…remember this:

Priests are, every day, under assault from Satan. God’s grace sustains and strengthens us, but temptations are real. Priests are weak human beings.

And the advice Fr. Z gives concerning this priest in particular is spot on.

Whether this priest struggles with doubts of faith, laziness, pride – or he was appallingly poorly trained – does not matter: pray for him.

I think people don’t realize the burden a Priest takes on, he commits to shepherd his flock toward the light and away from the darkness, to discern all sorts of problems that individuals and families might have, to comfort the sick and dying, to give affirmation and correction.  To be a voice speaking the truth, however unpopular,  to people who don’t want to hear it both in society and within his own parish with the goal of saving souls

If he is a pastor he also has to do this while running essentially a business, paying the bills, acting in accordance to local rules and regulations.

That’s in addition to his duties of praying the daily office, saying multiple masses and being there to be a source of the sacraments to all who need them while following the rules of Canon law.

He has to do this while facing criticism either specific criticism directed at him from inside his parish (as you can’t please everybody) or the general critiques against the church from the culture that hates the Church and a world that hates the church as it hated Christ and what he teaches.

Not only does he have to deal with all of this attacks in the light of Christ’s instruction to love one’s enemies and pray for those who persecute him, but he has to do this while taking care not to lose his own soul to the various temptations that he is hit with.  There is no greater target of the efforts of hell that a priest, who is hit with  not only the normal temptations that every man faces, but specific ones that target the clergy such as spiritual pride that are woven with care because the Devil knows that when a priest falls from grace he can take many of the faithful with him.

All of this is done on a pittance of pay that most people wouldn’t even think of taking for a 40 hour job, let alone what they get.

The wonder to me isn’t that a tiny percentage of the priests go off the reservation, either via sin, or scandal, the wonder is that the rest of them manage to hang on.

 

Col Klink:   No it’s not possible, General Mulendorf
Gestapo Captain Borman: With his arm around your shoulders.  
Col Klink: Yes we were friends
Gestapo Captain Borman: Close Friends, and very possibly associated in za plot to assassinate the Führer
Col Klink: I hardly knew the man, went to school together ten years, saw each other every day but what’s that?
Gestapo Captain Borman: You were also best man at his wedding
Col Klink:  Oh, Well I had nothing else to do that afternoon.

Hogan’s Heroes: The Big Picture 1970

In yesterday’s post on the Montreal Anti-Semitic Imam story I pointed out that the press in their writing seemed to miss that the outrage of the Muslim Community to invited guest Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr didn’t materialize until after the rest of the world saw the translation of his words in English months after he was invited, spoke and the words put online in arabic. Today’s piece touches on a more subtle but even more telling bit from the story is this quote from Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, presumably someone who knows a thing or two about his religion on the verse sited by the Jordanian Sheikh as reported by the CBC.

The hadith is one of more than 100,000 that are written in many books, some of which are considered authentic, while others are not, said Asali.

Now if your goal is to minimize the role of Islam as understood by Muslims you would do what the CBC did and move directly on, but if you were a reporter interesting is finding the truth, then Imam’s Asali’s quote leads to a rather obvious question:

Is the Hadith and the quote within it considered “Authentic” by Muslims?

Well to answer the question one would need to know what a Hadith is, which one this is and where it came from.

The encyclopedia Britannica defines a Hadith as:

Hadith, Arabic Ḥadīth (“News” or “Story”), also spelled Hadīt , record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, revered and received as a major source of religious law and moral guidance, second only to the authority of the Qurʾān, the holy book of Islam. It might be defined as the biography of Muhammad perpetuated by the long memory of his community for their exemplification and obedience. The development of Hadith is a vital element during the first three centuries of Islamic history, and its study provides a broad index to the mind and ethos of Islam.

 

Hmmmm it would seem to me then that being a “major source of religious law and moral guidance” and “second only to the authority of the Qurʾān,” a Hadith is not something to be taken lightly and dismissed in the cavalier fashion. One would think Imam Asali would know this.

But even if this is true about Hadith’s in general, the question still remains, is this Hadith a valid one?

The Hadith in question is titled: The Book of Miscellaneous ahadith of Significant Values which in addition to the offending quote has gems such as:

وعنه رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏ “‏يتبع الدجال من يهود أصبهان سبعون ألفا عليهم الطيالسة‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

or in English

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Dajjal (the Antichrist) will be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Isfahan and will be dressed in robes of green coloured satin.”

So the question now on the floor would be: Is The Book of Miscellaneous ahadith of Significant Values an authentic book from a credible source?

Well a quick net search answers that question. It comes from a fellow by the name of Imam Al Nawawi. Here is some background:

Al-Imām Muhy al-Dīn Abū Zakariyyā Yahyā ibn Sharaf al-Nawawī, born in the village of Nawa on the Horan Plain of southern Syria in 631 H. He was the imām of the later Shāfiʿī School, the scholar of his time in knowledge, piety, and abstinence, a hadīth master (hāfiẓ), biographer, lexicologist, and Sufi.

So this is a guy who was an early Islamic scholar but we need more than that.  What kind of guy is he, is he a well known scholar credible scholar of Islam?:

His Character

The scholars, elite of his society, and the public greatly respected Imam Nawawi on account of his piety, learning, and excellent character. He dressed and ate simply and humbly. Devout scholars do not care about attaining worldly possessions, they give preference to religious and academic pursuits, and the dissemination and propagation of faith. They experience more heavenly delight and joy in such activities than those who seek satisfaction in luxurious life styles. He was God-fearing who had high ambitions and aims in the dissemination and propagation of faith.

His Works and Death

Imam Nawawi had a very short life (44 years) but even during this short period, he wrote a large number of books on various subjects. Nearly every work is a masterpiece and a treasure of knowledge. Hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from these works.

Some of the prestigious works of Imam Nawawi, apart from the compilation of the “40 Hadith” (al-Arbaʿīn) include:

Riyāḍ al-Ṣāliḥīn
Commentary on Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī
Commentary on Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (Al-Minhāj fi Sharḥ Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)
Sharḥ Sunan Abī Dāwūd
Mukhtaṣar Al-Tirmidhī
Kitāb al-Rawḍah
Kitāb al-Adhkār
Al-Taqrīb fī ʿIlm al-Ḥadīth wa al-Irshād fīhi
Al-Tibyān
Bustān al-ʿĀrifīn
After spending 28 years in scholarly pursuits away from home, Imam Nawawi returned to his hometown. Soon after his arrival in Nawā, he fell ill and died. His works are of everlasting value. May Allah bless him.

Emphasis mine.  That seems like a guy whose work is credible, but are they still sought after today?  Here is Kitaabun.com a site that sells Islamic books and items offering his works

The famous 5th Century Hijri, Ahadith compilation by Imam Al-Nawawi, The ahadith are predominantly from Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim (Other ahadith are from the reliable Books such as Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and Muwatta Imam Malik),
Considered by Many as the Most Important Book after the Qur’an Simply because it is a Summary of authentic Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

1900 Ahadith compiled over 372 Chapters and 19 Sections which can be generalised as follows:
The Book of Good Manners – The Book about the Etiquette of Eating – The Book of Dress -The Book of the Etiquette of Sleeping, Lying and Sitting, etc.- The book of Greetings – The Book of Visiting the Sick – The Book of Etiquette of Traveling – The Book of Virtues – The Book of I’tikaf – The Book of Hajj – The Book of Jihad – The Book of Knowledge – The Book of Praise and Gratitude to Allah – The Book of Supplicating Allah to Exalt the Mention of Allah’s Messenger (phuh) – The Book of the Remembrance of Allah – The Book of Du’a (Supplications) – The Book of the Prohibited Actions – The Book of Miscellaneous Ahadith of Significant values – The Book of Forgiveness

About Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277)

Imam Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi was Born in the village of Nawa in Southern Syria, Imam Nawawi spent most of his life in Damascus where he lived in a simple manner, devoted to Allah, engaging single-mindedly in worship, study, writing and teaching various Islamic sciences. .
Although best known for his works in hadith, Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277) was also the Imam of the later Shafi’i school of Jurisprudence, and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir to Imam Shafi’i. He was a renowned scholar and jurist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Islamic learning.

emphasis mine. You can see a screen shot here it case it mysteriously disappears tomorrow, but if so you can always go to Amazon.com and find not only his books

but scholarly commentaries on them

Now I don’t claim to be an Islamic scholar, but all this tells me that Imam Al Nawawi is a significant scholar in the History of Islam and that his Hadiths are considered authentic.

So lets get back to his original statement about the Hadith in question from Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects

The hadith is one of more than 100,000 that are written in many books, some of which are considered authentic, while others are not, said Asali.

The statement is factually true, this is one of more that 100,000 Hadith, there are many books of them and some of those books are considered authentic and some are not.

However the Books of Miscellaneous Ahadith of Significant values isn’t just one of many books. It’s a historically significant book written by reputable and respected early scholar of Islam that is without a doubt considered authentic by Muslims to this day.

Now it’s of course theoretically  possible that all of these facts that I was able to discover in an hour or two on the net about Imam Al Nawawi and his place in Islamic Scholarship, and the Hadith The Book of Miscellaneous Ahadith of Significant Values are completely unknown to Imam Ziad Asali of the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, but I suspect not. I suspect instead that he rightly assumed that the CBC had no interest in clarifying this question, and he was right.

Alas for Iman Asali, I don’t work for the CBC.


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To those who like to argue that Islam is a religion of piece and those who wish to support terror and or kill Jews simply because they are Jews, this story out of Canada reported by CBC news:

Imam calling for Jews to be killed in sermon at Montreal mosque draws police complaint

Larger Muslim community wants apology from mosque and wonders why controversial imam was invited to preach

and at the Daily Mail

Outrage as Jordanian imam ‘recites anti-Semitic religious verse calling for Jewish people to be killed’ during sermon at Montreal mosque

  • A Jewish advocacy group filed a complaint Monday in Montreal, Canada
  • Spoke out against a sermon given by Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr
  • Jordanian cleric is believed to have been invited as a guest to the mosque
  • Quoted a verse that says: ‘O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’
  • The larger Muslim community has condemned the use of the verse and urged the mosque to apologize 

But in the rush to congratulate the larger Canadian Muslim community on demonstrating their outrage and tolerance themselves on showing how tolerant the media reporting this story are missing two important points. Today let’s deal with the first one:

Where was the outrage of Muslims WHEN IT HAPPENED?

The CBC story states

The sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the city’s Saint-Michel neighbourhood on Dec. 23, 2016.

That means this imam spoke three months ago to a crowd of listeners at a Mosque in Canada. If you look at the listeners in the video, did you see people objecting? Did you see people complaining, did you see anyone raising a hand in dissent or even looking uncomfortable? Did any of them run to the Newspapers or even send them a letter saying how outraged they were over the event?

Nope.

Furthermore note what follows

The video was posted to the mosque’s YouTube channel three days later.

So since December 26th this video has been out there in plain sight (at least until this report, I wasn’t able to find it myself) and for some reason neither the folks at the Mosque nor any other Canadian Muslim who happened to watch the video during that time was all that outraged, Nor did any of the Muslims who viewed it, even if they might have agreed with it, think to say to the folks at the Mosque in question: “You know you might want to take that down as it doesn’t reflect well on us.”

Why, I submit and suggest because Canada’s Muslim community didn’t have a problem with it until it became known to non-Muslims and was plastered all over the web so every non-Muslim out there could see Islam preached as it is, by an Imam who knows his faith to an audience of believers completely unfazed by what they are hearing.

That’s when suddenly Muslims in Canada not only made it a point to condemn it to the press, but according to the Daily Mail calling themselves victims:

Another imam, Ziad Asali, firmly condemned the use of the verse.
‘I do not understand how this person was invited to come and give a sermon and spread this hatred in Montreal against any community,’ he told CBC.
‘To use the themes of the Prophet to spread hatred is actually something that is disrespectful towards the Prophet himself.’
Asali also spoke out against any mosque spreading extremist messages.
‘These people, not only do they show hatred towards non-Muslims, they even show hatred to us Muslims,’ he added

Yup, nothing shows hatred to Muslims like the quoting a Hadith of Islam by an Imam of Islam to a group of Muslims.

That the CBC didn’t find this nasty bit of weaseling, worth questioning says something, both about Muslims in Canada and the press that enables them, but there is something worse, but that comes tomorrow.

Closing thought: Canada has no first amendment and considers such speech unlawful so while I consider such laws unjust they had better damn well apply them equally to those who profess Islam as to those who profess Christianity in its many forms.

But if it was up to me as a big first amendment guy if this Imam wants to quote stuff like this and people want to hear him I say it let him because of the principles of freedom of speech and freedom of religion demand it. And By the same token people like me must be free to not only expose him these words, but be free to publicly critique and rebuke him, all those who follow him for expressing such things free to condemn his religion as false and wrong. He has the right to offend, we have the right to express our offense and offend him right back.

The easiest way to find who you are enslaved to is to discover who you are not allowed to offend by penalty of law.
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If the party wants me and people like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can convince me that they are serious about growing the party, when they convince me they are serious about treating the tea party et/al as valued members as opposed to a source of temp labor and occasional funds. I’ll be happy to return to the Republican Party in as public a fashion as I’ve just left it.

DaTechGuy Feb 2 2013

Four years ago I quit the GOP because I was offended by what I saw covering the vote for state party chair. Friday’s Obamacare debacle confirmed that my decision was the right one.

 

Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful – horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember;

The Screwtape Letters Number 23

The GOP House leadership are a bunch of cowards.

When Obamacare passed they railed against it.  When the 2010 elections came by they campaigned against it and were rewarded with control of the house and the repeal bill began to pass.  When the GOP took over the Senate in 2014 the repeal bills continued.  Over and over first under Boehner and then under Ryan the House leadership bravely passed repeal bills that they knew would never become law.

And then Donald Trump was elected.  And suddenly the repeal bills that were good enough to pass, were suddenly not.

They remind me of the professional protestors of the left or the illegal alien advocates.  As long as they were confronting police in cities that wouldn’t harm them or prosecute them they were lions, but once they found themselves in a situation where they would be prosecuted like Trump inaugural, or arrested by ICE they cried for mother.

Rep Joe Barton explained it perfectly

Prior to the vote being canceled, Rep. Joe Barton, a member of the Freedom Caucus who would have supported the legislation, said its failure would be a “huge black eye” for Republicans. Afterward, he attempted to explain the outcome. 

“Sometimes you’re playing fantasy football and sometimes you’re in the real game,” Barton said. He elaborated that House Republicans knew, with each past repeal vote, that Obama would have vetoed it. “This time, we knew if it got to the president’s desk it would be signed.”

And so when it came time to govern and lead, the House leadership ran away like the cowards they were.  They deserve to face primaries and be replaced.

if he [General Bragg] could not win in just the way he wanted, he did not care about winning at all, or anyhow he wanted no personal share in such a victory

Shelby Foote The Civil War A Narrative Fredericksburg to Meridian p 744

And while were at it, lets primary the fools of the Freedom Caucus.

The freedom caucus had a chance to defund Obama, albeit in an imperfect vehicle, and not only that, they had a bill that addressed other key conservative priorities.  It provided room for tax cuts that could stimulate the economy, and even more importantly would have defunded planned parenthood meaning that Democrats wanting to re-fund them would have needed to repass such legislation.  Furthermore they knew their fellow house GOP members for the cowards they were, they knew they didn’t have the guts to bring up the old bill, yet knowing this they were too proud and too stupid to take the run scoring single to begin the drive and instead swung for the fences and struck out.

But that’s not the only thing they knew, they also knew that Donald Trump is  a  late convert to conservatism just as Saul of Tarsus was a late convert to Christianity,  And just as that selfsame saint didn’t waste his time with people who won’t listen.

On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles

Acts 13:44-46

The GOP caucus supposedly filled with Christians who know their scripture should have recognized that this president, if he can’t make a deal with his own caucus would, like Paul, be happy to make one with someone else.

“As you know, I’ve been saying for years that the best thing is to let Obamacare explode and then go make a deal with the Democrats and have one unified deal. And they will come to us, we won’t have to come to them.”

If the Freedom caucus didn’t like this version of Obamacare repeal how much less will they love a deal made with Democrats that will almost certainly continue funding for planned parenthood.

Now if these guys had been serious and smart there was a simple way this could be handed to satisfy everyone.  Last year’s Restoring Americans’  Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act should have been reintroduced, and voted on in the house and if it failed and we have every reason to believe it would fail because if the establishment cowards of the house didn’t reject it, the squishes in the senate like Collins, Murkowski et/all would have killed it there presuming of course that the parliamentarian of the Senate didn’t save them the trouble by allowing Senate Democrats to filibuster.  Once that failed then Ryan could have offered his half a loaf as the best shot to get things done.

But because the House GOP (and likely the senate) were too cowardly to support the old repeal bill, and the Freedom caucus was too stupid to accept half a loaf the American People in general and GOP votes in particular are stuck with Obamacare for at least another year, but we’re also stuck with Planned Parenthood funding continued and believe me rabid pro-lifers like myself will not forget that the GOP left that prize slip through our fingers.  To paraphrase Charlton Heston from the classic movie El Cid

Sire, you risk having no GOP majority at all

I say primary the lot of them, I’m sure we can find 218 other republicans who aren’t cowards or fools willing to govern.  I’ll give the last word to Charlton Heston from El Cid:


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He still held to the all out attack as the key to victory. But there were others in the fleet who knew more that he about exactly how to press home that attack on the water.

He summoned Penn, Lawson and the other experienced seamen among his officers to his ripped and patched flagship. Facing them in his great cabin under the poop, he bluntly told the what he wanted to do and asked them how to do it, noting for emphasis:  “Your advice shall be as binding on me as an Act of Parliament”

Broadsides & Boarders Albert P 117

Any Jackass can kick down a barn door, it takes a carpenter to build one.

Sam Rayburn

There is no doubt that the failure of the Obamacare repeal bill is a failure for the Trump administration, the celebrations and glee on the left and all over cable news demonstrates how bad a failure it is, but while it’s a big failure for Trump it will be a bigger failure for conservatives if they have to explain why Obamacare remains the law of the land to voters in 2018.

Lucky (or unlucky) for them  Donald Trump while a person who has a lot of experience in success is not unfamiliar with failure, either in business or politically.

We saw Trump lose Iowa, we saw Trump looking like he couldn’t get the delegates to clinch before the nomination.  We saw the Trump campaign hit reef after reef and heard the same experts who spent the last 24 hours predicting his doom do the same over and over again.

Yet in the end he would win.

I could be wrong but I think this might be Trump’s George Monck on day 1 of Gabbard moment.  Like England’s Admiral Monck fighting his first action at sea that day, he charged straight ahead heedless of the conditions because that’s what he always did on land and took a beating from his more experienced foe Dutch Admiral Tromp.

After that first day he consulted with subordinates more experienced in naval warfare and when he came back the next day winning a decisive victory.

If there is one thing we’ve seen from Donald Trump is that he’s more than capable of learning from his mistakes and his setbacks.  His willingness to learn and adapt is why he is president today.

The media is confidently predicting doom and defeat I predict that Trump, being Trump will learn from this defeat and use those lesson to pass the rest of his agenda before returning to Obamacare.  In fact I strongly suspect that he will learn a lot more from this defeat than my friends and allies in the freedom caucus will learn from their victory today, who while keeping themselves pure have apparently forgotten how to count.

So I’m going to go out on a limb and make a prediction.

Before the next election, perhaps even before the end of the year, we will see a deal made and a new healthcare bill passed on Trump’s terms.

The only questions will be:   What will those terms be? and Who will the deal be made with?

May we conservatives be smart enough to make sure we like the answer to those questions.


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Well there is only an hour before the vote on what’s been dubbed “Obamacare lite” and I’m going to shock a few people here by saying this.

The House should pass this bill.

Why because this is the same situation as Toomey Manchin only in reverse.

Even if we take all the complaints about the bill as given killing it springs four traps on the GOP.

1.  More More More:

In the midnight hour she cried more more more

Billy Idol “Rebel Yell” 1983

The old Ted Kennedy plan which always worked was to take an existing piece of what you wanted and over time get the rest of it done as the opportunity came.  It’s how he got liberalism to win.  The opposition to this bill is the exact opposite, by deciding we couldn’t get all that we wanted we guarantee we’ll get none.  While that might be good for fundraising it’s not good for stopping Obamacare

Or to put it another way, if we thought that way during the election we’d have president Hillary now.

UPDATE:  One more thing I didn’t think of.  Every piece of Obama we kill by law, including the funding of Obamacare by law is a piece that the Democrats can’t get back unless they get it passed again by law.  That’s huge.

2.  Blaidd Drwg squared

9th Doctor:  This station is designed to explode the minute it reaches capacity

Doctor Who:  Boom Town 2005

In all the debate that the MSM is giving to this nobody seems to be asking the question that really matters.

“How would keeping Obamacare intact help the American people or the GOP?”

The MSM ask this question because the left knows the answer is “It Wouldn’t!” By leaving Obamacare as is we end up keeping all its economy killing components in place as opposed to some of them.  Maybe it’s just me but if the best I can do if heading for a cliff is decelerate to 30 mph instead of stopping I’ll do it, because that at least gives me time that I didn’t have before.  That’s one of the reasons why smart people on the right will vote for it.  Oddly that’s also the reason why the left will do all they can from preventing smart people from doing so.  Why, because of #3…

3.  I WAS HOPING YOU’D THINK THAT DUMMY: 

Spock: Mister Oxmyx, I understood we had an arrangement, a truce.

Oxmyx: I was hoping you’d think that, dummy.

Star Trek:  A Piece of the action 1968

We keep hearing from some that unless we get full repeal now it’s a failure this implies that doing nothing will give us a reward from the votes and the  mainstream media for the GOP;s inaction.

That just stupid.

Not only will the GOP get all the blame for not repealing Obama but because they allowed it to stay in place the MSM will now be able to successfully shift the blame for all the bad effect of Obamacare to the GOP, and they’ll be able to do this because my conservative friends saved it.

That’s why Trump is smart enough to shift the blame here, he knows the media, he knows the meme and the costs of this failure and if the house wants to pay those costs he’ll let them

That house conservatives don’t get this is pretty sad.

Finally there is one aspect of this that everyone is missing

4.  This isn’t the beginning of the end it’s the end of the beginning .

4th Doctor:  First things first but not necessarily in that order

Doctor Who  Meglos 1980

In all the chest thumping going on everyone is forgetting that if the house bill passes as is the Senate gets a go at it.  This not only means that senators like Cruz and Paul will get a shot and modifying it but even after passage there will be a conference committee to iron out the details.

All of this will not only provide time to make improvements but will also give time to play the either the parliamentary option (allowing extra stuff as part of a 50 vote option) or even the thermonuclear option (losing the filibuster for everything).  Passing this bill allows us to being this process, Waiting till the fall give the left time to stall to kill it, the same tactics the south used to kill civil rights legislation for decades.

This bill as passed isn’t the final bill and congress should know it, so they should stop pretending it is and get the ball rolling.

Bottom line, rejecting this bill is a trap and It pains me to see so many conservatives ready to jump into it, particularly since the MSM and Democrats are practically advertising that it is.  I’ve hit the GOP establishment for getting spooked by the MSM’s stick.  Will my fellow conservatives who didn’t get spooked by the MSM stick be enticed by their carrot?

I sure hope not

Update 2:  (update 1 is up top)  I know many of my writers here disagree with me on this, that’s fine, I respect their opinion and have no problem giving them a platform to disagree with me on this, but I think they’re wrong and I wanted to get that on the record before things happen, not after.

It’s also possible that if this fails there might be time to get a new version passed, but I suspect the closer such a bill gets to primary season the harder it will be to get done and that will enable Democrats in the house to no end.

Update 3:   I’m not sure if pulling the bill was worse than letting it fail, but the absolute unadulterated glee of the mainstream media all over cable and the net right now should tell you how badly we conservatives have just let ourselves be played.

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As of this writing the first real threat to the winning streak of Donald Trump has come up, namely the stalling of the house Obamacare repeal/replace bill.

As I’ve not read the bill I’ll leave it to others at my site to debate its merits but the actual problem is spitting the difference between what can be done with reconciliation (51 votes needed in the senate) and full repeal (60 votes needed in the senate).

As long as that problem is highlighted the press and the left is in a good position because unlike the Russia/wiretapping and other faux outrage/headlines of the left this is not only an actual newsworthy story but it’s an issue that voters, including those who elected Trump care about.

The media should love this because not only do they get to attack Trump and republicans but they are able to do so without making up #fakenews,  It’s a real story, so good reporting on this subject can help counter the loss of reputation that the media has done so much to earn over the decades.  It’s the type of situation where Democrats and their MSM allies are sitting pretty.

At least as long as they don’t do anything to change the situation, say something like this:

“My vote will be no and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech today. And with that, Democrats have officially decided to give their base the fight it wants, a filibuster of Judge Gorsuch.

“Judge Gorsuch was unable to convince me that he’d be an independent check on a president who has shown almost no restraint from executive overreach,” Schumer said. He added that Gorsuch appeared to have a “deep-seated conservative ideology.”

This action by the left has the potential to generate the nuclear option that would end the filibuster meaning the President Trump’s supreme court justices will all pass with 51 votes, but the end of the filibuster could mean more than that, consider:

What if Mitch McConnell decides to not just go nuclear, getting rid of the filibuster for judicial nominees  for go thermonuclear and end it for everything?

Suddenly the 51 vote barrier to full repeal of Obamacare would be gone, the knot would be cut and the dilemma solved, Two Trump priorities with one stone.

Perhaps democrats haven’t thought of this, perhaps they have and decided fear of being primaries overrides that fear, or maybe they’ve even figured that some in the GOP really doesn’t want to repeal Obamacare and are daring them to do so.

But whatever their thoughts they have produced the formula that Trump can use to win this fight, and don’t think for one moment he won’t recognize it and act accordingly.

Thanks Democrats nice of you to prove that the GOP isn’t the only stupid party.


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If you are a person who is invested in the memes of the left Wednesday was a very bad day.

Disaster 1 took place in London when an islamic terrorist managed to kill five in London

Police have named the officer who was killed by a knifeman terrorist in London today and revealed the death toll in the attack has risen to five.
Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death outside Parliament by the attacker who brought carnage to London, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing three and injuring around 40 more.
A 4×4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben.

As normal our friends in the media

and elsewhere

went into damage control

The first argument drew interesting reactions asking not only who “they” were but the belittling of the murder of folks as for the second comparison:

But the real problem is every time such an attack takes place, it demonstrates the difference between those on the left committed to defend the communities that produce the terrorists, vs folks like Trump who are committed to defending their targets.

This would be bad enough but things got a lot worse when the chairman of the House intelligence committee said this

The story

The FBI is not cooperating with the House of Representatives’ investigation into the NSA’s surveillance of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, the chairman of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said today.

During an explosive press conference outside the White House, Nunes told reporters that communications from the Trump team were picked up and disseminated within the government during the 2016 campaign. Nunes said sources within the intelligence community presented him with the information. He spoke to the press after briefing the administration.
“We don’t actually know yet officially what happened to General Flynn,” Nunes said of how communications from Gen. Flynn’s calls were leaked to the press. “We just know that his name leaked out but we don’t know how it was picked up yet. That was one of the things that we asked for in the March 15th letter, was for the NSA, CIA, and FBI to get us all the unmasking that was done.”
“And I’ll tell you, NSA is being cooperative,” Nunes continued, “but so far the FBI has not told us whether or not they’re going to respond to our March 15th letter, which is now a couple of weeks old.”
Nunes also reported that as of now, he “cannot rule out” President Obama ordering the surveillance.

The President is of course claiming vindication, the left’s reaction, grave concern

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that he has “grave concerns” over Chairman Devin Nunes’s (R-Calif.) handling of the Trump Tower wiretapping investigation.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) criticized Nunes for his surprise announcement earlier in the day that he had seen intelligence intercepts that showed authorities had incidentally gathered information on members of the Trump transition team during investigations that the chairman said were not related to Russia.

The reaction from Trump’s enemies on the right? Concern:

Hey if I had spent weeks saying there was no evidence that Trump had been wiretapped and this broke I’d be concerned too. Charlie Martin has nailed it:

So, this is getting even more interesting now. It appears now that a number of Trump insiders were intercepted, and no, I’m not buying the argument that Trump saying “wiretapped” was wrong, especially since that’s exactly what was reported. And it appears now that people trying to maintain that Trump was “lying” about being wiretapped are being driven to the interesting defense that it was a lie because the U.S. wasn’t actually wiretapping Trump people when the U.S. was wiretapping Trump people.

Which is, at least, good for a laugh.

Both of these stories have one thing in common.

The left, in both cases are trying to make a complicated case 1st that an islamic terror attack isn’t really an islamic terror attack and that to suggest otherwise is unfair, 2nd that the wiretapping of Trump’s people doesn’t really count as wiretapping.

Meanwhile the administration is making an easy case saying directly that a terror attack is terror and wiretapping counts as wiretapping.

Guess which one will play with most voters busy living their lives?

As you might have noticed over the last month I shot a video or two or ninety while I was at CPAC 2017 interviewing a lot of people attendees. If you watched my interviews you will notice they were very similar in that I asked a very specific set of questions to those who came. This is why.

There have already been plenty of words written about why the Trump voter went with him. In many ways the CPAC crowd is a very different crowd than the avg working class Trump voter.

1. They can either afford to come to CPAC (travel hotel and meals and time from work cost money) or will save up to come to CPAC each year.

2. They tend to be activists, former activists or future activists.

3. They follow the political world the way I follow Doctor Who

Thus to understand part of the current GOP/conservative coalition (and lets face it that’s what it is) the activist community must be understood.  That was my goal at CPAC.  I need to discover the whys and wherefores of what these conservative activists think about the Trump administration.  To do this I settled on these four questions:

Who did you support in the primaries?
Did you vote for Trump in the general and if you did when did you decide to do so?
What do you think of the job he is doing now?
What is the one thing you want to see President Trump achieve in his term of office (regardless of length)?

The purpose of those questions were to establish the following about this activist class

Where they were in the primaries
Where they were in the general election
Where they are now
Where the might be in 2018 & 2020

Each of these interviews were data points to answer these questions, here is what I found:

In terms of question 1. (Who did you support?) The most common person people supported was Ted Cruz, I ran into the occasional Rand Paul person, several Marco Rubio fans and a few scattered fans of others from Jeb Bush to Bernie Sanders, but most of the crowd there was a Ted Cruz crowd, which must be why I felt so at home at CPAC.


In terms of question 2, (Did you vote Trump and if so when did you decide to do so) there were three primary groups.

A: The smallest were those who in the end couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Donald Trump. That group consisted of some of the oldest and youngest of those I spoke to. The oldest tended to either have a write in choice or wouldn’t say who they voted for, while the youngest who didn’t vote from Trump tended to go to Gary Johnson but we did have one McMullin guy.

B. The next largest group was those who were party republicans. These people had decided to go with Trump as soon as he had the nomination, because they were republicans and weren’t going to let Clinton win.

C. The largest group were those who in the end went Trump after some thought. There was a lot of variance here. Some decided at the convention, some after much soul-searching at least one person say he finally decided to go Trump while actually in the voting booth. Some had been strong partisans for other candidates, some had gone from one candidate to another but in the end they had gone from Trump, a few with gusto (at least one became a key member in the state Trump team) and many reluctantly but they got there in the end. It’s fair to say that fear of Hillary and what the Democrats would do had a lot to do with that decision.


Question 3 had the most uniform answer of any other. With VERY few exceptions (less than 10%) people were very happy with Donald Trump. They liked the tone, they liked the executive orders but what seemed to be the biggest thing to people, was the feeling of DOING vs TALKING. Of the few who where not very happy, they game him a mixed report card, they liked specific things, but were worried about others or withheld judgement. It’s worth noting that the older folks who didn’t vote for Trump from previous interviews were all in this group while ALL of the younger folks who voted for someone else were in group C, while the young folks in this group tended to be more wonkish.


Question 4:   (What do you want to see Trump get done) had the widest variation of answers, which in one respect was to be expected. I got some abstract answers, vague things about unity, both nationally and within the party. Some who were all about defeating ISIS, others big on the 2nd amendment and a few who talked religious liberty and abortion (far fewer than I expected but that could be because it was my big issue) but there were two answers that were the most common.

One was Obamacare. People wanted it gone, dead, Kaput. A few of them wanted a replacement but more important that what replaced it was the idea that it needed to be dead.

The 2nd was the wall and illegal immigration. While less important to folks than killing Obamacare this was a big issue to a lot of people. They didn’t just want the laws being enforced (as we’ve been seeing lately) they wanted the actual physical wall built that they could see.

Both of these issues add up to both the greatest opportunity and the greatest danger to the Trump administration. Failure to get them done will be the easiest way for the president to lose these people, but if he manages to pull them off the upside is incredible.


So that’s the data based on my interviews,  this is what people said and it is what it is regardless of what anyone thinks of it.

As to what this data means?  Here’s my conclusion

Everything you’re seeing highlighted on TV and in the papers right now by the Press is meaningless Bullshit!

No amount of talk about Russia, Wiretapping or the media wringing their hands about the President’s tweets, his language or anything else by the media, Democrat or the chattering classes makes any difference. These activists don’t care about them and aren’t going to be moved by them.

Even the media’s attempt to promote any conservative groups whining about the current repeal bill, an issue that does matter, are just as meaningless as the rest of the chatter

The only thing that matters in the long run is this: Is Donald Trump going to deliver on these big issues (Obamacare and the Wall) that he highlighted during the campaign?

If this administration can’t answer yes, he is in danger of losing these folks and risks a primary, but if Donald Trump, in the end keeps his eyes on this prize, then these grass room activists are going to be with him when he needs them no matter what anyone in the media says.

As long as President Trump understand this fact, he’s going to do fine, and I have the distinct feeling that he does.

Update: If you didn’t see my videos or coverage here is the lot or check out my youtube channel

3/13 Voices of CPAC 2017 Traci Belmonte in the van, Michael & Mya at the airport

3/12
Voices of CPAC 2017 Emile, Robert Stacy McCain Cynthia Yockey final thoughts
Voices at CPAC 2017 Lee Stranahan, James O’Keefe

3/11
Voices at CPAC 2017 Donna Keene, David Keene and Kayne Robinson of the NRA
Voices of CPAC 2017 Naseem & her Mother Salome, Dustin (Sanders supporter) & Charles from WI

3/10
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Pastor Greg Young and Cody from MD
Voices at CPAC 2017 Senator Rick Santorum

3/9
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Mona Salama & Tyler
Voices of CPAC 2017 Kurt Schlichter and Stephen Kruiser

3/8
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Caleb from South florida and Robert Stacy McCain
Voices at CPAC 2017 Rep Josh Moore NH and Micha Pierce from WI and American Majority

3/7
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Zaire Ali from MD & Daniel from LA
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michael Graham & Bill Lewis

3/6
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court NIRSA Liberals strike back, Plus Elliott and Adam
Voices of CPAC 2017 Marc Hayden Conservatives vs the Death Penalty & Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation

3/5
Voices of CPAC 2017 Kid with Lid & Paris Alex pt3 & Izzy and a prayer on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom from NC and Martin & Peyton from Hillsdale College

3/4
Voices of CPAC 2017 Kid with Lid and Paris on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Parts 1 & 2
Voices of CPAC 2017 Jen from WA and Jeff from PA

3/3
Voices of CPAC 2017 Patrick Howley on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michelle from PA and Carla from PA

3/2
Voices of CPAC 2017 Susan from Dallas , Robert from MD and Donna Marie Fred from Ohio on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Phil from VA and Michelle from VA

3/1
Voices at CPAC 2017 Niger Innis and Donald Scoggins at the Roy Innis Luncheon

2/28
Voices of CPAC 2017 Amelia Hamilton, Andrew Langer & GOP candidate
Voices of CPAC 2017 Paul, Fawad and the point the left is missing (with Stacy McCain)

2/27
Voices of CPAC 2017 Justin & Connor & How DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Came About (It involves Stacy McCain & Beer)

2/26
A Historic CPAC Catholic 1st Exactly when I needed it

2/25
Voices at CPAC 2017 Two Rons and a Patricia
Voices of the Cannoli deprived at CPAC 2017 Scottie Neil Hughes
Voices at CPAC 2017 Evan Sayet A Deplorable Mind before and after
DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump’s CPAC 2017 Speech
Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Margolis On DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court

2/24
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

2/21
Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

Update 2: Instalanche, thanks Glenn.


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a week ago we talked about how lucky Canada was because thanks to all those illegal immigrants they would be simply overwhelmed with prosperity.

Imagine my surprise to discover that Canadians don’t like prosperity:

Nearly half of Canadians want to deport people who are illegally crossing into Canada from the United States, and a similar number disapprove of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is handling the influx, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

I guess prosperity isn’t for everyone