A few days ago after he was banned from Twitter but before his @sextroubleaccount I talked to RS McCain about what his going on with him.
We talked about the possibility that this was part of an election year strategy:  

“Now you’ve seen how this shadow banning where search results are being suppressed. It looks very much like they’re trying to tilt the playing field in an election year when Hillary Clinton is the presumed nominee and feminists have the thumb on one of the most powerful social media platforms in the world”

He compared it to other loss leaders for the left:

It’s like salon.com it’s been losing over a mil a year for 20 years and yet the “investors” are willing to do it because it promotes a “progressive” message

He told me that he didn’t find out about his initial banning until he saw a tweet talking about it (I only noticed when my @rsmccain feed wouldn’t load in tweetdeck)

He challenged twitter to show a screen cap of his threatening or abusing anyone while noting that his @sextroubebook account has picked up over 2000 followers in just under 24 hours.

Of course 24 hours later that account was banned too.

I also asked him about how this would be received.  As it was a primary weekend he noted all the political reporters are covering politics but wondered about their lack of interest

people know my number and know people who will get it and you’d think people would call

And perhaps Twitter figured that after a few days everyone would forget the #freestacy business.

But when I talked to him less than an hour ago (I’m typing this as 9:55 AM Thursday) there were two developments the most significant being Denial of Service attacks against his site which were launched today:

when I work up this morning this was going on and it’s intermittent.

He noted the irony in terms of “who is being harassed here”

It’s Ironic that I’m accused of targeted abuse while people responsible for shutting me down are not content with having my twitter account wiped off the face of the earth are attacking my site

he referred to the tactics used against him as DARVO which stands for: Deny, Attack reverse victim , Offender and noted how familiar this all seems:

Dealing with these people is like dealing with Kimberlin, he’s a known sociopath and when you get into a conflict with a sociopath they begin to manipulate the story they become the victim and you become the villain for trying to tell the story about them. You keep telling the truth. Who is being targeted for abuse?

It’s all a question of media bias and unlike folks like me who have their background in stuff like tech (Hence DaTechGuy) media is something Stacy knows as this is his 30th year in the business.

This is the 30th anniversary of my first job as a $4.50 staff right Austell Georgia in cobb county Austell News-Chronicle owned by a local businessman named Lamar.

Ironically Stacy told me Mr. Lamar started his newspaper because he was sick of what he was seeing from the local weekly, so in a sense Stacy McCain cut his teeth on alternate media and media bias:

It’s like media bias everybody has their own opinion on it but nobody asks me even though I’m in the business.

However the 2nd development is the story starting to get out there. In addition to calls from me he’s been contacted by Buzzfeed: “their piece is predictable left” and Debra Saunders who got some minor facts wrong:

“I didn’t out a transgender. It wasn’t a secret that “Sarah” was transgender, Her attacks on 4chan caused people to ask ‘Who is Sarah Butts?’ which caused them to find out who he was…If it hadn’t been for Nyberg’s attempt to silence others nobody would have cared but when somebody has a commercial enterprise online and you try to drive them out of business…

Which is what those going after Stacy McCain are doing, trying to silence him. Ironically he tends to do exactly the opposite:

This is them, trying to silence their critics, I don’t do this to other people, I quote them, that’s what they hate, feminists hate to be quoted.

And now the story is starting to penetrate the MSM (more on that later today) much in the same way that the Anthony Weiner story did, slowly like water on a rock.

Drip Drip Drip.

Fyi you can help by retweeting items in the #freestacy hashtag, writing your local paper, spreading the word on facebook and calling your local talk radio show. Let’s give the Twitter Safety crowd the attention they deserve.

Drip Drip Drip


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I speak to Matthew Bowman of the Catholic Geeks at the Catholic Marketing Trade Show

The Catholic Geeks web site is here, their facebook page is here, their twitter page is here.

My apologies that I’m a tad lat to this but I can’t let July end without reminding everyone that Stacy McCain’s loyal morning fellow Kevin “Wombat” Trainor has entered the realm of authors with The Last Falangist:  Essays on Culture and Politics in America

Smithy has done a review and his piece on parenthood and Divorce is worth reprinting here 

The whole point of having a mother and a father working together is so that you have backup when one of you drops the ball; the other one is there to quickly scoop up the errant pigskin or maybe make the catch and run it in. Unfortunately, divorce screws up that neat metaphor, because all of a sudden Mom and Dad aren’t really on the same team any more. . . .
When you and the Mrs. are constantly fighting over every little thing, when a lot of her energy is going toward building up the new boyfriend and tearing you down for not being a passive, enabling doormat, it becomes damn near impossible. Because the kids know what’s going on. They may not understand it, but they know.

That’s excellent cultural commentary and being a divorced man to some extent self accuracy but the real gem of this book is to see how the internet once was as with this tidbit.

How far back does The Last Falangist go, you ask? On Page 59, we find an entry from January 2005 that begins thus:

“I’ve been thinking about the long comment Allahpundit left on Michele’s old blog . . .”

Yes: In 2005, there was no HotAir.com and Allahpundit was just another dude hanging out in the blogosphere.

Yup if I had started my blog just 3 years earlier….

Anyway you can pick up his book here.  I suggest you do so.

Last night I sent out a blast e-mail to my readers promoting the post of my Magnificent Seven. I got a reply from old friend Jerry Wilson of Goldfish & clowns that said:

Can I call myself The Unasked Eighth? 😀

He has a point, between my own problems and the launching of various things I’ve been remiss in linking other bloggers so….

There is Neo Neocon who isn’t sharing the joy

On one level, the events of the last few weeks have been deeply satisfying. Who wouldn’t feel a certain vindication in seeing one’s predictions come true, and watch the perpetrators running for cover? But I’m having a lot of trouble feeling the requisite joy, because I’m not at all sure that the fundamentals have changed.

At Pundit & Pundette they highlighted a video in a post called:

Video: How Obamacare is Hurting Families with Chronically Ill Kids

Cynthia Yockey talks about some forgotten victims of Obamacare

People with chronic illnesses, or complicated healthcare needs, are going to die because Obamacare forced them out of their relationships with their current doctors. That’s because a wealth of information that can never be put into a chart will be lost and they don’t have the time and resilience to start over with new ones. Conservative groups opposed to Obamacare would be smart to collect their stories and not let them die in vain.

The Anchoress brilliant as always is appreciating a Protestant Icon

As I got older, though, I grew to admire Graham. In high school I read one of his books (don’t ask me, I don’t remember the title) and that got me curious enough to read about him. One of the first things I appreciated about this man — who once said “Women need a reason for having sex, men just need a place” — was how shrewdly he protected himself against being put in positions that could give rise to gossip, conjecture, or charges of impropriety, (and thus undermine or jeopardize his ministry). From an early point in his work, if he was in a room with a woman who was not his wife or a family member, all the doors would remain open.

At the Fog of law they talk the high cost of living:

One of the problems with modern life is that it’s really expensive to get out of bed in the morning.  By that, I mean non-negotiable, everyday expenses that are a part of being alive: housing, food, gas to go buy your food, electricity, oil if you have a furnace, and health insurance or health care. That is before we’ve had any fun, paid off any student loans or other debt, or even driven to our jobs.

At America is Conservative Rebecca got out

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend an event called Time Out For Women. It was a weekend filled with music and lectures focused on helping women raise our thoughts and actions to a higher plane. While there was so much good that was discussed, one speaker in particular sounded the battle cry for women to protect the family. Merrilee Boyack is an attorney, author, speaker, and former city council-woman who encouraged us to stand for our religious freedom, and more specifically, the family. Her recent book is entitled Standing Up in a Sit Down World.

The Chicks on the right aren’t impressed with NYC’s decisions

I have to say – I was a little let down.  You see it in the movies and hear about the “Big Apple” and figure it’s going to be this wondrous place that’s representative of America.  But not so much these days.  I just remember feeling claustrophobic, first off, and I felt as if I needed to take a really long shower when I got home. With a side of Purel.

No offense, New Yorkers.  It just is what it is.

Thoughts and ravings has little sympathy for that mother in New Mexico:

Sorry, but Reason magazine is full of crap on this one; this woman broke the law and paid the price for it. The only person that is to blame for this woman’s kids getting shot at; is Oriana Ferrell and that is the only person who should be blamed.

And the Weapons man is not impressed with the Swiss:

Going through some of the high-minded but empty-headed writings of the Small Arms Survey, an NGO sponsored by a Swiss do-gooder institute that’s an offshoot of the League of Nations that prevented European war (wait… what?) one is shocked by some of the moronic drivel written there. All the usual suspects of hack advocacy are there: “many experts say” without naming one such expert; “it is generally accepted” followed by some tendentious, extreme, and woolly-headed assertion; or “the peer-reviewed literature generally” prior to repeating some assumption that underlies a raft of bad research.

It is hackery wrapped in bad faith,  shackled by an anchor chain of dishonesty to an anchor of cold-rolled fable, and then dropped into the trackless depths of the Sea of Lies, taking you along for the ride if you’re so unwise as to latch on.

Fishersville Mike is short and to the point:

I’m beginning to think it’s possible that the geniuses behind Obamacare honestly believed that people would love the new product, so there would be no fuss about it. In other words, it wasn’t a conspiracy, they’re just more stupid than I ever imagined, and that’s saying something.

Conservative Hideout tells a dog bits man story:

I know, this could well be classified under ‘Duh,” but a gay website has fully endorsed and admitted that their goal in education is to indoctrinate children.  Here are some excerpts… Warning:  Content inappropriate for children!-Matt Can We Please Just Start Admitting That We Do Actually Want To Indoctrinate Kids?

And Peg Crunches the Numbers:

Still want the minimum wage raised – or – have it at all?

There are nine countries with a minimum wage (Belgium, Netherlands, Britain, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Luxembourg).  Their unemployment rates range from 5.9% in Luxembourg to 27.6% in Greece.  The median country is France with 11.1% unemployment.

There are nine countries with no minimum wage (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.)  Five of the nine have a lower unemployment rate than Luxembourg, the best of the other group.  The median country is Iceland, with a 5.5% unemployment rate. The biggest country in Europe is Germany.  No minimum wage and 5.2% unemployment.

and let’s finish with Goldfish and Clowns who is the cause of this post dealing with crickets and Conscience

Having a conscience, particularly one guided by the Spirit, is a good thing. It tells us that yes, the ends never justify the means. It instructs us that honesty, even it is its only reward, is a reward always worth the effort to obtain. It lets us know that popularity, success and acclaim, even among our peers, are false gods whenever they either become our main objective or are obtained through deception and duplicity. In short, a conscience is a terrible liability in politics.

Sometimes when you are so busy with your own stuff you miss a lot of other things going on out there.  While I encourage you to come here every day and kick in whenever possible, don’t forget the other voices and perspectives out there that are worth thinking about.



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Normally you would not see this here but I’ve done some math and the horrible start to this month’s tip jar has me in a bad spot.

I’ve made my goal this week and more but since the month started so badly even if I make my full goal next week I’ll still,  as of right now,  be a full $247 shy of covering the bills this month.  In fact at that rate I’d be short even if I didn’t have the Magnificent Seven to pay.  (and they’ll be paid first)

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It’s been suggested that the Brett Kimberlin suit against bloggers is about silencing people or at least making them think twice concerning writing about him. Being a person of limited means totally dependent on my readers for my personal income that thought does weigh on my mind.

After all yesterday Patterico reported this concerning Brett Kimberlin suit vs bloggers:


That sounds serious and other than the potential of discovery I doubt any of the people involved are happy about being sued.

So when I saw this link from Jeff Quinton yesterday and followed it to this post he wrote from last year that linked to this bit at Ace of Spades saying this:

While I, and Kimberlin’s other targets, are heartened by Congress’ letter to Eric Holder to look into the SWATting matter, what a reading of Citizen K demonstrates is that Congress itself needs to act in order to finally put an end to Brett Kimberlin’s ongoing digital (and real-life) terrorism.

Because not even prison stopped Brett Kimberlin’s crimes. While working as a prison clerk, Brett Kimberlin forged his own release order, forging all necessary signatures; he planned to release himself at 12:01 am on Memorial Day weekend. His plan is that no one would attempt to call the warden to confirm the release in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend; to make the process of confirming the strange midnight release, he also took the step of removing contact information from the office’s Rolodex. This scheme was ready to be executed, but for a lucky break for justice: Kimberlin was unexpectedly moved to another prison before Memorial Day, and his forged release form was now useless.

Another job he was assigned to in prison was doing quality control for military equipment. Rather than ensuring that equipment used by the men and women of the armed forces were in proper working order, Brett Kimberlin gave the equipment a positive rating — and then cut the wires himself.

This is not an allegation; this is an amusing anecdote he enjoys bragging about. From Citizen K, page 184, directly quoting Kimberlin from the many conversations the author had with him in preparing the book:

“I’d run the cables through quality control,” [Kimberlin] said. “I’d check them. I’d sign off on them. And then I’d cut some of the damn wires.”

I was very worried about what might happen to me for quoting it.

After all to Brett Kimberlin quoting his attempt at escape might constitute DEFAMATION as he didn’t actually execute this plan.

Kimberlin may consider it HARASSMENT to have my readers in 50 states & 170 countries reminded of his willful destruction of military equipment.

It’s not the first post I’ve written about Brett Kimberlin so this post might be construed as  STALKING.

I’m a known friend of Robert Stacy McCain, attended Blogbash and participated in “Everybody blog about Brett Kimberlin day.  Kimberlin will surely think that was proof of a CONSPIRACY.

While they appear on an A list blog (Ace’s site is in the top 25k worldwide & top 10k nationally) and in a book titled: Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin by Mark Singer available at Amazon here  Kimberlin might consider it an INVASION OF PRIVACY to report on this events long forgotten..

Finally for Kimberlin it goes without saying that any mention of these events, even on my C list site constitutes an INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS particularly if these statements are repeated on a Syndicated Radio Talk heard on three AM stations and nationally on FTR Radio.

At least I would be worried about such a thing if I didn’t realize that under that broad definition of DEFAMATION, HARASSMENT, STALKING, CONSPIRACY, INVASION OF PRIVACY AND INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS that Mr. Kimberlin would be using to sue, Miley Cyrus would be in court after me in a second.

Followed closely by Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Gabriel Gomez, Hillary Clinton, Scott Brown,  Anthony Weiner, Nancy Pelosi, Richard Cohen, Andrew Sullivan, Matt Smith, Steven Moffat, Joe Scarborough and Arther S. Demoulas.

So I think, Mr. Kimberlin’s current suit not withstanding I think we’ll take the risk and hit Publish on this post and hope for the best confident that the hundreds of people who have hit my tip jar this year would help defend if a suit took place against me.

Closing thought:  Am I the only person who read that quote above and thought:  Who the hell decided: “Hey,  you know who would be the most reliable cost-effective choice to inspect the equipment that our volunteer army depends on the carry out their missions?  Members of the prison population!”?   Even the far left foundations that financed Kimberlin over the last few years could argue he was an EX con.  Seriously compared to that decision the Kimberlin lawsuit is almost rational.

I’d be really interested to find out if this type of thing is still going on.

What is Tina Brown’s great skill? I would argue that it is her ability to persuade rich people to lose money.

Robert Stacy McCain Jan 2nd 2013

Remember those days of Yesterday when Tina Brown was going to make Newsweek turn a profitGuess not :

Newsweek appears to be on the block — again.

According to sources who have been briefed, IAC is sending out inquiries to prospective buyers who may be interested in purchasing the 80-year-old title, which ended weekly publication of its domestic edition late last year in favor of an digital-only format. A revamped Newsweek.com launched earlier this month.

What? You mean to say that Newsweek is for sale again? But Tina Brown she was so SMART so POPULAR surely she was going to bring a flood of readers…

According to sources who have been briefed, Newsweek’s 1.5 million subscribers, in the quarter before it ended its print edition, fell to 470,000 in the first quarter of this year, with estimates that it will continue to decline throughout the year.

Or not.

But the investors on the left that bought the property when Newsmax was turned down have no regrets:

“I do not have great expectations,” he said. “I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.”

Ok maybe a FEW regrets.

So now the brand is for sale again, but with 1/3 of the subscription base who would want it?  If Newsweek was worth an order of Fries at Burger King before, it’s likely worth penny candy now.

Well at the risk of tilting at windmills might I make the same point about Newsweek that I made about the Boston Globe:


Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press.

Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two.

Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community.

Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create.

Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day.

And imagine a web site ranked in the top 1500 worldwide and top 350 nationally, a web site that local papers around New England draw stories from giving that public conservative thought as background noise in the same way that liberals have done for ages.

For the left Newsweek is just another money hole, for the right it could be entrée into the background noise of culture that we need to fight in.

Let’s see if the left is still willing to pay a fortune to keep a brand name out conservative hands, or if not, lets see what happens to the culture if one of those top rated web sites adds some conservative background noise to the low information conversation.


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Well, yesterday was one of the better Tip Jar days of the last few weeks. We’re still as of this writing $208 shy of my weekly paycheck but were certainly not bleeding readers and Money the way Newsweek is.

If you are Foster Friess or the Koch brothers I’d suggest looking at the price of Newsweek, if you are not, then I’d humbly ask you consider hitting DaTipJar below so I can get the just over 10 $20 hits necessary to give me a full paycheck this week.

(FYI if the Kochs or any other Conservatives with millions to invest WANT to invest at the Tina Brown level over here rather than Newsweek or the LA Times I certainly won’t turn you down nor will I connive to grow rich on throwing your investment away)

The latest in our entry to the field guide to bloggers from CPAC is Jackie Wellfounder’s Raging against the Rhetoric

The full field guide is here.

The latest in our entry to the field guide to bloggers from CPAC is Voice of a Moderate

The full field guide is here.

BTW, on a personal level this young lady paid me a high compliment at CPAC. I won’t quickly forget it.

The latest in our entry to the field guide to bloggers from CPAC is Monobloge

The full field guide is here.

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DaWeekly paycheck continues to lag this week.

That $300 weekly paycheck to keep things going seems far away. It’s not odd to have a slow week after a strong one but I’d hoped people would think the site was worth more than $22 this week.

If you think so consider hitting DaTipjar below.

You know I’ve been hearing all this talk about the GOP brand and image problems but I must have been hearing poorly.

The GOP’s future is so bright we don’t need the tea party activists. Sure they gave the GOP control of the house in 2010 but the GOP did so well in 2012 that they can afford to drive the away

“Caucuses and conventions clearly give a better idea of what the base of the party wants, and the folks who show up for conventions and primaries are the very same people that the party will call upon to do the work each election cycle,” he added. “This is clearly an attempt to get rid of what the base of the party wants.”

It’s comforting they party is doing so well they don’t need the tea party volunteers and all that constitution stuff to do the busy work of campaigns that such people do.

And apparently they don’t need the bloggers either:

For the RNC to produce a 100-page report and not have a single mention of the need to interact with and support the conservative blogosphere tells me that the RNC simply has rearranged the deck chairs on the HMS Consultant.

Yeah sure the White House made it a point to have the president meet directly with bloggers like Jonathan Singer, Duncan Black, Oliver Wills and John Aravosis who helped carry him over the finish line but the GOP is doing so well it simply doesn’t need bloggers to push their candidates and bypass the mainstream media.

Who knew the media monopoly of the left was no big deal to the GOP?

And even better the GOP has reached a state where people like Joe Scarborough and the establishment can support Mark Sanford as a good choice for the GOP in South Carolina as opposed to someone like, oh I don’t know maybe Curtis Bostic:

His campaign page is StopSpending.com — a basic Tea Party theme — and it seems entirely possible that the grassroots, tired of the corrupt GOP establishment’s old-boy style of politics, could rally behind Bostic.

Reading his biography page, he’s a Marine veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the father of five home-schooled children. So there’s your pro-military and pro-family “street cred.”

Yeah I know he has a great background and backstory and I know the temptation is go to Mr. Bostic’s facebook page to sign on or to his site and help Curtis Bostic with a few dollars under normal circumstances I would strongly advise this as Ann Coulter says:

You would think Akin would stand in history to teach Republicans to stop giving away winnable seats by running ridiculous candidates. Alas, no.

What’s next? A Republican candidate whose campaign consists exclusively of demanding vaginal probes and discussing different types of rape?

If, in some horrible twist of fate that’s been stalking Republicans, Sanford wins the runoff, he will lose the general election. Worse, he might win, making Republicans look like utter hypocrites on family values.

But apparently the GOP is doing so well that nominating a guy who is the GOP’s version of Anthony Weiner against the sister of a fellow who has a platform on Comedy Central reaching young voters around the nation amplified by other networks will not in the least hurt the GOP nor fuel the “war on women” theme that the left played in the last election.

And here I was worried about the left fundamentally changing the direction of the country, silly me. It’s so nice to know the GOP in general and conservatives in particular have so little to worry about. Reince Priebus must be so pleased.


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Yes I think it would be a great idea to drop a few dollars in Curtis Bostic campaign here but additionally I suggest the following.

If you disagree with the premise that Mark Sanford is the right choice for the seat once held by Tim Scott

If you think abandoning the Tea Party is a bad idea

If you think abandoning conservative bloggers a bad idea as well.

Then you should consider hitting DaTipJar below so this conservative blogger can draw that $300 paycheck to keep it alive and continue to fight the fight that some in the party apparently think is already won.

The latest entry to the field guide has specific ideas concerning the GOP & Minority outreach

Ironic thought, on day 1 of CPAC I overheard a conversation between a group of black conservatives, one was frustrated she had been approached by media over and over again asking about “diversity” and not interested in her ideas.

The full field guide is here

The 4th  Doctor : “You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

Doctor Who:  The Face of Evil Episode Four

I remember a great post at the old Eject-Eject-Eject when he talked to a guy who was big into conspiracy theories.  He shot down every piece of “evidence” that was brought forward but the guy kept coming:

Every time I would identify one of these great mysteries, Joe had the same response: okay, but what about this! No fight, no defense — nothing. And then we’d be on to some new blur or smudge that proved, incontrovertibly, that this “reality” we live in is a giant lie, and that we are all victims of Dark Forces moving beyond our control or even our awareness… and that while the sleepwalking sheeple go on with their corporate-controlled lives, the mysterious wheels of the Shadow Government turn inexorably onward, crushing those brave few individuals who are on to the whole horrid plot like so many ants. There is a word for this diseased mental state.

The key part was the “no defense” business.  It didn’t matter what the evidence was, it didn’t matter that he was able to shoot down each bit of nonsense.  There was always a different piece of nonsense that proved we lived in some sort of parallel world that only the very few mystery men knew existed.

That’s what I though of when I saw this:

Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die.

Seriously Bill Seriously?

Lee Stranahan explained the situation rather clearly:

I have one and only one relationship with Bill Schmalfeldt ; I am a person that he decided to target. I am a victim of his harassment, as are my wife and children.

That’s it. He is the harasser and I am the harassed.

I have said nothing about Bill Schmalfeldt in the past few days except as it relates to his baseless and relentless attacks on me and my family.

If that is even the slightest bit true it would not require anyone to pay Mr. Stranahan to take legal action against you. In fact it would be his duty as a husband and father.

Let’s point out something: As I’m typing this I have a bunch of things to do, I have to upload my radio show, write this week’s under the fedora column, finish my series on George Washington, call customers and take care of some family stuff.

Instead I’m writing a post about a man I’ve never met, who, sans beard, could be used as the model for Sontarians without any makeup. (If he is 5′ 3″ or less the BBC would hire him on the spot and save on makeup) because he’s making trouble for a friend of mine, thus inviting the same kind of grief that Sicilians like myself generally are spared (for whatever reason).

But as I’m writing this, it begs the question, why is Mr. Schmalfeldt’s assertion nonsense squared? There are two simple answers and I’ll take them in order;:

First the idea of ego :

When I say “Bill Schmalfeldt” my readers will first reaction is likely: “Who?” What the hell has he ever done? Who actually knows who what he is doing? Who actually cares? Well one easy measure of his popularity is twitter followers.


Really, you have a guy on twitter with under 150 followers who has his tweets “protected” and people are trying to silence him? Who is actually going to pay money to silence somebody that nobody hears? He doesn’t even qualify as a tree falling in the forest. As Stacy McCain put it:

There’s also Schmalfeldt’s megalomanic persecution complex, as evidenced by his claim that the harassment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”

No, Bill: You were charged with harassment because — wait for it – you were engaged in harassment.

The obsession, the fixation, the inability to step back from the situation and view it with anything like objectivity — these are symptomatic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his madness on Lee Stranahan is somewhat mysterious. Schmalfeldt started cyberstalking Aaron Walker in June, and peripatetically hopscotched around to attack various other enemies of Brett Kimberlin over the course of ensuing months. In November, Schmalfeldt’s stalking of me escalated to the point that he threatened to contact my wife and sent me more than 200 harassing Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his targets deserve his malicious attention, that they are guilty of some heinous wrongdoing that Schmalfeldt is obligated to “investigate” and “expose.”

It seems nothing can dissuade Schmalfeldt from his persistent delusions of grandeur adequacy.

Now by his very existence Mr. Schmalfeldt is loved by God. On a personal level he might be a good father/grandfather and a fine husband and a good neighbor to the people on his street. But that while important on a personal level means little in the arena of ideas. The truth is nobody would bother to pay money to silence him. In fact the only reason why anyone (including me) is currently writing about him or caring about him is the treats to our friend and colleague.

Of course this doesn’t preclude him someday becoming a force for the left. Good writing and hard work can make it happen, but, and perhaps it’s just me but, if you have such a goal in mind, phrases like this might just be counterproductive:

I got some f–king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”

Because nothing says: I’m not harassing anyone nor a threat to people, then quoting a phrase associated with assassination since before the nation formed.

Because we all know Bill Schmalfeldt is a fanatical fan of William Shakespeare.

Second the Red Herring.

Consider Robert Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan who have spent a fair amount of time writing about Kimberlin, Rauhauser, are nationally known as reporters, they have built up connection networks far and wide and have spent time doing first hand reporting bringing to light subject that the left would rather see left alone.

For a reason totally independent of this post I needed to go to Stranahan’s site today. I was rather amazed that 18 of his last 20 posts concerned Bill Schmalfeldt’s actions vis a vis Lee’s family and the suit. The latest:

Bill Schmalfeldt shows no signs whatsoever of stopping public discussion of his sexual obsession with me and my family. He’s been writing about my wife Lauren for months, in insulting and prurient terms that have including fantasizing about having her perform sexuals acts on him and then do menial labor before discussing the death of our daughter Collette

Meanwhile Robert Stacy McCain has his third post in six days, his 4th this month on Mr. Schmalfeldt, from the latest:

No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Stranahan: You believed Lee was particularly vulnerable to your persistent harassment, and so you kept piling up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expectation of destroying him. And now that Stranahan feels compelled to file criminal charges to end your harasssment, you are projecting your own sadistic motives onto Lee.

Projection is the right word here along with a tad bit of Latin “Cui bono“?

Who benefits from taking two nationally known reporters who have been known to drive stories the MSM has ignored off of whatever they are covering to write about a virtual unknown or better yet, given Lee Stranahan’s readership on twitter:


and Stacy’s


Someone might not pay to have a guy with 150 followers with protected tweets silenced, but I suspect someone might kick in a buck or two to get two guys with a combined twitter followers off of national stories for a bit. Ignoring the multiplicity effect of tweets that would amplify the value of distraction basic math would suggest it is 300 times more likely that someone would pay for someone to keep people like Stacy & Lee busy.

Does that mean someone is paying Mr. Schmalfeldt to make trouble for Lee and/or Stacy? No, there is no evidence I’m aware of and even if someone IS paying Mr. Schmalfeldt, he has as much right to shake his tip jar as anyone else. If someone thinks keeping Stacy & Lee busy is worth paying Mr. Schmalfeldt a few dollars that’s capitalism.

However assuming such a payment is taking place, presumption of innocence not withstanding, given the preliminary hearing on criminal charges against Mr. Schmalfeldt (and others) the question becomes: “Is this a wise investment?”

As any Sicilian can tell you, as long as Mr. Schmalfeldt keeps his mouth shut under oath on the subject, the answer may be yes.

Now I don’t claim to be unbiased here. I’m a friend of both Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan so feel free to judge my piece accordingly but in terms of the lawsuits being filed in Maryland whether you distrust what I’ve written or accept it as Gospel one thing is for sure. It won’t be boring.

Raj: Howard, wait. Why don’t you use this instead of the PVC to keep the transverse filter assembly in place?

Howard: Because this is not a spare part from the space station. This is the thing from the pizza box that keeps the lid from touching the cheese.

Raj: That what that’s for? In India, the lid just touches the cheese. Of course, we also have rampant poverty and periodic outbreaks of cholera, so a little cardboard in our cheese is no biggie.

The Big Bang Theory, The Classified Materials Turbulence 2009

Yesterday I talked about how the left had left opening for the right over the decades that have allowed people like Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox news drive right through, I also spoke about the irony of Charles Johnson’s attack on Robert Stacy McCain starting me on the path to the following plan

60 donors x Giving $20 x 12 Months = My Paycheck 

Granted this has only worked for two weeks so far but after looking at a twitter debate I’ve seen online yesterday and thinking about something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

Certain products like (shameless plug alert) the Jerkstopper that anchors your laptop cable to an unused port so it doesn’t get “jerked” out of your laptop and break the power pin work because it fills a need hitherto untouched. The same works with media.  The unwillingness of the MSM to cover important stories as Powerline noted yesterday gives bloggers the ability to be the primer pushers of stories.

Consider the Daily Caller and Senator Menendez, Matthew Boyle has been on this case as the MSM totally ignored the story in favor of Marco Rubio drinking water.  Last night it actually reached the point where CNN led it’s 8PM with a laughable report trying to discredit the story concerning underage hookers while acknowledging corruption under the “everybody does it” meme.

Yet even this coverage in the MSM doesn’t happen without conservative bloggers continuing to push this story over and over again.

And that’s just one example, Think about Robert Stacy McCain on Bret Kimberlin and Lee Stranahan on Steubenville.  You know these stories because they bothered to tell you them and it has cost them.

Now think of the internet as a whole.  How many great conservative bloggers are out there getting you stories others have left behind. Robert Stacy McCain who has traveled the country bringing you stories. Dan Riehl who’s site is a plethora of information, The Conservatory & the Minority Report, aggregate sites bringing you great conservative writing from all over the net. The Lonely Conservative reporting from NY, Jimmie Bise, Jeff Dunetz the Yid with Lid, Pam Geller, Bob Belvedere, Jerry Wilson, William Hoge, Lee Stranahan, Stacy Washington, the Chicks on the Right, Sarah Marie Brenner, Zilla, Katy’s Conservative Corner, Doug Ross, Marathon Pundit, Babalu blog and so many more that I simply can’t list without making this a 10,000 word post.

If you look at my field guide of bloggers the list of conservative bloggers driving liberals nuts on a daily basis is simply boundless.

If only we could fund them.  The funding device to keep bloggers up and running is the small plastic piece that keeps the cardboard out of the cheese, very obvious once you have it, but someone needs to come up with it first.

I have often quoted Jimmie Bise statement concerning a conservative funding

 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.

And Stacy McCain:

For the $4 million that the permatanned RINO Charlie Crist collected during that single three-month span of 2009, you could fund eight spiffy little New Media operations for a year (or four such operations for two years). And FEC contribution limits do not apply to people making “investments” in news operations, so that the rich Republicans would not be restricted in their generosity toward New Media, as they are toward political candidates.Soros has figured this out. Rich Republicans have not.

We’ve talked about this for a while and I’ve spoken to bloggers concerning several such idea but the problem has always been access to the type of donors that Karl Rove takes for granted for the seed money and of course there is the issue of being dependent on one or two big donors to keep things going.

and that brings us to my plan built upon the plan I’m using for myself only more dramatic:

6000 people x $20  x 12 months = An Army of Conservative Davids

My personal 60 x $20 x 12 months works out to an annual paycheck of $14,400  multiply that times 100 and suddenly you have a budget of 1.4 million dollars.

What can you fund with $1.4 Mil?  Consider:

Hobby & Green Bloggers/Activists:

There are plenty of people who blog after work, maybe one post a day or the brand new bloggers just getting started.  Their only costs are hosting and maybe the occasional trip.  Under the formula above you could fund 400 such people at $1000 annually to cover their hosting, and perhaps a trip to an event.

 Cost: $400,000

Part Time & Retired Bloggers:

 They might be a housewife or house husband, working part-time.  They might cover events within driving distance and state races.  Perhaps they go to a national conference or three.  You could fund say 100 people $5000 a year to do this.

Cost  $500,000

Full time bloggers:

They will be expected to cover national events in person, flying and traveling, and posting multiple times a day with original reporting and live reports.

Right now nationally we have ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN & FOX.  lets say we double those networks 12 people doing this  and pay them each $35,000 a year out of which they are expected to cover at least one trip every other month. 

That’s $420,000.

Add those numbers up  $400,000 + $500,000 + $420,000 = $1,320,000 to fund 512 bloggers.  (And that still leaves $120K for overhead)

Think of that a second:  512 bloggers posting daily amplifying the conservative message, pushing conservative candidates on the local state and federal level and best of all cross promoting each other and the causes they are pushing.

And also think of the incentive structure.  How many new bloggers might work very hard for the chance to turn that $1000 a year into $5000 or that $5000 a year into a $35,000 annual job (although guys it’s harder work than you think).

And best of all, instead of counting on one or two big donors who might demand certain stories be covered and others not, we would be talking 6000 people all giving a total of $240 a year.

6000 people works out to 120 PER STATE.  Surely we can find 120 people in each state who can spare 20 bucks a month to fund this, after all:

How much would the GOP pay for a minimum of 512 stories on the web promoting their cause?

How much would the various conservative think tanks be willing to pay for hundreds of potential promoters of their studies and their finding?

How much would YOU as a conservative be willing to pay to see this happen?  Would you pay $20 a month?

And what is the left going to do?  Are they going to paint a bunch of middle class folks kicking in $20 a month?  Are they going to have a big expose on a guy with a parts store who gives up 2 trips to Wendy’s or Burger king every month?

If 60 people kicking in $20 a week month to give me a paycheck for a single conservative blog annoys the left, how crazy would over 500 bloggers dogging their candidates and promoting our side do.

I think it’s a worthwhile idea, the problem is can I find 6000 people nationwide who agree?

Update: Stacy McCain notes why the Army of Conservative Davids/Stacy McCains is needed:

Ah, but here comes The Enforcer: Charles Pierce at Esquire attacks Vandehei and Harris from their left flank, signaling that even the mildest media dissent against Dear Leader is unacceptable. Anyone in the D.C. press corps who actually does stray from the fawning pro-Obama herd will be targeted for destruction by MSNBC, by the left blogosphere, by Media Matters and Think Progress.

It’s these enforcer types — Commissars of the People’s Information Bureau, as it were — who make media reform impossible. That’s what Journolist was all about, and you may notice that the Washington Post hasn’t exactly kicked Ezra Klein to the curb.

and at Human Events Newt talks of the innovation the GOP needs

As Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told me, “Commercial radio was a new technology in the early 1930′s and Reagan adapted to it. Talking movies were a new technology in the late 30′s and Reagan adapted to it. Network television was a new technology in the early 1950′s and Reagan adapted to it. If Reagan were alive today, he’d be tweeting.”

This plan, that is innovation.

Update 2: Typo corrected “week” to “Month” in 2nd to last paragraph.

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A journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step and the journey to the $300 paycheck this week is taking baby steps as we have moved $10 closer than yesterday. Thus we are still 13 1/4 $20 hits this week away from three hundred but I’m an optimist at heart.

You can fuel that optimism with a click on the button below. After all why send the money to HBO this month when they will just use it to hit conservatives?

`I’ll give you Mr Scrooge, the Founder of the Feast.’

`The Founder of the Feast indeed.’ cried Mrs Cratchit, reddening. `I wish I had him here. I’d give him a piece of my mind to feast upon, and I hope he’d have a good appetite for it.’

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843

When you think of conservative media there are three names that instantly come to mind. Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News

Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and Fox News are all at the top of their fields. The left constantly hits all three but Rush has been the #1 talk radio show for decades, Matt Drudge’s web site is in the top 100 nationwide and top 500 worldwide (think of how many porn sites outdrawn) and Fox News has been on top so long a post-election dip in ratings was news all over the web and on their rival station that conveniently neglect to mention their own pathetic ratings in their stories.

Granted all three deserve credit for their own success but it’s not possible without decades of help from the MSM.

Years of bland biased radio gave Rush Limbaugh his opening, Fox took up a mantle that nobody else on TV was willing to carry and rode it to #1 spot in cable news, and Newsweek might still be a national magazine if they didn’t forfeit their scoop on Monica Lewinsky & Bill Clinton to Matt Drudge who beats the now online only Newsweek by a factor of 10.

Put simply the media created the conditions for all of these conservative platforms to thrive.

Here on the web the left is no less prolific. With Soros money and bloggers on salary the left is able to create instant public opinion or at least its illusion. In response the independent bloggers working on a shoestring have become a force in response.

As longtime readers of this blog and listeners to the radio show know I lost my Computer Job 5 years ago. During my failed pursuit of a job in my field, I started my old blog. My breakout moment came when I hosted Robert Stacy McCain to cover the improbable Scott Brown, however even that came about because of another event even more improbable

Stacy McCain while still at his old blog was attacked by Charles Johnson of LGF during his final er “change”  I had been a fan of both blogs at the time and covered the clash noting people who knew Stacy personally defended him and had a problem with Johnson’s tactics:

I saw Charles accusations concerning Robert, they were serious not only in terms of his career as a reporter and someone supporting a family of 6 but in terms of honor. The next day after reacting with righteous anger over the statements Robert answered and provided explanations as well. They more than satisfied me and I take him at his word…However there is another factor here, Robert Stacy McCain is the father of six. Those six carry his name and to some degree his reputation. He is fighting for their honor, his father honor and his great grandfather’s honor. He also as a father has to set the example for his children to stand up for themselves. If he lets this go without satisfaction he the example he will be setting will be terrible. As a father I see it and nod.

Eventually I found my self Banned from LGF along with a friend then called by Stacy McCain for the first time.  a conversation that ended in friendship.

That friendship that led to the Scott Brown team-up, my first CPAC visit, a place on the Tea Party Express bus, eventually to the Mitt Romney “victory” party and to this day where the blog has been ranked 101 on the list of top 150 conservative web sites and to you dear readers over the last two weeks providing me with the first two semi regular paychecks I’ve received since George Bush was president.

But none of this happens without Johnson attacking Stacy McCain.

Now based on a 40 hour work  (in reality is a 7 day a week job regularly working 80 hours) reading, writing, researching, or calling people concerning stories or covering them myself for the show or the blog the following formula…

Sixty Readers Giving $20 Dollars for Twelve Months = My Weekly $300 Paycheck

…works out to $7.50 an hour before taxes but I suspect the idea of an independent conservative blog able to support itself by reader contributions would still annoy Charles Johnson to no end.

The eventual goal is to make the radio pay enough to double that figure and get me back at least to the level I was drawing when I collected unemployment and if I work even harder someday to the weekly $800 paycheck that allowed me to build the savings our family exhausted over the Obama years.  That would annoy Charles Johnson even more

But if 60 people  x $20 x 12 to fund a single conservative blogger annually how much angrier can we make the entire left with just a little tweak, but that is a post for tomorrow morning.


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Yesterday was a National Holiday although not for the blog but it was a holiday for DaTipJar

Sunday’s tip jar hit still puts us $25 ahead of last week at this time but far behind the goal of the weekly paycheck.

It takes only 14 people kicking in $20 to pay the bills in a week. Consider being one of them, it will annoy the left to no end.

Because of personal issues I haven’t given the events in Egypt any coverage, that couldn’t really been helped but for all the fuss about fiscal cliffs and pregnant princesses the protests of the last few days might in fact be the most consequential events of the 21st century, for the entire world.

On Thanksgiving day just a few hours after being praised by Obama/Clinton team for his role in the cease-fire that prevented Israel from wiping out Hamas sites where rockets had been launched against Israel from (a cease-fire the Muslim Brotherhood needed badly to safe face) President Morisi claimed far-reaching powers over the state and the courts in a rather dramatic move that caught many Egyptians by surprised and was almost totally ignored by Americans busy with Turkey, Football and Black Friday shopping.

Since then there have been loud protest reaching a point where Morsi actually fled the palace for a short period of time.

However the Muslim Brotherhood was not going to sit back and let this happen, yesterday they organized counter-protests and that means violence:

The Egyptian army has begun to clear demonstrators and media organisations from outside the presidential palace in Cairo.

It follows violent overnight clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and 644 injured.

Yesterday While picking up a pizza at a local place the protests were on the air on a satellite channel in Arabic, the owner of the place in Fitchburg talked about the violence of the Muslim Brotherhood in an attempt to suppress protests.

There isn’t much news in English from the Horse’s mouth but here is something from the Egypt Daily News.

First of all, I would like to thank you. If it wasn’t for the massive organised effort and insane amount of money that you poured into having a strong showing in Giza and Alexandria last Saturday, and the full Panic mode that you put all the secular people of Egypt (who are now the majority after five months only of your rule), we wouldn’t have seen yesterday’s massive, nay, colossal turn out in all of the governorates. Not only did we pack Tahrir, we completely covered the huge area surrounding the Presidential palace (despite security checkpoints placed there by your security forces to divide the crowds and make the numbers look small, and which were naturally removed by the protesters), not to mention the massive turnout in Alexandria, Assiut, Minya, Daqahliya, Suez, Port Said, 6th of October, Mahalla, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Damanhour, Damietta, Aswan and others.

Wanting to get a few from the front lines I took a look at the twitter feed of Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey to get a better idea of what is going on and discovered something interesting…

As might be expected there is a lot of arabic as Egyptians of all types talk about what is going on here

That’s a real problem for a person like me who doesn’t know arabic, but there is one thing he says in English loud and clear:

Who is Gehad El-Haddad? Let me introduce you or more properly I’ll let him introduce himself:

So it seems to be Mr. El-Haddad is deeply involved in both the Muslim Brotherhood and in media. As the Brotherhood man involved in TV I would expect he’d have a lot to say about what is going on, so I looked at his twitter feed, Here is what the front page of his twitter feed looks like as of 8:48 AM EST Thursday

This screen shot seemed odd to me, so I kept scrolling down for a 2nd then a 3rd and then a 4th. Then I came to the 5th page:

Now doesn’t it strike you as odd that you have to go down 5 pages before you find a single tweet in Arabic, and that a retweet?

If this man is communicating to the people of Egypt, to the Arab world, to people who follow Islam, surely you would expect to see a large amount of tweets in Arabic with the odd English tweet mixed in more like our friend Sandmonkey?

Why is this so? The answer can be found in Sandmonkey’s twitter feed

Here is what I think. I think this fellow Gehad El-Haddad’s twitter feed is for lazy westeners who don’t want to sort though arabic, I think it exists to build a real time narrative for the western world. As Nervana Mahmoud puts it in the Daily News of Egypt:

The Muslim Brotherhood is waging a war of perception, not just for domestic consumption but for a western audience, too. Perception is crucial for two reasons: To defeat non-Islamist opponents, who may lose faith quickly when watching the endless number of pro-Morsy protestors in comparison to their relatively lower number in Tahrir and, secondly, to convince western nations that Islamists are the only reliable, powerful force in Egypt and that they are backed by the “majority” of Egyptians.

That’s why Mr. El Haddad’s tweets are not in Arabic. If you consider how easily the west bought the Hamas narrative I can see why he would be sure to tweet “facts” in a language that the lazy western press could understand but the majority of Egyptians would not.

Update: Instalanche! and more from Stacy McCain and Captain Ed

Doyle Lonnegan: You see that fella in the red sweather over there? His name’s Donnie McCoy. Works a few of the protection rackets for Cunnaro when he’s waiting for something better to happen. Donnie and I have known each other since we were six. Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation.

The Sting 1973

“Being Notorious Is Not the Same as Being Famous, But It’s Better Than Being Anonymous.”

Robert Stacy McCain

This was a catch phrase of Robert Stacy McCain on his old blogspot site and today Stacy McCain is putting this phrase to the test with Mr. Bill Schmalfeldt as the test subject.

Having ignored the clear warnings signals of several months Mr. Schmalfeldt has decided to make an enemy of Robert Stacy McCain.

His initials are B.S., which is about all anyone would need to know about him, if he weren’t obsessively cyberstalking people, including my wife. But he has persisted — sending me more than 200 Twitter messages in a 48-hour period from Friday through Sunday afternoon — and his continuing career of harassment means that you’re likely to be hearing more about Bill Schmalfeldt in the near future.

One might question the wisdom of doing this. You have a veteran shoe leather reporter with decades of experience who dedicated an incredible amount of time and money covering the presidential election from Iowa to New Hampshire, from South Carolina to Florida (and that was during the primaries!) without the benefit of a major news organization picking up the tab. Such a person is clearly obsessive/compulsive when getting his hands on a story.

Having established the obsessive compulsive nature of said reporter when on a story you continue to annoy and harass him when he gives subtle but clear signals that this is a bad idea. Mr. Schmalfeldt continued to bait Stacy McCain and his family forgetting that post-election as he had already been informed…:

starting Nov. 7, I’ll have plenty of leisure to write about monstrous fools who vainly imagine they can distract me for more than a few minutes from my continuing coverage of this historic presidential campaign.

…said reporter would have plenty of extra time to concentrate on him.

Ever worse for the aforementioned Mr. Schmalfeldt, said reporter, having invested an inordinate amount of time effort covering a campaign that ended with a disappointing and demoralizing result, might find it cathartic to direct the resulting frustration of this result toward exposing and covering a person who has say; harassed or threatened to harass his wife and family for an extended period of time? Even if he wasn’t obsessive/compulsive when focusing on a story, this might generally be considered a bad thing if you are the focus of said attention.

To wit I give you the math:

According to Stacy McCain’s latest post, Mr. Schmalfeldt, a single person, sent Mr. McCain 200+ tweets in a 48 hour period. Assuming Mr. Schmalfeldt didn’t schedule said tweets this works out to a tweet every 14.4 minutes at Robert Stacy McCain over said period.  This is an impressive number.

Unfortunately for Mr. Schmalfeldt the positive math for him ends there.

Let me throw two numbers out there that are part of this equation: 661 & 16,956.

Those are the relative number of twitter followers Mr. Schmalfeldt & Mr McCain have respectively as of 7 a.m. EST 11/26/12.

That means, for example, if Mr. McCain writes a post as he did last night ending with the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.” and chooses to tweet that out, it will have twenty-five times more views  than all of Mr. Schmalfeldt’s tweets directed toward Mr. McCain in the course of over 5 of those aforementioned 48 hours. Additionally due to the volume of followers it is almost certainly true that more individual people will see a single tweet by Mr. McCain than all of the tweets Mr. Schmalfeldt produced in that same 48 hours.

And that’s not all. If even a small percentage of Mr. McCain’s followers say 4% choose to re-tweet the phrase:  “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar“, that would equal the effect of every single person who follows Mr. Schmalfeldt retweeting him.   This has the effect of moving the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” relentlessly up the Google, Yahoo, Bing etc etc ladder in search engines faster than the phrase:  “Topless Miley Cyrus pics” adds hits to your web totals.

To put it bluntly as an FYI for Mr. Schmalfeldt:  When a person with more than 25 times your twitter followers, and likely 100 times your readership, who is in the top 75k websites worldwide & top 12k nationally with over 2100 sites linking into it (according to Alexa)  starts using the phrase:  Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar.” on a regular basis it generally has a bad effect on your online reputation and searches containing your name.

This effect tends to be magnified when smaller sites such as The Lonely conservative, Hogewash, Lee Stranahan and even this one links to the post with the phrase: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar”. While all of said sites are smaller than Mr. McCain’s in volume, these four sites alone add 2599 sites which link into them and an additional 37,045 twitter followers into the mix.

And that doesn’t even take into the account the effect when Mr. McCain is regularly picked up by a site that regularly ranks in the top 5000 worldwide and the top 1000 nationally (according to Alexa) with over 13k sites linking into it.  It may in fact be the case that more people in the next 24 hours will see the phrase “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” than read William Shakespeare phrase: “Can I compare thee to a summer’s day?” during his entire lifetime.

And this is only the 2nd of what will likely be a series of posts concerning Mr. Schmalfeldt that will likely contain the words: “Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar” subject to said web amplification.  And that’s assuming Mr. McCain doesn’t attempt to augment said amplification by including a phrase such as: “Anne Hathaway nude pics” to bump up the hits a tactic Mr. McCain has not been shy about using in the past although in fairness he tends to get in front of such google bombs rather than tagging onto existing ones.

Bottom line we can expect the post titled:  The Dishonesty of Bill Schmalfeldt and the phrase:  Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar to relentlessly move up the search engine results for Mr. Schmalfeldt over the coming days and weeks.

If the end result of all of this attention is what I think it will be then Mr. Schmalfeldt will be able to take some small consolation in proving Mr. McCain’s phrase: “Being Notorious Is Not the Same as Being Famous, But It’s Better Than Being Anonymous.” incorrect.

Perhaps it can be named the “‘Bill Schmalfeldt is a liar’ multiplier”?

Mr. Schmalfeldt takes offense at this post in comments. He asks why I did not contact for this story or my previous post. The answer is quite simple, this story as the one before it, is about the wisdom of tangling with Robert Stacy McCain given their relative voices on the internet. I am not a party to the dispute between him and Mr. McCain and it may interest him to know I did not contact Mr. McCain prior to writing of either story.

If Mr. Schmalfeldt takes exception to my analysis of the relative blog power of him v Stacy McCain in my post, and he certainly has the right to do so, he is more than welcome to express it at his blog, and then perhaps his friends and financial backers great and small will pick up said post and amplify his opinion as loudly as he sees fit. If he thinks I’m a “hack” he is certainly entitled to that opinion too. I trust the greater public can make any decision they wish to make based on said posts. Meanwhile I’ll simply thank him for the link with the hope that he and his had a pleasant thanksgiving and will have a Merry Christmas.

I found this post at the The Thinking Americanist concerning this bit of google news represented by this seemingly innocuous video question:

In a post concerning what this means Chris Crum said this:

“If, however, your idea of quoting is including an entire article from some other site, or maybe even multiple articles, and you’re not doing any original content yourself, then that can affect the reputation of how we view your site,” he adds.

Basically, as long as you are adding some kind of value and perspective to what you are quoting, you’re going to be as far as Google is concerned.

“Those sorts of things are completely legitimate and absolutely fine,” Cutts says. “I wouldn’t worry about that.

So, if you’re quoting (and linking) rather than scraping, you’re probably okay. You may not want to go overboard on how much text you’re actually quoting from a source, however. Otherwise, you’re liable to be run into trouble with the source itself.

Now that begs the question, in trouble in what way? In the way a site is ranked? In the way Google’s engine goes through the post? Exactly how is Google looking at stuff?

Most people don’t ever think about this but at least one blogger did:

Well, I would not settle for what they are telling us; because I have discovered that Google is now coming to my blog, every time I post something new to the blog and executing a search of my blog and the internet for duplicated content.

This makes sense, if they are checking for duplicate content they must actually scan to see if it exists Mr ADkins asks the question:

why does Google feel the need to search my blog against their database? Now, if I were an Alex Jones type or an overly paranoid Conservative; I would be thinking that the Government is indexing my posts for investigation purposes or something worse. Now, I really do not believe that something like this would be occurring, but this searching my blog stuff really has me wondering.

I actually have a more practical question.

My Weekly “Under The Fedora” column appears on 4 different blogs at the moment, on two of them I post it myself, on one I leave it in draft because I have some odd formatting issues, but on another I submit it and they post it.

If Google is doing this does this cause a disadvantage to the sites that post it later? How does it handle such things as say a Mark Steyn Column that might appear at multiple places at once and what procedures are in place to make sure a post that is snarfed by someone else and copied doesn’t accidentally get promoted over the original?

I don’t think this is anything sinister but for bloggers like me who will have duplicate posts on multiple sites on a regular basis it should be a consideration when figuring out how to schedule your posts.


BTW a few people might find themselves surprised that I linked Pat Adkins here. Everyone knows I’m a friend of Zilla, Stacy and others who have had run-ins with him. Why this post and the link?

First: I found this story interesting and his quote was a part of it

Second: Since he was the source of the story for me simple blog protocol demands a link

Third: When he became aware of the Zilla video he put up a public retraction and has included a permanent link complete with graphic on the front page. I’m Catholic I like contrition and it deserves recognition and if you’re not Christian then consider these words of Glenn Reynolds: When you reward behavior, you tend to get more of it.

Update That’s ADKINS not ATKINS and yes the site was down a few hours full details not yet available.

Earlier this week I got an E-mail from the great Fausta.

I gave her a call and we talked about a poll she wanted my opinion on. It is the Latino Decisions polls and she thought the numbers were kind of weird.

I took a look at the poll and it didn’t take long to notice some ….interesting issues to wit:

This is the sixth release of an 11-week tracking poll of Latino registered voters. Each week impreMedia and Latino Decisions will release a new rolling cross-section of 300 completed interviews with Latino registered voters across all 50 states. Battleground interviewers are combined across all six weeks and are 267 completed interviews, with Florida accounting for the largest share of battleground states.

So the battle ground figures in this poll are actually mini samples taken over six weeks while opinions might be changing. That’s bad enough but consider one more thing:

Battleground states: FL, NV, CO, AZ, OH, NH, NC, VA, IA, MO (all 7 points or smaller margin in current presidential polls)

Forget the insanity of trying to extrapolate the latino vote over fifty states based on a 300 person sample. Lets look at the 10 battleground states 267 answers over 10 states.

I would just say the numbers but I think I can explain this with a visual much more effectively:

And yes people are actually falling for this stuff.

Update: Welcome Green Room & Faustina readers. Don’t forget there are still free tickets available for my 100th show extravaganza (we’ll feed you) My analysis of what has really been going on overall (quoted by Rush) is available here and don’t forget for as little as the price of a single Starbucks coffee you can get access to my subscriber/tip jar hitter only commentaries. A teaser here.

Stacy McCain is in Ohio right now covering Mitt Romney, His first hand report is of a surging campaign with huge crowds and a great speech at the end of it:

I talked briefly to a National Correspondent Whose Name You Would Recognize and said, “Great speech, huh?

The correspondent replied: “He wrote it himself, you know.” My reaction was skeptical. Does any big-time politician write his own speeches anymore? I said, “Really? He wrote it himself?”

The correspondent said, “Swear to God. He wrote it himself” — and then did a cross-my-heart motion.

How would the correspondent know Mitt wrote the speech himself? I don’t know, but his confidence was such — and the speech was so genuinely awesome — that I called my source at Romney campaign HQ in Boston and asked him if he he had a text of the speech he could send me.

Bob Zurbin was in Colorado and wrote this:

Paul Ryan came and spoke today in Lakewood, Colorado, very near my home. The high school gym was packed, with over 3000 present. Most of the folks there were local, but one couple seated next to me was from Durango and had driven six hours to get there.

To say the crowd received Ryan with enthusiasm would be an understatement. In fact, his reception became literally thunderous, as many started stamping or pounding on the gym benches, and they repeated this several times when Ryan made strong points.

Over at No One of any Import Linda shares some relative crowd size photos and find an incongruity with the MSM’s coverage

Here’s a strange thing. At this very moment, the headlining topic at Memeorandum is “GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan.” Huh. Perhaps there is a disconnect between the pros and the actual voters?

There is not a disconnect, it’s the Progressive story from this morning all over again. The MSM and the Obama campaign doing their best to sell a message and a theme, unfortunately for them the Robert Stacy McCain the Bob Zurbins and Linda are getting the story out.

It’s appropriate that Linda’s blog is called “No one of any import” and labels herself “Just one of the Rabble” because to the MSM that is what she is, but come election day when the votes are counted, they might have a different opinion and regret they were more interested in reporting the left’s spin than the news of the day.

Back in April at Blogcon I filmed this interview with Kaite Pavlich author of Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up

Katie had been writing about this for a while.

Obama took credit for confiscating 64 percent more weapons than ever before. Well, that’s what happens when the federal government sends thousands of guns into Mexico in the first place through Operation Fast and Furious under the Obama Justice Department and ATF, of course it becomes easier to confiscate more guns when you put more into an area to begin with.

that entry was from May 11th 2011.

Meanwhile today the viewers of Morning Joe found themselves learning about the president’s use of Executive privilege to shield Eric Holder which necessitated talking about Fast and Furious.

This entire conversation and the death of an ATF agent must have come as a shock to their viewers who were wondering why the administration is invoking executive privilege.

Ironically, like MSNBC I was late to this story as well, my first post on it was June 28th of 2011 in a post titled “Is it Watergate yet? which starts with the line:

I’m likely the only blogger on the right who hasn’t written on project gunrunner…

The post linked to a story at Fox News (you know that company the media urges all right thinking people to ignore)

‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice

By Maxim Lott

Published June 27, 2011

Here is the video I didn’t embed at the time.


That weekend I had Barbara Espinosa on my WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRAdio to talk about this issue. (BTW she will be on my show this week in the 2nd hour WCRN during my 11 AM hour listen live at wcrnradio.com).

A little over a month later the ATF chief resigned My post on the subject was titled:

ATF chief resigns and nobody knows why

…at least nobody who follows the MSM

If you search for the words “fast and furious” on my blog you will only find 14 posts after this one and remember I was not only late to this, but I didn’t give this story much attention.

If however you do a search for “fast and furious” or “ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL” at Instapundit ( a former MSNBC contributor no less) you will find dozens of entries dating back to Feb 13th 2011: NRA weighs in on ATF gunrunning scandal.

Over and over I’ve seen the Morning Joe crowd scoff at “just bloggers” and tweeters who comment, yet even a “blogger and tweeter” like myself who has given this story short shift has been on this story for a year while the Morning Joe viewers are only now getting anything resembling coverage of this story and they dare to paint it as an “election year stunt”.

They could have covered this story, with their vast resources they could have done the work that a 23-year-old blogger Katie Pavlich did, or they could have interviewed her and talked about her book. They deliberately choose not to do so.

After today I don’t want to hear a single person on MSNBC or anywhere else talk about “bloggers in their pajamas” vs “real reporters”, because speaking as a blogger typing cross-legged in his bed, I find the comparison insulting to me.

Exit question: I’m listening right to my show from a year ago as I type this and one section is jumping out at me:

DaTechGuy “…This is serious stuff because Watergate nobody ever, For all that Nixon did with Watergate no one died from Watergate and we already have, we have two deaths directly connected with this…”

Barbara Espinosa: “…but you don’t just have two deaths”

DaTechGuy: “…and that’s not counting the deaths in Mexico.”

Barbara Espinosa: “Well there’s been hundreds of Mexican citizens who have been killed with these guns…”

When I reflect on how the MSM has covered for this administration for a full year I challenge my readers to consider this question:

Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?

I say yes!

Update: Let the record show that Barbara Espinosa has been writing about this forever and has written about this today as well

Update 2: Powerline talks to a Justice Department vet who says:

Even with his fawning press, [Presdient Obama] will pay a price for this one. He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite. They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both. I just can’t see any other explanation for such a risky move.

Wasn’t the Washington Post just covering big time the 40th anniversary of Watergate? I wonder how much coverage this one will get.

Like I said, we are seeing what Watergate would look like if the MSM were all behind Nixon

Update 3: Missed a link, fixed.

Yesterday evening just after I finished talking to the IRS  I noted I had missed a call from Ali Akbar and gave him a ring.

Ali expressed concern about Ladd Ehlinger Post that I had retweeted late last night concerning him and Paul Lemmen.

Some background. I’ve known Ali since the Scott Brown race and he has treated me well, the very first press credential I had, came from Ali. I think Ali is a talented young man who has a future and I have a very high opinion of his mother who I met at the last Blogcon. Blogbash at CPAC.

We Sicilians tend to remember that kind of thing so when Ali asked me if I would interview him on this matter, although I frankly thing this entire post is ill advised, I agreed.

Before we began I told Ali about my own relationships with the others involved in this conversation. Paul Lemmen & Ladd Ehlinger.

I have regularly linked to Paul Lemmen (although we’ve never met or spoke) I became aware of him through Zilla. Our exchanges have been unexciting but have really been just about posts.

As for Ladd Ehlinger with the exception of Stacy McCain there is nobody I’m closer to on the net. We talk regularly on issues and what is going down. He has been particularly good to me and mine. Ladd has my unequivocal friendship and trust.

Ladd does not have a high opinion of Ali. I have friends such as Sunshine State Sarah who share Ladd’s view while Stacy McCain on the other end likes Ali a lot.

Anyways Ali & I talked for a while and he made the following points concerning this dispute which is now getting some pixels:
Continue reading “And now by request…I jump into the middle of it”

…and the results are summarized best by this update at the Other McCain

UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. today, the top eight threads on the Memorandum blog aggregation site were:

Patterico: Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism
John Hawkins, Right Wing News: Interviewing Robert Stacy McCain About Brett Kimberlin
The Other McCain: KimberlinFiles.org
Matthew Vadum, Front Page Magazine: Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists
Ladd Ehlinger, Jr., Film Ladd: Top Signs You’re Being Harassed By Brett Kimberlin
Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner: How to kill the First Amendment

So I guess this whole “suppress the truth through intimidation” thing is working pretty good for Brett Kimberlin, eh?

And the icing on the cake comes from this post at Breitbart.com

A Breitbart News investigation has revealed that many of the funders of the Justice Through Music Project (JTMP), a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization of which convicted “Speedway bomber” Brett Kimberlin is a director, do not know about his criminal past. Those foundations and funds listed as donors that responded to request for comment also indicated that they had not been contacted by media other than Breitbart News.

I’m shocked SHOCKED!

Note that they were not questioned about his present, just his past. For those of you who missed the day and don’t know what it’s about, I refer you to Roxeanne DeLuca:

Shortly before his death, Andrew Breitbart began to expose Kimberlin and publicise the case. Patterico and several other bloggers took up the cause. Kimberlin’s whack job associates then began to terrorise and intimidate the few people who said anything about Kimberlin: they filed frivolous lawsuits against any individual they could find, filed ethics complaints with the state bar associations in an attempt to get lawyers disbarred; harassed family members; harassed people at work until their supervisors fired them out of fear that continued employment would be dangerous; and engaged in SWATting.

SWATting is when a murderous, psychopathic a-hole calls the police, pretending to be a person (like Patterico), claims to have just murdered someone, and gives the address of the victim. Then, a heavily armed SWAT team shows up, ready to shoot the victim of this particular brand of terrorism. Patterico found his house surrounded by armed cops, helicopters, fire trucks, and ambulances – in the dead of night. The police came in, guns drawn, arrested Patrick, cuffed him, threw him into a squad car, then woke up his wife, frisked her, and checked on the children. Now, bear in mind that this happened to a Deputy Prosecutor and his wife, who is also a prosecutor. These people are not unknown to the local police, not without their supporters in the community, and certainly not lacking in legal acumen. Yet, cuffed in the dead of night, arrested, searched, and frisked – because some whackadoodle thinks that this is a good way to scare people off from blogging about convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin.

Mind you there are people on the left who, unlike the foundations, who did know this was going on, yet it continued. It’s almost as if they has the utilitarian philosophy of Marxism isn’t it?

The real test will be what happens next. Will the MSM pick this up or will the blogs force it forward as we did a year ago with Weinergate? As for the rest of us Miss Attila has some suggestions

Update: Speaking of surprises

MAY 24, 2012 – JTMP has been a participant in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programfor 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to America and visit to learn about the role of arts in the US.

Via Freedomworks & the Blaze. So for the last three years the Obama administration has been working with this guy? No wonder the MSM doesn’t want to touch this story.

Update 2: Massive Irony, just after I see the state department story I see via Glenn this link at Legal Insurrection.

Yeah a nobody that works with the Obama state department.

I guess to people like Kos Brett Kimberlin will soon be obsolete

and they will never have heard of him.

Update 3: Nobody ever heard of him, well people in Indiana have, as apparently has Time Magazine.

He can no longer serve the left, so to Kos he is obsolete

Update 4: Via Camp of the Saints, more updates that you should notice:

Could Kimberlin’s actions be violations of Federal Law?

18 USC 241 prohibits intimidation against Americans for exercising free speech rights. The statute says:

If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Hmmm this sounds serious I’m sure Eric Holder will be on it right away

And it looks like Protein wisdom notes he is now a target

So when I read “Film at 11 as they say” coming from someone (potentially) with a demonstrable history of violent offenses, I take such dark tidings seriously. I won’t be bullied. And the quickest way to get me working actively against you is to try to assert your dominance over me.

It’s an American thing. A liberty thing. Those who pimp for progressivism wouldn’t understand.

And like a proper American doesn’t let a past dispute interfere with what is right

update: on Twitter just now, some of the cabal seems to be trying to use my complaints against Frey in the past to make equivalences that justify their behavior. My disputes with Patterico were public; and of course it doesn’t follow that simply because I believe Frey to have acted one way in a given instance, he must therefore always and inevitably act that way — and cannot therefore be a victim himself.

As I wrote the other day, regardless of our past disputes, on this I stand fully with Patrick and those others under assault.

And there are those who follow in Kimberlin’s footsteps

Update 5: And others who are outraged that we are even discussing this at blogs like the Moderate Voice:

Hart Williams, you want bi-partisanship with dogs and cats living together? Prove you can do it first.

And he can’t, look at his comment as The Moderate Voice:

It is disgusting and despicable to see The Moderate Voice turned into another “meetoo” zombie site for this Right Wing, coordinated attack with intent to destroy one person who allegedly caused Robert Stacy McCain to flee with his family in “fear” and raise a LOT of cash by screaming for donors to contribute.

The particulars do not matter. Only the psy-ops operation, scheduled for today and utterly dominating Memeorandum. And it is despicable to see the Moderate Voice acting as an unwitting accomplice. As to whether Mr. Esmay “knows” that is for him to declare

So, Hart Williams is fine with the tactics of SWATing a Blogger with differing opinions and also threatening a family member of a Blogger at her job.

Bipartisanship from the left, he’s no Dominic Nanni is he?

Final update: Stacy Reports Kimberlin will be in court on Tuesday, and Stacy will be on WCRN on Monday.

Looking at the commentary concerning Stacy McCain’s not so excellent adventure as his family continues to live on the run in fear of Convicted bomber, supported by liberal foundations, the most interesting thing about this story has been the great divide as mentioned by the title of this post at Goldfish and Clowns:

Silence Screams Louder Than Words

and notes some interesting omissions from those writing about this subject:

I mention this to discuss the stunning silence in which Brietbart’s minions and others have engaged in regard to this.

He has a large list of “Call outs” Including Breitbart, Hotair , Powerline, Right Wing News, The Daily Caller and RedState. Their silence it’s like watching the relatives at the start of the movie The Devi’s Disciple scurry away when their cousin is taken by the Brits.

One name that was on his list, Michelle Malkin, has come out in a big way this morning:

Over the past year, Aaron Walker (who blogged as “Aaron Worthing”), Patterico, Liberty Chick, and now Stacy McCain have been targeted by convicted Speedway bomber Brett Kimberlin because they dared to mention his criminal past or assisted others who did. The late Andrew Breitbart warned about Kimberlin and company.

I have spoken directly with both Patterico and Aaron about their ongoing battles.

The mainstream press, not just the conservative blogosphere, needs to hear and report their stories. emphasis mine

That last sentence is the big bottom line. Robert Stacy McCain is not just a blogger he is a reporter, he has chosen to cover a story and because he has and his family are in hiding for their own safety.

Run that through your head MSM. This is an American JOURNALIST forced into hiding IN AMERICA for covering a story and you don’t find that newsworthy?

I’d like to say I’m surprised at this but remembering Molly Norris (who is STILL in hiding) but the MSM’s silence doesn’t surprise me.

I’m much more surprised at the silence of other conservative bloggers but most of all Breitbart.com.

Does anyone doubt that Andrew would be screaming at the top of his lungs pushing this if he were alive?

Yeah there are a lot of other issues to write about, yeah the election IS the issue this year, but who would have thought that the site that bears Andrew’s name would be the least worthy of the words “Breitbart is here” upon them?

This doesn’t of course apply to Lee Stranhan who has gone ALL in with this video

Meanwhile Stacy McCain still carries on posting away, Smitty no stranger to danger continues to write

As I’ve said before, courage is the first virtue, without it, nothing else is possible.

Exit question. If we cringe before this loser, what will we do when Holder and DOJ decide to try to shut us up later?

Update: Day by Day gets it:

Update 2: It is worth noting that Back in November of 2010 Liberty Chick at Breitbart.com wrote a long piece of Kimberlin and his connections to the left:

Update 3:
Leave it to a Film Director to find the right way to put it:

Journalist Forced to Flee Home by Streisand-Funded Domestic Terrorist Bomber!

Juicy headline, eh? Guaranteed to bring in the page views. I can’t imagine I’m the only one who’s thought of this angle to the story.

There was a time when this kind of headline would have had reporters running for their typewriters, but nothing trumps the need for the MSM to fight for those who protect Obama.

Update 4: Hotair is now on board. Captain Ed:

Stacy has had to take his family out of their house in order to protect them, at least for a while. It’s no blogospheric secret that Stacy and I have had our differences, but I still count Stacy as a friend and hope he does the same, and no one should have to leave their home in fear simply for engaging in political debate. I hit his tip jar yesterday to help in some small way to defray his travel expenses, and I’d encourage everyone else to do the same.

What else can we do? First, read all of Michelle’s post to get a sense of what the story and its impact actually is. Write about it or don’t, depending on how much focus you believe the story deserves, but try to post something about what these bloggers are enduring — if not on a blog, then on Twitter, Facebook, or other social media channels. At some point, we all need our friends to have our backs. I’ve already been there, and believe me, it’s a lonely place until they arrive.

How long with the MSM continue to ignore this?

Update 5: Yid with Lid is on it along with PopeHat and Ace invokes Kitty Genovese.

instead of suppressing speech?

At least one leftist does.

Et Tu Wikipedia?

Update 2: Stacy McCain and American Power figure it out. Racist Naomi Schaefer dreamed all her life of being a lady on a pre-civil ware southern plantation so she married a black man; Jason Riley so she could order him around for the rest of his life:

Naomi: Honey, will you take out the garbage?
Jason: Stop oppressing me, cracker!
Naomi: You left your dirty laundry on the bathroom floor again.
Jason: Orval Faubus! Bull Connor! Selma!
Naomi: Could you run to the store and get a gallon of milk?
Jason: “We shall overcome . . .”

Good thing the Chronicle of Higher Education saw through her little trick and fired her!

This field guide actually starts with the return of one of my traveling fedoras from Cheryl Prater:

And as the nature of life is, the return of one Fedora means the loaning of another:

You can find the complete field guide here.

I’m here at the Wild Wing Cafe Charlotte NC, as a group of bloggers coming from the Hotel intercepted me as I walked from my bus stop, so with Canolli and bags in hand I joined them on a dinner run.

Before hitting the plane I had a chance to hit Mighty Subs:

You HAVE to try Mighty Subs when in Boston, meanwhile at Wild wings the winds disappears

All that's left of a 25 wing sampler

But the Fedora came out and stayed

Next stop the Blogcon reception see you all later

some new pictures and video:

The walk to Ra Ra’s with Doug Ross from Doug Ross Journal.

And at Ra Ra’s the glorious lineup of bloggers

And of course photos:

Continue reading “Hello from Charlotte NC and Blogcon”

when a mere blogger is the one asking the questions that by all rights you’d expect to be asked by actual reporters and editors in newsrooms in Washington and New York – you can be excused for thinking there’s something badly out-of-whack in the media universe.

Robert Stacy McCain May 29th 2011

Media Bias is mostly made up of sins of omission

DaTechGuy:  April 18th 2011

The NBC News editing of the Zimmerman 911 call really makes me wonder how many times in the past several decades something like this happened and we never knew anything about it.

Jeff Johnson Instapundit April 10th

There are a lot of flags flying over “editgate” but for my money the biggest story of the day comes from farther south.

On April 10th J. at 5:54 a.m. J Christian Adams posted this story at PJ Media:

Stokes said he looked back in his rear-view as he pulled away and noticed the biker rolling in the highway. “He either tried to jump in the back of the truck or onto the trailer and somehow slipped.”

Stokes said when he noticed the injured man flailing in the roadway he stopped, worried about leaving the scene of an accident. Stokes said he was getting out of his truck to go check on Clay when a woman in a red Jeep pulled alongside and shouted a warning: “You better get out of here — they’ve got guns.” That’s when Stokes looked back down the highway and some the motorcycle gang — 30 or 40 bikes strong — headed his way. “I jumped back in the truck and took off until I could find a busy intersection and that’s where I stopped.”

Stokes said he and Cooper were immediately surrounded by a gang of black bikers, all with black bandanas covering the bottom half of their faces.

The gang forced him out of the truck and commenced their revenge attack. “After I saw the knife and then felt the stabbings I fell to the ground and played dead — I think that may have saved my life,” he said.

Adams is quoting Scott Boyd’s story from the weekly Macon Beacon. The only paper that decided a gang of 30 to 40 bikers surrounding and stabbing a trucker at an intersection was newsworthy:

Boyd tells me he contacted the crime beat reporter at the Birmingham News and told her about his story. “Not newsworthy,” was her response. Boyd also tells me that law enforcement officials told Boyd they “don’t mess with the Outcasts of Alabama.”

The motorcycle gang is black, the driver who was stabbed was white. Adams continued:

Let’s see if the attack by a black motorcycle gang on an Alabama highway in broad daylight gets any more media or law enforcement attention now that the information is here for the asking. I won’t hold my breath.

Lo and behold guess at 3:02 p.m. the same day guess what story has suddenly become newsworthy to the Birmingham News.

Police probe March stabbing in Jefferson County

Adamsville police are investigating a March 24 road-rage incident in which a Mississippi man was stabbed, authorities said.

The story contains this interesting quote:

The motorcyclists were members of the Outcasts of Alabama Motorcycle Club based in Bessemer. Authorities said they’ve never had any incidents of violence from the social motorcycle club.

Well perhaps that why law enforcement officials “don’t mess with the Outcasts of Alabama” because they are so peaceful.

This morning Adams noted the sudden volte-face by the Birmingham paper and a bit of defense from the editor on their previous inaction:

Now that the new media has shamed Mr. Clark’s newspaper, the Birmingham News is pretending the call from Boyd never happened. It did. They might have “looked into it,” but the look lasted about three seconds and then Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News decided not to cover the stabbing, over a week ago. A weekly paper in Mississippi and the new conservative media at PJ Media covered events in Alabama better and quicker than the Birmingham News.

And this is an excellent illustration of the importance of blogs even on a smaller level.

We think about the the NBC’s and the New York Times as spinning an agenda, we rail about the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts and the false narratives, but in truth to most of the country the NYT is a paper they will never read in their lives and Stewart and Colbert are so insignificant that a 53-year-old move that’s been available on video for decades not only beat them 3-1 in the rating last week but took them in the 18-49 year old demographic.

But for every NYT there are dozens of Birmingham News’ uninterested in violence by Biker Gangs if they are of the wrong color. For every Jon Stewart there are countless Worcester Telegrams who find threats of violence and arson trivial if directed at pro-life centers and for every CNN there is a slew of Torrance Daily Breezes who don’t find the actions or pronouncements of major party congressional candidates worth their time.

During his talk in Lexington Mass. last year Andrew Breitbart urged those in attendance to carry a camera and report and even if it was no more than a Kindergarten teacher pushing an agenda to send him the story and he would make it national. If you are a blogger willing to report on those local stories and promote them up the blog ecosystem you have the power to make a difference. Breitbart understood this and so does every member of the MSM with an agenda who dismisses bloggers and tweeters.

That more than anything else is why they hate you and fear you.

Update: Related thoughts on media hatred and containment from Ed Driscoll and J. Christian Adams

Update 2: Bill Quick points out the scope of the NYT goes beyond it’s print edition, fair enough but stories nationwide get promoted because they appear elsewhere and get traction thus making bloggers even more important and powerful on the local level.

It’s why they want Rush to shut up too, how many stories before the rise of the net did he push that the MSM wanted the world to forget or ignore?

As Stacy McCain puts it: “This is freaking HUGE.”:

He didn’t cave when Chicken Littles in Washington invoked a manufactured crisis in 2008. He didn’t follow the pro-bailout GOP crowd — including Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — and he didn’t have to obfuscate or rationalize his position then or now, like Rick Perry and Herman Cain did. He also opposed the auto bailout, Freddie and Fannie bailout, and porkulus bills.

Santorum opposed individual health care mandates — clearly and forcefully — as far back as his 1994 U.S. Senate run. He has launched the most cogent, forceful fusillade against both Romney and Gingrich for their muddied, pro-individual health care mandate waters.

Malkin doesn’t sugar coat objections either:

Of course, Santorum is not perfect. As I’ve said all along, every election cycle is a Pageant of the Imperfects.

She then lists her objections but in the end after looking at each candidate, Santorum’s the man.

I’m pleased to have her join me on the Santorum express. Let’s hope that she helps pull us into the station.

First of all I want to thank my readers for coming through. Finished my fundraiser this morning two days early and will be buy my tickets to fly to CPAC in the next day or so.

But beyond that I’d really like to thank Glenn Reynolds, Andrea Shea King and all my friends who via either cash or promotion or both helped out my friend Zilla of the Resistance. I was absolutely delighted to go to her site today and see this:

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and relief and am struggling to find words to express how amazing I think you all are. THANK YOU from the very depths of my soul, it looks like we are going to be OK! The electric bill isn’t just paid, but paid off, meaning that I was able to pay the whole thing so that next month we will just have a normal bill like everybody else without that snowballing “past due amount” adding so much extra burden to the thing and it is all because of you beautiful kind people.

Zilla is a really good blogger, she has and will continue to pay it forward with solid blogging on the side of the angels.

I look forward to reading her has a report from CPAC next month.

Unified Patriots takes a trip down memory lane:

After Bill Clinton denied a long-time affair with Gennifer Flowers, media+Left said “move on, she’s lying.” When the audio tapes appeared in 1992. The media+Left said “move on, the tapes are doctored.”

After Clinton denied having Paula Jones summoned up to a private room and invited her to “free willy”, the media+Left chortled when government officials claimed she was what turns up when you drag a dollar bill across a trailer park. They said “Can’t prove it, therefore she’s lying. Move on.”

after a few more permutations along this line he hits the punch line:

And this is where moveon.org was born. As a smarmy, self-righteous response to national outrage over the cheapening of the Oval Office, they came back with “It’s just sex! Move on! And by the way, you suck!”

Apparently however this will not be the case for two reasons both having to do with race:

1. Black conservatives need to be crushed as a rule, a black conservative who is more qualified than Obama AND who could draw even 20% of the black vote particularly needs to go.

2. The left has a convoluted idea of how Republicans think. I suspect they will continue to push this with the idea that conservatives will somehow be shocked at the idea of a Black man hitting on a white woman. Why, because to the left it is forever the days of Jim Crow with Republicans cast in the role of Democrats.

What is true and what is false is irrelevant to the MSM and the left. What will win and what will not win for them is the only truth that counts.

As you know I’ve been voraciously defending Stacy Trasancos on this blog and had her husband Jose (an AWESOME GUY btw) and have been unsparing in my attack on that renowned defender of women and children Dianne Williamson of the Telegram today. I have maintained that Stacy’s post did not cross over lines of decorum and was totally unworthy of the attacks she has endured.

However this post by Mundabor does.

The link to the Eddie Murphy piece I don’t object to and his argument about censorship is well taken but the tone and the use of language is simply disgusting.

Let me remind you all of the rules under the Catechism of the Church:

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

As the right thing is the smart thing as well, I suggest that the post (although correct in substance) not only fails the test above but could almost be a caricature of how the left views Christians in general and Catholics in particular.

He has the perfect right to express himself on his blog as he wishes, but in my opinion when he does so in this way, with a Papal flag flying and images of Popes in prayer it does little credit to either the church or his argument.

Oh and BTW his argument is right but if you choose to disagree with it or object to his phrasing as I did, don’t act in an indecorous manner, particularly if you are on my side.