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Beck's slanderous antics pollute airwaves, TV

Exposed: Hillary's racist agenda

GLENN: Well, it's Friday. So I thought we would spend just a couple of minutes just looking to see how stupid some liberals really can be.

STU: I disagree with this analysis. They have caught us in something.

GLENN: Oh, have they? Is this just a blog, Stu? Is this what this is?

STU: I believe it's a college newspaper, Glenn.

GLENN: Oh, it's a college -- it's a college -- this is from the Lantern.

STU: This is a college-educated --

GLENN: Oh, this is from Frank Blechschmidt. He is a junior in economics and journalism.

STU: We should point out he is, A, our favorite Blechschmidt and, B, yes, a journalist in training, a person who will be a journalist.

GLENN: He will graduate to be a journalist and he's from Ohio State University and here is the -- and Adam's looking through the door because his son graduated from Ohio. He's like... yeah, and you paid lots of money for that education, my friend.

STU: Poor Adam.

GLENN: Here it is. Here's the story.

STU: Wait it. We love it. We absolutely love it. We're just learning about journalists named Blechschmidt.

GLENN: It's actually Blechschmidt. Yeah, Frank Blechschmidt. He should probably change his name.

Beck's antics pollute airwaves and TV.

STU: You're slandering. That means you are saying something that's untrue. Maybe you didn't understand.

GLENN: No, no. "If you've wandered down High Street lately," and I bet Frank might have been wandering down High Street lately based just on his journalism, "you may have most likely seen the advertisements for Glenn Beck on Headline News with words 'Cut the crap' written in bold letters on the side of buses." By the way, has anybody else noticed that they have put my head, you know, right on the word "Crap" they have my head right there where the -- well, where the A hole is.

STU: What a surprise.

GLENN: Listen. Anyway, "for those unfamiliar with Beck, he is the opinionated host of the heavily conservative radio show the Glenn Beck program which can be seen weeknights on CNN Headline News. Personally I enjoy tuning in to his show every once in a while just to see what crazy hypocritical things he has to say and because the media lacks well balanced political opinion radio shows. Last week, however, he said something that made me fear for the wellbeing of voters and their exposure to slanted media coverage. On his radio show Wednesday, Beck went on for about 20 minutes, a 20 minute rant on how Hillary Clinton is racist and anyone who supports her or her policies is probably racist, too."

I remember this routine.

STU: I remember this.

GLENN: This was a good monologue.

STU: Right. I mean, you know, we had the facts.

GLENN: Yeah. "His proof? First, he said, is her policy to remove troops from Iraq is racist and only benefits whites because the Army is 71% white and only 11% black."

We've got to get Frank on the phone. I've got his e-mail address. I don't want to give it out on air. I've got to have Frank on the phone on Monday.

STU: You don't want -- wait a minute. You don't want --

GLENN: What?

STU: Isn't it on the Internet? You are not getting it from some secret source? You are not good buddies?

GLENN: No, no, I want people to write and just say, you dope.

STU: I don't want to ruin it. I kind of want to talk to him when he still thinks it's real.

GLENN: Should I black out his e-mail address when we put it in the newsletter?

GLENN: Okay. "Next he said her policy to raise taxes on the rich clearly hurts minorities and the American dream because 7 out of the 10 ten richest athletes are black and one is Hispanic."

STU: How could anyone believe that's a legitimate point?

GLENN: You know what? Because these people really truly believe that we're this stupid. You know what I mean? They just have -- well, first of all he's got to be a pinhead. No, oh, my gosh, wait a minute. Maybe I'm doing the same thing. Maybe this is a parody on my parody.

STU: I did think about that. And maybe it is.

STU: It's so horribly -- it's so dumb that maybe it is a joke. But again we don't know.

GLENN: Okay. "He also had similar outrageous claims of racism in regard to healthcare reform. Finally" -- this is it, man. I mean, listen to this. "Finally he even went as far as to contend that Hillary's lack of support for oil and coal companies has an underlying racist sentiment as well because oil and coal are black." How do you possibly think that this was -- this is -- America, this is the future generation. This is the future of journalism.

STU: Again, I mean, in case you happened to miss this and your name is not Frank --

GLENN: Blechschmidt. Blechschmidt.

STU: The point of it was look how easily you can make these accusations.

GLENN: The whole point was that all you have to do is cherry-pick a few things and you can make these claims. It's so easy to do it. And so we turned -- we used their tactic. But just because we wanted to show you how ridiculous the tactic is, I pointed out coal and oil is also black.

STU: He was really appalled by that one, by the way.

GLENN: I know. He says wow. That's all he says, wow. That's his whole line, wow. "Although Beck repeatedly said he was merely providing the facts," -- I said it like this, too. I'm just telling you the facts here. Really, oil and coal, she's against it! It's black!

"He's obviously ignoring the fact that according the 2000 census, 75% of the American population is white." This guy went and Googled facts to take apart -- it's like doing an -- it's like spending hours googling facts to disprove that Kenny has been killed yet again on South Park.

STU: He was never really alive. He's animated!

GLENN: He's a cartoon and they killed him last episode. I don't think he's ever been killed! "I'm not trying to get on the soapbox to promote Hillary Clinton, but she was clearly being victimized. She is not a racist. Her policies are pretty sympathetic toward minorities if you ask me. In reality Beck is just the latest in a long line of conservative spin doctors.

STU: That's really, by the way, he's letting you know what reality is, this guy. Just call it educated journalist of the future.

GLENN: "These pundits will always be around and that's fine, it's a free country. I just hope anyone listening to his show or similar shows during this election season" -- listen to this from Frank Blechschmidt. "At least I want you to know I hope that anyone listening to his show this election season will think critically before they believe what they hear. Frank, I hope so too. Most college students can easily find the flaws in these skewed arguments."

STU: (Laughing). Yes, most of them can.

GLENN: My 3-year-old son Rafe could find a flaw in Hillary Clinton's racist because she is against drilling for oil because it's black. "With our nation's economy and foreign relations in shambles, voters should not cast their ballots based on their favorite pundit's opinion. But unfortunately with the Democratic primary you're going to have to face a barrage of twisted arguments from people such as Beck."

STU: Luckily, Glenn, it's not these stupid talk show listeners.

GLENN: He just wants to know that there's plenty of time to cut the crap. All I have to do to be successful is to cut out the facts and the logic. Why should I do that Frank, you've already done it.

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.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

For one night only at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, on December 7th, join internationally-acclaimed radio host and storyteller Glenn Beck as he walks you through tales of Christmas in the way that only he can. There will be laughs, and there might be a few tears. But at the end of the night, you'll leave with a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face.

Reconnect to the true spirit of Christmas with Glenn Beck, in a storytelling tour de force that you won't soon forget.

Get tickets and learn more about the event here.

The general sale period will be Friday, August 16 at 10:00 AM MDT. Stay tuned to for updates. We look forward to sharing in the Christmas spirit with you!