As you know I’m very proud of my Magnificent Seven writers who have been producing excellent content for this blog for 10 months now.

Let me tell you right now, if I had a few more bucks to spend I’d be very happy to make it the Magnificent 14 because I’d love to have people  like the Lonely Conservative: who warn us of political vermin

Aaron Wolf is a downstate New York businessman running for Congress in an upstate New York district. He’s probably hoping that voters in the 21st District don’t read the New York Daily News, because if they do they’ll be kind of grossed out about his business practices. Wolf owns two food establishments that have been cited numerous times for health violations, like the presence of vermin.

And Zilla of the Resistance who even though she is not feeling better: gets it unlike the president

He did not allow our troops to win the war, but he did certainly surrender when he announced that America would be giving up in and getting out of Iraq. Al Qaeda was on the run and all that crap, right? Yeah, OK. Let’s see how all that’s working out:

If I had the extra dough I’d hire Stacy McCain, I hear he writes for money:

Liberal feminists don’t give a damn about the rights of women like Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich. Liberals want to deprive her of the only real security for women like her whose lives and safety are jeopardized by violent criminals. You see, Taylor Woolrich told her story yesterday at the annual conference of Students for Concealed Carry, and liberal feminists hate the Second Amendment.

Glenn Reynolds is right btw Stacy’s series of feminism really should be a book.

I’d hire the Right Wing Granny who was smart enough to leave Massachusetts and makes the single best case for voting GOP in the fall.

This stonewalling of the work of the IG’s is unprecedented. Unless Congress acts quickly, the actions of this administration will damage our representative republic irreparably.

In three months voters in America will go to the polls. You may love your Congressman, but if he is running interference for a corrupt administration, he needs to be voted out of office. Your freedom depends on it. Please vote carefully.

and Bob Belvedere who like me foolishly stays because somebody sane has to stay behind

That glorious invention, known as The United States Of America, was the most legitimate government ever conceived and implemented.  What we are living under now is not — in any way, shape, or form — that kind of government.  If it bears a resemblance to that form of government gifted to us by The Founders and by Nature’s God, it is only because the current regime is engaging in a grand masquerade, is setting-out to deceive it’s citizens into believing that it has any legitimacy.  It does not.

That last paragraph could have easily been about Massachusetts.

I’d toss in the Catholic Bandita who  notes the Bishop of San Pedro isn’t mimicking the open borders crowd

Our bishops in the United States should listen to Bishop Emiliani. Our bishops need to stop sending the message that these children are right to make this perilous journey. Our bishops need to join with Bishop Emiliani in saying that the countries of Central America must stand up and protect their children. It would be excellent if our bishops would stop taking money from the U.S. government to care for these children, as it is the duty of the U.S. government to send them back. Our bishops should encourage our government to do more to help Central America, not to spread the illusion that Central America is Satan and that the United States alone is Jesus.

Funny how he gets no press

And finally Elder of Zyon who gets down to the bottom line of what was happening in Gaza:

We had all of it on tape, but wrestled with the dilemma of what to do with it. Two considerations weighed on our mind. One, the fear which hobbles the reporting such material: fear of reprisals from Hamas against us and those who worked with us, fear of inviting an Israeli response on the spot (these have been known to miss). Two, we needed to be 100 % sure that this was a rocket launch site. So we did nothing, setting off on our assignment for the day, mulling over the material in our possession. 

Hey that reporters job isn’t to get himself killed but now that he is safely out the truth can be told.


Right now things are kind of lean here so we won’t be seeing any of these magnificent people contributing to DaTechGuy’s Blog, but you never know.


Oh God, you who gave free will to your creation, bless those who use that precious gift to blog.

May we though this gift of freedom of expression enlighten, entertain and inform our readers, and we ask particular blessing for those who bring your word across the net, that they may faithfully execute your command to make disciples of all nations.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Conor:   Think of it another way, are there still people in your society who have not discovered who they really are or what they’re meant to do with their lives… ? They may be in the wrong job… they may be writing bad poetry. Even worse, there may be great poets working as laborers, never to be discovered.

Star Trek TNG The Masterpiece Society 1992

Lorenzo: The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

A Bronx Tale 1993

A few weeks ago I was preparing to go to Maine with the wife. My plan had been to take the machine do an initial post and see if I could get co-bloggers and guest bloggers to carry the load for the week. One of the people I contacted at the time was Jimmie Bise.

I was surprised to find out that Jimmie was no longer blogging and his famous podcast “The Delivery” was no longer taking place.

I don’t know why Jimmie stopped blogging, he didn’t go into details and when I went to his famous site The Sundries Shack I didn’t see any updates.

Now when we chatted Jimmy was not upset he just wasn’t doing blogging anymore, although he is very active on twitter.

To most it is no big deal, in my mind, particularly after what we saw thee last two weeks  it is a  disaster!

All during the last election cycle I kept advising one thing to candidates: Hire Jimmie Bise!

I suggested it to Herman Cain more than once

He did not…and lost.

I suggested it to Mitt Romney

He did not and lost.

Jimmie not only has an excellent grasp of social media but has spectacular political instincts and even if individual candidates didn’t hire him there would have been an even better use for him that he suggested back in 2009.

What conservatives need aren’t more Bob Novaks but more Andrew Breitbarts, Al Regnerys, and a George Soros or two. If conservatives with money would fund places for budding journalists to get their work in front of a decent-sized audience, there would be lots of Bob Novaks, Byron Yorks, Mark Hemingways, Matthew Vadums, and Stacy McCains showing up. Running a web site isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, but it does take time. There are plenty of folks who could set up and run a site that does original reporting, but they have to have something approaching a credible budget not just to pay for the reporters but also to pay for their own time. It amazes me how much work we on the right get out of part-time and freelance writers but it should not be that way.

Charlie Crist, who will be a continual thorn in conservatives’ sides if he’s elected to the Senate, raised $4.3 million in just one quarter this year. That much money could fund a good conservative news site for at least five years, if not more like eight. Do you know how much good reporting we could get with a budget of just $500,000 a year? Think about it. Play with the numbers. You think I couldn’t land Vadum and McCain for 70 grand a year, plus add in Ace and Moe Lane for blogging power at the same amount? That’s only $280,000. Set aside fifty grand for tech stuff (hosting, design, troubleshooting) and advertising, another 60K for expenses (to pay reporters to go on the road and for freelancers), 60K for an editor, and 50K to me for supervising the whole operation and there you go. There’s $500,000 a year. And that doesn’t count any potential income the site might get from outside advertising, which you know it’ll get. As the site grows, the budget can creep up, but only for people who will add direct value to the site, but we add on as advertising revenues warrant the increase.

He was ignored, but think, just for a moment if he was not.

Picture a crew of credentialed conservative blogger press during the GOP primaries asking relevant rather than loaded questions. Imagine such a staff asking tough question of Barack Obama and the Democrat Senate candidates that the MSM would not.

Say this is done in 2009 these reporters would be established by now, they would have been asking Harry Reid why the bi-partisan bills coming from the house was ignored. They would have challenged the White House narrative, the media narrative and would have had the credibility to do so.

And their success would have been the success of conservatism, Jimmie Bise would be a nationally known name and from that success many successors would have followed nationwide to challenge the left on their own turf.

Instead Obama is president, Obamacare remains the law of the land and the GOP spent this week in retreat and Jimmie Bise is regulated to twitter.

That is not only a tragedy, it’s a waste! Jimmie might not be angry about it but I damn well am!

And if you want to advance the cause of conservatism you should be too.

Update: Somewhat related

Republicans who send out signals of weakness and fear are, in effect, inviting attacks. And because so many Republicans lack either the courage to fight back or the skill to fight back successfully, their enemies are emboldened.

Organizations have images — reputations — and if a negative perception develops, that perception tends to become self-perpuating. The Republican Party is currently perceived as an organization of selfish, cowardly losers, and this makes it difficult for the GOP to attract support from people who admire generosity, strength and success. The party is increasingly defined by its whining pathetic supporters.

Perhaps there is a reason Stacy was on his list

Having been in the midst of an “Occupy” mob when they tried to storm an Americans for Prosperity event two years ago, I understand why some people may fear this kind of left-wing wrath. These intimidation tactics replicate themselves online, as when criminal hackers assaulted Bank of America, PayPal, Amazon and other targets of the digital anarchist “Anonymous” movement. We have increasingly seen Twitter used as a weapon against conservative activists, as when North Carolina Democrats tried to intimidate two Republican women by threatening to “out” their online identities.

These online intimidation tactics have been dubbed #Shutuppery, and examples include the “Stop Rush” campaign mounted last year against talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

If only there was a guy like Jimmie Bise running an organization fighting back.


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While the big GOP donors did not see fit to give Jimmie that $500K to hire staff and make things happen you dear readers over the last 9 months have helped me make my weekly goal first of $300 then when my mortgage went up $305 and because of you and that $4.35 or so an hour the mortgage has been paid each month since I’ve been asking.

I have some plans for this site that I hope to put into place either November or December but for now the goal remains $305 to pay the mortgage and secure the family bills for October.

$20 from 15 of you will get it done and the sooner it’s done the sooner these solicitations will disappear for the week.

If you care to help please consider hitting DaTipJar below.


Oh and if a big GOP donor wants to kick in that half million, I’ll gladly approach Jimmie Bise and see if I can coax him out of retirement and get his old plan started.

Because of my road trip I didn’t have time to watch much TV but on Friday Morning I sat at the Lonely Conservative’s Kitchen table watching Morning Joe while I planned a day that would take me to the Ann Marie Buerkle HQ, The Clay Town Hall Event, The Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda and to Chris Gibson’s campaign office in Kingston, with a Saratoga stop in NY-21 cancelled 30 minutes away from the spot.

In between Phone calls and watching tweets Karen steeped out the door to take her son when to my shock and delight my friend Ed Morrissey came on the screen to talk about his piece on Election 2012.

As you can see I was a tad excited.

Here is the video if you missed it

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When Karen walked back in I called to her excitedly to see.

There is a lot to say about the appearance, that it drove Mika a tad nuts to the point of fillibuster was fun, that it actually promoted at least once Sock Puppet on Twitter to attack him was amusing but what really got me laughing the more I thought about it was what it represents.

There is no question Ed Morrissey deserves the attention, he is a great writer, his wife is a national treasure, and on a personal level as a guy who went from a call center to writing, reporting and punditry Ed’s path is the path I hope to complete.

But in the end Northern Alliance Radio not withstanding, Ed Morrissey is a blogger, he cut his teeth at the Captain Quarters where I started reading him and has continues as a blogger for

Hot air is a blog, it has always been a blog, even though it is now part of Town Hall it remains a blog.

Yet over and over on Morning Joe we have heard people from Mike Barnicle to Joe Scarborough go after “Cheetoes Eating Bloggers” as people to be scorned, ignored and berated.

I hope and trust Ed will be back on the show, if so perhaps it suggest they have turned a corner on the new media. And maybe Mika will be able to bring herself to ask a question.

But more importantly this will be the moment when the Morning Joe team acknowledges that the people of the blogosphere who work very hard for very little reward and have does the job that many in the media have not deigned worthy to cover

Charlotte Reminded me of home while taking the bus from the airport it was very green, lot of trees.

$1.75 from the airport to the center of town two blocks from the Hotel is a really good deal.

One of the disadvantages of being without a car is you can’t scout around for a local diner to give a shot.

Charlotte was clean EXTREMELY clean, how much that has to do with the Democrat convention coming I can’t say.

When you are not quite sure where your hotel is seeing a group of bloggers walking toward you that you know is always a relief

Continue reading “Random Blogcon Charlotte Thoughts”

Although you might have found yesterday’s presidential debate a tad dry, the debates on DaTechGuy on DaRadio featuring Dan Riehl vs Barbara Espinosa on Newt vs Mitt, Dan Riehl and Pundette against me vs Obama’s electability and Dan Riehl vs Bob Hokinson on Bain was anything but dry.

You can listen to the show here.

In between the debate you can also hear Ed Morrissey of Hotair on South Carolina and Mary Ann Harold on the upcoming visit this Saturday of Fr Apostoli of ETWN in Medford and Fitchburg MA

If you are interested in seeing Fr. Apostoli will be at the following locations on Saturday:

Mass – 9:00 am
St. Joseph’s Church • 118 High Street • Medford
Brunch to follow at:
Anthony’s of Malden • 105 Canal Street • Malden (Tickets $25)

Mass – 4:00 pm
Spaghetti Supper to follow at:
St. Joseph Parish • 49 Woodland Street • Fitchburg (Tickets $20)

All proceeds to help WQPH Catholic Radio.

I have tickets for the Fitchburg event, if you wish to purchase them e-mail me, or you can call 781 391 1396 or 781 218 2834

If you want to know what this blog is all about, Stacy McCain explains it to a T:

I’ve been there on that 0 when I’ve done something I’ve been proud of. Like a closer you just dust yourself off and carry on.

This was at the Maryland Conservative Action Network Turning the Tides conference that one of our guests from yesterday, Jimmie Bise was on his way to before he came on the air. That’s him sitting to Stacy’s right.

I met Jane Jameson at my first CPAC in 2010. I remember her coming in during the morning after my all nighter and asking her if she would be part of my field guide to bloggers. She declined as she explained that it would be a problem because if it was known that she was a conservative in San Francisco it would adversely affect her business.

I found it very ironic that she was forced into a closet by the ever so tolerant people of San Francisco.

I have a shot or two of her in one of my fedoras buried in my backups but the strongest image of her is in my head as a cute fun lady who looked great in a fedora.

I wish I had the pleasure of knowing her as well as Yid and Stacy.

It is odd to think of a person I know with an online chronicle deceased. I wonder if she finds it odd that there are people all over the country that will miss her?

particularly if you supported the Egyptian revolution:

An Egyptian blogger was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for criticizing the military in what human rights advocates called one of the more alarming violations of freedom of expression since a popular uprising led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak two months ago.

If you are any sort of supporter of free speech This is something to be calling and writing the Egyptian embassy over it.

Ok Technically Andrew wasn’t a candidate for the Republican nomination in Maine when this was shot, but he is now:

Don’t discount da bloggers when it comes to running. Maine is a lot smaller than California and anything can happen between now and then.

I have been very lax in linking them at CPAC as the sheer volume of video I have that needs uploading and labeling and organizing has pretty much blown me away, that and lack of sleep.

It goes without saying that you need to be reading Stacy McCain and his work and his play, lots of play.

Barbara Espinosa has been all over this stuff and Midnight Blue has not only been a very friendly person to sit with.

Katy’s conservative corner does great work and is a fine friend and Nice deb deserves more credit than she gets.

and to the many others from Steve Eggleston to Hot air who I have not mentioned or linked, let me say that you are a collection of the finest people I know and I’m proud to be associated with you.

Had a very pleasant time with the Right wing Gamer, Mitch Townsend of Chicagoboyz , libertarian Leanings Martin Soloman of Solomonia and neoneocon.

We ate Linguini’s Pizza and entrees and talked blogging and the Radio show (DaTechGuy on DaRadio). The nitty-gritty is that I’m hoping to have all of these fine bloggers as part of a rotating series of panelists on my second hour starting in February. All of this is in the semi planning stage but right now I’m leaning toward a panel for the first 2 segments of the 2nd hour and a final guest for the end or maybe going with 4 segments with a half hour with the panel, and two short guest segments, maybe an author and an advocate. I’m also thinking a local pol for a regular panelist to promote local readership since most advertisers are local.

I’m very interested in what my listeners have to say so if you have suggestions leave them in comments. Also if you are a New England Blogger interested in being on the panel or talking to me about the future of the show leave a comment and we can arrange to meet.

I hoping to talk about a panel for the 2nd hour and some interesting possibilities for bloggers on WCRN.

You will like the food at Linguini’s. It’s just off of 495 (route 20 west exit) and yes it will be separate checks.

Hope to see you there.

In between selling ads today I’m having a small lunch with some bloggers here at the Border Grille and Bar today from 12-1 or so.

If you are not familiar with their lunch buffet here is a peek from last month

There was a reason why Stacy McCain held court here last January, and food like this is why.

Ironically this fits in perfect with Michael Graham’s lead story today:

And so Kessler and other big-government advocates featured in the NYTimes are demanding government regulation on foods that taste “too good,” and on ads that sell them “too well.” Who will make these arbitrary decisions? Why the same brilliant government employees who figured out that the pond in your back yard is a wetland and who are sending notes home with your kids telling you they’re fat.

This is a SNL skit just waiting to be written, Kessler’s Kitchen Nightmares where Kessler goes to restaurants that have too many people enjoying their food and teaches them how to make it taste worse!

the Blogger Right Wing Granny talked with me after the debate

The newest member of the Axis of Fedora’s take on the debate is here

There were about two hundred people at the event. The Moderator for the event was Stefani Traina of the League of Women Voters of Andover – North Andover. First of all, there was no American flag at this event. Second of all, when one of the candidates brought up the voting record of Congressman McGovern, the moderator stopped him, calling that a personal attack. When the audience responded loudly, a discussion of the candidate’s voting record was permitted.

This was not really a debate. The candidates were not allowed direct exchanges and there were many things said that I personally knew were not true, but there was no provision in the format the challenge the statements made.

Consider adding her to your list of daily reads

this took place on capital hill. The panel consisted of Dan Riehl Melissa Clouther and Stacy McCain Tabitha Hale. Each talked about interactions between congressional offices and bloggers:

Hale Riehl, and Clouthier

Melissa made some serious points saying:
Bloggers will notice things first, they can give good hits to a local congressman on the issue. A local blogger can connect the congressmen with grass roots.

Framing is very important when the MSM is the conduit for information being released it will not be used in a manner that favors a republican/conservative
thus it is vital to have the blogger relationship so that the positive message is released otherwise the lack of coordination keeps us playing defense.

I could not agree more, why should you provide fodder to organization that not only oppose you but help sustain them?

Dan Riehl brought bluntness to a new level but spoke some common sense:

To the press: you think we are idiots, we think you’re idiots but we need to work together as we’re on the same side. We need to be on the same page and beating democrats.

You can’t ignore and neglect us, step on us and we will step on the foot.
No one person is that important but our mass and aggregate is important.
If you are a press person establish a relationship with a couple of bloggers.

If you want for example to get a video out give it to a blogger, he will post it, others will link and the MSM will get it from them, you get the attention, the blogger gets the hits, win win.

Tabitha Hale talked about facilitating bloggers (as she has for me.) The purpose of these events is to put faces with names, working and getting the dialogue started. Right now it tends to be the entire blogosphere vs Washington.

This actually sounds a lot like my have fedora will travel stuff, my example. Lets say a congressman is planning a bill to say reverse a green regulation that will allow a local factory to continue without layoffs. If he goes to the media, it becomes a story about the experiment with a republican as a foe. If he goes to a blogger like me and if his supporters can finance a trip to the district that can be a week of stories and post, all about said job, here and at the Examiner. A week worth of stories that he can reference and instead of the media creating the template we do.

Remember the NYT is being read in most districts, a blogger appearing locally can create news locally where the congressman’s voters actually are. By the time the MSM strikes, the narrative is out there.

Any takers?

…have no fear, he has the text and video embedded here.

My own interview of him will be going up as the field guide posts continue. This young man is very impressive and I’ll tell you something. As the father of two Catholic sons I’d like to shake his father’s hand and say “Well done”!

We caught up to Anita MonCrief at the Post (Tea) Party Summit just outside of Boston (Danvers). I must admit I’m a sucker for people who went to Catholic School when they were young:

You know Charles Blow says we are all racists at the tea parties so maybe she was an optical illusion.