Why wasn’t the suspect given Miranda Rights?

For many, last week seemed unending. Bad news, followed by bad news, which finally ended in the arrest of the youngest of the Boston Marathon bombers, 19-year-old Dhorkhar Tsarnaev. Friday evening, after a long day of breaking news and live broadcasts, while at the movies with his family, Glenn got the message that the terrorist was in custody…followed by another note that he wasn't Mirandized. And while it may seem like he should have access to these rights remember, Dhorkhar Tsarnaev is a United States citizen.

It didn't take long after the manhunt for the two bombers started for progressives on both the left and the right to start making the case for more cameras and drones. People were jumping right off the Rand Paul bandwagon in the name of national security.

"Let's say an American citizen is out there," Glenn started, "do you have to have a warrant? Do you have to have anything? Apparently not.  We have a citizen of the United States, and we're not going to Mirandize him.  Well you'll make into a nightmare in court.  It's going to be a nightmare in court.  That's something we need to look at making sure we find -- you we don't tell people you don't have any rights because you're a super bad guy."

"There is a 'public safety' exemption for this," Stu noted.

The 'public safety' exemption is the one the authorities claimed to be using on Friday evening. The problem is, the Mayor of Boston along with other authorities were making public statements claiming that the threat was over. If there isn't a clear threat, should the government have this power to begin with?

"We all love to hate this guy — I do too.  He's a despicable human being.  He's a Muslim extremist.  I have no love for this guy, but do not go down the path of saying, 'well, that guy is different,' because you could be that guy at some point in an out-of-control government," Glenn pointed out.

The other issue is that when an individual isn't Mirandized, anything they say is admissible in court. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence against the boy, it is possible that this could cause problems in civilian court.

Oddly, that is the point some in the MSM were making on Friday evening. That the courts may not need any further evidence to convict the terrorist, therefor this isn't a huge issue. This morning on radio, Glenn made the opposite case.

"What are you afraid of?" Glenn asked. This guy — we know. We all know — everybody but his aunt knows what this guy did. It's pretty darn clear. We had a massive manhunt. We have the pictures and everything else. What are we afraid of?"

Glenn went on to point out that letting the government be inconsistent on their application of our rights is extremely dangerous. The mainstream media, and even a few government figures, were quick to point to the right in their assumptions of who may have committed this act. "Right wing extremists" were at the top of the list before the real bombers were exposed.

"If you're a citizen, you have rights," Glenn said firmly."Look, there's a difference between a 'good citizen' and a dirt bag. But rights only matter when they're hard to uphold."

"Those rights still exist whether they read them to him or not, correct?" Stu asked.

"They do," Glenn answered back.

However, Pat pointed out that by making the exemption that they did, they're treating him as a non-citizen or enemy combatant. (Something that as of this afternoon as changed. The suspect will be tried in civilian court.)

But he is an American citizen. And because he was granted that citizenship, he is entitled to certain rights.

"I'm sorry, I think this guy is a despicable dirt bug but I'm sorry I will stand with anyone who will say what the government is doing is wrong," Glenn said.

"You have to be consistent. You have to be consistent and our rights have never mattered more."

**UPDATE: This afternoon the White House announced their plans to deal with the surviving terror suspect through the civilian court system. In a statement, Jay Carney told reporters, "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilians system of justice. Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions." Get the full story at TheBlaze.

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.