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GLENN: We have Chris Christie porn.

PAT: I'm ready to go out on a limb here, I think, and say this guy needs to be president of the United States.

GLENN: I don't think you really want to go out on a limb with Chris Christie but that's —

PAT: Is that another fat joke?

GLENN: No.

PAT: No? That wasn't?

GLENN: No.

PAT: That wasn't any kind of a —

GLENN: No.

PAT: — weight —

GLENN: That was a racist joke.

PAT: Don't go out on limbs with white guys? Is that what it was?

GLENN: Yeah, that's it.

PAT: Okay.

GLENN: Okay. So Chris Christie, who I believe should be the next president of the United States as long as, as long as he keeps doing what he's doing and saying what he's saying. This guy is — he is telling the truth, he is unafraid, he is taking them on and taking them down.

PAT: The other great thing is he's explaining it to the people of New Jersey. Yes, his poll numbers are still slipping, but he's out there in front of groups and in front of the press and he's telling them why he must do all these things.

GLENN: See, this is the problem.

PAT: This is what the Republicans don't do. They are not good at it.

GLENN: You don't have anybody — and this is the problem. You don't have the money, you don't have the media, you don't have the Media Matters. The Huffington Post. You know, all the right has is talk radio. That's it. When you see the forces arrayed against you that we were just doing the commercial for Freedom Works, that's what I meant by that. When you see the forces arrayed against you, it is staggering.

PAT: It's all of the mainstream media.

GLENN: Yeah, all of it. It's absolutely all of it. And they just keep gobbling more. How is this guy going to get out? You know, he's alone. It's amazing to me. You can hear Marxism from a hundred sources, but you've got to go to maybe two, three, four sources to be able to hear somebody say this.

CHRISTIE: In responding to that, you look at the context of the quote. I said that Senator Lesniak AND Senator Kean's bill on the Educational Opportunity Scholarship Act is not the final solution to New Jersey's problems in education. It's just the beginning. This is an organization that is so devoid of a publicly supportable agenda that they are now reaching for every word to take them out of context and try to make something out of nothing when in the end what they are trying to recoup from is their very clear statements that they prayed for me to die and they are still attempting to find something that I say publicly that they can analogize to that. They are now 0 for 3 in that regard. So enough with the NJEA, okay? They should get back to the agenda that town councils are grappling with right now. 58% of New Jersey's school budgets were rejected because the public is tired, tired of ever escalating property taxes, they are tired of people not being willing to join in the shared sacrifice. So let me tell you something else. These guys and women standing behind me who are working to try to get jobs and who pay for a large portion of their own healthcare and who contribute mightily towards retirement, I'm not speaking for them but I have a sense that they are tired of paying for public employees who contribute nothing to their healthcare and who are getting 4 and 5% salary increases at a time of 0% inflation.

PAT: I mean —

GLENN: Shhh.

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GLENN: That is Chris Christie, slow motion. Oh. Walking up to a microphone.

PAT: Dingdong.

GLENN: Come in.

PAT: Not even, "Who is it?"

GLENN: No, just come on in.

PAT: Not pizza delivery?

GLENN: Uh uh. Just come on in.

PAT: (Laughing).

GLENN: This guy is —

PAT: Fantastic.

GLENN: The best, the best.

PAT: Did he take it. He will not take it and he doesn't care. I mean, he knows his poll numbers are going down. He knows he's up against the New Jersey education association. Machine, machine.

GLENN: He knows that if you want to survive, if you want to survive, you have to start engaging in common sense. Look, this is going to hurt all of us. It's going to hurt all of us. But I am — you know, he is exactly right. I am so sick and tired of paying — do you know that the jobs that they are creating now, 430,000 of them, only 41 are in the private sector. That means you are paying for all of the other jobs. Why are we paying the public sector jobs almost twice as much money as you can get in the public sector — or in the private sector? Why? Don't tell me about service. These teachers stand up, "Well, we just have — we serve. No, you don't. You wouldn't be screaming about this. Service, since when is service twice, twice the pay scale as those who are working? I want you to understand I have nothing against teachers. I have something against bad teachers. But really the thing I have a problem with bad teachers is you can't fire them. My real problem is with the unions. The ride is over. It's over.

You know, people are sending me these books and I'm getting so many — did you see the books that came in yesterday, Pat?

PAT: No.

GLENN: I'm getting stacks of books and I'm getting books from the early American Revolution. Look at this. These three books right here, these three books were sent in by a listener. This is the history of America printed in 1801.

PAT: Oh, wow.

GLENN: These are original —

PAT: Are they really?


Related: The Red Network

GLENN: 1801. They are unbelievable.

PAT: Those are in unbelievable condition.

GLENN: Oh, I know. I know. This here is a pocket history of the American Revolution, pocket history, 1826. Now, I'm getting a lot of people sending their books in. I think they are mainly from people who are like, "I don't have any relatives to leave them to and I know you'll preserve them." And I will. In fact, I had a conversation with my daughters yesterday when I came home. I showed them these books and I said, I will come back from the grave if I ever see anybody with jam hands generations down the road that don't appreciate what these books are. But I'm also getting these. This is a book, the Red Network. This came in from 1936. People — McCarthy was absolutely right. Now, he may have used bad tactics or whatever, but he was absolutely right. This is a book — and I'm getting a ton of these from people who were doing what we're doing now. We now are documenting who all of these people are. Well, there were Americans in the first 50 years of this nation that took this seriously and they documented it. And this is from 1936. And in it, it talks about, it's The Who's Who and Handbook For Radicalism For Patriots. This is, who were the communists in America. The overwhelming number of communists? Labor unions.

The other thing that they talked about was, in this book that I was reading last night, they said, you know, there's this — there's this teachers union thing but you really want to know who the real radical communists are? The NEA. That's 1936. And they are talking about this new organization that is really nasty that you really have to look out for. The NEA. But everything this book has talked about they have mainstreamed.

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.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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