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.

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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.

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Former DEA Chief Tells Fox News: 3 Other Federal Agencies Knew About Operation ‘Fast and Furious’

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I think we knew this, but it’s always good to hear confirmation coming from the former chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Tucson.

Fox News’ William LaJeunesse traveled to Sasabe, AZ to discuss new  developments in the Fast and Furious investigation regarding agencies beyond the Justice Department.

Fox Nation reported: Former DEA Chief: 3 Other Federal Agencies Knew About Operation ‘Fast and Furious’

Tony Coulson, the DEA’s agent in charge of Southern Arizona during Fast and Furious, says many federal field agents knew the ATF was walking guns to Mexico, but supervisors told them to back off when they objected.

“Clearly, we went too far,” Coulson said. “The question we had among rank and file law enforcement was, ‘When is someone going to call ATF on this, when is someone going to tell them to stop?’”

Coulson’s remarks jibe with what is already known about the operation. The DEA, the FBI and ICE, also known as Immigration Customs and Enforcement, all played roles in the investigation.

Coulson said those agencies share the blame since top officials knew, but did little to stop, the gunrunning effort. Coulson is among the first senior public officials, current or former, who admit knowing about the botched operation.

Coulson claims he raised objections to then-DEA chief Elizabeth Kempshall, but was told it was taken care of. After attending a meeting with ATF agent in charge Bill Newell, Coulson said that’s when he and other agents “knew (Fast and Furious) was not some sort of benign, pie-in-the-sky publicity stunt. Guns were actually getting in the hands of criminals.”

Hat tip: SSI

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Conservatory, thanks!

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Video: Andrew Breitbart’s CPAC Speech

In case you missed Andrew Breitbart’s CPAC speech (always a crowd favorite) – here it is in it’s entirety with introduction by conservative Tea Party activist Sonnie Johnson who also shared the trailer for the new movie, “Hating Breitbart”.

Breitbart  revealed to the audience that he had “videos” of Barack Obama from his college days, which he suggested will shed light on Obama’s class warfare and racial division tactics.

As I keep saying, buckle up, people, 2012 is going to be a bumpy ride!

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