As you should know by now every year, even back when we were at the Windam (other than when they were stolen at the airport) I bring Cannoli from Massachusetts to give out at CPAC. It’s become a tradition as attested by this video from CPAC 2012 when we were in DC proper.

A few years ago Scottie Neil Hughes shot a video concerning said cannoli extolling their virtue, but last year she didn’t get one and ended up shooting a video calling out both me and Kellyanne Conway of the Whitehouse for getting a Cannoli when she didn’t. Even an offer of a loan of a DaTechGuy fedora was not a substitute so we were determined to make sure Scottie got her cannoli and made it a point to bring an extra full sized cannoli in addition to the 40 mini cannoli (yes we bring the small ones) and left it in the fridge in the room until we spotted Scottie.

Meanwhile the cannoli were, as always well received as per this video from the producer at Chosen Generation

By Friday the last cannoli was gone and all that was left was to wait for Scottie to present her with the last one. Unfortunately Saturday afternoon Scottie informed us that other commitments prevented her from coming this year which meant we had an extra cannoli, who to give it to?

Well the solution was right before me in the form of Vito from the Vito and Vito show (interview to be uploaded) who has appearing as a guest on the inaugural broadcast of “The Other Podcast” hosted by Stacy McCain and William Hoge of Hogewash which was being done in my room. Who better to taste test a cannoli than a Sicilian from Brooklyn?

I’ll admit that Vito doesn’t have the same video effect as Scottie but if a cannoli meets the standard of a Sicilian from Brooklyn you know it’s worthwhile.

So the next time you see DaTechGuy offering Cannoli at an event be aware that the Cannoli offered by DaTechGuyblog are Sicilian from Brooklyn approved.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

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We are getting near the end of our CPAC videos that are going up, this one is Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote

I found this video particularly apt considering this story from Shelia Jackson Lee’s district in Texas and the Holder justice department’s challenging of that law:

the group visited addresses and scoured property tax records. The group found many of the addresses were vacant lots or business addresses. Thirty-nine were registered at businesses and 97 of the addresses were nonexistent. One hundred six of the registrations revealed the same registrant registered more than once, and 207 of the addresses turned out to be vacant lots.

As Steve said at Granite Grok:

The researches estimate that 25% of the 3800 registrations in the sample present potential for fraud. If that were to remain consistent across all 19,596 suspect addresses, the result would be 4900 potential incidents of voter fraud in this one district, from this one research profile. No. We don’t need voter ID.

You can find more at True the Vote here.

One of the greatest people I’ve ever talked to at CPAC was Daniel Hannan of the European Parliament who also blogs for the Telegraph.

He is what you might call: A voice of sanity crying out in the wilderness.” The full field guide is here.

I was at an event hosted by Granite Grok’s Mike Rogers at CPAC when Robert Stacy McCain (one of the 5 non-pols that Politico says you have to watch) came up to me and thanked me for “forgetting” my hat at CPAC 2010 (Stacy partied till 5 a.m. and I flew out a 7 but be that as it may…) That led to my hat going all over the country.

Stacy in my fedora was seen from New Orleans to Las Vegas, From Delaware to Sarah Palin’s house. As Politico said

How can you find McCain? If the chain smoking and fedora don’t tip you off, he’ll be the guy in the press section who brings his family and boisterously laughs at Ann Coulter’s jokes, to the chagrin of mainstream types. And how do you know he’s pumped for this year? He’s already dubbed it the “best CPAC ever” and has planned how to “be in seven places simultaneously.”

And thus the Axis of Fedora was born.

Today Stacy is in Michigan doing shoe leather work, he went into a Romney HQ when that same Mike Rogers gave him a call just as he came through the door, well I’ll let Stacy tell the tale:

“I need to take this call,” I told the Romney volunteer lady, and retreated to the foyer area to talk to Mike. He was calling from an airport, about to board a flight back to New Hampshire, and said he’d been reading my campaign-trail blogging. As I was talking to him, however, a couple of young guys came out of a back office in the Romney headquarters, and I overheard one of them mutter the phrase “Santorum blogger.”


By the time I got off the phone with Mike, one of the young Romney guys was standing there in a polite-but-serious posture. The dude looked like he might have played linebacker in high school. A brief conversation ensued, which I summarized on Twitter:

5:39 p.m.: Folks at Romney Michigan HQ recognize me, invite me to leave. Must be the hat.

The perils of notoriety. They didn’t even let me get a picture of the office.

The Fedora giveth and the Fedora taketh away.