DaTechguy’s field guide to bloggers: Daniel Hannan MP of the European Parliment

One of the greatest people I’ve ever talked to at CPAC was Daniel Hannan of the European Parliament who also blogs for the Telegraph.

He is what you might call: A voice of sanity crying out in the wilderness.” The full field guide is here.

The Breitbart Boston Memorial

Yesterday evening Conservatives from around the Area got together at JJ Foley’s in Boston to remember Andrew Breitbart:

I got there almost an hour early and there were already people there some new media.

Some who follow politics:

And the organizer of the event:

Who was kind enough to sit for an interview

As the night went on more people showed up, Bloggers

Local celebrities like Michael Graham

Political activists

They raised their glasses to Breitbart

And some wore their conservatism on their person…

in a permanent fashion

There were more toasts

More photos

More beers

And more laughs

Lots more laughs

and even a congressional candidate (Jeff Semon running for congress in Ma-5)

And when the Breitbart video came on the owner graciously put the back room TV on Fox for us

I talked to the owner of JJ Foley’s at length, the business had been his father’s before his. He worked there for 49 years and talked about how you make a business like that survive, particularly in a tough economy, you show up every day, you make yourself be seen, you produce a quality product, and you put in the time to make a difference for yourself and the people who work for you

That what Andrew Breitbart did for his short life, he worked hard and created a quality product and made a difference for not only himself but for conservatism and the truth.

And that is why people in Washington , New York and Boston and beyond remember him and that’s also why the event in Boston was more about celebrating that he lived than mourning that he died.

And that’s as it should be, because as long as we are keeping up the fight, as long as we’re still doing the work then like the poster says, Breitbart is here!

Santorum’s Catholic Problem

According to CNN, Rick Santorum, devout Catholic extraordinaire, has failed to win the Catholic vote.  This is apparently an indictment of Rick Santorum, and not of the shoddy exit polling that enables people to self-identify as Catholics when they haven’t graced the door of a church in years.  Of course, some of the problem is in the way that leftists have tried to turn the word “Catholic” into a synonym for “wealth redistributor”:

“Catholic voters care more about economic issues that affect their families than they do about socially divisive wedge issues like contraception,” said James Salt, executive director of Catholics United, in the statement.

“Mainstream Catholics want leaders who can address the moral challenges of our day like income inequality, underwater mortgages and poverty,” Salt continued, “not leaders who perpetuate a never-ending culture war that divides our community.”

Right.  Who cares about whether or not we murder a million babies a year when someone might want to take another vacation to Aspen this winter?  Don’t you know that the two-thousand year history of the Church is all about those Aspen vacations?

To be serious: the great “moral” problems of income inequality, underwater mortgages, and poverty are all direct results of contraception, abortion, and the decline of the family unit.  As Charles Murray explains in great detail, poorer communities are getting poorer because they are not marrying, while wealthy, educated people are more likely to marry, and are especially more likely to marry before having children. These days, people without college educations have children out of wedlock, and doctors marry other doctors, and people can’t understand why family incomes aren’t equal.

Poverty: never-married mothers are six times as likely as their married peers to be in poverty.  The federal government alone spends over $100 billion a year on subsidies to never-married parents that it would save if our out-of-wedlock birth rate were the same as it was in 1950.

Underwater mortgages: kind of hard to pay for your house when your three baby daddies can only give you $100 a month in child support because he’s also supporting a few other baby mammas.  Sort of hard to have a new crop of home buyers when over ten million would-be-adults are victims of abortion and decaying in trash heaps, not putting down payments on houses.

Rick Santorum scares people because he explains how this all works together.  He scares Cafeteria Catholics who want to believe that the mandates of their faith are limited to voting the (D) at the polling place.  He frightens lefties whose entire anti-social agenda depends on people not noticing that the family is the strongest bulwark against a tyrannical state – and the breakdown in the family unit costs us serious money.  Rick Santorum probably frightens James Salt, too, because people with a good head on their shoulders tend to scare the daylights out of ditzy-brained morons.

Evolution you can believe in Obama and Israel

You know how the subject of Gay Marriage comes up that the word is the President maintains that he is s against Gay Marriage. It caused me to make this conclusion:

His “opposition” to gay Marriage only helps him among blacks because they think he is telling the truth.

His “opposition” to gay marriage doesn’t hurt him among liberals because they don’t believe he is telling the truth.

His position is said to be “evolving”, I suspect that he will complete his evolution right after the elections when there is no danger of suppressing his support in the black communities and churches.

And apparently (via ace) the president’s position on an Israeli strike on Iran may also have some “evolution” behind it:

The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry — including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes — in exchange for Israel’s agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.

President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington this week.

Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources.

So apparently the Obama administration opposition to an Israeli strike will finish evolving after the presidential elections, when it won’t hurt him among his base, while they hope to Bunker busting bombs and refueling planes to help Israel’s position evolve as well, at least for the next 9 months.

Why do I have a feeling that these two theories of evolution are not shared by the MSM?

When Afghan and Sharia Law narritives clash for the MSM

Pity CBS news stuck in this quandary.

They really want to push the idea that the US needs to pull out of Afghanistan yesterday.

But they absolutely hate the idea of writing any story that might reflect on Islam in general and Sharia law in particular?

So when president Karzai says this:

“The clerics’ council of Afghanistan did not put any limitations on women,” Karzai said, adding: “It is the Shariah law of all Muslims and all Afghans.”

What can a network do? Well you can run it on the web and hope that people don’t read the story that goes with the headline:

Afghan president backs strict guidelines for women

Oh guidelines, simply guidelines, what kind of guidelines might they be?

Among the rules: Women should not travel without a male guardian and women should not mingle with strange men in places like schools, markets or offices. Beating one’s wife is prohibited only if there is no “Shariah-compliant reason,” it said, referring to the principles of Islamic law.

How about that, wasn’t it just a few days ago when we saw this story at USA Today?

Against a backdrop of heartland fears that U.S. Muslims seek to impose Islamic law on American courts, a leading Muslim group will launch a campaign on Monday to dispel what it called misconceptions about Shariah.

The “Defending Religious Freedom: Understanding Shariah” campaign comes at a time when more than 20 states are considering or have passed laws forbidding judges from considering Shariah in their deliberations.

Here is the real punchline:

Many Americans associate Shariah with the harsh punishments carried out in a few Muslim countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, even as U.S. Muslim groups insist they have no desire to introduce Islamic law on themselves or others.

Yeah I can’t see why people might think the folks in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, where Mecca the center of Islam, the place where every Muslim is required to visit at least once in their lifetime, might know a thing or two about how Sharia law works.

I’m sure we will be hearing the Sandra Fluke/Morning Joe/Rush & the GOP are enemies of Women crowd will be condemning Sharia or Shariah law any day now…

Update the BBC has their own article:

Afghanistan’s top religious council has said women should not mix with men in school, work or other aspects of daily life. The Ulema Council has also said that women should not travel without a male relative. The BBC’s Orla Guerin has been hearing reaction to the ruling from people in Kabul.

The comments by senior clerics – which have been welcomed by President Hamid Karzai – were included in a statement outlining the rights and duties of women under Islam.

And it has generated some links on Memeorandum:

It’s nice to see people concerned about women who are being mistreated but apparently our friends on the left have a different definition on women being oppressed:

The Rush story is 8 days old now, and it’s apparently international woman’s day, so the left shows it’s solidarity with women worldwide by relentlessly going after Limbaugh, while ignore a full country of actual women actually being repressed, but what’s rules on travel and beating women compared to an activist being called a name.

I don’t know what they think of the women in Afghanistan, but from their actions I can see they have little regard for the intelligence of women in the US.

This post comes via the kindness of Don…(Can you give a hand?)

…who has delayed the expenditure for either a new laptop or a laptop repair by at least 30 days by giving me this old windows xp laptop that was playing dust collector at the house.

It doesn’t have a working battery, (not a big deal since I rarely used my machine not plugged in) the hard drive is kinda small and the card slot isn’t compatible with my camera. On the plus side I was able to fix the driver issues fairly easily, it has more usb slots than my machine a larger and brighter screen a working touchpad and most importantly it works and give me portability again, and will provide me an excellent emergency posting machine once another one comes into the house.

So before all else Don I owe you a debt of gratitude for getting me up and running and coming through

As for the long-term prospects, between the new washing machine that comes Wednesday (the old one finally died) , a repair to my oil whistle and an oil delivery at nearly $4 a gallon (Thanks president Obama!) and this month’s mortgage that will take up the entire paycheck of the month for the wife without dealing with the trivialities of stuff like groceries gas and stuff like that. Any amount of time that I can delay either a repair or a replacement of the machine is valuable.

There is going to be a huge deficit this month, between the nearly $1200 of extra repairs and expenses this month (not counting the oil) a tax bill on the way for another $500 and the need to either repair or replace the other laptop (Repair maybe $200, Replace $350-$700) it’s going to take $2000-2400 to tread water assuming that none of the cars, (minimum age 13 years) doesn’t die.

Stacy McCain has always insisted that the full-time blog work is a product worth paying for, and to the paying subscribers I offer my thanks, gratitude and my effort.

To everyone else: I really could use a hand right now I’m going to set a fund drive target at $2200. That figure should ensure that the bills of the house keep getting paid.

If 10% of last month’s readers give $6 bucks each this will be no problem, If you are a regular reader and can spare the $8 a month for the beanie level subscription or higher that will greatly decrease the necessity of these kinds of appeals in the future.

So guys as always if you can give me a hand, I’d appreciate it greatly, either way I’ll continue to do my best to provide quality content on a daily basis to keep you informed.