What the hell is going on?

Depression being treated by assisted suicide in Belgium. Children crucified by ISIS for failing to fast during Ramadan. The mentally handicapped being used as suicide bombers. Young women being sold into sex slavery. Terrible atrocities are taking place all over the globe - are you brave enough to take a stand? Glenn shares just a few of the disturbing stories of the day and an amazing story of history of one man who went to extremes to uncover one of the darkest moments in world history. Have you heard the story of Witold Pilecki? And will anyone be brave enough to do the things he did in WW2?

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:

We don't see things anymore. Because if we see things, it requires us to do something. And too many of us don't know what to do.

24-year-old woman named Laura, she's in Belgium. She's been going to the psychiatrist in Belgium since she was a kid. She's had suicidal thoughts since she was about ten.

The psychiatrist that she's seeing now diagnosed her depression as treatable. And I'm quoting. Her condition of depression is treatable by death. End quote.

Well, gee, thanks, Doc. I think a lot of aches and pains and troubles that I have might be treatable by death.

Pat, your back pain, I've got a solution for you. Death!

PAT: I'm not sure that's the most viable solution for me right now.

GLENN: She just died. Lethal injection.

PAT: (sighs)

GLENN: She was allowed to be killed. Her depression has been cured.

Why is this happening? Because we don't see people as people. We don't see people as valuable.

Turkey, Turkish authorities on Sunday have opened up their borders, and 10,000 people have just come across. They were running from the terror group ISIS.

In Syria, over the weekend, ISIS crucified and killed two children for failing to fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. By the way, children are not required to fast during Ramadan. ISIS said they were. They crucified them.

And how appropriate, they nailed up above their cross their crime for all to see.

Some things haven't changed from 2,000 years ago. Apparently, they were caught eating. ISIS has beheaded and crucified a number of children on a number of occasions. Back in February, the United Nations Committee on the rights of the child detailed some of the horrific abuses carried out by ISIS.

One of those charges is that they're now using mentally handicapped children as suicide bombers. They can teach them to go over there and push this button.

They are using children as suicide bombers as young as eight years old. Those are generally the boys. The girls are being sold as sex slaves in the marketplace, again, as young as eight years old.

What are you going to do? What is it we do? How do you stop something like that? Well, I'm a firm believer that America sees love versus evil, and they will choose love.

That's getting weaker and weaker as the days go by. But I still believe that evil will overplay its hand. The lies will end. The ends never justify the means.

We need to do what we're supposed to do with a pure heart. Without anger. Without angst.

We're to do unto others -- ye without sin, don't lie or cheat. Respect your elders. Be true to yourself. Don't judge unless you want to be judged.

Union workers are no different than I am. Millennials. Parents. Conservatives. Libertarians. Honest liberals. They're no different. There are a few principles that we all agree on. Crucifying children I think is one of those.

Selling children into sex slavery is one of those. We may not know how to stop it. But we have to be able to hold it at bay. We have to recognize it. You see, there's a difference. There's a real difference between what has gone in the past and what has happened now. And God will not hold us blameless.

After World War II, we said never again. But never again, we didn't know what was happening.

Let me tell you about somebody from history that you've probably never heard of. He was a guy just like you.

There was one difference. He volunteered to prove that it was happening. The allies said they didn't know what was happening in Auschwitz. So Witold Pilecki volunteered to be put on a plane to Auschwitz. He was inmate number 4859. He got there. They tattooed his arm. He volunteered to go into Auschwitz. Because we didn't know what was going on.

So he went. He talked to prisoners. He watched. And then he got smuggled parts, and he put together a radio, and he transmitted that information out of Auschwitz. He escaped Auschwitz, believe it or not. He got back out. Just in time for the Russians to come.

They tried him for espionage. We don't know where he was buried. But that man went in to prove what was happening.

We know now what's happening. Never again means now.

How do we wake people up? I don't know. I don't know.

I think we need to worry about ourselves. Stay awake. Stay awake. What happens when you've had such a shock to your body and you have a concussion, what do they say? As a nation, we have a concussion. We have had major impact in the last 15 years. We don't even know who we are anymore. We have a concussion. What do we have to do? We have to slap each other awake all the time. Don't go to sleep. Don't go to sleep. Don't go to sleep. If we go to sleep, we die.

Our nation has a concussion. Don't go to sleep. Wake up! Stand up. Grab your children. Grab your wife. Grab your husband. Stand up. Slap them across the face. Don't worry about your neighbor. Worry about yourself. Worry about your church. Worry about your synagogue. Worry about people the most like you, and keep them awake so we can help the people who are least like us.

Here's what I would like you to do. On Thursday, we're going to make an announcement on exactly what's going to happen on 8/28 and 8/29. I want you to be there on August 28th and August 29th in Birmingham, Alabama. I want you to go to your church and I want you to tell your church -- we want to put a bus together. Because we want to be the seeds, and we want to bring this back home. Because they're going to give us information on what is happening over in the Middle East and how we can help. And we're going to stand. And we're going to start to link arms with churches that are the least like us all over the country. And we're going to begin to move as one body. Because the body needs feet. The body needs hands. The body needs eyes. The body needs a mouth. The body needs a torso. And we got to stop rejecting the hands -- the hands has to stop rejecting the fingers.

We have to start moving as one body. That doesn't mean that we join our theology. Because we're never going to agree on theology. And that's okay.

Let's stand together and keep each other awake. I want you to go to your church and I want you to go to the members of our church or your local community, and you get a bus together, and you say, we're going to go down to 8/28 and we're going to stand and we're going to make a difference. Because this is not, let's just stand and get together and feel good. This is stand, get together, learn, take it back, and do.

When something happens in your community, we're going to be there together. When there is somebody like there was in Charleston, we're going to go together. When something happens in Baltimore, we're going to be there together. When something happens at the Supreme Court, we're going to be there together. When there is a problem, we will be there.

When something is happening in the Middle East, we will be there. We will provide aid. We will provide comfort. We will provide love. We will provide the truth. We will stand. We will not be afraid. We will do the things that we know are right because we answer to no man. We answer to God.

I don't know if I could be Witold Pilecki. I don't know if I could have the number 4859 on my arm. But I'll be damned if I'm not going to try. I only have one life. And I'm swinging for the fences. Join me. Please. The time is now.

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.