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UPDATE: The trip dates have been changed to 21-29 February.
ORIGINAL: In less than two weeks—February 14th–I’ll be going to Kenya for the first time, courtesy of an old blog fan-friend who prefers to remain anonymous for now. As I said here, it’s a dream come true. To give you some background on my life and some context on my upcoming trip, I’m linking to one of my very first posts at Da Tech Guy blog, Stranger Than Fiction.

  • I was born in August of 1961.
  • My biological father is Kenyan and of the Luo tribe; my mother is American.
  • My parents met when both were attending the same American college.
  • My parents divorced when I was very young; afterward, my father returned to Kenya.
  • For half of my childhood, I was raised by older relatives of my mother.
  • My mother suffered from ovarian cancer.
  • My maternal grandmother died in 2008.
  • One of my half-sisters is nine years younger than I am. She is married to a man of a different race than she.
  • I am left-handed.

Some of these things may seem familiar, if innocuous. But one thing is certain: all of these things are also part of the biography of a man named Barack Hussein Obama. And some of the dissimilarities have symmetry.

  • I am a woman.
  • I am a conservative.
  • Both of his parents and his step-father are dead. Both of my parents and my step-father are living. (My mother survived her bout with ovarian cancer and yet another battle with that evil malady; my father, Philip Ochieng, appeared in Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, and was a friend of Barack Obama, Sr.)
  • I was raised by my great-aunt and great-uncle in the first half of my childhood. President Obama was raised by his grandparents in the last half of his minor years.

(…)

Here’s the important question: which one of us is the Bearded Spock?

My father and I will be meeting face-to-face for the first time in my memory; he returned to his home country when I was an infant and I did not hear from him until the Internet Age when, at age 35, I went searching for him online. As it turns out, he’s a famous journalist on the entire African continent and, while I’ve achieved only a modest amount of fame through writing, it’s for certain that this acorn has very many attributes of its tree.

Philip Ochieng2
Philip Ochieng

Philip and I have not spoken to each other during most of Barack Obama’s presidency. Yes, it’s about my opposition to that presidency, to that person. But my father is approaching the beginning of his ninth decade on earth and I am eternally grateful that I will have the chance to honor my father at least once.

More in the next post. Oh and, yes, I’ll be posting from Kenya during my two-week sojourn.

ADDED: Kenya Trip Wishlist at Amazon.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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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.

 

Yesterday author, columnist and filmmaker Dinesh D’Sousa did the smart thing and the right thing:

The conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation, averting a trial that had been expected to begin the same day in Manhattan federal court.

D’Souza pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. A second count concerning the making of false statements is expected to be dismissed once the defendant is sentenced.

I’m writing this on Tuesday while I”m at the convent on retreat just a few minutes after the Yahoo story broke, I suspect there are a lot of things that my fellow conservatives are going to say about this.

 

They’re going to say that D’Sousa became a targeted because of his effective attacks on President Obama, that’s true.

They’re going to say this is a case of selective prosecution, that’s certainly true.

They’re going to say this is a drop in the bucket compared to the big money out there and that a minor donation to a friend’s campaign when the outcome was pretty much never in doubt can’t compare to other questions such as how a man like Harry Reid can spend his entire life in public service and become a multi-millionaire.

At least a couple of them will object to this plea saying he should have fought this tooth and nail to expose the administration for what it is.

And I”m sure there are going to be other points equally true and valid that they are going to make and devote a lot of pixels to it.

I suspect they will not however give a lot of space to the single most important point:

He was guilty as sin.

 Not only was he guilty of violating campaign finance laws he was guilty of sheer idiocy.  As I said in January:

Did D’Sousa really think that an administration willing to use the IRS against their political enemies who are acting legally would not use the Justice Department go after a political foe who made the single most popular film against Barack Obama in 2012 in the case of an actual violation of law?

That move was sheer idiocy but I’m pleased to see he didn’t allow the temptation of all those backing him to persuade him to do something not only stupid but wrong.

Much better to get this behind him, plead guilty and when liberals try to discredit his valid points about the administration by saying something like:

Well Mr. D’Sousa you are saying this about the president but what about your guilty plea/conviction on campaign finance violations?

He can answer saying

Yes, that was a really dumb mistake on my part, I should have known better, would that this president & this administration’s mistakes were only on the scale of my own.  Perhaps if that was the case Sick vets and Ambassador Stevens might be alive today.

Just like a penitent leaving the confessional D’Souza’s guilty plea frees him from that error and puts him in the position to do what needs to be done.

Taking the plea is both the smart thing and the right thing, I would advice my conservative friends to embrace this decision taking responsibility rather than raging against the machine.

You’ll be glad you did.

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George Brett was OUT.

You have to understand this before we go any farther. George Brett was using an illegal bat when he hat that game winning HR off Goose Gossage. All the yelling & screaming and the commissioner ruling not withstanding

Brett used a bat that was illegal and therefore under the rules of baseball was rightly called out.

The question of if the rule concerning the amount of pine tar on the bat was a good rule is an entirely different question.

And that brings us to Dinesh D”Sousa.

If he in fact gave $20,000 via shadow donors he not only broke the law. He’s an idiot!

First of all there is no way he doesn’t know what the law is here.

Second of all he is doing it in a race with a dubious chance of success. Forgetting the morality of violating the law if you are going to cheat do it when you have an actual shot to win. Like the Democrats in NH

Third of all It’s of dubious value. You are talking $20,000 in a US Senate race,  that would be like building a grand conspiracy to allow 2 people to vote twice in an election as opposed to a more organized effort.

But most of all, we have just passed through a moment when the administration and the justice department has made it clear that they will not punish anyone over Benghazi or the IRS scandal.

Did D’Sousa really think that an administration willing to use the IRS against their political enemies who are acting legally would not use the Justice Department go after a political foe who made the single most popular film against Barack Obama in 2012 in the case of an actual violation of law?

It would not surprise me if there was no “there” there and this is all about sending a message to any who would oppose this administration and I argued just yesterday in my subscription commentary (Ironically recorded before I heard about the D’Sousa story) that the system of campaign finance rules we have is pretty much phony.

…but bottom line the quality of the law or how it is enforced on you compared to say Sen Menendez. We’re conservatives, we understand life isn’t fair. the law exists as it is and if you are going to play the game you have to play it by the rules, particularly when you know when the umpire crew is in the tank for the other team.

And this time the league President is definitely not going to overrule his umps.

Update: This tweet is entirely correct

but it doesn’t change the fact that if D’Sousa did this, he’s an idiot.

Update 2: Via Glenn Althouse is Exactly Right!

What’s the defense? That he’s a good person who meant well and enjoyed camaraderie with the beneficiary of his illegal acts? I don’t think campaign finance laws work that way, but maybe I’m wrong. Personally, I avoid campaign finance because I think the law is set up to snag people on all sorts of weird details. I’m troubled by that, because it means that you can’t run for office unless you have plenty of legal advice, so how do you begin to run for office? It’s really oppressive. But if there’s going to be oppression like that, it can’t be an out that you didn’t mean to violate any law, can it?

A person who decides to deal with poisonous snakes should damn well know they will bite you if you give them a chance. Cue Al Wilson.

Update 3: Ace notices coincidence, all the more reason to not give these guys an actual legit excuse to go after you.:

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Last night I covered the Twin City tea party meeting in Leominster (more on that later tonight) when Dinesh D’Souza movie 2016 came up. I was told it was playing in Fitchburg and a group of tea party members were planning to see it tomorrow night when then have the Tuesday matinees.

I was going to be busy Tuesday so on my way home I swung by the theater to see what time the movie was playing. To my surprise there was a 9:15 show so I figured I’d see it at once and pay the extra $2.

As you might guess on a Monday night the movie only had a few people. There were under 20 cars in the lot for the 9 movies that had post 9 p.m. I was one of 4 patrons, one I had previously met at a tea party meeting and a pair of ladies one who had brought her friend.

None of the patrons would agree to an on camera interview either before or after the film but I did talk one gentleman into interviewing ME. So I handed him my camera told him he could ask we what he wanted and voilà:

I’m told attendance was good enough this weekend to possibility justify carrying it over another week or at least the weekend, I’ll check back on Friday and find out.