by baldilocks

One of my friends surmises that President Trump calls Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) Pocahontas because he doesn’t get the Fauxcahontas joke that spread all over the conservative Internet after it was revealed that Warren had claimed to be part Indian and used it to get a position at Harvard. (It was later discovered that she has no Indian heritage and many suspect that Warren knew it all along due to the fact that she stopped mentioning it after she became tenured at Harvard.)

Well, ever since the president dropped the Pocahontas bomb  — again; he’s been calling her that for months –  during a White House ceremony to honor the living members of the WWII Navajo Code Talkers, there has been a huge discussion as to whether the president’s moniker for Warren was offensive or not. Lots of people put it like this to me: “Would you be offended if he called you Harriet Tubman?” Well I don’t know, but since I’m a black American and Tubman was a black Americans heroine, I don’t think offense would be my first feeling. Confusion, maybe.

Anyway, that poor analogy shows that, in cases like these, it’s always best to ask a person to whom the case applies.

Honorable men

CNN political analyst Joshua Green met with Thomas Begay – one of the veterans honored at the event – who said that while he was puzzled by the comment, he was not offended by it.

“The Marines made us yell ‘Geronimo’ when we jumped out of planes, and that didn’t offend me either,” Begay said.

And then there’s this lady:

It turns out that an actual descendant of Pocahontas does not take any offense to President Donald Trump jokingly referring to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

In a September interview with Sky News, Debbie “White Dove” Porreco said that Trump once asked her if it offended her that he used the name “Pocahontas” to refer to the Democratic senator.

“I know that he uses ‘Pocahontas’ sometimes with Elizabeth Warren,” Porreco explained. “He said, ‘well does that offend you when I use that?’ And I told him no, it doesn’t offend me.”’

Porreco was the model for the animated version of Pocahontas.

Certainly I’ve read accounts of others Indians who were offended by the president, and still others who think that a ceremony to recognize such honorable Americans was not the time to take a jab at a political foe. The latter do have a more legitimate point.

What I do like seeing demonstrated is that Indians are individuals; not that I didn’t know it, of course. But it’s seem that a lot of other people who jump to defend others need to be reminded that most of us can defend our own honor. Or when can decide that our honor doesn’t need defending.

That’s the province of free persons.

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You know it’s a waste of time to point out the difference between say the March for Life in DC or the Walk for Life in SF and the Iowa to something like either the March for life and the Run (Elizabeth) Warren Run Iowa group.

So since that comparison won’t move people who can’t see pro-lifers in front of their faces let me show you this photo of their group:

and mention some names:

Dave, Frank, Ken, Paul, Eric and Peter.

This is or rather was, the roster for the Tuesday night game group that has been playing board games together in the Fitchburg/Leominster area for over 30 years.

Some of the names have on occasion changed over the decades but the regular core group has been pretty steady since about 2001 and until recently never fell below six.

However in November I picked up some contract work that takes up my mornings that combines an early morning with the necessity of hitting the 6:30 evening mass if I want to go to church.

Thus I’ve missed game night for nearly four months although I do manage to join in an online Civ V game on weekends.

So let me congratulate the Run Warren Run Group, they might not be able to compete with the March or walk for life, tea party events, or even the lineup of writers at DaTechGuy Blog.

But they can take a bow, because they’ve managed to outnumber the Tuesday night game night group.

I’m sure Vox et/al will be impressed.

I wrote about Senator McCaskill working early to establish a meme that will help her in election 2018.  Looking at this story running at the Hillary friendly site Politico  it looks like the Clinton team is playing the same game on offense with Elizabeth Warren concerning her appearance at  the Democracy Alliance an exclusive club of progressive activists with deep pockets.

How deep?  Well here is how you become a member or “Democracy Alliance Partner“:

Democracy Alliance partners, as the group calls its members, pay annual dues of $30,000 and are required to contribute a total of at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups.

Interestingly Politico seemed interested in Elizabeth Warren’s appearance there but was discouraged by security

Democracy Alliance staff and private security retained by the club stood sentry outside the basement banquet room where Warren spoke, preventing reporters from getting too close. And she avoided the media gathered for the conference by utilizing a side door to enter and exit the room.

And ignored by the Senator

POLITICO caught up with her as she made her way to a car waiting outside. But she ignored a question about whether her appearance — a closed-door speech to major donors who write huge checks, sometimes anonymously, to influence the political process — conflicted with her public denunciations of the role of conservative big money in politics.

“Excuse me,” an aide said, blocking access to Warren as she slid into the front passenger seat.

And Mrs. Clinton?

Clinton was not invited to any part of the Mandarin meeting

If I’m Hillary Clinton I’m making sure there are plenty of such stories out there & getting the hashtag #big$warren trending ASAP

I know, you’re thinking Mrs. Clinton hitting Warren on money in politics would be like me complain about someone wearing a fedora but the goal here isn’t to condemn money in politics, which the Clinton’s love so much, it’s to show progressives who might think otherwise that for all her fan base and talk of the rich when it comes to money Elizabeth Warren is no different that Hillary Clinton, just without the gravitas.

That’s the game & expect Clinton media allies to be playing it early & often.

Don Fanucci: This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little.

Godfather II 1974

I spotted this update at the Save Market Basket Fasebook page:

1. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick have both declined to take a stand in our fight against corporate greed despite the fact that dozens of lawmakers and mayors in MA and NH have signed our boycott and our standing with us, the middle class and lower class that they claim to fight so hard for.

Say What?

These two politicians claim to be on the side of the worker and against corporate greed yet refuse to put their money where their mouth is, lets flood them with calls and emails.

How can this be? We have been hearing for years about how Deval Patrick is all about the little guy, in addition Elizabeth Warren’s entire meme is about populism the whole “you didn’t build that” business. What on earth could cause the Democrat Governor and a Potential Democrat Presidential nominee to hang back?

Doesn’t it seem odd that these liberal lions are silent? It seems even more odd that Blue Mass Group appears to be on the side of current management.

Question 1: Since the new Market Basket management has not announced or indicated plans to change the current method of operation isn’t it wiser and in the better interest of the employees and their families to wait until something more concrete other than a change of the guard?Question 2: How much money has Arthur T. DeMoulas spent on his effort to re-gain his job?

Question 3: How many p.r. people, media specialists, and political organizers are working on his behalf?

It’s THAT 3rd question that is the real clue to both Patrick’s & ‘Warren’s silence & Blue Mass Groups seeming indifference to these workers.

You see the Demoulas workers have done this in a generic way. Any person talking directly to the workers and the managers in the stores could tell you this. Any person who has covered these rallies would note that rather than being filled with paid protesters, or people who can’t read their own signs, being managed by handlers they are filled with actual Market Basket Employees doing all of his on a shoestring via social media and networking.

Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with messages and images, some in support of efforts and some simply documenting the effects of employee action. The #MarketBasket, #MarketBasketStrong, and #SaveMarketBasket hashtags (among others) have gained traction from both workers and customers alike.

That’s the problem, the workers have rejected the unions very publicly, they’re not paying community activists to organize, they dare to think they can do this themselves without the aid of the professional protest crowd that the left fund nationally & keep employed for shock troops when they need a rent a crowd.

In other words this is actual grass roots. no Unions, no activists, no Pols like Patrick & Warren are getting their beaks wet and for the left  that simply won’t do.

In fact it might be a danger, if other people see these workers get a successful result without unions, without paid activists without the Democrat machine it could bring down their whole facade.

To top it off these people are protesting for common sense, for smart business decisions, for not building up debt, in short for capitalism

and we can’t have that can we?

So expect Blue Mass Group to keep attacking Arthur T & expect Patrick & Warren will stay silent until whatever happens is a fait accompli .

Oh and as for PR Firms & dirty tricks:

6. The Board and the new co-CEOs have engaged a new PR firm Oneill & Assoc out of Boston. Apparently KEKST was finally fired for doing such a stellar job, more money wasted. Anyway this PR firm has decided that the best way to boost their image is to drag up information that is decades old and try to rehash it. They have also planted trolls on our site to make negative comments etc…so if you think there is a troll jump on them then PM us so we can take care of it. They have found a PR firm with as much character as the BOD has.

Hmmm I wonder if we’ll see paid counter protesters anytime soon?

Timothy Imholt PhD

I was driving to work Monday morning when I heard that Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democratic Senators from Massachusetts, has a new book coming out. As an author myself (although my books are fiction or at least non-political in nature), and as a former candidate for the U.S. Congress, I was interested. I like knowing what people have to say, and love to read, so I was intrigued.

Before we dive into this I want to add that I would write this same post irrespective of someone’s political party affiliation. Please don’t make the mistake that the rest of this post is political, this is about rules. Rules do matter and I hope that they are being obeyed. Our political leaders in this nation need to follow the rules just like everyone else. We have equal protections under the law, I’m certain I read that someplace.

Let me return to the point of this article. Elizabeth Warren has a new book coming out. The radio talk show informed me that if I went to her campaign website I could donate $50 to her re-election campaign for a chance to win an autographed copy of this book. Want to see the link?

Book Contest Website

That statement struck a chord with me for some reason that took a few minutes to resonate. When it finally hit me why I didn’t want to believe it. As a result I did what any reputable scientist (I am a scientist by training) would do. I did some research.

In the Federal Election Commission Guide for Candidates it outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses for campaign funds. It has a special section for books. It further calls out promotion of books. Now, it would seem that a contest to win an autographed book is a promotion (at least in my head), and a discussion on radio, television and wherever else this has taken place is certainly promotional.  I will be honest and say it was not Senator Warren having this discussion, that is important.

To cut to the bottom line, let me quote from the Federal Election Commissions own Candidate Guide (page 57):

Generally, the expense of marketing a book would exist irrespective of a candidate’s campaign, and thus a campaign cannot ordinarily use its funds to pay such an expense. In limited situations, however, the Commission has permitted the use of campaign funds to promote a candidate’s book, as follows:

  • A campaign could incur de minimis costs to post on its website material promoting the book’s release and linking to an online bookseller. AO 2006-07.
  • A campaign could incur costs for planning book-related events and handling press and public inquiries where the candidate donates royalties to charitable organizations and thus does not personally gain from the use of campaign assets to promote the book. AO 2006-18.

See also AO 2008-17, where the Commission ruled that payments to a co-author by the principal campaign committee would constitute personal use.

So, it begs the question of what charity is she donating the money to? Well the $50 contributions obviously go to her campaign. The royalties from the book, if I am correct, should go to charity.  Otherwise what is happening is people are donating to her campaign, a book is sold, then signed, then a royalty on that book(s) is paid to Senator Warren thus using campaign funds to enrich herself.  This is before anyone decides that they probably won’t win the autographed one and just buys it anyway (that is what I would do knowing I never win a contest but like donating to causes on occasion, although not this one).

I googled it, a lot…looking for where that donation was going. Senator Warren has made no public mention of it that I can find. I hope that we can find out, because as a former Harvard Law Professor, she would certainly not violate campaign finance rules. Perhaps if I am reading these rules incorrectly her campaign can answer some questions for us about how what they are doing is not in violation of these rules.

Or, perhaps, I am wrong and Senator Warren should tell us what charity it is that she found worth donating all the proceeds from her book to them. Perhaps I would like to send them a check, I’m sure it is a worthwhile cause if she is giving them her hard earned money.

Rules matter, even for Senators. If I have read the rules incorrectly, or you feel I am misinterpreting them please let me know. I really do what to ensure that those person(s) holding our highest elected offices are held to a high standard, and as a resident of Massachusetts she represents me.  I hope that she does so with integrity.

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I was researching my archives for a post I’m planning when I came across this rather prophetic one from Jan 13th 2012, one year ago today

Two years ago it appeared the tide of to progressivism had been stemmed, that the basic philosophy of government being there to take care of the people who served, was rejected.

Instead today we have four more years in the White House, a House retained despite overwhelming odds and here in Massachusetts the decisive senate seat held so long by the lion of liberalism Ted Kennedy back in the hands of the Democratic party where it belongs.

the best advice I can give the GOP is to read the entire thing and remember.

From the “I can’t make this —– up” category comes this tidbit from Elizabeth Warren, who raised more money than any Senator, challenger, House member, or challenger, ended her campaign in debt.

n an e-mail, the Harvard Law professor – considered one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of American debt – asked for donations to help her wash away the red ink.

Warren did not say how much debt she needs to pay down, but blamed the shortfall in part on the thousands of volunteers who flocked to her campaign, saying “that meant even more last-minute coffee and pizza.”

“One of the results of our embarrassment of riches was, well I’ll come out and say it – we ended up with a little bit of debt,” Warren wrote. “Everyone, we need a little more money to pay off our final bills. Can you help one more time?”

Emphasis my own.

Coffee and pizza, folks, coffee and pizza.  That was before the ObamaCare taxes forced Papa Johns to up their prices, that will force Domino’s to post menus with 34 million different pricing options on them.  Heaven only knows how much more money her campaign would need if she were buying snack food from companies forced to comply with the policies she supports.

Some people – like Mitt Romney – can run a campaign on time and under budget.  They are also able to run their personal and business lives that way, and, in Romney’s case, the state of Massachusetts.

Maybe we ought to have a rule: if you out-fundraise your opponent, and you still wind up in the red, you don’t get to go to Washington.  Do not pass Go, do not collect millions of dollars.

Update (DaTechGuy): They put a woman who with one of the richest campaigns in history still managed to run a deficit on the Banking committee? What were all the seats on Budget full, doubt it after all Senate Democrats don’t believe in Budgets do they?

Today we have a special Bonus commentary where I go through the choices on my ballot and tell you who I will be voting for and why.

As you might guess there are not a lot of surprises here but if you want to know the reasoning behind it here is your chance.

There are two polls I checked out before leaving the hotel today, both had bad news for the GOP but beyond that there is nothing else in common.

One is the WBUR poll on the Brown Warren Race. The WBUR poll shows a big swing toward Warren, now up by 5.

I’ve looked at the internals of the WBUR poll and as always they are spot on.

Although I want Scott Brown to win, this poll pleases me, Brown has made some big mistakes in the air war (more on that tomorrow) and hopefully this poll will cause him to pivot to a better strategy, the one that gave him the lead in the first place.

You can’t correct a problem unless you know it’s there, this poll informs the Brown campaign of a problem and thus is useful

I like that!

While I like the WBUR poll I absolutely LOVE the Time Magazine poll in Ohio showing Obama up 5.

You might ask: “DaTechGuy have you gone roadtrip crazy? Why would you love a poll showing Romney losing Ohio?”

Simple I looked at the internals of this poll. Unlike most polls the partisan splits are not as obvious, you have to do some math but it’s really quite simple.

They polled 783 people in the unweighed sample 290 Democrats, 220 Republicans and 224 independent. That comes out to a sample that is Dem 37.0% GOP 28.0 and 28.6 Ind That’s D+9

With 742 total respondents you have 273 Dems, 206 GOP and 215 independents that’s a split of 36.7% dems, 27.7% GOP and 28.9 Ind. Again a D+9 split

As Ohio is a +1 GOP state on registration this indicates the MSM has gone back to the “spin the polls” business to keep their people on the registration.

I’m delighted by this, it means the Obama campaign and the MSM has decided there is no way to reverse these numbers short of simple propaganda, this means they will not change their strategy and this race is finished.

Either that or the left is in denial, that’s exactly where I want them to be.

Closing note. In the studio on Morning Joe, Joe & Mika and the Panel are all hanging their hats on the Time Magazine poll, but Chuck Todd in Ohio hedged. Joe & Mika are opinion folk, they can afford to take a side, but Chuck Todd is the chief WH guy, he can’t look a fool

Mitt Romney is going to win this election and it’s not going to be close.

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