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:

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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.

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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.

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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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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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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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