Glenn Beck: Why a man drove 640 miles for a haircut



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GLENN: I'm going to start with the happy news.

STU: Now you are just doing it to spite me.

GLENN: No, no, really this is where I want to start. This is great news. Listen to this. A Mission, Kansas man drove 640 miles for a haircut after hearing Glenn Beck speak about Wilmington, Ohio. Contacted after he returned home, the 62 year old man said his name, he didn't want his name to be in the story because publicity is not what he sought. Joe would be his pseudonym. In the past two years, Joe has experienced the death of a parent, divorce, death of a son who died around Thanksgiving last year from the H1N1 influenza virus and he said he had a noisy quarrel at the workplace and decided to retire early. I sat around in my apartment for nine months. I was watching the Glenn Beck show and he started talking about folks in Ohio having a rough time. Something spurred me to get off the couch and do something, Joe said. "He thought about it through the weekend and then Monday and then again at 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 23rd. He decided to get into the car and drive to Wilmington to work in the soup kitchen there. But on the way it struck him that he needed a haircut. He needed to service his truck. And he needed a new pair of glasses and some dry goods. It occurred to me I can get all of that stuff and do all of those things in Wilmington, said Joe, and so that's what he did, along with volunteering at Your Father's Soup Kitchen. He got his haircut at the Oak Barber Shop in downtown. He said, quote, I met a terrific fellow to visit with. He stayed a couple of nights at the Denver Hotel where he said the food is terrific. Joe then went to the optometrist's office of Glenn McDonald where he got an exam and ordered some glasses, bought some dry goods at Aldi's, I guess at Aldi's and had his vehicle serviced at the local car care shop. He estimates that he spent about $1,000 in Wilmington, Ohio. At Your Father's Kitchen he was inside which is inside the Sugar Tree Ministries facilities, Joe did the dishes in the kitchen and met a Twelve Stepper from the Addiction Recovery Program. He also met some church folks who are volunteering their services, Quakers one time and Presbyterians another. Joe said he's absolutely glad that he made the trip and found it very rewarding. Quote: My life was touched and I hope I touched a few lives as well, end quote.

Is that a great story?

STU: That's awesome. Does it end with him getting

GLENN: Killed on the way back. His truck spiraled out of control.

STU: It had to. It's a Glenn Beck story.

GLENN: No, I mean, that is fantastic, isn't it?

STU: That's awesome.

PAT: That's great.

GLENN: I love that story.

STU: That's somebody taking the message and the spirit of the season to heart.

GLENN: Yep.

STU: And doing something about it.

GLENN: Yep.

STU: I mean, that's great.

GLENN: I wish we could talk to Joe but obviously we can't talk to Joe because he doesn't want publicity, which makes that story even better.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: I think that's fantastic. We're going to be in Wilmington, is it a week from Wednesday? Is that when it is?

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Yeah.

PAT: Mmm hmmm.

GLENN: Do we have any of the details yet? Because I know we've been working on so many other projects. Do we have any of the details yet? I know I was looking for the details of, you know, of, we're going to broadcast? Are we going to broadcast from Wilmington as well in the morning? I know we are in the afternoon. Are we going to broadcast in the morning?

STU: I believe so. I know they are working on some of the technical details.

GLENN: This is ridiculous.

STU: Yeah, it is.

GLENN: It's ridiculous.

STU: Usually is when you come up with one of these ideas.

GLENN: I know, and you say

PAT: I'm pretty sure we're in that theater, aren't with he?

GLENN: I

STU: It's not confirmed yet?

PAT: Oh, it isn't? Oh, I was told it was.

GLENN: Really? Okay.

PAT: I guess I have faulty information.

GLENN: Well, no, you might have the right information. Last I heard was they were trying to get all of the broadcast lines in there but that's rather difficult to do on short notice.

PAT: When did you last hear, Stu?

STU: This weekend.

PAT: That's more recent.

STU: They want to do it. It's just a matter of, you know, multiple technical hurdles that they are trying to get through.

GLENN: Yeah. But we've already, we didn't even announce the stage show that we were doing and that thing's sold out already, and I weren't the tickets really expensive? Because it's all for charity.

PAT: Yes.

GLENN: I think the tickets were $120?

PAT: $120, I think.

GLENN: And so we decided that we're going to do a broadcast for the radio show and we'll charge for that as well and all the proceeds will go to the local charity there as well. And then I know that I know that, I've heard that we are setting up a stage. Do we know this, that we're setting up stage outside and they are blocking the streets?

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Who are you looking at?

STU: No, I'm not looking at

GLENN: Someone is standing in the hallway that I can't see.

STU: When you start talking about an event that you know nothing about and

GLENN: Everybody comes out of their office.

STU: They come down and they hang out outside my door so when you ask questions

GLENN: Who is it?

STU: It's Liz.

GLENN: Liz, come here.

STU: Here we go. This is why they stay outside the door.

GLENN: Yeah. Liz, just tell me. Liz is the one who orchestrated 8/28 and did just an unbelievable job. And so I asked her to do this and she's also working on the July 4th thing which is going to blow your mind. But tell me what we do know on the Wilmington, Ohio thing.

LIZ: We know that you are doing a book signing and Books and More on Main Street.

GLENN: Okay. Now, Books and More is, emphasis on More, right?

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: Because this tell me about this place.

LIZ: It's this great bookstore. It's a family owned business. It's been around for years and it's a huge space on Main Street right next to the Murphy theater which is where you'll be doing your stage show at 8:00 p.m. And then the town has also organized all these other events. So there's going to be a big stage outside by the General Denver and they are going to have choirs and all the businesses are opening late or staying open late and they are going to have, like, book readings and it's going to be great.

GLENN: Okay. And have we heard from the North Pole yet on Santa? Are you still working on that one?

LIZ: Yeah, we're still working on that. Santa's a busy guy.

GLENN: Santa's a very busy guy and we're trying to get the actual Santa. If you happen to know the actual Santa (sniffing). You know, you could you could probably contact us. But we're looking for the actual Santa to arrive, and then I'm going to am I going to go out on the to the stage outside and I'm going to do some stuff, too, right?

LIZ: Right.

GLENN: Yeah. All right. So it should be a hopefully it will be a nice day for the weather and you can come out and spend the day or, you know, whatever and get all of your Christmas shopping done if you're in the area of Wilmington, Ohio. This is a town that lost, what, 7500 jobs out of 12,000 people that live in the town and they lost 7500 jobs. And it's I mean, it's unlike anything you've ever seen. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I mean that in a good way. This town is just not giving up. It's great.

Okay. Thanks, Liz. Appreciate it.

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.