Completely Friendless...Again

GLENN: By the way, I want you to know we're completely friendless. We've done it yet again. Do you know that?

STU: Do I know it? Yes, I know it. I listen to this program.

GLENN: We've done it again. We're not going to -- it doesn't matter. Romney could win. Have you noticed how Romney has -- what he's been saying lately?

STU: What about?

GLENN: About talk shows?



Glenn... Alone and friendless once again...

STU: No.

GLENN: Yeah. He's like, Rush Limbaugh is supporting me, is coming out for me; Laura Ingraham has been supporting me, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, Skippy Johanson.

STU: Well, you haven't endorsed anyone. You are not an endorser.

DAN: Yeah, to be fair, Glenn, they have called and asked if you were going to endorse and you have not. So --

GLENN: Has Rush Limbaugh endorsed Romney?

STU: I don't know if he's endorsed specifically.

GLENN: See, that's what I mean.

DAN: I haven't seen where he said that.

GLENN: I don't think he's endorsed. I think Hugh Hewitt has endorsed him.

STU: I know Hannity said something of the effect of if I had to vote for him today, I would vote for him.

DAN: I think Hannity was a little stronger than that.

GLENN: I'm changing. I'm not voting for Romney.

STU: Come on, shut up. If he sends you a gift basket, would that help?

GLENN: If he sent me a gift basket. Mitt, you send me a gift basket, I might go to the polls today. I'm going to probably stand there in Connecticut because I can't actually vote because I'm not a Republican, but I might stand there, along with all the Ron Paul supporters who are standing. They're everywhere in Connecticut. There are signs everywhere. There are no bed sheets left in Connecticut. They are all -- I don't know what anybody's sleeping on. I think I might have been the only person in Connecticut that actually slept on a bedsheet last night because they are all hanging over the freeway. It's nice. It's like, welcome to Connecticut, home of white trash. You know, it's like, do you remember when our mothers -- you guys are probably too young for this. Mom used to have the clothespins. Grandma used to have the clothespins and she would hang the sheets out in the backyard on the, you know, on the clothesline. That's what I feel like we're living in, except all of our sheets, instead of having Snoopy patterns or something like that, they all say revolution, but they do say love backwards, which is really cool.

STU: Yeah, Ron Paul not going to be a factor today unfortunately for his supporters.

GLENN: Don't count it out.

DAN: He is doing well in the Internet polls.

STU: He is doing well in internet polls. It doesn't seem to correlate for whatever reason but he did come in 2nd in Nevada but he is not going to challenge that in any state tonight. Unless the polls are all wrong. Maybe they are. They have shown that before.

DAN: You missed it here, Glenn, on this program. Ron Paul's, his piece for the Glenn Beck newsletter went out on Friday when you were not here. It was a very good piece on the economy but apparently not moving his votes.

GLENN: What did it -- how did it read?

DAN: Did very well. It was a good read. It was a good read.

STU: You seem a little out of sorts today, Glenn, I've got to say. Is everything okay?

GLENN: I'm fine. What do you mean I seem a little out of sorts?

STU: I don't know. You just seem a little -- I don't know. You just seem a little off kilter.

GLENN: Really?

STU: Is this the first break back?

GLENN: I did have a scope from my mouth to my ass yesterday. I mean, that might have --

STU: That's not necessary. No one needs to -- no one needs to know that. Can you not tell anyone ever again? Is that possible?

GLENN: I'm just saying that might have done it. Wouldn't it do it to you? You would be like, I don't know, I'm a little out of sorts.

STU: Well, maybe that's it.

GLENN: Had a camera and a little claw where they are just picking like --

STU: All right, all right, we got it. We got it. Thank you.

GLENN: Picking strawberries inside of me.

STU: All right. Thank you for that. No one --

GLENN: I'm just saying.

STU: You just lost three quarters of our audience.

GLENN: We don't have any audience left.

STU: Now we're down to two people.

GLENN: Here is the thing. Is that you or Dan and me?

STU: Well, Sarah's long gone.

GLENN: Yeah. Because I'm barely listening now anyway. Did you see what happened with Rush Limbaugh and the Washington Post this weekend? He said, quote, I believe the country will suffer with either Hillary, Obama or McCain. I would just as soon Democrats take the hit rather than Republicans causing the debacle.

Here's the key. This is exactly what I said two weeks ago on this program: I would prefer not to have conservative Republicans in congress paralyzed by having to support, out of party loyalty, a Republican President who's not a conservative. And that's the problem. You know what, I spoke to the young Republicans out in Idaho over the weekend. I have to tell you about an amazing -- I did this fundraiser for this family, the Clark family, something absolutely amazing. In fact, we have to try to get Ted Nugent on the phone today. Something amazing happened before this fundraiser started.

I got up and, under doctor's orders, he said bed rest and go speak to the Republicans. So I did. I spoke to the Young Republicans at a university, and I think they expected -- I mean, quite honestly the leader of the young Republicans went... when I said, I'm voting for Hillary Clinton over John McCain. He went a little white but, you know, they kept asking me: What exactly do we do? How do we get back on track? What do we do? Here was my answer: You need to define what you are.

See, here's the problem with the Republicans right now. Nobody knows what they are. They don't know what they are. You can't -- you know what they are trying to do? They've got a bunch of machinery and they are not even sure what they're building. They think they're building a car but they are not really sure because nobody has gone back and looked at the plans and said, okay, here's how we're going to design it, here's how we're going to build it, here's how it's different, here's how we're going to make it faster or more fuel economic. They don't even know what they're doing. Somebody has to step back, and it's going to take the young Republicans because I think it's going to take a while for this to repair itself.

I'm going to make a prediction later on in the program on what I think's going to happen on Super Tuesday. I've got to think it through. Stu says I'm out of sorts. They were picking stuff out of my stomach.

STU: See, this is what I'm talking about. This is the part we don't need to know. I mean, people might be interested. People might be interested in your prediction about Super Tuesday.

GLENN: It's sitting in a jar some placements

STU: They are not interested in what's in a jar. None of them are. They all hate hearing about it, all of them.

GLENN: Doctor said could be cancer. Doctor said I don't -- could be -- I don't know, could be mushed up Special K. I'm not sure.

STU: This is terrible. Why are you breaking -- why are you talking about this? Can't you talk about -- there's a huge election going on today. That's what people are talking about.

GLENN: I'm trying to talk about it. You keep interrupting.

STU: I'm not interrupting. You --

GLENN: So here's the thing. So here's what I told them. They have got to go back and center themselves in values. What is everybody doing? Everybody's looking at John McCain. They are selling out their values because they are like, he can win, he can win. I don't want to win. I don't want to win if we're going to sell out everything we stand for. Guys, we won in 2004. Is that a good thing? Look what we've got. We've got prescription frickin' drugs. We've got a budget that's out of control. We've got a border that's out of control. We have border agents in jail. We've got a President who is actually supporting an illegal alien in the Supreme Court that could change all of our laws and make us bow down and worship the Hague. I don't know if that's a good thing. Well, mild there. I know that's a bad thing! We don't win to win, but that's what made us different, you know? I thought if our President was going to lie under oath, even if it was about sex, we would throw his ass out. We don't want him there. We stand for something. And the minute you stop standing for something, you lose in the end. You might win short-term but you're going to lose in the end. And here's the real problem. There's nobody as an example, there's nobody. The college Republicans are being beat over the head by their liberal professors. They are being beat over the head with socialism and incorrect principles. They are being beat over the head by the media. They are all now too young to really remember Ronald Reagan. They don't even know what conservatives stand for. They don't even know what it means. A Republican to them is what we've had for the last eight years. They barely remember the Newt Gingrich revolution.

It's time the Republicans find their soul. It's time the Republicans find their values. It's time the Republicans -- you know, what's crazy to me is conservatives are made to look like they're so far right. They're not. They're not. It's that the country has moved so far left. If you study history. If you go and read what our country was like just 100 years ago, there was a movement, a Progressive movement that is now fully flowering to move us away from the principles that we got started with. This isn't who America is. This is who we've allowed ourselves to become. And I don't want to be that person. I don't want to be that country. That's not who we are. We're not out of step with the mainstream. The mainstream has been duped. The mainstream doesn't know what it is anymore.

How do you think Ronald -- do you think we're really that different from when Ronald Reagan ran? We're not. Why is Obama winning right now? Why is Obama sweeping -- do you think Obama is sweeping up now because he's the most liberal senator in the Senate? Think of that. The most liberal senator in the Senate. Do you think he's cleaning house right now, at a time of war with no war experience, because of his record? He's cleaning house because he's exciting. He's cleaning house because he's a good speaker. He's cleaning house because "It says something about me that I voted for him."

I think it was in the New York Times today. This woman says, "I'm so excited. We win either way. It's either a woman or an African-American." What about the policies, America? I don't want John McCain in office. I don't want a Republican in office unless they truly understand Republican, what used to be Republican principles. If they don't understand real conservative principles and they have the cohones -- yes, I'm bilingual -- to actually implement them. Otherwise what difference does it make? What difference does it make? We all end up in the same place and we're running out of time, gang.

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.