Sunday morning begins with the left all a shutter over Donald Trump revealing that the absolute moral authority™ that the left conferred on him over his civil rights record 50 years ago has expired.

It’s a very Breitbartian response to the congressman who was never called to account for making false claims at the passage of Obamacare despite a $100K bounty for video or audio to support his claims of racism.

The media/left loud outrage was predictable as was Allahpundit’s willingness to join in this panic but in the end it changes nothing and all that the fuss will do is demonstrate Democrat importance.

As Batman said to the Joker in the original Dark Knight #3. “you’re playing the old game, today I’m taking no prisoners.

We’ve also heard a lot about how horrible it is that he said this with  Martin Luther King Day coming, but the fact is many of the left rejected King in life considering him an uncle tom and only embraced him after death when he was of use.  Furthermore given the  black community’s rush to re-segregate schools and dorms in the name of “diversity” and the Democrats embrace of it that they invoke King at all is frankly obscene.

If MLK was alive today he’d be ostracized in the same way as Clarence Thomas

For several weeks in the media we have seen story after story about GOP fears over the repeal of Obamacare and the press reporting that they are having 2nd thoughts.

Alas for the left that narrative has gone the way of the dodo

On a largely party line vote, the GOP controlled House passed a budget which will allow the party to repeal Obamacare using reconciliation, a process reserved for budget related items which cannot be filibustered in the Senate. The budget bill passed 227-198, with all Democrats and 9 Republicans voting against it.

That amounts to under 4% of the GOP defecting and largely because they (rightly) object to the level of spending. In the highly unlikely event that the same level defect from the senate, say a Rand Paul in protest to the spending, that will easily leave 50 votes to finish off Obamacare and don’t be surprised if a few democrats running for re-election in red states join in.

So I guess we can classify those stories as “fake news”.

For all those journalists still getting the vapors over Trump’s attack, here is an example of the actual mistreatment of journalists:

Hamas blocked journalists from filming a major protest against power cuts in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, detaining an Associated Press journalist at gunpoint and badly beating an Agence France-Presse photographer who refused to relinquish his camera.

The journalists sought to cover a demonstration against chronic electricity shortages in Gaza, which the AP described as “one of the largest unauthorized protests in the territory since the Islamic militant group took power a decade ago.”

Oddly the MSM doesn’t find this all that newsworthy, likely because Hamas opposes Trump.

Speaking of fake news lets also talks more fake hate crimes

Ann Doss Helms reports another fake hate crime in the Charlotte Observer. A kindergarten teacher was alleged to have committed the fake hate crime against a Muslim student. CAIR promoted the fake hate crime in its patented style, alleging a two-month reign of terror against the boy. The fake hate crime duly made the national news. Then came the investigation:

Police found no evidence to confirm a November report that a teacher bullied and assaulted a Muslim kindergartener at David Cox Road Elementary, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reported Friday.

Principal Celeste Spears-Ellis notified parents that the accused teacher has returned to the classroom after the District Attorney’s Office found “no evidence of an assault other than the complainant’s report” and no grounds for criminal charges.

As a general rule if you have to fake hate crimes to make news odds are they aren’t happening.  And may I say that this bit (and the next) shows that Powerline has become a must read website

We’ve heard a lot about fake news let’s talk fake charities:

The Clinton Global Initiative has informed the New York Department of Labor that it intends to lay off its 22 employees on April 15, 2017. The reason given is “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” Here, via the The Great American Movement, is a link to the notice on the NY DOL web site.

It’s must be tough for a family of influence peddlers when they have no more influence to peddle.

It seems to me that this evaluation is correct:

THIS ISN’T A PROTEST, IT’S A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY: Inauguration Protesters Plan To Destroy Property And Disrupt Balls.

I think these people have decided the way to power and influence in the Democrat party is to destroy, I think they’ll look great in a DC jail and if Sessions decides to go after this stuff using RICO and start suing the folks funding these guys it could get interesting

I’ve been playing a lot of Civilization 6. It seems to me a radical departure from the previous versions. I really feel that I’m playing a different game rather than an update, not necessarily a better or worse one, but a different one. The real change is that I’ve been working in a two laptop system where one is dedicated to the game and the other to this work.

I’m an old comic book guy and at Christmas I picked up a bunch of stuff out of my kids folder for them along with six issues of Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Staki that I never cancelled. You would think after 20 years the quality might drop just a little, but it hasn’t. Along with Groo I’ll still pick them up and enjoy them.

Finally Yesterday Atlanta made mincemeat out of Seattle 36-20 and were celebrated as a powerhouse  while the Patriots pretty much treated the Texans the same in a 34-16 win and were greeted with stories about what is going wrong with them.  That’s how good the Pats are.

Incidentally The NFL should think it’s lucky stars for Tom Brady and the Patriots, the story of his suspension and their quest for Superbowl 5 along with the rise of the Cowboys, Atlanta and Aaron Rogers Packers have overshadowed the idiocy of Kaepernick et/al, but the real NFL news was San Diego telling the chargers to pound sand when asking for a new stadium. I think taxpayers are catching on to the scam.

Given the last two months It’s easy to forget that: 1. Donald Trump is: still not president yet 2. We still don’t know if he will be a good, bad or average president. However If the election of Donald Trump does nothing else, it has completely unmasked the left as the group of self centered, intolerant narcissistic bullies and fools that they are.

Was talking to an african friend Tuesday about Trump and the Israel vote, he was concerned that he did not talk to Obama before coming out against the resolution vis a vis Israel (which my african friend opposed). I think it didn’t make a difference, without Hillary Clinton to protect the Democrat elites felt free to show their true colors and they did.

The booming stock market and the return of consumer confidence is a damning indictment of the Obama years that the media is doing it’s best to: 1. Pretend isn’t happening or 2. Call it the Obama boom. It’s one of the reasons why they are not trusted as it’s becoming eminently clear that without the MSM propping him nobody outside of a college campus would believe the Obama years were anything but an unmitigated disaster. The price of that decision is going to be paid by the national MSM as it becomes an irrelevant niche market over the next few years. They will be paying the interest on that loan of credibility for the unqualified Obama for years.

I think the story of Joe Biden lobbying Ukraine to vote against Israel is huge and says a lot about the liberal left, namely that no matter how much of a homey down to earth facade they can wear, they are just reflections of Obama.

One other thing, it’s become clear that the primary reason why Barack Obama won re-election and Hillary Clinton couldn’t was the united support of the black voter who was willing to overlook the realities of the obama years to perpetuate the myth of the first black president being a tremendous success as opposed to the abject failure that it was. It became a cultural imperative for Black America and it will pay the interest on that bad loan of cultural credibility to Barack Obama for decades As I’ve said many times there is a reason why Jackie Robinson was the first black player to break the color barrier in the major leagues and Pumpsie Green was the last.

In Sports the NFL has been bailed out by some great down to the wire playoff races and the fact that the only team Kaepernick’s 49ers have been capable of beating this year was the Rams. The final week of the season has NE playing for home field, Oakland playing for the division and the bye. Detroit on the verge of going from Division leader to playoff also ran and thanks to a tie earlier in the year and the vagaries of the schedule Green Bay vs Detroit the Washington Redskins while technically the 7th seed in the NFC are in with a win as long as Detroit and Green Bay don’t end up in a tie and still might edge one of them if they do. It’s been a hell of a finish.

What is not being talked about concerning the deaths of both George Michael and Carrie Fisher is their history of drug use. I find it very interesting to see the cultural left morning both of these people when they spent decades endorsing such risky behavior as cool and those of us who suggested a more restrained life as dorks.

On that subject I suspect the new rules about pot in Massachusetts are going to be treated like the Catholic Church’s revised rule about meat on Friday. Every eats the meat and forgets that one is supposed to do a substitute sacrifice or prayers to make up for it, likewise people are going to simply presume that they can do what they want.

Technically I didn’t get Civilization VI for Christmas, I simply got a laptop that allows me to play Civ 6 for Christmas and then bought it myself. So far so good

I had been up all day and believe it or not fell asleep during the Doctor Who Christmas special. Only caught a bit of the start and the last 15 minutes. What I saw I liked. The fact that Comcast has not made it available on demand to be watched even once since Christmas has really pissed me off. From what I saw of it, it looks pretty good.

A couple of weeks ago I said this about potential recounts:

there is one thing that the President Elect can do that could turn Jill Stein’s Green Party fundraiser into a Democrat disaster.

If I was the Trump campaign I’d say: You want a recount? Fine, let’s assure the entire country that the election is on the up an up, lets add NY, and CA and NH and MH and Illinois.

I’m sure machine pols in NY, the folks using gang members turn out votes in Chicago the folks in Ca running up the Hillary’s popular vote score and the people who have bussed students to NH for years will be delighted to see scrutiny descend on them.

Let’s put everything on the table and see what’s there, I’ll bet it will be fun

That achievement is unlocked

It also proves the wisdom of this warning:

Democrat Bosses in Wisconsin Michigan and Minnesota had no inkling that the election was close, that being the case there was no reason why, in an age where proof of a federal offense is a cell phone video away, Dem bosses in Detroit or elsewhere felt the need to take any risk. They figured those states were won (and they were right about Minnesota) and by election night it was too late to change it.

However that won’t be the case in 2020, I’ll wager that in 2020 the bosses in Milwaukee, Detroit, Madison and elsewhere will be ready, we’ll see plenty of mail in ballots and absentee ballots that we didn’t see before in those states and plenty of voters looking to go for the GOP will be in the same spot that Steven Kruiser was on election night.

We have four years to prepare for this so we’d better get ready

If we aren’t ready for it, then it’s our own fault.

Speaking of elections it seems there is a reason why Hillary’s folks keep talking up their lead in the popular vote:

Mission accomplished!

However this hasn’t stopped the continual attempt to move electors

Larry Lessig, a Harvard University constitutional law professor who made a brief run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, claimed Tuesday that 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering voting against Donald Trump, a figure that would put anti-Trump activists more than halfway toward stalling Trump’s election.

Lessig’s anti-Trump group, “Electors Trust,” has been offering pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors considering ditching Trump and has been acting as a clearinghouse for electors to privately communicate their intentions.

Frankly I think this is less about moving electors as it is about moving donors.

Mark Hemingway in his advice/snark for dems notes that the left has really changed its tune on Russia

we’re talking about a party that has an 80-year history of claiming Republicans were exaggerating the threat of Russia. In fact, “60 Minutes” ran a report about the effort to get Obama to pardon the Rosenbergs on October 16, three weeks before the election and 63 years after they were executed. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, we have all manner of evidence conclusively proving the Rosenbergs were spies. It’s not even a remotely controversial matter, unless, apparently, you’re a member of the media.

It seems as if the media only cares about Russian threats insofar as they harm Democrats’ electoral chances.

Now, there is one tangible precedent for the Russkies intervening in our elections. That’s because Ted Kennedy actually asked them to interfere in the 1984 election. For some strange reason this revelation wasn’t the first thing that inexplicably failed to, uh, sink Ted Kennedy’s career. Rather, it’s a story most Americans never even heard about.

It seems as if the media only cares about Russian threats insofar as they harm Democrats’ electoral chances.


Of course perhaps Dems should have looked within vs without

A Wikileaks envoy today claims he personally received Clinton campaign emails in Washington D.C. after they were leaked by ‘disgusted’ whisteblowers – and not hacked by Russia.
Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, told that he flew to Washington, D.C. for a clandestine hand-off with one of the email sources in September.
‘Neither of [the leaks] came from the Russians,’ said Murray in an interview with on Tuesday. ‘The source had legal access to the information. The documents came from inside leaks, not hacks.’

If this pans out it will be a stake in the heart of the Russian hacker theme?

FYI on the Democrat side Jazz Shaw notices a new definition of “defamation

Despite all of the claims on the left that Congressman Keith Ellison is being smeared during his bid to become the next Chairman of the DNC, he’s clearly in trouble. The “smearing” mostly consists of people rudely pointing out things he actually said and did, such as his regular support for the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan, along with his rather blatant antisemitic comments.

In fairness this is the standard that got Stacy McCain booted from Twitter, quoting feminists in context.

Also at hotair Allahpundit in a pro-romney piece reaches one positive revelation about Donald Trump:

Incidentally, every source quoted in the piece (most of whom came from Romney’s circle) confirmed that Trump’s interest in him for the position seemed completely sincere and not part of some inane revenge plot, as Trumpers like to fantasize. That jibes with everything else written about this selection process. Evidently, for all of the hype about him being thin-skinned and vindictive, Trump was more willing to put aside personal slights and give Romney a second look on the merits than a lot of people in his orbit were.

Given that Trump’s background is business this should be no surprise as pragmatism is a vital attribute for a successful businessman.

One other good piece of advice for the left would be to stop making fake clams of hate crimes by Trump supporters

An 18-year-old college student who claimed she was verbally and physically harassed by a group of white, male Trump supporters earlier this month has been arrested and charged with filing a false report.

If this was really going on people wouldn’t need to fake them would they?  Of course if she wanted to avoid arrest she should have done this somewhere under the jurisdiction of Maura Healey.

Apparently not only are not all “hate crimes” created equal not all deflate gate scandals are created equal either

The NFL reportedly doesn’t see any wrongdoing by the Pittsburgh Steelers after being accused by the New York Giants for deflate footballs in DeflateGate 2. Shortly before kickoff on Sunday afternoon in Week 14, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer dropped a bombshell about the New York Giants accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers of using under-inflated footballs in their Week 13 matchup in Heinz Field. The world was on the cusp of DeflateGate 2… However, minutes after kickoff on Sunday afternoon, the NFL dispelled the rumors of the Steelers using deflated footballs in their Week 13 win over the Giants.

That was fast, you mean we aren’t going to see a year of this stuff when the target isn’t Tom Brady and the Patriots?

The NFL’s statement makes it clear that, beyond any new or compelling evidence, this story is dead in its eyes. That wasn’t the case a little less than two years ago when reports came out about the Indianapolis Colts having similar suspicions about the Patriots. Night turned to day four more times before the league announced its stance on the matter. Go ahead and dream up whatever you want about what the NFL higher-ups were doing during that time. Meanwhile, the Patriots, who were already suspected of being a team that plays fast and loose with the rules, were left to squirm under the white-hot media glare as that story mushroomed by the day without clarity from the NFL.

Even if the facts in the cases were materially different, which they most likely were, the point remains that there will be no further action in the Steelers case now.

Can I get a great big “unexpectedly” here?

FYI did you catch this ad from Footlocker playing on the deflategate nonsense

For the record I think balls were deflated but it is NBD.

Finally it looks like Trump isn’t the only person our friends on the left are taking their anger out on:

I don’t think the left will ever forgive the Little Sisters of the Poor for standing up to the Obama Administration.

Today is election day or if you are in a state with early voting the last day to make your decision. I’m wondering how many people in early voting states waited till the last-minute because they hadn’t made up their minds or if they like me, just didn’t bother going early.

One of the things that I was going to use to judge how the election was going to go was the body language of the MSM, if they were down yesterday I figured Trump had it, if they were up I figured Clinton had the edge. The 2nd Comey letter threw that off, it gave the MSM reason for optimism independent of the current trends so it totally messed up my calculations.

Speaking of Comey am I the only one seeing the irony that within 48 hours of the FBI claiming they reviewed a half million emails in the week the Justice Department said it would need 5 years to deliver Hillary emails to a judge who has called for them for months?

The Polls have been all over this year and it’s reached the point that I don’t know what to believe, the revelations that I saw from Wikileaks about polling didn’t help either but they did justify some of what I was saying four years about oversampling.

One of the big canards of this election has been that a different candidate, would have beaten Hillary easily. I disagree, with the exception of the Cruz or Rubio which would have been a problem for the left as the first latino candidate, I think that any standard republican would have been defined by the media the same way that Romney was. Furthermore they would not have had the audience that stretches beyond the political geeks like myself to bypass said MSM to get out their message.

I have a rule that I generally don’t bother with revelations that come with 72 hours or less to go, I figure such stuff, while thanks to social media can make a splash, doesn’t give sufficient time to evaluate what is said. So some of the latest stuff I’ve seen lately, just doesn’t go.

One of the most positive side effect of this election is distrust of the MSM has extended beyond the conservative base to the point where average people finally realize they are being played regularly. I think it’s fitting that at last the American people are learning to dislike and distrust the media in the same way that the media dislikes and distrusts them. The willingness of print, TV and electronic media (facebook, google, twitter) to unmask themselves and pay the long term price for doing so for the sake of Hillary is really quite amazing.

On Jake Tapper’s show yesterday one of the topics that was really interesting was the discussion on the Senate. The CW since 2014 was that the Democrats would take the body because the GOP did so well in the big red wave of 2016 but you could see that the folks there were not confident that this would be the case. If the GOP holds it will be almost as a big a story as a Trump win would be, particularly given the layout for the Senate races of 2018.

I find that regardless of the outcome this election will impose difficult responsibilities on me as a conservative Catholic. If Hillary wins I will have to endure with patience the persecution she heaps upon me and my fellow Catholics while at the same time resisting and speaking out against said persecution and standing for Christ during it. On the other hand if Mr. Trump wins my responsibility becomes to hold him and his administration’s feet to the fire to make sure, first of all, that he keeps the promises made in the name of life and freedom of religion to conservatives while at the same time opposing him if he attempts to drift into liberalism. I suspect the Trump responsibilities will be more difficult to do while the Clinton ones will be more difficult to bear.

Finally we are about to find out what kind of government we deserve, Do we deserve the pains of Obamacare? The failures of foreign policy, the victory of ISIS, Russia et/al the rejection of the rule of law and the disintegration of our trust in government? I’d like to think we deserve better but the people by their vote and by their acceptance of irregularities used to influence it will be the final factor that decides what we deserve.

One of the big signs that the worm as turned in this election is the panic and depression on the faces of members of the MSM. I haven’t seen anything like it since the elections of 2010 first of Scott Brown and then the big red wave. While I think the defeat of Hillary is vital for the country I think most conservatives will get much more satisfaction from their discomfort then Trump’s win, if it happens.

The thing that I think is most discouraging to the press has been trump’s unwillingness to make a vital error and (to this point anyways) to stay on message during this week. This is in stark contrast to the Hillary campaign at this point. That’s a real sign of panic and nothing is more contagious or deadly to any enterprise.

While I think the cumulative effect of the wikileaks and Project Veritas helped move the polls I think the real advantage has been to illustrate the tactics of the left so that the normal counters that the left would use to counter his news, making them completely ineffective. That being said I’m shocked that as of this writing there hasn’t been one last November Surprise coordinated by the MSM and the Clintons. I don’t think waiting till Sunday night is a good idea, if they have something to play it’s got to be now.

My wife has been on a “Hallelujah” kick lately and if you go to YouTube you will find all kinds of version of that song from Susan Boyle

To Pentatonix

to the original songwriter Leonard Cohen.

It’s a good song but the more I think about it the reason I think it has caught on so well on a gut level, is man has an instinctive thirst for God and “Hallelujah” means “praise the Lord”.

One of my pet peeves is the argument by some that Slavery was not the driving force behind the Civil war. This can be disproved by looking at any newspapers from the 1840’s to the 1860’s but thanks to Prager U I don’t have to make that argument alone:

There were other factors but they meant little compared to slavery.

I’ve never stopped arguing that the pro-abortion argument is the same as the pro-slavery argument, if you don’t like Abortion/Slavery don’t have/own one. Or I’m personally opposed to Abortion/slavery but don’t want to forbid it or can’t see how to do it. Both of those arguments are equally morally shallow.

Stacy McCain continues to write about modern feminism and it’s Marxist/Wiccan roots but in the end a philosophy that rejects the normal rules of reproduction is doomed because nothing makes a philosophy obsolete then the failure of those who espouse it to breed.

One of the real pleasant surprises this week was walking into the doors at work at 10:30 PM with the score of game 7 of the Cubs vs the Indians 6-3 and discovering that the game wasn’t over when my first break came around at 12:30 AM allowing me to listen to the last 1/2 inning that proved to be just as exciting as the rest of the game. While at least one baseball fan in my family disagrees on the greatness of the game due to some really poor decisions by the Cubs’ manager I think that the greatness of the game was not lessened by the mistakes. Baseball like all sports is entertainment and I haven’t been so entertained by a game 7 in decades.

Speaking of pleasant surprises this week’s Big Bang Theory was excellent and entertaining. You would think that after 10 years the ideas would be running thin but the quality has kept up. I think the show could run another 2 years or more easy if the cast remains willing to do it.

In two weeks the Animated version of Power of the Daleks, one of the missing Dr. Who episodes, introducing the 2nd doctor will premiere on BBC America. I’m anxious to see it but am surprised that it took nearly 30 years for the BBC to decide this is a good idea, although it is possible that they figured they didn’t want to go through the expense in case any of those episodes turned up. I suspect if the rating are good (and they will be) we will see the rest of the missing episodes done.

Haven’t done an “Under the Fedora” piece for a while so here goes.

The Difference between a national story and a local story is illustrated in Minneapolis:

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of four men and a teenager while walking along a south Minneapolis street Saturday evening, according to a safety advisory issued by Minneapolis police.

The victim was walking in the Lyndale neighborhood around 9 p.m. when a car full of men called her over to their vehicle. They spoke briefly and she continued walking, police said.

A short time later, the five men returned and approached her on foot. They forced the woman to go to an area near 32nd Street and Blaisdell Avenue S., where they sexually assaulted her, police said.

Now this is definitely a local story and not a national one, why because of this sentence

Police released the following descriptions for the five, all identified as Somalis, with dark complexions.

Yup nothing to see here USA move along.

Over at Stacy McCain’s site there is a story about another alleged rape:

Nor are people thinking about what they are doing in the real world in an age where everybody’s cellphone has a video camera, where anything a guy does in his dating relationships may become the subject of an online rant by an angry ex-girlfriend, where a guy meets a girl at a party and has what seems to him a consensual hookup only to discover, nearly two years later, that she’s telling the world that he’s a rapist.

Rosie’s account of that night is a classic “he-said/she-said” situation. Her story of that (allegedly) “horrific” June 2014 encounter seems entirely plausible, and Jason Lee Weight’s (alleged) behavior is indefensible. Rosie says she filed a report with police “a long time after” this encounter, but a lack of evidence made prosecution impossible.

But his main point is more cultural in terms of a warning to young men who do their thinking below the waist.

What you need me for is to explain the meaning of “crazy.” If a guy meets a girl at a party, how does he know if she’s crazy? Well, if he says “let’s go back to my place” and she says “yes,” that’s probably a sign she’s crazy. No sane girl would say yes to such an invitation. The dude might have herpes. He might be a rapist.

She barely knows this guy and she’s leaving the party with him? Crazy. Then she goes back to his place, goes to his bedroom, takes off all her clothes and thinks he’s not going to have sex with her? Crazy.

This is what I’ve explained to my sons. There is a direct correlation between (a) a woman’s willingness to engage in casual sex, and (b) a woman being crazy. As a general rule, the quicker she drops her pants, the crazier she is. Every guy is prone to believe that his own personal charm suffices to explain why this woman he just met is willing to leave the party with him for a quick hookup. “He shoots! He scores!”

Yeah, he’s a natural-born winner. The ladies can’t resist him.

That’s what he’s telling himself anyway, as he blazes past the flashing yellow lights and warning signs: “CAUTION: CRAZY WOMAN.”

The Greeks called it hubris, this arrogance that leads a man to destruction.

My father’s “if she’s good enough to sleep with, she’s good enough to marry.”

Speaking of this topic yesterday I attended one of the national rallies to defund planned parenthood  parenthood,  and for the first time in Fitchburg we had a number of counter protesters, mostly Bernie Sanders fans, who had signs calling for free condoms etc.

As a pair of them were leaving, both college age women they passed by me closes and shouted how they would be having a ton of abortions.

It occurs to me that these are the woman that the Pump and Dump crowd that Stacy McCain has referred to are counting on and in a very few years we might see one of them on feminist tumbler making the same charges that Rosie did.

As I said many years ago:

In short men.  It’s been a long fight but the sexual revolution is over…

….We WON!

While our friends on the left insist that men not have to pay a price to enjoy the favors of a woman, there are some thing that they believe deserve swift punishment:

Ciccotta first encountered trouble at Bucknell when, as president of the College Republicans, he invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus.

The visit from Yiannopoulos, whose tour of US campuses has caused easily-offended leftwing students to organize therapy sessions in his wake, led to panic from Bucknell administrators and faculty, who organized a range of bizarre restrictions on the event.

The college Republicans were prohibited from filming the talk, and students were not allowed to ask Milo any questions verbally — they had to be scribbled on the back of index cards. Yiannopoulos was also prohibited from speaking to students one-on-one after the event and was escorted out of the building by campus officials as soon as his talk concluded.

After organizing the event, Ciccotta faced a backlash from Bucknell’s faculty. After suggesting, in a private meeting, that the event with Milo had been Bucknell’s “best ever,” he was told by the college’s Student Media Advisor that his attitude would “isolate” the people who worked under him at the college’s radio station.

He was later threatened with having his position as host of a political talk show on campus taken away over an alleged “conflict of interest.”

After all there is nothing worse than being a conservative.

There are very few things less surprising than conservatives being punished on campus for being conservative, this is one of them via the lonely conservative:

Good grief, thanks to Obamacare health insurance rates have been skyrocketing for years. Instead of leveling out, it’s only going to get worse. That’s coming from the woman who helped the implement the train wreck.

ObamaCare rates will skyrocket next year, according to its former chief. Enrollment is tumbling this year. And a big insurer is quitting most exchanges. That’s what we learned in just the past few days.

Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, revealed that she expects ObamaCare premium hikes “to be higher than we saw previous years,” including last year, which saw double-digit rate increases across the country.

and here is another via Instapundit and Weasel zippers

Gotta love leftist hypocrisy.

Via Investors:

Labor Markets: Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.

A week after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 minimum wage boost into law, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs were getting cut.

Glenn uses he word:  Unexpectedly here I suspect that the same could be used to suggest that most of the leaders of those pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage have positions that will never be lost because of the wage hike.

People have accused Curt Schilling of many things but there is one change that he have convicted himself out of his own mouth affairaphobic!

Speaking to Bannon, Schilling said, “I’m not transphobic, I’m not homophobic.” He added, “As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with.”

How DARE Curt Schilling advocating restricting the sexual freedom of people to exclude the choice of having sex with his wife on the trivial grounds that he’s married to her?  But I’m not worried in a few years will have laws on the books that will protect the rights of people who wish to have sex with people outside of their marriage from financial penalties from angry spouses and anyone who things otherwise will be branded as a bigot by the media.

Finally there is an interesting debate at PJ Media concerning a parent who took her kids to Dairy Queen and then immediately threw away her kids ice cream when they failed to thank the person who gave it to them.

I think it’s the mother’s call here but I guarantee you there is a near 0% chance that they will neglect to say “Thank you” on their next ice cream run.

This was kinda fun, maybe we’ll do it again next week.

I started this post as “I was just thinking” but it’s actually indistinguishable from my old “under the fedora” column so we’ll call it that

The Rubio Campaign is having a lot of fun with the #rubiocrimespree tag, that demonstrates a wisdom in how to deal with the left.

The GOP should send American Bridge flowers because now every time someone asked them to comment on a story that comes from them they can answer: “Your asking me to comment on a story from the people who brought me the #rubiocrimespree?”

People give a lot of grief when Oliver Wills or Eric Boehlert when they say foolish things to defend the left or attack the right, but it should be remembered that this is what they were paid for.

Plus foolish tweets like this

Setup excellent replies like this

While it’s true that the use of the laws involving withdrawals to go after Denny Hastert is kinda iffy he should have known better to lie to the FBI, particularly given his past.

I keep hearing people making the arguments against Hillary Clinton however these arguments presume that people who support Hillary are doing so based on argument vs emotion. This is why you need a dynamic leader for the GOP who can both make the argument for his position and provide the emotional leadership to inspire those who aren’t paying attention.

I saw a poll recently saying republicans were only viewed favorable by 41% of the public. Given that the popular culture for decades has spent their time bashing the GOP that’s quite an accomplishment.

Those previous two statements explain why so much effort is made to elevate feelings over truth in our current culture.

Incidentally if you don’t believe me about what matters to voters consider. I made it a point to record the Q & A for all the various questions asked to Ted Cruz separately so that a person wanting to hear his answers on issues could see what he believes and judge accordingly. Yet every single on of those videos combined did not draw the number of hits that my friend Rob Eno’s clip of Cruz’s joke about Hillary framing Tom Brady did.

Rob’s deserves credit for recognizing that to the viewing public that joke was what mattered, but that doesn’t say much for the viewing public does it?

It’s kind of discouraging to see Pablo Sandoval playing so poorly for the Red Sox but given three world series in a decade I can’t find it in myself to complain that much.

I love the english language because it allows for things like this:

This fellow doesn’t care much for the Catholic Church but that’s what the Perpetual Twitter Novena is for.

I must admit I have soft spot for people who use language well, even when it’s directed against things I hold dear.

I really think there are plenty of people on the left and not a few people on the right who are cheering for the jihadists to murder Pam Geller for the crime of speaking uncomfortable truths.

That’s really one of the advantages of being Israel, When you face destruction on a daily basis you don’t have the luxury of abandoning reality for comfortable fictions

It’s a pain in the neck to have to wait for the next season of Doctor Who and know that you only get 13 weeks of new episodes but when you think about it in the old days you had 26 weeks of episodes but they were all half the size of the current ones, and you had 6 stories vs the 10-12 we have each season, plus the Christmas special. In the end you are getting the same amount of Doctor Who in terms of minutes as in the old days, just compressed into fewer weeks while expanded into more stories.

Earlier this week I poked fun at the new cultural orders concerning Bruce Jenner (until he legally changes his name he’s Bruce) by pointing out that pretty soon Life of Brian will have to be censored to make it politically correct.

You could not make Monty Python today, not only would so few people get the literary and classical references but the army of the aggrieved would not allow the jokes, or they’d be beheaded.

Mel Brooks once commented he didn’t start making fun of Nazi’s until Hitler was dead and they were defeated, frankly if he was 35 instead of in his 80s I don’t think he could do what he did either.

It’s kind of odd to See Stacy McCain go almost all feminism all the time, but he’s made himself an expect and having done so is much like Jor-El when he’s figured out Krypton is going to blow up. He knows the danger and is doing his best to warn the rest of us before it’s too late.

Keep an eye on that meme because I’ll be using it for another post shortly.

One of the things that I’ve come to believe as I’ve gotten older is that God is no less active in our modern day that he was 200, or 500, or 1000 or 3000 years ago in his interactions with humanity. I think we’ve just done our best to train ourselves not to hear him, with an awful lot of help from the other side of course.

Elizabeth Price Foley is now a regular contributor to Instapundit, Given the amount of time Glenn has given the site over the years it makes sense that he now has someone to share the load, and he’s still putting up an ungodly amount of posts compared to normal human beings.

I’ve really fallen in love with the Movie Pimpernel Smith. I’ve only ever seen it on youtube but I suspect it will be years before I’m tired of it.

Ever notice that neither Amazon Prime nor Netflix seems to have the classic movies of Errol Flynn available for free? The reality is most of the stuff that is available is stuff that you can’t effectively sell.

Let’s not forget they are no more in the charity business than I am.

Finally in closing let me remind all of you who are feeling discouraged that are discouraged about the state of te country and the state of the world that t many in the world the Soviet Union’s success and the United State’s failure was a done deal…right up until the moment it wasn’t.

Oh and if you’re free Wednesday you should go see Evan Sayet in Boston, I am.

We need to encourage every single Islamist in the world to migrate to Syria & Iraq to join up with ISIS.  The better to kill them all.


Have you noticed that the same pols and their allies who insist ISIS and their 30k+ soldiers don’t’ represent Islam have absolutely no problem using the 40 person strong Westboro Baptist Church to represent all of Christianity?

As Jonah Goldberg put it

If time lords were real they would use Steven Moffat’s episodes of Doctor Who in class to justify their non-intervention policy.

the surest way to know that something is not a “grass roots” movement is to hear a national democrat call a movement one.

Since ISIS has some cultural westerners in their ranks you would think that someone would be bright enough to tell them they beheading Americans on video is just the type of thing that can get even a society that has lapsed as far as ours to attack them.

Last week the EDL & others marched in Rotherham over the rape and assault of 1400+ children over 17 years by largely Pakistani Muslim perps, quite a few people on the left & with Labour (think English Democrats) cried “Racism” at this march. Maybe it’s just me but if you have a group of men of a particular race who are sexually assaulting a group of youth of a different race wouldn’t that by definition be an act of racism?

There is a news report that many Chinese & Japanese consider a war against each other “inevitable” Given Japan’s birth rate If I was China I’d just wait a generation or two and walk into an empty country.

I was Watching the movie Captain Blood the first pairing of Errol Flynn & Olivia De Havilland yesterday. That movie is 79 years old yet really holds up well today. Olivia De Havilland the female lead and one of the most beautiful women who ever lived is still alive today at the age of 98, She was only 19 when that picture was made but given her poise and bearing you would never know it.

One can not imagine Olivia De Havilland storing nudes of herself on her home computer.

Remember actors are paid to play make-believe to entertain the people who do the actual work of building, thinking and doing.

Football is having a hard time I suspect it’s popularity isn’t so much for the game but a by-product of the hype around it.

Has anyone else noticed that in the New American Bible Verses 8,9 & 15 of the 29th Chapter of Jeremiah are out of order. it goes verse 20, then 15 then 8 & 9.

I’ve really enjoyed Robert Stacy McCain’s series on feminism the latest chapter is here and ends with an amusing close:

By the way, Professor Gearhart never had children, while “patriarchal culture” has produced more than 2.5 billion children since 1982.

Like Amanda Marcotte she is losing the war against evolutionary biology

I’ve been doing a lot of remotes lately, it’s always fun to go out and be with people.

Right wing Granny linked to a story that’s been completely ignored:

According to Birnbaum (Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream), SodaStream is the “largest employer of Palestinian people in the world outside of the Palestinian Authority.”

“We employ 500 Palestinians here. Side by side, we have 350 Israeli Arabs and another 300 Israeli Jews. And we get along together. They’re not killing each other! They go to lunch break. We break bread together and we get to know each other,” he said.

SodaStream pays Israeli wages — four times what workers would earn in the Palestinian Authority, where unemployment is 30 percent. And the workers say they’re happy, too.

Why deal with reality when one can feel good about one’s self by ignoring it?

I want to close with the Adrian Peterson story Looking at it I can’t help but think that society would like to have all the generation from the “greatest” and before branded as barbarians. I suspect if the generation of Americans who fought world war two was raised in as children are today Germany would have won the war.

But the best line comes from Instapundit:

Press and social-media hysteria is the problem, not the solution. But our nation is largely run by emotional children these days. Perhaps they should have been spanked when they were younger, instead of being constantly told how special they were.


It’s been a while since I’ve done an Under the Fedora, a brain dump, I think it’s time.

Today marks the 30th day since I came back from my religious retreat at Casa Maria in Alabama. It had a profound effect on me and has led to positive changes in my personal and prayer life.

Some day I might tell you how profound but I suspect that post if it ever goes up, will be scheduled for after my death.  I’ll have to remember to allow open comments on that one  since I won’t be around to approve them.

Yesterday we had Dominic Nanni in the liberal chair on DaTechGuy on DaRadio. The more he comes on the more reasonable he tends to become. I still think of him as Jay Nordlinger, he started out as a big liberal from Michigan too and is now one of the best conservatives writers there is.

He “had a hard time squaring the circle of “There is no scandal in the IRS and the destruction of the hard drives by the agency, that doesn’t surprise me, Dominic strikes me as an honest man and dealing with blatant lies from your allies are always hard for honest men.

We have two priests at our parish and our losing both in the next 10 days.

Fr Edwin and Fr Bob
Our associate pastor Fr Edwin (Center) who has been with us 3 years is leaving today for Columbia and when he comes back next week will be transferred to Athol where he will be handling 3 small churches.

He was the first priest assigned permanently to my parish younger than me in my lifetime, our new pastor will be our second. I’m going to have to get used to that because at 51 it won’t be the last.

Fr Bob leaves next week, he has been with the Parish for 14 years and will be leaving for St. Cecelia’s parish in Leominster. I envy them hearing his sermons for the first time. Not only are they some of the best and most intelligent I’ve ever heard but his sermons at daily mass are even better, those are never longer than five sentences long and say all that needs to be said.

Ironically he is going to the parish where I have my confession heard  on my way home from the radio show (my own parish has confession just as my show starts)  so I’ll be “seeing” him regularly.

As a rule Catholic priests are assigned seven years with a possible extension for an additional seven. I think this is a fine thing, for three reasons.

It keeps parishes from creating a cult of personality.
It makes sure everyone gets a shot at the best priests
And it keeps the perspectives fresh.

Since the readings at a Catholic church rotate on the three-year cycle that means other than during Easter Week, odds are you won’t hear the same sermon more than three times in a seven years cycle (or 4 times at daily mass with the 2 year cycle)

I mentioned Dominic Nanni, on the panel with him was Rob Eno of Red Mass Group.  We were both on a panel of the Worcester Tea party last Thursday at the Canal restaurant on Water Street Worcester.

I tend to clash with a lot of people on twitter, one of them is Mr. Woosta who the night of hat event tweeted this:

I laugh when I see this, the Worcester Tea Party, like every tea party event I’ve ever attended event was open to anyone, with videotaping allowed. It would be very easy to come in and record “hate” if it was there.

But it’s much easier to simply proclaim it in the hope that people won’t ever bother to look.

Speaking of the Worcester Tea Party event I was slightly impolite, I was engaged in a debate with a very anti catholic woman (of course you never know if a person is actually a woman or man online) concerning a church “scandal” involving a convent in Ireland back 60-90 years ago. She was still pushing a meme that had been refuted in subsequent articles by the Irish times , and I kept tweeting those subsequent articles to her, she then said this

I answered

But her most interesting canard came when I said I’d pray for her, she said she’s think for me, as if a believer was by definition unthinking.

I would refer her to the Podcast The Catholic Laboratory if you’re a Wikipedia fan (I’m not) there is this handy dandy list of Catholic Scientists as well or this list of 50 Nobel Prize winners in science who were believers in God.

On a related note my sons were telling me on a roadtrip to the pheasant lane mall where one of the two Chick-Fil-A’s in New England is located one of their 20-year-old friends claimed that they “don’t hire or serve gay people”.

Both of my sons knew this was false, yet they didn’t want to bother to get into the debate.

That is how incidentally we lose the culture wars. By not standing up to blatant falsehood stand without challenge. When this stuff is not challenged it spreads. This is by design our foes want to tire us mentally.

Ironically I sent out a blast to past tipjar hitters of under $100 (my thanks as they allowed us to make our monthly goal for the first time since January). In addition to their financial support I asked them to critique the site as traffic has been down. The most common answer was they had stopped reading not because they didn’t like what they saw, but they were simply exhausted by the scandals of this administration & needed to step away.

That is by design.

Speaking of Chicken did you see my post on making my first homemade Curry. It’s here along with the recipe and seven videos on how it was done.

I’ll be making another one this week, it will be a lot easier as I won’t be holding a monopod while I cook.

I mentioned that traffic is down, I’ve been down quite a bit, mostly due to the lack of Instalanches. for a two year period I was averaging 1 a week, I’ve had two in the last five months.

Somewhere Charles Johnson is smiling as I teased him on this subject in the past but it’s been a good lesson. There is no divine right to an instalanche and it’s been a good lesson to learn.

(I’ll still keep sending Glenn the links, like prayer it helps to be persistent)

Speaking of persistence I’ve also been persistently clashing on twitter with someone called “Cool ca kind” who constantly tweets out old stats on the Church (Gay) Pedophile scandal.

The Kid leaves out the gay part although the stats are 78% of the assaults were men on boys. The media’s ability to avoid that part of he story has been a triumph but the most interesting thing about this “kid” on twitter is he simply repeats the same verse in Matthew over and over ignoring the rest of scripture in the attempt to paint the church as a Pedophile cult, it reminded me of C.S. Lewis in Screwtape who talked about a priest who had abandoned the Lectionary so that all his teachings came from the same 12 verses so there was little chance of his flock hearing anything new. That’s the rut Cool CA kid is in.

That’s why the three-year cycle is so good.

Finally I’ve been watching the World Cup and I think I’ve finally developed an appreciation for the game.

The trick, Soccer is all about anticipation. getting to not where the ball is but where it’s going to be. That’s makes it a mental game and I love thinking games.

For those who are new to this web site I have a weekly column that I write for several other sites, The Minority Report, Zilla of the Resistance, The Necropolitan Sentinel, Conservatively Speaking and the North American Conservative Bloggers United called Under the Fedora. The latest is now up, a peek:

One of the characteristics of Arab democracy, Islamic or no , has been danger to the Christian community.   Christians have been fleeing for their lives in droves.  This has produced an interesting side effect in Israel, Christian Arabs openly and proudly joining the Israeli defense forces:

Khaloul said that until now, many in the community had been too afraid to speak out, but that was going to change. Many are now even referring to themselves openly as “Israeli Christians.”

Ali, an organizer for the forum, noted that local Arabs see what is happening across the Middle East and realize that Israel is the only place in the region where Christians can feel safe and belong. “That’s why more and more of us are realizing that there is no other country here that is worth fighting for,” he added.

Arab Christians have resisted siding with Israel for three generations.  It really speaks to the current crop of Islamists that they could produce such a result.

You can find the whole thing here and check it out on all those sites each week.

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