While I was finalizing the car situation this week Stacy McCain was on the road to Tampa filing report after report.

Today he and Ali are on the road home but a problem has come up with the car.

It might make it back, it might not, at best he will have a $300 bill when he gets home, at worst he will need an expensive repair on a holiday weekend.

That stinks.

He needs two things.

One is easy prayer, that can help him make it to the house.

The other is cash, let make sure once he gets there the car can be fixed.

Go over there and hit the freaking Tip Jar, Clint Eastwood would want you to.

Update: Stacy’s post at the local Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center is up,

Sheldon: Amy Farrah Fowler has asked me to meet her mother.

Leonard: Yeah, so.

Sheldon: What does that mean?

Leonard: Well, you know how you’re always saying Amy is a girl who is your friend but not your girlfriend.

Sheldon: Uh huh.

Leonard: Well, you can’t say that anymore.

The Big Bang Theory The Desperation Emanation 2010

Although my Breitbart “Bring it On” video remains the single most popular video I ever shot in terms of total hits (even making MSNBC) the video that constantly gets comments on a weekly basis is Rick Santorum’s answer to a college student during the New Hampshire Primary on the subject of Gay Marriage:

The full nine minutes is a spectacular reasoned argument by Santorum simply knocking it out of the park. The most interesting point was when he posed the following question to the crowd of liberal college students:

“Everyone has the right to be happy so if you’re not happy unless your married to five other people is it OK?”

The college kids were not happy with the question claiming it was “irrelevant”

Well it’s less than 9 months later and guess what? It’s not irrelevant anymore as per this article in the Guardian:

Why shouldn’t three people get married?

As three Brazilians are legally joined as a ‘thruple’ it starts to look illiberal to insist that marriage must be between two people

Note the appeal to “feelings” it doesn’t matter what Marriage actually IS it matters how something feels. Notice also the arguments that sound so familiar:

Without reverting to religious arguments, or logistical ones (does Ikea manufacture a big enough bed to accommodate this union?), it begins to feel a bit illiberal.

Is it possible that if we allowed more people to marry simultaneously that more marriages might be successful? Fewer breakups over infidelity might occur, for example, if those who found themselves in love with more than one person didn’t have to choose or conceal their feelings. And relaxing the expectation that one partner should fulfil all of one’s needs – good sex, complementary taste in television and shared preference for dogs over cats may just be too much to ask for – might mean that people who opt for a portfolio of other halves (or thirds) could outdo the rest of us in happiness.

Yes and if we re-defined the word deficit to mean only amounts over 500 Trillion then we would no longer have one.

That this is advanced in the Guardian is interesting, even more interesting is the comments, tons of people agreeing after all one does not want to be “Judgmental.”

I submit and suggest anyone who claims they didn’t see this coming was either delusional, ignorant or a liar and I further submit and suggest that the basic goal of this debate from the start has been for many of those involved the destruction of marriage as an institution.

But I will concede this in terms of logic, ignoring the religious argument she is quite correct, if you redefine marriage to include gay marriage there is absolutely no logical case to forbid any other different combination ick-factor not withstanding.

When I saw the Clint Eastwood speech yesterday, an image formed in my mind:

For those too young to remember that is Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and John Wayne in that bunny suit. That’s the last time I saw something this Ayptical from a Hollywood icon.

I thought Eastwood’s presentation was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen, somebody said on TV it was a variation of an old Morry Amsterdam bit (Eastwood is certainly old enough to remember Amsterdam) but that might just have been a bad joke.

Nevertheless I submit that the Clint Eastwood bit worked absolutely perfectly for the GOP in general and Mitt Romney in particular. Here is why:

1. The Presence:

A lot of people who normally wouldn’t have tuned into the RNC yesterday tuned in to see Eastwood.

2. The oddity of it:

If it was a regular “Make my Day” speech they would have changed the channel when it was done, this was so odd that I suspect people kept the TV there just to see what people might say about it or if there was any odd reaction.

3. The memorable lines:

Because Eastwood bit was so odd, the memorable lines “Politicians are employees of ours”, “When somebody does not do the job, you gotta let ‘em go.” stood out and will be remembered.

4. The lead-in:

Those folks who stayed looking for Eastwood reactions who normally would have gone caught Marco Rubio, who hit it out of the park for Romney and he gave a speech that would hold them.

5. The Comparison:

The Mitt Romney speech contrasted to the Eastwood bit was a smashing success.

6. Drawing their fire:

Take a look at this image from Memeorandum as of 8:31 AM

And here is the stuff on the Romney speech same page:

What is Missing? Attacks on Romney’s speech! Today was the day that the Democrats should be hitting Romney’s speech and trying to counter it a-la Ryan. Instead the readers of the Morning papers, Cable TV and the left blogs are reading attacks on Eastwood. Clint Eastwood is playing the same role as a hero in an old western, drawing all the fire so the good guy could escape unharmed.

7. Picking on an old man:

The left has been particularly strong hitting Clint Eastwood, Here are three images from Twitchy

Not only is it not smart to hit an American Icon, what do you think the reaction of the elderly voters who always show up will be to the “pick on the old guy” bit? I suspect it won’t play well at all.

For tall these reasons Clint Eastwood appearance at the RNC made my day and I suspect it made the Romney campaign’s day too.

There were a lot of speeches yesterday. Mike Eurzonie gave a great one, Marco Rubio made a better one, Clint Eastwood made an odd one and Mitt Romney is giving his as I type this.

In the morning when this post will go up, there will be an awful lot of pixels spent to say what they think about Mitt’s speech but it was not the most important words said on the air yesterday. The most important words came from of all People Michael Moore:

Listen to these quotes:

The big problem is Obama’s base is ‘Yeah I think I’m going to vote for him’ but this time four years ago everybody including myself were working on phone banks.

and this

Young people who were voting for him four years ago are not that enthused and are not working like they were four years ago.

Moore did something you don’t often see him do, give an honest assessment of a situation, acting not as a propagandist but as a realist. He said out loud what a lot of people on the left know and what the media know but are doing their best to hide.

This post has over 10,000 comments I read through a bit over 50% during & after the Romney speech (a good speech but not a killer one) and from what I can see in comments it affirms what I’ve been saying for over a year…

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

And if you don’t believe me read those comments and believe them and when you do remember, the Huff Post folks are the left’s footsoldiers.

Update: American Glob, The Daily Caller and the Evil Blogger Lady (who was there first) get it.

There are times when I really think the left thinks it is still 1992 or 1996 or before, the internet doesn’t exist and nobody is around to dispute a word they put out, but then I sit down and think and realize it’a all about short term gratification.

Yesterday after the Code Pink people failed to properly disrupt Paul Ryan’s speech the entire MSM speaking with one “Journo-listic” voice was screaming “liar LIAR LIAR!

While Robert Stacy McCain points to Joan Walsh I think the absolutely worst example of this is found by Legal Insurrection in the form of a Howard Fineman Tweet

“…Have to prove clearly he is a liar
“? Really Howard, Is that your unbiased experienced Journalistic opinion?

I’ve never forgotten that day at Darthmouth College after the debate when I was filming Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the spin room when this same Howard Fineman who is paid as an objective journalist, challenged my being there. So I might be forgiven if I tease him a bit on this.

I don’t claim to have the experience that he does in the field nor the connections of him or Joan Walsh, and I don’t pretend in the least to be unbiased. but you know one thing I apparently have over Howard Fineman and all his friends, the ability to do a Google Search.

…Since they were shut down in 2009, both the Janesville and Tennessee plants have been on standby status, meaning they were not producing vehicles, but they were not completely shut down.

That’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal via Twitchy, and here is Legal Insurrection quoting GM you know that company decided to buy for us, itself:

The Janesville plant was closed in 2009 after Obama took over, and as part of the takeover of GM by the government.

That’s when the decision was taken to shutter the Janesville plant for good, as GM itself announced on June 26, 2009 (emphasis added):

General Motors selected its assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich. and stamping facility in Pontiac, Mich., to build its future small car, which will add to the automaker’s growing portfolio of U.S.-built, highly fuel-efficient cars, including the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. Today’s announcement will restore approximately 1,400 jobs in total — 1,200 at Orion Assembly and 200 at Pontiac Metal Center, Building # 14….

“This is great news for our members at UAW Local 5960, Oakland County, and the State of Michigan, and shows the world the UAW can compete in the most competitive segment of the automotive industry,” said Cal Rapson, UAW Vice President and Director, UAW-GM Department. “My heart also goes out to our UAW members in Janesville, Wisc., and Spring Hill, Tenn.

Stacy McCain, you know a real journalist, is outraged by this:

What is so profoundly offensive about the unethical and dishonest behavior of Chris Matthews, Joan Walsh and other such Democrat sockpuppets is that they won’t admit who they are and what they’re doing. They are not independent journalists, they’re partisan publicists, yet they expect to be taken seriously as reporters when they can’t even be bothered to do a Google search and find out when a factory closed.

They are a disgrace to the profession to which they claim to belong. Truth matters. Truth is precious and powerful. Liars are a dime a dozen.

Stacy Stacy Stacy, you don’t get it, their objective wasn’t to get it right, the objective was to counter Ryan for one news cycle so when people read their papers & web sites in the Morning they would see the word “lie”. If a CNN says otherwise later, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s in a difference news cycle or at least late.

Not only will less people will see it and by today everyone is talking Clint Eastwood.

Ideally of course as the Evil Blogger Lady says, they would Palinize him, but barring that disrupting the news cycle will do.

In a way it’s much like the proposed plans of the left, do just enough to win the current cycle for the voters and worry about what happens next, a budget is bad for the cycle, don’t have one, need to solidify the Hispanic base and can’t pass the dream act, order it, Gay Democrats won’t give money, reverse yourself, need to burnish your image among Christians reverse yourself on Cardinal Dolan.

The problem with instant gratification is eventually all this spinning and sliding catches up with you, as Glenn put it.

You know, the Democrats’ media base has served two functions. One, of course, has been to misinform the people who don’t pay much attention. It can still do that, though with reduced efficacy. But the other was to demoralize or intimidate the opposition. That part seems to have pretty much fallen by the wayside.

Or to put it another way, in the short term you might get away with it for a news cycle or two, but in the long term your reputation goes the way of Lindsay Lohan on a bender.

Either way what do we make of this move by the MSM and the left on Ryan? I think Robert Stacy McCain had a tweet that really summed it up well:

Hmmm “Demoralized as Hell” I like the sound of that.

Question: Why would Code Pink risk turning off voters by trying to disrupt Paul Ryan’s speech?

Of course code pink loves the attention and I’m sure somebody is paying for this stuff in the background, but one might think that this kind of thing isn’t a coincidence. Paul Ryan has been in congress 20 years, he could be a 21st Century John F Kennedy with better health and no war experience for the GOP

Of course if the Democrats believed what they did WHEN Kennedy was president, and Catholic’s who actually believe what the Church teaches were welcome in the party instead of called bigots the very Catholic Paul Ryan might have been a democrat speaking in Charlotte.

Stacy McCain has the text of the full speech but there was one line that Instapundit quoted that I think resonates very far:

“College graduates should not have to spend their twenties in their childhood bedrooms, looking up at their fading Obama posters and wondering when they will be able to get going in life.”

Now I’ve said before the tradition in Italian families is that children stay in the home until married but those days are pretty much gone (although both of my sons 21 & 19 next month are here during college). We have classified out offspring as “children” up to age 25 and thanks to the economy have made living in our parents home a necessity rather than a tradition.

Don’t think for one moment that doesn’t ring true to those who heard this and believe me the left understand that too.

And that’s why you need to send Code Pink to interrupt this speech. Cripes if I was the left, I wouldn’t be smuggling in just two people to disrupt this speech, I’d smuggle in a whole brass band.

Anyone who reads this blog knows I don’t have a lot of faith in polling unless I see the internals. So when I saw this story at life news:

Poll Claims Todd Akin Has Re-Taken Lead on Claire McCaskill

The lead shown was 3 points for Akin. While it was not an outrageous number it was 12 pts different that the last announced poll. So immediately was suspicious:

Fritz Wenzel analyzed the results of the survey and concluded that “Despite the firestorm of news in the Senate race over the past few weeks, most voters have already made up their mind in the race, the survey shows. The fact that 80% said they were firm in their choice certainly indicates that this is a race that will be decided more by ideology and turnout efforts by the campaigns and less by breaking news that flashes across the news pages and cable news channels.”

So I looked at the memo page but there were no internals listed.

At that point I was ready to put up a post calling BS but I noticed the memo contained a contact number so I did what a reporter who wants a question answered is supposed to do I called.

Not only did I get the company but I got Mr. Weaver himself, he agreed to talk to me.

I asked him about the poll and the internals. He told me the split was as follows:

Republicans 34%
Democrats 33%
Independents 33%

Talk about a balanced poll. I’ve never seen a poll so exactly split. and this split is consistent with the actual partisan split in Missouri. I asked why the internals were not included he said the internals were given both to the client and to Politico (which had this story but didn’t put them out in their piece.)

Mr. Weaver answered all my questions and agreed to be on this week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio on Saturday.

If this poll is accurate it confirms what I said on the 24th.

For all of the grief you have gotten none of the underlying issues that were a problem for McCaskill are still there. The economy, Obamacare, unemployment the lot.

There are a lot of people on the right who might be embarrassed by an Akin victory. Apparently to the voters of Missouri they would be much more embarrassed by a McCaskill win.

Exit question. If this is correct and Akin wins without the GOP what will the MSM say, what will McCaskill say and most importantly what will the media say?

Claire McCasKill runs away…from Obama

So now we have the Republican candidate who has been told in no uncertain terms that he won’t be getting one penny from the RNC and the Democrat sprinting away from the titular head of her party like Usain Bolt toward a Nike endorsement. Who is going to wind up financing this shindig seeing the way things are going?

Claire Claire Claire, you can run all the comercials you want but you can’t take back that Obamacare vote

This morning I wrote about Roland Martin’s apoplexy over Artur Davis and his desperate need to discredit him.

One might ask why? After all Charlie Crist is going to give a speech at the DNC, why not just point to Davis as just the other end of the coin.

The answer is in not just the speech itself (which Rob Eno correctly identifies as the one that SHOULD have been the keynote) and these words in particular:

“There are Americans watching right now who voted for the President but they’re searching right now, because they know their votes didn’t build the country they wanted. To those democrats and Independents whose minds are open to argument, listen closely to the Democratic party that will gather in Charlotte, ask yourself if you hear your voice in the clamor, ask if these Democrats still speak for you?

There are an awful lot of people who voted for Obama in 2008 who were carried away with hope and change who are very disappointed with what they have, but they don’t want to be called, stupid or suckers for doing so. Davis is saying: Look it’s OK, but more importantly he challenges people to actually listen to what they are saying and decide if they agree. In other words, he is saying on a national stage what people like Cheryl have told me elsewhere.

That’s the danger, but Davis has been a danger to the Dems ever since he decided not to follow the line on vote fraud in a story the MSM did their best to ignore a year ago:

“What I have seen in my state, in my region, is the most aggressive practitioners of voter-fraud are local machines who are tied lock, stock and barrel to the special interests in their communities — the landfills, the casino operators — and they’re cooking the [ballot] boxes on election day, they’re manufacturing absentee ballots, they’re voting [in the names of] people named Donald Duck, because they want to control politics and thwart progress,” he told TheDC.

“People who are progressives have no business defending those individuals.”

Read that interview and listen to last night’s speech.

He is saying what people are already thinking but is saying it ALOUD,

Meanwhile Charlie Crist will be channeling Kevin Bacon

If you didn’t understand why the left fears Artur Davis, if you didn’t understand why MSNBC ignored him and why Roland Martin attacked him so, you do now.

BTW proving great minds think alike or at least former Catholic call center people who now have radio shows but are best known for blogging do here is Ed Morrissey thinking the same thing:

Davis speaks for the people who voted for Obama and have seen their lives worsen ever since, a widely-experienced phenomenon as incomes have dropped faster during the Obama “recovery” than they did during the recession. More people are unemployed, more people are despairing, and now more people want real change. That is Davis’ audience.

In contrast, what will Crist’s audience be? People who voted for McCain, but now want to vote for Obama because they’re lives are so improved? That’s a pretty narrow slice of the population. Where Davis speaks for millions

Ed nails it although I’m slightly annoyed not because his post made it up before mine, I’m annoyed that he had the part I wanted to quote already transcribed while I was listening to it over and over to make sure it was exact when I could have cut and pasted from him.

Ah well that’s the way the pixels bounce.

There was a lot of talk yesterday of MSNBC’s decision to cut away from every Minority & women speaker (except for Ann Romney who is NOT a poll).

When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.

MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.

Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.

And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.

Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC

This is getting some outrage online but there are two other media notes that should be discussed

1. The Rules fight:

There was a real divide between grass-roots activists and the Romney campaign, on twitter and in many posts people where rather outraged but strangely this kind of divide which would normally big news got very little play.

2. CNN & Artur davis:

While MSNBC pretended Artur Davis didn’t exist CNN’s Roland Martin not only called Davis a “Political Fraud“.

but while he was on the air with the panel Martin continued to pound him visibly angry while Davis remained composed. (this was just before this Gloria Borger clip that Newsbusters highlighted.

Both of these moment were PERFECT for TV yet got very little press. You don’t see it pushed.


Because the networks understand that this is a base election and as the NPR story I highlighted last week shows, there are very few actual independents to persuade.

The Davis exchange with Martin highlights an actual debate going on in the Black Community “0%” polling not withstanding, and the Floor fight story demonstrates the divide between Romney and the Tea Party base that was evident all during the primaries (Remember “Anybody but Mitt?)

Both of these things are threats to a Base that is not delighted with Barack Obama and must at all costs not be shown anything that gives one an excuse to stay home or vote Romney.

It’s more subtle than blacking out Women & Minority candidates but it adds up to the same thing.

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

The media is on defense because they understand their candidates are too.

I just watched Mia Love’s speech and am listening to her interview now. The young woman’s family came to America 39 years ago from Haiti, with all of $10 in their pockets, and built a life.  They worked to send Mia to college; she obtained an art degree, got married, and moved to Utah.  Then, she was on town council for several years before becoming mayor (ousting the Democrat incumbent); she’s now running for Congress. Other GOP speakers include Nikki Haley (who won a four-way primary for the governorship of South Carolina), rock star Marco Rubio, Ann Romney, and rock star Ted Cruz.

In her remarks to the press, Gov. Haley stated that all issues are women’s issues, and that women are capable of deciding which issues are important for them to vote on.  The harsh reality that women’s brains can handle economics does not sit well with Ben Adler, who accused the Republicans of “tokenism“. Perhaps he thinks that Nikki Haley is only a token governor; that Marco Rubio is only an alleged Senator; that Mia Love is not really a mayor.  (Ted Cruz is obviously a token: Princeton undergrad, Harvard Law, Harvard Law Review, debate champion, Luttig/Rehnquist clerk, nine Supreme Court arguments, Texas Solicitor General, all before the age of 40… ohwaitaminute, the guy’s John Roberts without the blue eyes.)

Seriously, though, this “tokenism” thing raises my engineer/lawyer hackles.  As I responded to Adler’s article (and his moonbat commenters), women are not confined to a voting ghetto, allowed only to vote on specific issues in a specific, preapproved manner.  Susan B. Anthony did not fight for women’s suffrage so that I could outsource my thinking to men with half my native intellect.  This might come as a shock to sexist prat liberals, but my girly brain  can reason on economics, production, technology, the deficit, and the military.

I didn’t fight my way through a STEM field to be told that I can’t understand science and how the 2.3% medical device tax will affect technological development (“Just ignore those big numbers and vote for the party that gives you affirmative action, honey!” Adler all but says).  I didn’t make a name for myself in military technology to be told that I can’t vote for President based on who I think would be a better Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces.  I didn’t graduate law school with honours to be told to not worry my pretty head about the expansion of the federal government and the blatant unconstitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

“Tokenism”?  I know this might shock closet sexists and racists who think that voting the (D) makes that sexism and racism okay, but women and minorities do not owe you their votes.  The Republican Party: getting rid of chattel voting since 1861.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: John? I beg you consider what you’re doing.

John Adams:
Mark me, Franklin… if we give in on this issue, posterity will never forgive us.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: That’s probably true, but we won’t hear a thing, we’ll be long gone. Besides, what would posterity think we were? Demi-gods? We’re men, no more no less, trying to get a nation started against greater odds than a more generous God would have allowed. First things first, John. Independence; America. If we don’t secure that, what difference will the rest make?

1776 1972

Yesterday while I was out visiting some customers I noted a link at Glenn’s site concerning the Dana Milbank business and Hurricane Issac with a link to an old Althouse post on Milbank’s piece.

I was reading the comments and one jumped out at me.

Here is the text of his post in case that is too small to read.

Question to serious conservatives – how can Romney & Ryan say with a straight face that they now would allow rape as an exception when the GOP plank just adopted does not allow it? How can you vote for somebody that politically crass?

I have heard a million variations on this for months. You have a tough primary and people get sore when their person loses. A congressman or Senator votes against you once and you decided they aren’t getting your vote again. I hear it a lot on Mitt Romney, I hear it on Scott Brown and I even hear it once in a while on more local elections.

Soctt Brown for example is not pro-life, I under stand and hate that, but the choice in the US Senate isn’t between Scott Brown and a pro-life candidate, it’s between Scott Brown and Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren.

To my pro life friends, I ask the question: “Who is worse on the issue, and if they are the same, then who is better on everything else?”

It’s not a tough question to answer.

The same with Mitt Romney, I would like to have a person more consistently conservative. I supported Rick Santorum and would have infinitely preferred to vote for him, and in the Massachusetts Primary I did so.

But to my fellow Santorum fans et/al let me remind you in November the choice isn’t between Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum,. To the Ron Paul fans I say the choice isn’t between Mitt Romney & Ron Paul and to the everyone else on the right the choice isn’t between Mitt Romney and an idealized version of the complete Renaissance man. The choice is between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

That is the choice you have to make, one or the other. If you choose to duck this choice and as free Americans it is your duty to make the best possible choice. Let the left live in their utopialand, we on the right live in realville and there is a real choice to make here.

C.S. Lewis put it this way in Screwtape 12:

You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.

The opposite is true as well, Mitt Ronney is an improvement over Barack Obama. Even if you think he is only a small improvement the idea is to start to move the country back in the right direction rather than continue moving it in the wrong one.

As I put it to Alex in my response at Althouse:

To Answer Alex’s question at the top of the post,how can someone vote for someone as “crass” (his word) as Romney. It’s easy:

The election isn’t The Romney/Ryan ticket vs my ideal candidate, the choice is between Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden

If you are a conservative fiscal or social, that’s an easy choice

We have one chance to vote out Obama, don’t blow it

Margory Egan told us all about “Catholic Watchers” today in the Herald:

Dolan also offered his services to President Obama, it must be noted. But Catholic watchers yesterday all saw this as Dolan making an offer he knew would be refused since numerous Catholic groups are suing the Obama administration over contraceptive mandates in Obamacare.

If only those ever so smart “Catholic Watchers” knew that Catholic believers and leaders like Dolan actual think they would not have been blindsided by this little announcement.

“Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention,” USCCB spokesman Joseph Zwilling said in a statement first obtained by Commonweal magazine. “As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican convention on Thursday of this week.

Captain Ed employs a tad of Snark

At the time, Obama campaign officials said they would have a high-ranking Catholic offering a prayer in Charlotte. That turns out to be … Timothy Cardinal Dolan

before demonstrating that both he

The role of a bishop should be to promote dialogue, not to shut it down; to promote prayer everywhere and among all, not to selectively engage in it; and to remind people that faith is larger than politics.

and the Anchoress:

And there are lessons in what he is doing, for anyone willing to look:

1) He’s teaching that the shepherd must be in the field with all the sheep, even as they are warring. He must be there for the recalcitrant ones over there in the left field; and the skittish, distrustful ones in the right field. Maybe all of the sheep are out to give the shepherd a hard time, but he’s still got to be there, doing what he can, gently but forcefully, or they all perish to wolves and opportunistic predators.

2) If a man can’t even be in a room with some people without causing hysteria and hyperventilation among other people, then everyone needs to take a freaking breath.

3) Jesus went out among the sick and sinful — and we’ve got plenty of sick and sinful all over the place; no partisan tag required. And no, he did not treat the sick and the sinful the way he treated the moneychangers. Let’s remember that when he acted out in the temple, he was doing it with an authority that no one on earth possesses. So, those of you who will be satisfied with nothing less than Dolan making a corded whip and scourging your political opponents? You’re out of luck.

…clearly understand what faith and the mission of the church is.

Meanwhile why the reversal by the DNC? Why risk the absolute wrath of the Sandra Fluke’s the Feminists and so many on the left that will be absolutely outraged at his appearance of a champion of life and an opponent to so many there. Why risk having to restrain the crowd from making any kind of floor demonstration during his prayer?

I suspect it has something to do with this story:

The Democratic National Committee is raising a number of eyebrows after choosing to proceed with hosting Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention,

and a desire to replace this image of the Democrat National Convention:

with this one

It’s that simple.

Exit question for Margery Egan, if the choice of Cardinal Dolan was:

a damning pick for Mitt Romney

what would she call it for Barack Obama?

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn, and a hat tip to Right Wing Granny who says this:

…well, these “Indigenous Muslims” (whatever that means) are going to hold their event some 3.5 mi. away from the actual DNC. They are not part of it or endorsed by it (DNC hasn’t condemned them either, for appropriating their name and giving a false impression).
They’d like people to believe they are part of the DNC, but the whole reason they have to hold their event that far away from the actual convention is precisely because they weren’t invited to be part of it.
So, they’re really a bunch of wannabes. And I’d be very surprised if they got a fraction of 20,000 people to attend.
Smoke and mirrors – bad people, to be sure (Siraj Wahaj), but not actually part of the DNC.

Doesn’t matter it’s the pictures that people remember.

Oh and DaWife asked me to shake DaTipJar as things are REALLY tight this month and if DaMamma isn’t happy, nobody’s happy


Update 2: Missed out the Hotair link, fixed. Sorry Ed

Update 3: Lisa Graas disagrees on both speaking engagments thinking it should be left to local bishops but absolutely NAILS it here.

Remember, our identity is in Jesus Christ, not disorders, not political parties, not anything else. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

Last night I covered the Twin City tea party meeting in Leominster (more on that later tonight) when Dinesh D’Souza movie 2016 came up. I was told it was playing in Fitchburg and a group of tea party members were planning to see it tomorrow night when then have the Tuesday matinees.

I was going to be busy Tuesday so on my way home I swung by the theater to see what time the movie was playing. To my surprise there was a 9:15 show so I figured I’d see it at once and pay the extra $2.

As you might guess on a Monday night the movie only had a few people. There were under 20 cars in the lot for the 9 movies that had post 9 p.m. I was one of 4 patrons, one I had previously met at a tea party meeting and a pair of ladies one who had brought her friend.

None of the patrons would agree to an on camera interview either before or after the film but I did talk one gentleman into interviewing ME. So I handed him my camera told him he could ask we what he wanted and voilà:

I’m told attendance was good enough this weekend to possibility justify carrying it over another week or at least the weekend, I’ll check back on Friday and find out.

If you missed this Saturday’s show with GOP congressional candidates Jeff Semon (Ma-5) Sean Bielat (Ma-4) Robert Stacy McCain from Tampa and Cherie Royayne. No worries, it is available right now here.

Today on Morning Joe Chris Matthews absolutely lost it on Reince Pribus:

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Now lets face it. Chris “Tingle up my leg” Matthews is scared. This is not the reaction of a side that is winning as evidenced by how uncomfortable Mika is or as I tweeted.

But as Amusing as this video was the real treasure was something he said earlier:

He called Barack Obama “A Skillful deft politician.”

Skillful? Mr. Matthews? Barack Obama? really?

It inspired a series of tweets…

The fact is Barack Obama is a horrible inexperienced, arrogant pol. He had a good election team that took advantage of the perfect storm of a sudden crisis, a weak opponent and the historic nature to create a false image that the public fell for. Now after four years the con is up and the people who ran it and those in the media who fell for it are worried, and that adds up to the final tweet that says it all…

Update: Ed Morrissey

Matthews obviously doesn’t want any discussion of Obama’s record, and wants to scare Republicans away from it by toxifying those issues as raaaaaaaaaaacist. The aromas of desperation and fear are strong in this clip.

That’s the entire point they can’t run on his record, they have to cry raaaaaaaaacist which means…

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

I was going do this piece about the fake republicans in the latest Dem ads that Powerline pointed to or perhaps the Obama for America coordinator claiming to be part of “Republicans for Obama”

But then I saw this post at Nice Deb and found it much more significant.

Prelude to a Shellacking

It’s a long detailed post that looks at the history of the last few weeks and is full of links including this one to John Nolte titled: Story the Media Won’t Tell: Obama Is Losing:

Something is happening in this country — something both the Obama campaign and its media cronies know is happening but won’t acknowledge.

What’s happening is on the ground and not yet quantifiable in polling that doesn’t yet have its sea legs. But it’s out there and it’s real and before the media and President Obama are forced to acknowledge it, they’re spending every bit of their dignity and credibility and integrity to kill it.

Who links to Eric Erickson piece: Not the Behavior of a Winning Campaign:

Hysteria creeps into campaigns when the campaigns know they are losing. When George H. W. Bush saw the election slipping away in 1992, he took to referring to Bill Clinton and Al Gore as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. The invective went up as his poll numbers went down.

Nice Deb notes this and expects worse:

That’s the reason we can expect even more desperate, hysterical, hyper partisan mudslinging and dirty tricks from Obama and his cronies from now until election day – they can’t lose.

For a year I’ve been telling everyone who would listen to me that this election is going our way, that every single objective metric and the actions of the left back it up. Actions like this:

The other thing that they’re trying to do is that they have a coms group—and this is breaking news you need to know this—they have a coms group that is trying to shut down the EMS communications structure for the city. That’s really happening. They’re trying to shut down the communications structure for the city for law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.

But these occupod types, the intellectual children to Elizabeth Warren, they’ll do the same to the left right?

And no, they’re not going to do the same thing at the DNC, that’s the thing, is because the radicals feel like the average liberal is confused but they have dehumanized completely the conservative. And so they feel they are entitled to take our rights away when they’re not going to do that at the DNC. That’s the difference.

As the PJ Tatler says

the left media and the entire left establishment who claims they have nothing to do with these anarchists, they will defend them and dirty the name of anybody who exposes them just as they did to me and just as they did to Andrew. They will defend their darlings and attack the character of anyone who holds them accountable and calls them out.

But despite a full year of screaming this out, writing about it here on the blog and saying it on the radio with 50,000 watts to back it up it hasn’t sunk in and the hardest people to convince has not been the left who is doing their best to pretend it isn’t happening but the right who can’t bring themselves to admit they are winning for fear that something anything might happen to blow it.

But now look. You have John Nolte from Breitbart openly saying on one of the most significant sites on the right Obama is losing. You have Erick Erickson from CNN bluntly saying these are signs of panic in his campaign and you have Nice Deb a blogger highly respected throughout the net daring to believe and say what’s been apparent for a while.

One of the only sources of hope for the left has been the right’s unwillingness to say this aloud, if John, Erick and Deb are now willing to do so it means only one thing.

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

When the dem finally breaks it’s going to be a lot of fun watching the left squirm but remember, it’s OK to be cocky, but it’s not OK to be Lazy we still have to work like hell!

Update: Dan Riehl reminds me of one other point

It’s highly doubtful that the ego-driven “messiah” of 2008 would now want to be portrayed as the failed and struggling POTUS running for re-election who can’t even win 2012 on his own.

Besides, what smart, up and coming Democrat would risk going down to defeat with Obama in 2012, after he won with Biden in 2008, only to have a national embarrassment like Joe Biden say, I told you so? Most likely, none.

Yet, at the same time, across the greater right and among Republicans, it appears as though some have a sort of Stockholm syndrome.

The right would do well to re-assess reality around Biden. Obama isn’t “sticking” with Biden, he’s “stuck” with him, a fact that can only help to further demoralize an already nervous Democrat Party. Nationally, plenty of Democrats aren’t only hiding from Obama, their running away from him.

Guys it’s falling apart for these guys, fast.

I haven’t done a Saturday Diner’s post in a while so lets catch up.

I went to the River City Diner yesterday before the show

It’s on airport road in the same building as the Dance Arts Studio.

It is rather lovely inside, my wife particularly likes these stencils

The menu features a “make your own omelet” but the real gems in the menu isn’t mentioned.

It’s in the Burgers & the Steak. All of burgers come from Romanos’ Market with a specific cut and when you get the steak and eggs as I did…

…you are eating Romano’s steaks and when it comes to quality, that’s all you need to know.

And just think if we had listened to the GOP establishment he would be senator now instead of Rubio:

As Republicans gather in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney, Americans can expect to hear tales of how President Obama has failed to work with their party or turn the economy around.

They’re tales I tell you Tales! All is well.

But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people.

and the GOP embraced that element by nominating…Mitt Romney!.

Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims.

Which never bothered me during all the years I was in the GOP until just now of course.

The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve.

They failed to elect me! I was leadership the voters deserved DAMN IT!!


I seem to recall the Morning Joe crowd fawning all over ole Charlie and the NRSC endorsing him. GOP donors sunk millions into his coffers. What did Stacy McCain say about that?

It was my friend Jimmie Bise Jr. who pointed this out in September 2009: During a single three-month span of that year, Republicans contributed $4.3 million to the doomed campaign of Charlie Crist.

How’s that workin’ out for ya?

Jimmie has calculated — and I agree with his calculations — that you could run a pretty spiffy little conservative New Media operation for $500,000 a year if you knew what you were doing. But the problem is connecting (a) people with $500,000 to (b) people who know what they’re doing in terms of online news.

If we had listened to this crowd Charlie Crist would have been Barack Obama’s Goto republican in the senate. The “goto” Republican on every MSM TV show when they needed to paint the party as the problem in DC, he would have been the Arlen Specter of the south, the “goto” republican who could be counted on to appear on any network to hit the party until Pat Toomey beat him.

If you want to know why we need to primary guys like this, even if it occasionally costs us a seat, this is it.

As for Crist himself. Democrats backed him over their own candidate in a last ditch bid to stop Marco Rubio and like the useful idiot he is, Charlie is paying them back in the only coin he has left. He will get one more round on the Morning Talk shows before he fades, only to be pulled out when they need an “ex-republican” on a panel with an occasional appearance on liberal talk radio.

Note to NRSC and GOP establishment: Charlie Crist is your Solyndra, you were picking winners and losers a year before the primary and this is what your $4.3 million dollar investment got you.

If you are a conservative and would like to make an investment with more bang for your buck, might I suggest an alternative….

Update: Glenn Reminds reminds us Crist predicted a huge loss for Obama when still in the GOP primary I guess this endorsement is his way of proving himself right.

Update 2: If the left is actually thinking Crist might bring them votes in Florida, think again:

Crist represents no constituency other than himself.

In the 2010 Senate election, Crist ran as a sore-loser independent after it became obvious Rubio would win the GOP nomination. Exit polls showed that not only did Rubio overwhelmingly with the Republican vote (87% to 12% for Crist), but Rubio also won among independent voters (51% to 38%). Charlie is an “independent” who doesn’t appeal to independents, and actually got most of his votes from Democrats.

Think Jon Huntsman in NH without the daughters.

Update 3: Stacy links back and Legal Insurrection notes we should think

And as you read it, give another round of thanks to the Not One Red Cent group which back in May 2009, when the Republican establishment in the form of the NRSC was backing Crist, fought to get Marco Rubio attention and support.

Never forget if it wasn’t for the Not One Red Cent/grassroots crowd instead of a young dynamic Latino man who was in contention for the VP spot on the ticket you would have a member of the ScozzafavaHuntsmanCrist caucus.

Update 4: Cross Posted at the Minority Report with an editor’s note:

Please remember that Charlie Crist wants us to accuse him of being a liberal. Calling him a liberal will only play into his hand. He hopes it will divert attention away from his record and his years of calling himself a Conservative. It’s important to remind people that Crist has made a career out of bashing the Democrat Party and everything President Obama stands for.

Steve makes an excellent point, Unlike say a Huntsman or a Dede Crist’s history is not all that moderate, he is bending left here because he’s burned his bridges on the right by his independent run and sees a chance to revitalize his dormant career by being the “Conservative for Obama”.

Update 5: My post has inspired the following image:

The Doctor: …the human race will spread out among the stars-you just watch them fly. Billions and billions of them, for billions and billions of years. And every single one of them at some point in their lives will look back at this man taking that very first step and they will never ever forget it.

Doctor Who Day of the Moon 2011


Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon has died at 82.

For all of our celebrity culture there are in reality very few people who will be remembered for generations after they are gone.

Neil Armstrong was one of those people.

One might argue that it was the combined efforts of the most powerful nation in history and an expenditure of treasure and a brilliant group of scientists.   That’s true.

One might also say that Buzz Aldrin who joined him a few minutes later and Michael Collins who piloted the command module deserve no less credit and you would be right as again.

But the bottom line is no matter how you slice it, Neil Armstrong was and always will be the first man on the moon, a man who no matter how far mankind reaches into space, will never be forgotten.

And that’s as it should be.

Update: You know everyone make mistakes sometimes, but unlike NBC I don’t have a staff to catch this kind of stuff.

NBC News Reports the Death of Astronaut ‘Neil Young’

Today Trevor Loudon appeared on WCRN AM 830’s conservatively speaking as part of his US Tour.

We had a full load on our plate so I couldn’t have him on, but I had tie to speak to him after the show.

Check out his site for more info on his tour. His book is available here.

Tomorrow on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we are loaded with Congressional candidates as guests.

Jeff Semon candidate in Ma-5 will join me for the first hour and Sean Bielat in Ma-4 joins us in hour 2.

It’s the last weekend of the month we will finish with the lighter side with Cherie Royayne and perhaps I’ll throw in a diner review for good measure.

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Hope to see you there.

…lucky for everyone else Smitty was able to make it an excerpt:

The prospect of debates, after the GOP primary on 06 September:
Joe Kennedy doesn’t appear eager to engage. One student-led debate has apparently been accepted by the Kennedy campaign. But Joe is no fan of unscripted appearances.

And his latest ad

That is the democrat party in a nutshell. Their words rarely match their actions.

Joe Kennedy is dodging and frankly I don’t blame him, if I was as empty a suit as he was I’d duck too.

It is becoming increasingly apparent that Todd Akin is unlikely to withdraw from the race in Missouri. I’m thinking if he isn’t out by the convention it pretty much is it.

So if you are Todd Akin’s campaign manager the problem is to win. You have the GOP unwilling to back you, the left using you as a poster boy for their cause and Claire McCasKill now the only person in the Democrat party that actually has a reason for optimism. The problem is message money and volunteers. Here is what I would do if I was running this campaign:

Plan A: Right to Life on steroids:

Since you can’t avoid the issue be THE man on abortion. Talk about the potential of each child and give examples of those who have achieved. Be the most anti-abortion candidate you can be, and challenge Claire McCaskill on it:

1. Challenge her, since Abortion is disproportionately pushed in the minority communities ask her why? Tie abortion to the whole picking winners and losers business.

2. As her about sex selective abortion, call it the real war on women and ask her if she believes in it or would support it?

3. Ask her about if she would support abortion based on sexual preference

4. Point to the difference in solutions Obama & McCaskill abortion abortion abortion and contrast that with solutions like Visitation House (or the equivalent in Missouri)

5. Challenge her to answer when live begins, point out Obama said it was above his pay grade, as her if it is above hers.

To the pregnant mother Obama & McCaskill say of your child: No you can’t get out of poverty, no you can’t get a good education, no you can’t grade in college and no you can’t make you can’t grow up be educated but I say Yes you can!

This plan serves two purposes, it makes the best of the Abortion issues and will also energize right to life people nationwide both in terms of the pocketbook and in terms of volunteers.

The tag line should be: “Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill are picking winners and losers on the economy, with Obamacare they are picking winners and losers on healthcare and with their radical pro-abortion agenda they are even picking winners and losers on life itself.”

Plan B: Pound McCaskill on the Economy & Obama

For all of the grief you have gotten none of the underlying issues that were a problem for McCaskill are still there. The economy, Obamacare, unemployment the lot. Push this message and deliver it in a way the media can’t separate their questions on abortion from your answer. To wit:

1. I’ve apologized my ill advised words, will Claire McCaskill apologize for her ill advised votes for Obama’s stimilus

2. I’ve renounced my statements, will Claire McCaskill renounce her vote on Obamacare?

3. I’ve agreed my words were based on bad information. When will Claire McCaskill agree her votes for Obama’s Economic programs were based on bad info.

At every turn contrast your poor words with her poor actions. And make sure it’s impossible to pull one line from the other.

Your tag line should be: “I’ve apologized to the people of Missouri for my words which hurt feelings, when will Claire McCaskill apologize to the people of Missouri for the votes that she cast that have hurt their pocketbooks?”

Plan C: Free Media & Debates

Since you are going to be low on money the thing to do is be everywhere on free media. You are an interview that a lot of people want and every single member of hte media is looking to trip you up. Go on ALL OF THEM. Use Plan B and make every question asked about Abortion answered by an attack on McCaskill. And challenge Claire McCaskill to debates EVERY SINGLE DAY. The last things she wants is a debate on her record. And if she ducks (and she will) play that up.

Your tag line should be: “Claire McCaskill urged me to stay in the race, yet she won’t show up for it.”

Plan D: Onward Huckabee/Christian/Profile soldiers

Plans a-c all involve campaigning, the other problem is manpower and money.

The GOP can’t and won’t give to you, but that doesn’t stop the grass roots. Here is are the people you should tap.

1. Cultivate Right to life Remind them that McCasKill’s vote is a vote to confirm justices who will support Abortion. They know the stakes and also know that the media can’t treat them much worse then they already do.

2. Huckabee: Mike Huckabee has been one of the few members of the GOP to publicly support the Akin campaign. Turn to him whole hog both publicly and privately. Point out that his evangelical pro-life base is your base. If he can bring you over the finish line it will be HIS win, not the GOP’s. That is going to have some appeal.

3. SuperPac: Since no GOP candidate associated with the party can give you time or money and none of the mainline superpacs will donate, you will need to form one of your own , a 501c(4) along the lines of Patriot Majority on the left.

I’m not personally a fan of non-disclosure but in this case it’s the only way to draw on the money out there. And there WILL be the money with the senate at stake.

The tag line is: “What will cost you more. A few dollars of your money or six years of Claire McCaskill in the senate.?”

Plan E: Obama’s economy + Clinton socially = Claire McCaskill

The DNC has decided to go whole hog against you in their convention. Well go whole hog on them back.

1. When they claim you are part of a war on women ask them, what is worse for womem? The words you’ve already apologized for or the policies Barack Obama & Claire McCaskill have pushed and promise to continue?

2. When they claim you treat rape lightly ask them what is worse, the words you’ve apologized for or the actions of Bill Clinton, their keynote speaker.

3. Point out that Claire McCaskill has said the following about Bill Clinton:

“I think he’s been a great leader but I don’t want my daughter near him.”

Call on both McCaskill and the DNC to dis-invite Bill Clinton from the Democrat convention and if they don’t play that up.

Your tagline should be: “Claire McCaskill & the DNC talk the ‘War on women’. The Real war on Women are the policies of Barack Obama and the actions of Bill Clinton”

Can these tactics win the day? I don’t know, but they are the best cards Akin has and if he doesn’t pull out of the race, they are the ones he should play.

Update: While even with my plan for Akin it would be a tough slog I feel much better about Mitt chances in the show me state, this poll not withstanding:

While Missouri is always a tough state for both parties in presidential elections, until recently Mitt Romney didn’t have much to worry about. Rasmussen’s series of polls gave him a significant-if-not-quite-comfortable six-point margin in the Show Me State … at least until Todd Akin shared his views on the legitimacy of rape claims from pregnant victims. In today’s Rasmussen poll, Romney now slightly trails Obama, 47/46:

Ed is exactly right, once the initial hit passes the race for the white house fundamentals will re-assert themselves.

Update 2:
Should have included this bit from Ed’s:

When the storm passes, as it will with the convention, the fundamentals of the candidates will once again take hold and push the race back to the pre-Akin status quo — a movement that would be enhanced by Akin’s departure, of course.

Update 3: Garbeled sentence fixed

You might remember the story of Dan Savage savaging the bible at a High School speech, students walks out and Savage mocked the. Brian Brown at the time issued a challenge:

Let me lay down a public challenge to Dan Savage right here and now: You want to savage the Bible? Christian morality? Traditional marriage? Pope Benedict? I’m here, you name the time and the place and let’s see what a big man you are in a debate with someone who can talk back. It’s easy to make high-school girls cry by picking on them. Let’s pick on someone our own size!

The date was Aug 15th the place was Dan Savage’s house and the time was after dinner with a NYT reporter (who by his own description was constantly drinking) as moderator. I guess when Brian Brown says any place any time he MEANS it.

How did it go? Well here is what the reporter Mark Oppenheimer, got from the two sides:

Several days later, I asked Mr. Savage, Mr. Miller and Mr. Brown how they thought the debate had gone. (DJ, Mr. Savage and Mr. Miller’s 14-year-old son, ate with us but left before the debate, so I didn’t bother him with questions.)

Mr. Miller pronounced the entire night a waste of time. “Brian’s heartless readings of the Bible, then his turns to ‘natural law’ when the Bible fails, don’t hide his bigotry and cruelty,” Mr. Miller wrote in an e-mail. “In the end, that’s what he is. Cruel.”

I spoke with Mr. Brown by phone, and he seemed to agree that the setting had made little difference. “There’s this myth that folks like me, we don’t know any gay people, and if we just met them, we would change our views,” he said. “But the notion that if you have us into your house, that all that faith and reason that we have on our side, we will chuck it out and change our views — that’s not the real world.”

As for Mr. Savage, he felt that being on his home turf had actually worked against him. “Playing host put me in this position of treating Brian Brown like a guest,” he said. “It was better in theory than in practice — it put me at a disadvantage during the debate, as the undertow of playing host resulted in my being more solicitous and considerate than I should’ve been. If I had it to do over again, I think I’d go with a hall.”

Mr. Millers answer seems to show an ignorance of historical Catholic thought, Considering Mr. Savage’s choice of location his complaint is a tad empty but I suggest you listen to the debate in full and make up your own mind.

I suspect it will be quite a revelation to many young people who are assured by the MSM that there is no possible rational argument against Gay Marriage.

As for me I’d be happy to see these debates on every college campus around the nation. For centuries scripture has been attacked and for centuries the finest minds in Christendom have defended it successfully.

Debate and reason are the friends of truth and thus the friends of scripture. Bring it on!

Update: I just watched the debate which after the moderator had a few became 2 on 1. I am shocked that so many on the pro-gay marriage side linked it as Mr. Savage was pretty much owned by Brown.

Well not exactly new.

First Riehl World View has become Riehl World News:

While I could go on forever as to the whys and wherefores leading to the many decisions I made along the way to arrive at this particular design configuration, I’ll spare you the rambling and cut to the chase as to how best to read it going forward, if you’re of a mind to do so. In some ways, it’s like having three blogs in one to accomodate three different styles of blogging – each of which I employ most days I am blogging.

Meanwhile William Jacobson has a new blog in addition to his own one called College Insurrection

One of our goals is to give conservative and libertarian student writers a larger platform and audience.

To that end, we will link regularly to college conservative and libertarian publications, listed in the Student Blogroll in the sidebar. If we have missed a publication, send me an email and we will add it.

Additionally, we welcome guest posts from students and faculty at the college and graduate school level, particularly at schools which do not have a separate conservative or libertarian publication. We have implemented a portal in which guest posts can be submitted in the form of a WordPress post. The link is in the sidebar just below my image.

Give both a peek and while you’re at it, I have a friend who could use a hand. If you can help him, it would be appreciated.

Oh and Under the Fedora is now up at The Conservatory, the Minority Report and Conservatively Speaking a peek

BTW have you ever noticed that apologies are never accepted if they come from Republicans. If you are a democrat you can Sexually Harass interns in the White House and remain president, You can have your boyfriend run a call service from your apartment and remain in congress and you can avoid paying the taxes you owe become treasury secretary. The letter D after your name apparently is stronger that the most expensive indulgence that the Catholic church ever sold.

Make sure you check it out.

How on earth could I forget the Fog of Law the new blog by Bridget Fay. Her latest:

McKinsey explains that many employers will offer increased compensation to their employees if their health care plans are dropped; however, such thinking underestimates the ways in which employees undervalue their compensation packages. On the average, employers spend 43 cents on benefits per dollar of payroll; however, employees only value about half of that. (Here is a comprehensive list of the non-payroll costs that employers pay.) Should employers cut back on health insurance, their employees may demand a higher salary – but not high enough to cover their costs.

Don’t miss her.

Apparently there is no such animal:

“It’s a shame that … more people don’t do that,” said Amin Sadri, 23, a Florida independent. “That more people, for lack of a better word, they almost feed at the trough. They are set on a certain mindset, so they only listen and gather information that is already predestined to go in a certain direction.”

Yeah Sadri is an “independent”. He doesn’t make judgements based on party…

Sadri for example, supported Barack Obama in the 2008 election and plans to do so again in 2012. Going back to the presidential race between Republican Bob Dole and Democrat Bill Clinton in 1996 — when Sadri was a small child — the disputed 2000 race between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush, and the 2004 election between Bush and Democrat John Kerry, Sadri said he has always wanted the Democrat to win.

…until it’s time to vote. So why does he not join the side he is actually on? Can you say: Plausible deniability

So why isn’t he a registered Democrat?

“See, that’s the problem,” he said. “As soon as I say that I’m a Democrat, people look at me and say, ‘Oh, you believe in this, you believe in this, you believe in this,’ and I don’t!”

Yeah sure he doesn’t. If that’s the truth, if he doesn’t believe what the democrats believe, then he should be persuadable, right…

This fall, Sadri will count himself as an independent voter. But if the campaigns think he’s persuadable, they’ll be wasting their time.

…or not.

Any Massachusetts voter who has seen a state with 50% vote democrat over and over knows the real story.

For many people, the ability to deny deny deny for social reasons means a lot and the faux message of being “independent” is a matter of self-esteem: I’m above the fray.

It’s BS and the NPR story talks about a fascinating study to show it:

Nosek and Hawkins proved the test was measuring people’s real attitudes by asking the volunteers to evaluate different policies. Some were labeled Democratic ideas. Others were labeled Republican. Then Nosek secretly switched the labels. The idea that used to be called Democratic was now labeled Republican, and the idea that used to be Republican was now labeled Democratic.

“What we found was that independents who were implicitly Democratic tended to favor the plan proposed by Democrats,” Nosek said. “And independents who were implicitly Republican tended to favor the plan proposed by Republicans. And it didn’t matter which plan was which. emphasis mine

One interesting thing on this story. I listened to the audio and read the transcript from above there is one difference that jumped out at me

Referring to the tests to identify what independents actually said:

Independents? Some showed no bias for either party. But the vast majority did.

But in the online story it said this

Independents? Some showed no bias for either party. But many did.

What is the take away? As polls usually show “independents” as 12-16 percent of the vote, the reality is you are talking 3-4% TOPS. The means one thing:

Every election is a base election and a smart candidate will act accordingly.

You can listen to the story here.

Update: I owe a hat tip to Hot Air headlines

My column for the Examiner Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Cheryl at St. Anselm College covers the St. Anselm event and points to the real danger that the Obama Campaign faces:

The visuals were excellent and it seemed hard work of the volunteers paid off. My interviews after the event suggested an energized crowd, but the most significant moment was an interview with a newly retired schoolteacher named Cheryl from Nashua New Hampshire.

Cheryl was an Obama voter, a former teacher who had never gone to a Romney event before. She left as a Romney voter. I asked her per, Gov Romney’s challenge, what she would say to a fellow 2008 Obama voter to persuade them to change their vote her answer was telling:

If the left thinks they are going to be able to win with Todd Akin all the time they are deluding themselves.

Read the whole thing, and remember a click on my Examiner column is like putting 3/4 of a cent in my pocket without having to hit DaTipJar.

This morning I warned the right about the Traps the Todd Akin situation poses for them.

What might not be so apparent today is that there are several traps for the left that might be even more profound and dangerous than any for the right.

1.  It’s the  Todd Akin stupid:

Right now the left is salivating at the prospect of Todd Akin as part of the conversation.  Akin might allow them an advantage for the next few days but when the campaign season begins in earnest after Labor Day it will be an old topic.  If the left decides to play all Akin all the time the reaction of the voters who are not yet paying attention will be:  “Who is Todd Akin and what does that have to do with me getting a job?”

2…The “You didn’t build it” syndrome:

One of the reasons why Barack Obama fell into the “You didn’t build it” trap was the reaction of his base to Elizabeth Warren’s remarks.  The Todd Akin narrative plays very will with their base & the media.  This will create a large temptation for them to go to this card with a sympathetic press when they have no good answer on topics more relevant to the voters

3.  I’ll see your Akin and raise you a Joe Biden:

Todd Akin has apologized profusely for his gaffes and the GOP has loudly condemned him for it urging him to leave the race.  If they choose to try to tie the entire GOP to a single congressman running for senate the GOP has a ready counter.  Joe Biden’s gaffes have become so legendary that we are seeing tweets like this:

Every single time the left says the words “Todd Akin” you have an opening to come back with Joe Biden and Biden is at the top of a national ticket.

4.  Dueling conventions Todd Akin vs Bill Clinton:

Of all the things that are risky for the left pushing the Todd Akin story at the GOP convention is the most dangerous.

The entire “War on Women” already has risks for the left, but if they choose to use Akin as a club to beat the right with during the GOP convention the party has a ready answer.  Bill Clinton.

For all the nostalgia of the Clinton years.  President Clinton is firmly established in the mind of the country as a womanizer, a boss who used his power to get sex from a subordinate.  And he is the Keynote Speaker for the Democrat Convention!

The late night jokes simply write themselves and that’s was without the Akin mess.  Can you imagine the look on the face of the first Democrat operative who suggests the GOP is soft on rape and is answered with a sentence containing the words “Juanita Broaddrick”?

The left is in a position to avoid these traps if they are clever. Unfortunately for them, it’s in their nature to overplay this hand. They just have to hope the right doesn’t counter them properly.

Update: Democrats step in it, Hotair links to CNN report Dems add 9 women speakers to the program over Akin, each should be asked what they think about Bill Clinton giving the Keynote

Yesterday (although I did my best) you couldn’t miss the Todd Akin story, high low and in between. It dominated twitter, it was highly played on talk radio it was everywhere as people speculated what Rep Akin would do.

While Claire McCaskill is celebrating (I think slightly prematurely) I think there were several traps that the Akin case creates and both left and right may be primed to fall into them.

For the right: We have already seen a couple of these trap evident, and they have actually fallen for some of them.

1. Speak softly and carry a big stick…:

If you want this guy out of the race you don’t plan so many cards publicly, you play them privately. The worst thing you can do is scream and shout out loud and fail.

1a…Particularly if you’re the boss:

Mitt Romney’s statements in the morning was a good idea they were strong but not a demand.  It was the right public tone.  I’m not so sure about second statement near the deadline.  Like a president who doesn’t go to a conference until the deal is already made I think urging Akin to leave at the last minute when you didn’t know he was going looked weak.

Perhaps they considered this a “Sister Souljah” moment for him if so they might have fallen into trap #2.

2.  You can’t appease the MSM:

Both Dana Loesch & I talked about being uncomfortable with reversing a primary over a gaffe but as a whole the GOP has condemned Todd Akin’s remarks and asked him to leave, from Mitt Romney and Scott Brown Reince Priebus and the entire Missouri delegation urged him to go.  Commentators from Ann Coulter to Charles Krauthammer asked him to leave.  Sean Hannity practically begged him to go…

… yet today on Morning Joe and the MSM it’s as if none of this happened.  As far as they are concerned the GOP is labeled by Todd Akin.  All GOP members are stuck to him like Brer rabbit to the  tar baby and the media is saying that everywhere.

Now one would not be surprised by the Democrat party pouncing on this.  That’s their job and it beats talking Obama’s record, but the MSM’s decision to grab this and hold on like a dog to a bone should make it clear to the GOP a point they should already know.  No matter what you say, no matter what you do, it will never be enough for the MSM or the left.  Trying to appease the MSM is a fool’s errand and attempt to do so are useless and counter productive.


3.  Don’t Panic in large friendly letters:

Of all the things I saw yesterday the thing that annoyed me most was the sheer unadulterated panic by some on the right over this whole business.

All of the weaknesses that existed for the Democrats three days ago still exist, all the weaknesses for Claire McCaskill still exist.  All of the advantages that we hold we still hold and if you look at voters like Cheryl you will see this race spells disaster all over for the left.  

The left has two huge problems their record and their morale.  Nothing at all can be done about the record but panic on the right can only embolden the left’s volunteers and more importantly their money people.

Campaigns are long things and day to day and week to week you are going to have these things happen (Remember when etch-a-sketch was going to sink Mitt Romney?). 

If the GOP faithful let themselves get played over this they only have themselves to blame.

The GOP can’t undo Trap #1.  Mistake #1 has already been made,  Mistake #2 is a continuing problems for the right but mistake #3 can be avoided and the GOP faithful would be well advised to take it.

As for the left well that’s my next post… 


While everyone is hyperventilating about Todd Akin here is a blast that amazingly is not from the past:

Criminal charges filed against German rabbi for performing circumcisions

David Goldberg, who oversees a 400-member strong community in northern Bavaria, is the first mohel to be charged since Cologne court banned the ritual

From the story

Rabbi Engelmayer, from Cologne, told The Times of Israel in July that the court decision had “enormously” impacted Jewish life in his community. “De facto it looks as if doctors across the country are afraid [to perform circumcisions],” he said.

“The mohels are inquiring, and we tell them: without circumcision, there is no Judaism,” he said at the time. “Therefore it is hard to imagine how the courts could criminalize a correctly performed Jewish circumcision ceremony. It would be too harsh a sign, especially from Germany.”

Meanwhile in the middle east Egypt under their new Muslim Brotherhood management is making interesting moves:

Israel Radio – Voice of Israel – is reporting that Egypt has moved anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles into the Sinai Peninsula, which if true would be a violation of the 1979 Camp David peace accords it signed with Israel which limits the forces Egypt is allowed to position in the Sinai.

Just last week, Israeli officials said they were concerned by the movement of tanks and armored vehicles into the Sinai – ostensibly to aid Egyptian forces in their battle with the growing jihadi terrorist threat growing in the area bordering Israel. But the addition of more sophisticated weaponry and the fact that terrorists in the Sinai are not armed with aircraft or tanks is raising alarm bells in Israel.

You’ve heard of the Muslim Brotherhood Pam Geller talked about them during her Eurpopean trip that was so warmly received:

Swedish police in riot gear cordoned off the area of our rally on both sides and blocked entrance to it with police vans. But while the leftist media, which swarmed around our event like jackals, will tell you that we are the threat, the police had to face violence only from the leftist protesters. Desperate that our message of freedom not be heard, they blew vuvuzelas, screamed bloody murder, chanted “EDL go to hell” and kept up a constant din – while throwing eggs and firecrackers at the police and at any pro-freedom activist who got too close to them. One firecracker exploded in a policeman’s face; he had to be taken away in an ambulance.

Nonetheless, several hundred people braved the leftist thugs and police barricades and joined us, unbowed and resolutely determined to stand for freedom and truth. The enemedia was out in force as well, which was noteworthy in itself: In Europe this was a huge story (even Turkish media were there), while in the U.S. the media seem determined to ignore the issue of Islamic supremacist encroachment upon our freedoms.

I didn’t cover Pam in Europe (that’s on me) but you should go to her site and find out more.

Somehow I think this might be more significant that Todd Akin, but that’s me.

I have written more than once that the MSM/Left uses polls not to inform, but to influence elections. Today Ed Morrissey looks at polling in Missouri on Senate Candidate Todd Akin and notices something…interesting

There’s another problem with this poll for Akin, one we don’t usually see from PPP emphasis mine— they significantly oversampled Republicans. The D/R/I on this survey is R+9 at 30/39/32, but even the GOP-sweep 2010 election had exit polls for Missouri showing an R+3 advantage, 34/37/28. I’m not sure I’d trust that one-point margin lead in this poll.

Now that’s really different, why would PPP suddenly choose this moment to oversample republicans?

Could it be that they are desperate to make sure that Todd Akin stays in the race?

I suspect that if he chooses to remain, the next sample will be less lopsided and more accurate.

If you wanted evidence that certain public polls are a tool to produce a desired result rather than inform, here it is.

Update: Legal insurrection is thinking the same thing without noting the split:

Maybe Akin could win Missouri, but this was just a flash poll so it’s hard to read too much into it.

If I were a cynic, I might suggest that PPP — a Democratic pollster – did the flash poll knowing it was too soon for the effect of the controversy to make its way into the electorate in the hope of keeping Akin’s hope alive before he makes his decision overnight whether to step aside.


(Note this doesn’t change my opinion that win or lose it’s a bad precedent to overturn an election and replace a legitimate primary winner based on a gaffe. It will be used in the future any time one side or the other sees an electoral problem ahead, much easier than working hard to change minds.)

Update: Rush makes my point on the poll sample and feeling uncomfortable telling Akin to go.

]Ok we have the raw report of the Romney/Ryan event, we have the Q & A but what really matters is what id people think about what was said?

There reactions were varied, some were just “I like Romney”

That’s what I call a booster

Clive was much more soft-spoken, (and I mean soft, very hard to hear him) but was just as impressed.

Horace really liked Paul Ryan yet he is a medicare person.

Kathy (or Cathy don’t know the spelling) came all the way from Ct.

I had Met Peter at the NRO event and for his birthday he sat with me, Stacy McCain and Mike Rodgers of Granite Grok He talked about the amount of work he put in as a volunteer

The volunteers do an incredible job and get very little credit, they deserve a lot more.

I noticed an elderly gentlemen with an incredible Fedora and went
over to talk to him, lo and behold he turned out to be former Ambassador Joe Patrone

But for my money the single most important interview was this one with Cheryl from Nashua

Cheryl is a newly retired teacher who voted for Obama last time around. This was her first Romney event and she has decided to go for Romney.

Cheryl is the voter that Obama is losing from 2008. This is the difference in the election.

Update: forgot the photos

The Romney Ryan event on Monday at St. Anselm College included a Q & A as it was a town hall:

Romney on Taxes

Ryan on Taxes

On the Budget

On Countering Disinformation

On the War

On Israel

And on the student loans, and I think this question and answer was the most telling

The idea that I’m not going to pay your loan for you, I’m going to help you do it yourself is HUGE.

This had substance and was pretty good.

Congressmen Todd Akin, when asked a “gotcha” question about rape and abortion, stated that women who are raped are less likely to get pregnant than their peers who had voluntary intercourse.  This medically accurate fact generated this response from Sen. Claire McCaskill, who will face Akin in the general election:

“As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases, I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM.”

She later released a statement condemning her rival as “ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape.”

“The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive,” she continued.

Well, my woman-hating Ms. McCaskill, let’s examine the facts, shall we?   Stress, long hours at work, and jet lag – even from going on vacation! – can delay ovulation and seriously undermine a woman’s ability to get pregnant. But in pro-rape Claire’s world, sexual assault doesn’t change a woman’s risk of pregnancy because she thinks that rape is less traumatic than flying to Europe.

The medicine backs this up.  From the CNN.com article, women who are raped have a 5% risk of getting pregnant; this is lower, by a statistically significant margin, than the 8% chance of getting pregnant with unprotected sex. In fact, you’re about 40% less likely to get pregnant when raped than when having voluntary sex.  If that all-nighter at work delays ovulation, the total physical and physiological trauma of forced intercourse will wreck havoc on a woman’s body.  Akin is 100% correct on the medicine, and entirely correct in his understanding of just how serious rape is.  McCaskill is the one making light of it.

But medically-ignorant, “rape is less traumatic than jet lag” Claire McCaskill would like to ignore that fact for political gain. We have words for women like that, which are spelled mostly like the word for your parent’s sister, but not.

Update: (DaTechGuy) The vultures are circling around Mr. Akin but the wound was self inflicted. There is talk about removing him from the ticket and apparently the drop dead date is within 24 hours. Regardless of the fallout I’m VERY uncomfortable with the idea that you can replace a candidate who won a primary based on a gaffe or mistake. After all the voters made their choice. On the other hand after Torricelli what’s good for the good is good for the gander but it’s a horrible precedent.

I arrived at the Mitt Romney event around 6:10 a.m.

The line started forming early and instructions were given for passing through the secret service checkpoints:

The media was here early

Here is the press area

I shot the I interviewed people in the line some who i’ve talked to before

Others that I met for the first time

Some young

Some blind

And one lady

Who was wearing 5 finger shoes like me

I’ll try to talk to some of these people after the event as well

Expect updates


The tag line for the day: We want people less worried about the next election and more worried about the next generation, both Paul Ryan and Kelly Ayotte said it.

Charlie Bass speaks

Kelly Ayotte:

Romney Ryan arrives Ryan speaks speaks

If you missed this weeks’ DaTechGuy on DaRadio with Josh Trevino you can catch it here.

Update: His first piece at the Guardian was on the Ryan Pick

The NRCC polls in question here did, indeed, yield positive numbers for the Republicans: when the details of the Ryan plan were set against those of the Democratic critique, the former came out ahead by a respectable, though not crushing margin. But the methodology as described seems to provide a poor template for a campaign, depending as it does on well-informed voters making well-considered choices. This may be music to the ears of Boston, which revels in the actuarial appeal and the irrefutable balance sheet; but it may be the same to those of Chicago, which specializes in the gut punch and the emotive appeal.

It’s worth recalling the perhaps apocryphal story of the woman gushing to Adlai Stevenson: “You have the vote of every thinking person.”

“That’s not enough, madam,” he replied. “We need a majority.”

The plain fact is that the Romney-Ryan campaign messaging here is fraught with risk. The trope about entitlements in American politics is that they constitute the “third rail”: untouchable at peril of electoral death. The Republicans aren’t really challenging that. Instead, in the first presidential election since the birth of the Tea Party, they’re casting themselves as the saviors of the federal entitlements state. This is a strange turn of events, and one is hard-pressed to imagine the Democrats not exceeding them in this sphere.

I think Josh is underestimating the American People here, but I’ve already lost one bet to him and owe him a drink so we’ll see.

I talked to Dr. David Steinhof after his appearance on WCRN’s Conservatively Speaking

His odds in the 3 way race are long but his “Just one Vote” ad is brilliant and should be re-edited and Re-Shot for every member of the GOP running in a city or state dominated by Democrats.

The Master: Oh….! Now I can say I was provoked

Dr. Who: Utopia 2007

Today at Powerline Paul Mirengoff suggest Biden’s remarks were not a gaffe.

Jay Cost has argued that Biden’s remark was not a gaffe, but rather an attempt to rally African-American support for Obama. To be sure, Obama has a stranglehold on that vote. However, Cost shows that, in a close election, he may need to carry it to the same extent he did in 2008. This time around, such an overwhelming majority would require a fired up, angry African-American electorate. Hence, Biden’s inflammatory rhetoric.

To apologize for that rhetoric, or even to walk it back, would amount to a concession that the Republicans don’t actually have it in for African-Americans. That’s not a concession Obama is eager to make.

I concede that the president needs help with his black base but in this case I suspect any voter who would fall for this is already locked in for Obama.

There is however another more important aspect of the Biden quote, something that Democrats don’t dare say aloud but are likely already wargaming.

When facing an unpleasant reality one of the hardest things to do is to face it. People will go to great lengths to avoid doing so.

For a long time I have maintained that Democrats are demoralized as hell, it is clear that the problem for Democrats this cycle is not at the bottom of their ticket, but at the top.

When the left is defeated in the fall, when they lose the White House, and Senate and when the House remains in GOP hands the question will be asked:


They will point to money, they will point to voter ID laws but the they dare not admit aloud the real reason: Barack Obama and his policies.

The left is a hodgepodge of various groups with conflicting positions and goals. If the blame for defeat is put on the first African American president there will be those in the Black community who will not forgive and forget. To a lesser degree Gay groups do NOT want any suggestion that the president’s decision to come out for Gay Marriage might have been a fatal blow…

That’s where Joe Biden comes in.

I have been really surprised at the degree the left has gone after Biden, generally being on the left means never having to say you’re sorry, but we’ve reached the point where even the Boston Globe is calling for Biden to apologize.

I’ve really wondered about this until it hit me. This is battlefield prep.

Joe Biden solves many problems, Black American’s didn’t stay home because of President Obama’s failures, or his position on Gay Marriage, it was Joe Biden’s insult. Independents didn’t go to Romney because of the president’s policies it was Joe Biden, the buffoon dragging down the ticket. The House didn’t stay Republican and the Senate didn’t turn because of Tea party efforts and a rejection of Obamacare, it was Joe Biden who provided that drag.

Now don’t get me wrong, we still need to work hard, these guys want to win. They will play some dirty tricks to try to pull this off and of course if Mitt or the GOP somehow makes a mistake of epic proportions the left will do their best to capitalize on it.

But the more sober heads in the room already see the writing on the wall and the message that “Poor old Joe blew it.” will be a lot more palatable to the true believers than anything resembling self-reflection.

Update: Shades of Pee Wee Herman “I meant to do that

However, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not drawing the crowds they once could. The New York Times reported that the Obama campaign said that it is intentionally limiting crowd size at their events because of security and cost:

For some reason experienced reporter Stacy McCain is not convinced:

If you believe that, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tinkerbell will show up, backing Axelrod in “Confiscated Guns ‘n’ Subsidized Roses“, and perform their 30-minute blues-rock jam, “In a Gadda da Bushdunnit” as an Obama fundraiser.

He then gives some excellent advice that you might have heard before

Update 2:
For those of you too young to remember here is the video

Here are the photos and videos from last week’s Madonna Della Cava festival

The Procession in:

The Entrance of the banners

The Food:

And the Honor guard

A few full size shots:

The Banner

A slightly damp procession

The Knights

The Band

And the New (“1933” Banner found this year).

You’ll note there are less pictures than last year, had to run some errands and had to grab some batteries for the camera in the middle of it.

The full gallery is below