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10 Thoughts Under the Fedora Trump/Kim Election 2018 DaTechGuy Blog Stats vs Subs & More

The Trump Kim sum­mit is over and the reac­tions from the media have been var­ied, & the spin has already begun but even Joe Scar­bor­ough is admit­ting that this is a big deal:

It very fair to say that we aren’t going to know the long term results of all of this for years but Trump is already win­ning the PR war per this con­ver­sa­tion with George Stephanopou­los

G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agree­ments by crit­i­ciz­ing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.

T: Ter­ri­ble deal.

G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?

T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not pay­ing $150 bil­lion, OK, we’re pay­ing noth­ing from that stand­point other than, you will see what happens.


On a com­pletely unre­lated side note I had to open up a browser that I wasn’t signed into to get that Morn­ing Joe tweet as I had for­got­ten they had blocked me a long time ago. Per­haps the judge in the Trump-​Twitter was igno­rant of the fact that all a blocked per­son has to do in order to see a tweet is to open a new browser that they’re not logged in to. But I’m flat­tered that the show blocked me as it indi­cated they have no con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to counter my points among their most loyal fans.

That’s why I never block folks unless they are putting porn images into my time­line, let the left’s own argu­ments show them for what they are.


The Trump/​Kim sum­mit also demon­strates some­thing that it took me a long time to fig­ure out about Trump. Com­ple­ments and Insults are throw away lines to be used when­ever they suit him. One should not take an insult, even the worst pos­si­ble insult as any­thing of sub­stance and by the same token one should not take a com­ple­ment from Trump as more than a bit of expe­di­ency. Both com­ple­ments and insults are tools to be used to achieve ends. What Trump really thinks about a per­son is kept close to the vest and can not be deter­mined by any com­ple­ment or insult. His foes inabil­ity to fig­ure this out is one of their great weaknesses.

Oh one excep­tion. Trump’s com­ple­ments to and about me were of course com­pletely sincere.


Speak­ing of sum­mits while the results of the Trump/​Kim sum­mit will take months and years to eval­u­ate the results of the Trump/​Kardisian sum­mit are already wor­ry­ing some on the left:

Don­ald Trump is suc­ceed­ing at some­thing few peo­ple thought pos­si­ble. He is get­ting some black peo­ple to com­pare him to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t get Alice John­son out of jail. Obama didn’t par­don Jack, even though Ken Burns asked him to and pro­duced an entire doc­u­men­tary explain­ing why.

Don­ald Trump isn’t killing the Repub­li­can Party.

He is killing the Demo­c­ra­tic Party.

He is sin­gle­hand­edly mak­ing peo­ple for­get the strength and resilience and heart of the party that once tried to define itself as the place for the lit­tle guy, for the left-​outs, for the have-​nots.

The key words in that are “once tried to define itself” because with black unem­ploy­ment rate down to 5.9 per­cent and the gap between the black and white unem­ploy­ment rate is down to 2.4% the dif­fer­ence between “defin­ing itself” and doing is the dif­fer­ence between Trump and the Demo­c­rat Party.

Don’t’ get me wrong as Pow­er­line notes Alice John­son was a big time Drug dealer and deserved what she got but after 21 years she’s not likely a dan­ger to any­one, but ges­tures like this show­ing that Amer­ica is the coun­try of 2nd chances is good for the coun­try in the long run.


A lit­tle more Trump? The pres­i­dent has man­aged to Sack the NFL with his move on the Eagles (iron­i­cally a team that didn’t kneel dur­ing the 2017 sea­son. By dis-​inviting them and then fol­low­ing up ask­ing for a list of pos­si­ble par­don tar­gets he has invited them to put their money where their mouths are and pro­vide names of folks who have been mis­treated by police who deserve par­don. There has been no response from the NFL crowd but it will be inter­est­ing to see if they thread the nee­dle of rec­om­mend­ing cop killers and trai­tors on one end or snub­bing the offer on the other.

Given what we’ve seen from the play­ers I expect them to charge directly into the jaws of this trap rather than doing some­thing use­ful with it.


Speak­ing of sports­men who don’t care for Trump there is a lot of talk about where Lebron James is going to end up next year. I’ve heard spec­u­la­tion from Philly, Hous­ton, LA and even Boston but in all that talk there was one thing I was hear­ing on sports radio that I found very appealing.

The ques­tion was how long Lebron would stay in the league, from what the hosts were say­ing his goal is to stay long enough so that when his old­est son is drafted by a team, he can play beside him.

There are a lot of rea­son why peo­ple don’t care for Lebron, but I’ve got to tell you that as far as I’m con­cerned a man with such a goal in mind has his pri­or­i­ties in life straight and it cer­tainly won’t hurt the black com­mu­nity to have a role model who is clearly con­cerned about being a father who is there for his son.


Robert Stacy McCain tell us another story of how the hon­ored cul­tural elites turn out to be less than meets the eye:

Stun­ning rev­e­la­tions of an Aus­tralian pae­dophile ring involv­ing celebrity arts fig­ures have been laid bare by the daugh­ters of a promi­nent play­wright.
Rozanna and Kate Lil­ley, the daugh­ters of play­wright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men includ­ing the late Bob Ellis and Mar­tin Sharp, The Aus­tralian reports.
Sharp, Australia’s fore­most pop artist, designed record cov­ers and posters for Bob Dylan, Dono­van and Eric Clap­ton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.
Ellis was a polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor, writer and film maker who penned 22 tele­vi­sion and screen­plays.
The Lil­ley sis­ters, who each have writ­ten new books, say their mother encour­aged under­age sex between her daugh­ters and famous men she enter­tained at her Syd­ney house.
The sis­ters say the men enjoyed hav­ing young girls around and their mother, con­sid­ered a left wing rad­i­cal and admired fem­i­nist, encour­aged their join­ing in the lib­er­tine sex scene of the times.

If you have the stom­ach for it I sug­gest read­ing the whole piece but in fair­ness I have to say that given what we’ve seen from Har­vey Wein­stein, Matt Lauer, Char­lie Rose, Kevin Spacey and so many oth­ers of the left I have to take excep­tion to the use of the word “shock­ing” in this context.


Enter­tain­ment? The movie Solo is aptly named as it seems to be alone in the Star Wars uni­verse in it’s inabil­ity to make it into the black. Appar­ently the idea of treat­ing the cus­tomer base as a group of peo­ple to be lec­tured to on social issues rather than a cus­tomer base to be served just doesn’t work in terms of the bot­tom line.

And appar­ently the plan for Dis­ney is to extend this to the Mar­vel movies as ace reports:

Any­way, Dis­ney may be fac­ing tougher times ahead, and I couldn’t be hap­pier about that.

When all this is over, I’d like Dis­ney to stand as a cau­tion­ary tale about inject­ing SJW pol­i­tics into movies, TV shows, chil­drens’ car­toons, and sports coverage.

When you posi­tion your­self as a de facto polit­i­cal orga­ni­za­tion, you should be treated as such.

PS: Cap­tain Mar­vel seems like it just might be a Social Jus­tice War­rior bonanza. I have high hopes that it will be the first Solo-​like dud of the MCU.


Some house keep­ing. After 9 years on the radio and pod­cast­ing we ended the pod­cast last month. The time just isn’t there and the weekly for­mat meant that I was behind on some news while miss­ing other news. As an alter­na­tive I’ve been doing a series of pieces called “Inter­views with Immi­grants” where I do audio inter­views with folks who were born else­where about the hows and whys and where­fores of com­ing here. So far I have talked to peo­ple from Haiti, Iraq and El Sal­vador with more on the way. The plan is to start putting them up by the of the month.


Finally some blog/​stat/​dough updates

You may have noticed a few changes here. Fausta has been ill and has been unable to post, Zilla also has had some health issues in the fam­ily and has been absent as well as had JD Rucker. We wish all of them speedy recov­er­ies and hope they choose to return when they are feel­ing bet­ter. Sadly we have also said good­bye to Michi­gan Mick who choose depart for per­sonal rea­sons and wish him the best with the knowl­edge that there is always a place for him to opine if he feels the need to opine.

On the plus side the good we have decided to give a plat­form to the good folks at the Worces­ter Tea Party who have helped us with events in the past. We have an occa­sional Gun piece from Sam Bocetta and Tech Knight and Ellen Kolb are post­ing twice a month rather than once.

Stat­wise as the first half of the year nears its end we are about an insta­lanche behind the year before and we look to be in a solid posi­tion to hold onto the 10% gain we man­aged last year and given the upcom­ing elec­tion sea­son per­haps sur­pass it.

On the sub­scrip­tion /​tip­jar side things have been less san­guine. There has been a sig­nif­i­cant drop in both, par­tic­u­lar in sub­scrip­tions which has really hurt. Given the decent stats I have no expla­na­tion for this and so I would ask one of two things of you dear reader.

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The Trump Kim summit is over and the reactions from the media have been varied, & the spin has already begun but even Joe Scarborough is admitting that this is a big deal:

It very fair to say that we aren’t going to know the long term results of all of this for years but Trump is already winning the PR war per this conversation with George Stephanopoulos

G: You’ve set the bar for nuclear agreements by criticizing the Iran nuclear deal, said it’s the worst deal ever made.

T: Terrible deal.

G: Does that mean that any deal with North Korea has to be tougher than the Iran deal?

T: I don’t think a deal could be softer. First of all, we’re not paying $150 billion, OK, we’re paying nothing from that standpoint other than, you will see what happens.


On a completely unrelated side note I had to open up a browser that I wasn’t signed into to get that Morning Joe tweet as I had forgotten they had blocked me a long time ago. Perhaps the judge in the Trump-Twitter was ignorant of the fact that all a blocked person has to do in order to see a tweet is to open a new browser that they’re not logged in to. But I’m flattered that the show blocked me as it indicated they have no confidence in their ability to counter my points among their most loyal fans.

That’s why I never block folks unless they are putting porn images into my timeline, let the left’s own arguments show them for what they are.


The Trump/Kim summit also demonstrates something that it took me a long time to figure out about Trump. Complements and Insults are throw away lines to be used whenever they suit him. One should not take an insult, even the worst possible insult as anything of substance and by the same token one should not take a complement from Trump as more than a bit of expediency. Both complements and insults are tools to be used to achieve ends. What Trump really thinks about a person is kept close to the vest and can not be determined by any complement or insult. His foes inability to figure this out is one of their great weaknesses.

Oh one exception. Trump’s complements to and about me were of course completely sincere.


Speaking of summits while the results of the Trump/Kim summit will take months and years to evaluate the results of the Trump/Kardisian summit are already worrying some on the left:

Donald Trump is succeeding at something few people thought possible. He is getting some black people to compare him to Barack Obama. Obama didn’t get Alice Johnson out of jail. Obama didn’t pardon Jack, even though Ken Burns asked him to and produced an entire documentary explaining why.

Donald Trump isn’t killing the Republican Party.

He is killing the Democratic Party.

He is singlehandedly making people forget the strength and resilience and heart of the party that once tried to define itself as the place for the little guy, for the left-outs, for the have-nots.

The key words in that are “once tried to define itself” because with black unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent and the gap between the black and white unemployment rate is down to 2.4% the difference between “defining itself” and doing is the difference between Trump and the Democrat Party.

Don’t’ get me wrong as Powerline notes Alice Johnson was a big time Drug dealer and deserved what she got but after 21 years she’s not likely a danger to anyone, but gestures like this showing that America is the country of 2nd chances is good for the country in the long run.


A little more Trump? The president has managed to Sack the NFL with his move on the Eagles (ironically a team that didn’t kneel during the 2017 season. By dis-inviting them and then following up asking for a list of possible pardon targets he has invited them to put their money where their mouths are and provide names of folks who have been mistreated by police who deserve pardon. There has been no response from the NFL crowd but it will be interesting to see if they thread the needle of recommending cop killers and traitors on one end or snubbing the offer on the other.

Given what we’ve seen from the players I expect them to charge directly into the jaws of this trap rather than doing something useful with it.


Speaking of sportsmen who don’t care for Trump there is a lot of talk about where Lebron James is going to end up next year. I’ve heard speculation from Philly, Houston, LA and even Boston but in all that talk there was one thing I was hearing on sports radio that I found very appealing.

The question was how long Lebron would stay in the league, from what the hosts were saying his goal is to stay long enough so that when his oldest son is drafted by a team, he can play beside him.

There are a lot of reason why people don’t care for Lebron, but I’ve got to tell you that as far as I’m concerned a man with such a goal in mind has his priorities in life straight and it certainly won’t hurt the black community to have a role model who is clearly concerned about being a father who is there for his son.


Robert Stacy McCain tell us another story of how the honored cultural elites turn out to be less than meets the eye:

Stunning revelations of an Australian paedophile ring involving celebrity arts figures have been laid bare by the daughters of a prominent playwright.
Rozanna and Kate Lilley, the daughters of playwright and poet Dorothy Hewett, say they were forced into sex aged 15 by men including the late Bob Ellis and Martin Sharp, The Australian reports.
Sharp, Australia’s foremost pop artist, designed record covers and posters for Bob Dylan, Donovan and Eric Clapton and wrote songs for Clapton’s band, Cream.
Ellis was a political commentator, writer and film maker who penned 22 television and screenplays.
The Lilley sisters, who each have written new books, say their mother encouraged underage sex between her daughters and famous men she entertained at her Sydney house.
The sisters say the men enjoyed having young girls around and their mother, considered a left wing radical and admired feminist, encouraged their joining in the libertine sex scene of the times.

If you have the stomach for it I suggest reading the whole piece but in fairness I have to say that given what we’ve seen from Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey and so many others of the left I have to take exception to the use of the word “shocking” in this context.


Entertainment? The movie Solo is aptly named as it seems to be alone in the Star Wars universe in it’s inability to make it into the black. Apparently the idea of treating the customer base as a group of people to be lectured to on social issues rather than a customer base to be served just doesn’t work in terms of the bottom line.

And apparently the plan for Disney is to extend this to the Marvel movies as ace reports:

Anyway, Disney may be facing tougher times ahead, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

When all this is over, I’d like Disney to stand as a cautionary tale about injecting SJW politics into movies, TV shows, childrens’ cartoons, and sports coverage.

When you position yourself as a de facto political organization, you should be treated as such.

PS: Captain Marvel seems like it just might be a Social Justice Warrior bonanza. I have high hopes that it will be the first Solo-like dud of the MCU.


Some house keeping.  After 9 years on the radio and podcasting we ended the podcast last month.  The time just isn’t there and the weekly format meant that I was behind on some news while missing other news.  As an alternative I’ve been doing a series of pieces called “Interviews with Immigrants” where I do audio interviews with folks who were born elsewhere about the hows and whys and wherefores of coming here.  So far I have talked to people from Haiti, Iraq and El Salvador with more on the way.  The plan is to start putting them up by the of the month.


Finally some blog/stat/dough updates

You may have noticed a few changes here.  Fausta has been ill and has been unable to post, Zilla also has had some health issues in the family and has been absent as well as had JD Rucker.  We wish all of them speedy recoveries and hope they choose to return when they are feeling better.   Sadly we have also said goodbye to Michigan Mick who choose depart for personal reasons and wish him the best with the knowledge that there is always a place for him to opine if he feels the need to opine.

On the plus side the good we have decided to give a platform to the good folks at the Worcester Tea Party who have helped us with events in the past.   We have an occasional Gun piece from Sam Bocetta and Tech Knight and Ellen Kolb are posting twice a month rather than once.

Statwise as the first half of the year nears its end we are about an instalanche behind the year before and we look to be in a solid position to hold onto the 10% gain we managed last year and given the upcoming election season perhaps surpass it.

On the subscription / tipjar side things have been less sanguine.  There has been a significant drop in both, particular in subscriptions which has really hurt.  Given the decent stats I have no explanation for this and so I would ask one of two things of you dear reader.

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