According to this fellow something that he accuses of Durant doing 10 years ago (that has no basis in reality) proves that Durant is trying to steal an election that he has been ahead of in every single count. This is even though in every city where Mr. Durant won, the recounts were held in a professional manner and matched exactly to the counts of election night.

Meanwhile in Southbridge you had a ballot boxes cracked open, one box not tied, no controls on the people in the area of the recounts and (by an odd coincidence) you have two extra votes for the democratic candidate (recall that the initial reported lead for Durant’s was 2 votes) and the town clerk happens to be the cousin of the democratic candidate. Yet this gentleman sees nothing odd here.

Let’s remind this gentleman that the judge who heard this case a decade ago took all of five minutes to decide that arguments of the lawyers opposing Durant had all the credibility of the candidacy Alvin Greene of South Carolina.

However who needs that when you have this:

Keep in mind Howard Potash told me that over 200 dead voters voted in the Great Recall Election

Tell me did Mr. Potash tell him that the Moon is populated by Mice with spiked haircuts? I suspect if he did this gentleman would believe him since apparently the arguments made before a judge in a court of law can’t compare to hearsay told to a blogger by a lawyer in a losing case not under oath.

Ya gotta love the left, they are never more fun than when they are in panic.

7:40 p.m. The Panel believes the Tea Party should steer away from social issues. Personally I think we are deluding ourselves if we think that this will make the media like us more but the tighter the focus the easier to make the pitch.

7:20 p.m. What would we do different? More local events, reach out to public.

7:10 p.m. “This is not what we were told it would be!” Linda DuVal on what people who were informed by the media about tea parties said after attending.

7:05 p.m. Tawnya: biggest problem is members v involved members

7:00 p.m. Talked about achievements, talked about working with the media and the coverage it produced.

We have a tea party Panel on the election:

Ken Mandile of Worcester Tea Party

Dana George Reed: Knox Trail Tea Party

Tawnya Brooks: Greater Gardner Tea Party

Moderated by Justin Brooks

Update: Here are the videos from the evening:

The Forum Pt 1:

Pt 2:
Continue reading “Twin city tea party Panel”

…and I think your morning show with the handsome and bright Mika, and the pleasant team of Willie Geist and my brother from the kingdom Mike Barnicle is the best morning show on TV.

But I think you are misrepresenting Sarah Palin, if you don’t know better you should.

Now that my modem has been replaced I’ve had the chance to look at your column in politico and frankly it’s worse than what I thought it would be.

Your claim that Sarah Palin mocked Ronald Reagan’s credentials is blatantly false (she actually noted that liberals were constantly mocking Reagan, you know liberals, those are the guys lionizing your column today).

As for noting the Bush family were blue bloods, that’s actually true, they come from a long line of Blue bloods although W has more of Texas in him. She did not comment on the Bushes until Mrs. Bush choose to comment first. Again the great love of the left for George Bush and the celebration of his flying days in WW II you might remember were not high on the liberal list of things to talk about in his days. Liberals mocked him as a wimp mercilessly once; yet now that he is not a political liability to them, they safely complement him.

Furthermore frankly Palin has succeeded and I want to put this as politely as I can, beyond your wildest dreams. Your critique of her ability to make money sounds a lot like sour grapes (how’s that ranking for Last Best Hope on Amazon doing?). You know and I know and anyone who follows this stuff knows that you hit Palin because it produces ratings for you. It produces attention for you, she however continues to ignore MSNBC in general because frankly she is smart enough to know what is going on and knows enough not to punch downwards.

Be honest; how many people would have cared about your piece if it was a critique of Mitt Romney?

As for political advice that you gave to republicans in general and Palin in particular this year, it was great advice…if your goal was to cement the democratic hold on congress. You preached compromise and a move to the left. Palin however along with Rush Limbaugh choose to stand and fight, and through 2009 fought nearly alone. Without that willingness throughout 2009 there is no huge republican majority in the House this year. She held the line while you counseled retreat, that’s what a leader does.

As for 2010 does it no occur to you that many of those gutless republicans unwilling to say on the air what you state they say privately are working as surrogates for other Republican candidates seeking the nomination but afraid of offending Palin’s supporters? Their job is to play stalking horse and you are happily obliging. Never once have I heard you bring up that fact. Granted I am off taking my son to school for at least 30 min each morning so I may have missed something but I think not.

BTW remember all last year when you kept calling Palin a liar over the “death panel” remark. Now that Paul Krugman is now talking about “Death Panels” openly any comment?

Hate to say it Joe but when it comes to Sarah Palin you are very near a case of Sullivan’s Syndrome without the OBGYN fascination. The Blog Eye of Polyphemus may have it right:

So what can we conclude from Scarborough’s rant? Palin’s playing the political game under modern rules and playing it well, but she is not playing it the Inside the Beltway. Method Does comparing herself to Reagan, or criticizing the Bushes damage her credibility among the rank and file voters? Is she really an embarrassment because of her media exploits? Considering the zeitgeist , I cannot imagine so. Maybe to the political dinosaurs. That, I think, is the root of Scarborough’s problem. Reality is changing for the old guard. If Palin is successful, they become extinct. That is scarborough’s real problem. He is not afraid a nominated Palin will lose in 2012. He is really scared she will win.

I’m sure we’ll touch on your quaint little piece this week on DaTechGuy on DaRadio (Sunday 5 p.m. due to UMass Basketball). I am not a professional writer like Robert Stacy McCain so I won’t comment on Ghost Writing or no (UPDATE: Stacy Backed away from that), but I agree with this line:

“To all you people who want to send me e-mails: Don’t waste your time. I’m not going to read it.”

In other words: “My mind’s made up. Don’t try to confuse me with your so-called ‘facts.’” An attitude we might call . . . uh, anti-intellectual.

I would be more worried about this: You have Charles Johnson on your side, Sarah Palin has Robert Stacy McCain, I’m sorry but you lose BIG.

It will be very interesting to see the topics with the election now over.

I will of course be live blogging.

Hope to see you there, it is Taco Tuesday with all you can eat Tacos for one low price! Plus Malik the Magician for the kiddies!

P.S (my net is back up modem was dead but busy selling ads today will be posting more later tonight)

My home internet and phone is down so I am writing some Random Thoughts to post:

Watching Morning Joe today several thoughts:

They are hitting Harry Reid for being a rambling fool yet where all Angle is an idiot all the time during the election. Angle was not the slickest candidate but she had never served in the Senate, Reid has been there for decades, what’s his excuse?

Joe is misrepresenting Palin on Reagan and Bush in his politico column. When it comes to Palin he is rapidly becoming Andrew Sullivan without the Gynecological obsession.

And let me remind Joe that if Sarah Palin and the Republicans follow his advice, Democrats hold congress.

One good point, I’m sure a lot of republicans hit her privately, that’s because they are acting as surrogates for candidates who can’t hit Palin directly.

In fairness I don’t have net so I haven’t read his piece but I’m basing this opinion on the Morning Joe report.

I still like Joe and would love to have him on the show if we get a 2nd hour.

That is becoming more likely, I have sold ¾ of the advertising space on the 1st hour at this point. If I Sell anything similar today to what I sold yesterday I will be out of time to sell for the year before the week is up.

What has surprised me has been the lack of enthusiasm among political groups on the ads. I really expected the advertising to sell BIG with various GOP and conservative groups looking to raise funds and recruit members so far not a one. I also expected more ads from blogs looking for hits. Hasn’t materialized.

Local business’ the people who work the hardest have done the trick for me. I owe you all a debt that I hope to repay by promoting your business’ like there is no tomorrow

When are the media going to start having the new republican women and black republicans in congress on a regular basis?

On the radio today at 96.9 Jim and Marjorie were playing out of context clips of Palin and asking the question: Palin vs Romney. That is a no Brainer:

Mitt Romney has one solid public position, that he should be president, and he will not take any risk that might mess with that. When the president’s numbers were in the 70’s he was invisible.

Sarah Palin has actual beliefs. She stood up for candidates and when Obama was in the 70’s she fought! A leader leads that’s Palin.

When the Smithsonian has an exhibit of the Mohamed cartoons then I’ll take them seriously again after this Jesus with ants stuff.

I’ll have more on the news of the day when I have regular net again.

John McCain is someone who makes conservatives heads spin.

  • He has served his country honorably and is a genuine war hero yet was involved in the Keating five scandal.
  • He has both supported and opposed Amnesty
  • He has opposed tax cuts but has done Yeoman Work on Earmarks
  • He constantly was used by the media to hit George Bush yet was the single most important supporter of the surge when the country needed him. It is fair to say that without his support the war in Iraq might have been lost.
  • And most of all, he refused to attack candidate Obama and supported bailouts….Yet not only did he bring Sarah Palin on the ticket he steadfastly has stood by her; To Wit:

On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, host Candy Crowley asked Senator John McCain what he thought of Sarah Palin’s recent firestorm of media attention — her new book, new reality show, and all the other publicity she has been receiving recently. When Crowley asked if McCain felt Palin might be divisive, he responded: “A guy named Ronald Reagan used to be viewed as divisive.”

“She’s doing a great job. I think she’s motivated our base,” McCain added. “She had a positive impact on the last election, and I’m proud of her.”

McCain’s loyalty to Palin is not unexpected. He was a prisoner of war, he understands loyalty, he also knows that Sarah Palin took a lot of heat from the right for supporting him this time around and he hasn’t forgotten that.

I know some might laugh at this but I’d say John McCain has done three great services for the country that we can never repay:

  1. He fought from the front when he didn’t have to and showed bravery in captivity
  2. He supported the surge when he knew the media would have stood behind him and lionized him for opposing it. His actions took bravery and saved the future of millions in Iraqis
  3. He introduced Sarah Palin to the national stage at exactly the right time. If Obamacare is repealed in the new congress or in 2012 it will be because she fought when others did not and helped rally the conservative base. Without the McCain selection this would not have been possible.

I will still hit McCain when I think he is wrong but I will  never forget this and neither should you.

….before I said this:

China is fine with both North Korean proliferation and development of nuclear weapons

and lo and behold what do the wikileaks reveal? China is aiding in nuclear proliferation:

Documents reveal China’s role in shipments of nukes to Iran

So much for the “China has its own Islamic militants so they aren’t going to help Islamic radicals get nukes”. China doesn’t have a problem with Islamic militants, they kill them, without mercy and without the chest beating that we have in you put a Koran in Gitmo the wrong side up on a table.

Anyone who thinks China is on our side is deluding themselves.


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Let me point out that you will never see the founder of Wikileaks putting out internal information from China, Russia, Venezuela or say Iran. This is for two reasons:

1. The first being he is as Glenn Reynolds often says: They’re not anti-war they are on the other side.

2. Secondly these people know that the Russians, Chinese and Iranians et/al would simply kill them.

This is why also why you will never see “peace” groups put human shields in Israel or in any country threatened by these guys or the Taliban et/al. That’s why you never see the same type of protests in the countries listed above. Their police will not treat them as ours do.

The Anti-American left talks a good game about western “oppression” but their actions or lack thereof betray them

Update: Hank Stolz on the Peter Blute Show on WCRN this morning brought up a great point. Iran is not going to believe that Wikileaks is for real, being an unfree society they can’t wrap their head around the idea that we would allow something like this to happen.

I’m reminded of the scene in Patton when general Jodl is informed that Patton is in danger of being relieved for slapping a soldier, he responds dismissively:

“You believe their newspapers? Would the Allies remove their most effective General because he slapped a soldier?”

I would not be shocked to see that reaction in Iran right now.

Update 2: And via Glenn Omri Ceren notes how “experts” got arab reaction on a possible attack on Iran totally wrong.

I attended the event at St. Paul’s Cathedral of St Paul last night and the Vigil was incredible.

Three bishops, dozens of priests over 450 people from all over the Diocese and a first rate choir and spectacular music election accompanied a night of solemn prayer and adoration not only for unborn life but for the souls of those who have acted against innocent life, to wit:

Lord, you are love and mercy itself.

Draw all who have acted against innocent human life to repentance and forgiveness and heal them through an outpouring of grace

We often forget it is those who offend life and aid Abortion who are in fact in the most danger. Their actions end the lives of others but they also harm souls most notably their own. We should never neglect to pray for all those involved from Planned Parenthood and naral et/all for their souls are at risk and it a terrible thing to fall under the judgment of a just God.

I must admit I was shocked and disappointed that the Cathedral was not full. It’s not every day the Pope asks you do something. Would it have been that hard for Catholics in the diocese to show? My friend, poet and theologian Jim Marley (Who will be one of my Christmas Guests on DaTechGuy on DaRadio) has had cancer twice, is walking on crutches and is constantly in incredible pain yet he was there struggling to stand when possible and forced to sit when he could not. Where were the students of Holy Cross in Worcester? Where were the student and faculty from Anna Maria College whose president assured me two years ago that my comments suggesting they have forgotten their Catholic identity were incorrect? Apparently it is only remembered when raising money from the faithful.

Secondly I was surprised when I looked at the back of the Bulletin of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester. There are 15 advertising spots. 3 are blank. How is it that the Cathedral in the 2nd largest city in New England can’t manage 15 ads in their bulletin?

I’m sure the media will give this story of people praying worldwide for life all the attention it gives the count for the annual right to life march, which is almost none.





If it’s not Greenwald objecting to the methods it’s Johnson crying that the right will hit Obama for it.

Patterico makes the first point that needs to be made:

According to the story, Mohamud was corresponding with an overseas terrorist and looking for ways to become involved in “violent jihad.” This is when the FBI entered the picture, with an undercover sgent who pretended to be an associate of the terrorist willing to help Mohamud assemble a bomb to kill men, women and children at a Christmas tree lighting event.

According to the FBI, Mohamud had a thumb drive with detailed instructions for making the bomb. He mailed bomb components to the investigators so they could assemble the bomb. He set off a practice device. And he mailed passport photos to the investigators as part of a getaway plot. And so on and so on. He was quite serious about this.

Maybe it’s just me but I like the idea of the FBI (under this administration or ANY administration) nailing these guys before they can get very far.

McCain makes the 2nd point:

Michelle Malkin does make an important point when she says, “Violent jihad. Two words the current occupant of the White House won’t say together and about which he remains in stubborn denial.”

But then again, Malkin also often excoriated the previous occupant of the White House — that would be the Republican, President Bush — when he rhetorically obscured the specific nature of the jihadist danger.

It would be wiser if the administration would admit violent Jihad is the cause of this nonsense, but since we are getting the right results that might actually suggest that although out-loud they might be more likely to blame fans of Petticoat Junction than Violent Jihad privately they are apparently still managing to get the bad guys.

What really bothers me is this from Nice Deb:

check out the comments at FireDogLake. Ay-yi-yi. I was expecting at least some to say, “WTF, dude! This guy was no victim!” But no…. they all agree. It doesn’t occur to any of these commenters that capturing someone with the hateful and murderous worldview of Islamofascism before he kills, is a good thing. Why?

How can these people defend someone who has dedicated his life to killing as many innocent Americans as possible?

Honestly I think that the far left at once time encouraged this as a weapon against the Bushes, however the result is they managed to create an actual core of true believers who believe we deserve to be slaughtered.

My biggest worry had been that this administration shared that worldview, although diplomatically it has been juvenile, the results in terms of preventing attack and prosecuting the war has been admirable and in the end those results are all that count.

As you know I am not a Rule 5 regular, but I am making one of my few exceptions in this case.

You might recall this post that Stacy Linked concerning Hallie. As you can see I now have permission to use her photo so I include one here.

Her site with more photos to judge from is here. And remember you can vote for her once per day till the end of the year. To vote click here.

Update: BTW Yes I understand that one might expect a more shall we say provocative picture for rule 5 but as I’ve said before beauty is not a question of what you are wearing or not but of yourself.

Yesterday I was setting up in the studio for the RAVE show (Gary Rosen and Gary Vecchio) preceding Conservatively Speaking and the subject of North Korea came up where both Gary’s said that it was hard to deal with North Korea because you are dealing with “unstable” people.

As I’m typing this on Fox News the hosts said North Korea has nothing to lose by going to war.

Over and over we hear that we want China to restrain North Korea. All of this is in my opinion is wrong and based on some myths:

1. Myth one China wants to restrain North Korea: Wrong: China is fine with both North Korean proliferation and development of nuclear weapons. North Korea give China the ability to proliferate nuclear weapons to groups who oppose us and our interests without being directly involved. If you think that the North Koreans were able to get where they were without China technological aid then you are out of your mind.

There are two primary targets for the Chinese army. One is their own people and the other is the US. It is not fashionable to say it but China is our primary enemy and we are theirs. We trade, we exchange culture, but our goals are diametrically opposed. Anyone who thinks otherwise is deluding themselves.

Mind you the Chinese people themselves are awesome. You will not find harder working, more dedicated and more culturally centered people out there. If China would lose the communistic oppression and the evil that comes with it there would be no limit to what they could achieve.

2. Myth two: North Korea’s rulers are “irrational” or “unstable”

This is a cop-out. If you want to understand the rulers of North Korea think of an unjust feudal Lord. North Korea is a vast feudal estate where the Lord of the manor keeps all for himself and feeds his troops to give him power. He gives only enough to his subjects to keep who they need alive.

It is not irrational it is entirely rational. The NK government knows that its people are starving, they don’t care, the only thing that matters is their leaders comfort and keeping the military well fed and loyal. Watch a few episodes of the old Richard Greene Robin Hood series if you want to understand their mindset

3. Myth three: North Korea’s threats of war are serious:

This is the biggest myth out there. The North Korean government is terrified of a war. Why, because the North Korean Army isn’t an army. It is the bodyguard for the Jong Il family. The moment any war begins three things happen:

a) The nuclear areas are toast

b) The Army is toast

c) The Jon Il family is dead

If the nuclear power is gone then they can’t shake down the west. If the army is massacred then they can’t control their own people, and if they are dead…then they are dead. Again you have to stop thinking of North Korea as anything other than a feudal kingdom of the Jong Il family subject to their Chinese masters. The Jong Il’s don’t care if the country starves or even if half a million of their own soldiers are dead, all they care about is their own comfort. Period.

If it is VERY clear that any attack on South Korea means smart bombs in the Jong Il Household and carpet bombing of the military, the game is over.

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Three great articles on Palin and her detractors one by Melissa Clouthier one by Sissy Willis (my guest next week on DaTechGuy on DaRadio) and Lori Ziganto at Snark and Boobs.

You should read all three but I think you can reduce the articles down to one general rule. Like all general rules there will be occasional exceptions but I think it’s very solid:

Palin Rule #1

The amount of hysterical and bitter vitriol thrown at Sarah Palin by any individual is inversely proportional to said person’s self-esteem and self image

Note that “vitriol” is not the same as “snark”

There is an inverse rule which all of us Palin Fans need to keep in mind:

Palin Rule #2

Any person who finds gets in a hysterical rage over an individual joke or snark or hit on Sarah Palin needs to re-read Exodus 20:2-3 Stat!

8:45 p.m. Brian Herr is on the line, we might bring in DaScienceGuy early

8:30 p.m Updates slowing as we get ready for our show. DaScienceGuy is in DaBuilding

8:10 p.m. Mary Z now on the air too

7:45 p.m. Asking about who on the state level has the role on the state level to look over this? Answer: AG would prosecute if there is any issue but the Sec of State can be called to get involved.

7:40 p.m. By an odd coincidence the “interesting” box in precinct #5 gave a 2 vote gain for the dem.

7:30 p.m. Talking about precinct #5 Box in Southbridge Mass.

7:25 p.m. Coming back from break, talking about the crack in the Ballot box space to get a hand in.

7:20 p.m. Talking about the plastic tubs that were cracked open.

7:10 p.m. More details on the recount in Southbridge. It looks like a disgrace. Spencer was MUCH better.

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Via Josh Trevino (to whom I still owe a drink) we have this story out of Israel:

“If people ask when Jews will lose their majority, then it’s already happened,” DellaPergola said. “If one combines the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip and West Bank, includes foreign workers and refugees, whose numbers have grown rapidly in recent years, and omits Israelis who made aliya under the Law of Return but are not recognized as Jews by the Interior Ministry, then Jews are slightly less than 50% of the population.”

The finding is potentially significant in the context of efforts to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians.

As Mark Steyn has said many times demographics are destiny so if Israel doesn’t do something their state will disappear through sheer numbers. Lucky for the children of Israel instructions have already been given to solve that solution by their founder:

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them: “Be Fertile and multiply and fill the earthGen 9:1

Be fertile , then and multiply ; abound on the earth and subdue it,Gen 9:7

Personally I don’t think Israel is going to find a better source of advice do you?  I personally think all of western civilization should follow it.



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The Eu and the fools who decided to give up their identities for the sake of what in my opinion amounts to a Franco German alliance sphere and the ability of a lot of elites to get themselves voted comfortable lives paid for by the citizenry, are in a panic.

As the Economic situation gets worse and worse and bailout after bailout is discussed the once invincible Euro zone is showing the inevitable cracks that such foolishness brings, to wit:

But look at your response to them: what they are being told as their government is collapsing is that it would be inappropriate for them to have a general election. In fact [EU Economic and Monetary Affairs] Commissioner [Olli] Rehn here said they had to agree to their budget first before they are allowed to have a general election.

Just who the hell do you think you people are? You are very, very dangerous people indeed: your obsession with creating this euro state means that you are happy to destroy democracy, you appear to be happy with millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor.

Untold millions must suffer so that your euro dream can continue. Well it won’t work, because it’s Portugal next. With their debt levels of 325 percent of GDP they are the next ones on the list, and after that I suspect it will be Spain, and the bailout for Spain would be 7 times the size of Ireland, and at that moment all the bailout money has gone – there won’t be any more.

These people must be getting nervous because they have reached the point where they are escorting people out of the chamber because a Mr. Schultz’s feelings were hurt.

Nobody likes to be called a fascist but apparently Mr. Schultz and the folk who support him have a much thinner skin than those who they oppose as pointed out by Daniel Hannan in the Telegraph:

Several aspects of this episode should alarm us. First, there is the democratic objection. Surely it is up to the electorate to decide who sits in a legislature. If Bloom can be denied his place by his fellow MEPs, what is to stop the federalist majority voting to expel every Eurosceptic?

Then there is the liberal objection. In a free society, the right to say what you will trumps the right not to be offended. We should allow people to be ignorant, ill-mannered, obnoxious; to condemn themselves by their boorishness.

Above all, though, there is the sheer one-sidedness. I’ve blogged before about the way in which Euro-integrationists routinely dismiss their opponents as Nazis. The leader of the European Liberals, Graham Watson, has said that Eurosceptics put him in mind of “the National Socialists in the German Reichstag”. In the run-up to the French referendum on the European Constitution, Margot Wallström, then Sweden’s Commissioner, travelled to the Theresiendstadt concentration camp to and told “No” voters that this was where their ideology would lead. Only last week, Herman Van Rompuy, the Euro-President, said “we have together to fight the danger of a new Euro-scepticism. Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism, and nationalism leads to war”.

Yet they still sit in fact check out this clip where that same Mr. Schultz throws out the “fascist” label against a person who makes the unforgivable sin of asking for the financial books to be opened.

Bottom line, when bloated dictatorships and or bureaucracies she their power and privileges start to slip away they tend to get angrier and panic ridden and more oppressive. As Andrew Stutterford says at NRO:

But then the EU parliament is not about freedom. Never has been. Never will be.

Indeed. Via Sissy Willis on Twitter

Update: Cubachi comments:

If anything, I want to thank Mr. Bloom for sticking to his principles and proving once and for all, the pathetic nature of the European Union. If only this socialist wet dream can be thrown in the dustbin of history. I think this can be the beginning of the end of the UK’s membership.


Michael Barone is always worth reading but something this week caught my eye:

Around 100 years ago Finnish immigrants flocked to the mines and woods of the country around Lake Superior, where the topography and weather must have seemed familiar. They’ve been a mostly Democratic, sometimes even radical voting bloc ever since. No more, it seems. Going into the election, the three most Finnish districts, Michigan 1, Wisconsin 7 and Minnesota 8, all fronting on Lake Superior, were represented by two Democratic committee chairmen and the chairman of an Energy and Commerce subcommittee, with a total of 95 years of seniority.

Wisconsin’s David Obey and Michigan’s Bart Stupak both chose to retire, and were replaced by Republicans who had started running before their announcements. Minnesota’s James Oberstar was upset by retired Northwest pilot and stay-at-home dad Chip Cravaack.

So here’s a new rule for the political scientists: As go the Finns, so goes America.

Barone may not be aware of this but so many Finns settled in Fitchburg that there is still a Finish Consulate in town. The town went big for Scott Brown and if I’m not mistaken narrowly for Bill Gunn in the last election.

Dare I say as Fitchburg goes, so goes the nation?

I’ve never much card for American Idol, or Dancing with the stars, at game night over Dave’s house its on so I do my best to ignore it but neither one are anything that I care to watch. Unfortunately the convergence of the show with the Palin wars forced it into the news. I didn’t want to write about it at the time but now that it’s over there are some valuable lessons for everyone here.

Once Bristol Palin started to advance in the show the left started getting into a huff because better dancers were being eliminated and complained comically about the “integrity” of a vote in popularity show. It was admittedly a lot of fun watching them have a cow as she made it into the finals. This show was nothing significant but they had made it so as a way to hit the Palin’s who were simply having fun. This is and was a great example of Palin Derangement Syndrome

It was at this point that many on the right made a fatal mistake. They decided that because the left had invested themselves into this TV show emotionally that they would have to as well. This was a huge mistake and an example of the same idolatry that elected Barack Obama.

Gone was the principle of advancement by merit, that conservatives prize, gone was the opposition of special preference, we preferred Sarah Palin and by Extension Bristol Palin plus we could upset the left so many people invested themselves in an attempt to gain a victory that would feel good for a day but prove Pyrrhic. In the end the mirror image of Obama worship gave the left a talking point and a cause to smile as Bristol Palin came in 3rd. It was frankly a meaningless victory but one that got some small meaning because Palin fans made it so.

In 1884 Grover Cleveland was election becoming the first Democratic president since before the Civil war. Democrats who had been in the wilderness for a long time looked forward to the fruits of the spoils system but unfortunately for them President Cleveland’s reputation for honesty was well-earned. He was studious in replacing only the unqualified and when pressed by the party over this replied “A Democratic Thief is as bad as a Republican one.” (It is the lack of such democrats today that helped push me into the GOP). When people blindly voted for Bristol they made that same mistake that Cleveland scolded the party insiders for.

I like Sarah Palin a lot, of the candidates I believe are running only the very qualified Haley Barbour has a shot of getting my vote. Palin combines the practicality of an authentic life and a common sense approach to most issues, with the courage to stand up for things she believes in even if there is a political cost (as Lincoln said of Grant, he Fights!) when others hide in the shadows. She is however a person, I am going to disagree with her on occasion, she will get things wrong and/or make mistakes on occasion as we all do, and if we blindly follow, we are doing both her and ourselves a disservice.

Sarah Palin isn’t “the one”, nor is her family, I like them both and think she is the best choice for 2012 but I refuse to be caught up in the same throes of passion that drove the election of President Obama or the frenzy concerning Bristol Palin and neither should you.

We are conservatives for a reason, lets act as such.

Sarah Palin put out a thanksgiving message yesterday that was simply classic:

My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…

And thus she highlighted the difference between a single gaffe that she made and corrected at once, and the gaffe’s above made by the president that the media ignored:

Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even news anchors.

Obviously, I would have been even more impressed if the media showed some consistency on this issue. Unfortunately, it seems they couldn’t resist the temptation to turn a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue of mine into a major political headline.

For example ABC News:

“And we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes,” she responded.

Palin’s gaffe immediately caught fire on the blogosphere. Liberals jumped to show her response as evidence of Palin’s lack of foreign policy expertise. Conservatives came to her defense, pointing to her response immediately before the gaffe where she discusses sanctions.

Palin has yet to address the incident.

Not only has she addressed the issue but she made you look like fools by making it an issue as she said in closing:

“Hope springs eternal” as the poet says. Let’s hope that perhaps, just maybe, they (the media) might get it right next time. When we the people are effective in holding America’s free press accountable for responsible and truthful reporting, then we shall all have even more to be thankful for!


…at least that’s what David Broder thinks:

Palin has conducted a vendetta against the Murkowski family, and she became governor four years ago by upsetting Lisa’s father, Frank Murkowski, in another low-turnout GOP primary.

I understand the political class feels privileged and entitled but I didn’t realize that running again Frank Murkowski and defeating him constitutes a vendetta. Take it from a Sicilian American Dave, you don’t know from vendetta.

Before he left office, Frank Murkowski appointed Lisa to a vacant Republican Senate seat only to see her lose the nomination this year.

So let me get this straight, Murkowski’s seat was given to her on a silver platter by her father and this is not a problem? Imagiane how different the piece would have been if said appointment had been made by a governor Palin or Bush.

When she lost the primary, that was expected to be the end of her. Miller settled in for an easy race against a little-known Democrat in his Republican-leaning state. But Murkowski, with some notable help from anti-Palin elements and parts of the energy industry, decided to try a long-shot write-in campaig/

Hold on, are you saying that anti-Palin elements drove this campaign, and the energy industry, you mean big oil etc? I thought people like Palin were supposed to be in the pocket of big oil?

The second funniest line of the piece is this one:

The demographics required that Murkowski seek support from Democrats

Let’s see democrats who absolutely loathe Sarah Palin and hope to bring her down have a choice between voting for a democrat who has no prayer or helping to defeat a candidate endorsed by Palin knowing the MSM will jump all over her for it. That must have been a real tough choice for partisan democrats. I’m sure that Broder gives that fact a lot of weight in the results, doesn’t he?

“I think that’s what voters are looking for. I don’t think that most are looking for somebody that is going to follow the litmus test of one party or another, and never deviate from it. I think they want us to think, and I think they want us to work cooperatively together. So, that’s my pledge to all Alaskans, regardless of whether you are the most conservative Republican or the most liberal Democrat, I’m going to try to find a way that we can find common ground to help the state and to help our country.”

Want to know what the election was about? That’s an authoritative answer.

So a three-way election with a turnout about the size of the turnout of MA-4’s congressional race giving where the incumbent had an incredible financial advantage and the backing of both anti-Palin forces and big energy is what the election was all about. Call me a naif but I’d guess those 60+ seats including Ann Marie Buerkle and Renne Ellmers and Allen West and the tea party movement might have a tad more to do with things.

The media is desperate to change the narrative of the last election before the next one, expect a lot more of this for a while.

More to add-on to Saturday’s topics

…he just doesn’t know it yet:

I am not Catholic – my ancestors were Ulster Scots, and I remain proudly Protestant – but over the years many Catholic readers have been attracted to this blog by my advocacy of a pro-family, pro-life philosophy which owes much to the doctrine expounded in Humanae Vitae. If you have never read it, you certainly should and please note that Humanae Vitae is addressed not merely to Catholics, nor even exclusively to Christians, but “to all men of good will.”

He writes about Pope Paul Vi (the pope of my youth) and Benedict XVI, read this post, it is a very Catholic one

Recall that Paul VI wrote this in 1968, eight years after the first oral contraceptive was made commercially available in the U.S., at the height of the ridiculous hysteria over “The Population Bomb,” and five years before Roe v. Wade.

As Benedict XVI says, Humanae Vitae was “prophetically right,” because Paul VI clearly warned that the embrace of artificial contraception would “open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards.”

Since most protestant denominations gave in on Birth Control more than half a century ago reading this from Stacy brings a grin to my face. It’s like reading an essay from my friend Jim Marley poet and student of Theology (and one of the guest for my Christmas show). Stacy sounds more Catholic than most Catholics, but then again he is starting by linking to the Anchoress which is the best way to find the way to the charity of truth.

The Anchoress tends to hit basic truths well, to wit:

Did Pope Benedict know he was sparking a debate with his responses in Light of the World?

I suspect he did. Benedict is not stupid, and he’s not unsavvy about media; he knows the press is reactionary and slavish to the sensational – that they would grab his answers to Peter Seewald and run with them, and that after their first noise, some of them would actually settle down and seek to understand, while others never would.

Meanwhile, the faithful would be jarred from their torpor, and others–who had been dismissive of all-positions-Catholic–would again be engaged.

Active engagement is always better than passive dismissal.

And the discussion continues:

Paul VI, he said, “was convinced that society robs itself of its greatest hopes when it kills human beings through abortion”.

Benedict XVI said: “How many children are killed who might one day have been geniuses, who could have given humanity something new, who could have given us a new Mozart or some new technical discovery?

“We need to stop and think about the great human capacity that is being destroyed here – even quite apart from the fact that unborn children are human persons whose dignity and right to life we have to respect.”

Humanae Vitae’s main argument, that sexuality separated from fecundity in principle through the contraceptive pill would lead to sexuality becoming arbitrary, remains correct, Pope Benedict said.

I’ve made that argument over and over and was answered with: “How many would have been crack heads?” To which I say this. Who makes more difference 1 great teacher or 30 crack heads? 50 crack heads? 100 crack heads?

The potential of life is limitless, all it takes is faith and effort.

Oh and another of my Christmas Show guests notes something else the rest of the media has missed:

One aspect about this story that is getting no coverage is that we are getting a book like this in the first place. A sitting Pope sitting down with a journalist and not limiting any questions asked. Sure he is comfortable in his long relationship with Peter Seewald, but Seewald is willing to ask the questions other people would be interested in having asked. The Pope being the brilliant theologian that he is does not give pat answers. The Pope is not concerned with public relations and acting as a spin doctors on his answers to reduce any possible misinterpretations. The Pope thinks deeply on subjects and then gives us his answer where he would trust us with the truth. The Pope could have easily answered the questions on condoms by outlining the Church’s teaching on contraception, but instead spoke honestly in addressing possible situations. Some might call this a PR disaster and certainly it is annoying when the press distorts what the Pope says, but they would find something to distort regardless.

Remember the first thanksgiving proclamation was to give thanks to God.

My reviews of the Big Finish Doctor Who adventure # 133 City of Spires Staring Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor and Frazer Hines as Jamie are available at here. And at here.

There is nothing so sad as a story that starts off so promising and end, well like this one did.

As always you can pick this up at Mike’s comics. You can also listen to a trailer the adventure here.

There are a lot of reasons to give thanks on Thanksgiving day. I want to mention one that recently came up.

As you know with the Radio Show I’m just flat-out. The mornings consist of reading news and getting a few blog posts up and scheduled (in between getting the youngest to school) I’m usually out every day schlepping ads during the day When I get home I’m calling corporate offices or e-mailing my pitch and then working on scripts for people who either have bought or are potential buyers..

That being the case It’s easy to miss an e-mail. As I was setting up my Quickbooks I went to paypal to get the info on some ad payments when I noticed a $100 gift from a person I met in February.

You have to remember three years ago $100 represented 5 hours at my old job. Four weeks ago $100 represented one day of unemployment. Today $100 represents hours of knocking on doors and making my pitch to business after business in the hopes of selling ad space for the Radio Show and 1/12th of my monthly mortgage.

I e-mailed my thanks to the gentleman and reminded him that since I have a radio show now I could apply the money toward an ad for his business if he wanted.

His answer: This is a gift that is my pleasure to give.

How can you not be thankful for something like that?

To all of you out there, readers, listeners, commentators, and to those who I have had the pleasure to meet a Happy Thanksgiving and many more.

By popular demand for those who were busy last Saturday at 5 p.m. DaTechGuy on DaRadio with Robert Stacy McCain, Roxeanne DeLuca and special guest John Weston from Conservatively speaking:

.DaTechGuy on DaRadio Show 1 11-20-10

Comments, suggestions and critiques are welcome.

BTW I know there are a lot of shout-outs for show 1, that is because all advertisers were new ones.

Remember this weeks show is at our normal 9 p.m. time slot and I will be 3rd banana on Conservatively speaking starting at 7 p.m.
Update: Of course it goes without saying that any rebroadcast without buying me many Big Finish Dr. Who CD’s that I don’t have from Mike’s comics is strictly prohibited.

As you know I love the book Man of the House In it Tip O’Neill tells the story of Mrs. O’Brien during his 1935 race for the Cambridge City Council. The only race he ever lost. When she says to him that she will vote for him even though he didn’t ask.

When O’Neill protested that he had known her since he was a child, had shoveled her walk and cut her grass, and didn’t think he had to ask for her vote, she replied, “Tom, let me tell you something. People like to be asked.”

Yesterday after my dentist appointment I was going door to door to business in Leominster promoting the show and trying to sell ads. I was having no luck selling when I noticed a small insignificant looking African variety store with a Ghanian flag on the door.

Logic said pass it by after all at best I could hope to sell a $20 ad for a single week, so why bother when Wyman’s Liquor Mart Inc was across the street and Leominster Credit Union was there. But you know I was there and it never hurts to ask. Turned out the man there owns an international shipping company that ships to the gold coast of Africa: Ghana, Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria and when I told him the range of my 50,000 watt radio signal he asked me to come back on Tuesday with Ad samples.

If I had ignored that little story I would have lost my best lead of the day.

Which brings us to the blog htotherdizzle and Hallie Miller.

Last night I found a comment pending for my Good News runneth over post it said the following:

Hi! My name is Hallie and I have entered a Savvy Magazine photo shoot contest. I know you don’t know me but the winners are chosen by the public and if the public doesn’t know they need to vote…well, you guessed it, no one votes! Could you take a moment and look at my photos and decide if you would vote for me or not? Thanks! Here’s the link, could you pass it along?

It had all the classic signs of spam, an icon of a beautiful woman, a link different from the e-mail but I also noticed it was a wordpress blog, and my spam filter didn’t grab it. Intrigued I searched for the name, and did a search for the link and sure enough it goes to a modeling site that is having a contest.

I thought of Tip O’Neill’s story and I thought of all the doors I have knocked on in the last few days and realized she is doing the exact same thing I am. She is chasing her dream unafraid to ask a total stranger to help.

So Hallie Miller this is my gift to you, I am not only approving your comment, and voting for you but I am linking to your post on the contest and putting up this blog post to let everybody know about it.

I hope my readers go to the Explore modeling Site to vote for you.

Happy Thanksgiving Hallie!

Update: I didn’t include a picture of Hallie Miller because I didn’t have her permission, but I did tell the story to Stacy McCain who is a lot less shy.

Oh BTW you can vote once per day. Works for me.

My first meeting with Ann Marie Burekle was the day that Syracuse Post-Standard declared that she was down double digits. The poll itself was suspect but as my friend Robert Stacy McCain often says Polls aren’t elections. (this is what I constantly remind those who say Palin can’t win due to a poll that the election isn’t held today) That day Ann Marie said this:

(UPDATE video added)

Now forgetting that the poll was…shall we say interesting all that poll proved in the end was one (or both) of two things.

The Syracuse Post-Standard had an agenda

Ann Marie Buerkle worked incredibly hard and managed to turn it around in two weeks

I thought of that last night when I saw this story that leftist blogs have been jumping on:

New poll undercuts GOP claims of a midterm mandate

By Steven Thomma | McClatchy Newspapers

A majority of Americans want the Congress to keep the new health care law or actually expand it, despite Republican claims that they have a mandate from the people to kill it, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

I don’t know Steven Thomma, he may be a good writer and a nice guy and kind to animals but I know this much. He is trying to BS me and the left blogs are doing the same.

We just had an election where Republicans running against Obamacare won more seats than anyone has seen in over 50 years and you are trying to tell me there is no mandate because of your poll? As I left in comments:

Yeah all those 63 or 64 congressional seats mean nothing next to a POLL

how stupid do you think we are?

Apparently they think we are pretty stupid. Lucky for people who are not suckers we have Robert Stacy McCain at the American Spectator who isn’t buying it. His piece is called The Republican Mandate:

Those people did make a difference, and in the process made laughingstocks of pundits who said they couldn’t do it, chief among them E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post.

“It will be very hard for Republicans to take the House if they don’t break the Democrats’ power in the Northeast — and they still have to prove they can do that,” Dionne wrote five weeks before Election Day, in a column that featured this quote from Dan Maffei: “When we do retain the majority… people are going to look at the map and see that the Northeast held.” Dionne predicted: “Absent a Republican wave of historic proportions, [Maffei’s] seat now seems out of the GOP’s reach.”

Unfortunately for Maffei and Dionne, that “Republican wave of historic proportions” came crashing ashore Nov. 2 with enough power to flip six seats in New York into the GOP column. In addition to Buerkle’s hard-fought win in the 25th District, Republicans also captured previously Democrat-held seats in the 13th, 19th, 20th, 24th and 29th districts. New York’s six GOP pickups was the most of any state. Republicans gained five seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania, while adding four seats in both Florida and Illinois. If such widespread victories are not a mandate for House Republicans to oppose the Democrats’ liberal agenda, whatever could be?

How did two guys in fedoras know to visit Ny-25 in October when EJ Dionne who unlike me doesn’t have to go door to door to business to pay for his radio show? We went there any saw for ourselves!

If you choose to believe Steven Thomma and McClatchy that is your prerogative. Just don’t expect us to believe or trust your opinion

And yes this will be a topic on Saturday.

Update: Put the actual video in

Talk about a meaningless gesture:

Rep. Bill Owens, a Democrat from upstate New York, may back House Republican leader John Boehner for speaker.

Talk about a reverse FishBait Miller scenario. Although it would look good symbolically the GOP needs Bill Owens as much as Dan Maeffi will need his congressional parking space after Jan 3rd.

It’s going to take more than a meaningless vote to return Bill Owns to the House

Update: I guess he figured it out

A New York Democrat has changed his mind about possibly voting for GOP leader John Boehner as the next House speaker.

Rep. Bill Owens now says he was “blowing off a little steam” when he told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on Monday that it was “quite possible” he could vote for Boehner as speaker.

I guess he will have to win election the old fashioned way and earn it.

After long day of promoting the show door to door it’s nice to come home to good news like this:

Finally, after weeks of canvassing, absentee ballot counting, and legal challenges, Rep. Dan Maffei (D) has conceded to Ann Marie Buerkle (R) in the NY25 race.

A press conference is scheduled for 4PM today.

Ann Marie is a treasure and I didn’t realize her pro-life credentials were so strong

Remember that (a) Buerkle was endorsed by Sarah Palin, and (b) Buerkle is pro-life and was a former spokeswoman for Operation Rescue.

I wonder what Morning Joe will say about this race where Palin endorsed and nobody outside of Me Stacy and the Lonely Conservative thought was a winner?

Ann Marie is a fine woman and will be an even finer representative, I just wish more of the stories were “Ann Marie Wins” rather than Maffei concedes.

There is also good news of a non political nature as not only is BBC America going to be showing the Dr. Who Proms this year but the Christmas Special actually be shown, on Christmas.

BBC America have confirmed they will be showing the 2010 Doctor Who Prom on Christmas Day, the same day they show the 2010 Christmas Special A Christmas Carol.

And if that’s not enough the new preview of the Christmas special is out:

Is that awesome or what?

Oh and today some blogger out of Tennessee you might have heard of has confirmed as a guest for January 15th show.

Now if the potential customer whose ads I’m now writing like them then my cup will runneth over even more.

Ok you all know that the radio show is now how I make my living. I’ve got enough of a pad that I have till the Jan shows to get to the point where it supports me. I’ve gone door to door (with some success) I’ve e-mailed bloggers (with limited success) and I’ve called conservative groups (with no success). Let me make the argument directly why YOUR business and or group should be advertising on DaTechGuy on DaRadio:

#1. Reach:

WCRN is a 50,000 WATT AM radio station in the second largest city in New England. My show as an evening show broadcasts when other stations are powered down. During the day the station is heard in 7 states, at night that number nearly doubles and includes Canada. Why would you NOT want to run ads with that kind of reach?

#2 Bloggers

My guests for every show are bloggers, Large National Bloggers and smaller local bloggers. Each of these people have regular readers and twitter followers. Stacy McCain has just got his 5,000,000th hit. The Lonely Conservative is rated a top 100 conservative blogger, Sissy Willis (show 3) has almost 3000 twitter followers. If even one in ten of their readers, followers etc tune in that extends the audience tremendously, particularly when said blogger posts about coming on.

#3 Audience

WCRN has been building an evening of political talk with some success, we had 27 local, state and federal office seekers appear on our big Halloween show. Activists, Tea Party members, political junkies and conservatives have been attracted to the show.

#4 Timing

Hey who would want to buy ads on a new political show featuring Nationally known bloggers, whose audience is composed of people who follow politics that reaches all of NH during the 2011 primary season?

#5 Price:

I am buying the time on the show. So the ads are bought directly through me. So for as little as $20 for a single 15 sec ad or $198 for two 30 second ads per show for 4 weeks (8 ads) or $720 for 16 minutes of advertising over four shows.

If you are say Mitt Romney’s Free and strong America PAC. How much would you pay to get a regular 60 second commentary played for times a show for four weeks, giving you:

  • That reach
  • Those online blogger streamers
  • That audience
  • And all just in time to lay the groundwork in NH.

How much? You would sure pay more than $720 every four weeks! In fact you’d buy that time just to keep Huckpac, or SarahPac or Tim Pawlenty’s Freedom First Pac, or Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions Pac etc from getting those 50,000 watts for themselves. I mean that’s under $9400 for a year! Do ya think any of those Pacs can afford that? Cripes If I’m the dems I’d have a friendly business buy the time to keep them ALL off.

And on a smaller scale You are a conservative non-profit trying to gain membership or a smaller blogger trying to generate hits. $198 buys four 15 second ads on 4 shows or two 30 second ads on those same for shows!

Or say you are having a Conservative event like CPAC For $810 you would have Thirty Six 30 second ads promoting CPAC every week in Dec and Jan beamed with 50,000 Watts all over New England and beyond!

This is only the second week of the show.  The time to get in the door is NOW before the room gets full.

If you want me to contact you with more information ad a comment with contact info, I’ll grab the info (without putting the comment online) and contact you directly.

Simply to make a small point.

Mildred Jefferson was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. This is the type of thing that one might have seen moving tributes on many TV shows. Not simple editorials but large tributes in papers and perhaps even a major magazine article. After all her achievement was not insignificant, it was in 1951 that she graduated from Harvard Medical. This is in the middle of Jim Crow, before MLK.

Why is there less fuss? Because of quotes like this:

“I became a physician in order to help save lives. I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.”

You see she founded National right to life applauded by Roe v Wade. That’s why you see long essays in the American Spectator and feminists for life.

I met her only one, during the hearings in Fitchburg in January. I actually had no idea who she was, but said this about her testimony:

With a quiet and calm demeanor she made the case that Fitchburg would be a less pleasant place with Planned parenthood. Her best argument however was the description of Planned Parenthood in terms of practices and their use of organizations that they fund to support their positions as if they were independent.

Consider, this is a person who is known within the movement and must have had many demands on her time and life, and yet, on a cold winter day she made the time to come to Fitchburg Mass. to fight for the lives of the unborn.

I consider myself a well-informed person and one who follows history, I am shocked that I didn’t know this woman, but I shouldn’t be, because the MSM and foes of abortion could not allow it for they might be inspired and that can’t be allowed to happen.

Via Damian Thompsom who will be on our Christmas show.

“I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, important problem in the choice of the masculine over the feminine,” Lombardi said. “He told me no. The problem is this … It’s the first step of taking responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life of another with whom you have a relationship.”

“This is if you’re a woman, a man, or a transsexual. We’re at the same point,” Lombardi said.

Sensible, compassionate, logical – and a badly needed clarification of Catholic teaching rather a U-turn. But some commentators, who attached such weight to the Pope’s reference to a male prostitute, are going to have a really hard time talking themselves out of this one

I’m thinking screwtape:

the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one-the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

The pope is making the same argument in reverse, if the person uses the condom to prevent the spread of a deadly disease, he or she by showing that concerning is taking a small step toward the light. It doesn’t make the sins of Adultery or Fornication any less a sin, but you can’t walk away from the darkness without that first step toward the light.

And again the function here is intent. Using a condom to prevent pregnancy while trying to argue that you are just trying to prevent disease might allow you to convince yourself, but it doesn’t mean a thing, you can fool yourself, but at the gate your won’t fool St. Peter.

Well here is another test for our president:

Thick plumes of black smoke were rising from a South Korean island on Tuesday afternoon after an unexpected attack by North Korea, killing several people.

The attack began around 2.30 p.m. local time when North Korea fired more than 200 artillery shells near the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, which has a population of nearly 1,200. As many as 70 houses were reported to be on fire, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the air.

The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported that at least several people had been killed in the attack, while the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported that at least 14 South Korean soldiers had been injured, including four who were seriously injured. At least four civilians were also injured.

Seoul confirmed it responded with artillery fire and scrambled F-16 fighter jets to respond to the sudden attack, which comes days after North Korea unveiled a vast new facility it secretly and rapidly built to enrich uranium.

Let me explain how you respond: YOU SHOOT BACK!

As long as you let NK shoot at you and don’t shoot back, they have a license to shoot at you.

Is there a danger of a full scale war? Yes, and the result of said war. The destruction of North Korea and NK knows it. This is a little dictatorship, they aren’t looking for a war, they are looking for a payout, but if they can squeeze SK they will.

And apparently South Korea gets it:

South Korea says it has returned fire after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two marines.

The South’s military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert after the shells landed on Yeonpyeong island.

The North said it did not fire first in the incident. Two South Korean marines and four civilians were also injured.

Sure and the North Koreans are feeding their own people fine too.

Liberty Pundits has an interesting opinion:

OK, so on October 13, 2010, North Korea unveiled their new missile with launching platform for submarine launched missiles. On November 4, 2010, the Military Chief of the North Korean military arrives in Cuba for a meeting. On November 8, 2010, a still-unidentified missile was launched from a submarine at rush hour off the coast of LA, and given all the “cargo ships” from North Korea that have been visiting Cuba this year…well, do I really need to finish that thought? Then, 4 days ago, NK revealed that they were doing what everyone with a pulse knew they were doing: making potential weapons grade plutonium from a nuclear plant. And today, they sent 200 missiles to the South Korean Island Yeonppeyong, killing several people.

200 missiles.

They got away with an act of war off our west coast…of course they feel entirely comfortable going after North Korea! And Japan…you’re on their list too.

Well President Obama, you wanted this job, what are you going to do about it?

Update: PJM gets to the heart of the matter:

In March of this year, the South Korean Pohang-class corvette was torpedoed by a North Korean submarine. Hillary Clinton responded by sternly warned North Korea that it would face consequences.

In warning Pyongyang, Secretary of State Clinton aimed to send a “clear message” to North Korea. “We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to unanswered by the International Community”. Whatever the message sent was, it didn’t deter North Korea from this latest attack. But don’t worry. The odds are that Secretary Clinton is consulting with allies to determine how to engage Pyongyang so that this doesn’t happen again, at least not in the next few months.

As a famous sea caption once said: “Cringing to these fellows will never do!”

This Chris Christie clip is all over the web:

Monday morning after crashing on the couch I woke up really early and expected to see Willie Geist on Way Too Early certain that it would be featured since Gov Christie is held in high esteem on Morning Joe.

Nope no sign, well it’s only a 30 min show so Morning Joe would surely have a clip from it?


Now lets give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they had a lot to play with, but this is prime Willie Geist stuff and would lead right into another interview with the Gov.

I’ll watch tomorrow if I’m up. If they leave it out again, then I’m wondering is MSNBC worried about building up Christie? After all he may not be running in 2012 but 2016 is not that far away and every time he opens his mouth he improves the republican brand.

There are quite a few bloggers unhappy with various republicans who are hitting Sarah Palin on a regular basis:

This annoys the hell out of me, because I’m not some rabid Palinista. Crap like this from Barbara Bush leaves one no alternative but to respond to it. What, does she have another son, or a grand kid lined up for the job of President? Reagan handed your husband his, despite some misgivings, and he blew it, Barbara…And as for Mona Charen’s, Why Sarah Palin Shouldn’t Run item at Townhall, congrats Mona, you finally found something to write about and make yourself relevant, again.

I’m sure Dan will elaborate more when he visits DaTechGuy on DaRadio on Dec 18th. Sissy Willis who is visiting on Dec 5th said this:

“I think they really hate that she not only is who she is, but she’s happy not to be like them,” twittered Kurt Schlichter earlier this afternoon as we were reading the entrails of the once proud Barbara Bush’s fall from grace in a forthcoming Larry King interview where the wife and mother of two former presidents stoops to give that “force of nature,” Sarah Palin, some ill-advised, unsolicited advice

I think everybody is missing a real important point here as republican after republican hits Sarah Palin and earns the attention and sudden interest of the MSM. What is interesting is not that who is hitting Palin but who is not, namely Republican candidates for president.

And there is a reason for this. The republican candidate who openly attacks Sarah Palin may or may not succeed in stopping her from getting the nomination but there is one thing for sure. It will definitely stop said candidate from getting on the ticket in any way shape or form. Even worse if I am wrong and such a candidate does manage to get on the ticket I can guarantee a conservative third-party that will either replace republicans or at the least cost them republicans elections for decades to come.

None of the current non-Palin people running want this. So what to do?

Proxy Proxy Proxy.

These various republicans are in my opinion working sub rosa for individual candidates. Their job is to make the statements and draw the media’s attention to Sarah Palin’s “failings”. Additionally each person who does this brings yet another series of negative press to the forefront. The hope is something, anything will stick deep enough to wound her come Iowa and New Hampshire.

The hope is that it drives sufficient negatives to keep her from winning primaries so that if another candidate breaks from the pack then they can ask Palin for support while denying any actions against her.

Could work. Likely won’t.