Posted tagged ‘Glenn Beck’

Missouri Militia Memo Goes Mainstream

March 20, 2009

The Missouri Militia Memo controversy picked up some mainstream media coverage today.

Local ABC television affiliate KMBC:


Rush Limbaugh:


Glenn Beck (with guest Penn Gillette):


And the Missouri Campaign for Liberty responds to the MIAC report:

The Missouri Campaign for Liberty finds the recent Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) Strategic Report to be misleading in its presentation of facts, and well below the quality that our hardworking Missouri law enforcement officials deserve. The report, dated 2-20-2009, entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” was issued to State and local law enforcement officials across Missouri to warn and inform them about current trends in radical militias.

The misrepresentations in this document, whether intentional or not, are dangerous to both private citizens and public safety. Providing law enforcement officers with documents containing misleading information is simply unacceptable. These brave men and women who patrol our neighborhoods and highways must be able to identify threats to themselves and public safety, but this report and its amateurish presentation stands only as an obstacle to these officers’ discernment process.

The author of this report implies that Campaign for Liberty has a violent and radical membership when its mission statement clearly states that the only means for pursuing its goals is by political and educational means. Under Political Paraphernalia the document states, “it is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitution Party, Campaign for Liberty, or Libertarian material.” Reading this document, one could easily be led to assume that Campaign for Liberty is a radical, violent group, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Therefore, the Missouri Campaign For Liberty hereby demands that a formal and public apology from Governor Jay Nixon, Director of the Department of Public Safety John Britt, Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel James Keathley, and Missouri Information Analysis Center Director Van Godsey be issued immediately, and that each organization and person wrongly characterized as militant be given an opportunity to distribute a document asserting the true nature of their person or organization to the same law enforcement officers that received the original report.

We would like to invite all law enforcement officials to our Freedom Celebration featuring Judge Andrew Napolitano of Fox News and Congressman Ron Paul on Friday, March 27th, at 8:00 p.m. at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis. This event is free and open to the public and will allow officers to experience just how wrong the MIAC report is in its irresponsible profiling of Campaign for Liberty Members.


Glenn Beck – WE Surround Them

February 22, 2009

From Glenn Beck’s web site:

Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?

Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?

Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?

If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.

We surround them.

So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.

Check out the Nine Principles and Twelve Values on Beck’s site. Send in a photo if you agree. There really is strength in numbers.

January Economic Picture

February 1, 2009

One month into 2009, nothing about the economy is looking good.

Before getting to the January numbers and charts though, I want to share this video from Glenn Beck’s show – Inconvenient Debt. It’s only about 4 minutes minutes long, but it will shock you if you haven’t already seen the chart Glenn supersized for this video.

Okay, moving along to what this past month looked like, which was not pretty in any sense of the word.

Six banks failed in January 2009, three of them large regional banks. The trend appears to be that the rate of bank failures is increasing rather dramatically. Twenty-five banks failed in all of 2008 (as many as in the years 2001-2007 combined). The six failures in the past monthputs this year already at about 1/4 of all the failures last year. Not a positive sign. reports that January 2009 was the worst January ever for the Dow and the S & P 500.

Wretched month: It was the worst January ever for the Dow industrials and S&P 500, according to Stock Trader’s Almanac data.

The Dow lost 8.8% and the S&P 500 lost 8.6% in the month.

The Nasdaq’s loss of 6.4% was eclipsed by last January’s loss of 9.9%. That 2008 loss was the worst in the tech average’s history, going back to its inception in 1971.

Among the sector decliners during January, it was a particularly ugly month for bank stocks.

Fans of the S&P’s January barometer know that a weak January can spell doom for the rest of the year, as per the saying “As goes January, so goes the year.”

Continue reading…

Finally, one of the most frightening things I have ever seen is this article  from Calculated Risk – January Economic Summary in Graphs. Here are a few excerpts:

December Employment Report

This graph shows the unemployment rate and the year over year change in employment vs. recessions. The unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent; the highest level since January 1993.

Nonfarm payrolls decreased by 524,00 in December, and November payrolls were revised down to a loss of 584,000 jobs. The economy lost over 1.5 million jobs in Q4 alone! From: Employment Declines Sharply, Unemployment Rises to 7.2 Percent


December Retail Sales

This graph shows the year-over-year change in nominal and real retail sales since 1993.

Although the Census Bureau reported that nominal retail sales decreased 10.2% year-over-year (retail and food services decreased 9.8%), real retail sales declined by 11.3% (on a YoY basis). This is the largest YoY decline since the Census Bureau started keeping data.


NAHB Builder Confidence Index in January

This graph shows the builder confidence index from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

The builder confidence index was at 8 in January, a new record low.


 California Notices of Default

This graph shows the Notices of Default (NOD) by year in California from DataQuick.

There were a record 423,962 NODs filed in 2008, breaking the old record of 254,824 NODs in 2007.

The previous record had been in 1996 with 162,678 NODs filed. That was during the previous California housing bust in the early to mid-90s.


 Unemployment Claims

This graph shows weekly claims and continued claims since 1971.

The four week moving average is at 542,500; still below the recent peak of 558,750
in December.

Continued claims are now at 4.78 million – a new record (not adjusted for population) – just above the previous all time peak of 4.71 million in 1982.


 New Home Sales

This graph shows New Home Sales vs. recessions for the last 45 years. New Home sales have fallen off a cliff.

More Peter Schiff Videos

December 23, 2008

12/16/2008 Part 1/4 Peter Schiff On Kudlow & Co: Target Rate To Record Low

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

12/16/2008 Glenn Beck Radio Show: “The Most Socialist Time Of The Year”