If your offer’s good it will stand up under fire

Jean Lafette The Buccaneer 1958

A Democratic thief is as bad as a Republican thief

Grover Cleveland

It’s very unusual that I linked from the Daily Kos and it’s 1000’s times odder to get a positive shoutout from them but that took place earlier today:

I was fascinated by his unique view so I responded and have been shown nothing but respect from the man. I sent him a letter and he published it as a comment and as a guest post. I will be on his radio show, airing from Worcester, MA on Saturday at 11am Eastern time to discuss the Hostess strike.

The Author Mike Hummell is a member of the Bakers Union, the post he is talking about is here which said in part:

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

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

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

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

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

I thought it was an interesting argument so we exchanged e-mails and I arranged for him to be on my show DaTechGuy on DaRadio tomorrow in the 2nd hour (WCRN AM 830 10 – noon) to talk about the strike from the Bakers Union’s point of view.

Today we tweeted back and forth to confirm the show and the details and he began tweeting about his upcoming appearance:


To answer his question, yes 888-9-fedora toll-free from anywhere to call in.

You might wonder why I have a screen shot of his tweets rather than the tweets themselves. Well there is an explanation and it’s not pretty:

I have just been suspended from Twitter for the 7th time in less than 60 days. I have the emails to prove it. There is an amazing correlation between my postings on the Hostess Bankery and the timing of these suspensions. Earlier today I published about Hostess again. Within an hour of tweeting the news my account was suspended.

I have never posted a comment I wouldn’t show my kids. If my account was up I could prove that too. This is not about me being some kind of troll. I do not use any features more than an average twitter user. I will eventually receive an auto generated response that says I should stop auto replying to people. The irony is an especially aggravating part of this.

I’m not an expert on Mike’s tweets but other than some I disagree with (OK most) I’ve seen nothing that look like grounds for suspension and if he tells he there are no ground for this I take him at his word:

I am not accusing twitter of doing anything vindictive to me. I am saying that they have a suspension policy that can be exploited to shut people up and it MUST be fixed. Someone is benefiting from this and it ain’t me.

I’ve had several friends end up in the so-called Twitter Gulag including people I know personally like Chris Loesch.  On Twitchy they are talking about tactics to fight the use of the Twitter Gulag:

The buzz continues to build for the Twitter Gulag Defense Network, a grassroots project launched last weekend by Twitter user Todd Kincannon. Using the hashtag #TGDN, the project connects conservative activists and helps Twitter users combat the abusive flag-spam tactics used by some leftists to silence conservative voices.

#TGDN has been trending off and on since Saturday, Jan. 5, and more than 4,000 happy warriors have joined the network. This morning, Kincannon reached out to #TGDN members with his suggestions for staying out of the dreaded Twitter Gulag. His ideas include methods to thwart flag-spam trolls and tips to avoid triggering Twitter’s automatic suspension algorithms.

I’ve dealt with more than my share of folks on twitter who would rather throw an insult than make an argument and I don’t hold them in high regard. If your point of view is valid it should be worth defending and able to accept a challenge. As for trying to silence people on twitter let me say underhanded tactics used to silence conservative speech I agree with are just as despicable if they are used to silence liberal speech I disagree with.

If anyone on the right is responsible for this, let me say I’m ashamed of you, you should know better. If you are someone on the left outraged by this I would ask you to show that same outrage the next time someone tries to silence Ann Coulter or my friend Pam Geller.

Either way Mike Hummell is going to be on this Sicilian’s radio show tomorrow, he’s going to make his points concerning the Hostess Strike, I and my co-host will make mine, our callers will make theirs and I’ll trust my listeners to make up their minds. Twitter Gulag or no Twitter Gulag I’ve agreed to have him on and that’s the way it’s going to be.  Period!

Let me tell you something, Piers. The fact that my grandparents and great grandparents in Europe didn’t fear that is why they’re now ashes in Europe.

Ben Shapiro Jan 11th 2013

Today on Morning Joe there was a segment touching on the latest school shooting in California.

Rather than debunk the gun control arguments that I’ve already hit, I instead would like to touch on something else.

Twitchy found something interesting online concerning the school shooting in California yesterday, namely  history:

Note the date, December 15th. There is more.


The young lady in question’s tweets were seen and reported to the school. She got into trouble for them, but a month later

The shooter targeted and hit a 16-year-old student in the classroom of 28, and missed firing on another student he named, Youngblood said. The wounded victim was airlifted to the hospital, where the 16-year-old remains in critical, but stable, condition.

And her reaction?


I think AllyWho and Doty425 example shows a basic truth: When a person makes the treat of a violent act, take it seriously and act accordingly or people end up hurt.

Which brings us to Israel:

For a long time people on the left have pooh poohed the threats against Israel, yet time and time again the foes of the nation have said they want to destroy the state, time and time again they have honored those who have killed innocents and time and time again they have pushed the cultural imperative of Jews as lesser beings to their young.

And this hasn’t been confined to Arabic that needs to be translated by the folks at MEMRI or to the Middle east as I reported before (emphasis mine)

Horowitz …‘Okay, I’ll put it to you this way. I am a Jew. The head of Hezbollah has said that he hopes that we will gather in Israel so he doesn’t have to hunt us down globally. For or Against it?

MSA member: For it.

Here is the video

and as Ruby Slippers blog said at the time this is a woman from America. She is going to an American college (much like Muslim Brotherhood member and Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi) yet this is where she is.

The point I’m trying to make is this, whether it is a school kid talking about a hit list, or a guy threatening Murder over new gun laws when someone is talking violence you have to take them seriously, any Sicilian knows this.

When that talk is coming from actual states, leaders of said states and a population as a whole, it’s even more so.

So the next time a person on the left decides to berate you for defending Israel or steps taken by the Jewish state to defend itself, remind them of Bryan Oliver or better yet remind them of James Yeager and ask if they would feel safe with them?

Everybody knows I watch MSNBC and Morning Joe every day so I tend to see what MSNBC reports, it has been all “guns are evil” all the time.

I quoted Glenn’s story from last week about the mother who with 6 shots and 5 hits failed to kill the attacker who pursued her and her children to an attic crawl space and wondered aloud why it wasn’t covered but I found an earlier story much more interesting: Here is the video

Here is a quote from a blog post on it:

When momma’s got a gun and her two daughters can quickly lay their hands on a butcher knife and an axe, you’ve become the very definition of “failure in the victim selection process.”

If you make it too expensive and too difficult for mama to get that gun then her house is transformed from a “failure in the victim selection process” to as Larry Corriea calls it: “hunting preserves for innocent people”

There are interesting quotes in the story as well:

Lewis told the station one of the responding police officers said it would have been a different situation if she hadn’t been armed.

“One of them said we would be writing up a different report if she had not had that gun,”

and this:

“There’s so much talk about banning guns and gun control but they’re for protection,” she said. “There’s no way that I could have fought him off.”

Interesting points, but to me the most interesting thing I see from the story and video above is the lower left hand corner of this screen shot:



This is an NBC affiliate, that means that whoever at NBC is in charge of screening local shows for promotion decided that this particular story was not worth promoting nationally, particularly during an election year.

I submit and suggest that there are plenty of these stories. I further suggest that networks have for years made a decision to suppress their own affiliate stories if they are contrary to their message on guns.

Move along, nothing to see here, cue Frank Drebin:

Update: Nothing to see in the 10 stories from 2013 at Nice Deb posts either