Baldilocks is tied up and her piece will go up thursday so to tide you over here are a pair of videos from the St. John Paul II Eucharistic Center at Mother angelica’s Monastery:

The role of Saint Juliana and Thomas Aquinas on the feast of Corpus Christi

and an interview with the gentleman who presented the tour

And lets throw in a few photos too

Meet one of the monks/priests at St Bernard Abbey in Cullman Alabama Fr. Ken McGrath

It’s really something to think of a man being a monk since I was five years old but what’s really something is to check out this page and see how many of the monks here are young enough to be my kids.

Orthodoxy creates vocations

This election has been one of confusion.

We see the MSM spinning and editing Donald Trump for electoral purposes

We see polls showing results all across the spectrum

We see huge crowds at Trump events & diddly for Clinton yet we’re told she’s a shoe in

We see talking heads saying a lot of things but not actually reporting a lot of things.

I’ve reached the point where I have no idea what’s actually going on. I hate that and I suspect you do too.

Rather than just bitching about it I propose a solution.

DaTechGuy’s 20 (or 30) days of Trump

 

My proposal is that I follow the campaign for 20 (or 30) days.  Report at each stop , do my patented interviews with those who attend Trump events, get credentialed at pressers interview campaign people (& Mr. Trump himself if he is willing) and basically report first hand on what I see and what is going on rather than counting on the MSM or anyone else doing so.

I submit that I am an excellent choice for this because:

My biases are out there, I endorsed Ted Cruz Sept of 2015 and then Trump July of this year. I have been both willing to praise and critique Trump.

I have interviewed Trump fans all over you can directly see my work and how I approach it.

I have questioned Trump at press conferences and have covered such events live in the past so you’ve seen my work and what I do.

It’s been shown that I don’t edit my videos so you will see what is actually shot

And while many have disagreed with me over the years I’d like to think I have a rep of saying things as I see them and not being for sale to anyone except you the reader.

 

What it would involve:

I would be thinking of either a 20 day period from October 18th to November 6th  or a 30 day period from Sept 13 to Oct 12th  (I have a commitment to cook at a Knights of Columbus Charity dinner Oct 16th so I have to be home for that).

Basically I would travel by air, living out of my suitcase flying to the various cities where Trump is appearing, renting cars to head for and hit Trump events, Shooting videos and writing stories and then back to the airport for the next leg all the while finding time to eat, sleep and get laundry done in between so people are willing to approach me to be interviewed.

This would not be cheap.  I would not only have to spring for hotels, rented cars, meals, cleaning, gas and internet but I’d also have to replace my pay from my overnight job that I would have to get a leave of absence from.

It will also be tiring but I can’t see it being more tiring than working overnight 5 days a week.

 

What it will take:

There is no way I can even think of doing this unless I have the cash on hand in place to pay for it, particularly as I can’t guarantee that I’d have a job to come back to if I do this.

So I’m leaving it up to you dear readers.

If I can get $20,000 in pledges by Sept 7th and have them redeemed by Sept 10th I figure I can afford to do the 30 days of Trump coverage listed above, being able to pay expenses while still being covered if I have to risk my night job to do it.

If I can get $15,000 in pledges by October 10 and have them redeemed by October 15 I can do the shorter 20 days of Trump.

(If I raise the full $35 K I’ll do both adjusting the schedule slightly to allow myself to make it home for my son’s birthday)

Now I know this is not an insignificant amount of cash but it’s also going to be a significant amount of work and travel not to mention a lot of time spent away from my wife and family including my son’s birthday depending on which way this goes.  Furthermore you will know that you’ll be seeing things as they are from a person you presumably trust.

So here is how it will work, if you are willing to pledge an amount toward this project contact me by filling out this form  

Once I get the required pledges I’ll contact you for payment and then contact my employer to get a leave of absence (or give notice if necessary).

If I don’t get the required pledges or if people don’t come through with the dough in time to do this, then I’ll stay put and keep doing what I’m doing.

We often hear people say they want honest reporting on the campaign as opposed to what the MSM offers well if you’re willing to support me in doing it, I’m willing to provide you with it.

Dash: But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.
Helen: Everyone’s special, Dash.
Dash: Which is another way of saying no one is.

The Incredibles 2004

Last Sunday when I woke up after getting home from Denver I turned on the TV as I got dressed for the Madonna Della Cava festival and noticed a commercial playing attacking Charter Schools and question 2 which began with the words.

“400 million dollars, that’s how much charter schools will drain from Massachusetts public schools this year”

Under normal circumstances this would be more background political noise that I would ignore but I had just come back from the Amplify choice conference put on by the Franklin Center where we spent a day and a half listening to speakers talk about Charter Schools both in Denver and across the nation.

And having attended said conference I knew that best the “Save our schools” crowd was being deceptive and at worst they were lying through their teeth because that statement ignores a cogent fact about charter schools…

Charter schools are public schools.

That would seem to be a rather important fact for that argument but an ad saying: “400 million dollars, that’s how much money will be spent on some public schools instead of others this year”  is unlikely to scare voters.

From that point the ad argument doesn’t get better.

400 million syphoned from local districts that desperately need it.

Except for the fact the Charter Schools are still part of the school districts that they are located in.

400 million that won’t fund more science and technology…

Actually the 400 million will just fund science and technology at a different school as anyone who joined me in visiting the Denver School of Science and Technology last week would know and met Sheila…

…and some of her classmates

The three wise young women
The three wise young women

…would see that science would not suffer, it will prosper.

arts or preschool, counseling or smaller class sizes

In fact charter that money would not only fund smaller class sizes which are the norm at charter schools but would fund them for groups that traditionally don’t get them as this enrollment chart shows:

In fact the STRIVE charter schools in Denver enrollment is 97% of color reflecting the neighborhoods they operate in.

$400 million unavailable to the 96% of students who don’t attend charter schools

That sentence is funny , it would be just as accurate to say to describe the $1.013 billion budgeted to the Boston Public schools as….

$1.013 Billion dollars unavailable to students who don’t attend Boston public schools”

…which again isn’t going to scare anyone.

The “save our schools” ads when they finish with

“Let’s improve public schools for all students, not just a select few.”

Forgetting for a second that by this argument your public school should not get a new lab because said lab is not for all public school students, just for the select few that go to it. It ignores that fact that the rising tide of Charter schools tends to lift all boats as evidenced by the results in Denver before expansion of charter schoolsDenver mid 2000'sand after
denver after

What is this ad actually arguing? It’s arguing to keep schools that are failing from having to compete with schools that are not, and it’s counting on the fact that most of the people seeing this ad, did not attend the Franklin Center #amplifychoice event this year.

Or to put it another way this “save our schools” ad is completely dependent on its audience being uneducated and uninformed about the results charter schools bring to protect failing public schools

Rather ironic isn’t it?

If you want to find out more about charter schools check out the #amplifychoice hashtag here or check out these posts at DaTechGuyblog:

Denver Day Two The Zoo and then Six #AmplifyChoice Conference Interviews

Denver Day Three Part 1: Panels and speakers

Denver Day Three Part 2: Da Writers at #AmplifyChoice

Denver Day Four Part 1: #AmplifyChoice on the Road


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Day Four in Denver and the last day of Amplify Choice started with a Bus Trip to a pair of charter Schools in the Denver area and me being me I took advantage of the time waiting for the bus after mass to interview bloggers Art Gallagher

and Mark Lerner

some bloggers during the wait for the bus

and then on the bus to interview Aaron Gardner

Once we got to STRIVE Prep the CEO Chris Gibbons gave us a presentation

Chris Gibbons of STRIVE Prep
Chris Gibbons of STRIVE Prep

He discussed STRIVE, how they operated, the various cost saving functions (for example the multiple schools shared a single administration, cafeteria and gym) The college acceptance rate (97%) and took multiple questions from the audience.

When the presentation was done I interviewed the community outreach manager for STRIVE

I was very impressed at the idea that even though there is a waiting list for all the grades for the school that they go door to door to recruit students so the whole community knows the possibilities.

We then headed or the next school when Will Franklin who I interviewed the day before produced a Drone with a camera on it from his backpack to take aerial photos of the schools.

We then walked to the nearly adjacent Denver School of Science and technology, Where we were given a brief introduction of their methods

As we were going upstairs for our final presentation I spoke to one of their graduates Shelia who was college bound.

once upstairs we had a second presentation where questions were taken. Here is a brief excerpt.

at the end Shelia and two other students who had graduated and had internships in companies also took questions.

The three wise young women
The three wise young women

All three where immigrants or children of immigrants and all had excelled. What impressed me the most was when I asked the responsibilities of a work environment was not unfamiliar thanks to the expectations from their time at the School of Science and Technology.

This officially concluded Amplify choice but there was still the bus trip back and there were still interviews to get one on the way back to the bus with Rich Eber:

And one on the bus with blogger and radio talk host Abdul Hakeem Shabazz

When we got back to the hotel those staying for the box lunch stayed. Others were heading to Union Station and their outgoing fights including Darvio Morrow who would be my last very brief interview of Amplify choice cut off by loud cleaning and the impending bus trip.

But there was no more time, the bus was leaving, Amplify choice was done, it was time for Redstate


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The speakers and the presentations are obviously the meat of the Amplify Choice conference but no less important are the writers / blogger who attended and I spoke to as many as I had time to.

Since there wasn’t a lot free time I struck the lunch ine:

I spoke to Kemberlee Kaye of Legal Insurrection

and Ernesto Cullari

And Will Franklin

We would see him again tomorrow

Once the presentations were over it was time to clear the room for dinner so I packed up as soon as I could and caught managed to talk to Heather Kays

We saw a glimpse of her during the Ben Scafidi interview and she was on the panel of reporters who cover the subject as well (Incidently her piece at Watchdog.org Teachers and tummy tucks: Buffalo’s $5 million bill for cosmetic surgery is a must read.)

and of course old friend and past Magnificent Seven writer AP Dillon

Her going onwards and upwards is the reason why we are interviewing Da Magnificent Prospects

Just before the dinner keynote & managed to grab Fay Anderson

Her point about the safety of charter schools as a motivation for parents was repeated in the keynote and is well made.

And my last interview of the night was James Foytlin

Now some of you might think that these are a lot of interviews, I suspect that if you do so, you’re new to this blog because I still had two more days in Denver to go and you ain’t seen nothing yet.


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After a pleasant reception at the end of day 2 for attendees on Day three in Denver the Franklin Center event began in earnest with the speakers.

It started with a presentation from the Colorado League of Charter Schools which documented the improvements in Denver since the rise of Charter Schools.

The fact that if a Charter school doesn’t perform it closes makes a huge difference in terms of performance, the people involved know their jobs and business are on the line.

The Next speakers were State Rep Angela Williams & Dr John Evans who talked about the political struggle to get these things into law Rep Williams (who is running for state senate) noted the need to keep people at the table and Dr. Evans talks of the various struggles.

The compromises involved in getting bills passed is considerable. The way I see it the problem is less the local pols who either having children or friends with children in the system have an intrinsic interest in success but the national groups have an intrinsic interest in seeing it fail.

The independence institute came up next with three speakers Pam Benigno

Ross Izard

and Erick Valencia who I didn’t managed to get an interview with

The Blaine Amendment designed as an Anti-Catholic measure which failed on the national level but was pushed as a requirement for statehood by congress has been used as a club against the progress of charter schools. On the bright side it likely means that Islamic schools pushing sharia are not going to be funded either which is something that didn’t come up in any of the panels but which hit me right off. It also struck me that if, as the various presentations suggested that losing regulation was such a benefit for charter schools why not repeal these rules altogether for all schools?

There were many other presentations including the makers of Frack Nation

Education writers at Amplify Choice
Education writers at Amplify Choice
(who advised us to tell a story with clear heroes an villains) A talk on home schooling (which was due to a suggestion by one of the attendees, A strong talk on the constant legal battles on the state level (Since the federal win on Zelman vs Harris was 5-4 I expect to see the left go federal again) A presentation on what was done in Douglas County (where accountability is king and every single innovation involved long protracted legal fights) and some panels consisting of some of the writers who attended (those interviews will later) but from my conversation with the writers who attended the most popular speaker, bar none was Professor Ben Scafidi

His presentation was on statistics and the raw numbers and was DEVASTATING. It displayed that the schools systems were adding administration at a rate MUCH greater than the increase in students and teachers. His presentation was very tweetable

Even more devastating was the fact that even in states and districts like Louisiana and DC where the student population fell, the number of administrators still soared. It’s basically a jobs programs for bureaucrats.

At the end of the evening was dinner presentation by Ed Choice formerly the Freeman (as in Milton Freeman) foundation which talked about how this fight for school choice will makes all the difference for those who are trapped in bad schools and poor education.

Bottom line I learned that there is a lot going on in the fight for school choice that I had no idea about. I’m pleased to say that I came away much better informed.

A postscript. Just a few days later back home I would see a Wisconsin State legislator on CNN defending rioting and looting while talking about people who have no hope to get out of poverty. the presenters at Amplify Choice are fighting hard to give that hope through educational opportunities that are not defined by class or race lines.

I wonder how many of those office holders decrying such situations spend their time on the federal state and local levels fighting against groups like Ed choice and people like our presenters to maintain the status quo?


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During my stay in Denver I went to daily mass on a regular basis, you would often see the homeless congregated there.

Christopher approached me asking if I knew if there was a soup kitchen nearby. Not knowing denver I couldn’t answer that question but I did know there was a McDonald’s next door to the Basilica so we went there and he spoke to me over breakfast

There are in fact such places in Denver such as the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen and a list of such services avaialbe in the city can be found here.

Day two in denver began, after daily mass, and the interview I posted with Fr. Scott yesterday with a trip to the zoo.

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Alas the shuttle from the hotel doesn’t make it to the zoo but does make it to the city park where we can walk to the zoo from.

The park is beautiful but the problem is there are a ton of geese

Which makes for a fun game of dodge the geese droppings, but if you finish the game you eventually get to the zoo and meet with some delightful volunteers like this one

and of course interesting animals like the Komodo Dragon

After a hot walk back to our starting point we headed back to the hotel where Valery headed up to the room while I set up in the lobby to begin interviewing the people coming for Amplify School choice hosted by the Franklin Center and I spoke to and finally met Josh Kalb who invited me

and then we began interviews with my fellow attendees Steve Frank now with California political review: and facebook is here

He’s been doing this before there was a net to do it with

And Tom Balek whose site is Rockin’ on the right side

and yes he has a band to go with it.

After the reception I spoke with some old friends like Galts Girl Michelle Ray:

And new friends like Shelby Blakely whose blog is PolitiCulture Upstream

When I meet an intelligent young lady like Shelby I regret DaSons weren’t here along with DaWife.

And finally Sonja Harris who blogs all over Texas including at Texas GOP votes, Conservaties in action where she’s known as Red Sonja, and fights for the cause of life.

I have three cameras with me here but one look at her camera makes me jealous.

Several of them also sat for audio podcast interviews that you’ll have to listen to future podcasts to hear

I also ran into many old friends from Rob Eno to Bridget Fey and former Magnificent Seven writer AP Dillon and also Kira Davis who to my shock & hers has family in Fitchburg and would occasionally visit.

It was a great pleasure to see them and meet others and I really enjoyed having the chance to finally introduce DaWife to some of my net friends.

All were anxious to see what the Franklin Center had in store for us the next day, they would not be disappointed.


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After mass today the celebrant Fr. Scott sat for a quick interview

A Catholic priest never knows what kind of parish or situation he will end up with.

Here is the Stained Glass window I mentioned in the interview

Genesis 14:18-20
Genesis 14:18-20

Here is the passage it refers to in Genesis Chapter 14 verses 14-20:

When Abram heard that his nephew had been captured, he mustered three hundred and eighteen of his retainers, born in his house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He and his party deployed against them at night, defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. He recovered all the possessions, besides bringing back his kinsman Lot and his possessions, along with the women and the other captives. When Abram returned from his victory over Chedorlaomer and the kings who were allied with him, the king of Sodom went out to greet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).

Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words:

Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth;

And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

and if you’re interested (and even if you’re not) here are some photos from the Sacristy of the cathedral

At Pintastic NE 2016 There were some big names in Pinball one of them is Jersey Jack of Jersey Jack Pinball

That’s Dr. Rick Lewis of the silverball Pinball Museum with him.

This is his Wizard of Oz game in play

and here are the guts

The Charity Project Pinball that places machines in children’s hospital around the nation returned

And there were plenty of individual players like Howie

and Mike

But it wasn’t just individual players, there was also associations like the Southern New Hampshire Pinball Club.

If I had a few extra bucks and more time I’d have joined on the spot

And there were plenty of parents and children there which is why Maggie the Clown, Lee Lee and Jane were there

But in end the real stars are the volunteers and organizers who brought plenty of their own machines for people to play for hours on end at their own expense, helped keep them running and full of credits for all three days and then after many days that ended at 3 AM had to get up early on Sunday to pack up their machines to take home.

So give a bow to Gabe who goes through so much for all of us to have a great time.

One thing about being in DC is that you are never short of interesting people to talk to on my way to breakfast on Friday I noticed a woman with a huge amount of medals on her chest which led to this interview

You can find out more about the Daughters of the American Revolution here

On the last day of the CIS conference there was more interesting interviews

After his presentation at the CIS seminar Dr. Steven Camarota kindy made time for an interview:

Later on I had a chance to not only interview but say hello to Jessica Vaughn who I knew through my days at WCRN

my final interview was Leo Hohmann (whose badge didn’t match his name) of World Net Daily one of the very first online papers

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions
Bloggers Mickey Kaus, Yid with Lid and John Hawkins
Patrick Howley, Brandon Darby and Bob Price from Breitbart


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The Breitbart crew particular Breitbart Texas was well represented at the CIS reception on Thursday and several of their people sat for interviews with me. The first was Bob Price

Of course the topic of immigration is right in the wheelhouse of Breitbart Texas

Old Friend Brandon Darby also gave me some time and some interesting perspectives as well

I also had the pleasure of meeting Breitbart’s Patrick Howley for the first time. His usual beat is the election and we talked about his coverage

I’d like to thank the Breitbart folks for giving me time at the end of a long night

I will be posting more interviews later in the day if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions
Bloggers Mickey Kaus, Yid with Lid and John Hawkins

Update: Welcome to readers of Breitbart.com who came from this story about my interviews with their people.

For those Breitbart readers who might be coming to this site for the first time

The last batch of interviews with Dr. Steve Camarota, Jessica Vaughn of CIS & Leo Hohmann of WND are avaialble here

You will find a collection of thousands of such short interviews I’ve done over the years from Andrew Breitbart to Barney Frank on my youtube channel here.

I have a large collection of interviews with ordinary americans who came to see Donald Trump during rallies in NH & Massachusetts here

You can find me questioning Donald Trump at Press Conferences in Derry NH here and Worcester MA here.


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During the CIS reception on Thursday there were several bloggers in attendance who sat for interviews.

The first was John Hawkins from Right Wing News

You will note that old friend Jeff Dunetz of the Lid blog walking in not knowing I was mid interview, he sat with me as well

It’s worth noting that he also did a 2nd longer audio interview that will be available in this week’s DaTechGuy off DaRadio Podcast

I must admit despite my delight at seeing old friends I was particularly pleased to meet one of the pioneers of blogging Mickey Kaus who gave me 10 minutes at the end of a very long evening.

His blog is of course Kausfiles and he’s been doing it before most people knew what a blog was.

I will be posting more interviews later in the day and tomorrow if you are burning with anticipation and simply can’t wait the interviews are now available on my youtube channel

Previous interview posts from CIS event
Mark Kirkorian Cis
Senator Jeff Sessions


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Before the start of the CIS reception on Thursday Senator Jeff Sessions graciously sat for a brief interview

You might note the interview seemed to end abruptly. I actually asked a question concerning his endorsement of Donald Trump during the primary season but alas I was using my backup memory card which filled up and crashed during his answer, and due to time restraints I didn’t wish to take more of the Senator’s time to reshoot to the exclusion of other guests. If you wish to hear my question and the start of his answer before it died out it’s here.

The meat of his answer that didn’t make it was that Mr. Trump was addressing issues that are impacting working class middle american who have sadly been neglected.


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Two weeks ago my wife’s birthday came up and my planned gift was to drive DaWife to various quilt shops where she could pick up and check out fabric for her quilting our 96 Corolla decided otherwise so we spend a lovely hour at a rest area waiting for AAA with a lovely view of discarded syringes and empty booze bottles but yesterday we tried again this time taking along her sister and her 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Our first belated stop due to bad directions) was Merri’s Stitches in Portsmouth NH

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I spoke to the owner, you will find at quilt shops that the owners are invariably there.

This would be the first place that I would see a Tuffet. It would not be the last.

From there we went down the road to Seacoast Sewing and quilting also in Portsmouth.

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Again we talked to the owner

She told us about their 2nd location in Maine but while we were heading in that direction it would be too far off our path to make it.

maine nh 006At this point we made the one detour for me. St. Joseph was not open that morning so I could not go through the holy doors to earn the daily indulgence available in the Year of Mercy but my wife checked online and discovered the Immaculate Conception Parish in Portsmouth was named as a place of pilgrimage so the Holy Doors were available there so off we went.

It was dark inside but I immediately noticed the altar

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Even with the altar table in front of it, the Holy of Holies with the blessed sacrament dominated as it should

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I filmed a bit but the lighting was bad

Our next stop planned stop was out of Business so we headed to Maine towards Knight’s quilt shop but on the way we stopped at
York Village Marketplace where my wife’s sister had heard they sold cribbage boards made by inmates that her husband had expressed an interest in getting.

It’s an interesting place, half wood items and half model train/slot racing store, the person there didn’t want to go on camera so I did it myself

The Next Stop was down Rte 1 a bit to Cape Neddick, to Knight’s Quilt Shop where there were more tuffets

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More interviews (the owner didn’t want to go on camera but Debbie did.

and a front porch for Husbands to sit where I took the liberty of recording part of my podcast.

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By then everyone was hungry, the folks at Knights suggested Mike’s Clam Shack in Wells.

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Nobody would be interviewed but the food spoke for itself.

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The next stop was Kathie’s Quilt Shoppe in Sanford Maine.

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We made it just before they closed but Kathie gave me an interview anyway

and of course more Tuffets which are apparently all the rage

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Our last stop was Marden’s Department store in Sanford Plaza which has a huge fabric department.

What we didn’t know is they actually close early on weekends so by 5 pm we were heading south, but not before I let DaWife and her sister walk the beach in Ogunquit Maine, Hampton New Hampshire and Salisbury Massachusetts so they could say they walked the beach in three states in one day before finishing with Supper at Happy Jacks back home

Now let this be a lesson in two respect. One might argue that it’s rather cunning to give DaWife a gift that involves no cash layout other than what she would spend anyways, but the real lesson is that the investment that your spouse appreciates the most is time.

That’s how you get to year 28 of a marriage

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At the Catholic Men’s conference with our WQPH group there was a woman I didn’t recognize passing out cards with a prayer for mercy to anyone willing to take them. It turns out she is one of the many women who spent decades paying the price for the aftereffects of legal abortion.

This is her testimony and my interview that followed

There are many more victims of abortion than just the murdered child.

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Senator Ted Cruz was kind enough to give me 10 minutes after his return to the 603 Alliance Caucus site to speak to and congratulate his campaign volunteers

There are several points to make concerning this result and what Senator Cruz said.

It would have taken the cost of renting a bus for any other candidate to get 25 NH voters to the caucus to get past the first round and to steer the result in a direction they would have liked.

There are a lot of expenses in a campaign but renting a few busses for a day isn’t a big one, if you can’t find 25 registered republican voters willing give up a few hours to show up for you at this caucus what does it say about your actual strength in a state? Jeb Bush has been running ads calling himself “the conservative candidate”, how much stronger would such an argument be if he managed to draw 25 voters. He could have claimed to have out one Donald Trump in an actual vote. (By the same token I don’t understand how the Donald Trump campaign doesn’t manage to get 25 folks to show up. Rep Al made a strong speech but this feeds right into the MSM template on the Donald.

As Mark Steyn has said the future belongs to those who show up, if you can’t get voters to show up for you to a no cost event out of an entire state when you’ve had six months to get ready, that’s bad.

Furthermore if you are a candidate in single digits how do you not take advantage of such an event to make a showing? Even if your candidate couldn’t draw enough to win your people could have steered the result away from a candidate you DIDN’T want to win.

Now let’s talk about WHY Cruz won.

Ted Cruz talked about his country chairmen in every county of all four early states and his donors his “sustainers” funding all on the ground game in 20 primary states, rent staff etc…

I don’t think any other candidate can say this, why? Because CRUZ FIGHTS! His willingness to stand up, make the fight and take the barbs of the media for years is the reason why so many people are willing to give monthly, it’s the reason why he leads in hard money and it’s the reason why his people were willing to show up to caucus for him yesterday. It’s also the reason why I endorsed him Sept 30th

Every single other candidate currently serving in congress could have chosen to do this. Every single other sitting governor could have supported Cruz’s fights in congress when he was making them, every single outsider could have stood up and stood with Senator Cruz as he fought for the causes that conservatives sent him and other republicans to fight.

They did not and that’s one of the reasons why they were not the subject of that victory interview.

Update: Between Senator Cruz’s opening speech at the 603 alliance and the interview above, Ted Cruz did this interview linked by Legal insurrection for Meet the Press

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The final part of a three part piece on the Donald Trump event in Derry. Part one: The Pros and Semi Pros is here, Part 2: The People, is here.

By the time I was done with the other interviews the press room was full
IMG_0290 The still cameras were everywhere, Fox was set up for their 6 PM news cast and familar faces from local to national media were everywhere to be seen.

I spent my time copying my video to the laptop and I had an interesting conversation with a photographer who was preparing to stand on a chair next to me for the best possible angle, on how freelance photography works. Since there was no access to the wireless network of the school and it turned out even wired the school’s security blocked me out (which speaks well for the school actually) uploading would have to wait. By the time we got the 10 minute warning my best camera was on my monopod, new batteries were in the backup camera and I had my microphone set up recording in audacity, although because there was no sound system it turned out I didn’t pick up much sound.

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When Mr. Trump came in he went right to questions and it was clearly apparent that the press corps was loaded for bear.

As you might know I generally don’t like to operate in the press scrum. They tend to basically hunt like wolves trying to tear down a bear and you have to fight to get in a question.

The first question was what to ask? On my way to a venue a person asked me to inquire about Trump as Commander in Chief but Fox’s Iraq question handled that to some degree. Further while I’d like to talk to Mr. Trump about appointments, since a President needs to delegate to a large degree, the setting was not conducive for the proper follow-up that question would entail.

So I decided to use the interviews I conducted earlier as a basis for the question I’d try to ask. As the questions seemed to be all about knocking down it would be an excellent contrast.

As for getting the question as Mr. Trump had never met me raising a hand wouldn’t do, so I found the only way to hope to get a question is was to just ask it without stopping in the hope he would take it

He Did

The bad news was I was forced to use my backup camera as the lithium ion battery on my primary one was so low it started shutting off. The good news was Mr. Trump was so shocked at getting a question that was not intended to be an attack that he actually commented on it:

“I love that question, What a good guy. Who are you?” then pointing to one of the reporters in the front. “Why can’t you ask me a question like that?”

After Mr. Trump finished we were led to the main room. To my knowledge I wasn’t guaranteed a spot there but as soon as I packed up I followed along, to the main hall. It was packed:

The press was in a few rectangular areas between the two sections. With my primary camera down I figured other than his entrance I’d save my other shots for the Q & A and spoke a bit to some of the people I’d interviewed. When he entered the crowd went wild.

While Trump threw some heavy punches at the press the speech was pretty much the same speech he’s been giving so I figured the main event would be the Q & A so I recorded the first question

But I didn’t like the shot, you couldn’t really see him well so what I did instead was use my USB Microphone to record the audio of the rest of the speech, here. Because of he excellent sound system although I was far from the stage it came in clear.

There was a rush toward the stage but unfortunately for me that’s when I noticed my car keys missing. In the end I was able to find them in a different building but by that time Trump had left the building.

It will be interesting to see what happens with his next event in the state? Will it draw a different audience, will familiar political faces (that I didn’t see many of here) show up, or will it basically be “Trump Groupies”

If it’s the former then there is no reason to think Trump has reached his ceiling, if it’s the 2nd then it will mean a paradigm shift, if it’s the latter than Trump has a ceiling and he will have to be clever to parlay that to the nomination.

Whatever the result it won’t be boring.

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The 2nd of three posts on Donald Trump in Derry NH. Part 1 (The Pros & semi Pros) is here.

Once the people started arriving I went toward the main entrance. There were solid metal barriers separating the two sides of the entrance with a table to process people with tickets. The only way to get to one side vs the other was through the entranceway of the building.

Since I was on the ticked side I asked the people there first, however none of the 25 or so people there were interested. Perhaps is was the hat and scarf in 90 degree weather, or perhaps it was a reasonable distrust of the media but they all declined. So I went through the double doors to the other side. That side was for the handicapped and volunteers. There was a man named Ken happy to share his views.

If Ken’s voice sounds familiar to you that might be because he was shouting out a lot during Mr. Trump’s speech later that day.

Once the people saw from my interview with Ken that my interviews were straightforward and I wasn’t out to trap or spin anyone people were happy to talk. Shirley was next

That she changed her registration to vote for Trump was significant to me.

Trina, a Trump volunteer (and a big fan of my pal Pam Geller) was supposed to be next

But she was delayed briefly by a phone call so I talked to Jim and Lana before her

It’s worth noting that of that first four only Jim & Lana weren’t ready to pull the lever for Trump.

At this point I went back to the other side and in the twenty minutes or so that those interviews took the crowd had more than tripled and with the influx of people came many people willing to talk to me, one of the most interesting was a 13-year-old boy who had, for his birthday asked his mother to take him to see Donald Trump

Another surprise was Luke. He has come up from Maryland to scope out colleges and decided to detour after checking out Dartmouth to see Trump. He even had a copy of his book (which he would end up getting signed during the speech).

However more typical were people like Bruce

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and George:

What was interesting was as soon as I would talk to someone near the end of the line, the line would get longer and I would continue down the line doing interviews. EVentually I took a count of the line and Elena was #307

To be sure there were some interviews that were different. David had come with his brother and I didn’t realize at the time he apparently had a handicap. There was another fellow a young guy who called himself Ryan R Ryan who seemed to me to be trolling but since I made an open request for interviews I uploaded rather than erased them.

At the end of the line was a 2nd line for people who didn’t have tickets. Based on what Fred had told me their odds of getting in were pretty slim but that didn’t stop me.

The first person I talked to was Cheri, who believe it or not was a Hillary person but was considering Trump

I asked her about the email scandal but she thought it was much ado about nothing (proving Neo Neocon right)

I then talked to Nancy who was all in for Trump

and Richard

who was going to wait till he heard all the candidates before making a final decision.

By this time I headed back toward the press area it was getting closer the time of the Trump press availability. On my way back I did my last and in one sense most interesting interview

But the most interesting interview which was Carl

Who said he was interested in Trump but as a 3rd party rather than a GOP candidate, but it remains to be seen if the Donald can change his mind.

If you watch the interviews above you’ll notice several consistent thoughts

1. People consider Trump a truth teller.

2. People like that he’s politically incorrect

3. People really like his immigration stance

All these things were in my mind as I checked the time and headed back to the press room to get ready for Mr. Trump’s arrival…

Update: Matt Lewis not withstanding Those people didn’t seem dangerous to me

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Yesterday I traveled up to Derry NH to cover Donald Trump’s appearance at the Pinkerton School in Derry.

In a sense the drive up was a metaphor for the trip itself, rather than taking 495 or the major routes that most people do I took the routes 133 to 111 to 102 arriving at the school at just after 2 PM four hours before the event was scheduled to begin.

It turned out I parked on the opposite side of the campus but decided to stay there figuring it would be easier to get out considering the size of the expected crowd (that turned out to be moot as I left my car keys in a mens room and the delay in finding them at the end of the day solved that problem for me).

trump stairsI walked over to the other end of the campus and as I did I noted a group of four Trump volunteers also doing so. All of them were in their mid 20’s and none had the look of political operatives in them.

At the other end of the campus there were several tables set up in locations. One area for unticked arrivals, a table at the press access area and a third table at the main entrance.

At his last appearance in the Granite State Trump addressed the press first before entering the main hall and today would be no exception. When I arrived there was one ABC tech who had gotten there first. He was in the process of setting up his machine.

I considered taking the front row center spot but it turned out the power outlets were in the back and anyways I still had to check in. So leaving my laptop and equipment in the back I went to the front entrance to cross the T’s and dot my eyes.

I was immediately recognized by one of the Trump crew (And people laugh at the hat and scarf) from one of my many appearances covering events in the past. He asked if I had pre-registered, when I told him I had not he said I should email Hope at once to make confirm a spot otherwise he couldn’t allow me in.

Unfortunately I don’t have a smart phone nor did I have the internet code for the wireless but I DID have Hope’s number. I gave her a call and she was kind enough to approve me which would make part of what would follow possible.

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Returning to the media area and using one chair as a desk I set up my computer and made my plan. I had one Canon camera with a Lithium Ion battery as my primary device, I had a 2nd Canon camera that ran on AA batteries with a broken button so I could not adjust focus or take still shots but because canon’s use a different button for stills & video it could be used for interview on my monopod. As I didn’t have a backup battery for the good camera the plan was to do as many interviews with the broken one as possible and save the good camera for the key shots and stills. Furthermore I would setup my USB mic to record the trump presser so I’d have audio no matter what.

It was at this point that I ran into a familiar face, NH State Rep Fred Doucette who I had interviewed at the FITN event back in April. but had not made a commitment.

He greeted me warming and had praise for the April interview we had done. In that interview he said the thing he wanted to see most was a candidate who would make America strong again and apparently he had decided that Donald Trump was the one to do it and had signed on as a co-chair of his campaign.

He said that if time permitted he would sit down with me for a new interview and as it happened within 15 minutes time DID permit it proving coming very early can pay off.

The BS meter line is significant as is the fact that Mr. Doucette’s career was not centered in politics and the question about what are people missing about Trump would come up again.

There was a mother and son pair of volunteers who were sitting outside the press door. Their job was to make sure that nobody who didn’t belong got in. As it was still early they had time to speak to me.

I found it very significant that Leah followed politics for a while but this was the first time she had volunteered for any campaign. Given how many campaigns pass through this state over the years that meant something (alas neither Dustin nor I would be getting a helicopter ride that day).

Shortly afterward a statuesque woman with a German accent walked up inquiring about credentialing. I found it significant that a German paper was cover Trump and approached her. She introduced herself as Lisa Nienhaus reporter for the German Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and kindly consented to an interview

(FYI Her twitter feed from the event was worth watching to wit)

In some ways her description of how the German’s were reacting to Donald Trump paralleled the way many in our political class have been. I plan on keeping an eye on her coverage.

At the point I noticed that voters were starting to arrive so I swapped out my memory cards and as the initial photos and interviews were importing to my laptop I went outside to see what the people who showed up hours early had to say….

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I’m still uploading video and audio from yesterday’s Trump event in Derry NH but rather than keep you waiting let me give you this one video to start with and make a single point.

I’m not really into the normal press scrums, mostly because they are so predictable depending on the party of the person being interviewed but also because you might, if you’re lucky, get only one question and you want to use that question to both stand out as a journalist and be relevant at the same time.

Fortunately for me I had two advantages when my chance came at (.38) in the video below  (and I don’t mean my hat and 12 ft scarf on a 90 degree day).

1. I had conducted 16 short interviews of people in line to see Trump so I could base my question on what the people who came to see him had told me.

2. Most of the questions before me were a variation of a single theme: “Why do you suck so much and will you disavow or apologize for sucking so much?

Now If I ever get one of my patented 3 minutes interviews with Mr. Trump or if I get a longer 15 minute interview I have other questions that I’d like to ask, but for now let this question and Mr. Trump’s reaction allow me to make one suggestion to the GOP field in general:

If you want to make sure that you have at least one or two questions that aren’t a variation of: “Why do you or the GOP suck and will you condemn them or apologize for sucking so bad?” Make sure you keep a spot or two open for the new media in the press room.

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