You don’t have to explain something you never said.

President Calvin Coolidge

With money tight and prospects for the economy doing worse I’m always on the lookout to save a buck.

So when a vendor calling for Comcast said he could do something for my bill if I made a deal I was willing to listen.

We have two old non HD TV’s in the house, this Christmas using Amazon points we picked up a cheap 32″ HD TV the first one in the house for $97 (contrary to the comments they Did exist) but when I went to Comcast to pay my bill and was told it would be $20 a month for an additional box HD box (down to $10 for a limited time as a promotion) the idea of adding $120-$240 annually to my bills was not an option. (Clearly I am not qualified to run for congress)

So when a few days ago a Comcast subcontractor called saying he could add that third box plus throw in the pay channels I don’t have like HBO, Showtime Stars etc and all the channels below 400 for two years for only $2 more a month with a two-year commitment I told them I’d talk to the wife and if she was OK with it, we had a deal.

So after the wife said we could manage $24 a year I waited for the callback. It came as promised but with a different sales guy who confirmed the deal. We were ready to commit when I asked the $64,000 question:

I just want to confirm, that $2 a month includes all taxes & fees right?

It turned out not to be the case, including Taxes & fees my bill would be about $8 a month more. That comes out to $100 a year. For some people $75 isn’t much but when you are pinching pennies that’s one or two water bills.

I said, nope, can’t do it, I told him if he could guarantee me a price no higher than $3 more a month, I’d go for it, but $8 a month was too much. If he could make the deal for $5 less, we were good.

He refused. I pressed I cajoled and dickered but nothing could pry that price down that extra $5, so when we hung up I figured, maybe it was because it was a subcontractor so I called Comcast proper and tried to make the deal, nope, that extra $5 a month was a bridge too far.

I’ve had Comcast for years and the service has been fine. I pay my bill in person so I can deal with the ladies at the booth who are friendly and know me by fedora , but I was pissed. They had changed my expectation level and then dropped the ball. FIOS had just come to the area and if Verizon wanted me I was as ripe for the picking as you could get.

So I called em.

I talked to the Verizon rep, he was very friendly. I told him exactly the features I needed, the channels I could not do without (MeTV & BBC America) I told him the internet speeds I needed and he quoted me a price better than Comcast WITH a #300 Visa gift card on top of it as a bonus.

There was only one problem, one of my oldest fiends had dropped Verizon like a rock a short time ago, I asked the Verizon rep to call me back the next evening after I talked to my friend to find out why. I named a time and was told I should expect the call. In between I spoke to my friend. He has a full range of features and his issue was of price not quality.  That was it since the quality was there and the price was right it looked good to me!

I made it a point to be available, cancelling my regular Saturday night activities and other obligations. I started making preparations in anticipation of no longer using my e-mail addresses. I understood there would be some inconveniences but I didn’t care. Comcast had led me on and fumbled the ball, As soon as that confirmation call from Verizon came it was goodbye Comcast and Hello FIOS for at least two years, in writing! As soon as the phone rang we were in business…

…it never did.

As the rep was in a different time zone I waited, perhaps he thought 8 my time was 8 his time I waited two more hours and then a 3rd and fourth.


Mind you I’m not one to change capriciously if I like a service I tend to stick with it. If Comcast’s surrogates hadn’t called to make that offer and kept me $5 away from a deal I would have been satisfied to stay exactly where I was but Comcast annoyed me and Verzion had a shot to take advantage of it.

They didn’t.

The end result I’m pissed off at Comcast for raising my expectation and dashing them, I’m pissed off at Verizon for doing the same and I’m upset that I spent a considerable amount of time on the phone with both for no effect, both of em might have done better to just be quiet…

…so tell me more about the Roku thing

One of the nicest thing about the entire “Fiscal Cliff” business is it focuses us on the change that is coming in the 2nd term for President Obama.

Granted the new congress doesn’t convene until Thursday and the President’s new term is twenty days off but the fiscal cliff deadline has clearly been painted in media as a function of post-election the whole: “Obama won so congress should do X” meme.

I was trying to think of how to best illustrate what is coming in a second Obama Term and the more I think of it New Year’s Eve is absolutely perfect for the job.

Think about it:

New Year’s eve is a day when people tend to party to excess forgetting all their actual problems for one big smash of excess forgetting all their worries and then the next morning, what happens:

You wake up in bed with a bad choice beside you

Or In a cell if lucky with a big bill if lucky or a bad accident if not

or in a best case scenario you start the year with a splitting headache

with the huge credit card bills of December in the mailbox

and your federal tax forms in the mail.

This is America under Obama all over, a bender of spending that felt good, a bunch of big bills coming up, and a bunch of bad choices where the lady chooses the flashy guy, vs the steady one.

And we wake up to the 2nd term and suddenly here come the bills, the taxes, the Obamacare (with its taxes and rules), the companies finding it easier to drop hours and coverage than give you insurance, New regulations on the and the layoffs that will come from them and an Arab world with Islamists on the rise.

All of this is coming in the 2nd term, all of this we’ve done to ourselves.

Enjoy New Years Eve because the with the New Year comes the government we deserve, and that’s going to be the most painful part of it.

Update: I’m still $370 away from avoiding a personal 2012 defect. It’s too late for voters to stop the nation’s fiscal cliff but you can help me avoid mine.

I’m prepared too, I have your home address and I noticed that your preparations are light on defensive weaponry.

Dilbert July 31st 2011

Dryden: How did he die?

James Bond: Your contact? Not well.

Dryden: Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn’t worry. The second is…

[Bond shoots Dryden]

James Bond: Yes… considerably.

Casino Royale 2006

Our friends on the left have a particularly view of gun owners, best represented by this clip from the Movie Highlander and the character played by Christopher Malcolm:

This is the perfect image to them, to them, the crazy ex-vet, white, disturbed, just waiting for the moment to crack.

The absurdity of the argument comes from the lack of violence from all those folks that the Journal News is so anxious to pinpoint as a public service, but let’s play that game for a moment.

For the sake of this post, I’ll stipulate it’s all true; Gun owners are dangerous and we of the right who oppose Barack Obama and gun control are a bunch of violent, heavily armed racist rednecks just waiting for a Glenn Beck or the NRA to give word turning us loose for an orgy of annihilation on an unsuspecting public, particularly women, blacks and gays.

If this is true, even a little bit, is it wise to provoke us with moves like this:

President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.

“I’m going to be putting forward a package and I’m going to be putting my full weight behind it,”

Given as stipulated the vast majority of the right is one step away from the cliff of slaughter, might saying: “Next year we’ve coming for your guns” less than two weeks after Andrew Cuomo said “Confiscation could be an option“, be the push to send a bunch of heavily armed Chick-Fil-A eating psychopaths over the edge?

It’s gasoline on a fire ready to engulf the country in flames with only the police, the army and power of the presidency to hold back the impending holocaust of good and decent Obama voters.

Liberals, be afraid, be VERY afraid…

…the rest of us will be out and about living our lives, pointing at you and laughing.

Note: By an odd coincidence my emergency bleg is still ongoing. Any help is appreciated, and for those liberals suffering from the paranoia I’ve just described, let me remind you everybody knows when dealing with dangerous Sicilians a cash tribute is prudent.

Update: Here it comes from Stacy…

UPDATE: Headlines from the Drudge Report:
Buyers flock to gun shows in VA…
‘It’s Never Been Like This’…
Backorders Up To 6 Months From Manufacturers…
Only 1 Person Shows Up To Protest Show In Denver…

Obama: The Greatest Gun Salesman in American History!

Do to an impending change in some background accounts into I detected an e-mail glitch, one of my accounts was not properly downloading my e-mails to my PC.

Apparently this has been going on since mid November on this particular account, but because I get such a volume of e-mail from so many accounts this remained undetected until some maintenance I finally had time to do tonight brought the problem to light allowing me to repair it.

While much of the missed e-mails were simple information there were three that directly impacted people who did not get responses. Therefore I owe three apologies so let me deliver them publicly now.

To Evan Sayet comedian and author extraordinaire, I’m sorry I didn’t answer your e-mail concerning scheduling because I never saw them, I’m anxious to have you on the show ASAP and will try to schedule you either second or third week of January.

To Dr. Paul Byrne, the same. I didn’t get your response e-mail concerning the scheduling of you and tying things down. As this was the week of my mother’s death I was a tad distracted as well but if I saw the e-mails I would have answered them promptly. Like Evan Sayet I would like to schedule you the 2nd or third week of January.

Finally to Kimberly Kerekes of the Town clerk’s office in Barrington NH.

I’m very embarrassed. You apparently answered my questions from this post promptly but because of my e-mail problem I didn’t see the answers until today over seven weeks later. In addition to updating the base post I’ll also add your answers to this one.

It is grossly unfair to you and the town that said answers did not go up promptly and while this was due to the e-mail bug it’s still my responsibility. I hope this public mea culpa helps make up for it.

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

Again my apologies to all three people above. Mea Culpa

and the story of that bill was told in cartoon form…

In those magical days congress worked in the following ways.

The House would pass a bill.

If the senate didn’t like the house bill they would pass a bill of their own.

And then the two bills would go to a conference committee and the details worked out.

And then when both sides had passed bills they would work out the differences.

Now things have changed:

The House has passed a budget, the house has passed a tax bill, they have passed bills tackling the big issues of America.

The Senate has not.

They have dodged the big issues, they have punted, the one greatest deliberative body in the world has made a deliberate decision to avoid any decision that might affect their electoral futures and the country be damned.

The response to this inaction? Nobody in the media has challenged the Senate, nobody has pressured the senate, until the last few days nobody has called on the Senate to do anything.

And because the rest of America is too busy simply trying to survive when the media has blamed the house for inaction and ignored the senate the country has ignored them too and not pressured them to do anything.

Perhaps if the media called the Senate on this the people would have pressured them and we would have a bill in conference committee already.

But that is not to be, after all if the American Public is unwilling to punish the Senate for inaction there is no reason for action to take place.

And we once again get the government and the consequences we deserve.

The End.

Update: Still $525 short on the emergency Bleg, any help would be appreciated

Tomorrow on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we have two interesting topics

in the 11 AM hour author Larry Correia will be joining us to talk about his Monster Hunter books but we will certanly be talking about his spectacular piece An Opinion on Gun Control the best treatment on the subject I’ve read.

Before that we will be talking yet another Mass Senate Race with Tom Lavin. Will we be seeing Scott Brown vs Ed Markey and who will be named as the place holder when Sen Kerry is confirmed?

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The Doctor must be behind it! I sense the vicious doctrine of egalitarianism, Hade!

Doctor Who, The Sun Makers 1977

In my last post on the seeming willingness of Democrats to condone behavior against their foes that they would condemn if experienced by their friends I noted how familiar the arguments of those on the Democrat left sounded to the points their party forefathers of the nineteenth century made when explaining why a particular group of people were unworthy of the protections of law and culture.

While some on the left may not believe it right to comparing the arguments and attitudes of an Alexander Stephens in his famous crossroads speech or the majority opinion in Scott vs Sandford to their own, the objection fails due to their quite understandable mistake of seeing these arguments purely in terms of race rather than in terms of the real game here: social structure.

One of the distinct differences that social structure or caste brings is status. How one reacts to different behaviors and what actions can be permitted is based upon where you exist in the structure.

Here are three current examples of this:


The people we cover, we move in their world, but it is their world. You can’t live like them. You’ll never keep up.

The Paper 1994

Last Sunday David Gregory, while hosting NBC’s Meet the Press was interviewing Wayne LaPierre of the NRA held up a 12 shot magazine clip during a confrontational moment of the interview.

Meet the Press is shot in DC and these items are strictly banned with a stiff penalty for possession. NBC made it a point to ask permission of the DC police to bring in the studio, and the DC police refused yet Meet the Press and David Gregory felt unrestrained by this refusal.

As Stacy McCain put it:

in full knowledge that possession of a 30-round magazine is illegal in D.C. — where Meet the Press is recorded — David Gregory and NBC willfully violated the law just so Gregory could dramatize his anti-Second Amendment lecture to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.

NBC acknowledged directly the validity of the law by their request to the DC police, their ex-post-facto to provide ATF cover for their actions implicitly acknowledges the legal violation.

Yet the argument of the press is not a question of facts it’s a question of intent. Howard Kurtz laughingly states:

I don’t think Gregory was planning to commit any crimes.

I beg to differ, Gregory planned to possess an item in a location where it was prohibited by law.

If it was you or I or anyone else who possessed said device, the law would take it’s course but David Gregory is one of the elites of the media profession (not some grubby member of the Breitbart Crowd like James O’Keefe) as Noah Rothman puts it:

If the post-Newtown debate over gun control has shown that the media is somewhat out of touch with average Americans, the Gregory episode has revealed that they do not see themselves as average Americans.

He is not an average American, he is a member of a different distinct class, Bill Jacobson on the WCRN Morning Show’s case and Glenn Reynolds arguments  not withstanding as far as the media is concerned David Gregory is a courtier to the king beyond these petty rules and laws that an O’Keefe, Jacobson or DaTechGuy must follow.


“I — I couldn’t take a blow, sir. I suppose I’ve been too long with gentlemen”

Among gentlemen a blow could be wiped out only in blood; among the lower orders a blow was something to be received without even a word.

C. S. Forester: Hornblower and the Hotspur 1962 p 301

Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in congress since statehood, died this week at the age of 88. Inouye served with distinction during World War 2, losing an arm, his death meant that governor Neil Abercrombie had to appoint a new senator for the seat and selected Lt. Gov Brian Schatz who flew back to the Washington with President Obama to be sworn in as Senator.

Not three weeks earlier Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced his upcoming resignation. Governor Nikki Haley in response appointed newly re-elected GOP congressman Tim Scott to the Senate seat. Scott will be the only African American member of the United States Senate and the first Black Senator from the south since 1881.

Yet while the appointment of a black American to the Senate by a female Republican governor of color has elicited responses like this…

MSNBC: Tim Scott, don’t be a token senator

Black Voices News: No reason to celebrate Tim Scott

The NYT: The Puzzle of Black Republicans

…the appointment of Brian Schatz a White Male to the Senate over Rep Colleen Hanabusa by another white Male to replace the longest serving minority in the Senate in US history has not produced a murmur of objection by the MSM.

To supporters of the GOP on the right this contrast might seem unjust but for the media and left Mr. Schatz’s and Mr. Abercrombie status, established by their political persuasion, provides the necessary imprimatur for their choices. That status means their actions are unworthy of complaint while the critique of Mr. Scott & Mrs. Haley, they are to be received without even a word.


Is that you reading Kizzy?

Roots 1977

I follow several people of the left, some that I have met, some that I haven’t and some simply because the mood struck me. One of these people is a lady by the name of Reda St. Cyr.

I know nothing about Reda than what I’ve seen on twitter and what is in the description above. As she lives in Nevada that is unlikely to change.   We’ve occasionally had disagreements over the NRA, over show ID to vote and other issues over twitter, but I know absolutely nothing else about her.

Yesterday we tweeting concerning Guns & the NRA when a subject that is a pet peeve of mine came up, the slaughter of inner city blacks that is ignored by the media and by those who march. At the end of the conversation she tweeted something I found telling:

It is the confusion that is of note here.  I’m sure Ms. St. Cyr is a nice and reasonable woman and is thought so in her community but like Q on WCRN who sees the Tea Party as totalitarian see the GOP as a force for wrong. She, unlike Q, can not wrap her head around the idea that a seemingly nice fellow could be a Republican, and even stranger that such a fellow could make a public argument to support GOP or NRA beliefs. It’s a source of expletive generating confusion.  Why it’s as unbelievable as an illiterate reading scripture.


All of these examples, point to a different caste, a caste that lives under a different set of laws then beneath them, a caste where behaviors are not to be questioned, a caste that reacts with amazement when a member of a lower order displays traits that they would expect from their fellows.

In short this is Feudalism, and they are the lords…well almost. as I’ll explain later.

P.S. I have an emergency bleg up to cover some expenses (oil), details are here, any help would be most appreciated.

I was preparing a long term bleg/budget bill to figure out exactly how much the blog needs to generate to keep me in pixels and in my house for next year when I looked at the bills and saw that with the latest oil bill there simply isn’t the money to pay it and the reserves just aren’t there. Continue reading “Quick Emergency Bleg Update: $230 down $370 to go”

Today during my stint as guest host for the WCRN Morning Show I mentioned a book I received for Christmas: Ships of Oak Guns of Iron the war of 1812 and the forging of the American Navy.

As I took a look at it today I noticed a passage that jumped out at me from the introduction. Charles Francis Adams is giving a speech in 1912 at the American Historical Association answering the question: “Is the United States a ‘world power’ and if so , when did she become one?”

Adams not only says “yes” but dares to specify an exact date and time when the country reached this point:

…To be specific , it was at thirty minutes after six o’clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19th 1812.

It wasn’t Adams quote, but the next two sentences of the author Ronald D. Utt that caught my eye:

Adams did not have to remind his audience what had happened at that specified moment. They all knew, as did every schoolboy in the nation (emphasis mine). That was the moment when the American frigate Constitution shattered and sank the British frigate Guerriere in the first major sea battle of the War of 1812.

That the American Historical Association including former President Theodore Roosevelt knew that date and time is not strange, but that every school boy in the nation would know it is a sentence that might shock and confuse the people of today.

It would not have been a shock to people when I was born. Nor would it be a shock for young boys to know who Alvin York, Davy Crockett, David Farragut James Doolittle, or Anthony McAuliffe were.

I grew up in a time without the internet, without iPhones, and without computers yet any 10 year old boy in America knew who these guys were. Their exploits were taught in schools and celebrated in culture.  Yet today most in public school have no idea who these men were nor would it surprise me if their ignorance was shared by their teachers. They are certainly ignored by our culture.

These men were heroes, they risked or gave their lives to the concept of something bigger than they were. Today we no longer celebrate our heroes, the great and brave deeds that made our nation or the men who did them as Powerline reports:

Beyond the tiresome (race, class, gender, zzz…) and the false (big business causes racism), an obvious feature of the new social studies standards is the banishment of any sense of the heroic in American history. If your child should attend public school in Minnesota under these guidelines, he or she will learn a lot more about the Anishinaabe than about James Madison, Alexander Hamilton or Thomas Jefferson. Those founders are mentioned just once

A society becomes weak when we no longer are willing to celebrate strength. Rick Rickola served with distinction in Vietnam and died going back into the World Trade Center to save people in his care, Sgt Paul Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq.  Marc Allen Lee was the first Navy Seal who died fighting in Iraq and Tyrone Woods died this year fighting to save ambassador in Libya when he could have run.

In my youth these men would be celebrated and known in every schoolroom in America.  Memorials would exist of them, movies made about them and boys would dream of matching their bravery. Today a 15 year old boy knows more about  Charlie Sheen, Matt Smith, or Kobe Bryant than any of those men.  If you say “Eli Manning they will talk sports heroics  but if you said the words “Dick Winters” 9 times out of 10 a person under 30 wouldn’t know who he was.  Bilbo Baggins  they can tell you chapter and verse, Bill Guarnere, forget about it!

A society emulates and it’s children aspire to what it celebrates. A country celebrates greatness, can remain great. A society that celebrates nothing, can’t.

That simple sentence in that book says more about the decline of America than any budget battle or reality show ever can.

Tomorrow is the third day of Christmas and we are going to have a doozy of a snow storm with winds and a bunch of White Stuff that we’re all going to have to shovel in NE.

But more importantly tomorrow I’ll be joining Sherman Whitman to host the WCRN Morning Show 5 AM till 9

We’ll of course be keeping NE abreast of the storm but we’ll also take time to talk about the Newspaper in NY who thought it would be a good idea to make public the names and addresses of Gun owners in the city and surrounding areas and in the 7 O’Clock Hour we will be joined by Bill Jacobson of Legal Insurrection to talk a bit about that, David Gregory and double standards.

It will be fun, except for the driving and parking. And we’d love to hear from you, call in at 508-438-0965.

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Daras: The Deputy Fuhrer is an authority on the genetics of racial purity. How do you classify this one?

Melakon: [regarding Spock] Hm. Very difficult. Note the sinister eyes… and the malformed ears. Definitely an inferior race.

Star Trek Patterns of Force 1968

“You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your fellow men justly.

Leviticus 19:15

Our programming does not permit us to acknowledge that any creature is superior to the Daleks

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks 1975

Picking up from where I left off, when looking at some of the stories that I didn’t bother to write about in the last few days I find there is a common thread.

From the calls for death of Climate “deniers” to NRA members to the “not to be taken seriously” assassination list of earth first including Brandon Darby there is a single basic connection.

It is the idea that the people who are thus targeted or critiqued are not worthy of the same courtesy and standards of behavior that those making said declarations would hold for themselves.

Thus any critique particularly public critique of Professor Erik Loomas is beyond the pale but Professor Loomas’ connecting Sarah Palin with the Giffords shooting calling for the hunting down of Dick Morris to be skinned like a pig declaring for the world to see we need the heads on sticks of those who disagree is perfectly acceptable no matter what language he may employ or colorful metaphors used.

Now while members of the tea party, the conservative blogosphere and Republicans around the nation might object to this as a double standard,   we obviously are forgetting that this type of thinking from our democrat friends concerning Republicans is simply an extension of  science:

Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre of the brain often associated with anxiety and emotions.

On the otherhand, they have a smaller anterior cingulate, an area at the front of the brain associated with courage and looking on the bright side of life.

It’s the very same principle that another Democrat echoed describing republican opponents on another critical matter:

All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity

Being fanatics with a species of insanity,  we don’t understand why someone like Brandon Darby, who had the audacity to believe that bombing the GOP convention might not be the appropriate response to political disagreement, is clearly unworthy of standards of society, let alone the consideration   for his acts that an Erik Loomas should expect.

And we of the right like Darby, being unworthy of the consideration for the standards or support of society due to our mental impairment, dare I say mental inferiority why stop there?  After all, if conservatism is a form of irrational insanity that as some say, has “blood on their hands“,  what rights do conservatives have that should be respected by he left and the media culture that support them, particularly if these opinions lead to the violent death of women and children?

If such insanity could somehow be restrained, then the enlightened could solve problems from the economy to gun violence unrestrained.  There is a precedent.  In fact there’s a whole Supreme Court ruling, one of the most famous rulings in American jurisprudence, made by some of the most educated and elite democrats of their time that can be looked to for guidance:

We think they are not, and that they are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word “citizens” in the Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which that instrument provides for and secures to citizens of the United States.

I don’t see a single line in the constitution protecting the rights of the insane fanatics.  Do you?

I know some might object to Democrats being connected these opinions of their party.  Their resentment to some degree is proper, after all the left goes after the right irregardless of race.  So what is the actual driver here?  Well that’s for tomorrow.

Update: Stacy McCain notes something at Occupy Rebellion that is relevant:

Andrew Breitbart was a career criminal who made it his mission to destroy people & their families. . . .
NO ONE linked to Breitbart has the right to ever claim their “victims” of anything. NO ONE linked to Breitbart has the right to ever “grieve” for anyone they know who died.

Stacy is stuck by this:

What is striking — and, in a weird ironic way, a tribute to Breitbart’s greatness — is how this obsessive hatred has persisted even after Breitbart’s death, so that now Rauhauser, “Occupy Rebellion” and others (most of them involved with the “Weiner Truther” cult) have transferred their “heroic hatred” to Breitbart’s associates.

Stacy Stacy Stacy, you just don’t get it. It’s not obsessive hatred, Breitbart obviously doesn’t have the right to be mourned because what he did and thought was obviously, as Dr. Stephens would diagnose, due to his insanity and any of us who wish to follow his example deserve no better.

…let me explain, in a way you can comprehend, why this article in the Journal News crosses a big line.

On this 2nd day of Christmas lets pretend just for a moment that this map of legal Gun Owners in New York was not a map of Gun Owners and permit owners in the NY Area being published by a liberal NY paper titled: The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood.

Let’s instead pretend it is a list of the names and addresses of all the people who work at planned parenthood or train people in abortion in the New York area published by a Christian organization titled: The killers next door, what you don’t know about the abortionists in your neighborhood.

What would your reaction be? What would the media be saying? How would you see it as anything other than a threat to a group of people doing a legal activity that “protects women”?

And let’s go further: What would you say if any kind violence took place at any of those locations? Would you be calling the radio stations? Would you be writing angry letters to the paper? Would you be demanding action against advertisers?

As for the media I submit and suggest that there would be no other story nor would anybody allow any other kind of story until the paper apologized and the reporter fired.

And that’s not even getting into the realm of boycotts and the use of such an action as part of a reoccurring theme of the “violent right” whenever such a topic came up in every round table for years.

Pause just a moment and think. If you have anything resembling a moral base you can see what is wrong here and understand why this map has generated so much buzz and anger among defenders of the 2nd Amendment (deleted comments not withstanding, when I saw this article there were thousands of comments, post-Christmas there are now hundreds).

If you don’t understand it, if you still see nothing wrong, then you might be the subject of my next post…

My wife is at work and now that my sons are 19 & 21 they are crashed and still asleep on Christmas morning.

But what’s Christmas without a Christmas Special and if you missed my DaTechGuy Christmas Show With Bishop Reilly and Linda Binggeli have no fear, you can hear it here.

And if you don’t want to wait till Saturday for your DaTechGuy fix I’ll be guest hosting the WCRN Morning Show Thursday with Sherman Whitman from 5 AM to 9 on AM 830 WCRN

May you and all of yours have a Merry Christmas! (and enjoy tonight’s Dr. Who Christmas Special. (priorities you know)

You know I was preparing a long rant after the Sunday Shows when I remembered what day it was.

After going full tilt during the election and with the oncoming “fiscal cliff bipartisian tax hikes and cuts coming there will be plenty to see come Wednesday.

But you know, I think we can go a couple of days without dealing with the MSM and their idiocy, in fact I think we’ll all do better for it.

So other than posting Saturday’s show when it’s available until Wednesday let me simply say:

Merry Christmas to all from DaTechGuy at DaTechGuy blog.

(and if you don’t celebrate Christmas, have a nice day anyway)

I’d like to recommend two pieces on the NRA gun plan:

First my piece for the Examiner The NRA Traps for the Left & the Right:

The NRA is going to go forward advancing its plan no matter what anyone in the government says. There is only one question remaining, will the Republicans act quickly to back the NRA program & keep it private or will the Democrats co-opt it into a giant public tax and spending machine?

Either way if the kids end up safe I don’t think the country will care.

The political risks/rewards are real, the question is who will take them?

The second is from Larry Corella’s site. It’s the best and most informed piece of the subject I’ve seen:

No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

Paging Cynthia Yockey

The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

As for Gun Free Zones:

Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.

Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.

This is so obvious it’s embarrassing that anyone has to say it aloud.

But my favorite is where he takes apart the media myths that have been perpetuated by the partisan & uninformed which usually are one and the same:

Gun and magazine sales skyrocket every time a democrat politician starts to vulture in on a tragedy. I don’t know if many of you realize this, but Barack Obama is personally responsible for more gun sales, and especially first time gun purchases, than anyone in history. When I owned my gun store, we had a picture of him on the wall and a caption beneath it which said SALESMAN OF THE YEAR.

It’s Very VERY long, but it’s worth it.

Update: Left a line out of a block quote

Today is our annual all Catholic Christmas show on DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

In the first hour we talk to Linda Binggelli, she was one of three people whose questions the Pope answered in his initial tweets.

In our second hour we have our taped interview with Bishop Reilly on the Church, the Year of faith and his memories of Vatican 2.

It all starts at 10 a.m. EST till noon on WCRN.

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Update: Dropped a “G” in Linda’s name, fixed

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre today:

the National Rifle Association knows that there are millions of qualified active and retired police; active, reserve and retired military; security professionals; certified firefighters and rescue personnel; and an extraordinary corps of patriotic, trained qualified citizens to join with local school officials and police in devising a protection plan for every school. We can deploy them to protect our kids now. We can immediately make America’s schools safer — relying on the brave men and women of America’s police force.

DaTechGuy Dec 18th:

Let’s say a school has 100-1000 students, odds are you can find plenty of students who have grandfathers who are retired ex police, ex military, ex law enforcement etc etc etc. These are people who have used weapons, have been trained with weapons and know how to use them with responsibility.

While retirement can be pleasant one of the thing that can be hard is no longer having responsibility. Going from a position of respect to a position where people just see you as old.

So here is my solution:

What if in each school you had 5 of those grandfathers volunteering for a day to be in the school to patrol the school either armed, or with a weapon or two in a safe in the principal’s office that only they and one other have the combination to?

Kathryn Findlay today

Yup, sure sounds like it doesn’t it?

The left is hitting him for this in a way they haven’t gone after me, but I have a question for them. LaPierre said:

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,”

If that wasn’t true, why did the shooter in CT only kill himself when armed police turned up?

I don’t expect an answer, it’s much easier for reporters to attack the NRA instead.

A couple of days ago I wrote this concerning Judeo Christian Culture

The truth is very simple, one of the things that Christianity and the Judeo Christian Culture provides is a society that has positive values. That individuals and institutions haven’t always lived up to those values doesn’t make the values any less valid than a corrupt cop means the police should be disbanded.

I would think that even if you didn’t believe in the religion the moral structure might be valuable.

We’ve already seen the image of wealthy atheists funding Catholic Schools because they provided the best educational chance for children, making it the rational choice for society.

Now we see elite atheists making another rational choice for their own children:

The researchers found that agnostics attend religious services (e.g., church) at about the same rate regardless of whether they have any children. By contrast, the attendance rate of atheists with children jumps 70% compared to those without. Children constitute a statistically significant factor in atheists attending religious services and joining religious communities. It should be noted that the atheists and agnostics in this study are all top-tier scientists, so these findings may not hold for atheists in general.

Looked at another way, contrary to popular expectation, atheist scientists show a proclivity to join a religious community when raising children. Unlike many atheists who feel isolated in a region of heavy religiosity, scientists have ready access to a community of fellow, morally minded atheists, and yet choose to raise their children in a religious community

If that doesn’t make online atheist go Kryten this next bit will:

In many circumstances they favored a religious upbringing because, third, they believed it would provide children with moral orientation. One scientist, who does not have children, said he would raise his children in the Catholic Church because he was raised Catholic and believes Catholicism teaches children important values.

What? You mean to tell me that these top-tier atheist scientists, the pool where this study was taken, these well-educated brilliant people need religion to teach moral values? Simple rationality can’t do it alone?

Hopefully the children of these scientists will grow up fast enough with strong enough moral values to solve this pressing problem of atheism:

[Women complained to Watson they didn’t want to attend atheist events] because they felt uncomfortable in a room full of men. They told me about how they were hit on constantly and it drove them away. I didn’t fully get it at the time, because I didn’t mind getting hit on. But I acknowledged their right to feel that way and I started suggesting to the men that maybe they relax a little and not try to get in the pants of every woman who walks through the door. Maybe they could wait for her to make the first move,

Of course that presupposes the following:

1. These children don’t in fact choose religion.

2. They attend an atheist conference with Rebecca Watson

3. She remains as Stacy McCain Described her: “the total smokin’ hotness of atheist chickdom.” albeit by that time the cougar version.

But alas it likely won’t work because that same moral compass might cause them to choose to reject both the concept of the one night stand or a person robbing the cradle as it were.

Oh well I guess the moral structure provided by religion can’t solve everything.

Via Hotair Headlines

Hey Guess what Charlie Crist decided he now believes as of yesterday:

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who throughout his long political career has been staunchly pro-gun rights, said Wednesday that after the Connecticut school slayings, he now backs controls

That quite a switch but the explanation is simple:

Crist recently became a Democrat and is considering a challenge to Gov. Rick Scott, who long has favored gun rights. Scott has refused to comment on gun measures after the Connecticut shootings, saying it is too early to debate.

Javier Manjarres is not amused

Is there a phonier political opportunist in the country than Charlie Crist?

A reminder the NRSC endorsed Charlie Crist 15 months before the senate primary after which he left the party and eventually joined the Democrats, but until that moment the GOP Establishment sure loved Charlie and that love had more than a political cost:

During a single three-month span of that year, Republicans contributed $4.3 million to the doomed campaign of Charlie Crist.

How’s that workin’ out for ya?

and that money was not only lost it terms of what was done, but in terms of what could have been done: Jimmie Bise:

Divide $500,000 into $4.3 million. That’s how long I could run a hypothetical conservative news site with the money dunderheaded conservatives gave Charlie Crist in just three months.

On the other hand let me remind of a poll that the GOP Establishment didn’t have any use for, a fellow named Rick Santorum. I remember (and videoed) him saying this in New Hampshire:

America is a melting pot, not a salad bowl. America is a set of values by which we hold together. That’s what holds us together, but there is a different point of view. Some have suggested that no America shouldn’t be and is wrong to be, one thing. It needs to be many things. It needs to be what any everybody wants to do. Out of one many. If that’s the case then is anybody surprised that we have trouble getting anything done for the one, the country?

Lisa Graas yesterday reminded of these words before the DeMoins Register saying this:

But as Rick Santorum told the editorial board of the Des Moines Register back during the primary, most politicians think of the issues as “little silos” and if one of the “silos” is not popular, the politician can just kick that silo down and take a new position. He sees “the big picture” of where our rights come from, and the very limited role of our government in defending only those rights.

I come back to Santorum’s answer on Gay Marriage in Concord NH against a Hostile College Crowd, he didn’t duck, he didn’t flip he explained and educated:

The GOP Establishment didn’t like Rick Santorum, they didn’t like his willingness to talk on key issues, he didn’t duck, dodge or hide. That scared them. Mitt Romney didn’t scare them or the consultants they invested in. The GOP established sure liked Mitt Romney…

…..right up until the day he lost.

Perhaps conservatives should consider a different set of investments, rather than enriching consultants by spending on pols who are so changeable we should invest in selling our ideas to the people they would benefit:

the only hope to go to the people.

Go to the Latinos and Black Americans, explain WHY conservative economics work for them. Explain why an open border hurts THEM and theirs and explain why the entitlement society makes them peons and slaves to the state as sure as if they were in the plantations of South America or the old South.

Go to women explain WHY not only conservative economics works for them but WHY conservatism in social issues benefits them, their children and themselves.

Let Americans know that WHY a strong America makes them safer than a weak one, make the case and do it every single day.

That is a better investment than any dollar to any superpac

This is what new media does, as Stacy McCain put it

For the $4 million that the permatanned RINO Charlie Crist collected during that single three-month span of 2009, you could fund eight spiffy little New Media operations for a year (or four such operations for two years). And FEC contribution limits do not apply to people making “investments” in news operations, so that the rich Republicans would not be restricted in their generosity toward New Media, as they are toward political candidates.

Why is a Media Matters & Think Progress or even a Brett Kimberlin funded? How does the left manage to push this agenda from the web to the MSM and why do they succeed? because as Stacy McCain put it

Soros has figured this out. Rich Republicans have not.

Guys it’s time to figure it out.

Update: NRSC not NRCC corrected

One of the things I’ve noticed over time is one a republican is no longer a threat to democrats electorally the media suddenly finds nice things to say.

At the New Republic we see this process up close.

Before the hearings, Robert Bork had been renowned at Yale Law School, where he taught for nearly two decades, not only for his influence on antitrust and constitutional law, but for his ideological open-mindedness: many students of his era fondly remember the seminar he co-taught with his closest friend on the faculty, the liberal constitutional scholar (and TNR legal editor) Alexander Bickel, which featured affectionate bipartisan debates. After Bickel criticized his conservative jurisprudence in one class, Bork replied, “You’ll notice that my colleague’s elegant theories of jurisprudence are a cross between Edmund Burke and Fiddler on the Roof.” TNR was said to be Bork’s favorite journal at the time, and in 1968 he wrote a piece for this magazine, “Why I Am for Nixon,” praising the Republican presidential candidate as the true heir of classical liberalism.

As soon as Robert Bork became a “threat” to the left it was necessary and proper for good Catholics like Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden to destroy him and his reputation if they could.

Yet Bork remained the man he was.

After the hearings, he would become, in print at least, something of the caricature of legal conservatism that Kennedy had painted. But he remained friendly and convivial in private: Whenever I ran into him and his devoted wife, Mary Ellen, over the years at holiday sing-alongs, he loved to discuss his old friend Bickel over scotch. Although the hearings had left Bork professionally embittered, he remained personally gracious.

I suspect many of the left who knew that Bork was a better man than they pretended he was. All of these people who could have done something or said something at a time when it would have meant something will unburden themselves of the guilt and they will feel better about themselves.

The world will now hear about Robert Bork the good republican, but only because he is Robert Bork the dead republican.

This week commentary is a mix of several subjects, from Newtown, to the Jets to electric cars it’s called Potpourri

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Sherlock Holmes: People have died.

Jim Moriarty: [shouting] That’s what people do!

Sherlock The Great Game 2010

Jim Moriarty: STAYING ALIVE!!! SO BORING, ISN’T IT??!! Just staying…all my life I’ve been looking for distraction. You were the best of distraction and now I don’t even have you. Because I’ve beaten you. And you know what? In the end, it was easy. Yeah…t’was easy…now I have to go back to play with the ordinary people.

Sherlock The Reichenbach Fall 2012

A few days ago I got an e-mail from Joy McCann about a new blog she had called Tea Cozy Mysteries and the current post is on the plethora of new Sherlock Holmes series/movies out there, the best of which is the BBC’s Sherlock that I quote above.

Today Cynthia Yockey argues against gun free zones and their danger and makes a point that needs making

Most mass murderers include suicide in their attack plan. This fact is extremely useful in preventing mass murders and reducing the death toll of those that occur. Why? Because we need to accelerate the killer’s scenario for the circumstances in which he has planned to kill himself. Isn’t that always when the armed responders have arrived and he’s cornered? That’s why we need plenty of civilians in schools, universities, churches, theaters and shopping malls who have concealed carry permits, weapons and the skill to use them. The sooner there’s return fire, the sooner the suicide is triggered and the killing stops. In addition, I predict that there will be a tipping point when there are enough people with guns and concealed carry permits that would-be mass murderers won’t like their odds and will give up on their plans.

This is a powerful argument for my school protection plan but it raises an important point.

People have talked a lot about the various psychological roots of killers such as the one in Ct. When these events occur the question is asked over and over again: What was in their mind? What drove them? What did they have inside them that took them over the edge? What made them so bored, so in need of distraction so void of purpose that they see no point in “Saying Alive” or any moral imperative in not ending the lives of others?

Strangely enough I find the answer to this question in…MeTV

About two years ago MeTV. Memorable Entertainment Television joined the ranks of the hundreds of TV networks out there. Locally there is a Boston and a New Hampshire version in my cable package and they show a vast collection of shows from the 50 thru the 80.

I’ve been looking at the shows from the 50’s and early 60’s such as Daniel Boone, Donna Reed, Gunsmoke, the Big Valley, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, The Rifleman, Star Trek and Hogan’s Heroes.

Television was still fairly young and these programs influenced the culture if you don’t believe it ask Russell Johnson how many time he was told by people their move toward science started with the Professor, how many people thought of space sciences after seeing Mr. Scott or how many young people today see NCIS and think Law enforcement & forensics or the Big Bang Theory and think Physics & science.

But there were other values reinforced, honor, the virtue of hard work, perseverance, respect particularly for women and the role of faith in life.

In short they reinforced a moral base, the Judeo-Christian Cultural moral base and the values it advanced.

Now two generations later after that most narcissistic generation, the baby boomers banished the values of their parents from schools and TV and our popular culture by people like the Metal Group Lamb Of God, whose lyrical themes are described in Wikipedia: They frequently use biblical references, but often convey anti-religious sentiment was shocked SHOCKED by their absense:

a disturbing number of concertgoers made noise, talked and generally disrupted the otherwise peaceful moment.

That moment being a requested moment of silence for the dead in Newtown

I am so disgusted right now- if you were one of those who wouldn’t shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SECONDS to honor twenty MURDERED CHILDREN- go look in the mirror. You are looking at a piece of sh**.

Your parents are obviously pieces of sh** too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity.

Dignity? Dignity is defined by culture, the culture of dignity has been rejected by many like yourself and replaced by the one where mainline online magazines defend sex with Donkeys.

The truth is very simple, one of the things that Christianity and the Judeo Christian Culture provides is a society that has positive values. That individuals and institutions haven’t always lived up to those values doesn’t make the values any less valid than a corrupt cop means the police should be disbanded.

For the last 50 years our media, our pop culture and those celebrated by both have told us over and over again how the Judeo-Christian culture that was once the norm has led to oppression and held people back. Those who have for generations urged and promoted its abandonment for the sake of narcissism now are shocked that young people with no center, no faith and no culture that reinforced those positive values are so anxious to kill themselves either on their own or via suicide by notoriety?

People are talking about how first person shooters may have an influence on people, violent lyrics, suicide wishes, misogynistic rap, and more has on the culture today. Obviously if these things alone were the root cause of this type of stuff we would have more shootings then we do, but for some who are weak or disturbed or in despair Judeo-christian values provided a cultural firewall that can help restrain those who need restraining, even if you don’t buy the underlying religion behind it.

Marx once said that religion was the opiate of the masses, even if you don’t believe in religion in general or Christianity in particular I think a stronger dose of this opiate might have done some real good here.

I think Cynthia Yockey’s point above is very valid, but wouldn’t it be nice if it wasn’t? Wouldn’t it be better if we had a culture where the very thought of suicide among youth, let alone suicide coupled with mass murder wasn’t even on the table?

I submit and suggest that the return of those values represent a greater horror to those baby boomers leading our culture, crying for the disarmament of all but their bodyguards, than the shootings in Newtown ever will.

They will accept gladly inflict a new generation of Moriarty wannabes than admit their parents were right.

Opus: Penguin lust is not Immoral and Wicked and anyone who says so is an old prude. It’s beautiful and natural, and I for one fully support penguin lust.

Phil Donohue: That’s great, caller, but today’s topic is “Nun Beating.”

Opus: Good Lord, man, I can’t support that!

Bloom County

One of the first pieces long pieces I wrote as a blogger  was a critique of Gay Marriage and Richard Cohen attack on Rick Warren:

I will go as far as to say that it would have been an impossibility to have a clergyman who publicly SUPPORTED gay marriage give the invocation before the year 2000 and in 2004 if John Kerry had won it would have been an incredibly controversial decision.

But 8 years later the word “bigot” is thrown around at all who dare say otherwise.

3 years later came this story from the daily caller

If a small group of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have their way at a conference this week, pedophiles themselves could play a role in removing pedophilia from the American Psychiatric Association’s bible of mental illnesses — the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

and I asked this question:

My point? I’m not surprised one bit and nor should anyone who has been paying attention over the last 3-4 decades. The question is will this be the final trigger for the latest Great Awakening or in the final decline of American/Western society?

Four months ago came (and nine months after Rick Santorum said it was coming came the Polygamy argument out of the Guardian and the marriage of three people:

Why shouldn’t three people get married?

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

and I said:

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

Now we have this in Salon:

A legal defense of donkey sex
A man accused of feeling up a farm animal argues an anti-bestiality law is unconstitutional. Does he have a point?
By Tracy Clark-Flory

With apologies to easily offended readers, this story brings new meaning to the word “jackass” but I’ll say this for Tracy Clark-Flory, she didn’t wait 32 years into her journalistic career to jump on board a movement after it became popular.

Lisa Graas is not amused:

It is not Rick Santorum who came up with the idea that “gay rights” would lead to the acceptance of bestiality. The slippery slope of immorality leading to more and more immorality is just a fact of human nature. It surprises no one who is educated about human nature in the conservative (Aquinas) tradition that Salon is now defending bestiality just as it surprised no one in the pro-life movement that Jack Kevorkian ended up with his day in the sun in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade. Though assisted suicide has not taken hold, “passive euthanasia” is common practice now in hospitals. The slippery slope is real.

That we have reached a point where a major online publication feels comfortable with this speaks volumes, because it tells people it’s OK to think about it, that there is a legitimate debate. It is the same dynamic as the Gay Marriage argument:

I suspect beyond the core set of true believers the support is actually very thin. It is what the “enlightened” and “right” type of people support to show how good and tolerant they are. It allows people to feel good about themselves without actually doing anything. It keep them safe from that most dreaded charge of bigotry. In short it is an exercise in narcissism.

This principle is going to continue to be used on all types of things that just a few years ago people would have been ashamed to advance, but it makes sense. After all it’s a lot easier to re-define what is acceptable behavior than actually changing behavior your behavior.

And PLEASE don’t give me the “ick” factor argument about these other things being accepted. Ick is just an argument about culture. It is the same argument that one would have heard concerning gay marriage less that 20 years ago. It is particularly galling when gay people are subject to state sponsored murder in places like Iran and ick is invoked beside Islam.

And once the ICK factor moves the definition of acceptable will move as well and then Opus the Penguin will find his opposition to “Nun Beating” doesn’t makes him a prude, it will make him a bigot.

It takes courage to stand up to this, I suspect that is why the left considers faithful Christianity in general and faithful Catholicism in particular its greatest obstacle and enemy. For it provides to the courage to stand up and say “Enough!”

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Aukon: Then die. That is the purpose of guards.

Doctor Who State of Decay 1980

Here is how the sheep and the sheepdog think differently. The sheep pretend the wolf will never come, but the sheepdog lives for that day. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, most of the sheep, that is, most citizens in America said, “Thank God I wasn’t on one of those planes.” The sheepdogs, the warriors, said, “Dear God, I wish I could have been on one of those planes. Maybe I could have made a difference.” When you are truly transformed into a warrior and have truly invested yourself into warriorhood, you want to be there. You want to be able to make a difference.

LTC Dave Grossman On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

There are a lot of words signifying nothing yesterday that had a political agenda. Today on Morning Joe they are celebrating Joe Manchen the Democrat Senator who decided to become a democrat now that his seat is safe.

Before we get too deep into looking at the culture etc and beating our breasts (and I have a few of those posts coming up in the next few days) the first job as Michael Graham mentioned yesterday is to come up with a practical solution to this before we go anywhere else.

The question becomes what is the actual solution. Yesterday has a suggestion:

What if we had the equivalent of air marshals in schools?

What if willing teachers were trained and armed in schools?

What if we treated schools like we do airplanes and advertised the hell out of the fact that there’s a very good chance someone’s in the building who is trained and armed?

Not a bad but expensive and not really practical in the sense of insurance and training plus you never know if a teacher has issues, but Nolte is close.

Here is a simple solution that in less that 3 months in every school in the country:

Let’s say a school has 100-1000 students, odds are you can find plenty of students who have grandfathers who are retired ex police, ex military, ex law enforcement etc etc etc. These are people who have used weapons, have been trained with weapons and know how to use them with responsibility.

While retirement can be pleasant one of the thing that can be hard is no longer having responsibility. Going from a position of respect to a position where people just see you as old.

So here is my solution:

What if in each school you had 5 of those grandfathers volunteering for a day to be in the school to patrol the school either armed, or with a weapon or two in a safe in the principal’s office that only they and one other have the combination to?

That would totally change the equation in several ways:

1. Instead of a an unarmed teacher or an untrained teacher you would have an armed person who knows how to use guns between a shooter and the kids.

2. Before going after the kids the shooter would have to eliminate the armed guardian. That would at the very least complicate the plans of an attacker and at best decide it’s not worth it

3. There is a huge difference in accuracy when someone is shooting back. A shooter who has to worry about being shot can’t kill 15 people with say 12 shots because he is going to have to worry about the guy shooting at him.

4. Even if the guard is killed in defense that purpose is served because the goal is time. Time for the kids to evacuate and time for the police to get there. When seconds count police are minutes away, at worst he would die buying those minutes, at best he would hold off one or more shooters so police would be there and suddenly the shooters are flanked.

5. It would give an actual sense of security to the kids and give them all someone to look up to, an adult that is willing to lay his life on the line to protect them with no reward other than their safety, the cultural implications of such a role model would be incredible.

This idea could be implemented very quickly, with almost no cost.   You would not have to train teachers in a skill that scares them.

As for the men to do the job, I suspect the problem wouldn’t be finding these people, I suspect the problem would be too many people for the slots available because it is an honorable task, a manly task and I suspect the retired sheepdogs would jump at the change to defend those they love once more.

The expense? the only thing that would take the time would be screening these men and then the cost of the safe.

You want a solution there it is.  Practical, simple and low-cost to implement, without a new bureaucracy or the surrender of anyone’s rights.  An actual solution without anything being a political football.

That’s why the left & media will never go for it.

Update: Roxeanne DeLuca comments:

Men will line up to protect their grandkids. The sissified version of males that the Left creates will not.

Been on the road today and when I came home I found that an idiot had acted like an idiot and had received an idiots reward.

Here’s the despicable racist tweet that got University of North Alabama player, Bradley Patterson, kicked off his team:

The tweet was brought to the University’s attention after it was highlighted by Deadspin.

Within the past several hours, Patterson deleted his Twitter account.

Goodbye and good riddance:

Forgetting the stupidity, (assuming you have cable one could change the channel to CNBC) this type of public racism deserves condemnation and received it not just from Twitchy but from sites like Crooks and Liars:

However, there was a segment of the population less taken with Obama’s speeech, especially since it pre-empted NBC’s coverage of the 49ers/Patriots game. A few of them took to Twitter to voice their complaints more…er…shall we say, colorfully.

I would offer a couple of screen grabs of these tweets, but they violate our editorial standards for hate language. Let us just say that there is something so enraging about missing football that brings out the racists.

and Eclectablog

University of North Alabama kicks racist football player/tweeter off the team

There is no question that this crossed a line and he deserves all he gets, but just a week earlier there was a different involving the same word said in public by an angry largely white crowd involving destroyed property belonging to a fellow named Clint Taver. I looked at Crooks and Liars to see how they reacted, after all an angry white crowd destroying the property of a small black business man combined with racist statements spoken in person is much more serious than a single tweet:

or not.

While Crooks and Liars finds Clint Taver not newsworthy in the least, Eclectablog did a bit better but their post was…interesting here is the title

A bit of truth-telling about the Lansing “Hot Dog Guy” whose “cart was destroyed by union thugs”

As you might guess it goes down hill from there:

Nonetheless, much like, Kenneth Gladney, the St. Louis guy who faked getting injured at the hands of union members then solicited funds for his hospital bills even though he had health insurance, a collection has been taken up on Tarver’s behalf. According the article, they have raised over $10,000 for him (UPDATE: MIRS News reports that it’s now over $16,000.) The total value of what he lost in the scuffle?


I wonder what they’ll do with the thousands of extra dollars not needed to buy more buns, hot dogs, ketchup, mustard and a couple of folding tables and coolers?

Apparently there is a deductible that must be applied when white liberal Union members cost a black man money. It’s also a poor reflection on Mr Taver that strangers gave money in excess of his base expenses. Somehow that somehow makes it illegitimate.

After 12 paragraphs along these lines from the author we finally see this:

Certainly Clint Tarver didn’t deserve to be treated as shabbily as he was by the union folks there. His wife claims he was called a “nigger” and jeered for working for the enemy. If true, that’s reprehensible and inexcusable. But the off-the-charts poutrage from the right on this is an absolute joke. Some of the same people decrying the verbal taunts that Tarver experiencde are here on this very website calling union members all sorts of hideous names. So let’s keep it real, shall we?

By this standard the football player on Twitter shouldn’t have been kicked off the team because so many people on the left have hit Michelle Malkin with racist & sexist slurs.

But maybe because what happened to Clint Taver is all about an evil conservative plan to distract the public:

Let’s not kid ourselves about what “Tentgate” and “Hot Doggate” are all about: distracting the country from noticing that corporatist ideologues have turned the birthplace of American organized labor into a Right to Work for Less state.

I submit and suggest that if Mr Taver had been a democrat and the people involved Tea Party members this would not consider it a “distraction”.

But then again, I suspect the standards being used are based upon the Obama/Liberal version of the Bill of rights so I don’t expect better.

And for the record I’m sure conservatives would LOVE people to see what Michigan had done, because as time passes the benefits for people in Michigan will be apparent for all to see.

As people all over the nation reel from the murders or more accurately suicide by mass murder I wish I could say I was shocked by it.  I’m not and neither should you be.   Given the cultural changes of the last 50 years and the spate of young and teenage suicides that simply weren’t going on when I was young one can’t be surprised by this unless they haven’t been paying attention.

But this, THIS surprised me:

It was meant to be a day of mourning, but parishioners inside a Catholic Church here had their fears renewed Sunday when a bomb threat forced a mid-morning evacuation and a SWAT team converged and surrounded a rectory.

The threat, which came during morning services, was “a menacing call that threatened to disrupt the Mass in a violent way,” said Brian Wallace, a spokesman for the local diocese.

That another young man with nothing in his heart and little in his head has decided to commit suicide by mass murder is no shock, that while the bodies of the kids are still unburied somebody actually called in a bomb threat to the church where people are trying to cope and grieve, that’s simply incredible.

I can almost understand the concept of a non-entity either embracing or trying to purge his demons by making himself permanently are part of the lives of the families he has destroyed but I simply can’t wrap my head around the subsequent bomb threat.

My fear when hearing about this was an accomplice hoping to drive people into a killing zone, hearing that the killer made a point of trying to disable his PC made me wonder.

What kind of person does this? What do they gain in satisfaction I think they simply like watching people already grieving dance?

Every time I think our culture has gone as low as it can go, it’s manages to surprise and disgust me just a little more.

In 1973 Billie Jean King seven years removed from being #1 woman in the world Defeated 55-year-old Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a $100,000 winner take all match billed as the Battle of the Sexes.

King’s victory cemented her as a feminist icon for silencing Mr. Riggs, ranked #1 in 1941 in the world 32 years earlier and member of the Tennis Hall of Fame who said that at age 55 he could defeat women 25 years his junior.

What a lot of people forget is the four months before losing in to Miss King, Bobby Riggs took on another 30 years old former #1 ranked women, Margaret Court and demolished her in straight sets.

Today people make Riggs the butt of jokes conveniently forgetting his lopsided victory over Court (losing only 3 games) while playing competitively with King. The actual lesson of the exercise was this 55 year world champion with his best years decades behind him was able, on a national stage able to hold own against the very best women of the time both young enough to be his daughter managing a combined score of 22-21 in five sets.

For all the accolades Miss King received, No sane person would contend that at age 55 in 1998 she would have had a prayer against a 31-year-old Boris Becker or a 33-year-old Stefan Edberg. That’s not to imply she wasn’t a spectacular Tennis Champion, she was, it’s simply because at age 55 she simply could not have physically been able to compete with either of these men.

That’s simple biology…which brings us to Gabrielle Ludwig

In the days leading up to the game, people had plenty to say about 6-foot-6-inch, 220-pound Gabrielle Ludwig, who joined the Lady Saints as a mid-season walk-on and became, according to advocates, the first transsexual to play college hoops as both a man and a woman.

When I saw this story all I could think of was Riggs/King with a twist.

Gabrielle Ludwig like Riggs is 25 years the senior of the women on the basketball court, both teammates and opponents. but there are three huge differences that work in Gabrielle Ludwig’s favor that Bobby Riggs didn’t have going for him.

1. While Basketball like Tennis is a fast paced physically demanding game it has certain advantages in terms of stamina. The nature of the game allows Gabrielle Ludwig periods of rest and relief, particularly at half time. Bobby Riggs had to play through the match without such relief.

2. Bobby Riggs was #1 in the world in 1941, he took on Margaret Court #1 in the world in 1962 & Billie Jean King #1 in the world in 1966. All three are rightly in the Tennis hall of fame. While Riggs enjoyed the physical advantages of manhood, they were offset not only by age but by the experience and skill of two opponents prepared both physically and mentally to cope with the absolute best the world had to offer. Gabrielle Ludwig on the other hand, operations and hormones not withstanding not only has the muscle set of man and some coaching experience. These physical & mental tools are being deployed against 18 & 19 year old girls who are still learning the game of basketball at a college level.

3. Basketball is a sport where, Muggsy Bogues not withstanding, height is critical. The Avg height of players in women’s basketball is 5′ 8″ in the WNBA it is 6′ and the avg height of a center in the WNBA is 6′ 8″. Consider this information on an article on “Why there are so few dunks in the WNBA all emphasis mine

The average female college basketball player has a vertical leap of approximately 19 inches, compared with more than 28 inches for the average male player. Since you have to get your fingers about 6 inches above the rim to have a chance at dunking, a female player of average leaping ability would have to be around 6-foot-6 with a standing reach of 8-foot-11”—the approximate measurements for Michael Jordan. (His Airness reportedly had a 48-inch vertical leap.) Few female players are that tall, and none of those giants is an exceptional leaper.

Gabrielle Ludwig is 6′ 6″ age not withstanding that height advantage combined with a 220 pound frame in basketball makes a huge difference.

Mind you this is not against NCAA rules as the SunTimes says:

As someone living as a woman and taking female hormones since 2007, Ludwig was eligible to play in the NCAA. Transgender student athletes who have taken medication to suppress testosterone for a year may compete on women’s teams under a policy adopted last year.

But I do object to the following on non-basketball grounds

The California Community College Athletic Association had another hoop for Ludwig. Because its rules base gender on a student’s birth certificate, she would need a new one. Ludwig, who had sex reassignment surgery over the summer, petitioned a judge and obtained her papers on Nov. 30.

So now according to new official paperwork Gabrille Ludwig mother gave birth to a daughter 51 years ago, but what’s re-writing history when we have a meme to promote?

When it comes to the game a false birth certificate can’t hide the politically correct biological facts.

Advocates can cheer all they want but Gabrille Ludwig is able to compete in the NCAA college woman’s game, because hormones operations and the blessing of society not withstanding, Gabrille Ludwig is a man.

I do not doubt nor question Gabrielle Ludwig’s drive. At the age of 50 the effort play basketball at any level is considerable and commendable but let’s be blunt:

If a woman with the same prior experience attempted to make the team had attempted to make the team, the odds of success would be slim and none.

Furthermore if Gabrielle Ludwig had been born a woman and had gender reassignment surgery in 2007 the newly minted Gabe Ludwig would not be able to compete with the young women Gabrielle Ludwig plays with today, let alone make the men’s college team.

The only reason Gabrielle Ludwig’s efforts have been rewarded is because Gabrielle Ludwig is Bobby Riggs.

It’s a truth that everybody knows but in the culture of 2012, such things can’t be admitted in polite society, not when there is a liberal meme to be sold to a gullible public.

Update: I guess I owe Gabrielle Ludwig an apology for comparing him to Riggs. Weirdness not withstanding Gabrielle Ludwig isn’t throwing any games.

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

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

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

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

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Escape From Hell

Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker

I’ve been out of circulation for a little while so I didn’t hear about the shooting in CT until I came home around 7 PM yesterday evening. It’s a horrible thing. It’s hard to lose a parent but that is the natural order of things in life, it is quite another to lose a child and I can only offer my prayers and condolences to the people going through this horror.

If we were one nation and had the culture we once had, this post would now end, but unfortunately we no longer live in that culture, nor will I recycle my post from July despite the temptation provided by an auto save glitch that erased most of this post that I am now re-entering.

One can no longer cede the floor, after all if George Washington choose propriety he would have stayed home on Christmas Eve 1776 and the people of America would be even more obsessed with the former Kate Middleton. (Is that possible?)

So let address what I’m thinking point by point to the groups of people those thoughts are directed toward;

1. To our Atheistic Secular Humanistic friends in full: “If there is a God why does he allow this” mode:

I’m laughing at you. Because that argument much like phony “The Bible endorses slavery” one is in effect a statement of the existence of God.

It’s classic misdirection, rather than blame man, in this case a particular man for an act of evil, you blame God in effect crying: “God let this happen God sucks.” Strange the need to blame one who “doesn’t exist” or are you just trying to convince yourselves?

BTW no matter how much you think God Sucks he still loves you.

2. To the “Blame the Gun Crowd” asking “Why do we need so many guns?”

I find you aren’t much different from the “It’s God’s fault” people above. I’m not surprised at you, simply bemused.  While you ask ‘why there are so many guns out there‘ strangely enough you forget 50 or 60 years ago we were just as heavily armed yet such events were so rare we actually knew the names of all the people who did stuff like this.

I think a better question is:   How did we get to a society where such acts are common when we once they were not?

I doubt you will ask that question because it might lead to the odd coincidence of a particular cultural meme removed from the classroom two generations ago.  Even worse it might lead to the conclusion the values suggested by said cultural meme gave people, particularly the young who are so willing to kill both themselves and others these days, purpose and control in a way modern culture doesn’t.

We can’t have that can we?

3. To our media and elite betters:

You really miss the days of the feudal lords don’t you? You are so anxious to disarm the citizenry for the “common good” as long as your own bodyguards remain heavily armed aren’t you.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  This has always been the way of elites the world over, restrictions for the common good on everything from food to travel to light bulbs, but exceptions for the right people. Perhaps that’s why Rupert Murdock is so willing to block Glenn Reynolds who today in USA today quoted author William Burroughs:

“After a shooting spree,” author William Burroughs once said, “they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.”

Glenn asks: Hey, Rupert: Why is your life more deserving of protection than a battered woman’s or a 7-11 clerk’s?

Because he, like Bloomberg is the Lord of the manor and we are just the Hoi Polloi THAT’s why!

4. To our ultra liberal friends who still think they are rebels 30-40 years after they declared “never trust anyone over 30” and never stop talking about their beloved 60’s:

Tell me, why on earth are you willing to support a society where only THE MAN has access to guns? Haven’t you spent the last several years telling us about how many innocents our government killed in Iraq, in Afghanistan? Haven’t you told us how we are targeting Americans and making the disappear on terror grounds?

How can you trust such a government to be the sole holder of weapons? After if one killer can slaughter 20 how much more can a government do? Particularly if someday there is an evil racist sexist bigoted homophobic republican in the White House ready to come after your lady parts? I speak especially to the Black Americans in the liberal cities who are ready to march on the police whenever Mr. Jackson or Sharpton tell them to. If the police and government are so racist do you really want to be disarmed and at their mercy?

5. To those who speak in the language of political correctness.

I doubt that I could do as well as Stacy McCain who coincidentally also invokes Chris Rock.

Our culture has lost all sense of perspective, of reasonable balance, so that we are unable to make common-sense judgments about risks. Which is the greater danger: That a schizophrenic might have his feelings hurt, or that a schizophrenic might go off his meds and kill people?

Common sense is quite nearly illegal nowadays and it’s certainly unfashionable in the Obama Age. So the usual liberal dingbats — including the ACLU types who assured us it was “a fearless, independent life style” for a crazy woman to defecate in public on the streets of Manahattan — are telling us we need more gun control.

And I say, no, what we need is more kook control. But no member of Congress in either party would have the guts to introduce “The Dangerous Lunatic Incarceration Act of 2013,” which would put wackjobs like Adam Lanza some place where they couldn’t kill people.

Chris Rock was right: “Whatever happened to ‘crazy’?

I think that whole philosophy is about making oneself feel good.  After all from that philosophy do we even have the right to question the motives of this shooter?  Doesn’t he have the right to define his own morality and if in fact man is just another animal that needs to be understood is this just not the natural act of such an animal at this stage of development?  We certainly can’t judge him, that would be the ultimate sin.

6.  Finally to those who insist the media is not biased,

Imagine just for a moment how this story would have been approached if this shooter had been named “Nidal” or “Mohammad”,  had said the words “Allah Akbar” before firing and belonged to a religion that rhymed with “fizlam”.

I Imagine who the story would be written about how we should understand what drove this killer to do his deeds, likely the horrible acts of the west, the same thing that must be the source of this story:

An elderly Swedish charity worker who was seriously injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Lahore was on Monday flown home in an air ambulance for “medical and security” reasons, officials said.

Birgitta Almeby, a 70-year-old worker of the NGO Full Gospel Assemblies of Pakistan, was attacked near her residence in Model Town of Lahore on December 3.

FGA spokesman Liaquat Qaiser had described the incident as a “targeted attack”.

Birgitta has since died, her murder will never be newsworthy to some people.

As I said in a different time It would have been enough to write what Sarah Palin did:

My heart goes out to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy in Connecticut today. Words can’t express the horror everyone feels in seeing such evil manifested against innocent children. Nothing could be worse than the murder of innocent children. Let’s all pray for the victims, their families, and the whole nation.

but she will in fact be attacked even for this, so I might as well vent and be attacked for a wolf rather than a sheep.

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In my post on the subject yesterday I talked about the purpose the Pope on Twitter

Most twitter accounts are about the people or organization who have them, the purpose of my account is to promote me, keep me in touch and aid me in making my living. That’s not what the Pope is shooting for. His purpose is not for his own aggrandizement but to spread the good news of Christ for the salvation of any who hear it.

And it’s not just the spreading of the world but as the Anchoress notes, what matters is how he communicated to the faithful

I love this piece by Cathy Grossman in USA Today, in which she makes not of the real people behind the questions that Benedict answered, today:

At noon, he addressed a mom who asked: “Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the demands of work, families and the world?”

Benedict replied: “Offer everything you do to the Lord, ask his help in all the circumstances of daily life and remember that he is always beside you.”

Let me introduce you to the lady in question:

Meet Linda Binggeli:

If you do a search of “Linda Binggeli” on the internet for the period of Jan 1, 2008 to Dec 1st of this year you will find 37 results the most interesting one being a story of an app for Eucharist Adoration for the iPhone. The woman in the picture resembles the photo above and the location is right so I assume the developer is her husband.

So Linda this ordinary wife and mother posed this question on twitter on December 6th:


and I’m sure to her surprise the Pope answered it directly:

Now that tweet got the attention of not just the news but people all over the world. The English Language version of it has been re-tweeted over 16,500 times.

That however isn’t the story. The story is a member of the faithful, an ordinary person, asked a question to the Pope and he answered.

This answer was not delivered by the Vatican, not by a Cardinal, an Archbishop, Bishop, Monseigneur, Priest or Deacon. It was delivered directly from the Pope.

It was not filtered by any media service, not the Vatican News Agency, CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, The New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, or even her local paper before the Pope stated it.

It was not dissected by Morning Joe, Made fun of by Maureen Dowd, scoffed at by Fr. Richard McBrein or Denounced by Richard Dawkins before the Pope expressed it.

This was the Holy Father, the Supreme Pontiff, the direct Successor to St. Peter, the holder of the Keys who can bind and loose on earth and in heaven, speaking directly to the faithful and interested in general and to Linda Binggeli in particular.

It’s been my experience that the many of the objections to the church (particularly among Christians) are objections the a Church not as it is or as it teaches but what they think it is and teaches based on what they’ve been told it, perhaps from a minister, a secularist or perhaps even from a priest who has given poor catechesis.

In other words they object to or attack a Catholic Church that doesn’t actually exist.

But with the Pope now able to tweet directly to the masses, that is eliminated. There is absolutely no question that the message given is consistent with the authentic teaching of the Church.

That power and ability to bypass the media filter will only grow over time and that effect will be profound, The Anchoress again at the Washington Post:

I’m tempted to say there is a danger that the pope can be misconstrued, but it’s difficult to imagine how Benedict can be any MORE misconstrued than he usually is in most media stories about him — witness the silly headlines following the release of his latest book, suggesting that Benedict was naysaying the Christmas narratives. On the other hand, if His Holiness is misconstrued, setting the record straight is much faster and more efficient online. He won’t have to wait four days for a “clarification” (in section C, page 36) of the screaming headlines that had appeared front page, above the fold. In that sense, I guess you could say Rome has a shot at grabbing the wheel of the Barque of St. Peter from the hands of the media and being its own helmsman-of-perception.

And it is this fact more than anything else, the potential to do this and actually save souls that causes that anger and venom spewed in his direction. The Anchoress however notes this will backfire in a special way:

It’s interesting to see folks indulge themselves like that; lashing out at an 85 year old man — or tweeting risque pictures to try to shock him — reveals a great deal about the people who do it, but if folks think they’re hurting the pope, they should think again. All they’re doing, when they try to shock, or vent, is opening the door to their own salvation. They’re only prompting Benedict to pray directly for the healing of their souls, as the Vicar of Christ encounters their need.

Seen in that way, it’s impossible to take offense at these tweets; easier to see them for what they are: cries from the shadows, by sheep in search of their shepherd but wounded, and cold — and so very afraid — that they do not know how to trust.

as Thomas McDonald put it:

When you tell the world to hope, pray, and look for Jesus in the faces of the needy, and they respond with “f*ck you you child molesting old queen,” that doesn’t say a thing about the pope or his message. It says volumes about the demonic forces unleashed in our world. It’s nice for Catholics to see a tweet from the pope, but it’s important for the haters to see one. emphasis mine

No matter if it’s a cry for help, demonic forces unleashed or a little of both, they will get the word of Christ and his Church directly from the Chair of Peter.

And that reality will not change no matter how they protest, but it might in the end change the world.

There was, and still is a misunderstanding concerning what indulgences in the Catholic Church are. The best example I can give Civil vs criminal. The forgiveness of Christ means no criminal charges, an indulgence means no civil charges either.

There is however apparently a new indulgence now being offered today, an indulgence that is more impressive and more powerful in our modern society than any Plenary indulgence that prayer and fasting can bring. It’s an indulgence that can turn violence into legit protest, racism into innocent remarks and even overrides the famous words: “If it bleeds it leads”.

It’s the letter “D” and the liberal belief it represents

When one gives lip service to liberalism one is granted the ultimate indulgence

With that letter D next to your name, remarks that would disqualify you from office that would tar you as a racist become innocent.

With the letter D next to your name, you can skip the NAACP convention without judgement.

With the letter D next to your name sexual harassment suits become unnewsworthy and scandals that slay secret service agents and hundreds of innocents can be ignored.

With the letter D next to your name gas prices, unemployment and particularly black unemployment won’t will have no political consequences nor will the media find it worthy of note.

With the letter D you can vote for a tax one session then declare just as it is coming into effect that it’s a job killer that should be stopped yet you won’t be questioned.

And if you service the causes supported by the Letter D the power is even greater.

With the D before your name You can keep the poor in poverty in the cities yet you are considered their defender.

With the D upon you, shootings can take place within the minority community and nobody will march on your town.

With the D no amount of damage from a Hurricane nor tardiness of aid or bureaucratic problems can place blame upon you.

If you serve the D your violent movement and your motives are washed clean, no matter how many incidents of violence you commit.

With that Mystic Letter D, you can beat people on camera, call Black Men “Nigger” and destroy their business property and the media will say they had it coming, assuming they say anything at all.

You can even allow a successful attack on 9/11 and the death of American and with the letter D before your name no blame will fall upon you.

All from the power of the letter D and the indulgences granted by the media who are rewarded from above with fame, status and when high enough on the chain a well funded and a comfortable time for the rest you their days…

…but unlike the true indulgences of the church which come into play at that very time, after that, you’re on your own.

Legal Insurrection doesn’t get it:

The mainstream media is silent about the union violence in general because it does not fit their narrative, and the racist conduct of the union members is off limits. “Progressives” are spreading conspiracy theories that this all was staged.

This is covered by the indulgence, nothing to see here.

Lee Stranahan doesn’t get it either interview not withstanding:

Stacy Misses it too:

NBC/Universal, CBS/Viacom, ABC/Disney, CNN/Time-Warner — the highly profitable conglomerates that run Big Media are seldom called out by the lefties that rant deliriously against “Wall Street.” And whatever the idealism of their employees, there is something quaintly naive in the notion that the goal of Viacom is to tell the truth.

It has nothing to do with profit they support the left thus they are covered by the media indulgence.

I alluded to last week’s show which was about the Kimberlin case earlier today.

It’s slightly late but Saturday’s show with Dan Backer Will Hoge of Hogewash and Stacy McCain is now available here.

Today Stacy McCain notes an odd narrative.

After yesterday’s incident in which labor union activists tore down an Americans for Prosperity tent in Lansing and sucker-punched Stephen Crowder, this headline zoomed up the Memorandum aggregation:

Breitbart Folks Appear to Fake Violence in Lansing

Huh? This was a decidedly odd piece of blogging.

Not so odd when you consider the goal involved is as he put it the “perversion of the narrative” Stacy continues:

Crowder is being smashed “through a plate glass window,” so to speak. If conservative New Media and citizen-journalists call attention to such an incident, that very fact — the involvement of conservatives, and their interest in the incident as news — will be leveraged by liberals as part of the counter-narrative to discredit and de-legitimize the story.

So it doesn’t matter to Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” whether her bizarre version of what happened in Lansing is true or even rationally plausible. She has no interest in truth.

She only cares about “winning.”

In this case, “winning” means providing reporters with some flimsy pretext for ignoring what actually happened yesterday: Union thugs physically attacked their opponents in broad daylight.

Is she winning? Let’s take a quick screen shot of the Memeorandum link today:

Note that both conservative and liberal sites are below the link, now lets look at a wider shot:

Note what is missing from the conservative primary links, any link from a liberal site or primary news site other than FOX.

Marcy Wheeler’s purpose is clear, to create a sheltered narrative for the crowd, as Stacy McCain suggests to give media an excuse to ignore facts already in evidence and as you can see some of the strongest and best funded sites of the left are flocking to it.

Deny Deny Deny!

While as we see that effort has met with some success on Memeorandum the Deny Deny Deny strategy has not been uniformly successful as evidenced by this clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

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This suggests Wheeler’s efforts have failed to some degree as this was showed TWICE on MSNBC this morning and I give the entire Morning Joe crew a lot of credit the hosts were united in condemning the Union violence while disagreeing with the merits of the bill. They get full marks for bucking the trend.

Stacy McCain question is however still relevant.

If the basic facts of the story check out, then does this not also prove that Marcy Wheeler at “Emptywheel” is a contemptible liar?

And, strange to say, when I did a Google search just now, it led me directly to a Pastebin file by . . . Ron Brynaert.

Maybe this is just a coincidence. Or maybe not.

I don’t think it is coincidence because that same search led me to this post at Patterico where he wrote about this woman years ago at the start of the Acron business saying

OK, now on to Marcy Wheeler. Her post is titled NYT Thinks TeaBugger James O’Keefe Entitled to Own Set of Facts. And she says . . . wait. What is that term? “Teabugger”? Oh, I get it. It’s like “tea bagger” — only the word “bugger” is substituted . . . a reference to O’Keefe’s “bugging,” which it’s now clear he did not do. So it’s a joke name based on a lie. Which tells you all you need to know about Marcy Wheeler.

Anyway, Wheeler sez:

Brad Friedman lays out an entire exchange that, first, one of their readers, and then Brad Friedman himself had with the NYT, attempting to get them to either correct or back up the claim that O’Keefe dressed as a pimp.

Except that, again, the paper never made that claim in the way (at least in the way that Wheeler means, if you read her post).

Also, all three bloggers repeatedly refer to a supposedly “independent” report by a guy paid by ACORN, which makes various findings totally at odds with the unedited audio that the report (and all three bloggers) refuse to acknowledge even exists. (Did you know there is unedited audio? In all the whining about the lack of unedited video, did anyone ever bother to tell you that you can listen to the full unedited audio of these visits? It’s true! Click the link if you don’t believe me.)

In short, these three are pathetic hacks.

So two years ago we have Marcy Wheeler apparently coordinating with Eric Boehlert and Brad Friedman to create a false narrative out of a true narrative that hurts liberalism in order to suppress it and today she again tries to create a false narrative and is embraced by the names of the left and MSNBC.

That brings to mind a basic question Qui Bono? Who benefits? Well it benefits the Teamsters, MSNBC, Think Progress and Media Matters if they can seeming be not the point of origin for that narrative, but it also begs the question that was asked and repeated on last week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio show on the Brett Kimberlin crowd. Who is financing and paying for this?

I think that question is at the heart of the Kimberlin crowd because thanks to Stacy’s post of today and Patterico’s post of 2010 we know the purpose of those like Marcy Wheeler, we just don’t know who is paying for it.

Wouldn’t it be fun to find out?

Pre-Post Update:

Via Jammie Wearing Fool and the Toledo Blade:

Actual News Report From Lansing: ‘The protests were mostly peaceful’

What a coincidence, the description of “mostly peaceful” would be an accurate description of those who attended the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater on April 15th 1965

deny Deny DENY!

Update 2: And lets not forget that the use of the word “Nigger” as a pejorative and the destruction of a black man’s business is not uncalled for or even a reason for critique if said person is perceived as opposing the position of a democrat constituency

I suspect this Memeorandum Thread will not contain a lot of left leaning sites

Beating people, destroying black business, calling black people Nigger, all forgiven if done against the right people by the right people. Apparently voting correctly is the ultimate indulgence as far as the MSM and left is concerned.

Update 3: Jim Treacher asks the question concerning Clint:

Now, I do hope somebody will explain to me how this isn’t racist. An overwhelmingly white crowd goes after a black man who’s just trying to make a living. Defend yourselves, racists.

Easy, their actions are protected under the Obama/Liberal version of the Bill of Rights

Update 4: Union thugs destroy Black Man’s business one day, 600+ people online pay to replace it the next

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them [a scholar of the law] tested him by asking,

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:34-40

There was quite a bit of fuss when the Pope Benedict XVI got an actual twitter account where he would tweet directly to the faithful. Actually 7 accounts in languages from German to Arabic) with a low of 8070 followers in Arabic to 728083 in English, a combined on 1m124301 followers as of 7:41 AM EST on Wednesday.

Today the Holy Father sent out his first highly anticipated tweets in fact he sent three, here they are:

OK starting with a basic greeting to all, makes sense, but now here comes…the MESSAGE:

This being the newly declared liturgical year of faith…here it comes….

A simple clear and succinct way of describing what to do as a Christian.

The message (in English) received over 5000 re-tweets in the first hour and good responses from the faithful, there are some who were not impressed.

Meet Stephan Faris

Here is his twitter profile

My first introduction to Mr. Faris was this tweet in response to the Pope today that was re-tweeted by someone I follow:

Anti-Climax? It seemed to me as the vicar of Christ the Pope was delivering the basic message that he is charged with delivering: How to follow Christ. So I asked Mr. Faris what he expected and he answered:

And THAT tweet says an awful lot.

Forgetting for a moment the confines of 140 characters per tweet. Mr. Faris objects to the simple message that “he could have written himself”. I ask: how often have you written it? How often have you thought about that simple message in terms of your own life?

There are a lot of people today who don’t understand faith, who don’t understand the Church and only see Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular through the secular progressive lens. Their only exposure to the Church is the NYT editorial page or from those who dissent from outside or from within.

To such people the concept that people might actually follow the Church and be Christian because they believe it to be true (which is the only reason to be a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular) is totally foreign to them. To them Christianity and the divinity of Christ is just a con, believers are rubes and the purpose of the Christianity is to keep them that way.

So to these enlightened elites, the concept of using a platform reaching over a million people instantly to reinforce the consistent message of Christ and the Gospel, love of God and love of your fellow man, is totally beyond their ken.

In reality helping people find Christ IS the primary job of the Pope and all Priests from the humblest friar to the most celebrated Cardinal. This is the message and purpose of the Church for 20 centuries.

The message of Christ, like the ten commandments, is simple, but because it is simple it’s very hard to follow, and needs to be reinforced whenever possible.

Most twitter accounts are about the people or organization who have them, the purpose of my account is to promote me, keep me in touch and aid me in making my living. That’s not what the Pope is shooting for. His purpose is not for his own aggrandizement but to spread the good news of Christ for the salvation of any who hear it.

I expect most of the Pope’s tweets to be along similar lines, and I also suspect they will produce the same confusion and disappointment among our secular media friends as this message did, I’d be surprised if it generates much else.

But I’m sure the Holy Father thinks and prays otherwise. His faith is much stronger than mine.

Update: And here is why it matters so much

Question: What is similar between the protests in Egypt and the protests in Detroit?

Today in Michigan Steven Crowder was assaulted by a crowd of Union Thugs during the “right to work” protests:

I predict that this will get the same condemnation and attention from Democrats local and national and the same attention from the police as this video from Michigan did earlier this year:

Bottom line our friends on the left are totally against violence and insist the police make sure speech is protected per the bill of rights, the Obama/Liberal version of the Bill of rights that is:

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. relevant section underlined

Clearly Steven Crowder’s actions conflicted with union demands therefore they are not protected per the Obama/Liberal 1st Amendment.

If only conservatives would learn to be quiet and get to the back of the bus everything would be OK.

Update: Stacy McCain has a great roundup

While the west continues to decide just how much aid to give to the Syrian Islamists in their fight against Assad another group of Arabs in the middle east is not having as easy a time:

Thousands of opponents and supporters of Egypt’s Islamist president were flocking to key locations in the nation’s capital ahead of rival mass rallies Tuesday, four days before a nationwide referendum on a contentious draft constitution.

The protesters were beginning to gather just hours after masked assailants set upon opposition protesters staging a sit-in at Tahrir Square, firing birdshot and swinging knives and sticks, according to security officials. At least 11 protesters were wounded in the pre-dawn attack, according to a Health Ministry spokesman quoted by the official MENA news agency.

This is in response to Morsi taking dictatorial powers on Thanksgiving day as we’ve been talking about for a bit.

Well in Syria the west is preparing to provide Naval & AirPower to the rebels, so I’m sure we’ll see something comparable in Egypt for those fighting for their future against the Muslim Brotherhood right

Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn’t enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.

And mind you this isn’t Turkey & England in 1914 when Turkey paid for warships than England confiscated for their own navy after payment, this these are Jets purchased by US Taxpayers being delivered to the Muslim Brotherhood government while they face a people’s protest against a power grab.

It’s a government that even the NYT is writing about in this way:

Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi captured, detained and beat dozens of his political opponents last week, holding them for hours with their hands bound on the pavement outside the presidential palace while pressuring them to confess that they had accepted money to use violence in protests against him.

and more from Reuters:

On the streets of the capital, tensions ran high after nine people were hurt when gunmen fired at protesters camping in Tahrir Square, according to witnesses and Egyptian media.

The opposition has called for a major demonstration it hopes will force Mursi to postpone a referendum on a new constitution.

Am I the only one who finds it odd that we are so willing to support the Islamists but not those who oppose them, particularly since the opponents of the Islamists in Egypt aren’t asking for weapons?

Update: The judges aren’t buying it either:

The Egyptian Judges Club’s general assembly announced at a Tuesday press conference in Cairo its final decision not to supervise Saturday’s popular referendum on Egypt’s draft constitution.