounded problems by making a series of statements after he was in custody where he -- he described the incident as a mistake, didn`t mean to do it.
BECK: But then didn`t he trash her to the police real hard?
BASTONE: Yes. There are going to be two taped statements that will be played at his trial.
The first one occurred while he was in custody in his home, in which he basically says it was a mistake, it`s an accident and then he goes to the police station, where he then goes on an incredibly vitriolic attack of her, of Lana Clarkson.
She`s lying dead for several hours now, and he goes into this really vicious, terrible thing, a curse-ridden attack on her, basically saying, "How dare she come to my castle and kill herself in my castle/"
BECK: He doesn`t look like a healthy man.
BASTONE: No. He is a guy who is -- this is not going to play well in front of a jury. They`re currently in jury selection. It`s been four years since Clarkson`s death, and it`s finally coming to trial in Los Angeles.
And when they play these statements that he made, he is going -- besides the fact that he looks crazy, he`s going to sound even worse.
BECK: OK. Just -- just clear this up for me. He was -- he produced for the Beatles, right?
BECK: Who else did he produce for? Not relevant on my radar.
BASTONE: Well, it`s been a long time. He`s been involved with everyone from Billy Joel to the Beatles. He`s created the wall of sound. He was involved with the Ronettes, married to Ronnie Spector, et cetera, et cetera.
BECK: And then the hair.
BASTONE: And then the hair.
BECK: When did he adopt the hair? You know, I really think -- you know how they had John Couey in trial and he was...
BECK: He was -- he was coloring in a coloring the book the whole time?
BECK: Who made him cut his hair? You want the insanity defense, there it is, man. By the way, do you notice he looks -- here I think he`s trying to copy Richard Simmons. Don`t they look the same?
BASTONE: All he`s missing is the peppermint shorts.
BECK: Yes. Now show the other picture. You`ve got the new haircut, which I think they say is the Beatles haircut. I don`t think so. I think he looks like Liza Minelli.
BASTONE: It`s clearly -- it`s one of these things where it`s clear that his lawyer does not have control of him that he probably should have. He would say pull it together.
BECK: I`m glad he`s going to jail. Whoops. Did I say that out loud?
Bill, thanks a lot.
Coming up, Sharia Law, is it creeping into America? The answer is in tonight`s "Real Story". Don`t miss it, it`s next.
BECK: All right. Welcome to "The Real Story."
We`ve been talking quite a bit on this program about cities like Trenton, New Jersey, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, that have become safe havens for illegal immigrants. But now it seems churches are getting into the sanctuary game, as well.
The real story tonight, while their hearts may be in the right place, any church, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, otherwise, that provides a sanctuary for illegal immigrants is wrong.
Let me ask the people in Provost, Utah, a town that is a sanctuary. I`m a fellow Mormon. I believe -- and maybe I have this wrong -- one of the central articles of our faith is that we`re supposed to obey the law of the land. How are you working that out in Provost, Utah?
We`ve got a serious immigration problem in this country, and setting up some cops in a rectory is only going to make things worse. This new sanctuary movement has its roots in the 1980s, when churches harbored Central American refugees who were fleeing wars in their own home countries.
That was different. It was a different time. It was a different immigrant. It was a different situation.
The half-a-million illegals that come streaming across our border every year are not fleeing war. They are not oppressed refugees seeking political asylum. They are opportunists, and they are getting aid and assistance from the Mexican government to jump the fence or the area where a fence would be, if we had any common sense.
It is good for Mexico to help them bring them here. It is good for the illegal to be here. It is bad for America. They are draining our dwindling resources, so much so that we`re not going to be able to help the immigrants that truly need our help. Hello? They`re closing emergency rooms in California.
Those who want unlimited immigration, illegal or otherwise, are quick to quote the inscription at the Statue of Liberty: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Two things come to mind on that.
Number one, today`s huddled masses aren`t yearning to breathe free. They don`t care about America. They don`t want to become an American, many of them. They see the United States as a thief that stole part of Mexico, and they feel entitled to be here.
Number two, yes, America has been the world`s life boat for many years. Jump in. Everything is going to be all right. We`re here to help. But there`s -- the one thing that you have to understand, the life boat is only so big. Now, we do have a ton of room in this life boat, but unless we admit people in an orderly, lawful fashion, the mad dash to get into the boat will flip the boat and nobody survives. Did you see "Titanic"?
We have always been a generous and compassionate country. You know what? I understand the desire for economic opportunity. I had never truly seen poverty until I visited the outskirts of Mexico City. I was 18 years old. I`ll never forget it. It`s vivid as I saw it yesterday, and I`m driving down the road, and there are people living naked in cardboard boxes.
I want to put an end to that suffering just as much as you do. We can help. But unless we exercise common sense and some restraint, you and I will be the next ones living in cardboard boxes.
Bill Donohue, he is the president of the Catholic League. And, Bill, you know, I don`t want to badmouth the work of any church, but this is just a bad idea, and it`s not just the Catholics that are doing it.
BILL DONOHUE, CATHOLIC LEAGUE PRESIDENT: Well, it is. It`s a lousy idea. Look, if you`re concerned about the poor, why don`t you follow Mother Teresa`s example? She gave food, clothing and shelter to the indigent. She provided medicinal services to these people.
She didn`t counsel that it`s a good idea to take people in, the masses, by hordes, by throngs, hide them in churches, cots and rectories. That`s just a way to make a political statement. And that`s what`s involved here, Glenn.
This is not about service to the poor. People shouldn`t be fooled. I`m in favor of reaching out to immigrants, but this is a way to just make a political statement, hijacking this as a movement.
BECK: OK, hang on just a second, Bill, because, I mean, I`m a former Catholic, I grew up in the Catholic Church, I have a lot of respect for the Catholic Church. But, you know, the difference here is, between let`s just say Islam and the Catholic Church, Islam has no pope. It has no centralized power.
The Catholic Church has a pope. How is it you can come on now and say, "This is horrible to do," and some Catholic churches aren`t doing this? Is this coming from the pope? Who is this coming from?
DONOHUE: Well, I`m glad you gave me the opportunity, Glenn. There is an idea out there in the land, not just amongst Catholics, but amongst non- Catholics, that somehow we all line up single file. You have over 300 bishops in this country who are active, over 500 with the auxiliaries. They don`t take orders from any other bishop. There`s no one bishop or cardinal who is in charge, like the pope, so to speak, in America.
All of them report to Rome. Now, Rome runs a church of billions all over the world. They`re not involved in this kind of stuff.
What it comes down to is this: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, they meet twice a year, in June and November. Their spokesman has already come out and said, "We`re opposed to the sanctuary movement."
Now, I will say this much. I will bet my bottom dollar there still will be some nuns and priests -- I don`t think bishops, I could be wrong -- but there certainly will be some nuns and priests who will still go on their merry way trying to subvert the whole process by engaging in this sanctuary movement. But in fairness to the Catholic Church, this is not coming from up top.
BECK: OK. So it strikes me -- and a lot of our churches now, all over the world, are going through the same thing that the Lutherans have been going through. There is a -- I mean, it seems, Bill, that everybody is being split right down the middle now. We`re being separated.
You`ve got the Lutherans who say, "This isn`t what we believe in. This isn`t what the scriptures say." And the others will say, "No, that`s exactly what the scriptures say." Is this what`s happening with the Catholic Church, as well? Is there a left-right, as opposed to right- wrong, divide in the Catholic Church?
DONOHUE: Absolutely. As matter of fact, I`d say it borders on schism. If you take a look at what`s going on in the Catholic Church -- I`m a traditional Catholic. I have more in common with evangelical Protestants, with your ordinary Mormons, with your ordinary Muslims, with your orthodox Jews, than I do with the left within the ranks of my own Catholic Church.
You`ve got fissures. You`ve got divides, this chasm between the left and the right within all of the major religions. You know, if you take the activist strain within the Catholic Church, you have the pro-life people on the one hand and you have the social justice people on the other hand, they both do good work. But there`s a fringe element on both sides.
And right here, we have the fringe element of the social justice crowd, they`re not interested in justice for the poor. Let me tell you something, this is a scam. What they want is massive egalitarian redistribution of wealth. They`re using this and exploiting it as they have in the past.
We`re not talking about people coming from Latin America because of death squads, all right? We all know that.
DONOHUE: This is just a scam.
BECK: All right. Bill, thank you. Thanks for your passion and your honesty, as well.
When I heard that Al Franken was running for the U.S. Senate, I thought, "Wow, things can`t get any worse in Minnesota, huh?" But I was wrong. The real story is Sharia law of Muslim extremists has come to the Twin Cities, and it is not only a threat to the state of Minnesota, but also to the state of our national sanity and security.
Listen up, America. This is toxic, politically incorrect material. I might as well just go radioactive. This is the kind of story that my critics love to have me talk about, because then they can say, "Oh, look, he hates all Muslims," which is not true. But if I don`t tell you this story, most likely you will not hear it any place else.
Sharia law is a strict set of rules laid out in the Koran. It governs all aspects of daily life and, in the way it is interpreted by some, gives virtually no rights at all to women. In fact, it counts them as literally half of a man.
The backward thinking of Islamic radicals comes as no surprise, but it is a surprise to learn that Sharia is now being applied, not only in Tehran, but just a few miles from the Mall of America.
Cashiers at a Target store that sells food like, you know, bacon and frozen pizza with pepperoni have now refused to scan these items, saying that they don`t want to handle the pork because it contributes to sinfulness. Cab drivers at the Minneapolis airport want the right to refuse service to anybody they think has been drinking -- OK, maybe -- or is carrying alcohol -- wait a minute -- or even has a dog, guide dogs for blind people included, because it violates their beliefs, not their local state or federal law, but what they believe.
Sorry, cabbies. You don`t have the right to exercise Muslim belief as Minneapolis law.
Cashiers, sorry. You cannot set new employee rules at the Target store because you think sausage is a sin. If you don`t like the responsibilities of your job, that is OK and it is your right. Quit and find a new one.
Now, for all of you -- and there`s many of them -- that are screaming at the television right now about the evil conservative -- "Marge, get in here, you can`t believe what this guy is saying on television!" -- let me ask you this. How many of you screaming at the TV right now supported the position of the pharmacist who didn`t want to sell the morning-after pill? Yes, yes, that`s what I thought.
In this country, we have a right to practice our chosen religion. However, we do not have the right to bring Friday, or Saturday, or Sunday sermons into Monday`s workplace. That is not intolerance. It`s common sense, and it protects freedom for all of us by not kowtowing to the whims of a few.
Now, sure, we`re talking about taxi cabs and pepperoni, and I know that seems nuts to talk about, but that`s how it started in Europe, and it is a slippery slope. How long before we see a school like the two that have reportedly been built in Berlin, Germany, one with an entrance for Christians and Jews, and a separate entrance for Muslims, Arabs and Turks?
It cannot start here, not now, not ever. I`m sorry, sincerely, if that doesn`t sit well with Allah, but our constitutional law beats Sharia law every time, and it always will, at least it needs to.
That`s "The Real Story" tonight. We`ll be back in a minute.
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BECK: How are things in Washington?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I`m so excited to be once again on Capitol Hill.
BECK: How did you get there?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I took my private jet with solar panels, but I had to be flying above the clouds, of course.
BECK: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Your jet has solar panels? Al, come clean. You don`t have a solar-powered plane.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh, and the next thing you`re going to tell me, Glenn, is that I don`t have a sparkler-powered polar bear life boat. You`re a real mess.
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BECK: Continuing now with our exclusive series, "Special Ops: Combat Search and Rescue." We take you tonight behind enemy lines, with incredibly brave men and women in the Armed Forces who are performing daring water rescue missions. Our special correspondent tonight Alex Quade has more on this, and this is stuff you`re not going to see anyplace else.
ALEX QUADE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): They rescued survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Went literally from Afghanistan and rolled halfway around the world to Hurricane Katrina relief in about a 28-hour period.
QUADE: But combat search and rescue is their mission. Pilot TC worked the very first water rescue of the Iraq war.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... that was the F-18 that went down in Lake Karbala. The other one was the Marine 46 that was flying down the Tigris River, and it hit wires and it flipped over and went in the water. Who would have thought, when we left for the war, that we`d be doing water rescues in the desert? But the PJs train for that stuff.
QUADE: PJs, or pararescue men, like Mark.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We do have dive missions going on in Iraq. Humvees into the canals, helicopter crashes in the canals...
QUADE: PJs like Kyle...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People don`t realize that, you know, water is just one of those things that, you know, somebody is going to find their way into it, and it`s going to be bad, and, you know, helicopters will go down in it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thirty seconds...
QUADE: In a C-130, the PJs tell me they train constantly based on these war realities.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`re good.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`ve got to make sure that, no matter what the winds are, you`re going to be able to get to the target or to the survivor that you`re going after.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Five seconds.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: PJ Nate explains.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Keep your eyes out for the boat.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Roger that.
QUADE: As they deploy a hard duck, a fully inflated Zodiac raft.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Areas as little 5, 10, 15 degrees means that we don`t make it. Especially in the water, if we don`t make it to the survivor, you know, we can be 100, 200, 300 meters apart. And in the middle of a raging storm, you`re never going to get to them. That will be the last time you saw them was when you got out of the airplane.
QUADE: At sea level, PJ Mark shows me how they handle a mass casualty situation.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Rescue, rescue, Spider 7-1.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When you`re doing a water mission, because you`re surrounded by something that could make things terribly, terribly wrong.
QUADE: From helicopters, the PJs drop bundles, boats they will assemble. They also use ARCs, advanced watercraft. Translation: souped- up jets. Then, (INAUDIBLE) the scenario, 13 crewmen scattered in the water after their aircraft went down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Good.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Follow me.
QUADE: They gather the survivors.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Pick up another guy, all right?
QUADE: Triage them.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You`re also checking to make sure that they`re OK, as far as physically, they`re not injured, suffering from hypothermia.
QUADE: And, PJ Kyle says, hoist them out according to the severity of their injury.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You might have to, you know, restrain them just to keep them out of the water, and you can tell, when the wind is beating on you like that, it can get tough.
QUADE: In hostile territory, the PJs also watch for threats.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A lot of folks experienced that, especially in Vietnam.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You have a weapon on you. If you have to, I guess you can shoot while you`re hoisting, you know. That`s a bad day, if you`re having to shoot from the hoist.
QUADE: And then my turn. As a reporter embedded with the unit whose aircraft went down, PJ Will makes sure I`m not hurt.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was all jocked up in a wet suit and everything, ready to go in, stabilize them, get blood pressure, get I.V. lines in and what not.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... secure the back.
QUADE: While PJ Kyle and Nate are on their way.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Air speed is 60 knots.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We`ve brought around the helicopter with two PJs on it, located her.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... woman at 1:00.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thirty feet, 12 knots.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One PJ out, one PJ out.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They come into a hover over the top of us, so then it gets real stormy. That`s a hurricane there for you.
QUADE: I`m gulping for air, but PJ Nate reassures.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sometimes folks get a little bit combative in a situation like that, they get very desperate, and they just start to fight you, so you have to be careful of how you handle the survivor. It helps, too, to tell them what`s going to happen. You say, "Look, don`t worry about it. It`s going to suck a little bit, but I`ll get you through it."
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... 20-foot waves.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Roger. Continue forward to 25.
QUADE: PJ Kyle hoists me up.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As we`re going up, I`m just making sure that you`re inside, secure with the device, that you`re not flipping out, making sure that the hoist cable isn`t getting wrapped around you, so I`m trying to make sure that that`s not getting wrapped around anybody`s neck. If the helicopter is drifting, it can get wrapped all around.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hold your hover.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Try to make sure that, you know, you`re not going to hit your head on the underside of the aircraft.
QUADE: Their job doesn`t end once we`re in the helicopter.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, it`s just the beginning. Now we have to figure out if there`s anything wrong with you, and if there is, then we`ve got to fix it or at least stabilize it.
QUADE: It isn`t just a drill. The next time you see this...
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are just getting word into CNN...
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: ... another marine helicopter, a CH-46, made an emergency landing in a lake in al-Anbar province. There were 16 onboard.
QUADE: ... think of them.
Alex Quade for GLENN BECK, Key West.
BECK: Tomorrow night, we continue our series, "Special Ops: Combat Search and Rescue." Tomorrow, we`ll bring you stories of rescue missions gone bad and how the special operations troops adapt to trouble. Don`t miss it, tomorrow night.
BECK: Well, there`s some police video out there that we should talk about. One, I warn you, is very troubling. The other, not so much. Kind of makes me feel good, actually.
First, let`s start off with the troubling one. It`s Kevin Abatti (ph). He`s an off-duty police officer from Chicago, real tough guy. I warn you, unless you`re a drunken idiot, this video is disturbing. Let`s play it here.
If you see the bigger guy on the outside of the bar flailing his arms, you`ll see him, he`s going to start walking around the bar. There he is, walking around the bar. Female bartender has to cut him off, female. He decides he`s not going to accept that decision, starts to struggle with her. The bartender, he clearly outweighs, by, I don`t know, 3,000 pounds. Look at this bartender. I mean, God bless her.
Now watch him. I mean, look at this. He brutally throws her to the ground, starts punching her in the face. You`ve got to wonder, the guy is over at the left-hand of your screen just standing there, like, "Whoa, look at that, maybe I should call somebody." I mean, the guy is a raving lunatic, sure, but you just stand there and do nothing?
Part of me is actually glad this guy is or soon to be was a police officer, because if there`s one group that`s going to make sure a dirt bag like this is not going to get away with beating a defenseless woman, oh, it`s the cops. By the way, you can see the bartender on with Anderson Cooper tonight. It`s amazing that she actually got up and walked away from that beating. The officer has been stripped of his police powers and will obviously get fired, unless I am standing in a parallel universe, which I`ve seen the news today, that could be a possibility.
Now, there`s one more video. This comes from the police, too. You have to see this. It was a teenage skateboarder named Corey Dowds. He`s skateboarding down a Charleston, South Carolina, sidewalk. Then, he jumps up on a bench.
Well, skateboarding is illegal in Charleston, except in designated areas. That wouldn`t be this area. Look at the cop. Boom, the police officer sees Cory jump up, she came over, stopped him, gave a little shove. Now, I don`t know if shoving skateboarders is in the official police handbook, not sure -- you know, I`m pretty sure it`s not encouraged, but while she might get into a little trouble for doing it, you`re telling me you haven`t wanted to do the same thing about 100,000 times?
There`s a little part of me that loves the fact that an officer just gave a little poke -- boop -- just a little love tap, some punk teenager who`s breaking the law right in front of a cop. Show some respect. Boop, into the bushes. I don`t know. I just can`t get so worked up about it. But, again, I`m an evil hatemonger, yes, yes. So what do you want from me?
You can e-mail me your video of your best skateboarding crashes at GlennBeck@CNN.com. We`ll see you tomorrow on the radio. Back here tomorrow night. Good night.