As If the Flooding Wasn't Enough, Now Texas Has to Deal With These Demon Insects

As if drowning weren’t enough to fear, Tropical Storm Harvey has brought another horror: floating “islands” of fire ants. People should beware of clusters of fire ants in flood waters, Houstonia Magazine reported. During a flood emergency, fire ants group together into a ball or a raft shape to float on the water.

Pat and Stu talked about the terrifying story on radio Monday.

Stu shared his unfiltered thoughts on fire ants as well as stories about getting bitten by the venomous insects. “They are the worst things that have ever appeared in the world,” he said. “They are borderline indestructible. … They are awful, they are everywhere, you can’t stop them.”

Houston isn’t just dealing with record rains, flooded homes and fire ant islands. Texas media outlets are also reporting alligator sightings, although bats seem to be less successful than fire ants at survival. Some of the bats at tourist destination Waugh Bridge have reportedly drowned in the flood.

But don’t believe every crazy creature story you see: Gizmodo pointed out that people are using Harvey as an excuse to resurface the rumor that sharks are swimming the streets. Spoiler alert: They’re not.

PAT: We're going off script now by talking about kind of a weird thing that's happening now in Houston, with -- there's an indestructible insect in this state.

STU: Yes.

PAT: Cannot be killed. And apparently, there are floating mounds of fire ants.

STU: I'll have the creepy-crawlies all day after reading this story. But it's true. There are floating fire ant colonies in Houston. Now, fire ants are -- it's like the devil's dandruff.

PAT: Uh-huh.

STU: They are the worst things that have ever appeared in the world. They are borderline indestructible.

PAT: Yes.

STU: I got bit by one weeks ago. And still itchy all over because of it. Even thinking about it now and getting the creepy-crawlies. They are awful. They are everywhere. You can't stop them.

I spend half of my time out in my backyard with various different crazy poisons that I'm sprinkling all over that will probably at some time kill my dog or something else-something else. But I just hate these things. I am like genocide-level dictator against fire ants. I'm like -- I'm in the middle of -- I am the worst humanity has ever produced when it comes to these fire ants. I just hate it.

PAT: They really are terrible. And they're extremely hard to kill.

JEFFY: Yes.

STU: Right. And so you would think when the entire city would be under a couple feet of water.

PAT: They would kill them.

STU: They would kill them. At least this batch of them. They have somehow -- and there's pictures of them.

JEFFY: Yeah, the floating islands.

STU: They have created islands and are floating through the streets, millions of fire ants on top of each other crawling, and ugh. The pictures are horrific. And if you were -- I mean, this happened -- my daughter, we were at church -- this was a couple years ago. She was maybe two. Maybe even one at this point. And there -- as you walked to the car, there's a strip of grass on the side of where our church is. And, you know, your kid will run away and be silly and decide to do what they do. So she ran away into the grass. What's the big? No big deal, right? And she walked up to this tree. And she put her back to the tree. And we said, Ainsely, come here. Come back.

And she started laughing. Not listening.

And said, come on, Ainsley. Let's go. Let's go.

And then she just stood there and she just looked at us and stopped and went dead silent for about five seconds, and then just started bawling.

PAT: Oh, man.

STU: We were like, what is going on? Like, at first, it's just, what is wrong with her? And she's standing in the same place. She's not moving or anything. She's just frozen in fear.

JEFFY: She's frozen. That's what happens man.

PAT: Oh.

STU: And she just starts crying like crazy. My wife runs over. And I'm covering over. And we look at her legs, and they are just covered in fire ants. She was standing in a mound of them.

JEFFY: Yeah.

STU: The entire field, she walked over and stopped in a mound of fire ants. So she's covered up to her knees. You know, it's dusting these things off. Her legs for the next three weeks were just these red welts everywhere.

JEFFY: Oh, yeah.

PAT: Oh, jeez. Yeah.

STU: These things are -- they are terrorists.

PAT: And they hurt. I mean, it hurts.

STU: It hurts, and then it itches for weeks afterwards. They are horrible.

And it's no surprise. Of all the things, they're going to make it through this freaking disaster. It's going to be fire ants. I hate them.

PAT: Fire ants and cockroaches are pretty much indestructible. You know, there's an idea, Jeffy had an idea that maybe that's what we drop on North Korea.

JEFFY: Thank you. Just drop mounds of fire ants on North Korea. Good day.

PAT: That will take care of the problem.

STU: It's actually not a bad idea.

They were talking about when North Korea was threatening to firing the missiles at Guam, that Guam apparently has had an issue with these snakes.

And, apparently, there's an invasive species of snakes on Guam where -- it's like to the issue of like there's so many -- it's like 100 times the amount of people, there are these crazy snakes. And, like, thousands of them are everywhere, apparently. That was the picture painted, at least.

PAT: Hmm.

STU: And the only way they could come up with to control this snake population is to airdrop poisoned mouse carcasses all over the island.

Can you imagine a plane flying over your island of paradise, and they're just dropping dead poison mice all over the place? But then the snakes eat them, and that's the only way they can control the population.

PAT: Bizarre.

STU: I mean, there is a legitimate -- first of all, you drop them from 75,000 feet. You go all the way up there. They can barely detect it. And these fire ants will live through that fall, I promise.

PAT: No question.

JEFFY: They're going to live? They're going to breed eight families --

PAT: They're going to double the population by the time they hit the ground.

STU: That's true. That's true. I think this is a good approach to North Korea, who by the way fired another missile I guess. And also, they're now threatening nuclear tests in the middle of all this. So Donald Trump has his plate pretty full right now.

JEFFY: Boy, no kidding.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on subpoenas to compel Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify on alleged censorship and bias across their platforms. But that all changed when Republican committee members "expressed reservation about the maneuver," Politico reports.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who chairs Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, was definitely not one of the committee members with cold feet. On the radio program Tuesday, he told Glenn Beck that he's fighting "vociferously" to ensure Dorsey and others testify before the November 3rd election.

"Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg are both going to testify. They're are going to testify in person. They're going to testify before Election Day. That's what I think should happen," Cruz said. "That's what I'm fighting vociferously to happen. Right now, the companies are negotiating with the chairman's office to discuss terms to come voluntarily. I don't give a damn whether they come voluntarily or under subpoena. They need to testify in person and answer questions for the American people about why they are trying to steal this election, to suppress the free speech, and to censor the press."

The subpoenas would require Big Tech leaders to testify on the alleged "suppression and/or censorship" of two consecutive blockbuster stories from the New York Post. The first story was about emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's computer which are currently being investigated by the FBI, and the second was based on additional emails that allegedly showed communist China directly offering millions of dollars to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

"Big Tech stepped in, and they've done something they've never done before," Cruz explained. "We know that Big Tech has been censoring individual conservatives, trying to suppress conservative speech. But the step they took here is, they blocked if any individual user tried to share either of the New York Post stories, [they] were blocked ... Sharing a news story, from a major media outlet is part of democracy, part of free speech. And not only that, they blocked the New York Post itself. Right now, today, the New York Post is not being allowed to post its own damn stories on corruption. This is ridiculous. It's a threshold that's never been crossed before, of Silicon Valley oligarchs declaring the authority to determine what the press is allowed to report, and who is allowed to see it."

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If we learned nothing from the media over the past 4 years it's that colluding with a foreign entity to either win an election or for personal gain is absolutely grotesque. Well, that depends on whether you have a (D) or (R) before your name anyway. President Trump was impeached on rumor and innuendo yet Joe Biden has all but skated on his corruption up to this point.

Below is a timeline that shows the level of corruption and the lengths the Biden's went to in order to build that family's wealth and influence internationally.

2009

In 2009, Joe Biden was the brand-new Vice President and John Kerry was a U.S. Senator. Just five months after Joe was sworn in, his son Hunter, and Kerry's stepson, Christopher Heinz, formed an international private equity firm called Rosemont Capital. It had several different branches, including one called Rosemont Seneca Partners.

2010

Just nine months after Rosemont Seneca opened its doors, Hunter Biden went to China for meetings with executives from China's biggest banks, and its sovereign wealth and social security funds. That's unheard-of access for a brand-new firm. Was it just coincidence that at the same time Hunter was meeting these Chinese bigwigs, his dad was meeting with China's then-president Hu Jintao in Washington DC at a nuclear security summit?

2011

In May 2011, Joe Biden met with Chinese officials for the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue conference in Washington. Just two weeks later, Hunter Biden went to Taiwan for meetings with the same Chinese financial giants he'd met in China in 2010, plus some new ones.

2013

By December 2013, Joe Biden was enjoying his second term as VP, and John Kerry was now Secretary of State. That's when Joe traveled to Beijing on an extended official trip and Hunter traveled with him on Air Force Two.

During their stay, Vice President Biden met with President Xi and Hunter was mostly out of sight. We don't know exactly what he was up to, but the deal finalized between Rosemont Seneca and the Bank of China just ten days after the Bidens' trip pretty much gives it away. The most powerful financial institution in China formed a joint venture with tiny Rosemont Seneca to create a giant new investment firm called Bohai Harvest RST – the "RS" stands for Rosemont Seneca.

The firm is often called "BHR" for short.

Hunter Biden was a member of the Board. Remember, the Bank of China is government-owned, which means its business is completely intertwined with the goals of the Chinese Communist Party. BHR also got the freedom to operate in the newly created Shanghai Free-Trade Zone where, over the next six years, it would use $2.5 billion of Chinese government money to invest in China, as well as in other countries, including the U.S.

During their Beijing trip, Hunter also introduced Jonathan Li to his dad. Li is Hunter's business partner – he's CEO and Director of BHR.

Hunter arranged for Joe to meet Li in the lobby of the hotel where they stayed during their Beijing trip.

2014

In 2014, one of BHR's first major investments was in the China General Nuclear Power Corporation.

CGN is a Chinese government-owned nuclear power company that sold off a stake of the company to outside investors. Problem is, CGN was under FBI investigation for paying informants in the U.S. to steal nuclear secrets.

In 2016, the FBI arrested the ringleader of this nuclear espionage, a man named Allen Ho.

When they arrested Ho, he was using a random code generator to access funds being provided to him from – where else? – the Bank of China.

Yet while this FBI probe was going on, the son of the Vice President owned a stake in the company being investigated. And even after arrests were made, Rosemont Seneca did not alter its relationship with BHR, nor did it divest from CGN, even though it was stealing U.S. nuclear secrets.

2015

In 2015, BHR partnered with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) to buy an American company called Henniges for $600 million.

AVIC is a gigantic military contractor in China – think Lockheed Martin – that makes fighter jets, bombers and drones. BHR bought 49% of Henniges and AVIC bought 51%.

Henniges is a precision parts manufacturer specializing in anti-vibration technology. The stuff they make is known as "dual use" by the U.S. State Department, which means the technology can also have a military application.

Because of that, the deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since it could have national security implications. The thing is, the American side of BHR – meaning Hunter Biden and his pals – had to know there were serious national security implications with AVIC.

The year before they formed a partnership with AVIC, the Wall Street Journal reported how AVIC stole technology related to the U.S. Air Force's F-35 stealth fighter and used it in its own stealth fighter for the Chinese.

How the Committee on Foreign Investment approved that deal remains a mystery. CFIUS does not publicly disclose any information regarding its decisions. Their findings are not publicly announced.

Interesting that China accounted for the largest share – with 74 transactions – approved by CFIUS during Obama's second term (2013-2015).

Under the umbrella of Rosemont Capital was a real estate company called Rosemont Realty. In 2015, a Chinese company called Gemini Investments bought a 75% stake in Rosemont Realty. The company was renamed Gemini Rosemont

Gemini brought $3 billion to the partnership with Rosemont, with the aim of buying "Class A institutional-quality commercial office properties in U.S. markets."

Red flag (literally) – Gemini Investments is a subsidiary of the China Ocean Shipping Company, a.k.a., "COSCO."

COSCO is a Chinese government-owned company. Its headquarters in Beijing is actually next to the headquarters of the Bank of China. COSCO is well-known for its close military ties. It's essentially a branch of the Chinese Navy.

2017

In 2017, BHR invested in Face++. That's the facial recognition phone app built by a Chinese company that is incorporated in a separate app built by the Chinese government. Police in the Xinjiang [Sin-jong] region of China use that app to keep tabs on citizens, and track and detain Uiguhr [Wee-ger] Muslims.

The app allows police easy access to data about Chinese Muslims including things like religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity they use.

2018

In March 2018, a spokesman (Chris Bastardi) for Christopher Heinz (John Kerry's stepson) emailed The Hill to say that Heinz had "no operating role" in Rosemont Seneca, and that he was not involved in any of Rosemont's deals in China (which contradicts Schweizer's report in his book Secret Empires).

Chris Heinz was involved in Rosemont Capital. Rosemont Seneca was established under the same GP as Rosemont Capital, but Chris Heinz had no operating role in it. Chris and his family have no financial interest or investment in Bohai Harvest RST, he has never traveled to China, and he has never met with the firm's Chinese management team or investors.

2019

In October 2019, Hunter Biden's lawyer, George Mesires, said Hunter did not conduct any business on that 2013 trip to Beijing with his Dad.

Mesires said the timing of BHR's business license getting approved was purely coincidental because the paperwork had been submitted months before the Bidens' China trip.

According to Hunter's lawyer, the approval " was not related in any way, shape or form to Hunter's visit."

Hunter Biden finally stepped down from the BHR board last October (2019), but he DID NOT give up his 10% stake in the company.

When Bevan Cooney — the former "junior" business partner to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer — went to jail in 2019, investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Peter Schweizer thought he'd never gain access to the damning emails Cooney had promised. That all changed three weeks ago when Schweizer was given complete access to Cooney's gmail account.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to describe just some of the business deals revealed within these emails — like Hunter working with an alleged Russian criminal and with Chinese communists to secure their assets, or to secure one-on-one time with his dad, then-Vice President Joe Biden. And all of this new information is completely separate from the emails allegedly discovered on Hunter Biden's laptop recently reported by the New York Post.

"So, I want to make this clear. This [Cooney's emails] has nothing to do with what's on the laptop … It didn't come from [Rudy] Giuliani. It didn't come from anybody else, right?" Glenn asked Schweizer.

"That's absolutely correct," Schweizer confirmed.

He briefly explained how Cooney, a former Los Angeles nightclub owner, is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in a fraudulent business bond scheme with Biden and Archer. From prison, Cooney gave Schweizer written permission to access his Gmail account.

"This is really important," he noted. "We're not looking at printouts. Not looking at PDFs. We're actually in his Gmail accounts themselves, sifting through these emails. And there's a shocking amount of information about deals involving China, involving Russia, involving all sorts of things they were trying to pull off."

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The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to talk about the latest developments in Joe Biden's Ukraine and China corruption scandal. Now that some of the details are finally coming out in the open, does the average Democrat care? Maybe, but the Left doesn't seem to.

O'Reilly argued there's more hatred for President Donald Trump now than in 2016, and that some people hate President Trump so much that they'd rather vote for the "senile, corrupt" Joe Biden.

"Hunter got tens of millions of dollars from Ukraine, from Russia, from China because his father was vice president. I have no doubt in my mind," O'Reilly said. "But the hatred for Donald Trump overrides that in the minds of millions of viewers. They're saying, 'You know, we'd rather have the senile corrupt guy than Trump.'"

Asked by Glenn if any other Republican running for president would be met with the same level of vitriol, O'Reilly answered, "The Left is the Left. They don't like America. The want to redo the Constitution. They want to take some of our freedoms, like the Second Amendment and the First Amendment, and change them. And they want to destroy capitalism and replace it with a big centralized government in Washington that controls the economy … but I'm talking about the folks. I have liberal friends and I say to them, 'Do you not understand that when you vote for Biden, you're voting against your own self interest?'"

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