Yes, I quit doing this again.

by baldilocks

I’m having a bit of trouble concentrating today. Not an unusual state of affairs, but, today, it’s really bad due to the fact that I’m in the process of incorporating new habits into my life. So I leave you with a review of my already-published novel while I work on the new one. Disclaimer: the review was written by my old co-blogger.  As with my own re-posts, it’s slightly edited.

Tale of The Tigers is a story of two college kids who fall in love.  It’s about race and racism.  It’s a time capsule of the early 90s.  It looks at the dynamics of family relationships.  It examines sex and sexuality.  It reassesses sacred cows of the cult of the politically correct.  It makes important statements about friendship, loyalty and trust.

Like her blog writing, Ms. Ochieng’s novel is chock full of subtleties.  Her characters could’ve turned into cardboard cut-outs.  Instead, the folks that inhabit Tale are flesh and blood people, full of admirable traits and painful weaknesses.  The outline of the plot never devolves into a cliché romance.  Thankfully, Baldilocks takes the story in unexpected directions.  Tale studiously avoids telegraphing its punches, which makes for an exciting read.

Beyond these great things, for me the best part of the book is the fact that the story stays with you long after you’ve finished it.  You’ll find yourself replaying sequences from the book in your mind.  Moreover, you’ll catch yourself pondering the book’s themes long after you’ve put it down.

In short, Tale of The Tigers is a damn fine piece of work from a writer with a powerful voice.

(Thanks to James Del Rey)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>>baldilocks

The latest in my CPAC short interviews

Yes I was sitting on the floor during this interview while Andrew was standing up.

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Cannoli anyone?

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The first arrival on Radio Row

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Waiting for Credentials

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Harriet gets the first Cannoli!

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You really should buy Michael Isenberg’s book Full Asylum

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The Vendor Booth I most wish to visit

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In full Fedora/Cannoli mode

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Conor:   Think of it another way, are there still people in your society who have not discovered who they really are or what they’re meant to do with their lives… ? They may be in the wrong job… they may be writing bad poetry. Even worse, there may be great poets working as laborers, never to be discovered.

Star Trek TNG The Masterpiece Society 1992

Lorenzo: The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

A Bronx Tale 1993

A few weeks ago I was preparing to go to Maine with the wife. My plan had been to take the machine do an initial post and see if I could get co-bloggers and guest bloggers to carry the load for the week. One of the people I contacted at the time was Jimmie Bise.

I was surprised to find out that Jimmie was no longer blogging and his famous podcast “The Delivery” was no longer taking place.

I don’t know why Jimmie stopped blogging, he didn’t go into details and when I went to his famous site The Sundries Shack I didn’t see any updates.

Now when we chatted Jimmy was not upset he just wasn’t doing blogging anymore, although he is very active on twitter.

To most it is no big deal, in my mind, particularly after what we saw thee last two weeks  it is a  disaster!

All during the last election cycle I kept advising one thing to candidates: Hire Jimmie Bise!

I suggested it to Herman Cain more than once

He did not…and lost.

I suggested it to Mitt Romney

He did not and lost.

Jimmie not only has an excellent grasp of social media but has spectacular political instincts and even if individual candidates didn’t hire him there would have been an even better use for him that he suggested back in 2009.

What conservatives need aren’t more Bob Novaks but more Andrew Breitbarts, Al Regnerys, and a George Soros or two. If conservatives with money would fund places for budding journalists to get their work in front of a decent-sized audience, there would be lots of Bob Novaks, Byron Yorks, Mark Hemingways, Matthew Vadums, and Stacy McCains showing up. Running a web site isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, but it does take time. There are plenty of folks who could set up and run a site that does original reporting, but they have to have something approaching a credible budget not just to pay for the reporters but also to pay for their own time. It amazes me how much work we on the right get out of part-time and freelance writers but it should not be that way.

Charlie Crist, who will be a continual thorn in conservatives’ sides if he’s elected to the Senate, raised $4.3 million in just one quarter this year. That much money could fund a good conservative news site for at least five years, if not more like eight. Do you know how much good reporting we could get with a budget of just $500,000 a year? Think about it. Play with the numbers. You think I couldn’t land Vadum and McCain for 70 grand a year, plus add in Ace and Moe Lane for blogging power at the same amount? That’s only $280,000. Set aside fifty grand for tech stuff (hosting, design, troubleshooting) and advertising, another 60K for expenses (to pay reporters to go on the road and for freelancers), 60K for an editor, and 50K to me for supervising the whole operation and there you go. There’s $500,000 a year. And that doesn’t count any potential income the site might get from outside advertising, which you know it’ll get. As the site grows, the budget can creep up, but only for people who will add direct value to the site, but we add on as advertising revenues warrant the increase.

He was ignored, but think, just for a moment if he was not.

Picture a crew of credentialed conservative blogger press during the GOP primaries asking relevant rather than loaded questions. Imagine such a staff asking tough question of Barack Obama and the Democrat Senate candidates that the MSM would not.

Say this is done in 2009 these reporters would be established by now, they would have been asking Harry Reid why the bi-partisan bills coming from the house was ignored. They would have challenged the White House narrative, the media narrative and would have had the credibility to do so.

And their success would have been the success of conservatism, Jimmie Bise would be a nationally known name and from that success many successors would have followed nationwide to challenge the left on their own turf.

Instead Obama is president, Obamacare remains the law of the land and the GOP spent this week in retreat and Jimmie Bise is regulated to twitter.

That is not only a tragedy, it’s a waste! Jimmie might not be angry about it but I damn well am!

And if you want to advance the cause of conservatism you should be too.

Update: Somewhat related

Republicans who send out signals of weakness and fear are, in effect, inviting attacks. And because so many Republicans lack either the courage to fight back or the skill to fight back successfully, their enemies are emboldened.

Organizations have images — reputations — and if a negative perception develops, that perception tends to become self-perpuating. The Republican Party is currently perceived as an organization of selfish, cowardly losers, and this makes it difficult for the GOP to attract support from people who admire generosity, strength and success. The party is increasingly defined by its whining pathetic supporters.

Perhaps there is a reason Stacy was on his list

Having been in the midst of an “Occupy” mob when they tried to storm an Americans for Prosperity event two years ago, I understand why some people may fear this kind of left-wing wrath. These intimidation tactics replicate themselves online, as when criminal hackers assaulted Bank of America, PayPal, Amazon and other targets of the digital anarchist “Anonymous” movement. We have increasingly seen Twitter used as a weapon against conservative activists, as when North Carolina Democrats tried to intimidate two Republican women by threatening to “out” their online identities.

These online intimidation tactics have been dubbed #Shutuppery, and examples include the “Stop Rush” campaign mounted last year against talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

If only there was a guy like Jimmie Bise running an organization fighting back.


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While the big GOP donors did not see fit to give Jimmie that $500K to hire staff and make things happen you dear readers over the last 9 months have helped me make my weekly goal first of $300 then when my mortgage went up $305 and because of you and that $4.35 or so an hour the mortgage has been paid each month since I’ve been asking.

I have some plans for this site that I hope to put into place either November or December but for now the goal remains $305 to pay the mortgage and secure the family bills for October.

$20 from 15 of you will get it done and the sooner it’s done the sooner these solicitations will disappear for the week.

If you care to help please consider hitting DaTipJar below.


Oh and if a big GOP donor wants to kick in that half million, I’ll gladly approach Jimmie Bise and see if I can coax him out of retirement and get his old plan started.

It’s catchup time at DaTechGuy blog.

A quick reminder that last week’s Under the Fedora Column is available at Conservatively, The Minority Report, Zilla of the Resistance, NACBU & The Conservative Commune. A Peek

On the same subject Morning Joe argued Tuesday that Rush Limbaugh had hurt republicans because Democrats had won 4 of the last six presidential elections. Actually republicans are 3 for seven in elections since Rush was syndicated but here is a better measure.

Both Joe Scarborough and I are going to be fifty this year. From the day we were born till Rush Limbaugh went on the air happens to be 25 years, half our lives. During that time GOP controlled the House of Representatives exactly 0 years and the senate 6 years. At no time did the GOP control both houses of congress.

During the 25 years since Rush came on the air the GOP has controlled the house for 14 years and the senate for 10 years and for the first time in our lifetimes controlled both house and senate for 10 of them.

I’ll make that trade any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Keep an eye out for this week’s on Wednesday or Thursday at all those sites.

Meanwhile if you didn’t Catch Robert Stacy McCain on DaTechGuy on DaRadio via the Money Matters Radio Network or FTR Radio Saturday, you don’t have to panic you can listen to it here.

This week we have scheduled CNN’s Newest and best acquisition Jake Tapper and in the second hour comedian Jim Labriola

“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Tora Tora Tora 1970

There are many problems a one sided unquestioning media creates for the country. Much to the surprise of our friends on the left in general and Brett Kimberlin & co in particular they are discovering there are also problems created for those propped up by such a press.

When your side is so used to fawning and unquestioning press coverage that you can’t conceive of a situation where the media won’t have your back, you take foolish risks.

Case in point Robert Stacy McCain and his 32nd entry on the Brett Kimberlin saga:

Focusing on the Kimberlin-Rauhauser connection is, I think, the key to unlocking a mystery that has puzzled me and others for a while: What are they trying to hide?

The frenzied intensity of attacks we’ve seen from Team Kimberlin in the past three weeks strikes many observers as suggestive of what criminologists call “consciousness of guilt.”

A source familiar with the investigation of “Team Kimberlin” told me that recent exposures caused them to “freak out,” and that certain streams of communication between their team members suddenly went into “radio silence” mode. Meanwhile, certain of their pseudonymous online presences have begun frantically attacking those who are helping shine the light on Kimberlin, even to the point of sending veiled threats and “disinfo” messages to anyone who seems to be connected to the light-shiners.

As far as Kimberlin & Co were concerned Robert Stacy McCain was just a blogger who could be easily intimidated, particularity since he has a wife and children and is of course not Sicilian

They apparently did not know  of Stacy McCain’s decades of experience in shoe leather reporting. They either didn’t know or care about his work on the Bill Sparkman case, his famous Shoe leather fund road trip.  He was just another little blogger to be crushed

Au Contrare, the attempt to silence Stacy McCain and even more so any attempt to go after his family triggers his fighting spirit  as Charles Johnson discovered:

Who are these people who insult you, your friends and your family? Why does it give them so much pleasure to insult you? And why do they imagine that you will let the insult pass by unnoticed?

Does Charles Johnson suppose that I am a coward? Or that I am too stupid to understand when I am being insulted? Does he believe himself so infinitely superior to me that I cannot hold my own in debate with him?

Does Johnson regret his fight with Stacy McCain?  It’s worth noting that before his conflict with Stacy McCain Charles Johnson had 234 Instalanches dating back to April 22nd 2002.

He has had none since.

The Kimberlin crowd’s needs are diametrically opposite to Mr. Johnson’s.  While Charles wanted and craves attention their ability to succeed is directly tied to flying under the radar and not being noticed. Their decision to first go after Aaron Worthing and then Stacy who wrote about it hasn’t really worked toward that goal: to wit:


Now hundreds of blogs have written about this, My 50,000 Watt station has shouted it out to six states, ABC, FOX and (eventually) CNN has covered this story and now you have US Senators and Congressmen talking about this en masse.

We Sicilians refer to this phenomenon as “bringing the heat on everybody”

I’ve suggested that Kimberlin & Co’s funding is built on their belief that he can do their dirty work, no matter how dishonest or dishonorable, while keeping the rest of the left’s hands clean.

Unfortunately for those enablers of Kimberlin & co, Robert Stacy McCain immediately recognized this story as newsworthy and even  if he haddn’t once his family was under threat there was zero chance that he would let this go until every stone is turned and every fact uncovered.

Bottom line: This is not going to end well for Kimberlin & Co, it will end even worse for the left.

As the left worries and panics of the prospect of impending doom and the swatter in question contemplates my good advice to Turn State’s evidence NOW, lets get back to the point of this article, the foolishness of the left in funding and/or defending these guys.

In a normal world operatives would be very concerned about such a person and folks like Seth Allen on the left would have been heeded instead of rejected.  Instead now the left is in the state it is in with revelations coming,  A reporter smelling blood and the prospect of an unfriendly justice department backed by their political enemies digging deeper come January when they have control to do so.

I submit and suggest that if the left feared and respected the media instead of assuming the 4th estate consisted entirely of the members of “Journolist” they would not be in this mess.  Like a school system that gives everybody a trophy, the media pampered their friends on the left for years and like pampered students they will have to learn how the world is the hard way.

It won’t be pretty.

Update: Kimberlin now claims Swatting Patterico notes an interesting twist:

Interesting point: Kimberlin was interviewed by an ABC News reporter after his alleged SWATting, and apparently didn’t mention it. That reporter did not contact me until June 5, 2012. Her piece came out the next day, on June 6 — 6 days after Kimberlin’s alleged SWATting. Yet he does not appear to have said a word about it to her.

Via Twitchy who reports on the $10k reward via Velvet revolution. My reaction:

I really didn’t think these guys were this stupid. Lee Stranaham pounces:

Subsequent to inquiries I made this morning, I received the following email from the Montgomery county Maryland public information office:

Good Morning,

I searched our 911 call database for the above listed address. There was no call listed for 5/31, nor anything similar to what you described. I then searched each of our 6 districts for the entire day of 5/31 for a murder in progress, murder just occurred or murder occurred earlier call with negative results. I then spoke with our director to determine if this type of incident was brought to his attention recently and it was not. If your research proliferates any further detail that would help us to narrow down the search, please let me know. I can always check another address if you find one, but for the time being, I don’t see anything similar to what you described.

Meanwhile kudos to the 87 members of congress (via the Lonely Conservative) asking to this to be investigated.

Hey since Kimberlin now claims to have been swatted maybe he can call on some democrats to sign onto this list to help him find the REAL swatters.

Update 2: Here is Kerry Pickett’s story:

Adams collected a little over 80 House signatures for her letter last Friday afternoon from her colleagues on the House floor during votes, a task rarely accomplished in such a short period of time before the weekend of a recess week. Members are known to dash out of the Capitol after final votes are taken at that particular period.

“I hope that the Attorney General takes a very hard and close look at this, because it’s putting our citizens at risk and in danger–because they’re having people arrive at their house with heightened awareness–because they had a 911 call with a report of shots fired or holding people hostage or whatever the quote-unquote 911 call was for,” Rep. Adams explained.

Some wonder if Mr. Holder will take the swat-ting issue seriously enough to take action on it through the Justice Department, as the Obama Justice Department is known for not responding to members’ requests for information in a timely manner often.

Of course he will, after all Democrat activist Brett Kimberlin now claims to be a victim.

Stacy McCain comments:

That’s actual news, you see, and not something the mainstream media can dismiss as trival and irrelevant. Once big-time political reporters (and some savvy tech journalists) start peeling that big onion and see the connections to Brett Kimberlin, to Neal Rauhauser, to the “Anonymous” hackers, to Anthony Weiner, to Andrew Breitbart, to Barbra Streisand, to the Occupy movement . . .

Trust me: I know reporters. Somewhere out there, I’m sure, Michael Isikoff and other reporters are looking at this story and recognizing what an opportunity it presents.

Of course some reporters didn’t need a congressional letter to immediately recognize this as newsworthy.

But people attending the conference had already started to notice unusual activity by a number of people in the hotel’s lobby and began to film them, said Peter Michael Dominic Ingemi, a talk-show host.

“They started bantering back and forth,” he said. “We all had video. They were filming us and we were filming them.”

I love my full Catholic name but too bad they didn’t plug, the show, the station or the blog.

Ironically before I knew about this picture Tony Katz had already joined me today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio along with Yid with Lid, Tabitha Hale of Freedomworks and Moe Lane to talk Blogcon and the Occupods.

We’ve been informed that there may be several thousand occupods returning for noontime Denver time, unfortunately we have been informed by the hotel that although they won’t stop us from going outside to cover them, anyone who does will not be allowed back inside. Police and security will be on site and I expect the media might choose to spin our failure to go out to cover them as something other than it is. Which is why I’m mentioning it now.

Update: A question for the Denver post, if you want to sell papers who would you rather run a color photo of, Tony Katz and DaTechGuy or Tabitha Hale?

Robert Stacy McCain is preparing one of his famous roadtrips to Cover Herman Cain’s bus trip in Iowa:

The “Common Sense Solutions” bus tour kicks off Aug. 4 in Des Moines. I’m thinking of booking a one-way flight because it’s my first trip to Iowa and, while I’ll be following Cain’s bus tour across the Hawkeye State, I also want to catch up with as many of the other candidates as I can before the straw poll.

My general idea is to get a solid on-the-ground perspective of the political landscape in Iowa, to talk to organizers, activists and operatives, developing sources so that all I have to do — as we move ahead toward the February 2012 GOP caucuses — is make a few phone calls to get the straight lowdown.

Stacy McCain’s goal is a full $300 less than my goal was 5 days ago, and there are a full 9 days before he has to leave.

We all know Stacy as a live wire, he drinks coffee compulsively, drives much faster than he should, smokes like a chimney, is one of the hardest partiers in bloggerdom, and is willing to drop the blog gloves the moment his honor (or the honor of a friend) is challenged.

He is also one of the most effective shoe leather reporters you’ve ever seen, he’s able to distil a long speech into the one or two most important themes within it without a second thought. He’s incredibly well read, can spot an interesting person in a crowd of hundreds and has a grasp of the English language that many reporters making big money can only imagine. He has the peculiar talent for getting himself where the story is and getting the info that the MSM missed, or chooses not to report. I’ve learned more in the 18 months I’ve known Stacy than a four-year degree could teach me. All he’s learned from me in return is the value of a fedora.

And the fruit of all of this effort, at the cost of time away from his family he offers to the entire world, with only one request. Hit The TIP Jar!

Stacy writes for money and has never pretended otherwise, he is getting ready to tell you another story first hand of a campaign in action. If that’s something you want to read, then head on over to the Other McCain and kick in a buck or two and when it’s written and commented on all over the world, you can look back and say:

“Yes it a really good story, I commissioned it you know.”

Today is one of the few times that I not only woke up with nothing to say but didn’t see anything in the AP wire that inspired me so it’s time to empty the brain of some thoughts:

First some reader/listener feedback:

A reader pointed to this post about stolen railroad track and suggested that instead of story about metal theft if might be a dry run for a terror attack. I hate to admit it but that never crossed my mind.

The solo show got high marks from people who have commented, I’m thinking I might do that at least once a month.

The appearance on Fox 25 and the NY Post article both got great reviews from readers and listeners.

Lombardi said that when you get in the end zone act like you’ve been there, before, but I think it’s ok to save the game ball the first time you make it.

I’d love to hear some guest suggestions btw.

Is Nancy Pelosi STILL blaming Bush for the current economy? I guarantee that if the economy remains in this state the Democrats will be blaming George Bush right up until Jan 20 2013, at which time they will Blame Sarah Palin

Or Herman Cain

or Tim Pawlenty

or Maybe even Mitt Romney

BTW will the Democratic Senate actually ever do ANYTHING?

Speaking of Palin in today’s LA Times there is a piece by Andrew Malcolm wich pointed out that Palin had her Paul Revere history right and the MSM has it wrong. Yes you read that right, in the LA Times! Do you realize how many liberals are going to be spitting up into their cereal this morning?

And Yet Morning Joe’s “News you can’t use” segment that didn’t find Anthony Weiner worthy of touching is going all out on Palin this morning. Don’t any of these people actually READ history?

There is also a hubbub about people editing the Paul Revere page on Wikipedia. Seriously anyone who uses Wikipedia as a primary source for anything is really foolish, Glenn Reynolds put it best years ago, on uncontroversial topics Wikipedia is ok, otherwise no.

Although last weeks show was fun, I really hope I don’t do another show that is filled with Weiner jokes, but Andrew Breitbart apparently has a HUGE scoop coming out today that will break it wide open.

I remember a few years ago I was at a library in the Museum of Science in Boston and looking at a book on Tornadoes, I was stunned to see that where I live is “Tornado Alley” as far as Massachusetts is concerned, I was even more stunned to see Nature confirm it this week.

Remember at the beginning of the season when everyone said the Yankees would not be a factor this year?

I also noticed that people were hitting Jeter for poor performance. Listen, I’ll bet that he will trade personal numbers for first place any day of the year. That’s what a leader does and why Red Sox fans like myself still fear him with the game on the line.

Hockey and Basketball should not still be played during June.

I’m not a fan of the Slutwalks but Jessica Valenti make an important point on Morning Joe concerning this today: “Would I be sitting here if they were called ’empowerment walks’?”

Speaking of Morning Joe again the anger over Edwards after the MSM tired to bury the story is laughable, but at least it wasn’t as bad as this quote from Scarborough:

“If you keep dropping using drones killing civilian men, women and children all you do is make more Terrorists”

he said this in the Anniversary of D-Day, the day will come when people forget it’s significance, but can you imagine if this show was on in 1944?: “If you keep dropping Bombs on German cities killing civilian men, women and children all you do is make more Nazi’s”

If like me you weren’t willing to wait till next week and watched Doctor Who from the British feed you now know who River Song really is. I sure hope that the “Good Man” she kills isn’t who we expect.

BTW if you don’t want to wait till Saturday in the US the clip of the big reveal is on Youtube here.

Speaking of Doctor Who I’ve been way behind in reviewing the Big Finish CD’s but they have been pretty good.

The 8th doctor stories are now going to be replaced by a 4th Doctor Series featuring Tom Baker, The new McGann stories are going to be folded into the main series again.

Sadly Elizabeth Sladen had agreed to do new audios with Baker just a few days before she died.

BTW the last 8th doctor Adventure To the Death written by Nick Briggs seams to have been specifically tailored to get the Doctor to the mindset to destroy both the Daleks and the Time Lords per the new series. Quite a season/series finale.

Speaking of season finales I sure hope the Big Bang series finales means that Raj gets to develop as a character. He is the only one that has not been allowed to grow.

Saw Hangover 2 with the family, it was not my first choice but it was funny. I think the series works because in addition to the weird comedy it is basically, like the first one, a detective story.

I suspect the new Green Lantern movie will be absolutely horrible, but as a Green Lantern fan since I was 13 how can I not go see it?

I’m still angry about the comic books out of SF, it is yet another version of the Big Lie.

BTW if you wonder why I’m so unwilling to trust the Arabs on the middle east it’s because of this event that took place 44 years ago this very day:

Gravely disappointed, desperate, the king (Hussein of Jordan) retorted with a warning of his own. If the fighting continued, Jordan would have no option but to corroborate Nasser’s charge of an Anglo-American conspiracy.

It was not an idle threat, as Hussein proved a half-hour later, when a phone call arrived from Cario “Will we say that the U.S. and Britain [are attacking] or just the United States?” asked Nasser, inquiring whether the British even had aircraft carriers. Hussein responded, “United States and England” agreed to issue a statement to that effect immediately. Nasser was heartened. “By God,” he exclaimed, “I will make an announcement and you will make an announcement and we will see to it that the Syrians will make an announcement that American and British airplanes are taking part against us from aircraft carriers. We will stress the matter. And we will drive the point home.” Six Days of War page 226

Remember King Hussein was OUR ALLY. The most pro-US arab country out there, and they were ready to sell us in a second for a political advantage. That’s why I don’t trust Jordan any more than the rest of them.

Confession is a lot like housecleaning. If you go often you will find that you tend to have less tolerance for small sins within yourself and will avoid them. Just like housecleaning, if you tend to excuse a dirty house it will remain dirty.

I confess I’m much better with Confession than with housecleaning.

A correction, last month I opined that the job numbers were skewed by the McDonalds hiring spree, I was one month early, it was THIS month that the McDonalds numbers kicked in. Mea Culpa.

It is a very odd thing to be recognized when I go places. As long as I have the hat people tend to know me.

I just can’t afford to go to the Smart Girl Politics event in St. Louis, I’m Hoping to go to Blogcon but the radio show will have to make more money before that happens, or I’ll have to be sponsored.

I really haven’t shaken the Tip Jar much but when it comes down to it, after expenses I’m taking in a whole lot less than I did on Unemployment and trips like the Palin hunt were expensive for me. I need a new Lawn Mower, and we use a Board and a stick to keep the Dryer door shut while it is running. If anyone is in a position to kick into the Tip Jar it will be much appreciated.

If you are in a position to kick in Big then I can run a ad on the radio show promoting a favorite charity of yours (provided said charity doesn’t conflict with Catholic moral Belief).

Today Anita Moncrief is our scheduled guest, we’ll be talking about the True the vote conference and her experience as a Whistle blower on Acron.

In the second hour we will talk Trump, Libya and the middle east. Join us at 10 a.m. on WCRN 830 AM and don’t forget the Wesley and Weston review at 6. Conservatively speaking from 7-9 and Carol Ann Brown at 9.
As always you can listen live here

I will be going to the Catholic Men’s conference after the show and will have video up at the end of the day.

Today I begin my first day as a regular blogger at The Minority Report.

I will generally be blogging on Business and Tech issues but you may see the occasional interview online as well.

Today’s post Killing the small business in the cradle is on small businessmen and the effect of a new law in Illinois on their well-being:

As regular readers of my blog know, I spend a lot of time going door to door talking to business people in order to sell ads for my radio show (DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday Mornings 10 a.m. on WCRN AM 830 BTW).

With the economy in trouble nationwide and jobs scarce to come by, many people (including me) have decided to go into business for themselves. Just yesterday I met a lady at a cleaners shop in Acton who is painting silk scarfs as a new business while she looks for other work.

Small Entrepreneurs usually have it tough. One or two person operations put in an inordinate amount of labor to make a small amount of money (if any). In addition they have to follow all the governmental rules that are put before them as they attempt to get started….

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Powerline does such a great job dismantling the “arguments” of Lee Feng that there is little to add but there is something I want to say concerning this:

There is definitely some dream-fulfillment going on here, but it isn’t Harry Bradley’s. What is the sum and substance of Think Progress’s expose? Governor Walker’s position is endorsed by a majority of Wisconsin voters, as well as several conservative groups, some of which have gotten modest amounts of support from conservative philanthropists. In what world is that some kind of scandal?

Certainly not in the world of Think Progress, which is entirely a creature of the billionaire left. One curious feature of today’s left is its obsession with “astroturf.” There is a reason why lefties who work for billionaire-funded web sites like Think Progress constantly talk about astroturf: it is the world they live in. They are paid by rich liberals, and the demonstrators who are bused in to left-wing protests are generally union members who are paid to attend. No one on the left does much for free. So lefties find it hard to understand that ordinary citizens (“Tea Partiers”) will turn out at rallies without being paid, that conservative voters vote on principle, not financial self-interest, and that conservative activists act out of conviction, not because they are subsidized by a sugar daddy. Failing to understand that conservatism–unlike liberalism–is a movement of principle, not self-interest, they are constantly looking for the elusive, non-existent money trail.

I recently experienced an entertaining example of this phenomenon. A local columnist who was laid off by the Minneapolis Star Tribune went to work for a web site called MinnPost, which is funded by liberal sugar daddies. He is one of a number of former Strib employees who now work for rich liberals at this site, which may or may not be different from what they were doing at the Star Tribune. Anyway, this reporter referred to me as “one of [Bill Cooper’s] high-profile investments.”

When I see this it gets my blood up. Liberals tend to assume that we conservatives are rolling in it.

Let me tell something to Mr. Feng and Powerline’s pal who got laid off and covered. I have a $1200 mortgage and additional bills each month that total about $2700 not counting local taxes (including gasoline, electric etc). I don’t own a flat screen or high def TV, There isn’t a car in my family newer than a 2000, my cell is a trac-phone because I can’t afford better and at the moment my youngest isn’t being taken for his permit because I can’t afford the $600 for the driving lessons mandated by Massachusetts. My wife has been putting off getting a new set of glasses because right now $400 is a fortune. If my oldest didn’t have an academic scholarship he’d have to work full time because we wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for State College.

Our income currently consists of my wife’s unemployment, $900 in monthly rents (before expenses), whatever I can sell for ads for DaTechGuy on DaRadio minus the cost of the show and whatever comes in via DaTipJar (which has amounted to a whopping $10 this year so far).

Every day I go door to door trying to sell ads for the Radio show. At CPAC I spent an inordinate time in the vendor area pushing the show, yesterday I put another 30 miles on the car with zero ads to show for it. I’m taking in before expenses (but after the cost of the show) less than I did when I was on unemployment. Each month paying the bills is an adventure.

Is there some sour grapes here? Yeah I guess there is. It grates me to hear this stuff from people supported by rich patrons. I suspect that if I suddenly flipped I would find all the patrons I wanted to pay me to document my revelations of the perfidious right.

I WISH I had a conservative sponsor paying just 40k a year. Such a sponsor would mean I wouldn’t have to choose between covering the rallies in Boston today or going door to door to sell my ads. Mr. Feng feel free to send my name to the Koch brothers, the Bradley foundation, and any other conservative foundation you want. Then when you write about me being financed by conservative foundations I’ll say “Yup”.

Of course my father who worked harder than I ever will likely have to would likely answer. “Stop complaining and get to work.” He’s right.

Stacy McCain does the match on AOL and points out something interesting about the money in the AOL deal:

What it means, I suspect, is that the Left is willing to “invest” in liberal media ventures that are supposedly for-profit but which, in fact, lose money. Because, after all, whose money is being invested? Not theirs.

Five words: Government employee union pension funds.

That, I suggest, explains this whole deal. Private investors are now selling their AOL shares, while managers of pension funds for AFSCME, SEIU and other unions are buying AOL stock, thus providing the investment capital necessary to fund expansion of the Left’s online media presence in advance of Obama’s re-election campaign.

Belvedere notes that this is not an issue for the left:

Profit doesn’t mean much to the Committed Left — not if you mean the word in it’s classical sense [OED: ‘financial gains’]. Oh sure, they need money to fund their various schemes, but the Manic Progressives are always willing to sacrifice dollars for propaganda [see: MSNBC]. Besides, if they play it right, they can always funnel some taxpayer dollars into funding their schemes.

Broadcasting their lies relentlessly until they get absorbed by enough of the masses is a tactic the Leftists have employed successfully for a century now.

The daytime range of my radio show, looks pretty good for ads doesn't it?
I did the math, If I sold every second of every moment of ads for my radio show for one year that comes up to $64,800. If the liberals were to be believed about some giant conservative conspiracy I would have already had the Koch Brothers buying the entire time to support my radio show and blogging for an entire year.

Alas that is not the case, every day I’m going door to door pitching the show, extolling the range of the radio station, the strength of my guest and the appeal of my show to a growing audience, doing my best to make the sale and pay the mortgage.

The “interests” I’m beholden to are Basement Technologies of Western Mass., Aaron Pallet, Putnam Street lanes. and every other advertiser who buys time on my show. Each of them offer valuable services or produces to my listeners and buy ads on my show to attract customers. Yet ironically the left would paint me because I’m a person of the right as beholding to rich interests while at the same time they are paid millions for a product that doesn’t justify its value.

The world is a weird place.

Some HUGE news for DaTechGuy on DaRadio on WCRN.

Starting Feb 12th DaTechGuy on DaRadio will more from Saturday Nights to Saturday mornings!

Our New Time will be 10 A.M. to Noon. on AM 830 WCRN as the final leg of a morning of conservative talk starting at 6 a.m. all the way to noon (conservatively speaking will now be 7-9 btw)

but if you are an advertiser there is big news for February.

Because our advertisers bought time with the understanding that the show will be on in the evening, the show will be replayed at its old time from 9-11 p.m. from Feb 12 till the 26th.

That means the listener will get double da TechGuy on Saturday evenings in February (starting da 12th) but if you are an advertiser on DaTechGuy on DaRadio you will get three weeks of Double Da Ads for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

So if you aren’t already advertising with DaTechGuy you want to jump in NOW and get double ads for 3 WEEKS you want to contact me ASAP.

And remember if you contact me before FEB 5th you will pay the Pre-Feb 5th rates for as long as you run your ads.

Oh and if you missed this week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio with Fishersville Mike, American Glob and special guest Left bank of the Charles you can listen to it here.

Tonight Little Miss Attila Joins us from the left coast for DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

Her posts may take a minimalist approach but her opinions sure don’t. Last week I suggested Glenn Reynolds would be a tough act to follow and her reaction was:

I can beat Glenn Reynolds any day of the week. Especially on a Saturday.

Well tonight at 9 p.m. on AM 830 WCRN we will find out if it’s true, and if you are on the left coast and wish to listen to the The scourge of the blogosphere from the WCRN web site:

Also we welcome two new advertisers to our show including some special offers:

Our first new advertiser is Central Plaza Pizza 220 Main Street in Townsend Ma. They not only have great food (try their new half pound burgers) and a killer pinball machine and a nice flat screen TV with the games on, but they have a bonus you won’t believe. Go there for a bite to eat (or even just a soda) write your name and number on the back of your receipt drop it in the jar and you’re entered for a monthly drawing for two tickets to see the Boston Bruins at the Garden! A great meal and a chance to win Bruins tickets? If that’s not worth a call to 978-597-2223 or trip to Townsend I’d like to know what is? (and don’t forget to mention you heard about it from DaTechGuy).

Our second new advertiser is T & R Custom Automotive 621 Lancaster Street Leominster, MA right on route 117. Not only do they repair everything from the family car to dump trucks and John Deere Tractors. Not only do they do bodywork, general repairs and detailing, not only do they offer used cars and a low price, but for the next few weeks they are running a DaTechGuy on DaRadio special. Starting tomorrow mention their ad on DaTechGuy on DaRadio when you call 978-401-0364 and get $10 an hour off labor!

With gas prices where they are that can ad up to a few more gallons in your tank once your car is up and running!

Finally one of our first advertisers Aaron Pallet 150 Benson Street Fitchburg is offering a deal to new customers who find them through DaTechGuy on DaRadio. Mention their ads on DaTechGuy on DaRadio and get 5% off your first Pallet order. So your small or large business not only gets Aaron Pallet’s decades of quality and dedication but you get an extra 5% in your pocket.

Please patronize these and all our advertisers from the 5th Street diner (134 Harvard St. next to Romano’s Mkt and the 5th street Bridge) , to Joyce’s Pies and Bakery 580 N Main St, Leominster (my favorite is the Key Lime Pie)

From DLott’s Insurance (in the same building as Joyce’s Pies call 508-277-1427 for a quote or ask at Formal Attire) to The Natural discount shop 614 N Main Street (Killer Rootbeer there)

From the FCA flight center at Fitchburg Airport (only $59 gets you in the air for your 1st lesson) to Bee’s Shipping (908)-656-3941 (the best and most cost effective way to ship to Ghana, Liberia, Guinea or Nigeria with pickup points in New york, NY, New Haven,Hartford and East Hartford CT, Leominster, Fitchburg and Worcester, MA and Newark & Elizabeth, NJ)

From Sharp Designs Hair Salon at their new location 360 Summer Street (say hi to Bernadette for me). To Little’s Floor Covering at 359 Summer right across the street from Sharp Designs.

From Linguini’s Italian Eatery 350 Boston Post Road West Route 20 in Marlborough (two words Chicken Pizzola) to Putnam Street Lanes 14 Putnam St Fitchburg (remember show up for the creation of Tea Party bowling team (or teams) Wednesday Jan 26th at 6 p.m.).

Remember these people and all the others who have advertised with me make the show possible. When you support our advertisers and thank them for advertising on DaTechGuy on DaRadio you are helping me support my family without having to hit DaTipJar so on my family’s behalf thank you for your patronage to all of our advertisers.


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If you have ready-made ads in mp3 format they can be submitted by e-mail as late as Wednesday Evening the week of the show. If I am writing and/or producing your ad then I need confirmation by Tuesday to get your ad written and produced for that week’s show. Also if you own more than one business you can run ads for both and I will give you a price based on their combined time. Ads can be paid for via DaTipJar; simply put ADS in the comment section.


Remember AM 830 WCRN Worcester is a 50,000 Watt station broadcasting after dark when other AM stations are powering down for the evening, it might be a good investment not only to push your product or opinion but perhaps a radio show hosted by a blogger with national and local bloggers on the air might boost your blog hit totals.

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UPDATE: As of 11/29 The “Show sponsorship rate” is no longer available in December. There simply is not enough ad time left available for it.

…blogging is a tad lighter than normal it’s because I’m busy making show arrangements, scheduling guests and selling ads so that is going to take the majority of my time since the show IS as of right now my source of income.

So expect more like 3-4 daily posts as opposed to 6-9 at least until things settle down.

And don’t forget starting November 20th Listen to DaTechGuy on DaRadio at 9 p.m. on WCRN 830 AM True talk. We’ve got some great bloggers lined up for you and I’m booking more as we speak and we WILL BE TAKING YOUR CALLS.

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Never had a general instalanche before so rather than hitting the sack here is a summary of posts on my road trip with Stacy McCain. I should note the Massachusetts races were covered with McCain on his trip to Mass as we did daily road trips.

VA-11 Keith Fimian

Voices of the Voters Edward in Va-11

11:39 A.M Fairfax Va Va-11 (report from the Fimiam HQ)

Pa-10 Tom Marino

Voices of the people: Jason Fitzgerald and Hughey Woodring (If you watch only one of my videos make it this one.) UPDATE Bad link fixed
Williamsport PA 7:11 P.M Update: Talking to Jason Fitzgerald

NY-25 Ann Marie Buerkle

Ann Marie Buerkle talks to the press in Ny-25

Voices of the voters: Joyce at the Buerkle event
Ann Marie Buerkle Press conference and the Maffei Halloween Whoppers
Voices of the voters: John at the Buerkle event
Voices of the Candidates: Ann Marie Buerkle republican for congress Ny-25
Voices of the people: Joe at the Ann Marie Buerkle press conference

Ny-22 George Phillips

Jamesville NY 10:10 PM
Hancock NY 12:35 p.m.
New Paltz NY 9:55 a.m.

ma-4 Sean Bielat

Voices of the Candidates: Sean Bielat after the commercial shoot
Some shots from the Making of the new Sean Bielat TV ad
You’ve found that Scott Brown Feeling
Voices of the Voter: David Anderson
Voices of the Candidates Sean Bielat ma-4 interviewed with Robert Stacy McCain

Ma-1 Bill Gunn

Bill Gunn and Neal Heeren answer questions in Leominster

Live blog of the Bill Gunn event in Leominster

ma-3 Marty Lamb

Voices of the Candidates: Closing statements ma-3 Debate
Questions from the ma-3 Debate
Voices of the Candidates: Marty Lamb (r) ma-3 post debate
DaTechGuy’s Field Guide to Bloggers: Right Wing Granny
Voices of the Voters: Brian Hood
Voices of the voters: Tina Hood
Tonight’s Debate between Marty Lamb (R), Jim McGovern (D), Pat Barron (I)

Jeff Perry ma-10

Voices of the Voters: Jody
Voices of the Voters: Tom Savanti at the Perry HQ
Voices of the Candidates: Jeff Perry (R) ma-10
You’ve found that Scott Brown Feeling

There is absolutely no reason why we can’t win all of these seats if you give time and effort, we can’t do everything but all of us can do something!

And it goes without saying you should hit Stacy McCain’s site, just keep scrolling.

Update: And don’t miss Stacy’s latest on the Bielat/Frank race

…but I’d like to thank everyone who has hit the tip jar this weekend, that managed to pay for the rental and Stacy has been hitting the Gas so that has covered the trip.

Not to mention a huge thank you to the Lonely conservative and her husband who are slightly less lonely since they are allowing Stacy and I not only Crash but allowing us to snarf their internet to allow us to post.

Finally as I was writing this post I found out that my wife’s Aunt Shirley just died today. She single-handedly saved out honeymoon when Citi Travel didn’t take care of our booking. She and Uncle Bob gave us the use of their guest house and their spare car and the money we saved became the down payment for our house.

We can never repay her for that kindness and we will never forget.

It is crunch time for the DaTechGuy / Robert Stacy McCain road trip to hit districts in NY and Penn.

We are at least $300 short from being able to do this and that doesn’t even count any meals or hotels.

If we can get the last $300 $275 $250 $190 $165 $135 the road trip is on. If we can’t the road trip is off. I’m in no financial position to do this at a deficit.

So if you would like to see us hit some districts consider hitting DaTipJar to finance the trip and lets see if we can make it.

Consider how much of a difference its making in MA-3 and Marty Lamb because we were there. Could that happen in your district?

If not. Well Stacy can find a last min flight and I have plenty to do around here.

On January 20th the day after the Scott Brown Election, commenting on the arrogance of the defeated Democrats for the electorate I wrote this:

If the GOP doesn’t take advantage of this foolishness it’s only because they are not trying.

Well the Massachusetts GOP tried so hard that they didn’t even bother to run a candidate against the vulnerable Coakley. If it hadn’t been for Jim McKenna’s write-in campaign she would be sailing to re-election
Today at National Review ObiWan again used a military metaphor:

Jim: Generally, what should the Republicans be doing?

Obi-Wan: Avoid the saddest mistake that’s made in conflict – McClellan at Antietam, Mead at Gettysburg, or the Falaise Gap in WWII, or not letting Patton go for the Siegfried Line before that terrible winter and most of our casualties in Europe. Experts lack imagination and can’t seize the chance for Cannae-like victory.

Can you imagine with all the ethical vulnerabilities you have been showing about Schumer – not to mention that he’s more a symbol of this Congress than anyone and he’s got pretty unimpressive numbers – the GOP is not even mounting a campaign against him?

That the trick Attack Attack Attack

The Democrats have been under siege (ala Petersburg) defending unpopular policies that republicans have been nailing them on, first slowly then finally breaking through their flanks on both left and right. They are fleeing this president in the same way as the Confederates were fleeing Grant. This Mosque is one issue that the President has decided to stop and fight on as did the Confederates at Sayler’s Creek. Sheridan had the right answer saying: “Go Right through them, they are demoralized as hell.”

And as Stacy points out it’s not just timidness it’s not knowing where the fight actually is:

Nothing illustrates the disconnect between money and brains in the GOP than a fact highlighted by Jimmie Bise: Charlie Crist raised $4.3 million in a single three-month period of 2009.

The more I think about that, the angrier I get. Who were these more-money-than-brains people who wrote those checks for Crist? Did they just take the word of John Cornyn and Jim Greer that Crist was the man to beat in the Florida GOP Senate primary?

A fool and his money are soon parted, and there are times when the Republican Party resembles nothing so much as a scam for separating rich fools from their money.

For $4.3 million, you could have paid 86 bloggers $50,000 a year.

As I have been living off of $27k a year unemployment the number is staggering but more important is that 86 bloggers putting up 6 posts a day could literally write a post about EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS EVERY SINGLE DAY.

If even half of said bloggers were on the road covering campaigns you could have fresh stories that come direct from the districts boosting said candidates rather than the MSM stories attacking them coming from Washington. What kind of Stories? Well how about reports from candidate forums Georgia or Profiles of candidates in Maryland or interviews with candidates in NC and California or reports direct from Alaska.

These kind of reports, positive reports coming out on a daily basis keep the opposition demoralized, instead of being able to force us to play on their field.

and the last warning comes from Glenn Reynolds and reader:

But if the GOP establishment fights us to the end, then it will take an actual third-party to engage the public in transforming our political system. That will take much more time, and much more effort. And it will be a bloody mess (hopefully only figuratively! my biggest fear is otherwise) for years as we clean up the pieces of the train wreck they have driven us into.

Indeed. As I’ve warned before, if the GOP retakes Congress and then blows it, we’re likely to see not only a third-party Presidential challenge, but a lot of third-party challengers for Congressional seats.

It’s like Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, you get one shot, don’t blow it.

Update: Yet another Instalanche! Thanks Glenn. Hi folks, since your last visit we have scared John Olver, been Scheduled Saturday for another guest appearance on WCRN from 2-4 p.m. and should have a new Examiner column up before I hit the sack. Update: My examiner article Will the voters buy the One Nation timeshare is now up

The datipjar has been very silent since the new blog look. In fact totally silent.

Although Freedomworks kindly covered the plane and hotel for me at blogcon between The taxis , the metro, meals, and cell phone cards and the drive to the airport and batteries I spent $200 over the 6 days.

If anyone is in a position to kick in any bit of that it would be very helpful. Week 99 comes on Nov 7 and $2800 of cobra payments are due this week, so every little bit helps.

the DaTipJar is to the left, If you are in a position to give it a hit it would be most welcome.

this took place on capital hill. The panel consisted of Dan Riehl Melissa Clouther and Stacy McCain Tabitha Hale. Each talked about interactions between congressional offices and bloggers:

Hale Riehl, and Clouthier

Melissa made some serious points saying:
Bloggers will notice things first, they can give good hits to a local congressman on the issue. A local blogger can connect the congressmen with grass roots.

Framing is very important when the MSM is the conduit for information being released it will not be used in a manner that favors a republican/conservative
thus it is vital to have the blogger relationship so that the positive message is released otherwise the lack of coordination keeps us playing defense.

I could not agree more, why should you provide fodder to organization that not only oppose you but help sustain them?

Dan Riehl brought bluntness to a new level but spoke some common sense:

To the press: you think we are idiots, we think you’re idiots but we need to work together as we’re on the same side. We need to be on the same page and beating democrats.

You can’t ignore and neglect us, step on us and we will step on the foot.
No one person is that important but our mass and aggregate is important.
If you are a press person establish a relationship with a couple of bloggers.

If you want for example to get a video out give it to a blogger, he will post it, others will link and the MSM will get it from them, you get the attention, the blogger gets the hits, win win.

Tabitha Hale talked about facilitating bloggers (as she has for me.) The purpose of these events is to put faces with names, working and getting the dialogue started. Right now it tends to be the entire blogosphere vs Washington.

This actually sounds a lot like my have fedora will travel stuff, my example. Lets say a congressman is planning a bill to say reverse a green regulation that will allow a local factory to continue without layoffs. If he goes to the media, it becomes a story about the experiment with a republican as a foe. If he goes to a blogger like me and if his supporters can finance a trip to the district that can be a week of stories and post, all about said job, here and at the Examiner. A week worth of stories that he can reference and instead of the media creating the template we do.

Remember the NYT is being read in most districts, a blogger appearing locally can create news locally where the congressman’s voters actually are. By the time the MSM strikes, the narrative is out there.

Any takers?

A Hotel & Bedbugs tale:

Lou Sorkin, an entomologist at New York’s American Museum of Natural History who has been studying bedbug behavior for 15 years, said the nationwide bedbug problem is as bad as he’s ever seen it, not only because of the decline in DDT use but because of increased international travel.

And since many travelers end up in hotels, these critters are giving guests the jitters. Guests are grilling the staff on their bedbug extermination policies, keeping their suitcases away from the upholstery, and pulling off the sheets to inspect the mattresses.

Should we send any bill to the estate of Rachel Carlson?

…not counting the one I’ll be wearing when I fly down.

I’m not quite sure how many bloggers who are not part of the “official” announced lineup will be there but I have enough hats to go around for a few anyway.

One bad thing. I was hoping to have some homemade cannoli for people but I’ll have to get it from the same bakery that the CPAC stuff came from. Pretty good stuff though.

Some good news. I will be attending Freedom Works Blogcon running Thursday Sept 9th through Sunday September 12th. This means I will be covering the rallies at the capital that weekend.

Freedom works is graciously taking care of the airline and the room. I am hoping to raise a little bit of dough to pay for the metro, grub and spare batteries etc. I’m figuring about $150 should cover me for the days of the conference $200 if you want to help pay for the Cannoli I am bringing with me.

So if you would like to give a hand click on DaTipJar to the left and I hope to see you in Washington.

My latest Examiner column Out Gunn-ed Everywhere man is now up at my examiner page a peek:

Years ago Olver produced an ad which was a take off of the country song I’ve been everywhere emphasizing how many places in the state he has been to and worked for. It is still one of the best ads of its type I’ve ever seen. As the ad doesn’t mention an opponent or a year it is regularly rolled out each election. even gave it an award in 2008.

However the I’ve been everywhere theme might be overplayed Viking Pundit explains:

“Every two years, this guy blows the dust off of his campaign commercial which is simply themed “I’ve been everywhere.” Except he hasn’t held any town hall meetings anywhere in Massachusetts’ First District. The first and last time he visited any towns in Western Massachusetts was to shoot that damned commercial.

It is a first rate ad but it looks like it will take more than that to ensure a 20th straight year of democratic control of the MA-01.

And just to remind everyone. My examiner columns are currently my only source of paid income (other than the occasional pc fix) I’m paid by the hit so every time you read one of my columns or you forward it for someone else to read it’s like dropping a penny (well almost a penny) in DaTipJar.

Of course if you want to kick into DaTipJar outright or hire me to write, that’s very welcome too.

With the redesign I figured I’d fiddle with DaTipJar. Under the old setup I couldn’t get the old button to work, with the new setup it seems to be working but I haven’t tested it from outside my pc.

So tonight at game night I’ll try it from a friend’s computer, but if you want to give a hand to a blogger & wife who are both looking for work feel free to hit the Da Button to Da Left.

Of course if you want to hire someone to write a column or a daily blog for your site or organization, or if you are looking for a conservative blogger to ballence your site/show (cough! Morning Joe cough!) you won’t find a better time to make a deal.

Update: Thanks to the guys who kicked in after the update today. I should have improved DaTipJar BEFORE the fundraiser.

Good news and good judgment in Ga-4 as Liz Carter wins the republican primary without a runoff she will face Hank Johnson who also won outright.

Given the demographics this won’t be an easy fight but even more dramatic than the difference between the two on the issues is the difference in energy. Liz Carter is one of the hardest working campaigners I’ve ever seen and will work even harder (if that’s possible) on the general election than she did on the primary. Hank Johnson has missed debates and forums and there are questions concerning his health, (how valid those questions are varies with who you are talking to).

Liz Carter seems to be the perfect candidate at the perfect time. A tireless worker willing to engage any voter and fight for her message at a time where the policies of the left are the least popular.

Anyone who thinks she can’t win this thing should go down to GA-4 and see what I saw. It won’t be easy but she can win this and it will take some serious effort by the DNC and Johnson to prevent her from doing so.

We come to day 9 in the Am I worth half as much as Andrew Sullivan and why you should support it. Today the reason is for Conservatives and that reason is Conservative voices.

With the MSM and the strong web presence of liberal voices it is vital to have conservative voices to counter them, particularly in a state like Massachusetts where the worm is finally starting to turn.

If you are going to persuade people you have to have someone willing to make the case. I have been willing to be one of those someones in this state doing so.

So if you want to support such a voice then considering hitting DaTipJar and keep this voice alive.

The first week of my fundraiser ends with this argument as to why I’m worth at least half as much as Andrew Sullivan. Georgia 4th district coverage.

Take a look at the full list of Ga-4 posts and the information within. Take a good look at what a weeks worth of full time reporting can bring out. Imagine this repeated in other news and election each time with improving with experience. That is what you are buying when you kick in to DaTipJar.

Only you can set the relative value

The genesis of my trip to Georgia was a short phone interview concerning the IRS chief revelation that the government would seize tax refunds of people who fail to buy insurance.

the World of Coca-Cola

Cheryl who remembered me from CPAC is her Chief of staff and arranged the interview. It was during that interview that something amazing was said.

Even more incredible was their reaction concerning the Media. The were fed up with it, they concluded that they were not getting the true picture from the MSM. As they put it: “Truth Matters!”

If you are getting the NAACP deciding that the Mainstream media can’t be trusted then the seminal change I was discussing is upon us. The same issues, regardless of race, face all.

Here is my take on the trip:

The District:

The district includes North Atlanta, Tucker, Rockville, Decatur, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, it is overwhelmingly Black and democratic, and located to the East of the city.

The People:

The People of district 4 that I ran into were primarily middle class regardless of race. They seem a deeply religious people although

Richard Thompson at Mamie

]there is a vast choice of religion to deal with. Mostly protestant but with some Catholic, Islamic and Orthodox in the mix They are friendly, and once comfortable with you are willing to speak about what is on their mind. They are polite and will usually do their best to not offend. They will not,

Daniel in the Lion

particularly in public talk about the personal faults of others. It is not a community that is hurried. There is a large amount of folks who are transplants from other locations. It is very hard to find people above the age of 40 who have lived there all their lives.

The Issues:

The Issue on every set of lips was jobs jobs and oh jobs. People who don’t have them want them, people who have them are

Stone Mountain memorial, one of only Two confederate memorials I saw

worried about keeping them. Above all other issues this is paramount. Keeping things easy for business to grow is also an issue. There are some other issues such as water that are significant but to more to the politicians. Bottom line for everyone is the economy. Until the jobs issue is addressed everything else is on the back burner.


I know this is a tired old horse but if I didn’t mention it people would be wondering why. From what I saw it reminded me of

One of many wing wagons you will find

Fitchburg back in the 60’s and 70’s. You had an Italian Section of Town, a French Section, a Finn section a Yankee section etc, there would be some crossover but not a lot. It seemed to be pretty much the same, different ethnic groups tended to congregate together while various areas were mixed. In terms of jobs and entertainments people work side by side. In terms of taste people have their own cultural and culinary tastes but there is cross over. As a rule the younger the people were the less history bothered them. This is a very good thing but because of the history people are still very aware and sensitive.

And now the Meat and Potatoes of the Matter:

The Democrats:

There are three democratic candidates. The first being congressman Hank Johnson, he is the prohibitive front runner. In terms of policy his positions are standard left and pretty much in line with both Cynthia McKinney and Denise Majette who followed her but with none of the abrasion that McKinney was famous for. In my time in Georgia I did not meet a person who personally disliked him. This includes republicans. The big question on Johnson is his health. Depending on who you talk to he is either “courageous” in publicly dealing with his illness that isn’t slowing him down or practically on death’s door. Usually the answer is based on who you are supporting. He does have a new committee assignment on the transportation committee which considering the issues concerning MARTA certainly can’t hurt.

Next comes Vernon Jones. There are two constants concerning Vernon Jones. Every voter I talked to says he is smart and dynamic and more than capable of doing the job. Also every person I talked to in Ga-4 had the same reaction when I said his name. Everyone smiled a big wide grin like there was an inside joke that everybody knew but nobody wanted to say aloud. The adjectives used to describe him included “interesting”,

This is the 2nd wealthiest African American community in the country

“active” and quite a few more. Of the democratic candidates He has the best chance of unseating Johnson but in a district that is a very religious one Jones issues might be too much to overcome but his message of Jobs First is exactly the right message in this district and has played well with business owners.

Quite a few Vernon Jones signs in the area

Connie Stokes: Most voters I talked to didn’t even remember her name. This is a bad sign if you want to go to congress. Her campaign has nobody talking, at least nobody I heard.

I think this primary turns on Congressman Johnson’s health. The most knowledgeable unbiased source I talked to said he is clearly not himself but didn’t think it would be enough to derail him. A healthy Johnson beats both Jones and Stokes without much trouble, all indications are that a Johnson even with health questions will win this race unless those questions become so pronounced that he can’t function. Jones is known as a street fighter but he wasn’t able to take DeKalb county during the democratic primary for Senate. With tougher times his jobs message is a good sell but Stokes gives people who are unsure of Johnson another place to go if they are not comfortable with Jones.

My prediction: Johnson wins without a runoff.


The most interesting fact about this race according to people experienced in Ga-4 is that there IS a race. This is one of the “majority-minority” districts that has been a double edged sword for liberals. The fact that four candidates are going for this

Liz Carter

nomination is a sign of what his happening all over the country.

Liz Carter has been campaigning hard in the district, and has impressed a lot of people even on the other side of the aisle. She has a strong presentation, a good grasp of the issues and is utterly fearless. Her willingness to fight to get her message out to the black community shows a fearlessness that is necessary if you are going to be a republican and win in such a district. Her push on financial issues and jobs is an excellent message for the times and it is no secret that I was and am impressed by her.

Cory Ruthis exactly what the Republican party needs more of. A young self made black man who is enamored with basic conservative principles, who looks to the future rather than the past. His mantra that if the government would get out of the way of people in general and of the black community in particularly it can excel. Ruth also has deep connections within the black community that would be a big advantage in a general election but in a district where most of the black community are registered democrats doesn’t help much in the primary but as I saw, his support is not confined to the

Cory Ruth at Arizona

southern part of the district.

The two other candidates: Victor Armendariz and Larry Gause have not made much of a splash and like Connie Stokes on the democratic side do not seem to be a factor.

The race really comes down to Carter and Ruth, both have strengths for the general election, both are impressive candidates but Liz Carter has run the stronger campaign and it has gained notice even with those on the other side. With an open primary system in Georgia, Cory may be able to draw on independent black voters particularly those who are concerned about Johnson’s Health

Signs at the Tysinger breakfast

and Jones’ reputation. There is also the pragmatic factor in terms of both winning the general election and re-election in 2012 in a majority black district that has driven some republican support his way. Liz however has already demonstrated willingness to fight for black voters and the contested contest on the democratic side may be too much of a draw for voters. I think Carter’s efforts here pay off.

My Prediction: Carter wins without a runoff.

I will not make a prediction in the general election as it is too far away, although just as you had to favor Coakley in Massachusetts early so must give Johnson the advantage in this district. You can’t count out a candidate like Liz Carter who is willing to fight for the black vote. The off year election with President Obama not on the ballot and the economic woes favor her. I’d say his has an 70% shot at re-election but the fact that any republican has a 30% shot in this district is at least as incredible as Scott Brown in Massachusetts. If Johnson’s heath takes a turn for the worse all bets are off.

The real interesting question in this race is Vernon Jones. If he wins the primary it shakes things up tremendously. If he loses does he look to 2012 and act accordingly? And what about Cory Ruth? Say I’m wrong and he wins the primary, does he have the gravitas to beat Johnson? Does his reputation in the community outweigh Jones’ street smarts in a general election? And if he doesn’t win, is he a stronger candidate in 2012 with one campaign under his belt?

For a district and a race that should be all but settled, a lot is going on and I’ll tell you what. It won’t be boring.

Here is my complete collection of posts on the Georgia Trip:

Calling all Atlanta Area Conservative Bloggers: A suggestion that we have a night out together, I’m free tonight (Tuesday) and/or Friday

Fedora now in Dixie (the I’ve arrived post)

Voices of Georgia: Rochelle (my first interview and I comment on sedition back home)

Breakfast in America Mamie’s Kitchen ga-4 (I talk to patrons of a local coffee shop)

A talk with the Crossroads News (The Rather extraordinary Jennifer Parker talks to me about the district)

Voices of Ga-4 my pal Vinnie: (He looks nothing like Joe Pesci!)

A Few Photos from tonight: Photos from the United PeachTree Corners Civic Organization candidate’s forum. on May 24th.

Individual interviews on camera with Angela Moore, Liz Carter, Brooke Nebel, Jeffery Meek, and Dr. Mary Kay Murphy from the UPCCA forum.

My quick take on the UPCCA Forum.

Various uninformative opining on stuff

The Curse of the Fedora or how the Red Sox went on a winning streak when I left

Video from the Varsity (onion rings awesome, burger so/so)

A very good sitdown with the Champion Free Press

My old friends and me

A Doraville thankyou post.

A church Tale where I talk about some of the churches I visited

Two posts about the one unpleasant moment of the trip

Chief/Col John King’s Afganistan deployment post. (MUST WATCH!)

A Thanks to Hank Johnson’s staff

Liz Carter in Doraville

My funny CNN post (well I thought it was funny)

The Republican Ga-7 candidate forum (had a very bad time uploading them for some reason)

Matthews’ cafeteria roundup

A busy day

Indictments in the 4th district

My Cory Ruth video

A photo illustrating the one thing wrong with Tysinger’s forum.

Looking for a cup of Peach Tea: My link to the examiner article on what I saw (or rather didn’t see) of the tea parties

A Reception in Doraville: The reception for Chief King after the presentation.

My Lunch with Cory Ruth: A rundown of my long Lunch with candidate Cory Ruth

Voices of Ga: Kelly Nguyen (r) Ga-5: Kelly Nguyen makes her case for ga-5

Latest Examiner Article: Breakfast without Tea: My Examiner article on the Tysinger Breakfast

The Tysinger Breakfast a great idea: My blog post on on the Tysinger Breakfast including several video clips

Voices of Ga Allen Williamson (I) Ga-82: My final Georgia voice from the trip

And of course my posts about the forum in Ga-4 that I did from here:

Ga-4 Forum: No Irish Whites need apply? The initial post on the subject

Ga-4 Forum: Statement of Newsmakers live Journal: Posting the forum’s hosts statement on the matter.

GA-4 Forum: Cory Ruth Statement: Cory Ruth’s statement on the matter

Liz Carter allowed to participate… the resolution.

The Ga-4 Forum story makes the news: and the coverage by the MSM

And that is what I did on my Georgia trip.

I’m going to give everyone the weekend off for long reasons why you should kick into the Am I worth half as much as Andrew Sullivan fundraiser and just give a quick one instead along with a thank you to those who have kicked in so far.

You should kick in because George Soros sure won’t, particularly after my posts on Israel this week. So If Soros isn’t going to do it I’ll have to rely on you to hit DaTipJar.

In DeKalb country there is weekly political event that for 42 years has informed people about the issues and the candidates. That is the Tysinger breakfast.

Gene Wise Tells us of it’s origin

The years may have slowed Mr. Tysinger but it hasn’t stopped him from holding his weekly event.

How many pols today still quote Cicero? At the breakfast I attended there were several speakers candidates for State offices, house, senate and Attorney general.

People made their presentations and took questions from the audience. The biggest issue of the day was the School district indictments and Tom Bowen of the board gave an overview and took some questions.

The best line of the day belonged to Seth Harp running for Georgia State Insurance Commissioner: “Sacred Cows make great Hamburger!”.

To say this is a great idea is an incredible understatement. An event like this gives people the chance to touch on the issues and talk to candidates and pols of all levels, even more importantly said pols have an incentive to show up and be responsive to the needs of the people that send them to office.

I can not recommend this type of thing enough. It should be emulated in every state, maybe in every country in the Union. Perhaps if there were more of these breakfasts the Tea Party Movement would not be necessary.

My latest article for the Examiner Breakfast without Tea is now up at

The topic is the Tysinger breakfast about which I have a standard post coming up about 7 p.m. tonight.

As always my examiner articles as a group are available here and considering the inauspicious start to the Am I worth as much as Andrew Sullivan drive every penny generating hit you can give is most appreciated.