Glenn: "The President is a pathological liar."

"The President is a pathological liar."

That's the bold statement Glenn made to his radio listeners this morning, and not one he makes lightly.

For the last four years, President Obama has toured the country, often making false claims or not following through on past promises — but lately, the lies have escalated to a disturbing level. A level so alarming that Obama-fan David Letterman even noted his disappointment.

Glenn let President Obama do the talking this morning, allowing our "leader" to back up his claim in his own words.

The first example was from Monday night's debate during a question on the subject of sequestration.

"This is so unbelievably dangerous to the United States," Glenn said this morning. "It is a fiscal cliff that will pound us and tear us apart. It will debone the military — it's automatic, bloody cuts."

Before playing the president's words during the debate, he wanted to explain why it's so important.

"The president knows that anybody who knows about this [sequestration] — if you're debating Mitt Romney — you can't say that this was your idea," Glenn explained. "You can't have anything to do with it, and you have to get off this topic right away, because a business-mind, like Mitt Romney, somebody that can actually talk to you about the fundamentals of the economy, will tell you exactly what this will do to it."

Basically, President Obama "had" to distance himself from it and had to say, 'it's not going to happen.' Unfortunately for the president, not only does Glenn have the audio from the debate, he also had audio of the president discussing the sequestration over a year ago.

President Obama: "First of all, the sequestration is not something that I proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen."

…and here's the old one:

President Obama: "It's going to happen — one way or another. We've got 1 trillion dollars locked in, and either Congress comes up with 1.2 trillion dollars, which so far they've failed to do, or the sequester kicks in and these automatic spending cuts will occur that bring in an addition 1.2 trillion dollars in deficit deduction."

"I think the president is being very very clear here," Glenn said sarcastically. "That's going to happen. That's not going to happen. That's going to happen. That's not going to happen."

"I hope he hasn't caught Romnesia," Stu joked.

Bob Woodward (not exactly a "conservative hack") described the president's word on the sequestration to Politico like this:

"'What the president said is not correct. He is mistaken, and it is refuted by the people that work for him.' Woodward reports in his book that White House Office of Management Director Jack Lou and Legislative Director Rob Neighbors took to proposal for sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then it was presented to Congressional Republicans."

So the Republicans were not first, but third on the proposal for sequestration.

"So the president is lying to the American people," Glenn followed up. "And his own people have verified it in Bob Woodward's book."

So the first lie is that Congress proposed the measure. The second lie is that it wouldn't happen.

Again, here are the president's words during the debate on the sequestration:

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  "First of all sequestration is not not something that I proposed.  It's something that Congress proposed.  It will not happen."

Twenty-four hours later however, President Obama does an interview with the Des Moines Register:

"So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims he wants to reduce the deficit — are going to be in a position, where I believe, we're going to solve that big piece of business."

It's important to point out that this quote from the Des Moines Register was supposed to be off-the-record.

"He thought no one would ever hear about it," Stu pointed out. "He was talking to reporters to try and form their stories. He did not think that anyone would ever hear those words."

But the Des Moines Register did its job, unlike most media outlets. The Des Moines Register thought thought it was too important and that the people of the United States deserved to hear this.

Pathological? Sure sounds like it. Surprisingly enough, this is what he is now touting on the campaign trail about Mitt Romney:

President Obama: "There is no more serious issue on a campaign than trust. Trust matters.  And here's the thing: Iowa, you know me.  You know that I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. There's some folks in this crowd that have probably been flowing me since I was running for the United States Senate. Like this guy right here, who I served with in the United States Senate, George Shatter. And you could take a video tape of things I said ten years ago, twelve years ago, and you could say 'man, this is the same guy'."

"We're going to do that!" Glenn said.

"Because, as he said, trust is important.  There's nothing more important.  Just like Nixon said, "You have to know if your President is a crook."  Well, it is important now isn't it? I'm so glad Mr. President you brought this up."

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?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


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"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


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…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-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?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


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…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


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...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


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…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


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…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


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…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-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…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


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…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


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"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-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…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


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…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


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.