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This blog is obviously a very friendly fellow traveler and promoter of GOProud.  Even so I thought perhaps they had given CPAC social cons an opening when GOProud mercilessly taunted the impotence and un-manliness of the “pro-family” forces that had criticized their inclusion at CPAC (groups that seemed to talk about GOProud behind their back but be unable to confront or debate them face-to-face).  (Especially since the incumbatocracy of the GOP and the conservative movement is facing a tsunami of tea partiers, Ron Paulistas, and now gays piling on top of them too!)  Maybe the gay wit was just too sharp for the poor heterosexuals, who after all, can’t help the fact that they were born heterosexuals, with an atrophied sense of irony.

PJTV founder Roger Simon (he’s kind of cute, no?)

But now several new media “conservatives,” mainly, and I know I shouldn’t say this but since it’s true, Jewish, libertarian-leaning conservatives, are taking up for them.  I guess their sense of irony and of argumentation is more advanced than that of some other conservatives.  (That’s my ethnically discriminatory remark for the day — and if you don’t like it I can’t actually tell you what you can do, since after all children may be reading this.)

[On the other hand, one GOProud founder seems to have angered conservatives by attacking a well-thought-of conservative lawyer, though because she had as a client the anti-marriage equality forces in DC.  See:  http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/02/10/this-is-too-much-for-me/.  But do non-gay groups get thrown out for having disagreeable staffers?)

Roger L. Simon Backs Breitbart on GOProud vs. CPAC

I cannot speak for PJM as of yet — it’s the weekend and I’m in a ferry queue in Seattle — but I had to speak out personally in immediate support of my friend Andrew Breitbart regarding GOProud. I too will not be attending CPAC next year unless the ban of this organization is lifted. Frankly I am appalled by the decision of CPAC’s new management and I hope they will rescind as soon as possible. If they don’t, I won’t be there. I urge others to deliver the same message.
Posted at 5:47 pm on July 30th, 2011 by  @ PJTV/Pajamas Media

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Points for effort. But only cutting the budget reduces the power of the tax predator ruling class, who will always spend and borrow more to increase their wealth and power and buy votes and other political and donor support, inevitably creating future debt crises.

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Everyone is talking about the “wealth gap” this week, blaming racial disparities in wealth on capitalism, tax cuts, Republicans, blah blah blah.

It’s funny that the leftist pinheads on the flatulence shows can’t analyze their own statements.  They say upper middle class white people have recovered some of their net worth since the crash because stocks were re-inflated by the Obama stimulus.  But black people who depend on jobs and their mortgages not being upside down were not so lucky.  Sounds like the Obama stimulus was racist to me.

In Washington, DC and other urban areas ruled by Democratic mayors and city councils, government schools are so bad that almost everyone who can afford it moves out to the suburbs if they have the money when they have a child.  In DC dedicated urbanites, including many lesbians and gays, move to Del Ray in Alexandria, VA or to Takoma Park in Montgomery County, Maryland.  Poor black kids whose parents can’t afford to do that are stuck in DC, with massive drop out and illiteracy rates, recently documented in movies like The Lottery and Waiting for Superman.

So I was watching HGTV, one of those shows with the incredibly tasty gay boy architects/landscapers/contractors/decorators.  An architect named John Gidding was re-doing the home of a single mom who had “sunk her entire savings” into buying a home near a good school so her daughter could get an education.  And I recognized the woman, Vicki Johnson, from countless gay fundraisers and rallies I have attended in DC (though I don’t actually know her).  I was excited — I thought maybe Gidding’s show Curb Appeal was in the DC area (and Johnson had moved to Del Ray or Takoma Park).  But DC’s failed Democratic polity drove her farther away than that.  She’s in Georgia!

Funnily many retirement-aged African Americans are also selling their Columbia Heights Victorians in DC (and other bankrupt badly managed Democrat Party ruled cities) and returning to havens where they grew up in Georgia, the Carolinas, etc, which are now much more racially tolerant (and gay friendly) and have low taxes or NO taxes, along with space, good schools, less crime, etc. etc.

What Doing for Yourself, Does for your kids!

By Tom Tom Magazine
JANUARY 25TH, 2011
Vicki Johnson is a lawyer, an active member of her community in
Decatur, GA, and mom to one adorable six-year-old little girl. She
started playing drums after attending Ladies Rock Camp in Atlanta, and
it has become not only a passion, but a way to show her daughter that
part of being a good parent is taking time for yourself to do
something you love.

By Jamie Choi
Tom Tom Magazine: How long have you been playing drums?
Vicki Johnson: I have only been playing regularly on a drum kit since Ladies Rock Camp ATL 2010, in March of last year. Other than that I was the ultimate band geek many years ago in jr. high and high school, but I didn’t play drums. I played clarinet during concert season and I was drum major, leading the band, during marching season. I liked to hang out with the drum line, and they would teach me rhythms and sticking.
They gave me a pair of sticks, which I played with at home on various inanimate objects, driving my mom crazy as I recall.
Tom Tom Magazine: What or who gave you the inspiration to start playing?
Vicki Johnson: My six year old daughter inspired me to drumming greatness, and not, as you might imagine, because she is a drummer in a punk band. I spent
her first five years as a single parent, really doing everything I could to create the best possible life for her. I moved to ATL when she was a baby so she could grow up close to her grandparents, and so I could raise her in the very kid-centered community of Decatur, GA, vs. the very adult-centered life I was living in Washington, DC. It has been an amazing place for us, but parenting can be complicated. At some point you realize, part of being a good parent is being a good role model for your child, including participating in your own happiness. I realized I wanted her to see me doing things I loved and enjoyed, that it was not just doing for her, but I needed to do for myself.
I first got the notion that drumming had a role in that when I
volunteered for Girls Rock Camp ATL 2009. I went to a women’s college
(Smith) so when I heard about the camp and its emphasis on empowering girls as well as on the music, I knew it was something I had to get involved with. I volunteered as a roadie for camp that summer. On
showcase night, when all the campers and volunteers end the night by singing the rock camp anthem, my friend Becky Shaw jumped on the drum kit and rocked it: a light clicked on in my head and I knew I had to play the drums.
TTM: What genre(s) of music do you like to play?
VJ: I love all kinds of music. My other instrument is a banjo if that
tells you anything. I have to say though that the band of my dreams is a feminist punk band. I’m still working on that. I meet up once a month to play with the ladies from rock camp at our “Monthly Cycle Jam Session” and we play everything under the sun. I just keep up with whatever they dream up. It’s a blast. We are starting to meet more frequently, so maybe we can dig into more original music. Right now we are all learning our instruments and mostly work on covers.
TTM: What songs do you really like to play along to?
VJ: I love cranking up 80s rockers like Joan Jett and Blondie and punk bands like Bikini Kill,Bratmobile, Hole and the Ramones. Occasionally my partner, who is a classically trained singer and folk songwriter, will indulge me by plugging in her acoustic guitar and singingBonnie Raitt tunes for me to play along with.
TTM: How would you describe your drumming style?
VJ: Everything I know stylistically I learned from watching Animal on The
Muppet Show.
TTM: As a relatively new drummer, what would you say is your biggest challenge learning this instrument?
VJ: Well, on the plus side I will say having some musical background helped me pick up the rhythms fairly quickly, and also I have never been afraid to make noise, which is an important trait in a new drummer. My biggest challenge has been prioritizing it into my daily life. I have so much fun drumming and it energizes me and makes me happy, but when you don’t have a band, or even other instrumentalists there with you, it is hard to justify the time when there are so many competing priorities: full time job, a young child, volunteering, etc. My drum teacher keeps me on task though.
TTM: How does having an instructor help with the process?
VJ: I am incredibly lucky to work with one of the most talented female drummers around, Linda Bolley. She is energetic and enthusiastic, even when I show up at my lesson and I’ve had a hard week or haven’t had time to practice. She is very intuitive about that and seems to be able to figure out what will work at any given lesson to teach me something, whether its playing on side by side kits, or making me do exercises out of a book or just teaching me some drum fills. She keeps it interesting and fun, and reminds me that I can do whatever I set my mind to do.
TTM: Who are your top three favorite drummers?
VJ:
1. My drum instructor Linda Bolley has to be my favorite drummer for all the reasons I have already mentioned and for her sheer skill on the instrument. She plays with tremendous confidence and energy such that you can’t help but want to play along and aspire to greatness. She has played with some of the great acts out of Atlanta and is currently drummer for Herman Put Down The Gun.
2. When I first started drumming, I only had my kid’s child-sized drumkit to practice on. I am fairly tall so it was at once hilarious and sad. When he found out about it, my friend Dario Stanzini, a rock drummer in Virginia, generously insisted that I take his early 70′s
Ludwig Vistalite Hollywood kit he’s played on since high school to use until I get my own. He saved my budding drumming career.
3. My friend Laurie Hoffman, a fellow rock camper, is also one of my favorite drummers because she has such a passion for the instrument and for learning everything she can about it. Starting a new instrument, as we both have done well into adulthood, is a brave and daunting task, I’m just sayin’.
TTM: Any upcoming events or shows coming up where we can hear you play?
VJ: You guessed it, you can see me and my band at the showcase for Ladies
Rock Camp ATL 2011 at The Five Spot in Little 5 Points, Atlanta, on Sunday afternoon, 

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Yes, I know. He’s a cog in the GE-NBC corporate statist world that supports the Obama regime (NBC owns Bravo.)
But it would be so much fun trying to convert him.

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Though GOProud may still have a booth there.  Matt Lewis (in the Daily Caller article below) doesn’t list Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty as one of the casualties of the purge.  Of course, besides retiring from Congress, and having supported a group of tea party Senators and others like Rand Paul and Mike Lee that the CPACers think they have more in common with, Paul is starting his own LPAC to compete with CPAC.  The first Libertarian Political Action Conference is this September in Las Vegas.  Maybe GOProud can sponsor that!

GOProud and Birchers ousted as CPAC co-sponsors (David Horowitz survives vote)


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According to official letters obtained by The Daily Caller, the gay conservative group GOProud and the ultraconservative John Birch Society won’t be co-sponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2012.
The decision was reached by a full vote of the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) board of directors (the ACU sponsors CPAC).
Representatives of GOProud and the John Birch Society were notified of the decision via mail Friday afternoon.
The decision comes after GOProud’s 2011 sponsorship sparked severe criticism from ACU board members — and prompted several social conservative groups to boycott the event. The controversy reached a boiling point when GOProud’s chairman called respected ACU board member Cleta Mitchell “a nasty bigot.”
Long considered a fringe group, the John Birch Society’s sensationalist accusations (such as saying Dwight Eisenhower was a “dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy“) prompted William F. Buckley to effectively banish them from the conservative movement.
Both GOProud and the Birchers were highly offensive to various blocs of CPAC board members — for entirely different reasons.
Meanwhile, one controversial conservative activist actually survived the ACU board vote.
Despite accusing Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist and ACU board member Suhail Khan of being in league with the Muslim Brotherhood during his 2011 CPAC speech, it was decided that conservative activist David Horowitz would not be precluded from participating in the future.
ACU’s decision to revisit past decisions regarding CPAC has been expected. After the departure of longtime ACU Chairman David Keene last year, it was predictable that ACU’s board of directors would address lingering questions surrounding past co-sponsors and speakers.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/29/goproud-and-birchers-ousted-as-cpac-co-sponsors-david-horowitz-survives-vote/#ixzz1TX6OuweP

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(And he’s kind of hot!)

GAY GRANDSON OF EVANGELICAL PREACHER
JOINS LEF SPEAKERS BUREAU
Randy Robert Potts, gay grandson of the late televangelist Oral Roberts, to address L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center August 3.

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Randy Robert Potts, the gay grandson of the late televangelist Oral Roberts, has joined the Speakers Bureau of Liberty Education Forum, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that seeks to bring a message of gay acceptance to conservatives and people of faith. Potts will be sharing his unique perspective on faith and sexuality with audiences around the country, beginning with an appearance at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center on Wednesday, August 3 at 8pm.

“I’m excited to embark on this partnership with Liberty Education Forum,” said Potts, who gained national notoriety last year with a heartfelt contribution to the It Gets Better anti-bullying video campaign. “I’m looking forward to sharing my story growing up in the Roberts household, my coming out experience and my own personal faith journey with L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and audiences throughout the United States.”

“Randy’s experience of the damage caused to LGBT youths who grow up in the midst of religious bigotry-and the potential power and beauty of overcoming these life challenges-is a moving and instructive story,” said Alan Acosta, the Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and moderator of the August 3 event. “The Center is extremely pleased to host Randy and explore these critical issues that are so central to our organization’s mission of overcoming societal homophobia and achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

Potts will appear on Wednesday, August 3 at 8pm at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre (1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038) in a discussion moderated by the Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Alan Acosta. The panel is free and open to the public. For additional information call 323-993-7332 or visit www.lagaycenter.org/learningcurve.

“Randy’s experience of the damage caused to LGBT youths who grow up in the midst of religious bigotry-and the potential power and beauty of overcoming these life challenges-is a moving and instructive story,” said Alan Acosta, the Center’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and moderator of the August 3 event. “The Center is extremely pleased to host Randy and explore these critical issues that are so central to our organization’s mission of overcoming societal homophobia and achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

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