Jason Hawes, How Dare You…

So today at work I received a text message that read “last night on an interview Jason Hawes claimed that TAPS is the reason Fort Mifflin is still open.”  I can’t begin to explain how much this pissed me off, it is no secret I used to be a ghost hunter and Fort Mifflin has always been one of my favorite places to visit, attend and even work events when they are held there.

Now for those who do not know what Fort Mifflin is, here is the brief history of the location found on their website http://fortmifflin.us

“Located on the scenic Delaware River, Fort Mifflin was originally built by the British in 1771. It is the site of the largest bombardment the North American continent has ever witnessed. In 1777, during the American Revolution, a valiant five-week battle took place when the British Navy attacked Fort Mifflin on Mud Island. The British had the garrison of approximately 400 Continental soldiers surrounded from three sides. Attempting to open the supply line for the British Army already in the Rebel capital of Philadelphia, the British shot over 10,000 cannonballs at the Fort, causing the garrison to eventually evacuate. Over 150 Continental soldiers died as a result of the battle and led Thomas Paine to write: “The garrison , with scarce anything to cover them but their bravery, survived in the midst of the mud, shot & shells, and were obliged to give up more to the powers of time & gunpowder than to military superiority.” This allowed General Washington and the Continental Army to repair to their winter quarters in a place called the Valley Forge. Too late in the season for British General Howe to chase them, the garrison at Fort Mifflin thus extended the war and allowed the American army time to regroup until the spring of 1778.

Forever after that known as the “Valiant Defender of the Delaware”, Fort Mifflin was reconstructed in 1798 as one of the coastal defenses of the era. An active military post until the Korean War, this made the Fort one of the longest continually used military posts in the nation up until that time. The Fort has played many roles in the security of our Nation in its 235 years of existence; garrisoned in the War of 1812, a Confederate prison during the Civil War and a munitions depot in World Wars I & II.

The Fort is home to 14 restored historic structures constructed from 1778 to 1875, including an Enlisted Barracks, Officer’s Quarters, Blacksmith Shop and the casemates (or as the students like to call them, the dungeons.) The Fort is situated on the beautiful banks of the Delaware River, where you can eat a picnic lunch and watch the abundant fauna and flora or investigate the ancient moat, which is home to all sorts of aquatic life. Our fully stocked Gift Shop located inside the Fort offers authentic reproduction Revolutionary and Civil War items, as well as a tremendous selection of books and art work.

The Fort also offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year. You’ll find some era in history for you, your family or a friends liking. Our numerous annual events, such as Civil War Garrison days, 4th of July Freedom Blast and the Annual Siege of Fort Mifflin are sure to please everyone. We also allow groups to rent the Fort for parties and company functions; have a kid’s birthday party or your next meeting in our conference room, we even have a full-service kitchen. Thousands of school students visit each year and participate in our education and interpretive programs, tours, weapons demonstrations and their favorite, the firing of our cannon.
Fort Mifflin is one of the most unique historic sites in the country and it’s just outside downtown Philadelphia. So why not become a member and join the fun and excitement at the “Fort That Saved America.

 One of my best friends and co-host on Strange Frequencies Radio Robyn McKinney has put many hours, blood, sweat and tears into saving this location, along with numerous other individuals I can’t begin to name.  People, who have never asked for accolade or recognition, have done more to save this amazing location then Jason Hawes or TAPS ever has.  Before I go on to make it sound like I am taking something on word of mouth, I downloaded this interview and this is exactly what Hawes said:

 Jason Hawes:  “Fort Mifflin, we did multiple events for them that we were able to give them enough money to keep the place open, so that people and investigators were able to go there and spend time and check out this location, this place wouldn’t be open if we hadn’t done that.   “ 

 Radio Host: “That’s right, I believe the TAPS home team recently did a fund raising event there at Fort Mifflin, is that correct?”

 Jason Hawes: “Yes, absolutely.”

 Excuse me, a TAPS home team charity event?  No it was a Para event which was again held by Robyn McKinney.  TAPS home team participated in the event but they were invited to come, it wasn’t their event.  The Radio host should really get her facts straight, before commenting on things that are incorrect, same with Jason Hawes. 

I do know something that Jason Hawes may not know.  It is the public’s right to know how much money was donated to a charity.  So for instance in 2008 you sold out an event at Fort Mifflin, which was over 150 people, tickets were $250 a piece so ticket sales alone $37,500, this doesn’t include the killing that was made off of merchandise.  For a man who claims to be the reason for keeping Fort Mifflin open, you sure didn’t donate that much, a mere $4,000.  Now I can’t speak for Fort Mifflin, I am sure they are very grateful for that donation, but as far as you being the ones who kept the Fort alive and open…not so much.     Para donated 4x ($16,000) as much in 2 events then what TAPS did in a 2 day event, that’s a fact.  And I am please to say none of them are arrogant enough to preach about it on a radio show.  It isn’t and has never been about reward and praise, charity to the Fort and their community is rewarding enough. 

 Jason Hawes not only are you a very arrogant person you are also very ignorant and highly insulting to the many people and/or groups that have donated their precious time and all their earnings to help the cause.  It’s very easy to give a dollar if you get to keep 2, you should know a little about that.

 There is so much more I want to say, but I had to write it so fast here at work.  Thank you to all the people who have helped keep Fort Mifflin open, especially to Robyn McKinney and PARA.  Remember the Fort isnt off life support like Jason Hawes makes it sound and the only reason it is still open is because of the numerous donations many people have made, not just TAPS.  So please Help save the Fort that helped save America, by donating anything to link above.

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

16 Responses to Jason Hawes, How Dare You…

  1. Robyn McKinney says:

    I do want to say, I do not blame TAPS home team for any of the comments made, they were very helpful during the event they came to, and I was happy to have them there. Jason Hawes just seems to talk about things he is completely unaware of.

    • Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic says:

      I don’t want to sound like I was shit talking the home team group, I wasn’t. What pissed me off is it was made to sound like a TAPS event and it wasn’t.

  2. Rachel says:

    I think it’s very important to note that at this point, it’s not because Hawes is getting credit for the mere 4 grand helped raise, if he wants credit for that fine. But the fact that he’s taking credit for much much more than he did AND ignoring those who helped and did MORE is the slap in the face. Whether or not you believe it’s haunted, it’s a historic place that deserves to be saved. And it’s sad that petty jerks like Hawes have to use it as just another way to get attention and feel important.

  3. Beth says:

    Fort Mifflin is operated by Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, a registered charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3). We are open today as a result of operations (both historic and paranormal programming) and generous donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. We gratefully accept ALL donations. The way to make a donation that actually supports the Fort is to make a check payable to Fort Mifflin on the Delaware and mail it to the Fort office at Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads, Philadelphia, PA 19153 or call the office at 215-685-4167 to donate via credit card. We are hosting a special winter “Sleep With the Ghosts” event this coming Friday, February 4th. Limited spaces ($90 per person) are still available – call the office to reserve yours!

  4. The Godfather says:

    thank you for posting your thoughts on this

  5. Robert Belford says:

    Jason Hawes, what can I say. The sellout who “gives” $4000, and expects to be crowned “savior of Fort Mifflin”. What an asshole. The place that saved Amerca needs to raise $50, 000 per quarter to avoid from closing, and demolition by developers. TAPS is a phony “organizaton”. Look at the “headquarters”, a former store at the end of a strip shopping center across from the Warwick Fire Department. And if you happen to be there when the “TAPS vehicles” are there, they have California plates with quick removal screws, to place Rhode Island plates on. SyFy owns everything, lock, stock, and barrel…

  6. Lou says:

    Ok, after reading all of this B.S from Jason, not our beloved Jason Korbus by the way. I just had to reply (due to coercion, lol) but seriously. Hawes is such a fat pig taking the stand of “we saved the Ft. Mifflin.” that’s almost saying, ” TAPS arriving to your location is like the touch of God saving you.” Bullshit. So he gave $4000. Yay. Thank you for your time. That’s like saying, since I flew to Philly from Los Angeles for the event held this past November to help out. (I helped out in the parking lot with Mike, cause Robyn stuck me out their !! Lol) Anyway, I can say that, like Jason Hawes little contribution, I also open/saved Fort Mifflin due to my parking lot assistance. Your welcome Robyn & the city of Philadelphia & the United States for preserving history 🙂
    I can guarantee that the TAP groupies, or Mafia as he pointed out will gather together to protect (stroke) his ego even more. Thanks Jason H. for being a pompous ass & not giving credit where & when it’s due.

  7. I says:

    More evidence of how self-centered and clueless these TV people are. I have volunteered my time and held events to fundraise for Fort Mifflin and not once did I see anyone from TAPS or any other group there. As a matter of fact, every time I am there I see the same volunteers. They are the ones that keep the fort open. No one event does that; it takes all of the events, including the historic and boy scout events to keep the place going and getting funding. No one individual, organization, or volunteer can take credit for keeping the place open.
    Support Fort Mifflin!!

    • Lou says:

      NO !! Your wrong !!! I saved all by myself, without me telling people where to park. As far as we all know, they would still be out in the parking lot, being clueless.

  8. Lorraine says:

    Amen to “I says”! “No one individual,organization,or volunteer can take credit” It has been a collective effort and hard work by so many wonderful people!” Fort Mifflin is saying “Thank you to all!”

  9. Robert Belford says:

    If Jason Hawes is “the savior of Fort Mifflin”, then I am King Midas shitting out golden bricks to build the bridge to Shangri La. The pompous attitude of Hawes taking the claim is exactly what he states what his Facebook fanpage is about, smartass comments. This backyard bully keeps up with his bloviating, calloused behavior, his shit is going to be handed to him. The time has come for Hawes to come clean, and produce records showing what money and how much was given to the fort. We need to know.

  10. The Shadow says:

    To respond to those who wait for any little comment that you can take and run with in hopes to stir trouble
    by Jason Hawes/TAPS on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 12:47pm
    To respond to those who wait for any little comment that you can take and run with in hopes to stir trouble,
    It has always been a combined effort to keep these locations available to the public and investigators. Its not all because of “TAPS” it is from everyone including the fans who spend their money on auctions, events, merchandise, etc etc.
    “TAPS” has helped raise a lot of money for many locations and charities.
    Some of these locations and their management have stated to us and the event companies who hold the events and manage the event,
    “We would not be able to keep the doors open if it was not for these events.”
    Take that and run with it like you see fit.
    If you don’t like me, I am OKAY with this, but if thats the fact then please don’t bother wasting either of our time by coming to this site.
    To waste your time by coming to this page to post your negative comments and or attacks, I and many others feel is childish and in poor taste.
    Show comes back the 23rd, you don’t like me or it, then just don’t watch..

    • Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic says:

      Dave, thank you for copy and pasting Jason Hawes response.

      However Jason Hawes did not say “TAPS” has helped raise a lot of money for many locations and charities.
      Some of these locations and their management have stated to us and the event companies who hold the events and manage the event,
      “We would not be able to keep the doors open if it was not for these events.”

      if you would like to hear what he said click this link

      http://www.para-help.com/sfrbobby/Jason_hawes_fort.mp3

      you will see he says exactly what I said he says.

      • G D A says:

        Whatever Jason actually said isn’t going to be verified by following the posted link.
        What you will find is this message,
        “The page you tried to access does not exist on this server. “

      • Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic says:

        I just checked both links and they appear to be working just fine.

  11. Like you, many hundreds of people, with diverse interests, and talents, do their part to Support Fort Mifflin. Most of these people do not have an outlet for their voice’s to be heard. You in this blog, and on SFR gave all of us a place for our voices to be heard. Thank You

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