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Friday, March 29, 2013

Under the Fedora The joys of doing it yourself

It’s CPAC plus one week and after shooting over 100 pices of video scheduled as posts over a two week period and with my youngest’s school schedule giving him Mon & Wed off till summer I actually had time to solicit my radio show door to door in person in Concord Ma this week.

I know in theory someone should be selling this for me and I’m constantly on the lookout for people willing to do commission sales for me but there is something about important and special about doing the work yourself, meeting people and talking your show and web site, nobody knows your show or business like you do and it’s good for people to see the host of the show in person.
If you have a business I strongly suggest you devote at least a few days a year to getting out and meeting your customers or potential customers in person, you won’t regret it.

Some things are just so ridiculous that you have to see them to believe them.  Al Sharpton hitting people for anti-Semitism is a great example

Yid with lid’s head didn’t explode but Jeff did comment:
When people falsely use terms like Antisemitism, ESPECIALLY when they are anti-Semitic haters like Al Sharpton, it waters down the effect of what should be a horrible label.

Al Sharpton has no right to determine what is anti-Semitic, but as a Jew who has faced Antisemitism many times during his life..I do.  People who are fighting for the Second Amendment, like me for example, are not doing so because of Jew hatred. 

Al Sharpton, the  MSNBC broadcaster/professional agitator who used the term this morning is an Anti-Semite of the worst kind.

It’s amazing what you can get away with if you have the gumption to do it:

If you ever question Glenn Reynolds deserved the lifetime achievement award for blogging at CPAC  consider that it takes 4 bloggers to replace him on his site when he goes on vacation.

Stacy McCain continues to be busy, he is now Editor in Chief of a new site Viral Read which combines both cultural news and political news.  (This BTW is an excellent idea, we need to be part of the bigger culture if we are going to win) but he is also on the road again heading down to SC-1 to cover the Sanford Bostic GOP primary.
Mark Sanford’s history makes him a kamikaze choice for the GOP.  Even if he wins both the primary and the general election the GOP loses, meanwhile  Bostic has already been endorsed by both Rick Santorum and Ann Coulter.
If I was a democrat I’d be shoveling money to the Sanford campaign and readying mailings attacking Bostic ASAP they would rather avoid facing a Marine with Deployments to Kuwait & Saudi Arabia than a pol whose most famous deployment was to Argentina.
A few months ago I interviewed some writers who were big Dr. Who fans.  It appeared that there were two distinct Dr. Who cultures.  Guys like me, the straight guys into history & SF and a very liberal subculture full of Gay men who absolutely adored the series.
This came to mind with the daily mail story concerning John Nathan Turner producer of Dr. Who who took over for the last Tom Baker season and presided over it’s steady decline and cancellation.
The BBC faces a new sex scandal over claims two senior Doctor Who staff abused their positions to exploit fans.
A book alleges the show’s longest-serving producer, John Nathan-Turner, and his partner, production manager Gary Downie, preyed on young male fans in the 1980s.
Many of the men, the book says, were under 21 – at the time the homosexual age of consent.

I guess that explains why the series had its decline,  the producer had other things on their mind.  It took a lot of years for this stuff to get out to the public, if only a Catholic Priest was involved perhaps it might have generated some interest before now.
BTW this weekend I’ll have the pleasure of both the new 50th anniversary special with the 3rd Doctor and the new season with Matt Smith.  For all the talk of the Gay fan subculture without them I wouldn’t be enjoying both of these series this weekend.
I wonder if they had time to film anything with Caroline Jones (Liz Shaw) before her death last year?

While the MSM is all Gay Marriage all the time Dave Weigel (one of my guests on DaTechGuy on DaRadio last week) pointed out something that is a sore spot for me:
The new Democratic advocates for SSM fall into two camps. The first consists of people who always liked the idea of this but worried about losing national elections. In his memoir, Democratic consultant Bob Shrum remembers John Kerry fretting that the Massachusetts Supreme Court had forced Democrats to talk about gay marriage before they were ready to. "Why couldn't they just wait a year?" he asked Shrum, mournfully. The second camp consists of people who really do oppose the idea of gay people getting married. Republicans argued that this second camp was tiny, and that liberals were hiding behind it. They were right!
The “We don’t need a constitutional Amendment” has been and always was a lie, and the democrat party that has always been beholding to the entertainment and media industries in which the homosexual community is highly overrepresented while believing Christians are highly unrepresented
The left is the secular party; Christianity and traditional values are the enemy.  I recognized it almost 20 years ago, it remains to be seen when everyone else will get it.
This is Holy week the most sacred time in the Church’s calendar.  A lot of people think that Christmas is the holiest day of the year, and some think Easter but Good Friday and the Easter Vigil beat them both.  The Easter Vigil mass is a minimum 3 hours and can run 4-5 depending on the number of people joining the church that day.
A lot of people don’t realize it but the Catholic Church  is very serious about adult and family conversions.  You don’t just get baptized it takes a fair amount of time, preparation and study to join the church.  I think this is why converted adults tend to be stronger and more knowledgeable about the faith than cradle Catholics, they HAVE to learn the faith to become a part of it.

It appears the Boston Red Sox streak of sellouts is going to end this year.  The Sox have a 6 state customer base, one of the most historic franchise in the nation and a ballpark that is not only one of the smallest in the majors but is itself an attraction in itself.
"It's going to rest in peace sometime in April, I suspect," Lucchino said of the streak, which began in 2003 and is the longest in U.S. pro sports history. "That's not such a terrible thing. It's an extraordinary accomplishment."

But even that isn’t enough if you don’t put a worthwhile product on the field.  Or the fact that it is prohibitively expensive for a family of four to attend a game.  4 tickets in the nosebleed seats  run $120 (if you shift to the bleachers the price drops to a mere $112).  If you want to sit other than in nosebleed land in left field you will pay over $200 and that’s without the premium you pay

That doesn’t count parking, hotdogs or drinks, or a program.  In an economy where people are making half or less than what they were making 4 or 6 years ago 

On the bright side so many people have fled NE the Red Sox can be sure that no matter what park they play New England expatriates who likely couldn’t afford good Red Sox seat will be in the stands to cheer.
You might leave to find a job but Red Sox fans never leave their team behind.

Happy Easter all.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Under the Fedora: CPAC etc.

Well CPAC has come and gone but the GOP seems to have learned little.  Monday the talk is all re-branding and tweaking things to that suddenly the MSM will decide that the Republican Party is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Earth to GOP, your problem isn’t branding it’s principles.  Look at the last few weeks.
At CPAC there were 10,000+ conservative activists ready to fight, all they need is somebody willing to step up.
The poured in to hear Marco Rubio talk about the future and take the attacks of the left in stride, he turned the democrats watery attacks into a flood of fundraising dollars and a packed hall.
Rand Paul stood on principles, he bluntly (and concisely) pointed out the principles of limiting the power of government and defended the constitutional amendments from the 1st the 2nd the 4th and the 10th.
And Ted Cruz in a speech where he eschewed the Teleprompter walked before the podium and about the stage to tell a cheering audience when it came to drones. And the government asking:  Don’t you trust us?:
The answer is exactly that.  No we don’t trust you and we don’t trust the next guy or the next guy or the next guy whether he’s a democrat or a republican.”
Rand Paul stood up and fought, things happened.
Ted Cruz stood up and fought things happened.
Marco Rubio stood up and fought, things happened.
One you start leading, people will follow, the trick is to be willing to lead.

Speaking of leading ReincePriebus might be doing well on the fundraising side but his gigantic document on “rebranding” the GOP had a glaring omission:
For the RNC to produce a 100-page report and not have a single mention of the need to interact with and support the conservative blogosphere tells me that the RNC simply has rearranged the deck chairs on the HMS Consultant.
We may not be all that, but it’s clear that the RNC doesn’t want us to be any part of that.
Meanwhile look who showed up at Blogbash…
Perhaps that why Ted Cruz is winning and other aren’t
Note to the GOP listen to Ted Cruz and these people and you will win, fail to do so and you will not only lose, but you will DESERVE to lose

Speaking of CPAC there were a lot of interesting people there  Writers
And regular people
Not to mention folks with Cannoli recipes

All the video in the world won't change the fact that you can't understand CPAC without seeing it close up.
The WBC has also come and gone and the Dominican Team went a perfect 8-0 to win it all.  One can look at that killer roster but it was a pitching staff with an ERA of under 2 for the entire 8 games that really made the difference.
Pitching, Pitching, Pitching
I suspect the Red Sox will not have an 8 game winning streak in 2013, but you never know.
Two weeks away from the series 7 of Dr. Who. I really don’t like this short half season stuff nor do I think they should only have a single episode for the 50th anniversary (monthly repeat specials not withstanding.  I think they should include as many past doctors as they can in the season and make that anniversary the entire theme.
But it’s easy for me to say,
Is it just me or does the Big Bang Theory get funnier every year?  The character growth has not retarded the show one bit in fact the interaction between Howard & his wife has really added a great dimension to the show.
I really hope they don’t play the “Make Raj gay card”.  Nothing says I’m not edgy more than giving into a social convention in that way.

Speaking of social conventions we have a new Pope and the left is trying to wrap their heads around Francis I, particularly after his initial mass
When he talks about Joseph “receptive to God’s plan and not his own” it is a direct challenge to those who worship the world. That the day after Hillery Clinton changes with the wind on “gay marriage” and Memeorandumtrumpets the latest support for it in the polls its chief opponent in the entire world takes the world stage talking about God’s plan which directly contradicts all the media loves.
On CNN the irony became more pronounced as Chris Cuomo brother of the Governor of NY who has been pushing Abortion even beyond the pale in the hopes of the nomination of the Democrat party in 2016 bluntly said there was nothing unorthodox in his message. CNN as soon as the Homily was done pivoted toward the Sex scandal but they couldn’t sustain the conversation in that direction as the Pope’s Homily pushed them in into a different direction.
This Pope’s humility and popularity is going to be a thorn in the media’s side and his weight with the common people will force the media to continue to highlight his every move.
Do not let this fool you.  The media will follow him, will report on him and quote him whenever it serves to advance their agenda while, as Judas did “look for an opportunity to hand him over“  Mark 14:11b
As I said the day he was elected the left will hate Francis the way Satan hats the church. 
Finally on  the subject of “immigration” Jeb Bush took a hit for suggesting that people who came illegally go back to the end of the line in terms of citizenship while being made legal to get on with their lives.
You would have thought he killed the Lindbergh baby he was roundly denounced for his words by the left but how could he NOT be.
For the left Amnesty is all about creating democrat voters, period.  To pretend otherwise is to fool yourself.

Cool, Calm and Kibbe

While John Boehner was carrying water for POTUS on This Week, Fox News Sunday (3/17/13) was not to be outdone overseeing a grudge match between FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe and Steve LaTourette, a former congressman from Ohio who know heads up The Republican Mainstream Partnership. The latter would be more aptly name LaTourette Syndrome based on the constant twitch of his smarmy patronizing facial expressions and gesticulations as he disparaged Kibbe who maintained a Clint Eastwood level of cool throughout.

LaTourette Syndrome has permeated the crumbling GOP establishment leaving
conservatives cold and disinterested. I myself am having trouble not changing my party affiliation to independent just to make a point such was the bitter bite of LaTourette’s misogynist, racist message. This barnacle refers to Tea Party supported members of congress as “chuckleheads.

Literally pointing the finger, (not the same one I had up at that point) at a cool, calm and composed Kibbe, he curled his lip and said “They brought us Harry Reid as the majority leader,” citing media smeared conservatives such as Sharron Angle

Richard Mourdock as well as “I always forget her name, the witch in Delaware,” said Latourette, to which talking head turned chucklehead Chris Wallace giggled and chimed in; “Christine O’Donnell.

Grab a barf bag and watch the entire clip here:

Hey Charlie Christ, you forgot something on your way out the door, come pick up LaTourette and take Karl Rove with you. Both of  whom are ready to roll up the sleeves of their blue shirts and take their cues from the Democratic party and abandon principle for victory.

Prompted by Wallace, Rove tees off on Sarah on several points ostensibly to get back at her for a comment she made during her brilliant speech at CPAC. Trouble is, Palin never named Rove by name.

LaTourette syndrome continued to spread. “Everyone agrees legitimate rape was stupid, and if there is a child out of rape that is what G-d intended, “ said Wallace.  Gee Mr. “I’m not a journalist, I just play one on TV” Wallace, that might have been a good time to toss in some far more recent Democratic rape gaffs on the fair and balanced network.

Last point for Chris Wallace, if you are going to wag your finger in Mitt Romney’s face about his dogs’ accommodations where the dog didn’t die, don’t use phrases like “You’ve got a dog in this fight”, as you did when pivoting to Karl Rove on PACS and primaries. In the absence of the fair and balanced facts, feel free to rely on rhetoric but a “dog in the race” works equally well.

Your welcome. My bill is in the mail and I won’t hold my breath. For anything.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Under the Fedora: Chavez

Hugo Chavez has died and some on the left are in mourning including some in congress like Jose Serrano
Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.
People were expressing outrage, I don’t’ see why.  The left has supported totalitarians since Vietnam, they tried to hinder Reagan in central America and opposed his standing up to the soviets, they did all they could to protect Saddam, why should anyone be surprised that the Democrat left should support yet another dictator?
That doesn’t fly as well in an internet age and Think Progress is doing it’s best to protect the left from itself when it comes to Hugo
Chavez’ policies harmed Venezuela’s poorest in other ways: the value of the Venezuelan currency dropped while prices soared, making it harder for people to buy basic necessities, and crime skyrocketed
…Chavez also attacked Venezuela’s democratic political system. Human Rights Watch reported in 2012 that “the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society.” Contra Serrano, Venezuela’s elections were not certified as “free and fair” by international monitors of late: Chavez had not allowed international election monitors to observe Venezuelan elections since 2006.
Alas poor Think Progress they didn’t think of shutting off comments on their post.  They don’t seem to share that opinion.

While the Think Progress crew is seems to miss the dictator there are signs that some other groups are moving in the right direction.  As you might have heard an attempt was made on Lars Hedegaard’s life over his cartoons hitting Islam, what you might now have heard is how the Islamic society of Copenhagen reacted:
When the news broke on Feb. 5 that Mr. Hedegaard had narrowly escaped an attack on his life, recalled Imran Shah of Copenhagen’s Islamic Society, “we knew that this was something people would try to blame on us. We knew we had to be in the forefront and make clear that political and religious violence is totally unacceptable.”

I’ve never been shy about hitting Radical Islam, conversely when you see Muslims do the right thing that needs to be highlighted and encouraged.  If we don’t’ support people willing to object to this kind of thing in the Muslim community the hard liners will roll right over them.

Meanwhile in the US being willing to speak against Radical Islam or it’s enablers will get you banned from CPAC
This year, I applied to speak and was ignored. I tried to get a room for an AFDI event, "The War on Free Speech," and was ignored. So, for the first time in five years, I won't be at CPAC. Last year Suhail Khan bragged out loud that he (and his other operatives) had successfully kept Robert Spencer and me from being invited to speak. He went so far as to warn people not to attend our events or read our books.
In fact you might not even be allowed to accept awards that you win:
But as time went by and no announcement was made of this victory, and the voting continued despite my having been told that it officially ended last Friday night and that I had won, and the promised links and other placement promised to the winning blog didn't materialize, I started to wonder. So I contacted the organizer who had written me telling me I won and asked him what was going on.
He told me that there was a slight problem: the Tea Party group, which co-sponsored this People's Choice Blog Award, didn't want to allow me to receive it at CPAC next week unless I promised not to criticize Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan as I accepted the award.
I told the organizer that I couldn't agree to that. He asked me if I had planned to talk about Grover and Suhail. I said no, I hadn't, but I had to now.
So that's that. The People's Choice Blog Award is now the Grover's Choice Blog Award. I will not be going to CPAC and will not be receiving this award.
Hugo Chavez might be dead but apparently his spirit lives on, I just didn’t think it would live on at CPAC.
Meanwhile while some try to deny the dangers of Radical Islam others are counting on it.
Mind you the Kimberlin crowd is not doing this because they object to some Muslims being critiqued as murderous barbarian bastards who would kill or threaten a person who objects to Islamic threats. They are doing this specifically because they BELIEVE Muslims to be murderous barbarian bastards who will threaten or harm those who critique them, in fact they’re counting on it!
And these guys don’t have the excuse of trying to please God
Just picked up the in the 2nd Season of the 4th Doctor Adventures at Mike’s Comics/Anne’s Book Stop of Worcester The Sands of life.

It’s a simply delightful episode the first of two parts, the second being released next month.  While a great pleasure it makes one sad.  How many great Doctor Romana #1 stories could we have had if Tom Baker had jumped on Board with Big Finish in 1999 rather than in 2011.
Not to mention Sarah Jane Stores.
I don’t know if they will do any Lalla Ward stories, her being his ex wife it might be complicated.
BTW David Warner guests in The Sands of life, is there anything at ALL he isn’t good in?
I’ve been following the World Baseball Classic.  Three interesting stories thus far.
The Dutch Team.  Last time they shocked the world by eliminating the Dominican Republic this time they advanced at the expense of Korea.
Don’t’ think for one minute that performance last time didn’t help build up the team for this time around.
Brazil vs China:  Brazil blew two 8th inning leads vs Japan and China but the Chinese game was incredible, in the 8th inning Brazil walked five batters (three ties forcing in runs) hit one and give up the key bases loaded single that gave China a lead they would never surrender.
Did you know China has a General Secretary of Baseball.She stood behind the manager during the game.  She didn’t react when China took the lead but when they turned a 5-4-3 double play after Brazil put on the first man in the ninth she cheered like a person who didn’t have to go back to communist masters and tell them they qualified for 2016.
Italy is playing in Pool D.  If you are a non-baseball country it’s got to be the worst bracket to be fighting in, Mexico, Canada and the US.  Despite this Italy managed to beat Mexico in the first game 6-5 surviving a bases loaded 3-2 situation in the last of the ninth.
And THAT is why baseball is the best sport ever made.
See you all at CPAC next week