Glenn's Daily Prep: 12/6/2012

Every morning, Glenn’s producers put together stories and research for Glenn to review before he discusses the plan for the radio and television shows. Below, you can see the stories that the producers put together for him this morning. Some of these stories will end up on radio and television, some will not – but now you can get more insight into what shapes Glenn’s show each and every day:

#1 'Men don't have to worry about being caught': Sex mobs target Egypt's women

#2 Clashes erupt in Egypt despite proposal to end crisis

#3 Wisconsin Judge Orders Deadbeat Dad Of Nine (With Six Women) To Stop Procreating

#4 Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

#5 High-income Californians may pay nation's highest tax rate

#6 U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

#7 Women’s group: Obama’s cabinet ‘clearly’ needs to be 50-percent female

#8 Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

#9 Racial divide

#10 WH 'Absolutely' Willing To Go Off 'Fiscal Cliff'

#11 Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to visit Gaza

From the Mercury One Soapbox:

Former NSA Code Breaker Says Everyone in the U.S. is Under Surveillance. It’s probably too late to tell you not to send those embarrassing emails now, but from here on out you might want to think about what you send in your emails. At least, that’s if we’re to believe what one former NSA (National Security Agency) employee has to say about it. Hopefully this won’t make you too paranoid or anything, but in an interview with Russia Today, former NSA code breaker William Binney warns that everyone in the United States is under constant virtual surveillance by the NSA, and not even members of Congress are exempt. We would encourage you to forward this to a friend, but if what Binney says is true, maybe that’s not the best advice.

Once Again, Government Saves the Day – With Citations for Sandy Victims with Downed Trees. Nobody likes cleaning up somebody else’s mess. And we’re not aware of anyone who’s particularly fond of being given a legal citation for not cleaning up a mess that wasn’t theirs, either. Yet New York residents are being asked to put up with precisely that. After superstorm Sandy left downed trees littering their lawns, Queens, New York residents have received citations from the city for “failure to maintain” their properties. The only problem: the trees in question are from city property (not private property), so the residents expected the city to clean up its own trees. Of course, the city insists there are no fines or fees associated with the citations, but angry residents are being rebuffed as they make requests to have the citations removed. One frustrated resident’s terse comment seemed to sum up the situation rather succinctly: “It makes me angry, but it’s also ridiculous!”

Wait a Second: Have We Already Gone Over the Fiscal Cliff and Nobody Told Us? Well, sort of. One analyst yesterday said “We’re already over the fiscal cliff plan cliff.” Yes, you read that right. But to put the matter in the simplest of terms: It doesn’t look like either side of this debate has a feasible plan to solve the fiscal problem that is going to be passing either house of Congress anytime soon. No wonder both sides seem so nonchalant about going over the cliff. We’ve already gone over the fiscal cliff plan cliff and nobody told us. Nice.

Are Gold’s Days as a Reliable Investment Numbered? Goldman commodity analysts certainly seem to think so. Writing in a company report, Goldman’s Jan Hatzius says he believes the long economic doldrums may come to an end during the second half of 2013, allowing gold prices to stay strong through at least the first half of next year before dropping significantly as higher interest rates, more easing from the Fed and stronger economic growth resume. “Our expanded modeling suggests that the improving U.S. growth outlook will outweigh further Fed balance sheet expansion and that the cycle in gold prices will likely turn in 2013,” he said. Hatzius cautioned, however, that the results of the looming “fiscal cliff” negotiations complicate the forecasted downward trend for gold. Of course, expecting significantly positive economic growth in the face of the growing government behemoth’s regulations seems to require some rather complicated mental gymnastics, so there’s at least a decent chance that Hatzius is wrong.

House Approves Resolution Aimed at Preventing U.N. Control of the Internet. Amid concerns that this week’s U.N. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference could lead to U.N. regulations of the internet, the House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a Senate resolution calling on the U.S. to oppose the regulations. In a rare show of bipartisan unity, members of both political parties and the White House all agreed on the need to stop potential U.N. aggression aimed at regulating the internet. Democratic California Representative Anna Eshoo said that “the United States of America is totally unified on this issue of an open structure, a multi-stakeholder approach that has guided the Internet over the last two decades." And for once that’s not just political windbaggery. Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, added, “We need to send a strong message to the world that the Internet has thrived under a decentralized, bottom-up, multi-stakeholder governance model.” Admittedly, it sure seems weird to see so many politically-polarized people agreeing on the importance of deregulating a major driver of economic growth.

Well, it Turns Out That Maybe Those Muslim Brotherhood Guys Are Actually Bad After All. President Obama seems to think that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi – he of the anti-semitic, violent rhetoric Muslim Brotherhood – is a significant force for peace in the Middle East. But it appears that Egyptian residents are essentially urging the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner to rethink what it means to be a force for peace. After the Arab Spring, which brought Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt, the country’s citizens complain that an “extremist” interpretation of Islam is being “forced down their throats.” In the wake of Morsi’s attempt to quash protests by gaining sweeping powers that would essentially make him a king, Egyptians are complaining that he has become a tyrant and “a terrorist.” Sounds like that much-lauded Arab Spring is working out nicely.

Atheist Opposition Prompts Cancellation of Field Trip to see “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.” If you think a school field trip to see a rendition of “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” sounds innocuous enough, you probably ought to hear this story. A Little Rock, Arkansas church has been forced to cancel a matinee production of its play after opposition from atheist parents convinced school officials the trip violated the church-state separation principle. The elementary school claims they had consulted their legal team before scheduling the trip and believed it was appropriate, but when letters were sent to parents advising of the trip, at least one of them disagreed. The church says that interested students can still attend a weekend production of the show. Good grief! Is no one unoffended by Christmas anymore?

Thanks to Family Walks, Obese Girl Drops a Stunning 65 Pounds. Sure, everyone is tired of hearing all about the First Lady’s plans to get rid of child obesity, but how often do you hear good stories about parents helping their children tackle the problem? One California girl’s family is an inspiring example of just such a story. The girl, who at age 9 weighed a shocking 186 pounds, left doctors and family fretting with worry about her health. Before too long, her parents took action and involved the entire family in changing their diet and participating in regular family exercise, like family walks. As a result, the girl lost 65 pounds and appears to be well on her way to a healthier lifestyle, but her mother says those family walks were a key to success. No government mandate necessary.

A Russian submarine equipped with a “doomsday weapon” — a nuclear bomb that Russia claims can create a "radioactive tsunami" — has apparently vanished from its base in the White Sea, according to reports.

NATO has reportedly warned that the "Belgorod," a massive nuclear submarine, has "gone missing" from a Russian base in the Arctic Circle, and officials are concerned that Russia could be gearing up to test its advanced weapon system known as "Poseidon" or the "weapon of the Apocalypse."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, has suddenly been declared combat-ready after years of setbacks, technology issues, and delays.

On the radio program Tuesday, Glenn Beck detailed just how powerful Russia's "missing" submarine really is and broke down how these "coincidental" current events mirror those that led up to World War II.

"It's really not a good thing ... but the world has gone through things like this before," Glenn said. "In the end, after it's all over, good things can happen. You just gotta get to the other side."

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Did the FBI just get away with the BIGGEST armed robbery in US history?

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In 2021, an armed group broke into a U.S. Private Vaults store in Beverly Hills and stole $86 million worth of valuables — the largest armed robbery in U.S. history. That "armed group" was the FBI. Now, it appears that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles "misled" the judge who signed the warrant for the seizure and still haven't returned the stolen goods to the 700 customers affected, according to newly disclosed court filings.

The details of the government’s alleged deception have come to light in a class-action lawsuit by U.S. Private Vaults customers who say the raid violated their rights, the Los Angeles Times reported. The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office denied misleading the judge, and a spokesperson claimed the warrants were lawfully executed.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere reviewed some of the shocking story's details and discussed why incidents like this may become more common.

"None of the customers have been charged with any crimes. Not a single customer, out of the 700, not a single customer has been charged with a crime, but they can't get their stuff back," Glenn noted. "And this is going to happen more and more."

"It's incomprehensible that this stuff goes on in the United States of America," Stu said. "If you were to tell me this happened, you know, in Russia, I'd expect it. The fact that the United States government is claiming and just taking stuff from citizens all around the country with no crime, many times without even being charged, let alone ... conviction."

"Listen to this," Glenn continued. "The lawsuit also claims that some of the box holders who came forward to reclaim their seized property were then subjected to another investigation. If you went to the FBI and said, 'I want my stuff back,' the FBI examined their bank accounts, their DMV records, their tax return, and any criminal history checks."

However, box holders who decided to forfeit their property were also suspected of trying to "avoid becoming an FBI target," Glenn noted.

"So, you're guilty if you walk away and you're guilty if you ask," Stu added.

"This is America, gang," Glenn said. "It doesn't seem like it because it's not a constitutional America. But this is the America we now live in, and it is important that you wake up and stand up. ... God's people have got to start standing up, or we'll lose freedom. The world's freedom will be on our heads."

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Glenn Beck: One TERRIFYING thing is clear no matter who caused the Nord Stream pipeline leaks

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Evidence strongly suggests that the Nord Stream pipeline leaks were the result of sabotage, and U.S. and European officials have been working to discover who could be behind the explosions that damaged the natural gas pipelines running from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Was it Russia? Ukraine? Germany? But no matter who carried this out, it has put the entire world in grave danger, because if this is indeed an attack, it means that non-military key infrastructure outside Ukraine is now on the "target menu," warned Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It is so important for you to understand, this is now a non-military key infrastructure that has been destroyed," Glenn explained. "If Russia thinks we did it, they've already said, 'Nukes are now on the table.' That gives us a green light to use nukes," he added.

"This is non-military key infrastructure outside of the borders of Ukraine. To date, as far as we know, combat targets were either in Ukraine, or were military targets hit inside of Russia by Ukrainian Air Force or special forces. But the target menu now includes key civilian infrastructure: electricity, water utilities, energy production. That makes Russia more dangerous than ever. And that would be true no matter who carried out the attack," Glenn stated.

Now, the Russians are saying the Unted States did it, and the U.S. is saying it was Russia. But no matter who carried out the attack, "We are facing a Cuban Missile Crisis," said Glenn.

"This could end up being the biggest story of our lifetime and ... if it isn't played calmly by every side, this could be World War III," he continued. "Russia has already said that this gives them the right to use nuclear weapons as soon as they find out for sure who did it. That would be catastrophic, absolutely catastrophic."

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The White House can try to spin inflation all day long (and it's trying very hard). But you feel the effects of President Joe Biden’s disastrous leadership every time you go to the grocery store or fill up your car. The American economy is on the brink of disaster after less than two years of a Democrat-controlled Congress and White House. And they’ve got plenty more destruction in the works.

The bottom line is they WANT you to get used to a lower living standard. So, what do you do? How do you prepare? What will food and fuel cost in the months ahead? What would the next Great Depression look like? How are you going to feel the effects of ESG and the Left’s war on oil?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck brings in a panel of economic experts to answer those questions. He’s joined by Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” and Jim Iuorio, a small business owner, stockbroker, and managing director of TJM Institutional Services. While both forecast the worst-case scenario for average Americans, they also offer a glimmer of hope to get us out of this mess.

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