Conservative Millennials More Likely to Vote in Midterm Elections Than Young Liberals

Democrat, Republican, or independent, millennials
aren’t likely to be flocking to the voting booth
come November.
A new national poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP)
finds less than a quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds say they will be
“definitely” be voting this fall. Yet young conservatives are more
likely to be among midterm voters than young liberals.

Thirty-two percent of self-identified conservatives said they
would definitely vote in the November 2014 elections, compared
to only 22 percent of self-identified liberals. Of millennials who
voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, 44 percent say they’ll vote this
fall, compared to 35 percent of those who voted for President
Barack Obama in 2012. 

This isn’t too surprising. In general, midterm elections tend to
draw out more base voters for the party not in power, and many
millennials full of Hope® in 2008 or 2012 have spent the past
several years becoming disillusioned with Democrat power. 

In fact, Gen Y trust in politicians and government institutions
is at a five-year low, according to the IOP poll. Trust in Obama
has dropped to 32 percent, and trust in the Supreme Court is at 36
percent. Trust was highest for the U.S. military, at 47 percent.
Additionally, 62 percent of respondents agreed with the statement,
“elected officials seem to be motivated by selfish reasons,” and
nearly a third agreed that “political involvement rarely has any
tangible results.” 

“To inspire the next generation to public service—and to improve
our communities—our elected officials need to move past the bitter
partisanship and work together to ensure progress and restore trust
in government,” said IOP Director Trey Grayson. 

It’s a lovely sentiment, but he might as well have said our
elected officials need to start pooping unicorns in top hats.
“Moving past bitter partisanship” doesn’t seem like something
either Republicans or Democrats are terribly interested in. When
you’re out of touch, out of ideas, and have no consistent political
philosophy, bitter partisanship is really your best bet. 

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A. Barton Hinkle on Why Public Radio Is for Moochers

Spring is here, which can only mean
one thing: the public radio pledge drive. You’ve heard it before.
The fundraisers’ points all revolve around the theme of what a
wonderfully valuable service public radio provides: While other
media are cutting back on coverage, toeing a partisan line, or
selling out to the sleazy dollar of sensationalism, you need a
voice you can trust to bring you in-depth coverage of the stories
that matter. That sort of guff.

But the pledge drive also reveals an important fact about our
world, writes A. Barton Hinkle. And that fact is this: Public-radio
listeners are moochers. Brazen, shameless welfare kings and queens,
sponging off the generosity of others. Not all of them, mind you. A
small percentage contribute. But the vast majority are—how to put
this gently?—good-for-nothing, deadbeat, leeching, parasitic,
freeloading scroungers.

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Does the Free Market Punish Racism? Live from LA’s Donald Sterling Protest

Last night, Reason TV talked with protesters outside the Staples
Center in Los Angeles just before the Clippers took on the Golden
State Warriors in an NBA playoff game.

What did fans think of Donald Sterling and his banishment by the
league’s commissioner? Do they think free markets punish racism
effectively? And what sorts of government policies do they think
are far greater threats to blacks than the odious 80-year-old
Sterling?

Click above to watch or click below for full text, downloadable
versions, and more resources.

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Before He Was Gonzo

Over at The Atlantic, Brian Kevin has written an
interesting
appreciation
of Hunter Thompson’s early career. By “early
career,” I don’t mean “those first four books he wrote before he
devolved into self-parody” (*); I mean the early dispatches he
produced before he had any books to his name at all. A few of these
are collected in Thompson’s 1979 collection
The Great Shark Hunt
, but aside from those, Kevin
says, “Little of Thompson’s pre-gonzo reporting exists outside of
microform.”

Someone should write an alt-history novel set in a world where he won.

Sounds like we’re missing out:

Like a lot of young reporters, Thompson stayed on the
move. Between 1960 and 1967, he filed dispatches from California,
the Appalachian South, the Caribbean, South America, and the
northern Rockies. His output consisted of everything from
straightforward reportage and service-y travel pieces to book
reviews and the occasional essay. And while he traipsed among
several different beats, Thompson’s early articles are, viewed
collectively, a kind of study in mid-20th-century frontiers: His
datelines are the battlefronts of the Cold War, the blurry social
boundaries of the counterculture, and the fading frontiers of the
American West.

Selections from the stories follow, along with Kevin’s comments.
Read the whole thing
here
.

(*
Hell’s Angels
,
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
,
Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72
, and

The Great Shark Hunt
. For my money the first one’s the
best.)

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A.M. Links: White House Wants to Open Interstates to Tolls, Minimum Wage Bill to Die in Senate, MIT to Give Students Bitcoin for Study

  • who will build the roads?The latest transportation bill
    from the
    White House
    proposes allowing states to collect tolls on
    interstate highways.
  • The Democrats’ minimum wage bill is expected to die in the

    Senate
    today after a party line vote.
  • Oklahoma death row inmate
    Clayton Lockett
    died of a heart attack after his execution was
    botched.
  • China’s economy will surpass the
    United States
    ’ economy in size this year, according to
    estimates by the World Bank.
  • Al Qaeda linked militants in northern
    Syria
    are reportedly crucifying rebel fighters.
  • Students at the
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    will each receive $100
    worth of Bitcoins for a spending study.

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Jim Epstein on Chris Christie and the Port Authoritarians

“I feel violated,” New Jersey resident Leon
Keylin told USA Today after
hearing the dirty details behind the Bridgegate traffic jam that
choked the city of Fort Lee last September. The politically
motivated gridlock that paralyzed his hometown attracted the
interest and ire of the nation, in no small part thanks to the
presidential ambitions of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Jim
Epstein writes that while Christie’s office has taken most of the
heat for screwing over drivers on and around the George Washington
Bridge, another directly responsible party has so far dodged most
of its share of the well-deserved blame. The Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey, the government agency that ordered up the
punitive gridlock, is a bastion of power, patronage, and
bureaucracy that violates commuters and taxpayers on both sides of
the bridge every day of every year.

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Jacob Sullum on Obama’s Discovery of His Clemency Powers

As an
Illinois legislator, a U.S. senator, and a presidential candidate,
Barack Obama repeatedly criticized our criminal justice
system as excessively punitive. But after Obama was elected to the
White House in 2008, says Jacob Sullum, the man who worried about
nonviolent offenders serving outrageously long prison terms seemed
to disappear, replaced by a president with one of the
weakest clemency records in U.S. history. Once he had the
unilateral power to free people who do not belong in prison, Obama
showed almost no interest in exercising it, shortening just one
sentence during his first term. But judging from clemency
criteria unveiled by the Justice Department last week,
Sullum says, Obama plans to make up for lost time.

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Brickbat: Do You Believe Me Now?

Since August, a
teacher at Atlanta’s Harper Archer Middle School has complained to
her superiors about a behavior specialist and a para pro working in
a special needs classroom. She told them the two were disrespectful
and rough with the children, but no one believed her. So she set up
a hidden camera in the classroom. The video she recorded shows
Alger Coleman and Keisha Smith, beating and berating students.
Coleman has been charged with battery and cruelty to a child. Smith
has not been charged with a crime, but she faces a disciplinary
hearing.

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Tonight on The Independents: Silver Bans Sterling, Kyle Smith Pokes Piketty, Brian Lamb on Gubmint Transparency, You Vote for Second Panel Topic, Plus Scenes From the Vape-in & Steamy After-Show!

Bro wasn't having it. |||Tonight’s live episode of The
Independents
(Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT)
will include the following elements:

* Debate over the propriety of the
NBA’s lifetime ban
of Donald Sterling for saying wacky racist
stuff in a private conversation, featuring Party Panelists Charles W. Cooke
(National Review) and Julie Roginsky (Fox News).
Those two will be back later, debating a topic of your choice (via
Facebook
vote):
Either
Islamic insurgents surrounding Baghdad, or Louis C.K
slamming Common Core.

* New York Post movie reviewer/columnist Kyle Smith
talking about his funny piece calling Thomas Piketty’s
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
 “’50 Shades of
Grey'” for the Acela-corridor professional intellectual
statist.”(Read Garett Jones’s Reason review here.)

* Some video scenes and discussion about last night’s fab

Vape-In
.

* An interview with American hero
Brian Lamb
, founder of C-SPAN.

* Some discussion from co-host Kmele Foster about President
Barack Obama’s recent defenses of his foreign policy record.

* Sexy after-show, which you can find at http://ift.tt/QYHXdy
at 10 p.m. sharp. Aforementioned Facebook page is at http://ift.tt/QYHXdB;
follow on Twitter @ independentsFBN, and
click on this page
for video of past segments.

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Scenes From Last Night’s Vape-in

Dan Gluck, American hero. ||| ABC NewsLast evening, Reason co-sponsored an
event at New York’s great Museum of Sex titled “Thank
You for Vaping
,” in which foes of the nanny state lit up
electronic cigarettes (filled with all sorts of material!)
in defiance of the Big Apple’s new vaping ban. It was a swell time,
as perusal of the press coverage can attest.


ABC News
:

More than 300 e-smokers showed up for a “vape-in” at Manhattan’s
Museum of Sex Monday night to protest a New York City ban on indoor
e-cigarette smoking. They thumbed their noses at e-cigarette
prohibitionists by dancing and vaping the night away until well
past midnight, when the ban went into effect. […]

Tara Lober, a 21-year-old from Brooklyn who attended the event,
said she thinks the ban is silly.

“This is a health issue, yes, but I see it as closer to a civil
rights issue,” Lober said[.].


Newsweek
:

America's favorite asshole! ||| NewsweekThe scene might have been mistaken for a pickup
spot—there were more than 100 bodies loose with booze, many toking
on hookah-looking things. But those present consisted of vapers,
what users of e-cigarettes and higher-tech nicotine-vaporizing
devices call themselves, and they gathered to protest the city’s
indoor e-cig ban that took effect at midnight—by continuing to vape
after 12 a.m. […]

One such vaper is Will Gallagher, a 20-year-old photography
student who had a cigarette habit until he got into vaping.

“They make this out to be a bad thing when there really isn’t a
lot of information,” he said of anti-vaping efforts. “It’s really
been a shoot first, ask questions later situation.”

And, compared with smoking, “it’s a much healthier thing,” he
added. […]

Vice magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes helped lead
the countdown from five before midnight, which was followed by
shouts of “Illegal smoking, woo!” and “Outlaw!” as vapers breathed
deep.

When Newsweek asked McInnes what brought him
to the vape-in, he said he didn’t vape or smoke but was “always a
libertarian.”

Sessy! ||| The VergeVice:

If SoHo’s
swanky Henley Vaporium
 was a sign that the vape scene has
come out from underground and is penetrating the mainstream, last
night’s event seals the deal. (Henley founder Talia Eisenberg was
there donning a “Fuck Big Tobacco” shirt.) Attendees mingled with
glasses of wine and High Life, in a darkly lit venue strewn
with Playboy magazines and a DJ mixing next to
the cocktail bar.

It felt more like a fancy club than political protest, but the
message was clear: get your hands off our vapes. If not for the
benefit of the public health, than for the nascent industry
attempting to distance itself from the toxic habit that society has
been trying to kick for decades.


The Verge
:

Not so sessy. ||| The VergeInside, a diverse crowd of punks, 9-to-5-types,
white hairs, 20-somethings, Army veterans, and artists puffed on
nicotine vaporizers, the all-metallic devices that look like part
of a vacuum cleaner, and “cigalikes,” the smaller, cheaper sticks
that look like cigarettes and probably have glowing tips. The smell
of caramelized banana, Apple Jacks, and melon mixed in the air.
[…]

“This is the beginning. This is where this fight takes off,”
says Jenee Fowler, a thin woman with multicolored hair also known
as Vape
Girl
 on YouTube. Fowler’s boyfriend Russ Wishtart, a
vaping advocate who hosts a libertarian-themed podcast, recently
joined a smoker’s rights group in a lawsuit
against New York City
 over the vaping ban.

Fowler is a former smoker, like many of tonight’s attendees. She
quit after she started using an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a
nicotine solution in order to simulate the effects of smoking. Like
many of tonight’s attendees, she feels the e-cig ban is
counterproductive.

“We were forced to be smokers because we were addicted,” she
says, taking a hit of something called “freckle-faced dragonberry.”
“Now we finally have our lives back.”

Would she be observing the new rules that ban
vaping
 in restaurants, bars, schools, within 15 feet of a
hospital door, “public arenas where bingo is played,” and so
on?

No, she says. “I am going to vape everywhere.” […]

McInnes was wearing the “College” shirt from the
movie Animal House, which he said he had just
watched. “We don’t care if de Blasio puts us on double secret
probation,” he said. “We are going to release water vapors into the
sky, because that doesn’t hurt anybody.”

“Five, four, three, two, one,” the crowd counted down. “I’m
breaking the law!” one man yelled, holding his e-cig in the air.
“We’re all breaking the law!” someone else yelled.

The police never came.

The Verge has a photo essay of the event
here
. The
Independents
will have some video from the event tonight
at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Business Network.

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