One point concerning my last post that needs to be proclaimed loudly.

The War not withstanding our fellow republicans showed very little conservative fiscal restraint. Not withstanding what some people think we are a forgiving crowd and will give the party another chance, but if they take a second chance and again act like drunken sailors with the treasury we conservatives will find another place for our votes.

All over the net we see the left celebrating the idea that Rush Limbaugh has a higher profile:


White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel charged Sunday that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”

Emanuel, speaking in deliberately soothing tones, told anchor Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Limbaugh has been up front about “praying for failure” by President Obama.

Washington Monthly

It’s a strategy with all kinds of appeal. Limbaugh is not exactly a respected public figure (drug-addled shock-jock who’s actively rooting for America’s decline), but Republicans continue to hold him in high regard. With that in mind, Democrats and Limbaugh, oddly enough, have the same goal: convince the general public that he’s the ostensible head of the Republican Party.

Greg Sargent:

Top Democratic operatives are planning a stepped up campaign to promote Rush Limbaugh as the public face of the GOP — an effort that will include recruiting Dem governors to make this case on talk shows, getting elected officials to pen Op eds arguing it, and running more ads pushing it, a senior Democratic operative says.

Key leadership staff in the House and Senate, and in all the political committees, have been encouraged by senior Dem operatives to push this message wherever possible, the operative says.

“I’m encouraging everybody to go out and say this,” Paul Begala, the well-known Dem strategist, just told me by phone. “I’m hot for this. Let’s get this out every way we can.”

All this talk is foolish. Combine the Democratic party’s efforts with CNN’s decision to broadcast the entire Rush Broadcast adds up to a lot of people who will actually be exposed to not the caricature of Rush Limbaugh that the media creates but the actual person with actual ideas and belief and the ability to articulate them (Andrew Sullivan not withstanding).

Since Rush also very leery of phony ambush journalism he is able to deliver a tight message when he appears as a guest on various shows.

As our democratic friends seem to have forgotten 1994 lets point out that a person doesn’t become the most popular radio host in history and remain so for two decades without being able to communicate. CNN’s attempt to turn the speech into something it wasn’t isn’t effective when people have actually seen it.

Combine his skills with the likely result of the Obama policies and I suspect we will see conservatives with a lot more seats in 2010 and maybe even a different result in 2012.

Slashdot reports that our modern blackberry president has the same issues that a lot of other p2p users do:

A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama’s helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday.

Employees of Tiversa, a Cranberry Township, Pa.-based security company that specializes in peer-to-peer technology, reportedly found engineering and communications information about Marine One at an IP address in Tehran, Iran.

Bob Boback, CEO of Tiversa, told WPXI-TV: “We found a file containing entire blueprints and avionics package for Marine One, which is the president’s helicopter.”

And how did they manage to get it? One guess:

Someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, not realizing the potential problems, Boback said.

“When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive,” Boback said.

I’ve been arguing for years that saving .99 cents on a song is a lot less expensive than the risks you take.

…apparently he forwarded it to the college president Jack P. Calareso who wrote me a letter that I received yesterday disputing my impression of the college.

You might remember I promised to post the letter I sent, I’m going to hold off a bit until I get permission to post the president’s response at the same time. As his letter was a private letter I’d rather not post it without consulting him first. That way you can get my opinion and his rebuttal at the same time and make up your own mind.

Was over a friend’s house who had the old talisman game including Talisman City and Talisman Dungeon.

Since the new set doesn’t yet have these expansions I wondered if there was a simple way to adapt them to the current game.

Since both the city and the Dungeon use their own cards on their own boards that solves one problem.

There are several spaces where your character can be augmented: The Magic Emporium can make you the High Mage. The King can appoint you Sheriff, you might end up as the King’s Champion or the Master Thief. Simply keep your figure and add the additional card.

On the board there are of course no items that can give you fate. You can handle this three ways:

You can ignore fate altogether

You can at the enchantress’ location use the Timescape roll as a way to increase increase fate.

You can on any roll of 6 on a single die or twelve on two dice and roll another die on 5 or 6 gain one fate.

The final problem is how to add the Dungeon Door cards and the patrol and the ferry, again there are three ways to handle it.

Blank or alignment cards can be used and converted to watch ferry or patrol cards.

Bag of Gold cards can be altered to add at least one each of the three cards to the deck.

Shuffle the dungeon, patrol and ferry adventure cards into their own mini deck. Each time you draw a standard adventure card roll three dice. On a Roll of 3,4 or 18 draw from the mini deck

Hopefully the talisman people will quickly come out with a proper city expansion but until then this will do.

City rules are here.

While writing this post I was pleased to discover that Fantasy Flight Games will shortly be releasing a Talisman Dungeon expansion:

talismandungeonWill you have the strength to take on the Lord of Darkness? Do you have the skill to avoid the traps filling the corridors within the dungeon? Be sure to check back as our own expeditionary party has journeyed to this haunted dungeon, and if they return, will be bringing back tales of the horrors found within the halls of the Dungeon.

Some other great shots at Talisman Island just keep scrolling. Hopefully the city expansion is not far behind.

After this post

I concede I couldn’t make it through all of Limbaugh’s tirade (it was Castro-esque in its length, bombast and reception).

Amazing Rush Limbaugh the one who opposes Castro is castro-esque and the guy who wants to deal with Castro and communist Cuba appeals to the “conservative” Sullivan.

Limbaugh takes us right back to the 1980s and 1990s – the old red-blue paradigm that has led to massive GOP losses. But Obama has reframed his opponents as the vested interests resisting reform.

Takes us back to the 80’s and 90’s when Reagan won landslides and a congress that ran on the contract with America ended 50 years of Democratic rule, this is a bad thing?

You know Andrew was one of the first blogs that I ever read, there was a time when I wouldn’t miss him daily. Now I just check occasionally to see how far he’s fallen or in moments like today to see him prove that he if he is going to hit the conservatism he still claims to own.

He is the neo-liberal, to paraphrase Rush he is now the favorite example of a conservative for liberals because he still uses the name but only hits us. It’s McCain before he won the nomination all over again.

You know I can see trading Matt Cassel to the Chiefs after all he was getting a ton of money to be a backup but Mike Vrabel?

I would have thought that Cassel would have been sufficient to get the deal done. Vrabel is effective on both offense and defense. He is old but has delivered time and time again.

Apparently I’m not alone in this:

“We’ve lost perhaps our best all-around football player. Defense, offense, special teams, Vrabes did it all,” Tedy Bruschi [stats] wrote in an e-mail. “His intelligence and on-field adjustments cannot be replaced. This team has just changed immensely.”

And he’s not the only one:

Former Patriots linebacker Steve Nelson was completely taken aback when apprised of the trade.

“I guess that means they’re happy with their young outside linebackers. I don’t know. You’ve really caught me by surprise. He was really a great player for them,” Nelson said. “He was a real leader . . . that’s kind of a stunner.”

And another one:

Harrison, who is still undecided about his future, summed up his feelings in a few words.

“It’s business,” Harrison responded via text message, when asked his reaction to the Vrabel trade.

You know its a weird move when I’m talking about the Pats during spring training. I can’t fathom it.

I was thinking about the comments that Chris made in this post and it leads me to say something very important to the people who say: “Parties don’t matter nobody cares for you etc…”

The moment you decide that there is no reason to vote there is no reason to think, there is no reason to try to govern yourselves. Everyone might has well bend over and kiss themselves goodbye because we have no control over our lives.

That is a very cynical and atheistic view. Atheistic because it is a view without hope or purpose.

I don’t and I won’t subscribe to that view. I think we can and should make a difference, I think that people can be inspired to be better than they are and to aspire to achieve for themselves and for others. I think that an informed and active populace can choose representatives that can lead our cities, our states and our country to become even better than it is today, and in case you aren’t aware of it; despite all the trouble we are having now, despite all the hard times, despite all the lost jobs including mine we are still DAMN lucky to live in what still is not only the greatest country in the world but the greatest country that has ever existed in the history of the world!

And I believe a large amount of our liberal friends think the same, they just have different opinions on how to get there.

This is a small blog, I have a small readership and a small customer base, but I’m very proud and thankful for that and will do my best to grow the customer and the readership base.

And if I can advance positions that will make things better for my wife and sons I will do my best to do so. If my political opinion can change even a few minds or even just get someone thinking about it I’m going to do my best to do so. And If I can persuade even one or two people to Christ in general or the Catholic Church in particular then I will be able to die proud. I am an incurable optimist I think things can and will get better, we just have to be willing to do it.

But none of this is possible if I’m unwilling to bother, and even if your goals are exactly the opposite of mine but your passion is the same your goals can’t be achieved if you are cynical.

Don’t settle for cynicism. If you do then I don’t want to hear you complain, if there is nothing that can be done then why complain, why bother?

Some people may be willing to live that way, as far as I’m concerning that isn’t living, that’s existing and I want more than that in life, and so should you.