Did you somehow miss the DaTechGuy on DaRadio either at Noon EST on Saturday , 11 PM Saturday evening & Sunday morning at 10 AM?  You DID?  Well don’t worry, you can listen to the first hour here and the 2nd hour here.

When you listen to the show you might notice there are no calls.  Because of a staffing issue that episode was pre-recorded and that left me free to go to the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster mass to witness first hand that group of people that Harry Reid & the entire MSM insists are the most dangerous and odious group in the nation:  The Tea Party!

and at Examiner.com I write about what I saw:

Listening to the national political conversation one might be amazed to see the Tea Party at a family event since at the same time the Tea Party was giving out patriotic temporary tattoos for the children at the Leominster festival in Senate Majority leader Harry Reid was referring to them as “anarchists” claiming they were trying to “extort” the American people in their fight against Obamacare.

His vehemence was matched by the administration comparing them to suicide bombers and former vice president Al Gore who compared the tea party to terrorists. That would be a tough sell in the Leominster area. The local Tea Party leader is also active in the Fitchburg Republican committee, a Republican city counsel candidate at the Leominster GOP booth was another tea party regular and the heated rhetoric of their foes did not match the actions of the members who gave away copies of the US constitution and raffled off a gift basket for kids which included Amelia Hamilton’s children’s book 10 Steps to Freedom a Growing Patriot’s guide to the American Revolution.

I’m sure some of our friends on the left are shocked anyone got out of there alive but if they read Stacy McCain’s piece at the American Spectator perhaps they would be less afraid:

The history of Obamacare must be forgotten in order to suppose that Reid’s defense of this controversial and unpopular measure is more reasonable than the opposition of the Republican conservatives whom Reid labeled “tea party anarchists.” Of course, when it comes to real anarchists like the deranged mob that emerged two years ago as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Democrats were far more understanding. The media didn’t point that out to Harry Reid, however, nor did anyone in the press corps seem to note the irony when White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer compared Republicans to terrorists: “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest.” You can insert your favorite Bill Ayers joke here, but the president’s avowed refusal to negotiate with his domestic opponents could also be contrasted with his foreign policy, as I remarked on Twitter: “Maybe if the Republican Party would change its name to ‘Iran,’ Obama would be willing to negotiate with them.”

It’s worth a shot.

Last week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio with John LaRosa and a special appearance by Robert Stacy McCain is now available here.

My latest for the Examiner is now up too covering Tom Weaver’s appearance at the Twin city Tea Party here:

“You can get 20 people in an apartment with running water, flushing toilets, screens on the doors , air conditioning, a refrigerator, this and that they are living better than any of the people I visited in Pueblo Mexico.”

Check em both out but remember I get paid by the click at the examiner so if you can talk a few million folks into hitting that link I’ll be good for quite a while

Speaking of Stacy I have to agree Monica is better looker than that leathers girl, but either way both have made bad decisions and while Leathers hasn’t had its full effect yet consider this.

Monica Lewinsky is 40 years old, she is not reported married and I imagine a lot of people still judge her by her irresponsible actions where she was manipulated by Bill Clinton. Any dates may still be very uncomfortable

No husband, no children and alone, and while youth not withstanding she should have known better Bill Clinton certainly should have and realized what it would to this lady’s future.

He didn’t give a damn.

Now perhaps she wasn’t looking for a man or didn’t want children, but if she did Clinton made such a result much harder.

I think she deserved better.

6th Doctor: My last incarnation, I was never happy with that one

Peri:   Why ever not?

6th Doctor: It had a certain feckless charm, it simply wasn’t me.

Doctor Who The Twin Dilemma 1984

Yesterday Byron York reported on an anomaly concerning Marco Rubio:

Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican behind the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, says he will not vote for the legislation he helped write and has staked his political future on, unless substantial changes are made before final Senate consideration.

This simply can’t be, we’ve been hearing for months how this bill is progressing, I keep hearing 70 votes from the left and every pundit around keeps saying how VITAL it is for any potential GOP candidate to get on board.

And Marco Rubio has been all over it from the stat, even cutting ads urging conservatives to support the bill that are even now still running on conservative talk shows around the country.

How is it that Rubio is threatening to vote against his own bill, the bill that is the salvation of his party, the bill that will make him acceptable to the MSM as a presidential candidate?

Well there is one simple explanation that as a Doctor Who Fan I should have thought of before: Regeneration!

As every Doctor Who fan knows after Regeneration a time lord’s personality changes, sometimes dramatically  the Doctor old teacher Cardinal Borusa for example went from someone ready to die for Gallifrayan traditions to kidnapping and murder in an attempt to achieve immortality and rule forever.

This is apparently the 3rd Incarnation of Rubio & second regeneration of the Senator.  The first likely was caused by the president’s re-election.  It was quite a shock to a lot of people so it’s no surprise that it might trigger an event as dramatic as Regeneration.

That would certainly account for the sudden decision of the tea party hero, the man who defeated Charlie Crist so completely that he switched sides, to start pushing for a de-facto amnesty bill, the item on the very top of the liberal dream of a new Amnesty Bill.

What triggered this new regeneration?  I suspect it might have been due to an injury in….Iowa:

Over the weekend I emailed a number of Iowa conservatives to ask them a few general questions about the GOP field. I didn’t mention immigration or any other issue; I just wanted their thoughts. What I got back, as far as Rubio was concerned, was all about immigration, and nearly all negative

“Over the last three months, Marco Rubio’s name and face and voice have been so attached to the comprehensive immigration bill that it has virtually killed any enthusiasm among Republicans in Iowa for a Rubio presidential candidacy,” said GOP State Central Committee member Jamie Johnson. “Most Republicans here now see Rubio as the amnesty candidate.”

“Rubio seems to be so damaged it will be very difficult for him to recover here in Iowa,”

And that damage is great enough that the Senator has again regenerated into a person conservative enough to fight against his own bill.

Rubio’s transformation hasn’t been that dramatic, after all he still looks the same but it will be a few days or perhaps several weeks to see if this regeneration takes and if this 3rd incarnation of Marco Rubio is the Conservative Tea Party leader willing to fight, the Amnesty Bill backer willing to give Democrats victory on a signal issue or maybe someone entirely different.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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This week’s Under the Fedora at The Minority Report, The Conservative Commune, NACBU, Conservatively Speaking and Zilla of the Resistance touches Lee Stranahan’s coverage of the Steubenville rape case, outsourcing your own job and Nice Deb’s incredible story on a litmus test for US commanders under the President.  It’s titled “The Man” for Stan Musial who died a week ago today and whose funeral is being live streamed today at mlb.com:

Musial never dated movie stars, he wasn’t known for fights with the press, brawls in bars, or bad behavior of any time. He was married for 72 years to the same woman who died last May and was never known to mistreat anyone expect opposing pitchers whose offering he deposited all over the field or over the fence from 1940 till 1962.

Musial won 3 MVP and was runner up 4 times. Think of that a second, for one third of his career it was the consensus that he was the best or second best at what he did in the league.

That’s simply incredible.

Additionally my latest for the Examiner is on the GOP election for party chair: Two Roads for the GOP in Massachusetts:

In interviews after the event Hughes and Green talked about reaching out to the Tea Party, Liberty (Ron Paul) people and the unenrolled. My impression from people in the room suggests Tom Green strength is from the Tea Party while Hughes has support from party regulars.

But the real question to be answered is: What do the state committee people who are the only ones who have a vote in this election think? The answer to that question which will determine if the GOP rises again in Massachusetts…

…and that will make all the difference.

If there is one thing we need in the Massachusetts GOP it’s a new road.

So check out both the Examiner piece or Under the Fedora at any of the Five blogs that carry it every week.

I’d like to recommend two pieces on the NRA gun plan:

First my piece for the Examiner The NRA Traps for the Left & the Right:

The NRA is going to go forward advancing its plan no matter what anyone in the government says. There is only one question remaining, will the Republicans act quickly to back the NRA program & keep it private or will the Democrats co-opt it into a giant public tax and spending machine?

Either way if the kids end up safe I don’t think the country will care.

The political risks/rewards are real, the question is who will take them?

The second is from Larry Corella’s site. It’s the best and most informed piece of the subject I’ve seen:

No. Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

Paging Cynthia Yockey

The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

As for Gun Free Zones:

Gun Free Zones are hunting preserves for innocent people. Period.

Think about it. You are a violent, homicidal madman, looking to make a statement and hoping to go from disaffected loser to most famous person in the world. The best way to accomplish your goals is to kill a whole bunch of people. So where’s the best place to go shoot all these people? Obviously, it is someplace where nobody can shoot back.

This is so obvious it’s embarrassing that anyone has to say it aloud.

But my favorite is where he takes apart the media myths that have been perpetuated by the partisan & uninformed which usually are one and the same:

Gun and magazine sales skyrocket every time a democrat politician starts to vulture in on a tragedy. I don’t know if many of you realize this, but Barack Obama is personally responsible for more gun sales, and especially first time gun purchases, than anyone in history. When I owned my gun store, we had a picture of him on the wall and a caption beneath it which said SALESMAN OF THE YEAR.

It’s Very VERY long, but it’s worth it.

Update: Left a line out of a block quote

Today I have a column at Examiner on the Ovide Lamontagne event in Atkinson NH (Sunday I’ll talk about the great pizza place there as well) and I talk about what Chris Christie said:

Governor Christie gave a rousing 18 minute speech that gave a message well-tailored to New Hampshire

If you let a liberal politician in the door and give them permission to give you a new tax, they only know one direction for that tax to go and that’s up

He game a specific example from his home state:

“35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NJ no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”

By all means click on the story as I’m paid by the click, but even better that the article is this except of the Christie speech I’ve already posted.

As a rule I don’t excerpt my videos and the full speech is awesome but this closing section is one of the best arguments I’ve ever heard vs liberalism. If it was played in every single household of parents with children or grandparents they would never elect another tax & spend liberal again.

My column for the Examiner Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Cheryl at St. Anselm College covers the St. Anselm event and points to the real danger that the Obama Campaign faces:

The visuals were excellent and it seemed hard work of the volunteers paid off. My interviews after the event suggested an energized crowd, but the most significant moment was an interview with a newly retired schoolteacher named Cheryl from Nashua New Hampshire.

Cheryl was an Obama voter, a former teacher who had never gone to a Romney event before. She left as a Romney voter. I asked her per, Gov Romney’s challenge, what she would say to a fellow 2008 Obama voter to persuade them to change their vote her answer was telling:

If the left thinks they are going to be able to win with Todd Akin all the time they are deluding themselves.

Read the whole thing, and remember a click on my Examiner column is like putting 3/4 of a cent in my pocket without having to hit DaTipJar.

My latest for the Examiner talks about Allen West’s visit to Lexington on Sunday.

Congressman Allen West (Fl-22) on his first visit to Massachusetts yesterday dropped by Lexington Green, the site of shots the ignited the American Revolution and was greeted by over 150 tea party members and assorted fans.

And compares it to the Chick-Fil-A protests from Friday:

the 30 or so protesters, dwarfed by even the lines at Chick-Fil-A that day, to say nothing of the Wednesdays informal appreciation event chanted loudly and were escorted from the mall where across the street at the local Barnes & Noble, Media trucks awaited their comment.

Yet two days later an event featuring one of the most prominent members of congress. A member who has been specifically targeted for defeat by the left draws 5-6 times the crowd in a public place in one of the bluest states of the union and Major media decided that this was not worth covering.

The full article is here

I took a lot of photos from the Scott Brown event yesterday, I’m including them in this post as a gallery.

If you want my video reports on the event you can find it here.

My story for the Examiner Scott Brown and the ‘Pods that didn’t bark is here, an excerpt:

All in all any experienced political operator looking from the outside would, from what they saw, find the whole event quite unremarkable, but the real story of the night was outside the hall in what could be seen, or rather couldn’t.

I came to the hall expecting protestors, when I entered I saw none. During the event I asked a police officer of rank about organized protest, he reported none. I spoke to Brown team members during the week, they expected protests and made a note of their absence and as I left the hall I saw but a single woman holding a sign across the street.

The most significant story of the upcoming campaign nationally will be the democrats trying to distance themselves from the occupy movement and will be the occupy movement doing its best to facilitate that image.

anyway the photos are below the fold
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Today I’m going to be meeting with various potential customers who might choose to take advantage of the old ad rates before the sales team takes over.

Lucky for you DaTechGuy is all over the net right now:

First my Under the Fedora Column is up at the Minority Report blog

I’ve just finished watching The Doctor Who Christmas special. All day BBC America is showed a marathon but interrupted it for the Queen’s annual Christmas message. Not being a British subject I’d never heard one before today .

I have a soft spot for Queen Elizabeth, she is a stalwart friend of the United States, and the last link to the days when Britain was truly great. I have a horrible feeling that when she dies the best part of England will die with her.

It will likely be up before the end of the day at The Conservatory as well.

Looking for some Boston Tea party info? I’ve got it at the examiner today:

The Greater Boston Tea Party has elected Christine Morabito to serve as president of the non-profit, all-volunteer policy advocacy organization. Ms. Morabito, whose two-year term commences January 1, 2012, replaces Christen Varley, who served as the first president. Both are counted among founders of the organization.

And if you want a little culture wars, the Third part of my series at Ladd Ehlinger’s place on Cinema and the Culture wars is up and running. I deal with the Movie: Oh God and you might be surprised which side of the culture wars I think it’s on:

It’s a feel good movie all around. The performances are excellent, John Denver is totally believable as Jerry Landers, helped by a good performance by Teri Garr as his wife and a cast chock full of some of the best character actors out there from William Daniels, to Jeff Corey and Ralph Bellamy. Add two actors who were yet to have their greatest impact–Paul Sorvino and David Ogden Stiers, punctuated of course by George Burns, who carries off the role with perfect timing and style. What’s there not to like about this movie? You have a nice conservative message about an unbeliever who hears the word of God and follows it, an affirmation of the importance of following God’s word no matter what, and the message that following God is not without cost.

If you look deeper, however, you will find some interesting messages hidden delivered with such skill that you might miss it, if you didn’t look.

Parts 1 and 2 featured Gunga Din and Captains Courageous

Later this evening I’ll be reporting from the Twin City Tea Party Christmas Party . Hope these pieces can hold you over till then.