Glenn Beck: Importance of Chicago's Olympic Bid




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I want to talk to you about two Copenhagens.

The first is in Denmark, which President Obama leaves for on Thursday, looking to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago and joining his wife Michelle who already made the flight there.

But, in doing, so he's forgetting at least two things:

First, the troops that are coming home dead from Afghanistan. And, while he's found the time to talk to everyone but the Food Network and FOX News about his Chicago White Sox, Obama has only had one meeting with his national security advisers to discuss the 66-page memo from General Stanley McChrystal from August, which says troops are urgently needed.

But let's put that off to the side.

Second, it's going to cost approximately $1.2 million to fly Air Force One over to Copenhagen and it will spew over a million pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere, while at the same time he lectures us on carbon emissions. And remember to double that, because the Obamas couldn't travel together.

So ask yourself: Why? Easy: It's important for the city of Chicago to get the Olympics.

You wouldn't think that with everything that's going on that Chicago or the Olympics is a priority, but it is for this president because remember he's playing for all the gold.

On "FOX & Friends," they showed you all the people involved around Obama who want the Olympics, like David Axelrod and Mayor Daley. But to me none of these people really matter, except Valerie Jarrett.

I'm going to spend a few minutes asking you this question: Should Valerie Jarrett be anywhere near the White House and the highest office of the land?

She is the president's closest adviser; their families go way back. Jarrett is the reason Obama moved to Chicago. She got Michelle Obama a job as assistant in city hall working for Mayor Daley. And her mother appointed Bill Ayers' dad, Tom, to the board of her foundation, the Erikson Institute.

(You remember Bill Ayers, the guy from the Weather Underground — the group that bombed the Pentagon.)

Now, what are the odds that someone who is like a sister to Barack and Michelle Obama and knows William Ayers, yet the president still doesn't really know who Ayers was?

That's one degree of separation.

Valerie Jarrett is also the one who was instrumental in bringing the radical Van Jones into the White House:

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VALERIE JARRETT: Van Jones — we were so delighted to be able to recruit him into the White House. We've been watching him for really as long as he's been active out there in Oakland and all of the creative ideas that he has....

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She knew about Van Jones' radical connections; she said so herself. She knew he was a radical, a huge supporter of Mumia Abu-Jamal — you know, the cop killer. Van Jones was the 9/11 truther. How did Van Jones get in? Through Valerie Jarrett.

And that's not all. There's another scandal that came to light courtesy of biggovernment and bighollywood involving the National Endowment for the Arts using government money to create art. Listen to this audio:

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YOSI SARGENT, NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS: This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation, we are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak to the government, what that looks like legally. We're still trying to figure out the laws of putting government Web sites on Facebook.

I would encourage you to pick something: Whether it's health care, education, the environment. There's four key areas that the corporation has identified as the areas of service. Then my ask would be to apply your artistic, creative community's utilities. Bring them to the table. Again, I'm really honored to be working with you...

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Yosi Sargent was the one blamed, but he was expendable.

But this was all about indoctrination — kind of like this:

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CHILDREN: He said that all must lend a hand, to make this country strong again.


Mmm, mmm, mmm!


Barack Hussein Obama.


He said we must be fair today; equal work means equal pay.


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Barack Hussein Obama.

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But this indoctrination is not in classrooms, but done by artists with your tax dollars. And what does this have to do with Valerie Jarrett?

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BUFFY WICKS, WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: I'm at the Office of Public Engagement here at the White House. Our office does a lot of outreach to communities all across the country. Either by constituency group or by issue. We have about 20 folks and we work under Valerie Jarrett. She is one of our fantastic leaders and Tina Chen. And so we’re really here at your disposal and we want to be helpful to you.

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See, they blamed the call on Yosi, but the audio doesn't lie. This was all planned through Valerie Jarrett's office.

So first Van Jones, now the NEA.

There are some other things that look awfully suspicious and since The New York Times has now assigned someone to follow this show and network, maybe they can look into this: Valerie Jarrett co-chaired the transition team; so when you ask how any of these special advisers got in, remember she is the gate-keeper.

Uh-oh — should the key master really be that close to the gate-keeper?

The next thing: Remember Blagojevich? His scandal was being accused of selling Obama's vacant Senate seat. Jarrett was considered and going to be tapped for that Senate seat, but she said "no" because she was going to serve in this little unknown position in the White House.

But don't kid yourself about what's happening here. She gave up membership in the world's most exclusive club to be in this administration.

So let's ask this reasonable question: Why would she do that? Well maybe some more information will help answer that. But we do know that Valerie Jarrett likes getting private money and giving it to public housing, because she said you need private money and incentives to make money.

That's interesting; is she the first one in this administration who talked about the importance of making money and profits?

As CEO of Habitat, Jarrett earned well over a million dollars in salary and deferred compensation last year — one of Chicago's largest for-profit development firms, which oversees all of the city's non-elderly public housing. Or, as The Chicago Tribune says, a real estate firm tasked by a federal judge to ensure Chicago ends segregation in public housing.

To this day, Jarrett refuses to answer questions about Grove Parc, the Chicago slum complex (managed by Jarrett's company) and its 504 government-subsidized apartments, over what she called a continuing duty to Habitat's former business partners.

In a major investigation, The Boston Globe found the following regarding Grove Parc: "About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale — a score so bad the buildings now face demolition."

And later: "Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama's close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama's constituents suffered."

It was so bad that a maintenance worker at Grove Parc says money often wasn't even available for steel wool to plug rat holes.

All this helped land the good buddy of Tony Rezko, Valerie Jarrett, on Judicial Watch's Top 10 most corrupt politicians list. You remember Tony Rezko, convicted felon and slumlord.

Somewhere, Al Capone is weeping with pride.

Sorry, I got side tracked with all the corruption. What were we talking about again? Oh yeah, we were talking about the Olympics and the fact that the Obamas took two jumbo jets to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Valerie Jarrett actually worked on Chicago's Olympic bid before. You might even say she lobbied for it. But don't forget Obama won't have lobbyists in his administration:

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THEN-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE BARACK OBAMA: I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race — and I've won. I don't take a dime of their money and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House.

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Though for some reason he made an exception in Jarrett's case. Yes, Jarrett served as vice chair of Chicago's 2016 Summer Olympics bid committee before moving to the White House; where she's now heading the new White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport.

(By the way, they haven't disclosed a budget and staff for this, which has led some bloggers to refer to Jarrett as the Olympics "czar.")

Now, if you listen to the White House, it will not just benefit the city of Chicago, but, according to Robert Gibbs: "Americans will see a tangible economic benefit."

So, I guess we shouldn't worry that Chicago and the Obama administration are exploring ways the federal government can bolster the city's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games with financial support for the $1 billion Olympic Village.

We'll make all that money back, right?

That's not always the case, if history can be any guide.

Despite the International Olympic Committee's claims that the 1988 Calgary Games made a $90 million profit, an investigation by The Toronto Star found that they were a huge money loser.

Additionally, an independent audit by the state of New South Wales estimated that the 2000 Sydney Games cost taxpayers $2.2 billion.

Maybe the real beneficiary is Obama's best friend, Valerie Jarrett, whose old company certainly looks like they'll be the big winner. After all, they own so much property and it's all run down and should be demolished.

By the way, FOX TV in Chicago was told to spike a story showing that people were against hosting the Olympics because the IOC doesn't like going to a city where the people don't want it to be. And a Chicago Tribune poll asking "do you favor or oppose Chicago hosting the 2016 Olympic Games?" came up 47 percent for, 45 against, with 8 offering no opinion.

But those 45 percent are probably as irrelevant as those going to tea parties, those opposed to bailing out GM, those opposed to government-run health care, those opposed to cap-and-trade. They're just the little people and politicians and friends of President Obama stand to make money. And they're smarter than the regular person.

Valerie Jarrett used to be the Karl Rove of the White House. That's too obvious, so now her title is — according to WhiteHouse.gov — "senior adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement," or as CBS referred affectionately, the "other side of Obama's brain."

Her job is to reach out and connect to organizations like those in the art community or like ACORN or like SEIU. But remember ACORN's not that important, because the president didn't even know they get federal money.

The second Copenhagen is the kind that comes in a can — snuff.

They say if you put enough of it in your mouth, it will give you a good jolt. But the main thing you should know is that it's cancerous.

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Gavin McInnes broke the internet last month when his live show was interrupted, and it appeared that he was arrested. He broke the internet again a few weeks later when he admitted that the arrest was staged as part of what was intended to be an elaborate prank.

McInnes joined Glenn Beck on "Glenn TV" to explain the real reason behind his disastrous prank.

"This was a $10,000 joke. I lost 100 subscribers because of it, but I was going away to Paris for a week because my daughter is going to college and I thought let's make it interesting," McInnes said of his decision to fake an on-air arrest in the middle of his live "Get Off My Lawn" podcast on August 25.

"There was a method to the madness, with the prank ... my point was, first of all, this is happening to people in real-time. Tim Poole has been swatted a million times," he explained to Glenn. "The thought police are in full effect. I also wanted to lampoon the media's bloodlust for us suffering."

Glenn played a clip of the now-infamous hoax while McInnes explained what was really going on behind the scenes, including how his very drunk friend "Unrelia-Bill" was supposed to act the part of the arresting officer but ended up being much too intoxicated (at "2 pm") to speak even a few lines, and how smugly gleeful the "far left" was when they thought McInnes had actually been arrested.

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Glenn Beck joined Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday night to discuss Visa Inc.'s "horrifying" new plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing purchases at gun shops, a move that Glenn aptly described as "the next step in banning guns."

In what's been hailed as a major victory for gun control activists, Visa agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) new set of standards by creating a special merchant category code for gun and ammunition sales.

In his appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Glenn shared a letter written by Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president at Visa, showing that the credit card company initially pushed back on the ISO's new rules.

“We believe that asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent,” Thomson wrote in the letter to pro-gun-control lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Just days later, however, Visa had agreed to comply with the ISO's plan to establish a new merchant category code for gun stores. So why did Visa suddenly flip?

As Glenn explained, it all comes down to pressure from America's largest union-owned bank, the Amalgamated Bank, one of the only unionized banks in the United States and a proud proponent of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing.

"This is the next step in banning guns," Glenn asserted.

"It's horrifying!" Tucker responded after several seconds of stunned silence.

"I'm so grateful you did the reporting on this," he told Glenn. "I'm not sure why it falls to you since we have a couple of very large daily newspapers in this country you'd think would want to report this, yet none of them did. So, Glenn Beck did."


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Glenn Beck: Here's why Stacey Abrams' fetal heartbeat remarks are hilarious but TERRIFYING

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Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a new pro-abortion conspiracy theory: "There is no such thing as a [fetal] heartbeat at six weeks ... it is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have a right to take control of a woman’s body."

On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere agreed Abrams' latest "misinformation" is not just ridiculous but could be dangerous if people are actually willing to believe her.

"If you want to defend abortion, go ahead and defend it. Defend what you're actually doing. Stop denying what is reality," Stu said. "If this is such a great defensible policy, then just come out and defend it, but they never can ... you notice how they can't go to the actual thing they say is so important. They keep defending these other things that aren't true."

Glenn said the pro-choice movement was successful for a long time because most people want the decision to be up to the woman and her doctor and that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. But when leftists began "celebrating" their abortions or calling for "abortion on demand" at any point in the pregnancy, that's when they start to lose support.

"Because they've celebrated abortion and are losing regular people, you can't put that genie back in the bottle. So, what do they have to do now? They have to take the insane step of discrediting medical machines and technology," Glenn said.

"This is after two years, by the way, of them claiming the biggest scandal in the world was people suggesting the voting machines were hacked — after they previously said that voting machines were hacked in elections they [Democrats] lost," Stu pointed out.

"Honestly, gang, think this through because this is where life gets very scary. This is where you go to authoritarian rule and you can kill millions of people because you're truly now discrediting things that everyone knows is true," Glenn warned.

"So, if you disagree ... you can say that is an evil magic box that has made up sounds in it to convince people. If they will buy that, you're at the Salem witch trials. 'If she doesn't float, she wasn't a witch.' That's what you're looking at right now — and what's frightening is, [Abrams] can say this with a straight face and no one discredits her," he continued.

"You don't think that they can convince those people that you are a terrorist because of the way you vote? [...] You don't think they can convince half the country that you should be eliminated, liquidated, put into a camp, whatever authoritarians love to do? ... We are headed towards dangerous, dangerous times. We better wake up and stand together because this is frightening — it's hilarious — but because people are taking it seriously, it is terrifying," Glenn added.

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A big question Glenn Beck has always had about “The Amazing Do-Over” is: How do you get the most powerful and wealthy nation that has ever existed to accept, “You will own nothing … and be happy”? A foundational principle of this country from its very inception has been land ownership. We worked hard, were fiscally responsible, and stayed away from high debt, but the progressive era began to erode all of that.

The Clinton Global Initiative recently gathered the ruling class to tell the plebes how to run their finances and called anyone who dared challenge their ideas “climate change deniers.” Glenn argues we are dangerously far down the “Road to Serfdom” and exposes the progressive playbook to keep us in line. It’s a 600-year-old medieval model that’s been the plan all along.

We’re already feeling economic pain, and yet they’re playing “Game of Thrones” with our lives. Turning us into serfs is their ultimate goal. How do they finish the complete restructuring of the American financial system and our way of life?

On Wednesday night's "Glenn TV," Glenn connects it all on the chalkboard and details the solution to fighting back against the ruling elites.

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