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German Capt. Oskar Steiger: Sir, the Americans have taken Palermo!
German General Alfred Jodl: Damn!
[scene shifts to British Command Post]

British Messenger: Sir, Patton’s taken Palermo!
British Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery: Damn!

Patton 1970

Leonard Hofstadter: [At Podium] My name is Dr Leonard Hofstadter, and I could never please my parents so I need to get all my self-esteem from strangers like you. [indicating Sheldon] But he’s worse.

The Big Bang Theory The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 2007

Yesterday I talked about how the omnibus spending package was the GOP attempting to depress their own base before a critical election. The GOP with this bill basically stood before their base and pointed to the Democrats saying: “Yeah we screwed you over on all the priorities that we promised BUT THEY’RE WORSE.

Thus did the GOP discourage their base, meaning that all the Democrat left needed to do was avoid alerting said base to the dangers of electing them, by for example, a large public spectacle pushed by all the major networks and sports leagues pushing for the stripping of their constitutional rights, and they had it made.

Alas they just can’t help themselves.

Headlines:

The March for Our Lives Presents a Radical New Model for Youth Protest  New Yorker

Yesterday, we Parkland students made history.  And we’re not going anywhere  The Guardian

The March For Our Lives Is Proof That Generation Z Can’t Be Stopped Huff Po

Students Lead Huge Rallies for Gun Control Across the U.S.   NY Times

‘Never again!’ Students demand action against gun violence in nation’s capital Washington Post

For Parkland Students, a Surreal Journey From ‘Normal’ to a Worldwide March NY Times

At March For Our Lives, survivors lead hundreds of thousands in call for change  NBC

Sandy Hook survivor joins Parkland students to say ‘Enough’  CNN

Heartbroken by gun violence: Rallies across US demand change  AP

and of course the networks went all in as well (via MRC)

Nets: Parkland Anti-Gun Activists Overwhelm Gun Rights Advocates by 11 to 1

ABC, NBC Glorify Gun Control Rally, Wonder Where the ‘Movement’ Could Go

Nets Cheer Gun Control Protest Becoming Get-Out-the-Vote Operation

NBC Plays Mouthpiece for Lefty Students Ahead of ‘Powerful,’ ‘Remarkable’ March for Our Lives

You couldn’t even escape this stuff on ESPN.  I was at lunch yesterday and they were pushing this stuff.

I can’t think of anything that is more likely to cause the GOP base in general and fans of the 2nd amendment in particular to get involved than this stuff pushed in their faces reminding them what is at stake in this next election.

If I was a GOP candidate in any swing state I’d be using clips from this event to run ads in my district.  In NH where gun control is a bad issue for the left I’d be continually pushing the two congressional democrats representing the state to either embrace or disavow the so called”march for your lives” message.

This is exactly what the GOP needs to energize their base, all the GOP and their candidates have to do is be smart enough to take advantage of it….

…uh oh!


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I spoke to PJ Media writer Debra Heine at CPAC 2018

Debra who once blogged under the name Nice Deb was one of the first bloggers that I met at my first CPAC. She remains not only one of the best writers on the net but one of the finest people in the industry that I know. Seeing her each year at CPAC is one of CPAC’s pleasures.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Friday March 23rd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Debra (Nice Deb) Heine

Thursday March 22nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Traci Belmonte

Wednesday March 21st

Voices of CPAC 2018 Evan of the College Republicans

Tuesday March 20th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Chris from EWTN

Monday March 19th

Voices at CPAC Heather of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Saturday March 17th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Seton Motley of Less Government

Friday March 16th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Leo from MA

Thursday March 15th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Yvonne from Illinois

Wednesday March 14

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kurt Schlichter

Tuesday March 13th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Tony (Don’t call him Anthony) Katz

Monday March 12th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Elizabeth of the Mt. Holyoke College Republicans (Yes you read that right)

Sunday March 11th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Grizzly Joe

Voices of CPAC 2018 Rachel from Virginia

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Wednesday March 7th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Michael from Liberty University

Tuesday March 6th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sarah Rumpf

Monday March 5th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Doreen from Michigan
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susan from New Mexico

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

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If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

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We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal conditions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.

US court of Appeals For the 4th District handing Bret Kimberlin another defeat yesterday.

I swung over to Hogewash today and along with the news of the latest blow to the cause of Kimberlin vs the conservative blogging world spotted this Team Kimberlin Post of the Day where Mr. Hoge notes some tweets from Commander Strax Bill Schmalfeldt suggesting that Mr. Hoge has “less than nothing” in terms of legal avenues to pursue against him.

Based on today’s court ruling the “less than nothing” seems to be aptly applied to the ability of the Kimberlin crew’s credibility although for myself I find the fact that the Kimberlin cases are still before the courts years later a bit sad.

While there may be merit in legally finishing off the Kimberlin crowd, who made some real trouble back in the day, to set an example for the next one, given their lack of utility for the left and their legal impotency against the right I can’t get myself all that excited about them.

I’m sure it’s likely the legal trail they have left would put them in jeopardy you would need a person with time, money and the tenacity of an engineer to pursue it to the end and people like Michelle Malkin, Robert Stacy McCain, Lee Stranahan, Aaron Walker, Patrick Frey, Ace of Spades, James O’Keefe, Ali Akbar and Erick Erickson between family and work simply have too much going on to spend precious time finishing off Kimberlin and company.

That’s why they should be worried about Mr. Hoge.

As a retired widower with the children long out of the nest he has the time all of those other lack. As an engineer trained in attention to detail he has the meticulous malicious nature necessary to research the openings that the mendacity of his foes have exposed and most important of all as someone whose expertise is still sought after and compensated accordingly for it, he , even in retirement, has the funds to jump though the various legal and financial hoops to get to the finish line.

In short Mr. Hoge in addition to the truth, facts, law and right on his side, he the time, the money the patience and the tenacity to follow all of this to the end coupled the temperament to do it with a smile.

Murum aries attigit

Update: Thanks to commentator nobody Atall who spotted the spell checker turning “meticulous” which it should be to “malicious” which it should not. Bill Hoge is not malicious in the least

Act Boston has brought Iranian Born Activist Anni Cyrus to Massachusetts for a series of events.

I missed her speech at the American Legion in Newton due to work commitments but as you might guess CAIR (the Counsel for Islamic Relations) tried to shut down her speech before it started. Old friend Dianna Ploss of ACT put out a press release concerning the attempt:

Anni Cyrus and the organizers of this event condemn the attempt by CAIR-National to stifle free speech in our country. Making allegations that are without foundation against Anni Cyrus and the organizers of this event is a hypocritical attempt to promote an exclusive view of the world in the name of the common welfare.

Anni Cyrus, a noted speaker and activist, will be speaking on the danger of Islamization in the United States and around the world. Included in her talk is the role of Sharia, how it prohibits the rights of women, the rights of free speech, and the Constitutional rights we enjoy, including the First Amendment.

Anni Cyrus has been a strong voice in the defense of women and minorities in Islamic countries. It is deeply ironic that her voice to protect others is mispresented by CAIR-National, and Anni Cyrus and the sponsors of her talk call upon CAIR-National to rescind its’ criticism, which is deeply repugnant to the principles upon which this country was founded.

I’m sorry this event went on without me and alas I am also unavailable for the private event on Thursday but there Will one more chance to See Ms. Cryus on Friday in Worcester as old friends Christopher Maider and the Worcester Tea Party bring her to the CAnal Bar on Water Street in Worcester

the Speech is called: Sharia Law, the real war on Women and no words are Truer spoken than that.

This will be the final Massachusetts stop in her Anti-Sharia tour and despite attempts to shut down this tour it continues on.

Things start at 7 PM, you can get tickets for $10 at the door

I intend to be there, I hope you can too.

Apparently George Orwell’s Classic Animal Farm is hitting too close to home for the new Communist Dictator in China:

The Chinese government has banned George Orwell’s dystopian satirical novella Animal Farm and the letter ‘N’ in a wide-ranging online censorship crackdown.

Experts believe the increased levels of suppression – which come just days after the Chinese Communist Party announced presidential term limits would be abolished – are a sign Xi Jinping hopes to become a dictator for life.

Because nothing hits closer to home to an aspiring dictator for life then George Orwell which is why 1984 is banned along with Animal Farm.

This is part of a long list of speech China is banning online under Xi to keep dissent down, the China Times notes several other examples, a few:

  • Another 500 Years for Heaven (向天再借五百年) — Theme song for the CCTV series Kangxi Dynasty (康熙王朝), often used by netizens to mock leaders who grasp for power, particularly the line “I really want to live another 500 years” (我真的还想再活五百年).
  • I’m willing to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life (信女愿一生吃素) — Allusion to a meme inspired by the popular historical drama Empresses in the Palace (甄嬛传). A screenshot of this line, being said by an empress as she makes the Buddhist pledge for lifelong vegetarianism in return for the imminent death of the emperor, has been shared online.
  • Winnie the Pooh (小熊维尼) — Images of Winnie the Pooh have been used to mock Xi Jinpingsince as early as 2013. The animated bear continues to be sensitive in China users shared a post from Disney’s official account that showed Pooh hugging a large pot of honey along with the caption “find the thing you love and stick with it.”

The list even briefly included the letter “N” which reminded PJ Media of the Classic Steve Martin Sketch “Hostages” from his album Comedy is not Pretty where he proposed banning the letter “M”

I’m sure Thomas Freedman heart is going pitter patter but it’s funny how our friends on the left constantly see Trump as a dictator a censor or a Hitler but never seem to have an issue with actual dictators doing actual censorship on a national scale affecting almost a full fifth of the world’s population.

I suspect that it’s because or leftist / Marxist / Progressive students and administrators understand Xi’s efforts and identify with them. I suspect the students who shouted down Christina Hoff Summers at Lewis and Clark University or the Antifa Mob that shut down Yaron Brook in London identify with Xi’s efforts. After all we should not think of this as a repressive regime trying to stifle dissent on a national scale to allow a ruthless dictator to obtain power for life, we should think about it as a person who is being “triggered” by words and phrases meant as Microaggressions against his government.

Of course when you have one of the largest armies in the world to enforce your censorship the words “trigger warning” take on a whole new meaning.

Closing thought, do not think for one moment that these Leftist/Marxist/Progressives would enforce “trigger warning” the same way Xi will in China if they weren’t held back by the 1st Amendment backed up by the 2nd.


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I have a quick interview with old friend (and never trumper) Sarah Rumpf at CPAC 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor Maryland:

There are those who think someone like Sarah should be tossed or shunned over her opinions on the President. I disagree. I don’t throw away people in general and friends in particular because I think they’re wrong on an issue and I suggest neither should you.

I should also note this was the first CPAC interview with me in front of the camera thanks to my assistants who attended CPAC with me.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Tuesday March 6th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sarah Rumpf

Monday March 5th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Doreen from Michigan
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susan from New Mexico

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

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Yesterday I did something I haven’t done in a while. I took a full day off, not just from my regular job and the blog, but I didn’t look at my Email I didn’t look at gab, I didn’t look at twitter and didn’t bother with anything else not immediately in front of me, and you know what? The world didn’t end.

I suspect our society would be a lot happier if this was the case.


One of the things I’ve been doing on my day off is re-reading one of my favorite books Escape from Hell by Larry Niven and the late Jerry Pournelle. There is a gem of a passage in it where the protagonist Alan Carpentier is showed those condemned for violence. I’ve quoted this bit before but it is very relevant to today’s news

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

I’m wagering this book wasn’t a favorite of the left.


The media continues to play the parkland kids card trying to spin them as founders of a grass-roots moment rather than Astroturf for Democrats.

For two weeks, journalists abjectly failed in their jobs, which is to tell the public what’s going on. And any of them who had any familiarity with organizing campaigns absolutely knew. Matt Pearce, of the Los Angeles Times, would have been ideally placed to write an excellent article: not only is he an organizer for the Times’s union, he moderated a panel on leftist activism for the LA Times Book Festival and has the appropriate connections in organizing. Instead, he wrote about a school walkout, not what was behind it. (In another article, Pearce defined Delta caving to a pressure campaign’s demands as “finding middle ground.”)

I actually disagree with this premise, journalists didn’t fail in their jobs, they see their job as advancing Democrats electoral objectives and pretending these kids aren’t being used fits neatly into that job description.


One of the other side effects of all this has been attempts to lower the voting age and Billionaire Tom Steyer is sinking a million into the effort

I suspect that will be to register the “right” teenagers, you know those who will vote Democrat and there’s even a movement to lower the voting age by the left. Isn’t it funny though that for Democrats, Teenagers are old enough to decided their gender on the spot, have an abortion and now vote, but they apparently aren’t old or responsible enough to own a gun and certainly aren’t expected to be able to provide their own health insurance until they hit 25?

I wonder how long it will take for these kids to figure out they’re being used?


The corporate fallout for companies like Dicks, Delta and Enterprise Rent a Car is continuing, Salena Zito who along with Don Surber have been the closest thing to required reading in the Trump era explains why.

Sam is perplexed that NRA members have become the target of so much hate, given that the very institutions employed to keep people safe in Parkland failed that day. But he is far from angry.

“I’m not furious, not at all. They made a business decision. I get it. They want to step out of their non-political lane and become corporate activists. I can calmly step out of my lane, too. And given every chance I get, I will not use their products,” he said.

Because the bulk of corporate CEOs or PR teams for these companies live in Westchester or Los Angeles or San Francisco, they forget that many of their regular consumers who live Akron, Ohio; Westby, Wis.; or Baldwin, Mich., do not share their point of view. When you’re a national brand, you have to sell your product nationally. You can’t be ignorant of the cultural divide.

I suspect Sam doesn’t spend his entire day online either.


Of course the problem with the Parkland meme is the unwanted intrusion of reality into it, namely the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his band of “observers” who decided to take a front row seat at the shootings without getting involved and some of on the MSM/Democrat/Harvey Weinstein left are getting rather upset that the reality of armed Sheriff Deputies siting back while the Parkland kids were dying is detracting from their evil NRA meme:

He’s the perfect foil—a mouthy, pugnacious Democrat who isn’t known for deep thinking before he starts speaking.

“The Republicans needed a shiny-ball guy to get away from assault weapons, and the sheriff was like: Hey, I’ll be your shiny-ball guy!” an elected Democrat from South Florida told me. “At first, it looked like the kids would be the shiny-ball guy, but everyone loved the kids. Then Scott led with his chin, and here we are.”

That’ Michael Grunwald at Politico lamenting this reality while inadvertently admiring that the traumatized parkland kids are the Democrats “shiny-ball guy”. John Sexton nailed it and his entire twitter feed on the subject should not be missed

As for Grunwald’s piece it’s also a must read because it reveals the left’s mindset, check out this gem

Really, though, the legality or accessibility of assault weapons throughout the United States shouldn’t depend on the precise tick-tock of what happened inside Douglas High, or on whether there was probable cause to arrest Cruz before this particular shooting.

Is it just me or did Mr. Grunwald just argue that the Parkland shooting should have no bearing on the legality or accessibility of assault weapons but here’s the best line.

If you got all your news from conservative media, you might think the sheriff was responsible for the massacre in Parkland. But Nikolas Cruz did that.

Really? If you got all your news from Politico you would think it was the NRA.

Nothing’s sadder for a Marxist than the day when useful idiots are no longer useful.


Of course as the Victory Girls blog notes, much to the consternation of the left, the reality of the effectiveness of armed teachers predates both Escape from Hell and President’s Trump’s call an for it

the Callisburg ISD implemented its “Guardian Plan” four years ago. Teachers taking part in it go through the CCW training and permitting required by the state. Then, each year, they go through gun safety and simulated active shooter scenarios with a trained expert. This voluntary program has helped create an atmosphere where the kids going to school there feel safe and parents are reassured their kids will be taken care of in case of an emergency. More than that, no one except the teachers carrying concealed and the administration (and, I assume, the local police) know who is actually armed.

Keeping kids safe while angering liberals, that’s what I call a twofer.


Meanwhile Much to the shock of the left President Trump accepted and attended the Gridiron Dinner with the press and once again defied the stereotypes that the left has about him by being a good sport while being hit by one lines while at the same time giving as good as he got:

Trump’s speech lasted more than a half hour and included plenty of one-liners.

A sampling:

—On his son-in-law: “We were late tonight because Jared could not get through security.”

—On Vice President Mike Pence: “He is one of the best straight men you’re ever going to meet … he is straight. Man.” Trump also said, “I really am proud to call him the apprentice ”

—On Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I offered him a ride over and he recused himself. What are you going to do?”

—On The New York Times: “I’m a New York icon. You’re a New York icon. And the only difference is I still own my buildings.”

—On former chief strategist Steven Bannon: “That guy leaked more than the Titanic.”

—On the first lady: Trump said he doesn’t understand why everyone says #freemelania. He said she’s actually having a great time.

Toward the end of his comments, Trump couldn’t resist some of his favorite themes, revisiting his election night victory and chiding reporters to be fair.

He closed by saying: “I just want to say this, this is one of the best times I’ve had with the media — this might be the most fun I’ve had since watching your faces on election night.”

As I’ve avoided the TV set this weekend I don’t know how this was covered by the press, I’m guessing declaring doom before followed by grudging admittance that he did well after.


I was nodding my head when I read this piece at the Atlantic about the lament of a leftist who had spent decades keeping Walmart out of his town and others suddenly finding himself powerless against Amazon.com

Greenfield and other towns across New England are learning that while they might have been able to keep out big-box stores through zoning changes and old-fashioned advocacy, there’s not much they can do about consumers’ shift to e-commerce. They can’t physically keep out e-commerce stores—which don’t have a physical presence in towns that residents could push back against—and they certainly can’t restrict residents’ internet access. “It’s one thing for me to try and fight over land use in the town I live in, or in somebody else’s town,” Norman told me, over lunch in a diner on Greenfield’s Main Street. “But e-shopping creates a real problem for activists, because on some level, shopping online is a choice people make, and it’s hard to intrude yourself in that.”

Doesn’t that last sentence say everything there is to say about the poor activists on the left as they lament their inability to bend people to their much better knowing will?


If you want to know what a post Christian West looks like, Don Surber gives us a peek.

“Sex acts with animals are legal in Canada, so long as there is no penetration involved, according to a surprise ruling issued by the Supreme Court,” the Independent reported.

“The determination stemmed from a case involving a British Columbia man convicted of 13 counts sexually assaulting his stepdaughters, including one count of bestiality. But the man, identified only as DLW, was acquitted of the bestiality count with the new ruling.”

This was a 7-1 ruling, meaning Canada has only one sane Supreme Court justice.

Surber notes that less than a year ago a Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn wrote a piece about how the slippery slope arguments concerning Gay Marriage leading to this was bogus.  Personally I would really like to say I was surprised at this but that would be a lie and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.


Finally let me close with one more story about the logical conclusion of all this insanity

According to Britain’s The Daily Mail, the dragon lady paid $60,000 for body alterations, and still plans on spending another $40,000 to complete the process.

 “I have eight horns on my forehead; I have had my ears removed; my nose reshaped; most of my teeth removed; I’ve had the white-part of my eyes stained; my tongue bifurcated; my whole face is tattooed and I’ve had some scarification and branding on my chest and wrist,” Medusa told the Wizard of Odd. It added, “For me, my transformation is the greatest journey of my life.”

The beast expressed hope that its story would inspire others who had lost hope. “I hope that my story will help other people — not only those who have gone through hard times, but also people who have lost hope.”

“I myself know what it’s like to be at that point,” Medusa explained. “Before my transformation I was vice president of one of the largest banks in the U.S. and I left when because I became HIV positive and feared I was going to die.”

The beast mentioned a quasi-spiritual “second birth” to non-human parents. “I have two mothers: One is my original birth mother and my second birth is to my reptilian parents, which are the rattlesnakes.”

There are three things that most people will miss about this story that I’d like to highlight:

  1. This person’s “transformation” was only made possible because he lived a normal useful life for decades which provided the funds necessary to finance this insanity, something that youthful idiots who might want to follow this example might not have noticed.

2.  The crisis in this person’s life took place because of said person’s choices which resulted in the contraction of a completely preventable disease.

3.  The person in question did all of this because said person “feared I was going to die”.  The dirty little secret is he still IS going to die and none of the cosmetic chances that he’s spent all that money on will change that reality.

Now all that being said, just like today’s Silicon Valley chicken farmers with diapers on their birds, he has every right to spent the money he has earned as he sees fit and if he wants to consider himself a dragon rather than a human it’s up to him.  I’m just wondering how long before we get activists advancing laws that will compel me to refer to him as such under penalty of law rather than as the insane person that he is?


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My last duty station was Hawaii, and now I’m in the north east. In both cases, the local government treated me like a criminal for owning a weapon. For example, I had to pay 16 dollars and 50 cents (in exact change!) in Hawaii to have them do a background check. Despite the check being essentially instant, it took the Hawaii PD an hour. While I sat there, the guy said “You know it’s fairly intensive,” to which I replied “The government gave me a clearance, I’m really not too worried about my background.” Low and behold, I cleared.

It was almost impossible to find a range on the island and shoot regularly without paying an arm and a leg. So I didn’t. And for many service members, that’s what happens too. We get into an intensive job and in our time off try to spend time with a young family, and before long it has been years since we hit the range for anything but a mandatory once a year pistol shoot to stand the quarterdeck watch.

So if you’re slightly older and remember the days when kids had shotguns in the car so they could bird hunt after school, then you have some responsibilities.

Continue reading “You need to take your friends shooting, hunting and to Mass”

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There has been a whole lot of shutting down of right leaning people online lately, from the Twitter shadow bans and purges to the even longer running shenanigans from Facebook, to the creepy Google antics , and now Medium’s joining the ban the right bandwagon (banned wagon?), and again this year CPAC shut out Pamela Geller at the last minute because her panel on Free Speech was to include Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit. To add insult to injury, CPAC then stole Pamela’s work, claimed it for their own, and ran their version of a “Free Speech” panel, after banning some of the biggest advocates for the freedom of speech that we have.

Image from The Geller Report

Robert Spencer has a lot to say about this disgusting turn of events (and the years of hostility from CPAC to people who tell the truth about islamic supremacism and the jihad threat):

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has never been much interested in hosting honest discussion of the jihad terror threat. I was on a panel there in 2003, and in 2007 debated both Dinesh d’Souza and “moderator” Suhail Khan on Islam and the jihad threat (partial video here). I was on various AFDI panels while we were still able to have them there, but I haven’t been back since Suhail Khan flew into a hysterical rage at CPAC 2012 when I challenged him to debate, except for an appearance on Breitbart’s “Uninvited” panel in 2013.

Not only has CPAC consistently dissembled about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat, but it has also shown a disturbing tendency to dance to the tune of the Left. Saul Alinsky’s 13th Rule for Radicals is “‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.” The Left consistently does this; in the case of counter-jihadis (including me), it presents our statements, however correct and demonstrable, as egregious and individual to us — that’s freezing and personalizing the target. Then Leftists move to “cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy,” demanding that others on the Right disavow and condemn, or at very least shun, the target. And establishment conservatives have always willingly played along, allowing their associations and allies to be dictated by their enemies.

I’ve been the recipient of both the Alinsky treatment and the shunning from caitiffs on the Right, including CPAC, for years, but I’ve never seen a more nauseating example of CPAC’s cravenness, cowardliness and dishonesty than what has played out with my colleague Pamela Geller over the last ten days. Since last September, Geller has been trying to get a room at CPAC for an AFDI event, even offering to pay sponsorship fees, which are pricey, since sponsoring organizations are given a room in which they can hold an event. CPAC stonewalled and ran out the clock. Finally on February 14, she submitted a proposal for a panel discussion entitled “Suppression of Conservative Views on Social Media: A First Amendment Issue.” She added a list of proposed speakers, including James Damore, Google whistleblower; Harmeet K. Dhillon, renowned free speech attorney; Dan Gainor, Vice President for Business and Culture, Media Research Center; Jim Hoft, Editor-in-Chief, Gateway Pundit; James O’Keefe, Project Veritas; and Marlene Jaeckel, Tech Entrepreneur. I know this because I consulted with Pamela Geller at the time about the focus of this panel and who the speakers should be, before she submitted this proposal to CPAC.

CPAC’s Dan Schneider and Matt Schlapp approved this panel, but would not let it be an AFDI event. Schneider and Schlapp insisted that the panel be sponsored by the American Principles Project (APP), which neither Geller nor I had ever heard of. Otherwise, however, they made no changes — until shortly thereafter, when Hoft enraged the Leftist establishment by noting what has been likewise observed by many people — that the pro-gun control students speaking out in the wake of the Florida school shooting appeared coached. As condemnations rained down on Hoft from the likes of Chelsea Clinton and Paul Krugman, CPAC again rushed to do the Left’s bidding. APP top dog Terry Schilling, a board member of the American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosts CPAC, demanded that Hoft be dropped from the panel. Geller refused to play lapdog for the Left, and so Schilling and CPAC canceled the panel.

And then they stole it.

Today at CPAC there is a panel entitled “Suppression of Conservative Views on Social Media: A First Amendment Issue” and featuring Damore, Dhillon, Gainor, O’Keefe, and Jaeckel. Hmmm, where did they get the idea for such an event? CPAC claims that it was all their idea. CPAC officials issued CPAC staffers talking points on various issues, so that they would march in lockstep in the media (very conservative, that). One of these talking points stated: “CPAC sponsor APP is hosting a panel discussion on conservative voices being silenced on the internet. APP invited Pamela Geller to participate on the panel. She initially accepted but she then made her participation contingent on APP including another person who was obviously a poor choice. Pamela is actively promoting a version of events that are intentionally inaccurate designed to mislead and mischaracterize the construction of this presentation. She is no longer a participant, her claims that the panel is cancelled are false and the panel will move forward as intended.”

This is, to put it politely, a pack of lies. APP did not originate this panel. It did not invite Geller to participate. She did not make her participation contingent on anyone else being included. She is not promoting a false version of event; they are. In reality, Geller originated the panel. APP was added on by CPAC. Hoft was on the panel from the beginning, with CPAC’s agreement. When CPAC insisted that Hoft be dropped because the Left was angry with him, Geller refused, whereupon CPAC canceled the panel. I know all this because I have been involved with this imbroglio at every step of the way.  (MORE)

CPAC may still be a big opportunity for conservatives to meet with like minded people and to hear speeches from important leaders on the right, and for bloggers to snag great interviews, but it is becoming increasingly tainted by its hostility to the counterjihad movement, to Trump supporters, and its habitual folding to the whims of leftism and leftism’s enablers who claim to be on the right. Remember, even our current (and fantastic) President refused to play their game just two years ago.

It might not seem like a big deal to some people, the way Pamela Geller and others who fight for free speech and freedom from islamic totalitarianism tyranny get jerked around by CPAC, but as more organizations are shutting down access for right minded people to get their messages out to the public, we need to realize that an attack on one of us is an attack on us all. Whoever the left unjustifiably howls about next is likely to be the next to be shut out by the establishment right. It is getting harder to hear voices of those who need to be heard the most. The voices we need to hear the most are always the ones that will be silenced first, so that you will never hear the warnings they tried to give you until it is too late.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

We need to talk about school shootings.

Somehow in the past, we didn’t have this problem. Somehow, kids brought guns to school all the darn time without deciding that it was a good idea to gun down their fellow students. I was guilty of leaving a bunch of shotgun shells in my book bag in 4th grade, because I had gone hunting with my dad the previous weekend. While we had the occasional lunatic, school shootings were pretty rare. Most violent crime happened outside school, and thankfully our crime rate overall has continued to decline over the last twenty years, so we’ve actually gotten safer over time.

So what’s different?

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