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June 21, 2012

Ray Lytle and greg Bishop own the 2012 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award for Best Feature Program for The Council Roundup

During Wednesday's Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Awards in Normal, myself and several teammates with Mid-West Family Broadcasting, received high honors by bringing home Silver Domes.

Veteran Springfield broadcaster Ray Lytle and myself received the Best Feature Program Silver Dome Award in Medium Market Radio for the weekly "Council Roundup" show.

The Council Roundup, which was born out of my extensive coverage of the Springfield City Council, brings listeners of 970 WMAY's Ray Lytle Show an entertaining and enlightening program, engaging listeners with the inner workings of city government.

The Aldermen, Mayor and other Springfield officials' own words are mixed with commentary from Ray and myself, which is not only informative, it's also a lot of fun.

It's a public affairs program like none other in the county--reality radio at it's best!

Read more about the Council Roundup here: wmay.com/features/the-council-roundup

Check out podcasts of recent Council Roundups here: wmay.com/podcasts/the-council-roundup

As for another honor, for the 4th year in a row, I have been a finalist for Best Use of New Media for work I've done with Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Springfield, Illinois.

The first two years, I received the first place Silver Dome. Year three I got second and this year I got third. From my understanding, I am the only person in the history of the category to be a finalist four times in a row.

You can read more and grab a picture from the awards ceremony Wednesday in Normal with the Illinois Broadcasters Association: wmay.com/wmay-news/28703

Saturday Session with Bishop

June 16, 2012

Coming up on Saturday Session: Loren Spivack's Dr. Seuss Parody The New Democrat, Gov. Jesse Ventura's book DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government and Randy Stufflebeam from the Constitution Party.

Politics

"The New Democrat" by Dr. Truth
The New Democrat By Dr. Truth

First, we'll review last week's Illinois Republican Convention where the party determined their platform, committeemen and committee woman, and also selected delegates to go the national convention in Tampa. The process was pretty exclusive and frustrating to those who may be new to the party looking to change things for the cause of Liberty.  Read Bishop's thoughts ("The illusions of involvement") about the convention here. Tune in for details about the convention and plus a bit of talk about Bishop's political involvement while being an on-air personality.

Meet Dr. Truth

During the GOP Convention in Tinley Park, there was a guy going around with a very intriguing book titled The New Democrat by Dr. Truth. That doctor just so happened to be Loren Spivack, an Austrian economist, author and lecturer. Loren joins the show to talk about his book, how he came up with the Dr. Seuss parody and the concepts the book works to promote. Don't miss Loren Spivack at 3:30 CST on Saturday Session.

Jesse Ventura's latest book
Jesse Ventura's latest book

The gangs in DC

Then at 4p CST, Bishop welcomes back to the show Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota Governor, actor, Navy Seal and political thinker. His new book DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government is out now. We'll discuss the new book, the two-party system and how the Crips and Bloods have hijacked the political process. We'll also discuss his TV show "Conspiracy Theory" and what to expect in the upcoming season.

The Constitution Party

With disenfranchised voters fed up with the two-party system, people are looking for other parties to support. One party is the Constitution Party and representing those ideals and principles is the vice-chairman of the national Constitution Party, Randy Stufflebeam. Randy is not a stranger to Saturday Session as he joined a slew of other third-party members to rally for non-intervention back in 2009. We'll welcome Randy back to the show to talk about the Constitution Party and what they have to offer to the disenfranchised.

News on the March

After the jam-packed lineup of interviews, it's time to open it up for News on the March! Just some of the stories we'll cover include the fact that the US has been conducting secret military operations in Yemen and the White House now confirms that. Is this a new policy of openness to get the American people to comply with the foreign intervention? Will there be outrage? Will anyone care? Also, we'll look at a story out of Scotland, where a 9-year-old blogger has had a gag order lifted. She was blogging about her school lunches.

That's all ahead with Saturday Session, only on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield.

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Saturday Session airs every Saturday from 3 to 7 PM CST on 970 WMAY, the News and Talk of Springfield. You can contact Bishop many different ways. Check out Bishop's Google Profile for more links and information. Get the latest podcasts and "Like" Bishop ON Air on Facebook. During the show, call 217.629.7970 and email anytime Bishop@WMAY.com.

The illusion of involvement

Greg Bishop's thoughts after attending the 2012 Illinois Republican Convention

Friday

The sun wasn't even over the horizon when we met to leave town. It was a normal morning for me. For my two travel and lodging partners, it was a little early.

We had a seemingly routine three-hour trek to the Tinley Park Conference Center just outside Chicago. During the drive, we talked about the different committees we should attend and try to provide input.

I even had some platforms that I felt would be good to submit to the Illinois Republican Party all ready to go--platforms supporting reformation of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act or maybe supporting "Right To Work" legislation.

I thought these would be good issues to get some attention and spark some debate.

There was also the committee of at-large delegates and alternate delegates where a group of 19 appointed republican leaders would nominate a list to fill the twelve available spots for the national convention.

Another committee of interest was the committeeman and committeewoman nomination.

Our drive north wasn't just on the road with our overnight bags in the truck bed with suit, slacks and shirts hanging in the extended cab. Our drive was also the substance and desire to get involved for the sake of liberty.

I was approved as a delegate by my GOP county chairman, as were the eight other people I personally encouraged to get set up and registered to take part in the state convention.

Being a delegate means you have a certain privilege--you can vote on things and provide input--or so we thought.

For full disclosure, I'm a Ron Paul guy, as were the around two-hundred others we were soon to meet with at the convention center. Sure our candidate didn't win anything over ten percent in the state's primary. With Illinois 64 delegates being sent to the national convention in Tampa this summer, us Illinois Ron Paul supporters were going to claim the fruits of our months of labor.

We had the goal of not only influencing the republican platform with a list of possible motions important to Illinoisans liberty like banning red light cameras, reforming the eavesdropping act, adopting the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights, etc., we also wanted to submit six names to be considered national delegates.

These were just motions for the floor we wanted all the state GOP delegates, over one thousand from around Illinois (another record turnout), to vote on while taking part in the Saturday assembly.

The big tent was not very inclusive

Friday's committees were locked up.

"We got iced out," one organizer said.

Ron Paul supporters Friday, after committee meetings
Ron Paul supporters Friday after committee meetings

Others were visibly upset about what they witnessed during the "open" committee meetings and the lack of input from the delegates who showed up Friday.

Two different attempts to put a resolution on the floor in two different committees I witnessed were blocked with a simple explanation of "we don't take motions from the floor."

Then what were we doing there?

Again, we were just trying to give people the chance to vote on something during the convention, instead of just being provided a pre-determined platform and list of establishment candidates to be rubber-stamped.

After that failed attempt to get motions heard in committee, the next course of action was to draft a new resolution and get the heads of 50 different delegations to sign a petition allowing it to be brought to the convention floor for consideration by all the state delegates.

This was a task that proved very difficult for the fifteen hours before the deadline--especially when it seems very few county chairman are willing to break from the traditional non-controversial convention production.

Schocker

Schock in the lobby
Congressman Aaron Schock in the lobby. Picture provided by Mike Timoney

After the committee meetings, I walked through the hotel lobby at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn.

There I saw two people talking with Congressman Aaron Schock about his aye vote for the National Defense Authorization Act. One, a young navy veteran and delegate to the state convention, was expressing his displeasure at Schock's willingness to end Posse Comatatus and Habeas Corpus, two provisions in the NDAA legislation.

Another younger gentlemen said that he wanted an honest reason why the congressman would vote for such things.

"It's a good bill" and "the courts will decide if it's unconstitutional," the young congressman said.

I overheard this exchange thinking "so, lawmakers can take legislate our rights away and then we'd have to wait 3 or 4 years for the courts to decide that we get them back?"

This was obviously not what the two gentlemen wanted to hear. They politely let the congressman know they were not happy with his response and walked away without incident.

I wondered how often Congressman Schock actually gets to hear, face-to-face, that kind of dissatisfaction for his NDAA vote.

Witnessing that exchange was on top of a day where party pageantry seemed to take precedent over having substantive debates about the party's platform or other issues important to Illinois.

I started having flashbacks of the 2008 state convention.

Video provided by RaLynSue on UStream

Needed reward

It was time to get together with other Ron Paul supporters at the hospitality suites. There were several, but the Ron Paul suite was the place to be.

With some snacks and a bunch of liberty-minded folks ready to network and have a good time, the karaoke started. Hours later, the party was still going strong with songs, dance and plenty of people and conversations.

"This was the most fun I've had at a Republican Convention," one downstate county chairman said.

She was there throughout the night having just as much fun as all the Ron Paul people.

State Senator Bill Brady even came into the Ron Paul hospitality suite for a song sang by a Ron Paul supporter. That Ron Paul supporter's performance was with almost as much passion as he had for his principles and the cause of liberty.

The party lasted well past one in the morning; what a much needed all-inclusive celebration us Ron Paul supporters held! We opened the doors to everyone and joined in song and dance with our fellow republicans. It was a huge success.

Saturday

After a short sleep, a quick shower, checkout and some fruit and coffee it was then time to get more signatures for our motion--a motion we as a group of Ron Paul supporters thought was fair.

After all, most of us paid our dues to be there and were appointed delegates from our respected counties. We should be allowed some input. At least just some input.

We were able to get a bunch of signatures before the deadline, but it was not the required amount. We had been blocked by strong opposition and a resistance to any kind of break from tradition. The old guard would not even allow the ball on the field.

The convention was on: political ads targeting Barack Obama, representatives speaking, a highlight of state representative Mike Bost's recent rant at the Illinois General Assembly, and committee reports.

When it was time for the platform committee, the chair tells the delegates they can see the recommended platform printout by their seats.

"Ayes?"

They're loud.

"Nays?"

They're loud.

"The Ayes have it," he says.

It was the same story for the at-large delegates "recommendation." But this time the nay's where a very loud "No!"

"The Ayes have it," the committee chair tells the the state delegates.

You can watch that moment right here.

These delegates were there to "vote."

"Corruption," one woman yells from back of the assembly.

"Roll call," several people scream.

"Ron Paul," another person screams.

"Let's be respectful," State chair Pat Brady says.

I thought to myself "Let's be respectful? Like not even considering to have a real vote on this issue--or even the other issues like the platform or committeemen and committeewomen?" Illusions.

"We want to thank all the Ron Paul people," Brady says. "And the Tea Party, and Santorum folks."

Watch some of the convention assembly here

I walked out from my delegation as did other members of our county delegation--25 percent of which were Ron Paul supporters.

It's not about the person

When you're shutout of the process after working for months and in my case years, collectively collecting tens-of-thousands of signatures, then working the convention floor and helping organize to bring a couple-hundred others into the "party," you'd think there would be the recognition of allowing our caucus' motion on the floor.

There were several hundred volunteers with the Ron Paul camp who busted their humps, volunteering to hit the streets, make calls and get out the vote for the republican party. But, unfortunately, there was only passive consideration from the convention floor and delegation chairmen.

This wasn't about the candidate anymore. This was about the process. The establishment tried very hard to appear to be all inclusive--but they failed. That must change.

Politics is a full contact sport and the convention was merely playing pat-a-cake. But to stay civil, the establishment got their controversy-free convention. Now the establishment should be on alert: We're knocking at your door! Let us in! In two and in four years--the rEVOLution will still be here and louder, even more organized than ever.

In other news ...

The Illinois Republican Party had their coronation Saturday where they selected twelve delegates and twelve alternates--none are from the Ron Paul camp ...

 

Greg Bishop is an anchor/reporter for 970 WMAY. He also hosts Saturday Session with Bishop and helps organize liberty movements in central Illinois

Saturday Session with Bishop

June 2, 2012

Tonight on Saturday Session: The role of the state, suing the state, the 2nd Amendment, Syria and Club Bliderberg.  If you missed last week's show, or any other recent Saturday Session interviews, be sure to check out the Saturday Session podcast page.  Listen to the show live online at www.WMAY.com/listen, on your smart phone (with flash) at www.WMAY.com/listen, or through the TuneIn Radio Ap

Why seek the state's recognition?

The issue of marriage and whether a the state should recognize same-sex unions has been a dominating theme for partisan bickering and accusations of bigotry and intolerance. So much has this gone into the national dialog that courts are determining defense of traditional marriage does not adhere to equal rights.

Let's explore the beginnings of government sanctioned marriage. Why do so many people seek the state's approval to join in a union with a partner of their choice? Meanwhile here in Illinois, one of the many states to sanction civil unions of same-sex (and opposite-sex) relationships, groups are suing the Cook County Clerk for equal marriage rights.

Suing

Speaking of lawsuits, chemical company Syngenta is trying to settle a suit where 2,000 water systems were seeking compensation for having to pay for filtering an herbicide from drinking water. This is an important issue for us to focus on the issue of fluoridation of our water.

Maybe we should form a fund to purchase fluoride filters for our drinking water here in Illinois (or elsewhere) and then sue municipalities for the cost of the filters. That would surely get people to rethink their complacency when it comes to fluoride in their drinking water.

The right to keep and bear arms [shall not be manipulated by Fast and Furious]

Tonight on Saturday Session we'll also focus on the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, and the threats against it. Mexican Ambassador to the US says

"There is an 'urban myth' out there that somehow the Mexican government is seeking to lobby against and destroy the rights enshrined in the Second Amendment" 

Well, we agree here at Saturday Session.

It's not the Mexican Government is seeking to destroy the rights--the evidence points to the US Justice Department and Eric Holder.  As for Illinoisans Second Amendment rights ... we can't bare squat!

Representative Mike Bost goes off on the Illinois House Floor this week

Rage Against the General Assembly

The Illinois General Assembly ended their spring legislative session this week without passing any kind of reform of Illinois carry laws. They also failed to pass any kind of reform to Illinois' horrid eavesdropping act. Oh they also failed to pass any kind of pension reform.

But lawmakers did pass gambling expansion, an increase to the tobacco tax, and a strip club tax. Maybe that's why some in the general assembly are beginning to rage out.

Intervention or non-intervention--that is the question

The Syrian situation is boiling over. With reported massacres taking place, the call for foreign intervention is growing louder. Let's debate the morality of foreign governments being involved directly or through proxy of funding rebellions to overthrow governments.

Practicing the 1st Amendment at Bilderberg 2012
Practicing the 1st Amendment at Bilderberg 2012. Picture taken from Infowars.com

Club Bilderberg

Throughout the show we'll cover the latest Bilderberg 2012 news, checking live streams from around the internet from the great group of independent journalists and activists outside the secretive meeting. The mainstream media is still largely ignoring the meeting. Following the glitter and glam of a picture being hung in the White House instead of being at an isolated resort hotel in Virginia shows the ignorant complicity in the elite media's Bilderberg blackout. Some great Bilderberg resources include Infowars.com, WeAreChange.org, Adam Vs. The Man, and PressForTruth.tv ... let alone the countless other independent journalists and activists.

Contact

Saturday Session airs every Saturday from 3 to 7 PM CST on 970 WMAY, the News and Talk of Springfield. You can contact Bishop many different ways. Check out Bishop's Google Profile for more links and information. Get the latest podcasts and "Like" Bishop ON Air on Facebook. During the show, call 217.629.7970 and email anytime Bishop@WMAY.com.

 

Saturday Session with Bishop

May 26, 2012

Coming up on Saturday Session we'll explore Club Bilderberg, Illinois' busy legislative session, and more.  Did you miss last week's show?  If so, be sure to check out the Saturday Session Podcast Page to hear FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds talk about corruption at all levels of government.  

IL GA busy week

The folks over at the Illinois General Assembly sure are busy.  They're working on ways to take more money to slush around for pensions, and on how they can raise taxes on smokers while screwing over senior citizens and the poor even more.  Let's not forget about some very important legislation concerning a reform for this state's eavesdropping laws, some kind of firearms carry law and even a piece of legislation that would allow cities to determine their own fluoride fate without being mandated by the state, as it is now.  We'll talk about all of these and formulate a call to action to our lawmakers to act in accordance to the principles of Liberty!

NATO in Police State Chicago

Geraldo interviews U.S. soldiers about how they grow Opium/Heroin Poppy in Afghanistan.

Let's also recap this week's NATO summit.  They want to open their "supply" lines through Pakistan.  Just what are they supplying?  Is this campaign in the Middle East really for democracy and freedom, or is there something bigger and more sinister involved--like, uh, I don't know, opium production?  In many Afghan provinces Opium production is up.  Some say it's because of NATO.  Then there's the amazing clip of FOX's Geraldo talking with troops protecting opium production. Is there nothing to see here?  Should we just move along?

The most powerful secret organization in the world?

Say NO to Bliderberg

Club Bilderberg is scheduled to meet at the end of the month.  That's about the regular time for the secretive meeting where the western world's most powerful players in government, finance and media get together.  

For decades Bilderberg has been considered a conspiracy theory but now the mainstream must recognize the club's existence.  For the suspected meeting upcoming in Chantilly, VA, there are several organizations going to not only protest the even, but also report on the event.  Infowars host Alex Jones will be there as will Canada based Press For Truth.  Also on his way to cover the meeting, We Are Change's Luke Rudkowski.  We hope to connect with Rudkowski tonight on Saturday Session.

Macro economics

What are some of the things Bilderbergers have been involved in during their more than half-a-century existence?  Is the EU, one of their grand experiments, starting to collapse?  We'll also hope to be joined by economics researcher Michael Schussele to talk about the latest EU developments.  Greece appears to be on their way out.  Who's next? Spain? Does that signal the beginning of the end for the EU and the Euro?

That's all ahead for today's Saturday Session.  Don't miss a minute of this explosive information.  Catch the show live on 970 WMAY, The News and Talk of Springfield, from 3 to 7p CST.  

Contact

Saturday Session airs every Saturday from 3 to 7 PM CST on 970 WMAY, the News and Talk of Springfield. You can contact Bishop many different ways. Check out Bishop's Google Profile for more links and information. Get the latest podcasts and "Like" Bishop ON Air on Facebook. During the show, call 217.629.7970 and email anytime Bishop@WMAY.com.