My latest for the Examiner: The left could take lessons in civility from the Tea Party deals with two recent events. The Mayoral Forum hosted by the Twin City Tea party:

All in all it was an important but totally unremarkable bit of civic activity. Nothing you might not see in any city in the nation.…except it was, if Vice President Joe Biden and representative Andre Carson (D-IN) are to be believed hosted by a group of Terrorists who would love to see black Americans “hanging from a tree”.

and I contrast it with today’s events in Missouri first reported at Cry Liberty:

Meanwhile a “Kitchen Table Talk held today at Oak Bend branch of the St. Louis Public library and hosted by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) ended quite differently. Not only were no questions answered but the event had to be closed down and police called when a Tea party member was assaulted and a 2nd injured by two men in the crowd for taking pictures of a public event in a public building hosted by a public figure.

It seems the Tea Party is going to have to take some lessons in how to be violent terrorists from the left or vice versa.

Via Jeff Quinton Technorati reports that AOL’s aqusition of Huff Po has paid off for Arianna but apparently nobody else:

Only 6 months after spending a great of its remaining cash on the purchase of Huffington Post, AOL is up for sale according to many insiders in the know. Sources in the industry claim that AOL has met privately with the mega-law firm Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and investment bank Allen & Company about putting the former ISP up for sale to the highest bidder.

Any conservative worth his salt could see this coming but Arianna Huffington has a pleasing face, a nice shape, a glib tongue and is part of the “in” crowd so they fell for it hook line and sinker, again from Technorati

It is clear that their management, seen by many as top heavy salary wise, is not suited to run a content company that needs to focus on cost cutting. Where most content companies are run by sleek, cost-effective staff members who get paid mainly on production, AOL still has remnants of the TimeWarner era where people were paid for resumes, not results.

Sounds like Congressional democrats and the Obama administration doesn’t it?

Oh and Newsweek apparently isn’t going wild with Tina Brown in charge either. I guess the rule of thumb is, beware Morning Joe guests for company bosses.

Last year when I covered the primary race in GA-4 staying in a predominantly black city, I was really taken aback by the reaction of some black folks when they discovered I supported the tea party:

It was if a switch was suddenly turned on with ice in her voice I was told: “I have no comment”. For the rest of.the time I was there I was stared at with contempt as if I was something lower than low. My race had not been an issue nor the Crucifix being Catholic in a very protestant state, but once it was known I supported the tea party it was as if I was wearing a Klan outfit. I heard the ladies talking among themselves saying you could tell I was a tea party man just by my appearance. When I left glares followed me out.

I blamed the media at the time but apparently this racial hatred is being stoked by dishonorable people whose title begins with the words “Honorable”

Congressional Black Caucus Travels US Cities Using Violent Rhetoric: Declares ‘War’ on Racist Tea Party, Says Tea Party Wants to Lynch Blacks

Black America has been ill-served by their “leaders” and the democratic party since the time of the great society:

Howard Portnoy puts it this way at Hot air

It appears that these lawmakers understand the actual threat the Tea Party poses—namely, a retrenching of the government handouts that help these politicians win reelection by keeping their constituents down.

I’m trying to think what is worse. The idea that these black “leaders” do not understand the tea party and are speaking from ignorance and panic (if so that’s inexcusable), or do understand the tea party and are purposely sowing race hatred for political gain. If the latter it’s one of the most despicable things I have seen in my lifetime.

Meanwhile in a time of internet and online communication there is no reason for anyone to not know the truth about the tea party. If individuals believe this nonsense then they can only blame themselves, both for their own self-deception and for the quality of their representation.

Update: Politico reports on it and equates it to “you lie”. Amazing

Yesterday afternoon as I was picking up a suit and meeting a person for lunch at a location where I hope to get new advertising I noticed on my cell phone that I had missed a call from Stacy McCain.

Once out of the Haberdasher’s place I gave Stacy a call. Apparently he rang during the mayoral Forum and I was too busy to answer.

He told me about the pirating of his video, (I had already posted on it) and he was STILL angry about it. It was my opinion that he should sue Wonkette and help support those 5 kids of his.

Although adamant about maintaining his rights he was less committal about a suit for damages.

Well now both Perez Hilton:

Here is a screen-cap from Perez Hilton’s site, showing that he downloaded and re-uploaded the pirated/edited “Who likes white people?” video, imprinting it with his own watermark

and CBS “News”

– #1. Everything that comes out of Michele Bachmann’s mouth is gold. A new video has her asking a crowd of people, “Who likes white people?” It doesn’t make any sense, so many explanations are surfacing from “White People Soul Power” being the band that played before, to the fact it was raining and Bachmann is asking about “wet” people.

have grabbed the pirated the phony video and used it for their profit and advantage, drawing tens of thousands of views to their sites. I presume a monetary value can be established for that, and I also suspect there might be at least one or two really solid legal minds on the right would have no problems going to court with this.

Stacy I don’t know how much the small blogger who first stole your video was worth but I suspect that both Perez Hilton and CBS news have a few dollars to rub together

Stacy as you might guess is not happy with Perez but as a professional reporter is really pissed at CBS news:

Yeah, the time-stamp: “6:44 p.m. Aug. 30,” by which time Chris Moody’s accurate post at Yahoo News — identifying my video as the source from which the pirated/edited smear video was stolen — had been a top item at Memeorandum for more than 24 hours!

But wait, it gets better, because here are my two posts on this topic:

Monday Aug. 29, 9:10 p.m. — MY VIDEO of Michele Bachmann’s Christian Testimony Used in SMEAR JOB
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10:58 a.m. — Lowlife Who Pirated My Video Apologizes for Smearing Michele Bachmann

If Michelle Castillo has the advanced journalistic skills necessary to click that second link, she will discover that, when informed that his copyright infringement was the subject of contemplated legal action, the video pirate had published an apology and deleted the video from his YouTube channel early this morning, more than 12 hours before Castillo included his piracy as the No. 1 selection in the CBS News ”Top 5 Viral Videos of the Week.”

As a veteran of 25 years in the news business, I promise you that if I were Michelle Castillo’s boss, I’d have several choice words to say to her, the mildest of which would be, “YOU’RE FIRED!”

I actually think even if this costs people jobs and large amounts of money the fact that the false message got out there to tens of thousands who will never notice any correction is worth every penny that Hilton and CBS have to lay out for this idiocy, and if Michelle Castillo’s job goes to, what is that against the opportunity to defame the hated Bachmann?

Meanwhile Stacy McCain once said he has never been rich and has often been poor but has never faltered in his love of the Lord:

So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Matthew 6:31-33

Stacy has been very big on the first half of this message, it would be the ultimate irony if thanks to the callous hatred of an unbeliever for a professed public follower of Christ Stacy’s ship finally comes in.

Wouldn’t that be a spectacular ending to the story?

I met Jane Jameson at my first CPAC in 2010. I remember her coming in during the morning after my all nighter and asking her if she would be part of my field guide to bloggers. She declined as she explained that it would be a problem because if it was known that she was a conservative in San Francisco it would adversely affect her business.

I found it very ironic that she was forced into a closet by the ever so tolerant people of San Francisco.

I have a shot or two of her in one of my fedoras buried in my backups but the strongest image of her is in my head as a cute fun lady who looked great in a fedora.

I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her as well as Yid and Stacy.

It is odd to think of a person I know with an online chronicle deceased. I wonder if she finds it odd that there are people all over the country that will miss her?

at least nobody who follows the MSM

The controversy over the Fast and Furious anti-gun-trafficking operation upended the careers of two Justice Department officials Tuesday as the interim head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was transferred to an obscure, new post and the well-connected chief federal prosecutor in Arizona resigned.

Politico actually has given the scandal a fair amount of coverage yet unlike other stories on the site the networks, particularly MSNBC which normally feeds off it, took little or no interest in Fast and Furious or gunrunner or any of the other names the ATF scandal has adopted.

So for the second time in this administration (the first being Van Jones) a figure has resigned and the section of the public who doesn’t read conservative blogs or watch Fox news do not know who the person is or why he resigned or any background of the scandal.

And people wonder why Fox polled as most trusted

Just over a year ago I asked this question when the media ignored NASA’s Muslim outreach program

How much longer in an internet age can the MSM decide that a story on the front Page of Drudge for two days will not be seen if they ignore it? How long can the MSM decide that Memeorandum doesn’t exist?

Or to put it another way, When will the media decide that scandals within a presidential administration are newsworthy before a resignation takes place.

Id say January 20th 2013 election expert not withstanding.

Update: Ed Driscoll links at PJ-Media, thanks

There are lame excuses but this one from the Romney Camp concerning fundraising takes the cake

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is facing a new challenge: He’s having trouble raising money from some Jewish donors who mistakenly believe one of his opponents, Michele Bachmann, is Jewish.

Some Jewish donors are telling fund-raisers for Romney, a Mormon, that while they like him, they’d rather open their wallets for the “Jewish candidate,” who they don’t realize is actually a Lutheran, The Post has learned.

“It’s a real problem,” one Romney fund-raiser said. “We’re working very hard in the Jewish community because of Obama’s Israel problem. This was surprising.”

While it’s very possible, maybe even probable that the average potential Romney donor is not reading Robert Stacy McCain and missed Mrs. Bachmann’s Christian Testimony I’ll wager they are familiar enough with the MSM to have heard the “Lunatic Christian” meme played in print or television media.

So assuming this is spin, (and lets be frank, every statement from every campaign has some degree of spin in it) why play this card? Ann Althouse has a thought:

What might have motivated the Romney people to get the idea out there that Barbara Bachmann is really Jewish? It could be to generate unease among voters who have some anti-Semitism.Think of the rumor that Barack Obama is really Muslim. The Romney people should not want people to think they meant to ignite that kind of suspicion about Bachmann. Oddly, Romney himself has to deal with the antagonism toward his religion — the religion he actually follows. You’d think his campaign folk would be more sensitive. It’s almost as if they’re trying to generate a rumor that Bachmann’s not Christian at all to deal with his problem with some people thinking Mormons aren’t Christian enough (or at all).

Interesting theory but I’m thinking something different.

I’m thinking Gov Romney got a lot of initial funds from maxed out establishment types early and is having trouble keeping the funds flowing now that the “He is the only one who can beat Obama” myth has been shattered.

Professor Althouse’s suspicions may or may not have some merit but the problem with not having a campaign supported by the grass roots is eventually the still available big money looks for the best possible investment (i.e. The winning side). I suspect that Romney needs to explain his lack of new funds without accelerating a stampede of donors elsewhere.

Or to put it another way. If you can’t get results then next best thing is a marketable excuse.

Mazal Tov!

Update: Several readers and friends insist this is a real issue. Then again a lot of people think I’m jewish too. (In fact I was asked it today)

Yesterday at Fitchburg State College University the Twin City Tea Party sponsored a Mayoral Forum for the two democrats and one independent to air their views.

Mayoral Forum? I thought the tea party were a bunch of Terrorists?

Continue reading “Twin City Tea Party Mayoral forum Fitchburg State University”

Because she is a fanatical Lutheran and Christians are dangerous and have to be stopped:

Some vicious monster ripped off my video and edited it, so that when Bachmann begins by jokingly asking the crowd, “Who likes wet people?” — because everybody was soaked to the bone, including me — instead there is a caption, “Who likes white people?”

And after all, when one rejects Christian rules the whole “Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor thing doesn’t really apply.

But not to worry, it’s not as if the media organs of the left are going to report on a false story:

Ken Layne of Wonkette then spread that smear all around the Internet.

Now normally one might think that if such a video was out there with Bachmann it might have already come out, but since it fit the left’s template concerning both religion and race why waste time with ya know factchecking!

Wonkette still hasn’t bothered to retract because after all, Michelle Bachmann is crazy so we can do this kind of thing.

Bong Bong does a little better showing both videos but suggests in the title and opening the false statement that

Bachmann: Who likes white people?

Crowd: (Cheers)

Bachmann: Yeah! That’s right! I’m Michelle Bachmann and I’m a member of congress and I’m running for the presidency of the United States and I’m here to talk tonight here to tell you about the creator of the universe, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why lead with the falsehood? Gawker improves on Boing Boing by pointing out the falsehood but finishes with a jab:

Don’t be disappointed. She’ll say her next funny thing soon enough, and soon thereafter we’ll all be dead.

On the left Mediate does the best, identifying Ben Smith as of Politico who first led with the big lie

The post was tweeted by Politico’s Ben Smith, who noted that it was an “out-of-context line (it’s a band name),

You would think an outfit like Politico might bother to factcheck, apparently if you do you would think wrong. You would also think after 9 hours he would retract or correct the tweet. I guess that’s beyond politico too.

Update: Apparently he did tweet the correction, I can’t see how I managed to miss it since I made it a point to go to his twitter timeline to check before writing this, but he tweeted me the links with the proper correction, so it’s my bad on that one.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain asks the question:

Now, who do I sue for copyright infringement, piracy and fraud?

Glenn suggests everyone, if the right is not going to fund your reporting let Ben Smith, Wonkette and all the rest do so. If nothing else you will embarrass them and maybe get a nice settlement.

How will the left react to this correction? very mildly, after all the thing they hate the most about the video is the Christian Testimony:

I’ll give Stacy the last word

What’s strange is that liberals find this type of narrative perfectly acceptable when what is being testified to is some appropriately secular conversion: “Why I became a lesbian feminist” or “When I learned the undenjiable scientific truth of global warming” or “How I discovered that my Republican parents are closet Nazis.” It is only the conversion narrative of Bible-believing Christians that liberals find obnoxiously repellant. And the idea that a Bible-believing Christian might think themselves called to high public office . . .

Well, liberals just can’t handle that — at least when the self-identified Christian is a pro-life conservative Republican. It was OK for John F. Kennedy to be Catholic, it was OK for Jimmy Carter to be a Baptist, and it was OK for Barack Obama to be whatever it is you want to call devotees of what Rev. Jeremiah Wright preaches. But let a conservative Republican speak in public about his or her Christian faith, and liberals immediately start screaming about “theocracy.”

Just a reminder, he wrote that before Rick Perry entered the race.

Update 2: Usually threatening to sue a blogger doesn’t work, but some cases are stronger than others, particularly when one steals and edits a video to present a falsehood:

I was angry so I decided to take Mrs. Bachmann’s line out of context to make her seem more overtly racist in light of her recent signing of that Iowa marriage pledge that said black children were better off under slavery than in Obama’s America. Whether or not I dislike Michele Bachmann, it wasn’t right to deliver a dishonest blow like that.

Note the whole “She’s an evil homophobic racist but two wrongs don’t make a right” meme. Stacy McCain being an actual journalist knows what “absence of malice” means

There are two injured parties, you see. This “On Knees” blogger’s claim that his misleading distortion of Bachmann’s speech was retaliation for her having signed the Iowa marriage pledge is rather interesting in terms of demonstrating malice.

And they are worried about Christian fanatics?

I was informed today that due to some technical difficulties the station was unable to record our abbreviated show live from the Broadview Assisted Living facility in Winchendon featuring Lisa Graas.

Fortunately I’ve already arranged to have Lisa back for September when I’ll be able to give her a full two hours of time.

My apologies to those who normally wait for the podcast.

Mordcha: Why should I break my head about the outside world. Let the outside world break it’s own head!

Tevye: He’s right, as the good book says: ‘If you spit in the air it lands in your face.’

Perchik: Nonsense you can’t close your eyes to what’s happening in the world

Tevye: He’s Right

Avram: He’s right, and he’s right? They can’t both be right.

Tevye: You know… you are also right

There is a lot of fuss about Perry’s remarks about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme

in Des Moines, when a reporter asked about the suggestion that his campaign was backing off some positions in the staunch states-rights book, Perry said, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”

And the left reacts with either ‘s laughs, snark, insults or fear

So who’s right, Perry and the Right or the left? If you look at the question with a smart eye it’s clear who is right.

Rick Santorum!

Why, because Santorum has made the argument that many of our fiscal issues have their origin in social changes that have been harmful to our nation.

The reason Social Security is in big trouble is we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion, because one in three pregnancies end in abortion.

And it’s not just the culture of Abortion, it’s the culture of birth control and of Children as a burden vs a blessing.

When Social Security was designed the culture of the nation was solidly Judeo-Christian. If you have a culture where large families are celebrated and encouraged then Social Security goes from Ponsi scheme to a sustainable program for centuries. As the population continues to increase the technology does as well and is able to support it. As Stacy McCain pointed out:

In 1957, at the peak of the Baby Boom, the U.S. total fertility rate (TFR) – the average number of births per woman, over the course of her lifetime, based on annual rates — reached 3.74. As any student of statistics should see, this number meant that the typical American woman was far more likely to have four children than to have only three.

Or for every childless woman out there in the US you could find a mother of 6 or more out there.

However with the 60’s “do what you want” culture taking root with it culmination of a culture of death where presidential candidates argue their daughters shouldn’t be “punished with children” or that Pregnancy is treated as a disease, suddenly you don’t have the population to sustain a program like Social Security nor as Europe is finding out a population to sustain the cultural norms like free speech. As Pundit put it:

So this is what is at the bottom of the pro-choice argument — they are “disgusted” by pregnancy and birth? I thought it was supposed to be the crazy fundamentalists that hated the human body and feared sex. How sick do you have to be to be revolted by the process that brings new life, that brought your life, into being?

Or as Stacy McCain put it: Anti-science!

Anti-natalist sentiments are a natural byproduct of the Contraceptive Culture, which propagates the belief that sex without pregnancy is normal, and where pregnancy is considered a rare medical anomaly.

This way of thinking — nowadays so common that we don’t even recognize it as an ideological phenomenon — is an inversion of nature.

From a strictly biological point of view, procreation is the only purpose of sex. People who like to condemn conservatives as being “anti-science” because we don’t go along with the global-warming crusade ought to be asked to explain why they are so hostile to the scientific purpose of sex, i.e., making babies.

One of the advantages that comes with age is the ability to see how things work over generations. As a person interested in history since childhood I’ve had the incredible luck to be born at a time where not only massive changes were taking place but access to information for the ordinary man was almost unprecedented in history both in terms of books and electronics. Looking at the evidence of history, current events and my own eyes over the years I must conclude that the adoption of the 60’s culture of hedonism and narcissism by our society has been the cause of the greatest self-inflicted hemorrhage of blood and treasure the country has ever seen since the Civil War.

Bottom line, Social Security in the culture it was designed for was not a Ponzi scheme, but the cultural changes that took place in the sixties have made it into one. Perry argument treats the symptom, which is important, but Santorum argument address the cause, that is better.

Update: Smitty weighs in

The interesting question raised by the Politico article is whether the Boomers are sufficiently enslaved by entitlements. Are they indoctrinated into beliefs about ‘rights’ to Social Security and Medicare that have become velvet handcuffs over time, so that the Boomers can be manipulated into turning against a candidate like a Perry, or a Cain, or a Santorum, who has the courage to speak the truth? I wish that ideas of liberty and American Exceptionalism were sufficiently strong to make that a silly question, but they are not.

O’Rourke famously noted that 2010 was not an election; it was a restraining order. 2012, therefore, will be liberty on trial, prosecuted by a Progressive werewolf in bespoke and Gucchis. Will conservatives rally around a McCotter, or even Palin? Or will they be deceived and support Romney, whose hair is perfect?

That depends on which side of the cultural divide they fall on.

Sunday Conservatives for Palin linked to an article in the Des Moines Register called Iowans weigh a possible Palin run.

Strategists here said she’s an attractive candidate for many reasons: big name, big charisma, big self-confidence, instant media access, loyal base, socially conservative, tea party sympathizer — and she strikes fear in the hearts of other Republicans, who don’t want to be attacked by her.

Although I’ve made no secret of what I think of Sarah Palin or a Palin candidacy I think there are disadvantages in a run in 2012 and advantages in staying out of the race that should be soberly considered:

1. The GOP field:

Contrary to the MSM narrative we actually have a rather strong GOP field. From the weakest to the strongest from the worst to the best; The current crop all are able to beat Obama and would be an improvement over him.

2. Diluting the Tea:

Governor Palin’s entry would be an imperative if we didn’t have good Tea Party candidates already in the field but: Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, McCotter, Paul, Perry, Roemer, Santorum are all Tea Party friendly candidates. (My issues with Ron Paul are not fiscal). The division of the Tea Party strength by another entry give new life to the “Better than Obama but that’s not saying much” establishment wing of Huntsman, Johnson and Romney. This is a bad thing.

3. Sour Grapes supporters: (the Dede gambit)

For many months now people have come into the field and made commitments, volunteers have tirelessly advocated for their people putting time sweat and money into campaigns. Many of these people might have gone with Palin if she had entered early but a late Palin’s entry (though sensible for many reasons) would suck the air out of some smaller campaigns and will leave some bad feelings among the grass roots supporters. Expect the Romney Campaign and its allies to do their best to use this as a wedge to divide the Tea Party.

4. Keeping the Field Honest:

If Governor Palin chooses not to run the dynamic of the field changes from: “How do we attack her without upsetting her supporters?” (Romney of course has the establishment to do it for him) to “How do we keep her supporters happy” and/or “How do we get her to endorse our campaign?”. Suddenly she becomes the single most courted voter in the race. That allows her to advance the positions that she has championed throughout the last 3 years.

5. Short Circuit the media re-direct operation

The media with their desire to re-elect President Obama at all costs will spend a lot of time in a crowded campaign trying to force other campaigns to pick fights with Governor Palin or to comment on her. Naturally since all are competing for the same office it is necessary for them to draw distinctions between you and them. Every time a GOP candidate is hitting Sarah Palin is a time they are NOT hitting President Obama or the democrats and I can guarantee that it will be those clips, not ones attacking the administration that will get the most air time.

6. The Fleet in Being gambit:

If Governor Palin doesn’t run in 2012 she remains a potential candidate for yet another election cycle. Like a fleet in being this forces a Democratic administration and/or media to disaster plan every time she reacts while keeping a GOP president or congress honest if they decide to go soft.

7. Riding to the sound of the guns:

A chief executive has to deal with every problem on the plate at the same time. As a non-candidate or non-president she can continue to use facebook to as a direct portal to mobilize her followers and quickly react to events to drive coverage and opinion but can devote her full energy to the most important fights as they show up.

8. The ultimate campaign asset:

Outside of the White House she remains a powerful fundraising and campaigning draw that can be utilized in support of conservative candidates and campaigns on the state and federal level without the complications of office. If elected to office as the head of the GOP she is to some degree obliged to support any member of the party as a member of the party.

9. Time is on our side:

Governor Palin at 47 is a year younger than me. in 2016 she will be 52, in 2020 she will be 56, in 2024 she will be 60 that is one year younger than Hillery Clinton was on Election day 2008. Governor Palin could conceivably run anytime between now and 2032 without age being an issue. Meanwhile while age is less a foe for the pol it is devastating for the MSM host hoping to attract an audience on cable. She will still be a viable presidential candidate when Katie Couric is regulated to a once a quarter appearance on a Sunday show panel.

None of these points mean that Sarah Palin should not run and would not win in 2012. I believe she can beat Obama this year and would make a fine president and an even finer leader of the free world. My support for Sarah Palin is predicated on what I think is best for the long-term interest of our country. That being the case the ultimate goal must be the most effective use of the Governor’s considerable political and leadership talents to that end. Therefore it is necessary to soberly look at the pros and cons of any such decision.

If we don’t then how are we different from the unthinking throngs who treated Obama’s election to the presidency as the next best thing to the second coming of the Lord?

Apparently due to the absolutely polarized nature of our political discussion and the rapid nature of mediums like Twitter many people no longer have the ability to pick up forms of humor such as sarcasm as they once did.

In the interest of the well-being of such folk The Emergency blog system for the humor impaired™ brings you this vital message.

When I re-tweet something like this:

This is an example of "Sarcasm"

I am not in fact claiming this attack happened because of “Islamaphobia” which is a term used by those who are:

1. Trying to suppress critiques of any action however barbaric by Islamic radicals

2. Actually “islamophobic” defined as “So afraid that if they don’t kowtow to radical Islam that they will be targeted.”

rather I am making fun of those who cry “Islamophoboa” at the drop of a hat as if this stuff doesn’t go on almost every day.

and when I re-tweet something like this:

Sarcasm example #2 This will be on the test

I am not in fact blaming my friend Pam Geller who I strongly admire; for the Muslims scalding a Christian convert in Norway:

A an ex-Muslim Convert to Christianity was attacked with boiling water and acid by Muslims at an ‘asylum reception centre’ in Norway on Friday.

“Ali” (Not his real name), an Asylum seeker in an immigration centre in Jaeren, Norway, had boiling water poured over him after he converted to Christianity and would not comply with Ramadan fasting rules. He and the other converts at the centre now fear for their lives

but am actually mocking those in the MSM and on the net who falsely tried to pin an act of mass murder on her in that very same country for the fools they are.

This concludes this message from the Emergency blog system for the humor impaired™. If you or someone you love is humor impaired I suggest an emergency dose of the Three Stooges or Monty Python. If it is an advanced case such as the Sarcasm impaired then administer doses of the Marx Brothers each day till they’ve seen all their movies.

Personally I think it’s all a case of Neo-Confederate-Sex-Panic.

Considering the Keller hit piece in the NYT and the pressure the MSM will be putting on candidates and their supporters over overt Christianity I’m sure even the most protestant candidates in the race belonging to churches that have abandoned the Lectionary would approve of the timing of today’s scheduled reading at Sunday Mass. They fit the debate like a glove.(all emphasis mine):

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
violence and outrage is my message;
the word of the LORD has brought me
derision and reproach all the day.

I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.
(Jeremiah 20:7-9)

Second Reading

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God,

what is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

And Today’s Gospel

Jesus began to show his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly
from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him,
“God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.”
He turned and said to Peter,
Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me.
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples,
Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world
and forfeit his life”
Or what can one give in exchange for his life?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct.(Matthew 16:21-27)

You would be hard pressed to find a more fitting set of readings to punctuate this debate that continues on. The warnings and messages therein are important reminders to people ready to bend or break under the media onslaught.

1. Don’t Panic

2. Don’t be stupid.

That is all.

Update: Some Contradictions in Fitchburg: at 12:29 p.m.

1. The city seems prepared, part of Main Street and Putnam street is closed in case the high winds topple the shell of the fire damaged Johnsonia Building

2. At least one part of John Fitch Highway is closed at the moment

3. Tree Removal and power resources are strategically deployed and ready to react.

4. The decision to release water two days ago is paying off big. Yesterday afternoon the water level was so low that the flood control at Greene’s pond was dry, this morning the water is gushing over it in an unending torrent.

4. I saw a couple of large limbs on the ground and a lot of small stuff, the leaves of my grape-vine are taking a hit but the fruit seems to be holding out.

5. Power outages are sporadic, for example St. Anthony Di Padua church had power for mass but the rectory across the street has no power

On the other hand:

Local shops all see to be open, Romano’s Market was open, the local diners are all open (had breakfast at one today) Supermarkets Pizza Places and fast food restaurants and even the Comic book store in town is open for business.

Was not only the best single episode I’ve seen in the series (and I’ve been watching since 1981) but could easily been a season or series finale.

Four comments:

Arthur Darvill is in my opinion the best companion The Doctor has ever had.

Karen Gillian was always a good companion but she and Arther Darvill click. They NEED to be in another series together once they leave this one.

When Catlin Blackwood grows up it will be an incredible loss for the series.

If Alex Kingston was any hotter you could replace the furnace in your house with her.

And Matt Smith continues to out Doctor everyone in sight.

And Stephen Moffat has solved a huge upcoming problem for the series in spectacular fashion.

I don’t care if you have a coupon for a free hour at the Midnight Bunny Ranch in Nevada redeemable only during the show, Sit down and watch tonight’s episode instead.

Update: Seriously how can you not like something like this:

Update: OK it was six thoughts so sue me.

…for being the person who put me over the 1000 twitter follower mark.

I know in the Twittersphere that is not a large number but I only got into twitter a year ago and I’ve made a deliberate point not to avoid “recruiting” followers. I decided to see how long it would take me to get to 1000 on the strength of the tweets, (and the recommendations of others)

It took 14 months.

So to An American Housewife in London who was the follower who got me to 4 digits I say thanks and I hope I keep tweeting something worthwhile for you to notice.

Apparently pretty stupid considering these headlines concerning Irene:

How Global Warming is making Hurricane Irene worse

Was Hurricane Irene caused by global warming?

And these guys think Christians’ are dumb hicks?

Global Warming has gone from legit scientific hypothesis to full TV Evangelist “send me your (tax) money or the world is doomed” Crackpot religion in record time predicated on the idea that the average person can be counted on to forget facts already in evidence. So just for a moment let’s do that:

Let’s forget that since recorded history there have been Hurricanes of various strengths hitting the Caribbean and North America.

Let’s forget that devastating Hurricanes took place for decades and caused death and destruction on a scale far beyond Irene before anyone ever heard the words “Global Warming”.

Let’s forget that indeed such storms took place when our scientific community was predicting a new ice age.

Let’s forget that there is a reason “Natural Disasters” begin with the word “Natural”

In fact lets for the sake of this argument let’s pretend, for the moment the fantasy that “Man Made Global Warming” is actually real, and let me give the prophets and missionaries of this religion a piece of advice:

If you want to convince someone of an extraordinary event don’t attempt to shoehorn every ordinary existing weather phenomenon that people have seen for years into your message of evangelization.

Take a tip from Jesus Christ, and I don’t mean the South Park/Family Guy version which is the only one you likely have been exposed to I mean the real thing:

At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.

He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!

Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Luke 13:1-5

This is called “scripture” You know what Christ actually taught. Take a peek once in a while, you might learn something.

Via a tweet by the Anchoress and Don Surber Two can play at this “Irene as religious prophecy” game:

However unlike the left we’re joking.

Update 2: Hotair has a full collection of the idiocy

The good news, you won’t lose a Red Sox Game due to the oncomming storm

A few hours before last night’s game, the Red Sox held a brief, players-only team meeting.

The topic: Hurricane Irene.

With the storm expected to hit New England by tomorrow night or Sunday, the players agreed it would be prudent to preemptively move up Sunday’s game and play a day-night doubleheader tomorrow against the Oakland Athletics.

the Bad news is that with the day night doubleheader Hour 2 of DaTechGuy on DaRAdio will be preempted for the Boston Red Sox game.

So tomorrow’s show featuring Lisa Graas will be only one hour, but Live from Broadview Assisted Living Complex in Winchedon. Sherman Whitman will be interviewing folk onsite Lisa and I talk a bit about the presidential race and the sudden fears of religious conservatives.

Join us at 10 a.m. on WCRN AM 830. Dail 508-438-0965 or 888-9-FEDORA.

Barring a new hurricane or earthquake DaTechGuy on DaRadio will be back to full Strength next week.

Yesterday I was at the Border Grille for lunch to talk ads with the owner when I ran into an old friend of mine who I haven’t seen in a few years. We talked about the show a bit and our mutual love of gaming when the subject of the election came up and I saw a phenom that I’ve seen a lot lately in the Republican Party.

My friend is an educated man in his 40’s. Both he and his father owned small business and are longtime republicans. We were going through the potential GOP nominees when he declared he was afraid of Rick Perry because of his fundamentalist belief in the Bible (specifically on evolution). He argued that if he doesn’t believe in Evolution what OTHER science does he not believe in?

I’ve already said something in my gut doesn’t care for Rick Perry but this caused me to do a double take; I answered:

“Unemployment is 9.1%, the economy is in the tank and you’re worried about a candidate’s position on how old the planet is?”

This whole “The GOP candidates are religious nuts” motif has been a big theme for the left and the media culminating in Bill Keller’s piece at the NYT yesterday.

Byron York pointed out that there is a method in this belief in madness via a pair of tweets pointing out:

Also on Keller: Time spent discussing religious tests, Trojan horses and ‘fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity’…is time spent not discussing unemployment. With jobless rate at 9.1%, that’s a major Democratic goal.:

After all to a guy who has just finished his 99 weeks of unemployment and is on food stamps no issue is more vital than if the world is 6000 or 600,000,000,000 billion years old!

The distraction method is important to the Democrats trying to win, but there is something more visceral going on nationally that goes beyond mere party that is being missed. Lisa Graas (my guest on DaTechGuy on DaRadio this week) spotted a piece of the puzzle in this with interview with Rick Santorum in the Colorado Independent:

But at least today I think what you’d see is that Catholics are pretty much all over the board. I mean, when I was growing up as a kid, pretty much everybody I knew that was Catholic was Democrat. That’s not the case anymore.

The question is whether you’re church-going or not.

If you’re a church-going Catholic by and large you’re a Republican, just like if you’re a church-going Protestant by and large you’re a Republican. And if you’re not church-going by and large you’re not.

This goes back to something I wrote about years ago:

Since the 60′s two unifying forces, for good or ill, were removed from the country: the removal of Judeo/Christian values as the semi-official moral code of the public schools) and the death of the draft/aka Vietnam. (actually ending in the 70′s). These two changes had one thing in common, it took two generations for them to have the following effect:

It is now unlikely that a student going to school today, had a teacher or parent who 1. Served in the military or 2. Was taught that moral code in school. To a whole generation now being born these are things that belong to outsiders. This makes the military and religious people outsiders and strange to one group and vice versa. Since the military draws predominantly from those two groups it will become more isolated from the rest of the public as time goes by.

There are now two parallel cultures in the US: One the culture born out of the 60’s that is secular and narcissistic. To that culture the primary sin is to …define something as sin or forbidden. The other is the Judeo-Christian culture that the country has lived under since it’s founding.

The distinguishing characteristic of the secular culture, driven by their lack of belief both in God and in themselves, is fear: Fear of salt in food, fear of traumatizing children by making rules, fear of offending anybody, fear of judgement calls. Simply put fear of being held responsible for anything. That is why it loves government control. Every responsibility and decision that government takes on is one less that they have to make for themselves or can be blamed for.

And Rachel Maddow wonders why we don’t build great things?

This brings us to Rick Perry and my friend’s fear of him. When I look at Perry the remarkable thing about him is how unremarkable he is. Anytime in the last 100 years his background and beliefs would be decidedly uncontroversial. In large swaths of the country where the traditional culture exists he is just another pol (with a good record on jobs).

The problem is in that parallel secular culture where so many of the left live, these views are totally alien and moreover the entertainment & news media that informs them (drawn primarily from that secular culture) alternates between mocking religious Americans as ignorant fools or painting them as murderous inbred fanatics.

It’s reached the point where the left fears the United States return to an imaginary past that only exists in their minds, bearing no resemblance to that time that still exists in living memory.

To them prior to Abington School District v. Schempp, the US lived in a Christian Theocracy where Jews and Gays are slaughtered and all culture was repressed. They are able to look at Pat Robinson and see Bin Laden while at the same time can look at Major Malik Nadal Hassan and see nothing. They look at the era before the sixties and see only segregation and repression while still calling the architects of that era “The Greatest Generation” without blinking an eye. It’s that cultural change that I noted before Obama’s inauguration:

Until 2008 a pastor like Rick Warren would never have been considered a controversial choice to be at any inaugural event. His inclusion wouldn’t have caused an eye to bat once.

Until 2008 a Bishop like Gene Robinson would have been impossible to include in any inaugural event without a massive uproar that would have been politically untenable.

So why all the panic about a Rick Perry now? Consider:

For just about 40 years the levers of our pop and media culture have been firmly in the hands of that secular culture. It was at its peak of power in the 90’s and seemed poised to fundamentally and permanently change the nation when it was hit by two giants jolts:

1. The internet which began the rise of alternate media and the demise of their monopoly on communication

2. 9/11 where reality caused the country to turn to the military, an institution overwhelmingly populated by members of the traditional culture that they feared and distrusted.

For a moment it looked like the nomination of Obama, a person deeply steeped in their own culture, might bring the nirvana they always dreamed of, but instead of the final nail in the coffin of traditional culture, his fecklessness, inability to lead and his multiple failures everywhere but, ironically, in war, threatens to turn the country right back in the direction they thought was totally purged.

Even worse it seems to confirm their culture’s inferiority complex. To a culture that decided to use everything from drugs, to politics to the earth itself to fill the empty space that religion once held the achievement of those who came before towers over them. I suspect they dub their grandparents the “Greatest Generation” because it excuses them from even attempting to achieve what their Grandparents & Great Grandparents did in much harder times. It’s why a person like Sarah Palin disgusts them so. She and people like her are a constant reminder of what they could have been but rejected.

And that’s where the fiscal conservatives come in.

Fiscal conservatives tend to deal with real world business problems. Actual figures tend to ground them in reality. They can see the president’s fiscal policies for what they are and want change, but their immersion in the secular culture gives surrounds them with the cloud of the same fear and loathing of the religious that the far left holds.

Democrats understand this and are playing it for all it’s worth. Can their grounding in reality overcome the irrational fears that the left has with people whose religious beliefs, would for most of the country’s existence be unremarkable and mainstream? That’s the $64,000 question.

We will find out in Tampa next year.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn and if you want another good look at the culture wars, check out Peg post at What-if called Free to be Me:

I thought that the point of the feminist revolution is that then, we would be “free to be me” – whoever that “me” happened to be. For myself, “me” is working as a Realtor, competing in tournament bridge, taking zillions of photographs, and spending time nurturing my relationships with friends and family. I ended up not being fortunate enough to have children. But, had I done so, I might easily have chosen the ranks of the “just housewife and mom” as some others have. I do not find a scintilla of shame in being a wonderful mommy and wife. Indeed; if there were more devoted mommies and wives out there, perhaps so much of the world wouldn’t be in such a shambles. Perhaps – and perhaps not. The point, however, is that we all ought to have the choice.

Read the whole thing

Update 3: If you are interested in my take on God and Science it’s here and on evolution it’s here.

Update 4: Stacy McCain treats me very kind in his own Magnum Opus

Update 5: Captain Ed asks the question I’ve answered above.

Remember Adam Weinstein’s assertion concerning the military: demographics? Commentator “Proud to Serve” managed to find this chart after a whole two seconds of searching.

Here are some relevant pieces from it:

Compare these charts to the actual demographics of the united states from the last census and what do we see:

We see that:

Ethnic Minorities are overrepresented not underrepresented in the military.

Black Americans in particular are particularly strongly represented.

So how can we account for the president poor polling within the military when the single most loyal group of supporters (Black Americans) are over-represented by almost 60% vs the general population?

One might put it down to less women as the president manages to poll better with women than men, but I think it’s all about the culture of the military service.

The Military embodies the values of America that have existed since the start of the republic as opposed to the values of the left, and that transcends sex, race.

It is a value set that says America is worth fighting for.

Update: Smitty Comments: He (Obama) Couldn’t Lead Two Nuns In One Minute Of Silent Prayer?

Author Terry Tibbetts spoke to me at the Herman Cain event in Manchester on the 19th

He also joined me for our salon at the Border, his book on College Football great and soldier Don HollederA Spartan Game: The Life and Loss of Don Holleder is available in paperback, hardcover and for the Kindle.

I approve.

A great nation should be able to bluntly say things as they are, and describe the past as it was. Rockwell’s painting did so.

Of course, somebody needs to tell Joe Biden that this whole “saying things as they are” bit also applies to our rivals, friends and enemies as well.

Question: Whats missing from this politico piece on the Obama-Perry Photo?

Maybe it’s just me but if you are going to have a piece about a photo, perhaps one might want to include it? I don’t recall the MSM being this shy about a photo or drawing since the Mohammad Cartoons.

A slightly different version of this picture showed up in my Inbox yesterday but I normally don’t follow that kind of stuff. Politico’s decision to avoid putting it out there converts it from internet junk-mail to an interesting story of omission.

What is Politico afraid of

Or to put it another way, that’s how much worried (and in the tank) Politico is for election 2012. They don’t dare risk showing a stupid internet e-mail picture for fear of elevating Perry and diminishing Obama.

What does that tell you? I know what it tells me:

Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell!

Aww you guessed!

John Dickerson: “Mr Jefferson are you seriously suggesting we publish a paper declaring to all the world that an illegal rebellion is in reality a legal one?”

Ben Franklin: “Mr. Dickerson I’m surprised at you. You should know rebellion is always legal in the first person such as: “Our rebellion” It’s only in the 3rd person: “Their rebellion” that it becomes illegal” 1776

This is just nonsense.

Monday night, at a “town hall” meeting in North Avondale featuring U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, video cameras owned by two Democratic activists were seized by a Cincinnati police officer at the direction of Chabot’s staff.

A Chabot spokesman said the had the cameras seized “to protect the privacy of constituents” at the event, although there were at least two media outlets at the North Avondale Recreation Center filming the meeting.

Some important points.

1. A person at a public event has no expectation of privacy

2. If you can ban camera at a GOP rep’s event then you can do it at a Democratic reps event. It should not be spun otherwise (thus the quote above).

But the overwhelming bottom line is a point I have made before:

Running for congress, (like membership in the Catholic Church) is a purely voluntary activity. The people who run not only beg people for the job, but furthermore beg people from all over the nation for tens of thousands of dollars in order to acquire and keep said job.

It is a prestigious position, but also carries responsibilities and risks.

If one is not willing to accept those responsibilities then one ought to find something else to do with their life.

This applies equally to Democrats who hide from town halls and republicans who try to stage manage them.

I actually saw Nickel both at the Santorum appearance and at the Cain event on Friday

He also attended the Saturday Straw Poll that I was unable to make due to the Salon at the Border.

A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. Luke 6:43

Remember Fr. Peter Kennedy who we wrote on back in 2009 when he was removed from his parish for “unorthodox practices” by the Archbishop of Brisbane Australia? At the time I said this:

Gee denying the virgin birth, blessing Gay Marriage, he would fit right in at the Episcopal See in New Hampshire. I’ve said it many times, if people don’t want to be Catholics that’s their business, there are many Protestant Churches out there that you can become a part of. What I object to is their insistence that the church change to suit them.

While Fr. Kennedy insisted:

“We celebrate in a way that is relevant to Australian Catholics, rather than toeing the line in Rome.”


“We argue but we are very much within the Catholic tradition.”

Well 2 1/2 years later it seems that the “very much within the Catholic Tradition” is kinda….flexible:

Father Kennedy, dismissed by the church for unorthodox practices, says he now considers Jesus “a fable”.we see that Christ’s words from 2000 years ago still

saying further:

“There is no corroborating evidence for the existence of a person called Jesus,” he said.

We posted on Will Durant’s decisive answer on this two years ago:

Now Thallus the pagan isn’t going to put up with this. About 50 AD he states that the darkness (during Christ’s Crucifixion) is a purely natural phenomenon and just a coincidence.

Durant put this argument in its modern perspective:

the argument took the existence of Christ for granted. The denial of that existence seems never to have occurred even to the bitterest gentile or Jewish opponents of nascent Christianity.

And remember that particular fragment to the best of our knowledge predates the Gospel of Matthew that it unintentionally collaborates by two decades. The pagan provides the proof. Talk about working in mysterious ways.

Having established the existence we can then examine the Gospels. This is a favorite target of skeptics who in their zeal to disprove Christ’s existence they as Durant says:

applied to the New Testament test of authenticity so severe that by them a hundred ancient worthies –eg., Hammurabi, David, Socrates would fade into legend.

He then quotes Joseph Klausner:

If we had ancient sources like those in the Gospels for the history of Alexander or Caesar, we should not cast any doubt upon them whatsoever.

Via Catholic online. Perhaps Fr. Kennedy those who left the Church with him, should have considered the rest of that passage from Luke above:

I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.Luke 6:47-49

Meanwhile 1.5 Million Catholic youth in Madrid laid their foundation on the rock of the Church, coincidentally the same Rock that this week’s Gospel cited:

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt 16:15-19

Now that’s a foundation to build on!

As Michelle Malkin reported yesterday many were up in arms over Katy Perry’s tweet to “Pray for Israel” after a kid requested it.

Over the past 24 hours, all hell has broken loose — with Palestinian, Muslim, and progressive Twitter followers lashing out at Perry for her innocuous tweet asking others to pray for Israel. Here’s a small sample:

She has since backed off a bit insisting “#sheneutral.”

As well she should, I’ll be she wouldn’t have made that first tweet if she knew it was trampling on inalienable rights?

Sultan is a lecturer of Muslim jurisprudence at the Cairo University. In the decree, he ruled that “every Muslim who meets a Zionist is entitled to kill him,

Now some of you might find this harsh, but it is just the modern version of the end portion of this famous speech by James Mason’s character in the movie Yellowbeard (21st century version)

Let me remind you that it’s our duty to seek out and destroy her majesty’s enemies, the foul and most foreign French! Jews! Now while the rest of the world will eventually arrive at the same conclusion it’s our urgent task to push things on a little.

So maybe Katy Perry will think twice before tweeting

..something as offensive and repressive as that!

Update: You might laugh at the flippant tone of this post; but once you start excusing infidels praying for Israel and the Jewish people next thing you know people will start questioning the Islamic right to kill them. The next thing you know you’ve got faithful Muslims actually questioning killing infidels in general. And before you know it women are driving, girls are educated, and you end up with a country full of happily married Gay Couples with with closets full of assault weapons!

Update: 2 Take a nap, wake up to an Instalanche. Life is good, or maybe I should nap more often.

Update 3 A more serious take on the subject here.

In this morning’s post I mentioned the great article at USA today about the rise of traditional religious practice among youth. A measure of this can be World Catholic Youth Day in Madrid last weekend. What were the actual numbers:

Pope Benedict urged 1.5 million young Catholics at a Sunday mass in an aerodrome to spread the gospel to others on the last day of a four-day visit to the Spanish capital marked by violent protests.

Hundreds of Spaniards, including priests, took to the streets earlier in the week to object to the cost of hosting a private religious event at a time of spending cuts. A march ended in clashes with police on Wednesday night.

Note the contrast “hundreds of protestors” vs 1.5 million young Catholics. Fr. Tim at The Hermeneutic of Continuity comments:

I would add that this demonstrates the values of the mainstream media which focusses on a protest by 150 people (a generous estimate) as opposed to the faith of the million or so who are gathering for the Pope’s visit.

I think he might be wrong on the “generous estimate” bit but no amount of media spin can alter those relative numbers. Their respective actions are even more telling:

Photo via Fr. Z's Blog
One guy who stopped us said there was an anti-Catholic protest in Sol so we went to check it out There was this HUGE crowd of people so Seamus & Louise didn´t want to come check it out with us, they sat at a corner We went in and people were shouting filthy slurs and cursing the Pope and it was awful So we knelt down and prayed a Rosary for them in the crowd and got surrounded by angry protesters, shouting and threatening and spitting and filming us and mocking us and trying to burn our flags.

Hey I thought it was the Christians who were supposed to be intolerant?, but hey that doesn’t mean their argument about the costs of the visit, oh wait:

“The lie is that Spain which is in the throes of an economic meltdown, that’s the worst economy of the industrialized word, 21% unemployment for starters; they say that Spain can’t afford this Papist extravaganza, fair enough, but Spain isn’t paying for it. All the costs is being met by the registration fees paid by all the pilgrims, private donors and corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola for example. The government is paying for absolutely nothing.”

Oh and it also injected tens of millions of Euros injected in the economy…

“I guess that’s why we didn’t see any shop owners out at the anti-Catholic rally last night, they were too busy counting their Euros in the back room that’s to World Youth Day.”

Mr Voors rather blunt video is here:

As you can see he doesn’t go for the whole “honey vs vinegar” bit.

Bottom line as Mark Steyn has said, the future belongs to those who show up. If World Youth day is a measure, it looks like there will be a lot of faithful Catholics with children in attendance.

Michelle was dishing out some awesome food at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Festival in Manchester where I was covering Rick Santorum.

Ironically just after the interview Rick Santorum greeted her at the food line

Saw this at Instapundit yesterday from Michael Barone:

In a 2008 referendum in California, 70 percent of blacks voted against same-sex marriage. A same-sex marriage bill was defeated this year in Maryland after black Democratic legislators opposed it. Same-sex marriage would be legal in California and Maryland were it not for opposition by black voters.

Mainstream media reporters pepper Republican presidential candidates with questions about the issue but seldom ask Obama about it. But if it’s a fair question for Republicans, it’s a fair question for Democrats as well.

I’ve touched on this subject myself but there is one overriding factor that is ignored and is a paradox.

His “opposition” to gay Marriage only helps him among blacks because they think he is telling the truth.

His “opposition” to gay marriage doesn’t hurt him among liberals because they don’t believe he is telling the truth.

These are two mutually exclusive statements, As long as liberals are convinced he is selling a bill of good to the black community (as I do) and the black community continues to buy this bill of goods he is fine.

The moment the Black Community no longer buys it, or the moment he takes decisive actions (Bawhahahahah it’s funny just typing it) to convince the Black community he means it then you will see a backlash from one side or the other.

But democrats are betting that no matter what they believe the Black community will not abandon the 1st black president Maxine Waters and the BarberShop elections not withstanding.

but if I was single and never met my wife this post (via a tweet from the black sphere) would generate a spontaneous marriage proposal. Here is the threat:

I’m going to kill you when I find you. Don’t think I won’t, I know where you and your parents live and I’ll need is one phone-call to kil ya’ll.

And here is her response:

You don’t need to “find” me. My address is 9175 Kornbrust Circle, Lone Tree, CO 80124.

She then follows up with DIRECTIONS TO HER HOUSE FROM THE AIRPORT and the following:

Just do me one favor. PLEASE wear body armor. I have some new ammunition that I want to try out, and frankly, close-quarter body shots without armor would feel almost unsporting from my perspective. That and the fact that I’m probably carrying a good 50 I.Q. points on you makes it morally incumbent upon me to spot you a tactical advantage.

She further offers the contact number of the local Mosque in case the person threatening her is unwilling to carry out the deed and wishes to contract out the work.

What a woman! This is American courage, I wish more of our leaders possessed it. I’ll wager she hasn’t forgotten Molly Norris, and if Ms. Norris was rooming with Ms. Barnhardt she would not be in hiding today.

Oh and check out this Twitter Profile:

Absolutely perfect, I can’t imagine a leader like Ms. Barnhardt following anybody!

But you will be able to hear her on DaTechGuy on DaRadio on September 10th at 10 AM on WCRN! Don’t miss it!

Via Haemet and Roxeanne USA today discovers what a lot of us already knew that traditional religious practices, as opposed to liberal versions, are making a big comeback:

What attracts today’s youth to such “old-fashioned” orthodoxy?

As a member of this strange millennial cohort, I have wondered this myself. I think the answer comes down to this: 1960s-style liberation — from moral codes, family obligations, religious commitments — has betrayed us.

Sometime in the past century, a new creed emerged, saying everyone should make his own creed. This tolerant, open-minded ethos seemed to promise freedom: safe sex with many partners, drugs and alcohol galore and quick, no-fault divorce. So our Baby Boomer parents partied hard, yet in so many cases left us only the hangover: heartbreak, addiction and broken homes, plus rising rates of teenage depression and suicide.

The anything-goes religion of the late 20th century cannot prevent nor even explain these consequences. (After all, if I’m OK, you’re OK, and we can do whatever we want, why are so many people unhappy?) When every member of a society does whatever makes him feel good, the inevitable results are not personal fulfillment and communal harmony but selfishness and social breakdown.

How about that changing the social norms that societies have advocated for centuries is not a bright idea, who woulda thunk it? Let’s remind you of something Virginia Ironside, child of the 60’s wrote in January:

It took me years to discover that continual sex with different partners is, with very few exceptions, joyless, uncomfortable and humiliating,

What is the answer I wonder? USA today again:

With these realizations in mind, many millennials reject the assumptions of 1960s liberationists in favor of something more substantial: the creeds, practices and moral codes that defined religious life for centuries. Unlike reductionistic scientism or vague romanticism, traditional religions propose specific, compelling explanations for the world in front of us — broken, fraught with suffering, enslaved to sin, but nonetheless revealing glimpses of beauty and greatness.

More intellectually coherent than relativism, orthodoxy is also more demanding. It makes us place others above ourselves, the truth above what we’d like to be true, the fight for virtue above the pursuit of pleasure. In a word, it preaches sacrifice.

At our little political salon at the Border I was a party to a conversation about a marriage that began when the Man was 20 and the Woman was 19. Their 41 year and counting marriage outlasted those of all their friends who told them they had no prayer when they walked down the aisle in 1970. When asked how they did it, the answer was a perfect example of Catholicism as practiced outside of the cafeteria:

“Because I was always #2. My wife was always #1. When our first kid was born I moved down to #3. Now with the children and grandchildren I’m down somewhere in the teens. And she thinks the same way.”

But but I thought practicing Christians are backwards and foolish. After all the hosts of MSNBC and secularists all know they are simply ignorant:

One of the things that Dawkinsites tend to forget is that great thinkers and scientists and people of reason have been debating, writing on and discussing the existence of God in general and the truth of Christianity and Catholicism in particular for centuries before Guttenburg’s first bible rolled off the presses. Their image of the believer is a straw man.

The modernist doesn’t grasp that just because he can publish a thought to the entire world in a few seconds that his thought is superior to the great Christian thinkers of all disciplines who came before him.

But hey, the USA today article was written before the event in Madrid. Was there really much of a turnout? The answer to that question deserves it’s own post this evening.

If you want to understand why it was more important for Dede Scozzafava to lose in NY-23 then it was for Doug Hoffman to win in Ny-23 look no further than Jon Huntsman on This Week.

The Democratic National Committee just blasted out a greatest-hits reel from Huntsman’s Sunday show appearance, wherein the former Utah governor criticized Rick Perry for being anti-science, Michele Bachmann for being unserious about the economy and Mitt Romney for being a flip-flopper.

This is exactly what would have happened if Dede Scozzafava won:

The moment Dede votes with Pelosi that bill becomes “bi-partisan” by definition. The fact that it is only one republican will make no difference, the MSM will trumpet it as “bi-partisan”. When ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBCBET wants to talk to a republican on an issue SHE will be the one they call. She will become the face of the republican party that will be pushed and lionized. She will be the reason why “conservatives need to back off”.

The reality of all of these things will not matter, the media will push them as if it was true. If you don’t believe me look at how they treat Olympia Snowe, Look how they treated Chuck Hagel, Look how they treated Chris Shays and of course look at how they treated McCain when he wasn’t running for president. Republicans who attack republican positions are always welcome in the limelight.

Remember the NRCC spent $900k on her and she was so grateful when she dropped out of the race she endorsed the Democrat.

Let’s make it clear, Jon Huntsman is not running for the Republican nomination for president. He is running for a permanent place as the “goto former GOP presidential candidate” on every MSM show during the general election and beyond.

You will never go broke or lack face time on national television as a member of the GOP willing to hit republicans in general and the right in particular. Glenn Reynolds put it best:

POLITICO: The DNC’s New Surrogate: Jon Huntsman. That’s pretty much how most Republicans think of him, I suspect — if they think of him at all, which I rather doubt.

Hey, maybe if Obama dumps Biden he can name Huntsman as the new Veep. I think he’d be a worthy successor to Joe Biden.

I haven’t met the man and I don’t know if I’d like him or not, on occasion he can be insightful and I don’t have an issue with him being ambassador to China under Obama but his presidential run was totally MSM generated and if he actually convinced himself otherwise then he is too easily fooled to be Commander-in-Chief.

Update Jacob Weisberg of Vogue on Morning Joe today when told that Huntsman is well received by the media but can’t get out of single digits (you mean 1%) with the party and that demonstrates what is wrong with REPUBLICANS?

Even funnier he says that non centrist republicans “can’t win elections” There are 63 members of congress who weren’t there in 2009 that would disagree with you.

And Howard Dean says “there is no thinking man in the Republican party” and Eugene Robinson tells us we have known about the “Greenhouse effect” for 100 years. Do these people do anything but talk to themselves?

As Alexander Burns says at politico: “Jon Huntsman continues to dominate the contest for East Coast media love“.

Rep Steve Smith comments on Herman Cain at his November 19th Manchester Campaign opening:

I think the question about NH vs Mass. should be repeated to each pol from each state

Today I went up to Manchester NH to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 75th anniversary festival to see Rick Santorum at the festival there.

There were a few Santorum signs visible as you drove in

It had been raining on the drive up but by the time I got there that had stopped but there was a huge tent anyway full of Greek food and Dance:

Senator Santorum got there ahead of me and many people took photos with him:

And he sampled so great Greek food

He was kind enough to give me a few minutes

The people there were very friendly. Greek festivals are very similar to Italian ones in three respects, lots of great food, very friendly people and beautiful women.

I was given a tour of the Church as well, if you have never seen the inside of an Orthodox Church you should

Paul who guided me invited me back for another big event coming up next month, it’s sure to draw candidates so I’ll likely be there. For the Santorum Campaign it was a successful event and they left with confidence

I’ll be putting up a few interviews over the next few days that I recorded at the festival, as for my take on Santorum. He doesn’t have the Charisma of Herman Cain or the Smoothness of Buddy Roemer but he has governmental experience and demonstrated the courage of his convictions and his willingness to stand by them. He is also comfortable in his own skin.

As I’ve said before the biggest problem with the current field is not finding a candidate I like, but finding TOO MANY candidates that I’d love to vote for.

Herman Cain talks about the Janeane Garofalo incident in Manchester NH on August 19, 2011

Update: Stacy McCain links and says the following:

Left-wing actress Janeane Garofalo told Keith Olberman last week that she thinks someone in the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy — she named Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers as likely suspects — must be secretly paying Herman Cain to run for president.

Quick note to Rove, the Koches et/al. A mere $50k would fund me for a full year but guarantee serious coverage from outside my driving radius. So since you aren’t funding Herman Cain you might have a few free bucks don’t hesitate to hit DaTipJar

Doug Matacoins and I had a bit of a back and forth on twitter last night about Sarah Palin. Seeing the same events we came to different conclusions about her fitness in office and our decisions to support her (me) or not (him).

This morning I awoke to this tweet from him:

The first thing I saw online today

I followed the link to Jonathan Turley’s site where the breathless news was reported and ended with this dig:

It now appears that Jeremiah 29:11-13 means that God’s plan for Sarah begins with accepting huge amounts of money from a reality show, speaking engagements, and celebrity appearance. God truly does move in mysterious ways.

I answered in a comment, but when I read it, it looked pretty good as a post so I reprint the comment in full here:

So lets see if I get this straight:

The left in order to ruin Sarah Palin who was at best upper middle class if even at the time, launches frivolous suit after frivolous suit in an attempt to ruin her.

These complaints cost the Palin’s personally a lot of money.

Rather than going into huge debt with a family of 5 she resigns and makes money to fight them

And that’s all her fault?

Considering her effectiveness against the left in general and the president in particular perhaps a smarter strategy would have been not launching frivolous complaints thereby keeping her in Alaska making it harder for her to get involved in National campaigns.

But to make this assertion is like throwing rocks at a person’s house all night and then when they come outside with a bat taking a picture and saying: “Look he’s threatening people with a bat!”

This in the mainstream media is known as “reporting!”

The Palin’s of course have a very thick skin and nothing the MSM is going to say about her is going to phase her one bit, but it’s interesting to watch these guys in action.

On and one more thing about Doug (who was my guest on DaTechGuy on DaRadio on show 31). Guys I like Sarah Palin and would be happy to vote for her for president but it is NOT sexist to disagree with either of those statements, so if you are hitting Doug on that, it’s very uncool. It looks an awful lot like hitting people who disagree with Obama with the racist label.

Palin derangement syndrome is bad, but so is a Sarah Palin cult. I’d be happy to fight on the same ground with Sarah Palin but I’m not going to worship the ground she walks on.

Or to paraphrase one of my favorite presidents: “A Sarah Palin cult is as bad as an Obama one.”

Update: Lisa Graas agrees And critiques:

I don’t see Sarah Palin as a “sell-out”, really. I would have done the same thing. But the problem is that Sarah Palin was propelled into office in the first place in large part on a platform of ethics law reform…and she was the champion of the law that was used to do this to her. In other words, the law was terribly flawed, and she is suffering the consequences of that flaw.

Sarah Palin is rather libertarian in her views. In other words, she’s not big on the idea of using the force of law to have a more just society. But evil exists in the world, and it is just and good for the law to protect the innocent from that evil. Our laws should not have holes in them that will allow evil to trample over good.

Is Sarah Palin a good person? Yes, I think so. Is she a great American? Of course. Is she capable of bringing about effective changes in the law that will actually protect the vulnerable? I think not.

Sissy Willis and Smitty ask an interesting question in this tweet:

A fair question but unlike the left, although many on the political right are religious, our politics are NOT our religion, otherwise unlike the left our proper response would be this:

And since I’m using Python’s clip the least I can do is try to sell a DVD or two for them.

It appears that the Libyan Government is about to fall this evening and by the end of the week the long reign of the dictator there will finally be over.

This is of course a good thing for several reasons:

1. Gaddafi was an enemy of the United States with the blood of many American’s on his hands.

2. All Peoples deserve the chance for self-determination

3. The president put us all in by saying “Gaddafi must go” so every day he stayed was a day of defeat for the US.

4. The end of the war in Libya is almost certain to have a downward effect on oil prices which means less pain at the pump and a decrease in food inflation.

I must admit I expected partition, the rebels didn’t seem a coherent force and I presumed Gaddafi had sufficient funds for more than 6 months. This is a much better result than a partition and given the choice of the pair we should welcome it.

This is of course doesn’t mean that Libya will be a bed of roses also for several reasons.

1. The Al-Qaeda connection between the Libyan rebels means that we have to thread carefully, we may in fact end up with a government more unfriendly than before and any advanced weaponry captured by the rebels might end up in the wrong hands big time. That is a disaster just waiting to happen and we’d better take steps to be sure it doesn’t.

2. The rebels are not well-organized and the government could go either way.

3. Because of aggressive moves by Sudan and the aid of Niger to Gaddafi we may see a second wider war in the area.

4. There is every possibility that self-determination might become Sharia or a new war with Israel.

Or to put it another way we have no idea exactly how this is going to end up in the long-term.

Now there are several winners here:

1. Libyan rebels: Although aided by NATO air strikes they fought this war pretty much on their own. That is healthy for a new country but NATO gave them just enough help that there is a debt.

2. NATO: The fall of Gaddafi without primary involvement of the US is significant. It gives a morale boost to the alliance while also providing experience to pilots in actual combat situations. This puts them in an excellent position to help steer things in a more positive than negative direction.

3. Obama: He made several missteps and it can credibly be said that we either came late to the game (an early move would have been a win in March) or didn’t belong in the game at all, but the bottom line is that he intervened at the moment that prevented a mass slaughter in Benghazi and (to our knowledge) kept US troops on the whole out of the fight while still achieving his objectives.

4. The US: An enemy is removed and the prestige of the US is maintained without massive intervention by our troops. That’s a win.

Some might consider it wrong to celebrate this or to give Obama any credit. I have to disagree. It doesn’t matter if we belonged there or not or if it was done poorly, the bottom line is this was an US backed war and it ended in a victory for the side we supported and I’ll take it.

Elections or no, politics or no, given the choice of an US defeat than can be blamed on Obama or an US victory that he can take credit for, I’ll take the victory every time.

Steve Benen starts to overplay his hand:

Remember hearing about the “blame America first” crowd? Well, say hello to the “thank America last” crowd.

McCain and Graham “commend” everyone except the United States military, and then, even while applauding the developments, take yet another shot at the Obama administration.

Hold on, I thought a major argument by the Administration was that US forces were NOT involved beyond the initial taking out of the airpower and it was NOT a US mission.

the fact of the matter is, the efforts of U.S. forces in are being cited as “a major factor in helping to tilt the balance after months of steady erosion of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s military.”

So apparently taking primary credit when we don’t have boots on the ground or took part in the majority of the fighting is no longer “jingoistic”.

I would also remind our friends on the left that the only reason why Libya garnered some US diplomatic niceties was they abandoned their WMD’s when Gaddafi was terrified of the US after Iraq, and if not for that war which they so opposed, not only would this it have been unlikely that this revolt have even started but if it DID start the Gaddafi government would have certainly used WMD to quash it.

Let’s be blunt, giving the Obama administration its due as I do in this post is not only the right thing but the smart thing. It’s the right thing because they deserve it and its the smart thing for three reasons.

1. It does remove the “petty” charge that is made

2. It is almost certain that the left (which somehow has forgotten the Libyan apologists among them) will oversell the victory

3. By giving Obama the credit and letting him take it, he implicitly becomes responsible for the long term developments in Libya just as the Bush gets credit/blame for long term developments in Iraq.

The Lonely conservative is correct:

He can proclaim vindication all he wants, but I doubt it will do him much good politically here at home. And seeing that the US led from behind in this kinetic military action it probably won’t help our standing much in the Arab world. In case you haven’t heard, Arabs now hate the US more than they did when Bush was president. Go figure.

I actually disagree with the last sentence a bit, the Arabs likely hate us just as much as they did before but because they don’t fear Obama as they did Bush they are more likely to express it publicly and act upon that hatred.

Great line at Hotair quote a bunch of experts producing “Hot air”:

Time magazine noted this morning that a panel of Libya experts recently concluded the fight for Tripoli might take weeks or even months.

You can’t go wrong betting against “Experts” that Time would pick.

Update 2: Why am I not surprised that Benen’s whine is at the top of memeorandum?

Update 3: After the president speech will Benen condemn him for not giving US troops enough credit?

Here are two more videos of Herman Cain at the opening of his Manchester office

Here are his opening remarks:

He answered a question of mine concerning his “pay as you go campaign”

and an attendee talked about how he first heard of him:

Over the next few days I’ll put more citizen comments up.