By A.P. Dillon

This week, the Republicans scored big for the U.S. Senate and maintained control of the House as well.  This morning I found myself repeating the words, “Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader”.   That phrase will never get old.

North Carolina was one of the most expensive races and Harry Reid’s PAC dumped millions into it.  I wish I could have seen his face when Hagan lost in what was record midterm voter turn out in the state  of 2,915,757.

In cast you missed a few memos, I’ve been documenting Democrat Kay Hagan’s very bad month here at Da Tech Guy.  Scandal and an investigation into a conflict of interest plagued Hagan in the weeks leading up to election night.

In North Carolina, the #waronwomen candidate became a ‘one and done’ candidate, as Thom Tillis surged passed her. Tillis made up ground fast. At one point, Tillis erased Hagan’s 100k lead in the blink of an eye. Tillis made consistent gains after that and held them as the night progressed.

Sad trombone for the Hagan camp.

Point of interest: Every race where James O’Keefe had an investigation, Democrats lost.

On the Congressional side of North Carolina, Renee Ellmers was reelected. Her challenger, Clay Aiken came in second yet again and enjoyed having his bus towed after he voted.
Jake Tapper with an epic troll on the race:


Legislature races in North Carolina also yielded majority Republican wins despite being outspent by Democrats.

The House side of the North Carolina General Assembly maintained its super majority with Democrats only able to flip three seats.  In the Senate, Republicans picked up a seat and kept the super majority there as well.


Looking at the national and the local races in North Carolina, the following things stand out to me:

  • The war on women mantras fell flat.
  • Both Clinton’s campaigned for Hagan and she still lost.
  • Fracking and climate change were apparently non-issues in local state races.
  • Democrats outspent Republicans in both national and state races, yet they lost anyway.
  • The sweep seems to indicate a rejection of Obama and those tied to him; Obamacare was a factor but the President’s policies overall were on the ballot – just as he said.


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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

….because with the news that our proxies have surrendered to Al Qaeda 

Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

And also all those arms we’ve been giving them too.

For the last six months the Hazm movement, and the SRF through them, had been receiving heavy weapons from the US-led coalition, including GRAD rockets and TOW anti-tank missiles.

But on Saturday night Harakat Hazm surrendered military bases and weapons supplies to Jabhat al-Nusra, when the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria stormed villages they controlled in northern Idlib province.

has drawn this response from Mr. Totten

It’s over.

And the end result isn’t going to be pretty

Syria is gone. The only portions of that former country that may still be salvageable are the Kurdish scraps in the north. The Kurds are good fighters and they may be able to hold on with our help, but there is no chance they will ever destroy the Assad regime or the Islamic State. They don’t have the strength or the numbers.

Nor is the only possible way to avoid it

So unless the United States decides to invade outright with ground forces—and fat chance of that happening any time soon—we’re going to have to accept that the geographic abstraction once known as Syria will be a terrorist factory for the foreseeable future.

But you know what really bothers me is who we were putting our money on

They were bad proxies anyway. The Syrian Revolutionary Front was an Islamist organization. Less deranged than Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, sure, but it was still an Islamist organization.

Because nothing says, Land of the Free and home of the Brave like arming friggen Islamists because we have an administration too timid to either fight the wars that need fighting or back off.

Of course that’s better than the alternative, the idea that we were arming Islamists because they wanted the Islamists to win.

based on years of observing emotionally damaged feminists in action, that kind of persistent craziness is usually the product of a weird background.

Robert Stacy McCain Who is Lena Dunham’s uncle and why does he keep making her get naked?  3/10/2014

Right Now Lena Dunham’s autobiography is blowing up in her face causing the cancellation of book tours around the world as she is reaping the whirlwind thanks to her (not conservatives) foolishly detailing her behavior as a youth and teen that our friends on the left have not yet (despite efforts in that direction ) been able to normalize, in print but to furthermore threaten suit against people who accurately quoted her detailing of said actions.

Not surprisingly Dunham defenders (presuming they read the book) spin her statements into conservative “claims“.

However one of the few to  have made a cogent point “defending” Dunham  has been Jimmy Kimmel who tweeted this.

Kimmel has gotten a fair amount of flack for this but there is a reason why I put the word “defending” in quotes.

Consider the point he is making that a 7 year old as a rule, is not capable of understanding such things,  is not unsound.  Given that we live in an age of zero tolerance where school administrators are overreacting to a kiss on a playground rather than reflexively attacking Kimmel for his assertion it should be answered both in general and in the context of the larger point of Lena Dunham.

So right off let me start by conceding the following two logical premises:

1.  Even in our highly sexualied culture as a rule A seven year old does not understand what “molestation” is.

2. As a rule judging a seven year old by adult standards is unjust

There is a reason why adults are judged differently than children Kimmel’s point could be extended to any number of behaviors from theft to violence, thus I have no problem conceding those two points.

But having made said concessions let me point out the things from Ms. Dunham’s situation that Mr. Kimmel’s tweet and premisses doesn’t address.

1. By any objective standard said actions were not appropriate & if done by a person of age and understanding would be clearly illegal.

2. According to Dunham’s own book said actions continued deep into teenage years

3. If said actions were done by a male a sister the reaction of our friends on the left would likely be different.

4.  If a Sarah Palin, a Ted Cruz or a Megan Kelly wrote such things concerning their youth to the MSM  not even a Zombie apocalypse would trump it.  The cultural left and their allies in the media would grab ahold of the story like a starving dog and they were hounded out of the public and shunned by everyone outside of the gonzo porn community.

And in my mind the most critical bit.

5.  Dunham is not writing this as a person expressing regret for actions as a youth that she wishes she didn’t do. 

Furthermore lets consider Kevin Williamson’s piece on the subject that is under attack.

Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries.

For a person to regret actions one has to understand there is something to regret, Dunham clearly did not grow up in such an atmosphere,  Picture for a moment what would have happened if this behavior took place with a person other than her sister, say a neighbor or the kid sister of a friend on a sleepover.  Such behavior would be as Williamson describes it:

the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections.

I challenge anyone to dispute either of the quotes from Mr. Williamson above.

Given these facts of course Ms. Dunham, while understanding now that such behavior by an adult would be in her own words the acts a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl of course she would consider that same behavior perfectly normal behavior for a girl 7-17 and worthy of publication.

How could she think otherwise?

Now lets consider Mr. Kimmel tweet again, he didn’t mention Ms. Dunham by name, he didn’t address any of the points I talked about above in fact to my knowledge beyond that tweet and a humorous follow-up on the reaction it generated he hasn’t really said a thing.  In fact one might consider that he was making a point totally independent on any opinion he may have on Ms. Dunham period.

So in my mind I think the critique of Jimmy Kimmel here is unwarranted based on an interpretation of opinions not in evidence.

However the as for the critiques of Ms. Dunham, she brought those on herself.

Exit Question #1  Given these facts how much of her regret at being hetrosexual and current rage spiral over the reactions to her screed might come from am emerging awareness that her own perception of morality might be skewed?

Exit Question #2  To those who take umbrage with my point about normalizing behavior I give you Dana Perino