Today’s Saturday diner is Stella’s Coffee Shop in Leominster:

It’s a small building that seats maybe 40

Like most diners of its type the menu is pretty straightforward, with a daily special offered:


And you have the owner who has been there 24 years (back when they had Whalom Park across the street:

Da Wife came with me and had the Saturday Special (hash in omelet) I had the hungry man special:

it was a very good breakfast at a good price, if you go down to Stella’s for a bite of breakfast you will be happy

and Today on DaTechguy on DaRadio we have our Lenten show. Our first guest is Blogger Jerry Wilson of Goldfish & Clowns who will be talking about his book First & Forgotten on the pioneers of Christian Music

At 11 a.m. we will be joined in Studio by Bishop Reilly former head of the diocese of Worcester, so join us today at 10 a.m. EST on AM 830 WCRN, call us at 508-438-0965 or 888-9-fedora, tweet us at #wcrn or listen live at wcrnradio.com

Today’s Saturday Diner was Michael’s Bridge Cafe in Lancaster Massachusetts

It is a very Rustic looking place from the outside once you walk inside you can’t help but notice the 8 ft+ bear at the door

And if that doesn’t impress you the details of his arrival will:

I don’t think that with a bear that size 12 yards away I’d have the nerve to hit the broad side of a barn let alone take out a bear with one shot.

Once you get past the bear there is a fair selection of tables available, but I’m a counter guy, I like counters because I can see the food as it’s being cooked and Michael’s has a system down pat.

There was a good-sized late Saturday breakfast crowd. The wait staff was both attentive:

and had cool shirts:

The “Get Stuffed” motif is not just a metaphor for the taxidermy the portions are large and the food was frankly the best I’ve had so far to this point on the diner tour.

And just as important these days, the good food comes at a fair price with ambiance at no extra charge:

This as a mandatory stop on your DaTechGuy Diner Tour and if you’re a member of PETA, I suggest getting a blindfold, having a friend lead you in and putting on horse blinders so you can concentrate on enjoying the food and the excellent service, it’s worth it.

Do you remember just a few weeks ago when this Herman Cain ad came out?

It produced a direct attack by Bob Schiefferand this reaction from Morning Joe

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Well it’s 30 days later and while it appears the left has made the country safe from a conservative black republican it has not made the world safe from smoking in ads.

Am I seeing this correctly? MSNBC and Morning Joe are promoting not just smoking, but smoking, drinking and partying!

Now I think this is a funny promo, granted it reinforces the kind of tired and old competent woman surrounded by idiot men meme, that it pokes fun at the personas that Morning Joe has built for their people.

But isn’t it amazing that other than a few outlets this smoking ad doesn’t seems to promote the same level of outrage in the MSM?

I guess perhaps the outrage over Cain’s ad had more to do with who it helped than what it contained.

Friar Tuck: I’m sorry my Lord, the maid has sought sanctuary in a consecrated place.

Lord Germaine: Nonsense…

Friar Tuck: Violation of sanctuary is punishable by Excommunication!

Sir William: Excommunication!

Lord Germaine: How dare you threaten me! Once again Friar, stand aside.

Sir William: Wait Germaine, our very souls may be at state.

The Adventures of Robin Hood 1955 Episode 4 Friar Tuck

It is has been a truism that stories, poems and histories have a big effect on culture and actions. When the age of movies and television came those same effects came through. My own favorite show of the era was the Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. I always try to encourage modern lefties to watch the show. It’s usually not hard since once they find out Ring Lardner one of the blacklisted communist writers was involved it becomes almost a duty for them. Of course while Lardner tries to give his anti-capitalist message he finds himself over and over instead giving the message against modern relativism, as the church (specifically the Catholic Church) becomes the classic protector of the downtrodden against an increasingly immoral state.

When watching most TV series from the 60’s you can’t help but notice that the moral norms of traditional Americanism. Hard work, church and earning your own way are emphasized, as is the idea of personal honor.

With the advent of the counter-culture all of these were questioned in TV and movies with unsurprising results culturally.

I thought of this when I saw Ladd Ehlinger Jr.’s piece today on the subject of the movies.

Unfortunately, most people who read conservative blogs are people whose minds are already made up. Collectivists know this, which is why they rule the world of entertainment. They are also extraordinarily good at giving their own “kind” a shot. Take a look at most indie films out there (the world where all filmmakers start) and most suffer from severe economic restraints: no name actors, simple stories with one or two locations. “Art” films. But they get reviewed, they get distributed, they get “out there” because collectivist media knows how to fight through fiction.

Which leaves conservative filmmakers at a severe disadvantage. How do you get the word out about your micro-budget indie conservative film (because no one in H’wood will invest studio bucks into your stuff, when there’s all those anti-war movies to make), when you don’t have name actors, and the only media philosophically inclined to notice you has – for lack of a more delicate term – its head up its own ass reading and writing intricate articles on the latest conservative concept on income tax restructuring (which changes few minds, if any), or the latest liberal outrage of the day?

Just a thought: if you really want liberty to win, you need to beat the creators of today’s “Murphy Browns” and “Bourne Identities.” Not the obscure bloggers of Media Matters or the morons at MSNBC. You do this by giving more air to conservative “fictioneers” than to their opponents (like Michael Moore’s jockstrap), even if reporting on the latest jockstrap’s stupidity gets you more hits or ratings.

It will take time, but it can happen.

It can not be overestimated how important this kind of thing is, consider this speech from Lord of the Rings, Return of the King.

the Lord of the Rings series is the classic tale of Western Civilization and values, I think it is no coincidence that the movies came out before the start of the war on terror. Think of how many people were inspired by these pictures at a time when it was needed most.

The problem is that we can’t count on movie makers to be finding more classic conservative stories to adapt. We are better off supporting our own writers and movie makers as Ladd suggests.

If we want to win the culture wars, we have to fight on the field where the war takes place.

And in that same spirit, I bring you this video from the band Madison Rising:

Who says a whack upside the head doesn’t focus the mind?

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.

Quickster was a horrible idea, we customers hated it, the media laughed at it, but just as important was Wall Street reaction:

Wall Street didn’t like it, either. After Netflix unveiled its Qwikster plans, its stock, which had been tumbling since July, fell another 25 percent — from $155 on September 16 to $117 last Friday.

The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. This isn’t going to solve all of Netflix’s problems but it a start.

Via Glenn.

Yesterday I was looking at my comments and saw a link from a blog I didn’t recognize. I clicked over and was delighted to see the blog belongs to Hallie Miller who once asked a small favor of this blog which we were able to grant with the help of our readers.

Hallie remembered me and Stacy McCain and Smitty fondly in this post:

Oh my gosh! I’ve been busy with college, in another modeling contest, doing promotional modeling, and trying out for TV shows and totally forgot about those special people who have helped me along the way!

Hallie I think I speak for all three of us old long married men that the last thing we would expect of a 23-year-old young lady who is going to school, working and perusing her ambition for a life in modeling and acting, is to have time for three bloggers thousands of miles away. That you posted a kind word for us is much appreciated.

She is in another modeling contest, unlike the last one you are allowed to vote multiple times a day. I’d appreciate it if you can head over here and give her as much support as you can as often as you can.

As Michelle Malkin reported yesterday many were up in arms over Katy Perry’s tweet to “Pray for Israel” after a kid requested it.

Over the past 24 hours, all hell has broken loose — with Palestinian, Muslim, and progressive Twitter followers lashing out at Perry for her innocuous tweet asking others to pray for Israel. Here’s a small sample:

She has since backed off a bit insisting “#sheneutral.”

As well she should, I’ll be she wouldn’t have made that first tweet if she knew it was trampling on inalienable rights?

Sultan is a lecturer of Muslim jurisprudence at the Cairo University. In the decree, he ruled that “every Muslim who meets a Zionist is entitled to kill him,

Now some of you might find this harsh, but it is just the modern version of the end portion of this famous speech by James Mason’s character in the movie Yellowbeard (21st century version)

Let me remind you that it’s our duty to seek out and destroy her majesty’s enemies, the foul and most foreign French! Jews! Now while the rest of the world will eventually arrive at the same conclusion it’s our urgent task to push things on a little.

So maybe Katy Perry will think twice before tweeting

..something as offensive and repressive as that!

Update: You might laugh at the flippant tone of this post; but once you start excusing infidels praying for Israel and the Jewish people next thing you know people will start questioning the Islamic right to kill them. The next thing you know you’ve got faithful Muslims actually questioning killing infidels in general. And before you know it women are driving, girls are educated, and you end up with a country full of happily married Gay Couples with with closets full of assault weapons!

Update: 2 Take a nap, wake up to an Instalanche. Life is good, or maybe I should nap more often.

Update 3 A more serious take on the subject here.

By definition that is said to a single person in the US each day but it sounds odd when that person is you. It’s like winning a lottery without a prize.

My plan today was to hit the 8 a.m. mass at St. Anthony di Padua, then drive up to the Rick Santorum Clam bake in Rumney, NH. It’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive so I figured I’d get there with maybe 30 minutes to spare, but at about 6:40 my wife called saying there is a car issue and can I pick her up and take her to work and then call AAA. Found the car but she wasn’t there, (turns out her supervisor saw her and picked her up). So I called from the fire station and despite being reference #1 1hr & 20 min the tow truck came to drop DaWife’s car at T & R Custom Automotive for Todd and Raynee to check out in the morning.

Plan B is the 10:30 mass getting out at 11:30 or so and hitting the 2nd Pawlenty event in s saying steam from her car engine was blowing in her face during the drive to work to throw on some clothes and (It seems the anti-freeze is leaking into the engine block but I’ll let T & R check that out tomorrow). She stopped the car right next to the fire station on Summer Street in Center Harbor NH., however that plan is out because by the time I got out of mass and drove the 2 1/2 hours to the event I would not only be late but unable to get back to give DaWife a ride home.

So it looks like I’ll have to go with plan C the Assumption Church Greek festival in Manchester. it has the disadvantage of being closer the end of the day meaning the post will be later or scheduled for tomorrow, but because it is Manchester I will be able to pick up the wife (there is even an outside chance she will consent to go with me) and still make it there before the Candidate gets there. (and being a festival there is always the chance that a 2nd candidate might show up as well.

Meanwhile to hold you over here some photos from yesterday’s event at the Border Grille and Bar in Leominster Saturday the 20th.

The fellow is the great Hat is Tuck Sissy Willis’ Husband. Next to him is the Right Wing Gamer.

Sissy Willis sat across from Tuck but hid from the camera. At least one other attendee didn’t want their picture included online. Brian Henchey was not among them.

We held court for 3 hours talking about the blog news of the day and having a great discussion over drinks and lunch

Tuck makes a point with Author Terry Tibbets

Author Terry Tibbetts author of A Spartan Game: The Life and Loss of Don Holleder and was kind enough to pose for me with his book available at Amazon.com

Author Terry Tibbetts at the border with his book on College football QB Don Hollender

A great time was had by all and we intend to do this again at the 1st anniversary of the show, you are most welcome to join us.

Update: Sissy Willis also has a post on our “salon” and a great shot of me in the studio.

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

First some reader/listener feedback:

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

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

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

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

I’d love to hear some guest suggestions btw.

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

Or Herman Cain

or Tim Pawlenty

or Maybe even Mitt Romney

BTW will the Democratic Senate actually ever do ANYTHING?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hockey and Basketball should not still be played during June.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join me directly after our April 30th show at 1 p.m. (Kerry Picket is scheduled) for some food, drink and discussion of the weeks issues at linguine’s Italian Eatery 350 Boston Post road in Marlborough Mass.

Bring an appetite for good news along with an appetite for the news of the day because linguine’s menu of Italian Dishes, seafood, and Pizza and subs will certainly be able to fill it.

Bring a friend and we’ll share good food and good talk. You can find directions here.

And hey, bring a liberal too, good food and civil discussion know no ideological boundaries.