Yesterday I went to Worcester to cover Donald Trump at the DCU Center I was very interested in seeing the difference between this event and the one in Derry I covered a month ago. The day started pretty good because I was able to fill up for under $2 a gallon .

I arrived in the city about 4:45 PM the traffic on 290 was horrible but not more horrible than it normally is at rush hour on a workday.

The first difference I noted was at the open air parking area near the DCU center parking. Normally it’s a $10 parking fee daily with it occasionally going up to $20 when a big event is taking place. Today it was $30 so Trump appearance is already causing an outbreak in capitalism.

The 2nd thing was the Large enclosed parking garage next to the DCU center. Normally there is a sliding fee based on the amount of time you stay and a machine in the lobby where you pay have but there was clerk at the front charging a flat $10 to get in Cash ONLY. The Cash only threw me off as I rarely carry cash these days, but I had just put a $20 in my wallet that my son had given me to make up for the use of the credit card so that obstacle was overcome.

After parking I conducted my first interview in the elevator where two women were coming to see trump, a Mother and Daughter. They had decided on him.

As we left the elevator there were a pair of guys from CT wearing trump gear. They likewise had settled on Trump and had very little respect for the media who were covering him.

The doors had just opened and people were filing in but the press entrance was in the back so I went around seeing a pair of guys selling buttons and a small group of protestors, around 10-15 some of whom were being interviewed.
Now granted that it was early but Worcester is the 2nd biggest city in New England, and a Democrat and Union Stronghold it was kind of pathetic.

I commented on this and one of the women shouted back “some of us have to work you know.” I wasn’t aware that Governor Baker was so successful that millions of Democrats were now gainfully employed that were not just a year ago. Given the buildup for days it was a joke almost as bad as the drawing 200 in NYC the largest city in the nation.

This suggests that the Latino anger at trump is highly exaggerated & perhaps a media creation. and would be the basis for my question for Donald during the press conference (we’ll jump ahead to that here)

The police presence however was pretty large, part of it might have been from the break-in at the National Guard armory and the theft of automatic weapons but despite some talk on local radio of danger there was nothing that suggested it was anything more dangerous than normal.

At the press entrance it turned out that while recognized I wasn’t on the list again but a few phone called got it sorted out as it did in Derry. While I was waiting for it to be sorted out I interviewed another young man who came to see the Donald.

When I got in the first big difference was the presence of the secret service who did a solid search of my back and everything in my pockets which given how I carry things took some time.

Once inside I started interviewing people in the crowd like Heather and Rachel,

Given I was wearing a press badge and I do more coverage in NH than Massachusetts some were suspicious

But Jean Weston wife of my 1st partner on DaTechGuy on DaRadio spotted me and my Tea Party Bonefides were established, but before I could get past my second conversation the press began moving in a wave toward the front of the stage, I presumed correctly that it was to the pre-event presser that the campaign regularly holds. Oddly enough the amount of press seemed smaller than the Derry event, likely because the novelty of the Trump campaign as show has decreased and the realization that this is an actually campaign has hit them.

Rather than sitting in the back this time I parked myself in the front next to a power outlet sitting on the floor to work, the plan was to record the full audio of the presser available here and to get shots both of the media and trump.

The oddest thing about being silent in the press room is how much the place sounds like a frat with people joking about the candidate and how and if they will manage to annoy him or throw him off.

What I found really amusing is how everyone in the room jumped every time the door opened, in case it was Donald trump coming in as if there wasn’t a million pictures of Trump entering a room and walking to a podium.

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The press conference was primarily focused on Syria and refugees, you saw question after question about Trump and the numbers of people coming in, it was all about was it cruel, are you targeting Muslims etc.

On occasion a question came out mentioning another candidate and when it did Trump pounced using it as a chance to hit Marco Rubio and Ben Carson his closest rivals.

I managed to get a question in mentioning the paucity of protestors in the 2nd largest city in New England and a place crawling with democrat strength. Trump loved the question and commented yet again on the type of question he was drawing from me vs the questions he was drawing from the rest of the MSM.

The most ridiculous question was the idea of singling out Mosques for possible closure; it was as if the questioner had noted no common religious denominator between the people attacking all over the world.

We filed back into the main room that had filled up pretty quickly it was announced that the start of the event would be delayed in order to get some of the thousands of people outside waiting to get in.

In the main room I managed two quick interviews one of which was with a woman named Lucia Lamberti Tsongalis who is a woman trying to come in legally it has taken a ton of time and a lot of money. Bit of advice she would be a perfect person for the Trump campaign (or any campaign not pushing illegal immigration) to talk to.

Shortly after that interview Trump entered and the crowd went wild, The press’ area was around the camera area so I didn’t have a good shot so my videos aren’t uploaded but I have plenty of audio because the sound system was so loud.

Trump plays to a crowd like nobody I’ve ever seen in the political world, radio talk host and my former on-air partner Joe Mangiacotti was in attendance commented that in 30 years of covering politics he had never sen anything like it.

It turns out the police presence was justified as there were three different disruptions, one from a group that unfurled a batter in a back area that was eventually removed a second person was escorted out after an issue but third of the three (who had a slightly Arabic appearance to my eyes) had to be physically restrained and put up a real struggle. Near the end of the speech a 4th person attempted to disrupt the speech “I mentioned food stamps and that guy who was seriously overweight went crazy.” (trump mentioned 3 but the first one with the banner was two people so he likely counted it as one.

It’s a great example of how just a few people can have an outsized effect in a giant crowd. And it was a large crowd I hand counted 5000 then gave up. Trump said 12,000.

In terms of the speech Trump talked about trade, the talked about Syria, he hit Ben Carson Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio (saying he’s young maybe he’ll get better)
But that was nothing compared to Hillary Clinton (lucky to get out of the mail business without jail
Bernie Sanders ( can you believe this guy Paris is caused by Global Warming) and he didn’t even say O’Malley’s name but mentioned Baltimore which was enough to make his point.

He made the media and the protesters a target and noted to the crowd how the media reports, there are times when I think Trump checks out lines with the press and if the MSM hates it he knows to use it in a speech because people love it.

There were a bunch of familiar faces including Joe Mangiacotti, Mike Wade, Gary Goldman (WCRN) Mary Lotz (Fitchburg Republican Committee) and Connie Murphy (WQPH Catholic radio) in attendance and I talked to them after the event. Unfortunately during part of the interviews the power supply was kicked out so the pc went into hibernate, but we restarted the interviews directly afterward here.

As for what I thought, Trump has improved as a candidate considerably, his suggestions on Syria mimicked mine which surprised me.

He’s even gotten better at playing the press, he reads them like a book. Most candidates have to do a version of jiu jitsu confounding them as best they can. Trump realizes that they are dependent because of the ratings he brings on him rather than the reverse so it makes for an interesting show.

With the first balloting closing in the reality of trump’s position is closing in on the press, not to mention the rest of the field. If what I’m seeing from people is accurate I think he’s going to do extremely well.


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Yesterday was VE Day an unofficial holiday when we remember those who risked their lives for the good of society fighting in Europe in WW 2.

Oddly that day made me think of National Teachers day which was May 5th.

To most this might seem odd.  National Teachers day would be a day to remember the best teachers we ever had like Mrs. Teresa Mahoney who I had for both 4th & 7th Grades way back in 1972 & 1976.  She introduced me to poetry from Arthur Guiterman’s Pershing at the Front which made me smile to Countee Cullen’s Incident which made me think.

However given the situation teachers find themselves in today the VE day comparison might be apt.  Exhibit A  the 2nd largest city in New England Worcester MA:

School safety liaison Rob Pezzella says schools and police have already implemented a measure officials announced last week by stationing officers at the district’s high schools. Additional measures could include metal detectors.

 The new security measures came in the wake of a series of weapons-related arrests at or near some of the high schools over the past few weeks.

What incidents?  Incidents like this.

Worcester Police arrested a 16-year-old student at Burncoat High School after they say a loaded handgun and ammunition was found in a container in his locker.

And this

Police on Wednesday arrested five Worcester Vocational Technical High School students after a witness reported seeing them with guns in a school parking lot.

At Worcester North High a vice principal was assaulted trying to break up a fight and some teachers are near the breaking point

What my colleagues and I experienced this week went well beyond any “disturbance” or “challenge” we’ve dealt with in the past. It did not happen without signs pointing to the inevitable eruption in our hallways. Control has been eroding for some time, and the reasons are many. North may be a brand new facility, but it brings with it all the baggage an urban high school carries: a high poverty rate, understaffing, children with intense mental health issues and a reluctance to hold students and families accountable for unacceptable behavior.

A full time officer is now on duty .  Counselor at Large Mike Gaffney put it this way

“Instead of a learning environment, the emphasis has been to keep children (often young adults), with no interest in an education, in the schools to show an increase in graduation rates. Instead of a safe environment, the emphasis has been to reduce detention, suspension, and expulsion actions for the purpose of showing an artificial reduction in disciplinary issues. Meanwhile, these disruptors with no interest in an education bully, attack, and assault teachers and other students. Our children should not be forsaken for a statistic.”

In fairness to Worcester this is neither a new nor a local problem only as the national results of search for “Teacher Assaulted” in Google or Yahoo will quickly demonstrate.  Nor is the focus on stats vs. teaching confined to Worcester as those who were willing to stray from the media narrative of the Trayvon Martin case could tell you:

Both of Trayvon’s suspensions during his junior year at Krop High involved crimes that could have led to his prosecution as a juvenile offender. However, Chief Charles Hurley of the Miami-Dade School Police Department (MDSPD) in 2010 had implemented a policy that reduced the number of criminal reports, manipulating statistics to create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system. Less than two weeks before Martin’s death, the school system commended Chief Hurley for “decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011.” What was actually happening was that crimes were not being reported as crimes, but instead treated as disciplinary infractions.

Stats vs actual learning is at the heart of the Common Core debate as well, but that conversation is a week’s worth of pieces in itself.

As for Worcester, I’d like to say that these crisis has resulted in a renewed focus by the bureaucracy  not just on the protection of teachers and students but on the purpose of schools teaching mathematics,  science, history,  English & poetry, alas it seems the focus in Worcester remains on perception and gestures:

On Friday, Worcester photographer Troy B. Thompson visited the high school and invited all students to participate in his “No Evil Project,” which seeks to break down the stigmas of labels.

Along the same lines as Thompson’s community-wide project, which is currently being featured at the Denholm Building, students wrote out three labels they feel they represent and pledge an act of kindness.

I can’t imagine Mrs. Mahoney doing this.  Her generation was the generation of the Great Depression & the Second World War.  They knew what hardship, suffering and loss were and understood that there was a cost to everything worthwhile.   Rocking back on your chair (these were the days before one piece desks & chairs) would cost you a nickel for the Catholic Missionaries and those were the days when a rap across the knuckles with a ruler was not going to generate a call to DSS.

National Teachers day was once a simple day when we remembered our favorite teachers like Mrs. Mahoney who helped make us who they are, but will the day soon come when we think of National Teachers day as a remembrance to spare a thought for the modern teacher who faces an environment fraught with dangers & priorities for the good of society.

Just like VE day.  Except we’re not winning.


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Two months ago Black Lives Matter protesters in Worcester closed down traffic in Kelly Square.  Now they’re kinda miffed that they are getting summons to court for doing so:


On Jan. 19, protesters staged a “Black Lives Matter” protest in Worcester’s Kelley Square that included blocking traffic. City officials investigated, and more than two months later issued court summons for four of some 40 participants, charging each with being a disorderly person and disturbing the peace.


The Communities United Collective is crying oppression

The Communities United Collective says the city is “threatening charges as a platform to intimidate the protestors and silence the voices of protest in Worcester,” and has “openly condemned those who participate in non-violent, open protest against city policies…”

Oh my GOD! The oppression, the humiliation! 10% of the protesters have gotten SUMMONS TO COURT.

That’s a disruption to their busy lives unlike guys like this with the leisure time to write long letters:


Never before have I written so long a letter. I’m afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts and pray long prayers?

If I have said anything in this letter that overstates the truth and indicates an unreasonable impatience, I beg you to forgive me. If I have said anything that understates the truth and indicates my having a patience that allows me to settle for anything less than brotherhood, I beg God to forgive me.


I’ll bet if that God worshiping Christians like that guy had to suffer they way these guys in Worcester he’d know what oppression was.


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Old friend John Weston gives us a heads up on an event coming to Worcester tomorrow evening Trevor Loudin is coming to Worcester to talk about his new book: THE ENEMIES WITHIN: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress

He will only be in Worcester this Thursday the 17th! Doors open at 6:30 pm, Trevor will begin to speak at 7 pm, and stay until all have had an opportunity to speak with him!

The Park Grill and Spirits
257 Park Ave. Worcester, Ma. 01609
(Near the intersection of Park Ave. and Pleasant St.)

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If you want to see just how far left the current Democrat Party is, you’ll find out tomorrow night.

After this weeks’ show I headed over to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester where a Doctor Who event was taking place:

Annie’s was talking Dr. Who big time: Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Chicks Dig Time Lords A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It with contributors K Tempest Bradford, and Jennifer Pelland.

They sat for an interview:

My batteries died and as I changed them cover artist Katy Shuttleworth who joined the conversation who chimed in.

I’m hoping to get both of them on my show in the near future, but as we continued their fans came in

and sat down

of course you can’t have such an event without a Doctor Who scarf.

Of course the books are available at Amazon but for my money I’d contact Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester and get em there.

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While our friends on the left talk about a war on women there will be a large group of men & women who will be fighting a different war, to protect the lives of women born & unborn….

40 Days for Life is a national campaign to put an end to abortion through prayer and fasting, public vigil, and community outreach.

The Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign will run from September 26-November 4. The peaceful public prayer vigil takes place across the street from Planned Parenthood, 470 Pleasant St. Worcester each day from 7:00a.m.-7:00p.m. each day.

We know our prayerful presence causes women to change their minds. Please consider coming out to the vigil during this campaign. If you have not been to the vigil before and would like to test the waters first, come to the opening candlelight vigil at 6pm September 26 or call Lee Crowley who can match you with another time that someone will be at the vigil.

The war on the unborn costs tens of thousands of lives annually and the majority of those lives are female. If you want to fight against this details are available at the 40 days for life site here.

This Morning’s Saturday Diner is the Gold Star Restaurant on Gold Star Boulevard in Worcester

It’s a place I’ve driven by thousands of times as I’ve taken Exit 1 off of I-190 south but never walked in until today.

The First thing that jumped out at me was how BIG it is, from the outside it looks like a tiny place, but it seats 57 including 15 counter spots. It’s so much bigger on the inside you could practically call it the TARDIS café.

The second thing I noticed was the specials, I found 7 specials on the board under $4 INCLUDING coffee. At a time when money is tight that can make a real difference between having a breakfast out, or not.

The third thing I noticed was the staff. There were 9 people on duty between the grille, the waitstaff and the people in the back room, and they never seemed to stop moving for a second. If you are behind the counter you are not going to put on any weight.

That doesn’t seem to apply to the customers and that’s the fourth thing that I noticed. When I arrived there was a steady stream of traffic in and out. The tables were constantly turning and the food never seemed to stop moving. I’ve never seen such a turnover in all the time I’ve been visiting diners.

I was really in the mood for Pancakes and Bacon this morning, (particularly when I got a look at the Bacon here. It looked REALLY good, but the Kielbasa special for $3.95 was the final thing that jumped out at me.

It also jumped out TOO me, my food was ready before I knew it, it was some of the fastest service I’ve ever had.
And the FOOD the eggs was done perfect and the Kilbassa dominated the plate, I couldn’t believe the amount of meat there was for the price and most important of all it was GOOD.

And the price for that meal with Tea? Under $5!

I talked to the owner after I ate. He has owned the location for 20 years he stressed quality as making the difference.

There is a series of signs on the wall from Worcester Magazine declaring all the times this restaurant/diner has won their annual award for Best Breakfast.

I can see how they’ve earned that title and I’d like to add one more to the list:

I’ve been sampling a lot of diners over the last year and without question this was the best value for the money that I received anywhere, PERIOD!

If you, like me, have driven by Gold Star on a regular basis, stop driving by and come on it, you’ll be glad you did.

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On my way to the show I was listening to Conservatively Speaking when John Weston said there was a fire near St. Paul’s Cathedral.

I don’t know Worcester as well as most WCRN folk so I headed toward the Cathedral till I saw the smoke, near Irving Street

I saw the trucks and pulled over in a gas station.

I started shooting as I approached

And nearly tripped as a hose shifted below my feet

It’s something you don’t really notices or think of, nor the stream of water that pours out from the doors

I was told the public relations officer was at the other side of the street so I figured I’d drive over and see if he was available

There was a police car blocking the top of the road, I found a parking place and headed over

This angle was from up hill so it was a different shot

It becomes very real when you see a fellow in over 100 lbs of equipment standing in a window of the 3rd floor a burning building on video

I ran into Fr. Walter who I knew from St. Anthony di Padua and met the Chaplin of the Worcester department who was on the scene.

People forget that part of a grim job and even if nobody is hurt you have people devastated from the loss of a home.

I questioned neighbors but none had more info even in terms of when the trucks showed up

It turned out the fellow in the clipboard wasn’t the PA officer and I had to get to the station to finish show prep so I’ll close with this final shot…

What you are paying for

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I haven’t done a new Saturday Diner in a while. Today we do the Broadway in Worcester Mass.

It sits the canal section of the city.

The Broadway is open for Breakfast lunch and dinner and holds about 80.

I was there before my show with Joe Mangiacotti of Out with Joe

You can find his dining out show Sunday’s at noon on WROL Boston.

Note that along with some interesting specials (prime ribs and eggs for example) including breakfast cocktail selections available.

Although I know Joe likes Eggs Benedict he decided to go with the Banjo ham and eggs special from the board:

I had the eggs over easy and sausage

What stood out to me was the toast, the bread was thick and tasty. Joe, a frequent guest at the Broadway, informed me it came from a local bakery. They as an all day establishment do accept plastic, the Broadway does. It’s also worth noting that Joe pointed out a collection of restaurants and watering holes opening in the area which seems to be an up and coming one for Worcester.

One final thing the Broadway is located at Kaplan square named for Sgt Harold Kaplan who died in England during World War 2.

We tend to walk by these memorials too quickly. After you enjoy your breakfast or lunch at the Broadway make sure you take a moment to look at the memorial stone and remember Sgt. Kaplan and the folks like him who never came home.


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Today WCRN is holding it’s 2nd annual Summer Stolzstice! Join Hank Stoltz and Sherman Whitman and all your favorite WCRN personalities tonight Friday June 29, 2012 6-10pm at MacDonald’s Tavern 440 Grove St. Worcester. Most importantly meet all the great WCRN callers and listeners. Music! Food! Fun! Free! Just a wonderful way for us to all get together.

I plan to be down there early myself so if you are free I’d be happy to meet you.

Meanwhile tomorrow join me on WCRN’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio with 50,000 watts of news and talk at 10 a.m. EST as we talk about the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.

Remember you can listen live at or via Tune-In and you can call at 508-438-0965 or 888-9-fedora

Hope to see you either tonight or hear you tomorrow.

Update: Pictures we’ve got PICTURES

Gary Rosen of the RAVE
There is not as much of Sherman as there used to be
Mike from NH in person!
Sherman and Hank

And more photos….

If you didn’t come you missed pizza
And great company

Today all over the country people will be taking part in the Rally for religious freedom

Please join area residents and people nationwide as we all “Stand up for our Religious Freedom” on Friday, June 8 at noon in Worcester at City Hall Plaza, 488 Main St. and also at the gazebo at Carter Park, Main St., Leominster. This date is the 223rd anniversary of the introduction of the Bill of Rights in Congress–with that first right being religious freedom! Please join this peaceful gathering as we listen to speakers and pray for our country. Let’s make our voices and our prayers heard in Central Massachusetts! Leominster Rally Information: Patti Taylor, 978-537-5293, or Linda Kinsey, 978-728-4460: Worcester Rally Information: Pauline Morris 508-425-3087

These rallies are in response to the administrations attacks on religious institutions, specifically the Catholic church and will be held nationwide.

John Weston of Conservatively Speaking will be in Worcester, I’ll be in Leominster at Carter Park covering that event, nationwide if you want to attend one of the nationwide events you can find onehere.

Get involved, your rights are like muscles, they entropy if not used. Silence is NOT an option

Update: Cleaned up a sloppy sentence.

While I was leaving the station after Saturday’s Show I noticed a group of people across the street from the station:

As I got closer it appeared they were flying South Vietnamese flags

Sure enough it was a mix of Hmong

and other vets:

There was a wreath laying

and Signs thanking the US for fighting

To our friends on the left Vietnam was a useless quagmire, but to these people who had to flee their homeland know what we were fighting for and what it meant.

I spoke to Peter Don who was leading the event

He knows what freedom means because he lost it, may we remember that lesson

Today’s Saturday Diner is the Five & Diner in Worcester Mass.

Five and Diner Worcester

It is the only location in the franchise east of the Mississippi other than one in Florida.

The place simply oozes nostalgia (but offers free wi-fi).

And the wait staff dresses the part.

But all the Nostalgia doesn’t matter in the end it comes down to the food, and the place doesn’t disappoint.

A warning though, the full stack of pancakes should not be attempted unless you have a big appetite to satisfy

So give the Five & Diner a try in Lincoln plaza Worcester

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Wednesday I stopped down at the Five and Diner in Worcester Mass

Five and Diner Worcester

The Place is full retro including the full-sized Juke Box:

and the individual ones at each table

Booth Juke Boxes

I spoke to the General Manager and Head Chef

Who were kind enough to sit for an interview
Continue reading “DaTechGuy at The Five and Diner Worcester”

Kyle had never attended a tea party event before.

He is a student at Worcester State University who came to cover the Worcester Tea Party event for his school newspaper

Aaron Goldstein writes for the American Spectator

He was one of the invited speakers at the Worcester Tea Party’s Tax day event yesterday:

I recorded it in two parts

Part 2

I think we should keep the tradition of having writers for the Spectator at these events to speak. For next year may I make a humble suggestion?

Update: Here are a few videos from the event I’ll be putting up a couple of speeches on their own:

Hank Stolz of WCRN interviews Matt O’Brien on the event

Three videos of the count


As it starts

My final count

They had a coffin for Obamacare, from their lips….

Here are the first photos from the Worcester Tea Party Rally in Lincoln Square 4-15-12, I’ll have video later.

I will update the photos as time permits

Our last set of videos begins with Joe Lombardi grandson of the great Vince Lombardi and quarterback coach of the New Orleans Saints:

Like his grandfather he has also earned a Super Bowl ring.

The final speaker was Mark Nehrbas who talked about the Holy Spirit

and talked about the flow of the spirit

You can get order his speech in full here.

Yesterday I attended and called in a report from the Catholic Men’s conference:

Blogging Priest
Fr. Dwight Longenecker was there

and here is a sample of his talk on St. Benedict (all the video in a subsequent post)

Fr. Larry Richards and Joe Lombardi of the New Orleans Saints were also there

Fr. Richards talk on confession is likely the only time you will hear a priest talk to 1000 men about masturbation Continue reading “Photo Gallery from the Catholic Men’s conference in Worcester Mass 3/24/12”

Today’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio comes to you from three different locations.

I will be at the Annual Catholic Men’s Conference enjoying speakers such as Catholic Priest author and blogger Fr. Dwight Longnecker and calling in with updates.

John Weston and Bray Wyatt will be at the Scott Brown interviewing polls and people involved in the campaign.

and Back at the WCRN studios will be Joe Mangiacotti behind the mike and Bob Hokanson in the Booth.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. You can join in the conversation at 508-438-0965 or 888-9-Fedora

All business and politics and no fun makes DaTechGuy a dull boy so Joe and I made a stop at O’Connor’s restaurant in Worcester Mass. on rte 12

As the name suggests it’s a very Irish place with a very Irish menu, but there are plenty of choices outside of the blarney stone:

So if you are looking for a good meal with an Irish Twist, give O’Connor’s a shot

I’m sitting on the floor of the entrance way to mechanic Hall in Worcester as we prepare for the official announcement from the Scott Brown campaign for his re-election.

I will be setup in the print media section

Brown will be here:

the crew are checking people in

And the final pep-talk has been given.

I’ll update as time permits.

Update: Talked to state committee candidate Janet Leombruno about the event

WCRN is well represented:

Kalya Berube of the Brown Campaign talks to John Weston of WCRN

and will be broadcasting live from the hall

I took a Pan as we entered

And interviewed a brown supporter named Nancy

Our morning team Sherman Whitman , engineer Derek Drowne and Hank Stoltz

Update: Former congressman and WCRN Morning Host Peter Blute talks to me

Update another pan 15 min to go:

Just before the start

Update: Excerpts of speeches from Gail Huff the Senator’s wife

And from the Senator:

He is announced

Clip 1

Clip 2

Clip 3

The end of the speech

The start of the Rope line

And Sen Brown answers a question from me on the “Cease Fire”

Update: My collected photos are here.

I’ve interviewed several people at the Worcester Business Expo at the DCU Center in Worcester:

I also talked to the lady in charge Cindy Skowyra of the Worcester Regional Chamber of commerce.

I then talked to Yuri Rothman of Pure Healing Touch Massage

The whole Idea of Massage has changed quite a bit

I then talked to Dominique Nicolay from Mass Bed Bug Busters about her business.

Ironically her cousin in Paris also opened up the same type business there without knowing it.

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Yesterday I took Stacy McCain to South Station in Boston to catch the 3 p.m. back south and headed east toward Worcester where my friend John Weston from WCRN and Conservatively Speaking was Emceeing the event.

The rain which was spotty just started pouring down but a tent was arranged and a small podium was set up under it.

Sharon Angle was has been traveling along with the bus tour with her Team Hobbit express.

Team Hobbit Express

And spoke to me before things got started:

An important broke into the mainstream coverage as well:

But a number of speakers let Republicans know that theirs is not just an anti-Democrat movement. Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said Republicans have come close to assuming tea party support for whomever the Republicans nominate.

She told an enthusiastic gathering that not all Republicans are friends of the conservative movement. “It’s not going to be the Republican Party that hands us the next Republican nominee. The people are going to choose the next Republican nominee,” she said.

At the height of the event the crowd neared 100 but as the rain continued to pour downed down the crowd bled people slowly, about half stayed to the very end.

Lloyd Marcus singing in the rain

Conservatively speaking was well represented:

Mike Wade and Andrea Shea King

Here is a quick pan of the crowd to get an idea

I didn’t actually get that interview till the very end of the event but Jimmy LaBriola’s comic act was hysterical:

What you don’t see in the clip is that he not only played off of me and the Telegram reporter standing behind him. Somehow the story at the paper didn’t include that bit.

And after absolutely skewering Marty Lamb during the entire act introduced himself as the next speaker! That was classic.

By the time all was said and done it was dark and Jimmy finally had some time for me.

…along with the rapper Politik

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As I attended this last event North of the Rhode Island line I was asked if I would be joining the bus…

the answer will be up at 4 p.m. meanwhile feel free to check out the gallery as you wait.

Today a bunch of us from WCRN are taking part in the City wide Worcester Cares event to raise money for the Tornado victims in Massachusetts

We started at 5 a.m. with Daytime Host Hank Stoltz and will continue to broadcast from Commerce Bank until 6 p.m. tonight when the Red Sox will be on the air.

You can drop by any time to say hello or make a contribution to the American Red Cross, you can also give online or via text message.

There are security issues connecting at the Bank so I’m posting this from the McDonalds across the street. I’ll include photos as I’m able.

Update: Pictures! We’ve got Pictures!

Update: Video we’ve got Videos!

First a survivor of the 1950’s tornadoes.

We got rained on a bit but that didn’t stop us:

And it certainly didn’t stop Gary Goldman from presenting us with a nice check or two:

Nor Brian Thompson at Commerce Bank from really coming through

Nicole Valentine of the Red Cross explains how the money is spent

But the real heroes are donors like you who came on down to don the Fedora

Today while we celebrate a day of glory for our military it is not inappropriate to remember some other people who fought with us many years ago.

At the Worcester City hall Saturday afternoon a group of vets and Vietnamese Americans held a ceremony to mark the 36th anniversary of the fall of Saigon

We should not forget that Vietnam is still under communist rule:

I talked to a Worcester Cop that day who was born in Vietnam after it fell, he talked about the place, the lack of freedoms and the whole 10 yards. A lot of people in Vietnam paid a high price when we stopped aiding the South Vietnam.

I also talked to a pair of people who attended:

America is lucky to have such people here, they have made us better.

We should not forget them or the people still in Vietnam who are not yet free:

A job left unfinished

Today a large protest was held in front of Planned Parenthood in Worcester.

there were people on all sides of the street:

and a lot of school kids:

Continue reading “Planned Parenthood Protest in Worcester today”

Directly after yesterday’s show I headed to the 11th annual Catholic Men’s conference in Worcester. As usual it was packed. Also as usual there was a lot to see. UPDATE Photos we’ve got Photos

You can find plenty of examples of Catholic dislpay

No Catholic event would be Catholic without a statue of our lady:

You can't go wrong with our lady

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I started the Day in Fitchburg, once I got out of my driveway I had to ditch into a snowbank to let a plow through. Here is what I saw when I got into Worcester:

The Lady I saw didn’t want to talk

when I finished my pre-recorded interview with Lisa DiPasquale of CPAC I started heading back and ran into Andy plowing the parking lot:

The drive back to Fitchburg was …interesting:

I 90 around 11:30 am 1-12-2011
another I90 photo

the 5th Street diner was open and Steve stopped down to have some lunch in between plowing:

Now its down to shoveling.

Update: I talked to Tony while I was shoveling so I was out of breath, Tony didn’t want his face on camera so I shot around it.

A cup of coffee can go a long way.

Gary Rosen is a colleague at WCRN whose show the RAVE will precede mine this week due to college Basketball (make sure you listen this week, he will be having Greg Fettig president of the Hoosier Patriots live in studio at 4 p.m. EST, listen online via the WCRN website here).

Today he has a column in Worcester Magazine where he talks about the city tax rate and some lessons learned:

Following the hearing, Worcester’s homeowners will thank the council for throwing them their annual bone, called the lowest residential tax rate. In the meantime, the frustrated and angry commercial sector will continue to wonder why it is the victim of our city’s business-punishing dual tax rate.

“But, Councilor Rosen,” you ask, “didn’t you join the large majority of your colleagues the previous four years and vote for the lowest residential tax rate for homeowners (a.k.a. the highest possible tax rate for Worcester businesses)?” Yes, I plead guilty as charged. However, I’m now suffering some regret as I see how shortsighted those four votes were.

Gary is what you would call an honest democrat, like many on the left he made his decision on taxes meaning well but on reflection he is having some second thoughts.

As they say Read the whole thing.

I attended the event at St. Paul’s Cathedral of St Paul last night and the Vigil was incredible.

Three bishops, dozens of priests over 450 people from all over the Diocese and a first rate choir and spectacular music election accompanied a night of solemn prayer and adoration not only for unborn life but for the souls of those who have acted against innocent life, to wit:

Lord, you are love and mercy itself.

Draw all who have acted against innocent human life to repentance and forgiveness and heal them through an outpouring of grace

We often forget it is those who offend life and aid Abortion who are in fact in the most danger. Their actions end the lives of others but they also harm souls most notably their own. We should never neglect to pray for all those involved from Planned Parenthood and naral et/all for their souls are at risk and it a terrible thing to fall under the judgment of a just God.

I must admit I was shocked and disappointed that the Cathedral was not full. It’s not every day the Pope asks you do something. Would it have been that hard for Catholics in the diocese to show? My friend, poet and theologian Jim Marley (Who will be one of my Christmas Guests on DaTechGuy on DaRadio) has had cancer twice, is walking on crutches and is constantly in incredible pain yet he was there struggling to stand when possible and forced to sit when he could not. Where were the students of Holy Cross in Worcester? Where were the student and faculty from Anna Maria College whose president assured me two years ago that my comments suggesting they have forgotten their Catholic identity were incorrect? Apparently it is only remembered when raising money from the faithful.

Secondly I was surprised when I looked at the back of the Bulletin of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester. There are 15 advertising spots. 3 are blank. How is it that the Cathedral in the 2nd largest city in New England can’t manage 15 ads in their bulletin?

I’m sure the media will give this story of people praying worldwide for life all the attention it gives the count for the annual right to life march, which is almost none.





You know in the middle of a recession where people a struggling to find work of any kind this story is extraordinary.

The union is seeking a three-year contract that would increase its members’ share of health insurance premiums from 13 percent to 20 percent by the end of the deal. It is also seeking wage increases totaling 9.5 percent.

RTA Transit officials said they can offer only a one-year deal because they don’t know what money will be available beyond that. They have also said that an agreement is not possible because the union refused to agree to a 25 percent share of health insurance premiums.

The possibility of a strike alarmed WRTA patrons, who expressed concern about how they were going to get about if the transportation system ground to a halt.

Right now both sides are in the 2nd day of a 15 day “cooling off” period but as Sam Rosario host of the show following mine on WCRN pointed out the politicians have had no word to say about a Union asking for a 9.5% Payraise during the worst economic times in 80 years?

Perhaps Jim McGovern could be asked but then again how many democrats in this state owe their elections to the Union activist vote efforts on election day?

Meanwhile the Friends of Obama are also getting their reward.

Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health insurance. The escapees include employers of many low-wage and part-time workers whose health insurance plans would otherwise be dropped, including Darden Restaurants — the parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chains, which employ some 34,000 people.

If you were on the right side of the debate apparently you get the right side of the administration you get what you need:

The issue, Dear Friends, is not the waivers. Or Obamacare itself.

The issue, Dear Friends, is that Dear Leader decides who gets a waiver.

Your rights no longer are endowed by your Creator.

Make everything illegal (okay, bit of an overstatement, but you get the point) and then require people to ask for permission. It’s about control, and from where power emanates.

I guess if you support the left all things are possible and nothing is objectionable.

Here are some videos from the day:

Before the crowd comes:

Jerry talked to me first

So Did Steve and Denise:

and Richard and Shirley:

And Linda:

I ran into Jen Caissie’s mom but didn’t know who she was when I started:

If you don’t know who Jen is here’s jen:

Since the left came to protest and unlike the tea party people decided to assault a driver who disagreed with them

The Media found the protesters interesting and the police stayed on top of them the entire time:

When things were done I talked to Ron:

And checked back with Jerry

It was a good little rally, not in the class of the Boston event but still effective. At least effective enough that it worried the left. Their actions during the pledge and the national anthem combined with the assault did more to hurt their cause than anything else.

Leftists nuts in VA too, at least they didn’t assault anyone.

My latest article for the Examiner At least once more Miss Swan is now up at

The title comes from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie and alludes to how many times Tea Party members will have to take abuse from counter protesters before the media notices the difference in tone.

When an anti-tea party protester can reportedly can call a Jewish relative of Holocaust victims a Nazi and nobody bats an eyelash there is something seriously wrong.