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Friday, April 24, 2015

Very Rare and Adorable Pocket Shark Discovered : Discovery News

Only the second pocket shark ever seen by humans was discovered by scientists during a study conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The first pocket shark find was 36 years ago off the coast of Peru, and there hasn’t been another one seen until now.

via news.discovery.com

It looks like a tiny whale.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Australian farmer Bruce Cook ordered to take down 'offensive' hay bale sculpture | Metro News

A farmer who built a hay bale sculpture of a bull having sex with a cow has refused to take it down after police told him he could be charged with ‘publishing pornographic images’.

Bruce Cook, who owns Kactus Point Charolais near Kerang, Australia, built the sculpture on Good Friday as ‘a bit of fun’ but was ordered by police to take it down after someone complained that they found it offensive.

Mr. Cook flatly refused the order, however, telling the police officer to ‘p*** off’ and saying he will now light up the sculpture at night so passers-by can see it for longer and more clearly. He is also considering adding calves to the sculpture.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ he told NT News.

via metro.co.uk

These and similar revelatory posts are courtesy of Dave Barry's Blog which is very funny, I must say. Google Dave Barry's Blog.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Massive killer Asian hornets could be heading to the UK this summer from France | Metro News

Experts believe the massive ‘Asian hornets’, which have allegedly killed at least six people in France, might head across the Channel this summer.

via metro.co.uk

Yikes and more yikes!

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Leaders want topless sunbathing in L.A.'s Venice Beach - Yahoo News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Leaders in the Los Angeles beach district of Venice have asked that women be allowed to sunbathe nude on the beach, saying they want equality and a more European feel at the popular tourist destination, local media reported on Wednesday.

via news.yahoo.com

I went with LWJ to a nude beach in St. Bart's once (wearing swimsuits). It was discouraging how many gross old men were there with fetching young things. Now, however, I am more open minded about this sort of thing.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Drones Make Good Jogging Companions, Research Finds | Popular Science

Having trouble getting motivated to jog? What if, to help you along your way, there was a flying robot always a few steps ahead of you, its mechanical hovering body an exercise in technologically advanced mockery? Researchers Floyd Mueller and Matthew Muirhead at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia designed and built a system that lets joggers run with a quadcopter flying along for encouragement

via www.popsci.com

One more way to make running too expensive.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers | KPBS

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.

via www.kpbs.org

This might explain my recent lack of productivity. Somehow.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

NBC 10 I-Team: RI judge faces serious accusations of odd behavio - News, Weather and Classifieds for Southern New England

According to a complaint filed by a female clerk, the judge often removes his pants while he's in chambers, his private court office. Sources told the I-Team court employees have seen it and are uncomfortable when asked to come in to the judge's chambers and conduct official court business.

via www.turnto10.com

Pants can be uncomfortable. This would not be a problem if kilts were acceptable. I wear pants, but I don't necessarily like it.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hillary Clinton v. the Oxpeckers: Dead Candidate Walking | Unexamined Premises

There follows a list of the various Clinton disasters we have lovingly been chronicling here for weeks now. Still, it’s instructive that the default mode on the Left is to attribute to “disorganization,” “greed” and “sloppiness” (hello, Sandy Berger!) what is almost certainly outright and overt criminal behavior, undertaken in the belief that no one would ever be held accountable.

via pjmedia.com

I guess this means Fauxcahauntas is running? It's all very odd.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Premature Baby Born One Week Before Legal Abortion Limit Miraculously Survives | LifeNews.com

She was a tiny sparrow when she was born – she only weighed 1Ib 5oz,” Anais’ mother Jackie explained. “Now she is going to school.

“It’s amazing, ” her mother said.

via www.lifenews.com

Presumably under a more progressive law she could still be retroactively aborted. Especially if she isn't that clever.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Astronomers find runaway galaxies

We know of about two dozen runaway stars, and have even found one runaway star cluster escaping its galaxy forever. Now, astronomers have spotted 11 runaway galaxies that have been flung out of their homes to wander the void of intergalactic space.

via phys.org

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: anointing Iran - The Washington Post

This is the new Middle East. Its strategic reality is clear to everyone: Iran rising, assisted, astonishingly, by the United States.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Obama is anti-Israel and anti-Saudi. He evidently sees Iran as the future. I don't see it myself.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clinton uranium

Oh heck, here's part of the story. It makes me a bit ill.

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Climate-Change Religion - WSJ

Climate reports from the U.N.—which the Obama administration consistently embraces—are designed to provide scientific cover for a preordained policy. This is not good science. Christiana Figueres, the official leading the U.N.’s effort to forge a new international climate treaty later this year in Paris, told reporters in February that the real goal is “to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years.” In other words, a central objective of these negotiations is the redistribution of wealth among nations. It is apparent that President Obama shares this vision.

via www.wsj.com

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Clinton Scandal Manual - WSJ

The most likely scenario is still that the Clintons prevail—the media lets go the stories, the party sticks with the $2.5 billion woman. But as the Clintons replay the scandal script, and keep adding liabilities to Hillary’s campaign, you have to imagine a growing number of Democrats are wondering: what if? The Clintons might, at the very least, want to consider updating that manual.

via www.wsj.com

April 24, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

'F--- This Court': Woman Files Bleep-Filled Tirade Against Judge - NBC News.com

A woman upset that a federal judge dismissed her $10 billion lawsuit against Georgia officials responded with a nine-page profanity-filled tirade against the judge — calling him "an old ... geezer" and saying he's on a "one-way ticket to hell" — according to remarkable court records made available this week in Atlanta.

via www.nbcnews.com

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Giant magma reservoir mapped deep beneath Yellowstone supervolcano - LA Times

You know that supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park? The one that, three times in the last 2 million years, spewed enormous amounts of ash over the North American continent? Scientists have discovered an enormous underground reservoir deep beneath the surface and have mapped it out for the first time.

via www.latimes.com

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Woman’s brain tumor turns out to be ‘evil twin’ complete with bone, hair and teeth - The Washington Post

Karanam’s tumor wasn’t just a tumor. It was a teratoma: a clump of bone, hair and teeth. A Frankenstein’s monster within Karanam’s own mind.

via www.washingtonpost.com

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Democrats Went All In On Hillary Clinton. It's Looking Like a Terrible Bet. - NationalJournal.com

April 23, 2015 Democrats didn't fully appreciate the size of the gamble they're taking on Hillary Clinton by assuming she's their strongest 2016 candidate, but they're sure finding out now.

Forget the email server. The latest revelation—that a Canadian mining company with close ties to the Clinton Foundation sold its uranium business to the Russians with approval from Clinton's State Department—is more damaging than any of the previous controversies that have buffeted the campaign.

via www.nationaljournal.com

For reasons I don't understand, the MSM seems not to be on board with her canidacy.

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

TaxProf Blog: House Report: IRS ‘Deliberately’ Cut Customer Service to Make Tax Season Painful for Taxpayers

The IRS’s spending choices and mismanagement of resources raise serious questions about the nature and extent of the agency’s self-described budget crisis and its commitment to serving the taxpayer.

via taxprof.typepad.com

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pirate Bay co-founder denied bid to play original Nintendo in prison | Ars Technica

Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij (aka "Tiamo") has lost his effort to keep an original Nintendo in his cell while serving time at the Skänninge prison in Mjölby in central Sweden.

via arstechnica.com

Cruel and unusual.

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Fleet of Iranian ships heading to Yemen turns around after being tracked by US warships | Fox News

A nine-ship Iranian convoy believed to be laden with weapons bound for rebels in Yemen turned around Thursday after being followed by U.S. warships stationed in the area to prevent arms shipments, multiple sources in the Pentagon told Fox News.

via www.foxnews.com

Smart diplomacy.

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What's next on California's water rates? - LA Times

It will take some time to fully grasp the consequences of Monday's court decision rejecting San Juan Capistrano's tiered rate structure for water. Gov. Jerry Brown said the ruling would make it harder for local governments to encourage conservation, and it does indeed undermine what has proved to be the most effective means of curbing excessive water use. With tiered rates, all users pay a relatively small amount per unit for their basic needs, but as their usage increases they pay not just for more gallons but more per gallon, giving them an increased incentive to make do with less.

via www.latimes.com

It's fine except it's backwards.

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Questions Hillary Clinton Doesn't Want Answered About the Clinton Foundation - NationalJournal.com

April 22, 2015 Gennifer Flowers. Cattle futures. The White House travel office. Rose Law Firm files. The Lincoln Bedroom. Monica Lewinsky. And now, the Clinton Foundation. What ties these stories together is the predictable, paint-by-numbers response from the Bill and Hillary Clinton political operation.

1. Deny: Salient questions are dodged, and evidence goes missing. The stone wall is built.

 

2. Deflect: Blame is shifted, usually to Republicans and the media.

3. Demean: People who question or criticize the Clintons get tarred as right-wing extremists, hacks, nuts, or sluts.

via www.nationaljournal.com

I wish I didn't have to put this on the RC but I'm afraid I'll wake up and Hillary will be president. Not that it makes any difference, but we all sort of pretend as the landslide, for better or worse, goes on.

April 23, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Comments seem to be working now . . .

. . . but somebody somewhere please be the first to try it out!  It's working for me.

April 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (3)

Las Colinas is something to Yelp about | San Diego Reader

“For the only jail I’ve been to, I guess it’s okay. I slept well and wasn’t disturbed. The holding cell I was confined to had a phone and I was able to make unlimited phone calls all night. I tried to talk to people; one girl cried a lot. The bathroom wasn’t awful. The food sucked, but I ate it because I was suffering from a nasty hangover.” That’s Amanda G. of San Diego Yelping about Las Colinas Detention Center, which she rated “three stars.”

via www.sandiegoreader.com

I hadn't thought of this.

April 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Motorcyclist falls after accident, hit and killed by big rig | San Diego 6 | Local News

Witnesses told police the rider was thrown to the ground and appeared to have been run over by a white long-nose semi hauling a 53-foot trailer, which then continued on its way, according to the lieutenant.

via www.sandiego6.com

Oops.

April 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

San Diego violent crime rate lowest in 35-years | San Diego 6 | Local News

"These regional statistics show San Diego County has never been a safer place to live than it is today," SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Director Cynthia Burke said.

via www.sandiego6.com

April 22, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Comments seem to be down

It appears the comment feature on this typepad blog is broke (sic), and won't be fixed for a while.  My regrets to all and please save up your wit and wisdom.  In about two weeks, our tech guy will be back to take a look at it.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mental health calls #1 drain on Berkeley police resources | Berkeleyside

Nationally, 10% of police calls are for people having a mental health crisis, according to Berkeley Police Officer Jeff Shannon. In Berkeley, that number is 35% or more. Over the past five years, police have seen a 43% increase in calls for “5150s,” or people who are a danger to themselves or others, he said.

via www.berkeleyside.com

Not even slightly surprizing.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Clinton cash

I'd read the book but it would be too depressing.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Montana Ranches For Sale - Big Blackfoot River Ranch

Montana’s Big Blackfoot River was immortalized in A River Runs Through It, and today one can still enjoy the epic salmonfly hatch that offers the climactic moment in Robert Redford’s movie remake of Norman Maclean’s novella. The Big Blackfoot River Ranch is a 612± acre, super-premium recreational retreat located in the heart of the Blackfoot River Valley outside of Ovando. With over a mile of some of the most coveted water in the western United States, the property offers the discerning fisherman trophy architecture, outstanding privacy, extraordinary wildlife values and ready accessibility to the university town of Missoula and its active commercial airport, 50 miles away.

via hallhall.com

All yours for only $11.5 million. Lots of room for you and your new friends.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Larry Upright's Obituary: Don't Vote for Hillary Clinton

(Newser) – Larry Upright may be dead, but he's still Republican and he still doesn't want you voting for Hillary Clinton—at least according to his obituary. "The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016," reads his obit in the Independent Tribune in Concord, NC. "R.I.P. Grandaddy." His family says that Upright, an "avid golfer" and Masonic Lodge member who died last Monday at 81, never shied away from talking politics, ABC News reports. "He was very passionate about politics and probably passed a little of that on, so it was natural for me to think about that," says his daughter Jill McLain, who wrote the last-minute addition to his obit.

via www.newser.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Larry Upright's Obituary: Don't Vote for Hillary Clinton

(Newser) – Larry Upright may be dead, but he's still Republican and he still doesn't want you voting for Hillary Clinton—at least according to his obituary. "The family respectfully asks that you do not vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016," reads his obit in the Independent Tribune in Concord, NC. "R.I.P. Grandaddy." His family says that Upright, an "avid golfer" and Masonic Lodge member who died last Monday at 81, never shied away from talking politics, ABC News reports. "He was very passionate about politics and probably passed a little of that on, so it was natural for me to think about that," says his daughter Jill McLain, who wrote the last-minute addition to his obit.

via www.newser.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

ObamaCare court fight escalates | TheHill

The fight over ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion escalated Monday, as Texas’s Republican governor backed a lawsuit from Florida against the Obama administration.

"When the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority, the States must take action,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “[I] commend Governor Rick Scott’s decision to take legal action to protect these important constitutional principles.”

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Last week, Scott announced he would sue the Obama administration over what he called an effort to illegally force Florida into expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

via thehill.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why 'An Ember In The Ashes' could launch Sabaa Tahir into JK Rowling territory | Public Radio International

Her new book, "An Ember In The Ashes," kept me up at night. I couldn't put the book down. I'm not the only one. It seems as though anyone who touches the book cannot stop reading until the story ends. It has the addictive quality of "The Hunger Games" combined with the fantasy of "Harry Potter" and the brutality of "Game of Thrones."

via www.pri.org

I'm skeptical but I'll look at it.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vampire squid discovery reminds us how little we know about them (+video) - CSMonitor.com

It may look like a true squid at first glance, but the vampire squid is actually the last surviving member of a separate order, called vampyromorphida. These luminescent creatures live in otherwise inhospitable deep-ocean environments, and rarely survive long in captivity, so researchers struggle to record their behaviors reliably. But a new study in Current Biology offers fresh insight into the reproductive strategies of these strange creatures – and in doing so, shows just how much we have left to learn about deep-sea life.

via www.csmonitor.com

They but the trifling spawn, the emissaries as it were, of that great ruler of us all, Cthulu, who bides his time, waiting for the great, dark Ending of Us All.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Confronting chilling truths about Poland’s wartime history - The Washington Post

In the winter of 1940, the Polish underground state’s daring emissary, Jan Karski — who went on to become a legendary professor at Georgetown (where I was privileged to be one of his students and teaching assistants) and is now seen as a Polish national hero — delivered his first report to the government in exile. He described the Polish attitude toward Jews as “ruthless, often without pity. A large part avails itself of the prerogatives that they have in the new situation . . . to some extent this brings the Poles closer to the Germans.” Anti-Semitism, he wrote, “is something akin to a narrow bridge upon which the Germans and a . . . large part of Polish society are finding agreement.” The truth is that local authorities were often left intact in occupied Poland, and many officials exploited their power in ways that proved fatal to their Jewish constituents.

via www.washingtonpost.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Storm gathers around Clinton finances | TheHill

The New York Times fired the starting pistol on another round of stories about the Clinton finances with a story on Monday morning describing a forthcoming book, Clinton Cash, by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s conservative Hoover Institution.

The Times called the tome “the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.”

The book’s allegations were summed up in the author’s own words: “We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefitting those providing the funds.”

via thehill.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement video tells us - The Washington Post

I strongly suspect the Clinton campaign has concluded that Americans are exhausted by the ideological death struggles of the Obama presidency, and that swing voters and independents don’t see the Obama years as quite the smoking apocalyptic hellscape Republicans continue to describe. With the GOP hoping to terrify voters with the prospect of Hillary-as-Obama-third-term, and with the 2016 GOP hopefuls zealously vowing to roll back the Obama presidency, Republicans will likely continue re-litigating how awful the Obama years have supposedly been. The Clinton gamble is that swing voters don’t want to hear this argument anymore; that they agree Obama’s policies have not turned the economy around fast enough, but think this is understandable given the circumstances and don’t see those policies as an utter, abject failure.

via www.washingtonpost.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kirsten Powers: Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama

What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus?

Answer: Religious persecution.

Yet, when a throng of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi missed the opportunity to label it as such. Standing next to President Obama at their joint news conference Friday, Renzi dismissed it as a one-off event and said, "The problem is not a problem of (a) clash of religions."

via www.usatoday.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Speech in Peril by Myron Magnet, City Journal Spring 2015

Thus I learned the truth of Mill’s argument that social stigma can be as powerful as law in silencing heterodox opinion, except for people rich enough to be “independent of the good will of other people.” Everyone else who utters “opinions which are under the ban of society . . . might as well be imprisoned as excluded from the means of earning their bread.” No more academic career for me (fortunately, it turned out).

via www.city-journal.org

Skip the John Stuart Mill at the beginning and go directly to his pretty compelling personal story.

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hunting Witches in Wisconsin | RealClearPolitics

To the question of whether armed police can storm your house and take away your personal effects and tell you to shut up about it, based simply on your political advocacy, Wisconsin answered for years, “Why, yes, they can — now please, shut up about it.”

via www.realclearpolitics.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What Naming a Puppy Says About Decision-Making

Psychology researchers say there are two basic types of decision makers. WSJ’s Elizabeth Bernstein explains whether you’re a “maximizer” or a “satisficer” in this story about a couple trying to name a new puppy.

via www.wsj.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

What’s Wrong With the Golden Goose? - WSJ

This is just another in a long line of excuses. America’s historic ability to outperform Europe is well documented; we call it American exceptionalism. It has always been based on the fact that the U.S has had better, more market-driven economic policies and our economy therefore worked better. But, as the U.S. economy is Europeanized through higher taxes and greater regulatory burdens, American exceptionalism is fading away, taking economic growth with it.

via www.wsj.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Harvard’s wacky campus-sex survey | New York Post

This survey is so badly written that one wonders whether its results would even pass muster in the kind of peer-reviewed journals in which Harvard professors regularly publish. But then, the goal here isn’t science. It’s politics.

via nypost.com

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Behavioral Public Choice: The Behavioral Paradox of Government Policy | Mercatus

In order to justify new regulations, government agencies often argue that consumers are irrational. Unfortunately, these same regulators fail to recognize that policymakers themselves are subject to behavioral biases and political influences.

A new paper for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University examines several examples in which government actors are subject to behavioral and political biases, leading to inefficient policies.

via mercatus.org

April 21, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kochs support Scott Walker

Well, that's good. It just goes to show you that great minds follow the same tracks.

April 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

5 Democrat Abortion Policies More Extreme Than Killing 7-Pound Babies

Last week, due to Sen. Rand Paul’s prompting, national media asked Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz whether she believed aborting full-term, seven-pound babies should be legal. Her response—that an abortion on a full-term child was the mother’s constitutional right—is clearly extreme and deserves the revulsion it has met.

Quite obviously, the Democratic Party is no longer about abortion being “safe, legal, and rare,” as the Clinton-era party platform claimed. The party is now unabashed in its support for abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.

But as extreme as this position is, it is by no means the party’s most extreme with regard to abortion. Here are five positions of the party and many of its leaders (even if not necessarily all those who continue to vote for Democrats) that are arguably even more extreme.

via thefederalist.com

April 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

UFOs Confront Soldiers During War, Says Ex-Air Force Intelligence Officer

The crew aboard a second patrol boat later reported seeing the UFOs over the first boat and a flash of light, followed by an explosion that completely destroyed the boat. These Vietnam reports included close observation of the unknown aerial craft which appeared to house pilots (see recreation image at the top of this story).

via www.huffingtonpost.com

These UFO stories are pretty cool, in a way. Sadly, they seem to be just made up, sometimes by frightened young men in combat, and sometimes by aging moonbats. The foo fighter stories from WW2 are kind of cool. Rather than ETs, they raise the possibility of experimental Nazi aircraft.

April 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)

This is How Ted Cruz Says He’ll Win the Middle By Running Right - NationalJournal.com

We've decided to print Cruz's answer in full because, in it, he describes in detail the unusual intellectual underpinning of his campaign and his strategy:

"Let's talk about how you win an election generally," Cruz began. "You know, what is maddening about politics is there is this group of consultants who keep running national campaigns. They keep losing. And then they keep coming back to Republicans saying, Support us while we go make the exact same mistakes all over again. …

"If you compare 2004, the last race Republicans won, to '08 and '12, by far the biggest difference are the millions of conservatives who showed up in '04, who stayed home in '08, and stayed home in even bigger numbers in 2012. So how do you win? How do you win? I think the key question is: How do we bring back those millions of conservatives?

"Now, here's what I called the Washington fallacy, which is what the consultants believe. They look at voters on a spectrum from right to left. And their view is if your opponent is here [he holds one hand up], you want to be infinitesimally to the right [he squeezes his other hand next to the first]. So you capture every marginal voter up until where they are. Now, I understand that theory in the abstract. It's not a crazy theory in the abstract. The problem is we keep trying. And we keep losing. Because every time you do that, millions and millions of people over here [moves his Republican hand to the right] say, To heck with this thing.

"The way you win is you draw a line in the sand. You make a clear meaningful distinction why this election matters to you, and two things happen. Number one, you turn out millions of [conservative] voters. But number two, and this goes right to your question, it's also how you earn crossover votes.

"You think about it, in the last 50 years, there's one Republican who has a group of Democrats named after him: Reagan Democrats. If the Washington theory were right, you'd have Gerald Ford Democrats [crowd laughs] or Bob Dole Democrats [crowd laughs louder]. They don't exist.

"You think about 1980—and understand why. In 1980, Ronald Reagan didn't say, I'm exactly like Jimmy Carter, except imperceptibly to the right. Reagan drew a line in the sand. He said, There is a fundamental difference between me and Jimmy Carter. ...

"Let's say you're a Michigan auto worker. You've been a Democrat your whole life, your parents were Democrats your whole life, if you go in to vote, and the two candidates are neck-and-neck, they're indistinguishable, what are you going to do? You vote Democrat. That's your team, that's your side. Why would you switch?

"But what happened in 1980 was there was a sharp difference between the two, and millions of FDR Democrats—blue-collar, union members, working-class, gun owners, pro-life, strong national defense—millions of them said, Hey, those are my values. And even though for generations their families had been Democrats, they crossed over.

"So I'll tell you the answer and look, when you talk about Massachusetts, you've got a lot of working-class men and women, a lot Irish and Italian—and I'm half Irish and Italian—working men and women. This election in 2016 needs to be a populist campaign on behalf of hard-working men and women of this country against the corruption of Washington."

via www.nationaljournal.com

Well, it's a theory.

April 20, 2015 | Permalink | Comments (0)