Glenn Beck: Border out of control

GLENN: And later on today's program I'm going to run down the violence on the border. It is absolutely staggering on what is happening on the border. 6,000 people have been killed on our border and yet this doesn't seem to resonate with anybody. It doesn't seem to be on any news channels, anything.

So how do you get the message out? Now, I was having a debate with Joe last night about these photos and this is the same debate that we've had on CNN. CNN says you cannot show these photos and the reason why, they say it's just too gruesome. It's too violent. I think that's what you need to see. I think you should -- I think you should be allowed to see these things. Because of that, nobody has any idea of what's going on on the border. I have photos of things that have happened within a few miles of the U.S. border and I don't mean like a big fence. I mean you can just walk across the border. So I've given up on showing on TV, but I sent them to Chris Brady last night. Stu, I'm going to forward them to you. I sent them to Chris Brady last night and I said, just have them ready. I might, I might put them on the website today but I don't think I want them even on the website because I want you to have to click through a couple of things to get it. You know what I mean?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: Oh, boy.

STU: Yeah. I don't think I want to see them, but should I see these before you --

GLENN: That's what I'm asking you to. I want you to look at them but only if you -- you know, I was thinking about it this morning because I was going to post them and then I said to Chris last night, hang on, just a second, let me think about this because Joe's voice was in my head. And I got up this morning and I was thinking about it and I thought, you know, I saw these photos, oh, what was it, eight months ago when they were originally given to me and I remember them exactly the way I saw them again yesterday when I asked for them. Once you see them, you can't unsee them. And I don't think that you've ever seen anything like it before. I never have. But I know you do a lot of research and everything else on the Internet. I don't know what kind of weird sites you go to, but I'm sure you can see things like this but I never have.

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STU: Is this something that I need to see? I know it's not something I want to see.

GLENN: That is -- I guess that is the question. That's the question. Do you need to see them. That was Joe's question. Do I need to. That's CNN's, do you need to. I think you don't because you get the border. I think anybody who says, oh, well, what could be happening on the border, you should see them.

STU: Really?

GLENN: You've never seen anything like it, never seen anything like it. Do you want to see them? Should we post them?

STU: I mean, I think the point is valid to put a, sort of a -- I mean --

GLENN: See, I'm uncomfortable on even with a disclaimer putting them on the Internet, putting the -- you know what I mean? Putting it -- leaving it on the website. I don't think I should leave it on the website. I was thinking this morning that maybe we just put it in the free e-mail newsletter with, like, a disclaimer and if you click on it, then there's another disclaimer that says, are you sure. Because I don't want it something -- I just don't think it should be sitting on the Internet.

STU: Really?

GLENN: Do you want to see it?

STU: I don't know.

GLENN: I just sent it to you. Dan, do you have it?

DAN: Yes. I looked. Ugghh.

GLENN: You just clicked on it?

DAN: I clicked on it. Well, I just clicked on it. Sort of a mistake, but --

GLENN: You'll never unsee that, will you?

DAN: No, no, not going to --

STU: Can I look at it now that you've seen it?

GLENN: So Dan, now that you've seen it, this is the story of -- this is -- you want to talk about care tactics, this is what people are doing. This is what happened on the dance -- that is a dance floor, on a nightclub dance floor where it was crowded on a Friday night and those heads were rolled in onto the dance floor.

DAN: I think you should see it personally because to me the issues, it's easy to get around these issues or to kind of push them aside when you don't really know the full extent of what's going on. And when you -- you know, when you don't look at this kind of stuff, you can kind of --

GLENN: Did you see the barrels in the other pictures? Did you look in the other pictures?

DAN: I only saw a couple. There was a couple on there.

GLENN: The two barrels?

DAN: Yeah, yeah.

GLENN: The barrels are where they're just dumping bodies. There are also barrels of acid where they just take people and just dump them into acid. And then there's the other, the least gruesome is the body that is wrapped up like a mummy with a warning on it and just dumped on the side of the street. 6,000 people have been killed on our border, 6,000 people. That is double the amount of American soldiers that have been lost in the last five years. More than double. How many have been lost?

STU: You might be thinking of a shorter time period because this is, what, 4,000, 4100 now overall.

GLENN: Is it really?

STU: Yeah. But, you know, that stat might just be based on the last few years. But still, I mean, that's more than that. We've certainly had plenty of debate about that. It doesn't seem like anyone wants you to know about the violence that goes on on the border.

GLENN: 6,000, how is this not a big deal?

STU: I can't --

GLENN: So do you want to look at it or not?

STU: No, I don't want to. But, you know, if it's something that you legitimately think that should be -- that should be cleared, I mean, like is it something that, like, you really don't know whether it should be up there? Is it that bad?

GLENN: Oh, Dan, have you ever seen anything like that?

DAN: No. No, can't say that I have.

GLENN: Yeah, I don't know. I am -- seriously, Stu, I wanted to put -- I've been fighting for these pictures to be put on CNN for how long? You know. And you've never seen them and I haven't shown them really to anybody and I've been fighting to put them on because in the border special I wanted to be able to show you, and they won't do it. And when Joe, who has been doing a lot of different things, I guess I can announce it today, I have been given the opportunity -- we have been working on this since January. I have been given the opportunity to go meet with Compean and Ramos in their prison. I can't take -- they won't let me take a television camera in. They are again afraid of pictures. They won't let me take a television camera in. I can't take a recording device in. I can take a pencil and a paper and that's it. So I'm going, I don't know when, in the next hopefully 30 days I'm going to meet with them and I'm going to do an interview with them and then I'm going to record my thoughts. As soon as I walk out, we're going to do a TV special on it and then we're going to do a TV special on the border. And I wanted to include these. I think they're important to see.

STU: I don't like looking at things like this. I know this is probably -- we'll see. Because I certainly will watch horror movies that will show the whole thing.

GLENN: Oh, no, this is --

STU: When it's real, it is something that you don't want to.

GLENN: You know, Dan, as I saw it again last night, I thought to myself -- because this morning there are things in the picture now that I can't get out of my head and I thought to myself just this morning, I don't than think I've seen that -- I've seen that in a horror movie but I've never seen -- I've never -- it's never been obviously that real. I've never seen the things that I saw there. Do you understand what I'm saying?

DAN: I'm trying to think of specifically what part you could be referring to.

GLENN: I'm just -- I mean, we know their heads. The inside of the neck.

DAN: That's the one thing.

GLENN: I just, I've never seen anything like it.

DAN: That's the one thing that, yeah, I'm right there with you.

GLENN: It is -- and there's a warning. Is it in blood, Dan, the warning that's written on the dance floor? They bowled these heads in and left a warning: Don't mess with us. Now we've got three sheriffs over on that side of the border that are asking, please, please, political asylum. And you're introducing high food prices, high gas prices, rate of inflation. We're introducing things that are just going to be a powder keg. And then high taxes here in America. How are you going to be able to contain all of this stuff without some sort of a fence, without somebody -- without somebody really getting serious. So we'll give you that. I guess, Stu, you just make a decision.

STU: Right now I'm just blowing you off.

GLENN: I know, but sometime during the program make a decision. Here's what I want to know. Should they be put on the Internet. I don't want to put them on the Internet.

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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?

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"…

Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…

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…

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?...

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…

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...

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…

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…

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…

"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…


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…

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"…

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…

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…

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.