Glenn Beck: Things That Make You Go 'Hmm'





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Does anyone else look at the news today and go: wait, what? That doesn't make any sense. What does that mean? I watch the news and afterwards I don't feel enlightened. I'm left scratching my head, thinking "things that make you go, hmm."

For instance, I was reading the news this morning about BP and the oil spill and I ended up with more questions than answers:

Obama is blocking 10 Republicans from visiting and touring the spill damage. Rep. Steve Scalise wanted to fly 10 people in, but was denied

BP has one of the worst safety records in the business, if not the worst. Over the past five years: 26 people have died and 700 have been injured in BP accidents and BP had 760 safety violations and paid $373 million in fines. In that same time period, Sunoco and ConocoPhillips each had eight safety violations and ExxonMobil had just one

Hmm.

Does anyone remember the big ad campaign BP went on before the spill? They highlighted their commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. Wait, an oil company wanting to reduce carbon? Sounds like something environmentalists would like.

Did you know BP wanted cap-and-trade? And that John Kerry was originally planning to announce his big cap-and-trade push, called the American Power Act, in conjunction with three oil companies, one of them being BP. Of course, the spill derailed the photo op. But it hasn't derailed the emergency need for a new energy bill! And every day that spill continues it increases the chances of getting it passed.

In completely unrelated news: It's been 71 days since oil started shooting into the Gulf of Mexico. The president has had 71 days to think about the foreign assistance offers of help that have poured in since the beginning. Finally, he’s accepted that help. But what took him so long?

Again, completely unrelated: The 'A Whale' skimmer ship — the biggest skimmer in the world — has been itching to go help clean up the oil spill. In 71 days, we've skimmed just over 600,000 barrels of oil. The ship's owner says the ‘A Whale’ can skim 500,000 barrels per day. The ship has been docked in Norfolk, Virginia, while the EPA figures out if it meets their standards.

Hmm.

We showed you how George Soros and the uber-rich progressives stand to profit from an offshore drilling ban, because they get all the new business in Brazil and elsewhere. Oh, by the way, Hugo Chavez will be nationalizing 11 rigs owned by U.S. firm Helmerich & Payne.

Even after Obama's court loss, drillers aren't getting relief. Shallow-water drillers — who weren't supposed to be affected by the ban — say permits haven't been issued since the explosion. This has forced hundreds of layoffs and if this lasts only a few more weeks, many drillers fear they'll go under. An Interior Department spokesperson said the delay is because there were new safety regulations put in place and no one has complied yet. But the department didn't issue those safety regulations until June 8 and the BP explosion was on April 20.

Hmm.

Another story this week that no one is paying attention to: the financial regulation bill. The news today is that Obama did the right thing and took those evil taxes out of the bill. And to make up for the lost money, they'll end TARP a few months early, "saving" the American taxpayer $11 billion.

Do you remember how I told you TARP was going to be a giant slush fund?

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BECK: The $700 billion for TARP that we had to pass right now — it's an emergency or the whole thing is going to collapse. There is still $212 billion that we've never touched, just sitting there — just sitting there. Why did we need $700 billion? That's where they want this money going. They want it in there in a giant slush fund.

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First, Geithner and Obama extended TARP to October 2010. Hmm, what's going on around that time? The midterm elections. Convenient don't you think? But now, TARP is being used to pay for this financial reform bill. We can't get a budget — it's the first time in 30 years the House didn't even produce a budget to consider — but we've got this bill that's supposed to solve all of the problems on Wall Street.

But meanwhile, guess who's being called to Capitol Hill? AIG's products leader, Joe Cassano. He'll be answering questions in front of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. So the commission is still trying to get to the bottom of what happened to cause the meltdown, but we're already saving the day with the financial reform bill! Isn't that kind of like putting the cart before the horse? It's like having a court sentencing before the trial. Why would we pass the bill before we have answers?

Hmm.

There is a pattern here — it's the same thing with the oil spill. Obama has started investigating to find out what caused the explosion. Here's what he said:

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The purpose of this commission is to consider both the root causes of the disaster and offer options on what safety and environmental precautions we need to take to prevent a similar disaster from happening again.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

We have no answers yet, but we do have a fix-it bill ready to go. Obama is hard at work getting to the bottom of this. Here's the White House report from his meeting Tuesday: "The president told the senators that he still believes the best way for us to transition to a clean energy economy is with a bill that makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses by putting a price on pollution."

Hmm.

It's almost like the progressive agenda is more important than the issue at hand.

Here's another puzzler: The Russian spies that were caught this week. First of all, where is Eric Holder? Oh that's right, he's in Afghanistan. Why is he there while we're uncovering a flood of spies? Second of all, isn't this a bigger deal than we're making of it? We're shrugging it off.

Vicki Pelaez, an immigrant from Peru, is a Castro sympathizer and a Hugo Chavez supporter who was often critical of the U.S. government. As a longtime columnist for the Spanish-language newspaper in New York City, El Diario/La Prensa, this Russian operative expressed her anti-American, pro-Marxist views. The spy wanted you to know that U.S. prisons were equal to modern-day slavery, that Arizona's "unholy" immigration law is modern-day Nazi legislation and that the United States is a heartless, cruel human rights violator.

Another suspect, 28-year-old Anna Chapman, is described as “striking” and the evidence against her is “devastating.” She was busted in an elaborate sting operation in New York in which she was told she'd be giving a fake passport to another Russian spy. The spies were allegedly trying to integrate socially and eventually infiltrate “policy-making circles.”

We have supposedly been all over these spies for years. Why the need to expose them now? The FBI says it's because they were gearing up to leave the country. Here's Putin complaining about our police acting stupidly:

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RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN: Back at your home, the police went out of control [and] are throwing people in jail.

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And here's how Robert Gibbs reacted:

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ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Obviously the president was fully and appropriately informed. This was a law enforcement action and law enforcement acted appropriately. He did not have a personal reaction that I know of.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

So the president didn't have a reaction to 10 spies being arrested who were trying to infiltrate policy-making circles and creating propaganda? No biggie. Nothing to say to Putin? He couldn't meet with Israel, but he could have hamburgers with Russia as Holder jets off to another country? Maybe it's just me, but you don't create an international incident for 10 people if it's no big deal. Something is not right.

Do you know what else is strange? The way the Russian news is reporting it. They're saying this was renegade police work from renegade American cops that are just trying to discredit the president. So the Russians are against the Americans, but for the American president? I don't think I've seen that before.

Hmm.

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Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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