Following up on last week’s kvetch regarding conservative new media talking a great game when it comes to impacting culture, yet near-unanimously failing to do so, an introduction to someone who walks the talk. And has been doing so for quite some time.

Ritchie Furay pastors a church in Broomfield, Colorado, some thirteen miles southeast of Boulder. He is an unassuming man who looks far younger than his seventy-two tours of duty on this planet might suggest. He and his wife have been together going on forty-eight years, with kids and grandkids a-plenty. And lest one wonder “gee, that’s nice and all, but what does this have to do with changing the culture …”

… he’s also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Back in the 1960s, when popular music was beginning to rediscover its long neglected role as social commentary’s voice, there was for a brief time a band that proved seminal both in its impact on a generation of music, culminating with the Eagles, and on modern culture as a whole with its lyrical bent. Even as important as the band was, its members work after disbanding proved to be crucial in musical and societal change. The band was Buffalo Springfield. One of its three-headed monster leadership? Richie Furay.

Although as far as public recognition Furay remains well behind Buffalo Springfield’s other main members, namely Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Furay was a vital element of the band’s sound on all fronts: guitar, vocals, and songwriter. His “Kind Woman” became a staple of the band’s catalog, a track that perfectly captured what at the time was a revolutionary and hitherto unimaginable fusion of country and rock. Turn on any modern country radio station and you will hear the full impact of Furay’s work. He did not singlehandedly invent country rock, but Furay was one of the first artists, if not the very first artist, to make it work.

Following Buffalo Springfield’s demise, Furay rounded up a bunch of like-minded artists for a new band named Poco. Poco never made major headway commercially, but was revered by its fans and peers for refining the country-rock genre. Furay eventually left the band to get together with fellow veteran artists J.D. Souther and Chris Hillman; it was during this period in 1974 when Furay came to Christ. Over the subsequent years Furay has focused more on pastoral duties than music, although he still records and performs. And, as the following clip from his most recent album recorded a couple of years ago showcases, he still has his songwriting chops, presented via his clear with just a touch of twang tenor, hitting the high notes without breaking a sweat:

At this point, one might think “gee, that’s nice and all, but I’m still not getting what this has to do with changing the culture.” Bear with; we’re getting there.

Richie Furay breaks the mold of rock artists by being a full-bore unapologetic conservative. He routinely speaks up about political views on his Facebook page, where he equally routinely politely and directly engages with his fans. Which in and of itself breaks the mold of most rock stars and celebrities who prefer maintaining as much of a distance from their fans as possible.

Wait, you didn’t know that? Not surprising.

Here’s the deal. Want to read more about Furay; his music, faith, and political views? Hmm, let’s see. RedState? Nope. HotAir? Nada. Breitbart? Nyet. Not a word.

Try Rolling Stone.

It unfailingly amuses and saddens how conservative blogs and the people who write them can endlessly tonguebathe themselves about the great and mighty service they are providing in molding and shaping public opinion. Problem is, they’re not. Outside the echo chamber, no one knows they exist. Even within the echo chamber they change nothing. Remember the #NeverTrump torrent that poured forth daily from the high rollers? Boy, that sure changed things in favor of President-elect Rubio and … oh, wait …

Maybe it’s time to change course. These folk know the definition of insanity, correct? Then why continue to do the same thing that has repeatedly proven to not be worth, and not work, a lick?

Try talking about someone with a good guitar lick. Try something other than another rewrite rehash of today’s talking points and MSM regurgitation. Instead of blabbing all politics, all the time, all the same, write something people actually want to read. Talk about a musician. Discuss an author. Review a movie. Tell a story about what is happening, or has happened, in your or a friend’s life. In short, give someone other than hardcore political junkies a reason to read anything you write.

No one is asking anyone to disavow their political beliefs. What is being suggested is political bloggers embracing reality. You are not changing anyone. No one knows you exist. You are a one note, one trick pony in a dog and pony show playing to an empty circus tent. Stop.

Reach out. Branch out. Write like a human being for human beings. You engage culture when you engage people. Start.

And along the way, talk up great music by a good man.

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Hot Dog Vender:Got no opinions Sir, they’re bad for business

Inherit the Wind 1960

One of the values of a being either company operating in a niche market, or serving primarily a niche market is that if you have strong political opinions consistent with said niche market you can release them in public secure in the knowledge that such a move will not hurt the bottom line.

Another type of company with this advantage is one that sells a unique product that can not be easily obtained elsewhere.  When that is the case the customer base, no matter how offended by a particular public opinion, particularly a business, will have no choice but to swallow it’s pride and continue to use said company.

Neither of these would be considered accurate description of the Kellogg’s’ corporation.

Kellogg, citing ‘values,’ joins growing list of companies that pledged to stop advertising in Breitbart News

From the story

The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values.Kellogg’s has announced that it will pull all advertising from the site. The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values.

Breitbart is not amused

Kellogg’s offered no examples of how Breitbart’s 45 million monthly readers fail to align with the breakfast maker’s values. Indeed, the move appears to be one more example of an out-of-touch corporation embracing false left-wing narratives used to cynically smear the hard working Americans that populate this nation’s heartland.

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow encouraged the boycott of Kellogg’s products, describing their war against Breitbart News as bigoted and anti-American: “Breitbart News is the largest platform for pro-family content anywhere on the Internet. We are fearless advocates for traditional American values, perhaps most important among them is freedom of speech, or our motto ‘more voices, not less.’ For Kellogg’s, an American brand, to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice. They insult our incredibly diverse staff and spit in the face of our 45,000,000 highly engaged, highly perceptive, highly loyal readers, many of whom are Kellogg’s customers. Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice. If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”

In response, Breitbart launched its #DumpKelloggs petition to encourage its vast readership and the followers of its #1 in the world political Facebook and Twitter pages to ban bigotry from the breakfast table by boycotting Kellogg’s products. 

Given the results of the election, the fact that the former Chair of Breitbart is now the strategic advisor for the Trump administration and that alternatives to the products offered by Kellogg’s made by other companies abound, this public statement, as opposed to something more generic like claiming they are simply decreasing advertising on political news sites post election, would seem to have been an ill advised PR move.   The trending #dumpkelloggs hashtag on twitter, the eruptions on facebook with the loss of 2% of the stock’s value would suggest this,  so I decided to try & find out what Kellogg’s had to say about it directly.

I called Kellogg’s Consumer affairs line at 1-800-962-1413. I had a very long wait before I spoke to a very busy young lady who informed me that the line was for product related inquiries and that she didn’t have a media contact number but she did have both a number for corporate 269-961-2000 and HR 1-877-694-7554 that she was kind enough to give me.

From there I called the Corporate number. The switchboard operator transferred me to the media relations department but before she did commented that while she had only fielded 2 calls on the subject her co-worker next to here was inundated with them with all but one call objecting to the move.

I reached the voice mail of the media contact leaving a message with both my phone number and email address seeking comment before this piece went live. As of this writing I have not been contacted by either method which means I didn’t get a chance to ask any questions concerning Kellogg’s statement on values. Here are some obvious ones they raise first about how the decision came to be:

Given that this was a very public move by a major corporation whose product is sold in practically every single town in every single state blue and red, what was the procedure that led to this decision?

Who made the initial suggestion for this move?

Was the company approached by an outside entity concerning Breitbart or was this raised internally?

How Much discussion went into making this decision?

How many people were involved in making this decision and when the decision was made was it reached unanimously?

Who drafted the initial statement and at how many levels was said statement approved before it was released to the media?

Those are all statements concerning “cause”, I also have a few on “effect”

as Kellogg’s considers the breitbart sites to be inconsistent with their values, or as Hillary Clinton would say “Deplorable”, do they consider the 46 million readers of Breitbart site equally “deplorable” or inconsistent with the values of Kellogg’s?

Given that the former CEO of Breitbart now has a high position, some would say the most trusted position in the incoming Trump administration does their statement also mean that Kellogg’s considers the values of the incoming Trump administration and the voters who elected them, including in the state of Michigan inconsistent with the values espoused by Kelloggs?

Given that Breitbart.com is inconsistent with the values of Kelloggs will Kelloggs decide that readers and supporters of the Breitbart site need not apply for the positions offered at the site & promoted on Twitter under the Kellogg’s jobs site and that current readers of the Breitbart site employed by Kelloggs should consider finding other work?

And finally one on the aftermath of all of this

Given the rise of the #dumpkelloggs hashtag, the apparent large volume of calls complain and the apparent conclusion by conservatives on social media that their business is no longer desired by Kellogg’s and the implications that has for both the stock price and the bottom line for the company, what affirmative steps, if any, is the company planning to assure these very upset customers that they are valued members of the Kellogg’s customer community or do they plan to wait it out?

If I get a response before I leave for my overnight job I’ll include it here or in an update if any shows up after the post goes up.

Exit Question:  Isn’t this either a class action or a “hostile work environment” case just waiting to erupt on Kellogg’s?

Update:  edited initial paragraph for clarity


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The Breitbart crew particular Breitbart Texas was well represented at the CIS reception on Thursday and several of their people sat for interviews with me. The first was Bob Price

Of course the topic of immigration is right in the wheelhouse of Breitbart Texas

Old Friend Brandon Darby also gave me some time and some interesting perspectives as well

I also had the pleasure of meeting Breitbart’s Patrick Howley for the first time. His usual beat is the election and we talked about his coverage

I’d like to thank the Breitbart folks for giving me time at the end of a long night

I will be posting more interviews later in the day if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions
Bloggers Mickey Kaus, Yid with Lid and John Hawkins

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For those Breitbart readers who might be coming to this site for the first time

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Given what we’ve just seen from Rolling Stone and the media I think this is the perfect time to play this clip of Breitbart’s Q & A at YAF NH

The key quote “I don’t think I could get an interview at the Washington Post and I’m editor in chief at Breitbart.

And that’s the real story, if you aren’t towing the liberal line and aren’t willing to accept liberal mantras at face value the MSM isn’t interested in you.

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One of the great controversies of CPAC was Robert Spencer and the people’s choice award. If you have forgotten Robert overwhelmingly won the award by the votes of the people, but was asked (or told depending on who tells the story) not to mention conflicts with Grover Norquist et/al at CPAC. He refused as was not scheduled to speak at CPAC

Likewise Pam Geller was not allowed to hold an event at CPAC as she had for years. Al Cardenas took a different view than David Keene who while critiquing and being critiqued by Geller nevertheless gave her room for an event.

All of this changed when the Breitbart Crowd created their “Uninvited” panel and invited both Robert & Pam to speak on it.

I got there a tad late because of my live radio show . When I walked in the place the double sized room was pretty full.

I came in during Frank Gaffney’s talk

He was followed by Nina Shea

and then Robert Spencer

and finally Pam Geller

There were plenty of camera there, including a reporter from Media Matters who interviewed me earlier in the week.

Since I got to the Panel late I spoke to Rosemary Jenks after the fact

I confess I had never heard of her (and boy is she tall)

There was Q & A and the first question came from someone who was upset at being uninvited to the uninvited panel:

this was Orly Taitz refered by the media as the “birther queen”. I confess for the first half of the time I was there I was right next to her and didn’t recognize her.

She made her case during her question and was clearly upset at not being given a spot on the panel but I suspect the left was more so.

Then came questions on other subjects

What we are about

Arab Christians:

I asked one on the Anti-antis

That was very nice of Pam BTW got a complement from my Media Matters friend on the subject too.

On Nuclear Stockpiles

On the Muslim Brotherhood & keeping people out

On using these issues politically

On the legality of Burning the Koran and the closing

The answer: ” I don’t burn books, Nazi’s burn books” is classic

Ms. Taitz not withstanding it was a celebration of free speech and Breitbart should be proud to be holding it, and frankly CPAC should be ashamed that it had to be held.

A cunning person wanting to marginalize the people on the panel would have given them space day one at say 9 or 10 am and got it over and done with. These guys are not only wrong, they’re not even smart.

If you want more on the panel you can find it here and here at Jihad Watch Breitbart, Pam’s site here, here and here , Buzzfeed, frontpage mag and yes even the Daily kos

I was going do this piece about the fake republicans in the latest Dem ads that Powerline pointed to or perhaps the Obama for America coordinator claiming to be part of “Republicans for Obama”

But then I saw this post at Nice Deb and found it much more significant.

Prelude to a Shellacking

It’s a long detailed post that looks at the history of the last few weeks and is full of links including this one to John Nolte titled: Story the Media Won’t Tell: Obama Is Losing:

Something is happening in this country — something both the Obama campaign and its media cronies know is happening but won’t acknowledge.

What’s happening is on the ground and not yet quantifiable in polling that doesn’t yet have its sea legs. But it’s out there and it’s real and before the media and President Obama are forced to acknowledge it, they’re spending every bit of their dignity and credibility and integrity to kill it.

Who links to Eric Erickson piece: Not the Behavior of a Winning Campaign:

Hysteria creeps into campaigns when the campaigns know they are losing. When George H. W. Bush saw the election slipping away in 1992, he took to referring to Bill Clinton and Al Gore as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The invective went up as his poll numbers went down.

Nice Deb notes this and expects worse:

That’s the reason we can expect even more desperate, hysterical, hyper partisan mudslinging and dirty tricks from Obama and his cronies from now until election day – they can’t lose.

For a year I’ve been telling everyone who would listen to me that this election is going our way, that every single objective metric and the actions of the left back it up. Actions like this:

The other thing that they’re trying to do is that they have a coms group—and this is breaking news you need to know this—they have a coms group that is trying to shut down the EMS communications structure for the city. That’s really happening. They’re trying to shut down the communications structure for the city for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.

But these occupod types, the intellectual children to Elizabeth Warren, they’ll do the same to the left right?

And no, they’re not going to do the same thing at the DNC, that’s the thing, is because the radicals feel like the average liberal is confused but they have dehumanized completely the conservative. And so they feel they are entitled to take our rights away when they’re not going to do that at the DNC. That’s the difference.

As the PJ Tatler says

the left media and the entire left establishment who claims they have nothing to do with these anarchists, they will defend them and dirty the name of anybody who exposes them just as they did to me and just as they did to Andrew. They will defend their darlings and attack the character of anyone who holds them accountable and calls them out.

But despite a full year of screaming this out, writing about it here on the blog and saying it on the radio with 50,000 watts to back it up it hasn’t sunk in and the hardest people to convince has not been the left who is doing their best to pretend it isn’t happening but the right who can’t bring themselves to admit they are winning for fear that something anything might happen to blow it.

But now look. You have John Nolte from Breitbart openly saying on one of the most significant sites on the right Obama is losing. You have Erick Erickson from CNN bluntly saying these are signs of panic in his campaign and you have Nice Deb a blogger highly respected throughout the net daring to believe and say what’s been apparent for a while.

One of the only sources of hope for the left has been the right’s unwillingness to say this aloud, if John, Erick and Deb are now willing to do so it means only one thing.

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

When the dem finally breaks it’s going to be a lot of fun watching the left squirm but remember, it’s OK to be cocky, but it’s not OK to be Lazy we still have to work like hell!

Update: Dan Riehl reminds me of one other point

It’s highly doubtful that the ego-driven “messiah” of 2008 would now want to be portrayed as the failed and struggling POTUS running for re-election who can’t even win 2012 on his own.

Besides, what smart, up and coming Democrat would risk going down to defeat with Obama in 2012, after he won with Biden in 2008, only to have a national embarrassment like Joe Biden say, I told you so? Most likely, none.

Yet, at the same time, across the greater right and among Republicans, it appears as though some have a sort of Stockholm syndrome.

The right would do well to re-assess reality around Biden. Obama isn’t “sticking” with Biden, he’s “stuck” with him, a fact that can only help to further demoralize an already nervous Democrat Party. Nationally, plenty of Democrats aren’t only hiding from Obama, their running away from him.

Guys it’s falling apart for these guys, fast.

except this.

Watch over the next 48 hours as the left and the media suddenly decide that they want to listen to what Andrew Breitbart has to say.

As for O’Keefe I was too fast with the wheel of fish award last time but you could substitute this incident for the last one in that post and you would have my opinion on the matter.

This is the story of two attempts to dodge trouble. Both are based on fear but one is informed and one is not.

firstly The RNC as CNN and memeorandum report with glee:

The Republican National Committee has cancelled a fundraiser with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is under fire for promoting an edited video that falsely portrays former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod as having boasted about discriminating against a white farmer looking for her assistance.

Again we see the difference between the word “edited” implying the words were not said, and “excerpted” indicating context or lack thereof.

The RNC forgets that the Tea Party movement and voter anger is driving the Republican numbers, their fear of the MSM is not going to help here. If we had taken the RNC’s way we would not be heading to the majority in under 100 days. Brietbart is Sherman or Sheridan and the RNC is McClellan. It is a small thing but its a mistake.

Watch this thread fill up from blogs on the left.

The second dodge is more significant:

The president is heading to Atlanta today. I was in that neck of the woods a few months ago. It is supposed to be a place where the president is popular. For example the 4th District where Liz Carter is facing Hank Johnson, the president polled incredible numbers in 2008. So naturally democrats will welcome him with open arms…or not:

President Obama makes his first Atlanta appearance since his inauguration.

The President will fly into town Monday morning.

If you think this will be a time for Democrats running for office to rally around the chief executive- -you probably haven’t been following the campaigns this summer.

The headline Democrats Scatter Monday as Obama comes to town.

There is no memeorandum thread that I see.

Now I suspect that this is a story that will be repeated all over the nation, like the Breitbart dodge it is out of fear, unlike the Breitbart dodge it is an informed fear. We all remember how much the presidential trip on January 17th helped Senator Martha Coakley win her seat in congress don’t we?

Liz Carter is a great candidate and a hard worker but almost as important to her efforts to win that seat has been president Obama’s efforts to transform America into a land where the middle class is dying.

This will be a fun election season for conservatives.

Oh and watch the media play up the first and ignore the 2nd.

Update: Rush covered the Atlanta story in his first segment. Will it make the memeorandum cut now?

Cokie Roberts repeats the John Lewis lie, and the panel pounds on Fox and once again nobody touches the words Breitbart actually used.

When Jake Tapper quotes Sherrod saying that Breitbart wants to return to the days of slavery and Donna Brazille ducks saying she doesn’t want to comment on her.

The self righteousness on Donaldson et/al who had no trouble when the NAACP and the media have gone after the tea parties with false charges of racism speaks very poorly of them. It’s all about the loss of control of the narrative.

This show will really be hurt when Tapper leaves it.

Update: Oh and who are Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly? The people that the public trust more than you these days Sam because you, the mainstream media spent the trust you had like a drunken sailor for the sake of your agenda.

Update 2: What the sad thing? Other than fox ABC had more conservatives on the panel than anyone else.

…Stacy’s attempt to snarf Perez Hilton’s “Naked Miley Cyrus Upskirt Photo” googlebomb or even latch onto his attempt to get traffic from the “Britney Spears naked upskirt” post either, but there is an actual legitimate point to be made here to wit:

Would any girl wearing a short skirt get out of a car that way? Especially a very famous girl who knows that every move she makes in public is being photographed by 50 paparazzi? And especially if she was only 17 and not wearing panties?

Take a look at that phrase, lets apply that to something else.

Explain to me again how (assuming that the photo is not a fake) how it is possible that we have this (or the Britney Spears photo) but we don’t have any video of the supposed Tea Party/Black Caucus Nancy Pelosi “incident”? Oh I forgot, according to Jon Meacham the lack of evidence doesn’t matter

I wonder how much interest Andrew Breitbart has earned on that 100k since March?