Glenn Beck: Caller busted for 'unlawfully using' trash can?



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GLENN: Now, let me give this to you. This is from the City of Charleston, and I want to show it to the camera on Insider Extreme so you can see this, and I want to bring Gary in from Charleston. Gary.

CALLER: Good morning, Glenn.

GLENN: How are you, sir?

CALLER: I'm doing well, how are you?

GLENN: Very well. Hang on just a second. Hey, Dom, I wouldn't take Camera 4.

STU: You might want to take the one in the front of the paper.

GLENN: You might want to take Camera, 2. Which, remember, we say that, you know, we're going to hold stuff up and then you would just take it from Camera 2? There you go.

STU: Well, is there something on the back of the paper we need to know about?

GLENN: No, there's nothing on the back of the paper you need to know about. So here it is. This is an official notice from the town of Charleston. Gary, tell me what this is.

CALLER: Well, the garbage police are onto me. I — about two weeks ago I was anticipating a delivery from our local UPS driver. I noticed the driver was several blocks away. So I walked down the street, got the package from the driver and proceeded back to my office. On the way back, I opened the envelope, took the contents out and dropped the envelope in the trash can as I was walking into my office. Two days later I get this notice in the mail, or three days later I get the notice in the mail that I have unlawfully used city maintained baskets and —

GLENN: Unlawfully, unlawfully used — and I'm showing — I'm now showing the basket here. They took a picture of it.

CALLER: Yes, yes.

GLENN: And is this your —

CALLER: Somebody actually took a picture of it.

GLENN: Is this your trash in the trash can?

CALLER: Just the envelope. You know, at first I was puzzled. I didn't — because I went, what?

GLENN: There's the envelope there, I think.

CALLER: And then I had to kind of retrace my steps several days and I get back to, you know, thinking, oh, that's that UPS envelope.

CALLER: Well, they caught you dead to rights. They have you.

GLENN: They have the photographic proof.

PAT: Right there.

GLENN: You criminal! All right. So now what is the problem? You threw an envelope in a trash can.

CALLER: Right. Right. Well, in Charleston we have some pretty strict guidelines on using trash.

GLENN: Apparently.

CALLER: And that's not actually a trash can. That is a refuse receptacle, if I'm — if I remember correct, correctly.

GLENN: A — hang on. This is not — what's happened to us? This is not a trash can; this is a refuse receptacle?

CALLER: According to, if I get this right —

PAT: Anyone can see that.

CALLER: A local TV station came out and interviewed me and did a story. They got comments from somebody with the city talking about this.

PAT: How stupid do you have to be to confuse a trash can with a refuse receptacle? Wow.

GLENN: What is the difference between trash and refuse?

CALLER: I don't know.

GLENN: Stu, could you please look that up?

CALLER: I guess we could take a class.

GLENN: So what is it — so they are fining you for this?

CALLER: No, they didn't fine me. They just, according to the thing, the notice, I was directed to rectify the problem ASAP which kind of is a little bit of a paradox because they have already emptied the can.

GLENN: So did you have to go to the trash — I'm sorry, the refuse dump and go find the envelope?

CALLER: Go through the hundreds of pounds of garbage? I don't know.

GLENN: It says here you have — let's see. This is to notify you, an official inspection of the premises at blah, blah blah King Street has been made by a representative of the Department of Public Service. The following conditions were found existing and which are a violation of ordinance of the City of Charleston, South Carolina, 1447(g), unlawful use of city maintained baskets. You are hereby given official notice to rectify the above stated conditions in an approved manner within a period of ASAP days from date. Environmental services division, department of public service, A. Green. Can we get A. Green on the phone?

CALLER: Oh. I don't know. I don't know.

STU: Who is — do you know what A. Green's first name is?

GLENN: Is it Al Green? I loved Al Green.

STU: Wait, is it Alvin? Isn't that the guy running in South Carolina for the Senate?

GLENN: See if you can get A. Green.

STU: It's not that A. Green, is it?

GLENN: See if you can get A. Green on the phone because I'd like to know what the violation is. This is pretty intense garbage — I'm sorry, this is intense refuse.

STU: Yeah. Well, it's pretty clear here, Glenn. I think any, as Pat pointed out, any idiot would know the difference here. Waste is defined as rubbish, trash, refuse, garbage or junk. And trash — and refuse is defined as rubbish, trash, refuse, garbage or junk.

PAT: Oh, it's clear, a clearly defined difference. I mean —

GLENN: Well, they are in a different order.

STU: They are completely different.

PAT: Yeah.

CALLER: This actually gets a little bit better. Because after the story ran, I guess the following Monday or something, Tuesday, I had left town for a shoot and —

GLENN: Are you with the minute men?

CALLER: I'm a photographer, excuse me. I left town and somebody came into the office and I get this e mail from one of my office mates and it says, so the garbage police were in today. This irate woman comes in and explains that she was by earlier and there was a trash bag in the trash can and that she retrieved the trash bag from the can and opened the bag and emptied the contents into the trash can. But now there was an envelope on top of that trash in the can and she want — let's see. And she walks into the office to use us of setting her up. So she takes —

GLENN: Setting her up for what?

CALLER: She takes them out —

GLENN: I don't even understand this. We're living in a parallel world. Somehow or another we've all been transformed and transported into some sort of parallel universe. I don't even understand this. What is her problem?

CALLER: She takes them out and points at the envelope in the can and he's like, that's not even our address. And evidently then she kind of fumes off. But —

GLENN: But wait. What is the problem about —

CALLER: I think they picked the wrong person.

GLENN: What is — do you have serial letter thrower awayers there? I mean —

CALLER: I don't know. We can't get somebody to dust our car for prints when we get the windows broken into our car, but...

GLENN: All right, all right. Here's the thing. Stu, see if you can get ahold of Al Green. It may be Alvin, it may be Arnold, I don't know. I'm hoping that it's Al Green that answers the phone.

PAT: Might be the singer. Might be the Stay Together guy. You never know.

GLENN: Could be.

CALLER: I always stay within 10 feet of that can now. It scares me.

GLENN: Let me tell you something. I don't think it could be Al Green because if it's Let's Stay Together, that's not what the garbage people are saying.

PAT: No. That's true.

GLENN: Envelopes cannot stay together with the trash.

PAT: No.

GLENN: No. Or the refuse. I'm not really even sure how it's worked out. But we'll — hang on just a second, Gary. We're going to try to get a hold of your trash collectors or your refuse receptacle emptiers, whoever the hell, knows what the hell is going on in South Carolina coming up in just a second.

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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