Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we talk Twinkies and with Film Director Ladd Ehlinger about how cultural issues play in the political world.

Until we fight on the cultural playground we are going to have a hard time steering the conversation, particularly among the low information voters that gave Obama their win.

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The Left understands that the low information voter is the norm, and their message is conveyed in a way that reaches the person who makes political decisions based on their friends Facebook posts. It’s subtle and many times it’s not even overtly political. The culture has embraced leftist ideology as a whole, because the Left has been able to infiltrate movies, music, social media, and television so that the majority of people don’t even know that their worldviews are being influenced.

The answer is that conservatives will continue to lose unless they understand that they need to take the fight to where people actually live.

If you don’t teach people won’t learn, in the old days the culture were the books and the stories and the church, now it’s the music, the TV and the movies.

We have to market Conservatism, not because it’s not the right way to live, but because people have to be constantly reminded of the truth.

From Friday to Saturday at St. Joseph Church in Medford:

there was a 24 hour Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

For the defeat of Question 2:

Locally where there is daily adoration there is normally one or two folks (sometimes as high as 3) praying, when I came into the church I found two lists. There were 30 people on the list who had come to pray,

After this interview I found a 2nd sign-in sheet that showed a total of 47 by this time.

When I got back we realized that I hadn’t asked at all about question #2 So Geraldine talked about why she opposed it

We shot two different videos to cover all she wanted to say.

Question two is going to cost Massachusetts a lot, in terms of society and I have some advice if it happens.

I’ve already advised my sons to leave the state when they can to get a future. In a one party state where the government stifles business and innovation there is no future for them here.

But if you are 50 or over if question 2 passes, get your affairs in order and get out of this state over the next few years. I’ll stay and fight, somebody has to, but if this passes, don’t wait because if I lose my fight then by that time a generation will have grown up thinking it is acceptable to dispose of the elderly if it saves a buck. Don’t wait until they decide you are obsolete.

You are Obsolete

The Twilight Zone 1961

Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,

C.S. Lewis The Screwtape Letters #12

Because of the storm which Cancelled the Romney event in NH on Tuesday I was able to attend the weekly game night with the crew I’ve been playing with for decades.

During the course of the evening a Question 2 ad showed up on the TV and a heated discussion took place between me (Catholic and opposed) and everyone else.

While most thought the law poorly written they all agreed the best solution was to pass it then “fix” it.

During the course of the evening a friend at the table brought up his late mothers illness and her pain in the closing weeks and the advantage such a law would have been, I then asked a provocative question:

“If you could do it without legal issues would you have suffocated your mother if she asked?”

My friend reacted very angrily to that argument, and the other insisted that it was not relevant or the point, but I say it exactly IS the point.

The worst thing you can give a person when dealing with a question of morality or ethics is an excuse. With the right excuse people who would normally consider an action immoral or evil will suddenly find themselves not only doing it but justifying it.

If the idea of killing the sick, is just and right and a mercy if they wish it, then the fact that it is your mother, your wife, your child would be totally irrelevant, in fact you would be doing a positive good.

It’s been argued that it would be a burden? WHY would it be a burden? Why should it be any burden at all if it is a positive good.

The reality is this is not about the people who are dying, it is about the people who are living who do not want the responsibility, they want an easy way out. They can put things on a doctor and tell themselves that they didn’t have to go though the expense, the time and the effort to keep an elderly or sick relative alive so much easier to take the simple path. To kill by omission on your part and commission and call it “dignity”.

And to the old, deciding to hang on, to live your life, to continue to fight for the life that God gave you will be “selfish”, expensive, inconsiderate.  They will have all of society telling them to exit with “dignity” and those who do will be celebrated for doing so.

It is a horrible and evil thing and mark my words, as the generations that were taught the sanctity of life age and die, the generations that replace them without such a teaching will find a positive good in these death and it will be this generation that voted this in that will be ushered off by a society that finds them Obsolete.

Stacy McCain notes Sen Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has some interesting extracurricular activities when traveling:

Shortly after the Drudge Report headline went up, my associate Ali Akbar got a tip that the story involved Sen. Menendez of New Jersey and at least one prostitute with whom he trysted on a taxpayer-funded trip to the Dominican Republic. Within one hour, Akbar had confirmed this with other sources, and we understand that numerous reporters in D.C. have heard similar reports.

Daily Caller:

Two women from the Dominican Republic told The Daily Caller that Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez paid them for sex earlier this year.

In interviews, the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000 acre resort in the Dominican Republic. They claimed Menendez agreed to pay them $500 for sex acts, but in the end they each received only $100.

I guess Moe Lane is right about making sure you collect from Democrats

But I have to disagree with the sentiment from Stacy McCain concerning this question:

What would Lilly Ledbetter say?

Frankly we know the answer to that, it was given by a different activist for women in a similar situation, a reporter Named Nina Burleigh back in 1998:

“I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”

There are two different cultures in America, the culture of the left believes the end justifies the means.

Any person who thinks democrat women who still kneel and worship at the altar of Bill Clinton are going to care about Bob Menendez paying for sex from women in the Dominican Republic has not paid attention to the Democrat party and where they have gone in the last 15 years.

I have no doubt as long as Mendenez votes the way Ms. Ledbetter and the media wants she and they will have absolutely no problem with any thing he does with any woman.

Nice deb weighs in:

I say *possible* scandal because with just a few days until the election, the Democrats are going to be in full scale circle the wagons mode – proclaiming his innocence, attacking the accusers, etc. They can easily run out the clock using their usual lying and obfuscating (or ignoring) methods.

And if that doesn’t work, they’ll just brazenly stand by him as they’ve stood by so many other bad actors in the party who have been caught in even worse scandals.

With Sandy the MSM has an actual legit story from NJ that totally overshadows anything Mendenez is doing. If I was Bob Mendenez I’d be on the phone getting relief crews to the state STAT so that when some guy at a bar is asked about this issues he can say: “I don’t give a d*** who Mendenez is ******** as long as he gets my power on.”

That’s the ideal

Update 2: I can’t believe I forget Kennedy:

Ted Kennedy became “The Lion of the Senate” after killing Mary Jo Kopechne with his car and walking away without lifting a finger to help her. So when I found out about the offshore sexcapades of Senator Bob Menendez from New Jersey I figured it wasn’t worth wasting my time. New Jersey voters are now more interested in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy than they are the extracurricular activities of their Senator, and even if they weren’t preoccupied, it probably wouldn’t sway them anyway.

It’s like buying an indulgence.

Today’s commentary is about the whole “Ladyparts” debate:

I’ve been surprised to see so much of the Lady parts argument during my roadtrip.

The full commentary available only with the password is here, to view it simply hit DaTipJar

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and I will e-mail you the codes every week as soon as the videos are uploaded and the posts are ready.

I think it’s a sign of Democrat panic, perhaps considering this ad

it’s even Neo Confederate Sex Panic?

Remember I am on the road today so if I’m a tad slow on the e-mail after you give, don’t worry I’ll find a McDonalds Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center on the way and get it done

Over the last couple of months I’ve noted how Tina Brown had shifted gears slightly throwing in the odd conservative cover to increase sales to the horror of the left.

It seems Tina Brown’s adoption of capitalism wasn’t a conversion, apparently like Confederate General Joe Johnson sudden decision to become an aggressive offensive commander in 1865 it was a last ditch attempt to avoid destruction.

We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the United States will be our Dec. 31 issue.

Allister jokes about the Socialism Cover, it makes sense. It has been noted that the problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money, apparently this has happened to Ms. Brown.

There is however a more interesting point that makes me snicker.

I’m completing my 100th week on the air as the host of DaTechGuy on DaRadio this Saturday. I noted that when I introduced myself as a blogger with a Radio Show I was granted little respect at events (on one occasion referred to as a “wannabe” by security and barred) My writing, my readership etc meant nothing, I was “just a blogger” so I didn’t matter. Now that the radio show is well established with 100 weeks with 50,000 Watts behind me nobody questions my credentials anymore.

Come January 1st Newsweek is going to become…a blog, albeit a group blog with some famous contributors.

I wonder if in the future I will see security at some national events bar folk from Newsweek as just bloggers, “wannabes”? If there I’ll be delighted to put a good word in for them.

Of course that assumes there are people actually working there that they are able to Pay to GO to national events, perhaps Ms. Brown can put a tip jar on the Daily Beast site. If she asked Stacy McCain very nicely he can give her some tips on how to properly shake it. Maybe someday, with luck she can make Newsweek worth as much as a value fries again.

Update: Hey Tina Brown is on Morning Joe today. The question is will she still be welcome in 90 days when she becomes just another cheetos eating blogger? Mmmmmm Cheetos!

Update 2: I wonder if the left wing backers who bankrolled Brown decided she just wasn’t useful enough

My previous post on Afghanistan was rather depressing but in case you missed it earlier this week I saw one of the most hopeful signs from the Arab world that I’ve seen in year in the form of this article in the Arab news.

The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?

These are incredible words and even more incredible words follow

The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people.
These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.

This is something I’ve long waited to see come out of an Arab writer in an Arab paper, the ending is earth shaking:

The Arab Spring showed the world that the Palestinians are happier and in better situation than their Arab brothers who fought to liberate them from the Israelis. Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is absolutely no reason why the Arab world shouldn’t exceed Israel by every possible measure because they have the single most valuable resource in the world in incredible quantities but totally undeveloped. Their PEOPLE!

But for that to happen thinkers and writers like Abdulateef Al-Mulhim need to be embraced.

If the Arab world spends a few decades concentrating solely on the advancement of their own population they will move forward at such a pace, in education, in science, in standard of living that generations unborn will wonder how the were ever kept back from their potential.

I noticed Ed Driscoll’s writeup at Instapundit on the new Newsweek cover:

Clapped-out sclerotic old magazine with one foot in death’s door increasingly believes in salvation in the afterlife, if this latest Newsweek cover is any indication.

Boy, between the above cover, the mausoleum-like Newseum, and the Washington Post investing in a hospice care facility, the MSM sure is obsessed with death these days, aren’t they? Contrast this with the 1960s, when a Time magazine cover gleefully killed off God, at the apex of that youth-obsessed decade.

While I’m usually not one who minds hitting the MSM and Snark is great Ed misses the significance of this issue of Newsweek.

Taken alone a Newsweek cover of this nature is no big deal but consider the last few weeks:

One cover that appeals to conservatives is an oddity.

Two covers that suggested things might be happening

we might be one cover too soon to say it but it appears that she has seen the numbers both financial and demographic and decided to go where no liberal has gone before.

Now we have three count em THREE covers that are designed to get conservative to buy the magazine.

I must conclude that Tina Brown has come out as a Capitalist, I hope she gets a better reception from her friends coming out than Stacy Dash as a Romney Supporter

Update: Cripes those guys really mean it, this is from The Daily Beast.

But it isn’t just foreign donations that are a concern. So are fraudulent donations. In the age of digital contributions, fraudsters can deploy so-called robo-donations, computer programs that use false names to spew hundreds of donations a day in small increments, in order to evade reporting requirements. According to an October 2008 Washington Post article, Mary Biskup of Missouri appeared to give more than $170,000 in small donations to the 2008 Obama campaign. Yet Biskup said she never gave any money to the campaign. Some other contributor gave the donations using her name, without her knowledge. (The Obama campaign explained to the Post that it caught the donations and returned them.)

This makes it all the more surprising that the Obama campaign does not use a standard security tool, the card verification value (CVV) system—the three- or four-digit number often imprinted on the back of a credit card, whose purpose is to verify that the person executing the purchase (or, in this case, donation) physically possesses the card. The Romney campaign, by contrast, does use the CVV—as has almost every other candidate who has run for president in recent years, from Hillary Clinton in 2008 to Ron Paul this year. (The Obama campaign says it doesn’t use the CVV because it can be an inhibiting factor for some small donors.) Interestingly, the Obama campaign’s online store requires the CVV to purchase items like hats or hoodies (the campaign points out that its merchandise vendor requires the tool).

This is incredible, and good news for Oswin Oswald, if a member of the Dalek media can be converted maybe she can still be saved!