Archive for October, 2012


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Today’s line up on Conservatively Speaking.. tune in now

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Dean Cavaretta (R-Acton)      7:45 am to 8:15 am  

 Jon Golinik    8:10 am to 8:30 am
 Steve Leavey 8:25 am to 9:00 am

CS takes a look at JFKs 1962 speech the NYC Economic Club and it relevance and how it plays today:

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JFK NYC cut 1   Cut 1 – 4:30 – Our Strength we can do better

JFK NYC cut 2   Cut 2 – 1:41 – Why tax cut are needed

JFK NYC cut 3   Cut 3 – 2;58 – What a tax cut will do and why you don’t tax unevenly

JFK NYC cut 4   Cut 4 – 2:37 – Restricted Tax Rate  full employment balance budget  2 kinds of deficit

For speech in it’s entireity and PDF file of this speech:


Under the Fedora: Elections Lady Parts and On the road again…

We are less than two weeks away from election day and as things edge closer the media is slowly but surely being forced to acknowledge reality


Item:  The latest NBC/WSJ poll shows the election dead even even with a sample that is +6 Dem in registration and +8 Obama based on 2008 voting.

Item:  The latest CBS poll out of Ohio shows Obama up 5 in a sample that is only 27% Democrat.  This same poll had Obama up 10 the last time around.

Item:  Paul Ryan held a rally this weekend in Pennsylvania and the Romney campaign is planning additional stops in the state that has been described as Fools gold for the right in the past.


All of these are signs the MSM can’t ignore forcing them ever closer to the reality that this election is not only over but HAS been over for a while.

Of course fantasy has not completely be abandoned, after all we had Morning Joe pushing a poll showing Obama up 5 with a sample D+9 as significant, but then again even that nonsense has a moment that was significant

Closing note. In the studio on Morning Joe, Joe & Mika and the Panel are all hanging their hats on the Time Magazine poll, but Chuck Todd in Ohio hedged. Joe & Mika are opinion folk, they can afford to take a side, but Chuck Todd is the chief WH guy, he can’t look a fool

The Closer the day comes the more sane the press needs to present themselves.

Speaking of Morning Joe and Sanity this week Joe Scarborough wrote a piece on the tea party that caught me by surprise.

Let’s simply review how terrible the tea party has been for the GOP.

— They energized a conservative movement battered by eight years of bloated Republicanism,

— they shocked the political world by taking Ted Kennedy’s seat,

— they put Obama Democrats in a constant defensive crouch,

— they led the resistance against “Obamacare,”

— they helped bring about the largest legislative landslide in U.S. history in 2010,

— they grabbed six seats in the U.S. Senate that year,

— they helped elect six governors,

— they helped win 700 seats in state legislatures, and

— they helped elect a Republican majority that included the largest number of Republicans elected since 1946.

With a track record like that, the Republican Party had better watch their backs. If this trend keeps up, they might just win the White House and the Senate.


What really stuck me about this piece is it acknowledges things bloggers like myself have been saying for a very long time.   It could have been written by Breitbart, or Sarah Palin.   That it is coming from the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and running in Politico tells you all you need to know about the reality of the Tea Party.

Funny you don’t hear similar stories about the Occupy Movement these days, in fact the MSM which used to love the occupods now have very little to say these days.

But they were in the news recently as they managed to cancel a Halloween tradition at a church that had gone on for years.

A historic Manhattan church has canceled its annual Halloween celebration due to an ongoing standoff with remnants of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

That’s why you will not hear a word about the occupods till after the election, familiarity has bred contempt and people have not forgotten which side was with the occupods and which side was not.


The San Francisco Giants and Cardinals series was one of the most exciting that I’ve seen in a long time.  The idea that the giants have faced six consecutive elimination games & won them all in this postseason is simply incredible.  This has been the best Baseball post season I’ve seen since 2004 and without a doubt one of the greatest in the history of the majors.


Thanks to the Scott Brown / Elizabeth Warren Race and localized advertising across cable networks directed to the NH Market there has been an unending wave of commercials on television that I can’t miss even if I wanted to.  If I can’t miss these ads here I can’t imagine what is happening in a state like Ohio.

It seems every other commercial concerning abortion, it’s abortion this contraception that nonstop.  If in 2012 all the left has to talk about is abortion they are in real trouble, particularly since the number on abortion have been going against them steady for years, but hey, that’s what happens when you kill off your voting block for a generation or two.

What’s been really interesting in on my road trip through CT & NY that is taking place as we speak, the same card are being played against everyone, from Nan Hayworth to Andrew Roraback.

Is it just me or it is just a little bit sexist to insist women vote based on their sexual organs, the GOP used to “wave the bloody flag” …you know I think I’ll just leave that one there.

While all those kids being born might have cost the right a race or two,  I’d just as soon lose a race or two and have all those kids live and grow up no election victory is worth the millions of lives the Roe effect has cost)


The late Eric Hobsbawm would disagree with me.  The noted historian and unapologetic supporter of Communism and Stalinism said in interviews that millions killed would be worth it to advance the communist cause.

That this man was feted as a giant of thought rather than spurned as a monster no better than Himmler says a lot about the intellectual left.  You can deliberately kill millions in the name of communism and they won’t bat an eye.

What is disgraceful about the life of Hobsbawm is not so much that he believed this poisonous codswallop, and propagated it in his lousy books, but that such a huge swathe of our country’s intelligentsia – the supposedly respectable media and chattering classes – bowed down before him and made him their guru. Made him our ‘greatest historian’.


The truth is that, far from being a great historian who sometimes made mistakes, Hobsbawm deliberately falsified history.

The Same issue has come up in Syria, Robert Fisk of all people pointed out the contradiction claiming that when the west and the jews “slaughter” arabs people object but now that it’s arabs killing arabs nobody blinks an eye.

Of course his own attacks on Israel are nonsense but I’ll give him 10 out of 10 for consistency this time.

I haven’t said a lot about my trip considering the titlebut there have been a couple of cool intervews with voters

And party people.

Oddest thing I saw so far?  This message on a railroad bridge in CT.

Strangely enough this predates the Debates by many years.  No idea why it is there.

Oh and watch out for Andrew Roraback, he might surprise you.

See you next week.


The Washington Post Hits Obama ….


Finally, the Washington Post and Newsweek speak out about Obama.

This is timely and tough. As many of you know, the Washington Post and Newsweek have a reputation for being extremely liberal. The fact that their editors saw fit to print the following article about Obama and the one that appears in the latest Newsweek, makes this a truly amazing event, and a news story in and of itself. At last, the truth about our President and his agenda are starting to trickle through the “protective wall” built around him by the liberal media.

I Too Have Become Disillusioned.

By Matt Patterson (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal-dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be?

As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. Remember, he wanted the job, campaigned for the task. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.


John F. Kennedy Address to the Economic Club of New York delivered 14 December 1962

Click the link below to listen to JFK on December 14th 1962


Under the Fedora, Yankees Debates and Twerps

The Detroit Tigers are one win away from going to the world series.  The turning point of the series might be the injury to Derek Jeter one of the greatest clutch hitters his history.

He broke his ankle fielding a ground ball, there is something about that play that deserves more attention.

Jeter is in great pain, he is screaming but he also knows there was a running on 2nd moving so what does he do before totally giving into his pain?  He flips the ball weakly to the 2nd baseman keeping the base runner from scoring.

I’m a Red Sox fan, it’s not enough for the Sox to win the Yankees MUST lose but if you are any kind of a baseball fan you have to absolutely have to love a guy like Jeter and you’ve got to feel bad he’s hurt.

BTW if Justin Verlander played in NY or Boston people would be talking about him as one of the great pitchers but he is in Detroit so he has to settle for just winning.

As for the rest of the team, the Damn Yankees are down 3-0, I should be happy but I remember 2004 and the Tigers if they are smart will too.

I feel the same way about the presidential election.  I’d say Barack Obama’s chances are the same as the Yankess at this point, not impossible but highly improbable.  HIGHLY improbable.  I tweeted out the people should be practice saying “president” Romney, a liberal who I have friendly exchanges with (and yes you SHOULD be able to have friendly exchanges with liberals said this

@datechguyblog I would caution you against confirmation bias, sir. There’s a difference between what we want things to be and what they are.

— Thomas Lavin (@TomLavinNH) October 17, 2012

It’s a fair statement but the results of the focus’ groups on CNN & MSNBC didn’t not give give the president any advantage in terms on convincing voters and the Frank Luntz group in Nevada was simply disastrous for the president.

As I put it to Tom in a subsequent tweet

@tomlavinnh I agree about confirmation bias & when you show me candidates in swing races running toward Obama then I’ll change my mind.

— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) October 17, 2012

Election day is going to be an awful lot of fun.

Speaking of fun the Media was all over Romney being so foolish as to bring up the 47% comment. I have said before the 47% argument actually helps Romney. My willingness to say so on twitter got me some minor insults on twitter but this exchange with someone called Shelly Bain is my favorite. She suggested I was rich, I suggested she doesn’t she doesn’t talk with many ordinary people she replied:


@datechguyblog @msnbc @morning_joe @mittromney I am a “regular” working people and I talk to myself all the time

— Shelley Bain (@ShelleyBain) October 17, 2012


Some people just don’t understand irony.

I love the left, sometimes they make it so easy.

BTW can someone explain to me when people concluded it was OK to threaten the murder of a presidential candidate?

This is an actual federal offence.  I wonder if these people understand their twitter accounts have no protection if the secret service decides to call.


The Big moment from Tuesday’s debate seems to be on Libya, but I think the most incredible line came from the president claiming that the reason Gas was so cheap when he was elected was because the economy was doing so bad.

Well, think about what the governor – think about what the governor just said. He said when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney’s now promoting.  So, it’s conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down gas prices because with his policies, we might be back in that same mess.

Seriously?  Gas prices were low because things were SO BAD?  The logicial conclusion obviously is that we have $4 gas because we are doing so much better?  Did the president of the United States actually say this to the American Public?

Candy Crowley found the need to correct Mitt Romney on Libya (though she dialed it back when 60 million people were no longer watching) and she didn’t find the need to call out the president on this?  No wonder people don’t trust the press

How this is not already a GOP ad is beyond me.

Although Massachusetts is not a swing state, I see TONS of political ads, mainly because Boston stations are watched in New Hampshire but also because I’m a fan of MeTV New Hampshire and the old shows from the 60’s. There have been all types of ads out there but the best one I’ve seen so far has not been by either campaign or any superpac but from an individual named Thomas Peterffy:

He grew up in socialism and knows what it means, as he says in the ad:

Yes in socialism the rich will be poorer, but he poor will also be poorer.

Personally I think a lot of our friends on the left think as long as they get the former the later doesn’t matter especially if the state gets the money and they are the state

The whole thing reminds me of Claria Csiong

I covered a forum on Question two, Doctor Assisted Suicide last week that was almost completely ignored. Here is part of the exchange between the two advocates.

This is all about the culture of death and frankly trying to cover Doctors who are doing this kind of thing anyway, but I can’t see why people would trust the state to sanction this, particularly Massachusetts were we have seen so many people skirting laws and safeguards.

It will take a generation but if this law passes there will be many people my age who voted for “death with dignity” who will in two years find themselves pressured to let themselves be “killed in a dignified manor” by family members who don’t want to care for them and a state that doesn’t want to pay to keep them alive.

And it will be their own damn fault.


I’m going to be on the air an extra day this week, with a one hour special Friday 1 to 2 p.m. you can listen live at

And my big event is coming up on Saturday at Lago’s Ristorante at 10 a.m. Here is my interview with the owners

This is great food, if you haven’t been, you’re missing out.

BTW I will be on the road covering some congressional campaigns next week so don’t be surprised if Under the Fedora is late, my wife objects if I type while driving.

Hope to see you Saturday.


Bill McCarthy, Candidate for State Representative, 14th Worcester District

Bill McCarthy is a Worcester native and is a criminal justice educator at Quinsigamond Community College, Becker College, and Assumption College. He has developed and taught courses in anti-terrorism, cyber-crime, white collar crime, and crisis management in business and industry.

Prior to his position as an educator, Bill served as the Executive Assistant for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. While there he was the second highest official at the agency and was responsible for managing and developing the $4.1 million budget. He was also a state trooper.

Bill graduated from South High Community School and that same year earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He received his bachelor’s degree in social relations from Anna Maria College and was president of his senior class. He received his master’s degree in public administration from Clark University, and his Ph.D. in human resource education and workforce development from Louisiana State University


Horace Cooper will join CS at 8:30 today….


Horace Cooper is an adjunct fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, Co-Chairman of the Project 21 National Advisory Board and a legal commentator.

During the first six months of 2012, Horace has averaged 28 appearances on radio talk shows per month representing Project 21, in addition to regular television appearances and interviews by the print media.

Horace taught constitutional law at George Mason University in Virginia and was general counsel to U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey.


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