UPDATED: Heed the warning of Cyprus: "Deepen your preparation and keep it to yourself"

On tonight's TV show, Glenn went into further detail on the letter to his kids, what you can do to prepare for tough economic times, and why you needed to be careful and discreet on your plans:

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News broke over the weekend that as part of the bailout of the banks in the small, European country of Cyprus, ordinary bank depositors would have to pay a “haircut” tax of at least 6.75%.

In other words, if you managed to save $10,000 in the bank, already having paid all the various taxes that hit your paycheck before you get to deposit it, you’re going to lose $675 of that to help pay for the bailout.

The unprecedented penalty meant that everyday Cypriots would have to give up a percentage of whatever they had saved in the back. Unsurprisingly, there was soon a run on the banks and ATMs as people tried to get their money out. But as Glenn warned on radio this morning, the real danger is that this unheard of penalty could be placed on other, larger European countries who are facing a growing and ongoing debt crisis.

“The announcement was intentionally made late Friday or early Saturday and buried in an avalanche of details,” Glenn said. “The only coverage of this issue when it came out, the only coverage was on Twitter. “

When the news started to spread that the bailout deal could happen, Cypriots started to go to the ATMs to get the money out before the tax hit them, but quickly found they couldn’t get their cash out of the banks.

“Even though the tax is not yet supposed law because the government of Cyprus hasn't voted on it yet, the people who tried to pull their money out of ATMs or banks over the weekend found they couldn't do it,” Glenn said.

“Now think of that. There is no law, but the people could not access their accounts and take their money out of the banks. Taking money from people is really bad, but elections have consequences. And if you elected these guys to represent you and they are going to vote for it and you don't stop them, elections have consequences.”

The taxes are being imposed by the EU, the IMF, and the government of Cyprus.

“But here's the real nasty stuff: You're asking the people who played by the rules, you're asking the people who lived within their means to bail out the big banks that didn't.”

“Now here's the lessons you should learn from this: You cannot print your way out of an eventual day of reckoning, a day of reckoning is coming. There is nothing that's going to avoid the appointment with you and the Good Lord. There is also, you cannot violate fundamental universal truths, fundamental economics, fundamental mathematics, you cannot break universal truth and expect not to pay the consequences. We are living in a world that has gone insane. They are changing the math to make it work for us to be able to... whatever it is we do. Whatever it is we want. We want more free healthcare, we want more this, we want more that, we want to fight wars. We want to bail out all the other countries. We want to save the banks. We want to cure this disease and this country. We want to redistribute our wealth. We want to make sure that the poor people in Africa don't struggle because we're so rich. I got news for ya: You cannot have it all. You cannot do it all. And our day of reckoning will come,” Glenn continued.

“The tax, however, is intended to send a very important message, and here it is, and it's not meant just for the people of Cyprus. It is meant for you as well, and here's the message: That money doesn't belong to you.”

After reading about the news of the Cyprus bailout, Glenn wrote a letter to his family and shared some pieces of it with the audience. In the letter, Glenn encouraged his family members to have thirty days cash on hand to deal with anything that might come up. Cash to cover food, rent, travel and other expenses.

“If you don't have 30 days cash on hand, if you don't have an emergency plan of how your family moves or functions in the case of a banking shutdown, in case of a seizure situation, in case of a national emergency, if you are not, A, positioned in a place where you are surrounded by like minded people, you might want to reconsider this. If you are someone who does not have enough cash, you have to go to the ATM over the weekend or you're not going to be able to eat, I would suggest you look at your food situation and you look at your cash situation,” Glenn said.

“Last night I wrote to my family, and I want to discuss with you that I believe that you need to be you need to understand what Immanuel Kant said one time, and I only remember it because it was such a foreign idea to me at the time. This is back in the Nineties, that I pondered for a few weeks what the world must have been like that would make a man say something like this: There are many things that I believe that I shall never say, but I shall never say the things that I do not believe. What kind of world does it have to be, thought an American, Glenn Beck, in 1995, what kind of world do you have to live in where you are afraid to say things that you truly believe? Well, we are here now,” Glenn said.

“The other thing is something that General Anthony Wayne said in a letter to George Washington written at 2:00 in the morning: Your officers and your men behaved like men determined to be free,” Glenn said.

“The world is coming undone and the world is splitting into different camps. Those who understand individual liberty, that it is not about the collective, that the only way to truly bring the collective up is for individuals to empower themselves and to behave like men determined to be free. When you understand what that means, it means that you are someone who obeys the law, that you are somebody who does not pick the pocket of your neighbor, that does not, does not push off responsibility to others, that you take responsibility for your action and you insist that those around you also take honest accounting and responsibility for what they have done. And that's the way you get to be free.”

“But the other group that the world is splitting off into is one that will take anything. They are a drowning swimmer and they will pull you under the water.”

Glenn said that while people need to start living their lives as men determined to be free, they must also use discretion in what they say to others.

“Please, do not tell anyone. Do not panic. There's time, but this is a warning that you should see. Deepen your preparation and keep it to yourself,” Glenn 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?


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.