Pursuit of Happiness

GLENN: Well, there's a movie that came out with Will Smith and it is the Chris Gardner story. I talked to Chris about a year ago, I don't know if he remembers, before the movie came out. And I saw this movie over the weekend and my gosh, if you don't watch that movie and say to yourself, I've got to find those people, I want to help those people, how do I help these people. Bush came out while he was pardoning the turkey switch. Forget about Compean and Ramos, yeah, let's pardon the turkeys today, he said -- and I know this to be true, food prices have gone up and there is a shortage of food at shelters. I don't believe in the Government giving out handouts. I believe in us helping people. And please if you have been blessed with anything, please give to a homeless shelter or a food shelter. Please call the soup kitchens or the food banks in your area and please donate. There are a lot of hungry people and we're a very blessed nation. Help them out because there are amazing people that are trying to get back on their feet. And Chris Gardner was one of them. Chris?



The Pursuit of Happyness


by Chris Gardner

GARDNER: Glenn.

GLENN: Welcome to the program, sir.

GARDNER: Thank you for having me. How are you, sir?

GLENN: Very good. You are a hero. You really are an amazing guy. I saw "The Pursuit of Happyness" this weekend and I know that's old news for everybody else but I'm so busy I don't see movies anymore. And I watched that and my heart broke for you the whole time. For instance, the scene with you on the bathroom floor with your son, how much of that is real and was your life really like that?

GARDNER: Glenn, I have to tell you I cannot be more proud of the work that Will Smith, Jaden Smith and our director Gabriele Muccino did. That scene in that bathroom, too many nights, too many times, Glenn. Too many nights, too many times, that was the only place available. And that scene that Will and his son to create an alternative universe just for his child.

GLENN: Great. Oh, it was just great. You know, the thing that I kept, I haven't watched a movie that I agreed with. I mean, most movies in Hollywood do I agree with. So I scream at the TV. But I haven't watched a movie where I was so locked into the story that I was screaming at the TV, "Let him in." When you got to the shelter, you were clearly somebody who was trying to change their life and you had a son with you. Did you ever get to the point to where you're like, what are you doing; I am trying to change my life.

GARDNER: You know what, let me share something with you real brief about things you were mentioning earlier. 12 to 30% of the homeless people in this country, Glenn, have jobs and go to work every day. Working families homeless. We one day shot a scene in the film, we hired 250 homeless people, a day's work for a day's pay to be extras in the scene. A couple walks up to me and says, we want to thank you. We're both homeless but we've been both working. We've been living on the streets for six months. All we needed was another $500 to get a place to call home. We just made that $500 working on this movie; thank you. Glenn, think about that for a second.

GLENN: I know.

GARDNER: $70 million gets spent to make a movie. $500 got a family off the street.

GLENN: I will tell you that my family and I about a month ago, we went to a soup kitchen in the next town over from where we live, and I live in a very nice town and it was such a great experience. My kids were like, oh, my gosh, Dad, this poverty is right on our doorstep and you can get so isolated sometimes. And we went and there were a lot of people that you could tell working the system.

GARDNER: Yep.

GLENN: Or just not doing anything or strung out on drugs or whatever. But my heart broke for the people that I could tell had been out busting their ass all day and when they came up, there were a lot of people that were like, come on, more, do you have any more? And you were kind of like, okay, well, hang on just a second. And other people would come up and they would ask politely and they would be -- you could tell that they were hungry from working so hard. And I thought to myself, how do you find those people? What would have helped you when you were living on the street.

GARDNER: Well, let me share another thing with you to that point. Before we began filming "Pursuit of Happyness", I took Will Smith for some walks. It was important to he and I that he see, smell and touch places my son and I had to live. My first year working on Wall Street, the very first night -- now, to his credit, Glenn, biggest movie star in the world cannot go anyplace without a four man security detail. Will says to me, no, it's just you and me, let's go.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. We're with Chris Gardner. He's the real life guy that "Pursuit of Happyness" was about. We're talking about homelessness and Thanksgiving and food and everything else. Hang on just a second. Be back in just a flash.

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GLENN: I mean, Chris Gardner who is the real life guy from "The Pursuit of Happyness" is with us and I wanted to talk to him before Thanksgiving because I'm so grateful for what I have and I hope that we take a moment and just realize how much we all have and how we should share. I don't even have any idea how much that break cost me there on your hourly wage now. You are a guy who was absolutely living, you know, on the floor of bathrooms and now you have really made it. You said that when Will Smith, before you shot the movie, you took him to see and smell the places that you and your son had to live.

GARDNER: And the very first night we went down into the subway system, Will is such a bright guy, the first thing he says to me, Glenn, is a lot of these people look like they're dressed to go some place. Well, yeah, a lot of them were dressed to get up and go to work in the morning. Those are the people, Glenn, that I make every effort to do any and everything that I can.

GLENN: Yeah.

GARDNER: 12 to 30% of all the homeless people in this country, Glenn, have jobs. Now, that's saying something.

GLENN: Right. But there's also another -- I mean, when you throw stats back and forth, there's also another stat that the average working poor in America only work 16 hours a week. Now, if you're somebody who can't work more because your physical disability or you're a single mom or whatever, I get that. I don't know how you did it, what you did with your son, but I so admire you for that. I want to help the people like that, but it's -- there are so many that just abuse the system and some people should fail if they just don't want to do it themselves, but people like you -- I'm telling you, Chris, I watched that movie and my heart went out to you and I mean, how do we find people like you?

GARDNER: Oh, let me tell you. Another -- not to just be throwing statistics around but one out of four homeless people in this country right now, Glenn, are veterans. You think about that for a second. You think about that for a second.

GLENN: Yeah.

GARDNER: Everyone talks about we should support our troops and we should, Glenn. That's an honorable thing to do. What about when they come home?

GLENN: You should go back and listen to the Mon log I started the show with today. They have actually, our government has actually insisted that people who have lost their legs repay the signing bonus that they got when they joined.

GARDNER: Oh, Glenn. Oh, Glenn.

GLENN: It's shameful.

GARDNER: It is shameful and you know what, not just shame on the government, Glenn, shame on us as Americans for allowing that to happen.

GLENN: It's not going to happen.

GARDNER: Shame on us.

GLENN: As soon as it's exposed, and we talked about it today, help expose this, I mean, it will change because that's wrong.

GARDNER: You know what a young guy would say? Fine, you can have the bonus back. Give me my legs.

GLENN: I know, I know.

GARDNER: Give me just one of them. Give me one of them and we'll call it even.

GLENN: So you know what, instead of -- and America, please, please, I'm begging of you, please share your wealth. I have a philosophy that money is like rain and it's constantly coming down but you've got to -- the Lord gives you a bucket and he starts with a small bucket and if you try to protect the water that you're catching in that bucket, you're going to always have a small bucket and you'll not be able to get more rain into that bucket. But the minute you dump that water out, you'll find yourself with a bigger bucket and you have to understand it's all around you. All you have to do is share it with people. Please share this holiday season.

GARDNER: Please, Glenn. I thank you for bringing that out. We cannot, especially for these young men and women, Glenn, coming home. Missing limbs?

GLENN: I know.

GARDNER: We cannot let them get treated like this, that's not right.

GLENN: So Chris, let me focus here on the positive, your obvious belief that you didn't belong on the streets, that you had an obvious belief that you could do it and the system was not stacked against you; you could do whatever you set your mind to. Am I characterizing that accurately?

GARDNER: You know what, not just characterizing that accurately but that goes, Glenn, to one of the most important scenes in the film for me, the scene on the basketball court. As you saw it, it was not written that way. When the little boy says, "I'm going pro," it was written, the father says, "Don't ever say that, I was never any good at it. So if I couldn't do it, you can't do it." On that day, Glenn, I went to Will Smith on the set. We tore up the script and I told him, you cannot say that to that little boy because that's not what my mom told me. I was raised to believe that I could do or be anything I wanted to do or be and that goes to absolutely the heart, Glenn, of my next book. I'm doing a book now on spiritual genetics.

GLENN: Wow, what is that?

GARDNER: Well, we don't understand genetics, Glenn. You are going to get your mom's eyes, your dad's nose, nothing you can do about it. But the spirit of who you are going to become as a person, as a man or a woman, the soul of who you are going to become, I believe you can make a conscious choice to choose.

GLENN: You are the -- I mean, I'm telling you you are an idol of mine. I was just thinking this over the weekend. I was thinking about my patriot -- I so believe in this country. I so believe that anything can happen, that we are such a blessed people to be important at this time in this land and I thought, where did that really come from? And I thought about my upbringing with my parents and I realized that it was my parents, my father and my mother that really passed that on to me. And then I thought, wait a minute, my gosh, look at the pattern that I have done with my children and how we celebrate Fourth of July. It's different than most people. I'm passing it on to them. It is genetic.

GARDNER: It's spiritual genetics, brother, and we can all pass it on. And more importantly, young people, I stress you've got to choose to embrace the light. You can be beaten down by the darkness, you can succumb or submit to the darkness but you've got to choose that light. I'm going to share one thing with you, Glenn, that I don't talk about this a lot, but it is just very, very interesting to me. There's a young woman I'm familiar with. She and I are the same age, same Zodiac sign, went to the same elementary school and used to live a half a block from each other in one of the worth ghettos of the United States. There was nothing in our environment that said I was going to grow up to become Chris Gardner and she was going to grow up to become Oprah Winfrey. There was nothing in the environment. We both chose, Glenn. We chose and we worked and we committed.

GLENN: Chris, when are you coming to New York?

GARDNER: You know what, man, I'm in and out of New York City all the time. As a matter of fact, you are coming to a function with me. On December 5th in New York City I'm going to the glaucoma foundation. You come and be my guest. You be my guest and we'll make it happen as soon as we get off the phone.

GLENN: Chris, I would like to when you're in town, I would love to spend an hour with you and just let you preach this to America because this is something that is being lost in America and it is a belief in yourself and a belief in that you can do it and that you make all the difference in the world.

GARDNER: Absolutely, and you've got to believe it can happen and you can do it. And you know something, Glenn, my mama used to always say to me? She used to say, boy, the cavalry ain't coming.

GLENN: I love you. Chris Gardner, we'll talk to you again, sir. Thank you so much.

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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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