John “Lee” Ruberry of Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven.

By John Ruberry

Last week President Trump released his proposed fiscal 2018 budget. Not included in it was funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The left, which dominates the arts, responded predictably, acting as if art itself was being attacked.

Sit down and breathe deeply. Close your eyes. Now relax. If the NEA and the NEH disappear–there will still be art. Even after eight years of economic dormancy under Barack Obama, the United States is still a fabulously wealthy nation with plenty of disposable income, some of which will of course be spent on the arts.

Do you feel better now? Good. I knew you would.

Art is everywhere. In fact it’s right in front of you now–my post at Da Tech Guy and all of the others here are artistic endeavors, albeit not funded by the federal government.

Yes, the NEA and the NEH, as far as I know, no longer funds exhibitions of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs showing genitalia of pre-pubescent girls or a display of Piss Christ, but this Great Society mutation of royal patronage of the arts–didn’t we fight a revolution against a king?–makes little cultural or economic sense, as George Will explains.

David Marcus, artistic director of a Brooklyn-based theater project and senior contributor to The Federalist, says the NEA produces “perverse market incentives” that explain why many arts institutions “are failing badly at reaching new audiences, and losing ground.”

“Many theater companies, even the country’s most ‘successful,’ get barely 50 percent of their revenue from ticket sales. Much of the rest comes from tax-deductible donations and direct government grants. This means that the real way to succeed as an arts organization is not to create a product that attracts new audiences, but to create a product that pleases those who dole out the free cash. The industry received more free money than it did a decade ago, and has fewer attendees.”

The arts community is incestuous, especially within its foundations and boardrooms. You scratch my Cubist back and I’ll massage your western yodeling feet. You’ve heard of crony capitalism. There is also crony arts.

As usual, I don’t have to look beyond my own grossly mismanaged state of Illinois–when we had budgets they made about as much sense as a Jackson Pollock painting–to find an example of cronyism in practice. The Illinois Arts Council Agency, which as you can tell by its name, is a state agency and it is a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts cash. It was founded in 1965, which not coincidentally, was when the NEA began. The chair of the Illinois Arts Council Agency is Shirley Madigan, the wife of state House Speaker and Illinois Democratic Party Boss Michael Madigan. Their daughter is Lisa Madigan, Illinois’ attorney general.

The Illinois Arts Council Agency boasts that nearly 100 percent of the state’s legislative districts receives some IACA funding. It’s all about spreading the wealth around. As for those legislative districts, the geographic contortion created by Michael Madigan’s gerrymandering just might be worthy enough to be put on display at the Art Institute of Chicago adjacent to those Pollock-esque state budgets, but that’s another matter.

The NEA and the NEH also operates under the same spread-the-favors-around–I mean wealth, mindset–which is why defenders of these groups cite federal funding for events such as the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada and the Hip Hop Initiative in North Carolina as justification for these agencies.

Blogger on a self-funded trip to the Vicksburg battlefield

The NEH provided funding for Ken Burns’ acclaimed 1990 Civil War documentary that was broadcast on PBS, which is another success boasted by supporters of the NEH. Oh, Trump’s budget wants to eliminate for that network as well as NPR. Have you seen Burns’ Civil War? It’s fabulous. But what of the money for sales of Ken Burns’ Civil War book, or the Civil War DVDs and CDs? Or Civil War digital downloads? How much does the federal government get from those sales?

How much does Ken Burns collect?

Sure, NEA and NEH funding is a very small piece of federal spending–$148 million is the expenditure for this year. But proper budgeting means saying “No” a lot. America is wealthy–but not infinitely so.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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I spoke to Senator Rick Santorum as he was leaving CPAC 2017 after his panel

It was a rather long exit for the Senator because just about everybody in the lobby wanted to pose for a picture with him.

I literally waited so long (since I didn’t want to take away the time from the people who wanted a shot) that by the time I made it to mass I didn’t need the dispensation for the communion fast.

The book he is referring to is here

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). If your interview hasn’t been blogged yet I promise I will get to you

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Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Mona Salama & Tyler
Voices of CPAC 2017 Kurt Schlichter and Stephen Kruiser

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Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Caleb from South florida and Robert Stacy McCain
Voices at CPAC 2017 Rep Josh Moore NH and Micha Pierce from WI and American Majority

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Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Zaire Ali from MD & Daniel from LA
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michael Graham & Bill Lewis

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Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court NIRSA Liberals strike back, Plus Elliott and Adam
Voices of CPAC 2017 Marc Hayden Conservatives vs the Death Penalty & Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Kid with Lid & Paris Alex pt3 & Izzy and a prayer on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom from NC and Martin & Peyton from Hillsdale College

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Kid with Lid and Paris on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Parts 1 & 2
Voices of CPAC 2017 Jen from WA and Jeff from PA

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Patrick Howley on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michelle from PA and Carla from PA

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Susan from Dallas , Robert from MD and Donna Marie Fred from Ohio on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Phil from VA and Michelle from VA

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Voices at CPAC 2017 Niger Innis and Donald Scoggins at the Roy Innis Luncheon

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Amelia Hamilton, Andrew Langer & GOP candidate
Voices of CPAC 2017 Paul, Fawad and the point the left is missing (with Stacy McCain)

2/27
Voices of CPAC 2017 Justin & Connor & How DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Came About (It involves Stacy McCain & Beer)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

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President Merkin Muffley: But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing?
Ambassador de Sadesky: There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defense in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap.
President Merkin Muffley: This is preposterous. I’ve never approved of anything like that.
Ambassador de Sadesky: Our source was the New York Times.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Bomb 1964

While Donald Trump has only been in office a few weeks it’s already pretty easy to see the pattern of how he operates, he’ll put something out there, the left/media will loudly denounce/disclaim what’s been said and then within a few days or weeks events end up showing Trump right. The best example of this is Sweden where Trump talked about their problems concerning Islamic immigration. The media , which spent years ignoring stories concerning this, pronounced it all phony and right on cue a new set of riots took place for the people who had not been paying attention before to see.

The media’s decision to go all in on denials of Obama Administration wiretaping of the Trump campaign, which is notable for the phase “without presenting any evidence” following any mention of the current president’s claims highlighted by the repeated. You can’t go to a MSM site without seeing people loudly saying that Obama did not or could not have ordered the bugging of the Trump campaign.

The first problem for the MSM narrative came when Glenn Reynolds pointed out in his USA Today piece that the Obama administration has a history of this kind of thing

It’s certainly not impossible to believe that the Obama administration spied on Trump. Obama wouldn’t be the first president to engage in illegal surveillance of opposition candidates, and his administration has been noted for its great enthusiasm for domestic spying. In an effort to plug embarrassing leaks, the Obama administration spied on Associated Press reporters and seized the phone records not only of a Fox News reporter but also of his parents. Obama’s political allies even alleged that his CIA spied on Congress.

Nor is it unbelievable that under the Obama administration, supposedly non-partisan civil servants would go after political opponents. After all, the notorious IRS scandal was about exactly that.

This must have been news to USA Today’s readers who normally aren’t treated to the stories the MSM has done it’s best to ignore.

The next blow came from old friend Yid with Lid who noticed an interesting coincidence, at the New York Times

On January 19th and 20th 2017, The NY Times reported that wiretaps of people on the Trump team were passed along to the Obama White House, one of the story’s authors was Michael S. Schmidt. On Saturday that same Michael S. Schmidt was one of the reporters who wrote the story, “Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones.” That’s right, the same NY Times reporter who was one of the sources for the President’s claim, said that there was no evidence for the claim.

This post noting the NYT arguing with itself got him not only the attention of Breitbart and others but the well deserved attention of Rush Limbaugh which spread this evidence even further.

And Jeffrey Lord a CNN regular put the icing on the cake at the American Spectator:

Obamagate is here.

And Mark Levin is on the case. First on his Thursday radio show and then in his appearance on Fox and Friends over the weekend, Mark laid out in chapter and verse the mainstream media’s own reporting that the Obama administration was responsible for using government agencies to spy on its political opponents — namely Donald Trump, his aides, and then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General of the United States.

Said the former chief of staff to U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III:

This is not about President Trump’s tweeting; this is about the Obama administration spying.… The issue isn’t whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign or transition of surrogates; the issue is the extent of it…. Donald Trump is the victim. His campaign is the victim. His transition team is the victim. His surrogates are the victim.

To the question of whether former President Obama was involved? After noting that there were repeated stories on the government’s spying of Trump and others in the New York Times and the Washington Post — newspapers unquestionably well-read by the Obama White House — the talk radio host added: “I will tell you this, he’s more involved than he says; it’s his executive branch.”

Bingo!

It will be a fun week on CNN as the panels he’s on explain where all the “Trump Russia” stuff comes from while at the same time denying any wiretapping, of course as Andrew McCarthy noted the demise of that line of attack might be an interesting side effect of this whole business:

Here’s the most interesting part: Now that they’ve been called on it, the media and Democrats are gradually retreating from the investigation they’ve been touting for months as the glue for their conspiracy theory. It’s actually quite amusing to watch: How dare you suggest President Obama would ever order surveillance! Who said anything about FISA orders? What evidence do you lunatic conservatives have — uh, other than what we media professionals been reporting — that there was any investigation of the Trump campaign?

But have you noticed? While all this head-spinning legal jibber-jabber goes back and forth, the foundation of the false narrative we’ve been hearing since November 8 has vanished. Now that we’re supposed to believe there was no real investigation of Trump and his campaign, what else can we conclude but that there was no real evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia . . . which makes sense, since Russia did not actually hack the election, so the purported objective of the collusion never existed.

How bad is it, so bad you have law professor & Obama voter Ann Althouse writing this short post which I quote in full

I’m tired of reading things like “President Trump’s astonishing and reckless accusation that he was wiretapped on orders from President Barack Obama should finally be the tipping point in how the country views him and his presidency.” (That’s E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post.)

From what I’ve read, “ordered” is the weasel word that allows anti-Trumpsters to make flat statements portraying Trump as out of his mind. But the notorious Trump tweets do not say that Obama “ordered” a wiretapping. They ask if it is “legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election?” and refer to what a court had done. Though Trump didn’t precisely say this, any “order” came from the court. He then said “President Obama was tapping my phones,” which isn’t to say that he “ordered” it. I think the story Trump is relying on is that the FISA court granted a warrant (after some funny business to get around a previous denial), not that Obama just “ordered” it. Then, Trump tweeted that Obama had gone “low… to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.” Trump portrays Obama as doing something, not “ordering” it.

Unless the anti-Trumpsters can speak clearly avoid the safety of that word, I will not trust what they say. 

Well that’s logical, after all the MSM is apparently asserting that they’re past reporting can’t be trusted either.

Exit Question 1. How bad is it for the left when even Erick Erickson, the origonal Trump foe hitting the attacks on him.

Exit Question 2. How long before we see the first Judicial Watch FOIA Suit on the subject?

Update: There’s a reason why I perfer paper books to electronic it makes it much harder for the NYT to change this:

into this


and pretend they never said what they did.

I’d be very interested in discovering when this change took place. If it was after the President’s charge against the Obama admin then it speaks volumes about the left trying to re-write history.

On the bright side it provides an actual legit reason for a conservative to buy the dead tree version of the Times


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Kirk: Spock, find anything?
Spock: Negative, Captain. Anything from our guest?
Kirk: According to him, there’s a creature of some sort down here, a humanoid.
Spock: Lieutenant Uhura communicated that information. I ordered re-confirmation on our sensors. They indicate no living creature on this planet. I suggest, Captain, that you’ve been lied to.

Lazarus: Captain, you yourself said there were no other explanations. Why do you give credence to this man?
Spock: I fail to comprehend your indignation, sir. I’ve simply made the logical deduction that you are a liar.

Star Trek: The Alternate Factor 1967

There is an interesting bit of news concerning funding for Planned Parenthood,

The White House has made an informal offer to Planned Parenthood that it could keep federal funding if it agreed to stop providing abortion services

For Planned Parenthood this would seem to be a no brainer. They have asserted for years that Abortion is but a tiny piece of what they do (the figure they keep throwing around is 3%) and we’ve seen stories like this

On a recent afternoon, a 22-year-old woman stopped by to pick up birth-control pills. Another, age 20, dropped in to find out about Depo-Provera, the birth-control injection that lasts three months, and other options. Another arrived with her boyfriend, for reasons she did not want to discuss with a reporter.

Thirty patients a day, five days a week, visit the center. They come for family-planning information and supplies; tests for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; screenings for cervical cancer; and, in some cases, medication that induces an abortion, or a referral to a center that performs one.

and this

A small brown paper bag in her hand, Julie walked out of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Roseville with a new supply of birth control. It didn’t matter that she didn’t have health insurance.

“It’s awesome to have Planned Parenthood,” said Julie, who did not wish to give her last name for privacy reasons. “To go to a regular health clinic like this would have cost $100, which would make you think twice about having to go.”…But if the effort were to prevail, California Planned Parenthood would lose $260 million a year in federal funds — approximately 80 percent of its operating budget. Unless it found a way to replenish that money elsewhere, the organization warns, it might have to close its 82 California sites furnishing basic health care and family planning services to mostly low-income patients.

and this

When Everette was a graduate student aging out of her parent’s health insurance, she was unable to afford the hormonal birth control that was essential to managing her endometriosis, a chronic condition that affects the uterine lining and can cause infertility. She was able to secure access through her local Planned Parenthood and, years later, learned from her doctors that had she not managed her care as prescribed, she would not have been able to conceive children.

Jamie Benner, a mother from upstate New York, described her local Planned Parenthood’s efforts to get testing and Medicaid coverage when she was uninsured and found a lump in her breast. The testing detected her breast cancer in the nick of time, and Jamie is now healthy. “Had Planned Parenthood waited a day, I would have had stage 4 cancer and I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “Planned Parenthood made sure I would be here to be there for my girls.”

and this

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said funding cuts to Planned Parenthood clinics would deprive more than 30,000 women and men statewide of health care services like cancer screenings, birth control, and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

The organization said it staged the demonstration after a draft Republican proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act was leaked, revealing plans to take away funding for Planned Parenthood.

“Defunding Planned Parenthood is just simply reckless,” Walsh told the crowd to loud cheers. “We can’t let this happen. America is better than that.”

 

…all over the media highlighting everything they do for women that has nothing to do with abortion.

If these stories about the crisis in woman’s health that defunding would bring are accurate then surely taking this deal makes a lot of sense. After all instead of having to restore funding which would require democrats control of both the house and senate, not to mention a president willing to sign it, Planned Parenthood half billion would have permanent bipartisan support to do all the good they claim to do.

Furthermore if Planned Parenthood assertion that abortion services are only 3% of what they do is accurate leaving such services to other providers who don’t get federal funding would be no burden at all. They could always sell their surgical locations to others and continue to do all the good work for woman’s health that they constantly highly tout. Surely planned parenthood would not risk the health and wellbeing of all these women for a service that can be left to someone else?

Apparently they would

” The White House proposal that Planned Parenthood stop providing abortion is the same demand opponents of women’s health have been pushing for decades, as a part of their long-standing effort to end women’s access to safe, legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood has always stood strong against these attacks on our patients and their ability to access the full range of reproductive health care.”

I’m confused, if the majority of planned parenthood’s business has nothing to do with abortion how would their leaving the abortion business to others “end women’s access to safe legal abortion”? Surely if such a tiny bit of Planned parenthood’s business is abortion letting women seeing abortion go elsewhere would not be any trouble at all.

Unless of course that the truth is that Planned Parenthood is first and foremost an abortion mill, that its entire business model is built on abortion and that all of this talk about woman’s healthcare isn’t anything other than propaganda.

We who have been fighting against abortion have been asserting this for years, Donald Trump managed to lay it out for all the world to see in less than two months.


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By John Ruberry

“So you’ll be paying yourself to build a railroad with government subsidies.” Sen. Jordan Crane to Thomas “Doc” Durant.

“These are exciting times. You and I are opening the way for the greatest nation the world has ever seen.” Major Augustus Bendix to Cullen Bohannon.

“See him driving those golden nails
that hold together the silver bars
That one day’s gonna take us to the stars
cos he’s the man who built America.”
Horslips, from their song, The Man Who Built America.

“A new chapter of American greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit.” President Donald J. Trump to Congress last week.

Last week I completed my latest binge-watching endeavor, Hell on Wheels, an AMC show that ran from 2011-2016 that is available on Netflix and on Amazon.

The building of the American transcontinental is the driving force of the plot of this series–the Union Pacific heading west from Omaha and the Central Pacific heading east from Sacramento.

The transcontinental railroad exemplified America at its best–getting the job done 16 years before Canada and 36 years before Russia. It also exemplified America at its worst. Racism and corruption–the Crédit Mobilier outrage was one of our nation’s worst political scandals and it forever tainted this monumental achievement.

The Civil War purged America of slavery, the nation was no longer “a house divided against itself,” but in 1865 the United States was in a way like an uncompleted jigsaw puzzle, the east and west coasts, the easy part, were settled but much of the middle–the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, still needed to be filled in.

Hell on Wheel’s main character is Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former slaveholder and Confederate cavalry officer who travels to Nebraska Territory to hunt down Union soldiers who murdered his wife and son in Mississippi. Despite that ruthlessness–make that because of that ruthlessness–Union Pacific president Thomas “Doc” Durant (Colm Meaney) takes him under his wing, although their relationship is mostly turbulent throughout the run of the series.

Bohannon isn’t the only character scarred by the turmoil of mid-19th century America. Elam Ferguson (Common) and Psalms Jackson (Dohn Norwood) are freedmen who quickly learn that freedom from slavery doesn’t mean equality. The Reverend Nathaniel Cole (Tom Noonan) and his daughter Ruth (Kasha Kropinski), suffer from pangs of guilt remaining from Bleeding Kansas. The Rev. Cole’s most prominent convert to Christianity, Joseph Black Moon (Eddie Spears), is estranged from his father, a Cheyenne chief. The most compelling character on the show, Thor “The Swede” Gunderson (Christopher Heyerdahl), is a Norwegian immigrant and former Union army quartermaster–a man who says he is good with numbers, but after his barbaric incarceration at the notorious Andersonville prisoner of war camp, he ascertained that “I had to control people like I control numbers and I learned to practice a sort of immoral mathematics.”

The Swede is Hell On Wheels’ principal villain and if there is ever a Villains Hall Of Fame built, then he belongs as a charter member.

Another intriguing HoW character is Irish immigrant Mickey McGuinnes (Phil Burke), who like Durant, finds a way to make himself a success after starting with nothing. One of his workers is a tattooed former prostitute and a Jack Mormon, Eva (Robin McLeavy). She was captured by Indians after her family’s wagon train was waylaid.

The final season of Hell on Wheels brings in the storyline of the Central Pacific. Movie posters for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly boasted, “For three men the Civil War wasn’t hell. It was practice!” The Chinese laborers on the Central Pacific can be forgiven for having a similar dismissive view of our Civil War, which killed 600,000 Americans. Emotional scars from the Taiping Rebellion plague many of the Chinese characters. That conflict, which was actually a civil war between Imperial China and a man claiming to be the brother of Jesus Christ, probably killed 20-30 million people–after the famine deaths are added in. Some estimates bring the death total as high as 100 million. If that last figure is correct, then the Taiping Rebellion was the deadliest war ever.

Life is cheap in both the Union Pacific and Central Pacific camps–both are served by brothels, although opium is offered at the latter instead of whiskey.

Durant was a real person, although his portrayal in Hell on Wheels is largely fictional. Other historical figures appearing include Wyoming’s territorial governor John Campbell (Jack Weber), President Ulysses S. Grant (Victor Slezak), and Brigham Young (Gregg Henry). Eva’s character was based on an actual woman, as was the man in the show who survived a scalping. He carries his scalp in a bottle of alcohol–and offers paid listeners a recounting of his ordeal. The phrase “Hell on Wheels” is a real one in this context, it’s what the tent cities that followed the construction of the Union Pacific were called.

Blogger walking the rails

In the penultimate HoW episode, there is a prescient moment as black and Chinese workers rush to finish the road in 1869. Above them you see the moon. One hundred years later, yes, in 1969, “the greatest nation the world has ever seen” reached the moon. No country has repeated that feat or even attempted it.

Yes, American exceptionalism is real.

If you enjoy westerns, you’ll find Hell on Wheels worth your while. But if you are looking for romance–then look elsewhere. Mount is a fine actor but love encounters are not his long suit. And what was the point of his sex scene on top of a table with fused nitroglycerine on it?

As with most westerns, the cinematography is first-rate–with Alberta filling in capably for Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and California. It would be better if movies about America would be filmed here, but that’s another subject for another time.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Van Jones has always worried me.

Not because he is a radical marxist leftist, there are plenty of radical marxist leftists out there.

Not because he is a bigot and liar who signed a petition suggesting Bush had known about 9/11 , the left is full of bigots and liars, one more doesn’t make any difference.

Not even because he can put on a nice face, nice enough to get a CNN gig, that’s a tad bit of a worry, because he can put on the nice face and carry himself as something other than what he isn’t he has a better chance of selling his BS, but that’s something we can handle.

No what worries me about Van Jones is that he’s smart enough to recognize that the attempt to “other” Trump has now failed and a new line of attack is going to have to be found stat.

the details:

Van Jones praised President Trump for honoring the widow of a Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen, saying “he became president of the United States in that moment, period.”

“There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad of him, but that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period,” Jones said on CNN.

Jones, a liberal commentator who frequently criticizes Trump, said the president did something “extraordinary.”

This is very important because once the left figures out that Trump is playing them like a bullfighter then they might actually figure out an effective counter to him.

However the left being the left not only have their most public members taken exactly the opposite tack:

But they decided to go after Van Jones for daring to warn them of the bear trap they are walking into:

Now we can’t count the left to keep this level of stupidity forever but if President Trump send out a single tweet they don’t like and the MSM jumps all over it, then we can be sure that the left won’t bother to learn their lesson.

My wife came home from the Hospital Monday evening and Tuesday was spent running around to do everything from getting her car inspected (and arranging for repairs when it failed) securing a recliner for her to sleep on as she can’t manage the stairs, helping with changing her dressings and cleaning her wounds, while keeping up with the basic housework so I found myself crashing during the Trump speech and didn’t watch it until the rerun at midnight (when I had to wake her for her antibiotic).

We had months of the media and the left painting Donald Trump as the 2nd coming of Hitler, we’ve had the media whining like a stuck pig when they were hit, we had Nancy Pelosi warning her crowd not to should out “you lie” everyone was braced for a circus as the media reported that the left was ready to troll him…

…and then he spoke and reality set in.

The American people not only saw they had a president, a competent and organized president who knows what he wants to do, and those Americans not only saw Trump for what he was, those same Americans who have been watching people go absolutely nuts, protesting, screaming, needing therapy by his very existence saw these folk, who have been lionized and promoted by the media, for who and what they are: deluded, dangerous and deranged.

How bad was it for the Democrats? This screen shot from the speech illustrates their dilemma.

Now it’s not unusual for the party in opposition to refrain from standing and clapping when the President speaks but what is the line Democrats are all sitting for while the GOP is standing and clapping?

Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people – and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path.

My job is not to represent the world.

My job is to represent the United States of America. emphasis mine

How do you convince a nation to vote for your candidates, to hire your people for the job of governing if the very idea that the person they hire should represent the people who hired him or her is anathema to your party?

Why did they sit? Because their party has become so radical, so extreme, so hateful that to stand for such a statement would be to invite a primary challenger, particularly for those in the bluest of blue states. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me to see some blowback on those who stood when when the president said we need to work with, not against those in law enforcement.

What is the ultimate proof of this thesis? The Democrat response was not given by a potential presidential candidate such as an Elizabeth Warren, not by one of their sitting governors such as Washington’s Jay Inslee. Not even by a longtime member of the Congressional Black Caucus like John Lewis.

No the Democrat response was given by a 72 year old former governor of a state who was replaced by a republican in the last election by a vote that shocked the media.

Why did they choose an old white guy, older than President Trump from a red border/southern state to respond rather than a sitting office holder? I suspect because the party couldn’t risk the American people seeing a radical response from a Democrat true believer nor would any individual Democrat risk giving a measured clam speech that would offend their base.

To be sure there were individual bits that people can disagree with and might argue about, but while this speech was given to the congress, it was directed to the American people and those who watched it liked what they saw:

President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress received largely positive reviews from viewers, with 57% who tuned in saying they had a very positive reaction to the speech, according to a new CNN/ORC poll of speech-watchers.

Nearly 7-in-10 who watched said the President’s proposed policies would move the country in the right direction and almost two-thirds said the president has the right priorities for the country. Overall, about 7-in-10 said the speech made them feel more optimistic about the direction of the country.

And yet in the very next paragraph, CNN felt compelled to downplay and discredit their own poll and explain said support away

The survey, conducted among a group of Americans who said in interviews conducted before the speech that they planned to watch and agreed to be re-contacted, only reflects the views of those who watched the speech, not of all Americans.

That’s how upset they are.

Now tomorrow things will be much as they were before. President Trump will continue to tweet, the media will continue to hit him and he’ll hit back, the hollywood and education sectors will continue to excoriate him and the protests against him will soldier on and cable news networks will continue to highlight and promote any person who opposes President Trump and turn taking a picture on a couch into the next great outrage.

But most of the rest of the country, the part that is too busy to live and die by what these people say, will go back to their lives reassured that the country is in safe hands.

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Today I’m highlighting two College republicans who talked to me on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Paul and Fawad.

Their story would be of interest to the media for several reasons.

1. They are young republicans from NY a blue state
2. They are college republicans in an environment where that is iffy
3. They are both active enough to run for office in the college republicans showing they have guts
4. They are both from racial and/or religious minorities which means they get even more grief for it

That made them interesting data points for the info I was trying to gather at CPAC, Here is Paul

Here is the audio from the mic if you are having trouble hearing with the video

The Key quote which I suspect will seem familiar. His answer to the question on how hard it is to be a black college republican:

Oh man It’s, it’s crazy I’ve been called all the names that it’s, honesty I’ve been called stuff that’s aren’t safe to be put on your what’s it it, fcc airways. It’s not good, it’s just, it’s all about perseverance.

After I finished with Paul’s interview Stacy McCain returned from the Public House and joined me, after a brief into we brought in Fawad who held the camera while I was talking to Paul.

If Paul made liberal heads explode Fawad must frustrate them even more in addition to all of the points already listed above had two characteristics that set him apart from the other college republicans I interviewed.

1. He voted for Donald Trump
2. He is a Muslim

The irony that of the four college republicans I interviewed in sequence the only one who voted for Donald Trump was a young Muslim man likey casting his first ever vote for president.

(Pause to allow you to clean up the mess from liberal heads exploding)

and the audio

What really struck me was his answer to my question concerning what he wanted to see President Trump accomplish (stopping illegal immigration). His critique of illegal immigration citing his own family who had to do things the legal way coming from Bangladesh was really on point.

 

“It really is a shame like a lot of my relatives took 8,9,10 years to come here so for people to come here illegally, to you know just cross over a 5 foot broken fence is disgusting.”

 

It highlights something the left and media seem to miss. The left continues to push the idea that the GOP in general and Donald Trump in particular are anti-immigrant, but to the millions of people who came here legally and spent years doing so, this entire meme is an insult. To expect such people to cheer illegal immigration would be like expecting someone who saved for years to go to an event to watch someone jump a fence, sits down next to them and them expect them to buy them popcorn.

The left might someday catch on to this, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on it.

Update: Included Paul’s quote


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

2/27
Voices of CPAC 2017 Justin & Connor & How DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Came About (It involves Stacy McCain & Beer)

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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Something very interesting happened to me at CPAC yesterday.

I had gotten up early for a vendor breakfast but managed to forget where it was held. After some failed searches I decided to check their booth but that required passing through the secret service check and once I did that not only was the booth empty (likely all at the breakfast) but I was disinclined to go back and have to pass through again.

So after grabbing a few interviews outside (which I’ll post later) I went into the media room. The place was packed and it was so bad that the coffee area was filled with people so we had a crowd behind us and in front of us.

I went to the line and started interviewing students 1st a group of college students going to school in VA

And then a pair of students from North Carolina

At this point batteries were getting low and the speech was near the start so I went back to my spot in the area. From the media area meaning I could see the big screens but not the stage.

When the president came and started speaking since I couldn’t see the stage I took a pan of the crowd.

I decided at this point since uploads were crawling and any post I might have scheduled on interviews would get few views during the Trump speech I decided to do a post with some highlights, writing lines as I heard them and updating as I went along. Seeing that both of my cameras were nearly out of power, after taking a shot of the screen of the president speaking I took out my batteries from so they could start charging. That proved to be an unfortunate coincidence given what happened next.

As I was trying to type in what the President said as he said it a young man came up to me and kneeled between me and the Yahoo people who were set up to my left in the aisle (I was in the end seat) and sought my attention.

I immediately noticed that he had a badge that said TBS. This seemed a tad odd to me since TBS is basically a re-run station with the exception of a few original comedies. I concluded that he must be from the Samantha Bee show as it to my knowledge was the only thing resembling news on the network (although for my money “resembling” is overstating the matter).

He then asked me what I thought was one of the oddest questions about a computer I’d ever heard inquiring if my laptop included the game solitaire.

Being old enough to remember the introduction of the commercial laptop and knowing that every laptop for the last 20 years included solitaire I thought the question foolish, but I wondered why he would ask so I answered:
“Well my wife bought me it for Christmas so I really don’t know but I imagine so.”

He then asked the question that made everything clear:

“Could you bring it up, we want a shot of someone playing solitaire during Donald Trump’s speech.”

My initial answer reaction was innocence

“But that would be dishonest.”

and then anger saying something like: Are you seriously asking me to stage something dishonest so you can report fake news?

He walked away but I was suddenly very angry. I understand that I dress rather eccentrically so he might have figured this guy was a fellow traveler but the very idea that he would ask me to help him do something dishonest and dishonorable to create fake news to hit the President. Nor did the irony that this happened just a few minutes after President Trump hit the media for staging stuff fail to hit me.

I was mad and updated my open post thus:

[Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had solitaire on my computer and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of someone playing solitaire during Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!]

and added this to the title:

UPDATE TBS asks me to setup a fake meme how DARE they!

I was angry and realized I needed to let people know what just happened. I immediately walked over to the four students I had just interviewed and told them what had happened. I was really angry and kinda loud (ironically a blogger thought I was chewing them out for heckling the press and tweeted that out. I saw that tweet three hours later and tweeted what really happened and he apologized and corrected himself promptly


I was so impressed I followed him on the spot but that was a few hours later.)

I then went straight over to Cynthia Yockey and Emille who I’m sharing a room with. They were two tables down. Cynthia had been kind enough to bring me my battery stuff to charge my cameras when she came down so I knew where they were and told them what happened. I then saw Kurt Schlichter & Stephen Kruiser behind them and told them on the spot, I saw Ed Morrissey but he didn’t have time as he was trying to live blog the President’s speech.

Then it hit me that I had stopped doing that and headed back to continue but I was still angry.

When everything was done I saw Byron York who had said hi earlier and called him over to tell him what happened as I was packing up and mentioned it to Yid with Lid. A pair of CPAC people asked about this wanted to know who the guy was and A young lady from Breitbart came over and wanted some details on the story (ironically she was a friend of Yvonne who I had interviewed on day 1) after a few false starts we found a suitable place with less noise and I told my story.

Unfortunately I had fixated on the TBS badge and not the features of the fellow although I thought I would be able to recognize him if I saw him again, not having the batteries in the camera really hurt me here.

I was however running late for Anita Moncrief’s Innis dinner which I had promised to attend at 12 so I excused myself. I had forgotten the location which was on my older laptop back in the room where my uploads were continuing from so after some false started I ran back to my room up, got the location while Stacy was typing next to me and headed out.

I ran into Patrick Howley on the way who wanted the story for the Daily Caller. I told him what happened and he asked if he could us my laptop to write it. I declined saying I might need it at the event but he was welcome to go to my room and use my other one, Stacy could let him in. He asked for the key but I told him to knock as I wasn’t comfortable with loaning the key to a room in someone else’s name out.

When I got back I got a call from Alex Pfeiffer who was doing the writing proper and answered any questions he had. That’s when I noticed those other tweets. Additionally Stacy McCain had Fox news on with Shep Smith who was going on about how the press doesn’t make fake news, that pissed me off so I tweeted this:

Now you might be asking yourself: Hey DaTechGuy why didn’t you tweet or gab this out on your new laptop?

Well it’s because until CPAC I had been using the new laptop exclusively for playing Civilization VI. In fact DaWife bought it based on my son’s specs or optimum gameplay. Not only did I not have Gab or twitter on it, but I hadn’t set up email their either so if I tried to reset my passwords I wouldn’t see the emails.

Remember I’m “DaTechGuy” because I used to do Tech Support and majored in computers in the Fortran/ccl years and worked at Raytheon with clearance during the cold war, not because I like gadgets. I haven’t even connected the phone dawife bought me to the net because I don’t want hackable data on my phone, I just want the ability to make calls while traveling.

The first place I saw the story reported was at Jeff (Yid’s) site

And the president was right. After his speech was over, my friend Peter, DaTechguy wrote:

Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had solitaire on my computer and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of someone playing solitaire during Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!

I wonder if the TBS guy made the request as a favor because TBS is owned by the same company as CNN.

I then saw the story at the daily caller titled:
Blogger Claims TBS Tried To Stage Fake News At CPAC
Alex managed to spell my name wrong “Injimi” and I didn’t like “claims” at first but after thinking about it, without the name of the person and not having been there it was not an unfair characterization. However he did manage to confirm a suspicion of mine:

TBS does not have a news program, however, the network hosts the popular news satire show “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.” A CPAC spokesman told TheDC that TBS was credentialed for the event and in relation with the Samantha Bee show.

and I liked being called a “popular” blogger. One hopes people like the site but it was nice to hear someone else write it.

TBS wisely refused comment, a denial risks the story being corroborated by any of the folk next to me like the Yahoo crew, while admitting it would confirm unethical behavior.

Now as anyone who reads this site knows I was a Cruz Supporter who endorsed Trump just before the convention and rather famously doubled down on my support of him after the Bush tape came out. If you are a member of the left who doesn’t know me and you choose not to take my word without further evidence that’s certainly your prerogative and not an unreasonable decision to make.

Although I would inquire of the Samantha Bee show and ask if they did this or not if I was you.

As for myself, I didn’t care for her before and I care for them less now.

A postscript. as I was returning from the Innis event I ran into the college kids I interviewed. They were downcast, they had been interviewed by a leftist site and figured they had been played by them to make them look foolish and asked my advice. I told them if approached by anyone you don’t know or trust in that way agree to interviews on the condition that you are able to film them as they film you.

If they decline presume dishonesty and decline as well. I’d certainly give that advice to anyone approached by TBS at CPAC or elsewhere.

Update: Instalanche Thanks Glenn, it will take a few weeks to post all the interviews I did at CPAC but you might want to check out this post about a historic CPAC 1st and this one about the latest comedy from Evan Sayet that the late night hosts will ignore.


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

2/25
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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The consultants were only good at soaking up money

Now repeating the media as enemy of the people, press not happy

Let them say it to my face, let there be no more “sources” names

we are a nation that will put our own citizens first

we’re going to build the wall don’t worry about it, it’s going to start soon

All I’ve done is keep my promise

Obamacare doesn’t work folks.

We’re going to make it better much better (uh oh That line might come back to bite him)

We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare (That might save the day)

Update:

The era of empty talk is over (I wish you could see the press around me)

(talks about dollars to be saved to be spent to rebuild America) …Including our inner cities.

We will support the incredible men and women of law enforcement

We’re going to make trade deals one on one and if they misbehave we’re going to drop them.

We’re going to give Americans access to quality healthcare that they deserve

If they want a pipeline in the United States they are going to use pipe made in the United States.

We don’t need 75% of the repetitive regulations that hurt companies and hurt jobs.

[Would you believe a guy from TBS asked me if I had solitaire on my computer and asked me to bring it up so he could get a shot of someone playing solitaire during Trump’s speech. HOW DARE HE! HOW DARE HE EXPECT ME TO SET UP A PHONY SHOT FOR A PHONY MEME! That’s so dishonorable!]

We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of this country (crowd goes wild)

The GOP will be from now on, the party of the American Worker.

[just went and told Cynthia Yockey, Kurt Schlichter and Stephen Kruser so when you see it on TBS and Samantha Bee’s show, you know it’s BS]

I’m not representing the globe I’m representing your country.

We’re all totally equal in the eyes of Almighty God. [I applauded there]

As long as we have faith in each other and trust in God there is nothing we can’t accomplish. (last word might have been achieved)


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here)

2/24

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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