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Canadian Man Builds Park Steps for $550 After City Estimated a Minimum Cost of $65K

A Canadian man took initiative to make his community safer after noticing people risking injury walking down a slope in a city park --- and now the city is deciding whether or not to press charges.

Adi Astl, a former mechanic, tried to work with city officials but ultimately constructed eight steps himself so people could more safely make their way up and down the embankment in Etobicoke’s Tom Riley park, the Toronto Sun reported.

Glenn talked about the ridiculous example of big government on radio Thursday.

"Let me tell you about the Toronto man who was a little upset because the Toronto Community Park had taken an estimate for the stairs that needed to be redone," Glenn said.

Astl had asked his councilor about whether or not the city could install steps. The Parks, Recreation and Forestry department estimated that building eight steps on the embankment would cost anywhere from $65,000 to $150,000. After their steep estimate, Astl took matters into his own hands and built the steps for $550.

People enjoying the park seemed to be fine with using the new wooden stairs, but city parks officials soon put an end to the “illegal” installation, adding yellow caution tape and cones to block usage of the steps.

GLENN: Let me -- let me tell you about the Toronto man who was a little upset because the Toronto Community Park had taken an estimate for the stairs that need to be redone. And nobody wants to rip off the city, right? The estimate was between $65,000 and $150,000. Now, that's just to put, you know, some -- some stairs down.

The guy who built the stairs for $550 said, "I really thought -- when I saw that estimate, I thought they were talking about an escalator." So what he did was he hired a homeless person to help him, and he built -- now, remember, we're talking about a huge flight of stairs. We're talking about going down a hill and -- oh, no. We're talking about eight stairs. Eight. $150,000. The lowest estimate was $65,000. He built it with a homeless guy in a matter of hours for 550. The city of Toronto is upset. They say he didn't follow the regulations. And they may just have to pull those up and now start all over again.

PAT: I bet they could do that for under $250,000 though. Don't you think?

GLENN: Well -- well, now you have to take him out now. You have to take him out now.

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How Bill O'Reilly Would've Handled the Hunter Biden Story | Ep 86

The king of "No Spin" and bestselling author of "Killing Crazy Horse," Bill O'Reilly, dishes with Glenn about his time at Fox News. He explains why he believes he got labeled as "being difficult to work with," what happened when he asked executives if he could moderate a presidential debate, and what the first words he ever said to Glenn were (hint: It was typical O'Reilly). He also reveals how he would've handled the Hunter Biden email story if he were the editor of the New York Post, gives his predictions for the final debate (if it even happens), and imagines what Donald Trump will do if he doesn't win a second term. "He ain't gonna get down to Dallas and paint," O'Reilly says. "He'll probably buy the L.A. Lakers and fire LeBron James!"

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NY Post editor speaks out after 'Big Tech' SILENCES bombshell story on Hunter Biden & Ukraine

NY Post Opinion Editor Sohrab Ahmari tried posting a link on Twitter to the bombshell story his newspaper broke about newly obtained emails between Hunter Biden and Burisma officials in Ukraine. But he was blocked. According to Twitter, the story was "potentially harmful." Yeah, harmful to the Joe Biden campaign… because this story — if verified to be true — is the "smoking gun" that threads ALL the pieces of the Biden, Ukraine saga together. But instead of allowing voters to make their own decisions in the upcoming election, it seems Big Tech is doing what it can to gate keep in new, dangerous ways.

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How did a repair shop obtain Hunter Biden's alleged laptop?

This might be the craziest story of 2020 so far. So crazy, in fact, that Glenn and Stu have a hard time believing it's fully true. New, damning emails were just unveiled between a top businessman at energy company Burisma and Joe Biden's son, Hunter, discussing how he could "use [his] influence" on the company's behalf. But that's not the insane part...the emails were discovered on a laptop, possibly Hunter Biden's, that was mysteriously abandoned at a computer repair shop. So, is it fake news? The work of a foreign influence? Or did Hunter not think this through? Either way, the laptop is in the hands of a FBI investigation now, so the Biden family/Ukraine saga lives on...

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'You have about 3 weeks to prepare for INSANITY': Glenn Beck issues warning ahead of election

Do you feel like something big is coming with this election? Whether it's societal collapse or just widespread unrest, it feels like "evil is washing over the world right now," said Glenn Beck on his radio program.

"I think these are the beginnings of the days that have been foretold," Glenn stated. He urged Americans to prepare — physically, spiritually, and mentally — but also warned against adding to any violence.

"We will not be counted as 'helpers', if you will, if we are engaging in violence. That is different than protecting your family, your home … but for those who are thinking, 'I'm going to get a group together.' That is not the way to go," Glenn said.

"You have about three weeks to prepare for insanity. It may not happen and I pray it does not happen. But I can't recommend highly enough that you prepare food storage. That you prepare for your home to be secure. That you have met with your family and your children, and you know where you're supposed to go if there is a problem. That you prepare financially. And then you've got to do your homework and prepare educationally. Do you have a physical copy of the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence? You need that," he advised.

Glenn also encouraged listeners to prepare spiritually, to work on establishing a strong relationship with "the spirit", to ask for advice, and to obey the answer.

"You also have to prepare mentally," he added. "We are going to be leaving things behind us. and I mean that historically. I think things are going to change. Don't pine for the good old days. Look forward to the future."

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