Captain Kirk: There must be something to do, something I’ve overlooked

Spock: In chess, when one is outmatched the game is over, Checkmate.

Captain Kirk: Is that your best recommendation?

Spock: I’m sor…,I regret that I can find no logical alternative.

Captain Kirk:   Not Chess Mr. Spock…Poker!

Star Trek: The Corbormite maneuver 1966

Patton: “Remember the words of Frederick the Great: ‘L’audace, l’audace, toujours l’audace!'”

George C Scott: Patton 1970

Evidence or lack of it not withstanding, the MSM and the blogosphere are all buzzing over the “impending implosion” of the Herman Cain Campaign. The specter of conventional wisdom is hanging over the head of the campaign like vultures over a dying man in the wilderness.

Considering the stress the Cain Campaign must be under (things are grim in NH today) it might be worth noting that we’ve seen this play before and recently too.

May 18th Jon Ward The Huffington Post: GOP Donors Deserting Newt Gingrich

May 18th My friend Tabitha Hale at Red State: Make room for the new guys, Newt. (take a look btw at the link, the first title was “New Gingrich flames out, worst POTUS launch in history)

June 9th Jonathan Martin Politico: The Newt Gingrich campaign implosion

June 9th Seeing Red in Arizona blog: Gingrich: Campaign implosion worsens

June 9th Chris Cillizza and Karen Tumulty Washington Post: Gingrich presidential campaign implodes (note the reverse of Tabitha Hale above, Tabitha a blogger/activist with an opinion started with a pejorative headline and instead published with less of an edge, our unbiased journalists of the MSM started with a factual headline “Gingrich senior aides resign” in the link and went pejorative.

June 9th JEFF ZELENY and TRIP GABRIEL New York Times: Gingrich’s Future in Question After Aides Quit en Masse

June 10th Brian Preston PJ Tatler: Why the Gingrich implosion is different from the McCain implosion in 2007, and how it relates to Gov. Perry

July 5th Zeke Miller Business Insider: Imploding Gingrich Campaign Raises Paltry $2 Million

July 6th My friend Robert Stacy McCain The Other McCain: I Bet Doug Hoffman Is Laughing Today

Looking at those headlines, from all kinds of sources, from a small blogger in Arizona to the “paper of record” you would judge that Newt Gingrich was all but finished and owed it to himself and the field to exit gracefully, and I can think of several people (Bachmann, Cain, Huntsman, Johnson, Paul, Perry, Roemer, Santorum and perhaps Romney) who wished he did just that. Instead of embracing convention wisdom he rejected it and currently finds himself at the top of the polls.

Meanwhile a rather competent Governor by the name of Tim Pawlenty took the opposite route, consider these stories:

Aug 5th Peter Ingemi The Conservatory: An Important Detail, and Pawlenty’s Last Stand

Aug 7th Fox News: Pawlenty: Iowa Straw Poll is Marker, Not a Must-Win

Aug 8th John McCormick Bloomberg News: Failure in Iowa Straw Poll Could Doom Pawlenty’s White House Bid

Aug 13 Zeke Miller Business Insider: Pawlenty Loses Top Advisor, Cancels Ad Buy Before Iowa Straw Poll

Aug 13 Peter Hamby CNN: Questions for Pawlenty after straw poll finish

Aug 13 Reg Chapman CBS Bachmann Gains Steam In Iowa, Pawlenty Loses It

Aug 14 IMTIYAZ DELAWALA and MATTHEW JAFFE ABC: Pawlenty Drops Out of Presidential Race After Disappointing Straw Poll Finish

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Note the Aug 7th comment by Pawlenty. He says explicitly that the Iowa straw poll is not a must win for him. In fact on my radio show that weekend Stacy McCain said this:

the Iowa republican part hosts this event at Ames, and the campaigns, each of the campaigns buys a place in the event and they bring their supporters too, tickets are for sale so it’s a fundraiser for the GOP of Iowa, but many Campaigns buy tickets for their supporters and hand them out, and so so as I said it’s viewed as a show of organizational strength. who has the money who has the manpower who has the volunteer enthusiasm to get the people out to the straw poll to vote for their candidate.

Yet despite this reality, Tim Pawlenty decided that he could not continue while other candidates who did much worse are still in play. Why? Because he embraced the conventional wisdom, followed the lead of the MSM and decided it was time to go. He was unwilling to fight for the votes he didn’t have.

And this brings us to Herman Cain.

Tim Pawlenty has a cerebral reputation, like Spock he’s playing chess and found himself checkmated. Herman Cain is more Kirk, he needs to play poker but Cain’s position is the reverse of Kirk’s. Herman Cain knows if his foes have the cards, or if they’re bluffing.

So what does he do? Well if Cain knows they hold the cards (meaning he’s lying) the right move is a speech saying something along the lines of: “Unfairly or not these charges have raised questions with the voters and with so many other excellent candidates in our field to choose from I simply don’t have enough time to properly reassure voters before election day.” That’s the rub, in an internet age, particularly since the MSM will not abandon their curiosity at the door (as they have for Obama) there is no way the press can be kept from playing a winning hand, and if Mr. Cain doesn’t understand that Sarah Rumph notes his lawyer sure does.

Now if he knows they’re bluffing it’s a different ballgame. In that case he is absolutely foolish to abandon the race.

It’s plainly clear that the majority of the GOP and Tea Party base simply don’t trust Mitt Romney, they see him as the candidate of the GOP establishment candidate who they don’t trust and the current front runner Speaker Gingrich is only a hop, skip and jump from the same problem and while other candidates have not surged your frugal use of campaign cash assures your ability to hang in there.

I am not a political consultant, but if you are going to fight, here is what I think you do:

1. Go on the offensive, point out that these accusations started when the subject turned to tax reform and your 9-9-9 plan. Point out it’s not you they are after, it’s the specter of real reform. Tell the voters it isn’t the media out to get you, but the status quo.

2. Do a couple of small tea party events: Interact with the average voter, answer their questions not the MSM. If you convince them what NBC/CNN/MSNBC/ABC/CBS says means squat, their viewers and readers are not your target audience. Winning them will win their friends and more importantly make a difference in their social networks.

3. Do lots of local media: For smaller papers it would be a big get and they are more likely to give you show your campaign some deference to get the interview. (DaTechGuy on DaRadio on WCRN would be an excellent choice btw). All politics is local, make that work for you.

4. Play up conservative stories: Operation fast and furious, and the calls for Eric Holder to resign are ignored by the MSM, every time you answer a question from them should include a reference to this. Force those ignored stories into the mainstream. It will make you many friends among the voters you need.

5. Hit local dems at every stop In any location you are in bring up the name of any democratic Representative and or Senator currently in congress that represent that location. Link them to president Obama and call them out on the lack of a democratic budget. Every time you do that you help the entire ticket and win friends.

6. MEND FENCES WITH FRIENDS: You need to talk directly to people like Dan Riehl, Ladd Ehlinger, Robert Stacy McCain and anyone else who the hardcore conservative voter reads and believes. Be straight with them, acknowledge the mistakes the campaign has made. All of these people want to beat Obama and want a true conservative alternative. Give them a reason to believe that person is you.

7. Take the advice I’ve been giving you for weeks HIRE JIMMIE BISE or ROBERT STACY McCAIN or whoever they recommend (Sarah Rumph?). Put them in charge of new media and DO WHAT THEY ADVISE. Facebook, twitter and the social networks are the battlefield where you can turn this around. Bypass the MSM.

In this business perception becomes reality, but if you are strong enough and bold enough and have right on your side you can change that perception. People are looking for leadership and someone willing to fight. My own vote is still available. If you want it then fight for it and don’t give up until the math says otherwise.

The choice is yours. Make the right one.

Update: two sixes should have been one.

Today at Hotair they link to a pew study suggesting the Tea Party is not doing so well:

Throughout the 2010 election cycle, agreement with the Tea Party far outweighed disagreement in the 60 House districts represented by members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus. But as is the case nationwide, support has decreased significantly over the past year; now about as many people living in Tea Party districts disagree (23%) as agree (25%) with the Tea Party.

Well if that’s true, then Colin Powell is right about his implication that the Tea Party is toxic. After all if the Tea Party is polling poorly in even their own districts then they certainly don’t have power in a blue state like Massachusetts and Republican and Democrats in the Bay State certainly aren’t going to give them the time of day…Oh Wait:

Yes you read that right, a republican state rep and a democratic state senator together talking about the system, the vagaries of redistricting and taking all kinds of questions from the Tea Party crowd, blissfully unaware of the supposed divisiveness that the media says they should have encountered.

That’s from my latest for the examiner: Colin Powell the Tea Party and the MSM bubble.

Remember the “Twin City Tea Party” represents Fitchburg and Leominster two cities each with state reps who are Democrats, State senators who are democrats and represented in congress by a Democratic. Yet here is a Democratic State Senator talking in front of their group along side with a republican taking and answering questions.

If this Pew poll held water wouldn’t these two blue state polls be eschewing the tea party for say Occupy Boston or Occupy Worcester? Or just might the reality of the situation be different that what is being reported?

If you want to hear propaganda, listen to what media and elites say. If you want to know what’s actually happening, watch what they do.

Sam Gerard: “Newman get rid of the Helicopter!”

Newman: “Why?”

Sam Gerard: “Because I don’t wanna get shot!”

Tommy Lee Jones, the Fugitive 1993

Not wanting to get shot, it’s not just for Fitchburg anymore. From Chanel 2 Houston Texas

Two armed suspects attempted to rob a Denny’s restaurant, but ended up fleeing for safety after a shootout with a customer.

The shootout happened at a Denny’s restaurant in the 11000 block of the East Freeway around 5:50 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said two armed suspects wearing bandannas entered and attempted to rob the store. The sole customer in the restaurant, a licensed concealed handgun carrier, observed the suspects enter, pulled out his own gun, took cover and fired at the robbers.

Two big differences between this story and the Fitchburg version:

#1 It being Texas, there is very little chance of the armed customer losing his gun permit over this.

#2 Since it was a customer, rather than an employee who was armed and returned fire there is no disincentive for the thieves from attempting to hit that particular Denny’s again.

Via Glenn who in an update reminds us how we got here.

Here is a video of Suzanna Hupp making her case

Makes sense to me.

Stacy McCain and Ladd Ehlinger are both friends of mine, their views on Herman Cain are diametrically opposed.

Ladd is a blunt speaker and his not one to BS his readers, I thank his complaints about the campaign seriously. As both he and Stacy are much more shall we say “worldly” than me I’ll have to let them decide about Cain’s social life.

Stacy being the reporter notes the exculpatory evidence, myself I note the pattern, first “harassment” then “an affair” but the evidence on both batches are pretty light.

However if Mr. Cain is in fact doing as poorly as the media suggests why play another card?

I say it’s very simple, this is the internet age, where is the recording, where is the cell phone video?

As I’ve said before, if Cain is telling the truth, he can expect these attacks to continue.

If he is lying then he can expect a “blue dress” or the digital equivalent to come out, furthermore consider for a second, how stupid or how egotistical Herman Cain has to be if this accuser is telling the truth. If they had an affair for the length she is saying, even if Ladd Suggests he is only out to sell a book, wouldn’t this run be the height of Gary Hart stupidity?

However there is one more twist. It is no secret that Robert Stacy McCain is on the Cain train and has been for a long time, that being they case why am I reading this?

Accusations by hyper-litigious bankrupt divorceés? No biggie.

Leaving me off a key conference call? That could be serious trouble.

Why on earth would you leave a reporter who has been strong in his support and advocacy for you off such a call?

Granted he has a lot on his mind but even if you end up marrying someone else spare a kind word for the lady who gave you a date when nobody else was interested.

That’s not the Sicilian way.

At 11:50 AM on a Monday morning the Newton War Memorial is usually a quiet and empty place,

but Monday it became a gathering ground for the News Media of Massachusetts

and beyond as they waited for a press conference from Barney Frank, one of the lions of liberalism in the House of Representatives, as he prepared to officially announce that he will not seek another term.

As print reporters scribbled on pads and computers and TV reporters filmed brief segments for their noon broadcasts

the question that rings to the mind that day was: “Why Now?”

At 71 years old with three decades in the House behind him, perhaps Congressman Frank decided it was time to go, but was it not just over a year ago that he fought his toughest re-election fight in years, pouring his own money into the race to retain his seat during the Big Red wave of 2010? After such a fight why abandon the seat now?

Presumably the press conference would answer this question but perhaps the real answer is so simple that a press conference is not needed to explain it.

Despite confident pronouncements by the MSM and democrats such as Charles Schumer there is reason to believe that the election of 2012 will be even more traumatic to the democratic party than 2010. Special elections in Nv-2 and NY-9 (a seat that was last won by the GOP when Woodrow Wilson was president) fell to the Republicans while pol after pol in tough races have ducked appearances with the President Obama like the plague even to the point where Retiring Senator Webb of Virginia declined to state he would be supporting him for re-election.

It is very probable that 2012 would be another year in the minority. and Unlike the Senate, the House of representatives confers limited opportunity for a minority member other than advocacy.

After the press conference began I asked the congressman this very question.

He replied that he has spent time in both the majority and the minority and that in some ways it is easier when you are not a chairman with responsibility.

He also stated he planned to leave the House for 2014 and with a radically different district it really was impractical to try to learn so many new communities only to leave them two years later.

It is certainly a valid excuse that makes perfect sense and if this retirement took place in a vacuum one might take it at face value.

Yet with Democrat after Democrat deciding to call it a day one can’t help but think if there was more to this than meets the eye.

Many words will be written about the Frank retirement and the press conference, some will lionize him while others will dance at the thought of his departure,

but no matter which side of the argument you are on, one fact remains, there is yet another open seat that the democrats will have to defend with an unpopular president at the top of the ticket.

For republicans considering their strategy in 2012, that sends one overriding message:

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

State Senator Jen Flanagan (D) and State Rep Kim Ferguson (R) spoke at the twin City Tea Party tonight at the Border Bar and Grille to talk about Redistricting.

They spoke mainly about the process and spoke a lot about the Federal requirements concerning majority minority districts.

They answered a fair amount of questions and I have plenty of video that I will update with as soon as they are uploaded.


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General John Burgoyne: “…You will understand Sir, I hope, since you seem to be a gentleman and a man of some spirit in spite of your calling. If we do have the misfortune to hang you, we shall do so as a mere matter of political necessity and military duty without any personal ill feeling.”

Richard Dudgeon (Disguised as Rev Anthony Anderson): “Well that makes all the difference in the world of course.”

Lawrence Oliver & Kirk Douglas The Devil’s Disciple 1959

I couldn’t help think of this speech when seeing this video yesterday.

We referenced this video yesterday but decided not to play it on the air. Forgetting the argument of propriety it loses something without the video component. Atlas cheers and Smitty put it well:

Yet somehow the collision of Dylan and Gaza becomes so horrific that you may forget to laugh.

What’s horrific is you’ve replaced a set of dictators who employ various degrees of repression and murder, with a different set of people doing the same thing on a different scale. The murder and repression remain constant.

It would seem to me that the problem isn’t the form of government but of culture. If your culture believes it is right and proper to slaughter and repress people of certain colors and religions it doesn’t matter who rules, you’ll get a culture that produces repression and murder. Replacing a single murderous barbarian bastard with a group of 100 murderous barbarian bastards or 1000 murderous barbarian bastards is not solution, it just means a larger set of murderous barbarian bastards choosing a different set of targets.

I mean look at the news out of the UAE today:

A United Arab Emirates court on Sunday sentenced a blogger and four other democracy activists to prison terms after finding them guilty of charges including insulting the Gulf state’s leaders.

And this is one of the least repressive regimes in the area.

It’s axiomatic that all people, including Arab and Islamic people, have a basic right to self-determination. All people have the right to govern themselves as they see fit.

It is also axiomatic that religious and cultural minorities in any area have the right to live freely without fear of slaughter and oppression.

This is the dilemma, it would seem under the current Arab/Islamic culture we are told to choose one.

I refuse!

I submit that if a culture of a country forces such a choice then the problem is not the country and who rules it, but the culture that supports it.

For those of you who think it wasn’t worth fighting in 2010 in Massachusetts, think again:

A spokesperson in Frank’s office told WBZ-TV he will announce his retirement in a news conference at Newton City Hall at 1 p.m.

Frank was first elected to Congress in 1980 and has served 16 terms.

I guess he didn’t want to go through another tough fight.

EXPECT UPDATES

Update: The open internet at the area stunk and I figured I was close enough to home that I was better off going there to upload than to hit McDonalds on 128 so I’m home uploading video and photos as we speak.

Barney and friend before the press conference

Frank Greeted the press before the conference and seemed on friendly relations with most of the media there.

Barney Frank at the start of the Press Conference

Frank gave as his primary reason for not seeking another term the new district. He stated that as he didn’t plan on serving beyond 2014 in any case it would have been an odd thing to acquaint himself with a substantially different district (noting the Blackstone valley) claiming he could advance their issues when two years later he would be out, while furthermore no longer representing fishing interests that he has worked on for decades.

Update 2: Here is the video of my question to him during the conference:

Update (not going to bother to number them)

Barney Frank answers my last question as he leaves the building:

His last advice as he left the vets hall: “Cut Defense spending!”

Tom Mountain of the Newton GOP was there, we talked before Barney’s Press Conference:

He had a, shall we say less than friendly confrontation with Representative Frank as he neared the first door.

and after Congressman Frank left Mr. Mountain talked to me again.

I’m leaving all photos at the bottom, here is Congressman Frank taking a question from Fox, I get the feeling they don’t get on:

Adding the Gallery will updates as uploads permit:

Is it too late to point out that my November fundraiser is nearing its end and I could really use your help to keep this kind of coverage coming?

Final Update: Here is the rest of the Video, I’ll be organizing a detailed post for tomorrow on the entire subject

The Venue before the storm

Reporters start to arrive

Barney Frank arrives and gets ready

The Meat of Congressman Frank’s announcement:

Barney Frank comments on Lobbying and tweaks Newt Gingrich

Barney Frank speaks with glee on the possibility of Newt Gingrich as the GOP nominee

Frank on the failures of Fannie and Freddie: GOP’s fault nothing to do with me:

Congressman Frank on two votes he would have changed:

Congressman Frank of the possible repeal of Dodd/Frank

Frank on cutting the spending

And a look at the press scrum right after he left the mike, I’m sure he won’t miss this part of the job.

Update again: I guess Ladd Ehlinger was a year early.

There was a story a few days ago that caught me eye:

The Occupy protesters who call themselves the 99% because they’ve been victimized by those evil 1% corporatist banker types, are now sitting comfortably in their warm homes as they recruit the homeless, people without warm homes, to keep the protests going in Indianapolis.

After a little googling I also spotted this from the LA weekly

Occupy L.A. might resemble a homeless encampment outside City Hall, but some are complaining that the real homeless are moving in on the anti-Wall Streeters in order to take advantage of the relatively plentiful food.

This from Huffpo via 90% mental

As cities around the country have swept Occupy Wall Street camps from their plazas and parks in recent weeks, a number of mayors and city officials have argued that by providing shelter to the homeless, the camps are endangering the public and even the homeless themselves.

And this from Philly.com

With the story of the occupation changing sometimes by the hour, those who can leave or relocate may have done one or both by the time you read this. Those possessing warm beds will eventually crawl back under the covers.

Presuming Dilworth Plaza’s $50 million makeover is imminent, what becomes of the troubled souls who have emerged from the shadows to form a commune in crisis?

For all the fear that anarchists may force a showdown with police, why aren’t more people talking about what happens when bulldozers roll up on a site inhabited by so many with nowhere else to go?

My reaction to this is: Homeless? There are HOMELESS in Obama’s America?

None of these stories have become big nationally, and they will not, why? Because that would involve acknowledging a problem with the homeless during the Obama years. The arguments that removing the camps can’t be made by the Obama left because it would truly turn the Occupy Camps into Obamavilles.

Rest Assured when the GOP takes the White House and the Senate in 12 months the MSM will re-discover the Homeless and they will be blamed on the incoming Republican president and congress (or George Bush)

But until that time, these homeless stories will remain local, incidental and unnewsworthy.

The deadline for Occupy LA is hours away and according to the AP it appears that the formerly coddled occupods of LA don’t plan on going quietly:

With hours left before the Monday at 12:01 a.m. deadline the mayor and the police chief gave for Occupy LA, very few of the occupiers were packing, and many were instead were making plans for what to do when they stay.

Some handed out signs Saturday mocked up to look like the city’s notices to vacate, advertising a Monday morning “eviction block party.”

Dozens attended a teach-in on resistance tactics, including how stay safe in the face of rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and pepper spray.

It should be an interesting dilemma for Villaraigosa does he play nice and get strung along, looking weak before occupods or does he play rough and become the focus of activist ire.

Even more dangerous is the racial angle for the left. Considering an exceedingly white movement with ties to the democratic power base how much risk is there (if any) of either demonizing or humiliating a “Hispanic” leader?

Either way it won’t be a lot of fun for the left, but then again that’s a good description of the entire occupod movement.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:   East Yemen, isn’t that a democracy?

Sir Richard Wharton:         Its full name is the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of East Yemen.

Sir Humphrey Appleby:   Ah I see, so it’s a communist dictatorship.

Yes Prime Minister: A victory for Democracy 1986

 

Today on Instapundit Glenn talks about the Children of the privileged leaders in China acting like…Children of privileged leaders:

Bo Xilai, was in the midst of a controversial campaign to revive the spirit of Mao Zedong through mass renditions of old revolutionary anthems, known as “red singing.” He had ordered students and officials to work stints on farms to reconnect with the countryside. His son, meanwhile, was driving a car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and as red as the Chinese flag, in a country where the average household income last year was about $3,300.

It’s astounding that anyone is surprised by this. Invariably in one party communist countries and revolutionary movements that claim “equality of the people”, you see those charged with the defending that ideal somehow ending up with the same privileges as the Lords of a feudal society (in the people’s name of course). Unfortunately our historically challenged youth (epitomized by the occupods) can’t grasp that.

Meanwhile among the actual people of China things are not going so well:

Thousands of workers in factories in the southern province of Guangdong have gone on strike in recent days, protesting over low salaries, wage cuts or tough conditions, and triggering a strong police response and some clashes.

The unrest comes as China’s exports and manufacturing activity weakens, hit by falling demand due to economic woes in Europe and the United States — both crucial markets for the export-driven economy

For all of those who keep talking about how China is going to eclipse the US, I wouldn’t bet the bank on it, China has only risen by giving a limited amount of freedom and upward mobility to parts of their population while maintaining control on speech and said mobility. As the economy fails to deliver and unrest begins the choices before the government become unpleasant;

Plan A: Make concessions:

This would be a tough call for the Reds. With a tough economy the money for said concessions in a poor economy would have to come from the military, a military that is not only necessary to keep power, but is being used to project power beyond the borders. Furthermore, once you start giving concessions in one area you will see workers demand them in others. Of course you can try to confine and control the message but the sheer volume of technology makes it an ongoing task that’s difficult at best. It’s a hard thing keeping people under control, of course you could use plan B…

Plan B: Crack Down:

This is what communist regimes do best. It wasn’t all that long ago that we had the cultural revolution and millions slaughtered and the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. It would be child play for the Chinese leadership to crush their unarmed populace and for the leadership this is always a tempting choice, the problem with this choice is two-fold:

1. Balance: You have to demonstrate the overwhelming cost of resistance to the populace while maintaining the fiction of the ideal society that everyone loves. It’s a tough act to pretend resistance was trivial and the crackdown just a blip in a world filled with Camera phones and microblogs. How the leadership must yearn for the relatively quiet days of 1989.

2. Fear: Oh not their own fear, but of their customers. Said customers being the overseas companies that come for the low-cost labor and non-existent labor laws. Unfortunately for China companies can get that very same thing all over Asia. What they need is stability and what they fear is bad publicity. Any kind of crackdown means no stability and bad publicity. Not a good thing in a world where a different choice for consumers is only a click away.

One would think that with a fifth of the world’s population a country could thrive simply providing for their own market, but it doesn’t work when the populace isn’t actually free.

You have the combination of a populace that is now used to having more and a security apparatus designed to keep them down. That’s a revolution just waiting to happen. As for China owning so much of our debt, like the old saying goes: if you owe someone $100 it’s your problem, if you owe them $1,000,000 it’s their problem. China might hold a lot of our debt, but what do you think will happen to the Chinese economy if the US economy collapses? It won’t be pretty.

China is a disaster waiting to happen. For all of America’s problems, they are solvable by our people who have the creative freedom to act. China simply can’t do this and remain the state they are. Economic reforms might have delayed the inevitable, but the inevitable is still coming.

Anyone who thinks that China is going to own the 21st century is deluding themselves.

I commented on my Priest’s Sermon for the feast of Christ the King as the finest sermon I heard in years. It turns out Fr. Bruso had his full notes available and was kind enough to provide them to me. So for your enjoyment and commentary, I present Fr. Bruso’s sermon for the feast of Christ the King.

The feasts of the Church’s year have been in place for centuries. The Christmas-Epiphany cycle and the Easter-Pentecost cycle have been celebrated from the earliest years of Christianity. Of course, the feasts of saints are always augmenting the Church calendar, but they are generally not major feasts for the Sunday cycle. The last major liturgical celebration, the Feast of Corpus Christi, was added to the calendar almost a thousand years ago.

Except, of course, for the feast we celebrate today – the Feast of Christ the King. The feast was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1927 in direct response to the growth of Fascism in Italy, Nazism in Germany and Communism in Russia. All three of these ideologies, whether from the right – Fascism and Nazism – or the left – Communism, are united in their underlying philosophy, called Statism. The assumption that the State determines what is right and what is wrong is the ultimate response to freedom in any dictatorship.
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Today we are starting a new feature at DaTechGuyblog. As my show starts at 10 a.m. and I’m up early I’m going to hit a different local diner on the way to the station every day.

Today’s Diner is Mr. C’s on Summer Street Fitchburg, right near the Fitchburg/Leominster/Lunenburg Line


Catherine Perkins has owned the place for 6 years after working here for 8 years prior.

It’s a very homey place and the Breakfast was delicious.

They don’t have a web site but if you want to give them a visit you can find them here.

Well I’m off to the station. Join me 10 a.m. today for DaTechGuy on DaRadio, WCRN AM 830. Listen live at wcrnradio.com and call 888-9-fedora (888-933-3672) or 508-438-0965

…Then it’s #occupyfail all the way:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ordered the shutdown of the Occupy L.A. encampment on City Hall grounds at 12:01 a.m. Monday, saying officials can no longer “maintain the public safety of a long-term encampment,” according to a statement issued Friday.

But but I thought Villaraigosa LOVED the occupy movement…

At first, city officials welcomed the protest, which has also won backing from local labor unions. In October, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion in support of the demonstration, and on one wet morning, Villaraigosa’s office handed out rain slickers to soaked protesters.

But the political tide inside City Hall has since turned against those camped just outside. The shift was driven largely by concerns about damage to the lawn and a spike in crime at the camp.

Crime, there’s crime at the occupy movements? Who knew? Certainly not Mika and the Morning Joe crowd.

Remember this is LA where the left can generally do what it wants, where just three months ago Villaraigosa was busy bashing the Tea Party as a destructive force for jobs, but it appears no matter how much the national media covers for them, no matter how much the left screams oppression on their behalf and no matter how often the White House backs them, the reality of the occupods shines through, even in liberal democratic bastions like Los Angeles.

Hey it’s not like I didn’t give these guys fair warning and with a thrice ‘lanched post too.

Exit Question: Will the occupods go quietly under Union orders or will they believe their own propaganda and force Villaraigosa to use force?

Update: Great line from Stacy McCain: You’re Wonderful. Now Get Lost, Ya Bums.

With the reverses in popularity the occupy movement has suffered lately, I’m sure they are happy to see this story of the average consumer moving away from big banks to a different kind of “cash” card:

Linda Black, the first person I walk up to, is happy to show off her blue plastic. Like others, Black has not had a good track record with banks, specifically Bank of America.

“Every time I went there, I’m owing this, I’m owing that,” Black says. She was frustrated that even though she had money in the account, she’d always have more fees to pay.

“So I said forget it,”

Not only does this new card charge a flat $3 a month fee it has other advantages:

Lisa Barnes, a waitress, says she’s been saving money with the card since overdrafting isn’t even an option.

“You can’t spend what you don’t have, so you can’t go over,” Barnes says. “You [just] don’t get in trouble with it.”

Yet you can still use it as an ATM card and direct deposit is available:

“[You] fill out a form and your money comes directly on the card.”

Nixon says it’s possible to do everything she needs to with the MoneyCard, like buy things online, pay bills, even buy movies from Redbox. “You can basically do anything with it,” she says.

That’s why Nixon has closed her bank account, technically joining the ranks of the “unbanked.”

So there you have it, a company providing a service needed by all, without the hidden fees of the big banks serving the 99%. How happy the occupods and the radical left that populate them must be. I’m sure they wil be celebrating that company in music, song and drum circles.
Continue reading “The occupy movement finds its Dream Company”

Once again the Occupods continue to play (not so) useful idiots for the democratic party:

A campaign under the name “Occupy Black Friday” is trying to enlist supporters to boycott just about every major retailer, and quite a few mid-sized ones, the day after Thanksgiving. The protesters are casting a wide net, urging people to demonstrate against the top retail stores — a list that includes everything from Wal-Mart to Target to Dick’s Sporting Goods to Dollar Tree

Because nothing says: “We are the 99%” more than hindering the actual 99% on their most popular shopping day of the year.

And let’s not forget who WORKS at these stores open on Black Friday and make their living from it. I suspect success for the occupods along these lines won’t do much good for the folks trying to get by in tough time.

Any movement that is designed to enliven activists has to be very careful to avoid a bad impression on those who don’t pay attention every day. The Tea Party by cleaning up after themselves, showing the flag and bringing business to places where they go, succeeded in that task while confounding a media that wanted to paint them negatively.

The “occupy” movement has done exactly the opposite. Almost orgasmic praise from the MSM not withstanding; between overstaying their welcome in city after city, impeding the use of public parks and generally making themselves a bother to the greater American public where they exist, they manage to offend voters that Democrats can’t afford alienate. (and that’s not even considering their ever growing rap sheet).

When you add the occupods attempt to demonize Black Friday shopping and the contrasting tea party move to cheer it on, we have yet another trap for the left. If sales are poor and the occupods take credit, then it’s an economic albatross to put around the left’s neck. If the sales are good then the Tea Party can claim a win over the occupods further upsetting and engaging a movement that isn’t all that stable in the first place.

Matthew Continetti’s post on the history of such idiocy points to the inevitable collapse of these movements throughout US history. The Democratic party and their allies in the media have made a conscious decision to ally themselves with these fools and I am very pleased to have them suffer all the electoral consequences this stupidity will bring them.

With my wife working today (Registered Nurse you know) my son’s and I spent a delightful day at my brother house, talking guns, human nature and the like at a well stocked and very pleasant dinner table with our mother, our 90-year-old aunt and our tenant in attendance.

There was one slightly comical moment that I put up for your approval or disapproval.

When dinner was finished my sister-in-law started removing dishes from the table to rinse and get ready to serve pies, my 90-year-old Aunt immediately started picking up dishes to help. My sister-in-law began to stop her saying that at her age she shouldn’t have to do any pickup, but I interrupted her saying the following:

“I think you should let her help, one of the things that happens when you get older is people start treating you as if you were fragile, It’s very important that a person advanced in years is allowed to be useful, I’m sure your son who works in the nursing home and sees so many people who have lost that ability would agree.”

At this point her (my sister in law’s) son spoke up.

That’s very true, and it’s the idea that THEY believe they are useful that makes all the difference…

He paused and everyone at the table shook their heads in agreement,

…and besides“, he continued, “the men don’t want to do it so it’s a win win all around.

There was a pause and then the entire room broke out in laughter, proving once and for all that the best humor is based in absolute truth.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

ANAN: You realize what you have done?

KIRK: Yes, I do. I’ve given you back the horrors of war. The Vendikans now assume that you’ve broken your agreement and that you’re preparing to wage real war with real weapons. They’ll want do the same. Only the next attack they launch will do a lot more than count up numbers in a computer. They’ll destroy cities, devastate your planet. You of course will want to retaliate. If I were you, I’d start making bombs. Yes, Councilman, you have a real war on your hands. You can either wage it with real weapons, or you might consider an alternative. Put an end to it. Make peace.

SPOCK: Captain, you took a big chance.

KIRK: Did I, Mister Spock? They’ve been killing three million people a year. It had been going on for five hundred years. An actual attack wouldn’t have killed any more people than one of their computer attacks, but it would have ended their ability to make war. The fighting would have been over permanently.

 

Star Trek A Taste of Armageddon 1967

I was getting ready to put up a vanilla post about Thanksgiving when I noticed a comment on my post on Santorum and Islam that raised an important point that needed more than a simple comment to answer:

“the Soviets fell without having to fight a World War costing tens of millions of lives and untold destruction.”

I suggest you ask the relatives of the tens of millions or more who died during that time period under Communist rule how they feel about the results of that decision. I really don’t recommend doing it face to face.

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” — Rush (the band, not the Limbaugh)

SDN’s point is well made, people often forget exactly what exactly how bloodthirsty and destructive state terror is. There was a great example at PJ Media yesterday where a college student held up a sign calling for a cultural revolution apparently not realizing the TENS OF MILLIONS slaughtered in China’s version of it.

I found the argument particularly interesting since yesterday I met two Brits who were visiting the US for a few days. Both had served in the British army in Aden and Northern Ireland during the troubles. One of the gentlemen said two things I found very interesting.

He was disgusted at the way some Catholics and Americans romanticized the IRA, he had faced them and they were simply terrorists (his friend talked of an incident where a priest had gunned down 4 before being shot himself). He is exactly right about this. The IRA were terrorists, let’s not pretend they were anything else and when we do anything else we insult the memory of those slaughtered at their hands.

He also stated that the only war that was worthwhile during the 20th century was World War 2 because of the overwhelming evil of the Germans and the Japanese at the time. He discounted Korea, Vietnam and the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and World War I. Although correct on WW I his dismissal of Korea and Vietnam is dead wrong. He forgets, as do many of his generation and our current one, that on their best days, Hitler and Tojo were pikers compared to Communist Russia and China in terms of slaughter. Both killed more of their own people than Hitler or Tojo managed to kill during their time of power and that historical memory hole that the left has created with the near total whitewashing of Soviet and communist atrocities over the last 50 years is a crime against history. SDN’s doesn’t forget this and is right to remind us all.

It however, doesn’t change a basic fact: A hot war, even conducted directly after the fall of Germany would have cost millions of lives both civilian and military, and likely would have only ended with multiple Nuclear strikes against the Russians.

And any such war AFTER the soviets developed nukes although winnable would have meant a Nuclear exchange.

Anybody want to name the US city, the French City or British City that would have been worth nuking for the prize?

It is a legitimate stand that a hot war might have saved more lives overall, most of the Russian and Chinese at a cost of tens of thousands, perhaps millions of Americans and Brits, but the question becomes, if you are a Harry S. Truman or Winston Churchill is it your job to have your country pay that price on behalf of future generations of Russians and Chinese?

I submit that we face the same question today and as a nation we have decided to fight a “cold” war with a few hot spots against Radical Islam and their supporters in order to avoid a hot war that would invariably be against Islam as a whole.

It is a legitimate debate if this is the right move, the question really comes down to will the “cold” war prevent the Islamic fundamentalists from getting the bomb? As long as it does, it is the right call, at the point where we conclude it can not, then the paradigm changes.

The Associated Press, not exactly a bastion of conservatism, reported that Occupy Wall Street has cost cities and towns over $13 million in the last two months (or a spend rate of about $5 million per month).  The AP reports:

Broken down city by city, the numbers are more or less in line with the cost of policing major public events and emergencies. In Los Angeles, for example, the Michael Jackson memorial concert cost the city $1.4 million. And Atlanta spent several million dollars after a major snow and ice storm this year.

Except that OWS is not an act of nature, nor is it a one-time event: it’s a daily (and nightly) occurrence that is hurting municipal budgets and costing taxpayers money, as well as diverting funds from other areas of government.  Here is some of the problem:

The spending comes as cash-strapped police departments have cut overtime budgets, travel and training to respond to the recession. Nonetheless, city officials say they have no choice but to bring in extra officers or hold officers past their shifts to handle gatherings and marches in a way that protects free speech rights and public safety. In some cities, officials say the spending is eating into their overtime budgets and leaving less money for other public services.

We at the Tea Party had to get permits and $1 million in liability insurance for our little afternoon rally.  Add in the cost of a sound system and electricity if you are using those, and the city can and will charge you.  That is the price of our free speech.  These cities are more than welcome to get the names and addresses of protestors and tell them that they will be required to file permits, get a bond, and pay for reasonable costs, or the bill will be sent to them.

OWS may have a half-million in tax-deductible donations, but that will be eaten up in a week’s time if cities and towns go after it. At the very least, these people should be paying cities and towns, knowing that the money they are taking from government is money that isn’t going to someone’s health care, food stamps, retirement, or salaries for public-sector graduates.  If OWS is really about giving more government resources out, then why drain them in this frivolous manner?

C.K. Dexter Haven: You don’t believe it then?

George Kitterage:
Believe what?

C.K. Dexter Haven: Well the ah, the implications of what you saw, let us say?

George Kitterage: What am I to believe?

C.K. Dexter Haven: That’s entirely up to you.

George Kitterage: I’ve got eyes, I’ve got imagination haven’t I?

C.K. Dexter Haven: I don’t know have you?

George Kitterage: Oh So you pretend not to believe it.

C.K. Dexter Haven: Yes I pretend not to.


The Philadelphia Story 1940
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Yesterday Stacy McCain (who unless I’m very much mistaken has decided his dream Ambassadorship is finished) continued what appears to be his push of Rick Santorum as a Newt alternate. In his post last night he commented on one of the two really interesting moments of the debate, Rick Santorum saying aloud what everybody knows:

“Well, the folks who are most likely to be committing these crimes,” he replied. “Obviously Muslims would be someone you’d look at, absolutely. Those are the folks — the radical Muslims have been people committing these crimes by and large, as well as younger males. Not exclusively, but these are the things you profile to find your most likely candidate.”

There is a certain inherent power to saying the truth out loud and Stacy McCain noted that the target audience for that answer is not likely watching MSNBC this morning, nor caring if Politico has its knickers in a twist.

Although this statement will meet with much wailing and gnashing of teeth by the usual suspects, I’d like to say something that everybody should have figured it out by now:

It is my opinion that we as a government are profiling, have been profiling and will continue to profile without admitting it.

Be honest; how may of you reading this blog would have guessed on Sept 20th 2001 that a dozen years later there would not be another successful coordinated terror attack on this country?

Oh yes we had Major Nidal Hassan, we had the DC sniper but all of those operations have been pretty much inspired, rather than coordinated.

The record has been remarkable, and the reason we have such a remarkable record is because of what we do.

Does anyone seriously believe that we did not have mosques under surveillance during the Bush years? Does anyone seriously believe that the Obama administration, political beliefs not withstanding, would risk a successful attack on the US during their watch by NOT having mosques and Islamic institutions under their eye? Do you think our successes are sheer luck?

And lets go one step further, I submit that not only is the US doing profiling, but western countries such as Canada and England are as well, furthermore I submit that ISLAMIC countries are doing the same.

Surprised? Take a look at the body count at Religion of peace.com. They document over 18,000 attacks since 9/11 by radical Muslims. If you look at the attacks listed there are two facts that are incontrovertible:

1. The vast majority of attacks take place in Islamic countries.

2. The majority of the people slaughtered in these attacks are Muslims.

Don’t’ get me wrong, to the Islamist, the Christian, Jewish or non Muslim target is always preferred but there is just as much hatred, if not more for their fellow Muslims who are either, not worshiping correctly or faithfully enough or associating with infidels.

And there are not a whole lot of tears shed for fellow Muslims who are simply in the way when attacking a non-Muslim target.

Given this situation, if anyone thinks that the overwhelmingly autocratic rulers of these various countries who are trying to maintain their wealth and position are not keeping a close eye on these guys you are not paying attention. Such leaders live with the threat of murder every day and aren’t shy about shedding a little blood to keep the power and wealth they have.

So if it’s true, if we ARE profiling and the Muslim world is profiling and other western nations are profiling, then why are we pretending otherwise? Why is every shoe on every foot removed before going on an airplane? I can think of three reasons:

1. There is always the exception, the convert or the sucker to watch out for.

2. It is to our advantage to convince our enemies that we are NOT profiling them to keep them sloppy.

3. Maintaining the Social fiction. (the most important)

It is the third item I want to address.

As anyone who deals with people knows, there are many potentially uncomfortable moments in life when you are faced with dealing with a situation that’s best ignored. At a funeral for example or at the party of a friend you might run into a person you despise, but you choose not to make a scene for the sake of the host, the people you are with, or the grieving family. This is called tact.

Being an honorable person is important but part of that social compact of honor in the western style is allowing people a graceful exit. In the old dueling days, the wrong word and the wrong gesture could lead to standing back to back at 20 paces so people allowed themselves the fiction of congeniality to avoid such things. Consider this quote from the movie the Comancheros by Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen:

Major here has told me what your troubles are. I’ve been thinking it over and in light of my forty years experience in legal jurisprudence, I have come to the positive conclusion that there ain’t no way to do this legal and honest… but being good sensible Texans, we’ll do it illegal and dishonest!

In order to prevent a miscarriage of justice the judge and the Texas Rangers create an acceptable fiction. Today you don’t see much of honor in western culture, but in Arab culture saving face isall. The honor of a family, of a tribe or of a country is so ingrained culturally that people will slaughter each other to protect it, after all a culture that has no compunction about slaughtering their own children over family honor is not going to lose a lot of sleep over killing a stranger of a different faith.

And that where this fiction comes in. I suggest we are profiling Islamists, Arab and Islamic leaders KNOW we are doing so and might even be helping us along, but it can’t be admitted publicly by our governments or theirs.

If and when such a thing is admitted in public, Muslim and Arabs honor, in a culture all about saving face, would demand action. Action that would be disastrous both for them and for us.

One might think that it is a better thing for all of this to come out in the open at once and have it taken care of once and for all, Patton thought that about facing the Soviet Union, but in the end the Soviets fell without having to fight a World War costing tens of millions of lives and untold destruction.

I submit and suggest that every time we go though a security check at an airport, we are fighting that long cold war, allowing the fiction to be preserved in the Arab face culture that gives us the ability to clandestinely work with governments and operatives around the world to not only slay our enemies who would hope to strike us, but to prevent a successful attack that would require the type of overwhelming response that would have an incredible cost in both blood and treasure worldwide.

Or as per the quote at the start of this post, C.K. Dexter Haven and George Kitterage both wish to end up with Tracy Lords, Haven is willing to give a pass to what he sees and George Kitterage is not. in the end it is C.K. and NOT George who ends up going down the aisle with Tracy. George might have felt better venting, but Dexter got the girl in the end.

In a political sense, Rick Santorum is right, saying it aloud and bluntly will likely win him votes and respect among American voters, but if he gets into the oval office and is briefed I would be very surprised if he didn’t discover that the measures he wants taken are already well in hand.

In his famous speech of Sept 21, 2001 President Bush talked of “… covert operations secret even in success.”

I submit that when the final history of this war is written we will be shocked at how many of those victories have been won on American soil.

It’s the day before thanksgiving, today the mob scene at Romano’s down the street is only minutes away from starting:

I had totally forgotten about St. Patrick’s day, it’s so busy because he corns tons of beef right on the premises as we documented a year ago.

I’ll head back later in the day to show you what a rush really looks like. And if you haven’t picked up your bird yet, they still have a few in stock.

Friar Tuck: I’m sorry my Lord, the maid has sought sanctuary in a consecrated place.

Lord Germaine: Nonsense…

Friar Tuck: Violation of sanctuary is punishable by Excommunication!

Sir William: Excommunication!

Lord Germaine: How dare you threaten me! Once again Friar, stand aside.

Sir William: Wait Germaine, our very souls may be at state.

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955 Episode 4 Friar Tuck

It is has been a truism that stories, poems and histories have a big effect on culture and actions. When the age of movies and television came those same effects came through. My own favorite show of the era was the Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. I always try to encourage modern lefties to watch the show. It’s usually not hard since once they find out Ring Lardner one of the blacklisted communist writers was involved it becomes almost a duty for them. Of course while Lardner tries to give his anti-capitalist message he finds himself over and over instead giving the message against modern relativism, as the church (specifically the Catholic Church) becomes the classic protector of the downtrodden against an increasingly immoral state.

When watching most TV series from the 60’s you can’t help but notice that the moral norms of traditional Americanism. Hard work, church and earning your own way are emphasized, as is the idea of personal honor.

With the advent of the counter-culture all of these were questioned in TV and movies with unsurprising results culturally.

I thought of this when I saw Ladd Ehlinger Jr.’s piece today on the subject of the movies.

Unfortunately, most people who read conservative blogs are people whose minds are already made up. Collectivists know this, which is why they rule the world of entertainment. They are also extraordinarily good at giving their own “kind” a shot. Take a look at most indie films out there (the world where all filmmakers start) and most suffer from severe economic restraints: no name actors, simple stories with one or two locations. “Art” films. But they get reviewed, they get distributed, they get “out there” because collectivist media knows how to fight through fiction.

Which leaves conservative filmmakers at a severe disadvantage. How do you get the word out about your micro-budget indie conservative film (because no one in H’wood will invest studio bucks into your stuff, when there’s all those anti-war movies to make), when you don’t have name actors, and the only media philosophically inclined to notice you has – for lack of a more delicate term – its head up its own ass reading and writing intricate articles on the latest conservative concept on income tax restructuring (which changes few minds, if any), or the latest liberal outrage of the day?

Just a thought: if you really want liberty to win, you need to beat the creators of today’s “Murphy Browns” and “Bourne Identities.” Not the obscure bloggers of Media Matters or the morons at MSNBC. You do this by giving more air to conservative “fictioneers” than to their opponents (like Michael Moore’s jockstrap), even if reporting on the latest jockstrap’s stupidity gets you more hits or ratings.

It will take time, but it can happen.

It can not be overestimated how important this kind of thing is, consider this speech from Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.

the Lord of the Rings series is the classic tale of Western Civilization and values, I think it is no coincidence that the movies came out before the start of the war on terror. Think of how many people were inspired by these pictures at a time when it was needed most.

The problem is that we can’t count on movie makers to be finding more classic conservative stories to adapt. We are better off supporting our own writers and movie makers as Ladd suggests.

If we want to win the culture wars, we have to fight on the field where the war takes place.

And in that same spirit, I bring you this video from the band Madison Rising:

Sam Gerard: “Newman get rid of the Helicopter!”

Newman: “Why?”

Sam Gerard: “Because I don’t wanna get shot!”

Tommy Lee Jones, the Fugitive 1993

Yesterday on my way home from my door to door ad sales attempts I noticed a Channel 7 truck at the now closed BP station on water street.

WHDH 7 News on the scene

I pulled into the empty lot to find out what was going on. I saw a Camera stand setup to get ready for a shot at a local variety/liqueur store.

The Prep work before the segment

Turned out there was yet another visit by an armed robber at the store right across from the projects.


Considering how many times that store has been hit in the years since the Sicilians and their children moved out of this neighborhood I thought the story would have been as newsworthy as the failure of the super Committee to come up with cuts, but this story, as Channel 7 reported yesterday, had a twist.

The robber likely wasn’t as educated or as experienced as the fictional US Marshall Samuel Gerard, but he had one thing in common with him. He didn’t want to get shot, and when that possibility entered the equation he as the old Johnny Horton song goes “began a runnin”. At the speed he was going it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up “down the Mississippi to the gulf of Mexico”.

I’d say that’s quite a story. I’ll bet quite a few people go in that store to shake the clerk’s hand and buy a thing or two over it. The Sentinel and Enterprise put it on the front page, but their report had an interesting line in it:

(Sgt. Glenn) Fossa said the clerk has a license to carry a gun, which had not been revoked as of Monday afternoon.

Now think about that line for a moment, what reason would there for the clerk to have his gun license revoked? The entire point of a firearms permit is for self-protection. Not only did the clerk act in a responsible manner but he was able to protect himself without doing harm to the person threatening his life, harm that frankly would have been justifiable self-defense.

This is a perfect example of the 2nd Amendment in action a citizen concerned for his safety, arms himself, not because he doesn’t have faith in the local police. I know Sgt. Fossa, he’s a good guy but the reality is when seconds count the police are minutes away. Perhaps this is a lesson the ladies of the occupy movement should take to heart. What are the odds that another robber is going to try to mess with that clerk? When do you think the next time someone is going to try to rob this store?

The answer? It will be when the Sentinel reports that the clerk’s firearms license has been revoked.

Update: Meant to include an old joke: A reporter notices an elderly lady carrying a 357 magnum in a hip holster. The reporter asks the lady why she carries a 2 pound gun on her hip, she answers: “Because I can’t carry a 200lb policeman on my back.”

Stacy McCain notes the large gender gap in the occupod movement and comes up with a simple explanation (emphasis mine):

There are probably women who aren’t bothered much by poor hygiene, and there may be women who aren’t bothered by a lack of toilet and bathing facilities. But I think you’ll have a hard time finding women who aren’t bothered by the kind of bad stuff that happens to women when they’re constantly surrounded by a bunch of scummy, predatory cop-haters: Rape, sexual assault, sexual assault, rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, gang rape . . . You get the picture.

He has a point, and Verun Serum elaborates:

Which brings me to the subject of the occupiers stance on snitching. First hand reports (by women) indicate that reporting of assaults is discouraged. One woman at Occupy Wall Street told the New York Post “We don’t tell anyone…We handle it internally. I said too much already.” My own original reporting on the situation at Occupy Baltimore indicated that sexual harassment was a common complaint, but organizers didn’t want word of it leaking to the media. One feminist who recently visited Occupy Edinburgh found it was sexist and reports that women were told not to discuss a rape that allegedly occurred at Occupy Glasgow.

Any conservative group with such a record toward women would be denounced as misogynistic troglodytes. But because OWS is progressive, Dupuy minimizes the problems at the camps as “a couple of alleged rapes.” She spends more time focusing on how women might be better represented in the general assemblies than the actual record of assault and harassment toward women in the camps. Dupuy is at pains to suggest a statement of zero tolerance toward assault (which shouldn’t really need to be stated, should it?) is a way to address the problem:

Personally I suspect a belief in the 2nd amendment would make a huge difference for women uncomfortable in the occupy camps.

Getting back to Stacy’s statement I think he’s wrong. There is apparently at least one woman who is not bothered by these things. It’s the same woman who declares that the budget would be balanced if only women were running it. It’s the same woman who for weeks has ignored the danger to women at these camps and is only outraged by actions of the police to counter them.

You can find this woman every morning at 6 a.m. on MSNBC, but judge her not too hard, she lives in her opaque plastic bubble and can not see out of it. She certainly can’t see the occupod rap sheet.

The logical suggestion would be to have her daughters (who she claims are doing school work on the occupy movement) to camp overnight to prove me , Verum Serum and Stacy wrong. But there is logic and political advantage and there is right and wrong. I’ve said before I’m more Catholic than Sicilian. and the Occupy Movement’s Ometra not withstanding, I could not countenance any such act. No amount of political advantage would be worth exposing them to the dangers of the occupy camps for even a single night.

My last field guide entry for Blogcon 11 is with author Amelia Hamilton

Her new Book One Nation Under God is a great idea as a Christmas Gift, you can get it at Amazon.com
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The rest of the field guide is available here.

The Supercommittee has deadlocked and will not be able to release a budget with the required $1.2 trillion in cuts that would avoid sequestration.  (Full disclosure: two weeks ago I heard, through unnamed sources on Capitol Hill, that sequestration is unavoidable, so my cynicism is not entirely unfounded, although it will have to go without attribution.)

The Supercommittee was never designed to succeed: it was designed as a win-win for Obama.  Either the Republicans stonewall on the Democrat’s tax hikes and future cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that would be implemented by someone who is not Obama, or the Committee would deadlock – and Republicans would be the do-nothing party.  We would either infuriate our own base and let the Democrats paint us as Democrats-lite, or we would be smeared for not compromising.

Michael Graham quotes from Reason about the sham of the Supercommittee: as the 10-year cuts are lower than the annual deficit, the Committee could never really “succeed” in bringing federal spending in line with federal income, no more than a basketball team that is down by 30 could succeed in winning the game by executing exactly one play designed to give them exactly one lay-up.

The Cato Institute explains that the purpose of the Supercommittee was all about increasing spending, not decreasing the deficit:

Republicans are considering a surrender on taxes because they are afraid that a deadlock will lead to a sequester, which would mean automatic budget savings. And the sequester, according to these politicians, would “cut” the budget too severely.

But as the chart illustrates, that is utter nonsense.

There are only budget cuts if you use dishonest Washington budget math, which magically turns spending increases into spending cuts simply because the burden of government isn’t expanding even faster.

If we use honest math, we can see what this debate is really about. Should we raise taxes so that government spending can grow by more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years?

Or should we have a sequester so that the burden of federal spending climbs by “only” $2 trillion?

Anyone who thinks that the Supercommitttee is about anything besides assigning blame is mental.  This was all about either getting the Obama agenda through and blaming Republicans for it (because the voters do not want more taxes, more spending, more government, and less restraint), or blaming Republicans for not “reducing the deficit.”  The Republicans chose the lesser of two evils: refusing to “compromise” by, in the words of Mark Steyn, agreeing to head towards a cliff at 30 mph instead of 60 mph.

brought to you by Castro and company via Babalu Blog:

November 14 – Eastern Cuba (city of Contramaestre) – A protest in the streets took place where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was distributed and activists of UMPACU ( Union Patriotica Cubana), among them JORGE CERVANTES, who cried out “Long Live Human Rights” were brutally beaten, arrested and released the following day.

November 16 – Eastern Cuba (city of Guantanamo) – Protest demanding the release of human rights defender, NIORVIS RIVERA GUERRA, (member of the Resistance and Democracy Movement) and all Cuban political prisoners, ended with a violent ” act of repudiation” by pro government mobs that lasted all afternoon and into the night against the home of OSVALLEMI GRANT GUERRA. As a result two dissidents were injured.

Read the whole thing, it’s a pretty long list, and if Cuba is not your thing there is always Egypt:

Egyptian soldiers and police set fire to protest tents in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and fired tear gas and rubber bullets in a major assault Sunday to drive out thousands demanding that the military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government. At least 11 protesters were killed and hundreds were injured.

And that’s not even touching on the murder of Coptic Christians.

There is a reason why people who have actually lived in communist countries don’t support the occupods.

Update: Meanwhile Stacy McCain
wonders what has happened to education

That expression of Occupier sentiment, from a blonde teenager who attends an all-girls Catholic school where tuition is $14,000 a year, was as shocking to me as any report of criminal violence in the protest encampments. It prompted me to write a long contemplation about how so many American young people have been indoctrinated to regard the “New Left” radicals of the 1960s as heroes. What have these kids been taught about the history of that era? And perhaps more importantly, what have they not been taught?

While liberals were wringing their hands about the Occupier encampments being removed from parks in New York and other cities, memory called to my mind a monument in a park down home. That monument bears the name of a handsome Georgia boy voted “Most Talented” in his high school, a brave pilot who died fighting for freedom at age 25. Today children play in the park dedicated to his memory, and no one can doubt Douglas County gave her best in what John F. Kennedy called “a long twilight struggle” against the totalitarian menace of communism. Can such a sacrifice ever be forgotten, while our nation’s children are taught to admire draft-dodgers and Marxist agitators? If schools want to teach kids about heroes from the Sixties, they should take a field trip to Washington, D.C., where Robert G. Hunter is one of more than 58,000 names on a black granite wall.

Democrats had so much hope for the Occupy movement, they were sure they could create their own version of the tea party in time for the 2012 elections

Alas, unlike the tea party that actually attracted previously unengaged voters to their cause, the Occupy movement’s core of professional activists found themselves only able to swell their numbers with union members, paid protesters, clueless college students and those who wanted both a free lunch and an area where law enforcement was non-existent.

The results were predictable.

Not surprisingly as the mess grew so did the rap sheet including deaths, sexual assaults, thievery, drug dealing that has become an embarrassment for democrats who initially rushed to support them. It’s actually reached the point where people are being assaulted for NOT joining the movement.

Not really the cup of tea for a pol seeking re-election is it?

Today at Big Journalism John Nolte talks about subtle changes in coverage as the media tries to move the democrats away from this movement.

Democrats See Minefield in Occupy Protests

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican Party and the tea party seemed to be a natural political pairing. But what may have seemed like another politically beneficial alliance — Democrats and Occupy Wall Street — hasn’t happened.

Insert record scratch here.

Sorry AP, but the only reason Democrats see a minefield is because they’re standing in it.

Democrats such as…

House Democrats. And look, the story about House Democrats endorsing Occupy is an AP story!

Top Democrats.

Nancy Pelosi.

…A President named Obama, who said of Occupy, “We are on their side.”

…The SEIU.

Need I go on?

When the AP matter-of-factly (the most effective way to propagandize) states that this natural alliance “hasn’t happened” … they are lying. The alliance between Occupy and prominent Democrats occurred weeks ago

And Mr. Nolte has left out Elizabeth Warren a Morning Joe Favorite who embraced the movement at first, but after this ad started running

began the process of running away.

Yet today on Morning Joe, you would not know this at all. John Heilman, Mark Halperin, Jeffery Sachs and Mika Brzezinski, excoriated Newt Gingrich for suggesting that the occupods need to get a bath then a job. To the Morning Joe/Politico/MSNBC crowd the entire 302 count rap sheet doesn’t exist, the assaults, the cries for socialism, the robberies and the violence, none of these things have happened.

And it not just the rap sheet that is missing, note WHO is missing from today’s show as well. We see SNL skits featuring Jon Huntsman and a pseudo Mitt Romney, we see David Letterman treating Herman Cain in a fashion they would not tolerate for a liberal pol, but strangely no clip from Jon Stewart. Perhaps because Stewart gave the occupod movement a fatal blow among the youth who might have joined in the hopes of being cool or getting laid.

When he gets back to hitting the GOP I’m sure he will return to their link lineup.

It is almost as if the new media and the internet doesn’t exist for Morning Joe today. It brings to mind the old information ministries of the old Soviet Union or even Baghdad Bob assuring us that the Americans are about to be defeated as our troops are just a few hundred yards away.

How and why could this be? It’s pretty simple, the goal today is not to inform, it is to re-assure the niche audience that gets their info strictly from the far left that all is still well. I suspect their efforts will be much like Kevin Bacon’s

And what is the lesson we should learn from this? You likely have already guessed it


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

You can only hide from reality for so long. I would think a journalist would be embarrassed by this.

But perhaps we are dealing with journo-lists instead.

Update: Or perhaps she is just loyal to the guild:

While journalists are quick to expose conflicts of interest that could influence political leaders, some often-sympathetic reporters covering the Occupy Wall Street movement might want to look in the mirror.

Those are the journalists belonging to the Newspaper Guild, a national union that represents many journalists in the state, including some at The New York Times.

The Guild is a branch of the CWA, or Communications Workers of America, one of the strongest supporters of the Occupy effort in the nation.

The union’s home page on the Web, for instance, proudly declares, “CWA Supports the Occupy Movement.’

Via JWF who notes:

…look at their home page is filled with links to the OWS movement, as well as one to recall Governor Walker in Wisconsin, so don’t expect any impartial coverage of that story, either.

When you “share” the goals of the deranged occupiers, don’t expect fair and balanced coverage.

To the rest of the MSM the New York Post has become an “unpaper” in the same way dissidents in the old Soviet Union became “Unpersons.”

Update 2: I wonder if the Morning Joe crew objected when the Zuccotti park folks denied a permit to the anti-ground zero mosque crowd (via lonely conservative)?

Did you know that not so long ago opponents of the Ground Zero mosque were denied a permit for a protest there? [Emphasis added]

The owner, Brookfield Properties, expressly prohibits tents, tarps and sleeping in the park—rules ignored by the protesters. It also has a history of denying use of the park for political activities, which is within its rights. Last year the city and Brookfield Properties denied a request by a group to use the park to protest against the planned new mosque near the World Trade Center. A content-neutral approach, the cornerstone of First Amendment jurisprudence, should also have kept Occupy Wall Street out. [Read More]

Since when is the taking over of a public space an exercise of one’s First Amendment rights? And if the Occupiers could do it, why not the anti-Mosque people?

I suspect if they anti-Mosque crew “occupied” the park way back when the Mika Brzezinski would not have been so supportive and the Mayor of NY would not have needed two months to eject them.

Update 3: from the Mercury News today

County officials this week released a list of 93 complaints of disruptive and illegal behavior near the county’s main offices and courthouse, adjacent to the Occupy Santa Cruz camp.

Since the camp was joined by dozens of tents that belong to the homeless, county workers and others have documented drug and alcohol use, public urination and defecation, littering, bathing in county restrooms, fights and more. Two pieces of artwork on display at the county building were vandalized – although county officials said it is not known who was responsible for it.

Several planned courthouse marriages also had to be moved, deputy April Skalland said Friday.

Via Don Surber. Whatever you do don’t tell Mika.

Exit question: Would the 60’s be worshiped the way they are if the internet and camera phones existed to record the hippies etc as they actually were?

Update 4: Instalanche a great way to start the week. And if you like this kind of thing please consider kicking into my November fundraiser, all that I do here is paid for by the ads you see, and YOU.

Update 5: via MRC and Hotair.com here is the video:

Update 6: Stacy goes all Doug Piranha on Mika

It is impossible for people of good faith to disagree with Mika, because disagreeing with Mika is proof of bad faith. And if you weren’t so dumbed-down from watching Fox News, you’d understand that.

To Mika and her friends, sympathy toward the Occupiers is not merely an emotional feeling, but rather an objective fact: “These are good people. Their cause is worthy. They deserve support.”

Jon is a local blogger that I met at Blogcon 11

It’s important to note that blogging on the state and local level is not only important but is even more likely to make a difference than national blogging and if you are a Colorado tea party type the Estes Park Tea Party is always looking for new bloggers.

You can see the rest of the field guide to bloggers here.

…delivered by Fr. Robert Bruso at St. Anthony of Padua church this morning on the feast of Christ the King.

In it he talked about the feast of Christ the king as a new feast of the church in response to the “isms” of its time (Communism, Nazism and Fascism) and how it applies to the “isms” of today that America faces (Relativism and Materialism). He discussed the role of John Paul II and the fall of Communism and how assurances of “Conscience” in a society that embraces relativism have been hollow (just ask any person not working for Chick-fil-A what happens if they insist on Sunday’s off for religious reasons) and will continue to be hollow when delivered by those to whom there is no such thing as objective good or evil, except what the state thinks.

There were only two real issues I had with his sermon:

1. When talking about Communism being on the dust-heap of history he forgets China.

2. It was a sermon delivered to 250 people rather than 10,000+

I asked him after Mass if he had a hard copy of this sermon available he did not, but there is a condensed version in this weeks Church Bulletin that I re-print here:

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. The Church’s year comes to its end with a reflection on God’s plan for the human race. Unlike most feasts of the church, the Feast of Christ the King is relatively new. Poe Pius XI in response to the growth of Communism, Fascism and Nazism in Europe, instituted the feast to remind us that the State and its political system is not our God. The conflict of unbridled , ideological nationalism led to the great conflagration we call World War II. To truly honor Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace, is to acknowledge our dependence on a Divine Power greater than ourselves, a Being that has the right to establish the difference between good and evil.

There is another tyranny overtaking the world which is as dangerous as Communism, Fascism or Nazism. It is the most tyranny of relativism, the danger Pope Benedict XVI warns us about Good and evil are not relative terms. Good is not whatever we like, any more that evil is what we don’t like. We need to follow a trustworthy guide.

World War II and its aftermath produced many book with valuable lessons. One was Alfred Koestler’s story of becoming a Communist to fight Fascism, only to find the one was as bad as the other. The book is called The Light that Failed . Another powerful book was the work of a Viennese Jewish psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz and found that faith was a key for those who lived through that earthly hell. His book is called Man’s search for Meaning.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let us take the time to thank God for the gift of faith, which brings meaning to our lives, and the gift of His Son Jesus Christ, who is the light that will not fail.

I really wish you could have heard the whole thing.

It was a great show today, and an even better party afterwards, but if there is one thing that a person who lives off of ads wants to see it’s something like this at Instapundit:

If you do have an interest in ads, my price list is here, and if you want to see just what kind of reach this blog has, look here.

How do you properly thank someone who tries to make your business a success?

Today we celebrate our one year anniversary show on WCRN and have we got a show for you.

We open with the Blogfather himself Glenn Reynolds to talk about the #Occupyfail and the Army of Davids who reported what the MSM failed the report.

We then talk with Jeff from Protein Wisdom who has some video from Blgocon 11 that some of the people who were present for the attempted storming of blogcon 11 are trying to suppress.

And expect a visit from Little Miss Attila bringing us up to date on the happenings at the Conservatory.

So join us at 10 A.M. EST on WCRN AM 830. If you are outside our signal range you can listen live at wcrnradio.com tweet us at #wcrn. Call in at 508-438-0965 or tweet us at 888-9-FEDORA (888-933-3672)

And when the show is over the party is just beginning. At 1 p.m. EST join us at the Border Bar and Grille 246 Mill Street Leominster for our one year anniversary Salon. Come meet DaTechGuy and other local bloggers such as The Right Wing Granny, Roxeanne De Luca, Libertarian Leanings and Right Wing Gamer and enjoy the company of your fellow blog readers and show listeners. We will be serving appetizers till they run out (full menu is available for purchase if you want more).

We’ll be talking election 2012, the super committee and enjoying each others company until the last person leaves.

So Join us today on the air and in person and let’s enjoy each others company.

One of the things I’ve said for years is “the internet is forever”. If you’re going to say or do something on the internet, it is wise to remember your mother, your children or even more importantly a future potential employer may see it long after you regret your actions.

This is a lesson that is being learned the hard way by students at the St. Mary’s Academy and their teacher Ceiia Bard.

Saint Mary’s Academy is an Independent Catholic School” (That’s how the school was described to me, the assistant to the president a new hire was unable to tell me if they were in full communion with Rome) in greater Denver. Last Friday Ms. Bard thought it would be a good idea to take her class to the Occupy Denver encampment and furthermore join a group of the occupods as they attempted to storm Blogcon 11.

The story of the attempts of the occupods to disrupt the conference has been told more than once, however I have yet to touch upon Ms. Bard and her charges.

Personally I gave very little attention to Ms. Bard and her students when I saw them at the hotel, believing they were merely bystanders who happened to be present when the Occupods made their move. However other people at the event thought differently and confronted Ms. Bard directly

Ms. Bard’s attempt to keep herself and her student anonymous at a conference populated by 100’s of people who either as a hobby or for a living produce and disseminate information on the internet was laughable but as you can see by the video although her judgement might be suspect, there is no evidence that she cross any lines of decorum.

That unfortunately can’t be said for the young ladies she teaches (Language Warning)

Now this certainly doesn’t come up to the level of lets say Misfit politics in terms of vulgarity, but one would think that if you are attending a $14k a year “Independent Catholic School” you would know enough to act in a way that doesn’t reflect on said school or yourselves. Their “Independent Catholic School” must not have the nuns mine normal parish school did.

Since getting home I’ve called the school twice for comment, the first time I was given to the voice mail of the president, the 2nd time I spoke to the president’s assistant who informed me she was not authorized to speak on such matters. As I plan on talking about this on the show tomorrow I gave her an e-mail address to reach me with any kind of statement that the school might want to give concerning it. (Still no sign of one so far).

I have a sneaking suspicion that the young ladies although apparently not well-educated on decorum, economics or political reality are getting a crash course on physics, specifically cause and effect:

Apparently with a week to think about it and calls coming into the school inquiring about the event someone has decided that this might not be the image the school or the students want to project, so they apparently have launched a complaint to youtube thus

And now, YouTube has given me 48 hours to address vague privacy concerns — in a video taken when Occupy Denver protesters crashed a private event and were filmed (by me and others) doing so.

That I happened to catch several students whose school and teacher have argued were there merely to “observe” actually joining in with the protesters is not a “privacy issue.” It’s a “yes, you should be embarrassed, because your official statements to the local Denver media don’t jibe with the actual real-time evidence” issue — one that, as good little leftists, the school, or the students, or the students’ representatives, etc., are hoping to airbrush out of existence.

Or at least, to make it harder for people to find.

And here we’ve been told that this class was but an idealistic group of young truthseekers, led by a principled and courageous teacher whose goal it was to introduce this eager young minds to the workings of a democratic republic.

Funny how the search for Truth is so conveniently dismissed as banal tripe when the Truth just so happens to paint the self-described truth seekers as the little wannabe-tyrants that they so willingly and publicly presented themselves to be.

As this was a news story covered by the Denver Press the whole privacy issues should be totally moot, what won’t be moot is that people who recognize these students will likely be mentioning it on facebook and linking to said videos thus associating their names with them, furthermore said names once linked will start turning up on google searches etc in the future when these young deluded ladies decide to seek employment.

Perhaps at their expensive school they can be taught this poem that dates from a 1936 book The Best Loved Poems of the American People called: Judged by the company one keeps:

One night in late October,
when I was far from sober,
Returning with my load, with manly pride;
My feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came up an’ lay down by my side;
A lady passing by was heard to say:
‘You can tell a man who “boozes”
by the company he chooses’
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.

I hope the young ladies learn the right lesson from this experience, ignorance might be bliss, but in the internet age stupidity is forever.

Yesterday I went to Nashua New Hampshire to cover Herman Cain at an event in the Radisson Hotel. I arrived about an hour early to get a look at the layout and decide where I was going to place myself. It was a real study in contrasts from previous events.

I met Herman Cain for the first time at CPAC 2011, I knew at the time Stacy McCain really liked this guy and he gave me two minutes outside of bloggers row:

At the time I declared him an “acceptable” candidate for president but didn’t think much more of it. At CPAC you see a whole lot of people.

I first covered Herman Cain proper in March of this year while I was still at my old blog. That encounter was at Joey’s Diner in Amherst during his 6th visit to Ne. He spoke to a small room, maybe 25-30 people as I recall (you couldn’t fit much more in that room) I was pretty much the only “press” there at the time and I scored this interview:

There was a prophetic moment in that first interview:

“What that did was it told, it confirmed what we suspected is it confirmed what we suspected that the awareness of Herman Cain at the grass roots level was much greater than a lot of people realized especially the mainstream media…”

Later that day he spoke in Nashua at the Crowne Plaza Hotel as the keynote speaker for Reagan Day Reception.

There was a fair crowd but it was for an event independent of Mr. Cain, some folk took pictures of and with him but it didn’t indicate a groundswell at the time.

Herman posing with fans

As you can see it was MUCH easier to get to Herman Cain in those days.

When Mr. Cain opened his Manchester Office In August 19th of this year I was there (in fact my Ethernet cable still is)

It was a small place and once again the voters had intimate access,

Herman Cain with supporters Aug 19th opening of his Manchester NH HQ

NH State Rep Steve Smith came out for Cain

There was a small gaggle of cameras and it was not difficult to get a question in during the event.

He also hinted at his economic program that would become known as 9-9-9.

There is always the danger of judging a candidate based upon his events so when I returned to Nashua for the Tea Party Express/Palin event I asked the folks at the Red Arrow Diner who have seen many pols come and and spot a phony at 30 paces, go what their impression of Mr. Cain was. They told me that like Hillery Clinton he was attentive and personable taking time and an interest in what was being said. This was a good sign for Mr. Cain.

Not long afterwards came the Florida Straw poll and the sudden rise of Herman Cain from the pack to front runner and contender. At the Dartmouth debate Herman Cain was the hot ticket in the room.

The media was all over Cain and more importantly he was sucking so much oxygen out of the room that something had to be done, and Politico attempted to do it, rather in artfully and when a week of vagary failed to move the polls Gloria Allred was enlisted to try to move the polls.

Alas as Cain’s fundraising continued unabated as apparently for unknown reason the GOP base distrusts the MSM objectivity on this subject. In fact it wasn’t until candidate Rick Perry brain freeze that Mr. Cain was moved off the front burner.

So yesterday we came full circle. Herman Cain in Nashua New Hampshire, less that 100 days after his previous visit and the differences were astounding:

You had much more staff that was considerably more organized and you had a touch of security too.

Note the security to the left

Any of the two rooms or the hallway was larger than the area of the campaign HQ in Manchester:

I don’t recall country stars opening for him at the previous events either

Buddy Jewel opening for Herman Cain in Nashua 11-17-11

Most importantly was both the quantity of the press, (there were more press present at this event than supporters at the opening of his HQ three months ago) and the quality of press as well:

Note the photographer on the right, I first met him at the Tea Party Express Palin event, he has taken shots of those who matter for magazines and newspapers nationwide for decades and today he was there to practice his art on Herman Cain.

The critiques of the MSM didn’t effect the willingness of NH State reps to back him:

and more importantly it didn’t stop undecided voters from coming down to check him out men:

and women

This is the critical factor. The poor media coverage has not caused undecided voters to dismiss Cain in the way some in the media have . And when those people see Cain then tend to like him.

When he finally took the stage, a bit late (a candidate lateness seems inversely proportional to his standing in polls doesn’t it?) he seemed to draw energy from the crowd

and the crowd seemed very interested in what he had to say:

His speech was solid, his direct attack on the occupy movement and his acknowledgement of a “leadership” crisis really hit home

And his contention that a simplified tax code is a danger to the establishment, but it was the responsibility of the voter to “hold their feet to the fire” played extremely well

This is where the strength of Herman Cain and the weakness of the media plays out. The media took a sound byte and played it up, in fact I was tweaked on twitter by Dave Weigel for missing the “leader not a reader” byte, but New Hampshire doesn’t vote on sound bytes, they don’t have to. New Hampshire voters get to see the candidates close up and hear what they say directly and what they don’t hear in person, they can hear in full without the MSM filtering it.

It’s a retail politics state and Herman Cain seems ready to make the sale as typified by the last video I shot that day of two ladies who have been backing Cain for a while.

I found their reaction typical of the Cain supports I talked to.

Thus the evolution of the Cain campaign, from the back of the pack to front runner and contender, will it continue? I must admit some informed bias here. There were two moments that struck me personally at this event, take a peek at the opening video.

at the :33 second mark he notices me, looks into the camera and acknowledges me. The second was at the end of the speech.

The second came when he left the state at the end it’s at the 2:10 mark

“Hey, Pete you can’t predict me”

I was not wearing a name tag, my business card was not visible and doesn’t have my name on it, Herman Cain meets literally tens of thousands of people a day. This was the 6th time he has seen me in his life and yet he not only acknowledged me before he started he answered me by name.

Granted the hat helps a bit here, but consider, I have not like Stacy McCain endorsed his candidacy, nor have I kicked in a penny or have I encouraged others to do so to his campaign, yet he remembered me and treated me with respect.

Multiply that time thousands of folks he has encountered and that add up to a force stronger than the MSM’s ability to bring him down. How do you counter that kind of impression with a snarky sound byte, you can’t.

And that is the final word on the evolution of Herman Cain, he has evolved in size and stature at his events, his campaign has become more professional and less spontaneous, but he has on a personal level, remained the same person he was back at Joey’s Diner on a March afternoon in Amherst New Hampshire.

…that it’s now ok to laugh at the occupods

The occupods draw from a fair amount of college students who both think it is hip and frankly believe it will increase their chances of scoring. If Stewart is openly mocking them then that’s a signal that it’s ok to decide it is uncool, particularly if you wanted to stay away due to the violence, smell and disease anyway.