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Our guilty pleasure – we’re covering CPAC

7 Mar
CPAC Panel on Minority Voter Outreach Poorly Attended – CPAC Roundup

Reason magazine is covering it this year.  We ran into Kennedy and crew filming interviews for reasonTV (reason coverage link above).

Apparently prices, especially for sponsors, were doubled this year, so there seem to be many fewer attendees, including most gay, libertarian, and even some tea party groups.  The Libertarian Party had a booth for years in the exhibitors hall, but hasn’t for several years.  American for Prosperity has no booth.  And Campaign for Liberty is shrunken from its Ron Paul campaign years of having one or two aisles of booths of related groups like Young Americans for Liberty to having only one booth.

CPAC is again held inconveniently at Washington National Harbor, the resort complex rubes think is in DC that is actually far away in Prince George’s County in Maryland, on the Potomac, near Andrews Air Force Base.  CPAC organizers say they outgrew DC hotel space but many think the real reason for the move last year was that the Occupy protesters confronted Andrew Breitbart, when CPAC was in DC, in 2012, where the late, great Achilleus of the center-right harangued the occupy under fay.   CPAC wagers that Occupy, which in DC has to hire the unemployed and homeless people so it has enough bodies at a protest, aren’t competent to find National Harbor or charter a bus to get there.  CPAC offers bus service from Union Station on Capitol Hill (last year it also offered it from George Washington University).

I’ve been covering CPAC for my blogs since 2007.  The three perpetual fault lines are: Ron Paul and other libertarians vs neoconservatives and pro-military groups; gay conservatives vs people who want no gay groups as sponsors; free market Muslim Americans and their supporters vs people who want no tincture of Islam allowed.  The anti-gay, anti-Muslim, and anti-libertarian forces have won most battles, and excluded most groups from sponsorships and exhibits who fall under those three categories, with only Ron and Rand Paul left.  This year they also refused to rent space (and presumably sell wedding cake) to one of those single issue atheist groups as well.  I think the Ayn Rand Institute may still be in but I will have to check to see if they have a booth as they did last year. However CPAC may lose the war, since they want the young peoples, and when they show up they usually end up being over half libertarian leaning, even if you barred their sponsoring groups.

The other usual CPAC experience is leftover or “liberal” journalists looking for snark.  In the past this has taken the form of checking gay ads on craigslist etc. and then reporting the shocking finding that 20-something gay conservative boys away from home in a big city staying in hotels actually look to hook up with each other – the depravity knows no ends!  Last year Betsy Rothstein, a reporter for FishBowl (now with The Daily Caller), filed a report on how one exhibitor dared to have a poster with an unflattering photo of Hillary Clinton, at the CPAC conference – in Baltimore.  She thought, I believe, she was at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor instead of Prince George’s County’s National Harbor, based on the time spent on her expense account Uber ride.

I got there late last afternoon and only stayed until 9 pm, for about 6 hours of CPAC experience.  Here were my impressions:

Kennedy, Matt Welch, Meredith Bragg and other reporters said journalists were really scratching for something to cover.

Newlywed Yahoo News journalist Chris Moody, a former Cato intern, seemed almost giddy as he ran about snapping photos.  He’s such a nice young man.

British author and environmentalist critic James Delingpole was trying to meet journalists, carrying his new book on Eco-fascism, but he had no publicist or helper and none of the Americans knew who he was by looking at him.  (I tried to help a little.)

Glen Reynolds of Instapundit won a journalism award from Accuracy in Media, and Dana Loesch, formerly of Breitbart and now of Glen Beck Inc. accepted it for him (video later).  During the Q&A everyone asked her where Glen Beck was and why he didn’t come to CPAC.

I overheard a young journalist say “I was thinking about covering Rick Santorum, though he’s really irrelevant now.”  To which his young intern friend said “He came in second behind Romney last time.”

At the small (20 people) happy hour for the Republican Liberty Caucus (where 45 were expected) at a nice bar called Harrington’s. Token Libertarian Girl, FreedomWork’s Julie Borowski, and Republican Liberty Caucus candidates from South Carolina and New Mexico addressed the prospects for the Liberty movement and the threat of Libertarian Party spoilers to Republican candidates.  One Congressman from the south opined that Libertarian Party candidates are now stealing votes and ruining elections for half a dozen GOP candidates every election – and noted that in some cases, for less libertarian GOP candidates, he didn’t mind seeing this happen.  I kept waiting for one to advocate the usual Republican strategy of keeping Libertarians off the ballot but no one did.  Julie Borowski then decamped for the annual Blogger Bash across the street at a piano bar called Bobby McKay’s, where she was nominated for a blogging award.

I spent the night drinking with a right leaning libertarian friend who is married to a Republican Liberty Caucus organizer, who works in, as they say in DC, IC.  Meaning the intelligence community.  She says Judge Napolitano is wrong that the Ukranian uprisings wee funded by the Obama regime.  A Campaign for Liberty organizer then argued in our private beer fuled symposium that they many not have been government funded, but they were funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and other government supported groups.

Tonight I will be “covering” the Leadership Institute reception and a private, invite only party (assuming they allow one to repeat what was said etc.) and hope to get to the actual event earlier, before lunch, as well.

Stossel on Syria at 9 pm – one of his best shows yet tonight

15 Sep
This weekend’s Stossel on Fox Business,  rebroadcast on Fox News on Sunday night at 9 pm, is one of his best yet, mainly because of the high caliber of the guests, Judge Andrew Napolitano, economist Chris Coyne, and historian Thaddeus Russell.

I feel slightly odd recommending this show and talking about how brilliant the guests are as I have attended lectures by all three of them.  They are all very different personalities, and each of them basically makes me want to go back to law or graduate school and become more intellectually engaged.

Russell is a sometime contributor to reason, Coyne has written two books, one each on war and on foreign aid, and Napolitano is well known as FOX’s in house judicial and constitutional expert.

Mediaite’s Thaddeus Russell Talks ‘Liberal War Hawks’ with FBN’s Stossel


Mediaite guest contributor Thaddeus Russellappeared on FBN’s Stossel last night to discuss his recent column, “Killing to Save in Syria: When Liberalism is Lethal.”

Speaking with host John Stossel, Russell explained his central thesis that while progressive ideology is deeply rooted in the desire to “rescue” other countries, it comes with the unfortunate “obligation to kill.” 
Ultimately, Russell suggests, as a result, “when the United States has taken on the responsibility for the well-being of humanity, it has destroyed far more lives than it has saved.” As he tells Stossel, progressives need to take that history into account before advocating for more humanitarian interventions abroad.
Read the column HERE. And then take a look at the segment below, via FBN:

Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul is extensively interviewed on Geraldo At Large, rebroadcast at 1:00 am on Fox News.  Geraldo also shows a clip from the Zapruder film in another segment, which he was the first person to televise 30 years ago.

Exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald

2 Jul
At 7:20 am on Fox and Friends Tuesday Eric Boling interviews Glenn Greenwald. Bolling had earlier had an exclusive with Lon Snowden. So far Andrew Napolitano, Tucker Carlson, Eric Bolling, Steve Doocey, and maybe Bob Beckel seem to be the only people standing up for the 4th Amendment and against the NSA on TV.  Are there others?

Edward Snowden – Burn the Heretic!

14 Jun
National Security hawks tell us if we really knew what they know we’d agree with the surveillance state.  I’ve had many a Log Cabin Republican or RINO with some military or other government job tell me this.

Brian Wilson on DC’s conservative WMAL radio just said this morning that when Presidents get their first security briefing they come out with “eyes as big as saucers.” But since the “information” is secret and not peer reiewed, undebated and uncriticized, it’s more like religion than science. They are just priests telling us what God told them in a private.

Edward Snowden in their mystical worldview is a witch or a Protestant and they want to burn him at the stake.  That’s why they’ve spent the week making up lies and smears about him.  By tomorrow he will be said to have had sexual congress with Satan.

Happy (Belated) Birthday – Andrew Napolitano

7 Jun
Yesterday was Judge Napolitano’s birthday.  We were too busy to note it because we were watching all the news about Obama’s violation of almost every one of the amendments in the Bill of Rights.

Judge Napolitano seems to be the first and only regular reporter and commentator on Constituional issues, in a media awash in medica critics, movie reviewers, consumer reporters, and other vacuous chatterers.

Andrew Napolitano
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Judge of the
New Jersey Superior Court
In office
Appointed by Thomas Kean
Personal details
Born Andrew P. Napolitano
June 6, 1950 (age 62)
NewarkNew Jersey
Political party Libertarian
Alma mater Princeton University
Notre Dame Law School
Occupation Judge
Media Personality
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Biography on
Andrew P. Napolitano (born June 6, 1950) is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He is a political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, commenting on legal news and trials. Napolitano started on the channel in 1998.

Napolitano was born in
 Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Princeton University (he was a founding member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton[1]) and Notre Dame Law School. Napolitano sat on the New Jersey bench from 1987 to 1995, becoming the state’s youngest then-sitting Superior Court judge. He also served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law for 11 years. Napolitano resigned his judgeship in 1995 to pursue his writing and television career.Early life, judicial and academic career[edit]

Media career[edit]

Before joining Fox as a news analyst, Napolitano was the presiding judge on the television show, Power of Attorney, in which people brought small-claims disputes to a televised courtroom. Differing from similar formats, the plaintiffs and defendants were represented “pro bono” by famous attorneys. The show ran in syndication during the 2000–2001 season.
From 2006 to 2010, Napolitano co-hosted a talk radio show on Fox News Radio with Brian Kilmeade titled Brian and the Judge.
Napolitano hosted a libertarian talk show called Freedom Watch that aired daily, with new episodes on weekdays, on Fox Business Channel.[2] Frequent guests on Freedom Watchwere Congressman Ron Paul, financial commentator Peter Schiff, and Lew Rockwell. Napolitano has called himself the “Ayn Rand of Fox News” and has also promoted the works of Friedrich HayekMilton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises on his program. The show originally aired once a week on Wednesdays at 2:00 pm on Fox News’ Strategy Room. On September 14, 2009 it became a show that airs three to four times a week. On June 12, 2010 it debuted as a weekly show on Fox Business. The show was dropped along with several programs in February 2012 when FBN revamped its entire primetime lineup.[3]
Napolitano regularly substituted for television host Glenn Beck when Beck was absent from his program. After Beck announced he would be leaving Fox News, he asked Napolitano to replace him.[4]

Writing career[edit]

Napolitano has written the following books:
Date Title
2004 Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks its Own Laws
2006 The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land
October 2007 A Nation of Sheep
April 2009 Dred Scott’s Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America
March 2010 Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History
October 2011 It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom
November 2012 Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom
January 2013 The Freedom Answer Book: How the Government Is Taking Away Your Constitutional Freedoms


Napolitano describes himself as pro-life.[5]
He is a strong advocate for an orthodox interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, viewing it as a contract that must, according to rule of law, be interpreted the way its authors intended or else be invalid. He asserts that the Federal government has a very limited set of powers, that it is exceeding, and that the Bill of Rights limits its valid actions in all circumstances.
The Constitution applies to persons, not just citizens. If you read the Constitution, its protections are not limited to Americans. And that was written intentionally, because at the time it was written, they didn’t know what Native Americans would be. When the post civil war amendments were added, they didn’t know how blacks would be considered, because they had a decision of the Supreme Court called Dred Scott, that said blacks are not persons. So in order to make sure the Constitution protected every human being: American, alien; citizen, non-citizen; lawful combatant, enemy combatant; innocent, guilty; those who wish us well, those who wish us ill…they use the broadest possible language, to make it clear: Wherever the government goes, the Constitution goes, and wherever the Constitution goes, the protections that it guarantees restrain the government and requires it to protect those rights.[6]
Napolitano has called consumer advocate and frequent presidential candidate Ralph Nader a hero of his.[7]
Napolitano believes that the 9/11 incidents including the subsequent collapse of the World Trade Tower buildings in New York City did not take place as the US government has publicly communicated. “It’s hard for me to believe that [7 World Trade Center] came down by itself. I was gratified to see Geraldo Rivera investigating it. I’m gratified to see the people across the border interested,” said Napolitano, “I think twenty years from now, people will look at 9–11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.”[8]
Napolitano believes the Supreme Court’s ruling on inter-racial marriage in the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia set a precedent that would also require state recognition of same-sex marriage.[9]


Napolitano splits his time living in Manhattan and Newton, New Jersey where he owns a farm that produces maple syrup.[10] He is aTraditionalist Catholic.[11]
Napolitano is not related to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, whom he sometimes jokingly calls “Cousin Janet.”[12][13]


  1. ^ Sethi, Chanakya (November 18, 2005). “Alito ’72 joined conservative alumni group”Daily Princetonian. Retrieved January 14, 2011.
  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 13, 2010). “Libertarian Talk, Now on Fox Business Network”The New York Times.
  3. ^ Fox Business Network Cancels Entire Primetime LineupThe Huffington Post. February 10, 2012
  4. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (April 7, 2011). “Glenn Beck To Andrew Napolitano: You Should Replace Me (VIDEO)”Huffington Post.
  5. ^ Nick Gillespie from the March 2005 issue. “The Born-Again Individualist – Reason Magazine”. Retrieved April 6, 2011.
  6. ^ Judge Andrew Napolitano & Alan Colmes discuss Gitmo, discussing the Supreme Court rulings on the scope of the protections in the Constitution.
  7. ^ After Words with Andrew NapolitanoC-SPAN (June 2, 2010)
  8. ^ “Fox takes heat from left and right over analysts”CNN. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  9. ^ “Should States Be the Ultimate Deciders of the Legality of Same-Sex Marriage?”Fox News. May 9, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  10. ^ “Sussex County maple syrup available”The Advertiser-News. Straus Newspapers. March 27, 2008. ““We collected 800 gallons of sap from our sugar maples and had it boiled down to 24 gallons of delicious, pure maple syrup that area residents can sample from the local shops that have agreed to carry our glass-jarred, locally made syrup,” said FoxNews commentator Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, proprietor of Vine Hill Farm.”
  11. ^ “Judge Napolitano: Why You Can Be a Libertarian … And Still Be Religious”Fox News Insider. December 13, 2012.[dead link]
  12. ^ MacIntyre, April (November 18, 2010). “Judge Andrew Napolitano’s fatwa on TSA and ‘cousin Janet’ on FBN”Monsters and Critics. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  13. ^ “Glenn Beck: TSA pat downs a violation of the Fourth Amendment?”Glenn Beck Program. November 24, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2012.

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