Glenn Beck: $18 million...for a website?



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VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's March to Socialism.

GLENN: Got this fancy new website, apparently can't do it. We're keeping a close eye on the stimulus.

VOICE: News look, microscope laser focused, alert, investigative watch, lots of Googling, Glenn Beck's eye on the stimulus 2009.

GLENN: Yes, that's right. The website that President Obama, you know, Mr. Hip, Mr. "Down with the kids," Mr. "Using the Internet thingamajig" to raise bajillions of dollars, the thing that he set up to track the stimulus isn't really working real well. The site I can't remember the name. Hang on. Let me Joe Biden, what's the name of this thing?

VOICE: By the way, do you know the website?

BIDEN: You know, I'm embarrassed. Do you know the website number? You know, I should it in front of me and I don't.

VOICE: All right.

BIDEN: I'm actually embarrassed.

VOICE: I'm going to call your office directly, too, and get it later.

BIDEN: It is recovery.gov, recovery.gov.

VOICE: Is that up and running already?

BIDEN: That's up and running.

VOICE: All right.

GLENN: Yeah. Recovery.gov. Fabulous website. He's embarrassed because he couldn't remember the name. I would have been embarrassed because he said what's the number, but that's just me. I went there today, for example, and I learned that Americans are getting you are getting a really big slice of the stimulus pie in the form of tax credits. They also had a really nice pie chart and everything. It was dazzling. Plus I learned that Americans will be reaping the benefits of the stimulus package to the tune of $400 per person. I know. I know, I'm thinking it, too. Goodbye, recession; let the good times roll because we're almost there! But it couldn't all be good news, could it? Apparently despite the fancy pie charts on recovery.gov, it's not working. Now some of the stimulus money will go toward a complete redesign of recovery.gov. Thankfully with all of President Obama's connections that he made during his fancy, you know, high tech Internet campaign thingamajig, he was able to work out a really good deal. It's only going to cost you, the American taxpayer, $18 million to revamp the site. $18 million to redesign an existing website. Now, I'm not a website developer but I can create a website from my Mac, and I know I'm just being cynical again. I'm just an Obama hater. That's what it is. It must be his race or something. I'm not sure. I'll try to look for the positive angle on this story... um... um... oh, oh, I think I have it! The company doing the redesign doesn't have a history of being, you know, awarded Halliburton, you know, no bid kind of government contracts. Hang on, I'm being hang on just a second. Yeah, the company is Smartronics. Out of $47 million in federal contracts, only $132,000 came from competition bids. Okay, so that's hang on. Let me... oh! Oh, oh, I know! At least the company selected doesn't have a shady, you know, Dick Cheney/Halliburton type connection. No, hang on just a second. I'm just being... Smartronics, are you sure? They are a steady contributor to House majority leader Steny Hoyer. So oh, oh, I've got it! I've got it! At least it doesn't cost $50 million for the new improved pie charts. That's okay, it is a government project and the jury is still out if they can, you know, go $32 million over budget on a website which I think they can, but let's have a little optimism here.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon on the Glenn Beck program.

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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