In The Marketplace: Three decades of military service and one enduring legacy

Editor’s note: This article was written by Colin Balfe, director of The Marketplace by TheBlaze, and is part of a series of stories highlighting businesses in TheBlaze’s eCommerce channel.

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Lt. Col. Fred Parker gave 30 years of his life to the U.S. Air Force. Military service meant constant travel for Fred and his family, but they always went home to their farm in Virginia to celebrate the holidays.

When he retired in 1983, Fred and his family went home again. Instead of sitting in his rocking chair, though, Fred picked up his plow and turned the family farm into a family business. For those who knew Fred, this wasn’t much of a surprise. Someone whose life is engrained with hard work doesn’t relax easily. For the Parkers, hard work has been a family attribute for generations, allowing their business to not only grow but flourish.

Southeastern Virginia is a region with a rich agricultural history. Continuing in this heritage, the Parker family has long been known for growing extraordinary, extra-large Virginia peanuts. Even before starting his business, Fred would always roast them in his signature way with 100% pure peanut oil. Everybody who tried them loved them, and that’s how Parker’s Peanuts was born.

Now the second generation of peanut lovers is carrying on the Parker’s Peanuts legacy. Fred’s son, Bob Parker, grew up with the business. Working long hours with his father from an early age provided Bob with the work ethic he needed to eventually take over the business entirely. His hard work turned into a powerful dedication to making something he’d be proud of.“It’s in my blood,” Bob says, “and my family heritage is important to me.”

Last year, Parker’s Peanuts joined The Marketplace by TheBlaze, as an example of how an American small business can succeed through family unity, hard work and dedication to creating a product to be proud of. At The Marketplace, Parker’s features their finest gourmet peanut flavors including Salt & VinegarCajunButter ToffeeSalt & Pepper,Roasted Garlic and more.

“We’re kind of obsessive about keeping everything fresh,” Bob says. “When people taste our peanuts, that’s all I need—we make a product that you really can’t compare to other peanuts.”

Since taking the reins of Parker’s Peanuts on the family farm, Bob and his family have strived to produce the finest quality peanuts imaginable.

They still use Fred Parker’s original recipe, roasting the delicious, crunchy Virginia peanuts in pure peanut oil. After tasting Parker’s, some people (this writer included) feel like they’re tasting peanuts for the very first time.

“When you hear stories of the traditions people have with Parker’s Peanuts, how they take them on vacation or send them during the holidays, at the end of the day, those are the kinds of stories that make it worth the hard work.” Bob recalls.

If you want to support a small business worth your hard earned money, you will not be let down bythis family business ready to earn your trust.

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?

Watch the video below to hear Ezra describe the religious persecution taking place in Canada.


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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!"

Watch this clip to see the heated exchange:

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One of the most dangerous existential threats to the United States is Critical Race Theory, or CRT. As Glenn Beck has exposed over the past year, CRT is gaining momentum and has been preached in our universities for a while now.

Then last August, leaked documents revealed that Marxism, activist ideology of Black Lives Matter, is making its way into grade school classrooms across the country. And since then, things have only gotten more intense.

On next week's Wednesday night special, Glenn will expose the new ways progressives are systematically indoctrinating our kids and culture with this dangerous ideology. But first, it's crucial that you know what your kids may already be learning.

"What I'm about to show you is just the beginning," Glenn said, introducing the leaked documents.

"I found it shocking that Black Lives Matter supporters have developed lesson plans that start from preschool all the way up to the 12th grade," he continued. "Do you know the money it would take to tailor things ... and get it out to the schools and the unions for each age, to be able to brainwash the kids on Marxism and how to destroy capitalism by using race, sexual orientation, and gender?

"Our children don't stand a chance," Glenn added later. "They're not being taught anything except how to be radical activists. What the hell has happened?"

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