Glenn Beck called Jim Gaffigan one of his heroes while interviewing the comedian on Monday, saying he is “the funniest man in America now.”
“But what I really admire, you’re a hero of mine because you have just surrendered,” Beck said, laughing. “You’ve just said, ‘I’m going to be fat and lazy and I’m OK with that.’”
Gaffigan jokingly thanked Beck, but kindly corrected his interpretation of his lifestyle. As much as “we all want to lie in bed all day and eat bacon,” Gaffigan said, “we can’t.”
“I’m not proposing that people consume the way I talk,” Gaffigan remarked. “I do everything with my wife. And when we wrote Food: A Love Story, she was very insistent that we had a disclaimer in the beginning that said or more or less, ‘This is no way to lead your life.’ I was like, ‘I think you have to give people credit. They know I’m joking!’”
“I have to tell you, Jim. You’re crushing me,” Beck responded. “You are my hero up until about 45 seconds ago. I thought you did lay in bed all day and eat bacon.”
“I wish I could,” Gaffigan agreed. “But unfortunately, you know, I’ve got a lot of kids. And I say ‘a lot’ of kids because I don’t know the real number because there’s so many. … I have an 11-year-old, a 9-year-old, a 6-year-old, a 3-year-old, a 2-year-old. … I have to make some money.”
You can hear the complete audio of the interview, below:
Many parents and staff members have reached out to me and said the man in this picture is a custodian at Alan Shepard Elementary School in the Bourbonnais Elementary School District in Illinois.
According to a Facebook post accompanying the viral photo on June 3, the man, Steve “Mr. Steve” Weidner, “reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his ‘fans’!”
Superintendent Daniel Hollowell told TheBlaze in an email the picture was taken during the second grade recess by teacher Carrier Doig.
The school’s principal Shirley Padera told WGN-TV Mr. Steve “pays attention to the kids … he knows who they are.”
“He goes above and beyond,” Padera told the news station. “He’s loved by all the students and the teachers. He’s great!”
Original post follows.
I don’t know who, I don’t know where and I don’t know when. Heck, I don’t know if it’s even real, but if this really is the line at an elementary school for having the school custodian sign your yearbook, I know that it’s just about the sweetest thing I’ve seen all week.
Often under appreciated members of school staff, custodians play a vital role in keeping things tip-top and shipshape.
In this case, the photo shared on the social news site Reddit, which quickly made it to the top of the site’s front page, being voted up by readers, appears to show the most popular person at the school.
“I think it’s awesome an employee with no obligation to be a part of these children’s lives has made such an impact they’re willing to wait in line just for his signature. I would like to know how many teachers had students line up for their signature. What a guy,” a Reddit user going by gagewhite wrote.
This isn’t the only sweet instance of students treating custodial staff right recently. In California, a custodian retiring after 25 years at his post was given an epic sendoff:
If you know who, where and/or when this took place, I’d love to learn more backstory about the touching photo. I can be reached at email@example.com.
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Michelle Malkin’s new book, “Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs*” is not only a powerful rebuke of President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” remark, but a celebration of the virtues of free enterprise, providing a series of valuable and entertaining lessons on entrepreneurship, innovation and markets through compelling individual stories.
We had the chance to sit down with Malkin to discuss “Who Built That,” and in one particularly interesting part of our in-depth interview discussed “I, Toilet Paper,” a chapter the author based on the essential Leonard Read essay “I, Pencil,” the development of the air conditioner, and how these stories give us insight into capitalism and free market economist Friedrich Hayek.
Here’s that part of our conversation:
I remember reading this ["I, Pencil"] early on as a young conservative — this essay that used the pencil to illustrate the magic of not only the mundane (you know just this lowly little consumer product), but also as an illustration that there is no federal edict, no central command in the world that could produce a pencil. That in fact it takes many many people around the world pursuing their own self-interest — whether it’s the rubber makers in India who supply the rubber for the eraser, or the timber mill operator in Oregon, who doesn’t give a hoot about the people in India, who is simply pursuing his own profit. And somehow they all magically are able to cooperate to produce one single pencil.
Title: Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs
Author: Michelle Malkin
And so I adapted that concept with the roll of toilet paper, which is just as mundane and just as lowly as a pencil. And I walk through the entire sort of family tree of capitalists who helped produce toilet paper.
It’s funny because this exact chapter was the target of smearing mockery by the book reviewer at the Washington Post this week, who engaged in a lot of literal bathroom humor when he was trying to mock my book. And all of his liberal journalist friends all ate it up. And I think that’s quite a shame. And it actually kind of illustrates exactly why I wrote this book, because I am trying to immunize kids against that kind of smugness. I mean, [it's] so out of touch.
I think it’s cool, I think it’s a miracle when you hold up a roll of paper and you think of — all the way back to the Revolutionary Age, the colonial times when our Founding Fathers were the first investors in paper mills all up and down Pennsylvania, who, you know, had no imagination, no vision of thinking that … when you’re sitting in the bathroom, that they were helping you. They didn’t care about us, they didn’t care about our backsides, they cared about their own bottom lines. And that’s a good thing.
Our interview continued:
Ben Weingarten: One real takeaway from “I, Toilet Paper,” “I Pencil,” anything else which shows you how you pull together all of these different processes and resources, and no one person’s coordinating it but it all comes together, is that that really undermines all elements of central planning, and government’s roll in an economy in and of itself.
You know I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal recently, and they were talking about the Federal Reserve. And without getting into the specifics of it, they talk about how the Fed has a computer system that has thousands of variables or hundreds of variables in it, and they tweak the different assumptions to see what the right interest rate should be.
And when you think about “I, Pencil” or “I, Toilet Paper,” it shows you that no one person and no one computer could ever figure out what the ideal price of anything is, whether it’s an interest rate, or an iPad or any other product. It is people working together and through, you know sort of spontaneous harmony — to speak to something like [Friedrich] Hayek, “spontaneous order” — that’s how the world works.
Michelle Malkin: Yes, yes. And I love the invocation of Hayek, because of course the other concept here is the idea of “The Fatal Conceit” — that these central planners know all. And to your point, it’s not merely that these people — that they fail to know what the proper price of anything is, but what the proper use of anything is. And I think that the chapter — I did chapter 2 on “The Wizards of Cool,” the Carrier Corporation — Willis Carrier and Irving Lyle, and their band of brothers — who brought these massive innovations in cooling and then eventually heating to America. And when they initially started out it was really to help a print company that was having problem with humidity in New York City kind of in the middle of one of these early 20th century heat waves. And the ink was running and so they needed somebody to solve that problem.
Well, you know eventually the air conditioning and the coolant systems that they introduced really are responsible for Hollywood and the movie industry, malls, the entire development of the Southwest and the South for that matter on the East Coast, hospitals. Vaccines wouldn’t exist without a lot of their innovative breakthroughs.
But they could have not imagined when they embarked on that journey that it would lead to all of those things, and it shows you that — the contrast between just the utter lack of vision that government bureaucrats have, and what’s possible when you give individual profit-seekers the opportunity to pursue their ends as far as they can go.
During the interview, we also had a chance to discuss a series of other topics including: (more…)
Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for celebrity chef Bobby Flay. For the first time in the history of Hollywood’s storied “Walk of Fame,” a chef was being honored with a star on the legendary walk.
With family, friends and fans gathered to witness the unveiling, Flay said a few words and pulled back the cover, revealing his star.
Flay’s fellow chef and friend, Michael Symon from ABC-TV’s “The Chew,” made the trip to witness the event.
But as it was all happening, a few people in the crowd noticed something strange. Flying overhead, a large banner pulled by a small, low-flying, plane read, “Cheater.”
Neither Flay nor anyone in the crowd addressed the banner, and after the short ceremony ended it quickly disappeared.
Entertainment Tonight filed this report on the event:
Watch the uncut, full ceremony here.
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Ann Coulter’s new book “Adios, America” has created significant buzz over Coulter’s political correctness-free belief that mass immigration legal and illegal from Third World nations represents a conscious plot by the left to fundamentally transform the country.
An overlooked element of Coulter’s book however is her argument that given some of the surprising statistics and anecdotes she came upon in researching the subject, women, minorities and the environment represent the biggest casualties of mass immigration since 1970.
Most shocking and egregious of all, in Coulter’s own view, are the disproportionate amount of brutal sex crimes committed by immigrants and the media’s double standard on this issue. She explained during our explosive in-depth interview:
The massive amount of child rape [was most outrageous to Coulter]. Child rape, gang rape, incest rape, and particularly for an American. I mean, American women are about to realize American men were the best they ever had it. As I say in the book, even continental Europeans can’t compete. In de Tocqueville, writing about America, he commented on how women are treated with such respect and honor, and no crime is visited with greater severity of sanction then rape in this new country of America — contrasting America’s treatment of rape so severely unfavorable with that in France.
Title: Adios, America
Author: Ann Coulter
Meanwhile, I mean part of the reason I concentrated on it is they’re just kind of arresting, keep-you-up-all-night stories … but also we have just lived through the last four or five years of the media trying to put on this conceptual art piece trying to persuade Americans that “white American men: huge gang-rapists, fraternities, lacrosse teams, the military.” And one after another all of them turn out to be hoaxes. But at the very same time, this same media is hiding shocking case of gang rape, child rape, incest rape, concubinage.
That Indian in San Francisco Lakireddy Bali Reddy, importing the 12-year-old girls from India whom he had bought from their parents for sex. And that story — I mean it’s the one thing when I came across — it wasn’t broken by the media, it was broken by a high school journalism class … It’s I think quite a breathtaking story. And I asked a lot of my friends about it who follow the news pretty closely, some of them more closely than I do. The fact that none of them knew about that case, that tells you, that story by itself tells you how the media is in overdrive to hide the downside of mass immigration from the Third World. We will hear about every immigrant who wins a spelling bee, but we will not hear about the massive uptick in child rape, gang rape, incest rape, drunk driving, the trashing of our national parks, pesticides being dumped within a few miles of the world’s tallest tree. Peasant cultures don’t have a lot of respect for the environment — they have no concept of litter … Mexico is farther along then many of the peasant cultures we’re bringing in, and Mexico is still in the slash and burn stage of capitalism. [Link ours]
Dana Loesch, host of Dana on TheBlaze TV weeknights at 6 p.m. ET, decided to bring the “most politically incorrect” T-shirt to work on Tuesday, which just so happened to be “Gun Violence Awareness Day.”
The initiative was taken to the national level by anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety and encourages people to wear orange to protest gun violence.
Here’s the shirt Loesch, a highly outspoken pro-gun advocate, brought with her on Gun Violence Awareness Day:
Just let her explain:
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One of the author’s more contentious arguments concerns Coulter’s overarching belief that immigration — legal and illegal — is being used to consciously undermine the country, in a formula that she describes in shorthand as “Third World immigration + massive welfare state + political correctness = The End of America.”
In a section of her book titled “Proud to be Un-American,” Coulter expounds upon this argument, writing:
Immigration is how the Left decided to punish American. The anti-American crowd used to dash off to fight with Communist insurgencies in Third World jungles. But the fun of being self-righteous was sometimes cut short when they ended up in prison, like Lori Berenson who was arrested for her activities with the Túpac Amara Revolutionary Movement in Peru. Rather than hating America from abroad, today’s radicals can hate it right here at home by bringing the Third World to America! Google immigrant rights group files suit and you’ll get 20 million hits.
Even after the country had twice elected the angel Obama, only 40 percent of liberals told Pew Research they were “proud to be American”–compared with more than 70 percent of conservatives. Our recent immigrants agree with liberals! … According to a Washington Post poll, a majority of second-generation immigrants from Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Vietnam, and the West Indies did not refer to themselves as “Americans” and said America was not the best country in the world.
Title: Adios, America
Author: Ann Coulter
Sending undesirable immigrants to an enemy nation is a war tactic, such as, in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter idiotically offered to take any Cubans who wanted to come to America and Fidel Castro responded by emptying Cuba’s prisons and mental institutions onto the Mariel boatlift. Today, immigration is again being used as a war technique by America’s enemies: Democrats. Instead of Communist dictators conniving to send their headaches to the United States, American liberals are conniving to bring them here–and then hand them voter registration cards. Third World immigration is a win-win for the Left. They can instruct immigrants on hating the country and get their housework done at the same time!
… To its dismay, the American Left is utterly bereft of working-class members–the very proletarian masses they hoped to champion! Instead, their meetings are jammed with college professors and feminists. But you know where liberals have finally found a working class amenable to left-wing politics and violent political demonstrations? Take a look at Latin American politics for your clue.
The immigrants themselves are window dressing for left-wing activists’ campaign to destroy America. Foreign names go on the masthead, but left-wing zealots lead the team. Michele Waslin, for years the spokesman for “La Raza”–meaning “a race other than hers”–denounced a legislative proposal to encourage immigrants to learn English and American history, saying “patriotism and traditional American values” are “potentially dangerous to our communities.” Leftists have no trouble adopting the persona of an oppressed Third World person. The only identity they have difficulty assuming is: “American.”
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A few Sundays ago, on May 10, 2015, I went down to a public pier in New York City (Pier 11), not far from my apartment, to shoot a fun video about the interesting fleet of boats that daily ply the waters off our small island of Manhattan.
Making videos with just a small point and shoot camera, a tripod, my iPhone and free editing software is one way I relax on weekends. You can view samples of some of my other videos from around the city here, here and here. Generally my goal with these short films is to try to capture the beauty and the chaos that makes this complicated machine of a city work.
What happened on this particular Sunday, however, left me shaken and pondering what kind of First Amendment rights journalists, photographers, and members of the public actually have on their public property in New York City.
As you can see in the video, I was shooting from a public park on public property. I was standing far from the loading and unloading of boats, and had been at it for about an hour before I was approached in consecutive order by a deckhand from the NY Waterway vessel, then what appeared to be the captain from that same ferry, then by a security guard. I was finally surrounded by a group of three or four security guards who quite literally tried to take my camera and detain me. They then chased me off pier and accused me of interfering with their operations.
There was also a rather amusing moment when the security guard who first ordered me to take-down my tripod (I complied) accidentally read me the rule from his book of rules for the pier that explicitly said anyone is allowed to take photos or videos “with or without a tripod” as long as they were using a handheld device and stayed out of the way. Baffling.
All of that was disturbing but what transpired next was simply scary.
I finally abandoned Pier 11 with my heart pounding and was walking several blocks away, strolling up an unpopulated section of New York City’s iconic Wall Street, when a person who I am fairly confident was one of the security guards from the earlier altercation ran at me at a full sprint and attempted to snatch the small camera I was carrying which was still mounted on my folded tripod.
Years of running and playing sports have kept me reasonably nimble on my feet and believe it was only my own evasive action that prevented my camera from being stolen and injury to my person.
Because I was not expecting to be attacked from behind by a security guard working on New York City public property, and because I was far from the area where the earlier verbal altercation had occurred, I did not, unfortunately, have my camera rolling at the moment of crisis.
Its worth adding for the sake of accuracy that I do not know what would have happened if I had not evaded the tall man, who I believe was the same security guard from Pier 11.
It could be that he was only attempting give me the impression that he was going to rob or assault me. Either way it was frightening and it would be exceedingly difficult to justify this run at me as proper comportment for someone in whom the public are asked to place their trust.
The only evidence that might exist from this frightening encounter would have to come from one of the many security cameras that blanket nearly every inch of lower Manhattan with 24-hour video surveillance.
In a later conversation with the New York City Police Department, I explained that I had been threatened, but the two polite officers declined to begin an investigation or attempt to extract that video for me since I had managed to avoid the theft and bodily harm.
“If someone tries to punch and me they miss what is that?” I asked.
“Its nothing,” Officer Young replied. “Ha ha. I swear to God. They have to hit you. You have to get injured. You have to sustain an injury to have an assault.”
“I’m sorry,” continued Officer Young. “We’re sorry. We’re here, we listened. That’s all.”
I did reach out to both New York City and NY Waterway. New York City did not return my phone calls. A spokesperson for NY Waterway declined to comment on the record.
I am not a free speech activist and had no intention of making a conflict video with authority figures. I simply went down to a public part of the city to do what thousands of New Yorkers and visitors do ever day.
I decided to publish this video and account because I think it raises important questions on free speech for photographers, videographers and journalists.
Next Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific crash that nearly killed comedian Tracy Morgan and did take the life of his friend, comic James McNair.
Last week, Morgan and Walmart announced a settlement had been reached.
Monday morning, the comedian and his lawyer, Benedict Morelli stopped by NBC’s Today Show and talked frankly about the accident (what he can remember about it), the loss of his close friend and mentor James McNair and how he is dealing with the tragedy.
Some of Matt Lauer’s Today Show colleagues tweeted about Morgan’s interview.
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 1, 2015
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) June 1, 2015
Billboard Magazine tweeted a statement from Tracy Morgan that echoed across social media.
Watch Tracy Morgan's first interview since the crash: "The case is settled but the pain is always going to be there" http://t.co/4CIonx0OS4
— billboard (@billboard) June 1, 2015
One of the interview’s most poignant moments happened when Lauer asked Morgan if he would be returning to stand up comedy.
Morgan’s response, “I love comedy. I love comedy. I never stopped loving her. I love comedy and I can’t wait to get back to her.”
Watch the uncut interview with Morgan:
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Retired Air Force Col. Richard Brauer Jr. with Special Operations Speaks informed us that it’s possible to impeach an official after they are out of office. He thinks Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is a worthy candidate.
We also had a wide-ranging interview with a man who may face Hillary Clinton in a general election contest: the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker. Walker commented on the Obama foreign policy and his vision to correct it. He talked about immigration reform. And he reacted strongly to Resident Obama’s bashing of those parents who scrimp, save and sacrifice to allow their children to escape failing government schools by sending them to private schools.
To hear the case for Hillary’s impeachment, cue to 10:50. And to hear Gov. Scott Walker, cue to 1:13:38:
Brad Meltzer is one of the most accomplished authors in America. With many best-sellers to his name, a successful career in television, and top honors for his work, he could just rest on his laurels.
But he won’t. There’s too much at stake.
He is an all-American, rags-to-riches success story, and he knows he didn’t get there by accident. For him, what is most noteworthy about his life is how none of it would have happened without the amazing power of his parents’ love and the way it fuels him today.
And you won’t want miss the strange-but-true story of Science Fiction Land—an amusement park that would put Disneyland to shame—and the sci-fi movie it was designed for. Neither project ever happened, but the dreamer behind it changed the world.
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Brad Meltzer is an all-American success story. He didn’t get there by accident.
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A new Purina ad produced by BuzzFeed amassed nearly 400,000 views just hours after it was published.
The three-minute spot, dubbed “Puppyhood,” shows a man bond with his new dog after spontaneously making the decision to adopt her.
Former federal prosecutor and current National Review contributor Andrew McCarthy has published a slender but substantive new book coincidentally released eerily close to the recent Garland jihadist attack titled “Islam and Free Speech.”
We had the chance to sit down with McCarthy to discuss a variety of topics relating to his new book including a broader question that America has been grappling with for over a decade since Sept. 11, 2001: How can a free and pluralistic society built on protecting liberty including specifically religious liberty adequately counter a theopolitical Islamic supremacist ideology that seeks to use our freedoms and tolerance to undermine us.
Here is how McCarthy responded to the question:
The doctrine of Soviet Communism was … ultimately not just the complete and extensive undermining of [the U.S.], but when and if or if and when finally necessary, the violent overthrow of the United States, or the United States government.
So it’s not like this is the first time that we’ve dealt with a conquest ideology that seeks … to supplant the West with its own vision of what society should be. We’ve had this kind of a problem before.
The difference is, Soviet ideology never traveled under the banner of religious liberty, and there was never the kind of squeamishness about examining it that we have now. And … the best way to combat it is to get over that squeamishness.
Title: Islam and Free Speech (Encounter Broadside)
Author: Andrew C McCarthy
What we have to understand is that there is a difference between what we ought to regard as Islam the religion … which is something that is adhered to by, you know, many many many patriotic American Muslims, who have no desire whatsoever to have a United States that’s structured like the totalitarian societies that a lot of them either left or reject for their own reasons.
So we have to distinguish that from this political Islamist ideology that is rooted in Islamic doctrine, and a very literal interpretation of it, and that rejects a division between church and state, or between mosque and state.
That ideology is — it has a religious component — but it’s a political ideology overwhelmingly. And it ought to be dealt with as one. And we should stop — you know our public officials should stop trying to label it as something it isn’t. It’s a political, totalitarian conquest ideology that has certain religious elements to it.
But the important thing from our perspective is it’s like every other political ideology that competes and has animus towards the west. And we have to see ourselves as in competition with it and needing to defeat it, rather than trying to figure out how we can accommodate it under the auspices of our commitment to religious liberty, because overwhelmingly it’s not a religious doctrine. The political element of it is overwhelmingly a totalitarian political doctrine. And we shouldn’t, just because it has a few religious elements to it, lose sight of the bigger picture.
You can listen to our interview in full below, or keep scrolling to listen to select clips on topics ranging from the ignored totalitarian nature of Shariah speech prohibitions to McCarthy’s defense of Section 215 of the Patriot Act and why McCarthy believes that conservative Americans frightened of a government that has targeted them through the IRS should be trusted with such powers.
Former Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley is telling everyone to “stay tuned” for an announcement.
We’re pretty sure we know what it is.
A video posted Friday morning has O’Malley plucking out the familiar notes of “Hail to the Chief” on guitar.
O’Malley’s planned Saturday morning announcement will make him the third declared candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Wednesday’s revelations about FIFA may have surprised some people, but not regular “Simpsons” viewers.
Homer Simpson knew about the widespread corruption in the world of soccer more than a year ago, when last season he became a World Cup referee on the hit Fox show.
Watch a clip from the episode, “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” from March 2014:
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Bobby Crosby is a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan.
He brings a video camera to every game he attends, and over the weekend, he recorded himself catching a home run ball — “the perfect snow cone,” he called it.
After the catch, Crosby’s grab was featured on the centerfield scoreboard screen as fans in the left field stands chanted, “MVP, MVP, MVP!”
Thanks to his “Dodgerfilms” YouTube channel, Crosby is known to many of the players and and tens of thousands of baseball fans.
Sunday’s catch was captured and uploaded later that day — see it at the 2:25 mark:
This is far from the first home run caught by Crosby (he’s got 22 home run catches) — it’s not even his first homer caught this season. On May 2, Crosby caught a blast off the bat of Arizona Diamondback’s Aaron Hill, which he posted on his YouTube channel as part of his coverage of the game.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully spotted Crosby’s catch and commented on it during the broadcast, later referring to Crosby’s video obsession as “the selfie of all selfies.”
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For your listening pleasure, we have compiled 10 of our most recent Blaze Books audio interviews with leading conservative and libertarian thinkers on topics ranging from the Constitution to national defense.
The book centers on the Secret Service, a spy ring created to protect the president and the terrifying history of a government experiment on citizens with decades-long ramifications. Much of Meltzer’s thriller is based in fact, including a key part of the story regarding a secret island where the conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln were sent.
During our in-depth interview with Meltzer, which you can listen to in full below, Brad told us the story of that island:
This tiny…secret island that held…Lincoln’s killers was right in my backdoor south of Florida
… [A]nyone who knows me knows as a long-time guest of Glenn Beck’s programs knows my obsession with Lincoln, like Glenn himself. And I was doing research, right after Lincoln was shot … there were many people who were … guilty of the crime. Four of them were hung … In Washington, D.C. four of them were hung.
The other four were actually sent to prison. And they were told that they were supposed to go north and they were going to go to some prison up in New York I think it was. And in the middle of the night, these four — Ned Spangler and Dr. Samuel Mudd and others — were pulled out of their cells, they were thrown on a ship, and they could see that the fact that the land was on their right that they were not going north, they were going south. And they kept going south. And they went so far south they went past Key West.
Now many people think that Key West is the southernmost tip of the United States. Actually there’s an island that’s further than that, and it’s a place called by some “Devil’s Island.” It’s now the Dry Tortugas. It’s the home of a place called Port Jefferson. There’s a real place that exists, and what happened was, it’s literally an island like “Gilligan’s Island …” where there’s a giant almost medieval fort made of millions of bricks.
And at one point in time back during the Civil War, we used to think that castles and fortresses were the way that we were gonna protect our nation. You know everyone in Europe had these big castles. Everyone was making big castles. And so we had millions of bricks chugged out to this island, and what happened was is, eventually the steam engine was invented, and weapons were invented that make a fort and the brick wall look like a pillow fort. And they said, “You know what? Castles are useless. Fortresses are useless.” And they abandoned this island.
And Abraham Lincoln’s killers were put on this island. Abraham Lincoln himself used to use it for Civil War deserters, but … when he died they used it as a prison. And this tiny, hidden, secret island that held Abraham Lincoln’s killers was right in my backdoor south of Florida. And you better believe I went down there to see it. And what I saw there — you’re gonna see all in the book, I don’t want to ruin the end of “The President’s Shadow” — but what’s on that island, the secret rooms that are on that island. All of those things were real. And it was amazing to walk in the real history of the men who killed Abraham Lincoln.
During the interview, Brad and I also had the chance to discuss several other topics including: (more…)