Beck vs. Games


Glenn was once an aspiring magician... In the days before video games and internet blogs, nerds were limited to other activities such as magic and radio...

Glenn:  Hang on just a second.  Speaking of losers, we have Stephen on the phone.  Stephen?

Caller:  Yes.

Glenn:  Yes.  Go ahead.

Caller:  Yeah.  How many spots on CNN have you had this year on the game, the video game DTA, Glenn?

Glenn:  I believe.

Caller:  So, you would consider that to be news?

Glenn:  That's why it's at 20 after.  It's some news, yeah.

Caller:  It's got to be news.  So, Glenn, recently you commented in your M ‑‑ rated M for money segment ‑‑

Glenn:  Yes.

Caller:  ‑‑ that video game bloggers are losers.  I might fully classify that, because a blogger is just a person who maintains a web log.  So, therefore, they maintain news about video game.  They automatically become a loser?

Glenn:  No.  This is really much more, Stephen, to irritate people like you because listen to what you're doing right now.  I mean, it's a video game.  Don't you have a life?

Caller:  Glenn, I do have a life.  I'm a web developer.  I'm a voter.  I'm a fan of your show or possibly former fan of your show and I'm an official member of the Nintendo generation.  I've been playing video games since '88, buddy.


Glenn:  Okay.

Caller:  So, if I'm a gamer, I'm automatically a loser?

Glenn:  Stephen ‑‑

Caller:  If I went to a web blog about news, I'm a loser?

Glenn:  Stephen, you're spending your time obsessing over three segments on a television show where I say, I'm not blaming Grand Theft Auto for all the ills of asset, but you can beat a prostitute to death with a baseball bat.  In the following segment, because all of these people are taking me apart of these blogs go, Oh, Glenn Beck, look at him.  They didn't even listen to what I said.  I'm not blaming the society ills on Grand Theft Auto.  I think it's really a bad idea to use the technology developed by the Pentagon to teach people to kill to then just, you know, let people just play these all the time.  I'm not saying pull it from the shelves.  I'm not saying everybody who plays it it is going to turn into killer.  I'm saying we should probably look at this as one of the very many factors that is causing our society to break down.  Because all of these bloggers started coming after me, you know, in some sort of witch hunt, I decided, oh, okay.  I offhanded said, in a joking fashion, they're all losers, I even said, to piss them off and now look at you.  You're so obsessed with it.  What time did you get up this morning to make sure you could call?  How many hours have you spent thinking about this?

Caller:  Actually it was about 15 minutes, Glenn.  I logged on to one of my favorite blogs.  You're on the front page.  Do you know what ‑‑

Glenn:  I'm on the front page?

Caller:  Yes.

Glenn:  Doesn't that say something?

Caller:  I was disappointed to hear that come out of your mouth.  You're basically labeling a whole lot of us.  I don't care about Grand Theft Auto.  I'm playing Nintendo WII.  If I want a hooker, I'll go to a different part of the city.  Who cares about that?  But you're labeling a lot of us reporting news as losers.  That so broad.

Glenn:  So disrespectful and so opinionated, which I never engage in opinion.

Caller:  Yes.  I understand.  You have an opinion, but I just think you kind of crossed the line there, Glenn.

Glenn:  And blogs, I hate to get into ‑‑

Caller:  Grand Theft Auto, I understand that, but you're labeling way too many people.

Glenn:  The video bloggers.  I know.  I'm nervous about the video blogger industry.

Stu:  You've got to watch yourself.  All he's doing is trying to annoy you.

Glenn:  No, I'm not.  I'm serious about these.  These video bloggers, he's a loser.  You could never hold down a job, Stephen.  Stephen?

Caller:  Yes.

Glenn:  Yes.  If you weren't in your mother's basement right now, you would never be able to ‑‑

Caller:  I'm in Florida, baby.  There's no basement.

Glenn:  Your mother's garage she converted into a little, you know, Star Trek kind of ‑‑ what was that?

Caller:  I just happen to have been playing video games since 1988, Glenn.  I just happen to be a member of the generation.  I've got my subscription.  I've got my wife.  I've got my house.  I've got my big salary.  I just happen to frequent video blogs because I want to know about the latest video blogs and when you are on the front page blog calling us all losers, I'm disappointed in you.  What can I say?

Glenn:  I love you people.  If that's not the definition of a loser, I don't know what is.  Front page news on your blog?

Stu:  Why are you torturing these people?

Glenn:  Because they're so easy to torture.

Stu:  Just leave them alone.

Glenn:  If I was dressed up in sort of a sexy outfit, he could beat me to death with a baseball bat.  What?  Video bloggers are never going to do anything.  They're never going to get violent.  Anybody who plays video games who could never get violent.

Stu:  I mean, you know I disagree with you on this Grand Theft Auto for the most part, but, honestly, getting that fired up over you just trying to needle them ‑‑

Glenn:  That is exactly ‑‑ did you see the segment will where I said, oh, I'm going to die.  Stu, the whole show is booked for tonight.  We've got to squeeze it in.  Somehow or the other, I've got to squeeze in ‑‑ what else can I say about video blogs?  I've got to have something that ‑‑ I've got to insert something in tonight's show ‑‑

Stu:  We should put something in like, you know, these people who are playing video games are playing games like Pac Man and they are eating ghosts.

Glenn:  Do you know what?  Here's the thing.  Here's the thing.  There's a food shortage on and it's because of these video bloggers that they're not out working the farm land like they used to.  All these young men who are out there that should be working the farm land, they're in their mom's basements making video blogs instead and that's why we've got a foot shortage and they're solely responsible for the food shortage because you know what?  If they didn't have all their ‑‑ if they didn't have all of their Mrs. Pac Man video games down in the basement, mom would have had a place for her catch up.

Stu:  That's pretty good, although is Pac Man officially married?  I think she's Ms. Pac Man.

Glenn:  Oh, is she Miss?

Stu:  Yeah.  She's not Mrs.

GlGlenn:  She's a feminist?  Hey, chicks can eat ghosts just as fast as any guy can do it.  And how come it's not Mr. Pac Man?  Why is it Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man?  Why isn't it a mister?  Where's the respect? And by the way, you notice they keep them in little separate mazes.  Do you know why?  Because the guy would kick the Misses' butt.

Stu:  This is controversial talk here, Glenn.

Glenn:  This is front page news on video blogs.  All right.  Let's see.  Let me take a break here for a second.  I'll give did you responsible sponsor.  You know, I want to talk to you about what's happening in Philadelphia.  I mean, I've got to go away from the front page news on what I said about Grand Theft Auto 4 and, more importantly, I want to go into the news of what happened in Philadelphia.  What happened in Philadelphia is ‑‑ who's surprised by this?  By the way, why have all of my television sets turned to some guy who's dressed like a priest but isn't a priest and he's talking to ‑‑ I mean, what ‑‑ I mean ‑‑ is there a message that I should be getting here?  I've got, like, all of the television sets, the networks have been taken over by some ‑‑ like ETW.

Stu:  I was going to say, what it's hackers?

Glenn:  Oh, my gosh.  It could be video blog hackers.  It could be.  Those guys rule the world from Dad's garage.

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.