Don’t Vote

The NFL kicked off its 2020 season, and amidst the crashing and crunching of helmets, the NFL implored me to vote. PSA after PSA, the NFL talked about how we should all do our part. It was all very feel-goody, and the players all locked arms for “unity” with those fighting for social justice. And it wasn’t just as a way of celebrating the opening game of the new season, either. All summer long on the NFL network, the viewer was constantly bombarded with PSAs about athletes speaking up for “change,” whatever that means. I doubt even they know.

Probably worth noting that the ratings were down double digits over last year’s opening game. And the crowd at the stadium, rained boos on the “uniting” players. The sports talkers feigned confusion as to why the crowd would boo such a gesture. I have a guess: why should we care one whit what these multi-millionaire athletes (Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs just signed for a cool half-bil), many of whom likely needed tutors to get past high school civics, have to say about politics?

And one more thing: what does the NFL care whether I vote or not?

Everyone should vote, we’re told by celebrities hoping to assure themselves they do Important Work, and it’s supposedly shameful only 60% of eligible voters voted. From Rock the Vote in the 1990s to the NFL today, we are told we need to vote. And politicians frequently propose new measures to make it easier to vote, and there are even some who argue voting should be available online.

Are these people nuts? Have they ever taken a good look at some of their fellow citizens? I wouldn’t mind if fewer people voted, to be honest. And by no means should voting be made “easier” or “more convenient.”

Everyone’s seen those staples of late-night television, where a “man on the street” interviews “average Americans.” And we all laugh, as these idiots can’t name the current Vice President, or find France on a map. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty fine if these dimwits stayed home on election day. If you pay so little attention to the news, you draw blanks when asked who lives in the White House, trust me, it’s cool if you sit this election out.

And likewise, if getting off your couch and making it all the way to the polling station a couple of blocks away is too much trouble for you, then buddy, take a load off and stay right there on the couch. The election will get on fine without you.

There’s a reason that many pet rescue organizations require that adopters pay a small fee to adopt a pet. They know when you invest in something, you take better care of it. When becoming a pet owner is too easy, the pets tend to suffer.

And if you can’t invest in an hour or two of your day to vote, you’re really not that invested in the vote. And the election – and eventually, the people – suffer.

Haven’t we all suffered enough this year already?

DaTechGuy off DaRadio NFL to fans “Pay to Watch our Protest” edition, Plus my 9/11 thoughts SPECIAL TIME 11 AM EST

Today DaTechGuy off DaRadio comes at a special earlier time 11 AM EST vs our normal 3 PM EST.

This is because due to the horrible Trump economy the volume at my evening job is so high that not only were we asked to come in early Wednesday and Thursday to help keep up but we’ve been asked to come in on our day off for an extra shift.

Today we’re going to talk about the opening of the NFL season and the outrage from democrats and sports media that fans didn’t want to be charged money to watch a protest. We’ll also touch on 9/11 and to be sure I’ll comment on the election and the Trump economy that’s forcing me to push up the podcast 4 hours today.

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Odd favor to ask / repeat

Apparently the replacement wiper motor compatible with my 1999 Buick LeSabre available to my mechanic don’t have a pulse board which regulates where they stop (those usually come with such moters)

He’s been unable to find one and thanks to the rules of inspection in MA unless I get that replaced by the end of next month my car will fail inspection and I’ll need to buy a new one

So rather than a bleg for the 4 grand for a new used car I’m blegging for a pulse board for a 1999 Buick LeSabre or a working wiper motor for a 1999 Buick LeSabre with a pulse board on. If you have one I’d be happy to buy it.

Trump Standout Townsend MA 9-9-20

On Wednesday I covered and participated in a standout for Donald Trump in Townsend MA organized by the Fitchburg Republican Committee.

I got there with my ride about 11:50 and people kept trickling in till the crowd grew to twenty by about 12:15.

There was an assortment of signs that people had for my money this one would have the broadest appeal as you have to go back to Polk to find a President who has kept a higher percentage of promises than Donald Trump.

As you might guess the pro-life movement was represented, I recognized several people that I had seen at protests in front of Planned Parenthood in Fitchburg before the abortion provider left the town (you have no idea how wonderful it is to type that sentence).

This woman had three signs two as you can see were explicitly pro-life

And the third sign was a sentiment that I suspect is going to be a huge winner for the GOP and an even bigger disaster for the left in this election.

I can’t imagine what the left was thinking when they decided to hand this issue and police unions endorsements to the president, unless they are just afraid of their own base.

It would be bold to predict this will elect O’Conner to the US senate, particularly since MA has been spared BLM violence (Well done Gov Baker) but given Ed Markey link to the Democrats AOC wing it certainly can’t hurt his chances.

As I noted the event was organized by the Fitchburg GOP committee. Mary Lotze was in charge and I spoke to her as things began.

As you can hear there were a fair amount of horns, the standout seemed particularly popular with drivers of 18 wheeler and large trucks with heavy equipment with a single exception where a driver made it a point to spit in their direction (I should stress not at anyone). Oddly enough just about every car that had a dog in it also seemed to be with them. Here is a wide shot of the crowd.

There was a person or two across the street as well to the left in this picture

This is a very well traveled intersection as it intersects three roads to and from NH including the route to Nashua and Manchester so getting a long shot from across the street was a bit of a pain.

While nobody is expecting Trump to win Massachusetts as I said three roads at this intersection lead to NH so that might help a bit, additionally recalling the 2010 election when Massachusetts was heavily contested it caused Democrat resources to be used here.

They did a later standout that day in Leominster MA as well but it was during my work hours. This standout will be repeated Wednesdays till election day.

Are these basically flies irritating the Massachusetts Donkey, perhaps, but it is from these efforts that you build a party and a campaign in a state.