You will see a lot of videos on my Youtube Channel from the 2017 Catholic Marketing Network Show but I wasn’t the only person shooting video. EWTN and Doug Keck were there

This was from the Morning of Day two after this entry the rest of my videos will be going up pretty much sequentially. I was lucky to catch him before he started his interviews for the day. I suspect you will find a lot of his interviews from the event popping up here over the course of time.

Due to the sheer volume of interviews and my desire to give each author, artist, singer and vendor their due it’s going to take a while to get all the blog posts up (in fact the videos will take a ton of time just to get them to youtube) so expect me to add one or two posts a day once I get back from Chicago to try to get all this work done.


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And as I’ve said before if you can’t spare the cash we will be happy to accept your prayers.

Guess what I found when I arrived where I was staying in Chicago last night.

I know intellectually the book has been done for a while, I know you’ve been able to buy it via the Amazonlink on the right (or left depending on how your system loads and I know that If you’re a book store owner you’ve been able to contact Imholt Press for bulk orders right along.

But it’s different when you hold a copy of a book in your hand with your name as the author.

That’s pretty cool.

Of course selling a a Million and not having to work again for another 20 years, that would be even cooler.

Feel free to help me along there by clicking on the image below.

Incidentally a portion of every sale will be going to help support WQPH 89.3 FM the Catholic Radio station where my new show on prayer will be premiering at the end of the month.

Update:  Does posting this image count against me in terms of the sin of Pride

I don’t know if this makes me more catholic than the pope but in fairness to the Holy Father, my book is a lot less expensive.


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And as I’ve said before if you can’t spare the cash we will be happy to accept your prayers.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Shortest summer ever.  I report back to work Thursday with a series of workshops and on our new high school ELA curriculum and students report back to class August 2.  When I first started teaching twenty years ago, my first report date was August 25; seems like it backs up every single year.  I suppose year-round school is the ultimate goal but nobody is saying that.

At any rate, I’ve made the most of my summer with a couple of little trips and tending to some chores that get neglected during the school year.  I’ve read some books – probably the one that has had the most profound effect on me was Beautiful Boy by David Scheff, which tells the story of his son’s battle against addiction. I can’t imagine what it took to write this book.  Raw pain on every page, but such a beautiful story of love.

What I should have been reading is all of the new material in our new ELA curriculum. Most of the selections we are now required to teach are things I’ve never read or have not read in thirty years.  I am now required to teach, for example, chapter one of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, which is about the effect of pesticides on the environment; also on our required list is “Address to Congress on Women’s Suffrage” by Carrie Chapman Catt, excerpts from Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, “Nothing but Death” by Pablo Neruda, countless speeches and essays, poems I haven’t read since college…and I’ve got to find a way to make this relevant and meaningful to 10th grade inner city students.

I’m a little concerned.

But, I like a good challenge, so I’m sure it will be fine.

What I find disturbing, as a teacher, is the scripted lessons that come with this new curriculum; I suppose this might be helpful to a brand new teacher, but for years we’ve been told that all students learn differently – I’ve been to countless workshops on various learning styles. Now, apparently all kids learn the same and from the same teacher script.  Thank you, Common Core.

Well, I have three more days to procrastinate and I won’t worry about that now. For the next three days, it’s still summer.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

I may be in Kansas City watching the RedSox duke it out with the Royals his week but the folks at Imholt Press remain hard at work with the following anouncement:

We should have an official launch date very soon.

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Author Matt Margolis becomes the first guest on DaTechguy’s Midnight Court in the Lobby of the Gaylord Hotel at CPAC 2017.

The audio version is a tad longer so if you’d like to listen here it is

You buy his book here

I know there are other videos that could have gone first but this one was uploading on an alternate machines and was already named right.


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). Be aware that due to the sheer volume of videos to upload if I interviewed you it might be days before you see it here

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Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

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Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

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Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

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by baldilocks

 

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? And it should. Many famous people have died this year, some from old age, some from long-term conditions , some from freak accidents, and of course drug overdoses. Most heart-wrenching and thought-provoking were the deaths of mother-and-daughter superstars, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, within 24 hours of each other. But there were some non-famous deaths as well this year, including the mother of my Kenyan siblings, Jeniffer Dawa Ochieng (spelling correct).

The Truth is that most famous persons are famous for a reason. They accomplished something, if only to make a bunch of people laugh, cry, or tap their feet, making them a lot more useful than many. And many of the non-famous, like Jeniffer Ochieng, accomplished even greater things— being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, for example.

Another truth is that we all have to leave this existence; we all have to die. But what do we do in the interim? Live the best lives we can and count our blessing. For example, a friend who works for an airline gave me a ticket so that I was able to be with my American parents for Christmas. It was a great blessing indeed. (My American parents are in good health, but they aren’t getting any younger and neither am I.)

And after I returned to Los Angeles, I got thinking about my three parents, how happy I am to have hugged each of them this year, and what I can do to make them more proud of me. I found an answer.

In my tagline here at Da Tech Guy, I have been promising to finish my second novel, Arlen’s Harem—first in 2014, then in 2015, then this year. Well, I’ve decided to make a New Year’s Resolution to finish it not just next year, but on February 1st of next year. It’s what I’m going to do, hook or crook.

And if I die before I start my third novel, at least I can say to God that I stepped out in faith and invested the talents that He gave me.

What are you going to do in 2017?

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In the Bill James Baseball abstract he tell the story of a young pitcher who claimed he could strike out Ty Cobb any time any where on three pitches and told the manager of Detroit that it would only cost train fare to see him do it.

Figuring you never know the manager sent the fare and the kid got on the mound and pitched to Cobb. Cobb murdered every single pitch the kid threw and suggested to the manager that they keep the kid around to help keep him in a groove.

That’s what I thought of when I saw this at Glenn Reynolds site today

Hey maybe if Simon and Schuster can get Jack and the staff of the Chicago Review of Books to ban and boycott more of their authors their stock prices will go through the roof.

Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those with evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” When the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, tried to do this, the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I recognize, Paul I know, but who are you?”

The person with the evil spirit then sprang at them and subdued them all. He so overpowered them that they fled naked and wounded from that house.

Acts of the Apostles 19:13-16

As you might have heard Simon & Schuster gave a big book deal to Milo Yiannopoulos

Milo Yiannopoulos has parlayed his ban from Twitter  — and some controversial appearances on college campuses and cable TV shows — into a $250,000 book deal with Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Thursday.

“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened,” Yiannopoulos told THR, confirming the upcoming book without commenting on financial details.

Liberals aren’t happy and the virtuous folks at the Chicago Review of Books aren’t taking it lying down.

If you are a person who only casually follows the news, this might sound like a big deal, but folks who deal in the world of reality like Milo and Simon Schuster realize that this Twitchy post notwithstanding their courageous stand isn’t about shutting down Milo or punishing Simon & Schuster, it’s a desperate attempt to be noticed.

Let’s put it this way. Here is the Twitter page of he Chicago Review of Books at 12:07 AM EST on Dec 30th 2016 10 hours or so after their courageous tweet

Now there are two things that jump out at me here that any experienced twitter user will notice right off the top.

1. They follow more people than they have followers meaning they aren’t very popular.

2. They only have 4200 twitter followers and that’s 10 hours after their most famous tweet drew over 8000 likes.

Now let’s contrast that with Instapundit a site whose twitter feed is almost certainly going to promote Milo’s book

As you can see Glenn has over 74,000 followers and follows less people than the review of books has followers.  Clearly that statement in Professor Reynolds pinned tweet about not needing twitter applies to him but can’t apply to the Chicago Review of books.

“But DaTechguy”, you ask.  Isn’t that a tad unfair, Glenn is a big name, why don’t you compare it with someone smaller, OK let’s compare them to my own Twitter numbers.

The Chicago Review of books can take comfort in the fact that they have nearly but not quite 200 more followers on twitter than me, and that even if you add my followers on Gab which I joined last month

they still edge me.  However given that I have made absolutely no effort to solicit followers on twitter  other than one button on my web site since I joined (nor have I on Gab in the month or so I’ve been there) that feat seems much less impressive.

But that’s just twitter, and Milo’s banned from that.  Surely both Milo and Simon & Schuster must be worried about the drop in web traffic from the Chicago Review of Books web site if they boycott them in 2017?  That is they would if they didn’t bother to go to Alexa and check their rankings like I did.

Apparently not only has their traffic dropped like a rock over the last few months but they’ve only recently broken into the top 2,000,000 sites worldwide.  Now compare that again to Instapundit which is the biggest part of PJ media which Alexa measures.

You’re talking a top 7500 worldwide and top 2000 US site vs a top 2 mil site worldwide.  And remember multiple PJ media writers are almost certainly going to be reviewing milo’s book.

I’ll wager Simon & Schuster is shaking in their boots, but if you’re griping that it’s not a fair graphic because PJ media has multiple web pages, fine, let’s compare them to this site right here.

While we are no instapundit those figures aren’t bad for a blog based in Fitchburg Massachusetts a city of 45,000 whose only international notoriety is for being the home of the fictional Fitchburg Finches from the Harry Potter books particularly when compared to a site based in Chicago Illinois home of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and one of the most famous cities in the entire world.

In other words if I hired a blogger to review one Simon & Schuster book a month it would likely send them more traffic than a year’s worth of plugs from the Chicago Review of Books.

That’s why Simon & Schuster isn’t going to worry about this “boycott” because, while it’s likely true that the folks at the Chicago Review of Books hate Milo and are both outraged and jealous of his big book deal, they know this “boycott” of them is more about trying to make The Chicago Review of Books relevant than to take a stand against Simon & Schuster.  Or let’s put it another way:

Given our relative traffic ratings The Chicago Review of Books web site is likely to get more traffic from this blog post than from anything they will write themselves next year.

It’s not virtue signaling, it’s just signaling desperately.

Closing thought:  Anyone want to make book at which MSM will pick up this story, see the words “Chicago Review of Books” and  breathlessly reporting this “boycott” without bothering to check the stats?

Update: Bazinga!


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I have greatly enjoyed over the years Andrew Klavan’s columns and videos, first at PJMedia and now at the Daily Wire. He podcasts Monday-through-Thursday at the Daily Wire, leaving us with “Klavanless weekends,” as he calls them.

Klavan is witty, smart, quick and funny, and great to listen to. I knew he also wrote books, but never got around to reading one.

It is a distinct pleasure, then, to discover Andrew Klavan’s excellent memoir, The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ, which I decided to read after watching his interview with Ben Shapiro during one of their podcasts.

The book blurb tells you,

Edgar Award-winner and internationally bestselling novelist tells of his improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish-intellectual to baptized Christian and of the books that led him there.

“Had I stumbled on the hallelujah truth, or just gone mad—or, that is, had I gone mad again?”

No one was more surprised than Andrew Klavan when, at the age of fifty, he found himself about to be baptized. Best known for his hard-boiled, white-knuckle thrillers and for the movies made from them—among them True Crime (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Don’t Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas)—Klavan was born in a suburban Jewish enclave outside New York City. He left the faith of his childhood behind to live most of his life as an agnostic in the secular, sophisticated atmosphere of New York, London, and Los Angeles. But his lifelong quest for truth—in his life and in his work—was leading him to a place he never expected.Edgar Award-winner and internationally bestselling novelist tells of his improbable conversion from agnostic Jewish-intellectual to baptized Christian and of the books that led him there. “Had I stumbled on the hallelujah truth, or just gone mad—or, that is, had I gone mad again?” No one was more surprised than Andrew Klavan when, at the age of fifty, he found himself about to be baptized. Best known for his hard-boiled, white-knuckle thrillers and for the movies made from them—among them True Crime (directed by Clint Eastwood) and Don’t Say a Word (starring Michael Douglas)—Klavan was born in a suburban Jewish enclave outside New York City. He left the faith of his childhood behind to live most of his life as an agnostic in the secular, sophisticated atmosphere of New York, London, and Los Angeles. But his lifelong quest for truth—in his life and in his work—was leading him to a place he never expected.

That’s well and good, and interesting, of course, but what it doesn’t tell you is how good a writer Klavan is. Compulsive readers like myself come across dozens of blurbs about well-known good authors every day, only to be disappointed when we pick up the latest book from a writer we have enjoyed before, or a writer who is new to us but highly touted.

This is one of the best written books I have read in years.

The second chapter, Addicted to Dreams, especially stands out. It is insightful, stirring, and every sentence is perfect, conveying a time and a state of mind from the past while making both immediate and present. It achieves that effect as beautifully as John Galsworthy’s masterful Indian Summer of a Forsyte. (The highest praise I can make, since I have re-read the entire Forsyte Saga once every ten years for the last four decades.)

This is one of the few books, out of the thousands I have read in my entire life, that I recommend for the quality of the writing. The fact that his writing evolved along with the spiritual journey makes the book even more fascinating.

A few years ago David Eggers’s immodestly-titled A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius came out, and yes, it is a fine book. But Klavan’s Great Good Thing is not only great and good, it is heartbreaking, and truly a work of staggering genius.

Read it, and your weekend will not be Klavanless.

faustaFausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.