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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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.