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In my earlier post I spoke about the advantage of being not invited to CPAC. In terms of being re-elected in 2014 it’s the best thing to do.

This however doesn’t change the sheer idiocy of the argument of Christie’s strength in a national election and the argument of him as a national model as opposed to say Scott Walker.

A lot of people in the media have pointed out Governor Christie’s popularity in NJ as an example of the way the GOP should go and as a reason to nominate him in 2016

A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday also indicates that nearly three-quarters of New Jersey registered voters, a record, approve of the job Christie’s doing as the Garden State’s governor, and more than seven in ten say he deserved to be re-elected to a second term this November.

Those are pretty good numbers, it suggests that Chris Christie is certainly on the right track to re-election. It means he has done what he needs to do.

Given that surely that means he would walk away with New Jersey in 2016 right?

Looking ahead to 2016, 49% of Garden State voters questioned in the poll said they would back Clinton in a possible presidential showdown, with 45% supporting Christie.

Say WHAT? You mean to tell me Christie has a 70+ approval rate in his state, has done great things and has been a spectacular ambassador for the GOP in New Jersey and he is not only losing to Clinton but can’t break 45%.

And that’s with the National Media treating him like Royalty, What do you thing is going to happen once they decide to turn on him if he chooses to run?

I’m sorry if he’s running more than 25% behind his popularity level in NJ a state where actual results can counter the Democrat attacks he has absolutely no shot in states where all they will know about him is what the MSM chooses to tell them?

It’s three years down the road and anything could happen but given the current facts, anyone how says Christie is the way to go simply isn’t paying attention.

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A congressmen first duty is to get re-elected

Sam Rayburn

It’s axiomatic that no matter how strong or solid your ideas are the first thing you have to do is get elected. Without the power of getting elected or getting somebody elected your good ideas mean absolutely nothing.

Once you’ve been elected your choices are to run on your record or run away from it. Conversely if you are running against somebody already in office seeking re-election, you can run on your opponent’s record (particularly if it stinks), or run on your ideas, the best choice being both.

Last time around Barack Obama, not being able to run on the worst record of a president in my lifetime instead attacking Mitt Romney. Conversely Romney apparently assumed that record would be enough to carry him over the finish line without fighting and managed to lose what should have been the most winnable election the GOP had before it since 1984.

And that Brings us to New Jersey and Chris Christie.

Back during the 2012 campaign before Hurricane Sandy hit Chris Christie was giving first-rate speeches like this:

The key quote:

35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NH no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”

And that brings us to CPAC 2013

The media has made a huge fuss about Chris Christie not being invited to CPAC. CPAC’s chairman put it this way:

“CPAC is like the all-star game for professional athletes; you get invited when you have had an outstanding year,” Cardenas said. “Hopefully he will have another all-star year in the future, at which time we will be happy to extend an invitation. This is a conservative conference, not a Republican Party event.”

Cardenas cited Christie’s decision to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law and his support of a $60 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims, which he argued was filled with wasteful spending.

You can argue if Christie had a good or bad year but it’s not going to matter what kind of year he ad unless he actually manages to win re-election.

Christie’s decision to take the medicare money was a huge surprise given his statements of just a few months ago listed above. By buying into this system he is putting a yoke on New Jersey that will be there long after he is gone, but in terms of re-election, the president is popular in NJ and the president won the state by almost 18 points.

MSNBC not withstanding Christie is smart enough to know that the left is not going to lay off of him or paint him as anything other than a right-wing extremist. I suspect he figures with the president winning the state by that wide a spread and Obamacare being the signature achievement of this president (and I use the word achievement VERY loosely)this move takes at least one target off of his chest.

And when it comes down to it, there is nothing CPAC could do better for his re-election efforts than keeping him away.

By staying away nothing he says there can be use to call him a “right-winger” in a +18 Obama state. It also precludes a nasty confrontation with conservatives that could hurt him among a base where he can’t spare a single vote.

Will it be enough? That depends on where NJ is come election day, but as Joe Scarborough correctly states he is going to certainly be better for New Jersey than anyone nominated by the Democrat party and he can’t do any of that good if he loses.

With election day coming Christie needed to highlight his credentials CPAC 2013’s move fit the bill so well and generated so much positive press from the media that will be turning on him soon enough you would almost think he asked them to do it.

And That’s how politics works

Update: I have absolutely no idea how my daily Day by Day Script replaced The Christie Speech above. None of my previews showed it.

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While we managed thousands of visitors the quest for the weekly and monthly paycheck only managed to move $2. As it is $2 more than I had yesterday and twice the value of Newsweek I can’t complain but as it’s the end of he month we have two goals going on at once. First the Monthly goal

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The monthly goal is based on my mortgage, My payment is $1200 monthly which I’ll be paying this afternoon at the bank. I’m a mere $59 away from this goal. That’s 3 people kicking in $20

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The weekly goal continues today, tomorrow and Saturday. As you can see the weekly paycheck goal is doing rather poorly only $27 toward that weekly paycheck of $300 I’ll need 14 people to step up at $20 to reach that one by close of Business on Saturday.

You might ask Hey why monthly and weekly goals? Well the monthly goal assures me the mortgage gets paid. The weekly goal generates an extra month which I’m using to finance the CPAC event. It’s the one trip That I can afford under this system.

But it’s all academic without you.





Last night I discovered the Movie Occupy Unmasked was available via streaming on Netflix.

While the film was no revelation for people who have paid attention, to the average person whose only source of news comes from Bill Maher or Comedy Central or the MSM it would be the equivalent of putting on the glasses in the cult movie They Live.

Although the “star” of the movie is undoubtedly Andrew Breitbart the most prominent person in the movie outside of Andrew is without question Lee Stranahan.

There are other prominent faces Brandon Darby, Many Nagy, David Horowitz but after Andrew, Lee is the face of the movie.

Why is this important? This isn’t the last picture that Citizen’s United will make, but it is the last one featuring Andrew Breitbart as the star. In order to get the attention of the larger public it is necessary for someone to elevate himself. The most obvious candidates are naturally the people in this film, folks like Nagy, Darby, Moncrief and of course Stranahan (I don’t count Horowitz due to age but 30 years ago it might have been him)

Lee would be a good choice for several reasons, the experience in this film, his familiarity with the left and it’s tactics, he has screen presence and the right look for the role, any attempt to paint him as part of the 1% elites is comical on its face.

If you are the left you remember the taxpayer money taken directly from the mouth of Acorn by Andrew Breitbart.

If you are the left and remember the fall of Anthony Weiner a story ignored by places like Morning Joe but featured by Breitbart until Weiner fell.

If you are the left you remember every time Andrew gave you fits.

Andrew Breitbart directly threatened the money and power of the left. The rise of a new Breitbart must be stopped, by any means necessary.

Some people might wonder why a Brett Kimberlin or a Bill Schmalfeldt or a Neal Rauhauser might go after a guy like Lee Stranahan.

I don’t

Just got the following e-mail from CPAC

The American Conservative Union (ACU) today announced that Dr. Ben Carson will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013 — the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference. America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists will be held Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16, 2013.

For the few of you who Don’t know who Ben Carson is:

“Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our Nation faces,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “We look forward to welcoming Dr. Carson to the CPAC stage in March.”

Dr. Benjamin Carson is the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. An internationally renowned physician, Dr. Carson has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications, along with five best-selling books, including the New York Times bestseller, America the Beautiful, and has been awarded 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and delivered the keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month.

Yeah this sounds just like a tactic. Just like a bunch of people who are trying to distract from the fact they as Joe Scarborough says: “care about hate, resentment

Because nothing says “hate and resentment” like a having a Presidential Medial of Freedom winner of color speak to CPAC.

Anyone want to make book on how long it takes for Dr. Carson to be vilified as an “Uncle Tom” online? I doubt it will take more than an hour or two.

Update: I’ll trade Ben Carson for S.E. Cupp any day

Update 2: I gave a call to CPAC after receiving the email. The person I spoke to could not nail down the speaking day and time of Dr. Carson nor nail down when the invite was sent. I’ll follow up on this during the day.

Update 3: Heard back from Laura Rigas from CPAC (the woman whose name was on the press release) She emailed that while she could not get into details on when the invitation was sent or received she did say it was “in the works for some time”. He will be speaking Saturday in the AM (meaning I might be able to catch him before going on the air). As for the reaction she wrote: “we expect it to be positive” but of course the announcement just hit an hour or so before my call & e-mail. However the Twitter reactions have been positive.

Interestingly enough while MSNBC has time to hit CPAC about Chris Christie live during their 11 AM hour they didn’t have time to mention Dr. Carson’s inclusion. I wonder why?

Update 4:
Welcome visitors from Helen’s page,

I’ve always had a great love of History and when I entered High School my goal was to become a History Teacher. However in high school two things happened that put me in a totally different direction.

The very first computers came to my High School (apple 2c’s) Yes believe it or not I did my first programming and wrote my first games on Apples.

The second thing was the passage of Proposition 2 1/2. It limited the amount that a city or town could raise property taxes without a vote to “override”

When proposition 2 1/2 came up we were told most emphatically that this was going to be disaster. the state legislature, still overwhelmingly democrat (although Governor King was that rare creature a fiscally conservative Democrat was in the Corner Office, the prelude to the future GOP strength in the 90’s) however Citizens for limited Taxation managed to unite taxpaying citizens against the bill and it won via a referendum.

After the measure was passed practically EVERY teacher at the High School was given a pink slip directly after the election. (One teacher generated a lot of laughs by asking the students “do you want to see my pink slip?” and when they said “yes” raising her skirt just enough to see her slip which was in fact pink). Today that would get you fired but in my day we had a sense of humor.

But then after all the worry the teachers were put through a strange thing happened:

Nothing!

The next year the teachers were still there, the school was still there and everything pretty much remained as it had been before. It put the lie to the hype.

Fast forward 30 years later and after four years of incredible spending the prospect of rolling back 2% of that spending increase is being laid on so thick you would think it was the greatest disaster to hit the United States since September 11th 2001.

I suspect this administration will do all it can to create visuals of trouble and pain from the sequester starting with stuff like this:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have released “several hundred” immigrants from deportation centers across the country, saying the move is an effort to cut costs ahead of budget cuts due to hit later this week.

Expect more of this, because even if the sky doesn’t fall I suspect the media will do their best to pretend it is, at least for as long as they think they can get away for it.

Update: Sentence chopped off somehow, restored.

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If you’ve had trouble getting to this site, that’s because the plugin that generated the old thermometer was messing up the code of the blog something fierce. That likely caused both the trouble of getting to the site and the lack of movement in the totals for the week.

Losing 24 hours certainly hasn’t helped but you can by being one of the 14 remaining people I need to kick in $20 by Saturday (and at least 3 by Thursday to make the monthly goal) so this weeks paycheck can take place.

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Last week I was on a conference call with Americans for Prosperity. they put out their scorecard rating each member of congress. It’s an elegant card of excellent use if you want to see exactly how your congressman or Senator did last session.
You can pull your information based on the categories that mean the most to you:

search issue

You can also search by state, name or even by your individual zip code to see how your members of congress have done.

As nice as the page looks, what matters is the score. As you might guess AFP being a fiscally conservative group a person like Rand Paul does pretty well in their rankings:

Rand Paul

91% Pretty good numbers. It will come in handy when Rand Paul runs in 2016 but what about his most visible potential rival in the Senate Marco Rubio?

rubio

100%. A perfect score. That’s pretty impressive but scoring 10% higher than Rand Paul on Economic Freedom?. One would not think that’s possible.

If you are going to run for president as a fiscal conservative and you are scoring nearly 10 points higher than Rand Paul on the AFP scorecard that’s a walking talking Billboard for campaign contributions.

It will be interesting to see if Rubio can keep that score above the Senator from Kentucky. It’s the type of talking point that will play very well in Iowa and New Hampshire.

and That’s how Politics works.

Some things are just so mind blowingly ridiculous that it amazes me that they would be said.

 

Here is the WSJ article.

By a more than 2-to-1 margin, Americans say Mr. Obama is doing a better job overall than Republicans at attempting to unify the country in a bipartisan way, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

The poll found that 48% of respondents see Mr. Obama as trying to unify the country, compared to 22% who said that of Republicans and 37% who said that of Democrats

Dictionary.com defines “unify” thus:

u·ni·fy
[yoo-nuh-fahy] verb (used with object), verb (used without object), u·ni·fied, u·ni·fy·ing.
to make or become a single unit; unite: to unify conflicting theories; to unify a country.

Now I admit I’m just a blogger and radio talk show host but be definition and not a paid member of NBC or the WSJ but if 48% of the people said Barack Obama is uniting the country, then by definition 52% of the people did not?

No wonder the same media is trying to sell us Sequestration as a cut. They must think we are a nation of idiots.

Then again given the results of he last election…

Update: Glenn links while Sequestration brings back memories of my youth.

My oldest friend’s father has always been a big gambler and poker player. On occasion he would ask his son to take him to Foxwoods casino in CT.

As my friend was not interested in gambling while he dad played poker he needed a way to kill time. His dad would give him a few hundred dollars and tell him to go to the craps table and bet $5 at a time with the house until he was done playing saying he could keep whatever he won and if he lost, it wouldn’t be his money

So my pal would sit there for hours making his $5 bets his dad played in the next room, he would see all kinds of people come to the table, some would win big on points, some would hit naturals and the entire table would cheer while he would sit there with his $5 bets.

By the time his father was done for the day my friend would almost invariably come out go home with several hundred dollars plus enough points for meals and even a hotel stay for a show for the future while his father might be up some days and others days the only money the father would come home with was the $200 seed money my pal would return.

One day he asked his father why he didn’t just go down and play craps all day when he knew the odds were with him. His dad replied that there was no action, betting with the house all day was like work

And that really sums up the two positions on Gun control debate between the left and the right. The left argues the right is peddling fear, to some degree that is true, the fear is of criminals and intruders, but the truth is the left gun control argument is based on a less rational type as is the media coverage.

The conservative position is like that $5 bet with the house. Conservatives understand that criminals and predators are NOT going to be obeying gun laws but furthermore they are out there every single day. If you doubt this for a moment take a look at Chicago and the murder rate. They know there is always the chance of the occasional guy going crazy, but they get that the odds and the math favor self-protection every single day.

The liberal/media/elite position is exactly the opposite. The daily dangers of crime are not much of a worry when you live far beyond the dangers of the city, or in a gated community or if you and or your employer can afford an armed guards in their workplace. to the daily murders in the cities aren’t worthy of the national media.

But there is always the random nut, the random stalker,  that one person over the edge no matter how rare, That’s the type of guy who might not care if a bodyguard takes him out as long has he gets his shot at the target and the chance for fame.

The left and the elites say it’s all about fear when it comes to the apparently correct concerning of the right, but the dirty little secret has always been it’s all about fear for them, both of the occasional crazy and of an armed populace who might someday come bearing Madame Guillotine to take away all they have.

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Well it’s Tuesday and he thermometer has started it’s movement upward.

It’s still going to take another 14 people with $20 to turn this week and this first month of this attempt to support myself via the site into a success.  Will we make it, well that’s up to you.




It’s catchup time at DaTechGuy blog.

A quick reminder that last week’s Under the Fedora Column is available at Conservatively Speaking.net, The Minority Report, Zilla of the Resistance, NACBU & The Conservative Commune. A Peek

On the same subject Morning Joe argued Tuesday that Rush Limbaugh had hurt republicans because Democrats had won 4 of the last six presidential elections. Actually republicans are 3 for seven in elections since Rush was syndicated but here is a better measure.

Both Joe Scarborough and I are going to be fifty this year. From the day we were born till Rush Limbaugh went on the air happens to be 25 years, half our lives. During that time GOP controlled the House of Representatives exactly 0 years and the senate 6 years. At no time did the GOP control both houses of congress.

During the 25 years since Rush came on the air the GOP has controlled the house for 14 years and the senate for 10 years and for the first time in our lifetimes controlled both house and senate for 10 of them.

I’ll make that trade any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Keep an eye out for this week’s on Wednesday or Thursday at all those sites.

Meanwhile if you didn’t Catch Robert Stacy McCain on DaTechGuy on DaRadio via the Money Matters Radio Network or FTR Radio Saturday, you don’t have to panic you can listen to it here.

This week we have scheduled CNN’s Newest and best acquisition Jake Tapper and in the second hour comedian Jim Labriola

News Broke this morning that Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned:

Cardinal O’Brien said in a statement he had already tendered his resignation, due to take effect when he turned 75 next month, but that Pope Benedict “has now decided that my resignation will take effect today”.

As the Observer reported:

Three priests and a former priest in Scotland have reported the most senior Catholic clergyman in Britain, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, to the Vatican over allegations of inappropriate behaviour stretching back 30 years.

The four, from the diocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, have complained to nuncio Antonio Mennini, the Vatican’s ambassador to Britain, and demanded O’Brien’s immediate resignation. A spokesman for the cardinal said that the claims were contested.

This story has to be a double-edged sword for the MSM. They are of course pleased to see a Cardinal go down if they think it will harm the church.

But the truth is that if these charges are the least bit true the accelerated resignation of this Cardinal (which will be one of the last official acts of Pope Benedict) is not only very good for the Church but highlights a fact of the late Church scandals that the left would like to ignore.

That fact? The vast majority of the church scandals involving minors involved Homosexual acts and Homosexual priests.

Now as I’ve said many times before, a lot Christians fall into the trap of using the sin of Homosexual acts as a club rather than looking at their own sin but for the left this problem is different.

In the current culture any critique of any aspect of Homosexuality is VERBOTEN. As far as some Washington Post reporters are concerned, if you hold the Opinion on Gay Marriage that practically the entire world held 20 years ago you are Bull Connor with the fire hose

The reporter: “As for accuracy, should the media make room for racists, i.e. those people who believe that black people shouldn’t marry white people? Any story on African-Americans wouldn’t be wholly accurate without the opinion of a racist, right?

“Of course I have a bias. I have a bias toward fairness,” the reporter continued. “The true conservative would have the same bias. The true conservative would want the government out of people’s bedrooms, and religion out of government.”

And while John Nolte (a supporter of Civil Unions) notes this is all about weaponizing the issue for the left. This Cardinal is different; how do you weaponize acts that you support?

As Catholics who, you know actually believe, the point is to what is right period, our path is clear:

1. We should encourage and in fact demand the removal of any Such Bishop Cardinal or Priest who does anything this Bishop has done.

2. The moment the left brings up this case we should immediately counter with: “Yes this kind of Sin it totally incompatible with service in the church, particularly the hierarchy.”

3.  When this is used as a club against the Pope, Note that the resignation was already in the works due to his age, it was THIS Pope who proactively took the resignation early.

4. (and most important) Pray for all involved.

BTW if you aren’t doing 3 #4 because you don’t like the people involved you are failing a basic duty of Christianity.

…then maybe they might have managed to find this woman without traveling to the Dominican Republic to get a picture of a reporter knocking on a door:

The escort, who earns money having sex with men in upscale hotel rooms, said during an in-person interview that many of her wealthy and powerful customers use pseudonyms when arranging for her services, and when meeting her in person.

TheDC showed the woman a photo of Menendez, however, and she identified him as a former client.

and while CNN could only knock on doors the Daily Caller people managed to get a bit more:

Beth added that Buchyk’s responsibilities to Melgen have included procuring young women in the Dominican Republic whom he and his friends — including Menendez — can pay for sex.

“There’s so many brothels there,” Beth told TheDC. “Women are nothing. They’re [treated like] trash there, at any age. They have no meaning, no reason for being. So she [Buchyk] would OK it, because that’s her job.”

SB“Buchyk” would be model Svitlana Buchyk who was involved in a dispute concerning her residence in a Condo owned Menendez donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

Court records also show that Melgen was drawn into a 2009 dispute over whether a Ukrainian actress named Svitlana Buchyk could occupy an oceanfront condominium that Melgen leased at Aquarius on Singer Island in Riviera Beach. The Condominium Association of Aquarius objected because Buchyk did not apply for the association’s approval.

What I find more interesting about Ms. Buchyk (other than the obvious) from the Palm Beach Post Story is this:

In Palm Beach County, Buchyk listed Melgen’s business address when she received a ticket in 2009 for having excessive tinting on the windows of a four-door Chevrolet she was driving. She listed Melgen’s North Palm Beach home address when she received traffic tickets in 2010 and 2011.

and this

Buchyk, 26, could not be reached last week. The Miami Herald reported that it briefly reached Buchyk on Jan. 31 and she said she had worked for Melgen in the past, but would not answer questions about the type of work she did.

While Menendez office expressed “curiosity” over they story there didn’t provide a Statement concerning the question of the Senator paying for sex or no.

Perhaps if CNN has that same level of curiosity they would have been able to find the same people the Daily Caller has been able to. Granted I wouldn’t expect an international organization like CNN to have the reach of such distinguished news organizations as The Daily Caller or the Palm Beach Post but I’d think considering the combination Washington Power, Money and Beautiful women they might have managed a little better than their door knocking stunt.

At the very least Jeannie Most could have done a story on the rewards of an exciting career in Optometry

If only Menendez was a Republican, or at least was seen drinking water somewhere.

Update:  Despite the rule 5 implications Stacy McCain expresses caution

I would be cautious about a source like this, who contacts reporters after reading coverage of a scandal. Not to say that I doubt Senator Menendez patronizes prostitutes, just saying that without some corroborating evidence — a credit card receipt, a hotel bill, etc. — I’d be cautious about the source. Perhaps the Daily Caller has such corroboration and is witholding it.

The question of whether Menendez was in the habit of patronizing prostitutes is, of course, relevant to his relationship with Florida businessman Salomon Melgen and their alleged sex parties in the Dominican Republic, where prostitution is legal, but where at least one Dominican prostitute told reporter Matthew Boyle that she had sex with Menendez when she was 15, which is illegal even there.

I would think an excellent place to start would be Ms. Buchyk and her travel.

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Well yesterday was spent mostly at Church Speaking about WQPH or shoveling and cooking, so my two posts on Doctor Who and Japanese men falling in love with computer programs didn’t get this weeks paycheck a jump start but today is a new day and I’m only 15 people sparing $20 each away from the paycheck for the week.




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While the rest of the country checks out Todd MacFarlane’s family guy version of the Oscars Dr. Who fans in America will be tuned to BBC America to watch the 2nd Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special featuring Patrick Troughton as the 2nd Doctor.

The selection of Tomb of the Cybermen as tonight’s episode was almost by default. Of the 4 part 2nd Doctor Episodes the only other adventure that exists in its entirety is the Krotons and while that episode has the advantage of Zoe rather than Victoria who was a much longer lasting companion the Krotons are such a campy looking monster that modern Doctor Who fans not familiar with the old series would likely rebel.

Next month with Jon Pertwee there will be a lot more flexibility a full Seven Four Part stories are available ( I don’t count the planet of the Dinosaurs as one episode is not in color.) including two Dalek Stories, 2 Master Stories and the introduction of both Sarah Jane Smith and the Sontarans in the Time Warrior.

If that episode was not the first Sarah Jane I would suspect it would be the one but if I had to bet money I would suppose it would the the Claws of Axos.

It features the Master and Jo Grant and the Brigadier and is an excellent representative of the series. Only the Three Doctors would be superior but because it was a special it’s not as fitting.

Do you disagree? Tell me, which 3rd Doctor 4 part episode would YOU choose if you were BBC America to represent the five years of his run?

Cat: You’re the ground controller?

Ground Controller: Please State your name and clearance code?

Cat: Reality Sucks

Ground Controller: Your names reality sucks? Ha Ha Ha Ha. One second Mr. Sucks

Red Dwarf 1999

I have made the argument over and over that the only reason to be a Christian in general and a Roman Catholic in particular is because it’s true.  I’ve said if it wasn’t true then we’re just an elk’s club that meets on Sundays.

A person who lives according to beliefs not based in truth and reality is fooling him or her self.  There are words for such belief sets.

Two  are “Fantasy” if you want to be kind and “Delusion” if you don’t.

This came immediately to mind when I saw this story out of Japan.

Kozaki is one of hundreds of thousands of Japanese who have bought Love Plus, a game released on the Nintendo DS in 2009, which is intended to simulate the experience of high-school romance with one of three pre-programmed teen girl characters. For a sizable number of loyal male gamers, it has become something more: a relationship that, if not entirely like dating a real woman, comes close as a source of affection.

“I really do love her,” Kozaki explains, when he and two of his friends meet with me in a coffee shop in Akihabara, the Tokyo neighbourhood at the centre of Japan’s otaku culture. Kozaki fully expects the game to be a lifelong commitment. “If someone were to ask me to stop, I don’t think I could do it,” he says.

Say WHAT?

IN PERSON – IF INDEED PERSON IS THE RIGHT WORD – Geminoid F can appear strikingly beautiful in a way that doesn’t translate to photos or video. Her hair is smooth and glossy, and falls across her delicately translucent, pale silicone face. As she sits in the chair at Osaka University, she runs through an idling program of random motions. She blinks, fidgets and makes small, distracted movements with her lips. When she turns her head and looks at you with her plastic eyes, the effect is thrilling and unsettling. It feels as if you’re being stared at, a little too intently, by an attractive stranger.

This is cultural suicide on a grand scale. If you have people who are dealing with virtual women who are programed to be Stepford Wives and girlfriends They will have no idea of how to handle actual people with actual feelings and actual needs on their own. One can deny reality as long as you want but sooner or later reality is going to catch up.

Japan is dooming itself to demographic death and here in the US there are plenty of people also dealing with unreality that while not quite at the Japan point are going there.

The future belong to those who show up. At the rate Japan is going they won’t have to worry about being conquered by China, At this rate China will eventually just walk on into to an empty set of Islands.

“Be fruitful and multiply” is better advice they people know.

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Well I’m back home after a morning of speaking on Behalf of WQPH Catholic Radio. It’s a new week which means it’s a new thermometer.

It’s a big week in two ways. As the final week of the month getting the paycheck guarantees the Mortgage payment in full, but more importantly if we get the 15 tip jar hitters @ $20 this week it means a full month of paychecks meaning that this system HAS worked.

Can this work to support a blogger? Well we have seven days to find out.





On Tuesday’s when I’m not with I hang out with the same group of guys that I’ve been hanging with for 20 to thirty years playing Board Games from Avalon Hill, Eagle Games and more.

Because the host sings we used to have American Idol or some singing show on. I never cared for it and it was always a pain, but lately the dial has gone to the Food Network (our host was also a chef once) and I was introduced to Chopped.

This has to be the most creative show I’ve seen on TV and is an incredible distraction when we play.

The concept for those who do not know is this. You have four Chefs and three judges all high level chefs.

There are three rounds Appetizer, entree and Dessert the contestants are given opaque baskets of ingredients. When the round starts they open them for the first time and have a fixed time (Usually 20 appetizer, 30 entree and 20 dessert but it can vary per show) You must use every ingredient you are given and have four plates set at the end.

Each Round one person is “Chopped” and eliminated. In the final round the two remaining contestants are judged on the full meal. Meals are judges on taste, presentation and creativity.

It is one of the most creative shows on television and some of the ingredients used are so weird that you are amazed at what gets cooked. In fact there was a single episode where all the ingredients were Leftovers.

This is a political blog but when it comes down to it, all politics and nothing else can get old, plus everybody’s gotta eat.

And it’s a fun show, gotta love fun.

And it beats American Idol every time.

There has been a lot of talk about what conservatives need to do in order to get their message out to the low information voter. These are the voters who don’t pay attention to the news, don’t watch cable or read blogs much but do read general magazines while waiting at the doctor, who do hear CNN in the background in airports or at their local bar and restaurant.

The problem is those background noises are filled with liberal pap as I explained a while back:

In the end after during testimony over fidelity and “Free Fridays” the judge (Bebe Neuwirth) rules that DOMA is the law of the land and the wiretaps can be played. Of course considering her argument the entire sequence asking for evidence is meaningless, but the point was to argue the unfairness of DOMA to the viewing audience not to make a realistic court drama.

So the point is made Violins play and the audience is shown just how HORRIBLE DOMA is. The liberal writers had done their work.

And that is what we are fighting against 100 times a week on Network TV.

Glenn Reynolds has suggested conservatives instead of shoveling money toward consultants buy some women’s magazines

There’s nothing new about this, of course. In her 2004 book, “Spin Sisters: How the Women of The Media Sell Unhappiness — and Liberalism — to the Women of America,” Myrna Blyth (a former Ladies Home Journal editor) explained in considerable detail the variety of “Mean Girls” feminism that the women’s media aim at their readers with every issue.

The message: There’s one way that women should think; people who don’t think that way are bad and stupid — and if you think the wrong way, women won’t like you.

For $150 million, you could buy or start a lot of women’s Web sites. And I’d hardly change a thing in the formula. The nine articles on sex, shopping and exercise could stay the same. The 10th would just be the reverse of what’s there now.

And THAT’s why conservatives should consider purchasing the Boston Globe.

I can hear the cries now, Print is Dead The Unions are costly, the pension burden is huge. Michael Graham sitting in the very studio I’m siting in as this goes on the web asked who in their right minds would buy the Boston Globe? All true and if you were buying the Globe with the goal of turning a profit I’d quite agree, but consider for a moment these words from Robert Stacy McCain (emphasis mine)

consider how rich liberals are willing to act as “angels” toward their media pets. I made this point yesterday in regard to Tina Brown, who lost $80 million during two years as editor of Talk, after losing $40 million during a three-year period as editor of The New Yorker, and who has most recently pushed back the goalposts of projected profitability at the Daily Beast to somewhere between (a) three years and (b) when hell freezes over.
Does it not occur to you, my clever readers, that these are not merely business losses, but are in fact a sort of charitable endeavor to support the propagation of fashionable liberalism?

Sheldon Adelson & Foster Friees put a lot of money into Newt Gingrich & Rick Santorum both strong conservative voices but consider what would happen if they put it into the Iconic name of the Boston Globe.

First of all story selection. If you search for Jennifer Morbelli’s in the Boston Globe this is what you get:

globe

You would think the death of a 29-year-old woman from a botched abortion in her 33rd week of pregnancy might be newsworthy, particularly if the abolitionist in question was celebrated by the media elites at the Sundance film festival. It might even elicit some outrage, but not if the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site or readers of the print edition never see it. As far as they are concerned it never happened.

Something along a different vein from John Hinderaker perhaps:

there is a huge scandal in the field of energy: the Obama administration’s sliding tens of billions of dollars to Democratic Party cronies in the “green energy” industry to support goofy projects that couldn’t exist without government favoritism. This is a real scandal, with real cronyism and real corruption, involving enormous amounts of money. Yet the media simply ignore it, because reporting on it would reflect badly on their party.

The reaction of Globe readers? What Scandal? Hinderaker again:

The liberal media manifest their bias not primarily by writing things that aren’t true–although that sometimes happens–but rather, by selecting what they do and do not report as news. Major scandals and events of great importance are simply ignored if they do not reflect well on the Democratic Party

And that’s just the NEWS stories, consider the following:

  • Imagine a Movie section where the liberal themes of a picture were noted and tweaked while the conservative themes were highlighted and celebrated.
  • Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press.
  • Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two.
  • Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community.
  • Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create.
  • Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day.
  • And imagine a web site ranked in the top 1500 worldwide and top 350 nationally, a web site that local papers around New England draw stories from giving that public conservative thought as background noise in the same way that liberals have done for ages.
  • And of course a conservative would also implement conservative business tactics in an attempt to actually turn the enterprise into a profit center rather than a loss leader.

    To the left the Boston Globe is just one more voice in their cacophony of voices they own. But to Conservatives it is the entrée to the entire New England Conversation.

    If the goal is to weaken the left it’s a no lose proposition. If conservative make an offer for the Globe and win, it can become a model of what a Conservative Paper should be and a vehicle for the reporting the stories of all type the MSM leaves behind and begin the process that Glenn Reynolds suggested.

    And at the very worst if the New York Times either refuses to sell or a Soros type jumps in will Hundreds of millions to keep the paper out of conservative hands. We get the pleasure of seeing liberals spending a fortune just for the privilege of losing money hand over fist to support their unions just to keep what they already have.

    Think about it.

    Update: Extra R in John’s name, corrected, thanks Glenn.

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    The Good news is yesterday we passed the half way mark in my weekly paycheck goal.

    The Bad news is I’m still $146 short of that $300 week paycheck.

    $146 dollars is 7 people kicking in $20. Like Yul Brenner’s Character Chris I’m looking for that Magnificent Seven in that crowd of thousands of visitors. To quote Charles Bronson;s character:

    $20? Right now that’s a lot!

    Update: The magnificent seven was the Magnificent two but the result was the same, thanks





    Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio on the Money Matters Radio Network and FTR Radio we will FINALLY after five weeks of Syndication welcome back the very first guest we ever had on the radio when we premiered Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain.

    In an incredible blow to the ego of a certain Sontarian resembling leftist currently under a piece order described by blogger Salon’s Dave Weigel as a “nothing” we will not be discussing him. Instead we will be talking about a name that the American People Should know about and would know about if we had anything resembling a press corps instead of Democrat operatives with bylines: Jennifer Morbelli.

    What you haven’t heard of Jennifer Morbelli and her death? Well we can explain why in one tweet:

    And a few paragraphs, about the “doctor involved” as Stacy reported in the American Spectator

    Carhart is a celebrity of the pro-abortion movement. Described as “one of the few doctors in the U.S. to openly perform late-term abortions,” Carhart was an associate of Dr. George Tiller, who was assassinated in 2009. Michael Martelli of the Maryland Coalition for Life notes that Carhart “was hailed as a ‘hero’ in the film ‘After Tiller’ at the recent Sundance Film Festival.” Now that a 29-year-old woman has reportedly died as a result of Carhart’s butchery, however, it seems that no major news organization considers him newsworthy.

    Neither the Washington Post nor the Baltimore Sun has yet reported on this woman’s death in Maryland, despite the fact that there was an 11 a.m. press conference today in front of the Germantown clinic. The story is also being ignored by the Associated Press, USA Today, the New York Times, and television news networks. As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, the largest organizations reporting the story were WorldNetDaily and LifeNews.com.

    The Mainstream media won’t cover the story, but we will today at High Noon EST.

    In our second Hour we will touch a little upon why The Boston Globe SHOULD be bought…by Conservatives (Baring a last minute change we will are rescheduling Iman Bashir Mehmud for a later time)

    To hear us tune into AM 1390 Plymouth, WBNW 1120 Concord or 970 WESO in Southbridge to find me on your dial, or simply pick up the feed from here the Money Matter Radio Network. (Remember if you want me on your local station give them a call and tell them YOU want DaTechGuy on DaRadio!)

    And remember you can find us on TuneIn as well as FTR radio online. (Keep an eye on the FTR schedule for the replay as well.)

    And a note for listeners of Catholic Radio in Northern Worcester County Massachusetts, excerpts fro my interview last week with Bishop Reilly will be replayed in its entirety on your WQPH Shirley Fitchburg. Keep an ear open.

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    The Good news is yesterday we passed the half way mark in my weekly paycheck goal.

    The Bad news is I’m still $146 short of that $300 week paycheck.

    $146 dollars is 7 people kicking in $20. Like Yul Brenner’s Character Chris I’m looking for that Magnificent Seven in that crowd of thousands of visitors. To quote Charles Bronson;s character:

    $20? Right now that’s a lot!





    Baldrick: I still can’t believe you’re leaving me behind.
    Blackadder: Oh don’t you worry. When we’re established on our plantation in Barbados I’ll send for you. No more sad little London for you Balders. From now on you will stand out in life as an individual.
    Baldrick: Will I?
    Blackadder: Indeed. All the other slaves will be black.

    Black Adder Amy and Amiability 1987

    Ben Franklin:  First things first, John … Independence. America. If we don’t secure that, what difference will the rest make?

    1776 1972

    The final in my series of post on Why Washington Matters don’t miss Part one (Washington the Revolutionary) Part two (Washington the General) and Part three (Washington the leader/president)

    If there is any post title that would cause confusion among readers it’s this one.  George Washington the Emancipator?  For most of his life, Washington owned slaves.  When he married his wife, she brought even more slaves to the marriage and at the time of his death the number of slaves he owned was considerable.

    In this modern age where slavery exists only in Africa and parts of Arabia where Blacks and Muslims enslave other blacks (to the silence of the media) and the sex trade (where slavery by other names is an international scourge and also pretty much ignored) this concept doesn’t wash, but in the age of Washington Slavery was not only a norm but had been a norm in the world for the history of…the entire world.

    And in addition to full slavery, there were indentured servants bound to masters by contract for years and other systems by which men were held by other men.  From Morocco to the Americas slavery and forced servitude was a norm of convenience and profit wherever you went.

    To this world Washington was born and raised, in a culture where slavery was a total norm, yet look at the record as commander in chief:

    In his General Orders of 30 December 1775, he gave “leave to the recruiting Officers to entertain … Free Negroes [that] are desirous of inlisting” should Congress approve the new policy. Writing to John Hancock the next day he couched his order in terms of military necessity: “free Negroes who have served in this army are very much dissatisfied at being discarded. As it is to be apprehended that they may seek employ in the Ministerial Army, I have … given license for their being enlisted.”

    It would have been remarkably easy for Washington the Virginia planter and slaveholder to let this be.

    At the Constitutional convention he spoke very little, how easy would it have been for Washington, slaveholder and southern to push for slavery, to argue against the constitutionally mandated end to the slave trade.  How much of a pull on the delegates would his voice have been if he choose to make the case?

    As president although he singed a fugitive slave law he also signed a law  he signed a law affirming the ban on slavery in the Northwest territories. How easy would it have been for a unanimously elected Washington to argue against such affirmation? How many of his friends and fellow slave holders, involved in land speculation would have wanted to bring their “property” to those lands?

    Then in the final act in his will.  He freed his slaves.

    While it was acknowledged even by Confederate leaders such as Alexander Stephens that the founding fathers considered Slavery wrong:

    The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old constitution, were that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally, and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with, but the general opinion of the men of that day was that, somehow or other in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away.

    It was he and he ALONE of the slaveholders who would occupy the White House that would free his slaves. After carefully steering the ship of state that was in danger of splitting apart on its maiden voyage he took the act, which has great symbolic meaning at a time when it was least likely to produce an argument against but would shine as his final example at the period when an entire nation would be in mourning for him.

    Some in the 21st century might look at this 18th century man’s act as trivial? Why not do this BEFORE death? One might as well condemn Lincoln for not pushing for women’s suffrage. Consider this. Just two years after Washington’s death William Henry Harrison who would later be 9th president was appointed governor of the Indiana Territory. The slaveholding Harrison pushed vigorously for the legalization of slavery there and his allies in congress managed to get article 6 of the Northwest Ordinance/ forbidding slavery suspended for ten years.

    Imagine the difference in the close debate if Harrison won, imagine what the country would look like if Harrison’s foes in the debate didn’t have the example of Washington as emancipator to use?

    Washington’s act was extraordinary and the proof is that Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Tyler, Polk and Taylor did not copy it. Lincoln among president might have been the great emancipator but Washington was the first emancipator.

    In summary for all of these reasons:
    Washington the revolutionary
    Washington the General
    Washington the Leader/President
    Washington the Emancipator
    I argue President’s day once again be known far and wide as Washington’s birthday.   I further submit and suggest that George Washington is and remains the greatest American who ever lived.

    and I don’t think it’s even close.

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    We’ve reached Friday and while the thermometer moved a bit a little but I’m still less than half way to that elusive $300 weekly paycheck.

    On weeks when I make the goal I’ve pulled the thermometer early after all I’d rather focus on the product and I suspect you dear reader would too.

    As we are less than half way there with under 48 hours to go the thermometer will be on every post today.  As a wise man once said if you don’t promote yourself nobody is going to do it for you.

    So if you think I’ve earned that $300 paycheck this week and you can afford it feel free to hit DaTipJar.

    If not, well I’ll keep trying harder.




    I’ve had a lovely evening, this wasn’t it

    Groucho Marx

    Words mean things

    Rush Limbaugh

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

    Lewis Carrol Through the Looking Glass 1871

    I really enjoy the humor of language, because of the multiple meanings of so many English words language an excellent source of comedy.

    Unfortunately today language,  specifically its perversion has become a weapon, not argument btw language.  A quick peek at Memeorandum this morning gives the example.

    Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause

    Laura Bush Objects To Being Quoted Accurately Supporting Marriage Equality

    Jon Huntsman Endorses Marriage Equality: ‘We Must Demand Equality Under The Law For All Americans’

    Note the Phrase:  “Marriage Equality” Who could be against “Marriage Equality“?

    I’ve very pleased to see all of these people arguing for “Marriage Equality” for people of the Islamic faith, after all it’s completely unfair that Muslims who are allowed multiple wives in Africa, the Middle East and Asia are not allowed the same rights here.

    And if you argue against such rights, you are “Anti-Muslim” and “Islamiophobic” and it goes without saying if you are part of any organized group against “Marriage Equality” for Muslims then you belong to an “Anti-Muslim Hate Group”

    Do you see how it works?  There is absolutely no reason a person pushing to repeal bigamy laws could not use the same arguments as above.  All it take is to play with the language & violá you’ve got a meme that will associate the people who agree with you associated with words like “equality” and your opponents associated with words like “hate” not only in articles, but in search engines.

    The left does this with a lot of words:

    “Taxes” are redefined as “investments”

    Spending increases are redefined as “cuts”

    and the favorite “racist” redefined as disagreeing with anything the Democrat party disagrees.

    Sometimes words are not so much re-defined as given a twist.  Let’s demonstrate

    It is stigmatizing  to shoppers who fail to pay for their items as “shop-lifters”.  After all the people going into the store are no different that everybody else people going to the store to get the food, clothes and devices that everyone naturally wants.  In fact the word “shoplifter” is patently racist and discriminates against the poor since such people are usually from the poorest classes and often of color.

    In order to avoid the racism and class discrimination we should avoid the term “shoplifter” and replace it with “unremitting shopper”

    And that is the logic used to turn “illegal immigrants” into “undocumented immigrants”.

    It’s all marketing, it’s all about selling people a reality different than, well reality.  No different that convincing you that Flo is different than the lizard when selling you insurance.

    Why does it work?  Because of the left’s power in media, particularly the non-news media such as magazines and entertainment allows them to introduce these themes into the general culture movies, TV, magazines and cultural devices.  People find themselves indoctrinated into a language and a meme without even knowing it’s happening.

    If we are going to prevent the country from going into a self-destructive directly we have to recognize this.  In the short terms we need to call out this behavior and help people recognize it.

    In the long-term we need  influence within those same institutions from woman’s magazines to rap zines to advance our own message to the same disinterested crowd.

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    We’ve reached Friday and while the thermometer moved a bit a little but I’m still less than half way to that elusive $300 weekly paycheck.

    On weeks when I make the goal I’ve pulled the thermometer early after all I’d rather focus on the product and I suspect you dear reader would too.

    As we are less than half way there with under 48 hours to go the thermometer will be on every post today.  As a wise man once said if you don’t promote yourself nobody is going to do it for you.

    So if you think I’ve earned that $300 paycheck this week and you can afford it feel free to hit DaTipJar.

    If not, well I’ll keep trying harder.

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    This weeks commentary talks about laying down the law and using my Son’s friends as a backdrop:

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    who are out in the trenches every day.

    Catherine works full-time AND speaks to tea party groups on the Constitution Rand Paul and men like him are important but it’s the Catherine Whites of the world that make the difference in the long-term.

    Potter: But if you haven’t spent all of this year’s budget why send the surplus back to Washington?

    D’Angelo: Number #1 Washington loves to get money, they’re always giving it away, you send a bureaucrat back there a check he’ll spin in his chair for an hour.

    After Mash 1983

    Right now Washington is going nuts over the idea of sequestration. How on earth are people going to function with a reduction in the increase in spending that they had counted on? Particularly when you’ve got people like Rand Paul insisting that sequestration is a drop in the bucket.

    On the subject of sequestration, the Kentucky Republican makes the case that these defense cuts amount to a drop in the bucket. “Sequestration was $1.2 trillion over 10 years. And we will be adding $9 trillion over 10 years [in more spending]. Instead of spending 45 trillion over ten years we’ll spend 44 trillion,” Paul said.

    Oh Yeah, YEAH? That’s big talk when that 2-3% is coming from someone else’s increase. I’d like to see if Rand Paul can do with less money than he expects.

    At a press conference on Wednesday in Louisville, Sen. Rand Paul announced that he will be returning $600,000 to the United States Treasury, money unspent from his official operating budget.

    The total amount being returned is more than 20 percent of Sen. Paul’s original office budget.

    20% Cut! An actual cut, er…ah…well… it’s a stunt! Anybody can do it for ONE Year. It’s not like He’s been doing it every year so something:

    Freshman Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to cut federal spending. The Kentucky Republican and tea-party favorite said Thursday he’s returning $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury — money from his operating budget that his office never spent.

    That story is dated January 12th 2012.

    That’s 1.1 million returned over two years.

    There is nothing more dangerous to a false meme than an example contrary to it.

    I’m sure the MSM would LOVE to cover this deeper, but Marco Rubio was seen near a bubbler and MSNBC & CNN only has so many resources to spare.

    Update: Smitty has a bit of spare time to cover it.

    My name is Dr Leonard Hofstadter and I could never please my parents so I need to get all my self-esteem from strangers like you. (pointing at Sheldon) But he’s worse!

    The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 2008

    One of the things that I’m asked an awful lot by people is: “How could the country have re-elected Barack Obama after the last four years.” One of the answers I invariably give is this:

    “It took Pharaoh 10 plagues to let Moses people go, perhaps it will take 8 years of Obama for the public to figure it out.”

    With gas prices on the rise daily and things continuing to tank you wonder just how much longer will it take for people and business to finally say “Enough!”

    I told Michael Graham that the president has no incentive to try to change or improve after all he won election as things were but I suspect there is another plan in mind. The Obama/Hofstadter gambit illustrated by this story stories like this out of France.

    Let’s set the stage, Goodyear owns a pair of Tire factories they want to dump in the city of Amines (remembered for the less than successful Treaty of Amines a tiny bit of peace between England & France during the Napoleonic Wars” 1200 jobs are on the line and the only bidder was a self made US Tire & Wheel tycoon named Morrie Taylor. But when Mr. Taylor commented on the lack of productivity it resulted in the following exchange :

    “This is the French way.” Mr. Taylor told us over the phone that he responded, “Sitting in a cafe is also the French way, and that’s what you’ll be doing soon” if this plant closes.

    Mr. Taylor also said that the union bosses told him, “You have to do what we tell you, or we won’t let you buy it [the factory.]”

    “So I told them, you guys go bag it,”

    Now when the American with the money walked away this was a problem for the French Socialist government, the unions are their backers and the loss of union jobs means the loss of pay for voters. The French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg tried to intervene offering to broker a fair deal. Taylor’s response was classic

    “Sir,” he wrote, “your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are? Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”

    This is Barack Obama’s card, the same one evidenced by Leonard’s speech in the episode, The US economy might be in shambles, our debt might be overwhelming and our unions might be choking cities like Detroit, but France and Europe is SO MUCH WORSE.

    Well that will be true as there is a Texas and a bunch of Republican Governors to offer other alternatives anyways.

    One final note. Check out the comments in the original French paper, (you will need to translate them) While the MSM & European papers are going the full Captain Renault the readers in France seem impressed by the truth told to their faces.

    Maybe there’s hope for them yet!

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    it’s been a slow week overall in the quest for a paycheck. We’re reached Thursday Morning without reaching the half way point yet. But the needle still moved thanks to three hardy souls to get up past the 1/3 mark and with the subscription commentary going out before the end of the day to tip jar hitters and subscribers only perhaps it will be the carrot of the commentary that makes this shtick successful.





    but the needle still moved a tad which is what counts

    The 4th  Doctor : “You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

    Doctor Who:  The Face of Evil Episode Four

    I remember a great post at the old Eject-Eject-Eject when he talked to a guy who was big into conspiracy theories.  He shot down every piece of “evidence” that was brought forward but the guy kept coming:

    Every time I would identify one of these great mysteries, Joe had the same response: okay, but what about this! No fight, no defense — nothing. And then we’d be on to some new blur or smudge that proved, incontrovertibly, that this “reality” we live in is a giant lie, and that we are all victims of Dark Forces moving beyond our control or even our awareness… and that while the sleepwalking sheeple go on with their corporate-controlled lives, the mysterious wheels of the Shadow Government turn inexorably onward, crushing those brave few individuals who are on to the whole horrid plot like so many ants. There is a word for this diseased mental state.

    The key part was the “no defense” business.  It didn’t matter what the evidence was, it didn’t matter that he was able to shoot down each bit of nonsense.  There was always a different piece of nonsense that proved we lived in some sort of parallel world that only the very few mystery men knew existed.

    That’s what I though of when I saw this:

    Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die.

    Seriously Bill Seriously?

    Lee Stranahan explained the situation rather clearly:

    I have one and only one relationship with Bill Schmalfeldt ; I am a person that he decided to target. I am a victim of his harassment, as are my wife and children.

    That’s it. He is the harasser and I am the harassed.

    I have said nothing about Bill Schmalfeldt in the past few days except as it relates to his baseless and relentless attacks on me and my family.

    If that is even the slightest bit true it would not require anyone to pay Mr. Stranahan to take legal action against you. In fact it would be his duty as a husband and father.

    Let’s point out something: As I’m typing this I have a bunch of things to do, I have to upload my radio show, write this week’s under the fedora column, finish my series on George Washington, call customers and take care of some family stuff.

    Instead I’m writing a post about a man I’ve never met, who, sans beard, could be used as the model for Sontarians without any makeup. (If he is 5′ 3″ or less the BBC would hire him on the spot and save on makeup) because he’s making trouble for a friend of mine, thus inviting the same kind of grief that Sicilians like myself generally are spared (for whatever reason).

    But as I’m writing this, it begs the question, why is Mr. Schmalfeldt’s assertion nonsense squared? There are two simple answers and I’ll take them in order;:

    First the idea of ego :

    When I say “Bill Schmalfeldt” my readers will first reaction is likely: “Who?” What the hell has he ever done? Who actually knows who what he is doing? Who actually cares? Well one easy measure of his popularity is twitter followers.

    sf

    Really, you have a guy on twitter with under 150 followers who has his tweets “protected” and people are trying to silence him? Who is actually going to pay money to silence somebody that nobody hears? He doesn’t even qualify as a tree falling in the forest. As Stacy McCain put it:

    There’s also Schmalfeldt’s megalomanic persecution complex, as evidenced by his claim that the harassment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”

    No, Bill: You were charged with harassment because — wait for it – you were engaged in harassment.

    The obsession, the fixation, the inability to step back from the situation and view it with anything like objectivity — these are symptomatic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his madness on Lee Stranahan is somewhat mysterious. Schmalfeldt started cyberstalking Aaron Walker in June, and peripatetically hopscotched around to attack various other enemies of Brett Kimberlin over the course of ensuing months. In November, Schmalfeldt’s stalking of me escalated to the point that he threatened to contact my wife and sent me more than 200 harassing Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his targets deserve his malicious attention, that they are guilty of some heinous wrongdoing that Schmalfeldt is obligated to “investigate” and “expose.”

    It seems nothing can dissuade Schmalfeldt from his persistent delusions of grandeur adequacy.

    Now by his very existence Mr. Schmalfeldt is loved by God. On a personal level he might be a good father/grandfather and a fine husband and a good neighbor to the people on his street. But that while important on a personal level means little in the arena of ideas. The truth is nobody would bother to pay money to silence him. In fact the only reason why anyone (including me) is currently writing about him or caring about him is the treats to our friend and colleague.

    Of course this doesn’t preclude him someday becoming a force for the left. Good writing and hard work can make it happen, but, and perhaps it’s just me but, if you have such a goal in mind, phrases like this might just be counterproductive:

    I got some f–king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”

    Because nothing says: I’m not harassing anyone nor a threat to people, then quoting a phrase associated with assassination since before the nation formed.

    Because we all know Bill Schmalfeldt is a fanatical fan of William Shakespeare.

    Second the Red Herring.

    Consider Robert Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan who have spent a fair amount of time writing about Kimberlin, Rauhauser, are nationally known as reporters, they have built up connection networks far and wide and have spent time doing first hand reporting bringing to light subject that the left would rather see left alone.

    For a reason totally independent of this post I needed to go to Stranahan’s site today. I was rather amazed that 18 of his last 20 posts concerned Bill Schmalfeldt’s actions vis a vis Lee’s family and the suit. The latest:

    Bill Schmalfeldt shows no signs whatsoever of stopping public discussion of his sexual obsession with me and my family. He’s been writing about my wife Lauren for months, in insulting and prurient terms that have including fantasizing about having her perform sexuals acts on him and then do menial labor before discussing the death of our daughter Collette

    Meanwhile Robert Stacy McCain has his third post in six days, his 4th this month on Mr. Schmalfeldt, from the latest:

    No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Stranahan: You believed Lee was particularly vulnerable to your persistent harassment, and so you kept piling up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expectation of destroying him. And now that Stranahan feels compelled to file criminal charges to end your harasssment, you are projecting your own sadistic motives onto Lee.

    Projection is the right word here along with a tad bit of Latin “Cui bono“?

    Who benefits from taking two nationally known reporters who have been known to drive stories the MSM has ignored off of whatever they are covering to write about a virtual unknown or better yet, given Lee Stranahan’s readership on twitter:

    lee

    and Stacy’s

    mccain

    Someone might not pay to have a guy with 150 followers with protected tweets silenced, but I suspect someone might kick in a buck or two to get two guys with a combined twitter followers off of national stories for a bit. Ignoring the multiplicity effect of tweets that would amplify the value of distraction basic math would suggest it is 300 times more likely that someone would pay for someone to keep people like Stacy & Lee busy.

    Does that mean someone is paying Mr. Schmalfeldt to make trouble for Lee and/or Stacy? No, there is no evidence I’m aware of and even if someone IS paying Mr. Schmalfeldt, he has as much right to shake his tip jar as anyone else. If someone thinks keeping Stacy & Lee busy is worth paying Mr. Schmalfeldt a few dollars that’s capitalism.

    However assuming such a payment is taking place, presumption of innocence not withstanding, given the preliminary hearing on criminal charges against Mr. Schmalfeldt (and others) the question becomes: “Is this a wise investment?”

    As any Sicilian can tell you, as long as Mr. Schmalfeldt keeps his mouth shut under oath on the subject, the answer may be yes.

    Now I don’t claim to be unbiased here. I’m a friend of both Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan so feel free to judge my piece accordingly but in terms of the lawsuits being filed in Maryland whether you distrust what I’ve written or accept it as Gospel one thing is for sure. It won’t be boring.

    Yes it was easy enough for a private citizen to be a staunch Republican and grumble:  “Why, what could there be simpler than to choose a moment of general tranquility, resign and turn the government over to the Senate.”  The difficulty could only be understood if that private citizen were to become Emperor himself.  It lay in the phrase “moment of  tranquility” there were no moments of tranquility.

    Robert Graves Claudius the God 1935

     

    The 3rd of a four-part series of why George Washington Matters, Monday, Washington the Revolutionary, yesterday Washington the General, today Washington the Leader/President

    It has become fashionable for some historians to play down George Washington as president and raise more recent people above him.  Abe Lincoln due to his victory in the Civil War gets high marks, FDR’s win in WW 2 and Reagan’s in the Cold War both make them loom large particularly since both Reagan & FDR are still in living Memory and George Washington is from an age so remote to many his presidency becomes ancient history .  You were dealing with a smaller country, less communication,

    But to really appreciate Washington the president and the leader you have to look at three specific things.

    First Washington at the end of his military career.

    Up to the time of Washington and afterwards as well history abounded with examples of leaders of armies who used those armies to take absolute power.  At the end of the War Washington was the single most popular person in America.  As a man with just about everything the only thing he didn’t have was a crown or a title.

    It was in his grasp, all he had to do is reach out to have it and he would be the head of an American constitutional monarchy.

    And he declined.

    It was a move worthy of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus and a shock to the powerbrokers of Europe.

    But as much as it impressed the men of Europe it impressed his countrymen more he presided at the constitutional convention having very little confidence in the resulting system but accepted the presidency when elected unanimously.

    This was the 2nd phase.  Despite the lack of confidence in the system he governed with discretion and skill  knowing every action that he would take would be the model for the country to follow and acting in a manner that aided rather than retarded a system that he thought would fail measuring carefully words and deeds for the sake of future generations .

    The third phase was the end of his term.  It’s one thing to refuse imperial power when you’ve never had authority, but Washington now had two full terms under him.  He could keep power with the veneer of republicanism  he might have justified serving a 3rd term simply to delay the decent into parties and partisan divisions that already existed.

    He did not and when he gave his farewell address assigned the credit for all of his success to the people:

    In looking forward to the moment, which is intended to terminate the career of my public life, my feelings do not permit me to suspend the deep acknowledgment of that debt of gratitude, which I owe to my beloved country for the many honors it has conferred upon me; still more for the steadfast confidence with which it has supported me; and for the opportunities I have thence enjoyed of manifesting my inviolable attachment, by services faithful and persevering, though in usefulness unequal to my zeal. If benefits have resulted to our country from these services, let it always be remembered to your praise, and as an instructive example in our annals, that under circumstances in which the passions, agitated in every direction, were liable to mislead, amidst appearances sometimes dubious, vicissitudes of fortune often discouraging, in situations in which not unfrequently want of success has countenanced the spirit of criticism, the constancy of your support was the essential prop of the efforts, and a guarantee of the plans by which they were effected. Profoundly penetrated with this idea, I shall carry it with me to my grave, as a strong incitement to unceasing vows that Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence; that your union and brotherly affection may be perpetual; that the free constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; than, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete, by so careful a preservation and so prudent a use of this blessing, as will acquire to them the glory of recommending it to the applause, the affection, and adoption of every nation, which is yet a stranger to it.

    In this Washington didn’t just equal Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who twice gave up power over Rome, he exceeded him by not only giving up power but crediting his success to the people.

    It would be 144 years before a president was arrogant enough to consider himself in indispensable.  In closing think of the leaders and the pols of today.  If any of them had the chance for permanent power do you imagine any of them would surrender it?

    The nation has seen greatness in the White House, but it has not seen the greatness of a Washington.

    Buried in this USA today Story about Al Jazerra coming out of the closet so to speak, actually putting their shingle up in America is a line that might have been easily missed if you are doing a quick read:

    Coleman says she watches Al Jazeera simply because it offers so much international news. “It has a lot more foreign correspondents in the field. If you want to know what’s going on in Mali, it’s going to be Al Jazeera that’s covering it. We just don’t have any more foreign correspondents on the ground in (U.S.) television the way Al Jazeera does.”

    “Coleman” is Isobel Colemen of the council on Foreign Relations a “non-partisan” Washington think tank. The head of the group since 2003 his Richard Haass who is a regular on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Isabel was asked about the bias’ that might come from Al Jazeera concerning their treatment of Israel & the Arabs (all emphasis mine)

    “They’re straight shooters as much as any major news outlet today. There is no unbiased news today,

    She continued

    “The bias is in the selection of what stories you cover and how you cover them. Al Jazeera will bring its own bias, but it’s no more or no less than what we’re used to already in this country.”

    Now readers of this blog have known this for years but what will Chuck “Mythology” Todd say to this? How will he react when a person from an organization whose head, Richard Haass maintains media bias is a fact of life so matter of fact that it’s not worth commenting about?

    I suspect it will likely look something like the reaction of Mrs. Merriwether when Rhett Butler bids on Miss Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.

    Raj: Howard, wait. Why don’t you use this instead of the PVC to keep the transverse filter assembly in place?

    Howard: Because this is not a spare part from the space station. This is the thing from the pizza box that keeps the lid from touching the cheese.

    Raj: That what that’s for? In India, the lid just touches the cheese. Of course, we also have rampant poverty and periodic outbreaks of cholera, so a little cardboard in our cheese is no biggie.

    The Big Bang Theory, The Classified Materials Turbulence 2009

    Yesterday I talked about how the left had left opening for the right over the decades that have allowed people like Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox news drive right through, I also spoke about the irony of Charles Johnson’s attack on Robert Stacy McCain starting me on the path to the following plan

    60 donors x Giving $20 x 12 Months = My Paycheck 

    Granted this has only worked for two weeks so far but after looking at a twitter debate I’ve seen online yesterday and thinking about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

    Certain products like (shameless plug alert) the Jerkstopper that anchors your laptop cable to an unused port so it doesn’t get “jerked” out of your laptop and break the power pin work because it fills a need hitherto untouched. The same works with media.  The unwillingness of the MSM to cover important stories as Powerline noted yesterday gives bloggers the ability to be the primer pushers of stories.

    Consider the Daily Caller and Senator Menendez, Matthew Boyle has been on this case as the MSM totally ignored the story in favor of Marco Rubio drinking water.  Last night it actually reached the point where CNN led it’s 8PM with a laughable report trying to discredit the story concerning underage hookers while acknowledging corruption under the “everybody does it” meme.

    Yet even this coverage in the MSM doesn’t happen without conservative bloggers continuing to push this story over and over again.

    And that’s just one example, Think about Robert Stacy McCain on Bret Kimberlin and Lee Stranahan on Steubenville.  You know these stories because they bothered to tell you them and it has cost them.

    Now think of the internet as a whole.  How many great conservative bloggers are out there getting you stories others have left behind. Robert Stacy McCain who has traveled the country bringing you stories. Dan Riehl who’s site is a plethora of information, The Conservatory & the Minority Report, aggregate sites bringing you great conservative writing from all over the net. The Lonely Conservative reporting from NY, Jimmie Bise, Jeff Dunetz the Yid with Lid, Pam Geller, Bob Belvedere, Jerry Wilson, William Hoge, Lee Stranahan, Stacy Washington, the Chicks on the Right, Sarah Marie Brenner, Zilla, Katy’s Conservative Corner, Doug Ross, Marathon Pundit, Babalu blog and so many more that I simply can’t list without making this a 10,000 word post.

    If you look at my field guide of bloggers the list of conservative bloggers driving liberals nuts on a daily basis is simply boundless.

    If only we could fund them.  The funding device to keep bloggers up and running is the small plastic piece that keeps the cardboard out of the cheese, very obvious once you have it, but someone needs to come up with it first.

    I have often quoted Jimmie Bise statement concerning a conservative funding

     If conservatives with money would fund places for budding journalists to get their work in front of a decent-sized audience, there would be lots of Bob Novaks, Byron Yorks, Mark Hemingways, Matthew Vadums, and Stacy McCains showing up. Running a web site isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, but it does take time. There are plenty of folks who could set up and run a site that does original reporting, but they have to have something approaching a credible budget not just to pay for the reporters but also to pay for their own time.

    And Stacy McCain:

    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.Soros has figured this out. Rich Republicans have not.

    We’ve talked about this for a while and I’ve spoken to bloggers concerning several such idea but the problem has always been access to the type of donors that Karl Rove takes for granted for the seed money and of course there is the issue of being dependent on one or two big donors to keep things going.

    and that brings us to my plan built upon the plan I’m using for myself only more dramatic:

    6000 people x $20  x 12 months = An Army of Conservative Davids

    My personal 60 x $20 x 12 months works out to an annual paycheck of $14,400  multiply that times 100 and suddenly you have a budget of 1.4 million dollars.

    What can you fund with $1.4 Mil?  Consider:

    Hobby & Green Bloggers/Activists:

    There are plenty of people who blog after work, maybe one post a day or the brand new bloggers just getting started.  Their only costs are hosting and maybe the occasional trip.  Under the formula above you could fund 400 such people at $1000 annually to cover their hosting, and perhaps a trip to an event.

     Cost: $400,000

    Part Time & Retired Bloggers:

     They might be a housewife or house husband, working part-time.  They might cover events within driving distance and state races.  Perhaps they go to a national conference or three.  You could fund say 100 people $5000 a year to do this.

    Cost  $500,000

    Full time bloggers:

    They will be expected to cover national events in person, flying and traveling, and posting multiple times a day with original reporting and live reports.

    Right now nationally we have ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN & FOX.  lets say we double those networks 12 people doing this  and pay them each $35,000 a year out of which they are expected to cover at least one trip every other month. 

    That’s $420,000.

    Add those numbers up  $400,000 + $500,000 + $420,000 = $1,320,000 to fund 512 bloggers.  (And that still leaves $120K for overhead)

    Think of that a second:  512 bloggers posting daily amplifying the conservative message, pushing conservative candidates on the local state and federal level and best of all cross promoting each other and the causes they are pushing.

    And also think of the incentive structure.  How many new bloggers might work very hard for the chance to turn that $1000 a year into $5000 or that $5000 a year into a $35,000 annual job (although guys it’s harder work than you think).

    And best of all, instead of counting on one or two big donors who might demand certain stories be covered and others not, we would be talking 6000 people all giving a total of $240 a year.

    6000 people works out to 120 PER STATE.  Surely we can find 120 people in each state who can spare 20 bucks a month to fund this, after all:

    How much would the GOP pay for a minimum of 512 stories on the web promoting their cause?

    How much would the various conservative think tanks be willing to pay for hundreds of potential promoters of their studies and their finding?

    How much would YOU as a conservative be willing to pay to see this happen?  Would you pay $20 a month?

    And what is the left going to do?  Are they going to paint a bunch of middle class folks kicking in $20 a month?  Are they going to have a big expose on a guy with a parts store who gives up 2 trips to Wendy’s or Burger king every month?

    If 60 people kicking in $20 a week month to give me a paycheck for a single conservative blog annoys the left, how crazy would over 500 bloggers dogging their candidates and promoting our side do.

    I think it’s a worthwhile idea, the problem is can I find 6000 people nationwide who agree?

    Update: Stacy McCain notes why the Army of Conservative Davids/Stacy McCains is needed:

    Ah, but here comes The Enforcer: Charles Pierce at Esquire attacks Vandehei and Harris from their left flank, signaling that even the mildest media dissent against Dear Leader is unacceptable. Anyone in the D.C. press corps who actually does stray from the fawning pro-Obama herd will be targeted for destruction by MSNBC, by the left blogosphere, by Media Matters and Think Progress.

    It’s these enforcer types — Commissars of the People’s Information Bureau, as it were — who make media reform impossible. That’s what Journolist was all about, and you may notice that the Washington Post hasn’t exactly kicked Ezra Klein to the curb.

    and at Human Events Newt talks of the innovation the GOP needs

    As Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told me, “Commercial radio was a new technology in the early 1930′s and Reagan adapted to it. Talking movies were a new technology in the late 30′s and Reagan adapted to it. Network television was a new technology in the early 1950′s and Reagan adapted to it. If Reagan were alive today, he’d be tweeting.”

    This plan, that is innovation.

    Update 2: Typo corrected “week” to “Month” in 2nd to last paragraph.

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    A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step and the journey to the $300 paycheck this week is taking baby steps as we have moved $10 closer than yesterday. Thus we are still 13 1/4 $20 hits this week away from three hundred but I’m an optimist at heart.

    You can fuel that optimism with a click on the button below. After all why send the money to HBO this month when they will just use it to hit conservatives?





    For those of you who missed Bishop Reilly & Dave Carter Author of Che the Lost Diaries (along with his editor Richard McEnroe) on this weeks show. I have a way to wipe of the shame of that oversight.

    Simply click here and all two hours of DaTechGuy on DaRadio this week is yours carrying DaTechGuy seal of approval.

    And don’t miss us this week when Robert Stacy McCain the first hour and Iman Bashir Mehmud of Fitchburg’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    It all starts at High Noon Eastern on the Money Matters Radio Network in Massachusetts and on FTR Radio nationally.

    Make Saturday your DaTechGuy Day!

    The 2nd of a four-part series of why George Washington Matters, Yesterday, Washington the Revolutionary, today Washington the General.

    Washington as a leader is often derided for his lack of victories against the British, but his record was much better than one might think.

    When Henry Knox suggested bringing the cannon from Ticonderoga Washington signed on and thanks to the successful relocation of this artillery Washington was table to take Boston without a shot being fired. It’s the reason why so many of the historic buildings in Boston are still available to be visited.

    There is no denying the New York Campaign was a fiasco Washington was defeated at Brooklyn Heights, White Plains and Fort Washington. But Trenton and Princeton were clear victories

    Next year Howe defeated Washington at Brandywine and Germantown and at Monmouth while the batter was pretty much a draw Washington missed an opportunity and Washington doesn’t fight another battle for three years until the final victory at Yorktown.

    At first glance this is not impressive, particularly when you consider numbers Washington’s victories come when he has numbers. At Trenton 60%, Yorktown 2-1 and Princeton nearly 4-1. His victory at Trenton is his most modest only a 60% advantage over the British force. In NY he is outnumbered but at Brandywine the numbers are within 7% and at Germantown he has a full 22% advantage as still loses.

    While the British had numbers in all the battles of the NY Campaign at Brandywine the British have a mere 6% advantage and at Germantown has a full 22% advantage and still loses.

    The numbers however don’t tell the whole story, consider his situation. England is the most powerful nation in the world, with a professional well-trained army and an experienced officer corps. Meanwhile Washington has to turn basically farmers and militia into a force that can stand against them.

    Mel Gibson & Popular Lore not withstanding the war was not fought by a bunch of guys playing hit and run and hiding behind rocks. That’s Lexington & Concord and some of the partisan fights in the south but for the most part the American Revolution was a conventional War fought by the conventional tactics of the time.

    Washington has to create, train and keep together an army, bring it up to snuff to stand against British Regulars in the face of lack of supplies, poor food and irregular pay.

    The wonder isn’t that Washington lost so many battles, the wonder is his army lasted long enough to win any battles at all, let alone the revolution.

    George Washington was more than the Colonial commander-in-chief, he was THE general of the American Revolution and perhaps of his time.

    Tomorrow Washington the leader.

    `I’ll give you Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast.’

    `The Founder of the Feast indeed.’ cried Mrs Cratchit, reddening. `I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.’

    Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843

    When you think of conservative media there are three names that instantly come to mind. Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News

    Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News are all at the top of their fields. The left constantly hits all three but Rush has been the #1 talk radio show for decades, Matt Drudge’s web site is in the top 100 nationwide and top 500 worldwide (think of how many porn sites outdrawn) and Fox News has been on top so long a post-election dip in ratings was news all over the web and on their rival station that conveniently neglect to mention their own pathetic ratings in their stories.

    Granted all three deserve credit for their own success but it’s not possible without decades of help from the MSM.

    Years of bland biased radio gave Rush Limbaugh his opening, Fox took up a mantle that nobody else on TV was willing to carry and rode it to #1 spot in cable news, and Newsweek might still be a national magazine if they didn’t forfeit their scoop on Monica Lewinsky & Bill Clinton to Matt Drudge who beats the now online only Newsweek by a factor of 10.

    Put simply the media created the conditions for all of these conservative platforms to thrive.

    Here on the web the left is no less prolific. With Soros money and bloggers on salary the left is able to create instant public opinion or at least its illusion. In response the independent bloggers working on a shoestring have become a force in response.

    As longtime readers of this blog and listeners to the radio show know I lost my Computer Job 5 years ago. During my failed pursuit of a job in my field, I started my old blog. My breakout moment came when I hosted Robert Stacy McCain to cover the improbable Scott Brown, however even that came about because of another event even more improbable

    Stacy McCain while still at his old blog was attacked by Charles Johnson of LGF during his final er “change”  I had been a fan of both blogs at the time and covered the clash noting people who knew Stacy personally defended him and had a problem with Johnson’s tactics:

    I saw Charles accusations concerning Robert, they were serious not only in terms of his career as a reporter and someone supporting a family of 6 but in terms of honor. The next day after reacting with righteous anger over the statements Robert answered and provided explanations as well. They more than satisfied me and I take him at his word…However there is another factor here, Robert Stacy McCain is the father of six. Those six carry his name and to some degree his reputation. He is fighting for their honor, his father honor and his great grandfather’s honor. He also as a father has to set the example for his children to stand up for themselves. If he lets this go without satisfaction he the example he will be setting will be terrible. As a father I see it and nod.

    Eventually I found my self Banned from LGF along with a friend then called by Stacy McCain for the first time.  a conversation that ended in friendship.

    That friendship that led to the Scott Brown team-up, my first CPAC visit, a place on the Tea Party Express bus, eventually to the Mitt Romney “victory” party and to this day where the blog has been ranked 101 on the list of top 150 conservative web sites and to you dear readers over the last two weeks providing me with the first two semi regular paychecks I’ve received since George Bush was president.

    But none of this happens without Johnson attacking Stacy McCain.

    Now based on a 40 hour work  (in reality is a 7 day a week job regularly working 80 hours) reading, writing, researching, or calling people concerning stories or covering them myself for the show or the blog the following formula…

    Sixty Readers Giving $20 Dollars for Twelve Months = My Weekly $300 Paycheck

    …works out to $7.50 an hour before taxes but I suspect the idea of an independent conservative blog able to support itself by reader contributions would still annoy Charles Johnson to no end.

    The eventual goal is to make the radio pay enough to double that figure and get me back at least to the level I was drawing when I collected unemployment and if I work even harder someday to the weekly $800 paycheck that allowed me to build the savings our family exhausted over the Obama years.  That would annoy Charles Johnson even more

    But if 60 people  x $20 x 12 to fund a single conservative blogger annually how much angrier can we make the entire left with just a little tweak, but that is a post for tomorrow morning.

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    Yesterday was a National Holiday although not for the blog but it was a holiday for DaTipJar

    Sunday’s tip jar hit still puts us $25 ahead of last week at this time but far behind the goal of the weekly paycheck.

    It takes only 14 people kicking in $20 to pay the bills in a week. Consider being one of them, it will annoy the left to no end.




    As history continues to be revised in the classrooms of the country one of the greatest stars the country has ever produced George Washington continues to get short shift.

    Washington is a paradox a rich man who risks his wealth in revolution, a general who loses far more than he wins, a man universally popular yet not only doesn’t become king but gives up power after elected. The slaveholder who frees his slaves in his will.

    These are all incredible things at any time in history. This weeks for February Vacation and Washington’s birthday week, we’ll talk about the reasons why this holiday should still be called “Washington’s birthday (as its legal name remains) instead of president’s day.

    First: Washington the Revolutionary

    George Washington was one of the richest if not the richest person in the colonies yet he was willing to fight and support a revolution that would add little if anything to his wealth.

    Think about it. What did Washington have to gain from a successful revolt? He was already a huge landowner, he already had comfort, power and wealth, reputation, everything a man of his time could want. What is the incentive for him to do anything that might change it?

    Consider: If he had sided with England others would have followed and if a British victory had taken place, a likely-hood that the nearly the entire world anticipated at the time, he would have been honored even further, Knighthood, Order of the Bath, a peerage. These were the greatest honors an Englishman could get at the time, one of the few things Washington lacked.

    Yet he put principle ahead of this, and fought against England. Think of the risk involved. If England wins, Washington would not only face a “short drop and a sudden stop”. Even if he was somehow allowed to live, his property would certainly be seized and distributed to loyalists, and his name would have lived infamy. A 18th century Guy Fawkes.

    Washington in terms of wealth had more to lose than almost anyone in the nation, and he still fought, risking life, wealth and reputation for the dream of an independent America.

    Who can you think of in modern America who would do the same?

    When George Washington is called the Father of his Country, you had better believe he earned it.

    (Tomorrow, Washington the General)

    What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?

    President Grover Cleveland 1887

    One of the most important pieces I’ve read in the last week is Yates Walker’s piece of Christine O’Donnell. He takes on that most cherished of anti-teaparty conventional wisdom,  Christine O’Donnell victory in the GOP primary in Delaware was a disaster for conservatives  and maintains it is just the opposite.   He has much to say but lets lead with a line that every conservative activist should take to heart:

    Mike Castle was a leftist’s dream. He was a big-spending, George-Soros-funded, NARAL-approved politician who never met an earmark he didn’t like. Electing him as a Republican weakened the party. In every policy debate that matters, Mike Castle and others like him side with the left. For this, they are rewarded by the media and described as moderate.

    This might seem an odd time to bring this up, but it has special relevance today when you consider Chuck Hagel.

    Hagel hit the Bush Administration on Iraq. He piled on the president on a regular basis and what was the result?

    CBS, ABC, NBC CNN, MSNBC lionized him, he was constantly on the air, for an opinion or a sound bite. When the left (read Media) needed “balance” in their presentation, they could always count on Chuck to provide “bipartisan” opening that began with “some in the president’s own party… like so: (all emphasis mine)

    Brokaw: “Iraq has divided this country deeply. Where is the war taking us? What happened to ‘stay the course?'”

    George W. Bush: “I know many Americans are not satisfied with the situation in Iraq, I’m not satisfied either and that is why we’re taking new steps to help secure Baghdad.”

    Brokaw: “Even longtime Republicans see this election as a vote up or down on those who thought the war was a good idea.”

    Sen. Chuck Hagel: “Iraq is the issue. Iraq is the issue everywhere, in every state.”

    And not just on Iraq on North Korea:

    On NBC’s Today, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman lamented that it’s too late for Bush to salvage peace: “North Korea has concluded that this administration wants their, their head on a wall, basically, and therefore there’s probably nothing the United States can do now, to really reassure the North to give up their nukes, which is really their life insurance policy.” This came just a minute or so after Friedman described Kim as the “Tony Soprano of Pyongyang.”

    NBC set up the Friedman interview in which reporter Andrea Mitchell explained that “experts” say this weekend’s tougher steps are insufficient. She quoted Robert Gallucci and Wendy Sherman without telling the audience that the two of them were essential cogs in Bill Clinton’s Kim-coddling regime. For “balance,” they were echoed by Sen. Chuck Hagel.

    and Israel:

    Mitchell spun the domestic criticism of the Bush administration as bi-partisan but the only Republican critic she could identify was Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel.

    Do you see the trick here? It’s not news if Barbara Boxer or Dick Durbin hit the GOP but if you can find a party member to do it, you get to double your attack AND provide the illusion of “balance” after all this critique is from a Republican. Yates Walker again:

    In reality, moderates like Mike Castle are guarantors of conservative defeat. Political debate always ends in compromise. If Castle is “moderate,” then why should anyone entertain proposals from the far right? In every debate, the question is not whether conservatives win, but how much we lose.

    Chris Coons defeated Christine O’Donnell in 2010.  Since that election have you ever once seen the MSM put Chris Coons on the air? Does on MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week or Meet the Press look for his comment on the news of the day or quote him on air? No. Why? Because if blue state Democrat Chris Coons parrots the Obama/Liberal/MSM line it’s not news.

    But lets pretend, just for a moment Christine O’Donnell had not run and Mike Castle won that seat. For the last two years you would have seen him on every network as the face of the GOP. He would be the “sensible” face advocating more taxes and spending, the, the “moderate” face to fund abortion, whenever the MSM needed “balance” his face would be there.

    And maybe, just maybe in 2020 or so he could have been the token GOP member in a future Democrat administration.

    Instead the MSM has to find “no labels” republicans to put on the air, as opposed to actual serving members. They need to fish for squishes in the house caucus because they don’t dare put a Ted Cruz next to Chuck Schumer on Meet the Press again, or give a Kelly Ayotte face time or promote a Marco Rubio unless to hit him for drinking water.

    This is the gift Christine O’Donnell gave the GOP by running so hard to win the GOP primary in Delaware in 2010. It’s the gift Doug Hoffman gave the GOP when he defeated Dede Scozzafava and it’s the gift Marco Rubio gave the National GOP when he went to the Senate and sent Charlie Crist to the Democrat convention.

    I don’t vote Republican because I have a love affair with the letter “R” or hope to get a member of my (former) club on the inside to provide patronage.  It’s to advance ideas i believe in for the benefit of the country and my children and some day grandchildren.

    If the GOP forgets this lesson it will die and deserve to.  If the nation forgets this lesson it’s the day this republic ends.

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    It’s a new week so naturally I’m looking for a new paycheck

    15 People at $20 dollars each week pays the bills, on Sunday we found 1 1/4 of them. Now $25 might not seem like much but it’s $25 better than we were this time last week and last week we met our goal by Thursday.

    If you think this kind of new media is worth it consider kicking in. Then you can tell your friends you have media working for you instead of against you.





    Marion Cunningham: …and when the fire goes out and the last marshmallow is eaten they’ll go into the woods and…OH MY GOD! (dishes crashing)

    Happy Days

    Reg: What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?
    Francis: It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
    Reg: It’s symbolic of his struggle against reality.

    Monty Python: The Life of Brian 1979

    Remember the old movie Porky’s where the boys had a hole in the wall so they could watch the girls shower?  Welcome to 21st century Massachusetts

    The Massachusetts Department of Education on Friday issued directives for handling transgender students, including allowing them to use the bathrooms or play on the sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.

    It gets better:

    The document said whether a student identifies as a boy or girl is up to the student or, in the case of younger students, the parents.

    The lawsuits will be spectacular. You disagree? Consider:

    You’re a teacher or guidance counselor. A boy goes into the girls shower room, you try to eject him he identifies himself as “gender neutral” or “confused”.

    You lay one hand on him, say one thing to him, suggest for even a single moment that he might be faking and now you have a discrimination lawsuit on your hands, the school district’s hands and the city’s hands. Such a suit would be worth at least tens of thousands of dollars.

    Ask yourself these questions:

    1. Do you think for ONE MINUTE you won’t find high school boys horny & desperate enough to try to pull this?

    2. Do you for ONE MINUTE that it will be difficult to find a personal injury lawyer or any lawyer not able to find gainful employment who won’t take this kind of suit?

    3. Do you think for ONE MINUTE that such an administrator or school aide in this economy will risk their job, add the good benefits that come with a public school position to stop such a boy?

    4. Do you think for ONE MINUTE in this age of phantom disability claims you such a student or family will be able to find a psychologist to testify to the boys “confusion” and demand the school cover the expense of regular professional counseling?

    5. Do you think for ONE MINUTE that a school facing such a suit and worried that a radical group will decide to make an “example” of them on behalf will not settle, even if its a low 5 figure amount to make such a suit go away?

    Who needs a hole in the wall of the girls shower anymore? In Massachusetts all you need is a teenager desperate enough to see actual naked girls in the shower and viola you have access, and if those girls cover up, or scream or run into a stall to avoid you, remember THEY are the ones being unreasonable:

    Scott said disciplining students who won’t acknowledge a student’s gender identity is appropriate because it amounts to bullying

    Got that? If you girls don’t totally welcome Pee Wee into your locker room you are a BULLY and we all know how bad bullying is!

    And we haven’t even gotten to any ADULTS who might be at the school for whatever reason who claim different gender.

    And remember these are the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Education Department!

    The irony? This “progressive” change is going to have it’s greatest traumatic effect on, you guessed it, young girls for a start. And because more affluent parents will be able to send their daughters to private or Catholic schools it will  be the young girls of the poorest who will bear the burden.

    The headline? Mass Department of Ed issues Transgender Guidelines, Women & Minorities hardest hit.

    Just remember we NEED public schools to make sure our kids get a quality education so they can get a job.  I don’t know about a job but the kids are going to get an education all right.

    via Culture news

    Update:  The word Not didn’t belong in the paragraph beginning The Irony… corrected

    For the last three years, ever since Robert Stacy McCain insisted I MUST go to CPAC after we covered the 1st Scott Brown race I have been going to CPAC as a credentialed blogger with Fedoras and Cannoli in hand to interview movers, shakes and the people who help back them. As CPAC 2013 gets closer I’ve applied for my credentials and have been confirmed for them. (Although I’ve yet to order the Cannoli)

    There are an awful lot of great reasons to attend CPAC:

    Access: The number of high level conservatives can’t be underestimated, as a credentialed blogger you have a considerable amount of access to said people all in a single place.

    Networking: With a large amount of our fellow bloggers in attendance, it is possible to network with people you have only communicated with over the net.

    News: Occasionally news breaks out at CPAC as it did last year with the confrontations with the Occupods and Andrew Breitbart’s willingness to confront them (it’s so odd to think of CPAC without him)

    First Hand Reports: First hand reports are always better than 2nd hand reports as anyone can tell you. It’s also amazing what you notice that someone might not, or what someone else might notice and mention to you.

    Readers: One of the best things about CPAC is meeting YOU, the reader who has made this blog what it is and the tip jar hitters who make things possible.

    The Fedora Exchange:
    This one is personal, I have fedoras loaned out to activists, when I see them I regain them and load them out to other activists.

    This doesn’t even count the pleasures of seeing the friends I have made in blogging.

    I tend to be very active at CPAC, I have been kindly called one of the “hardest working bloggers at CPAC.” It’s true that I tend to spend a lot of time on stories and less time in parties but there are several good reasons for this.

    This is my job: I am trying to make a living as a freelance blogger and radio host, if I hope to do so then I have to produce content for my readership that is a sufficient incentive for them to kick in the $300 weekly for me to draw a pay.

    DaWife: My wife has worked very hard to keep things above water while I try this career. It has not been easy on her. That being the case it is incumbent for me to put the maximum effort in at CPAC. If the family can’t afford a vacation I’m certainly not going to turn CPAC into one. Given the expense CPAC entails it would be obscene for me to basically spend three days partying with friends while she has to work.

    Volume: I shoot a ridiculous amount of video in interviews at CPAC, the sheer volume of data requires me to be constantly writing and uploading to keep up with it.

    Obligation: I’ve always told my advertisers and tip jar hitter that when I take their money it means I work for them. Let it never be said that I didn’t fulfill my obligations to the reader.

    Rules of Sicilian living:
    I like a party as much as the next man but I have a vivid memory of a CPAC where a female reporter imbibed to excess and made a complete fool of herself in front of my face for several hours. Decorum and the rules of gentlemanly behavior forbade my writing on the subject or naming the person in question but it would appear to me alcohol in quantity mixed with people who write for a living carrying a near infinite amount of recording devices is a combination to be avoided.

    I’m cheap: CPAC is an expense for me. So the more material I produce the better value it is for the money.

    So for me CPAC is a job, an enjoyable part of a job but a job that carries expense nevertheless.

    This year however CPAC has made several changes that have proven to be a distinct disincentive to attending:

    Moving: As Glenn Reynolds predicted last year a larger venue was certainly needed but the new hotel is not only very expensive but it not accessible by the Metro meaning cab travel and additional expense..

    Credentialing:
    CPAC has decided to issue a single media credential for bloggers and the MSM. While I’m sure this annoys the liberal media and was meant to elevate bloggers this has a distinct disadvantage in the sense that the CPAC attendee could generally tell friend (CPAC blogger generally conservative) from foe (MSM journalist generally out to get you) and would act accordingly. If we are all the media then CPAC attendees will sensibly treat us all as “enemy”.

    Single media area: Again while it must annoy the MSM to no end to be on equal footing with “just bloggers”, this actually works against bloggers in several ways. Speakers went to the blogger lounge to speak to give access to people who would give them a fair shake. We were a sought after commodity It will be very easy for bloggers to be crowded out in the scrum and our own area made us special. The ejection of Maureen Dowd from the CPAC bloggers lounge remains to me one of the greatest moments in CPAC history.

    No free Wi-fi:
    Seriously? There is no wifi being provided for bloggers (I suspect this is related to #2 & 3) and it’s my understanding that purchased access is $250. For people who can afford expensive phones and data plans or who do this on a lark that’s a drop in the bucket. For the MSM it’s part of an expense account. For the blogger like me who uses a trac phone, buy his time in units of a couple of hundred minutes it’s a different story. Considering the number of people already reporting from CPAC the case for readers kicking in $1000 to get me there and back (Nearby Hotel + Air $821 Baggage fees $50, Cabs $40 and if I’m careful Meals $75) while still looking for that $300 weekly paycheck is iffy enough. To ask them to pay an additional $250 simply so I can do my job while I’m there, that’s just unreasonable. It also means I’ll have to go to my hotel to do my posting.

    CPAC has always been about energizing conservative and to some degree the alternate conservative media. Given bloggers always had better access than the MSM in the past and our shoestring I would think the wise thing to do would be to enhance these advantages rather than cancel them.

    Anyways I can’t see me skipping CPAC. There is just too much news to get there and of course it’s an excellent chance to promote the radio show and hopefully pick up some sponsors and perhaps maybe even some new stations along the way, but I’ve got to tell you, these changes seem a real disincentive to attendance.

    Of course that just might the Sicilian in me coming out.

    Update: Forgot a HUGE pro, How could I neglect mentioning Mass at the Shrine of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. A place so holy you can actually feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. (and the best breakfast in Washington in the cafeteria) Unfortunately the new location is 12 miles away making cab fare nearly $40 one way so that’s out So I guess it’s St. Columbia Church at Oxen Hill, Under $15 for cab far with tip. Certainly not as spectacular as the National Shine but the containing no less the real presence of Christ in the Mass and the Eucharist.

    Incidentally if you are a Catholic going to CPAC for the first time and can afford it GO TO THE BASILICA FOR MASS. Any Catholic needs to experience it at least once. In fact it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a group together to go to mass at the national Basilica (or at St Columbia) on Sunday.

    Update 2: The comment of the year so far

    It is proof of a merciful God that MY youthful indiscretions all took place before the proliferation of camera phones and YouTube.

    A million middle aged bloggers are nodding their heads.

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    Well it’s a new week which means once again it’s time to seek that $300 paycheck to keep things going.

    Week one and Two in February were very encouraging. If we can keep this up for week three then the wife will really be impressed.

    The math is really simple 15 x 20 15 People hitting datipjar for $20 pays me for the week.




    Of course if there are 10 more of you who can hit DaTipJar for $100 then I can buy my CPAC tickets and hotel but for now I think I’ll worry about the paycheck and the mortgage, first things first.

    This Week’s Under the Fedora is up at Zilla of the Resistance, The Minority Report, Conservative Commune , Conservatively Speaking and NACBU, a peek:

    As I’m typing this Chris Dorner has apparently been killed by police but not before he took hostages and killed one officer and wounded another.

    The celebration of Dorner based no race and ideology has been one of the more disgusting things I’ve seen. It is in my opinion symbolic of a portion of society where fatherhood is a rare thing but even with that rationalization it’s still a shock, but it shouldn’t be after all there are those who celebrated Charles Manson, but there was a time before the net that people would be ashamed to celebrate evil publicly.

    Welcome to post Christian America.

    I ran a little late with the column but if I had run slightly later I could have included this bit from Michelle Lancaster:

    indians vs astros

    As the Astros were once the Colt 45’s

    colt45

    it makes perfect sense but I’ll bet real money the Media does it’s best to try to cancel this event or at least turn it into a giant protest.

    In Colorado apparently the after school tutoring program for kids is for children of color only:

    A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

    The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color.

    Not to worry the school says they will make accommodation for the rare white student who like students of color fail to reach the levels of accomplishment that students of the school are expected to reach.

    “This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs,”

    Now some might suggest such an arrangement suggests an inherent inferiority in non-white students, particularly if they need help devoid of the presence of a different race, but the school disagrees:

    If the civil and political rights of both races be equal, one cannot be inferior to the other civilly or politically.

    and further

    We consider the underlying fallacy of the plaintiff’s argument to consist in the assumption that the enforced separation of the two races stamps the colored race with a badge of inferiority. If this be so, it is not by reason of anything found in the act, but solely because the colored race chooses to put that construction upon it.

    Oh sorry, my mistake, that’s not the schools argument that’s from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case Plessy v. Ferguson of 1896.

    Funny I seem to recall a court case in 1954 overturning that decision saying in part:

    We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.

    One would think that a school principal would be familiar with this but perhaps Mr. Pearson can be tutored on the subject. The only question: Will he demand a segregated tutoring session.

    Ok that sounds a little wrong. If you tune into DaTechGuy on DaRadio at Noon EST on the Money Matters Radio Network or FTR Radio you won’t hear Bishop Reilly talking about Che Guevara at all, he will be joining us in the first hour to talk about Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, what it means to the Church, to individual Catholics, particularly in this Lenten season, and if this means the Vatican will soon need to open the St. Celestine home for retired Popes.

    In our second hour author Dave Carter will be talking about his just released work Che: the Lost Diaries

    So no matter if you are interested in a gentle man of peace abandoning power or a murderous ideologue seeking it. DaTechGuy on DaRadio is the place to be.

    To hear us tune into AM 1390 Plymouth, WBNW 1120 Concord or 970 WESO in Southbridge to find me on your dial, or simply pick up the feed from here the Money Matter Radio Network.

    And remember you can find us on TuneIn as well as FTR radio online, additionally FTR will be replaying the show Tuesday Mornings at 8 AM.

    See you then.

    Today I stopped by one of my older advertisers Little’s floor covering in Fitchburg. The owner’s daughter was there working on the book while holding new child. I mentioned that perhaps some day she would be at the same desk doing the book for the family business. Her mom said she hoped for something better.

    The more I think about it, the more I’m coming to the conclusion that for an example of freedom, you can’t do much better than a small business.

    A citizen through his time and efforts creates the means to support himself and his family though hard work. If the work is done with quality, he thrives, grows and provides the means for others to support themselves and their families. All of this from the sweat of his brow and willingness to work hard, how much he earns, what he achieves how high he lives, all on his own shoulders with. Small business is the very essence and expression of American Freedom.

    What hold him back, to some degree fate, to another his competitors chasing the same dream but the biggest anchor are the rules and levies the government can lay upon him.

    So when you see (via hotair) a story like this

    Minneapolis is the fourth-largest printing center in the U.S., according to Printing Industry Midwest, a trade association. Bolger said he’s fine with paying higher personal income taxes.

    But he said his Bolger Printing company had to shed more than 100 of his 320 jobs because of the recession, and “I never want to go through that again” if he starts losing jobs to lower cost competitors.

    “I’m a 58-year-old Minnesota boy. Wisconsin is probably not in my future,” Bolger said. “But I would have to shrink employees, decent middle class jobs. I thought that’s what this is about.”

    …don’t be surprised. The state can’t control people who are not dependent on them and nothing makes a person more independent than running your own business.

    People say liberals/progressives raise taxes for the common good and any harm to small business is incidental, accidental or for the greater good.

    I disagree, to the liberal/socialist/progressive/Marxist the state is all, only its power can bring the utopia they believe in. The independent small businessman on his own, stands in his way both as a source of revenue for their foes, and as an example of what a person might be able to be outside of the states protective blanket.

    That example given by the small businessman crystallizes the left’s greatest fear and that’s why, protestations not withstanding by progressives, they must see him destroyed.