Stacy and I got to Rollins Park in Concord around about 4:30. The Tea party express had not yet arrived but WMUR channel 9 was already there:

Local News there and ready

There were a few early reporters as well, they were getting the platform ready to set up for the event.

media setting up

The first person I talked to was from a group looking to introduce the open primary system in every state, sort of a “support group for independents”

Video pending as well

Update Here is the Video:

I then noticed a group of tea party members gathered together, they were united in their opposition to Mitt Romney as either a speaker or a nominee for the GOP.

a group of Anti-Mitt Tea partiers

They respected Romney in his personal life but was thought he was too wishy washy on the big issues. About that time Dave Weigel showed up

Dave Taking notes

Shortly afterwards Buddy Roemer showed up.

He gave me some of his time

and seemed very excited to be part of the tea party express event

I started talking to a fellow with a big flag for an interview,

an attractive young lady from NBC also wanted to interview the fellow so we both filmed him. UPDATE here is the video

There was an assortment of vendors at the location selling T-shirts bumper stickers, playing cards etc, all with Tea Party themes.

Who wants a tea shirt?

When the buses came in there were some happy reunions

Levi Russell and Stacy McCain

Particularly with Andrea Shea King, one of my favorite people

Andrea and Stacy

One the Buses showed up the anti-Mitt crowd held an impromptu press conference to explain why he should not be invited

Not Mitt's biggest fans

The people who objected to Romney were not behind a specific candidate but they were united in their disdain for the governor.

Not Mitt fans

But the question really was, once things got started would Mitt be received politely or not? As a group of Mitt’s people started showing up all together:

The press was anxious for some fireworks, but would they get them? That was the 64,000 question.

to be continued

BTW if you can’t wait for part 2. Dave Weigel’s post is already up. Stacy has a short preview up now and a second post on the way. I have multiple YouTube videos that will be up as soon as I have a better upload connection.

Just a quick gallery uploaded as the event is going on. A more proper update as time permits.

Update: Yeah I meant NH.

I’m at the Tea Party Express Rally right now in Concord NH. Met a lot of friends who I rode with a year ago and I had an interesting conversation with the people here and there is good news and bad news.

Back on the Bus?

1. The Good news is they might have room for me on the bus all the way to Florida to cover the debate on the 12th..

2. The bad news is when I called my wife and told her this the reaction was …. memorable. She reminded me that money is tight and we can’t even begin to afford something like this.

He’s the thing. If I spend a week on the bus that’s a week I can’t be out selling ads for the show. There is also a weeks worth of eating and the plane ticket back to Boston (about $250).

So I made the deal I made with her. If I can come up with $1250 before Tuesday at Noon, my wife will sanction the trip. If not I simply won’t go.

So guys its up to. If you’d like a weeks’ worth of life coverage of the Tea Party express as it goes down the coast, hit DaTipJar and you’ll get it.

If you think two or three days of coverage is just fine then that’s OK too.

I’ve got till Tuesday at noon. Go or stay, it’s your call.

It’s been a fun few says so far with Stacy McCain. We returned to the Border Grille and bar:

Stacy Returns to the Border Grille & Bar alas not wing night

He rubbed elbows with the manager

and meets with Charlie the manager

We got a late snack and believe it or not, befriended a union member who we gave a lift home.

Next morning Stacy was out to get the local papers:

The morning papers

And checked the stories of the day over breakfast at the Fifth street Diner

And finally found one headline he liked

Stacy finds a Headline he likes

In Manchester he checked out the Herman Cain HQ

At the Herman Cain HQ Manchester

And we stopped at the Red Arrow Diner across the street.

Red Arrow Redux

I talked to the same waiter I spoke to last time, Herman Cain has been in two times and he falls on the Mrs. Clinton side of being liked vs the Mitt Romney/John Edwards side of not.

Meanwhile as Stacy was commenting on Palin (along with the Lonely Conservative and Ace) and composing his next post, (it’s here) we looked for the Wayfarer Inn and Convention Center that his Idol Hunter S. Thompson wrote of. He had a nasty shock:

Stacy's Saddest moment of his trip

But on the plus side the McDonalds nearby had really fast internet.

As for Palin, I’m saving my thoughts for a long post but I’ll just say two things for now:

1. Not a single vote that counts yet has been cast and until any are polls don’t mean a thing yet.

2. I fail to see why Sarah Palin should make her moves on anyone’s schedule but her own.

She is no more bullying the other candidates than the Tea Party is AP not withstanding:

Tea party bulling its way into 2012 GOP race

A lot of words will be written about this campaign before it’s over, but it will take a real effort for someone else to say something as stupid as that.

By the time you read this we will be checking out Mitt Romney and the Tea Party express, should be interesting.

“It’s like Evergreen solar on a cosmic level”

Nate Little, executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party Jan 2011, on President Obama’s SOTU Speech

“They’re two leaders who have a similar long-term vision’’

Greg Bialecki Massachusetts secretary of housing and economic development on Deval Patrick & Barack Obama. Jan 2011

It’s a shock and a boondoggle for taxpayers. A green energy company touted by environmentalists and used as a photo-op by the chief executive is given millions of dollars of government support to “create jobs” now files for Bankruptcy leaving taxpayers paying the bill, workers out of work and pols scrambling for explanations.

Ah but it’s not what you think, this movie is not about Solyndra it’s the story of Evergreen Solar, touted by Deval Patrick, showered with Massachusetts taxpayer funds which filed for Bankruptcy in August 2011.

Evergreen Solar Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection yesterday, completing a stunning reversal of fortune for a high-flying alternative-energy company that once seemed to herald a new era for the Massachusetts economy.

It was just a few years ago when Deval Patrick made his big move to court the money losing Evergreen Solar to the state:

In 2007 Governor Deval Patrick decided to “lure” a company called Evergreen Solar to the state. In one of the largest investments the state has ever made in a private company, Massachusetts taxpayers paid Evergreen some $58 million dollars to locate a plant there. Curiously, Evergreen wasn’t even remotely profitable at the time.

Strange, the Globe story last month called it a “reversal”, yet the company was awash with red ink at the time of the deal (over 340 million+ according to the WSJ). That didn’t keep the Boston Globe from showcasing the deal as an example of Deval Patrick creating jobs:

Evergreen Solar’s CEO, Richard M. Feldt (right), says Governor Deval Patrick’s commitment to solar power played a key role in the company’s decision to expand in Massachusetts

Alas, the happy times didn’t last, it was only 19 months later that Evergreen announced that they were creating new jobs…In China:

Evergreen Solar is shifting some of its production, currently done at a plant in Devens, to China next year, after posting an $82 million loss in the third quarter.

But Gov. Deval Patrick looked at the bright side:

“I’m disappointed about the manufacturing,” Patrick said, “but I’m delighted that they will continue to grow jobs in Massachusetts and they will be a part of our emerging clean tech sector.”

The exact number of jobs to be lost wasn’t specified at the time, but 14 months later the Globe discovered the number… …all of them:

Evergreen Solar Inc., which received $58 million in state aid to open a factory in 2008 at the former military base in Devens, announced today it would shut the plant and let go 800 workers by the end of this quarter.

Naturally conservatives were not surprised and asked questions:

Who did the analysis? Who gave the go-ahead to give the company $58MM?

And even environmental economics blogs asked questions:

All economists know that you have to tell a powerful externality (positive spillover) story to justify strategic subsidies of industries. Did the Governor commission such a study? For the “researchers” who did the study, what evidence did they provide?

but those questions weren’t quickly answered:

The Patrick administration yesterday dragged its feet on releasing public records of its ill-fated, $58 million taxpayer investment in Evergreen Solar even as energy experts questioned why officials ignored early warnings that the firm’s new Devens plant stood little chance against cutthroat overseas competition.

But not to worry said the state at the time:

Massachusetts officials noted the state may have the opportunity to recover some of the funds Evergreen received.

and as late as March the Governor insisted that it wasn’t a loss for the state

The governor also disputed that the state was a net loser in the deal brokered by his administration. El-Hillow has said he may pay back some of the state assistance but not all, saying his company’s intention is to “honor” the agreement.

“I would say that the actual math of it suggests that the commonwealth just about broke even, when you consider the income taxes on the payroll, but it’s still a blow, and it’s not the commitment that they made,” said Patrick.

And I’m sure he believed it…right up ’til the end.

Michael Graham noted it could have been a lot worse if Patrick got his way:

Patrick originally wanted to give them $100 million, and in 2009 “offered Evergreen more than $76 million in grants, land, loans, tax incentives and other aid,” according to The Boston Globe-Democrat.

He’s right. It could have been worse, it could have been as bad as the remake Debra Saunders watched:

Solyndra had not turned a profit since it was founded in 2005. The plant in which Obama stood was bankrolled with a $535 million federal loan guarantee. Two months before, PricewaterhouseCoopers questioned Solyndra’s “ability to continue as a going concern.”

If the president wants to send a positive message on the U.S. economy, I wondered, then couldn’t his people have found a California company that doesn’t rely on a federal loan and actually makes money?

Bad advance work, I figured.

A month later, Solyndra canceled a planned $300 million public offering. In November, Solyndra closed its older plant and cut its workforce. Today Solyndra’s lights are out.

None of this explains the why. Perhaps it’s because neither Deval Patrick nor Barack Obama asked Reason online to explain the facts of life:

Politicians are not venture capitalists, they aren’t marketers, and they certainly are not innovators. Whether or not a company succeeds or fails, is green or brown, or employs workers in America or China doesn’t matter. What matters is that this all be determined by private investors who know the risks going in and have a stake in the capital, location, and technology needed to either fail or succeed.

What this Solyndra story adds up to is just another Hollywood squeal that’s worse than the original. It does have one advantage for American viewing public:

Solyndra unlike Evergreen didn’t implode two months after it’s patron won re-election.

…and Christianity is given here.

The question being: Why is homosexuality forbidden when other restrictions in Leviticus restricts are not?

The scriptural conflict is well documented in the Acts of the Apostles from acts Chapter 10 (Peter and Cornelius) and the initial reaction of the circumcised. (Chapter 11) and the final decision to not force Gentile converts to what would become called Christianity with the Jewish Levitical laws (chapter 15)

Here is the text of the letter that went out:

This is the letter delivered by them: “The apostles and the presbyters, your brothers, to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia of Gentile origin: greetings.

Since we have heard that some of our number (who went out) without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings and disturbed your peace of mind, we have with one accord decided to choose representatives and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. So we are sending Judas and Silas who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:

‘It is the decision of the holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.'” Acts 15:23-29

Important note, the prohibition against “unlawful marriage” applies to heterosexual sexual immorality as well.

To any Christian the story of Peter and Cornelius is very significant since it was the introduction of the faith outside of the Christian Community and the Counsel of Jerusalem was the defining moment where the Christian Faith took the single most critical step to being considered something other than a breakaway Jewish cult. And yet Paul who was leading the drive against forcing Jewish Law on the new gentile converts was no less adamant on sin:

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

Important note: Paul lists a plethora of sins to avoid, from envy to drunkenness, not simply sexual immorality.

It is that basic misunderstanding of the development of Christianity that makes the talking point effective to that half of the culture that is secular or to poorly catechized Christians.