Ali on Rush

I was a new engineer at a consulting firm in a Midwestern city. I joined them in 1991. I became good friends with an engineer named Ali, an immigrant from Turkey and a damn good engineer.

Ali had a curious habit. He would pack his lunch from home. At lunchtime, he would go sit in his car and listen to the radio. One of the guys mentioned it. It was a mystery in the office. Ali was not listening to music. They wondered if he was listening to a Turkish broadcast, but nobody had wanted to probe about what Ali was listening to.

I suppose I was more brash than them, or perhaps it is just different the way Southern people approach other people, compared to Midwesterners.

Ali was sitting in his car and listening, three or four or sometimes five days per week. After observing this behavior for a week, one day I asked him if he would lunch with me the following day, and he cheerfully accepted.

We talked about family stuff and a little about people we knew from other offices of the firm. Then I asked him about his listening habit.

Ali explained to me what he was listening to. For several days each week, Ali would pack a lunch that he would eat in his car while listening to the radio. It was a local broadcast, and it was just a guy talking, and sometimes people would call in and he would talk with them.

Ali was listening to Rush Limbaugh.

I had heard of Rush Limbaugh but at that point had never heard the show.

Talk radio” was a term that had not been coined in the early summer of 1992.

Bubba, you have to listen to this guy. It is the only way to know what is going on.”

You mean about community stuff?”

No; national stuff. World stuff. Political stuff.

“The news media are only telling us half of the information. Some things they tell us are lies. The newspaper has the same lies as TV. People don’t know what is real. You have to listen to this guy. It is the only way to know what is going on.”

Recall that in 1992 there was no Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh was the only talk radio. At that time my only source for countervailing information was National Review. American information flow was still strictly controlled by the major media companies. We were all still just beginning to realize what a Leftist project the field of journalism had become.

Rush Limbaugh has been broadcasting his eponymous show for over thirty years now. Rush singlehandedly saved AM radio, and singlehandedly launched an industry called “talk radio.” He was instrumental in breaking the hegemony of the Legacy Media over information flow in America. He is the national leader in conservative thought. Without Rush Limbaugh, Donald J. Trump would not have won the presidency in 2016. Mr. Limbaugh has recently been recognized for his accomplishments and his service to America and American values.

Rush Limbaugh has many fans. I became a fan through my friend Ali.

God bless Ali. He approves of President Trump.   He is no fan of Erdoğan.

Ali is a fine American citizen, and is proud of his citizenship. Ali embraces and celebrates American values.

We need more like Ali.

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18 thoughts on “Ali on Rush”

  1. Great post, Bubba. I remember when I first discovered Rush Limbaugh. It was June of 1991, I was sixteen years old, and I had a summer job at the Laredo Children’s Museum, which was then located on the campus of Laredo Junior College.

    When I would drive to and from work that summer, I would usually have the car radio tuned into a country radio station in San Antonio called KKYX. As Laredo radio stations were mostly brain-dead bubblegum rock or Spanish-language music, San Antonio stations were a lifeline to civilization. One summer afternoon as I was driving home, KKYX started playing Patsy Cline’s “I Fall to Pieces” for the bazillionth time, so I began searching the dial for something else. And when I tuned into a San Antonio news-talk station called KTSA, I heard this guy poking fun at the self-righteous loony left with verve and gusto. I wondered, just who is this Rush Limbaugh?

    I was hooked. And twenty-nine years later, I still am.

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  2. MJBubba:
    Recall that in 1992 there was no Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh was the only talk radio.

    It seems like there’s always been Fox News but, of course, there hasn’t. Love it or hate it, everyone recognizes the tremendous effect it has had.

    Someone recommended Rush’s radio show to me at around the same time. Back in those days people listened to the radio in the car, so I sought out his show. I didn’t like it; he did too much shouting. Besides, I wasn’t too interested in politics back then. As I came to understand later, you may not be interested in politics but politics is interested in you.

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  3. MJBubba:
    Ali is a fine American citizen, and is proud of his citizenship. Ali embraces and celebrates American values.

    We need more like Ali.

    Do not extrapolate from one case. Magic dirt is not real.

    Magic Dirt theory is a key component of immigration romanticism, too. Sure, Mexico and Central America are messed-up places, and presumably their inhabitants played some role in messing them up. If we just move thirty or forty million of those people to the U.S.A., though, our Magic Dirt will transform them into civic-minded Jeffersonian yeomen!

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  4. Way, WAY back, we had a local AM radio station, WICK. My father was friends with the owner, a fella named Joe Dobbs.  The station had daily talk radio shows, except for Sundays. It was quite popular in our little corner of the keystone state. I visited the station numerous times while in high school. I had budding aspirations to be a radio announcer / disk jockey. (that is until I found how much money they made and later changed my tune.) Well, back then 1968 or so, there was a candidate that was running for office, who, I dunno, what office, I dunno. But one evening he was holding interviews in a hotel room across and down the street from the radio station offices. Some, by air distance, of 250 to 300 feet.  They wanted to do something with the interviews and maybe live. There was no time to set up a telephone relay, and our engineer, who worked with several stations in the area, was not interested. He must have been supporting another candidate. Well between the three of us we concocted a plan, if this didn’t work we had a back-up as well. One of the announcers had a wireless FM microphone, he brought it in and we got a brand new nine volt battery in  it. (Ray-O-Vac? I seem to remember.) We tested it with a portable FM radio that we hacked an earphone wire to a 1/4 inch standard audio plug and used that with another adapter to plug into the mixer board in the studio. He also took a battery operated tape recorder with him. At the interview it went pretty well with the tape recorder, they used snippets from it the next day, but the FM wireless mike, well it worked about 80% of the time, sometimes fading out. Still, we had a first, a wireless interview. The TV station present was using a FILM camera and had reports the next day while “we” were LIVE right in the middle of our local talk radio program.

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  5. drlorentz:

    MJBubba:
    Ali is a fine American citizen, and is proud of his citizenship. Ali embraces and celebrates American values.

    We need more like Ali.

    Do not extrapolate from one case. Magic dirt is not real.

    Magic Dirt theory is a key component of immigration romanticism, too. Sure, Mexico and Central America are messed-up places, and presumably their inhabitants played some role in messing them up. If we just move thirty or forty million of those people to the U.S.A., though, our Magic Dirt will transform them into civic-minded Jeffersonian yeomen!

    We need more like Ali wherever they come from — notably, FROM HERE.  The surest refutation of Magic Dirt is observing that it doesn’t even work on the natives, much less the indigenes.

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  6. Haakon Dahl:
    We need more like Ali wherever they come from — notably, FROM HERE.  The surest refutation of Magic Dirt is observing that it doesn’t even work on the natives, much less the indigenes.

    Ah, there’s the rub: figuring out which ones are like Ali versus the rest. Current immigration policy does not distinguish. Short of a lengthy quarantine, how are we gonna figure it out? In the meantime, rational actors play the odds. Everyone else relies on magic.

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  7. MJBubba:
    Rush Limbaugh has many fans. I became a fan through my friend Ali.

    Good for him, and good for you for making friends with him.

    How is he doing, in terms of family and friends?  If he has family in the US, are they supportive of his goals and his views?

    My ancestors, for example, had neighborhoods and parishes and extended families, all of which supported their members in the delirious fervent happiness and gratitude arising from their having become Americans.

    There is a family photo somewhere of the interior of a church in Buffalo during WWII.  Sixteen US flags, as I recall, eight along each side of the long aisle.  The camera view from the choir loft was impressive.

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  8. jzdro:

    MJBubba:
    Rush Limbaugh has many fans. I became a fan through my friend Ali.

    Good for him, and good for you for making friends with him.

    How is he doing, in terms of family and friends?  If he has family in the US, are they supportive of his goals and his views?

    My ancestors, for example, had neighborhoods and parishes and extended families, all of which supported their members in the delirious fervent happiness and gratitude arising from their having become Americans.

    There is a family photo somewhere of the interior of a church in Buffalo during WWII.  Sixteen US flags, as I recall, eight along each side of the long aisle.  The camera view from the choir loft was impressive.

    Ali has a small community of Turkish families in the Midwestern city where he lives.   One of the families is distant kin.   I don’t know any of them.   Ali is retired now.

    My paternal lineage came to America seeking the free exercise of Lutheran religion in the 1850s.  My other ancestors were already here.  So I don’t have experience with the immigrant experience.

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  9. drlorentz:

    Haakon Dahl:
    We need more like Ali wherever they come from — notably, FROM HERE.  The surest refutation of Magic Dirt is observing that it doesn’t even work on the natives, much less the indigenes.

    Ah, there’s the rub: figuring out which ones are like Ali versus the rest. Current immigration policy does not distinguish. Short of a lengthy quarantine, how are we gonna figure it out? In the meantime, rational actors play the odds. Everyone else relies on magic.

    Get busy teaching civics to your grandchildren.   Celebrate American values.   Take them to parades and cemeteries on our patriotic holidays.  Teach them well.

    It is the only way to preserve Western civilization.

    Even better, take them to church and Sunday  School.

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  10. MJBubba:

    drlorentz:

    Haakon Dahl:
    We need more like Ali wherever they come from — notably, FROM HERE.  The surest refutation of Magic Dirt is observing that it doesn’t even work on the natives, much less the indigenes.

    Ah, there’s the rub: figuring out which ones are like Ali versus the rest. Current immigration policy does not distinguish. Short of a lengthy quarantine, how are we gonna figure it out? In the meantime, rational actors play the odds. Everyone else relies on magic.

    Get busy teaching civics to your grandchildren.   Celebrate American values.   Take them to parades and cemeteries on our patriotic holidays.  Teach them well.

    It is the only way to preserve Western civilization.

    Even better, take them to church and Sunday  School.

    Would that it were that easy. While we’re busy waving the flag, socialism-loving future citizens are being imported by the millions. All the parades and cemetery visits won’t matter once they vote. Heck, you don’t even have to wait until they’re citizens.

    Consider Ilhan Omar’s congressional district. How did a Somali get elected in Minnesota; was it all those descendants of Scandinavian immigrants? I know, we’ll take ‘em all down to this summer’s Independence Day parade in Minneapolis and they’ll switch their votes. That’s the ticket!

    Do they even still have an Independence Day parade in Minneapolis?

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  11. drlorentz:

    MJBubba:

    drlorentz:

    Haakon Dahl:
    We need more like Ali wherever they come from — notably, FROM HERE.  The surest refutation of Magic Dirt is observing that it doesn’t even work on the natives, much less the indigenes.

    Ah, there’s the rub: figuring out which ones are like Ali versus the rest. Current immigration policy does not distinguish. Short of a lengthy quarantine, how are we gonna figure it out? In the meantime, rational actors play the odds. Everyone else relies on magic.

    Get busy teaching civics to your grandchildren.   Celebrate American values.   Take them to parades and cemeteries on our patriotic holidays.  Teach them well.

    It is the only way to preserve Western civilization.

    Even better, take them to church and Sunday  School.

    Would that it were that easy. While we’re busy waving the flag, socialism-loving future citizens are being imported by the millions. All the parades and cemetery visits won’t matter once they vote. Heck, you don’t even have to wait until they’re citizens.

    Consider Ilhan Omar’s congressional district. How did a Somali get elected in Minnesota; was it all those descendants of Scandinavian immigrants? I know, we’ll take ‘em all down to this summer’s Independence Day parade in Minneapolis and they’ll switch their votes. That’s the ticket!

    Do they even still have an Independence Day parade in Minneapolis?

    We had that earlier discussion about genetics being determinative. The sense that those from certain cultures foreign to the American value of individual liberty, in this case Islam, is well founded. Muslims have lived for 1400 years  subjected to violence and forced obedience to doctrine. Don’t be surprised to see that in these latest generations.

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    Bob Thompson:
    We had that earlier discussion about genetics being determinative.

    There goes the straw man argument, again. No one believes genetics are determinative. Please review the discussion on that thread. 

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  13. Bob Thompson:
    Muslims have lived for 1400 years  subjected to violence and forced obedience to doctrine. Don’t be surprised to see that in these latest generations.

    Have you thought about how those cultures got that way and stayed that way? Will Magic Dirt fix them?

    Dogs have been selectively bred over the centuries. A chihuahua is very different from a Great Dane but they are both still dogs. They came from a common ancestor and can interbreed. If I took a bunch of chihuahuas and let them hang around some Great Danes, they probably would not start behaving like Great Danes and they certainly would not get any bigger. They would continue to bark like chihuahuas but they might modify their behavior somewhat in the new environment. Genes are not determinative but they are important.

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  14. drlorentz:
    Consider Ilhan Omar’s congressional district. How did a Somali get elected in Minnesota; was it all those descendants of Scandinavian immigrants? I know, we’ll take ‘em all down to this summer’s Independence Day parade in Minneapolis and they’ll switch their votes. That’s the ticket!

    Clinton’s State Department started accepting Somali refugees and placed them into neighborhoods together so they could help each other.  The State Department continued to build up these neighborhoods throughout the W and O Administrations.

    Democrat legislature in Minnesota made a safe district for Somalis by connecting up the Somali neighborhoods.

    Ilhan Omar defeated a Republican Somali in the general election in her district.  The number two finisher in her Democrat primary was also a Somali.

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  15. MJBubba:
    Clinton’s State Department started accepting Somali refugees and placed them into neighborhoods together so they could help each other.

    That went well.

    Thank goodness for Magic Dirt.

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