I spoke to Skip Murphy of Granite Grok about Election night in New Hampshire and what happens next

and briefly with Mike Rogers as well

I think interviews with significant bloggers from swing states would be quite interesting and informative, perhaps I should Try to raise $1500 to go to CPAC this year ($1000 for CPAC & $500 to make up for losing a week’s pay) and get that done.


I haven’t been in a couple of years, I think it would be worth a trip this year.

Q: Wondering how many of the people cheering the banning of Robert Stacy McCain and his views on Feminism look like this:

Louis Winthorp: He was wearing my Harvard tie. Can you believe it? My Harvard tie. Like, oh sure, he went to Harvard. If he’s being driven around in my car, he could actually be living in my house. Maybe he’s even taken my job. For all I know, right at this moment he could be fondling my fiancée.And Coleman – after years of service, this betrayal. I don’t understand it. There’s going to be retribution. Oh, he’s going to pay. The things that I…

Ophelia: Shut up, Louis. Taxis cost money, food costs money and rent costs money! Now, you want me to help you out, I expect a lot in return.

Trading Places 1983

As you are likely aware I’m a friend of Robert Stacy McCain and have actively promoted the Free Stacy movement lamenting the attempts of people like @fremfreq and their feminist Star Chamber at Twitter Safety to silence said Stacy McCain for fearlessly presenting both the facts of feminism and expressing opinions that would likely send students in the University of Pittsburgh into a catatonic state and I intend to continue to do so as much as possible.

 

Meanwhile Stacy McCain, far from being silenced continues to not only pound away at the people who have unfairly targeted him but continues to cover stories like the special snowflakes in Pittsburgh, the sentence first verdict afterwards mob at Yale, Notice a series of crimes, many against young women that our feminist friends have not found newsworthy,  While at the same time covering and BEING COVERED at CPAC.

This is because Unlike the Pittsburgh students that fell apart at the very presence of Milo Yiannopoulos, thus providing a handy list to employers everywhere of who not to hire upon graduation, Stacy McCain for all his recent trouble, understands that he’s a very lucky man.  He lives in the greatest country in the history of the world, he has a fine wife, six fine (and honorable) children and a pair of healthy grandchildren with likely more to come.

And that doesn’t even count his friends and his fans.

While annoyed by Twitter’s actions and taking steps to hold them accountable Stacy understands that this is a “first world” problem that people safe enough and rich enough not to have to worry about daily safety or their next meal can worry about, as opposed to the feminists who believe Stacy’s words are the most oppressive  and evil things a woman can find themselves confronted with.

However I strongly suspect these women might disagree:

According to Reuters, “scores” of young Bangladeshi women have been trafficked to Syria and forced into both domestic and sex work.

The news agency’s report cited a senior Bangladeshi official from the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite police agency, who claimed that his unit came across about 45 cases last year involving women who had been taken to the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country, tricked, exploited and, in some cases, raped and abused.

The difference between Stacy and his opponents is Stacy that while he will of course continue fighting his battle:

The #FreeStacy hashtag campaign continues. I had people ask me, basically, “What’s next?” To which I answered, basically, “We’ll see.” There are people more influential than me who are working behind the scenes to try to correct the situation. Some of these people are lawyers.

You can figure out what that means.

he will regularly report on these kind of outrages and be outraged, not only because it’s wrong, but because he appreciates how easily life’s fortune could have turned.

His Feminist friends will, as they have for all the various outrages committed by our islamic friends in both the Muslim world be silent, because when it comes right down to it.  It’s always been about them, and always will be.

Rather pathetic isn’t it?

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This story has manged to generate two wows from Instapundit:

According to the CPAC twitter feed, presidential contender Donald Trump will not show up for his scheduled appearance at the 2016 conference.

The Trump campaign is claiming that this is because of rallies in primary states and under normal circumstances that might make sense.

But with the general consensus that he was beaten up pretty badly at that debate and there was not the friendliest reception waiting for him thanks to a large anti-trump contingent this looks like a retreat.

As I said back when the dropped out of the last debate before Iowa, a strong man can’t afford to look like he’s running away

Donald Trump has been playing the Alpha Male but the reality is that his events are low risk and well controlled. He doesn’t take a lot of questions from people, he holds his press conferences BEFORE events so that press that wants to follow up on what he says had to wait the next day.

Backing out makes “Strong Man” Trump look weak but Dave Weigel, whose opinion I respect thinks has mixed feelings on the subject:

even a glance around the halls of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., suggested that Trump was heading for a disaster. He was scheduled to speak at 8:30 a.m., kicking off a day often sapped of energy by activists straggling in after sleeping off their Friday nights. He was likely to confront a protest or walkout from some activists, including one led by William Temple, a tea party activist who had led a buzzy walkout of Jeb Bush’s 2015 speech.

“We planned one,” said Ben Howe, a contributing editor at RedState. “Looks like he heard about it.”

He was also more than likely to face an unfamiliar sight on the Trump trail: a half-empty room.

His thought is that the heat from backing out of CPAC hurt less that showing up and having trouble

In effect Dave says Trump is what GOP voters might had to do in November, given two bad choices take the least bad one,

But there are rour problems with this idea.

#1 The Ron Paul people made one day registration an art form, nobody is telling me Trump’s team couldn’t have managed to bus in and pay for say 200 pro-trump folks to attend the speech, the cost would have been minimal and given the size of his crowd he draws Trump fans might have been fighting for the chance, even at the last minute to show up.

#2 Given that there is a plethora of closed primaries coming up it might be a good idea, particularly after a rough debate, to shore up one’s conservative credentials. Cancelling at CPAC does exactly the opposite.

#3 Trump could have always played against the crowd, portraying it as stacked with Establishment types. While it’s true that such an argument is absurd on it’s face to anyone who knows CPAC most voters have never been and it’s likely he would have been able to sell that story to them.

#4 He ceded the floor to his opponents and Ted Cruz took advantage of it in spades:

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas led off his address at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday by highlighting the absence of 2016 GOP presidential rival Donald Trump, who has cancelled his planned Saturday appearance.

“So Donald Trump is skipping CPAC. I bet somebody told him Megyn Kelly was going to be here. Or even worse, he was told there were conservatives that were going to be here,” Mr. Cruz said.

Cue Leonard Duran

Now as I said this was a mistake, but it’s been a long campaign season and Mr. Trump has already proved he could recover from a mistake once.

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At the Other McCain friend Robert Stacy continues to note that Twitter’s problems are not going anywhere.

The headline number? What @Jack has lost for @Twitter investors:

Twitter has lost over $2bn (£1.4bn) since the social network was first launched 10 years ago, with $1.6bn of the deficit happening since it went public two years ago.
According to the Form 10-K annual report filed by Twitter, which gives a comprehensive summary of a company’s financial performance, Twitter’s total accumulated deficit as of 31 December 2015 was $2.09bn, largely due to stock-based compensation awarded to employees.

Basically, Twitter investors have been throwing away $800 million a year since 2014 paying Jack Dorsey and other executives to live large.

And he and the #Freestacy movement continues to be one of those problems.  Bloggers like Camp of the saints continued to cover the story, not only has he been getting support from the National bloggers club, he has been making the rounds of Podcasts like Yid With Lid’s but it’s being covered by Fox News and has he notes is finding space on Drudge.

And now it’s CPAC time again:

If you want to see someone thoroughly enjoy CPAC, look no further than this Washington Times-turned-American Spectator scribe, whose weathered face (he likes to call himself a “skinny redneck”) gets a new glow this time of year whenever CPAC comes to town. He calls it “Mardi Gras for the right.” After years of attending, he knows most virtually everyone and occupies the Marriott Wardman like a mayor (or “an epic schmoozer” or a “cruise director”). And he loves the rare opportunity in Washington of surrounded by his conservative pals, since he normally just annoys liberals. 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.”

That was Politico describing Stacy as one of the five non-politicians to watch at CPAC.  And now this year we have press releases like this:

#FreeStacy
On February 19, Twitter suspended the account of award-winning conservative journalist Robert Stacy McCain. His supporters immediately launched the #FreeStacy hashtag campaign as a protest against this censorship.
McCain’s suspension came 10 days after Twitter had announced the creation of a “Trust and Safety Council” that included radical feminist Anita Sarkeesian and many left-wing progressive organizations. McCain had been using Twitter since 2009 and his account (@rsmccain) had tens of thousands of followers. In addition, Twitter also suspended @SexTroubleBook, an account McCain created in 2015 to promote his book Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature. When he appealed his suspension, McCain received a cryptic message from Twitter accusing him of “participating in targeted abuse,” without providing any evidence for this accusation. In a statement to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders, Twitter officials refused to explain their decision to suspend McCain’s account, citing “privacy” to justify this silence.
This controversy has attracted media attention from Breitbart.com, FoxNews.com, Reason magazine and BuzzFeed, among others. Conservative activists have created a petition at PublicStatus.org, seeking to fight the threat to free speech posed by the one-sided agenda of Twitter’s Orwellian “Trust and Safety” policies.
In his 2015 book, Sex Trouble, McCain warned that the feminist movement’s goal – “to destroy the structure of culture as we know it,” as Andrea Dworkin said – is “incompatible with the principles of democratic government”:
In order to obtain the androgynous “equality” that is the objective of feminist ideology, religious freedom will have to be abolished, along with the free speech rights of feminism’s critics. Unless we are willing to oppose feminism now, we may find ourselves eventually living in a totalitarian society where such opposition is prohibited by law.
That was written a year before McCain’s suspension from Twitter, which could be seen as a fulfillment of his prophecy about feminism’s totalitarian agenda. McCain has spent nearly two years researching feminist ideology, including the radical “gender theory” that defines so-called Third Wave feminism. Because of their powerful influence on college campuses, where more than 90,000 students annually enroll in Women’s Studies classes, young feminists are unaccustomed to defending their extreme ideology against well-informed opponents. Feminists refuse to debate their critics, and those who disagree with feminism are accused of “misogyny” and “harassment.” As McCain has said, “Feminism is always a lecture, never a debate, and the First Rule of Feminism is ‘Shut Up!’”

As a rule everyone at CPAC knows it’s a smart idea to stay near Stacy McCain at CPAC.  He has a nose for news and it’ always a good time.   How much more will the plethora of media, conservative & otherwise at CPAC have an incentive to do so when Robert Stacy McCain can give them a story of social media silencing conservatives in an election year?

They say that no publicity is bad publicity.  For Twitter and it’s Trust and Safety Counsel the hundreds of media people gathered at CPAC looking for a story will put that to the test.

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It’s the Tuesday before CPC and since 2010 the Tuesday before CPAC has been a day on last minute prep.

A year ago today was finishing my packing, double-checking my battery supply, testing my broadcast equipment and confirming that the Dutch Kitchen Cannoli were ready to be picked up the next morning on the way to logan and confirm my ride to the airport (unless my son was driving).

I’d arrive in DC around noon and catch a cab to the hotel near the CPAC hotel (saving over $100 a night even before sharing the room with a friend.)    Then I’d start scoping out a spot in the Press and while I”m at it starting to do the short 3 minute interviews that I’m known for and pretty much work till Saturday evening when I’d pack for the flight back either Sunday afternoon or sunday morning depending on if I attend Mass in DC or catch the 6 PM back home.

Not this year.

This year I’ll be waking up just as early and getting an early post up, but instead of heading to the hotel at CPAC I’ll be driving to a contact job for the day, hitting mass in the evening then heading home.

Why will I be skipping CPAC this year and depriving my friends of Cannoli?  The answer can be given in three words.

I’m a Conservative.

Now before some of my friends take this to mean that I think CPAC has gone soft, or that I’m objecting to Mitch McConnell, Jeb Bush or even Grover Norquist or to they way some groups are treated vs others or perhaps because of the party acting as if social conservatives have the plague.

Nope my decision has to do with fiscal conservatism.

Last year was a bad year financially for the blog.  We regularly missed our monthly goals by $800 to $1000 and this year has not been better.  with 17% of the year complete we have raised 2% of our annual goal of $22,000.

Put simply the money isn’t there and even if it was the priority is to pay down the debts that were built up from last year.

Of course I actually have plenty of available credit on my Visa.  If I really wanted to I could tell the contract fellow that I’m unavailable for a few days, pick up a last minute ticket and head on down, or I could check with a friend and hop on a bus for a one day visit.  Either one could be done without coming anywhere near my credit limit on my card.

And while that would be enjoyable,  productive, and lead to plenty of solid web content for a month do you know what that wouldn’t be?

Conservative.

Conservatives don’t believe in spending money they don’t have.  They don’t believe in building up debt when it’s not necessary and just as important conservatives believe in setting an example of these principles

Unlike the federal government I don’t have a printing press & nearly unlimited credit and even if I did, what’s the use of going to a conservative event, making conservative arguments, holding interviews with conservative pols if one is going to borrow & spend like a liberal.

Barring the end of the world I strongly suspect CPAC will still be there next year, so I think I’ll spend the next 11 months working hard, paying down my bills and watching my spending.  If I do then it’s highly likely that 12 months from now I’ll be doing the final check of my bags for an election year edition of CPAC.

As any conservative will tell you, that’s how it’s done.

 

 

The last Pol I interviewed at CPAC 2014 was Mike Steinberg who is running in the GOP primary against Congressman Robert Pittenger

His web site is here.

No Democrat has filed for the 9th district so baring something totally unexpected The May 6th primary will determine who will representing the 9th district in November.