Helping a Worthy Cause

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 19 of July , 2009 at 3:14 pm

The Other McCain has become one of my favorite blogs.  One highlight is RSM’s posts about old-school journalism.  From his latest visit to D.C.:

My trip to Capitol Hill yesterday was extraordinarily fruitful. People who don’t want to deal with reporters can dodge an e-mail or a phone call, but they get their salaries from the American taxpayer. They claim to be “public servants,” so they don’t have much choice in the matter when a citizen-journalist walks in the front door and says, “Serve me.”

If you want to keep old-school journalism going, be sure to hit up The Other McCain’s Shoe Leather Fund.

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LOTUS Reclaims Youth at CRNC

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 6 of June , 2009 at 2:03 pm

Some of the speakers at the conference included Rep. Paul Ryan, Phyllis Schlafly, Rep. Aaron “Abs” Schock and Sen. John McCain. Thankfully there was a tastefully scheduled lunch break between McCain and the “Why We Lost in 2008” discussion. I assume most of the discussion will be about “reaching out.” [UPDATE: I learned on Twitter that our friend David All said that Republicans lost because they didn’t utilize the internet enough. Now is the time I wish I had taken that picture of McCain in front of the CPAC booth with his iPhone.]

Friday night was the Lee Atwater Dinner Gala. Buddha has an objection to anything being named after Atwater. I wonder if he feels the same way about Goldwater. Both had “coming to Jesus” moments toward the end of their lives. The speaker at the Gala was Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Earlier this week Pawlenty announced that he wouldn’t be seeking reelection, so the speculation began that he would be running for president in 2012. Um, EVERYONE is running in 2012.

Buddha likes to focus on the crowd, so I suppose I’ll make a few comments. As usual, the girls are pretty in their TJ Maxx suits. White is in. White skirts, white pant suits.  I even saw a pair of white stripper heels.  What’s the rule?  White stripper heels are acceptable after Easter and before the season finale of Daisy of Love?  The boys are ok. On the plus side, they seem less dorky than years past. I think I may prefer the dorky boys over the frat boys. Of course, any media coverage of the CRNC will focus on the boys with the most ill-fitting khakis, red tie and blue jacket. I’d say less than 20% of the boys here are actually dressed that way.

One similarity between CRNC and America’s Future Now conference is lots and lots of Starbucks cups. Perhaps caffeine addiction (or the allusion, i.e.“OMG, I need a coffee, like, NOW”) could be what brings both sides together. It’s the 00s version of the “Buy the world a Coke” commercial. Starbucks should really look into this.

autograph.JPGI had a nice chat with Chris Malagisi of the Young Conservatives Coalition. After getting an unsolicited autograph, we talked about me and Buddha’s experience at America’s Future Now. While the crowd wasn’t raucous, they aren’t laying down. They’re still approaching their issues as fights that need to be won. The other side is in power and they’re not sitting back and waiting for their agenda to pass. What are we waiting for?

Finally, in an effort to reclaim my youth at the biannual College Republican National Conference, I had a Shirley Temple for lunch. Buddha, an old soul, had a Bloody Mary.

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Buddha Just Flew in From the CRNC…

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 6 of June , 2009 at 1:45 pm

WASHINGTON D.C. – Your eyes and ears on the ground returns to the nation’s capitol for a check-in of the College Republican National Convention.

Buddha remembers his first CRNC; it was 1993 or 1994. Bill Spadea ran unopposed, and Tony Zagotta was still tearing up the town.

What Buddha remembers about that 93-94 event was that the CRNC appeared to be an excuse for a bunch of frat boys to play playground politics with one another and celebrate running the winning campaign – unopposed, or course – with kegstands.

Ah, the 90s. [LOTUS: This year’s president was also unopposed.]

Happy to see so many young GOPers in the house. Your Buddha wishes that he could stick around to see what kind of stuff RNC Chairman Mike “Balls of” Steele says to get you guys pumped up for 2012, when you’ll actually be old enough to vote.

“Yo, yo, yo, what up my homeys! Can you dig it? My homey John Boehner came to bring the pain, hardcore to your brain! What! Y’heard? Step up to get your rep up, youngsters: you are the future!”

[LOTUS: Actually, this sounds more like Buddha introducing his next set at the Red and Black.]

In all seriousness, maybe the big guy will find his most receptive audience to date.

Great to see so many great groups represented here: CPAC, NRA, YCC, ISI, YAF, Eagle Forum… conservative groups.

N.B. CRNC: It’s conservatives who support your causes and pay to co-sponsor your events.

Did Republicans for Choice send a rep? [LOTUS: Yes, Michael Steele]

Is the Main Street Republican Partnership Here? [LOTUS: Yes, Michael Steele]

And where are the social groups?

Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America: where are you? [LOTUS: In the kitchen, where they belong. Just kidding, I love those chicks.]

You’re missing the fun. Their outfits are great. Unironic plaid pants, fer cryin’ out loud. You have got to check this out! [LOTUS: Buddha prefers for every item he wears to be ironic, i.e. Stop Global Warming arm bands, argyle sweaters, 2000 Olympics polo shirts, Prada eyewear, other people’s dirty socks.]

And kids, only treat yourself to a keg stand if you actually beat your opponent.

No opponent, no drinky-drink.

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Going Red, White and Blue

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 31 of May , 2009 at 10:27 pm

Actor and director Robert Davi recently wrote in The Washington Times about his family, Memorial Day, and the importance of teaching children about about our military’s heroes.  While many kids know everything about “going green,” few know about America’s military and why we celebrate holidays like Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.

This Memorial Day, I had the honor of being part of the program at this cemetery. joining Robert Forster, Jon Voight, David Horowitz, Bill Sachs and Maj. Gen. JamesW. Comstock. The general had asked all to remember the first time he or she understood or felt patriotic. As I sat waiting my turn to speak, I reflected on mine. My father was a Navy gunner on a merchant marine ship during World War II. His ship was torpedoed in the Pacific, and he was in the water for three days. He lost some of his close friends and was awarded the Purple Heart.

My earliest recollections of my dad were that on every Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day until the day he died at age 57, he wore his Navy uniform and raised the flag in our front yard. I remember his solemn pride on those days. He also upset my mother a bit because he still fit in his uniform and had not gained any weight over the years. And, well, she had.

Click here to read more about Davi’s plan to go red, white and blue.

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NY Times Columnist Agrees with Coulter

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 18 of April , 2009 at 3:59 pm

You may remember that in 2008 the media went berserk over Ann Coulter’s speech in which she said, “I was going to say a few words about Edwards, but it turns out you have to go to rehab if you say the word ‘faggot.'”

Coulter was referring to the recent Hollywood news that an actor from Gray’s Anatomy called another actor on the show a “faggot.”  He was told that he could return to the show after completing rehab.  Coulter defended her use of the word by saying that it was a “schoolyard taunt,” like sissy or pansy.

(Small confession — when I was 9 or 10 I used to label all the boys in Teen Beat and other magazines with either “Fine” or “Fag”)

New York Times columnst Judith Warner seems to agree with Coulter.  On April 16, Warner wrote:

Being called a “fag,” you see, actually has almost nothing to do with being gay.

It’s really about showing any perceived weakness or femininity – by being emotional, seeming incompetent, caring too much about clothing, liking to dance or even having an interest in literature. It’s similar to what being viewed as a “nerd” is, Bennington College psychology professor David Anderegg notes in his 2007 book, “Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them”: “‘queer’ in the sense of being ‘odd’ or ‘unusual,’” but also, for middle schoolers in particular, doing “anything that was too much like what a goody-goody would do.”

It’s what being called a “girl” used to be, a generation or two ago.

As Coulter herself has noted, the New York Times is a wonderfully informative newspaper once its political agenda is removed.

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Buddha Riggs’ Next Assignment

Written by Lotus on Sunday, 15 of March , 2009 at 8:57 pm

My favorite LOTUS Blog post of all time was written by Mr. Riggs and it’s time we gave him another assignment.  What are some good live-blogging events coming up? 

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The Dukes

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 8 of October , 2008 at 4:11 pm

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Davi, the amazing actor who has been in EVERYTHING.  We talked about politics and his movie, The Dukes, which has already won numerous awards at the Rome Film Festival, Monte Carlo Film Festival, among many others.  In addition to playing the lead role (Danny DePasquale — no relation — HA!) Robert Davi wrote, produced and directed The Dukes.  In the next few weeks I’ll have a column/review of the movie.  Until then, check out the synopsis and preview here.  The movie opens on November 14.

From IMDB:

The Dukes,(Chazz Palminteri and Robert Davi) a Doo Wop group, were on top of the world at 17, now are struggling for survival in 2008. Their manager (Peter Bogdanovich) is desperately trying to get them work but is met with failure at every turn. Finally pushed to the extreme, they pull a heist only a fool would attempt, which leaves them even more desperate. When all seems lost, they find themselves. Underneath the laughter, “The Dukes” is a film that explores the intricacies of re-defining yourself; not only dealing with lost fame but applies to anyone whoever found themselves at the bottom of the mountain looking up where they once were; and how, in changing times, to hold onto your true self.

The Dukes

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Remembering Tony Snow

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 12 of July , 2008 at 9:42 pm

Tony Snow was the closing speaker at this year’s CPAC.  Following his speech, he stayed and signed autographs and took pictures with the attendees and volunteers.  Later than night I received a voicemail message from him thanking me for the opportunity to speak.  Sometimes it can seem a little hollow to hear the talking heads say how nice someone was.  But take it from a nobody like me — he really was as nice and gracious as they say.

Click here to watch Tony’s speech at CPAC 2008.

Click here to read the transcript of Tony’s speech at CPAC 2008.


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Patriots Helping Patriots

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 12 of June , 2008 at 1:39 pm

This week I visited the shooting range at the National Rifle Association of America in Fairfax, VA.  Also visiting that day was a group of wounded soldiers from Walter Reed.  It was great to see so many volunteers from the NRA donate their time, ammo and firearms for the day. 

The NRA recently launched a program to provide free one-year memberships to those currently serving in the armed forces.  Click here for information on helping NRA provide these free memberships.


LOTUS takes aim…

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Is Lauren Hutton an Ann Coulter fan?

Written by Lotus on Thursday, 29 of May , 2008 at 10:16 pm

Hollywood is shocked that Lauren Hutton is criticizing how Sex and the City portrayed women.  She said:

“It’s written by guys, who happen to be gay, who are sluts. That’s what I think.

“Let’s face it most men are sluts. That’s what testosterone is supposed to do. As a hunter, if you stayed alive after 30, nature wanted your genes out there. Women were just trying to get the best sperm to make a masterpiece.

“You have a bunch a guys who are sluts, writing for women and telling them they are supposed to act like this.”

Hutton’s remarks reminded me of an article that Ann Coulter wrote for George Magazine when Sex and the City first aired.  The article is available in her book, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must).  Coulter wrote:

Do you actually know girls who talk about sex using the d-word and c-word to describe specific body parts? No you don’t. You know gay men who do… Girls talking the way the do on Sex and the City is about as realistic as George Bush playing a gangsta rapper, talking about “ho’s’ and bitches.”

 I enjoy the show and I’ll eventually see the movie.  I’ve always that it was remarkable that after several years of watching the Sex and the City characters (or “three hookers and their mom”) through their failed hook-ups and relationships, in the end they all became happy once they got the guy and settled down into more traditional roles.  Even gay writers want their fairy tale ending. 

(Kudos to me for not making the obvious “fairy” joke!)

UPDATE:  I’m a Jen.

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