It’s axiomatic that some posts are going to be a lot more popular than others. People have different priorities and the customer base has things that interest them and things that don’t.

For example with one exception none of my Doctor Who posts generally generate many hits although as a Doctor Who fan those are my indulgences (I’m still disappointed that my Benghazi Dr. Who post which I thought was brilliant satire from Sept 2012 didn’t go viral).

No blogger writes an essay or a post with the intention of it not being seen or being popular and that some posts just don’t attract traffic is a fact of life and it’s foolish to worry about it but awards not withstanding nothing brings you to reality like having a post you think is absolutely great, or very important, incredibly newsworthy hilariously funny that nobody has the least bit of interest in.

Thus we have the other half of the coin the “even less viewership than MSNBC awards” for the five post you ignored (that were worth your time anyway).

To qualify a post has to have as of today drawn less that 100 cumulative hits for the year. It has to be a post that I liked a lot that apparently nobody else did. One honorable mention will be named from December since they haven’t had as much time to be seen.

Those posts are the proverbial trees falling in the forest, the voice crying out in the wilderness or as you would call it in television terms practically the entire MSNBC lineup.

So here are the five (well six) posts that you pretty much ignored that unlike MSNBC after 9 AM EST deserve your attention:

#5  Aug 5th Al Sharpton useful to the Radical Left. Tawana Brawley not so much

This is the ultimate useful idiot tale

If you believe that aren’t you upset that after bravely managing to put it this trauma behind her, becoming a LPN, a worthwhile, honorable and difficult job, and supporting a daughter with it that she is still on the hook while the big names are not.

Aren’t you outraged that every week hours of her labor is going to a settlement that she will be paying for the rest of her life while Al Sharpton’s judgement was paid by high rollers and admirers like OJ Simpson?

Where are the celebrates rushing forward to allow Ms. Brawley to devote her funds to her daughter’s future? Where are the online campaigns to retire that debt? Why isn’t Sharpton himself whose promos are played daily all over a major cable network (well MSNBC) doing something about it? Why isn’t he talking to Spike Lee, to Rachel Maddow, and all their friends on MSNBC to convince them to hold a fund raiser to retire this debt?

How it this not a priority for the progressive community for the black community?

At least Brawley could claim the idiocy of youth, the others not so much.

#4  Feb 22nd  The Language and Propaganda of the Left

The playing with Language is how the left justifies a lot,

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.

I thought the “unremitting shopper” was hilarious & the meme would really resonate, maybe next year.

#3  January 27th The Common Thread of the Left: The Ultimate Target

The start of the year was the end of a long batch of post on what the left was up to in this post I spelled it out the target of the left has always been one thing above all: Christianity

I ask you to look at the last 40 years. Look at where the culture and the media has gone and ask your self, why? Ask why children three generations removed from the cultural influences of Christianity find themselves killing themselves and others in numbers not seen before? Ask why schools, particularly those controlled in places the left is strongest are places not of safety or education but of danger and mediocrity. Ask why you have the most medicated culture in history, the most litigious culture in history and a generation that has physical and material advantages that their grandparents and great grandparents could only dream of, can’t cope with life and despair of their future.

None of this is a bug, it’s all a feature. Is this what you want for your children and grandchildren?

You can’t destroy America as it is without destroying the Christian culture that created it.

Continue reading “…and the Five posts you ignored more than MSNBC”

by Baldilocks

On Christmas Eve, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a photo of himself, his wife Ann, and their gazillion grandchildren.

In response to the photo, an MSNBC panel, conducted by the infamous Melissa Harris-Perry, proceeded to mock one of the grandchildren, young Kieran Romney, who is adopted and black.

“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” panelist Pia Glenn offered as a caption for the photo, which the Romneys tweeted on Christmas Eve. (Lyrics of the original Sesame Street song are, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.”)

“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” Glenn said.

Comedian Dean Obeidallah joked that the baby is a token.

“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.”

Of course, these people were excoriated, and why not? Good grief, it’s like reading the banter of elementary school children! And the panelists show themselves to be what they claim to denounce: those who would isolate a child who is externally different from most of his family members–than most of his countrymen.

After taking a well-deserved Internet pummeling, Harris-Perry–who is half white and half black herself–put forth an apology.

Now, she is taking an Internet beating for that, but that’s just gratuitous.

But there’s something even more disturbing than the behavior of Harris-Perry and company. That something is the logic implicit CNN’s Dr. Marc Lamont Hill’s commentary on this incident. From Right Scoop:

Dr. Hill:

Some would say maybe that it’s an exploitative picture that they’re exploiting the kid by hauling out this black person …

Embedded in this seemingly ridiculous notion is a frightening idea: that Kieran Romney’s race was bound to be mocked and that his grandparents, knowing that he is different, set him up for ridicule by publicly acknowledging him as their grandchild.

The notion of “some,” that the Romneys are exploiting the child by including him in a family photo and by sharing it, is merely a foundation–a fabricated pretext to shift the blame from the MSNBC panel to the Romneys for the actions of the former.

The Romneys should have never post the photo; or they should have never included the child in such a photo. But because they did, the Romneys deserved what they got from the MSNBC panel…according to Dr. Hill’s logic.

“You deserve to be assaulted because you tempted us by wearing that short skirt/being out too late at night/leaving your meat uncovered. Wear a burka.”

“You and your grandson deserve what you got. He got mocked because you showed him to us. Don’t try to exploit him again by include him in pictures with your white grandchildren and we won’t be tempted to mock him or you.”

Right?

Right. The buck-passing never stops with these people.

(h/t The Other McCain)

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As you might have guessed 2013 was not as busy around here as the 2012 election year (as of the close of business yesterday traffic was 96.1% of 2012 levels) but there were plenty of posts that got a lot of attention.  Here are the five that you found the most interesting:

5.  From Oct 4:  Miriam Carey Shatters Media Dreams

Do you remember Miriam Carey, no?  Well that’s because she didn’t fit the template

The possibilities were endless!    and then came the facts:

The driver wasn’t a Tea Party member

Wasn’t a person involved in politics,

Wasn’t armed

Wasn’t a man

Wasn’t even white!

The driver was a black woman with  mental health issues and a young child violating every stereotype the media held dear, given she lived in Ct. they couldn’t even blame her postpartum depression on lack of access to abortion.

And a two-week story about the violence of the tea party with heavy face time dominating the landscape faded toward the bottom of Memeorandum and the hour-long segments with just a little news tossed on it became a small opening before going back to hitting the GOP on the government shutdown.

It’s sad to see a dream fade so quickly

If she had been a white Republican every end of the year story would have featured her.

Continue reading “5 Posts That you liked most in 2013… (and one oddity)”

Then they would have been able to sail into the bay like this

Instead of being stuck like this:

That first video comes from the Australian Antarctic Division department of the environment. Here is the YouTube description:

The SY Aurora anchored at Commonwealth Bay in 1912. The expedition, using the ship SY Aurora commanded by Captain John King Davis, departed from Hobart on 2 December 1911, landed at Cape Denison (named after Hugh Denison, a major backer of the expedition) on Commonwealth Bay on 8 January 1912, and established the Main Base. Cinematography by Frank Hurley.

Mind you this weekend CNN was covering the Chinese icebreaker that couldn’t get to them

The icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was just six nautical miles away from the Russian-flagged vessel when the captain decided the ship could not get any closer, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Saturday. The Snow Dragon went back to open water and remains in the vicinity of the stuck ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, to provide support, said Andrea Hayward-Maher, spokeswoman for the AMSA. The Chinese vessel has a helicopter on board that could assist in evacuation. A French icebreaker was en route to assist, but AMSA called off that vessel’s mission at midday Saturday.

The CNN piece concludes with no small bit of Irony thus:

The expedition to gauge the effects of climate change on the region began November 27. The second, and current leg of the trip, started December 8 and was scheduled to conclude with a return to New Zealand on January 4.

But as What’s up with that notes, this hasn’t stopped these guys from fundraising off of their global warming trip:

Meanwhile, in the “Spirit of Mawson” Spirit of “never let a good crisis go to waste”, the folks on-board have realized the world is watching, and decided to make a pitch for money at their website, presumably to fund next year’s research media junket:

At Michelle Malkin’s site Doug Powers is also having fun with this:

So, what’s the carbon output of all these rescue ship and helicopters? I’m guessing they’re not solar powered. Turney runs a company called Carbonscape that aims to “fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” Well, he’s given himself a new carbon harnessing project to work on

and embeds this CNN video that doesn’t seem to get the irony here Nor did they anticipate this when they were tweeting on Dec 7th

and making their case

We are going south to: gain new insights into the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its impact on the global carbon cycle;

explore changes in ocean circulation caused by the growth of extensive fast ice and its impact on life in Commonwealth Bay;

use the subantarctic islands as thermometers of climatic change by using peats, lakes, trees and remains of the last ice age to explore the past;

investigate the impact of changing climate on the ecology of the subantarctic islands; discover the environmental influence on seabird populations across the Southern Ocean and in Commonwealth Bay;

understand changes in seal populations and their feeding patterns in the Southern Ocean and Commonwealth Bay;

produce the first underwater surveys of life in the subantarctic islands and Commonwealth Bay;

determine the extent to which humans have had an impact on this remote region of Antarctica; and provide baseline data to improve the next generation of climate models and predictions for the future.

At least they would have done these things if certain theories accepted as gospel about disappearing Antarctic were not shown to be disastrously wrong

 

Looking at Alok Jha’s twitter feed he doesn’t seem to get the irony, but there are folks on twitter who do:

And the daily mail is having a grand time with this headline:

Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat… because of too much ice: Stranded Antarctic ship’s crew will be rescued by helicopter

Chris Turney, a climate scientist and leader of the expedition, was going to document ‘environmental changes’ at the pole
In an interview he said he expected melting ice to play a part in expedition

Final thought, It’s the beginning of Summer in the Antarctic.

Update:  The most interesting thing about this post is the number of comments that were pulled.  Must be very frustrating when you can’t hide the decline.

Update 2:  Headline at Michael Graham’s site:

The Same People Who Took Away Your Light Bulbs Are Stuck In The Ice

 

Hilarious!  Except for the fact that these failed climate models are the same ones used to annoy and hassle people like you and me.  They’re the reason we’re getting stuck with expensive boondoggles like Solyndra, Evergreen Solar and wind farms.

And they’re the reason why the lighting in your house sucks so badly. Or will soon:

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One of the things that is almost axiomatic is the law moves at its own pace.

In one respect this is a good thing.  It’s very dangerous to rush to judgement before the facts are in, but in an age of rapid response, lack of patience and instant gratification the slow crawl of the law is not enough for many.

Since my living is made in the rapid response world I’m required to give more attention to other stories but there are a few stories of the law’s slow march that are worth highlighting

1.  Kimberlin vs the World:

Ken: Got you again you bastard:

A fish called Wanda 1988

The Brett Kimberlin suits vs Stacy McCain, Aaron Walker, W Hoge continues on, William Hoge has of course been all over it.an example

It seems most of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s legal effort these days has to do with finding the identity of Kimberlin Unmasked. This is something that he has been pursuing for months. When he cross examined me during the Hoge v. Kimberlin peace order trial in May, he asked me if I knew the identity of Kimberlin Unmasked, and I truthfully replied that I did not. Again, during the recent hearing on extension of the Hoge v. Schmalfeldt peace order, TDPK had Bill Schmalfeldt ask me if I knew the identity of Kimberlin Unmasked, and, again, I answered truthfully that I did not. Almost all of Kimberlin’s activity in the state Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. suit has centered on identifying Kimberlin Unmasked.

I’ve seen all sorts of wacko rumors circulated by Team Kimberlin that Kimberlin Unmasked is Aaron Walker or Patrick Frey or Dustyn Hughes or Jeff Dunetz or Lynn Thomas or Kender MacGowan or Lee Stranahan or Dan Collins. However, I’ve seen no evidence proving that any of those individuals is Kimberlin Unmasked.

I’d ask myself if I was Kimberlin Unmasked but given how well Sicilians keep secrets and our notorious lapses of memory in court under oath I don’t think I could rely on the answer.

Meanwhile on the case itself moves on:

Get out your popcorn again, because this will be fun.  On Monday, December 16, I filed a memorandum with the court in support of Kimberlin Unmasked’s attempt to remain anonymous.  In it I argued that Brett Kimberlin is a public figure who must offer evidence that he is not a pedophile or misogynist, and has offered absolutely no evidence of harassment.  I also argued that if he is given this information about Kimberlin Unmasked, that he can be expected to stalk and oppress that person or persons, given all that he has done to me in the past two years.  I specifically said that 1) he cost my wife and I our jobs, 2) tried to frame me for a crime, and 4) personally stalked my wife and I.

So yesterday, as Rand Paul was celebrating Festivus and airing his grievances on Twitter, Kimberlin aired his own by filling a series of motions in state court.  And Brett Kimberlin’s response?  Well, shut up, he explains.  He tries to get the whole thing struck and me sanctioned for filing it.  Yes, really.

He links the motions along with a video response:

Meanwhile the court case continues on. How will it finally end. I think it’s going to end like this scene from a Fish called Wanda with Kimberlin in the Kevin Kline Role:

The real question is Kimberlin’s goal. If the plan is to take up as much time belonging to good bloggers that could be spent on other things then it’s working perfectly. Of course he might just be a violent criminal psychopathic nut with a following of crazy fans who gets off on this kind of thing, but there is no reason those two things have to be mutually exclusive.

If you want to know where this story came from Walker’s link that explains it all is here.

2.  The Amazing disappearing Rauhauser

Woman:  Oh my husband where have you been.  Why do you not come home to see the children?

Zorro  Amnesty for Zorro 1959

Stacy McCain notes that Neil Rauhauser has moved on from stalking/trolling Stacy’s military son’s facebook page to playing duck doge and hide from his estranged wife

The latest weird turn in Rauhauser’s weird career is that his ex-wife evidently showed up on Twitter, complaining that Neal still owes some $47,000 in child support for the two children — now ages 17 and 13 — of their marriage, which ended a decade ago. Now, this caveat is necessary: I cannot verify that the Twitter account is his ex-wife’s nor, if it is indeed her, can I vouch for the accuracy of all she alleges.

Daily Kos reports that Neil Rauhauser has been acting like, well Rauhauser

Neal is probably not too upset people know he’s a deadbeat dad or has a history of domestic abuse and child abduction and endangerment.  He’s probably annoyed people know Mr Stranded Wind ratified a mineral lease to authorize fracking on his family’s property in North Dakota. But Neal is definitely pissed that Nancy verified he doesn’t have Aspergers as he’s claimed for years. Far from it, Nancy has documents showing her ex-husband was clinically diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder overlaid with Reactive Affective Disorder. Neal Rauhauser is a certified Sociopath.

So in the two weeks she’s been on Twitter, Neal has begun harassing Nancy, her children and her relatives with phone calls and text messages. He also did what he calls a SWAT lite and called Child Protective Services on his ex-wife. Other strange things have been happening recently too: someone attempted to hack Nancy’s eBay account, someone attempted to use her daughter’s social security number and someone accessed her son’s school records and found out where they live.

and the family is taking this stuff seriously:

Rauhauser has a warrant for his arrest, there are more coming. He is implicated in alleged SWATtings and false reports. He is armed and he is dangerous. The Security team will see that the restraining order is enforced. Any visits by Neal will result in his arrest. Should any harm come to Nancy or the Rauhauser children, the consequences will be severe. Due to Neal’s reputation, Nancy is also in touch with the FBI and Homeland Security so you can be sure the situation in real life and online is being monitored.

Talk about a war on women! Rauhauser’s reaction…

well life is full of coincidences. No matter how long he ducks the warrants remain out there. Sooner or later he will make a mistake, or a process-server will pose as an ally at an event or an actual ally will get pissed enough to give him up to his wife.

3. Whatever Happened to Lunenburg…

The question is, should this indictment have ever been brought? Which office do I go to to get my reputation back? Who will reimburse my company for the economic jail it has been in for two and a half years?

Raymond Donovan May 25th 1987

It’s been several weeks since the worm turned in Lunenburg MA where the town and football team went from national racist pariahs to the victims of the latest race hoax. The latest result in Google news search is this indignant column in the Worcester Telegram from Dianne Williamson who is outraged…:

If the graffiti was painted because authorities hadn’t acted on complaints that her son was being harassed, shame on her. Because rather than draw attention to bigotry, the incident created a forum for racists and deniers to slink out of the woodwork.

…because the latest developments it validates those who don’t share her worldview and are thus by definition “racists and deniers” Amazing how “denying” something that is false in the worldview of those to who the United States is perpetually Mississippi in 1955 on race, but the most interesting development in terms of the law is this:

Now it could be that we are awaiting police testing of the spray cans, it could be there are other developments that we aren’t aware of or it could mean that the Police Just didn’t want this to overshadow Christmas & New Years in the town.

But sooner or later something is going to happen and the law will move.  The only question left is this:  When it does it will be reported?  Or with the congressional midterms and Obamacare will the reputation of Lunenburg and their team quietly fall down the memory hole and folks who point out their innocent be labeled as “deniers”?

4.  …and Paris Tennessee

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Mark Twain

Around the same time that Lunenburg was staying home on Thanksgiving the Huffington Post wrote about Joe Williams:

The owner of a Tennessee health food store was beaten unconscious by three men in an alleged anti-gay hate crime.

As local ABC affiliate WBBJ TV is reporting, the owner of Healthy Thyme in Paris, Tenn. was also robbed of $1,200, while the suspects wrote a “three-letter homophobic slur” across his forehead in permanent marker during the alleged attack, which took place Nov. 20.

The victim, identified by Fox 17 as 32-year-old Joe Williams, told the Paris Post-Intelligencer that a man had come into the shop earlier that day and asked him about his sexuality, before responding that he could not shop there if he was gay. He also said that he was called derogatory names during the beating, which took place as he was in the process of closing up the business for the night.

The advocate linked the story as did GLAAD in its daily round up Dianne Williamson didn’t manage to get around to it, likely because as a Massachusetts liberal she fixed it’s axiomatic that people in a red state like Tennessee  spend their days beating up gay heath food store owners so it was hardly worth mentioning.

It seems that was a fortunate choice on her part.

A man who told police he had been robbed and beaten at a Paris health food store a few days before Thanksgiving was arrested after he allegedly withheld information about the incident and has now been charged with filing a false report.

Joe Williams, 32, of 803 E. Wood St. was arrested Friday afternoon after turning himself in at the Henry County jail.

Stacy McCain makes the obvious point:

The apparent fakery by Williams probably won’t be reported in bold headlines by some outlets that reported the story originally.

Well the Paris Post Intelligencer with an Alexa Ranking of 3,244,731 did as did Stacy whose site is ranked  did and they have an Alexa Ranking as of Sunday 12-28 of  web site did Stacy McCain (ranked 70,567) and the daily caller (ranked 1,981).

But GLADD’s rank is millions ahead of he Paris paper (ranked 98,768 worldwide) the Advocate does much better than Stacy McCain (ranked 21,667) and while the Daily caller rank in the top 2000 worldwide is impressive the Huffington Post’s rank is in the top 100 worldwide (#66 worldwide & 20th in the US).

So while, thanks to Duck Dynasty GLAAD has had a bad month the revelation that this is yet another hate crime hoax is unlikely to be reported as widely as the base story to make GLAAD’s month worse.

And it’s just as well, we don’t want to empower those “deniers” right Dianne?

By Linda Szugyi

I’ve never done the New Year’s resolution thing.

The way I always figured, why start the new year by setting yourself up for failure?  I mean, if you haven’t reached a particular goal in your life already, how is a new digit going to make it happen?  I can’t even remember to write the new year on my checks until April or so.  It is highly doubtful that I will have remembered to keep a resolution in the meantime.

Besides, resolutions are just one more way to stress ourselves out.  If there is one thing we all need less of, it is stress.  Perhaps the best resolution one could ever make would be to worry less.  But how, exactly, does a person worry less when he has just given himself a new resolution to worry about?  Now there’s some pretty inescapable logic right there.

Still.  The ‘worry less’ resolution is mercifully non-quantifiable.  Without a clear-cut division between success (size 8!) and failure (size 14?!?), failure isn’t even an option.

So there you go.  The fail-proof resolution for 2014:  worry less.  Easier said than done, but at least you can’t fail.  I think I’ve even figured out a shortcut to the goal:  ignore the experts.

Experts are a major source of worry in today’s society.  They specialize in every conceivable topic, so let’s pick just one to discuss:  food.

Experts told us to stop eating fat.  Then they told us it’s okay to eat fat as long as it’s the good fat.  They explained how animal fat is the bad fat, until they decided that trans fats are the bad fat.  Then they explained that sugar is the real bad guy.  And also the processed foods.  Unless it is milk, and then unprocessed is very, very bad.  Speaking of milk, aren’t the processed ones suspect unless the word “organic” is prominently displayed, and the price jacked up accordingly?  And wasn’t soy milk is a better alternative, until it wasn’t?

They told us that salt is really bad, until it wasn’t anymore.  They warned us against caffeine almost a whole century ago.  For the sake of variety, they took a rest from finger-wagging about fat, sugar, and salt, and explained how wheat is bad, especially the part called gluten.  Some of them focused on artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup.  For some experts, meat is the culprit.

Basically, unless you are eating an apple or a carrot grown in your own back yard, somebody out there disapproves.  No wonder we are all stressed out.

The technological advances of our society are wonderful, but they have given us the impression that life is too complex to figure out on our own.  Modern society has decided that only the experts know best.

But that’s not true.  Even experts lack key information, and risk is an inherent part of life.  Think about Christopher Columbus.  He may have been a great sailor and explorer, but it’s not like he had a GPS when he set out across the Atlantic.

We don’t need GPS precision for every aspect of life.  Instead, we need to rely on our common sense and natural skepticism.  We need to trust our own instincts instead of the latest expert opinion.  Our society’s quest for protection against unknown dangers–its obsession with safety–is part and parcel of the madness that elected a planet-healing president.  Unfortunately, even conservatives fall prey to this mentality.

So let’s all do our part to bring rugged individualism back to our culture, by ignoring the experts and worrying less.  Do what your own conscience–guided by God if you are so inclined–tells you.  And have a great 2014.

happy new year

I remember the first Scott Brown campaign.

The crowds were incredible, the excitement was contagious, people in Massachusetts really believed it was a sign that the direction that had led us to ruin for decades might actually be ending.

And the Grass Roots that had been silent for years, the people who were sick of political correctness, of government intrusion, of high taxes and who say Mr. Brown as the best and last chance to stop Obamacare disaster that they (unlike the MSM) clearly saw before them, in its tracks emerged from the shadows and worked, oh HOW they worked. The number of man hours, the phone calls, the stand out were incredible.

They gave the one item that is more valuable than money for a campaign, The one thing you can never make more of…TIME!

After the victory he was hailed at CPAC he was celebrated, local bars were naming drinks after him and fear gripped the left in Massachusetts to the point where millions were spent to defend seats in congress in 2010 simply to hold the line and while they managed to do this, it cost them in many close races nationwide and lead to the GOP house majority that remains to this day.

Brown was a pragmatic senator on many issues and the media cheered him on celebrating him and suggesting that his only chance for re-election was to move left, unfortunately Brown agreed, time and time again he sided with Democrats and ran from the Tea Party that worked so hard to elect him.

When the Democrats choose the extreme ultra left candidate Elizabeth “You didn’t build that” Warren as their candidate national Democrats were orgasmic, gone was their complements of Scott Brown & the fawning media coverage. Instead they elevated Warren and dumped millions into sending Senator Brown home.

Alas with the left solidly against him, Brown still veered left and like Mitt Romney he kept his distance from the Tea Party and the base even as he needed ever single vote to keep his seat.

It didn’t save Mitt & it didn’t save Brown.

2014 is just a few days away and with Obamacare crashing and burning the best chance they have to save the senate for Barack Obama is to exacerbate the conflicts between the Tea Party & the Establishment GOP.

And lo and behold suddenly MSNBC and Morning Joe are all abuzz about Senator Brown selling his house in Massachusetts and moving to NH to run for the Senate Seat currently occupied by Jeanne Shaheen.

Already the backlash over Brown’s positions has begun, The Nashua protests will just be the beginning and the media will do their best to fan the flames in order to rip the partnership that made the GOP a majority party in congress asunder and rest assured it will only get worse as time goes on.

Maybe Senator Brown thinks he’s the best chance to beat Senator Shaheen, after all the contrast between the 60th vote for & the 41st vote against Obamacare is an appealing political juxtaposition but that will be small comfort if it rips the GOP apart in the one state in New England where they still have an organization that can complete on the state and national level.

In a piece at Fox Senator Brown wrote this:

Democrats would love for nothing more than for us to spend precious time and resources fighting amongst ourselves on unrelated issues. Indeed, this remains their best hope for avoiding a total wipeout at the ballot box next year.

If we aren’t able to come together and stand united around our core principles, the future of both our country and our political party is bleak.

That’s true, but I can’t think of anything that is more likely to cause that to happen in New Hampshire than Senator Brown running in the state for Senate.  The left did their best to use Senator Brown once before against the party and his own interests and it ended in defeat and division in the Massachusetts GOP just as it had a chance to begin their climb out of an impossible hole.  If he is truly concerned with party unity, if he wants to be sure the GOP has a united message so they win local races in the state as well as that vulnerable senate seat, the best thing he can do is stay out of the primary and endorse whoever wins to the hilt.

It will be quite Ironic if three years after Scott Brown was the spark that torched their citadel in 2010 he becomes the Molotov Cocktail to burn down the GOP chances to win the Senate and keep a hold in NH.

Update: The subject of the grass roots and marketing came up on this week’s show a key except:

Whose going to man the offices, who’s going to bang on the doors, make phone calls do those things and volunteer in waves, and when that first wave of volunteer gets tired you got to have a 2nd wave & a third wave and the first wave is rejuvenated and those people do tend to be on the ah not on the extremes but the more dedicated people, then perhaps from a republican point of view more conservative.

Paid consultants are all about their pay, it’s the volunteers that are willing to work without pay that make the difference and they come from the base.

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It’s Monday the 6th day of Christmas, After a slow Sunday the only movement toward a full paycheck this week was a pair of Subscriptions payments which have us $22 of the way toward our $340 goal

Given this December (a month that blogs normally go to die in off years) has been not only our best month this year and still has an outside chance of becoming our best month EVAH in terms of traffic I certainly have no business complaining about one slow Sunday.

But like a closer in baseball what you did last week or yesterday doesn’t matter

So good months and good weeks aside the paycheck still need to be made which means I need 16 tip jar hitters kicking in $20 before the close of business on Saturday to make week 53 of 2013 & week 1 of 2014 a success.

Help me end and start the year on a high note, hit DaTipJar below

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Kunta Kinte:  No, This has never been my home.  But this is my child and we’re family

Roots 1977

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family.  Two of today’s Scripture readings from today’s Mass tend to get all the press and commentary.

The 2nd reading from Paul’s letter of the Colossians 3:12-21 because of the famous verse 18:

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as you should in the Lord.

like Ephesins 5:21-33. these verses has likely had more commentary than almost any lines that Paul wrote to anyone over the course of the last several decades.

The Gospel reading from Matthew Chapter 2 of Joseph’s flight to Egypt and his decision to go to Nazareth in Galilee afterwards is an intrinsic part of the Christmas narrative.  These are scenes that everyone are familiar with.

But in terms of the family it is the first reading from the Old Testament that is in my opinion one of the most relevant in this day and age:

For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.

He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering – it will take lasting root.

Sirach  3:2-6, 12-14

Sirach also called Ecclesiasticus is one of he books removed from the Bible by most Protestants as they broke into more and more denominations so many readers might not be familiar with it but this passage shouts to the world of today.

As My Pastor Fr. Robert Bruso noted in his sermon today 48 years ago only 5% of children were born into single parent families, in 1965 while a full 40% are today and it’s become a matter of faith to suggest and insist that a family without a father (or mother) is not a big deal.

It’s not a coincidence that problems from teenage suicide to drugs and sexual issues have become problematic as the importance of fathers has decreased in society.

When you have weak, absent or part-time fathers boys age but remain boys.   Strong fathers create men out of boys and society needs men.

While there are plenty of examples of single mothers or fathers who persevered in successfully raising good well-adjusted children when accident or hardship leaves no other choice,  the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that the best chance for well-adjusted children is a father and a mother and that without the nuclear family children’s future are at risk.

The greatest negative example of this has been in the black community where the lack of fathers as positive role models more than anything else has devastated the inner city and the culture and the decision by other well off folk to purposely deprive a child or a father or mother is an act of narcissism turning children into just another bauble of status, a present one gives to oneself.

But while that is the largest cultural significance to this scripture doesn’t end there.  reflect on this verses (emphasis mine) :

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength.

We live in a nursing home age when the aged are forgotten ignored, occasionally trotted out on a holiday or perhaps visited for an hour as an obligation.  You hear plenty of talk of allowing the old to “die with dignity” which I suggest is more about “dying” than dignity, it becomes an excuse to do little or nothing, why should the life of an old person be worth our time and expense?  What do the old have to teach us?

I think we should talk more about “living with dignity”.  Listening to their stories and their wisdom, because all the things you are going though in life (expect perhaps syncing your iPhone) they have done and gone through.  Ask their opinion (even if you don’t use it) given them their say and the respect that their years and experience has earned.  If they are physically able give them a small task.  At large family events for example I would,  while she lived,  have my mother & her older sister dry dishes, not because we needed the help, but because that act transformed them from a quaint decoration put in place as an obligation to an active and useful part of  the family unit that we all belong to.

That older sister is 92.  She sill lives in the home she has for 60+ years.  Her husband died a month before my father (1987) and my mother who died a year ago this month was the last of her sister & brothers.  She has no children but my oldest sister is there on a regular basis helping with meals and taking her shopping.  While this does not involve a father it’s the model of exactly what this passage is talking about.

Family remains important at both the start and the end of life.  Thanks to our defeats in the culture war we as a society have forgotten this fact and it has cost us dearly.

and THAT is why the culture wars need to be fought.

Update: via Glenn something similar at The Washington Examiner sans scripture

Simply put: Boys need fathers to learn how to become men. And too many of them don’t have one.

The social cost of this is not just the obvious burden from spiraling welfare and prison populations — a 2008 study estimated that family fragmentation cost taxpayers more than $112 billion a year — but in the lost potential as well.

What to do? The first step to solving a problem is recognizing that one exists.

What would Abe think?
What would Abe think?

By John Ruberry

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been representing his Southwest Side Chicago district since 1971.  He’s been speaker since 1983, except for two years in the 1990s when the Republicans held a majority in Springfield.

The district is safely Democratic, especially since he and state Senate President John Cullerton, also a Chicagoan, gerrymandered Illinois’ remap in 2011 in the spirit of Pablo Picasso.

But that’s not enough for Madigan. He still has to run for reelection every two years, but he usually faces Republican opponents that few people have heard of, who don’t campaign, don’t set up political committees, or raise money. That’s because in all likelihood they are front candidates placed on the ballot by the Madigan organization.

Oh, I almost forgot–Madigan is the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Madigan’s most recent phony GOP opponent, Terrence Goggin, is a prior candidate. But Mike’s juggernaut may have overreached this time. The Chicago Republican Party–yes, there is one–challenged Goggin’s petitions. Not only does anyone not recall petitioners roaming the streets of the Southwest Side gathering signatures for Goggin, many of the autographs on those documents have similar handwriting.  Just before Christmas, the Chicago Board of Elections granted the Chicago GOP’s motion to subpoena Goggin’s petitioners.

“Terrence Goggin has run four times before, yet we have never met him,” the Chicago Republican Party’s Chris Cleveland told ABC 7 Chicago.  “We have never spoken to him there are no known photos of him.”

On Thursday, and hour before the Goggin petitioners were to testify about the validity of the signatures on those petitions, the ephemeral Goggin withdrew from the race.

This affront to democracy seems like something the Illinois attorney general should investigate. But don’t hold your breath–the holder of that office is Lisa Madigan. Yes, she is the daughter of the speaker.

Illinois is very ill.

Meanwhile, the Chicago GOP is seeking real candidates against Michael Madigan.

Architect: Of course they’re safe. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. They are as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country provided of course people believe in them.

Monty Python The Nude Man 1972

Sheldon Cooper: Now, this may look like a Tic Tac, but it is really a powerful medication specifically designed to cure your illness as well as freshen your breath.

The Big Bang Theory The Fish Guts Displacement 2012

As panic continues to overtake Democrats running in 2014 and the Obama Administration  redefines words in order to create a semblance of legality to their delaying the effects of the Affordable Care Act a small sign of hope has appeared on the horizon.

Friday Night Glenn Reynolds linked to an article on a study on Acupuncture that might be the solution to Obamacare’s woes.

A new study published online in the journal Cancer suggests that any relief acupuncture brings may be the result of a placebo effect.Twenty-three of the women received eight weeks of acupuncture; the rest received eight weeks of something called “sham acupuncture,” where needles are placed on the skin somewhat randomly — not at traditional acupuncture points — and then not actually inserted.

The result? All of the patients reported that their side effects had improved, especially the severity of their hot flashes.

That the equation  it’s all about belief!

Rather than actually worry about providing treatment to people what if the Obama administration uses their persuasive powers  to magnify the placebo effect among the low information voters who are their base?

Picture…a massive network of “Placebo” clinics staffed by out of work actors, gender studies Majors , professional protesters, out of work union members and liberal arts majors who can’t find work in the actual Obama economy.

Visualize:…these Obama acolytes trained to project sincerity and assurance, taught to convince low information voters they know medicine by the finest army of the A list actors that ever supported a Democrat Administration.

Envision:  a vast array of fake medical devices (much like the empty shells in furniture stores to simulate Blu-Ray players) convincing patients that they are actually being monitored by the most advanced technology available.

Imagine… buildings now empty where the Obama Economy has wreaked havoc turned into Obamacare placebo clinics all across the nation, serving those not covered .

Viola!  Suddenly you have an army of Pseudo Doctors operate pseudo clinics for those who can’t afford insurance or can’t see a doctor due to the wait times that Obamacare produces.  Health care for all!

It’s the Monty Python El Mystico medical solution, and as per the famous Python skit the cost savings will be phenomenal!

Narriator: The local Council here have over fifty hypnosis-induced twenty-five story blocks, put up by El Mystico and Janet. I asked Mr Ken Verybigliar the advantages of hypnosis compared to other building methods.

Mr Ken Verybigliar: Well there is a considerable financial advantage in using the services of El Mystico. A block, like Mystico Point here, would normally cost in the region of one-and-a-half million pounds. This was put up for five pounds and thirty bob for Janet.

Remember what matters here is not if people get actual treatment, what matters is that they believe they are getting treatment and act accordingly.

That highlights the one drawback to the plan,

Voice Over: But the obvious question is are they safe?

Mr. Clement Onan: Of course they’re safe. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. They are as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country provided of course people believe in them.

and the risk involved in disbelief,

Interviewer: You don’t mind living in a figment of another man’s imagination?

Tenant: No, it’s much better than where we used to live.

Interviewer: Where did you used to live?

Tenant: We had an eighteen-roomed villa overlooking Nice.

Voice Over: Really, that sounds much better.

Tenant: Oh yeah, you’re right.  (The building starts to shake & collapse) No, no, no, of course not!  (The Building stops shaking & rights itself) Phew, that was close.

that risk however is small because the Administration has two huge advantages that the counsel in the Monty Python sketch didn’t:

1.  A public so gullible that it was willing to re-elect President Obama despite one of the least successful terms in presidential history including the worst economy in living memory of anyone under 80.

2.  A media that is so totally in the tank for them that they would do anything ANYTHING to save the Democrats & liberalism and the first Black president from himself.

The MSM would sell this as the most creative use of holistic medicine ever invented.  University experts will cheer the departure from the oppressive western cultural standard of physically treating the ill and herald it as a great equalizer among the classes where anyone even with no skill at medicine or actual knowledge of biology can be a doctor.  And anyone who questions this will be considered a “denier” as repugnant as one who doubts global warming.

The potential is unlimited, the Pseudo Doctors who produce the most confidence in patients can be made specialists, and used for more advanced issues to increase the placebo effect giving people the confidence to fight through pain and work through disease that would normally disable them completely.

As for Sarah Palin and the Death Panel problem, no worries!  The best of the best can be part of the Syzygy Darklock brigade assigned to patients who are too expensive to treat & or have no hope. The worst case scenario these Obamacare masters can convince the families that all that can be done for their loved ones has been done so there is no backlash at their deaths.

And maybe just maybe the very best of them might be able, as Darklock managed to convince them they are not in fact dead and allowing them to live normal fulfilling lives.  They can even be given job placement, if they  get employment as online game testers they might continue for years with everyone assuming the stench of their decaying corpses is simply normal bad gamer hygiene!

Exit question: Can anyone honestly say this administration wouldn’t give this a shot if they thought for one second they could get away with it?

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It’s Sunday the 5th day of Christmas, the start of a new week and soon the beginning of a new year.  It’s also the start of a new $340 payweek to cover the mortgage & the Magnificent Seven.

Unfortunately no matter how hard I try the bank is not likely to accept any kind of pseudo or placebo payment so I will still need 17 Tip jar hitters kicking in $20 this week to make sure all the bills are paid on time.

Help me end the old year and start the new one on track, please hit DaTipJar below.

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