Glenn Beck: Detroit, here we come!

GLENN: I'm so frustrated with these politicians, I'm so frustrated with our system that, you know, I was telling the Insiders that last night my dad writes me and says, did you know that Connecticut is trying to pass a law to make it so you can't homeschool your kids, and I just looked at him and I'm like, you have got to be kidding me. And so I sent the e-mail to one of the researchers of the show and I said, can you check into all of the details on this and find out if this is real. It turns out it's not. It's a thing that goes around all the time and it's not real, at least that's our initial impression. Let's just keep watching it. But I said to Tania, and I read that thing, I read it out loud to Tania and I said, this is it, Tania, this is it. I won't do it anymore. If this state passes a law that says I don't have control over my own children and I can't teach my own children, I'm out. I'm out. We're not moving to New York because New York will be -- we're out. We're going to move some place where the people aren't all insane. And we're going to be able to save what state we can save because New York, when you have 33% of people on Medicaid, 33% of the entire population of New York City is on Medicaid. Why? I already told you that last year, from last year to this year my healthcare for my company went up 47%. It's not like I'm hiring people riddled with cancer. How did it go up 47% in cost for my small business? Now, how does a small business survive that? Then on top of it my insurance guy calls up and says this new thing now, New York also needs this. Pardon me? How much is that going to cost? Well, you can get out of all of it if you just have the state cover it. No, my grandfather told me clearly and so did my dad. We do not take handouts from the state. I don't want the state involved. I'm not taking money from the state, period. But they are intentionally doing it, and city after city, state after state, the entire federal government now, it's almost like they're intentionally trying to make us all Detroit.

I've got a friend in Detroit. Is Dom on the phone? I have a friend in Detroit who is trying to sell his house. That must be fun, huh?

DOM: Yeah. You know, Michigan is a bubbling cauldron of sanity. So you talk about being set up with politicians that are insane.

GLENN: How are you doing it?

DOM: How am I selling the house?

GLENN: No. How are you staying sane? In Michigan of all places.

DOM: You and I talked about this before. I mean, this is home for me. I was born and raised here. It's a good thing I moved away and lived in a few other places and then came back because your view of the world changes and you do realize that the rest of the world is not this screwed up.

GLENN: How much are you selling your house for?

DOM: Right now $269,000.

GLENN: You have a really nice house, too. I mean, any place else in the country it would be way more than that.

DOM: Well, we didn't -- you know, that's actually more than what we paid for it, but I don't know that we're going to see that number anywhere near that number ultimately. But I don't have to -- the good news is I'm in a position where I don't have to sell it right now.

GLENN: So why are you selling it?

DOM: We're downsizing because I have other property up north and we just have too much property and --

GLENN: Oh, I hate when that happens.

DOM: Too much upkeep.

GLENN: Oh, I hate when that happens. I don't know how many people always say, I have too much property. Just -- so anyway, say hi to Lovie for me. How close are you? You are about 40 minutes out of the city, right?

DOM: Yeah, where I live it's an area called Waterford and it's a northwest suburb.

Detroit is lovely, especially this time of year...

GLENN: So I'm reading in the paper, and I had to read it, Stu, how many times? Four times? That the average home price in Detroit, the average home price is $22,000.

DOM: Well, that's within the actual city and that's probably accurate.

GLENN: That's a big city.

DOM: That's within the city of the Detroit. Now, what's bringing down a lot of the averages are the foreclosed homes and also the government auction homes. I was pointing Stu earlier to Waynecounty.gov which is the county site where you can buy some of the drug homes that are now being auctioned off.

GLENN: What do you mean the drug homes?

DOM: Former -- occupied by former drug dealers and so forth the government confiscated and is now auctioning off for nearly pocket change. I mean, you can pick up, you know, a house for $2,000, $3,000.

GLENN: That's a little pricey for Detroit.

DOM: It could be for those homes because you are talking about substantial fire damage, water damage. You know what I mean, there's all kinds of issues.

GLENN: So what is it -- yeah, Stu, go ahead.

STU: I've got the auction site up right now. There is an auction ending in two hours and 20 minutes in, let's see, in Detroit. Let's see. Flanders it's called.

GLENN: Do you know where Flanders is?

DOM: Yeah, that's in a pretty rough part of down.

STU: There's only two hours left and the house is currently selling for $2600.

GLENN: Is it a nice house, Stu?

STU: Well, does have a boarded up front window and a broken top window but it says here it's a solid two-family brick home with -- you just get some income out of the rental income here.

GLENN: How much are the bricks worth? I wonder if we can just sell the bricks.

STU: It's got plaster walls, covered ceilings and archways, custom details including built-in bookcases in the mantle of the fireplace.

DOM: Some of those homes have been -- you know, people have been breaking into them and taking the plumbing because the copper is worth money and so they're taking some of the plumbing and such out of and electrical wiring out of the homes.

GLENN: I'm thinking about, for $2200 I'm thinking about just buying the house and taking out the plumbing and the copper wire and -- I mean, because it's got to be a money-making situation there for -- what's the cheapest you could buy a home for?

DOM: Well, there's some auction -- there's one, if you are looking at the same website, Stu, the one on Trestor for $101. That's the current bid.

GLENN: We've got to be able to get a toilet out of there that's worth more than $100.

DOM: There's twelve days left on the auction. So I have a feeling it will go higher. The ones that are about to expire today within, like, the next two or three hours, the lowest bid is the one on Flanders for $2600.

GLENN: I think that's too much money.

DOM: Probably for that home. I mean, you have a lot of gunfire in those neighborhoods, too, in order to get to the plumbing.

Dan's Home Find


3 Bed, 1 Bath, 1,245 Sq. Ft. - $3900 or just $18/month! The only catch is that the house is located in Detroit...

GLENN: Hang on. Dan's got a house for $3900.

DAN: I just went on Realtor.com and there's a nice looking house, it's got a second story, it's about 1300 square feet and the monthly payment is $18 a month at --

GLENN: $18 a month. We should buy a house and give it away.

DAN: How's Trinity Street?

GLENN: We should buy a house and give it away.

DAN: Got a nice tree in the yard, front porch.

GLENN: A summer house in Detroit.

STU: I love this idea.

GLENN: It's $18. You know what, I'll buy the house, we'll give it away. I want the title away from me as fast as possibly can go. Give you the title of the house. We'll sign it over to the winner. I mean, I'll pay your rent, for the love of Pete. It's $18. Wait a minute.

DOM: I don't think you want to be in that part of town.

GLENN: What?

DOM: I don't think you would want to be in that part of town.

GLENN: I'm not going to be there in that part. I'm giving away a house.

DOM: Why would anyone want that?

DAN: It looks quaint. You are telling me Trinity Street's not quaint?

DOM: It's a pretty rough part of town.

GLENN: It's only $18! It's a house. Hang on just a second. Dom, I mean, you've got to make some tradeoffs at some point.

DAN: And there's big trees in the front yard. I mean, you could probably duck behind that if bullets come.

GLENN: It's $18. How much does it cost, seriously how much does it cost for, like, an 8 by 10 sheet of Kevlar?

STU: Yeah. We could make the whole -- we could surround the whole house with calf letter.

GLENN: You know who would know this? Adam! Adam, ask Adam how much it would cost to put a wall and cover it in Kevlar, from where the bullets are? It's $18 a month!

STU: What if we buy the house and then we give it to the listeners as a timeshare, a Glenn Beck listener timeshare. No, we have to give it to a listener but we have to say, hey, this is only available to Insiders or listeners.

GLENN: Dom, you are in Detroit.

DOM: Until somebody gets shot and then what are we going to do?

GLENN: What are we going to do? Then what we're going to do is we've got a timeshare opening. It's $18. What?


 

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.