The story of this woman's miracle in Charleston already has over 53,000 Facebook likes

When the shooting in Charleston happened, Glenn said that the evil actions would lead to good. Americans from all over the world came together in support of the community shattered by the shooter, and small miracles started to happen. Kayla Hall witnessed one such miracle as she drove to meet Glenn and others who were gathering in South Carolina. What did she see?

Glenn: I want to share something that I read on Facebook. Actually, I want to bring the woman in that wrote it. Kayla Robinson Hall is with us. She wrote something on Facebook. I reposted it, and now it’s over 53,000 likes and has been passed on I don’t know how many times. She was on her way to march with us on Friday, and an amazing moment happened at a gas station. Kayla joins me now. Hi, Kayla.

Kayla: Hi, Glenn. How are you?

Glenn: Very good. I know that you did make it to the rally.

Kayla: I did.

Glenn: Good. And you brought your three boys.

Kayla: Yes, sir, I did.

Glenn: And how old are they?

Kayla: I have a nine-year-old, a seven, and a six.

Glenn: Okay. Why did you come?

Kayla: I love this community, but I was actually struggling if I should come or not. It just kind of gave me some anxiety thinking about taking my boys. My husband was out of town. The morning after the shooting, my nine-year-old came in my room. He had turned the TV on before I knew what he was doing. He was concerned and said, “Mom, this happened at a church. Why? And could it happen at our church?” I kind of took a minute before I reacted, and I thought I need to take him down there so he’s not scared so that he can feel how good people can be and how united we can be even when things are very scary.

Glenn: So, you’re on your way, and you stop at a gas station. Tell me what happened.

Kayla: Okay, so before I left, I prayed that everything would be okay, we’d be safe, and that I could reach out some small way. While I was pumping gas, I was looking around me. It was almost like the day after 9/11 when you just wanted to hug everybody you saw. I went into the gas station, and I kept trying to make eye contact with people. It just wasn’t happening.

I went out. I was done pumping my gas, and I just hear this gentleman yell, “Young lady.” I turned around, and without even a thought of his age, his race, the hat he was wearing, I just ran to him, and I started to try and push his car. He was pushing it from the highway. I said let me help you. He refused and said no, ma’am, no, ma’am. I said I can push it. I’m strong. I want to help. He just said I might have one eye and one leg, which was evident, but I can push this car. I just need you to move your car.

Glenn: So, hang on, I think you just got a commercial on your laptop. He said I have one arm or I mean I have one leg and one eye. He lost that in Desert Storm, right?

Kayla: Yes, sir. I asked him, I said, “How did you lose your eye and your leg?” And he said, “Serving my country in Desert Storm.”

Glenn: He was on his way to the same thing?

Kayla: Right. I wasn’t clear if he was going down to pass out waters at the church or pray. He said I’m on my way downtown to go to the Mother Emanuel AME Church. I said so am I, and we both just hugged. We just hugged. He said I just need $6.00 to get downtown. I said I really want you to get back home from downtown. I don’t just want you to get downtown. I ran and got my wallet, and as I’m pumping, I get to six, and he says that’s good. I just waved him off, and I said I know how much it costs to get downtown, and I want you to get back.

So, I kept going. Then we hugged again, and I asked him, “Can I take a picture with you? I want to never forget your face.” And he said yes, ma’am, and so we took a picture together. I sat in the car, and I just posted it because there was so much negativity outside and sadness, and I thought if I can post this, maybe people will realize that we love each other and we want to help.

Glenn: So, Kayla, I said on what, Thursday, that a miracle was going to happen there. Do you think you found yours?

Kayla: Absolutely. I’ve had an overwhelming response. But even at the church—I was walking right behind you, by the way—even at the church, I took a step back with my three boys, and we just kind of hugged each other. I said a little prayer in our own circle and asked them to really think about the people that had passed away and what they were doing. They weren’t in the wrong place. They weren’t doing the wrong thing, and evil came. But look what was happening. I had them look everywhere. And then somebody mentioned please meet a stranger next to you, and some men came over to us. He kind of had some African garb on, and my little one said, “Where are you from?” He said, “I’m from here in Charleston.” My little one just went and hugged him. It was just a really special moment for my boys and me.

Glenn : Kayla, I hope that I can meet you, and maybe you’ll join us in Birmingham, Alabama the end of the summer because it’s going to be a special time too. I’d love to meet you in person, and I want to thank you so much for sharing it. I saw it on Father’s Day, and it made my Father’s Day. Thank you.

Kayla: Thank you, Glenn, for inviting the community to come together in one spot. It was a blessing.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?

There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…

John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...

Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…

A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...

Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…

And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…

When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…

"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…

At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…

Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…

This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…

It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.