2015 Reading Goal Achieved

Screen Shot 2015-12-30 at 3.45.28 PM

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Following New Year Eve last year, I set out a goal to read more books. With the aid of Goodreads–a wonderful book log application–I was able to track and monitor all the books I read. I set a goal of reading 21 books and 5,199 pages from all varieties and genres. From auto-biographies to self-help books to some fiction, my reading material was more diverse than normal.

Below are the books I read in 2015 in order of completion:

  1. Shoot to Win: Tips, Tactics, and Techniques to Help You Shoot Like a Pro By Chris Cheng
  2. Meat and Potatoes Catholicism by Fr. Joseph Classen
  3. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle
  4. Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing by Samuel Gregg
  5. Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
  6. Making the Case: How to Negotiate Like a Prosecutor in Work and Life by Kimberly Guilfoyle
  7. More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws by Dr. John R. Lott
  8. Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics by Henry Hazlitt
  9. Distortion: How the New Christian Left is Twisting the Gospel and Damaging the Faith by Chelsen Vicari
  10. The Conservative Heart: How To Build A Fairer, Happier, And More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks
  11. Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents’ Tailor by Martin Greenfield
  12. A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  13. Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women by Katie Pavlich
  14. No Fear: Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth by Tony Perkins
  15. I Can See Clearly Now by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  16. Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Raise a Family, and Other Manly Advice by Jim Geraghty and Cam Edwards
  17. Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies by Charles G. Koch
  18. Preservation and Purpose: The Making of a Young Millennial, a Manifesto for Faith, Family and Politics by Demetrius Minor
  19. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
  20. Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World! by Andrew Breitbart
  21. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

My goal for 2016 is to read a minimum of 30 books. Be sure to connect on Goodreads!

Have any recommendations? Need recommendations? Weigh in below!

Happy reading, everyone!

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!

New Video: Generation Y Dismayed by Debt Accumulated Overall, Especially Under Obama

Young Cons’ Josh Riddle and Dave Ruffle (Dartmouth College ’12)  released an enlightening video on the toll exorbitant debt has on our generation.

They won 5th place in the Power Line Blog contest:

Number five was submitted by the Young Cons, two rappers (and basketball players) from Dartmouth. Their video features lots of quick cuts as they interview students and a soldier. The cons themselves take the stage at the end. It is an impressive piece of work that rivets your attention even though it was one of the longer videos in the competition. Where can you see it? Courtesy of Andrew Breitbart and John Nolte at Big Hollywood, of course.

Watch the video here, which is featured on Power Lline Blog:

My second Washington Times Communities column this Thurs/Friday will address this and other related issues to Generation Y.

James O’Keefe Takes Down the MSM in New Music Video

My friend and fellow activist Christian Hartsock just released a video called the “Landrieu Dance”  today, which stars ACORN nutcracker James O’Keefe (who also is another friend of mine).

After watching the video and seeing the final product, I can personally say it turned out great! Little do people know that I was a Production Assistant for the video, alongside my friend Kelly Steele. My other activist friend, Ryan Sorba, was an actor in the music video, as  well.

Interestingly enough, production for the video lasted nearly 22 hours! Despite how grueling and demanding it was (I mean this in a good sense, as making a good-quality video beckons patience, editing, re-shooting, frustration, and the like), it was worth every breath and minute of my time this past August.

Viewers will see that the video is fun, hip, and innovative. It’s a mash-up of O’Keefe stings, undercover videos, media response, and lighthearted clips. O’Keefe shows off his moon-walking skills, singing capability, and truthfulness that many fail to account for when he comes to mind.

Let me assure you that the music video, nor the clips featured, were heavily edited. Haters can hate, but you’ll only realize the truth  after the fact.


Sarah Palin Rocks WI Speech-Watch Out Liberals and GOP Establishment!

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gave a great, resounding speech in Wisconsin on April 16th, 2011, with Americans for Prosperity. This nicely coincided with TEA Party “Tax Day” celebrations all over the country.

Watch this epic speech below:

Gun-Touting Goddess Regis Giles Sets Record Straight

If you have not seen this video from hunting/2nd Amendment champion Regis Giles yet, you must watch it.

This video is taken from CPAC 2011’s Student Panel:

Kudos to her for standing up for her beliefs.

Regis is the daughter of Doug Giles (ClashRadio and Townhall.com) and sister of ACORN nutcracker, Hannah Giles.

To all you haters attacking her: you’re only fueling her (and us) with more motivation to keep on going.

Progressive Org Condemns Comments about Lynching Justice Thomas, Destroying FOX

Common Cause is trying to play it safe following the video released on February 3rd.

I would not buy this ‘apology’, though. Nevertheless, it’s funny that they are apologizing for remarks uttered in Christian Hartsock’s undercover video. Isn’t Common Cause supposed to stand behind its supporters? Still, keep a close eye on the group.

Developing story from the SFGate:

A political watchdog group that organized a rally at a weekend meeting of conservative political donors near Palm Springs apologized Thursday for hateful comments made at the event.”We condemn bigotry and hate speech in every form,” Common Cause said in a statement.

The comments were made during videotaped interviews by conservative activist and videographer Christian Hartsock. The footage was then posted on YouTube and created a stir in the blogosphere.

In it, Hartsock is heard laughing as he goads his subjects with questions like, “After we impeach Clarence Thomas, what do we do with him?”

One white woman suggests the black Supreme Court justice should be lynched, while a white man says, “Put him back in the fields.” No one interviewed by Hartsock was identified, and it’s not clear it they knew who they were talking to.