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Getting Hammered With Steve Hamilton and Stevie J. West

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When: Friday, May 10 at 10Eastern/7Pacific

Where: Getting Hammered with Steve Hamilton and Stevie J West

Tonight: While the rest of the world is a BlogCon this weekend, the “Poors” (Stevie and Steve)are still holding down the bar at Casa de Hammy and getting ready for a GREAT show with SO much news to cover this week.

Jimmie Bise, Jr. (@jimmiebjr) joins us to discuss Benghazi, where did that whole “Just a Response to a Fake Movie” story come from, the hearings this week, and why it all REALLY does matter.

We’re also talking about the Cleveland, OH kidnapping ,other news stories, and of course, We’ll Mock the Week.  The phone lines will be open and we want to hear from you.  So come hang out with us tonight, the bar is open and we’re Getting Hammered!


Getting Hammered Radio – Friday, May 3, 2013

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When: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Getting Hammered with Steve Hamilton and Stevie J West

Tonight: Tonight on #GettingHammered it’s #HotConChicksFriday! Yes, in our continuing tradition of bringing you the hottest and smartest Conservative women in radio, Stevie J West joins forces with Elisha (@planet_rawr) to prove once again why manly liberal women are always so angry; they aren’t THESE two, duh! Hammy (when not drooling over his co-host and guest) will be MC’ing our new game “I hate all the things” where guests respond to a serious of topics with snarky, brilliant, well thought out (and probably alcohol influenced) answers. Any topic is up for grabs and we WILL be soliciting questions from the listeners.

Of course, we’ll Mock the Week in News and probably frivolously waste the first 20 minutes talking about drinking while ACTUALLY drinking. The bar is Open at Casa de Hammy and we’re Getting Hammered!!!

Getting Hammered Radio – Friday, March 29, 2013

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When: Friday, March 29 at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Getting Hammered with Steve Hamilton and Stevie J West

Tonight: Join Stevie and Steve Friday Night at 10PM EDT with their guest Bruce Carroll (@BruceCarrollSC) as they discuss the various happenings this week including SCOTUS, the news from around the country, and of course, they’ll Mock the Week.

So grab a drink, the bar is open…it’s time to Get Hammered! :)

Getting Hammered Radio – March 15, 2013 LIVE at CPAC

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When: Friday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Getting Hammered with Steve Hamilton and Stevie J West LIVE at CPAC2013

Tonight: We’re LIVE from CPAC2013, so Join us in Room 6203 or listen to us on air. If you stop by, we’ll have Rum and Gin, cause that’s what we drink. So bring a drink or have some of ours, cause we’re GETTING HAMMERED at CPAC!!

It’s Friday Night at CPAC 2013 and as always…the bar is OPEN!

Dismantling Washington

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Washington, D.C. (which the DC part now stands for dirty cesspool) should become a thing of the past. Society has outgrown the need for a centralized government full of power hungry aristocrats, greedy lobbyists, and corrupt white collar criminals.

When I say criminals I am not just talking in the abstract; I am referring to real criminals.

According to a study from the online publication Capitol Hill Blue, the American people have elected a bunch of politicians that are better at breaking laws than making laws. America’s low information voters have chosen some real class acts to represent them.

Just how bad are some of our members of Congress?

29 members have been accused of spousal abuse, 7 have been arrested for fraud, 19 have been accused of writing bad checks, 117 have bankrupted at least 2 businesses, 3 have been arrested for physical assault, 71 have such bad credit that they can’t even qualify for a credit card, (yet with their special clearance as a member of Congress they get an Amex card without having a credit check.) 14 have been arrested on drug related charges, 8 have been arresting for shoplifting, and at least 84 members of Congress have been stopped for drunk driving but subsequently let go once they showed they were members of Congress.

If all that hasn’t made you lose your lunch this sure will.

According to the 2013 Congressional schedule, Congress will take 239 days off! That means they will only “work” 126 days of the year. If that wasn’t bad enough these hardly working, drunk driving, womanizing, bad credit, criminals get paid a minimum of $175,000 a year. Not bad for 126 days of so called work. They have worked themselves so hard that they don’t even have the strength to create a budget. The last time our dedicated public servants passed a budget was April 29, 2009. That is an unbelievable mind boggling 1,415 days without a budget, and counting.

This article’s intent is not to highlight the ineptness and unprincipled actions of our corrupt Congress; instead its purpose is to illustrate just how incidental and unnecessary Washington, DC has become. Former Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry may not have been able to talk his way out of a paper bag; however he had the political will and courage to tell the American people that if he were to be elected President he would make Congress a part time job.

I couldn’t agree with him more. In fact, I’d like to take his suggestion a little further and dismantle Washington, DC altogether; and here is how we can do it.

We live in a virtual and digital society in which nothing seems impossible. The constant advancements in technology have created a very mobile society. We live in a world where you can start your car, turn the lights on and off in your house, and check your blood pressure, all by using your I-phone. There is no reason why Congress can’t conduct official government business from their respective state Capitols. Think about how much money they could save in travel expenses and housing alone?

With email, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, video conferencing, and websites such as gotomeeting.com; there is no shortage of technology that could be utilized to perform the everyday functions of Congress from outside of Washington, DC.

According to census.gov, 1 out of 10 workers over the age of 65 works from home. This is a growing trend that is only going to continue as more businesses look for ways to cut operating expenses and increase productivity. With so many older workers still in the workforce due to the Obama economy; many of these workers work from home.

Companies that employ workers who telecommute save on expenses such as office space, equipment, furniture, and supplies. Employees who work from home are able to save money on such expenditures as clothing, childcare, parking, and gasoline. Also, some studies have shown that workers who telecommute are more effective and efficient at their jobs than those who work in the office. Why not extend that same invitation to members of Congress?

According to statistics from the 112th Congress, the average age of a member of the House of Representatives is 57 years and the average age of a member of the Senate is 63 years. These folks should be required to work remotely from their respective states and only come into Washington a few times a month to cast votes.

Washington, DC is 68.3 square miles of influence, corruption, and centralized power. The only way to change Washington is to remove the influence, corruption, and power from it; and that starts with Congress. The only way to do this is by forcing members of Congress to not congregate permanently in Washington, DC.

A suggestion would be to pass a law in which no member of Congress is allowed to have permanent residence within 100 miles of Washington, DC. By doing this you automatically decentralize the influence and power, and make it harder for lobbyists and power brokers to influence fiscal policy. This is how you change Washington, DC.

To some who are reading this I understand it may sound a bit Orwellian. Telling free people where they can and cannot live may seem a little extreme. What is more extreme is having career politicians drunk with power spending future generation’s money on programs they can’t pay for. We are at a time in our nation’s history in which the only real solutions require real drastic measures.

The truth is that absolute power corrupts absolutely. If we take away Congress’s power we can return it to its rightful owners; we the people. Most Democrats who read this will think I’m crazy. Even some Republicans will think this is a bad idea; however most limited government Conservatives will love it. My only hope is that those members of Congress who believe in freedom, liberty, and limited government read my article and introduce legislation based on this idea. A good idea can only become a great idea when it is acted upon.

As a political strategist, commentator, and radio talk show host my job is to give solutions, not talking points. I may not always be right, but I am always thinking outside the box about different ways to make America a better, stronger, and freer country. If we are serious about saving this country and truly believe in a limited government it is time we put our money where our mouth is and dismantle Washington, once and for all.

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Getting Hammered Radio – March 1, 2013

Getting Hammered with Steve Hamilton and Stevie J West

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When: Friday, March 1 at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: Getting Hammered with Steve Hamilton and Stevie J West

Tonight: Join Stevie and Steve Friday night and our guest @iResistAll as we discuss the news, drink a little, Mock the Week, and have some fun. It’s Friday Night at Casa de Hammy’s and the bar is OPEN!

Bring your own booze, we’ll do the rest!

“He Said She Said” with Demetrius & Stacy

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   cdnlogoWhen: Wed, Feb 20, 10PM EST/7PM Pacific

Where: Listen live here: He Said She Said

What: Have you ever wondered what Black Conservatives think about the political issues of today? Well wonder no more, “He Said, She Said” with Demetrius and Stacy. brings you an inner peek into the mind of the conservative: bold, full strength, and unfiltered.

Tonight: Special guest: Chelsi P. Henry (@chelsiphenry), elected official, law school student, community activist and conservative Republican.

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“He Said, She Said” with Demetrius & Stacy. *ELECTION SPECIAL*

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  When: Wed, Oct 31, 10PM EST/7PM Pacific

Where: Listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cdnews/2012/11/01/he-said-she-said

What: Have you ever wondered what Black Conservatives think about the political issues of today? Well wonder no more, “He Said, She Said” with Demetrius and Stacy. brings you an inner peek into the mind of the conservative: bold, full strength, and unfiltered.

Tonight: Special guests: Christy Setzer (Twitter: @christyNHC), President of New Heights Communications and Democratic strategist, and Loren Heal (Twitter: @lheal), RNC delegate for Illinois 15th Congressional District and blogger for FreedomWorks.

 

Post Debate on The 405 Radio – 10/16

Catch Post-Presidential Debate commentary on The 405 Radio with CDN’s own Liz Harrison, and Eye Desert, along with John Grant, Mike from LoudMouthElephant.com, Jon Rollings, and Amy Otto. Join us shortly after the debate broadcast is complete, or catch our last half hour after listening to Kira Davis on CDNRadio. Also, new tonight, join in the405radio chat at GoldwaterGal.com. Chat opens at 10pm eastern.

Where: The405Radio.com

When: Shortly after 10:30pm Eastern time (after the debate broadcast is complete)

The 405 Radio Interview with Lee Stranahan


What happens when you let Lee Stranahan talk freely on-air about Occupy, Pigford, Attorney General Holder, and Twitter Wars? John Grant and Liz Harrison found out on The 405 Radio on Saturday, October 6th. If you missed it live, catch the podcast (on iTunes), and hear Lee explain what he’s been working on for the past couple years.

Then catch hour two, where Liz, Mike from LoudmouthElephant.com, and Wayne Dupree (NewsNinja2012) do a final wrap-up on the debate, talk about NAACP backing away from Obama, and BSA denying the Eagle Award to a “open gay scout.”

Klout, Retweets, and Why Neither One Really “Matters”

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At the bottom of this post is a link to listen to a segment from last Saturday’s episode of Married to the Game.  This segment discusses thoughts on Klout and Twitter and old school “RT’s” versus the “new retweet”.
The text in this post is meant as a supplement to flesh out some of the thoughts shared in that segment.  While this post, in its whole, is designed for you to both read the text and listen to the audio, it is possible to take something away from just doing one or the other.  Feel free to read and/or listen at your leisure.

A curious change has been taking place on Twitter over the past six months.  It used to be that in Conservative circles on Twitter, when people wanted to stand out, they would try to make sound and logical arguments, and they would interact with as many people as they could to share them.  It was the very definition of grassroots, and that mentality is one reason that I believe Conservatives were able to so soundly defeat Progressives in the midterm elections.  For lack of a better term, Twitter was organic, and most of the discussions felt natural.  But as with most good things, it seems that that more natural order of Twitter is in danger of coming to an end.

And who do I blame?
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I say FavStar, but that might not be fair.  It’s more like the “FavStar” mentality.  And what is FavStar, you might ask?  It’s a handy website that tells you which of your tweets have been favorited and/or retweeted.  It also has a counter to tell you how many times each tweet has received this treatment.  While FavStar is tremendously popular on Twitter as a whole, it’s very rare that you’ll see someone of the #TCOT persuasion actually invoke the name of this service.  While they don’t say “FavStar”, specifically, they do seem to put a lot of stock into the statistics that FavStar tracks, such as favorites and retweets.

While “FavStar” may not be in the average Conservative’s lexicon, Klout, most likely, is.  Klout is a service that tries to determine how influential of a personality on social media you are.  You sign into it with your various social media accounts, and it spits out a number that tells you how “important” you are.  It sounds like I’m being facetious, but if you listen to an excerpt from my radio show below, you’ll see that having a high Klout score can grant you special privileges like renting luxury cars for “free”.

So, why would Conservatives want you to pay attention to their Klout scores or how many times they’ve been retweeted?  To put it shortly, there are THOUSANDS, if not tens of thousands of Conservatives on Twitter vying to have their voices heard.  A few years ago, it was fairly easy to follow all of the really “good” Conservative tweeps and not be overwhelmed.  But today, you can follow nearly 2000 tweeters and still be missing out on solid voices.  It gets to a point where you simply cannot keep up with it all.  And a lot of influential tweeters know this.  So they tell you that they are the ones you should listen to, and their high Klout scores or the number of times they’ve been retweeted are proof of this.

The problem is that, while they are trying to find a way to distinguish themselves, they’re practically knocking the ladder down before other good tweeters can reach a similar point of prominence that they enjoy.  Now there is a small catch to this:  Prominent people who have been trying to knock the ladder down *do* help some smaller tweeters up the ladder.  The problem is that they are generally only willing to help someone up who basically parrots their views.  They do this for two reasons:
1.  Brown nosing has been the quickest path to the top since the dawn of time.
2.  They create more power for themselves in the process.  The person who parrots them knows where their meal ticket is, so they will continue to parrot the prominent tweeter’s views effectively “forever”.  And the more influence this smaller person gains, the more useful they are as a parrot.  In a lot of ways, this scenario resembles crony capitalism, or just general cronyism.

So, why should you care?  If you use social media sparingly and you have no ambition of ever becoming prominent yourself, then you have very little reason to care.  You still do have reason to care, but not as much as some other people would.  However, if you have a website to promote, or you want to feel like you’re effecting conversation, then it helps to develop some sort of prominence for yourself.  As recently as a year ago, you could do this fairly easily by just talking to people and making good points.  It was as simple as that.  Today, it seems that the only way to amass any amount of prominence is to have an already established person vouch for you.  This can be done in many ways, but when you boil it, it usually comes down to some variant of brown nosing.  This is not to say that you can’t develop prominence on your own, but if Twitter is a marketing tool to you, then it will really only be useful if you can get the bigger fish to help get your links clicked.  (or your thoughts heard)

The text in this post was written as a supplement to the audio in the link below.  While I don’t expect this message to be received with open arms by everyone, this is definitely something that has been discussed (privately) for a while.  Last week’s article, where TechCrunch founder, Michael Arrington, espoused on why he now supports Klout was the real motivating factor for me expressing these views out loud.  As more and more people join social media and become politically involved, the scenario that I’ve outlined above and below will only become more of a problem.  As I said on the show, right now we’re witnessing a snowball that is rolling down a hill and soon to become a boulder.  I’m speaking out now, before that boulder has a chance to knock some really good tweeps out.

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He Said, She Said with Demetrius & Stacy

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When: Wed, Aug 15, 10PM EST/7PM Pacific

Where: He Said, She Said on Blog Talk Radio

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What: Have you ever wondered what Black Conservatives think about the political issues of today? Well wonder no more, “He Said, She Said” with Demetrius and Stacy. brings you an inner peek into themind of the conservative, bold, full strength, and unfiltered.

 Tonight: Special guests: Kemberlee Kaye, blogger for FreedomWorks. Twitter: @red_red_head and Stephen Green, blogger at VodkaPundit.com, editor for PJ Media. Twitter: @VodkaPundit

Ai Politics, Kira Davis And Alex Kauffman Discuss The Trayvon Martin Case

In this virtual round table discussion, ConservativeDailyNews.com’s Kira Davis and Alex Kauffman call into Ai Politics’s weekend show (Married To The Game) and talk about the Trayvon Martin case.

All three commenters agree that the tragic story of Trayvon Martin’s death is high on emotion and short on facts.  There are many things that America’s news media seemed to get wrong when it came to informing our public.  As of the time this conversation was recorded, there had been rallies and riots and even rewards for the capture of George Zimmerman, but there were still very few facts, and many questions had gone unanswered.

Kira, Ai, and Alex talk about the media’s shortcomings, the senselessness of the the tragedy, and the opportunism of people who have been involved in controlling the conversation.  Listen to this compelling trialogue as three of CDN’s contributors discuss one of the most polarizing and tragic issues facing us right now.

Click here for the iPhone and iPad version.

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