Even Jon Stewart is shocked by the people at the DNC

The Democratic party truly is the big tent party! That is unless you are: white male, own a gun, religious, a Tea Party member, believe in small government, pro-choice, high school educated, believe in Creationism, anti-union, live outside of New York, live outside of California. You know, maybe they aren't really as big of a tent as they pretend to be. In fact, their hypocritical intolerance of anyone who disagrees with their beliefs was so bad that even Jon Stewart and the team at The Daily Show had to mock it!


Some highlights:

VOICE: Basically we're Latinos, Hispanics, we're blacks, we're the LGBT community, we're women, we're par.

JONES: Everyone's welcome.

VOICE: Everyone's welcome.

JONES: Except?

VOICE: Except unless you own a corporation or if you're a hunter, a gun owner, white males.

And then there was this one:

VOICE: They're a bunch of gun‑toting hillbilly Tea Partiers. That's all I have to say. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.

And this one:

VOICE: Pot‑bellied.

VOICE: Church‑going.

VOICE: Small‑minded.

VOICE: Anti‑science.

VOICE: A bunch of Yosemite Sam hillbillies.

VOICE: Whack job evangelicals, gun nuts.

VOICE: They don't want to hear a message of difference and of hope.

"What kills me is they don't see any of it.  They just don't see any of it.  They don't see how they're being wildly bigoted.  'We're inclusive, except for those people over there.'  Oh, my gosh.  We don't ‑‑ we certainly don't want any of those gun people," Glenn said.

"Here's how open‑minded I am.  I have friends who are atheists, I have friends who are Democrats, I have friends who are darn near communists, socialists, and I think they're good people.  I will tell them that I think they're wrong.  And we have an open and honest debate.  But what we have in common is more important.  They're decent people.  They don't hate freedom.  They don't hate America.  And they're also willing to have an honest conversation with me and if I make a good point, they'll say, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, holy crap, that makes sense."  And they'll come back to me two, three months later and say, "I've really been thinking about that."  And I've done the same with them.  My Communist friend George Lange who's not actually a Communist but I like to call him that because he's always like, 'I'm not a Communist.'  'Yeah, you are, George.'"

"He has changed my course. He really has. He's probably, next to God, next in line of being responsible for Restoring Love. Because he opened my mind on language. He said to me on the mall, he said, 'Glenn, I haven't heard you talk about love.' I said, 'George, you communists are all alike. This whole thing is about love.' And he said, 'Language matters, Glenn. Half of the country never heard you say the word love. And we've had a two‑year conversation about this.' And he taught me how his side sees things, and I've taught him how our side sees things and that really we're the ones that are seeing it the same way. And when he said to me at Restoring Love, "Glenn, my side talks about utopia, but your guy ‑‑ you guys are actually building it. You're doing it. This is it! This is what my side always says we should be like and you're doing it!" Victory. Victory. That's how ‑‑ that's where you are open‑minded. You say to your principles. But you're open‑minded enough to be able to bring other people in and have a real true exchange of ideas with respect. You win," he said.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.

It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…




Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.