Mall Rampage Mania

Filling in for Glenn on radio Tuesday, John Cardillo commented on the news of mall rampages occuring around the U.S. the day after Christmas. He also shared the findings of his research on the areas where the most crime is committed.

"I did an analysis, in-depth on this, about this three months ago: 100 percent of the areas where crime was at its highest crosshatched with the young black men committing the crime, were the most progressive Democrat districts in their respective cities and states," Cardillo said. "There is a correlation."

Listen to the segment or read the transcript below.

JOHN: Talking about epidemic-level of black-on-black crime rates. And in Chicago alone, I just want to touch on something with Chicago, because we brought up Chicago because their crime numbers are really disproportionate to the rest of the US, especially with regards to murder. What are the crime rates in Chicago? They were 43 people shot and 11 murdered over Christmas weekend?

TIFFANY: Sixty-one people shot since the Christmas weekend started. Twelve dead. One of them is a 14-year-old girl who is clinging to life.

JOHN: Tragic.

TIFFANY: It is tragic. 785 homicides this year alone. 4300 shooting victims this year alone. That's up 1300 from last year.

JOHN: Now, what's the population? Chicago population is about four to 5 million, right?

TIFFANY: In the greater area.

JOHN: Okay. So it's about half that of New York City.

TIFFANY: A little bit less.

JOHN: Yeah. New York City is only about 200-some-odd this year. Mid- to high two hundreds. That's 200-and-some-odd too many. But Chicago, just to put it in perspective, with half the population of New York City is averaging about three times New York City's homicides.

Now, I want to get at these mall rampages in just a second. But I want to also focus on something that people understand. Young black men being .5 percent of the population and committing 11 percent of the homicides. Twenty-two times the representation in the population. But you also have to look at Census track data.

So even though it's .5 percent of the population, it's a very small subset of those black men, 18-24, in certain geographical areas. Now, I don't want to get political here. I never want to get political when I talk about dead kids, dead young men. But these areas -- and I study this. I'm a geek for this data. These Census tracked areas are overwhelmingly the most progressive Democrat-run areas in the United States, bar none.

In fact, I did an analysis, in-depth on this, about this three months ago: 100 percent of the areas where crime was at its highest crosshatched with the young black men committing the crime, were the most progressive Democrat districts in their respective cities and states. There is a correlation.

And this particular instance, correlation and causation are the same. It is the institutionally racist and debilitating policies of progressive Democrats. And it trickles down to kids. Because I worked in a pretty much 99 percent non-white area in the south Bronx. But only about four to 6 percent of that area was a criminal element.

The rest, 94, 95 percent were good hard-working people who simply couldn't afford to move or didn't want to move. It was their home. And they were victimized by overwhelmingly disproportionate crime of a very small minority, and the victims were black. The victims weren't white. The victims were black working families.

But, again, we're not allowed to talk about that.

TIFFANY: No, we're not allowed to talk about that. Because it really does stem from progressivism. You know, it's been more than 50 years since LBJ's War on Poverty. More than 22 trillion has been spent on anti-poverty programs, welfare programs, and the poverty rate in the black community is basically the same now as it was then. It's just a couple points less.

JOHN: Well, it's designed though. This is by design. This is by design to keep tens of million -- maybe 100 million Americans collectively dependent on Democratic policies.

TIFFANY: Exactly. I mean, food stamps. Public housing. Medicaid. Daycare. We're penalized as well if the recipient was married. So this really led to the breakdown, the dissolution of the black family. You know, according to the Census Bureau, 73 percent of blacks are born out of wedlock today. Sixty-seven percent are growing up in single-parent households. This is a direct result of LBJ's War On Poverty and progressive policy.

JOHN: And, again, these are not the opinions of John Cardillo, Tiffany Gabbay, the Glenn Beck Program. This is data from the United States Census Bureau. This is data from the FBI. From the Center For Disease Control. From the National Institute of Health. All of these organizations compile and crunch this data. And so yesterday, we see a result of this. We saw, the day after Christmas, mall rampages around the US.

Town center in Aurora, Colorado. Five hundred people involved in multiple incidents. A mall in Fort Worth, Texas, 100 people involved. In Memphis, two malls. Fayetteville, North Carolina, Elizabeth, New Jersey. And the list goes on. And the common denominator was these are young black men and women. That those teenager age groups. That 14 to 17, that 18 to 24, you know, teenage to young adult who are committing crime at disproportionate rates.

And they're doing this, I believe, because the Democratic Party has failed them. The education system has failed them. They're taught to believe false narrative. Now, a pet peeve of mine, and I get flame for it, is Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was created by a guy who goes by the name of Maulana Karenga. His real name is Ron Everett. And if you don't know this, he invented Kwanzaa in 1966.

And shortly after that, in 1971, was convicted to four years in prison for torturing two women. The torture was so severe. He burned them with a soldering iron. Beat with them electrical cords. This guy is now -- he's not sitting in prison, by the way. He did four years. He is an Africana studies professor at Cal State, Long Beach.

TIFFANY: Perfect.

JOHN: Right. These are the people being celebrated in academia. These are the people that the United Federation of Teachers -- we talked about the teachers union yesterday, that the UFT and the AFT, the American Federation of Teachers, these are the people they celebrate, that they put into classrooms, that they promote.

Felons torturing -- murderous felons. People who create an alternate narrative of American history.

And I think it's a tremendous disservice when you tell teenagers, young adults, in any population, in any racial group, to disregard the truth, to disregard facts, to disregard data, statistics. To disregard established history. Create your own -- excuse me, create your own and act accordingly.

And we've seen the end result. And what's happening here is just another generation. In fact, many generations that will then live in systemic poverty. That will then blame a system, the same system that was designed to keep them down, they're going to be conditioned to vote for that system.

It is absolutely tragic.

TIFFANY: No. It absolutely is.

JOHN: Yeah. It's just absolutely terrible. And I think that one of the biggest problems we run into is the mainstream media and academia again.

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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.