I spoke to Ed Morrissey of Hotair on day one of CPAC, at least until the camera died.

I never got around to finding talking to Ed that week which is why this is near the end. That’s a shame as there are few people worth talking to as much as Ed.

He of course can be found at the Ed Morrissey show here.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Friday April 6th

Voices of CPAC 2018 (abbreviated) Ed Morrissey of Hotair

Thursday April 5th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Vito and Vito of the Vito and Vito Show
Voices of CPAC 2018 Lee Stranahan

Wednesday April 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 William Hoge of Hogewash
Voices at CPAC 2018 Byron York of the Washington Examiner

Tuesday April 3rd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Erik Svane of ¡No Pasarán!
Voices of CPAC 2018 Gregory Wrighforce Inconvenient Facts

Monday April 2nd
Voices of CPAC 2018 Becky Noble of Politichicks
Voices of CPAC 2018 Andrew Mangioni of the Association of Mature American Citizens

Sunday April 1st
Voices of CPAC 2018 Dave Weigel of the Washington Post
Voices of CPAC 2018 Walking Interview James O’Keefe

Saturday March 31st

Voices of CPAC 2018: Michael from Scotland.
Voices of CPAC 2018 Gina Roberts Log Cabin Republicans San Diego

Friday March 30th

Voices of CPAC 2018 The Great Evan Sayet
Voices of CPAC 2018 MaryAnn after President Trump’s Speech

Thursday March 29th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kathleen Wepner of Patriot Guardians
Voices of CPAC 2018 William Nardy of Rousa News PLUS the Lone Conservative Kassy Dylan

Wednesday March 28th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Peter from Reno
Voices of CPAC 2018 Tyler from Florida Post Trump Speech

Tuesday March 27th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Ricard from NY post Trump speech
3 Clips of President Trump at CPAC 2018 plus Rachel from VA again

Monday March 26

Voices of CPAC 2018 Jeff Hulbert of Patriot Picket
Voices of CPAC 2018 Adam from NY of the Young Republicans

Sunday March 25

Voices of CPAC 2018 Betina Viviano of the Media group America’s Voice
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susanne Monk of Trump Talk

Saturday March 24th

Voices from CPAC 2018: Tyler

Friday March 23rd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Debra (Nice Deb) Heine

Thursday March 22nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Traci Belmonte

Wednesday March 21st

Voices of CPAC 2018 Evan of the College Republicans

Tuesday March 20th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Chris from EWTN

Monday March 19th

Voices at CPAC Heather of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Saturday March 17th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Seton Motley of Less Government

Friday March 16th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Leo from MA

Thursday March 15th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Yvonne from Illinois

Wednesday March 14

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kurt Schlichter

Tuesday March 13th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Tony (Don’t call him Anthony) Katz

Monday March 12th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Elizabeth of the Mt. Holyoke College Republicans (Yes you read that right)

Sunday March 11th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Grizzly Joe

Voices of CPAC 2018 Rachel from Virginia

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Wednesday March 7th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Michael from Liberty University

Tuesday March 6th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sarah Rumpf

Monday March 5th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Doreen from Michigan
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susan from New Mexico

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

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

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

Or you can just order it on Amazon

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

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

Or you can just order it on Amazon

Image Shealah Craighead Feb 2017

George Washington McLintock: Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you?

McLintock! 1963

Last night in a post with 14 updates I went over comments concerning the President’s SOTU speech.  There was a lot of fun in some of them but if you really want to understand why President Trump won the night yesterday, you don’t have to look at CNN downplaying their own polls, or Rob Reiner’s and Hollywood’s insults of Luis Gutierrez fleeing at chants of USA, all you have to do is read the final paragraph of Ed Morrissey’s piece at This Week:

To some extent, at significant events like this, Trump succeeds by not failing. His well-earned reputation as a rhetorical loose cannon sets expectations lower than usual, but that belies his preparation for major traditional speeches. It happened in Davos last week and again last night. Congress may not want to admit it, but Trump outplayed them, just as he managed to do with the shutdown a little over a week earlier.

The American public has been told for over a year that the Trump presidency meant bodies in the streets, economic chaos, incompetence at the highest level and the 2nd coming of the 3rd Reich. Instead they got a president and half of Democrats who watched liked what they saw.

I can’t wait for the midterms.

I had hoped to try to speak to Kellyanne Conway after her Hannity appearance concerning something with WQPH 89.3 FM but I had waited in the press scrum for a while when I decided I was wasting my time and continued with my interviews. At this time I came across Steve and Shen.

There were not fitting in the frame well so I decided to flip the camera and film then at a 90 degree angle and edit the video later.

At this point I was starting to run out of gas and decided it was perhaps time to sit a bit, I headed toward the entrance of the hotel and saw old friend Ed Morrissey of Hotair sitting there and Ed being Ed consented to an interview.

Ironically as the interview went on Kellyanne Conway walked by with a crew, I continued my interview but as soon as it was over I was off after her. I figured the odds were against catching up but decided it was worth a shot.

I headed back toward the press registration area and lo and behold there she was taking question from press. I headed down the escalator and got a shot.

Kellyanne and the press

As she finished and started heading up I was a few steps behind her, at this point I introduced myself as someone who works with WQPH and mentioned their scheduled pro-life events the weekend of Divine Mercy Sunday asking if the administration would have an interest in sending a representative.

Her assistant took my card, and she said she would need the information sent so I presume I will be hearing from them at this point she turned toward the speakers room and I offered her Cannoli, to my surprise she accepted and took one as she vanished through the door. (It turns out that would be significant the next day but that’s a much later post).

You might wonder why I didn’t try to go for a press question but the WQPH need was the priority and as she was speaking the next day I figured I’d have another shot but the fact that Kellyanne Conway had one of the 40 Cannoli I brought was an amusing fact that I’d be able to talk about for a while.

Too bad I didn’t get a chance to find out if she liked it.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here)

Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall


Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

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The MSM is breathless and laughing my head off:

I suspect Ed Morrissey has reached a point where this ignorance doesn’t phase him as much

none of this should be terribly newsworthy anyway. The Catholic Church teaches that all sins can be forgiven through Christ for those who truly repent and intend to refrain from that sin in the future. That’s true of murder, abortion, and all sorts of other sins. That does not alleviate people from the temporal consequences of sin, but it does allow the truly penitent to offer up their sins to Christ and rejoin the path of salvation. The sacrament of reconciliation exists to bring those who stray back into communion with the Church.

This isn’t just basic Christianity it’s Bible 101

(Jesus) said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

John 20:21-23


Ed Further notes in an update that this “big change” isn’t as big as you might think, particularly in the US

My friend Father Z’s post from June 2014 confirms that the procedural change on abortion is mostly an affirmation of what’s already taking place in all American dioceses, under a grant from St. John Paul II:

But the tone of the MSM suggest they are completely surprised that the sin of Abortion can be forgiven. This is this is such basic first grade knowledge that it prompted this tweet from Mollie Hemingway:

Yes Mollie they can in fact their ignorance and desire to support this meme causes them to miss the real groundbreaking news in this announcement, all that is except for John Allen who should hold a symposium for journalist so they can ask him questions about Christianity & the Catholic Church & he can educate them.

The pontiff also decided that any Catholic who confesses his or her sins during the year to a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist breakaway group not approved by Rome, will nevertheless be considered licitly forgiven.

Francis expressed hope on Tuesday that a rupture with the society may be overcome “in the near future,” seeming to style his opening as a prelude to broader reconciliation.

That is HUGE news and Father Z expands on it further (emphasis mine):

Along with this, the fact of Pope Francis’ move, together with the wording, confirms what I have been saying all along about the priests of the SSPX: they do not and have not had the faculty validly to absolve sins! The fact that this is being granted for the Year of Mercy bears out what I have been saying.

That said, if the Holy Father is willing to go this far with the priests of the SSPX, is it hard to imagine that this merciful concession might not be extended beyond the Year of Mercy? I would like to think so!

Next, this concession also underscores a point I have been making all along. If only Nixon could go to China, perhaps Pope Francis is the Pope who will reconcile the SSPX!


A million souls brought into full communion with the church? Sounds like a winning idea to me!

However I suspect that the media couldn’t tell the difference between the SSPX and the SPCA but if they did know it I suspect they would be horrified at the idea that the Pope is reaching out to them.

If you want to read the bulletin yourself (and you should) it is here, but there is one solid message vital to your eternal existence that the Pope is promulgating, a message that the media wants you to ignore:


Closing thought:

My protestant friends insist that there is no need or purpose for sacramental confession so I would ask them this:

 If Christ didn’t want us to seek forgiveness from within the church why did he explicitly give the Apostles as a whole the capacity to both forgive sins and to hold them bound?  Does that not suggest the need for someone to independently judge is one is truly contrite or just mouthing the words and the need for someone wracked with the guilt of sin to explicitly hear the words: “You are forgiven”?  

It’s one thing to believe you are forgiven, it’s another to hear it spoken aloud like this:

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

You can not comprehend the comfort those words bring to one who needs to hear them.


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

Ed Morrissey is in Rome covering the Catholic Church’s Synod on the family and his latest update will  disappoint many on the left who anticipated this to be a sea of change to Catholic Doctrine:

Today’s briefing did actually break a little news. The topic yesterday afternoon and this morning was mostly on difficult pastoral situations, including marriage issues, which produced intense, passionate debate — or “animated and fraternal discussion,” depending on which interpretation one prefers.  According to CNS, which has done a great job of live-tweeting all of the remarks (acting a bit like a translation service for some of us), the Synod “strongly reaffirms that those who remarry without annulment cannot receive Communion,” even though the bishops also see the need for pastoral outreach for those Christians. One speaker at the Synod — the Vatican is not providing names — said that the lack of Communion “isn’t moral judgment of individual,” but objective assessment of his/her marital status (again, translation according to CNS). 

But…but all those surveys wasn’t the church trying to figure out how to please all those people who didn’t believe what is being taught or not taught?

Some participants spoke of the need to “adapt the language” of the Church so that its doctrine on the family, life and sexuality is “understood correctly.” To do this, they said, “it is necessary to enter into dialogue with the world” with a “critical but sincere openness.” That dialogue could be based on common themes such as the “equal dignity of men and women and the rejection of violence.”

It was said in the assembly that the Gospel must be shown rather than explained, and the lay faithful should proclaim the Good News with a “missionary charism,” not “depersonalized,” but through a “concrete witness to the beauty and truth of the Gospel.”


From ‘Defensive’ to ‘Proactive’

The challenge, it was said, was of passing from a “defensive situation” to a “proactive one” and “creating a bridge between the language of the Church and that of society.”

It sounds like they have been reading St. Pope John Paul II (via Fr. Z  all emphasis his):

Numerous interventions during the synod, expressing the general thought of the fathers, emphasized the coexistence and mutual influence of two equally important principles in relation to these cases. The first principle is that of compassion and mercy, whereby the church, as the continuer in history of Christ’s presence and work, not wishing the death of the sinner but that the sinner should be converted and live, and careful not to break the bruised reed or to quench the dimly burning wick, ever seeks to offer, as far as possible, the path of return to God and of reconciliation with him. The other principle is that of truth and consistency, whereby the church does not agree to call good evil and evil good.

It will be interesting to see how the media handles things when this Synod doesn’t turn out the way they suspect.


A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes just a few words speak volumes.

which was

Ed Morrissey’s piece is good too but if you want to understand the absurdity of Hillary as president this image followed by those two words is really all you need.

If you are a pro-life anti-abortion person you have almost certainly heard people tell you about how Planned Parenthood is all about helping women in a difficult spot and supporting women while pro-lifers are a bunch of religious fanatics who don’t care one bit about women.

If you have heard that argument then it’s VITAL that you listen to this interview with Rod Murphy of Problem Pregnancy from this week’s show.

The full unedited hour is here 

Hour two with Peter Healey of the Knights of Colunbus and the Panel with Ed Morrissey & Pastor George Kelly is here.

The first of our three Annual religion shows is today as DaTechGuy on DaRadio goes Lenten.

In the spirit of Sacrifice and reflection we will be featuring Rob Murphy the founder of Problem Pregnancy giving women viable option to abortion right on the doorstep of Planned Parenthood.

In the 2nd Hour Da Magnificent Panel will discuss lent and the religious issues of the week. This week Pastor George Kelly from Georgia a member of my Magnificent Panel is joined by Catholic Blogger from Hotair.com and host of the Ed Morrissey show Ed Morrissey.

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Arthur: But if you all work all day every day when is the time for adventure?

Little John: Life is 9/10 work my boy with a little play when you can get it.

The Adventures of Robin Hood The Youngest Outlaw 1955

We talk a lot about political stuff here but Ed Morrissey imparts some on what’s actually important or more importantly what makes a marriage work on the occasion of his 20th anniversary:

Marriage is tough. It takes work, understanding, forgiveness, and maturity — which Marcia has in abundance, thankfully, to make up for my deficits. Seriously, though, what I have discovered along the way is that it takes a firm and committed heart. Not the romantic notions of heart, but the true sense of the conjunction of the will and the intellect, joined in love and with God at the center. Our marriage has been strongest at those times when we felt weakest and fell back on the strength we had in the Lord. After that happens a few times, the lesson starts to sink in, even through the thickest skull. You know … mine.

that’s the first component of a successful marriage realizing how it involves work and effort and not the nonsense you see on TV.

The Second component touches on the 2nd most important aspect of Marriage I had a moment on New Years Eve that illustrates it perfectly.

Ens Covery (translating Cinque):   I will call to the past, far back to the beginning of time, and beg them to come and help me at the judgment. I will reach back and draw them into me, and they must come, for at this moment, I am the whole reason they have existed at all.

Amistad 1997

The wife and I were in a restaurant in Worcester and there was a young waitress who was doing the prep for what would be a big night before heading to her 2nd job.

The wife and I got to talking with her she was getting ready to graduate and then was going to Head to Hawaii for a few months with some friends and decide if she wanted to stay, by an odd coincidence my wife did the same thing after college.

The girl asked my wife about her time in Hawaii and she talked about how wonderful it was. The girl then asked if she regrets not staying there and settle.

She didn’t hesitate for a moment declaring if she had stayed in Hawaii she wouldn’t have our sons.

And THAT is the sign of the perspective that you want. Once you have children, they remain the priority no matter what the age they are.  Too many people see children as sign of status rather than a labor of love and responsibility that last a lifetime.

There was a time when these cultural truths were understood not only because they were self-evident but because they were the secret to success of both a family and a society.

But as the culture of narcissism & me brought by the baby boom generation and reinforced by the media has taken hold these values have retreated to the religious and cultural conservatives.

It will take decades for the culture to change as the Baby boomers die and their influence dies off but take those two lessons to heart, marriage takes work and your children are the priority, and you will see success.

Happy Anniversary Ed and many more.


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