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I just spent more minutes than I should have arguing with a Twitter-bot about Jesus the Christ, so I’m a little late today. (Sorry, Peter.) As an excuse In my defense, I do like to keep my arguing skills up and hadn’t done it in while. It’s like riding a bicycle!

Anyway, like many, I’m watching the rise of young Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an avowed Marxist, and the NY-14 Democrat candidate for Congress. Since I’m late, I’ll give you a slice of what the Victory Girls Blog has to say about this ascendant Red Star.

First, lets dispel the myth that Ocasio is somehow your typical Bronx girl. She’s far from it. According to Wikipedia, the community organizer (oh, Great Cthulhu, save us from another one of those!) was born in the Bronx and lived there until the age of five, when her architect daddy moved the family to a “house in Yorktown Heights, an affluent suburb in Westchester County, where she would live until she left home to attend college.”

Where did she attend college, you ask? Why Boston University, of course, where the cost of attendance per year for an out of state student is an oh-so-modest $70,300 per year.

Yeah, she’s sure an everyday working girl from the Bronx (…)

After college, she worked as a waitress and bartender in the Bronx for a bit while she and her mother fought a probate battle for her father’s estate after he died of cancer. This was a second job in addition to her position as Educational Director for a Hispanic nonprofit. Now, I don’t know how much her salary was, but for someone straight out of college to be making an average of $61,000 per year is pretty damn good.

Alexandria is a smart girl. She doesn’t mention that she grew up in an affluent New York suburb or that she snagged herself a directorship position straight out of college with a fairly significant nonprofit organization. She doesn’t want the voters to see her exactly for who she is: a privileged phony, who is just another politician fighting to suck on the government teat, earning a $174,000 salary, while pointing a government gun at the taxpayers and using force to implement her schemes.

Read the whole thing and recognize the pattern. In every Marxist-based society, there is a ruling social and/or political elite. This lady has been shooting for that target since she was old enough to know that the target existed. I do like her openness and she will probably be elected in Soviet NYC.

Fascinating. /Spock voice

(Thanks to Darleen Click)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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President Trump’s announcement that he wants a Space Force has sparked plenty of complaints and tons of memes. He’s not the first to clamor for a space force, but he would be foolish to let the Air Force (which seems like a logical choice) run the Space Force.

The President needs to put a retired Admiral or Marine in charge of any Space Force if he plans to get it off the ground.

Continue reading “Put an Admiral in charge of the Space Force”

At Yesterday’s Pintastic NE Jersey Jack of Jersey Jack Pinball held a seminar about his business that produces some of the best pinball machines on the market. These games are constantly in demand both on the market and at the show:

During the seminar one of the attendees asked him an obvious question, why has he made it when others have failed? Here was his answer.

This is not a light thing to say because it must be remembered he started this business in the Obama years before the Trump boom AND because when it comes down to it a Pinball machine is not a necessity.

I think thanking God and a bunch of others is important as was his decision to market to individuals, but for my money the real secret is the fact that in terms of subject matter, video, artwork and display, all of his games are PG rated or lower. I asked him why he made that decision and his answer was telling

Note that he didn’t say: “I don’t think anyone should make an R rated game”, he just decided that as a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a Catholic Eucharistic Minister involved in his church, he decided that he wasn’t going to making anything that wasn’t family friendly.

In an era when kindergartens are having very inappropriate stuff pushed at them and Disney has apparently decided that being “woke” is more important that being family friendly that’s an incredibly radical decision.

My interview with Jack is here

And you can buy his games here

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When you’re talking Pintastic NE you’re talking a lot of fun, such as the Batman 1966 game that has proved to be one of the most popular games in the Free play room.

But before you can start playing games like that here is a lot of work from the setup of the vendor room

to the setup of the free play room

And the man behind it all is Gabriel D’Annunzio who founded this event.

Of course once things get started, it becomes all bout keeping the machines, many of them 20 or 30 year old or more, running and that’s where folks like Tony come in.

Let’s give folks like Gabe and Tony a big hand, because though their time and effort along with all of the people on their team thousands of folks will have a great time this week away from the worries of the world.

Take a bow guys.

As you are reading this I am in my hotel room in Sturbridge at day one of the 4th Annual Pintastic NE Pinball extravaganza.

If you are unfamilar with it Pintastic  is four days of all things pinball with free play rooms, vendors seminars Tournaments and fun activities from the kids. There are machines on sale for as low as a couple of hundred bucks to brand spanking new releases for eight grand and there is even a bank on hand to process your loan if you want to buy one.

You can buy single day passes for $10 to $25 and kid passes for $5 to $10 dollars and if you are a huge Pinball guy who wants two or four days of 24 / 7 pinball they have a plan for you too.

I have been covering and enjoying Pintastic since the very first one back when it was a two day event (my coverage of 2015 is here, 2016 is here and 2017 is here) and my Pintastic 2017 video playlist is here My first interview from Pintastic 2018 is with Alex from Boston

This is an event that’s just plain fun, and if the news is getting you down (or if it’s not) it’s the perfect escape. Come on down and enjoy it.

I’ll try to get more video up as I can but with 24/7 pinball in front of me for the next few days don’t be surprised if I’m a tad distracted.

Update:
The bank didn’t come this year, I think that’s a bad move, in a booming economy you’re much likely to have someone ready to buy a machine

As the economy continues to improve and wins keep coming in foreign policy it seems clear that the left fear that Trump would succeed was justified and that drastic action was necessary.

Since the last election the left has gone all out to paint not just Donald Trump but members of his administration and voters as evil incarnate, a bunch of Nazis etc etc etc (This wasn’t always the case, there was a time when there were living Democrats who had actually fought real life Nazis and knew better but they have died out but I digress…) and concluded that any tactic was acceptable to bring Donald Trump down.

These tactics which resulted in the Red Hen Scandal, and yes it is a scandal that for political reasons a person can be denied service at a restaurant, is masking something more important. The fact that all of these tactics, no matter how dramatic are failing miserably and thus the next step has to be taken.

I submit and suggest that the left has decided now that Justice Kennedy is retiring that drastic action can turn people away from Trump.

In other words they want a Kent State, they need a violent confrontation which leaves people dead that Trump can be blamed for.

The problem of course is generating one.

You need two things to make it work People willing to shoot. Unfortunately for the left Trump, being as media savvy as he is, is not likely to provide them with one, so the target has to be an average Trump voter made to fear for his life.

But even more important than that you need a victim willing to put him or herself in a position to get killed.

That’s where you, dear sucker of the left ,come in.

You will be sold the idea of Trump supporters as Nazis, as people ready to commit all kinds of atrocities against mankind and the complete lack of such atrocities will not be considered evidence that it’s not coming while at the same time underselling the risk of convincing an armed person that you mean them or theirs harm. They will encourage you to push, and the push and the push and you won’t realize the danger until the target of the rage that your professors, your fellow protesters and those courageous lions of the keyboard encouraged you to confront decides their life is on the line and fires.

That is the moment that the professional left, the media and the Democrats in congress are dreaming of, the moment when you go from being a useful idiot to an even more useful Martyr to the cause.

The Professional left will hold up pictures of you in march after march calling you a martyr to the cause of freedom.

The media will cover the details of your short life nonstop, it will talk to your grieving friends, families and fellow travelers about what a great person you were on camera and pundits in every major newspaper will opine about the injustice that such a promising life was cut short.

The Democrat party will run ad after ad talking about you as proof that Trump voters in General and Donald Trump in particular are Nazis and the only way to stop them is to vote Democrat.

Of course you might have some objection to being used as cannon fodder for the financial and electoral power of those who don’t care one bit about you, but fortunately for you by this time you will be too busy being dead to register it.

Far be it from me to use my white male heterosexual privilege to tell those younger and far more woke than me what to do but I submit and suggest that it might be a good idea to recognize that you are being played by people who don’t care about you, your life or your future.

Plus even if you were deluded enough to think it’s a good idea to set yourself up to get shot to stop Trump, it won’t work, but that’s yet another post for another day.


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Can someone explain to me why it’s a good thing that the House is doing all it can to get votes for a bill not meant to pass?

I don’t care if as of this writing Tim Tebow is hitting over fifty points higher than Jackie Bradley Jr. I’ll take Bradley in center field turning doubles into flyouts every day of the week.

Johnny Depp and I are the same age and while he did much better than me for most of his life this piece by Robert Stacy McCain linking a Rolling Stone profile convinces me not only that I’ve pulled ahead but that nothing is more dangerous to life and soul than being rich enough to make your wildest fantasies come true.

Jake Tapper’s encounter with Keith Ellison over his association with anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan reminded me of something that Joe Kennedy Sr. once said about his son Bobby Kennedy: “Bobby’s my boy, when he hates you, you stay hated.”

If Jeb Bush had been in the White House instead of Donald Trump with this economy and these results from the Supreme Court Rick Wilson & Bill Kristol would be calling him the greatest president of all time.

When I see tweets like the one below I’m convinced that the New York Times forgets they no long have a monopoly on photographs, video and the means to distribute them.

Iranian protesters chanting “Death to Palestine” is the most significant international story that the mainstream media is ignoring today.

It’s no coincidence that the Democrats started calling Republicans “Nazis” became mainstream once the World War 2 generation Democrats who had experience fighting the real thing had died out.

Reflecting on the week in the Supreme Court culminating in the retirement of Justice Kennedy today, none of these results are possible without the combination of the unlikely victory of Donald Trump on election day and the even less likely act of Mitch McConnell keeping his nerve before it.

Nothing is more healthy for the soul that a week away from the net, the political world or both.

If you want to know what the American dream is, it’s a tiny family owned wing/taco place smaller than my kitchen that had a Mexican flag in its window becoming so popular that the folks running it have to move to a larger location to accommodate the business.

Anthony Kennedy has announced that he will step down from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31, after 30 years of service. He assured himself a place in history two years ago, for good or ill, with the Obergefell decision. Aside from that, he earned a reputation as a swing (i.e. unpredictable) vote on various issues. One of those 5-4 decisions is on my mind today.

Yesterday, the court ruled in NIFLA v. Becerra that pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs) cannot be forced to advertise for abortion. (I’ve been watching that case ever since the litigation began.)The same case ruled that non-medical pro-life PRCs cannot be compelled to announce their non-medical nature in a manner prescribed by a pro-abortion government, when the same government doesn’t impose that requirement on similar agencies.

Justice Kennedy concurred in the 5-4 NIFLA decision written by Justice Clarence Thomas. Kennedy’s concurrence deserves more attention than it’s likely to get this week, in light of his resignation and other SCOTUS news.

NIFLA at its core was a First Amendment case: was the state of California violating the First Amendment rights of pro-life agencies by forcing those agencies to deliver pro-abortion messages? Justice Thomas carefully outlined the reasons why the answer had to be Yes. It’s astounding that four Justices would have let the California law stand. (No surprises: the minority consisted of Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.)

Here’s the bulk of Justice Kennedy’s concurrence (emphasis added). Bear in mind that this man was not exactly a lion of the pro-life movement. But the state of California’s attempt to coerce pro-life pregnancy centers to help market for abortion was too much for him to stomach.

I join the Court’s opinion in all respects.

…It does appear that viewpoint discrimination is inherent in the design and structure of this [California] Act. This law is a paradigmatic example of the serious threat presented when government seeks to impose its own message in the place of individual speech, thought, and expression. For here the State requires primarily pro-life pregnancy centers to promote the State’s own preferred message advertising abortions. This compels individuals to contradict their most deeply held beliefs, beliefs grounded in basic philosophical, ethical, or religious precepts, or all of these.

And the history of the Act’s passage and its underinclusive application suggest a real possibility that these individuals were targeted because of their beliefs.

The California Legislature included in its official history the congratulatory statement that the Act was part of California’s legacy of “forward thinking.” App. 38–39. But it is not forward thinking to force individuals to “be an instrument for fostering public adherence to an ideological point of view [they] fin[d] unacceptable.” Wooley v.Maynard, 430 U. S. 705, 715 (1977). It is forward thinking to begin by reading the First Amendment as ratified in 1791; to understand the history of authoritarian government as the Founders then knew it; to confirm that history since then shows how relentless authoritarian regimes are in their attempts to stifle free speech; and to carry those lessons onward as we seek to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech for the generations to come. Governments must not be allowed to force persons to express a message contrary to their deepest convictions. Freedom of speech secures freedom of thought and belief. This law imperils those liberties.

That’s not a bad way to cap off thirty years on the Court.

Ellen Kolb is a pro-life writer and activist in New Hampshire. She writes at ellenkolb.com and Leaven for the Loaf. 

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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”


George Bernard Shaw

The Worcester Tea Party (WTP) is the organization of unreasonable men and women; you have to be unreasonable to advocate small government in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 9 years. In that time we have learned many lessons of political hard ball. “Politics ain’t beanbag…” Mr. Dooley told us more than 100 years ago, and it seems to be getting worse today.

Much of what the WTP does is holding educational events were we discuss topics of public interest. Most have been free due to the generosity of our members, but occasionally there is a charge to cover expenses. We are proud of our events and publish videos of them.

We of the WTP believe that any community (City, State, or Country) can’t move forward if acrimony is their focus. To work out solutions to the challenges that face our communities we need discussions that require civility. We are determined to host such conversations. Last year several community leaders in Worcester called for civility with the “One Worcester Pledge”.  Members of that group said they are joining together to express their “deep concern about the state of civic and political affairs in our city.” We are seeking to bring as many of these people together as is practical. We will also be reaching out to those that did not sign the pledge as well. We can provide a speaker, Rev. Massey Campos who can speak about civility and respect.  But we have yet to secure the appropriate venue for this event. We have penciled in the evening July 20th as the date but we can be flexible. I will keep you informed as this progress.

On August 9th the Worcester Tea Party, will welcome Lord Monckton to Worcester to talk to us about the myth of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Peppercorns Restaurant will provide a full Buffet and a cash bar. Doors open at 7:00 PM. This is a LIMITED seating event. 60 people MAX! A donation of $25.00 will be required so get in early and reserve your seat.

I am, sure that it must seem unreasonable to attempt these two events. It was also unreasonable to bring the South back into the Union or stand up to Communist aggression for decades. Our Republic is great because unreasonable people have done exceptional things to advance the cause of Liberty. Thank you for all that you do for the cause of Liberty.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
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