The story of two brothers who turned this police detective's life upside down will leave you speechless

The story below is based off the transcript of the video above, produced by Jenna Diaco, edited by Roland Smith, and voiced by Glenn.

"With my parents, like I tell everybody, they always loved us, but they couldn’t take care of themselves as much as they could take care of four kids, so we were sleeping in vans. We were sleeping in campers, wasn’t the greatest place to sleep. And as soon as I walked in, it was just a lot of friendship. A lot of friendship came to me," said Josh.

"We knew their family life. We knew about their parents and everything. The parents weren’t abusive. They were just so down and out, they just did not have financial means to give them adequate housing and adequate, you know, food and water and heat and stuff like that," said Jack Mook.

Detective Jack Mook is not somebody you want to mess with. He has been hardened by the constant grind of Pittsburgh streets.

"In a 22-year career, I probably did 17 years in narcotics, and in narcotics, I’ve worked at undercover. I’ve worked at where I just suppressed the corners of street dealers and raided homes and everything else," Jack explained.

In his line of work, you need an outlet. Boxing is his. Jack’s been volunteering at the Steel City Boxing Gym for more than a decade, but just a few years ago, two young brothers stumbled in and changed his life forever.

"You could tell while there were coming it was an escape, and you could tell when they sparred, when they fought, you could really feel and see the emotions," one of the boy's trainers said.

In a place known for sparring, Josh and Jesse found peace. Coach worked with them for a while, until suddenly they just stopped hanging around.

"We became worried about it. We talked about it. We went on the lookout for them, you know, see if you see them in the neighborhood, if they pop up, ask them what’s going on," Jack said.

The boys’ parents had lost custody of them. They were sent to live with relatives where their living conditions quickly deteriorated from poverty to sheer neglect and abuse.

"I finally found Joshua December of 2012, right before Christmas. He didn’t look good—blotches of hair missing, you know, some type of rash on the back of his head, psoriasis, flea bites, you know, sunken-in cheeks. And Joshua and I went out the road, and I got him something to eat," Jack said.

"He was very quiet and wouldn’t speak much. I knew something was wrong, so I pulled over, and instead of being a coach I was being a cop on this one. I was like, you know, what’s going on here, Josh? You know, you’ve got to tell me what’s up. If you need help, you’ve got to ask those that are closest to you."

"He breaks down crying. He goes there’s dog feces in the carpet. They make us clean it up with our toothbrushes. They’re not sleeping in a bed. They either sleep on the floor or on a sectional couch together."

Joash said, "When I thought to myself at night it was always what can I do for Jesse to cheer him up the next day? The one time he wasn’t doing too good in school, but nobody actually helped him but me, and one time they brought him home. They took him upstairs, and they beat him up. I didn’t watch, but I heard the pain. I heard the crying, and after that it just kind of broke me down. And after that, I made sure nothing would ever happen like that to him again."

His brother Jesse explained, "Well, there was always trouble. There was this big fight on the street, and they picked up like a sign or something and started swinging…shootings. I don’t want to say, but there’s pills all over the street, literally thousands of them."

"I said Joshua, just hang in there. Take care of your brother," Jack said. "Let me see what I can do. And then I came home, and when I came home I just felt selfish and guilty that I have a whole house here, and these kids are going through that. So right there I made a decision to get on the ball and go get them."

The process would take time, but Jack Mook began taking the necessary steps to get Josh and Jesse under his care. Then, just a couple of weeks later, he got a little help from divine intervention when the relative the boys had been living with had a serious run-in with the law. By emergency order, the boys were sent to live with him.

"I thought I was just out to eat or something, and then when I seen the Benz on the porch and I seen him carrying him out, I was like this is the real deal," Josh said. "I still wasn’t super happy, but then once I got in the car, his words were you’re coming home with me, and that’s when the smile came, and all the stress, all the anger, all of the depression, all of the everything, it left me that day, all of it."

"Now, once they’re here I’m just getting things settled in. I’m trying to explain rules to them, what’s going to happen. Then I kind of realized okay, you’re going to be a foster parent, you know? And I also realized then I’m going to keep them forever," Jack said.

Just over two months ago, Coach got one step closer to doing just that.

"Honestly, I think when the judge signed the adoption papers, I understood why the Grinch got the big heart at the end of the movie," Jack said. "That’s what I felt like. And to see the smiles and the laughter and the happiness and their faces are filled, you know, they’re fed, they’re healthy boys. I have no doubt if I did not take these boys on they would have ended up in juvenile detention centers or some halfway house for orphans or something."

Jesse said, "If I wouldn’t have got out of there, I would have grown up to be one of those guys on the street, no job, no diploma or anything, asking for change and stuff."

"They weren’t raising us right," Josh explained. "Before, there were drugs in the house. They were bad influences. They were just no good people. It’s just I think we would have been dead. That’s what I think, and I’m very appreciative that I ain’t."

"I’m Coach, and I’ll always be Coach," Jack told TheBlaze. "And they look at Coach as, you know, the provider, the guardian, the protector, yet the best friend."

Thanks to a little dedication and a whole lot of love, this team has become a family.

"This is, you know, the greatest thing that will ever happen in the history of this boxing gym," one of the trainers said. "Nothing is going to top what this man has done through this gym and for these boys."

"He gave me the focus. He got me out of where I was. He saved me. Like everybody says, everything happens for a reason, and God works in mysterious ways. I think it’s God’s plan, but God gave us obstacles to have to overcome still to be a family right now," Jack said.

"All the stuff we’ve been through, it was all God’s plan, even though it was bad, but still, there were huge just obstacles to see if we could overcome, and we did it, and we proved ourselves, and I think now He rewarded us with a family."

Soros is trying to elect MORE TEXAS RINOs. Here's how YOU can stop him.

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Texas is under threat of a George Soros-backed takeover.

Soros-funded RINO judges have been elected in some of the highest courts in Texas. These judges implemented restrictions that have blocked nearly a thousand cases of voter fraud from being investigated or prosecuted from across the state. These new restrictions are similar to ones in place in states like George, Arizona, and Wisconsin, leaving Texas more susceptible to election corruption than ever. If Texas falls to corruption, America will lose its largest bastion of conservative electoral power in the nation. Without Texas, Republicans WILL NOT be able to win national elections and liberal corruption will go unchecked across the country.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this: YOU.

If you live in Texas you have a chance to stand up against corruption and to fight back! Starting Tuesday, February 20th, early voting for the primaries begins, where three of these judges are up for election. Go out and vote. If the right people are voted in, there's a good chance the restrictions will be lifted and election fraud can once again be prosecuted.

But remember, you can't just go in and vote for anyone who has an "R" next to their name. Sorors knows that a registered Democrat would never stand a chance in Texas, so his lackeys register as Republicans and ride the little "R" right into office. So who do you vote for?

Fortunately, Glenn had Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on his show today and Ken gave us his list of judges that he vouches for. His list is as follows:

  • Gina Parker
  • Lee Finley
  • David Schenck
The Primary Election runs from February 20th to March 5th. This is your chance to get out there and make a difference. It might be the most important election you ever participate in. If you need to know where your nearest polling location is, or any other information regarding the election, you can go to votetexas.gov to find out more.
It's time to stand up.

Hypocrisy EXPOSED: The 'Amazon Files' and what WE are doing about it

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Who is really banning books?

For years now, Conservatives have been taking flak from the left for supposed "book bans." The left likes to compare these "bans" to Nazi book burnings, accusing the right of sweeping authoritarian decrees designed to suppress information. In reality, this is a movement largely motivated by parents, who want to remove inappropriate books from children's libraries.

But if you want to discuss authoritarian book bans, look no further than the White House. As Glenn recently covered, the Biden administration has been pressuring the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, into suppressing books they disagree with.

On February 5th, 2024, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan released a slew of subpoenaed documents that exposed pressure placed on Amazon by the Biden Administration. The documents, which Jordan dubbed "The Amazon Files" after Elon Musk's "The Twitter Files," revealed an email conversation between Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser, and Amazon employees. In these emails, Slavitt complained that the top search results for books on "vaccines" were "concerning" and then requested that Amazon intervene. Amazon initially refused, not out of some altruistic concern for the free exchange of information. They thought any action taken would be "too visible" and would further exasperate the “Harry/Sally narrative,” referring to the outrage that followed Amazon's removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally.

Despite this initial refusal, Amazon agreed to meet with the White House a few days later. The number one item on their agenda was removing books from the website. An Amazon employee even admitted that the reason they even took this meeting was due to the pressure being placed on them by the Biden Administration.

What was the result of this meeting? Amazon caved. They began to implement ways of limiting the outreach of books that challenged the mainstream vaccine narrative and other books the White House might not like.

The White House was caught red-handed pressuring the world's largest bookseller to restrict the sale of books they consider in opposition to their narrative, and they have the gall to accuse conservatives of information suppression. This is just ONE of many actions committed by the Biden Administration that are more characteristic of a dictator than a president.

What can you do about it? Fortunately, you are not dependent on Amazon and its corrupted algorithm to help you find books. Every week right here on GlennBeck.com, we highlight books that Glenn is reading or talking about in our "Glenn's Bookshelf" series. Here you can find a wide selection of books free from Amazon's filters. Be sure to sign up for Glenn's newsletter to find out about new additions to "Glenn's Bookshelf" every week.

10 times Biden has acted like a DICTATOR

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The left-wing media's most recent tirade is accusing Trump of being a dictator. But, as Glenn said, "Everything they're accusing us of, they're doing."

Since day one, the Biden administration has overstepped the bounds placed on the executive branch set by the Constitution. In Glenn's most recent TV Special, he examined ten times Biden acted like a dictator, NOT a president. Here are 10 of Biden's Dictator Moves, and click HERE to get ALL of the research that went into this week's Glenn TV special:

5 ways to protect your First Amendment rights. Number 4 will surprise you.

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Every day it seems Glenn covers another story revealing how people across the world at all levels of power DESPISE the fact that YOU have rights, and they are actively trying to curtail them. Recently, there has been a string of attacks against the rights outlined in the First Amendment: the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom of assembly, and the freedom to petition.

As a refresher, the First Amendment reads as follows:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

This is powerful stuff, there is a good reason the Founding Fathers made it the FIRST Amendment. It's also the reason why power-hungry elites are attacking it. These attacks are designed to control the way you think, speak, and believe, vote, what you read, and who holds your representatives responsible. The First Amendment is our strongest weapon against tyrants, and they know it.

So what can you do about it? Hope that some wig in Washinton will eventually do something? We know how well that works. The best thing to do is to stay active, engage in the issues you care about, and exercise your rights.

So where to start? Here are a few things YOU can do to protect your First Amendment rights:

Religion

The best way to flex your Freedom of Religion is to—you guessed it—practice your faith. Become an active member in your place of worship, go to scripture studies, invite your friends to that late afternoon event, and walk the life. This can impact the way you spend money as well. Shop the businesses and brands that share your values, and don't shop at the ones that scorn them. Keeping the community alive and healthy is the best way to ensure that generations to come will be able to experience the freedom you enjoy.

Speech

Much like religion, the best way to protect your freedom of speech is... to speak. Engage your friends and family in polite, civil conversation. Stand up for what you believe in, and make your case to your peers. Just remember to keep it friendly. No one ever won an argument by shouting down their opponent. The civil exchange of ideas is the cornerstone of our republic, and a dialogue where the participants are well-informed, considerate, compassionate, and open-minded can have permanent impacts on all involved.

Press

Freedom of the Press seems a little tricky at first. Unless you work for the media, what are you supposed to do? Quit your job and go work for the local newspaper? The good news is that exercising this right is not nearly that difficult. In fact, you are currently doing it. The best thing you can do is to read from outlets that produce informative content. Want to know what Glenn consumes to stay informed every day? Sign up for Glenn's Morning Brief newsletter to get all the stories Glenn gets sent to his desk every day sent straight to your inbox.

Assembly

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Freedom of assembly is one of the more impactful yet underutilized freedoms in the First Amendment. Peaceably assembling and protesting with like-minded individuals can hugely influence politicians and policies while simultaneously creating community and fellowship between attendees. It's understandable why more people don't turn out. We're all busy people with busy schedules, and flying out to D.C. for the weekend seems like a daunting task to many. Thankfully, you don't have to go out all the way to D.C. to make a difference. Gather some like-minded people in your town and bring awareness to issues that impact your community. Big change starts locally, and exercising your freedom to assemble can be the catalyst to lasting impact.

Petition

If you've been a long-time listener of Glenn, then you will have heard a few of his calls to action where he asks his audience to contact their representatives about a particular piece of policy. There is a good reason Glenn keeps on doing those: they work. Whether it's your local mayor or your senator, a call and an email go a long way. If you really want to make a change, convince your friends and family to reach out as well.