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Dr. Will Horton Interview

Talked about Barack Obama last night with Psychologist and Master Hypnotist William Horton in a half hour long podcast available here.

About Dr. Horton:

Dr. William D. Horton, D. Psy.D, CADC, CI, MH, Considered by many to be the world’s Leading NLP Trainer, is also a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Master Hypnotist. He was one of the few non-law enforcement people to be asked to attend the FBI Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Course at the FBI academy. He is the author of the books, “Mind Control, How To Get Other To Do What You Want”, “Primary Objective- Neuro-Linguistic Psychology and Guerrilla Warfar”e and Co-author of The “New Psychology of Sale”s. His 2 new books will fall, “Subconscious Communication, the Key to Success”, and Fat Loss Forever, a 12 Step Approach to Weight Loss”. His courses and workbooks have won acclaim for their easy-to-understand format. His articles are considered a must-read in the field of hypnosis and psychology. His passion for this technology comes from personal experience. He has a Black Belt in Karate and has won tournaments and been published in Martial Arts Journals. Learn from the leader in the field.

Dr. Horton’s articles are featured regularly in The Journal of Hypnotism, the country’s largest hypnosis publication. He presently travels throughout the world training people in the skills of NeuroLinguistic Programming, Hypnosis, Performance Enhancement, and the Art of Business Communications. He is the founder of the National Federation of NeuroLinguistic Psychology-NLP for the 21st Century and creator of several best selling home study courses in NLP and Hypnosis You will often find him on your favorite radio or television station sharing his extensive knowledge with his audience. His next book, Mind Control in the 21st Century, will be out this fall.

I also wanted to mention this; I will be doing a live, 4 hour long webcast the night of the election starting at 10pm CT. I would love to have some people on the air with me throughout the night. Right now I’m emailing around and looking for guests and whatnot, but if any of my readers (I’m talking to you plebe) have an inkling, I’d love to have you on. I’ve never had so much time to fill and it will get a little dull if it’s just me reading the SOS’s website all night.

Send me an email or go through the contact page or leave a comment. I especially would like some volunteers for the after midnight show. You don’t need to be on long, ten minutes will help break things up for me. Want to do an hour? Why not. The number is 646.652.4947.


Podcast Tonight and Dinesh D’Souza in Minneapolis

I have a live podcast tonight at 10pm with my usual 1/2 hour guarantee.

Also, tomorrow there is a D’Souza event in the Twin Cities:

Hi guys,

I wanted to let you know that the CFACT chapter at
the University of Minnesota is hosting Dinesh D’Souza this Wednesday
October 29th at 7PM. The event will be held in the Mississippi Room,
on the 3rd floor of Coffman Union. I wanted to invite you and your
readers to attend this free event. Dinesh will also be doing a book
signing at the end of his presentation – “Christianity, Islam, and the
War on Terror.


Bill Gilles
National Director

Update: Had a good time tonight, got a caller even. 45 minutes total, or thereabouts. Permalink here.

Compared to Congress

All of the candidates for higher office are well liked:

Palin has had a bad month thanks to what I consider bad handling by the McCain campaign, but in the end, these sorts of numbers are very surprising given the political atmosphere the last few years.

Unfortunately, this also probably means Obama will win easily unless he does something, well, unlikable.

Personal Update

-I have a ten-page paper due the day after the Elections, which has made doing anything on the blog (or anything else substantive) difficult. The work is paying off so far, I’ve yet to lose a point grade-wise (a new feeling for me). Light-posting is going to be the norm here for the next year or so, as I warned everyone earlier. Still, I’ll be doing some podcasts this week and I’m still bookmarking interesting links and articles. That’s something…right?

-After the election, and after I get my paper turned in, I’ll finally get to updating the Burger Tour. It’s just some minor changes, an addition of an essay and a deletion of out-of-date information. My goal is to have everything finalized before Thanksgiving. You can email me any news, info or tips related to the Burger Tour through my contact page (I’m especially interested in new restaurants and in restaurant closings). If you want a copy of the “RNC-2008” edition, you better order it before too long.

-Basically, I’ve been on the sidelines this year when it’s come to the election, but I am a McCain “Precinct Leader” and I have put away some volunteer time this weekend before the election. As I’ve always tried to tell myself, it ain’t over until you stop fighting; Volunteer opportunities can be found at the McCain website.

-I read the other “Virgil Flowers” adventure, the first one, “The Dark of the Moon“, by John Sandford, over the weekend. It wasn’t as good as “Heat Lightning” but I still liked it. The novel takes place in Bluestem and involves typical Sandford murder-thriller-kinda-ridiculous-plot. Very enjoyable.

McCain on Intrade

Price for 2008 Presidential Election Winner (Individual) at intrade.com

I still think the contract is a buy, but it’s probably mostly dependent on the stock market.

New–Free–Beckett Price Guide for World Series Collectibles


Looked pretty good, ticket stubs and programs mostly.

Conservative Canon, Getting Started

The Conservative Canon is an ongoing project, which I admit. It will take a few years. I have lists of books I need to get to (at least to have some familiarity with them before I finalize the tour) on top of the fact I’m hoping to incorporate a ten-year reading program from the Canon to give people a general guide for tackling the huge amount of material which will be found in the Canon.

But, since it will all take some time, and the blogesphere is nothing if not impatient, here is a one year introduction to conservatism:

The Conservative Mind, Russell Kirk
The Road to Serfdom, Fred Hayek
The Law, Fred Bastiat
When Character was King, Peggy Noonan
Ronald Reagan, Dinesh D’Souza
Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg
Conscience of a Conservative, Barry Goldwater
-The Unmaking of a Mayor, God and Man at Yale, Up from Liberalism, Bill Buckley
Basic Economics, The Quest for Cosmic Justice, Knowledge and Decisions, The Vision of the Anointed, Thomas Sowell
Parliament of Whores, Eat the Rich, Republican Party Reptile, All the Trouble in the World, P.J. O’Rourke
-The Constitution of the United States, The Declaration of Independence
-The Gospel of Matthew, Acts of the Apostles
-Book of Proverbs

Re: Michele Bachmann on Chris Matthews

What I find so interesting about the “patriotism/Flagpin/Anti-American” discussion is people are afraid to give definitions.

Understanding GOTV

GOTV (Get Out The Vote) is simply a collection of techniques used by political campaigns (and non-profits) to get voters to actually vote. The phone calls, lit pieces in the mail (or stuck in your door), the TV advertising and even townhall meetings are all forms of GOTV.

How effective are the various techniques?

There is a lot of information on this Yale site and a good book on the subject.


This study examines the get-out-the-vote (GOTV) and persuasion effects of partisan direct mail and phone calls on voter behavior. The conclusions are based on experimental field research from a 2002 state gubernatorial primary election. The study finds that neither partisan direct mail nor partisan phone calls, used independently or together, garner significant GOTV or persuasion effects. It also questions the common usage of self reported survey data as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of these types of communications. The findings in this study extend previous research on campaign communications by examining partisan communications and by looking at both the GOTV and persuasion effects of those communications. The results call for further examination of how to most effectively and efficiently communicate with and persuade potential voters.

(Emphasis mine)

I’ve done phonebanking before, and I’ve seen some evidence it works (the GOP has numbers which show phone calls, properly targeted, can help with certain groups of voters) but on the whole, if there’s no “ground game” there’s little chance of changing the outcome of an election. Which is why I generally ignore requests to do phonebanks. Sure, I’ll do them, but only if there’s a strong grassroots campaign to go with it. (And considering my BPOU has shifted over entirely to phonebanking this year, well…)

One can get lost in the dizzying amount of information out there in regards to political technology and GOTV efforts, but it should be remembered the best way to get a vote is for the candidate to meet with the prospective voter face to face.

(The Yale research site summarizes all their findings here, and it includes a lot of discussion on phonebanks)

Wednesday Hero

Sgt. Carlton A. ClarkSgt. Carlton A. Clark
22 years old from South Royalton, Vermont
2nd Brigade Troop Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
August 06, 2006
U.S. Army

Sgt. Carlton Clark graduated from South Royalton High School in 2002. While in high school, he was co-captain of his soccer team and a member of the track and field and basketball teams. He graduated from basic combat training and advanced individual training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. in 2002 and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. as a combat engineer. He was air assault qualified and deployed during the initial wave of Operation Iraqi Freedom for one year. He was subsequently assigned to West Point to train cadets. He re-enlisted and was deployed for a second tour of duty in Iraq. He earned a Purple Heart, an Army Commendation Medal with Valor, a Bronze Star Medal and was posthumously awarded a second Purple Heart.

Sgt. Clark was killed in action when an IED detonated near his Humvee while conducting combat operations in Baghdad. Also killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Seale and Cpl. Jose Zamora.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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