Top Glenn of 2010!

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December 30, 2010

#1 The Miracle on the Mall

 

The biggest moment of Glenn in 2010, and probably his whole broadcast career, was undoubtedly the “Restoring Honor” Rally on 8/28. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC Glenn addressed hundreds of thousands of people (sorry CBS), and gave them an inspirational message about faith, hope, and charity. There were numerous guest stars at the event, including baseball superstar Albert Pujols and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Sarah Palin delivered a message in support of the troops. And at the end of it all, Glenn unveiled a new Black Robe Regiment, a group of spiritual leaders who would go back to their communities and carry the message of 8/28.

Of course, the event didn’t just end when people left the mall. The MSM couldn’t stop debating everything from the crowd size to the message. Other groups and media figures tried and failed to recapture the same spirit and energy that was there on 8/28, and in the end only the people that were there and took part in the shared experience that day will truly understand what it meant. Read about the weekend HERE.

The Spirit of 8.28

  

For months, Glenn poured his efforts into a non-profit cause, auctioning off anything he could think of. The goal for Glenn was to give as much as possible to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation on August 28th at the “Restoring Honor” Rally. During a broadcast of The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn recounted a story that he felt embodied the virtue of charity, a recurring theme on his TV and radio programs over the 2010 year.

On his way back from a fundraising dinner, Glenn was reviewing the recent donations he had received, focusing on some of the big donors. Glenn said, “What else did we get? And [a staff member] said, well, we also got a letter in and the person said, I can't make it because I can't afford to come, but I believe in our special forces and I believe in what you're doing. And honor is the key. I wish I could come, but I can't but I wanted to show my support and this is all I could afford. In the envelope was a baggy, and this is not from a child. 8 cents, 8 pennies.”

Glenn was speechless. He tried to wrap his mind around what motivated a person to make a donation of eight pennies. And then he took the pennies and put them in his pocket - after replacing them with eight new ones, of course. Glenn explained, “I remember filling up my gas tank and having to count it out in change. I remember the days that, you know, my kids didn't think that my gas tank held more than $5.27. This to me is the epitome of our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

For Glenn, those eight pennies epitomized the notion of charity, where an individual gives as much as they can, of their own free will, to a cause in which they believe. Glenn had those pennies in his pocket during his speech on 8/28 at the Lincoln Memorial.

Divine Destiny

The night before 8/28, Glenn assembled a group of loyal listeners for a free event at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. For hours, people waited in line outside the Kennedy Center in order to get tickets to what Glenn promised would be an uplifting and spiritually enlightening event. And what an event it was! While ticket quantities were limited, Insider Extreme members were able to watch the event live over the Internet. Glenn and David Barton hosted the event, which was highlighted by gospel music, prayer, and testimonials. Chuck Norris even made an appearance on stage!

The abundance of miracles, amazing moments, people & memories makes 8.28, The Miracle on the Mall, the top Glenn moment of 2010. Click HERE to see the complete list.


December 29, 2010

Redefining media: Glenn launches the all new Insider Extreme @ Nokia Theater

This ain’t your momma’s webcam (wait – that sounded kind of creepy. That’s not what was intended – anyway)…Glenn may broadcast everyday from high above Times Square, but for the launch of Insider Extreme he took the show right to the heart of it all. Setting up at the Nokia Theater, Glenn unveiled the future of broadcasting in March of 2010. Glenn took the audience through the history of media, from print to radio to television, and finally to the web. More than any other event in 2010, the launch of Insider Extreme was a revolutionary moment for The Glenn Beck Program. The radio show, once a mostly auditory experience with a single web cam, became a professional six camera shoot. GlennBeck.TV saw the launch of a second show, the 4th Hour, which saw Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray step into a starring role tackling the news and issues that don’t fit into the regular three hours, as well as fan’s favorite topics (Sports!) and games l ike More On Trivia. The stage show was also the first Insider Extreme Special Event, a precursor to live events like Divine Destiny, Election Night, and America’s First Christmas. Check out this recap video of the first 5 months HERE. Look for even more to come in 2011 - get details on some of the new features  HERE.

Election Night 2010 & subsequent gloat-fest

No one had ever seen election coverage quite like this. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on fancy technology and “qualified” experts, Glenn broke out chalkboards and stickers. He relied on Stu for expert analysis, while Pat provided some armchair commentary. Brian Sack provided “on the ground” coverage from Times Square, San Francisco, Alaska, and, of course, Jupiter. Among the night’s many highlights was Glenn wandering off camera for twenty minutes, Brian Sack's “wardrobe malfunction”, and general conservative domination of the election results. But there was perhaps no bigger highlight than Alan Grayson losing the election, which Stu, Pat and Glenn pointed out over and over again. And again. And again. The five plus hours of coverage was available exclusively to Insider Extreme members and was the only place that Glenn could be found on election night.

Gloat-fest!

Not quite as fun as Gloat-fest 2004, but fun nonetheless. For one day only, Glenn & Co put all common decency aside and had a good hearty laugh at the expense of the Democrats who were absolutely thrashed in the mid-term elections. All the news wasn't perfect, of course - Barney Frank and Dick Blumenthal won their races. But Alan Grayson didn’t win! He lost. Badly! Watch gloat-fest 2010 HERE.


December 28, 2010

Glenn nominated for Time Person of the Year

Love him or hate him – one thing about Glenn that everyone can agree on is that people love to read about him. Fans want to hear what he has to say and so do the haters. That meant (unfortunately for America) Glenn’s mug was popping up everywhere.

Forbes Cover

Glenn talks a lot about how his business practices are more than a little unconventional, and yet 2010 has been Glenn’s most successful year yet. Forbes took notice, and on April 8th Glenn was the cover story on their magazine. It was an article about the success of his company. But it was really an article about you because Glenn's company literally wouldn't exist if it weren't for you. Your support has been amazing and it is truly appreciated. You work extremely hard for each and every dollar earned  - Glenn knows this and that's why it is his mission to ensure that when you spend your money (and even your time) with him, it's an investment you won't regret. Read the full article HERE.

NY Times Magazine

Glenn was all over the place in 2010. Washington DC, Wilmington, OH and various other cities all over the country. But perhaps the most shocking place Glenn showed up was on the cover of New York Times Magazine. The article made somewhat odd comparisons between Glenn and Drew Carey, talked about Glenn’s past and tendency to break out in tears, and - of course - his emergence as a media superstar. Nevertheless, Glenn found the article to be very fair, especially since it came from the bastion of media liberalism. To read the in depth (very long) article and see Glenn’s reaction, click HERE.

All the attention culminated with Glenn being nominated for Time’s Person of the Year – which eventually was awarded to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. But the real story isn’t that Glenn received recognition – this is recognition of you. Only a year prior you were ignored by Time in their ‘year in pictures’ – you felt alone – now everyone is hearing you loud and clear.


December 27, 2010

The Blaze

As if Glenn didn't have enough on his plate, he thought it'd be a good idea to pick up the slack for the mainstream media and start a brand new media platform. The latest is The Blaze ( theblaze.com), a site for news and opinion that's dedicated to covering all the big stories, and the stories the MSM are neglecting, spinning or not understanding. As Glenn put it, too many important stories were being overlooked or being distorted by the MSM. Let’s face it, Glenn was no stranger to complaining about the media. So he decided to do something about it. He went out and hired a team of journalists to go out and report the news the way it really happens.

Why call it The Blaze?

Glenn explains that when Moses saw the burning bush – the fire blazed  but the bush was not consumed. That fire was God. Stand in the truth and you will not be consumed – everything that isn’t the truth will eventually crumble.  Everyone at the Blaze will seek out truth and insight into current events, popular culture, and matters of faith and family. Built over just two months, The Blaze has already become a force to be reckoned with in the arena of online news, and 2010 was only the beginning. 2011 promises to be a big year for The Blaze as it continues to grow and become your #1 source for breaking news. Read Glenn's welcome note HERE.


December 24, 2010

Christmas Message from Glenn

Tomorrow is December 25th, what most think of as the end of the season.  But me, I see it as the “middle child” in our trilogy of American holidays.  We started back on Thanksgiving, preparing for the renewal that comes at the start of the New Year.  The thing is, January 1st can often be a disappointment. Not because your goals or resolutions were unrealistic, but because you didn’t properly prepare yourself spiritually.  That’s the process we’re going through.  So now that you cleared away the unnecessary distractions in your life on Thanksgiving (both material and otherwise) Christmas is the time to stop and think about what you really have and what it is you are truly grateful for.  This Christmas, I say that instead of spending the day saying, “Merry Christmas,” maybe it’s time we started to instead say, “Thank you.”

Christmas is a time for gratitude.  Think about just how blessed you are, and not just for your friends and family and whatever may be under the tree.  Think bigger. Think deeper.  Think of the Christ child and what he grew up to do.  What did he give up for you?  What are you willing to give up for others?  This is a time for service. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Be a shelter for someone else.  Help shoulder a burden and lighten someone’s load.  You, me…we all deserve a second chance, and that clean slate comes in the form of God’s redemption.  It’s the one gift we can all receive whenever we’re ready to accept it.  His redemption is always there for you, and not just on December 25th.

Be humble, get down on your knees and help your family rise up by getting down on their knees with you.  Christmas is a glorious time of year and perhaps the best time to remember the saying that goes, “All that is not given is lost.”  Show your gratitude through deeds and not just words.  Reflect on who you really are and what you really have. And through it all, be grateful that you’re here to experience it and know that the path towards redeeming your own life runs through the lives of others who also need help.  Then and only then can you be ready for what lies ahead in the New Year.  What a year it’s going to be!

And while I’m talking about gratitude, let me say just how thankful I am for you.  This year you have been especially gracious with your time and attention. You’ve sent me and my family your warm thoughts and prayers, and for that I will never be able to say thank you enough.  But I promise I’ll try.

May God bless you always, and I wish for you and yours a very Merry Christmas.


December 23, 2010

5pm on Fox still steamrolling

It was another great year on TV – the ratings continue to defy all the odds in the cable news world, routinely pulling down primetime numbers in a non-primetime slot. There were so many highlights, chalkboards, radicals and more – here’s 2 moments that stood out:

Glenn takes on Spooky Dude

Glenn had been talking all year about “Spooky Dude” George Soros, the power behind the throne of the Progressive movement. Well, after George Soros made a donation of a million dollars to support Media Matters in their crusade against Fox News, Glenn decided to reveal the puppet master behind the progressive structure that has taken hold over America. No stone was left unturned, as Glenn exposed Soros’ involvement in collapsing multiple governments throughout his lifetime. He tackled Soros’ childhood and education, drawing connections between his youth and his current world view. Glenn also went into depth about Soros’ connections to President Obama, known radical Van Jones, The Center for American Progress, and controversial legislation such as cap and trade. Glenn could have spent weeks and weeks focused solely on Soros, but rather than give all the answers on air, he put up the research needed for viewers to do their own homework.

The Red Phone finally Rings

It was a day that will live in infamy. Something happened that had never happened before. The red phone rang. As far as anyone on Glenn’s staff knew, the only people who had the number for the red phone were White House employees - so when Glenn was in a commercial break and the phone rang everyone went into a panic. The phone had sat quiet for so long on the set that no one could remember quite how to patch the audio into the control room! Glenn answered, and everyone was wondering who had called. Was it Robert Gibbs? John Holdren? President Obama himself? No, it was Tim from Texas. During one of Glenn’s monologues earlier in the show, he picked up the phone and the observant viewer was able to pause his DVR and copy down the number. After everyone calmed down, Glenn thanked him, got his information and made sure to send him something nice from the show. The staff made sure to change the number that night. The phone has not rung since.


December 22, 2010

The blueprint for America

“America’s First Christmas” from where Glenn dubbed ‘the ground zero of the recession’ Wilmington, Ohio. One of the themes all year long for Glenn was his core belief that we should expect miracles. In the midst of a tumultuous year, some incredible miracles still happened – including most recently in Wilmington. The people there are just incredible, and as soon as Glenn heard about them (a story in itself, how he found out) he knew their tale had to be told. Here were people who get it – America the way she was designed to be, people helping each other to get through very difficult times. The town had been thrust into economic hardship after DHL packed up and left town, taking 7,000+ jobs along with them. Glenn brought the show to Wilmington, not to bring them a message – but to bring their message to the rest of America. The values, principles, and all around human goodness in Wilmington and the ripple effect it’s already having on other Americans everywhere makes this a top moment of 2010…and look for more to come in 2011!


December 21, 2010

Health issues

Cancer? Rumsfield disease? Aspartame poisoning? Glenn’s health was a major concern in 2010. It’s hard to imagine someone built as rock solid as Glenn could have health issues (*cough*) but it was a scary year for Glenn and family this year. He announced he could go blind (he hasn’t), occasionally lacks feeling in his hands and feet (he’s still working like crazy), and has been working with a trainer to improve his health (on occasion). While Glenn underwent a series of tests at The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, there was one disease which could not be ruled out: nanobots!

While most “doctors” would not have reached this diagnosis, a caller was kind enough to call in and alert Glenn about “electronic harassment”. While the caller could not identify the sources of the attacks, referring to the attackers only as “they”, he said he had experienced many of the same symptoms as Glenn and was currently partially blind, hard of hearing, and experiencing similar tingling in his hands and feet. Stu immediately spent the rest of his day researching nanobot attacks, but nothing conclusive has been found at this time. But one thing Glenn can say conclusively – he felt each and every one of your prayers during times of doubt. The love and concern of this audience has left Glenn speechless (and often in tears) and the outpouring of support is something Glenn appreciated more than you can ever know, and will never be forgotten.  ( Transcript,The Blaze)


December 20, 2010

The next 2 weeks we are counting down the top Glenn moments of 2010. Today we start with:

Hey HEY, Ho HO, Glenn Beck has gots to GO! 2010 was another big year for boycotting Glenn Beck. He’s seen his share of boycotts since joining Fox News in 2009. Last year the highest profile boycotter was Obama’s Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, who used the group he founded, Color of Change, to lead the charge against Glenn. This year that boycott continued and a few others joined the mix. President Obama’s spiritual advisor Jim Wallis, through his group Sojourners, attempted to boycott Glenn over two words: Social Justice. Also joining in the fight to stop Glenn was the George Soros funded Tides Foundation. This ‘grassroots’ effort caught the eye of another organization: the George Soros funded Media Matters for America. They worked tirelessly and spent millions and millions and millions of dollars trying to get Glenn off the air. They failed. Instead, Glenn grew his radio program to over 400 stations nationwide, continued huge ratings on Fox News, pumped out New York Timesbestselling books, sold out theaters all over the country, had countless speaking engagements – AND actually expanded his media reach by adding 2 brand new platforms. That’s what the youth call a ‘boycott FAIL’.

One of those best-selling books is another top Glenn moment in 2010: The Overton Window

Glenn has spent years conquering the New York Times bestseller list, but the summer of 2010 saw Glenn pen his first political thriller. Noah Gardner, a young PR executive, has little interest in politics until he meets Molly Ross and gradually learns more and more about how America as we know it is about to be lost forever. Glenn blended fact and fiction to address the problems facing our country, andThe Overton Window debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. Some of the books glowing reviews:

“Let's face it, this book is horrible on all fronts. The plot is completely stupid and gets derailed every three chapters so someone can launch into pages-long political theories that make absolutely no sense.”

“I would never read this book and based on the reviews I read, I think I get the book.”

“The book is garbage. The writing is horrible.”

“This is an excellent read if you are suffering from insomnia, or need to purge your stomach.”

Everyone knew the libs would bash the book no matter what – need proof? To promote the book, Glenn played this fantastic promo which featured a poem by Nobel Prize winning writer Rudyard Kipling. Of course, the progressive dolts from the Huffington Post and others thought the poem was done by Glenn, so they bashed it. Oh, you progressives are sooo culturally superior! Not. Another thing critics get wrong about Glenn is that they often call him a shill for the Republican Party. Obviously they didn’t see his CPAC speech…

CPAC

Back in February, Glenn gave one of the biggest speeches of his career at the 2010 CPAC conference. Glenn was the keynote speaker for the three day conservative conference, and he took the opportunity to deliver a message to Republicans about getting their own house in order and eliminating the threat the Progressives present to America. Was it still morning in America, as Ronald Reagan so famously put it? Yes! It’s just a really bad hangover morning! Glenn accused the GOP of having an addiction to big government and big spending, and that the only way to fix the problem was to admit their problem, enter a “recovery program” and stop being Progressive-lite. Shockingly, most of the media coverage following the speech was fairly positive, or at least ignored.  Check out the full video of the speech HERE.

 

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.