Glenn Beck: Idle time


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak's Driver's License Suspended

Okay. We can do that or we can listen to the mayor of Minneapolis who says we shouldn't let our cars idle for more than three minutes. What? Yeah. Well, you know, you shouldn't let your cars let me get the exact quote because I think this is fantastic. I think this guy's got it down. City council and mayor R. T. Rybak approves changes on Friday to the vehicles, the city's vehicle idling ordinance. I'd hang myself if I lived in Minneapolis. I mean it. Mary Tyler Moore, little miss sunshine, would hang herself! She's only throwing her hat up in the air at the end so she can go and reach for the noose.

They approved changes on Friday to the city's vehicle idling ordinance that aims to reduce air pollution. Arghhh! The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes except in traffic.

Okay, let me ask you a question. When are you just letting your car run for 10 minutes? When it's in traffic. That's when you're letting it happen. Unless now, call me crazy, unless you want to start your car and warm it up. Then you let it idle for more than three minutes because you want the car to warm up a little bit before you go out. But you'd have to live in some place crazy. I mean, not everybody lives in a place like that. You've got to live in a place where it's 20 below frickin' zero! Can't think of a place like that. Oh, wait a minute. Minneapolis. Mary Tyler Moore in other news hung herself about 3:30 Friday afternoon. For the driver, the mayor says, reducing idling saves money. Oh, well, I didn't know that. Thank you, Mr. Mayor. "On the average a car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling." That's what's happening to all of my gas! I forget to turn the car off when I go in! Sometimes I just drive into my garage, you know, and just go inside the house. I forget to turn the car off. My kids, I've noticed, I left them sleeping in the car. They've been sleeping for an awfully long time now. I wonder if the two are connected! A car will burn more than half a gallon of fuel for every hour spent idling, is there any what we have 8 million listeners! Is there a soul that has left their car idling for an hour? "Yeah, I'm just going to run in, get some milk." Well, then we got to talking, next thing you know, I looked down at my watch, "It's 1:00 a.m.? What! I went into the store and it was 4:30 in the afternoon! Carol, I gotta run. My gas tank is empty. Did somebody take and siphon out all this gas?" Nobody's that stupid! "In these times of high gas prices," says Mayor Rybak, "In these times of high gas prices it's a way to save fuel. If you are sitting in an idling car, you are getting 0 miles to the gallon." Really? If I just turn on my car but leave it in park, I won't arrive at my destination? Wow, that's why he's the mayor and I'm not. I didn't know that. Zero miles to the gallon? Wait a minute. Mr. Mayor, let me ask you this. If I get into my car at my house and I turn the car on and then I leave it in park and I they the it idle for an hour, in my destination was my house, would I arrive at my destination?

Meanwhile, in other unrelated news, the mayor of Minneapolis' head blew up about 4:30 this afternoon. He asked me a question. His starting and ending place was the same. I didn't know how many miles to the gallon he got. He was just idling but he wanted to go some place. But where he wanted to go was the place that he started. I didn't know what to think (gunfire).

So we could build an oil refinery or we could turn our cars off. Which one I should choose. We have more than that choice. Fairbanks, Alaska, the mayor there wants to build a coal gasification plant. All right, Fairbanks, Alaska, build a coal gasification plant. So in other words, take coal, which we have three times the amount that oil of coal than Saudi Arabia has in oil, three times the amount. What do you say we live the high life? What do you say we live like they do in Dubai right now. I mean, we could do it. All we need to do is get the coal that they have. Wouldn't you like to carry the big machete things, walk around in little pointy curled slippers, robes? Yep, and we could just import a bunch of people to do all of our jobs? No, wait a minute, we already do that one. We're halfway there to being Saudi Arabians! All we have to do is get our coal! So the mayor of Fairbanks, Alaska says they want to build a coal gasification plant. So you have that choice. Or you could listen to the mayor of San Francisco. He says they're going to impose a modest fee of 4.4 cents per ton of carbon dioxide. Now, it probably won't be enough to force companies to reduce their emission but backers say it sets an important climate change and could serve as a model for regional air districts nationwide. That's great, 4.4 cents per ton of carbon dioxide? Oh, if I was just underinformed or noninformed, I would think, 4.4 cents per ton? That's no big deal. But unfortunately I read. So I know that they are already charging about 46 bucks a ton in Europe and already in Europe remember the politicians said, oh, it will never be more than 40 that's crazy talk! The headline on the Financial Times on Saturday was the Europeans are now saying it's got to be about $200 per ton of carbon dioxide. That way we can really stop global warming. By the way, at $200 per ton of carbon dioxide, it would cause the price of your car to go up dramatic everything is about five fold. They want to take the carbon dioxide emissions, charge you for what they're charging, five fold. They are saying this would make the price of hydrogen cars reasonable.

I just want to because I didn't explain this in the article, but oh, I called the mayor of Minneapolis and I said, could you explain this to me, Mr. Mayor? So I figured it out on my own because his head exploded. Here's what it means. If they're increasing the price of carbon dioxide emissions five fold and that will make the price of a hydrogen car and hydrogen technology look reasonable or more affordable is their exact word, that means this carbon tax doesn't lower the cost of a hydrogen car or hydrogen technology. It just makes it more affordable. So what that means is you're going to be paying a lot more for a hydrogen car, but that's going to be more reasonable than what you're going to pay for gasoline. No, I don't think that's the idea, no, uh uh, no, no. I think we should drill through the head of George Washington, we should employ those 1800 wait until I get to the unemployment figures. The unemployment went up. You haven't heard this in the mainstream media. They don't want you to know what's caused the unemployment rate to go from 5 to 5.5. Oh, but I will. Yes, and what's surprising is we talked about it, I think about a year and a half and we said, you know what, congress? If you do this, this will happen. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Guess who was right. Congress or common sense? I don't know. We should call up the mayor of crazy town in Minnesota. Oh, yeah.

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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?

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.