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Mark Your Calendar for June 19

Thanks to Ben Evans of Heritage Action for America and Michelle Moore of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition, you have a treat coming on June 19. Heritage Action/St. Louis Tea Party Social: June 19 On Thursday, June 19 at 6:30pm, we will gather informally at Scarecrow in Chesterfield, 1095 Chesterfield Parkway. All are welcome. Appetizers will be provided. Come down and enjoy the company of fellow grassroots activists. Read more →

Tell Two People in West County About The After Party This Thursday at Sky Music Lounge

A friend from Dallas just called me. He said he met two conservatives from Ballwin who’d love to be involved in movement conservatism … but don’t know how. I was shocked. And a little embarrassed. ** How can someone in West County not know about St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and The After Party?** ‘ Clearly, I’ve done something wrong. I’m sorry. But I can’t just throw my hands up and walk away. Read more →

Here’s One Way the Government’s Making Medicine Worse in America

I had to go to the doctor today. The reason’s not important. Here’s what is: It took my doctor 10 minutes to describe my symptoms into a government-mandated voice recognition system. In the old days, the doctor took notes. Now, he has to recite his observations into a Mad Men-era dictaphone. “Male, age 48, blood pressure one-twenty-one over seventy-three … “ The damn machine (government medical technology) couldn’t understand half the doctor’s words. Read more →

Are You Ready to Caucus?

What’s the difference between a caucus and a primary? Who’s allowed to attend a caucus? How do I find out my caucus location? When it the caucus? How long does it take? How to do I get ready? This Is Important Stuff These are just some of the questions I have about the Missouri Republican Presidential Caucus scheduled for March 17. And I’m not the only with questions. That’s why St. Read more →

Here’s a 16th Century Lesson on Focus

Sundays are useful touchstones for our goals. Last week, I told you about my maniacal focus for 2012. At the beginning of the week, I stuck carefully to my plan. But after two consecutive 15-hour days at work, I let my mind wander a little. I’m sure you know how that goes. Well, Sunday is a great touchstone. And who provided my guidance and support? A 16th century saint and Doctor of the Church. Read more →

How Government Growth Creates Scrooges

Scrooge’s nephew left the office and let in two men in the process. They came to ask for a donation for London’s poor. “At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up a pen, “it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir. Read more →

The Two Key Roles in Social Media Activism Update

Have you ever studied human networks? I’m not talking about online social networks alone, but any kind of human network. They’re amazing. Networks tend to determine who we date, who we marry, and where we work. Our lives are more influenced by networks than we can imagine. A network community can be defined as a group of people who are much more connected to one another than they are to other groups of connected people found in other parts of the network. Read more →

Who will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, tend the sick, visit the imprisoned … ?

The candidates blew the emotional turning point in Monday’s CNN/Tea Party debate. Blew it. Big. Before we go into that, hear me out on the pressure on those candidates. Lights, Camera, Panic Imagine being on a stage. Searing white brightness reduces your range of vision to a few degrees of arc. You hear hundreds of people making the sounds that audiences make, but you can’t really see them. Before you are journalists bent on catching in a gaffe, or unprepared, or vulnerable. Read more →

It’s All Your Fault

Straight up: We can’t tell you now where future After Parties will be. We can’t name the venue. And it’s all your fault! Well, not all. some if it’s my fault, but in a very innocent way. Planning The After Party Eisenhower said that planning is essential, but plans are useless. He was right. When we were planning The After Party, we figured about 50, maybe 75, people would attend at each one. Read more →

My Remarks to First After Party

Note: Thanks to the flu, I missed the first After Party. Thanks to Ben Evans for reading this for me.  You probably realize that I have to be really sick to miss a party. Actually, I don’t feel so bad right now, but I don’t want to spread this to the most important people in America. And for the next 12 months, at least, that’s you: the most important people in America. Read more →