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John Hinderaker Hears Deeply Encrypted Anti-Jew Messages in Rand Paul Speech

Posted by V the K at 10:47 am - March 10, 2014.
Filed under: CPAC,Pop Culture

Really, Powerline, really? Come on, you’re better than this.

Yesterday Rand Paul addressed CPAC. His speech was well-received and in some respects inspiring. He quoted one or two of the Founders, including James Madison, as well as Daniel Webster and William Lloyd Garrison. He quoted, I believe, only one modern figure–Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, from a song called “Wish You Were Here”: “And did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts? … And did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?” The Waters reference is at about the 8:30 mark:

I am not sure why Paul thought that Waters or Pink Floyd, a band of the 1970s, would have resonance for the youthful CPAC crowd. But while Pink Floyd is long gone, Roger Waters is still around. He is known, these days, primarily as an anti-Semite. More here. To me, it seems extremely odd that Rand Paul would single out a Roger Waters lyric from the 1970s in a speech that otherwise quoted classic American heroes. Was Paul’s admiring reference to Waters intended as a proverbial dog whistle to let listeners know that he hasn’t diverged too far from his father’s foreign policy views? Or was his decision to highlight Waters simply a random (albeit odd) choice made by a politician who is unaware that Waters, in recent years, has come to stand for an obsessive hatred of Israel?


“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing”

CPAC speeches! These guys, at least, understand what’s wrong with America – namely, Big Government – and the corresponding importance of liberty and small government:

  • Rick Perry on why Red States do better than Blue States.
  • Ted Cruz (scroll down). “If you were to sit down and try to design an agenda to hammer the living daylights out of young people, you couldn’t do better than the Obama economic agenda.”
  • Marco Rubio. “They love to sell Big Government as a way to help those who are trying to make it. What they don’t tell you is that they actually hurt the people who are trying to make it.”
  • Rand Paul. “You may think I’m talking about electing Republicans. I’m not. I’m talking about electing lovers of liberty. It isn’t good enough to pick the lesser of two evils.” And it gets better from there.
  • Sarah Palin. “There’s no free ride. Someone always pays. And if you don’t know who that someone is, it’s probably you.” – And too many other zingers to count. I love this woman!

That’s all I could watch in one sitting, while fighting my cold. Here is the full playlist; if you have a favorite, call it out in the comments!

CPAC Welcomes Obama and McAuliffe Supporters

Posted by V the K at 6:00 pm - February 19, 2014.
Filed under: CPAC

GOProud has been welcomed back to CPAC this year, as has Governor Chris Christie. So, will there be any actual conservatives at CPAC 2014?

Update:  Chris Barron, the former GOProud leadership who endorsed corrupt Clinton crony Terry McAuliffe in the VA Gorvernor’s race has not been a part of the COProud leadership for a while. Also, he pitched a snit about GOProud making amends with CPAC.

And then he resigned. (His resignation tweet was dated today, hence my confusion that he was still a part of the organization.)

The new GOProud is working on building bridges with conservatives; which is an improvement from previous policies of trying to appease the left.

Chris Christie remains unacceptably liberal.


CPAC: who was best?

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 1:49 am - March 26, 2013.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,CPAC

Bruce – C’mon, you were there, who did you like?

We slow-witted non-Tweeters need to know. Folks, let’s hear your thoughts in the comments!

(Updating this post with more CPAC speakers, as I watch ’em and like ’em.)

Report from CPAC

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:10 am - March 16, 2013.
Filed under: CPAC

Good Saturday morning.  I’m having a great week, but man it is exhausting.  I’m doing some reporting for ViralRead so here are the posts I’ve done so far.

Cantor Delivers Heavy Steak Dinner on Friday Afternoon at #CPAC2013

Anyone looking for a quick sugar pick-me-up at the end of a long day at CPAC today would have been disappointed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  He instead delivered a meat-packed meal with mashed potatoes and gravy for those who love School Choice and the economy.

Read the whole thing!

And this….

#CPAC2013: Conservatives ‘Stand With Rand’ With Enthusiasm

Buzz about the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination race heated up this afternoon at CPAC when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) followed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on the main stage.

Paul’s supporters were in full force and handing out “Stand With Rand” lapel stickers as CPAC attendees poured into the main ballroom.  Excitement for Paul is at a peak following his 13-hour filibuster on the U.S. Senate floor last week against the Obama Administration’s drone policy.

Sen. Paul came right out of the gate by joking that he only had ”ten measly minutes” at CPAC, but he brought 13 hours of information, just in case. Paul said he had a message for the President last week and today: “No one person gets to decide the law… No one person gets to decide your guilt or innocence.  My question was about whether Presidential power has limits.”

Again…. read it all!

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)


Help Bloggers Get to CPAC!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:42 pm - March 6, 2013.
Filed under: CPAC

FYI.  Bloggers of all shapes & stripes welcome.  In case you were wondering…


WASHINGTON, DC — National Bloggers Club to Fund Scholarships for Citizen-Journalists

The National Bloggers Club, Inc. (NBC), announced a plan today to help bloggers get to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with a scholarship program funded by crowd sourced donations. The NBC plans to send at least four citizen-journalists to CPAC 2013 next month.

The NBC is working closely with the organizer of CPAC, The American Conservative Union, to ensure that recipients of the scholarships receive appropriate press credentials. Those who receive scholarships will be helping the NBC throughout the event by providing tools, pictures, and other resources to the hundreds of Club members who are set to attend.

Bruce Carroll, a board member at the NBC and a blogger at, had this to say about the scholarship initiative:

“The National Bloggers Club is honored to launch this initiative to help some of our own attend CPAC -and BlogBash this year. Our goal through this effort is to raise $4,500 to make sure that our scholarship recipients have the resources they need to accurately and efficiently report from CPAC. As bloggers, we have a duty to help each other out and this is part of that continuing mission.”

For most bloggers, their reporting is an add-on to their regular jobs and schedules, making it difficult for many bloggers who support a family or have full-time jobs to attend CPAC. The National Bloggers Club established this scholarship fund knowing both the conference and the political blogging world will benefit from the presence of additional citizen-journalists.

Speaking of these citizen-journalists who plan to attend CPAC, the co-host of BlogBash and Houston based blogger Melissa Clouthier says:

“These folks are the tip of the activist spear and the best weapon against a biased and lapdog media.”

If you’re looking for more information or to make a donation to the CPAC 2013 Citizen-Journalist scholarship fund, please visit Also, if you’re a blogger looking to offset the cost of your trip or to be matched with roommates, you can contact the National Bloggers Club.


CPAC is the largest annual gathering of conservative candidates, activists, and supporters in the United States. CPAC 2013 is set to be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland – just a short trip outside of Washington, DC – from March 14th-16th.

Meatless Monday & The Great Steak Dinner Bet Payoff
Monday, Feb 25 in Glendale, CA

Dan did a post a few days ago, but I wanted to re-invite our friends in the Los Angeles area to join me and him for “Meatless Monday” by enjoying a hearty steak dinner at Outback Steakhouse in Glendale, Calif. The official event invite is here on Facebook.

And since I’m also new Vice Chair of GOProud, I’ll be talking about our new efforts at chapter development and outreach.

For those not familiar with “The Great Steak Dinner Bet,” here’s the video from CPAC 2010.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

On covering gays in the conservative movement

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:27 pm - May 6, 2011.
Filed under: Blogging,CPAC,Gay Conservatives (Homocons),GOProud

Earlier this week, a reader sent me Ben Smith’s Politico post on what he deemed, “The Gay Republican tide“.  I found the blogger’s word choice interesting:

This year’s iconic Conservative Political Action Conference was beset by controversy over the inclusion of a gay Republican group — but that was just the start of gay demands for acceptance in the broader conservative moment, according to an OUT story calculated to inflame social conservatives:

Emphasis added.  Granted Smith may have penned this post in a rush, as we bloggers often do.  That said, as is, his word choice suggests that gay Republicans have adopted a confrontational tone with the GOP.  That may have been true in Log Cabin’s early years, but today, we’re not so much demanding acceptance as finding a welcome.

Yeah, there still remain social conservatives loath to include us in conservative conclaves, but, by and large, we’ve found a welcome.  Conservatives today are more concerned with the size of government than they are with the private lives of individuals — and pretty much have been for the past forty years, only the media do seem to dwell on the presence of religious conservatives in the movement as if said indviduals define it, rather than represent one aspect of it.

CPAC Keynote Speaker Allen West (R-FL) Defends GOProud

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:17 pm - February 12, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

As they say… here’s the video.  (From the Blogger’s Lounge a few minutes ago)

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

BREAKING: Ann Coulter Tells CPAC That Gays
Belong In Conservative Movement

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:43 pm - February 12, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

From CBS News:

 Conservative commentator Ann Coulter brought today’s audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington to its feet in applause after urging the Republican party to include gays – perhaps getting the last word on the place gays have in the conservative movement after a tussle that pitted social conservatives against libertarians at this year’s conference.

 “The left is trying to co-opt gays,” she said. “They should be on our side.”

 The fight over the Republican party’s acceptance of gay conservatives and gay rights came to a head at CPAC, after organizers invited the gay conservative group GOProud to be an official participant. Some social conservative groups protested the convention as a result, but gay conservatives and their allies this week declared victory, observing that they were well-received at the event.

More to follow, I’m sure….

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

CPAC Is Winding Down

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:38 pm - February 12, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

I want to sincerely apologize for my horrible coverage of CPAC.  I’ve had serious technical issues with my computer and camera equipment (NOT Marley’s fault, though!).  The Internet connection has beenvery bad.  The radio show got the plug pulled while we were live.  And I was helping to manage the behind-the-scenes drama involving GOProud this week.  All in all, not what I was expecting.

There is a lot more I’m hoping to report on  (with video & photos!) over the next couple of days.  I have what I think is exclusive coverage of the guy who yelled “WAR CRIMINAL” at former VP Dick Cheney.  I’m hoping to get that up soon.

Again, I’m hoping that you follow me on Twitter as I’ve been able to get out easier that way since I’ve been here.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

CPAC Saturday – Bloggers Free For All

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 5:23 pm - February 12, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

The Blogger Free For All finished up about an hour ago here at CPAC. I was honored to be on the panel with Tony Katz from the Tony Katz Radio Spectacular, Tania Gail from Midnight Blue Says, Joy – aka – Little Miss Attila, Alexander McCobin from Students for Liberty, and Doug Welch from Stixblog. The whole affair was sponsored byKevin McKeever from Bank of Kev Productions.

Our discussion truly was a free-for-all.  We ranged from topics like our 2012 Presidential outlook (Mine –> grim.); how to become a well-read blog; and what the definition of “conservative” is all about.  These are great conservative bloggers and I always love to be in their company. 

Here’s are some photos from the discussion.


Saturday at CPAC

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:03 am - February 12, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

Good morning from DC. I made sure I was up early to hear Andrew Breitbart’s opening. He was great, and A.D.D. as usual! I’ll write more after a quick breakfast.

For those attending CPAC, I’ll be on the Blogger Free for All Panel at noon today.


Reflections on building an inclusive conservative movement

While we don’t always agree with social conservatives, we recognize how they have helped build the conservative movement. That said, by and large, we share the same goals as many of them: reducing the size of the federal government and expanding the freedoms our founders fought for over two centuries ago, the freedom of association and the freedom to determine our own destiny.

Both Bruce and I have been involved in the conservative movement in various capacities since the Reagan era.   We have both seen the commitment of social conservatives to electing candidates we also support.

We know that while we are often at odds with a number of social conservatives of variety of issues, we recognize that we need work beside them to advance certain shared goals, including a commitment to constitutional principles, judicial restraint, a reduced role for state and federal governments and more freedom for individuals and the institutions we join of our own accord. Those institutions include churches and synagogues as well as gay community associations (not to mention civic and professional organizations, to name but a few).

Hopefully, people will learn from the various experiences of gay people at this year’s CPAC, showing that while most rank-and-file conservatives are willing to work alongside gay conservatives, some are not wiling to do so if such association means the exclusion of social conservatives.   Despite some misunderstandings expressed in the comment section to the blog and elsewhere, we do not seek their exclusion.  

We are willing to work alongside social conservatives even if we have different goals on certain issues, provided the conservative movement as a whole continues to focus on the broad, inclusive agenda, promoted by Ronald Reagan, built upon with the 104th Congress and articulated anew with the Tea Party activism of the past two years.

And that it does not recast those unifying principles. (more…)

On Chris Barron and Cleta Mitchell

Below please find a post I wrote on the matter of GOProud Chairman Chris Barron’s recent remarks about Cleta Mitchell. When I ran it by Bruce as we had been discussing how to respond, he asked that I sign his name to it. So, consider it from both of us:

I have long believed it best to address your friends’ faults in private and your enemies’ in public. While Bruce and I have long been enthusiastic about GOProud and supportive of Chris Barron, its chairman of the Board and Jimmy LaSalvia, its executive director, as they try to create a national forum for gay conservatives, we have not always seen eye to eye with them. To be sure, we respect their work, enjoy their company and generally approve of the direction in which they are taking GOProud, but from time to time, we have been skeptical about some of their projects and have occasionally disagreed with their statements (or taken issue with their wording). We have expressed our concerns in private e-mails and polite conservations or merely in remarks to each other.

When we heard that Chris had called Cleta Mitchell a “nasty bigot” in a public forum, Bruce and I each contacted the other to express his concerns. We both believe he crossed a line and have been considering for the past 24 hours how to respond. This evening (Thursday, February 10), we thought it best to post this piece. While we disagree with Cleta Mitchell on a number of issues, we believe Chris was wrong to call her a “nasty bigot” to a reporter for the Metro Weekly. This is not appropriate public discourse. We are pleased that Chris apologized for using such intemperate language and encourage him to use greater discretion in future commentary.

UPDATE:  Just saw this commentary at Allahpundit which reflects our views: (more…)

The GayPatriot Report:

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:43 pm - February 10, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

UPDATE: SORRY GANG! The show had to be stopped because they were showing the preview of “Atlas Shrugged” and their folks pulled our plug. It’s all good though.

Listen to internet radio with Gaypatriot on Blog Talk Radio

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Last Night’s Stage Right Show with GayPatriot

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:31 pm - February 10, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

Here’s part of the interview with me by Larry O’Connor on The Stage Right Show last night.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Coulter joins Palin in welcoming gay conservatives into movement

Reader Peter Hughes alerted me to Ann Coulter’s latest column, one of the simultaneously funniest and most insightful commentaries on current events I’ve read all year.  Currently finishing her next book and is thus

. . . only able to catch bits and pieces of the news this month, but, based on what I’ve heard from the mainstream media, I’m pretty sure the conservative movement is now being led either by Jared Loughner or GOProud’s president, Chris Barron.

Pretty  much sums up their coverage of the first six weeks of this year.   A deranged Tea Party member shot up a rally featuring a Democratic Congresswoman while CPAC is all about GOProud.  Then, she joins Sarah Palin, albeit in a much different tone, in welcoming gay conservatives into the movement:

No, we don’t generally care for identity politics of any sort, much less hearing about people’s sex lives, even Nino Scalia’s. (And judging by the number of children he has, it’s pretty active.) Conservatives believe in individual rights, low tax rates, fighting terrorism and punishing criminals — so do gays! They also happen to believe Judy Garland was the most underappreciated and misunderstood person in the history of show business. I don’t think most gays care about gay marriage; they like going to the gay marriage meeting because it’s a good way to meet other gays.

Read the whole thing.

Correcting the Problem Log Cabin Created:
A Response to Erick Erickson’s comments on GOProud & CPAC

The reason Log Cabin had such a problem establishing its credibility within Republican circles was that too often it gained media exposure by attacking fellow Republicans and dwelling on gay issues.  For all too many years national office did not regularly take stands on the small-government agenda pushed by Reaganites or the ideas of judicial restraint long championed by Republicans.

They didn’t come around to endorsing the Contract with America until long after Congress voted on its provisions nor did Log Cabin leaders remind voters of the Republican focus on fiscal issues in 1994 and national security matters a decade later.  No wonder some on the right remain skeptical of a gay conservative group, even a new one like GOProud without the baggage of Log Cabin.

One of our readers, my occasional sparring partner and friendly correspondent Lloydletta alerted me to Erick Erickson’s piece on GOProud’s participation in C-PAC.  While that conservative blogger finds it “well and fine” that many on the right are willing to give this fledgling group “a seat at the table”, he remains skeptical of their goals, noting particularly their opposition to a federal amendment defining marriage, their support of DADT repeal and of legislation giving “health benefits to gay couples.”

Perhaps, Erickson has also expressed skepticism about former Vice President Cheney’s commitment to conservatism, given that he holds near identical positions to those of GOProud, particularly on same-sex marriage where he (like this new group) favors a state-by-state approach.

Finally, Erickson notes the group’s silence on a number of key conservative issues: (more…)

LIVE FROM CPAC – The GayPatriot Report

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:41 pm - February 9, 2011.
Filed under: CPAC

Tune in at 7PM for our live BlogTalkRadio show from the Marriott Wardman hotel lobby bar. I’m setting up and ready to go.

Click on the icon below to join the conversation!

Listen to internet radio with Gaypatriot on Blog Talk Radio-Bruce (GayPatriot)