My oldest friend’s father has always been a big gambler and poker player. On occasion he would ask his son to take him to Foxwoods casino in CT.

As my friend was not interested in gambling while he dad played poker he needed a way to kill time. His dad would give him a few hundred dollars and tell him to go to the craps table and bet $5 at a time with the house until he was done playing saying he could keep whatever he won and if he lost, it wouldn’t be his money

So my pal would sit there for hours making his $5 bets his dad played in the next room, he would see all kinds of people come to the table, some would win big on points, some would hit naturals and the entire table would cheer while he would sit there with his $5 bets.

By the time his father was done for the day my friend would almost invariably come out go home with several hundred dollars plus enough points for meals and even a hotel stay for a show for the future while his father might be up some days and others days the only money the father would come home with was the $200 seed money my pal would return.

One day he asked his father why he didn’t just go down and play craps all day when he knew the odds were with him. His dad replied that there was no action, betting with the house all day was like work

And that really sums up the two positions on Gun control debate between the left and the right. The left argues the right is peddling fear, to some degree that is true, the fear is of criminals and intruders, but the truth is the left gun control argument is based on a less rational type as is the media coverage.

The conservative position is like that $5 bet with the house. Conservatives understand that criminals and predators are NOT going to be obeying gun laws but furthermore they are out there every single day. If you doubt this for a moment take a look at Chicago and the murder rate. They know there is always the chance of the occasional guy going crazy, but they get that the odds and the math favor self-protection every single day.

The liberal/media/elite position is exactly the opposite. The daily dangers of crime are not much of a worry when you live far beyond the dangers of the city, or in a gated community or if you and or your employer can afford an armed guards in their workplace. to the daily murders in the cities aren’t worthy of the national media.

But there is always the random nut, the random stalker,  that one person over the edge no matter how rare, That’s the type of guy who might not care if a bodyguard takes him out as long has he gets his shot at the target and the chance for fame.

The left and the elites say it’s all about fear when it comes to the apparently correct concerning of the right, but the dirty little secret has always been it’s all about fear for them, both of the occasional crazy and of an armed populace who might someday come bearing Madame Guillotine to take away all they have.


Olimometer 2.52

Well it’s Tuesday and he thermometer has started it’s movement upward.

It’s still going to take another 14 people with $20 to turn this week and this first month of this attempt to support myself via the site into a success.  Will we make it, well that’s up to you.

Today’s commentary is about the whole “Ladyparts” debate:

I’ve been surprised to see so much of the Lady parts argument during my roadtrip.

The full commentary available only with the password is here, to view it simply hit DaTipJar

and I’ll send you the code as soon as I see the confirmation e-mail. If you don’t want to worry about ever missing a single video choose any subscription level

and I will e-mail you the codes every week as soon as the videos are uploaded and the posts are ready.

I think it’s a sign of Democrat panic, perhaps considering this ad

it’s even Neo Confederate Sex Panic?

Remember I am on the road today so if I’m a tad slow on the e-mail after you give, don’t worry I’ll find a McDonalds Ray Kroc Memorial Media Center on the way and get it done

“You mean to tell me—HA HA HA—that there are actually people—HOHOHOHO—who—GASP GASP— FALL for that STUPID disguise?”

Ambush Bug to Clark Kent/Superman Action comics 560

After putting out this tweet yesterday

Some members of the left are understandably upset so Jonathan If you don’t believe Obama is up in the polls you’re a “poll denier” Chait has decided to respond:

Oops sorry that sure sounded like him, here is what he actually said:

This is a bluff. Romney is carefully attempting to project an atmosphere of momentum, in the hopes of winning positive media coverage and, thus, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For those of you still able to read this because you weren’t drinking in front of your PC’s or laptops let me explain the the error of he that NY Mag sees fit to pay for this nonsense

Mr Chait has fallen victim to his own propaganda, like General Beauregard who was shocked to discover that the elaborate designs to invade the North early in the war propagated by Albert Sydney Johnston was an elaborate bluff, Mr. Chait has fallen victim to the rest of the media’s similar moves in this election cycle.

Mr. Chait may I be so bold as to note that during the month of September while the media was assuring us Barack Obama was mopping up the floor with Mitt and the only question left was: “Would Mitt abandon Ohio as hopeless?” the people with skin in the game were busy giving the GOP an 80+ Million cash advantage?

May I remind Mr. Chait that almost no candidate in a close race has been willing to appear with Barack Obama and if he was on any fewer web sites of candidates seeking office they would have milk cartons all over swing states.

And may I finally remind Mr. Chait that the MSM would not decide to give favorable coverage to Mitt if Christ himself came down from heaven with JFK & FDR to endorse him for the presidency the media would hit Mitt for crossing the line between the religious and the political

Mr Chait, I hate to disappoint you but not only IS Romney winning, but he has been winning for a lot longer than the media has been willing to admit. If Obama was any more toast he would be served with your breakfast with a pad of butter and a side of Jam at your favorite local diner.

But by all means believe what you want to believe and when Mitt Wins (and wins big) you can push the stolen election meme that the UN observers are undoubtedly preparing to write.

Much simpler than sell examination.

Editors note: It goes without saying that this entire piece assumes Mr. Chait believes this nonsense and is not trying hie best to stem the tide of a depression so deep among Democrats that they fear losing the coveted Honey Boo Boo endorsement.

A Washington post editorialist wants kids voting:

There is one clear path for our nation to navigate today’s crisis of political deadlock, growing debt, and under-investment in infrastructure, core science and education. We must lead the world by expanding our democracy and amending our Constitution. We should include those who remain unrepresented in our democratic process: children.

The most straightforward solution to reasonably represent the interests of children younger than 13 is known as “Demeny voting,” after the demographer who raised the issue in the 1980s. Under the Demeny system, the parents or guardians of these children split the vote of each child. In cases in which legal custody is shared between a father and mother, both would control an additional half-vote at the polls for each of their children age 13 and younger.

I know the left relies on low information votes but this is ridiculous.

Then again if parents are voting for kids, this increases the power of conservatives who have more kids, it’s also an anti-abortion incentive, after all you need a live birth for a vote in this system.

I pray this is a parody, but the left being the left, I doubt it.

That the post gave this space says a lot about them, I’d ridicule them but how could I do better than this editorial decision?

A few weeks ago Tina Brown has that rarest of rate moments, a time when an issue of her magazine Newsweek actually made money, there was a catch however the issue’s cover was conservatively themed and produced consternation among the left.

The resulting overwhelming sales, profits and buzz from the issue put Ms. Brown in a bind:

And you KNOW if would work, you could have conservative covers on a regular basis, have one or two a month, keep the rest of the mag liberal and appeal to BOTH sides of the aisle, create buzz, maybe even turn the mag into a print & internet version of Crossfire with a regular feature of two of your writers going at it online…

…Who will you be Tina Brown? Will you be your own women or a kept woman for the left? Will you be the Dutch Sea Begger declaring your independence from your ideological chains, change from being a faux journalist to being a real one? Will you like the De la Marek declare your independence and hold the line against the inevitable counterattack …

…or will you be the Washington Generals, getting one win because nobody was paying attention and the next time dutifully and submissively never making that mistake again?

Well I’ve just seen the latest cover for Newsweek and it looks like we have our answer:

A cover featuring one of the great warriors in the fight against Islamo-fascism, displayed in a positive light is a watershed moment. It is a story by a woman embraced by conservatives, a person the left hates. It’s a story that espouses views that cause the left to react thus:

It is also a cover that is going to sell a ton!

Mind you as predicted, the rest of the issue is pretty much indistinguishable from a normal Newsweek issue, but that doesn’t matter for the left will continue to attack and vilify Brown and Newsweek over this cover and her decision to go ahead and publish it. After all nothing is more dangerous to the left than for their acolytes to read the right unfiltered and unchallenged, it’s a potential game changer.

As for Tina Brown herself, we might be one cover too soon to say it but it appears that she has seen the numbers both financial and demographic and decided to go where no liberal has gone before.

She has decided to go where the customers are.

I’ve been arguing for over a year that the media has been doing their best to hide the true condition of this presidential race, but as Glenn Reynolds often says what can’t go on forever won’t. Today some interesting sources of evidence have shown the jig might finally be up.

Erick Erickson finally sees it:

It’s has been a source of massive frustration to me that people on my own side , today four different pieces of evidence came up

If booing God and his holy city is a part of the Democratic Convention happening in this universe, I’ll take the alternative universe Bill Clinton said the GOP lives in. This is why Barack Obama stands a good chance of losing. It is the Democrats who have disconnected from America.

I’m on record repeatedly doubting Mitt Romney’s viability as a candidate, but more and more I think not only is Romney winning, but the polling is not reflecting the strength of his campaign and the media is actually sabotaging the Democrats’ chance of winning. In fact, I dare say if MItt Romney wins he will have the American media to thank for his win.

The Media, the Media that backs Barack Obama shamelessly? How can it be the media’s fault that Obama is going to lose? A clue comes from a totally unrelated ABC News story on a new book by Woodward.

The failure of Obama to connect with Boehner was vaguely reminiscent of another phone call late in the evening of Election Day 2010, after it became clear that the Republicans would take control of the House, making Boehner Speaker of the House.

Nobody in the Obama orbit could even find the soon-to-be-speaker’s phone number, Woodward reports. A Democratic Party aide finally secured it through a friend so the president could offer congratulations.

Imagine a president so out of touch that the possibility of losing the house in an election where his side lost 63 seats never hit him. And that not all:

Woodward portrays a president who remained a supreme believer in his own powers of persuasion, even as he faltered in efforts to coax congressional leaders in both parties toward compromise. Boehner told Woodward that at one point, when Boehner voiced concern about passing the deal they were working out, the president reached out and touched his forearm.

“John, I’ve got great confidence in my ability to sway the American people,” Boehner quotes the president as having told him.

Hey when you have all the world telling you how great you are, when you have the Nobel committee giving you the peace prize and when you have the MSM drinking the same kool aid you tend to get a swelled head.

So when your party makes the mistake of booing God or Israel or Jerusalem or both

and the video of said mistake draws over 100,000 views in under 20 hours (114K as of this writing)

but the media decided it either didn’t happen or didn’t matter. What you do get? members of the left in complete denial:

“No matter how you spin it.” Think about that. This video is 93 seconds, it was transmitted on CNN live, For a full 13 hours plus it is on the top of Memeorandum. You can watch in less time than it takes to boil an egg. Yet not only is our friend Jackie saying it didn’t happen, but she is totally comfortable saying the following to the entire world:

Not only did this NOT HAPPEN but that I’m talking about it is a sign of how great things went last night.

Being an old computer tech I followed up with 14 different tweets each listing the top memeorandum stories in order

until you finally got to the Bill Clinton story. Jackie was unmoved.


Now I’m sure Jackie is a very nice and bright young lady, but she is caught in what Erick Erickson refers to as the Media’s Feedback loop:

The Democrats and most of the mainstream media live in a symbiotic relationship and feedback loop. When Todd Akin says something dumb, the media seizes on it and attacks Todd Akin and the GOP. For the past several weeks the media has fixated on how out of touch the GOP is, its platform is, and its Presidential candidate is.

At the same time, the media has been largely silent on the Democratic Platform except for yesterday’s ridiculousness. Even then, the media mostly failed to point out that the Obama campaign said it had approved the platform removing God and Jerusalem, while going to great lengths to point out Obama intervened to put them back in.

It’s sort of like the old Soviet Union Group-think, everybody talking and saying the same line and unable to see outside of their prism.

And this is only the latest version in the last year Three Examples::

1. Jon Huntsman:
Absolutely nobody was talking about Jon Huntsman as a viable Presidential candidate except the MSM. This MSM drove Huntsman into the race where nobody but the media showed up for his announcement. After months of coverage where the media never failed to insist he was a factor he managed a 3rd place finish in NH driven by Democrat voters crossing over and dropped out before South Carolina when he couldn’t convince people to give him another red cent.

2. The Occupods: It was painfully obvious from the start that the Occupy movement had disaster written all over it, yet the MSM and democrats embraced it assuming it would counter the tea party even though there were solid clues this was a bad idea:

Godwin’s law states that once someone compares his or her opponents in any argument to Nazis, they automatically forfeit that argument. With the American Nazi Party formally endorsing the Occupiers, the question arises: does Godwin’s law apply if you are on the same side as actual Nazis?

Not to be outdone, the Communist Party USA has also backed the Occupy Movement, which gives these protesters support from both of the 20th century’s most successful mass murdering ideologies.

I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.

3. Elizabeth Warren & the You didn’t build it speech.Running for re-election in Massachusetts for Scott Brown would not be easy, even a mediocre candidate could give him a fight, but while smaller state candidates jumped in there was no outcry for Elizabeth Warren to enter except by the National left and the MSM.

When she finally got in she gave a speech that will live in infamy

This played very poorly among the voters, particularly business owners, but it played very well with the far left National Democrat base. It was such a fundraising boon that President Obama team didn’t think twice before jumping on the “You didn’t build that” bandwagon.

And we all know how that ended

In all of these cases and others I could name, the actual situation was clearly visible to anybody willing to objectively look at evidence and ask questions. Yet the MSM safe in its cocoon never saw it and thus Jackie and people like her had no clue.

Take yesterday, if you didn’t watch Fox or read anything but the left side of the blog world you likely didn’t see this on Tuesday:

People act defensive for a REASON. Anyone who saw Dick Durbin’s reaction would have KNOWN the Democrat platform was not only a disaster in progress but the party was terrified, but this clip didn’t play on other networks, instead the party leaders spun, the left blogs spun and the Jackie’s of the world believed it. Erickson again

The Democrats actually have a very extremist position on abortion. The media that spent so long focused on the GOP’s position has barely dealt with the Democrats. Why? Because most of the mainstream media is in ideological lockstep with the Democrats on this. It’s hard to tell the Democrats they’ve gone too far astray from mainstream America when the mainstream media is over on the lefthand side to begin with.

The Democrats, in other words, overplayed their hand on the War on Women and there is no media voice they listen to saying, “Hold up, you’ve gone too far.” Most of the media is with or to the left of the Democrats on this. For a year now you and I have been hearing about the growing secularization of and atheism in America. I now see that’s no longer a coincidence, but another effort to feed the Democrats’ feedback loop in much the same way polls were being churned out in the press in 2010 showing how popular Obamacare would be despite all objective polling showing it was not.

Remember Todd Akin, the person who had supposedly handed Claire McCaskill her Senate Seat back, the man who could put Missouri into the “toss-up” column, the guy so “extreme” that the left decided to go all Abortion all the time for their convention Sandra Fluke and all.

In the last poll, he’s up 3.

All of this has not been happening in a vacuum, it’s happened in front of our faces, from the first candidates to decide not to run to the spectacle of the DNC chairperson ducking interviews yesterday. to small blogs saying stuff like this:

The Democrats had a voice vote yesterday on whether to put references to “God” and “Jerusalem” into their party platform. I think it would be unfair to say that the Democrats denied Him three times.

He might think it’s unfair, but even as I write this post the first GOP ad featuring this video has been released by Congressman Allen West:

For the Jackies of the world , it’s another reality, like the American Indians become the first European came to shore, they just can’t visualize it. Erickson one more time:

I really don’t think Mitt Romney is a strong candidate. And I’ve consistently believed he would lose. But now I think he’s winning and doing so largely because the Democrats have so overplayed their hand on social issues while ignoring the economy with no corrective from the media. The American people are aghast at what they are seeing and will respond accordingly at the polls.

The Democrats have made the one always fatal mistake anyone can make in politics — they’ve believed their own press.

I actually think there are quite a few in the media who actually know how things are going, who understand where this is going to end, but will do their best for as long as they can to prop things up until they finally believe it will do them no good.

The take away from this:

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

Do not be surprised if there is a negative bounce from this convention or a poll released with a Dem +6-12 in order to hide just how bad things are.

Robert Stacy McCain:

More politically significant was the Democrats’ official party platform, which was revised this year to omit reference to God, and to delete a previous statement supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. When these revisions sparked negative headlines, party leaders moved quickly to change the platform, but they screwed that up, too. With Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa chairing the convention, a motion was made to re-instate both God and Jerusalem into the platform, but when Villaraigosa called for a voice vote to approve the motion, it was far from clear that the measure had support from the required two-thirds of delegates necessary to pass. After asking the question three times, Villaraigosa finally ruled that the “ayes” had it, producing a storm of booing from the hall. The controversy was sufficiently heated — and the embarrassment sufficiently great — that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz canceled her scheduled TV appearances, evidently to avoid discussing the issue.

I guess Debbie should have kept cancelling interviews to avoid this on CNN

In the time it takes to watch Debbie Wassermann Schultz in her great new hairdo deny the evidence of our own eyes, a person can watch the original video 6 times.

Update 2: The west video was from a non-West site, uploaded from his own YouTube.

Update 3: Spoke to the West re-election office, this will NOT be only a web ad.

One of the things I’ve been saying over and over again is the actual evidence of Obama’s election prospects:

A NYT reporter at an Obama event this week tweeted out the following

Politico immediately went into the full prevent defense:

But the crowd for the afternoon fundraiser at the Bridgeport Art Center totaled 1,000, an Obama campaign official said – more than the 850-person estimate the campaign offered earlier in the weekend. Tickets for the Gen44 fundraiser, targeted at younger supporters, started at $51, but many were more expensive.

And, to this reporter and several others in the White House press pool, the room seemed plenty full. There was empty space at the back of the large loft space during and immediately after the president’s remarks, but the crowd was densely packed to get close to the stage at the front of the room where Obama spoke.

The problem for Politico and the left is we all remember the crowds for Obama 4 years ago. If you are arguing over half full vs “plenty full” both of them mean something different from “Full” or “Overflowing” Thus Tom Maguire’s quip:

some say the glass is half empty but I say it’s a specimen cup.

Meanwhile lets look at the turnout for the latest Romney Rally in NC a state the President won:

One picture is the front of the line, one picture kinda the back, EXCEPT my camera can’t capture two and a half blocks of people.

and it was bigger in Wisconsin:

Anne is at the Romney-Ryan rally in Waukesha. She says the crowd is so large they had to move the rally from indoors to outdoors to accommodate all the people.

We’re still trying to confirm the crowd size estimate. (Campaign says 10,000, which is similar to what Anne was told.)

Take a look at that line, you would think it was Chick-Fil-A on a Wednesday.

Stacy McCain was at Manassas and the men from Massachusetts & Wisconsin got more of the same:

How big was the crowd? Huge. Enormous. Gigantic. It was difficult to get an estimate because the audience attending the rally overflowed the pavilion (which has an official capacity of 1,000) and filled the surrounding plaza. Lines to get into the venue circled around several blocks and, when Romney and Ryan arrived, there were still hundreds waiting to get through the metal detectors. Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner, who rode into town on the press bus, shot a photo of the crowd lining the streets of Manassas that prompted the paper’s editorial page editor Mark Tapscott to muse that the polls must be wrong: “How to explain such crowds if Obama is leading in Virginia, one of the key swing states?”

Clearly these two Northerners won this third battle of Bull Run.

This is the difference between a campaign that is winning and a campaign that is losing. Last time around Obama drew huge crowds and McCain didn’t match until the Palin pick. This time around with the Ryan Pick Romney is getting the overflowing crowds while the Obama media tries to argue the difference between a “half full” and “mostly full”

This was also so predictable, as Bill Whittle told us just after the 2008 election:

On Tuesday, the Left – armed with the most attractive, eloquent, young, hip and charismatic candidate I have seen with my adult eyes, a candidate shielded by a media so overtly that it can never be such a shield again, who appeared after eight years of an historically unpopular President, in the midst of two undefended wars and at the time of the worst financial crisis since the Depression and whose praises were sung by every movie, television and musical icon without pause or challenge for 20 months… who ran against the oldest nominee in the country’s history, against a campaign rent with internal disarray and determined not to attack in the one area where attack could have succeeded, and who was out-spent no less than seven-to-one in a cycle where not a single debate question was unfavorable to his opponent – that historic victory, that perfect storm of opportunity…

Yielded a result of 53%

Folks, we are going to lick these people out of their boots.

Or as I would put it:

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

Guys it’s going to be geometrically more difficult for the media to convince the public and the left that this isn’t happening. The inevitable end result?

Update: The PJ Media link was dead so used the NRO version.

On today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio our topic will be the dreaded disease going through the anti Chick-Fil-A Community in Massachusetts FEDORAPHOBIA.

We will be giving a Chick-Fil-A gift card away today as we discuss this dread disease, its cause and its cure.

This $10 Chick-Fil-A gift card could be yours on DaTechGuy on DaRadio

It appears to strike white Chick-Fil-A protesters in Massachusetts and gives protesters who would normally not be shy about camera an intense fear of cameras pointed at them and questioning being asked.

Is there a cure, can the cure be found in time for these brave protesters to overcome their fear of non-softball questions from bloggers in Fedoras in time to save Obama in 2012?

Join us today at 10 a.m. EST and we’ll try to find the answers together.

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No one will fight me!

Highlander 1986

Tonight my youngest son and I decided to visit the closest of the two Chick Fil-A in Massachusetts at the Burlington Mall.

We got there around 6 p.m.

When we arrived the first thing I noticed was the relative lack of customers at the other establishments compared to Chick-Fil-A

The second thing I noticed were three members of the local police department in the food court, specifically in front of the Chick-Fil-A (The Quiznois is next to it)

I approached them and asked if there had been any trouble, they answered that it was merely Friday night and it was routine to have police in the mall late on a Friday. I gave them my card and thanked them and headed to the counter when I spotted the owner of this Chick-Fil-A (he looked VERY young, or maybe I’m just old).

Although he choose not to be interviewed he did tell me that business had been generally up since the start of the protests.

My son and I then got in line to order at this point mall security approached me.

They informed me that members of the press were not allowed and that no interviews and pictures could be taken, I told them I had already taken three but I would of course respect their wishers as I was on private property. As a demonstration of good will I removed the batteries from my camera.

Unfortunately at this point the line at the Chick-Fil-A got much longer so we had to wait a bit to order. Both of us had the spicy chicken sandwich. I had the lemonade and he had Dr. Pepper. I ordered some food for the Radio show tomorrow (and a $10 gift card to give away!) and we sat down to eat.

I found the sandwich better than the last time, likely because unlike Nashua I ate the spicy sandwich at once but in fairness I still think the Wendy’s spicy Chicken slightly edges it on taste.

The Lemonade was however the best anywhere, the owner kindly brought me a re-fill as well and I noticed he took the time to talk to many customers. He seemed really on the ball.

I noticed a pair of ladies sitting three tables away, they were heavy tattooed and seemed to get more and more angry as the lines at the Chick-Fil-A continued to grow. As we ate I noticed a collection of people making a point to pass by observing, they were invariably pierced and seemed to grow nervous as they watched security and security watched them back.

Meanwhile as I finished my food and my son took off to Gamestop I ran into a fellow from Mass Resistance, we had a pleasant chat. He noted the place was absolutely mobbed on Wednesday. As he was not identified as media he was planning to stay. I also called Karen at the Lonely Conservative, Smitty and Bill Jacobson to report what I had seen so far.

Around 7:15 p.m. after my son got back security approached me again asking me to leave. They said I had carried myself as a gentlemen but they really couldn’t allow me to stay as I had finished my meal and other press had not been allowed. We shook hands and my son and I decided to do one lap in the mall. As we left the food court I noted two tables just outside the area. There were about 30 people in them and I noted they and security were keeping a close eye on each other. I surmised they were planning to launch their protest before or at 8. As we walked the mall I told my son:

“If I were them I’d have a small disturbance at the other end of the mall to draw away security and then make my move before the scheduled 8 p.m. time.”

As we completed our lap and neared the food court by the escalator that we came in from I noted a security guard leaving the area, it was about 7:45 when suddenly a chant came out: “Hey Hey , ho ho, Homophobia has got to go.” I also noted people with signs duct taped to their chest with a single with page calling Chick-Fil-A “hate chicken”. They were quickly surrounded by security at this point and continued chanting as they were escorted from the mall.

I had a dilemma, I had given my word to the mall folks not to take pictures (although the protesters were) so being the shy withdrawn type I lifted up my Chick-Fil-A bag with tomorrow’s food in it and started chanting back.

“Hey hey , ho ho, Christophobia has got to go.”

For some odd reason this expression of the same first amendment rights they were exercising didn’t sit will with them.

At this point my son and I started exiting the mall, I did a loop around the place to see if we could find where they had been booted out. As I didn’t spot them and had to be up early I started heading for 128.

And just as I was at a point where I was committed to the highway, my son spotted the protesters in the Barns and Noble across the street with a NECN truck.

Although tempted to do a Stacy McCain and attempt a U turn through traffic I hit the highway and looped back at around 80 or so. within 14 min (8:15) I arrived at the parking lot, got out of the car and while my son went to check Barnes and nobile I approached the protesters.

They were still not happy to see me.

In fact they attempted to block me from taking pictures.

Arrugh a fedora! Keep AWAY!

Oddly enough they seemed to have no problem giving interviews to others

This was passing strange, I was a single person, outnumbered at least 10-1. They had protested publicly and in fact were seeking attention yet for some reason they were unwilling to answer my questions.

I couldn’t understand, after all didn’t they believe in what they had said? Could it be in the state that fathered gay marriage the brave denouncers of “bigots” could not formulate an answer to any question not spoon fed?

I pondered the question;

YES: they had only drawn 30 people at a huge mall close to Boston in the state where Gay Marriage was supposedly the strongest.

YES: more people had eaten at Chick-Fil-A in 10 minutes than they had been able to draw.

YES: the weakness of their movement compared to the hundreds of thousands who showed up on Wednesday was apparent.

YES: they weren’t used to tough questions…

…but surely this could not be the reason why I scared them so Surely this alone could not cause these brave protesters to flee before a single blogger with a camera?

Then it hit me. I remembered all the people i had seen that evening near the protesters. There WAS one unique difference between me and all the others. I was the only person in the entire area, both at the mall and at the parking lot who approached them in a Fedora!

As I left for home with my son and our Chick-Fil-A I felt sorry for these poor people. First the scourge of AIDS had decimated the gay community 30 years ago, and now a new malady had reared it’s ugly head, a malady confined to the brave protesters undaunted by their poor numbers and inability to get live media coverage in the mall. A malady called Fedoraphobia!

What a shame, if it hadn’t been for fedoraphobia, these brave protesters could have managed a 3 minute interview and had the chance to make their points and my work would have been done. Instead Fedora phobia caused them to run away like Sir Robin before the three headed giant.

Worse of all it had been caught on camera. And all those who would see it would think it cowardice when in reality they had been struck by a new and horrible illness of which there is no known cure.

Oh the AGONY!

Update: Instalanche. Thanks Glenn for taking steps to combat the dread disease of Fedoraphobia. BTW for comparative purposes here is a video from Wednesday of the line at Chick-Fil-A

Update 2: No signs of Fedoraphobia nationwide but it looks like the Chick-Fil-A protests nationally laid an egg, or at least would have if there were more people and not advocating a lifestyle that doesn’t produce eggs.

Via American Freedom by Barbara


The DaTechguy fundraiser is still in progress, yes I would like you to kick in so I can use a car of my own on these trips but now there is a greater cause. To my knowledge no person is now researching the dreaded disease striking pro-gay marriage protesters known as Fedoraphobia. Won’t you give generously so I can continue to approach such people in the hopes of finding a cure?

Remember if you’re a protester an on-camera interview is a terrible thing to waste!

For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.