Gold Team – Creativity
[ Click above to embiggen: the only known antidote to fear is action ]
I grew up in Cleveland and went to Catholic school from kindergarten to college…and one of the things I remember the nuns repeating over and over again was that the Holy Spirit would send us messages in creative ways until we understood something important; the more we needed to hear the message, the louder the messaging would become…until we had our needed epiphany.
It’s long been obvious to me that certain people are in my life for a reason, with that reason typically being that I am supposed to learn a particular thing from that person. For the last month or so, since everything with the IRS and NSA scandals have been breaking, my boyfriend Justin’s mother CarolAnne has made life almost unbearable in our apartment. Justin’s a very sweet 26 year old who talks to his mother on the phone for three hours a day…but not because he particularly wants to. It’s just that if he doesn’t listen to her that she will keep calling, texting, emailing, and harassing him until he indulges her…and she won’t hang up until her husband comes home, at which time she makes him listen to her and she hangs up with Justin.
From what I figure, CarolAnne spends around 12 hours a day talking…and it is all about her many personal fears. Mostly, these are waking nightmares she has about the government spying on her and “tape-recording her”. The other night, Netflix randomly suggested I watch the old Gene Hackman movie The Conversation (check it out here: www.amazon.com)…and I swear that was the Holy Spirit helping me better understand CarolAnne, because it’s a movie from 1973 about people tape-recording each other all over the place and using these microphones that look like sniper scopes and pointing them at people to hear over long distances. Also, Gene Hackman rolled around in a van where all the tape-recording equipment was kept and he’d pick seemingly random people to tape like this.
For the entire time I’ve known Justin, CarolAnne’s been burning up his phone with insistences that vans were cruising by their property or that people are “tape-recording her”…and I never understood why her fears were so specific. But, I’m today convinced that she saw the movie The Conversation at some point late at night and it’s just haunted her ever since. I believe this because I’ve made the mistake of watching creepy movies at night…and have fallen asleep during them…so that I end up having recurring nightmares more or less involving the plot of that movie.
CarolAnne is Justin’s mother and he loves her very much so I will never criticize the woman or comment on what I think about her belief that people in vans are always out there “somewhere” tape-recording her…but after watching The Conversation I think I can understand a little of why she’s so convinced this is happening, since in 1973 what was going on in that movie would have probably been shocking to people who I guess never owned a tape-recorder themselves. It must have freaked her out…and she never got over it because she never addressed the fear it instilled in her.
I know a lot of people are similarly freaked out while imaging all the gadgets and gizmos the NSA supposedly has in 2013…but I think it’s absurd to be terrified of “someone coming to get you” if you aren’t doing anything illegal. None of this stuff is admissible in any court and we are still a nation of laws, regardless of whatever you are reading on the Internet that is scaring you. Many people in the IRS need to be sent to prison for what they did to the Tea Party and the NSA needs to be refocused on surveilling actual terrorist threats (such as mosques…which apparently WERE NOT being eavesdropped upon when they should be…since we all know that girl scouts and octogenarian grandmothers are the real threats to our country…not Muslims and their “Religion of Peace” that will blow you to pieces”)…but the IRS and NSA are not coming for YOU, specifically. And if they ever did they would not get away with it because the jig is up with all of this now.
At several key junctures in my life, I believe I encountered certain people for a reason…and all of those people told me that the only known antidote to fear is action. Every time I heard that was a low point in my life when I desperately needed to hear it…and I swear the Holy Spirit compelled people to seek me out and tell me what I needed to hear. Maybe today is a day I pay that forward and remind you that the antidote to fear is action…if you are someone who has been traumatized by the revelations of what the IRS and NSA have been up to.
I personally am not afraid if my phone conversations are being recorded or my emails are being read or I’m being targeted by the government because of my outspoken condemnation of the Obama Regime and the political Left in this country. CarolAnne every day tells Justin that she thinks “today will be the day” that the Left sends someone to come for me…and every day I tell Justin that Rush Limbaugh, Thomas Sowell, Mark Steyn, Governor Sarah Palin, Allen West, Senator Ted Cruz, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Ann Coulter would disappear in the cover of darkness before I would be “taken away”. Though, because we’re friends like this, I do aspire to be “taken away” the same day as all those people…because that’s mighty fine company in my opinion. I’d actually be somewhat insulted if “the government” came for all of them but left me behind…like it was the Rapture or something and I just wasn’t good enough to be murdered with my personal heroes.
I think the IRS needs to be abolished and the NSA put under serious new oversight…but I am not worried about being listened to. Frankly, I’m proud of everything I’ve ever said or written and never put in words or type on a screen anything I’d be ashamed to see blasted onto a billboard on Times Square. I HOPE the Obama Regime is listening to my every phone call because they will certainly get an earful…and I hope they read everything I write because that’s so many hours of lost productivity on their part, since I’ve generated a lot of content in my lifetime and I’m sure it’s a mountain to wade through.
For whatever reason, Justin’s parents are pretty much terrified of life in general and spend their time on this planet cowering in horror over one thing or another. If they aren’t crippled by frost-fingered fear then they are talking about how afraid they are. Justin has inherited some of this from them and will go on and on for literally hours about how afraid he is that the NSA is listening to everything we say in our apartment. ”Well, let’s talk about good things then and really make them enjoy themselves,” I tell him. Why waste your life being afraid of people listening in? That’s giving these people power they shouldn’t have and don’t deserve.
I think there’s a lot of egomania in all this too, on CarolAnne’s part, because I don’t know what she’s up to that’s supposed to be so fascinating to government agencies. She’s retired, has no hobbies to speak of, rarely leaves her house, and spends almost her entire waking day freaking people out about them being tape-recorded. I think it would be torturous to sit in a van listening to her talking about people in a van listening to her talk about people in a van. But, that’s what she insists is happening. I give it a few more weeks before she invents a secret language so she can talk in code with Justin and his sister Darcy. So the NSA will never know!
It’s not in my personality to ever give up on anyone, but I am close to doing that with Justin and his family. They are pretty soul-killing to deal with when there’s something like the IRS or NSA scandal happening in the news, because they’re all news junkies who never do anything but read things on the screen. I really have grown to hate Breitbart.com since Andrew died because I feel like the stories there just encourage people to be afraid of everything and sit around in the fetal position. Andrew Breitbart would be ashamed of what’s become of his sites…because in the old days, with Andrew at the helm, the “Bigs” gave people hope and showed them how to take action. Now, it’s pretty much just a bunch of guys over there with halitosis scaring the crap out of people. I’m sick of it.
Justin’s mom needs to join her local Tea Party and start finding ways to volunteer. Today is an excellent day to start, because at 12 noon there will be protests at all the IRS offices across the country. There’s the big one happening in Washington, of course, but if you’re not anywhere near DC you can go to the IRS office near you. There will be a group of others out there too. I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be. Go there, meet up with nice people who are sick of the government persecuting conservatives and Christians, and scream and yell for a while.
But, more importantly, make new friends who clearly enjoy leaving the house and going out into the world and doing something. Do not spend your life sitting in front of a computer screen being scared of things. You know I love you and am honored you come here to read what I write, but I don’t want you sitting around the house just reading political essays or commentary all day. God did not gift you with life to waste it like this…or to cower in fear when something in the news scares you.
Justin constantly says I’m abnormal because I’m not afraid of things, but I just don’t see the point to fear. I admit that living in the city I get creeped out if I hear a noise at night….but then I use my senses and all my faculties to investigate what it is and determine if it’s a real threat or not. Twice, I’ve been burgled since moving to Chicago and twice I had to scare intruders off…but that’s like raccoons constantly breaking into Justin’s parents house in rural Arkansas; it just comes with the territory and is a price I pay for choosing to live in Chicago. I never lose any sleep over this and just deal with such events as they come, with a baseball bat and a few other things at my bedside always ready for use.
Life is too precious to waste on being afraid all the time…but that’s not me telling you to just be okay with what the IRS and the NSA and the Justice Department and Homeland Security and (geesh this list is horrifyingly long) the rest of the Obama Regime have been up to. Speak out against this. Rile your friends and neighbors up against the Regime. Go our there to a protest and scream and yell and tell the IRS that you are here to supervise them because you are a taxpayer and an American citizen and Reese Witherspoon ain’t got nothing on you.
That’s another thing that Justin always comments on that I do…but whenever I encounter any sort of a government worker I make a point to tell the person that I am his or her supervisor. I regularly go downtown to attend all sorts of meetings for the Board of This, That, or the Othere…and often I am the first person in years who ever bothered to come down for a meeting of that Board. When I arrive, I say “I’m Kevin DuJan and I am here to supervise you”. Almost always, these people are horrified. I then inform them that pursuant to Illinois’ open meetings laws I am going to be filming all of them and will evaluate their professionalism and conduct. Government workers absolutely hate this. If they give me any trouble at all, I whip out the governing statutes and inform them that if they give me any more trouble that I will bring the state’s attorney into this. You’d be stunned at how fast they back down and suddenly remember that they really are agencies subject to the public’s observation and oversight.
The thing is, though, that Justin and his family remind me that most Americans have forgotten this. Sadly, in 2013, Americans really are afraid of our government. That’s heart-breaking because Americans are such awesome, ass-kicking people. I remember when I was in grade school and the principal convened the first-and-only “Nationality Day” and all us kids were forced to talk about what made our “nationality” special, I talked about how fantastic America was…and that how people here weren’t afraid of things like everyone in Europe and weren’t tragic and irredeemable messes like people in South America or Africa. Americans are rock star, and if dinosaurs were alive today people in America would be riding the dangerous ones and eating the herbivores…because that’s just such an American thing to do…to take the dinosaurs God gifted us with and do useful and impressive things with them. People in other countries would just be staring at the damn things (or would be afraid of them)…but Americans would go to town and have a rodeo.
I love that. And I love that Americans are polite and nice and everything…but we’ll also punch you in the face if you deserve it. After an American beats someone else at something and it’s clear that he or she has won, I love that it’s our nature to pull that loser off the ground and try to make friends with the person. A lot of the time, these opponents are intensely stupid and keep trying to mess with us…so they keep getting clobbered…but eventually they end up our allies (like Germany). I love that. No other people in the history of the world have ever been like this. And it just makes me so proud and always fills me with hope for the future because I believe God gifted the world with the American people and it was a mighty generous and amazing thing to do.
I love Justin, but he drains my energy and I just can’t listen to him for long. Life is too short. While I’ve been typing this, he’s been going on about his fears and how things his mother told him last night gave him nightmares. He wants to now share all that with me…I’m not sure why. I don’t know if he has some need to verbalize it all so that he can get it out of his system…or if it’s like a zombie virus and there’s this biological need for him to spread this fear to someone else, since his mother infected him with it. But I have an hourglass on my desk and when he sits on the couch next to my work station and starts up with his nonsense I turn the glass over and give him an hour to talk about his fear…and then he either needs to give it a rest or I leave the apartment to do something productive. I just won’t allow him to steal my entire day from me with this garbage.
I really hope if you’re in a similar situation you will talk openly about it. I think this is one of those moments in history where people are afraid to say things, and so everyone is just carrying around this burden. We’re due for a dam-breaking here…and what I think is happening is that psychologically people are very stressed out right now from one of two things: either they are people like Justin and CarolAnne who are terrified of everything and that causes them stress…or they are like me and are stressed to the breaking point because they are being forced to listen to how perpetually terrified their family members are.
All of this is being caused purposefully by the Left, because it’s one of the Alinsky Tactics to “keep the pressure on” (Rule #8) until “the enemy” is so worn down it just gives up. The Left considers the American people the enemy…and part of its strategy is to freak people out with one outrageous and scary thing after another until it just wears everyone down into exhausted complacency.
I know this because I am personally both mentally and physically exhausted listening to Justin every day. We are at the point where we’re very close to breaking up and him moving back to Arkansas, where he and his mother can talk about their fears to one another in person all day and waste the rest of their lives like that. I just don’t want any part of this any longer. Something has got to change.
Since I can’t control Justin and honestly can’t even get him to listen to reason, I can only adjust my reaction to him. I need to try to find something productive, tangible, and relatively easy to do every day to TAKE ACTION against the Left…in ways that Andrew Breitbart might have thought of if he was still around. Today, since people are going to be protesting the IRS, I know that Andrew would be out there with them. So, that’s what I am going to do here in Chicago. I have no idea what Justin or CarolAnne plan to do with their day, but I doubt it will involve taking any action about anything.
Which is sad. Eternal optimist that I am, though, I hope that if I model better behavior for Justin and give him a live-in example of how taking action is better than sitting around all day talking about his fears or listening to his mother’s paranoia that he will get off his butt and push back against the Left (instead of being just another pushover).
I never regret leaving the house to be part of something…but I would hate myself if I just curled up in a ball and was so cared all the time. Especially being scared of the government…which works for us…and which all of us actually observe and supervise.
Or, should be observing and supervising (for those too scared all the time to be doing what they’re supposed to do).
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Drudge Report flashed a story yesterday that sales of George Orwell’s “1984″ have surged by 69% on Amazon in the wake of the latest Obama Regime scandals. Today, Breitbart.com claims “1984″ has reached a 91% increase in sales.
Do you own a copy of “1984″?
I had an old, battered paperback copy from high school…but actually ordered a Kindle electronic version and picked up a hardcover edition for 1-cent (plus $3.99 shipping). I’d personally love to see a 1000% surge in the sale of this book…a number so large that the media can’t ignore the phenomenon. If every conservative person in the country bought a copy of “1984″ today, that would happen.
I’m an Amazon Prime member so I can watch the movie version of “1984″ for free…which I also plan on doing. But, if you like collecting DVDs there is no better time than right now to buy yourself a copy of this movie on disk.
If you are upset by what you’re hearing about the IRS, the NSA, the Justice Department, and Homeland Security these days…be part of something and send a message by picking up a copy of “1984″ for your family and friends. You can do what I did and look for used copies for 1-cent and after shipping it’s $4 a copy…so that’s affordable if you want to get a bunch of these and hand them out to your kids, grandkids, or neighbors.
I actually think I might do this and spend $20 for five copies…and just pick five houses around us and leave these on their porches with a note inside saying “I never thought it would happen in real life, but this is what Hope and Change has brought us in 2013″.
Just to get people in the neighborhood here in Chicago talking.
Why not consider this where you live?
I know money is tight everywhere…but this is worth skipping Starbucks or other treats for a while…just to drive the sales of “1984″ sky high on Amazon.
OPERATION TRICK & TREAT: Spread word about the FREE showing of “The Hope and the Change” by slipping palm cards into Halloween candy bags
[ Click on the image above to embiggen: also you can print it and cut out the palm cards to pass out to trick or treaters with your candy tomorrow night. You can also find a PDF of this HERE that’s printable.]
Hulu.com has the movie “The Hope and the Change” available for FREE through the election.
FREE, as in it won’t cost people a dime to see this hour or so documentary on people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but were disappointed in what “Hope and Change” really brought them.
Never in my life have I seen such an easy tool for turning an undecided into a Romney voter…because something magical happens to people when they sit and watch others like them on a tee-vee screen saying EXACTLY what they have been thinking for four years but were too afraid of being called a “racist” to admit: that the magical black man the Ministry of Truth pushed into the presidency ended up being not so magical (and not much of a man, either, to be honest) after all.
Getting people to watch any movie is hard, but it’s even harder when they have to go somewhere and buy tickets or pay to see it.
So it is the greatest thing that’s ever happened in an important election that Hulu.com has “The Hope and the Change” available FOR FREE.
Your help is needed to spread the word on this.
That means going outside your comfort zone for a lot of people reading this. I want you to know that I understand it’s hard to interact with strangers and to talk politics with them. My own boyfriend Justin is horrified by the thought of ever having to talk to strangers; he starts shaking and sweating and he’ll generally hide behind me when we go canvassing because he doesn’t want to be confrontational with people or have anyone be mean to him. His living terror is encountering a Leftist who would scream at him for not supporting Obama.
But, Justin came with me this past weekend as we handed out little palm cards promoting “The Hope and the Change” online via Hulu…and Justin actually felt comfortable giving them to people and telling them it was a great movie that’s available for free to watch online at Hulu.com. People asked Justin what the movie was about and he said “it’s about people who voted for Obama in 2008 and how they evaluate how he did as president so it’s worth watching”.
No confrontation. No hard sell. No arguments.
Every single person we spoke to was pleasant and not a single one of them got into any sort of argument with us. It was less than 30 seconds talking to each of them and I managed to empty out the big bag of 900 palm cards I printed up and sliced apart at Kinko’s the morning we drove up to Kenosha, Wisconsin. The whole thing took us the early morning and afternoon and I hope we got a couple hundred more households in Wisconsin to see this movie. When I used to work as a market research analyst for a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cleveland I went to a training session where corporate taught us that every interaction with a guest led to a particular ripple effect afterwards…and that each guest would tell five friends or associates about our hotel…and typically each of those people would ultimately tell two others about it…and each of those would tell one other person before the encounter dissipated.
I think something very real and true happens when people watch ‘The Hope and the Change”: they’ll tell five (or even ten) other people about it, who will watch the movie…and then each of those people who see the movie will tell five (or even ten) others…and so on. Because each encounter with “The Hope and the Change” involves watching the film, each time a person sees it the ripple effect begins again…so it’s more pronounced than a hotel worker’s encounter with a guest that is not replicated with the friends that guest tells about the encounter.
I’m trying to get “The Hope and the Change” in front of as many eyeballs as possible…and especially those belonging to people who do not read political sites and have not paid much attention to the election.
That’s why I’m making up these palm cards and finding ways to get them in front of people in places like Wisconsin.
I think it’s important that people get palm cards like this wherever YOU live too.
Tomorrow is Halloween.
How about printing up a bunch of these cards and slipping them into the Trick or Treat bags for anyone coming by your house tomorrow evening? Make up a bunch (they can fit 9 to a sheet and still look nice), cut them out, and put one in every trick or treat bag. Any leftovers you have can be dropped off door to door in your neighborhood between now and November 6th. I like walking around with a roll of tape so I can just tape them to someone’s door and not even talk to the person inside (I cover more ground that way and sometimes don’t have enough time to go on an extended speaking tour while canvassing). I love leaving these on car windows too, but taping them at eye level to doors in the neighborhood is a guaranteed way for people to see them. I like to respect the USPS by never putting anything into people’s mailboxes as only US stamped mail is supposed to go in there. Taping things to people’s doors does no damage and is not rude in the least (since every time I suggest this a troll will chime in saying not to do this…but in the few years I’ve been doing this I’ve never had anyone in real life complain about it).
It’s also great if you can spread this link on every site you can think of that’s OUTSIDE OF POLITICS: http://www.hulu.com/watch/409925
* Put it on Entertainment web sites and tell people they can watch the movie for free.
* Go to sports, motorcycle, crafting, homeschooling, or religious sites you like and tell people the movie is available for free and give them the link
* Heck, make up a bunch of the palm cards and ask if you can leave them somewhere in your church so people can know about the movie…or ask if your priest or preacher can tell parishioners about the movie being available for free to watch
This truly is the most important election in our lifetime and a way for you to help is to spread the word about “The Hope and the Change” being available to watch for free.
Can you do that?
Can you help spread the word so that as many people as possible take advantage of this FREE opportunity to see a movie that, I’m telling you, makes it impossible for anyone but the most committed Leftist to vote for Barack Obama.
Note: If you prefer watching things on DVD or you can afford to buy a few copies of “The Hope and the Change” and give them to people you know who need to see it, here’s a link to the DVD on Amazon.com. With the 2-day shipping, there is still time to order this and hand it out if you like doing things old-school:
Operation Hulu Hoop: How about printing up a bunch of cards and slipping them into Halloween bags to promote “The Hope and the Change”?
Stephen K. Bannon’s film “The Hope and the Change” is a very powerful force in this election…and would have an even bigger impact if we could get people to watch this movie who REALLY need to see it.
Let’s face it, the truly “undecided” and “Independent” votes out there are people who don’t read political websites. If they did, there’s no way they could really be “undecided” since they’d have more than enough information in front of them to conclude that Barack Obama does not deserve reelection.
The key to making this as big a win for Mitt Romney as possible is using the remaining days of this election to put “The Hope and the Change” in front of as many eyes as possible…particularly those people who tend to avoid politics and don’t know they can see the movie for free on Hulu.com right now.
I took the above graphic and I placed it on powerpoint slide so that I could print out 9 of them per sheet of paper; it looked like this when I was done with it:
[ Click above to embiggen: actual printing looks much bigger than what you see on this screen...and 9 of them per page made them just the right size to hand out without wasting paper and having them be too big ]
I don’t know how to make either of these things into PDFs that you can download and print yourself, but they are JPEGs in this post that you can take and use if you like. Perhaps someone who reads this will tell me how to make these available on Scribd.com or something.
Or you can make up your own version at home and print it out the way you know how. For me, it’s a lot cheaper just to run these off at Kinko’s and I made 100 sheets last night…which ended up generating 900 palm cards with the Hulu.com information on them. Justin and I drove up to Wisconsin today and walked around taping them to doors in the Kenosha area. We just picked a nice looking neighborhood and started walking around. I had a few rolls of scotch tape with me and I’d just put a little tape to the top of one of these and I’d put it on a door at eye level and move onto the next house. Never put anything in mailboxes because only stamped US mail is supposed to go in there; the tape does no damage to doors and I think it’s the least obnoxious thing that Wisconsinites have received in terms of election materials this year.
I purposefully wrote the palm cards up in a nonpartisan way that merely tells people that “The Hope and the Change” is free to watch on Hulu.com and I gave them the URL on how to watch it. For FREE. My hope is to make people curious about the movie…and to get them to checkout Hulu.com to see it.
I’m going to run another big batch of these off and hand them out everywhere I go between now and the election…and I’m also going to slip them into the bags of trick-or-treaters who come out for Halloween. Why not put one of these cards in every bag along with the candy?
I like walking the more moderate neighborhoods of Chicago and putting these cards on cars parked on the street and taping them to doors here as well. I figure even though it’s Chicago, I might get someone with relatives in another state to see this movie and share it with them. You never know.
I’ve left these cards in different aisles of the grocery store. I leave them in books at the library (like they are bookmarks). I take them with me when I ride the bus or the train and I leave them on the seats.
What are other good places you could leave cards like this?
I’ll probably only get up to Wisconsin two more times before the election (next Saturday and Sunday) but I’ll be taking more of these palm cards up with us then. Justin doesn’t like speaking to strangers and engaging them in conversation and the good thing about the Hulu palm cards is that we’re not out there promoting any candidate…we’re just telling people about this movie they can watch for FREE on Hulu. The people we talked to on the ground in Wisconsin today were kind of surprised to hear about the movie being available for free…and most of then never heard about “The Hope and the Change”. A lot of them said they would check it out and I believe that they will.
Very few of them had even heard of Hulu before but they understood how to use the web address on the bottom of the card to get to the website.
What are some ways that YOU can help spread the word to undecideds that there’s a free movie to watch on Hulu.com that will help them think about how Obama’s “Hope & Change” worked out for them in the last four years?
OPERATION HULU HOOP: How to spread the link to “The Hope and the Change” to as many people as possible
Between now and Election Day, I’m focusing on getting this link to the free Hulu.com posting of “The Hope and the Change” in front of as many eyeballs as possible: http://www.hulu.com/watch/409925
I think this is the most important thing any of us can do in the last 12 days or so of this election.
For those of us who’ve always known who Barack Obama really is (aka Bathhouse Barry or the international man of mystery from the Chroom Gang who hung around radicals and Marxists his whole life) it might be hard to sympathize with many of the 2008 Obama voters featured in Stephen K. Bannon’s “The Hope and the Change” documentary because some of these people come off foolish and naive to those who have studied Obama for years. The temptation is to call these people stupid for falling for the hopeychange hype and gleefully embracing the Obama 2008 fad. It’s easy, if a little cruel, to also mock those who got caught up in the Beanie Badies or Cabbage Patch crazes of the past…especially those who sank everything they had into stuffed animals they thought would one day pay their kids’ college tuitions. The American people are good and trusting at heart and they dream BIG sometimes…and I don’t think it’s fair to ever fault kind hearts and good souls for falling victim to a media-promoted mega-fad.
I’ve been working in marketing and PR in one way or another since high school, when I landed my first-ever freelancing gig creating window displays in a little mall in downtown Cleveland called The Galleria. Since then, I was briefly the manager of a band, ran PR for a restaurant group, worked as a market research analyst at a fancy hotel, devised promotions for big public events, and have been a political writer for the last five years working for candidates I believed in by trying to get their messages out to as wide an audience as possible.
The most important thing I’ve learned in all this time is that often I need to adjust my natural approach to best suit the audience: what works to sell something on me does not work for most people. I’m blunt and enjoy mostly in-your-face types who tell it like it really is without apologies. My personal friends tend to be loud and brash with larger-than-life voices that never back down or equivocate. But, I’ve found that most Americans tend to be more like my boyfriend Justin, who is sweet and soft-spoken and who has a hard time admitting when he’s wrong about anything. Justin never likes feeling stupid or admitting that he’s made a mistake and will dig his heels in on something if I don’t approach him the right way. With me there’s less emotion involved and I can pivot my thinking and course of action more quickly if I realize something’t not working and I need to shake up my actions. Justin, however, feels a real need to remain committed to a bad idea because he’s emotionally invested in it and would have to admit he was wrong before he allowed himself to change his mind and do something differently.
I think the genius of “The Hope and the Change” is that it allows regular people to admit they are disappointed in Barack Obama and gives them the excuse that he tricked them. Being tricked does not mean there’s anything wrong with them or that they are stupid or deficient in any way. Being tricked makes someone else the villain, because the most ancient of cultures always had a Trickster God like Loki, Seth, or Hermes who duped humans (or other gods) with elaborate deceits or devilish pranks. People have been taught for centuries that it’s not their fault if they are duped by a trickster…and “The Hope and the Change” depicts Barack Obama as the greatest trickster to come along in a great while.
This movie is really in the same spirit as The Simpsons episode with the Monorail…where the whole town is duped by a wily trickster who arrived out of nowhere promising them miracles if they only bought his Monorail (Monorail, MONORAIL!). Barack Obama sold America a Monorail and they believed they’d be able to ride it to a promised land of hope and change and the solution to all their problems. When that train never left the station, people realized Obama was not the magical black man they so desperately wanted him to be…and “The Hope and the Change” succeeds in giving these people a way to move on with their lives and no longer defend Obama out of any misplaced desire to prevent themselves from looking stupid by admitting voting for him last time was a big mistake.
There are tens of millions of people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 who need to see “The Hope and the Change” so that they make that emotional and metal leap into realizing they don’t have to make the same mistake again and that no one will call them stupid for having fallen for Obama’s hopeychange lies last time around.
The problem is that getting people to watch a political movie is hard.
The won’t buy this movie on DVD or pay for it via streaming.
BUT…they might watch it for free on Hulu since it’s available to them now at this link: http://www.hulu.com/watch/409925
Today I am starting OPERATION HULU HOOP…with the grassroots goal of getting one million people to watch “The Hope and the Change” on Hulu between now and November 6th. I have faith that YOU will be one of the people who help distribute the link to this Hulu version of the movie to as many people as possible in your orbit of influence. This includes all your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, frenemies, Facebook buddies, etc.
Today I’m working on new palm cards to print up that will have the Hulu link on them…and I’m going to start passing these out everywhere I go. This weekend, Justin and I are going to drive up to the Kenosha, Wisconsin area and I’ll pass out as many of these as I can print up and put them everywhere I can think of…just to get the word out there that people can watch “The Hope and the Change” for free on Hulu.
This is guerrilla marketing and is attempting to reach people who don’t read political sites and who aren’t connected to my network of friends and acquaintances via social media or other electronic ties.
The key to winning this election in an epic landslide is getting ‘The Hope and the Change” in front of eyeballs that don’t belong to people who know a lot about politics or really think much about what’s going on in the world…but who voted for Obama last time because they thought it might be a fun or a cool thing to do. I think this movie is excellent at showing people who felt this way, but who have come to their senses now that they’ve realized Barack Obama tricked them and wasn’t “all that and a bag of chips” as these low-information voters dreamed he’d be.
Here are a few things we need help with to get as many people as possible to watch “The Hope and the Change”
1. Send this link to everyone you know personally and ask them to watch the movie and promote it to their own friends: http://www.hulu.com/watch/409925
2. Post the link to this movie everywhere you can for the next 12 days…in as many places as possible online…so that people out there see it and know to forward it to their friends too.
3. Badger other conservative writers and pundits to use their platforms and readerships to encourage people to watch the movie on Hulu for free and spread the word that it’s now available online on Hulu. It’s actually shocking how had it is to get a lot of the “big name” conservatives out there to ever help with an action item (because these people fear using up all their stored “juice” by getting involved in the promotion of anything requiring action…lest they be unable to motivate their readers or viewers to do something and then find themselves exposed as being not as influential as people thought they were…in a world without Andrew Breitbart in it any longer, it’s so much harder to get the ball rolling on something worthwhile because there is no one of his stature anymore willing to get their hands dirty and embrace a grassroots action item…so it’s just up to us, folks).
4. Print out the link to this video on little slips and tape them all over your neighborhoods and wherever you run your errands so that people find them (I’ll work up a graphic for you that is printable).
5. Tell me how to post a printable PDF that has a bunch of these little palm cards on it so that people can just print it out, cut them out, and then pass them out where they live. I have no idea how to do this and Justin’s busy right now so he can’t help me figure it out…so I need specific instructions how to put this up somewhere we can link to in printable form.
If you want to help defeat Obama in a big way from the comfort of your own home, getting people to watch ‘The Hope and the Change” is the best way to do it.
Join Operation Hulu Hoop and help the grassroots campaign to get a million new people to watch “The Hope and the Change’ by Election Day! Use comments below to add your own ideas for how to get word out that this movie is now available for FREE on Hulu!
There are now just 18 days left before the election. In this home stretch, the Ministry of Truth that serves Barack Obama will attempt to terrify, demoralize, and rattle you. While I was growing up in Cleveland, the nuns who taught me in Catholic School always says that antidote to fear is action and the way to best remedy worry or anxiety was to stand up and do something productive.
Everyone reading this has a talent or a skill that makes you incredibly special; the fact that you’re reading this message at all indicates you’re someone who cares about this country and wants to see Barack Obama lose this election…and lose by as big a margin as possible so that Democrats can’t try to save him through voter fraud or other nefarious means. We need a big, clean win that’s a resounding defeat of the Left and everything it tried to do this country in the last four years.
You’re the key to all this. Everything you’ve been taught about standing up to bullies, doing what’s right, and using action to banish fear brought you to where you are today…reading this…and hopefully finding something you can do now and in the 17 days ahead to ensure a euphoric triumph on November 6th. This is a short list of five things I’m asking my personal friends to consider doing in the last three weeks of this election. Since we’re friends like this, maybe you can do a few of these too (or, even better, chime in below in comments with some other ideas of your own too).
I’d especially like ideas for how people who are quiet by nature or shy in general can make an impact on this election. My boyfriend Justin is actually a shy person and much prefers working on the computer than doing anything with the phone or out and about in person. He really wanted to help Romney/Ryan win, but he didn’t want to go canvassing or phone bank…so I have him battling Eeyores online wherever they may sprout on various sites and encouraging people to say in loud clear voices “We will not listen to your garbage or let us distract us from winning this race!”. It’s a way for Justin to help, in a way that Justin’s comfortable with. You can — and should — find something you like doing and are good at too.
Here are five quick ideas for how YOU can make a difference in the next 18 days and really drive home a big win for Romney/Ryan. This being HillBuzz.org, I have some fun subversive things included for those who want to really screw with the Left and demoralize/upset them for a change instead of that forever only working the other way around.
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5 Tips on How You Can Accurately Monitor Voter Sentiment (by spying on the Left via Facebook using basic market research techniques)
One of the most fun jobs I ever had was working as a market research analyst for a fancy hotel in Cleveland when I was in my 20s; that’s because it involved spying on things the other nice hotels in the city were doing. I remember when I applied for the job I didn’t realize the spying part would be involved, because I thought it was a strictly computer research and analysis position…but during my training I was specifically told to walk around the city every day, pop into the competitor hotels, write down the groups holding conferences or events there, take a rough assessment of how busy the place was, peek into the restaurant or bar to see how many people were eating or drinking there, and see if anything these other hotels were doing was something that the executives at our hotel should know about.
When I’d get back to my desk from these little reconnaissance missions, I’d look up the contact information for the companies who hosted events with our competitors and would make sure these people got packets from our sales team so they’d consider having their next event with us instead…giving them discounts and other incentives to try to snag that business away from the other hotels. I bet today, if I was still working in the industry, we could do most of this more or less online…though I’d hate to think whoever’s doing my old job now wouldn’t have the freedom or fun to bop around Cleveland during the day observing, taking notes, and surreptitiously spying on competitors the way I used to do.
In the last year or so, I’ve really discovered that Facebook is a wonderful tool for doing something like this to the Left…but instead of visiting competing hotels and checking out what events or conference business they had that day I can pop around to various pages and get a good read on what the Left in this country is either up to or feeling.
Today I thought I’d give you a little real-time training on just how much great information YOU, too, can collect by spying on lefties’ Facebook pages and also monitoring entertainment websites to see what Democrat talking points are saturating the public in that moment. The key is to monitor entertainment sites (like EW.com, People.com, AintItCool.com, and Deadline.com) instead of political sites like Daily Kos or Democratic Underground because the latter are really not representative of anything that would be seen by the general public. This is actually true of conservative sites too, which are also only read by people really interested in politics…so while I read these for information and enjoyment myself, I know that the average person on the street has no idea what’s going on at Breitbart.com or on DrudgeReport today. They do, however, know all about whatever the entertainment sites are covering…and what I’m interested is seeing what political points hit the radar of those who really only follow pop culture (and, of course, what these people then say in comments on those articles).
None of this is an exact science, but I think it gives as much insight into the Left as my spy missions in the hotel world used to give me when I was a market research analyst back in the 90s.
Here’s 5 Tips on How I Monitor the Left’s Impact on Voters, and how YOU can do it too:
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There’s a scene I love in the movie Batman Returns from the early 90s where Bruce Wayne and his butler Alfred completely derail The Penguin’s mayoral campaign in Gotham by sitting at their computers and making all Hell break loose. I couldn’t find it exactly as I remember it on YouTube (because the version above is actually of someone doing a Rick Roll) but it’s close enough. In the actual film, Bruce plays a mashup of all the lies Penguin’s told so that voters know — at last — who this man really is. Soon thereafter, the bird’s pelted with tomatoes and rotten cabbages (which people just happen to bring to a political speech).
I want to talk personally to you for a moment so that you understand something I think is pretty obvious: YOU are the key to winning this election and defeating not just Barack Obama, but the entire political Left. We are on the precipice of handing these Marxists and lunatics the most crushing defeat imaginable…to the extent that the talking heads on MSNBC really will need to be on suicide watch on November 6th.
As I write this, Democrats are moving the firewalls back into uncharted territory. The Obama campaign has already abandoned North Carolina…and Virginia and Florida are next. Mitt Romney is going to win all three of these states. Surprisingly, as of today, Obama’s also given up completely on Colorado too. I think the Frank Luntz focus groups in Las Vegas after the second debate are a good indication that Nevada is lost to Obama as well. The political maps are still giving New Mexico to Democrats but I have a hard time buying that…I think Governor Susana Martinez will deliver her state to Romney in the end.
My own home state of Ohio is not a tossup. I’ve written before that the thing you need to know about Ohio is that is has correctly voted with the winner of the presidential race in every election since 1960. Ohioans vote with the zeitgeist…and that energy is all going towards Mitt Romney. Ohio, the heart of it all, the Buckeye State, will be in Romney’s column just under three weeks from now.
That means Democrats’ new firewall of defense against a complete and total blowout are pushed back to Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. If what I’m hearing is true from black voters (about how blacks are not enthused this year and are in fact angry about the big push Democrats made on abortion and gay marriage…because the Left thought blacks would happily eat whatever slop sandwich was served to them and like it since there was a black candidate running in this race) then Democrats could very well be in danger of not just losing Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin but states even deeper behind the firewall. Could Barack Obama really lose New Jersey, Oregon, or…brace yourselves…Illinois?
Remember how stunning it was to see John McCain lose Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, Iowa, etc. just four years ago? If the pendulum has indeed swung in a corrective action to remedy all the ills of the last four years then it’s indeed possible that Democrats will suffer stunning losses on an even bigger scale here in 2012.
This is where you come in.
Mitt Romney is going to win this election and be our next president…but I’d like your help in making that as big a win as possible.
The Left needs to be humiliated and the Ministry of Truth that has supported and enabled the Obama regime for the last four years must be forced into complete meltdown mode…with an unprecedented and historic rebuke of both the Left and Minitru itself. We need as big a win as possible, in as many states as possible…and you can play a big role in this.
I don’t know what your particular talent is, but I know you have one. You are the product of a great many life experiences and the child born to a long line of survivors and thrivers whose hard work and successes put you here today…in this moment…when YOU are needed most. That’s no coincidence. It was always part of the plan. When America needed the help in driving the Left from power in as loud a voice as possible, YOU stepped onto the scene and reported for duty in your own particular way.
I would like to ask you to honor your parents, grandparents, favorite teachers, and anyone else who shaped you and helped make you who you are today in the country you love by taking a moment and thinking about how you can help make Mitt Romney’s win as big as possible on November 6th. This will involve taking a step beyond things you normally do now…and interacting with a greater circle of people than just your current friends and family. It will most likely involve reaching out to people in your community or total strangers on the phone or online and asking them to help save our country by voting for Mitt Romney, the man who can fix the mess we are in.
Learn how you can help the campaign from home.
If you have any bucks to spare in this horrible Obama economy, please consider sending what you can to the campaign.
Here are some other things you can do that won’t cost you anything but a few minutes a day of your time:
* If you see anyone online in conservative ranks pulling Eeyore garbage, jump in and tell that person to knock it off because they are not helping the cause. It’s time for Eeyores to shut up and keep their worries, fears, and cries for attention to themselves. Grown ups have work to do.
* If you notice any conservative writers attempting to play Tokyo Rose games to demoralize Republicans at a time when we’re so close to a major victory, shout these people down. Go after them on Twitter, Facebook, and email and demand they stop churning out this propaganda. Tell them flat out they are Tokyo Roses and commence weeding them out. After the election, we’re going to take things a step further and demand that some of these people be removed from sites like HotAir, TownHall, National Review, etc. because they clearly operated from a pro-Obama agenda by echoing the Left’s talking points during the last few months of this race. We’re not going to allow that to keep happening in the future.
* Remind people that every time they say or write the word “liberals” they are giving $5.00 in free marketing to the Obama campaign because independents think the word “liberal” is an open-minded, fluffy, good thing. Please help enforce the line that Democrats are lefties or Leftists. The more you call Democrats lefties and Leftists, the more independents and undecideds go running away from Democrats in droves. For all these years, every time you’ve said “liberal” you were calling cockroaches by the name “hug-a-bugs” and making them sound cute and palatable to far too many people. Knock that off, and get others to stop too…including prominent people like Rush or Ann Coulter who may have no idea how much they help Democrats every day by using the word “liberal” when what Democrats really and truly are at this point are LEFTISTS.
* Can you take a vacation day on November 6th? If so, see if your local Romney campaign office needs help that day getting people to the polls or working other GOTV efforts. Do not — and I repeat this DO NOT — feel bad in any way if you can’t take off work that day; some jobs are more flexible than others and no one will hold it against you if you can’t. BUT, if you can use a sick day then please try to do so. Even if you are in a state that’s sure to go to Romney you can be used to make calls into other states…or you can help GOTV for Senate or Congressional candidates. If you are in your house on Election Day it would be great if you could be on the phone helping to get the word out that America’s comeback is just around the corner if only we help Mitt and Paul WIN BIG.
* Keep your eyes and ears open. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Then chime in here with Ground Reports on what’s happening around you. If you are a lurker and have never commented before, now is a great time to start. A good ground report tells us what state you are in, what you see happening around you, and gives us a sense of the energy amongst the people you know in terms of who you think they will all vote for. The reason these ground reports are so vital is because the Ministry of Truth suppresses this sort of information. I’ve seen this happen over and over, where someone sends in a ground report showing the REAL deal on the ground in some state and there is an explosion of excitement and energy as people realize that, yes, indeed, Minitru is just lying and Romney’s win is going to be big.
You, at your computer or on your phone or tweeting or texting or whatever can indeed be like Batman in this election. YOU have the power to help get the truth out, to everyone in your contacts list and to people even further than that if you go to the Romney campaign site and take part in its GOTV efforts. We’re up against a Ministry of Truth here, folks…with all the tee-vee shows and newspapers and media machines that are attempting to drag Obama over the finish line. They’re going to fail because YOU are going to shut Minitru down…and then after this election we’re going to go after the media and hopefully drive MSNBC and some of these propaganda papers out of business.
You are the Resistance. The part you play in all of this is perfectly suited to YOUR abilities. Inch out of your comfort zone just a little and be a little more aggressive than normal…but go at your pace and do what you know you are good at. If everyone in the Resistance reading this would do that…shake it up a little and try finding a way to use each of your individual talents to help Romney these next three weeks…then I really believe anything is possible.
Have you ever wanted to see Democrats lose ILLINOIS?
Dream big, folks. 2012 is the year this could happen. It is actually possible this year. All it takes is enough national energy pointing to a big loss for Obama and the bandwagon effect kicks in for our side and all sorts of horrors can then befall Democrats. If you ever wanted to see Chris Matthews cry on live television, we can make that happen.
YOU can make that happen.
I dare say it might just be what you were in fact born to do.
Please chime in below with just one idea for how someone who wants to help can be of use if that person does not yet know how. What advice would YOU give the person based on how YOU are helping Romney for the next three weeks.
Can you spare 15 minutes to make the Left CRAZY tonight? Vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars!
Can you spare 15 minutes this evening to drive the Left CRAZY in a very simple way?
All you have to do is vote the maximum number of times possible for Bristol Palin to stay on Dancing with the Stars for another week. You don’t have to actually watch the show or care about it in the least…just vote for Bristol like crazy starting at 7pm CST and continuing through 9pm CST. It should take you less than 15 minutes to vote the maximum number of times for Bristol (which I think is 9 times by phone/per phone tonight). You can vote by phone on every phone you own, via Facebook, on the ABC website, and by texting (if you have AT&T, which most iPhones have). Please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote as well…and remind them they don’t have to watch the show, just vote at 7pm CST until you have maxed out the amount of votes possible. Vote the way Democrats vote in real elections. Vote in the name of your dog, your cat, your imaginary friend, your favorite cartoon character. Go nuts and vote until you’ve voted all you can possibly vote. Then vote one more time for good measure, just like lifelong Democrats do in actual elections!
Democrats love voter fraud and encourage it everywhere…so now’s YOUR chance to vote like they do, without any restrictions, for something that upsets them immensely!
Here are the four ways you can vote for Bristol tonight, starting at 7pm CST and continuing until 9pm CST:
1. Calling — 1-800-868-3409
2. Texting (only for AT&T customers) — Text the word VOTE to the number 3409
3. Voting online at ABC.com — VOTE HERE
4. Facebook voting – facebook.com/dancingwiththestars
Here’s more on how the voting works via the show’s website.
Why this matters:
In short, you drive lefties absolutely nuts by keeping Bristol on the show. Just watch, every week Bristol keeps dancing the Left obsesses over this, filling up message boards on entertainment websites with hateful screeds against her and the Tea Party. It is like giving these people electronic poison ivy…they just can’t help twitching and scratching and lashing out that Bristol Palin is still on the show. They’ll be upset about this all this week…and will only just get over it by the time the next Monday rolls around and Bristol dances again.
it is a foolproof, sure-fire way to drive Leftists INSANE each and every week through the election. This takes them out of the game when it comes to doing anything else that might be productive.
And it only costs you less than 15 minutes of your time every Monday starting at 7pm CST.
There is nothing on Earth that has this big a payoff for so little work.
PLEASE do all you can to keep our sweet Bristol dancing with all those stars so that lefties coast to coast will have heart attacks and conniptions tomorrow night when it’s announced she’s on the show for yet another week.
How to Drive the Left Nuts: Vote like CRAZY for Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas on Dancing with the Stars tonight! #BristolsBlog #MarkBallas
Do you want to drive the Left crazy tonight by taking about 15 minutes out of your evening to do something fun that will make lefty heads explode tomorrow?
How about helping to keep Bristol Palin dancing with the stars for another week?
Here are the four ways you can vote for Bristol tonight, starting at 7pm CST and continuing until 9pm CST:
1. Calling — 1-800-868-3409
2. Texting (only for AT&T customers) — Text the word VOTE to the number 3409
3. Voting online at ABC.com — VOTE HERE
4. Facebook voting – facebook.com/dancingwiththestars
Here’s more on how the voting works via the show’s website.
The trickiest one is to vote via ABC.com because Disney owns that site and Disney makes registration needlessly cumbersome. You need to actually create a free registration with Disney linked to an email account and then you need to remember your login and password. I actually created five registrations for this site and have been using all five to vote for Bristol the maximum number of times I could. I keep the logins and passwords written on a little slip of paper that I taped to my computer so that I don’t lose this and will have it ready each week.
I suggest you do something similar. Once you vote the maximum number of times, you logout and then login as the new account and vote the maximum amount again…and then do it as much as you want.
At the same time, I also call in as many times as I can for Bristol using our land line, my cell, and my boyfriend Justin’s cell phone too. I have all my friends call as well. I think our little group of voters is about 60 people strong at this point and we all vote the maximum amount for Bristol each week on the phone. Justin has AT&T so he can text for Bristol, and he does that as much as he can too. I think you are allowed to vote 11 times this week per number.
Then you can vote 11 times per Facebook account as well!
Vote as much as you want…and in fact vote like you are Democrats in Chicago voting in an actual election! Vote in the name of dead people, household pets, imaginary friends…go nuts!
Why this matters:
The entire Palin family enrages the Left just by continuing to exist because Democrats did everything they could to personally destroy these people.
Remember how the Left, and the Obama campaign itself, went after young, sweet Bristol herself?
Remember when David Letterman joked about Alex Rodriguez raping Willow Palin at a Yankee’s game in 2010?
Remember when the Left repeatedly mocked Trig Palin, a baby with Down Syndrome?
Remember when sicko lunatic Joe McGinniss stalked Piper Palin and tried to peek in her windows when he moved next door to the Palins two summers ago?
I can’t forget either. That’s why I am voting for Bristol as much as I can and will encourage everyone I know to do so. Every week I can help keep Bristol dancing with the stars is a way of swatting back at the Leftists who tried to destroy her and her siblings just because Obama was afraid of her mother. The longer Bristol is on the show…the crazier the Left will get and the more apoplectic fits these nutters will throw because they just can’t boot a Palin off the show the way they so desperately want.
So, please vote as much as you can and please ask everyone you know to do so as well. This really does matter because taking 15 minutes out of your night this evening will do more damage to the Left’s psyche than you could ever begin to imagine.
Please chime in below with your take on the show and any other good ideas for helping to keep Bristol Dancing with the Stars until the final three again this year!