When I saw the Story about Stormy Daniels arrest in Ohio and read the particulars

The report says that when the officers approached the stage, Daniels held the face of the female officer between her breasts. It also says she did the same to a male officer. The report adds that Daniels fondled the buttocks and breasts of another officer.”

It struck me that it sounded very familiar.

With her on it, it’s the center of the room. People start to walk up to it. I walk up to it, $7 in hand from the bottom of my bag. “Material Girl” plays. I genuinely don’t know what I think will happen.

When I hesitate, Stormy takes over, laying my face against her breast, which feels like bouncing into the wall of a marshmallow moonbounce. She whispers in my ear. She kisses me good night. She lets me give her my money.

That’s from a story called: My Night with Stormy Daniels by Amanda Whitting at the Washingtonian. There were other accounts like this one at Reason:

Hey, Big Spender” starts to play and Daniels sashays out from the back in a shimmery pink number that recalls Marilyn Monroe’s Gentleman Prefer Blondes attire. She does a lap around the place first, making people’s acquaintance—Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer was among those who were grabbed and welcomed to her bosom—and vamping it up. At a front-row table where a nice man has offered me a seat, Daniels presses his head to her chest and then pushes it back, propping up her leg and holding up her garter. He is fumbling to find his money, and I so beat him to it, slipping a few dollars into her garter belt first. She plays it up, giving the man disapproving look until he gleefully flings a fistful of dollars at her.

But the bottom line to these stories is that what Ms. Daniels did it Ohio, wasn’t all that different that what she had been doing in DC a few days earlier. That is practicing her trade.

However because the laws concerning what a stripper can do with a “customer” are different in Ohio than DC She was subject to arrest.

It’s something that gun owners around the country can relate to.

Because of draconian gun laws, particularly in states like NY, New Jersey Ct and places like DC people who are exercising their 2nd amendment rights to self defense by owning a gun can find themselves in big trouble when they travel and unlike Ms. Daniels they are unlikely to find charges dropped the very next day.

This doesn’t have to be, Congress has a bill before it, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. If passed it would protect legal gun owners and folks with concealed carry permits who travel from having a national constitutional right twisted against them.

I would think in an election year this would be a bigger winner for the GOP than Stormy Daniels has been for the left, but it remains to be seen if they agree. I’d also think it would be a lot of fun to see red state senators running for re-election have to vote on such a bill.

But until that happens I guess Stormy Daniels ability to exercise her Constitutional rights across state lines will remain greater than the rights of ordinary Americans without the celebrity she enjoys.

Closing thought: I’m not a fan of laws being selectively enforced. If Ohioans don’t like this law it should be repealed, if they do it should be enforced no matter how famous or infamous the person violating it is.

Noticed this interesting story from the AP & Time concerning civilian gun ownership:

There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday.

The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the United States, which is “more than those held by civilians in the other top 25 countries combined.”

I found the following stat particularly interesting:

The estimate of over 1 billion firearms worldwide at the end of 2017 also includes 133 million such weapons held by government military forces and 22.7 million by law enforcement agencies, it said.

So think about this, if these estimates are correct the United States Civilian population has more arms than the worlds military forces and law enforcement agencies COMBINED.

And yet the United States is the freest and richest large country in the world, a destination so desired that people all over the world try to get here legally or illegally.

I submit and suggest that there is a correlation between the freedom of America, the wealth and America and the fact that its citizens are so well armed, and I further suggest that it is in the places where civilians are not allowed to be legally armed that Americans, mostly poor or of color, are more preyed upon because those who would prey upon them know they have little to fear.

The prospect of facing an armed population is the best restraint against tyranny.

Via Hotair headlines.

Bonus Extra: As part of their “resistance library“, I found this excellent post at Ammo.com about Black Gun ownership

An early incident is particularly instructive in how effective these new tactics were. The KKK was very active in Monroe, with an estimated 7,500 members in a town of 12,000. After hearing rumors that the Klan intended to attack NAACP chapter Vice President Dr. Albert Perry’s house, Williams and members of the Black Armed Guard surrounded the doctor’s house with sandbags and showed up with rifles. Klansman fired on the house from a moving vehicle and the Guard returned fire. Soon after, the Klan required a special permit from the city’s police chief to meet. One incident of self-defense did more to move the goalposts than all previous legislative pressure had.

Monroe’s Black Armed Guard wasn’t a subsidiary of the Communist Party, nor an independent organization like the Black Panther Party that would use similar tactics of arming their members later. In fact, “Black Armed Guard” was nothing more than a fancy name for an officially chartered National Rifle Association chapter.

There are few things as mind-boggling as the double-standard set forth by liberal elitists. The sanctimony with which they acquit themselves never ceases to amaze and appall. Case in point: the hypocritical attitude they have when it comes to Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The latest example of this hypocrisy is, perhaps, the most absurd yet.

On March 23rd, Fox News contributor Tomi Lahren posted an image to Instagram of her wearing a pair of yoga pants from Alexo Athletica’s new active carrywear line. The pants are designed to hold a concealed carry handgun, something that is legal for US citizens with a permit to do in most states.

The photo on Instagram was part of Ms. Lahren’s official endorsement of the Alexo Athletica line. Her post reads, “Live. Speak. Stand. Run. Carry with confidence. Ladies, chances are your assailant is gonna be bigger, stronger and faster and that’s why you have @alexoathletica for your gun, your mace, or even your phone. Yeah, you’ve got it covered.”

Lahren’s post drew tons of criticism on Twitter because she posted it the day before the March for Our Lives protest in Washington, D.C. You know what else was released the day before the protest? The Netflix action-comedy Game Over, Man in which three moronic hotel workers brandish semi-automatic weapons they don’t know how to use properly.

The March for Our Lives protest was a response to the February 13th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Days later, movie theaters were greeted with the lowbrow antics of the Jason Bateman black comedy Game Night that’s rife with brutal shootings and lame gun jokes.

This is nothing new, of course. The liberal establishment has long asked for Americans to give up their firearms while glorifying gun culture in big budget Hollywood actioners. Former-heartthrob George Clooney has said that he’s scared of guns and, yet, he’s handled everything from a Walther PPK and an M60 machine gun to a Mossberg 500 and an M1 carbine in his extensive ouevre of gun-centric movies and TV shows.

Back in 2013, A-list actor Jamie Foxx joined other gun control activists in demanding a plan by then-President Barack Obama to end gun violence just as Foxx’s sadistically violent Django Unchained reached Number 2 at the box office.

The vulgar response to Lahren’s post illustrates just how puerile the Left really are. @BettyBowers tweeted, “The only thing that stops a bad vagina with a gun is a good vagina with a gun!” @RubeBait tweeted, “Pro-Tip for @TomiLahren: Guns are not dildos.” And @RexHuppke tweeted, “To protest our schools, all classrooms will now be equipped with Tomi Lahren and her vagina gun.”

The crude remarks prove that liberals will always be willing to fight dirty when they don’t agree with something, even when the subject in question is something that was far from a political statement. Lahren’s Instagram picture does not encourage gun violence nor does it suggest that everyone should run out and buy a deadly weapon, rather it sends a message to women that they should be able to look good while defending themselves.

One would think in the wake of Weinsteingate and the whole #TimesUp movement, people would see the value in women being able to protect themselves. The best handguns for women are designed to suit a woman’s weight and modesty. They are compact and unassuming, making them the perfect self-defense weapon for someone who wants to keep them concealed in a purse or, in this case, a piece of active wear.

As former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords said at the 2015 Domestic Violence Awareness Summit, “dangerous people with guns are a threat to women. Criminals with guns. Abusers with guns. Stalkers with guns. That makes gun violence a women’s issue.”

One thing that may come as a surprise to the Dems is the fact that women are more likely to say that the way parents raise their children (38%) is the primary cause of gun violence, rather than the availability of guns (24%).

A study by Harvard and Northeastern universities found that nearly half of gun owners whose gun collection consists of a single handgun are women. And that’s not all; the NRA says that the number of women who registered for classes on how to use a pistol almost doubled between 2011 and 2014.

For athletic women, there is a very real danger to staying active in public. The sad truth is that a woman simply running along the same path every day poses a known safety risk. This explains why the number of female gun owners is growing and it underscores the value in possessing a concealable weapon.

The most popular compact handguns for concealed carry are small enough that concealed carrying is easy and weigh just enough so that recoil is not problematic. They are the perfect solution for the modern woman who understands the prevalent threats that surround her.

The number of concealed carry holders have now reached over 14 million. With creeps like Harvey Weinstein and Louis CK being outed left and right, women understand the need to keep perverts and other potential assailants at bay.

Via Deviantart

While it was very nice of Retired Justice John Paul Stevens to give this in-kind contribution to the efforts of the GOP to keep the house, the fact that one of the leading Jurists in the nation choose to write a piece so divorced from reality demands a proper fisking and I’m just the Sicilian to do it.

For those unfamiliar with “Fisking” my comments on the Justice’s writing will appear in Bold red italics within the NYT piece.  Here goes:

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday.  Really?  I seem to recall particularly over the past 6 years Tea Party Groups get engaged civically by the millions.  I’m pretty sure you were alive then, or perhaps you didn’t notice them?

These demonstrations demand our respect.  Not when the leave behind a giant mess for other people to clean at the Taxpayer’s expense they don’t   They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.  Funny, every single year a group many times larger than these folks turn up for the actual March for Life, yet for some reason neither the justice nor the NYT finds that as proof of broad public support for legislation to minimize the mass killings of children from abortion.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation  As opposed to the tea party and march for life protests that were not a clear sign for anything at all and much be ignored at all costs  prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. Really, given the signs we saw it and the inability of those present to even define an “assault weapon” it seems to me the only clear sign that the “demonstrators” had was:  “elect liberal democrats” But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.  I’m sure many of them would agree but not in public.

Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, which provides that “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”   It wasn’t just concern for a standing army.  The colonists had direct experience with a tyrannical government trying to take their weapons away, see Lexington and Concord, they also were plenty on the front lines of the Indian wars and those not on the front lines had living memory of being so.  Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century.  Tell the people in countries like Cuba, North Korea, Venezuelan, Nigeria, Syria South Africa and many other places without the 2nd amendment that concerns of a tyrannical government or other various groups threatening violence aren’t a concern

For over 200 years after the adoption of the Second Amendment, it was uniformly understood as not placing any limit on either federal or state authority to enact gun control legislation.    As I recall it also believed for over 200 years after the adoption of the constitution and for centuries before that Homosexuality was wrong, that marriage was between a man and a woman and that transsexuals were mental ill, oddly enough that didn’t stop the Supreme Court from declaring these things constitutional rights.  In 1939 the Supreme Court unanimously held that Congress could prohibit the possession of a sawed-off shotgun because that weapon had no reasonable relation to the preservation or efficiency of a “well regulated militia.”  And in 1896 a 7-1 majority ruled “separate but equal” was just fine in Plessy v Ferguson does that mean we should believe the same today?

During the years when Warren Burger was our chief justice, from 1969 to 1986, no judge, federal or state, as far as I am aware, expressed any doubt as to the limited coverage of that amendment.  And during that same period no federal judge to my knowledge expressed any doubt that such a thing as “gay marriage” existed. When organizations like the National Rifle Association disagreed with that position and began their campaign claiming that federal regulation of firearms curtailed Second Amendment rights, Chief Justice Burger publicly characterized the N.R.A. as perpetrating “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”  Oddly enough Chief Justice Taney had some very strong public opinions on negroes descended from African Slaves in the 1850’s.  By your standard those opinions should be cited in arguments about race today,

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms.  And Brown vs Board of Education overturned long-settled understandings on race?  Did that make it illegitimate?  I was among the four dissenters.  You lost an argument, it happens.

That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable A perfectly valid opinion on his part and one of the few statements in this piece that is solid.  He has the right to his opinion and dissent. — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.  You know I don’t remember anyone arguing Roe v Wade was about “propaganda” for Planned Parenthood.  Nor do I recall anyone ever claiming that about either the Lawrence decision or Brown vs Board of Education etc.  Apparently decisions are only “propaganda” if they disagree with Mr. Justice Stevens rulings. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple Simple?  Really?  There is a reason why there are so few amendments to the constitution because it’s HARD to do.   and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.  Actually such an attempt is more likely to swell the NRA’s ranks and anything close to success in such an effort is very likely to cause a new actual shooting civil war than any other issue.

That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective Of electing democrats and virtue signaling? than any other possible reform. I dispute the use of the word “reform” here but he’s telling the truth because the real goal of the folks behind the march is firearms confiscation.  It would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States — unlike every other market in the world. You know the United States is also been the strongest, richest and most robust large county in the history of history as well, might that unique status have something to do with the freedoms the Justice wants to remove.  It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008   Have our children become less safe?  The stats suggest otherwise, unless you live in a place like Chicago where the gun laws have been written by the very same people leading these marches that isand honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.  How would disarming law abiding Americans who had nothing to do with a crime “honor” the victims of violent crime?  If you want to honor those folks you could then actually schools with the same armed guards that protected you as a justice, rather than using dead kids a political prop, of course that doesn’t help elect Democrats does it? 

You know what’s really scary about this piece, the fact the realization that a person this out of touch was deciding the laws of this nation for decades.


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

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

Patton 1970

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

The Big Bang Theory The Cooper-Hofstadter Polarization 2007

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

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

Alas they just can’t help themselves.

Headlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heartbroken by gun violence: Rallies across US demand change  AP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…uh oh!


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

A sampling:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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As new details continue to emerge from the Parkland Shooting there is one thing that has become clear to me:

The one thing the MSM/Democrat/Harvey Weinstein Left CAN’T ALLOW is the resignation of Sheriff Scott Israel.

Consider; the Parkland shooting has been one of the few success stories from the media/democrat left in the last several months. it has been an event that has allow them to drive the narrative as they once did regularly, put spokespeople forward despite astounding and, to some degree, understandable ignorance, are tough to counter due to their legitimate victims status.

Even more importantly while their Town Hall will likely backfire spectacularly come election day, particularly in district where they can’t afford to energize voters who “cling to their guns and bibles” the measure of this success has been their ability to persuade companies that should know better to take steps detrimental to their bottom line for the sake of virtue signaling their opposition to the NRA without reckoning the price (Delta didn’t need that tax breaks  anyway) and alas for Dick’s Sporting Goods there are plenty of small gun shops that will be delighted to take they business you leave behind.

The premise of all of this success is their ability to falsely blame the NRA for the Parkland shooting and to spook pols living in the bubble and people in charge of social media at corporations who are apparently terrified of tweets.

The Moment the Sheriff resigns the game changes.

That would be a public acknowledgement that not only was the NRA NOT responsible for the Parkland killings but that this same sheriff who proudly went on CNN to denounce conservatives and the NRA to become a “resistance” hero failed to do his job both before and during the attack on Parkland school and the result was a bunch of dead kids.

Even worse it would undermine the message of the Democrats that only police can be trusted with firearms, after all, what’s the point of trusting police to protect you if they aren’t willing to engage?

And of course such a change would be disaster for the Harvey Weinstein left in Hollywood, this has been their chance to try and regain their moral authority in the wake of the METOO scandals.  Perhaps Harvey was too toxic to play the anti-NRA card, but plenty of celebs not as toxic who would love the public to forget their silence on Weinstein by virtue signaling on the NRA.

Finally while media has had little trouble disappearing James Hodgkinson, the Bernie Sanders volunteer and Rachel Maddow fan whose attempt to slaughter a chunk almost took the life of Steve Scalsie (R-LA) down the memory hole,  it will be almost impossible to do so with Sheriff Israel when that same left thrust the Democrat Sheriff to the forefront before the details of his incompetence and his department’s apparent cowardice became plain.

The Media/Democrat/Harvey Weinstein Left simply can’t afford to let that narrative change.

So I predict that no matter what the surveillance tapes show, no matter what new facts come out, no matter how arrogant he comes across on CNN and no matter how many people are endangered Sheriff Scott Israel will remain where he is until the voters of Broward County choose to remove him and the news of his departure can be just one more election result reported on a cold November night.


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I spoke to former Reagan Admin member & CPAC vet Donna Keene at CPAC 2017

I must admit I even if I wasn’t tired and distracted by news from home I still wouldn’t have known she was the wife of former CPAC pres David Keene

However Mr. Keene was kind enough to join me for an interview and was joined by Kayne Robinson also of the NRA

His book 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

3/11
Voices of CPAC 2017 Naseem & her Mother Salome, Dustin (Sanders supporter) & Charles from WI

3/10
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Pastor Greg Young and Cody from MD
Voices at CPAC 2017 Senator Rick Santorum

3/9
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Mona Salama & Tyler
Voices of CPAC 2017 Kurt Schlichter and Stephen Kruiser

3/8
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

3/7
Voices of CPAC 2017 DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court Zaire Ali from MD & Daniel from LA
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michael Graham & Bill Lewis

3/6
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

3/5
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

3/2
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

3/1
Voices at CPAC 2017 Niger Innis and Donald Scoggins at the Roy Innis Luncheon

2/28
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

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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At CPAC 2017 you can learn a lot by just being willing to approach people, for example from Reresentative Josh Moore of NH I found out what was going down in his state

Networking as he said is a big part of CPAC

MUCH later I spoke to Micha Pierce who was one of the speakers on a breakout panel

You can hear the difference in tiredness in me between the pair but my guest was still fresh enough to talk which is what counts.


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

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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

3/6
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

3/5
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

3/4
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

3/3
Voices of CPAC 2017 Patrick Howley on DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court
Voices of CPAC 2017 Michelle from PA and Carla from PA

3/2
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

3/1
Voices at CPAC 2017 Niger Innis and Donald Scoggins at the Roy Innis Luncheon

2/28
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

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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On July 19th Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey unilaterally banned the sale of most semiautomatic rifles in the State simply because they share characteristics with already banned “assault rifles”.  This is the newest in a long series of threats to our right to bear arms.  The best way to fight against these threats is by arming ourselves and others with knowledge about the original meaning and purpose of the Second Amendment.   We must combat all of the distortions and out right lies about the Second Amendment.  Most of the distortions of the Second Amendment come from those on the left however those on the right are also guilty on a couple key points so please keep reading even if you consider yourself to be an expert on the Second Amendment.

How many times have you heard the one about the Second Amendment being just about hunting?  If you’re like me you’ve heard it way too many times.  The framers of the Second Amendment made it abundantly clear the purpose was defense — self defense, defense of the community, defense of the State, and defense of the nation.

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was written in 1776, served as a model for the Bill of Rights.  It is very similar to amendments proposed during the New York and North Carolina ratifying conventions for the Constitution.  The final version of the Second Amendment was an edited down version of this which conveyed the same meaning with less words.  Here is section 13 of that document:

That a well-regulated Militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defence of a free State; that Standing Armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Two common distortions which are linked together are that the Second Amendment is a collective right that only applies to members of the militia and the militia was exactly same as the National Guard is today.  Both points are incorrect.  None of the rights mentioned in the Bill of Rights are collective rights.  The framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights believed only in individual rights.  The National Guard, which came into existence in 1933, is made up of formal military units composed of a limited number of individuals.  The militia was made up of the entire population.  That was clearly stated in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the amendments proposed during the ratifying convention.  Here are two more quotes regarding the make up of the militia and scope of the right to bear arms:

Richard Henry Lee Federal Farmer 18

To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…

George Mason Virginia Ratifying Convention 1787

I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.”

The right to bear arms is not granted to us by the Second Amendment.  That right is granted to every individual by God.  It is one of the God given Natural Rights.  The Second Amendment protects and preserves that right by preventing the federal government from interfering with that right in any way.  All federal restrictions and regulations involving firearms are unconstitutional.  The only role the Supreme Court should play involving the Second Amendment is to declare all federal restrictions unconstitutional.  Unfortunately the federal government, including the Supreme Court, stopped following the Constitution decades ago.

I know I’m going to take heat from some on the right about this but the Second Amendment does not prevent the States from placing restrictions on firearms.  The Bill of Rights does not apply to the States in any way.  That is quite clear from the transcripts form the drafting and the ratifying of the Bill of Rights.  James Madison proposed extending some of the Bill of Rights to the States but that was shot down.  The US Constitution created a bottom up federal republic not a top down national government with the federal government in complete control.  No rights are absolute,  At some level decisions have to be made to determine where exercising your rights becomes an abuse of your rights,  If freedom of speech is absolute what would prevent someone from standing outside your bedroom window all night screaming threats and obscenities at you?  If freedom of religion is absolute then there would be no way to prevent human sacrifice.  The framers of the Constitution believed these decisions should be made at the State level.

There are two levels of defense built into our constitutional system to prevent the States from becoming abusive to our rights.  The first line of defense is the State Constitutions.  Every State Constitution has a Bill of Rights.  All but a few protect the right to bear arms.  Here is what the Massachusetts Constitution has to say on this subject:

Article XVII. The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of the legislature; and the military power shall always be held in an exact subordination to the civil authority, and be governed by it.

Since guns are meant for common defense and those so called assault weapons are perfect for common defense aren’t they protected?

The ultimate line of defense is “we the people”.  It is up the people of the States to decide when the State governments go to far in the regulations of firearms,  They must play an active role and hold the State governments accountable.  They must educate their fellow citizens, organize protests, and vote out all that want to go to far with restricting guns.  I firmly believe that permit less open carry with no restrictions is the model for all States.

Who is Jon Fournier — Im a strict constitutionalist who has studied the Notes on the Debates in the Federal Convention, the transcripts of the State ratifying conventions, The Federalist Papers, The Anti-Federalist Papers, and the writings of the framers of the Constitution. I have also studied economics through the writings of Adam Smith, F A Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman.

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