Tour Blog: Wow, Pittsburgh!

What a signing! Estimates of 1,500 people in line with some coming as early as 6a! (Useless Information Alert: According to Twitter, a woman named Beth Markovitz was first in line.) It's always humbling for Glenn and the staff to see the passion and excitement of his fans. It really does give everyone a much-needed boost of energy.

Glenn introduced his co-author, Harriet Parke (who's a Pittsburgh-area resident) to the crowd and I saw some great video on TheBlaze.com of fans lined up for her signature as well. If books signed by both of them start popping up for sale online they just might be collector's items.

My spies were apparently too busy helping out with the signing to send in any pictures yet—but hopefully we'll have some soon.

On to Ohio!

Visa WARNED us: Re-categorizing firearm sales is WORSE than federal registry — then they caved

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In a major victory for gun control activists, Visa Inc. now plans to flag firearm sales by separately categorizing sales at gun shops, and other credit card companies, including Mastercard and American Express, may soon follow. But while that's disturbing enough, there's a whole lot more to this story

Earlier this month, Robert B. Thomson III, a senior vice president of Visa, said in a letter to pro-gun control lawmakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), that his company believes that "asking payment networks to serve as a moral authority by deciding which legal goods can or cannot be purchased sets a dangerous precedent."

But over the weekend, Visa said it would adopt the new set of standards put forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) by creating a special merchant category code for gun stores to use.

“Following ISO’s decision to establish a new merchant category code, Visa will proceed with next steps, while ensuring we protect all legal commerce on the Visa network in accordance with our long-standing rules,” Visa said in a statement on Saturday.

So, if this wasn't Visa's idea, whose was it? And why did Visa suddenly cave?

On "The Glenn Beck Program" Monday, Glenn pointed out that none of this originated with the banks or credit card companies. So where is it coming from?

Glenn read a letter written by Sen. Warren and Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) that openly admitted that the implementation of a new merchant category code for gun and ammunition stores would only be "the first step towards facilitating the collection of valuable financial data that could help law enforcement in countering the financing of terrorism efforts.”

So are progressive leftists in Congress winning the battle for gun control, or is someone even more powerful than the federal government calling the shots?

In the video clip below, Glenn takes a deep dive into this latest attack on the Second Amendment and reveals how this is a step toward something even worse than a federal gun registration.

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From Hillary Clinton's email scandal to Biden family corruption to Russiagate and the Mar-a-Lago raid, it's very clear that many institutions in Washington, D.C., have a separate set of rules for former President Donald Trump — including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. And when you take a look at history, it's also clear that there's nothing more destructive to a free civilization than having a judicial system that favors one political side or is used to go after the other, as Peter Schweizer, author of "Red-Handed" and expert on Biden family corruption, explained.

Schweizer joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his thoughts on what the FBI's raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago home was really about (hint: getting caught "jerry-rigging" the Russiagate investigation was deeply embarrassing for both the DOJ and FBI) and whether President Joe Biden will ever be held accountable for his part in alleged "major crimes and major security threats" to our country.

Asked if there is enough evidence to impeach Joe Biden if Republicans gain control of Congress later this year (and if they actually have the spine to challenge the president), Schweizer told Glenn there is enough evidence for impeachment, but removing Biden from office may be another story.

"The evidence is clearly there," Schweizer said. "My view is this has always been, not a story about the hookers, about the cocaine, about the drug abuse, and it's not even been a story just about Ukraine and Russia. For me, it's always been about espionage and about the fact that Chinese intelligence has their claws into [the Biden] family. All you have to do is look at, very simply, the four businessmen that Hunter Biden received tens of millions of dollars from in China. They're all directly linked to the highest levels of Chinese intelligence, and that ain't a coincidence [...].

"The problem that you have with elected officials, like Mitt Romney, is they really do view a high elected office as a club ... but you can't gloss over major crimes and major security threats," he added.

Schweizer later went on to add, "When it comes to Ukraine, in my mind, it's really possible to believe two things at the same time. Number one, Vladimir Putin is an aggressor that has moved into neighboring Ukraine and created this humanitarian crisis. And number two, the Ukrainian government is corrupt, and we are going to pour billions of dollars in there that's going to end up in overseas accounts. We know Zelinskyy's already done this ... the international consortium of investigative journalists, they got access to overseas bank accounts that show government officials have been ... siphoning off billions of dollars of U.S. aid. So, what you're saying is already happening, and it's a tragedy."

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Election interference? BMW billionaire — with Nazi ties — wants EUROPE to make sure Trump can't get reelected

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During a speech for his mother’s charitable foundation, billionaire heir of BMW Stefan Quandt told attendees that the people of Europe "should do everything in [their] power" to stop Donald Trump from being reelected in 2024.

"Now, that seems like election interference," BlazeTV's Glenn Beck said on the radio program. "How is it they're going to prevent Donald Trump from over in Europe?"


So, who is this money mogul from Germany who is attacking the former president of the United States and urging Europe to meddle in our elections?

According to historian and author of “Nazi Billionaires: The Dark History of Germany’s Wealthiest Dynasties” David de Jong, Quandt comes from a long line of auto-industry titans who owe their economic success to the Nazi Party.

"Today, two of the [Quandt] family’s heirs have a net worth of roughly $38 billion, control BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce,and have significant holdings in the chemical and technology industries. The family’s patriarchs, Günther Quandt and his son Herbert Quandt, were members of the Nazi Party who subjected as many as 57,500 people to forced or slave labor in their factories, producing weapons and batteries for the German war effort.

"Günther Quandt acquired companies from Jews who were forced to sell their businesses at below-market value and from others who had their property seized after Germany occupied their countries. Herbert Quandt helped with at least two such dubious acquisitions and also oversaw the planning, building, and dismantling of an uncompleted concentration subcamp in Poland ... two of his children, Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, are Germany’s wealthiest family, with near-majority control of BMW. The siblings manage their fortunes in a town near Frankfurt from a building named after their grandfather," de Jong wrote in a New York Times op-ed.

De Jong also noted that while none of this is "exactly a secret in modern Germany," these "heirs of Nazi fortunes" are still widely celebrated as "symbols of German industrial ingenuity and excellence."

A recent report by Germany’s "Focus Money" would seem to confirm de Jong's assertion. The publication called Quandt "Germany's model industrialist" before going on to relay how the "usually reserved" entrepreneur called on the people of Europe to interfere with America's presidential election.

“Fortunate for Europe and the entire free world is that Joe Biden is the legitimate President of the United States today. And we should do everything in our power to keep it that way,” Quandt urged.

"If we want to keep the economic power in the country, then we have to do more," Quandt went on to add.

A Fortune Magazine article jumped on the opportunity to use Quandt's warning to spread more fear about the possibility of a second Trump presidency. The article highlighted Trump’s "abrasive" history with Germany while conveniently leaving out any mention of the Quandt dynasty's part in Germany's dark past.

"Quandt and his older sister Susanne Klatten, Germany’s wealthiest woman, control nearly half of the outstanding stock in BMW. The stake was inherited from their father, Herbert, who rescued the company in 1960 with the help of BMW trade unionist Kurt Golda," reported Fortune.

You'll notice that there's no mention of Herbert Quandt's nefarious activities in Germany during the Nazi era or how he "rescued" BMW from bankruptcy after inheriting an ill-gotten fortune from his father.

But, sure, the real danger to "the entire free world" is that bad orange guy who cracked down on "Germany's model industrialist" in an effort to strengthen the U.S. economy, create jobs, and boost domestic production.

Gotcha.

Canadian Ministry denies 'climate police' plans — but leaked 'armoury' draft suggests otherwise

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Architectural plans have been leaked from the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) that indicate Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration intends to "weaponize the climate change agenda," according to reporter Keean Bexte of the Counter Signal.

The report reveals detailed plans to build a new "Climate Police" facility in Winnipeg, Canada, complete with a "firearms armoury, interrogation rooms, biological labs, media relations offices, controlled quiet rooms, and intelligence facilities."

Bexte also notes a job posting on Indeed.com showing that the Ministry is actively recruiting an unspecified number of "Environmental Enforcement Officers," but Environment Canada has denied "creating a new enforcement function," specifying "Our Enforcement Branch is not new," on a September 1 Twitter post.

"If you want to see what 'climate enforcement' looks like, take a look at what Canada is building: A massive facility in the middle of Canada's agricultural heartland that will house everything from an armory and interrogation rooms to biolabs and 'controlled quiet rooms,'" Glenn Beck said on the radio program.

"And, lo and behold, the plan for this facility — and to allow 'climate police' to enter premises without a warrant — was hidden in a massive bill," he added. "The Impact Assessment Act is what gave it power — this passed in the final days of Trudeau's majority government — and it gave sweeping power to Minister Enforcement Officers. But nobody knew what that was. It was just in that bill."

In recent months, the Biden administration (which would, of course, never hide anything sketchy in a massive bill) has increased its own climate enforcement. But are all these policies making things better or worse? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn break it down. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.


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