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One of the values of a being either company operating in a niche market, or serving primarily a niche market is that if you have strong political opinions consistent with said niche market you can release them in public secure in the knowledge that such a move will not hurt the bottom line.

Another type of company with this advantage is one that sells a unique product that can not be easily obtained elsewhere.  When that is the case the customer base, no matter how offended by a particular public opinion, particularly a business, will have no choice but to swallow it’s pride and continue to use said company.

Neither of these would be considered accurate description of the Kellogg’s’ corporation.

Kellogg, citing ‘values,’ joins growing list of companies that pledged to stop advertising in Breitbart News

From the story

The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values.Kellogg’s has announced that it will pull all advertising from the site. The company cited concerns that Breitbart News, which has been described by many as portraying alt-right ideals, does not align with its values.

Breitbart is not amused

Kellogg’s offered no examples of how Breitbart’s 45 million monthly readers fail to align with the breakfast maker’s values. Indeed, the move appears to be one more example of an out-of-touch corporation embracing false left-wing narratives used to cynically smear the hard working Americans that populate this nation’s heartland.

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow encouraged the boycott of Kellogg’s products, describing their war against Breitbart News as bigoted and anti-American: “Breitbart News is the largest platform for pro-family content anywhere on the Internet. We are fearless advocates for traditional American values, perhaps most important among them is freedom of speech, or our motto ‘more voices, not less.’ For Kellogg’s, an American brand, to blacklist Breitbart News in order to placate left-wing totalitarians is a disgraceful act of cowardice. They insult our incredibly diverse staff and spit in the face of our 45,000,000 highly engaged, highly perceptive, highly loyal readers, many of whom are Kellogg’s customers. Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice. If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”

In response, Breitbart launched its #DumpKelloggs petition to encourage its vast readership and the followers of its #1 in the world political Facebook and Twitter pages to ban bigotry from the breakfast table by boycotting Kellogg’s products. 

Given the results of the election, the fact that the former Chair of Breitbart is now the strategic advisor for the Trump administration and that alternatives to the products offered by Kellogg’s made by other companies abound, this public statement, as opposed to something more generic like claiming they are simply decreasing advertising on political news sites post election, would seem to have been an ill advised PR move.   The trending #dumpkelloggs hashtag on twitter, the eruptions on facebook with the loss of 2% of the stock’s value would suggest this,  so I decided to try & find out what Kellogg’s had to say about it directly.

I called Kellogg’s Consumer affairs line at 1-800-962-1413. I had a very long wait before I spoke to a very busy young lady who informed me that the line was for product related inquiries and that she didn’t have a media contact number but she did have both a number for corporate 269-961-2000 and HR 1-877-694-7554 that she was kind enough to give me.

From there I called the Corporate number. The switchboard operator transferred me to the media relations department but before she did commented that while she had only fielded 2 calls on the subject her co-worker next to here was inundated with them with all but one call objecting to the move.

I reached the voice mail of the media contact leaving a message with both my phone number and email address seeking comment before this piece went live. As of this writing I have not been contacted by either method which means I didn’t get a chance to ask any questions concerning Kellogg’s statement on values. Here are some obvious ones they raise first about how the decision came to be:

Given that this was a very public move by a major corporation whose product is sold in practically every single town in every single state blue and red, what was the procedure that led to this decision?

Who made the initial suggestion for this move?

Was the company approached by an outside entity concerning Breitbart or was this raised internally?

How Much discussion went into making this decision?

How many people were involved in making this decision and when the decision was made was it reached unanimously?

Who drafted the initial statement and at how many levels was said statement approved before it was released to the media?

Those are all statements concerning “cause”, I also have a few on “effect”

as Kellogg’s considers the breitbart sites to be inconsistent with their values, or as Hillary Clinton would say “Deplorable”, do they consider the 46 million readers of Breitbart site equally “deplorable” or inconsistent with the values of Kellogg’s?

Given that the former CEO of Breitbart now has a high position, some would say the most trusted position in the incoming Trump administration does their statement also mean that Kellogg’s considers the values of the incoming Trump administration and the voters who elected them, including in the state of Michigan inconsistent with the values espoused by Kelloggs?

Given that Breitbart.com is inconsistent with the values of Kelloggs will Kelloggs decide that readers and supporters of the Breitbart site need not apply for the positions offered at the site & promoted on Twitter under the Kellogg’s jobs site and that current readers of the Breitbart site employed by Kelloggs should consider finding other work?

And finally one on the aftermath of all of this

Given the rise of the #dumpkelloggs hashtag, the apparent large volume of calls complain and the apparent conclusion by conservatives on social media that their business is no longer desired by Kellogg’s and the implications that has for both the stock price and the bottom line for the company, what affirmative steps, if any, is the company planning to assure these very upset customers that they are valued members of the Kellogg’s customer community or do they plan to wait it out?

If I get a response before I leave for my overnight job I’ll include it here or in an update if any shows up after the post goes up.

Exit Question:  Isn’t this either a class action or a “hostile work environment” case just waiting to erupt on Kellogg’s?

Update:  edited initial paragraph for clarity


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openfloorplanLook at any listing for a modern house. I’m willing to bet that two things are present:

  1. An open floor plan, meaning that on the base level, one room opens into another.
  2. Almost all listings will have multiple pictures of the kitchen and almost no pictures of the garage.

kitchenThat’s a nice kitchen…but what about the smoking room?

The modern home listing is, frankly, very sexist.

Think about it. In almost every family I’ve seen, while both husband and wife cook, the wife organizes and runs the kitchen. If you don’t believe that, try (as a man) to reorganize your kitchen. Most women will have a serious issue with that. I know my wife did when I tried to clean up numerous drawers in our kitchen recently.

The open floor plan is terribly detrimental to men. For most men, if they get overwhelmed, they have to withdraw to a private space to gather their thoughts and de-stress. Try doing that in an open floor plan. Essentially, I’d have to lock myself in my bedroom, which I (like most) share with my wife.

Complicate this with the desire by many women to kick men’s hobbies out of the home and into the most undesirable rooms like the garage and basement. I see most guys hanging out in the garage because that is the only place they can store their hobby. Personally, I think garages are unheated storage for cars, not your quiet space.

garageAlthough if your garage looked like this and had an easy chair, it might not be so bad

The average guy today is probably told by his father that his house is his castle. He also probably doesn’t feel like that, at least in today’s world.

Layer on top of this:

  • That more men come from families broken by divorce, or in many cases a cohabitating couple that later splits, and lacks a good male role model
  • That society continues to change the bar for men, so it’s hard to define what is “good”

  • That all-male or predominantly-male institutions, including our veteran’s groups and church groups, are increasingly in decline

  • That our stagnant economy makes it hard to get a job, which is a critical expectation of men

  • and we shouldn’t be surprised that young men still commit suicide more often than women and have a lower life expectancy.

    We’ve setup a system that doesn’t inspire creation of good family men. It’s caused more than a few to go on strike, and single, angry, unemployed men don’t work well for any government (just ask Tunisia). The anger may have contributed to many men switching their votes to Trump this last election. It’s my hope that as the dust settles, we as a society take a serious look at what expectations we place on our young men.


    This post is the work of the author and does not represent any other organization’s views. And yes, rearranging things in your kitchen is a good way to stir up marital strife, so proceed with caution!


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    Sarah Palin two days before the election

    There is one aspect of the Donald Trump victory that is not getting much press. the fact that it is yet another huge win for Sarah Palin over the media and culture.

    In 2010 I wrote about how Sarah Palin (Along with Rush Limbaugh) was the big winner in the first big red wave:

    CBS news pointed out Sarah Palin endorsed 43 house candidates of which 30 won while winning 7 of 12 Senate endorsed candidates. Senator Jim Demitt said “she’s done a lot of good for the Republican Party, and for our country.” And Rush Limbaugh, having none of the spin of the majority of the Mainstream media on the 4th said: “If anybody is an obvious winner here, aside, of course, from me, it would be Palin.”

    So to conservatives who are basking in the joy of a historic question I say to you : “Never forget that it is to Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin that you really owe these victories.”

    Later I wrote about Sarah Palin as a political venture capitalist

    Sarah Palin is the perfect political capitalist, she has taken her political capital, invested it in the candidates of her choice and come out with even more. No amount of political snark or clever Conan skits will change that.

    Palin had become a punchline for the MSM who ignored the fact that her diving into the culture via all kinds of TV projects was a case of fighting for her values on the MSM’s turf, the media culture. She created a whole new narrative that the wonks didn’t see coming.

    Furthermore in Trump she recognized that Trump was a person who knew how to play the media game & her endorsement of Trump while spoofed at SNL

    bailed him out (to my disappointment at the time) at a time when Cruz had flanked him on the right

    Ted Cruz had run circles around him on the Birther Issue but had very effectively turned what was a winning debate moment for Trump, (NY Values) into a negative. Cruz had managed to do what Perry, Bush, Paul and Graham could not, counter Trump effectively. It was so bad that Trump found himself booed by activists which is not something he is used to.

    Talk radio hosts had either advised him against his attacks on Cruz or directly hit him for these attacks. It was a moment of crisis, one of the first moments of crisis for the campaign.

    Then comes the Sarah Palin endorsement and the narrative changes

    Now the topic becomes how Trump got this key endorsement over Cruz.

    As late as nine days ago we saw stories poking her like this one from the Detroit Free Press: Sarah Palin stumps for Trump in Detroit for few supporters, hecklers

    About a dozen supporters came to the bar for the stop, but several people walking by started pounding on the window when they noticed her. One said “I have no respect for you.” And someone sprayed some sort of substance into the bar from outside that had many in the tavern momentarily coughing.

    That person is now likely hiding in a safe space after Trump took Michigan.

    What does all this mean, just this:

    Sarah Palin picked up the mantle of conservatism after the election of Barack Obama when everyone else was ready to give up.  She helped deliver two big red waves and now 8 years after the news media, the media culture and the establishment GOP began laughing at her nonstop  without grasping what she has been doing we have Donald Trump, who she endorsed in the White House, with a Republican house and a Republican senate and the prospect of her being the next Secretary of the Interior.

    None of which the now celebrating GOP members got from the establishment.

    So let me close by reminding my fellow conservatives  who are still enjoying the media’s distress and the sight of special snowflakes showing how valueless their $50,000 a year educations are as they melt to pieces over the thought of our newfound power, of something they might have forgotten.

    Never forget that it is to Sarah Palin that we owe these victories 


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    “I only know this is wrong.”

    – Guinan
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    “Yesterday’s Enterprise”

    I’m a sucker for time-travel stories. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Back to the Future, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or anything else, a good story about the hero traveling back in time and affecting (or restoring) “the timeline” is one of my favorite diversions. If the plot is clever and resolves itself well, I’m even willing to put up with hokey dialog and two-dimensional characters. I just love it when a story, which can easily open itself to paradox, cliché and deus ex machina anti-climax, manages to apply self-consistent logic and arrive at an exciting, thought-provoking and satisfying ending.

    Of course, we know that time travel is impossible. You can’t go back in time and murder your grandfather, there are no alternate universes and there is no grand government conspiracy hiding an actual time travel device so we just think it’s impossible. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to change the past, at least not if you’re a progressive, or whatever term the left chooses to apply to itself. The only hard part is getting yourself into a position to do it, such as becoming a Supreme Court Justice.

    If you’re like me, and believe that words have meanings and expect that logical self-consistency is essential for any set of laws to make sense, then you would agree that once a law is passed it’s meaning should remain constant until such time as the legislature chooses to amend or repeal the law. That’s a pretty basic feature of any “government of laws, not of men.” The problem, as the left sees it, is that our Constitution was set up to make it hard to change the law, but we conservatives see this as a feature, not a bug.

    The way the Constitution says you change a law is to advocate for the change and convince the legislature to pass the amendment, get it approved by the other house and have the president sign it into law. But that can be difficult since (ideally) each legislator is beholden to a constituency (those pesky “we the people” again), so they have to convince them that it’s a good idea too. If they can’t, then they may get voted out in the next election. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. What if there were an easier way?

    Let’s suppose that time travel were actually possible. Our legislative crusader could go back in time, maybe to the Constitutional Convention, and actually advocate to change the Constitution. Maybe convince James Madison that the first amendment should include that phrase “Congress shall make no law limiting the ability of a mother to kill her unborn child at any time during her pregnancy.” Then the Supreme Court never would have had to wrestle with the abortion question in Roe v. Wade.

    Instead, the left has discovered that Legislative Time Travel is much easier. All they have to do is decide what policy they want to enact and then declare that the meaning of the appropriate legislation is actually different from what everyone thought it was originally, and – surprise! – it actually means just what it needs to mean to enact whatever policy they want. They did it with abortion, they did it with gay “marriage” and now they’re doing it with “transgenderism.” Instead of going back in time and convincing Madison, all they have to say is “Madison really meant whatever I wish he’d meant.”

    And the Obama administration doesn’t even have to go back that far. By reinterpreting Title IX to include the nebulous term “gender identity” they have the chutzpah to tell legislators, many of whom are still around, that the law they passed to prohibit discrimination based on sex now means something completely different.

    So now we find ourselves in an alternate reality where laws are no longer logically self-consistent, since “gender identity” is completely subjective and this made-up interpretation of plainly written law is now in direct contradiction of the First Amendment in forcing churches and religious organizations and employers to go against the practice of their faith (i.e. the free exercise of their religion) to accommodate what the American College of Pediatricians has classified as a psychological disorder.

    Since we don’t believe in Legislative Time Travel, we need representatives who will follow the Constitution and not just make things up as they go along. Since Clinton has pledged to be Obama’s third term, we can expect more of the same if she is elected. It says a lot about how far left Clinton and the democrats have become that Donald Trump is actually the candidate who is more likely to restore our timeline to one that make sense.

    On June 21st after hearing about the College Republicans were suspended at the UC Irvine I decided to send When the news that the College Republicans were suspended at the UC Irvine I wrote an email to the two advisers who the College Republicans met with just before the decision was announced.  I include said email in full:

    Hello Ms. Esparza, Ms. Umali
    I am preparing a story on the suspension of the UCI college republicans at your university following this piece at Breitbart.com http://www.breitbart.com/milo/2016/06/21/irvine-republicans-suspended-punishment-milo-talk/ and I have several questions I wish to ask concerning assertions in the piece.
    The Breitbart piece states that the college republicans received notification of their suspension hours after a meeting with both of you.
    1.  Is this correct?
    1a:  Was the decision to suspend the College Republicans taken before or after that meeting?
    1b:  If before why were not the college republican informed at said meeting of their suspension, if after what action took place at the meeting that prompted this suspension
    The Breitbart piece states the group was suspended for the:  “group’s alleged failure to provide a certificate of insurance for the private security hired for the event to protect Milo.”
    2.  Is this correct, if not what was the rationale for the suspension?
    2a:  If it IS correct, have any other student group been suspended for failure to provide a certificate of insurance?  If so can you list any suspended over the last five years for this?
    2b:  Is the necessity to provide a certificate of insurance for private security an explicit rule, if so where is this rule listed, and have any groups who have failed to provide such a certificate of insurance avoided suspension?
    During Mr. Yiannopoulos appearances nationwide the danger that has required additional security has generally come from on campus students and organizations threatening to disrupt events.  Breitbart.com reported on such protests at UC Irvine
    3.  Did any such organization make such attempts and were they warned concerning security concerns?
    3a:  We’re such organizations sanctioned for disrupting said events or creating an “unsafe environment” if not why not?
    Many campus’ have rules concerning creating a “hostile environment” for students and employees
    4.  Does UC Irvine have any such regulations
    4a.  If so, given the necessity for increased security for Mr. Yiannopoulos have any of the student protesters been sanctioned for creating an “hostile environment” for those trying to attend Mr. Yiannopoulos speech in general or members of the college republicans for sponsoring the event.  If not why not?
    The suspension of a Student group is a significant event and presumably rare event
    5.  Can you provide a list of student groups that have been suspended over the last 5 years for any reasons and said reasons for those suspensions.
    I hope to have my piece up by the end of the week so an answer by Thursday evening would be most welcome.  If you wish to include a statement concerning these events independent of these question I would be happy to include it in the piece.
    Thank you for your time
    Peter “DaTechGuy” Ingemi
    Datechguyblog.com
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    I didn’t receive an answer but the question has become moot as per this Breitbart report:

    College Republicans at UCI

    Dear Ms. Rowlands and the Authorized Signers of the College Republicans at UCI,

    I am contacting you on behalf of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. As a follow-up to my letter sent yesterday, I want to share with you that the revocation of your privileges to access space on campus through UCI Student Center & Event Services has been withdrawn pending the final outcome of your appeal. At this time, your ability to access space on campus has been restored.

    As mentioned in the June 22 letter, the vice chancellor invites you to submit your appeal by July 1. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,

    Edgar Dormitorio

    Chief of Staff
    Student Affairs

    The college republicans have no intention of entering any “appeal” process which would give their initial suspension a semblance of legitimacy that it doesn’t deserve

    The CRs, however, quickly declined to enter any sort of appeals process, saying it could be construed an admission of guilt, which they firmly deny.

    “We will under no circumstances be submitting an appeal for the decision by UCI as that would be an admittance to a wrongdoing we did not commit,” the CRs wrote in a statement. “We will not be silenced and we will not be stopped.”

    The most interesting, and encouraging part of the story was the reaction of other groups both inside and outside the university:

    Extraordinarily, even left-wingers on campus came out in support of their rivals’ right to free speech. In a rare display of bipartisan unity at the campus grassroots, the group for Bernie Sanders supporters at UCI issued a statement condemning the administration for “repeated mistreatment of political organizations that take part in open discourse on campus” and calling for the restoration of the College Republicans’ right to access college facilities.

    It’s a great thing to see that some of the left are seeing this for what it is.

    I predict that we will quietly see this entire “appeal” business dropped in the hope that all of this goes away.

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    You know it’s a good thing that conservatives had a Dialogue with the folks at facebook or conservatives might be banned or suspended from facebook like this.

    Do my eyes decieve me or is the date of that banning “after” the great facebook dialogue of 2016?

    Paging Mr. Beck

    I’m sure the facebook coffee klatch is shocked shocked by this development however facebook’s actions are easily explained.

    You fool North Korea

    They’re liberals, that’s what they do.

    Update: the story has reached Heat Street and now Drudge. While it shows Facebook for the phonies they are it also shows the “dialogue” crow for the suckers they are too.

    This will not end well.

    Prime Minister Jim Hacker:  Well say they were invited earlier but the NATO exercise got in the way now that they’re not needed they’re going anyway [listens on the phone] Alright nobody knows it’s not true, press statements aren’t given under oath.

    Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986

    This has been a bad week for the Facebook facade of even handedness.

    Both the Guardian and Gizmodo have reported on the practice of promoting or demoting stories based on the lefty bias of the Facebook team and the response has not been kind.

    So Zuckerberg is asking for a “summit” to speak to conservatives:

    “I want to have a direct conversation about what Facebook stands for, and how we can be sure our platform stays as open as possible,” he wrote.

    the response has varied, Glenn Beck:

    I was contacted by Mark Zuckerberg’s office this morning about going out to see him in Menlo Park Wednesday.

    They have had the same problem that many in media and Silicon Valley face: suppression of conservative voices and ideas.

    Many voices and posts were deleted or insured to never trend according to a report. Ted Cruz, CPAC, The Blaze and I were specifically named.

    Mark wanted to meet with 8 or ten of us to explain what happened and assure us that it won’t happen again.

    How does a company who allowed voices to be heard in Iran and Egypt which sparked revolution silence voices of anyone here?

    I am trying to rearrange my schedule to see if I can make it. It would be interesting to look him in the eye as he explains and a win for all voices if we can come to a place of real trust with this powerful tool.

    To Breitbart:

    Representatives at Facebook have already reached out to Breitbart News.

    We have zero interest in a Facebook photo-op.

    They instead want this

    Here’s what we and our tens of millions of readers are interested in:

    1. An interview between Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos and Mark Zuckerberg on the topic of free speech and Facebook’s suppression of conservative media. Milo will interview Zuckerberg anytime, anywhere—and we’ll agree to have it broadcast on your live video platform.
    1. Facebook to immediately cease its active suppression of conservative media, as extensively reported by Gizmodo, The Guardian, and myriad other news outlets. Indeed, Facebook’s Trending News chief, Tom Stocky, is a maximum political donor to Hillary Clinton. So there’s no need to “discuss” anything. Facebook did it, Facebook got caught, and it must end.

    Bottom line: be interviewed by Milo and stop screwing conservatives.

    And others like the Washington Free Beacon note that facebook’s “reputable news site list”  has some interesting items.
    While meetings, denials and assurances that this stuff won’t happen again might be nice the question to me isn’t just:  Are we catching this so facebook doesn’t try to fix “Fix” this election. The question I want answered is How many times has Facebook already used it’s power to “fix” an election?
    For example is Facebook suppression of news the reason why fast and furious, Benghazi and other scandal haven’t broken out or that the White House or have their actions been responsible for the success or failures of ballot initiatives nationwide?
     I think we need answers, I think those answers have to be truthful and I believe there is only one way we will get truthful answers.
    We need to get facebook’s people under oath.
    The GOP congress needs to subpoena Zuckerberg, his lieutenants and the people who made the decisions as to trending topics to determine
    1.  Was there a concerted effort to spike stories favorable to conservative and unfavorable to liberals while promoting stories favorable to liberals and unfavorable to conservatives.
    2.  When did said effort start, when did it, if ever end.
    3.  Were these efforts an “in kind” donation to candidates and causes and were any such actions in violation of current law or regulations?
    These questions have to be asked and answered under oath.  After all if these folks have been manipulating facts for years why would we expect them to tell us the truth if there is no consequence or penalty for lying?
    I think somebody in the House needs to get on the ball and arrange hearings so we can see if Facebook is willing to backup their claims and make the same denials they have made in public under penalty of perjury.  I think it will be even more interesting if they refuse to do so.
    Because frankly Zuckerberg can have all the summits, and photo ops he likes, his company can issue all the statements he wants,  but until their statements are make them under oath, no sane conservative will trust Facebook and it’s people.
    Nor should they.

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    the latest in our series of posts noting the bright side of Donald Trump’s nomination for president for unhappy conservatives.

    Today’s piece comes from the Morning Joe via the Washington Free Beacon:

    MSNBC’s Morning Joe panel had a lengthy discussion Monday about the “uncomfortable” facts of Bill Clinton’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, the known pedophile billionaire whose jet Clinton flew on dozens of times.

    Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been unafraid to level attacks against the Clintons for the former president’s past of sexual misconduct, calling him fair game. Fox News reported last week that Clinton flew on Epstein’s jet, the crudely named “Lolita Express,” far more than previously known in the last decade.

    Panelist Donny Deutsch guessed that Trump would have no problem counter-punching with the Epstein connection whenever he was hit for his own behavior with women, as he was last weekend in a piece in the New York Times.

    “Here’s the tennis game,” Deutsch said. “Donald Trump kissed a woman in a bathing suit. Trump hits back: Tell me about the president’s relationship with a guy named Jeffrey Epstein. That’s your tennis match.”

    Now this story isn’t all that new, in fact I wrote about it two years ago and my own post was derivative of Stacy McCain’s that preceded it.

    and you also might wonder why this piece goes under the “Always Look on the Bright Side of Trump” category, well take a look at the video

    and two things become immediately clear.

    Everybody at the Table knows who Jeffery Epstein is, and what the story is

    Nobody at the table wanted to talk about it

    Joe Scarborough notes he has been hearing about this for a year and a half but the fact that the viewers of MSNBC are just hearing about it now goes to something I wrote about this story in April 2014

    If there is one thing the media that loves to play the War on Women® card doesn’t want to touch it’s a story about people using their own private island to get laid that involves Bill Clinton.

    What could the media do if this story involving the former father of the year? They would call it old news, not relevant, dirty tricks from a salacious lawsuit that doesn’t even involve him and an attack on Hillary that crosses the line. In fact the left will deploy a plethora of adjectives to discourage further discussion of this story from antiquated to zany, but there is one adjective that could not come out of their mouth to dismiss this story:

    Unbelievable

    The last few years have proven that the left can convince a low information voter of a lot of things, but even the full power of the mainstream media and the strongest zealots from the War on Women® brigade would not be able to convince the American public that Bill Clinton would have no interest or business on a private island where orgies took place.

    That’s why you didn’t see this story in the news last month and why as the case moves forward you’ll not see it covered period.

     

    It’s very clear that the MSM has been sitting on this stuff for almost two years and had no intention of ever talking about it, and it even clearer that if the GOP voters had elected any other nominee MSNBC’s Morning Joe would have happily kept their viewers in ignorance.

    But Donald Trump nomination throws those rules out the windows.  He’s willing to do what Stacy McCain & I Couldn’t do and what Mitt Romney and John  McCain wouldn’t do, force a story like this onto the national stage.

    Mind you Trump hasn’t even bothered to say a word about Epstein yet and the table does its best to spin this in a different direction, but the very fact that Trump is who is forced MSNBC to deal with the story even if most of dealing with it was talking about Trump’s willingness to go there.

    Take a look at the set of dejected faces on that video, remember those faces are being broadcast on MSNBC to liberal viewers who would never do a web search of the words “Jeffery Epstein + Bill Clinton”

    Donald Trump did that and if you’re a conservative it’s a joy to behold.

    Closing thought: They mentioned the word “enabler” used in the context of Hillary, would it not that word be better applied to the press who has known about these stories but have kept silent to protect their hero?

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    Six months ago I bluntly told you that in a Ted Cruz Donald Trump race, Trump was the establishment pick:

    If Ted Cruz is willing to take on practically his entire caucus as the junior senator against a powerful Senate leader how much more willing will he be willing to do so with the bully pulpit & the power that comes with it in his hands? The Supreme Court Fights alone will be epic and I suspect a man as familiar with the court as he will managed to find actual conservatives to both nominate and fight for.

    Now contrast that worry with what the Establishment will had to deal with in a Trump administration. Picture a group of people appointed by a pragmatic deal maker and picture the establishment and even the left having to deal with Trump and his appointees, many of whom will be self-made and have absolutely no loyalty to the conservative electorate that said establishment loathes so much.

    Then finally consider Trump himself, he prides himself as being person who is a great negotiator and dealmaker. The problem with a dealmaker is the key question: “What do you give up to make the deal?”

    If you are an Establishment republican or even a democrat that question will console you, but as a social conservative it does not.

    So for me it’s no surprise that John Boehner is now on the Trump train:

    The former House speaker also described the two other Republican candidates as friends. He recalled playing golf with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for years, and said they were “texting buddies.” Despite Trump being short of the 1,237 delegates required to win the nomination, Boehner accepted that The Donald is the presumptive Republican nominee.

    While he did not praise Trump’s policies, the former speaker said he would vote for The Donald in a general election. He said he would not, however, vote for Cruz.

    What? This isn’t possible, we’ve just been told for months by the Trump campaign that Ted Cruz is the insider and Donald Trump was the outsiders and that Ted Cruz maintaining the opposite was lying.

    Next thing you’ll be telling me that Ted Cruz is telling the Truth about Donald Trump being liberal:

    Boehner may have attacked Obama’s sharpest critic, but he had positive words for the president himself. The Stanford Daily reported that the former speaker “reflected positively on his relationship with Obama. Although he acknowledged that the two disagree, Boehner said the two get along well.” While it is good to make friends across the aisle, the sharp criticism against a fellow Republican — one of the most insistent and orthodox conservatives in recent memory — contrasted with praise for the putative head of the Democratic Party strikes conservatives the wrong way.

    The former House speaker also praised Hillary Clinton, after briefly mocking her sexist campaign. “Oh, I’m a woman, vote for me,” he said, but the crowd reacted negatively. Later, he admitted that he has known Clinton for 25 years and finds her to be very accomplished and smart.

    Boehner also added that he thinks Bernie Sanders is a nice guy and the most honest politician in the race, even though he disagrees with the Vermont senator’s positions on nearly all of the issues.

    So to sum up, John Boehner, fan of Clinton, fan of Sanders, fan of Obama, fan of Trump, hates Ted Cruz.

    What does that tell you? I know what that tells Ted Cruz:

    “If you’re wondering who has actually stood up to Washington,” Cruz said, “John Boehner has made it crystal clear” that Donald Trump is not that candidate

    As Allahpundit put it, this would have been more useful six months ago which is likely why Boehner kept his mouth shut till now.

    Oh Boehner and friends aren’t stopping at hitting Ted Cruz:

    The same players who detest Ted Cruz have now recruited a straw man RINO to run against Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), one of the most intrepid conservatives in the House of Representatives.

    and who are they funding to oppose him?

    Well, who is Tom Atkinson? He is the quintessential wealthy trans-ideological Republican. He donated to a liberal Democrat, Kathy Taylor, who ran against the Republican mayor of Tulsa. That Republican mayor, Dewey Bartlett, is Tom Atkinson’s own brother-in-law! Atkinson has tapped Shane Saunders, a former aid to John Sullivan, the RINO Bridenstine defeated in 2012. Saunders is known to be close with Boehner as well.

    On Atkinson’s campaign website and in his ads, he sells himself as a conservative and not a politician. But how could a conservative donate to a prominent Democrat who funded Emily’s List and held fundraisers for Joe Biden?

    So for all the republicans who were outraged over John Boehner who have within a few months of cheering his departure bought into the false attacks on Ted Cruz by the Trump campaign let Ted answer it directly:

    John Boehner, in his remarks, described Donald Trump as his texting and golfing buddy. So if you want someone that’s a texting and golfing buddy, if you’re happy about John Boehner, Speaker of the House, and if you want a president like John Boehner, Donald Trump’s your man.  

    A lot of people have been played this cycle and in the internet age there is no excuse for it.

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    Your first job is to get re-elected.

    Sam Rayburn

    If you looked at the Mainstream media Thursday evening and Friday morning there was a single theme. The Conservative caucus in the house was doomed, they were stuck with John Boehner and that if they force an election for speaker through a motion to “vacate the chair” they will create a speaker who will destroy conservatives etc etc etc

    Such was the conventional wisdom brought to you by the same people for whom the conventional wisdom at 8 AM Thursday was “Kevin McCarthy will be the next speaker of the house.”

    This is exactly wrong.  The time for the GOP conservative caucus to strike is NOW, the time to make a motion to vacate the chair is NOW and the time to force the feckless GOP members to make a decision between the base and the establishment is NOW!

    However everyone is ignoring a card, that the Conservatives / Tea People have, a card, a wild card, a card that they likely will never have  in play again.

    They have Donald Trump.on the GOP primary ballot.

    You see in a normal year, the Tea Party might manage to bring  a primary challenge to a sitting congressman and unless the congressman is very new or very weak that threat might or in just the right district it will only be an annoyance because their name recognition will be enough to carry them through against any unknown challenger.

     

    But not in the year of Trump!

    In the year of Trump a whole new set of voters will be going to the polls on primary, voters who are not loyal to the GOP establishment, a set of voters who look at the establishment that attacks with scorn, a set of voters who are ready to follow Trump..and people who pledge their support to him.

    What happens if in such an environment a GOP establishment candidate gets a primary challenger runs as a Pro-Trump Candidate?

    Suddenly:  You have an opponent that has instant credibility with that set of new voters.

    Suddenly:  You have an opponent that is newsworthy to not only local media but national media.

    Suddenly:  All those checks that Trump can’t take from donors for political reasons have a professed Pro-Trump destination that can accept them, checks that can be used to finance a pro-Trump rally in that district

    Suddenly:  You have an opponent who would share a stage with Trump and might even get a chance to speak to a huge crowd.

    and most frightening of all to a member of the GOP establishment in the house

    Suddenly:   You have a credible well financed challenger ready to unseat you.

    I suspect such a candidate would do anything to avoid such a situation, even support the freedom caucus candidate for speaker.
    Now there are of course risks,  particularly if Trump suddenly collapses but the media and the establishment has been predicting Trump’s collapse for the last three months and it hasn’t happened yet and it’s certainly not going to happen before a GOP leadership vote.

    And of course given Mr. Trump’s legendary humility there is absolutely no chance that he would want to promote congressional candidates who are specifically promoting and supporting him for president is there?

    If the freedom caucus wants to move members of the GOP establishment this is the scenario that they should put in front of every member preparing to vote with Democrats to stop them.

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    I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

    If you are a member of the GOP caucus looking to become speaker now that John Boehner has resigned. I strongly suggest taking these lines from the Movie Patton to heart:

    Col commanding: The reason We’re pinned down General is because we can’t get air support!
    Gen Patton: The hell with that. Nobody’s getting any air support! If you can’t Put some fire into this battalion I’ll get somebody who can. Major! You the executive officer here?
    Maj Walker: Yes, sir.
    Gen Patton: What’s Your name?
    Maj Walker: Walker sir.
    General Patton : Well You’re now commanding officer! You’ve got 4 hours to break through that beachhead down there. lf you don’t make it by then, I’ll fire you!

    You have been warned.

    Update:

    Or to put it another way, if you are a GOP speaker and MSM / MSNBC hosts look like this when you resign

    Then you didn’t do your job.

    In a few days the Pope Francis will leave the United States and with him will go the tolerance for the church that the MSM adopted during his visit.

    While the media will still be trying to use him as a prop to advance various issues his visit and the media’s reaction to it while seemingly useful to the left will be of great value to all people of the right.

    It will not take very long for ABC CBS NBC CNN MSNBC NYT PBS WASHPOST LA TIMES etc etc etc to revert to normal to proclaim that any person who does not agree with abortion is anti woman bigots, gay marriage or gay adoption homophobic bigots , transgenderism transphobic bigots etc etc etc.

    Now that being the case the media has provided all conservatives from Ted Cruz to Kim Davis an answer that it will be very hard for them to refute and it’s this:


    “My position on (gay marriage, gay adoptions, abortion, transgenderism) is exactly the same as Pope Francis and the Catholic Church so obviously you consider Pope Francis a bigot.”

    That phrase needs to be learned and memorized by every school committee person, every employee whose company tries to fire him, every business that the left tries to boycott and every pol that is declared a bigot. Superpacs should show ads of members of the MSM lionizing Pope Francis next to the target of their ire and accuse them of calling Pontifex a bigot (and repeat those charges in spanish media in spanish).

    Make them defend themselves and explain why holding the positions Pope Francis does makes them a bigot.

    The liberal media has been kind enough to give us this, let us use it liberally.

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    I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what most of them are worth.

    “It occurred to me at once that Harris had been as much afraid of me as I had been of him. This was a view of the question I had never taken before; but it was one I never forgot afterwards.”

    General US Grant 1861

    One of the most amusing stories from the Civil War is the siege of Yorktown.  General George McClellan had landed the Union army on the James peninsula a grand flanking move in his attempt to capture Richmond and win the war.  The first obstacle was Yorktown the site of the ultimate defeat of the British in the American Revolution.

    McClellan has three times the number of troops as the Confederates facing him had a vast superiority of material & artillery both in terms of number and quality but convinced by “experts” that the rebel force what much stronger than his (aided by the theatrics of Confederate Gen John Magruder, was determined to wait until every single thing was exactly the way he wanted it before making his move.

    This frustrated his own generals and amazed his counterpart Joseph Johnston who said:  “No one but McClellan could have hesitated to attack.” who took advantage of the time to withdraw his forces to a better position

    In the end when McClellan finally moved forward the confederates were nowhere to be seen.

    McClellan claimed victory he had gained Yorktown with a minimum of casualties, and congratulated himself on his tactical brilliance.

    In doing so he forgot the War was not being fought to take Yorktown.  The war was being fought to defeat the confederacy.  McClellan’s hesitation cost him the chance to perhaps win the war before a man named Lee was put in charge of the rebel army.  the price of that hesitation was two more years of war,  tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars of destruction.

    And that brings us to the GOP senate.

    We keep hearing from Senators like Mitch McConnell and some candidates like Lindsey Graham and John Kasich that to fight against Barack Obama is futile, that it takes us away from the goal of electing a GOP president.

    Now if your only goal is to win an election and to hold a seat of power that argument makes some sense.  Why rock the boat and do anything that might provoke a response against you?

    But if your goal in holding office is to actually advance a series of idea and positions for the good for the country & its future, ideas that the people who voted for you want, that’s totally different.

    Consider the newly lionized Carly Fiorina on the Planned Parenthood issue.  By not abandoning the issue and pressing it directly she put the left on the spot, forcing them to defend the indefensible.

    Or consider Ben Carson and noting Sharia law the media and the left defend a set of rules that oppresses women it because the dirty little secret is a lot of voters are silent because they are afraid of pushback but you know what, nobody is over their shoulder in the voting booth.

    Alternatively,  by not forcing the left to act, by allowing them victories without even a fight all you do is strengthen them, you give them a chance to husband their resources, you allow them to not even have to defend their positions to the media and the public and you reinforce the intimidation of voters who are silent out of fear.

     

    Make the attack, make the case and every single time you are invited on a show take stills of the planned parenthood videos with you and when the host attempts to push the “shutting down the government” or “hurting the innocent” line at you, show those pictures and ask:  “Are you seriously saying that Democrats won’t allow government to function unless we fund this?”  Note that silence on this issue is no different that silence on the abuse of Boys in Afghanistan.  

    Make them more afraid of you they you are of them, because if they were not afraid of the truth they would tell it.

    Less McClellan more Grant please.

    Update: Drew M at Ace’s site nails it pretty well

    The correct question for Ayotte and her ilk is, what are you willing to do to break the Democrats ability to control the agenda of the United States Congress so long as they can muster 41 votes?

    Team GOP will tell you, “if you want anything done you need to elect a Republican president”. Here’s the thing…imagine that everything was exactly the same right now with the exception that say, Marco “Amnesty” Rubio is the president. The Senate Democrats will still have 41 votes in the Senate, so they’d still be able to filibuster any effort to defund Planned Parenthood (or anything else conservatives want done). And of course, they’d be joined by the likes of Mark Kirk and Susan Collins who are siding with the Democrats now.

    Do you imagine the Democrats will suddenly be in a bipartisan mood if Rubio or any Republican is elected next year? Or do you think they will gum up the works as they have been in the hopes of increasing their numbers come the 2018 mid-terms?

    Yeah.

    More Grant , Less McClellan
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    I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

    One of the jobs of a person practicing journalism is to ask questions.  As a person who both is covering the GOP primary & voting in it there are three basic questions that I wish to ask.

    1.  You have talked about your ability to make deals as a qualification to be president, since a president has to delegate such things how will you choose the people who will actually do the negotiations for you and how will you make sure career bureaucrats will follow though?

    2.  You have mentioned the effect of money in politics & that when you gave you expected favors.  If you are elected president how will you counter those who give that kind of money to the members of congress who will be voting on the laws you wish to pass or repeal?

    3.  There are several strong conservatives you have records fighting for Conservative causes, both political, fiscal & social and wear the scars from doing so such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Scott Walker and Rand Paul.  What is the incentive for a conservative supporter of one of these candidates to vote for you and how will you prove that once you’ve “made the deal” to be president your conservative argument will still remain and you won’t, for example, appoint Supreme Court Justices who support Roe v Wade?

    If Mr. Trump wants my vote in the primary I’ll need the answers to these questions.

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    I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

     Ted Cruz:  In 2012 we searched out and found the one person on the face of the planet who had actually designed &  implemented a program just like obamacare and that’s who we nominated as our presidential candidate.   Literally there are seven billion people on the planet and you could walk up to anyone one of them and say “Excuse me Sir have you designed and implemented a program like Obama care”

    Man in Crowd:  Not lately

    Cruz:  Then you would make a much better candidate.  Lunacy!

    Ted Cruz May 30th 2015

    Four years ago I wrote this after Iowa:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Romney is the nominee I will have no problem voting for him over Obama, but lets ask the question: If you are a GOP candidate running for congress against Obamacare do you really want the author of Romneycare at the top of your ticket? Do you want to be asked why you support the author of Romneycare while running against Obamacare? I don’t think so.

    But on the day before the election I made this point concerning Romney vs Obama

    I bit the bullet and pushed for Romney even though as I recalled that in Massachusetts not only did he have no coattails but when Gay Marriage won 4-3 for all his conservative religious beliefs he was dead silent (how that’s working out for ya GOP)

    And Lisa Graas put it well:

    It is the Christians who get out the vote, folks. We are the base of the Republican Party. We were ignored (and even hated) by the establishment. Some will try to say that the ORCA failure is itself to blame. No. It’s that Mitt Romney relied on it in the first place, instead of seeking the help of the socially conservative base of the party, that he lost. No “moderate” candidate will ever win for the GOP, least of all one who treats us little people as if we don’t matter.

    And yet what did Lisa Graas do?

    I voted for Mitt Romney. I voted for the whole Republican ticket. I could have done far more than simply vote for him. He never asked. He didn’t want my help. So, he lost.

    Well now the GOP isn’t even waiting for the primaries to be finished for the mask to slip:

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to challenge some House Republicans in primary elections, frustrated after much of its agenda has been stymied by a small pocket of conservative GOP lawmakers.

    The influential and well-heeled business group is already eyeing several races, but the plans are still in their infancy and the targets have not yet been decided upon, according to more than a half dozen Republican sources on K Street and Capitol Hill.

    Ace:

    Begun, the Corporate Wars Have: After all those claims that we have to be united, and that we can’t have these bitter primary fights, guess what? The US Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to take out the few conservatives willing to defy the Corporatist wing of the party.

    And Hotair notes the fallout:

    I’m trying to imagine the effect on conservative morale next spring if we end up with a double whammy of Jeb Bush cruising towards the nomination while the Chamber of Commerce sets about zapping House conservatives like Jim Jordan, Raul Labrador, and Tim Huelskamp. If you thought Jebmania turnout on the right was looking ferocious before, wait until the last stumbling blocks to comprehensive immigration reform have been primaried into oblivion by country-clubbers.

    Normally the final GOP argument is the supreme court but given what we’ve seen from John Roberts I don’t know that I’d trust a Jeb Bush to be better when it comes to the Supreme Court either.

    The real question is why the are letting the cat out of the bag early.  Could it be because they are afraid that an actual conservative might be nominated and they want to make sure any such conservative has no support?

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    Michael Corleone: Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.

    Godfather III 1990

    The third of three parts (plus an epilogue)  series on Donald Trump and the MSM part 1 Donald Donald Donald is here part 2 The Big Lie:  is here.   And today we are talking about the author of what is going on here.

    The National GOP.

    The GOP establishment (or as Ted Cruz calls them the “Washington Cartel”) has long ducked dodged and hidden when it comes to illegal immigration.  When election time comes around the tough talk comes on display but as soon as the election is past the chamber of commerce’s desire for  cheap labor that will not ask a lot of questions nor make the demands of the American born and the funds they contribute come into play.

    The support of big money supporters is an important card but there is a second card in play.

    As we have already established the media, particularly the Spanish media has been pushing the big lie that the GOP base dislikes illegal immigration because they dislike the Spanish.  It has been the reason immigration issue forward for many years trying to make it a wedge issue to use against Republicans & Conservatives (apparently the failure of a Democrat supermajority to bother with the issue from 2008-2010 had no bearing) .  At every opportunity the various arms of the media and culture paint conservatives in general and Republicans in particular as racists.

    Now the GOP could fight back, they could directly confront the media that hates and spins the GOP, but there is one thing that holds them back.

    It would mean the slings and arrows of the press to defend a base that many republican dislike.

    They dislike a base that demands fiscal restraint when they would prefer the funds to grant favors to fatcat supporters who would repay them with high paying jobs when their time in congress is done.  They dislike a base whose devotion to Christianity & opposition to abortion causes them embarrassment in elite DC.  They dislike a base that gives scrutiny to bills that they would like quietly passed.

    But most of all they resent a base that acts as if they, the people are in charge, that doesn’t submit to their betters.

    Why fight for people you don’t like when it’s so much easier to go along?

    So now we have Donald Trump speaking up when the party is silent and we’re treated to the spectacle of the same media that demonize Mitt Romney seeking him out to lead the attack with the rest of the GOP anxious to follow with only Ted Cruz is smart enough to call out the media for the game it’s trying to play.  The game that is never played on Democrats when a Carlos Henriquez comes along.

    For the record I think the party, as I’ve already written,  has reason to distrust Trump, but not as much reason as the GOP voter has to distrust the party, now if the party had been willing to give some deference to the people who elected them, they would find them grateful.  If the GOP had been willing to lead on the immigration issue, to stand with their base, to make the case without having to be dragged screaming and kicking, then the base might have backed them up when they needed it.

    Instead they kicked their base in the teeth,  and THEN they wonder why a man like Trump is able to make hay with them.

    Bobby Jindal once famously called the GOP the stupid party, by running away from their base and enabling both Trump and the MSM, they are doing their best to prove him right.

    The only saving grace of all of this is the trap that threatens the MSM, a trap that involves basic math, but that’s not so much part of the story but the epilogue.

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    Richard Sharpe: Now I know you can fire three rounds a minute, but what I want to know is can you stand?

    Sharpe’ Rifles 1988

    What’s the use of getting elected or re-elected if you don’t stand for something?

    President Grover Cleveland

    One of the most common themes I’ve seen in the past week has been the declaration by any pundit you can find just how good the gay marriage and Obamacare ruling are for the GOP. These issue once off the table can’t hurt the GOP. Now they don’t have to push subsidies, or appeal to those icky social conservatives and can get on with trying to win an election.

    That’s a great argument if the reason why you are involved in the political process or join a political party is to get members of your team in office so they can give goodies to members of party and eventually make big money working as a lobbyist asking for those favors, it’s a wonderful argument if all politics was just baseball hoping that the Red Sox can score more runs than the Yankees.

    But for the majority of the people of this nation, politics is not about one team vs another or a job or a way to get personal power or graft. The purpose of politics is to govern our nation to the betterment of our culture and country for the sake of ourselves and the generations to follow.

    I don’t want to stop Obamacare because I hope to get an advantage or think I’ll be richly rewarded for doing so, I want t stop Obamacare because I’m convinced that it is now and will continue to lead to stagnation for our country and our people, because it will continue to kill jobs and prosperity, because it’s all about insurance and not about care, because it’s all about pretending to solve a problem rather than actually solving one.

    I don’t argue against Gay Marriage in general and the Supreme Court’s ridiculous decision simply for religious reasons (although that would suffice) I do so because by destroying both marriage as an institution and it’s definition we weaken society for generations to come. By redefining words for the sake of one groups narcissism we make words and the laws that are defined by them meaningless, because the long-term effects on this will be persecution not just for Christians but for any group that dares to go against group speak. And if you can do this to marriage you can do it to any other word, phase or institution that one group of well-funded people can choose to target.

    In other words it will harm us as a society and as a nation.

    I left the Democrat party because back in the early 90’s I perceived that as a believing Catholic I was no longer welcome, if the GOP decides that faithful Christians are no longer worth anything beyond what Ted Cruz calls “crocodile tears” you had better not expect us to be all that excited about voting for you, let alone working for you or giving you money.

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    PICARD: You Recognise the old bag of tricks? What about this one? [snaps fingers Ardra vanishes] Come back, Ardra, if you can. No? Fine, allow me [snaps fingers Ardra returns]
    ARDRA: Of all the impudence.
    PICARD: Impudence? [suddenly replaced by an image of a Klingon deity & speaking in its voice] Impudence is pretending to be Fek’lhr of Klingon.

    Star Trek TNG  Devil’s Due  1991

     

    Yesterday I briefly alluded to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek TNG Devil’s Due where a planet goes into panic over a deal made with the a being called Ardra that is coming due:

    The entire plot consists of Picard, convinced the people are being playing trying to prove that her claims are just a fraud to get what she wants.

    Longtime readers might recall I brought this episode two years ago during a commentary on what was revealed as a Racism hoax involving the Lunenburg High School football team and it hit me that this whole Bruce Jenner thing is the same old song and dance:

    This has been done over and over again and it’s all about generating the requite fear, One of the things I’ve said many times is the first virtue, the virtue that has to come before all other virtues is courage, because if you don’t have courage you don’t have anything else. None of the other virtues will work.

    And it’s fear, in my opinion that causes even a writer for a site like Hotair to paint this as a virtue for conservatives:

    With the momentum from this announcement and affiliation, Catilyn inadvertently gave the Republican Party something it desperately needs more of – “street cred,” simply put, an understanding sense of humanity. 

    If the party overall was to warm up to these “differences” and use them as a broader tool to crush problems (not people) that really matter – like insurmountable national and student debt, ever-increasing national security threats and domestic encroachments on Constitutional liberties – Democrats would stand no chance. 

    Yeah because nothing says to Christians who like me who left the Democrat party when they felt that there was no place for believers to go out and vote GOP then to encourage us to say this is just fabulous, as if the culture didn’t go to “accept gay marriage” to “accept gay marriage or ELSE”.

    This is and remains part of the war on culture and it’s all about fear.  Fear is the tactic the left used to keep GOP candidates from critiquing candidate Barack Obama, fear is the tactic that was used to critique those who would day suggest Michael Brown was not a “gentle giant”, fear was the tactic used against those who passed religious freedom laws, stood up for the reality of marriage and noted that the cities falling apart have been governed by Democrats for decades.

    The message this time is:  “if we don’t accept this we won’t win elections.”  It’s the same fear that is mentioned in the Psalm I quoted a few days ago or as Leslie Howard put it in the old Movie Pimpernel Smith:  “Ah The Story of the Grapes.”

    In fairness to Hotair Amanda Muñoz opinion is not shared by Ed Morrissey.

    We’re celebrating the end of natural and objective truth, and turning dysfunction into virtue on the basis of celebrity.

    or Jazz Shaw:

    You can dress how you like and change your name. I’ll back you up. And if you were born a man, you can call yourself a woman if you like. But your right of free speech does not protect you from possibly being offended by the free speech of others, including yours truly. Your decision doesn’t mean that I have to modify my speech and start swapping out pronouns from the language buffet line any more than I have to accept that you’re drinking a “martini” if you put a cocktail onion in your glass instead of an olive.

    It brings me to mind Captain Picard’s closing speech during Devil’s Due after Ardra’s con game is revealed.

    Picard:  She learned of the myth of Ardra, studied it and expertly played on your fears that your people were ready to virtually surrender to her.

    And that’s what the left is hoping we’ll do court: the left has taken advantage of the cultural ignorance of today and so expertly played on people fears of being called “intolerant” or rejected that they  are ready to virtually ready to surrender to them:

    Her passenger prompts that Jenner is normal, to which Jenner responds, smiling, “Put it this way: I’m the new normal.”

    And Woe betide those who say no:

    “I’m the new normal” is exactly but exactly the soundbite the media wants for its “trans is mainstream” narrative push, which technically began a year ago but never enjoyed a spokesperson as prominent as this.

    If we are foolish enough to follow Ms.Amanda Muñoz advice not only will we lose as a party (and a culture), but we’ll deserve to.

    Closing thought:  This is why a paper printed book has it over Wikipedia or any online encyclopedia anyday:

    Watch the Wikipedia page for the 400 meter sprint over the coming days. The page was recently edited to add the following line about the world record time for women:

    The current women’s world record is held by Marita Koch, with a time of 47.60 seconds. However Caitlyn Jenner is the fastest woman’s performer of all time, running a time of 47.51 in 1976 while competing under the name Bruce Jenner.

    FYI a hat tip to Chrissie’s Transcript site for the text from not only this TNG episode but for saving me the time it would have taken to dig out various quotes over the years.

    This is simply delightful:

    In a press conference shortly after the AP’s story was published, Paul said discussions of abortion focus too much on “exact details” on the right, and that Democrats should face similarly complex questions.

    “We always seem to have the debate way over here on what are the exact details on exceptions or when it starts,” Paul said.

    He said reporters should go to Wasserman Schultz with similar questions — and then ask him again.

    “You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s okay with killing a seven-pound baby that is just not yet born yet. Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when she’s willing to protect life,” he said. “When you get an answer from Debbie, come back to me.”

    It has driven the left absolutely nuts from Think Progress to Media Matters

    Combined with his appearance on the Today Show where he refused to concede the narrative to  Samantha Guthrie which drove MSNBC absolutely nuts he has demonstrated a basic fact.

    Given that the media is little better than Democrats with bylines the best way to deal with them is to confront them and force them to defend their biases.

    The public doesn’t trust the media and the more you force them to defend themselves the more they will reveal themselves for what they are.

    More please

    Update:  Allahpundit notes that this should be a GOP Template:

    Paul’s response should be a stock answer for any GOP candidate who gets a question on a third-rail social issue going forward: We’ll weigh in just as soon as Hillary Clinton does. Want to know what Marco Rubio thinks about abortion exceptions? No problem — just as soon as Hillary tells us when life begins. Want to hear Ted Cruz’s take on gay marriage? He’d be happy to provide it — just as soon as Hillary answers a simple question about how many genders she thinks there are. The wedge question should cut both ways this campaign, whether the media likes it or not.

    The easiest way to defeat the left is to take away the mask of normalcy that the MSM put over their insanity.

    Update 2:  RS McCain

    Matt Vespa reports a poll: 52% of Americans say life begins at conception. This means 48% of Americans are wrong.

    52% is what we call a Majority.

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    As you might have noticed there has been a decided lack of courage among some in the GOP since the Democrats launched their RFRA squirrel.

    It’s true that Ted Cruz came out and remained strong in support of religious liberty

    While more moderate Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush appeared to soften his stance, GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas stood firm Wednesday night and denounced Democrats who he said “want to persecute anyone that has a good faith religious belief that marriage is a holy sacrament between the union of one man and one woman and ordained as a covenant by God.”

    He also took aim at Fortune 500 companies during a stop in Iowa, saying they are “running shamelessly to endorse the radical gay marriage agenda over religious liberty.”

    But as far as Pols go he’s been the exception as both Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson rushed to appease the left in some way rather than being willing to go after them head on (like the fellow at Heritage who so vexed Ed Schultz that he cut off his mike)

    The reactions are not a surprise, large corporations have always been more loyal to profit than principle and the prospect of the left kicking up a fuss is expensive and pols, afraid being attacked constantly have rushed to mollify media and activists (forgetting they short of copulation they can not be mollified).

    However if there is one thing that will stiffen the spine of a poll it’s the prospect that it will pay off, and that brings us to Memories Pizza in Indiana which after being deluged by death threats after a “gotcha” story from the local media ws forced to close.

    In response someone started a GoFundme page and after 24 hours here is the result

    gofundme

    Now $422K raised in 24 hours is pretty impressive but the number that really catches the eye is the 14,335 people who gave it.  That works out to just under $30 a person.

    Picture what that kind of donor base means. If these people are willing to kick in to protect this pizza place how much more likely are they to kick in if you as a pol are making the fight publicly that they are supporting privately.

    If you could manage to convince just a third of these people to kick in at that $30 rate to your campaign that adds up to $150,000.

    And even better because they are kicking in only $30 that means you can go back to them 10, 20 even 50 times or more before they max out under the law.

    That’s a lot of potential ad buys, a lot of radio spots, a ton of lawn signs or a bus fully equipped.

    The National GOP may not care much for the conservative wing of the party or the religious people it consists of but for the shot at a share of those fundraising number, they’ll do their best to fake it.

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    The great thing about conventional wisdom is it’s always right, until it isn’t:

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has jumped to third place in the prospective Republican presidential field since making his bid official last week, according to a new poll.

    The survey, released Wednesday by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found Cruz surging from 5% support last month to 16% support from Republican primary voters this month.

     

    As a general rule early announcers don’t get much from it, so why has Ted Cruz progressed so much in a week, well here are a few clues:

    1. Cruz has been bold:

    Cruz made it a point to make his announcement at liberty university, KNOWING that the left / media would go absolutely nuts over it and dismiss him because of it. The attacks of the left were sure to make people of the right pleased.

    2. Cruz has been relentless

    At a time when the conventional wisdom and the media wisdom was proclaiming that the signing of the Tom Cotton open letter was an at of treason Cruz not only defended it but had this to say to Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe:

    This interview, for the most part, was hostile and yet Ted Cruz did fabulously. Much of the interview centered on the Iranian letter, as Mika continued to press Cruz on the motivations behind the letter, even after he had already explained to her their motivations. Cruz never backed down one iota, even saying at the end that he has no regrets about signing the letter, like John McCain does as Mika points out, and that he would sign the same letter to Iran again in large print so the Ayatollahs wouldn’t need their glasses to read his signature.

    and proved to be ahead of the public on the issue

    3. Ted Cruz has been fearless.

    While Mike Pence and Asa Hutchinson were quick to backtrack under media and leftist pressure not only was Ted Cruz one of the first to defend Indiana’s law. On Wednesday he doubled down:

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016.

    And vowed to campaign on it:

    Cruz told an audience Wednesday he could carry the banner for that cause in his GOP presidential campaign.

    “We need to stand up as courageous conservatives,” he told a packed auditorium in the heart of northwest Iowa’s conservative northwest in his first visit to the state since declaring his candidacy last week. “Religious liberty is not some fringe view.”

    Bottom line, leaders lead. Ted Cruz is leading from the front and in the face of unrelenting pressure from media and leftist activists and Republicans voters are taking notice.

    Closing thought:  All of these things  Cruz is doing are exactly the opposite of what the MSM and the GOP establishment says a Republican has to do to win.

    Perhaps unlike some in the GOP Senator Cruz knows how to play the game.

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    Another in our interviews of attendees at the YAF conference in Nashua NH

    The Explanation for me calling this young lady “Hofford” is explained n the interview

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of her in the future

    Mrs Cooper:You know how your daddy used to say that you can only fish for so long before you got to throw a stick of dynamite in the water?

    Sheldon: Yeah.

    Mrs Cooper:Well, I’m done fishing

    The Big Bang Theory The Luminous Fish Effect 2007

    I’m done.

    I’m done asking people to vote for the GOP, I’m done compromising on issues dear to me and I’m done pushing candidates that are willing to say one thing when they want my vote but not willing to act once they have power.

    The party seems to forget the reason they have a congressional majority is not due to their own actions but the actions of others.

     In 1994 it was Rush Limbaugh and the conservatives he energized with the help of Hillarycare that motivated voters who previously did not turn out to finally give the GOP their first congressional majority since the 50’s.

    It 2010 it was the TeaParty and people who had not gotten involved before energized by the president Obama push for Obamacare and led by Sarah Palin, the one person besides Limbaugh who was not calling for appeasement of Obama that gave the GOP majorities all over the nation just in time for the redrawing of congressional maps.

    And it was conservatives again who after being spurned by Mitt Romney & Co and staying home in 2012 gave the party one more shot to do what they promised in 2014.

    This abortion bill debacle was the last straw for me.  I left the Democrats 20 years ago when it became clear that a Catholic who actually believed in his faith was no longer welcome, if the GOP doesn’t want social conservatives then it’s time for us to go.

    That leads to the obvious question:  Go Where?

    Glad you asked, After the last presidential election Mike Rogers sent this comment in E-mail that I posted:.

    The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

    The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

    If we successfully set up a conservative party, and win some seats, we can choose to align with Republicans or even endorse their candidate as a tactical matter on a vote by vote basis.

    Well it is after a historic election and after reading about Mitt Romney embracing climate change, the English & spanish language versions of the SOTU response and the House GOP going feckless on Abortion the time to set up these conservative parties in every state is now.

    This VERY week  Committees should begin forming in every state to create State conservative parties.

    THIS VERY WEEK:  True believers should be determining exactly legal steps need to be done in each state to be recognized.

    This very week, activists should be sounding out potential candidates and writing a statement of principles embracing the following:

    1.  Fiscal conservativism & responsibility

    2.  Social conservative & personal responsibility

    3.  Defending the Judeo Christian values that made America great

    As for funding this, if we can’t find conservatives willing to kick in I”m sure our friends on the left would be delighted to provide the seed money to get things going in the hope of splitting the GOP.

    This has to be started NOW so that by say April of this year we are in a position to be able to act.

    Now I can hear people say:  “DaTechGuy, this is crazy, you’ll just be handing elections to the Democrats who are even worse.  Haven’t you said time and time again you have to vote for the best choice on the ballot?”

    Yes I have and on a pragmatic level if the choice in 2016 is Bush vs Clinton I’d much rather have Bush nominate a squish to the Supreme Court than Clinton nominate a radical but this misses the point.

    If we have things in place by this summer, well before the primary season for 2016 everything changes for one simple reason that Mike pointed out in his original e-mail.  A point I want to emphasize:

    There is absolutely nothing stopping a Massachusetts Conservative Party or a Ohio Conservative Party or a North Carolina Conservative Party from nominating the candidate that wins a GOP primary as their choice for a state district,  a House district, a Senate Seat, a Governorship.  Nor is there anything preventing a national conservative party from nominating the GOP presidential nominee as the choice of their party.

    Now put yourself in the place of the GOP both on the national and the state level.

    If they see such parties forming, particularly in states that are close, are they more or less likely to frustrate the conservative agenda in the House & Senate and fuel the anger that generates them?

    Say you are a member of Congress, perchance one who scuttled the Abortion bill, or is pushing for higher Gas taxes or supporting common core and you see this happening, are you more or less likely to anger conservatives who might choose to run a candidate who will cut into your base?

    Say you are a state party preparing to fill a open congressional seat, are you likely to push a RINO that will guarantee a Conservative Party candidate on the ballot or will they find a more conservative candidate that, while not being a Ted Cruz or a Mike Lee would have enough appeal to conservatives to keep them in their camp?

    Imagine you’re a state GOP with a strong conservative already sitting, are you to consider a primary challenge to might cause the state conservative party to split off?

    Now obviously both human nature and the law of averages tell you that this will not always be enough to motivate the GOP to “Do the right thing” and there will be occasions when our running a candidate will be enough to give a Democrat the odd house seat in a marginal district or even cost us a Senate Seat such as in NH but consider the following:

    Right now the GOP has the largest majority it has had in the house for a century.  So if Democrats take a few seats or even 10, it will not give them the strength to advance the liberal agenda.

    Additionally what if there had been a 3rd party candidate running in NH instead of clear field.  Might some of those conservatives who stayed home have been enough to not only increase the GOP majority in the statehouse or perhaps give some help to Marilinda Garcia who was ignored by the national GOP?

    Would not both the state party and perhaps a candidate such as Kelly Ayotte who had the support of Conservatives like Palin in 2010 seeing thousands of votes for a Conservative candidate in opposition to Brown think long and hard before antagonizing said party before she has to face voters?

    Now there are some who might see  new party structure as a chance to become regular guest on media, others who figure getting in on the ground floor of a party will mean power in the long run, still others see this in terms of profit and an easy paycheck.  A new party will always attract such people.

    In the long run it doesn’t matter to me any more than if a congressman votes the right way out of principle or out of expediency.  I’d say if the world was full of angels we would not be need government but as I recall Satan started his career angelically.

    So lets just say this:   if we are advancing conservative principles for the good of our country our society and children, that’s fine with me.

    But remember we have only a short window to get this done, if we wait too long then we won’t be able to influence the GOP congress into conservatism, or the GOP candidates into conservatism, all we’ll be able to do is help Democrats win, which is’t the point of the exercise.

    We get started now or we wait till Jan 2017.  There is not an acceptable 3rd choice.

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    By now you’ve heard about the I93 debacle in Boston, how a group of “activists” held up traffic for hours, disrupted the lives of thousands of folks, cost millions of dollars in lost wages and wasted time and even messed up ambulance service in the area.

    The anger against these fools is almost universal and all kinds of creative names are being used to describe them, but there is one description that should be the first one out of the lips of everyone but for some reason is not.

    Democrats

    These people ARE the Democrat base, you will not find a single Romney or even a Charlie Baker voter among them, These are the folks who have been crying “War on Women”, Heteronormative Patriarchy and all that good stuff, and right now they have managed to anger almost the entire voting population of one of the most liberal states in the Union.

    Yet where is the Mass GOP pressing State Democrats on these protesters?  Where are the conservative talk show hosts, bloggers et/all calling every single state Democrat senator and rep to comment?

    Where are the press releases reminding the now angry voters what side these people are on?  Why aren’t we playing by the Todd Akin rules with these guys forcing them to either upset their base by condemning them or risk the wrath of already angry voters?

    Our leftist friends, if the situation was reversed, would already have gone this route. You would not be able to turn on a TV set or radio without hearing about these Republicans endangering motorists etc.

    For a party with only 11% percent registration this is the ultimate gimme,  If only they are smart enough to take it.

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    Remember on Tuesday when I said that the GOP needs to make sure the Democrats own the anti-police protesters.

    This is why:

    Jason Armstrong, 29, was arrested after he entered the Northeastern District station with a loaded .22-caliber pistol, police said.

    Police said Armstrong was sent to the Northeastern District station. Officers smelled marijuana on Armstrong, searched him and found a loaded gun, police said. Armstrong told them he had been sent in by the BGF gang to test security, police said.

    Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has called the incident alarming. Batts said he is ordering security changes throughout the department and is calling a meeting of other agency chiefs over the next few days.

    Before you insist this as a crass political move ask yourself this.

    If this was a member of the tea party or a 2nd amendment activist how would the Democrats and their media allies react?

    Let’s hope the speaker who was ready to retaliate against those within the party who tried to depose him , has the willingness to hit as hard against those outside the party who wish the same.

    If you can’t pick this kind of low hanging fruit you don’t belong in the political arena.

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    Above all else, the Devil cannot stand to be mocked.

    C.S. Lewis

    “You mean to tell me—HA HA HA—that there are actually people—HOHOHOHO—who—GASP GASP— FALL for that STUPID disguise?”

    Ambush Bug to Clark Kent/Superman Action comics 560

    One of the things I’ve never understood is why we don’t have more conservative humor.

    Any person looking at liberalism can see it’s built for humor, after all watching stupidity fail over and over is inherently funny and nothing is more designed to stupidly fail more and more than liberalism..  Take the argument that getting an ID is racist.  It’s just built for comedy  I mean listen just read this:

    There’s a bunch of things you can’t get without an ID Allright : Cigarette, Plane Tickets, Food Stamps Cell Phones Booze, a Checking account , Social Security Cash at an ATM, Welfare of any kind and a Rolls Royce just to name a fews So if you can’t get your act together to acquire a photo ID that the government will provide for you at no charge by mail in most states, and you think that’s racist, well good for you but you’re going to need an ID for OBAMACARE so you might want to rethink your stance.

    and it’s even better on camera

    This is Flipside hosted by Michael Loftus and at this time you can watch it in 28 states of if you are in Dallas Texas you can get tickets to the show here.  In addition to first rate comedy you can catch some excellent conservative guests from Larry Elder to Mark Davis.  (No DaTechGuy yet but you can’t have everything).

     

    This is exactly what we need more.  Think of it who has less of a sense of humor than the left?  Who can’t laugh at themselves more than the left?

    Conservatives should understand this you can’t expect to win the culture wars unless you play and more importantly when you play, the market expands.

    I remember when Rush Limbaugh started out, how many people thought there was no audience for him?  He filled a niche that was ignored.  Now not only has he been on top for nearly 30 years but he begat Hannity, Laura Ingraham , Glen Beck to the point where even a little guy like me had a show for nearly 4 years.

    What About Fox news?  They shot to #1 by reporting on the news that the rest of the media ignored.  Now you have Glenn Beck’s network, the Tea Party News network and each of those networks are spawning personalities that will grow the audience

    Then there is  Greg Gutfeld and RedEye?  Why do you think a show running at 3 AM was beating prime time shows on other cable networks?  Because liberal stupidity is born to be laughed at..

    We have to stop being afraid of these people and start laughing at them, there is a reason why Hollywood & the MSM do their best to lock conservatives out of comedy, it’s because they understand that if the American pubic actually saw the left as they are they would laugh them right out of office.

    Bottom line we need more shows like the Flipside with Michael Loftus so check out the show, share the videos and keep the clips handy for when you want to make a liberal squirm.

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    As everyone knows I supported first Karen Testerman and then Bob Smith for the GOP Senate in NH furthermore I argued that nominating Scott Brown might cause 2A and pro-life people to stay home.

    However not only did Scott Brown win the primary but he’s run an excellent campaign overall. Combine this with a poor campaign by Shaheen, and the record of president Obama on Ebola & ISIS and viola Senator Brown has a real chance to take that seat.

    In one respect win or lose Brown has already done a huge service for the GOP. When the election season began nobody was picking NH as a state the GOP could flip. Thanks to a strong well-financed campaign by Brown the left has spent an inordinate amount of 3rd party/national money resources defending New Hampshire that they could have spent in Louisiana, or Alaska, or North Dakota, or Colorado, or Arkansas, or Iowa, or North Carolina or Montana or Virginia or in the Florida Governor Race etc etc etc.

    Taking money from the left is good, but winning the Senate is better and now the Tea Party and Conservatives in New Hampshire have a chance to not only spike the ball providing a final service for conservatives running nationwide.

    Until election day an election is like a marketing campaign, but on election day it’s like a battle where morale is critical. As New Hampshire is one of the eastern states it will be reporting earlier than many other states.

    If the Democrats media allies can project a victory in New Hampshire fairly early it will keep up the morale of liberals farther west where pols are still open who will be working as hard as they can to hold senate and house seats. It will provide a narrative that will make it easier for Democrat talking heads to keep the troops fighting till the last poll closes.

    But picture if by 9 or 10 PM New Hampshire is still in doubt, or better yet imagine if the networks find themselves calling the state for Brown.

    Picture the analysts on MSNBC trying to spin a Brown victory as not a fatal disaster for Democrats, picture them trying to give hope to their party faithful farther west, that a loss in NH doesn’t mean the Senate is going GOP bigtime while wearing drawn faces. Even a race that can’t be called will have a depressing effect.

    Such a blow could be critical, if the left decides there simply isn’t hope how many may choose to give up? How many will go home, stop working, vote for a green or 3rd party liberal or even to not bother to vote figuring they can’t make a difference. Picture what that will mean not just in Senate & House races but up and down the ticket for the GOP.

    While Senator Brown is not the ideal candidate to many conservatives aiding a victory by him on Tuesday might in NH might make the difference between winning and losing for stronger House and Senate conservatives across the nation.

    So I urge you , if you are a New Hampshire Tea Party voter, a second amendment defender or even like me, a strong pro-life voter and considered staying home or even voting 3rd party reconsider, because choosing to elect Scott Brown may do more for your cause than you can possibly imagine.

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    This week the story broke that  Costco was  pulling Dinesh D;Sousa’s new  book from its shelves

    The wholesale giant Costco has issued an order to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” from the shelves of its stores nationwide, WND has confirmed.

    The book, in this midterm election year, is a strong rebuttal of the progressive ideology behind President Obama’s policies, which have been supported by Costco co-founder and director Jim Sinegal, a major Democrat donor and a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention that nominated the president. A Washington Post political reporter has noted Obama’s “romance” with the nation’s second-largest retailer.

    When the news broke Dinesh D’Souza said their move showed the Left Is Terrified’ but Costco insisted that it had nothing to do with politics.

    Galanti confirmed to WND the “pull order” was in effect and that D’Souza’s book is in the process of being removed from Costco stores this week, with the goal to have all copies of D’Souza’s book out of Costco stores nationwide and shipped back to the vendor no later than July 15.

    He said the decision to pull D’Souza’s book was not political but was based solely on sales, arguing Costco’s national goal is to market books that show up on the New York Times bestseller list.

    The book will make the New York Times list July 13.


    Although looking at this:

    Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, an Obama supporter gave more than $20 million to Democrats during the 2012 election cycle.

    it appears shoppers for some reason don’t believe them, this comment from their facebook page  is typical:

    Paul Olson My wife I have had a Costco membership for close to 20 years. We have known that Costco was owned & run by people who have contributed heavily to liberals, but continued to shop there regularly. They have a right to their politics like everybody else. However when they make an overtly political attack such as this, we have to take it into account and respond by spending our money elsewhere. Although we have spent thousands of dollars at Costco over the years, its Sams Club from now on.

    And those sentiments were echoed by other people on facebook a LOT of people.

    Thousands of Costco shoppers took to the wholesaler’s Facebook page threatening to drop their store memberships after the retailer pulled copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s newest anti-Obama book from its shelves, but a company official insists the decision was financial, not political.

    And lo and behold Costco made a new decision:

    Wholesale retailer Costco announced Tuesday evening that they have reversed a decision to remove conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book from stores, following an outcry from thousands of angry customers.

    But not for political reasons of course

    “We are bringing it back, not for political reasons, but because the book is now selling well,” Galanti told WND. “We didn’t pull the book on July 1 for political reasons, and we are not putting it back in the stores now for political reasons. We are doing this because we sell merchandise and D’Souza’s book is now selling well.”

    The real question is this, how is it that a calling and facebook campaign turned things around at Costco while the same type of thing didn’t take place with say Hobby Lobby?  Meagan McArdle explains:

    back to Hobby Lobby. Their demographic is women! I have heard cry. And women will be outraged!

    Indeed, many women are. But which women?

    At least in my circles, everyone in the crafting demographic meets at least one of the following criteria, and often all of them: conservative, Christian, married, older, stay-at-home mom. I’m not saying this is universal; I’m sure there are young, single, progressive crafters out there! But the overlap between the people in my Facebook feed proclaiming a boycott and the people in my Facebook feed whom I know to be frequenters of crafting stores is basically zero. The people with the passion are not the people who will be crafting, in other words.

    So I’m pretty skeptical that a significant number of Hobby Lobby’s customers — who weren’t turned off by, say, the no-business-on-the-Sabbath rule — are suddenly going to switch their allegiance to Michaels. 

    In other words, this protest in Boston that took place nearly 50 miles away from the nearest Hobby Lobby location likely cost the company nearly 1 customer.  Costco doesn’t have that privilege and there are plenty of other national wholesale stores(Sam’s Club, BJ’s) that will be quite happy to take any customers that Costco doesn’t want.

    Bottom line Costco has a perfect right to carry what they want and their customers have the right to react accordingly so my advice is this:   unless you have a niche market or unless you are willing to take grief from part of your customer base, pick your enemies very carefully, because those enemies of yours might have more friends than you think.

    None of this btw changes the fact that Dinesh D’Sousa was as guilty as sin.

     

    I have observed, throughout life, that a man may do an immense deal of good, if he does not care who gets the credit for it.

    Father Strickland. S.J.  1963

    Captain Renault:In 1935, you ran guns to Ethiopia. In 1936, you fought in Spain, on the Loyalist side.

    Rick:And got well paid for it on both occasions.

    Captain RenaultThe *winning* side would have paid you much better.

    Casablanca 1942

    For a while I’ve been making the argument that Sarah Palin is far more valuable to the conservative movement as a person who gets solid conservatives nominated and elected than as just another GOP candidate for president in a crowded field.

    Yesterday the Washington Post talked about Sarah Palin and to some degree doesn’t know what to make of her:

    “She is still just really fun to watch. Some are watching because they admire, and others are watching because they find her hilarious because she is a self parody and there aren’t too many people who can manage to be both of things. 

    However in between dealing with her as a reality start and cultural icon they actually managed to  mention the serious commentary she has been putting out regularly:

    Palin’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have become favored media for the former vice presidential candidate, who has posted missives on everything from foreign policy to the economy for her followers

    They even managed to actually quote one of her pieces for a change.  That would be remarkable if it wasn’t a critique of the Ryan budget.

    “The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) budget is not an April Fool’s joke,” Palin wrote. “But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem; it STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending TODAY, instead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so.”

    The Washington Post is always sympathetic to any attack on one republican from another, even one from Sarah Palin, if it can be service to the White House.

     But while that is the likely driver of the piece the real interesting bit comes later.

    Unlike many of her male counterparts, Palin has so far resisted the urge to run for president despite her popularity with her party’s right wing. Instead, she has opted to use her political influence to endorse candidates. 

    Their numbers on her success from 2010 conflict with CBS they claim she was 34/66 while CBS’s had her with 37 wins in 55 races that year but more important than the numbers is they have pretty much hit on what I believe is the long-term Palin strategy: maintaining herself as a viable candidate without committing (a Political Fleet in Being if you will) , maintaining the fight in the culture wars by letting the low info voters see her without the MSM filter,  then using the money from both sources to advance her political views through selected candidates.

    In the long run a half a dozen new teaparty members of the House and senate pushing conservative causes added every two years will do more for advancing everything we all believe in than any run for president even if it is successful.

    My children and yours will have a lot to thank her for.

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    Not all of CPAC takes place at the hall Congress Louis Gohmert had an event across the street and I had the pleasure of recording Phyllis Schlafly there.

    Listen to this speech carefully and keep them in mind the next time someone tells you how we have to abandon your principles for the sake of expediency.

    Jenny Beth Martin was at that event too,

    she has learned Mrs. Schlafly’s lessons well.

    It is more profitable for me to have a team that is in contention for most of the season, but finishes about fourth…A team like that will draw well enough during the first part of the season to show a profit for the year and you don’t have to give the players raises when they don’t win.

    Connie Mack Owner/Manager Philadelphia A’s 1901-1953

    Sheldon: Can’t we just go to Big Boy? They only have one burger. The Big Boy.

    Penny: The Barbecue Burger is like the Big Boy.

    Sheldon: Excuse me. In a world that already includes the Big Boy, why would I settle for something like a Big Boy?

    The Big Bang Theory The Hamburger Postulate 2007

    There is a bit of a fuss about this story at Politico concerning MSNBC’s revenues and viewership.

    MSNBC suffered harder loses in 2013 — in terms of both viewership and revenue — than either of its competitors at Fox News and CNN, according to Nielsen data featured in a new Pew Research report. Primetime viewership declined by a staggering 24 percent (nearly twice the loss sustained by CNN and four-times that sustained by Fox News). Daytime viewership fell by 15 percent, even as it rose at both of the other networks.

    On the revenue side, MSNBC was projected to decline by 2 percent, while both CNN and Fox News were projected to experience growth of 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively. MSNBC was expected to bring in $475 million in revenue: less than half what CNN will make and roughly one-quarter of what Fox News will make.

    The graphs and charts make the case seem even more dire for MSNBC and there are a lot of folks on my side of the aisle noting with glee how the left’s favorite news network is no peacock compared to even CNN let alone the soaring and majestic Fox.

    But people are forgetting a few things it’s not a question of relative audience it’s a question of actual profit.

    Think of it as McDonalds vs Big Boy.

    McDonalds had a gross of 28.11 Billion last year from 14,000 restaurants.  They are a worldwide powerhouse that last year had according to google finance  a net profit margin of over 19%.  As of this writing the stock is selling for more than $95 a share.

    Frisch’s Big Boy has 120 locations.  Their stock price as of this moment is just over $23 a share, their net profit margin in 2013 was 3.42% and their sales were just over $213mill in the fiscal year ending may 2013

    Any comparison of the relative strength of Frisch’s Big Boy & McDonalds is laughable.  In fact you could combine the numbers from Bob’s Big Boy out west with Frisch’s and their entire customer base would be considered a niche market vs the golden arches.

    But that’s not how the real world works.  In the real word Big Boy, with sales over $200 million is and remains a powerhouse with a reach that many other small restaurants can only dream of.

    Furthermore as long as the bills and employees are being paid and the shareholders are making a profit Big Boy will continue to remain a significant company that’s going away anytime soon.

    It’s the same thing with MSNBC vs Fox.  This isn’t Tina Brown and the Daily Beast where  as Stacy McCain once put it

    projected profitability at the Daily Beast to somewhere between (a) three years and (b) when hell freezes over.

    MSNBC is a major company that makes a profit without the need for a George Soros or any other liberal angel to pay the bills.

    As far as Comcast is concerned as long as MSNBC’s niche market (compared to Fox) produces a profit and provides a platform to promote Comcast products where the parent company can effectively pay itself for advertising, it is something that will continue for the foreseeable future.  Stacy Again:

    Establishment Media still matters, and will continue to matter for the foreseeable future. MSNBC made a bet during the Bush years that there was a market for a cable network that was the antithesis of Fox News, and that bet helped MSNBC vault past CNN into second place among cable networks, but the momentum — which took MSNBC from about 350,000 primetime viewers in 2006 to about 750,000 in 2012 — couldn’t be sustained.

    Conservatives who watch Fox News to get pro-GOP happy talk are much more numerous than people who tune into MSNBC to get anti-GOP angry talk, but that is cold comfort to Republicans when the Democrat in the White House was able to get re-elected in large measure because MSNBC actually reflects the private opinions of the people who produce mass-market news at the major networks.

    MSNBC is a legit target as it almost uniformly pushes the left’s agenda so it’s trials and tribulations are worth a smile, but the goal isn’t to beat MSNBC it’s to beat liberals in elections to advance a conservative agenda and anything we do to counter MSNBC has to be in that context, anything else is fools gold.

    Eyes on the prize people, eyes on the prize.

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    This is the 13th of my series of Sarah Palin clips from CPAC 2014 & commentary upon them:

    Day 1: The Crowd
    Day 2: The Entrance
    Day 3: Dr. Seuss
    Day 4: Why Sarah Feels Good
    Day 5: Playing Prevent
    Day 6: Sinking Ships
    Day 7: Flexibility Pens & Putin
    Day 8: Anticipation
    Day 9: Don’t blow it
    Day 10: 2010 Again
    Day 11: Real Feminism
    Day 12: Liberated Much?

    One of the arguments I’ve been making for years is that selling conservatism is not hard.

    Conservatism has a virtue of a history of success both fiscally and socially that our liberal friends can not match.  Unfortunately due to the left dominating the educational system if you are 40 or under you wouldn’t know it.

    Think of it if you told people of an era when such things were common they might think it was ancient history:

    Teen suicide was practically unheard of,

    Intact families were the norm rather than divorce

    Schools taught facts rather than ideology

    Cities & the country built great things

    Parents and the elderly were held in esteem

    Kids could feel safe in their neighborhoods

    It was safe to walk streets

    There were no police in schools nor need for them

    Kids actually played tag and ran during recess without fear

    College was not about getting drunk or high

    All of these things are in living memory but our society & culture would not only have us forget them but pretend that it all came from a goal of keeping women down.

    Consider this Morning Joe Clip from Friday:

    Mika might be shocked, but I’m not. This didn’t happen in a vacuum it’s the inevitable result of abandoning conservative vales. Values that Sarah Palin reminds conservative women that are worth advancing as a grand legacy handed down from the giants who came before.

    Start evangelizing

    Sarah Palin understand the appeal of conservatism, the sooner we start going on offense, taking the fight to the culture and taking on the left on ground of our own choosing the sooner we will win.

    Would that the rest of the party figured that out.

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    I was incredibly anxious to watch Morning Joe today.

    After yesterday’s signals concerning Fl-13 and the unexpected GOP win this had the potential to be the most entertaining MSNBC broadcast I’ve seen since coming home at 3:45 AM with Stacy McCain and Dan Collins in time to see Keith Olberman melt down over Scott Brown’s Massachusetts win.

    To their credit the Morning Joe table, particularly Mika Brzezinski did not sugarcoat or spin this race (with the exception of Axelrod) as anything other than a disaster for the democrats. In the 7 AM Hour Chuck Todd went deeply into the polls they had done suggesting that Alex Sink was the better candidate with the right message and was doing well with independents.

    The moment he said this bells started to ring in my head as a  piece I linked earlier from the Miami Herald blog came to mind:

    Whoever gets his base out wins. That’s pretty cliché. But it’s true.

    Ask Alex Sink. Her campaign did a great job of messaging to independents and crossover voters.

    That sounds an awful lot like a special election campaign we had in Massachusetts last year when the party backed Gabriel Gomez because of his supposed appeal to independents and Democrats.

    Meanwhile Mr. Jolly took a different approach:

    It’s a swing district. But the Jolly campaign focused more heavily on Republicans and a Republican message.

    Sink surrogates talked about climate change and oil drilling and abortion. Jolly was more red meat. There was lots of Obamacare talk and messaging.

    Hold on, are you telling me that Dave Jolly’s plan to win in FL-13 was to appeal to and turn out the GOP base?  No wonder the establishment GOP hated his campaign:

    Their frustration had been mounting for weeks. But by late January national Republicans had had it with David Jolly, their candidate in Tuesday’s nationally watched Florida congressional special election.

    The candidate had just told the state’s top political reporter that he disagreed with an ad the party was airing against his Democratic opponent — a spot paid for with the nearly $500,000 the GOP had already spent on Jolly’s behalf.

    I mean it’s one thing to run against Obamacare but to run against illegal immigration:

    While Democrat Alex Sink candidly ran on the open borders agenda by disclosing that the motivation behind amnesty is so that we can all keep our housekeepers, Jolly categorically rejected amnesty. He ran an ad proclaiming that he is “in favor stronger borders. Not amnesty.” In a tight race, you don’t waste time or money on ads that don’t have a central issue at stake.

    Standing on conservative principles, rallying the base, attacking amnesty,  Presidents McCain and Romney and Senator Gomez and every member of the rotating GOP establishment that appears on cable will tell you that’s not how it’s done.

    Lucky for David Jolly he didn’t listen, instead he took the advice of Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin & Rand Paul from  CPAC 2014 who all said that standing on good conservative principles inspires the base and wins elections,.

    Yesterday David Jolly won doing just that I hope that the GOP will look at candidates like Karen Testerman in NH and be wise enough to figure it out.

    Closing thought:  All over the media the question is being asked if Democrats will learn the lessons of this race.  It would seem at least one has:

    Heading into the governor’s race, Crist has an Obama team guiding him, and he has been moving farther and farther left now that he’s a Democrat. He seems to understand base elections.

    I esteem cow dung more than I do Charlie Crist but nobody knows how to survive more than vermin.

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    It is really early to be talking 2016 but as the subject came up on Morning JOe AND Sarah Palin was mentioned favorably as a GOP candidate let’s raise the subject.

    Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a Huge Sarah Palin fan. There is no question in my mind she would not only be an excellent president but a one that would transform and inspire. (this FYI is why the left wanted her destroyed) If there is one interview I’d like to get for my radio show, it’s her.

    But as a person who wants to advance the Tea Party cause, let me say this right now:

    Don’t Run Sarah Run!

    There are unquestionably several reasons why a Sarah Palin run (particularly if announced early) would be a positive.

    1.  There is no GOP favorite
    2.  It would consolidate the Tea Party Support behind a single Candidate with perhaps only Rand Paul not stepping aside.
    3.  It would completely neutralize the gender card, particularly if Hillary is not the nominee
    4.  MSM not withstanding she has established her brand and is a spectacular speechmaker.

    But if your first priority is to elect conservatives, Sarah Palin is an asset that’s absolutely wasted in a presidential campaign, consider…

    Since 2008 Sarah Palin has not only built a brand she has built a machine. while the rest of the GOP was running away she ran forward pushing for conservative values You can look directly at the results that year. Palin targeted 20 democrats in 2010 18 of them were defeated and as I’ve noted before:

    CBS news pointed out Sarah Palin endorsed 43 house candidates of which 30 won while winning 7 of 12 Senate endorsed candidates. Senator Jim Demitt said “she’s done a lot of good for the Republican Party, and for our country.” And Rush Limbaugh, having none of the spin of the majority of the Mainstream media on the 4th said: “If anybody is an obvious winner here, aside, of course, from me, it would be Palin.”

    Those Palin supported candidates included Ayotte in NH & Rubio in FL and Burr in NC who became the first incumbent re-elected to the senate there since 1968.

    In 2012 Palin backed candidates won in Utah, Nebraska, Arizona, Florida

    Oh and on May 10th 2012 Sarah endorsed an obscure tea party dark horse in Texas who ran against the sitting Lt. Gov highly backed by the establishment:

    “Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack. Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.”

    He went on to win the primary & sits today in the US Senate

    You might of heard of the guy, some fella named Cruz?

    But to be fair there have been times when the establishment GOP rejected her choice. Sarah Palin backed Sarah Steelman for the GOP Senate nomination in Missouri. Her candidate was defeated in the primary and the GOP ran a different candidate…

    …named Todd Akin.

    Bottom line Sarah Palin has been instrumental in successfully advancing Tea Party candidates and principles all over the nation.

    If Sarah Palin is running for President however everything changes.

    A presidential campaign eats up money, dollars that Sarah Pac would normally be able to use to support conservative GOP candidates nationwide would be diverted to a presidential campaign.

    A presidential campaign eats up time, While one can campaign for candidates in states when you visit during a campaign those candidates get forgotten in a presidential rally.

    A presidential campaign eats up manpower, many tea party activists that would be active in local and state races would be swept away in a Palin 2016 run.

    and a Presidential campaign makes divisions, the tactics that the Establishment GOP would use to try to neutralize a Palin 2016 campaign would make the MSM attacks on her seem tame, and that doesn’t even count what the Rand Paul people would be doing to stop her (although a Palin/Paul ticket would be intriguing in the extreme) and those conservatives in primaries who supported her vs other candidates would quickly have targets placed on them by the national GOP but other candidates looking to win.

    I guarantee that if such tactics were successful in defeating her in the primary the base would stay home in 2016.

    I think I’d rather have that money, time and manpower electing tea party conservatives nationwide, particularly since the the Establishment will be too busy concentrating on the White House race to stop her.

    Simply put a Sarah Palin free to spend her time and energy supporting conservative candidates all over the nation targeting key races GOP candidates for the house and Senate is better for the cause of conservatism than Sarah Palin seeking the presidency.

    If Governor Palin runs in 2016 I WILL support her without equivocation over any other candidate (even Rick Santorum) but for all the reasons above if she were to ask my advice I would say to her, for the sake of securing a Tea Party Senate & House…

    Don’t Run Sarah Don’t Run!

     

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    Last week I mentioned how the Chris Christie Bridge scandal was a golden opportunity for the GOP:

    they should use every moment on the air to compare and contrast the media reaction to this Christie Scandal to the IRS scandal.

    How horrible that in view of the ongoing IRS scandal where a government agency was used to go after conservatives that such a thing would happen.

    They should wonder aloud if any of Chris Christie’s aides will plead the 5th under oath like the IRS people did.

    They should talk about how Chris Christie should not stonewall or put up roadblocks as the Obama administration has continued to do with the IRS scandal.

    And they should of course talk about the contrast between the media interest, saying perhaps Christie might use the Obama strategy on the IRS scandal, deny and stonewall in the hope that the media will ignore it over time.

    They should POUND this there should be no answer that comes out of their lips that doesn’t use the words “IRS Scandal” and “Bridge Scandal” in the same sentence. Every article written on it by any conservative source should mention it, contrast it play on the difference in media interest between the pair.

    And while I’m not a republican (people forget I left the party in a rather public way a year ago) it looks like some people who are republican have been paying attention:

    Let’s start with Rudy Giuliani on This Week he starts the comparisons with the very first question from Martha Raddatz:

    Giuliani: You know, Martha, that’s always kind of simplistic after some like this happens, you know, how could it happen, how could you not have known? How did President Obama not know about the IRS targeting right wing groups? You know, massive numbers of right wing groups…

    Raddatz interrupts almost at once with saying…

     But this is traffic, this affects everybody. This seems very different.

    Because the IRS certainly isn’t something that affects everybody but Rudy was just getting started

    Giuliani: Well, that affects a lot of people. And the reality is, things go wrong in an administration. And frankly, you know, he was in campaign-mode at the time, during campaign-mode you miss a lot of things. You’re not paying as much attention. We see that with Benghazi.

    I’ll give you plenty of examples. Every administration, every president, every mayor, every governor, something goes wrong below them and then the press ask, gosh, how do they not know? How did they not realize?

    Note how Rudy leads with “every president” and keeps going back there all through the interview

    Giuliani: But this is what happens in political operations. I mean, people get wrong messages. It happens all the time. It happened, again, I go back to the IRS scandal. The people in the IRS though President Obama wanted them to do this. President Obama didn’t want them to do this. But they got the sense because of that culture that they were supposed to target right wing groups. It was totally wrong.

    I think it was totally wrong for these people to have interpreted Chris Christie this way.

    But, look, he’s handled it the best way you can possibly handle it. He’s held a press conference, he’s flatly denied it.

    There a reason why Morning Joe took a swing at him today and when GOP chairman Renice Priebus said this on Meet the Press:

    He stood there for 111 minutes, in an open dialogue with the press. Now only if Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would give us 111 seconds of that would we find out some things we want to find out about Obamacare, Benghazi, the I.R.S.. I mean Chris Christie’s– (Gregory Interrupts) –been (CHUCKLE) totally open here.

    David Gregory went on full defense mode defending the president emphatically

    Let me pick up on that point, Chairman. So you had said about the president and the I.R.S. scandal, and there’s been no direct tie, of course, to what happened to the I.R.S. to the president, just as there has not been a direct tie to Governor Christie here.

    and then when Chairman Priebus he again made the contrast

    No. He– no, he– no. The– here’s the– he trusted people that lied to him, and he fired those people. The president doubles down on Eric Holder. He doubles down on Hillary Clinton and Lois Lerner and Susan Rice. It’s the opposite–

    Gregory interrupts,  asked a new question about tone and then kept interrupting as Priebus made his point.

     Because Chris Christie– here’s why. Because Chris Christie gave us almost two hours of open dialogue and open– (Gregory interrupts)  –examination with the press. Because you can judge a person. You can judge a person’s character. We had an opportunity to do that. And so that’s what Chris Christie offered, not only to the people of New Jersey, but the people across the country. The president never offered–  (Gregory interrupts) –that open dialogue so that people– (Gregory interrupts) –character– (Gregory interrupts) –of the president.

    Given these performances that were seen by many viewers who didn’t get a lot of IRS coverage from these outlets it’s no wonder Meet the Press went to Iowa to see how much a traffic jam in NJ would effect their vote in 2 years and and the aptly named Crooks & Liars is defending Gregory, it sure beats having GOP pols making uncomfortable comparisons for people to hear. After all it’s personal

    Even Rand Paul a Christie rival for 2016 gets it. He is interviewed and goes after Christie and is uninterrupted by his media until he gets over the target:

    Sen Rand Paul: Nobody wants the power of government to be used against somebody just cause you lost. A good example of this is the IRS scandal President Obama used the IRS or is alleged to have used the IRS to go after conservative groups and tea party groups…

    Interviewer: (Loudly) “And Progressives”

    I don’t like autoplay in video but go to the AZcentral site and listen to the tone when the interview interrupts. God forbid any person who hears that interview understand that the IRS targeted conservatives and tea party members. There is a reason why every time I bring the subject in comparison I’m challenged by the left and also a reason why Tax Prof Blog’s update today on the IRS scandal day 249 is as Glenn Reynolds put it a big one.

    I have absolutely no idea if Chris Christie had direct involvement in the bridge stuff, but I do know this.  The MSM is going to be pretty careful about who they bring on to talk about it.

    I think the Left is scared of that connection, let’s keep them that way.

    Update: This cartoon via A. F. Branco at Legal Insurrection nails the problem for the left.

    Media-Scales-590-LI

    They have to do something about those damned pictures.

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    This morning when advising the Speaker of the House on how to talk to the people who are needed to win elections for the GOP I invoked Gabriel Gomez.  A name some of you might not know.

    Mr. Gomez was the candidate for the Senate Seat vacated by John Kerry.  He has a great personal story and was absolutely loved by the national party due to this ancestry. However his positions on everything from amnesty to guns didn’t inspire the base and when it came to be election day Mr. Gomez not only failed to rally the base, but didn’t draw any of the Hispanic vote against the whiter than white bread a nice enough fellow, but whose positions neither inspired the base nor attracted Hispanic voters when the time care.

    Right now a similar situation is going on in California in the race for Governor.

    In California’s primary system the two candidates finishing 1st & 2nd run for the office regardless of party.

    In the latest PPIC poll there are two GOP candidates who draw support in the Polling Former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado and State Rep Tim Donnelly.

    Maldonado is running a campaign that might sound familiar to people who remember the Gomez race:

    Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, unveiling his new campaign for California governor Saturday, will challenge Democrat Jerry Brown as a pro-gay marriage, pro-choice and pro-growth Republican who vows to reach millions of Hispanic voters “who come from where I come from.”

    and on Illegal immigration it will sound REALLY familiar

      “I’m upset that we can’t get it done. Because I’m the son of a field worker who came here with a temporary work permit looking for a better life…his son became the Lt. Governor of California. How can I not support comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship?”

    *On a new law permitting driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants: “It had to be done, because Washington couldn’t get the job done. The right way to do it is comprehensive immigration reform, then no state has to go out there with piecemeal (laws).”

    Meanwhile Tim Donnelly is taking a different path not running from either his 100% pro-life rating saying he is “proudly pro-life”  or his 0% rating from Equality California saying on Gay Marriage:

    Marriage is not in the Constitution…I don’t believe the government should have anything to do with it.”

    “I personally believe that marriage is a sacred covenant between one man and one woman, ordained by God. And it belongs in the church.”

    He is not shy about his positions and expressed them forcibly in a conference call this week:  Strongly pro-2nd Amendment, opposes illegal immigration and rather than race focusing instead on issues like the budget “The mythical budget surplus hasn’t produced anything for the average person.” and financial issues that have stuck him and millions of voters “My 401 k turned into a 201k then a 101k then a zero k
    So we pretty much have two different republicans directions in California, Donnelly  not shy about taking positions consistent with the GOP base, Maldonado on the path suggested by the MSM by taking positions more consistent with Democrats in a blue state.

    Let’s see how that’s working out:

    The latest PPIC poll is out and Governor Jerry Brown has 49% of likely voters approving his job performance with 38% disapproving with 13% undecided. As far as his personal fallibility of 46% with an unfavorable rating of 40%.

    Of those likely voters 47% will vote for him in the primary including 50% of Latinos.

    While it isn’t a good sign for a sitting governor and a man with decades of the name recognition that he has to be under 50%. 47% is more than enough to secure one of the two top spots in a primary.

    How about that other spot?  Well California being as blue a state as it is, the pundits in the MSM and everyone else would expect Mr Maldonado to be easily outpolling Mr Donnelly particularly among the 50% of Latinos still up for grabs.

    You would be wrong:

    As you might guess for a state rep 15% of the voters have never heard of him and 70% have yet to form an opinion. but among those who know him his rating is pretty much a wash 7% favorable vs 8% unfavorable. Interestingly when broken down by party Donnelly is +3 among Republicans and only at a net -1 among Democrats.

    He is currently getting 16%  of the primary vote.

    Well that certainly can’t compare with a former Lt. Gov who is Hispanic , supports gay marriage, immigration reform and drivers licenses for illegal aliens in a blue state, can it?

    Apparently it can:

    Maldonado is only drawing 7% of the vote a full 9 points behind Donnally but when you break it down it gets worse for him.

    Maldonado draws a full 14% less of the White Vote than Donnally and 9% less of the independent vote but the greatest embarrassment is that among Latinos Donnally out polls him by a 2-1 margin!

    Mind you the only Latino who has held a higher office in the state is José Antonio Romualdo Pacheco who was governor in 1875.

    How can this be? Maldonado as you might guess is better known, a full 14% more voters have an opinion on him than Donnelly unfortunately for him it appears familiarity breeds contempt.

    Only 10% of voters have a favorable opinion of him against 19% who have an unfavorable one.

    Among Republicans the gap is 9% favorable vs 23% unfavorable (a net -14 a full 17 pts. worse than Donnelly).  His more liberal positions aren’t helping among Democrats with a rating of 9% favorable vs 12% (-3).  Among independents it’s worse only 5% of independents view him favorable light vs 26% who don’t (-21 rating)! and democrats.

    Amazingly Maldonado is known by almost twice as many independents that Donnelly yet the percentage of overall independents who view him favorable is two points lower. That’s a gigantic embarrassment,

    at least it would be if he didn’t have a -7 rating among Latinos 10% favorable vs 17% unfavorable.

    So what has Tim Donnelly a figure that has been attacked by some in the party figured out that the GOP Establishment and his critics have not?  Easy:

    Running as Democrat light doesn’t win over voters!  If voters want a democrat or a liberal there is a perfectly passable specimen of the real thing on the ballot.

    But if you advance conservative principles that everyone can relate to:  The economy, the 2nd amendment,  the rule of law, business regulations, issues that cut across lines of race, creed or sexual orientation, you can not only win elections but change minds.

    That’s how a party change the direction of a state.  I hope someday we learn that lesson in Massachusetts…yet.

    FYI Tim will be a guest on my radio show tomorrow at 12:15 PM if you want to find out more.

    Ramona: Didn’t a great man once say, “Science demands nothing less than the fervent and unconditional dedication of our entire lives?”

    Sheldon:  He did.

    RamonaAnd who was that great man?

    Sheldon:  Me. Sorry Leonard.

    Leonard:  Seriously? You’re not coming?

    Sheldon:  You heard her. How can I argue with me?

    The Big Bang Theory: The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem 2008

    In short, resisting a more powerful opponent will result in your defeat, whilst adjusting to and evading your opponent’s attack will cause him to lose his balance, his power will be reduced, and you will defeat him. This can apply whatever the relative values of power, thus making it possible for weaker opponents to beat significantly stronger ones.

    Jigoro Kano

    As we enter day 4 of Mandela fest on every network and in every paper it’s become readily apparent that the left intends to do its level best to use Nelson Mandela as a club against the right even to the point where Ted Cruz is attacked not for his statements on Mandela but over troll statement by some of his commentators.

    Talking points memo is in full Mandela attack mode going after any person who dares not bow down before the secular god, and the use of Mandela as a club vs the right dominate Memeorandum:

    Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:

    Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:

    xxx

    Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
    Ted Cruz Criticized for Praising Nelson Mandela

    Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then

    Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
    South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela

     

    While it’s important to tell the truth about Mandela as he was and South Africa as it is that doesn’t solve the media problem nor counter the club that the left / media will us on us with low information voters.

    So what is the solution? The clue comes in my initial post on Mandela’s death:

    The world is full of examples of the former, of Castros of Putins of Mugabes, of men who started as revolutionizes against oppressors and became oppressors itself. Even here in America how many people were attacked in the name of “Justice for Trayvon?”

    Because he did not, because he eschewed violence when he had the power to wreak it, because he instead restrained himself he also restrained an entire people who could have called for blood.

    This made him great.

    That example is the single greatest gift he gave to the world and is rightly admired for it and will be for centuries to come.

    If only the Castros , Putins and Mugabes followed it.

    The secular sainthood myth of Mandela is based on a single undeniable fact, that he is pretty much the only Leftist communist revolutionary in history that didn’t abuse the power he eventually won  to gain wealth & power for himself and repress and slaughter those who disagreed with him using either government or extra government methods.

    That is so atypical, so extraordinary (even the peaceful Norwegians after liberation from the Nazis executed Quisling) that I have no problem calling Mandela “great” but more importantly what if we on the right embrace that standard and hold the left to it?

    For example, when the left praises Castro, we put Uncle Fidel up against the Mandela Standard

    Mandela: Didn’t keep power for himself for 50 years.

    Mandela: Didn’t keep a secret police watching his political foes.

    Mandela:  Didn’t keep dissidents from leaving

    Mandela:  Held free elections with multiple parties

    Mandela:  Didn’t have the wives of jailed prisoners beaten

     

    Do you see? The left always seems to have excuses for murderous communist tyrants and dictators, but when we play the Mandela card how do they justify these acts when Mandela himself didn’t do them?

    And that doesn’t have to be applied only to foreign affairs consider:

    Mandela never used the tax system against his political foes

    Mandela never summarily suspended law

    Mandela didn’t use the government to suppress his political foes.

    It can even be used on specific issues

    How can voter ID be racist when Mandela’s South Africa requires it?

    Q: Can I vote with my temporary registration certificate (TRC)?

    A: No, you can only vote with your South African, green, bar-coded ID or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC). You can apply for a green, bar-coded ID or a valid TIC from the Department of Home Affairs.

    Q: Can permanent residents vote in the elections?

    A: No, only South African citizens with a green, bar-coded ID book can vote in elections.

    One of the Alinsky’s rules for radicals is to:  Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.  By all means we should hold our friends on the left, both nationally and internationally to those Mandela standards they profess to admire.

    And if they don’t, well obviously they must be racists.

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    On Morning Joe today (where you go to find out what the left wants to say) there were two stories that seemed unrelated but taken together could mean an awful lot.

    The first was a story out of Florida, the Transformation of Charlie Crist is now complete:

    Charlie Crist is running for Florida governor as a Democrat.

    The worst-kept secret in politics was confirmed Friday afternoon when the Republican Party of Florida spotted Crist’s official filing with the state Division of Elections.

    The former Republican governor turned Democrat plans a formal announcement at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE, but the state GOP beat him to the punch.

    Crist is a poster boy for what I described last week when talking about political parties as fraternal orders:

    It’s not the Elks, the Eagles or the Lions club. All are decent clubs that do good things but there really isn’t much of a difference between one or the other,

    A political party isn’t supposed to be like that. A party has a platform and a particular beliefs. In theory a person joins and supports a political party because of those common beliefs and values and votes for one party over another because he or she wants to advance those ideas or values.

    If people are however in a party because it happens to be the club they joined then belief and principles becomes “flexible” because the purpose is to serve the “club” rather than the people.

    Crist doesn’t care what club he belongs to as long as it brings him power and status.

    Joe Scarborough is likely right on the money when he said Rick Scott will eat him alive but you never know.

    Our second story is not of a governor’s race but of a Senate Race, more specifically a Senate primary in Texas:

    Texas tea party activists eager to send another firebrand in the mold of Ted Cruz to the Senate have launched a movement to draft evangelical historian David Barton to run against Sen. John Cornyn.

    Barton, who hosts a daily radio broadcast, has wide name recognition and respect on the religious right as a Constitutional scholar dedicated to restoring the America the Founding Fathers envisioned, though his scholarship on that point has been widely discredited in the world of academia.

    Given how far left the world of Academia is today that would be a positive plus in a Texas primary

    Political analysts doubt he could take down a candidate as well-funded, well-known and widely endorsed as Cornyn. But they’re not willing to count out an insurgent from the right — not after watching Cruz come from nowhere two years ago. Barton has deep political roots, having spent nearly a decade as vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party. He is a skilled orator. And he’s got the stagecraft down pat: He travels the country to deliver rousing tributes to patriotism, often in red, white and blue Western shirts.

    Now Cornyn is certainly a lot stronger than David Dewhurst and has a huge power base to draw on so normally this would be not be that bad a situation but there is one piece of his past that is about to be highlighted:

    May 2009

    A week after saying he wasn’t taking sides in the high-profile GOP primary in the Sunshine State, Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, endorsed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

    That didn’t sit well with the base and caused at least one blogger to decline an invitation to a conference call when he was informed any question on that endorsement was off limits:

    Since that was the case, I declined to attend the teleconference. Going on the line with John Cornyn and not being able to talk about the Crist endorsement would be like doing a teleconference with Blago right after he appointed Burris and being unable to ask him about it.
    I included these lines in my reply email to Mr. Cornyn’s staffer,

    One thing he might want to think about though: If today, in May, he’s scared to take questions from his own side on this issue, how ugly is it going to get if he lets this build up for a few months?

    It’s not too late for him to say it was a mistake to endorse anyone and publicly change his mind. It will save the NRSC millions in endorsements and will make that primary fight considerably less ugly.

    It provoked outrage from bloggers

    It smacks of a deal cut to get Crist to skip a re-election campaign to go after the Senate seat. While Crist’s popularity is an asset, Crist’s positions on issues are going to give conservatives and even moderates some angst in the party. Crist openly supported the Porkulus plan, which would have put him with Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins as the only Republicans in Congress who did. Cornyn himself fought against Porkulus. So why is the NRSC endorsing Crist over Marco Rubio 15 months ahead of the primary?

    A lot of outrage

    The attempt of NRSC Chairman John Cornyn and Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer to fix the Senate primary for their buddy, Charlie Crist, was the last straw in a long series of similar moves by the Republican establishment, which had been meddling in the primary process for years, although never so blatantly as in this Florida Senate race. When GOP insiders think they can hand-pick the Republican candidate 15 months before the primary, something has gone seriously awry in the party machinery.

    It helped start the Not One Red Cent movement had democrats openly asking if they should just vote Crist

    And when Cornyn was re-elected as GOP chair:

    Please tell me exactly what justifies any need “to be fair” to John Cornyn? Thanks to his blundering interference in Florida, Charlie Crist walked off with more than $10 million in GOP donations.Why should Cornyn and the NRSC get a free pass while on their failures, while over at the RNC, political director Gentry Collins resigned and presented a specific indictment of the organization?

    That was the last straw.

    Now imagine 4 years later a GOP primary in Texas featuring John Cornyn against a strong Tea Party favorite with national name recognition at the same time that Charlie Crist is running for governor of Florida as a Democrat after switching parties and endorsing Barack Obama in 2012.

    The ads write themselves.

    I’ll give the last word to John Hawkins who Nailed it in 2009.

    Mark my words, this is likely to get much nastier over time.

    If I was Cornyn I’d be afraid:

    Update:  And the bad news just keeps coming:

    How on Earth does an allegedly seasoned GOP political operator like a Josh Holmes think it wise to run to the Times with what amounts to a jack-booted attempt to stifle both free market capitalism and political dissent? Those are supposed to be core values for the GOP. Yet, here we see a DC GOP establishment on display at its worst—saying, in effect, “If you engage in a form of commerce we don’t like, we will try to destroy you! If you attempt to exercise your First Amendment right to free speech to say something with which we disagree, we will try to destroy you!”

    I think Dan Riehl  would rather be writing about the Obama administration trying to gimmick Twitter to silence dissent but instead we have this:

    I’m ashamed to think that a party to which I am connected is even thinking in such terms within its inner circles.

    THAT is the message Holmes sent to the base here. And whether the Beltway GOP likes it or not, it’s the only one an increasingly restive base is going to take away from all this. And that’s only the beginning of why this is so bad for Mitch McConnell, now likely facing an emboldened and even more empowered primary challenger back home in Kentucky.

    This is as stupid as it gets.

    I’ve always fallen within the camp that says that reforming the GOP from within, returning it to its anti-establishment roots, has the highest probability of success. There are plenty of other fringe parties afoot in the U.S.; adding a Tea Party to those ranks will succeed in widening the fringe, while simultaneously making the Democrat’s mopping-up operations easier.  And that position’s irrefutable, as we watch the elected Tea Party reformers like Cruz, Paul, Lee in the Senate do two things (1) inspire the base, and (2) receive fatwahs from the elite.

    It’s really simple, does the GOP want conservative new media writing stories like this or would they rather have us hitting democrats?

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    It’s Monday and Normally I’d be a tad worried as I’m only $2 on the way to my $305 paycheck.

    But last week started the same way and ended with my 2nd best week ever.

    Granted by this time next week I’ll have to cover the cost of both Chris & Vin as well but if 15 of you kicked in $20 It would be a magnificent week.

    One of the things I have said over and over is that conservatism is not a tough sell if you are willing to make the case.

    Several weeks ago I was a guest on the show Your Right to Know talking about selling conservatism. You can see the 30 minute show here.

    A key quote was when I was asked how to persuade the young away from liberalism:

    You say ‘did this work for you? Do you have a job. Do you have this college debt, has it given you anything? Has this gender studies major that you paid $50,000 in debt to get is it going to feed you?

    Conservatism is a reality based philosophy that’s our advantage, it has real world applications & results and we should act accordingly

    Kay: Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.

    Men in Black 1997

    And so we come to the end of our argument concerning Ted Cruz and the GOP, let’s review:

    In Part 1 the Time Stream I noted a selective re-writing of history:

    Two years after Wisconsin suddenly the same people who unlike the Tea Party were not anxious to stand with Scott Walker because they were convinced he was over the line, courting disaster for the GOP, extreme are now invoking to the US public in general and the viewers in particular that same Scott Walker to judge Ted Cruz and the Tea Party as extremists.

    I’m sorry I’ve seen the video, I remember Sarah Palin & Andrew Breitbart on the stage fighting for Scott Walker, not John McCain or Peter King.

    In Part 2 The Contrary Voice, We explained how Winston Churchill’s lonely opposition to the Munich Pact, now celebrated in history, was unpopular with both the House of Commons but with the general populace itself:

    Yet in the midst of this reality Winston Churchill stood up in the House of Commons, the people’s house and gave this speech:

    I will, therefore, begin by saying the most unpopular and most unwelcome thing. I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat, and that France has suffered even more than we have.

    That alone is a provocative statement to a group of people in the midst of joy,

    Would anyone remember Sir Winston if he went with popular opinion, would there be an England to remember him?

    In Part 3 the Raiders
    We highlighted the Risk/rewards of the Doolittle Raid:

    Every rational cost benefit analysis said that this mission was high risk with little if any reward at best. Yet the mission was approved, the crews volunteers all, flew.

    All of the planes were lost 3 airmen were killed 8 captured the rest eventually made it to friendly territory. According to Wikipedia (granted not the most reliable source) Doolittle thought he would be court marshaled for the loss of this plains.

    He could not have been more wrong.

    Better not take that chance, it’s not like it will prompt the Japanese to attack Midway or something.

    and in Part 4 Memories Ted Cruz reminded the entire country which side opposed Obamacare and which didn’t as if he read Tip O’Neill’s book

    Tip realized and Carter forgot that what any parent who has told a kid to take out the trash know. People need to be reminded of things, particularly truths, regularly. They are easily forgotten or ignored or spun away unless dramatic reminders are given.

    Well the media sure helped people know which side everyone was on didn’t they?

    Now lets consider how fleeting conventional wisdom is, A few years ago the John Edwards case was just the National Enquirer digging phony dirt, a few months ago anyone who thought the IRS was targeting the Tea Party was crazy and at the beginning of the month the idea of delaying Obamacare was a terrorist act.

    My how times change:

    Democrats Ask to Delay Obamacare Deadline
    House and Senate Democrats call for delay in the deadline for the individual mandate

    Obmacare’s launch has been a dismal failure so dangerous that if you are a Democrat running for election in 2014 you’re running away from it, fast!

    So lets summarize:

    Ted Cruz make a fight that the establishment shied away from. He took on a position for principle not popular with the media and public. He made that fight with lots of risks and little upside and pushed the media to the point where that media made absolutely sure that the entire country knew which party wanted to stop Obamacare and which party with one voice was dedicated to protecting Obamacare from repeal and or delay at all costs….

    …right up until they weren’t.

    Let me close with this: If Ted Cruz had not made this fight, When the Obamacare launch came and the problems arose, the media would have talked about how natural such problems were and when Democrats asked to delay implementation it would be sold by the media as not a big deal, the most reasonable thing in the world…

    …instead of trying to explain why it’s necessary to delay a law passed by congress, signed by the president and upheld by the supreme court that they were united in defending as inviolate just two weeks ago while comedians across the country laugh at it.

    GOP Ted Cruz did this for you, even while you were trying to destroy him.

    My exit question for Karl Rove & Company: How many millions of dollars from Big money donors would you have paid to put Democrats up for election in 2014 in such a spot?

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