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.