More of the past?

A few years ago I was a Cubmaster for my son’s Cub Scout Pack. As the Cubmaster, I controlled our schedule of events, including what big events we held once a month at our Pack Meetings. One month my Den Leaders (adult leaders for Scout groups at different ages) agreed to the theme of “Emergency Preparation.” We divided the Scouts into stations. At one station, the Scouts learned basic first aid from one of the parents that was a nurse. At another, an energetic Den Leader taught the Scouts how to build a stretcher, and the Scouts raced with their Den Leaders in their makeshift stretcher. But the best station, by far, was the fire fighting. We had a legitimate fire fighter chief as a Den Leader, and he brought out a fire fighting propane tank and fire extinguishers, and taught our Scouts how to properly put out fires.

It was awesome, and let me tell you, the Scouts putting out real propane-fueled fires was the talk of the small town for almost two weeks, beating out even the common subjects of Minecraft and Pokemon-Go. I still have the coolest night-time photos of 7 year old boys putting out propane fires with a fire extinguisher.

Not everyone was impressed. That same night the church we were borrowing had choir practice, and the older church ladies had to park twenty feet farther than their normal parking spot because of our setup. The next day, I got word that the church was not happy and was sending a nasty email to our council. Thinking quickly, I posted the most awesome pictures of those events on Facebook and tagged the church in the post. It went viral, with almost 3000 views in a town that only had 5000 people, many of them members of the same church. I reaped my success, with no email to council and a mild rebuke to me from the church, which I settled with an apology and promise to do better in the future.

Our Scouting program that year did all sorts of awesome stuff, and the Scouts couldn’t keep quiet with their friends. Yet the nasty comments from the church ladies still bothered me. Later I realized that some people just never wanted change. It didn’t matter that Scouts were learning skills, or that the church got a positive nod because of their support. Nope, the fact that someone had to park a mere twenty feet away meant the whole thing was rubbish.

We’re seeing that with government. When we decide to move EUCOM headquarters out of Germany and into Poland, instead of discussion about keeping Russia at bay, we hear about the economic impact to regions in Germany. When we continue to have shipyard issues and can’t build or fix the majority of Navy ships on time or within budget, we don’t ask “Who should be fired,” but instead just suck up the cost and move on. Government is happy to repeat the past, no matter how out of date it is, because its the easy button approach.

But as time and technology march on, government wants to do more of the same. We want to use the same crappy setup for acquiring weapons that continues to not work. While Amazon has been drone delivering for years, we’re just now figuring out that’s a good idea. And if you’ve ever logged into a Navy personnel website, it looks like a 5 year old built it.

If you haven’t already, you’re going to vote on Tuesday. You’ll pick from a variety of candidates, and not just in the Presidential election. I implore you to look at their actual voting records and accomplishments. Plenty of people from all parties are all talk and no action. They are content to ride the government wave of mediocrity, never being held to account for so much money and time spent with so little to show for it. If you want more of the same, more ineffective government that you pay so much for, then voting for these people is easy.

If you instead want effective use of your tax dollars, vote differently. Government isn’t inherently evil, but it can be inclined into a passive nature that turns a blind eye to scandal, fraud and abuse. Voting in people that challenge this nature and demand government be better is what brings real change. These people are often the quiet leaders, spending the hours reading the fine print and rewriting it to make more sense. They aren’t always eloquent, but they are effective.

If you want effective government, you vote for these people. They aren’t the ones whining about walking the extra twenty feet.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Raise Taxes, Kill Businesses – Must be California

42 years later, California’s Proposition 13 continues to inspire attempt after attempt to kill it. This Election Day – er, Election Season – is no different. Passed in 1978 – back when the aerospace and oil industries were still vibrant enough to pepper the state with conservatives – the law allows property tax rates to be increased only upon a sale of the property and limits any increase to a 2% rate of inflation. Nothing a politician hates more than limits on taxation. Since ’78, progressives have thrown more propositions, lawsuits, and legislation at the hated law, and despite California’s voters electing bluer and bluer representatives, they still somehow continue to protect lower property taxes. There’s something about voting on actual legislation, with its provisions in black-and-white, rather than voting for personalities, that sobers the voters’ minds. Propositions cannot hide so easily behind a flashy smile or perfectly-creased pants.

It’s easy to imagine these tax-loving cretins in their Sacramento offices, watching with envy as property values throughout the state sprout ever higher. The Federal Housing Price Index shows that the House Price Index for California has risen almost 700% since 1979. This drives the politicians crazy, that in the wake of these gains, their hands remain cuffed, unable to pick the pockets of its citizens. Progressive dreams of income redistribution, even in the navy-blue Golden State, remain at least somewhat limited.

The latest attempt to undo Prop 13 is Prop 15. Prop 15 promises to raise property taxes by setting the tax rate at the market rate. But, knowing California voters’ reluctance to mess with Prop 13, the authors of 15 have limited its effects to only commercial properties. They presumably suspect the progressive voters here may not mind raising taxes on capitalist endeavors, so long as their own homes are left out of it. One can only marvel that California may pass yet another anti-business law, even as business flee the already-stratospheric taxes and cost-of-living.

A survey of California likely voters released ten days ago reveals 49% favor Prop 15, while 45% oppose it.

Don’t be surprised to see more moving trucks headed for parts east come 2021. And as the businesses flee, the Sacramento tax coffers will fall, and the politicians will look for where else they can raise tax rates. Why do I suspect those eyes will fall upon residential properties?

One effect of California’s feeble educational system: the local politicians educated in it never learn. Tuesday will tell if the voters have.

Bobby Orr Scores Boston Sports Media Hardest Hit

Cue Boston sports casters heads exploding in 3…2…

Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr has endorsed the re-election bid of United States President Donald Trump.

The Boston Bruins legend took out a full-page ad in Friday’s New Hampshire Union Leader, where he calls Trump “the kind of teammate I want.”

The ad, which includes a photo of Orr and Trump giving a “thumbs-up” gesture, was published less than a week before the U.S. election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Along with Brett Favre and Jack Nicklaus this weeks that’s three aces to draw on.

The fun part will be watching very liberal Boston sportcasters twist themselves into knots trying to deal with it. I suspect a few will commit seppuku.

Exit question: Who wants to lay odds that the Bobby Orr statue on causeway st. is defaced before this post make it up or at least by noon today?

DaTechGuy off DaRadio Podcast Media Fear and The Case for Trump’s Re-Election in Song Edition

Today at 3 PM EST tune into the DaTechGuy off DaRadio livestream no frills podcast where we’ll have a lot of fun discussing two primary topics

  1. Media fear (see this post)
  2. The Case for Trump’s Re-Election in Song (see here)

And yes I will be singing this song although likely not very well

It all starts at 3 PM EST you can listen to the podcast here (last week’s show as always is a place holder)

Hope to see you there.

No Reporter Wants to Be The Scapegoat for Next Week’s Trump Victory

For those of you wondering why the Hunter Biden story has still not broken through to the MSM even at this point or why the networks still haven’t pivoted to reflect the actual election reality the explanation is a one word answer:

Fear!

I wrote a bit ago that the Democrat Media Academia (and I should add Big Tech) left’s basic plan in Election 2020 was Albert Sydney Johnston’s 1861 strategy in the west to hold back the overwhelmingly powerful Union forces that could strike along a line he couldn’t defend, basically a giant bluff with the newspapers on board predicting his advance with huge numbers into enemy territory at any moment.

Modern Democrats have played the same card (see the MSM on Texas and Georgia) to some effect among their shrinking delusional bubbled and increasingly violent base however….

Unfortunately for the media they have one disadvantage that General Johnston did not. There is an actual drop dead date for this tactic, namely election day, although in fairness the attempt to push the idea that mail in ballots will be enough to change a Trump election night victory to a defeat will likely continue until it’s clear that there simply aren’t enough votes to steal in enough states to reverse the result.

Now that drop dead date is less than 5 days away and despite the best efforts of an army of Raquel Rodriguezes as documented by James O’Keefe at Project veritas, literally millions of people who live in said bubble are about to find out just how weak the Democrats in General and Joe Biden in particular actually are.

And when this happens while we will have a lot of fun mocking the Youtube screamers the violent and unhinged leftists and some of their big money people who have let themselves be deceived rather than facing reality will be looking for scapegoats and that’s the bottom line here each reporter and news agency is asking.

Do you really want to be the reporter or the network these ignorant and/or violent fools blame for the re-election of Donald Trump?

The least bit of action that allows reality to penetrate the bubble will allow said bubble people to point at them to be the cause of the overwhelming victor that these idiots are still predicting from happening.

If they are very lucky the end result of such an action will be a huge financial and status hit, being blacklisted by Hollywood and rich leftists, denied speaking gigs or the ability to profit on the speaking circuit (once it reopens) and it goes without saying that they won’t be able to sell any book to a publisher.

If they are not it means becoming the target of a bunch of violent thugs who have already demonstrated a willingness to use violence against their own allies if they are displeased in the slightest even at their own homes.

There is not one network or paper in general or reporter in particular willing to face the wrath of this beast that they created.

So they will play the game right till election day and profess to the bubble people how shocked SHOCKED they are that somehow Donald Trump has won. They’ll blame fraud, they’ll blame SCOTUS they’ll point the blame wherever they can without worry about the consequences for the nation secure in the knowledge that they will still gain admission to the right parties, be welcome among the Hollywood crowd and still be able to pitch books to the faithful about how they fought the good fight against the evil Trump Empire.

A political horror story – What a Biden/Harris victory would mean for the United States

Halloween is only a couple of days away.  In honor of that macabre holiday I decided to write the scariest article I could possibly imagine.

 With just under a week to go the presidential election appears to still be to close to call. although things are now breaking in President Trump’s direction.  It is abundantly clear to me that the negative consequences of Joe Biden winning the presidency would be truly horrific for everyone living in the United States. It would be more horrific than anything H. P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, George Orwell, or Dean Koontz ever wrote.

Very shortly after a Biden/Harris victory the economy of this great nation would collapse thanks to a return to an implementation of extremely high tax rates on those that produce jobs and wealth.  Joe Biden may claim to be a moderate but his record and his rhetoric paint a vastly different picture.

The economy would also collapse because Joe Biden would implement the Green New Deal to combat the mythical beast known as climate change.  The extremely onerous  regulations, which would drown all aspects of the US economy in red tape, would cause economic dislocation worse than the Great Depression.  The US would no longer be energy independent, we would become a third world nation, despite being extremely rich in oil and natural gas.

Freedom of Speech would be a thing of the past because Joe Biden and kamala are Leftists, and like all Leftists they abhor free speech.  Hardcore political correctness would dominate all aspects of daily lives.  Federal mandates backed up by a stacked Supreme Court would be the instruments of their tyranny.

If your church’s teachings violate liberal orthodoxy then the federal government would meddle in that church and possibly close it down.

The Second Amendment would be destroyed by federal regulations and a stacked liberal Supreme Court.

The violence plaguing liberal cities and blue states would spread throughout the United States because the Federal Government would stop lending support in the form of the FBI and other federal agencies.  Joe Biden and his handlers would make it more difficult for the National Guard to deal with the unrest.

Progressive indoctrination would dominate all levels of our public schools and spread into private schools thanks to aggressive federal mandates.  Future generations would be dominated by brain dead liberal zombies that are still alive.

The Supreme Court would be stacked with the most liberal justices thanks to Biden or Harris.  That damage would take decades to undo.

Elections would be nearly impossible for Republicans to win because the Biden/Harris administration will incorporate all the liberal election stealing schemes into a federal  election policy that will overrule all sate election laws.

The United States would become just like California and then quickly just like Venezuela if Joe Biden wins. All of the damage done by the Biden/Harris administration would be done in such a way to make it far more difficult for Republicans to win future elections. Liberals despise fair elections because they can’t win them.

Quick one Liners Under the Fedora: Potemkin Media, Drawing Blanks, 8th inning disease, MLB Turner Tantrum, Jazz Shaw gets results and Rush’s final Charge

Hey given the degree of falsehood that the media has been selling lately the fact that the “senior administration official” who was Mr. Anonymous turned out to be a low level aide who was already a contributor to the network is pretty low on my outrage-dar.


Mike Lee’s question to Facebook, Twitter or Google, asking them to name one high proflle liberal they have censored but none of them can think of one off the top of their head speaks gives the lie to big tech’s protestations.


I’d really like the outraged MLB / Bidenball, outraged that Justin Turner who was pulled off the field in the 8th inning because of a positive COVID tested, how being on the field to celebrate the Dodgers World Series win two innings later is going to be a bigger risk than the fact he has been in constant contact with the same crowed for the last week?


At least one voter I know has changed his planned vote on Question 2 in MA from “yes” to “no” thanks to Jazz Shaw’s story on “ranked voting” which explains how it’s another way of putting the liberal fix in.


Finally I have a horrible feeling that the reason Rush Limbaugh has not missed as show this week or last is that he knows is time is up and wants to do all he can to rally the troops for one final battle.

Is Allahpundit really arguing that Trump is running a Worse Campaign than Joe Biden?

You know I understand the idea of having at least one person on the left/ nevertrump on a conservative site. It fires up your base, provides a contrast and maybe you get a few clicks from the left anxious to say: “See see even conservatives think ‘Trump is losing”

But one should at least strive for something resembling credibility and this piece titled Ted Cruz: This Last-Second Hunter Biden Attack Won’t Move A Single Vote isn’t exactly reeking of it as I noted in this tweet:

here is a quote from the piece:

It’s a heresy on the right to admit that Trump has run a bad campaign. Not even a landslide defeat next week will completely wear away the taboo against saying so, as the urge in the aftermath to shift blame from Trump to others will be intense. Few Republican pols will go on record about it. Trump’s voters are their voters, after all, and their voters will remember if they refuse to join in the scapegoating effort.

But Trump has run a very bad campaign, both in terms of spending and messaging.

Now one can debate various moves of any campaign but one must also remember that an election is a contrast between two people so let me ask the obvious question:

Is it your conclusion that President Donald Trump has run a bad campaign compared to Joe Biden?

You see in a contest one is not competing against some arbitrary pass/fail standard you are competing against an opposing campaign.

Can anyone in general and Allahpundit credibility say that President Trump has run a worse campaign than Joe “put a lid on it” Biden?

Donald Trump has been in key states drawing huge crowds playing not only to his base but to voters who have not voted before and to voters that have not been pitched to by the GOP like black voters. He has pitched high and pitched low. He has punched and counter-punched and has been the voice of an optimistic America.

And we are seeing car, boat and even horse and buggy caravans in support of President Donald Trump

And that’s happening even as Trump votes are being targeted for violence.

In contrast Joe Biden couldn’t draw a stick figure with 100 crayons.

Biden’s rallies are non-existent. He is drawing almost nobody and more importantly, Democrat money men don’t see the need to pay to make sure there are crowds there and Democrat union fixers who would normally make sure that there were people at events OR ELSE aren’t even trying.

Biden has had issues with basic interviews and has had to constantly backtrack on things he’s said and in swing states congressional and senate candidates have run away from Biden statements.

Meanwhile we are seeing things like this:

Here is the feeling I am having: I am a never-Trumper who is probably going to vote for Trump.

Longtime readers know that I find Trump, as an individual and as a leader, to be abhorrent. You also know that I have repeatedly made the case for voting third party.  My reasoning is that we’re in a Don’t Blame Me I Voted for Kodos situation, and that voting third party provides valuable information and incentives to the major parties about how they need to shift their platforms, and thus provides a longer-term policy-directing effect.

The reason I am feeling pushed towards Trump, and at such a late date, and despite my strong inclinations otherwise, is that I no longer feel this is a Kang v. Kodos scenario.  From the right, I continue to see the usual callous indifference to the lives of ordinary people, but it’s just indifference.  The message I am getting from the left is that I am a target they mean to destroy.

I’m not real comfortable with that.

Why is this important? Consider this:

While Donald Trump is fighting hard to expand his margin from last time, campaigning hard in Minnesota, Nevada and New Hampshire, remember Donald Trump doesn’t have to win any states he didn’t take last time to be re-elected in fact

  1. Donald Trump can lose every state Clinton won in 2016 PLUS Pennsylvania and Arizona and the one EV in Maine he still win the election.
  2. Donald Trump can lose every state Clinton won in 2016 PLUS Wisconsin and Michigan and the one EV in Maine he still win the election
  3. If Donald Trump wins New Hampshire but loses every other state that Hillary Clinton won AND Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin he still wins the election
  4. Joe Biden has to win multiple states that Hillary Clinton did not to have a chance while at the same time holding what she won.

And remember Joe Biden is polling WORSE than Hillary Clinton four years ago in most states.

Now let’s say for the sake of argument that Donald Trump campaign is not as good as last time as if he scored six run vs Clinton but is only scoring five this time around.

The problem is for the left is that Trump doesn’t need six runs this time against a candidate not as good as Hillary. Five runs might be more than enough, hell against Joe Biden 4 will more than do it.

Allahpundit knows this just as the left knows that Joe Biden is heading for defeat even WITH the degree of active fraud in play, but to admit it would chase away the leftists clicking for affirmation which is his primary function these days at the site and thus you have weak arguments like this presented as a serious case.

Now it’s a free country and if this is the case he wants to make he is welcome to do so and Hotair is welcome to carry it.

Just don’t expect any person not in a bubble to buy it.

The Pennsylvania chaos

By Christopher Harper

The presidential election in Pennsylvania, long considered one of the pivotal states in the process, is likely to be an unmitigated mess.

In a process created by Democrats, the election has the probability of being hampered by a new mail-in ballot procedure that may take three days to count after the election.

The hottest topic in my Democrat-controlled neighborhood is the number of people who haven’t gotten their mail-in ballots.

To demonstrate how cumbersome the process can be, Democrats, who are depending on this new initiative to get more of their supporters to vote or to obtain a greater ability to get fraudulent votes, have been flooding the airwaves with instructions on how to complete a mail-in ballot.

First, you need to get your ballot before today. Second, you have to mark the ballot carefully. Third, you place the ballot inside one envelope and then put that envelop inside a second envelope before signing and dating the outside.

Leave it to Democrats to devise such a disorganized system!

Even Democrat supporters warn that the complex process may result in as many as 100,000 votes may be ruled invalid.

Democrats appear to be the ones most likely to use the mail-in process, which may bode well for President Trump, who won the state by just over 44,000 votes in the last election.

But the process also could result in more fraudulent votes being counted. At least the courts ruled that people can only submit their own ballots—not those of others as the Democrats had wanted.

The process proved so cumbersome in the primary that several elections took days to determine what had happened.

In a letter to state legislative leaders, Philadelphia elections chief Lisa Deeley said that the new system might result in “electoral chaos” and a “significant post-election legal controversy, the likes of which we have not seen since Florida in 2000.”

Remember those hanging chads?

Earlier this month, the state’s election computers went off line for 40 hours.

County elections officials and voters have regularly complained about a variety of problems with the Pennsylvania Department of State’s voter services website and the state’s voter database, which officials use to process registrations and ballot applications.

At times this year, the system has slowed to a crawl or come to a complete halt, leaving election offices unable to register voters or process ballot requests.

Whatever the case, the Pennsylvania results might be decided in a courtroom rather than a ballot box.

President Trump had it right when he said that something bad is happening in Pennsylvania.

Jake Tapper 4 years later, Avoiding the Blame

Four years ago Hillary Clinton had an episode at a Sept 11th event,

CNN went into full spin mode during “Reliable Sources” however directly following the show Jake Tapper took over and played it as straight news for two hours which allowed the story to reach the MSM even when CNN went back to full denial mode once he was off again. As I wrote months later:

I submit and suggest none of this breaks into the MSM if either CNN decides to play the repeat of Tapper at noon that day or Jake decides to play down the incident as Reliable Sources did before him and the rest of the CNN team did after he got off the air.  This was breaking news happening on a Sunday where people were available and would naturally switch to CNN to find out about breaking news and there was Jake Tapper, the single most trusted reporter on that station playing it straight.

Now my fellow conservative writers and bloggers can argue that this moment doesn’t cancel out Jake Tapper’s anti-Trump obsession for the last year and I’m sure they will make plenty of fine points 90% of which that I might agree with.

But for my money none of that can happen if Tapper decides to tow the Hillary Campaign line during those critical two hours.  Even Hillary voters understood that she was dishonest but the idea that she might not be up to being President physically was established that day and it was Jake Tapper who did it.

Well it’s four years later and the Biden laptop story is now being censored by Facebook and Twitter, in fact it’s been so back the New York Post is still locked out of their Twitter account and several people were censored for trying to tweet it out.

And while Jake Tapper has commented on the censorship without directly referencing the story

I have seen very little if anything on the actual story from Mr. Tapper but he’s had this to say via The Other McCain:

Stacy had this to say:

What evidently set Tapper off was that Trump brought up Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell”:

“Trump and his allies in the media and the members of his family and the Trump allied websites and such are leveling with charges so heinous I’m not going to say them, just nonsense, crap, tied into QAnon, tied into pizzagate, tied into the worst things you could say about a person.”

Who thinks this way? And why do they think this way?

Trump Derangement Syndrome — for Tapper and others in the media echo chamber, November 8, 2016, is a Date That Will Live in Infamy. That scene in the Javitz Center, the agonized disbelief that the American people had rejected Hillary Clinton? They’re still not over it. They’ll never be over it, just like Ted Striker will never be over Macho Grande.

Stacy is right but there is more to it then that.

I think that Jake Tapper hasn’t gotten over the idea that his reporting that day allowed that story to break out and in the back of his mind he wonders if that made the difference in election 2016.

Because of this even though we have on the record people stating that the Hunter Biden laptop is real and that the “Russian disinformation” angle is BS Tapper isn’t going to go near it because he doesn’t want to be the mainstream media person that allows this story to be let into the MSM bubble and thus force the media to cover it in any way.

Because I guarantee that on November 4th and beyond the violent Democrat / Hollywood / Media left will be looking for people to blame and he has no intention of taking the rap.

Closing thought: Given what I’ve seen over the last four years I submit and suggest that if Mr. Tapper had not been positive that Donald Trump had no chance of winning in 2016 he does not play the news concerning Hillary Clinton’s health episode straight.