I went with my wife today to Romano’s Mkt to order a Ham for Easter Dinner when I struck up a conversation with Mike and his sons. Josh, his oldest was cutting meat for Hamburg and said they couldn’t keep it in the store since the news of Pink Slime, the meat by-product that has been in the news came out. I didn’t actually know what Pink Slime was so I asked and they said, well I’ll let you see what they said themselves:

As far as Mike and his sons are concerned there is only one place for that kind of stuff:

The parts that don't make it into a romano's steak or burger

If you aren’t buying your meat from Romano’s Mkt or someone like him, you oughta be.

You likely noticed my March Bleg is no longer at the top of the blog. Unfortunately it’s not because it has been a smashing success it’s because I had a lot of other things going on that I didn’t want bumped. So as a quick update as of right now the Goal of $2200 to pay for the Laptop, Oil Whistle, Washing Machine has managed to cover 42% of the goal which allow me to pay for the Washer that couldn’t wait and about half of the laptop. Of course March continues to be an unfortunate month. My car has given up it’s ghost and rather than spend $700 to keep it running till it fails inspection or $1500 to get it past one more inspection I’ve found a replacement for the same $1500 that’s a year older, with slightly better mileage and 12000 miles less on the odometer and with a furnace that needs replacing this March has turned into one of the most expensive ones I’ve every dealt with.

But with lot of video and photos to post I decided to give the bleg a few days off so you would have posts to see, but if you are in a position to give a hand it will be happily accepted.

Update: Thanks Steph for getting me a little closer 43% down $1240 to go

Update April fools day. Bob kicks in just enough to get us below 1200 $1199 to go 45% down

A few days ago the Washington Post broke down and revealed that the Rush Limbaugh boycott had failed. Hotair quoted the paper:

Limbaugh’s advertising losses may have been less than media accounts suggested. While more than 100 advertisers told Premiere that they didn’t want to be associated with “controversial” radio programs of any kind in the wake of the flap, some of these companies weren’t regular Limbaugh sponsors in the first place.

Carusone said most of the advertiser exodus over the past month appeared to be among companies whose ads aired only in regional or local markets, he said. “Fewer than five” nationwide sponsors of the program actually pulled out, he said…

Today while writing my “Under the Fedora” column I went to the Washington Post page and suddenly this paragraph looks…different.

Carusone said most of the advertiser exodus over the past month appeared to be among companies whose ads aired only in regional or local markets, he said.

Interestingly enough the sentence saying “fewer than five” is gone. Here is the screen shot from HotAir:

and here is a screen shot of the Washington Post link as of 2:20 p.m. this afternoon (Click to enlarge):

I guess the reality of the numbers is just too much for the Post to leave posted for posterity.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn and this from comments that deserves repeating:

If Woodward and Berstein were dead, they’d be turning over in their graves…except that Woodward is now the executive editor.

It’s one thing to chase down Nixon…quite another to tell the truth about Rush.

Update 2: Don Surber links and says:

Paul Fahri made the mistake of telling the truth about Rush Limbaugh. That must be a violation of the Washington Post’s stylebook.


Update 3:
Under the Fedora is now up.

As I was walking toward the Supreme Court to cover the Obamacare protests on day 2 I noticed several people in seemingly Pro-Israeli shirts. Being a supporter of Israel I instantly asked for an interview and to my surprise found that it was J-Street

I didn’t think anything much about the encounter as more than an oddity until later in the day. The group I came down with was scheduled to meet with representative of Senator Scott Brown. I arrived early and sat down to wait reading the paper copies of Politico, the Hill & the Washington Examiner (yes I’d rather read the print version than the online ones any day).

Much to my surprise a large contingent of people from J-Street showed up. Apparently they were the Massachusetts contingent that the convention of about 35 and they had scheduled a meeting with Brown’s folks at 11 as well.

I engaged one of the young men who argued for the two state solution, saying that once the Palestinian’s had a state they would lose their fear of the Israeli’s which causes the problem I asked if the “Palestinian” state was to be Judenrein. He seemed visibly taken aback by my question asking why I used that word. I pointed out that the Arab/Islamic world was becoming effectively Judenrein pointing out the problem wasn’t Palestinian fear, it was Palestinian/Arab/Islamic hatred of Jews that is propagated in their media and culture.

He insisted that a Palestinian state would assuage this problem but I contended that until the Arab/Islamic people actually changed it would only mean one more official launching ground for new attacks on Israel.

At this point the time came for the meeting and the entire group went into the conference room, while a second Brown aide shortly afterwards spoke to us in the hallway.

There is nothing odd about Sen Brown or his staff meeting with these guys, they’re all Massachusetts men and women and they have just as proper a claim on his time as anyone else in the state.

What I do have a problem with is what their argument means.

I am not a Jew, my parents are not Jews, I am not acquainted with a single ancestor of mine who is Jewish. My only connection to anything Jewish besides my appearance is a single nephew out of 12 who married a Jewish girl. One might say I don’t have much of a dog in this fight, but I’m making it my fight because in my opinion J-Street’s proposed solutions, no matter what they actually intend, leads back to the final solution.

From the votes in Egypt to the slayings in France the issue is not the boarders of a Jewish state, it is the Existence of the Jewish state in general and Jews in particular as anything other than an underclass in Arab/Islamic lands and beyond.

I don’t know if these people are idealistic, unrealistic or playing the game of intellectuals that Victor Davis Hanson described:

For many intellectuals, the choice of lauding or disliking Israel was not just based on careerist self-interest, but also on a careful calculus that Western nations, for all their talk of free speech, were as terrified of terrorists as were the latters’ targets. Criticize or caricature radical Islam, and a terrorist was more likely to get you than your fearful Western government was to protect you. Ask Salman Rushdie or Kurt Westergaard.

Whatever their motive it doesn’t matter. In the end the Arab world and those who celebrate dead Jews will be happy to support their status as useful idiots…

…right up until the time they are no longer useful and discover to their shock that the fate reserved for those who resist or warn others such as Pam Geller, belongs to them as well.

Tom Weaver held a small meet and greet at the Williams Restaurant in Gardner Mass on Wednesday evening.

It was a small event but it included the mayor of the city and state Rep Rick Bastien.

He spoke to several local issues that were raised by the group:

And stood for a short interview as well

His web site is here.

Update: Should have said Ma-3 corrected

Our last set of videos begins with Joe Lombardi grandson of the great Vince Lombardi and quarterback coach of the New Orleans Saints:

Like his grandfather he has also earned a Super Bowl ring.

The final speaker was Mark Nehrbas who talked about the Holy Spirit

and talked about the flow of the spirit

You can get order his speech in full here.

One scheduled part of our day was an 11 a.m. meeting with a representative of Senator Scott Brown. The first thing you learn is the lines to get into the senate office are long, VERY long and unfortunately unlike airports where if you arrive very early you can left people go around if you are slow with a lot of metal stuff like me you tend to hold everyone else up.

The offices are a full suite of rooms a the utterance is the name of the Senator on one side and the seal of the state on the other.

Tom Weaver running for the GOP nomination in my district arrived at Senator Brown’s office at the same time as me

Tom left his card and eventually the rest of the group showed up. A lot of people likely go there entire lives without visiting a Senator’s office so it is quite a treat.

Unfortunately a different Massachusetts group (the state delegation of J-Street) has an appointment at the same time as us. Their larger group went in the conference room while our smaller group was entertained in the hallway”

I had ample opportunity to observe the young lady and gentlemen working for the senator and I found them helpful and friendly. Considering the volume of traffic they get and some of the encounters they must deal with I suspect it is not an easy thing to be.

They also gave us some passes for the House and Senate Gallery

The young staff who met with us in the hall not only spent a considerable amount of his time…

…but he also gave us straight answers which is more important than time:

As we were finishing much to our surprise who turned up but the Senator himself

He also talked to us

and posed for pictures

He had two dogs with him. Harry Truman famously said that if you want a friend in Washington get a dog. As the senator tends to take views that on occasion confound both sides of the aisle one dog must not be enough.

Brown was forthcoming and displays all the attributes that won him election in 2010 and will in my opinion win him re-election in 2012. I’d like to see more tea party from him in style but bottom line he has been the best senator we’ve had from this state in decades and if we vote him out and end up with an ultra liberal ideologue we will only have ourselves to blame.

After leaving the front of the Supreme Court we headed toward the location of the Americans for prosperity rally about a block or so away.

The area around the stage was absolutely packed and the prospect of getting to the front, just wasn’t.

One of the first things I noticed were people with Breitbart signs but there were many cool displays:

and flags:

and I absolutely LOVED this t-shirt:

and this sign:

And of course press, Dave Weigel of whom was striking a classic DaTechGuy pose:

While the Politichicks TV pose was more traditional:

There was a vast array of speakers, pols were well represented both in office and those running.

Sen Pat Toomey (R-Pa) & Candidate Tom Weaver (R-Ma-3)

The crowd seemed to eat them all up, but even with Paul Ryan on stage at one point it was former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who was the star and Keynote. She got there a tad late:

But when she got on stage the crowd was hers

Congresswoman Bachmann stayed for quite a while signing autographs and greeting attendees but as she headed toward her car it was still impossible to get close:

Although Bachmann was the star David Cox was more important in a particular sense:

Elected officials not withstanding, it is due to people like David Cox that the left is in trouble, because he like many others had been living their lives and happy to do so until the left reached so far that they pulled the average American back into the political process.

The full photo gallery follows

Continue reading “Americans for Prosparity Rally 3-27-12 Washington DC”

A little later today I’ll be putting out my full post about the Americans for Prosperity Rally but there is one particular point that needs to be accented.

There were plenty of speakers at the Rally, quite a few of them in congress including large names such as Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Allen West, Senator Pat Toomey and more. There seemed no shortage of members of congress willing to stand up and be counted.

During the protests earlier in the day in support of Obamacare that was not the case.

When Pat Toomey finished his interview with the Politichicks ladies (who covered the event) I asked him why this was the case his answer:

Sen Toomey (R-Pa): “I have no idea I couldn’t tell you.”

DaTechGuy: “An awful lot of people voted for it, where are they?”

Sen Toomey (R-Pa): “That’s a good question, this is a pretty unpopular bill.”

The senate as the body that approves treaties tends to be a more diplomatic body. I asked Allen West the same question and got a much blunter answer

“I don’t think they have the courage to come out, like the president who left the country.”

And that is the bottom line, the left had full control of the house when this passed yet had to drag their members tooth and claw over the line to get them.

If this was a good law, if it was a popular law, if it was law that would improve the lot of the people the left would not only have been anxious to vote for it, but two years later they would have marked the passage of the law with grand events and speech.

Instead they were reduced to Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights League and the SEIU providing marchers in front of the court with nary a member of congress to be seen.

And that fact speaks blunter even than Congressman West.

Update: Perhaps they should have offered to pay the congressmen $20 each to show up? It worked for the SEIU.

Father Larry Richards gave a talk on Confession that was both informative and funny:

He spoke on scripture and the need to read it

And on daily prayer:

And he spoke on Masturbation a subject that you don’t get a lot of talk at Church

He’s not taking excuses:

You can buy the entire speech from this link.

NOTE: This post will be updated with additional video as uploads complete

Yesterday Morning our group was dropped off in front of Union Station near 8 a.m.

We were told that there were only two specific things on the Agenda, the Scott Brown meeting for the Massachusetts contingent and the 1 p.m. rally itself.

Walked over to the capital and chatted with the Capital police, they are pretty nice fellows but I must confess it’s hard seeing armed men at the top of the stairs leading to the Senate and House.

From there I turned to the Supreme Court and accidentally ran into a contingent wearing Pro-Israel t-shirts. It turned it they were from J-Street which just had a convention in the area and the various groups were arranging meetings with their congressmen (including I found out later, Scott Brown). More on my debate with them later…

At the Supreme Court there was a large contingent of pro-obamacare folks. They were very well-organized with what I call “Chant Captains”

who organized what people would say and how they would say it.

As I was walking through them I noted they were doing their best to present a particular face “I want smiling happy people holding signs” their “captain” reminded them.

I recorded several clips of them


(that I’ll embed once I have the video uploaded) to go along with the photos. There was a small Tea Party contingent

in the center with some anti-abortion protesters. The idea was pretty much to play to the various camera and get their side out

there but the only person who had the remotest chance of affecting what was going on inside was a single woman praying a Rosary. From what I’ve read of yesterday in the court, she must have been quite effective.

Unless it was all according to plan.

I was getting really hungry and asked an officer where I could get a meal, to my surprise I was told to go into the Supreme Court building (protesters were kept off the stairs but apparently if you were going in to eat or to tour that was OK. (My diner review of the food will be later in the week). I was warned that I wasn’t to stop to take pictures of the protest since they were allowing me to pass specifically to go to eat

Of course they said nothing about pointing the camera behind me and hitting the button without looking as I walked to the entrance

Nor taking a shot as I came back as long as it wasn’t obvious.

After a time I headed for the Scott Brown meeting, when I came back I noticed more anti-abortion activists

and the Tea Party contingent had really picked up as more and more of the AFP folks showed, the numbers were at that point nearly equal

Shortly after this the Tea Party contingents started heading toward the area where the American’s for Prosperity event would take place, but that’s a different post…

The full gallery follows after the jump
Continue reading “Photos of protests at the Supreme Court on Obamacare day 2”

Today at the Supreme Court and at the Americans for Prosperity event, Andrew Breitbart was in clear evidence:

I interviewed one of them

Why do I think Andrew would be pleased?

Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn, I have a post up with shots and video from the protests in front of the Supreme Court here, I also have several posts in the works with photos and videos from the day including the AFP event, my group’s meeting with Senator Scott Brown, my meeting with some of the J-Street people, a quick tour of the inside of the Supreme Court and exactly how good IS the food there. Those links will be added as they become available.

While I wait in the sure and certain knowledge of the resurrection and the not so certain knowledge that my videos on the Bus will somehow manage to upload to the internet Cain’s connections offers you a video that succinctly explains the relationship of the stimulus to small business

Looking at it I can’t help but be reminded of this famous video from Mel Brooks.

I think the attitude toward the people displayed by Brooks is identical to this administrations opinion of the people

Out in Florida the great champion of the progressive left Alan Grayson is attempting to return to congress and businessman Mark Oxner is standing in his way.

There is a fair-sized Hispanic vote in the area. The progressive left trumpets itself as the champion of these voters but Mark campaign is giving them an education as to what the left’s version of “progressive” means.

The full write-up is here but this image says it all.

The wrong people according to Margaret Sanger

I interviewed Vee who owns a fashion shop in Massachusetts as the bus stopped at McDonalds The Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center.

Is it just me or are African Americans who were actually born in Africa more likely to be conservative?

BTW the uploads on the bus are dead slow, I have a bunch of other photos and videos to post but it took nearly 3 hours just to get this one up so this might not be done till after I get home.

Woke up as the bus shook its way toward the tolls near exit 18 as we work out way south toward Washington.

About 20 to 25 of us boarded the bus in Auburn MA.

I was very tired and crashed almost at once, so I wasn’t awake to see how many people boarded on the two stops in Connecticut to pick up additional passengers so I don’t have a count of the numbers currently on-board but a count in the dark makes it about 40.

This is one of several buses leaving from various states that will converge on DC. The base plan is a meeting with Scott Brown’s staff, followed by the main protest near the Supreme Court building.

As this is the middle of a workweek I’m not sure how many people can be mustered to drop everything for a 28 hour loop from home to protest and back, but if you can get working people to give up a day for such a trip or retired folk to do the same on what was at the time of departure a rather chilly evening that means something.

Paused to do a live update for the WCRN morning show as we cross into Maryland. The sun is still down but we’ve been informed of the basic plan. We are to meet with Scott Brown’s team in DC on the repeal of Obamacare (I presume the Connecticut folks are meeting with their own people). From there we join the DC protests near the Supreme Court.

My own plan is to get as many interviews with people at the scene as I can while interviewing folks on the bus on the way home. The Bus has wi-fi but uploads are slow and I’m still finding my way around this new laptop came which arrived at the house literally less than an hour before I left (my thanks to all of you who kicked into the bleg still $1305 from the goal if you’d like to help) Had to leave so fast didn’t get a chance to set up my e-mail so I might be hard to reach until Wednesday.

The Bus leaves for home promptly at 5 p.m. so there will be a scramble to get as much as I can recorded and uploaded. For the first time in a while I don’t have space worries so updates will all come down to net access although I have several post already scheduled for the day just in case.

Closing thought, if people are this energized now what are we going to see in November?

…because this is going to make for an interesting conversation:

One witnesses, who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.

Zimmerman then shot Trayvon once in the chest from very close range, according to authorities

That’s going to make for an interesting conversation, so is this

Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

“His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.

And he echoed something we’ve been pointing out:

Bryant, who explores the topic of black-on-black crime in his new film “Runaway Slave,” said people like Jackson and Sharpton are being misleading to suggest there is an epidemic of “white men killing black young men.”

“The epidemic is truly black on black crime,” Bryant said. “The greatest danger to the lives of young black men are young black men.

Legal Insurrection is still withholding judgement but I suspect that a Whitehouse worried about re-election will play this for all it’s worth no matter where the facts lead, and the clue as to why this is the case:

There was a time when the South was solidly Republican but those days are gone. Barack Obama won Virginia and North Carolina four years ago and came close to beating John McCain in Georgia. Bill Clinton beat George Bush in Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Romney’s continued weakness in the Heart of Dixie spells trouble for the GOP this fall. The only question is whether it will take a Santorum win in Wisconsin to refocus Republican minds on the unassailable fact that GOP presidential candidates cannot win unless they have the support of rock-ribbed conservatives. Mitt Romney does not, and that is becoming clearer by the day in this painful primary season.

If Romney has issues with conservatives in the south, a large enough Black turnout there might change the dynamic in the race.

You might ask: “Peter you’re not suggesting the President would use the death of Trayvon Martin as a re-election prop?”

I really hate to say it, there was a time when I would not have, but the more I see of this president and the tactics of his allies; yes, I absolutely believe President Obama would do this and it is my opinion that he will.

As Glenn Reynolds put it:

It does seem that way — a pre-election period in which Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan have high profiles doesn’t seem optimal for an allegedly post-racial Presidency. But perhaps they feel that it’s better to have people talking about absolutely anything other than gas prices, the debt, and ObamaCare.

We elected a Chicago Machine Pol, do you really expect a Chicago machine pol to act otherwise?

Update: Remember this?

Given these figures and estimates at worst the black community will provide a +9% for Obama and at Best +11 a difference on only 1-3 points of a vote that he won by 7.2 points.

Yet given these figures the Obama administration finds the need to invest time and money in a “African-Americans for Obama” organization where the return potential return is from such a venture is miniscule statistically. That suggests one or both of the following:

Given the Romney numbers perhaps the attempts to boost the Black Turnout wasn’t all that odd after all.

This week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio with live reports from both the Catholic Men’s conference and the opening of the Scott Brown victory office. If you didn’t hear it you can catch it here.

We will have various videos and photos from the Men’s conference available all week.

For the second time in 5 days I journeyed to Hopedale to cover a meet and greet for a GOP candidate. Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Childs for the first time today I had the pleasure of renewing my acquaintance with Sean Bielat

Before things got started he had time for an interview:

He then mixed with the crowd

The crowd seemed slightly larger than on thrusday’s event but this was a weekend so people would naturally be freeer, also I was a tad late to Thursdays event as I’d never been to Tom Wesley’s home before so there may have been people who left early Thursday night. I recognized at least half a dozen people who I had seen three days before.

Sean Gave an opening statement

He then took a long series of questions. Because of the sheer number of videos I’ll be posting them over the course of the week

Here was his closing statement

Now there is no question in my mind that both of these candidates are far superior to Joe Kennedy the 3rd but what did people who heard both candidates think. I talked to two people who attended both meet and greets

Myself I think Sean’s experience showed in how he handled himself. there are simply things that you do better when you’ve done it twice. I also suspect he will have an easier time drawing activists but as anyone who followed the 2004 playoffs in Massachusetts or the Scott Brown election can tell you, you have to play the series out and you don’t know until the voters actually make their decision.

I’ll be posting my interview with Fr. Longenecker later in the week but here are excepts of his speech on St. Benedict from the Catholic’s Men’s Conference at the DCU center 3/24/12.

He joked about being a Married Catholic Priest

He talked of God being where it is:

Spiritual Roots

Thought and Obediance:

and prayer short and from the heart:

You can order the entire speech here.

Yesterday I attended and called in a report from the Catholic Men’s conference:

Blogging Priest
Fr. Dwight Longenecker was there

and here is a sample of his talk on St. Benedict (all the video in a subsequent post)

Fr. Larry Richards and Joe Lombardi of the New Orleans Saints were also there

Fr. Richards talk on confession is likely the only time you will hear a priest talk to 1000 men about masturbation Continue reading “Photo Gallery from the Catholic Men’s conference in Worcester Mass 3/24/12”

Today’s Saturday Diner is the Family Cafe on Water street in Fitchburg

it seats about 60 and is actually one of the favorite hangouts of the people from my church after sunday Mass.

In terms of shape it is slightly odd, the counter bisects two different sitting areas.

During the summer there is an area to sit on the patio in the back. One of the things I noticed right away was the tea:

The metal container that normally holds milk had hot water for a refill of a tea a very nice time saver.

I had eggs sausage and toast:

Family Cafe gives you a decent meal at a decent price Seven Days a week. Non-Fri 5-2 Sat 6-noon sun 6-12:30

I briefly mentioned Elizabeth Childs meet and greet from yesterday. Here is the rest of the story. I didn’t take many stills:

Childs opening speech

Tom Wesley was the host:

She had an opening speech:

She also asked questions: What prompted the switch from democrat to republican

How do you handle different groups in a districts:

How about extremes:

Sustaining fisheries:

Illegal Immigration:

It was a great move by Tom Wesley which will be repeated on Sunday. If you want more info on Childs it is here.

Childs is a very intelligent woman and would clearly be superior to Kennedy. Because of her abortion position I am of course ethically unable to support her with a pro-life Sean Beilat in the race, but if she wins the nomination and the choice is between two candidates with no difference on life I will have absolutely no issue with promoting her over Kennedy.

She is a real loss for the democrats, if only they had more fiscally responsible people on board their party would be better off.

If you want more information on her you can find her web site here.

Today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio comes to you from three different locations.

I will be at the Annual Catholic Men’s Conference enjoying speakers such as Catholic Priest author and blogger Fr. Dwight Longnecker and calling in with updates.

John Weston and Bray Wyatt will be at the Scott Brown interviewing polls and people involved in the campaign.

and Back at the WCRN studios will be Joe Mangiacotti behind the mike and Bob Hokanson in the Booth.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. You can join in the conversation at 508-438-0965 or 888-9-Fedora

…if Stacy McCain is your friend, he is your friend all the way.

Santorum didn’t have big money. He didn’t have praise from big-name pundits. He didn’t have the GOP Establishment on his side, and the major media gave him quite nearly zero coverage. But he kept plugging away — “Steady Eddie,” as he said — until he finally broke through.

So he did all that, campaigning for nearly a year, and now that he’s the leading rival to Mr. Inevitable, what kind of coverage does he get? “Gotcha”!

And too many conservatives, who should be defending Santorum against these attacks, are instead playing along with the media “gotcha” game, ready to throw Santorum under the Romney bus.

and if you don’t betray him it doesn’t matter who is against you or how much money or pull they have:

Let me tell you something: I remember when Charles Johnson tried to throw Pamela Geller under the wheels of his Little Green Bus, and I stood up and said not just no, but hell, no.

Maybe Rick Santorum’s not your favorite candidate. Maybe Pamela Geller’s not your favorite blogger. Maybe Rush Limbaugh’s not your favorite talk-radio host, but conservatives can’t let liberals tell us who our friends are.

Don’t let liberals tell you what to think. Don’t play along with the “gotcha” game. Don’t help them defame people’s reputations.

By God, REMEMBER BREITBART!

I’m reminded of this story from Tip O’Neill’s autobiography when he was supporting his friend Mike Neville for congress when a young man named John F. Kennedy entered the race for congress and started to run away with things:

Jack must have been everywhere during that campaign, and he must have approached me seven or eight different times to ask me to be with him. Again and again I explained that Mike Neville was my pal, that Mike had served in the legislature with me, and that he deserved my support.

“But I’m going to win,” Jack said.

“Maybe you will” I told him, “but I’m with Mike Neville if I’m with him alone. And I’m going to make damn sure we carry North Cambridge.”

In times of crisis you find out who your friends are and who your acquaintances are. I have absolutely no doubt that if and when the day of crisis comes for me, Stacy McCain will still be on the friends side of the ledger.

Jennifer was the last blogger I interviewed and the 2nd to last person I interviewed at CPAC I started talking to her just as Sarah Palin was getting ready to speak

Jennifer’s old blog is here, you can find her on facebook here and twitter here.

I received this release from the Santorum Campaign today:

March 23, 2012

For Immediate Release

SANTORUM RESPONDS TO CLAIM HE WOULD VOTE FOR OBAMA

Verona, PA – Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum made the following comment in reaction to the claim he would vote for President Obama.

Rick Santorum said: “I would never vote for Barack Obama over any Republican and to suggest otherwise is preposterous. This is just another attempt by the Romney Campaign to distort and distract the media and voters from the unshakeable fact that many of Romney’s policies mirror Barack Obama’s. I was simply making the point that there is a huge enthusiasm gap around Mitt Romney and it’s easy to see why – Romney has sided with Obama on healthcare mandates, cap-and-trade, and the Wall Street bailouts. Voters have to be excited enough to actually go vote, and my campaign’s movement to restore freedom is exciting this nation. If this election is about Obama versus the Obama-Lite candidate, we have a tough time rallying this nation. It’s time for bold vision, bold reforms and bold contrasts. This election is about more than Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum – this campaign is about freedom and I will fight to restore your freedoms.”

That sounds pretty direct to me, but what does Stacy McCain say:

Santorum was making the same argument Phyllis Schlafly made in her 1964 classic, A Choice Not an Echo. He is saying something he has said many times — and something Newt Gingrich has also said — that Romney fails to offer a clear contrast to Obama. In this context, when Santorum said “we might as well stay with what we have,” he clearly meant to express what the reaction of regular voters would be, if presented with someone who is just “a little different” than the incumbent.

Santorum did not express himself clearly, but awkwardness of expression is not the same as endorsing Barack Obama’s re-election.

But Stacy & I have endorsed Rick what does someone who hasn’t say?

(Note: I know Santorum said “we,” but I’ve heard the shtick enough times to know what he meant. And what he meant was that “we” — the voters — want a clearer contrast.)
Santorum has been making this argument for months. This is a regular line of attack.

I like Jeff but I think he’s been taken for a ride by the MSM and Romney on this one.

Update 2:
Only God is a better friend and only the Marines a better enemy

Last night I attended a meet and greet at the home of former congressional candidate Tom Wesley. Yesterday he hosted Elizabeth Childs who is one of two candidates running in ma-4 for the GOP nomination.

Elizabeth Childs and Tom Wesley

I will be posting in more detail on the open house later today and will also be covering Tom’s meet and greet for Sean Bielat Sunday but there is something very important about Childs candidacy that needs to be discussed.

Take a look at this question:

You don’t even have to think once to know what I think about her Abortion position but this video actually speaks volumes on another matter.

We have been told from day one that Abortion is a killer for the GOP that if we just only dropped the pro-life plank in the party we would be in great shape, we have been told that women (as Childs did) were fleeing the party (never mind people like Ann Marie Buerkle, strong pro-life women who are in congress). We have been told that all of these issues are going to drive people into the arms of Obama.

Yet here is a woman who was so offended by the GOP’s position on life that she left the party during the Reagan era who has not only come back to the party despite it’s abortion plank, but is running for elective office as a member of the GOP over the economic positions of the Democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular.

and this is in Massachusetts!

How many other people like Elizabeth Childs are out there? How many people who might not so public as to run for congress who are angry? How many people out there who will not bother to change parties or who have not spoken out in public on this issue feel the same way?

I’m betting a lot, an AWFUL lot.

For all the “contraception” talk in the MSM, for all the talk about the baggage carried by all the GOP candidates the bottom line is Barack Obama is still going to be the Democratic nominee and that along is likely to be more damaging to the Democrats than a bunch of Etch-a-sketches or contraception jokes.

What does this mean, something I haven’t said for a bit:


Ride Right Through them, they’re demoralized as Hell!

This election is not going to be about a mythical war on women. It will be about the record of Barack Obama. Be afraid Democrats, be very afraid.

Just got the word about a Rick Santorum Conference call, signing on now

We have a candidate who is the author of the first government sanctioned healthcare takeover system.

Gov Romney defends the government takeover healthcare as the right thing to do.

The Etch-a-sketch is out and now he’s decided that he doesn’t support a government mandate that he advocated for.

Zilla of the resistance: Asks about chronic Lime disease How will Obamacare effect lime disease

Santorum: Medicine, is part science and part art, different way to approach treatments in the private care system people can work out ways to treat a disease, with Obamacare you don’t because of a specific

DaTechGuy: With the Etch-a-Sketch moment be a problem in the general election if the party picks Romney and will democrats exploit it?

Santorum: “It’s a simple thing for everyone to understand because it fits…I find it a telling coincidence that his campaign talks about hitting the reset button when he did it in Puerto Rico.” Gives the example of the PR flip flop on English.

If he is questioned on this (English as the primary language of the US) he will hit the reset button again

Mike Rodgers Granite Grok: The south is being very kind to you, what will it take to win a broader array of states?

Santorum: “We were outspent 21-1 in the Chicago media market and still finished a small 2nd… We’ve been hanging in there and doing well in the swing states that will be critical in the general election. We will do very well as the race goes on…particularly given the clear intention that the Romney campaign will do or say anything to win.”

Lisa Graas: What are your thoughts concerning the challenges of the MSM including Fox against you?

Santorum: “Today I challenged the embed if I’ve been saying this right along, it is disingenuous… they know this is a complete distortion and yet they follow the narrative. We just have to continue to plug away..They have a narrative they want to tell and they tell it.”

Update: Lisa Graas reports on the conference.

I have a much more serious post that I’m working on but when I saw this passage from Stacy McCain’s post today via the LSU student Newspaper:

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will make an appearance on campus Thursday at a Tea Party forum hosted by the LSU College Republicans.

The event is a Tea Party forum and straw poll, according to Austin Stukins, state grassroots coordinator for Louisiana Team Gingrich 2012. Stukins is an interior design junior at the University.

…this Monty Python skit came instantly to mind

Now any excuse to embed a python skit is generally a good thing but this skit has interesting cultural implications:

In their time the Pythons were considered on the edge of cultural change. Most of the surviving members of the group are rather far to the left politically and the late Graham Chapman (the officer in the sketch) was famously gay, but consider for a second two things:

1. There is absolutely no way this skit could be made in 2012 without massive objections and protests being made.

2. There is likewise absolutely nobody in the Hollywood left who would condemn the Pythons as racists, bigots or homophobes

Something to think about

The talk of the news this morning is the Trayvon Martin case, a 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by an apparently paranoid member of a neighborhood watch. The case is drawing national attention and outrage over the decision of local police not to arrest the shooter George Zimmerman his claims of self-defense, and Florida’s “stand your ground law”. The authors of the law however disagree:

the lawmakers who crafted the legislation in 2005 — former Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley — said the law doesn’t need to be changed. They believe it has been misapplied in the shooting death of Trayvon by a Sanford crime-watch captain, George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has not been charged because, police said, it appears he acted in self-defense. The Seminole County state attorney’s office decided Tuesday to take the case before a grand jury.

“They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”

Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.

The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.

The case is becoming a cause célèbre on the left concerning both gun control and race as the victim Trayvon Martin is black and the shooter George Zimmerman is white not? (see update below). On Morning Joe Thursday Mika Brziniski quoted a Florida lawmaker attempting to amend the “stand your ground” law and remarked this story has “everything to do with race”.

Never mind that in the 8 years of the law we have not seen a spate of such shootings, never mind that example after example of people who are saved from being armed never becomes a national story.

And of course there is this:

Yet for black males ages 12 to 19 years old, homicide eclipses accidents as the leading cause of death, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. That troubling statistic — or, more accurately, the deeper problems underlying it — is garnering some local attention. Advocates say dramatic action is needed.

Those stats are from 2010. Here is more from the web site afrodaddy.com

In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.

Here is the graph that says it all:

People are rightly concerned about the shooting of young Mr. Martin and Florida needs to take a good long look at this case. If Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is as specious as it seems they should go after him big time, but those figures I quoted aren’t just stats, they represent actual individual people murdered. Their lives were no less dear to their mothers than Trayvon Martin was to his, yet they haven’t generated any million hoodie marches.

I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:

That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:

The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).

Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.

You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.

The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.

Update: I have to disagree with Noel Sheppard on this quote:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’d go further. I’d go further. Because if this unfolds the way it appears it’s unfolding, you know, in a country where its leader can talk about a radio host calling someone a name, we ought to be looking at ourselves and this situation really closely from the top down. And, quite frankly, it is, they’re looking at audio tapes right now of the cell phone, and there might have been a racial epithet.

I think this is more of “The president has time to talk about Limbaugh but we aren’t talking about this? I think it reflects (correctly) on the insignificance of the Rush business and what the White House prioritizes.

I do agree with Noel here:

it’s quite obvious to even the casual observer that this matter is being politicized in an election year.

What’s next – that this is somehow part of the media fabricated Republican “war on women,” and that comments made by the various GOP presidential candidates are also to blame?

Just how far are the press going to use this tragic event to further their political agenda?

These days, it seems the sky’s the limit.

There was something outrageous on that show worth talking about…but that’s for my next post.

Update 2: According to one commentator Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and Pam Geller describes him as Hispanic and black.. The photo is a bit iffy to me one way or the other, but either way it has no bearing on the shooting in terms of justification but it make the media’s attempt to turn this into a “southern racial” issue a tad more interesting, and insidious

I’ve been very busy so I didn’t have a chance to do more than a single re-tweet or two concerning the Romney Etch-a-sketch business, a few thoughts.

When they say that a gaffe is when a pol or his adviser speaks the truth, that is the perfect description for what Mr. Eric Fehrnstrom did.

The worst part of this is that Greg “please tell me what to write Mr. Brock” Sargent didn’t even have to ask Media Matters for this one, he just had to play the tape.

There is no way this mistake takes place if Romney isn’t sure he is getting the nomination.

Eric Erickson
timing continues to be excellent when it comes to picking candidates. (Howdy thank you Erick!)

Stacy McCain says this:

Dude. How much is that quote worth to Rick Santorum? At least a million dollars in the next 48 hours, I’d say, and maybe an extra 10 percent of the vote in upcoming primaries, if the Santorum campaign can turn that quote into a 30-second ad PDQ.

During my wee-hours discussions over off-the-record beers, I made note of the Neutral Objective Fact that all Santorum needed was for Romney to stumble, then pounce on it as hard as they can and it might shift the whole direction of the campaign. Well, if this isn’t a “stumble,” what is?

Team Romney said it would take “an act of God” to keep Mitt from winning the nomination. Or maybe a quote from Eric Ferhnstrom.

This is why the election isn’t over till it is over.

Philip Klein puts it very succinctly:

An even scarier thought for conservatives: if the Romney campaign is willing to take them for granted before even clinching the nomination, imagine how quickly Romney would abandon conservatives if he ever made it to the White House.

Hotair demonstrates how a master handles this situation.

The Obama campaign will be using this as a prop till November. They will be giving out etch-a-sketches at every school they stop at. The DNC will be donating Etch-a-sketches to children’s charities in every city that the president visits, democratic candidates for congress will be holding them and questioning their republican counterparts over it, This actually has to potential to turn the general election around. Of course lucky for Romney if he wins the nomination he will still be facing Obama.

This is going to be poison in the general election, it is something that can be remembered understood by people who don’t follow politics and is perfect late night fodder.

This is a huge mistake but that doesn’t change the fact that Eric is a pretty good political guy who did wonders during the Scott Brown campaign.

The only way this statement should surprise anyone is if they haven’t paid attention to Romney in Massachusetts or to this campaign at all.

That being said I can’t think of anything more likely to keep activists home after the convention than this.