Glenn Beck: Big, Bad Wal-Mart

GLENN: Well, after legal fees were paid -- and we're not sure what the settlement was. It was between $700,000 and a million but we know that after the legal fees were paid she was left with $417,000. So she really only has $470,000. Wal-Mart, you know, could have tossed in money and helped her out. They could have done that. Because after all, Wal-Mart doesn't need the money. Let's help this person out; they don't need it. I don't know why it's anybody's business on what they need and what they don't need. Who are you to tell Wal-Mart what they need and what they don't need? Shank said they didn't notice that in the medical plan they had the right to recoup all the medical expenses. So Wal-Mart said we need the $470,000. And they said -- the Shanks said, no, we're not going to give that to you. And they said, no, but it's in the -- it's in your contract. Court ruled that they were allowed to recoup what was in the trust fund of $417,000. Not the 470 but the 417 and call it a day. Shanks' attorney notified Wal-Mart of the settlement. He believed that Wal-Mart would let Shank keep the money. Quote: We assume three years later that Wal-Mart had made the decision to let Debbie use the money for what it was intended for.


 


 Oh, I get that. So if time goes by, that money's now yours. So the Shanks lost to Wal-Mart. They lost their appeal and then they had their worst loss shortly after the court case. Their son was killed in Iraq. That's horrible. I thank that family for the sacrifice this family has gone through. I'm not sure what this has to do with the case because the son wasn't killed by the truck. The son wasn't killed by Wal-Mart. The son was killed after the court case. In fact, after two court cases. Now it adds a whole bunch of sympathy. It adds yet another -- like I need anymore -- another tragic angle to this story but I think I got enough tragedy in the story. I mean, I don't think I need any more. If I'm going to feel bad for them, what, I'm not going to feel bad for the woman who now has brain damage and short-term memory loss? You now have to pile on a dead soldier? I don't think I need -- I don't need that. I'm cool. I feel bad, sufficiently bad for the family.


 


 But let me pile it on again. She not only has short-term memory loss and lost her son, that short-term memory loss allows her or forces her to forget that her son is dead. So every time she remembers her son, she says how is he, they have to say he's dead. So it's like he's dying all over again for the first time. Now how bad do you feel? Well, now I just want to rip the head off of Wal-Mart. For what? For what? Giving her the $470,000? Making sure that she was covered in medical care, making sure that she didn't have to fight soothe and nail for the medical care, that she got it. For what? You're mad at Wal-Mart for living up to their end of the bargain and then compromising and saying you owe me $470,000 but we'll take the $417,000 that you have in the trust fund? What? For making that compromise, you're angry with them?


 


 Another curious statistic that has been tossed in every article I've seen about this is the net sales of Wal-Mart for the quarter, $90 billion. What does that have to do with this story? Here's what this story is about. You go to work; you do your job. You then go out and you're driving around and some senseless accident happens. You then have to have your medical bills paid. Your employer has done the right thing, has paid your medical expenses, has paid for your insurance, made sure that everything is up to date. He pays for it, makes sure that you're taken care of. Then you decide to sue. You sue. Well, you have this obligation to pay back that medical expense. You want to know why everybody's medical insurance is so expensive? Because everybody sues and nobody wants to take responsibility. Nobody wants to even take responsibility of saying, no, you know what, I don't think I need that test. Nobody wants to take responsibility in a doctor's office because they've got to give you that test because they know if they say "I don't think you need this test but if you want to get this test, we can get it." Even if they say that and you made the decision to not have that test, if it turns out you needed that test, you'll sue the doctor. Nobody's willing to take responsibility for anything. Nobody's word means anything anymore.


 


 When you do business, your word is your bond. Everybody would be up in arms if Wal-Mart didn't cover this woman, but they did. All they're doing is asking for the money back that the insurance company spent. But everybody sees insurance companies as just these evil corporations that are just getting rich. And Wal-Mart is just getting rich. Do you know even their attorney said "We don't believe that they have a right, that the Shank family has a right to this money." We're not saying that Wal-Mart has a responsibility to pay us or to let us have this money. We just think it would be, you know, good of them. We think we deserve it more than them. Even their attorney says they don't have a right to this money.


 


 Now, what happens to Wal-Mart? Wal-Mart, because everybody jumps on Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart decides to fold yesterday in the dumbest thing I think they could have ever done. You know what, Wal-Mart? I don't know how you got to be this big. I really don't. Because you're this stupid? Now you've just said that you're going to rewrite your medical insurance so it doesn't say that. It says we will review it on a case-by-case basis. Do you have an attorney? Is there anybody in your PR department? You're going to review it on a case-by-case basis. Hmmm. So in other words, you decide who you're going to help out and who you're not going to help out. Oh. Well, that doesn't sound like a litigation waiting to happen. That doesn't sound like a PR machine just gearing up. How many people are going to sue you now? How many people are going to say, wait a minute, Wal-Mart doesn't need that money. They have a policy, they review case by case. I lost my legs in a meat grinder making sausage on a Saturday and what happens? They don't pay me. Why? They pay the white woman. What about me? I'm black. Oh, yeah. Yeah, sure, the black guy, they paid the black guy who lost his leg in a sausage factory. I lost both of my eyes playing pickup sticks. What? Is it because I'm purple? They won't pay me because I'm purple? That's what's going to happen. More lawyers, more litigation, more people going after them with PR. And yet nobody in the media, nobody in the media. Wal-Mart can do no right to anyone. I'm not a big Wal-Mart fan. I mean, I want you to know I don't care about Wal-Mart. I really don't. But I am so tired of distortion. I am so sick and tired of the lies. I'm so sick and tired of principles not meaning anything. Once you get off of principles, principles are the things that tether you. You have to know what you believe because the storms are going to crash against you and you need to be tethered by principles. If you are not tethered by principles, you are going to crash against those rocks every time.


 


 Well, what are the principles? The principles are right is right, wrong is wrong. No matter how much I need it, no matter how hard it is for me, no matter how much it sucks, it's not right. My word is my bond. I made an agreement. I didn't see it in there. Sorry. Man, it sucks. It's really going to be tough, but this is extortion. This is blackmail. I'll go to the media. I'll expose you. For what? For living up to my end of the bargain? For what? That is blackmail. And yet Wal-Mart folds. You don't deal with terrorists? Really? You just did. You just dealt with economic blackmailers. You had people who said, their own attorney said Wal-Mart, we can't legally ask them. They don't have to do this. But then -- and I don't even put it on the family as much as I do on the media. The media, they just -- MSNBC, man, they can just make hay with this. And what does Wal-Mart do? They make it worse for themselves in the long run and yet they won't say anything about, you know what, I give to charity.

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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