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VOICE: And now, another scenario in which common sense was clearly not applied.

GLENN: Let's go to Brian Wilson from WSPD in Toledo, Ohio. Brian Wilson, what is happening in Toledo?

CALLER: Glenn, if I knew the answer to that, I'd be God.

GLENN: Or Barack Obama.

CALLER: Well, you are right, there is a synonymous thing there. You have become the actual Johnny Appleseed of freedom up there. You've morphed from deejay when I knew you the first time to talk show host to writing books like Common Sense and scattering them all around the country, maybe little seedlings of inspiration will grow in the minds of citizens.

GLENN: I hope to God you're right. I hope to God you're right. So Brian, I'm watching TV yesterday and I see that you're now enforcing a law in Toledo, Ohio that if you have a gravel driveway, you can get a ticket for parking on it.

CALLER: That is correct, sir. Well, as Judge Napolitano pointed out the other day, it's about a 50 year old law, might have extreme difficulty in actually getting it enforced, but when you're dealing with a guy our mayor here is kind of like Obama Light, no pun intended. He's an unvarnished version. He is a narcissist, he is a megalomaniac, he just doesn't have that Harvard training and community organizing polish that the president has.

GLENN: Sure, sure.

CALLER: That's the way it works. He's managed through his own fiscal irresponsibility the kind of axis of evil that we have here is kind of a Trifecta between the owner of the newspaper, the politicians, the union thugs to spend us into a 12, somewhere between $12 and $21 million deficit for the year, and his desperation for money is to send out his henchmen and try and make up the difference 25 bucks at a time.

GLENN: How exactly, Brian, does this guy keep getting reelected?

CALLER: Well, that's a great, that's a great question. It would probably take a whole segment to explain it to you the way Rust Belt cities have had drain brains and general economic depression, the people who said back, you know, stayed in town generally were the people who were being subsidized by the city at one end. The older people who lived here have their families here, retired here, own their homes here at the other end, and this big chasm in the middle of people from 18 to 55 years of age who all said, I've got to get out of here and find a place where I can make a living and have some fun and raise a family and, you know, in a great environment. And as a consequence the people who are left behind are totally dependent on the government, easy to scare, easy to encourage. They will vote for the guy who says I'll make the gravy train run on time, and there it is.

GLENN: How much trouble is Toledo in?

CALLER: Well, I think we reached the tipping point. You know, they have got an election coming up here. The radio station, WSPD, was successful in leading a recall effort against this guy. It's a little Draconian, but we were successful. Not as successful as we wanted to be as far as getting the problem immediately resolved but nevertheless it's on the record. It's there. I think this fall when the city council is up for election and the mayor's up for election and so on, we have an opportunity to actually change the direction 180 degrees and start realizing some of the potential that the area really has, which is bodacious. I mean, we've got a river, a lake, a port, we've got highways, we've got the crossroads of America with interstates and turn pikes, we've got airports, we've got truck lines. We've got everything we need to be an economic colossus. But the politicians stand in the way because they can't figure out a way to get the credit or to get in the pipeline for the money to make it all happen. That can change the fall.

GLENN: How do you think it's going to change in Ohio itself? I mean, you have a Republican Party that was just a nightmare.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, Ohio, Ohio has its own problems from the standpoint of not being a right to work state. You know, it's not business friendly. We've got a Democratic governor who is talking about education reform on one hand while attacking all of the positive aspects of charter schools, for example, that are doing great jobs here. Why would you want to move? Why would you want to move here? There are a lot of reasons you want to move here until you get to that boulder in the middle of the crossroads that is government regulation and idiots in office and things along that order. It's a difficult situation.

GLENN: Do you see anything changing? I mean, when the guy got busted in his own driveway for parking his car, who was it? Do you know?

CALLER: I don't know his name off the top of my head but he had been there for 45 years, when he bought that place, you know, that part wasn't even part of the city. They ingested, that they annexed that over the years.

GLENN: And he's always parked his car there?

CALLER: Always.

GLENN: And somebody had to go through the record books to see what laws they could enforce because that hasn't been enforced for 45 years. It actually came from a time when the gravel would hurt tires and so they didn't want you parking on the gravel because then it would make your car unsafe. So it's a completely outdated law. Somebody had to go through and try to find laws that they could enforce that nobody would know and basically entrap people. What happened when they started to enforce that? What's been the ramification of that?

CALLER: Well, the interesting part is one of our council folks that has a spine, a guy by the name of Michael Collins, it's in his district predominantly, he tried to get it resolved. He said, you know, this is a misapplication of a law that was in effect way back when. This is out of jurisdiction of the individual who wrote the citation; why don't we just go ahead and put this off to the side until the city council can reconsider the regulation and modify it so to bring it up into the 21st century. No. No, they are going to do that. Typical bureaucratic morass. But that's what happens when you get into a narco tyranny. Nevertheless he's tried to move the ball down field, constantly meeting resistance, mayor holds a press conference, got all the national headlines where's going to take behind this little Mermadon he's got working for him and stand by these citations, et cetera, et cetera.

GLENN: Unbelievable.

CALLER: It's just the way it is when you've got a petty tyrant on the second floor.

GLENN: Brian, great to talk to you, Brian Wilson, afternoons and program director at WSPD, great radio station in Toledo, Ohio that I think all of our listeners are outside the city limits of Toledo, Ohio. We'll talk to you again, my friend.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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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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