Tune in 12:30 am EST (9:30 pm for you left coasters) to the Stage Right Show on Blog Talk Radio. I’ve been invited to chat with the host Breitbart.com blogger “Stage Right”. I suspect we will chat about CPAC and all manner of topics. Yes, I mean all manner of topics.
A week later and I finally find time to post my thoughts on the recent gathering of conservatives and the GOP in Washington DC – CPAC 2010. Besides, I like having the last word on this conference.
Before I jump into my review of CPAC 2010, there are a few people that I need to profusely thank for taking this conference to a higher level.
I have to send much love to Kevin Mckeever, Bank of Kev, who generously sponsored myself and several other talented up and coming bloggers at this year’s convention. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to speak on a panel at CPAC. Love, love, love you, Kevin!
Erick Erickson, thank you for organizing a fabulous Red State blogger lounge, and for credentialing my good blog. This was the first time I had official CPAC blogger status and I loved every minute of it! So, same time next year?
Many kudos to Lisa De Pasquale and the American Conservative Union for organizing this event – over 10,000 registrants for this conference, amazing! The move to the Marriott was a definite plus with far more room and a more logical layout of conference space. The Omni Shoreham is a labyrinth compared to the Marriott.
Every once and a while CPAC bloggers feel the need to break out their inner Karoke star to ‘Eye of The Tiger’. This is the reason I’m never without a video recording device. Yes, it is one of those blogger things.
Patrick is a retired Army Colonel with 24 years of active duty service. His platform focuses on education, sensible healthcare reform, sound economic and security issues. I love that he actually posted an ethics code on his campaign website. Not something that most politicians adhere to during a campaign, and it is a refreshing change from politics as usual. If you live in VA-8, take a good look at Patrick Murray, candidate for Congress.
Jacob Turk explains his reasons for running for Congress in Missouri’s 5th Congressional District while attending CPAC:
Obviously, I’ve got some ‘splaining to do in regards to this video. I do not write for RedState, I was supposed to be wingman on this interview, but Aaron Gardner had problems holding the camcorder steady due to a snowboarding injury. I volunteered to do the interview for Red State on his behalf.
….A direct quote from Iowa Congressman Steve King’s remarks at CPAC.
I had the opportunity to chat with the Congressman after his speech and ask him to further explain this statement:
And after all of these months of debate and negotiations, it comes down to this: if you start out with that tainted stew, there is no part of it that Americans want. We don’t want a pot full, we don’t want a bowl full, we don’t want a spoon full, a cup full, or any kind measure of toxic stew called socialized medicine. We want it dead. Throw it out and start over.
I was impressed with his support for stand alone legislation regarding healthcare – no cornhusker kickback need apply. He also advocated a more careful and measured approach to reforming healthcare by ‘fixing the things that are wrong, let the free market do the rest and find out what the next flaw is.”
The interview lasts about 15 minutes, again I would suggest you turn up the volume when viewing the video. It was a rather busy lobby to shoot video.
While Tommy Christopher was posing as a journalist asking silly questions, I had the opportunity to interview the director of “The Stoning of Soraya M.” , Cyrus Nowrasteh:
This is story that must be told, as it is a story of hope that must not be extinguished. It is the account of an ‘inconvenient wife’ accused of adultery in a rural town in Iran. The punishment for such a crime under islamic law is death by stoning. The movie was filmed near Petra, Jordan and many in the cast are of Iranian descent.
An Iranian journalist living in Paris, Freidoune Sahebjam, stumbled upon the story while on assignment in Iran, when his car broke down in this town and the aunt of Soraya shared her story with him.
In 1986, Soraya M. was stoned to death upon the accusation of adultery. This happened in the 20th century, not the dark ages. This movie takes an unflinching look at heinous human behavior driven by islamic law.
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