Interview with Stephen Bannon about Grizzly Fest

I had the opportunity to represent the Grizzly Fest organizing effort on Stephen Bannon’s Victory Sessions tonight. I was accompanied by Nicole Coulter, Ian Lazaran, Peter Singleton and Jackie Siciliano to talk about our planned event for Saturday, October 29th from 2-5pm ET at

Here is the audio of our interview with Stephen Bannon:

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Grizzly Fest is on the horizon!

Here is my monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show:

It’s truly amazing what can happen when you throw out an idea. On this show two weeks ago, I was joined by Stephen Bannon, Nicole Coulter, Peter Singleton and Ron Devito. After a lengthy discussion about what the Palinistas should do do next, Stephen Bannon suggested that we needed to come together and discuss where the Palin movement should go next. I then proceeded to say “…we could be looking at a perfect opportunity…for a good, large, C4P meetup somewhere.”

I didn’t say anything that anyone else wasn’t already thinking about and I’ll bet that a whole bunch of you were thinking about it too. What I’ve learned in my life, is that those thoughts need to be brought out into the open. They are the proverbial “elephant in the room”. Once spoken, they empower others to speak their mind so that you can all move forward, into action.

That show lasted 90 minutes, but it was the last 5 minutes that made a difference. In that last 5 minutes, everyone on the show agreed to discuss the possibility of a “webinar”. We agreed to have a conference call within the following few days. Here is what was said right before I ended the program:

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The conference call took place the following Tuesday, October 11th. Stephen Bannon hosted it and the call lasted for about an hour. After the call was over, we all took off in different directions to explore different possibilities. Some decided to reach out to others about joining a panel discussion. Others reached out to potential volunteers to help with the effort. I left the call with the task of finding an appropriate, online venue for the meet-up we’d all envisioned.

One day later, we all decided to brand the event as “Grizzly Fest”. After investigating numerous ways to host the event, we decided to use BlogTalkRadio. Other options were far too expensive and cumbersome. I decided to purchase an appropriate domain name to host the event. We all continued to pursue our various tasks.

The next day, we were looking at logos that had been proposed by members of the growing team. The creative talent behind this effort was amazing! For me, I went off and acquired the domain main for the event. We had no idea who would host it, but the name “Grizzly Fest” was ours on the Internet.

By October 15th, less than one week after my show had aired, we had the logo and graphics, the basic outline for the event and a schedule that we all agreed to. We had originally thought about a 2-day event, but decided otherwise. We set it in stone for October 29th. We were all concerned about the need to do something quickly before the various Palin groups began splintering off toward other GOP candidates or just losing interest.

Three days later we had our lead-in music, courtesy of a good buddy of mine here in Texas. We had also gone “live” with the date of the event and the time. We were all committed to make it happen. We started a Facebook page and a Twitter account. We branded them with the graphics that had been created just a few days before. Amazing!

As of last night, we had over 500 followers on Facebook and almost 400 on Twitter. And we don’t even have a web page yet! Unbelievable!

Tomorrow night, I’ll be appearing on Stephen Bannon’s radio show to promote Grizzly Fest. The show is called the Victory Sessions and airs on KABC in LA, but you can listen on the Internet. I’ll be accompanied by Nicole Coulter, Jackie Siciliano, Peter Singleton and others to promote Grizzly Fest. How cool is that?

Anyway, I’ve been kinda busy the last few weeks, so I don’t have a whole lot more to say.

…and that’s NOT my two-cents worth for the week. Those are the facts!

I was joined on the program by:

Josh Painter – Texans for Sarah Palin
Ron Devito – US for Palin
Peter Singleton – Organize4Palin
Stephen K. Bannon – The Victory Sessions

You can listen to the show HERE.

Here’s a preview of Grizzly Fest:

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Grist for the mill, crumbs for the Tea Party

What follows is today’s monologue from the Roderic Deane Show:

There’s been quite a lot written about the Florida GOP moving it’s primary up to January 31st, which was made official a few weeks ago. Now, we have to see what the former early primary states will do. In all likelihood, those states will move their primary dates up significantly to maintain their stature as the first primary states.

To quote an article by Stacy McCain at the American Spectator:

Florida’s fateful decision Sept. 30 set in motion a chain of events which, as matters now stand, could result in New Hampshire holding its first-in-the-nation primary as early as December 6, less than two months from now. Although Florida had long threatened to break the RNC-imposed rule protecting the four states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) that traditionally hold early nominating contests, the timing of Florida’s final decision — immediately after Herman Cain won a Sept. 24 straw-poll in Orlando — aroused deep suspicions from conservatives.

Worse yet, it seems that Marco Rubio’s chief of staff, Cesar Conda, was a major player in the effort to move Florida’s primary date up. In addition, he’s a huge Mitt Romney supporter who was formerly a major D.C. lobbyist and aide to Dick Cheney.

Take a wild guess who is benefited by earlier primaries? Yep, Mitt Romney. It seems the fix is in for the proverbial “next-in-line”. I can’t tell you how much that pisses me off. Herman Cain was just starting to gain traction as a conservative and he has now been rendered impotent by the change in rules.

Why do I say this? It’s because Herman Cain doesn’t have the resources to compete in a race without having lots of time to get his message out. The best way for establishment Republicans to torpedo his campaign is to shorten the field for Romney.

Think of it this way. Your favorite football team has tied the score against a major BCS team in the 2nd quarter and it’s now halftime. When the 2nd half begins, the rules have suddenly changed. Since your team won the toss to start the game, that major, BCS team will now receive the opening kickoff. But now, you will have to kick it to them from your own 10-yard line. The first team to score will win the game.

What would you do in such a case if you were the next team facing this major, BCS team. I know what I’d do. I’d say screw you and refuse to play this team. Why put your team at risk of injury when they have no hope of winning?

I think this played into Sarah Palin’s decision not to seek the GOP nomination. And I’m not the only one who thinks that way.

Josh Painter has been a past guest on this show and he penned an excellent piece on his blog last Friday. In it, he said this:

The primary shuffling will throw up obstacles that will be very difficult, if not insurmountable, not only for conservative candidates such as Cain, but also for any other candidate not named Mitt Romney. This had to have been a key factor in the political calculus of Sarah Palin, but don’t doubt that it was a consideration for Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani as well. Not just political instincts, but good political intel were likely involved in all three of these decisions not to run. Christie’s quick endorsement of Romney so soon after he announced that he would not get into the race indicates that not only did the New Jersey governor realize that the fix for Romney was in, but like any political opportunist, he was determined to use it for his own future political gain.

Unlike Christie, Sarah Palin is not for sale and neither are her core supporters. In his follow-up piece for The American Spectator, Stacy attributes the increase in Cain’s poll numbers largely to Palin supporters jumping on board the Cain train following the governor’s announcement that she would not run. But if you look carefully at the polling data, it’s clear that Cain’s rise is almost directly proportional to Rick Perry’s decline. What Stacy seems to have missed is the fact that Sarah Palin’s strongest supporters are in no hurry to jump to any other candidate’s ship. Indeed, her own ship is not sinking. It has only lowered its sails “at this time.” Make no mistake: when a favorable breeze is felt, the canvas will again be hoisted. No one GOP presidential candidate even comes close to offering the complete package Gov. Palin’s supporters still see in her. A few of her fair weather “fans” may go with the flow (or the media’s “flavor of the month”), but her serious supporters know that only dead fish do that, as the governor has often said. No, it will take quite a lot for any other candidate to win the allegiance of the Palinistas. So far, we’re not seeing it from any one of them.

In addition to Josh’s article, Patrick S. Adams wrote another excellent piece that he published on his blog, Patrick’s World, and Conservatives4Palin yesterday morning. His piece was titled “Palin Exposes Problems in GOP by Not Running”. While a lengthy piece, here is the beginning:

More and more, people are starting to see that Sarah Palin’s decision to not run has left a gaping hole in the Republican field. Ever since she hit the campaign trail in 2008, the left wing media has pummeled her and the Republican establishment has been silent – and in some cases complicit. While Republican establishment types cringed behind closed doors fearing a run or weaved their fears tactfully into articles and commentaries leading up to the 2012 race, millions of regular everyday Americans were becoming fans on her Facebook page, with many of them giving time and/or money to support her. Even the most ardent of Palin supporters are finding out now that there was a lot more support for her than even they thought. Now that she’s not running, we’re learning a lot more about the GOP.

I would highly recommend that you to read his entire article. You can find it at Conservatives4Palin or PatricksWorldUSA. I’ll provide the link on my blog after the program.

Having said all that, how do you think the Tea Party feels about now. Well, I consider myself a Tea Partier and I’M PISSED OFF!

What the hell were the 2010 elections about? Damnit! If the GOP tries to cram Romney down my throat, I might just take my vote elsewhere. Screw it! I’ll vote for the conservative in the race and I don’t care if that candidate is part of the Republican Party or not! I am not willing to waste my vote on one more RINO Republican. Let the Republican and the Democrat Parties take responsibility for the downfall of our great nation. I vote to continue our Republic… know, the one our Constitution talks about. I will not vote for another establishment candidate for the rest of my life. No way, no how! Period, end of story!

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.

Links to today’s quoted articles:

Stacy McCainRepublican Campaign Apocalypse

Josh PainterDid Team Palin uncover an October surprise in September?

Patrick S. AdamsPalin Exposes Problems in GOP by Not Running

Wall Street Journal Online – The Exasperation of the Democratic Billionaire

You can listen to today’s show HERE.

Money bomb needed for an upcoming, major event!

I don’t like to appeal for money and it’s not in my nature to do so.

I’m helping to coordinate a major event that is planned for October 29th. Details will be released as they are firmed up. You are all going to want to be a part of this event. Trust me, what we’re planning is HUGE!

I’m asking you to help fund the cost of my efforts. I’m not asking for a lot, just enough to cover the increase in costs to bring you this exciting event.

Whatever you can do, please donate!

You can visit my donate page at:

Trust me on this. The money is going to a VERY GOOD CAUSE!

The aftermath of Sarah saying NO

Monologue from today’s Roderic Deane Show:

It’s been a tough week for Palinistas out there, including me. With the exception of a few concerning comments Sarah made in a recent conversation with Greta van Susteren, I still expected her to jump in to the race for the GOP nomination. Instead, she announced on Wednesday that she will not be seeking the GOP nomination, nor would she mount a challenge on a third-party ticket.

In her speech to Liberty University yesterday, she said:

After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

She went on to say:

From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

So, does that end it?

For me, the answer is NO. Sarah released her statement and, at the very same time, joined Mark Levin at the very beginning of his radio show. During her conversation with Mark, she stressed that fact that she will be out there helping common-sense conservatives get elected and doing everything she can to put an end to the Obama administration. I think that deserves at least one, big fist-pump, don’t you?

Entertaining the thought of running for the Presidency has to be a daunting thing, especially for someone who views public service with “a servant’s heart”. I think we can all attest to the fact that blind ambition fueled the rise of Barack Obama. What’s chilling is the fact that he pursued the Presidency after voting “present” on many, many issues. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, what has he done?

Well, for starters, he gave Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Timothy Geithner free reign to write the trillion-dollar stimulus bill, which, I might add, had absolutely no effect on our economy. After that, he abdicated his leadership and allowed Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to write his own signature legislation, which we now call Obamacare. Now, he expects Congress to pass his jobs bill, which is just more of the same spend, spend, spend mentality!

Today, as we witness the protests on Wall Street and other financial centers throughout the United States, we must keep in mind one thing. Barack Obama’s roots are as a “community organizer”, or, better put, a community agitator. He has purposely supported anti-capitalist protests by giving sympathy to their cause, suggesting that their grievances are legitimate. By so doing, he has supports anti-American sentiment in our own country.

The irony of these protests comes with the death of Steve Jobs, founder and visionary leader of Apple Computers. Steve Jobs exemplified the power of free-market capitalism to transform our lives and yet the protesters want to limit an entrepreneur’s ability to succeed. Their stated goal is to strip the entrepreneur of the rewards of his or her success by levying a heavy tax on a company’s profits. In essence, they want to eliminate the entrepreneur’s motivation to succeed. This is complete madness!

To give these protesters a little history, Apple Computers was started in the garage of Steve Jobs with the help of Steve Wozniak. Together, these two individuals revolutionized the computer industry in ways that historians will look back on in amazement. As of the latest reports on the company, Apple Computers employs 49,400 people, 12,000 at their corporate headquarters alone.

If anything, we should be cheering on the entrepreneur. They are the ones who will bring our economy out of this terrible slump, not government.

Having said that, I think we need to be supportive of Sarah Palin’s decision not to seek the office of the Presidency. There has been a lot of caterwauling by a number of her supporters since her decision was announced. The has to stop. As Sarah said yesterday:

“You trust me to be leader of the free world but you don’t trust my decision? Come on!”

We need to trust Sarah now, as we have in the past. I have no doubt that she’s got some plans up her sleeve that will make us all proud.

…and that’s my two-cents worth for the week.

Guests on today’s show:

Peter Singleton
Nicole Coulter
Ron Devito
Stephen K. Bannon

You can listen to the show HERE.

So begins the unconventional campaign

Sarah said it would be an unconventional campaign. So be it!

Support Herman Cain. If he fizzles out, support Newt Gingrich. If Newt fizzles out, support Rick Santorum. If he fizzles out, support Michelle Bachmann, assuming she’s still in the race at the time.

The nomination is all about strategy. More importantly, if a nominee fizzles, who does he or she release his delegates to? This year, I suggest that no candidate should release his or her delegates to ANYONE before the convention. Make the convention’s delegates vote for you on the first ballot. When no one wins, throw your support to someone else who would better-represent the party. Let the wheeling and dealing begin!

If Cain, Perry and Romney are running neck and neck, so be it. Let the convention decide! There is absolutely nothing that requires a convention delegate to vote for someone that won a primary, after the first ballot. They could vote for the janitor of the convention hall if they wanted to.

To my reckoning, there will be a lot of Tea Party people at the convention as delegates. They are just now getting involved at the precinct and county levels. What better way to throw the ingrained bums out than as a duly-elected delegate to the convention? When the first ballot comes and goes, tell the party bosses to “go to hell” and vote your conscience!

After all, Abraham Lincoln was not the Republican Party’s first choice in 1860, winning instead on the third ballot. Why not put Sarah Palin’s name forward as a nominee? By the convention, she will probably have campaigned harder for conservative Republicans than the presidential frontrunners! As a consequence, she will probably have more “chits” in her favor than anyone else.

Why not go “all in” at that time? What would the delegates have to lose? In this way, the convention is forced to vote on the most conservative candidate. In my mind, it’s a win-win!

The only problem is: who conveys such a strategy to the nominees?

Sarah Palin, now unplugged!

If you think that Sarah has been a difference-maker thus far, just wait. I have a feeling that we’re about to witness one of the greatest individual performances in our country’s political history.

Sarah has already directed the debate in the GOP with her withering condemnation of both crony-capitalism and the elitist, political establishment. What more can she do as an unshackled leader?

Good Lord, your guess is as good as mine….but I’m certainly looking forward to it!