A week ago I spoke at the Friday Morning Group in Lexington Ma. Old friend Janet Aldrich was kind enough to record this speech:

Janet by the way has, for a decade, done yeoman’s work in covering state hearings. I interviewed her after this event.

Her youtube channel Beacon Hill Flagg that is THE go to site for actual pubic hearings that I suspect a lot of people in government wish would not see the light of day, such as the weeding out of Christians from the adpotion services in Massachusetts.

She is a state treasure.


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by baldilocks

I had a lot of trouble concentrating today, as anyone who follows my Facebook and Twitter feeds already knows. I got up at around two this morning, having “slept” for a few hours—more of a fitful opening and closing of my eyes.

The problem? I have been applying for jobs like crazy for the past few months and the only feedback I received was an “Unfortunately” letter from Trader Joe’s. You’d think that it would be easy to get a job in the present environment—especially for a veteran who can write, think a little bit, and pass a drug test, but it isn’t. I haven’t been looking for a jackpot; just something I can use to keep from scratching, scraping, and begging my readers to help me with. By the way, fans of baldilocks are some of the most wonderful and generous people in existence.

So, as I said, I expressed my frustrations on my accounts and received an avalanche of great ideas, leads, links and at least one solid opportunity.

I’ve kept some information to myself and to personal friends, but I want to let it out here and now. The only reason I’ve remained in California since the loss of my house in December 2014, is to be near my church. Otherwise I’d be in New Mexico near my parents and most of the rest of my family. I love my people dearly (here’s a gratuitous link to one of the writers among that number), but God comes first and when I put Him first, He provides. I’m human and my faith wavers, but it does not fail because I’ve asked Him to help me with it. It’s an ongoing endeavor.

I love to write; here, at baldilocks, and wherever. One of my wonderful friends even gave me an opportunity—a different one than the one mentioned above–to get a well-compensated position as a technical writer. However, it’s necessary to consider that job in the context of why I remained in California. Would I have time for my church? What about time to write in-depth pieces for DaTechGuy and for baldilocks? Unlikely. No doubt, I will have more difficult decisions to make, should the job be offered.

But today, I have faith, just enough for today. Tomorrow, will be time enough for tomorrow’s faith. And so on.

(Thank to FW, CF, and JVS)

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 tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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by baldilocks

After this happened yesterday, a few of my online friends messaged me to make sure that all was well with me. (Bless you.)

As a third night of protests over Donald Trump’s election swept through major cities, nearly 200 people were arrested by Los Angeles police in the downtown L.A.

About 150 people — a mix of adults and juveniles — were arrested near Cesar E. Chavez and Grand avenues by 3 a.m., Montgomery said.

Just after midnight, in a separate set of arrests, about 35 were taken into custody after failing to disperse in the area of Olive Street and Olympic Boulevard, Montgomery said.

“F— Trump” graffiti could be seen in various locations in the downtown area.

I messaged back to let them know that I was okay and, while the above locations are not far–in LA distance–from my apartment, it was very quiet. (Nothing good happens on the street between 12 and 3AM, but that’s a side point.)

There’s a reason for the peace; I live in Koreatown. You all remember the Korean-Americans of LA, right?

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1992 LA Riots

Actually, my neighborhood is very mixed racially, but many of the business signs are in Korean. Welcome to LA. Koreans make great neighbors.

I had thought about heading downtown to see what was going on today, but I should have gotten an earlier start.

Meanwhile, I’ve gained a bit of notoriety as a YouTube ranter. The topic? Leftists.

And I will probably write about this story since the human dynamics of it and that of the anti-Trump riots are related. (Careful. The story will inflame your emotions.)

Tomorrow, I must travel through downtown to get to church, so I’ll keep my camera at the ready for any rioters in the wild. And please don’t worry about my safety. I don’t.

OH YEAH AND: I got Instalanched for this post today.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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 Speaking.net, 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