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PAT: They got right down to business yesterday. Harry Reid wasted no time

tackling the tough issues.

GLENN: They just went right to it.

PAT: Right on it.

REID: Let's talk about what happened in Reno, Nevada Friday night. Nevada and

Boise State have been rivals for a long time. Back when they played in the Big

Sky and the Big West conferences.

PAT: What?

REID: And the Western Athletic Conference where they play today. They'll soon

leave the WAC together to join the Mountain West Conference and the rivalry will

continue. Though some reason games have been close, for example the 2007 game

went to four overtimes. Nevada hadn't won since 1998 in that rivalry.

PAT: Wow. The Chinese were upset about that.

REID: The best in school history, one of the best in country this year. Leads

the conference in offense, rushing yards and points scored. After this weekend's

win at ranks, it is ranked 14th in the nation.

STU: Wow.

REID: Still being a

PAT: That's when Ireland's economy collapsed.

STU: And North Korea was fired up.

PAT: Yeah.

REID: since December 2008. The wolf pack were 14 point underdogs.

STU: Oh, my gosh.

REID: They were down 17 0 late in the second quarter.

STU: And then Hugo Chavez came in and he said...

REID: That an incredible second half comeback, forced overtime.

GLENN: How long does this go on?

REID: For me it was special pleasure, though

PAT: It was a special pleasure for him to them play.

STU: For them to play.

REID: At the end of October I was

PAT: It goes on for five minutes, but I edited it down to about two.

REID: as I indicated. Quite a thrill to sit right next to this great athlete.

PAT: Yeah, this football player at Nevada, University of sometimes.

REID: it's just a game. But this is one of those times when it's much more.

STU: Much more.

GLENN: It's our damn country!

REID: underrated and underappreciated athletic program for a great university

for the whole State of Nevada. Congratulations, Coach Chris Ault.

PAT: I can't say your name, but...

GLENN: You know, can we

STU: This an analogy?

GLENN: Really, can we stop? What is he

STU: Does he compare the struggle of Nevada to our country?

PAT: No. No, he just ends.

REID: Nevada was going to win that game because the confidence that great coach

had and the confidence that great quarterback had. Will the chair now announce

morning business, Mr. President.

PAT: And then it ends. And then Franken takes over and it's done. Five minutes

of Nevada/Boise State. With the country on fire. On fire.

GLENN: We are witnessing, we are witnessing one of honestly I mean, I think I'm

getting perspective here on how we're going to be remembered. First of all, the

20th century is going to be remembered I think as the greatest lie ever told. We

have been lied to from the beginning. At least the progressives you know, a lot

of our problems really started with the progressive movement. You know, our

commercialism and everything else, it's Bernays. We've been doing some research

on something that we're going to work on for next year and I told the guys a

story about Bernays and I won't bore you with it because we've already been

bored with Harry Reid here and his baseball story. But it's

PAT: It's football.

GLENN: Football. Did you guys did you guys even know the story that I told you

about?

PAT: No, and it's not boring. I found it fascinating. I had no idea. Never heard

that before.

GLENN: Bernays, the reason why we have well, the reason why we have the problem

with cigarettes now is Bernays. Bernays is the guy who was the he's the guy with

propaganda under Woodrow Wilson. He's the guy who wrote the book on propaganda,

how he sold it to America. He's the guy who won really World War I. It's his

books that were found in the shelves of Goebbels. Goebbels said that he learned

propaganda from America from Bernays. This guy changed everything, everything.

The reason why our kids just want more and more and more and more and more is

because of the system that Bernays built. He's the guy who after World War I

they realized our industry needs to just keep making stuff. It's the reason he's

the reason why Henry Ford said, okay, you can buy a car, you'll have one and

they will all come in black and everybody will have a car. Well, what happened?

Why did they start building different models and everything else? Because

Bernays spoke to the industrial groups and they realized we can make more money

if we just keep making people buy stuff. And he said, I can make them do it! His

cousin was Sigmund Freud. They have been playing and manipulating us for a very

long time. If you look at the structure of what Woodrow Wilson did with Bernays

and the idea of psychologically manipulating people, during the do you know why

we all smoke? Do you know why we have this problem with so many smokers and why

it was so cool for a while? It was Edward Bernays. His cousin. His cousin helped

him on this one. Bernays was approached by the tobacco industry and said we need

to sell cigarettes. It wasn't cool to smoke cigarettes. It was uncouth to smoke

cigarettes. Well, he figured out a way to help. He said I'll take you on. He

used a vacation with his cousin, Sigmund Freud. Sigmund Freud said, well, you

know, the cigarette, that's a phallic symbol. Men will find that sexy.

How many guys will tell you, see a picture of a woman smoking a cigar and they

will say, that's sexy? How many times have you seen that on the cover of, like,

GQ magazine? It's sexy? Freud said that's a phallic symbol. Well, Bernays found

a way to sell cigarettes. It was during the suffer rage movement, women getting

the right to vote. He decided to get everybody together and smoke. A sign of

independence, an independent woman. So he had all of the women put the cigarette

packages in their garter belt and then he said to them, you know what? I'll

bring the press because I believe in your right to vote. I am so with you on

your right to vote. He was selling cigarettes. They didn't know that. "I am so

with you on the right to vote. Here's what we're going to do. I want you guys to

go ahead and meet and I'll have all the press there. And she's going to give a

little speech and she'll be talking about liberty, Lady Liberty. And at some

point I want you to reach under your skirt to your garter belt and pull out a

cigarette and then light it and then hold it up. Hold it high in the air. Well,

he did and everybody, all the photographers took pictures of it and it was spun

that that was the new Lady Liberty holding the new torch of freedom. Cigarettes

were the torch of freedom. They became cool. It was a sign of an independent

woman. He then went out to Hollywood and everybody else, made sure everybody was

smoking and now we have the problems that we have with smoking. Edward Bernays,

propaganda. Almost everything these progressives did we're still paying for.

"Make them want more." Before him, people took care of their needs. He exploited

their wants and their desires.

It's time to come out of the matrix. It's time to decide, I am getting out of

the matrix. I am an independent person. I'm not going to be manipulated. I am

not going to be a pawn. Because this is what's happening. Our country is burning

down to the ground. These people in congress, it's criminal what they're doing.

It's criminal. Right now the biggest heist of freedom the world has ever seen is

happening. And they don't care if they leave fingerprints anymore. You have to

ask yourself why. They are going in and they are passing all of these things in

broad daylight that you will pay for. The Food Safety Act will increase the

price of food. But they don't care. They are doing these crimes in broad

daylight. They are just taking it. What kind of criminal does that? Either a

really bad one or one that knows something that you don't know. There isn't they

have taken care of the police. They have taken care of the police. Ain't gonna

get arrested. The time that I told you would come of the perfect storm is here,

and I want to outline it for you today. And I want to show you what you can do.

And I tell you, I almost I said to the guys I am almost to the point to where I

would say close the ark door. Launch the lifeboats. Whatever analogy you want,

close the bunker door. You know the point in the Wizard of Oz where they are

like, "Dorothy! Dorothy!" And uncle Henry or whatever his name was like, "Come

on, we've got to get into the shelter." And they get into the shelter and they

close the door and Dorothy has to fend for herself because the storm is here.

It's about time to get in and go down to the cellar because the storm is here.

The one we've been telling you about for five years, it's here.

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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