Thank You for the Birthday Wishes!

To my friends, family, co-workers, fellow activists, students, and more:

Thank you for the wonderful birthday messages over text, Facebook, and Twitter. Your kind thoughts really mean a lot. I’m grateful to know so many of you and work alongside you. Thank you for making my 23rd birthday the best one yet!

-Gabriella

New ObamaCare Ambassador Lance Bass of NSYNC Fame Isn’t a Bad Sport

lbtYou know you’re a political junkie when a 90s heartthrobs tweets you responding to a political tweet…

After I tweeted a promo video for an upcoming episode of The Dana Show featuring comedian Steven Crowder mocking Lance Bass’ visit to the White House on ObamaCare, the singer himself tweeted back and thought Crowder’s portrayal of him was funny. Unlike other leftist celebrities, Lance didn’t hurl attacks nor was he abrasive.

Kudos to Mr. Bass for having a good sense of humor. Maybe he’ll reconsider his support for ObamaCare?

Update: I was mentioned in The Blaze.

Happy Birthday to Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy!

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Like so many of you, I’m a proud patron of “hate-chicken” haven Chick-fil-A.

Today, I hope you join me in showing appreciation for this company by wishing its founder – Truett Cathy – a happy 93rd birthday.

Mr. Cathy, thank you for giving millions of Americans the opportunity in indulge in delicious chicken sandwiches. Thank you for employing thousands of people and demonstrating the beauty of free enterprise. Thank you for having strong convictions against attacks from naysayers.

Happy Birthday, good sir!

Dear #BanBossy Girls: Quit Bossing Us Around With Big Government Policies

Any time radical feminists get angry, they want to ban stuff.

Famous female figures like Beyonce, Jennifer Garner Affleck, Jane Lynch, and Condi Rice are offended by the term “bossy” supposedly being used to describe female leaders. Why?

Here’s the #BanBossy video:

A message to the #BanBossy gals:

Did it ever occur to radical feminists that they boss everyone around them? Whether it’s government coercion or Hollywood, they demand attention and scoff at dissent. If you’re a woman who dismisses government-enabled “empowerment,” they skewer you, call you awful names, and question your femininity. If you’re pro-life, pro-gun, and don’t think all men are pigs, you’re the anti-Christ. Frankly, I’m tired of being bossed around by primadonnas who coax women using the so-called allure of paternalistic government.

Newsflash: Whenever women behave like victims, they won’t and shouldn’t be taken seriously in the public square. Want to be a leader? Act like one. Quit complaining and scapegoating society because you’re insecure with yourselves.

Sincerely,

A 22-year-old female who proudly rejects big government policies

-Gabriella

VIDEO: Gun Girls at CPAC 2014

Tony of Bullets First interviewed me and countless other young women attending CPAC about our support for the Second Amendment.

As I was taking a shuttle to the convention center that was holding CPAC, a young woman struck up a conversation with me when she saw my media credentials. When you have something that says “Bullets First” on it, gun owners tend to take notice. While on the ride to the National Harbor in Maryland she told me the story of how she got involved in firearms and what the right to keep and bear arms meant to her.

Now, while I am used to women gun owners I began to think of all the stereotypes the gun controllers like to spew forth. So I decided to document gun owners at CPAC who did not fit the stereotype. Once I got rolling though the project took on a life of its own. Not only gun carriers but those who will soon be carrying, those who are denied their self protection by school or state, wanted to say their peace…so I let them.

Here’s the video. I start talking at 11:04.

It’s undeniable that girls just wanna have guns. We’re growing in numbers and are here to stay. Deal with it!

 

CPAC 2014: #MakeDCListen Style

Yesterday concluded the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.

The lavish  Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor played host for a second year in a row. Unlike most D.C. area residents, I took immense joy in the 10-minute drive across the Potomac. This year marked my third CPAC conference, and the second time I attended on behalf of the company I work for.

The rush and heyday of these political conferences certainly give us seasoned political junkies a natural high. High-profile speakers, cool swag, a nice location, and plenty of events/parties leave attendees satisfied. It’s interesting how much CPAC has changed in the last few years…

Here’s a quick rundown of my thoughts on this year’s conference:

The Good

Big reunion – CPAC is a great event for reunions with activist friends. I certainly enjoyed seeing hundreds of people I know from  D.C. and outside the D.C. area. Given how busy life is, people rarely get the chance to be around so many like-minded people. CPAC is perfect for reuniting with new and old friends.

Unparalleled networking - If you come to CPAC, expect to network with big wigs and get your name out there. This is a great opportunity to land an internship or job in the D.C. area. Don’t take it for granted.

Blog Bash – Hands down, Blog Bash is the best party at CPAC every year. I’ve had the pleasure of attending it since 2012. One can’t go wrong with a piano bar! Definitely attend one if you haven’t already.

The Bad

Recycled, uninspiring speakers -  Apart from Senators Cruz, Lee, Paul, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and a few others, I–along with countless others–found much of the speakers lineup to be  unexciting. This led many of us to jokingly (and seriously) classify the conference as “Squishfest.” Establishment Republicans aren’t going to lure in new people to the cause. Fresh conservative faces will.

Media everywhere - It’s an election year, and the general election is roughly two years away. The horse race is about to commence–brace yourselves.

Hypersexualizing CPAC - Apparently, the hook-up scene is the most newsworthy topic from CPAC to write about. Really?! Media outlets – especially one in particular – need to stop sensationalizing this. (What happened to maintaining personal responsibility?) DC is a morally bankrupt place — ask those of us who live here and abstain from such. Stop reporting on this crap and focus on important issues, like, saving the country from impending financial collapse.

What are some personal highlights from this year’s CPAC?

Hanging out with the lovely Dana Loesch:

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Meeting Senator Rand Paul (R-KY):

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And ensuring that all conservatives #MakeDCListen:

Having fun at the Jobs Growth booth. #MakeDCListen

Until next year, CPAC? We shall see.

Fail: CNN Confuses Baltic Republics with Balkans

During CNN’s “State of the Union” program this morning, Baltic ambassadors to the U.S. Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Andris Razåns (Latvia), and Zygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuania) came on to discuss the impact Russia aggression will have on their three countries. (I thought Amb. Pavilionis was the most articulate of the three.)

Throughout the segment, CNN displayed the caption “Balkan states worry they are next?”:

The problem with this is that the Balkans and Baltics are two separate entities. I tweeted at CNN’s Twitter account to correct them about the caption error.

Then I offered them a geography lesson:

And this:

Earlier this week, CNN misspelled Boeing as “Bowing.”

Thankfully, a producer for “State of the Union” corrected the mishap:

Well done, mainstream media. Well done.  (Not.)

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