Fareed Zakaria doubles downs on his stupidity

GLENN: Fareed Zakaria, it's only a matter of time. This is we have the greatest job ever. I believe we have the greatest job of all time. Because these dopes destroy themselves every single time.

PAT: With their own words.

GLENN: Every time.

PAT: It's really pretty stunning.

GLENN: Yeah. So Fareed Zakaria, he comes out and he is yelling at me for numbers of how many Islamic terrorists there are and we quote, what is the source again, Stu?

PAT: It's the world opinion poll.

GLENN: Which is a huge, widely respected poll.

PAT: Oh, it's cited by the left all the time.

GLENN: And you use the we use their numbers and we take the low numbers of that poll.

PAT: Yeah, the most I think also the most restrictive definition of terrorism in the attacks on civilians in the United States. We're not even talking about like attacking

PAT: People who support them. In certain countries it's up to 39% I think of people, of Muslims who support

STU: Right. And that's for attacks on civilians in America.

PAT: Dying in America.

STU: I mean, you can easily go I think to a much wider definition of things like, you know

GLENN: Attacking American soldiers.

STU: Attacking American soldiers, attacking people from America that just happen to be working in Muslim countries. We have asked very specific questions about this and there's far too much support in the Muslim world for it.

PAT: And look, you could make the case that 10% of, I don't know, the American people are mentally ill, couldn't you? Could you make a could you make the case of 30 million people in this country have some serious mental issues?

STU: Probably.

PAT: I mean, you can make the case that 11% believe we didn't go to the moon. You can make the case that, there's a certain percentage, around 10% usually of just plain, kind of nutty people.

STU: And it seems for whatever reason Fareed Zakaria was absolutely mesmerized by the fact that a small percentage of a large number is also a large number.

PAT: Whoa!

STU: That's just a fundamental thing that goes on with percentages. That's what happens.

PAT: Let me break it to you, Fareed. That works with taxation, too.

GLENN: So here he is, Fareed Zakaria, he digs this hole after he is doing an interview with George Soros, and George Soros says that I'm becoming a dictator. And he's like, yes, I know, he's crazy. And so Fareed is clearly, you're not getting let's just put it this way. I'm not getting an interview with George Soros. Insiders tell us they're a little concerned because maybe you're starting to be a little unstable through all of this.

PAT: Oh, I hope not. I hope not.

GLENN: Are you okay? Because we're a little concerned that this is really bothering you, the way we're exposing you. And I, gosh, I hope that you're okay, Mr. Soros. I hope that you if there's medication that you should take or whatever. I don't know, but see a doctor. Don't become unstable. Don't become unglued. It's going to be okay. I know we're exposing all the things and you don't like to be exposed, but it's going to be okay.

So Fareed is talking to George Soros. Then he comes after me and targets me. Then Fareed, we take his argument apart two times and he decides to go on television yet again and do a little interview about this and now, of course, as they always do, they expose themselves for who they really are. Here is the proud CNN host Fareed Zakaria on the American people.

VOICE: Do you have faith in the American people that we can do this?

ZAKARIA: No, I think the people are the big problem. I mean, Americans, everybody wants to say the American people are so wonderful. You know, I think that when they come to recognize that they have to make sacrifices, too, that it's not just wasteful they need to have... I mean, you know, they need to recognize that some of what's going to happen here is fewer, they have to consume fewer things. They have to accept slightly higher taxes. And in the long run you will have a much better economy.

PAT: No. He thinks the people of America are the big problem. They have to understand that they must do with less. I love that. I love that. He's got contempt for the American people. And then you wonder why he's so upset with any fact and figure that goes against his little view of world. You know, that's great. That's great. These people, these anti American and, you know, this is I'm just getting this from him. If you don't like the American people, if you think the American people are the big problem, does that make you

GLENN: Anti American?

PAT: Anti American?

STU: I mean, I think you can be critical of the American people without being anti American but I mean, I you wonder, you know, as a guy who takes the time to do a segment on his television show to defend Muslims who want Americans to die in terrorist attacks and yet also does another segment where he's critical of the American people as the problem for all the economy because we're too selfish, you wonder why what's the opinion? Where is the basis for those two, those two opinions working together?

GLENN: I hate the whole un American, anti American because what does that even mean anymore? What does that mean, really? You can be an anticonstitutionalist? But anti American? Americans, the idea behind America is that we can have our own point of view and we can wildly disagree with each other and still all be Americans.

STU: Right.

GLENN: So I hate that. Anticonstitutionalist? Anti American citizen maybe? I don't you know, I don't know. I don't know.

PAT: I don't know.

GLENN: I just think he's

PAT: Do a little research, Fareed, and find out what the American people do for the rest of the world.

STU: That would be nice.

PAT: That's all I asks. $307 billion last year in charitable donations. $307 billion! Nobody is keeping everything they have. Or very few are. Very few are. Check into what the American people do. And have always done for this world.

GLENN: I would love to see these I'd love to see and there's no way you can do it. I just love to see these guys' charitable givings. Wouldn't you? Wouldn't you just love to see?

PAT: Would I.

GLENN: When you're a politician, you have to show your charitable givings and how much was it? Was it $1,000 that Joe Biden gave one year?

PAT: Yeah, if that. It was I think it was like $300 one year.

GLENN: I mean, it's these guys that are always preaching that they are, you know, people are greedy and everything else, they keep all of their money.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: They keep all of their money.

PAT: Yeah, I'd love to see what Fareed gives. I'd love to see what Jim Wallis gives. I'd love to see what Bernie Sanders gives.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: It would be fantastic if we got a

GLENN: Keith Olbermann.

PAT: Keith Olbermann, yeah.

GLENN: Michael Moore.

PAT: Because we have seen, you know, the Barack Obamas and Joe Bidens of the world and here they are out there talking about how stingy the rich is. They're talking about themselves because other rich people, other wealthy share what they have, willingly. Willingly. They give to charity and in abundance many of them.

GLENN: Yeah, I'm amazed at the that's where usually people see in others what they despise in themselves. You know what I mean? It's not always the case. But they just, they for instance, I think it's very, very clear in the progressive left, the uber left and not all lefties are like this. A lot of lefties really do give. A lot.

STU: Sure.

GLENN: It's just a very small percentage in compared to conservatives. And that's not me saying that. Fareed, you should look this up. Conservatives and God fearing people in particular are the ones that give the most. That's why we have always been this charitable nation. Because Ben Franklin said that's our religion. Our religion is there is a God, we're going to answer to him. Best way to please him is to serve him, and the best way to serve him is to help others and serve other people. That was the American religion. That's why it's no mystery why we're so giving. It's because that was the American religion. But now that we're chasing religion out, you're going to see those numbers continue to drop. And Americans will be less and less charitable. And the left will blame it on whatever. Now, that doesn't mean that you can't be giving and atheist. There are. It doesn't mean that you can't be on the left and beginning. There are. But the numbers bear out that the most giving are the God fearing and the conservatives. That's just, those are just the facts. Period.

STU: Yeah. Americans are extraordinarily generous in a world from a world perspective and from a, you know, inside America perspective, conservatives are the ones that are giving more.

GLENN: Correct. And it kills me. Because what they do is they see their own friends in Central Park who their charitable giving is, "Well, I'm going to make sure that this Rembrandt is preserved in my living room forever." You know

PAT: That's an important donation.

GLENN: Yeah. I mean

PAT: That's important.

GLENN: And they stand around, they stand around at these charitable art gallery crap and they're like, yes, we've got to you know, no one is helping the poor now. The government's just not doing enough. And they give at their cocktail parties for the galleries. And somebody's got to give to the galleries. I understand. We've got to preserve the art and everything else. But they don't do it themselves. They don't see their friends doing it.

STU: You are right. If the art was good, people would just be dying it. There wouldn't need to be any donations going on because there would be demand for it. I mean, I know that's crazy sentiment.

PAT: I'm not a huge advocate of it, you know?

GLENN: No, I'm totally fine. You give to art galleries, you give to

STU: You can give to whatever you want. I'm just saying if it were good, you wouldn't need to be given to.

GLENN: Not necessarily. There are things worth preserving that for instance, for instance, Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon, that is that's not taking any government money, but that takes a lot of money to be able to preserve that.

STU: People love it and they demand it and they give money to it because they appreciate it.

GLENN: Yeah, that's the same thing that the galleries are doing.

STU: No, no, I mean I'm not criticizing people for giving to a gallery. I just say that most of the time, many times. I mean, people can just purchase the things.

GLENN: I disagree with you but that's

STU: People wouldn't purchase the things that they

GLENN: Why are you antiart?

STU: I'm antiart? I'm antiart when it comes to government money to art.

GLENN: Oh, no, I am, too. But I'm pretty much anti everything when it comes to government money.

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.