I speak to author Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

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I started this post at 5:54 PM at St. Anselm College in Goffstown NH sitting in a grassy area  underneath a spreading tree just opposite the press entrance with a cool breeze at my back.

While it a location much more comfortable that the cramped press area where media will be filing from tonight it I regret to say I’m here not by choice but because it’s as close as I can get.

 

I arrived four hours earlier a few minutes before author & magnificent seven writer Tim Imholt.  I had noticed areas being closed off and when I saw the area I asked one of the college security people (who are and always have been invariably polite and cordial) if that’s where the various supporters of the candidates would be.  It turned out that was instead parking for candidate and staff.  In stark contrast to the events four years ago there would be no supporters, protesters or anything else  (the parking lot where I had parked last year was now a grassy area with young trees with a bigger lot in the back).

Once Tim Parked near me I walked over said hello & went over the plans, I had requested credentials for the two of us and had not gotten word if both had been approved, but either way we developed our plan.

We were going to do one of two things:  Either a podcast setup in the press area to live comment together on the event or alternatively with one person in the primary room shooting photos and video with the other life tweeting from the press area.

Unfortunately as we were scoping the locations and deciding exactly what we were going to do when a gentleman from the Manchester Union leader came over to greet us, and while he did in fact know who I was he informed us that while they had received our credentials request well before the deadlines we had in fact been rejected partly due to the limited seating in the press area but mostly because as new media we were not considered important enough.

This was news to me as I had not heard back being informed of said rejection, after four years of covering events in NH it had reached the point where my hat and scarf alone was enough for people to know me and wave me in so I inquired of the gentleman why we had not received any kind of official rejection notification as it would have saved me both of us an hour’s drive.  We were informed (with a straight face mind you) that the credentialing process was so time consuming that it simply was not possible to send out said emails.

While I unlike Tim don’t have a PhD in physics that still had all the credibility of Hillary Clinton’s claim that her phone could not handle two email accounts but as it is their event we weren’t going to argue. I suggested that we attend as members of the public but we were quickly told that there all tickets were spoken for and there would be absolutely no admission beyond said number.

Given the very small capacity of the hall it suggested that while the event was conceived and advertised as a public forum to keep the media from limiting the number of candidates to speak, it limited the access of the public itself which kind of defeated the stated purpose of the event.

As neither of us had eaten I suggested the coffee shop on campus which is about a 5-10 minute walk up a hill (not all that bad unless it’s a very hot summer day and you’re wearing a suit and a 12 ft Dr. Who scarf.  We were surprised to find the place unlocked but not open, apparently even an event drawing over a dozen GOP candidates for president was not significant enough to get the coffee shop open but with the event very limited in term of seating, and no group of campaigners allowed anywhere near the venue there simply were not going to be any people around to justify trying to sell anyone a coffee.

We sat and chatted as I went though the procedures for permission to access the St. Anselm wi-fi which did not exist here four years ago.  After a short chat (during which Tim spoke of Donald Trump’s rejection of the event, noting like a forum without the front runner).  We decided to hit a local Wendy’s before we returned to figure out plan C.

After a pleasant little lunch (which included a pair of journalists from Maine & SC at the next table & a Dr. Who fan interested in Tim’s Books and my impending short story ebook series) we returned and discovered the police had closed off the lower entrance to the college where Tim had been parked (and where I was still parked).  We were able to get to the upper entrance but could still not access the lot without security telling Tim he had to go, I then had him drop me off at the chapel where I would find a way in while he decided to head on home.

By this time it was 4:30 and the security had increased by leaps and bounds.  I decided to spend some time before the blessed sacrament (It is a VERY Catholic college) as I was missing  my normal monday Adoration and the head on down toward the area.

I found a comfortable place overlooking the venue and now with wi-fi access starting to type and surf while taking the odd video of a candidate like Ben Carson & Rick Perry arriving from a distance, but unfortunately my power was getting low.  So I followed a cable to a nearby building that was unlocked and plugged in where I am now typing this piece.

The plan is now to get back to my venue and see the candidates and people come and go returning to the building to recharge when necessary and once the event is done attempt to either get an interview or two with candidates as I head back to my car or of some of the attendees to get their impression.

My guess is this event will have very little splash.  Most voters aren’t paying attention , the setup is not conducive to attention as they can not bring in supporters and Donald Trump’s absence due to his anger at the Union Leader (not reportedly do to any lack of an email) will all be limiting factors, but as soon as my battery is back at 95% or better we will see what we can see.

And if nothing else based on what one reporter told me I’m better off than those in the press area, it seemed rather cramped when empty with no plugs and I’m told it’s a hot non-air conditioned mess with no room to work.

Incidentally I’ll be guest hosting Conservatively Speaking from 7-10 AM Saturday on my old station WCRN AM 8:30 in Worcester Saturday Aug 8th. Hope you can join me there.

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By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  The October 24 primary for the Louisiana gubernatorial election is fast approaching and if we end up with a Republican-Democrat run-off, it looks like that will be Senator David Vitter against John Bel Edwards. Edwards is currently a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Contesting Vitter at this point on the Republican side is Scott Angelle who is currently on the Public Service Commission, and Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne.  It’s possible that we could have a Republican-Republican run-off, but Angelle and Dardenne would have to pick up more support than either currently has.

Vitter is currently leading in all of the polls, but there is a sense that we are just holding our nose and pulling the lever. It’s not clear if we have just never forgiven him for his past marital indiscretions or if we are opposed to him on general principal. There doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm about him, however, Vitter does have a sizable campaign fund war chest.

Locally, there has been a lot of buzz about Angelle who has been out meeting folks and appearing in small venues all over the state. Angelle describes himself as a pro-life, pro-gun conservative who opposes Common Core. Jay Dardenne is the only candidate who has expressed full support for Common Core.

Of course, with so many Republicans in the race, they will drain votes from each other while Edwards as the only Democrat will almost certainly get the majority of the Democratic voters. And Vitter has the better name recognition, which is the challenge for the other Republican candidates. But again, nobody seems that excited about a Vitter governorship. Does “excitement” matter? It very well could come into play in getting folks to turn out to vote.

Vitter promises to get Louisiana out of Common Core and to stabilize higher education which has been decimated under Governor Bobby Jindal’s reign. Vitter is also pro-Second Amendment.

It’s Louisiana, so anything can happen. There is a sense that Vitter, with his huge war chest and his PAC, sees this as a lock, and that could work against him.

Keep your eye on Scott Angelle.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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Here is the exchange that those headlines refer to:

KARL: Would President Trump authorize waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques, even torture?

TRUMP: I would be inclined to be very strong. When people are chopping off other people’s heads and then we’re worried about waterboarding and we can’t, because I have no doubt that that works. I have absolutely no doubt.

KARL: You’d bring back waterboarding?

TRUMP: …you mention waterboarding, which was such a big subject. I haven’t heard that term in a year now, because when you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn’t sound very severe.

Now if you are not familiar with how things work. What both the right and the left will often do is grab something from an interview and not how radical it is, how unacceptable it is, how it shows a temperament that does not reflect well on the person in question.

So take a look at that sub headline from Crooks & Liars and let this fact sink in.

To the people at Crooks and Liars Donald Trump’s statement that: “when you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn’t sound very severe.” is a statement so outrageous that they believe they can make political hay out if it.

However to any sane human being not only is that statement objectively true but I suspect to the American voter hearing about women being sold into sexual slavery by our ISIS foes

But the Islamic State’s “revival” of the institution of chattel slavery—sex slavery of Christian and Yizidi women and girls no less—has faded from public attention.

Over the past decade, thousands of Iraqi and Syrian Christians—including, in 2013, an entire convent of Syrian Orthodox nuns—have been taken captive for ransom. Last August, shortly after ISIS established its caliphate, it began something new. After capturing non-Sunni women and girls, ISIS began awarding and selling them as sex slaves. The vast majority were Yizidis but some, according to UN reports, were Christians.

Boasting about it and justifying it under islam:

“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar — the infidels — and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shariah, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday.

…said voters might conclude that waterboarding is much too good for them.

But apparently not to those on the left, at least not to those who read crooks and liars.

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Normally I wouldn’t put it this way but right, with a car falling apart, a floor that needs to be torn up and some big debts I’m really in a bind and I’d really appreciate it if you can give me a hand getting out of it.

My goal for 2015 is Twenty Two grand which will give me a nominal living doing this.

Olimometer 2.52

That gets all the bills paid. (including my writers like Fausta)  If I can get to Forty Thousand I can afford to travel outside of New England and/or hire me a blogger to help me get it done.

Consider Subscribing 100 Subscribers at $20 a month will get the job done and then some.

Additionally our subscribers get our podcast emailed directly to them before it show up anywhere else.

If you could kick in I’d really appreciate it.