A blast from Glenn's past

GLENN: Let me tell you a little story about something that happened to me this week and I'm going to show this on television because you really need to see it. I'll talk about that probably next week. If you're watching on Insider Extreme. I want to show you something that was sent to me. This is an old colonial uniform, the minutemen from the American Revolution. This actually was sent to me by a woman in Seattle. She wrote to me at Glennbeck.com, which we get about 5 to 7,000 Emails a day, and I have a woman who goes through all of them and gives me summaries and she passes on a lot of them for me to read as individuals. This was one of them. I don't know, Glenn, if this is a waste of time or what this is, but I thought I should send this one to you. It has a photo attached to it. The letter said, dear Mr. Beck, I don't know if this is yours or not, but it has your father's name on it. It says Bill Beck inside, and it says Mt. Vernon, Washington, and I happened to have found it. I'm in a vintage clothing business, and I happened to be going through all of these clothes to see what I was going to buy or not for my shop, and she said I didn't really look at it. I just picked it up and I thought, wow this is really unique. What is this? She said I looked at the stitching on it. I looked at the way it was done and I thought somebody really spent a lot of time on this and this was really made, you know, with love and it was made by hand. She said so I threw knit a big bag and when I got home and I was going through it for my shop, she said I really looked at it and I was looking at the stitching. She said I opened up the inside and it says right here and I remember this was taken from one of my father's jackets. My dad had one suit, and my mother took this out of the jacket and it says for the wardrobe of Bill Beck, the varsity shop, Mountain Vernon, Washington. The varsity shop was a men's clothing store down the street from our Bakery and my mother took it out of that suit and put it in this. I talked about how the tea party needs to stop dressing up and I know from experience and we've talked about it before, I know what happens when you start to dress up in colonial garb.

[ Whistles ]

We did it as kids. I was part of it. I did it. This jacket was made by my mother. She took and she made the patterns. She was so amazing. She made the patterns. She looked at books and looked at old colonial uniforms and made a pattern and then made this by hand and she made all of the uniform is for this little colonial militia thing that my parents started. The reason why they started it, it was 1973, I think, the reason why they started it is because our town was dying, and I grew up in Mt. Vernon, Washington. That's in the Seattle area. There's no colonial anything out west, but there is a little town that my folks and I we would go up as a family and we just loved. It's up in the mountains in the cascades called Leavenworth and I don't know if it's still like.

This Leavenworth, everybody now in the White House, oh, you'll be in Leavenworth again, my friend. Leavenworth is this little like German Alps town, and it's just really cute and it's just really unique. So when our town started to die because the mall came into town, my folks knew that you had to change the way we did business. Well, they decided that Leavenworth was a great town of people. We could make something really unique and since the bicentennial was coming, people were thinking about the history of our country, we're in Mt. Vernon, Mt. Vernon Washington. Mt. Vernon is the home of George Washington, Washington State, named after George Washington and there's nothing like it. Why not brick the industries and put in, you know, gas lamps and make the town into a little colonial town, a little Williamsburg. That was my folks' idea. About half the town liked it. The rest of the town was living in denial. Oh, we don't need to do that. I remember my father, I remember my father standing in his shop over the Bakery bench in the back with flour and icing all over him and he would look at the jeweler and he would look at the guy who ran the varsity shop and he would look at these guys and they would be, Bill, Bill, it's temporary. It's not that bad. The mall is a fad. I remember it. I remember it all. And my father saying things have changed. We're in this together. If we don't change, if we don't do something different, we're not going to survive, and so my mother made these uniforms and we would go and parades and everything else. We would marched in the Rose Bowl in 1976. We were the first nonband marching unit ever in the Rose Bowl. So this lady wrote to me. She said is this your father's? I told the guy on my staff, call her back up and say yes, but find out what she's going to charge me for it. I can only imagine what she's going to charge for this. He didn't come back into my office and I forgot about it and earlier this week, we were delivered a box and in it was my father's jacket. She didn't charge a dime. She thought I should have it. But this is where the story becomes truly amazing.

PAT: She's suing you for $27,000.

GLENN: Thank you for wrecking it. Seriously, thank you for coming in and just have a heartwarming. Now you're not going to hear the ER of the story. You'll have to wait. Now you'll have to wait.

[ Laughter ]

GLENN: I don't mean until after the commercial. Now you will have to wait.

PAT: This is something I'm looking forward to.

STU: Why do you want to punish the audience because of Pat?

GLENN: Top down. I'm at the top. You as the audience have to force me to do the thing that you know I want to do.

[ Laughter ]

STU: I don't like this philosophy at all.

GLENN: It's a teaching mechanism. It's to show you what Obama is doing.

STU: Do we get the story after this break?

GLENN: No, actually because I want you to meet her. She's flying in next week.

STU: Really?

GLENN: Yeah. I want you to meet her because she has an amazing story.

PAT: Does she know about Nimrod?

GLENN: I don't think it's strong enough to say I will hit him so hard that his whole family will be dizzy. I think I will say pat I'm going to chop you and your family into Pieces.

STU: Wow.

[ Laughter ]

GLENN: You'll meet her next week. But tomorrow, you are going to find out why this is such an amazing thing to happen this week. This just came to me two days ago and tomorrow, I announce something that This is so cool. It's just so cool. You don't want to miss tomorrow's episode.

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?


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.