By John Ruberry

The Netflix neo-western Longmire has ridden into the sunset after six years. The final season started streaming on the network nine days ago and the results should please its fans. I enjoyed it.

My Da Tech Guy review of the first five seasons of is here.

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), a widower, is a sheriff in the fictional county of Absaroka in Wyoming. He and his three deputies patrol an area that is larger than Delaware. While Walt, an old-school lawman who knows the difference between right-and-wrong and who rarely crosses the ethical line, at first glance appears to be an anachronism, he still has the smarts and the brawn to set things straight.

If you haven’t watched Longmire but think you might, I suggest you skip the next paragraph as there are some series spoilers.

At the end of Season Five, Walt’s personal and professional life are in shambles. The smartass mayor of Durant (Eric Lane) wants Longmire to resign, and he gets in a brutal knock-down bar fight with his best friend who has turned into a vigilante, Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips). Henry’s situation gets worse after he is kidnapped by corrupt former Bureau of Indian Affairs police chief Malachi Strand (Graham Greene) and his goons. Walt faces a wrongful death lawsuit from the estate of a businessman who also happened to be the father of one of his deputies and the brother of Longmire’s predecessor as sheriff. (Hey, not many people live in Absaroka County.) Walt’s most trusted deputy Victoria “Vic” Moretti (Katee Sackhoff) is pregnant–no one knows who the father is. And the Native American casino in Absaroka, run by the compromised Jacob Nighthorse (A Martinez), is fostering the crime Walt predicted would result, although I’m pretty sure that he didn’t expect Irish mobsters from Boston being part of it. Walt’s daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman) is running a free legal aid clinic on the Cheyenne reservation, but she’s being paid by Nighthorse.

Season Six kicks off a new story thread about a serial bank robber known as “Cowboy Bill.” A stereotypical blogger–who is bearded, overweight, and shoves iPhones into people’s faces while garnering minuscule traffic on his site, causes another headache for Walt when he reports that the sheriff  “ambled in” to the robbed bank long after Cowboy Bill made off with his loot. Of course that infuriates the mayor. As for this blogger, I’m thin, clean-shaven, I own a camcorder, and I have many more hits daily on my blog than that other guy has received in the life of his blog. Da Tech Guy of course crushes the traffic of that fictional blogger’s site too.

Anyway…

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

The lawful death lawsuit against Walt begins. Cady continues to face difficulty striking an equilibrium between the law, her ethics, Native American culture, and Nighthorse. As for the casino operator, his juggling act becomes even more difficult, as it does for Walt’s pal Henry. And we learn that the Irish mob doesn’t take “no” for an answer from a Wyoming sheriff.

The series ends with a surprise twist, one that is satisfactory too.

The first three seasons of Longmire ran on A&E, and while the ratings and the critical response were favorable, the network cancelled the show because the demographics favored older viewers. A&E is run by dopes. Thank you Netflix for rescuing the program.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

As a social media nerd (perhaps you know the type), I take note of the political ads in the sidebars and footers of the blogs and pages I follow. The unseen forces that affect ad-placing algorithms have figured out that I’m pro-life, and most of the political ads I see are for more-or-less pro-life candidates. A pro-Hillary ad like the one that crossed my social media feed today is jarring. (How did she find me?)

A pro-life physician whose blog I enjoy took Democratic VP candidate Tim Kaine to task recently for Kaine’s personally-opposed-but position on abortion. No surprises, until I got to the end of the post and saw a pro-Hillary ad at the bottom of the page.

The blogger sure didn’t place that one. The platform hosting his blog did. I took grim pleasure in thinking how few clicks the ad must have gotten from the blog’s usual audience.

This, I reminded myself, is why bloggers need to bite the bullet and pay for self-hosted sites. When we don’t, we’re at the mercy of the lovely and talented ad team at WordPress or Google or whatever. It’s just plain annoying to know that even in an ad rotation that’s largely non-political on a pro-life blog, something like the Clinton promo can slither in. Free social media isn’t altogether free, a fact I wish I could ignore. If we’re using space on someone else’s property, be it Facebook or Twitter or a blog that’s not self-hosted, the landlord gets to set terms.

This was a minor annoyance, but it was just pesky enough to annoy me. It was my lesson for the day, and I share it with you at no charge: blog your heart out, and own your platform if you can. Hillary is lurking for your readers.

A follow-up to my July 28 post, “Ethics and PP’s Campaign Cash”: A report in the New Hampshire Sunday News says that the New Hampshire Executive Branch Ethics Committee has dismissed the ethics complaint against Gov. Hassan and Councilor Van Ostern, who took Planned Parenthood campaign money and then supported state contracts with PP. Nothing to see here, folks.

Ellen Kolb writes about the life issues at http://leavenfortheloaf.com. When she's not writing, she's hiking in New Hampshire.
Ellen Kolb writes about the life issues at Leaven for the Loaf. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking in New Hampshire.

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FYI from DaTechGuy Ellen’s first piece was Ethics and PP cash her second was The portrait’s gotta go: Putting a Know-Nothing in his place.



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by baldilocks

Originally posted February 17, 2007. Slight edited.

The reason I think that the majority of bloggers begin their endeavors is a very simple one: most of us want to transmit ideas without interruption. That certainly was one of my reasons for starting a blog. Conversely, those of us who allow comments realize that feedback allows uninterrupted transmission of ideas for our readers as well. This simple exchange of ideas is called communication. And, unfortunately, the art of face-to-face communication is nearly a lost one–listening and responding to what one has heard, rather than listening one’s own inner conversation with self about the person speaking and/or ideas being expressed. People don’t want to do the most important part of communication–active listening–nor do they want to make it easier for the other person to do so.

Think about the last time you tried to have a conversation about important things–especially one in which the other participant didn’t agree with you. Several impediments to the transmission of and response to the verbally-expressed ideas likely occurred, coming from both parties. Continue reading “The Art of Communication”

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered;

Thomas Paine Dec 23 1776

You might have noticed that the year is half over and DaTipJar has not even reached 10% of my annual goal.  I had sent out an e-mail blast concerning this state and the most common response I got was that it wasn’t a question of quality but a question of burnout, people are simply so discouraged that they don’t want to deal with the news any more and many bloggers who don’t depend on their blogs for a living feel the same.  I think this paragraph from Saberpoint speaks to it better than any other:

It used to be you could choose one of a half-dozen outrages on society and lampoon the miscreants until your soul was satiated. In the age of Obama, there are more outrages than you can count. Which to choose? Outrageous conduct is now the norm. There is more aberrational behavior than normal among the populace. The vampire fighters have diminished so much and the vampires grown, that being normal is not normal anymore. The defenders of Western Civilization have become a thin line before the advancing hordes of barbarians and collectivists.

This is frankly exactly the feeling our enemies want.  We have numbers, we have history and we have facts, but if they can break our morale they can win.  There is a particularly attitude that they want from us and it comes from a lesser known quote from Tom Paine’s piece the Crisis

a noted one, who kept a tavern at Amboy, was standing at his door, with as pretty a child in his hand, about eight or nine years old, as I ever saw, and after speaking his mind as freely as he thought was prudent, finished with this unfatherly expression, “Well! give me peace in my day.”

Wouldn’t we just love to have a peaceful life?  But Paine has the answer

 a generous parent should have said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace;” and this single reflection, well applied, is sufficient to awaken every man to duty

After all where would all those who achieved great things be if they simply gave up?

I’ll give the last word to Stogie who to his credit, after voicing his discouragement in the words I quoted above finished it with the word.

Still, we must try.

And we shall.
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Donkey: Hi, princess.
Princess Fiona: It talks.
Shrek: Yeah, but it’s getting him to shut up that’s the trick.

Shrek 2001

I must admit Andrew Sullivan’s announcement gives me mixed feeling in several ways.

Sullivan was one of the first bloggers I read, and even when he eventually whet and started turning crazy over Sarah Palin he generally provoked thought & post after post.

He along with Stacy McCain gave a model of the blogging business, and I confess I’m a tad jealous.

You were there when it was just me and a tip jar for six years, and at Time, and at The Atlantic, and the Daily Beast, and then as an independent company. When we asked you two years ago to catch us as we jumped into independence, you came through and then some. In just two years, you built a million dollar revenue company, with 30,000 subscribers, a million monthly readers, and revenue growth of 17 percent over the first year. You made us unique in this media world – and we were able to avoid the sirens of clickbait and sponsored content. We will never forget it.

That is a notable accomplishment and regardless of what you think of his opinions the free market is a fair judge of success.  Perhaps I should  made a closer study and emulate his methods if not his opinions.

He talks about always being on deadline. Anyone who has seen me since 2008 knows my laptop is my constant companion from game night to dinners. It annoys people. Elizabeth Scalia absolutely nailed it:

I hear him. Having blogged almost non-stop for ten years, the last four-and-a-half of them while also writing two books and building this channel (and since May battling my own health issues which have been exacerbated by the stress) I fully hear what he is saying, and partly identify with it.

In truth it’s a mixed blessing, yes you are always on but you attend interesting events and meet interesting people (the readers are the best).  If you reporting as well you get an insight to things that you can’t get from behind the  media filter and can actually make a difference.  Finally a guy like Sully should thank his lucky stars because his stress doesn’t compare to a person doing hard labor. Vs past generations trying to make a living, the stresses of blogging are nothing.

On the other hand the relationship stress is real.

I notice a significant difference in how my wife and others perceive me since 40-50 hours weekly are now spent doing contract work instead of blogging 24-7.  To the family’s mind it is “real work”. While those who have seen me at CPAC over the last half decade or Blog Bash know that even at events that are fun I”m usually in a corner on the floor, writing, uploading and editing. To the wife & kids back home they only see the trip to Washington or Denver or the road trip with Stacy and the blogging as “playing on a computer.”

The question becomes as Sully leaves the nest, what about this place?

I’ve been flat out since 2008 (Since 2005 if you count the years blogging for Lightfrog / HiWired as a high level tech discussing everything from wireless systems to the net as a resource , the public net and buying a PC  That’s where the name “DaTechGuy ” comes from in case you’ve wondered.  Thanks to the Magnificent Seven writers: Baldilocks, Fausta, Pat Austin, Steve Eggleston, Lady Liberty, Pastor George Kelly and John Rubery (with a few more on the way)  burnout is less of an issue.

We’ve  had strong years when the blog was paying the bills and slow years when I couldn’t buy an instalanche (it’s been 10 months since the last time Glenn Linked.) and the contract payables/receivables work is needed to pay the bills, but when it comes down to it all of us here at DaTechGuy Blog as it says in the old Monkees song, have something to say and as long as we do,  like Glenn Reynolds we’re not going anywhere.

 

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One of the things that have noticed in a decade of being on the next is how the word “troll” has been redefined.

It once was that a person referred to as a “troll” was used sparingly, only one whose provocation was bcene or completely without argument would be labeled such, even one who used sarcasm to make a point wasn’t considered a “troll”.

The idea was that the internet was this wonderful place where people could safely say what they thought and engage each other, maybe even persuade each other, without worry or fear.  Positively utopian.

What a quaint idea.

The reality is that in the early day of blogging and the net, you have a small subsection of the population (much like the crazy uncles)  who had something in common in the net and thus, to some degree were able to use that common connection to mitigate other reactions that might normally come.

But once the net, and blogging were found to be commercially viable, politically valuable,  and accessible to the vast majority of the public the realities of dealing with human beings trumped all.

1.  If you were trying to use the net for propaganda the last thing you want is someone contradicting you on your site, particularly since a contrary argument & the evidence to back is up is only a click away .

2.  If you are using the net for revenue and do not have a niche market, the last thing you want is anything that can threaten that revenue stream, such as anger, debate or controversy of any type.

3.  And of course you if have all the normal foibles and faults of humanity those foibles and faults are not going to go away just because.

Because of this we’ve reached the point where all it takes for someone to disagree in a comment thread, reply to a public twitter message or link a piece that you might have blogged to find yourself labeled as, at best a “troll” and at worst a “stalker”.

I think this is all nonsense so for the benefit of those sensitive types out there let me point out some basic facts.

1.  If your ideas are worth the pixels they are being displayed in then they should be able to handle critique, if they can’t the fault is not in your critics, but in you.

2.  If you put something out on the net available to the entire world then you have no business complaining when people in the world link to it, comment on it and ridicule you for it, that is what public speech is.  Blogs, listservs and twitter have private settings so you can limit your exposure to those who you wish to speak to, if that is your wish.

3.  If one choose to be anonymous on the net I dont’ care, but if you choose to try to deprive a person of their living and their livelihood be aware that there are thousands if not millions of people who can figure out who you are simply by a few google searches so act accordingly.

4.  Like all other freedoms they come with a price, freedom of expression does not mean you are free of the consequences of that expression.

5.  If you are that worried about what a bunch of strangers think of you on the net, you really need to get a life.

and finally

6.  All the various net platforms are all owned and run by someone, while people may think of them as a public platform unless you are paying for a subscription service you are playing in someone elses yard.  Even if I disagree with how they keep that yard if they are paying for it then they get to run it and if it’s their site and their comment section they can run it as they see fit.  If you don’t like this, there are plenty of places on the net where you can put up an opposing view.

As for me, let me repeat my own rules here:

1.  Comments that agree or disagree are welcome.  I expect you to not use vulgar language that I would not have in my house, or to at least edit it down.

2.  I like sarcasm & humor, even if directed at me, one of the joys of the English language is how it can be used in this way.  You will not be banned or blocked for that and if you can’t take a joke, well that’s on you.

3.  If you want to comment please have it be relevant to the topic of the post.  I dont’ mind you linking to your site or others but don’t just put an off topic link, stay on topic and you’ll be fine.

4.  If you want to spread what I consider calumny against a 3rd person not present do it elsewhere.

5.  There is no automatic comment approval here, I approve them all and might edit out profanity.  I reserve the right to edit but will not do so without

A.  giving you the chance to edit an objectionable comment first.

B.  Noting that said edit was done by me.

 6.  I have a life and I don’t have a smartphone that means that if you leave a comment and it’s not approved with 5 min it’s not because I’m ignoring you, it’s because I’m out, or on a contact job or away from the computer or asleep etc etc etc.

8.  Because my time lately has been at a premium and even when it’s not I’m a poor speller I will on occasion mangle a word or phrase or hit publish before I should, correction comments are most welcome.

9.  This isn’t the NYT, the layers of proofreaders at this site consists of me.  If you want to argue that my points or tweets are without merit because of bad spelling or grammar you are welcome to do so, and by the same token I’m welcome to make the point that you’ve got nothing in terms of an actual counter argument because if you did you’d use it.

Personally I think that if more people used rules like this we’d all be better off but if you disagree, that’s what the comments section or a link that refutes this post is for.  Have at it!

Happy Saturday!  I along with Rebecca who wrote earlier today am thrilled to be guest-blogging here on a regular basis! In her post, Rebecca described some of the background of our blog and how we met DaTechGuy. We are grateful that he graciously invited us to join his blog, and also enjoyed our time on Da Radio Show today!

For this first post, I hope to share with you my motivation for blogging.  I started blogging almost four years ago, and can attest that it is a lot of hard work.  Blogging is a labor of love.  You work to get your message out there and hope that people will listen.  You anxiously monitor your site’s statistics and hope that at least a few people who are reading are inspired by it.  Bloggers (most of us at least) know that we do not individually have the same impact of larger media outlets, but that doesn’t matter.  The point is that there are thousands of us, pouring our hearts and souls into our writing with a passion that we hope will persuade someone, somewhere to action.

After this last election, the GOP is wandering aimlessly looking for how it can attract more voters.  If you listen to some pundits and current elected officials, you’d think that the GOP is almost dead.  The truth is, if the GOP decides to move away from its core values, it will be dead.

My very first post on AmericaisConservative.org said:  “This blog is dedicated to the fact that I believe, in my heart, that this is a conservative nation. When conservatives express ourselves correctly, when we lay out our beliefs with clarity, when we aren’t stumbling all over ourselves, when we have a clue what we stand for – we are in the majority. But, when we lose this message, we lose support.”

I still believe that today.  We ARE a conservative nation.  Why, you ask?  Because the basic values that have bound us together for 200+ years are just as true and necessary now as they always have been.  And, when we clearly articulate those values, people listen.  Ronald Reagan won 49 states in 1984.  That seems almost unbelievable today, but it really wasn’t that long ago.  He was passionate, and he stayed true to conservative values. And, people listened.

So, what are those values?  What kind of nation are we?  Let’s talk about some of our most precious core beliefs.

We are a Judeo-Christian nation – From our earliest days, our leaders were not afraid to speak of God and His influence in their lives.  God was a part of the culture of this country.  At no point in time has everyone seen Him in the exact same way, but most at least looked His direction for understanding.  More and more now, our nation believes that all of the answers can be found elsewhere.  Our connection to Deity is growing weaker.

Why is it important for Americans (and all people, for that matter) to believe in a Higher Power?  The Declaration of Independence makes bold statements about the existence of rights that pre-exist any government.  Increasingly, Americans don’t make the connection that we have rights which are “inalienable.” They don’t link together the growing size and scope of government with the resultant reduction in freedoms.  They buy into the idea that the government gives and the government takes away.  Therefore, when the government does give or take away, Americans defend the “right” of the government to do so instead of the right of the individual to deny that power to government.

Most Americans, in their hearts, do believe in Deity.  It is not a huge leap to then understand the concept of God-given rights.

We believe religious freedom strengthens our nation – Go ask anyone on the street what the First Amendment says, and I guarantee you will hear a response that has to do with freedom of speech.  People forget that there is more to it than that:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Before anything is mentioned regarding freedom of speech, the First Amendment recognizes the rights of individuals to worship as they wish.  The robustness of our nation was strengthened by our zeal in valuing this right.

We recognize that the central unit of our society is the family – When I was in sixth grade, I took a social studies test and one of the questions was “what is the central unit of society?”  It was multiple choice and the two answers I could not decide between were: the family and the government.  I vacillated between those two choices, eventually choosing the government.  The good news is that I actually got that answer wrong on the test.  The bad news is that fewer and fewer individuals, children and adults alike, would get the answer right today.

The ties that bind a society together have always started with the family.  The Heritage Foundation has produced a lot of great work making this case statistically.  (See FamilyFacts.org)  A few tidbits of data from their site:  Single women are more likely to be living below the poverty level than married couples, more and more couples are cohabitating and not getting married, teens with intact families are less likely to be sexually active, nearly 1 in 2 children lives in a household with just a mother who has never been married.  The family adds stability to a society.  Children have the right to live with and be raised by both mother and father.  Of course there are special circumstances where the ideal is not possible, but that should not be our social norm nor our desired state.  Even in this society of “live and let live,” most Americans know that protecting the family is important.  We have to continue to make this case.  The data is overwhelming in favor of the family.

We value life – There is simply no excuse for the number of babies who never have their first breath because their very mothers who gave them life make the decision to abort.  And, when we have honest conversations with Americans about what we really value, they acknowledge that this practice is wrong and has gone too far.  Many of the people who support the “right” to have an abortion would never have one themselves, but don’t want to forbid others.  This is certainly a more convenient position, but many of these individuals can be persuaded.

We believe that individual freedoms are protected with a smaller central government – At this point, this is a given. If you consider the other values, then this one is obvious.  A strong, religiously diverse society filled with stable, traditional families does not need a large government.  They have little reason to rely on the government other than for national needs like national security.

All of these values in their aggregate support a strong society that values individual freedom and accountability.  These values represent our bedrock principles that must be guarded.  These values do not come from politics or government, but from the people.

That is why I blog, to be another voice promoting these values.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to introduce myself to DaTechGuy’s readers and look forward to many entries and robust discussions.  My entries will not always be so serious (for instance, when Suits is back on this summer, expect some posts about the greatness that is Harvey Spector), but mostly what you can expect from me is a happy warrior, attempting to articulate why I am forever grateful to be an American and why this is such a great nation.

Lisa @ Americaisconservative.org

Just finished taping an episode of The Hank Stolz Experience on Charter Channel 3

Da TechGuy on DaTV

We talked about blogging and how bloggers have changed the conversation in the media.

If you are a Charter subscriber you can catch the show tonight at 8:30 p.m. on Charter Channel 3. If you are tied up tonight the replays are tomorrow at 6 a.m. and 12 PM. and it will be of course be available on demand.

DaTechGuy on DeMand, I kinda like the sound of that…

His last post was on the EU and currency and is here, an excerpt:

Here is the gist of the debate between Treasury Secretary Geithner and EU Central Bank President Trichet: the United States can print money longer (and sustain deficits for a longer period) than the EU, but the end result is the same. The EU knows it is experiencing a currency crisis right now and may be choosing to face the music by reducing spending. The United States, on the other hand, is still in denial about this looming problem. As the Europeans take on the gut wrenching job of forcing spending cuts on their citizens because they are left with no other choices, our administration is encouraging more Keynesian non sense. Fortunately, the EU is saying “enough” to the Keynesian insanity. Why? Because they have history on their side and know in a very personal way how a currency becomes worthless and what happens as a result. Americans (with the exceptions of Southerners (and their creditors) left holding Confederate dollars 150 years ago) have no experience with the harsh reality that accompanies currency debasement. J P Morgan may have saved the country one hundred years ago but the size and scope of the problem today is several orders of magnitude greater.

Via Hotair. My condolences to his wife and family.

Blogging is a new enough phenom that the death of a blogger is still an oddity the time will come, sooner than a lot of us would like that this will be a regular occurrence and will gain the same attention as the death of an elderly retired actor who we remember in passing from many years ago