Liberal improvements are in red italic

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof unless it in any way conflicts with Obamacare, the liberal agenda or the need for 30 something college students to get laid without personal expense ; or abridging the freedom of speech unless one is a conservative speaker on a college campus, unless said speech in any way conflicts with Union demands or said speech could in any way be considered an insult to the prophet of Islam (peace be upon him)  , or of the press unless the person chooses an uncomfortable time to ask a question to the Obama administration; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble unless they support Israel on a college campus, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances with the understanding that said Government does not have to answer said grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  Unless said people are law abiding citizens who tend to vote republican or unless they reside in cities or states controlled by the Democrat party.

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law particularly if said quartering increases the chances of said member of the military voting.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated unless the government really wants to , and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; said danger to be defined by the Obama Administration, nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation, or unless the administration wants to call in a drone strike.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, excepting in cases where the accused falls under the ‘crazy bastard’ standard, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed,’ which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law or unless such person is a ‘crazy bastard’ and/or such a trial could lead to political trouble for the Obama administration.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.  For the purpose of this amendment “cruel and unusual” shall be defined by the Obama administration or the mainstream media as needed.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.  Until or unless said rights are claimed by the Obama administration.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people or to the Obama administration if they so claim. said powers.

Updated: Added: unless said speech in any way conflicts with Union demands to 1st Amendment per Michigan events

George Patton: You’re now commanding officer. You’ve got 4 hours to break through that beachhead. lf you don’t make it, I’ll fire you.

Patton 1970

Ben Franklin:   These men, no matter how much we may disagree with them, they are not ribbon clerks to be ordered about – they are proud, accomplished men, the cream of their colonies. And whether you like them or not, they and the people they represent will be part of this new nation that YOU hope to create. Now, either learn how to live with them, or pack up and go home!

1776 (1972)

One of the things that I never forget about the congress is in theory these people are the cream of the crop.

Each member of congress represents over 600,000 people. Now with two parties competing for the office we can split that in half, but in most districts you have a significant advantage to one party or another so say the member of congress comes from a pool of 360,000.

In theory such a person likely was interested in history or current events in school, involved in student government, perhaps went into the service and served seeing first hand what had gone on. During their live they managed to rise in local and state politics not only accomplishing things but being able to navigate the pitfalls that stop you before you even get started.

Then such a person not only manages to win nomination of their own party, not easy when there are dozens of smart people just as impressive as you wanting the same job and willing to fight dirty for it, in fact maybe that person IS the one who learned to play rough and get that nomination and finally win a general election were you are called every name in the book and tens of thousands to millions of dollars are spent to destroy you.

None of these steps suggest idiocy, nor a set of people around you who are dumb.

And if all of those steps to get into this exclusive body of 435 people are tough managing to become a leader is even tougher because each person in that group has managed to do what you’ve done AND comes to it with a little bit more English that you do.

That being the case how does one fall for something like this:

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Republican leaders are fuming after a late night phone call with President Barack Obama was leaked to the press, despite an agreement that it would not be, according to several GOP aides.

I’m sorry you’ve seen the type of campaign these people have waged, you’ve seen their tactics and their loose relationship with the truth, you’ve seen the media cover for them in Benghazi on the Budget and more, you’ve seen all of this right before your eyes, and you STILL fall for this kind of stuff?

I’d compare it to Charlie Brown & Lucy but at least he has the excuse of being a ten-year old kid totally inexperienced in the world. The GOP leadership does not.

The country deserves all it gets from Obama over the next four years and the low information votes who put them there, but the conservatives who provided the votes to give these men the leadership position they currently have certainly don’t.

We are a free market party, let me remind each member of the GOP house they are temp workers on a two-year contract. If they don’t want to do the job they’ve been hired for, there are dozens of ambitious people waiting for the chance to take it from them.

Remember Drew Bledsoe was a great Quarterback and Tom Brady a low draft pick, right up until the moment he was not.

Your call.

(Yeah I was going to use Wally Pip instead but how many people today remember him?

Max Bialystock: The two cardinal rules of producing. One: Never put your own money in the show.

Leo Bloom: And two?

Max Bialystock:  Never put your own money in the show!

The Producers 2005

In both versions of The Producers and in the Broadway play. Max Bialystock raises money for his plays by diving into “little old lady land”

This came to mind when I saw this story at Politico:

Amid speculation that Hillary Clinton might make a run for the presidency in 2016, her husband is taking another swing at shrinking her lingering 2008 campaign debt, which totals $73,000 as of Sept. 30.

In an email to supporters Wednesday, Bill Clinton offered a chance to spend a day with him if donors chipped in to drive down his wife’s campaign debt before Dec. 6.

That Hillary might still have campaign debt 4 years after the race was not a big surprise, as the article says it was as high as 25 Million at one point, but what really struck me was the figure that is left after four years.


Now for me and you $73,000 is a lot of money.  If I had $73,000 more that I do now it would have a dramatic effect on my life and prospects, but Bill Clinton?

That thought seems to be a general theme in comments at Politico this one is typical:

$73,000??? Honestly, doesn’t Bill earn something like $100,000/speech. Maybe he could sign up for one more gig and pay the bill himself – or possibly Hillary could earn a few shekels now that she’s retiring.

That is the big difference between Bill Clinton and the fictional Max Bialystock.  Max was wearing a cardboard belt and needed to dive into little old lady land to do anything.  Bill Clinton turned his political career into a vast fortune. He could pay this debt off with no effort, his welcoming ladies young and old into presidential kneepad land is likely purely recreational. This fact obscures an overriding truth about the Bill Clinton way.

Yes it’s true Bill Clinton can retire this debt himself if he chooses to, but why would he choose to? As long as there are democrat donors willing to spend their money why would he ever think about paying this himself?

This not only makes him the perfect patron saint for the Democrat party but would make him an excellent Hollywood or Broadway producer.

I’ve been staying up later post-election and this has caused me to miss Morning Joe more often that not.

But today in the midst of the conservation on the Bi-partisan Joy terrible threat of Sequestration and the conversation turned to what to cut.

Joe Scarborough mentioned that Howard Dean would not want to raise the retirement age although in VT he was supposedly a deficit hawk.

Dean disagreed to some degree, he claimed he didn’t mind an increase in the age of social security but objected to any change in the qualifying age for Medicare because the Obamacare law covers seniors so poorly in terms of costs.

I was shocked SHOCKED!

For those who have forgotten Obamacare passed without a single GOP vote in the house and senate. Its 2000+ pages is 100% pure democrat.

Even in the preparation lets remember that Democrats had voting majorities on EVERY COMMITTEE IN BOTH HOUSES that any section of this bill came before

Therefore if we are to believe the left’s image of Republicans as propagated in the late election, this bill is free of all of the evils of the GOP. The bill by definition: No Racism, no Sexism, no favors to the Rich, no homophobia and of course no problems for the poor ESPECIALLY THE ELDERLY POOR since the party that wants to throw them off of medicare and onto the street had nothing.

How then is it possible that the elderly might not be fairly treated by this now permanent national monument to the caring and compassion of the Democrat party?

Might it be because Barack Obama no longer has to face the voters in the future and the democrats remaining in congress who voted for the bill are in districts so blue you would think they were in the ocean?

Nancy Pelosi told us two years ago we had to “pass the bill in order to see what’s in it”. Now that America has chosen to keep Obama and by extension Obamacare it I wonder what other surprises they will feel safe to share with us.

I’m sure it’s nothing, I trust that Obamacare will take care of the American People just as effectively as Obama has dealt with Hurricane Sandy.

It’ll be fun to find out!

No matter what a stripper tells you, there is NO Sex in the Champagne room, None

Chris Rock No Sex (In the Champagne Room) 1999

This week’s subscription commentary is Titled Ralph Kiner and Sequestration. In it we talk about how people’s memory of Kiner as a player is vastly different then what people were saying when he played. Here is the Teaser to that commentary:

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Gandalf: Always remember, Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001

George H.W. Bush did that. He was hailed as a conciliator for a day, then savaged brutally by the same press until he lost the 1992 election.

Glenn Reynolds 2012

Shortly after their (deserved) victory lap in an election they had no business winning the media began reporting on upcoming “fiscal cliff”

The press is all full of the need for a deal to be made because of the disastrous consequences that will come on Jan 1st. They also urge the GOP to be “bi-partisan” in agreeing to such a deal.

While a large amount of the uninformed public might be nodding their heads in agreement to  anyone who pays attention and has access to any media that existed last year, this might be slightly confusing. Let’s elaborate

The Deal known as the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed the House with 269 votes out of 433 members available to vote that’s 62%. On the Democrat side 49.4% voted for and 49.4% voted against (the remaining 1.2% didn’t vote) On the Republican side 72% voted for and voted for and 27.3% voted against. On the House side it took tough negotiation and no little amount of arm twisting to win over enough conservative members of the GOP to score the 72% that voted for it, some Tea Party types like Allen West and Renne Ellmers took a lot of heat for voting for the deal while other notable Tea Party favorites like Ann Marie Buerkle of NY, Ron Paul of Texas and Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota defied the leadership of the speaker to get stronger cuts and were hit hard for it.

In the senate the vote was 74-26 With less pressure from the GOP to get everyone on board more conservative republicans were free to vote against a deal that didn’t have the cuts they wanted. The 19 Republicans who voted against read like a Who’s Who of the conservative movement in the Senate: Sessions & Shelby from Alabama, Rubio from Florida, Chambliss from Georgia, Coats of Indiana and Grassley of Iowa, from Kansas Moran & Roberts, Paul from Kentucky, Ayotte of New Hampshire, Coburn & Inhofe Of Oklahoma , Toomey of Pennsylvania, Demint & Graham of South Carolina , Hatch & Lee of Utah. As the New York Times said at the time:

It is also the reason that many conservative Republicans refused to vote for the agreement, calling it a grossly inadequate answer to a pressing problem.

“The current deal to raise the debt ceiling doesn’t stop us from going over the fiscal cliff,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, wrote Monday in an open letter explaining his opposition. “At best, it slows us from going over it at 80 m.p.h. to going over it at 60 m.p.h..”

But in the end, objections of Tea Party stalwarts not withstanding a bi-partisan bill gathering 88% of Democrats in the Senate and 49.4 in the house (50% of those who voted) along with 59.6% of Senate and 72% of House Republicans was sent to the president’s desk where it was signed.

President Obama said the following:

“It’s an important first step to ensuring that as a nation we live within our means, yet it also allows us to keep making key investments in things like education and research that lead to new jobs and assures that we’re not cutting too abruptly while the economy’s still fragile,” Obama said in a statement from the White House Rose Garden before signing the bill.

Harry Reid Said the following:

“There’s one winner throughout all of this and that’s the American people,”

And Tim Geithner had this to say:

“You’re going to see this basic underlying growth we’ve see in the United States improve over time because people will be more confident we can live within our means,” he said. “With more confidence we can get our arms around this long term. We will have more room to do the things we need to strengthen investment jobs now.”

So my question to the media is this: Harry Reid celebrated this agreement, Tim Geithner likes it, Nancy Pelosi voted for it and The President signed it. Yet now this deal is responsible for a fiscal cliff that is apparently a disaster for all America.

And moreover, the MSM is laying the blame for said potential “disaster” squarely at the feet of the same GOP who the very same media urged to make the in 2011.

Even more amazing this very same media is telling the very same GOP to make another deal, or ELSE face the consequences.

So to summarize:

Last year The Budget Control Act of 2011 was a bi-partisan success that Nancy Pelosi found voteworthy and Harry Reid, Tim Geithner and President Obama could rightly take credit for to media cheers

This Year that same deal is the cause of a fiscal cliff and if the GOP doesn’t do something to stop it they will be responsible for unless they give President Obama what he wants.

People might ask why a GOP that retained the house by a wide margin should have to make a deal, I think the better question is why is a deal that a mere 16th months ago was so worthy of votes and praise no longer is.

I think when the press asks GOP members to make such a deal they should remind them of bi-partisan nature of the existing law that drew their praise and ask why they are suggesting it is so horrible now?

As Glenn Reynolds linked and Dan Mitchell said: This is an IQ test for the GOP.  I hope they pass.

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Via Unedited politics we have video of Senators John McCain (R-AZ) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) impromptu press availability after talking to Susan Rice today on Benghazi.

Senator Graham makes a good point about John Bolton and I think Senator Ayotte hits it out of the park with this statement:

Just to be clear, when you have a position when you’re Ambassador to the United Nations, you go well beyond unclassified talking points in your daily preparation and responsibilities for that job. And that’s troubling to me as well why she wouldn’t have asked.: ‘I’m the person that doesn’t know anything about this I’m going on every single show’ but in addition the fact that it’s not just the talking points that were unclassified but clearly as part of her responsibility as an Ambassador to the United Nations she reviewed much more than that.

That’s a point that nobody seems to be making, it’s as if all of this happened in a vacuum but while the words were strong and mean trouble for the administration there are two things about this video I find most interesting.

1. At 3:09 as soon as Senator Graham finishes but before Senator Ayotte begins to speak a reporter tries to question Graham. When Senator Ayotte is done speaking questions are directed to Senator Graham but none to Senator Ayotte.

2. This video was uploaded to a Youtube Chanel called: Buzz Source. The Chanel has over 1.2 Million combined views of its videos. As of 2:10 pm the title of this video is: ” McCain And Graham Still ‘Significantly Troubled’ By Rice’s Statements On Benghazi After Meeting With Her”

Maybe it’s just me but I saw three Senators there and Senator Ayotte seems to be just as troubled as her colleagues yet for some reason she doesn’t rate mention in the title or description or worthy of a question from the assembled press.

Now if these were Democrats complaining about say Condoleezza Rice we would be told how sexist it is to be excluding the one women in this event from questions or even mention, but as these are Republicans complaining about Susan Rice Senator Ayotte will be safely ignored and excluded as her presence doesn’t serve the “old white men” meme. As Dana Loesch noticed in an exchange with MSNBC host Torue:

Obviously? Apparently Torre missed the initial press conference where Senator Ayotte was present and frankly towered over Senator’s McCain & Graham. saying this:

Let’s also not forget that, I think you all appreciate you don’t end up on every single major Sunday show without affirmatively putting yourself out there of wanting to carry forward a message on behalf of the administration.

Here is the full video in case he missed it:

Dana Loesch continues to notice her even if Torre doesn’t

But this is the left, if the truth and the reality is not favorable we shall simply ignore it, deny it or pretend it was never there.

On the bright side they can still play the race card if they include her.

Update: Jennifer Rubin appreciates Ayotte, but she is not the left.

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One black man, overcome by emotion, dropped to his knees, prompting the president to conduct a curbside colloquium on the meaning of emancipation. “Don’t kneel to me,” said the president. “That is not right. You must kneel to God only, and thank Him for the liberty you will enjoy hereafter.”

Shelby Foote. The Civil War a Narrative Vol 3

“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.  You shall not have other gods besides me.”

Exodus 20:2-3

Herod, after instituting a search but not finding him, ordered the guards tried and executed. Then he left Judea to spend some time in Caesarea.He had long been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, who now came to him in a body. After winning over Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they sued for peace because their country was supplied with food from the king’s territory.

On an appointed day, Herod, attired in royal robes, (and) seated on the rostrum, addressed them publicly.  The assembled crowd cried out, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.”

At once the angel of the Lord struck him down because he did not ascribe the honor to God, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.

  Acts 12:19-23

One of the reason’s why I was so surprised by the results of the late election was the black vote. I suspected and some polls indicated that the inordinate hardship among black Americans in the Obama years combined with the Gay Marriage issue and the position of the Black Church, the center of the Black Political community, would stay home.

This turned out to be wrong still turned out en mass to support the president.

I imagined that unlike the Catholic Church we have a large amount of people who are “Cafeteria Catholics” people who claim the label but do not practice nor go to mass I suspected there was a great conflict between Black Christians loyalty to God vs “race loyalty” that the president’s campaign exploited.

At least I did until this pronouncement from Jamie Foxx:

This occurred at the previously recorded Soul Train Awards broadcast on BET Sunday (video follows with transcript and commentary):

JAMIE FOXX: First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama.

A fair amount of folks on twitter took objection to this but the final test comes from both the president and the black churches.

The president claims Christianity, if he is even the least bit serious, he needs to say something and mean it. Granted we can only measure by the first if he is willing to mimic Lincoln but it will be by the second that one to whom this isn’t above their pay grade will judge if he is mimicking Herod

The second test is of the Black Church.

I am writing this at 10:38 AM on Monday the 26th of November.  This broke over the last few hours.  The next 72 hours will say a lot.  The statement that comes out of major black churches and their pastors if any,  will be telling.   It will determine if they are political organizations and slush funds masquerading as Churches or actual Christian Churches that believe.

I’m sure given the re-election of the president and the sheer idolatry that the media and left has for them, any pastor who decided to let this go, to ignore it, to pretend it was never said and move on, will not have a problem, particularity if their flock overwhelming voted Obama.  Their silence will be rewarded and they will be able to enjoy prosperity and a steady parish income for the rest of their lives…

…after that, they’re on their own.

Sing me no song! Read me no rhyme!
Don’t waste my time, Show me!
Don’t talk of June, Don’t talk of fall!
Don’t talk at all! Show me!
Never do I ever want to hear another word.
There isn’t one I haven’t heard.
Here we are together in what ought to be a dream;
Say one more word and I’ll scream!

My Fair Lady 1964 Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Yesterday I wrote about the Bakers union and the idea they might be going Galt. I’ve been thinking about this and I have one question for the union and those who think they have given back too much.

I totally understand the idea of: “Why should I take that pay cut? It’s not fair.” I remember the first job I interviewed after the company I worked for folded had a 25% pay cut. By the time I switched over to what I do now the best I saw out there was a 40% pay cut from the last time I had any sense of job security, coincidentally the last full month before the election of Barack Obama.

It seems to me that if the Bakers and the Teamsters believe they are worth more than Hostess was paying them and such a business can be sustained at the wages they were making as long as the execs aren’t making 6 or 7 figure payouts there is a simple way of proving it.

I would imagine a large scale baker has an intimate knowledge of the making of pastries. And a union is simply a big company with the workers as the product. There are plenty of execs in the Union who are experienced in the management skills necessary to run a company. So here is how they can demonstrate it to the world:

1. Become a bidder for the Hostess/Drakes brands:

Presumably the Teamsters and their associated unions that had millions of dollars to spend on political campaigns should be able to make a credible bid for a bankrupt company. If the company is purchased then they can run the company the way they wish, pay the wages they want and charge the prices to support it. They can show Hostess how it’s done with the Hostess & Drakes brands to do it with.

2. Create their own confectionery/bakery company.

I assume Union bakers who have been baking tasty cakes and good bread can come up with their own version of tasty cakes and good bread that people will want to eat.  They are bakers after all this is what they do.   All they have to do is buy the equipment (now being sold at a discount) grab the staff that is now looking for work and sign up the customers now short of bread and cakes and violá.  

Both of these plans give, as Marx would put it, control of the means of production. If they are right, if management has been taking them for a ride all this time then by becoming management they can demonstrate to the entire world how to do it right.

Of course, it’s my experience that the easiest business to run is a business owned by someone else. If the union thinks they can run a snack cake business better they the management they rejected this is the perfect time to do it. If they do, not only will I and a good chunk of America have the pleasure of enjoying tasty cakes and bread (I LIKE tasty cakes and bread) they will find themselves employed and successful which will be much more satisfying and important than any mea culpas they will earn from us folks on the right.

Of course if they can’t, or don’t choose to and somebody else buys the brand names, and equipment and hires non-union workers and pay what they want to pay to make the company show a profit without them, it will simply prove our point.

I suspect this is the only time in creation that the Bakers Union has been compared to Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Their actions will determine if their words about loving those Union Jobs are as empty as his were about Eliza.

Yesterday WQPH 89.3 Shirley Fitchburg had its official ribbon cutting:

A crowd of more than 100 attended the event

which began with a Rosary

Yeah you hear me on the video louder than others, can’t be helped I’m holding the camera.

after an introduction from Mary Ann Harold

this was followed by the Angelus:

and the official ribbon cutting:

Continue reading “WQPH FM 89.3 Shirley/Fitchburg EWTN Catholic Radio Ribbon Cutting”

Doyle Lonnegan: You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the protection rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation.

The Sting 1973

“Being Notorious Is Not the Same as Being Famous, But It’s Better Than Being Anonymous.”

Robert Stacy McCain

This was a catch phrase of Robert Stacy McCain on his old blogspot site and today Stacy McCain is putting this phrase to the test with Mr. Bill Schmalfeldt as the test subject.

Having ignored the clear warnings signals of several months Mr. Schmalfeldt has decided to make an enemy of Robert Stacy McCain.

His initials are B.S., which is about all anyone would need to know about him, if he weren’t obsessively cyberstalking people, including my wife. But he has persisted — sending me more than 200 Twitter messages in a 48-hour period from Friday through Sunday afternoon — and his continuing career of harassment means that you’re likely to be hearing more about Bill Schmalfeldt in the near future.

One might question the wisdom of doing this. You have a veteran shoe leather reporter with decades of experience who dedicated an incredible amount of time and money covering the presidential election from Iowa to New Hampshire, from South Carolina to Florida (and that was during the primaries!) without the benefit of a major news organization picking up the tab. Such a person is clearly obsessive/compulsive when getting his hands on a story.

Having established the obsessive compulsive nature of said reporter when on a story you continue to annoy and harass him when he gives subtle but clear signals that this is a bad idea. Mr. Schmalfeldt continued to bait Stacy McCain and his family forgetting that post-election as he had already been informed…:

starting Nov. 7, I’ll have plenty of leisure to write about monstrous fools who vainly imagine they can distract me for more than a few minutes from my continuing coverage of this historic presidential campaign.

…said reporter would have plenty of extra time to concentrate on him.

Ever worse for the aforementioned Mr. Schmalfeldt, said reporter, having invested an inordinate amount of time effort covering a campaign that ended with a disappointing and demoralizing result, might find it cathartic to direct the resulting frustration of this result toward exposing and covering a person who has say; harassed or threatened to harass his wife and family for an extended period of time? Even if he wasn’t obsessive/compulsive when focusing on a story, this might generally be considered a bad thing if you are the focus of said attention.

To wit I give you the math:

According to Stacy McCain’s latest post, Mr. Schmalfeldt, a single person, sent Mr. McCain 200+ tweets in a 48 hour period. Assuming Mr. Schmalfeldt didn’t schedule said tweets this works out to a tweet every 14.4 minutes at Robert Stacy McCain over said period.  This is an impressive number.

Unfortunately for Mr. Schmalfeldt the positive math for him ends there.

Let me throw two numbers out there that are part of this equation: 661 & 16,956.

Those are the relative number of twitter followers Mr. Schmalfeldt & Mr McCain have respectively as of 7 a.m. EST 11/26/12.

That means, for example, if Mr. McCain writes a post as he did last night ending with the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.” and chooses to tweet that out, it will have twenty-five times more views  than all of Mr. Schmalfeldt’s tweets directed toward Mr. McCain in the course of over 5 of those aforementioned 48 hours. Additionally due to the volume of followers it is almost certainly true that more individual people will see a single tweet by Mr. McCain than all of the tweets Mr. Schmalfeldt produced in that same 48 hours.

And that’s not all. If even a small percentage of Mr. McCain’s followers say 4% choose to re-tweet the phrase:  “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar“, that would equal the effect of every single person who follows Mr. Schmalfeldt retweeting him.   This has the effect of moving the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” relentlessly up the Google, Yahoo, Bing etc etc ladder in search engines faster than the phrase:  “Topless Miley Cyrus pics” adds hits to your web totals.

To put it bluntly as an FYI for Mr. Schmalfeldt:  When a person with more than 25 times your twitter followers, and likely 100 times your readership, who is in the top 75k websites worldwide & top 12k nationally with over 2100 sites linking into it (according to Alexa)  starts using the phrase:  Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.” on a regular basis it generally has a bad effect on your online reputation and searches containing your name.

This effect tends to be magnified when smaller sites such as The Lonely conservative, Hogewash, Lee Stranahan and even this one links to the post with the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar”. While all of said sites are smaller than Mr. McCain’s in volume, these four sites alone add 2599 sites which link into them and an additional 37,045 twitter followers into the mix.

And that doesn’t even take into the account the effect when Mr. McCain is regularly picked up by a site that regularly ranks in the top 5000 worldwide and the top 1000 nationally (according to Alexa) with over 13k sites linking into it.  It may in fact be the case that more people in the next 24 hours will see the phrase “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” than read William Shakespeare phrase: “Can I compare thee to a summer’s day?” during his entire lifetime.

And this is only the 2nd of what will likely be a series of posts concerning Mr. Schmalfeldt that will likely contain the words: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” subject to said web amplification.  And that’s assuming Mr. McCain doesn’t attempt to augment said amplification by including a phrase such as: “Anne Hathaway nude pics” to bump up the hits a tactic Mr. McCain has not been shy about using in the past although in fairness he tends to get in front of such google bombs rather than tagging onto existing ones.

Bottom line we can expect the post titled:  The Dishonesty of Bill Schmalfeldt and the phrase:  Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar to relentlessly move up the search engine results for Mr. Schmalfeldt over the coming days and weeks.

If the end result of all of this attention is what I think it will be then Mr. Schmalfeldt will be able to take some small consolation in proving Mr. McCain’s phrase: “Being Notorious Is Not the Same as Being Famous, But It’s Better Than Being Anonymous.” incorrect.

Perhaps it can be named the “‘Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar’ multiplier”?

Mr. Schmalfeldt takes offense at this post in comments. He asks why I did not contact for this story or my previous post. The answer is quite simple, this story as the one before it, is about the wisdom of tangling with Robert Stacy McCain given their relative voices on the internet. I am not a party to the dispute between him and Mr. McCain and it may interest him to know I did not contact Mr. McCain prior to writing of either story.

If Mr. Schmalfeldt takes exception to my analysis of the relative blog power of him v Stacy McCain in my post, and he certainly has the right to do so, he is more than welcome to express it at his blog, and then perhaps his friends and financial backers great and small will pick up said post and amplify his opinion as loudly as he sees fit. If he thinks I’m a “hack” he is certainly entitled to that opinion too. I trust the greater public can make any decision they wish to make based on said posts. Meanwhile I’ll simply thank him for the link with the hope that he and his had a pleasant thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas.

On Conservatively Speaking and to a lesser degree on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we speak about the one party rule in Massachusetts and all the trouble it causes us.

Massachusetts and California may be one side of the coin but the NYT talks a bit about the other side of the equation:

Come January, more than two-thirds of the states will be under single-party control, raising the prospect that bold partisan agendas — on both ends of the political spectrum — will flourish over the next couple of years.

There are risks in such a political situation:

Some politicians are mindful that one-party control carries with it one-party blame — and a risk that a particularly partisan agenda will eventually irk voters and lead to a reversal in the next election.

But there is also a reward in a particular sense.

I am a conservative because I believe it is not only morally right but it produces the greatest good for the greatest number economically and socially and for the future of my children and grandchildren. Let’s work under the assumption that our friends on the left believe the same (we’ll pause for our conservative readers who might have been drinking to wipe off their keyboards after spitting it out).

Previously we have seen the effects of liberal rule in cities like Detroit but now we will be able to actually compare the results between the blue and red state as a whole.

In 2016 we will have years of data to see what states have made it and what states have not, what states have employment and what states do not, and more importantly with four years of Barack Obama ahead of us, we will see which states become places where people are going to want to live and which states are not.

I’m nearly 50, it’s my intention to live and die right where I am, but by the end of the Obama years both of my sons will be out of college and we will see where they will decide to go to make a future for themselves.

May the best states and ideas win. The only question is, will the media report it?

Russ DeKuyper: You know how much I got to make to keep $300 cash in our tax bracket? I got to make $800– maybe a thousand dollars that’s why I want that check. Now, you give me that thousand dollars!

All in the Family Edith gets a Mink 1972

O’Reilly: your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there’s nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage.

The Magnificent Seven 1960

We’re not going to take it Anymore

Twisted Sister 1984

I’ve been pretty hard on the Bakers Union concerning the Hostess strike but I’ve noticed one consistency in people who have worked either as drivers for Hostess or other places.

All seem to agree that the Bakers had a point, I spoke to a driver from a rival company that has all the work he can get with Hostess gone, and he said if it was him, he wouldn’t have taken the deal, not with big bonuses going to execs. He said with the cuts they would basically be working for nothing.

I disagreed with the premise under the 92% of something is worth more than 100% of nothing but it occurred to me: Could these bakers have decided they were “Going Galt”?

After all is one perceives they are not getting the reward for had and increased labor it makes no difference if it is government or management that is taking the surplus, the net effect is the same.

Of course in theory if it is management one can find another employer but to the baker with a more specialized profession they might not see it that way.

So in that sense the bakers are no different that any other professional who has decided they just aren’t working anymore for less.

That is as it may be, but if it is true I believe there are three factors that I believe they are forgetting.

1. There are 18,000 people not in the union that might have disagreed that are now unemployed a month before Christmas. In fairness to the union they are not their responsibility, in the words of a man named Vanderbilt: “The public be damned I work for my shareholders.”

2. If the bakers made the deal there is nothing to stop any of them from looking/applying for a different job while still working. Anyone can tell you it’s a lot easier to find a job if you have one then if you don’t.

3. I suspect that unlike the higher end folks choosing “Going Galt” over government the bakers are unlikely to find quicker employment or have the kind of money to be able to “Go Galt” comfortably.

One might argue that the principle is not the same, I would argue if you still have a mortgage to pay and a family to support the fact the principle is the same is irrelevant to the bottom line of paying your bills.

You could say: “That’s not fair.” This is true but irrelevant, life isn’t fair and if people choose not to take the necessary steps to pay their mortgages or rent the judge in the eviction/foreclosure court is not going to find: “life’s not fair” a winning argument.

Now maybe these guys will manage to find other work, maybe they will go into business for themselves, maybe when Hostess is sold off, some will be rehired (likely with less pay and extras.) but I’m betting a lot of them are going to be a lot worse off and their wives and families will pay for it…

…along with 18,000+ others.

The latest in our series of the common thread of the left. The left claims that they care for the avg person they stand up for the poor and oppressed but what happens to these groups over time? Well that’s our next…

…Item: Amnesty international a group that was founded with the noblest of goals has…changed:

Last week, Amnesty’s program director for the Americas, Susan Lee, resigned, expressing shock at “senior management’s failure to honor its commitments to treat staff fairly and with respect.” The next day, the union voted to strike, saying it had “lost all confidence in senior management because it lacks integrity, competence, transparency and accountability.”

well your priorities change when a “rights” organization starts paying more people big money to work

Last year, Amnesty paid 36 people more than 60,000 pounds a year and seven of them received more than 100,000 pounds. In 2007, there were only seven people earning more than 60,000 pounds, three of whom received more than 100,000 pounds. note £60K = $90K

And even more to those who shut up:

That broadening mandate has led in part to a fraying at the edges of the venerable organization as it tries to adapt to a changing world. Managing that change has led to problems – an indication of which emerged in 2009, when Amnesty handed over about 800,000 pounds ($1.2 million) to two former executives as part of a confidential payout upon departure.

Normally one must speak truth to and about power, but if the group is a mainstay of the left apparently Silence is golden, particularly if it means suppressing truth about an iconic left money machine.

He (Joe Morgan) said once you picked up one thing you’d start looking for the others, and you’d see them too. I used to play cards with a guy like that. He’d read your eyes and know what you had. Drive you crazy

Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract pp349 1985 on Joe Morgan and pitch-outs.

Michael Corleone if you don’t listen to me — and marry this man — you’ll disappoint me

The Godfather Part 2 1974

Anyone who has hung out with Robert Stacy McCain notes certain traits he has.

He enjoys his beer, he alternates between coffee and cigarettes in an unending loop, he is never short of an opinion, he doesn’t like to be interrupted when on “deadline” and he is the life of the party, and doesn’t take insults well.

He is a consummate showman, shameless self promoter, and if you have free pads, pencils or items that he might find useful within his reach, he will get them.

He is always at the tip of the spear on a story and has absolutely no problem tweaking the rules when it comes to getting access to get the story, he has tenacity.

But there is something else that, actually two somethings, I’ve seen in him that perhaps others have not. The first reminds me of a story my mother once told me.

She told me the story of a Sicilian in the old country who had a clash with a local Don in the mid 1800. It didn’t end well and he barely made it to America. But she wouldn’t give the names for the safety of their descendents. I scoffed saying: “C’mon Mom it’s over 150 years ago, you think that “family” is still looking for revenge after all these years?”

The look she gave me is the type of look only a full-blooded Sicilian can give and I felt like an idiot asking the question, of COURSE they would, that’s the whole point. It’s the same principle the Islamist uses to terrorize generations how have left the old country to come to America and Europe.

Stacy McCain is not a Sicilian, but he has the memory of a Sicilian. He doesn’t mind you messing with him, but messing with his family is generally a bad idea and while he is in full coverage mode he might not get to you right away, but he WILL get to you.

The second is his mind, Stacy’s library makes mine look small, only Mike Rogers of Granite Grok (who has an actual Library in his house, it’s incredibly cool btw) has more real life hard cover books. His mind is a steel trap, he will remember something he read in one of those book that he hasn’t touched in years and he will draw the connections from them. I remember his great debates with Little Miss Attila. He would quote volumes long past and hold those who wrote them to their words they wrote back when they thought nobody who would oppose them would read them.

Because he goes to so many obscure events people often assume that he simply made his luck by showing up. There is some truth to this but there is something more. What people don’t realize is Stacy is usually thinking four or five steps ahead of the story to make sure he is where the story is when he needs to be. The story is a chessboard and Stacy makes sure his pieces are where he wants them when it is time to move.

Sometimes, if you pay attention, he will telegraph his moves, for example in his current piece concerning Bill Schmalfeldt he says the following hidden in plain site in his 2500 plus words are the following facts:

it goes on all the time, and it’s wrong to blame Internet crime on the Internet. The problem is the criminals and the bullying viciousness that emerges from depraved souls who imagine they will never suffer real-life consequences for their online evil.

This sounds like a rhetorical flourish but this actually contains two important words Internet crime.

The Merriam Webster online dictionary defines “crime” as following:

1: an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially : a gross violation of law

Much later on in his story we have the following paragraph:

Schmalfeldt began attacking me in June, after the end of his “Baltimore” tenure at the Examiner and then, following his brief tenure as “Bill Matthews,” came after me again in late August while I was covering the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Key words in this paragraph being “June” and “August“. It has been 3-5 months since this has been going on yet as Stacy reveals he didn’t even mention this fellow until September 4th where he linked to this post at Allergic to Bull. This is a significant link because the the story there has the following passage:

So you got that? You defended Occupyrebellion by saying, “she doesn’t TELL anyone where your wife is.” And then you go and do precisely that: you tell everyone where his wife is and even suggest that people visit Stranahan’s house.

and later on this:

If this lawyer is straight with you, s/he will tell you that your online activities have put you in serious peril and that perhaps you should cool off for a while.

This was not a coincidence. This notice, a subtle notice, that a line, a legal actionable line had been crossed by Mr. Schmalfeldt.

Apparently Mr. Schmalfeldt didn’t take the hint and on Nov 4th he gives a less subtle second warning this time using his own words rather than Aaron Walker’s:

Barrett Brown is in federal custody, y’know. I blame Neal Rauhauser. And starting Nov. 7, I’ll have plenty of leisure to write about monstrous fools who vainly imagine they can distract me for more than a few minutes from my continuing coverage of this historic presidential campaign.

The key words in this post being “Barrett Brown is in federal custody” but apparently Mr. Schmalfeldt still did not appreciate the warning.

Now perhaps post election Mr. Kimberlin, Mr. Rauhauser and Mr. Schmalfeldt assumed that with a friendly justice department they would be protected but the Obama administration has not been shy about throwing people of much more consequence under the bus.

The motions for default judgements against the Kimberlin crowd should have been the final clue but Stacy being Stacy gave one final warning and while he didn’t name Mr. Schmalfeldt directly, he made this warning a lot less subtle than all the others:

Maybe Barrett Brown should have consulted Sue Basko before he began making threats to against an FBI agent and the agent’s family, and conspiring with “another person known to the grand jury” to publish “restricted information” about them. It’s against the law to “dox” a federal employee, that is, to publish their private information — home address, etc. — in order to expose the employee to harassment or intimidation. Furthermore — and some of the script-kiddies are going to be shocked by this — “doxing” is illegal no matter who the target is empahsis mine

and in case Mr. Schmalfeldt doesn’t believe him, he quotes Sue Basko who’s goal is to keep people like Mr. Schalfeldt out of jail.

Misinformation was spread that doxing is legal. I am not sure how or why anyone fell for that misinformation. Surely, people must understand instinctively, even if they were misled about the law, that if they are threatening someone or putting them at risk, or tormenting or harassing the other on the internet, that this must be illegal.

and in case Mr. Schmalfeldt doesn’t get the hit he being the Christian gentleman that he is, gives him one final out:

Within troll world, the people who engaged in “doxing” did so in the belief that their identities would never become known, and so this clearly illegal form of harassment — publishing people’s addresses, workplace phone numbers, etc., in order to intimidate them and expose them to harm — became an accustomed behavior that seemed to them entirely right and legal. (emphasis in original)

This is what we would call a last warning, five days before yesterday’s post. It was a warning that you are over your head, you have violated the law and if I come after you it will not end well. It’s the equivalent of a Sicilian putting his arm around your shoulder saying: “If you do this thing, I will be very disappointed

Yet on Nov 23rd Mr. Schmalfeldt had not gotten the hint and Stacy was tweeting the following:

The key tweet being this one

This was the final statement that the last line had been crossed and it was now too late, thus yesterday’s post. “But DaTechGuy”, you say, “too late for what? Stacy McCain just wrote a post, big deal.” I’ll tell you what, Stacy McCain has over the last month established the following:

1.. Mr. Schmalfeldt has been harassing him for at least 3-6 months

2. That said harassment was illegal

3. That others had warned him it was illegal directly

4. That a liberal lawyer who would be delighted to keep liberal trolls like Mr. Schmalfeldt out of trouble has publicly stated that these actions are illegal.

And Stacy McCain established all of these things publicly… yet Mr. Schmalfeldt kept doing them anyway.


And the Pièce de résistance he leads with a screenshot by Mr. Schmalfeldt And he doesn’t even point out this tweet:


before he wrote his 2589 word line in the sand.

I’m sure a judge or jury seeing the photo of Mr. Schmalfeldt opposite a photo of Mrs. The Other McCain will find themselves totally in sympathy with Mr. Schmalfeldt even before they see the evidence of Doxing and Mr. Schmalfeldt’s nearly 700 followers on twitter will be amazed and surprised at how this ends.

I won’t be.

Tangling with Stacy is messing with a person with the Mindset of a Sicilian combined with the gameplay of a chessmaster as I suspect Mr. Schmalfeldt will discover.

Update: An Instalanche on a slow hit week is like finding a fountain in the Sahara. Thanks Glenn.

Update 2: The full power of internet math is about to go to work on the phrase “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.”

The Sicilian word you are looking for is “Vendetta”

Yesterday we talked Hamas now lets talk Islam in our series of the common theme of the left series.

Item: This story that has gotten very little press in the three days since it did:

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in “violent jihad,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a release.

Four men what kind of men?

A federal complaint unsealed Monday says 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader. Kabir served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001.

The other two – 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland – converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content to Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments.

They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside.

Oh Islamic men, strangely enough Al Qaeda doesn’t have a lot of luck recruiting Methodists. Jim Treacher opines:

Supporters of Islamic terrorism? In Southern California? Talk about hiding in plain sight.

Okay, you can now forget this ever happened. And by no means should you try to connect it with any other incidents, past or future. It’s just another in a long line of completely unrelated events, and it’ll stay that way unless you want to reveal yourself as a racist.

Any questions, racist?

Yes you would be racist to bring up this just as you are intolorant if you object to gay marriage…with some exceptions:

A female teacher of Islamic religious studies is causing stir with her declarations. As reported by Der Standard, while giving a lesson on religion the woman allegedly declared among other things that homosexuals should be incinerated.

Note she didn’t say they couldn’t get married before they are incinerated. The reaction of the Islamic community?

The Islamic Religious Community presumes that after having spent a whole year near Mecca, she has lost sense of what one can say in a Western society.”

Note that, not what is true, not what is right, what can be said.

What can’t be said is any critique of Islam, no matter how true.

We have been told over and over by our friends on the left that Planned Parenthood’s business is not really big on abortion.

That must be why they are offering Black Friday Abortion specials:

A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in souther Florida is offering a black Friday discount — including $10 off a visit to the abortion center today.

Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast offered the special, saying, “Visit our West Palm Beach or Kendall Health Center for special after Thanksgiving savings on Friday, November 23rd.”

I notice they are not offering deals on Mammograms. I Wonder why?

As Stacy notes, they can afford those thanks to those taxpayer dollars of yours, you know the ones they can’t do without.

That this would be done doesn’t amaze me any more than the other great evils of the world that we see every day. As I’ve grown older evil such as this and the celebration of it doesn’t strike me as odd or exceptional.

What never ceases to amaze me it with repentance and confession Christ will still forgive it and let it go without question, even if they’ve spent a lifetime doing this horrible thing.

I pray those who line their pocket with death someday find that repentance and be pleasantly surprised with the forgiveness that comes from it.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio 10 AM EST we are going to talk Gaza, Hamas and the cease-fire (that is a hudna) and what it really means

In our second hour we will veer away from Politics and talk to Science Fiction Writer Jennifer Pelland author of Machine and contributor to the book Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who

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Glenn Reynolds discusses marginal tax rates at Instapundit.  High marginal tax rates encourage people to ‘go Galt’ when those people can obtain extra income with extra effort (e.g. freelancers, salesmen on commission, small business owners contemplating opening for more days or hours): very often, they will prefer leisure time to the dwindling return on investment (investment of time, effort, and risk).

Of course, that is all predicated on being able to make ends meet: those who cannot earn enough to cover expenses will do whatever it takes to earn enough to cover the shortfall.  A government can thus raise the marginal tax rates without repercussions: a person in need of an extra dollar with earn $90 and let the government take $89 in taxes, if the alternative is starving, losing a job for lack of gasoline to get to said job, or not having a roof over the family’s head.

Counterintuitively, a government that is heavily in debt, or a government that wants to purchase votes with freebies to certain classes of people, wants the productive class to be irresponsible with its money.  The housing bubble, the inflation in food prices, the higher education bubble, skyrocketing health insurance costs, and higher energy costs prevent the productive class from going Galt with its marginal income.

ObamaCare is particularly pernicious: force the entire productive class to funnel large sums of money into health care spending via gold-plated plans that subsidise the non-productive class, and you’ve given people the choice between being eternally yoked to the plow or dying for lack of health care.  (Amanda Marcotte relishes the idea that we are all forced to pay for her sex life as a cost of insuring ourselves and our kids against cancer and heart failure.)

Rising food prices (influenced in no small part by the federal government, e.g. the ethanol mandate, various carrots and sticks of subsidies) yoke all people to the plow:  work more, letting the government take its pound of flesh in the process, or starve.

The housing bubble and the higher education bubble have the same effect: those who work for a living are forced to work much harder to cover the same costs as a previous generation.   Prof. Reynold’s correspondents are all in the position of having paid off houses and student loans – the spoils of having been born in a time wherein a college education cost about 500 minimum-wage hours per year and a house could be purchased on husband’s salary while the wife stayed at home.  The younger generation (my generation) is yoked to the plow, forced to tend to as many of the government’s fields as it desires.

Do you need a conspiracy in order to create this? No – you just need badly aligned incentives, i.e. a rapacious government with unsustainable levels of spending and debt, as well as the power to influence the price of food, housing, education, and energy.  But as long as the government cannot live within its means, it would prefer us to not live within ours, so that we will have to constantly increase our means, regardless of what the government will take from such increased production.

The latest in our series of the common thread of the left

As of this writing a “Truce” is in effect between Israel & Hamas. The left and media during this crisis has pilloried Israel

NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin seemed to take a strong position, rather than just reporting, on the United States’ role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He effectively blamed the unresolved crisis on the United States’ refusal to recognize Hamas and for not doing enough to reign in Israel’s military actions.

This ignores the fact that this wasn’t a crisis when Israel was being shot at, it only became a crisis when Israel began shooting back.

Item: The left claims Israel is an oppressor and our state department remains unwilling to critique Turkey for calling Israel a terror state, however if you want to know how they really feel consider this story:

Back in mid-June, during the great Paris weapons show, the Rafael pavilion was absolutely the busiest around, and everybody wanted to look at the new, exciting, Iron Dome system, the greatest achievement in rocket defense ever. But by the end of the show, Rafael hadn’t made a single sale. The Arrow sold well, other systems did great – Iron Dome wasn’t moving. So they contacted their big clients, the serious ones, and asked what gives. And those clients told them no one except Israel has any use for these things. Because in any normal, sane country, if some hooligans were to start targeting civilians with rockets – the army would go and kill them. emphasis mine

So in public Israel needs to show restraint, in private Hamas and their rocket firing friends are “some hooligans” than normal people would just go kill?

I object to the use of the term “Hooligans” it’s not like they are a bunch of bikers dragging their murdered people behind them as they rideoh wait:

The six “were caught red-handed” with high-tech filming equipment to take videos of military positions, according to a security source quoted by the Hamas Aqsa radio. The men were shot.

Militants hooked the body of one alleged spy to a motorcycle and dragged him through the streets of Gaza City.

Yeah that sounds like “hooligans” to me.

If you are as old as me you remember when Reagan called the Soviets an “Evil Empire” the left went absolutely nuts. Speaking the truth aloud is just not done…but more on that tomrrow

Gavin Wells: Welcome to Chicago, Now pay up!

The Good wife Waiting for the Knock 2012

Last week I talked about the various Secession petitions as an unrealistic fantasy.

However there is a reality that is going on in the US that is already tearing chucks of the country away, but it is not Secession, it is cede-session as Granite Grok explains

It’s already happening in some areas, and it has been happening for quite some time. Parts of Arizona, for example, have in effect seceded–not voluntarily, of course. It was more secession by math with a dash of history reasserting itself. The illegal drug trafficking and other problems simply overwhelmed the resources intended to control them. Now, when traveling a road in Arizona, you can see signs that read, “DANGER PUBLIC WARNING TRAVEL NOT RECOMMENDED… Visitors may encounter Armed Criminals…”. That’s effectively saying the writ of the United States does not apply in this area, so heads up! Some of these areas are quite large. “3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence…”. It truly is the Wild West in those areas. You have no idea what you’ll come across if you enter.

One of my pet peeves has been inner city crime, by not enforcing laws you basically leave the population at the mercy of criminal elements. It’s what got me so hyped about the Trevor Martin case. The national media marched over Trevor’s death and demanded justice, but that same media has no care about the slaughter of black youth by other black youth because it doesn’t fit their narrative and because the police understand what will be done to them by the media if they dare enforce the law, they let things be. Grok again:

Arizona is but one example, there are other more well known areas that U.S. citizens acknowledge with a wink and a nod. Detroit is an example. Gary, Indiana another. Even areas of Chicago. Remember Mayor Rahm “the Don” Emanuel telling gangbangers to, “Take your stuff away to the alley”? Did you ever wonder why he just didn’t tell them to stop it altogether? Because he knows, and they know, they won’t, and there isn’t anything the Mayor can do about it. Essentially, areas of that city are on their own, effectively lawless

That’s why you can stone Christians in Dearborn Michigan and the Christians can be blamed. That’s why a Molly Norris can be still in hiding (apologies not withstanding) for over two years for suggesting “Everybody Draw Mohammad day”

It’s also why in England, France, Germany and many parts of Europe Muslim areas are becoming “No go” places for the police. These are not acts of Secession by those gropes demanding a state, it is an act of cede-ession the country ceding control of the areas to the mob.

This is where we are right now, where do we think we’ll be in four years? If this keeps up nobody will have to talk about Secession against the union, in the end the country will break itself up into little Feudal fiefdoms.

And I suspect this will suit the left just fine, as long as their friends are the liege lords and provide the votes come election day.

Egyptians I’m sure were very happy to have even a phony cease-fire between Hamas & Israel. The idea that Hamas was being hit at the same time that Egypt was doing nothing (as it didn’t want to have its Army and Air-force destroyed) looked bad to the rest of the Arab/Islamic world.

Too bad it came at a price they will be paying for years

Egypt’s president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments granting himself far-reaching powers and ordering the retrial of leaders of Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the killing of protesters in last year’s uprising.

Well that’s Kind of a broad statement is it really something to worry about?

The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority, a move that places Morsi above oversight of any kind. He already has legislative powers after the powerful lower chamber was dissolved days before he took office June 30.

Hmmmm: sounds like we’ve replaced a Pro-American dictator, with a pro-Islamist dictator.

Morsi’s decrees came as thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Cairo for the fourth day running to protest against Morsi’s policies and criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the fundamentalist group from which the Egyptian leader hails

There is nothing like a dictator who takes power in an election. They get legitimacy while making sure nobody can challenge the ever again (Remember Hamas who were dragging the bodies of Arab enemies in the streets last week, took power in elections).

But to our friends on the left this reality doesn’t matter any more than the violent post ceasefire pronouncements of the Head of the Muslim Brotherhood calling for Holy War against Israel or the Jewish state’s actual security or lack of it. Who cares about the future of Egypt’s people as long as the media can write stories like this:

Clinton even announced the agreement standing next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. She hailed the agreement as an important step to bringing stability and peace to a region that has seen major upheaval and transformation in the past two years.

“The people of this region deserve the chance to be free of fear and violence and today’s agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on,” Clinton said.

The agreement, brokered by Clinton and top Egyptian officials, called for an end to the Hamas rocket attacks and expressed hope for a “broader calm.”

Like Hurricane Sandy one the sound bite and media clip has passed the as far as our friends on the left are concerned the problem is solved (at least till the next Republican administration).

So Egypt, hope you enjoy your revolution and your new forever leader Mohamed Morsi that you elected, because you’ll be living with him for a long long time.

Update: Bryan Preston:

The United Nations is said to be “very concerned” about Morsi’s power grab.

Oh they’re very concerned, well that’s OK then.

Strangely enough Mr. Preston doesn’t see the same concern farther south

The more realistic view is that Egypt and Hamas are making the moves that both are making now because they have read Obama’s re-election as giving them space to act without fear of American intervention on Israel’s side.

I’d say that pretty much right, but I disagree with the next paragraph

It is striking, how unsurprised Obama, Clinton, Rice et al seem to be by the Hamas barrage against Israel over the past fortnight, and by Egypt’s swift turn toward Islamist dictatorship. It’s almost like they expected these events to happen.

I don’t think it’s striking at all. I certainly expected Islamists to be on the move if Barack Obama was re-elected I don’t see why they should be.

Update 2: While some Egyptian groups are protesting Elder of Ziyon makes a good point:

The problem is that the pro-Islamist groups can easily summon far more people at any protest any time they want. The parliamentary elections made that clear – the masses in Egypt are not pro-secular, and an Islamist government that veers towards totalitarianism is not considered a problem as long as Islamic law is the driving force behind it.

and there are some promoting more permanent ways of ensuring those who might want to speak to be silent.

Today’s subscriber video talks about Israel Gaza and truth with a side order of Ronald Reagan as the intro:

Amazing the power of saying the truth.

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Thanksgiving day today.

Had a nice mass and a breakfast at the K of C and later today the subscription videos will be up.

In addition to the family and the coming 2nd Anniversary of the show this weekend I give thanks to you the readers.

Financially this is the leanest of my lifetime and events over the next few months will determine if next year is better or worse but the over 600,000 visits this year without gimmicks like auto-reloads.

If I have a reason to celebrate a more prosperous Thanksgiving next year, it will be because of you and if I don’t I’ll still have had the pleasure of your company for the time we’ve had together.

And as for shopping I’ll be using the Amazon points I’ve accumulated this year in lieu of cash. I’ll likely start ordering off Christmas lists today to have a jump on shipping.

I guarantee I won’t be in line like this:

Black Friday came one day early at Kmart this morning with long pre-dawn lines at stores throughout the country:

Every year hundreds of people wait in line with the vast majority of them not getting one of the few TVs or tablets available in each store. You would think years of experience would make people know better.

To all of you, a Happy Thanksgiving and many more.

Today’s entry on the common theme of the left and their problem with truth comes from Morning Joe

Item: On Morning Joe yesterday I saw the sudden post-election discovery of Benghazi (but not Senator Kelly Ayotte who Willie Geist refers to as “others”) in the context of the following arguments:

1. It is OK to send out a member of the administration to say something they know is false or as a dupe who doesn’t know they are sending out false information. (Unlike Iraq for example where the administration and every intelligence agency in the world believed what they were saying was true)

2. Questioning a black woman like Susan Rice is bad optics and racism (unlike questioning a black woman like Condi Rice which is simply asking questions to power plus she doesn’t count as black because she is republican).

3. It is foolish to demand accountability because such a demand is based on facts and accountability rather than deferring to a mandate of racial or sexual politics.

Note that the death of three four Americans is not the issue, the administration sending out a person before the election to deceive is not the issue, no it is the idea that two of the three Senators who have critiqued said person are white men (we’ll ignore female Senator in the group) and she is a black woman and because she is a black woman the standards of truth and honesty do not apply here.

In other words the offense here is against Truth, but well discuss more on that tomorrow.

Update: Should have said four dead Americans, corrected, thanks.

Clarke Hayden: “Money respects money. Even more so in a bad economy.”

The Good Wife Waiting for the Knock 2012

A few months ago I was talking to Joe Mangiacotti of Out with Joe telling him about the TV show Last Resort about a rogue group of US submariners who steal their sub after disobeying an order to fire.

When I told him the pilot ends with the sub firing a nuke warhead at the US he was incredulous saying something along the lines of:

Do these people really believe that Americans are going to watch and support a TV show where soldiers are firing on their own country?

Yes they really did, but via live at five they don’t anymore:

Freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will not move forward at ABC.

The network has opted to cancel both underperforming series, despite picking up two additional scripts for both.

This should be no surprise.  Anyone who has followed movies over the last few years has seen picture after picture depicting US troops through the liberal mindset crash and burn losing tens to hundreds of millions for their studios.

Yet the same types who were sold on throwing their money away on those movies somehow bought the idea that it would sell in the more competitive Television market with 100’s of other choices just a click away?

Why did they think it would be different?  Because their entire world lives within the bubble of the Murphy Brown effect.

Ladd Ehlinger explains:

For those too young to remember, Bush the Elder and his Vice-President, Dan Quayle, were both pilloried by the popular sitcom starring Candice Bergen week in and week out for months on end. But it was not just “Murphy Brown,” it was a huge chorus of pop-culture voices all singing the same tune, that Bush and Quayle were stupid, or evil, etc.

So when I say “Murphy Brown effect” I refer not just to the sitcom, but to the entire pop-culture chorus.

And that effect drove the four most important words from these the hollywood reporter article:

…the critically acclaimed drama starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, is averaging 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 in the demo. Thursday’s episode notched its lowest-rated hour to date, attracting 5.8 million viewers and a 1.2.

…the critically acclaimed drama.

Media is all about opening doors to the right people. It’s the reason why so many idiots are willing to lose fortunes making Tina Brown and Arianna Huffington richer. As long as the critics come from that same Murphy Brown bubble, Hollywood will continue to market to those fools in the mistaken belief that it will make them.

It is the other side of the Murphy Brown effect.   Ladd is right about how it tilts elections:

Until conservatives bigwigs recognize the fundamental power of pop-culture, and start investing in the arts (movies, television, music, etc.) to counteract this trend, they will continue to remain irrelevant, continue to lose their country, and continue to lose elections.

But that same effect blinds filmmakers not only to their errors like Last Resort but the possibility of profit wealth and fame from a conservative slant.

Just imagine if we had enough people in media who could positively buzz a conservative show to anything resembling critical acclaim and the money to back such ventures. Suddenly conservatives on the west coast would not worry about their next job if they spoke out or approved a script because there would be an outlet that could deliver profit and audience to their endeavors.

Every day we don’t fight the culture war on the turf of the arts, we are Israel letting Hamas shell us without response.

The arts are the ground where we must fight.

and Pam Geller & Ronny Alte

A central AUF (Labour Party youth party) politician post direct Jew hate in Facebook, and he explains his post-ups with humour.
“Fucking Jew whores, wish Hitler could come back and shower all you Jews again”, wrote the central AUF-politician in a Facebook discussion thread.
Many have reacted to the Ap-politician Khalid Haji Ahmed and his participation in the debate; Ahmed is the former County Secretary of the AUF and council for Labour in Hamar.

Now in a week were we’ve had bodies dragged through the streets and bombs on buses why would I be the most shocked by an Arab pol in Scandanavia.

Because it’s NORWAY!

The Nazi occupation was tough throughput Europe but it struck a collective cord in Norway to the point where ignoring their own laws against capital punishment they executed Vidkun Quisling and two dozen others who headed up the Nazi puppet government calling for Norwegians to not resist the Nazi’s. His very name has become a synonymous for traitor.

It took a long time for Norway to psychologically recover from occupation, it was a defining moment for the nation. Yet while the Nazi occupation is still in living memory you have a Norwegian pol wishing publicly for the return of Hitler and the gassing of the Jews in one of the countries where their deportation began.

To me this is one of the most obscene things I’ve heard of. It’s an offense against history and how Norwegians react. If they let it stand or if they take electoral action against this pol and his party will be the measure of how far Norway has fallen.

“..For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

John 18:37b-38a

As I’ve been watching the news closely I’ve noticed a common thread in the behavior of the left. and those who support them involving the rejection of Truth. This is the first of a series of posts along these lines:

Item: Today Instapundit quoted this piece at the JWF concerning Hurricane Sandy:

Clueless Bloomberg on Sandy 911 Chaos: “The technology functioned perfectly”
Posted by Jammie on Nov 20, 2012 at 7:52 am

The most out of touch man on the planet again shoves both feet in his mouth. Has there ever been a moment when he didn’t, just out of guilt, admit the failure of something under his command?

Mind you that same Morning Joe talked about how wonderful Bloomberg/Obama did during Sandy before the election yet today Mika was tweeting about photos of the still existing disaster three weeks later. One of Glenn’s readers put it thus:

“It’s not cluelessness or incompetence; it’s the Big Lie…and it is now pervasive in our government and media. They know the failings full well. They’ve just decided it’s easier to whitewash/ignore them than do anything serious about them. Besides, working on real problems would take resources away from the ‘transforming America’ agenda.”

This Jibes with a story in the Leominster Champion that got no coverage of local good Samaritan Ginny White trip to NY to help:

She ended up being sent to The Rockaways, where FEMA and American Red Cross were accepting donations.

“The Friends of the Firefighters set up for me to go and drop of donations from our City of Angels. When we got there, the Good Samartians got there first and loaded up the fire station. The firefighters were so grateful, they took a few skids of juice and such, then sent us about a mile away to where the Red Cross was set up in a parking lot,” a very upset White began.

OK a good start but when she finally found the Red Cross

“We pulled in with our truck, and after getting a run around from FEMA and the red cross, a woman finally came to my truck and asked what we had.”

Ginny opened the back of the truck and the reed cross woman went in and started ripping open bags and bins, according to White.

“She looked at me and said ,”we don’t take this stuff, putting her hand up in the air, and walked away,”

Ginny as anyone in the Fitchburg Leominster area knows tirelessly works for the poor was not amused.

“I went behind her and said “wait a minute, I was told to come here and help people,” Ginny said.

She said she was quite upset over the turn of events. Ms. White continued, “while we were there, a victim came up to me and asked if we had any blankets as she needed one. I told her I had new and used, and she said she would take a used one. I went to hand her a blanket, and four red cross people came over and told her I could not give this lady a blanket,” she said.

As it ended up, Ginny snuck the blanket and a box of food to the woman.

“I could not believe they would not let me give away what we brought,” a distraught White said.

But we can’t blame the Red Cross, it’s policy:

Dawn Leaks, regional director of communications with the Red Cross said it is policy that the agency does not accept bulk donations for disaster relief.

“We work with partner agencies such as Salvation Army and Catholic Charities who do that,” Ms. leaks said.

According to Red Cross policy, only cash donations are accepted.

Ms. Leaks said it is an unfortunate situation that Ms. White was turned away, but it is policy, and that is just how it works.

But wait, I thought we were cutting through red tape to help these people, that’s what the media, the left and the President Said.

There is nobody that I’ve heard of who spends more time and effort on the needs of the poor and Hungry, now Ginny is totally turned off on the Red Cross.

If George Bush was in office Ginny White would be on every TV network but this is the time of the Big Lie.

The Big Lie, it’s all about not telling the truth or “speaking truth to power” but about pushing a meme and if some people are without blankets that’s just the way it is. More on that tomorrow.

…Then Kevin Clash would have a job today

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

Unquestionably the underlying cause is the ban on marriage and the celibacy requirement on Sesame Street and at the Children’s Television Workshop but what fascinates me about this story, which I ignored till now, are the comments at the times:

Most of the attention is given to Kevin Clash, his now known sexual orientation, and the presumed impact of all of this on Sesame Street and its viewers. What is lost in this melee is the fact that the accuser recanted. I am curious why somebody would come up with this charge after this many years only to recant. Was he paid off? Was he lying? There is so much more unknown.

at Gawker more comments:

nothing jogs the memory quite like a mountain of cash.
“oh yeah…yeah! *NOW* I remember that thing that totally happened…”

At Towleroad news gay

“That’s what happens when you start paying blackmailers. The last guy was completely credible with his history of theft accusations and arrests. Maybe this one will be more believable but I doubt it. Posted by: Timzilla | Nov 20, 2012 12:08:45 PM

At TMZ more


People who do this kind of stuff for money makes me sick.

1st, You are not supposed to be underage when you call a sex chat line. what did the 15 yr old expect? everyone he talks to is going to be 15 too? lol
2nd.. he waited 20 years to tell someone?
3rd… he said he didn’t know he was psychological damaged by it until he saw it in the news? ohhh so he saw it in the news and he woke up the next day suddenly damaged?
This dude should be named and shamed. Disgusting for trying to milk someone for money!

And at Mediaite one more

This is rather unfortunate. Mostly that being gay is something people still find shocking or distracting or wrong. And screw that anonymous guy for lying about all this. What was the point? 5 minutes of fame?

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

Anna: Better to kill one man in front of millions than thousands in a war far away

Jon Sable Freelance # 18 1984

There is one aspect of Israel’s operation to suppress Hamas’ rockets into the country that is being totally ignored by everyone.

No I’m not talking about the few pro-Israel protests around the western world or some of the outrageous things pro-Hamas protesters are saying.

I’m talking about Assad’s Syria.

Assad has been killing more Arabs on purpose on a daily basis that Israel has killed accidentally over the course of Pillar of Defense but in the same way the US media tends to ignore black on black violence the media and the Arab world doesn’t like to talk about that.

And while Syrian Rebels squabble:

The main Islamist rebel groups in Aleppo, a key front line in Syria’s civil war, on Monday rejected the newly formed opposition bloc, saying they want an Islamic state, as clashes raged countrywide.

“We, the fighting squads of Aleppo city and province, unanimously reject the conspiratorial project called the National Coalition and announce our consensus to establish an Islamic state” in Syria, a spokesman announced in an Internet video.

“We reject any external coalitions or councils imposed on us at home from any party whatsoever,” he said.

…and Iran continues to build pipelines to Syria Assad gets the chance of his lifetime.

The best hope he has for crushing the rebellion is while the rest of the world is looking elsewhere and as long as Israel is preparing to go into Gaza, the world;s press will keep looking south.

It’s an odd thing to put yourself in the mind of a murderous dictator but If I’m Assad, I put everything in readiness and I wait and watch.

Within 4 hours of Israel going into Gaza I do two things at once.

1.  Issue a strong statement condemning it and vow that Syria will not stand for it.

2.  Unleash my chemical arsenal on the rebels

and four hours after I do #2

3. Release the claim through Syrian & Iranian operatives throughout the Arab world that Israel hit Syria with Chemical Weapons to prevent intervention that they knew was coming.

This simultaneously puts both Israel and the Arab world on the spot.  Israel will no doubt deny it and given any level of time can disprove it, but it doesn’t matter. There will be a large media pool that will automatically disbelieve them.

Even if they report the truth how likely is a public that they have fed myths of Israeli atrocities to for years going to suddenly think it didn’t happen?

Once the meme is released the left in general and the Arab world (other than those being slaughtered) will at best believe it, or at worst publicly act as if they do.

Don’t believe me?  Check out what Arabs believe from this passage from the  Seattle Times:

“We are all against Israel,” said Adel Mohammed, 35, a music teacher who was chaperoning a squealing school group during a visit to the October War Panorama, a large memorial to what is mythologized in Egypt as a decisive victory over Israel in a 1973 conflict also known as the Yom Kippur War.

Decisive victory? Yes you read that right.  It continues.

Inside the October War Panorama, whose grounds display Egyptian fighter jets and captured Israeli tanks, a narrator reads a triumphal account of the attack against Israel that started the 1973 war. That conflict ended with a cease-fire, Israel retaining control of most of the Sinai Peninsula, and both Egypt and Israel capturing each other’s territory.

The highlight of the exhibition is a diorama and 360-degree mural of a battle in which Egyptian forces overtook Israeli troops near the Suez Canal.

Mind you even using the most charitable sources, the Arabs lost

  • Triple the dead
  • Double the wounded
  • Triple the planes
  • 5 to 6 times the tanks
  • 19 ships sunk vs 0 for Israel
  • and nearly 30 times as many captured prisoners.

In fact if it wasn’t for the cease fire coming when it did the entire Egyptian 3rd army might have been destroyed utterly, yet 40 years after that slaughter the Arab people still believe in the myth of Egypt’s victory just as 10 years after 9/11 many still believe Israel did it.

Trust me people who will buy this stuff will jump on the “Israel Chemical Weapons” story and repeat it to their children.

There are risks, the troops might refuse or the stuff could be captured and there is also the chance Israel might actually jump in to make sure none of the stuff is captured by the rebels but vs the likely fall from power I bet Assad will jump at the chance.

And you won’t hear a thing about it. Remember 10,000 Dead Arabs killed by Syria are not as newsworthy as 1 Arab killed by Israel.

Update: Assad might not get his chance

Speaking to reporters Tuesday in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig, Morsi did not provide any evidence to support his prediction that an end to Israel’s weeklong offensive against Gaza is imminent. He only said negotiations between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers will yield “positive results” during the coming hours without elaborating.

Every day that this goes on and Egypt does nothing to aid Hamas, they lose face in the Arab world no matter what the feelings of their own people against war at this time but as Jeffery Goldberg points out (via hotair) for Hamas there is no percentage in peace for them.

Hamas’s strategy in this latest conflict makes perfect sense. Hamas, which is the Palestine branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is theologically committed to the obliteration of Israel and believes, as a matter of faith, that Jews are Allah’s enemies. Its leaders have believed, since the group’s inception, that Jews are soft (“We love death and they love life,” a Hamas leader once told me, and it is a commonly expressed thought). Hamas also believes that eventually misery and fear will drive most Jews to leave Israel, which it views as a Muslim waqf, or endowment, not merely the rightful home of the Palestinian people.

That is really the key to it all.

Well technically Twinkies yet available while both sides are in mediation the Hostess site informs us production remains closed.

But our show where we discussed these topics and culture with Ladd Ehlinger and Mary Lotz is now available here.

AP reports the following:

The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven’t gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the bakery’s union to ask his client, who wasn’t present, if he would agree to participate

And there are interested parties

Bimbo has already sniffed around the bankruptcy proceedings that have haunted Hostess for a decade, in a bid to further expand its North American portfolio and pad its $4 billion net worth. Bimbo reportedly put in a low-ball bid of $580 million a few years ago, Forbes reports, and may be rewarded for that move since the Hostess kit-and-kaboodle may fetch more like $135 million today.

But the big question is whether the same problems that haunted Hostess – high sugar prices tied to US trade tariffs, changing consumer tastes, and union pushback against labor concessions – will squeeze whatever profit is left in the brands.

Especially if a Mexican buyer is involved, production may go the way of the Brach’s and Fannie May candy concerns: south of the border. With US sugar tariffs set artificially high to protect Florida sugar-growing concerns, a non-unionized shop with access to lower-priced sugar in Mexico could be the Twinkie lifeline, economists suggest.

but it’s not just a question of losing the tariffs it’s losing the unions:

First, this development has no small amount of irony.  The labor movement has attacked Republicans for many long years for off-shoring jobs in the name of free trade. Thanks to the bakers’ union, we may end up with almost 19,000 jobs heading south of the border, in the factories of Grupo Bimbo.  The protectionist sugar tariffs that both parties have extended and championed may end up having their own ironic role in these job losses, too.

Will Twinkies survive?  If we are to believe the unions then no, because it’s all about demonstrating power at least that’s what they said.

Anyway I’ve broken open a box of devil dogs but we’ll ration the Funny bones etc for now until we know for sure.

If it works out there are going to be a lot of people who spent a fortune of Twinkies to put on eBay or people who have boxes on eBay who are going to feel like fools.

Update: No answer at the local Hostess thrift shop, might be too late for them.

Update 2: Both side now have agreed to mediation, no word if that means the thrift store re-opens but got some bargains Saturday.

Hostess, its lenders and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), agreed to go into mediation at the urging of Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of the Southern District of New York, who urged mediation rather than a more expensive, public hearing regarding the company’s liquidation.

“My desire to do this is prompted primarily by the potential loss of over 18,000 jobs as well as my belief that there is a possibility to resolve this matter,” Drain said.

Does the thrift shop return?

Update 3: The key words from the Hostess web site


While we ponder the questions the left isn’t asking about the reaction to Operation Pillar of Defense Granite Grok is still there and keeping an eye on some questions that have yet to be answered about the late election, first the stats:

First, in a town with 5000 plus voters there were 630 new registrations for this year’s election.

The law give NH citizens the ability to see public documents

New Hampshire State law (91-a) allows the citizen to review, examine, or inspect, any public document that is available. They can even take pictures of it, or make their own copies or abstracts as long as the document(s) are on site and it occurs during regular business hours.

Granite Grok however reports that there was a slight issue when a citizen wanted to see the form concerning these 630 new registrations…

These 630 new voters piqued the interest of a Barrington resident, who decided that they wanted to get a copy of this public record, but when they asked the Town clerk said it would cost him $300.00.

The Grok folks have some questions about this, but wanting to be fair to all concerned I called the Town Clerk’s office myself. I spoke to a very nice lady who asked me if I could submit those questions via an e-mail to make it easier. So I did, providing a link to the Grok article quoted above with the following questions:

Per said article I have the following questions

1. Is the record of the voter rolls in Barrington available to be viewed by the public

2. Is there a separate record of new registrants and/or same day registrants available?

3. Did a person come in to obtain said records?

4. If so was said person told it would be $300 for said records?
4a. If there is such a fee, is that set by the city or state? Is it a standard fee for records?

5. The GROK article states that such public records are available under state law saying the following:

New Hampshire State law (91-a) allows the citizen to review, examine, or inspect, any public document that is available. They can even take pictures of it, or make their own copies or abstracts as long as the document(s) are on site and it occurs during regular business hours.
5a Is this correct and if so can said person make their own copies without charge?

6. Will said records be available electronically (in PDF format etc) and available either to the public on request or on the Barrington site eventually?

7. If I came down to see said records would they be available for viewing?

Any help in answering these question would be appreciated

Thank you.

That was on Wednesday November 14th when I first wrote this post but held back posting awaiting a reply and while I’m sure Barrington NH can be a busy place I think five days is plenty of time for it to come.

By an odd coincidence while I haven’t received a reply the day after I sent that request Granite Grok’s person went back to the town hall and was told the following:

Our intrepid checklist warrior went back to the clerk armed with 91-a and was informed that they didn’t actually have the list prepared yet. He was told that it would be a few weeks but that they would give him an electronic copy of the new list when it was complete. Skip has encouraged him to go back and ask for the existing list, which they used for election day, and which we now know is available in electronic form. For free, apparently.

Amazing how things change after an e-mail from a guy with 50,000 watts behind him isn’t it?

Maybe it’s just me but if you multiply this question by small town after small town in NH and you get a margin of victory that doesn’t show up in polls.

That’s apparently a question our friends on the left aren’t asking, but we will.

Update: Apparently Barrington replied to my questions promptly but due to an e-mail glitch I missed their e-mails (along with 7 weeks of them from a particular account) until December 29th.

My apology post is here, and the e-mail responses from Barrington follow below:

Dear Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi,

My answers are listed below:

1. Is the record of the voter rolls in Barrington available to be viewed by the public YES

2. Is there a separate record of new registrants and/or same day registrants available? NO, PER Secretary of States Office

3. Did a person come in to obtain said records? YES

4. If so was said person told it would be $300 for said records?NO, the fee would be actually be $379 which is the rate for the current MARKED CHECKLIST, which is based on our current photocopy fee per page, which is $1/page.

4a. If there is such a fee, is that set by the city or state? Is it a standard fee for records? For a marked checklist

the fee is what the Town or City charges for a copy.

5. The GROK article states that such public records are available under state law saying the following:

New Hampshire State law (91-a) allows the citizen to review, examine, or inspect, any public document that is available. They can even take pictures of it, or make their own copies or abstracts as long as the document(s) are on site and it occurs during regular business hours.

5a Is this correct and if so can said person make their own copies without charge? A person may view and takes notes on the marked checklist, but NO there will be no copies made without a charge, PER NH STATE LAW (91-a;IV)

“If a photocopying machine or other device maintained for use by a body or agency is used by the body or agency to copy the public record or document requested, the person requesting the copy may be charged the actual cost of providing the copy, which cost may be collected by the body or agency.”

6. Will said records be available electronically (in PDF format etc) and available either to the public on request or on the Barrington site eventually? An electronic copy will be available upon request after the Supervisors of the Checklist have entered and scanned the checklist and new voters into the statewide database for a fee of $26.50.

7. If I came down to see said records would they be available for viewing? YES

I have answered all your questions to the best of my ability, if you have any further questions please

feel free to contact the New Hampshire Secretary of State at 271-3242.

Kimberly Kerekes

The Doctor: You know what really gets me about you Oswin? The soufflés. Where do you get milk? The soufflés. Seriously, is nobody else wondering about that?

Rory Williams: No frankly no! Twice.

Doctor Who Asylum of the Daleks 2012

Two days ago a story was reported at Breitbart of a pro-Hamas rally

Today, a hard left-wing pro-Hamas rally took place in Tel Aviv.

That came to an ironic end:

The rally apparently broke up shortly thereafter, thanks to rocket sirens warning of incoming ordinance … from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Yes they had to run away from the rockets they were cheering, Ha Ha Ha, delicious irony we get a chuckle but this story illustrates a point far more important than a bunch of delusional leftists supporting homicidal barbarians who not only want to kill them but while they are in the process of doing so. A point that our friends on the left either can’t or don’t grasp or wish to ignore.

To understand this point you must go back to the “Crazy Uncle” Theory that I’ve mentioned before:

It’s not so odd that 1% of any population might be off its rocker, the problem is in a country of 300,000,000 that is 3 million people. Even if 1/10 of one percent is crackers that’s 300,000 people.

Ok so if Israel’s population is 7.7 Million than finding 77,000 1% who support Hamas shouldn’t be all that hard no big deal right?.

Until you consider the other side of the coin where are the pro-Israel protests?

Where is the single sign on a TV screen, where is that one Israeli flag not used for burning? Where are the counter cultural Arabs or that one crazy uncle in the mix in their population?

Consider the numbers: Jordan (6.1 mil), Egypt (Population 82.5 mil) and the West Bank Palestinian territories. (4.0 mil of which 1.6 million are in Gaza) that makes 92.6 million people. If you take 1/10 of 1% of that number you have 92,600 people.

That doesn’t even count anyone from places non-contiguous with Israel like Libya (6.4 mil), Saudi Arabia (28 mil) , or Iraq (32.9 Mil), Yemen (24 mil), Oman (2.8 mil), UAE (7.8 mil), Qatar (1.8 mil) Bahrain (1.3 mil) that’s another 105 million people a potential addition of 105,000 folks to our potential crazy uncle total bringing it to 197,600.

Nor do we consider Lebanon’s 4.2 million people because they are worried about what is happening in Syria whose 20.8 million people are fighting a government that kills more innocent Arabs every single day on purpose than Israel has killed accidentally in Gaza since the start of this operation.

Not a person in front of a camera, a man behind a microphone nor a fellow in front of a single web cam saying even something like:

“If you want to kill Jews, fine but don’t do it from populated areas where innocents can get killed.”

There is not a peep out of a population of 222.6 million of a opinion, even one as vulgar as the one I just typed suggesting firing rockets at Israel is a bad thing. Not one crazy uncle in a population 2/3’s the size of the US who dares express to the world that opinion from any of those lands.

Does that not strike our friends on the left as strange? More interestingly, why does this question not even occur to our friends on the left?

I submit and suggest that they don’t dare ask that question aloud or even to themselves, because the answer that is staring them in the face leads them somewhere that shatters their entire worldview.

That unasked question speaks volumes about the left and the Arabs.

After this weeks’ show I headed over to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester where a Doctor Who event was taking place:

Annie’s was talking Dr. Who big time: Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Chicks Dig Time Lords A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It with contributors K Tempest Bradford, and Jennifer Pelland.

They sat for an interview:

My batteries died and as I changed them cover artist Katy Shuttleworth who joined the conversation who chimed in.

I’m hoping to get both of them on my show in the near future, but as we continued their fans came in

and sat down

of course you can’t have such an event without a Doctor Who scarf.

Of course the books are available at Amazon but for my money I’d contact Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester and get em there.

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I used my first computer when Jimmy Carter was president.

They were the very first computers to come into my high school the school two Apple IIc’s. As there was not any kind of “official” computer class people who wanted to learn computers had to show up for an extra class before school.

My desire had been to teach history but the combination of these interesting machines, my love of math and prop 2 1/2 and all the teachers getting pink slips steered me toward computers until 2008 when shortly after the president’s election the company I worked for folded and I started on the path that led me here.

I tell you this not because I have any love for you guys at Anonymous beyond that is required by my Catholic faith but I tell that story to establish that I’m a computer guy and a geek (as my coming Dr. Who post will demonstrate) so as one geek to another this advice comes from the heart and echos the thought of my friend Robert Stacy McCain:

Are you Friggen NUTS? Making an enemy of the Mossad? The MOSSAD!?!?

Stacy McCain’s warnings about Federal prison are well taken, even in the Obama years

Are these people insane? The United States government considers Hamas a terrorist organization. Not only is any U.S. resident participating in these criminal intrusions individually liable for those federal crimes, but Anonymous as an organization now must be considered a national security threat, giving aid to terrorists against a U.S. ally.

But his warnings about the Mossad are even more valid:

Read the rest. Excuse the blunt language, but if these Anonymous hackers think they can side with Hamas against Israel without consequence, they’ve got another think coming. Dude, if the FBI gets you, that’s one thing. If the Mossad ever gets you? Hey, accidents happen:

These are the guys who were blowing up Iranian scientists for years, These are the guys who successfully introduced a computer virus into the closed system of the Iranian nuclear program, these are the guys who took out Syria’s nuke stuff, and Iraq’s nuke stuff when the rest of the world didn’t know it was there.

These are the guys who have been successfully dealing with tens of millions of fanatics on all sides who want to kill them all their lives and you think for one moment they are afraid of YOU?

Think of it this way: One of the problems with dealing with Radical Islam is you have to cope with 14th century backward fanatics who will remember their enemies over generations to kill them.

Imagine that same dedication to kill you by 21st century men backed by a county that produces more Nobel prize winners than anyone else per capita and at the cutting edge of technological advancement.

You are setting yourselves up as the bad guys in the third movie in the Taken series fighting an entire nation of real life Bryan Mills’.

Or as fellow geeks, to put it in a way you can without a doubt understand, right now this is where you are:

Stacy McCain is playing the part of the Doctor and you are the Atraxi, and he is giving the best advice you will ever get in your entire lives.

Basically RUN! And hope they decide to let it pass, because if you don’t here is what the Mossad will do to you…

Your choice, good luck.

Update Moe lane:

one problem with being hidden in the shadows is that nobody notices when you disappear.

But you can’t skip the “Basically” for two reasons:

#1 One of the things we need to do is to play in the pop culture world in our arguments (that’s why I constantly quote movies and TV shows in posts) This is a function of it.

#2 The very fact “Basically” allows me to use a Doctor Who clip is reason enough to use it.

Yesterday I headed off for Twinkie Quest to see if I could find the Twinkies

Yesterday I went to the Hostess Thrift shop in search of Twinkies unfortunately the shelves were already bare by the time I arrived:

And the bread shelves are were bare too:

Next stop was Shaw’s in Leominster

There was a a box of Chocolate Twinkies but those are not the traditional ones we are looking for, additionally it was ironic that there were not only Drakes Cakes but some were on sale, after all Drakes are made by Hostess and they will suffer the same fate as the Twinkie.

The next stop was Market Basket in Fitchburg:

While I was there people came looking for Twinkies and went away disappointed. However there was one place where Twinkies were to be found.

There was a variety store near my house and while there was not a Box of Twinkies available, single packages were there for the taking. So when I got home there sweets were ready for the table:

The next morning when the word got out to those not on the net the lines at the Thrift store were incredible:

And the parking lot remained full.

But in the end the quest for the Twinkie was to be unfulfilled. How unfulfilled? When I got to the studio and set up a display of the soon to be gone items including a single Twinkie from a box my wife scrounged.

People were actually looking into the window and staring.

The Bakers union can be proud, they gave the American people a lesson that 4 years under Obama failed to do. They taught the public about supply and demand.