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Tuesday, December 22

Dad Brings Gun to Hospital and Saves Son's Life

In January, Pickering grabbed a gun, marched into Tomball Regional Medical Center and became locked in an hours long stand-off with police. Pickering's son, George Pickering III, was in the critical care unit on life support. MORE

Muslims Shield Christians When Al-Shabaab Attacks

Their M.O. is a tried and terrifying one: Launch a raid, single out Christians, and then spray them with bullets. But when Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a bus Monday, things didn't go according to plan. MORE

Navy Stealth Destroyer Rescues Fisherman

The USS Zumwalt has yet to officially join the Navy's fleet as one of its most advanced destroyer ships, but it has already helped bring a man to safety. The advanced guided missile destroyer, which boasts stealth capabilities and will one day help support Special Operations forces, responded on Saturday to a distress call from a fishing boat off the coast of Maine. MORE

SpaceX Lands Rocket After Launching it Into Space

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Monday night with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more amazing feat, it landed the 15-story leftover booster back on Earth safely. MORE

Trump Demands Apology From Hillary, Gets Blunt Response

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Monday demanded Democratic rival Hillary Clinton apologize for falsely claiming the Islamic State is using videos of him to recruit new fighters — and now the Clinton campaign is out with a blunt two-word response. MORE

Wyoming School Tells Students to Only Pray in Private

Do students need permission to pray? The principal of a Wyoming school thought so, until she was confronted with the First Amendment. MORE

 

Monday, December 21

Lindsey Graham Drops Out of 2016 Republican Presidential Race

Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is dropping out of the 2016 race for the White House. The South Carolina senator, who revealed the news in a CNN interview this morning, is the fourth GOP contender to drop out of the race, following Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. MORE

'Star Wars' blasts box office records on opening weekend

To say that the force is strong with this one is an understatement. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" brought in a galactic $238 million over the weekend, making it the biggest North American debut of all time according to studio estimates on Sunday. MORE

New trial for Baltimore officer in Freddie Gray death set for June

A Baltimore police officer will face retrial on a manslaughter charge over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray starting on June 13, a Maryland judge ruled on Monday, after the officer's first trial ended in a deadlocked jury. MORE

Boy Scouts help save leader from bear attack

A New Jersey Boy Scout leader fought off an attacking black bear with a hammer while hiking at a local reservoir Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Christopher Petronino, 50, was showing a cave to three young Scouts when the bear grabbed him and pulled him inside. MORE

Major Gun Manufacturer Steps in to Help 2-Year-Old Diagnosed With Rare Cancer

At just 2-years-old, Kellen Findley has experienced an overwhelming amount of medical problems. And so 42 custom-designed guns have been produced by Henry Repeating Arms manufacturing company that will be auctioned. The proceeds from the firearms, custom Henry Golden Boys, will be given to the Findley family to help with medical expenses.MORE

Las Vegas Strip sidewalk: Driver hits dozens of pedestrians in 'intentional' act

The woman who drove her car onto a sidewalk along the Las Vegas Strip, killing one person and injuring 37 others, has been identified as 24-year-old Lakeisha N. Holloway, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. MORE

 

Friday, December 18

Audience members recite Bible passage deleted from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Though Johnson County school officials deleted a Bible passage from a student production of A Charlie Brown Christmas despite protests, several adults in the audience at Thursday’s performance recited the lines normally spoken by the character Linus, a video shows. MORE

Radio Host Glenn Beck Says Trump Winning Presidential Nomination Would Be ‘End to Republican Party’

The feud between former Fox News commentator and current radio host Glenn Beck and Donald Trump escalated this week. Beck has been critical of Trump for months, but added new fire to the fight between himself and Trump during an interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly this week. MORE

Glenn Beck Hits Back At Trump After The Billionaire’s Attack, And It’s Hilarious

On Wednesday, founder of The Blaze and top conservative talk show host Glenn Beck appeared on FOX New’s The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss, among other things, the fifth GOP debate. MORE

A Majority Of Americans Oppose 'Assault Weapons Ban' – Highest Number On Record

President Obama is the best sales person for guns and the worst spokesperson for gun control. New polls out. Majority OPPOSE an assault weapons ban. THE HIGHEST NUMBER ON RECORD! MORE

Glenn Beck’s Charity Raised More Than $12 Million for Evacuation of Iraqi Christians

Joseph and Michele Assad, former U.S. counter-terrorism officers, helped arrange for 25 families, 149 refugees in all including 62 children, to board a privately-chartered plane in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Dec. 10, and land in Kosice, Slovakia, where they will be granted asylum within a month. MORE

 

Thursday, December 17

Little Boy Asks Mall Santa To Pray With Him For Beautiful Reason

While picture time with Santa often involves, well, a picture with Santa, this little boy used his photo op for a completely selfless purpose instead. Prestyn Barnette, a 4-year-old who lives in West Columbia, South Carolina, was featured in a viral photo, kneeling on the ground, praying with a mall Santa. MORE

House Passes $1.1T Omnibus Spending Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed with overwhelming support a massive $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill to fund government operations until Sept. 30. The bill passed 359-67. Sixty-four Republicans and three Democrats voted against it. The bill will now head to the Senate for debate and final passage. It is expected to either pass or fail by the end of this week. MORE

Defense Secretary Used Personal Email for Work

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday he "should have known better" than to use his personal email for work-related matters. His remarks follow a report in the New York Times which said Carter used personal email to conduct some work matters during his first months at the Pentagon—a violation of Defense Department rules—and even after Hillary Clinton came under fire for doing the same while secretary of state. MORE

Google Doodle Honors Beethoven's 245th Year With a Musical Game

No one can ever do what Beethoven did, but today, you can replicate his talent as a composer in a very small way. Google is paying tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven on Thursday by turning the Google Doodle into a musical game. No one's sure of the artist's exact birthday, but Dec. 17 marks the 245th anniversary of his baptism. MORE

Hundreds of Ministers Enroll in Firearm Expert's Free Gun-training Course

A firearms expert has been hosting free self-defense courses for ministers and their congregations to address the increase in violence directed toward churches. In an interview with the Christian Post, Peabody shared that about 500 ministers have taken his course, which includes instruction in a classroom setting as well as training at a gun range. MORE

Disney Parks, SeaWorld Orlando Announce New Security Measures

Officials at Disney theme parks in Florida and California announced Thursday they were boosting security and banning toy guns, as SeaWorld in Orlando confirmed it was taking similar steps to protect tourists. Disney parks are adding metal detectors and deploying more security guards and trained dogs, the company confirms. In addition to the toy gun ban, workers are removing the items from its shops, including squirt guns. MORE

 

Wednesday, December 16

MIT Researchers Predict How Boring Your Selfie Is

Think your selfie is, like, the best ever? Brainiacs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be the judge of that. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have created an algorithm they claim can predict how memorable or forgettable an image is almost as accurately as a human—which is to say that their tech can predict how likely a person would be to remember or forget a particular photo. MORE

Record 53% in U.S. Oppose Ban on Assault Weapons

For the first time in 20 years of ABC News/Washington Post polling, a majority of Americans oppose banning assault weapons, with the public expressing vast doubt that authorities can prevent “lone wolf” terrorist attacks and a substantial sense that armed citizens can help. The national survey shows that just 45 percent favor a ban on assault weapons, down 11 percentage points from a poll in 2013. Americans by 47-42 percent think that encouraging more people to carry guns legally is a better response to terrorism than enacting stricter gun control laws. MORE

Suspects Linked to Paris Attacks Arrested in Austria Refugee Center

No need to worry about refugees. No way would ISIS members or sympathizers be found in their ranks, right? Wrong. Two people have been arrested at a refugee center in the Austrian city of Salzburg on suspicion of being connected to last month's Paris attacks, the Salzburg prosecutors' office said on Wednesday. Yet more evidence that vetting of refugees entering the U.S. is critical. MORE

House to Vote Friday on Spending Bill

Just in time for the Christmas, GOP leaders told rank-and-file members the House will vote on the tax-extenders package on Thursday and the omnibus spending bill on Friday, the last business for Congress before the holidays. Ryan has pledged to follow House rules, which state that bills can only be brought to the floor three days after they are introduced — a way to give members enough time to read them. House lawmakers will need to pass a stopgap funding measure on Wednesday to ensure the government can keep its lights on. MORE

Putin Signs Bill Making Russia Untouchable by International Law

President Vladimir Putin signed a law Tuesday giving Russia the right to decide for itself whether or not international human rights court rulings should be implemented in the country. The Russian Constitutional Court can now pronounce any ruling “non-executable” if it doesn’t comply with the Russian constitution. The law comes after a verdict from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) last year which forced the Russian government to pay more than $2 billion to shareholders of the Yukos oil company. MORE

Backyard Bonanza: Medieval Outhouses and Roman Roads Unearthed

Backyards haven't changed much over the past 1,000 years or so, new archaeological findings suggest. Rubbish pits, storage areas, outhouses, wells and short walls to keep the neighbors at bay are a few of the things that archaeologists in England recently unearthed while digging beneath an old bus depot in the city of Leicester. Dating back to the 12th through 16th centuries, the backyards also covered up the place where two second-century Roman roads once intersected. MORE

 

Tuesday, December 15

L.A. Schools Close Due to Bomb Threat

The morning commute took an unexpected turn for Los Angeles parents this morning when the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced all public schools were ordered closed due to a credible bomb threat at multiple locations. Some students were already on site when the announcement came. LAUSD is the second largest in the nation and enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. MORE

ISIS Murders 38 Disabled Infants

As Glenn As Glenn stated on air Monday, ISIS is evil. Islamists are evil. Nothing proves that more than the latest news being reported by Mosul Eye that the terror group has targeted children with disabilities. Reminiscent of Nazi-style extermination, ISIS has reportedly killed by lethal injection 38 disabled infants and issued a fatwa to kill children with Downs Syndrome. Mosul Eye is considered one of the most accurate chronicles of life under IS rule. MORE

SAS Sniper Kills Five ISIS Jihadis With Three Bullets

A British special forces sniper wiped out five jihadis on their way to carry out a terror attack, potentially saving hundreds of lives in an ISIS-controlled area of Iraq. After the terrorists were spotted leaving a bomb-making factory wearing heavy coats in hot weather -- a sign they were hiding suicide vests -- the veteran sniper was given the go-ahead. The first shot hit a jihadi in the chest and detonated his vest, killing him instantly along with two other jihadis in a nearby car. The second bullet hit an ISIS militant the head, while the third bullet struck another jihadi's suicide vest. MORE

House Republicans Try to Defend Christmas

Starbucks solid red cup continues to brew controversy. In an attempt to protect our Judeo-Christian heritage and declare support for Christmas, 36 House Republications have signed a resolution stating the House “strongly disapproves of attempts to ban references to Christmas” and “expresses support for the use of these symbols and traditions by those who celebrate Christmas.” The measure comes after Starbucks encountered controversy this holiday season for unveiling minimalist red cups. MORE

Football Coach Sidelined for Praying Fights Back

Coach Joe Kennedy who was removed from his job for praying at the 50-yard line after games filed a federal complaint today with the Equal Opportunity Commission, arguing the school discriminated against him based on his faith. Kennedy is being represented by the Liberty Institute which is requesting the school reinstate the coach and allow him to privately engage in religious expression. MORE

Turkish Citizens Supplied ISIS With Sarin Gas

A member of the Turkish opposition claims that Turkish citizens within the country are selling sarin gas to the deadly terror organization. Turkey has not yet confirmed the report, which could possibly strengthen Russia’s claim that Ankara is aiding ISIS. According to the report, which has not been confirmed yet, the components of the dangerous gas were smuggled “under the nose” of the Turkish government. MORE

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.