Food Stamp glitch sparks massive shopping frenzy in Louisiana

A shocking situation unfolded in Louisiana over the weekend, after a glitch in the Electronic Benefits Transfer system allowed government food stamp recipients to make purchases sans any spending limits.

According to TheBlaze:

For two hours Saturday night, customers rang up overflowing cartloads of food at stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., after cashiers allowed them to use their EBT cards anyway despite not showing limits, KSLA-TV reported.

Police were called in to help manage the chaos, but no arrests were made and no one was unruly, Lynd said. Mansfield police confirmed officers were called in for crowd control but no arrests were made there, either.

After the system came back online, customers abandoned their carts and left the store, leaving a huge mess behind.

“At the same time, the press is not willing to show you another story… Nobody was talking about the glitch that happened in Louisiana… It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Nobody wants to talk about it because it's theft. And we know exactly who took it because they had to use their food stamp card,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “But here was the glitch. There was no limit. So, what did people do… They emptied the entire store… It was free food. It was free everything. Come and get it. Take your cars. Pack them up. Bring your friends… People had cart after cart after cart. When people came with actual cash, there was no food left. There was nothing left in the Wal-Mart. Animals. Theft. And I can guarantee you no one will prosecute them because they are not the forgotten men.”

“They are the one that takes from the forgotten man,” he continued. “They are the one that the government has gone to them and said, it's not fair the way you have to live. And so, I'm going to solve it for you. And so, politician A looks at suffering person B and says, for your vote, I will take it from person C and give it to you. That's the forgotten man. So, they stole from you. But politician A certainly won't tell you that because that will hurt his constituent B because A and B don't really give a flying crap about you at C.”

To truly understand the scope of the theft, you have to watch a local KSLA report of the incident:

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“That’s your natural human reaction? No, that's the natural animal reaction. Are you a man or an animal? That's the way animals behave. We're citizens. Humans show some responsibility,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “I'm disgusted by the people that we happen to live with, the people that we're turning into. The people quite honestly we're supposedly helping. How are we helping? They knew they were doing wrong. They knew they were doing wrong. Will anybody prosecute them? Nope. Anybody who did it should lose their card.”

In the aftermath of such an incomprehensible incident, there is a larger cultural conversation to be had. The culture of dependency that has grown exponentially under this Administration has eliminated the need for accountability. ‘Free’ phones. ‘Free’ healthcare. ‘Free’ food. People fail to realize nothing in life is free. Someone, somewhere is paying for your fraud.

“It was a glitch. No, I paid for it. And he paid for it. And she paid for it. And the people that are checking you out that are working, they paid for it. We all paid for it. And you, you have grown so accustomed to just taking it. There's no shame. Quite honestly, I don't want people who are on welfare and need to be on welfare to be ashamed. But I would like you to feel a little gratitude. I would like you to feel a little like, gosh, you know what? I'm going to get off this as soon as I can,” Glenn said. “Why isn't this story going to be everywhere? Why isn't this story told all over CNN? You want to talk about corruption? You want to talk about a glitch? You want to talk about a society in a death spiral, there it is. Go ahead, MSNBC, go ahead and show the world what you are creating. Why don't you show what this President is doing to people. And if that's not putting people back into chains, I don't know what is.”

“I know you have been kept down, but what have you done about it? What have you done to better yourself,” Glenn asked. “What are you doing with your life? For all those whites, blacks, Hispanics, purple, white, I don't care what color they are. For all those people, if there were any that went with their food stamp card and said, ‘No, this is all I'm supposed to get.’ And they just bought what they were supposed to buy. As a citizen, thank you. If they did exist. I doubt they did. But one would like to still hope that we have not all turned into thieves and animals.”

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?

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!"

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