Glenn reviews "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"

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GLENN: So, anyway. So, we saw Narnia and just absolutely loved it. I don't know if it's a Christmas movie. Would you consider the Narnia movies a Christmas movie? We're reading The Magician's Nephew, the Narnia series. That way we can be mocked by MSNBC when we say that, you know, we read CS Lewis for spiritual -- what was it? What was it that Sarah Palin said? She reads CS Lewis for spiritual enlightenment or something like that and the guys on MSNBC said, who reads CS Lewis for -- you're reading children's books for -- have you read The Great Divorce?

PAT: Oh, he's brilliant.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: Brilliant, brilliant.

GLENN: I mean, the guy -- he is really brilliant and he wrote some children's books, too, but -- but Raphe and I are reading The Magician's Nephew and it's --

PAT: Does Raphe like it? Is he getting it?

GLENN: Yeah. Like, surprisingly I keep asking him so, with a just happened here? He's, like, they're in the wood in between the worlds. What do you suppose the world -- wood between the worlds is? A place where things kind of just grow and it's kind of in between, it's not really a world in and of itself, it's just kind of like a place in between. I'm like I think that's what I'm getting out of it, too, and you're six

PAT: That's pretty good. Yeah. That's pretty good.

GLENN: I'm surprised.

PAT: Now, you said in this latest one his symbolism is really obvious, right? It kind of blows the Liam Neeson out of the --

GLENN: Liam Neeson, I just wanted to say --

PAT: And he just did the movie and he came out and said it could be mu has mad or Buddha or whatever.

GLENN: Yeah. Liam Neeson says Aslan could be anybody. It could be Buddha or it could be Muhammad no, he really couldn't. I mean, let's just look at it. Let's see. He dies. He's killed. He offers himself up as a sacrifice for the forgiveness for someone else

PAT: Right.

GLENN: I don't remember Buddha doing that and then he was the one who helped create the laws.

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: To govern everything and then in this one Aslan, one of the boys -- and I don't want to give anything out, but one of the boys does something and can't forgive himself and no matter -- he tries to claw his way out of himself and this sounds really cryptic but I don't want to wreck the movie. He tries to claw himself out of this and he can't and Aslan comes and he claws him out of, you know, the boy, he gets out of this because Aslan does it and the boy says, I tried but no matter how hard I tried to make up for my mistake, no matter how hard I tried to get out of that, I couldn't do it. Only Aslan could do it. And then at the end Aslan is talking to it boys and he says -- the girls says, are we ever going to see you again and he said, well, I am in your world, too, I just have a different name.

PAT: And it's Muhammad or Buddha or --

GLENN: I was thinking Jesus.

PAT: Or Steve or Bill.

GLENN: I was thinking Jesus, Jesus.

PAT: Were you? That's because you're a Christian hater.

GLENN: Again, I said to my six year old son, we were having dinner afterwards and he said, Dad, what is Aslan's name in Lucy's world? And I said, Well, let's think about this. What happened in the first movie? He died and do you remember he died for Edmond's mistakes? Yeah. Yeah. And what happened to him? He rose again. He's Jesus!

PAT: Again, a six year old.

GLENN: A six year old. Liam Neeson can't get it but a six year old can get it.

PAT: But you get your spirituality from CS Lewis? (Laughter.).

GLENN: What a dummy!


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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