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Fear And Loathing In Minneapolis…‘Minneapolis’?!?

18 June 2011 @ 15:31

I get up in the morning and it’s just another day
Pack up my belongings, I’ve got to get away.
Jump in to a taxi and the time is gettin’ tight
I go to keep on movin’ I got a show tonight

And I’m movin’ on, movin’ on from town to town
Movin’ on, baby, yeah I’m never touchin’ the ground. Yeah.

Stacy McCain has been invited to attend the RightOnline Conference being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend, where he will be hosting an afternoon seminar on Saturday.  He left on Thursday in the PM and has been reporting from there, between visits to various alcohol emporiums.

-He filed his first report just as he was packing-up his belongings.  A highlight:

Remember that, in his first public statements about the scandal, Anthony Weiner urged reporters to “move on.”

Yeah. And now, you see, I’m movin’ on from town to town.

-In his first report from the scene, Stacy scored a short interview with Andrew Breitbart.  It was done under the best of conditions for a reporter:

You’ll notice Breitbart had a bottle of red wine handy, and kept waving the cork when he was gesturing. This interview took place at about 2 a.m., after the lobby bar had closed.

Evil Madman Andrew ‘Blofeld-Goldfinger’ Breitbart, aka No. 2

-Last yesterday morning over at AmSpecBlog, Stacy reported on this bit of information:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected within a week to make a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential campaign, according to one Republican source.

Vendors of campaign services who hope to work for Team Palin have been told that Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate, will decide soon one way or another on mounting a 2012 campaign.

This item prompted a response from Mrs. Palin, a mention by Rush Limbaugh, and a Memeorandum thread.  He has all the details here and comments:

Jim Geraghty at NRO has some helpful thoughts on exactly how long Palin could wait, noting that “the ranks of the unaffiliated staffers and volunteers grows thinner week by week.”

Geraghty also spots the key phrase in my AmSpec report: “vendors of campaign services who hope to work for Team Palin.” These are businesses. They can’t operate on the basis of maybe getting contracts from a potential campaign that may or may not happen. So it would obviously be in their interest to ask, “How soon will we know? When will a decision be made?”

BTW, I’ve talked to my original source twice since this story broke. And I’m standing by the story.

Stacy caught a lot of irrational flack [some of it tinged with Leftist bromides] from the, shall we shall, ‘passionate’ supporters of Sarah Palin.  It’s at times like these when I, a big supporter of Sarah Palin, am embarrassed by the Paulista-like reactions of some of Mrs. Palin’s supporters.  Calm the F down, people.  Mrs. Palin would be the first to tell you that she is not to be followed unquestioningly.  As I stated, I support her as the best person to do battle with Comrade Obamnin and his apparatchiks, but I will not hesitate to criticize her when I think she is wrong or if I see her acting like an Establishment type.  As she has said and written many times: this is not about her, this is about restoring America, so please stop the Cult Of Personality crap.

-Stacy was invited to a screening of the documentary The Undefeated last night and scored an interview with it’s creator and director, Stephen K. Bannon.  Good, old fashion Shoe Leather Reporting pays off again [when are you going to hire him, Mr. Breitbart???].

-BTW/FYI: Stacy filed a report earlier this week on the Nut, er, NetRoots Convention which is being held across town and is soiling that part of fair Minneapolis with it’s puked pablum as the RightOnline Conference provides a welcome shower of RWE-Brand Bleach.  A highlight:

Yes, that’s right: After three years of non-stop effort, I’ve finally persuaded Erik Telford to include me on the RightOnline agenda. I’ll be leading a Saturday afternoon seminar entitled, “Journalism vs. Blogging: Building Credibility.” What I intend is to explain a little bit about how to employ the Joe Friday “just-the-facts-ma’am” journalism style when what you’re doing is reporting news, as contrasted to the opinionated or humorous “snarktastic” style that bloggers so often use when doing political commentary.

I’ve often invoked an observation made by my young friend, J.P. Freire, “Conservative journalism needs fewer Bill Buckleys and more Bob Novaks” — that is to say, less punditry and more reporting.

Because of its history as a movement, conservatism has tended to create greater incentives for opinionated pundits than for straight-news reporters. Everyone wants to be the next Bill Buckley — or Ann Coulter or Charles Krauthammer or George Will, et al. — than to stoop down and do the less glamorous and often quite tedious work of reporting the news.

This tendency is one reason why we in the conservative blogosphere spend so much time bitching about liberal media bias: Because liberals are working as reporters, while everybody on the Right is doing second-rate Buckley imitations.

-Keep visiting Stacy’s joint for more solid reporting and analysis.

Anything that gets the adrenalin moving like a 440 volt blast in a copper bathtub is good for the reflexes and keeps the veins free of cholesterol… but too many adrenaline rushes in any given time span has the same effect on the nervous system as too many electro-shock treatments are said to have on the brain: after a while you start burning out the circuits. When a jackrabbit gets addicted to road-running, its only a matter of time before he gets smashed — and when a journalist turns into a politics junkie he will sooner or later start raving and babbling in print about things that only a person who has Been There can possibly understand.

  1. M. Thompson permalink
    18 June 2011 @ 18:33 18:33

    Between the Hmong, Somalis, the University of Minnesota, and the Hubert H. Humphrey wannabes, Minneapolis has plenty of left wing multiculturalist Pablum Puke.

  2. bobbelvedere permalink*
    19 June 2011 @ 19:00 19:00

    MT: I certainly have no desire to ever visit there – life’s too damn short.

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