Hazel:  Is cowslip coming?  Maybe he knows.

Fiver:  He wouldn’t  come.  He told me to stop talking about it

Richard Adams Watership Down 1978

You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.’

2 Samuel 12:12

At their new location of Barber’s Crossing the Twin City Tea Party, Paul Craney Executive Director of the Mass fiscal alliance came and spoke about their checklist of votes.

Their voter guide mailer which went out to hundreds of thousands of homes in the state scores the entire 200 member House and Senate of Massachusetts on fiscal issues (nothing social, nothing 2nd Amendment nothing else.) and a further 20+ votes on their site, their mission? To inform voters of how fiscally responsible your representative is with your money.

Mr. Craney talked about the response to the mailing and how his organization has been attacked as a PAC (they’re not one) accused of legal violations (without evidence) and accused of not being transparent in their donor lists by the very legislators who have voted to keep committee votes private.

I found the argument Ironic, legislators demanding a transparent donor list to intimidate people exercising constitutional rights while avoiding transparency to the people their employers who they beg every two years for their job.

It the same premise behind Bill Maher rejection of Powerline’s John Hinderracker for an event when his condition for appearing was a copy of the video to keep them honest:

I found this episode revealing. Guys like Bill Maher are essentially bullies. They interact with conservatives for one purpose only: to make them look bad, and serve as foils for their leftism. The last thing they want is a real debate on a level playing field. The mere threat of being kept honest by not being the only possessor and editor of the video is enough to send them scurrying in a “different direction.”

That is the essential illustration of what it means to base your power on low info voters.  One doesn’t dare allow the truth to be seen for fear of waking the sleeping voter or  shattering a comfortable illusion.

The problem is while you might not see or acknowledge these illusions, you certainly pay for them.

 

by baldilocks

Yes, I know that I have been saying that my new novel would be ready this year. Probably not, but I have been working on it and I just want to remind readers that it exists, still. 

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“So, your Italian side is in effect today, I see,” said Cordelia.

“Yeah. Next week, when my black side is talking to me, Deanna and I are going to head up to the new soul food restaurant that’s by the apartment.”

“Soul food in Fullerton? That should be interesting. Make sure to bring me a plate.”

“That’s what Deanna said about this place when I said what I was doing tonight. All you two think about is food!”

“Well, that’s not all we’re thinking about,” she grinned. Continue reading “Novel Excerpt: Arlen’s Harem”

Howard: Come on, are we gonna sit around chatting like a bunch of teenage girls, or are we gonna play D&D like a bunch of teenage boys who are never gonna have sex with those teenage girls?

The Big Bang Theory The Love Spell Potential 2013

Far be it from me to suggest that gay pedophiles are more common or more dangerous than heterosexual pedophiles.

Robert Stacy McCain March 19th 2014

Saturday I had an interesting argument on twitter concerning the Catholic faith:

There is some kind of dispute in the diocese of Philly and the outraged masses of the left were making demands of the archbishop.  In response I gave a rather obvious bit of snark:

This didn’t sit well with the people who were using hashtag #catholic to attack catholics so I engaged them. As anyone who has ever engaged an anti-catholic knows it doesn’t take long for an anti-catholic in an argument to play the child sex scandal card and this was no exception:

Now a lot of faithful people instantly go on defense when they see something like this because to explain and acknowledge the Church’s sins while explaining the comprehensive and rather effective steps that have been taken over the last 10 years to both weed this out of the church and to protect children are not conducive to 140 Characters.

Unfortunately all not answering this does is leave a stain in the #catholic hashtag line discouraging the faithful and encouraging those who hate them so the best strategy is to counter that argument without denying or minimizing a legitimate scandal.

Unfortunately for our friends on the far left that’s REALLY easy:

Being that almost 4 in 5 of the priest abuse cases involved a priest and a boy it would seem rather obvious that this scandal was one overwhelming involving Gay men.  Since media has completely ignored this fact when you bring it up you get amazingly stupid arguments in response like this:

Got that being gay and becoming a priest who takes a vow of celibacy are mutually exclusive.  Apparently Scott believes gay men either by inclination or inability could never take such a vow. Sounds rather bigoted to me.

More importantly that argument has no potential to persuade even people who hate the church let alone the low info voter so that requires something more ahem…creative.

Got that sex with kids in an orientation  totally different from straight or gays why it’s practically a 3rd gender.  This oddly enough doesn’t tend to persuade because the logical follow-up is:  How DARE people discriminate against individuals, clerical or otherwise based on their orientation of wanting to have sex with kids?

That argument while being advanced slowly in academia hasn’t caught fire with the general public who despite the best efforts of certain filmmakers somehow doesn’t cotton to the idea of children as sex objects.

Plus it’s also the type of thing that might give Stacy McCain another reason to use the term “Gay Pedophile” again.

So when that card falls flat what’s the next move?

After all in America there is simply no way for a person to procure birth control.  Of course one might argue birth control is not 100% effective as that is the business model of Planned Parenthood, but that still them having failed with the “They’re not really Gay” meme actually making the argument that straight men will simply flip a switch for the sake of getting sex.

There is one conclusive way to refute that laughable argument:  The Nerd Orgy proof.

The number one comedy in the country is the Big Bang Theory.  This well-earned position comes from a combination of brilliant writing and acting based on a simple formula that’s known to all.

It’s hard for male geeks and nerds to get laid.

From the very first episode

Leonard:Our babies will be smart and beautiful.

Sheldon:Not to mention imaginary.

To the 8th season premiere….

Howard:  What’s wrong with your car?

Raj:  I’m having my windows untinted.

Howard:  Why.

Raj:  I have a hot girlfriend now I want the haters to know.

…geeks can’t get laid” premise has been the series bread and butter and has made the entire cast rich.

Ironically while the popularity of the series has made geekdom less of a unisex proposition the fact is if you are a male who is a comic book, dungeons and dragons, magic the gathering, star trek, star wars, doctor who or gaming geek your ability to get laid by a girl is severely hampered as evidenced by this story of an attempt to launch an orgy at a gaming event a few years ago:

I also appreciate the fact that the poster starts off with “I thought it might be fun,” an honest statement that leaves open the possibility that it will instead be the most horrifyingly awkward night of many of the participants’ lives. A small hotel room, filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of a group of people who’ve just spent hours sweating their way around a crowded convention show floor? Sign me up!

Or don’t. Seems like I’m no longer eligible to apply, as I’m not up for sharing.

Update: Getting too many responses from single males, so will not be accepting any more for now. If you are a single male and you already replied, I need to see what we have for couples and single females before you get an invite. No single males have an actual invite yet.

That’s just one of the many reasons a unisex orgy at a male-dominated gaming event is a bad idea. I can list several others, but I’ve not eaten lunch yet.

So the question becomes, if the utilitarian argument is correct wouldn’t all these guys are all dying for sex why wouldn’t they under the utilitarian argument simply relieve their sexual tension with other men?

And let’s go one step further, the Big Bang Theory is dealing with men in their 20’s early 30’s.  The average gamer geek starts in their teens at an age where arousal is practically automatic.  As Robert Stacy McCain once said 

A teenage boy is capable of sexual arousal with the least provocation, or no provocation at all.

I mean, you have a gathering of young men who are in a permanent state of arousal, generally sexually frustrated , rejected by women surrounded by a group of people in the same situation who are accepting of him.

If people so easily dropped their sexual orientation based on convenience unisex Geek Orgies of straight men and boys should be so ubiquitous that the term would be known everywhere describing a phenom as well known as the premise of the Big Bang instead of the punchline for this blog post.

 

 

 

SHREVEPORT — In our weekly Mary Landrieu report, we note that Keg-Stand-Mary thinks you need to just “get a life” if you were offended by her assist for a 28-year old guy doing a keg stand at last week’s LSU-Mississippi State game.

In a news conference this week, Mary said:

“They need to get a sense of humor, and they need to get a life — it’s just the way we roll,” the Louisiana Democrat said Monday during a news conference at the State Capitol…

Indeed, in an informal poll by the Times-Picayune, 49% of those responding don’t have a problem with a U.S. Senator funneling beer into a dude’s mouth at a tailgate event as he holds himself aloft by his hands on a beer keg.  38% think this is poor behavior for a Senator.

It IS Louisiana, after all!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

But seriously, Mary does have a voter problem; Louisiana political columnist Elliot Stonecipher takes a look at what he calls “the Maness effect” on the race in his column this week.  The conspiracy theorists wonder if Maness was “encouraged” to run by enemies of Rep. Bill Cassidy to split the primary vote thus giving favor to Landrieu.  Sarah Palin has come out for Tea Party favorite Maness, but Maness is still polling below 10%.  Even as Mary Landrieu fades in the wake of Residence-Gate and Keg-Gate, Cassidy is moving up in the polls while Maness stays about the same.

Stonecipher sees more noble motives in Maness:

Rob Maness is, as was the case from the moment of his entry into this race, the campaign’s designated spoiler. I do not believe he understood or expected such. Neither am I aware of any evidence that, as some politicos contend, Maness was recruited for this race by political enemies of Congressman Cassidy.

At the start, Maness, I prefer and choose to believe, felt he could run second to Senator Landrieu in the primary election, then go on to succeed her in the United States Senate. He and his supporters have steadfastly campaigned with the commitment and urgency befitting what they see as a winning cause.

The Democrats, for their part, see a path to victory as long as Maness stays in the race:

In Louisiana, Democrats believe their best shot at emerging victorious in the race is to win outright in November, taking advantage of a split between Cassidy and his main conservative foe, tea party challenger Rob Maness.

“The only pathway Republicans have to victory is through a runoff. We have a pathway to victory without a runoff that’s just it,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk.

The runoff — which would presumably unite Republicans behind one candidate — becomes a much more dangerous proposition for Landrieu and her party.

Which is why this blogger suggested weeks ago that Maness bow out.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

 

I have been making a principled argument for Tea Party / Libertarians to swallow their pride and vote GOP this year from LA to NH etc based on the need to stop the even worse Democrats. Now let me make one rather self serving / pragmatic point:

If the GOP loses without us, failing to get the Senate, then we can flex our muscles saying: “You can’t win without us.”. That is Mitt Romney circa 2012.

But what we stay home and they still win?

What if the GOP fails to win NH & NC and loses Kansas and still manages to get the net +6 seats to win the senate and increases their lead in the house?

If this happens what will happen to any perception of Tea Party / Libertarian power and how will a victorious GOP treat our causes?

Think about it.

John "Lee" Ruberry in Colorado
John “Lee” Ruberry in Colorado

By John Ruberry

Since last autumn’s government shutdown, when “Barrycades” blocked visitors from entering National Park Service sites such as Yellowstone, but also open-space plazas such as the World War II Memorial in Washington, the NPS has gone from America’s most-loved federal agency to a place among the rest of the Everglades-type muck that is the national government.

The National Park Service, which is part of the Interior Department, is about to sink deeper into the mire, the Denver Post reported two days ago.

The National Park Service is proposing to boost entrance fees at 131 of the 401 public properties it manages.

“The proposed increases in park entrance fees will allow us to invest in the improvements necessary to provide the best possible park experience to our visitors,” said Park Service director Jon Jarvis in an Aug. 14 memo [emphasis mine] to regional directors urging them to foster public support for the first fee increase since 2008.

With an eye toward sprucing up for the Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, Jarvis is asking regional directors to conduct public outreach this fall and winter so fees can be implemented as early as next summer.

Did you notice that? “An Aug. 14 memo.” Clearly “the most transparent administration in history” wants the fee hike scheme to be hidden from taxpayers.

Old Faithful
Old Faithful

Entrance fees could increase the popular Rocky Mountain National Park by 50 percent and a whopping 150 percent at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Worse, the NPS’ “public outreach” on the rate hikes begins in late October, just as visitation at the parks plummets.

The National Park Service’s annus horribilis didn’t end when the Barrycades were lifted. Later that fall, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), while placing much of the blame on Congress, eviscerated the NPS for overlooking maintenance of the popular parks and wasting money on barely-visited sites.

From Fox News:

“This is an agency that spends $650 million a year administering a $2.6 billion budget,” says Coburn — a ratio he calls, “outlandish.”

His report cites dozens of cases of waste. The Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in the San Francisco Bay area, for example, averages less than 10 visitors a day. “With nine employees, the National Park Service often has more staff working the grounds, than daily visitors,” the report says.

While the NPS opposed adding the O’Neill home to its roster of properties, its director, the aforementioned Jon Jarvis, appears to favor adding the Pullman District on Chicago’s South Side as a National Historic Park. Pullman, then located outside of Chicago’s city limits, was a Pullman Company-owned planned community and the epicenter of a violent 1894 strike. The strikers lost, but a few years later the Illinois Supreme Court forced the Pullman Company to divest itself of its namesake town.

The Pullman District and its period architecture is moderately interesting to a history buff such as myself, but after twenty years of attempts by local government to elevate it as a tourist attraction, the rest of America remains unimpressed. The Heartland Institute’s Steve Stanek phrased it best, “Pullman National Park? You’ve Gotta be Kidding.”

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

As for sneak-attack entrance fee hikes by the most-transparent-administration-in history? You’ve gotta be kidding. Especially if it ends up that visitors to places such as Rocky Mountain National Park end up subsidizing a Pullman National Park, which by the way, would almost certainly end up as a Valhalla to the labor movement and other left-wing causes such as planned communities–but only if such towns are planned by government, not by capitalists of course.

Finally, the NPS’ recent track history is poor, as Coburn explained on his website last year:

Of the top 25 most visited National Parks in 2012, only 8 have been approved since 1970 – of the 25 least visited parks, 20 have been established since 1970.

John Ruberry  regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

by baldilocks

By now, everyone knows that a woman was beheaded in a Moore, NolenOklahoma workplace by a Muslim–one who was terminated from that same workplace for proselytizing there. It also appears that this Muslim–Alton Alexander Nolen aka Ja’Keem Yisrael–was a repeat felon. None of his felonies were nearly as violent as the act he committed against Colleen Hufford (murdered) and Traci Johnson (critically injured). (Ms. Johnson might have been beheaded also, were it not for Mark Vaughn, who ended this particular jihad by shooting Nolen three times. This is Oklahoma we’re talking about, after all)

It’s interesting to speculate as to the spiritual path on which Nolen traveled. He was a felon, but only a small-time one. Drug felonies, mostly, and the worst thing he did before the murder was to seriously injure an OK sate trooper while resisting arrest. That, in itself, is bad enough. But the beheading is a giant leap into criminality…or, rather, a giant descent.

Roger L. Simon asks whether our prisons have become jihad factories. It is a rhetorical question, to be sure. Muslims have been actively proselytizing and gaining prison converts for decades. I’m guessing that the most famous one was Malcolm X, who converted in the late 1950s. Nolen reportedly converted to Islam a few years back during one of his stays in prison.

The Apostle Paul said that each individual is always heading in a singular direction–either to Heaven or to Hell–and that every step that each of us takes is one step toward the final destination. I submit that Nolen took one huge step toward his when he converted to Islam–an ideology which exhorts its believers to, first, invite infidels to convert, then give them a choice between converting and being beheaded.

The murder is merely a beacon as to where Nolen’s final rest might be.

I say “might” because Nolen is still breathing. Some might say, unfortunately, but because he is still breathing, their is a chance that he can make a 180-degree spiritual turn. (Just to be clear, this is not a commentary on any earthly penalties which he will likely pay.)

Along this train of thought, I began to think about Christians who minister to prisoners. I don’t know whether Christian prison ministries have a higher or lower “success rate” than do their Islamic counterparts, but I don’t think it matters. What I do think matters: that we Christians pray for and support those who go into the earthly dens of iniquity and tell the captives of sin how to get free.

And we should also pray for the captives themselves; that they will hear and heed the voice of God the Father. And that they will do so before their Enemy–and ours–leads them to a fate worse than death.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012.

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Today is a bittersweet day for DaTechguy on DaRadio. Today’s Broadcast is our 201st Since DaTechguy first debuted on WCRN on November 20th 2010. That’s an excellent run for any Boutique radio show.

However all good tings must come to an end and this week we’ve been informed both our flagship WBWN & WPLM on the money matters radio network will be dropping their live Saturday shows.

As we have no other station lined up that will mean that after this week DaTechGuy will be off DaRadio

That means barring an unexpected development his will be your last chance to give us a call at 888-9-fedora ir listen to the Money Matters stream here.

You can also , as always listen in on FTR Radio & the 405 Media.

We are in talks with both concerning continuing the show on the net in the near future.  I also have a non political Catholic Show in development, keep an ear open to WQPH 89.3 FM Catholic Radio for a familiar voice.

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PM Jim Hacker: Then there’s this business of the UN vote on Israel tonight, the US wants us to abstain.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: I’m sure it’s a question of maintaining our relationship with the Arabs, the power of Islam, Oil supplies.

Pm Jim Hacker: Humphrey I’m talking about what’s right and wrong.

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Well don’t let the Foreign Office Hear you?

Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

The PR firm Burson Marsteller is rather upset about this article in the New York Observer that’s now splashed across Drudge:

Despite this appetite for controversy—and the juicy retainers that companies in trouble will pay—apparently even Burson-Marsteller has its limits. They refused to work with the democratic nation of Israel to help the tiny Jewish state improve its image. In turning down a potential $3.5 million engagement, Sigurd Grytten, Burson-Marsteller’s Managing Director said, “We will not deliver tender to such a project… we are running a commercial venture. If we accept this project, this will create a great amount of negative reactions … Israel is a particularly controversial project.” Representing Israel, apparently is worse than offending American Indians, anonymous smears, and shady defense contractors involved in extra-curricular killing.

In fact it made them angry enough that they called the Observer leading to this exchange:

In a telephone interview, he maintained that the firm does not have a policy in place that declines to represent Israel. After much back and forth, Mr. Cabrera was asked, “Yes or no, would you represent Israel?” He replied, “I’m not going to answer a hypothetical question.”

I certainly understand why they might do this, there is in fact only one Israel but an awful lot of Arab nations in terms of potential business so i might be a sound decision dollarwise.  It is however a bad idea for a business that does damage control for other business’ to need damage control itself for appearing anti-semitic.  So naturally they  produced a statement to defuse the story.  Unfortunately for them the statement from Burson-Marsteller dated Sept 26 2014

The opinion piece written by Ronn Torossian was not accurate. He creates the false impression that Burson-Marsteller currently has or has ever had a policy about whether or not to represent Israel. He writes as if he recently contacted a member of the firm and received confirmation about such a policy.

Here are the facts. This firm has no policy about whether or not to represent Israel. (emphasis mine)

…sounds an awful lot like this official statement from the Commissioner of Baseball Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis from July 17th 1942

Negroes are not barred Organized Baseball by the Commissioner and never have in my 21 years I have served as Commissioner. There is no rule in Organized baseball prohibiting their participation and never has been to my knowledge. If Durocher or any other manager, or all of them want to sign one or 25 Negro players, it’s all right with me.

and this statement later the same day from Bill Benswanger the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates

I agree with Judge Landis’ statement. There is not and never has been, to my knowledge, anything to ban Negroes from baseball. I know nothing of any agreement in the major leagues to ban Negroes. I have gone on record before on this matter and I hope I still have a free mind and a free conscience.

Gentlemen’s agreement anyone?

Despite the lack of such a policy concerning blacks in the majors Jackie Robinson would not play for the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1947 nearly five years after Landis’ statement and 3 years after Landis’ death.  As for the Pittsburgh Pirates 2nd Baseman Curt Roberts break the color barrier for them on April 13th 1954 twelve years after Mr. Benswanger’s statement and  eight years after he sold the team.

Perhaps Israel is lucky.  If Burson-Marsteller can’t handle damage control on this Observer story without sounding like Jim Crow era segregationists that doesn’t sound like the type of company one would want doing your PR

But that’s just me.

Update:  More here and here.

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First, a definition:
mercenary
[mur-suh-ner-ee]

adjective
1. working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
2. hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization, etc.
noun, plural mercenaries.
3. a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

I have been blogging for years on the current administration’s dereliction of their duty to secure national boundaries at the borders. It comes, however as an unpleasant surprise to find theses stories in today’s Drudge Report:

Say again?

Under the Dreamers Act, as many as 1,500 recruits per year

will have an opportunity to join the military for the first time in decades under a new Department of Defense policy unveiled Thursday.

The new rules will expand an existing program allowing recruiters to target foreign nationals with high-demand skills, mostly rare foreign language expertise or specialized health care training.

Earlier this year, other headlines read, U.S. visa backlog leaves Afghan interpreters in limbo, while

the class of 2014 … will face more difficulty qualifying for the armed services than ever in the 40-year history of the all-volunteer force

as the service cuts the active force by 20,000 soldiers in 2015.

On the one hand, as many as 1,500 recruits per year (for starters?) may be illegal aliens because of an executive action; on the other hand, 20,000 experienced soldiers will be laid off because of budget cuts in these times of the rise of SPECTRE.

It makes you wonder what the priorities are, but the rule of law is not one of them.

I had quoted the estimable Mark Steyn in a prior post:

One of the reasons why so many Americans oppose amnesty and a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens is because, even if one buys it in utilitarian terms, to accept that an honorable American identity can be born from an illegal act seems to mock the very essence of citizenship and allegiance.

Compound that feeling with the news about the dreamer recruits.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s blog.