Do Hollywood Elites Look Better in HD or 4K Ultra HD?

What could cause a tough and seasoned radio commentator to watch a bunch of Hollywood elites rubbing elbows, patting backs and sharing their politic views during acceptance speeches? One thing and one thing only: a new 4K Ultra HD TV.

"Now we find out the real reason why Pat watched the Golden Globes," Glenn said Monday on radio.

Pat Gray, co-host of The Glenn Beck Program, received a very nice TV from his wife for Christmas.

"Anything that's in 4K, I'm there. So when the Globes came on, I thought, Oh, look at that, it seems to be ultra HD 4K. But I lasted about 10 minutes," Pat said.

Luckily, that 10 minutes did not include Meryl Streep's diatribe on the persecution of Hollywood actors.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: Four millennials pick up this handicap kid and beat on him. I'm having a hard time with the CBS story because it doesn't sound like the same story that we all saw last week. We'll give that to you here in just a second. Also, did anybody watch the Golden Globes? I mean, I didn't. Did anybody turn them on. Believe it or not, Pat --

PAT: I tried to. I tried to watch for a minute.

GLENN: Why? Why?

PAT: I just wanted to see what movies were going to get awards.

GLENN: The ones you haven't seen.

PAT: Eh, it turns out that way. Pretty much.

GLENN: It turns out that way every time. And lo and behold, some of the speeches given --

PAT: Oh, agonizing.

GLENN: Of course. That's why we didn't watch it, Pat. We didn't watch it. We begin there, right now.

(music)

GLENN: Wow. Pat watched it. Now we find out the real reason why patched watched the Golden Globes. His wife gave him -- I mean --

PAT: A nice TV for Christmas.

GLENN: I don't know where this came from. She gave him a big 4K TV.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: And so you're just watching anything in 4K.

PAT: Anything that's in 4K, I'm there. So when the Globes came on, I thought, "Oh, look at that, it seems to be --

JEFFY: Oh, Jennifer Lawrence, 4K.

PAT: -- ultra HD 4K. But I lasted about ten minutes.

GLENN: Did they look different in 4K?

PAT: Yeah, you can see everything. It's like x-ray vision. You can see their underwear. It's amazing.

GLENN: No, seriously. No, seriously.

PAT: I mean, everything is so much clearer. It's just that much more vivid. You know how blurry regular TV, standard television looks now when you have HD?

GLENN: Yes, yes, yes.

PAT: It's the same from HD to 4K.

JEFFY: Tell us how -- tell us how blurry it is, Pat.

PAT: That dramatic?

PAT: It's pretty dramatic.

So it's really blurry. Yeah.

GLENN: So do they look better, worse, or about the same?

PAT: They look worse. They look better now than they did -- well, it depends on who you're looking at, obviously, like always. Like always.

JEFFY: Yeah.

STU: It's amazing though because I remember when HD came out. I remember thinking I was going to beat the system. And I don't care about the stupid HD. So what it looks a little bit better. Now I can save a lot of money on the standard definition ones. You can pay nothing for them. And thinking it was the smartest thing in the world. And it's amazing. It comes to the point that you have on your cable system 1,000 channels, 18 of them are in HD, and those are the only channels I would watch.

PAT: Only ones I watch.

STU: And when that transition happened -- now probably the same thing with 4K. I haven't even seen it yet. I haven't even seen the quality.

GLENN: I've seen it displayed. I haven't received an invite yet from Pat Gray.

PAT: You have an open invitation to come over any time.

GLENN: Yeah.

But it's dramatic. It's dramatic.

STU: Really? Because it just doesn't like --

GLENN: Yeah. But I'm not going to buy one until it's like $800. I've done that train before.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I'm not being fooled again.

PAT: And the thing is, not that much is broadcast right now in 4K. So...

STU: Except the Golden Globes. You'll get the Oscars. You'll get the Super Bowl. A lot of the big events.

PAT: And some stuff on Netflix. Their new stuff is generally 4K.

STU: Really? Through the freaking internet?

PAT: I think The Crown is in 4K.

GLENN: Is it?

PAT: Yeah. And some of the other shows.

GLENN: So you might watch The Crown?

PAT: So I'm thinking about watching The Crown now.

GLENN: It's really good.

PAT: It won the Golden Globe last night. Right? It's highly acclaimed. I know that.

GLENN: So is there anything last night that we should know about?

STU: The big news is the Meryl Streep thing, I guess. The political --

PAT: Oh, jeez. This speech was agonizing. I mean, listen to this.

MERYL: So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners. And if we kick them all out --

PAT: May I first say: There is no A in the word "foreigners." So can we just start there? Foreigners. It's not "foar." It's "for." Foreigners.

GLENN: Okay. All right.

MERYL: You'll have nothing to watch, but football and Mixed Martial Arts, which are not the arts.

GLENN: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

JEFFY: And a lot of people seriously disagreed with that.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Whoa. I didn't know that. I had already called the Trump administration. I'm trying to be part of the National Endowment for the Arts. I was hoping we could give all of the money to the MMA. I thought that was it.

STU: And, by the way, I don't know if Meryl has seen this, but if she's seen the TV ratings, they already are only watching football.

JEFFY: Thank you.

STU: I don't know if you've noticed this, but like the top five of the top six shows every single week are the NFL.

PAT: No kidding. No kidding.

GLENN: And honestly, do you care that some of the best shows on television now are made in England or made in Vancouver, BC?

STU: No.

PAT: No.

GLENN: Do you care?

PAT: No.

STU: I don't care. And also I've noticed a few -- and, Pat, maybe you can back me up on this, a few people of color and foreigners in sports. Noticed a few of them.

PAT: Yes.

STU: Noticed a few of them.

JEFFY: What?

STU: It's weird. I've noticed in the NFL, it's not all white people. Not all white people. In fact -- and we still seem to love watching it. It's almost as if her point is completely inane. Completely --

GLENN: Almost. I've missed you, Stu. I've missed you.

STU: Okay. I missed you too.

PAT: And also, Trump didn't even say that. Trump's not talking about kicking out all foreigners.

STU: Trump is Hollywood. All he talks about is ratings.

JEFFY: Right.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: There's never been -- outside of Reagan probably, a president that was more closely aligned with Hollywood than Donald Trump.

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: Next to Reagan.

STU: Right.

PAT: That's so agonizing.

GLENN: You brought it on yourself, brother.

PAT: I know. Well, that was the last straw for me. I turned the channel immediately. I couldn't take it.

I mean, she made me in love with Donald Trump. I wanted to go back in time and vote for him, not just once, but multiple times, just because I'm so sick of these people.

STU: And I will say --

PAT: It's agonizing.

STU: I 100 percent agree with Donald Trump on what he took today, which is a much more difficult stand than saying Meryl Streep's an idiot when she makes a political speech. That's an easy stance to take.

JEFFY: Which she is.

STU: The tough one and the true one is that Meryl Streep sucks as an actress.

JEFFY: Amen.

STU: Not as a speaker. Not as a political theorist. As an actress, she's terrible --

PAT: Never been more with you than I am right now.

STU: Thank you, Pat.

JEFFY: And she's so overrated.

STU: She stinks. She's overrated. Trump tweeted it today. I've been saying it on this show for how many freaking years.

GLENN: He did not say she's overrated.

PAT: Did he say she's overrated?

STU: She's the most overrated actress.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh. He says that about everybody.

STU: But he's right on this one. Give him credit when he's right. He's 100 percent right. She stinks. And history will hopefully correctly recognize that she's terrible. Terrible.

PAT: I mean, they made her out to be the queen last night.

STU: Of course, they always do. They just give her the awards before she even does the movies. But she's terrible. And it's finally -- we have a president that can recognize that. Because I don't even know, would Reagan have done it? I don't know if he'd have the guts.

GLENN: No. No.

STU: Luckily, Trump is out there with the guts to say Meryl Streep sucks, and --

JEFFY: Meryl Streep, one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood. Doesn't know me, but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She's a Hillary flunky who lost big.

(laughter)

PAT: I love that. You got to love --

GLENN: Why? Why?

STU: Hillary lost big. Because Meryl won the award. Right? Meryl didn't lose big in the particular award. But who cares. I'm 100 percent with him on this point, and I'm happy to celebrate it.

GLENN: They don't even -- they don't even -- they don't even recognize the rot in their own state. They don't even recognize --

PAT: Oh, no.

GLENN: Why are you not paying, you know, the people in California to do your food catering, to pick you up? Why do you have to fly to someplace else? Your house is in California. Why do you have to fly someplace else to do it?

Why is Duck Dynasty done in Louisiana? Do you even know how they found Duck Dynasty? You know how that came to be?

JEFFY: Yeah, from the tax incentives from the state.

GLENN: Tax incentives.

JEFFY: Which I believe they pulled out of.

GLENN: Louisiana said, "We're going to make this the most -- the easiest place to do movies and television. You film anything here, we're going to give you a huge tax break." Okay.

So they do.

The producers don't say, "Hey, there's these guys in Louisiana that are great."

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: The producers say, "Go to Louisiana and find a story that might be a show."

STU: Yeah, and this has happened throughout history. Rocky was -- if I remember the story right -- was initially a New York story. You know, it's so associated with Philadelphia.

GLENN: Right.

STU: But it was kind of a New York story. It was supposed to be filmed large portions of it in New York. But because of unions, they went to Philadelphia.

GLENN: The unions were better in Philadelphia than --

STU: They found a more willing environment. And they had to -- a lot of it, they still had to -- like, one of the reasons they developed the Steadicam and used the Steadicam a lot for that was because -- by their telling at least because they basically had to run around and hide from people where they weren't supposed to be shooting the movie, which is kind of a funny thing.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: That's great.

STU: But these things do lead to innovations. And you see this. This is Hollywood at its most out of touch. And everyone was tweeting and Facebooking about how this is why Trump won because they see people like Meryl Streep with these attitudes and treating everyone out there, half the country, in this way.

And it's so annoying. Even when they don't like Donald Trump, they'll vote for him. Because they're just so sick of that.

GLENN: It's so elitist. It is this understanding that everyone in this room is right. Even though everyone in that room are not in lockstep. But they've silenced those people. So everyone in this room is right. And we're now being broadcast across the country, so now we're going to tell the little people --

JEFFY: Yeah.

GLENN: I mean, it is Norma Desmond: All you little people out there in the dark.

They just -- they believe we're stupid. And so there's no way we're ever going to listen to one of your points, while you're telling us we're stupid.

STU: I've got great examples of this too.

GLENN: Okay.

JEFFY: Well, we don't think you're stupid. Just watch football and MMA.

GLENN: And that's not the arts.

I mean, I think that was written as a funny line. But she delivered it, maybe because he's a bad actress --

STU: Yes!

GLENN: But she delivered it as a slam in everybody's face, like we don't know that's not art.

And now, this: Told you last week, threw my back out. And one of the reasons why is because I was away from my Casper mattress

PAT: Plus, you moved in your chair. You were in a chair, and you moved.

JEFFY: You moved. You've made another chair to sit in.

PAT: We tried to tell you -- we warned you, I don't know, how many times, don't move because you've got to be careful. Don't move. And you moved.

GLENN: I know this makes you guys feel good some way. I'm just not sure how it makes you feel good.

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?


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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"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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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…


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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?...


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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…


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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...


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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…


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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…


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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…


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"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…


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-AND-

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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…


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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"…


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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…


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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…


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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.

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.