Don't Miss 'The Christmas ISIScicle' THIS Friday on 'The Wonderful World of Stu'

Glenn will make a cameo appearance in an extremely low budget film airing this Friday on TheBlaze. Tentatively titled The Christmas ISIScicle, the after school special Christmas spectacular follows the world renowned low budget film, The Christmas Twist, in which a lovely blond baker meets Jeffy the plumber and they both meet an untimely death. But there are baked goods, so all ends well.

Be sure to set your DVRs or, alternatively, watch it again and again on the season finale of The Wonderful World of Stu, airing this Friday on TheBlaze.

Read below or watch the clip for answers to these questions:

• What color beard will Glenn wear?

• Is Stu colorblind?

• Did the plot of The Christmas Twist get ripped off?

• Will there be baked goods in The Christmas ISIScicle?

• Does Jeffy play a human shield?

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

GLENN: So I'm going into shoot a movie, which I've never been in before. Today. This afternoon.

STU: Yeah. Pretty important stuff. You know, the Christmas holiday is here.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: And this Friday, the season finale of the Wonderful World of Stu. We will try to lighten -- you know, lift people's spirits with a new Christmas movie. And you might say, "Wait a minute. It's a Christmas movie. How can you be shooting parts for it on the Monday of the week it airs?" That's a really good question --

GLENN: Right.

STU: -- that we're not going to --

GLENN: Well, I was going to ask that question.

STU: Yeah, I don't think it's important. Are you being critical of --

GLENN: Well, what I was wondering of was the quality of a movie that shoots on Monday for an airdate on Friday.

STU: To be fair, most of it was shot last week. So it is pretty high quality.

GLENN: Oh, okay. So double the time.

STU: Yeah, it's double the time.

GLENN: Now, the first movie in air quotes that you made was called The Christmas Twist.

STU: Oh, yeah. Huge hit.

JEFFY: Classic.

GLENN: Which I may say I do believe has been ripped off from this network.

STU: Yes.

PAT: For real.

JEFFY: Absolutely.

PAT: And it's on a Hallmark --

GLENN: This is the real deal. It's a Hallmark movie.

PAT: It's called The Christmas Cookie. Christmas Cookies. It's the same thing.

JEFFY: Yes.

STU: It's the exact same plot almost.

PAT: It's unbelievable.

STU: It's got to be the first time someone paid a real movie out of a parody. It's like the exact reverse of how it's normally done.

PAT: I mean, we're glad they did it. It's fine.

STU: Oh, thrilled.

PAT: We're not threatening lawsuits.

STU: Oh, no.

PAT: We just want them to fess up. That's all we want. That's all we want.

STU: Mostly, to give them a hug. I love the idea that they did it.

GLENN: Right. Okay. So what The Christmas Twist was, was a cookie -- a girl makes this cookie. She's got her own cookie store. It's not going anywhere. The boyfriend is this big business guy.

STU: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: And just railroads --

STU: Wants her to sell the store. She doesn't want to because it's her dream. It plays out like how every Hallmark movie plays out.

GLENN: Right. They're mocking the Hallmark movies. And somebody went and took the Lifetime movie deal and said, "We're going to make this less jokey about how bad these movies are and make a bad movie based on Stu's bad movie."

STU: I swear it happened.

GLENN: Yeah.

[break]

So today we're not filming The Christmas Twist, which is The Christmas Cookie. This is your follow-up movie.

STU: Yeah, it's unrelated. You know, being a sequel out of such a holiday classic as The Christmas Twist, I think, is problematic in many ways, at least until we need the money.

GLENN: Right.

STU: So this is a different movie. It's Christmas-themed obviously.

GLENN: Sure, it is. It's a heart-warming Christmas. Now, it was original scheduled for me to shoot this on the stages --

STU: Yeah, last Tuesday -- it was last Monday or Tuesday. When was Nightline here? It was initially scheduled for you to shoot on the day that Nightline was here. And I said, "You might want to move that." And they said, "Well, what about the next day?" And I said, "Oh, when Samantha Bee is here? No, he's not taping on either of those days."

GLENN: But it's a Christmas theme. What is the name of this?

STU: The name of the movie?

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It's got Christmas in the title.

GLENN: What is the Christmas --

STU: People will know right away.

GLENN: The Christmas House? The Christmas Box? The Christmas Present?

STU: The Christmas --

GLENN: The, what?

STU: The Christmas Icicle.

GLENN: The Christmas Icicle?

STU: Eh, close. Yeah, it's close to that feel.

GLENN: The Christmas --

STU: The working title. I mean, obviously, the whole thing isn't even shot yet. The Christmas ISISicile.

PAT: ISISicile? Did you just misspell icicle?

STU: Uh-huh.

PAT: Is that what happened?

GLENN: What exactly is the -- what am I getting myself into for this movie of the week?

STU: Well, I mean, first of all, it's going to last for generations.

GLENN: It is.

STU: But it's about a young man entrepreneurial looking for employment in the industry -- looking for some seasonal employment.

GLENN: Sure. Sure.

STU: And gets interviewed at a -- at a place that makes reindeer car antlers. You know the reindeer car antlers that they make. You see them on cars from time to time.

GLENN: Yes. Oh, did you shoot that actually at the factory?

STU: It was a set. It's the theater of the mind.

GLENN: Yeah, okay.

STU: Except you're seeing it.

GLENN: Right.

STU: He may have worked for a company that -- called ISIS, his previous job.

GLENN: Okay. So is it the ISIS --

STU: So ISIS -- that's the name of the company: ISISicile. It kind of fits in with the Christmas theme. Because there's icicles at Christmas time because it's cold. When water goes below 32 degrees, it freezes --

GLENN: Yeah. I got the icicle part. I'm looking for the ISIS part.

STU: Oh, okay. You're asking about that.

Yeah, he has different goals than some of the other employees that work there.

GLENN: Right. Okay. All right.

STU: And he tries to work those goals. It's an interesting way of how different cultures come together around Christmas.

GLENN: Right. Huh.

STU: To unite --

GLENN: Now, it usually is like there's a bad guy, and then there's a sweet girl that has been, you know, crushed with the -- or a kid that has been crushed by the Christmas dream being crushed. Miraculous ending. And that's usually what happens.

STU: I think there's a miraculous ending. First of all, I would say, definitely there's definitely a miraculous ending. Would that miraculous ending involve at all me continuing to have a job after letting this air on the network?

STU: Well, look, I can't predict the future, obviously.

GLENN: Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

STU: You know, if this -- but, I mean, look, if you can't get behind a story about different cultures coming together around the most -- the most holy of holidays, I don't see how -- and for both sides of this -- they both are chasing what they believe Christmas should be all about. And that's both sides of the equation. And I think that's what's really important around this holiday.

GLENN: So you're selling this to me as a we can all get behind this?

STU: Look --

GLENN: Would it be safer for me to say, "We can all get behind this, and some should get behind something big and sturdy?"

STU: It might be -- if you were thinking about getting some personal protection, now might be the time.

GLENN: Right. It might be the time. All right. Okay. And that airs this Friday?

STU: Yes. Assuming you actually shoot your part today.

GLENN: May I ask, do I have to wear a beard?

STU: Would you like to wear a beard?

GLENN: No, I'm just asking. And would it be a white beard, or would it definitely not be a white beard?

STU: Look --

JEFFY: We haven't even decided if you're going to wear a beard yet.

GLENN: I'm just wondering if the part I'm playing -- because I haven't even read the part yet.

STU: No, you don't need to read it. It will be on the prompter when you get on set.

GLENN: Right. So when I see it and I get into makeup, am I going to be -- am I a jolly old elf? Or am I -- am I a bearded man for an entirely different reason?

STU: Well, first of all, when it comes to the color of the beard, I don't see color. I mean, that's how I am.

GLENN: Okay. All right.

STU: I'm not that kind of person.

GLENN: Okay.

STU: But -- I mean --

GLENN: Okay. We're going to leave it at that. We'll see it on Friday.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Christmas ISISicile.

STU: ISISicile. Uh-huh. Pat is in it. Joined by Pat Gray. A very important part. Jeff Fisher also appears.

GLENN: Does he play the thing that I should crawl behind? A shield of sort?

STU: It could be a human shield. He could be a human shield.

GLENN: Okay. All right. Good. That sounds like something --

PAT: This will be probably even more classic than The Christmas Twist was, right? Which is already on Hallmark.

GLENN: Which I would like evidence tomorrow because you both are convinced -- I have not seen the Hallmark movie or the Lifetime movie.

PAT: The Christmas Movie.

GLENN: I'd like to see --

JEFFY: Oh, that's unbelievable.

PAT: Pretty unbelievable.

JEFFY: Oh, my gosh.

GLENN: Everybody who has seen it and has seen The Christmas Twist say it is the same story.

PAT: It's the same plot. It's really the same plot. I mean, it's exactly the same, just done in a serious way when we were playing it for comedy. That's all it is. I just want them to admit it. Of course, there's also another one at Hallmark I just saw over the weekend. And I've never seen this in its entirety. But it's another one where the girl owns a shop, only it's not a cookie shop. It's an antique. I think it's been in her family for years.

GLENN: For generations. Yeah.

PAT: It was handed down from her father -- from her grandfather to her father I think and then from her father to her. And it means so much to her.

GLENN: And she's struggling. Right. She's going to lose it.

PAT: And she's struggling. Of course, she's struggling. Well, and there's a guy who is trying to buy the entire strip mall.

STU: I bet he's good-looking.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: He -- I don't know what he looks like. But her boyfriend is the one who is trying to negotiate the sale for her.

GLENN: Oh.

STU: Okay.

PAT: Okay. The rich boyfriend -- anyway, she's going --

GLENN: So if he's a rich boyfriend, why doesn't he just save the shop and say, "Don't worry about struggling?"

PAT: You know, that's unclear to me. I think he wants her to have something of hers.

GLENN: Right. Okay.

PAT: I don't think he wants to completely take care -- he just wants to do the deal for her. And then it's really her deal. You know.

JEFFY: But, see, he's a little on the greedy side.

PAT: A little on the greedy side.

JEFFY: Sometimes -- he's losing sight of maybe the holidays.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: A little on the snarky side. He's not the warm, fuzzy boyfriend you'd maybe like --

GLENN: He's not like the -- and I don't mean to talk down to these movies, like the stereotypical kind of Scrooge character, is he?

PAT: I don't think he's along the lines of Scrooge, he's just less Christmassy than maybe you would like for her.

GLENN: Oh, okay.

JEFFY: Yeah.

JEFFY: Sometimes you lose sight.

PAT: So, anyway, he sends her to his hometown to his family which she's never met before. And at the airport, her luggage gets lost.

STU: Oh, no.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

PAT: And then as she's looking for her luggage, she miraculously runs into --

GLENN: An old boyfriend.

PAT: No. Her future brother-in-law. Her fiance's brother is there to pick her up at the airport. He brings her home.

GLENN: Is he a nice guy?

PAT: They spend several days together.

GLENN: And he's like really fatherly.

PAT: Oh, he's a wonderful guy.

No, this is a really good -- a handsome guy. This guy is really into Christmas. He's got a family super into Christmas.

GLENN: Oh, boy. Oh, yeah. I bet.

PAT: Finally, the fiancÈ comes home, uh-oh, it's not her fiance. It was a different family with the same exact name as the family as she was hoping to be with for Christmas.

JEFFY: What!

GLENN: Wait a minute.

JEFFY: What!

GLENN: Hold on just a second. In this small town.

PAT: In this small town. Two families with the same names.

GLENN: Same names.

PAT: Apparently the brothers had the same names.

GLENN: And they were both getting married at the same time.

PAT: Apparently both fiancÈs were coming to the house.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. What happened to the other fiancÈ? Is she still at the --

PAT: When the -- when the brother comes home and she realizes, I don't know who this guy is -- well, then obviously she calls the fiancÈ and he's on his way. And so she leaves the house.

STU: I --

PAT: And she goes -- I mean, it's only a couple blocks away to the other house.

STU: I did see this one.

PAT: You did see this one? A classic.

GLENN: This sounds really good. Really good.

JEFFY: They're all good.

GLENN: We've got to do one -- we've got to really --

PAT: Yeah, we have to do a serious -- a full length --

GLENN: Even if we have to shut down, I don't know, the entire TV division and just spend a year on that.

PAT: I mean, how hard can it be? These are so preposterous.

GLENN: Whoa, whoa.

PAT: I mean, so good. So good. And they put you in the spirit.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: So she goes to the other family who she's supposed to be with. And, of course, none of them are into the holiday.

STU: It's the exact opposite.

PAT: It's the exact opposite. They're busy are work.

JEFFY: We have our lives to do.

PAT: They don't even spend time together in the same room necessarily they're off doing their own thing. She finally brings them together for a game, where they tell each other what they like about each other. But the things they like about one another is so superficial, she can't abide it. She can't abide it.

And then the last straw is when the fiancÈ boyfriend says, "I got a surprise for you. You're a millionaire." And then he goes and explains it to her privately in the room. He has worked the deal out to sell her shop to the guy who wants to buy her strip mall for three and a half million dollars.

JEFFY: Now she's set for life.

PAT: How dare he! She doesn't want that deal.

GLENN: She doesn't want that. Right. She wants the other guy and the other family.

PAT: It's not about money. That's right.

GLENN: Now, the other guy and the other family, what would be really special is if their fiancÈ, his fiancÈ had met the other family and kind of fell in love. Maybe this is the sequel with the other guy.

PAT: That would be kind of cool.

GLENN: And she fell in love, so it was like a Christmas wife swap.

(laughter)

STU: I think that's one of Jeffy's movies.

GLENN: That would probably be a bad name for it.

PAT: That probably would be. Christmas Wife Swap doesn't sound Christmassy.

JEFFY: You'll get a lot of good stuff.

GLENN: Or The Christmas Twist. Just saying. All right.

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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.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.