Three Things You Need to Know - September 28, 2017

UC Berkley is a circus.

There are only a couple of situations in life where you need a tent.

When you’re camping.

When you’re setting up a circus.

And that’s about it. 

But the tent that was put up during the latest protest at UC Berkeley was totally different.

This tent was an “Empathy Tent.” Doesn’t that make you feel so warm inside? The “empathy tent” was designed to give opposing forces a “safe space” to flesh out their political disagreements in a peaceful environment.

Right-wing group “Patriot Prayer” was speaking on campus when leftist groups “By Any Means Necessary” and Antifa showed up to protest.

What could go wrong?

It wasn’t long before representatives from both sides were placed in the tent to talk it out. Of course, talking turned to yelling, which turned to pushing, which turned to fighting.

Almost immediately, the brawling escalated to the point that the tent was nearly toppled. Police officers rushed to the scene.

Four people were arrested, including an activist for “By Any Means Necessary” named Yvonne Felcara. Yvonne has an interesting profession for an extreme left-wing activist. She’s a middle school teacher. Don’t you feel confident in the future of our country? She was arrested on suspicion of rioting, obstruction and battery. This was not her first arrest.

And this nonsense does not come cheap.

This protest comes after UC Berkeley preemptively spent $600,000 to ensure protests didn’t turn violent when Ben Shapiro spoke on campus.

We live in a world where apparently people with different opinions cannot talk to each other in a civil fashion. At all.

We live in a world where it costs $600,000 to stop middle school teachers from becoming violent.

We live in a world where “empathy tents” exist. 

And our inability to be considerate human beings is making our world worse.

UC Berkeley has shown, once again, that it is not a bastion of education. It is a circus.

So maybe a tent is appropriate after all.

Helping people in times of crisis should never be a partisan issue.

If there was ever a moment when Democrats and Republicans could truly collaborate, you’d think it would be working together on something like the disaster in Puerto Rico.

Last Sunday, Hillary Clinton tweeted unsolicited advice to President Trump that he should send the USNS Comfort a U.S. Navy hospital ship, to Puerto Rico now.

“These are Americans citizens,” she tweeted helpfully.

Turns out the Navy was already preparing to send the Comfort. There are also three other U.S. Navy ships already in Puerto Rico working on relief. And 5,000 active-duty U.S. service members on the ground. And 13 Coast Guard ships working to fix ports and launching search-and-rescue missions.

Hillary did not have all the facts when she pleaded for Trump to #SendtheComfort.

The Pentagon discussed sending the Comfort to Puerto Rico as early as last weekend, but decided against it because the damaged Puerto Rican ports weren’t able to accommodate a ship that large, and because the Puerto Rican government requested help in getting the island’s 60 hospitals operational instead. So, the Pentagon sent a fleet of Air Force jets with supplies, generators and medical personnel.

Hillary’s tweet didn’t mention those things. The President’s critics aren’t interested in hearing about his actual relief efforts because his approval rating rose after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Left can’t have that.

Priority number one for the Left isn’t helping Puerto Rico. It’s trying to make America think Donald Trump doesn’t care about helping Puerto Rico. It sounds like they’ve already got their main talking point picked out.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez said it: "This is going to turn [out] to be Mr. Trump’s Katrina."

President Trump brings a ton of criticism on himself, but this is not one of those times. He seems to be trying to help Puerto Rico, and Democrats, if they truly cared about Puerto Rico, should help him.

Divide and conquer.

That’s what our enemies are doing to us, and it’s happening right under our noses. Chaos is the name of the game, and we’re falling for it time after time after time.

Facebook revealed this month that Russia purchased $100,000 worth of political ads during the 2016 presidential campaign. The way this has been reported lately, you’d think all those ads would be pro-Trump. But, yesterday, details started to emerge on what Russia was actually doing and who they were really supporting. The answer is: everyone, no one, everything and whatever stirred up the most chaos.

As early as 2015, Russian Facebook ads have both supported and condemned Black Lives Matter. Some ads were pro Muslim and pro-immigration. The next day, those same groups would post negative Muslim ads and anti-immigration rhetoric. Trump, Hillary, Right and Left. They’ve been playing both sides.

Do you think the Russians actually cared who became president? In terms of heads of state, the President of the United States is one of the weakest authority figures in the world. The founding fathers made it that way on purpose. The Russians know this. They were preparing to divide us, regardless of who became president.

This goes a lot deeper than just the election. As early as this past week, Russian intelligence was using the NFL “take a knee” controversy to continue their chaos campaign. Senator Lankford of Oklahoma said in a hearing yesterday that Russians were “taking both sides of the argument” on social media to inflame divisiveness.

We’re being played like a fiddle. And while the collusion narrative continues in the media, a foreign intelligence service is actively trying to split us apart. The Russians have been doing these types of things for decades but never on this scale and this magnitude. Technology has opened up an entirely new era in espionage, and the scary part is that this has only just begun. Look how easily we have been turned against one another. Imagine how much worse this will become in 2 to 5 years.

It’s divide and conquer. Chaos is the name of the game. It’s time to wake up.


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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.