Watz Up?

After suffering under a barrage of badgering, I’m back. Like I said in an earlier post, I’m busy. Or at least working hard at looking like I’m busy.

The current state of affairs at Le Praxium:
1. After a mission trip to Wyoming, the eldest has packed up and returned to fer parts North. Her second year of Grad School starts in two weeks.
2. The least’un returns to his school next weekend. There’s also a political event in his college town, so I hope to dump and run, then eat some BBQ, listen to speeches, talk to some grown-ups, and eat more BBQ.
3. For the hundredth time, we can’t put the house up for sale until it’s cleaned out. During the last month or so, there has been valiant progress, but we’re still not there yet. Remember, 20 years in one place is a long time!

During the last two months, I’ve driven to Albany, NY, when they were having their heat spell, then flew home. It was cooler in Atlanta.

Hubs and I/me and Hubs (help! Joy! Which is correct now?) attended the RedState Gathering in New Orleans. It was a great time away to rest and recharge the political batteries. And eat beignets.

The gastric unhappiness has abated somewhat, due to my general avoidance of wheat. Except when it is made into beignets. After all, exceptions can and must be made.

Politics is still politics and the country is still heading down the toilet. But more on that later.

Off to RedState!

Tomorrow morning we leave at the crack of dawn, heading to Jacksonville and this year’s RedState Gathering.

Hopefully the wi-fi will work so I can post a bit. This year’s agenda looks great, and as usual, Erick does a wonderful job organizing the entire weekend.

Plus we get to greet a brand new, squeaky new Senator!

Governor Haley Rocks the House

I just love this woman.

Check out CSpan around 1 pm. Some guy might be making an annoucement about some little something.

I Love the Smell of Charleston in the Afternoon

Well, I’m checked-in, well-fed and contemplating a power nap before the RedState Gathering kicks off in a few hours.

Crazy Eyes, What to Pack and What Does Obama Do When Faced With The Downgrade

Michelle Malkin has an excellent piece on the media’s treatment of conservatives, especially when it comes to which photos are published with their hit pieces articles.

“Crazy Eyes” actually was a nickname of mine, way back in college, when I was young, carefree and well, popular with the boys. It was bestowed by a stoner Grad Assistant, who would always show up to Redcoat rehearsals in dark sunglasses and that silly smirk everyone in my generation understands. He’d follow me around until Teske would start yelling from the tower. Secretly I was always flattered, in that awkward collegiate way that you feel when some drunk falls on you on Clayton Street, proclaims that you are the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen, then throws up on your shoes. Ahhh, Athens. Contact lenses the color of swimming pools helped. Alas, Lasik has restored my vision, and the eyes are icy blue now, not a shade that would have felt right at home on Miami Vice (the real one, stupid). I miss those comments.

This weekend I will be attending the RedState gathering in Charleston, SC. Where something magical may happen. What does one wear, exactly, to such a momentous event?

I wish Fred Thompson would be there. Fred gets the prize for best quote on Obama’s devotion to righting the ship of America on his watch:

The S & P downgrades our debt, and now Obama’s out golfing again.

That’s our president – always working on getting lower scores.

Now admit, just for a second you thought, “Where would we be if Fred was in the Oval Office?” Admit it.

Yeah, anything’s better than this mess.

Double-Shot Burn-Out

The day job continues to be a simmering lava pit filled with alligators, sharks and jumping spiders. Who would have thought that a relatively straightforward application could bumfuzzle so many supposedly smart people at such a globally-acclaimed and supposedly super-smart institute of higher learning? Surely I’m surrounded by cylons.

Some random things that managed to spark through the sulfuric fog the past week:

- I have a new second favorite MLB team. The Texas Rangers drafted UGA Diamond Dawg, Johnathan Taylor. Back in March, Taylor was injured in a head-to-head collision with teammate Zach Cone. JT had been scouted for years by the Rangers, and they recognized his efforts with a draft pick. The Dawgs had a great run this season, going all the way to the final game of the NCAA Regionals. What a classy move by the Rangers organization.
Kyle Wingfield/AJC is looking past the usual campaign fuss and bother and seeing some interesting things about Tim Pawlenty.
– General Geekiness: Yesterday was IPv6 Day.
Pinin’ for the fjords.
– The RedState Gathering is open for registration. Be there, be square.
– 9+ minutes of Teh Awesome. Grand Rapids isn’t dead yet, they are feeling better. Thank you very much.
NCAA punk/crook/liar/cheat meets the same at The White House.

Many have asked why I haven’t chimed in on #Weinergate, since I’m such a manners maven. Honestly, if I wanted a dose middle-school boy humor, all I have to do is go home. Go read The Anchoress’ take on this whole debacle. She echos my sentiments. And now we find out his wife is pregnant. What a wonderful black cloud to hang over the announcement of new life. Mortifying, isn’t it?

Five Years In and Still Going Strong

Well, well. Today is my bloggy-bloggy-birthday. This little blog is FIVE years old today. It is merely a fluke of nature that the blog was birthed on Pi Day, but that always gives me something else to celebrate.

I deserve a parade, or something. That’s it – my very own float in the geek’s Pi Parade. Bring me my tiara and don’t forget a piece of pie!

What started as a rant about bad manners led to politics, of course. Duh. A year went by, and the blog got its sea-legs.. After two years, there were more readers, more commenters and I was venturing out to meet face to face some of the intertubez folks that were previously called “friends I haven’t met yet.” Year three showed even more growth, including the first picture of little ol’ me holding my favorite dessert. 2008 was my first CPAC, where I was indoctrinated in “The Rules” and met Erick the Giant Slayer and the neighbor I didn’t know I had. Then birthday number four rolled around. The blog was bursting at its seams with many friends, a few enemies (remember, Rule 4) and parsecs of snarkage. Just a few days after that celebration, I coined my favorite phrase of 2010, “Sometimes the stupidity of people just stupefies me.” During this past year, along with dishing out massive amounts of discontent on the powers that be and the media minions who lick their toes, I was also invited to join the blogging families of Potluck and PeachPundit. Happy, happy, happy – just spreading the joy, baby.

Pi, in and of itself, can make a political statement. Imagine these two having a discussion on the steps of the Wisconsin Capitol. There, I knew you’d get it. What a perfect illustration of the moronisphere of politics populated with your standard sleazy Democrats, standard sleazy Republicans, standard sleazy Independents, screaming Union goons, whining Presidents, scheming First Ladies, incompetent government officials. And I didn’t even mention Georgia, that bastion of gentility in government affairs. Sex, lobbyists, video tape. Oh wait, that was last session.

In searching for Pi-related party favors, I ran across this interesting cartoon where dinosaurs are discussing Pi Approximation Day at The World of Pi (no, it’s not a restaurant).

Oh, the horror! Pi approximation? Reducing the exactness of exquisite perfection to a mere approximation? Egad! That’s like saying a stick drawing is a suitable rendering of the Mona Lisa. What interested me the most is the what the T-Rex says in the last frame…“Failure is just success rounded down, my friend.”

If ever there was a motto for the Obama Legacy, that’s it. Bam. You’re welcome. I’m feeling very Maleficent today, so watch your step.

As always, I want to thank The Anchoress for providing the spark. See what you started?!?! ;)

UPDATE: I always knew that Albert Einstein was born today (how fittin’), but March 14 is also Truett Cathy’s birthday. (For you pesky non-natives, he is the inventor of my addiction, Chick-fil-A). He is 90 years young today. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha…now I have a reason to link to my favorite song.

UPDATE II: Instalanche! Thanks Professor Glenn for the birthday wishes. I was walking in the door of the PeachPundit Road Show when the ‘lanche hit, so I was a’schmoozin’ it up instead of sitting at home watching the sitemeter spin into the stratosphere. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

UPDATE III: And look! There was a Memorandum thread for little ol’ me, while I was a’schmoozin’, too! (Thanks Fausta!)

The Fully Armed and Operational RedState

For years, I’ve been proud to call myself a member of the RedState Army. Now our fearless leader is taking the next step to total world domination.

Beginning next Tuesday at 9 p.m., Erick Erickson has his own microphone and he’s not afraid to use it! Witness the power of the fully armed and operational RedState.

WSB Radio in Atlanta is the largest and most widely listened to talk radio station in the United States. It is also a 50,000 watt clear-channel radio station, meaning it broadcasts at full power 24 hours a day. Because of its clear-channel status and power, WSB is picked up crystal clear across the nation at night and, depending on the atmosphere, in a lot of countries too. Essentially, I’ll have a local show, but the WSB signal is so strong and goes so far it’ll have a national reach on the AM dial — plus there’ll be live streaming online.

WSB is also home to Neal Boortz, Clark Howard, and Herman Cain.

For the past few months I’ve been filling in for Herman Cain and talking with WSB. They made me an offer I can’t refuse.

I’ll be on from 9 p.m. to midnight, filling the slot held currently by Michael Savage. Herman Cain will come on before me and Dave Ramsey will come on after me.

Just to be clear, I’m not leaving RedState or CNN. They are priorities in my life I hope to keep doing until I die. WSB has kindly agreed to work around those obligations. In other words, I’ll be on internet, television, and radio, making the 2012 Presidential cycle a heck of a lot of fun.

You can now start your day with me in your email inbox, check in with me throughout the day here at RedState and on CNN, and close out your day with me by tuning to 750 AM or, in the Atlanta area, 95.5 FM, and if you just can’t get the signal, go to http://wsbradio.com.

I can’t wait, especially to watch the exploding heads after dark.

Erick was quite entertaining when filling in for Herman Cain (dare can we wish that the rumors are TRUE??), so his new show should be a blast!

Newbies

Liberty.com launches 9/1, as a right-of-center answer to MoveOn.org

Right Network launches 9/8, with our own Gerard as Editor in Chief!

Baldi wrote a book. You’re feeling sleepy, sleepy. Now buy a book. Buy one now!

Erick Erickson will be sitting in for Herman Cain Friday night, 7pm, on WSB 750 (or 95.5 FM). A full night of entertainment is in store as we can sit around and watch all the lib-heads explode in Atlanta! Clean-up on Aisle 5.

Movin’ On Up

One of my heroes, Erick Erickson, is profiled at the NYT. And they were nice (for them).

“He has definitely become sort of an arbiter of viability, of your ability to break through, particularly if you’re an insurgent,” said Patrick Ruffini, a Republican strategist and co-founder of the blog The Next Right. “People read Erick as the barometer of the conservative movement.”

Read the whole thing. Kudos, Erick! You know you’re making a difference if you can make the liberal talking heads sputter in rage just by showing up.

Pictures from the Atlanta Defending the American Dream Summit

Here are my impressions on yesterday’s AFP Defending the American Dream Summit held in Atlanta, GA. Some of the pictures are a little dark – I either need an easier to use camera, or help with this one! Some of the pictures were too dark, so apologies to Martha Zoeller, Virginia Galloway, Tommy Newberry, Brian Donegan, Jonathan Krohn, Sue Everhart, Joe Turner and Joel Aaron for not being pictured here.

Erick Erickson of RedState was one of the first speakers. He reminded the crowd not to let the train wreck in DC to overshadow our our looming train wreck here in Georgia. Just because our legislature is majority GOP doesn’t mean it’s conservative. They are only GOP for convenience. He advised the two ways to control politicians are by MONEY and FEAR.

Tommy Newberry touted his book, The War on Success. Bless his heart, he read all of Obama’s speeches to boil down his philosophy to three principles:
1. Dismantle the Constitution
2. Dismantle the Judeo/Christian values this country was founded upon
3. Redistribution of wealth

Brian Donegan founded a coalition for disabled Americans, Can-Do Conservatives. He shared the story of his parents being told he’d never live more than a few weeks and here he is – 27 years later!

Jonathan Krohn was his usual precocious self. He’s growing into a fine young man.

Sue Everhart, chair of the GA GOP told the crowd she was conservative first, GOP second!

Rep. Tom Price (GA-6) took the stage to a standing ovation. He said the solutions being offered now by Washington bear no resemblance to American principles. Hot topics were the current Health Care Reform legislation, the GOP strategy going forward, and ten solutions for this current predicament. He encouraged everyone to sign up for alerts from the Republican Study Committee, which you can do here. I’ll have more on his talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

He evoked the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” and then closed with those immortal words of Samuel Adams, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

For the first Breakout, I attended the one on New Media. Nothing much I didn’t already know, except this nugget – 1 of 5 people decided their vote based on a social network site. Amazing, but also frightening.

Back in the big hall, Neal Boortz was his usual snarky and wildly entertaining self. More on his talk later as well. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

Inhaled some lunch, and then hurried back for the surprise guest, our friend John Berry. And yes, he and the hubster have been friends since high school!

Next up was Joe Turner, magician, and his flaming wallet! According to him, the reason his wallet was on fire was from the friction of all the money flying out as taxes.

Following Joe, was Joel Aaron, first Atlanta Tea Party MC who currently works for AFP. He lead some comparisons between communism and America today.

The next breakout was ‘The Constitution and the Real American Legacy,’ lead by Cherokee Tribune columnist and Constitutional historian, Don Conkey. The room erupted in cheers and a standing ovation when he donned his tricorn! He said in his 82 years, he’d never seen such a power grab as last Sunday (a week ago now). And he reminded us he’d lived through Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Saddam. His new book is out, “God’s Influence in the Making of America,” at unibooks.com. As soon as it is available, I’ll be ordering my copy. He and his sidekick, retired political science professor Jay Lybbert, were fascinating. More on their talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

Next breakout session was on ‘Winning with the Traditional Media,’ led by Erick Erickson. He gave advice on how to speak to reporters, how to deal with a camera stuck in your face (at which I failed miserably at CPAC this year – crash/burn – I don’t want to talk about it), how Twitter has opened an avenue of access previously unavailable to the common folk wanting to get some news out (they really read the tweets they get). Reporters main goal is to have a story no one else has, first. You help them, they come to trust you, the relationship becomes such that you can get your message out. “Be witty, be pithy, but most of all, be right.”

Reporters don’t understand liberty, only equality. He told other stories about CNN, Politico and gave great advice.

The high point of the session (for me at least) was meeting Erick’s wife. Behind every great man is a woman in charge. :)

Herman Cain closed the day with a rousing talk on taking back America. He said we can do it if we
1. Stay connected
2. Stay involved
3. Stay inspired.

Despite the attacks, their shifting narrative and never-ending name calling, we need to remember that Obama, Congress and the traditional media want us to give up. That is the last thing we should do.

What a day!

Congress’ Scorched Earth Policy

I always thought disdainful, arrogant disregard of the populace was more the Clinton’s milieu, but today the US House proved me wrong. They passed the Slaughter House rule, 222-203. My own disgraceful representative was a YEA, of course, hanging with his pal, the third-world president.

RUSH: Well, Snerdley’s in a little fit here, folks. He thinks I’ve really stepped in it by referring to our president as a Third World president. “What do you mean by that? You better explain what you mean by this.” It’s very simple. We have to destroy our country in order to save our leader’s face. Now, where does this happen? It happens in Cuba. It happens in North Korea. It happens in Venezuela. It happens in every Third World country there is. They destroy countries in order to save their face, build monuments to themselves. They’re leaders for life or what have you. This is not a health care bill anymore. This is a save Obama’s face bill. This is save Obama’s bacon bill. Save Obama’s presidency bill. It doesn’t matter what’s in it!

He’ll sign whatever he gets, as long as it says “health care reform” somewhere in it.

The estimable Smitty of The Other McCain throws down the gauntlet, along with excellent visual aids. Pelosi is about to have her Yamamoto moment and no amount of botox will protect her.

Long time readers know I don’t have a tip jar and don’t blog for money. I don’t often suggest giving money to particular causes, because after all it’s your money and your decision on how to manage it (gee, I’d make a terrible Congressperson). But today I urge you, if you love America, to donate a few bucks to Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation to fight the atrocity that happened this afternoon in the House. Via Erick at RedState,

God bless Mark Levin.

Here’s the money quote:

“Landmark has already prepared a lawsuit that will be filed in federal court the moment the House acts. Such a brazen violation of the core functions of Congress simply cannot be ignored. Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution is clear respecting the manner in which a bill becomes law. Members are required to vote on this bill, not claim they did when they didn’t. The Speaker of the House and her lieutenants are temporary custodians of congressional authority. They are not empowered to do permanent violence to our Constitution.”

You can give to the Landmark Legal Foundation here. The future of America may depend on it.

Post Party Summits

This is a great idea – keep the momentum going!

Erick at RedState:

American Majority is one of the groups I heartily endorse every chance I get. It is not Democrat. It is not Republican. It is conservative.

American Majority is committed to training people to run not for
Congress, but for local office — farm team building. These guys are terrific and their training is the best I’ve seen in a very long time.

Then there is Smart Girl Politics, one of the fastest growing activist groups in the country. I’m a big fan.

Today I’m delighted to announce RedState is teaming up with American Majority and Smart Girl Politics for some post-party summits. At a time when Americans are losing their allegiance to political parties for the sake of parties, we’re focusing more and more on ideas and ideals. The group that makes the best case for its ideas will win.

It is not enough to stand on the sideline and it is not enough to protest — conservatives must learn how to implement freedom and liberty on the ground in their communities. With the right tools and training, conservative activists can be successful in taking their community back to the principles of limited government, individual freedom and the free market.

In the era of post-party politics, it is essential that the limited government movement have knowledge of and the ability to implement the tools of 21st century political engagement. These regional summits are going to give attendees the tools they need to go home and win. If you are looking to become more politically effective, attending one of the Summits is a must!

Across the country we are going to team up, collaborate, and work to win. We’ll start in Pittsburgh, PA on April 23rd. Then we’re off to Jacksonville, Denver, Indianapolis, Boston, Kansas City, and Charlotte.

Find out where we are and get more details if you are interested in attending. Together, we will take back America.

Whoot! Whoot!

Various and Sundry Post-CPAC Stuff

Stacy lists the reasons why he’s not been asked to speak at CPAC yet.

Jimmie worked on his “beads” collection.

Nice Deb is so…well…nice.

I wonder if Vanderleun’s ears were burning Friday night…

Fausta gets right back to work with her Latin American/Caribbean Carnival.

John Hawkins has an exhaustive round-up (three, actually) and still managed to make the trip with car trouble.

I scored some books from Sean. Now I just need the time to read them.

Tom McLaughlin has a great camera. Check out his photos, starting with this post and work your way back.

Leon at RedState could feel the love; 1994 was in the air.

I had to soak my feet, too, Val.

And in closing, DaTechGuy’s thoughts of a Free Cuba brings tears to even my eyes. We’ll all head down to Miami with boxes of Kleenex to dance a gig with Val.

Happy Happy Happy Happy

That’s right….little ol’ me is official. See you there!

Oh wait – I’ve got a mountain of laundry to do seeing as it’s cooooooollllld up there!

See you tomorrow, my fellow infidels…

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