Glenn Beck: Don't Look Twice


Don't Look Twice

by Andy Gross

GLENN: Andy Gross' book is out. Andrew Gross has a new book out called Don't Look Twice, today. His last book out was The Dark Tide. How are you?

GROSS: Hey, Glenn, glad to be back with you.

GLENN: You are such a soft-spoken guy. I read your books and people are dying, people are running across busy streets and then it's like, "Hey, Glenn, how are you?"

GROSS: I'm not that spoken and my books aren't that violent, either.

GLENN: Oh, come on, there's people dying.

GROSS: Well, I'm a thriller writer. People have to die. The stakes have to be important.

GLENN: So you've got your new book. Explain it. Because I want to talk to you about it, but I don't want to blow anything at the end. So you explain it so I don't blow anything.

GROSS: You know, the hardest thing you can ever ask an author is to say what your book's about, you know. So we listen to a stammer. Basically this book picks up where The Dark Tide left off and follows --

GLENN: Fantastic.

GROSS: Ty Hauck through a retribution killing that takes place in Greenwich. My books take place in moneyed affluent Greenwich and it follows --

GLENN: But your main character is not moneyed?

GROSS: No, he is a blue-collar guy, he's a policeman and I think it's a good foil for him to be the person that's sort of, you know, wading through all these conspiracies that take place with people who are a lot more powerful than he is in town and in New York. And ultimately this thing winds through this retribution killing, winds through some casino gaming schemes and then ultimately lands at the doorstep of some of the very powerful people in the state and beyond an Iraq war profiteering conspiracy.

GLENN: All right. Now, Andy, I'm glad you said it.

GROSS: Which I shouldn't have said because that's --

GLENN: No, no.

GROSS: That's in the last 20 pages of the book, of course.

GLENN: I mean, it was kind of like, "All right, well, now I don't have to read the book." But here's the thing: You had me at "Hello." You had me, and I get to the last 20 pages and I'm like, "No, no, no, no, please, no."

GROSS: Well, you know, we might be on different sides of the issue, but I think from what I know that you guys talk about on this show, we might be closer to it than you think because, you know, my books always end up with people in power who don't speak the truth, who don't -- who aren't honest, you know. And --

GLENN: So wait a minute. Wait, wait, because I will give you that I don't think there should be no-bid contracts, I don't think there should be -- you know, I don't think there should be favors being done. I think there are people who profit off of war. I think that helicopter thing that happened -- and this happened back in December, the thing that was exposed, you know, with the helicopter blueprints of Marine One being on the front page of the Tehran Times. That happened with the Bush administration where the thing leaked. I think personally someone said, "Okay, we're going to have a hard time getting this helicopter thing passed. Why don't we expose the plans of the old one so then we have to have a new one."

GROSS: I'm sure. I think wherever you and your viewers come down on what happened in Iraq, I think it's pretty clear that the country was put out for bid into private hands and I'm sure a lot of how people got those quote/unquote contracts are pretty unseemly. But I have to say that my book really isn't about Iraq as you know.

GLENN: No, I know it's not.

GROSS: It's really, you know, a murder mystery that starts with something that happens on the streets of Greenwich and then winds through various other things and also pits Hauck against his own very politically connected brother in this cover-up that tears their own family apart.

GLENN: Okay. You live in Greenwich, Connecticut?

GROSS: I live about eight miles. My kids go to school in Greenwich. So I'm pretty close.

GLENN: Are you independently filthy rich, money shooting out of your butt and stuff?

GROSS: I don't know, but I do pay -- my property taxes are high. I'm on the New York side. So I pay the property taxes, not the Greenwich side.

GLENN: Holy cow. Do you believe -- because you're on the liberal side of things which is, you know, totally fine. I won't have to eat you. But do you believe in trickle-down economics?

GROSS: No. As long as you ask, no.

GLENN: Okay. The Greenwich situation as I see that melting down, I mean, it's, wow. I mean, there are $20 million homes just sitting there empty.

GROSS: Oh, well, I believe in reverse trickle-down economics, absolutely.

GLENN: That's what I want to ask you. How come you believe -- how come liberals believe in it in one direction but not the other direction?

GROSS: I guess you're right. I mean, clearly -- and I'm just sort of personalizing it with my book. I mean, one of the things -- the book I'm working on now actually because it's centered here is very much into the collapse of this economy, not just the economy but of people, as you say, that had $20 million homes and now, you know, literally can't even go and, you know, don't want to even be seen shopping in the local stores. You know, it's had a huge, huge psychological deflation on the town and I think the town is just emblematic on one level of what's happening across the board. You know when the rich people are, you know, caving in that everyone out there is feeling the pain. So --

GLENN: Yeah, when you -- I mean, when the rich people -- and Greenwich is such, you know, such an exaggerated example. I mean, it's almost a cartoon. Greenwich is just -- I mean, it is the greatest concentration of wealth I think in the country.

GROSS: It is, it is.

GLENN: It makes Beverly Hills look like paupers.

GROSS: You know, the joke about Greenwich is anyone who's ever been there -- I'm sure not a lot of your readers have -- there were cops on every street corner that would manage the traffic all the way down so it could take 20 minutes to go five blocks down. Now there's no cops in town anymore because nobody even comes here. So, you know, it's --

GLENN: Right. Wait, wait, wait, that's a joke but is it serious? Have you guys gotten rid of the cops?

GROSS: Not that there's no cops in town. There's no cops on Main Street managing the traffic. Nobody's here anymore.

GLENN: Really? The last time -- I was there a year ago Christmas and I had never seen the cops and they wear the white gloves and everything else and, you know, some old Greenwich guy with, you know, his Basset Hound and his Ascot and he was like --

GROSS: Hey, listen. What I like about Greenwich quickly is the following: My books are really about people that your readers would know. They are about --

GLENN: I know they are.

GROSS: Yoga moms or they are about dads that run up and down the sidelines cheering their kids on.

GLENN: Yeah.

GROSS: They just might be CEOs. And so I like the orbit to New York, I like the fact that it's a power haven, you know, it's not really just about the wealthy but it is about influence and power and corruption.

GLENN: Yeah. And see, that's -- you know, because you say about, you know, the corruption, you know, when it was hand in hand with war, et cetera, et cetera, how can people who understand corruption be for empowering the government to get even bigger?

GROSS: Now you are asking a question. How much time are you going to give me on the show? I'm not sure --

GLENN: Not enough for you to look good in the end.

GROSS: You know, I think right now people are placing their hopes in government. Now, not everybody, but I honestly believe you see the polls that they are. And so you know, I just got off the phone a little while ago. I actually ran a business for years. I ran Head, which is a large ski apparel, ski company and tennis. So I'm not totally one-sided on this thing.

GLENN: Right.

GROSS: But on the other hand, you know, I think right now the situation is so dire that we have to place our trust in government. And if government fails us now, I think we're going to be living with that feeling of betrayal for the next 20 years in this country.

GLENN: I happen to agree with you on that. And I will tell you, America, Andrew Gross's books, The Dark Tide, was just riveting. Couldn't put it down. Same with the new book, Don't Look Twice. Pick it up. It's in bookstores everywhere. Thank you, Andy, appreciate it.

GROSS: Thanks, Glenn, appreciate it.

GLENN: You bet. Bye-bye.

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.