You know I can see trading Matt Cassel to the Chiefs after all he was getting a ton of money to be a backup but Mike Vrabel?

I would have thought that Cassel would have been sufficient to get the deal done. Vrabel is effective on both offense and defense. He is old but has delivered time and time again.

Apparently I’m not alone in this:

“We’ve lost perhaps our best all-around football player. Defense, offense, special teams, Vrabes did it all,” Tedy Bruschi [stats] wrote in an e-mail. “His intelligence and on-field adjustments cannot be replaced. This team has just changed immensely.”

And he’s not the only one:

Former Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson was completely taken aback when apprised of the trade.

“I guess that means they’re happy with their young outside linebackers. I don’t know. You’ve really caught me by surprise. He was really a great player for them,” Nelson said. “He was a real leader . . . that’s kind of a stunner.”

And another one:

Harrison, who is still undecided about his future, summed up his feelings in a few words.

“It’s business,” Harrison responded via text message, when asked his reaction to the Vrabel trade.

You know its a weird move when I’m talking about the Pats during spring training. I can’t fathom it.

I was thinking about the comments that Chris made in this post and it leads me to say something very important to the people who say: “Parties don’t matter nobody cares for you etc…”

The moment you decide that there is no reason to vote there is no reason to think, there is no reason to try to govern yourselves. Everyone might has well bend over and kiss themselves goodbye because we have no control over our lives.

That is a very cynical and atheistic view. Atheistic because it is a view without hope or purpose.

I don’t and I won’t subscribe to that view. I think we can and should make a difference, I think that people can be inspired to be better than they are and to aspire to achieve for themselves and for others. I think that an informed and active populace can choose representatives that can lead our cities, our states and our country to become even better than it is today, and in case you aren’t aware of it; despite all the trouble we are having now, despite all the hard times, despite all the lost jobs including mine we are still DAMN lucky to live in what still is not only the greatest country in the world but the greatest country that has ever existed in the history of the world!

And I believe a large amount of our liberal friends think the same, they just have different opinions on how to get there.

This is a small blog, I have a small readership and a small customer base, but I’m very proud and thankful for that and will do my best to grow the customer and the readership base.

And if I can advance positions that will make things better for my wife and sons I will do my best to do so. If my political opinion can change even a few minds or even just get someone thinking about it I’m going to do my best to do so. And If I can persuade even one or two people to Christ in general or the Catholic Church in particular then I will be able to die proud. I am an incurable optimist I think things can and will get better, we just have to be willing to do it.

But none of this is possible if I’m unwilling to bother, and even if your goals are exactly the opposite of mine but your passion is the same your goals can’t be achieved if you are cynical.

Don’t settle for cynicism. If you do then I don’t want to hear you complain, if there is nothing that can be done then why complain, why bother?

Some people may be willing to live that way, as far as I’m concerning that isn’t living, that’s existing and I want more than that in life, and so should you.

I thought it was pretty solid, it was an unafraid speech clearing saying what he thought and why he thought it. It was a speech that displayed no confidence in the Obama Administration while full of confidence in America.

Although he didn’t know it CNN carried the speech. The twitter feedback on CNN was uniformly negative as all the conservatives were watching it on Fox. They might have figured calling him over the line and divisive would allow them to cancel his message while getting the ratings from showing him.

What they did instead is give him exposure to a whole different audience. Doctrine liberals will still remain what they are and the CNN logon people were beside themselves, but tens of thousands of people who likely never heard him talk before will hear this speech and decide that they have been fed a bill of goods concerning him.

The Sunday shows will be very interesting tomorrow.

Update: Hot air has the speech

Instapundit reports that there have been “Tea Party” protests nationwide drawing anywhere from 100 to 1500 people. They have been pretty much self made spread on the web using tools such as twitter.

It will now remain to be seen if and how the media reports on these protests particularly if they continue. Because dissatisfaction over what is going on is not confined to supporters of the president.

It will be very hard to pooh pooh this stuff if people in their towns and cities see it going on and ignored. Particularly when the “tax cut” is only a withholding adjustment that will be paid back anyways.

…My old friend the rightwinggamer fills us in on his D&D campaign:

The Campaign: A home-brewed world which grows adventure by adventure. No real map to it as I didn’t really feel like it, and it sort of changed in scope as I continued. So far the players claim to be having fun, and I hope that is the case. It is a Polytheistic world, which means many religions, and in some cases, it’s a farce of many different games, since the idea isn’t really sticking to the rules, or being so deep that we must obey, but having fun. Elements of World of Warcraft, Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, and several other influences have filled the game.

He is playing version 3.5. I’m an old foggy and still prefer version 1.0 or 2.0 if I play at all. In the last adventure I was running we saw the consequences of Christianity being introduced into a D&D world but that campaign has been suspended for a year. But enough of the past, if you are interested in a current D&D adventure read on.

Looks like the president decided he wanted to score some serious points:

White House aides told Jewish leaders on a conference call today that the United States will boycott the United Nations’ World Conference on Racism over hostility to Israel in draft documents prepared for the April conference.

The aides, including an adviser to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Jennifer Simon, and longtime Obama advisor Samantha Power, said the administration will not participate in further negotiations on the current text or participate in a conference based on the text, sources on the call said.

Hotair is impressed:

Well, well, well. I’m not sure whether I’m more surprised to see Obama change his mind or Samantha Power take the side of Israel. Okay, I know I’m more surprised about Power going quietly from Durban II.

Yourish had this to say:

Well, there goes my subject for next week’s SNN. Now I need to find a new one.

Hey I guess Martin Perez a bone sometime.

I can’t help but think of Ken Burns telling us that Nathan Bedford Forest quit the KKK when it became too violent even for him in the last episode of the Civil War Series. I guess the conference is too anti-semitic even for the Obama administration.

We’ll be generous, we will not only give him an Arthur point but we will remove this Carter point for not objecting to a draft as well!

Carter 10 Arthur 5

Now lets see if he acts on the Zombie Unemployment issue!

UPDATE: Accidentally put this under the Amazon reviews catagory instead of Arthur/carter

Was listening to the radio on the way home from picking up my son from school and heard an interesting story concerning fees at U-Mass:

Tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts system will rise by an average of nearly 16 percent following a vote by the UMass board of trustees’ finance committee.

The committee approved the fee increase with a 7-2 vote today, although the increase still needs final approval from the full board of trustees, which meets next on Feb. 27 in Dartmouth. The proposal would increase the average annual tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates to $11,048 from $9,548 at UMass schools in the next academic year, an average increase of $1,500. The increase is aimed at partially offsetting an anticipated $102 million reduction in state funding in the coming fiscal year that starts on July 1.

An interesting tidbit follows:

The UMass committee approved language that would allow for a rebate, depending on the amount of federal funds the university receives from the recently-passed federal economic stimulus package.

In other words UMass is using the Stimulus package like every other Federal Package, as an excuse to increase its own fees and take the federal funds as their own.

The primary reason why college costs have gone up so much is that the taxpayer is footing the bill, as federal monies go up so do the fees. Instant liberal cash cow.

If you wonder why colleges are so liberal and so in favor of government spending, this is why.

…times continue to be tough as the Star Village World inquisitor reminds us:

… according to US Labor Department statistics released this week, joblessness and under-employment is disproportionately high among the undead population. A historical high of 24.8% was reached this month, as jobless claims among the undead continued to rise.

Combined with discrimination against the Undead it is a real problem, fortunately its Massachusetts to the rescue:

Massachusetts uses a different means of determining eligibility for unemployment. Under their constitution, the Commonwealth is able to tax the dead and undead alike, making Ms. Glass eligible for state-funded retraining, health benefits, and Affirmative-Action based job placement.

“I thank God for the Socialist Republik Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Ms. Glass says. “If I unlived elsewhere, I wouldn’t even count as a person.”

In this age of Newspaper failings its nice to know we can get the Star Village World Inquisitor for only a few cents!

It really burns me when the refer to taxing Americans and spending it foolishly as “investing”.

When people play with language it is usually to decieve.

So in that spirit I think we should change the way we phrase things:

Tax cuts should now be called INVESTMENTS.

Lets Invest in the American People directly, Lets cut taxes! It has been a winner every time it has been tried. This is one investment that will pay off.

Every time a republican calls for tax cuts they should refer to them as investments in the most productive people in the world. An investment in the most creative, inspired, innovative and successful population history has ever seen!

Lets see the left attack that!

CAN be wrong:

Charles W. “Chas” Freeman, Jr., has been named head of the National Intelligence Council, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced this afternoon.

Martin (I love Obama) Perez is shocked shocked:

That Freeman would be chosen as the president’s gatekeeper to national intelligence is an absurdity. It would be as if I were appointed the gatekeeper to that intelligence.

And not only is the guy in the pocket of the Saudi’s but read this:

What the left is unable to do is defend Freeman’s views on China, where he unapologetically supports the bloody crackdown on democracy activists who dare protest in the streets of the capital, and Saudi Arabia, which as far as Freeman is concerned is something like Berkeley in the desert. The left spent years bemoaning the close ties between the Bush family and the Saudi royals — and it was a relationship that few on the right were eager to defend. Now the left can have their turn defending a man who is so closely tied to the Saudi Kingdom that in the weeks after 9/11 he wouldn’t even consider halting his business with the bin Laden family.

What did Perez say before the election?:

I have written here and elsewhere that Barack Obama’s views on Israel and the possibilties of peace between it and the Palestinians are both tough-minded and deeply comprehending. I don’t at all think that I’d be disappointed with an Obama presidency, and certainly not with his attitude towards the Jewish State.

And that was good enough for Andrew “clear eyed” Sullivan:

If Marty ain’t worried, ain’t nobody need to worry. Of course, Marty suffers from the same malady I do: clear-eyed understanding of what the Clintons actually are.

Hey I guess that 77% are leftist first and Jews second. Thou shall have no other Gods but liberalism. Glenn’s reader Patrick McNiff nails it:

It is kind of hard to get too exercised over his appointment as it relates to Israel in light of the following:

Barack Obama wins 77 percent of Jewish vote, exit polls show

As Obamas favorite pastor might say : “The chickens are coming home to roooost”

Elections have consequences…

I still maintain to many this is a feature not a bug and I think this is even worse.

BTW I accidentally hit publish instead of “blockquote” which is why an incomplete post went up.

UPDATE: Gateway pundit points out that Andrew might have had a point about Mrs. Clinton:

Jewish leaders are stunned that Hillary is hammering Israel over Gaza.

It remains to be seen if this is Clinton acting or if she: vas only following orders!

…the rockets continue:

6:10PM: A short time ago, palestinian terrorists fired yet another Qassam into Israel.

I guess the bomb-the-smuggling-tunnel approach is not working so well.

5:30PM: A short time ago, the IAF struck some smuggling tunnels. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!

11:12AM: Two houses were damaged in the Qassam attacks earlier this morning. While no-one was injured, some Sderot residents were treated for shock.

9:22AM: Today’s palestinian rocket firing shenanigans have begun, with 2 Qassams hitting Israel.

IAF smuggling tunnel strikes to begin later.

The money flows foolishly:

Israel recently approved the transfer of NIS 175 million ($41.8 million) in order to pay the salaries of Fatah government workers in Gaza, but Ynet learned Thursday night that about half of the funds were used to compensate residents whose houses were damaged by Israel Defense Forces fire during Operation Cast Lead.

Ten days after the money was transferred, not one penny has been deposited in the Palestinian Authority workers’ bank accounts in Gaza.

And Israellcool is shocked shocked! (Well not really)

In the words of Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Eli Yishai:

“The pathetic desire to create a partner on the Palestinian side has led to an absurd and shocking situation, in which the State of Israel is compensating the Palestinians for Operation Cast Lead before transferring funds to compensate the residents of southern Israel.”

What makes this even more absurd and shocking is that many of the homes damaged during Operation Cast Lead belonged to terrorists or terror-enablers.

Hey don’t worry Israel, our President will provide the next 900 Million.

Just a reminder anyone who thinks that the rockets have stopped isn’t paying attention. I’m waiting to hear about the pacifist left forming a group of human shields to protect Sderot. Anyone? Bueller, Bueller.

At least that is what the Anglican church of Canada states in it’s Lenten Reflection:

This not a story for people who need to think that Jesus always had it together, because it looks like we’ve caught him being mean to a lady because of her ethnicity. At first, he ignores her cries. Then he refuses to help her and compares her people to dogs.

But she challenges his prejudice.

The passage referred to is Matthew 14:22-27. Anglican Sazisdat is not happy:

Thus, Jesus was not God, made mistakes and had to be set straight. The reference to understanding his universality is undoubtedly an attempt to point out that, once the woman corrected him, Jesus came to the light as proscribed by 21st Century liberalism: inclusivity is all encompassing, paramount and – well, god.

This is an officially sanctioned document from the ACoC: it denies both Jesus’ divinity and the fact that he is sinless. The ACoC seems to be going out of its way to present itself as a non-Christian organisation; I think it has succeeded.

Damian Thompson has a theory:

Maybe someone has been on a “racism awareness course” and decided to redefine the divinity of Jesus in a way that flatters ethnic sensibilities. How very Anglican. How very Canadian.

And the most amazing thing is it makes the priest at the Rochester Institute of Technology Newman center entering Mass with a Mickey Mouse hat ,blessing a super-soaker and using it for distributing holy water seem orthodox.

UPDATE: The Anchoress notices the story.

The reclusive leftist is; I don’t know if outraged is too strong a world with this article by Kim Gandy minimizing the impact of Islam on the beheading of Aasyia Hassan:

…she goes far beyond these observations into a full-scale shut-down of any possible cultural or religious differentials in terms of violence against women. All religions and nationalities are essentially the same, Kim tells us, and if there are any teeny tiny differences, they are unknowable. Pointless to even think in those terms. No reason to look at environmental factors like culture or religion when trying to understand why there’s a dead female body on the floor. Violence against women is the same everywhere, Kim implies, regardless of culture or religion. From Sweden to Somalia, from Wicca to Wahhabi, it’s all the same.

This attitude drives me nuts.

On the other end of the scale Tim Blair points out the problem here:

A nationwide, unified effort entitled “Imams Speak Out: Domestic Violence Will Not Be Tolerated in Our Communities” has commenced to ask all imams and religious leaders to finally discuss this recent tragedy, as well as domestic violence, in their weekly sermon on their upcoming Friday prayer services.

Good luck with that. Imams – particularly those who turn up on YouTube – seem to be the main problem, writes Mona Eltahawy:

Type Muslim+woman+beating into an online search engine and you get a monster’s parade of what I call “YouTube imams” explaining how to beat a woman according to “Islamic teaching.”

He has the basic solution to those who are worried about people who think that this is giving fuel to “haters of Islam”.

Here’s a crazy idea: how about Islamic men stop bashing women? All Islam haters would then be completely without ammunition.

It’s SO crazy it just might work!

A lot of Palin bling from CPAC:

6:07 a.m. How dare we not totally cut and run, democrats are outraged.

6:09 a.m Joe nails it, politically the far left in congress isn’t hurt if Iraq fails, but Obama pays for it.

6:20 a.m. Here are the few newspapers we have left…

6:37 a.m. Good point by including Iraq in the budget then when it stops we have a “budget cut”.

6:41 a.m. Pat: “They’re grabbing everything they ever wanted and ramming it through.” That is what is meant by not letting a crisis going to waste.

6:44 a.m. By 2010 it will be throw the radicals out, but you have to have an alternative.

7:01 a.m. Mika was drinking with Kerry last night?

7:12 a.m. There were people who were warning about this, notice they use the example from the Clinton years and not the republican hearings during the Bush years.

7:17 a.m. Chuck Todd thinks the public doesn’t believe this stuff or even believed we had a surplus. He however also thinks its not a voting issue.

7:50 a.m. Romney at Morning Joe, can he see the Palin buttons on Mika?

7:55 a.m. Bad assets would have gone into a co-op says Romney.

8:04 a.m. Apparently Tina Brown says we republicans are on a Holy Jihad. I thought our friends on the left say jihad means struggle?

8:10 a.m. So much for $5000 for a charity table

8:15 a.m. Rush is a blowhard, sayeth Tina Brown; I wonder if you compare what ratings Brown brings to Joe to what a 5 min interview with Rush would do for the ratings? You know taking Rush out of context is a religion at MSNBC.

8:25 a.m. A question on the nation of Georgia to the Polish Ambassador.

8:27 a.m. He thinks the Soviets would have won if it wasn’t for the US in Afghanistan. The Beheaded polish hostage is mentioned.

8:29 a.m. Hey he has the number of the Polish Paris Hilton!

8:39 a.m. Lets invest! Tax is invest I hate playing with words.

8:46 a.m. I loved the Bush visit to the hardware store.

And now lets detail the wireless service.

So you have a new wireless router and you want to setup that home network without leaving it open to everyone? Are you confused on what cable goes where and what a network key even means? Or do you have a wireless network so open that you provide internet for the whole neighborhood? Let the DaTechguy remotely connect to your system from here in Massachusetts and get it done.

What I will do:

* I will take control of your system
* I will install any needed drivers
* I will step you through the physical connection of the router
* I will set solid security for your system unless you specifically ask for an open or lesser security setting (lesser security is a really bad idea).
* I will set your firewall settings for the network
* I will leave a copy of all your network settings on your system so you can find them if you forget them.
* I will walk you through the install of a usb wireless adapter


What I won’t do:

* I won’t clean your system of virus’ or spyware I have a different auction option for that.
* I won’t install service Packs. If I think it is necessary I will DOWNLOAD them and then re-connect once installed.
* I won’t install or uninstall programs
* I won’t setup more than 3 pc on a wireless network without an additional fee
* I won’t setup Macs or pre XP systems on the network
* I won’t setup file shares.
* I will not setup a wireless printer. (I have a printer setup for that).
* If a system has faults that is preventing the network from working that is out of scope.


What I can’t do even if I wanted to:

* I can’t get a system on the network without a wireless card.
* I can’t get a printer to print if no driver exists for the operating system, the work arounds necessary are too iffy.
* I can’t access the setup of your ISP’s modem without the values. Continue reading “Tech Service #4 Router/Wireless setup $79”

For some reason this post is missing. So I am re-posting it today.

Continuing my weekly writeup of the tech services I’m offering remotely we get to the Anti-virus service:

Is your system infected with a virus? Are you plagued with popups etc? Let the DaTechguy remotely connect to your system from here in Boston and clean it up.

What I will do:

* I will take control of your system
* I will clean out temp files
* I will update the system
* I will remove virus’ from the system
* I will if necessary install a secondary browser
* I will suggest and if you wish install anti-virus software
* I will suggest ways to avoid virus’s in the future
* If your system can’t be cleaned I will help you reinstall your operating system

What I won’t do:

* I won’t guarantee you will not get re-infected since I can’t control what you do with your system after I’m finished with it.
* I won’t establish an internet connection for you if you don’t have one working at the time we start
* I won’t backup your system with this service.
* I won’t install service Pack 2 I will give you the link to the download but the install is up to you.
* I won’t install service pack 3, on occasion I’ve seen problems on systems after the install, you can do it If you want
* On a Vista system I won’t install Service Pack 1. I’ve seen too many issues with it but I will give you the link if you want it.
* I won’t be responsible for any program or device that works differently after cleaning.


If you system meets the following minimums then I can help you if it does not then I can’t.

A high speed internet connect (DSL or better) that is working
A Microsoft based computer running windows XP service Pack 2 or better
At least 256 mb of Ram.

If you don’t know the values on your system on XP right click on MY COMPUTER and choose PROPERTIES or choose SYSTEM in control panel. If you can’t access this info due to a virus I will take that into consideration .

Who is DaTechGuy and why should I give him my money or let him in my system?

I am computer technician from central Massachusetts. I’ve been doing working with computers since programming or support for 20 years. I was one of the original (took the first call) techs at a company called HiWired , which did tech support for Ctrl-Center, Comcast and several other companies. In November 2008 we were all let go so I’m striking out on my own for now.

How are you going to connect to my system?

I will be using a piece of licensed software called LogMeIn Rescue to allow the connection between our systems. Your keyboard and mouse will become my keyboard and mouse and I will do the work as if I was in front of your PC?

How will we start the initial connection?

After receiving payment I will contact you to arrange a time to start the connection via either a code or an e-mail.

What if I can’t get my system connected to yours?

If I can’t establish the connection then I’ll either walk you through the reinstall of your operating system or refund you.

How long will it take?

No way to say for sure depends on the speed of your system and the speed of the tools I use on it.

What if I lose my connection?

The system should re-connect automatically if it doesn’t after a period of time I’ll give you a call or e-mail to arrange to re-connect.

How will I know when you are done?

I will leave a note on your system or send you an e-mail to that effect.

Should I back up my system before this is done?

Very much so if possible see the question below.

At what point do we just re-install?

If after 24 hours I can’t clean the system or the system becomes so unstable that we can’t continue then we will start the reinstall process you will need to provide or acquire the cd’s necessary for this.

Does having an anti-virus mean I won’t get a virus?

Good thing I was not drinking when you asked. Absolutely not, risky user behavior, teenagers, and fraud are the primary causes of infection.

Hey my system is ok, but my parents , brothers, grandparents system is infected, can I buy this as a gift?

Sure, contact me and we will setup the details.

What if I have any questions that you haven’t answered here?

Contact me. My e-mail is da -tech -guy- At — (without the spaces and the dashes trying to beat the spam bots you know)

Can I use my computer while You’re working on it?


Michael Totten gives the full story of the battle of the defaced swastika:

Christopher was the target. He was the one who had defaced their sign. One of the guys smacked him hard in the face. Another delivered a roundhouse kick to his legs. A third punched him and knocked him into the street between two parked cars. Then they gathered around and kicked him while he was down. They kicked him hard in the head, in the ribs, and in the legs.

Read the story for the escape but here are my favorite parts:

“You’re bleeding,” Jonathan said and lightly touched Christopher’s elbow.

Christopher seemed unfazed by the sight of blood on his shirt.

“We need to get you cleaned up,” Jonathan said.

“I’m fine, I think,” Christopher said.

He seemed to be in pretty good spirits, all things considered.

“The SSNP,” I said, “is the last party you want to mess with in Lebanon. I’m sorry I didn’t warn you properly. This is partly my fault.”

“I appreciate that,” Christopher said. “But I would have done it anyway. One must take a stand. One simply must.”

Later on Chris point out what an actual traditional liberal thinks as opposed to the phony human shields

“Anyway,” he said, “call me old fashioned if you will, but my line is that swastika posters are to be defaced or torn down. I mean, what other choice do you have?

He elaborates further:

“You know these guys are widely suspected for setting off most or all of the car bombs,” I said.

“They weren’t ready for that then,” he said.

“They weren’t,” I said, “but they’re dangerous.”

“Once you credit them like that,” he said, “you do all their work for them. They should have been worried about us. Let them worry. Let them wonder if we’re carrying a tool or if we have a crew. I’d like to go back, do it properly, deface the thing with red paint so there’s no swastika visible. You can’t have the main street, a shopping and commercial street, in a civilized city patrolled by intimidators who work for a Nazi organization. It is not humanly possible to live like that. One must not do that. There may be more important problems in Lebanon, but if people on Hamra don’t dare criticize the SSNP, well f***. That’s occupation.”

It stirs something that I hadn’t felt since 9/11.

On the day of the attacks I was playing a game in my tabletop baseball league at another person’s house. I had already seen the two planes hit and I frankly wasn’t phased by it. I figured it was a terror attack, I figured that terror attacks happen and it was only a matter of time that it hit us. It was an intellectual exercise.

Then I heard about Flight 93 and the people fighting back. For me THAT changed everything. The idea of ordinary Americans determined to fight back and die game changed them from the sheep being eaten by a wolf (the way life works) to the Shepherd defending against the wolf pack.

Christopher demonstrated that one has to stand up and be counted. There is a reason why the French Resistance is celebrated and honored while the Vichy is not.

As one of the great atheists he might resent it but how can you NOT pray for a fellow like that.

…an actual civil liberties organization:

To help spruce up the building’s image, they hired artist Matt Evanson and gave him free rein to paint a giant mural of marine life, thus far depicting images of six local game fish: snook, redfish, tarpon, dolphin, grouper and sailfish. But Evanson has not been able to complete the artwork – which contains no words except for his signature – because the city on Florida’s Gulf Coast claims it violates the sign code.

He had an interesting counter:

His response? Proudly hang a giant banner with text of the First Amendment promoting free speech in front of the mural. Not amused, the city of Clearwater is now threatening to hook Quintero with fines of $500 a day for displaying the large version of America’s founding document.

Well they weren’t the only ones not amused:

The American Civil Liberties Union has been reeled in and is representing Quintero in court.

“Only in Florida could a business owner be targeted and fined for displaying artwork; and then in protest of the fine, display the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – and then be ticketed for that,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. “Unfortunately, public officials disregard constitutional freedoms all the time, but punishing citizens for displaying the Constitution may be a first.”

Stop the ACLU is impressed:

This is a fight for a certain amount of free speech. All liberty minded Americans should hope for the ACLU to be victorious over this corrosive power of the city to impose itself on its citizens. Anyone interested in the rights of property owners should support Mr. Quintero in this fight. More of these thuggish city rules should be challenged throughout the country to put a check on the nanny state in which we increasingly live.

Hey lets see if this keeps up.

6:05 a.m. The day starts with Mika scolding Willie for gum and Joe slurping Starbucks. Where is Barnicle standing up for Dunkin Donuts?

6:09 a.m. Not funding White Collar investigations is like only taking care of victims after 9/11 says money party.

6:11 a.m. Joe is afraid that Trillions upon Trillions is nasty when you are saying you are making government smaller. Pat calls him Lyndon Baines Obama.

6:13 a.m. Pat says they are making new baselines that will never be rolled back.

6:15 a.m. Well they aren’t finding late night Obama jokes yet.

6:21 a.m. Joe notices that the cut of farm subsidies will hit a lot of redder states.

6:32 a.m. Hey how about that North Korea, Iran and Pakistan are all doing nastier things now that Bush is gone. Mika spins it that Joe Biden is right.

6:38 a.m. Money Party: We are creating a giant airbag to falsely re-inflate a bubble.

6:41 a.m. Nobody wants to raise taxes but we should do it anyway to cut the deficit that we are now creating.

7:00 a.m. Willie just told the story of the $1mil offer to the Octo-mom if she does a porn film, Joe can’t stop laughing.

7:04 a.m. Mika loves Rush?

7:12 a.m. Joe doesn’t mind if Obama wants to be a liberal but he doesn’t want him to say one thing and do another. Doesn’t he realize that this was the whole basis of his campaign.

7:15 a.m. The style vs substance argument comes up again. Matlin states Jindal’s record.

7:34 a.m. I haven’t heard the terms Goo Goo’s for years.

7:45 a.m Mika: “Taser him.”

7:56 a.m. Did Joe just bring up Obama appointments and Jewish relations? Andrea “Sgt. Schultz” Mitchel poo poos it.

8:17 a.m. We are like a bunch of Adlai Stevenson’s waiting for someone to fix their TV, if someone can run in 2012 saying “I can Fix this, they can beat Obama.” says Matthews

8:24 a.m. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when Hoyer said democrats don’t want money to go to people who will waste it.

8:29 a.m. There are not 9000 earmarks, there are only 4000 says Hoyer. Oh that’s different.

Looks like our favorite net comedian who is Not Mohammad is getting death threats from the religion of peace™:

God forbid you insinuate the religion of Islam is anything short of peaceful. It only results in responses such as these:


“ur a freaken racist pig… otherwise u wouldnt be making any sarcastic remarks…u just got the worst reputation amoungst muslims that I showed that video to…they were cursing u like crazy….take my advice and remove that racist video”

“you should actually post a new video, correcting the mistakes you made in this video, and im sure you know which ones you made, because that’s the only way that’s gonna save you from a freak accident.”

“FYI, i am glad, because if u said this to my face, u would be on the floor. simple. u come here and disrespect me, forget me, u disrespect the prophet pbuh, u expect me to just sit by, u disrespect the quran and then u try to play it off. u r a joke. a joke. dont EVER do this again. EVER.”


“u should make a video apologize to the muslim community. thats the only option u have.”

Charming. In their defense folks… My video IS classified as hate speech. At least, that’s what thousands of Muslims said whilst flooding YouTube with constant “flagging.” In case you haven’t yet heard, there are actual online Muslim networks that exist solely for this purpose. The minute anything even remotely critical of Islam pops up online, thousands of members are notified and are commanded to flag, spam and utilize comment suppression techniques that ultimately result in the video’s removal and permanent banning of the user.

Well tell you what, every time I read about his death threats I will re-post the video.

Update: Oh and he is now blogrolled too.

Holy Smoke is not thrilled that Bishop Suspended Bishop Williamson is back in England:

This is a truly appalling man. I realised this last year, when – in a fruitless attempt to warn the Vatican what he was like – I commissioned a front-page exposé of his poisonous anti-Semitism in The Catholic Herald. Like most Holocaust deniers, Williamson has a soft spot for the Third Reich: that much is clear from his pathetic diatribe against The Sound of Music, of all films, for painting the German authorities in an unsympathetic light. He also thinks 9/11 was an inside job.

The SSPX has know for many years that one of its four bishops was a Far Right conspiracy theorist. It was irritated by him, it pushed him to the margins – but it allowed him to continue exercising episcopal ministry in the Society. That is a scandal that its leader, the arrogant Bishop Bernard Fellay, has never got round to addressing.

Williamson has done more to damage the conservative reforms of this pontificate than any other person alive. That is why the faces of Catholic liberals light up at the mention of his name. They are using the Williamson affair to sabotage Summorum Pontificum – with some success, it must be said. Catholic bishops in this country have employed this cheap tactic.

You have to be a really bad Nazi to get kicked out of Argentina but unfortunately England has always had its Lord Haw Haws.

The Curt Jester tells us the story of the Capybara, a type of fish meat you can eat during lent:

When the Spanish missionaries found the capybara in Brazil during the 16th century, they wrote to the Pope to ask – there’s an animal here that’s scaly but also hairy, spends most of its time in the water but occasionally comes on land; can we classify it as a fish (and thus, the indigenous people could continue to eat it during Lent)?. Not having a clear description of the animal (and not wanting the petitioners to starve), the Pope agreed and declared it to be a fish.

This illustrates the difference between the world today, when the image would have been sent by cell phone camera and an answer given at once and a world where communication takes months each way.

I hate to admit I never heard of the animal nor its Lenten significance but I’m reminded of the following passage in scripture:

As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. Mark 2:23-27

The Pope’s ruling was living this passage, but as far as I’m concerned it’s still a rat.

The wife mentioned this morning that trend is blocking a particular game due to “gambling”. It is a small tweak to change it but it begs the following comment.

I’m a professional tech. I liked the look of Trend and purchased it for the machine used the most by my family. It’s the only machine I have a pay version of Anti-Virus on.

I’ve had trend 2006 on that machine for 3 years. The TEENAGE kids have been on it, their friends have been on it, the wife and her friends have been on it. Nothing has gotten through.

If anyone wants an anti-virus recommendation from me and doesn’t mind paying for it. I would say trend micro without hesitation!

The drunk blogging of Steven Green doesn’t prevent him from noticing a pattern in the president’s speech:

7:31PM We swear we’re not helping deadbeats by giving them your tax dollars. And if I keep talking this quickly, you might just not notice that it’s so not true!

7:32PM We’ll hold accountable those responsible! TARP II is nothing like TARP I, and you know it’s true because I’ve said so, so very, very quickly!

7:35PM “It’s not about helping banks, it’s about helping people.” The quit giving them money, and give me some! Or at least speak at Mortal Human Speed.

7:36PM Regulatory reform? Fine, great. Start by getting rid of Dodd and Frank, mmkay?

7:37PM It’s rich that a guy who just added a trillion dollars to the deficit is complaining about a trillion dollar deficit.

Apparently saying that you are doing the opposite of what you are actually doing doesn’t effect the poll numbers, just ask Morning Joe.

Looks like its a question of paying for things

6:40 a.m. Joe compares the spending to Heroin addicts giving people everything they want.

6:42 a.m. I missed the Obama side, so now we have Jindal, what will they say.

6:43 a.m. Barnicle not withstanding he didn’t sound far right to me.

6:46 a.m. The Globe is speaking nonsense and Joe is not taking it. There wasn’t much of a conservative candidate for president.

7:00 a.m. Apparently according to the polls saying that you will do one thing when doing the exact opposite does well in the polls. National Review had the best line:

Oratorywise, so good. Ideawise, so weak. Combination, so dangerous.

7:05 a.m. No wrongdoing but implication of wrongdoing on Palin well that’s news

7:07 a.m. Joe: Hillary was hot last night.

7:08 a.m. Do you really want to say you’ve got that “twittering thing” after just saying that Hillary is hot?

7:10 a.m. Steele is echoing Joe on spending smart move. If the primary voice is there then it is there the RNC will honor that.

7:12 a.m. The 12 step recovery for the party is to admit that we spent like drunken sailors. FYI Mr. Steele we republicans will hold you to that if you go back in.

7:14 a.m. The people will be the final choice, what is the Republican plan? In fact we DO have a plan they were rejected by the democrats. Building schools is nice but it doesn’t help small business or any blue collar worker not in construction.

7:28 a.m. It still sounds like he was on the campaign trail

7:38 a.m. How about that Buchanan DID swim in that pool

7:40 a.m. So I’m not the only one who things that Gibbs seems a bit over his head.

7:44 a.m. Jean said the speech is hopeful but will the banks help him out. Susie’s driver has the word, but it didn’t have the info they needed.

7:48 a.m. Would you think the president of Telemundo would be named Don Brown?

7:58 a.m. They talk census and he is right it is a big issue.

8:02 a.m. The hope is nice but there are no details says Susie, they’d better keep her off the MSNBC evening shows.

8:05 a.m. When Mika keeps pushing Pat’s book claiming that WW II was unnecessary and going after Churchill she is very much her father’s daughter.

8:08 a.m. Mika will be doing the old Dean Martin skits on the Vegas strip when she retires.

8:12 a.m. Maxine Waters doesn’t say we aren’t going to nationalize the banks, just that we aren’t there yet. As far as the planes go, she hasn’t read Dilbert today.

8:14 a.m. That is a really bad wig that waters has, unless I’m very much mistaken. If I’m wrong about the wig part I apologize in advance.

8:21 a.m. The country wants Daddy says Klein but he had to pause and think when before he said that the republicans were making a mistake.

8:22 a.m. You may think that cutting taxes in wartime is bad but cutting the military during wartime is worse.

8:24 a.m. Is this going to be like Korea? I see no reason why that would be a problem if it was.

8:31 a.m. There were details says Erin? Will he do the things he said?

8:42 a.m. Shelby has no debt.

8:48 a.m. Boxer: If he laid out the details it would have been boring. I actually think she is right, this wasn’t the time for details in a speech, I just wish he wasn’t saying one thing and doing another.

8:52 a.m. Mika apparently sounds ideological because she objects to throwing money at a problem, hey this is MSNBC I’m a liberal democrat I’m not supposed to get tough questions! Don’t you know who I am?

If anyone thinks that the 900 million that Obama Wants to give to the Palestinians is not going to end up helping to kill Jews, then they must be true blue Obama supporters:

The United States plans to offer more than $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after Israel’s invasion and to strengthen the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The money, which needs U.S. congressional approval, will be distributed through U.N. and other bodies and not via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said one official.

Sure we all know how well the UN has kept money out of terrorists hands in Gaza.

Stop the ACLU is not amused:

So, let’s see: blaming Isreal? Check. UN and others getting the credit for spreading US money (which seems to be appearing out of a unicorns a**)? Check. None of the money going through Hamas? Good luck with that! Remember Hamas taking the international aid sent to Gaza during the last conflict?

I wonder how much the UN will siphon off before it even gets to Gaza?

Riehl World View:

$900 Million To Gaza? Are They Insane?


Wasn’t one of the left’s chief criticisms of Israel’s Gaza operation that there was no Plan B if Hamas disintegrated? Fatah couldn’t ride in as the white knight on the backs of Israeli tanks to restore order or else they’d be seen as stooges and collaborators, we were told, not unreasonably. How is this de facto bribe of Gazans by Uncle Sam to restore Abbas to authority any different?


With the US economy struggling, US Secretary of Hilary Clinton plans to announce a $900 million pledge of US aid for Gaza and the “good” terrorists of the PA. But don’t worry. The money is not going to Hamas.


Martin Peretz one of Barack Obama’s most prominent pro-Israel supporters is starting to express doubts about the administration’s stand towards Israel.


It will be used for humanitarian purposes, of course, so that the Hamas “government” can spend all their money on bombs, weapons, and ammunition, instead of building a decent society for their children.

Joshua Pundit speaks a basic truth:

Make no mistake about it – UNRWA is in bed with Hamas, hires terrorists and facillitates the attacks on Israel. Any money given to UNRWA will end up in Hamas’ hands.As a matter of fact, it already does. Things will be even more cut and dried as soon as the unity government Obama is pushing for between Hamas and Fatah takes hold.

My final thought: To some administration supporters the dead Jews that will result from this is a feature, not a bug, but hey US Jews voted overwhelmingly for this president. No whining allowed!

Update: National Review The Corner:

If an organization comprised of American citizens attempted to do this, they could be prosecuted and imprisoned for decades on charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization. (I would say “would be prosecuted,” but with this administration, who knows?) Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (an old hand at empowering Palestinian terrorists) are now proposing to give nearly a billion dollars to a Hamas subsidiary — knowing full well that this funding must inevitably result in the murder of innocent people.

Congress can stop this from happening. Michael Steele and Republicans can show real leadership and moral clarity in the war against Islamic radicalism while the many Democrats who support Israel can step up to the plate. It’s one (foolish) thing to “engage” our enemies in self-loathing negotiations; it’s quite another to fund them.

Will they act?

My Review of Jason Stark’s Book: The Stark Truth. is available at here.

It is definitely worth the $1 I paid for it but I wouldn’t have paid more for it. I must admit I am a fan of anyone who trumpets the virtues of Yogi Berra as the greatest catcher of all time.

His Overrated list
RHP Nolan Ryan
LHP Sandy Koufax
Relief P Lee Smith

DH Ron Blomberg
C Benito Santiago
1B Steve Garvey
2B Steve Sax
3B Greg Nettles
SS Phil Rizzuto
LF Lou Brock
CF Andruw Jones
RF Dave Winfield

His Underrated List

RHP Bob Feller
LHP Babe Ruth
Relief P Goose Gossage
DH Edger Martinez

C Yogi Berra
1B Hank Greenberg
2B Craig Biggio
3B Ron Santo
SS Barry Larkin
LF Stan Musial
CF Duke Snyder
RF Frank Robinson

How Berra, Snyder, Robinson and the Duke can be as ignored as they are is criminal. I should point out that he gives a 2-5 list on each position. I like including Dwight Evans as the 2nd most underrated Right Fielder but I question the absence of Harold Baines in the top 5 underrated DH’s.

He also gives a top 3 over/under for each team. Yaz tops the overrated Redsox list.

…then I know I’m on the right track:

Seems increasingly like all the “Fascist Bush” caterwauling was the usual fake, dishonest theater meant as a means to an end – the end being to destroy the hated “election stealer” and his legacy, and not much more.

But you know, for someone who “did everything wrong,” his policies suddenly seem wise and right to some surprising people.

It’s easy to campaign and criticize. It’s much more difficult to govern, especially knowing that if you don’t keep the country safe, you don’t get re-elected.

And if you don’t get re-elected, good heavens! How can you continue and complete the coup?

Even with restrictions to free speech and the press watching your back as much as possible, and destroying all possible rivals, it will be very hard for them to spin it if people start saying, “at least Bush kept us safe, not like Obama.”

The whole article is one of the best things I’ve read in a while. She put it much better then I did and launches a defense of the Bush Administration that is well deserved.

I wonder if there is going to be a global warming story as they freeze at the White house.

6:40 a.m. Mika looks like Davros wanting to shout EXTERMINATE!

6:42 a.m. President Who and Why, Abbot and Costello live!

6:44 a.m. They are right Clinton has grown. It was a fair statement that she got her position in NY due to her association with her husband, but nobody could say that about her now.

6:46 a.m. I’m very interested in seeing what actual troops think of her vs what Andrea I know NUT-THING Mitchel says.

6:59 a.m. Chuck and Willie in the briefing room, Willie sure is tall next to Chuck

7:09 a.m. Well we all know how well the federal government runs things, particular Fannie & Freddie

7:38 a.m. Oh joy our governor Deval (Obama Jr, lets have the highest gas tax in the nation) Patrick is coming up.

7:42 a.m. Patrick: “Is it budget cuts? What happened to the studio?”

7:44 a.m. Patrick: We will use the money for bridges and road work, don’t trivialize job preservation.

7:46 a.m. Barnicle asked him about the gas tax business. He is saying its that or tolls etc…

8:08 a.m. My Helicopter seems totally adequate to me.

8:10 a.m. It sounds like they are ranking him high on BS, because he can crack a joke about himself, just what we are needing in a president for a crisis.

8:13 a.m. The Republican Senator from South Carolina points out its how you ask the question as to the reason why the package polls so well.

8:23 a.m. Schumer seems to be on the attack Jindal mode, that seems to be contrary to the they want him to be the nominee.

8:25 a.m. Todd asks about the other governors. “They won’t have to raise taxes for two years.”

8:35 a.m. Why should there be a department of education? Todd asks. Sec: They are competing with people all over the world. Not much of an answer.

8:49 a.m. Now we see Gibbs office, it would be nice if he asked if he read the stimulus bill itself.

8:52 a.m. Don’t take it personal but make it personal if it is asked by a certain CNBC person.

8:54 a.m. It never hit me that Mika hung around here as a kid, I totally forgot about that.

8:56 a.m. Is it just me or is Mika over layered today in terms of make-up.

…for the Obama administration to get this low:

The Obama team was not only silent on the new “Israel is racist” language, it also said nothing when faced with Holocaust denial. Negotiators from the European Union suggested on Wednesday a new provision to “condemn without reservation any denial of the Holocaust and urges all states to reject denial of the Holocaust as an historical event, either in full, or in part, or any activities to this end.” Iran–whose president is a Holocaust-denier–immediately objected and insisted that the proposal be “bracketed” or put in dispute. The move blocked the adoption of the proposal and ensured another battle over the reality of the Holocaust in April–at these supposedly “anti-racism” meetings. After Iran objected, the chair looked around the room, expecting a response. He said: “Is there any delegation wishing to comment on this new proposal by the European Union? It doesn’t seem the case. We move on.” U.S. delegates said nothing, even after the prompt.

The official US delegation of the Obama administration was not willing to officially object to Holocaust being in dispute. Can’t make Iran angry.

Since the Obama administration is not a Pseudo Bishop without actual standing in the Catholic Church I suspect the media will not jump on this at all, but the Arthur Carter Watch does:

Carter 11 Arthur 4

Via Glenn

The American Spectator has a first rate article tweaking the attempt to Blame Hoover for the actions of Bill Moyers during the LBJ era:

The Washington Post’s scoop, and Moyers’s non-denial denial, regurgitates a familiar excuse: Hoover did it. In this time-worn script, the FBI director plays the role of Mephistopheles, with various liberal presidents cast as the innocent with the pesky devil upon his shoulder.

He goes through the litany of the Democratic/liberal and concludes thusly:

J. Edgar Hoover is necessary to square the soaring liberal rhetoric on civil liberties with the atrocious civil liberties records of liberal presidents. With an ideology extolling civil liberties crashing into its record of smashing civil liberties, ideologues reshape the facts to fit the ideology. The blame-Hoover template asks readers to believe that the president takes orders from the director of the FBI rather than the reverse. It portrays the world-class arm-twister Lyndon Johnson as a man prone to crying uncle, Woodrow Wilson as secretly opposing his administration’s policies, and the Kennedys acceding to electronic surveillance on Martin Luther King only for his own protection.

If Hoover didn’t exist liberal authors would need to invent him.

Unrelated thought, would you like the idea of Hoover in charge of homeland security right now? I would.

We can’t be surprised when we see stories like this:

The Tibetan New Year, or Losar, is normally the most festive holiday of the year, when Tibetans burn incense, make special dumplings and set off fireworks. But this year, Tibetans have declared a moratorium on celebrating their own holiday, saying they will instead observe a mourning period for people killed last year during protests against Chinese rule.

Amazing and I thought everyone loved a holiday!

“Instead of the usual celebrations marked by singing, dancing and other festivities, silence will be observed and butter lamps will be lit in the temples and homes to pray for the deceased,” they announced in a statement last month.

The tactic appears to be driving Chinese authorities crazy. They’re countering with their own campaign of forced merriment, organizing concerts, pageants, fireworks, horse races, archery competitions.

And you VILL haf fun or else:

At Beijing’s Central University for Nationalities, Tibetan students who had applied last year for permission to hold a Losar celebration informed the university recently that they wished to cancel. But the university told them that the party must go on, said a university source who asked not to be quoted by name.

“Celebrating is compulsory,” he said.

And ve haf vays of making you party:

On Feb. 14, a 39-year-old Tibetan monk set off a furor when he walked through a public market in the Tibetan plateau’s Lithang county carrying a photograph of the Dalai Lama and chanting, “No Losar.” Hundreds of people reportedly joined the protests, which continued into the next two days, according to the Dharamsala-based Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy. The group said that Chinese police detained 21 people, some of whom were badly beaten, and that the county has been locked down for the holiday.

Reports say that as many as 20,000 additional soldiers and paramilitary troops have been deployed in Tibetan areas and that in Qinghai province, village leaders were threatened with arrest if they urged people not to celebrate the holiday.

Well its a good think that we are concerned about human rights, aren’t we:

Clinton told reporters covering her tour of Asian nations that human rights violations by China should not stand in the way of cooperation between the two powers on financial, environmental and security crises, The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) reported.

And we all know how softplaying human rights worked with the Olympics:

Well, advocates of granting the Olympic Games to China all said that having the Games would force the PRC to liberalize. It would be good for human rights, people said. Even Chinese authorities themselves said that the Games would cause them to liberalize!

That was the great selling point.

And what happened? Not only did the Games not have a liberalizing effect; they had the opposite — moving the PRC to crack down all the more. I documented this extensively in a five-part series on this site last August. You can find it in my archive, here.

What a surprise, as the old Cox and Forkum cartoons say: “I’m a communist dictator you fool!”

Update: Darren Hutchinson notices other interesting aspects.

Via Hot Air Time makes fun of indulgences:

Indulgences are a handy marketing tool for the Church, a way of encouraging people to amp up their spiritual life. But figuring out exactly what they are and how they work can be confusing. “It brings people who aren’t Catholic up short,” said David Steinmetz, a professor of the history of Christianity at Duke Divinity School.

It’s not a “marketing tool” or a very tough concept but the tougher or odder you make it seem the less likely that one will do a devotion. Good works and faithful acts are like anything in life, repetition breeds habit, habit leads one closer to God and that is why it must be made trivial.

Indirect proof time.

Joe and Mika are back together, the world is right again:

7:05 a.m. Joe nails it on the Hollywood phony rebel stuff.

7:10 a.m. They talk about unfunded mandates. They note that Jindel has actually read the bill, not sure if ARNULD has.

7:15 a.m. Politically smart to take the money if you want to stay Governor. Smart to reject it if you want the GOP nomination.

7:17 a.m. The unions must know they are losing the fight for card check since their ads are denying that the secret ballot is removed. They claim it becomes the “workers choice” to remove the secret ballot.

7:24 a.m Did a BBC reporter just say that she wants to hear real economists confirm this is good?

7:27 a.m. 40% of GDP, lets play Swedish stimulus.

7:33 a.m. You guys are wild having fun like that. Social security needs to be addressed but its smaller than the heath care stuff say WH budget guy.

7:41 a.m. Will the left be more of a problem for Obama?

7:42 a.m. Todd: The democrats have done a great job demagoguing Social security over the years.

7:46 a.m. Todd: Retirement? We are going to work until we die.

7:57 a.m. John Zigler on Morning Joe, it will be hard to ignore his film after this.

7:58 a.m. Two Morning Joe quotes in the film.

8:01 a.m. Compelling and new story? So was Palin are you suggesting that Palin wasn’t?

8:03 a.m. Mika, she hurt yourself. Example what do you read question. I think that’s a fair point.

8:04 a.m. They were trying to trap her, says Ziegler points to the documentary. They are hitting him hard, but they are being fair.

8:05 a.m. Pat askes if the media was in the tank and what particular networks were. They don’t let him answer and tease Pat for the question, THAT was funny.

8:05 a.m. We will watch the movie and have you back. I thought this was the fairest hearing outside of Fox he will get.

8:09 a.m. Mika gave Joe an opening to talk more about Ziegler and he passed; interesting.

8:12 a.m. The Gibbs saying he doesn’t know what he is talking about clip and it looks like the Mika-Paris Hilton business.

8:38 a.m. Harry Reid: This is going to stimulate the economy republican governors helped pass this.

8:40 a.m. Reid: It’s not Nationalization, Brokaw: Yes it is. Reid: There are a lot of good things going on, the government has always been involved in the private sector

I have a job interview tomorrow. The big grey beard is now gone so perhaps the extra 10 years it seems to add to me being shed will help.

Also got a letter from somewhere that I interviewed back in December. Was expecting a straight rejection but instead was informed the position was placed on hold. With endowments drying up I expect a lot more of this.

Today is Washington’s Birthday. Powerline reminds us of a person who actually deserved the amazing praise a nation gave him looks like.

Was at the dollar store day before yesterday picked up The Stark Truth a book on the most over and underrated players in Baseball history. It appears to be the best buck I’ve ever spent on a hardcover book.

Today’s sermon at Mass was one of the most solid I’ve heard in a while. It was on how Christianity is the religion of positive affirmation not waffling. You are obliged not to waffle on belief and morality. Christians and Catholics sometimes forget this.

Romano’s Market has finally entered the 21st century as their web site has gone up written by the young lady at the register who is majoring at Com Si at a local college.

Speaking of Romano’s they are getting ready for the annual St. Patrick’s day Corned Beef rush. That little place will go though thousands of pounds of corned beef and they work like dogs to get it all ready.

Next door to Romano’s is the Ole Time Luncheonette. I mentioned this place before, it actually opened it the middle of the power outages and the ice storms. The last three days they have been packed. The two ladies and their husband that run the place are there seven days. Drive 25 miles to get there and work hard. I sure hope this keeps up. They deserve it.

And their Fish and chips is the best in town. Just in time for Lent.

Speaking of Restaurants, one of my favorites the Boarder Bar and Grille in Leominster. I was informed by a friend that their appetizers (with minor exceptions) are half price weekdays between 3-6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. as well. As they are rather filling I think this will be the way we manage to hit the place every now and then with money tight.

Do you know the sound the plastic container of Hershey Syrup makes when my son is trying to squeeze the last bit out is exactly the same as the sound of my cat coughing up a hairball? We never had that problem with the old cans.

This story at Gateway Pundit about Witchcraft being the fastest growing religion in the country reminded me of this quote from the Screwtape letters:

I have high hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalise and mythologise their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, belief in us, (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to the Enemy [God]. The “Life Force,” the worship of sex, and some aspects of Psychoanalysis may here prove useful. If once we can produce our perfect work–the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls “Forces” while denying the existence of “spirits”–then the end of the war will be in sight.

My witch friends (and I mean that literally) might dispute this; but a lot of people are making large mistakes that they will regret for the rest of their deaths.

And if you like Screwtape and John Cleese you just have to find his reading of the Screwtape letters on tape. He is perfect in the role. We sampled it on this post. Four of them on youtube here.

Speaking of error not two days after my son decided on Fitchburg State College we were surprised to get a letter from the Bishop of Worcester recommending Anna Maria. In view of my visit I was astounded and have typed a response. I’ll post it in full after it is mailed and received. I will give you a taste:

We were very excited when Sam was accepted at Anna Maria and even more excited when they offered the largest (in dollars) scholarship of any of the nine colleges that have accepted and attempted to recruit him. We looked forward to the visit to the college and felt pleased that it would expand both his faith and his educational horizons.

Then we actually visited the college.

The rest they say is history.

We are coming closer and closer to the opening of the baseball season. We are also two weeks away from the World baseball classic. I think I must be the only guy who thinks the latter is worthwhile.

The Red Sox open against the Devil Rays. Two years ago that wouldn’t be much of a deal. Now this has a chance to grow to a mini-Sox Yankees as these teams just plain don’t like each other.

And wasn’t that series in the playoffs just first rate?

Played a game called In a Pickle. It was cute but I wouldn’t recommend it with 8 as it is rated for 6. It’s not a bad party game but I don’t think I’d buy it.

And I have a bigotry against games that de-emphasize winning in the rules.

I don’t think I will ever get sick of watching Ken Burns series “The Civil War.”

I don’t think I will ever not be sick of reality TV. If I wanted reality I get plenty of it every day.

And finally we’ve had days of the media nonsense attacking the New York Post on a cartoon that has absolutely nothing to do with race. Now the NAACP has gotten involved and are talking real nonsense. There was a time when the NAACP was the one of the most respected organizations in the US. Their hyperbole shows that those days are long gone.