One week of a Double Dose of DaTechGuy on DaRadio was fun but DaTechGuy on DaRadio Syndicated. That’s awesome!

DaTechGuy syndicated run begins at a temporary time on the Money Matters Radio network from 1-3 PM EST bringing you Matt O’Brien talking about a new initiative to stop Obamacare in its tracks in our the first hour and in our second hour the great debate. Chris Smitty Smith of The Other McCain on one side and Cynthia Yockey from A Conservative Lesbian on the other with the topic, Gay Marriage!

The call in number is 888-205-2263 the live stream for the Money Matters Network is here and or you can listen live via TuneIn.

So get your DaTechGuy Dose this Saturday Syndicated and talk those Saturday blues away!

Update: You can of course call in at 888-9-FEDORA as always.

Read her whole post and her others on the subject. Her opinion is worth hearing and understanding. After all once can’t be secure in one’s own opinion and beliefs and be unwilling or unable to hear the other side without rancor.

DaTechGuy on Cynthia Yockey Aug 6 2010

If your offer is good it will stand up under fire

Yul Brynner The Buccaneer 1958

One of the last things I did at CPAC was have dinner and take this photo with Cynthia Yockey, Little Miss Attila and Nice Deb.

(L-R) Cynthia Yockery (A conservative Lesbian), Joy McCann (Little Miss Attila) and Deb from Nice Deb

Although all of us are conservatives, we vary in several ways, Miss Attila is more on the libertarian side, Nice Deb like me is very Catholic and Cynthia as the name of her blog indicates is not only a lesbian, but strongly in favor of Gay Marriage.

Nobody is farther apart that me and Cynthia on this issue. I have described it as narcissism, she considers it a civil rights issue and is in the process of writing a book The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage I will certainly have her on my show to argue about the book (and promote it) when she is ready.

Why as a stalwart Roman Catholic, a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus and a staunch conservative would I be hanging out with Cynthia Yockey, promoting her blog and linking to her diametrically opposed opinion on Gay Marriage?

1. First of all, if your argument is good you aren’t afraid of the argument against.

2. Second of all Cynthia is my friend and that will always trump a political disagreement.

3. Finally we both understand that neither my support of Marriage nor her support of gay marriage makes the other a bigot.

This however doesn’t appear to be the case with some of our friends on the left.

For months I’ve noticed that on Memeorandum any person who opposes gay marriage is automatically labeled with the pejorative: “anti-gay” or as a supporter of “anti-gay bigotry”. And this is not just coming from those who support the insane anti-first amendment positions of the mayors of Boston, Chicago, DC or Philly. Consider this piece at the Huff-Po by James Peron:

Recently, political has-been Rick Santorum was having a hissy fit on CNBC about the Chick-fil-A controversy. Many people have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A, myself included, due to the company’s funding of extreme fundamentalist organizations and its anti-gay public positions.

Mind you this is the voice of a “reasonable” member of the left. A person who correctly recognizes the positions of the Mayor of Boston and others as violations of the 1st Amendment. Yet by his use of language he dubs all those who support marriage as it has been in every state of the US until 2003 are supporting “extreme fundamentalist organizations” and their positions are “anti-gay public positions” , their views are “anti-gay views”.

And he is not unique. On Saturday I called into Bob Hockinson’s show which precedes mine on Saturday 5-7 AM on WCRN, his caller on the line was a person known as Citizen “Q”. We know each other and both played in the Jimmy Fund benefit wiffleball game this year to raise money to help kids with Cancer. He bluntly stated on the air that any person who doesn’t support Gay Marriage is a bigot. No qualifications, no exceptions, you aren’t in favor of Gay Marriage; BIGOT!

Who knew that until 2003 every president and ever governor of every state had been a bigot? Who knew that we were run by a bunch of evil people all these years?

Why are we seeing this kind of language? Why this sudden pivot, Legal Insurrection has the answer.

So long as Obama supported the traditional definition of marriage, Democratic politicians and support groups had to tread carefully in how far their rhetoric and actions went. Once Obama came out in support of gay marriage, Democrats were freed to accuse anyone and everyone who supports the traditional definition of marriage as bigoted and unworthy of a place in their jurisdictions.

Now the “bigot card” is on full display as a centerpiece of Democratic politics.

With the race card no longer working the Bigot card is on display daily at Think Progress and elsewhere and we will see a lot more of it too

And make no mistake, effectively banning the support of traditional marriage as “hate speech” is where the movement is heading. It is impossible to have a discussion of the issue without supporters of traditional marriage being called bigoted. “Bigot” is the new “racist” and the “bigot card” is the new “race card.”

Such an argument, however, is tantamount to an admission that persuasion as a political tactic has failed.

The problem with not answering this kind of thing directly allows the “bigot” motif to become established and once established it’s hard to remove. It took decades before the race card lost its sting. I’m not going to stand for this all over again so we’re are going to make some Jacksonian rules around here:

If you, like my friend Cynthia Yockey or Glenn Reynolds, both supporters of gay marriage, want to make the case give the arguments and make your points. Great, let’s have that debate. Happy to do it and link back to your points and counterpoints. I’ll even consider having you on my show. If you can win the battle of ideas, hey the people have the right to be wrong.

But if, you like Think Progress, or James Peron want to start calling people “anti-gay” or “bigots” then not only will I not link to you or entertain your arguments, I shall refer to you as “Anti-Christian” “Anti-Family” “Anti-Marriage” zealots. In fact since Islam also opposes gay marriage I guess I can call you “Islamophobes” as well.

(Mind you if you express a specific opposition to radical Islamics, I’ll give you slack. Those people want to slaughter you simply for being. That’s barbarism.)

I really don’t like playing this game. I think it is crass and crude but that’s the way it goes. When the radical left develops the confidence in their argument that a Glenn Reynolds or Cynthia Yockey holds. when they have the confidence to make their point without placing a blanket label of “bigot” on their foes, then I’ll be delighted to extend to you the same courtesy.

You want respect. Earn it.

Update: Glenn Reynolds quotes Mark Steyn:

In Mayor Menino’s Boston, if you take the same view of marriage as President Obama did from 2009 to 2012, he’ll run your homophobic ass out of town. But, if you want to toss those godless sodomites off the John Hancock Tower, he’ll officiate at your ribbon-cutting ceremony.


DaTechGuy’s fundraiser continues and as you can see by the thermometer your $10 & $20 is needed to keep things going. As a capitalist I’ll even accept money from people who call me names.

Carolyn Euell, 38, mother of two of the defendants, Erika Stroud, 21, of Dorchester and Felicia Stroud, 18, West Roxbury, told reporters the alleged attack “can’t be hateful” because both her daughters are lesbians.

This refers to a case in Boston where the two lesbian girls assaulted a gay man.

the victim, who suffered a broken nose, told cops he believed the attack was “motivated as a crime because of his sexual orientation” since the three women “called him insulting homophobic slurs.”

Now as I’ve said before the whole idea of “hate crimes” is to me an absurdity. Hate is a thought and/or emotion and to charge a person based on it is the ultimate in playing “thought police”. If these ladies assaulted this man, the law should punish them based on the assault, not based on if they hated him for any reason whatsoever, even if it was something as egregious as being a Yankees fan.

But given the existence of hate crimes laws the idea that due to their lesbianism the attack “can’t be hateful” doesn’t just create an incredible double standard but flys in the face of reality.

My friend Cynthia has talked in the past about the horrible vitriol that was directed against her and her partner when she veered from or critiqued actions of “official lesbianism” for example she got grief for being part of a group called the “lesbian ladies society” for lesbians who are feminine and like to be.

in the late 1980’s, when I ran a group for feminine lesbians — who are NOT the same as femmes! — in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C., a pre-op male-to-female trannie attended one of my meetings and infuriated pretty much every woman there so much that I had to tell him/her not to come back or I would not have had a group. After that, I caught hell for stipulating that to be allowed to attend the meetings, you had to be born female as well as wear a skirt or dress (the latter requirement was the cheapest form of dyke repellent I could think of).

Now we don’t know all the fact of this case, but the moment you have felony laws on the books that sone people can’t even be charged with, yet alone violate because of the particular race or sexual orientation you’re talking nonsense.

Update: I had trouble finding the above link and ended up calling Cynthia for help in discovering them, it turns out he disagrees on this case suggesting, (like the woman above) that this can’t be a hate crime against gays due to the lesbianism of the women, although we do agree on the absurdity of hate crimes laws themselves.

She argued that phrases these women might have used would not be hate crimes if used by them, but would be if I used them as I am opposed to gay marriage (or as she puts it “gay equality”) but noted that if such an equivalence was made the proliferation of hate crime charges from “black on black” crime would be so prevalent that it would be worth enforcing them to illustrate the absurdity of hate crime laws in general.

Cynthia Yockey and I don’t see eye to eye on several things, particularly Gay Marriage.

But little differences like that are irrelevant when it comes to friends in need,

Last night the IRS put a levy on my father’s bank account and zeroed it out. They got the money before I could pay any bills. My father is a federal retiree and receives his retirement annuity and Social Security payments by direct deposit at the beginning of the month. The money didn’t clear until yesterday. I spent the morning working out and the afternoon and evening clearing viruses off my computer. So I didn’t find out about the levy until I logged onto my father’s account around midnight.

I need to raise at least $6500 to do the following:

Cover the mortgage and bills for October. I just got a call that our phone and Internet service are scheduled to be turned off today.
Hire a CPA or tax attorney to stop future levies and help me sort out our tax situation.
To get my thyroid medication prescription renewed for the next year, I need to see my doctor, get a blood test and buy my medication. I have about two weeks of pills left.

Please do what you can.

You’ve read and examined my opinion of Gay Marriage. Making the case for the other side a blogger I respect who is just as nice in person as she is committed to what she believes, my friend Cynthia Yockey:

The fundamental rationale social conservatives advance for denying equal treatment to lesbians and gays under the law — including the liberty and freedom to choose sexual partners and spouses on the same bases that straight people use: sexual attraction and love — is that gays are intrinsically evil.

This of course is not the Catholic position but the number of people who make that argument is not insignificant to say the least.

Read her whole post and her others on the subject. Her opinion is worth hearing and understanding. After all once can’t be secure in one’s own opinion and beliefs and be unwilling or unable to hear the other side without rancor.

Let’s take a peek around a few blogs in the field guide:

We will start with Cynthia Yockey who explained what liberal taxation did to a once thriving film industry in Maryland:

Maryland’s film industry caught my eye. Not too long ago, the Baltimore-Washington area was third in the country after Los Angeles and New York for film and TV production. However, thanks to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democratic-majority legislature full of believers in high taxes and big government — who also, disastrously, have no comprehension whatsoever of the concept of competition, or the remotest inkling that they were in one where the film business was concerned AND WINNING — Maryland’s film industry has been almost completely destroyed

The mindset was explained thusly:

“It’s like, if I gave you one dollar and you gave me back 20 cents, you’d still have made 80 cents. But the state doesn’t think of it as making 80 cents. They just think, ‘Hey, we gave you 20 cents!‘”

Not the best news plan if you want to create jobs, does anyone else have a different plan?

At American Freedom Barbara Espinosa is not thrilled with the president of Mexico these days:

How will drones be able to stop the violence, sure it can pinpoint a location and take a picture? The use of drones will help law enforcement patrol the border more effectively.. That is a big problem the real conservatives have with the GOP.
Build the fence and push for it. All Democrats are trying to do is acquire a new voting populace. He has no intention of enforcing existing laws. And Calderon is NOT on our side. What has he done to take care of his own populace? What has he done to create jobs, REALLY fight the corruption? I call BS and if you really represent us, you will too.

She has some VERY GRAPHIC EXAMPLES of what is going on just over the border.

The Lonely Conservative’s headline and first paragraph says it all:

Millions of Deaths Be Damned! Dalai Lama is Still a Marxist!. No wonder his people live in exile and poverty. Ironic that they’re in exile from a Marxist land. When it comes to Marxist ideology common sense never has been in vogue.

You would think Tibet never happened. Robert Stacy has a suggestion.

Meanwhile on a different subject Andrea of the Job corps fraud blog finds the bugs in the system bedbugs that is:

While trolling the internet for buried stories about Job Corps mis-management I found a Facebook Page called The Scupper. This is no ordinary page mind you, its author is apparently a student/staff who wanted to share the truth behind the bed bug infestation at Flint/Genesee Job Corps Center… The Scupper’s site is replete with pictures and information that has so far been successfully white-washed by its “business community liaison ” Verona Terry. She/he did a great job downplaying the seriousness of the situation and minimizing the size and scope of the infestation.

It certainly doesn’t inspire confidence.

and finally speaking of confidence DaScienceGuy notes a problem with people who fund research:

What bothers me is that I have been reading a lot of history books. There is no doubt in my mind that scientists, engineerings, experimentalists, etc are responsible for things like the wheel, things like the laser….All manner of stuff.

Modern day politicians and companies have the folks who fund this research so scared that if a project doesn’t work they’ll be fired that you almost can’t get research funded that is anywhere risky. You almost have to prove it will work before you can get funding to make it work.

How do you make REAL progress doing this. Sure you can make incremental progress made but real revolutionary process can’t be done.

Of course it would be a lot easier to fund science if people weren’t making stuff up.

I was approving comments today and a fellow named Billy asked what I think is a very fair question:

If “Kagan has to stand or fall on her record,” why has every single one of your posts about her been related to her sexual orientation?

It’s a good point worth answering, particularly since I’ve claimed that it has non bearing on her qualifications for the court.

First Two people I like, Robert Stacy McCain and Cynthia Yockey wrote stories on the issue. I thought that Cynthia’s was particularly good and I found it a good reason to link to them. I must not be alone in that opinion since she has been invited on two radio shows since her PJ media piece.

Second: Frankly the Elena Kagan nomination story is… well boring. Very important mind you, will affect the country for decades but boring nonetheless. You have a liberal president with a 59-41 Senate nominating a supreme court nominee. Barring a revelation that she was working secretly for the Taliban there is a greater chance of this president naming me to replace her in the solicitor general’s office than there is of her being defeated. If the Senate was closer it might be different but with these numbers, until the hearing it is just a giant yawner.

Third: We have been told over and over again that republicans and conservatives are “homophobic” and the democratic party is the one place that is welcoming for gays, yet during the course of the year this administration has stuck their finger in the eyes of Gay groups on more than one occasion. Thus how the administration handles the first “Gay” nominee to the court is significant.

Fourth: The reactions themselves have been telling. The suggestion that she is a lesbian is being treated by Democrats and the administration as a slur. This totally contradicts the image the democrats have of themselves as Gay friendly. It is that phoniness that is the only interesting story at this point, at least until the hearing start, then you never know.

Finally: It gave me a chance to quote Andrew Sullivan. For reasons that will be clear in just under three weeks I wanted an excuse to link to and quote Sullivan. This story provided it.

I hope this is an adequate answer to your question.