mama-grizzly

Watch on withasmoothroundstone.tumblr.com

Transcript:

0:11

Imagine you’re walking through a forest. I’m guessing you’re thinking of a collection of trees, what we foresters call a stand, with their rugged stems and their beautiful crowns. Yes, trees are the foundation of forests, but a forest is much more than what you see, and today I want to change the way you think about forests. You see, underground there is this other world, a world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate and allow the forest to behave as though it’s a single organism. It might remind you of a sort of intelligence.

0:52

How do I know this? Here’s my story. I grew up in the forests of British Columbia. I used to lay on the forest floor and stare up at the tree crowns. They were giants. My grandfather was a giant, too. He was a horse logger, and he used to selectively cut cedar poles from the inland rainforest. Grandpa taught me about the quiet and cohesive ways of the woods, and how my family was knit into it. So I followed in grandpa’s footsteps.

1:22

He and I had this curiosity about forests, and my first big “aha” moment was at the outhouse by our lake. Our poor dog Jigs had slipped and fallen into the pit. So grandpa ran up with his shovel to rescue the poor dog. He was down there, swimming in the muck. But as grandpa dug through that forest floor, I became fascinated with the roots, and under that, what I learned later was the white mycelium and under that the red and yellow mineral horizons. Eventually, grandpa and I rescued the poor dog, but it was at that moment that I realized that that palette of roots and soil was really the foundation of the forest.

2:05

And I wanted to know more. So I studied forestry. But soon I found myself working alongside the powerful people in charge of the commercial harvest. The extent of the clear-cutting was alarming, and I soon found myself conflicted by my part in it. Not only that, the spraying and hacking of the aspens and birches to make way for the more commercially valuable planted pines and firs was astounding. It seemed that nothing could stop this relentless industrial machine.

2:40

So I went back to school, and I studied my other world. You see, scientists had just discovered in the laboratory in vitro that one pine seedling root could transmit carbon to another pine seedling root. But this was in the laboratory, and I wondered, could this happen in real forests? I thought yes. Trees in real forests might also share information below ground. But this was really controversial, and some people thought I was crazy, and I had a really hard time getting research funding. But I persevered, and I eventually conducted some experiments deep in the forest, 25 years ago. I grew 80 replicates of three species: paper birch, Douglas fir, and western red cedar. I figured the birch and the fir would be connected in a belowground web, but not the cedar. It was in its own other world. And I gathered my apparatus, and I had no money, so I had to do it on the cheap. So I went to Canadian Tire –

3:46

(Laughter)

3:47

and I bought some plastic bags and duct tape and shade cloth, a timer, a paper suit, a respirator. And then I borrowed some high-tech stuff from my university: a Geiger counter, a scintillation counter, a mass spectrometer, microscopes. And then I got some really dangerous stuff: syringes full of radioactive carbon-14 carbon dioxide gas and some high pressure bottles of the stable isotope carbon-13 carbon dioxide gas. But I was legally permitted.

4:18

(Laughter)

4:19

Oh, and I forgot some stuff, important stuff: the bug spray, the bear spray, the filters for my respirator. Oh well.

4:30

The first day of the experiment, we got out to our plot and a grizzly bear and her cub chased us off. And I had no bear spray. But you know, this is how forest research in Canada goes.

4:43

(Laughter)

4:44

So I came back the next day, and mama grizzly and her cub were gone. So this time, we really got started, and I pulled on my white paper suit, I put on my respirator, and then I put the plastic bags over my trees. I got my giant syringes, and I injected the bags with my tracer isotope carbon dioxide gases, first the birch. I injected carbon-14, the radioactive gas, into the bag of birch. And then for fir, I injected the stable isotope carbon-13 carbon dioxide gas. I used two isotopes, because I was wondering whether there was two-way communication going on between these species. I got to the final bag, the 80th replicate, and all of a sudden mama grizzly showed up again. And she started to chase me, and I had my syringes above my head, and I was swatting the mosquitos, and I jumped into the truck, and I thought, “This is why people do lab studies.”

5:45

(Laughter)

5:48

I waited an hour. I figured it would take this long for the trees to suck up the CO2 through photosynthesis, turn it into sugars, send it down into their roots, and maybe, I hypothesized, shuttle that carbon belowground to their neighbors. After the hour was up, I rolled down my window, and I checked for mama grizzly. Oh good, she’s over there eating her huckleberries. So I got out of the truck and I got to work. I went to my first bag with the birch. I pulled the bag off. I ran my Geiger counter over its leaves. Kkhh! Perfect. The birch had taken up the radioactive gas. Then the moment of truth. I went over to the fir tree. I pulled off its bag. I ran the Geiger counter up its needles, and I heard the most beautiful sound. Kkhh! It was the sound of birch talking to fir, and birch was saying, “Hey, can I help you?” And fir was saying, “Yeah, can you send me some of your carbon? Because somebody threw a shade cloth over me.” I went up to cedar, and I ran the Geiger counter over its leaves, and as I suspected, silence. Cedar was in its own world. It was not connected into the web interlinking birch and fir.

7:10

I was so excited, I ran from plot to plot and I checked all 80 replicates. The evidence was clear. The C-13 and C-14 was showing me that paper birch and Douglas fir were in a lively two-way conversation. It turns out at that time of the year, in the summer, that birch was sending more carbon to fir than fir was sending back to birch, especially when the fir was shaded. And then in later experiments, we found the opposite, that fir was sending more carbon to birch than birch was sending to fir, and this was because the fir was still growing while the birch was leafless. So it turns out the two species were interdependent, like yin and yang.

7:51

And at that moment, everything came into focus for me. I knew I had found something big, something that would change the way we look at how trees interact in forests, from not just competitors but to cooperators. And I had found solid evidence of this massive belowground communications network, the other world.

8:14

Now, I truly hoped and believed that my discovery would change how we practice forestry, from clear-cutting and herbiciding to more holistic and sustainable methods, methods that were less expensive and more practical. What was I thinking? I’ll come back to that.

8:34

So how do we do science in complex systems like forests? Well, as forest scientists, we have to do our research in the forests, and that’s really tough, as I’ve shown you. And we have to be really good at running from bears. But mostly, we have to persevere in spite of all the stuff stacked against us. And we have to follow our intuition and our experiences and ask really good questions. And then we’ve got to gather our data and then go verify. For me, I’ve conducted and published hundreds of experiments in the forest. Some of my oldest experimental plantations are now over 30 years old. You can check them out. That’s how forest science works.

9:17

So now I want to talk about the science. How were paper birch and Douglas fir communicating? Well, it turns out they were conversing not only in the language of carbon but also nitrogen and phosphorus and water and defense signals and allele chemicals and hormones – information. And you know, I have to tell you, before me, scientists had thought that this belowground mutualistic symbiosis called a mycorrhiza was involved. Mycorrhiza literally means “fungus root.” You see their reproductive organs when you walk through the forest. They’re the mushrooms. The mushrooms, though, are just the tip of the iceberg, because coming out of those stems are fungal threads that form a mycelium, and that mycelium infects and colonizes the roots of all the trees and plants. And where the fungal cells interact with the root cells, there’s a trade of carbon for nutrients, and that fungus gets those nutrients by growing through the soil and coating every soil particle. The web is so dense that there can be hundreds of kilometers of mycelium under a single footstep. And not only that, that mycelium connects different individuals in the forest, individuals not only of the same species but between species, like birch and fir, and it works kind of like the Internet.

10:40

You see, like all networks, mycorrhizal networks have nodes and links. We made this map by examining the short sequences of DNA of every tree and every fungal individual in a patch of Douglas fir forest. In this picture, the circles represent the Douglas fir, or the nodes, and the lines represent the interlinking fungal highways, or the links.

11:04

The biggest, darkest nodes are the busiest nodes. We call those hub trees, or more fondly, mother trees, because it turns out that those hub trees nurture their young, the ones growing in the understory. And if you can see those yellow dots, those are the young seedlings that have established within the network of the old mother trees. In a single forest, a mother tree can be connected to hundreds of other trees. And using our isotope tracers, we have found that mother trees will send their excess carbon through the mycorrhizal network to the understory seedlings, and we’ve associated this with increased seedling survival by four times.

11:46

Now, we know we all favor our own children, and I wondered, could Douglas fir recognize its own kin, like mama grizzly and her cub? So we set about an experiment, and we grew mother trees with kin and stranger’s seedlings. And it turns out they do recognize their kin. Mother trees colonize their kin with bigger mycorrhizal networks. They send them more carbon below ground. They even reduce their own root competition to make elbow room for their kids. When mother trees are injured or dying, they also send messages of wisdom on to the next generation of seedlings. So we’ve used isotope tracing to trace carbon moving from an injured mother tree down her trunk into the mycorrhizal network and into her neighboring seedlings, not only carbon but also defense signals. And these two compounds have increased the resistance of those seedlings to future stresses. So trees talk.

12:49

(Applause)

12:51

Thank you.

12:56

Through back and forth conversations, they increase the resilience of the whole community. It probably reminds you of our own social communities, and our families, well, at least some families.

13:08

(Laughter)

13:10

So let’s come back to the initial point. Forests aren’t simply collections of trees, they’re complex systems with hubs and networks that overlap and connect trees and allow them to communicate, and they provide avenues for feedbacks and adaptation, and this makes the forest resilient. That’s because there are many hub trees and many overlapping networks. But they’re also vulnerable, vulnerable not only to natural disturbances like bark beetles that preferentially attack big old trees but high-grade logging and clear-cut logging. You see, you can take out one or two hub trees, but there comes a tipping point, because hub trees are not unlike rivets in an airplane. You can take out one or two and the plane still flies, but you take out one too many, or maybe that one holding on the wings, and the whole system collapses.

14:06

So now how are you thinking about forests? Differently?

14:08

(Audience) Yes.

14:10

Cool. I’m glad.

14:13

So, remember I said earlier that I hoped that my research, my discoveries would change the way we practice forestry. Well, I want to take a check on that 30 years later here in western Canada.

14:33

This is about 100 kilometers to the west of us, just on the border of Banff National Park. That’s a lot of clear-cuts. It’s not so pristine. In 2014, the World Resources Institute reported that Canada in the past decade has had the highest forest disturbance rate of any country worldwide, and I bet you thought it was Brazil. In Canada, it’s 3.6 percent per year. Now, by my estimation, that’s about four times the rate that is sustainable.

15:08

Now, massive disturbance at this scale is known to affect hydrological cycles, degrade wildlife habitat, and emit greenhouse gases back into the atmosphere, which creates more disturbance and more tree diebacks.

15:22

Not only that, we’re continuing to plant one or two species and weed out the aspens and birches. These simplified forests lack complexity, and they’re really vulnerable to infections and bugs. And as climate changes, this is creating a perfect storm for extreme events, like the massive mountain pine beetle outbreak that just swept across North America, or that megafire in the last couple months in Alberta.

15:51

So I want to come back to my final question: instead of weakening our forests, how can we reinforce them and help them deal with climate change? Well, you know, the great thing about forests as complex systems is they have enormous capacity to self-heal. In our recent experiments, we found with patch-cutting and retention of hub trees and regeneration to a diversity of species and genes and genotypes that these mycorrhizal networks, they recover really rapidly. So with this in mind, I want to leave you with four simple solutions. And we can’t kid ourselves that these are too complicated to act on.

16:34

First, we all need to get out in the forest. We need to reestablish local involvement in our own forests. You see, most of our forests now are managed using a one-size-fits-all approach, but good forest stewardship requires knowledge of local conditions.

16:53

Second, we need to save our old-growth forests. These are the repositories of genes and mother trees and mycorrhizal networks. So this means less cutting. I don’t mean no cutting, but less cutting.

17:10

And third, when we do cut, we need to save the legacies, the mother trees and networks, and the wood, the genes, so they can pass their wisdom onto the next generation of trees so they can withstand the future stresses coming down the road. We need to be conservationists.

17:30

And finally, fourthly and finally, we need to regenerate our forests with a diversity of species and genotypes and structures by planting and allowing natural regeneration. We have to give Mother Nature the tools she needs to use her intelligence to self-heal. And we need to remember that forests aren’t just a bunch of trees competing with each other, they’re supercooperators.

17:57

So back to Jigs. Jigs’s fall into the outhouse showed me this other world, and it changed my view of forests. I hope today to have changed how you think about forests.

18:09

Thank you.

18:11

(Applause)

Dear RWBY FNDM

The Stranger has an idea again.

Yang Xiao Long is based on Goldilocks, right? And Hei “Junior“ Xiong represents the little bear in the original story.

… Ever wonder what his parents look like, and how they react when they found out that Yang has been manhandling their son for a while? I imagine Papa Bear is based on a Grizzly, while Mama Bear is a Polar.

Now imagine the original Goldilocks story, only with Yang and Junior; she ate their food, mess with their stuffs, and when they found out that she fell asleep on Junior’s bed…

His parents are happy that Junior finally found a girl, but he’s not happy about it. Hilarity ensues as he tries to convince his folks that Yang is not his girlfriend. But with no success.

I think that would make a hilariously fantastic fanfic or fanart. Thoughts?

bluecinnamonbunzuh  asked:

Alright let's go Emily Zhang headcanons

Okay so this isn’t going to be formatted like my other headcanons, this is going to be, well basically a big mess.

I asked you guys for things you wanted to know about Emily Zhang and now I’m going to go through that list in chronological order. This is also going to get extremely long so I’m putting them under a read more.

Keep reading

Before we move on from Aya’s story, I want to introduce you to our allies who will be handling the next phase. The International Refugee Assistance Project is a refugee advocacy organization that organizes lawyers and law students across 27 law schools and 60 law firms. Last year, they turned a one million dollar budget into ten million dollars in legal services to refugees. They are very good at what they do, and have helped resettle thousands of refugees. Appeals filed with their assistance have a success rate many times the normal average. We had a long meeting today, and everyone is very energized and optimistic about Aya’s appeal. After conducting long interviews with Aya, the team thinks that Aya “is remarkable” and “has a very strong case.” Adding, “We also love George.”

Aya’s new legal team is headed by Becca ‘Mama Grizzly’* Heller, who founded IRAP along with fellow students from Yale Law School. She was accompanied to the meeting by 'Baby Anna’ Heller, who took her first car ride today. Mama Grizzly* will be firing all her guns, and tells me that because of Aya’s vulnerable situation, she will be expediting the case to the maximum of her abilities.

*Nickname assigned by me and may not be in common usage

So...I almost got kicked out of a bar tonight...

I take my daughter, who is 15, to these film meet-ups run by an amazing woman here in our city. My daughter is an aspiring filmmaker, writer, director and these meet-ups give her a great chance to get involved in the wonderful and supportive film community here. Pretty much everyone she has met has been encouraging and kind to her. We are so grateful!

But still, she’s 15, and it’s at a sports bar (a very nice one with a meeting room for our group) so I’m not just dropping her off and waving goodbye. I’ll stay out of her way, but given her age and the setting and that we don’t yet know many of the people there, I’m chaperoning.

We had a terrific time tonight. I mostly sat in the corner reading a good e-book (which I’ll be doing a post about once I finish it) and kept an eye on her. She may have the opportunity to help out on some films people in the group are doing, which is exactly the kind of experience we’re hoping she can gain.

At the end of the evening, we went to the car and I asked her how things had gone. 

“Great,” she told me. “Except for one creepy old guy.”

My mommy antennae shot straight up. “What creepy old guy? What happened?”

“When I introduced myself and said I had done two short films, he asked me if they were porn films.”

OH. NO. HE. DIDN’T.

She went on to tell me that she just ended the conversation as quickly as she could and resolved to not talk to him anymore.

That wasn’t good enough for me. Not by a longshot.

I debated for a good, long while (almost 5 seconds!)–should I? Should I not? 

But if I didn’t, what kind of message would I be sending to my daughter about her worthiness of respect and standing up for herself?

So I did. I took her back inside with me, and we found Old Creepy. I introduced myself (again) and pointed out that I was her mother, and that I was hoping she had misunderstood something he had said when he was talking with her.

NOPE. She’d heard correctly. He admitted to what he said, with a little amused smile, jokey jokey, hah hah.

That was it. Up until then, I was prepared to be civil. But when he tried to brush it off, his fate was sealed.

I went total Mama Grizzly on his sorry ass. I told him his comment was inappropriate and disgusting. 

He said he was sorry. I said “You should be. You don’t say that to ANY woman!”

“But I didn’t mean–”

“Nope. You don’t get to explain. There is NO explanation that you could give that would make what you said okay.”

“I’m very sorry.”

“You should be. You should be totally ashamed of yourself. Do you know how old she is?”

He was visibly shrinking now. “No, I don’t.”

“FIFTEEN YEARS OLD.”

He looked a little scared by now. “I didn’t know. I’m deeply sorry.”

“It wouldn’t matter if she was 25 or 40, you don’t say things like that to any woman anytime!”

He kept apologizing and trying to talk his way out of it, and I kept yelling at him. By this time other people in the bar were clearly listening in. I didn’t care. 

The manager came over and said words I never thought I’d hear in real life, especially not directed to me!

“Ma’am, maybe you’d like to take this outside.”

I would have laughed if I hadn’t been so furious. Old Creepy kept trying to talk. I told the manage what Creepy had said to my daughter, and he looked horrified, and in a sort of pleading tone, said, “I understand, but this conversation is disturbing other people.”

Seems to me that they should be disturbed by what Creepy had said to my kid, but I understood that the manager was just trying to do his job. Meanwhile, Old Creepy was STILL trying to apologize. So finally, I just told him, “I can’t talk to you anymore because it’s impossible for me to continue this conversation and comply with the manager to tone it down. But I will be discussing it with [the event director].”

And I did. She was incredibly supportive and glad that I had spoken up. She can’t control who comes to these things, but she did say she’d speak to Old Creepy. I told her to not reassure him that I’m actually a nice, decent person. I said I’d like him to stay scared of me. And I’m perfectly happy for everyone else there to know that if they pull that kind of shit on my daughter, they’ll have me to deal with.

My daughter watched the whole thing in sort of horrified/delighted fascination. We talked about it on the way home. I want her to know that she NEVER has to put up with sexual harassment just to be polite. Maybe she doesn’t need to nearly get kicked out of a bar, but she can and should push back when guys try to sexualize and diminish her.

At first, she didn’t know why it was sexual harassment. “Don’t guys make porn films too?” I had to explain that if she’d been a guy, Old Creepy would never have asked her if her films were porn.

“By asking you that, he did two things,” I told her. “First, he let you know that he was sexualizing you–to him, young women equate a body for sex. Second, whether it’s fair or not, porn tends to be associated with poor quality films. So he was also disrespecting you as a director and artist.” 

In truth, I am neutral about porn if all the actors involved are truly doing it from a place of empowerment and full consent. And from what I’ve heard, there is beautifully-filmed porn. So I understand that.

But I also understand that none of that is what Old Creepy was talking about. And I wanted my daughter to know that it is okay to push back, to not be polite, to even get loud and rude when someone is harassing her or treating her as less-than because of her gender. 

IT IS OKAY TO MAKE A SCENE. 

And if I didn’t show her that, who would?

That’s why I’m telling this story here, too. It is okay to make a scene and even to have a bar manager have to tell you to “take it outside.” You deserve to be treated with respect, and to react in horror and anger when someone harasses you. You deserve to have others around you be horrified and speak up (loudly if necessary) when you are harassed. 

We all have to look out for each other, and stand up for each other, be willing to make a scene to defend each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 85. You deserve to be treated with respect because you are a valuable, precious individual. 

It’s the closest I hope to ever come to a bar fight. But I was Mama Grizzly and he really was old.

I totally could have taken him. 

You  betcha,  Sarah.

I don’t think the above is fer realz. 

These two ↓ however, are actual Palin quotes  ↓

    @SarahPalinUSA

Here are a few entries I found amusing, in the recent  #SarahPalinAQuote hashtag game:

“Ya don’t need facts when ya got Jesus!” —@BettyBowers 

“What’s this button do?” —@ZachsMind 

“Four scores and seven dontcha knows…” —@WeepingCheeto 

“Walk softly & carry a big drill, baby, drill.” —@lanzuini72

youtube

Amazing new SARAHPAC video. Gives me chills! 

Palin's Performance Art

Uncorrected closed caption transcript, just cut-and-pasted from C-SPAN. It seems to lack an ending but otherwise pretty good window into the madness.

I THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT IS SO GREAT TO BE BACK IN IOWA. WE HAVE GREAT MEMORIES HERE. MANY TRIPS THAT WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO TAKE HERE. THE 2008 CAMPAIGN. THEN EVEN MORE FUN, THE TEA PARTY RALLY WE HAD. THAT WAS FUN. WE HAVE HAD FRIED EVERYTHING YOUR STATE FAIR. OF COURSE, ONE YEAR THINKING THAT AFTER THE SAY ARE, I WAS GOING TO WORK SOME OF IT OFF, WE DRIVE UP TO STORM LAKE. I THINK THERE IS A HALF MARATHON GOING ON. I CAN GO INCOGNITO AND GO SEE THIS RACE. INCOGNITO. IT MEANS FOR ME NO MAKEUP.
[LAUGHTER] I’M GOING TO SCARE LITTLE CHILDREN. I AM RUNNING THE RACE AND JUMP IN THERE. I’M INCOGNITO I’M THINKING. I’M RUNNING IN PEACE. NO ONE IS TALKING POLITICS. I CAN’T TALK ANYWAY. BUT NO PRESS THERE WITH SUSPICIOUS THINKING OF THEIR SIGNALS, SHE IS IN IOWA, WHAT IS SHE DOING? THEY ARE GOOD AT SENSING WHO IS COMING, WHO IS GOING AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR STATE. I’M RUNNING, BUT NO PRESS BUGGING ME IF I WANT TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OR NOT. THAT WAS THE YEAR OF THAT QUESTION. JUMPING INTO THE RACE, I’M RUNNING ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. BOOM, THEIR IM ACCUSED OF RUNNING THE RACE FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. I FIND OUT THAT OK, I’M IN IOWA, THE RACE HAPPENED TO BE CALLED THE JUMP RIGHT IN AND RUN RACE. I GOT A MEDAL. THE PRESS IS LIKE YOU ORCHESTRATED THAT. I’M LIKE OH YEAH, ASKED TODD. ANYWAY. MY BEST MEMORIES ARE OF THE WONDERFUL FRIENDS WE HAVE MADE HERE, GOOD PEOPLE, HARD WORKERS WITH LOVE FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY. THEY SHOW YOUR WORK ATHLETIC – WORK ETHIC. EVEN DRIVING BY YOUR HOMES WITH FLAGS WAVING ON THE FRONT PORCHES, ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT I THINK A LOT OF YOU MAY BE FOUND OUT THERE ON YOUR PORCHES CLINGING TO YOUR GUNS, YOUR GOD, YOUR CONSTITUTION. IT IS BECAUSE OF THAT, BECAUSE OF YOU THE REST OF THE COUNTRY KNOWS THIS PART OF AMERICA AS THE HEARTLAND. LAST TIME I WAS HERE TO CAMPAIGN
, IT WAS FOR ONE OF THOSE FRIENDS WHOM WE HAVE MADE, AND YOU KNOW HER, THE SOLDIER, THE FARMER, A GOOD NEIGHBOR, AND BACK THEN I CALLED HER A PISTOL PACKING HARLEY RIDING MAMA GRIZZLY. NOW I AM THRILLED TO CALL HER YOUR SENATOR, JONI ERNST.
>> OTHER FRIENDS, IT WAS HERE IN IOWA THAT I FIRST MET A BIG BURLY, BUT KIND OF SHEEPDOG


07:22:03


Unidentified Speaker
HUMBLE TYPE OF GUY WHO WANTED TO HELP US OUT WITH SECURITY. SO HAPPY TO GET TO BRING THEM TO IOWA AND GET TO KNOW HIM WELL. HE WAS A VETERAN. MY HEART FOR THE MILITARY. HE WAS HUMBLED. WE BECAME FRIENDS WITH THEM OVER THE YEARS, TODD AND HIM ESPECIALLY BECOMING FRIENDS. WE LEARN MORE ABOUT HIS AMAZING STORY. IT IS THE STORY OF SO MANY OF OUR VETERANS. INCREDIBLE SACRIFICE TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM. WHILE WE MISSED THAT PARTICULAR FRIEND NOW, WE ARE SO HAPPY THE REST OF AMERICA IS GETTING TO KNOW MORE AND MORE THE STORY OF AMERICAN SNIPER, CHRIS KYLE. IT WAS HERE THAT WE WERE INTRODUCED TO CHRIS. YOU KNOW WHY THAT MOVIE IS BREAKING RECORDS ALL OVER THE GREAT NATION? AMERICA NEEDS A HERO AGAIN. CHRIS KYLE HAS BEEN THAT MAN. SCREW THE LEFT IN HOLLYWOOD WHO CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT WE SEE IN SOMEONE LIKE CHRIS KYLE AND OUR VETERANS.
[APPLAUSE] SO THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS MY DAUGHTER AND I HAVE BEEN AT A RUN SHOW IN LAS VEGAS. AT THE GUN SHOW, GETTING TO LINK UP WITH T/HEA, CHRIS’S WIFE. SHE WAS HONORING VETERANS NOW THAT CHRIS IS GONE. CARRYING ON HER HUSBAND’S LEGACY, VISITING WITH THE VETERANS. LIKE THOSE MILITARY FAMILIES, HAVING THAT SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR WHAT OTHER MILITARY FAMILIES GO THROUGH. SPENDING SO MUCH TIME WITH THESE OTHER VETERANS. AT THIS PARTY, IT SEEMS THAT WE ARE ALWAYS GOING ROGUE, SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENS. WE’RE AT THE PRIORITY – WE ARE SIGNING BOOKS. IN THE BACK THIS YOUNG, VERY ENERGETIC, VERY BOLD YOUNG VETERAN HOLDS UP A SIGN, AND IT WAS A FOUR LETTER MESSAGE TO MICHAEL MOORE. I CALL HIM UP FRONT. HE IS HOLDING THE POSTER. I AM LOOKING AT IT. HE SHOWS IT TO ME. PICTURES STARTED SNAPPING. I’M GIVING THE POSTER THE OLD THUMBS UP. IT WAS MY THUMB, NOT ANY OTHER FINGER.
[LAUGHTER] THAT POSTER THOUGH, YOU HAVE HEARD THE TERM SWEAR LIKE A SAILOR. I THINK THIS GUY WAS A SOLDIER. SAME THING. SOMEONE SNAPS THAT PHOTO AND WE HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF HEAT OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS FOR BEING SING WITH IT. IT IS A MESSAGE HE DESERVES.
[APPLAUSE] I WAS THINKING – I WAS THINKING WE WILL TAKE THAT HEAT. THAT IS OK. WHAT THE POSTER SAID IS WHAT THE REST OF US ARE THINKING. WHAT REALLY CAME DOWN TO WAS OUR MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND AGAIN THE OPPORTUNITY THEY HAVE TO DO WHATEVER THE HECK THEY WANT TO DO EVEN IF THEY ARE JERKS. IT IS OUR VETERANS, ARE ARE ACTIVE SERVICE MEMBERS WHO ARE PROTECTING THEIR RIGHT TO BE JERKS. IF YOU LOVE FREEDOM YOU THINK OF VETERANS. I’M GLAD TO BE IN IOWA BECAUSE I’M AMONGST FRIENDS WHO UNDERSTAND THAT FOUNDATIONAL ASPECT OF AMERICA.
[APPLAUSE] WE APPRECIATE OUR VETERANS. OK. ONE OTHER CONNECTION TO IOWA. SOMEONE ELSE WHO ELSE FROM THE STATE, SPEAKING OF BRISTOL, MAYBE YOU HAVE SEEN HER IN THE NEWS RECENTLY. PHOTOS OF HERBERT POSTED. THEY WERE CANDID PHOTOS OF HER, JUST NOTHING ON BUT LEATHER. BEAUTIFUL LEATHER.
[INDISCERNIBLE] SHE WAS TRAINED HERE IN IOWA. ANOTHER SCANDAL WITH THE PALIN’S
. THESE PICTURES WERE POSTED BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN TRAINED AS A COMPANION FOR MY YOUNGEST CHILD, TRIG, THE LESS SPECIAL NEEDS. THIS HEALTHY LABRADOR, SHE WAS TRAINED BY THE SAME TALENTS AT THE COPY JAKE FOUNDATION THAT TRAIN SERVICE DOGS FOR OUR VETERANS.
[APPLAUSE] SO WE HAVE AN HONOR TO BE A PART OF THAT ORGANIZATION AND THAT CHARITY, AND OUR DOG. WE ARE HAPPY SHE IS FROM PUPPY JAKE. THESE PICTURES, IT WAS JUST SCANDALOUS THAT I WOULD SHOW OUR BIG, STRAPPING, HEALTHY LAB LETTING MY LITTLE BOY USE HER AS A STEPPING STOOL TO GET TO REACH THE KITCHEN SINK. I TOOK A PICTURE AND SAID THIS IS WHAT TURNING A STUMBLING BLOCK UNTIL A STEPPING STONE IS ABOUT. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WOULD HAVE BECOME A SCANDAL. THEY JUST LET LOGO. THEY WENT ABSOLUTELY CRAZY. THIS REST OF THE TINDERBOX OF THE WORLD, EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON IN IT, THIS WAS THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS THING THAT HAD HAPPENED. BARKING THEIR TIRED OLD DEATH THREATS AGAINST US. GET IN LINE, WEASELS.
[LAUGHTER]
[APPLAUSE] YEAH. THEY ARE HOWLING TO THE PRESS. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS, SARAH PALIN. WHICH SURPRISED ME, CONSIDERING WHAT IT DOES. WHAT JONI ERNST DOES TO THOSE IOWA HOGS.
[LAUGHTER] NOT TO MENTION, BUT THE PRESIDENT ADMITTED TO DOING TO THOSE INNOCENT INDONESIAN PUPPIES. JILL ADAPTED. SHE IS ANOTHER CONNECTION TO IOWA. HER MOTTO IS BETTER A STEPPING STONE THAN A SNACK.
[LAUGHTER] BETTER STEPPED ON BEEN SCARFED UP. THE MEDIA CRUCIFIED US. WE ARE GETTING USED TO THAT. THANK YOU SOME MUCH, CITIZENS UNITED, AWESOME GROUP. THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION, AND STEVE KING, THERE HE STRONG. HE IS GOING ROGUE IN D.C. FOR BEING ONE OF THE BRAVE TO PULL THE LEVER FOR CHANGE IN CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TO HAVE NEW ENERGY AND CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT, THE POLICIES THAT WILL GET THE COUNTRY ON THE RIGHT TRACK. MOSTLY, I THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU. YOU ARE HEARING WORDS FOR MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE. ONE THING IS IN COMMON. WE BELIEVE WHAT RONALD REAGAN BELIEVES, THAT WE ARE A PEOPLE WHO HAVE A GOVERNMENT, NOT A GOVERNMENT THAT HAS A PEOPLE. IT WAS JEFFERSON’S WARNING, WHEN THE PEOPLE FEAR THEIR GOVERNMENT, THAT IS TYRANNY. WHEN GOVERNMENT FEAR THE PEOPLE, THERE IS FREEDOM.
[APPLAUSE] WE ARE HERE ON THE NAME OF FREEDOM. WE ARE HERE IN THAT NAME OF FREEDOM AND YOU, EVEN YOU GET TO DECIDE WHO WILL FIGHT FOR IT. YOU WILL CAUCUS TO HELP CHOOSE OUR NEXT RESIDENT A YEAR FROM NOW.
– OUR NEXT PRESIDENT A YEAR FROM NOW. IT CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH. CANDIDATES WILL COME HERE TO EARN YOUR VOTE. THE REST OF AMERICA WATCHING AND TRUSTING IOWA TO PUT THEM THROUGH THE TEST, TO ENSURE THEY ARE READY FOR WAR. IT IS WAR. IT IS WAR FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY AND SOLVENCY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE OTHER SIDE, THE FAR LEFT, THEY SEE A NEED FOR CHANGE. IT IS BY OFFERING REAL CHANGE, AGAIN. CORONATION, RINSE, REPLAY. CLINTON RINSE REPEAT. THESE LEFTIST PROMOTING THESE READY FOR CAMPAIGNS, READY FOR HILLARY. WELL, THESE HOPE CHANGEY D.C. BUSINESSES DISGUISED AS GRASSROOTS, DON’T YOU WONDER WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE THINGS OF THEM OUT THERE PRANCING AROUND SQUEALING THEY ARE READY FOR SOMEONE ELSE? THEY HAVE TO ADMIT IT EVEN.
[LAUGHTER] BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT HE WHO WAS THE ONE, NOW WITH TEATIME ON THE MIND, HE IS SO OVER IT. AMERICA, HE IS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.
[LAUGHTER] THE $18 TRILLION QUESTION THOUGH IS, DO THE CANDIDATES THINK THEY ARE READY FOR REPRESENT ANY HOPE OR CHANGE? OR IS IT MORE OF THE SAME OLD STATE-ISM THAT WE SUFFER FROM? WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENTLY TO PUT AN ECONOMY ON THE SIDE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS, INSTEAD OF THE SIDE OF THEIR CRONY CAPITALISTS? WILL THEY WORRY MORE ABOUT SECURING OUR BORDERS AND LESS ABOUT SECURING A PRIMO TEATIME? HOW WILL THEY PROTECT OUR STANDING ACROSS THE WORLD WHEN THEY CANNOT PROTECT AN AMBASSADOR? WHEN WILL THEY LISTEN TO CONCERNS OF WE THE PEOPLE INSTEAD OF LISTENING IN ON OUR PHONE CALLS? HOW WILL THEY
[INDISCERNIBLE] WHEN WILL THEY LET US CONTROL OUR OWN CARE? WHAT WILL THEY DO TO STOP CAUSING OUR PAIN AND STOP STEALING IT AGAIN.
[APPLAUSE] WELL, IN OTHER WORDS, IS HILLARY A NEW DEMOCRAT OR AN OLD ONE? THE PRESS ASKS, CAN ANYONE STOP HILLARY? THIS IS DIFFERENT GO A CONCLUSION. IT IS TO SCARE US. A PANTSUIT CAN CRUSH PATRIOTS. THAT IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. HEY IOWA, CAN ANYONE STOP HILLARY? YES WE CAN. IT STARTS HERE. IT STARTS NOW. FROM BACK COMES GOOD. THAT HAS BEEN MY MANTRA. FROM VERY BACKING COME VERY GOOD. AS WE LOOK BACK ON HISTORY, THE LAST TIME THAT WE SUFFERED UNDER SUCH AN OUT OF TOUCH PRESIDENCY, WE WERE LIFTED OUT OF BY A CHARISMATIC SOLUTION ORIENTED CONSERVATIVE WHO SO LOVED THIS COUNTRY AND PUT HIS FAITH IN HER PEOPLE. WE CAN’T HAVE HIM BACK. BUT WE CAN OFFER THAT STUDY, SMART, STIFF SPINED LEADERSHIP THAT REAGAN DID. TO GIVE THE PEOPLE REAL HOPE, NOW IS THE TIME FOR CONSERVATIVE COLORS, NOT ESTABLISHMENT HAIL PASTELS – PALE PASTELS.
[APPLAUSE] WE NEED TO ASK WHO CARRIES ON REAGAN’S LEGACY? WHO WILL LEAD OUR FREEDOM MOVEMENT TO BEGIN THE RESTORATION OF AMERICA? YOU ANSWER THAT BY MAKING THE GOP PRIMARY A COMPETITION, NOT FOREIGN NATION. OUR PARTY IS AT A CROSSROADS. MANY VOTERS – SOME IN MY FAMILY EVEN – THEY HAVE LOST FAITH IN THE GOP MACHINE. THEY ARE REGISTERING AS INDEPENDENCE. SO MANY VOTERS, INDEPENDENCE. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR PRINCIPAL AND PATRIOTISM OVER POLITICAL PARTY. THE GOOD NEWS IS, IN OUR PARTY,
[INDISCERNIBLE] THAT’S A GOOD THING. IT IS PRIMARY COMPETITION THAT WILL SURFACE THE CANDIDATE WHO IS UP TO THE TASK AND CAN UNIFY. THIS PERSON HAS TO. KNOWING WHAT THE MEDIA WILL DO ALL THROUGHOUT 2016 TO ALL OF US
, IT IS 20 THE TAKE MORE THAN A VILLAGE TO BE HILLARY.
[APPLAUSE] HERE IS HOW WE DO IT. WE GO ON OFFENSE. WE GO ON OFFENSE NOW. WE EXPECT GOP LEADERS IN D.C. TO GET ON OFFENSE. WE THE PEOPLE, WE REALIZE THIS IS MORE, IT IS WAR FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE UNITED STATES AMERICA. WE DON’T SIT ON OUR THUMBS THIS NEXT TIME WHEN ONE OF OUR OWN IS BEING CRUCIFIED, AND FALSELY ACCUSED OF WHATEVER THE HIT ACCUSATION OF THE DAY HAPPENS TO BE, RACISM, SEXISM, WHATEVER. IT IS ORWELLIAN OBSERVING HOW THAT WORKS, THAT RULE THAT THE LEFT EMPLOYEES. DISGUSTING CHARGES FROM THE LEFT
, REVERSE THEM. IT IS THEY WHO POINT A FINGER, NOT REALLY – THEY HAVE TRIPLED THE AMOUNT OF FINGERS POINTED BACK AT THEM. REVEALING THEY ARE THE ONES WHO REALLY DISCRIMINATE AND DIVIDES, ON COLOR IN CLASS, AND SEX.
[APPLAUSE] WE CALL THEM OUT AND WE DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT. ON GENDER, THIS ONE, IT IS THEY WHO DECEIVE WOMEN. THEY SHACKLE THEM TO THE GOOD OLD BOYS RUNNING WASHINGTON, AND THIS PROMISE THAT THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THE LITTLE LADIES EVERY NEED BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE, A WOMAN IS JUST NOT CAPABLE. IT IS THE LEFT THAT DOES THAT. IT ISN’T THE RIGHT. IT ISN’T CONSERVATIVES. WE GO ON OFFENSE, AND WE REVEAL THE REAL WAR ON WOMEN, WITH TRUTH. BECAUSE WE CAN HANDLE THE TRUTH.
[APPLAUSE] WE GIVE BACK, AND WE GIVE HOPE. WE GIVE A REAL CHOICE. WE DON’T TALK IT, WE WALK IT. BY PROVING TO VOTERS WHAT WORKS. WE DO THAT BY SUPPORTING THOSE WHO HAVE ACTUALLY DONE THE JOB, WHO CUT GOVERNMENT, AND INCENTIVIZE THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND NEVER COMPROMISE ON FREEDOM. LOOK AT THE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNOR. THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE. THEY ADMINISTER. THEY HAVE THESE RESULTS ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND CONSERVATIVE GOVERNOR’S OFFICES THAT RESULTS CAN BE ARGUED. WE DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE WISDOM OF THE PEOPLE WHEN WE ON OFFENSE GIVE THEM THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUE STATE OF THE UNION, ESPECIALLY SAYING YOUNG PEOPLE WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON, AND TEACHING YOUNG PEOPLE THERE AIN’T NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH.
[APPLAUSE] THERE IS NO FREE COLLEGE. THERE IS NO FREE BIRTH CONTROL. THERE IS NO FREE PHONE. SOMEONE PAYS. SOMEONE ALWAYS PAYS. SO WE UNDO THAT LEFTIST THINKING AND TEACHING THE ENABLING. WE ENCOUNTER IT WITH EMPOWERING YOUNG KIDS AGAIN AND BRING THEM ON OUR SIDE, AND MAKE THEM KNOW TO GET A BUCK, YOU GET OFF YOUR BUTTS. WE TEACH THAT AGAIN.
[APPLAUSE] WE GET HONEST ON NATIONAL SECURITY. WE GIVE HOPE TO THE PEOPLE THAT WE NEED NOT, WE WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO EVIL. AS WE CALL IT AS IT IS. WE ADDRESS IT. THAT MUST BE, THAT 800 POUND ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE, THE RADICAL LEFT WON’T EVEN NAME, WON’T EVEN NAME THE THREAT TO OUR WAY OF LIFE TODAY. WE WILL HIT IT AND NAME IT. IT IS ANY MUSLIM WHO WOULD CHOOSE EVIL, WHOSE LOYALTY TO A DEATH CULT PERVERSION IS SO DARKENED AND HAS DECEIVE THEIR SOUL THAT THEY ACTUALLY THINK THEY ARE WELCOME HERE, TO TRANSFORM HERE. NO. WHAT WE DO, WE STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY. WE RESPECT OUR TROOPS. WE LET THEM, OUR TROOPS AND GATEKEEPERS, WE LET THEM TELL JIHADISTS, THIS IS OUR HOUSE, GET THE HELL OUT.
[APPLAUSE] AMNESTY. WE HAVE TO BE CANDID. PEOPLE DESERVE THE CANDIDATES. AMNESTY, NO. THE LEFT AND RHINOS, THEY WOULD REPORT THOSE WHOSE FIRST ACTION IS TO BREAK THE LAW? WE WIN WITH THE WONDERFUL IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE BUILT THE COUNTRY LEGALLY, AND WE SECURE THEIR RIGHTS AND THEIR HEARTS AND OPPORTUNITIES. TOGETHER WE SHOW THE DESERVING MIDDLE CLASS THAT WE WILL BE DECIMATED UNDER THIS UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE AMNESTY. WE ALSO HAVE TO SCHOOL OUR PRESIDENT I GUESS ON THE RULES. HE DOESN’T JUST GET TO TRAMPLE OUR CONSTITUTION AND IGNORE CONGRESS JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN’T GET EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS EVERY TIME HE WANTS IT. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY, IT IS LIKE AN OVERGROWN LITTLE BOY WHO IS JUST ACTING KIND OF SPOILED, AND MOM, WE DON’T PUT UP WITH THAT, DO WE? OR – EITHER. IT REMINDS ME OF BRISTOL. SHE CAN TESTIFY TO THIS. SHE CAME HOME FROM PRESCHOOL AND HER CRUEL TEACHER, A SHARP WOMAN, WHOSE FAMILY HAD GONE FROM THAT COME FROM MEXICO, BRISTOL SAID HER MOTHER AND DAD ARE SO HAPPY THEY GOT TO COME TO AMERICA, AND THE DAUGHTER SHE BECAME A TEACHER. THEY ARE SO HAPPY. THEY LOVE THIS COUNTRY SO MUCH. THEY NAMED HER AFTER OUR COUNTRY. MY TEACHERS FIRST NAME IS LAND. I THOUGHT LAND? MAYBE A PALIN KID WOULD HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THAT NAME THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.
[LAUGHTER] BUT BRISTOL HASN’T GOT IT RIGHT. THE TEACHER’S REAL NAME WAS AMERICA. THE TEACHERS HAD NAMED HER AMERICA. I WAS EXPLAINING THAT TO BRISTOL. IT IS NOT LAND OR GLOBE. SHE TAUGHT BRISTOL, SO MANY KIDS, A LESSON THAT OUR PRESIDENT MUST ADMIT, WHEN STUDENTS WOULD WHINE ABOUT SOMETHING NOT GETTING THEIR WAY EXACTLY AS THEY WANTED IN THAT CLASS, SHE WOULD SING THIS LITTLE MANTRA, AMERICA SAID YOU GET WHAT YOU GET, AND YOU DON’T THROW A FIT. THAT IS WHAT OUR PRESIDENT MUST HAVE MISSED GROWING UP. THIS INSISTENCE, THIS LAWLESSNESS OF TRYING TO GET HIS WAY AND TRAMPLE OUR CONSTITUTION
. I WON’T EVEN GET INTO THE DETAILS OF EVERYTHING. BUT FROM DEBT, WHEN YOU ARE IN A HOLE YOU DON’T WANT TO BE IN THE FIRST THING THEY STOP DIGGING. I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE LEADERS IN THIS COUNTRY WHO UNDERSTAND WE ARE IN A HOLE WE DON’T WANT TO BE IN AND THEY KEEP DIGGING. FROM DEBT TO ENERGY, PROVING THE INHERENT LINKS BETWEEN AMERICAN-MADE ENERGY AND PROSPERITY, AND ENERGY INSECURITY TO SOLUTIONS LIKE THE TAX THAT WE NEED, TO STOP THIS UNHEALTHY OBSESSION THAT WE ARE HEARING ABOUT, EVEN ON OUR SIDE OF THE AISLE, THE SUBJECTIVE INCOME GAP WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SO OBSESSED WITH, WE DON’T HAVE TO BE OBSESSED WITH IT. NOT WHEN EVERYTHING RISES TOGETHER. WITH CONSERVATIVE, PROVEN FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES THAT INCENTIVIZE PURSUING CAPITAL AND INVESTMENT FOR INNOVATION. IT RESULTS IN LASTING PROSPERITY FOR EVERYONE. AND TO STOP THIS OVERREACHING BUREAUCRACY WHICH WE GET ON OFFENSE. WE DRIVE IN SOLUTIONS AND WE BE BOLD. IT WAS HERE IN IOWA THAT I PUT FORWARD IN A SPEECH SOME YEARS AGO, I GUESS THEY DIDN’T LISTEN BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, I SAID WHY DON’T WE DECENTRALIZE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? WE HAVE TO BE BOLD. MOVE WHAT IS REMAINING ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO THE PEOPLE. IS THERE IS THE – WITH THE END PACK UP THE U-HAUL. WHAT BETTER PLACE FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THAN IN AGRICULTURAL COUNTRIES SO THEY SEE HOW POLICIES AFFECT THE FARMERS AND RANCHERS WHO FEED OUR COUNTRY? THINGS LIKE THAT. IT MUST CHANGE. THINGS MUST CHANGE FOR THIS GOVERNMENT. LOOK AT IT. IT IS NOT TOO BIG TO FAIL. IT IS TOO BIG TO SUCCEED. SO WE CAN AFFORD NO RETREADS, OR NOTHING WILL CHANGE. THE SAME POLICIES THAT GOT US INTO THIS STATUS QUO. ANOTHER WORD. STATUS QUO. THE MIDDLE CLASS, EVERYDAY AMERICANS ARE REALLY GETTING TAKEN FOR A RIDE. THAT IS STATUS QUO. GOP LEADERS, BY THE WAY, THE MAN CAN ONLY WRITE YOU WHEN YOUR BACK IS BENT. STRENGTHEN IT. THEN AMERICA WILL BE TAKEN FOR A RIDE.
– THEN AMERICA WON’T BE TAKEN FOR A RIDE. MAYBE JUST THE NEXT STANDING OF THEIRS AND THE NEXT ELECTION. WE ARE NOT IN THE MOOD TO GET POLICIES TO PASS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PARTY INITIAL NEXT TO THEIR NAME. EVIDENCE OF THIS THAT IT IS NOT JUST US THINKING THIS, ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LOOK AT THE GOVERNOR’S ELECTED WITHOUT A MAJORITY OF THE VOTE. THAT IS THE RESULT ABOUT INDEPENDENT AND STRONG THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATES. IT IS AT ITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS. ALASKA ELECTED A VERY STRONG CONSERVATIVE WHO FORMED AN INDEPENDENT TICKET TO PROVE THAT HE BE BEHOLDEN TO THE PEOPLE, NOT TO PARTIES, POLITICS THAT RESULT IN THE TITLES AND HIERARCHIES, AND PROBLEMS THAT COME WITH THAT. BE BEHOLDEN TO THE PEOPLE. IT IS THEIR RECORD THEN, NOT THEIR STANDING IN THE PARTY, BUT THEIR RECORD THAT NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED. WE TELL THEM IF WE WANT A FIRED UP, UNIFIED BASE TO GET THE GOP OVER THE LINE, TO THWART THE LINES OF THE LEFT, AND THEIR POLITICS OF DESTRUCTION, WE HAVE TO CUT CANDIDATES WHO DON’T FIT THE BILL OF BEING BEHOLDEN TO THE PEOPLE.
[APPLAUSE] YOU SEE, WE WILL VOTE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A RECORD TO PROVE IT. VOTERS OF ALL STRIPES ARE DESIRING SOMETHING TO VOTE FOR THIS TIME. FOR THEIR AMERICAN DREAM, NOT JUST AGAINST TIRED FAILED POLICIES. THEY WILL VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM FOR THEIR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS. WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL GOING THROUGH THE PRIMARY PROCESS NOT TO MARGINALIZE ANY COMMONSENSE CONSERVATIVE. LET’S TAKE THE SIGN UP THE DOOR TO THE OVAL OFFICE, THE ONE THAT SAID NO GIRLS ALLOWED. TAKE THAT OFF THE WALL. AND, WE REMEMBER WHAT MARGARET THATCHER WOULD ALWAYS REMIND HER CONSTITUENTS, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING SAID, YOU ASK A MAN. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE, YOU ASK A WOMAN. AMERICA IS READY TO GET STUFF DONE. WE TAKE THE BALL, AND WE DRIVE TO VICTORY. WE GET REAL HOPE WITH REAL SOLUTIONS GROUNDED IN TIME-TESTED TRUTHS. THESE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU BY COMPETITOR WITH A RECORD TO PROVE IT. THEN, WE ARE READY FOR HILLARY. NOW, I’M READY FOR HILLARY. ARE YOU? ARE YOU COMING?
[APPLAUSE] IT WAS A FEW SUMMERS AGO, MY FINAL THOUGHTS HERE, A FEW SUMMERS AGO, AFTER A GREAT DAY WITH FRIENDS, AND FARMERS, AND FARM ANIMALS THROUGH IOWA STATE FAIRS, WE LOADED UP THE MOTOR HOME AND DROVE SOME HOURS OVER THE BORDER TO ILLINOIS AND STOPPED ALONG THE WAY THE BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER HAD NEVER GOT TO RUN THROUGH MAS IN A CORNFIELD.
– MAZE IN A CORNFIELD. THAT SHOWS YOU HOW EXCITING MY LIFE IS. HYPER AND HER LITTLE COUSIN GET TO RUN THROUGH THIS MAZE FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT IS LIKE THIS ALL AMERICANA THRILL FOR OUR FAMILY. DRIVING THROUGH THE SMALL TOWNS AROUND HERE THAT GLORIFY OUR NATION, WITH THOSE HOMES PROUDLY WAVING THE FLAG FROM THE PORCH. WE PULLED INTO DIXON AS WE CROSSED THE STATE LINE, AND WE TURNED ON A STREET. WE STOPPED AT A MODEST HOME, AND IT HAD A PAIR OF ROCKING CHAIRS ON THE FRONT ARCH, AND A NEIGHBOR CAME OVER AND TOLD US ABOUT THE HOUSE. THEY TOLD US ABOUT THE LITTLE BOY WHO USED TO LIVE IN THAT HOUSE. HIS FAMILY COULD NOT AFFORD THE HOUSE. THEY RENTED IT. THE LITTLE BOY HAD A LITTLE TINY VEGAN OFF THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE. THAT IS WHERE HE WOULD LISTEN TO THE RADIO. HE WOULD LEARN FROM THAT. HE PLAYED FOOTBALL IN THE FRONT YARD AND RIDE HIS BIKE UP AND DOWN THE SIDEWALK. JUST REAL LIFE. AS A TEEN HE WOULD WORK AS A LIFEGUARD ON ROCK RIVER WHERE HE STAGED [INDISCERNIBLE] AND HE GREW UP TO SAVE A WORLD FROM COMMUNISM. HE INSPIRED A NATION TO ONCE AGAIN BELIEVE IN ITSELF. THIS LITTLE BOY FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS THAT WASN’T THAT FAR FROM HERE, WAS OF COURSE RONALD REAGAN. HE NEVER FORGOT WHERE HE CAME FROM, THOSE ROOTS IN THE HEARTLAND, AND HIS STORY IS OUR STORY. IT EMBODIES THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT IS A DREAM THAT WE ALL MUST BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE, AND TO FIGHT FOR, NOW MORE THAN EVER. DREAMING THAT, LIVING IT. WORKING FOR IT. WE CAN MAKE SURE THE DREAM LIVES
, AND THAT WE KNOW THAT OUR BEST DAYS ARE STILL AHEAD. I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT WHEN WE, WHEN CONSERVATIVES RISE TO THAT CHALLENGE, AND OFFER A REAL CHOICE, WE WILL HAVE A REVERSE OF SUCCESSFUL CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP LIKE REAGAN GAVE US. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO BE INSPIRED AND BE… {transcript ends, quite possibly due to an act of a merciful God}

3

Alaska is so beautiful! We made it out of the backcountry after spending 3 nights camping in a tent! We saw moose, caribou, sheep, ground squirrels, and grizzly bears! A mama grizzly and her 2 cubs came within 30 feet of our tent! It was scary as hell but amazing at the same time. Such a fantastic experience! Oh yeah and I forgot to take off my mascara before we went into the park🙈