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Welcome to the brand-new Lowering the Boom!

If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.

Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.

Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.

— Becca Lower

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Belonging to a Place and Why it’s Important

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A few days ago, I felt like I just had to get away from my apartment for a while. It just so happens that the one year anniversary of my move to The Valley of the Sun falls on this week. And we’re suffering an early foreshadowing of mid-summer, with almost 10 days in a row of 100 degree-plus heat.

So I went out to the restaurant in my neighborhood that’s quickly become my favorite. It’s called Hula’s Modern Tiki. And it’s a place that’s hard to describe, like a lot of Phoenix restaurants. Rarely does a place stick to just one thing, especially if they want to, well, stick around.

Hula’s has a melange of Mexican and seafood dishes, mainly tiny tacos and sandwiches, but everything has pineapple or something that makes you think of Polynesia. Even the brownie and ice cream dessert (which I tried for the first time on that night) came with an umbrella like you’d expect to find in a coconut drink on a tropical beach.

Anyway, when the waitress came to take my order, somehow she’d remembered me from the crowd of people who eat there every week. She specifically knew that unlike that night, I normally ate lunch (or as I reminded her, and she agreed, weekend brunch). It’s probably something every waitress knows how to do, but it touched me. For someone to remember when I visit, it meant something. It, in a very small -and yeah, maybe superficial- way, meant that I belong. That it was like a home away from home. And that’s not something I take lightly.

When someone takes the time to notice, and takes the time to care about what’s happening around them and with those around them, it really does make a difference. Even if it seems like a small gesture to you, it can mean the world for one other person.

When SNL’s Most Accurate Facsimile of David Letterman was Played by Norm MacDonald

My dad passed away in March, and his favorite talk show host was David Letterman. Now that Letterman’s time on late night tv is drawing to a close (he has just 3 more episodes next week), it seems only right to memorialize his work in some way.

An old repeat of Saturday Night Live aired tonight before the show’s season finale. In that show was a sketch with an impression I somehow missed seeing before: comic genius Norm MacDonald as the 90s era Letterman. This was the Letterman who still had a reddish-brown mop of hair, who stayed out of politics and showed a certain level of energy which has been missing from the show for several years now.

So, in honor of the goofy, and sometimes controversial Letterman (remember when a CBS producer tried to blackmail him over an affair with an intern?), here’s that sketch:

Decider blog’s take on MacDonald’s stint as the SNL resident impersonator of Letterman is worth a read. (Two other cast members also played the host.) Also, a hat tip to them for the clip.

EDIT: Norm MacDonald did 8 minutes of stand up on his final appearance on Letterman’s show Friday. But around 2 minutes before the end, there’s an uncharacteristically torn-up Norm talking about how Dave affected his life as a comedian.

Why It’s Important to Be Prepared for RightOnline

Right Online is the first week of May this year, and it’s again back in Washington, D.C. You’ve probably heard about some of the panels and their panelists.

It’s not a conference I’ve had a chance to attend, but a friend of mine would like to attend it this time. Jason Dibler co-hosts Susie Moore’s “Q with a View” on FTR Radio, and is looking to develop a radio project known as The Roaring Void about just folks and their stories.

The brand-new GoFundMe page for both the RoL trip and the potential show reads like this:

TRV is all about real life and real American culture. That’s a lot of stuff. And it’s (mostly) not politics.

Jason could use your help to make sure he’s prepared to take full advantage of everything Right Online has to offer. Check his pitch out, and pitch in whatever you can! Prayers count as help, too.

Don’t leave Jason hanging, like the guy in the video.

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