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Today is one of those days that remind me exactly how much of a geek I am.
I spent my time on the road visiting exiting and potential customers as always I was wearing my hat, as usually I had my toe shoes, but today I had the Doctor Who Scarf that was gifted to me by a regular reader.
As I went place to place in a 12 foot long multi colored scarf in 80+ degree weather the reaction was almost universally “How can you wear that scarf on a day like this”?
The solitary exception? The comic book store where the reaction was “Cool Dr. Who Scarf!”
Because Dr. Who is so much a part of the culture of England If I was in London rather than Massachusetts people would likely have not said boo, but here in America if I ever doubted I was at 50 still a geek at heart, today confirmed it.
I didn’t care, I’ve wanted a Doctor Who scarf since I was 13 years old, I’ve been positively glowing and within two months two different friends gave me one, a six-foot mini version from one and the twelve-foot full version (well full season 12 version anyways) afterwards and as far as I’m concerned that Scarf is now as much a part of my meme as the Hat & shoes.
I recently turned fifty and if there is one thing I’ve learned in five decades is to enjoy the small things without worrying what others think.
Update: Of course other people have different definitions of fun than I do
I’m a silver linings type of guy and I’ve found one silver lining in the entire IRS audit story.
As many of you know I pay for my radio show. The ads that you’ve heard and seen on the show and blog come from days and hours of door knocking, meeting, lunches and conversations to make those sales. The results of those attempt can be seen on the blog in the block ads sitting there.
What you haven’t seen of course are all the failed attempts. The many times I was turned away, rejected, turned down.
In sales of course you hear “no” a lot more times than you hear “yes” so you must have something that makes the difference.
I have the stats, I have the readership and I have the reach but now thanks to the IRS scandal I have one thing I didn’t have before.
Tomorrow at IRS offices all over the country Tea party members will be protesting the targeting of conservatives by the agency. Hearings have already started taking place and the administration is already calling what has happened inexcusable.
As long as this scandal goes on, and it’s going to be going on for a while the IRS is going to be scrupulous toward the Tea Party and those who support them.
Has there ever been a better time to be advertising or supporting a conservative blog that opposes the administration?
Imagine you are a business looking to put a few grand into advertising this year. You see that DaTechGuy on DaRadio is now syndicated on the Money Matters Radio network and FTR Radio, you see the blog has a large reach all over the country and that for a mere $12k you can get the #1 spot on the site for a full year AND 4 full minutes of ads on my syndicated radio show for a full year.
That alone is a pretty attractive prospect but consider this, you are now publicly known as an advertiser on a conservative radio show and site. Every visitor and listener knows this.
Is the IRS agent looking at your quarterly return really going to want to pick out yours to examine if there isn’t something literally screaming FRAUD out on it?
Congratulations oh supporters of Barack Obama, you’ve just given an incentive to every single business and individual in the country to support the Tea Party in General and conservatives in particular financially an incentive that will be there for years.
Now Barack doesn’t have another election to win, so he doesn’t care about this, but the democrat party does.
I’m sure they’ll express their gratitude.
Jedediah Tucker Ward: It’s not hypothetical to Dr. Pavel, he wrote it
Michael Grazier: So he says.
Jedediah Tucker Ward: So he says under oath
Class Action 1991
PM James Hacker: (On Phone): No, no, leave me out of it. A routine visit. (Listening) All right – a routine surprise visit. (Listening) Well, say they were invited earlier, but the NATO exercise got in the way. Now they’re not needed, they’re going anyway. (Listening) All right. Nobody knows it’s not true. Press statements aren’t delivered under oath.
Yes Prime Minister A victor for Democracy 1986
Yesterday the White House apparently learning nothing from the precedent of sending Susan Rice on every cable network decided to send Dan Pfeiffer to every single Sunday Show State of the Union on CNN, Face the Nation on CBS, This week on NBC, Fox News Sunday and Meet the Press on NBC.
Pfeiffer’s line was pretty much the same all over, Fox & CBS gave him the hardest time, Not surprisingly David Gregory on NBC gave him the easiest time but hard or easy the story was essentially the same. Nothing to see here, of course the IRS stuff was wrong, Republicans lying on Benghazi blah blah blah …
There is a lot of talk online about what was said as Jazz Shaw put it:
Man, I wouldn’t want to be Dan Pfeiffer today. That’s got to be a really ugly job and leave him with ashes in his mouth pedaling this crap.
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) May 19, 2013
I disagree, in this economy plenty of people would love to get Pfeiffer or Jay Carney’s paycheck to say what they’ve been told to say for Obama but what they say means nothing for one simple reason.
Not a word of it was under oath.
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) May 19, 2013
Susan Rice, Jay Carney, Dan Pfeiffer et/al can say all they want to the press to the media and to the American people but it’s all about propaganda and frankly not worth the time to bother to make fun of it.
But if administration in general & Dan Pfeiffer in particular want me to take him seriously there is a simple way to do it:
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) May 19, 2013
There is a huge difference between risking the scorn of reporters, republicans and advocates on twitter and risking jail time for perjury by testifying falsely before congress.
I suspect there are going to be many weeks of hearing on this scandal with people from the Cincinnati office, the White House and many more people going before the house under oath. I’m sure the congress would be happy to save a spot for Mr. Pfeiffer if he is willing to make the time.
What will it be?
Update: I should have also mentioned the Test for the media that I blogged before. Bob Schieffer passed it:
Bob Schieffer was born in 1937, he was working for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the day JFK was shot, and he’s not likely to be impressed by a 37-year-old “senior advisor.” And when it came to Benghazi, Schieffer didn’t let Pfeiffer bulldoze him:
The bottom line is what [Susan Rice] told the American people [Sept. 16] bore no resemblance to what had happened on the ground in an incident where four Americans were killed. . . .
[T]hat was just PR, that was just a PR plan to send out somebody who didn’t know anything about what had happened. Why did you do that? Why didn’t the Secretary of State come and tell us what they knew and if you knew nothing say we don’t know yet? Why didn’t White House Chief of Staff come out? I mean I would, and I mean this is no disrespect to you, why are you here today? Why isn’t the White House Chief of Staff here to tell us what happened?
At his age Pfeiffer might not mind selling his credibility for his higher-ups, it might even be a good career move long-term but Schieffer is 76 years old and his credibility is the most valuable asset he has.
I know I’m not saying this under oath, but when you kick into DaTipJar as one of the 15 people weekly who by paying $20 to help me achieve my paycheck it is makes my life easier and creates a model for conservative bloggers everywhere.