I missed work last Tuesday night so I was up an around Wednesday afternoon writing several posts and keeping an eye on twitter for the odd link here and there when I noticed something interesting.

I put out a tweet concerning the attacks on Donald Trump as still liberal, something to set the table for a post I had written going up on Thursday when I got the following response from someone I never saw on twitter called John ? with an icon of Andrew Breitbart

I found the response interesting so I took the liberty of looking at this person’s twitter account and history. I noticed that while the account was four years old all but 2 of the 511 tweets were about Donald Trump and pretty much retweets on various conservatives hitting him.

now rather than denying this the account responded thus:

to which I replied with this

and this

In the week that followed this account has managed only 3 tweets and for the rest of that day, the account hasn’t tweeted, after all once a paid (or unpaid) troll is publicly exposed (not blocked mind you just exposed) their effectiveness diminishes.

I thought it interesting diversion worth a post on the subject when later on during the day I noticed CNN tweeting on Adele’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton saying the following:

This prompted a tweet from a person called “Yankee fan that included me

Seeing the tweet and remembering the incident earlier in the day I checked the account history, sure enough while the account was old all of the tweets were hitting Trump or boosting hillary and what appeared to be auto retweets of pro-Hillary accounts so I tweeted the following

that account responded like this

To which I replied

and was promptly blocked.

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Because nothing’s worse for a paid troll than to have someone outing them in their timeline.

So I had plenty of material to work with but then I noted Kellyanne Conway retweeting the stories out of Texas of people trying to vote Trump/GOP ticket

and the votes being changed to Clinton. I thought this was a good idea and tweeted:

and for the third time today an obscure unknown account noticed my tweet and replied

I looked at the account, like the other two it was obscure, and while it was fairly new, only a few months old, its entire history was hitting Trump

unlike the previous two this one had a sense of humor.

But as of this writing it has been inactive.

Now it’s possible that two  obscure people on twitter (and a third reacting to someone else) not only found my tweets and decided to reply within a few hours.

However unlike other conservative bloggers I’m not a twitter force. While I have several prominent followers I only have 4063 followers as of this writing overall, I don’t automatically follow back and my new followers come in drips and drabs so that would seem unlikely.

What’s much more likely is that because I have a decent sized blog, that draws hundreds of thousands of unique users each year and that is known and respected by people in the political and media world and that even though I didn’t support Trump in the primaries because I’ve decided that a Trump victory is necessary for the republic in general and conservatism.

I’m not worthy of the swarm that Scott Adams gets but perhaps I’m respected enough that such statements can not be left completely unanswered.

I find that a very great complement but the name of the post is “How to spot a paid (or unpaid) Hillary Clinton Troll from quite a long way away, so here is what too look for.

  • Look for an account with almost no activity outside of the election season.
  • Look for an account that consists mostly of retweets supplemented by the occasional attack rather than an original thought.
  • Look for accounts whose followers are either nonexistent or all other accounts doing the same thing.
  • Look for either a small amount of total tweets or a massive wave of permanent retweets of specific type of accounts, usually official accounts that toe the line being pushed.

Do this and you too will be able identify twitter trolls from quite a long way away.

Now I know that given the massive scale of such operations identifying and countering one or two such accounts is no big deal.

But the naming of such an account is fatal to it’s operation and every time you force a new one to be named or make one block you it make it that much harder for them to counter us.

I’d say that’s worth it.

Over the last few months, I’ve made no attempt to hide my willingness to criticize candidates. I don’t believe that being critical of Donald Trump will turn someone into a NeverTrump Clinton supporter, which is why I hope the following critique of current scandals holds more weight than if it came from a Trump-Does-No-Wrong blogger.

Hillary Clinton’s scandals are absolutely more important when weighed on the scale of Presidential fitness. Even if we put aside the conservative opinion that she’s ideologically wrong (I know it’s hard, but try), her actions over the last three decades in general and over the last 16 years in particular speak volumes about her inability to properly hold the office of President of the United States.

Let’s look at some of her actions in light of what Americans should view as Presidential skills.

Decision-making abilities: Benghazi is the easiest example of a string of poor decisions that can all be traced back to her. I’m not simply talking about the minute-by-minute indecision that prevented our boys from surviving the attack in Benghazi. The decisions that led up to the attack and the way that it was handled afterward were the epitome of incompetence. They shouldn’t have been left in such a vulnerable position before the attack. They should have been saved during the attack. The truth should have come out immediately after the attack. This is only the easy example. There are volumes that point to the fact that she has always and will always make poor decisions.

Honesty: Yoga schedules. Wedding planning. Early access to debate questions. YouTube videos causing Benghazi. Sniper fire. Need I go on? I could do this all day.

Holding America’s best interests above personal gain: Pay-to-play at the State Department and pretty much everything that has happened to her since leaving the White House dead broke speaks to her willingness to put her own self-interests ahead of America’s while she’s supposedly a servant of the people. If you’re going to throw out there that Trump has also always done what’s in his best interests, don’t. One does not have to be an objectivist to realize that private citizens have the right and even the duty to do what’s best to succeed personally in their lives. Public servants do not.

Avoiding the victim card: I have very few good things to say about Barack Obama, but one thing I can say is that he didn’t play the victim card nearly as much as I expected. Hillary, on the other hand, has played the card so often over the years that it’s a tattered and worn remnant with no credibility. A President cannot be allowed to be viewed as a victim. That’s not the American way.

I’m not going to apologize for Trump’s major character flaws. I’m not going to throw out talking points like “we’re not electing a Pope” or “he’s a changed man.” I do hold character as an extremely important attribute to weigh when deciding on the next President and Trump’s character is laughable. However, the left’s attempts to paint Hillary’s incomprehensible actions as big nothingburgers are reproachable. Her election would be untenable and her apologists are fraudulent in their attempts to make it happen. Shall we call them deplorables? If the basket fits…

Tuesday Pope Francis very decisively reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s teaching on an all male priesthood emphatically citing St. Pope John Paul II in an interview:

The pontiff made the declaration in response to a female reporter asking whether he thought women would one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, noting the head of Sweden’s Lutheran Church whom Francis met on his trip there is a woman.

“St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and it stands,” Francis said during a news conference aboard the papal plane on the flight back to Rome, according to Reuters.

The reporter then asked “Forever, forever? Never, never?”

“If we read carefully the declaration by St. John Paul II, it is going in that direction,” the pope responded.

Given the direction that so many protestant denominations have gone and Francis’ willingness to engage them one might have thought he would have been more flexible to the argument of those churches and various dissenting groups who claim that Jesus was just following the cultural norms of the time, however this overlooks the fact that Jesus constantly challenged the cultural norms from healing on the sabbath, to associating with sinners, from challenging the chief priests and even refusing to condemn the woman caught in the act of adultery.

Now there are those who might say: Well DaTechguy that’s all well and good but a woman priesthood would have been a bridge too far for him, and that argument might wash if it wasn’t for one fact that I think is constantly ignored by those who dissent from the church in general and this issue in particular:

Jesus is God!

Jesus is not only the son of God he is in fact God as well.  That being the case the idea that he would not be capable or willing to challenge a social norm is ridiculous on its face.

At least it is if you believe Jesus is who he said he was, if you don’t then perhaps you have no business saying who should be a Catholic priest and who should not.

Exit Question: How many of the liberal Catholics who have celebrated this Pope over the last few years, particularly Democrat elected officials, will rush to do a volte face now over this?