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GLENN: All right. Let me go back to the let me go back to the debate from the

other night because this gets into a constitutional debate with what's his name,

Coons.

PAT: Chris Coons and Christine O'Donnell.

GLENN: The guy who's definitely not a Marxist.

PAT: No, he was it was a joke.

GLENN: He was kidding.

PAT: You could read that and

GLENN: And he, you know, he's a complete capitalist just like Barack Obama is.

Exactly the same.

PAT: Oh, yes. Yes.

GLENN: Exactly the same. Do you remember how people said that Barack Obama was a

Marxist?

PAT: That's silly.

GLENN: So stupid.

PAT: Silly.

GLENN: An they are just so unevolved.

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: But anyway, so they're having a he's having a debate, Coons and

O'Donnell, and here's what happens in the debate.

COONS: principles is the separation of church and State.

VOICE: Okay, with that very

O'DONNELL: Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?

VOICE: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: Listen to the mocking.

GLENN: Listen to the mocking.

PAT: laughter.

GLENN: What she said was, where do you find the separation of church and state

in the Constitution?

PAT: In the Constitution.

GLENN: Play it again because listen to the crowd.

PAT: It's amazing.

VOICE: (Ckaudio) principles is the separation of church and state.

VOICE: Okay, with that, very

O'DONNELL: Where in the Constitution is the separation of church and state?

(Laughter).

GLENN: Listen to that.

PAT: I mean

GLENN: Listen to that. And somebody even says, excuse my language, but somebody

even says, oh, my God.

PAT: Like, what an idiot.

GLENN: Like, what a dope.

PAT: This person's running for office?

GLENN: It's not in the Constitution! It's not in any federal document! None! Not

one! Not a thousand! None!

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Now, what is so funny about asking that question? It is the fundamental

principle of our country. It is one of the founding principles! It is the

establishment clause that the government shall not make any laws establishing

religion.

PAT: Establishing a religion.

GLENN: Or

PAT: Prohibiting

GLENN: Prohibiting.

PAT: the free exercise thereof.

GLENN: Exactly. So what do you have? You cannot make the federal government

cannot make an official religion, and they cannot pass any law to stop the free

exercise of that religion. Well, let me ask you something. How exactly does the

state take a child away from a family that believes in a different kind of

medical procedure? I mean, that is as far out there as you can get. But tell me

in the Constitution how they do it. Now, the State can. The State can.

(Laughing).

PAT: Dumb.

GLENN: Read the Constitution of Massachusetts and it will blow your mind.

PAT: I get a kick out of these people who say, read the Constitution.

GLENN: These people

PAT: Why would I read the Constitution?

GLENN: These people are so ignorant, the I'm sorry, but it is time to call a

spade a spade. The progressive left is ignorant and underinformed. And it's self

imposed, self inflicted ignorance.

STU: Yeah. I mean, obviously the phrase "Separation of church and State" does

not appear in the Constitution. We sustained the cause

PAT: Neither is the concept.

STU: As you pointed out, the establishment is the big thing there.

PAT: Yep.

STU: But I think the basis of this is that to conservatives today, the phrase

"Separation of church and state" means how it's being treated. Like, you can't

have the Ten Commandments in a building. You can't have Santa Claus at a school

play. And, you know, to liberals they're trying to make it seem like, you know,

we think that the government should start a theocracy, which is obviously has

nothing to do with what conservatives want.

GLENN: But see, this is what they've done. What they've done is "She's a witch"

to discredit her with all of the Christians. "She's a witch." And then when she

get her in front of the public because people aren't "She's a witch? What? We're

going to elect Harry Potter? What?" So discredit her on that.

And then in the most incredible only the stupid don't figure this out. She's a

witch and she's so Christian, she wants to jam this down your throat!

STU: (Laughing).

GLENN: That makes no sense except to stupid people!

STU: The same stuff they do to you all the time, though.

GLENN: Exactly right.

STU: You're faking it. You're this crazy faking guy, oh, Lonesome Roads." And

then statement, "He's a crazy man. He believes all this stuff. He's a crazy

racist."

GLENN: "He's trying to make everybody into a Mormon. That's what he's doing. He

believes it, but he's so fake, he's only doing it for bucks." Which is it,

brother?

STU: Pick one.

GLENN: Which is it?

STU: Pick one.

PAT: And they get away with it. They get away with it.

GLENN: Why? Because of stupid, uninformed people that still are trusting these

so called leaders. They are leading you to slaughter. They are leading you to

slaughter and slavery! Where else does it end? You become so dependent on them,

you take everything they say as gospel. They are lying to you!

So where does that end? It ends with, "That's not even in the document." Read

the damn document! No, no, no. "No, read the document. I get a kick out of these

people who say read the document."

PAT: I might understand it if I actually did that. Who wants to do that? Not me.


 

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?


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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-

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…


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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.