BuzzFeed Takes a Page From the Glenn Beck Playbook

While no chalkboard was involved, BuzzFeed recently published a diagram connecting the dots between businesses and people tied to Donald Trump, seemingly in an effort to track transparency in the new administration.

"Have you ever seen anything like this before?" Glenn asked Tuesday, feigning surprise.

The obvious answer is yes.

Glenn did the very same thing with Barack Obama, calling attention to the president's troublesome relationships with labor unions, community organizers and socialists. However, he was labeled a "conspiracy theorist" and called "insane" for doing so. Don't hold your breath, though, for anyone in the hypocritical mainstream media to notice the similarities --- or label BuzzFeed "crazy."

Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: All right. So a couple of hard questions. Some for us, some for the media. Buzzfeed, help us map out Trump world.

What they've done is Buzzfeed has taken all of the business ventures that are connected to the Trump organization. So it's basically 7 degrees from Kevin Bacon. So anybody who is in direct business and then who is the next jumping point from them.

So Donald and then who is connected to his sons -- who is connected to anybody else in the organization?

PAT: Including his cabinet positions too.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: The people that are in his cabinet, they've also diagrammed them. So you're going to have all of the -- you know, the Goldman Sachs people, and that's going to be a tangled web too.

GLENN: Right. So it's an interesting thing.

PAT: It is. It's a very interesting thing.

GLENN: Right.

Have you ever seen anything like this before?

PAT: Yeah, I have.

GLENN: When have you seen that?

PAT: Let me think. Oh, that's -- with the Tides Foundation.

GLENN: With the Tides Foundation.

PAT: And George Soros.

GLENN: And George Soros. Why would I do that? And the labor unions. I remember SEIU. I remember the AFL-CIO.

PAT: You were trying to show that no president was more connected to all of these community organizing organizations.

GLENN: Right. So I was -- I diagrammed AFL-CIO. SEIU. ACORN, the Tides Foundation, and George Soros. And why did I do that?

Because I don't like these -- these community -- these harmless community organizing groups

PAT: And none of them are harmless. We all know they're social justice social organisms.

GLENN: Correct. Most of them are open borders, one world government, socialist, Marxist leaning.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Okay? Not the pillar of American constitutionalism. So what I did was I spent two years diagramming all of the connections. For that, I was mocked, ridiculed, and called a conspiracy theorist. Now, here's the mainstream media --

PAT: It's amazing.

GLENN: -- who is afraid of business connections, saying, we ought to know exactly who he's connected to.

But this, remember, is not a conspiracy theorist. This is the news media. So they're not into conspiracies. They just want to know all the connections.

Do you remember when Twitter -- how did I first use Twitter? When Twitter first came out, remember, we used it first for watchdogs.

PAT: Oh, right.

GLENN: If you see a connection we might have missed, bark. Let us know.

STU: That is what Buzzfeed is asking for.

GLENN: That is exactly what they're asking for. They've turned into me. How does that make you feel, Buzzfeed? How does that make you feel, mainstream media?

Now, I'm going to do what the mainstream media and Buzzfeed wouldn't do to me. I think this is valid. I think we should look at every single president and everyone who is around him. Because if we would have, we would find social justice warriors that were 9/11 truthers and communist sympathizers, like Van Jones. But you don't have a problem with Van Jones. So that's -- that's why it's a conspiracy to even talk about him.

PAT: They do have a problem with Goldman Sachs.

GLENN: Correct.

PAT: And every connection that leads to.

GLENN: Correct. They have a problem with businesses. They have a problem with ExxonMobil. We don't have a problem with that.

Now, the thing is, can we find a balance that we look for the bad guys in business and the bad guys in -- in community organizing? Can we do that?

The answer should be yes. But are we doing it? The answer is clearly no. Because there's no self-awareness from the media. Fix that first. Physician, heal thyself.

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.