The first person I spoke to at CPAC 2018 Proper was Vicki who was attending with her family

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far

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Wed Feb. 21st

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

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

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

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The Gaylord National Harbor is a pretty big place so just like Last year there are several other events, conventions, even an NFL players event, overlapping either fully or partially with CPAC 2018.

Last year you might remember I conducted a few interviews (and had a memorable intellectual confrontations during DaTechGuy’s midnight court) with such folks. This year since I drove down there was no chance of running into the folks from various conventions in a shuttle, but when I went downstairs to the lobby trolling for interviews I spotted a woman working between the bar and front desk where I held my midnight court events last year and being who I am approached her to see if she was there for CPAC.

She was not, he name is Lea (or Leah, I should have asked but it was near midnight and I was pretty bushed from the long day and drive) and she was here for an event with the National Association of Developmental Education. Her primary focus is math and how to get students entering college up to speed on it if they are behind. This is a pretty worthwhile issue and she consented for an interview

Parents I’d take her advice on the subject of how to keep your kids up to speed in math, it’s one of the most important disciplines they can have as it’s completely grounded in reality and given what we see in colleges and society today, anything that promotes objective reality is to be encouraged.

Funny footnote #1. when my sons and I were checking in and heading to dinner Lea was at that front area she spotted me and pegged me as a math person thanks to the Doctor Who scarf, she was quite right as the quote goes: “Only in mathematics shall we find truth.”

Funny footnote #2 While I was interviewing Lea Indefatigable Kira Innis came by on her way to an event at the private club upstairs, (my interview with Kira from last year is here if you can’t wait). It turns out Lea had sat down with Kira and had a pleasant conversation with her earlier that night.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far

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Wed Feb. 21st

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

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

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Thanks to the support of readers who were ready to shore me up when my job was gone in December and the sudden reversal of my fortunes that took place a week later, combined with a fortunate big at Priceline I find myself typing this from the Gaylord National Harbor Tuesday Night before the start of CPAC after a day long drive through 7 states,

As always CPAC on the day before things begin the area seems empty, no crowds of people, nothing but tables on radio row and only the odd sign or banner to suggest that for the next few days the language of conservatism will be spoken here.

Yet that is deceptive, even as folks like me trickle in early and the larger groups prepare to join us in the next few days the crews at CPAC remain hard at work getting things ready late into the night, without fanfare, without recognition and seemingly without end or sleep, preparing registrations, setting up displays, testing equipment and providing the security to stop those who come here with hopes of disrupting this conference in their tracks.

For myself the question is what’s my CPAC game plan, well funny you should ask as I recorded a video answering that Question:

So by the end of CPAC I hope to know

Does the CPAC crowd give Donald Trump YR 1 Thumbs up or thumbs down?
What does the CPAC crowd think is the #1 Trump achievement?
What does the CPAC crowd think is the #1 Trump failure?
What does the CPAC crowd think GOP needs to do to win in 2018?
What does the CPAC crowd think Donald Trump can do, if anything to help them along?
and finally
Would you accept a compromise that legalizes the Dreamers if it builds the wall?

With an energized and angry left how these GOP activist respond to these questions will be an important clue on if my contention that the GOP will retain the house in 2018 is solid or flawed and if I do my job well so will you.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far

Wed Feb. 21st
DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking


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 understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. 
 
The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

On Sheep Wolves and Sheepdogs 2010

In the wake of another school shooting where a young hispanic youth (who was instantly transformed into “white” by the MSM as soon as he pulled the trigger) there has been a lot of breast beating but not too many suggested solutions that aren’t focused on solving the problem rather than scoring political points.

In the interest of such a solution let me offer one.

I suggest a collaboration between local schools and chapters of the VFW and/or the American Legion to protect schools.

It seems to me that there is unlikely a school in the country where there aren’t at least a few students with uncles, or grandparents or great uncles who are members of the VFW/American legion.

I remember them from my youth when my father would take me to VFW events. These old guys were tough, they were fun loving and sometimes rough around the edges, but had an incredible love for their country and their families, because they knew the price they and some of their friends had paid to protect them.

It’s very likely that every single school has children with grandparents who are vets and members of these organization.

If you go to a local McDonalds you will see a lot of these fellows spending the morning, enjoying a 99 cent coffee and musing on the events of the day. They remember the service they once game and are proud of it, I suggest they be called into service once again.

I propose local chapters of the VFW and the American Legion put out a call for volunteers to find men willing to guard local schools and see if any of these old vets would be willing to stand a post a couple of days a week to protect the schools their grandchildren are now attending.

These fellows are old sheepdogs, well past the days of their youth, but they are still sheepdogs with the instinct to protect, particularly when it’s protecting their own.

I’ll suspect that a pilot program of this nature would produce an overwhelming response.

But DaTechGuy you say. These fellows are old, can they be expected to win a shootout with a young hoodlum with a semi automatic rifle?

There are several answers to this, consider the following:

In the first place, the presence of an armed guard, particularly an armed guard who as a vet has experience in firearms decreases the chances of a particular school being targeted. The wolf will usually choose an unguarded flock vs a guarded one.

In the second place, there is a big difference between shooting under fire and shooting unopposed. The ability of a potential school shooter, particularly one who has never been under fire, to engage against helpless students is seriously hampered if said shooter has to get by an armed person willing to fire, especially if said person has experience in being under fire.

Finally the primary job of such an old sheepdog isn’t to take out the school shooter, it’s to slow him down. If an old vet manages to hold up such a shooter for even five minutes that’s not only five minutes for the teachers to get students out of the school and to safety, but it’s five minutes for the local police to arrive to engage this shooter who suddenly has to worry about taking fire from his flank.

Those advantages alone are a reason to do this but there are also advantages of a social and cultural nature that arise out of this even if a shooter never ever comes

You get students seeing a vet close up, interacting with him and seeing our old solders as people to be admired rather than as our media portrays them.

You get older gentlemen giving an example of service, an example that will make a huge impression on the youth who are being protected at an age when such an impression can inspire the young toward service

You give such older gentlemen a purpose and pride.  No longer are they old soldiers to be forgotten but useful members of society performing a vital duty for the country in general and their local community in particular.

Finally you provide a very public male role model at a time when many young people do not have such examples.

 

Again this can be launched as a pilot program at a couple of schools and then expanded as personal become available.  Local schools could choose to accept or reject these offered guards.   Places that want them can get them, again through the local VFW/American Legion, those who don’t can reject them and take their chances.

For the social reasons alone this would be worthwhile, with the safety of our children at stake, I submit and suggest it’s  a win-win solution.

Anyways that’s my idea.


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The Current dispute between Poland and Israel over the history of the Nazi Occupation of Poland during World War two is one of the most foolish things I’ve seen two countries do in a long time.

It not only serves the purpose of their common enemies, of which there are many, to foment trouble between common friends made to take sides but clouds a fact so obvious that it’s almost embarrassing to have to say it:

Poland and Israel are natural allies.

Think about how many things Poland & Israel have in common:

Both Poland and Israel are dealing with a left that berates them for defending their boarders.
Both Poland and Israel have forcibly made stands against Islamic Terror
Both Poland and Israel are threatened  by Russian Allies
Both Poland and Israel and have been invaded by either the Russians or their allies during their countries lives.
Both Poland and Israel have found themselves in longshot wars against multiple enemies in the last century.
Both Poland and Israel have minorities (Russian & Arab) within their borders that are natural allies of their enemies.
Both Poland and Israel have historically had their countries overrun conquered, and wiped off the map and know what is to lose their homeland

Finally

Both Poland and Israel are strongly pro-america, strong allies and part of United States Defensive Planning.

That’s why this dispute over history is not only dangerous but plays right into the hands of those who today, not 30, or 50 or 75 years ago directly threaten both Poland and Israel.

No country likes to be the subject of mendacity and to state that the Polish State was complicit in the Holocaust, when it was overrun by BOTH the Nazi’s and the Soviets in WW2 and  furthermore was subject of an armed occupation that didn’t end until 1992 (a full 44 years after the state of Israel was established) is not only the height of absurdity but a legitimate insult. Israel who has been the subject of international blood libels can appreciate that

At the same time to deny that, like in every country that the Nazi’s occupied, there were Polish collaborators both willing and unwilling who aided Nazi attempts to exterminate the Jewish race, or to deny any existence of antisemitism, either current or past, on the part of Polish nationals is also hogwash. Pols who had to deal with 40 years of occupation as a Russian satellite and force fed propaganda in an attempt to whitewash their history can appreciate that.

Now I’m a free speech guy and I think Poland is making a mistake with this law targeting speech, even libelous speech against their government. It’s much too easy for such a law to be abused, further if you can ban one type of speech you can ban another. If a person chooses to make an ass of himself by saying outrageous things I say let that person freely do so and let others freely call out such people for the liars and asses they are. This is something Israel has to deal with all the time.

So in the interest in uniting these national allies, both of whom I admire, may I humbly suggest the following joined declaration by the Polish and the Jewish states:

We the states of Israel and Poland Jointly Affirm the Following:

That both Jewish people and Polish people were victims of the 2nd World War

That the Polish State bears no responsibility for the atrocities of the Holocaust and any attempt to declare it so is a base lie

That any attempt to deny the Holocaust, or to deny that some individuals from occupied countries, including Poland, collaborated with Nazi attempts to destroy European Jewry is also a base lie.

That the scourge of antisemitism, both in the past and its current resurgence, both in the Arab world and within Europe particularly among Islamic migrants  is an international disgrace.

Poland and Israel both not only condemn antisemitism but commit themselves  as nations to opposing its spread.

The states of Poland and Israel both have the right to exist, secure within their own borders and have the right and obligation to protect and secure those boarders for the sake of their people.

That Israel commits itself to the protection of and the free access to sites in the Holy Land that are considered sacred not only to the Polish People but to Christians worldwide moved by the love of God and the desire to serve him.

That Poland commits itself to the protection of and the free access to sites in Poland that are considered sacred not only to Jews but to those worldwide who wish preserve the memory of those who the Nazis attempted to exterminate and to unite in the cry of “Never Again!”

Finally both Poland and Israel both affirm their commitment to fight the war against international terrorism and, when possible cooperate to bring the scourges of ISIS and Al Qaeda and all terrorist who would target the innocent to their knees.

I can think of no better way to not only defuse this crisis but to send a message to Poland’s and Israel’s common enemies that while like all friends there might be occasional disagreements between the two, they will stand united against the common enemies seeking to bring them both down.


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You’ve likely heard or seen the video of criminals in Chicago cheering an inmate who murdered a high ranking police officer.

What I don’t understand is why anyone is surprised that they were cheering or even shocked by it?

On campus’ , at political rallies, and though the MSM it’s been made clear that the police are the enemy, that they are not to be trusted and to be hated and feared, particularly by people of color.

Furthermore  members of both media and academia have expressed support for Antifa the violent thugs who often clash with or intimidate police.

All of those things have been done publicly for the last several years, and yet people are still shocked when inmates cheer the murder of police.

Go ahead, ask any democrat particularly one who might run in a majority-minority district if they condemn those inmates and what them add a caveat condemning police actions if they say anything at all.

The wonder isn’t that these inmates are doing so, the wonder is we haven’t reached the point where candidates for the left aren’t joining in the cheers, because once they decide it is a necessary part of winning an election, they will fight to see who can clap the loudest.

I predict this will happen in my lifetime, and frankly I wouldn’t be surprised to see it before the next presidential election and if the me of today told me that would be the case 10 years ago I wouldn’t have believed him.

President Obama, AG Holder, MSM take a bow.

…because they’ll have a bad reaction to this:

Sope Aluko, a Christian actress born in Nigeria who holds U.S. and British citizenship, said that the set of “Black Panther” (2018) felt “almost like church.”

“During breaks we shared our testimony of how we got to where [we] did and most of the people were testifying to God’s miracles, it was almost like church,” Aluko told Okay Africa’s Ezinne Mgbeahuruike.

Maybe Joy will suggest they all should be committed, actually she wouldn’t have the guts.  It’s one thing to call Mike Pence crazed for his Christian beliefs, it’s quite another to risk accusations of racism to suggest the same of an almost exclusively black movie cast.

I wonder if Gus Kenworthy will refuse to shake their believing Christian hands too?

I’m reading the Mueller indictments and I’m noticing several things that could be charged of dreamers and other fun stuff.

Section 1 and section 24 notes that it’s against US law for “certain foreign nationals” to enter the US without a visa providing truthful and accurate information to the government.  Apparently these laws don’t apply to dreamers and those who brought them.

Section 4 states defendants posed as us Citizens and attempted to use social media to attract US audiences.

Section 5 talks about hiding the actual source of funds used, sort of like the Democrats and the Clinton campaign funding Fusion GPS and hiding the sources of their Trump dossier

In section 16 several of the defendants accused apparently were associated with this organization till 2014 long before the 2016 elections and primaries.

section 30d notes a defendants’ trip to Atlanta for four days in 2014 and the submission of an expense account to his bosses, quelle horror!

Section 34 will get ignored a lot as it notes that the groups posed as black lives matters activists, muslim activists, christian activists, border activists and groups like “south united”.  This suggests they were playing all sides which won’t fit the media narrative.

Section 35  notes they spend “thousands of dollars of US dollars a month” on social media ads.  Seriously THOUSANDS of Dollars a month?  Are you kidding me?

section 41 talks about identity theft including social security numbers, again this could be a charge of against the DACA kids.

section 43 says these activities were directed against Hillary, Ted Cruz and Rubio (and others) by supporting Trump … BERNIE SANDERS

I’m still reading expect a lot of updates

Update: Oh my God section 44 accuses them of using HASHTAGS ON TWITTER and section 45 says other people unknowingly retweeted some of their stuff

Section 57 notes that these groups held and promoted multiple rallies both supporting and opposing the results of the 2016 election including a “Trump is not my president” rally. I wonder what MSM reports about that Nov 12th NY rally says?

Section 58 notes these guys started deleting emails to avoid investigations and did so as far back as 2014 and 2015. I wonder what Hillary might say about that? Maybe they were all about Yoga.

Sections 60 -65 Wow! they bought Facebook ads to promote rallies including a Support Hillary Save Muslims rally in DC (section 63) and even offering to pay for a megaphone and fliers for a “March for Trump” rally (section 62). A megaphone! oh the humanity!

Section 85 completes the list, the illegality here is that they pretended to be americans and didn’t register as foreign agents while doing activities that if done by Americans would be completely legal? Does that mean that DACA folks and illegals who have held political rallies will be indicted next?

Section 89-95 on count 2 and section 96 again notes identity theft and moving money via such theft., boy this could be an indictment of the illegal alien DACA crowd if they wanted. But they don’t.

My take. There seems to be nothing here in terms of a grand conspiracy to change the election. You are talking minor rallies, buying megaphones, tweets and facebook groups and the spending of THOUSANDS of dollars in web ads.

If this is the big conspiracy there seems to be a lot lacking, particularly any kind of link to the actual Trump campaign. I suspect this will not stop the MSM to spin this as proof of the big link to the Trump campaign to sway the election.

This doesn’t even reach the level of small potatoes, and anyone who tells you any different is a liar trying to spin you.

Update: btw just because these are small potatoes doesn’t mean that we should let these folks off for violating the laws concerning illegal lobbying, destroying data in an investigation or identity theft. If these people violated the law they should be prosecuted. I think it would be nice if we held Hillary Clinton, Democrats and illegal aliens to the same standard.

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The return of my blog from GoDaddy’s exile is still pretty new and the first thing I’ve noticed is the drop in daily traffic, illustrated by the graphic above.  In the world of the internet being away for a week can have a crippling effect  It’s going to take a while for the people who stopped by daily to discover I’m back and for bloggers to figure out there is something to link to again.  That’s been the most discouraging part of the entire exercise.  I still remain amazed at the level of indifference to my situation, particularly from the people I spoke to vs those I chatted with, but when your ratings as an employee are measured by raw stats vs actual customer satisfaction it’s not a surprise.  In the 7 contacts I had with the GoDaddy people I encountered a single person who conveyed to me the idea that they really wanted to get me back up and running, but apparently such efforts risk the ire of others who might be forced into effort and thus are not popular.

I’m going to find a company to whom my business, small as it is, means something.


This is actually a good parallel to a piece that ran in Powerline about the attempt of a San Francisco van rental company to get local police to show an interest in one of their stolen vans that they, the van company, accidentally came across and followed it until it parked within sight of a police station.  The story is told in a series of tweets by the van company owner.  The unwillingness of police to get involved, even to the point of just standing near them when they confronted the thieves, is a great example of the same issue as the GoDaddy Business.  Why take a risk in violating the strict protocols imposed by the liberal city fathers when such violations can risk a solid job with a good pension?  Much easier to make the people you are supposedly tasked with serving and protecting jump through hoops instead.

The story elicited this comment from one of their readers who moved to SF from the liberal bastion of Boston:

I moved to the Bay area 18 months ago from Boston… In the past 18 months I have had my car broken into (laptop, other items stolen) and then in December our home was burgularized.. The police response to the car breakin was pathetic… I called them after coming back to my car and finding my window smashed (10 minutes, car parked on a busy street 7:00am rush hour traffic) and their response was “fill out a report online”… When our home was burgularized we again called the police; they showed up a day and a half after we called… at that point we had put the house back togehter and were going to send someone to fingerprint the window where they accessed the house… 3 days later after being told they were coming (calls at 4:00am) no one showed. The police report still hasn’t been sent to us; the paperwork they were using still has Kamala Harris listed as AG and my taxes are OUT OF CONTROL. I hope to be part of the mass exit in the next 24 – 36 months. If you’re contemplating moving to San Francisco… Don’t. Don’t do it.

Not many things will pierce the liberal bubble for people.  But this type of thing will.


I didn’t hear about the latest school shooting until I was driving home from work in the wee hours of the morning and the context I heard it from was Steve Kerr’s rant about the NRA.  We keep hearing a lot from a lot of celebrities blaming the NRA every single time there is a shooting, even though the shooters never seem to be an NRA members.  However there are a few people who actually gets what’s going on:

If you think it’s bad now, just wait until the generation whose babysitter is an iPhone is in high school.  You can hardly walk around Wal Mart these days without tripping over a toddler in a trance staring at a screen.

The high school kids who shot rifle in school in 1985 were taught right and wrong.  They were taught what to do with their rifle in school, and what not to do.  If they got out of line, all the other students and the coach would have come down on them hard.  There were no safe spaces, and that was a good thing.

Culture is a powerful force for good.  When good behavior is normalized and deviant destructive behavior is ostracized, shamed and marginalized, you get more good behavior.

That’s J. Christian Adams at PJ media as he talks about the fact that thirty years ago you had gun clubs in schools and somehow you didn’t have mass shootings. I wonder why?  Perhaps the teachers are afraid of being thought judgmental if they bring up such facts.


This actually brought to mind Valentine’s Day/Ash Wednesday.  Yesterday the wife ended up going to mass at our parish school where our Pastor celebrated Mass for the students and got our Ashes.  A few hours later I got to work and noticed something missing.  20 years ago I would have expected to see at least a half dozen such people at my workplace and plenty in the public during the day wearing ashes.  Forty years ago the majority of the people around me would have been wearing ashes that day, but at work that day there wasn’t a single other person with ashes on their head and only a couple of people on the shift recognized what the ashes were.  Several came up to me to tell me I had a stain on my head (in fairness one of them was an Iraqi who likely isn’t familiar with Christianity).   On that very same day I listened as an otherwise sensible young lady insist to another that Mike Pence wanted to put lesbians like her in concentration camps  and pooh poohing my calling out such insanity.

CK Chesterton famously wrote that modern reformers often rush to do away with things without understanding the purpose they serve  Our friends on the left have spent two generations De-Christianizeing our culture never noting the benefits it produced for the public.  Only now two generations later are people seeing the price this decision carried.  I submit and suggest yesterday’s events in Florida, those events in San Francisco and even my issues with GoDaddy are examples of this cost.


Roger Simon spots another such example of this price as he tells the tale of an incident at an Ivy League University:

Fear of physical contact on the part of students? Where have we heard that before?  Parkland, perhaps?  At least the Florida school had the gumption to throw Cruz out, even if the authorities did not follow up as they should have and averted the carnage. The student — of color or not — who stood up inches from Professor Rosen and yelled “FUCK YOU” should have been thrown out of Princeton that very day never to return.

Princeton — in the current Ivy League tradition — did a bunch of nothing.  First Yale at Halloween, then Dartmouth in its library, now Princeton — our supposedly greatest universities have become our greatest centers of adult abdication, especially on the part of their administrations.  Who will be surprised if violence comes next?

This abdication of adult and, quite often, parental responsibility is rampant in today’s America.  This is not just due to the runaway epidemic of political correctness in our culture and its easy disparagement of traditional values.  It is the Chinese Cultural Revolution-style violence that this behavior engenders.  The Princeton students terrified to defend Professor Rosen in his class were not all that different from the panicked Parkland students fleeing Cruz. The Princetonians were scared for their lives to pipe up.

Why risk getting in trouble by confronting a potentially violent student, particularly one of color, and risk being branded as a hate monger, much easier to cancel the speech, cancel the class and say no more about it, after all you don’t want to risk stemming the flow of the money coming in do you?


There are in fact moments when adults seem to cry enough.  One of those took place when an Oregon school district decided to cancel Valentine’s day

The Bethel School Board’s response is a typical government reaction to finding out people don’t like something they did. Most boards hate hearing criticism and label it “threatening” so they don’t have to continue listening. This is a common tactic used by elected officials to avoid hearing from angry constituents. Some will even go so far as to break state law to avoid hearing from voters. It appears that the Bethel School District may have done just that. The very first rule of the Oregon Open Meetings Act states clearly that all public meetings are to be open to the public and provide accommodations. If there isn’t enough space, the board is responsible for finding space and hearing each citizen’s concern. The Bethel board’s refusal to provide space, even when warned ahead of the meeting that they needed to, could be a violation of state law. Further, attempting to shut down a meeting before public comment has been made is also a violation of state law. Thankfully, the board decided to reschedule the meeting for later in the week in a bigger location, but not before attempting to get away with not naming a new date. The crowd refused to let that happen and forced them to name a date and time. Several parents are still concerned they will change the venue without notice.
 
Contrary to the board’s claims of unruliness and disorder, this meeting was a classic example of democracy in action. Board members tend to forget that they work for the people and a strong reminder is often needed to get them back on track. The parents of the Bethel School District are doing what every American should be doing: holding elected officials accountable for their actions. If parents don’t stand up against the onslaught of anti-Americanism and the destruction of our traditions and culture we will soon have no traditions left.

The real question though is how many of these parents will be showing up on election day to vote these rascals out, or will that be too much trouble?

One of the things that Political correctness does is try to play the risk reward card on people to change their behavior, suggesting that the risk of public opprobrium  for a public action or expression is not worth the reward of free speech or action.  While this is a horrible danger at times it is the source of incredible amusement as illustrated by this

The person who sent out this tweet is an educated citien, here is her twitter profile

Senior Editor & Planetary Evangelist, The Planetary Society. Planetary scientist, writer, public speaker. Writing a book on Curiosity mission. Asteroid 274860.

You know what’s really funny? She doesn’t sound any different from Richard Russell howling against the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the horror of black and white people attending social events together.

Democrats ever the party of segregation.


I’m still laughing at the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama that were unveiled last week. There were in one respect a perfect representation of the pair’s time in office. A lot of hype but not a lot of substance.   While in that regard it’s an amusing diversion he was still the president of the United states and he and the first lady deserve than they got, not for the sake of themselves but for the sake of the office.


One other thing about Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday.  It’s often forgotten that Valentine’s Day is actually the feast day of St. Valentine who was martyred that day by the Roman Emperor Claudius II

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine.”

I suspect this Catholic Priest  would have approved Catholics maintaining the Ash Wednesday fast on his feast day.  My solution was to pick up Chinese food after work and eat with dawife after midnight.


Finally CPAC is only a week away and I’ll be there with both of my sons, they’ll be hitting the city while I hit the interview trail and maybe sell a book or two.  If you are going to be there I’d love to see you and if you want to be interviewed contact me and we’ll set up a time.  And don’t forget to ask for a cannoli while they last.


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Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.