By John Ruberry

The Washington Post has long been a leftist publication, in the 1970s it was dubbed “Pravda on the Potomac” by conservatives.

The newspaper has gotten worse since then, even after its purchase in 2013 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

On Friday it released a 2005 video of Donald Trump in a hot-mic conversation with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood as he very crudely discusses his sexual moves on women. In his apology the Republican presidential nominee categorized his behavior as “locker-room banter,” but the reality is that most men, or even high school sophomores, don’t speak in that manner about women, at least in such explicit detail. Trump needs to make one more apology added with a vow never to discuss women in that fashion for as long as he lives.

While NBC, which owns Access Hollywood, not surprisingly had the video clip first, it was cognizant of it on Monday. But while the network’s lawyers were still reviewing the clip, an anonymous source alerted the Post about it on Friday, four hours later it went live on the newspaper’s website.

But who was that source?

In a July Wikileaks release, Greg Sargent, who writes the Plum Line blog for the Post–most of the its blogs are leftist electronic rags–was exposed as a shill for the Democratic National Committee. Lee Cary in the American Thinker laid down how the DNC propaganda treadmill works at the Post. Sargent gets a tip of slanted information from the DNC, which of course he doesn’t credit in his blog entry. Writers higher up on the Post food chain credit the Plum Line on this “scoop,” other media sources credit the Post, when in fact the “news” is really a disguised Democratic Party informercial.

How many other shills such as Sargent at the Post have yet to be exposed?

“According to the Washington Post” is a much more convincing article lead-in than “According to a Democratic Party press release.”

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

Back to the Trump tape. Yes, it’s newsworthy, but if the DNC was the Post’s source, shouldn’t its readers know about that? Remember, there’s a conveyor line of information coming from the Democrats to the Washington Post. Here’s another question: Let’s say a similarly damaging recording of Hillary Clinton was out there and the Post became aware of it. Would the Post run with that story? Or does the paper ignore it, using feeble excuses that it is “old news” or “not relevant to the political discussion.”

Win or lose this autumn, conservative bloggers and activists need to widen the battlefield and include what Trump rightly calls the “dishonest media” in the war for America. The establishment media, with a few exceptions, is a leftist cabal. If we successfully expose them to the masses, we’ll discover that defeating the Democrats will be surprisingly easy.

Don’t worry about Greg Sargent. I’m sure he has a job waiting for him at the Democratic National Committee if things stop working out for him at the Post. Or in a Hillary Clinton presidential administration.

John Ruberry regularly blogs Marathon Pundit.

Politico reports that USA today has decided to go SJW:

USA Today has suspended the column of a conservative commentator for one month after he called for drivers to “run … down” demonstrators protesting police shootings in Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday night.
“USA TODAY expects its columnists to provide thoughtful, reasoned contributions to the national conversation, on all platforms,” Bill Sternberg, the editorial page editor of USA Today, said in a statement to POLITICO. “Glenn Reynolds’ Run them down’ tweet, in response to a news report about protesters in Charlotte stopping traffic and surrounding vehicles, was a violation of that standard and can be interpreted as an incitement to violence. Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who writes twice a week for USA TODAY, has apologized. His column has been suspended for one month.”

I’m sure they see nothing odd about suspending a conservative columnist during the final month of a presidential campaign but it’s USA today’s newspaper and they have the right to do as they see fit.

By that same token so do I and so do you.

For myself I am suspending USA today for one month until the return of Glenn Reynolds to the paper. I’ve blocked the on twitter for the duration of Glenn’s suspension, but on the off chance a link elsewhere leads to USA today without my knowledge I’ve installed the chrome extension Web Blocker and done this:


Given the great variety of news sources out there I’m sure I can do without them USA Today for a month or maybe even more and I’m certainly sure they and their advertisers are delighted to do without tens of thousands of deplorables like me who read his column every week.

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I was going to hit the sack as I’ve been up all night but when I saw that Glenn Reynolds had been suspended by twitter it woke me up prompting a spake of tweets noting twitters double standards and the progressive increase in suspending conservatives from Stacy McCain to Milo to Him each one more prominent.

However Glenn Reynolds Instapundit did just fine before twitter and was set to do just fine after it so his initial reaction was rather amusing:

if Twitter doesn’t like me, I’m happy to stop providing them with free content.

It didn’t take long for Glenn’s banning to be picked up by conservatives all over. After all it isn’t every day that a prominent law professor, USA today columnist and one of the most prolific bloggers in history who inspired a ton of us. CNN Commentator Hugh Hewitt had him on his radio show where he said:


HH: And what would you say to those people who are urging that you be silenced and shut down and fired? This is a 1st Amendment that we’re talking about here. What would you say to them, Glenn Reynolds?
GR: That’s a lot for three words, especially considering all the hyperbole we’ve heard in this election already. We’ve heard plenty of people talking about the desirability of the assassination of Donald Trump and other things. It seems to me that that’s kind of a double standard, isn’t it?
HH: Have you read Ross Douthat’s column this morning, Hillary Clinton’s Samantha Bee Problem, about the cultural…
GR: I have read that column.
HH: What did you think of it? And do you fit into that narrative now?
GR: Oh, I don’t know. You know, there is a big lefty cultural apparatus that tries to enforce its views on everything. And frankly, it is probably the thing that is keeping Donald Trump alive, and it may be the thing that gets him elected, as Ross Douthat says. I think that’s totally right. And I think it’s funny, because you know, I grew up in the Civil Rights era. My dad was a moderately well-known civil rights and Vietnam protestor. And to be honest, it seems to me that then, the left was really all on for free speech, and now that they feel like they have gathered all the reins in their hands, they’re not so big on tolerance anymore.


Shortly after that was posted Instapundit’s suspension was revoked.

I have no idea if any explanation was given, I joked it was because he knows a lot of lawyers but re-reading his post on the subject I think I have isolated the twelve words Glenn wrote that really caused the suspension to be lifted


Twitter can do without me, as I can certainly do without Twitter.


Glenn Reynolds is a traffic machine, anyone who has ever gotten an instalanche knows this to be true, The only real value that twitter has is the ability to provide advertisers access to the tens to hundreds of thousands of people who want to see the tweets of a traffic machine like Glenn.

The Day the various traffic machines decide, like Glenn did, that they can do without twitter they are finished. Twitter not only loses its purpose but it’s ability to generate profit, in fact it might even lead to celebs demanding twitter pay THEM a per follower fee annually for using their platform and generating the traffic & eyeballs they need to have any chance of being profitable.

Twitter could survive anger, outrage or even venom from a major traffic generator like Glenn, but it can’t survive indifference.

Update: Stacy McCain comments thusly from his still continuing twitter exile:

What are we permitted to say about marauding gangs of thieves and thugs? The owners of Twitter have evidently hired Democrat Party activists to control the narrative on their platform, effectively turning it into a propaganda platform for a violent anti-white terrorist organization (to call #BlackLivesMatter what it actually is). Twitter’s policy can be considered an “in-kind” political contribution to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, which is counting on #BlackLivesMatter to help her win key swing states like North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Ohio.
Do law-abiding citizens have no right to defend themselves against mob attacks? If a family is in their car on the highway and find themselves surrounded by a gang of criminals who have been roaming the streets committing violence, what are they supposed to do?


Why you are supposed to let yourself be killed of course

Update 2: Via Patterico

“Run them down” is sounding more and more like self defense to me.

Update 4: USA today has decided to suspend Glenn for a month, so I’ve decided to block them on twitter and in my web browser for (at least) a month

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Well the tryouts for DaTechGuy’s Magnificent Prospects are over and we have three winners.

Christopher Harper, Journalism professor at Temple University and longtime member of the MSM drew the most support from DaTipJar and was literally under a hit per post behind our 2nd place finisher in total hits. He will be joining Baldilocks as a regular Tuesday Contributor Posting at Noontime.

Our writer who goes by the pseudonym RH/RG36B came in second. We are delighted to have this navy man onboard. He will also be joining Baldilocks by taking Noontime Saturday Duties.

but our #1 overall performer (and it wasn’t close) was JD Rucker whose pieces were by far the most popular with you dear readers. By virtue of this he officially takes over the Thursday Noon slot that has been empty since AP Lady Liberty Dillon went on to greener pastures.

That’s the good news that bad news is my days of every Thursday off have now officially ended.

I’d like to thank Tech Knight, Jon Fournier and Ellen Kolb who did some good writing and had some support from readers but not enough to justify a weekly paid position at this time. You may see them back as substitute writers and if any of the tip jar hitters who really liked them want them back if you are willing to sponsor any or all of them via a monthly subscription I’d be wiling to consider giving them a monthly piece on the site (and maybe get at least one day off a month!)

But till that day comes welcome to JD, RH/NG36B and Christopher may your writing continue to entertain and inform readers of DaTechguyblog for many years to come.

Update: Just exchanged DM’s with JD. Because he was so popular with readers he has agreed to join Baldilocks and Fausta in doing two posts a week. Post #2 will be Sunday Evenings. Your cup runneth over. Also JD’s spot was Thursdays which is the spot that JD is taking over.

You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.’ But the plans were on display…’ o n display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.’ `That’s the display department.’ `With a torch.’ `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.’ `So had the stairs.’ `But look you found the notice didn’t you?’ `Yes,’ said Arthur, `yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying “Beware of The Leopard”.’

Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 1979 — Douglas Adams.

On Tuesday I led with a piece concerning the hilarity of crying “security” with Anthony Weiner and Huma when Bill Clinton is about to be let back into the white house. In that piece I had a quote from Donny Deutsch

Panelist Donny Deutsch guessed that Trump would have no problem counter-punching with the Epstein connection whenever he was hit for his own behavior with women, as he was last weekend in a piece in the New York Times.

“Here’s the tennis game,” Deutsch said. “Donald Trump kissed a woman in a bathing suit. Trump hits back: Tell me about the president’s relationship with a guy named Jeffrey Epstein. That’s your tennis match.”

In my original piece I had video from the Washington Free Beacon story containing that entire exchange. You might wonder why I didn’t include said video of Deutsch mentioning Jeffery Epstein and see the reaction of the people at the table.

Here is why

nbc copywright

If you look at the view count you will see that seven minute clip had over 100,000 views before NBC decided to play copyright police game.

Maybe it’s just me but given how often we see stuff at mediaite et al it seems rather unusual for a news network to make a copyright claim over a clip from a news story that used as “fair use” by another news organization. Could this suggest that NBC wants to keep this clip out of the public view because it might hurt Hillary?

I can see the NBC reaction now: Nonsense, we’re not censoring the clip at all. The seven minute clip IS available IF you

Go to the Morning Joe site

Hit search taking you to the MSNBC search engine

Search for Donald Trump

Narrow the field to Morning Joe

Narrow the field to May 16th 2016

and sit through all the videos till you find the right one.

And skip ahead to the 12 minute mark on that video.

If you do so you CAN find the clip and watch the Morning Joe panel’s reaction to what Donny Deutsch says

So,  You’ll have absolutely no problem sharing this clip with people far and wide and giving them a hint about the relationship between Jeffery Epstein and Bill Clinton and how the media views it…provided you are someone like me who

already saw the clip

remembered what show it was on

knew what day it was broadcast

And knew what time segment to look for 

As for everyone else NBC says to you: Beware of the Leopard!

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The speakers and the presentations are obviously the meat of the Amplify Choice conference but no less important are the writers / blogger who attended and I spoke to as many as I had time to.

Since there wasn’t a lot free time I struck the lunch ine:

I spoke to Kemberlee Kaye of Legal Insurrection

and Ernesto Cullari

And Will Franklin

We would see him again tomorrow

Once the presentations were over it was time to clear the room for dinner so I packed up as soon as I could and caught managed to talk to Heather Kays

We saw a glimpse of her during the Ben Scafidi interview and she was on the panel of reporters who cover the subject as well (Incidently her piece at Teachers and tummy tucks: Buffalo’s $5 million bill for cosmetic surgery is a must read.)

and of course old friend and past Magnificent Seven writer AP Dillon

Her going onwards and upwards is the reason why we are interviewing Da Magnificent Prospects

Just before the dinner keynote & managed to grab Fay Anderson

Her point about the safety of charter schools as a motivation for parents was repeated in the keynote and is well made.

And my last interview of the night was James Foytlin

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As some of you might remember I put out a call for potential new Magnificent seven writers last week I conducted a series of interviews with the candidates who had inquired and  I’ve selected six who might have what it takes to be part of our Magnificent Seven sequel.

They have different interests, different backgrounds, different specialities. and in several occasions different opinions than me on various issues.  Some have extensive writing experience, including with the MSM, others are looking for something new, some are in business, some involved in causes and others just about doing their best for their country but ALL of them have the potential to something to the site that would make it better.

In fact my biggest dilemma is this?  Given I was looking for say two writers maybe three how does one make the choice between such an excellent crew?

That’s where you come in.

Starting Monday and continuing through the Month of August you will get to judge these writers for yourself in Da Magnificent Tryouts.

These writes will put their skills to the test before you,  the reader, to see if they have what it takes.

Over the next six weeks Da Magnificent Prospects will write for you. Except in a case of a significant national news suddenly taking place where they happen to live, they will choose their own topics and present their own views even if they disagree with mine.

And you dear readers by your decision to read, re-read and share their posts will provide the stats (and DaTipJar hits) that will be the primary (but not exclusive) measure that they are judged by.

(Note:  If a particular writer impresses you so much that you’re willing to sponsor them via subscription on a monthly basis, that will increase their odds exponentially.)

There will be six static tryout slots.  Over the course of Da Magnificent Tryout each writer will have one piece in each slot so their stats will not reflect day and time bias.

Here is the lineup for this week starting July 25th:

Monday Evening:  Tech Knight

Tuesday noontime:  C Harper

All day Thursday (morning , noon, evening) NG36B , Ellen K , JD Rucker

Saturday noontime  Jon

The following week writer will move to one spot back.  LC Harper will be on Monday, Tech Knight Saturday at noon etc until each writer each writer has written in each slot.  If a writer chooses for any reason to drop out then the resulting empty slot will be filled by me.


At least two and perhaps three of these writers will become permanent members of Da Magnificent Seven but if more than three produce significant traffic & revenue increases I’m certainly open to  increasing that number.

So take some time to check out the work of Tech Knight,  C Harper,  NG36B , Ellen K , JD Rucker and Jon. and if you like what you see make sure you tweet your friends and send out their work far an wide.

Who knows you just might be the person who decides what the Lineup of DaTechGuy’s blog is for the election home stretch.

One of the best things that has happened to DaTechguyblog has been the addition of my Magnificent Seven Writers.

They have brought perspective and knowledge to this site and has, at least in my opinion made a positive difference to our readers.

As time has passed several of our writers have moved on to bigger and better things, others have decided to take a break from blogging while still others due to their busy lives will contribute the odd post but do not contribute to the site regularly.

The time has come to get a few more people on the reservation.

I am looking for one or two new Magnificent Seven writers.

What you will be expected to do: You will be expected to write a weekly 250 word piece for an assigned day. Depending on your needs I might accept a biweekly piece. The topic of said piece will be left entirely to you but will be expected to comply with the following guidelines:

  1. Accuracy. If you’re writing opinion say it’s opinion, if you’re writing fact, say it’s fact. If you are quoting others, (or your own blog) provide links. Photos & videos are welcome but remember I am a Catholic & a member of the Knight of Columbus so no nudity or sex acts etc. Also don’t get me sued.
  2. Outlook. This is a conservative blog and I’m a conservative Catholic. If you want to push liberalism, gay marriage, transgenderism, jihad, abortion etc I don’t want you. Further as previously said I’m a Knight of Columbus, if you want to attack the Catholic Church, you can do it on your own site however, there is a difference between attack and critique as long as you are on the critique side of the line we’re fine. Furthermore if you are of a different faith and you want to expound on your belief system I have no objection as long as you make it clear that these are you’re opinions not mine.

  3. Honor: My name and reputation are on this site, there is a line between vulgarity and being provocative, don’t cross it, don’t be dishonorable.

  4. Pay: You will get a flat rate of .02 per word based on a 250 word piece. You are allowed to go over 250 words but the max you will get per piece is based on 250 words.

  5. You are more than welcome to link back to your own blog or site in your pieces and or promote your books or writings elsewhere, I would hope you would do the same here.

Preference will be given to people who have a body of work I’ve seen and to existing conservative bloggers.

If you have an interest drop me a line here, or leave a comment be aware that I sometimes get behind on my email as there is a lot of it.

If you have a recommendation feel free to leave that as well.


Update:  We have now finished taking applications, now in the process of interviews, I’ll be updating with details in new posts on the subject.

You might have forgotten the swatting of Stacy McCain and the threats against his family but the law didn’t:

The FBI contacted me earlier this month to tell me that the guy responsible for targeting me in a March 2013 SWATting incident was scheduled for sentencing in federal court, but I couldn’t report anything about it until after the hearing. Because of last week’s Dallas attack, the hearing date Monday slipped my mind, but here’s the official statement:

New York Man Sentenced To 24 Months in Prison
For Internet Offenses, Including “Doxing,” “Swatting,”
Making a False Bomb Threat, and Cyber-Stalking

WASHINGTON — Mir Islam, 22, of New York, N.Y., was sentenced today to 24 months in prison on three federal charges stemming from a conspiracy to commit various crimes related to the “swatting” and “doxing” of dozens of victims, and from a false bomb threat made against a university in Arizona and a pattern of online harassment constituting cyber-stalking against a university student, all occurring between February and September 2013.

And Stacy notes that things might not be over here.

FBI made a point of stating: “The investigation is continuing.” When I was notified a year ago that a then-unnamed person had copped a plea with the feds, I said: “Let justice be done. Let the guilty fear punishment for their crimes, so that the innocent need never fear.”

Mir Islam is now in federal prison, but there are still guilty people who have yet to face justice, and they should be afraid — very afraid.

If Mr. Islam wanted to silence Stacy maybe he should have just gotten a job at Twitter then he could have done so without worrying about the law

Now we don’t know who those others might be but anyone who has been following the Kimberlin cases on Hogewash  knows that the gears of the law grind very slowly, but they continue to move forward and I would not be surprised if some names readers of this site recognize get caught in them

Of course given that Stacy McCain supports Donald Trump and James Comey is in charge at the FBI who knows.

Closing thought, Why do I have a feeling that there is a job waiting for Mr Islam at Twitter as soon as he gets out?

An occasional series highlighting posts at the sites of my Magnificent Seven Writers (former and present)

Pat Austin at So it goes in Shreveport says the civil war is still being fought

You may recall that Mr. Epperson is attempting to have the Confederate Monument removed that stands in front of the courthouse on land given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1903.  I attended the Caddo Commission committee meeting when this was discussed and wrote about it here.  You can watch the video of that meeting here.  If you just want to skip to Mr. Epperson’s wandering, profanity laced tirade at the end, it starts at about 1:20 in the video.

Apparently Mr. Epperson’s wasn’t a big fan of Lincoln’s advice to “let em up easy” but nobody is more sore than a sore winner.

Earlier this month Juliette at Baldilocks wrote about a 2008 post whose point seems to be repeating itself

All too often these days, when the average person talks about principles, what they’re really talking about are their personal commodities—a fixed quantity to be sold under certain circumstances, with a finite set of buyers as well. Oh sure, this merchandise is labeled as “principles” but the definition of the word has become mutable–Truth become the Lie.

In her Carnival of Latin America at her blog Fausta provides evidence that History repeats itself:

Moscow Building Spy Site in Nicaragua. Signals intelligence facility part of deal for 50 Russian tanks (h/t Stephen Green). Not content with simply sending spy ships to Cuba, now

The Russian government is building an electronic intelligence-gathering facility in Nicaragua as part of Moscow’s efforts to increase military and intelligence activities in the Western Hemisphere.

While the MSM has no interest in the violence in Chicago At Marathon Pundit John Ruberry is keeping count:

It’s summer which sadly means that there will be more shootings in Chicago. This weekend seven people were shot to death and at least 48 others were wounded. Among the latter was a 19-year-old South Side woman who was shot twice shortly before noon on Saturday–she’s in critical condition.

At his site Author Tim Imholt PhD opines on some 80’s music that’s striking a familiar chord to him

Think about those words. We have two front runners in American politics for the 2016 Presidential election. Those are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Putting aside for a minute the thought that if these two are really the best, smartest, most qualified people in the nation for that job, we have a long way to go as a nation. Think about those words. These two political leaders are essentially living up to those words every day. Donald talks about himself more than anyone I know, and Hillary says look I held all these important positions with shockingly awesome titles. Perhaps Donald went bankrupt a lot and Hillary failed to perform in those jobs, but that’s beside the point. Politics is a show, and those two have people who have swarmed around that cult of personality in both cases. 

At Lady Liberty’s site AP Dillon doesn’t take sides in violent clashes between fascists but the MSM does

To me it looks like one fascist group attacking another fascist group. I’m not defending either side here, but the media is.  Google for news stories on the attacks and one can see the media has taken the side of BAMN.

One outlet cited the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when describing who and what the Traditionalist Workers Party was. This is sadly hilarious, as SPLC helpsfund the UEAA, from which BAMN gets their money. Shockingly, the UEAA also gets money from Unions, but apparently not a lot according to UEAA’s 990 filings. Fun fact: When I called SPLC out yesterday on Twitter, they blocked me.

BAMN appears to be a far left, fascist style group who follows the rules of Saul Alinsky. From looking at their website, BAMN seems to believe that illegal immigrant sanctuary cities are not enough, whole states should be converted. Discover the Networks has some interesting history on BAMN.

It’s been a while since occasional contributor Jerry Wilson posted on his site, but that last post struck about Dawn Wisner Johnson struck a chord:

For the past few years, I’ve been working with, helping, and supporting a non profit – Forgotten Children – headed by my good friend, Paula Daniels. I never thought that this would hit so close to home.

Friends, please take a moment to watch this interview with a victim that escaped. If you don’t have the time to do that, would you “like” this post? The more likes, the more people will see it.

I’m also very sad that when I post on Facebook about human trafficking I may get 5 “likes.” Yet, when I post about my vacations or family, 50 to 100 “likes”. How sad that is to me.

People don’t like to be reminded of unpleasant realities, because it implies a need to do something about it

It’s been a while since Linda Suzuki blogged here and her site No one of Any import hasn’t seen much action lately either but this post is a great summary of the duties of a parent:

Here’s why:  I have NO opinion about my children’s future.  Unless:

  • They get hooked on illegal drugs
  • They sell illegal drugs
  • Their spouses get hooked on or sell illegal drugs
  • They abuse their spouses
  • Their spouses abuse them
  • They turn to other criminal activity as a source of income
  • They refuse to work, instead living off the government teat
  • They expect me & my husband to continue supporting them indefinitely
  • They irresponsibly go into large amounts of debt in a pursuit of unrealistic dreams

The end.  If none of the above apply, and my children are above 18, then I am a satisfied parent.

The job of a parent is to teach kids to be adults Linda seems to get it.

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During the CIS reception on Thursday there were several bloggers in attendance who sat for interviews.

The first was John Hawkins from Right Wing News

You will note that old friend Jeff Dunetz of the Lid blog walking in not knowing I was mid interview, he sat with me as well

It’s worth noting that he also did a 2nd longer audio interview that will be available in this week’s DaTechGuy off DaRadio Podcast

I must admit despite my delight at seeing old friends I was particularly pleased to meet one of the pioneers of blogging Mickey Kaus who gave me 10 minutes at the end of a very long evening.

His blog is of course Kausfiles and he’s been doing it before most people knew what a blog was.

I will be posting more interviews later in the day and tomorrow if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions

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Patton: [referring to Rommel’s book, ‘Infantry Attacks’ or ‘Infanterie greift an’] Rommel… you magnificent bastard, *I read your book*!

Patton 1970

Believe me, I saw and heard this myself:

RS McCain Massachusetts Democrats for Brown Jan 18th 2010

If you are a regular reader of The Other McCain you know that Stacy McCain has been given lately to long essays critiquing feminism and one of his primary antagonists is FemFreq namely Anita Sarkeesian who was instrumental is having hi banned from Twitter for the ultimate crime of critiquing her & quoting feminists in context.

This weekend he wrote another essay titled The Queering of Feminism and the Silencing of Heterosexual Masculinity

When I say that Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, some readers may suppose that this is merely hyperbole, just as some readers may suppose that the sources I quote are “extreme” examples of an obscure “fringe” feminism. Yet anyone who cares to investigate further will discover that, however “radical” this anti-male/anti-heterosexual ideology may have been in an earlier era, it has now become so mainstream within academic feminism that no other perspective on human sexual behavior is ever expressed by the faculty in university departments of Women’s Studies.

and he produces the actual word of the actual “giants” of feminism to back it up

It was Mary Daly who celebrated the feminist movement as “the Second Coming of female presence not only as Antichrist but also as Antichurch,” as a “rising woman-consciousness” to destroy the “Christocentric cosmos.” Mary Daly was an influential professor, so if she declared feminism to be the Antichrist, who am I to disagree?

The Radical Theology of Feminism produces such demon-possessed creatures as a mentally disabled Scorpio occultist lesbian, and the same satanic philosophy also produces despicable liars like Anita Sarkeesian.

An honest enemy is less to be feared than a false friend, which is why I can at least respect Professor Sheila Jeffreys, who has never attempted to conceal her all-encompassing hatred of men, whereas dishonest feminists like Anita Sarkeesian pretend that they are victims of harassment, misunderstood and misrepresented by “misogynists.”

These are all excellent points and advance his argument in a powerful way but the question becomes Why is he able to make such powerful and effective argument that draw the wrath and fear of Twitter Safety council and Anitia Sarkeesan.  The answer is contained the piece also explains why he is such an effective reporter (emphasis mine):

OK, do you suppose the average guy who spends a lot of time playing videogames is going to write a persuasive essay rebutting Sarkeesian? It’s absurd to expect such a thing. You don’t learn to write persuasive essays by logging endless hours playing League of Legends. Well, do we expect these gamers to do what I’ve done, spend upwards of $1,500 acquiring dozens of books of feminist theory and history, then spend hundreds of hours reading these books in order to develop an informed critical analysis of feminist ideology and rhetoric? Of course not.

There is some value to being able to react to an action or a quip, and to produce an effective one liner on twitter and in a culture that moves so quickly and has the attention span of a mayfly one might make an impression if said quip managed to go viral

But that can’t compare to actual knowledge acquired at the expense of personal wealth that has to be earned and expending time which can not be reacquired once spent.

It was he who actually traveled to Kentucky to investigage the Bill Sparkman case while the left was crying “Send the body to Glenn Beck” from afar, It was he who spent a week on the ground following both Scott Brown and Martha Coakley at a time when the rest of the nation didn’t see an upset coming.  It was he who in 2010 while the media was still in denial visited districts in New York and Pennsylvania covering future members of congress that the MSM had written off and it was he who in all of those cases was justified

That’s why he has been a target in the past for people like Rauhauser and Kimberlin and it’s also way people like the Twitter Safety council and Anitia Sarkeesan and their feminist allies are willing to continue to take the hit from his banning, because the is nothing more dangerous to the feminist meme than a person who is actually informed of it with 80K followers who might influence others.

And that’s why I spend so much time linking and quoting him and why you should spend your time reading him and listening to the five most important words in the English Language

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I’m sure when Twitter decided to ban Robert Stacy McCain they figured the story would go away pretty quick.  Stacy’s Friends like myself has done all we can do keep this story alive but in the end we are small potatoes  (My Alexa rank worldwide is 296,388 and 50,856 in the US. with 386 different web sites linking in)

One of the people who has done a lot to keep this story alive is Glenn (Instapundit) Reynolds, his Alexa Rank is 5,239 worldwide and 1226 in the US with 4019 sites linking in.  This means that if his site links you a ton of traffic follows (Hence the term “Instalanche”) but even with many links from Glenn twitter seems unconcerned.

However they might have forgotten that Professor Reynolds also has a weekly platform at USA today.

Guess what he decided to write about yesterday?:

Twitter, for example, recently launched an “anti-harassment” campaign featuring, asEd Morrissey described it, the rather Orwellian-sounding Trust & Safety Council. Almost immediately thereafter, Twitter banned — without much of an explanation — Robert Stacy McCain, a prominent critic of one of the council’s members, Anita Sarkeesian. Shortly before that, Twitter had also de-verified gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos, also a Sarkeesian critic. (The blue “verified” check mark is supposed to simply demonstrate that celebrity tweeters are the real thing, not to connote any sort of official endorsement, but, without explanation, Twitter took away Yiannopoulos’s, though he remains, in fact, the real Milo Yiannopoulos.)

As Reason’s Robby Soave notes, it looks suspicious:

“Twitter is a private company, of course, and if it wants to outlaw strong language, it can. In fact, it’s well within its rights to have one set of rules for Robert Stacy McCain, and another set of rules for everyone else. It’s allowed to ban McCain for no reason other than its bosses don’t like him. If Twitter wants to take a side in the online culture war, it can. It can confiscate Milo Yiannopoulos’s blue checkmark. This is not about the First Amendment.”

Soave continues, “But if that’s what Twitter is doing, it’s certainly not being honest about it — and its many, many customers who value the ethos of free speech would certainly object. In constructing its Trust and Safety Council, the social media platform explicitly claimed it was trying to strike a balance between allowing free speech and prohibiting harassment and abuse. But its selections for this committee were entirely one-sided — there’s not a single uncompromising anti-censorship figure or group on the list. It looks like Twitter gave control of its harassment policy to a bunch of ideologues, and now their enemies are being excluded from the platform.”

USA Today’s Alexa ranking is 316 worldwide and 70 in the US with 116,407 sites linking in.

I daresay there might be a few people around the country who will be hearing about #freestacy and Robert Stacy McCain for the first time today.  That’s what happens when one of the top 70 websites in the country writes about it.

So congratulations to Twitter, Anita Sarkeesian and company. Your new Trust and Safety council continues to get more and more national and even international fame.

Aren’t you lucky!

Update: I’m sure this is unrelated:

As if Twitter needed another problem, a recent survey suggests advertisers are souring on the social media platform.

Advertiser interest in Twitter began cresting early last year, but the latest survey by RBC Capital Markets found a significant jump in the number of advertisers who plan to decrease their spending on the website.


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A few days ago after he was banned from Twitter but before his @sextroubleaccount I talked to RS McCain about what his going on with him.
We talked about the possibility that this was part of an election year strategy:  

“Now you’ve seen how this shadow banning where search results are being suppressed. It looks very much like they’re trying to tilt the playing field in an election year when Hillary Clinton is the presumed nominee and feminists have the thumb on one of the most powerful social media platforms in the world”

He compared it to other loss leaders for the left:

It’s like it’s been losing over a mil a year for 20 years and yet the “investors” are willing to do it because it promotes a “progressive” message

He told me that he didn’t find out about his initial banning until he saw a tweet talking about it (I only noticed when my @rsmccain feed wouldn’t load in tweetdeck)

He challenged twitter to show a screen cap of his threatening or abusing anyone while noting that his @sextroubebook account has picked up over 2000 followers in just under 24 hours.

Of course 24 hours later that account was banned too.

I also asked him about how this would be received.  As it was a primary weekend he noted all the political reporters are covering politics but wondered about their lack of interest

people know my number and know people who will get it and you’d think people would call

And perhaps Twitter figured that after a few days everyone would forget the #freestacy business.

But when I talked to him less than an hour ago (I’m typing this as 9:55 AM Thursday) there were two developments the most significant being Denial of Service attacks against his site which were launched today:

when I work up this morning this was going on and it’s intermittent.

He noted the irony in terms of “who is being harassed here”

It’s Ironic that I’m accused of targeted abuse while people responsible for shutting me down are not content with having my twitter account wiped off the face of the earth are attacking my site

he referred to the tactics used against him as DARVO which stands for: Deny, Attack reverse victim , Offender and noted how familiar this all seems:

Dealing with these people is like dealing with Kimberlin, he’s a known sociopath and when you get into a conflict with a sociopath they begin to manipulate the story they become the victim and you become the villain for trying to tell the story about them. You keep telling the truth. Who is being targeted for abuse?

It’s all a question of media bias and unlike folks like me who have their background in stuff like tech (Hence DaTechGuy) media is something Stacy knows as this is his 30th year in the business.

This is the 30th anniversary of my first job as a $4.50 staff right Austell Georgia in cobb county Austell News-Chronicle owned by a local businessman named Lamar.

Ironically Stacy told me Mr. Lamar started his newspaper because he was sick of what he was seeing from the local weekly, so in a sense Stacy McCain cut his teeth on alternate media and media bias:

It’s like media bias everybody has their own opinion on it but nobody asks me even though I’m in the business.

However the 2nd development is the story starting to get out there. In addition to calls from me he’s been contacted by Buzzfeed: “their piece is predictable left” and Debra Saunders who got some minor facts wrong:

“I didn’t out a transgender. It wasn’t a secret that “Sarah” was transgender, Her attacks on 4chan caused people to ask ‘Who is Sarah Butts?’ which caused them to find out who he was…If it hadn’t been for Nyberg’s attempt to silence others nobody would have cared but when somebody has a commercial enterprise online and you try to drive them out of business…

Which is what those going after Stacy McCain are doing, trying to silence him. Ironically he tends to do exactly the opposite:

This is them, trying to silence their critics, I don’t do this to other people, I quote them, that’s what they hate, feminists hate to be quoted.

And now the story is starting to penetrate the MSM (more on that later today) much in the same way that the Anthony Weiner story did, slowly like water on a rock.

Drip Drip Drip.

Fyi you can help by retweeting items in the #freestacy hashtag, writing your local paper, spreading the word on facebook and calling your local talk radio show. Let’s give the Twitter Safety crowd the attention they deserve.

Drip Drip Drip


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well it’s a new year. Last year DaTechGuy blog managed to raise 27% of our annual goal ($5997 of 22K) which likely means no CPAC again this year.

On the bright side our traffic was up 20% over our free fall year of 2014 and the year ended on a very high note:

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

This was our third win in the Fabulous 50 blog award this year under best grassroots blogging and in giving the award Doug specifically mentioned our magnificent seven bloggers.

So I want to take the time to thank our regular Magnificent Seven Bloggers, Fausta (who won in her own right as well), Baldilocks, Pastor George Kelly, Pat Austin, John Ruberry with Steve Eggleston & Tim Imholt who are on part time status these days along with Occasional riders, Miriam Sawyer and Jerry Wilson.

I’d also like to thank Lady Liberty AP Dillon who went on to bigger things starting in December and original Magnificent Seven member Linda Szugyi.

Every single one of you have made this site a better read and while some of the faces have chanced the gang will do our best to remain wanted for crimes against liberalism.


Wanted Poster art by Chris Muir of Day by Day

Incidently where I am an occasional contributor also won, you can read my stuff at watchdog here.


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By Definition I of course want all of the posts at DaTechGuy Blog to be read and noticed but looking at my 2015 stats I want to point to five posts that deserve a lot more attention then they got:

January 17 2015

The I93 gift to the GOP if they’re only smart enough to use it

By now you’ve heard about the I93 debacle in Boston, how a group of “activists” held up traffic for hours, disrupted the lives of thousands of folks, cost millions of dollars in lost wages and wasted time and even messed up ambulance service in the area.

The anger against these fools is almost universal and all kinds of creative names are being used to describe them, but there is one description that should be the first one out of the lips of everyone but for some reason is not.


These people ARE the Democrat base, you will not find a single Romney or even a Charlie Baker voter among them, These are the folks who have been crying “War on Women”, Heteronormative Patriarchy and all that good stuff, and right now they have managed to anger almost the entire voting population of one of the most liberal states in the Union.

Yet where is the Mass GOP pressing State Democrats on these protesters? Where are the conservative talk show hosts, bloggers et/all calling every single state Democrat senator and rep to comment?

It’s a story of how the GOP never seems to learn and a great contrast to Trump fighting back against Hillary Clinton.

Feb 11th 2015

Pope Provides very Public Context for: “Who am I to Judge” Media Yawns

Pope Francis offered his support this week to pro-family Slovaks who have championed a referendum this Saturday to outlaw “gay marriage” and adoption of children by same-sex partners.
In his weekly general audience on Wednesday, during the section where the pope normally greets different nationalities, Francis said, “I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society.”

That referendum won with 90% support but the Pope’s support was apparently not newsworthy

Odd in the midst of all the Alabama gay marriage news I didn’t see the US media go long on the Pope’s support of the winning side here only a post at the Huffington post gay voices section.

Why is this not news? Because no matter how much the left spins the popularity of Gay Marriage it can’t be spun to be more popular than the Pope who opposes it openly and the left is still openly fearful of attacking the first Latin American Pope who is extremely popular with almost every native Spanish Speaker in the western hemisphere.

There are times when I can’t figure out who wants to spin the Pope more, liberals or conservatives.

April 19th 2015 Ted Cruz John Kasich Carly Fiorina or Why I don’t travel with the Media Swarm

Now at first glance that might seem like a bad idea, after all smaller bloggers have fought very hard for the right to be considered equals with the MSM and if one is credentialed one should take advantage of it. But there are two factors that made the decision easy. The first is at a GOP event being part of the press scrum is like wearing a big sign in front of a candidate saying “I’m here to destroy you if I can” but the second is the same factor just mentioned above.

Location Location Location

While the Press Entrance was next to the door connecting to the green room & private area most people not named Trump don’t want to be instantly swarmed by press. The Salon spot not only gave good plug access it allowed me a view of the main entrance and the experience next to the bar restaurant meaning when someone like Say Carly Fiorina is coming in.

A lot of my live coverage of events got very little attention, that was kind of discouraging.

April 22nd 2015

Women ARE having Children, just not the Right ones

It’s no coincidence that each year the pro-life marches contain more and more young people, particularly woman and their children brought up in religious homes, many educated in religious schools while not immune to the influences of the MSM culture are much more likely to hold the values that their parents hold dear.

They will be bouncing children and grandchildren on their knees while the women in Stacy McCain’s sex trouble series prepare their cat lady starter kits

If you want to know why Democrats are so pro-illegal immigration & pro islam, this is why.

May 9th 2015

Tina Fey, Slutwalks & Knowing Your Worth

The reality is that if these women were marching fully clothed nobody would notice them therefore they deliberately march in a state of undress, ie parade himself as sex object in order to get people to pay attention to them while at the same time scolding said observers for viewing them as sex objects, although as Stacy McCain pointed out for some of said attendees it’s an iffy proposition for them to be noticed even in said state of undress.

What does that have to do with Tina Fey? Well like the women of slutwalk she was making a statement but that statement had nothing to do with feminism and not being viewed as a sex object and everything to do with being recognized as a sex object. Consider the image from the video at Chicks on the Right choose. It’s Ms. Fey bending over in a pose that frankly screams, pardon my vulgarity, “mount me”

It’s because of a rather nasty reality

 So where does that leave Tina Fey until the SNL 50th anniversary reunion?

It leaves her as an attractive woman who will be turning 45 on my birthday in an industry unkind to women as they age or put on weight who needs to be noticed.

As as Tami Erin once of Pippi Longstocking fame but now of Hustler Magazine fame discovered, a very easy way for an attractive woman to get noticed is to put herself out there in an advanced state of undress on Camera.  As Miley Cyrus will tell you doing so in front of a large television audience is even better.

That’s what the Letterman gambit was all about. It wasn’t about comedy, it was about her being noticed at a time when nobody was the least bit interested.

Tina’s stuff never got ratings, NEVER.

September 13th 2015

Kim Davis MLK and Civil Disobedience vs George Wallace The Democrat Party & Political Opportunism

Wallace didn’t go to jail or risk penalties for his beliefs because he didn’t have any other than “George Wallace deserves to be elected” , when segregation was popular he trumped segregation, when it became unpopular suddenly decided he spoke against it. In fact it seems to me that when it came to pols following in Wallace’s footstep the people are not Democrats like Kim Davis but Democrats like Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who, as you might have forgotten, abruptly changed their position when it appeared large gay donors were closing their purses.

And once they did by an astounding coincidence the entire democrat party from Bill Clinton who signed the Defence of Marriage act to every single Democrat pol who said things like this:

That’s a direct contrast to Kim Davis

Contrast all of this with Kim Davis. Davis didn’t seek publicity, those who choose to force her hand did, as marriage licences were available just a few miles away. Even as the country’s media and elites demonized her and pundit after pundit attacked her she went to court to defend her position citing her religious beliefs seeking a compromise that would allow her to function without her name being one marriage certificates.

When ordered to jail, she didn’t put on a show, she went to jail and when released during the middle of a rally in her support (a rally used by at least one presidential candidate to showboat a bit) rather than talking politics or anything of that nature she praised God while her lawyers, speaking to media stated that she would not be doing anything different to violate her conscience:

Doesn’t sound very Wallace. In fact, instead of political opportunism that’s a classic example of civil disobedience. Violate law, take penalty. That’s how it works.

I would have pushed the Doctor Who posts, but that’s a niche Market and this isn’t England.

Happy New Year all

While it may be true that when God closes one door He opens another, it doesn’t make it hurt any less when the first one smacks you full in the face. And as a cherished friend noted, afterwards sometimes you have to wait in the hallway for quite a spell.

I’ve been spending some time the past few days dusting off my blog, ruffling through various archive sites and text files, reposting one item at a time from its beginning a decade ago. It has always been a site done in fits and spurts, topics varying from politics to faith to music to sports to a talking polar bear. I rather prefer the latter.

Not entirely unintentionally, I’ve never fit in much blogging-wise. Too varied in topic and non-deferential to Kool Kidz Konservative Klub™ members in favored standing for the political world; the upcoming reposts of assorted swipes back and forth with Mary Katharine Ham should go over about as well as a Trump for President t-shirt at a GOP consultants convention. Well, if anyone actually reads them. Which I seriously doubt.

I’m at my best when I’m at my least political. To wit:

There are certain things we learn, or at least hopefully learn, as we pass through the years. A prime example of this is coming to grips with how we are best advised accepting the fact that we should not expect respect for our anger, this coming into play the first time during our tender years any of us throw a temper tantrum without reaping the hoped for reward. Unless a spanking was that for which we had a honkering.

We also learn, or should learn, to not expect respect for our tears, or reciprocation for our love. These are far more difficult to swallow. We are taught from the beginning to respect others, to honor the heralded awesome power of love, and that true love always triumphs while conquering all and overcoming all obstacles. Yet through bitter and often embittering experience we learn how love is often impotent, incapable of swaying others in any direction let alone one which we desire. Those who do not learn this, such as starry-eyed women unshakable in their pursuit of utterly undesirable men believing they can transform jerks into jewels, invariably have their ship of hopes dashed against reality’s rocks. You’d think this would be sufficient to teach us, but far too often we embody insanity by attempting the exact same thing while anticipating different results. The Biblical truism that pride goes before a fall is not exclusively reserved for the outwardly arrogant. It also applies to those of us who, while outwardly modest and/or well-intentioned, sadly overestimate our own ability.

It hurts when love isn’t returned. The illustration of a rejected Savior is hard to understand until we encounter a one-sided love of our own. The other person doesn’t look at you in a special way. He or she doesn’t soften when you’re around. He or she isn’t interested in a relationship on any level save perhaps that of casual acquaintance, one quickly forgotten the moment close proximity is no longer in effect. Perhaps the person does allow you to approach them, but even then only within his or her strictly defined and absolute, non-negotiable parameters. Held at arm’s length? Most definitely. Held in each other’s arms? Never. And yes, it makes life a living hell. An accurate description, for hell’s torment is not fire and brimstone, but rather separation from love.

The illustration in Scripture’s most misunderstood and misapplied chapter states that when I was a child, I spoke, thought, and acted like a child; in adulthood laying these childish things aside. It seems strange to think, believe, and act on the notion that there are times when laying love aside is an act of maturity. More accurately, not so much setting love itself on the shelf but learning how to be at peace with the fact others can and will disregard your love for them.

It hurts when love isn’t returned. There is no escaping, no denying the pain. If there is anything good to be drawn from these times, it is from the empathy gained for those also suffering; and how it makes more real our need to embrace — more accurately, allow ourselves to be embraced by — the nail-scarred hands belonging to the Man of Sorrows well aquainted with grief. He knows. He understands. He comforts. And He never rejects our love.


Sometimes being the misfit hurts. A lot.

The taste of your sweet breath
The salt of morning tears
Again I say good-bye to you
Hold on tight
So good to hurt so bad
So sad to ride away renewed
Go on laugh
Go on cry
It’s alright

There’s something wonderful about love
There’s something wonderful about love
There’s something lost about me with you
There’s something blind about the chosen few
There’s something wonderful about love

It’s been an odd week in social media, one in which the conservative side of the aisle poured out its love and money to The Popular Girl™ as compensation for the horror of being widowed at a young age. Next to losing a child, as brutal as it gets. This duly noted, giving a very well-paid political talking head over $400,000 for the college education of a two year old and child not due to be born for another two months gives pause for thought as to whether people engage their brain before thinking with their wallet.

Was I meant to be yours
The will of Christ above
Do you believe true love is blind
‘Cause I don’t know
When I get home come spring
Won’t you be glad to be mine
Just don’t laugh
Please don’t cry
Just say so

There’s something wonderful about love
There’s something wonderful about love
There’s something dark about destiny
There’s something blue about you with me
There’s something wonderful about love

Strange sights abounded this past week. A full-blown liberal in every sense of the world, a staff member of the despised on all fronts both collectively and individually Obama administration, was hailed as walking atop the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool each day on his way to work. Said individual, regardless of his personal strengths, would have at best received an “unfortunate” cluck over upon his death were he not married to the aforementioned Popular Girl™. No GoFundMe page, no tribute torrent, no maudlin memorials. None. Meanwhile, conservatives continue to tear each other to shreds over Donald Trump and Pope Francis, who according to some will shortly have an armwrestling contest to see which is indeed the Antichrist.

Sorry to call so late
The planet turned four times
You’re on my mind but you’re nowhere
In my world
Please kiss the little bird
God bless the cozy cage we share
You kill me
You thrill me
You threaten my dreams, girl

Life is unpredictable, simultaneously cool and cruel. Paraphrasing Shakespeare, the quality of sympathy is not strained when it comes to Mary Katharine Ham. But neither should it be misplaced, defined as cash donations for one who like so many in conservative new media has become what they profess to oppose, namely a cyberspace recluse living behind corporate media’s castle walls albeit ones with conservative runes carved above the impenetrable self-satiated door.

Do not let the present sorrow obscure reality. The conservative blogosphere was founded on the principal of citizen journalists directly addressing not only fellow citizens with the truth, but also a corrupt mainstream media ensconced in its ivory tower, never so much as acknowledging let alone addressing the public.

That changed when the first third-party paycheck arrived.

It used to be that monetizing blogging consisted of placing a Google Ads link on your site. Now, we have Salem Media owning HotAir and RedState and Townhall and Twitchy, the leading example of a third-party entity taking over what once were blogs and transforming them into corporate media mouthpieces albeit ones with a usually conservative bent.

There are very, very few blogs and bloggers left; genuinely independent voices offering news and analysis. (As a side note, I am honored to write for one on this site.) Instead, we have countless casual format columnists drawing their material from the same mainstream media sources they insist are cesspools of liberal bias, adding nothing except “me too” or “f u.” They excel at making themselves the focus of attention, especially when some real or imaginary slight comes their way. Their call to battle is cry outrage! and let slip the tweets of butthurt. Promoting the conservative agenda is a side issue. The primary focus is self-promotion, moving ever further up the ladder in pursuit of exposure on the selfsame mainstream media they insist they exist as its opposition.

Everyone enjoys an attaboy from others; a retweet or a blog post link. But how many conservative new media high rollers return the favor save for other at or above their exposure level? They excel at asking us to laugh when they laugh and cry when they cry. But return the favor? Not so much. Say something about this, and you are immediately set upon by a wolfpack of sycophants and wannabes hoping that by doing so they will curry favor with the elite. Excuses made for the select abound: they’re too busy, blah blah blah, how dare you speak to them in that manner. Let them be and quit making a fuss knocking on their ivory tower’s door!

Again, conservative new media has become what it once professed to oppose.

There’s something wonderful about love
There’s something wonderful about love
There’s something liberating death alone brings
There’s something funny about a lot of sad things
There’s something wonderful about love

Love remains; mercy triumphs in the seeming failure of the cross. The bloodstained wood is followed by the empty tomb. Throughout our temporal sorrows and joys, forgiveness and understanding through our shared humanity, led by the Man of Sorrows, should guide our way. But do not be fooled; do not substitute a pity party for sympathy. The poor and the orphan need our help. Others need love, not fulfillment for love of money.


What a mess this world is in
I wonder who began it
Don’t ask me
I’m only visiting this planet

— Larry Norman


The news cut through social media yesterday and today, the liberal Obama staffer husband of conservative new media darling Mary Katherine Ham killed while riding his bicycle. Sympathies to Ms. Ham, and to the couple’s young daughter, now left fatherless, plus the couple’s unborn child who will never know his or her father.

Life on Earth is an endless parade of magic and loss, the joys of life and love running parallel with the sorrow of goodbyes. It focuses, or at least ought to focus, our attention on what matters: faith, family, friends. Far too often, priorities are skewed in favor of the temporary and temporal. We rant about that which, or who, offends us; we rave on behalf of that which, or who, floats our boat. We argue the meaningless, then are immersed in utter astonishment when the unfortunate fellowship pays a visit.

A side note. I am mindful of Ms. Ham’s lengthy and deep connection with Salem Media; she is a former writer for Townhall and current writer for HotAir along with being a frequent guest on Hugh Hewitt’s show. I am equally mindful that Salem practices complete separation between its political and religious divisions. Here’s the deal.

Salem has a bunch of Christian-only websites and radio stations/programs. Okay, fine.

Salem has a bunch of politics-only websites and radio stations/programs. Um, okay.

Now, the assorted political pundits who talk and/or write for Salem will claim the mantle of Christian at the drop of a hat. Well, except for Allahpundit at HotAir with his whiny-ass atheism and Dennis Prager & Michael Medved’s Judaism. But they’re conservatives, so nothing else matters. Right, Salem?

Now, ask any of the Salem politicos to so much as breathe a word about Christ, or especially to support those serving Christ, on their show and/or website. “What? WHAT?!! We can’t do that. It might turn people off who follow us for our politics! We’ll talk about Jesus over here … maybe. Now go sit in your corner and quit bothering us.” I have personal experience with this, having received nothing but silence or cheap shot insults back when I tried to reach Hugh Hewitt and his radio show producer Duane Patterson about perhaps coming on the show to discuss my book. Of course Hewitt can promote his religious tomes all he wishes. Also worth noting is the time a couple of years back when Daniel Amos leader and Christian music giant Terry Scott Taylor was in a very bad place financially. Patterson was informed of this. He was begged to have Hewitt say something about it on air on behalf of the fundraising campaign mounted by Taylor’s friends and fans. Did he? No. Hypocritical? You betcha.

But don’t say so out loud. At least not on social media. Point this out and you’re a malcontent. A troublemaker. You don’t understand. You can’t mix religion and politics! Well, we can … but we don’t.

Of course not.

Well, how important are your politics now, Hugh Hewitt and Duane Patterson? How much comfort will Donald Trump not knowing the names of Islamic terror groups leaders bring to a young widow? What assurance of faith and life eternal will come from hosting a Presidential debate, Salem Media? To the point, how do you justify building a platform, then failing to use same to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

You will see and hear much weeping on Salem websites and radio shows over Ms. Ham’s loss. Which is proper. But once the moment has passed, it will be business as usual.

Which is everyone’s loss.


I’m still uploading video and audio from yesterday’s Trump event in Derry NH but rather than keep you waiting let me give you this one video to start with and make a single point.

I’m not really into the normal press scrums, mostly because they are so predictable depending on the party of the person being interviewed but also because you might, if you’re lucky, get only one question and you want to use that question to both stand out as a journalist and be relevant at the same time.

Fortunately for me I had two advantages when my chance came at (.38) in the video below  (and I don’t mean my hat and 12 ft scarf on a 90 degree day).

1. I had conducted 16 short interviews of people in line to see Trump so I could base my question on what the people who came to see him had told me.

2. Most of the questions before me were a variation of a single theme: “Why do you suck so much and will you disavow or apologize for sucking so much?

Now If I ever get one of my patented 3 minutes interviews with Mr. Trump or if I get a longer 15 minute interview I have other questions that I’d like to ask, but for now let this question and Mr. Trump’s reaction allow me to make one suggestion to the GOP field in general:

If you want to make sure that you have at least one or two questions that aren’t a variation of: “Why do you or the GOP suck and will you condemn them or apologize for sucking so bad?” Make sure you keep a spot or two open for the new media in the press room.


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Director Blue’s latest list of the top 300 conservative web sites based on Alexa ranking and DaTechGuy blog came in at 212 just ahead of the federalist society and just behind gay patriot

While a ranking of 212 isn’t bad (454021 worldwide 78,297 in the US) It’s a far cry from the days when I was in the top 100 with a ranking occasionally hitting above 100,000 worldwide (of course in those days I was averaging an Instalanche every 10 days ) but looking at list it hit me this is analogous to the effect of Donald Trump is having on the GOP primaries.

Let’s look at a screen shot of the top of the list:

top 300 8-15

If you look at this list you’ll see, where resides the blogfather at 26th with a ranking of 6455 (1370 in the US) and Matt Drudge,  the one who in a sense  started it all at #6,  with a rank of 629. (131 in the US)

While that means in the land of conservative sites those are big the whales, those rankings also mean that in the greater world there are 628 web sites that people rather go to than drudge and over 6400 that people rather go to that Instapundit.  If you go to Alexa and look at the Drudge Report in their list of the top 500 sites in the US  you’ll see what I mean.


drudge 8-15


In the US Drudge is just ahead of (which I confess puts a smile on my face) but lets look at the sites ahead of it:, publishers clearing house, weather underground and Sears.

My site gets a spike when I’m linked by Ace of Spades or Instapundit and if Drudge ever links me the traffic spike would be incredible but looking at that list there are over 100 sites that could provide a bigger one.

Those others sites  are more popular than Drudge not because there is something wrong with it, but because they have a greater interest to the greater population.


That’s what Donald Trump is to the political world.

The reality is the conservative blogosphere is a niche market in the blogging world, the blogging world is a niche market in the political world and the political world is a niche market in the information that people actually care about.

Trump’s place is beyond that niche market, so when he entered the political world the elites who normally have the clout (the media the Party leaders ) to decide who and what is acceptable suddenly find themselves swamped the thousands of people who used to ignore them.  I’s the political equivalent of Sad Puppies

The self appointed elites of the Sci fi world are horrified that despite their efforts the greater mass of fandom that was always able, but never bothered to vote for the Hugo awards might actually vote for people who they do not approve of.

Rather than arguing for the quality of the books on their slate and reaching out to these new voters to persuade the them that the books they suggest deserve their votes, the opponents of Sad puppies have demonized them as a bunch of racist, bigots, homophobes etc etc etc and have painted their votes as a bunch of ignorant followers.

That’s not going to win friends or influence people.

It’s the same problem for the media and political gatekeepers.  Donald Trump is horrifying the media, the GOP elites and those who have been the gatekeepers can’t stand the idea that a bunch of people who normally would not pay attention might actually select a nominee outside of their sphere of influence and can’t handle the idea that they might have to sell their candidates to the unwashed masses rather than making them choose between their approved candidates.

It reminds them that in the end we are a niche market, Donald Trump is beyond our niche

Final thought, there was a study quoted at Ace of Spades & Hotair that downplayed Donald Trump’s social media power noting that only 39.4% of Trump’s Twitter followers are currently eligible to vote as opposed to say Jeb Bush with 85.5%

Just remember 85.5% of Jeb Bush’s followers is 244,530, 39.4% of Trump’s followers is 1,477,500 that’s six times more.

Update: Instalanche (& traffic spike) thanks Ed While you’re here consider checking out my first foray into fiction a short story called The Eyes at amazon Kindle planned as the first of a series.

Update 2: For some reason the code for DaTipJar button became corrupted fixed.

Update 3: I don’t think I’ve ever had a piece instalanched twice by two different authors at Instapundit (Thanks Sarah) neither of them Glenn. Given the different times of day and authors it will be interesting to see how many people come from one vs the other.


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By Timothy & Jean Imholt


We are autism parents. Autism itself was the subject of television commercials until our son, Emmit, was diagnosed at two years old. The mere mention of the word brought on fear, doubt, distress, anger, guilt, and denial all at the same time! In retrospect this was understandable given that we didn’t have an inkling what that meant at the time. Fast forward to today, when Emmit is four and a half, we are much more educated on the subject and live every single day of our lives with the little dude who forced us to learn about it, and we no longer consider it a two headed, fire breathing monster.

The diagnosis came about because of our crackerjack pediatrician. At his eighteen month checkup he asked us a series of questions about Emmit’s day to day life. The little dude had very few words, he had very poor eye contact and didn’t appear to really enjoy social interaction with his peers; in fact, interaction with other kids seemed to stress him out.

Our son’s pediatrician referred us to a neurological consultant, and ultimately a neuropsychologist at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts diagnosed him with the autism spectrum disorder. Because of his age at the time of diagnosis it was almost impossible to tell exactly where on the spectrum he fell. If you are not familiar with the spectrum, never fear, you are not alone. It is a wide range of diagnosis (we don’t care for disorders as a descriptor). The range goes from mild to severe. It was obvious he wasn’t severe, but realizing that he was on the spectrum at all was a giant leap forward for us in our path to understanding how to help him.

The diagnosis was just the beginning. If you are ever faced with this situation you will learn that a whole lot of stuff comes immediately following learning that little tidbit of information. Then the bombardment really begins. There are a ton of therapies that he needed to be in starting right away. These included speech therapy, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy, and maybe even occupational therapy (OT) for his sensory processing integration challenges.

Now, Tim works full time and luckily we are in a position where Jean can be a full time mom. Her head was definitely spinning, his head was all fuzzy from the entire thing. She spent a week grieving, then by the weekend, rolled up her sleeves and got to work. There was a collective vow that we would get Emmit all of the resources we could to get him ready for the challenges that life throws at all of us. Around this time we also found out that Tim was diagnosed with virtually the same spectrum disorder as a toddler but was never told for a variety of reasons, just to add fuel to our fire. It was the double whammy of a lifetime. That is an entirely different subject and a topic for another day.

Back to Emmit. Shortly after his diagnosis he started receiving many services through a fantastic State funded early intervention program. This program provides speech therapy using floor time, music therapy (which helps far more than you would think at first blush), OT, and once a week he had a social play date, something that is vital for kids (and adults actually, but the nomenclature should change) on the spectrum. Jean immediately sought out other play groups in the neighborhood and through the local church. We also put him in a daycare a couple of days a week. If it sounds like a busy schedule and yes it was. However it is crucial to expose kids like Emmit to as many socially interactive groups as possible and it has to be done very early on.

As Emmit turned 3 all of the State funded therapies came to an end. That is because among other reasons, he was then eligible to go to a peer model, integrated preschool. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, you have to go through a long, drawn out process of getting what is referred to as an individualized education plan or IEP. This is basically a contract, or arrangement for getting Emmit into a preschool program, and what kind of special coursework/treatment he will get while he is there.

As he began attending school we started to see Emmit vocalizing more, requesting his needs with words, and playing with his siblings more and more. On top of all of that success, he learned other new skills, such as dressing himself, and potty training just to name a few. He loved and thrived under the routine of attending school, and his favorite part, riding the school bus.

Earlier this year Emmit turned four. By this point he was able to request what he wanted on his birthday cake! He went with Minions from Despicable Me (a great movie for kids and adults). We got him the cake he wanted and a fantastic party with his classmates in a gymnastics studio near where we live.

Over time, like most kids, he has been invited to a large number of birthday parties. For a child with autism, these can be nightmares. Emmit has thrived so much that he now loves these types of things. There was one just this past weekend where Tim and Jean were both floored when Emmit took the time to say hello to his friends by their name. On one occasion he even struck up a conversation.

“Jimmy, do you like to swim?” asked Emmit.

Whoa wait a minute! Was that Emmit? Yes, yes, it was. Emmit got his answer, which made him smile.

“Yes.” said Jimmy.

Four year old Emmit wasn’t done.

“I went to the swim class today.  I had four floaties,” said Emmit.

Just as a side note, just before the party Emmit had a swim class and had worn a belt with four layers of flotation foam. Jean was almost in tears when she heard this, because he had made so much progress in such a short period of time.

Earlier in the year, we added ABA therapy back into the mix (the state funded version had ended by this point). This was in addition to the speech therapy that he receives at school as per his IEP. We did this privately because he was found ineligible to receive ABA through school because he is not “severe enough” despite the recommendations of his doctors. ABA is known to be amazingly effective for children on the spectrum. It is specifically targeted to modify undesired behaviors through positive motivation and rewards.

Here was the kicker.  With all of the new insurance laws in place (the Affordable Care Act), we learned that this invaluable service for Emmit would not be covered by our insurance in any way. Two doors were shut in our face. First through the school, the second through insurance. Just slam, right on the nose. This was really surprising, especially the insurance coverage part, considering how much we have heard about improvements in this area thanks to new laws. We also found out that prior to the ACA many insurance policies (including ours) covered this type of therapy.

We were well aware that time was of the essence. If we were going to give Emmit this type of therapy, the earlier we start, the better the outcome. We decided right then and there to self-fund his treatment 100% out of pocket. It is shockingly expensive, but the hope was that Emmit would make great progress quickly, so this wouldn’t be a years-long effort. We are seeing the fruits of his hard work with the ABA therapists every single day. He has learned to share, take turns, a ton of functional language (my tummy hurts, etc), he follows multi-step instructions, he is tolerating undesired activities (to a four year old this is a lot of stuff), he is becoming more flexible, but most importantly, he is now confident in himself (enough to approach someone outside of family and ask questions.)

The term autism is no longer scary to us. To be honest, the term autism parent is not something we really used before today. Part of us has been frightened all along, like by saying it out loud, it would become etched in granite. Now with our newly instilled hope, we are proud to have put all of this in writing. In fact, autism parents should be proud of themselves and should be celebrated. We recently read (more like devoured) a book entitled “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew” which is very much a paradigm shifting book. One of the many things from that book we found of high value is how the term “autistic child” can conjure up the negative connotation and put a severe judgment and limit to the child’s abilities in our society (using “autistic” in front of child as an adjective).  We as a society needs to work towards eliminating ignorance on the subject of autism.  However in this case, we are of the opinion that “autism parent” conjures up something much different than the previous perception – perseverance, patience, super-mom/dad, expert and advocate.

This subject is one that more people should be aware of, if for no other reason than some of the people that fall on the spectrum are some of the best and brightest America has to offer, merely socially awkward. That, however, does not mean they are to be ignored as is all too often the case. We should help as many of them communicate with everyone else, because quite frankly, given the state of affairs we find ourselves in as a nation perhaps “normal” is not something we should strive for. We need to strive for better.



Jean is a first generation Korean immigrant, and a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Masters in Chemical Engineering, and a former Program Manager in the Defense Industry. Tim is an army veteran, Physicist and author of several books including The Forest of Assassins available on in print and kindle versions, with audiobook version coming soon.




By Timothy Imholt, (extreme hat tip to Devon Crowe),

We hear about Global Warming or Climate Change so often it has become background noise. Most of us just ignore it at this point. Let me give you two scientists bottom line on this, after we did a reasonably in depth look at the literature (and claims) that are being made by both sides of the discussion.

Here is the bottom line according to current computer models (yes it is a MODEL): atmospheric CO2 is going to increase well beyond double the current values. Doing your part to live “green” will not fix that (should we assume those models are correct and also assume nothing changes). Gargantuan investments to curb those emissions will not prevent this from happening. The United States acting alone will be unable to control what happens. Period, end of discussion. We need not discuss what the climate effect of that will be. That remains controversial since predictions are model-based. The point of this blog entry however is that a large CO2 increase is guaranteed, regardless of how much investment we make in green living here within our borders.

Many times we have watched as we are told that we have to “go green” to save life as we know it. Going green means many different things to different people, but in general it means conserving non-renewable resources and minimizing carbon emissions as well as non-recyclable products.

Certainly there are benefits to conservation and clean energy, such as saving money and extending the time frame during which we can replace non-renewable energy sources with sustainable energy sources.

Assuming we believe the models, always keep that in mind.

There are also extreme proposals costing billions to trillions of dollars in lost gross economic product as well as in the direct cost of retrofitting energy producing plants. The rationale behind these proposals is often that we only have a decade to fix the problem before we are past the point of no return toward creating an atmosphere with 1,000 ppm CO2. But, we are already past the point of no return, and we have heard that decade number at least twice.

The climate modeling green argument started circa 1990. Well before that greenhouse models predicted we only had about a decade to reduce carbon emissions if we were going to avoid significant global warming. The same thing was said after the decade had passed. Circa 2000 there was a larger set of scientists who agreed we had a decade to act. Circa 2010, it was still ten years. We have passed the point of no return twice already. It appears to be more of an ideological preference for living green than a science-based argument that tells us to live increasingly green because we only have a decade to act.

Now an increasing number of green advocates are starting to admit that we passed their deadlines already. An example is:

The green goal has been creeping upward. In 2010 we were told the maximum acceptable temperature increase was 2 degrees Celsius. But as the link above admits, the models say we have passed that inevitability already:


By now few people realistically believe that the United States will act decisively to alter the curve to below the red regions. In fact, the curve is a low-ball estimate that does not account for the fact that China may, in all likelihood, grow to exceed the U.S in emissions during this century. As a result, some green scientist advocates appear to be keeping their assumptions low to continue extending our 10-year deadline further into the future to continue encouraging green behavior and massive clean energy investments. This is not scientifically objective behavior.

It must be said that the error bars on model predictions are large enough that there is considerable uncertainly, not to mention overlap in the regions, in all of these predictions. However, our point here is not the accuracy of the predictions, it is that green behavior cannot succeed in avoiding the carbon emissions growth:



The most optimistic estimates of green behavior and investment still project over 500 ppm atmospheric CO2, while above 900 ppm is perhaps more likely.

If the most popular climate models among climatologists are correct, sea level will rise in this century from 3 feet to 10 feet, and global food production will be adversely affected. If there is no human effect at all, as the most optimistic among us estimate, then it will not happen, at least not from human-driven causes. Neither of those conclusions is relevant to our point, since we reach the same conclusion: Green behavior and investment, in all likelihood, will not be effective in improving the future of our environment, based on these current models put out by those telling us to change our behavior.

If the climate models are accurate, then we must prepare for the future of increased temperatures, sea level increases, increased weather variability, and the implied droughts, famine, and flooding.

These are all reasonable conclusions based on the papers and research available. The reason we did this bit of research initially was not just to write a blog (although that is fun). It was for another, more specific purpose.

This motivates speculative solutions and fiction about what humanity would do in that case, such as in Degrees Book 1: Saving the Earth:


The book accepts that green measures are not a cure for the environment, and then explores how humanity might react if the climate disaster models turned out to be correct.

It includes the fictional portrayal of a technologically feasible way to affect the global temperature, and uses a fast-paced action-based story line to illustrate the extreme dangers of human intervention (even well intentioned) into the earth’s climate.

In no case is there support for the claim that we can save the earth, at least during this century, by green measures such as reduced emissions and conservation of resources. At the two extremes of opinion, either “green” is unnecessary, or disaster is inevitable in any case. Those are the extremes. The answer, as it is in most cases in life, probably is somewhere in the middle, only time will tell.

We hear the term American Dream thrown around from time to time. Usually it is in context of how one party or another is chipping away at it. I believe it is not just parties and politicians that do this, but regulators.

One thing about people’s how job it is to regulate things, they do, from time to time, regulate something. Funny how that works.

What is meant by the American Dream?

Simple, the chance to have a house, a job, some wealth, some future that is better than your past.

How is that achieved?

Simple…Work hard, add value, and sooner or later some of that value falls into your own pockets.

Some of that is done through hard work at a job for someone else, and sometimes that is by working for yourself, but it is always through using labor, or intellect to add value to the world.

My premise is that we are slowly eroding the capability of people to do these things.

My grandfather in the 1940s lived the American dream by buying a very small house and using his labor to add lots of square footage. It turns out he had a large number of kids and needed the space. Because he couldn’t afford a large enough house he bought a small one. For a period of time he put everyone into tight quarters and with every waking moment outside of work he added square footage and therefore value to the house.

He did this work himself.

Now, many times, today I hear people say “I’m building a house.” The comment is never literal. What is meant is that “I’m working with a contractor who hired a bunch of people to build a house and I write a check.”

Well, why aren’t people buying the wood and nails like my grandfather did?  Is it lack of desire? Is it not enough time? Lack of knowhow?

I say it isn’t any of those things. It is local building regulations. If you want to build something larger than a doghouse in some localities the number of permits needed is crazy. The requirements to get those permits is also nutty. You must use a licensed this, a bonded that.

Ok, how about this. I’m a guy who owns some dirt, I want to build a house for my wife and kids. If it sucks it is my problem. But nooooo we can’t do it that way. We permit people wanting to do the work themselves right out of the equation.

We rob people of the chance to add value to their own property. We rob them of the ability to create a home. You can buy it but you can’t build it.

That statement I think sums it up.  You can buy the American dream but building it is being slowly eroded.

I know this is but one example, but I could name fifty other regulations that get in the way of people using their own labor to add value to things without the government’s ok.  Therefore I do firmly believe that what we have now is a situation where both parties, along with regulators, are robbing us of the American dream one line of red tape laden regulation documents at a time.

I hope we find ourselves in a situation where people are more free to chase the American dream and not just leave that dream to people who can purchase it.


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Those who don’t fight evil hate those who do.

This is a defining characteristic of the American left.

Dennis Prager via Pam Geller as to why the left Hates her

Nothing embarrasses those who lack courage than those who have it.

Heterosexuality is oppression. Motherhood is slavery.

‘Could It Be Any More Obvious?’

Stacy McCain on what Feminism teaches

The best way to discredit Feminism to normal people is to quote feminist leaders verbatim

this situation could have been avoided had the Obama administration heeded the warnings of military brass that urged them to keep a residual force in Iraq to maintain the peace that America and our allies fought so hard for.

Gov Sarah Palin via Conservatives for Palin

People would ask this question if it didn’t disrupt the whole “Blame Bush” narrative.

So much for Obama making the world a more peaceful place.

The Lonely Conservative on the fall of Ramadi

I keep asking, is this a bug or a feature. (actually I don’t ask this at all)

“It goes without saying that if George Bush had done this, he would have been Hitler,”

Kirsten Powers via the Daily signal & American Power on the left & Fox news

In fairness this line could be repeated on a daily basis concerning almost everything the left does.

One of the biggest of The Big Lies the Left has successfully sold to the peoples of The West is that Man is, in fact, not Fallen, that the mass of Mankind can achieve Perfection, that Heaven On Earth, as it were [since they’re Atheists], can be brought about if just everybody would wake-up and drink the Kool-Aid of the Masterminds, of the Enlightened possessors of the Gnosis [‘Secret Knowledge’].

The acceptance of this deranged way of thinking, or looking at the World, leads inevitably to a profound and utter disappointment when Reality finally intrudes and the Believers find themselves threatened with Destruction, Misery, and Death.

Bob Belvedere on the left’s worldview

 Actually I suspect with our modern left they would be the first to convert and demand the execution of those who do not.

I would like to thank Turd Burgelstein for pointing out that all the whiners offended by micro-aggressions, BMI’s, white privilege and harsh stares are really just this year’s crop of POWS – People of Occupy Wall Street.

Michelle’s Mirror

The titles change but the left always remains the same

ABC’s refusal to pull George Stephanopoulos off of all 2016 coverage makes it crystal clear that ABC has no intentions of being an objective news outlet.

Brent Bozell via the Washington Times

In fairness if it took George Stephanopoulos for you to figure out ABC & MSM aren’t objective then you haven’t been paying attention.


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by Timothy Imholt PhD

This week I will be short and to the point.

There are times when things come out of the blue and make you question everything you think you know about yourself. It sometimes takes a while to realize that you aren’t different, just your understanding of who you are has changed.

About two years ago we were having one of our kids tested for something (he is fine no worries). Around that same time I was talking with my mother who told me I was diagnosed with something when I was his age.

That something is autism. I am in my early 40s now and I never knew…no one ever told me. I didn’t believe it.  Who would?

So I went in and was screened. I was diagnosed as certainly on the Autism Spectrum. For those familiar with the spectrum I am either high end of Asperger’s or low end of HFA (High Functioning Autism). There is some question amongst experts if Asperger’s and HFA are different but let’s leave that discussion for another day.

Why put this on social media or mention it to anyone?

People who have kids with autism or who may have it themselves may think that persons with these diagnosis can’t do certain things. I am here to tell you that isn’t true. They are different than other people.  They may deal with people in ways you wouldn’t normally, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable.

I personally feel I have accomplished a great deal despite not knowing this about myself. I have a PhD in Physics, I have authored technical journals, and published books.  I am an Army veteran, father, and an entrepreneur.  I worked as an engineer and have been a co-inventor on 19 U.S. Patents (mostly in nanotechnology). If you think autistic people have nothing to offer you would be wrong. I may view the world differently than most people but perhaps that isn’t a bad thing.

Now that I know this about myself I can also work towards that other important part of life… the social side. As you go further in your career, how you deal with people is equally as important as anything else. That is the stage I am at and one huge reason I have been working on this diagnosis and ultimately improving how I cope with it. Once I can master that side, I will accomplish even more.

I appreciate everyone reading my post of the evening, and I assure you, this is not the last you will hear of Timothy James Imholt PhD, author, father, and concerned scientist.

Even after spending trillions of taxpayer dollars fighting poverty since 1965, Democrats tell the poor and blacks they’re gettin’ screwed by rich white folks. They’re playin’ y’all.

Lloyd Marcus Dear Baltimore Family and Friends: Y’all Bein’ Played!at the American Thinker

It looks to me that Democrats who replaced Slavery with Jim Crow replaced Jim Crow with an urban thunderdome that their elites have escaped.

My ads drove them crazy because they fell outside of that spectrum; I was vaulting over their controls and bringing truths to the public that they didn’t want known. They had to move to shut me down.

Pam Geller at Breitbart after NYC banned all political, religious and opinion ads in response to losing a lawsuit to block her ads on Hamas.

The liberal narrative can’t survive in an open marketplace of ideas.

He’s an affirmative-action President. Nobody expects him to produce much.

Glenn Reynolds saying the Truest words about Barack Obama you’ll ever hear

A lot of people knew this from the start but many more learned it as the years went by.

Since living my Catholic faith, I’ve been mocked, talked about, and I’ve faced people that can state every way the Church doesn’t work for them, in a matter of seconds, and with hate!

Norma Robertson at via Lisa Grass

There is nothing that produces more anger in this modern world than a faithful Catholic living their faith.

Wait … what’s that? A date? Are you kidding? No way! The nice guy doesn’t set off sparks. No sizzle. Oh, he’s good for comfort when the boyfriend goes wrong. But to actually be the boyfriend? Are you crazy? He’s just the nice guy. No way could he be Mr. Right. Just no way. Besides, what if you did date him and things went wrong? Who would you turn to? No, can’t risk it. Gotta keep him at arm’s length.

Jerry Wilson saying it aloud 

I know many such nice guys who are alone.

Unfortunately it will take some time to repair the damage done both internationally and nationally by President Obama and his policies.

Right Wing Granny Losing Friends in the Middle East

In fairness to the president I don’t think he’s been a failure, I suspect the end result we have is what he was shooting for from the start


How did they turn out the way they did? Nobody knows. We wanted our kids to have a better life than we did. We didn’t want them to have to fight to preserve their way of life; we just wanted them to enjoy the freedom we fought for. We thought we gave them that; but they took that freedom and buried it in the mud at Woodstock. They burned that freedom in smoke that tuned out their brains. They blurred that freedom in kaleidoscope eyes. They degraded that freedom in wanton and perverse sex. They stomped out that freedom with their heels on an American flag that we died defending.

Then they had children. And their children had children. And here you are today: An amoral generation spawned by an immoral generation.

Susan D Harris Marching into Hell A Blunt Message to the Young People of America via The Radio Patriot

This is something I’ve talked about for years.


I’ve let one person go since April 1, I’ve cut hours since April 1, I’ve taken them myself because I don’t pay myself

Ritu Shah Burnham on the steps failed steps she took to keep from closing her Seattle Pizzeria Z’s Pizza after Seattle raised their minimum wage via Patterico.

You can’t legislate away the business balance sheet.


And now some tweets:

I didn’t pay the dollars to see Mayweather vs Pacquiao but Mike Tyson saw it

Like Tyson or no this opinion seems to be the general consensus.

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce had definite ideas about taking things that didn’t belong to you and selling or giving them away.


For years we have all been watching the news about Iran and disagreements they have with a number of governments around the world about their nuclear program. We have all seen the discussions of sanctions, lifting sanctions, red lines, pushing red lines, and even had our own internal disagreements over what should be done about the aspirations of their weapons (or peaceful) program.

I have written extensively on this subject in various places as a scientist. Having a nuclear background myself I find the discussion interesting, if for no other reason than just how poorly nuclear “things” are understood.

A number of years ago I started writing fiction novels. It is something I enjoy, and have met with some very humbling positive reader feedback. I do hope if you have read one that I can include you as a fan. It is truly an honor to have entertained people.

The point of this discussion is that, like everyone else, I want to know what Iran wants to do with those weapons. That is assuming they get their hands on them. That caused me to read as much as I could of their official releases to see what their intention was, and nothing positive could be found.

Nations that want many nuclear weapons are defending themselves, a nation that wants four or five and has stated targets in mind I take issue with.

I do not think the United States should be the world police, nor should we dictate to everyone. But this time they have something in mind. That something led me to write a fiction novel. The premise of The Last World War: Volume 1 Trial By Fission is my fictionalized version of what happens if Iran gets these weapons and does what they say they want to do. I hope you enjoy the read and we do apologize to the one reviewer who said we kept him up at night.

Below is an excerpt from that book which can be purchased on Amazon in paperback and eBook format. It can be purchased in paperback or eBook for Kindle (which I will reduce to just a $0.99 download for the next few days).


An excerpt from The Last World War:


The news anchor kept talking, filling airtime no matter what, “I want to remind everyone, that we still have no idea who is behind these acts. We don’t know much of anything yet, other than there have been two nuclear explosions in two United States cities, which history will surely…please hold for a moment…”

She put her finger to her ear, listening intently to her earpiece, “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have our first video feed coming in from a helicopter over the destruction near Fort Worth. This is from a traffic helicopter that had yet to take off when the device detonated. Many of them that were in the air at the time were tragically downed when the detonation happened. This one had to be fueled then fly in from more than a hundred and fifty miles northeast. Ah, the picture is coming…” her sentence ended abruptly as she turned to see the picture on the screen behind her.

She was not the only person who would stop mid-sentence upon first seeing the images. The video of the scenes of destruction would stop even the most professional of newscasters all over the globe.

As far as the camera could focus the scene of the desolate landscape was nothing but giant piles of rubble. Pieces of what once were multi-story buildings, automobiles, what might have been a highway overpass, maybe a school bus were all thrown together in massive piles.

In the distance some portions of buildings could be seen remaining with some large missing portions. A steel beam was sticking out of one of the remaining structures giving a smoke filled, charred reminder that the buildings here were recently much taller.

A city was gone from the Earth. It was there, just this morning. It was there, and now it wasn’t. It had been turned into a pile of waste. The land was still there, bits of junk were still there. None of what had been the well-organized and constructed buildings stood in any useable fashion.

The cameraman pulled back for a wide shot and the destruction appeared to go on even further and wider than Frank had imagined possible. It wasn’t completely flattened out but looked to be something akin to the surface of an abandoned island in the Pacific, one of the ones that were used for testing of all kinds of weaponry during and after World War II.

Frank could not believe that what he was looking at had been a thriving metropolitan area just a few short hours ago. Being in the combat branches of the military he had seen destruction from bombs, explosives, and missiles, but this was far beyond any of that. If you looked closely in the distance you could see what appeared to be steel superstructures of buildings on fire. Given that this was a nuclear blast there should be no fuel left on the surface burning, this had to be the metal itself that had gotten so hot that it was producing a flame. It was too much for Frank to even wrap his mind around. That much heat, it just wasn’t possible that this was really happening.

The helicopter slowed. There was a static filled audio feed from the pilot. By now the audience had put together from the somewhat broken transmissions from the helicopter that on the images were from the edge, not at the center, of the damaged area. The fires in the distance were too massive and the pilot did not feel he could get closer without risking his aircraft. They were attempting to search for survivors. The recording of damage could wait until they helped what people they could. So far they were searching, but not finding anyone left alive.

The pilot was systematically searching the area. The camera panned down rather than pointing in front of the flight path in order to increase their chances of finding someone still moving. The pilot was asking for help of anyone watching his feed to alert him if they saw something he missed. On the audio feed the pilot could be heard praying to himself between official radio exchanges. He must have forgotten that he pushed the voice activated transmission button. Who could blame him?

The helicopter came upon what had recently been an elementary school. At least they came upon the remnants of a playground that indicated that is what this building probably used to be. It could have been a daycare center, but it was certainly something with children in mind. What remained of some of the children who had been on the playground could be seen littering the area. Their bodies had been turned to the color of blackened fireplace ash. Some of the piles of ash still maintained the shape of small humans who had finished their lives in intense pain based on the positions they had been in when they reached their final breath.

One small child who had been on the side of the building and therefore not “protected” by its structure was burned down to a pure white skeleton. At this discovery the camera operator and pilot stopped speaking into the radio. Their flight slowly, almost sadly, changed direction away from the blast center moving further towards the outskirts. The camera remained focused on the skeletal remains of the once playful child as long as it could as the nation and world took note of the price of this attack had cost the innocent civilians of the United States.

All that was heard from the pilot after this sad discovery was a very timidly voiced statement, “We are going to look further north for survivors.”

The news anchor came back into view as tears were streaking her makeup in silent emotions stains, “We have just received word from an overseas colleague. We have no reason to doubt the validity. There have been three nuclear explosions in Israel, our close friend and ally in that region. Our prayers go out to everyone in Fort Worth, Detroit and Israel. May God help Israel and God help the United States. We are at War. I hope humankind can survive this madness.”

She got up and walked off camera covering her face to hide the new stream of tears now flowing uncontrollably.

Frank closed the screen on the laptop saying, “Let’s get that first aid review underway. We have to get in there and help whoever is left alive.”


By the standards of Journalism the writing of , blowback to, and retraction and re-writing of Entertainment Weekly’s piece on the hugo awards was rather quick, and a victory to truth vs narrative in journalism.

However the internet being what it is unfortunately this story is proving the old saying that a lie gets around the world before the truth gets a chance to get on its pants:

London telegraph

The Hugo Awards have been at the centre of a furore after two campaigns successfully prevented female authors and authors of colour from being proportionally nominated. Some people are comparing the controversy to GamerGate, which in 2014 saw coordinated misogynist attacks aimed at people who spoke out about sexism in the gaming industry.

In 2014 the Hugo Awards celebrated the increasing diversity of sci-fi and fantasy writers, with younger writers, women and people of colour all picking up awards. At the time, pop culture website io9 commented that the awards heralded “a sea change”.

The nominations for this year’s awards were announced on Saturday and showed that two campaign groups, the Gamergate-affiliated Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies, have succeeded in getting a list of predominately male, white writers nominated.


Last year, the Hugo Awards went to mostly minorities and women. In response, a fan group decided to fight back against what they saw as a liberal attack on their medium. It appears that they have succeeded, as the 2015 nominees are predominantly chosen by a group called “Sad Puppies. Now a counter-counter group is trying to ensure that no one wins any Hugo awards in any category except Best Novel. New Zealand:

Sci-fi Hugo Awards hijacked by anti-diversity campaign

The Guardian:

By putting forward a slate of predominantly American nominees, the campaign organisers have been able to lever the votes of a minority of non-attending members to “hack” the voting process and dominate the award nominations. Remarkably, this is all within the rules of the Hugos, and the moral defence put forward by campaign organisers for what many people would consider cheating is their belief that block voting is common in the award-giving process.

The Hugos and Worldcon have always been – much like the baseball World Series – a world event in name only. Hugo winners have been overwhelmingly from the US, with almost no non-anglophone works even considered for the awards. But over the past decade or so, the Hugos and Worldcon have become much more diverse and interesting, with many more women, writers of colour and international voices among nominees and winners. It’s that diversity which has been lost in this orchestrated backlash.


IO 9:

The new slate of Hugo Awards nominees were just announced, and you can read the list at the link. Suffice to say, the nominees in pretty much every category (other than Best Novel) come pretty much exclusively from a fan campaign called Sad Puppies, organized by Brad R. Torgersen and Larry Correia. Last year, Correia organized a campaign which successfully placed one item in each category on the Hugo slate — so this year, they decided to go further. As John Scalzi has pointed out, this was not against the spirit or the letter of the Hugo Awards rules.

The Hugo Awards are voted on by fans, and anyone who purchases a supporting membership at Worldcon can nominate two years in a row. (And typically, it doesn’t take that many votes to nominate something successfully.) To Torgersen and Correia, this meant that a “rarefied, insular” group of writers were promoting their agenda by nominating works by women and people of color. To the rest of us, it looked as though science fiction and fantasy were finally catching up to reality — the best stories aren’t only the ones told by straight white men.

 The Outhousers:

A conservative ballot stuffing campaign probably destroyed the credibility of the awards.



Never doubt that a small group of deranged trolls can ruin anything (even the Hugo Awards)



Av Club:

The 2015 Hugo Award nominees have been announced, and there are some strong titles in contention for Best Novel, including books by Ann Leckie, Marko Kloos, and Jim Butcher. However, that doesn’t seem to be what people are talking about, which is probably causing some consternation in the Kloos household, where conversation is usually relegated to arguing over the best pronunciation of their last name. No, this year’s crop of nominees is notable for being overwhelmingly dominated by a group of white guys who formed an organized backlash to the growing inclusion of women and people of color in last year’s awards.

Comics Alliance:

It seems eternally worth stating, as there’s no end of people who don’t seem to understand this, that welcoming women, people of color, and LGBTQ people into an industry does not mean there’s some sort of secret conspiracy against conservative straight white dudes. It means people value a progression towards allowing more voices in a conversation. In trying to combat an imagined liberal conspiracy that puts politics ahead of good work, the Sad Puppies have achieved an actual conspiracy that does exactly this. Good job.

I submit that most of the people who wrote the articles above will not update theirs with Entertainment Weekly retraction.  They will never note Brad Torgersen or his letter:

Firstly, the SAD PUPPIES slate cited in the article, included both women and non-caucasians.

Rajnar Vajra
Larry Correia
Annie Bellet
Kary English
Toni Weisskopf
Ann Sowards
Megan Gray
Sheila Gilbert
Jennifer Brozek
Cedar Sanderson
Amanda Green

Or Glenn Reynolds:

SO ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY PUBLISHES A NASTY HIT JOBLarry Correia Fisks it here — and without contacting any of the people it attacks, and then after publication, the author, Isabella Biedenharn, invites Larry to give the other side.After publication. What, did she come to Entertainment Weekly from Rolling Stone or something?

And they certainly won’t ever cite Larry Correia’s Epic fisking of EW here

Here is an interesting one for you moderates, SMOFs, and fence sitters to ponder on. Why is it that our own words and actions aren’t to be believed, but anything the other side says about us, no matter how outlandish, is to be accepted?

Over the years I’ve done Sad Puppies, do you know how many fannish blogs, fanzines, and podcasts interviewed me, the guy who started the campaign, about the goals of Sad Puppies?


I can’t think of single one. You’d think with the most controversial thing to happen to the Hugos in forever, somebody would actually want to sit down and interview us and get our side of the story, but nada, zip. Sure, lots of people wrote about it, but it was pretty obvious these fannish journalists didn’t read what I actually wrote, and instead they critiqued Straw Larry, or they quoted other bloggers quoting Straw Larry.

Nope for the readers of those sites the libelous claims from Entertainment Weekly that those pieces were based on will be forever true, the retraction never noted and the “facts” forever established in their minds.

That’s considered a feature BTW not a bug.

Closing thought let me point out to Larry & Brad that if you think you’ve already got a winner in a libel suit in the US, any moves against sites in UK and other such countries with much lower standards for libel, should be a cakewalk.

Update: Larry notices the spread:

Most of them said our slate was exclusively white, straight, and male (not true)
Most of them said that last year was a big win for diversity (I believe last years winners were all white and one Asian).
Most of them said our slate was exclusively right wing (not true, in fact the majority skew left, we have socialists, liberals, moderates, libertarians, conservatives, and question marks. To the best of my knowledge, I believe that last year’s “diverse” winners all espoused the same social justice politics).
But there is no bias in this perfectly functioning system. My side said that political narrative trumped reality in this business. Believe me yet?


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Sex Trouble

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P.S. And yes that picture in the upper right is me 27 years ago with a full head of hair. The young lady in that photo has aged considerably better than I have.

One of the advantages of years and my grey beard is the assumption of wisdom by others. In reality an old person can be just as foolish as a young one however age brings a degree of wisdom that comes from the basic experience of life.

Take interviews I have my own style and it’s perhaps not suited to others but it has served me in good stead. Every CPAC I conduct at least 100 interviews usually 4-5 minutes long or less as you can see from the uploads on my YouTube account, so while I don’t have the years of experience of some I have a volume of experience

Therefore for those who might be curious let me give you some interview do’s and don’t.

Do Know your subject: An interview is different when dealing with an elected official, vs a candidate, vs an organization, vs a member of the general public understand how they deal with people and interview accordingly.

DO Have a clear idea of what you want to talk about: If you have a clear idea of where you want to go your questions will be crisper are more likely to produce an answer.

Do consider time and place: Remember that the subject of an interview is going to be in a different condition at the start of a day, after a full meal or after some exciting event than at the end of the day after a lot of work, plan accordingly and ask accordingly.

Do be considerate: You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, if you are considerate with a subject even if it one you disagree with you will not only get a follow-up interview but that subject colleagues will be told that you are “tough but fair”.

Do Remember even your worst political enemy is a person. The Golden rule always applies.

Do understand the goal of an interview: If you go into an interview with a known goal you are more likely to achieve it.

Do Thank the person or their staff for their time: This is particularly important with a sitting pol or a person who stands to gain nothing from your interview. Plus it’s basic courtesy.

and with the Do’s in life there are also some don’t that come to mind, here are a few.

Don’t get full of yourself. A person overconfident at an interview tends to do a sloppy interview.

Don’t get distracted. On occasion an answer will surprise you and try to take you in another direction, if the answer isn’t newsworthy don’t let it take you off your course..

Don’t forget your customers: Your customers are the viewers of the interview (and or the person who paid you to do it) If you forget who you work for you might not work for long.

Don’t be unaware of the costs: An ambush interview can be fun and might generate laughs and pats on the back from friends but unless you are an A-List interviewer it will likely it will likely be the last interview you will get from that subject or the people they work with and their friends.

Don’t fake knowledge you don’t have: People will see right though that.

Don’t be overwhelmed by a mistake: You are human, on occasion you are going to make mistakes, learn from them but don’t let a mistake overwhelm you. Otherwise you will have made two mistakes

Elizabeth Scalia is one of the most loving and prayerful people I know.

But like Jesus moved to zeal in the temple there are some levels of foolishness that simply cross the line:

 here we are seeing laws put into place that are not even being discussed by the congress; there is no advise and consent, no debate, no alternative proposals amassed because no one actually knows what this proposal is, and we will not know until it is put in place, a done deal.

Now, I know, you’re saying:

“well, Elizabeth, how can you rant about this when you don’t know what exactly is being put into place? Maybe Obama’s Net Neutrality is perfectly benign and helpful to all of us, and he just doesn’t want to be bothered having to explain it to reactionaries and people who wear their pajamas to work.”

To which I respond: are you stupid? If the thing were benign, there would be no reason to prevent us from knowing what it is. If the thing was “helpful to all of us” the administration wouldn’t be shielding it, and its minions in the press wouldn’t be obsessing about Jon Stewart resigning from comedy news show — they’d all be cooing about this great gift being bestowed upon us by the beneficent Obama Administration.


The only thing more frustrating that the government acting this way is that the public’s ignorance level has reached such heights that this has to be explained.

Read the whole thing but beware this is only one of several things that have finally set her off in that piece.



My latest piece for Is President Obama ‘pulling a Homer’ on energy, or is he smarter than that? is now up:

“To pull a Homer”: to succeed despite idiocy.

In “Homer Defined,” a 1991 episode of The Simpsons, the Springfield nuclear power is going into meltdown.  Homer Simpson (the inept lead character of the series) manages to save the day by choosing the right button to prevent the meltdown.

He is celebrated as a hero until it’s revealed that his choice of which button to press was just pure incompetent luck (eeny, meeny, miny, moe).  This coins the term “pulling a Homer,” whereby a person without wisdom or skill succeeds in spite of their own incompetence.

This is an excellent illustration of what has happened with the economy, both over the last six years and in the past two months of the Obama administration.

Has Barack Obama succeeded, and if so why does he compare unfavorably to Homer Simpson?  Well you’ll have to go to to find out


Donkey: Hi, princess.
Princess Fiona: It talks.
Shrek: Yeah, but it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick.

Shrek 2001

I must admit Andrew Sullivan’s announcement gives me mixed feeling in several ways.

Sullivan was one of the first bloggers I read, and even when he eventually whet and started turning crazy over Sarah Palin he generally provoked thought & post after post.

He along with Stacy McCain gave a model of the blogging business, and I confess I’m a tad jealous.

You were there when it was just me and a tip jar for six years, and at Time, and at The Atlantic, and the Daily Beast, and then as an independent company. When we asked you two years ago to catch us as we jumped into independence, you came through and then some. In just two years, you built a million dollar revenue company, with 30,000 subscribers, a million monthly readers, and revenue growth of 17 percent over the first year. You made us unique in this media world – and we were able to avoid the sirens of clickbait and sponsored content. We will never forget it.

That is a notable accomplishment and regardless of what you think of his opinions the free market is a fair judge of success.  Perhaps I should  made a closer study and emulate his methods if not his opinions.

He talks about always being on deadline. Anyone who has seen me since 2008 knows my laptop is my constant companion from game night to dinners. It annoys people. Elizabeth Scalia absolutely nailed it:

I hear him. Having blogged almost non-stop for ten years, the last four-and-a-half of them while also writing two books and building this channel (and since May battling my own health issues which have been exacerbated by the stress) I fully hear what he is saying, and partly identify with it.

In truth it’s a mixed blessing, yes you are always on but you attend interesting events and meet interesting people (the readers are the best).  If you reporting as well you get an insight to things that you can’t get from behind the  media filter and can actually make a difference.  Finally a guy like Sully should thank his lucky stars because his stress doesn’t compare to a person doing hard labor. Vs past generations trying to make a living, the stresses of blogging are nothing.

On the other hand the relationship stress is real.

I notice a significant difference in how my wife and others perceive me since 40-50 hours weekly are now spent doing contract work instead of blogging 24-7.  To the family’s mind it is “real work”. While those who have seen me at CPAC over the last half decade or Blog Bash know that even at events that are fun I”m usually in a corner on the floor, writing, uploading and editing. To the wife & kids back home they only see the trip to Washington or Denver or the road trip with Stacy and the blogging as “playing on a computer.”

The question becomes as Sully leaves the nest, what about this place?

I’ve been flat out since 2008 (Since 2005 if you count the years blogging for Lightfrog / HiWired as a high level tech discussing everything from wireless systems to the net as a resource , the public net and buying a PC  That’s where the name “DaTechGuy ” comes from in case you’ve wondered.  Thanks to the Magnificent Seven writers: Baldilocks, Fausta, Pat Austin, Steve Eggleston, Lady Liberty, Pastor George Kelly and John Rubery (with a few more on the way)  burnout is less of an issue.

We’ve  had strong years when the blog was paying the bills and slow years when I couldn’t buy an instalanche (it’s been 10 months since the last time Glenn Linked.) and the contract payables/receivables work is needed to pay the bills, but when it comes down to it all of us here at DaTechGuy Blog as it says in the old Monkees song, have something to say and as long as we do,  like Glenn Reynolds we’re not going anywhere.



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After seeing this post at Stacy McCain’s site:

Feminism’s Campaign of Sexual Terror

and this excerpt:

If we recognize how feminist theory applies to the current “rape culture” discourse focused on college and university campuses, we also recognize this: Feminists are attempting to criminalize male sexuality, so that every sexual interaction between men and women occurs under the threat of prosecution if at any point, for any reason, the woman becomes unhappy with the interaction. Feminists now vehemently insist that males must be presumed guilty of rape if any woman ever accuses them of rape. No evidence is necessary beyond the accusation, and anyone who does not accept this no-evidence-needed standard is angrily condemned by feminists as a “rape apologist.”

This is anti-male terrorism, creating on university campuses a climate of fear in which “ordinary heterosexual initiation,” to borrow Professor MacKinnon’s phrase, becomes extraordinarily difficult due to the pervasive danger to males that their female partners might accuse them of a felony sex offense, the mere accusation being a de facto conviction.

It hit me that feminist’s attempts to silence dissent out of abject fear is comparable to the French Terror after the revolution where the wrong public or even private thought could mean the guillotine.

Moreover if the feminists and their allies are the modern equivalent of Robespierre how would we classify the man who has spent the last year exposing this terror for what it is both on twitter and at his site?

Well as he imitating Sir Percy Blakeney the Scarlet Pimpernel who was the scourge of revolutionary France and he is a loyal Alabama fan whose masculine football team infuriates feminists everywhere.

Ladies and gentlemen I give you the Crimson Pimpernel:

He tweaks fems here

He tweaks fems there

Ole Stacy tweaks them everywhere!

Is he a prophet?

Is is insane?

That damned infernal RS. McCain


Of course this would make Smithy Sir Andrew Ffoulkes his second in command & Wombat Lord Anthony Dewhurst, as for myself I would be proud to be part of the League of the Crimson Pimpernel or perhaps as Stacy is known for his hat, the League of the Crimson Fedora.

For those totally unfamiliar with the Scarlet Pimpernel here is the 1934 movie staring Leslie Howard of Gone with the Wind fame.


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One of the things that have noticed in a decade of being on the next is how the word “troll” has been redefined.

It once was that a person referred to as a “troll” was used sparingly, only one whose provocation was bcene or completely without argument would be labeled such, even one who used sarcasm to make a point wasn’t considered a “troll”.

The idea was that the internet was this wonderful place where people could safely say what they thought and engage each other, maybe even persuade each other, without worry or fear.  Positively utopian.

What a quaint idea.

The reality is that in the early day of blogging and the net, you have a small subsection of the population (much like the crazy uncles)  who had something in common in the net and thus, to some degree were able to use that common connection to mitigate other reactions that might normally come.

But once the net, and blogging were found to be commercially viable, politically valuable,  and accessible to the vast majority of the public the realities of dealing with human beings trumped all.

1.  If you were trying to use the net for propaganda the last thing you want is someone contradicting you on your site, particularly since a contrary argument & the evidence to back is up is only a click away .

2.  If you are using the net for revenue and do not have a niche market, the last thing you want is anything that can threaten that revenue stream, such as anger, debate or controversy of any type.

3.  And of course you if have all the normal foibles and faults of humanity those foibles and faults are not going to go away just because.

Because of this we’ve reached the point where all it takes for someone to disagree in a comment thread, reply to a public twitter message or link a piece that you might have blogged to find yourself labeled as, at best a “troll” and at worst a “stalker”.

I think this is all nonsense so for the benefit of those sensitive types out there let me point out some basic facts.

1.  If your ideas are worth the pixels they are being displayed in then they should be able to handle critique, if they can’t the fault is not in your critics, but in you.

2.  If you put something out on the net available to the entire world then you have no business complaining when people in the world link to it, comment on it and ridicule you for it, that is what public speech is.  Blogs, listservs and twitter have private settings so you can limit your exposure to those who you wish to speak to, if that is your wish.

3.  If one choose to be anonymous on the net I dont’ care, but if you choose to try to deprive a person of their living and their livelihood be aware that there are thousands if not millions of people who can figure out who you are simply by a few google searches so act accordingly.

4.  Like all other freedoms they come with a price, freedom of expression does not mean you are free of the consequences of that expression.

5.  If you are that worried about what a bunch of strangers think of you on the net, you really need to get a life.

and finally

6.  All the various net platforms are all owned and run by someone, while people may think of them as a public platform unless you are paying for a subscription service you are playing in someone elses yard.  Even if I disagree with how they keep that yard if they are paying for it then they get to run it and if it’s their site and their comment section they can run it as they see fit.  If you don’t like this, there are plenty of places on the net where you can put up an opposing view.

As for me, let me repeat my own rules here:

1.  Comments that agree or disagree are welcome.  I expect you to not use vulgar language that I would not have in my house, or to at least edit it down.

2.  I like sarcasm & humor, even if directed at me, one of the joys of the English language is how it can be used in this way.  You will not be banned or blocked for that and if you can’t take a joke, well that’s on you.

3.  If you want to comment please have it be relevant to the topic of the post.  I dont’ mind you linking to your site or others but don’t just put an off topic link, stay on topic and you’ll be fine.

4.  If you want to spread what I consider calumny against a 3rd person not present do it elsewhere.

5.  There is no automatic comment approval here, I approve them all and might edit out profanity.  I reserve the right to edit but will not do so without

A.  giving you the chance to edit an objectionable comment first.

B.  Noting that said edit was done by me.

 6.  I have a life and I don’t have a smartphone that means that if you leave a comment and it’s not approved with 5 min it’s not because I’m ignoring you, it’s because I’m out, or on a contact job or away from the computer or asleep etc etc etc.

8.  Because my time lately has been at a premium and even when it’s not I’m a poor speller I will on occasion mangle a word or phrase or hit publish before I should, correction comments are most welcome.

9.  This isn’t the NYT, the layers of proofreaders at this site consists of me.  If you want to argue that my points or tweets are without merit because of bad spelling or grammar you are welcome to do so, and by the same token I’m welcome to make the point that you’ve got nothing in terms of an actual counter argument because if you did you’d use it.

Personally I think that if more people used rules like this we’d all be better off but if you disagree, that’s what the comments section or a link that refutes this post is for.  Have at it!

This has been a bad year for my blog’s profitability to the point where I’d had to take contract work during the day to make ends meet while writing what I can weekends, evening and in whatever spare time I can find.

Last year was completely different. In 2013 I was paying my writers & the mortgage every month out of DaTipJar, this year I’m managing to pay my writers and maybe the electric bill if I’m lucky.

What does that mean? It means I’m doing better than the Huffington Post in the middle of yet more changes:

Heading into the new year, The Huffington Post is planning to stop using Associated Press stories while increasing its reporter headcount, gearing up for a relaunch and rolling out more international editions.

That’s nice but if you’re paying $300+ Million for a website one would think it would not need another “relaunch” a few years later:

The announcements come as The Huffington Post continues its slog toward profitability a little less than four years after it was acquired for $315 million by AOL, which made heavy investments in talent, global expansion and a streaming video network called HuffPost Live.

“Slogging toward profitability” is another way of saying “still not profitable and never has been.”

At the end of 2013, AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong told Reuters he expected the site to be profitable in 2014. But during an interview earlier this month at Business Insider’s Ignition conference, Armstrong said the ongoing international rollout, which includes about a dozen foreign editions from Brazil to France to Maghreb, had prevented HuffPost from breaking into the black. Annual revenues are in the hundreds of millions, Armstrong said, declining to provide a specific dollar figure.

Revenues are nice, but if they don’t cover expenses it doesn’t mean a thing. All you are doing is paying people and vendors to lose money for your shareholders. If revenues had kept up here we would have added a second batch of seven writers but this is a conservative site so we aren’t going to commit to spending money we don’t have.

Now that isn’t a problem for Arianna, she has pocketed her 300 mil and is still drawing funds from the suckers investors but if you are a stockholder in AOL it’s not so go. You might have been better off checking if you could buy shares in DaTechGuyblog.

True this year you might have gotten little or no return but from what I can see your odds are better off here than over at the Huffpo:

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By John Ruberry

Online commentators, particularly those on blogs, are known for their vitriol and sometimes cursory devotion to the truth.

But the accumulation of comments on a since-pulled online version of an article from a free weekly newspaper and a blog have led to the indictment on child molestation charges of a 94 year-old retired suburban Chicago physical education teacher and former Boy Scout leader, William Bricker, who now resides in northern Michigan.

The unraveling of his reputation began in 2005 when the Glen Arbor Sun of Grand Traverse County Michigan published a hagiographic human interest piece on Bricker, which included his recollections of combat in World War II and his summers as a counselor at a Wyoming summer camp near Grand Teton National Park, titled Old Cowboy, New Tricks: Lessons from Bill Bricker’s Adventurous Life. Comments, some vaguely accusatory, some supportive of Bricker, began appearing on the Sun’s website. But after the arrest of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky for numerous molestation and rapes in 2011, the comments became more numerous and nastier.

Judy Linklater, who writes Mrs. Linklater’s Guide to the Universe blog, had her suspicions about Bricker, took the lead on the story–although the establishment media has mostly ignored her efforts–after the Sun yanked the article from its website in 2012. Her half-brothers had noticed Bricker’s odd behavior. The gym teacher’s overly affectionate actions around children, both male and female, for years had raised eyebrows in Winnetka, Illinois, where Bricker taught and where Linklater was raised.

Accusations of Bricker’s inappropriate contact with students at Hubbards Wood Elementary School, where he was employed as a teacher and then a substitute for over 40 years, go back to the 1950s and school officials were aware of them in 1968.

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

But the statute of limitations in Illinois on such crimes prevents charges against Bricker in Illinois, but that is not the case in Wyoming. Bricker was arrested in September–he’s accused of molesting boys at the Wyoming summer camp in 1962 and 1985. The 1992 Winnetka Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, who now breathes with the aid of oxygen tanks, is fighting extradition to Wyoming.

Linklater did more than blog, she reached out to the alleged victims and she has been the lead reporter on the Bricker story–she’s a true journalist.

Other than their status as alleged victims of Bricker, there is a common link they share. Each thought they were alone–only they were reportedly harmed by him. They weren’t–when these emotionally-scarred individuals typed “Winnetka” and “Bricker” into an internet search box they discovered others who also have repulsive memories of the Old Cowboy.

UPDATE January 11, 2015: AP is reporting that Bricker died in Michigan two days ago.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

…working for the Palestinian Government

I used to run a blog in Arabic called “Nour Alakl” and ran a satirical Facebook page under the pseudonym “Allah.” But in October 2010, Palestinian security forces stormed into an Internet cafe and arrested me.

This blogger has learned many things from this experience

Until then, I had been under the impression that I had a right to freedom of speech and to the freedom of belief. But in jail, I was told that my online statements about religion and Islam were illegal. I was told that society didn’t accept such criticisms.

The first thing he discovered is that regardless of what our friends in the media and the public claims of the Palestinian state freedom of speech in Palestinian controlled areas means freedom to say thing that don’t upset or offend Palestinians

I was beaten by prison guards who demanded to know who had made me write against Islam. In their minds, I could only say these things as the result of some plot, some conspiracy. The idea that I might simply want to express my independent thoughts was alien to them.

The second thing he discovered is that if you are doing something to upset Palestinians it’s obvious a western plot, or a Jewish plot, or a Western Jewish plot or perhaps a plot by infidel crusaders aided and abetted by Jews and the west.

The 10 months I spent in Palestinian prison were the worse of my life. I faced constant pressure to retract my statements. I was told they had removed my blog and that I must apologize for publishing it. Even once I was freed, I was told I should never again use the Internet, nor meet with the media.

The third thing he learned is the difference between being in a Palestinian in a Palestinian prison & a Palestinian.  If only he had been arrested for throwing stones at Jews, he would have been a hero.

I eventually left the West Bank for Jordan with a visa I obtained from the French embassy. I am now in Paris, and have applied for asylum. After six months, I am still waiting for an answer, and it has become harder and harder as time goes on.

From here I have the chance to blog in Arabic and in English as “Proud Atheist,” but I am now effectively in exile. I am living alone in a foreign city, cut off from friends and family, all because of my words.

The fourth thing he learned is that for all the critique of the west by Palestinian media, if he wants to be able to freely say ^ write what he thinks, the west is the place to be.

I still do not feel safe. If I cannot stay here, and if I am not protected, then there’s a chance the Palestinian Authority will arrest me again. That is my fear. I want to be active, but safety is my priority.

I’d normally advise him to come to America, after all as an atheist he would have a lot of support  but I have a feeling that groups like CAIR might consider his critiques of Islam “hate speech” which could get him Molly Norrised and frankly as a person who has actually been persecuted for his non-religious beliefs I suspect he would not fit in well with American atheists who have a case of the vapors whenever a nativity scene goes up at Christmas.

As a fellow blogger I am outraged by this story, as an American I think he would be an excellent candidate for asylum here, and as a Catholic I’ll pray for him and ask my fellow Catholics to do the same as he learns one final lesson

The international community should do more to protect the plight of these people. There are many of us who need to talk and be reached out to, even if we use fake Facebook accounts for our safety. We must express our thoughts and ourselves. We simply must be allowed this basic freedom.

If he wants the international community to back him, he had better get himself persecuted by Jews or Christians, not by Muslims and certainly not Palestinians.

Let me  end by giving credit to the Daily Beast, not at all a conservative website for reporting on this story.

Update:  Corrected the second to last sentence that somehow came out different that what I was trying to type.

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