In 1946 just after the end of World War 2 a small hardware store opened up on Water Street with the following ad:

Notice the three digit phone number

When Maurice Belanger opened his store Water Street was a bustling place in the Italian section of town,

Fitchburg is not what it was, but Belanger’s Hardware is still there and his son still operates the store that he started working at when he was a teen

Bob knows the value of a dollar, working since you’re 13 will do that for a person

and that’s why I’m so proud to say that as his business enters its 66th year he is getting on board as the newest advertiser on DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

So if you want to get that personal service that you thought didn’t exist anymore just follow this map

and Bob will take care of you as he has me for the last 20 years.

Loaded a different map that had a place holder

The Moran Square Diner is named after Fitchburg Resident Pat Moran who played in the major leagues 14 years and as a manager led two teams to the World series the 1915 Phillies and the 1919 Reds who defeated the White Sox 5 games to 3 with a little help from some gamblers.

The Diner itself is of the classic style both outside:

And inside:

An old fashioned diner

Even the menu isn’t paper, simply on the board above the counter:

And a simple grill with gas on the side:

Chris the proprietor operates like a machine methodically cooking one meal after another with the precision of an expert.

And the end result is simply delightful:

Sausage patties, Two eggs over-easy White Toast and Tea

Because they are open 6 days a week but closed on Saturdays I had to do the Saturday Diner on Friday but whatever day you go you will not be disappointed

This Saturday on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we have lawyer and blogger Sarah Rumph from the site Sunshine State Sarah for the full two hours:

We will be talking the Iowa and Florida primaries and almost certainly her excellent post on voter Id.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain will be calling in live from Iowa where he is on the ground covering all to do with the caucus

Tune in tomorrow at 10 a.m EST on WCRN AM 830, and don’t forget you can listen live at

Call us at 508-438-0965 or toll-free at 888-9-fedora (888)-033-3672 and tweet us at #daradio

BTW don’t miss candidate Buddy Roemer tomorrow on Conservatively Speaking and the entire Saturday Conservative lineup Saturday starting at 6 a.m. on WCRN.

I attended the Twin City Tea Party Christmas Party on Wednesday. Justin Brooks the outgoing president and candidate for State Rep was honored by the group:

Near the end of the party I talked to him about his candidacy:

Brooks has built a solid record as a Tea Party leader, it remains to e seen if that will translate into votes in Leominster against a popular incumbent but half the battle is being willing to fight it.

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.

Matthew 5:37

People have a great capacity to hear the truth

Dr. Thompson The Verdict 1982

Byron York tells a story a Mitt Romney story that make a lot of sense:

According to Scott, Romney revealed that polling from Richard Wirthlin, Ronald Reagan’s former pollster whom Romney had hired for the ’94 campaign, showed it would be impossible for a pro-life candidate to win statewide office in Massachusetts. In light of that, Romney decided to run as a pro-choice candidate, pledging to support Roe v. Wade, while remaining personally pro-life.

In November 1993, according to Scott, Romney said he and Wirthlin, a Mormon whose brother and father were high-ranking church officials, traveled to Salt Lake City to meet with church elders. Gathering in the Church Administration Building, Romney, in Scott’s words, “laid out for church leaders … what his public position would be on abortion — personally opposed but willing to let others decide for themselves.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I think if you have a position or a belief that’s worth having it’s worth defending. If something is right you make your case for it. You defend it, you have enough faith in the public for them to respect your position.

Romney was not, here is what this tells me. Mitt Romney may or may not believe abortion is Murder but he certainly believes his election to public office trump it.

That doesn’t mean that Mitt Romney would not be a superior president to Barack Obama, he would be, by a lot, but it explains in a nutshell why he is an inferior candidate to Rick Santorum and most of the others.

It’s amazing what 1700 people backed by big money can achieve:

Hamas-tied CAIR has been calling for some time for BNI to be shut down because of comments. WordPress (the blog platform) responded by shutting down BNI in late November and then reinstating it; now it has been shut down again, and the Hamas-linked nazi goup CAIR is doing a victory dance. They’re claiming credit, although details are sketchy: the BNI publisher says WordPress hasn’t given her any explanation for suspending the site, and that she has been monitoring comments closely since November 26, when the site was first shut down. This is how BNI’s publisher explained what happened in an email to me:

I allowed them to delete ALL comments prior to 11/26 and they did. After that I was very careful to delete anything that could be deemed a threat. In CAIR’s press release today they mentioned the comments from the other post all of which were deleted immediately. There were no new comments that they listed today. But….they did mention my close involvement with the All American Muslim/Lowe’s Buycott campaign. I had about a 12 or 14 different posts on that so I think the ratings dive for AAM was what made them threaten WP with a lawsuit. I am just assuming as WP didn’t say this.

Insty notes the terror ties to the group wordpress caved to.

It’s making my decision to move to my own domain look a lot better. Pam again:

If I had a blog on wordpress, I would pull it. I would. Because it’s only a matter of time until something you say doesn’t meet with the Muslim Brotherhood guidelines.

The fundamental principle of free speech is the protection of all speech, not just speech we like. Because who decides what’s good and what’s forbidden? The Hamas-tied thugs and enemies of free speech at CAIR?

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it — Voltaire

If it can happen to BNI, it can happen to any of us.

My understanding is it was not for what the blogger said but was due to something in comments, that’s why even though it is time consuming to approve them manually I think it’s a better idea.

I only liked to Bare Naked Islam for the first time this week, and I didn’t follow her on twitter…until today.

Update: Via Glenn WordPress turns Bare Naked Islam back on for a week and suggests they move on, they also deny caving to anyone, to wit:

Finally although there was a press release from CAIR claiming to have been behind this I haven’t heard of them until today and as far as we can tell none of the ToS reports that caused the blog to be reviewed were from anyone involved with that organization. does not suspend blogs at the request of individuals or organizations, only for violations of our Terms of Service.

I’d like to take these guys at their word but it would be interested to find out exactly who complained. My friend Jimmie Bise checked out the site and bluntly said some of the comments were beyond the pale. Glenn had this to say:

Is publishing commenters’ information wrong? Yes, unless the commenters have been threatening or abusive, in which case I think it’s fine. Were they? I don’t know — because when I went to the site it had been taken down.

Either way if WordPress is telling the truth than CAIR is full of it, well more full of it than normal, anyways as for Bare Naked Islam, this post has generated 277 comments and i suspect wherever it goes it will have a lot more traffic than it ever did so CAIR will not be happy and I suspect WordPress will not get a lot of good press from this episode from bloggers, particularly with the timing of this coming up during the SOPA fight.

Every single day the Catholic Church feeds more people, houses more people , clothes more people, visits more imprisoned people and educates more people than any other institution on the planet earth can ever hope to.

Matthew Kelly Worcester Mass. March 20th 2010

But I’ll tell you what it can’t do any more, it can’t offer adoption services in Illinois:

Roman Catholic bishops in Illinois have shuttered most of the Catholic Charities affiliates in the state rather than comply with a new requirement that says they must consider same-sex couples as potential foster-care and adoptive parents if they want to receive state money. The charities have served for more than 40 years as a major link in the state’s social service network for poor and neglected children.

The bishops have followed colleagues in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts who had jettisoned their adoption services rather than comply with nondiscrimination laws.

As you can guess our friends on the social left are all atwitter:

The most important point, though, is that religious liberty does not mean the right to take public money without having to comply with the law because the teachings of your faith tell you those laws are wrong. That’s not how you live in a civil society, and if the Church cannot comply with that simple rule then it needs to rethink its priorities.

In other words, either change your definition of sin, violate your faith or get out.

Mind you the fact the Catholic church did a great job placing kids, but that is not relevant, the goal of enforcing the new societal rules of diversity. NRO takes things to their logical conclusion:

Because of the massive expansion of government, religious organizations are often unable to even conduct their traditional charitable functions without heavy state regulation. In other words, the “government contracts” or “government benefits” at issue are a required component of the charitable work. Don’t believe me? Try running a foster-care program independently. Try offering a health-insurance plan for your employees without dealing with a maze of federal regulations. So this is not a simple matter of a private organization trying to feed from the federal trough but instead of a religious organization trying to carry out a mission that predates the very formation of our nation and being barred from doing so because the state has decided it knows best.

In other words, it’s not “You can’t have government money to do this charitable work” It’s “You can’t do this period!” The trick is to attempt to get people to decide that the individual mission transcends the sin and the scandal of said sin.

Quite a few bishops made that mistake since the 60’s.

C.S. Lewis saw this coming:

…we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Christianity as a means; preferably, of course, as a means to their own advancement, but, failing that, as a means to anything—even to social justice. The thing to do is to get a man at first to value social justice as a thing which the Enemy demands, and then work him on to the stage at which he values Christianity because it may produce social justice. For the Enemy will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of Heaven as a short cut to the nearest chemist’s shop. Fortunately it is quite easy to coax humans round this little corner. Only today I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that “only such a faith can outlast the death of old cultures and the birth of new civilisations”. You see the little rift? “Believe this, not because it is true, but for some other reason.” That’s the game,

The truth, this is all just narcissism, the state feels better about themselves, they feel superior to the church and all those who oppose the church get to do the same.

And if kids don’t get adopted it’s a small price to pay for that satisfaction.

And the Church? As Matthew Kelly points out there is plenty of good to do out there and if they can’t do it in one place, they’ll do it in another…

…until the state stops them that is.


Hazel:  Is cowslip coming?  Maybe he knows.

Fiver:  He wouldn’t  come.  He told me to stop talking about it

Watership Down 1978 Richard Adams

Yesterday on twitter a group of people were busy calling my friend Pan Geller a hate monger. a lot of people go after her for forthrightly saying aloud the truth about Radical Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and things like honor killings.

Although not Christian she has also been tireless in highlighting the murder of Christians in Egypt and elsewhere.

For some reason these folks on twitter have a lot of hate to spare for Pam, but not for the things she objects to

Over the past two days, we have been schooled, fooled, admonished and deceived by a media hell-bent on instituting the Sharia. There was mass slaughter of Christians on Christmas Day, with churches burned by Muslims in Nigeria. Obama called it “senseless” and the media completely ignored the motive, the reason for the jihad. Across the world very active jihads are ignored, underreported or worse — completely obfuscated, with the ideology again ignored and the jihadis termed “militants,” “insurgents” or “youths.”

One would think that it would acceptable to “hate” the bombing of Christians in Nigeria, to “hate” the Honor Killing of young women in Texas and elsewhere, to “hate” the burning of churches in Egypt and to “hate” calls for the extermination of Jews. Yet it is not these hateful things, but the hatred of these things that draws the outrage of our friends on the left.

I’ve maintained in the past that this is because, in their minds the enemy will always be conservatives in general and Christians in particular:

I suspect that as long as those being murdered are those oppressive and judgmental Christians, our friends in the tolerant left will …tolerate it

Perhaps however there is an alternate explanation that might be as equally valid.

In the Book Watership down the Rabbits in Cowslip’s warren are comfortable, well fed and secure. When Bigwig gets caught in a snare at the warren Fiver runs to Cowslip for help, but he will not acknowledge the danger and in fact tells Fiver to keep quiet. He does this because he must. If the illusion of the warren’s comfort is shattered, the horrible price paid for it must be faced and he can’t bear it. As Fiver puts it in the book:

You pay for it! The food, the warren… but no one must ever ask where anyone was or speak of the wires! The whole place is snared! Everywhere, every day!

And that is the issue in a nutshell. Pam and those who warn of Radical Islam are Fiver calling for help for those caught in a snare. Her detractors are Cowslip the head of the snared warren. To oppose radical Islam requires a courage they don’t have and to openly admit appeasement acknowledges a cowardice they can’t bear. Much easier to not talk about it and preserve their illusion of dignity.

Pam and those like her bring up uncomfortable truths and for that they will be forever hated.

Update: Welcome Atlas readers, odds are she is going to be on top of anything on Radical Islam that I talk about but check out this post on the Muslim Brotherhood and on the censorship at BNI

Although I have avoided for strategic reasons “Santorum Surge” talk, it has reached the point where it is time to speak up.

White Stacy McCain is pleased that Iowa is catching up to him Erick Erickson’s critique will certainly get more play in the MSM

As a pro-lifer myself, I have to throw up a bit in my mouth that Iowa conservatives are seriously considering Rick Santorum, which will only help Mitt Romney, a guy who even after his supposedly heartfelt conversion to life put some seriously pro-abortion judges on the Massachusetts bench hiding behind the “Well it was Massachusetts for Pete’s sake” defense.

Let’s remember Rick Santorum could not even win re-election in his home state of Pennsylvania.

Forget for a moment the absurdity of faulting a Republican for the crime of losing an election in the 2nd worst year for republicans since Nixon, think of that standard as applied to say, Mitt Romney. He lost to Ted Kennedy, he lost in 2008 to John McCain and he did not run for re-election after one term as governor. Yet Erick fears him.

the real issue here is social conservatives in Iowa risk Mitt Romney’s election by supporting a guy who cannot get traction or money outside of Iowa.

Rick Santorum will not be the nominee. That’s the reality. But his rise hurts Bachmann, Gingrich, and Perry in Iowa — all of whom have better organizations and better shots beyond Iowa.

So lets me get this straight, Santorum can’t win because he lost once, so we need instead to support people who currently can’t beat him, otherwise we can’t beat the loser from last time who is suddenly invincible? Yeah that makes sense.

If that tortured logic isn’t enough he follows up with a litany of Santorum’s faults. I’ll concede Santorum has not made all the decisions I would have, but since like most Americans, I will not be on the ballot, I am forced to choose the person closest to me, that’s Santorum.

Erick is a good guy but these utilitarian arguments are why so many people don’t get involved, we can’t vote for the best man we have to vote “strategically”. That’s nonsense! I’m not a republican because I love the letter R. I’m a republican because the party stands for something and I expect our candidates to do so as well.

Dan Riehl a Perry man says this.

The very same media that has endeavored for years to make Santorum toxic as a political presence, is the very same media that has and will malign a Perry, Bachmann, Palin, et al, so long as the politician in question is a conservative.

To put down our principles to take up their arguments simply because we somehow think it serves our agenda in this one instance only empowers them. It does not strengthen, or win, us anything. If we have a candidate, make the case for him, or her. That, not attacks on some other genuinely conservative candidate, is invariably what yields us the best candidates in the end.

We have the better case, let’s make it and show the faith in the voters that we’ve attacked this administration for lacking. That’s where the Tea Party came from. Erickson’s argument is not only weak, it’s a reminder why so many people didn’t get involved in the first place.

I suspect that if Santorum rises as the Tea Party candidate he will acquire access to the most effective grass-roots organization out there this cycle. And if you doubt them remember it wasn’t Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment that caused Ben Nelson to cut and run.

Success breeds success if Santorum can get that success then he will reap the benefits of it. If Erickson’s candidates are candidate, let them prove it to the voters.

Update: Byron York has some news:

There was one candidate that nearly all of them wanted to support, and that was Rick Santorum. But they had a problem with Santorum, too. That problem wasn’t about knowledge, or experience, or personal history. No, the problem with Santorum was always electability. Many, many social conservatives said that they wanted to support Santorum but were troubled by his inability to rise above two or three percent support in the polls. If Santorum could just show that he could rise a bit higher, they said, then who knows how much support might come his way?

I’ve had those same conversations with people an Iowa win and a finish ahead of Perry or Bachmann in NH will make all the difference when the race goes beyond South Carolina.

Update 2: Dropped a “K” in the title

If you drive down main street in Fitchburg you might notice this sign in a 2nd floor window across from the parking garage:

It is a good-sized sign that take up a fair amount of space in the window. It is very visible to anyone leaving the parking garage. It would seem an excellent spot in terms of visibility:

A Ron Paul sign in an empty 2nd floor storefront in New England normally would not be worth a post, but it was the specific location of this sign that really caught my eye:

I have a vivid memory of the fight to keep Planned Parenthood out of Fitchburg, from the protests to the city council meetings. I also recall the letter writing campaign urging the landlord to choose not to rent this property to the nation’s leading abortion provider. It was ignored and that big Planned Parenthood awning is a constant reminder of that fact.

Perhaps it’s just me but I think this has to be one of the worst examples of product placement I’ve seen in my life.

Last week’s tax debacle not withstanding Democrats understand that election 2012 is a disaster in the making. There are many reasons for this but the big ones can be summarized easily:

  • Barack Obama was sold as the second coming but in office proved to be the inexperienced pol from a corrupt political system that he’s always been.
  • Obamacare remains the most unpopular law ever forced through the congress in my lifetime and it was forced though without a single republican vote.
  • No matter what baggage a GOP candidate has Obama has the baggage of three years of the worst economy in my lifetime.

The media can spin all they want but when it comes down to making an actual decision on running for election or re-election democrat running in any state has to deal with this reality.

Case in point, Ben Nelson:

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska announced today he won’t seek re-election next year, a retirement hurting his party’s bid to keep its majority in the chamber.

The reality is democrat after democrat has run away from Obama, the reality is democrats can’t even win congressional elections in NY without a 3rd party challenger to help them.

Why do you think there is so much money going to this American’s Elect business without disclose? People understand that Obama won’t win without 3rd party help, but even if it works that isn’t going to make a difference down the ticket. Nelson under stands this, that’s why he’s gone.

The message to the GOP should be loud and clear:

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

That has been by design.

As I’ve made no secret of Santorum is my candidate of choice he edges Bachmann due to his ability to cut a senate deal over Bachmann’s house experience.

But I’ve also seen the pattern on tea party candidates. The media knowing the true electability or lack thereof of this president (why don’t you ask Ben Nelson how electable Obama is?) wants him to face the weakest possible GOP candidate.

So the deal has been to puff up then tear down candidate after candidate (Rick Perry managed to do it for them due to poor debate performances) to eliminate. The actual numbers no longer matter, the EXPECTED numbers become the yardstick. Six months ago if Newt Gingrich finished in the top three in Iowa it would be a sign of a Gingrich surge, now if he finishes 3rd it becomes weakness. Same in NH.

Unlike the others Santorum has been slowly gaining, that is important.

The reality is that Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina with the new delegate system are much less relevant than before these three primaries are all battles against the expectations game. If the chattering class think you are under-performing the fundraising dries up and it’s over.

In other words is a game of perception.

Romney and Paul don’t have this problem because of their organizations and Perry as the governor of Texas has a built-in incentive for donors to give, but the other candidates do not.

If the MSM decides to play up a “Santorum Surge” than any finish below 2nd suddenly becomes a “loss” or a “disappointment” and the conventional wisdom suddenly becomes death.

Thus if Santorum becomes expected to finish first or second and doesn’t that becomes disaster, particularly since he will not win New Hampshire thanks to the Romney lock and the independent (read democrat) crossover vote nor South Carolina due to the open primary. It’s no coincidence that we see this story out of Iowa:

In a sign that he actually feels quite confident that he’ll finish well in Iowa (remember, he still intends to win the state), former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said he’ll drop out of the GOP presidential race if he finishes “dead last” in the Hawkeye State.

I’ve pointed to enough of Stacy’s posts and others to note Rick’s progress, but right now top 4 for Santorum is a ticket to go on. Once that changes it becomes harder.

Is that bias? Of course is it, I want Santorum to win! I’ve not made a secret of it. He is my candidate of choice. I will support the GOP nominee but I would like it to be Rick.

If Santorum is going to surge the next few days is the time to do it but I’d just as soon he quietly move forward.

Update: While preparing to do some first-rate shoe leather reporting in Iowa Stacy McCain totally misreads me:

Pete seems to be worried that if he blogs too much about Santorum, he’ll be “unfair” to the other candidates.

I have no idea where he is getting the “fairness” business from, the word “fair” anywhere in this post. It’s a pure strategic decision to not build up the expectations at this point, fairness has nothing to do with it. This proves conclusively that one should avoid blogging while wet and naked.

I would however suggest that you keep an eye on Stacy’s site for the next few days as he will be doing the first hand reporting that he does best. As it is unlikely that he will be wet and naked while covering these events (at least not until rule 5 Sunday) his analysis and coverage is likely to be superior so you won’t want to miss it.

Today I’m going to be meeting with various potential customers who might choose to take advantage of the old ad rates before the sales team takes over.

Lucky for you DaTechGuy is all over the net right now:

First my Under the Fedora Column is up at the Minority Report blog

I’ve just finished watching The Doctor Who Christmas special. All day BBC America is showed a marathon but interrupted it for the Queen’s annual Christmas message. Not being a British subject I’d never heard one before today .

I have a soft spot for Queen Elizabeth, she is a stalwart friend of the United States, and the last link to the days when Britain was truly great. I have a horrible feeling that when she dies the best part of England will die with her.

It will likely be up before the end of the day at The Conservatory as well.

Looking for some Boston Tea party info? I’ve got it at the examiner today:

The Greater Boston Tea Party has elected Christine Morabito to serve as president of the non-profit, all-volunteer policy advocacy organization. Ms. Morabito, whose two-year term commences January 1, 2012, replaces Christen Varley, who served as the first president. Both are counted among founders of the organization.

And if you want a little culture wars, the Third part of my series at Ladd Ehlinger’s place on Cinema and the Culture wars is up and running. I deal with the Movie: Oh God and you might be surprised which side of the culture wars I think it’s on:

It’s a feel good movie all around. The performances are excellent, John Denver is totally believable as Jerry Landers, helped by a good performance by Teri Garr as his wife and a cast chock full of some of the best character actors out there from William Daniels, to Jeff Corey and Ralph Bellamy. Add two actors who were yet to have their greatest impact–Paul Sorvino and David Ogden Stiers, punctuated of course by George Burns, who carries off the role with perfect timing and style. What’s there not to like about this movie? You have a nice conservative message about an unbeliever who hears the word of God and follows it, an affirmation of the importance of following God’s word no matter what, and the message that following God is not without cost.

If you look deeper, however, you will find some interesting messages hidden delivered with such skill that you might miss it, if you didn’t look.

Parts 1 and 2 featured Gunga Din and Captains Courageous

Later this evening I’ll be reporting from the Twin City Tea Party Christmas Party . Hope these pieces can hold you over till then.

There is a major change coming to DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

I have engaged the good people at Cameo productions to help out with the show. They will be bringing decades of radio experience to aid in the production and other aspects of the show.

This will be of great help to keep the show improving, but the single most important change will be in terms of sales.

Cameo has a dedicated sales team that will be selling the show in large cities throughout Massachusetts and New England.

This will have two immediate effects:

It will free me from one of the most time-consuming activities of the business. Every day that I’m out selling I’m not reporting or blogging.

It will mean that although I will rarely be pitching the show personally, the number of hours that the show will be sold will not only be dramatically increased but will take place beyond the range I was able to reach in person.

Given the above changes, the growth of the show and the more than doubling of the blog traffic come January 1st the advertising rates will go up.

If you are an existing customer: The only difference you will notice is the opportunity to sign on for an annual deal at even greater savings for you.

If you are not an existing customer: This means that you have until January 3rd or so to jump in and lock on the old rates before the new sales team takes over permanently.

So if you think the combination of a 50,000 watt Radio signal and a link on a blog that reached over 560k hits over the course of this year might be a good idea for your blog, business or cause. (particularly in a presidential election year) don’t hesitate. Contact me via comment email, carrier pigeon or whatever and I’ll be happy to fix you up with a 6-13-26 week or even a full year deal payable by credit card or paypal.

Now is the time to take advantage of this last chance to get on board at ground floor prices.  Don’t miss it.

Update: The ad rates are on this page:

In part of the old British Empire it is Boxing day, but in Berkley and places like that today is the start of Kwanzza.

I had no intention of writing about Kwanzza this year, like the slightly older Festivus it is a totally invented holiday and the one time I did write about it concerned it’s growing irrelevance:

Whether it’s gone because nobody knew how to sell it, or because nobody wanted to buy it, Kwanzaa is now nowhere to be found.

That was from a Huff po article I wouldn’t even write about it today but I was tweeted an article about Kwanzaa today by Adisa Banjoko that really is the final stake through the heart:

I did participate in a few Kwanzaa events back when ’89 was the number. I always tried to do observe it. But once I did the history on its founder and some of the deeper elements of its hollow cultural base, it was hard to continue on. For those who do, I promise I’m not mad at you. Not that you would care. But you can’t get your kente cloth all in a bunch because I’m not feeling it.

Look, I love Africa and what it means to be Black. I love almost everything African (aside from the tribal fighting and the needless murder and rape of women across the continent). But Kwanzaa is not African. I never knew an African (from any part of the continent) who was like “Yo Adisa, bro you wanna slide thought to the Kwanzaa fest playa?” It has never happened! They don’t get down like that.

Kwanzaa is like a bad weave. People might kinda like it, but we all know it ain’t real. Now, I live on the West coast, in the Bay Area. The only people I see really on some Kwanzaa “ish” are the hardcore revolutionary types you might find at the Berkeley flea market selling incense and shea butter soap

I remember when the MSM pushed Kwanzza like there was no tomorrow, this piece is the only one I’ve seen on the subject on the net during my regular surfing, and I haven’t seen a single thing on TV concerning it, not one.

The truth is Kwanzza was always about creating a socialist alternative to Christmas the one holiday the secularists would love to co-opt. The failure of that attempt is so huge that I’ll wager there are more people at mass today for the feast of St. Stephen the first martyr than celebrating Kwanzza.

But hey if you want to celebrate Kwanzza go ahead and enjoy it and my best to you.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:8-14

Originally posted Dec 27th 2008

Woke up on the couch on the 3rd day of Christmas finding myself watching the 1938 version of A Christmas Carol with Reginald Owen.

It is not the best version of the story, Alistair Sim holds that honor helped by first-rate writing.

There was an animated version I watched every year as a kid that was pretty good.

Update: (I didn’t realize it at the first writing that Alastair Sim was Scrooge in this version too.)

The George C. Scott version should be watched at least once as he makes a really first-rate Scrooge (Dr. Who fans will recognize Mark Strickson as young Scrooge)

My wife prefers A Muppet Christmas Carol with Michael Caine

and also Scrooged although we haven’t seen it on TV this year.

My Friend Vinnie from Georgia sent us Rich Little’s Christmas Carol which I haven’t seen in 20 or 30 years as a gift

The Musical version with Albert Finney is just wonderful but I haven’t seen that on the TV either this year

and who can forget Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol made the year before I was born

According to IMDB there have been as of today (12/27/08) 71 versions made or in production starting in 1910 the latest being an animated version due out next year staring Jim Carey in the title role and all of the Ghosts too!

And there is the Patrick Stewart version that I somehow missed from the post back in 2008

It is the classic story that always brings Christmas into my heart, but for some reason Owen always brings the largest smile maybe because it was I knew the most as a child, or maybe because I loved the Lockhearts as the Cratchits or maybe I just love the old Shillings and Pence and all the sliding.

You will read a lot of hemming and hawing on this site concerning politics, religion, my current unemployment and the RedSox but like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end I’ll try to keep Christmas all throughout the year. Life is very good and we all have more to be thankful for than we realize. Keep that in mind you can always produce a smile.

So on this 3rd day of Christmas, God bless us every one!

If this story from Lisa Graas is true it’s a disgrace:

When it was clear that Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman failed to get on the ballot in Virginia, Hot Air reported it as a “fiasco”. I wrote that it is not a fiasco. Rick Santorum got back with me last night regarding my article and said that I am right. His campaign collected over 8,300 signatures without paying for a single one, unlike other candidates. The going rate for petition signatures in Virginia, I hear, is $8-$10 each. Rick Santorum has clearly shown strength in organization in Virginia, not weakness. We now know that neither Perry nor Gingrich were able to get enough signatures to secure a spot on Virginia’s primary ballot, leaving only Romney and Paul to vie for delegates in that state. Does this mean Romney and Paul are more organized? No, it just means they have more money and are willing to pay for signatures. The market’s at work in Virginia!

If this is true and Virginians are willing to sell ballot access to the highest bidder then that’s on them, but never forget we ALWAYS get the government we deserve. I’m pleased to say Rick Santorum got my support simply for being who he is and he deserves your support for that same reason.

Exit question if Romney stumbles after South Carolina what will Virginians do if they don’t have the eventual nominee on the ballot?

WCRN is doing a continuous play of Christmas Music on the station that started yesterday (with our on WCRN players version of a Christmas Carol tossed in.

We will be back next week with Sunshine State Sarah and our ore-Christmas open house edition.

Meanwhile if you can’t do without your DaTechGuy on DaRadio fix remember you have the full archive available free of charge and you can always play the latest show by simply clicking on the fedora to your right.

And if I haven’t mentioned them before I have a bi-weekly column available at The Conservatory and at the Minority Report called under the fedora. I don’t cross post it here so they will both get the benefit of some original writing. The latest version is here and here.

Have a sneak peek on me:

Here is a story that won’t get much press either:

Over the last two calendar years, NEA has lost almost 139,000 total members, and more than 169,000 total members over the last three years. Since its ranks of retired members have been growing during that span, it understates the union’s losses among working education employees.

While NEA has instituted extraordinary measures to bring its budget in line with reduced revenues, the membership losses will require an additional $9.5 million in cuts at the national office.

Don’t worry, NEA members: That extra $10 in dues that could be going to your pension will instead make its way to democratic pols all across the nation, though perhaps it would be better spent helping the top third of California public-school students with remedial English and math:

The remedial numbers are staggering, given that the Cal State system admits only freshmen who graduated in the top one-third of their high-school class. About 27,300 freshmen in the 2010 entering class of about 42,700 needed remedial work in math, English or both.”

As Glenn Reynolds points out: “And yet California spends a fortune on schools and pays its (unionized) teachers very well.”

You can find the Under the Fedora Archive here and here.

Blogging will be practically non-existent for the next 48 hours unless I get a sudden inspiration.

Update: Wrong link above, fixed

Ever since I was a child Christmas was to some degree the same. My parents had an incredible variety of people over the house on Christmas eve (normally for the traditional Italian Christmas Fish dishes) people would be in and out of the house until all the gifts were opened that evening.

When we got older and my brothers and sisters got married the gifts would wait until they arrived with their kids and the tree became more and more crowded. I never forget the first Christmas when I was dating my wife and she came to my parents house, I was worried the stereo system I got her was too much but she got me so many things that in the end I felt like a cheapskate.

When my father died the following year the tradition kept on without him until my mother decided she couldn’t handle the fish anymore. Eventually the number of people coming decreased until it was just her children and grandchildren and eventually great grand children. When she got to her 80’s the real tree was replaced with a fake one but the children, grandchildren and then great grand children kept coming.

My mother turned 87 last month, she is still driving but this year she has been visibly weaker than I’ve ever seen her. I gave her a call this year to inform her that we would be running late this year as my wife is working Christmas Eve and Christmas day when she told me that she and her older sister were invited to one of her Grandchild’s home for Christmas eve and barring sickness she would not be home.

This will be the first Christmas Eve that my children do not spend at their grandmother’s house, and the first Christmas eve since we started dating that my wife will not be there.

With our Christmas open house that began I believe in 2001 my immediate family has its own tradition that will continue this year on the 31st but it’s always a shock when something you have counted on for nearly 50 years is gone.

Change is the natural flow of life, and given my mother age and health once can’t be sure what comes next, but I’d like to thank her and my late father for giving my family and myself all those special Christmas Eves.

May my children remember our Christmas open house the same way.

He should have known he was beaten but he didn’t

Marvin Albert  on John Paul Jones Broadsides and Boarders 1957

I never mind men running as long as they come back.

Wellington:  Sharpe’s Waterloo 1977

Keep up the Skeer

Nathan Bedford Forrest

The single most important factor in any kind of battle is morale. If you can break the morale of our opponent their physical advantages are irreverent. And as many frustrated players of the old Avalon Game Up Front can tell you, if you can’t rally your side, you are headed for defeat.

2010 should be remembered as a year when democrats were like the frustrated gamer looking for a rally card. It started with the big red wave and continued with democrats running from the administration over and over even in deep blue areas, the only victories managed by the left came by either dividing the electorate or by keeping the White House at a distance.

It should have ended the same way. The White House’s demands for the extension of the payroll tax cut, which directly funds social security was a contentious issue. The GOP over the objections of some, decided to go along with the idea of the payroll tax extension. The question being: would they finish the job or go for a temporary fix to get it out-of-the-way for Christmas?

While the House passed a full year extension the Senate version managed only two months and that after intense negotiation within the body. The media, being the media, jumped on the House’s failure to pass the Senate version, ignoring the house own bill, accusing the GOP of opposing a middle class tax cut, a lie on its face.

The house was faced with a dilemma: Do you pass the Senate bill or stand for the full year against the MSM? Although the pressure was on, I submit the situation was worse for the White House:

First of all it was amply demonstrated that the House Bill’s tax cut was considerably larger then the senate version.

Secondly; the idea that GOP prospects in the senate were in danger is again wrong on its face, many more democratic senate seats are in trouble than house seats and if the bill didn’t get passed they would have been part of the problem (and if the occasional blue state senate candidate wanted to point to his compromise with democrats as a positive that would still work too).

Thirdly; no matter how it is spun the man in charge is the man in charge. The president can attempt to run against congress all he wants but he is a single person vs 535 members, success or failure as the executive rests on him and if the extension didn’t get done it would have been his impotence that would have been the problem.

Finally the number of people in the country actually paying attention at this time is the smallest it would ever be. The MSM’s and the president’s ability to whip up support would never be lowest than between now and New Years day.

Instead of exploiting these advantages the GOP leadership panicked.

Let’s immediately give the caveat that beyond the ephemeral advantages that NRO sees there are a few concrete improvements here.

1. The change in reporting rules removes one of the most egregious issues with the two month extension that would have hurt small business.

2. The Keystone Pipeline decision forced on the president during an election year will be a GOP win no matter how he decides. If he allows it (he will) the GOP can note they pushed him into it. If he blocks it, then it’s a jobs issue.

Even so by caving the GOP has made two critical errors:

The first is to upset the grass-roots that gave them the majority that they possess:

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said. “We were sent here with a clear set of instructions from the American people to put an end to business as usual in Washington, yet here we are being asked to sign off on yet another gimmick.”

The GOP does not retain the house without those tea party votes. These groups have already noted they don’t trust the GOP. If the GOP gives them further reason to abandon them, they will.

The more critical error is giving the democrats a desperately needed, a change in momentum.

All year the democrats have been in retreat, and all year my argument has been “Charge right through them they’re demoralized as hell.” Until today the confident pronouncements of the left and their sites have been an empty shell concealing panic.

Now the House has given the democrats the one thing they that needed more than anything else, a morale boost. By caving directly as the president was calling for them to cave they create a different environment.

Two days ago the only words coming out of the mouth of the media was “bi-partisan” when pointing to the senate bill quoting GOP senators who supported it, now that the house has folded those GOP senators are afterthoughts like the useful idiots they were. The only words out of the media’s mouth is “Victory for democrats“, “Victory for Obama! andRepublicans cave!”

Amazing once it was time to give credit how the word “bipartisan” disappeared from the media lexicon.

Bottom line the GOP allowed the left and the Democrats a victory they desperately needed at a time when their morale was as low as it could be.

The GOP should have understood this, the idiots in the senate who were hitting their fellow republicans should have understood this, and frankly Scott Brown should have understood that the tea party people who worked their asses off for him last time might still vote for him but aren’t going to work for him if he attacks them.

But I shouldn’t be surprised, after all they didn’t even have the good sense to wait a day so it would be reported on the Saturday before Christmas instead of on the Friday morning shows. That is even more foolish than trusting the promises of Harry Reid who will do his best to repeat this nonsense at a time when more people are paying attention

It was a critical mistake. What remains to be seen is if the GOP will allow the democrats to exploit this mistake to recover or if they will learn from it and avoid repeating it.

The Speaker is taking questions from Iowa voters but the press can listen in.

Other than the first question which was to get off a list Speaker Gingrich has done very well.

1. He has affirmed his pro-life record 98.5%

2. He disagreed with a caller on abolishing the Fed but wants a regular audit and would call on Bernanke to either resign or ask congress to shorten his term.

3. He stressed on questions concerning the 2nd amendment affirmed a right given by God rather than a right granted by the state. I’ve never heard anyone put it that way.

4. He hit Obama on the pipeline business very hard noted it was a “74% issue”. and Holder on fast and furious.

5. He gave a long answer on the courts using judge Biery in San Antonio as the most egregious example of a judge out of control.

6. “You can’t be the arsenal of democracy if you don’t have an arsenal and you can’t have an arsenal unless you have a manufacturing base.”

7. He gave some details on his program for dealing with illegal immigration and explained his exception for very long-term residents who had been a part of the community including sponsorship in order to stay but not citizenship unless they leave and come through the normal channels.
He often referenced to his web site so people could get detailed specifics on his programs.

All in all it was a pretty good session. He took calls from average voters for an hour. They also wisely used the system to identify potential supports and caucus leaders and speakers.

For a portion of the event I had him on speaker and my son who will vote for the first time in the primaries was impressed.

For those who still don’t get it, and for the benefit of those the president is trying to fool here is a video that explains it all in terms everyone can understand:

Any questions?

Update: I understand the argument that it’s all coming out of social security etc, but as the decision is just how long a cut.

Word is a deal has been made, big mistake but lets see what happens.

Fight! Are you warriors or children?

Star Trek Friday’s Child 1967

All over the net the story is how the tea party and the GOP is losing the fight on the payroll tax cut.

House Republicans faced mounting pressure Wednesday from critics inside and outside Congress who worry that their standoff with President Obama over whether to extend a payroll tax cut could do lasting damage to the GOP.

The MSM is pushing this will every bit of ink and every pixel they possess but no matter how hard they push this theme it it doesn’t change the math:

Senate Tax bill

(8 weeks extension / 2 a bi-weekly paycheck) x $40 per check= $160 dollars

House Tax Bill

(52 weeks extension / 2 a bi-weekly paycheck) x $40 per check = $1040 dollars


House bill $1040 – Senate Bill $160 dollars = $880 dollars more for taxpayers in the house bill!

All over twitter I’ve seen Democrats

Retweeted by a new bot posting their $40 stories

making their case and over and over I’ve been giving them the same answer:

It’s not hard to make the case that $880 dollars is better to have than $40 dollars. $880 dollars is a new washer or dryer.

This is a fight the Tea Party and the house can easily win but you have to be willing to fight.

Let’s hit them straight on, we have both right, and basic math on our side! is all a twitter about the hashtag #40dollars figuring that they a winner with the $40 a week that the payroll tax cut would make. They are encouraging people to tweet out what they would do with that $40.

Perhaps if democrats weren’t so wedded to the teachers unions they could have done the math.

An 8 week extension of the payroll tax (forgetting the expense the short-term change would cost) would generate 8 x 40 or $320.

A 52 week extension that the GOP has already passed would generate 52 x $40 or $2080 dollars.

Therefore the House bill gives a net profit of 2080-320 or $1760 dollars more to the avg taxpayer.

Instead of asking people what they would do with $40 that the house is keeping from them, perhaps they should ask what they would do with the #1760dollars that the tea party house has approved and the senate has not?

Update: Pity poor CNN they can’t add either

What does $40 a paycheck mean in your house? Put yourself on video and help us put a face on the impact of the payroll tax cut.

Strangely when the house passed the year extension they didn’t ask that same question.

Update 2: They may be basing this on a bi-weekly paycheck if so the numbers do the same thing

Senate: $40 x 4 weeks = $160

House $40 x 26 weeks = $1040

House bill $880 dollars more in tax cuts.

Alas poor democrats they get their math from Union teachers

Update 3: A straight post based on a bi-weekly paycheck is up at the Conservatory.

Yes more evidence that the alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Army has been cemented.

Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood, which is leading in parliament elections that continued Wednesday, refused to join calls by secular and liberal activists for the ruling military to move up its handover of power to civilians.

Activists are seeking to capitalize on anger over the military’s heavy-handed crackdown on protesters in Cairo the past week to pressure the ruling generals to step down before the current target of the end of June.

And mind you this is after the huge protest that the media was all aglow about:

Egyptian police and soldiers fired guns and teargas to try to clear hundreds of women protesters from Cairo’s Tahrir Square on the fifth day of clashes that have killed 13 people and drawn a stinging rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It looks great on western mastheads but the reality is that these women, brave though they are not only have no power in Egypt and the NGO’s that were so proud of the falling of Mubarek are finding that with the Muslim brotherhood in charge things are indeed different. VERY different:

Egypt’s Justice Minister Adel Abdel-Hamid accused around 300 non-governmental organizations of having received unauthorized foreign funding and of funding some of the protesters.

“The early threads shows that some people have received foreign funding…particularly among the NGOs and rights groups and distributed these funds on individuals,” Abdel-Hamid told reporters.

It’s looking a lot like all the Obama administration did in backing up the revolt is to put a bunch of 13th century misogynists who call for the murder of Jews, and turn a blind eye to the burning of Christian Churches in charge but that result doesn’t matter as long as during the 2012 election period the administration can claim to have given power to the people of Egypt…

…as long as they don’t have to specify which people.

If you want to know why Jake Tapper will never get invited for coffee like Ezra (journo-list) Klein and company by the white house operation. It’s because of stories like this:

Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed by the Senate and supported by President Obama cannot be implemented properly.

Pete Isberg, president of the NPRC today wrote to the key leaders of the relevant committees of the House and Senate, telling them that “insufficient lead time” to implement the complicated change mandated by the legislation means the two-month payroll tax holiday “could create substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of U.S. employers and employees.”

The Lonely conservative links the story saying

I guess this is the sort of thing that happens when we elect a bunch of know-it-alls who know nothing about how business is run in America.

By an odd coincidence I was speaking to a financial expert this week who had the very same opinion both on the bill and the people is running the government.

Allahpundit elaborates:

That’s not the only group that says two months is too short. The National Association of Wholesale-Distributors wrote to Congress today to second the conclusions of the NPRC, so in case there was any lingering doubt about how tonight’s House vote will go, this should eliminate it. The only mystery now is how partisan the roll will be. Will House Democrats stick with Reid by endorsing a policy that would cause chaos to payrolls across the country or will they bail too,

They won’t bail, first of all their voters won’t see this story. MSNBC has been busy banging the drum on the issue for the white house so they won’t touch it and the Journo-list crowd from above is certainly not going near it.

None of this is about what actually works, it’s about creating a narrative for re-election.

BTW I purposely held off posting this yesterday to see if MSNBC or Morning Joe or someone on MSNBC might go there. Talking about believing in Santa.

If you missed DaTechGuy on DaRadio this week with the wonderful Father Z. is now available here.

This week DaTechGuy on DaRadio is preempted for Christmas Music on WCRN but if you need your DaTechGuy fix tonight on Radio Freedom’s the Angel Clark show.

You can find Angel’s show daily on Radio freedom, weekends on 92.7 FM WGMD on weekends and of course on her blog the Sussex County Angel.

So join us on Radio Freedom tonight as Angel as we talk the issues of the day.

I’m been in a little mini funk since being unable to shake a lingering cough since my bout with Pneumonia and I’m really annoyed that the GOP has not gotten the message out concerning this phony tax business that the president is playing. I still haven’t finished my Christmas Shopping with just a few days left and the house is nowhere near ready for Christmas, let alone the open house.

So imagine my delight when I woke up this morning and saw this…..

I have not stopped grinning since I saw it. It had better not open on a Friday evening because I will be at the Midnight showing before going to the show that week.

Life is not just all politics.

Wasn’t it only 48 hours ago that I wrote this?

I submit that in a generation, when both all the parents and the children and the teachers have had access to the web links I’ve shown above the ICK factor will have shifted and you will have not a principal apologizing for an incestual pep rally we will instead have radio hosts excoriating the Star Tribune for reporting on it and calling those who object puritanical and intolerant.

And now Stacy McCain links to this story

A new study has found that one in 13 girls aged 14 to 20 have engaged in ‘multi-person sex’ (MPS).

A total of 328 girls who had visited health clinics in Boston, U.S, took part in the study and 7.3 per cent of them said they had group sex.

This must have been what Barney Frank was complaining about when he talked about Republicans getting into people’s bedrooms on ABC this weekend. After all who are we to say if our daughters are doing it with a bunch of guys?

The next line is the story is classic:

Worryingly, among the girls in that group, 45 per cent said at least one male participant had not used a condom.

Because we all know that there is nothing wrong if the average age of girls having group sex with guys is 15.6 as long as all the guys have a rubber on.

You know I thought the sexual revolution was all about empowering women? I might suggest that it is not the girls getting empowered around here. (I can’t wait to see what Roxeanne has to say about this.)

Continue reading “Nothing to see here, just teens having group sex”

I was very busy yesterday so I didn’t have time to do much with this story:

Six GOP lawmakers want the Department of Transportation to erect signs along every unmarked road leading from New Hampshire into Massachusetts, stating: “Warning: Massachusetts Border 500 Feet.”

This is actually more legit than it sounds as there are several laws that radically change once you cross the border concerning seatbelts, guns, fireworks etc that can get you pinched in a hurry but Michael Graham had a field day with it yesterday:

They’ve got a point. If you’re a rational person who believes you have the right to protect yourself and your family from crooks; or that the US Constitution applies in every state, including its 2nd Amendment; or that adults should be able to buy adult beverages from stores that want to sell them; or that deciding whether or not to wear a helmet or seat belt is a decision for a grown-up citizen to make; etc., etc.—You’re going to find Massachusetts a very dangerous place.

And unfortunately he’s not just making a joke as this story indicates:

First police charged his brother for assaulting a thief allegedly breaking into his truck.

Now Ken McKay Jr., of Swampscott says police told him he risks being arrested and up to a $5,000 fine and or a year in prison for supporting his brother by holding a protest outside Lynn District Court.

“You have people protesting military funerals, have people holding Ku Klux Klan rallies and, really, you’re going to prevent me from protesting something unjust?” Ken McKay Jr. said during a recent interview. “They are throwing anything and everything they can at us to stop us, and I’m just not going to let that happen.”

Graham notes the double standard:

How, in the era of the Occupod, does someone get arrested for standing around outside a courthouse for a few hours holding a sign?

That’s a really good question, I don’t have an answer, but I do have an effect that goes with this cause from Right Wing Granny:

I will admit that when my husband retires, we will probably relocate. The tax policy of a state will be taken into consideration at that time. Tax policies in Massachusetts (and the cost of living in the state) make it a less than ideal place to retire.

She quotes a Daily Caller piece that notes

If weather matters more than taxes, then why is Alaska performing so well compared to California and Hawaii? Alaska may have the worst climate in the country and California and Hawaii arguably have the best, but Alaska has out-performed both states on nearly every measure, according to Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index, a report from the American Legislative Exchange Council.

and don’t forget the North Dakota winters.

Me, I advise both of my boys to leave this state as soon as they are able.

Some public displays are more equal than others, at least according to the occupods

This comes from the Misfit Politics guys. I tip my fedora to them.

I’d love to see this repeated in every occupy camp around the nation, once that starts watch the cities that haven’t acted to move the occupods suddenly take action.

…is Morning Joe pushing Huntsman ads again in order to bring Romney’s numbers down in New Hampshire.

Update: How much do these guys hate Gingrich. They just quoted a Mark Steyn piece on NRO favorably.

Whoa, hold up there. What exactly is so conservative about the Newt Gestalt? When Romney dared him to return his Freddie Mac windfall, Gingrich responded by demanding that Mitt “give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain.” That’s a cute line if you’re a 32-year-old Transgender and Colonialism major trying to warm up the drum circle at Occupy Wall Street, but it’s very odd coming from the supposedly more-conservative candidate on the final stretch of a Republican primary.

And they didn’t even comment on the Transgender and Colonialism major line. That’s serious.

I know your type…shoppers! On your way out don’t touch the merchandise it shows every little mark.

Marcus Lycus A funny thing happened on the way to the forum 1966

“Frankly George, you’re on Probation.”

General Beetle Smith, Patton 1970

Don’t Panic!

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Stacy McCain notes the surge in Ron Paul’s support in Iowa and somehow fails to treat it with reverence:

Everybody chill, OK? It’s merely a poll. And despite the impressive increase in Ron Paul’s Iowa poll numbers, he’s still Ron Paul — a candidate with a “high floor, low ceiling,” as they say.

he also notes the fact that conventional wisdom is always right…up until the moment it is not.

Furthermore, the panic over the evident “collapse” of Newt Gingrich’s support reminds me very much of the panic over Rick Perry’s collapse in September. Like Perry before him, Gingrich was cloaked with the mantle of “The Only Viable Alternative to Romney” and, when things went wrong, the argument was (and is being) made that those who fail to rally to the designated Not Mitt are objectively pro-Romney.

There are several things to say about this, and I might as well say them.

First of all in a post that was almost completely ignored but that I considered pretty good I noted that this run by Ron Paul is not only a lot more serious than previous ones but he has done the best job of building an organization and using limited resources than any other candidate:

By 2020 the 30 something Paul people will be 40 somethings the 20 something Paul people will be 30 something and a whole new set of CPAC, etc teens will be in attendance funded by what will be a grass-roots national machine, and Rand Paul will be their candidate.

Second of all Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Newt and now Paul have all had their turn at the top of Iowa and Romney has been consistently first or second meaning that nobody’s support is solid enough for a lead so people just haven’t made up their minds.

Third of all the since the GOP establishment has gone into panic any time a non-Romney has taken the lead that tells us their primary fear is an actual change in how DC currently spends tax funds since it means that the interests that finance them would have no reason to do so. That is a priority over chairmanships and elections.

That also suggests that pressure on a president Romney to make such change may not be effective forcing the Tea Party to organize into an actual 3rd party by 2014. (Although for all the other reasons why a GOP president is preferable to a Democratic one he still should be supported if nominated).

This being an outcome that is not desired Now both Stacy’s solution and mine are the same, the non-establishment, non-Paulian tea party vote should unite under a single candidate. It is our opinion that candidate should be Rick Santorum because he not only has the right positions on 90% of the fiscal issues and the experience to push them but is right on social issues and absolutely fearless in pushing the entire package.

In the Next election courage is going to be the primary quality necessary for success and Rick has that in abundance,

Now as to what will happen, as I’ve said before. I haven’t’ a clue and neither has anybody else. I would further suggest that the media are using the polls to drive a story and that some organizations that are commissioning them are simply using it to their own ends.

All of that said I will not throw any of the candidates under the bus and for the good of the country I will support the GOP nominee whoever it is…

… at least this time.

Update: Now it’s Perry chapter 2? If so Barbara will approve.

The world is of shock over this image of an Egyptian woman protester being roughed up in the streets as the police broke up protests over the weekend.

Image via Reuters

Atlas has details and a reminder:

And Obama is training these primitives. And arming them.

And while the few brave souls were calling it what it was as far back as January 2011, we were vilified by big media. Their daughters will pay. “Daddy, what did you do during the war on Western civilization?”

The reaction by the Egyptian government Army and people to these events seems in honor of their longest river as explained by Egyptian blogger the Arabist:

Someone — a behavioral psychologist perhaps — should do a study of the power of denial in Egypt, something I’ve long called the Egyptian Reality Distortion Field (ERDF — used in another with regards to Steve Jobs). The ERDF gives Egyptians, notably public officials, an uncanny ability to disregard what is plain for all to see and, with the utmost confidence, assure all comers of its opposite. Ganzouri today described people dying during the protests and then insisted “there was no violence” before storming out of his press conference. Last October the SCAF insisted no army truck ran over protestors despite much video evidence being available of exactly that.

The most incredible thing about the ERDF is that it seems to work on most of the population, giving many Egyptians the ability to assert one thing and then its opposite with no awareness of self-contradiction. You have to experience it to understand it.

Even if the denial card wasn’t being played Powerline suggests this won’t cause outrage within Egypt:

The protesters are said to be widely disliked by Egyptians, so the inevitable outrage over the military’s excesses will, in all likelihood, redound to the benefit of the radical Islamic parties.

This may or may not be true but no matter how you slice it there has been an important shift. The Arabist again:

It is an inconvenient fact that the the latest Egyptian crisis is the culmination of a steady drift by the Egyptian military towards using unjustified, often gratuitous, force against protestors. starting with:

the forced “virginity tests” of March,
the first raid on Tahrir Square in April,
the panicked handling of the Maspero protests in October,
the events that led to the Mohammed Mahmoud St. protests of November,
and now the direct, unvarnished and senseless encouragement of soldiers to throw stones and Molotov cocktails at protestors, among so many other crimes.

All this is true but the question is why? Why is the Army killing protesters now when they were not doing it before? The answer has everything to do with the elections. First this link from Weasel Zippers:

Egypt’s two leading Islamist parties said on Sunday their separate party lists secured about three-quarters of votes cast in the second round of a parliamentary election, extending their lead in the three-stage vote.

A source from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party said it was on track to win about 40 percent of votes for party lists, based on results from most districts.

So we see the Muslim brotherhood is doing well, as The Big Pharaoh points out that is partly by, of all things, Mubarek’s design:

The MB is an 80 years old political organization. They were around since King Fouad! They are very experienced in Egyptian politics and entrenched in our society.

For so many years they have been the only viable alternative to the Mubarak regime simply because he wanted them to be so. Yes the Brotherhood were often oppressed by his security apparatus, but they were given enough room to survive and play that role. The MB were Mubarak’s scarecrow to whomever asked him for democracy. In 2005, when the Bush administration pressured Mubarak on democracy, he opened a door slit during the parliament election back then. 88 MB candidates won. The US got scared and backed off. So when you look at these elections and notice that the only alternative to the MB was a 4 months old hastily formed coalition of liberal parties, you only have Hosni Mubarak to blame.

As the Voice of the Copts pointed out they had some interesting methods to make sure of things as well:

3. Voting was not a private act – poll administrators inside voting polls asked voters to state their choice and then observed their written ballot.

4. Poll administrators know as “judges” (non-military overseers appointed by the military), after illegally questioning voters, issued unauthentic and invalid (unstamped) ballots to voters who said they would vote for a candidate/party other than MB or Salafi.

Read their entire list of ten and when you’re done look at Barry Rubin’s interesting piece from November 23rd suggesting that for the Army and the Brotherhood it was time for a deal :

After meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups (but not the liberals who were left out, an indication of how insignificant they are becoming politically!), the junta has a new proposal: The new constitution is set to be finished by June 2012 (not April 2013) and the presidential election will be held no later than June 2012 (instead of June 2013). The parliamentary elections will happen as scheduled.

If this is so and it is implemented, it means that the Islamists have forced the military to back down completely, a victory that will add to their confidence that they will get everything they want. Arguably, Egypt is even worse off now than it was a week ago. Perhaps, though, there are other aspects to the deal we haven’t heard about yet.

Having cut its own deal, the Brotherhood stopped participating in anti-government demonstrations. “The Brotherhood refused to join the protests, saying that the parliamentary election due to start Nov. 28 is the way to transfer power.” Right, transfer it to them.

So we have an apparent deal with the Army & the Brotherhood, but isn’t the Army worried about these guys? Michael Totten reporter extraordinaire offered this perspective from Hala Mustafa, founder and editor-in-chief of Democracy magazine in Egypt during a trip to Egypt in September:

“There’s a difference between controlling the country and ruling directly,” she said. “They don’t want to rule the country directly. They will hand over power after the election, and this will make a good impression on the world. This itself is one of their goals. But it doesn’t mean military control over the country will be finished. The army has been in control for all of the previous fifty years, long before the current ruling council was put into place. Eighty percent of the governors are from a military background. Most of those with key positions in the state have a military background. They will likely diminish the power of the president and give more power to the parliament. The president won’t be another Mubarak. He will be smaller. And the parliament will be bigger. The Muslim Brotherhood will control the parliament, and they know how to work together.”

In order words the Muslim Brotherhood will be able to impose its vision on the country while the Army will keep it’s financial interests and ultimate control. But how you might ask will the Muslim brotherhood be kept from taking total control? Totten again:

Few Egyptians I’ve spoken to other than Heggy seem to have paid even the slightest attention to what happened in Iran after the 1979 revolution when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamists took over. There are at least two excellent reasons for that. First, Egypt’s Free Officer’s regime, unlike the Shah’s, hasn’t fallen. And second, the Muslim Brotherhood stands virtually no chance of creating its own army inside the country as Khomeini did when he built the Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. There’s only room for one army in Egypt, and any attempt to create two would be suicidal.

It’s a win win for both sides. The army has all the guns, so rather than an actual revolt the brotherhood will happily take civil control making the religious and social changes they desire while slowly trying to penetrate the Army via attrition. Meanwhile the Brotherhood keeps the people in line religiously and legitimatizes and protects the Army’s economic and military control. Instead of the Army playing the Brotherhood off the west both play off of each other until in a generation or two, the Army and the Brotherhood become one and the same.

What does that mean in the short term? Well it means that the protestors are no longer protesting against a government the Brotherhood opposes, they are protesting against a government the Brotherhood will be ruling so the gloves can come off.

The clashes have underlined the simmering tensions between activists and security officers. The violence also threatened to spark a new cycle of fighting after deadly clashes between youth revolutionaries and security forces in November that lasted for days and left more than 40 dead.

Bottom line, shocked noises not withstanding there is a new sheriff in town and this idea of challenging an Army that is going to be alternatively their enforcer and their protector is no longer the rule of the day.

It’s a recipe for disaster and lets not forget the role that Obama and Clinton had in bringing this result. I’m not impressed and the Arabist isn’timpressed either

Obama and Clinton tried to take credit in February for their role in preventing the Egyptian military from killing protestors (I’ve long thought the army was not ready to do so then, since it could simply get rid of Mubarak and was unsure that its own would follow orders — the situation and context nine months later is obviously different).

Well it’s not completely different, you will still get Christian Churches burned and Copts murdered and you will still get some pro-democracy Egyptians upset, but now that the Muslim Brotherhood is cementing its power the Army will no longer be the “protector of the people”. It will be the enforcer of the rules and everybody better get used to it. Especially us because we asked for it.

Sister Toldjah notes a contrast.

Next time you come across one of your local Occupiers and they whine to you about alleged “police brutality”, point them to this link, ok? And then tell them that if they’re smart they’ll get some perspective on how they’re treated here in America versus how they’d be treated in other countries for what they’re doing. Chances are, you won’t get through to their tiny, narrow, closed minds but at least later on you can say you tried.

Update 2:
And it’s not only protestors that are a target

The Institut d’Egypte, a collection of 192,000 documents first opened in Egypt in the 18th century, burned for 12 hours this weekend. Tragically, protestors alleged that they were attacked by soldiers as they tried to rescue 200 year old manuscripts from the burning library.

Totalitarians around the world have been erasing history for years.

Da TechGuy asked me to cross-post about the ‘waxing’ article going around the internet. First, a link to Bob Belvedere’s outstanding commentary on the matter:

After a while, normal sex becomes boring for those who are obsessed with it, so, to keep the thrill factor high, you progressively [pun intended] get more and more perverse. It like taking drugs: to achieve the same level of euphoria, you have to keep increasing the amount you take.

Ah, there he goes, channeling the great C.S. Lewis, who said,

You are much more likely to make your man a sound drunkard by pressing drink on him as an anodyne when he is dull and weary than by encouraging him to use it as a means of merriment among his friends when he is happy and expansive. Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden. Hence we always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula. It is more certain; and it’s better style. To get the man’s soul and give him nothing in return—that is what really gladdens our Father’s heart. And the troughs are the time for beginning the process.

The Screwtape Letters, Chapter IX.

A lot of people (see a comment a Bob’s site for an example) mistakenly think that we are being a bunch of scolds who are telling people how to run their bedroom lives.  Not so.  My problem, which makes me go all big-sister/maternal on college-aged women, is the way in which young women are contorting themselves for men who barely know their last names.  There is nothing empowered, dignified, nor joyful about worrying what some near-stranger thinks about your body, nor spending time and money on a painful, unnatural procedure for his benefit.  These men are not your husbands, not even your boyfriends or fiances.  As humans, they have worth, but as far as their opinions about the state of your privates: to hell with them.

In short, ladies, you are grown enough for waxing, you’re grown enough to tell the difference between the husband who has vowed his life to you and some stranger who is using you for physical gratification.

With that, my original post, below the fold:

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My youngest came down the stairs just as he was crashing for bed to give the good news that Kim Jon Il, dictator is dead.

It’s a nice thing but I’d guess it means very little.

Unlike Saddam and Gaddafi his death was not caused by either a US invasion or a popular revolution supported by the west that means the people of North Korea having any kind of say in what happens is highly unlikely.

Let’s go right down the line who WILL have the final say in North Korea?

It is unlikely to be his son Kim Jong Un. As the successor to an absolute ruler this is by nature the most vulnerable time for him. Also as a youngest son the question of if his older siblings have connections that might give him grief is up in the air. So the next people to check with is….

The North Korean Army. they are the only group in the country that is both well fed and armed so what they say will go. HotAir notes that there is a problem between the haves and the have nots even there.

How loyal will the military be to new supreme honcho Kim Jong-un? On the one hand, the old guard was reportedly fulsomely obsequious towards him when the regime started rolling him out last year as the heir apparent. Could be that they were acting that way simply to avoid being sent to Camp 22 by his pop if they didn’t, but it could also be that his pedigree as a Kim is enough to warrant absolute devotion. Remember, this is a country so deeply, insanely cultish in its worship of the leader that Kim Il-Sung — Kim Jong-Il’s father, and a man who’s been dead for nearly 20 years — is technically still president.

The Koreans have been subject to this cult for long enough that those alive today likely do not remember a time before the cult. (In a country where the people are starving to death I don’t suspect we see a lot of octogenarians outside of the elites).

Bottom line if the Military wants something they will bet it unless a veto is imposed, but who could impose a veto on the 4th largest military in the world? Simple…

China. A lot of people forget that the only reason there IS a North Korea is because Chinese troops poured over the border to push us back. With the fall of the Soviet Union it is safe to say that nothing happens in North Korea without the permission and/or approval of China. I would go venture as far as to say that China likely has been the real people running the show for a while. Not only does it allow for a positive contrast but any mischief that China wants to do internationally can be done through NK giving them plausible deniability.

My thought? China will use the situation in North Korea to it’s fullest to achieve two immediate goals.

1. Keep the west off-balance. Western nations will come hat in hand to ask China to help keep Korea “Stable” meaning “Not falling apart and attacking the south.” There is no danger of this as the NK Army and elites exist only as long as China allows them to but western nations will still give China concessions to make sure.

2. Wukan? Never heard of it? As long as the Korean peninsula is in crisis the west is going to totally ignore the revolt in Wukan. China will play this to the max using the Korean situation to keep the west from making demands concerning the rebellious city (in exchange for their “help” in Korea) while giving the western press something else to think about. My prediction? This means that NK will be up in the air up at least until China finishes off Wukan, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if the Chinese helped things along for the late Kim to provide this distraction.

The only big winner is ….Jon Huntsman as it highlights the value of his experience in China but other than his campaign, you won’t see any kind of benefit for anyone else.

On a non-religious level it seems to me you can not rationally say that gay marriage is ok and should be legal without also allowing either polygamy and incest between consenting adults. Both have a longer and more accepted cultural history worldwide.

And PLEASE don’t give me the “ick” factor argument about these other things being accepted. Ick is just an argument about culture. It is the same argument that one would have heard concerning gay marriage less that 20 years ago.

  DaTechGuy: Dec 23rd 2008 Richard Cohen, Narcissist or Bigot

That was another little goof of mine, shame. I don’t know why I thought we needed shame

George Burns as God.  Oh God 1977

Without God everything is  permitted

Fyodor Dostoevsky

On Friday the Star Tribune published a story concerning a prank at a high school rally that was …”interesting”:

A prank on some blindfolded Rosemount High School athletes — they were unknowingly and at times amorously kissed by their parents during a recent pep fest — is collecting YouTube views by the tens of thousands and has the principal apologizing for what happened.

Here’s how the practical joke, originated by school staff members, played out during the assembly on Dec. 8:

The captains of the school’s winter sports teams — boys and girls — were lined up and blindfolded. They were told they would be kissed and then asked to guess who was on the other side of their lips.

Some of the parents during the 59-second YouTube video are seen holding the kisses for several seconds, cupping their child’s faces or embracing and swaying.

Deacon Greg is nauseated, The Anchoress is shocked.

I’d like to say I’m surprised but I’m not. I’ve been paying attention. It’s been just one year since the Swiss started talking the repeal of incest laws. It is only four months since psychologists met in DC to discuss “normalizing” pedophilia as a mental illness.

I think they both missed the most important line of the piece (all emphasis mine):

“There is no question that people were offended,” Wollersheim told the Star Tribune. “I apologize to those who were offended, and we won’t do it again.

“Anything that happens at this school is the principal’s responsibility. I take full responsibility. … There shouldn’t be an event in a school that we offend people with.

Note what is said. He is sorry that people were offended. Not that it was wrong, not that it was creepy, but that people were offended.

The implication that if people were NOT offended it would have been OK.

That more than anything else is the take away here, if it wasn’t for those puritanical prudes who were offended this would be no big deal and we could all have our fun.

The above can stand on it’s own but I’m about to make a VERY uncomfortable point, if you don’t want to see it then don’t click the continue button

Update: Wouldn’t you know that just as I finish this post I’ve worked hours on to schedule for tonight Darleen Click uses the Ick Factor line in a great post at Protein Wisdom!

Update 2: That’s Click not Glick, my bad, thanks Joy.

Update 3: Stacy at Accepting Abundance links quoting applicable law.
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