Glenn Beck: Glenn and George


Fresh off his conviction of being a swinger last week, Stu had this to say about George Clooney... "I'm saying he looked hot."

Glenn: I have no idea that Stu said, I ended the show yesterday. I came back in the studio and, I was, like ‑‑ I didn't know that Stu got on and said yesterday, Glenn's out in the hallway and I'm not going to go get him because he's out in the hallway with George Clooney.

Stu: Yeah. It didn't seem like an event that would be repeated so, I figured let it play out. It was all of 30 seconds. What's the point of getting you in here so you can say what?

Glenn: So I could say, end of the show. See you tomorrow. So, I guess we should fill you in on the conversation that I had with George Clooney yesterday in the hallway. I find out ‑‑ I find out this morning that Bob Costas, who is on this floor all the time, a very nice guy, he's always bringing people up. I mean, everybody who is anybody who has been up here with Bob Costas ‑‑

Stu: He gets all the good guys. We don't get anybody.

Glenn: We don't get anybody. Well, that's because, as I find out today, a lot of his guests hate me and there's a few ‑‑ I guess there's been a few guests that have come up and they hated me. I really thought that George Clooney would hate me and maybe he does. I don't know. He's George Clooney, but ‑‑ so, yesterday I walk out of my studio and he comes around the corner and I look up and I'm, like, you're George Clooney. And he was actually the first one ‑‑ wasn't he, Stu, because I was out with Sarah.

Stu: Yeah.

Glenn: He was the first one. He came around the corner and he said, Glenn Beck. And I said, "Mr. Clooney! How are you?" And he said, "Good. How's the show going?" And I said, "Very good. It's going very, very well."


Then I thought, I'll offer an olive branch because this is something that I've said for a very long time on this program. Well, I disagree with George Clooney. George Clooney makes blood shoot out of my eyes on just about everything political, but I have also maintained that he's a really nice ‑‑ he seems like a really nice guy, a guy that you could sit down and talk to and still be normal with even though you disagree with him and that's the way I think we're supposed to be.


Why is it that that's the way we all are in our own personal life? I mean, you work with people you disagree with, you know. You disagree with them politically. It makes your eyes bleed, but they're nice people. What we've done to each other is we've allowed ourselves to be separated to where you can't join hands with them, apparently, on anything and so I said to George Clooney, I said, "Listen." I said, "My daughter has been talking to me for awhile on this one. She's in school and she's part of the stop Darfur campaign and" I said, "I know you don't really care about hearing stories about my daughter because you don't know me," I said, "but I just want you to know that people on the other side care deeply about Darfur, as well. I think we're going to be held personally responsible in the end if we haven't lent our voice, at least, to end Darfur. It's madness, what's happening there." I said, "We have to stop separating each other."

Stu: I think you said "tearing each other apart" or something.

Glenn: Yeah. "Stop tearing each other apart". And he looked at me in shock. Were you watching, Stu? You had the door open. You were listening, you little weasel.

Stu: I was totally eavesdropping.

Glenn: So, when you ended the show, did you end it with, "Glenn's with George Clooney, Shhh. I'm trying to listen?"

Stu: That's exactly what I did.

Glenn: Did you hear the whole conversation?

Stu: Most of it, bits and pieces.

Glenn: So, anyway, we have to stop tearing each other apart. And he looked at me stunned and he said, "I'm not tearing you apart. When have I torn you apart?"

Stu: He is, like, "I've never torn you apart."

Glenn: I've never torn you apart. And I said, "No, no, not you." And that's when Bob Costas joined in and said, "No. He saves all of his real vitreal for Bill O'Reilly." I laughed and Bob laughed and George didn't laugh. He said, "No, I've never torn you apart." I said, "I don't mean us tearing each other apart. I mean left versus right. Conservatives and liberals. We've got to stop tearing each other apart especially when we agree on so much."


And then he talked to me a little bit about Pat Robertson and how the right has been right on Darfur. How conservatives have come out of the woodwork for helping Darfur and I believed him. How he respected the right helping on Darfur.

Stu: I think it was important ‑‑ it seemed to me to be, at least, from hearing him, to not make that a left/right issue.

Glenn: Yeah, because we both agree on that. That's not a left/right issue. Now, we happen to disagree on how to solve the issue. I mean, you know, he believed for a long time the UN ‑‑ I don't want to ‑‑ I'll let George Clooney knee speak for himself on the UN, but I sure was left with the impression that he didn't think the UN was the answer anymore.

Stu: Yeah. He essentially said that to the UN. I mean, he was in front of the UN ‑‑

Glenn: That's right. He did do that. I can say that. He said the UN doesn't get it, is not going to stop it, and you know, inside of my head was Hallelujah? We've won one. Someone in Hollywood gets it. The UN is nothing but full of a bunch of rats that are going to side with whoever ‑‑ again, this is not my impression of George Clooney's point of view. And I have to tell you something. If I may approach the Bench here on an ADD moment. I hate having this conversation with you now because this morning I got up and in the paper here in New York there's a big article, "Trace Trashes Trump" and it's how Trace Adkins was on this radio broadcast. We're not carrying here in New York or ‑‑ we are in Chicago? Okay. And, you know, I like the fact that we have, like, a little club here. Do you know what I mean? That we're like, I can talk to you about stuff and the pin heads in the media don't listen and so we could just carry on. Now the media is listening and so now I feel bad, everything I tell you, because if I'm telling you something that somebody else has said to me and I'm using, like, for instance, the George Clooney conversation, I feel bad because I don't know what his parameters are. I don't want to have a conversation with somebody and then they go, well, wait a minute. I mean, you just said this ‑‑ that I said that about the UN? The only reason why I'm doing it now is because, as Stu pointed out, he's already said this stuff.

Stu: To the UN.

Glenn: Right. And so there's this big story about how Trace Adkins was on the program and he trashed Donald Trump and so now I've got to call Trace and say, I'm sorry. It's always been a little club. I hope this doesn't, you know, cause problems for you. I guess everybody who gets on the program now, you've got to know that ‑‑ I mean, we've always had the blog weasels out there, but, now, like, the media is listening and it sucks, but, anyway.


So, he was talking about, you know, the UN and I said, you know, China is supplying them with weapons and, you know, Russia, China, it's all ‑‑ I mean, everybody is ‑‑ nobody has a reason to fix it because it's about oil and religious extremism. That's what it's about, greed and power. And so, anyway, it was a good conversation and I stand by the fact that I think he is the guy I thought he was, a reasonable guy that I just never want to talk politics with, a reasonable guy as far as a guy who can just, you know ‑‑ you'll just be normal and I don't think he'll stab you in the back. Do you know what I mean? Did you get that impression from him?

Stu: Well, when we hang out, I feel like it's more ‑‑

Glenn: Oh, come on!

Stu: No. That is the impression I got from him.

Glenn: And Bob Costas is a good guy, too.

Stu: Yeah, he's always been very cool with us, but it seems that ‑‑ because I kind of was hoping to catch you, like, I was hoping to kind of go back for thighs transcripts because we have transcripts of the show that we have and I was looking for all the times you've mentioned George Clooney.

Glenn: Here's the thing, because honestly, one of the producers said, the producer of the Bob Costas show, said ‑‑ George Clooney walked in, he told Sarah this, when he walked in yesterday, he comes around the corner and my green room is right by the main entrance and he comes in the corner and he looks into my studio through the glass and he said, is that Glenn Beck? He said, yeah. He said, that guy rips me all the time. So then I found that out this morning and I was, like, oh my gosh, I feel bad because he thinks I'm a hypocrite because ‑‑ I remember ripping him on politics but not as a human being. Dan, you're looking at me with crossed eyes. Don't I usually say with George Clooney that I think he's a nice guy, he's a guy that you could actually have a conversation with.

Dan: Yeah.

Glenn: I just go with everything he says?

Dan: Before we kept records, I think we actually did a whole hour on debating that, that you could sit down and be cool with him, but you wouldn't want to come to fisticuffs or whatever with him.

Glenn: Fisticuffs? Who talks like that? Maureen Dowd from the "New York Times". Maureen Dowd, we're trying to get Maureen Dowd to listen to us.

Dan: So, I searched the transcripts since we started keeping these records.

Glenn: And no fisticuffs?

Dan: No. Can we stop distracting here?

Glenn: By the way, your spats are a little dirty.

Stu: My dungarees?

Glenn: It's dress‑down day.

Dan: Your biggest theme popped up a couple of months ago when he was in Time magazine, but your theory is that you're saying ‑‑ here. Let's see which one it is.

Glenn: You don't have any idea what it's like to have everything you say ‑‑ look. This is the thing I was talking about. I like this. This has always been, like, my little cubicle and we can talk and we can gossip and stuff and say whatever we want and nobody ever heard it. Do you know what I mean? It was just, like, you and me. We're just talking every day and now, like, people are taking record of everything I say. You have no idea what it's like to just let stuff spill out of your face three hours every day and then have somebody say, but excuse me. Back in September you said. I don't even remember that conversation! All right. What did I say?

Dan: Those days were rad.

Glenn: Do you know what this is? This is different than television. In television, you know, everything we say we, you know, make sure that it's exactly right. Here I'm just hanging out. Here it's just me.

Stu: Yeah. There's a lot more time to fill.

Dan: So, anyway, so you said ‑‑ here's one. You said, did you see the George Clooney article in Time magazine? Stu says, that's right. He's not sure if he's helping. You say you yeah, you think he might be hurting it and you say, nothing has changed. I was just held at gunpoint over there by a 14 year old kid. And you say, I'm actually going to reach out to George Clooney on this. I doubt he'll ever talk to me. Stu says, the next time ‑‑ you say, how, George, I was to talk to you for a minute and then you say, my people are going to contact his people because I think this is something that the left and the right can agree on. This is the point you harped on a couple of days in a row on about how he's been on the cover and ‑‑

Glenn: Stu, what have you found where I ‑‑ did you find anything, Dan that I ‑‑

Dan: No. You're saying, like, Hey, I think this guy ‑‑ I think he really cares about Darfur. I think he, you know ‑‑

Glenn: I do. I think Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt actually believe what they're doing. I think Angelina Jolie ‑‑ for instance, Madonna, skank, move on! Did I just say that out loud?

Stu: Yeah, you're going to be meeting her in the hallway.

Glenn: I'm sure I will. Do you think I'm going that walk out behind this bullet‑proof locked door with Madonna out there? She'll kick my butt!

Stu: All the sudden she's like a weight lifter.

Glenn: Yeah. George Clooney, was anybody surprised ‑‑ Sarah was so disappointed. She sat there with her mouth open. She's, like, George Clooney. George Clooney is standing right where I sit all the time. But were you surprised? He's, like, 90 pounds.

Stu: He is definitely thinner.

Glenn: He's not really 90 pounds. What do you think?

Stu: I have no idea. I wasn't looking him up and down like that, but I think ‑‑

Glenn: Shut up.

Stu: I was. I would say about a buck 50.

Glenn: What, 5'11"?

Dan: 5'8", 5'9".

Glenn: Seriously.

Dan: I wasn't standing right next to you. I was also stalking from the next room.

Glenn: Cowards! You could have stood by me and go, come on, George, come on! No. He was very nice.

Dan: He was about 5'10", 165. That would be my guess.

Glenn: He was surprisingly ‑‑ I looked at him and I was, like, I could take you by the legs and throw this over and say, I would like to exchange this, please, for the bigger version of George Clooney. In the movies he looks like he's really ‑‑

Stu: That's standard, though, isn't it? But his coolness is his weapon.

Glenn: Oh, it was like Danny Ocean walking through.

Stu: And they had to block off the floor.

Glenn: They... we had to block off the floor because people from other floors were coming up with their card keys and they were coming up to, you know, fawn all over him. So, they had to block off the floor yesterday and he walked if and he's in some $5,000 suit and he looks Like Danny Ocean

Stu: This guy is not speaking 14 hours in a makeup trailer.

Glenn: What are you saying here?

Stu: I'm saying he looked hot.

Glenn: There is no doubt about that. I hate to go all homosexual here, but he was hot. He was hot.

Stu: Yeah.

Glenn: What? I'm cool with my sexuality. It's not like I wanted to make sweet, tender love to him, but I'm just saying I'm glad my wife wasn't there. Never let your wife see George Clooney. Go see all the George Clooney you want. Never see him in person. Your wife will divorce you. That's all there is. She may kill you with a shovel at night. I'm not sure.

Stu: I have some quotes from you talking about Clooney. And I think you've been actually pretty ‑‑ you said ‑‑ let me ask you this: Is it really about Africa? I believe it with George Clooney and Darfur. I believe it with Angelina. Madonna? Come on. Even your appearance with Paula SANE. I completely believe Angelina. I balance sheet my believe George Clooney on Darfur. When man done in a says Africa to go by a kid? I have a hard time. Wow. I'll bet they're happy they hired you.

Glenn: He must have misunderstood.

Stu: Well, I mean, we obviously wreck on Hollywood and there's a couple of times you take a jokey sort of approach at Hollywood and he's included in. The biggest thing you said questioning I'm, Hey, I'm worried about Darfur, too, but we pull out of Iraq and we're going to have another Darfur on our hands.

Glenn: And I'll say this to his face, Hey, you care about Darfur, solve Iraq because if we pull out of Iraq, it will be a picnic in comparison so Darfur. I mean, it will be an absolute blood bath and I think I've even side, do you know what? Just tell George Clooney to pull back to Kuwait, stand there with the boats, we'll put all the guys on our boats and then George Clooney will go in because Hollywood will say it's cool to go in.

Stu: In summary, I was looking to catch you and call you a hypocrite. It's very disappointing.

Glenn: Keep looking.

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.

"Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris," is a podcast featuring conversations about how faith has guided newsmakers and celebrities through their best and worst times. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a much maligned religion so Glenn joined the podcast and took the time to explain what it means to him and how it changed his life.

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.