It’s Christmas Day I wish all of my readers and their families a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

In the spirit of the Season if you didn’t hear this week’s DaTechguy on DaRadio with Daniel Reilly Bishop Emeritus of Worcester you can hear it here.

And of course if you want even more Christmas Religious stuff you can hear DaMagnificent Panel with Rosemary Reynolds, Little Miss Attila, The Anchoress and Dominic Nanni and of course Joe Mangiacotti & Me, here.

 

Today on DaTechGuy on DaRadio we continue our Christmas Tradition with our annual Christmas all Religion show.

We’ll spend our first hour with Bishop Emeritus Daniel Reilly of Worcester. We’ll talk about Pope Francis, the Church, the Meaning of Christmas and his 60th year in the Priesthood.

In the second hour we’ll talk to Peter Healey the State Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus. He’ll talk about the things the Knights do all across the state and country.

Then comes our special all Catholic Panel In addition to regulars like Me, Joe Mangiacotti and Dominic Nanni in the Bob Beckel Seat we will bring in Former City Counselor and very active livelong Catholic Rosemary Reynolds, Catholic Convert from the west coast Little Miss Attila (making our first visit to our syndicated edition) and lastly but not least Elizabeth Scalia the Anchoress author of the book Strange Gods Unmasking the Idols in everyday life which would make an EXCELLENT Christmas gift this year.

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But DaTechGuy, you might say. You went and covered that 2nd Amendment Rally in NH for hours with all those interviews and you’re not going to talk about it today.

We’ll as a matter of fact I am. This morning I’ll be on Conservative speaking during the second hour 7:30 till maybe 8 to discuss the 2nd Amendment protest and Scott Brown in NH on my old station WCRN AM 830 with host Mike Wade.

So if you want your political fix, join me on WCRN this morning and for your Christmas Fix come to DaTechGuy on DaRadio later in the day.

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Today on AM 830 WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio we give you a show full of bloggy goodness with not one, not two but a full half-dozen bloggers for the day.

We start with Tom Bowler of Libertarian Leanings in the studio who will be providing color commentary and insight throughout the show….

Then Bill Jacobson of Legal Insurrection Joins us for the first half hour to talk about La affare Cain as the MSM would say that has turned out to the story of the invisible women with invisible charges.

At the Bottom of the hour Right Wing Granny joins me in studio to talk a little Jihad, a little murder and a little Ken Timmerman who we covered this week in Massachusetts.

And finally at the top of the house the Owners and operators of that premiere conservative site the Conservatory Dan Collins and Joy (Little Miss Attila) McCann join us for a full rundown of the story’s their covering at one of the finest group blogs on the net.

and of course you have me DaTechGuy bringing it all together.

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Little Miss Attila or if you prefer Joy McCann has some great advice:

Strive for perfection, my dears. Please do. But at the end of the day, remember to rinse the East Bay dust off in a cool shower. Sit on the balcony, look at the moon—and remember what is important in life: People, always people.

Not things.

Transcend the details; look forward.

There will be a Harvest Moonrise at 2:27 a.m. Pacific this Monday morning. That is, it will effectively occur on the evening of September 11th. I’ll be up to watch it; I’ll even smile from time to time, bitterly and warmly, as my rather useless tears stream down my face in the 85-degree heat.

And then I’ll be up again, and posting, by 10:00 on the 12th, because that is what I do.

So you do what you do, as well. And as best you can.

Because we all have choice—and still, no real options.

I wish I wrote that.

Tomorrow at 10 AM EST join us on AM 830 WCRN for DaTechGuy on DaRadio which comes with twice the fun and three times our normal guests.

The first hour belongs to the new Conservative Commune the Conservatory and its proprietors Joy McCain of Little Miss Attila and Dan Collins of POWIP. They will talk about the Conservatory, what it offers and why YOU should be a part of it.

In the second Hour Filmmaker Ladd Ehlinder will be joining us to talk about his new attack ad in CA-36 and the consequences that have come from it.

If you are in New England our 50,000 Watts should reach you but if not simply go to wcrnradio.com and you can listen live. You can also send up tweets with the hashtags #daradio and #wcrn.

And don’t forget I’m only that last in WCRN’s Saturday lineup. It starts at 6 a.m. with the Wesley and Weston Review, continues with Conservatively Speaking at 7 a.m. followed by Carol Ann Brown at 9 a.m. followed by yours truly at 10 a.m.

Ok that sounds a little off but what it actually means is that a new and cool conservative outlet premieres Monday via the talents of two of the great bloggers, Miss Attila in the west and Dan Collins here in the east.

It is called the Conservatory and it will be a depository for conservative thought and action.

I talked to both Dan and Attila about their new Venture:

DaTechGuy: What exactly is The Conservatory?

Little Miss Attila: It’s a new concept: an online community (http://conservativecommune.com) that goes beyond news aggregation and opinion. This is a place for people who believe in free markets and energy development to get together on a social and business level.

Dan Collins: We’re hoping that it will help us find more gainful employment for the starving artists that we call bloggers, too. Almost all of us, I think, would rather be gainfully employed on a freelance basis than have to bleg, though readers and other bloggers such as Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, Patterico and Bingley at Coalition of the Swilling have been very generous to me. Don’t forget to hit Stacy McCain’s tip jar!

DTG: Why another right-leaning site? What makes you different from the other choices out there?

LMA: We complement the other sites. Let’s face it, Da TechGuy: no one gets his or her news from any single source any more. The online world is like Europe 20 years ago, wherein one has to be a more active reader, and scavenge news from several points of view in order to be informed.

Each citizen has to do his or her own active filtering, and account for the various biases of all the sources out there. But at the end of the day, you want to hang out with people who aren’t going to make you defend your own point of view. And part of the time, you want to do business with those folks, too, when it’s time to find a reliable vendor, employer, contractor, supplier–whatever. We are the last two stops on that train, and we’ll be providing a service that people will rely on more and more.

DC: I don’t know about readers not asking us to defend our point of view, but it’s nice to be able to send one’s money to people and businesses who share some of one’s values. We’ll have some big-name businesses and organizations that want to advertise, I hope, but the focus is really on family businesses, home businesses, mom and pop operations and the like. It’s not quite barter, but with the Great Recession, it’s cutting out a lot of the middle man. It’s about getting value from people who have a similar idea of what “fair” means, and as Joy asks people, wouldn’t you really rather rent your cabin to a conservative?

DTG: The two of you live 3000 miles apart; how did you find each other for this particular project? Why each other? What do you specifically bring to The Conservatory that others might not?

LMA: Well, we’ve known each other for years, though we hadn’t actually talked over the phone until a few weeks ago. Dan’s written for me, and for Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom (http://proteinwisdom.com/), and now he’s proprieter of one of the biggest boutique blogs out there, Piece of Work in Progress (http://powip.com/). Yet on the side he has these serious brainstorms–and this was the one I really thought would take off. So with some help from his brother, we got the site up and running in a matter of weeks, and we already sport some heavy-hitting clients as advertisers (the “creatives” are still coming in from most of ’em, so you’ll see those roll out over the next week or two). We’ve got think tanks, D.C.-based ad firms, industry groups, motion pictures–people are pretty excited about this whole idea.

DC: She’s the only boss I’ve ever had who didn’t think I was crazy. It was such a novel experience that I thought I’d like to relive it.

DTG: Have you planned out a development path to survive and thrive where others have not?

LMA: The difference here is that we’re willing to make the case to clients about why they need a presence on our site, but we’re not out there seeking “venture capital” from corporate sugar daddies. We are willing to walk that balance beam wherein we stay monetized, deliver value to the reader and the client, and spend money where it counts–without getting beholden to any one source of funding.

I’ve been in publishing–both print and online–for 30 years, so I know where most of the pitfalls are–believe me!

DC: Well, the business model is mostly provide the space and maintenance and get out of the way, I think. Most conservatives reckon they’re intelligent enough to do for themselves, and I’m pretty sure they’re right.

DTG: To what degree will your existing blogs be affected?

LMA: I anticipate that the folks at Little Miss Attila (http://littlemissattila.com) will muddle along with a few one-liners a day; they mostly go there to socialize with each other and do battle with my trolls. There are always a few things that are just so wild, or so personal, that they aren’t appropriate for a corporate site, and that’s why we have personal blogs. I, for one, am unlikely to shut mine down. Though until we’re up and running, it’ll get neglected, I suspect.

DC: I don’t really know what the time commitment is, yet. But I can say that in most cases I think that other people in the right-blogging community have done a good job covering the stories I think are important. I’ll probably write about news and issues that I think are being neglected more, and reacting less to what other people are saying, though honestly that’s one of the really fun thing about this ongoing Rhinoceros dialogue that we call blogging.

I think that Joy and I will be greater service to the online community doing this than we would–or at least that I would–do carrying on. Also, I’m past 50 and my family thinks that it’s time that I earn some money, and I can’t argue with that. I’m tired of being poor, even though I’ve gotten rather good at it.

DTG: Do you have any specific plans for coverage of election 2012?

LMA: We’ll go where the stories are, and we’re pretty excited about the whole thing. It’s been a late-bloomer of a primary, but I feel pretty confident at this point that Barack Obama will be a one-term President.

DC: I’m glad that Joy’s excited about it, because election campaigns can never bloom too late for me. There’s been a lot of speculation and incipient panic online about the field, especially the early announcers. It’s going to be an interesting horse race, and I’m hoping we can get a candidate who’s actually conservative. I share Jeff Goldstein’s feelings about the Establishment Republicans. The TEA Party movement will only have been worthwhile if we continue to get rid of the deadwood, and there’s a lot of that.

DTG: What kind of advertising are you offering, and why should a prospective candidate or blogger consider the conservatory as an ad platform?

LMA: Because we’re the central clearinghouse for ideas, services, and media. We’ll be reaching the widest mix of conservative opinion-makers–most of the other online magazines serve a niche of some sort. We’re not restricted in the way that the other guys are, because we have no litmus test at all.

Plus, through June we are very cheap: I’m offering an ad that’s twice the size of a blog-sidebar ad, and through the last day in the month you can lock it in at $150 for three months–starting in July, that same ad is $225 for a quarter of a year. We’re having a ridiculous sale right now during the buildup phase, so it’s a great time to come in as a client.

DC: As I say, I think we’d rather spend the money with each other than patronize outfits that might turn around and give some to candidates whose views we find pernicious. Also, a lot of advertising through outfits like AdSense are scattershot, as much as they cookie up people’s browsers. Some of the juxtapositions at right-leaning sites, especially during campaign seasons, are hilarious, but I don’t think they reach the target audience.

DTG: Other than me, what writers have you lined up?

LMA: We’re in talks with Ace of Spades (http://ace.mu.nu/), who may make some contributions, and we’ve got Darleen from Protein Wisdom. Serr8ted might be coming aboard (http://serr8d.blogspot.com/), and I bagged Ling Carter, who does the parody news at Interesting News Items (http://interestingni.blogspot.com/). We’ve got Stacy McCain in the mix (http://theothermccain.com/), and Gerard Vanderleun from American Digest (http://americandigest.org/)–people like that. It’s going to be a really fun mix, and we’re still bringing people on board. There will definitely be some surprises!

DC: Trevor Loudon, formerly of New Zeal and now at http://trevorloudon.com, has done a lot of important research into the socialist and communist networks that Barack and a lot of his pals surfaced out of. He’s going to be cross-posting, and I think that’s great, because his work deserves a wider audience.

I’ve asked all of the people, past and present, who’ve posted at POWIP to come along for the ride, and others, too. I imagine that we’ll start out with more columns than we actually need, and see who really wants to stick with it.

I’m hoping that Joy and I are going to be too busy to babysit the site much, so we’ve added means for readers and commenters to share links or post for moderation, and some of the breaking-type material will be automated feeds, but then I’ve spent a lot more time compiling my RSS and Atom sources than most people do, so I think it will be a little different. Also, though we agree perfectly on a lot of issues, the things we find most compelling to blog about are somewhat different, and I think that goes for the other contributors as well.

I guess another way of saying that is that differences in our aesthetics matter a lot less than they usually do for liberals. We’re a lot more open that way, because we don’t mistake our “tastes” for reasoned positions.

I may be biased but the first ingredient for a quality site is quality people, and with Joy and Dan, you’ve got it.

This is a great weekend for events

Of course your weekend starts with the WCRN Saturday lineup. The Weston and Wesley Review at 6 a.m., Conservatively Speaking at 7 am. Carol Ann Brown at 9 a.m. and finally of course DaTechGuy on DaRadio with guests this week Little Miss Attila, Roxeanne DeLuca Special guest Coach Dan Duddy (who will also be appearing on Conservatively speaking after 8 a.m.) and Tom Bowler of Libertarian Leanings on the 2nd hour Panel

Coach Dan will be leaving early to speak at the Prayers for Life at event at Il Camino Restaurant in Leominster on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 3 PM. You won’t want to miss it.

And Sunday is the open house at Fitchburg Airport from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. where they will have fun for the whole family and a chance to get in the air for free!

It’s a great weekend, and it starts right at WCRN. AM 830 a.m. Worcester.