Former Soviet satellites, republics still pay homage to Ronald Reagan

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Being Conservative (and Female) Rocks

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Clare Boothe Luce’s Western Women’s Summit (March 24-26) in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Due to complications following my wisdom tooth surgery last year, I couldn’t attend the Summit in 2010. Nevertheless, I made up for my absence this year

This girl needs a vacation every now and then, so I decided, why not?

CBLPI’s Western Women’s Summit took place at the Reagan Ranch Center–YAF’s West Coast office and my former workplace. It was nice to return there for this occasion.

Here is information about the event that transpired last weekend:

Mark your calendars now for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute‘s fourth annual Western Women’s Summit on March 25-26, 2011! Conservative women are stepping into leadership roles in this country more than ever before, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of the movement. At this exciting gathering of conservative women on the West Coast, you will meet and network with conservatives in your area, hear from dynamic speakers and learn how to fight for conservative principles. Speakers include: author S.E. Cupp; Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011; Keli Carender, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots; Ann McElhinney; conservative filmmaker; and Dawn Wildman, California Tea Party Patriots. The Summit will take place in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and will include a private tour of President Ronald Reagan‘s former home, a picturesque ranch located in the hills of Santa Barbara. A welcome reception for attendees will take place at the Reagan Ranch Center on the evening of Thursday, March 24. The Summit is open to women of all ages and will include a special training seminar for college students. Men may attend as guests of registered women attendees. Please email the Summit coordinator Camille Hart with any questions at chart@cblpi.org.

Nonie Darwish also spoke as well, and gave a riveting speech about the dangers of Sharia Law.

Approximately 75 women (young and old activists alike) were in attendance.

Below is our group photo with Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan.

While many are quick to judge Miss America recipients, I will say that after spending the weekend talking to her and hanging out with Teresa Scanlan, this Miss America is a gem and down-to-Earth girl. She eats, contrary to popular belief, and is so passionate about combating eating disorders. Additionally, she is very conservative!

Teresa gave such a heartwarming speech about her Croatian heritage and family story. Her grandparents endured communism in Croatia before they immigrated to the United States. She emphasized how much she takes pride in their value system and how she’s incorporated their value system as her own. Additionally, Teresa revealed that she has brother that was put up for adoption by her  mother. She noted that after 31 years (last September) she and her family met her brother and didn’t hesitate to accept him into their family. Miss America 2011 was a lovely girl, and I wish her the best of luck in her endeavors!

Moreover, RedEye regular and FOX News Contributor S.E. Cupp was the keynote speaker for the Summit. My sister Anna Maria and I are pictured with her below:

Overall, I learned a lot of valuable things, listened to great speakers, met lovely girls, talked to donors, and enjoyed Santa Barbara. I encourage everyone to attend a Western Women’s Summit in the future–you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Newport Beach City Council Approves Reagan Statue

Taken from Newport Beach Now:

The Newport Beach City Council approved a proposal to erect a statue of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan tuesday night by a 5-2 vote. Voting for the statue project were Mayor Mike Henn, Councilpersons Keith Curry, Rush Hill, Lucy Diagle Ed Selich, Steve Rosanskuy and Nancy Gardner voted against the proposal.

Hs-bill Columnist Bill Lobdell of the Daily Pilot (known to locals affectionately as ‘The Daily Plot’ for decades) can now put to rest his diabolical scheme to upend any official public honoring of former President Ronald Reagan by the City of Newport Beach. Just teasing you Bill, but when you hatch your next unsuccessful liberal column crusade, Laguna Beach would would in my opinion be a much better venue. There it stands a greater chance of success! Not a bad effort though all-in-all, despite your unseemly methods.

Councilman Keith Curry, the proposals leading advocate led off the council meeting with a lengthy rendition of why he believed the honoring the former president was warranted. In the name of compromise he offered a new proposal that altered his previous plan to place the statue at Newport Beach’s new Civic Center now under construction. Curry instead proposed to place the statue in Newport’s Castaway Park.  He also added that a process by which the artist selected to create the statue would include input by a committee of private donors, the City’s Art Commission and the Parks, Beach’s and Recreation Commission would be used.  The City Manager would ultimately make the final decision on who will create the statue and where it will be placed.

The only thing most people pro or con on the Reagan statue debate probably agreed on last night was that Newport’s City Manager Dave Kiff was not the luckiest guy in the room when the entire process fell into his lap!  Kiff from what I’ve seen seems more than up to the job.

Before the council made its decision, members of the public had their chance to give their opinions of the proposed project. Many in the audience were pro-Reagan supporters and there were just as many or more anti-Reagan opponents as well.

Picture 2 Some of the speakers complained that the Council and Curry had violated the rules and spirit of how public art was supposed to be selected in the city in the case of the Reagan statue. The Council had previously approved a measure soliciting donations for a Reagan memorial earlier this year. Opponents believed that the Art Commission should be the primary way any art would be selected and placed within the city.

Newport Beach City Attorney David Hunt however advised the Council that they were well within city policy to make the final determination on how public art in the city was created, chosen and placed in Newport Beach. That didn’t sit well with some people in the audience, especially one woman who claimed she was appalled at seeing the “violent” memorial to 1st U.S. Marine Division in Castaways Park that was installed in 2008.

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In the most pointed cheap shot attack on the project itself Dr. Suzanne Savary, President, Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club (see below) told the Council and the overflow audience that she would support and approve of a statue of Reagan if it were placed at Hoag Hospital to honor the former President’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease that he suffered from later in life.

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Savary told the council she didn’t want her children being taught about the former President via a public statue honoring him. Even referring to the former President Reagan in her prepared comments to the Council members as “that man”.

I can’t wait for people like Dr. Savary to begin the process to raise the money and begin a project to honor whomever her and fellow Democrats in Newport opposed to the Reagan statue want, unless of course they only want tax payer money spend on public art and for only the city government to tell them who is worthy of such an honor.  That notion never seemed very democratic to me.

Unitl then I won’t hold my breath in the meantime, but I will take my kid to visit the Reagan statue as I have the Marine statue in Castaways Park when its dedicated.  As I would and have all the other pieces of public art in Newport Beach, regardless of who or what they honor. Of course, as long they are done in a respectful way to all the citizens of this fine city. So far I haven’t found one that isn’t.

Other speakers last night spoke in more glowing terms about Reagan and why they supported the project honoring the late U.S. President.  In the end, when all is said and done Newport Beach wil have a statue honoring the 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan. A fitting tribute in my opinion to just one of many U.S. presidents deserving of the honor, regardless of their political views or party.

CBLPI’s Western Women’s Summit 2011

Taken from Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. Be sure to go to this event–I’ve already confirmed my attendance! Students are free, just be sure to confirm your attendance. Register HERE.

Location: Location: Reagan Ranch Center, Santa Barbara California. Registration is now open. Mark your calendars now for the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute’s fourth annual Western Women’s Summit on March 25-26, 2011! Conservative women are stepping into leadership roles in this country more than ever before, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of the movement. At this exciting gathering of conservative women on the West Coast, you will meet and network with conservatives in your area, hear from dynamic speakers and learn how to fight for conservative principles. Confirmed speakers thus far: Teresa Scanlon, Miss America 2011; Keli Carender, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots; Ann McElhinney, conservative filmmaker; and Dawn Wildman, California Tea Party Patriots. The Summit will take place in beautiful Santa Barbara, California and will include a private tour of President Ronald Reagan’s former home, a picturesque ranch located in the hills of Santa Barbara. A welcome reception for attendees will take place at the Reagan Ranch Center on the evening of Thursday, March 24. The Summit is open to women of all ages and will include a special training seminar for college students. Men may attend as guests of registered women attendees. Please email the Summit coordinator Camille Hart with any questions at chart@cblpi.org.

Birthday Wishes for Glenn Beck

Dear Glenn,

Happy Birthday!

I want to wish you a happy birthday and thank you for your efforts. Your constant reaffirmation of love for America  means a lot to my family and I, and to all of your viewers. You have a firm grasp of what it wrong in America today. You have the solution and facts, I wish that people would take your word and verify that you’re not making things up by doing their own research.

Don’t ever let the detractors get to you, which you haven’t. All they do is whine, mudsling, and complain. They have threatened you, and you have been above their attacks. Instead of playing to their senses, you have combated them with logic and facts. Bravo!

Continue to do what you do, because my generation needs a man like you disseminating facts. I’m fortunate enough to have wonderful parents who escaped from the former USSR and came here in search of freedom. I wish more of my peers would have grown up the way I did, because they take America and the freedoms bestowed on them for granted. Having you and your program as a supplement in life is something I do not take for granted.

I will always be a loyal viewer and supporter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Have a blessed birthday (and some fun too)!

Kind regards,

Gabriella Hoffman

Fun Video #6: Reagan 100 and Super Bowl

This video didn’t get much press during the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, RightWing News has the scope.

Watch the video below:

Reagan Centennial Videos with Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney

Here’s Sarah Palin’s speech at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, CA on February 4th, 2011:

AND Dick Cheney’s from the following evening (February 5th, 2011) at the same location:

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Happy Centennial Birthday, President Reagan!

I want to extend my regards for Reagan’s Centennial birthday celebration.

Reagan was the greatest president in modern day history. He charmed our nation, and stood proudly in defense of her.

You are sorely missed, Mr. President.

Let’s pray that  a true Reagan-esque candidate emerges in 2012!

CBLPI’s Western Women’s Summit Informational Dinner-San Diego

Interested in going to Santa Barbara this March 25-26th? Want to be surrounded by fellow conservative women? Would you like to meet tentative event speakers Miss America 2011, Teresa Scanlan, and filmmaker Ann McElhinney? How about trek up to President Reagan‘s beloved ranch, “Rancho del Cielo?” If this interests you, come to an informational dinner hosted by Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

What? Western Women’s Summit Informational Dinner

Host: Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

Date: February 1st, 2011

Time: 6-8PM

Cost: Free

Location: Sammy’s in University Towne Center/Genesee

8650 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA 92122
Ph: 858-404-9898

Be sure to RSVP your attendance to CBLPI Campus Director, Alyssa Cordova: acordova@cblpi.org.

If you need assistance from the local level, don’t hesitate to contact me: Gabriella Hoffman- ghoffman16@yahoo.com or (949)302-8266

Hope to see you there!

Ron Reagan, Jr. to discuss controversial book, claim father had Alzheimer’s in office at UCSD

Ron Reagan, Jr. will give a lecture at UCSD on January 26th, 2011, at The Neurosciences Institute. Reagan is best known for espousing liberal viewpoints and hosting dog shows.  He is slated to discuss his new book, My Father at 100, and President Reagan’s centennial birthday.

This event is one of many that comprise the Revelle Forum Lectures Series, which is a project of UCSD’s Extension program.

The Revelle Forum website details the event with Reagan:

February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written,My Father at 100,, an intimate look at his father’s life told from the perspective of someone who knew him better than any friend or colleague. As Ron grew up, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences, there was much that Ron never knew about his father’s past, and in My Father at 100, he sets out to understand this beloved, if often enigmatic, figure. President Reagan came to personify the values of an older America, and Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father’s early years in a heartfelt portrait of the man and his country.

Location: Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., La Jolla. Please arrive early. Advance registration strongly advised. Registration fee is $25, please refer to section ID 080748. Registration for this event is available by calling 858-882-8000. To receive information on upcoming Revelle Forum events, please e-mail us at RevelleForum@ucsd.edu.

If you want to see Ron Reagan, Jr., it does not come cheap. The event costs $25 dollars to attend.

Interestingly enough, Ron Reagan, Jr. recently came under fire from half-brother Michael Reagan for his memoir.  My Father at 100 purports that President Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s disease during his presidency. USA Today reports the following below:

In a new book — and an interview on ABC’s 20/20 — President Ronald Reagan’s son says he saw evidence of his father’s Alzheimer’s disease back during his years in the White House.

“There was just something that was off, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it,” Ron Reagan said in 20/20 interview airing Friday night.

The younger Reagan said his father often didn’t seem sharp during their political debates. At another point, Ron Reagan saw his father read from note cards as he made phone calls.

“It wasn’t like oh my God he doesn’t remember he’s President,” Reagan said. “You know, it was just — I had an inkling something was going on.”

In wake of this claim, Michael Reagan has condemned his half-brother’s book. Reagan issued a statement to Fox Nation on January 14th regarding it:

“Ron was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive and today he became an embarrassment to his mother.”

Washington Post staff writer Manuel Roig-Franzia writes that Reagan, Jr.’s memoir has been dismissed by renowned Reagan biographer, Edmund Morris:

Reaganites and Reagan watchers are reacting with varying levels of disbelief and rage. Edmund Morris, the biographer, says in an interview that he doubts the claim in part because Reagan’s daily diaries are as “clearly expressed and well-written” at the end of his presidency as at the beginning.

“I never saw any signs of dementia. What I did see was a very old man and a very tired man,” Morris says.

It is a shameful (although unsurprising) that UCSD would endorse Reagan, Jr.’s claim that President Reagan suffered from Alzheimer’s during his presidency. (Coincidence much?)

Ron Reagan, Jr. is not representative of what President Reagan stood for. This event will skew President Reagan’s image and reputation as a conservative icon and beloved American president. As a result, liberals cannot be trusted with President Reagan.

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