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» May 17th, 2013
Ok NOW I understand why so many business’ that seemed to sympathize with what my blog and Radio Show were hesitant to advertise in 2011 & 2012.
This week reminds me of the 1966 World Series between the Baltimore Orioles & the LA Dodgers.
The Dodgers had made the trip to the post season in those pre-playoff days regularly 1947 & featured one of the greatest 1-2 punches in Baseball history with Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale.
The Orioles on the other hand had never played in a world series. Their one trip as the St. Louis Browns was at the height of World War 2 when the best players were absent.
Conventional wisdom was the Dodgers would take the Orioles apart and when journeyman Moe Draboskey came in to relieve Dave McNally with the bases loaded and nobody out in the 3rd things looked grim.
Six innings later Draboskey & the O’s won Game 1 on their way to a sweep of the vaunted Dodgers but were about to start their period as one of the dominant teams of the American League.
The GOP must be feeling like the 66 O’s right now. Last week at this time President Obama was riding high, Kelly Ayotte was under constant attack for her vote on Manchin/Toomey, Mark Sanford had just won election on sc-1 ensuring a flock of stories hurting the GOP and talk of the immigration bill was not IF one would pass, but what type of bill would finally make it through congress and how much it would hurt the GOP when it did.
Meanwhile the press was uninterested in Benghazi, the IRS scandal was considered the paranoid ravings of tea party fanatics, and the press knew that their love for Obama was returned.
A lot of things can happen in a week, and there is every chance the media will pivot to something else if they can find an excuse to do so.
One of the things people forget about the IRS scandal is the multiplier effect. How many people didn’t join the tea party, or give , or talk to other people about the tea party because of fear of audits? This is the real scandal, the intimidation of those opposed to this administration.
I wonder if the press that is upset about the chilling effect of the AP being tapped understands this, or are they thinking: Serves you right.
The outrage of the press and congress on the targeting of the right is rather amusing to me. For the last three years they have called the tea party every name in the book, implied they were violent astroturf (unlike occupy everwhere that was supposedly a wholly organic peaceful movement that never did a violent thing in their lives). Let’s not forget the moment the Bombs went off in Boston the media was speculating that it was the fault of right wing extremists.
If the press wants to blame someone over this they should look in the mirror.
BTW do you think for one minute the IRS scandal happens if the people involved thought for one moment the press would report on it before the election?
Speaking of the Boston Bomber also known as the young heartthrob of thousands of women. Jahar apparently left a note behind in the Boat where he was taken detailing his grievances against the United States for its crimes against islam and calling the innocents killed “collateral damage”
I’d be angrier about those girls in denial over Jahar, if the MSM wasn’t so much in denial about Islam.
Oh and speaking of another odd coincidence:
Massachusetts state police say they and the FBI are investigating a trespassing incident at the Quabbin Reservoir but have no evidence of terrorism.
The central Massachusetts reservoir supplies drinking water to Boston.
Why would Terrorism even be suspected?
Procopio said they are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Singapore with addresses in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland and Northampton, and New York City.
And the explanation for being there at 12:30 AM?
The men told police they are recently graduated chemical engineers curious about the reservoir.
Oh I’m sure there is absolutely nothing going on that has anything to do with any religion that doesn’t have anything to do with terrorism, or even Cigarette Smuggling.
Bob Woodward was on Morning Joe this week. We haven’t seen much of him lately since his last clash with the administration. When asked about Benghazi Woodward went off the reservation again:
“You were talking earlier about kind of dismissing the Benghazi issue as one that’s just political and the president recently said it’s a sideshow,” said Woodward. “But if you read through all these e-mails, you see that everyone in the government is saying, ‘Oh, let’s not tell the public that terrorists were involved, people connected to al Qaeda. Let’s not tell the public that there were warnings.’ I hate to show, this is one of the documents with the editing that one of the people in the state department said, ‘Oh, let’s not let these things out.’ And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, ‘Oh, let’s not tell this, let’s not show this.’ I would not dismiss Benghazi. It’s a very serious issue. As people keep saying, four people were killed. You look at the hydraulic pressure that was in the system to not tell the truth, and, you know, we use this term and the government uses this term, talking points. Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They’re an argument on one side. What we need to get rid of talking point and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents. Okay, this is all we know.”
Woodward got a lot of grief over hitting this administration earlier this year. I wonder how much payback was involved there.
Last week we had Dr. Paul Byrne on DaTechGuy on DaRadio talking about Brain Death & Organ donation. If you only listen to one of my shows. Listen to this one.
A little more sports, How bad are the Houston Astros? As of May 16th just 41 games into the season they are 4 ½ games behind the LA Angels.
That doesn’t sound so bad, until you realize the Angels are 11 ½ games out of first. Teams all over the American League are just dying for the Astros to come to town, they’re a winning streak just waiting to happen.
The same thing must be going on in the NL when Miami comes to town.
The Boston Bruins made an almost impossible comeback against the Toronto Maple Leafs to finish the first round of the NHL Stanly cup playoffs. Down 4-1 in the 3rd period they managed three goals to tie, two of them while playing with an empty net , then eventually win in overtime.
Paying with an empty net when you are down is usually an act of desperation. It’s rare that it works to score once, it’s almost unheard of to have it work twice in one game.
That photo spread of Emma Watson made me feel VERY old.
Some Doctor Who news. According to reports the season finale was accidentally leaked to fans in America when Blu Ray sets of 7th season were shipped early.
I tend to disbelieve it as during the week not a single spoiler managed to make it on the net. In this internet age that’s practically unheard of.
Me If I was a hacker wanting to take control of computers I’d have had an infected torrent with the preview spliced into it as soon as the news came out. I’d have control of half of England’s internet by now.
See you next week.
» May 9th, 2013
It just a few weeks out from Boston but Bill Ayers continues to defend his time in the Weather Underground and hasn’t changed his views on America at all:
The United States is the most violent country that has ever been created, Ayers said.
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., committed daily war crimes in Vietnam “and I get asked about violence when what I did was some destruction of property to issue a scream and cry against an illegal war in which 6,000 people a week are being killed,” Ayers said. “Six thousand a week being killed and I destroyed some property. Show me the equivalence. You should ask John McCain that question … I’m against violence.”
Only a generation as ignorant as ours could fall for someone like this.
Ever wonder how Anthony Weiner manages to finance his comeback? Wonder no more
Weiner touted Parabel as one of his clients in a recent news article outlining his success as a business consultant. Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, reported earning $496,000 last year, mostly from his earnings.
What Weiner failed to mention was that on Jan. 13, Parabel transferred nearly all of its assets to a subsidiary in the Cayman Islands — on the same day a United Arab Emirates firm pumped $15 million into Parabel, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission document.
It really comes in handy to have a wife involved in the Female side of the Muslim Brotherhood. They tend to support their own.
I wonder if any of that money found its way to any of Weiner’s defenders online?
I saw a story at the Orange County Register that really appealed to me:
Of course, some immigrants still come for venerable reasons, such as the freedom to worship. Christians, who make up some 42 percent of Asian-Americans, face surveillance and repression, particularly, in China, where religion is tightly regulated, and dissent from the party line can land adherents in jail. Over half of Asian immigrants, Pew notes, cite freedom of religion as a key advantage of living in America. New faith-based migration could also be seen soon among Christians fleeing increasingly Islamic regimes in Egypt, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.
This was a primary reason for many of the first settlers of the Americas from Europe. Some things never change over time.
I was surprised to see the Washington Post make an argument that I made weeks ago concerning Mark Sanford in SC-1:
A Sanford victory puts that guy in the House Republican Conference. That means that not only do the late-night jokes start again but, more importantly, every GOPer in the House and Senate will be asked whether they support Sanford and what they think of serving with him.
That reality is why the National Republican Congressional Committee essentially washed its collective hands of Sanford once the trespassing revelations went public. The party establishment wanted (and wants) to make clear that they have nothing to do with Sanford. It won’t matter. The narrative that Republicans have a woman problem will have new life — with little the GOP leadership can do about it.
That’s actually not true, I wasn’t all that surprised to see that argument at a point when there was nothing anyone could do about it and now, of course with Sanford winning by 10 this might just be a question of sour grapes.
North Korea has returned it’s missiles back into storage, no explanation given.
I’m sure that North Korea’s decision to back down has no relation to Japan’s reaction to the North’s threats and the fact they (Japan) can be a nuclear & chemical weapon power in less time that it takes to read Under the Fedora this week.
Vodka Pundit has an interesting take on the Euro’s trouble and what will be it’s eventual failure:
In America, our regional differences are surprisingly enduring, given our labor mobility. But, let’s face it, our differences are cute and quaint and, in the end, not very important. A Californian can make himself into a Texan just fine. In the end, we’re all Americans. There are plenty of Yankees in the South and lots of Southerners in the West and Westerners are heading back East. It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up country — but it works.
But a Greek can’t become a German can’t become and Irishman can’t become a Spaniard can’t become a Finn. There’s no such thing as “a European.” Regional differences matter in Europe, in ways they never mattered here, not even during the Civil War.
Whenever I think of Germany and the Euro I think of the Doctor Who episode The Sunmakers and the line from the Collector to the Doctor when he complains about economic imperialism:
We’ve tried war but the use of economic power is far more effective.
I’ve never stopped thinking the Euro was Germany’s way of conquering Europe without all the earth shattering KaBooms. The real question to ask is, given the Germans are busting their butts to support everyone else, why would they want it?
Bishop McManus of Worcester is having a bad year, first there was the Robert Spencer issue and now he’s been picked up for DUI:
McManus was arrested at 10:32 p.m. Saturday on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a chemical test, Narragansett Police Captain Sean Coorigan said. McManus is to be arraigned Tuesday in district court in Wakefield, R.I.
“I made a terrible error in judgment by driving after having consumed alcohol with dinner,” McManus said in the statement. “There is no excuse for the mistake I made, only a commitment to make amends and accept the consequences of my action.”
People often forget that just because a person is a priest or Bishop or even a Cardinal they don’t sin. People don’t stop becoming people when they have holy orders, even the Pope has a confessor.
Robert is a big man and I doubt he is taking glee from the Bishops troubles but I suspect he is taking immense satisfaction from this story concerning a blogger who had hit him and Pam very hard over some of their Rick Perry stuff:
And then we saw Texas public schoolchildren made to dress in burqas and declare that “Allah is the Almighty God.” Yet no retractions, no apologies came from any of the Perry cult members who denounced us in 2011. And they won’t come after this, either:
“Hollywood conservative unmasked as notorious Holocaust revisionist,” by Rory Carroll in The Guardian, May 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
You don’t get a story like that every day
Pamela Geller weighs in here; Big Fur Hat has a terrific takedown of Ace and Weasel here, and Zilla has another here. Big Fur Hat gets right to the heart of the matter: “Ace and Zip pointed and laughed at Pamela’s vetting of Perry while heavily relying on the work of a guy they never vetted. The work of some closeted neo-nazi jerkwad was ‘good enough’ in order to smear Geller.”
Pam also takes a victory lap
After I wrote extensively on the Islamic Texas curriculum, the right wing blogos went nuts. Vicious and unhinged, they attacked me for exposing their dream candidate, Rick Perry. Their sole source for refutation was David Stein. This man from out of nowhere — with no history or blog cred or anything was the club they attempted to use. David Stein, who today was exposed as Holocaust Denier David Cole (more here).
And Zilla notes something I’ve seen a lot of:
I’ve noticed a pattern with the attacks against Geller and Spencer over the years that others would do well to remember next time they think they have some big ‘gotcha’ that’s going to take my friends down: while those attacks may inflict some damage and be a temporary needless hassle to Pamela, Robert, and others in the counterjihad, time has a funny way of bringing out the truth and that truth is invariably on the side of the truth tellers. Over and over again the attackers implode and their enablers are left with egg on their faces and a steaming hot plate of crow to eat – and they can choke on it, along with their lies.
Speaking of Confessing things I confess I don’t understand why people continue to doubt Pam Geller and Robert Spencer. A supporter of the pair once told me he could never do what they do as he couldn’t deal with the death threats & the need for security. People forget Pam & Robert could have a much easier life and be able to lose the bodyguards if they only shut up and I’m sure the Saudi’s would make them rich if they did.
If you want to know why I don’t give a lot of weight to psychics here is one reason:
She wants answers. “Can you tell me…Is she out there?” Berry’s mother Louwana Miller asked. “I hate when they’re in the water,” Browne said. “She’s not alive honey.” It was bad news from the world-renowned psychic. It’s what Miller didn’t want to hear. “So you don’t think I’ll ever see her again,” Miller said. “Yeah in Heaven on the other side,” Browne responded. “I’m sorry.”
I’ll believe in Psychics when people walk through their door and they instantly say something like: “Yes he’s cheating on you $20 please.”
Some sports, If you took my advice and took a bunch of bets on the Red Sox at 100-1 odd in Boston in March, you’re sweating a bit now aren’t you?
This Article on Tim Tebow inability to find a team caught my attention
Since playing in a pair of playoff games 16 months ago, Tebow, whose only off-the-field baggage comes in the form of his cult-like following and the media frenzy it provokes, hasn’t been afforded the opportunity to show that he sucks.
It’s certainly possible that he’s simply not up to NFL standards, and never will be, but wouldn’t it be nice to get some conclusive proof before this story comes to a meek and unfulfilling close?
If you’re a franchise like the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers or Carolina Panthers — teams with young, athletic quarterbacks who should absolutely feel secure in their starting roles — wouldn’t you think about bringing in Tebow as a similarly mobile backup?
The article suggests the reason temas are passing is the “circus” Tebow would bring. That never seemed to stop teams from signing all kinds of miscreants before.
I’m running pretty long this week so I’ll close with a quick Doctor Who remark.
This week’s episode the Crimson Horror may be the best of this season and easily make the top 10 episodes of the revived series. Along with great writing and the usual fine performance of Matt Smith this episode featurs Diana Rigg & her Daughter was a joy. Both were superb and the characters of Madame Vastra, Jenny, and Strax were never better used then they were in this episode.
Make sure you see it.
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» May 4th, 2013
User the Fedora Quick takes
Does anyone actually believe that seeing their friend on TV prompted three kids to go to his dorm and suddenly decide, “let’s take laptops & explosives from his apartment because we had nothing to do with it and no knowledge of it?”
Hitler’s last remaining food taster has outed herself at 95.
Imagine being offered that job, how quickly would you be shot if you said: “No!”?
Pundit & Pundette names names:
Attorneys Mark Greenwald, Charles Hartwell, David Grubb, Andrew Kramer, William Newport, Juan Ruiz, and Kerry Maloney were confronted with a growing pile of disquieting facts about Gosnell, including a detailed, inside account from a former employee, and a 22-year-old dead woman. Every time, though, they managed to dismiss the evidence as immaterial. Every time, that is, until the facts hit the fan.
And asks the question
Have they been held accountable in any way? Have they at least lost their jobs? Let me know if you have any information.
Don’t hold your breath.
So we have the potential of Hezbollah terrorists, fighting Al Qaeda Terrorists, fighting the Syrian Government and killing each other?
As a Catholic I say it’s a shame, but the American at war with terror says: “Pass the popcorn”
It’s May and as I type this the oil truck came down to my house and made a delivery costing $492
My weekly pay from writing is $300 and that’s totally dependent on readers. Two thoughts:
This same oil bill was half the price when George Bush was president.
Global warming my ***
I found an interesting quote at Viral Read concerning yet another liberal fake hate crime:
Even after the threat was exposed as a hoax, a University of Wyoming spokesman cited the “progress” resulting from the “discussion” Lanker-Simons’s fraud had provoked.
“This episode has sparked an important discussion reaffirming that the UW community has no tolerance for sexual violence or violence of any type,” university spokesman Chad Baldwin said in a statement. “The fact that the Facebook post apparently was a fabrication does not change the necessity for continued vigilance in reassuring that we have a campus where everyone feels safe. It’s important that this event does not undermine the progress that has been made in this area.”
Remember this is a university spokesman. I wonder if a Gay Group, or a Black Group or a Muslim Group had been implicated in a criminal hoax if the university would say the reaction “sparked an important discussion”
Maybe they can give a list of who we can accuse falsely to advance our agenda?
This story has gotten a lot of play this week (except in the MSM)
So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime–possibly resulting in imprisonment–for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)–whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.
Remember the quote from Cardinal Francis George :
I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.
Still doubt it?
Was there anything more disingenuous than the stacked town hall with MSNBC there to bring the Newtown girl to hit Kelly Ayotte?
There is a term for the threat of half the staff of the LA Times threatening to quit if the Koch brothers buy the paper, it’s called “incentive”.
Grief does things to people I would like to think she is being used, instead of using her mother’s murder to advance her agenda.
There was a funny post at YouTango giving advice to women on how they lose men. It wasn’t the post that was so funny as was the description of the author as a “certified sex coach”?
What does a sex coach do. Do she sit and watch and then stop you in the midst of intimacy saying: No you do it THIS way?
Is it like a baseball manager, if you just don’t have it do they call to the bullpen for a replacement?
And what about Certification? Who certifies such a person?
How do they DO the certification? Do you have a board of 5 people in a room, have the coach sit down, bring in a couple of porn stars to work for 10 minutes and have the coach list what they did wrong?
Unless your state has crime, budgets and a first rate education system I don’t think It should be spending money on certifying Sex Coaches.
Jason Collins the 34 year unsigned backup center late of the Washington wizards is still getting all kinds of Accolades for coming out as gay. I think it’s pretty wise financial move, he doesn’t want to be thenancial move, he doesn’ there is no next Larry Doby after all.
What you’ve never heard of Larry Doby? That’s odd he is a member of the Baseball Hall of fame. He played 13 seasons in the Majors with the Indians White Sox and Tigers, led the league in runs and Home Runs in 1952, Homers & RBIs Runs in 1952, Homers & Rbi’s in 1954 slugging and in 1948 played on the last Cleveland Indian team to win a world series beating the Boston (now Atlanta) braves in 6 games.
But he was the 2nd Black player in the Majors (Although the 1st in the AL) and even though he won a World Series 7 years before Jackie Robinson .
There is no percentage in being #2 and being the first at a time when the entire media was simply begging for a gay player to come out is the best meal ticket a man could buy.
One more thing now that Collins has come out as gay I wonder if NBA teams will be making sure the work environment is not uncomfortable in NBA offices & locker rooms? I don’t mean for Gays, I mean for Christians.
I wonder how things would be different if Christians started making those complaints and suing? Could be interesting.
The 4th Doctor special premiered last weekend and it was simply delightful. Tom Baker, Louise Jameson and John Leeson the voice of K-9 all were interviewed. It actually had some information I had not previously known. It was a real pleasure.
On the minus side we now have news about 50th Anniversary special that apparently will not be as special as we all thought.
After months of speculation about which, if any, previous Doctor Who actors would return for the show’s 50th anniversary episode, David Tennant alone has been confirmed.
The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out today, states: “Although David Tennant has returned to his role of the Tenth Doctor, the other old Doctors will not be taking part.”
It’s not as if the old doctors don’t want to appear either:
“All of us want to do it, just for the fans – because that’s what they want,” he explained. “But we’ve heard nothing – Tom Baker’s heard nothing, Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Paul McGann… none of us have heard anything.”
Apparently what does it matter what the old fans who kept things going for 50 years.
“I remember [former Who showrunner] Russell T Davies saying something to a fan once – the fan was saying, ‘You should bring back the Brigadier and you should bring back Leela and you should bring back all these different characters’.
“Russell said, ‘No, it’s not appropriate sometimes. It’s not always about the uber-fan… it’s about the viewer and the new audience who are watching’.”
Yeah it’s not appropriate sometimes but for the 50th Anniversary, Yeah it’s pretty damn appropriate. As I’ve said before, what’s the point of having a 50th anniversary special and not have any of the living Doctor’s in it except for the new series. That makes it a 9th anniversary special not a 50th big whoop.
That’s the real shame of it all, normally a multi Doctor Story with the 10th & 11th doctors would be a cause for celebration and excitement, instead it a cause for disappointment.
Cripes is the BBC taking lessons on disappointing the base from the GOP?
» April 24th, 2013
The Debate is still going on about the “causes” of the Boston attacks but at the UN there is someone who knows what’s going on :
UN Human Rights Council “expert” Richard Falk has published a statement saying Bostonians got what they deserved in last week’s terror attack. He quotes W.H. Auden to make his point: “to whom evil is done/do evil in return.”
Richard Falk is the UN’s “Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.” He has held the post since 2008, despite exposure as a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.
Yid with lid is not surprised:
Falk is a big believer in “human rights”, who called the Ayatollah Khomeini a liberator. He blames Islamofacist terror on the fact that much of Islam “finds itself under the heels of U.S. economic, military, cultural, and diplomatic power.” (Well at least that is cleared up). Falk is also a member of a lawyers organization that the CIA once called a “front” for the Soviet Union and just like Rosie O’Donnell is a member of groups who are still waiting for the “real” story of 9/11.
Me I think if this is all the US’s fault, and the Palestinians believe this, after all their special rapporteur is saying this publicly, they certainly don’t want any of our dirty money. In fact if the UN feels the same, we should be duty bound to keep the cash so they aren’t contaminated by it.
It’s a big sacrifice but we’ll do it for them.
We are still hearing about the Poem for Dzhokhar from the once completely unknown Amander Plummer. People are outraged over empathy for the bomber.
Welcome to the world of Twitter.
Yesterday the AP was hacked and a fake headline stating a bombing took place at the White House injuring the president was tweeted out. This confirms a basic lesson that is the same anywhere. Your passwords are only as secure as the most careless person who knows them.
The stock market briefly tanked before this was caught. I’ve never understood this, let’s say this was true, who calls there broker in a panic saying: The White House has been bombed! Sell 10,000 shares of Gerber baby foods!
I wonder how much of this is programmed.
Here is a story that is getting no play at all:
Iraq carried out its first election since the U.S. military withdrawal without major bloodshed on Saturday in a major test for Iraqi security forces as they face a reviving al-Qaida insurgency.
Granted there has been a lot of stuff in the news this last week but I’d think the first election in Iraq without us going without a hitch is a big deal.
If Iraq continues to normalize it will continue to be a non-story, after all who wants to blame George Bush for a successful state as opposed to a basket case like Egypt?
Bush is clearly the best president of the 21st century, granted there are only two choices unless you count Bill Clinton’s 19 lame duck days. I suspect as time passes he will be harder to dislodge that people think.
In West Virginia a teen has decided to fight over an NRA T-Shirt
Marcum has said that he was arrested on charges of disrupting an educational process and obstructing an officer, though White said Monday that the Logan County prosecutor’s office is reviewing the case to decide whether to proceed.
Marcum wore the same shirt to school Monday. It displays the NRA logo and a hunting rifle.
Other students across Logan County wore similar shirts, which display the NRA logo and a hunting rifle, to school in a show of support for 14-year-old Jared Marcum, said his lawyer Ben White.
This is exactly how you deal with this kind of thing. As a British Admiral named Blake once said: “Cringing to these fellows will never do.”
There are two sex scandal stories out there this week the first has a political angle:
According to the affidavit, from May 2012 through February 2013, Adam Paul Savader sent anonymous text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women stating that he had nude photographs of the women and threatening to distribute the nude photographs to the women’s friends and family members unless the women sent him more nude photographs of themselves. Savader sent some of the victims links to a photo-sharing website where nude pictures of the victims had been posted.
This guy is a former intern to Paul Ryan, personally I wouldn’t have thought people would have fallen for this but apparently this stuff is more common than you think.
Stacy McCain put it well:
There is a lesson here about the perils of the digital age: Anything you put on the Web — even uploaded to private accounts — can be accessed, if someone with enough skills really wants to get to it bad enough. And naked pictures? Yeah, don’t do those. Ever. Because that boyfriend you’re sending them to may not be your boyfriend forever.
The second comes from Lowell and involves a Buddhist Monk
The woman shown having sex with a Buddhist monk in a video recently circulated in the Cambodian community has filed a civil lawsuit against five individuals she alleges illegally distributed the tape.
Taping of the voice and actions of a private person without permission in Massachusetts and distributing them is illegal, which Maya Men highlights in her suit.
Among those Men has sued following the release of the tape of her sexually engaging with the Venerable Nhem Kimteng are another local monk and a former member of the executive committee for the $10 million Lowell temple project Men is helping lead.
Kimteng and Men were filmed in the Trairatanaram Temple in North Chelmsford.
Why do I have the feeling that if this involved a Catholic Priests instead of Buddhist monks it would be a front page headline in the Globe and all over the MSM?
Some sports? Remember before the Baseball season began everyone was picking the Redsox & Yankees to finish 4th & 5th in the AL East? As of this morning The Red Sox are in a 1st place tie & the Yankees are a whole ½ game out.
As they say, that’s why they actually play the games.
I’m still not used to the Houston Astros in the AL but I’m sure the 4 other teams in the AL West currently ahead of them are happy to see them there.
This is THE best time of the year for sports, Baseball, Hockey & Basketball all being played at once. One might make the point that Nov & Dec you have three major sports played at once too but if one of them isn’t Baseball it doesn’t count.
I’ve talked about the number of Electoral votes Massachusetts has lost in my lifetime (5) if you want to get a good idea where all those votes went, check the attendance figures when the Red Sox come to town when they play in Red States.
People say: Don’t you wish New England folk would elect more conservatives, I answer New England folk DO, we just do so in the states they’ve moved to.
Watched High Noon Yesterday it really holds up over time and the cast is simply out of this world. While Gary Cooper & Grace Kelly get top billing to me the most interesting moments are the scenes between Lloyd Bridges & Katy Jurado.
Until I looked it up I would have never known that Juardo was only 28 at the time. She carries herself much older and you would never guess Lloyd Bridges was a full 9 years older than her.
Movies are all about the art of illusion.
Shakespeare’s birthday was this week. It’s become fashionable to devalue his plays but let’s face it, how many playwrights still have their plays performed regularly 400+ years after their birth. In fact I don’t think you can find a day in the last 50 years when a play of Shakespeare was not performed in some theater somewhere in the world.
Finally This week’s is the 4th of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary specials on BBC America. The subject is 4th Doctor Tom Baker the Doctor Who most familiar to Americans before the revival of the series.
Tom Baker’s complete with 12’-18’ scarf is THE definitive Doctor. He held the role for 7 years got the show it’s best ratings and is regularly voted the best Doctor ever by the fans (losing only a few time in the last 30 years).
37 years ago I accidentally discovered the show and him on Channel 12 Rhode Island on a Saturday afternoon and have been hooked ever since. In 1981 I got my first credit card in college and used it to buy a VCR for $500, as much as a semester of college at the time, to tape the show regularly off of public TV. I still have the tapes and on occasion my sons & I watch them together on a $20 VCR.
If you watch only one of the specials, watch this one.
See you next week.
» April 19th, 2013
The topic of the day is the Boston Marathon Massacre.
When I started writing this we didn’t know who had done this.
With the level of camera and smart phones it was highly unlikely that the placement of the bombing wouldn’t have been caught on camera, When it comes down to it we actually found out who did this pretty quick.
Things continue to be happening fast, the best thing we can do right now is:
- If there is anything we know or can do to help contact authorities & do so
- If we can’t be of help to the authorities then stay the hell out of their way
As for the Chris Matthews, Alex Jones and Michael Moore and Jansing & Co and NPR who have all made allusions to nonsense without evidence I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I don’t think I should be lying to you.
Instapundit linked to a piece in the NY Post from last year by Gabriel Malor about the media trying to blame the right seven times in the last 3 years
The media’s habitual blaming of the political right is endemic and incurable. Media figures sincerely believe the right wing is violent, so naturally assume that violent people must be right-wing. This won’t be the last time they make that mistake.
Sooner or later a person on the right is actually going to do something like this and when it happens the left will never let us forget it. It will be the exception that proves the rule, that’s why they’re called Exceptions.
The Senate Campaigns Democrat & Republican have been suspended in the wake of the Bombing of Boston but oddly enough the Senate Campaign of Gabriel Gomez was almost permanently suspended.
Gomez ran the Boston Marathon finishing before the bombs went off but not by much
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez is reflecting on yesterday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, giving thanks for the safety of his family and staff and offering condolences for the injured and deceased
Think for a second if he had chosen to wade into the crowd and shake a few hands near the finish line we might be reading about the dead or maimed GOP candidate for senate.
Life and death can be a very arbitrary thing.
Speaking of life and death there was an awful lot of death going on in Philly at the practice of Kermit Gosnell but the mainstream media didn’t really care.
NBC-10 Philadelphia reported that, Stephen Massof, a former Gosnell worker, “described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” One former worker, Adrienne Moton, testified that Gosnell taught her his “snipping” technique to use on infants born alive.
The media was dragged screaming and kicking to the story:
The grisly details drew mainly local attention. But after an online furor that the case was being ignored by the national news media because of troubling accounts of late-term abortions, reporters from major newspapers and television networks descended Monday on the Court of Common Pleas
James Tarento at the WSJ was amazed
What an amazing headline that is. The editors of the New York Times declare that they’re covering the trial under protest, yielding their news judgment to an angry online mob. It’s probably the most honest thing they’ve ever published.
I’m not, the MSM absolutely hates the Gosnell story but they certainly don’t want to BE the story.
On the bright side for the MSM thanks to the Boston Bombing they now have an excuse to put something else on the front page.
What a difference a couple of weeks make, a few weeks ago the gun control debate was all about how nothing was going to happen, then last week it was all about how suddenly it had all the momentum and this week suddenly the Same Senators who won a vote to advance the bill as saying it’s doomed.
The MSM would like to continue their full court press for gun control that has been going on since Newtown after all it keeps the press away from the economy but just as the Boston bombing gave the press a reason to keep Gosnell off the front page it also prevents them from keeping gun control ON the front page.
Pressure cooker control, well that’s a different debate.
This was tax week and I got my taxes in Friday. I still do them myself, it’s a bit of a pain in the neck but it saves me at least hundreds and when money is tight that counts. I still send in Paper copies on my federal return but on the state version due to current laws and the nature of my return I’m required to file them online.
I generally don’t have a lot good to say about the Massachusetts tax system but I have to say their free online filing system is one of the most user friendly programs I’ve ever used.
It’s nice when state government does something right.
There are all kinds of tricks you find when money is tight, here is one story out of DC:
The Panel Crasher lost his job at a nonprofit organization at the end of March when a federal grant that was funding his position expired. He suspects it might have been hacked off because of the mandatory budget cuts that went into effect because of sequestration.
After losing his job, the Panel Crasher says he started joking with his friends about how to fill his time between now and the fall, when he enters grad school. Finding a full-time job for just a few months seemed unlikely. But with the loss of income, he needed to figure out how to feed himself, and remembered all the lunch events he attended.
“I said, ‘Oh, I won’t have to worry about feeding myself because I can go to all these panels around town’,
He goes on to critique the various meals.
This really gets me A person who had a job that at a “non-profit” that was funded by taxpayers loses his job and then when the government won’t pay for his food (except for the unemployment check and foodstamps if the person qualifies) decides to find organizations that have free lunches for eats, the critiques the food if it isn’t good enough.
Now THAT’s what I call the entitlement culture.
A while back I did a piece on The Good Wife and liberal propaganda, we saw another example of this from this week’s episode trying to turn Anonymous into heroes.
The problem with noticing this stuff is that once you learn to see it you see it everywhere. The trick is to make sure you aren’t creating it in your mind.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar but you general y aren’t going to lose if you bet on media bias.
I’ve been following the Doctor Who 50th anniversary stuff with great interest. So far the only former Doctor who has been confirmed is the 10th Doctor David Tennant
I understand that historically the Doctor Who staff wants to keep details secret but if you have none of the living doctors (Doctors 4-8) then it’s not a 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, it’s the 9th anniversary of the new series.
Additionally everyone EXPECTS the past doctors to be in the show, it wouldn’t be a huge spoiler if the team announced they would be there and if they are not including them what’s the point?
I’d really appreciate it if they didn’t yank us around.
Finally on Friday while Boston was locked down I took my wife to the Golden Geese Quit shop up in Concord NH, I don’t like the idea of being locked down on principle, especially by a terrorist but forget that for a second, there is always a big story to cover, an internet discussion to have or something so important that you just have to say something, but in the end you only have one wife and so much time in a life to spend with her.
There are a lot of people who recommend investments, but the investment of a half day with the wife or husband, even if it’s shopping for fabric or at a Doctor Who convention, is the best investment you can make in your life
See you all next week.
» April 8th, 2013
I am deeply saddened by the news of Margaret Thatcher’s passing and my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. Not only was she a role model for conservative women across the globe, but she was also one of the most consequential leaders of our time.
Throughout her life, the Iron Lady was a champion for free markets, freedom and individual liberty and had the courage to fight for her convictions even in the darkest of days.
Today we mourn her loss but we also remember the extraordinary legacy she left behind.
» April 5th, 2013
An amazing thing happened at the Supermarket yesterday.
I was in the 12 items or less line when a family of three were behind me started talking to the cashier. I tend to hear all kinds of things that I store away but when the young lady named Catlin told her friend about her father talking about putting a TV in the shower for her it stopped me cold.
I had to turn and inquire:
“What about water on the set”
“It would be high”
“The water is going to splash off of you and up”
“We’re going to put plexiglass over the screen.”
As my head continued to spin I finally turned to this young 15 year old girl standing with her parents and asked the following question:
“Young lady, can you tell me one thing that is going to be on your television set that is so important, so critical and so unavailable in repeats that it can’t wait for a time when you are not wet and naked in the shower?”
She silenced me in three words:
“Red Sox Games”
How does any New Englander answer that?
It is totally impossible to explain Red Sox fandom to a person from outside New England but let’s put it this way…
When you’ve lived in New England in General and Massachusetts in particular there is one fact that is incontrovertible.
No matter how bad things get in Massachusetts and their pretty bad, when the Red Sox open with two wins in Yankee stadium all is right in the world.
Totally unrelated, next time you feel sorry for a career minor leaguer just remember if they have at least one day of MLB experience the minimum wage is $67,300.
Don’t tell Elizabeth Warren
Weasel Zippers reports on a new FATWA out of Saudi Arabia:
a Saudi cleric, Sheikh Abdullah Da ‘ud, took it a step further on live Arabic TV by insisting that “it is forbidden to be around handsome youth, those beardless boys who have a touch of temptation in them [fitna].”
No word on if this is going to be extended to homely teen boys. I can imagine the teen insults now:
You’re so ugly the ban on “handsome” beardless boys doesn’t apply
Do they have crucifixion for teen bullying in Saudi Arabia?
April Fools day I only tweeted out jokes or things I considered funny.
Although some of them were really good a quick read though the lot confirms that my future is not in standup.
Michael Graham had an event this week to try to figure out what the GOP should do in the state.
The thing is the GOP voter has already figured it out, they left and became powerful elsewhere. Why do you think Massachusetts has lost 5 electoral votes since they took control of the state legislature and never lost it?
If Massachusetts in particular & New England in general doesn’t change they’ll be down to 24 EV or less and then the GOP won’t care if we have power in the state or not.
Who Knew Maryland was doing so well they could spare the jobs? Then again they abut DC so since Obamaconomy is all about growing government they might have a few extra jobs to spare
I wonder if CPAC will consider moving as well?
Speaking of CPAC it’s been two weeks since CPAC and I’m still posting video, boy I shot a lot down there.
The sudden re-definition of acceptable belief concerning Gay Marriage is putting a defacto religious test on all sorts of walks of life. That nobody in the media seems to have a problem with this tells you how disconnected the media has become with the other have of US culture.
In fact we’re already seeing it:
Two homosexual students at George Washington University have announced a coordinated campaign to try to rid the campus of its Catholic chaplain, the GW Hatchet, the school’s independent newspaper reports.
Seniors Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen said they can no longer tolerate what they describe as Father Greg Shaffer’s anti-homosexual and anti-abortion beliefs. They say they are upset that Fr. Shaffer counsels homosexual students to lead a celibate lifestyle.
As this IS the official belief and doctrine of the Catholic Church this complaint if upheld would effective bar Catholic teaching and Catholic chaplains at George Washington University
Well at least Catholic Universities aren’t doing this, I mean you wouldn’t see a Catholic University like Gonzaga for example refuse to recognize the Knights of Columbus or something:
“The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” says a letter obtained by The Cardinal Newman Society written by Sue Weitz, Vice President for Student Life. “These criteria are inconsistent with the policy and practice of student organization recognition at Gonzaga University, as well as the University’s commitment to non-discrimination based on certain characteristics, one of which is religion.”
I wonder how much money Gonzaga gets from endowments and donations from Catholics who think it is a Catholic University?
There are two ways to look at this story, the first is the idea that political correctness has gone crazy
There’s a good reason the city is hiring lifeguards that can’t swim. Public pools are largely used by Latino and African-American kids, but most of the lifeguards are white and this creates a huge problem. “The kids in the pool are all either Hispanic or black or whatever, and every lifeguard is white and we don’t like that,” says a Phoenix official quoted in the story. She added that “the kids don’t relate; there’s language issues.”
The second is more incredible, the idea that officials care so little about the lives of their own citizens they are willing to put Latino and black children in danger of death in order to shut them up.
Words can’t adequately describe this.
Finally film critic Roger Ebert has died. There are three movie reviews he did that should be read by everyone. The first is his review of the Passion of the Christ:
This isn’t a movie about performances, although it has powerful ones, or about technique, although it is awesome, or about cinematography (although Caleb Deschanel paints with an artist’s eye), or music (although John Debney supports the content without distracting from it).
It is a film about an idea. An idea that it is necessary to fully comprehend the Passion if Christianity is to make any sense. Gibson has communicated his idea with a singleminded urgency. Many will disagree. Some will agree, but be horrified by the graphic treatment. I myself am no longer religious in the sense that a long-ago altar boy thought he should be, but I can respond to the power of belief whether I agree or not, and when I find it in a film, I must respect it.
The Brown Bunny (the re-cut version):
Chambers might in fairness have explained that I was responding to Gallo calling me a “fat pig” — and, for that matter, since I made that statement I have lost 86 pounds and Gallo is indeed still the director of “The Brown Bunny.”
But he is not the director of the same “Brown Bunny” I saw at Cannes, and the film now plays so differently that I suggest the original Cannes cut be included as part of the eventual DVD, so that viewers can see for themselves how 26 minutes of aggressively pointless and empty footage can sink a potentially successful film.
Some of the film’s most objectionable scenes show the Ku Klux Klan riding to the rescue of a white family trapped in a cabin by sexually predatory blacks and their white manipulators. These scenes are credited with the revival of the popularity of the Klan, which was all but extinct when the movie appeared. Watching them today, we are appalled. But audiences in 1915 were witnessing the invention of intercutting in a chase scene. Nothing like it had ever been seen before: Parallel action building to a suspense climax. Do you think they were thinking about blackface? They were thrilled out of their minds.
Today, what they saw for the first time, we cannot see at all. Griffith assembled and perfected the early discoveries of film language, and his cinematic techniques that have influenced the visual strategies of virtually every film made since; they have become so familiar we are not even aware of them. We, on the other hand, are astonished by racist attitudes that were equally invisible to most white audiences in 1915
Politically I disagreed with Ebert a LOT, but in his field, which was movie reviews and analysis he was a master and no amount of disagreements on other subjects will ever change that.
Rest in peace.
There will be no Under the Fedora next week in honor of my 25th Anniversary. Thanks Val.
» April 5th, 2013
It’s a slow day in the small town of Pumphandle and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.
A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the hotel, and lays down a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night. As soon as he walks upstairs, the hotel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. (Stay with this, and pay attention)
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op. The guy at the Co-op take the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit. The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner. (Almost done, keep reading.) The hotel proprietor then places the $100 bill back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town now thinks that they are out of debt and there is a false atmosphere of optimism and glee.
And that, my friends is how a “stimulus package” works!
» April 5th, 2013
Federal Framework Being Set Up To Arrest Sheriffs … book on Hitler’s Third Reich. Book….parallels pre-WWII Germany. It’s unbelievable.
This article was written by Ken Jorgustin and originally published at Modern Survival Blog
Colorado, and apparently Texas (next) are being targeted with an attempt to set up a federal authority framework that will enable Secret Service agents (not just those guarding the president), and others of the U.S. Secret Service including uniformed division officers, physical security technicians and specialists, and other ‘special officers’, to arrest and remove an elected sheriff for refusing to enforce the law (or anyone breaking the law).
The bills being introduced defines law as including any rule, regulation, executive order, court order, statute or constitutional provision.
Why are they doing this? Here’s why…
It would establish federal authority police powers in a State, enabling an enforcement arm reporting directly to the president (Secret Service).
It would enable the president / executive branch to theoretically override the actions and preventative measures that are now being taken by many States throughout the country who are trying to preserve 2nd Amendment gun rights and who are prohibiting the enforcement of unconstitutional law passed by Congress or pushed by executive order.
As some of you may know, a growing list of sheriffs (more than 340 so far) across the country have expressed that they will not enforce a Washington mandate that clearly violates the Second Amendment.
Many State laws to preserve gun rights are gaining momentum. States include Montana, Ohio, Kentucky, Idaho, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Michigan, Utah, and New Mexico.
However, in Colorado, Senate Bill SB-13-013 has evidently just passed, and is now ready to be signed by the governor, giving police powers and arrest authority to the federal/executive branch of government (Secret Service) within the State. In Texas a similar bill has just been introduced in the State legislature.
The president and vice-president Biden have been actively pursuing state legislatures and pushing for passage of the bills. Obama is scheduled to visit Colorado in just a few days. “Colorado is a pawn for the Obama-Biden plan,” and then on to the next… at least those that won’t fall into line.
It is a full court press by the federal government to empower themselves even further by inserting themselves as police authority within the state, to eliminate opposition.
…thought you’d like to know
» April 5th, 2013
Didn’t want you to wait to benefit from the following helpful advice!
Op-Ed Submission “As I See It” to the Worcester Telegram
Low Information Voters
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By Len Mead
Get most of your information from local newspaper front pages? From TV news? You may be a “Low Information Voter!” You’re not stupid. You’re just not well informed.
Fortunately, as your conservative watch-dog and friend, I’m here to help. So brace yourself. Here comes the ugly truth you don’t get from the “main street” media. The average “family” on welfare takes home about $61,000 a year compared to the working stiff median family income after taxes of about $48,000 (from a December, 2012 report of the Weekly Standard.) Wonder why welfare recipients aren’t anxious to work?
This tragedy began in the 1950s. That’s when misguided Democrat welfare programs started paying fornicating teenagers money for bearing illegitimate children. Teens qualified under “Aid to Families with Dependent Children” if there was no father or husband around! Go figure.
After 50 plus years, the American Family with a loving father and mother has been destroyed by these welfare incentives. Dear Reader, 40% of today’s births are to single mothers with no acknowledged father. A population of 315 million today has only 113 million American taxpayers but 100 million on welfare (excluding social security and Medicare), 47 million on food stamps, and 23 million desperate Americans who can’t find work.
You’re told that your government will take care for you — that you’re a victim— that the rich aren’t paying enough taxes. That too many guns, not untreated mental illness threatens schoolchildren. You’re told cutting our military won’t threaten your safety while Iran proclaims it is now a nuclear power with its first stated goal to launch a bomb wiping out Israel.
While millions of illegals invade our country you’re told these criminals are just “undocumented.” Your healthcare – once the best in the world — is collapsing with higher rates, bureaucracy, mandated fines and jail if you don’t buy Obamacare insurance. Lastly, you’re told that when the current Democrat regime in DC spends $1.40 for each $1.00 they collect, this is not a problem. $17 trillion in US debt now and trillions of overspending each year as far as the eye can see – no problem? Click on the US Debt Clock.
Getting the picture? See — you are getting “low information” news. Daily front page and TV “reporting” of these problems is non-existent and actually suppressed. Why? Because struggling regional publications don’t have the resources to have reporters in DC or around the world. So they meekly claim they must depend on national wire services such as the Associated Press (AP) for national stories.
But AP “news” stories preach that all goodness comes from government, that self-reliance is foolish, that limited constitutional government is passé, that whatever Obama does must be celebrated and mistakes protected! (Criticism is racist!) Continually ingesting this hogwash has produced generations of “low information voters” who now vote foolishly for “more government” against their own best interests. Regional TV and newspapers’ professional role demand that they actually verify what they print or show. Most don’t. And those that don’t shouldn’t be bought, viewed, or used by advertisers.
So what now? Re-read our Declaration of Independence and Constitution so you re-learn that our rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness come from our creator – GOD – not from government. Discover that our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms exists NOT so we can shoot squirrels but so we can shoot government tyrants as we did fighting off King George’s troops.
Friends, start getting your information from internet news sources – the Drudge Report, Yahoo News, Google News, talk radio, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine and Fox News. Acknowledge that the lies and deceptions from the Associated Press or wire service broadcasts boil down to: life on “government” welfare is better than success on your own.
Our great wealth and freedom has come from low taxes, limited government, self-reliance, freedom, a strong military and a strong private system of charity through neighbors and faith organizations. Becoming a “High Information Voter” means you will start returning to elected office individuals who agree with these principals.
What’s a great first political step? Demand that your taxes stop going to new pregnant teenagers for each new illegitimate birth. This will finally stop the cancer of welfare which is destroying the traditional family– the building block of any society. Continue in the low information mode, and your future and that of your children will be dismal at best – serfs to the cruelest of masters – entrenched government.
Len Mead is a Tea Party Activist, past “Citizen of the Year” award winner from Citizens for Limited Taxation and can be reached anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org