Jim Wallis: Fox News assassinates Obama's religion

PAT: Did you hear this Jim Wallis nonsense about Fox News? It is the right who is painting Obama into this person with not American values.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: This guy writes about people who didn't have American values, honors them, respects them, talks about them all the time. It is he who is doing this to himself, not us.

GLENN: But he didn't say Jim Wallis did not say that we smear him. He said it was an assassination.

PAT: Yeah. Here's what he said.

WALLIS: Oh, Fox News has been the assassin of Obama's religion. I was on Fox News last week and they said

GLENN: The assassin. Can you stop for a second? Do you, in any way, use I won't use it now the A word and not the usual A word, when talking about the president of the United States? Any president? I'll never use those two words in a sentence, even in private use. Never. It's just one of those things you just, it's like the N word. You just don't use that word.

PAT: No.

GLENN: When you're talking about a current president of the United States, who in their right mind? "Well, I was just metaphorically speaking." Were you now, Jim? Really, really reckless, dangerous. Dangerous language.

WALLIS: How do you explain that 18% of the American people now believe he's a Muslim? I said, are you serious? They said, yes. Because you've been planting the seed of doubt 24/7 in people's mind.

GLENN: How? Stop. Stop. How? I don't know anybody who believes that he's a Muslim.

PAT: Not at Fox News.


PAT: They've never planted that seed.


PAT: They talk about the polls that are done which shows 18, a whopping 18% believe it.

GLENN: Well, first of all, I mean, even Barack Obama's grandmother, which I read where did I read this this weekend? That grandma that his grandmother is praying that he will become a Muslim.

STU: Right.

GLENN: She did some sort of prayer that he would become a Muslim. So even his parents or his grandparents don't believe he's a Muslim. So why would we believe that he's a Muslim? He's not a Muslim.

STU: Yeah, and remember and we've talked about this before. You can get about 11, 12% of the population to answer any way on any poll. Almost anything will come up an 11 or 12.

GLENN: We didn't believe what is it? Is it up to 13% now that don't believe we went to the moon?

STU: I don't know if it's that high but it's around there.

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: It's always around that 10% margin that will kind of answer any way to a poll. So a few extra percent there. This is a it's not a significant portion.

PAT: What's the percentage of 9/11 Truthers?

GLENN: And yeah.

PAT: What's that percentage?

GLENN: And you know what? Let me tell you something. It's not that big of a stretch when you have his record on terror. You have his record on terror and releasing, you know, wanting to release people from Gitmo and everything else. You immediately think, okay, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. What is this guy's story here? What is his story? How did he come to this? And he's religiously an enigma. So, of course, you've got him bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia. It's not that much of a stretch for people who are uninformed to say, well, wait, no I mean, maybe he is one. I don't think it's that much of a stretch. The guy doesn't help himself out at all.

STU: He doesn't help clarify, it's not a surprise that a small percentage of people would come up with the wrong answer.

PAT: It is just like the Birther thing. They perpetuate the myth. They enjoy it.

GLENN: He's always doing it. They are always the ones that are bringing it up.

PAT: They are doing it on purpose.

GLENN: They are doing it with the passport thing. Now, why do you do that? Why would you do that? For the same reason the WikiLeaks thing is happening.

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.