This weeks’ DaTechGuy on DaRdio talking about Chris Christie and more is now up.

If you wish to hear the first how with John Nolte of Breitbart and Gary Goldman’s commentary on the Minimum wage you can listen to it here.

If you prefer the 2nd hour with the Magnificent Panel including Mary Lotze, Lee Stranahan, Joe Mangiacotta & Maxine Baptiste that’s here.

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It’s Monday, and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

While part of that is a new subscriber which moves us closer to our goals in a permanent way one new subscriber still doesn’t do the trick to permanently secure the mortgage and pay DaMagnificent Seven plus our new villager.

But lets focus on the positive with 13 tip jar hits of $25 we will get our first full paycheck of 2014.

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

That new subscriber means we’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis. It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

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Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio our first hour guest is John Nolte of Breitbart.com

We’ll be talking Christie, the jobs report and if the Christie lane business is just the latest distraction for the press to talk about something other than Obamacare the economy etc etc etc….

In the second hour it’s our Magnificent Panel with

Mary Lotze

Lee Stranahan

and Maxine Baptiste in the Bob Beckel chair

You can call in at 888-9-fedora or just listen in live …

on FTR Radio

on  our Tune-in Stream for the Money Matters Radio Network

And of course there are the terrestrial stations

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WPLM 1390 AM Plymouth MA

WESO 970 AM Southbridge MA

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(DTG) Speaking of Ugly it’s Saturday there are only 17 hours left to this pay week and we remain $217 shy of making this week’s paycheck & payroll.

That’s ugly, but if you want to get real ugly if we combine last week’s tip jar with this one we STILL would not make this week paycheck & payroll.

That’s ugly squared.

But there is a way out of ugly. and if 9 of you can spare $25 to DaTipJar we will be back on track to make the mortgage and the payroll and start 2014 off on the right note.

Remember if we can get those 58 1/4 subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week. Help make sure this blog can fight without fear all year long.




 

Did you miss Lee Stranahan on DaTechGuy on DaRadio this week concerning Pigford & his trip to Beirut.

No Worry you can hear the 1st hour (pigford) and the 2nd hour (Pigford + Beirut),

Lee Stranahan is back from Beirut & DaTechGuy has him.

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio Lee Stranahan joins us not just for an hour but for 90 minutes.

We’re going to talk Beirut but we’re also going to talk Shirley Sherrod & Pigford and the pro-bono lawsuit to destroy Breitbart’s widow.

You can join the conversation at 888-9-fedora (unless you are listening to a replay of course).

You have many listening options.

You can listen in live on FTR Radio

or via our Tune-in Stream for the Money Matters Radio Network

And of course there are the terrestrial stations

WBNW Concord Ma 1120 AM FLAGSHIP

WPLM 1390 AM Plymouth MA

WESO 970 AM Southbridge MA

Join us and let’s talk (or listen to the replay at 11 PM Saturday or 10 am Sunday & just listen.

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Some weeks I manage it, some weeks I don’t, but the decision as always remains with you.

8 readers hitting DaTipJar for $24 gets it done.

Please consider being one of them & hit DaTipJar below.

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A couple of months ago my lawn-mower broke. Since I hate to take on debt and I knew the expenses of the Maine trip was coming up I decided I’d be waiting till after the Maine bills came in before buying a new one (unless I can find a lawn company who will trade a cut for ads). The end result has been a perfect metaphor on US foreign policy under the Obama Administration.

The first week wasn’t a very big deal the grass was still short from the last mowing and there was really no difference in how the lawn looked before.

As the second week came I started to notice my lawn being higher than the neighbors.

As the 3rd week became the fourth I noticed which parts of the lawn where the grass was growing longer and which parts where it simply stopped growing and took note that if I decide to expand a garden in the future I should target the high growth spots for planting.

By week 5 i could literally drive home and hear crickets in my grass, I would park the car, hear crickets, as I came into the yard they would stop until I reached the deck then they would start-up again.

The state of the lawn has become the new normal, My neighbors who might have been upset haven’t said anything to me and my wife who love a properly mowed lawn has simply resigned herself to the situation as something she doesn’t like but is what it is, other priorities have to trump it for now.

The point being that while neglecting the lawn didn’t show right away once it was neglected long enough eventually it became a problem…

…and that brings us to Barack Obama and Al Qaeda.

On the day of president Obama’s inauguration in the very first months of this blog I linked to a National Review piece concerning George Bush’s place in History as written by several people Roger Simon was the man I quoted:

When the United States was attacked by al-Qaeda on 9/11, every expert in Alpha Centauri solemnly announced that it was only a matter of time—and not much time, either—before the United States was attacked again. Well, here we are some seven and a half years later and, guess what, it hasn’t happened. I know people—you see what low company I keep—who will tell you with a straight face that President Bush had nothing to do with this run of good luck. “Post hoc,” they sniff, “doesn’t necessarily mean propter hoc, and if America has thus far escaped another terrorist attack, there is no reason to think that W had anything to do with it.” No sane person, I submit, really believes that. Deep down, we all know that the reason the United States has not suffered another terrorist attack is the policies formulated by the president in the aftermath of 9/11. Protecting the country from external enemies is the number-one priority of the commander-in-chief. It is for his tireless pursuit of that task that I am eternally grateful to George W. Bush. Thank you.

Consider where we are now.

We are out of Iraq, we are pulling out of Afghanistan as fast as our legs could take us. We have seen the rise of Al Qaeda aligned groups in Libya, Egypt (finally foiled by the people) and Tunisia. We’ve seen the Fort Hood attack that we still officially consider “workplace violence”, the attack in Kenya and most significantly the Benghazi attack killing an American ambassador on the anniversary of 9/11.

How bad is it? Lee Stranahan now in Beirut interviewing Syrian refugees and getting a feel of what is going on has interviewed people who have been driven from their homes who have bluntly stated the forces this president has wanted to support are Al Qaeda:

She’s describing an attack on Christians that the Obama Administration and Republicans like John McCain enabled. It’s even more ominous because it’s part of pattern on the part of President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain and others of backing forces–such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–who are clearly targeting Christians.

Christianity in the Middle East is on the verge of being wiped out by Islamic jihadists and the United States government is helping make it happen.

The attack on Maaloula was carried out by U.S. backed rebel forces. It happened concurrently with John Kerry calling the Free Syria Army ‘moderates’ in Senate Testimony. It happened by rebels that appear to have been emboldened by Obama and McCain’s talk of launching missiles against the Assad regime.

In another interview he people about US support for the rebels:

When the Maaloula witnesses was told that U.S Sec. of State John Kerry had referred to the FSA forces as ‘moderate’ in Senate testimony, she closed her eyes, shook her head both and forth and said “No no no no no.”

She said that she didn’t trust the press after seeing their reporting on the situation in Maaloula, which deemphasized the Islamist elements of the attack.

Like my lawn that has grown over several week the President’s neglect of the war on terror for political reasons has reached critical mass, how critical, Stranahan hits it during one of his videos from Beirut called “Syria 101: Why Should I care?:

“We’re seeing the rise again of Al Qaeda in the middle east. And Al Qaeda wants to plant a foothold in Syria and they’ve already done so.”

This is the real wages five years of Barack Obama in the White House and the neglect on the war on terror.  And unlike the neglect of my  lawn there is not a solid date when this neglect will change.

Closing thought: On January 20th 2009 just after noon I wrote the following concerning the brand new Obama presidency:

Starting tomorrow the rubber hits the road we will now see if he can cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a Herring govern.

If he can win the war on terror and turn the economy around he’ll be a winner in my book.

There are still 40 months left to the Obama years, but based on that day one standard and where we are today this president is an abject failure and while that failure on the economy has and will make life harder for Americans costing them money and prosperity, his failure in the war on terror is going to cost lives.

He may not be ashamed & embarrassed by this result but I am

Update: That Stranahan video is one of a bunch he put up yesterday, you can see them all here.

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Last Sunday we had a big day on DaTipJar and I started the week less than $60 from a full paycheck on day 1.

By the time the week was over, even as my traffic increased and I passed an important milestone in my world rank I was still $56 dollars away. You never know from one day to another how this is going to go.

But today is a new week and a new chance to earn that $305 paycheck, if you decide it’s worth it.

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Lee Stranahan in Beirut talks about speaking to a twenty something Christian Refugee in Beirut talking about giving up freedom for stuff

She was the most pro-Assad person however he notes these folks aren’t so much less pro-Assad per-se as they are Anti jihad.

His coverage has been absolutely incredible and if anyone deserves a Breitbart award it’s him.

Update: Hey maybe I should link to his blog where his coverage (but not this video as of right now) is.

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I’ve been all Ted Cruz all the time lately but some first rate blogging/reporting is taking place thousands of miles away as Lee Stranahan works from Beirut. He’s making stories on the plane:

On the plane into Beirut, I sat next to a man named Fadi, a Lebanese native and Maronite Christian who was now living in France. His father had passed away in Lebanon a few months ago and now the family was getting together for a memorial.

We talked about the strikes by the Syrian rebels agains the town of Maaloula that I’ve written about for Breitbart News. I explained how most Americans weren’t really paying much attention to what was going on in Syria until President Barack Obama began to talk about attacking it recently. Fadi asked me:

“The Christians in the United States, do they care about what’s happening to the Christians here?”

Well, that’s the question for Americans, isn’t it? That’s the question for you, really.

In the city

At one point, I was walking on Hamra Street, which is one of the main streets in Beirut for shopping and restaurants when I was approached by some kids with shoeshine buckets. They didn’t speak English at all but I understood them saying ‘Syria’ and pointing to themselves. I don’t know for sure that they are from Syria but I know that’s what they said.

In the cabs:

In this part of our conversation, the cab driver makes a great point about not the hypocrisy of complaining about America and capitalism while reaping the benefits of it. His analogy is about a well of water as an analogy for what America brings to the world. He says if you don’t want to use those things, fine; don’t drink from the well. But he doesn’t understand using those things and at the same time throwing a stone in the well.

And in the Churches:

I planned my Middle East trip with to Sundays in the schedule because I wanted to get some sense of Middle Eastern Christiandom was like. So Sunday morning I dressed up and went to the local church, right by St. George’s Hospital.

And he’s breaking news:

In an exclusive interview with independent American journalist Lee Stranahan, Syrian refugees say the attack on the predominantly Christian village of Maaloula was aided by Muslims living in the town.

The plight of Christians in the Syrian Civil War is a huge story and Lee Stranahan is covering it in person. it’s a story worth following & supporting.

Closing thought: The next time you hear the Kimberlin Crowd hitting Stranahan reread those posts and ask who you trust to report facts.

Last Saturday before the George Zimmerman verdict came out Kerry Picket & Lee Stranahan came on DaTechGuy on DaRadio live from Sanford followed by the Lonely Conservative.

If you missed the show or either of the replays, do not worry, you can listen to it now here.

This weekend Saturday Noon EST on  WESO 970 Southbridge, WPLM 1390 Plymouth, WBNW 1120 Concord & FTR Radio online  I’ll be joined by my friend from the left Mike Hummell who will talk about the return of Twinkies and Movie Director Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, God & Generals) about his New Movie Copperhead.

And I’ll also be guest hosting on Conservatively Speaking back at my old Haunt WCRN AM 830 from 7-9 talking Trayvon Martin in Miami Dade, one man one vote and Carter Hall’s testimony.

Be there, well OK don’t BE there but listen.

Lee of course is the expert, but if you want to see what I’ve done on Pigford in the past here is a quick roundup:

My initial post was 4 years ago this very day.

Followed by this a year later

During one of my very first Radio Shows Dan Riehl talked Pigford

My famous “Table” interview with Breitbart touched on Pigford

And Lee Stranahan’s first appearance on my Radio show back in 2011 before Syndication was on Pigford

With Obama safely re-elected the Times has decided to move on it

Pigford is a scandal but I suspect by 2016 it will be overshadowed by the wreckage of many other Obama disasters but for today if you don’t know it, take a peek

Hawkeye:  I’ve known Chingachgook since we both were young. I knew Uncas’ mother. I’ve known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward. I don’t know you. If we have to fight back to back, it’s possible that you might run. I don’t think you will, but you might. I’ve fought back to back with these Mohicans father and son, and they didn’t run

Last of the Mohicans BBC 1972

draw-mohammedIf you are a long term reader of this blog or a long term listener to my radio show you know the easiest way to get me angry is to get me talking about Molly Norris.

For those of you who don’t know Three years ago Molly Norris was a cartoonist in Seattle whose work appeared regularly in the Seattle Weekly. Her style is not really the type I go for

After the censoring of South Park Episodes by Comedy Central over the inclusion of Mohammad she proposed “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” in solidarity with the artiest whose lives were in danger.

Oddly enough I was not a fan of Everybody Draws Mohammad day

I have unabashedly declared Islamic killers as barbarians, I will continue to do so. I have condemned the cowardice of Comedy Central. I don’t feel I have anything to prove. In addition I don’t like caricatures of Christ, Mary etc that are unflattering. I want respect for my religion therefore I need to show that same respect. Free speech has to also include freedom to not speak if you don’t want to.

Therefore I am not going to draw Mohammed on May 20th. If you think less of me because of that, so be it…

Immediately afterwards a FATWA was put upon her and the reaction of the “free speech” crowd that was constantly complaining about Bush, was…silence.

It did not end pretty:

You may have noticed that Molly Norris’ comic is not in the paper this week. That’s because there is no more Molly

No she’s not dead

on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, “going ghost”: moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program—except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It’s all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” cartoon.

The anniversary of the fatwa on her passed and almost nobody noticed and three years later Morry Norris is still in hiding.

An American Cartoonist, forced in hiding for exercising her first amendment rights for nearly three years and nobody is objecting, no congressional resolutions, no speeches on the house floor and no stories in the MSM. In my opinion this is a national disgrace.

Which brings us to Brett Kimberlin & Co.

Lee Stranahan reports the following

A photo taken by Brett Kimberlin on Friday, March 1st and quickly posted to the site BreibartUnmasked is the latest in a long series of attempts by convicted felon Kimberlin to attempt to stir up Muslim hatred towards blogger Aaron Walker, apparently as revenge against Mr. Walker for helping another blogger Kimberlin has a long running grudge against.

Walker’s crime: Participating in Everyone Draw Mohammad day. Brett Kimberlin’s crew apparently takes a dim view of supporting the first amendment. Stranahan again:

The editor of BreitbartUnmasked is Kimberlin’s friend Bill Schmalfeldt, who has accusing Walker of hating Muslims more than “he loves his wife”. The site also published a photo of Mr. Walker’s wife.

Mr. Schmalfeldt has also written thinly veiled threats to Mr. Walker, such as this one from a post entitled “Aaron Walker: A Cautionary Tale”:

In the meantime, Aaron Walker sits in front of his spit-flecked computer screen and blogs and tweets about the injustice of it all. But everyone knows he’s a dead man blogging — metaphorically.

This latest photo post by Brett Kimberlin and Bill Schmalfeldt is transparently another further attempt to have free-speech hating lunatics to target Walker.

Mind you the Kimberlin crowd is not doing this because they object to some Muslims being critiqued as murderous barbarian bastards who would kill or threaten a person who objects to Islamic threats. They are doing this specifically because they BELIEVE Muslims to be murderous barbarian bastards who will threaten or harm those who critique them, in fact they’re counting on it!

One might call that racism. I call it a crime against the 1st amendment.

At the time the threats took place against Ms Norris I said the following:

I’m not big into insulting other people’s religions but this needs to be forcibly fought. As for a Fatwa, bring it on, We are AMERICANS! If you come for one of us you come for ALL OF US! You want to kill me? So what! Everybody dies, but I’m not surrendering my 1st Amendment rights that have been given to me as a gift by thousands who fought to preserve them for an extra few days.

Let’s double down. My name is Peter Ingemi. My ancestors came here from Sicily 100 years ago. I am an American and I defy you.

It’s a disgrace that America has forgotten Molly Norris, it’s a bigger disgrace that she is still in hiding for her life due to Islamic extremists.

But the idea that Americans would attempt to use the violence of Radical Islamists to suppress their political enemies 1st Amendment rights is in my mind one of the most loathsome things I’ve seen.

And consider, even the deluded Islamic murderer acts because they think they are serving God, Kimberlin & Co are simply serving their political ends and whatever masters are paying the bill.

Any person who would fight back to back with these men are fools.

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As of today this weeks’ paycheck is only $33 dollars short of the $300 goal. Two readers kicking in $20 will assure me of a full paycheck this week as opposed to last weeks paycheck that totaled $104 dollars

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Last night I discovered the Movie Occupy Unmasked was available via streaming on Netflix.

While the film was no revelation for people who have paid attention, to the average person whose only source of news comes from Bill Maher or Comedy Central or the MSM it would be the equivalent of putting on the glasses in the cult movie They Live.

Although the “star” of the movie is undoubtedly Andrew Breitbart the most prominent person in the movie outside of Andrew is without question Lee Stranahan.

There are other prominent faces Brandon Darby, Many Nagy, David Horowitz but after Andrew, Lee is the face of the movie.

Why is this important? This isn’t the last picture that Citizen’s United will make, but it is the last one featuring Andrew Breitbart as the star. In order to get the attention of the larger public it is necessary for someone to elevate himself. The most obvious candidates are naturally the people in this film, folks like Nagy, Darby, Moncrief and of course Stranahan (I don’t count Horowitz due to age but 30 years ago it might have been him)

Lee would be a good choice for several reasons, the experience in this film, his familiarity with the left and it’s tactics, he has screen presence and the right look for the role, any attempt to paint him as part of the 1% elites is comical on its face.

If you are the left you remember the taxpayer money taken directly from the mouth of Acorn by Andrew Breitbart.

If you are the left and remember the fall of Anthony Weiner a story ignored by places like Morning Joe but featured by Breitbart until Weiner fell.

If you are the left you remember every time Andrew gave you fits.

Andrew Breitbart directly threatened the money and power of the left. The rise of a new Breitbart must be stopped, by any means necessary.

Some people might wonder why a Brett Kimberlin or a Bill Schmalfeldt or a Neal Rauhauser might go after a guy like Lee Stranahan.

I don’t

The 4th  Doctor : “You know the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit the views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.”

Doctor Who:  The Face of Evil Episode Four

I remember a great post at the old Eject-Eject-Eject when he talked to a guy who was big into conspiracy theories.  He shot down every piece of “evidence” that was brought forward but the guy kept coming:

Every time I would identify one of these great mysteries, Joe had the same response: okay, but what about this! No fight, no defense — nothing. And then we’d be on to some new blur or smudge that proved, incontrovertibly, that this “reality” we live in is a giant lie, and that we are all victims of Dark Forces moving beyond our control or even our awareness… and that while the sleepwalking sheeple go on with their corporate-controlled lives, the mysterious wheels of the Shadow Government turn inexorably onward, crushing those brave few individuals who are on to the whole horrid plot like so many ants. There is a word for this diseased mental state.

The key part was the “no defense” business.  It didn’t matter what the evidence was, it didn’t matter that he was able to shoot down each bit of nonsense.  There was always a different piece of nonsense that proved we lived in some sort of parallel world that only the very few mystery men knew existed.

That’s what I though of when I saw this:

Because somebody, in my opinion, is paying Lee Stranahan to file these charges against me, in the hopes that I will either break or die.

Seriously Bill Seriously?

Lee Stranahan explained the situation rather clearly:

I have one and only one relationship with Bill Schmalfeldt ; I am a person that he decided to target. I am a victim of his harassment, as are my wife and children.

That’s it. He is the harasser and I am the harassed.

I have said nothing about Bill Schmalfeldt in the past few days except as it relates to his baseless and relentless attacks on me and my family.

If that is even the slightest bit true it would not require anyone to pay Mr. Stranahan to take legal action against you. In fact it would be his duty as a husband and father.

Let’s point out something: As I’m typing this I have a bunch of things to do, I have to upload my radio show, write this week’s under the fedora column, finish my series on George Washington, call customers and take care of some family stuff.

Instead I’m writing a post about a man I’ve never met, who, sans beard, could be used as the model for Sontarians without any makeup. (If he is 5′ 3″ or less the BBC would hire him on the spot and save on makeup) because he’s making trouble for a friend of mine, thus inviting the same kind of grief that Sicilians like myself generally are spared (for whatever reason).

But as I’m writing this, it begs the question, why is Mr. Schmalfeldt’s assertion nonsense squared? There are two simple answers and I’ll take them in order;:

First the idea of ego :

When I say “Bill Schmalfeldt” my readers will first reaction is likely: “Who?” What the hell has he ever done? Who actually knows who what he is doing? Who actually cares? Well one easy measure of his popularity is twitter followers.

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Really, you have a guy on twitter with under 150 followers who has his tweets “protected” and people are trying to silence him? Who is actually going to pay money to silence somebody that nobody hears? He doesn’t even qualify as a tree falling in the forest. As Stacy McCain put it:

There’s also Schmalfeldt’s megalomanic persecution complex, as evidenced by his claim that the harassment charges were filed “in the hopes that I will either break or die.”

No, Bill: You were charged with harassment because — wait for it – you were engaged in harassment.

The obsession, the fixation, the inability to step back from the situation and view it with anything like objectivity — these are symptomatic of a deranged mind, and why Schmalfeldt focused his madness on Lee Stranahan is somewhat mysterious. Schmalfeldt started cyberstalking Aaron Walker in June, and peripatetically hopscotched around to attack various other enemies of Brett Kimberlin over the course of ensuing months. In November, Schmalfeldt’s stalking of me escalated to the point that he threatened to contact my wife and sent me more than 200 harassing Twitter messages in the span of 48 hours. And through it all, Schmalfeldt has insisted that his targets deserve his malicious attention, that they are guilty of some heinous wrongdoing that Schmalfeldt is obligated to “investigate” and “expose.”

It seems nothing can dissuade Schmalfeldt from his persistent delusions of grandeur adequacy.

Now by his very existence Mr. Schmalfeldt is loved by God. On a personal level he might be a good father/grandfather and a fine husband and a good neighbor to the people on his street. But that while important on a personal level means little in the arena of ideas. The truth is nobody would bother to pay money to silence him. In fact the only reason why anyone (including me) is currently writing about him or caring about him is the treats to our friend and colleague.

Of course this doesn’t preclude him someday becoming a force for the left. Good writing and hard work can make it happen, but, and perhaps it’s just me but, if you have such a goal in mind, phrases like this might just be counterproductive:

I got some f–king news for you, Stranny — Walker, Hoge, Frey — beware the Ides of March.”

Because nothing says: I’m not harassing anyone nor a threat to people, then quoting a phrase associated with assassination since before the nation formed.

Because we all know Bill Schmalfeldt is a fanatical fan of William Shakespeare.

Second the Red Herring.

Consider Robert Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan who have spent a fair amount of time writing about Kimberlin, Rauhauser, are nationally known as reporters, they have built up connection networks far and wide and have spent time doing first hand reporting bringing to light subject that the left would rather see left alone.

For a reason totally independent of this post I needed to go to Stranahan’s site today. I was rather amazed that 18 of his last 20 posts concerned Bill Schmalfeldt’s actions vis a vis Lee’s family and the suit. The latest:

Bill Schmalfeldt shows no signs whatsoever of stopping public discussion of his sexual obsession with me and my family. He’s been writing about my wife Lauren for months, in insulting and prurient terms that have including fantasizing about having her perform sexuals acts on him and then do menial labor before discussing the death of our daughter Collette

Meanwhile Robert Stacy McCain has his third post in six days, his 4th this month on Mr. Schmalfeldt, from the latest:

No, Bill, that is what you thought you were doing to Stranahan: You believed Lee was particularly vulnerable to your persistent harassment, and so you kept piling up the attacks, the threats, the smears in expectation of destroying him. And now that Stranahan feels compelled to file criminal charges to end your harasssment, you are projecting your own sadistic motives onto Lee.

Projection is the right word here along with a tad bit of Latin “Cui bono“?

Who benefits from taking two nationally known reporters who have been known to drive stories the MSM has ignored off of whatever they are covering to write about a virtual unknown or better yet, given Lee Stranahan’s readership on twitter:

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and Stacy’s

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Someone might not pay to have a guy with 150 followers with protected tweets silenced, but I suspect someone might kick in a buck or two to get two guys with a combined twitter followers off of national stories for a bit. Ignoring the multiplicity effect of tweets that would amplify the value of distraction basic math would suggest it is 300 times more likely that someone would pay for someone to keep people like Stacy & Lee busy.

Does that mean someone is paying Mr. Schmalfeldt to make trouble for Lee and/or Stacy? No, there is no evidence I’m aware of and even if someone IS paying Mr. Schmalfeldt, he has as much right to shake his tip jar as anyone else. If someone thinks keeping Stacy & Lee busy is worth paying Mr. Schmalfeldt a few dollars that’s capitalism.

However assuming such a payment is taking place, presumption of innocence not withstanding, given the preliminary hearing on criminal charges against Mr. Schmalfeldt (and others) the question becomes: “Is this a wise investment?”

As any Sicilian can tell you, as long as Mr. Schmalfeldt keeps his mouth shut under oath on the subject, the answer may be yes.

Now I don’t claim to be unbiased here. I’m a friend of both Stacy McCain and Lee Stranahan so feel free to judge my piece accordingly but in terms of the lawsuits being filed in Maryland whether you distrust what I’ve written or accept it as Gospel one thing is for sure. It won’t be boring.

It’s a tad late due to the storm but this week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio is now availble!

Listen to Hour one with Lee Stranahan talking about the Steubenville Rape case here

Listen to Hour two with Michael Graham here.

And this week join us at Noon Saturday EST as we welcome Bishop Daniel Reilly in hour one to talk the Pope’s resignation and Author David Carter who will talk about book to be released Friday Che: the Lost Diaries

So be there 12:2 PM EST for DaTechGuy on DaRadio a Cameo Production on FTR Radio and the Money Matters Radio Network.

Well there is a blizzard, it’s cold it’s nasty and it’s against the law for people other than media, and essential services. That means that if there is one thing people need, it’s diversion.

Well your wish is my command so tomorrow on DaTechguy on DaRadio we’ll have some fun.

We’ll spend most of our first hour talking to Lee Stranahan about the Steubenville rape case. If what you know is what the MSM has told you then everything you know about that case is wrong.

In our second Hour Michael Graham will join us for to talk a bit about his own syndicated show that will start on Monday but he’ll also have time to tease the Mass GOP for acting like…the Mass. GOP.

In between we’ll tease Senator Menendez, Joe Scarborough and the MSM a bit, because what’s life without whimsy.

So be with us as tomorrow Noon to 2 PM EST and give us a call at 888-9-FEDORA to put your two cents in.

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It’s a little late but if you missed the Chicks on the Right on DaTechGuy on DaRadio last weekend you can hear it here.

And assuming I’m not buried by snow don’t miss this weeks show with Lee Stranahan in our first hour and Michael Graham stopping by in our 2nd.

It all starts at Noon Saturday on the Money Matters Radio Network

Yesterday evening just after I finished talking to the IRS  I noted I had missed a call from Ali Akbar and gave him a ring.

Ali expressed concern about Ladd Ehlinger Post that I had retweeted late last night concerning him and Paul Lemmen.

Some background. I’ve known Ali since the Scott Brown race and he has treated me well, the very first press credential I had, came from Ali. I think Ali is a talented young man who has a future and I have a very high opinion of his mother who I met at the last Blogcon. Blogbash at CPAC.

We Sicilians tend to remember that kind of thing so when Ali asked me if I would interview him on this matter, although I frankly thing this entire post is ill advised, I agreed.

Before we began I told Ali about my own relationships with the others involved in this conversation. Paul Lemmen & Ladd Ehlinger.

I have regularly linked to Paul Lemmen (although we’ve never met or spoke) I became aware of him through Zilla. Our exchanges have been unexciting but have really been just about posts.

As for Ladd Ehlinger with the exception of Stacy McCain there is nobody I’m closer to on the net. We talk regularly on issues and what is going down. He has been particularly good to me and mine. Ladd has my unequivocal friendship and trust.

Ladd does not have a high opinion of Ali. I have friends such as Sunshine State Sarah who share Ladd’s view while Stacy McCain on the other end likes Ali a lot.

Anyways Ali & I talked for a while and he made the following points concerning this dispute which is now getting some pixels:
Continue reading “And now by request…I jump into the middle of it”

This morning as I tip toed around a house full of sleeping teenagers post graduation party I noticed this post up at Fox News:

Conservative bloggers are on heightened alert following a string of so-called “SWAT-ing” incidents and are taking precautionary measures to ensure they don’t fall victim to the potentially dangerous prank as the political blogosphere prepares for a heated election season.

Didn’t think much of it, after all I had contacted my local police May 28th, the day after we did our WCRN morning drive show concerning the SWATTINGS interviewing Stacy McCain and later that week met with them to give them details including the voice recordings of the previous swatting so they would be prepared. So the FOX piece was kinda late and no big deal.

Then I looked at the Memeorandm thread and noticed most of the links were from the left. Intrigued I took a peek at this one from the Impolitic, it started well,.

Goddess forgive me for my cynicism, because if it’s real, it’s dangerous and unacceptable

but rapidly went down hill from there.

It’s ridiculous to claim extremist left wing activists are doing this. If they’re not manufacturing these incidents themselves, then it seems more likely to me it’s some crazy fan of these fauxrage blogging specialists who was tipped over the edge by the their relentless hate mongering.

Now being a charitable person I assume that the author is almost completely ignorant of the story.

Of Aaron Worthing mega post that told of his accounts of his encounters with Brett Kimberlin.

Of Robert Stacy McCain’s plethora of posts on the subject, (his latest here), of the call to his wife’s employer that necessitated his leaving his home and his state. (all linked below btw)

Of Patrick Frey’s Swatting and the fallout from them.

Of Crying Wolf blog’s swatting (that for some reason gets ignored a lot)

Of the recordings of the 911 calls themselves (here is one of them)

Of the legal risks people took writing about the story

The personal toll this story has taken on many:

My family is apparently a justifiable target. And other people have faced worse than I have on this. Mandy’s been attacked for being raped. Literally. These attacks get ugly because The Ugly is actually the whole point. Nothing (and I mean No Thing) is off limits to the cowardly anonymous attack dogs because the whole goal is to create an atmosphere of crazy scattershot gunfire designed to make sane people want to run and hide.

So, Mandy and I and the other people writing about the story get tired sometimes. The entire process is flat out exhausting. Ask Patterico or Aaron Walker or Stacy McCain or Erick Erickson or Ali Akbar or Seth Allen or Mike Stack or Ace of Spades or Michelle Malkin or Brandon Darby or Dana Loesch or anyone else targeted by Team Kimberlin. Those bastards want to wear us down to shut us up.

Let’s not forget Seth Allen the very first target of Kimberlin & Co is a liberal who tried to warn his side this guy was bad news.

and of the coincidence that reported swattings and harassment all took place after the writers choose to write about Kimberlin & Co and the left’s ties to them.

Ironically the only “SWATTING” that there is legitimate doubt is Kimberlin’s tardy claim of same, as the local authorities claimed no such call.

Libby I would invite you to read through Stacy McCain’s posts on the subject and catch up.
For the sake of your convenience here is the link to the lot:

THE KIMBERLIN FILES:

I would also suggest Lee Stranahan’s site just keep scrolling.

Now I don’t expect any better from Tbogg at firedoglake or Hart Williams but you are new to me, so I’ll be happy to give you the benefit of the doubt.

Take a look at the story through those links and if you still think it’s BS, feel free to shout it out loudly and call BS on all involved including me.

But if you check out these post and people, if like me after studying it you like me conclude:

These stories are all newsworthy but none of them in my mind surpass what I am about to type:

At the start of the Memorial day weekend, when we celebrate and remember those who have died to protect our constitutional freedoms as elaborated in the Bill of Rights, an American Journalist and his family are in hiding for their own safety for daring to exercising those rights the men and women we honor died for.

That’s the bottom line.

and are outraged because like the Molly Norris story that the MSM ignored it’s an attack on all of our free speech rights, then I invite you to get involved.

The best bet would be simply to e-mail Stranaham, or McCain and see if they will be interviewed by you.

Update:
BTW if I didn’t make it clear, take your time, a week even two, digest all the info and then see what you think.

Over at the Conservatory we have video of, as Glenn Reynolds likes to say, rubes self identifying:

MacIver videographer captured Tubbs telling the protesters, who did not have a permit, that they’d promised him they’d leave before the weddings that were scheduled to take place there for Valentine’s Day:

The video from the event is telling the chief can’t understand why these people aren’t willing to keep the “deal” after he has allowed them to violate the law, and his annoyance with the cameraman who notices this says even more.

Dishonorable people acting dishonorably, who wouda thunk it?

Now this is why Scott Walker is going to win this recall and win it big. The three couples who were planning to get married at the Capital. This was going to be a totally apolitical day. The brides, the grooms, their friends and families, the guests could be from any political background. Their primary focus is on the big day.

They planned and spent money to make it perfect, their expectations were high as they always are at the start of a marriage and relationship and what do they get?

They get the Fathers of the occupy movement in their way.

All the permits, planning and fees didn’t matter, a political point had to be made and the Capital Police knowing this conflict was coming were more interested in allowing the political point to be made than holding these protesters to the same rules as the three couples being married.

Let me tell you something, each member of that wedding party, each bride and groom, each person who had been invited and each facebook friend will remember who spoiled their wedding day and who allowed said day to be spoiled.

And that in a nutshell is the occupy movement and the democrats problem.

Andrew Breitbart, Lee Stranahan et/al might point to the occupy rapes and idealistically expect it to mean something to the party that stood behind Bill Clinton, however the real danger the occupy movement and its fathers in Wisconsin pose to the left is that sooner or later it gets in the way of regular people trying to do regular things.

A horrible crime happening to someone else far away in a shame, but it is a lot less likely to move a voter than to have their wedding day, their picnic or their day with the kids and family spoiled because some occupod somewhere is in the way. That changes votes.

It’s simple human nature and the left can’t see it any more than Jimmy Carter could see this:

In November these guys are going to get an education.

Darwin’s theory of natural selection advances the idea of “the survival of the fittest”. Over the last several days the Anthony Weiner case has given several media figures an abject lesson of this theory in practice.

During the long weekend when the tweet heard round the world first hit the internet only the blogs, mostly right leaning, were willing to cover it. The MSM did not want to touch (Anthony’s?) Weiner with a ten foot pole. Howard Kurtz’s reaction was typical. When users of Twitter (known on occasion as twerps) intrigued by the “interesting” follow patters of Congressman Weiner, suggested he cover the story his reply on Twitter reeked of elitism:

To twerps demanding I cover Anthony Weiner Twitter scandal: Whole thing appears to be faked. Sometimes it pays to wait for the facts.

Robert Stacy McCain a blogger with years of experience as a shoe leather reporter for the Washington Times, and American Spectator disagreed. He along with, Ace of Spades and Lee Stranahan pursued the story, other smaller bloggers followed suit, large bloggers such as Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit linked and aggregated the coverage while the public with years of experience In the use of social networking ate up the combination of the powerful up and coming congressman and his “interesting” collection of lovely ladies he choose to follow.

Still the established media came slowly, pro-forma messages of a “hack” were reported in some locations but on Tuesday, the morning shows as a whole took a pass. Most notable of them was MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Of all the shows deciding not to follow the story, Morning Joe was the most perplexing. The show originates out of NY, Anthony Wiener has been a frequent guest on the program and both the show in general and Joe Scarborough in particular is known for their use of both twitter and social media. The host has even been known to exchange public tweets with both fans and detractors during the show and on weekends.

Yet other than mentioning in passing that “a lot of hacking is going on this weekend” (PBS was hacked by supporters of wikileaks this) Morning Joe avoided the story completely. Even Willie Geist’s “News you can’t use” segment, normally highlighting the odd and absurd, decided to give it a miss.

Alas for both Congressman Weiner and MSNBC others picked up the slack. The NY post covered the story and ran an op-ed concerning it Tuesday morning and by afternoon viewers of CNN were amazed to see the congressman ducking questions to the point of insult. When evening came Jon Stewart, despite his long friendship with the congressman, not only covered the story but lambasted the media for leaving the job of reporting it to bloggers.

And report they did, bloggers continued to dig and were rewarded with increased traffic driven by the congressman’s inability, over a series of increasingly disastrous interviews, to confirm or deny that the photo in question was of him.

By the time Howard Kurtz finally deigned to cover the story and his belated piece ran in the Daily Beast, Congressman Weiner had done almost as much damage to his pubic credibility as the series of Tornadoes on Wednesday did to Springfield Massachusetts and the surrounding towns.

Only slightly less damaged was the reputation of media members like Mr. Kurtz and the Morning Joe team who, in the Darwinian world of reporting, were the slowest members of the pack.

Last night on Twitter the fights were fast and furious. Tommy Christopher vs Lee Stranaham, Ace of Spades vs Lee Stranaham and a cast of dozens all with interesting theories with drama added by the silence of Partiotusa76 (no tweets in over 24 hours), even more interesting is the slight suggestion in Lee’s latest post that “Dan Wolfe” might not be a man, (That would explain why he was communicating only via e-mail and declined my request to speak on the phone) and that the Rep KNOWS both who and how the tweet was sent.

With the Potential of a tornado hitting Fitchburg I was a tad distracted from this entire business but I’ve had a night to sleep on it.

In terms of the story, I still maintain the most significant piece is the twitter follow pattern (could a “jilted” woman follower have decided to highlight this unnoticed fact.

But anyway. Although I find Lee’s theory possible, here is where I think the hole is:

For the tweet to have come from Patroitusa76 AND deleted by Weiner in the sequence

1. Patriot76USA He (she) would have needed to know about the Yfrog tweet vulnerability/feature

2. … would have had to have the exact code necessary to exploit that vulnerability/feature

3. … would have had to have access of a picture that Anthony Weiner will not deny is his…stuff

4 and over a memorial day weekend Anthony Weiner would have to be monitoring his twitter account, notice it at once and delete it within seconds.

For the tweet to have come from Rep Weiner he would have had to :

1. … hit the wrong character when sending a tweet.

2. … realize it and delete it

Which one would seem more likely?

Continue reading “Weinergate becomes CSI Twitter?”

I left the PC to grill some burgers, dogs and pinwheels from Romano’s Mkt and here comes a Memeorandum thread on my first post and several new developments:

Before we get to them lets say this: there is no evidence that this young lady has done anything wrong. She is a 21-year-old girl and the only thing we definitely know is somebody sent her a lewd photo on twitter. That reflects on the person who sent it.

Item: The young lady in question now has a new twitter account. @GennetteC.

It would appear that there are very few tweets on the account, very few followers (only 63) at the moment but I suspect that will grow. She has announced that she will be releasing a statement soon and has thanked her friends from keeping the press away from her.

However as Ladd Ehlinger tweets an item of interest. He notes one of the four people she is currently following happens to be Tommy Christopher of Mediate who has coincidentally put up an article that suggests in addition to questions concerning Rep Weiner’s story we need to take a closer look at conservative Dan Wolfe who as he puts it:

So, a guy who has been building exactly this narrative for months turns out to be the one and only unique retweet of the picture in question? Just as Rep. Weiner’s cryptic hashtag about the Seattle time zone is reason to raise reasonable flag of suspicion, so too is this.

Now of course the fact that a left leaning blogger making this statement is apparently one of the only 4 people the young lady is following and she is about to make a statement might be totally coincidental.

Item: Lee Stranahan notes an article the young lady wrote in March:

If you’re like me, then you’re someone who is guilty of caring about what goes on in the life and minds of celebrities. When people are really famous, chances are they do not have a personal Facebook page that fans have access to; most celebrities use a fan page that is usually managed by someone else. In contrast, Twitter has thousands and thousands of verified, personal, celebrity accounts. The reason being, Facebook is a private social network, while Twitter is essentially an online environment for public news dissemination. Celebs can give their fans access to their tweets without the burden of being every fan’s “friend.”

Let’s stipulate again that this could just be a coincidental observation that any person could have made about twitter. It just happened to be her.

Item: via Stacy the Prudence Paine Papers notes something…interesting:

Ginger Lee’s tweet said: You know it’s a good day when you wake up to a DM from @RepWeiner. (I’m a fangirl, y’all, he’s my trifecta of win.)

Ginger Lee is a porn star, she is a fan of Anthony Weiner. Now let’s stipulate two things right off.

1. Being a porn star means that’s what she does for a living, it doesn’t mean it’s what she does for a hobby.

2. There is no reason a liberal democratic porn star would not be a fan of Anthony Weiner.

Prudence Paine also notes an interesting fact concerning a teenage girl who by an odd coincidence:

1. Had a crush on Anthony Weiner

2. Has suddenly deleted her twitter account

Let’s stipulate again that a teenage girl having a crush on Anthony Weiner is not his fault except for being so darn irresistible.

Left Bank of the Charles who has been on my show and who I respect noted in comments in the first post that the “hacker” could have added the young lady in question as a follower. The problem that is developing here is explained at Pajamas media by Bryan Preston:

Occam’s Razor suggests that the coincidences aren’t just that. But we’ll see.

There’s the rub. Any single one of these things can be explained away innocently enough, the problem is that for the hacker story to hold EVERY single one of these “coincidences” have to be explained away.

Meanwhile Stacy McCain reminds us of the Mark Foley case:

There are certain headline formulas that are automatically newsworthy. “Congressman + coed” is one. “Congressman + porn star” is another. The fact that the story appears to be only a case of inappropriate private communication — no one is suggesting that Weiner was boinking his Twitter friends — does not lessen its news value.

Remember that no one ever claimed that Rep. Mark Foley had sexual relationships with House pages. It was the “inappropriate communication” that got him.

It’s certainly not going to be a boring evening.

Update: Lee Stranahan writes a post that both Ace of Spades and I wish we had written:

If ‘benefit of the doubt’ isn’t good enough for the person you’re married to, then it’s not good enough for the practice of journalism. And by not acting as curious as a spouse – usually because of ideological agreement with the subject of inquiry – reporters aren’t doing their jobs.

Let’s apply this to Anthony Weiner…

Go read the rest, Lee deserves the hits for that one.

Today is show 26 our 6 month anniversary on WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio and our guest today is Lee Stranahan, who has the unique experience of writing at the Daily Kos, Huffington Poast and Andrew Breitbart’s sites (I bet you can count the folks who have done that on the fingers of one hand.) as well as his own at site at Leestranhan.com

We will talking about a few of his recent posts including this one where he extolls his fellow liberals, (yes you read that right) to look at things critically.

Join us on 830 AM WCRN or listen to the stream live at the WCRN web site. You can call in at 508-438-0965, e-mail us at daradio AT datechguyblog DOT com or tweet your comments with the hash tags #daradio or #wcrn.

And of course don’t miss the entire Saturday lineup at WCRN John Weston and Tom Wesley host the Weston and Wesley review at 6 a.m. today followed by Conservatively Speaking with Mike Wade and John, Carol Ann Brown gives us an hour of financial news followed by me DaTechGuy on DaRadio at 10 a.m.

The Huffington Post’s decision to ban Andrew Breitbart from its front page for…

Andrew Brietbart’s ad hominem attack on Van Jones in The Daily Caller — right down to calling him a “commie punk” and “a cop killer-supporting, racist, demagogic freak” — violates the tenets of debate and civil discourse we have strived for since the day we launched.

I trust you were not drinking when you read that, otherwise your computer would have shorted out from the water.

Lee Stranahan decided that this is the final straw and has quit the Huffington Post:

…as a writer, this latest move by The Huffington Post of banning Andrew Breitbart from their front page (because of comments he made to a different website) is both unprecedented, arbitrary and deeply offensive to the intellectual openness that Arianna Huffington has purported to believe in.

He also comments on the strategy

One very loathsome aspect of this story is something that Huffington Post editor Roy Sekoff told me in a long phone call about Andrew Breitbart several months ago. Roy knows and worked with Andrew and when the issue of Andrew Breitbart being a racist came up, Roy told me “No, of course Andrew isn’t a racist.”

Roy went on to say that while both he and Arianna Huffington knew that the charges of racism being hurled at Andrew weren’t true based on their years of personal dealings with him that they were in a ‘bad position’ to say anything about it.

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…however it is a question of their base, evidence about Jones not withstanding they will not risk upsetting the liberals who follow them. As Stranahan has already found dissent from the liberal base carries costs.

Dave Weigel notes the absurdity of the statement:

He didn’t write or say any of that at HuffPo, a site he helped develop in 2005. Is the Huffington Post’s standard that contributors can be to some modified limited hang-out if they use ad hominems in other forums? Boy, good thing Breitbart doesn’t have an army of contributors who can comb HuffPo authors’ published and spoken work to see if they’ve done that.

He is exactly right. The number of examples of this kind of stuff that will be dug up this week will be interesting.

In fact Lee Stranahan has already started and the Daily Caller goes long on ad hominem actually at the huffpo:

It will not matter in the closed world of the left its conformity that matters.