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Blogging on the Radio: Cory Makes Sweeping Gestures in the KSOO Studio!

I need to get me a radio studio! Patrick Lalley invited me into his KSOO Sioux Falls studio for our first face-to-face conversation, and we had a great time discussing the anti-Muslim fearmongers in Aberdeen and the Trump tariff war, with mentions in between of Karl Mundt, Jon Lauck, Neal Tapio, my vigorous hand gestures, and how voting and governing by emotion leads to self-destructive results. Plus, Patrick reminds me that our primaries are way too early—move ’em to Labor Day!

Our lively conversation begins at 34:40:

Patrick Lalley’s questions led me to a minor epiphany: Aberdeen’s unfortunate bigot rallies and the Trump’s Make America Greatly Depressed Again tariffs are aspects of the same fatal rejection of reality that Trump’s America is making. America’s workforce depends on immigrants. America’s farmers depend on foreign buyers. Our economic vitality—and heck, maybe our very survival—depends on our global connectivity. Building walls around Aberdeen, South Dakota, and America will make us weaker.

We must set aside our racism for reality. Our reality is an America that looks more like the world. Accepting that reality is the surest way to make the world more like America.


  1. Jason 2018-04-04 21:49

    I would be happy to join you two to discuss these issues. Any chance of that?

  2. leslie 2018-04-04 21:51

    I love Cory’s sweeping gestures. Would we all have such enthusiasm in life. A great presenter to Pen Dems a few years ago at our Champaign/Chocolates winter fundraiser.

  3. leslie 2018-04-04 22:21

    Jason, do u have any qualifications to be invited by Patrick? Let us know. We’ll listen. You’ll get some free exposure. Any chance of that?

  4. Jason 2018-04-04 22:28


    What are Cory’s qualifications to be invited?

  5. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-04 23:07

    For this election cycle, Cory’s gestures is the resistance movement
    Of course you are right, Cory, the white supremacist movement has forgotten that diversity built this country and Trump is destroying the accomplishments of decades of work by immigrants and refugees, to say nothing about our relationship with allies around the world.

  6. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-04 23:09

    It is a joke to think that Lalley would invite an anonymous troll to a debate.

  7. Jason 2018-04-04 23:16


    You just can’t help speaking for other people can you? I’m not a psychiatrist, but I think you might need to see one.

  8. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-04 23:22

    There is this thing in America called Free Speech, I exercise it and so do you.
    Note: I did not speak for anyone else, I made a comment, I’m allowed to do that.
    I’m not a psychiatrist either, but you are certainly beyond the help of one.

  9. Jason 2018-04-04 23:26

    Yes you did speak for them.

    I asked them a question and you answered it for them.

    Please explain how that is not speaking for them?

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-05 07:42

    Jason, a face-to-face on the radio (or really any public forum) would be fun! Call Patrick Lalley—it’s his show. We would both, of course, speak under our full names.

  11. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-05 07:44

    Well put, Roger. Diversity and connection—that’s how we survive. It’s historical, it’s economic, it’s genetic. We need difference among us.

    E pluribus unum may be the greatest national organizing motto ever.

  12. Nick Nemec 2018-04-05 09:05

    Jason won’t follow through and call Lalley about a slot on the show because he is afraid to use his full name. Bluff called.

  13. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-05 11:57

    Keep us posted on when the Lalley debate is scheduled with Jason.
    I’ll clear the calendar and let my friends know so they can listen in.
    Fresh popcorn and a cold one will make it a debate party. Looking forward to it.

  14. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-05 12:08

    For the record, and it is clear when you read the posting above, you did not direct your request to debate Lalley and Cory to anyone specifically.
    You made an open ended comment and question that subjects your question to public response.

  15. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-05 12:12

    I’d actually prefer to have Al Novstrup come on air with me and debate these issues first. Absent that, I’d enjoy going on the road with Stace Nelson and holding Lincoln-Douglas debates all over the state. People would be enormously entertained to see two honest defenders of their party platforms on the stage together, arguing passionately yet friendlily, as Stace and I could do. I’m not sure Jason is up to that task.

  16. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-05 12:18

    May I have your permission to respond to your most recent comment?
    Apparently Jason has established some rules for commenting on DFP that now requires permission to respond to comments.

  17. mike from iowa 2018-04-05 12:46

    What are Cory’s qualifications to be invited?

    This a quiz, Jason? Qualifications? Cory was invited and has been invited before. You, hee hee hee, not so much.

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-05 12:55

    Roger, no one has authority to establish any policies for DFP other than me. Fire away.

    Among qualifications for being invited onto a radio program are the ability to stay on topic… at least it would be on my radio program. ;-)

  19. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-05 12:55

    mike from iowa
    If you have to ask for Cory’s qualifications to be invited on Lalley, you have to be living on the same planet as Trump.
    A years ago Cory and Gordon Howie held a couple of podcasts discussions, not debates, that were quite interesting and entertaining, Cory could probably do that with Stace Nelson.

  20. mike from iowa 2018-04-05 16:32

    I am well aware of Cory’s impeccable credentials to appear, Roger. What I wonder is Jason’s qualifications to carry Cory’s jock. I ain’t seeing any.

  21. mike from iowa 2018-04-05 16:35

    With Nelson, there is always the threat of physical violence and if that fails-2nd amendment solutions. Be very afraid of that one.

  22. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-05 16:43

    mike from iowa

    I will anxiously await for Jason to produce his qualifications to debate Cory and/or Lalley. Hope it isn’t a long wait.

  23. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-05 16:44

    Hopefully it will never come to fisticuffs in a debate between Cory and Stace, but if it should, I’m certain Cory could handle himself.

  24. grudznick 2018-04-05 17:29

    I can imagine it now.

    Listeners would hear “*slap* *slap* *slappy* *slap* *slappity* *slap* *slap* *slappy* *slap* *slappity* *slap* *slappy* *slap* *slappity* *slap* *WHOMP*” followed by the static buzz of radio silence.

    Like mosquitoes attacking a disinterested gorilla from darkest Peru.

  25. Roger Cornelius 2018-04-06 10:31

    Where’s Jason?

  26. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2018-04-07 13:14

    I’m not afraid of Stace. I think we could argue with our fullest passion yet never consider resorting to violence.

    But if you put us in the ring and say box, he’d never lay a glove on me. He’s got arms, but I’ve got legs. :-)

  27. mike from iowa 2018-04-07 14:06

    Grudz, when was the last gorilla reported to be in Peru? Long before Africa and South America ever split apart.

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