Global Warming Mandate

GLENN: Well, a Silicon Valley lawmaker is gaining momentum with a bill now that would require "climate change" to be among the science topics that all schoolchildren are taught. State senator John Simitian who also wants to have future textbooks contain climate change material says you can't have a science book that is current and relevant if it doesn't deal with the science of climate change. Gosh, John, actually you can and you should. Since when is the science of the month required? Maybe we can is a science of the month club. How many trees, Mr. Environmentalist, would have been wasted if we rushed to print textbooks on global cooling in 1975? I'm just -- wasn't that the scientific consensus at the time? Global cooling. Then how many trees would have been wasted when we had global warming? And now we would have to reprint because it's global climate change. That way you get it covered either direction. He says this is a phenomenon of global importance and our kids ought to understand the science behind that phenomenon. You know what? I've got to tell you something. He used a couple of words here that are exactly, exactly appropriate. He used the word "Phenomena" because that's exactly what it is, a global phenomena. Wow. How about the scientists who understand it first? Could we do that? Right now we have a bunch of theories and despite what Al Gore's proclamation, you know, says, it's hardly settled. The state Senate in California approved a bill 26-13. Now it heads to the state assembly. Some say the science isn't clear. Others worry that this would inject environmentalism propaganda into the classroom. No, where would they get that crazy idea? In California? Never! Opponents want guarantees that the views of skeptics will be included. Oh, yeah, that's going to happen, yeah. Just like intelligent design, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh. That's included in the science behind -- it was a big bang; it just started. Just, boom! "What happened before the Big Bang?" What was -- shhh, quiet. Wouldn't that be one of the theories in forgive me if my confidence is a little low on the, "We just want the opposite side, you know, to be able to be in there as well." Uh-huh. Jeff Denham, United States senator, he has said we don't have factual information yet. The Earth is heated and cooled on its own for thousands of years. I don't know if there's any direct cause right now other than this is what the Earth does." We can do a better job of cleaning up the planet. That's what we should talk about." Whoa, what a hate monger Jeff is, huh? How did that guy get elected state senator? Why do you hate the environment so much? You just want to clean it? Are you in the pocket of big oil there, Jeff? Oh, crap, he operates a recycling business. Well, I'll have to reevaluate. Okay, I just does. He's a hate monger.

The main problem with the global warming argument is that the activists try to paint anyone who, you know, is skeptical of "Man is behind it," they try to paint them as in the pocket of big oil and haters of the environment. I'm neither. I think all of us love the environment. Who hates the environment? Is there anybody -- have you ever met anybody that's like, this damn environment; I hate it. I don't know anybody. I'm all for going green. That's great. Let's leave it in better shape. Just don't try to scare me into it, you know? There are other reasons to go green. The problem is the movement to go green has been hijacked by the radical socialist whose main purpose is to spread around wealth. You want to be afraid of something? Be afraid of global socialism. It's coming, my friend. Ooh, freak out; or just calmly look at the facts. Just calmly do your research and then go, wow, hmmm, maybe we should stop that. You know, here's a question. Why is it so many things are split right down party lines? Is it because the Republicans hate the environment? Do Republicans hate the environment?

See, this is what Jonah Goldberg, you know, wrote the book. He said that liberals never have to self-examine. They never have to self-examine. If you call, you know, a Democrat a socialist, they will say, yeah, that's right because socialized medicine, okay, that might be bad but we've got to help people out. We've got to spread the wealth, these evil hate mongering rich people.

We had a woman on the phone last week. She said she was a Progressive. I said, do you know what the history of Progressive movement is? Do you know who these people are? She said, no, it just sounds good because it's Progressive; it's for the future. Oh, jeez, what a pinhead. Yet, if you disagree with global warming, you're either in the pocket of big oil which, I mean, you can pretty much do a self-exam there and say, gee, do I have money from big oil? No, I'm giving them a lot of money every time I fill up my car. Or you hate the environment. Do I hate the environment? Why is it that I -- see, you have to ask questions: Why is it I don't recycle more than I should? Should I use styrofoam companies? We're constantly self-examining because we're constantly told we're evil people. Why do you think it's split down the party lines? We don't hate the environment. It's because the bills that have been put forth have socialist principles behind them. It is redistributing wealth. It's moving wealth from here to over here. That's what it is. It's the Global Poverty Act that passed last week with Barack Obama. The Global Poverty Act. He says we've got to stop spending money over in Iraq; we've got to start spending money fixing America first. But yet he okays and sponsors a bill that will give us almost a 1% GDP tax to the United Nations. Take a look at the viewpoints of these parties in the coming election. Which one tends to agree with socialist principles? That's why they don't have a problem with these bills. They're socialist principles. They also believe the U.S. should be propping up third world countries everywhere. I think this is a bad idea for many reasons but honestly if I were on the left, I think I would be against this bill as well. I would be saying, "Hey, hey, hey, keep it quiet on this bill, shhh. Dude, teachers are already indoctrinating the kids. They are teaching this without any mandate. Let's not rile anybody up. Keep it on the down low. You can show the Al Gore thing without showing the other side once." I mean, even the teachers who like the bill have a lot to learn before they, you know, before they really start teaching climate change.

Try this on for size. Although global warming is mentioned in high school classes about weather, it's currently not required to be mentioned in all textbooks. This is a great idea. I don't think there's any reason to talk about politics. There's no argument that there's climate change. The argument is how much is caused by the activities of man. Yeah, yeah, yeah. The argument is how much is caused by the activity of mankind, really? Silly teacher, that argument is already over. You need to go back and rewatch the Al Gore movie.

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.