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GLENN: Julian Assange has been arrested for sex by surprise.

PAT: I hate when that happens. I hate that sex by surprise, I do.

GLENN: I was going to say that kind of sounds good to me. Why is that illegal?

Sex by surprise? Surprise! We're having sex!

PAT: Oh, that's always a surprise. So...

GLENN: (Laughing). How true it is. How true it is.

PAT: Always a surprise.

GLENN: Yeah. So ‑‑ we're such jerks. All right. So sex by surprise, apparently

what this means is ‑‑ I mean, if this isn't the ultimate nanny state, if you

aren't prepared, you don't have a condom with you, I guess you couldn't claim

that you were having sex by surprise and you really wanted to have sex with a

condom and they weren't prepared. Or, I guess. It's very unclear at this moment.

It sounds a little shady, especially when you see the women involved, and we'll

get into that because we're still verifying a couple of things that I just don't

want to go to the air with until we have a little bit more to back this up.

PAT: It seems like it was, in fact, consensual, right? It was consensual but he

didn't use a condom, right, the second time. Apparently he had sex with her a

couple of nights before, the very night before?

GLENN: He's a classy guy.

PAT: Yeah. And then the next night he had sex with her again but this time they

just didn't use protection.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: So I guess that's sex by surprise, rape or whatever?

STU: I guess. It's just comical to me because this is like the tax evasion of

every one of these guys. It always come down to something like this. It's these

guys taking down world governments and huge empires and yet they are always

taken down by the fact that they wanted to hook up with two chicks on two

different nights. That's what it always comes down to, doesn't it?

GLENN: The CIA, the CIA, in one of their most famous cases of what's called

honeypot, which is this: You get ‑‑ the Chinese are big in honeypot, which is

you get somebody hot and go up against a guy and they will give you anything and

then you have blackmail, and it's honeypot. The CIA ‑‑

PAT: If that's a picture you have of her right now, she's fairly attractive.

She's too attractive for him, that's for sure. He's a pasty, skanky guy.

STU: He's a really ‑‑

PAT: Spooky looking.

STU: He's the villain in a bad Diehard sequel.

PAT: He is.

STU: Isn't he?

PAT: He's like the hacker.

PAT: And then she's actually, you know, pretty. So ‑‑

STU: This is how this happens.

PAT: What are the odds that that was set up in some way?

GLENN: Here's ‑‑ I mean, the CIA did ‑‑ you ready for this? This is Operation

Midnight Climax. That is one of their more famous honeypot cases: Operation

Midnight Climax.

STU: Sounds classy.

GLENN: It sounds very classy. Well, it was classy. Midnight Climax involved

various San Francisco safehouses, whorehouses in which prostitutes on the CIA

payroll lured unsuspecting johns back to the whorehouse where they were then

dosed with LSD, CIA officials stood behind one‑way glass to observe the effects

of the drugs. The CIA was ostensibly researching mind control, they were

refining the art of sexual blackmail for political purposes as well. The

practice of using sexual blackmail is widely acknowledged in the world of

espionage as an asset, and it is called honeypot.

PAT: You don't suppose that was going on here, do you? (Sniffing).

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: I mean, in this Julian Assange case, that wouldn't be happening, right?

GLENN: Can I have ‑‑ Joe ‑‑ or Stu, would you go to Sky News. It was where the

Drudge Report was reporting this earlier today. So maybe it's from ‑‑ you can

find a link from the Drudge Report.

STU: Okay. Yeah, we can look there.

GLENN: And look at the story from Sky News and look at the comments underneath.

STU: Okay. On the Assange?

GLENN: The comments underneath are telling. This guy is winning.

PAT: Assange?

GLENN: Mmm‑hmmm.

STU: I mean, there's a bunch of stories on this unfortunately. I can go back to

Drudge and try to track it.

GLENN: See if you can track it. But if you look at them, they are all ‑‑ why is

Rupert Murdoch not reporting this fact? Why is this not being reported by Sky

News? All of you in the media are doing this: Oh, it's a government coverup

because you're not covering this. Well, I mean, I read them this morning and

they were all that. Now, this is right after the story broke. So I don't know if

it's still that way. But the comments, the guy is winning.

STU: Because he wants chaos.

GLENN: He wants chaos.

STU: He wants everyone to doubt everything.

GLENN: Yeah, he wants you to doubt the news, he wants you to doubt ‑‑ look, what

is ‑‑ you know they call me ‑‑ you know, George Soros called me Lonesome Roads,

right? That was made by Elia Kazan. He was one of the guys blacklisted, et

cetera, et cetera. What is the point of that movie made in the dark days of

communism? What was the point of that movie? Don't trust the people you think

you can trust. They are turning us against each other. They are turning us

against America, against the system, against everything. First they turned us

against each other, Republicans versus Democrats. And I've told you before, I

was part of that. I bought into that lie until, what, 2004? And then I got it.

And then I realized, look what's happening here. They're just changing places

and changing arguments. There's something wrong here. And they have turned us

against each other.

Now, that doesn't mean you don't point out things that are wrong, but it ‑‑ but

things are not what they appear to be. We are watching a very well coordinated

play, and I don't know if it's government‑controlled, I don't know if it is

Soros‑controlled, I don't know if it's all coincidental. But do you know who

this woman is, one of these women? She is ‑‑ she's quite an amazing woman

herself. She is... she's a woman who is... a leftist, a feminist, somebody over

in Sweden on the gender equity council or something like that, and she has put

together a website to where you want to punish somebody, you want to punish your

ex, punish them through the legal system through a court case on sexual assault.

STU: Awesome.

GLENN: Yeah. So she's the one that he hooks up with?

PAT: What an amazing coincidence.

GLENN: What an amazing coincidence.

PAT: That's amazing. Huh.

GLENN: Now remember ‑‑

PAT: She's weird.

GLENN: I know. She's from the left and she says, use the legal system to

discredit and to harm. So she's from the left. Now, I don't know ‑‑ I would

assume that she agrees with Julian Assange. Now, doesn't this legal maneuvering,

doesn't this ‑‑ with her, doesn't this actually help his case? It may hurt him.

I'm not saying he's necessarily in on it, and I'm not saying ‑‑ I don't know. I

don't know if there's a conspiracy or if she really was raped. I have no idea.

And I don't think we ever will.

STU: She's not even really claiming that.

PAT: No, she's not even claiming that there was nonconsensual sex, right?

STU: She's saying she wanted a condom and didn't get one essentially is her

claim? Is that the sex by surprise claim?

PAT: I don't ‑‑

STU: That the celebratory surprise party of sex?

GLENN: This is a 300,000‑pound bail, a 300,000‑pound bail. That's ‑‑

PAT: Which is over half a million dollars probably.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: That's a lot. That's a lot.

GLENN: I mean, hello.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Depends on how much the dollar's worth today.

PAT: Yeah, might be quarter of a billion.

GLENN: So isn't that interesting? Isn't that really fascinating? That here's a

woman from the left who, this is her expertise. Now, maybe she's ‑‑ maybe she

was raped.

STU: It definitely seems very shady, though. Her case ‑‑

PAT: Very shady.

STU: ‑‑ is not strong. In that typically a case like this you feel wouldn't

warrant ‑‑ you know, call for arrest, let alone an international manhunt. I

mean, the bottom line is he might have turned himself in because he thinks he

will be safest in jail. That might be the answer to this whole thing. I don't

know. But I mean, it doesn't seem like there's ‑‑ reading their story doesn't

seem like there's a whole lot to it.

GLENN: This guy is ‑‑ this guy's dead. This guy's dead.

PAT: Although he's so high profile now, if he turns up dead, you are going to

know it was the CIA or the Russians, you know.

GLENN: Which only helps.

STU: Yeah, helps him and his cause.

GLENN: It only helps him.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: There is no way out of this trap, gang. Because if he releases it, it's

all bad. If he doesn't release it, why hasn't he released it? If he's harmed,

they did it. If he goes to jail ‑‑ he could have legitimately raped this woman.

If he goes to jail, half the world doesn't believe him.

Look, here's the point on this. Assange is forcing you now into the place that I

asked you to consider was coming where you had your back up against the wall and

you had to make a decision: What is it you believe? What is it you believe? I

have to tell you I'm torn on this story. What he's releasing are all of the

things that we knew our government was doing but they all denied. He's releasing

the lies of our government, and they should be released. However, he is

releasing them with the intent of collapsing the entire system, and no matter

what he does now, it will have that effect. How do we do international business?

How do we do that? How does anybody do international business? How do you trust

anything the government said? Once you lose trust, it's over. This is something

that I'm not just pulling out of my butt. This is something that we talked about

for a very long time off air. We talked about it beginning with Van Jones. I was

really afraid. We actually had many conversations off the air before we released

the information on Van Jones and we talked about if we release this information

‑‑ this is when we were young and naive ‑‑ and we prove the point that this guy

is a violent communist revolutionary and the Obama administration knew it and

he's in the administration, what will the American people do? And our best‑case

scenario would be that they will lose faith in the government, they lose faith

and that would send people into the wrong direction. It would send people into a

possible scenario where they were pissed off and, you know, grabbed the

pitchforks and the torches. We were extraordinarily careful. We were

extraordinarily wary. That's why everything ‑‑ that's why they never pick us

apart. They can't tell us that we're wrong on stuff. We might get a little

detail wrong here or a little detail wrong there, but we're not wrong on things.

Why? Because we know our responsibility. We know what all of these things mean.

We have thought it through. We're not just living in the day. We're looking two,

three years ahead.

If these things are true, how do we tell people this, how do we get people ‑‑

nobody wants to hear this stuff. Nobody wants to think of these things. And what

does it mean when they do? I can tell you what this means with Julian Assange

two years down the road. If you make it two years, it means a lack of trust

globally. And when somebody says it's not trustworthy, well, it's of no longer

any use because it can't do business. If you can't do business, if you don't

trust the people, well, then you have Wall Street, and you saw what happened to

Wall Street, except this time there's nobody to bail out the globe. And that's

what this guy wants. And so you are now forced to ask yourself, what is it you

really believe in. What does your country mean? Don't just salute the flag

because it's the flag. You could burn the flag as far as I'm concerned. What

does the flag stand for? That's worth defending. That's worth fighting for. But

you have to know it in your core.

 

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history.

The Allied invasion force included 5,000 ships and landing craft, 11,000 planes, and almost three million allied soldiers, airmen and sailors. Despite such numbers, the location and timing of the invasion was still an enormous gamble. The Nazis fully expected such an invasion, they just didn't know precisely when or where it would be.

Despite the enormous logistics involved, the gamble worked and by the end of June 6, 1944, 156,000 Allied troops were ashore in Normandy. The human cost was also enormous – over 4,900 American troops died on D-Day. That number doubled over the next month as they fought to establish a foothold in northern France.

There were five beach landing zones on the coast of northwestern France, divided among the Allies. They gave each landing zone a name. Canada was responsible for "Juno." Britain was responsible for "Gold" and "Sword." And the U.S. had "Utah" and "Omaha."

The Nazis were dug in with bunkers, machine guns, artillery, mines, barbed wire, and other obstacles to tangle any attempt to come ashore. Of the five beaches, Omaha was by far the most heavily defended. Over 2,500 U.S. soldiers were killed at Omaha – the beach so famously depicted in the opening battle sequence of the 1998 movie, Saving Private Ryan. The real-life assault on Omaha Beach included 34 men in that first wave of attack who came from the same small town of Bedford, Virginia. The first Americans to die on Omaha Beach were the men from Bedford.

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America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it.

America has a national D-Day Memorial, but many people don't know about it. Maybe that's because it wasn't a government project and it's not in Washington DC. It was initiated and financed by veterans and private citizens. It's tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the small town of Bedford, Virginia. Why is the memorial for one of the most famous days in modern world history in such a tiny town? Because, as a proportion of its population of just 3,200 at the time, no community in the U.S. sacrificed more men on D-Day than Bedford.

There were 34 men in Company A from Bedford. Of those thirty-four, 23 died in the first wave of attacks. Six weeks after D-Day, the town's young telegraph operator was overwhelmed when news of many of the first deaths clattered across the Western Union line on the same day. Name after name of men and families that she knew well. There were so many at once that she had to enlist the help of customers in the pharmacy's soda shop to help deliver them all.

Among those killed in action were brothers Bedford and Raymond Hoback. Bedford was the rambunctious older brother with a fiancée back home that he couldn't wait to return to. Raymond was the quieter, more disciplined younger brother who could often be found reading his Bible. He fell in love with a British woman during his two years in England training for D-Day. Like in that opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan, Bedford and Raymond barely made it down the ramp of their Higgins Boat in the swarm of bullets and hot steel before they were cut down in the wet sand.

Bedford and Raymond Hoback's mother, Macie, learned of both their deaths from two separate telegrams, the first on a Sunday morning, the second the following day. Their younger sister, Lucille, remembered her mother's devastation, and her father walking out to the barn to cry.

The day after D-Day, the killing field of Omaha Beach was already transforming into the massive supply port that would help fuel the American drive all the way to Berlin over the next year. A soldier from West Virginia was walking along the beach when he saw something jutting out of the sand. He reached down and pulled it out. He was surprised to find it was a Bible. The inside cover was inscribed with: "Raymond S. Hoback, from mother, Christmas, 1938." The soldier wrote a letter and mailed it with the Bible to Raymond's mother. That Bible, which likely tumbled from Raymond's pack when he fell on D-Day, became Macie Hoback's most cherished possession – the only personal belonging of her son that was ever returned.

Of the 23 Bedford men who died on Omaha Beach, eleven were laid to rest in the American cemetery in Normandy.

These men, many of them barely out of their teens, didn't sign up to march to the slaughter of course. They had hopes and dreams just like you and I. Many of them signed up for adventure, or because of peer pressure, and yes, a sense of honor and duty. Many of the Bedford Boys first signed up for the National Guard just to make a few extra bucks per month, get to hang out with their buddies, and enjoy target practice. But someone had to be first at Omaha Beach and that responsibility fell to the men from Bedford.

Over the last several years, the D-Day anniversary gets increasingly sad. Because each year, there are fewer and fewer men alive who were actually in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The last of the surviving Bedford Boys died in 2009. Most of the remaining D-Day veterans who are still with us are too frail to make the pilgrimage to France for the anniversary ceremonies like they used to.

It's difficult to think about losing these World War II veterans, because once they're all gone, we'll lose that tether to a time when the nation figured out how to be a better version of itself.

Not that they were saints and did everything right. They were as human as we are, with all the fallibility that entails. But in some respects, they were better. Because they went, and they toughed it out, and they accomplished an incredibly daunting mission, with sickening hardship, heartbreak, and terror along the way.

So, what does the anniversary of D-Day mean in 2019?

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough.

In one sense, this anniversary is a reprimand that we've failed to tell our own story well enough. You can't learn about the logistics of the operation and above all, the human cost, and not be humbled. But as a society, we have not emphasized well enough the story of D-Day and all that it represents. How can I say that? Because of an example just last weekend, when common sense got booed by Democratic Socialists at the California Democrats' State Convention. When Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper said during his speech that "socialism is not the answer," the crowd booed loudly. When did telling the truth about socialism become controversial?

Sure, socialists, and communists and other anti-American factions have always been around. America certainly had socialists in 1944. But the current socialists trying to take over the Democratic Party like a virus don't believe in the D-Day sacrifices to preserve America, because they don't believe America is worth preserving. They are agitating to reform America using the authoritarian playbook that has only ended in death and destruction everywhere it is followed.

Ask a Venezuelan citizen, or an Iraqi Christian, or a North Korean peasant why D-Day still matters in 2019.

The further we move away from caring about pivotal events like June 6, 1944, the less chance of survival we have as a nation.

At the same time, the D-Day anniversary is a reminder that we're not done yet. It's an opportunity for us to remember and let that inform how we live.

Near the end of Saving Private Ryan, the fictional Captain Miller lays dying, and he gives one last instruction to Private Ryan, the young man that he and his unit have sacrificed their lives to rescue in Normandy. He says, "Earn it."

In other words, don't waste the sacrifices that were made so that your life could be saved. Live it well. The message to "earn it" extends to the viewer and the nation as well – can we say we're earning the sacrifices that were made by Americans on D-Day? I cringe to think how our few remaining World War II veterans might answer that.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more.

Honor. Duty. Sacrifice. Gratitude. Personal responsibility. These used to mean a lot more. I don't want to believe it's too late for us to rediscover those traits as a nation. I want to believe we can still earn it.

The challenge to "earn it" is a lot of pressure. Frankly, it's impossible. We can't fully earn the liberty that we inherited. But we can certainly try to earn it. Not trying is arrogant and immoral. And to tout socialism as the catch-all solution is naïve, and insulting to the men like those from Bedford who volunteered to go defend freedom. In truly striving to earn it, we help keep the flame of liberty aglow for future generations. It is necessary, honorable work if freedom is to survive.

The end of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is remarkably relevant for every anniversary of June 6, 1944. This is what D-Day still means in 2019:

"It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Letter from Corporal H.W. Crayton to Mr. and Mrs. Hoback – parents of Bedford and Raymond Hoback who were both killed in action on June 6, 1944

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July 9, 1944 Somewhere in France

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Hoback:

I really don't know how to start this letter to you folks, but will attempt to do something in words of writing. I will try to explain in the letter what this is all about.

While walking along the Beach D-day Plus One, I came upon this Bible and as most any person would do I picked it up from the sand to keep it from being destroyed. I knew that most all Bibles have names & addresses within the cover so I made it my business to thumb through the pages until I came upon the name above. Knowing that you no doubt would want the Book returned I am sending it knowing that most Bibles are a book to be cherished. I would have sent it sooner but have been quite busy and thought it best if a short period of time elapsed before returning it.

You have by now received a letter from your son saying he is well. I sincerely hope so.

I imagine what has happened is that your son dropped the Book without any notice. Most everybody who landed on the Beach D-Day lost something. I for one as others did lost most of my personal belongings, so you see how easy it was to have dropped the book and not know about it.

Everything was in such a turmoil that we didn't have a chance until a day or so later to try and locate our belongings.

Since I have arrived here in France I have had occasion to see a little of the country and find it quite like parts of the U.S.A. It is a very beautiful country, more so in peace time. War does change everything as it has this country. One would hardly think there was a war going on today. Everything is peaceful & quiet. The birds have begun their daily practice, all the flowers and trees are in bloom, especially the poppies & tulips which are very beautiful at this time of the year.

Time goes by so quickly as it has today. I must close hoping to hear that you receive the Bible in good shape.

Yours very truly,

Cpl. H.W. Crayton

It's not as easy as it used to be for billion-dollar entertainment empires like The Walt Disney Company. It would be more streamlined for Disney to produce its major motion pictures in its own backyard. After all, abortion in California is readily available, as well as a protected, cherished right. And since abortion access is critical for movie production, right up there with lighting equipment and craft services, you would think California would be the common-sense choice for location shooting. Alas, even billion-dollar studios must pinch pennies these days. So, in recent years, Disney, among other major Hollywood studios, has been farming out production to backwater Southern lands like Georgia, and even Louisiana. Those states offer more generous tax breaks than Disney's native California. As a result, Georgia for example, played host to much of the shooting for the recent worldwide box office smash Avengers: Endgame.

But now it looks like it's Georgia's endgame. The state recently passed what is known as a "heartbeat" bill – a vicious, anti-woman law that would try to make pregnant women allow their babies to be born and actually live. It's a bridge too far for a major studio like Disney, which was largely built on creating family entertainment. How can Disney possibly go about making quality movies, often aimed at children, without access to unfettered abortion? It's unconscionable. Lack of abortion access makes it nearly impossible to shoot movies. So, what's a major studio to do? Disney might have considered migrating its business to Louisiana, but that state too has now signed a heartbeat bill into law. It's utter madness.

These monstrous anti-abortion bills, coupled with having to live under President Trump, has led Disney to seek a new home for its legendary movie magic. Last week, Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, announced that all future Disney movies will now be filmed on location in the Sub-Saharan African nation of Wakanda.

"Disney and Wakanda are a match made in heaven," Iger told reporters. "Wakanda was, until recently, a secret kingdom, much like our own Magic Kingdom. With this new partnership, we'll not only get to continue our legacy of making movies that parents and children everywhere enjoy together, but we'll get to do so in a safe space that reveres abortion as much as we do."

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion.

As home to the most advanced technology in the world – and with the planet's highest per-capita concentration of wokeness – Wakanda offers women painless, hassle-free abortion on demand. As the Wakandan health ministry website explains, the complete absence of any white-patriarchal-Judeo-Christian influence allows women in Wakanda to have complete control of their own bodies (with the exception of females who are still fetuses). As winner of the U.N.'s 2018 Golden Forceps award (the U.N.'s highest abortion honor) Wakanda continues its glowing record on abortion. That makes it an ideal location for Disney's next round of live-action remakes of its own animated movies in which the company plans to remove all male characters.

Iger says he hopes to convince Wakandan leadership to share their top-secret vibranium-based abortion procedure technology so that American women can enjoy the same convenient, spa-like abortion treatment that Wakandan women have enjoyed for years.

Wakanda is one of only four African countries (out of 55) that allow unrestricted abortion. Disney plans to boycott and/or retaliate against the other 51 African nations, as well as any U.S. states, that restrict abortion. Specific plans are being kept under wraps, but sources say Disney's potential retaliation may include beaming Beverly Hills Chihuahua into the offending territories on a continuous, indefinite loop.

When asked how Wakanda's futuristic capital city and distinctly African landscape would be able to double for American movie locations, Iger said, "I guess America will just have to look more like Wakanda from now on."

One potential wrinkle for the Left-leaning studio is the fact that Wakanda has an impenetrable border wall-shield-thing designed to keep out foreign invaders as well as illegal immigrants. Iger said he understands Wakanda's policy of exclusivity, adding, "After all, not everyone gets into Disneyland. You have to have a ticket to get in. Anyone is welcome, but you have to go through the process of getting a ticket." When one reporter pointed out that Iger's answer sounded like the conservative argument for legal immigration under the rule of law, Iger insisted that the reporter was "a moronic fascist."

What if the unthinkable happens and Florida also enacts its own "heartbeat" law? That would be problematic since Walt Disney World is located in Florida. Iger responded that Disney would "cross that bridge if we get to it" but that the most likely scenario would entail "dismantling Disney World piece-by-piece and relocating it to the actual happiest place on earth – Wakanda." As for whether Disney would ever open character-themed abortion clinics inside its theme parks, Iger remained coy, but said, "Well, it is the place where dreams come true."

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice.

When pressed about the cost of ramping up production in a secretive African kingdom that has no existing moviemaking infrastructure (which could easily end up being much more expensive than simply shooting in California) Iger said, "You can't put a price tag on abortion freedom. Wakanda Forever and Abortion Forever!"

With the Wakanda solution, Disney may have found a place where Minnie Mouse can finally follow her heart and have true freedom of choice. And that will be welcome relief to traditional families all over the world who keep the Walt Disney Company in business.

*Disclaimer: The preceding story is a parody. Bob Iger did not actually say any of the quotes in the story. Neither is Wakanda an actual nation on planet Earth.

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From his suicidal days and his battle with drugs and alcohol, it was his wife Tania and his faith that saved him. All his ups and downs have given him the gift of empathy and he says he now understands the "cry for mercy" — something he wishes he'd given out more of over the years.

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One of these times I'm going to go on vacation, and I'm just not going to come back. I learn so much on a farm.

You want to know how things work, go spend a summer on a farm. You're having problems with your son or daughter, go spend a summer on a farm.

My son changed. Over two weeks.

Getting him out of bed, getting him to do anything, is like insane. He's a 15-year-old kid. Going all through the normal 15-year-old boy stuff. Getting him on the farm, where he was getting up and actually accomplishing stuff, having to build or mend fences, was amazing. And it changed him.

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Our society does not allow our kids to grow up, ever. I am convinced that our 15-year-olds could be fixing all kinds of stuff. Could be actually really making an impact in a positive way in our society. And what's wrong with our society is, we have gotten away from how things actually work. We're living in this theoretical world. When you're out on a farm, there's no theory here. If it rains, the crops will grow. If it rains too much, the crops won't grow.

If there's no sun, they won't grow. If there's too much sun, they'll shrivel up and die. There's no theory. We were out mending fences. Now, when I say the phrase to you, mending fences, what does that mean? When you think of mending fences, you think of, what?

Coming together. Bringing people together. Repairing arguments.

I've never mended a fence before until I started stringing a fence and I was like, "I ain't doing this anymore! Where is it broken? Can't we just tie a piece of barbed wire together?"

Let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

That's called mending fences.

And why do you mend fences? So your animals don't get out and start to graze on somebody else's land. When your fence goes down, your cow is now on somebody else's land. And your cow is now eating their food.

We look at the phrase, mending fences as saying, hey. You know, we were both wrong. Mending fences has nothing to do with that.

Mending fences means build a wall. My neighbors and I, we're going to get along fine, as long as my cows don't go and steal their food, or their cows don't come over and steal my cow's food.

We're perfectly neighborly with each other, until one of us needs to mend a fence, because, dude, you got to mend that, because your cows keep coming over and eating my food.

You know what we need to do with Mexico? Mend fences.

Now, that's a phrase. You hear build a wall. That's horrible.

No, no, no. We need to mend fences.

In a farming community, that means putting up an electric fence. That means putting up barbed wire.

So the cows — because the cows will — they'll stick their head through barbed wire. And they'll eat the grass close to the road. Or eat the grass close to the other side of the fence. And they'll get their heads in between those fences. And they can't get out sometimes. Because the grass is always greener on the other side. You look at these damn cows and say turn around, cow — there's plenty of stuff over here.

No. They want the grass on the other side of the fence.

So you mend it.

And if it's really bad, you do what we do. We had to put an electric fence up. Now, imagine putting an electric fence up. That seems pretty radical and expensive.

Does it really work? Does it shock them? What does that feel like to a cow?

The cows hit it once, and then they don't hit it again. They can actually hear the buzz of the electric fence. There's a warning. Don't do it. Don't do it. They hear the current and they hit it once and they're like, "I'm not going to do that again."

So you mend fences, which means, keep your stuff on your side. I like you. We're good neighbors. You keep your stuff on your side and I'll keep my stuff on my side and we'll get together at the town hall and we'll see each other at the grocery store. Because we're good neighbors. But what stops us from fighting is knowing that there is a fence there.

This is my stuff. That's your stuff. But we can still trade and we'll help each other. But let's stop talking about building a wall. Because that has all kinds of negative imagery. Mending fences is what we need to do.

You can have a tough fence. It could be a giant wall. It could be an electric fence. But you need one. And that's how you come together.

The side that's having the problem, mends the fence.