We want belief

As the impeachment trial winds down, what’s next?

My prediction: widespread non-compliance of future laws.

I watched the Bill Clinton impeachment trial, and it seemed pretty silly at the time. On one side, we wanted to remove a President for lying about a sexual relation he had with an intern. His defense seemed just as silly, as I watched people come up and talk about everything from race relations to economics. All around, it seemed kinda silly.

Trump’s impeachments were even sillier. Admitting news reports as evidence, without actually using eye witnesses or first-hand accounts? It basically broke down to “Trump said things we don’t like,” which in itself is a double standard considering the large number of Senators and Representatives that call for violence against Trump supporters on a regular basis.

Trump’s impeachment won’t change anything in Washington DC. But it will move a lot of people to no longer comply with the law. In front of everyone we’ve seen how the justice system no longer seeks justice. We’ve seen how easy it is to throw someone in jail over small items, or worse, over news reports that don’t have a shred of truth to them. The justice system is committed to getting convictions, period. The truth has become a afterthought.

People will react accordingly. When people don’t believe that the laws they live under are fair, they will find ways to circumvent them. They also will remove their participation from this part of society. We’re already seeing this as police forces are struggling to recruit new officers. The military faced this problem in the wake of the Vietnam Conflict, and will likely face it again given the new focus on “domestic terrorism.” Nobody wants to work where you could get punished capriciously, so they’ll vote with their feet.

The next thing we’re going to see is non-compliance with the worst of rules. If President Biden pushes for gun control, you’ll have gun owners melt into the background. The police can’t afford to go door to door and search every single house to find guns. Heck, they can’t find all of the illegal weapons, let alone legal ones. The same will go for LGBT training, zoning rules, traffic fines, etc. People will simply walk out of training, not follow zoning rules and simply not pay fines. The more it happens, the harder it’ll be to enforce compliance, and the more it will embolden these actions.

We live in a society that relies on most people voluntarily following the law. Police officers are there to punish law breakers, but we’ll never have enough cops to punish widespread disregard for the law. If a large swath of the population doesn’t believe the law is fair or being applied fairly, they’re going to disobey, and it’ll be difficult to stop them.

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.

Da Magnificent Seven Minus One or What the #AB5 ever Happened to Baldilocks?

Over the 12 years of this blogs life there have been few constants but since the introduction of DaMagnificent Seven Bloggers seeing Juliette “Baldilocks” Ochieng every Saturday night became a regular feature of the site.

And when Fausta Wertz ended up leaving due to illness Juliette started posting twice a week picking up Tuesday nights. She has brought plenty of traffice to the site and her pieces have been worth every penny I’ve paid her over the years.

However if you have been reading the blog this year you might have noticed that you’ve seen less and less than her. First her twice a week posts became once a week, then it became every other week it became once a week, then they were gone.

The good news it that it’s not due to illness, Juliette is feeling fine, nor is it a matter of a drop in quality. I’ve been delighted with her work and her opinions and insights for years and she is just as sharp as she has been since day one.

Alas the culprit here is the State of California or to be specific the AB5 law.

Under this law if a contractor produces beyond a particular amount of contract work said contractor must be hired as a full time employee subject to all the laws of a normal full time workers rather than as a contributor to a magazine or site.

And while I love her work I simply can’t justify such an expense which would be beyond what we bring in, furthermore if I ignore this law being in Massachusetts I might face a suit from California that would be even more expensive.

So until AB5 is repealed or January rolls around I’m afraid you won’t be seeing new posts authored by Baldilocks. But even more importantly this means Juliette will not be able to earn the money I would have paid her for those posts and the bonus I would give her every time she brought an Instalance to the site.

So while I’m always delighted when anyone hits DaTipJar I’d like to ask an odd favor.

If you have the time, the cash and the inclination consider heading over to her own site here and hit her tip jar to help make up for the dollars that she will not make from the 75 posts that she will not write on the site this year.

I would appreciate it and so would she.

Best of Baldilocks at DTGB in 2019 — With a Workaround

Happy New Decade!

by baldilocks

I would share excerpts from all of the most popular posts of mine from this blog, but Peter’s old site bought the farm in August. Therefore, I will share the most popular posts from that point in time to today.

However, I do have access to the posts from the dead site, so I’m going to re-post at least one from each month — January to August —  at baldilocks. I will post those in full and they won’t necessarily be the ones which received the most traffic.

Here we go!

Impeachment Strategy

[President Trump] knows that the Democrats have been after him since he announced his candidacy; they pre-conjured a reason for his impeachment, for Heaven’s sake. Therefore, he is forcing an impeachment at the time of his choosing rather than theirs.

More on the Hollowing Out of California

Good and sweet things out, bad and smelly things in.

Gang Warfare

One of President Trump’s missions is to expose the various means which the political gangs have of enriching themselves on monies gotten from the pockets of the tax-payers. Ukraine seems to be both a means of thievery and a huge storage space for the loot.

The Pentagon’s Vast All-Wing Conspiracy: Plunder

In 2018, the Pentagon conducted an audit; it was the first time Department of Defense had ever done so since its 1947 creation, even though an annual audit for the Department has been legally required since 1990. The audit failed – an insufficient description.

The Pentagon cannot account for $21 trillion. TRILLION. Times 21.

That Such Men Lived

What I love about Doris Miller’s existence is that the man was here for only a short time and was merely playing the cards that life dealt him when he performed the action that will long outlive him. When the challenge came, he stepped to it and met it — something intrinsic in heroes and heroism.

It’s Almost Showtime

I wish I were surprised at how many people think that when the House votes on formal impeachment articles that the president must be removed from office right then and there, but I’m not. Even some of those who were around when it happened to President Clinton will not bother themselves to understand the process.

My Vox Problem

On January 1, 2020, it will severely limit all of my gigs. In short, California AB5 limits me to 35 pieces of freelance work per year for an individual recipient.

Pelosi Plays Her Role

Speaker Pelosi is correct in observing that President Trump will have the distinction that only two other presidents have. But I bet he will also have the distinction of showing the entire world how crooked those who claim to lead us and represent us have been for decades. If he does that, he’ll be by himself in history.

More to come at baldilocks blog!

And don’t forget about this.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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If You’ve Ever Wondered Why I Never Got a Job in What Some Call “Actual Media”

…It’s likely because I was willing to write about Jeffrey Epstein while stuff like this was going on.

Amy Robach, ‘Good Morning America’ Co-Host and Breaking News Anchor at ABC, explains how a witness came forward years ago with information pertaining to Epstein, but Disney-owned ABC News refused to air the material for years. Robach vents her anger in a “hot mic” moment with an off-camera producer, explaining that ABC quashed the story in it’s early stages.  “I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts (Now Virginia Guiffre) [alleged Epstein victim]. We would not put it on the air. Um, first of all, I was told “Who’s Jeffrey Epstein.  No one knows who that is.  This is a stupid story.”
She continues, “The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.”
Robach goes on to express she believes that Epstein was killed in prison saying, “So do I think he was killed? 100% Yes, I do…He made his whole living blackmailing people… Yup, there were a lot of men in those planes. A lot of men who visited that Island, a lot of powerful men who came into that apartment.”
Robach repeats a prophetic statement purportedly made by Attorney Brad Edwards “…[T]here will come a day when we will realize Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known,” and Disgustedly Robach states “I had it all three years ago.”

That’s via James O’Keefe and Project Veritas who had hot mic info that was so explosive that he actually activated a “dead man’s switch” to make sure that this came out in the event of his death.

It was so big that for once the MSM didn’t ignore what he was saying. ABC responded thus:

ABC News executives say their journalists were simply not able to corroborate the details of the reporting sufficiently for broadcast.
“We would never run away from that,” Chris Vlasto, head of investigations for ABC News, tells NPR. The network has filed approximately two dozen digital and broadcast stories on Epstein since early 2015, when ABC started talking to the accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre

For the sake of the few who might actually buy that argument let me remind you of something I wrote in 2014.

If there is one thing the media that loves to play the War on Women® card doesn’t want to touch it’s a story about people using their own private island to get laid that involves Bill Clinton.
What could the media do if this story involving the former 
father of the year? They would call it old news, not relevant, dirty tricks from a salacious lawsuit that doesn’t even involve him and an attack on Hillary that crosses the line. In fact the left will deploy a plethora of adjectives to discourage further discussion of this story from antiquated to zany, but there is one adjective that could not come out of their mouth to dismiss this story:
The last few years have proven that the left can convince a low information voter of a lot of things, but even the full power of the mainstream media and the strongest zealots from the War on Women® brigade would not be able to convince the American public that Bill Clinton would have no interest or business on a private island where orgies took place.
That’s why you didn’t see this story in the news last month and why as the case moves forward you’ll not see it covered period.

And a piece I wrote during the 2016 campaign:

as I was watching Jake Tapper on Monday discussing this and the security implication of blackmail for the husband of a top aide of Hillary Clinton my head started spinning.
We are seriously talking about the security implication of Anthony Weiner due to his sexual peccadilloes when we are talking about letting 
Bill freaking Clinton back into the White House?
I know the MSM is still trying to pretend that this is no big deal but I have two words to say to such people:
Jeffrey Epstein

Along with some video from MSNBC at the time with this key exchange

Video that MSNBC suppressed once the Free Beacon linked to it

Maybe it’s just me but given how often we see stuff at mediaite et al it seems rather unusual for a news network to make a copyright claim over a clip from a news story that used as “fair use” by another news organization. Could this suggest that NBC wants to keep this clip out of the public view because it might hurt Hillary?

I can see the NBC reaction now: Nonsense, we’re not censoring the clip at all. The seven minute clip IS available IF you

  1. Go to the Morning Joe site
  2. Hit search taking you to the MSNBC search engine
  3. Search for Donald Trump
  4. Narrow the field to Morning Joe
  5. Narrow the field to May 16th 2016 and sit through all the videos till you find the right one.
  6. And skip ahead to the 12 minute mark on that video.

If you do so you CAN find the clip

Incidentally the clip does not work from the MSNBC site anymore as but the Free Beason has since found another Youtube account with it that is no longer suppressed as the election is long over and the Epstein Story is now public knowledge.

Apparently they aren’t so worried about their copyright after all.

So when ABC tells you they didn’t have the story, look at the faces around that Morning Joe table who all knew what was being said and then try to make that case.

I suspect writing about this type of thing when everyone wanted it suppressed might have something to do with me not making it bigger in the business but then again if I was bigger and writing about it perhaps it might have lead to a sudden heart attack.

Why doesn’t the left cheer when they’re wrong about bad things too?

A few days ago I lead with a post about some apparent insanity in a school district in NH that I had seen at a site I frequent. Turns out the info in question was incorrect & I missed an email warning me of same so the post in question went up as scheduled.

When I saw the email I added an update as follows:

Update: Got a heads up that suggests there might be less to this than meets the eye, While that might be embarrassing for me it would be delightful as it would indicate that insanity does not reign at the school in question and that’s more important that a post getting hits. I don’t believe in pulling posts as it changes the record so for now I’m going to put the base post under a “more” tag until I get more data. For now we’ll wait and see and if a correction is warranted I’ll update the post with it.

Long story short the info was incorrect the author apologized to the people in question. I provided a 2nd update joining in said apology and rejoicing that the school in question was not in fact insane. As it’s likely who saw the 1st post but might never check it again a fresh post linking to the mea culpa was the proper and honorable thing to do which was the primary reason for this post.

Then it hit me. The reason why I wrote the base post was I don’t want public schools to be acting insane and the purpose of said post was to hold up a light to such behavior to stop this school & others from acting that way.

Thus when it turned out this school wasn’t doing so I was very happy regardless of any embarrassment from an erroneous post because my primary goal is schools not acting insane.

This is not the case with the Democrat/left media. Think about it for a second

  • The media/left went all in on the idea of a Supreme Court Nominee being a sexual predator, then the evidence showed the accusations were not credible
  • The media/left went all in on the idea that the President of the United State was colluding with Russia to steal an election, and even with an independent council, a staff full of partisans, the assistant AG working against the president it turned out their suspicions were unfounded.
  • The media/left went all in as various colleges being bastions of “rape culture with claims that as many as 25% of the women attending were assaulted but it turned out that the methodology of the studies and the definitions of assault were so stretched as to be meaningless.
  • The media/left went all in on various race hoaxes being furious that various individuals, some involving celebs, particularly at colleges were a bunch of racists and white supremacists, yet over and over these turned out to be hoaxes.

Now supposedly the left and media and the guests they brought in did this because they didn’t want a serial sexual predator on the supreme courts or a President conspiring with Russia, colleges being bastions of rape, gay black TV starts threatened with nooses or racist acts being committed all over the nation. That being the case all of these things turning out to be false should be cause for celebration for the left who can breathe a sigh of relief that none of these things that they considered beyond the pale had happened.

Yet instead their reaction has been at best been too ignore when such hoaxes are exposed as such or at worst to continue to insist they are true despite evidence to the contrary.

Now if you work under the assumption that the goal of the media/left is to prevent such behavior then you might be utterly confused at this reaction as it makes no logical sense.

However if you work from the assumption that the primary goal of the left/media is POWER and or WEALTH and that in search of said power & wealth the events and actions that they supposedly deplore are used to generate both the funds to gain them and the means to retain them, well it makes perfect sense.

To them the the only “crisis” in government is when they don’t control it and the only “abuse” of power is if it not in their hands. Work under that assumption and all the left/media does and you will never be shocked or surprised by anything they do ever again.

Writers Block Blog Update/Move Thoughts Under the Fedora

Usually 2nd shift is a good shift to for me when blogging because as a general rule when I wake up my mind is full of thoughts that produce posts and I can literally get two or three things written before I leave the bed. However occasionally when I’m overtired and crash hard I’ll drift in and out of sleep and wake up without a thought in my mind.

Like today

So I think I’ll just write a bit about the move to this point.

I’m typing this in the new site (although it’s not totally live yet) We won’t be actually going live till all the accounts are set up and at least August’s posts are moved over. Since all the posts have to be moved manually one by one the idea is to write the posts here, then copy and paste the HTML to the new site via the backdoor I found. Not so worried about losing the links since once we go live datechguyblog.com will point here so the links will work

I’m sticking with the current theme which I’ve really taken a fancy to. This is a disadvantage in moving posts as the blog will look the same So I’ve left the default header photo which is a bunch of carrots. so people can tell the difference. If you’re really dying to see what the site currently looks like it’s here. When you see the carrots go then you’ll know that datechguyblog.com is pointing here. I am curious about the current speed

As for the old location the eventual plan is to move all the posts from the last 8 years here but it’s a lot of work so since I’m paid up with GoDaddy for a while the plan is to point an old domain of mine datechguyondaradio.com to the old site once this one is up so I can easily access the old posts without using the wayback machine to get them moved. That means an awful lot of old links are going to fail for a while but as I explained already they will all work once here.

Since every single bit of the blog has to be re-added It’s highly likely that a bunch of categories will disappear with a few new one replacing them, same with tags and the same with the blogroll. What stays, what goes and what is new. And most importantly what plugins will I install? Well you’ll find out when I do.

I’d be Lying If I told you this wasn’t a kick in the balls

With my current job and shift my ability to cover campaigns isn’t what it used to be when, thanks to the Obama economy, I was not employed and found myself writing instead.

But with POTUS on his way to NH and only an hour’s drive away and having a few spare vacation days I figured I could take a day and go cover his Manchester Rally, so I put in my request for a vacation day and went to the donaldtrump.com website to request press credentials keeping an eye on the page to see when or if they would be granted.

I figured I shouldn’t have too much trouble, after all.  I’ve coveredcampaigns congressional, senatorial and presidential.  I was been credentialed for both the 2010 Scott Brown victory party and the less pleasant Mitt Romney one.  I’ve been in the spin room after a GOP debate questioning Herman Cain and covered Rick Santorumin 2012.  Ben Carson and Ted Cruz have sat or stood for interviews with me.  I’ve been credentialed at CPAC for years, covered political events in NH for years and even covered the Trump Campaign the last time around questioning him twice at press conferences and both times getting a positive reaction from him for my questions, both in NH

and in Worcester MA when he spoke the quote that is the banner on my blog and on my business card

In both cases I was one of the very few people in the room not out to destroy him. So I was feeling pretty good about things.

So I got myself ready. My Vacation day was approved yesterday, rather lucky on short notice, started getting my equipment ready, identified what I considered the most significant story in relation to the trip (see my lead post tomorrow for that) and started going over what I might as the President if I got the chance to pose a question once again, finally deciding that the question would be dependent on the answers his supporters gave me in interviews on and off camera before the event.

Then this afternoon around 4 PM I checked my status and saw this.

It would have been a great honor to be credentialed press at a Presidential event outside of CPAC, it would have been an even greater honor as a blogger to pose a question to a sitting president.

Apparently Team Trump has decided I’m not worthy of that honor.

The Irony of course is that there will likely be no shortage media members who hate the president, hate his voters and dream of the chance to derail his campaign that will be in that building spinning away to achieve that goal I would have thought it would have been good to have at least one ally in that crowd and one person who might ask a neutral rather than a loaded question. But it’s not my decision to make.

There’s always the chance they’ll change their mind so I’ll keep my eye on that link to see if they change their mind. Thursday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary so I’ll be off to morning mass that day. If I get home and the status is changed, then I’ll pack up and head north to do a long days work.

But if the worst that happens to me on Thursday is that things remain as they are then I’ll have had a pretty good day. My primary regret will be that I burned a vacation time on a day that my wife works when I didn’t have to.

But as the title of the post suggests I’d be a damn liar If I told you I wasn’t feeling a bit down.

The Blog Transition Clock has now started. Here is what to expect during weeks of DaMove

As you might have noticed the fundraiser that I pined to the top of the blog yesterday is no longer there. That’s because our stated goal has been reached.

We managed about 40% when it 1st went up. Another 20% through a facebook link from Baldilocks. When I came home from work I saw that Glenn at Instapundit had linked (thanks much) and the rest came in and more. As it was for a specific goal and said goal is made naturally the post is no longer on top, anything extra that comes in will go to paying down debt til it’s gone. May I up front thank all who kicked in and note that you will all be getting individual notes of thanks likely this weekend when I’m off from my day job.

By the time you read this I will have called our new host/provider to be they have been informed by email that the goal is made and the work can begin.

Here is what will happen blogging wise during the move:

At DatechGuyblog.com things will continue here as they have for the past week. I will be writing at least a post a day here, using the “quickdraft” feature which allows only plain text, no graphics or links and no edits. Once the draft is saved I go into the Posts menu and either post or schedule them.

Any members of DaMagnificent Seven who wish to write plan text posts will be doing the same although I will likely be doing the scheduling of the actual posts via the dashboard.

While this is going on I will be writing regularly at the original wordpress blog at Http://datechguy.wordpress.com which is now our blog backup. This will allow us post normally with html links etc. Our paid writers have accounts at that site and may at their discretion post there if they aren’t posting here. Any members of DaMagnificent Seven who wish to take the transition time off may do so at their discretion.

Once we are fully at the new site the wordpress location will again be our backup site and additionally, if I can pull it off, become DaTechGuy’s home for retired bloggers.

The primary goal is to get everything moved so we can function normally again, but this is also a good time to clean up a few things that have slowed down the site considerably over the years. Furthermore if our new host has design suggestions that might improve the site visually I’m of course interested provided that said changes do not significantly delay the move.

I have no idea if the end results will grow readership, bring in more regular revenue and make this the top 100 conservative blog it once was, that would be fantastic result.

But for me, if when all is said and done if we remain a good site with fine writers providing insight, opinion and some original reporting that informs our regular readers who have supported us over the years. A site that still pays our writers and our bills with a little bit left over that will be fine with me.

Thank you for deciding we’re still worth it either by your funds or just by stopping by and making us a part of your day. We have no demand on the money you have worked for or the slice of your brief time on earth that you spend here other than your decision to give it to us.

That any of you have made the choice to do so is, to me, a great honor.