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.