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Dear Readers:  Legal Insurrection will be publishing my formal post on TAMCON 2014 tomorrow.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the great photos and moments I was able to capture at the first “meet-up” for The Tammy Bruce Show.

I was privileged to win the lottery for a select group of TAM Army members to be able to join one of the best and most passionate conservative pundits, along with some of her support staff, for a perfect southern California afternoon of camaraderie for many independent-minded citizen activists and talk show fans.

The event wouldn’t have been complete without a “shameless fan moment” at the post-event happy hour.

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My groupie behavior also including getting pics with Shifra, Ashley and Maynard — mainstays of the show and the website.

Meeting Shifra was a highlight, since many of her great posts on Tammy’s site are an inspiration for my own work (check out the one on the anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death for an example). Her comments about the California weather and friendliness of the people she met here took the edge off of my insanity derived from living in the “Land of Fruit and Nuts.”

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Ashley made everyone feel so welcome, and her energy and enthusiasm enhanced the day:

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I must admit, loved, loved loved talking to Maynard — his wit is as dry as the Sahara.

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But were any of these people the star of the show? No! That honor went to Sydney Bruce, who is pictured with one of the best known of the TAMily members, Rob W!

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I sat myself down with four really great guys: Mike, Steve, Carlos and Buster. Buster came all the way from Texas to attend TAMCON! We had a great time chatting about the news and who we were apt to vote for as POTUS in 2016 (hint – Bush and Clinton were not among our picks).

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Michael is the name of God’s warrior arch-angel. I think He was sending a message about the meet-up, as several of the other great men I met were also named Michael, including one who signed in with another TAMily member whose American-Israel flag pin caught my eye. It turns out Thomas is a fellow Catholic, and were able to chat a few moments about being Catholic and conservative.

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I also met many dynamic women. I would like to give a special shout-out to Lauren from Texas, who shared a margarita with me at the happy hour. I am kicking myself for not grabbing a pic with her! A beautiful woman and a beautiful spirit! I also had a chance to meet Nonie, another San Diego area TAMily member. We vowed to stay in touch and have our own mini-meet-up sometime soon.

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One of my favorite moments from the very many great ones I had was meeting naga5, Rick, who resides just to the north of Los Angeles. We had a chance to compare-and-contrast local craft beet enterprises! That he is such a savvy and energetic conservative who works in a very challenging environment for such political views is inspirational. I am planning to keep in touch with him in hopes of better monitoring the craziness coming from the LA area.

The picture I took with IsaacT also failed to come out (but below is one of him getting a picture with Tammy). However, I was thrilled to meet a Virginian and get the latest news from that state. I am planning to be there in August, and the next TAMCON is slated to be held there soon.

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Update: IsaacT comes through with a pic from his camera!

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One last note: My formal post will contain information on two of Tammy’s friends who also contribute to the success of her show: Amy Peikoff and Bosch Fawtsin. Bosch is an exceptionally talent graphic artist who does superhero-inspired comics-style work.

He does work on commission: I think I am going to have him work up a Cleopatra-theme “Goddess of Flaming Capitalism” graphic to spruce up the place!

Show #006 Joseph in Egypt

In time for Eastern and Passover, Barry Jacobsen and I review the stories of Joseph and the Exodus — with an eye to the ties to these sagas and the ancient Egyptian historical record.

Head over to our new podcast site and enjoy!!!

Show #006 – Ancient Egypt in the Bible

Dear Friends: I have some thrilling news to share.

I have partnered with Barry Jacobsen, author of “Deadliest Blogger,” former associate producer of SpikeTV’s “Deadliest Warrior,” and frequent guest/co-host on Canto Talk to create a new talk-show business model.

It is a pay-for-podcast program, which covers the events and people of the past impacting today’s world.

HISTORY BYTES:

Where the tides of history crash into the shores of current events.

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Ukraine updates: Putin signs treaty making Crimea part of Russia

With ongoing developments on the crisis in Ukraine, here are some news updates from Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draft treaty making Crimea part of Russia.

From CNN, Ukraine cries ‘robbery’ as Russia annexes Crimea:

Never mind what the West thinks — the Kremlin says Ukraine’s Crimea region is now part of Russia.

A signing ceremony Tuesday between Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of Crimea and the mayor of the city of Sevastopol made it official, the Kremlin said in a statement. The territory, ceded to Ukraine in the Soviet era, is now part of the Russian Federation, it said.

History Bytes will be able to offer the historical background that will shed additional light how past events and personalities led to the news today:

Show #005: In the Shadow of the Bear

Military history expert Barry Jacobsen discusses the history of the Black Sea region of Russia, including:

  • The era of Genghis Khan and the Golden Horde.
  • The forced exodus of the Crimean Tartars on the orders of Joseph Stalin.
  • The rationale behind Vladimir Putin’s power grab in Georgia.
  • The development of Islamic extremism in Chechnya and its consequences.
  • The origins of the Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution”

Leslie Eastman co-hosts.

Barry and I hope you will join us on other social media platforms:

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HISTORY BYTES – FACEBOOK

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@HistoryBytes – TWITTER

Other shows in our roster:

Barry and I hope to be profitable enough to maintain and expand this fledgling effort.

I have some special people to thank for this new profit opportunity:

Finally, I would like to thank my son (my biggest source of inspiration) and my husband (whose hard work allows me to delve into the bowels of history and contemplate the complexities of culture).

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Dear Readers: Once again, Silvio Canto and I are thrilled to have Legal Insurrection Editor Mandy Nagy as our Guest.  She will be joining us on Thursday, March 20th; click HERE at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for live show or afterward for archived podcast).

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

Legal Insurrection Editor, Mandy Nagy

However, my colleague Barry Jacobsen at Deadliest Blogger will be starting the show with a special FLAMING HOT CAPITALISM ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!!!

As always, there will be lots of news to cover. We will get an update from Mandy about her quest to obtain Obamacare. News fresh from the Legal Insurrection site:

Integrity: Official resigns over “remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy”

The former Director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), David Wright, recently resigned in powerful fashion, penning a scathing letter to his boss in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about the “remarkably dysfunctional HHS bureaucracy.”

The letter, written on February 25th and recently published at sciencemag.org, details the “intensely political environment” that is HHS, the department charged with crafting and implementing Obamacare policy and regulations.

Also, we will chat about the status of the lost Malaysian airliner:

A recent report from the Malaysian newspaper, The New Straits Times, has generated a lot of buzz and fueled speculation that the missing plane may still be in tact, somewhere.

CNN Reports,

[The report indicated] the plane may have flown low to the ground — 5,000 feet or less — and used mountainous terrain as cover to evade radar detection. The newspaper cited unnamed sources for its reporting, which CNN could not immediately confirm.

However, Malaysian officials said Monday that they were not aware of the report.
“It does not come from us,” said Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya.

Experts were skeptical, however, noting that even if the plane did drop to that altitude, it likely would not be able to avoid radar detection.

And we’ll get Mandy’s take on the US giving control of the Intenet to the UN.

The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use.

“U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller. “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.”

The U.S. Commerce Department announced late Friday it would relinquish control of The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the organization charged with managing domain names, assigning Internet protocol addresses and other crucial Web functions — after its current contract expires next year.

As always, it will be a great night of Insurrection with Mandy!!!!

Dear Readers:  March 13th is going to be a luck day this month, as we have America’s Conservative Warrior Princess Teri O’Brien as our guest on Canto Talk!  (Please click here at 7 pm PST/ 9 pm CT/ 10 pm ET or after for an archived podcast).

Teri O’Brien – America’s Conservative Warrior Princess

Teri O’Brien – America’s Conservative Warrior Princess

Teri is the host of another outstanding BlogTalkRadio.com show, The Teri O’Brien Show.

Because it’s impossible to be free and ignorant LIBERALS LISTEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! “If you’re going to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh. Otherwise, they’ll kill you.” George Bernard Shaw

Our topics will probably include her wonderful book: Teri O’Brien’s The ABC’s of Barack Obama

Not surprisingly, my favorite letters in her tome center on key aspects of “capitalism”. For example, “J is for Jobs” is a walk down memory lane about the Keystone Pipeline being thwarted. The Canadians said over 7,000 jobs would be created if the unit went through as planned. The Obama Administration dismissed it, saying a mere 50 jobs might be generated — and that wouldn’t compare to all the “green jobs” the “Stimulus Plan” would create.

They explained in their applications for federal assistance that they would create 102,883 new jobs! That number was a teensy bit off target. As the Wall Street Journal reported, the actual number was 300 permanent jobs. http://bit.ly/16LW6hp But those were, and are, real jobs. How many real jobs has the proposed phase 4 of the Keystone Pipeline created? That’s right. Zero, unless you count the jobs created by the attorneys and engineers involved in producing the mountains of environmental impact statements and legal briefs required by the battle to try to get it approved.

Another topic will likely include the crushing of Tea Party by….the Republican Establishment.

Establishment GOP Vows to Crush Tea Party, Sarah Palin at CPAC, Ted Cruz on Obamacare Repeal: Show Notes, The Teri O’Brien Show, 3-9-14

Leading Republicans Move to Stamp Out Challenges From Right – NYTimes.com (Seriously? These guys still think that their biggest problem is Ted Cruz and the Tea Party, not Barack Obama? If GOP takes the Senate, we’re going to have to keep watching these guys constantly.)

Then, the Goddess and the Princess will dish about the growing schism between white feminists and feminists of color, which just shook out over a post on white belly dancers: A lesson from Tea Party activism…and dancing

For example, many of my friends in the dance community would never, ever call themselves conservative. They are not used to being called “racist” — a term tossed about with abandon when speaking about Tea Party activists.

So, a Salon article by Randa Jarrar that is part of “feminists of color” series came as a slap-in-the-face to many:  Why I can’t stand white belly dancers

…But, here’s the thing. Arab women are not vessels for white women to pour themselves and lose themselves in; we are not bangles or eyeliner or tiny bells on hips. We are human beings. This dance form is originally ours, and does not exist so that white women can have a better sense of community; can gain a deeper sense of sisterhood with each other; can reclaim their bodies; can celebrate their sexualities; can perform for the female gaze. Just because a white woman doesn’t profit from her performance doesn’t mean she’s not appropriating a culture. And, ultimately, the question is this: Why does a white woman’s sisterhood, her self-reclamation, her celebration, have to happen on Arab women’s backs?

We have been following the growing tensions between white liberal feminists and non-white liberal feminists. This article is part of that dynamic. However, this represents the first time many of the dancers in my acquaintance were targeted for presumed racism.

So join us Thursday – Teri and I will shake things up!

Dear Readers: We have a double header this Thursday, Feb. 27th at 7 pm on Canto Talk. Our military historian, Barry Jacobsen, will review the insanity breaking out globally (e.g., the Ukriane, Venezuela) and our newly deputized “show psychologist” Dr. Rochelle Perper will sharing her insights on divorce, in light of the Divorce Corp. movie opening. (Click HERE at 7 pm Pacific Time/9 pm Central Time, 10 pm EST or for archived podcast afterward).

First, Barry Jacbosen will be reviewing items such as:

But to understand why the protests succeeded in toppling Yanukovych, it’s worth taking a glance at its strategies and military-style tactics. The protesters not only built a broad and inclusive coalition, but innovated where it mattered most: on the streets.

Really, it turned medieval.

Protesters shot fireworks with makeshift launchers. In combination with throwing stones and using slingshots, they overwhelmed disoriented Berkut special forces units, who were pelted with flying objects as fireworks exploded around them.

Protesters wore military helmets and carried makeshift—or captured—shields. Wooden boards were used to protect their lower legs from shrapnel the police taped to exploding stun grenades.

Among the array of homemade weapons, some were perhaps a little too ambitious. A crude trebuchet—a type of medieval catapult which uses a counterweight to fling objects—was overrun and dismantled.

To shield themselves from the onslaught, the police special forces units known as Berkut adopted distinct testudo formations. This packed shield formation was used by the Roman Empire, developed to shield infantry units from arrows. The first line holds its shields forward, with each preceding line holding their shields towards the sky.

Barry will really have to comment on the trebuchet!

We also will look what Legal Insurrection has to say: Ukraine’s acting government issues arrest warrant for Yanukovich

Then, on another issue related to insanity, we will take a look at the American system of divorce.

Dr. Rochelle Perper provides action-oriented therapy in a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy framework that is customized for individuals, families and couples, as well as adolescents and children. Her therapeutic approach involves helping people change their thoughts and behaviors and adopt healthy coping strategies in order to enhance their productivity and satisfaction. Dr. Perper is recognized for her compassion and skill in helping clients manage difficult transitions, including general challenges related to stress, depression, and anxiety. Her unique areas of specialty are helping people recover from grief due the loss of a loved one, trauma, traumatic loss, and violent crime.

Dr. Rochelle Perper

For more on her firm, Therapy Changes, click HERE. The site has a blog, and some of Rochelle’s articles are:


STEP #1: STATE AN OBSERVATION

To start a conversation in a non-defense way, it is important to avoid blaming the other person for the problem. You will also want to be careful not to make character assassinations or make generalizations. Instead, focus on what you see or hear….

STEP #2: DESCRIBE YOUR FEELINGS

Next, follow-up your observation with how that behavior made you feel. This is important to relate better to the person that you are talking to and provide important context to the problem.

STEP #3: MAKE A SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR REQUEST

The most critical part of any non-confrontational conversation is to make a request for how things can be done differently in the future. By doing so, you are letting the other person know that you are not interested in holding grudges or complaining. Rather, you are interested in working towards a constructive solution to the problem.

1. Set goals
2. Take action
3. Focus on being productive, not being busy
4. Make logical, informed decisions
5. Avid the trap of having things done ‘perfectly’
6. Work outside of your comfort zone
7. Keep things simple
8. Focus on small progress
9. Pay attention to the gains you have made
10. Be positive
11. Choose your environment
12. Maintain balance

For more details on each, please follow the link.  To contact Therapy Changes for an appointment or other information, click HERE.

This promises to be an entertaining and informative show.

Dear Readers: I have a show this Thursday I am truly looking forward to doing – with fellow SLOB Charles Fettinger of Doo Doo Economics. Silvio and I will be asking him all about the new currency phenomenon, Bitcoin. (Click HERE this Thursday at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST for the live show, or later for the podcast).

Charles has a nice synopsis: Bitcoin Trading Ten Commandments

Lets keep this short. Here are the Ten Commandments to make money trading in Bitcoin. Detailed explanations follow where needed.

  1. Do not follow trollbox advice
  2. Buy low, sell high OR sell high, buy back low
  3. Know your break even number
  4. Never let a Whale (big trader) buy cheaper than you, stack up on their position if necessary.
  5. Look up and down the orders list and find the big orders
  6. Cut loses or cost average when you make a bad trade, but let profits run
  7. Be patient and do not be mastered by market sentiment
  8. Buy when the market is selling, sell when the market is buying
  9. Read the chart first
  10. Do not trade to fiat
Where do you trade Bitcoin? You trade on one of the Bitcoin exchanges, but start small and work your way up to larger trades. Here are the “how to” details…

Also: When To Buy Bitcoin

Recently Overstock, Tiger Direct and many other online retailers have begun accepting the secure internet money known as Bitcoin (BTC or #). Bitcoin cannot be hacked like credit cards because you pay directly with encrypted money instead of entrusting others with credit card account information. It is more like using cash instead of a credit card which limits your vulnerability.

Merchants love Bitcoin for many reasons. There are less transaction fees involved with Bitcoin and unlike insecure credit cards, Bitcoin was designed for use on the internet. That means retailers like Walmart can use Bitcoin securely to purchase goods from anywhere in the world without wire fees and without exchange rate risk.

So, when should you purchase Bitcoin?

The answer is a couple days after a major retailer begins accepting purchases via Bitcoin.

We will also discuss the results of the San Diego Mayoral election, resulting in a rare Republican victory in California.

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