In the Marketplace: Honoring our veterans

Editor’s note: The following is a message from The Marketplace by TheBlaze.

Every U.S. citizen has a part to play in building up and preserving the nation to which we belong. On November 11, we honor the veterans who have risked their lives so that others may be able to live in peace and freedom.

By that same token, we acknowledge the many people, including the families of veterans as well as patriotic entrepreneurs, who dedicate their lives and livelihoods to supporting and upholding our nation’s heroes. At The Marketplace by TheBlaze, we have the privilege of teaming up with entrepreneurs who are committed to doing just that—and not just on Veterans Day, but all year round.

Minuteman is a watch brand that puts honoring our military and veterans at the forefront of their mission. The company’s goal is to raise funds for our wounded war heroes and to provide work for Americans who would otherwise be out of a job. Minuteman Watches are designed, assembled and tested in the U.S.

Thomas Carey, who founded the company, has always had a soft spot for active and former military, law enforcement and other civic duty servicemen and women.

“My father who is our CFO is a disabled Vietnam vet,” Thomas says. “As such, we are very respectful of those who serve.”

Just like the Minutemen who responded to the call of freedom during the American Revolution, Minuteman Watches represents the same passion, sacrifice and pride that gave birth to our nation.

For every watch sold, Minuteman donates 25 percent of the profit to a charity that assists veterans and their families.

“We do realize what we can contribute is but a drop in the bucket,” Thomas says. “But we do hope it can have a positive impact that is greater than the actual dollar amount donated.”

Another veteran-supporting Marketplace shop owner is Paul Pachmayer, otherwise known as Paracord Paul. This nickname came about when he started making the paracord military accessories he’s now famous for, including braceletskeychainsneck lanyards, and more.

A former member of the U.S. Air Force, Paul believes that quality and service exist best “in the unbeatable USA!” He doesn’t just talk about “supporting the troops.” He walked the walk, and continues to do so.

Paul proudly supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping our nation’s veterans, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Mississippi National Gaurd, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

With Paul and Thomas, we encourage you to support our nation’s heroes, not just on Veterans Day, but at every opportunity. Here are a few ways you might try:

  1. Say “thank you” to a veteran. It’s simple, but goes a long way.
  2. Visit a veteran’s grave and honor it with flowers or flags.
  3. Hang up your American flag and proudly let it wave.
  4. Teach your children about what Veterans Day means.
  5. Have a moment of silence to ponder about those who gave their lives to protect our liberty.
  6. Tie a yellow ribbon around a tree or on your house.
  7. Do a good deed.

Please share any other ways you’ve been able to show your support for our nation’s heroes.

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California Democrats are leading the way on green spending, but what do they have to show for it?

In this clip, Glenn discusses California's crippling energy shortage and pleas to its citizens to stop cooling their homes during the current heat wave. Elected officials want Californians to buy electric vehicles and stop charging them, leaving Glenn to deduce that California lawmakers want people to stay home.

California's grid is under such strain that it requires a power plant in Oakland that burns jet fuel to continue operating through the end of next year to keep the lights on. "That sounds green as crap, doesn't it?" Glenn snarked. Can Americans continue to shrug this off as only California’s problem? Well, between the 17 states who have bound themselves to California by law, how long will it be before the rest of America begins to feel the impact in their lives?

The average price for a gas-powered vehicle is approximately $48,000, while the average price for an electric car is more than $66,000. And according to a study from the Hoover Institution, California will have to double its grid to meet the EV demand.

Watch as Glenn walks through the challenges and the proposed "solutions" out of California.

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After tense negotiations between Amtrak, its workers, and the White House, Biden has announced that they've reached a "tentative deal" to avoid a national rail strike.

Reuters reported:

U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak would resume normal operations Friday as it works to quickly restore canceled trains after a freight rail labor deal was announced, averting a rail shutdown.

"We're saved!" Glenn said on Thursday's radio program. Pay no attention to what was happening just a few months ago with this deal or the fact that it is nearing the midterms. Just stand in awe of the totally coherent Joe Biden and his unquestionable cognitive ability to intervene in negotiations with the union workers and save America.

"This is political theatre at its finest," Glenn said. In this video, Glenn performed a one-man political theater show and illustrated why some might be led to believe that the whole Amtrak debacle was strategically planned — and on International Democracy Day to boot.

Enjoy the show.

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San Francisco Chronicle reported that catalytic converter thieves targeted police vehicles earlier this week.

According to police, at around 1 p.m. on Monday, an SFPD officer discovered that a catalytic converter had been stolen off of a police truck in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. A spokesperson said the officer later noticed multiple police vehicles had been hit by thieves.

No arrests have been made. Multiple officer injuries have been reported in connection to catalytic converter theft incidents.

As San Francisco police were targeted by catalytic converter thieves, House Rep. Nancy Pelosi was in D.C., along with President Joe Biden, and told the American people about the totally successful and not at all disastrous Inflation Reduction Act. Glenn Beck covered the spectacle on his radio program and called the gathering "the worst propaganda ever devised."

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