Three Things You Need to Know – February 28, 2018

Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight

Dave watched from his window as his neighbors argued.

Expletives ripped through his thin apartment walls.

The fight escalated quickly.

Punches were thrown. Fists were flying.

Dave caught a glimmer of silver out of the corner of his eye.

One of the men had a knife and was about to use it.

Dave rushed to his bedroom and opened the bottom drawer, made his choice, and calmly walked outside.

Dave approached the men and just stood there.

His presence immediately caused the two men to forget all about their fight.

The knife-wielding man attempted to flee the scene but was caught by police moments later.

The other neighbor was rushed to the hospital for his stab wounds and is expected to make a full recovery.

All because Dave brought a gun to a knife fight.

As a certified firearms instructor, Dave had a collection of guns to choose from—but he grabbed his AR-15 because it’s just a bigger gun.

He believes that the “intimidation factor definitely played a part in stopping the fight.”

No shots were fired. That was never Dave’s intention.

He said, “The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection. It's light, it's maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it's not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so, all in all, it was a good day."

Dave saved a life that day because he is a responsible gun owner.

There are people like Dave all over the country.

Let’s remember that the good guys with guns are the majority.

Michael Wolff Does Europe

Remember Michael Wolff? The “journalist” who hung out in the lobby of the White House until he gathered enough dirt to write “Fire and Fury”?

He’s been on an international tour to promote his book and, well, things haven’t gone quite as smoothly for him as they did here in the U.S.

During an interview with an Australian TV news show, Wolff was asked about his recent comment to Bill Maher, saying he was “absolutely sure” that President Trump is currently having an affair. Wolff was doing the interview from London and he suddenly claimed he couldn’t hear the Australian interviewer’s question because something was wrong with his audio connection. Oddly, he heard everything clearly up to that point of the interview. Later, the Australian news show posted footage from their London studio showing there were no audio problems.

When Wolff was on Bill Maher’s show, he encouraged the audience to “read between the lines” of a passage in Fire and Fury, where he includes suggestive language about Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. When a British TV interviewer tried to clarify Wolff’s innuendo about Trump, Haley, and other possible affairs, Wolff said, “I assume. I assume because this is Donald Trump and I think that’s an absolutely fair assumption.”

I’m pretty sure that’s the first thing they teach in journalism school – do not assume anything. Even when it involves Donald Trump. Wolff stands by his own journalism though, saying there’s “no difference” between the journalism in Fire and Fury and books by Bob Woodward.

What is Michael Wolff hoping to accomplish here, besides racking up book sales?

After a rough few days of being asked uncomfortable questions by European journalists, Wolff has had enough of the heat. He canceled a BBC interview yesterday, saying, “the tour has taken its toll.”

You know what else is taking its toll? Assumptions, by the Left and the Right, about each other. We’ve pulled up the anchor of reason and we’re sailing straight into the choppy waters of accusation and innuendo. We’re more capable than this. We must stop assuming the worst about each other. We must work to fix reason back firmly in her seat. Yes, question with boldness, but pursue truth, instead of just a win for your team. We need a lot less Fire and Fury, and a lot more Honor and Humility.

Jared Kushner's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Jared Kushner and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Tuesday was not kind to the President’s son in law. Kushner must have felt as if he was living out in real time the day made famous in the popular Judith Viorst children’s book. Where as Alexander “went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair,” Kushner went to sleep with a Top Secret clearance and woke up with it downgraded to Secret. That’s a pretty big deal considering he’s been tasked with “bringing peace to the Middle East” and reworking trade deals. Essentially this means that most of his high level work will now have to be put on hold.

But Kushner’s day was only just beginning to turn sour. Media reports began coming in stating that officials from four different countries had discussed ways that Jared Kushner might be manipulated. Sources told the Washington Post that these “ways of manipulation” included taking advantage of Kushner’s complex business arrangements and his family debt.

Ok, so that sounds bad. But let’s pump the brakes for a second. First of all, Kushner may STILL eventually get a Top Secret Clearance. He’s just been downgraded to Secret in the meantime. The process to obtain a Top Secret clearance can be quick or extremely long depending on how much information the investigators have to go through. The top two things that tie up a Top Secret clearance are: Meetings with foreign nationals and financial debt. Kushner has a lot of both. For anyone waving the “You see! He’s guilty!” flag, just remember that this process is normal. Waiting over a year for a Top Secret SCI clearance is not uncommon at all.

Secondly, I’m having a hard time understanding why the Washington Post ran their story that 4 countries had discussed ways that they might be able to manipulate the President’s son in law. Wait, do you mean to tell me that rival nations actually looked for ways to gain leverage over a member of the President's staff? NO WAY. I wish you could see my shocked face. This has probably happened in every presidential administration since 1776. This is not a story. Now IF, and only IF, those four countries actually tried to, or were successful, in manipulating Kushner would this be a story. But it just says they talked about it. Are you kidding me with this?

The only purpose of this story was to pile something on to the bad news of Kushner’s clearance being downgraded. It’s an irresponsible trick to manipulate people into drawing false conclusions, and it’s also a prime example for why so many people have had enough with the media. Can we stop inventing scandals? Is that too much to ask?

We may find out, eventually, that Kushner has some serious issues. I don’t know. But I know we can all empathize with his day yesterday. We’ve all had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

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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?


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.