Mayor wants Glenn's 1791 factory in their town

Mount Airy, a small town in North Carolina that served as the inspiration for Mayberry, is asking for Glenn to bring his 1791 business to their town in order to restart their textile industry. Glenn read the news on air and had some mixed feelings, but he ended up getting the mayor on the phone to talk more about the business and his plans for Mercury One.

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The job-strapped North Carolina town where Andy Griffith was born and served as the model for his fictional TV town Mayberry is banking on TV titan Glenn Beck to bring back prosperity with a new factory.

The mayor of Mount Airy wrote to Beck urging him to set up a factory to base his new clothing line in the town.

Deborah Cochran took the step after Beck said he was searching for a place to make his 1791 line, which will raise money for his Mercury One charity. “Out there somewhere is a town searching for a second chance — a mill waiting to be reopened,” Beck says in a video on his website.

But unemployment in Surry County, which includes the city, now stands at 10.9 percent. The area has been badly hit as clothing manufacturing jobs have moved abroad, and this is why Cochran thinks it would be ideal for Beck’s factory.

Others, though, aren’t ready to turn to Beck for salvation — at least not yet. The city’s board of commissioners would not support Cochran’s plan because of Beck’s controversial ultra-conservative views, a source told the local Mount Airy News.

Glenn was excited to hear about the interest in the 1791 project, but was initially turned off by the story point about the board being turned off by his personal politics. “I'm not going to live in it. I won't do anything in a city where you are going to make everything about politics. Forget it,” Glenn told Stu as he read.

“I know it's not (the mayor’s) fault. I'm not blaming her. I was ready to get her on the phone, and it's absolutely not her fault. I'm not going to do anything in a town − I'm tired of it. I'm tired of it. You don't want us, that's fine,” Glenn said.

“We can take our jobs elsewhere,” Stu said.

A few minutes later, though, Glenn spoke with Mayor Cochran on the phone.

“We have relied heavily on legacy industries such as textiles and furniture. In fact, at one time we were known all over the world for making socks. And in fact, my mother worked at Mount Airy Hosiery mill when that plant closed. I was 11 years old. So I remember what that was like because my father was paralyzed and we had no income coming in. Well, then as fate would have it, my younger brother went into the hosiery industry. He was a head sixer and then Kentucky Derby Hosiery closed, the jobs went overseas and then he lost his job and we relived those unpleasant memories. And not only that, he lost his health insurance and then was diagnosed with leukemia,” the Mayor told Glenn.

Glenn expressed his concerns about the city commissioners being concerned about his conservative view points. “I'm really not interested in working around a bunch of people that might consider job creation a partisan event.”

“These people here are the best on the planet. For example, I was talking about my brother. These folks here who have lost their jobs, we had a benefit for him that raised nearly $8,000. They give all the time. So, you know, my main concern is these people who are out of work,” she told Glenn.

“I'm building it for all of the profits to go right directly to charity. So it's not a profit organization. So, you know, we'd need some people that are going to help step to the plate and put this together, but this will be a Newman's Own kind of situation where the employees are taken care of and everybody works hard but we're all working for a cause to restart the engine of America,” Glenn told her.

After getting off the phone he asked the Mayor to stay on the line and speak with his producers to get more information on the town.

Glenn ended the segment on radio playing the Mercury One package which originally aired during the GBTV Q&A after he left FOX.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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