Sgt. Schulz: [seeing the prisoner wearing Hitler mustaches and doing a Nazi salute] Bah! One Fuhrer is enough!

Stalag 17 1953

Today My son was playing the Youtube video on the tricks that makers of WW 2 video game RAID had to go though pass legal muster for sale in Germany because of their strict laws concerning Nazi references

It got me thinking, one might understand these laws in the context of the occupation of Germany post WW 2, but it’s now 2018 nearly 75 years after the fall of the 3rd Reich and it’s still going on. I don’t know what it tell you but here is what it tells me:

Germany’s Insistence on censoring WW 2 video Games removing any reference to Hitler or Nazi symbols mean that German lawmakers simply don’t trust their own people not to go all 4th Reich if given the slightest bit of encouragement.

Now I don’t claim to know more about the German cultural Psyche than actual Germans but it seems to me that if they think their people are just one video game image of Hitler away from having another go at conquering the Europe and then the world,  then the next time someone suggests moving US bases out of Germany and letting the Germans handle their own defense I think I’m going to politely disagree.


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I spoke to freelance writer Myra Adams at CPAC 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland.

Myra has something in the works that we are going to want to talk about later.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

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By John Ruberry

Unless you live in Illinois’ 22nd state House district, Michael Madigan’s name will not be on your ballot when you vote in the March 20 primary in the Land of Lincoln.

Not directly, that is.

But his foul spirit will be there.

Even when there is a Democratic governor in Illinois, the most powerful Democrat in the state is Madigan, the state House speaker for 33 of the last 35 years. Since 1998 Madigan has been chairman of the state Democratic Party. He’s the committeeman of Chicago’s 13th Ward–that post allowed him to nominate Joseph Berrios as chairman of the Cook Party Democratic Party, better known as the Chicago Machine eleven years ago. The message was clear–the boss had spoken. Two other candidates withdrew and Berrios was unanimously elected. Berrios is also the Cook County assessor, it’s his office that determines what the county residents such as myself, as well as businesses, pay in property taxes. The assessor’s office has long been a cash cow for the Democrats.

Illinois Policy Institute caricature of Madigan

Berrios faces a tough primary challenge because of charges that his office favors the wealthy, those fortunate rich folks often include clients of the Madigan & Getzendanner law firm. Hmm…Madigan, where have I heard that name before?

The major Democratic candidates for governor, with the exception apparent frontrunner, JB Pritzker, accuse each other of not being independent of Madigan. Pritzker’s main challengers, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss, have called for Madigan to resign his state party post over sexual harassment scandals involving staff members (but not Madigan himself).

Why aren’t they calling for Madigan to quit the speakership? Fear is my guess.

On the Republican side, the incumbent governor, Bruce Rauner, with “amusing and unconvincing effect,” Crain’s Chicago Business says, accuses his conservative challenger, Jeanne Ives, of being a Madigan ally.

Ah, but where are the Madigan allies? Sure, when it was time, again, to reelect the speaker-for-life last year, he prevailed. There was only one “nay” vote from Democrats. And that dissident was punished.

Madigan controls not only the remap of state legistlative districts but also those of Illinois’ congressional districts. He’s the Pablo Picasso of gerrymandering.

What about state legislators?

Whenever David Giuliani of The Times of Ottawa, Illinois asks Democratic legislative candidates about their opinion of Madigan, he never receives a straight answer.

That’s because they know the truth. Boss Madigan is what ails the Prairie State. Last year Reuters declared Madigan “the man behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois.”

I have many friends who live in this blue state who tell me that they detest Madigan–yet they vote for every Democrat on the ballot.

Is the state attorney general able to fight Madigan? Maybe in year. Lisa Madigan, daughter of, well, you know, has been holding that job since 2003. But she’s not running for reelection. Her dad holds considerable sway over Illinois judges too.

Even Barack Obama does Madigan’s bidding. After a Chicago Democrat missed a key House override vote of a Rauner veto, a hand-picked Madigan ally, Juliana Stratton, was endorsed by the then-president and Obama even appeared in a TV ad for the challenger in the next primary election. Madigan and Obama’s candidate won. Stratton is now Pritzker’s running mate.

The Democratic Party of Illinois is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Cognitive dissonance is widespread in this state.

While the official state animal of Illinois is the white-tailed deer, in reality it’s an octopus named Mike Madigan. His tentacles are everywhere.

John Ruberry regularly blogs from Illinois at Marathon Pundit.


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Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in a while. I took a full day off, not just from my regular job and the blog, but I didn’t look at my Email I didn’t look at gab, I didn’t look at twitter and didn’t bother with anything else not immediately in front of me, and you know what? The world didn’t end.

I suspect our society would be a lot happier if this was the case.


One of the things I’ve been doing on my day off is re-reading one of my favorite books Escape from Hell by Larry Niven and the late Jerry Pournelle. There is a gem of a passage in it where the protagonist Alan Carpentier is showed those condemned for violence. I’ve quoted this bit before but it is very relevant to today’s news

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

I’m wagering this book wasn’t a favorite of the left.


The media continues to play the parkland kids card trying to spin them as founders of a grass-roots moment rather than Astroturf for Democrats.

For two weeks, journalists abjectly failed in their jobs, which is to tell the public what’s going on. And any of them who had any familiarity with organizing campaigns absolutely knew. Matt Pearce, of the Los Angeles Times, would have been ideally placed to write an excellent article: not only is he an organizer for the Times’s union, he moderated a panel on leftist activism for the LA Times Book Festival and has the appropriate connections in organizing. Instead, he wrote about a school walkout, not what was behind it. (In another article, Pearce defined Delta caving to a pressure campaign’s demands as “finding middle ground.”)

I actually disagree with this premise, journalists didn’t fail in their jobs, they see their job as advancing Democrats electoral objectives and pretending these kids aren’t being used fits neatly into that job description.


One of the other side effects of all this has been attempts to lower the voting age and Billionaire Tom Steyer is sinking a million into the effort

I suspect that will be to register the “right” teenagers, you know those who will vote Democrat and there’s even a movement to lower the voting age by the left. Isn’t it funny though that for Democrats, Teenagers are old enough to decided their gender on the spot, have an abortion and now vote, but they apparently aren’t old or responsible enough to own a gun and certainly aren’t expected to be able to provide their own health insurance until they hit 25?

I wonder how long it will take for these kids to figure out they’re being used?


The corporate fallout for companies like Dicks, Delta and Enterprise Rent a Car is continuing, Salena Zito who along with Don Surber have been the closest thing to required reading in the Trump era explains why.

Sam is perplexed that NRA members have become the target of so much hate, given that the very institutions employed to keep people safe in Parkland failed that day. But he is far from angry.

“I’m not furious, not at all. They made a business decision. I get it. They want to step out of their non-political lane and become corporate activists. I can calmly step out of my lane, too. And given every chance I get, I will not use their products,” he said.

Because the bulk of corporate CEOs or PR teams for these companies live in Westchester or Los Angeles or San Francisco, they forget that many of their regular consumers who live Akron, Ohio; Westby, Wis.; or Baldwin, Mich., do not share their point of view. When you’re a national brand, you have to sell your product nationally. You can’t be ignorant of the cultural divide.

I suspect Sam doesn’t spend his entire day online either.


Of course the problem with the Parkland meme is the unwanted intrusion of reality into it, namely the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his band of “observers” who decided to take a front row seat at the shootings without getting involved and some of on the MSM/Democrat/Harvey Weinstein left are getting rather upset that the reality of armed Sheriff Deputies siting back while the Parkland kids were dying is detracting from their evil NRA meme:

He’s the perfect foil—a mouthy, pugnacious Democrat who isn’t known for deep thinking before he starts speaking.

“The Republicans needed a shiny-ball guy to get away from assault weapons, and the sheriff was like: Hey, I’ll be your shiny-ball guy!” an elected Democrat from South Florida told me. “At first, it looked like the kids would be the shiny-ball guy, but everyone loved the kids. Then Scott led with his chin, and here we are.”

That’ Michael Grunwald at Politico lamenting this reality while inadvertently admiring that the traumatized parkland kids are the Democrats “shiny-ball guy”. John Sexton nailed it and his entire twitter feed on the subject should not be missed

As for Grunwald’s piece it’s also a must read because it reveals the left’s mindset, check out this gem

Really, though, the legality or accessibility of assault weapons throughout the United States shouldn’t depend on the precise tick-tock of what happened inside Douglas High, or on whether there was probable cause to arrest Cruz before this particular shooting.

Is it just me or did Mr. Grunwald just argue that the Parkland shooting should have no bearing on the legality or accessibility of assault weapons but here’s the best line.

If you got all your news from conservative media, you might think the sheriff was responsible for the massacre in Parkland. But Nikolas Cruz did that.

Really? If you got all your news from Politico you would think it was the NRA.

Nothing’s sadder for a Marxist than the day when useful idiots are no longer useful.


Of course as the Victory Girls blog notes, much to the consternation of the left, the reality of the effectiveness of armed teachers predates both Escape from Hell and President’s Trump’s call an for it

the Callisburg ISD implemented its “Guardian Plan” four years ago. Teachers taking part in it go through the CCW training and permitting required by the state. Then, each year, they go through gun safety and simulated active shooter scenarios with a trained expert. This voluntary program has helped create an atmosphere where the kids going to school there feel safe and parents are reassured their kids will be taken care of in case of an emergency. More than that, no one except the teachers carrying concealed and the administration (and, I assume, the local police) know who is actually armed.

Keeping kids safe while angering liberals, that’s what I call a twofer.


Meanwhile Much to the shock of the left President Trump accepted and attended the Gridiron Dinner with the press and once again defied the stereotypes that the left has about him by being a good sport while being hit by one lines while at the same time giving as good as he got:

Trump’s speech lasted more than a half hour and included plenty of one-liners.

A sampling:

—On his son-in-law: “We were late tonight because Jared could not get through security.”

—On Vice President Mike Pence: “He is one of the best straight men you’re ever going to meet … he is straight. Man.” Trump also said, “I really am proud to call him the apprentice ”

—On Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I offered him a ride over and he recused himself. What are you going to do?”

—On The New York Times: “I’m a New York icon. You’re a New York icon. And the only difference is I still own my buildings.”

—On former chief strategist Steven Bannon: “That guy leaked more than the Titanic.”

—On the first lady: Trump said he doesn’t understand why everyone says #freemelania. He said she’s actually having a great time.

Toward the end of his comments, Trump couldn’t resist some of his favorite themes, revisiting his election night victory and chiding reporters to be fair.

He closed by saying: “I just want to say this, this is one of the best times I’ve had with the media — this might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night.”

As I’ve avoided the TV set this weekend I don’t know how this was covered by the press, I’m guessing declaring doom before followed by grudging admittance that he did well after.


I was nodding my head when I read this piece at the Atlantic about the lament of a leftist who had spent decades keeping Walmart out of his town and others suddenly finding himself powerless against Amazon.com

Greenfield and other towns across New England are learning that while they might have been able to keep out big-box stores through zoning changes and old-fashioned advocacy, there’s not much they can do about consumers’ shift to e-commerce. They can’t physically keep out e-commerce stores—which don’t have a physical presence in towns that residents could push back against—and they certainly can’t restrict residents’ internet access. “It’s one thing for me to try and fight over land use in the town I live in, or in somebody else’s town,” Norman told me, over lunch in a diner on Greenfield’s Main Street. “But e-shopping creates a real problem for activists, because on some level, shopping online is a choice people make, and it’s hard to intrude yourself in that.”

Doesn’t that last sentence say everything there is to say about the poor activists on the left as they lament their inability to bend people to their much better knowing will?


If you want to know what a post Christian West looks like, Don Surber gives us a peek.

“Sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, so long as there is no penetration involved, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court,” the Independent reported.

“The determination stemmed from a case involving a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters, including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as DLW, was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.”

This was a 7-1 ruling, meaning Canada has only one sane Supreme Court justice.

Surber notes that less than a year ago a Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn wrote a piece about how the slippery slope arguments concerning Gay Marriage leading to this was bogus.  Personally I would really like to say I was surprised at this but that would be a lie and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.


Finally let me close with one more story about the logical conclusion of all this insanity

According to Britain’s The Daily Mail, the dragon lady paid $60,000 for body alterations, and still plans on spending another $40,000 to complete the process.

 “I have eight horns on my forehead; I have had my ears removed; my nose reshaped; most of my teeth removed; I’ve had the white-part of my eyes stained; my tongue bifurcated; my whole face is tattooed and I’ve had some scarification and branding on my chest and wrist,” Medusa told the Wizard of Odd. It added, “For me, my transformation is the greatest journey of my life.”

The beast expressed hope that its story would inspire others who had lost hope. “I hope that my story will help other people — not only those who have gone through hard times, but also people who have lost hope.”

“I myself know what it’s like to be at that point,” Medusa explained. “Before my transformation I was vice president of one of the largest banks in the U.S. and I left when because I became HIV positive and feared I was going to die.”

The beast mentioned a quasi-spiritual “second birth” to non-human parents. “I have two mothers: One is my original birth mother and my second birth is to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes.”

There are three things that most people will miss about this story that I’d like to highlight:

  1. This person’s “transformation” was only made possible because he lived a normal useful life for decades which provided the funds necessary to finance this insanity, something that youthful idiots who might want to follow this example might not have noticed.

2.  The crisis in this person’s life took place because of said person’s choices which resulted in the contraction of a completely preventable disease.

3.  The person in question did all of this because said person “feared I was going to die”.  The dirty little secret is he still IS going to die and none of the cosmetic chances that he’s spent all that money on will change that reality.

Now all that being said, just like today’s Silicon Valley chicken farmers with diapers on their birds, he has every right to spent the money he has earned as he sees fit and if he wants to consider himself a dragon rather than a human it’s up to him.  I’m just wondering how long before we get activists advancing laws that will compel me to refer to him as such under penalty of law rather than as the insane person that he is?


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