One of the things that I have found so frustrating over the last year, in person, on the blog and on the radio show has been the pessimism among some on the right concerning the results of the election.

I’ve pointed time and time again to the various political candidates with skin in the game who are clearly running away from a Toxic Obama, but it hasn’t mattered, some disaster is going to happen, some speech is going to be given, the Spanish Voting machines are going to be fixed or some bit of Republican stupidity is going to turn victory in defeat.

Well if you won’t believe me based on political skin in the game, will you believe people with FINANCIAL skin in the game?

With just 100 days left until the U.S. presidential election, investors are beginning to make bigger bets on which candidate will carry the day.

One analysis concludes that last week’s sharp three-day market surge can only mean that Wall Street is banking on a victory from Republican Mitt Romney.

This story from that bastion of conservative thought CNBC has drawn a lot of reactions, The Lonely conservative is cautious, Allahpundit worries it will be spun against Romney while Wonkette is crying BS and folks on twitter are seeing tweets like this:

and having reactions like this:

The dirty secret is this is entirely predictable. The Obama Campaign spent millions in July when nobody but pundits and folks like me were paying attention to keep donors and true believers thinking this is a tight race we can win it if only I give another $300

But with under 100 days to go the people who actually have to make decisions based on the future can see the tea leaves and are acting accordingly. No amount of spin or outrage will change that

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

When the dam breaks it will be a deluge


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…and officially declare it a propaganda organ?

Mind you the Washington post isn’t citing an unnamed source that has talked to them, they are reporting that someone else (Harry Reid) claims that an unnamed source said something.

I don’t claim to have been in this business all that many years, but I know enough that I can’t report hearsay.

A simple example two years ago at CPAC when I brought up the name of a person who said something nice about me the person who I was talking to snorted and told me something about said person that raised an eyebrow.

The person who told me this was someone I liked, someone I normally would trust and said story would have been a hell of a story to break, but there was no proof provided, no details, just this is what he had been told.

I never followed up on the story, (still don’t plan to) it’s stuck in the back of my mind with a lot of rumors etc that I’ve heard since I’ve gotten in this business.

I don’t have an editor, I don’t have a handler, yet I know enough not to go with this. If the Washington Post doesn’t it tells me two things

1. They are dishonorable hacks.

2. They are in full panic mode concerning November

I may be just a blogger and radio host trying to make it on my own, Things may be so tight that I can’t afford a car these days, and I don’t pretend not to be biased in the upcoming election, but I hope and pray I never reach the point where I am willing to sell my integrity for the sake of a jab against Obama.

Simply Amazing.

Oh and I know the story started at the Huffpo and the post is “just reporting what Huffpo” said but they are an actual newspaper that is supposed to mean something.

Update: Just got off the phone with Robert Stacy McCain his take: Standards? We don’t need no sinking standards.

Update 2: Instalanche thanks Glenn. Don’t miss the story of Sarah Palin Political Venture Capitalist, Figure out what people with skin in the game think and if you are sick of Political stuff, a review of a good restaurant.

Oh and Neo-Neocon has the explanation. The Press is at war.

Update 3: Stacy McCain elaborates

Instead of doing some, y’know, reporting on this remarkable claim, the WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe lets it go with this bland acknowledgement:

Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.

Grant that Reid’s wild accusation — “financial McCarthyism,” you might call it — is newsworthy even if it is absolutely false. And it almost certainly is false, Dan Primack of Fortune says. But is it now an accepted practice at the Washington Post just to repeat whatever politicians say (in interviews with reporters for other publications) without bothering to do any independent reporting at all?

Update 4: Now it’s own memeorandum thread complete with insults from the left. I’m grateful for the insults, it proves I’m hitting a nerve. Meanwhile Althouse gets it

Here’s one of the highest rated comments:

It may appear that Reid’s claim that Romney paid no taxes for ten years is extreme and poorly sourced — however, if Mitt thinks his comment is unfair, all he has to do to make Reid appear a liar and a fool is to release his own tax returns, which is totally within his power.

While not having paid ANY taxes for TEN years is a sufficient cause for Mitt to not release them, it is not a necessary cause. There could be many other things he wishes to hide, from offshore tax shelters, to very low tax rates, to connections to Bain Capital actions he wishes to hide from. There is only one thing certain about Romney’s tax returns: HE KNOWS that there is SOMETHING in them which is disqualifying, that there is something that dare not face the light of day.

That’s the narrative. All you have to do is to track people into thinking like that, and Harry Reid knows it.

This is what the media has come to.


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Monday on Morning Joe they covered a blockbuster story by Campbell Brown concerning the Teachers Unions in NY:

By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman'” (2010) and a feature film, “Won’t Back Down,” to be released later this year. But perhaps most damaging to the unions’ credibility is their position on sexual misconduct involving teachers and students in New York schools, which is even causing union members to begin to lose faith.

It’s big news and important news, the unions and the pols protecting teachers unions on this issue, Campbell Brown should be complemented for covering the story. And Morning Joe should be complemented not only for covering but for being only 27 months behind DaTechGuy blog

I’m sure that as soon as the New York Schools abandon celibacy and allow workers to marry this problem will totally disappear. Just like when the celibacy and marriage requirements were removed from Boy Scout leaders and the US Swim Team.

And the Anchoress:

In New York, Queens Assemblywoman Margaret Markey routinely presents a bill which seeks to open a year-long “window” into the statute of limitations on child sex-abuse cases, allowing victims whose cases may go back as far as 40 years to bring suit for damages.

Because the bill has -until now- been limited by Markey to impact the churches, exclusively, it has always either failed or been shelved. It is difficult to pass a bill that essentially finds some sexual abuse victims to be more worthy of redress than others.

And the The hermeneutic of continuity

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognize responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

or even dare I say it the New York Times

Until last year, proposals to change the statute of limitations would not have affected public bodies and fallen largely on the church. After much debate, the bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, a Queens Democrat, was amended to include governments and their employees.

Suddenly, lobbyists and advocates for school boards, counties and small towns spoke out.

Since Morning Joe normally jumps all over stuff in the Times Back in may of 2010 I wrote this:

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

Well it was a Monday, just a Monday 27 months later. Strangely nobody suggested ending celibacy or allowing public school teachers to marry as a solution.

If they only read DaTechGuy blog they would know around here we’ve managed along with others to hit the subject.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we are seeing the story and the subsequent blog posts elsewhere, who knows, with a little more staff and some luck they might catch up to us on a few more stories a little faster.


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The MSM has been breathlessly reporting that Mitt Romney’s statements about “culture” being a reason Israel has gone farther with fewer resources in the 65 years of its existence than every Arab country that surrounds them that have spent those same 65 years trying to slaughter them.

What is the kind of culture that could be holding the others back, maybe something like this:

Turken told The Jewish Press that witnesses will testify that, in addition to cursing the Jews and yelling at her staff to remove them from the pool, Adaya was heard saying, “my family will disown me,” and that her “investors will be furious,” if the plaintiffs remained on site.

The genius of America is not only the ability to reach your potential but the ability to leave behind the old world hatreds.

However the Arab culture is a “face” culture. It the same type of culture in some ways as Sicilians and because of the old world connections family types her fear of what might happen is not an inconsequential thing.

However we are not seeing that, particularly with Radical Islam.

Our friends on the left want to pooh pooh this, ignore it, even when their wrath is directed on other favored groups.

Our nation and our friends on the left ignore it at their peril.

Food for thought; There are a lot of disturbing things in this story, but for my money the most disturbing bit was this:

Tehmina (Tamie) Adaya, a Pakistani-American Muslim, is the owner of the Shangri-La. Her father, Ahmad Adaya, was a founding partner of the California real estate company IDS Real Estate Group. He also was a founder and benefactor of the New Horizon School for Muslim religious education in Southern California. emphasis mine

After all someone has to teach the next generation to keep those [expletive deleted] Jews out of their pools.

Via Glenn.

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Sunday the family and I went to Happy Jacks a new restaurant on Route 12 in Leominster:

It is a place with a bit of a Caribbean flair

a menu that spans the entire gulf region

and of course a spot where you can grab a beer

No meal at the Happy Jacks is complete without Border Sauce:

As I was doing my live spot for Out With Joe on WROL the food came

I had the Salad and mini Quesadilla

My oldest had the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich:

My youngest the basic burger

And my wife the Sheppard’s Pie

My meal was off the lunch menu that is normally not available on Sunday’s but usually they will make such items available.

It was a good meal, if it had been a sunnier day we could might have been eating outside:

Happy Jack’s is a hop skip and jump off of Route 2 near the Fitchburg Leominster Border.

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And if you can’t get to Leominster, they DO Cater


Stacy McCain on the Chick-Fil-A nonsense:

Better yet, if you’re going to get angry over every business run by traditionalist Christians, you should also boycott Domino’s Pizza (founder Tom Monaghan is a hard-core Catholic) and Little Debbies (produced by the McKee family of Collegedale, Tenn., who are hard-core Seventh-Day Adventists).

All of this goes to illustrate the totalitarian spirit of gay-rights radicalism, which aims toward the extirpation of dissent.

Amanda Marcotte (via NRO) on the subject:

Blocking Chick-fil-A permits on speech issues is wrong and unconstitutional. Don’t go there, folks.

. . .

Fight bad speech with more speech. It’s weak to think our arguments have no power.

. . .

Plus, making martyrs out of them by denying them their fundamental right of free speech is counter-productive.

. . .

I basically refuse to give the government power to ban me from making money to punish me for my political opinions. Full stop.

I sensed a great disturbance in the force this morning and the sight of Amanda Marcotte on the same side of an issue as Robert Stacy McCain certainly qualifies. I mean Marcotte’s position is so damn…American!

Both Stacy McCain and Amanda Marcotte understand a basic truth: Don’t give government a power over you that you won’t trust your enemies with.

A hint to the HRC. If your position is so far left that when you look across the line you’ve crossed Amanda Freaking Marcotte is standing with Robert Stacy McCain on the other side, you’ve jumped the shark.

I eagerly await the Marcotte/McCain photo, holding wine glasses together.

Update: Stacy says the link above is to a post by Smitty, Smitty says that one’s not his Just to play it safe is here a Stacy post on the subject:

Exit question: Is it a good sign for America that Marcotte gets this or have my expectation gotten so low that an American respecting the 1st Amendment is a big deal?


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Lieutenant: …I thought I could catch Little John if he was silly enough to believe your note

The Deputy Sheriff of Nottingham: My signature was on that letter, my word! Are you trying to dishonor me?

The Adventures of Robin Hood: Goodbye Little John 1960

The questions continue to pile up in the whole: “What the *#$&@ are the Obama campaign & allies thinking” business.

Item: Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem

With issues already appearing with the administrations support among American Jews the administration finds itself tongue-tied over a simple question

I’m sorry in an election year when you are having trouble with your Jewish base the idea that an administration isn’t willing to say aloud “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel” might be a problem, particularly when your opponent is in Israel saying something like this:

Mitt Romney delivered a blow to the Obama campaign’s frantic efforts to defend the president’s hostile stance toward the Jewish state simply by saying: “It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

Considering that Jews are already outraged over the Olympics deciding the Jewish Athletes murdered in Munich were not a big deal (it’s worth noting that Peace prize winner Obama and the smartest and best-est secretary of state evah weren’t influential enough to change minds on this matter) then again the question arises did they really want to do so. Let’s take you back four years ago:

In 2008, Obama had a big problem in the Democratic primaries. Prospective Jewish voters were being inundated with anonymous emails warning that Obama’s affiliations with Palestinian activists portended disaster for Israel. Locked in a tight contest with Hillary Clinton, the future president couldn’t afford to lose the constituency in the primary—and later in the general election, especially in the swing state of Florida.

Who came to the Rescue? Dennis Ross well-respected within the Jewish community, involved in Oslo

Ross was a powerful asset for the campaign. He went to synagogues in swing states and participated in conference calls to tell Jewish voters that he was supporting Obama over Clinton’s first lady. He continued his work with the campaign during the general election, which Obama won with between 74 and 78 percent of the Jewish vote.

Four years later I’m sure president Obama would like to deploy Ross to once again reassure Jewish voters of his support for Israel, too bad that Ross has decided he’s not going to get involved.

He put his word and his reputation on the line for Barack Obama in 2008, for some reason he isn’t willing to do it again.

I wonder why?

Item: Sure your worth even more money that we lose a year but that makes you a Wimp!

Newsweek has settled on a new line of attack on Mitt Romney:

In 1987, this magazine created a famous hubbub by labeling George H.W. Bush a “wimp” on its cover. “The Wimp Factor.” Huge stir. And not entirely fair—the guy had been an aviator in the war, the big war, the good war, and he was even shot down out over the Pacific, cockpit drenched in smoke and fumes, at an age (20) when in most states he couldn’t even legally drink a beer. In hindsight, Poppy looks like Dirty Harry Callahan compared with Romney, who spent his war (Vietnam) in—ready?—Paris. Where he learned … French.

Ok it’s not a new line of attack on a Republican for Newsweek as the magazine conveniently figures that a quarter century is just the right amount of time for a correction if one can try a new move against Romney.

The big finish is really funny:

At some point, an unexpected event more serious than the Olympics—a scandal, a smear—will put Romney under the interrogation lamp, and he’ll need to rise to the occasion. We’ll see then if he has it in him.

Only a person who paid absolutely no attention to the GOP primaries could say that sentence with a straight face, let alone the last month where the Obama smear machine tried it’s level best to rattle him.

This attack is hilarious, the MSM is making a fuss of it but Romney is laughing it off.

Why? How can it be that Mitt Romney isn’t bothered by this kind of attack? Three reasons:

First of all Mitt Romney knows voters in the US care as much about what Newsweek says as Canadian Officials care about the United Church of Canada says (not at all)

Second of all in an election all about the economy it doesn’t hurt him all that much to be lectured by a magazine that sold for the price an order of fries off the dollar menu that he is not qualified. Just to remind you:

Here is what you can buy for what Newsweek sold for at any of those BK location

As Stacy McCain said

Yeah. Profit is for wimps, I guess.

Yeah, if I was a Romney Surrogate I’d love the chance to contrast his success to Newsweek’s failure.

But the big reason why Romney isn’t bothers is what the move signifies. It means that Obama’s allies are running out of cards viable cards to play and it’s only July. And it looks like people who risked their reputations in the past to stack the deck, like Dennis Ross are unwilling to do it again. That means only one thing

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

As Rick Moran put it:

I thought these desperation tactics would have waited until later in the campaign.

I predict come October the president’s campaign will so desperate and their tactics so outrageous that it will be interesting to see just how far the media and Democrats who hope to remain electable long after Obama is gone will go to defend him.

It sure won’t be boring.


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Read her whole post and her others on the subject. Her opinion is worth hearing and understanding. After all once can’t be secure in one’s own opinion and beliefs and be unwilling or unable to hear the other side without rancor.

DaTechGuy on Cynthia Yockey Aug 6 2010

If your offer is good it will stand up under fire

Yul Brynner The Buccaneer 1958

One of the last things I did at CPAC was have dinner and take this photo with Cynthia Yockey, Little Miss Attila and Nice Deb.

(L-R) Cynthia Yockery (A conservative Lesbian), Joy McCann (Little Miss Attila) and Deb from Nice Deb

Although all of us are conservatives, we vary in several ways, Miss Attila is more on the libertarian side, Nice Deb like me is very Catholic and Cynthia as the name of her blog indicates is not only a lesbian, but strongly in favor of Gay Marriage.

Nobody is farther apart that me and Cynthia on this issue. I have described it as narcissism, she considers it a civil rights issue and is in the process of writing a book The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage I will certainly have her on my show to argue about the book (and promote it) when she is ready.

Why as a stalwart Roman Catholic, a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus and a staunch conservative would I be hanging out with Cynthia Yockey, promoting her blog and linking to her diametrically opposed opinion on Gay Marriage?

1. First of all, if your argument is good you aren’t afraid of the argument against.

2. Second of all Cynthia is my friend and that will always trump a political disagreement.

3. Finally we both understand that neither my support of Marriage nor her support of gay marriage makes the other a bigot.

This however doesn’t appear to be the case with some of our friends on the left.

For months I’ve noticed that on Memeorandum any person who opposes gay marriage is automatically labeled with the pejorative: “anti-gay” or as a supporter of “anti-gay bigotry”. And this is not just coming from those who support the insane anti-first amendment positions of the mayors of Boston, Chicago, DC or Philly. Consider this piece at the Huff-Po by James Peron:

Recently, political has-been Rick Santorum was having a hissy fit on CNBC about the Chick-fil-A controversy. Many people have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A, myself included, due to the company’s funding of extreme fundamentalist organizations and its anti-gay public positions.

Mind you this is the voice of a “reasonable” member of the left. A person who correctly recognizes the positions of the Mayor of Boston and others as violations of the 1st Amendment. Yet by his use of language he dubs all those who support marriage as it has been in every state of the US until 2003 are supporting “extreme fundamentalist organizations” and their positions are “anti-gay public positions” , their views are “anti-gay views”.

And he is not unique. On Saturday I called into Bob Hockinson’s show which precedes mine on Saturday 5-7 AM on WCRN, his caller on the line was a person known as Citizen “Q”. We know each other and both played in the Jimmy Fund benefit wiffleball game this year to raise money to help kids with Cancer. He bluntly stated on the air that any person who doesn’t support Gay Marriage is a bigot. No qualifications, no exceptions, you aren’t in favor of Gay Marriage; BIGOT!

Who knew that until 2003 every president and ever governor of every state had been a bigot? Who knew that we were run by a bunch of evil people all these years?

Why are we seeing this kind of language? Why this sudden pivot, Legal Insurrection has the answer.

So long as Obama supported the traditional definition of marriage, Democratic politicians and support groups had to tread carefully in how far their rhetoric and actions went. Once Obama came out in support of gay marriage, Democrats were freed to accuse anyone and everyone who supports the traditional definition of marriage as bigoted and unworthy of a place in their jurisdictions.

Now the “bigot card” is on full display as a centerpiece of Democratic politics.

With the race card no longer working the Bigot card is on display daily at Think Progress and elsewhere and we will see a lot more of it too

And make no mistake, effectively banning the support of traditional marriage as “hate speech” is where the movement is heading. It is impossible to have a discussion of the issue without supporters of traditional marriage being called bigoted. “Bigot” is the new “racist” and the “bigot card” is the new “race card.”

Such an argument, however, is tantamount to an admission that persuasion as a political tactic has failed.

The problem with not answering this kind of thing directly allows the “bigot” motif to become established and once established it’s hard to remove. It took decades before the race card lost its sting. I’m not going to stand for this all over again so we’re are going to make some Jacksonian rules around here:

If you, like my friend Cynthia Yockey or Glenn Reynolds, both supporters of gay marriage, want to make the case give the arguments and make your points. Great, let’s have that debate. Happy to do it and link back to your points and counterpoints. I’ll even consider having you on my show. If you can win the battle of ideas, hey the people have the right to be wrong.

But if, you like Think Progress, or James Peron want to start calling people “anti-gay” or “bigots” then not only will I not link to you or entertain your arguments, I shall refer to you as “Anti-Christian” “Anti-Family” “Anti-Marriage” zealots. In fact since Islam also opposes gay marriage I guess I can call you “Islamophobes” as well.

(Mind you if you express a specific opposition to radical Islamics, I’ll give you slack. Those people want to slaughter you simply for being. That’s barbarism.)

I really don’t like playing this game. I think it is crass and crude but that’s the way it goes. When the radical left develops the confidence in their argument that a Glenn Reynolds or Cynthia Yockey holds. when they have the confidence to make their point without placing a blanket label of “bigot” on their foes, then I’ll be delighted to extend to you the same courtesy.

You want respect. Earn it.

Update: Glenn Reynolds quotes Mark Steyn:

In Mayor Menino’s Boston, if you take the same view of marriage as President Obama did from 2009 to 2012, he’ll run your homophobic ass out of town. But, if you want to toss those godless sodomites off the John Hancock Tower, he’ll officiate at your ribbon-cutting ceremony.


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After the debate between Tom Weaver & Jon Golnik I stopped by Espresso Pizza and ran into some young people who are participating in the YMCA Summer Basketball program:

I talked to the young men involved.

The most important line from this interview is the bit about staying out of trouble.

This is another example of the YMCA doing yeoman’s work.

One might think this is a minor thing, but from little things like this come bigger things later.

…it’s called “prayer

In the past few years, Mr. Ewart has spent time hanging out with evangelicals – people who actually talk about loving Jesus. He admires their personal, emotional connection to God. Lately, he has even started praying.

That might seem odd, didn’t he learn anything back in his seminary days?

“When I went to seminary, we never talked about prayer,” says Mr. Ewart. “I had an intellectual relationship with Jesus. But love Jesus? Not so much.”

I guess that would explain the 60% decline when the top issue being discussed is boycotting Israel and affirming Transgendered Priests is it any wonder that you are pretty much ignored and the average age of your congregation is 65.

But apparently there is a solution if you want to find faith, simply hang out with people who actually have it, evangelicals, Orthodox Catholics etc, remember the words of the prophet:

if the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him; he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live? Ezekiel 18:21-23

or the words of Christ himself:

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.” John 8:10-11

If you decide to change your ways you’ll be surprised at how much God will give you a hand.

Thanks to Tony who is really on the Ball Today’s show is already available here.

I also did an interview with Les Gosule before the show concerning Melissa’s bill

I forgot my camera this morning and I’d like to Thank Tom Wesley for loaning me his to allow this quick interview. If it’s a little rushed it’s because my show was about to start.

and of course less than two hours later we had a scoop.

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When people were talking about an “Everybody go to Chick-Fil-A” on Wednesday I was bummed out. Because of the Madonna Della Cava vow I can’t eat meat on Wednesdays. Thursday’s I was busy working on ads for new customers so Today was the day to go.

I’m still down a car so I grabbed DaWife’s vehicle and headed north. I hadn’t been there for a while so I had no idea where the food court was when I got there so I headed straight for a map. Much to my surprise the other people looking at the map were looking for the same place:

From there it was just a hop skip and jump to the place. It was a food court so the tables were full but no lines

I ordered the #1 mean, AND a spicy chicken sandwich AND an order of nuggets AND an order of strips. The plan was to sit down, eat the #1 and take the rest home. As I waited for the order I talked to the manager who asked not to be on camera.

He said business had been flat no real change since the controversy, it turns out that since there are so few Chick Fil-A anywhere around here (There are only 3 in all of New England 2 in Massachusetts and this one) so people already make long trips to come and eat so a few more doesn’t make a huge difference.

I sat down next to an elderly couple as there were few seats we talked for a bit and Tom agreed to an interview:

Tom has been married for over 50 years, I asked him for the secret of a successful longterm marriage, he said: Marriage is like a job with two employes, if you don’t work hard you get fired.

All this is well and good, but the question that really counts? How good is the food?

The Chicken sandwich was good as I remembered from Georgia. It’s underplayed with just a pair of pickles. I tried one of the nuggets and strips, they were also superior, I packed most of them up to take home for the family but the real test was the spicy sandwich. I’ve publicly stated that Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich was the best in fast food how does Chick-Fil-A measure up?

I ate the spicy sandwich on the drive home, like the standard it comes only with a pair of pickles, I think the veggies and mayo help more (advantage Wendy’s)

The Chicken itself was thicker than the Wendy’s patty and a bit more meaty. The Wendy’s patty is a little less greasy and also thinner. It’s really a matter of style but a tiny edge to Chick Fil-A due to the thicker patty

The spices. Chick-Fil-A is a hotter mix of course I’m less used to it than the Wendy’s. Wendy’s spices are milder and leave a better aftertaste. Again it’s a matter of taste, and I’m a creature of habit. slight advantage Wendy’s

Overall. The Chick-Fil-A spicy Sandwich is a really good Sandwich, Certanly worth every penny you pay for it and far superior to McDonalds or Burger King, but If I only had the money for one, I’d have to buy Wendy’s…

…no contest on the fries, Chick-Fil-A’s are MUCH better.

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I have heard a lot of people on the left self righteously complain that conservatives are unwilling to agree to “common sense gun control” that we  are unreasonable fanatics who would oppose restrictions on the ownership of Sherman Tanks.

Most of all; we are totally wrong to believe that the left is after our guns just because of the proposed assault weapon ban.

Why would we have such a belief, how can the folks on the right even think we on the left are after their guns, all their guns?

The answer: Chick-Fil-A

Twenty years ago there was nobody NOBODY nationally who was pushing the idea of gay marriage. If Bill Clinton had come out for Gay Marriage in 1992 he would have lost 49 states.

Then came the VT Supreme Court ruling requiring civil partnerships.

When people suggested that this was going to lead to Gay Marriage liberals insisted they were alarmist. Nobody in the mainstream was pushing Gay Marriage and the whole argument was absurd.  This was just addressing inheritance and hospital visitation issues which were not unreasonable.

In 1996 the defense of Marriage Act was proposed, at the time it was suggested that instead of a law, a constitutional amendment formally declaring Marriage was between a man or Woman should be passed. Such people were dismissed as alarmists. Nobody was talking about legalizing Gay Marriage and there was absolutely no need of a Constitutional Amendment to define a word the meaning of which  the nation had understood for centuries.

No amendment was forthcoming but DOMA passed 85–14 in the Senate & 342–67 in the house.  Democrats overwhelmingly supported the bill (32-14 senate & 188-65 house). Bill Clinton signed the bill into law and that was that.

Until for the third time a liberal State (Massachusetts) by a 4-3 ruling declared Gay Marriage Legal. Again we were told not to worry, the legality of Gay Marriage was just a question of equality and it wouldn’t make any difference in the lives of those who opposed it.

Then came the persecution of parents who opposed it.

Then came the Catholic Church being given a choice, violate your beliefs or stop placing children for adoption: never mind how well you place the children hardest to find homes for.

And as the supporters of Gay Marriage lost vote after vote after vote (and continue to block any vote in Massachusetts) they became louder and more vitriolic even to the point of assault

Look at memorandum on given day. Any person who opposes Gay Marriage is not defined as against “Gay Marriage” they are defined as “anti-gay” a bigot.

And now comes the Mayors of two large cities, Chicago & Boston, declaring publicly that Chick-fil-a is not welcome. That Chick-fil-a for daring to have Biblical principles and support them have no place in their civilized cities.

And if Chick-Fil-A is guilty then so is every Catholic Church, every Orthodox Church, Every Mosque (well apparently not Every Mosque) and the vast majority of Protestant Churches in the country, (at least the ones that are growing).   If they are not welcome neither is the business of any person of faith who doesn’t bend to the pressure media and money can provide, a pressure that the President wilted against.

We have reached the point from the legality of Gay Marriage in Massachusetts, to the Mayor of the largest city in the Commonwealth publicly declaring in effect:  If your business dare oppose the liberal politically correct position , your enterprise doesn’t belong in our enlightened city.

This has happened in the space of a decade, after being assured that “Gay Marriage” would have no effect on anyone else.

So when you on the left tell us, assure us, and promise us that if we on the right agree to just a little bit of Gun Control, you have our word that we have no designs on your personal firearms or anything else, you’ll pardon us for declaring:

You Lie!

If we are stupid enough to believe you on gun control then we deserve to lose the rights we are fighting to defend.

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn, Stay tuned for my visit to the nearest Chick-Fil-A (Had to go to NH to do it). Remember tomorrow 10 a.m. Clayton Cramer will be on DaTechGuy on daRadio talking his new book and in the second hour call 888-9-fedora and you can talk Chick-Fil-A and guns with me directly on WCRM AM 830

Update 2: So it’s the Bigot card now eh, OK two can play at that game


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As anyone knows I’m not a big fan of Elizabeth Warren politically (I’ve never met the lady, I’ve heard she’s rather nice rather nice person) and I certainly don’t support her for Senator. But while I’m amused by the grief she is getting over the lilly-white photo lets point out a few things:

  • It’s the middle of Summer younger people in college or high school have free time
  • The Unemployment rate is high, it’s even higher among the young and even higher among young people of color
  • I doubt the Elizabeth Warren Campaign (or any campaign) would turned away a young person of color who volunteered

Now I would submit and suggest that the whole dependency culture message of the Democrats should naturally turn off minorities, the whole condescending: “You can’t make it without me and the Government” business is a thumb in the eye while the GOP message of: “You can do it and we’ll get Government out of the way” is one of confidence.

However I am led to believe that there area fair number of of people of color who disagree with me here and overwhelming support the left, but his picture doesn’t suggest it.

The success of the Tea Party electorally is due to the willingness of people to get involved, and give work and time to causes they believe in, and despite the cries of “Astroturf” by Pelosi there isn’t a bunch of Koch money funding them.

You run with the volunteers you have. Elizabeth Warren has been running for quite a while. If you are a member of the GOP like me sure, I can look at that picture and laugh, maybe I’d joke: “What are you talking about? I’ll bet all of those folks are 1/32 Cherokee.”

But if I’m Elizabeth Warren I have two choices: I can pull an SEIU and pay people of color to show up as if they are volunteers AstroTurfing the pictures or I can take the shot with the people who actually show up.

So young leftist I’m sure Warren would have been happy to have your face in that shot, if you weren’t in the picture it’s your fault not hers.

Of course If I was you, I’d head on down to the Scott Brown HQ instead….


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that is being reported at

Maffei has opened up a four-point lead over Buerkle, 44 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll of likely voters conducted by the Democratic polling firm Normington, Petts and Associates of Washington, D.C…The poll, conducted July 16 through July 18, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points, suggesting the race is essentially a tossup.

This poll comes to you courtesy of the SEIU and a Democrat Pac

The House Majority PAC/SEIU poll of 400 likely voters in the 24th District found Maffei leading Buerkle 44 percent to 40 percent, with Green Party candidate Ursula Rozum supported by five percent of voters. Eleven percent of voters are undecided.

I seem to recall the Syracuse paper pushing a poll showing Buerkle down 12 points. And when all was said and done Buerkle won by several hundred votes.

So if I’m Ann Marie Buerkle and the post is reporting me trailing within the margin of error, I’m feeling pretty good about my chances this time around. If the polling pushed is as accurate as last time she must be up at least 5.

But that shouldn’t be a surprise, she has three advantages she didn’t have before.

1. She is an incumbent instead of being an unknown.

2. Obama will be voted on next congress

and most important of all, the single thing that will drive more votes to the GOP than anything else:

Obama is on the ballot!

That more than anything else is going to be a godsend for Republicans nationwide.


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Question: Why is your investment in ads on DaTechGuy on DaRadio and DaTechGuy Blog and DaTipJar a better deal than investing in Tina Brown and Newsweek?

Newsweek’s staff is in a tizzy because word is the Golden Suckers Goose has decided to stop laying:

IAC Chairman Barry Diller made the announcement during a quarterly conference call, saying the New York-based company aims to curb investments in the business. Newsweek is projected to lose as much as $22 million this year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Still, Diller stopped short of saying the magazine would undergo a “total” shift online.

This decision to not lose 22 million a year seems to make a lot of sense. Meanwhile this news has sent Newsweek and Daily Beast folks into a panic forcing a reaction from Tina Brown:

Oops sorry, Her statements thus:

In an internal memo republished in The New York Times, and with the subject line “Scaremongering,” Brown wrote:

Barry Diller would like to make it clear that he did not say on the earnings call as reported that Newsweek is going digital in September.

She then laided out several points to support her statement. Robert Stacy McCain saw these points commenting:

How is a brand “strong,” in a business sense, when it is synonymous with catastrophic financial losses?

And this is a situation that he commented on two years ago when it all started:

The investors can expect to lose a crapload of cash in the process. The New Yorker reportedly lost $42 million in three years (1995-97) under Ms. Brown’s editorship. Talk lost an impressive $80 million during its two-year existence. Whatever else you might say about Tina Brown, she’s undeniably brilliant at convincing investors to lose money on her projects.

So the investors are talking a wash, and the employees?

What that will likely mean — if you read between the lines – is a hiring freeze, at the very minimum, and the possibility of significant layoffs.

In other words, the gravy-train years at the Daily Beast are coming to an end

Now that’s what it means for the Magazine and the employees, but what does it mean for the advertisers? Forbes drops a hint:

Frankly, it’s not her own employees Brown needs to worry about so much as advertisers. I’m told that the publisher of at least one other weekly title has instructed salespeople to use the fresh uncertainty over Newsweek’s continued existence as leverage to lure business away. If Diller was undecided about Newsweek’s viability before he spoke up on today’s call, he may have settled the matter with his remarks.

So Newsweek’s advertisers are looking for an alternative. Might I suggest DaTechGuy on DaRadio and DaTechGuy blog.

Let’s consider.

Newsweek has a large group of writers both regular and guest and a huge staff to back them up.

I do it myself with the odd post by RoxeAnne DeLuca and John Weston in the studio with me.

Newsweek last year lost $35 Million dollars while drawing approximately 200 times the traffic I do on the web side.

Meanwhile for $30,000 an advertiser can purchase twelve minutes per week of advertising on DaTechGuy on DaRadio (the remaining unsold inventory) broadcast on a 50,000 watt station reaching all New England while getting placement on DaTechGuy Blog for an entire year.

Or if your advertising needs are less ambitious you can purchase a years time on both the radio show and the blog for as little as $1100 for a full year!

As for Tip Jar hitters who want to advance conservatism I will grant that Newsweek’s Alexa Rank as of this morning is #1142 worldwide and my rank is 338,424 (still in the top #150 of conservative blogs) and Tina Brown gets a lot more TV time than me but your $10, $20 $100 or more will be supporting journalism and opinion on the local, state, congressional and presidential level without paying for all the extravagance of a media diva.

I don’t claim to be Newsweek I’m one man, if I had that $60k a year in hand it would still be road trips to cover events, maybe the odd flight to DC and beyond to cover bigger things and perhaps a road trip rented car to cover congressional campaigns others have missed. It will be only what one guy can do in a day while still living a normal life. You won’t get a glossy mag. Just blog posts, Youtube Videos augmented by 50,000 watts of AM Radio every week.

Bottom line, I submit and maintain you will get value for your money without having to lose a fortune.

By the authority granted to me by his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm the Second I pronounce you man and wife – proceed with the execution.

The African Queen 1951

…is hitting the Mayor of Boston over his Chick-Fil-A stance

which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.

you know this is trouble. Not for Menino, Boston is so liberal he is more likely to die of old age before being voted out. The globe understands the trouble this makes nationally in an election year.

Ironically, Menino is citing the specific location along the Freedom Trail as a reason to block Chick-fil-A. A city in which business owners must pass a political litmus test is the antithesis of what the Freedom Trail represents. History will render judgment on the views of Chick-fil-A executives. City Hall doesn’t have to.

That’s why they pen such a conservative editorial to wit, supporting the right of private institutions to make decisions

The situation was different when Northeastern University blocked a proposed Chick-fil-A amid student protests. In that case, a private institution made its own decision not to bring the company in as a vendor.

A lot of people angry at the Boy Scouts would be shocked at that sentence coming from the Boston Globe, but the editorial board knows how to count and they covered all those votes for Gay Marriage that lost so they understand what’s good for the goose…

But using the power of government to freeze the company out of a city sends a disturbing message to all businesses. If the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.

…could come out and bite you.

This is why I’ve never understood liberals willingness to give government more power, (nor some conservatives) except in extreme emergencies. This principle SHOULD unite conservatives & liberals, political winds change you should never give coercive power to a government that will sooner or later be controlled by your political foes.

Via Allahpundit at HotAir who thinks Memino is grandstanding (he’s right) and bluntly says he hopes it increases traffic (I second the motion)

One more thing, back when Menino was elected I was very happy, he was the first Italian Mayor in Boston and I was all for him for that reason. His performance proves that one should be wary of supporting a leader based on the placement of vowels in his name, or pigmentation.

Update: Michael Graham (whose op-ed on this yesterday was awesome, retweeted this one this morning

Hey it’s apparently OK with Mayor Menino to call for the death of gays as long as you let them marry first. I have a much better twitter solution:


It just hit me, it won’t just hurt nationally, this won’t help Elizabeth Warren. If she is smart she will jump on this saying: “I support Gay Marriage but we can’t pushing business’ based on personal beliefs.”

Is she willing to say such a think that will win votes but anger her Hollywood money base?

Update 2:  Added African queen quote

Update 3:the Anchoress

The big deal is simply this: the press put aside context and decided to paint this company as some radically-religious-gay-hating-entity and then let the forces of anger, hate and spite have their way with it. The truth is, one can be a Christian and still be sympathetic to some parts of the so-called “gay agenda” without signing on in toto. One can disagree on the issue of gay marriage — based on scripture, or thousands of years of tradition, or on natural law — without actually hating anyone. But the right to principled opposition is being erased, quickly, and the press is doing all it can to help erase it. We are losing the right to say, “I don’t think the same way you do; my opinions are different.” That matters, a lot.

This is our mainstream press — the people charged with the public trust — and it has moved beyond advocacy and into “search and destroy” mode.

She is also right about the reasons:

And frankly, these are acts born out of insecurity, not security, in one’s own position. It is bringing a sledgehammer to a fight, because you cannot trust your own argument.

When people are afraid of an open argument that tell you a lot about the quality of their position.

Update 4: Legal insurrection notes the double standard isn’t restricted to a Mosque in Boston:. It extends to Chicago as well

Menino and Emanuel have selected evangelical Christians for their selective bullying knowing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no repercussions. Yet they will not take on more powerful groups who espouse far worse views on homosexuality and gay marriage.

This isn’t about anything but pandering.

Update 5: Glenn Reynolds

What I think is funny is that if you have the same view on gay marriage that Obama had when he was elected, now you’re an enemy of humanity or something.

Hey didn’t Mumbles Menino appear with Barack Obama in Boston before he had his epiphany on this issue?

Update 6: Drudge notes the double standard

Update 7: I put in the base tweet that Graham re-tweeted rather than the Graham Tweet. Corrected the write up.
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My review of Jonah Goldberg’s book The Tyranny of clichés is now available at here a peek:

And all this is done in the context of so many pop culture references that it’s hard to turn a page without them. He can start a point quoting Edmund Burke on example and finish with: “Similarly, we don’t all need to fight a land war in Asia or go against a Sicilian when death is on the line” without missing a beat.

The best way to put it Imagine if Firing Line was done in the style of Family Guy by a conservative writer and you will understand what to expect.

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Yesterday I went to Fitchburg State University to cover the debate between GOP candidates Tom Weaver and Jon Golnik.

When I arrived it was clear which candidate had more organization as a large standout for Jon Golnik in front of the venue.

and a fair amount of signs as well:

I interviewed one of the people standing out:

The number at the standout increased as the night went on.

Tom Weaver had already arrived:

I interviewed him before the debate

The Panel asking questions represented Fitchburg State which hosted the event along with the Sentinel & Enterprise and the Fitchburg Republican City Committee which sponsored the event.

I interviewed Professor Weizer before the debate:

along with Steve DiNatale the Democrat rep for Fitchburg:

I then saw Jon Golnek and he gave me some time before things started:

FSU’s president moderated the debate:

Unfortunately due to water main break phones and internet is down but a reporter from the Sentinel/Enterprise with an air card was live tweeting

The candidates sat next to each other

I took a pan of the crowd

and things got underway

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Today Politico, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the Moderate Voice all breathlessly report that while the negative campaign has brought down the popularity of both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the president leads Mitt by 6 points in the latest NBC/WSJ poll.

I was at the Weaver/Golnik debate so I missed the release of the poll but Allahpundit was home and noticed something important.

The 2008 national exit poll sample, taken when Hopenchange fever was at its zenith, was 39D/32R/29I, or D+7. This one, after three years of Obamanomics dreck, is somehow D+11 if you include leaners and D+12(!) if you don’t. Anyone feel like taking these results seriously?

Bottom line in a poll 46% Democrat and 35% Republican, yet with an 11 point advantage the president only manages a 6 point lead.

It gets more interesting if you look at the internals.

One of the topics asked about was Obamacare, according to the internals 40% of the respondents favored it while 44% opposed it.

So in the poll the number of people who supported Obamacare was 13% below the total number of Democrats in the poll, while the number of people who opposed Obamacare was over 25% greater than the number of Republicans polled.

The obvious question is this. Considering that we are in an internet age and the internals of this poll are available why on earth would NBC/WSJ even bother to release a poll so skewed that it can be debunked in about 19 seconds?

The answer lies in the links I lead with. Each of the sites primary audience consists of leftists and none of them mention the D11 split.

This poll has nothing to do with reporting the state of the race, it has everything to do with convincing the left that president Obama is not in the trouble he is in.

For us on the right willing to actually read the internals of this poll and know what it means it says one thing:

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

If they are playing these games in July you can’t imagine what will happen in October.

Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn

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Tonight there will be a debate between the two candidates for the GOP nomination for the 3rd Massachusetts District at Fitchburg State University.

Jon Golnik and Tom Weaver will face off for 90 minutes discussing and debating the issues for the right to take on Nikki Tsongas in the fall.

While GOP nominations in congress usually draw a yawn from the media this particular race has the potential for a lot of trouble for the Democrats. Representative Tsongas is running in a re-drawn district in a year when Obamacare is an issue Congress will be voting on next term. She has, to her credit, forthrightly defended her vote

DaTechGuy: The president’s healthcare plan has been upheld as constitutional will you be campaigning on support for that plan?

Congresswoman Tsongas: Absolutely, I’ve been a strong supporter for it from the outset. We need to provide adequate healthcare for the millions of Americans who do not have it and we need to work very hard at bringing down the cost so that we can all afford to buy the insurance we need.

but that vote might prove painful in this new district when you look at Scott Brown’s margin from just two years ago.

in the cities and town that now constitute the Massachusetts 3rd district the margin was more impressive:

Brown 57% 129521
Coakley 42% 95820
Kennedy <1% 2181

That’s a 15 point difference in an election that Brown won by less than 5 points overall.

With those numbers and Scott Brown on the Ballot again, this becomes a race to watch.

The debate is tonight: Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00-8:30 at Fitchburg State University, Kent Recital Hall in the Conlon Building. It is being co-sponsored by the Fitchburg Republican City Committee and Sentinel and Enterprise

I’ll be there, I hope to see you there too.


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Babalu Blog’s Val Pierto sent out this tweet this morning concerning the death of Cuban Democracy Activist Oswaldo Payá

As you would expect Babalu Blog has been all over this story With 19 posts since the story of Payá death broke

Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, an engineer and prominent figure in the political opposition in Cuba died this Sunday afternoon after a car accident close to Bayamo on the eastern part of the island. He was 60 years old.

According to sources from Havana, Payá, the founder and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement (MCL), was traveling via automobile with three other persons when a truck ran into them and pushed them off the road, causing the tragic incident.

A death that “doesn’t pass the smell test

Consider the fact that Payá was in eastern Cuba, far from his Havana home, and that movement in Cuba’s police monitored for all Cubans and that certainly castroite officials in the area new a well-known dissident was in their province. Also consider the fact that there simply aren’t that many vehicles in Cuba, especially outside of Havana. That’s not to say there aren’t accidents there, most of the vehicles and roads are in disrepair, but the castro dictatorship doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt in these cases. “Cuba experts” often accuse the US of being stuck in a cold-war mentality vis-a-vis Cuba but the truth is it’s the other way around. Staging accidents to kill political opponents is not beyond the pale for this gang of Stasi-trained thugs.

I hate to admit it but Val’s right and I’m guilty. Until right now I haven’t said a word about Oswaldo Payá’s death. But do you know who has:

Mitt Romney today made the following statement on the death of Cuban activist Osvaldo Paya:

“The cause of freedom in Cuba has lost one of its strongest voices and respected leaders yesterday. The news of Osvaldo Paya’s death is profoundly heartbreaking and infuriating. The circumstances surrounding Mr. Paya’s death again raise questions about the pattern of conduct by a despotic regime that is constantly seeking ways to annihilate all internal dissent while the world stands in silence. The international community should demand that the facts concerning Paya’s death be accurately determined and that the surviving witnesses be protected. Ann and I wish to convey our deepest condolences to the Paya family and to Cuba’s pro-democracy movement for the loss of Osvaldo Paya, a man of extraordinary courage, conviction, and peace.”

When the likely next president of the United States openly questions if the Castro regime murdered Osvaldo Paya that’s a national story.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday that the death of a prominent Cuban dissident in an apparent automobile accident raises “questions” about the Castro regime’s potential involvement.

Particularly when you contrast it to the reaction of the Obama Administration’s response:

The Republicans’ remarks are in sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s more muted response, which offered no hint of allegations against the communist regime.

Of course they didn’t, why would anyone who has been paying attention expect otherwise?

As the president said in his new adwe have a choice between two very different plans for our country.” This event and the relative reactions to it, certainly confirms it.

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It does not matter what armor or weapons you may have acquired, Turk. You are an idiot. I do not employ idiots.

The Kingpin (to Turk) Daredevil # 186

On Morning Joe today they talked this new Obama ad.

It’s not very fancy, just the President talking to the camera calming declaring this election is a choice one vision vs another. Highly underplayed.

In terms of all we’ve seen before it’s a good idea. No fuss, no muss, calm etc. In terms of what he wants to do it’s the best ad he’s run because it emphasizes a choice between two directions for the country.

Unfortunately for the president this ad doesn’t address the main problem he faces with the pubic, the record they have lived with for the last 3 1/2 years.

I’ve stated the president needs to establish two things with the public before he can make a contrast with Romney:

1. Things aren’t so bad OR Yeah things are bad but it’s not my fault.

2. You should trust me to do the job even though I haven’t succeeded in doing it yet.

The strategy seems to be: Ignore these problems altogether. The thought apparently is if we pretend the last four years didn’t happen the public might as well. I just don’t see that happening.

It’s still a good ad, and better than anything he has run yet, in a vacuum it might help, but without a strategy to explain away the last four years, it won’t be enough.

I guess you run for re-election with president you have.

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Two very interesting things to note about the Updated list of top conservative bloggers put out by Doug Ross.

First of all I’ve made the list officially for the first time at #139. I’d like to thank all of my readers for their help in getting me there. With your help we’ll stay there and do even better next quarter.

Secondly do you recall this line from my under the Fedora Column Morale Ratings and Old Yellowstain earlier this month?

Robert Stacy McCain is now in his 48th day of covering the Brett Kimberlin story knocking off a total of 60 posts. Glenn Reynolds has instalanched him 42 times in that 48 days.

In my experience an Instalanche brings anywhere from 5000-10,000 hits the first day and say another 10-20% of that number the next, say 5500-12,000 hits overall, multiply that by 42 days and you get between 231,000 & 504,000 in 42 days.

Considering how much attention a single instalanche brings. Can you imagine regularly daily instalanches brings to a subject that people might wish are not discussed?

Apparently Stacy couldn’t because when he saw his ranking at Doug Ross he didn’t believe it not even after a correction dropped him to #67 from #34:

Frankly, I have profound skepticism even about the revised list: Does our traffic actually outrank, inter alia,, and the Media Research Center. I don’t think so.

42 Instalanches in 49 days. I believe it.

As I said that day:

Kimberlin must be kicking himself for contacting Mrs. The Other McCain’s employer.

That is pretty good revenge isn’t it?


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This Wall Street Journal story shows in a city with a large enough population like New York you can find a niche market for about everything.

New York is known for its food niche stores: The Hummus Place. The Doughnut Plant. The Dumpling Man. Even a spot dedicated solely to rice pudding.

But this week, a store in the East Village went a step further: It sells New York City tap water.

Via Hot Air’s Greenroom in a piece appropriately titled:  Emperor’s-new-clothes alert

Considering New Yorkers’ jaded palates and their tireless pursuit of new culinary thrills and spills, don’t be surprised if Molecule catches on.

The whole “discriminating palate” business is subjective so it would not surprise me if many critics find it appealing although at least one notes the expensive filtering process might have produced unexpected results:

My notes say “tannic” — a term usually applied to an unpleasant astringency in too-young wine.

All that purging yielded an unnatural-tasting result.

The least surprising line from the Wall Street Story is the one identifying the owners of the business:

Alexander Venet, a local art dealer and restaurant owner, and Mr. Ruhf, a former world champion boomerang player, musician and self-described social-justice activist

Talk about hitting stereotypes on the nose.

A final thought, if this business shows even the least sign of success in the next 30 days the Obama campaign fundraising team need to hire these guys. If they can sell New York Tap water for people they might be able to reverse their fundraising woes.


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Last week in Bow NH I asked John Jackson, a Scott Brown Supporter a question:

“Do you think as a person from Massachusetts that the national reaction to that speech might actually backfire in Massachusetts towards Elizabeth Warren as well to the favor of Scott Brown?”

John said it was very hard to tell.

This weekend noting the president’s dash away from the words he appropriated from Elizabeth Warren, the one member of congress running toward him I asked another question:

If Elizabeth Warren is too left for Barack Obama ya think she might be too left to beat Scott Brown?

Today Scott Brown released an ad that answered that question:

The ad is Brilliant! It quotes Kennedy, Clinton, LBJ, Ford and Reagan and their messages of praise for the American entrepreneur with the speeches of the president and of Elizabeth Warren with the words:

How did we go from this…to This?

Once a one minute version of this ad starts playing it’s going to be devastating. Why because as Ed Morrissey notes it contrasts yesterdays Democrats with the current lot:

It’s the use of traditional Democrats that’s most effective, though, and one suspects the claiming of the Kennedy mantle that will most sting Warren and the Democrats in Massachusetts. The ad reminds voters that this isn’t their fathers’ Democratic Party any longer — a point Joe Lieberman made last week — and that Warren and Obama represent extremes on the Left that remain very much disconnected with mainstream American attitudes about enterprise and the role of government.

That has been the biggest advantage for the left in Massachusetts, they have been living off the legacy of JFK and others when the only resemblance they have with them is the letter “D”.

This is going to be devastating to Warren in an election where she needs to find votes outside her normal comfort zone.

Be Afraid Democrats, be VERY afraid.

Update: Greg Sargant Media Matter’s favorite MSM echo is calling Brown a liar, that means he is right on target. If that wasn’t proof enough the Maddow Blog Kos and Charles Johnson have joined in (no links for them). This suggests this is a real game changer and they know it.

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Last week when yet another terrorist attack was made against Jewish tourists in Bulgaria this blog was silent concerning it.

This was by design, my readers have been made well aware of the targeting of Jews and the rise of radical Islam so I thought we’d see how the rest of the media would deal with a very prominent terrorist attack.

In case you missed it this is what happened:

A deadly explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside an airport in Bulgaria was “clearly a terrorist attack,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday.

This was apparently a case of “If at first you don’t succeed try try again

The terror attack at the Bulgaria airport is an almost exact repeat of the attack thwarted by Bulgarian security forces in January of this year. Back then, a bus full of Israeli tourists was supposed to be blown up using explosives snuck into it. Yet this time around there was no warning, and the murderous terror attack was not curbed. The flight in question was a Bulgarian charter, and such flights – as well as the buses that carry their passengers – are not secured.

Both President Obama:

President Barack Obama is strongly condemning a “barbaric terrorist attack” against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria.

Obama says his thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and he calls the attacks against innocent civilians “completely outrageous.” He says the U.S. will stand with its allies and work to “identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.”

and Mitt Romney

“The terrorist attack today in Bulgaria is a sobering reminder that the scourge of terrorism continues to threaten all free people. My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and to all Israelis who have been the targets of such brutal and cowardly violence for so long. We must stand together in the fight against terrorism, and we must prevail.”

along with the UN security counsel condemned it.

While the usual suspects indymedia and Pravda blamed Israel (as if the cold war never ended) sane media such as the Washington Post:

THE BOMBING of a bus in Bulgaria filled with Israeli tourists on Wednesday underlines the grim fact that Iran is waging a war of terrorism. Using the territory of countries across the world, working sometimes through proxies like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and sometimes with its own forces, Tehran has been intentionally targeting not just diplomats of enemies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia but also civilians.

The Bulgaria bombing, in which five Israelis were killed, was the ninth plot pinned on Iran this year and the third this month: Similar attacks in Kenya and Cyprus were foiled. In February, an Israeli diplomat’s wife was injured in a car bombing in New Delhi, and other attacks failed in Georgia and Thailand. Last October, the Justice Department charged two Iranians in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington by bombing a Georgetown restaurant.


The bus bomb attack on Israeli tourists at Bulgaria’s Burgas Airport represents the first significant success for what some have alleged are Iranian-backed terrorists who have mounted a sustained campaign against Israeli diplomats and tourists around the world.

Just a few days before the Burgas attack, a suspected Hezbollah operative was reportedly arrested in Cyprus. He was found with information on resorts, flight schedules and tour bus companies frequented by Israeli tourists. However, the Israeli Counter Terrorism Bureau didn’t issue a specific travel warning to tourists following this arrest.

were less shy about naming the attackers and condemning them.

Unfortunately while condemnations are nice some of the actions of the UN and our own diplomats have been less that inspiring, to wit:

Earlier this month, U.S. Under Secretary of State Maria Otero delivered a speech at the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Madrid, in which she failed even to mention Israel as a country that has experienced terrorism.

“Last September at the official launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, I had the privilege to introduce the premier of a film ‘Hear their Voices,’ which tells the stories of eleven survivors of terrorist attacks from Pakistan, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Spain, Colombia, and the United States,” she said.

When Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee asked Otero why she hadn’t mentioned the Israelis as people who have suffered from terrorism, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell momentarily tripped over his words, before responding that “I don’t have the details of the undersecretary’s speech.”

Strangely enough this type of thing doesn’t seem to be an odd move in the Hillary Clinton State Department

in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted the first U.S.-sponsored Global Counterterrorism Forum. The event brought representatives from many countries, including Saudi Arabia — long known for spreading the radical Wahhabist ideology to which many terrorists adhere — but with one conspicuous absence.

The United States appears not to have invited Israel, a country with a long track record of combating terrorism.

One Israeli diplomat told The Times of Israel that “the Turks are currently not behaving in a very helpful manner,” and they go to great lengths to block the presence of Israel at international events. It is unclear if Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, himself strong-armed the U.S. State Department.

Turkey strong arming the US state department to exclude Israel, and succeeding? Amazing, well maybe not

Washington, long wary of Islamists and an ally of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Mursi’s win. Mursi formally resigned from the group when he won the presidency.

maybe not at all:

President Barack Obama has invited Egypt’s newly elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, to visit the United States in September, an Egyptian official said on Sunday, reflecting the new ties Washington is cultivating with the region’s Islamists.

And what happens when you see the US green lighting Islamists? Stuff like this:

Airport officials say Egypt is allowing Palestinians free entry into the country, ending part of a five-year blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The decision means Palestinians can freely leave Gaza. It also applies to Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

and this:

Gunshots fired across the border from Egypt on Sunday hit an Israeli army bus but caused no casualties, a military spokeswoman said.

The attack, in the central sector of the porous desert frontier, may heighten Israeli fears of an erosion of security in the Egyptian Sinai given the political upheaval in Cairo.

When you look at the terror attacks, and the US government’s unprecedented exclusion of Israel combined with the unprecedented cooperation and support Islamists have received by the Obama Administration and the Hillary Clinton state department (even to the point of the personal intervention of Sec Clinton on behalf of a Muslim Brotherhood bigwig) the question isn’t why members of congress like Michelle Bachmann are asking questions about the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies the question is why aren’t more people asking these questions and why are others so determined to marginalize those who do?

BTW I am just as outraged over death threats against Huma Abedin as I am against the death threats Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, Wafa Sultan Ayaan Hirsi Ali regularly receive. I’m just as upset that Huma Abedin needs additional security as I am that Pam, Robert, Ayaan, Wafa and Brigitte Gabriel need security on a regular basis whenever they appear and speak. I trust those in an uproar this morning can say the same.

If not why not?

Update: Jihad watch ads an interesting twist to the story:

As you can see from the screenshot above, Yahoo headlined this story “Bachmann’s accusations lead to threat against Huma Abedin,” thereby giving the impression that some greasy Islamophobe, driven mad by Bachmann’s “hate speech,” had threatened the pure, the innocent, the unjustly accused Abedin. Only when you go to the original story do you find out that it was a Muslim who threatened Abedin. Was he expecting not to get caught, and hoping to give the impression that some counter-jihadist had threatened her, thereby advancing her claim to victim status and discrediting her accusers, as in the cases of so many Muslims who have faked hate crimes against themselves? Or is he an anti-Muslim Brotherhood but nonetheless violent-minded Muslim?

Apparently some death threats by Muslims are more equal than others.

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If you want to find out why there is a tea party movement take a look of this interview:

Listen to the arrogance described and his amazing story of being voted out of a public event because his presence made his opponent “uncomfortable”.

Multiply that attitude in districts all around the nation and violá, you have a grass-roots candidates springing up all around the nation.

Chuck is running in the 3rd Middlesex district in Massachusetts his website is here.

I haven’t done a new Saturday Diner in a while. Today we do the Broadway in Worcester Mass.

It sits the canal section of the city.

The Broadway is open for Breakfast lunch and dinner and holds about 80.

I was there before my show with Joe Mangiacotti of Out with Joe

You can find his dining out show Sunday’s at noon on WROL Boston.

Note that along with some interesting specials (prime ribs and eggs for example) including breakfast cocktail selections available.

Although I know Joe likes Eggs Benedict he decided to go with the Banjo ham and eggs special from the board:

I had the eggs over easy and sausage

What stood out to me was the toast, the bread was thick and tasty. Joe, a frequent guest at the Broadway, informed me it came from a local bakery. They as an all day establishment do accept plastic, the Broadway does. It’s also worth noting that Joe pointed out a collection of restaurants and watering holes opening in the area which seems to be an up and coming one for Worcester.

One final thing the Broadway is located at Kaplan square named for Sgt Harold Kaplan who died in England during World War 2.

We tend to walk by these memorials too quickly. After you enjoy your breakfast or lunch at the Broadway make sure you take a moment to look at the memorial stone and remember Sgt. Kaplan and the folks like him who never came home.


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Question: How far left is Elizabeth Warren?

Before a murderer in Colorado decided to change the subject, an incredible shift in the national conversation, one so significant that it threatened to undo millions of dollars of ad buys from the White House, was taking place concerning the president’s remarks in Virginia.

While not considered newsworthy by the MSM, those words, pounced upon by the Romney Campaign, threaten to put the president in an untenable political position. This forced the White House and it’s allies to attempt to spin them away.

Unfortunately for their efforts: Barack Obama was NOT the first national pol to make this point. Former Obama Administration Elizabeth Warren made it nearly a year ago.

While the national publicity for her race against Scott Brown, a race the Democrats consider their best hope for a Senate Pick up, has died down, her popularity in general remains high with liberals, and the Hollywood fundraising base, A base that gave her speech over 900,000 views.

Given the President’s campaign and money woes I submit and suggest, needing to excite a depressed base, his team made a deliberate decision to appropriate Warren’s words based on their popularity among the far left & media.

That’s the irony, the Obama campaign deliberately did this to themselves but that’s not the final irony…

…even as the White House and the president runs from his words Elizabeth Warren? She’s dashing toward them:

Elizabeth Warren yesterday came to the defense her former boss President Obama’s controversial statement that businesses’ owners can’t take credit for their success, repeating her own campaign line that, “nobody got rich on their own.”

Warren’s reiteration of her statement — which became an iconic and controversial cornerstone of her campaign — comes as conservatives have leapt on Obama for saying “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

And that’s what’s so funny:

As campaign after campaign runs from Barack Obama as Nancy Pelosi urges candidates to avoid the president re-nomination convention for their electoral survival how does the president react to Elizabeth Warren the one candidate willing to back him up?

He is running away from her, for the very same reason.

If that doesn’t scream…

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

…I’d like to know what does?

Exit question: If Elizabeth Warren is too left for Barack Obama ya think she might be too left to beat Scott Brown?

Update: More on the president’s money woes here.

Update 2: The Washington Post spins

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I regret to say it has reached the point in our society that people figure a moment of mass murder is an excellent chance to score political points. As our friends have decided to do this left me answer them briefly:

On Brian Ross and ABC news who breathlessly blamed the Tea Party for these murders:

I submit and suggest that if the killer James Holmes had been a convert to Islam and told the police “God is great” rather than “I’m the Joker” Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos would have been telling people on Good Morning America not to be jumping to conclusions or tarring an entire religion for one man’s actions.

On Piers Morgan and others trying to use this as a reason to gut the 2nd Amendment:

I submit the following passage from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s excellent book Escape From Hell

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they now be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

You really should buy that book , but you might want to pick up the first volume in the series Inferno first.

Might I suggest that it takes very little effort or discretion to show self-restraint

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At 10 a.m. when I arrived the Dirt Parking Lot was already full as volunteers in golf carts shuttled new arrivals to the entrance way to the event.

A Romney volunteer named Rick Christie was driving one of two golf carts. He had been a Romney man back in 2008 and was delighted to see him at the top of the ticket today.

After Rick Dropped me off I spoke to a group of Romney Volunteers at the main entrance.

It was very apparent that unlike last year’s event in Concord the Volunteer staff was more relaxed as a lot more of the grass-roots were involved.

I talked to a familiar face Sheriff Scott Hillard who I’d interviewed in the past.

We talked about the inexplicable decision of the Obama Campaign to adopt Elizabeth Warren’s Language and how that decision may be a sing of the insular nature of the left.

At the press check-In table again the contrast to the events before the Governor secured the nomination was apparent. The tension of the primary campaign was gone and people freely discussed the current events of the campaign. We chatted as I signed in and talked about Mitt Romney.

One of the men noted Mitt was generally a very reserved person but once he got to know you tends to open up. This is an excellent description of the campaign as Romney seems to have grown on the stump, particularly when he has the company of his wife but especially since the conversation turned to small business a topic right in the campaign’s sweet spot.

There was already a line of people waiting to enter. One of them a young man named John with a Scott Brown T-Shirt immediately stood out and we talked

Again the topic of Elizabeth Warren came up. It makes one wonder if the President’s adoption of her speech might boomerang into the Massachusetts Senate race to the benefit of Scott Brown.

This was the first time I had encountered the Secret Service at an event since I started as a blogger (although I had run into them at a Palin event during the 2008 campaign. I don’t tend to travel light so the emptying of my pockets, bags etc looked like something you might see if Tom Baker or Harpo Marx every passed through such as checkpoint.

One in the press area (It’s amazing to see the difference four letters “W-C-R-N” have in a situation like this). I started to get settled. As usually the reporters were spending the majority of their time talking to each other and smoozing as might be expected of people who had seen event after event every day.

I choose a spot where I could see each person as they entered so I could grab a shot

Or an interview

For most of the press this was not a source of excitement, the traveling media had seen Mitt over and over. There was however a little bit of excitement for the media: Ari Shapiro of NPR apparently had used some kind of tape to hold his power supply together and when he plugged it in to the Surge protectors the resulting combination of smoke as everything shorted out quickly drew people with earpieces.

It turned out to be a minor thing and the source of a few laughs, even from Ari who rushed out and found a replacement power supply at a nearby Staples (Thanks Mitt!) making it back with 30 minutes to spare.

The waiting continued as people kept arriving about 250 chairs were set up for the public.

I spotted a fellow with a Mitt Sticker on his hat so naturally he had to be interviewed.

His observations on Mitt’s evolution in dealing with the public is something that people who have covered him have observed for a bit.

As we got closer to the starting bell the Secret Service checked everyone out, various members of the press photographers looked for the best stop for their shots and I explained my Virbram five-finger shoes to Steven Alex Miller of the NY Post.

As it got closer to the start time and the sun got hotter people became more antsy, volunteers went into the crowd giving out water.

While this was going on I noticed what looked like (to me) a Franciscan Friar being escorted to the area behind the stage.

And then everything changed.

Congressman Charlie Bass who had been behind the stage came out and sat with the crowd and to everyone surprise the first person introduced was Anglican Priest Fr. Christian Tutor who offered a prayer for the dead in Colorado

He was followed by Senator Kelly Ayotte, her words were less of a political speech and more of the intro to a memorial service

She was followed by Governor Romney, his words were exclusively about the event of early this morning in Colorado

Gone was the speech no doubt planned for the small business setting, instead it was all about what was most precious in life. The Governor spoke for less than four minutes.

When he was done the people seemed a bit confused as if their time in the hot sun would be for only a few minutes of a speech, but they were soon to find out they were wrong.

Governor Romney, Senator Ayotte and Fr. Christian formed a receiving line

and greeted each person as they left in turn.

as if it was a wake for fellow Americans.

They greeted every person in turn, without photos or autographs or any of the normal political trappings other than the secret service on the job

As the line moved I briefly talked to Congressman Charlie Bass (R-NH) about the event

Then returned to the press area. As the last person left the line I called over Fr. Tutor who consented to an interview, while I was shooting Governor Romney came over and thanked him

Fr. Tutor explained he was contacted only 30 min before the event. That suggests the change in tone was decided in the final hour before things took place

At this point I headed back, as the buses came to take people to the parking area I spoke to a member of the crowd about the event.

As for myself, some might debate if Mitt Romney can fix the economy, if he will be conservative enough or what kind of justices he might appoint to the court, but today we discovered something important about the Governor. At a time of crisis and national tragedy, he certainly proved he could be presidential.


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come in. I saw a young man in a Scott Brown T-Shirt and It seemed to contain more of the Grass roots and
Ari Shperio

…and all the others in the Brett Kimberlin Crowd that I’ve ignored during the past week.

While they might be advancing one particular goal this election cycle:

The thing I hate the most about my stalkers is that every moment I spend dealing with them is a moment I’m not spending on the upcoming election. It’s not just the presidential election that’s important, we need conservatives in the Senate and House if we’re going to roll back the destructive policies implemented in the past few years. I haven’t had time to write about the rematch between Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle and her uber-statist opponent Dan Maffei, or any other race, for that matter. I guess that’s all by design

which suggests a financed and deliberate strategy let me remind them of several things.

#1. There are a lot more of us then there are of them, the only reason Zilla’s list isn’t longer is it hasn’t become more known. If we can’t cover events believe me we can link to people who do.

#2. As you might have already noticed over 80 congressmen have signed a letter asking for the AG to investigate the Swattings and other members of congress have been asked about it. As bloggers continue to cover events be sure that we will continue to ask these questions of candidates. The moment someone manages to get this question asked to Mitt Romney and Answered on Camera the heat is going to be on.

#3 Although he spent a few days covering other news. Robert Stacy McCain one of the great pure reporters has devoted an incredible amount of time to this story and that information like a public fart on youtube is out there forever.

#4 This is already in the courts via this suit by Aaron Walker and others on a federal level and these suits will continue forward. They will not likely be resolved before the election but they WILL be resolved.

#5 Unless you are fast forwarding through ads as Obama has requested you might have figured out in January there is going to be a different AG and a different administration. What do you think the odds are that they will ignore the request of 80+ members of congress on this particularly since the targets of this harassment are their political allies?

And THAT’s the big point. It’s going to happen. The full force of the US legal system is going to come and it’s not going to be pretty.

That gives you three choices:

1. Stop now and hope that once this stops it is forgotten. (Unlikely if nobody else pushes it, Stacy will and the current court cases will continue).

2. Go all in figuring that your own hope is to somehow take Obama over the finish line. (Even less likely)

3. States EVIDENCE NOW! Your best chance is to do this NOW! while there is still a friendly AG in office, but it still can be done in January but I suspect you will have a harder hand against you.

You must choose, but choose wisely.


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This morning we talked about that National Journal article concerning House races as evidence of trouble for Obama. A sharp-eyed reader might note I didn’t cite the Nv-3 race as evidence of Obama’s weakness.

Ah HA! the left might say, You left that district out of your post, is it because there’s evidence in that race, a race named in the party’s Red to Blue program, that contradicts your premise?

Glad you asked.

As the article cited provided no evidence either way lets take a look at the two candidates web sites, their single biggest permanent public platform for clues.

We’ll start with the Incumbent Joe Heck His web site has a very prominent page labeled Issues page the very first item listed is Obamacare:


The Obama health care take over hurts patients and cuts $500 billion from Medicare. Joe Heck is fighting for a better alternative. Joe Heck’s solution supports Nevada’s families by protecting the patient-physician relationship and reducing health care costs. Joe Heck is working to protect Medicare for Nevada’s seniors and preserve it for future generations.

Although he also hits both energy and regulation, both key issues the very first mention in the very first attack is “Obama”.

His “News” page only has four entries but three of those four entries directly hit “Obama” or “Obamacare”

Clearly Dr. Heck is a congressman who has no problem going after President Obama.

Now lets take a look at his opponent John Oceguera.

He doesn’t have an “issues” page on his web site. So I dug into the site and found his: News and updates page. If you go back to May you can find a post called: What I stand for that includes support for Gay Marriage, pulling troops out of Afghanistan and joining in on the “War of Women” meme that was big a few months ago.

If you look at a series of statements here is what you find:

On Immigration:

Moving forward, we need to implement common-sense solutions that start with securing the border, and crack down on employers trafficking in undocumented immigrants.

and that’s what he says while backing this administrations policy.

On the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling he put out a statement saying it’s time “Washington Moved on”. When Congressman Heck voted for repeal he said:

Instead of focusing on getting our economy back on track and getting Nevadans back to work, Joe Heck and House Republicans voted for the 31st time to go back to a time when insurance companies dictated patient care decisions. I’m shocked, but not surprised.

Not a direct endorsement of Obamacare

That’s all interesting but the question remains: “Is there anything on this site that directly speaks to the National race? The answer lies not in what is easily found on his site, but what is not.

John Oceguera is running in a district with “a significant Hispanic population”, a demographic where Obama’s supposedly leads Romney better than 3-1 against a Tea Party opponent in one of the few states where the left one a close race during the “Big Red Wave” of 2010.

So in that environment in the last year of entries has John Oceguera, a man the Democrat party named to “a list of priority candidates” mention President Obama the party leader on his site?

Once on April 17th in an entry titled…

Reagan was right

I rest my case.

Oh BTW I gave the Oceguera campaign a call early this morning. I got a call back from a fellow named Adam Weiss who while a Yankee Fan gave me a bunch of time and was very forthcoming.

I asked him about the single Obama appearance on the web site. He said it was not by design and noted that the candidate had appeared at several Obama office openings (although not with the president himself). I asked if he was planning to go to the convention and he said the candidate would do better talking to voters and focusing on Congressman Heck’s record.

I also asked if his would support the repeal of Obamacare if elected. He said no but demurred on if Mr. Oceguera would have voted for Obamacare saying he is looking at the future not the past. Their focus is Congressman Heck and in a district that has a close split in terms of registration.

None of this suggests his campaign wrong in doing this, in fact If I was Adam I’d be doing the same thing. Focus on my opponent’s record, don’t nationalize the race, emphasis your own strengths.

But as a sign of where things are going for President Obama…be afraid Democrats, be VERY Afraid.

Update: I don’t know what I must have against the National Journal that I can’t tell them from the National Post or National review. Corrected. Thanks to reader J.M. Heinrich for the Catch.


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Nancy Pelosi isn’t releasing any of her tax returns anytime soon:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed back hard Thursday against the notion that congressional leaders should release their tax returns, saying the standard applies only to presidential candidates.

“When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.

I seem to recall that Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the house was 2nd in line for the white house right after the Vice President, and I also seem to recall that was true at the time when we had a VP with a bum heart.

Mrs. Romney has already said “We’ve given all you people need.” but if I’m Mitt I’d say the following.

I’ll release my tax returns when I’m 2nd in line for the Presidency or higher.

That is all.

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