Glenn Beck: Climbing for Seals


-- Michael's Everest Challenge site

-- Find out more about the Warrior Fund

GLENN: 888-727-BECK, 888-727-BECK. Last night I had a dinner with a good friend of mine, Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL, part of Seal Team 8 that -- or is it Seal Team 10, Stu?

DAN: 10.

GLENN: Yeah, Seal Team 10. His brother I think is an 8. And he wrote the book The Lone Survivor which if you haven't read, it's just a remarkable story. These SEALs are amazing. We were having dinner and he was telling me, "Oh, yeah, I jumped out of a plane at 29,000 feet and I did this and, you know, you only pull your parachute when you're doing that high altitude, you only pull your parachute about 800 feet from the ground." I'm thinking to myself, I'd be dead. There's just no way I would do any of these -- he's talking about big picked up by the submarine, you throw this band around it. It's just bizarre what these people do and they do it all the time. All the time the SEALs are out. Another good friend of mine, Michael Kobold is in the studio. How are you?

KOBOLD: Hi, Glenn, how are you?

GLENN: You're a watchmaker. In case anybody doesn't know, Kobold watches, I wear Kobold watches. They are the only ones -- are you completely made now in America?

KOBOLD: No, not completely but close to 89% by value.

GLENN: This is -- and so many people don't know this. We stopped making watches a long time ago and Michael is a German who came over here and now is working over here and living over here, and are you an American yet?

KOBOLD: I'm not American. I'm here on a Visa. I'm German.

GLENN: All right. So -- but he's making watches, bringing them back here to America, makes them in Pittsburgh and they're great watches. In fact, the 24 watch which I have which is the one that was made for Kiefer Sutherland for the TV show 24 is the one I wear.

KOBOLD: That's right.

GLENN: And the SEALs wear his watches and everything else, great watches. Anyway, you are raising funds for the Navy SEALs?

KOBOLD: Yeah, in a roundabout way. So most people set up, you know, bake sales and lemonade stands, but the SEALs need a lot of money and this is not for the SEALs directly. It's for the Navy SEALs' families. If they get wounded or injured when killed in action, their families are taken care of by a fund called the Navy SEAL warrior fund. Which is a private institution and they raise money for these guys so that their families are taken care of when they can't take care of them anymore.

GLENN: And how are you raising money?

KOBOLD: Well, I'm climbing Mt. Everest in April and in May from Will Cross from Pittsburgh.

GLENN: Oh, in April and in May. We're just going to miss each other.

KOBOLD: Yeah, it's going to be a little bit tough. It's two months on the cold icy mountain there and with the worst food in the world.

GLENN: So again how are you raising money? I mean, that's cool that you're climbing Mt. Everest. What are you doing?

KOBOLD: Well, the way this all came about is I climb Mt. Everest with friends last year but I didn't get very far and, of course, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the world's greatest living explorer. I had a week to prepare for this. I went up and I injured myself. I sliced my hand open. So I wasn't allowed to climb anymore. And then I support the Navy SEALs by various ways, we give watches away, we raffle them off and we auction them off. At one of these events a Navy SEAL commander, commander from Seal Team 10 said how far did you get up Everest? I said, not very far, 20,000 feet. He said, that's not quite the summit, son. And so I said, you know what, I'm going to try it again and this time I'll prepare. I'll take more than seven days to do it. I'll take, you know, three or four months. And if I get to the summit, you know, I'll raise the Navy SEAL flag. And then I thought, well, why not raise money for the SEALs that way, for the warrior fund. And so the Navy said, fine, we'll get a couple of SEALs together to train you. So I've been training on their base in Coronado Island in California for the last three weeks.

GLENN: That's insanity.

KOBOLD: Yeah.

GLENN: That's insanity. Most guys are -- have you cried yet?

KOBOLD: Close to it. They chased me up the seven story high thing called a cargo net and I'm relatively scared of heights and I --

GLENN: Oh, so you're going to climb Mt. Everest and you're afraid of heights.

KOBOLD: Yes. I didn't --

GLENN: What the hell is wrong with you? 20,000 feet and you still, you have like bubbles in your head still? What are you thinking, Michael?

KOBOLD: Well, it's not that scary on the mountain. The scariest part is crossing these ice ladders through the consume boom ice pool which is --

GLENN: Oh, I hate that part, the Khumbu ice fault. I hate that. That's the worst part of it.

KOBOLD: That is.

GLENN: I think anybody you talk to says the mountain's not that bad, but the Khumbu ice fault. What exactly, what is an ice ladder?

KOBOLD: Well, it's basically just your regular stepladder and except for that it's tied together to two or three more stepladders by just a couple of strings and then you lay that across this huge crevasse and you cross the crevasse by climbing over the ice ladders. And you can do this on your hands and knees or you can do it by just walking over it with your crampons attached to your boots and you fall --

GLENN: Your crap-ons?

KOBOLD: Crampons, crampons. They are these metal things to attach to your boots to make sure you can walk on ice.

GLENN: Oh, I thought it was for when you crapped on ice.

KOBOLD: In fact, when you go to the summit, you wear diapers, a lot of guys wear diapers because you are climbing for, you know, 12 to 18 hours straight.

GLENN: Yeah, I could hold it for 12 to 18 hours, but I don't, I don't think I would because how far is the fall if you fall through the ladder, the ice ladder?

KOBOLD: It depends. I mean, it could be as little as 30 feet and as much as 100, 150 feet. But there is a line that you can hold onto. It's just for how long. That's the problem. So they are teaching me on Coronado how to hold onto all sorts of things and one of the ways is to lock your arms, that way you are not straining your muscles.

GLENN: Are you going back to Coronado to train with the SEALs?

KOBOLD: I am indeed. I'm flying out on Friday.

GLENN: Good, because I know we have a lot of SEAL listeners to the program there in the San Diego area.

KOBOLD: Yes.

GLENN: Make Michael cry like a little girl. Make him cry. (Laughing). All right. So if somebody wants to get involved, I mean, how are you raising money?

KOBOLD: Well, we've set up a website. There is the official Navy SEAL warrior fund website which you can Google, look up online, and you can make donations straight to them. And we have a website that tracks my progress and my expedition's progress which is www.Everest-challenge.com, and it's pretty cool. We'll have live updates from the mountain as we climb up and Sir Ranulph Fiennes is coming with us this time with a BBC camera to film us doing this.

GLENN: You have to call us when you get to the very top. You have to call.

KOBOLD: Absolutely, I will.

GLENN: We'll get you the phone number. Call us on your satellite phone.

KOBOLD: I can't agree we'll have such a clear connection as in the studio.

GLENN: Well, there's already -- you won't give a flying crap. You'll just be like, "Help, help." You know, the worst part I would imagine climbing Everest is then you get up to the top and you're like, oh, crap, now I've got to go all the way down.

KOBOLD: Yeah, that's the hardest part because you get elated and you get excited that you've made it to the summit and now you've got to go all the way back down to safety because most people when they die, they usually die on the way back.

GLENN: Have you thought about bringing a sled?

KOBOLD: No such luck.

GLENN: Michael Kobold, thank you very much. We'll talk to you again. Next time I talk to you, we'll talk to you I guess from Everest.

KOBOLD: Sounds good. Thanks for having me, Glenn.

GLENN: You bet. We'll have all the information, we'll send it in the free e-mail newsletter today. You can sign up for that at GlennBeck.com, free e-mail newsletter today, help the Navy SEAL.

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.