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March 6, 2013 - 1:58 pm

This morning I was out in the car for an errand and I was listening to 101.5 FM. It’s Austin’s alt-rock station, which these days means too many songs with mandolins and folk singers, ads for strip clubs and DJ’s who are not quite as funny as they think they are. What can I say? Alt-rock used to be good before someone decided to castrate it and make it conformist schlock. I keep hoping they’ll play a good song. Sometimes they surprise me.

The DJ, Deb O’Keefe, was on about the TSA. She read a media story verbatim about how the TSA is predicting long lines at airports thanks to the sequester. Then she jumped to the story about the TSA now allowing knives, golf clubs and other things that can be used as weapons back onto aircraft. Then she made the illogical and ill-informed leap that the decisions to allows knives etc. back onto aircraft is meant to distract from the delays that we’ll supposedly encounter at airports. She was serious. Keeping your pocket knife would distract you from noticing that you’re standing around in line forever, somehow. And in her way of thinking, the Obama administration really wants to distract people from the pain that it is banking on inflicting, to get its way in the sequester fight.

It made no sense at all, and in the context of the Obama administration’s scaremongering on the sequester (which O’Keefe admitted that she didn’t even understand), really made no sense. There was no mention of the USDA memo in which the administration pushed agencies to make the sequester hurt, to keep the administration from looking bad. There was no real counter from the other DJ, who was as ill-informed as his comrade. It was a hot mess from start to finish. But they have microphones and ample time to misinform, and a decent sized audience in the Austin area.

Now, this sort of thing is about what I expect from the likes of your average morning radio show. They’re there to entertain, not really inform. It’s nearly a miracle that they cover any real news at all. But a whole lot of people do get their news on stations like 101X. Those people and these DJs aren’t paying one second’s worth of attention to Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster to fight Brennan and Holder on drone attacks or really analyzing what’s behind the TSA threat — made a day after it splurged $50 million on new uniforms — or anything else. This station’s audience votes. Or some of them do, anyway, and chances are they’re not voting for sane or limited government. They’re voting based on what they hear in the media, which is deceptive on a good day. I doubt that most of them would vote to surrender so much control over their daily lives to government bureaucrats if they knew that’s what they were doing when they vote for Democrats.

We have to reach these people. How do we do it? I puzzled over this problem the entire time I was at the state GOP and still haven’t figured it out. They’re not getting their news here or Drudge or Breitbart or Hot Air or anything similar. It’s a TMZ world we’re dealing with. How do we break through?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Market Watch
S&P 500 chart appears to repeat history
March 7, 2013, 2:32 PM– Wallace Witkowski
We won’t get fooled again, The Who once sang. Are we so sure of that?
While past performance is no guarantee of future results, there’s something downright eerie about the five-year patterns of the S&P 500 Index SPX+0.18% in a chart put together by Randy Frederick, managing director of active trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab.
Frederick took the five-year chart of the S&P 500 from Jan. 2, 2003 through Dec. 31, 2007 and compared it with the S&P 500 since Jan. 2, 2009. What results is a remarkably similar climb from the 900s to the 1500s, except the current climb takes nine months less and gets what appears to be some quantitative easing turbocharging.
“With this comparison in mind, it sure seems reasonable that the SPX could exceed 1565 in March, experience a small correction, pull back a bit in the summer (sell in May and go away?), move higher again in late summer, correct again in the fall, but then still finish in the range of about 1540 – 1550; which would put it right about +8% to +9% for the year,” Frederick said in emailed comments.
The S&P 500 set an all-time high of 1,576.09 on Oct. 11, 2007, and a closing high of 1,565.15 on Oct. 9, 2007.
While the S&P 500 was down below 700 less than 17 months later, Frederick thinks it’ll be different this time around. Interest rates are much lower than they were in 2008, the housing market is in a recovery rather than in a bubble, P/E ratios are lower, and while unemployment is higher, manufacturing jobs are beginning to return from 2008′s migration overseas, he said.
With some indexes surpassing record highs and others within spitting distance, debate on whether the new highs portend the beginning of a rally or a new ceiling have dominated investors’ conversations over the past week.
So, in conclusion "government freely spending We The People's hard earned money on give-away-programs plus FedRes's unbridled Quantitative Easing is the 'new normal?'" Economics has a new paradigm? Spending our way to Prosperity? Say what?Gross distortions in America's Public and Private Sectors, their interesecting with crony-capitalism, is a precursor of a "booming economy?" Charles Schwab has some pretty powerful LSD (After all, weren't The Who mentioned).Pray. Amen.OH! It was The Who making this analysis! O.K. Understood. "Damn, this is some pretty strong s**t!"
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Back in the 1970s, many college graduates who were intelligent and Conservative, entered the business world. Those on the left-liberal side went into "the chattering professions" as Robert Bork described them. As a result, 40-45 years later the universities, the movies, television and the theater are overwwhelmingly liberal. It will take a very very long time to change things to a more even keel.....but it would be worth it if the right combination of people could be found.
1 year ago
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Well, we might start by teaching them to read. Unfortunately, the written word is the only effective means we have at getting our message out. Right now it's the Jon Stewarts, Stephen Colberts, and Bill Mahrs who provide these folks with their "information" on the important events of the day.
1 year ago
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The left is insidious when it comes to 'reaching people'. They target their efforts to the youngest demographic they can. It's why Ayers is such an influence, why the Dept of Education and teachers unions are such intransigent forces against a conservative veiwpoint. Look at Obama talking about funding pre-school now.

BY the time a kid hits college they are fairly well indoctrinated or plain stupid (not mutually exclusive of course). I'm convinced LIVs don't know the difference between a billion and a trillion. And they don't connect government largess with increased taxes - they think it is simply it's a moral decision on what to fund - not thinking through where the money comes from.

We can and should resist with ideas such as listed elsewhere - but human nature combined with demographics and massive media slanting (or ignorance as Mr. Preston showed) is corroding the Republic over time. The best I shoot for is a happy warrior in the meantime.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Begin by letting people like Deb O'Keefe know that she's wrong.
1 year ago
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wish to add to foregoing that idea of buying a tv conglomerate is not mine originally-- I saw it on RED STATE about 2 weeks ago--- sorry dont have time to attribute now correctly also agree with BUXXSAWMONKEY who expressed himself so mmch more elegantly than I.
please dont knock TALK RADIO , however, its one of our very few popular outlets for getting the message out.
1 year ago
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the short answer to yr question is COMEDY[ ridicule] start making videoclips exposing these preposterous ideas in real life--- we must pass the bill in order to know its content--- im going to focus like a laser on jobs and the economy.

the long answer is to recognise they have attained TOTAL CULTURAL HEGEMONY.
we need the koch brothers and trump and wealthy patrioits to mount a hostile takeover of one of the big 3 networks and make it all conservative all the time===if gore will sell toAlJazeera you know these guys will also wellout if the dollar signs are big enough.
otherwise it will all be over in Novemebr 2014 because of what youre talking about - effectively a one party socialist State-- they will own all 3 branches plus the 4th estate plus a finlandised supreme court--- ont you think hes already got a couple of human shields lined up for the next spot when ginsberg gets the call that its tim eto move on.
1 year ago
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This is a bit like evangelism. SOME people eventually come around as long as the message is out there. I think its foolish to try to convert your typical 20 something to conservatism. They need a few life lessons before they will turn.

What conservatism needs is to coalesce into a reliable voting block. Those four million of you who did not vote for Romney are the reason we are in last place. I really don't care what your reason was/is for not voting.You lost the election.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I had an answer, couldn't get anyone to call me back or respond.

When people wake up after a 40 year slumber, giving away the entirety of the culture to runaway leftism, I have a solution that could work.

One would have to have an open mind, quit blocking newcomers with their elbows under the boards, quit holding onto their "importance" and their "turf"...and shut up and listen for once.

Treat anti-leftism as a brand. (conservatism needs rebranding, sorry to say...if this is a serious attempt to get back market share)

Treat leftism as a brand.

And stop letting the leftists brand your brand, that's so stupid as to be mind-numbing.

Old media is a propaganda tool. So...use converged media instead.

There is a pdf on the Converged Media Imperative that is excellent.

But, I hold out little hope that anyone with turf to protect will listen.
1 year ago
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The problem with Conservatism is that, it requires a calm voice and a deep thought ful explanation. Too many politicians are not capable of such deep thought. They know Conservatism is right, but they cannot explain it. They cannot sell it.

Another part of the problem is that, it takes much more time to explain, because you have to lay out the foundational principles. The tenets used to be widely known, so you did not have to explain the basics. The basics are now known only to a minority. We simply lack a common language/experience to explain things.

Let me offer one example. Lately Obama has said that reducing government spending will take money out of the economy. What?!? Where the heck does he think the money comes from in the first place?!? Howver, try explaining that to the average person, and you are speaking Greek to them. They have no undersstanding of money. You have to explain money first. In a soundbite world, it is very hard to do, unless you have spent a great deal of time in reflection and writing. Too few Conservatives take the time, anymore.
1 year ago
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One of the biggest problems we have with politicians today is that very few, if any, have experience in running a business, They cannot explain the Marketing Concept becuase they have never experienced it personally. Most politicians are lawyers or at least liscensed to be lawyers. The average person today thinks that all a government has to do to create currency is print it.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Wait, what? He doesn't get free money from his stash?
1 year ago
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That is why it is necessary---and grotesquely overdue---for conservatives to build a self-reinforcing thought miasma like NPR, as I outline in my other post.
1 year ago
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