Mark Your Calendars for LifeFest Film Festival – May 4-6, 2012

Are you a pro-life activist that enjoys making movies? Do you stand for life and want to bring change to Hollywood? If yes, then attend LifeFest Film Festival this May 4-6, 2012!

Below is the first of many promo videos for the festival:

Here’s more about the event from the website:

LifeFest organizers offer programming and events for film enthusiasts of every interest and background. With the support of a passionate arts community, LifeFest has attracted worldwide interest from some of the industry’s best filmmakers. We feature opportunities for burgeoning filmmakers and will be entertaining distinguished industry guests and thousands of film enthusiasts from around the world.

The second annual Life Fest Film Festival is expected to attract many activists, filmmakers, and Hollywood actors to the L.A. Convention Center. Those interested in attending LifeFest can register here.

Those who wish to support LifeFest can donate to it. Watch the video to learn how:

Aspiring (and veteran) filmmakers can submit their entries here. Members of the media can apply for press passes here; I’ll be handling media inquiries for the event.

Hope to see you there!

Stop the Assault on Religious Liberty: Voice Dissent Over Obama’s Contraception Mandate

Obama’s contraception mandate has angered many people, and it rightly should. If this policy is enforced and shoved down our throats, religious liberty will be further undermined.

When I was in the studio last week (for those of you unaware, I’m the Executive Assistant for The Rick Amato Show), I had a delightful conversation with Thomas McKenna (one of our guests) about the implications of the birth control mandate.  Our talk ranged from Catholicism in Lithuania (my ancestral homeland is ethnically and culturally Catholic. I discovered that his sister-in-law is Lithuanian) to Proposition 8 (we were dismayed by the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling to overturn it). He represents St. Gianna Physician’s Guild, which works closely with the Archdiocese of San Diego and is doing its part to bring awareness to this invasive policy here.

Here’s more information about St. Gianna Physician’s Guild:

The mission of St. Gianna Physician’s Guild is to unite and encourage Catholic physicians, and those in the health care profession, to promote and defend Catholic principles in a public way by word and example, and to inspire sanctification in their lives.

It seeks to use the influence and expertise of the medical profession to clarify and support sound ethics and morality in the practice of medicine and proclaim them in the public forum. As a way of promoting these values in the personal lives of the faithful, the Guild has a special devotional outreach to promotes and teach about the life and virtues of their patron, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, a dedicated wife, mother and physician who lived and practiced her faith in an exemplar way in the 20th century.

The group has an online petition available for people to sign. Below is an outline of the petition’s objective:

This new directive by the Obama Administration is:

  • Undermining: The U.S Department of Health and Human Service’s adoption of the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that contraceptive services be provided for all women is contrary to Catholic moral teaching and undermines fundamental principles of the Catholic Faith. ["Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means . . . for example, direct sterilization or contraception." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2399)]
  • Deceptive:  Many FDA approved birth control methods are classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency of Cancer Research (IACR), a research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) and categorized in the same group as cigarettes and asbestos.
  • Discriminatory Against Catholic Institutions:  It violates the freedom of conscience and freedom to practice religion guaranteed by the Constitution, specifically targeting Catholic hospitals, clinics, parishes, social services, schools and other Catholic institutions under the new rule compelling them to act contrary to Catholic teaching on life and procreation unless they stop hiring and serving non-Catholics.
  • Biased Against Catholic Health Care Professionals:  A direct attack on Catholic doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who are not provided a “conscience clause” to opt out of providing medical services that are contrary to their religious beliefs.
  • Misleading:  Increased access to birth control will actually increase (not decrease) the need for abortion.  The Guttmacher Institute, a research arm of Planned Parenthood, admits that their research reveals that over 50% of women show up at abortion clinics for an abortion due to failed birth control.
  • Bad Medicine:  Encourages unhealthy and immoral sexual practices which will drive the need for more health care services in the area of STD treatment and abortion services. 
  • Lacking Transparency:  This mandate reveals shameless abortion rights advocacy by the Obama Administration as they are well aware that birth control distribution is the feeder system of the profitable abortion industry. 

Therefore, we petition the Obama Administration and Secretary Sebelius to immediately withdraw all references to contraception and contraception counseling from the “Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services” under The Affordable Care Act, and to provide a CONSCIENCE CLAUSE to protect the religious freedom and beliefs of Catholics and other Americans who are opposed to contraception.

Over 26,000 signatures have been collected so far. Be sure to visit StoptheBirthControlMandate.org to sign the petition and stand in solidarity against the attack on religious liberty.

PoliPopTV Brings New Music Video with Obama Girl and Alphacat

Newly-launched PoliPopTV has released “Glease,” a video featuring “Obama Girl” (Amber Lee Ettinger) and “Alphacat” (Obama impersonator Iman Crosson).

Set to the tune of Grease’s “You’re the One that I Want,” the video shows a disaffected Obama Girl question her feelings for Obama, who deceived her with his rhetoric and rock star appeal back in 2008.

I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s worth watching.

The music video greatly contrasts this one from 2007.

Viewers can expect more videos to follow in the coming months. The geniuses behind this project – YouTube’s first political entertainment channel – include Steven Crowder, Lee Doren, Bad Lip Reading, Alpha Cat, Liberal Viewer, James Kotecki, and many more.

Follow them on Twitter and subscribe to their YouTube channel. Prepare for good political lickin’.

New Justen Charters Rap: Obama, I Want My Country Back

Justen Charters of DearCitizenTV has a new rap video out. Fear not, there are no traces of profanity.

He talks about the need to defeat Obama this November, and the need to preserve constitutional (and American) values.

Kindly share this video with your friends.

Santorum is First Candidate to Agree to Student-Led Presidential Symposium at Hillsdale

Late last night, the Hillsdale Collegian broke a story about Rick Santorum confirming his spot in the first-ever student-led presidential symposium. The event will take place at Hillsdale College on Monday night.

Santorum had these words to say about Monday’s event:

“I am excited to share my  vision for a brighter America, and the life experiences that have helped shape those  positions,” Santorum said.

Hillsdale senior Elliot Gaiser, who will moderate the symposium, shared his thoughts about the event and its goals.

“My hope is this will shine a bright light on what candidates believe about the Constitution, and influence the presidential race to focus on the document we expect our next president to protect and defend,” Gaiser said.

The three other presidential candidates have not confirmed nor denied their participation. Nevertheless, Hillsdale College plans to make history next week with this event.

CPAC 2012: Gabbing, Living It Up on Bloggers Row and All-Around Awesomeness

For those of you wondering why I haven’t blogged in recent weeks, I have been extremely busy with my senior year of college (blame those pesky midterms!), editor duties for TheCollegeConservative, and maintaining a social life (Yes, having one is possible at this reputed university).

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending my first CPAC conference. I did not attend the conference in years’ prior for a whole host of reasons, but am grateful I attended it this year. I saw many of my activist friends, twitter pals, and met some terrific individuals.

Unlike most of my peers, I worked the event for several media organizations – namely TheCollegeConservative (where I currently edit and contribute articles) and Red Alert Politics. I joined my fellow TCC editors Zach, Sydney, Kevin and our star writer Christine in this adventure. What transpired can be summed up in one word: amazing.

Having media credentials at CPAC has many perks: access to a private lounge, opportunities to meet/mingle with heavy-hitters of the conservative movement, and refreshments…A blogger’s haven, indeed!

In between blogging/reporting for my respective media organizations, I was able to meet some distinguished commentators and op-ed writers. I met Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein and Charlie Spiering; Townhall.com’s Katie Pavlich; Tea Party Nation’s Judson Phillips; Right Wing News’ John Hawkins; Eye on Politics; Franklin Center’s Tabitha Hale; Misfit Politics’ Brandon Morse and Cole Streeper; Accuracy In Media’s Benny Johnson; FreedomWorks’ Kristina Ribali; Girls Just Wanna Have Guns’ Regis Giles; and many more. And my time in the media lounge (and at CPAC) wouldn’t be complete without seeing the gentlemen of The Other McCain (Robert Stacey McCain and Chris Smith), who inducted me into the Axis of Fedora.

CPAC certainly allows attendees to interact with some big-name conservatives, as well. Sightings that I can attest to? Fox News’ Bret Baier (Special Report)  and Jesse Watters (The O’Reilly Factor); former presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry; UK MEP Daniel Hannan; U.S. senatorial candidates Ted Cruz (TX) , Daniel Bongino (MD), and Richard Mourdock (IN); Jimmy McMillin (Rent is Too Damn High Guy); Andrew Breitbart and Dana Loesch.

Furthermore, I was able to attend my first Blog Bash event. Set in Microsoft’s HQ in downtown D.C., Blog Bash boasted a fun and hip atmosphere. I caught up with my political godparents, Eagle Forum of San Diego’s Donna and Woody Woodrum – arguably the best conservative activists in all of Southern California; and my good pal James O’Keefe, who was flanked by his ever-growing entourage. I look forward to going to future Blog Bashes!

Another wonderful event I attended was our CollegeConservative dinner. Set in Famous Luigi’s in Foggy Bottom, the dinner brought together all the editors and nearly a third of our staff. It was great to hear and meet many of our talented writers. We wouldn’t be successful without them!

Of course, no conservative event would be complete without the #Occupy crowd attempting to crash the party. Those Marxists are SO creative and original…

Since I couldn’t attend Reaganpalooza this year (I am a month shy of my 21st birthday), I enjoyed a delightful dinner with some Hillsdale friends, new and old, at Le Pain Quotidian Saturday evening. My lovely friend MaryAnn (who interns at Family Research Council) accompanied me to dinner so we could catch up for lost time. You could say it was good ol’ fashioned conservative fun. : )

And my trip to CPAC wouldn’t be complete without a crazy travel or transportation story. Whether it was metro mishaps or dealing with airport bureaucrats, I experienced several awkward encounters and some instances of bad luck (especially on my flight back home).  My flight to Denver was deplaned after three hours due to maintenance issues. If I didn’t switch airlines, I would have been stuck in D.C. till 9pm local time. Fortunately, with the help of my mom, I was able to get a new flight through Chicago that safely got me back to San Diego before day’s end. (Aciu labai, mamyte! I’m indebted to you for saving the day and watching over me.)

Although bothersome, these detractors assured me that God works in mysterious ways and that all will work out in the end. When in doubt, I always remember the brave men and women fighting for our freedoms abroad – so whatever qualms I have about transportation or airports are  insignificant compared to their sacrifices, pain, and suffering. (God bless the troops!)

If I haven’t mentioned this already, I’m grateful to friends, family members, and cohorts who inspire me to be my best. I would be truly lost without your loyalty, friendship, advice, and reassurance. Look forward to taking this country back with you!

I will return to D.C. this June after I graduate from UCSD…More details on that development shortly. Stay tuned!

On that note, CPAC 2013 or bust!

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