Priorities: where does your family rate?

 


Pre-Order 8.28.2010: Miracle on the Mall

GLENN: You know, I've been talking about this perfect storm for a while and WikiLeaks is the beginning of it, and there are other things that are happening now, and I can just I'm going to outline on the TV show tonight a little a list of the pressures and which ones can we relieve, and it's very clear the things that we can effect.

The problem that we have in our nation is that we don't, we don't know history. We don't know the facts of who we are. You have been doing so much work trying to repair that, but I want you to look at your kids as a clay jar or a clay pot, a seed vault. Put the Dead Sea Scrolls into your children and seal it up. Put those seeds of our republic into your children and seed it up, just seal it and it will sprout again in a season. But we have got to look at ourselves as Sarah Connor because we are headed for tough times. Now, that doesn't mean that, you know, the Terminator is coming for us. I don't know. I don't know what the times will be. I will tell you that I I tell you that God is involved. I will tell you that God does not lose. His our freedom is His. These rights are we were stewards of them. They are not rights. They're His and they are stewards, and we have been poor stewards. And we will have to pay the price. However, I feel a great and powerful love from God. It is not the angry vengeful God. It is love. And He will right things. And we may not like the way He rights things, just like we say to our children all the time: You can either do this or you'll pay the penalty and I'll do it. But you're not going to like the way I do it. It's true. He's our parent. He's our heavenly parent.

So things will be right because you cannot go against the natural laws. So I think He is going to use the Tower of Babel analogy. I think he's going to confuse our language. I think as everyone else is pushing to be bigger and bigger and bigger, we cannot do that because the entire human race could be wiped out and I think just like the Tower of Babel, I think He is going to confuse our language. I think He is going to confuse our communication. I think He is going to split us apart and we'll lose a lot of the things that we have had, that make the world so small. And we have to choose to look at that as a good thing. I think it is.

One thing that I have been, you know, I've we'll talk about this later, but I've been cleaning out my life on Upillar and we posted a bunch of the stuff last night because I just, we don't need all the stuff we have. We had stuff in storage from another move and everything else and other people may need it. And so we're putting it all up for auction. It started today. We're putting it all up for auction at Upillar, and all the proceeds will go to helping others. I'm not going to keep the money.

But one of the other things is I am I've been struggling with technology in my life. In fact, we've moved into another house and I said to my wife the other day, I don't want any televisions in here. I don't want any of it. I like the fact that it's quiet. And we were going back and forth: Well, you need television, you need this, you need that. You know, and before you know it, all of a sudden you're back in the same situation you were in. I don't want my iPhone. I don't want my iPad. I don't want any of it. I love it. I love it and I use it all the time. But that's the problem. I use it all the time. I think we have to force ourselves to be quiet and disconnect and be able to turn back to the family.

I'm going to talk to my wife tonight about getting rid of all of our phones and I know she won't go for it, but I'm get rid of all the or just go back to a regular, you know, cellphone, just like a little cellphone that doesn't have all the games and all of the Internet and the mail and everything. It will wait. It will wait. And it's funny because my wife tells me to do this on vacation and I always have a hard time on vacation. Not this time. I'll throw them in the sea. But she has a hard time for everyday life where I have a hard time doing it to unplug on vacation. I think we need to compromise somehow or other. I need to do it on vacation totally and I think we need to do some of it in real life. You know, the rest of the year. And here's what I'd like to ask. I'd actually like to ask Pat and his wife Jackie to help. Pat and Jackie are the best parents I've ever seen. I have seen really remarkable people and parents before, but I've never seen, I've never seen a family like Pat's. Pat's family struggles just like everybody else's family struggles, but he is a remarkable father and she is a remarkable mom. I, on the other hand, don't know how to do things. I don't. I grew up in a weird family. We didn't you know, we worked all the time. My kids come to work. I mean, I'm repeating my father's life in many ways. My kids come to work. They will be here this afternoon and they will be on, you know, Dad's lap when we're doing some work. They were with me this weekend. They will they travel with me. They're backstage. Last night my other daughter was on stage at the television show and she was there and we talked during commercial breaks. I mean, that's the way I grew up, too.

I was thinking last night that because we were watching a Christmas movie with the kids over the weekend and we started talking about Christmas and everything else. We go to church. We pray. We read our scriptures, everything else. But the kids got focused on Santa Claus again. And there's nothing wrong with focusing on Santa Claus, but I don't think we're doing enough. And I you know, in my faith there's something called family home evening that we are the church recommends that on Monday nights you make dinner together, somebody, you know, does scripture study, somebody else leads the prayer, somebody else plans the game and then somebody else is doing, you know, dessert. And you have an evening with the family and you plan something every week. Well, we've tried it a few times, and it's really hard to do. And I don't I think it's just because of the habit it's hard to do. And especially if you're somebody who, like me, has never done it before and it's and I'm afraid that my children's childhood is slipping through my fingers and I'm going to lose the opportunity and I'm going to create another me at the end. And I don't want that.

So what I wanted to ask Pat is if you and Jackie would help my family and help outline something for every week that we could show on maybe television, on radio and we could have like a step by step, okay, here's what you do tonight. Because we don't have any idea what we're doing and we need some guidance. Does that make sense?

PAT: Mmm hmmm.

GLENN: Would you be willing to do that?

PAT: Yeah, yeah. Absolutely.

GLENN: It's really up to your wife, isn't it? Your wife is

PAT: Pretty much, yeah, pretty much.

GLENN: You didn't really because you didn't grow up in this, either, did you?

PAT: No, we really didn't have it until Jackie and I got married.

GLENN: Did Jackie?

PAT: They did, mmm hmmm, yeah.

GLENN: She's like a

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: She's like a god Nazi.

STU: That's an odd phrase.

GLENN: I know it is.

PAT: It is.

GLENN: I know it is but you're like, "And we will be praying now, yah? We will be worshipping now, yah?"

PAT: It's accurate, it's accurate.

GLENN: We will be talking right here as a family and eating dinner, yah? You're like, okay, it spooks me. It's all really good stuff but with the accent it's kind of spooky.

PAT: And why do you have to say yah, after every sentence? Why?

GLENN: That's what we do, yah? That's what we do, yah?

STU: It seems like Pat, by the way, is a good parent in the way that we want the good government in that he just gets out of the way of Jackie. Like that's

PAT: That's the thing.

STU: That's the secret to Pat's parenthood.

PAT: Exactly right.

STU: Just gets out of the way.

GLENN: Tania and I, because we have such a weird life and I don't think it's anybody I don't think it's any different than other people that do two jobs. Mom and Dad both work and so they get home and they are all like, just trying to get life done. Life is way too complex. It's too complex. There's too much stuff going on. There's too you know, the soccer games really hacked me off with Raphe. I'm taking my son to soccer games and it's on Saturday mornings. We get up and I'm watching these people take their kids to soccer games and I'm like, this didn't happen when we were kids. You didn't have organized play. You had play, go out and play. And my wife said, well, where are they going to play? In the backyard. With who? Well, that's a problem then. We're living in the wrong neighborhood. If the kids don't if the kids can't go connect with neighbor kids, then we're in the wrong neighborhood. What do you mean? We don't need all this organized play. All of the parents. Look at it's play worship. He the it's play worship. The parents are going out to watch their kids play on Saturday? Go outside and play! Our parents didn't stand around and watch us play a baseball game. Once in a while Dad would stop by and he would see and he would say, hey, come here, let me help you with that. But it wasn't organized. We've perverted everything. We've perverted nature. We really have. We don't we have to teach our kids how to play. What is that?

PAT: Well, they're you know, there were some organized like I played little league baseball.

GLENN: I understand that.

PAT: Little league football.

GLENN: That's the only real play many kids get now.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: Is it's an organized sport. No. You can do organized sports. We did have little league baseball and everything else.

PAT: Yes, but you should be doing the other, too, you're right.

GLENN: Exactly right.

PAT: And instead that's been replaced by Xbox and movies and all of that stuff.

GLENN: Exactly right.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: I mean, is anybody going out and getting the neighbor kids and just going to play basketball games? At least not in my not in my neighborhood. Not in my town. I don't even know if my state.

PAT: No, I think it's illegal in Connecticut.

GLENN: I think it is. I think it is.

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?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


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"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


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…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-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?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


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…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


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...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


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…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


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…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


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…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-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…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-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…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


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"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-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…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


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…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


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.