Mayor wants Glenn's 1791 factory in their town

Mount Airy, a small town in North Carolina that served as the inspiration for Mayberry, is asking for Glenn to bring his 1791 business to their town in order to restart their textile industry. Glenn read the news on air and had some mixed feelings, but he ended up getting the mayor on the phone to talk more about the business and his plans for Mercury One.

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The job-strapped North Carolina town where Andy Griffith was born and served as the model for his fictional TV town Mayberry is banking on TV titan Glenn Beck to bring back prosperity with a new factory.

The mayor of Mount Airy wrote to Beck urging him to set up a factory to base his new clothing line in the town.

Deborah Cochran took the step after Beck said he was searching for a place to make his 1791 line, which will raise money for his Mercury One charity. “Out there somewhere is a town searching for a second chance — a mill waiting to be reopened,” Beck says in a video on his website.

But unemployment in Surry County, which includes the city, now stands at 10.9 percent. The area has been badly hit as clothing manufacturing jobs have moved abroad, and this is why Cochran thinks it would be ideal for Beck’s factory.

Others, though, aren’t ready to turn to Beck for salvation — at least not yet. The city’s board of commissioners would not support Cochran’s plan because of Beck’s controversial ultra-conservative views, a source told the local Mount Airy News.

Glenn was excited to hear about the interest in the 1791 project, but was initially turned off by the story point about the board being turned off by his personal politics. “I'm not going to live in it. I won't do anything in a city where you are going to make everything about politics. Forget it,” Glenn told Stu as he read.

“I know it's not (the mayor’s) fault. I'm not blaming her. I was ready to get her on the phone, and it's absolutely not her fault. I'm not going to do anything in a town − I'm tired of it. I'm tired of it. You don't want us, that's fine,” Glenn said.

“We can take our jobs elsewhere,” Stu said.

A few minutes later, though, Glenn spoke with Mayor Cochran on the phone.

“We have relied heavily on legacy industries such as textiles and furniture. In fact, at one time we were known all over the world for making socks. And in fact, my mother worked at Mount Airy Hosiery mill when that plant closed. I was 11 years old. So I remember what that was like because my father was paralyzed and we had no income coming in. Well, then as fate would have it, my younger brother went into the hosiery industry. He was a head sixer and then Kentucky Derby Hosiery closed, the jobs went overseas and then he lost his job and we relived those unpleasant memories. And not only that, he lost his health insurance and then was diagnosed with leukemia,” the Mayor told Glenn.

Glenn expressed his concerns about the city commissioners being concerned about his conservative view points. “I'm really not interested in working around a bunch of people that might consider job creation a partisan event.”

“These people here are the best on the planet. For example, I was talking about my brother. These folks here who have lost their jobs, we had a benefit for him that raised nearly $8,000. They give all the time. So, you know, my main concern is these people who are out of work,” she told Glenn.

“I'm building it for all of the profits to go right directly to charity. So it's not a profit organization. So, you know, we'd need some people that are going to help step to the plate and put this together, but this will be a Newman's Own kind of situation where the employees are taken care of and everybody works hard but we're all working for a cause to restart the engine of America,” Glenn told her.

After getting off the phone he asked the Mayor to stay on the line and speak with his producers to get more information on the town.

Glenn ended the segment on radio playing the Mercury One package which originally aired during the GBTV Q&A after he left FOX.

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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