The Merry Merry Month of May


It’s my favorite time of the year. The trees and grass are have turned green, flowers are blooming, and following April’s stormy clashes of cold air vs. warm air – the warm air has finally won out. (In most parts of the country I should note for Colorado and Wyoming’s sake.) May means Spring clean-up, gardening, dirty fingernails and usually my first exposure to poison ivy.

Also it’s graduation month, and I have two of them – one daughter graduating from high school, today and the other from college, next week.

All this is my way of explaining my light blogging these past few days. It’s a fun time – a happy time – but a very busy time.

Top 10 Nice Deb Posts for 2013

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Yep, it’s time for those end of the year lists, again. The one I do is my Top 10 Posts of the year. I always like to advise people that these aren’t necessarily the biggest stories of the year. They were just the most popular stories on my own blog – meaning they got the most traffic. These are the type of stories you don’t see in the MSM.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers who linked, and the readers who facebooked and tweeted. Muchas gracias mon amis.

10.) Lovely: Paul Ryan booed at Obama’s inaugural celebration – DOJ Lawyer Started the Booing:

Lefties started off the year in the classy fashion we have come to expect from them.

When asked at the House Republican retreat, last week, whether or not he would attend Obama’s public swearing-in ceremony,  Ryan replied, “Yes,” it’s my obligation.”

As we enter a new phase in the age of Obama, see how his minions reacted to Ryan as he left the Capitol building to attend Obama’s second inauguration ceremony, today.

Dan McLaughlin @baseballcrank  Paul Ryan booed by crowd as he walks out. Harsh.

This one struck a chord with bloggers.

Linked by Bryan Preston at PJ Tatler: DOJ Voting Section Lawyer Marred Inauguration by Booing Rep. Paul Ryan And Eliana Johnson of The Corner: After President Denounces ‘Name-Calling,’ Paul Ryan Booed at Inaugural Celebration And Dan Collins, The Conservative Commune: DOJ Voting Section Bigwig Leads Inauguration Crowd in Booing Paul Ryan And The Lonely Conservative: Civility: Paul Ryan Booed At Inauguration – Booing Started By DOJ Lawyer And iOWNTHEWORLD: A man is known by the company he keeps And I Hate the Media: Paul Ryan booed at inaugural celebration

It was tweeted 77 times and FB’d 137 times.

9.) Glenn Beck to Regime: You’ve Got Until Monday To Come Clean on the Saudi National (Video) 

Remember the Saudi National story?

While most people, today, were focusing on the man-hunt in Watertown, Glenn Beck was making a rather explosive ultimatum to the Regime on his show.

As I reported, yesterday, after a full day of push-back from the Regime on the story,  The Blaze doubled down.

The congressional source told The Blaze that the information sent to Congress showed that a file was created on “Abdul Rahman Ali Al Harby” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday by an official with the National Targeting Center, a counterterrorism sub-agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.

The file stated that the individual is “linked to the Boston bombing” and was to be processed for revocation of his visa based on national security grounds, the congressional source revealed.

Glenn Beck is ready to spill the beans about what he’s got on the Saudi “individual”, who he calls a “bad-bad-bad guy.” He claims that six Congressmen have shared  information about who he’s connected to, and how’s he’s connected to the bombing,  and they want it to get out.

Linked by Doug Ross,  iOWNTHEWORLD, tweeted 122 times, FB’d 160 times.

8.) Thousands of 2nd Amendment Supporters Rally in Albany (Updated with Videos from Across the Nation) 

Back in January, Patriots came out all across the nation to defend their 2nd Amendment rights in response to the collectivists’ efforts to snatch them away…

Gun rights rallies took place all across the nation, today, as Americans from New York to Washington rallied to show their support for the 2nd Amendment. Albany New York, where some of the strictest gun laws in the nation were recently passed, saw thousands of patriots come out to protest the new laws.

YNN reported:

ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of pro gun rights activists are rallying at the state Capitol today. The rally is being held in conjunction with the group Guns Across America, a national series of rallies supporting the Second Amendment.

Many at today’s rally are pushing to repeal the newly enacted SAFE Act.

Linked by Instapundit, and Hogewash, and Maggie’s Notebook, and Doug Ross, and Theo Spark and Bill O’Reilly, tweeted 122 times, FB’d 160 times.

7.) Million Vet March And Truckers Ride On Washington October 13:

This post publicizing a couple of upcoming protests in Washington DC, took place during the government shutdown, and the #spitehouse shutdown theater was in full swing. People were outraged and wanted to do something about it.

This could be big. This could end up being very, very big because two protests have been planned for the same weekend in Washington DC. On October 13, the  Million Vet march will coincide with day 3 of the truckers ride  in our nation’s Capital.

There has been righteous indignation and rage simmering just below the surface since the Community Organizer from Chicago began usurping his power, but this past week, his thugocracy went too far. When Obama’s shutdown theater was implemented  to make Americans – including 80 to 90 year old WWII vets – feel as much pain as possible – that simmering rage reached a full boil.

While most of the nation’s attention has been on the “barrycaded” WWII Memorial, other war memorials in DC have been shut down as well. Yesterday, Park Police removed Vietnam vets and tourists from the Memorial Wall.

Linked by iOWNTHEWORLD, tweeted 96 times, and FB’d 1K+ times.

6.) After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video)

This post was oddly cathartic because I was able to point out all the different times Obama’s “comically evasive” mouthpiece  (as Ace calls him) had lied, obfuscated and gave weaselly evasive answers on Benghazi. It was actually kinda fun going through the early Benghazi press briefings with Carney, watching him change the White House cover story  as the ruthless facts came out. Because the Benghazi attack happened during an election year, the media as a whole – let them get away with it. Disgraceful:

The Washington Times reported:

White House spokesman Jay Carney cautioned that he could not immediately respond to live testimony from the committee but went on to say that the administration remained unsure of the identity and affiliations of the attackers, noting that Ansar al-Sharia had taken credit for it on Twitter but then later recanted.

“What I can tell you is that it was the assessment of our intelligence community that the attacks were participated in by extremists,” he told reporters at a regular daily briefing. “That’s what I’ve said. That’s what Ambassador Rice said. She said on that Sunday that extremists were involved. What we didn’t know is what their exact affiliation was.”

“As you know, with regard to this group, there was a claim of responsibility, then there was a disowning of responsibility. So anybody who pretends to have known all the facts instantly is just mistaken,” he continued. “And it is always the case that things like this require careful investigation.”

Of course, that didn’t stop Jay, or his boss, or Hillary from making some very definitive statements about Benghazi for days and weeks after the attack.

On September 14, Jake Tapper asked Carney if the anniversary of September 11 might have been a good time to have extra security around diplomat and military posts.

After assuring us that they are always very vigilant on anniversaries like 9/11 (no they’re not), Jay said, but “let’s be clear….these protests were in reaction to a VIDEO that had spread to the region….”

Jake: “In Benghazi?”

Jay: “We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” (Yes they had) ”The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that many Muslims find offensive, and while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”


More Jay from Sept. 14 repeating the youtube video drumbeat, “the unrest in the region has been in response to this video”. …”the cause of the unrest was a video…”

Reading from his script, he said “We reject its contents, we find it both disgusting and reprehensible/ America has a history of religious tolerance and has respect for religious beliefs, and that respect goes back to our nation’s founding.”


Jay Carney on Sept. 19, argued that they didn’t have evidence that it was a pre-planned attack. “Bad actors” had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…”

The reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”

Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors  –  extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”

This is the 19th of September now, mind you, and he’s refusing to admit the obvious because that would reflect badly on the regime.

You can watch video after nauseating video of Jay’s outlandish hackery at the link.

Linked by Ace of Spades, and Rachel Lucas and Bryan Prestan, tweeted 49 times, FB’d 81 times.

5.) DiGenova: Benghazi Scandal Growing “Quietly Behind the Scenes” – Witnesses “Coming Out of the Woodwork” – NSA Scandal: “Tip of the Iceberg” 

Washington power attorney Joe DiGenova, is always a font of information when he’s a guest on WMAL. In this appearance, he hinted at some future bombshells on Benghazi and the NSA scandal.

He told the hosts that the Benghazi “phony” scandal is growing quietly behind the scenes – people are coming of the woodwork to talk to him about it and at least 2 major networks (I’m guessing Fox and CNN) are “fully engaged” in trying to uncover more information about Benghazi. He says “we are being helpful with that”, meaning “people who know things” are cooperating with reporters:

All I can tell you is that people are coming out of the woodwork from both active and retired areas of government service – I’m not gonna be more specific than that.

In fact, what’s happening is The Benghazi ‘phony scandal’, as the president and his minions have called it, is actually growing quietly behind the scenes because now, major networks – at least two – are fully engaged in deep stories trying to uncover more information and we are being helpful.

He also revealed that they are uncovering a lot more about domestic spying:

We’re discovering information about surveillance programs…the NSA looks like it’s going to be the tip of the iceberg.

…What’s happening is that as a result of people coming forward just to talk about Benghazi, we are learning ‘things’ about other things the government is doing that it probably shouldn’t be doing domestically.

As far as the Hasan trial goes, WMAL’s Larry O’Connor asked, if there was any argument to justify not calling what happened down at Ft Hood a terror attack?

DiGenova did not pull any punches, here.

“No, the only argument that can be made is to protect the beliefs of the president and the people around him and the hierarchy at the Pentagon who do everything they can to avoid calling Islamic terrorism Islamic terrorism. I think the president’s position is an embarrassment, and as Commander in Chief – for him to allow this to continue to be called “workplace violence” when all he has to do is call the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mr Dempsey, and say end this today – I want these people to receive their benefits….I think it’s quite startling that the president hasn’t done that, that is an embarrassment to our country, and it’s one of the reasons that the people in the military of this country, that we have learned – Victoria and I – from talking to them now as a result of Benghazi, are absolutely embarrassed by their Commander in Chief.”

Linked by  Ace of Spades HQDoug Ross, and  iOWNTHEWORLD, this post was also tweeted 97 times, and FB’d 86 times.

4.) Extortion 17: Navy SEAL’s Dad Hammers Regime: “THEY SET UP MY SON TO BE EXECUTED” (Audio)

On July 24, radio talk-host Michael Savage  interviewed Charles Strange, the father of Michael Strange, one of the 22 SEAL Team Six members who died in that Chinook helicopter crash in August of 2011. This was a momentous, blockbuster interview that seems to have gone unnoticed by most of the internet.

After listening to this interview, I’ve concluded Benghazi isn’t the biggest Regime scandal. EXTORTION 17 is.

Among the claims made by Mr. Strange:

- His son and his fellow SEALS knew “something was going on with the team”, and “somebody’s leaking things out”….(besides Former CIA Director Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden?) They knew  “something was going on” and were putting their affairs in order.

- According to Mr. Strange, Michael along with 8 other SEALS made it out of the Chinook and were fighting on the ground.

- Mr. Strange stated that he was “100% sure” that the Regime had executed his son and the others on purpose.

- Mr. Strange was told “Michael knew what only 4 people in the world knew.”

- The chopper’s black box was never recovered because it was supposedly “washed away in a flash flood.”

- At Dover Airforce Base, after Obama told Mr Strange his son “changed the way Americans live,” he embraced the weeping father, who proceeded to wipe his nose on the president’s jacket (a story Mr. Strange loves to tell, according to his wife.)

- Imam at ceremony at Bagram Air Force base condemned the men as “white devils” and “infidels”.

- All the bodies were cremated.

- According to Mr. Strange, some of the families are not speaking out because they are getting “threatened by the command”: “The checks could stop – or the kid who doesn’t have a father now, might not get a scholarship for college.”

- Mr. Strange believes his phones are tapped.

- Recently Michael Strange was awarded the Silver Star for valor. His parents were not invited to the White House for the Ceremony.

Tweeted 44 times, FB’d 432 times.

3.) Report: Saudi National DHS File Says Individual is “Linked to the Boston Bombing”:

Glenn Beck was really exercized about that Saudi national who was briefly a suspect after the Boston terror attack, last April, and was subsequently deported.

The Blaze went out on a limb with their story about the Saudi National deportation, Thursday.

Certain government officials pushed back, saying in essence, there was no truth to it,  but the Blaze isn’t backing down. They’re doubling down.

Thursday night Jason Howerton reported at The Blaze that according to his congressional source, documents have indeed been presented to members of Congress confirming that plans were made to revoke the visa of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national once considered a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings.

Other sources, including one at the FBI, previously informed TheBlaze that there have been discussions about deporting Alharbi on “security and related grounds.” He has been living in the Boston area and in the U.S. on a student visa. An FBI source said the agency is against deporting Alharbi because of his status as a material witness.

The congressional source told TheBlaze it was unclear as to why representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be unaware of this information. Earlier on Thursday, an official with ICE said it was “categorically false” that Alharbi had ever been considered for deportation.

As I reported here, and at the Conversation, DHS Chief, Janet Napolitano also took umbrance at the story, saying, when Rep Jeff Duncan asked her about it:  “I am not going to answer that question it is so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer…there’s been so much reported on this that’s been wrong I can’t even begin to tell you, congressman,” Napolitano replied. “We will provide you with accurate information as it becomes available.”

But since when are we supposed to believe anything anyone from this Regime tells us?

Linked by Doug Ross, and iOWNTHEWORLD, and Steve Quayle, tweeted 110 times, FB’s 199 times.

2.) Nice: Dr. Benjamin Carson Decries Political Correctness, Moral Decay and Fiscal Irresponsibility in National Prayer Breakfast Speech (Video) 

In Feb of 2013, conservatives were probably at our lowest ebb in fifty years.  Speculation that the Republican party was finished and we would never win another national election was rampant.

Then this man stood up at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, and with the president seated just a couple of feet away, he took aim at Obama’s policies and unleashed.

Dr. Ben Carson should appear on many end of the year lists – for being one of the most popular and surprising newcomers in conservative politics. Speculation continues about a possible White House bid.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital delivered what is being described as one of the more unique speeches delivered at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. Rush Limbaugh raved about it on his show, today, because the good doctor took the opportunity to share his theories about the national debt, deficits, taxation and health care, all in opposition to  Obama’s policies.

Linked by Twitchy, tweeted 39 times, FB’d 1K+ times.

1.) Report: Hillary Clinton’s Injuries Stem From Plane Crash in Iran:

Rumors were flying late last year into January about the Secretary of State’s physical condition after she went AWOL rather than testify before Congress about Benghazi. Pundits on the right snarked that she was suffering from the “Benghazi flu.” Then there was a report that she fell and hit her head – suffering a mild concussion.

The fact that Clinton is indeed dealing with serious health issues doesn’t negate the fact that the State Dept has been very secretive about it.

On Dec. 10, the day before she was due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the September 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi – in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats lost there lives –   the State Department which has been heavily under fire over the episode, announced that Clinton had sustained a concussion after fainting out from dehydration.

None of the details normally released in such cases, such as when exactly she fainted, the seriousness of the concussion she suffered or how she was being treated, was offered. A State Department source was only willing to say it was “not severe.”
According to another unofficial report, she was apparently working from home. No one in the office appeared to have been delegated her functions although the secretary herself has not been been absent for three weeks.

Debka Files is now reporting some rumors about the real cause Of Hillary Clinton’s head injury…

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 – with a blood clot caused by concussion – gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours.

However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents. “So either it’s not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told.”

And now for the rumors…

….around Tehran and the Gulf Emirates, debkafile was already picking up insistent rumors claiming that Clinton was seriously injured while on a secret mission in the region in the first week of December. Some claimed that in the same incident, Americans in her party – advisers and security personnel – were either injured or killed. Those rumors did not say what her secret mission was.  However, the episode described occurred shortly after Dec. 1, when, as debkafile reported at the time, Obama administration officials and senior representatives of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched secret talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Although our sources have not identified the negotiators on either side of the table, one of the theories floating around certain capitals claimed that Hillary Clinton three weeks ago was on her way to a secret meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in regard to those negotiations. The plane carrying her from Bahrain logged its destination as Baghdad, but  is described as having changed direction in midair and headed for Ahvaz, capital of the south Iranian province of Khuzestan. There, it was said, the Iranian president was awaiting her arrival. But then the plane ran into technical trouble and made an emergency landing and that was when she was injured, according to this theory.

The unexplained death of Commander Job Price, 42, SEALs commander in Afghanistan is tied by some of the speculation to that incident. At the time, the Pentagon reported that his sudden death on Dec. 22, in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, was under investigation. It is now suggested that Commander Price was head of the security detail attached to Clinton for her Iran mission and he was one of the casualties of the accident.

The European Union Times reported :

A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [photo 2nd right] was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly 3 weeks ago in the Iranian city ofAhvaz near the Iraqi border.

Iranian intelligence agents quoted in this GRU report confirm that the C-12 Huron aircraft is still in their possession in Ahvaz, but will only admit that the plane was “forced to land because of technical problems”.

The US Navy Seal member reported killed in this bizarre incident, this report says, was indentified as Commander Job W. Price [photo 3rd right] who as a leader of this highly specialized American Special Forces unit protects high-ranking diplomats traveling in Middle Eastern and Asian combat zones.

Curiously, US media reports on Commander Price’s death say it being investigated as a possible suicide as he died from what the American Defense Department describes as “a non-combat related injury”.

Equally as curious, US media reports state that Secretary Clinton will return to work next week after her having suffered what they describe as a “nasty bout with stomach flu” and a “concussion” which have kept her missing from public view the past three weeks.

This GRU report, however, states that US military flight logs recorded by Russian air and space forces confirm that Commander Price, and other members of US Navy Seal Team 4, left their base in Urozgan Province, Afghanistan on a flight to US Naval Support Activity Bahrain where they met up with Secretary Clinton and all of them transferred to the C-12 Huron that began a flight path to Baghdad, Iraq.

Within minutes of leaving Bahrain airspace, this report says, the C-12 Huron carrying Secretary Clinton and her US Navy Seal protectors, “without notice,” deviated from their assigned flight path heading, instead, directly towards Iran’s Ahwaz International Airport where, coincidentally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had previously landed on an “unscheduled” visit.

Important to note, GRU analysts say in this report, was that when the C-12 Huron entered into Iranian airspace neither American nor Iran air force units responded clearly indicating that this secret mission was sanctioned.

Upon the C-12 Huron landing at Ahwaz, however, this report says it encountered “extreme turbulence” causing it to leave the runway where its main landing gear then collapsed causing it to crash.

Within seconds of the C-12 Huron crashing, this report continues, Iranian emergency and security personal responded freeing the victims, including Secretary Clinton who was reportedly unconscious and “bleeding profusely.”

After emergency aid was given, GRU agents stationed in Iran state that another US military flight was dispatched from Bahrain to Ahwaz which evacuated all of those wounded and killed in the crash including Secretary Clinton.

There was a US plane that made an emergency landing in Iran in mid December according to this AP report, Dec 30, 2012.:

A small American commercial plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported.

The plane was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran Airports Company, told the TV station.

Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran for Arab countries in the Gulf, but the plane remained under repair in the airport. He said the plane took off from Iran Sunday upon arrival of needed spare parts and completion of repairs.

It was not clear why the announcement of the plane’s landing was not made earlier.

Sooper Mexican: The Strange Circumstances Surrounding Secretary Clinton’s “Diplomatic Illness”:

Here’s an odd coincidence that might also substantiate the claim that Hillary was on a secret mission to Iran. Prior to her “stomach illness,” here last public appearance was while visiting government officials in Ireland – very soon afterward, Ahmadinejad met with Ireland’s new ambassador to Iran. It could be that Ireland was helping bring this meeting to fruition - in this same timeframe, Clinton was scheduled to meet the Syrian Opposition Coalition, and Pakistan’s president was scheduled to meet with Ahmadinejad.

Jack Cashill: Hillary and her magical mystery tours:

While Hillary Clinton recovers regally from her presumed concussion and its complications, rumors continue to swirl that she was injured not in a fall, but in a plane crash.

On Monday the European Union Times captured the gist of that narrative:

“A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured and a top U.S. Navy Seal commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly three weeks ago in the Iranian city of Ahvaz near the Iraqi border.”

To be sure, the State Department was swift to deny the rumors, and media pundits scolded anyone who dared to question Hillary’s press releases.

Whether the rumors are true, I cannot say, but those of us who have followed Hillary’s career know that she lies as a matter of routine.

On Special Report, Charles Krauthammer explained why he was dubious of the of Hillary’s injury after she was released from the hospital.. When asked if he would apologize for calling it “the Benghazi flu”, he answered, no, adding: “perhaps the State Dept, if not apologize, ought to  explain why it withheld information and why a lot of it was mitigated – we now are hearing – might have been a more serious set of symptoms. We still don’t know what she was suffering during those two weeks.”

Why would Hillary have been meeting secretly with the Iranians? Report claims secret US-Iran talks laid groundwork for nuclear deal.

Dateline November 24, 2013:

 The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.

I don’t show that this post was linked to by any big bloggers, but it was retweeted 34 times, and FB’d 464 times. And people continue to find the post when they search for information about Hillary Clinton and the mysterious plane crash. There’s a lot of curiosity out there about this one – it’s my number 1 post of the year.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Random Photos From #BlogCon2013


ND in Glenn Beck’s studio

This past weekend (May 11-13) I attended BlogCon 2013 in Dallas, Texas which was sponsored by Freedomworks and The Blaze. 

The conference was an opportunity to network with like-minded bloggers and learn new tools of the trade. The focus this year was on the need to disrupt the media narrative and ways to do it. On Monday, the conference culminated in a trip to Glenn Beck’s studio in Dallas to watch a live filming of his show, and participate in a taping of his show which will be aired, Friday. I’ve already posted videos from the show that aired live on Monday about Benghazi and the IRS scandal. Friday’s show will be about us bloggers.

Here are some pictures from the conference – all taken with my iphone. (So if you’re expecting great pictures, you’re not going to get it.)


The Conference room


Steven Crowder


Kristina Ribali of Freedomworks

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Nice Deb Nominated For People’s Choice Blog Award At 11th Annual Blogger Awards CPAC 2013


I just received word that I have been nominated for “The People’s Choice Award” at CPAC 2013hummina hummina hummmina!

Last year at CPAC, Right Wing News and hosted blogger awards.

This year, we’re doing the awards again and the winner of one of the categories will be determined by your votes here on The winner will get special linkage at the top of our website. They’ll also get a 5 consecutive days of links at Linkiest next week and of course, they’ll also receive a trophy at CPAC).

You can vote for your favorite blog among the nominees, here. (Hint hint – nudge nudge.)

KC Winter Storm II: The View From My Deck

A second major winter storm in a week bore down on southern U.S. Plain states Monday and Tuesday, dumping more than a foot of snow in areas. Parts of Kansas and Missouri were still digging out from last week’s winter storm. The amount of snow we’ve gotten from these two storms is more than the yearly average. Here’s the view from my deck, this morning:



 In the Kansas City area – my neck of the woods – grocery store bread aisles were nearly bare and some stores ran out of shovels:

A Home Depot in Overland Park, Kansas, a Kansas City suburb, received 300 snow shovels Sunday night and nearly all were sold within an hour after the store opened Monday, a manager said.

Our Walmart bread aisle looked like this, yesterday:


The heaviest snow has already occurred, but an additional 1-3 inches of snow is expected, this afternoon, totaling up to 12 inches from the south Kansas City Metro area northeastward through North Central Missouri.

Yep, the kids are home from school, today.

Announcing Breitbart’s “The Conversation”


CPAC, Feb 2012 with Andrew Bretibart

I’ve been keeping something from my dear readers for weeks, and was about to burst. Finally, the secret can be told!

On Wednesday of this week, Breitbart News will be launching a new feature/vertical on our website called “The Conversation.” Look for it in the navigation bar.

The Conversation will be a place where our readers can watch an ongoing dialogue amongst a select group of thought leaders that includes Ace of Spades, Iowahawk, David Webb, Shark Tank, DocZero, Nice Deb, Jerome Hudson, Lisa De Pasquale, William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, and Adam Baldwin, along with John Nolte, Ben Shapiro, Larry O’Connor, Sonnie Johnson, Liberty Chick, Jon David Kahn, as well as other writers and contributors from Breitbart News.

Also, look for regular guest contributors stopping by—there are sure to be some nice surprises, and we fully expect the roster to expand and evolve—incorporating more friends and more leading voices from inside and outside the company.

When we first sat down to redesign the website, The Conversation was always a central part of Andrew Breitbart’s vision. He loved dialogue and the free flow of ideas. He loved conversation and was a always a fierce proponent of more voices, not fewer—so don’t be surprised to read some alternative political views. Andrew also envisioned a place where bloggers and citizen journalists who might not have another way of conversing, interacting, and reacting publicly with each other, could do so in one central location.

Yes, you read right. Nice Deb has joined the Breitbart team. I can’t tell you how proud and honored I feel to be part of the late great Andrew Breitbart’s vision – and in such great company. Some of us have been talking to each other on the site for the past week – although it’s not yet public.  I can promise you one thing –  The Conversation will never be dull.

I will continue to blog here, at Nice Deb, as always. The idea behind The Conversation, is to keep the posts short and casual – longer than a tweet, but shorter than a full length post, so I don’t see it eating up too much of my time.

Red Alert: Votes Needed in Blogress Diva Awards

We Can Do It! Rosie the Riveter

Whoa whoa whoa, what’s this? The Gay Patriot blog is holding its annual Blogress Diva Awards poll, and yours truly has been nominated…

In addition to bestowing the Ethel, for the Grande Conservative Blogress Diva, they  will also be electing the Conservative Blogress Regent, also known as the Agnes (or Endora) and the Conservative Blogress in Waiting or Lucy, each named for a conservative or Republican diva.

It’s all so exciting I can hardly breathe.

Here’s the list of contenders:

You might want to go over there and vote (for me.) It would be nice if I could make it into the double digits…


Nice Deb’s Top Ten Posts of 2012

It’s that festive time of year again – New Year’s Eve  – which means only one thing in blogdom…

That’s right, top 10 lists!

So without further ado, here are my ten most popular posts for 2012.

(As always, just because a post got traffic here, doesn’t mean it was a big story in the MSM.)

10. Awkward: Obama Speech at Fort Bliss Met With Silence or Tepid Applause (Video) September, 1, 2012:

Via Neil Munro, of The Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.

His praise for the soldiers — and for his own national-security policies — won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the cavernous aircraft-hanger.

The audience remains quiet even when the commander-in-chief thanked the soldiers’ families, and cited the 198 deaths of their comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit a reaction from the crowd.

“Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.

The selected soldiers who were arrayed behind the president sat quietly throughout the speech.

CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.

The video is actually painful to watch.

Linked by Michelle Malkin.

9. The Romney Dog Nontrovesy and Obama’s History of Eating Dogmeat April, 18, 2012 :

A little Alinsky Rule #5 or “hoisting them on their own petards” was gleefully deployed, here.   With every attack the Obami made on Romney, there was something 10 times worse we could have hit Obama on – if only the Republican establishment had agreed to take the kid gloves off.

Doggone it – it looks like another fake lib narrative is about to bite the dust….

From Chapter Two From Dreams From My Father:

 “With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

Doh! Has PETA heard about this?

Should we start a Dogs Against Obama website?

This one was retweeted and facebooked – it also gets google image traffic because of the awesome pic I selected for the post:


8. Obama Poised to Betray America Through 4 UN Treaties (Video) February, 3, 2012:

Dick Morris is sounding the alarm about four uttely heinous UN treaties that are currently under consideration by the Obama administration that would surrender our sovereignty, cede power to go to war to the UN,  enact gun control, and tell us how to raise our children, if ratified by the Senate. These are treaties that the Bush administration and even Clinton administration would never have considered, but as the most radical  administration in American history enters it’s last year, all stars are in alignment for it to happen.

The good news is, he now has four more years to make it all happen.

Linked by Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links also heavily tweeted and facebooked.

7. The Narcissist in Chief Strikes Again August, 31, 2012:

Gad….who can forget Obama’s sophomoric reaction to Clint Eastwood’s  RNC speech?


In the insular world of the hard left – this is thought of as a “deft”, “snarky”, “cheeky” response from an administration that has always been “adept” at social media.

To me, and I think a lot of Americans – it looks petty and narcissistic. Why would the President want to get into a petty pissing match with a movie legend who is loved by Americans of all political stripes?

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and  American Power, and Ace of Spades, and Doug Ross,  and RWN.

6. I Think I Know What You Did, There, Andrew Breitbart February, 16, 2012:

My thoughts on the late great Andrew Breitbart’s flamboyant antics at CPAC, last Feb.

After Andrew Breitbart’s Friday night “meltdown” in front of the occupiers, (the video of which went viral soon after), I told Verum Serum’s, John Sexton – “yes, he looks unhinged (to a comical degree) in the video, but he didn’t ‘lose it’.  Wait and see – there’s a method to his madness.” It looked to me that he was trying to create a YouTube moment in order to push the #occupyrape issue into the public’s consciousness because it was being ignored by the MSM. I also noted I wouldn’t be surprised if part of the clip was used in the new Citizens United movie, “Occupy Unmasked”.

Well, several lib commentators dutifully stepped up to the plate and swung wildly. Most notably Keith Olbermann.

I can’t tell you how profoundly sad it makes me to know that all conservative conferences I’ll be attending from now on will be sans this remarkable man.

Linked by AoSHQ in Headlines.

5. Pic of the Day: Obama’s Sealed RecordsMay, 20, 2012:


This issue causes a lot of teeth gnashing on the left. Obviously, we need to keep hitting Obama on it.

Linked by Theo Spark, and Doug Ross, this one was also heavily retweeted and facebooked.

4. Voter Fraud Alert!: Obama Supporter in NC Brags on Facebook About Voting Multiple Times To Save Country From RomneyNovember, 3, 2012:

Remember this?


Whatever happened to that guy? He said it was all a big joke (ha-ha). Did anyone investigate, or did they just take his word for it?

Linked by Right Wing News, and Doug Ross – also heavily retweeted and facebooked.

3. Video: Trevor Loudon Explains Communist Infiltration In The United StatesMarch, 13, 2012:

Just me doing my part to spread information so awful – most people refuse to believe it.

If you’ve got about an hour to spare, you would do well to sit through this talk Trevor Loudon recently gave to the Ocean County, NJ Tea Party about the history of Communist infiltration throughout the world, and especially here in America where they finally managed to get one of their own into the White House. Much of this you have heard before, but the facts have never been put together like you see here.

Terrifying, but edifying.

Linked by  Commieblaster, it was also heavily retweeted and facebooked.

2. Obama and Romney Neck in Neck in OH Poll… WITH D+10 SAMPLE! September, 24, 2012

This looked so hopeful:

This information came at the very end of the Gravis Marketing/Capitol Correspondent Ohio 2012 Presidential Survey, but I’m going to go ahead and post it right up front:

Survey of  594 likely voters was conducted September 21-22, 2012.  The margin of error is +/- 4.3 percentage points.  Party ID: 41.4% Democrat; 31.1% Republican; 27.5% Independent/Other.  Results from the poll conducted September 7-8, 2012 are in curly brackets.  Results from the poll conducted September 2, 2012 are in square brackets.  Results from the poll conducted August 27, 2012 are in parentheses.

  • Barack Obama-Joe Biden 45.2% {47.27%} [43.7%] (45.3%)
  • Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan 44.3% {43.19%} [46.8%] (44.4%)
  • Other/Unsure 10.4% {9.54%} [9.5%] (10.3%)

This came at a time when all the polls were showing Obama breaking away and the media narrative was Romney had no chance.

In the end, Obama won Ohio using the ugliest of tactics, 51% – 48%.

Linked by @rdbrewer4 at Ace of Apades HQ, Instapundit, Michelle Malkin, Doug Ross, also heavily retweeted and facebooked.

1. The Sad and Tawdry Line-up for the Democrat Convention in Charlotte, August, 30, 2012:


The line up for the Democrat Convention consisted of toxic progs like Sebelius, Barbara Lee, Gov. O’Malley, Barbara Mikulski and Salazar to repugnant has beens like  Jimmah, BJ, and Lurch, not to mention one reviled political opportunist, Charlie Crist, and one very unappealing vagina advocate, Sandra Fluke. It looked to me like it would be a trainwreck.

But apparently to the low info drones who propelled Obama to victory, it was pure awesomeness.

We’ve got a long four years ahead of us, folks.

Linked by Doug Ross, and Linkiest, and  Instapundit.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve

The fruits of yesterday (and today’s) labor:


There was a little bit of a delay on the cookie baking because I couldn’t find my cookie cutters. Yep – some of those suckers I’ve had for over 20 years and they were no where to be found. I think I moved them to a new location to free up room in my corner kitchen cabinet, last year  – but  hell if I know where I put them. So we had to by a whole new set.

No, you may not open a present today.


We wait until Christmas Eve, after dinner but before Mass, only then – I allow the kids to open one present. And of course, they get to open the rest on Christmas morning along with their stockings. I still fill stockings for my college aged kids even though they’re in their twenties. I guess I’ll only stop after they get married and have families of their own . By the way – we take turns at my house. It’s not a frenzy of kids tearing open presents not even knowing who they’re from. We take our time – savoring each present received.

My fancy shmancy dining room tree:


Happy Thanksgiving


My contribution to Thanksgiving dinner.

In spite of everything we’ve gone through this year, we have much to be thankful for at our house. A roof over our heads, food on the table, (and in deep prepper style storage), a gainfully employed head of the household, and six great kids. And in spite of the devastatingly awful result of the presidential election, we still live in the best and free-est nation on earth. It will take a lot of doing to undo that, not that the Naked Emperor won’t continue to try. You can be sure that this girl will continue to expose and trumpet every bit of corruption I see in the Obamacrat media complex, which means I’m going to be very busy for the next four years, (at least.)

I’m thankful for my readers who have to put up with tortured syntax, awkward phrasing and insane comma usage to get through a typical post, here. I’m thankful to every reader I have, including the ones who don’t or only rarely comment.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Random BlogConClt Pix and Memories

The Franklin Center and Freedomworks teamed up to put on BlogConClt in Charlotte, NC to help bloggers hone their skills and gear up for the 2012 election. The conference took place over the weekend, with the festivities actually beginning Thursday night with a Blog Bash at a local Irish Pub, which unfortunately, I missed because I didn’t get in until Friday.

The conference was very well attended, which you can’t really appreciate from the picture below because  bloggers were in and out – often congregating in the hall outside of the conference room.

After the first day of the conference, bloggers were treated to free drinks and h’orderves in the hotel.

Freedomworks’ Matt Kibbe speaks before a captive audience.

Lorie Byrd and Duane Lester, All American Blogger

Stephen Kruiser, Lady Liberty, and Tony Katz

Later on at the Karaoke bar, things got a little crazy…

April Gregory, and Pamela Geller

And later on at the Kruiser Kabana, things got crazier still….

Steven Kruiser and Pam Geller -– IN BED!

Things got a teensy bit loud in there, and the Kanbana was warned several times to keep it down. Finally, management had had enough and things – uh – escalated. Kruiser was evicted from his room.

But because Stephen Kruiser is a lover, not a fighter, he was able to sweet talk his way back into his room.

Kruiser and bloggers outside the hotel, Friday night.

All’s well that ends well!

The (very nice) Security Guy, Stephen Kruiser, MRCTV’s Joe Schoffstall

Tabatha Hale put on an awesome conference as usual. The snack table, Saturday afternoon featured candy-coated apples –  delicious!

Instapundit once told Little Miss Attila, “Blogging stars are like bowling stars. Outside our world, no one cares.” Saturday night at the blogger bowling bash, the lines between the two worlds blurred –  bloggers were bowlers  (and still no one cared.)

The rest of the pix are from my iphone, and it was dark – so not the best quality.

Left to right, Doug Ross, Marathon Pundit, Tony Katz, Kira Davis

Oklahoma blogger, Michael Bates of Batesline beat me by two points in the first game.

Michael Bates and Peter Ingemi, DaTechGuy

Then VodkaPundit, Jerome Hudson, and el Sharko showed up, and it was all over – they’re all bowling sharkos, these guys.

Javier Manjarres aka El Sharko, Steve Green aka VodkaPundit

Alexa Shrugged, Kristen Hawley, Teri Christoph, Kat McKinley aka TexasSparkle

Power Bloggers, John Hawkins, RWN and Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit.

Melody from Perfection Under a Red Umbrella, and Cheryl Prater

The next few pix are very dark – we were outside at Fitzgerald’s following the bowling bash. It was very nice outside, until the wind shifted and it suddenly got cold…

Kruiser Kabana was in the hotel lounge, which they kept open after hours, just for us.

Heading back to our rooms at around 3:00 a.m., DaTechGuy and I took pictures of each other in the elevator:

My plane to Kansas City left at 6:50 Sunday morning, so…..yeah — ouch.

Kudos again to Tabatha Hale for organizing yet another spectacularly successful blog  conference. I picked up some great tips from the panels, but the most valuable aspect of it for me  was the opportunity to touch bases with all of my precious blog buddies.

One person I always look forward to seeing at these things was sadly missing at BlogConClt…

But he was there in spirit…

Andrew Breitbart in his own words…was created by Anthropocon

We miss him so much.


John Hawkins: BlogCon 2012: Charlotte (37 Pics)

Batesline: Live from BlogConCLT

Doug Ross: The Dirty Little Secret of #BlogConCLT (He deserved every punch he got.)

All American Blogger: #BlogConCLT is Underway (Video)

Lady Liberty 1885: #BlogConCLT – Back and Fired Up!

DaTechGuy’s Blog:

Blogcon Caption contest win a Breitbart is Here T-Shirt

Blogcon Pizza Bowl photo gallery

Katie Pavlich on her New Book: Fast and Furious Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up

To those who think Bloggers of the right are getting rich on Koch money

DaTechGuy’s field guide to bloggers Lady Liberty 1885


CPAC Pic and Video Dump

I can’t even express how incredibly hectic CPAC was, this year. John Hawkins calls it “a conservative Disneyland for bloggers” which is about right. It’s non-stop activity from the time you get up until you hit the pillow, which can literally be as late as 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 a.m. – just ask that party animal and Blogger of the Year, John Sexton from Verum Serum.  CPAC offers an opportunity for bloggers to meet with like minded political junkies – comrades in arms we only get to see in person a few times a year, and we savor every moment of it. On Friday, I  watched many great speeches, went to some great panels, schmoozed in the bloggers lounge,  took loads of pictures and videos, but due to the constant activity (and poor wifi), was unable to put up a single post. I was still sleep deprived from the excessively long previous day, so after messing with the occupiers outside with Jim Hoft and and some others, I stayed in and uploaded my videos, and put up a few posts, Friday night. Then I zonked out without going to a single partay.  I made up for that by staying up past 3:00 a.m. on Saturday night.

Hopefully some of these left-over pix and videos I took throughout the weekend, and never had time to post, will help give you an idea of how breath-takingly chaotic and hectic the pace at CPAC is for the average blogger.

That’s Bruce McQuain of The Washington Examiner, Qando, The Greenroom, Questions and Observations, Pundit Review and Blackfive, flanked by ACORN whistleblower, Anita MonCrief of Emerging Corruption and Big Government, on the left, and Juliette Ochieng, (Baldilocks) on the right.

Here’s the “Axis of Fedora” outside the Marriott, Friday night. Smitty, Warner Todd Huston, and RS McCain posed for a photo, but my camera was on the video function…so -

When former U.S. Justice Department official, J Christian Adams visited the bloggers lounge, I whipped out my copy of his best seller, Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department for him to sign. He was happy to pose for pictures with bloggers:

Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County, Arizona and candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s new 4th congressional district stopped by to chat with bloggers. Here he is meeting Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit:

Babeu also posed for a pic with me. My video of his speech on the subject of Fast and Furious, here. My flip camera battery had just run out so I had to videotape with my back-up (iphone). But I’m glad I did. Babeu is an awesome speaker.

The space outside the bloggers lounge was often used for interviews. As I was heading to the ladies room Saturday morning, I happened upon John Bolton in the midst of an interview (he’s much smaller in person than you’d expect!) and snapped a quick pic.

Here’s RS McCain being interviewed by DaTechGuy for his Saturday radio show. I was interviewed, as well, but I don’t have a picture of that.

Drama follows Andrew Breitbart wherever he goes. This time, a blogger or reporterette from some unknown media operation confronted Andrew Breitbart in the bloggers lounge after his speech about the unpleasantness that resulted in GOProud not being a part of CPAC, this year. I think you’ll enjoy  how (newly slimmed down!) Conservative Lesbian, Cynthia Yockey emerged to valiantly defend him:


This shockingly raaaaacist truck was parked down the street from the hotel. I’m surprised the Occupiers didn’t throw eggs at it. But, then again, there were cops everywhere.

No, that is not Kuato hiding under  DaTechGuy’s shirt  – it’s actually his Che’d up Stephen Kruiser tee shirt he got at BlogCon, last Fall.

DaTechGuy, Stephen Kruiser

A couple of notables who visited the bloggers lounge that I neglected to get on camera were conservative EU member, Daniel Hannan, and White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler. Granny Jan, if you read this, I know you’re jealous. Koffler is just as charming and delightful in person as you would think – it was a pleasure to meet him.

Click here for Warner Todd Huston’s Interview with  “Freedom Lover”, Hannan, who also posed for pictures with many of the bloggers.

I’m still uploading video of the Occupiers – I’ll be posting those at Left-Wing Institute for Civil Discourse.


Actually, I did have some pictures of Daniel Hannan on my other camera. Here he is being interviewed by DaTechGuy:

Bloggers Joy McCann, (Little Miss Attila) and Bruce McQuain meet Hannan.


Video: Andrew Breitbart’s CPAC Speech

Video: Scott Walker CPAC 2012 Speech vs Bob Chanin NEA Convention 2009 Speech – Support Governor Walker!

Video: Sarah Palin’s CPAC 2012 Speech

Saturday Movie Matinee, CPAC Edition

CPAC 2012: Sheriff Babeu on Eric Holder: “The Man Has No Shame”

CPAC, Day 2

CPAC Panel: Breitbart and Citizens United Unveil “Occupy Unmasked”

CPAC Day One

Heading To CPAC 2012!

Heading To CPAC 2012!

I will be en route to Washington DC from KCI early Thursday morning for my third CPAC in a row.  I hope to be able to set up shop in the bloggers lounge by 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. at the latest.

CPAC 2012 will be especially jam-packed weekend because it is an election year, but this time, I’ve taken Jimmie Bise’s advice, and planned my schedule for the weekend. There’s always so much to do at CPAC, you really do have to prioritize. (Now, if only I could find the notepad I wrote it on – it’s around here, somewhere.) At least I have my glasses, this year. At my first CPAC, I had lost my glasses a couple of days before I left – there wasn’t time to replace them, and I was blind at for 3 days. Thank God for Cheryl Prater, because she took me under her wing and helped me get around.

Yes, it’s true that this year, occupiers, union goons, and Black Panthers plan to disrupt our conference,with tactics that include Pulling Fire Alarms, Glitter-Bombing, Cutting Electrical Power, Barricading Entrances, and Physical Assault.

DaTech Guy reports that security has been beefed up at The Wardman Park Marriott, so they appear ready for whatever might happen.

RS McCain notes that whatever the occupiers try, will be a great  source of entertainment for CPACers, (and great YouTube fodder, I would add.)

On their website, Occupy DC vows “non-violent resistance” at this year’s CPAC, aiming to “make this a conference the attendees will never forget.” And Occupy DC calls CPAC “a who’s who of dastardly politicians… another gathering of bigots, media mouthpieces, corrupt politicians, and their 1 percent elite puppet masters,” who will “attempt to perpetuate the radical right wing’s imperialist ideologies… pursuing its racist, sexist, patriarchal and exploitative agenda.”

Indeed, this is exactly what my friends and I have in mind when CPAC convenes Thursday. In between attending speeches, seminar panels and cocktail parties — where our “elite puppet masters” will exhort us to perpetuate their “imperialist ideologies” — we’ll make occasional visits to the Marriott lobby, hoping to catch an entertaining glimpse of the clashes between police and smelly hippies from the Occupy DC encampments. What could be more fun than watching left-wing scum getting tased, pepper-sprayed and hauled away in handcuffs by the Metropolitan Police?

McCain missed all the fun we had with  #OccupyDenver at BlogCon, last November. For some darn reason, he didn’t make it.

Nice Deb Honored in End Of Year Blogger Awards

It’s always nice to have your hard work recognized, and for the second year in a row, I’ve made Doug Ross’s prestigious Fabulous 50 Blog Awards. 

You may ask, how does he choose his winners? Is there an online poll, a panel of judges? Pshaw! Doug says:

No debates. No voting. No nominations. Just facts. Immutable truths, chiseled in stone and then forged on Zeus’ anvil for all of human history. No prize carries more panache, more prestige, and more sex appeal than a Fab 50 Award, save something you might find in a Crackerjacks box.

Crackerjacks!  Those temporary tattoos  are awesome! Granted, I tied with about 12 other bloggers  for best political reporting – but I made it, baby – by the skin of my teeth, I made it. Many very excellent bloggers who also deserve recognition, didn’t make the list – so I don’t take it for granted.

 Dan Collins at The Conservatory also has an extensive end of the year blog list with winners running the gamut from: Sickest Story of the Year: Kermit Gosnell and company. Thanks to Pundette for that one – to - Shark Jumpers: Krugman, Reich, Coulter, Rove, Beck, Bachmann – to - Nicest Guys on the Internet: Jimmie Bise and Peter Ingemi – to – Hustlers: Peter Ingemi and Stacy McCain – to – (get this) Blogger of the Year: Nice Deb

To which my reaction can be summed up by Wayne and Garth as you see them, here:

“I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!”

I suggested to Dan that perhaps he had made a glaring typo in his post, but nope – he assured me it was correct – so all I can do is blush and curtsey and convey my deepest gratitude for being so honored.

Thank you Dan and Doug for taking the time to recognize other bloggers when everyone knows you guys do outstanding work yourselves.


The Top 10 Stories of the Year at Nice Deb

Just like last year, many of these stories will not be top stories anywhere else. They were big stories for me because for whatever reason, they were retweeted a bunch of times, and/or big blogs linked to them. In some cases, they’re stories in which there is continued interest, so I still receive significant traffic due to  Google searches.

Thanks again to Michelle Malkin,  AoSHQ, Doug Ross, Pirates Cove, Ed Driscoll, Instapundit and a number of other blogs for helping  these posts become my biggest hits of the year.

Without further ado, Nice Deb’s Top 10 posts of 2011:

10. Founder Of The Muslim Canadian Congress Says Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated White House (With Updates) August, 14, 2011:

When Tarek Fatah, moderate Muslim advocate, and political progressive,  told an auditorium filled with thousands of Canadians that Americans need to know that “the religion of Islam was being used as a tool by a fascist force,” and had infiltrated the White House, heads were turned. The speech was given in Toronto at Ideacity, “Canada’s premiere meeting of the minds”, and I posted the explosive video.

The post was heavily retweeted and ended up high in the rankings of Trending Right for quite a while. It was linked by Doug Ross, Pirate’s Cove, adeliemanchot, YourDaddy’s Politics and Daily Pundit.

9. Today’s Compare and Contrast April, 1, 2011:

A black and white photo of an Iranian woman in a bathing suit leaning against a 60’s era car, as seen at  Iran, Before The Chador picture gallery inspired me to compare her to American soldiers reduced to wearing the hijab in Afghanistan, today.

It was linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, and continues to get traffic due to google image searches.

8. Pics From ‘We Stand With Gibson’ Rally October, 8, 2011:

On a lazy Fall Saturday afternoon, after searching the net for news about the Gibson Guitar rally,  I decided to check on Twitter to see if anyone had tweeted about it. There, I found some helpful tweets that led me to some great pictures.

Since no one else seemed to be blogging about it, and the Gibson Guitar story was something I had been following closely, I posted a few pix from The TN Report, and cranked out a report. Retweeted 52 times.

Instapundit,  Ed Driscoll , Scared Monkeys, Conservative Hideout 2.0, Pirate’s Cove, Trizzat, and The Absurd Report linked.

7. It Begins…Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Obama’s Presidential Records October, 6, 2011:

Based on a Judicial Watch report about the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up.

In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats had introduced legislation to create an official process that would allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.

Retweeted 56 times, I remember this being on Trending Right for a long time.  Moral of the story – anything that begins, “It Begins….” is a bonafide traffic magnet. As Jim Hoft would be the first to tell you.

Linked by Doug Ross in Larwyn’s Links.

6. Just One More Situation Room PhotoshopMay, 4, 2011

The infamous “chipmunk in the small chair” situation room photo of Obama (fresh off of the golf course) and the rest of his National Security team  watching the computer screen as Seal Team 6 dispatched Osama Bin Laden, needed my awe-inspiring photoshop skills to complete the “Every Meme Ever” pic.

This one was linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy and continues to get traffic from Google image searches.

5. Video: Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden Dead, May, 1, 2011

This was arguably the biggest story of the year, so it’s not surprising that it is one of my biggest stories.

Linked by Michelle Malkin.

4. An Open Letter To Eric Holder From An ATF Agent in Mexico,December, 12, 2011:

If you’re a blogger who covers Fast and Furious, you should be checking in on the ATF whistleblower site,  Clean-up ATF from time to time. That’s where I saw this incredible cri de coeur posted by an ATF agent in Mexico.

Oddly enough, this one never ranked on Trending Right even though it was retweeted 89 times.

Linked by AoSHQ and Bob Owens, and Gateway Pundit, and Doug Ross, and The Conservatory, and Sipsey Street Irregulars, and several gun forums.

3. Another Liberal Meme Bites The Dust,January, 31, 2011:

On January 31, the conservative blogosphere was still in state of moral outrage after watching Sarah Palin and the Tea Party get blamed for the Tucson massacre.

After a white male was accused of  plotting to blow up a Metro Detroit mosque the usual suspects were at it again. “Anti- Muslim tea-bagger, right? Mission accomplished, Beck, Limbaugh, Palin and Hannity, right? ” I jeered to certain left-wing blogs who were covering the story that way.

Long story short – the guy turned out to be another deranged lefty and possible Muslim convert, emphasis on deranged.

Retweeted 24 times, and linked by Michelle Malkin, and PJ Tatler, and Conservative Wanderer, and Instapundit,and The Dignified Rant, and  Blazing Catfur, and  Red State, and Moe Lane, and Patterico, and Doug Ross, and The Right of the People, and Verum Serum,  and adeliemanchot, and Bizzy Blog.

2. Yes, There Was A Kapiolani Maternity And Gynecological Hospital In 1961, April, 28, 2011:

Here, I had to shoot down a theory about Obama’s newly released birth certificate that I was seeing in various places online. After all of the lies Obama had told about his “nativity story”, and the shoddy way in which he  handled the release of his birth certificate, people can hardly be blamed for being suspicious.

This post was tweeted only once – by me, and was not linked to by any big blogs.  Obama’s birth certificate is a toxic subject, spurned by most conservative bloggers….. But a lot of other people – LOTS of people still want answers.

1. OBL Death Photo a Fake – Will Obama Administration Release The Real Thing?, May, 2, 2011

Remember all of the interest in in seeing the OBL death photo? The fact that the Obama administration refused to release the photo inspired a number of photoshops that appeared online, and I did a little post about it. People still google for that elusive photo.

Michelle Malkin linked and it continues to get Google image traffic.

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