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FRC STAYING POWER & STRAW POLLS

27 Sep

Staying power, that is a reward for visions that stand the test of time well. The FRC Values Voter is a mainstay of the D.C. political tourism circuit. Like clockwork, every year, the Family Research Council’s annual convention of faith comes together in North West D.C. Next year will be different. No, not in Jerusalem as the prayer goes this time of year, the Jewish new year, but next year across the Potomac, at the Gaylord Hotel in Prince George county Maryland.

Tony Perkin’s F.R.C. annual Summit is a must stop at for presidential contenders in the years of campaigns racing up to the final vote in 2016. This year is no different. The ‘they’, the hopefuls came in crowded race- Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Governor Bobby Jindal. On their day, Friday, the presidential candidate day, they came, they talked and they hoped they conquered, before heading back out on their POTUS trail.

To the regular attendees, there is little that is different. That, the familiarity is what keeps these attendees coming back year after year. The F.R.C. is the faithfuls camp reunion where friends see old friends, meet new friends and catch up on shared friends that have left them.

The 2015 was elevated to an even higher level of patriotism with this years gala dinner honoring every day people who did extraordinary things, the real superstars who stood up for their convictions in faith, of faith- a clerk, a baker, a fireman along with others told their beliefs were no longer valid.

Kim Davis’ defenders were not the party she belonged to foreheads but men and women from across the aisle standing next to her as her moral fibers were being stripped. Kim Davis stood at the dinner, reborn, a republican. Davis was already a Christian. In a world that holds a different benchmark for Hollywood celebrity multiple marriages, Davis a hometown girl was vilified, publicly raked over the coals for her conviction to marry not live with the men outside of the sanctity of marriage.

Perkins provides a safe forum for people of faith to come together in. And leave from. The Duggars, past attendees at after F.R.C.s events were noticeably absent post the disclosures of son Josh. Not to worry. The unscripted reality that ruled television the past weeks was paralyzing as people witnessed employers flip on their employee, voted in by people who knew her faith.

Davis’ employers made her their sacrificial lamb.

The world watched newscast after newscast, streamed video after streamed video showing workplace violence Davis’ employer, the state did not protect her from- people verbally insulting her, verbally offending her. Davis watched as her employer became complicit in hate speech, against her, leaving her to fend for herself.

Until Conservatives crossed the political divide  and stood with Davis.

The voter Summit is showing its years, the A list of radio row were elsewhere. News competition being what it is, pope stalking was more attractive to mediathen men on mounts battling for their win at the White House. The stalwarts stay. Besides, times have changed. No one needs to be anywhere to be there anymore. Live streaming has become a death knoll to events. That said, the Grand Ballroom was packed.

Kudos.

Non profits were in the  exhibit area- faces of conservatism activism over the decades still present in the conversation of freedom and faith. The swag is candies and ‘pray pins drink sweat sleeves, an occasional books. The conversation is easy. The friends are there. Friends of all colors, ages, plus.

Don’t buy the news alleging the Conservative party is vanilla. Not at all. The FRC is proof positive the Conservative party is vanilla, chocolate, cherry, blueberry and cinnamon.

In the main hall, when the POTUS wannabes are gone, speeches are delivered by activists delivering messages of God, and politics. And dinners.

Attendees race to get speakers books signed. The big announcement of the day is, annually, the result of the Straw Poll, announcing its Presidential choice. And the winner live cast on Fox TV is, was, Ted Cruz, followed by Dr. Ben Carson and in 5th place, The Donald.

Interesting.

In a world driven by polls, interesting.

Authors Note: As long as I covered news in DC, a staple at protests and just plain driving up and down the street, have been the protesters with placards and truck sides  embellished with images of dismembered babies and fetal parts. And then, the videos were released. Those videos. Yup.

Point of sharing  is the annual presence of the sandwich truck outside of conservative events, that truck, with larger than man size life images of fetal baby parts, arranged so the head, hands and legs are where they should be almost. The body parts are separated. And across the street is a restaurant wondering what it did wrong to deserve this truck across from the restaurant’s lunchtime and dinner crowd, as people sat eating their salads and such. Just like in the videos that are bringing good people together across a political divide of horror asking, is this how far we have fallen as a culture, or, more correctly, lack of culture and couth, if baby parts can be sold from a menu……

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WHO THE HELL IS RUNNING TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN

23 Aug

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TheDonald is best compared to the fire engine or cop car racing on a street sirens blaring so that people pull over to the shoulder to get out of the fire enginge’s way. The smart people are those that immediately jump back on to the road threading traffic in the draft of the Emergency Services car, full speed ahead.

The question foremost to my mind is who the hell is running Trump’s campaign, a political manifestation of the fire engine parting waves of traffic to make way? Why isn’t that person(s) threading the political needle leaving no room for question or, proverbial holes, that could tear Trump’s campaign apart?

Failure to dot ‘i’s and cross ‘t’s flies in the face of P.R. and logic, as does failure of Trump’s team to build out on his trademark “You’re ……”.

Fill in that blank, I won’t used TheDonald’s trademarked Catch Phrase fearing litigation by TheDonald, a little too aggressive with suits. I will create my own suggesting TheDonald use two golden words will tear a raceway to the presidency the day TheDonald declares, two words that unemployed, financially hurting American are desperate to hear, a promise to learn the pathway being able to provide ,  “You’re Hired” accompanied with ‘Vote For Me If You Want To Hear those words.”

With a reputation for brilliance in marketing, Trump strategists are leaving me wanting for more. These are desperate times getting more desperate.

Failure to clarify his family vestment in Immigration, grandfather Drumpf, Ivana and Melania as talking points to rebalance the miscredit to his name of illegal v legal immigrants, was One.

Failure to answer detractors that business comes with failure and success but track record of more wins than losses that is the goal to aspire to, is Two.

Failure to state his foreign business expertise and foreign government relationships evolved over his decades of licensing his named, brand to buildings and such around the world is Three.

No, I am not holding my breath for Nene Leakes to start stumping for the Donald or any other of the reality checks of the RHO(__) franchise. Quite frankly I admire the man for keeping them out of this circus. Although it would be nice for Marla, Melania and Ivana doing pop ups for their man. Let’s be real, if anyone can speak to women about rights,wrongs and paychecks, it is these three.

I expect TheDonald to step up his game. I do want to know the Donald’s intention for his brood- part of his cabinet? Ambassadorial appointments, give us a hint.

I do want Thedonald to dish on what is discussed at Davos.

I want TheDonald to state emphatically he has no back room business deals with Bill.

In the least, I expect TheDonald wag his finger at his current political team that Sarah Palin ran rogue and in his trademark way, as only TheDonald can, I expect declare, to me, “You’e Hired” then send me on my way to Ireland.

Bring on all the comments TheDonald may make, but nothing beats providing the demanded details that the devil is in. As for working for TheDonald? In a heartbeat. A talented gal can dream cant she…

NO NO NO DON’T CUT OFF THE OBAMA PHONES INSTEAD MINE THE LIFELINE TO MEDICARE & DISABILITY FRAUD AND ABUSE:

30 Jul

The OBAMA PHONE lady gave the Republicans a Lifeline, in game show speak. Sometimes ya’ gotta wish Republicans and even Democrats will gosh darn just stop being so reactionary and THINK THINGS THROUGH. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark are trying defund “Obama phones.” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. is trying to shift Lifeline funds to a new schools program. The Bill Vitter and Griffin wrote to defund “Obama phones” has 60 co-sponsors.

Whoever said talk comes cheap, the pre-paid Obamaphones brought in about $1 billion dollars for their carriers- Sprint and AT&T brought in about $247 million each.  TracFone collected $425 million in 2011. TracFone, the largest government contractor for the program is controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, quite the Fat Cat. Slim was a major fundraiser for Obama’s re-election campaign.

Each person is eligible for a $9.25 a month phone service subsidy. The average monthly surcharge on phone bills averages $2.50 per customer. Tracfone and other carriers hire people to sign up Lifeline phone users who then receive free phones the government is billed for.  

Though Vitter said, “TracFone is upset because I’m fighting to end this program, which would also end their corporate welfare…It’s an out-of-control, fraud-ridden entitlement program that spoils what should be a worthwhile helping hand,” Vitter overlooked the value of data mining this program, NSA style of course.

There is equity in the subsidized landline phone service for the poor phone through wireless service providers.

TWIRL, Legislators, TWIRL.

Tracfone is the American people’s cash cow. It is a poll US citizens paid for without knowing. Snowden’s outing of NSA’s data capture from calls is JUST the ticket Republicans need to see how these phones are being used by the recipients, what texts were sent back and forth, calls made, etc. Throw away phones are anything but throwaway.

Calls are being archived, that includes TRACFONE calls made from OBAMAPHONES given to people who claim eligibility for government assistance such as Medicaid or food stamps. CLAIM, being the key word. Easy enough to surmise that since the American people paid for the phones, the American people own the data that will show who and how abuse is rampant, not only with the LIFELINE program but with the Medicaid, Medicare, disability programs, etc. Users who cant work will be outed for calls made from the betting parlor, road trips, game days, mani-pedi spas etc.

How? Each call made from an OBAMAPHONE is archived with its phones serial number, SIM cards and Cell Towers that ping signals. Data is preserved, everyone knows post NSA/SNOWDEN. Phone records are retrievable as are all texts messages by OBAMAPHONE users. Toss away phones can be registered by anyone providing a name or zipcode necessarily their own. But they are recorded as are the cellphones.  Demand the data waiting to be mined, Griffin and Vitter. Do this right.

Signed sealed and delivered, , a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Houston federal judge ruled only a court order is needed to obtain cell phone records that can be used to track a person’s movements, overturning an order by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes. Hughes had ruled on cell phone data authorities request being sought under the Stored Communications Act, part of the Electronics Communications Privacy Act. Prosecutors argued cell phone data is business records providers with no reasonable expectation of customer’s privacy, authorities dont have to meet a probable cause standard as outlined under the Fourth Amendment unlawful search and seizure and search warrant requirement.

Dot your “i”s, cross your “t”s.

Catherine Crump, a staff attorney with the ACLU said “This ruling fails to recognize that Americans do in fact have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their cell phone location information” ignoring the Obamaphone jig was outed when a camera focused on an Obamaphone fan whose chant went viral, “Romney, he sucks, bad” and “Everybody in Cleveland know minority got ‘Obama phone,” “Keep Obama in president, you know, he gave us a phone …” the program did start with Reagan then expanded through Bush.

So much for privacy….

A “YOU TELL ME” STORY:

16 Apr

Two women talking in the tax preparer office. One woman said ‘you’re a DC native? Do you recognize the city as it is today?’ The native Washingtonian said ‘this is the most racially divided I have seen DC. Its worse than the way it was before…’ ‘Before? Asked the other lady. The native Washingtonian said ‘before there was a black president…..’ The other lady said ‘…but you and I have no problems getting along, what do you mean…’

Tell me about the two women….

JT DOES THE EAST ROOM MEMPHIS STYLE:

3 Apr

 

Tuesday, April 9 * White House – As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of Memphis Soul music. The program will include performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live on  www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 6:55 PM ET.  “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” will be broadcast Tuesday, April 16 at 8 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).  The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

As she has done with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime event for students. The First Lady will welcome 120 middle and high school students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop event: “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul.” Beginning at 11:00 AM in the State Dining Room, Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, will lead the students in an overview of the origins of Memphis Soul, discuss important artists from throughout its history, and explore the elements of soul and gospel that helped contribute to the genre’s unique sound.   Featured performers from the evening event will share their experiences as well as answer student questions about the music and entertainment world.  Students from 16 schools and organizations from the following ten communities will participate: Herndon, Virginia; Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Memphis, Tennessee; New York, New York; Sandy Spring, Maryland; Seminole, Tampa; Tarpon Springs, Florida; and Washington, D.C.

The workshop, “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul,” will stream live on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” will be the tenth “In Performance at the White House” program hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama.  Starting in February 2009, these events have honored the musical genius of Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David; celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring music from the Civil Rights Movement, Motown and the Blues; spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical; and explored the rich roots and resiliency of Country Music.

 

LOSING DAD TWICE the Eisenhower Girls Go To Congress For Ike:

19 Mar

The Natural Resources Committee held a hearing revisiting the memorial planned in tribute to military hero and president, best known as Ike. Ann Eisenhower traveled from to New York for the hearing. Susan Eisenhower came from cross town. For both women, there wasn’t a question of their not being there for Ike. They are his daughters. To them he is Dad. To both, they are losing Dad, again. They shared Dad with the military. They shared Dad with the country. Dads papers are either with the military, or in the National Archive s or in libraries. Dads name is commercially used for pins, tshirts, greeting cards and such, none of which anyone profits from other than the manufacturers and the vendors- clearly not of profit to the families or America.  S

What Ann and Susan have left of Dad is their personal memories of a daughter kind.

 ‘Ikes Girls’ have gone to war to make sure the Dad they will share in permanency with the world, in the memorial still not built a decade plus millions of dollars later, is the Dad they knew him to be, not the man boggled down in a design monstrosity reflecting the designer, Frank Gehry, not Dad. Frank, if he knew Ann and Susan’s Dad, would have known to design modesty, humility and correctness reflecting the generation that went to battle ‘for God and Country.’ Gehry would have known Ike would have testified the men and the women serving beneath him be clothed, cared for and respected with the millions of dollars that has been spent on Gehry’s monument to nowhere.  Ike would have stood before his troops and people and called forth talents yet to be discovered, grateful for the opportunity to be of service, yet again, to their country, angered at a Commission exploiting America with debt. After all, how much can a pen and paper cost. Ike knew. It cost American blood to provide the freedom Frank Gehry and the Commission overseeing the Eisenhower Memorial are exploiting without transparency of process and lack of accountability of cost.

America is littered with monuments progress forgets. Generations move forward. History and education rarely catchup leaving great men and women behind. The brass plaque removed from the pillar marking where Johnny Witherspoons church stood on Connecticut Avenue is gone. The Preservation Leagues and Commissions didn’t care to track the plaque down to bring back. Awakening was moved around DC so many times it eventually moved to a beach in Maryland. Ask people where the markers are for Ground Zero DC. Faces go blank. And the WWI Memorial? It is the orphan child of DC Tourism. Trolleys, buses, guides don’t even know of it let alone where to start their looking even if they cared. These aren’t the Lincoln Memorial, the White House or the Capitol. The MLK is a lesson for children wanting to save Dad they lost to history- good and bad. The MLK doesn’t speak for the King family or for Martin’s faith.

America is a world impressed with titles of a celebrity kind. Gehry is a rock star in the design world, so much so that basic tenents of the Commissions and Associations overseeing this memorial have been swept aside for Frank.
Respecting one of the commissioners, a General, advocating to the gathered Congressmen of Gerry’s being “true” to Ike, fact is, as Susan Eisenhower eloquently pointed out, that Dad balanced the Americas budget, inflation and employment were in check. There was no reading between the lines, the simple man, simply reflected in Mayfair London in a simple statue nestled in a park outside the US Embassy is the grandeur of their Dad who defined a generation, not complex curtains that will endure repairs over time.

The fact is I understand the Eisenhower daughters. I get them. They lost a Dad. I lost a brother. We didn’t lose once. We lost twice. I understand the battle of knowing if you fight to protect your loved one in eternity, you lose dignity, you lose making your living and you lose you because in time, there are too many of ‘them’ and just not enough moments before you want to just crawl  up and cry. You would give anything to have them back, dignity back and private moments away from criticizing eyes.

Someone in the family opened the  Pandora box way back when. It is always the right time to say no or express regrets. Ike may be America’s president and the military’s leader but they are his daughters. They are family. The memorial will need to be funded through donations. True power remains with the family. Money will come to the memorial with the Eisenhower family on board. If the Eisenhowers don’t approve of the portrayal of their Dad the Commission wants generations to see Ike as then….

Ann and Susan can’t tell the world to back off Dad. The Eisenhowers are conceded to sharing the Ike that belongs to them- in design, in perpetuity. It is Ike in commercialism, Ike the Cash Cow being prepped to be yet another DC tourist site, it seems they prefer to shutter, if it isn’t the man they represent, in flesh and blood, on earth. I understand. The National Civic Arts Society posted to their website over 70 published pieces of people who think like the Eisenhowers www.civicarts.org .

 

I don’t think it is written anywhere that men and women who serve America lose their identity to street mongering and hustle and flow. That is the battle I have picked up in my brother’s memory, his name being used and abused for charitable fundraising- real and faux. They are our loved ones first and for most. Like Susan and Ann, I will share my brother’s legacy- when it is right. As family, I know when that is. If someone asks? We will ponder… It may take us a while to get back to you or not…if ever

MITT, YOU ARE SMARTER THAN PLAYING PARALLEL PRESIDENT:

4 Mar

You did not win. You lost not on the game but on not being true to yourself. As a businessman you know you are responsible for all decisions made beneath you. You are responsible for your public face. Why didnt you win? You did not do what infomercial pundits selling success do. You did not put forth your Handbook on Success. You did not embrace your wealth and tell people they could do it too AND you would teach them. To play Parallel President is undeserving to the people who set their lives aside so you may win. You want to make your point. Take it from this Old Marketing Dog- do now what you did not do during your campaign- Beck calls it Beck University. You call it Romeny U- and teach people how to make that difference you and I made in our lives- the words every parent wants to hear from their kids- the words late night infomercial salesmen cash in on- YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF. Lead by EXAMPLE rather than taking pot shots from behind. If you do ROMNEY U? I am on board to teach people the baby steps they need to take in order to see who they voted in to office – and need to impeach out. ELECTION OVER.