ACTION ITEMS: What the new HillBuzz site was built around and how they will change politics as we know it in America
On Tuesday, Justin and I went to an advance screening of Jodie Foster’s new movie, “The Beaver”, here in Chicago.
Jodie was there, and held a Q&A after the movie where she answered questions from the audience.
Since I used to be an event planner, and I spent the majority of 2008 organizing candidate events for first the Clinton campaign and then Democrats for McCain efforts, I know how things like this work…so I got us seats right in front of where I knew Jodie would be seated as she did the Q&A (hint: if it’s a movie screening, and you want to meet whomever is going to speak afterwards, sit in the front row dead center if you can…because that is where the person will stand with a microphone to address the crowd, and there is no way that person can avoid meeting you if you are right in front of her like that…since most people fight over sitting in the actual middle of the theater and balk at being in the front row, if you don’t mind craning your neck during the movie you will get your desired facetime with Clarice Starling/Nell/the lady from the Panic Room if you want it).
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Which of the Democrat Wisconsin state senators (that fled to Illinois to shirk their elected duties) are potentially subject to voter recall efforts?
With the Democratic Wisconsin State Senators still AWOL, people are starting to use the word “recall,” as well as some other words like “fire,” “arrest,” and “don’t pay.” Of these, here’s some information on Recalling an Elected Official in Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin an elected official must first serve in their office for a year before they can be recalled, meaning everyone who was just elected or re-elected in November 2010 can’t be recalled until next January.
The number of signatures needed for a recall petition is 25% of the number of people who voted in the last gubernatorial election in that district.
The petitioner must first file a registration statement “with the same official or agency with whom nomination papers or declarations of candidacy for the office are filed demanding the recall of the officeholder.” No petitions may be circulated before the registration statement is filed and the petitions themselves must be submitted back to the office by no later than 5pm on the 60th day after the registration statement is filed. No signatures may be added or removed after that date.
The petitions must have the words “RECALL PETITION” on their face in bold type and must follow other rules for nominating petitions
There are also a variety of rules regarding the signatures.
As for which Democratic Senators are eligible for recall, I have created and attached a file with a spreadsheet that includes information on Wisconsin’s Democratic Senators. It lists the Democrats, which Senate District they represent, if they are eligible for recall, the percentage of the vote they received, how many votes were cast and how may they received.
If you are a resident of Wisconsin, contact your county’s Republican Party to find out if anything is being planned and if they have anything that you can do to help.
Melissa in Wisconsin
Now vs. Then: Whatever happened to that “crusade against other people’s obesity” Michelle Antoinette Obama was going on about?
If, as First Spouse, you are going to chide parents for what they feed their families…and if you are going to go so far as to call poor eating habits and obesity a national security issue…then you should not serve bratwurst, cheeseburgers, Buffalo wings, and deep-dish pizza at the White House EVER. Not even at a Super Bowl party. Because it makes you look ridiculous and exposes you as the hypocrite you very much are.
Surely, expert Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford could have created “healthy snacks” for the Obamas’ Super Bowl party…if she had been asked to…by a First Family that reportedly eats more junk and fried food than anyone who’s lived in the White House before them (and that includes not just Bill Clinton, but William Howard Taft as well).
Side note, if you are not a First Spouse, you probably shouldn’t serve a Michelle Antoinette-approved menu either…lest you receive an unexpected visit from the Charybdis of Lake Michigan, Oprah Winfrey. Bratwurst, cheeseburgers, Buffalo wings, deep-dish pizza…it’s like chumming the waters off the Farallones…summoning an ancient, primal hunger…you’re risking life and limb in moments reminiscent of old ‘ 80s Kool-Aid commercials where the Charybdis bursts through the wall and heads straight for your buffet, her Ampullae of Lasagini afire, detecting the irresistible combination of marinara, mozzarella, blue cheese, cheddar, and various forms of processed ungulates.
As with everything else in the Obama White House, the “crusade against other people’s obesity” does not involve anything Michelle Antoinette or her celebrity friends (like Oprah) eat. It’s just another way for her to look down upon regular Americans and what they like, telling them not to have things they enjoy, because then there’s more of those things for the Obamas and pals.
Sounds a lot like what’s going to happen under Obamacare too.
What’s on your minds this Monday?
What are people talking about in your part of the country?
Do you have ideas for any Action Items to pursue this week?
This piece appeared in American Thinker on 1/28/11 and is reposted in full here on HB today for those who missed it:
American Thinker: Sharks Are Not Misunderstood Dolphins and Islam is Not A Religion of Peace – by Kevin DuJan
They asked me to start writing for them directly.
True story: I came on their radar when a Stella Paul article quoted HillBuzz over there not that long ago, and a cyberstalker I have in Indiana wrote to American Thinker to tell them not to quote me or link back to HillBuzz. It was such a strange thing for this woman to do (Hey T.B.!), that they got in touch with me and one thing led to another and now I’m writing columns for them directly on a continuing basis (Thanks, T.B.!).
It’s just like when that gay hater-site in New York links to HB to either make fun of us or attack me personally, and then all he succeeds in doing is driving up our hits for the day (Thanks, Joe!). Incidentally, HillBuzz officially surpassed that particular site in daily hits a few months ago…and he started his site about five years before we did. Ruh-roh! Somebody’s losing his relevance. Along with his hair.
You’ll have to wait for the HillBuzz book to read the full chapter on these people (rest assured it’s a doozy!), but the moral of the story is that we’re not going to ever stop doing what we do here at HB, and I’m in particular never going to stop writing. I love it too much, and since the nonstop personal attacks waged on me by the Left (and now Cocktail Party establishment GOP) for doing it, it’s all I have left. So, they’ve only succeeded in making me do the thing they hate (and that bothers them all so much) all the more. I am not intimidated by the stalkers or any fatwa that could go out because I call Islam out for the militarized ideological cult that it is. I will not call sharks “dolphins”, no matter what the PC-crowd wants us all to do. And I hope others out there see that you honestly can speak out against these loons and survive, no matter what terrible things they do to you.
Let me know what you thought of the debut American Thinker piece. I have more columns set to debut next week in a few other places you might read every day, but I’ll always link to them here at HB when they are published so you won’t miss any if you care to read them.
UPDATE: There aren’t many things that make me really stand up and cheer, but appearing on the same page as an article written by THE Pamela Geller, a personal hero of mine, is one of them.
Justin slept over last night and I woke him early this morning when I saw Geller’s piece listed with mine. I don’t know what sort of noise I made, but it’s one he’s never heard before, and I was so excited and happy he thought either Obamacare was repealed, Rahm Emanuel was booted off the Chicago Mayoral ballot again, or there’d been several arrests for treason that installed Hillary Clinton as President in a bizarre power coup.
Justin doesn’t follow politics, so he thought Pamela Geller “is that girl from Buffy”…and in a weird way, she kind of is, as she’s as close to a Slayer as we’ll ever see in this world, outside of the one in Wasilla, Alaska.
She, and her site AtlasShrugs, are just awesomeness undiluted.
ACTION ITEM: Write Nancy Reagan a “We Appreciate You” message and tell her how much you miss her being our First Lady
Radio host and political writer Andrea Shea King came up with a great idea: to wish Nancy Reagan a “We Appreciate You!” and “Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan” message and tell her how much she is missed on the national scene, particularly in her role as First Lady.
Mrs. Reagan is going to be celebrating what would be President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday on February 6th.
Andrea Shea King has organized something special for Mrs. Reagan, to let her know how much Americans still love her.
Please participate in this effort and send Mrs. Reagan a kind message through Andrea at Radiopatriot@gmail.com
You have until 9pm EST to do this, so that Andrea can get all of these emails together into something special to give to Mrs. Reagan.
It’s a huge personal project Andrea is working on, and she wants to be FLOODED with responses.
While we’re thinking about Mrs. Reagan today (who will be 90 this year), please chime in with any favorite memories of her…and perhaps some ideas for future Class vs. Crass episodes contrasting her tenure as First Lady with the antics of Michelle Antoinette Obama.
Email for Thank You/Birthday Greeting: Radiopatriot@gmail.com
ACTION ITEMS involving writing anyone like this will be RED TEAM ACTION ITEMS on the new HillBuzz site, where we can keep track of these better and churn out more of them.
Sometimes they will be emails, but usually they will be postcard projects — since writing actual letters in the mail gets the best response and most attention from officials, but they use the anthrax scare excuse not to read letters in envelopes and I believe they just flat out ignore emails.
The postcards will get to their offices, though, and staff will be forced to read them.
So, if you like to write, the new HB site will have a lot of opportunities to do that.
Ten States Now Pushing for Birth Certificate Submission for 2012 Presidential Ballot: it’s about damn time
It’s up to ten states now, for requiring the submission of the long form birth certificate for a candidate to be eligible for the 2012 presidential ballot.
I don’t believe someone can be elected President if that person does not appear on the ballot in all 50 states, because that person would not be the president of the United States, since the states were not united in electing him. Some are arguing with this point, but this is what I learned in school. If you are legal-minded, I’d love clarification on that point.
However, with ten states now working to require submission of a long form original birth certificate before a candidate can appear on the presidential ballot, then it takes the number up to 170 in terms of electoral college votes Obama cannot win right off the bat if he keeps refusing to release his original long form birth certificate for public inspection.
This now includes states Democrats need to win to secure the presidency, like Indiana, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, and Missouri.
I don’t know of a combination of states that could return Obama to the White House for a second term if he doesn’t win five states. If somehow Ohio can be convinced to pass a similar law, Obama’s re-election would be an immediate nonstarter for sure.
That could be an interesting project this year for conservatives nationwide: to pass these birth certificate requirements in states that Democrats absolutely have to win in order to re-elect Obama. If the Left is already writing off the red states and would push ahead with Obama even if he couldn’t appear on the ballot in states McCain won in 2008, what will they do if these laws are passed in states that went blue for Obama?
Man who looks just like John McCain decides not to run for President just four years after man who actually is John McCain lost to Obama
Mike Pence has decided not to run for president — preempting what would have been a very confusing campaign for most Americans.
“Is that John McCain?”.
“Is that John McCain’s son?”.
To the best of our knowledge, no.
“Then, why does he look just like John McCain?”.
Why does anyone look like anyone else. Personally, we think he’s going for a George Peppard on “The A-Team” look. Perhaps “serious actor” Leslie Neilson, like in his brief appearance in ‘The Poseidon Adventure”. That’s apt, because running a man who looks just like John McCain four years after the man who actually IS John McCain would have been intensely stupid…a disaster of Shelley Winters trapped underwater proportions.
Of course, the Cocktail Party GOP establishment was pushing for this, but they are in fact intensely stupid so of course they would do that.
Governor Palin to headline event honoring Reagan on February 4th…two days before Reagan’s 100th birthday
We’re getting incredibly close to Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, which will be February 6th, 2011…SuperBowl Sunday.
This is the day we have long expected Governor Palin to officially pick up Reagan’s mantle…to set her on course to join the poker game above.
Where she belongs.
Very interesting timing.
Almost like she’ll be showing a peak at her hand.