Coronavirus Notes

I haven’t posted as much as usual this week because I’m dealing with a nasty head cold, and, yes, it’s just a cold. However, i’ve seen a few things related to the coronavirus go by that are worth sharing.

One of the hot spots for the illness is Iran where many members of the ruling class have ti.

It looks as if Israel is among the leaders in development of a vaccine.

And the World Health Organization has declared that we are in a pandemic.

BTW, I was at CPAC a couple of weeks ago. According to the emails I’ve received from the event organizers, the Maryland State Health Department has screen all of the employees of the event venue, and none of them tested positive for corona virus. There were a couple of other events going on at the venue at the same time as CPAC. One was a medical meeting, and during my time in the Lobby Bar, I had an interesting conversation with an ophthalmologist about her preparations for dealing with the disease. Because her work require close patient contact, she plans to use additional layer of protective equipment—and she plans on additional screening of patients before they are seen. Her prime concerns were the availability of extra masks, gloves, etc., and whether the public would act calmly and responsibly in following medical advice (as opposed to press and political sensationalism).

The next few months will be interesting. (Say, is it raaaaacist to point out that old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times..”?)

CPAC Ahead

CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference) gets underway later this week down in National Harbor, Maryland, just across the river from DC. Wednesday night will be a series of social gatherings during which I’ll meet up with old friends. On Thursday and Friday, I’ll be making there rounds and interviewing people. On Saturday night, my podcasting partner and I will originate a special two hour long edition of The Other Podcast from CPAC as the opening episode for Season Three.

Stay tuned.

CPAC Day Two

Most of the day was spent talking with various participants to get a sense of how they felt about the conference. The mood was generally upbeat. Stacy McCain and I were also on the prowl for guest to interview for this week’s episode of The Other Podcast. We recorded three interviews this evening. I’ll have more about the podcast tomorrow.

Among the interesting people I met today was a retired teacher who had taught at one of the high schools Mrs. Hoge attended in Indiana. It’s a small world after all.

CPAC Day One

I’m sitting in the lounge area in Broadcast Row after an afternoon renewing acquaintances with other media folks. There was a press conference earlier this afternoon held by Jacob Wohl and Laura Loomer about an investigation in to the background of Congressciritter Ilhan Omar’s apparent marriage to her brother. The conference was covered by several mainstream media outfits, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the information.

Wohl and Loomer plan to post their report online. When it goes up, I’ll provide a link.

OK, my feet are a bit less sore, so it’s time to get back to work.

UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more on the Omar story here.

Supper at CPAC

After picking up my press credentials, I walked through the lobby at the Gaylord Conference Center and ran into a group of bloggers, activists, and former codefendants. We wound up going out for supper and swapping leads on stories that would be breaking over the next few days.

Stay tuned.

CPAC 2019

CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, starts tomorrow. I’ll head down to the venue in National Harbor, Maryland, after work today to pick up my press credentials. Watch this space for reports of interesting oddities that I observe.

A Deplorable Mind

One of the reasons I go to CPAC is to meet interesting people, and one of the most interesting (and funny and insightful) I’ve met in the past few years is Evan Sayet. You should watch his video, A Deplorable Mind. It’s available free on Amazon Prime. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can order a free 30-day trial membership by clicking here.

Praise for Evan: “Brilliant!”—Rush Limbaugh; “Evan has crossed from ‘funny’ to important!”—Michael Barone; “Simply the best political comedian working in America today.”—David Horowitz; “Who makes me laugh? Easy. Evan Sayet.”—Ann Coulter; “Brilliant”—Dennis Miller; “The funniest man in America.”—Dennis Prager

Friday Night CPAC

I was invited to a preview showing of Evan Sayet’s new video A Deplorable Mind along with a group of bloggers and new media folks (Stacy McCain, Pete Ingemi, Cynthia Yockey, Bill Whittle, etc.). When the PC that was supposed to handle the download of the video went into some bizarre Windows silliness mode, my Mac laptop that I’m typing this on was pressed into service.

kindergardenofedenEvan’s video is both insightful and funny. It’s due to come out on Amazon in a few days, and I’ll post a link when it does. Meanwhile, Evan’s book The KinderGarden of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks is for sale. It’s insightful and funny as well—and it’s available from Amazon now. Click on the thumbnail on the left to order your copy.

An Evening at CPAC

When I got to CPAC after work this afternoon, folks were lining up to go through security for VP Pence’s speech. I decided to go out to dinner with a group of bloggers and other media people including Stacy McCain, Gabriella and Anna Maria Hoffman, Alexa Dunetz, Evan Sayet, and Joe the Plumber. There was good food and excellent conversation.

CPAC is Coming

The Conservative Political Action Conference will be held the first weekend in March, a bit more than a month from now. I just finished registering. I expect that this year’s conference will be particularly interesting because the primary season will getting into high gear.

CPAC Favorites

Stacy and Dee are a pair of my favorite blogger friends, and I did enjoy seeing them a CPAC.CPACfavoritesThis picture was actually taken the night before CPAC at Rinocon, a get together at Harrington’s Pub around the corner from the convention center. I had an excellent blackened tuna sandwich with an great pineapple salsa relish at the pub.

BlogBash 2014

I’ve just left BlogBash 2014 to the younger crowd and have settled in for the night in my hotel room. First of all, congratulations to the all the award winners, especially Stacy McCain who won in the Activist Blogger category. I was amazed to have been nominated in that category, but I’m not surprised that Stacy was the winner.

Last year was my first time at CPAC and BlogBash, and I enjoyed meeting many bloggers whose work I admired. This year, it’s been a pleasure finally meeting some of my codefendants in the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.

I’ll have more to tell you about BlogBash and CPAC over the next few days. For now, it’s time for an old man to get some rest.

BlogBash is Coming Soon

If you’re a blogger and your going to be at CPAC this March, you ought to check out BlogBash. After talking with one of the organizers last night, I’m looking forward to an even better event this year. Informations should be appearing online is a few days.

A Blogger Briefing

Rick_SantorumOne of the blogger briefings I attended at CPAC today was with Rick Santorum. He’s an impressive fellow. Most of the conversation at the brief dealt with his views about how religious faith informs his conservative beliefs.

While Mr. Santorum and I disagree on some of the details about how to carry our beliefs out into the public sphere, it was refreshing to hear a politician unashamedly explaining the real why behind his politics.

Back to CPAC

After driving home from Blog Bash, I didn’t get to bed until almost 3 this morning. We (a member of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization and I) will be back on the road head back to CPAC.

Rather than attempt to provide play-by-play coverage, Hogewash! will be gathering background information that will inform future blogging.

In case you missed the massive coverage elsewhere, Texans Rick Perry and Ted Cruz were a hit with their audiences at CPAC yesterday as were Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.

More later. Stay Tuned.

UPDATE—Oh, one more thing … Stacy McCain won an award at Blog Bash (voted on by his fellow bloggers) for his coverage of the Brett Kimberlin story.

CPAC Day 1, Part 1

Members of the Vast Hogewash Research Organization are covering speeches in the main meeting room. I have been attending blogger briefings. Wonky stuff. However, it should be useful as background material.

The most useful part of the gathering so far has been networking with other bloggers.

More later. Stay tuned.

I’m Going to Blog Bash

I’ve been invited to Blog Bash during CPAC next week, and I intend to go.

There are rumors that there will be some sort of protest, and one of the sources is a call from First Mate Neal Rauhauser to the venue where the event is scheduled. This leads to a couple of interesting possibilities. Either FMNR has direct knowledge of a potentially dangerous event, or he is lying to try to frighten folks into canceling Blog Bash. (“Nice event you’ve got planned; it’d be a shame if something happened to it.”) Given that a significant number of elected officials plan to attend the event, I suspect that more than one law enforcement agency are taking an active interest in the threat.

The threat against Blog Bash is very similar to the one made against Aaron Walker’s employer that caused Mr. and Mrs. Walker to be fired, but it isn’t effective this time. Team Kimberlin just doesn’t get it. They’ve run up against a wall of bloggers who are determined to keep at the story until they’ve been brought to justice. Oh, it is possible to frighten us, but fear will not deter us.

While writing about the Kimberlin story, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting face-to-face bloggers such as Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Wombat-socho, and Lee Stranahan. I look forward to meeting many more next week.

So I’m off to CPAC next week. And Blog Bash.

UPDATE–I am told that The Dread Pirate himself has also called the venue. Hmmmm.

UPDATE 2–Stacy McCain is on the story.

UPDATE 3–The Lid is also following the story.

UPDATE 4—Lee Stranahan has more details.

UPDATE 5—rsm20130307UPDATE 6—McCain has still more to report.