by Pastor George Kelly

In 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States.

President Kennedy was the first President born in the new century (B. 1917) and at 43 years of age he was the youngest occupant of the White House since Theodore Roosevelt assumed the reigns of the Presidency at age 42 upon the assassination of President William McKinley.

After he was sworn in as President of the United States, John F. Kennedy gave a stirring inaugural address in which he stated that the United States was committed to the cause of liberty around the globe. Here is a small sampling of his address (paragraphs 2, 4, 5, and 6):

“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge—and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.”

The essential question for those of us living today is this: Do we really believe in the basic premises in which the late President stated in his stirring inaugural?

In paragraph two (2) of his address, the late President averred that the world was locked in a contest between two very different set of ideas. One belief system places confidence in the ability of individuals to make their own decisions outside of state / government encroachment; this worldview also possesses as a concomitant belief that all human liberty derives its origins “not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”

Do we share this heartfelt conviction that ultimately our rights come “from the hand of God?”

President Kennedy made his remarks in a world that was split between two Superpowers – the United States and the Soviet Union – which held diametrically opposed worldviews. Much of Eastern Europe existed under either totalitarian regimes or authoritarian governments.

Paradoxically, the 20th century was an age of both War & Wonder. There were breathtaking advances in the field of Science and at the same time the world experienced two world wars in which more than 60 to 80 million or more people perished!

In the aftermath of the Second World War (WWII), the threat of nuclear war hovered over the NATO (United States led) countries and over the Soviet Warsaw pact nations. The threat of nuclear annihilation forced the two great powers to communicate.

Ultimately the NATO nations prevailed in their protracted struggle against the Soviet Union and their atheistic totalitarianism as the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations dissolved; many of the Warsaw pact nations became free autonomous states. It appeared that just perhaps the old Soviet Union (Russia today) and the United States might learn to live in a peaceful and harmonious co-existence.

Hopeful?

Best desired end?

Best Wishes?

Whimsical thinking?

The recent events that transpired in both Crimea and the Ukraine in the past several days make our desires for peace with Russia appear to be a little on the side of “whimsical thinking.”

The current Russian President Vladimir Putin was a former KGB agent in his past career. Mr. Putin once remarked that he felt that the dissolution of the former Soviet Union was one of the worst catastrophes to ever occur in history.

How should the United States and the family of free nations view a man with this type of thinking?

Perhaps a look again at the words from President Kennedy’s inaugural address might point the way forward in our dealings with not only Mr. Putin – but with other authoritarian leaders and potential hotspots such as – China, North Korea, and Syria.

President Kennedy forcefully stated that “the resolve of the United States as a force for good on the world scene must not waver!”

The skeptic will remark – with great accuracy – that our nation cannot intervene in every hotspot or crisis around the globe. Furthermore, since 9/11, the American people show signs of being both “war weary” and “battle fatigued” (Afghanistan and Iraq).

Nevertheless, while we cannot intervene in every world crisis, we must prioritize the potential “hotspots and crises” in the world and assess them according to our Strategic, National, and Vital interests (The Real War – Richard Nixon).

Assistance to our friends in the Ukraine is in our “Strategic Interests.”

Let us assure our friends in the Ukraine – who surrendered their “nuclear arms” in exchange for joining the family of free nations in the early 1990s that the words of President Kennedy still ring true today 53 years later:

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

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It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

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Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.

I talked to Joe on the first day of CPAC 2014

If you don’t want to wait for the blog posts to see my CPAC 2014 interviews check out DaTechGuy’s Youtube channel here

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

DaGuy low rez copy-psd

Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.

After speaking to four CPAC Rookies I switch over to Oliver a CPAC vet

If you don’t want to wait for the blog posts to see my CPAC 2014 interviews check out DaTechGuy’s Youtube channel here

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

DaGuy low rez copy-psd

Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.

by Fausta Rodriguez Wertz

I can not attend CPAC this year, but have been paying attention to the speakers; yesterday Senator Marco Rubio’s speech on American exceptionalism defined America’s post-Obama foreign policy, as Mediate rightfully said:

He defined the threats he warned that the United States will face in the near future and defined current and long-term America’s economic challenges in terms relating to the preservation of free trade guaranteed by American military and diplomatic strength.

All the threats come from totalitarian regimes, regimes who do not respect their citizens’ God-given rights: “Any government and any leader who violates those rights is an illegitimate one.”

Rubio asserted that “America must be involved in leading the world”. “There is only one nation on earth capable of rallying and bringing together the free people on this planet to stand up to the spread of totalitarianism. The United Nations cannot do this. In fact, they cannot do anything.”

“If you think high taxes and regulations are bad for our economy, so is global instability and the spread of totalitarianism,” Rubio continued. “What we have in America is the exception, not the rule, in human history. Almost everyone who has ever lived on this planet didn’t’ get to choose their leaders, and they didn’t get to choose their life either.”

Ed Morrissey:

Rubio nails it on foreign policy, and in a way explains why the Obama administration fell into the trap of their own arrogance. Barack Obama campaigned on “hope and change,” and later implied (if not quite stated outright) that he was the change and the hope. The administration seemed to have bought its own hype. The mere fact of his election was supposed to argue that America had already fundamentally changed, and that all that was needed to get imperial-oriented nations like China and Russia to see the light was a reset button or two.

That’s the “fantasy” world inhabited by the Obama administration, as the Washington Post described it last weekend. Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry all seem to believe that just talking about change and hope will mean that nations run by power-seeking leaders will suddenly embrace Utopianism, because — as Kerry explicitly said — that’s the right side of history, and the geopolitical manipulations of Russia and China are on “the wrong side of history.” There is absolutely no evidence for that claim, except for their own declarations that it’s so.

Video of the full spech:

Memeorandum thread.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on Latin American and USA politics and culture at Fausta’s blog.

I spoke to a group of people from Indiana who were attending their first CPAC yesterday

If you don’t want to wait for the blog posts to see my CPAC 2014 interviews check out DaTechGuy’s Youtube channel here

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

DaGuy low rez copy-psd

Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.

Last night I interviewed Bo Snerdley at the Louis Gohmert event

I’ve gotta tell you when you are trying to make it as a conservative radio talk host no interview short of Rush himself is as prized as getting face time with his right hand man Bo Snerdley

During the Q & A I asked him for advice as a person trying to make it in conservative radio, he said job #1 is be interesting. Well I’m doing my best

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my pay-week my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

DaGuy low rez copy-psd

Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.

I interviewed the person in line first for CPAC Wednesday morning

It’s always interesting to see who gets in first.

If you don’t want to wait for the blog posts to see my CPAC 2014 interviews check out DaTechGuy’s Youtube channel here

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Eeven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

DaGuy low rez copy-psd

Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.

Do you know who I am?

Maureen Dowd at CPAC a few years ago

Who  are you with?

Howard Fineman questioning me at the Darthmouth GOP Presidential Debate as I asked a question of Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the spin room.

Old friend Jerry Wilson’s tweet not withstanding

I did in fact attend blogbash, the invitation only event that the National Bloggers Club holds every year at CPAC. Stills thursday 042 and while I was neither nominated nor won any award (although If there is ever a “Best Cannoli at CPACthanks to Dutch Kitchen Bakery I figure it’s a lock)   I was also privileged to be invited to more exclusive Blogbash pre-party which included guests and speakers such as

Senator Rand Paul of KY Stills thursday 040 & Gov Rick Perry of Texas. Stills thursday 043 Although I left early to cover another event (where I scored a huge interview with Bo Snerdley of the Rush Limbaugh show) I was there long enough to notice something interesting.

Watching Governor Perry’s speech during the Blogbash pre-party something struck me that he was acting different than any pol I had seen at CPAC off of the stage.  Take a look at his speech and see if you can spot what it is:

Give up?  He seemed in an incredibly relaxed mood, almost jovial. This was true  even though he was in a room full of people who:

1.  Spend their working days reporting on politicians

 

2. Were drinking Alcohol from an open bar.

 

3.  All were carrying Video devices containing instant access to the internet.

Under those circumstances an experienced pol like Governor Perry would naturally be as cautious as a cat in a rocking chair testing floor but he was not.  One might think it was he is a Texan and yesterday was Alamo day, that is not the reason.

In my opinion he was relaxed because he knew every person in that room was a friendly.

This illustrates one of the changes since CPAC that the move to the Gaylord National Harbor has created.

In the old days of CPAC there was “Bloggers Row” a room over the balcony that was exclusively reserved for bloggers, except for special moment when the MSM was allowed in to follow a key candidate.  One of the most glorious moments of CPAC for conservative bloggers  was Maureen Dowd not being allowed in the room that we were over her loud protestations.

As the bloggers in the bloggers lounge were overwhelmingly conservative a potential conservative candidate or member of congress could be escorted in and know he or she was among allies (the few liberals were easily identified).

conservative blogger could score some excellent interviews that a member of the general media never could.  It was one of the few places where bloggers had an incredible advantage over the MSM.

Now consider CPAC 2014.  With a 2nd year under their belt CPAC has settled on a format and a layout as illustrated in this video cut short by my memory card filling up There is no specific bloggers area bloggers nor MSM area Ted Cruz stills Wednesday 002 we are all credentialed as Media together Ted Cruz stills Wednesday 019 This has led to some disadvantages for the MSM. Since they lack the flexibility of bloggers they likely couldn’t come in a day early for credentials as some of us did.  This is why many missed the opening remarks of Ted Cruz while waiting in the incredible line to credentials

On the plus side for the MSM reporters from the New York Times and Al Jazeera English sitting to my left and behind me both had access to the Cannoli I offer giving them a huge thumbs up.

For bloggers it means we of new media are elevated to full equality with the old media.  This is a huge change from just two years ago meaning none of us at CPAC will ever be Howard Finemaned as I was in Dartmouth. But that equality means something else, it also means that we don’t have the same access to members of congress & conservative leaders we once had.

Unless we are personally known to the handlers for Pols we are assumed to be the hostile MSM & treated accordingly. This carries over to interviewing individuals which is my forte or conservative groups in the vendor’s room.  While a few might remember me from the fedora & Dr. Who scarf when they see that scarlet”Media” badge on me the defensive walls go up on the assumption that any member of the media is out to make them or conservative look bad. Membership has its privileges but also it’s responsibility.

It also means that I am less likely to be able to take care of Sissy Willis’ request

The Scarlet “M” is the cost of the equality of bloggers and the MSM,

So today I am trying an experiment so see if I can free myself of it

While I will of course be wearing my Dr. Who scarf and Fedora I am eschewing my normal suit and tie and will instead be wearing a pair of blue pants and a T-Shirt from Blogbash 2012

This will mean that I can be easily identified as a blogger & a “friendly” even if a person doesn’t recognize me.

Will this clear the Scarlet “M” from my soul, we shall find out later today.

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Olimometer 2.52

It’s Friday and with only 48 hours to go to the end of my payweek my prospect for securing said pay appear bleak.

Not only am I nearly $250 shy of a full pay but this will put me in a hole for the March Mortgage that will require a really big week to dig me out of later.

So I must come to you fedora in hand saying, if you think the writing provided by My Magnificent Seven and myself is worth it and you find my CPAC coverage & interviews worthwhile please hit DaTipJar for what you can.

You my readers are the difference between the success or the failure of this enterprise I ask you to hit DaTipJar and help me succeed.

Now there is another reason to kick in on a more permanent way

DaGuy low rez copy-psd

Under normal circumstance an event with 10,000 potential subscribers should be a goldmine for my quest to pick up 61 more, however I am not in a position to solicit CPAC attendees in this way. (Though I just got a creative Idea as I’m typing this that I might try today or tomorrow.)

In case my cunning plan fails please consider being a subscriber. 61 subscribers @ at $20 a month are necessary to secure the cost of Da Magnificent Seven and my mortgage meaning each month.


This will not only allow the blog to grow & prosper but will give me the peace of mind each month of knowing that the mortgage will be paid without dipping into the savings reserves that have been depleted though the Obama years.

It’s your call.