Your Five Favorite Posts of 2017 at DaTechGuyblog

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Your Five Favorite Posts of 2017 at DaTechGuyblog

2017 was a pretty good year for DaT­e­chGuy­blog in terms of Traf­fic (Up over 10%) Unique view­ers (Up 20%) Tip Jar (up 30% though still not mak­ing our goal) but as always report­ing and blog­ger­ing are like record­ing a record album. You don’t quite know what points are going to be hits.

So since there was too much use to put this up last week, here are the top five post of 2017

#5 Who it’s really all about Feb 17th 2017 by RH

This was with­out a ques­tion the sad­dest post we’ve ever run. It was a fol­low up post by RH the Navy 36 Grade Bureau­crat ask­ing for prayers for his daugh­ter Rebecca as she went into and pre­pared to recover from heart surgery. Things had seemed to go well until

Every­one was in shock. We had the best team of pedi­atric heart sur­geons, car­di­ol­o­gists, NICU and PICU nurses that you could assem­ble in Amer­ica. Rebecca had been recov­er­ing. Her echocar­dio­grams had all been good. The pac­ing wires had been fir­ing. Every­thing should have worked. It was like the A Team of car­di­ol­ogy teams was on her side. They sim­ply don’t lose peo­ple, cer­tainly not kids like Rebecca. But as the head sur­geon later told us, “One minute she was fine, the next she was in arrest and would not come back.”

how­ever even in grief that I can’t imag­ine he dis­cov­ered hope

I real­ized that I made a mis­take. I focused on Rebecca’s pain. I watched her cry when she was stuck with nee­dles. I watched her strug­gle to fin­ish a bot­tle because her heart wasn’t strong enough to breast feed. It made me sad, but what I didn’t real­ize was that she was chang­ing every­one around her. My focus on her pain blinded me to how she was an instru­ment to change those around her.

Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influ­enc­ing, or try­ing to influ­ence, those around us. We read books, we devise argu­ments, we make Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tions, and we argue on Face­book. And yet here I had a lit­tle girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed every­one around her, includ­ing peo­ple she never met. Her bro­ken heart was chang­ing those with hard­ened hearts.

She did it with­out words, with­out slides, and with­out a social media account.

It’s post like this that remind you how empty some of our argu­ments and com­plaints are

#4 8 years later the NYT is still look­ing for Instapun­dit read­ers. Jan 3rd 2017 (DaTechGuy)

I’ve always been a fan or Irony and I found this story of the NYT run­ning top page ban­ner ads for sub­scribers at Instapun­dit rather telling:

Now in one respect see­ing a NYT ad at Instapun­dit is no sur­prise, after all despite Glenn’s reg­u­lar cri­tiques of the Times they’ve been adver­tis­ing at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, fur­ther­more while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water) his num­bers are large enough that it’s a log­i­cal place to put ads.

But doesn’t it speak vol­umes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is run­ning ban­ner ads at the top of Instapun­dit offer­ing their prod­uct for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of find­ing some of Glenn’s read­ers will­ing to give them a shot?

This post was prophetic given that the NYT and the left would spend the year pro­duc­ing fake news on Trump while Glenn & com­pany play it straight on truth. It also resulted in the first Insta­lanche of the year on the 11th day of Christ­mas which got 2017 off to a pretty good start.

#3 It’s a Trump Trap and the NFL, NBA and Dems Walked Right In Sept 24th 2017 (DTG)

This was and remains one of my favorite posts of the year as it per­fectly illus­trates how Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump plays his foes like fools.

this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while help­ing the left in places that they are already win­ning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because noth­ing is going to win over white work­ing class vot­ers than a bunch of rich ath­letes talk­ing about how oppressed they are by the coun­try that made them rich.

The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of get­ting any sin­gle part of their frag­ile coali­tion together to risk keep­ing silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of pri­maries where they are flanked on the left.

What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tac­tics of the left against them and play­ing by the same rules that they nor­mally do

Before the end of the year every sin­gle Demo­c­rat run­ning in a red state or a swing dis­trict is going to have to answer if they sup­ported the NFL protests (that still where going on in week 16) and fig­ure out if they want to piss off their pri­mary base or the gen­eral elec­tion peo­ple. Trump saw this a mile away, the MSM some­how still doesn’t.

It’s worth not­ing that is was the most pop­u­lar post writ­ten by me this year.

Roy Moore Allegations#2 Roy Moore, WaPo, and the prob­lem with an untrust­wor­thy press: Nov 9th 2017 JD Rucker

For the first time ever the #2 & #1 posts at DaT­e­chGuy blog were writ­ten by some­one other than me this one came from JD Rucker at the start of the Roy Moore business:

The left won’t believe Red­State or Daily Caller. The right won’t believe Slate or Salon. Both are work­able dynam­ics because there’s no illu­sion attempted by these pub­li­ca­tions. They’re biased and proud of it. WaPo per­pet­u­ates an illu­sion if jour­nal­is­tic integrity. By doing so, they have far too much power in wield­ing the “truth” even if it’s spun in the direc­tion they want.

These reports are so old that there’s very lit­tle chance they can be proven. Unfor­tu­nately, there’s also very lit­tle chance they can be prop­erly refuted. That’s the power of the “unbi­ased” main­stream media. They can cast shad­ows of doubt in any direc­tion they choose based upon their bias. They can choose to print alle­ga­tions about Moore. They can choose to ignore alle­ga­tions about Barack Obama. When a major media out­let is biased while claim­ing oth­er­wise, we’re left with decid­ing which truth to believe.

JD pegged it exactly right at the start, even the lack of actual phys­i­cal evi­dence (like the Franken photo), set­tle­ments (like Cosby), No inves­ti­ga­tions (like Cony­ers) , Con­fes­sions (Spur­lock) or claims made under oath (Bill Clin­ton) enough of the Vot­ers of Alabama bought what was being sold by the indig­nant MSM to cost Moore the elec­tion. Oddly enough now that he’s beaten the MSM that was so will­ing to peg him a preda­tor has decided that the “vic­tims” don’t have to pur­sue this any fur­ther and that no being a US sen­a­tor is the proper pun­ish­ment for the behav­ior they claimed of him.

Yes I’m still pissed about it, but JD saw it com­ing from day one.

Before we get to #1 here are the hon­or­able men­tions #610

#6 Wak­ing to a Christ­mas Lay­off the True min­i­mum wage remains at Zero DTG 12617
#7 Opin­ion Pup­peteer­ing — Also, I Told You So by Juli­ette (Baldilocks) Ochieng 11÷4÷17
#8 Et Tu Ver­mont? One Year in Rut­land Demon­strates why Amer­ica Elected Don­ald Trump DTG 3÷10÷17
#9 Reminder there have been more attempted Mass Shoot­ings By Bernie Sanders Cam­paign Vol­un­teers dtg 11÷6÷17
#10 Peel­ing the Weaponized DOJ Onion by Juli­ette (Baldilocks) Ochieng 3÷4÷17

You’ll notice that of 4 of those top five posts are from Nov/​December and four of them were not writ­ten by me. The #1 post of the year hits both of those buttons.

And now the #1 post of 2017 is

From Dec 23, 2017

How My Dad Stopped Me From Becom­ing One of Those Women by Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng (Baldilocks)

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12-​year– old me to my dad: “I hate football.”

Dad: “How can you hate some­thing you know noth­ing about?”

Long before I met the man who became my dad when he mar­ried my mom, Dad was a tall — 64″ — lanky teenager who played foot­ball and bas­ket­ball in high school and in col­lege. He says he was bet­ter at bas­ket­ball, but that he enjoyed play­ing foot­ball more.

Later, like almost every­one else’s dad, he’d be in front of the TV on Sun­days. This was before he became a Chris­t­ian and, after that, a pastor.

By the time Dad asked me that fate­ful ques­tion, I was begin­ning to par­rot what I’d heard adult females say, even though I don’t remem­ber if Mom ever gave her opin­ion on the game. I do know that she wasn’t watch­ing it.

Juli­ette tells the story of how her Dad got her into foot­ball and how the NFL play­ers got her out of it

By the end of that sea­son and for many years after­ward, I was a big fan of foot­ball and the NFL. Then some­thing hap­pened; some­thing long before Colin Kaeper­nick first knelt dur­ing a ren­der­ing of the National Anthem.

I got tired of foot­ball play­ers and their off-​the-​field antics. I think Rae Car­ruth was the death knell – in more ways than one. Kaeper­nick was the cremation.

Some­thing that has always been an aver­sion to me is ingrat­i­tude for the bless­ings which God bestows, what­ever the nature of that bless­ing: intel­lect, phys­i­cal gifts, earthly oppor­tu­ni­ties, etc. I’ve only been able to artic­u­late this aver­sion in recent years, but it has always been there as neb­u­lous, un-​evaluated dis­gust. And, as the char­ac­ter qual­ity of NFL play­ers seemed to descend, my inter­est in being enter­tained by them var­ied directly.

I think this NFL this is a big­ger deal than peo­ple real­ize and we will find out how big by the time the midterms come around.

Any­ways these are the top 10 posts of the year. In a few days you will hear about our klunkers.


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Finally might I sug­gest my book Hail Mary the Per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excel­lent Gift for the per­son of faith after all it’s still the 8th day of Christmas.

2017 was a pretty good year for DaTechGuyblog in terms of Traffic (Up over 10%) Unique viewers (Up 20%) Tip Jar (up 30% though still not making our goal) but as always reporting and bloggering are like recording a record album. You don’t quite know what points are going to be hits.

So since there was too much use to put this up last week, here are the top five post of 2017

#5 Who it’s really all about Feb 17th 2017 by RH

This was without a question the saddest post we’ve ever run. It was a follow up post by RH the Navy 36 Grade Bureaucrat asking for prayers for his daughter Rebecca as she went into and prepared to recover from heart surgery. Things had seemed to go well until

Everyone was in shock. We had the best team of pediatric heart surgeons, cardiologists, NICU and PICU nurses that you could assemble in America. Rebecca had been recovering. Her echocardiograms had all been good. The pacing wires had been firing. Everything should have worked. It was like the A Team of cardiology teams was on her side. They simply don’t lose people, certainly not kids like Rebecca. But as the head surgeon later told us, “One minute she was fine, the next she was in arrest and would not come back.”

however even in grief that I can’t imagine he discovered hope

I realized that I made a mistake. I focused on Rebecca’s pain. I watched her cry when she was stuck with needles. I watched her struggle to finish a bottle because her heart wasn’t strong enough to breast feed. It made me sad, but what I didn’t realize was that she was changing everyone around her. My focus on her pain blinded me to how she was an instrument to change those around her.

Many of us spend a large part of our adult lives influencing, or trying to influence, those around us. We read books, we devise arguments, we make PowerPoint presentations, and we argue on Facebook. And yet here I had a little girl, not even a year old, who came into my life and changed everyone around her, including people she never met. Her broken heart was changing those with hardened hearts.

She did it without words, without slides, and without a social media account.

It’s post like this that remind you how empty some of our arguments and complaints are

#4 8 years later the NYT is still looking for Instapundit readers. Jan 3rd 2017 (DaTechGuy)

I’ve always been a fan or Irony and I found this story of the NYT running top page banner ads for subscribers at Instapundit rather telling:

Now in one respect seeing a NYT ad at Instapundit is no surprise, after all despite Glenn’s regular critiques of the Times they’ve been advertising at his site since at least 2009 and he does link to them a lot, furthermore while his stats are dwarfed by the times (The 25% of the NYT total hits which come from China alone likely blow him of of the water) his numbers are large enough that it’s a logical place to put ads.

But doesn’t it speak volumes that we’ve reached the point where the NYT is running banner ads at the top of Instapundit offering their product for a month for less than the price of 4 chicken nuggets at Wendy’s in the hopes of finding some of Glenn’s readers willing to give them a shot?

This post was prophetic given that the NYT and the left would spend the year producing fake news on Trump while Glenn & company play it straight on truth. It also resulted in the first Instalanche of the year on the 11th day of Christmas which got 2017 off to a pretty good start.

#3 It’s a Trump Trap and the NFL, NBA and Dems Walked Right In Sept 24th 2017 (DTG)

This was and remains one of my favorite posts of the year as it perfectly illustrates how President Donald Trump plays his foes like fools.

this helps Trump in places that he needs to win again and hurts him in places that he’s doesn’t, while helping the left in places that they are already winning in and hurts them in swing states and districts.

Because nothing is going to win over white working class voters than a bunch of rich athletes talking about how oppressed they are by the country that made them rich.

The left doesn’t seem to get this or if they do, they are too afraid of getting any single part of their fragile coalition together to risk keeping silent, they don’t want to see a bunch of primaries where they are flanked on the left.

What’s really ironic here is Trump is using the tactics of the left against them and playing by the same rules that they normally do

Before the end of the year every single Democrat running in a red state or a swing district is going to have to answer if they supported the NFL protests (that still where going on in week 16) and figure out if they want to piss off their primary base or the general election people. Trump saw this a mile away, the MSM somehow still doesn’t.

It’s worth noting that is was the most popular post written by me this year.

Roy Moore Allegations#2 Roy Moore, WaPo, and the problem with an untrustworthy press: Nov 9th 2017 JD Rucker

For the first time ever the #2 & #1 posts at DaTechGuy blog were written by someone other than me this one came from JD Rucker at the start of the Roy Moore business:

The left won’t believe RedState or Daily Caller. The right won’t believe Slate or Salon. Both are workable dynamics because there’s no illusion attempted by these publications. They’re biased and proud of it. WaPo perpetuates an illusion if journalistic integrity. By doing so, they have far too much power in wielding the “truth” even if it’s spun in the direction they want.

These reports are so old that there’s very little chance they can be proven. Unfortunately, there’s also very little chance they can be properly refuted. That’s the power of the “unbiased” mainstream media. They can cast shadows of doubt in any direction they choose based upon their bias. They can choose to print allegations about Moore. They can choose to ignore allegations about Barack Obama. When a major media outlet is biased while claiming otherwise, we’re left with deciding which truth to believe.

JD pegged it exactly right at the start, even the lack of actual physical evidence (like the Franken photo), settlements (like Cosby), No investigations (like Conyers) , Confessions (Spurlock) or claims made under oath (Bill Clinton) enough of the Voters of Alabama bought what was being sold by the indignant MSM to cost Moore the election. Oddly enough now that he’s beaten the MSM that was so willing to peg him a predator has decided that the “victims” don’t have to pursue this any further and that no being a US senator is the proper punishment for the behavior they claimed of him.

Yes I’m still pissed about it, but JD saw it coming from day one.

Before we get to #1 here are the honorable mentions #6-10

#6 Waking to a Christmas Layoff the True minimum wage remains at Zero DTG 12-6-17
#7 Opinion Puppeteering — Also, I Told You So by Juliette (Baldilocks) Ochieng 11/4/17
#8 Et Tu Vermont? One Year in Rutland Demonstrates why America Elected Donald Trump DTG 3/10/17
#9 Reminder there have been more attempted Mass Shootings By Bernie Sanders Campaign Volunteers dtg 11/6/17
#10 Peeling the Weaponized DOJ Onion by Juliette (Baldilocks) Ochieng 3/4/17

You’ll notice that of 4 of those top five posts are from Nov/December and four of them were not written by me. The #1 post of the year hits both of those buttons.

And now the #1 post of 2017 is

From Dec 23, 2017

How My Dad Stopped Me From Becoming One of Those Women by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng (Baldilocks)

The future LA Stadium in the Rams’ and Chargers’ dreams

12-year- old me to my dad: “I hate football.”

Dad: “How can you hate something you know nothing about?”

Long before I met the man who became my dad when he married my mom, Dad was a tall — 6’4″ — lanky teenager who played football and basketball in high school and in college. He says he was better at basketball, but that he enjoyed playing football more.

Later, like almost everyone else’s dad, he’d be in front of the TV on Sundays. This was before he became a Christian and, after that, a pastor.

By the time Dad asked me that fateful question, I was beginning to parrot what I’d heard adult females say, even though I don’t remember if Mom ever gave her opinion on the game. I do know that she wasn’t watching it.

Juliette tells the story of how her Dad got her into football and how the NFL players got her out of it

By the end of that season and for many years afterward, I was a big fan of football and the NFL. Then something happened; something long before Colin Kaepernick first knelt during a rendering of the National Anthem.

I got tired of football players and their off-the-field antics. I think Rae Carruth was the death knell – in more ways than one. Kaepernick was the cremation.

Something that has always been an aversion to me is ingratitude for the blessings which God bestows, whatever the nature of that blessing: intellect, physical gifts, earthly opportunities, etc. I’ve only been able to articulate this aversion in recent years, but it has always been there as nebulous, un-evaluated disgust. And, as the character quality of NFL players seemed to descend, my interest in being entertained by them varied directly.

I think this NFL this is a bigger deal than people realize and we will find out how big by the time the midterms come around.

Anyways these are the top 10 posts of the year. In a few days you will hear about our klunkers.


If you’d like to continue to support independent journalism in 2018, please consider hitting DaTipJar here.



Consider subscribing. While you might have heard I’ve been unexpectedly rehired at my job. how long that will last is anyone’s guess (I have Jan 7th or 8th in the pool) but if we can get 92 more subscribers at $20 a month I can do this full time without worry.


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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift for the person of faith after all it’s still the 8th day of Christmas.