Is This Thing On?

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 9 of July , 2013 at 7:54 pm

So, I haven’t blogged here since Christmas, so I thought I’d post what I’ve been up to in case any friends, family and spammers are curious.

I’m still writing my interview column, The De Pasquale’s Dozen, at Townhall.  Check it out here.

I’m also blogging almost daily at’s The Conversation. Check it out here.

I also have a new summer project, a Summer 2013 Bucket List, courtesy of Martha Stewart.  I may not get to all 30 items of the list (like fishing), but trying will be fun.  I’ll  post a few as I cross them off the list.

A few random plugs:

– Follow my friend Danielle’s new blog, Grit Meets Gratitude.

– Buy Jen Lancaster’s new book, The Tao of Martha

– Follow me on Twitter @LisaDeP

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Brown staffer heckled by Warren supporters for being gay

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 11 of October , 2012 at 6:18 pm

Last night Ross Hemminger, Youth Coordinator for the Scott Brown for Senate campaign, was heckled by pro-Warren supporters at the Brown-Warren debate.  A source at the event  told me that the hecklers were union members who were oganized by the Warren campaign for a “stand-out.”

The incident happened when Hemminger started chanting “Go, Scott, go!” on the megaphone.  The Warren supporters chanted back “You sound gay!”  A few others chimed in “You take it up the a**!”

Soon after the incident an email from Warren’s campaign manager was forwarded to me.  It reads:


It has come to my attention that some of our supporters made very inappropriate comments to you outside the Springfield debate hall tonight. On behalf of Elizabeth and our campaign, I am writing to express our deepest apologies. Elizabeth completely denounces this kind of behavior, and we are very sorry it occurred.

Mindy Myers
Campaign Manager
Elizabeth for MA

I’ve been told video of the incident is on the way. I’ll post if it becomes available.

Perhaps next time the Warren campaign will be more discerning when organizing their supporters at a public event.

Full disclosure: I am the interim board chair of GOProud, an organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and respect for individual rights.   Hemminger interned for the organization last year. I have not spoken to him about this issue.

UPDATE: Thanks to Twitchy, Instapundit and Weekly Standard (who now has some video of what happened afterwards) for the links.

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The Top Ten Best Answers

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 8 of September , 2011 at 6:35 pm

Over the last year I was able to interview some wonderful conservative and libertarian leaders.  I decided to put together a list of my top 10 favorite answers.  Also, in case you missed it, I answered some of my own favorite questions here.

Ann Coulter
Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
COULTER: It was a Thursday, I believe, in April. I had just gotten home from kindergarten and I realized that my teacher was just completely wrong on the causes and objectives of the Vietnam War.

Rep. Thad McCotter 
What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
MCCOTTER: Greg Gutfeld’s last shard of dignity.

Andy Levy
How do you think pop culture and entertainment affect people’s political beliefs?
LEVY: I don’t know if those things affect people’s actual political beliefs as much as they affect the way people look at the world. For example, we’ve been raised on a diet of movies that often portray businesspeople as evil and military personnel as crazy, and sadly, I think those attitudes have permeated our culture to a certain extent. (To be fair, people like Tony Hayward don’t help matters.)

But I think that when all is said and done, if you’re the kind of person who thinks Che Guevara was cool, a movie about him isn’t gonna change that. (Mainly because you’re a pus-swilling imbecile to begin with.) For whatever reason, I think that in the same way liberals and lefties are more likely to go into the entertainment business, they’re also more susceptible to it. But then again, I think liberals, despite the fact that they often consider themselves to be intellectuals and those who disagree with them to be sub-literate morons, also are far more susceptible to style over substance. (See: Obama, anybody named Kennedy, et. al.)

I mean, you just know that when Obama won, a ton of people who went with him to the White House were saying, “Dude, it’s gonna be just like ‘The West Wing.’” Which probably explains why a bunch of them are now leaving.

Michelle Malkin
What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
MALKIN: Favorite movie quote of 2010: Barbie, Toy Story 3, “Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!”

Nick Gillespie
What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
GILLESPIE: I firmly agree with Michel Foucault and Mark Foley that pleasure is by definition guilty. I like watching “30 Minute Meals with Rachel Ray” because I’m waiting for the episode where she doesn’t actually get her slop on the plate by the show’s end. You know what that smells like? It smells like victory.

And I like watching “The Secret Life of The American Teenager” on ABC Family, because it’s the last place in the world where kids are having sex.

But when I want a real break from serious current events programming, I watch MSNBC.

David Limbaugh
Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
LIMBAUGH: I have been active in politics all my life, beginning in grade school, but I began writing columns during the Clinton impeachment era and things have progressed since. So there was no epiphany leading to all of this. Rush and I knew about Karl Marx, the Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital and such concepts as surplus value and dictatorship of the proletariat before we were in junior high. I once accused my 7th-grade math teacher of adopting a Marxist approach to his grading when he proposed to give everyone a C on a test—he was proposing to spread the wealth around a little bit. Not making that up. When Nixon lost to Kennedy in 1960 Rush wrote on the wall in our upstairs bedroom, Kennedy Won, darn; Nixon lost; shucks, or words to that effect. Not only did my dad not get mad; he probably welled up with pride. We’ve been into this stuff a long time.

Jen Lancaster
Tell me about the moment you decided to become more vocal about your political beliefs.
LANCASTER: As an author, I’m actually less vocal about my political beliefs than I used to be as a blogger. I was working to get my first book published during the 2004 elections and I wrote a lot of posts about my politics. Regardless of how articulate I thought I was, I found that I was winning neither hearts nor minds and I was losing readers. On top of that, my agent warned me that being so forthcoming could keep editors from wanting to buy my book, so I stopped. I hated the idea of silencing myself but I was willing to do so in order to start a writing career.

As years have passed and I’ve built a fan base, I’ve become far less cryptic about my political beliefs. Readers know what I stand for, but that’s not something I stress in my writing, at least directly. I try hard not to let my politics become divisive. Rather, through my books I want people to see that even though we might vote differently, we still have many of the same interests and goals and feelings. I have so many readers tell me, “You’re the first conservative I’ve ever liked.” Convincing others that conservatism isn’t evil is the first step in getting others to open their minds to opposing ideas.

No one’s going to be won over by my spouting dogma in my books because that’s not why people buy my stuff. I don’t write essays on why liberalism doesn’t work or why Obama’s taking us down a slippery slope. People read my books to laugh, so that’s my goal. But if my goofy little stories just happen to emphasize conservative values like morality, self-determination, and liberty, well… let’s just say that’s not unintentional.

Andrew Breitbart
What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?
Exposing the organized Left is my fetish. Watching John Podesta’s entire well-funded Sorosian empire alter its day planner around my work to expose them as duplicitous and dangerous is pure joy. On a nonpolitical, non-job-oriented note, I’ve gotten to know a bunch of professional baseball players. I like hanging with middle relievers best. If I wasn’t in politics-based media, I’d have been quite happy pitching in the seventh inning in moderately close games.

Grover Norquist
Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
NORQUIST: Not certain, but head hurt, everything quite sticky, and older voice said, “It’s a boy.”

Jedediah Bila
Tell me one of your favorite conservative-at-a-Manhattan-cocktail-party stories.
BILA: I hate the cocktail party scene, so I typically avoid it at all costs. However, every now and then I have to attend one. Last year, I was invited to a party on the Upper East Side by some of the left-wing elite’s finest. The air-conditioning system went out and it was about 100 degrees in their apartment. There were whining, screeching women EVERYWHERE. Someone had to make it stop.

So, in the midst of listening in on a third discussion about the “intellectual rock” that is Barack Obama—and trying my best to ignore the screeches—I removed my button-down shirt to reveal a “Reagan Was Right” baby tee. The silence felt so good.

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Margaret Hoover’s Mission to Save the GOP

Written by Lotus on Tuesday, 16 of August , 2011 at 9:42 pm

Margaret Hoover is a rising star in the conservative movement. Her new book, American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party is a must-read for all candidates and policymakers who want to reach out to millennials (those born between 1980 and 1999).

Hoover is the great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover and a frequent contributor to Fox News. On the book, Bill O’Reilly said, “It is not her great-grandfather’s Republican Party anymore. And Margaret Hoover has written a book that old Herbert would enjoy. Sassy, opinionated, and smart, Ms. Hoover shakes up conventional GOP wisdom.”

Hoover is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. She worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 and then was deputy press secretary to Representative Mario Diaz-Balart. She was later appointed to a position in the White House and was a senior advisor to the deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security.

Both Hoover and I serve on the advisory council of GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives and their allies. Jimmy LaSalvia, cofounder and executive director of GOProud told me, “Very few conservatives articulate policy and our philosophy of government better than Margaret. She is the perfect messenger who has crafted the perfect message to make a case to younger voters about why conservative policies are good for all Americans, including them. We’re very lucky to have her on our side.”

American Individualism isn’t about changing the principles of conservatism. It reminds readers that the conservative movement came together as a coalition of many factions – fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, paleoconservatives, neoconservatives, and new to the movement, tea partiers and crunchy cons. Hoover highlights this quote from conservative historian George H. Nash, “Historically, [the conservative movement] has been a river of thought and activism fed by many tributaries: a wide and sometimes muddy river, but one with great power, so long as the tributaries flowed into the common stream.”

In order to win elections, conservatives need to embrace the strategy of President Reagan, accept all conservatives into the coalition and coalesce around a common enemy – rising socialism in America. Hoover’s new book, American Individualism, provides valuable advice for all of those who want to win elections and win hearts.

1. If there was a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
HOOVER: “Lost in Translation” with Bill Murray and early Scarlet Johansson.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
HOOVER: Treasure of the Sierra Madre: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was “cured.” If you could give President Obama, the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make him watch?
HOOVER: Personally, I loved An American Carol, for all the reasons that President Obama would hate it. Would it cure him? I think laughter can cure almost anything.

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
HOOVER: A Shakira poster from her first US tour in the late ‘90s. But I loved her all-Spanish albums the best from when she was a teen in Columbia. She’s hopelessly left-wing, but conservatives rarely have the luxury of our favorite artists agreeing with our politics.

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
HOOVER: The Daily Show and C-Span Book TV.

6. What canceled TV show would you put back on the air?
HOOVER: I wasn’t allowed to watch TV growing up, but would sneak Mad About You and loved Helen Hunt.

7. One mainstay in politics are the grip-and-grin photos that line people’s walls and desks. What grip-and-grin photo do you cherish the most?
HOOVER: Me and Ronald Reagan in 1992 when Gipper came to rededicate the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. He inscribed it (let’s be honest, it’s probably auto-pen) “To Margaret Hoover with best wishes, Ronald Reagan”. In my book I talk a lot about how Reagan won the youth vote but the oldest millennials don’t remember him, so need to be careful harkening back to him all the time if we want to connect. But since you asked…

8. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?
HOOVER: Red Rocks for a Samples concert with my best friends. I’m from Colorado, and the Samples were a home grown Boulder band— One of the best things to come from the People’s Republic of Boulder.

9. What books are on your summer reading list?
HOOVER: What?!? I get to read whatever I want now that I’m done writing a book?! I actually have a stack by my bed I get to read for fun when I’m done with my book tour. Girl With a Dragon Tattoo has been waiting for me for months.

10. What’s your quirkiest ringtone?
HOOVER: I have a blackberry so ring tones are unoriginal. I’m terrible at answering the phone, so I keep it on the loudest, most obnoxious ring possible that sings like a carnival on Ritalin which forces me to check who is calling.

11. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2011 what would they be?
HOOVER: Republicans: Takin’ Care of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive
Dems: Slip Sliding Away by Paul Simon

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
HOOVER: My first job after graduating from college was in Taipei, Taiwan where I worked at a Taiwanese law firm as an editor and policy research assistant. The day I arrived in Taiwan to begin my new life was September 11, 2001. From that day on, I decided I wanted nothing more than to participate in the functioning of American democracy. I eventually returned stateside and made my way to Washington, DC.

(Note: The “De Pasquale’s Dozen” is a regular feature I have done for Human Events.  In in the column I interview political leaders about non-political, pop culture questions.  Yes, I know there are more important issues in the world.  This is meant to be fun!) 

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Ann Coulter’s Fabulous Advice to Gay Conservatives

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 10 of August , 2011 at 4:41 pm

lisa-and-coulter.JPGThis week GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives and their allies, announced that New York Times bestselling author and columnist Ann Coulter has joined their Advisory Council. GOProud stated that Coulter’s official title is “Gay Icon.” I was asked to join GOProud’s Advisory Council in June and couldn’t be happier to have Coulter on board. For many years Coulter has been a mentor and hero of mine. Several years ago I received a lot of hate mail for an article I wrote. I forwarded it to Coulter, admittedly, to get a sympathetic response. Instead she wrote back, “Congratulations!”

Like Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher Barron at GOProud, Coulter relishes in getting under the skin of hateful liberals. “Ann Coulter is a brilliant and fearless leader of the conservative movement, we are honored to have her as part of GOProud’s leadership,” said Christopher Barron, Chairman of GOProud’s Board. “Ann helped put our organization on the map. Politics is full of the meek, the compromising and the apologists – Ann, like GOProud, is the exact opposite of all of those things. We need more Ann Coulters.”

Unfortunately, there is still only one Ann Coulter.  I went straight to her for her thoughts on joining the GOProud and the one question every gay conservative wants to know…

Why did you accept GOProud’s invitation to become “Honorary Chair and Gay Icon” of their Advisory Council?

COULTER: Because of my commitment to the gay right-wing community and because it included a champagne brunch.

If a gay friend is on the fence about voting Republican in 2012, what would you tell him or her?

COULTER: If he has a business, a job, property or any money, he should vote Republican. If not, feel free to vote Dem. Also, remind them: Bankrupt cities don’t have parades.

Since you’re now on the GOProud Advisory Council, what advice would you give them for dealing with liberals?

COULTER: When you talk about things like debt ratios, capital gains taxes, and entitlement reform, use a lot of hand gestures and ‘gay it up’ a little — that confuses the hell out of liberals. Also, quote me a lot. That makes some of them mad, some will cry, but you’ll win the argument.

Finally, on an issue of vital importance to the gay community, are you a Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda or Carrie?

COULTER: I’m not a gay male, so I’m not any of them. I like to think of myself as … SHAFT!

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More than you ever wanted to know!

Written by Lotus on Monday, 8 of November , 2010 at 11:56 pm

I did a fun interview with Glen Asbury (@glenasbury) as part of his weekly “Twitter Personality of the Week.”  The questions were great!  Excerpt:

6.      You must have, by this point, many fascinating stories to share about your interactions with various political celebrities. Can you share 2 or 3 of your top anecdotes?  


 Wow, this is a hard question!  I have a friend who calls me the Forrest Gump of the conservative movement, so there are a few to choose from.  The first thing that comes to mind is when I was traveling with Ann Coulter to Tallahassee, my hometown.  I was really excited about the trip.  She was coming from New York and I was coming from D.C.  I took the metro with my mom, who was on the way to her job at the Pentagon.  I made my flight, but Coulter and I never made it to Tallahassee that day.  My flight was grounded in Columbia, SC.  The flight attendant said there was a “national emergency.”  It was the morning of September 11, 2001.  Within a few minutes, I was able to get in touch with my mom, who was still at the Pentagon.  Coulter was on her way to the airport when it happened and was stuck in Queens.  I don’t want to be one of those people who make a national tragedy about them, but it was just one of those moments when the real world and my Forrest Gump life collided.

Finally meeting Rush in person was so unbelievable that I barely remember it.  I know we spent about 20 minutes in the green room, but I don’t remember much about it.  We took photos.  He asked what had been the biggest news to come out of the conference.  I have no idea what I said.  As it turned out, it hadn’t happened yet.  The most auspicious moment of CPAC 2009 was definitely Rush’s first “National Address to the Nation.”  It was probably the most significant moment leading up to the 2010 elections.  When Rush spoke, it was one month after Obama’s inauguration.  Conservatives were on the ropes, but Rush gave a message of hope.  The fight for freedom wasn’t lost; it was just beginning.

Read the entire interview here.

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Another Conservatives on Twitter List!

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 21 of July , 2010 at 8:39 pm

There are several good lists of conservatives you should be following on Twitter.  And I’m sure you’re already following everyone on the lists already.  I like talking to people on Twitter, not just reading famous (and not-so-famous) conservatives’ declrative statements.  Most of my favorite tweeps have less than 5,000 followers, so give them some love!

@LisaDeP — Me!

@pinkelephantpun — Ok, she has a lot more than 5,000 followers.  Still, last week we were talking about Twitter and she came up with the anti-declarative statements meme.

@Breza — Former intern who convinced me to get on Twitter a few years ago. Fellow Simpsons fan.

@KerryPicket — She’s a budding teevee star!

@jimmiebjr — I’ve never heard him sing, but I have read his tweets.

@LeslieSanchez — The very best emcee at CPAC10. She also tweets pics of her cute doggy.

@sarahbellumd — She’s the leader of the Andy Levy Power Hour campaign. Finally met her in person at The Blogger Briefing. (And, no, you don’t talk waaaaaay too much.)

@JasonMattera — My editor at Human Events, yo.

@SissyWillis — Great conservative that catches all the great posts I miss.

@Cubachi — Because her name reminds me of Pokemon, the only show I could get on my TV when I was in college. Also, she’s feisty!

@sunlionfilms — If you follow me, you know I’m a big fan of actor, director and conservative Robert Davi.  This is him.  If you’re not familiar, check out this interview I did with him.

@seanhackbarth — He hates everything I like, except cheese curds. Also, his tweets are so informative I have no reason to talk to him in person.

@AndyLevy — Ok, another one that has more than 5,000 followers.  Like @pinkelephantpun, he actually converses with people, so that gets him a pass.

@LibertyCzarina — Another awesome conservative woman who I’m including only if she promises NOT to stop talking about the Golden Girls.

@rsmccain — He’ll totally call me out if I don’t list him. Fortunately, he deserves your follow.

@MelissaTweets — Damn, another over 5,000.  She’s the RT queen.  Got an interesting post?  You don’t have to be famous to get her attention. 

@BethanyShondark — I’ll let her Twitter profile speak for itself: “Jew w/ tattoos, member of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Reformed Leftist.”

@hipDanielle — The only person that loves Chick-fil-a more than I do. Also, she has puggles.

@JennyErikson — She brought me See’s Chocolate during CPAC. Do I need another reason? Ok, she’s funny and friendly.

@MattKLewis — I enjoy Matt’s tweets, but I’m including him on this list for one purpose: to make him feel bad for not including me on his list.

@Rocheonair — He’s not a conservative, just a jerk who could use some more followers.  Also, he’s a DJ at DC101 and he usually puts up with my conservative talking points that are personally handed to me by Rush Limbaugh.

@DerekaHunter — He once dated an intern at my old job, so we’ve awkwardly said hello for many years.  Also, as he pointed out, he doesn’t tweet that often, but when he does it’s pretty entertaining.

@StarChamberMaid — She’s snarky and funny.  Unfortunately, she likes cats.

@CPACnews — Duh

Obviously this list doesn’t include every awesomely awesome conservative on Twitter.  Feel free to suggest yourself or your friends in the comments. 

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University Provost threatens “criminal charges” before Coulter speech

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 21 of March , 2010 at 9:03 pm

Best-selling author Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak at several colleges in Canada this week.  On the heels of her first talk at the University of Ottawa, the Vice President of Academic and Provost sent a threatening letter addressed to Coulter to lecture organizers.  Here’s the letter:

Dear Ms. Coulter,

I understand that you have been invited by University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives to speak at the University of Ottawa this coming Tuesday.  We are, of course, always delighted to welcome speakers on our campus and hope that they will contribute positively to the meaningful exchange of ideas that is the hallmark of a great university campus.  We have a great respect for freedom of expression in Canada, as well as on our campus, and view it as a fundamental freedom, as recognized by our Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you, that our domestic laws, both provincial and federal, delineate freedom of expression (or “free speech”) in a manner that is somewhat different than the approach taken in the United States.  I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be, as to what is acceptable in Canada and to do so before your planned visit here.  You will realize that Canadian law puts reasonable limits on the freedom of expression.  For example, promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.  Outside of the criminal realm, Canadian defamation laws also limit freedom of expression and may differ somewhat from those to which you are accustomed.  I therefore ask you, while you are a guest on our campus, to weigh your words with respect and civility in mind.  There is a strong tradition in Canada, including at this University, of restraint, respect and consideration in expressing even provocative and controversial opinions and urge you to respect that Canadian tradition while on our campus.  Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.

I hope you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful country, city and campus.


François Houle

Vice-recteur aux études / Vice-President Academic and Provost
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
550, rue Cumberland Street
Ottawa (ON)  K1N 6N5
téléphone / telephone : 613 562-5737
télécopieur / fax : 613 562-5103

Given this week’s developments in the House of Representatives, hopefully the U.S. won’t also be importing Canada’s “freedom of expression.”

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#CPAC10 Afterthoughts

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 25 of February , 2010 at 9:46 pm

Wow, I haven’t blogged in MONTHS.  The two people that stumble upon this website must have think I died.

Anyway, I have some random only-at-CPAC-moments that I wanted to share:

– As the director of CPAC, I do a lot of random things.  At CPAC 2010, this included running up to my room to get hairspray for a Congresswoman, going to CPAC office at 10 p.m. on Tuesday night to move chalkboard that was accidentally delivered to office rather than hotel (and get chalk), apply 4+ coats of polyuerthane to chalkboard in order to preserve keynote speaker Glenn Beck’s thoughts, demanded hotel/beck and call boy get me ETA on Diet Coke shipment …  I’m sure more things will come to me.

– As I mentioned, both myself and my assistant drove to the CPAC office the night before major preparations.  A thought crossed our minds: What if we got into a terrible accident?  We would both be gone.  I wasn’t the only one with morid thoughts because my former assistant who now volunteers the week of the conference texted me and was appalled that we left the hotel.  She called me names that she later took back.

– There were a lot of surprises at CPAC this year.  Confession: I didn’t know about one of them. Any guesses on which one?

– Yes, some speakers use a teleprompter.   There’s nothing wrong with that.  However, just because teleprompter is visible doesn’t mean speaker is actually using it.  Only 5 or 6 speakers actually used it.  Not that there’s anything wrong with it…

– I enjoyed Twittering from CPAC this year.  It was fun posting photos of surprise guests and other insider information.  I hope people that couldn’t join us in person felt a little closer to the CPAC experience.

– I got flowers from one of the speakers.  I now have a new appreciation for pink roses.  Very cute.

– A DC-area hotel sales rep brought me and my assistant bottles of absinthe.  They haven’t been opened.

– The day before CPAC someone at the hotel asked if we were expecting any media.

– Despite the time crunch, I went to church for the first time in like 10 years the Sunday before CPAC.  I was surprised at how downhill acceptable church clothes have gone.  I insisted that my escort wear a suit.  He was one of the few that did.

– You can watch video of CPAC speakers and panels at

– I watched two pay-per-view movies the Sunday after CPAC: An Education and Zombieland.  It was the first relaxing evening I’ve had in almost two months.  I’m glad I took it because I was in full post-CPAC media mode by Monday morning.

– During another moment of peace on Sunday, I realized that the four people I trust the most were with me all weekend.  I hope they know who they are.

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The First Cinematic Tea Party!

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 27 of August , 2009 at 10:01 pm

Let me reintroduce two eloquent, entertaining and battle-hardened generals in the ongoing war against global warming hysteria: Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, the co-producers and directors of the documentary Not Evil Just Wrong.

You may remember Ann and Phelim from CPAC 2009, where they were voted as two of the top speakers. That’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment in and of itself! Ann and Phelim also have been all over the Internet the past week, thanks to their exclusive story that forced Greenpeace into retreat on a false claim the group made about melting Arctic ice.

Ann and Phelim made Not Evil Just Wrong as a much-needed counterpoint to the environmental propaganda being spread across America by Al Gore and his liberal friends in Hollywood and the media. To hear Gore and his allies tell it, the Earth is on the verge of annihilation by natural disasters and rising seawaters — and all because you drive to work and insist on using electricity!

While environmentalists are making claims that are threatening jobs during one of the largest recessions in recent memory, Ann and Phelim show that it’s all bunk. From melting icecaps to dying polar bears, environmentalists are “emotionalizing” issues. Not Evil Just Wrong also tells viewers what the liberal U.S. media won’t — that the British High Court found nine factual errors in Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and won’t let schools show it anymore without a warning.

Ann and Phelim expose the devastating consequences of Gore-like fear-mongering. In the past, environmentalists won a ban on the pesticide DDT and cost tens of millions of poor people their lives from mosquito-borne malaria. And in the present, environmentalists are inciting fears of global warming in order to justify “cap and trade” emissions regulations that would kill jobs, make cheap energy a thing of the past and cripple the economy.

Not Evil Just Wrong is an important weapon in the war against such costly and unnecessary regulation, but it is a film Hollywood doesn’t want America to see. That’s why Ann and Phelim need your help to spread the word.
They have adopted a unique and compelling Internet-driven distribution strategy that bypasses Hollywood and gives power to folks like you and me: At 8 p.m. EST on Oct. 18, premiere hosts in homes and on campuses across the country will push play at the same time and watch Not Evil Just Wrong. It will set a record for a simultaneous film premiere!

Ann and Phelim want you to be part of that big night. They are selling premiere packs that include a movie poster for your front door and a piece of red carpet for your porch. You can help combat global warming hysteria in your part of the world. So please visit today to purchase your premiere pack, and invite your family, friends and neighbors to join the first cinematic tea party!

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