Dave Carter was lucky enough to spend the morning talking with Ricochet’s Melissa Praemonitus, (also known as @6foot2inhighheels).

Melissa described her first Ricochet Meet Up, which was in Las Vegas and included such luminaries as Doc Jay, DC McAllister, Troy Senik, Fred Cole, Whiskey Sam, and much more. She describes in detail how that experience prompted her to become more active in conservative causes and cemented her belief in the power of individual action.

Melissa’s the owner of Praemonitus Communications, and her clients include Dave Sussman and Michael Ramirez, among others. Most important, however, are the stories that she tells not only about her start in political activism, but about the causes in which she is currently engaged. It’s a thoroughly compelling conversation, and one we’re sure you will enjoy.

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There are 26 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    This is obviously an episode I need to save in my permanent archive.

    • #1
    • February 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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  2. Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    This is obviously an episode I need to save in my permanent archive.

    You do a stellar job with RicochetMeetup.com, Randy! I actually need to put something together a meetup for CPAC 2018, which is Feb. 21-24. I wonder who from Ricochet is going this year?

    • #2
    • February 10, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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  3. Thatcher

    Wow, what a great interview! Melissa is an extremely inspirational spokeswoman for activism and how one person can make a difference, something I’ve believed my whole life. Thank you Dave.

    • #3
    • February 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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  4. Thatcher

    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    I actually need to put something together a meetup for CPAC 2018, which is Feb. 21-24. I wonder who from Ricochet is going this year?

    You would probably want to check with @gldiii and @jamesofengland to see if they are up for it again.

    • #4
    • February 10, 2018 at 1:22 pm
    • 2 likes
  5. Member

    Good show, y’all.

    • #5
    • February 10, 2018 at 2:49 pm
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  6. Contributor

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):
    Wow, what a great interview! Melissa is an extremely inspirational spokeswoman for activism and how one person can make a difference, something I’ve believed my whole life. Thank you Dave.

    Thank you!! And yes, Melissa is extremely inspiring — just the kind of person who looks at a challenge which other’s say can’t be accomplished, and says, “Wanna bet?” I’m glad she’s on our side.

    • #6
    • February 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm
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  7. Thatcher

    Dave, you mentioned in the podcast that you want to host a Memphis Meetup one day. Are you thinking just a regular evening meetup, an all-day meetup, or a full weekend? Any idea approximately when?

    • #7
    • February 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm
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  8. Member

    Bravo on an excellent and inspiring conversation!

    • #8
    • February 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm
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  9. Contributor

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    Dave, you mentioned in the podcast that you want to host a Memphis Meetup one day. Are you thinking just a regular evening meetup, an all-day meetup, or a full weekend? Any idea approximately when?

    We’d prefer a weekend,…dates are to be determined. It’s a bit of a busy household here…

    • #9
    • February 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm
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  10. Member

    ;-).

    Nice interview. Happy times!

    Melissa is the real deal of promo queens and she works darn hard for her clients.

    • #10
    • February 10, 2018 at 7:03 pm
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  11. Contributor

    Great interview as always Dave. Obviously I’m biased as Melissa is also my good friend but her stories about Vegas read better than a trifecta of Danny Ocean films.

    • #11
    • February 10, 2018 at 8:44 pm
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  12. Member

    @davecarter, @goldwaterwoman, @randyweivoda@arahant, @richardeaston@docjay, @davesussman – you are too kind; I’ve been lucky enough to know and learn from people like you here at Ricochet, so it’s easy to be enthusiastic about the future.

    • #12
    • February 10, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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  13. Member

    Fantastic, inspiring podcast.

    • #13
    • February 10, 2018 at 11:56 pm
    • 1 like
  14. Member

    @docjay is beautiful!? Melissa, the next time we meet, please take a long, hard drink of me … or I’ll tell everyone you’re a grandma.

    • #14
    • February 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm
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    JimGoneWild (View Comment):
    @docjay is beautiful!? Melissa, the next time we meet, please take a long, hard drink of me … or I’ll tell everyone you’re a grandma.

    Kids these days…..

    • #15
    • February 11, 2018 at 2:09 pm
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  16. Thatcher

    JimGoneWild (View Comment):
    @docjay is beautiful!? Melissa, the next time we meet, please take a long, hard drink of me … or I’ll tell everyone you’re a grandma.

    DocJay is Ricochet’s sex symbol and there’s just nothing the rest of us can do about it.

    • #16
    • February 11, 2018 at 3:10 pm
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  17. Member

    Yes, this conversation was very interesting and inspirational. Thank you, Dave and Melissa!

    I was very surprised to hear that Ricochet began as a sort of party-line phone conversation. I would love to hear more about that. Is there anyone who was there at the time who would like to write a post about the beginnings of Ricochet?

    • #17
    • February 12, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    JimGoneWild (View Comment):
    @docjay is beautiful!? Melissa, the next time we meet, please take a long, hard drink of me … or I’ll tell everyone you’re a grandma.

    DocJay is Ricochet’s sex symbol and there’s just nothing the rest of us can do about it.

    Ummmm, I decline.

    • #18
    • February 12, 2018 at 3:43 pm
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    La Tapada (View Comment):
    Yes, this conversation was very interesting and inspirational. Thank you, Dave and Melissa!

    I was very surprised to hear that Ricochet began as a sort of party-line phone conversation. I would love to hear more about that. Is there anyone who was there at the time who would like to write a post about the beginnings of Ricochet?

    It was a series of conference calls that I believe led to our modern day Ricochet. I recall the Mark Steyn, Rob Long and Jonah Goldberg, among others, would have a conversation on the phone (landline days) whilst the teeming masses starving for wisdom listened in. Halfway through, listeners had the opportunity to make a statement or ask a question, and then might be invited to join the conversation. I suspect that most of us were struck dumb at the prospect. At least I was.

    • #19
    • February 12, 2018 at 4:58 pm
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    DocJay (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    JimGoneWild (View Comment):
    @docjay is beautiful!? Melissa, the next time we meet, please take a long, hard drink of me … or I’ll tell everyone you’re a grandma.

    DocJay is Ricochet’s sex symbol and there’s just nothing the rest of us can do about it.

    Ummmm, I decline.

    To be fair, you didn’t have an avatar back in those days, and to me your writing appeared to be emanating from the twisted mind of a short, rude curmudgeon. The cognitive dissonance left me reeling. The whole point of meetups; finding the humanity and beauty in people we think we know.

    • #20
    • February 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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  21. Member

    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):
    …from the twisted mind of a short, rude curmudgeon.

    So, you’re saying Doc writes like I look?

    • #21
    • February 12, 2018 at 5:56 pm
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  22. Member

    I’m just saying Mr. Carter; pick a weekend and I can guarantee you 2-4 Wisconsinites making the trek down to Memphis.

    • #22
    • February 12, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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  23. Member

    As a Californian, I’m curious about the Connect the Dots thing Melissa mentioned… it’s got some well-known people associated with it, though it looks like it’s still taking form. Time will tell, I guess!

    • #23
    • February 12, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    Ian M. (View Comment):
    As a Californian, I’m curious about the Connect the Dots thing Melissa mentioned… it’s got some well-known people associated with it, though it looks like it’s still taking form. Time will tell, I guess!

    The lady who is funding it is passionate about freedom and won’t give up on California. There’s been a lot of interest from activists, and the people involved are working very hard to make it one of the most interesting and useful events in recent history.

    I’m tired of people who say that California is “lost”, and not worth the time or effort. Even if the government in California becomes permanently leftist, the Republican forces of the state should be getting out the vote to deprive creatures like Hillary from declaring victory based on popular vote. There were millions of Republican voters who skipped the last election because they thought they’d “lose” anyway.

    I’m not part of planning the actual breakout sessions and speeches, but I’ve heard that Sabo, the guerrilla street artist will be teaching an informal class, and that the speakers involved will be focused on giving attendees the tools to start shifting the tide. Our @davesussman has been invited to moderate panel discussions too. I’m looking forward to attending.

    Here is the link for tickets

    • #24
    • February 13, 2018 at 7:52 am
    • 1 like
  25. Member

    It sounds like an interesting event, with some pretty lofty goals (especially given the 2018 timeframe). I’m not really in the target audience for it – not being an activist, insider, etc. – but I can’t help but wonder what could move the needle here. Having always lived in Pelosi’s district, I would like to think that I live among unusually partisan people (with many schooled from birth to be such), but my impression of politics in the state’s other urban areas is that it’s typically not that much different.

    In any case, I hope you have a good time and find it to be useful!

    • #25
    • February 13, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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  26. Member

    Melissa Praemonitus (View Comment):

    Ian M. (View Comment):
    As a Californian, I’m curious about the Connect the Dots thing Melissa mentioned… it’s got some well-known people associated with it, though it looks like it’s still taking form. Time will tell, I guess!

    The lady who is funding it is passionate about freedom and won’t give up on California. There’s been a lot of interest from activists, and the people involved are working very hard to make it one of the most interesting and useful events in recent history.

    I’m tired of people who say that California is “lost”, and not worth the time or effort. Even if the government in California becomes permanently leftist, the Republican forces of the state should be getting out the vote to deprive creatures like Hillary from declaring victory based on popular vote. There were millions of Republican voters who skipped the last election because they thought they’d “lose” anyway.

    I’m not part of planning the actual breakout sessions and speeches, but I’ve heard that Sabo, the guerrilla street artist will be teaching an informal class, and that the speakers involved will be focused on giving attendees the tools to start shifting the tide. Our @davesussman has been invited to moderate panel discussions too. I’m looking forward to attending.

    Here is the link for tickets

    Found this link also with some info about connect the dots organization. Great podcast @davecarter and @6foot2inhighheels.

    • #26
    • February 20, 2018 at 6:25 am
    • 2 likes