FRIDAY, Feb 10. Day 2 at CPAC 2012 was going to be a VERY FULL DAY.
9:00 AM- Noticed Huckabee speaking in the Ballroom as I passed by but no time to stop. I was headed to my first panel of the day instead:
9:15 AM: Grover Norquist’s Panel ” Broaden the Base and Lower The Tax Rate. Debate was on “Flat Tax, Fair tax, VAT or Other?” (FULL AUDIO)
( L to R in picture) Lew Uhler ( National Tax Limitation Committee); Moderator, Grover Norquist (Americans For Tax Reform); Phil Kerpen (Americans For Prosperity) and Benjamin Powell (Independent institute)
AUDIO player is here (loads slowly sometimes):
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NEXT, two panels back to back moderated by Suhail Khan.
10:30 AM -PANEL 1 – “Conservative Inclusion 101”
Speakers: ( l to R in picture) Mario Lopez, Hispanic Leadership Fund, Kevin Daniels, the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina and Manny Rosales, the Latino Coalition
Moderator: Suhail Khan, Conservative Inclusion Coalition
Playlist – 5 videos. Once finally to the Q and A, of both panels, members of the audience , through their questions, expressed their frustrations at what topic was was carefully avoided ( the elephant in the room, so to speak): Islam and Sharia Law. And Suhail made it clear that was not going to be discussed.
11:30 AM – PANEL 2- “Promoting Religious Freedom in the US and Abroad”
Speakers: Dr. Chris Seiple, Institute for Global Engagement and Professor Marshall Breger, Catholic University College of Law and Former Reagan Advisor. Moderator: Suhail Kahn, Conservative Inclusion Coalition
Playlist – 3 videos ( Seiple and Breger held their ground. Seems criticism of Islam is just not polite)
Seiple and Breger held their ground. (Seems criticism of Islam is just not polite.) Also, there were ‘helpful’ books suggested by Dr. Seiple to help us be more understanding:
And a disturbing flyer , explaining “Why Jews can’t criticize Sharia Law”, was handed out by Prof. Breger
And here are some video quotes compiled of Suhail Khan calling Spencer a LIAR and claiming he and others, like Pamela Geller, had been turned away by CPAC.
Romney spoke in Ball Room at 1 PM but I was heading over to check out this panel:
1:30 A New Voice Panel – “Solutions to Battling Race and Class in Politics “ – TheTeaParty.net Red Carpet Event
Speakers: Kevin Jackson, Anita MonCrief, and Clarence Mason (Alveeda King?) there were others .. Star Parker... Unfortunately their Q & A was cut short; hurried out by NEWT MANIA – they now preceded us (bumped us with no notice) before he spoke in Ball Room at 4:10. TOLD I had to turn vid-cam to the wall ( I was set up for our panel 3 PM) Such SILLINESS. There must have been a camera in the hands of every other person in the room! So I grabbed a few messy candid shots.
(slide show is “The New Voice Panel” and then Newt, with a short video at the end)Vodpod videos no longer available.
3:00 (pushed to 3:30) “Islamic Law in America: How the Obama Justice Department Is Selling Us Out ” TheTeaParty.net Red Carpet Event
Speakers: AtlasShrugs- Pamela Geller, JihadWatch.org-Robert Spencer, J. Christian Adams, Robert Muise, Ilario Pantano , James Lafferty (VAST)
Playlist- 8 videos. This was a powerful presentation. Once again , a missed opportunity for CPAC to address a timely subject. The threat of Sharia Law is here already, as written of so powerfully by Geller here, “Infidel Victim of Sharia Law in Pennsylvania”
In the McKinley Room, seemed like a few gremlins had been at play. Sound was patched backwards, panel speakers were double-booked and the HEAT WAS ON in the room!
JC Adams was double-booked in the main Ballroom ( listing below) AFTER he was announced as a part of the Spencer and Geller Panel
“Obama vs. The Constitution: How a Harvard Law Graduate President Is Shredding the Constitution” – Marshall Ballroom The Honorable Ed Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation and Former Attorney General of the United States Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County, Arizona and Candidate for United States Congress The Honorable George Allen, Former United States Senator
Moderator: J. Christian Adams, Former Justice Department Official and Author of Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department
Also, Allen West was booked at 3:20 in Main Ball Room…. even though he was originally planning to be on the Geller/Spencer Panel, he too now had a conflict…
A Spencer/Geller debate with Suhail Khan (a debate Suhail was avoiding like the plague) took place in the LOBBY….Impromptu fun!
Friday was a huge day, with much to digest. Had no time to check on the OWS protestors. Missed most of the OCCUPY DC nut-jobs action, but did catch this BORING bit of OWS left-overs as I took a Friday evening stroll…
Back at the hotel, noticed this young ‘lady’ and her poster in the lobby. She was surly when I asked her what her poster was for. Rude, actually. So it would seem she was either an OWS’er or just a non-friendly.Turned out she was the latter….
Next day, found her group downstairs, not associated with CPAC. The very SOCIAL JUSTICE do-gooders were also meeting in the Marriott. Guess that wasn’t sitting too well with the Socially Aware types Saturday morning, they had added security at top of the escalator. Protection from the inquisitive minds of those “ignorant RACIST CPAC-er’s” perhaps?
Slide show of the displays. ( had to take pictures from the balcony since we weren’t allowed to go near them:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Found two videos that DaTechGuy managed to make, interviewing the Social Justice Crowd before CPAC-rs were barred here
And over at Free Republic, I found a link to a Mark Judge article, who was most unhappy to discover he was forbidden near the Catholic Social Justice Display.
Found it predictable, so many of the topics on their displays. And noticed Election 2012 topics along with feeding the poor and opposition to the Death Penalty. Not so sure I saw anything about feeding the soul with the Good News of the Holy Gospels. And from this picture hiding in the background….
Liberal Social Justice Catholics, when they depict the Holy Land of the Jews and Christians, they choose a picture of 3 Muslim girls? Figures…
Next post is a few more videos from Saturday and then … Back to Manhattan!