As it is already Friday and there is only 4 days left before the Election in PA i’ve concluded that PA-12 will have to do without the presence of a Sicilian in a Fedora. Lucky for Tim Burns he had a much more popular visitor from Massachusetts and Robert Stacy provided the Fedora. Hopefully it will be enough.

Meanwhile My plans For Ga-4 have not yet fallen through. The contributor to Pa-12 agreed to apply his gift to Ga-4 putting me $830 away from my initial goal.

Well there is still a week to make up as much of that as I can. If you think some coverage in GA-4 would be worthwhile and would like to help me get there, hit DaTipJar and get me closer to the prize.

This morning it is really interesting to see the level of coincidence yesterday.

First of all because I had failed to raise the money to get to Pa-12 I was in Fitchburg instead of being on the road.

Because of this I went to morning Mass for Ascension Thursday.

Because of this I ran into my 80 something godfather.

Because of this I was able to invite him to breakfast with my mother and myself.

He ended up going to the wrong diner, because of this I had to go get him.

Because of this I saw the sign at J & R glass concerning the Governor’s visit.

Because of this after breakfast I headed down there to report on it.

Because of this I heard about the cancellation and the terror arrests

and because of that I have the photos and stories that you read yesterday.

The moral of the story? When you attend Mass on a holy day of obligation, good things happen!

Just back from Watertown putting up a few Quick photos:

Waverly Ave: A typical street in Watertown 5-13-10

Just another street in Watertown

Just another house on the street

Until the FBI arrived

FBI approaching the house at 39 Waverly Avg 5-13-10

Continue reading “Photos from the scene in Watertown”

Still only $50 in the kitty. I’ve had the car checked and struts replaced. ($225) an I’m told I need two new tires before I even think about such a trip.

I won’t be asking the readers for this since they are things I would need no matter what, but it very much looks like anything that goes on in Pa-12 will happen without me. If you want to change that click here.

However that is less important that what IS going on in PA-12 and that seems to be trending poorly:

Mark Critz, a former aide to the late John Murtha and the Democratic nominee to replace him, has pulled out to a 6-point lead in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 12th district, according to a new Susquehanna poll. Critz leads Republican Tim Burns 44%-38% with less than a week to go.

This is a huge swing from polls last month showing Burns in the lead and over 40%. Of course there is certainly time to turn this around but the interesting this is the fact that this takes place after Critz has taken pains to distance himself from both the party and the healthcare vote. That fact in itself speaks volumes to the populartiy of the democratic congress and the power of the tea party message.

Critz is taking pains to distance himself from its agenda as the vote draws nearer. Most conspicuously, the former Murtha aide launched a television ad this weekend in which — with his voice apparently hoarse from the campaign trail — he aims to set the record straight and declares his opposition to the health care law passed and signed last month. It was a response to an ad from the National Republican Campaign Committee which said Critz “will put the liberal agenda before Pennsylvania.”

“I’m pro life and pro gun. That’s not a liberal,” Critz says in his own spot.

Critz’s camp also says he opposes a proposed cap-and-trade law, something Murtha voted for when the House first acted on it last year.

Burns should be pressing on the repeal issue, Critz is talking a good game but will he vote for repeal and if he says so how long will it take him to break that promise? It only took Bill Owens of NY-23 one day to break four of his.

PA-12 voters should consider carefully before they let themselves be hoodwinked on this, and Burns should be playing that flip flop card strongly.

as Robert Stacy Reports:

On Saturday, May 15th, buses will depart from the Capitol Hill Club at 8:00 am for a day trip to Pennsylvania. Transportation and meals will be provided. We will spend the afternoon in the district knocking on doors reminding voters to come out and vote for Tim Burns in this pivotal PA-12 special election.

DaCar was just dropped off at the garage to be checked. I’m still $390 away from affording to go and as a conservative if I don’t have the funds I just can’t justify the trip. Maybe If I do raise the funds I’ll go on Friday to check out the Saturday event. If you are interested in getting me there DaTipJar is right here.

If you are not all that interested in Pa-12 there is still my proposed GA-4 trip, ($880 shy there).

In the end you decide if the Fedora Travels or not. If neither trip is to your liking then we can talk more during during June’s Andrew Sullivan days.

Pa-12 still hasn’t seemed to capture the imagination of the readership but things seems to be happening there:

The polling shows a very close race — with Burns in the lead. That has Democrats worried about how other normally-safe districts might turn out in November. That fear has come out in Critz’ campaigning, where he has tried walking a tightrope between opposition to ObamaCare and refusing to commit to overturning it. In a debate yesterday, Burns hammered Critz as to whether his opposition means anything at all if he refuses to take action once elected, a hypocrisy that will not have gone unnoticed by voters watching the debate.

Both national parties have spent plenty of money on this race, with the NRCC outpacing the DCCC by almost $100,000. The DCCC has split its advertising between positive ads on Critz and negative ads against Burns. That’s a bit of a surprise, considering a Democrat shouldn’t feel the need to sell himself in a district with a 2-1 registration advantage. It shows the big problem Democrats face, which is a decided lack of enthusiasm among their own base in the face of overwhelming enthusiasm among Republicans and independents. That’s exactly what has them panicked.

This sounds an awful lot like the Scott Brown election. I think I have a little bit of experience in that regard. It there is news there I’d like to cover it.

I’m scheduled my car to be looked at Tuesday Morning. Once I confirm it can handle it I’d like to head down there. As Robert Stacy said I’m going to need at least $440 to cover the drive down, a Hotel for at least one day and maybe a meal or two. With something left over to show DaWife (who still haven’t forgiven me for Jumping on the Tea Party Express to cover the Washington Events with nothing but my Fedora and Laptop.) that I can actually cover bills doing this. I’ve been married 22 years but I can only survive so many trips to the dog house in a short period in time.

If I can get up to $600 I can manage perhaps 3 days down there. If I can do better then that I can stay through the election and risk the family’s wrath for spending my birthday (election day) down there.
So it’s up to you guys. I haven’t had a nibble on the DaTipJar since before Stacy suggested I head down there. I’m a conservative, I can’t justify a trip if I can’t pay for it so if you want me down there I have to ask you to hit…


It’s your call and I’ll abide by your decision.

First of all thanks to everyone who checked out my examiner articles it’s makes a different and covers a bill or two.

Second I’m no longer going to be keeping the running totals at the top of the blog, I’m just going to put up say 3 posts a week like this one to let you know what’s happening on the Pa-12, Ga-4 front. So here goes…

On the Pa-12 front I have seen absolutely no interest from people. In terms of contributions I’ve picked up nearly…nearly 1. So I am still $440 away from spending my birthday watching Tim Burns win in Pa. UPDATE $390 to go now He sure will with ads like this:

If you think Stacy & Roxeanne are right hit DaTipJar and help get me down there. Maybe I can even talk Roxeanne into coming too. (specify Pa-12 in comments). The clock is really ticking fast on this one. For every extra $150 over the amount over the $440 I’ll stay an extra day (Roxeanne permitting).

As for the Atlanta trip. My pal Vinnie has offered to put me up so lets call that worth $250. That leaves me $880 to go, the one problem is the closer I get to the travel date the more the price can change. If you want to kick in toward that one again hit DaTipJar and put Ga-4 in comments.

I’ll put up about 3 of these updates a week for now. On June 1st I’m going to go all out to find out just how much I’m worth compared to Andrew Sullivan. Stay tuned.

Update: The Call for help in Pa-12 is sounded by Robert Stacy, can you help me get there to see it?

Wednesday the 14th started very tired for me. Due to the great culvert debate the planning board meeting ran so late that I was unable to get the extra memory card I wanted for the day. The plan was to get up for 4 and try to get the first train to Alewife. I ended up waking up at 4:30 instead (no alarm, didn’t want to wake the wife) and making to the station by 6.

As usual I took only a minimum of cash in Boston, just enough to cover parking, I went with full dress including the trench coat and the pocket watch and my best dress fedora. On the train I met a mother and daughter who were going to the rally so we traveled together. I had expected a bigger crowd, and was shocked when I got such a good spot at the garage. When we got to the common I was even more surprised by the total lack of people. It was very early but every Sarah Palin event I had seen or heard of drew people very early but when I got there the reporters outnumbered the public. That wouldn’t last.

I was treated very well by my fellow attendees, they watched my laptop while I mingled with the growing crowd asking questions and taking pictures. Like at CPAC I found that in a crowd full of conservatives my property was very safe. After filling my camera with video, I headed back to my spot right by the stage, working through the much larger crowd, however I ran into card error losing several videos at the end and without either the time or the recovery software to make up for it.

The crowd was very friendly, it was the kind of feeling a gamer gets at a convention, the knowledge of meeting like minded people. People made many connections with each other. In addition to the very polite crowd had the pleasure of meeting Michael Graham and Sissy Willis before the Palin Speech while running into old friends Roxeanne de Luca of Haemet and Richard of the Conservative Forum of the Commonwealth afterwards. It was after my second Camera dump that they both played a role in the excitement that would follow.

It was just after I interviewed Levi Russell. I half jokingly asked about getting a ride on the Tea Party Express to Washington. When to my surprise I wasn’t met with a blanket refusal it was time for action. Roxeanne suggested having Stacy McCain vouch for me since they knew him but I had no cell phone, however on election Night she got his number. After about 10 minutes of searching she was able to find it and get ahold of him. Stacy talked to Andrea Shea King and before you could say Have Fedora will Travel I was climbing on the blue bus on the way to Washington.

I found myself sitting with two MSM photographers. They were interesting fellows who seemed to consider their work more a matter of art than mere information. They explained the point. Out of hundreds of photos they needed to convey the message of an event simply through an image. It was actually a rather profound way of looking at things. The difference between “hitting a button and telling a story.” I have a great respect for people who are experts in their field and these men certainly knew images.

It was on the bus where I encountered a few technical problems. The internet connection was unsteady so my photo uploads crashed on a semi regular basis. The battery life of the pc was iffy and most of the plugs were already taken so I found myself with the laptop near the rest room blocking the hall while the machine charged. I was also working off of very little sleep between the early day that morning and the sleep study the night before, so I found myself pretty tired.

The toughest moment actually came after my pleasant meeting with Victoria Jackson. Journalistic making it on the bus was a real high point, but when I called home my oldest answered and informed me his mother was not not available to take my call nor inclined to do so if she was. It was a strong rebuke that left me brooding on the grass until the bus left and subdued and depressed later. It took some time to shake it off and get back to work.

There was also an unwelcome side effect of my wife not taking my calls. I didn’t have Stacy’s number (although the wife did) and because Smittypalloza III was going on nobody was answering my e-mails. It wasn’t until just before we hit Delaware that I managed to get a response from Barbara Espinsoa who graciously offered to allow me to crash at her suite where Stacy was out on the couch.

The overwhelming problem became apparent when I did a map check. The Tea party Express bus would be unloading 3 1/2 miles from Barbara’s hotel and the EST was near 2 a.m. As I had only $10 on me my plan was to walk. Ms. King who was a pleasure to speak to during the trip insisted on giving me a few dollars to cover a cab. My plan had been to go to Wendy’s first and have a bite and catch a cab from there, but as I started walking I had my second wind and began to leg it figuring I’d hail a cab along the way. Apparently 2 a.m. is not a good time to get a cab because it wasn’t until I had walked about a mile past the barred windows and empty streets of Washington that at 10th or 11th street I finally managed to find a cab to get me to the hotel where I was looking forward to a few hours rest.

Do you like a good dinner and a little smoozing well here is the deal. For $250 plus transport I will show up in your town and I’ll join your group at the local restaurant/bar/Grille/house of your choice, hang out and talk, politics, baseball, Dr. Who, gaming, blogs, religion or whatever. Continue reading “Dinner with DaTechGuy Yet another offer/plan”