As an original Tea Party organizer in Los Angeles, it has been a wonderful pleasure to watch the movement grow here, in Southern California and across the nation. Yet, for many of us, there was a desire to be more than one-dimensional. Rallies are important, but they are not everything. To move a message of The Four Basics, as I call them – The Constitution, Capitalism, Fiscal Responsibility and Smaller Government – takes an approach that engages all types of media.
Amongst the Pasadena Patriots, one of the finest tea party groups in America, this push to engage popular culture has led to the creation of a new TV series: “Courage, New Hampshire – the Travails of Sarah Pine.”
Created by Pasadena Patriots co-Founder Jonathan Wilson, and farmer/entrepreneur/activist James Patrick Riley, “Courage, New Hampshire” shares a look at the colonies before they decided to declare their independence from King George. The objective, according to Riley, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter (and picked up by Drudge Report):
“I’d like to concentrate on some of the regular folk who made the Revolution possible….mix the narrative tension of The Sopranos and the redemptive, heroic American exceptionalism of Frank Capra.”
In the comments on The Hollywood Reporter website, not all of the comments are negative, but more than a few go after the overtly religious elements in the series. One of the comments states:
Troopathon, an annual event across radio and other media channels that raises money for care packages for troops overseas, is happening at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA.
PJTV’s Brandi Milloy will have coverage of the event, including interviews with Andrew Breitbart, Bill Whittle, Gold Star Mom Debbie Lee and a host of other attendees. I will be broadcasting live from the event at 6pm EST/3pm PST at AllPatriotsMedia.com.
I encourage all of you to go to the Troopathon website and give what you can.
I, like most of you, watched the GOP debate last night from Manchester, NH. I anchored the coverage at PJTV, and was joined on set by Stephen Kruiser, James Poulos and Joe Hicks, and joined via video conference by the Vodka Pundit Stephen Green and Tatler editor Bryan Preston, as well as Alexis Garcia in New Hampshire.
From the accounts of those on set, and Bryan and Stephen, all agreed that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) came out of this debate doing the most good for her campaign. Yet, both Bryan and Stephen thought that it was former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney that did best, proving that he is the man to beat in the election.
I could not disagree more.
Stating and restating that you failed to secure the nomination in 2008 is not a winning strategy. Asking President Obama why he didn’t call you to learn about Romneycare was a good tactic, except it reminded everyone that he passed Romneycare! Pawlenty didn’t vigoursly go after Romney like he does in interviews, but was the Romney response to Pawlenty – or to any attacks on Romneycare – vigorous? Would anyone characterize Romney as vigorous? As exciting? As connected?
What in his presentation last night makes him the winner? The fact that he didn’t have a glaring misstep?
Here is how I rate the debaters:
Liberals made the gutsy call to support the killing of Osama bin Laden. This kind of left-wing bloodlust is enough to make Michael Moore’s head actually explode.
Seriously … it explodes.
As reported by Newsbusters on May 16th, Chris Matthews ended his program “Hardball” with a segment he calls, “Let Me Finish.” (An oddly worded title for a segment, as if he ever let’s any of his guests finish any of their points!) In the segment, Matthews went on a hateful rant about the Tea Party and the GOP, stating that the relationship between the two is not about love, it’s about hate. Watch the video below:
In his nonsensical, common-place anti-Republican screed, Matthews makes three claims. He states:
No, the marriage between the Republicans and the Tea Party is based on hatred, hatred of government, hatred of the Democrats, hatred of Barack Obama. What’s love got to do with it? Zip.
Let’s break these down one by one, just to remind us (the non-ranting, non-hateful world) what the Tea Party is all about.
On Sunday, Newt attacked Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity as “too big a jump.” He also said, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.”
But in Iowa, at the Conservative Principles Conference in March, Newt was praising the plan. He told PJTV’s Tony Katz that the Ryan plan offered “a very bold budget that includes entitlement reforms, it includes very significant cuts in government spending.”
Watch the interview here:
Here’s Newt’s analysis (again, from March) of Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity.
I think you’re going to see in the next couple of weeks, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Budget Committee, produce a very bold budget that includes entitlement reforms, it includes very significant cuts in government spending. It is a major step towards getting government under control, and I know from talking to Congressman Ryan that he is really putting together something that’s very bold and very decisive. So, I think that’s coming in the very near future. I think you’ll see continued cuts in the continuing resolution process and I think you could see a serious effort to repeal Obamacare on the debt ceiling. So, I think the next three or four months are going to be very action-packed and that people are going to have a chance to see some very significant changes.
We are definitely seeing “some very significant changes.”
PJTV sits down with rising star Herman Cain after his speech at the Austin Economic Club in Texas. Find out where he stands on the issues: The First and Second Amendments, abortion, immigration and how he plans to bring his business sense to the White House to get things done. Click the image to head over to PJTV and watch the interview.
“You notice that when I speak I don’t need a teleprompter and you didn’t see me pull out any notes. It comes from my heart and my head … that’s resonating with people.” — Herman Cain
… and other thoughts on the 2012 GOP field from Stephen Green, Scott Ott and Bill Whittle.
Hope in the Wayback Machine with Glenn Reynolds and Bill Whittle to witness the birth of Instapundit and the entire Blogosphere.
Farid Ghadry gave PJ readers an inside look at the horror being perpetrated in Syria by Bashar al-Assad’s government. In an exlusive interview, Ghadry tells PJTV, “Assad extended his terror to the point where it has become massacring people, rather than just having snipers kill a few here and there.”
Ghadry details James Poulos the latest events on the ground in Syria and how explains how the video is being brought out of the country.
“This is our Tiananmen Square,” Ghadry days, describing an iconic image shot during a sniper attack of a bloodied Syrian man standing defiantly in the middle of the street with his arms wide open. “This revolution is not going to die,” he adds, “Our people are very courageous.”
In order to help pass the time while waiting for the cinematic debut of Atlas Shrugged in theaters on Friday, here’s my video interview from last year with Jennifer Burns, the author of the best-selling late 2009 book on Ayn Rand’s remarkably contentious history with the American right. We explored Rand’s resurgence in 2009 with the Tea Party, who can pick and choose which elements of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy they agree with in a way that Rand would have found anathema while she was still living. We also discussed Rand’s tempestuous relationship with both the right and the left during the 1940s through the early 1970s, including her look at what she described as JFK’s “Fascist New Frontier” in 1962. Plus some thoughts on what the Fountainhead had to say about Rand’s take on modernist aesthetics, and the socialistic milieu in which they originally emerged, along with clips of the 1949 movie starring Garry Cooper.
Approx. 12-minutes long:
The economy must be doing pretty well in President Obama’s imagination. He thinks you should trade in your SUVs and buy hybrid minivans.
Amy Holmes, Kristen Soltis and Katie Pavlich analyze Obama’s “Let them eat cake” moment.
And with the push of an “Enter” key, President Obama has announced his intentions to again run for President of the United States.
It’s a long way from his first, improbable run. It’s a long way from the aura that the MSM created for him. It’s a long way from the Greek columns and fainting fanatics. As we discussed on PJTV, there is a big difference between being a speaker, and being able to connect with your audience. Will Obama be able to connect with independents and disenfranchised Republicans like in 2008, with Obamacare, financial reform laws, taxation and Libya now at play, along with massive spikes in gas prices and inflation?
It’s a long way to the election, and the GOP still needs to come up with a candidate (which is also a long way away.) However, it’s never to early to come up with some snappy slogans to place on a bumper sticker. Here are some slogans that the president might use:
5 – I’m Running For President … right after this vacation.
4 – Obama — shoving Hope and Change down your freakin’ throat!
Tea Party protesters descended upon Capitol Hill today to remind Republicans why they were sent to Washington. Rep. Michelle Bachmann told the crowd, “We’ve never said we want to see government shut down. What we want is a true fight. We truly want to fight to cut government spending.”
Over the weekend I traveled to Houston, TX to cover the first ever True the Vote national summit for both the Tatler and PJTV. I covered it guerrilla video style, with help on camera from Marie Mazzanti. We interviewed a number of the experts who were on hand to promote election integrity.
First up, we spoke with former Sen. Norm Coleman about the importance of eliminating vote fraud, and we spoke with the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund about his new book, Stealing Elections, and about the appalling flaws in our election system.
PJ Media’s own J. Christian Adams advises the state of Texas on how it should proceed once its voter ID bill becomes law. And Hans von Spakovsky crushes the left’s mantra that voter ID depresses voter turnout.
We’ll have more interviews from the True the Vote summit throughout the day, including my one-on-one with Andrew Breitbart.
PJTV has been covering the Conservative Principles conference in Des Moines, IA, presented by Rep. Steve King.
Multiple presidential contenders are in attendance, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Ambassador John Bolton, Herman Cain, Gov. Haley Barbour and Rep. Michele Bachmann. Other speakers include Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Rep. King and yours truly as part of a panel on media.
While not all the speakers have addressed the crowd as of this posting, Rep. Bachmann left the stage to a standing ovation. Her speech was focused on the people of Iowa, and on comparing their standard of living with the economy, and the state of the Nation, more than two years into the Obama Administration.
Within the 20+ minute speech, she was interrupted by the crowd’s laughter, and applause. Bachmann appeared energized, upbeat and focused. It looks like, based on the speech and the reaction, Rep. Bachmann’s run for the White House has begun for real.
Be sure to check PJTV for all of our interviews from the Conference.
“George W. Bush gets 20-plus countries to agree to go into Iraq with him and he’s cowboy … Barack Obama gets the Brits to sign on, and then the French to launch one attack, and then go back to a cafe to have a croissant, and journal about it … and he has a multi-lateralist approach.”
That’s pretty much how Stephen Kruiser sums up the Obama Doctrine. What else will you find in this week’s Kruiser Control? Well, Olbermann is back. Though apparently he’s a man who’s alone with his thoughts.
I wish I knew where the most PC amongst us kept their starter’s pistol, for it seems that on cue those who can learn the most from open communication will do the most to ensure it happens least.
Today, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) opens up his hearings on the radicalization of Muslim youth in America. A rally already took place in New York, claiming that Rep. King was targeting Muslims. Rep. Andre Carson, (D-IN) a Muslim, stated, “To the Peter King’s of the world: We will not take your xenophobic behavior.” Rep. Keith Ellison, (D-MN) the first Muslim elected to Congress also opposed the meetings, as they might be used as a recruiting tool for Jihadists.
Today, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, echoed Rep. Ellison, stating that the hearing could be used by terrorists to inspire a new generation of suicide bombers.
The upcoming hearings were covered by PJTV on The Conversation with Tony Katz. Clearly, the PC crowd does not want to recognize reality, and is trying to hide behind the mantle of multi-culturalism to thwart open dialogue. Radicalization of Muslim youth is happening, and that youth is being recruited to attack America, and the free and thinking people of the world. Hearings, or a discussion on the subject isn’t going to “create more terrorists.” Honest conversation about who they are, and who we are, might be the only thing that stops it.
“Debt, by the end of this decade, will be about $160,000 for every household in America.”
Alexis Garcia exposes the full extent of the debt bomb Americans face. A decade of unprecedented spending by both Republicans and Democrats has set our country on course to an economic apocalypse. Watch more about this truly bipartisan time bomb here.
“This particular administration had only 7 percent of the appointees and of the cabinet members who have ever had a real job. No wonder they can’t stimulate the economy.”
Last August I reported here at PJ Media about the long line of Muslim Student Association (MSA) leaders who have been involved and convicted in terrorist plots directed at the United States (“The Muslim Student Association’s Terror Problem“). The MSA’s connection to the international Muslim Brotherhood has received widespread media attention, most notably a Dec. 2003 front page article in the Wall Street Journal by investigative reporter Paul Barrett, who recounts the story of Mustafa Saied, who was recruited into the Muslim Brotherhood through his MSA chapter at the Univ. of Tennessee.
But if there was any question about the MSA’s connection to the Muslim Brotherhood (notwithstanding Suhail Khan’s claim this past weekend at CPAC that “there is no Muslim Brotherhood in the United States”), the video below taken from the MSA West regional conference held this January shows keynote speaker Amir Abdel Malik closing the session by leading the crowd in the MSA’s “pledge of allegiance”. And this wasn’t some undercover sting operation that obtained this video, but posted by one a MSA leader on Youtube (the pledge is ~53.00).
Here is the pledge, with subtitles:
Their “pledge of allegiance” is as follows:
Allah is my lord.
Islam is my life.
The Koran is my guide.
The Sunna is my practice.
Jihad is my spirit.
Righteousness is my character.
Paradise is my goal.
I enjoin what is right.
I forbid what is wrong.
I will fight against oppression.
And I will die to establish Islam.
This pledge is an adaptation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s credo:
Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader.
The Qur’an is our law.
Jihad is our way.
Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
And who is Amir Abdel Malik? He’s a notorious hatemonger known for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, including his claim that Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks. Even the far Left Southern Poverty Law Center has exposed the MSA speaker.
“For the 11 million illegal immigrants that are here in this country right now, you need to set up a grace period whereby you can get a work visa … Illegal immigration is as high as it is because the government has made it impossible to get a work visa.”
With the deficit at an historic high, Republicans are gaining momentum with a proposed $2.5 TRILLION in cuts to the federal government.
The Republican Study Committee chair, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), tells PJTV’s Alexis Garcia, “The situation in so serious that a spending freeze is not even close to getting us where we need to go on a fiscal path that is sustainable. … We’ve got to cut spending and we’ve introduced a bill that does that.” Does the Republican leadership support these cuts? Alexis has the full story here.
We have a full slate of SOTU coverage for you tonight on PJTV:
5-6 PM Pacific
Live, expert analysis with:
PJTV All Star Panel (Joe Hicks, Tony Katz, Stephen Kruiser & Sonja Schmidt)
Special Sotu Preview Trifecta with Bill Whittle, Stephen Green and Scott Ott
Alexis Garcia from DC
Plus, Michael Ledeen, Roger L Simon, Lionel Chetwynd, David Frum, Stephen Moore
6-7 PM Pacific
Live stream of State of the Union Address
7-8 PM Pacific
Live, post-address analysis with:
PJTV All Star Panel (Joe Hicks, James Poulos, Tony Katz, Stephen Kruiser & Sonja Schmidt)
Alexis Garcia with Peter Roff in DC
Live Trifecta Address Reaction
Republican Response from Rep. Paul Ryan
Tea Party Response from Rep. Michele Bachmann
All of the coverage is LIVE…. no need to tune into the MSM
PJTV Report’s Danika Quinn and Brandi Milloy take a look at prospects for getting the ObamaCare repeal through the Senate. Click the image to play, and consider subscribing. As Mark Tapscott says, PJTV is, “quite simply, the most important video news media operation on the Right side of the Internet, or for that matter anywhere on the Internet.”
The Beltway media reacted to today’s House ObamaCare repeal by declaring that it’s DOA in the Senate. PJTV’s Alexis Garcia gets past the media narrative and finds out that repeal’s chances in the Senate may be better than they seem.
Update: Sen. Mitch McConnell is promising that after the House vote, the Senate will “soon follow suit.”