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.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, Glenn Beck goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

Despite Big Tech's attempts to squash this story, there should be a mad scramble in the media to get to the bottom of major corruption allegations, but they're willfully ignoring it. However, this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden. It's a story Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country. While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. Giuliani details the chain of possession of the laptop and reveals news that he only had possession of the laptop days before the New York Post story broke. He says, "I reported this the day after I saw it."

He also drops a major bombshell on the show and says Big Tech doesn't want you to see evidence that "establishes with texts, documents, contracts" that "Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it."

Big Tech censorship is out of control. So to watch tonight's explosive episode of Glenn TV, you must be a BlazeTV subscriber. Because Big Tech is doing whatever it can to limit free speech, we're offering our most important discount on BlazeTV ever. Use promo code GLENN to get $30 off a one-year subscription, so you'll have 24/7 access to news and entertainment completely free of biased "fact-checks" and censorship.

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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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