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Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government


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GLENN: Oh, yes. That's right, it's the book where your idiot friend comes to you and says...

PAT: The other day you told me of the top 10 best selling cars of 2008, right?

GLENN: Yes.

PAT: None of them were hybrids.

GLENN: Yes, yes.

PAT: Okay. I was on a hybrid car website.

GLENN: You were on a what?

PAT: A hybrid car website. And they said when pickup trucks are removed from the 2008 list. This is a lot like your lie about Keith Olbermann. Keith Olbermann, when you talk about midgets who walk with a limp and are blind in one eye and don't listen to Fox, he's number one. Well, when you and you are always lying about you being number one. And

GLENN: But we are number one and

PAT: But this stop your lies.

GLENN: Okay, what is the

PAT: Just like the hybrid. When pickup trucks are removed from the 2008 list, the Toyota Prius ranked number 10.

GLENN: Wait a minute here.

PAT: When

GLENN: Hang on.

PAT: Is this too tough for you to follow? When pickup trucks are removed from the 2008 list, the Prius ranks number 10.

GLENN: Okay. So your counterargument is that if we just delete all of the pickup trucks, right?

PAT: Uh huh.

GLENN: Which would include the top two selling vehicles in America, then you squeak onto the list and finish tenth.

PAT: Well, yeah. And when gas prices were over four bucks a gallon, the Prius was number eight! How about that?



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GLENN: Well, that's

PAT: How about that?

GLENN: That's a great

PAT: Thank you.

GLENN: That's a great point.

PAT: About time.

GLENN: So when gas mileage was by far the biggest concern to people looking to buy an automobile, they still picked the Prius as their eighth favorite, their eighth favorite vehicle.

PAT: Is this funny to you, fatso?

GLENN: No, I just

PAT: No.

GLENN: If you remove several of the other vehicles from the list, are you even trying to make a good argument here?

PAT: Please, Mr. Triple barbecue chin, you know you know what I like to call your quoting of sales figures from industry reports?

GLENN: No. You tell me.

PAT: Cherry picking! I noticed it's all about the Prius, right? Why not mention any other hybrid models? Why not? Why don't you mention it?

GLENN: Well, quite honestly because I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt and talk about only mildly successful hybrid models. For example, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic, they were the second and third best selling hybrids in 2008.

PAT: You see? I told you, told you.

GLENN: Let me finish. Their combined sales were less than half of the Prius.

PAT: I'm sorry. Could you repeat that?

GLENN: The Prius wasn't in the top ten, and the next two best selling hybrids combined didn't even equal half of the Prius.

PAT: Well, what if you multiply them?

GLENN: Excuse me?

PAT: If you multiply their sales by five or six, then it would be selling pretty good, right?

GLENN: Well, I guess, but you

PAT: (Laughing). You can't argue with the numbers, Glenn. Oh, the numbers are stubborn things. And you can't argue with hybridcars.com.

GLENN: What?

PAT: Who expose your lies about people liking hybrids. Even people on the rightwing war mongering side for example, I've got one here. Quote: One visitor of hybridcars.com wrote in 2005, "I am a tried and true Prius owner and my next vehicle will be another hybrid. I'll never go back to a full gasoline car! And, I am a conservative church attending Christian!"

GLENN: Hold it.

PAT: Who probably prays every day. I love Rush and I support George Bush.

GLENN: Hold on just a second. I need to break in and ask our producer, Steve Burguiere, is hybridcars.com an actual website?

STU: Yes, it is.

GLENN: And is this an I'm a tried and true Prius owner from 2005 and my next vehicle will be another hybrid; I'll never go back to a full gasoline engine; I'm a conservative church attending Christian, I love Rush Limbaugh and support George Bush.

STU: They called you out, Glenn.

PAT: See? Fatty Fat Fatso.

GLENN: So hang on just a second. Your evidence

PAT: They've got you. They've got you.

GLENN: Your evidence is one visitor from hybridcars.com?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: From 2005?

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Okay.

PAT: Well, he may have visited again, since.

GLENN: Right, sure.

PAT: But we don't know. And besides, don't try to hide your real agenda. Quote, quote: Beck's comments could be dismissed as populist rhetoric, although such anti hybrid viewpoints have resulted in acts of vandalism.

GLENN: Antihybrid viewpoints have?

PAT: Yes, they have. For example, quote: I'm told a Prius was set on fire in Los Angeles.

GLENN: Oh, my goodness.

PAT: Unquote. Which by the way was one of at least eight attacks in four months and, quote, anti Prius vandalism dates back to 2004 when there was a spat of Priuses being, quote, keyed, unquote, in Las Vegas.

GLENN: Wow. A car being lit on fire in Los Angeles.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: That's rare.

PAT: I know.

GLENN: And an increase in car keying, that's I mean, that's quite a case.

PAT: See?

GLENN: that you're making there.

PAT: I told you. I told you.

GLENN: Did you happen to read the next sentence in the story?

PAT: No, sir, I did not.

GLENN: All right. Let me help you out. Quote: The most

PAT: You mock. That's all you've got. You mock.

GLENN: The most visible act of car related political vandalism occurred in 2003 when so called eco arsonists set blaze to 20 Hummer H2s valued in total at $3 million. What do you have to have, like three million hybrids to equal that? The Earth, the Earth Liberation Front, a radical fringe ecological group which claimed responsibility for the tax, end quote.

PAT: Okay, all right. Mr. Big oil, Exxon Valdez, coal in the lungs, black hearted, mania crazy person on a conspiratorial lunatic fringe!

GLENN: And?

PAT: And what?

GLENN: I mean, aren't you forgetting something? We're at the end.

PAT: Oh, yeah. And you're fat!

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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."

Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

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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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In a phone call with his constituents, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb) unleashed a torrent of criticisms about President Donald Trump, saying he "flirted with white supremacists," "kisses dictators' butts," and "spends like a drunken sailor."

On the radio program Friday, Glenn said he was disappointed in Sen. Sasse for apparently forgetting all of President Trump's accomplishments. Because, in reality, Trump has accomplished a lot more than many presidents before him.

Then, for anyone who may have forgotten President Trump's achievements — or who simply hate the man so much they've ignored them — Glenn listed just some of the many things this president has achieved during his three and a half years in the White House.

Watch the video below to hear Glenn's message for all the Trump-haters who have forgotten Trump's accomplishments, or you can read Glenn's list HERE:

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