Perhaps because of his stones, Dave Rubin has a million YouTube followers

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Yesterday, Dave's YouTube channel hit the one million mark. One million subscribers. There are dozens of countries that don't have that many citizens. (Rubin laps Iceland three times, if we're going by that metric.) This is encouraging for many reasons, perhaps most of all, because it proves the mainstream media has collapsed, or that it's on its last leg. The David and Goliath fight is nearly over. And Dave has been instrumental in giving a voice to the millions of people who feel lost, voiceless, cornered.

The Rubin Report has become a cultural refuge for some of the most insightful thinkers of our time, who all too often find themselves embattled and alone for the mere act of standing by their convictions, and Dave's growing audience is proof that people are desperate for change.

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It's infectious. Everyone around Dave can feel it.

David Janet, Executive Producer of the Rubin Report and Dave's husband, said via e-mail, “I'm thrilled to be part of a show that has helped shift the conversation and that has brought civil discourse to people all over the world."

It hasn't been easy. Not one bit. YouTube has habitually demonetized episodes of the Rubin Report. It's a running joke: Any time he has a guest who's a smidgeon to the right of Bernie Sanders, YouTube flags the episode. Meanwhile, there are no repercussions for hateful, far-left ideologues like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan, or violent extremist groups like AntiFa.

So it came as no surprise yesterday when Dave's subscriber count dropped by 100 in an instant. It turns out that YouTube has been systematically shredding his legitimate subscribers and labeling them bots — which makes Dave's one million subscriber count all the more impressive.

Dave's growing audience is proof that people are desperate for change.

For independent, provocative thinkers like Dave, it is a constant battle. Dave's Twitter bio says it all: “Twitter is not real life." I'm sure he would agree with me when I take his statement a step further and add that social media is not real life. Nor is the mainstream news media, for that matter.

A recent Pew Research poll found there is a disproportionate number of progressive activists on social media:

“Liberal Democrats are especially likely to use social media to mobilize others or find like-minded groups."

Even CNN has acknowledged it. As Harry Enten put it, "Want to understand the 2020 Democratic primary? Stay off Twitter."

The percentage of progressives in the overall population — in the real world — is much lower. But progressives on the whole tend to be radical in their approach and extremely vocal, giving the appearance that America is on the cusp of a socialist revolution because that's what most Americans want.

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It's not, and they don't.

Last October, the Atlantic ran a great article charting the percentage of Americans who dislike political correctness. The poll found that, contrary to what the messages we receive through social media and mainstream news, most Americans cannot stand political correctness. Overwhelmingly. Except for one group of people. Care to guess which one?

“Progressive activists are the only group that strongly backs political correctness: Only 30 percent see it as a problem."

Also interesting, the study found that progressive activists — despite their obsession with socialism and their hatred of the patriarchy and their disdain for rich, white, men — are overwhelmingly rich, white, over-educated men.

Compared with the rest of the (nationally representative) polling sample, progressive activists are much more likely to be rich, highly educated — and white. They are nearly twice as likely as the average to make more than $100,000 a year. They are nearly three times as likely to have a postgraduate degree. And while 12 percent of the overall sample in the study is African American, only 3 percent of progressive activists are.

For a group that uses Twitter to lambast the lack of diversity in, well, everything, it's surprising that, “With the exception of the small tribe of devoted conservatives, progressive activists are the most racially homogeneous group in the country."

The reason Twitter has so much power, and such a leftist bias, is that journalists have become masterful at using it as a feedback loop. It provides journalists with a “source," a representation of public opinion. And Twitter users, who are overwhelmingly and disproportionately progressive activists, can enjoy a sense of power they've clearly always dreamed of. A single complaint from a random person on Twitter can easily become an international news story about some new social epidemic.

Free-thinkers have banded together in defiance of this broken and poisonous system.

Luckily, free-thinkers have banded together in defiance of this broken and poisonous system. It's something we here at Blaze Media are reminded of every day: The first thing you see when you walk into Mercury Studios, home of BlazeTV, is a mural of David and Goliath. It's a battle scene, two stories tall. The Goliath figure is made up from inflammatory words right out of the New York Times, and he's poised to stomp down on David, who has TheBlaze's red logo for a head. David has his slingshot aimed up at the giant.

Next to the mural scrawl the words “David slew Goliath with five smooth stones."

Photo courtesy of Blaze Media

Blaze Media is not alone in its effort to challenge mainstream media. A crop of dissenters has formed into an unlikely group. And Dave Rubin is right there at the front, ready for whatever comes next.

“We've proven that people don't want their intelligence insulted and that there is room for long-form, nuanced conversation," Rubin wrote via e-mail. “I think that's the only way back from the brink of the intellectual collapse we seem to be heading for and I'll keep fighting to get good ideas out into the public space."

This David has stones.

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.