Glenn Beck: Heston passes

GLENN: We called Wayne this morning and asked if he would share his thoughts on the passing of somebody I know is a good friend of his, Charlton Heston.  Hello, Wayne, how are you?

LaPIERRE:  Hi, Glenn, it's nice to talk with you.

GLENN:  Good to talk to you.  Would you be willing to share the story that you told me about Charlton Heston and his fight against the cop-killing songs?

LaPIERRE:  Oh, sure.  It's one of the most amazing pieces of political, if you could call it that, I've ever seen, to tell you the truth.  I mean, Heston was a guy who had values and he acted on them and it was when Time-Warner came out with that song by Ice-T called Cop Killer which actually advocated killing police officers, and the police groups had had a meeting in Los Angeles the night before the shareholders meeting asking to please withdraw the song.  It's endangering officers.  It's a horrible, hateful song and will you please, Time-Warner, withdraw it.  And Time-Warner kicked the police officers in the face and told them, look, you know, you can have a few fun protesting about this for a few days but we have First Amendment rights and we're not going to withdraw it and that's the end of it.  And the police groups told Charlton Heston the story and he said, we'll see about that.  I'm a shareholder; I'm going to their meeting the next day.  And he walked into a packed ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, just packed full of people at the Time-Warner board meeting.  They saw he was there.  They had some idea what he was going to do.  They kicked out all the electronic media so there wouldn't be a record of it, which is kind of ironic.  The largest electronic media outlet in the country kicking out the electronic media.  Anyway, they said, "Mr. Heston, we have a busy meeting here but if you have something to say, we'll let you interrupt our meeting."  And he said, no, no, when you are through with your business, I have something I'd like to say.  Well, they eventually got to him, he took the floor of the meeting and he said, you know, you guys up there say this is about the First Amendment, this song, and why you have to do it.  He said, no, no, no.  I've been in this business for a long time.  He said, if it was about the First Amendment, you would print every record from every struggling artist.  You would take every screenplay from every struggling script writer.  No, when you guys do it, it's about making money.  So I want to sit here and read to you every filthy word of what you've decided to make money off of.  And he sat there and read every word of Cop Killer and then he read every word to the shareholders about raping, the one about raping Al Gore's daughter.  You could see the heads bow in shame in the room, and Heston walked out of that room.  You just knew Time-Warner was going to have to withdraw that song, which they eventually did.  And he walked out and I remember he looked at me and he said, "Well, I'll probably never get another movie from Time-Warner, but I bet you I'll never get another speeding ticket, either."  And the funny thing is, Glenn, Time-Warner did withdraw the song, which was the right thing to do as a result of what Heston did, and Heston used to have a Corvette and he did like to, you know, speed around L.A.  He got stopped on the provide a month or two later and the police officer walked up to the car and Heston was like, oh, I'm in trouble now.  The police officer said, "Look, you do need to slow down but that's not why I stopped you.  I stopped you to say thanks on behalf of all the officers for what you did at the Time-Warner board meeting."

GLENN:  When was the last time you saw him, Wayne?

LaPIERRE:  About a couple of months ago and, you know, Alzheimer's is a terrible disease and it had progressed, you know, pretty much toward the end.

GLENN:  Did he recognize you at all?

LaPIERRE:  No.

GLENN:  I've never lost anybody to Alzheimer's.  It must be, especially somebody like Charlton Heston, who you just remember as -- well, I mean, Moses, or Ben Hur and to see them slip away has just got to be just mind-boggling.

LaPIERRE:  Yeah, it is.  I lost my dad to Alzheimer's and it was like going through it again with Charlton Heston.  I had a psychiatrist tell me, you know, when I was going through it with my dad.  He said, Wayne, you know, he said the mind is like -- imagine cattle trails out there where they've gone through for years and he said, and yet it started to rain and the more it rains, the more they're washing away.  And he said, eventually, you know, they're -- all those trails are going to wash away and the deepest ones are the ones that wash away last but eventually he will not remember you or not remember your mom.  And it's just a horrible disease and it's just, his experience was no different than any other family across America that has gone through it or is going through it.

GLENN:  Have you read anything yet this weekend after you heard about it?  Have you read anything or heard anything that you thought, that captured it or is there something that you thought, I wish, I just wish people would know this, or I wish someone would say this about Charlton Heston?

LaPIERRE:  You know, I have heard a lot of people from all walks of life talk about the fact what a nice, gracious gentleman, kind person he was.  And that really sums him up.  He was just a great guy.  He was a kid that grew up in Michigan and became a legendary actor but never bought into the Hollywood stuff and never lost his values.  He was married to Lydia -- my gosh.  He met Lydia, his wife, when he was in the first year of Northwestern University.  I think she was his -- the only girl he ever went out with and she was the love of his life.  Whenever I was on the road with him, he couldn't wait to get back home with her and it was a true love story between the two of them.

GLENN:  How is she doing?

LaPIERRE:  You know, it's hard.  That was the love of her life and she's coping but it's tough.

GLENN:  Wayne, I'll leave you.  I know you need to run and I appreciate you interrupting your busy schedule today to talk to us about this but I just wanted to leave you with this and I just, I find so offensive in his obituary and it's in all of the papers around the country.  Playing larger than life hero seemed to carry over into his real life politics for Heston.  He was one of the major Hollywood stars who marched with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights era but Heston's politics soon veered right.  They are making some sort of statement that you couldn't be a conservative and for civil rights and march with Martin Luther king.  It's just obscene.

LaPIERRE:  I agree with that.  I picked up that, too.  I've known Heston for 27 years.  His political beliefs flowed from the fact that he deeply believed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  I mean, he thought that the sanctity of American freedom was defined by the Bill of Rights and, you know, whether it was the First Amendment under attack or the Second Amendment under attack or the others, I mean, that's what his political philosophy was flowing from and that's what guided his life in politics and took him from Dr. King to integrating the unions in Hollywood with Dr. King, to John Kennedy, to Ronald Reagan, to the NRA.

GLENN:  The NRA, he wasn't -- I mean, I don't want to -- I don't mean it this way but he wasn't like a gun night like, "Bury your guns."  He was a guy who just believed, I have a right to this.  Is that what brought him to the NRA was just his, like you said, his love for the Constitution?  Or was he a gun aficionado or anything like that?

LaPIERRE:  No, it was his love for the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States and this freedom that Americans have to own firearms which was, you know, written by our founding fathers who lived under the oppression of King George and in this new country they never wanted anyone to have to live through that oppression again.  And they wrote these freedoms right into the Bill of Rights and Heston took them to heart and said, I'm going to defend them.  It's like when princess di was in that car accident.  The New York Times and the L.A. Times were all trying to separate themselves from the paparazzi.  And Heston believed one of the great things about America is anybody can be a journalist.  You don't have to have a government license.  And at the national press club he scolded the New York Times and the L.A. Times for, oh, how quick you are to try to draw a line in the sand, separating yourself where there is none to be drawn.  I can still remember him saying that.  I mean, he was deeply committed to the First Amendment, the Second Amendment and all the other amendment in the Bill of Rights and what our Constitution said.

GLENN:  Wayne La Pierre from the National Rifle Association and dear, dear friend of Charlton Heston.  Thank you so much, sir, and I'm sorry for your loss.

LaPIERRE:  Thank you, Glenn.

GLENN:  You bet.  Bye-bye.  We'll see Wayne in Louisville, Kentucky.  You remember the NRA, they have asked me to give the keynote speech for the NRA national convention in Louisville, Kentucky here in a few weeks and it's really, it's an honor and I'm sure there's going to be a lot on Charlton Heston this year at the NRA convention.

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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?


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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"…

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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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…


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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?...


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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…


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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...


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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…


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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…


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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…


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"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…


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-AND-

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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…


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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"…


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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…


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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…


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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.