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

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