Three Things You Need to Know - November 28, 2017

Olbermann Exits Stage Left

Keith Olbermann has done it. He’s cracked the case, righted the ship and dealt the Trump administration such a severe gut punch that he can now retire from political commentary for good. Here he is, from the last segment of The Resistance:

Apparently, the weight of a 7-10 minute internet segment for GQ was just too much weight to carry. I have no idea how he endured such a heavy burden for so long. My God man… it’s been months. How much of a workload can the human body take?!

Olbermann and the GQ Resistance are apparently declaring victory. This was their version of the George W. Bush “Mission Accomplished” speech. Whereas Bush delivered his from an aircraft carrier dressed in a flight suit, Olbermann sat pretty in a trendy suit in front of a perfectly colored GQ backdrop. What’s got the resistance so confident?

What’s got him so confident the President will be impeached? Is it some new revelation from the Muller investigation? Sure enough, he mentions Flynn and Muller right off the bat. But then he mentions another possible way Trump could get fired… then another… then another… he goes on to list SEVEN hair brain theories ranging anywhere from Russia to obstruction of Justice, to Pence initiating the 25th amendment.

So what’s the ultimate coup de grace here? Is it definitely one of the seven, possible one, or is it none of the above? I guess the better question here is, what’s the real reason for this video? He denies it, but was he actually fired? Maybe Keith’s going back to ESPN? Like they say on Sportscenter - and I think I can speak for everyone that watched this video - hey Olbermann… COME ON MAN!

The Media Never Really Cared About Puerto Rico

President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico.

We know that from all the media coverage during hurricane Maria, right? That was a big part of the media’s narrative – that President Trump was too slow to send aid to Puerto Rico. That he didn’t send enough aid. That he took too long to visit Puerto Rico. That he cared more about the hurricane hits in Houston and Florida.

All of that is debatable, of course. The media seemed poised to make Puerto Rico into Trump’s Katrina, disregarding the unique circumstances of Maria following so soon after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Or the fact that Puerto Rico is 1,000 miles from Florida.

It turns out that when the media couldn’t get any traction on the “Trump hates Puerto Rico” storyline, they didn’t really care about Puerto Rico’s hurricane struggles either. At least not as much as they cared about hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Washington Post, who can’t stand Donald Trump, published a report yesterday with the headline “The mainstream media didn’t care about Puerto Rico until it became a Trump story.”

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab found that mainstream media did not cover Maria nearly as extensively as they covered Harvey and Irma. Their report found that coverage did not increase until Trump’s feud with San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz.

MIT found that over 1,100 news outlets produced stories about Harvey and Irma, while only 500 carried stories about Maria. During a two-week period before and after each hurricane hit, online media ran 6,591 stories about Maria, 19,214 on Harvey, and 17,338 on Irma.

MIT even did a language analysis of all the hurricane coverage. Guess what they found? The Maria stories featured far more political language, words like Congress, Senate, Democrats, Republicans, debt, or tax. Coverage of Harvey featured far more words like victim and family.

The bottom line is that mainstream media claims President Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico, but the media clearly doesn’t care that much either. This hypocrisy and moral high-horse mentality, from both sides, has got to stop. Trump and the media need to stop obsessing over each other and focus on doing their actual jobs.

That's Not Protesting, It's Terrorism

"They will come to know the truth. Dad murdered democracy in cold blood.”

That was written on a sign outside FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s home over Thanksgiving weekend.

Pai should have been enjoying the holiday with his family, but instead, he was subjected to protestors with apparently nothing better to do than stand outside the Pai home with harassing signs and send pizzas to his door every hour. (Which actually sounds kind of great but I digress.)

Who does that to a family on Thanksgiving weekend?

Apparently, people who are insanely mad that Pai sent an order to terminate most of the net neutrality regulations set in place by former Obama FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler.

Attacking Ajit Pai isn’t activism. This is terrorizing a family. I would bet that these protestors don’t even really understand net neutrality in the first place.

Net neutrality doesn’t guarantee a free and open internet for all. The regulations don’t benefit the average man. They benefit Google and that’s about it.

Enforcing “net neutrality” does the exact opposite of what its proponents claim. It results in an internet where a handful of large corporations have access to peering agreements with “the fast lane” and the rest are subject to far fewer options.

Here’s some free advice for Pai’s protestors. Before harassing a family about a subject you know nothing about, consider staying inside and researching the topic and having an intelligent conversation over turkey with your own family and friends.

And if you ever want to send free pizza to someone, send them to me.

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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?


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.