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GLENN: In studio with me is Greg Stube. Greg is a guy that I met how many years ago, Greg? Two?

STUBE: Two years.

GLENN: Two years ago. I was giving a speech for the NRA, I believe, and it was in Washington D.C. and I remember taking the train down to Washington, and I remember thinking nobody's going to want to hear this speech because I'm in Washington and I'm going to say -- there's going to be a lot of weasels there. Because all of the people -- this is the beginning of the campaign. All of them were there, and they had all just given their speeches and I thought, I'm going to be the most unpopular man there. And I walk in and I was late, so I didn't see any of the political speeches and I didn't see Greg's speech. But I walk back in the back of the room in the green room. Greg was there and there were about eight people standing around and they were listening to him talk and he was in his uniform and he was talking about obviously something that had happened to him. He was wildly, wickedly injured in Afghanistan, had a rocket actually go through him and all of the rocket fuel spill out inside of him and he laid open for a year and the doctor had to reach in through your leg, right, to pack the guts?

STUBE: Well, there was a hole in my hip. The entrance wound was in the hip and it went up through my abdomen from there.

GLENN: And so I'm listening to this story and I'm kind of standing back a little bit and behind Greg about six feet was a woman who sat there quietly and a tear was running down her cheek. And I watched her, while everybody was listening to him, I watched her. And I couldn't imagine what things were like for her because Greg is, I think like most soldiers, people that grew up knowing what they wanted to do and this is what I'm going to do and they know that -- everything. The wives don't. The wives aren't, you know, like, "I just hope someday I can marry a man who a rocket will go through." I think once you get married you think, "I just wish a rocket would go through him." But so I was more impressed with her, and we have become great friends. And you're one of the most honorable men I know, and you're going to be on the TV show for -- we've got so much going on. You'll be on the TV show for about 30 seconds. But I wanted to talk to you today because you brought him in, I hope we have time to talk about it on TV. The way the military looks at honor and the principles and the values. How you are really great at -- explain the piece of paper that you showed me.

STUBE: Well, Glenn, first you know you mention the spouses of military service members. You know, that's the fabric of nation right there, and they serve often in a greater capacity than anyone in uniform because they don't get the accolades. They don't get called a hero. They don't get the sense of adventure that they are going out there and doing great things for the nation, but they are.

GLENN: But they also don't have rockets that go through them. I just wanted to point that out.

STUBE: Yes, but they get to wait home.

GLENN: Yes.

STUBE: And they are not the ones that made the commitment to serve.

GLENN: I know.

STUBE: But they have committed to serve and they stand by us. They miss us. They raise our kids in our absence. They fix everything that needs to be fixed while we're gone and they wait for a phone call that might not be a good one. So just before we talked about anything else for the soldiers, I need to make mention that our families make up our nation.

GLENN: So when you're out in the field, how do you -- because I know Marcus Luttrell's going to be on the set as well, and here's a guy that went out, special forces, you're in special forces. What's your gig? What do they call you?

STUBE: We're on -- I guess affectionately termed green berets.

GLENN: Green berets. And that's kind of like seals, right? I don't want to start a war like Seals and green berets.

STUBE: No, there are a lot of parallels.

GLENN: Let me just tell you before Marcus gets here, you could kick the SEALs' butt.

STUBE: Don't do that.

GLENN: He may say that I've said to him that SEALs could kick the -- but I'd just like to see you two try, see who wins. Anyway, Marcus, one of the amazing things of that story is here they are. They are down on the ground. He and all of his buddies. They decide, look -- one of them says, "We can't kill this guy and a kid." The others say, "Taliban. They're Taliban. This is the rule. We've got to do this." But they decide that whatever, if there's one of them that disagrees, we're brothers, we'll go with it and we'll face the consequences together." Not once. Marcus may have been the guy who said, no, we can't pull the trigger on these guys. I don't know who, which one of these guys was the one that said no, we can't do it. The honor that is there, he still holds it up. He won't tell anybody who that was because of honor and integrity. When you're in that situation, how do you make a decision if you don't have honor and integrity and you can't trust the other person?

STUBE: I don't think it's possible. I think in the absence of values and principles, honor and integrity, it's impossible to do the good work that America demands of us and that we demand of each other. And those life-and-death circumstances are very hard to negotiate to begin with.

GLENN: So when you say I can't -- because you still wear a uniform. So I probably can't ask you this question. Do you see -- feel free not to answer this and I'd understand if you didn't. Do you see parallels in Washington with congress or presidents or anybody elsewhere you say we can't make decisions are not based on principles and so it's going to lead to no good.

STUBE: We've faithful service to the people of the United States and we do what the mission is at the moment without question.

GLENN: No, no, I'm saying -- I can't ask you this question. I'm sorry, I don't mean to put you in that --

STUBE: That's my answer.

GLENN: Okay. Tell me quickly, how much time do we have?

GLENN: Okay, tell me real quick what this is?

STUBE: What I have in front of me is an NCO evaluation report. It's a rating scheme for noncommissioned officers in the military and it basically determines, it's a performance rating, how well you do.

GLENN: You come back from a mission and then you say, okay, come on, I'm going to evaluate how you did on that mission.

STUBE: Yes. Your level of success and your promotion potential are measured by this form.

GLENN: So everybody has this in their file one way or another?

STUBE: That's right.

GLENN: Okay. When we come back I want to read this because it is very telling. If you're somebody like me that you admire the military and they give you hope for the future, this will explain why, next.

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Okay, Greg, you have -- now, is this just for special forces or is this for all military, this evaluation form?

STUBE: This form is specific to the United States Army but all branches of United States military have a very similar rating scheme, yes.

GLENN: Okay. So when you are done with a mission, you come back and you sit with your commanding officer?

STUBE: Well, you have an entire ratings scheme and it goes from your lowest level supervisor all the way to your highest rater.

GLENN: Okay. And at the end they ask these questions. Why don't you give some of the -- explain this form. What happens at the end?

STUBE: Okay, the ratings scheme is based on army values.

GLENN: Hold it just a second. Hold on. Imagine -- before you listen to this, imagine you applying the standard. This is the standard the military applies to themselves. Imagine you applying this standard to those who represent you in congress or in the White House, Republican, Democrat, everything. Tell me at the end of this how many of these people you think could actually stand to this bar, this high. Go ahead.

STUBE: Well, Glenn, it's an enormous responsibility to wear the red, white and blue of the American flag on your uniform and to represent our country and so we intend when we wear that uniform to project strength and honor.

GLENN: Right.

STUBE: And the American people deserve that and we owe it to them. And the way that we keep that in line and the way we gauge our own performance and each other's performance is to look at some of these values that we call army values.

GLENN: Okay.

STUBE: But army is really America. It's a cross-section. We have people from the small towns and the big cities serving together fighting together, dying together sometimes. And then we rate each other based on loyalty, duty, respect, service, honor, integrity and personal courage. And those are separate categories. So we have to look at those characteristics in daily performance and you should -- don't bring those characteristics to work, you will not succeed or be promoted. So do they sit down and they ask you questions or they sit there and say based on, you know, what the others have told me and the team, you don't have respect for your other men? You are not treating them with respect? You are not doing these things? How does this interview work?

STUBE: It's not an interview. It's a rating of your performance. And so the people, the people who have their boots on the ground with you do these kinds of performance in the course of your activities in the military. They're with you. They see what you're doing. An effort among your supervisors, your leaders to decide how you've done in those areas.

GLENN: Okay, so loyalty, they have to answer yes or no, loyalty. Bears true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the army, the unit and other soldiers. Just change some of these words. Imagine this with your congressman. Bears true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the army, the unit and other soldiers. Duty, fulfills their obligations, respect, treats people as they should be treated. Self-less service, puts the welfare of the nation, the army and subordinates above their own. That's laughable when you think about this. Honor, lives up to all army values. Those are the loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, respect, personal courage. Integrity, does what's right, legally and morally. Personal courage, faces fear, danger, or adversity, physical and moral. I can't believe this is a government document. I mean, this is why -- am I making you uncomfortable, Greg? I can't believe that this is a government document.

STUBE: Well, I can. I can. And I'm very proud.

GLENN: You are in the only branch -- can I tell you something? You guys are the -- and maybe I'm alone but I don't think I am. The reason why I have hope, the reason -- do you know, Greg, do you know why I -- do you know why I feel the way I do about you and the others that you serve with? Do you have any idea?

STUBE: I think I do.

GLENN: You represent the best of us, you represent what we should be. You represent what Americans are supposed to be like. Every time I see a guy in a uniform, every time I -- when I walked the New York streets every 9/11 and I saw the guys in uniform and the Humvees and the guns, something I had never seen before on American streets, I looked them in the eye and I had faith that we would conquer whatever it was we needed to conquer because they were selfless. They would serve. They would do the right thing. They weren't in it for their own game. You -- and I know I don't speak alone, and I don't mean you personally. I mean for me it is you personally, also, but I mean everybody who wears an if you know form and risks their life for this country. This is not a draft. You people signed up for this. You people know this Constitution and this country better than most, and you're willing to put your life on the line for it every day. Oh, how I wish there were more in private life that were like that. You represent -- to me you represent the values that our greatest founder, George Washington, had.

More tonight, you don't want to miss it, the special at 5:00 on the Fox News Channel. You are not alone. WE Surround Them. And a launch of something that could not only change your life but I think could change the course of America depending on what you decide. That's tonight, 5:00.

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.