Glenn Beck: Eater X






Dan's Calorie Challenge...

GLENN: It is Friday, and yesterday we issued Dan an Olympic challenge and he was too much of a wuss, too much of a is it a wuss, Stu, or more just like an 8 year old girl?

STU: Yeah, a lot of people are just calling it a wuss girly failure is what most people are.

GLENN: It really was a girly failure. We said, you know, eat like an Olympic athlete. How a man can't eat like an Olympic athlete is really, I mean is really quite surprising, disappointing. I don't know. How would you describe it, Stu?

STU: I would describe it as expected.

GLENN: Girly man loss?

STU: When it comes to Dan, you just expect failure.

GLENN: So yesterday I said, you know, you've got to eat like Phelps, 12,000 calories. He couldn't do it in one sitting. "Oh, no, 12,000 calories, I can only get, what was it, 3400, something like that at the end of the show yesterday?"

DAN: By the end of the show I had, what, 3400, three hours, 3400.

GLENN: And you almost fell asleep at the end of the show?

DAN: I did. The milk shake almost put me in a food coma. I was surprised myself because the similarities between Michael Phelps and myself are just so striking. I mean, we're just, you know, just top athletes and in great shape. I mean, he can swim across the pool a million times. I can go up and down my stairs like once or twice before getting winded. So the similarities are there.

STU: When you put it that way, Dan, it is worse.

GLENN: It really, it is, it is. I don't think I want to hear the similarities or the differences on the breast stroke with you, either. But let's help you out a bit because yesterday at the end of the show I issued you a challenge: Okay, if you can't do it in three hours, then let's see if you can do it in 27 hours.

DAN: Right.

GLENN: And you have been eating since we left the program yesterday.

DAN: Yeah. I mean, I took a little bit of a break because it was you know.

GLENN: You took a nap.

DAN: Yes.

GLENN: So how many calories are you up to now?

DAN: I'm closing in on just shy of 8,000 calories. 7600 or something like that.

STU: 7548 is the official tally.

GLENN: Dan, I want you to know we got you a coach. We got you an eating

DAN: Really?

GLENN: Yes, we got you an eating coach. His and I'm not kidding you. This is serious. He is known by Eater as Eater X. He is a professional eater. His name is Tim Janus wait a minute. Tim, can I have I blown your cover as Eater X?

JANUS: No, that's okay, don't worry about it.

GLENN: Eater X anything like Racer X?

JANUS: I think it is but I didn't give myself a nickname. It's something you have to earn like respect or a contribution. I'm not really sure of the exact origin of it.

GLENN: Do you get a lot of respect being a professional eater?

JANUS: I don't know. At least to my face I do. I'm not sure what people say when I leave the room.

GLENN: Sure, sure. And you finished third in the Nathan's hot dog eating contest?

JANUS: Correct, yeah, in 2008 I did, yeah.

GLENN: Now see, I don't get me wrong because we're number three. So 3's a great place.

JANUS: Oh, nice, all right.

GLENN: But I mean, I'm not eating. You know what I mean?

JANUS: Right.

GLENN: When you're eating and you fail to, you know you're kind of a mid pack kind of guy. Is it kind of like you know what I'm saying?

JANUS: Am I disappointed? Is that what you're implying? Should I be or

GLENN: Well, depressed?

JANUS: You know, I'm pretty happy with it. Something where I've worked pretty hard the last four years. And every year I'm getting better. So, you know, I've been doing Nathan's, the Nathan's hot dog contest for four years now. The first year I finished ninth, the second year fifth, the third year fourth, this past year's third. So I think, you know, I don't know what your trend is in the ratings but certainly

GLENN: No, we just hover at 3.

JANUS: You do? Okay.

GLENN: We might even slip down to 4 or 5 once in a while.

JANUS: Just get back on track.

GLENN: Okay. So do you have any advice for Dan? He needs to consume another, what is it, 4,000 calories?

DAN: Well, this is the question. What do you want me to get I mean, I know what your answer's going to be but the news story says that Phelps eats 10,000 to 12,000. So I'm going to need about another 4300 and change here in calories for the next three hours.

GLENN: So do you have any recommendations, Tim, for Dan to eat another 4700 calories?

JANUS: Yeah. I mean, you know, one thing I was thinking just when I was on hold is maybe you know, I'm not sure what he's doing for exercise to burn those calories off but if he is just kind of sitting there sedentary, it's going to be tough, you know. He is not going to have quite the need for calories, his digestion's going to slow down. So if he can get active, do something like Michael Phelps does, maybe not go swimming but take a long bath, that might help him.

DAN: A long bath in I'm into that. That sounds good.

GLENN: It's disturbing now me picturing Dan sitting in a studio there in a tub.

STU: Glenn, no one asked you to picture him in a tub. That's what you

GLENN: Well, I'm an overachiever. I'm an overachiever. However, when I did imagine him in the tub, I also imagine him in the tub with all of that electrical equipment and so it does have a happy ending.

DAN: Yes.

GLENN: All right. So Eater X, is there anything that because he was going for jam over, you know, maple syrup yesterday.

JANUS: Yeah, go for the high calorie stuff. You know, I'm a big maple syrup fan. I'll drink the stuff plain. If there are no stipulations as to sort of, you know, how he gets the calories down, what kinds of things he eats, then just go for the calorie dense. Go for a quarter maple syrup. It won't kill you.

GLENN: Quart of maple syrup? It won't kill you.

JANUS: It's got to have a couple of thousand calories. There's a ton of calories in maple syrup. So go for that or go for one of those weight gainer shakes.

DAN: That's what I'm thinking. I've already got them going down to get a couple of protein bars, I can eat a couple of those. I can easily get a few of those down. Becky say we have a maple syrup jug.

JANUS: It's delicious, yeah. But no, I think you've got to look at Phelps and what he's doing. Honestly that guy eating 12,000 calories a day, as envy us as I am of him, I'm sure he gets tired of it and he's got to be trying to find ways to, you know, sort of cram the calories in quicker. So I'm sure he would be going for the calorie rich foods, too.

GLENN: How can you be a professional eater and say you are tired of eating? If I could eat all day long, I would eat all day long. I love eating. It's one of my favorite

JANUS: I would, too.

GLENN: What?

JANUS: I think I would, too. But at some point it becomes like a job. Everything that you do that you're forced to do.

GLENN: That's because you got into it eating professionally, that's taking all the fun out of it. I mean, you go into it professionally, then it is like a job. It's like are you married?

JANUS: No, I'm not.

GLENN: Have you ever you know, if you ever get married and your wife is like, "I want to have a baby," it becomes a job and it's not fun anymore. You know what I'm saying?

JANUS: Right, right.

GLENN: So it's kind of like your food looks at you like, come on, make love to me and it's no longer any you're like, nah, you want my food to kind of want me to not eat it because then it makes it better.

JANUS: Right.

STU: Wonderful analogies here, Glenn. Really you are on the top of your game. This is why we're trending down.

GLENN: This is why we're trending down.

STU: How many calories if you do one of these contests, Tim, because you have the Crystal hamburger one coming up?

JANUS: Yeah, we do on ESPN, Crystal hamburgers, a chain down South.

STU: How many calories do you do when you do one of those contests?

JANUS: Last year Joey Chestnut, I think he ate 103 Crystal hamburgers in eight minutes and that worked out to about 15,000 calories.

DAN: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Hello, Dan.

DAN: That is inspiring. That is inspiring.

GLENN: At what point, Eater X, did you decide, I want to be a professional eater? I mean, how do you get started?

JANUS: You know, initially I was just looking for a way to impress Jodie Foster and couldn't think of anything. But that should be like something different, you know. She's a tough girl to impress.

GLENN: Sure, sure.

JANUS: But, you know, I love food, love flavor. I've always had a good tolerance for discomfort in life in general and I was kind of vaguely aware of this competitive eating circuit and I thought that those three characteristics might make me a champion. So, you know, kind of on a whim looking for a day off and looking for something fun and different to do, I signed up for a local contest in New York City and I had a great time, did okay and left there thinking that I could do better and that I could have more fun. So I just kind of kept going and it went from there.

GLENN: How much money have you taken in?

JANUS: Each year, you know, it always changes. But, you know, it's 20, 25,000 extra. So it's

GLENN: Wait, wait, 20 to 25,000?

JANUS: Yeah.

GLENN: Really?

STU: He's one of the top three in the world, Glenn.

GLENN: How many people are in your field?

JANUS: I don't know. I mean, you know, we have several thousand on the roster, guys that go out there and sign up with major league eating events. We have several hundred people there all the time.

GLENN: Did your mom or your dad ever say, come on, honey, get a real job?

JANUS: There was something, there was kind of a Bell curve of acceptance with them. It started off, you know, they were very happy for me and they thought, great thing for a son to be having fun with. And then the deeper involved that I got, I think they were starting to worry about me. It was really only, you know, until they sort of saw the tangential benefits starting to accrue, they saw me going places, meeting cool people, doing things I wouldn't do normally, you know, being on the Glenn Beck show.

GLENN: This is a high point for your parents.

JANUS: Yeah, right. They just started to kind of come around again and they did: Well, you know, maybe this isn't such a waste of time. So it's fun for them now. They will be down, we have a contest this weekend in Connecticut at the eating pork ribs and they can come by, they can watch me and see me and have fun for a few hours.

GLENN: Let me ask you this because this is what I thought of, Michael Phelps, because all guys are like this. All guys, when we're growing up, we can eat a ton. And then all of a sudden we hit 30 and we're like, wait a minute, I can't eat as much. And that's why we get so fat so fast because I think we're just, we've trained ourselves to eat that much. When Michael Phelps decides, "Oh, enough of this swimming thing," this guy's going to be as big as a house, we're going to take him out, his skin's going to grow into his couch, isn't it?

JANUS: He is so lucky, I think you are partly right because the only reason I used to eat a ton of food and what happened was I began to realize is my metabolism was flowing if I didn't change the way I thought about food and I just kept going out there and eating the way I used to eat that I would become a big guy and so you know, I've kind of had to trick myself into believing that, you know, eating too much and feeling full outside of a contest is not a good healthy thing to do. So, yeah

GLENN: How do you wait, how do you stretch your stomach out and then bring it back in? I mean, aren't you starving after a contest or after, you know you've prepared yourself and then

JANUS: It's kind of one of the misconceptions, though, is that, you know, my stomach it can stretch and it will if I need it to. So I have the ability sort of thumbing that from it. But, you know, at rest it's the same size as anybody else's. So if I put food into it, it fills up, you know, to a point where it needs to stretch. It fills up just like anybody else's does and I'll feel full but, you know, if I want to keep eating, if I have to keep eating, if we're doing the Crystal square off, you know, and I need to eat more hamburgers, I know that it can handle that and it can stretch further. So I don't actually, you know, feel full any later than you would, but I do have the ability to kind of keep going and I know I have it. So

GLENN: Let me ask you a question.

JANUS: Yeah.

GLENN: My perception is the Japanese are the best at it and they are good at three things. They are good at math, they are good at building robots, and eating hot dogs. Is that true?

JANUS: They are very good at it, but I think Americans have closed the gap at this point. You know, the hot dog champion the last two years is an American from California, you know.

GLENN: How are they even competitive? How is anybody on this planet competitive with America?

JANUS: Well, it's tough. Once we put our minds to it, you know, we do have a great, you know, talent pool in this country and we've sort of uncovered that now. As competitive eating got really big, you know, Americans came out of the woodwork and realizing, you know, that they could do it and they began to challenge and they began to win. And there's only one Japanese competitor at the Fourth of July now because really only one of them maybe, you know, is good enough to truly challenge at this point.

GLENN: Eater X, thank you very much, I appreciate it, Tim Janus.

JANUS: You're welcome.

GLENN: Dan, send somebody for maple syrup. I think there has to be a maple syrup jug off.

DAN: I'll give it a shot now. I'm inspired now. I'm ready to go. Beck by the way, is that not what I've been saying here? Everybody's like, oh, Glenn, you are down in the mouth, you are worried about everything else. I've told you a million times, only when the United States is down on the map, that's when we hit it.

STU: So you are saying our geopolitical situation is similar to competitive eating?

GLENN: Exactly right.

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

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Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.