War on Women: Part II

There is a War on Women, but it's not in the United States. According modern American feminists, their biggest priorities include access to birth control, abortion on demand and income equality --- all of which they already have. They ignore the plight of women and girls across the globe who face real subjugation and inequality. Under Sharia law, women face a level of oppression and violence the likes of which modern feminists have never experienced. Women live under the rule of men and antiquated laws that include stoning, honor killing and mutilation. These women don't have the freedom to wear pink, knitted hats and rant in the streets about imagined oppression. Theirs is real oppression that often times ends in slavery, severe punishments or death.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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GLENN: There is a War on Women happening, but if you listen to those on the left. The biggest offender is, say it with me, the United States of America. The World Economic Forum released their list of the world's best countries for women, and the US was 45th. Let me give you a couple of highlights on the list. Rwanda was the fifth best nation on earth for women. Yeah, Rwanda. Forty places above the United States.

Rwanda.

One of the criteria used to arrive at that conclusion is the percentage of women in the Rwandan legislature. According to WEF, 64 percent of the seats in the Rwandan parliament are occupied by women. Just a side note, after the Rwandan genocide, 70 percent of their population was women. So it seems to go to reason that it would -- anyway, one of the reasons the US is listed as low as it is, is the ever present income inequality argument.

As we have discussed over and over, including by the liberal newspaper, the Washington Post, there are many extenuating factors that go into why overall men earn more money than women. To name a few: Different professional choices, maternity leave, length of time in the job market, and a whole lot more. But boil down, when you compare men and women with similar education levels, similar job experience, length of time in a particular job, and skill levels -- in other words, when comparing apples to apples in America, men and women make virtually the same amount of money. In fact, in some industries, when those factors are considered, women's actual average income is slightly more than men.

In 2010, TIME Magazine reported that there was 147 of the 150 biggest cities in the country, and the median full-time salaries of young single women were higher than their male peers, by 8 percent.

Another criteria used to rate the United States lower than you might think it should be in the quality of life for women is the participation for women in the job force because it's stagnant. Is there a definitive explanation for that?

No. Not that I can think of. But could one reason that many women are choosing to stay home to raise their children full-time? Of course. Since when are women who raise children second-class citizens? Since when do we say our quality of life is because everyone in the family works?

Is the World Economic Forum going to inform America's children that they're just not important enough to warrant a parent staying in the home to raise them, or will they inform our next generation that they don't deserve the time and attention of their own parents? Or maybe they should just admit, some people choose to stay home with their kids, and it's not a bad choice.

Rarely, if ever, is actual oppression and violence against women even mentioned, such as when it exists under Sharia law. Even in the supposedly westernized tolerant Dubai, in the UAE, the situation for women can be extremely hazardous. Charlotte Adams, she was visiting Dubai from London. She greeted a male friend in the bar in Dubai with a kiss on the cheek to say hello. Well, when she left the bar, the Dubai police stopped her.

VOICE: He was like, were you kissing him? And I was like, no. And he's like, did you kiss him? And I was like, well, we would have kissed on the cheek to say hi. But apparently, as soon as I said we kissed on the cheek, that was it. It was like kissing on the cheek is illegal.

VOICE: Charlotte spent 23 days behind bars before being deported.

GLENN: Charlotte actually got off easy. The 27-year-old Australian Alicia Gali went to Dubai to manage a hotel and spa. She had a room in the hotel she managed. And one night, her room became flooded. It turned out later that someone had intentionally stuffed a T-shirt in the plumbing to cause the overflow.

While the workers if I could her room, she waited in the bar. A coworker came by, dropped some ice cubes in her drink. The next thing she remembers is waking up naked and badly bruised with four broken ribs. She had been raped by three men.

Alicia went to the hospital for treatment and to alert the police.

VOICE: What Alicia didn't know is that being raped was essentially the same as having sex outside of marriage, where the sex is consensual, and that she would be charged with the same offense as those who had assaulted and raped her.

GLENN: Alicia was quickly learning firsthand about the real War on Women. From an Australian documentary on the case...

VOICE: So a woman can only prove that she has been raped if there are four adult Muslim men watching the rape.

VOICE: You were prepared to say that the sex was non-consensual.

VOICE: Alicia Gali spent eight months in that Dubai prison before being released during a Muslim holiday celebration.

In 2008, a 13-year-old Somali girl named Aisha Duhulow reported to authorities that she had been gang raped. Instead of receiving justice, she was stoned to death by 50 men.

Sharia courts in Pakistan have punished thousands of raped women who dare accuse their attacker with imprisonment.

In Bangladesh, female victims are flogged, beaten, and imprisoned after being raped.

In Afghanistan, it's possible that a daughter who had been raped will be honor killed by her parents.

In 2014, the international women's group intervened on behalf of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by her mullah in a mosque.

Their job? To persuade her family not to kill her. Good news: So far the family has not.

But in Nigeria, 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped out of their school and sold into sexy slavery because their extremist captors believed they had a right to do it since the girls were being educated. Hashtags popped up for the girls here in America, but nothing was really accomplished for the girls on their behalf. So there is a War on Women. Severe human rights violations, directed against women all over the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world, and virtually no one seems to focus on it.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the so-called war often involves whether or not free birth control devices are available on every street corner.

VOICE: One told us on how embarrassed and just powerless she felt, when she was standing at the pharmacy counter and learned for the first time the contraception was not covered on her insurance. And she had to turn and walk away because she couldn't afford that prescription. Women like her have no choice, but to go without contraception. Just last week, a married female student told me that she had to stop using contraception because she and her husband just couldn't fit it into their budget anymore.

GLENN: Perspective should be the word of the year. Perspective.

It would be helpful, at least when we have to answer the question, is life perfect for women? Of course not. Not here or anywhere else. It's not perfect for men either. But it might be helpful to take a breath and look around from time to time to see if you were looking to America from the outside, how perfect a woman's life may look to them. We'll seek to gain some of that perspective on the next episode.

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.