A common sight at Pintastic NE 2018
There was more to Pintastic than Todd Tuckey and Jersey Jack there were the vendors like Ben from Pinbox 3000

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his system has really grown since the first one

Steve from Rock Fantasy store/arcade in NY who has been to every pintastic but one

Clever to bring a machine that needs slight tweaking to a show full of tweakers

You have virtual Pinball well represented among the vendors, I spoke to Cliff of the VR zone

His virtual reality cabinet was so big it took two videos to show it

It’s a good solution for fans with limited space.

Of course there were the individuals like Chris

He brought his daughters which is no surprise as every year more and more kids are there with parents, which is why we saw old friend Maggie the Clown entertaining them, but in a cunning disguise sans makeup

Most of the kids however were to be found at the games on tiny step provided by Pintastic for them to reach the tables.

I wasn’t the only person filing in fact the good folks at Xtreme has a three person team which did live streaming of games with an excellent setup to do so.

this makes sense because even on the last day of Pintastic the stars of the show are the games

And the people who meet while playing them.

I was playing a four player game with the young couple to my right and my son, Pintastic is a great place to connect with people. It’s a place where people in Deplorable shirts share a parking lot with folks with Bernie bumper stickers because it’s all about the Pinball and the camaraderie of the joy of the games that all share.

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At Yesterday’s Pintastic NE Jersey Jack of Jersey Jack Pinball held a seminar about his business that produces some of the best pinball machines on the market. These games are constantly in demand both on the market and at the show:

During the seminar one of the attendees asked him an obvious question, why has he made it when others have failed? Here was his answer.

This is not a light thing to say because it must be remembered he started this business in the Obama years before the Trump boom AND because when it comes down to it a Pinball machine is not a necessity.

I think thanking God and a bunch of others is important as was his decision to market to individuals, but for my money the real secret is the fact that in terms of subject matter, video, artwork and display, all of his games are PG rated or lower. I asked him why he made that decision and his answer was telling

Note that he didn’t say: “I don’t think anyone should make an R rated game”, he just decided that as a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a Catholic Eucharistic Minister involved in his church, he decided that he wasn’t going to making anything that wasn’t family friendly.

In an era when kindergartens are having very inappropriate stuff pushed at them and Disney has apparently decided that being “woke” is more important that being family friendly that’s an incredibly radical decision.

My interview with Jack is here

And you can buy his games here

Hit the right sequence and you get the batsignal
When you’re talking Pintastic NE you’re talking a lot of fun, such as the Batman 1966 game that has proved to be one of the most popular games in the Free play room.

But before you can start playing games like that here is a lot of work from the setup of the vendor room

to the setup of the free play room

And the man behind it all is Gabriel D’Annunzio who founded this event.

Of course once things get started, it becomes all bout keeping the machines, many of them 20 or 30 year old or more, running and that’s where folks like Tony come in.

Let’s give folks like Gabe and Tony a big hand, because though their time and effort along with all of the people on their team thousands of folks will have a great time this week away from the worries of the world.

Take a bow guys.

As you are reading this I am in my hotel room in Sturbridge at day one of the 4th Annual Pintastic NE Pinball extravaganza.

If you are unfamilar with it Pintastic  is four days of all things pinball with free play rooms, vendors seminars Tournaments and fun activities from the kids. There are machines on sale for as low as a couple of hundred bucks to brand spanking new releases for eight grand and there is even a bank on hand to process your loan if you want to buy one.

You can buy single day passes for $10 to $25 and kid passes for $5 to $10 dollars and if you are a huge Pinball guy who wants two or four days of 24 / 7 pinball they have a plan for you too.

I have been covering and enjoying Pintastic since the very first one back when it was a two day event (my coverage of 2015 is here, 2016 is here and 2017 is here) and my Pintastic 2017 video playlist is here My first interview from Pintastic 2018 is with Alex from Boston

This is an event that’s just plain fun, and if the news is getting you down (or if it’s not) it’s the perfect escape. Come on down and enjoy it.

I’ll try to get more video up as I can but with 24/7 pinball in front of me for the next few days don’t be surprised if I’m a tad distracted.

Update:
The bank didn’t come this year, I think that’s a bad move, in a booming economy you’re much likely to have someone ready to buy a machine

The whole Roseanne kerfuffle brought to mind something I wrote when I announced that after 41 years my love affair with Doctor Who had ended:

Now I know that since the series came back there has been a bit of a sjw agenda that has been pushed since the 2nd half of the 1st season. As the years have gone by it’s become more and more open but I let it go, first because I was so pleased to see the series back, then because I thought David Tennant was great, then because I thought Matt Smith was the best thing to happen to the series since Tom Baker, then because Peter Capaldi had given the character depth and then because Michelle Gomez was just so good as Missy and she and Capaldi worked so well that you wanted to see what happened next.

The actual reality is that I loved this show and even as it tried to nudge me away or suggest that I and my values were unwelcome I clung to it because of what it meant to me and mine. In a world becoming increasingly hostile it was my last my childhood escape that decades later was still intact.

The ability to sell a particular worldview where the British Empire, Capitalism, the Military and Christianity and the values they espoused was the source of the world or in this case the universes was helped by the fact said message was sold to the British public in general and British youth in particular by two of the best TV writers of the 21st century Stephen Moffat and Russell Davies and by suburb acting by not only all of the doctors from Eccleston to Capaldi but by an incredible ensemble including Arthur Darvill, Jenna Coleman, Alex Kingston, Catherine Tate, Matt Lucas (who really surprised me) and especially Michelle Gomez whose performances rank as some of the finest in the entire 55 year history of the show.

And the sales pitch was so subtle that by the time we saw Moffatt use the 1st Doctor as a stand in punching bag standing in for the values of the generation that saved the world from Nazism as something to be mocked that the generation that was saved from subjugation by those folks were laughing at those who saved them without realizing what they were doing.

That’s what skilled propaganda does and it’s particularly effective on members of a “fandom”.  It’s the nature of fandom that you remain a fan.  You might decide a particular show or actor wasn’t up to snuff but because you have built a relationship with a show or character or universe it’s hard to let go, even if it’s hostile to you and your believes,  you let it go because of that relationship, particularly if it one that you had for years (or in my case decades).  Without being well grounded in actual reality it’s very easy to surrender.

And that brings us to Roseanne.

For all the fuss about Roseanne being “right wing” she is and always has been a creature of the left, albeit one who likes Trump which I suspect comes from still remembering the life of a stand up comic.  Other than her ability to recognize the danger of radical Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood her values are Hollywood values.

Moreover those Hollywood values were shared by her cast, her writers and the network that carried them and while they were careful in season 1 not paint supporters of the current administration as villains the groundwork was being laid for the seasons to come.

Those season were going to be all about teaching the “Connor” family to accept things that conservative in general and social conservatives in particular reject.  Oh to be sure it was going to be subtle and the comedy was going to be there and there would be real care not to portray the Connors in a negative light but don’t doubt for one minute that if the series continued this was going to be the plan.

It would have been pulled off brilliantly by their group of 1st class writers and a strong cast headlined by Roseanne herself, Sarah Gilbert and the spectacular John Goodman who is in my opinion on of the best all around actors/comics in the industry.

The irony of course is the conservative audience would have gone along considering their viewing a rebellion against a media culture that hates them not knowing that they were going to be played and within a season or two the critics would have been hailing the series for progressing and becoming more “inclusive” as the years went on.

That was the long game, all of that was what was coming and the left might have pulled it off, if they had been capable of accepting Roseanne’s apology over her tweets over the years.

But fortunately for us on the right there were not and now not only has the left’s best chance to sell their values to the right without them even realizing gone up in smoke but it’s done so in such a way and at such a time designed to cause maximum damage to that same left in a critical midterm election we couldn’t have planned it better if we tried.

That’s why after acting rashly out of anger they are trying to figure out how to the plan back on track

There is some cautious optimism that Roseannecancelled by ABC on Monday, could continue without co-creator and star Roseanne Barr. I hear the show’s producers will be meeting with Disney-ABC executives on Monday to pitch a revamped Roseannewithout the title star (and likely the original title too).

Details about the concept that will be pitched are unclear but the show is expected to stay true to the praised first season of the revival — the series’ 11th overall — featuring the other cast members except Barr. There could be stronger emphasis on Sara Gilbert’s character Darlene, which can be expected since the revival was centered mainly on three characters, Roseanne (Barr), Dan (John Goodman) and their daughter Darlene (Gilbert) who moved back home with her kids.

, Allahpundit however is most likely right about what it would mean if anything:

Darlene is the fourth-most compelling character on the show, tops. I like the idea of keeping “Roseanne” going but only if it’s fundamentally a show about Dan and Jackie moving on from Roseanne’s death. If they go the Darlene route, they’re going to get one season out of it. Although maybe that’s the point: All they’re doing here, perhaps, is giving the cast, crew, and writers the second year of employment they were counting on before Roseanne ripped it out from under them. They’ll do 10 episodes of semi-respectable ratings and then pack it in.

In one sense that would be justice as none of those people had anything to do with the cancellation but “the Darline show” is unlikely to draw the conservatives who were upset with the cancellation and any attempt to subtly dose any who do hang around is now likely to be spotted a mile away.

So in the end conservative Roseanne fans without knowing it, have gotten lucky break

Would that Doctor Who fans had been as lucky.

then she might have headlined the next White House Correspondent’s dinner instead of watching ABC cancelling their biggest hit

ABC, in a stunning move, has decided to cancel its Roseanne revival following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet Tuesday.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Tuesday.
Early Tuesday, star, head writer and exec producer Barr attacked Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, in a since-deleted tweet in which she said “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.” Barr subsequently apologized: “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me — my joke was in bad taste.”

In one respect this is all kind of odd in the sense that Valerie Jarrett is not big enough news to be worth the joke and frankly given the Obama administration’s love of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jarrett’s connections to Iran you could have make a good joke without the ape business if you wanted to highlight that but it still seems odd, it would be like making a joke Hamilton Jordan joke, neither is relevant enough to be worth Roseanne’s time and frankly these days making fun of a woman’s appearance is trouble.

Roseanne seemed to figure this out pretty quickly and abjectly apologized and deleted the tweet pretty fast, but as Jarrett is not a conservative in general or a Trump supporter in particular making fun of the appearance of a woman is simply beyond the pale for a comic and ABC knowing the grief that was coming from the left decided it was better to dump their best rated show than risk the wrath of the left.

Five quick thoughts:

1. Note that Roseanne’s apology, while appropriate, didn’t buy her any sympathy. That’s a lesson for the next person who crosses the left, one might do better just telling them: “If you don’t like my joke, **** You. I’m a comic and I’ll joke any damn way I please.”

2. Despite Glenn Reynolds post I think that ABC was protecting their advertisers by this cancellation as it is they along with the network that would have been getting the pressure otherwise. Don’t think for one moment that ABC’s customers (ie their advertisers) didn’t appreciate this.

3. If I was at charge at FOX I would have the show signed before the end of the day. You might think that’s odd given point two but can anyone tell my how the description of Fox by the media/left after adding the Roseanne show to their lineup would be differ from what they call Fox anyways?

4. From a social conservative standpoint this has both long and short term advantages. In the long term it is inevitable that if Roseanne stayed on the air for years they would have sold social liberalism to Trump voters in a way other shows could not. Meanwhile in the short term I think Glenn Reynolds tweet here is on the money:

The biggest danger for the left in election 2018 is energizing of Trump voters. Given the double standards on what is acceptable and what is not I can’t help but this this is going to help the GOP in the midterms.

5. If you are a fan of Last Man Standing remember that the only reason why Fox picked it up was because of Roseanne’s success. So even with Roseanne off the air you are still up a show.

I was never a big fan of the old show and only watched one or two of the new ones. It was OK but not God’s gift to comedy so for myself so other than the political ramifications I don’t really care but watching the end result of all of this is going to be interesting but let me leave you with one more thought.

Never forget that all of the people currently beating their breasts and virtue signaling over a few tweets that were almost instantly apologized for spent the last 20 years enabling Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose et/all because they were valuable to the left.

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John Fogerty & Billy Gibbons 5-27-18 via David Kontner on Youtube
I’m not as a rule a concert goer. The first one I had ever attended my wife took me to when we were first dating (Kenny Rogers) but you can count the number of concerts I’ve been to on the fingers of both hands with plenty of fingers to spare.

That being said my youngest son remembering that I had a Creedence greatest hits CD in my old car, upon hearing that ZZ Top and John fogerty were going to be at Mohegan Sun Casino on Memorial Day Weekend bought tickets so the pair of us could go (my wife declined to attend the concert preferring the slots)

We sat with our backs against the wall at the highest level directly opposite the stage from which I could see the entire crowd as well as the stage it was a climb that my newly senior citizen discount legs objected to but after a rather forgettable opening act Fogerty took the stage and the place was really rocking and the very middle aged crowd was moving and signing along with the 70+ yer old singer who shared the state with a pair of his sons.

The fact that all of these songs are still regularly played on the radio speaks to the quality of his music.

ZZ Top followed, like Fogerty they have been doing this for 50 years, unlike Fogerty the star of the show wasn’t so much the songs but their guitar work which the large side screens focused on, with a few exceptions like when the crowd joined in for the chorus of “Sharp Dressed Man”

Fogerty also joined them on stage both to get a birthday cake for his 73 birthday and for a rendition of the classic song 16 tons

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected but there was an aspect of the night that in this day and age that was as pleasant a surprise as inexplicable decision of an attractive blond woman to ignore the entireties of her friends to sit in the seat she paid for with them on the other side of my son and instead sit next to me.

The complete lack of any political message or political statement by any person on that stage.

Now it’s fair to say Looking at the demographics of crowd in attendance that, despite the lack of MAGA hats and the location deep in blue state, it likely overwhelmingly was filled with Trump voters.

Furthermore given their age Fogerty (born 1945) and the ZZ Top guys (all three of them born 1949) wealth and Iconic status are not likely to give a damn if their opinions upset anybody either in the media or the crowd. If they wanted to opine on the president for or against there would have been nothing to restrain them.

They didn’t. The came to play and perform music and their audience came to hear them play and have a good time and that what they got.

But isn’t it a shame that we’ve reached a point in America where the lack of politics at a concert is so noteworthy?

Politics is downstream of culture.          -Andrew Breitbart

Between network television and Netflix, I have been watching three separate series that all take place in and around the White House: “Designated Survivor,” “Madame Secretary,” and “House of Cards.” House of Cards is fun (although there are plenty of disturbing scenes made for fast-forward) because it makes no pretense that anyone in politics is motivated by anything other than naked self-interest and the pursuit of power. To be honest, I’m a bit surprised that it aired during the Obama administration, and with the Underwoods being democrats, too.

Madame Secretary was clearly developed to promote Hillary for president. If you realize that going in, you can laugh at the typical tropes like “Global Climate Change is the single biggest threat to our national security,” the non-gender-conforming policy advisor, and even the fantastical “Iran Deal” that could only be negotiated in a television show. Given the failure of this show to drag Clinton over the finish line resulting in (I love saying this) President Trump, the next goal of the show will be to show everyone how awesome it will be when we have a woman president.

Designated Survivor is perhaps the most subtle of the three. It stars Kiefer Sutherland (formerly Jack Bauer in “24”) as Tom Kirkman, the former HUD Secretary who gets thrust into the presidency after a terrorist attack during the State of the Union. Of course, the original Muslim suspect turned out to be a decoy and the real mastermind was actually an evil capitalist. Sutherland portrays the president as a non-partisan straight shooter, but it’s clear that he and his staff are anything but. In a recent episode, they were trying to nominate a “progressive icon” to the Supreme Court. Everyone was excited about how much “good” he could do on the Court which, of course, is not the job of a Supreme Court Justice. Interestingly, in a nod to the #metoo movement, the nomination was derailed due to a past sexual harassment claim that was initially only deemed a problem because “the Republicans control the Judiciary Committee.” I guess they were admitting that Democrats would have overlooked such things just to get a progressive on the court.

All three are entertaining, but keep your antennae up and be on the lookout for propaganda. And try not to get confused by the different Oval Office decorations.

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As you probably know by now Tim Allen’s series Last Man Standing is going to be returning to TV on Fox after ABC cancelled the popular show without explanation, but insisting that it had nothing to do with its conservative bent.

I don’t watch a lot of TV these days thanks to a 2nd shift job and other concerns but I want to briefly note something.

Instapundit’s piece on this linked to the Hill:

Allen, an outspoken Republican, starred as a right-leaning character on the sitcom. Shortly after ABC canceled the series last year, critics questioned whether the show got the ax because of Allen’s political views.

“There’s nothing more dangerous to me, especially in this climate, than a funny, likable conservative,” Allen said while discussing the show’s cancellation in an interview last year.

ABC denied politics played a role in the cancellation. The network’s entertainment president, Channing Dungey, said in 2017, “politics had absolutely nothing to do” with the network nixing the series.

“We have actors on our shows who have all sorts of different political views,” Dungey said.

The story is good, but the real story is the fact that a piece on the return of a comedy to TV isn’t from trade magazine like Inside Hollywood or Variety but it is at the Hill

Take a look at the list of categories at the Hill from this drop down graphic

There are a lot of categories for news and political stories there, but none of them involve sitcoms and unlike Roseanne which had a hook to the President, there is no indication that Last Man Standing is going to have any direct link to the president to play off of. Yet the Hill choose to report on it.

What does it say? It says this.

The media and the left are so united in their public and professional hatred of conservatism in general and President Trump in particular that a single sitcom that might just display those values without mocking them, even while ignoring the President is big enough news for a national political journal to cover.

That’s the real story.