Glenn Beck: Balloon Boy

Kids say the darndest things...

GLENN: 888 727 BECK, 888 727 BECK. So I want to finish up the Falcon story. I mean, why worry if your kid's name Falcon. Maybe you could fly. I swear I thought Falcons could fly. This is the story from Colorado and the big flying muffin that actually had everybody, you know, including me freaking out a little bit saying, good heavens, man. And when it was starting to come down towards Earth, I'm just thinking there's no way that kid's going to be able to survives any kind of impact. And then I see the guys out with the shovels beating the muffin.

PAT: Had shovels and axes.

GLENN: Why not just shoot it out of the sky, guys? And the kid was at home. Now, could kids think that they got into trouble and, you know, hide? Yeah, I guess. I mean, I think if you beat your kids they would hide like that, would they? I mean, have your kids ever hidden because they thought they were in so much trouble?

PAT: I don't think so.

GLENN: Yeah, I don't think so, either.

PAT: But I've never built a giant muffin in my backyard, either.

GLENN: So we don't know.

PAT: I can't really relate to the story.

GLENN: We don't know because we've never built the muffin. But the kid and his dad is on Wolf Blitzer and here's what happens.

BLITZER: And Falcon was really in the garage this whole time. I don't know if Falcon can hear me but was he because I know at some point he fell asleep in that garage, but he was hiding out because he thought you were going to punish him for something that happened earlier in the day. Did you hear anything, did he hear you screaming out Falcon, Falcon?

FALCON’S DAD: Did you hear us calling your name at any time?

FALCON: Mmhmm.

FALCON’S DAD: You did?

FALCON’S MOM: You did?

FALCON’S DAD: Then why didn’t you come out?

FALCON: You guys said that, um, we did this for the show.


GLENN: Wait. Stop, stop, stop, stop, hold it. So wait a minute. So you said

STU: You guys said.

GLENN: We did this for the show.

STU: Right.

PAT: So in other words, you told me not to come out.

STU: Yeah, implication was we wanted you to hide so we could get some publicity. That's what everyone's saying it is. Now, you have to the previous thing that he was asked, he just repeated the last two words his dad said.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

STU: And then he just kind of blurts out. But I mean

PAT: Sounds bad.

STU: It sounds bad.

PAT: Very.

STU: I think there is an outside possibility.

GLENN: I think it sounds a little worse than bad.

STU: See, I think there's an outside possibility that he's just, the kid's just like, he's just saying words. Listen to what he can you go back a few seconds there and listen to the first thing he says?

VOICE: You did?

STU: Go back a little earlier than that.

GLENN: What is he?

PAT: 6.

VOICE: Falcon, did you hear us calling your name at any time? You did?

VOICE: You did?

VOICE: Then why didn't you come out?

STU: That's the mom, I think.

PAT: Yeah, that's the mom.

FALCON: You guys said.

GLENN: You guys said.

FALCON: That we did this for a show.

PAT: (Laughing). There's no chance. There's not even an outside chance.

GLENN: This is the best episode of... kids say the darnedest things.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: It really is.

PAT: Yeah, yeah.

STU: It's hard to get around it.

PAT: It's tough.

GLENN: If you think the train went off the tracks there, here's where the train really goes off the tracks. Listen to Dad's response.

STU: This is are you saying you want to go to the part where Wolf presses him on it a little bit?

GLENN: Falcon, Falcon said lie, lie.

PAT: Caw, caw.

GLENN: Birds don't fly at midnight.

VOICE: Richard Haney, the father of little Falcon. Richard, earlier in the show I asked you to relay the question to Falcon. He was hiding in the garage for about four hours. And I asked you to ask him, why didn't he come out after he heard you and his mom and everybody else screaming for Falcon. And you said to him, Falcon, why didn't you come out. And Falcon said, you guys said that... we did this for the show and you said, mmm. What did he mean, we did this for the show?

VOICE: I have no idea. I think he was talking about the media that had been asking him a lot of questions. So somebody asked him that question earlier.

GLENN: Hang on, hang on. As a dad... I'm having a hard time making that one work.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Maybe, maybe as a dad I'm thinking of Raphe. He's 5.

STU: Yeah. I mean, think about it this way. He's had cameras in front of him before. They have been on two shows. And he knows whenever he sees cameras around, he's on the show. And now there's all these cameras around again. I mean, he's 5 years old. Maybe he's just thinking that this is part of the show.

GLENN: So maybe he thinks, yeah, the interview.

PAT: Kind of a stretch. Kind of a stretch.

GLENN: Now wait a minute, wait a minute, let's give him the benefit of the doubt here. Let's think this through a little bit. That maybe he thinks that no?

PAT: I don't think so.

GLENN: Okay, hang on just a second. Hang on, hang on. Then maybe he doesn't want maybe the kid thought he was talking about now, we're going to come on, we're just going to do this for the show. Not the balloon ride but this interview for the show. We're going to do this for the show.

PAT: Maybe the kid is the youngest dementia victim of all time.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: And you don't buy what he's saying.

GLENN: You don't buy it?

PAT: Not at all, not at all.

GLENN: Listen. It gets worse here.

VOICE: I have no idea. I think he was talking about the media been asking him a lot of questions. So somebody had asked him that question earlier.

BLITZER: Do you want to ask him now? I don't know if he can hear me, what he meant, he said we did this for the show?

GLENN: Oh, boy.

PAT: Love the delay.

BLITZER: Do you want to ask Falcon?

STU: Not that big of a delay, though.

FALCON'S DAD: Falcon, they want to know why you were in the attic, okay, for so long.

PAT: He's terror stricken right now. He doesn't know what to say.

FALCON'S DAD: And why you say it again?

BLITZER: Why he said, he said we did this for the show in explaining why he didn't come out of the attic.

FALCON'S DAD: Yeah, let me interrupt this real quick because I think

GLENN: You are not interrupting anything. It's dead silent.

FALCON'S DAD: I can see the direction you guys are hedging on this. Because earlier you had asked the police officers the questions. The media out front we weren't even going to do this interview, and I'm kind of appalled after all of the feelings that I went through up and down that

GLENN: What did you go through?

VOICE: you guys are trying to suggest something else, okay?

PAT: No, it was your son that suggested something else.

VOICE: I'm really appalled because they said out in front that this would be the end and I wouldn't have to be bothered for the rest of the week with any shows or anything. So we said, okay, fine, we'll do this.

PAT: He is on the Today Show this morning, by the way.

VOICE: So I'm kind of appalled that you guys would say something like that, you know?

PAT: Look, all this guy wants to do is get away from the media. That's all he wants to do.

GLENN: And the best way to hide is on the Today Show.

STU: Right. And two separate reality shows.

PAT: I'm only going to do this one and then I'm done for the week except for the Today Show tomorrow and then I'm going to do the Tomorrow Show today and then I'm going to do it tonight.

GLENN: I may do Good Morning America if I can get off the Tonight Show in time for the Good Morning show. I mean, jeez.

PAT: Come on, man.

STU: I feel like there you have to allow for a kid saying something dumb that makes no sense. I feel like that's part of it, isn't it? But he does not he's not convincing in his defense, I will say.

PAT: Not at all. Not at all. She's blaming Wolf Blitzer for asking the question. You've got to ask the question when a kid says that.

STU: You've got to.

PAT: He's not inferring that. The kid did.

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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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