There have been many lessions that have come from blogging but if there is one that I’ve learned over the last 8+ years of writing and blogging at my own site is this:

Association with Robert Stacy McCain leads to unexpected results.

To wit one night at CPAC I decided to take a nap for a few hours when I woke up it was around 11 pm and Stacy McCain who I was sharing a room with along with Cynthia Yockey (A conservative lesbian) and Emile the photographer (I had the floor btw) decided he needed a beer.

While not wanting one myself I figured I go and keep him company, so we went down to the hotel lobby area where there was a connected bar, two things happened.

  1. I ran into Matt Margolis who I wanted to interview
  2. Stacy discovered the bar closed at midnight.

Since I was just going to keep Stacy company I had not brought equipment so as he walked to the Public House for a beer I went back upstairs to the room to grab a camera. On a whim didn’t however I didn’t just bring a camera but brought everything I had, both laptops, 2 cameras and my mic setup and two to three extra fedoras and came back down.

I went to the bar but there was no power area to set up everything. So I went into the main lobby where there were long tables with power supplies, Set up my laptops connected up the mic and viola DaTechguy Midnight court where I talked and interviewed not just Matt but folks with full audio and some video till nearly 4 in the morning was born.

It was a tad tricky, this was primarily audio I had to operate the camera and the mic Occasionally others helped out making it easier. I didn’t get back upstairs till nearly 4 AM

It went over so well and the next night I was downstairs till nearly 5. The 3rd night I ran 8-10 because I had pack and catch my shuttle to my flight.

Thus I have many hours of video and audio to process along with all the video and audio I haven’t caught up with yet to get to you but the bottom line is If I return to CPAC in 2018, I suspect the Midnight Court will too.

All because Stacy, who sat in later when he came back and to his surprise saw the crowd and our little show, wanted a beer.

The Lord works in Mysterious ways, and Stacy is proof positive.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). Be aware that due to the sheer volume of videos to upload if I interviewed you it might be days before you see it here

2/26
A Historic CPAC Catholic 1st Exactly when I needed it

2/25
Voices at CPAC 2017 Two Rons and a Patricia
Voices of the Cannoli deprived at CPAC 2017 Scottie Neil Hughes
Voices at CPAC 2017 Evan Sayet A Deplorable Mind before and after
DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump’s CPAC 2017 Speech
Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Margolis On DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court

2/24
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

2/21
Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

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DaTechGuy Jan 20th 2009

8 Years ago I wrote a post titled President Bush rank:  Obama where I ranked the Bush presidency vs others presidents.  After ranking Bush I said this about the incoming Obama administration:

President Elect Obama has the potential to end up anywhere on his list. The trick is not to under rate him due to unreal expectations or overrate him due to his unique place in history. Lets hope he earns high ratings due to high performance. As of today it will come down to the economy and the war on terror but who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Well it’s eight years later and now we know so let’s again look at my grouping from the past.

I grouped them into 5 sections the top teir one being

TR, Cleveland, Lincoln, Polk, Washington 

As I said at the time both Cleveland and Polk are great presidents who don’t get enough credit these days.

The 2nd group was

Reagan, Truman, FDR, McKinley, Monroe, Madison

As the years go by Reagan continues to knock at the door of that top level but in my mind still doesn’t get in, and while many of my fellow conservatives would disagree I say victory in WW 2 when the world was at Stake trumps FDR’s socialist New Deal

The 3rd Group was

Kennedy, Ike, Coolidge, Hayes, Jackson, Tyler, Jefferson, John Adams and now George W Bush

The Obama years particularly the comparison concerning the war on give the temptation to move Bush 2 into the higher level but I’m not quite there yet, plus his foolish response to the financial crisis at the end of his term enabled a lot of the trouble that Obama made during his years.

Put simply Barack Obama has no business being mentioned in the same league with with any of those first three tiers

The 4th group was

Clinton,GHW Bush, Ford, LB Johnson, Taft, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Fillmore, Taylor.

And Obama doesn’t rank with any of the.   Ford did yeoman’s work restoring the country, Clinton while a walking scandal was able to work with a GOP congress, Johnson for all the disaster of the great society has the civil rights act and was actually winning in Vietnam before the left undercut him, Taft while no TR continued man of his policies and while Andrew Johnson, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore and Zach Taylor either failed to stop a coming civil war or failed to unite a nation after one, all respected the rule of law or the Constitution.  And the First Bush not only won the 1st Iraq war but managed to build a international group to support it.

The bottom tier of US presidents is

Carter, Nixon, Hoover, Harding, Wilson,  B. Harrison, Garfield, Grant, Buchanan, WH. Harrison, Van Buren, JQ Adams.

Barack Obama owns this bottom tier and the question really is where within it does he lie?  It’s a measure of how bad the Obama years were that it forces us to make levels in the bottom tier of presidents in order to find his true ranking.

The best of that bottom tier are:  Wilson, Nixon and WH Harrison and Ben Harrison his grandson and Obama can’t compete with any of them

He easily ranks below Wilson because Wilson’s win in the 1st World War Trumps Obama’s failures, He also ranks below Nixon because not only did Tricky Dick have many actual accomplishments he only talked about weaponizing the IRS to use against his foes the Obama administration actually did it.  In many ways the Obama years where an image of what the Nixon might have been if the press was solidly republican and saw their duty as defending him.  Ben Harrison managed to blow the country’s surplus by giving it out to civil war vets and creating a giant deficit that still haunts us today and his tariff policies were awful which is the reason why his successful foreign policy agenda doesn’t get him out of this level  He ranks below WH Harrison because Harrison died within a month of being sworn in and doing nothing would have been better than the Obama years.

How sad is it that a literal “Do nothing” president is far superior to Obama

The next level of that bottom tier are  Garfield and JQ Adams Obama is not as good as either

Adams is the best of this batch, he came in under a cloud and accomplished little despite his incredible skills, but he also didn’t have any big failures, Garfield didn’t get much of a chance getting shot very early in his terms but his fight over patronage in NY puts him over obama.

That leaves Carter, Hoover, Harding,  Grant, Buchanan, Van Buren and  can Obama beat any of them?

There are two distinct groups here, Buchanan, Van Buren and  Hoover served at a time of Crisis and failed

Grant, Carter and Harding all came in after a crisis and either didn’t succeed or made things worse.

of the six Harding is the easiest to rank above the others simply because of the economic state of the country.  His scandals were unable to make things worse.

Hoover and Van Buren both served in times of crisis and despite good records proved unequal to the task but both of them rank above Obama as neither was able to make a bad situation worse and made honest efforts to solve problems.

That leaves Grant, Carter and Buchanan  vs Obama This is tough.

Grant likely has to make the top of the list here, His presidency was scandal ridden but had at least four years of prosperity and his foreign policy was mixed rather than a failure.

Carter has to come in next, his policies harmed the economy tremendously, his foreign policy was for the most part disastrous from giving away the panama canal to the Iran Hostage crisis and only his hijack of the talks between Israel and Egypt save him from dead bottom.  The line that Jimmy Carter was a best case scenario for Obama which started to be said around 2012 turned out to be very true.

So that puts it down to Obama vs Buchanan as to who is the worst president of all time.

The Failures of the Obama years from the massive corruption, the use of government as a weapon against political enemies, the enabling of our foes and the subjugation of our friends combined with a dismal economy and the war on Christianity both overseas and at home makes Barack Obama unique among president in that you have to go back to Jefferson Davis to find an American president more dedicated to harming the United States of America than him.

However while Obama’s failures might have lead to civil war Buchanan’s actually did.  While one could argue that the crisis was building for years so you can’t blame Buchanan one might also argue that he saw it coming and did not act to prevent it.

In both cases Obama’s actions and Buchanan’s inaction were consistent with their worldviews.  Buchanan’s sympathy to both Slavery and the south and Obama’s dislike of America and embrace of our enemies made any other result unlikely.  Obama suffers because in comparison because of the high expectations the people had of him but Buchanan suffers because unlike Obama he actually had years of experience in both the House and Senate as well as being Secretary of state to an ambassador to both Russia and England.

Frankly in my mind you could choose either as the worst of the lot and not have a bad pick but if I’m pressed to choose I’d have to put Obama above old Buck simply because Obama was an inexperienced and incompetent Chicago machine pol who had no business being president thus his failures, while deliberate, are not entirely unexpected.  Buchanan was an experienced and seasoned pol and diplomat so in my mind his culpability for the failures which led to incredible bloodshed are considerably worse.

So as of right now I rank Barack Obama as 43rd out of 44 presidents of the United States edging out James Buchanan.  I’m sure others can make a case to reverse this order but that’s how I see it.

Meanwhile we have Donald Trump coming in.  He has two intrinsic advantages:

The media and those who write history absolutely hate him so not failing will be seen as a success.

He follows the worst administration in 156 years so he can’t help but do better.

I think for Trump success or failure will come down to three things:

  1. The Economy.  If growth returns then that is what people will remember
  2. War on Terror.  Trump has a tough call here, he wants to both fight the war while keeping the US out of nation building.  That’s a tough combo to pull off but if he can stop ISIS while securing the US he’ll be a success
  3. The Southern border.  Normally this would not be as important but because he made it an intrinsic part of his campaign if a wall is not up or at least substantially built that will hurt him

Again like Obama he could end up anywhere on this list but if he manages these three things he will likely make at least tier 2.  If he manages at least 2 of them tier 3.

Eight Years ago I said it would be fun to find out where Barack Obama would end up on my list.  I was wrong, so rather than say the same about Trump let me just say it won’t be boring.


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I had a coworker at the warehouse that I work overnight at who used to ride into work with me. He was talking about trying to get fuel assistance and commented on the fact that Citizen’s Energy who used to provide him with oil in the past has not come through for the past 2 years.

What you don’t remember Citizen’s energy, and Joe4Oil? It wasn’t long ago that these ads were all the rage in Massachusetts

That ad while good at tugging at the heartstrings was slightly inaccurate, the oil wasn’t from “The good people of Venezuela” it was from Hugo Chavez who looted his country till the day he died.

The end result? While the Chavez family is one of the richest in the land the people of Venezuela see things like this:

Images of Hospitals that look like catacombs, and prisons that have become maximum security business centers for criminals where no law applies, have become a reference when speaking about the country. But the wound goes much deeper than that.

We’re not just talking about shortages of basic staples such as toilet paper and soap, or daily electricity cuts, the five-day weekends for public employees, or about any of those stories that have turned Venezuela into a punchline with a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council. No. The economic collapse at the hands of chavista economic policies has brought something deadlier, and so much simpler: hunger.

How bad is it, even the NYT reports…

With delivery trucks under constant attack, the nation’s food is now transported under armed guard. Soldiers stand watch over bakeries. The police fire rubber bullets at desperate mobs storming grocery stores, pharmacies and butcher shops. A 4-year-old girl was shot to death as street gangs fought over food.

Venezuela is convulsing from hunger.

Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes, marched on a supermarket in recent days, screaming for food. They forced open a large metal gate and poured inside. They snatched water, flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, potatoes, anything they could find, leaving behind only broken freezers and overturned shelves.

Or as Margaret Thatcher might have put it, the Government of Venezuela has run out of other people’s money and that means if you are expecting cheap oil or gas from Joe Kennedy, you’re out of luck

The Joe-4-Oil Heat Program is not currently accepting applications for assistance.

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♫ Oh, the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful.
And since we’ve got no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ♫

 

“Let it Snow” Sammy CahnJule Styne 1945

As yesterday’s big snow storm hit the eastern US I was seeing various tweets about the beauty of the snow and the winter wonderland and how lovely it will be to have a White Christmas.

Let me be a bit of a killjoy and remind you that if you are looking at a ton of snow, or even a few inches and talking about how lovely it is thank an oil man, a gas man a coal miner or an industrialist.

Because without them you would have to gather firewood to stay warm and toasty, you would need to chop that wood to make cords and cords of it and be ready to feed a stove or fireplace for basic heat.

And of course that wouldn’t heat the water for your shower, or your washing machine or your dishwasher, without the water heater built by a factory and powered by oil gas or coal you would have to heat water on that wood stove.

And not only would you have to heat it but before you bothered to do so you would need to have pumped it into your house from a well, but of course thanks to industrialization and devices that run on electricity (mostly generated by coal, oil nuclear etc) you don’t have to do this.

Did you go to the grocery store and stock up before the storm, well, you had better thank those industrialists and railroaders and trucker who got the products from all over the country to your local market or fueled the vans and planes that flew them from the Amazon pantry for home delivery.

And also of course the people who made your cars, your tires and delivered the fuel that gets your four wheel drive vehicle to the store in case you didn’t have a chance to stock up. Not to mention the plow drivers and those who made those heavy trucks and fueled them who cleared the roads so you could do it.

Otherwise you would be eating whatever you grew and could store on your own.

And we haven’t even gotten to the snowblowers, the oil & gas that runs them or even the plastic head on your snow shovel

Finally if you are reading this on the net or watching TV while stuck inside all of that is made possible by the industrial complexes that build TV’s, cable and wireless and beam it out to you.

Put simply for all the screaming of our eco friendly friends the only reason why they are able to agitate against all that oil, gas, coal and industry produce are because the conveniences brought about by these things allow them the free time to do so.

Otherwise they would be huddling in their hovels doing their best to stay warm, fed and alive.

I’ll give the last word to Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey with the addition of truck engines to his list

George Bailey: Do you know the three most exciting sounds in the world?
Uncle Billy: Sure, “Breakfast is served, “Lunch is served, “Dinner is served.”
George Bailey: No. Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

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Back in 2005 when I worked for HiWired we started a tech blog that was unique at the time, providing some free tech advice to customers and non customers alike who needed it. Today I found myself looking at some old posts from the HiWired Blog and wondered how many of those posts stood the test of time. I think this one on trusting what you see on the net, particularly given the whole “fake news” debate, does, although some of the links are a tad dead.


Where are all the Moon Maidens?

For the fun of it I did a google search for “wireless network security” this is the result of the search.

You might notice that the #1 link is from a site called practically networked which is an excellent reference site, however when you read the article you will note that quite a few of the pieces of advice are contrary to things we’ve said before.

There was a time when this article would have been good advice but it’s old,that hasn’t stopped it from being #1 on the google list. If you hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button and followed the advice your system would be hackable in minutes.

If you are old enough you might remember the old Beverly Hillbillies episode where Jethro decides to go to the moon because it’s full of moon maidens. When Elly asks how he know this he says:

They wouldn’t print it in a comic book if it wasn’t true

Don’t be Jethro on the net.

Posted by Peter at August 15, 2005 04:51 PM

******************************************

I think I might repost more of these over time, I forgot just how much tech blogging I used to do when I wasn’t doing it for me.

We have been seeing a lot of open bitterness between liberal actors who supported (or settled for Hillary Clinton) and paying audience members who supported (or settled for) Donald Trump.

So being a fan of compromise between actors worried about being triggered by the sight of audience members who they disagree with and audience members who don’t want to be lectured from the stage let me make the following proposal that we can all get behind.

The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket SurTax.

I propose an Excise Tax of 100% on any ticket to a play or show that sells for $100 or more (including reseller fees) with such dollars being directed toward infrastructure development.

This is a tax that everybody should love, For the right it not only provides a funding mechanism for proposed spending rather than just spending it also directs the majority of the funding toward those voices on the left who have been insisting for years that they don’t mind being taxed, taking them at their word not to mention

Meanwhile our liberal Friends should love this tax for several reasons:

  • It funds infrastructure which is always a big issue for the left.
  • It is a tax specifically directed to the top 1% since it is only applied to tickets above the $100 level thus ensuring the rich pay their “fair share”.
  • and most importantly it exponentially decreases the chances that any performer might risk being triggered by the sight of those plebes in anything but the nosebleed seats that we’ve been reliably informed is all, in a best case scenario, Trump voters can’t afford anyway.

It also provides two excellent incentives

  1. It provides innovation for producers worried about the effect of such a tax on sales to come up with low cost creative alternatives say a flat fee streaming service for people to see plays or a regularly scheduled monthly performance where all seats are under $100 meaning actors would have warning and time to prepare before the traumatic triggering experience of facing an audience of the Hoi Polloi.
  2. It provides an incentive for the good government types on the left who unexpected had no problem with the IRS targeting conservatives over the last few years to rediscover their dislike of a government targeting their political enemies.

The “Hamilton” Infrastructure Ticket surtax, an idea whose time has come!


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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

By John Ruberry

The leftist group MoveOn got its start as Bill Clinton was being impeached. Their initial message was along the lines of, Bubba has done a great job running the country, his affair with Monica Lewinsky was inappropriate, and now it’s time for Americans to, well, move on.

Now if only the cheerleaders in the media for the Democratic Party could do the same.

There’s a book’s worth of material out there for this post, but I’ll zoom in on just a few today. Dahleen Glanton, an African American Chicago Tribune columnist, puts the blame on the Democrats failure to keep the White House on where she feels it belongs. Yes, the headline gives the ending away, “White women, own up to it: You’re the reason Hillary Clinton lost.” Yet the first sentence of that column betrays how foolish she is, “I don’t understand women.” Her dazzling display of ignorance continues for another two dozen paragraphs.

There must be vile fumes from the Chicago River poisoning the minds of Chicago newspaper columnists, as ignorance begets insanity. I had to read Neil Steinberg’s Nazi-drenched column about Donald Trump and his advisor Steven Bannon, who, by the way, is not an anti-Semite, three times before I gave up trying to make sense of it. Well, almost.  When I am confronted with Nazis and insanity I do one thing and that is listen to avante-garde rockers the Residents’ masterpiece, “The Third Reich and Roll,” only this time I did so while trying to block out of my memory all of my knowledge of the 1960s garage pop classics that are satirized in this work, as a possible gateway into Steinberg’s rambling mess. That didn’t work either. But hey, I tried.

At the end of his column he all but claims that it will be followers of a religion who have been scapegoated for centuries who will be blamed if Trump’s economy doesn’t take off as he promises it will.

Oh, do newspaper columnists have editors anymore?

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who was exposed as a colluder with the Democratic National Committee by WikiLeaks, is calling the incoming Trump administration “the fake news presidency.” Yet two months ago Milbank was covering for Clinton’s “deplorables” gaffe by claiming that “she might have low-balled the number.”

Wrong.

Perhaps what these mainstream media hacks really need is a good cry, which is something the Residents have done as they confide in “Hitler Was a Vegetarian.”

Yes, it’s your party, I know it’s your party
And, you know that you can cry, and, it’s cool
But you have to remember that I too cried my 96 tears
And… it’s just something we all have to go through some time or another.

Get to it.

And then move on.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday we discovered that while the NYT is all in favor of amnesty for those who enter places illegally they apparently draw the line if they are illegally present where they don’t want them.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fought with and restrained an intruder he found in his Philadelphia hotel room.

In fact not content to eject the illegal occupier he turn said illegal resident into law enforcement.

A police spokesman confirmed the account, saying the columnist “chased him, struggled with him and held him until officers arrived.” The suspect is in custody awaiting charges.

This seems odd to me, Philadelphia is a Sanctuary City therefore if a person is illegally present somewhere the proper thing to do, particularly if you are a member of the NYT is, regardless of the law, to recognize said persons right to be where they are. Any other action is clearly racist.

Thus the police should have informed Mr. Kristof that no person is illegal and that his attempts to punish that person for being someplace illegally, rather than insisting he get amnesty for his crime, smacked of white privilege no matter what the law says.

That they did not leads one to suspect that the for members of the left, the tolerance for the ignoring of the law ends when their inconvenience or danger begins

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forever

Twelfth Doctor: My entire understanding of physical space has been transformed! Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown in the air and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed forever…[pauses] Sorry. I’ve always wanted to see that done properly.

Doctor Who The Husbands of River Song 2015

Brandon Wheeger: But I want you to know that I’m not a complete brain case, okay? I understand completely that it’s just a TV show. I know there’s no beryllium sphere…
Jason Nesmith: Hold it.
Brandon Wheeger: no digital conveyor, no ship…
Jason Nesmith: Stop for a second, stop. It’s all real.
Brandon Wheeger: Oh my God, I knew it. I knew it! I knew it!

Galaxy Quest 1999

We have been assured by our friends in media and government that there is no such thing as voter fraud, that the revelations of project veritas are something to be ignored and anyone who believes this kind of thing is at best a conspiracy theorist or at worst disloyal to the republic.

So when a story like this turns up:

The 83 ballots, each unused, were addressed to different people, all supposedly living in his elderly neighbor’s two-bedroom apartment.

“I think this is spooky,” Mosna said. “All the different names, none we recognize, all at one address.”

His wife, Madalena Mosna, noted their 89-year-old neighbor lives by herself, and, “Eighty people can’t fit in that apartment.”

They took the ballots to the Los Angeles Police Department, but were directed to the post office. They felt little comfort there would be an investigation, and called another neighbor, John Cracchiolo – who contacted the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office. 

A spokeswoman for the Registrar said the office will investigate.

Instead of seeing it as proof of voter fraud confirming that republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular have to not only win, but do so beyond the margin of fraud, we must, as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has taught us, presume that when the impossible (That is the idea that this might be voter fraud, which our betters in media and government assure us is impossible) is eliminated, what remains, no matter how improbable, must be true.

Therefore I conclude that while the Mosna’s might think their elderly neighbor is living in a two bedroom apartment that couldn’t fit 89 people, the reality is that their neighbor in fact has a TARDIS which has taken the shape of an ordinary 2 bedroom apartment with 89 people (or more if you include potential non votes) living there and if someone actually visited the apartment and opened the door it would go something like this:

I would advise keeping a close eye on their “elderly” neighbor in case she is suddenly replaced by a younger version that seems a tad confused at first. That’d be the clincher!

I mean to think otherwise would mean not only that there is systematic voter fraud out there, but that those in charge of sending out ballots in the US postal service might have a policy of forbidding postal workers from reporting this kind of anomaly when processing or delivering said ballots and that the knowledge of this kind of thing is a lot more widespread than anyone wants to admit.

And that’s just crazy isn’t it?


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I missed work last Tuesday night so I was up an around Wednesday afternoon writing several posts and keeping an eye on twitter for the odd link here and there when I noticed something interesting.

I put out a tweet concerning the attacks on Donald Trump as still liberal, something to set the table for a post I had written going up on Thursday when I got the following response from someone I never saw on twitter called John ? with an icon of Andrew Breitbart

I found the response interesting so I took the liberty of looking at this person’s twitter account and history. I noticed that while the account was four years old all but 2 of the 511 tweets were about Donald Trump and pretty much retweets on various conservatives hitting him.

now rather than denying this the account responded thus:

to which I replied with this

and this

In the week that followed this account has managed only 3 tweets and for the rest of that day, the account hasn’t tweeted, after all once a paid (or unpaid) troll is publicly exposed (not blocked mind you just exposed) their effectiveness diminishes.

I thought it interesting diversion worth a post on the subject when later on during the day I noticed CNN tweeting on Adele’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton saying the following:

This prompted a tweet from a person called “Yankee fan that included me

Seeing the tweet and remembering the incident earlier in the day I checked the account history, sure enough while the account was old all of the tweets were hitting Trump or boosting hillary and what appeared to be auto retweets of pro-Hillary accounts so I tweeted the following

that account responded like this

To which I replied

and was promptly blocked.

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Because nothing’s worse for a paid troll than to have someone outing them in their timeline.

So I had plenty of material to work with but then I noted Kellyanne Conway retweeting the stories out of Texas of people trying to vote Trump/GOP ticket

and the votes being changed to Clinton. I thought this was a good idea and tweeted:

and for the third time today an obscure unknown account noticed my tweet and replied

I looked at the account, like the other two it was obscure, and while it was fairly new, only a few months old, its entire history was hitting Trump

unlike the previous two this one had a sense of humor.

But as of this writing it has been inactive.

Now it’s possible that two  obscure people on twitter (and a third reacting to someone else) not only found my tweets and decided to reply within a few hours.

However unlike other conservative bloggers I’m not a twitter force. While I have several prominent followers I only have 4063 followers as of this writing overall, I don’t automatically follow back and my new followers come in drips and drabs so that would seem unlikely.

What’s much more likely is that because I have a decent sized blog, that draws hundreds of thousands of unique users each year and that is known and respected by people in the political and media world and that even though I didn’t support Trump in the primaries because I’ve decided that a Trump victory is necessary for the republic in general and conservatism.

I’m not worthy of the swarm that Scott Adams gets but perhaps I’m respected enough that such statements can not be left completely unanswered.

I find that a very great complement but the name of the post is “How to spot a paid (or unpaid) Hillary Clinton Troll from quite a long way away, so here is what too look for.

  • Look for an account with almost no activity outside of the election season.
  • Look for an account that consists mostly of retweets supplemented by the occasional attack rather than an original thought.
  • Look for accounts whose followers are either nonexistent or all other accounts doing the same thing.
  • Look for either a small amount of total tweets or a massive wave of permanent retweets of specific type of accounts, usually official accounts that toe the line being pushed.

Do this and you too will be able identify twitter trolls from quite a long way away.

Now I know that given the massive scale of such operations identifying and countering one or two such accounts is no big deal.

But the naming of such an account is fatal to it’s operation and every time you force a new one to be named or make one block you it make it that much harder for them to counter us.

I’d say that’s worth it.