Archive for January, 2013


Under the Fedora, Conventional wisdom and boobs

In the MSM this week it’s been all about Hillary Clinton and her inevitable nomination and election to the presidency.  Didn’t we see this movie five years ago?

Don’t count out Joe Biden for a moment.  Goofball image (I think that’s deliberate) not withstanding he served in the Senate for 36 years.  I suspect he has more to do with the Senate “no budget” move and the Obamacare passage than people realize.

Anyone who believes conventional wisdom unquestionably must be all excited to see the Patriots play Green Bay in this week’s Superbowl.

Speaking of football the debate on the game continues, Bernard Pollard has this to say about the future of the game as things are done to make it safer:

“Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence,” Pollard told “I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it.”

The pro-bowl was this week, once a year you have a game that is pretty much a flag football game without the flags in Hawaii to celebrate the best players of the year just before or just after the Super Bowl.

I’m sure a lot of people watched as the last game of the year when it comes on after or as the only game of the week before. But ask yourself this:  If every game was like that one would you pay to see it?  Would you buy an NFL package?  Would you go to the bar to watch it?

As these changes continue the viewers of the NFL will drift elsewhere, I suspect to the Legends (read Lingerie) football league.  Did you know there was such a thing with twelve teams in a national league nationwide?  If fans can’t have big hits they’ll just have to settle for big…..em ha well….moving on….

Did you know I have a co-blogger on my site?  I met Roxeanne De Luca in Boston the night of Scott Brown’s victory party back in 2010.  She is a brilliant young lady who has become a friend.  If I had a daughter I wish it would be her and if my sons were older, she is who I’d want them to end up with.

Yesterday she wrote a piece called:  How’s that women-empowering sexual revolution thing working out for you?

The author of this article, Allison Pearson, talks a lot about the porn culture and the ready access to a “virtual world” (online, texting, etc.). But she misses the point.   We could have thrown mobile phones at women in the 1860s, but no man would have dared to ask a lady to perform fellatio on him, because her dad would shoot him.  As in, dual to the death, all members of her family lined up to protest the treatment of their sister.  (I will note that some very backwards countries shoot the wronged woman, not the offending man.)

This is a sexual revolution issue.  Once we started saying that promiscuity is empowering, that sexual experimentation is fun for women, that pregnancy is the only obstacle a woman faces in intimate acts, we gave young men license to treat young women like unpaid prostitutes.  (Actually, worse – a man might understand if a prostitute said that she was off-duty for the night.)


She only posts maybe once or twice a week but she’s a gem.  I’m proud to have her here.


As the Media continues to push gun control/confiscation/etc etc etc At PJ media Vodkapundit reprints a petition to eliminate armed guards around the president.  If Gun Free Zones are sufficient to protect our children they should be good enough for the politicians:

What’s the Biblical quote:  “No servant is greater than the master?”  Then again maybe today’s public servants have a different view of who serves who.


Of course a lot of definitions can be flexible for example words like “Newsworthy”  for example when one is a US senator and there is word about an FBI investigation concerning say, Underage Dominican Hookers and you’re scheduled to be on a national TV show.  You could cancel but if you can’t or won’t you may consider a strategy of deny, Deny DENY!

I suspect this was the strategy of Senator Robert Menendez as he appeared on ABC’s THIS WEEK two days after news of the FBI investigation of a sexual scandal involving underage Dominican Hookers broke.

Alas for the Senator ABC News’ Martha  Raddatz totally foiled that strategy by cleverly choosing to refuse to ask a single question on the subject

If Martha Raddatz, who we were all assured was an unbiased and professional journalist when questions arose before the vice-presidential debate last year, doesn’t find a scandal involving underage hookers and a US senator newsworthy when it involves a democrat why would any member of the party of Jackson feel restrained in anything?


Allen West is now working for PJ media doing a feature called Next Generation :  This week talked about women in combat saying

This mission of the United States Military is to fight and win our nations war, fairness is an evaluative criteria.

While the media will ignore his words except to critique it the most significant thing he said was talking about how the enemy can strike anywhere

And as we saw four years ago at Fr. Hood Texas the enemy can strike where our troops should feel most secure their own military installation.  At Fr. Hood a pregnant soldier lost her life.

Ft. Hood WAS an enemy attack, the left likes to pretend otherwise, it doesn’t fit their worldview


As a now syndicated radio talk host this might be a dangerous opinion but I’ve never understood the various commercials for testosterone or for erection pills (yes they have a name, but lets face it that’s what they are.

Let me tell you something.  If a woman doesn’t want you sexually none of this stuff is going to make a difference.   I don’t care what brand of after shave you use, how many pills you pop, how must testosterone you take or how many little blue pills you have stashed in your wallet, none of these things are going to make a woman who doesn’t want you, want you.


Victor Davis Hanson talked about the state of the state of California this week

Also, when you say, “My God, one of every three welfare recipients lives in California,” or “California schools are terrible,” you mean really, “Not in Newport or Carmel. So who cares about Fresno, or Tulare — they might as well be in Alabama for all the times I have been there.”

 He continues

Thank God for Mississippi and Alabama, or California schools would test dead last.

Somehow, in just thirty years we created obstacles to public learning that produce results approaching the two-century horrific legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. About half the resources of the California State University system are devoted to remedial schooling for underperforming high school students (well over half who enter take remediation courses; half don’t graduate even in six years; and well over half have sizable financial aid). The point of CSU’s general education requirement is not so much any more to offer broad learning (who is to say what is “general education?”), but rather to enter a sort of race, class, and gender boot camp that allows some time off to become familiar with how the culture and politics of the state should continue.

Hey as long as Mexico remains a bigger basket case, California will remain heaven to those who would cross.

As Glenn Reynolds says, “They’ll make us all beggars because they are easier to please.”

Well the first doctor who special is over and done as is the episode The Aztecs, it’s available on Netflix and you should watch it if you can.  It has a great message for today explained here.

See you next week and remember DaTechGuy on DaRadio is now Syndicated every Saturday Noon to 2 EST on the Money Matters Radio Network


Under the Fedora: The Man

Stan Musial died Saturday. 

Youngsters might not recognize the name although their spell checkers will.  Musial never dated movie stars, he wasn’t known for fights with the press, brawls in bars, or bad behavior of any time.  He was married for 72 years to the same woman who died last May and was never known to mistreat anyone expect opposing pitchers whose offering he deposited all over the field or over the fence from 1940 till 1962.

Musial won 3 MVP and was runner up 4 times.  Think of that a second, for one third of his career it was the consensus that he was the best or second best at what he did in the league.

That’s simply incredible.

There have been many tributes to Stan Musial over the last few days, but I think the greatest tribute to him was paid last year by Albert Pujois.

When he was signed by the Angels they put up promotional signs referring to him as El Hombre.  Given his numbers in 11 years he averaged 40 HR & 121 RBI a season while hitting .328. certainly number that would justify being called “El Hombre”, “The Man” but he would have none of it.

"I still have the same respect for him as I had, not just for what he's done in baseball but for what he did for his country. That's something you have to appreciate."

That really says it all doesn’t it?  BTW the Angels took down the billboards.

Best description of Stan Musial I ever read came from Bill James when declaring him the best left fielder of all time over Ted Williams :

 …if I had to choose between the two of them, I’d take Musial in left field, Musial on the basepaths, Musial in the clubhouse and Williams only with the wood in his hand.  And Stan Musial could hit a little, too.


Someone not thinking of death these days is Andrew Cuomo.  His latest abortion proposals bid to secure the Democrat left for 2016 are so extreme it produced this exchange between Elizabeth (The Anchoress) and her husband:

“he wants to be president. He is pandering to Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List because there is gold in them thar purses.”

My husband was appalled to ponder it: “a lot more than 30 pieces of silver,” he said, and it’s not going to get him to heaven.”

“Yeah, well, he’s not seeking heaven, just now,” I shrugged. “He’s seeking the White House, and power.”

Nobody is promised tomorrow, Andrew Cuomo might consider that, if he actually believed.  But I don’t’ think he does.

 I have given no pixels at all to Steubenville OH Rape case that has the left and the occupods in an uproar.  Lee Stranahan has and can tell you Everything you know about the case is wrong:

Among the widely reported and false claims:

  • Steubenville is so corrupt that no justice is possible.
  • There has been a massive cover-up in the case.
  • The victim was drugged, put in a car trunk to bring her to a series of parties, urinated on, and left for dead in a field.
  • That there a number of witnesses to the assaults who have not come forward.
  • The school’s football coaches were involved in the night’s activities.
  • That football players were given easy or preferential treatment in this case.
  • No media was covering the case except for one blogger until Anonymous got involved.
  • That no justice would happen in this case were it not for the intervention of Anonymous.
  • The infamous video of Michael Nodianos joking has nothing to do with the legal case.

To reiterate, those claims are rumors that are unsupported by evidence and yet if you click on any link to a story about the case, you’ll find any number of in whichever story you read.

Lee positively owns this story and that ownership is making a lot of people angry, must mess with the approved narrative don’t you know .

The Atlanta Falcons Tony Gonzalez moved one step closer to being  the Ernie Banks of Football.  A well-loved Hall of Fame player who never made it to the big game.  It’s quite possible Goonzalez is the best Tight End to ever play the game but he has some interesting opinions concerning marriage, (via Wikipedia)

Gonzalez had a commitment ceremony in July 2007 with his girlfriend, October, and considers himself married.

Considers himself married?  Really?  Well why not?  If we can redefine marriage one way why shouldn’t we redefine it any way anybody wants it to be?  After all it’s not like marriage is anything important.

And if you object you are a racist, bigot sexist homophobe.

People are laughing at this story about a guy at Verizon who outsourced his own job for a 1/5 of the price and pocketed the difference that he was being paid.

Two thoughts:  If Verizon was satisfied with the work and the price they were paying for it, what do they have to complain about?

And frankly how is this any different than a contractor hiring a subcontractor to do a job?

Chip Jones at Conservative Report Online has a hell of a question concerning Benghazi:


You see, the Kalashnikov rifle chambers a 7.62 mm round. The US M-4 rifle chambers a 5.56 mm round. What is widely reported and accepted is that at least two of the TDY Green Berets who were assigned by the CIA as ARSO’s (assistant regional safety officers) were badly wounded and were treated for multiple gunshot wounds after they rescued over 20 civilian CIA workers from the compound.

The single question that needs to be asked is: “Were the rounds taken out of the wounded ARSO’s 7.62 mm or 5.56 mm?” And when the answer comes back “5.56 mm”, it opens the door to the proof that the cover up was meant to hide the fact that the Obama administration had been caught once again arming offshore groups that did not have the interests of our country at heart. It would open the door to proof that Benghazi was “Fast and Furious on Steroids.

Considering the MSM’s lack of interest in Fast and Furious it’s going to take an awful lot of steroids to get the MSM’s attention


Covered a GOP forum on Monday with two of the candidates for Mass. GOP Chair

 Kirsten Hughes

 and Rick Green.

I think these two candidates perfectly encapsulate the question the GOP faces nationally.

If you are a bit sleepy this from NiceDeb will wake you up:

Dr. Jim Garrow, a renowned author and humanitarian, made the shocking claim on his Facebook page, yesterday.

I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.

Garrow noted in the comments that  “the man who told me this is one of America’s foremost military heroes,” prompting this relpy from one of his followers, “if this man is truly a military hero, he had better not be keeping this a secret. Military hero’s (sic) do what’s right, not what’s comfortable for themselves.”

Garrow responded, “have folks forgotten that the word is now out. I believe that the gentleman has done what he should and allowed all of us to sound the alarm.


If this is the slightest bit true it will be very interesting to see the reaction in the ranks.

Jack Mitchel’s book Fireside Chat is becoming more and more relevant


A bit of a cultural thing, when I wanted that Bill James quote from the start of this piece I didn’t search the net.  I remembered reading it and ran upstairs grabbed the book I saw it in, leafed through it until I found it.  I tend to do that an awful lot when writing.  In this internet age/kindle age it must seem a quaint and amusing thing to do.  I’m sure some of the younger set must laugh at it.  Let them.  I’ll take the printed word over the pixel every time.  With the printed word I can say with 100% certainty that what it says on the page today will be the same thing it says on it tomorrow.

You know you are old when you find yourself using the words “the younger set” in a sentence.

Finally there is huge news concerning DaTechGuy on DaRadio.  Last week was my final week on WCRN AM 830.  Starting Saturday at 1 PM my radio show will be Syndicated by Cameo Productions.  The first stations carrying me will be in Massachusetts from the Money Matters Radio Network, a fourth online station will be added Feb 2nd and from there, who knows?


Under the Fedora: Saints and Sinners

On Morning Joe Monday I was treated to yet another day of people praising members of the GOP who are willing to attack the party and being told how far to the right Republicans have gone.

Somehow they never note how far left democrats now are. Katrina Vanden Heuvel would never have been considered a mainline guest on a show just a decade ago, now she is on regularly. You never saw people citing the Nation or Mother Jones, now they are treated as mainstream left.

And what ever happened to the DLC that Joe cited when he brought up Bill Clinton? Gone with the wind.

You would think by now I’d be used to this, I hope to God I never am.


Speaking of our 42nd president Bill Clinton has been picked as Father of the Year. Less than 15 years ago that would have been a one liner in a SNL sketch, now it’s reality. I wonder, has there ever been a father of the year whose reputation is such that no mother would trust her daughter with him?

As the 10th doctor once said: “The World is very strange.”


If, like me, you are a Doctor Who fan you will want to keep an eye on BBC America. For the 50th anniversary of the show they will broadcast a special on each of the 11 doctors followed by an episode of Doctor Who from that era. They will be starting with William Hartnell, the 1st Doctor (or as he was called then: The Doctor). I think today he is often forgotten but if he doesn’t pull it off, the Doctor with no background, no real history and the total lack of special effects there is no show today.


Last week’s DaTechGuy on DaRadio really caught a lot of people off guard.

Our first guest was Dr. Paul Byrne, he talked about the difference between so called “brain death” and “true death” stating that we are literally cutting brain injured people open alive for their organs for profit.

The reaction from people to his show has been shock. They have never been told the other side of this story and that it’s coming from somebody who is one of the pioneers of neonatal care and a former head of the Catholic Medical association makes it even harder to take.

In our second hour we had Mike Hummell a member of the Hostess Bakers union who rejected the contract offer that led to the closing of Hostess. He presented a case for rejecting the union contract that seemed pretty reasonable to me.

What really surprised him though was his treatment, he wrote to me afterwards that he expected to be “ambush” interview and had his defenses up for a sneak attack that never came.

I think it’s pretty sad that we’ve reach a point where people expect to be insulted or mistreated in a discussion.

Our treatment of him won some praise at the Daily Kos site. I’ve got to say I certainly never thought I’d be typing that, then again I suspect Mike didn’t expect to be saying it either.



A group of British Bishops talking about Gay Marriage said bluntly that it is going to lead to a new era of Catholic persecution on the island as the Catholic Church. If anyone in England doubts this, see how many children the Catholic Church places for adoption in Massachusetts these days.

People forget that England has a long history of anti-Catholicism dating back to the church’s unwillingness to allow Henry VIII to discard wives at will. In some ways Catholics are still 2nd class citizens in the UK. It is no coincidence that Tony Blair didn’t convert until he was out of office. The Catholic Church’s ,

The age of easy Christianity for the west is about to end. We are going to be pushed by the secular left, the anti-Catholic right and radical Islam. Keeping the faith is going to come with costs. Outside of the western world it the costs can be fatal. It’s going to be really bad for my sons.

People say it’s not fair, but then I remember this biblical passage:

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. John 15:18-23

And I remember that no matter how unfair it might be, if you are a Christian in general or a Catholic in particular, you would know it’s part of the job description.


It’s still on Guns all the time on MSNBC and Morning Joe. It’s a great distraction from the economy. On Wednesday they were really upset at this NRA ad

I understand why they are so pissed:

The Democrats won an election by pushing the class warfare line, the 1% line, the idea that Mitt Romney was an elite that didn’t care about you and your families. It was a sell that worked with low information voters.

Now you have the same message being played by the NRA to the same voters. It’s the class warfare argument, the 1%, the argument that the President and the rich Washington elites don’t care about your families as long as their own kids are safe.

The left hates this argument; they just used it and know it works.

The most interesting argument I’ve heard on the subject comes from Ann Althouse:

It occurred to me, after the Sandy Hook murders, that blaming guns is a secular substitute for blaming the devil. People find it too challenging to figure out why a human being would do this terrible thing and they latch on to the idea that the gun made it happen.

The post starts with the question: Don’t I have the right to die? I think that’s one of the most stupid question ever, you have a destiny to die, it’s just a question of when.


A big fuss was made about Jodie Foster’s “coming out speech” for myself the thing that struck me was that she is my age and has been working in the business since she was 43. I have a vivid memory of her in the last season of Daniel Boone as the a ragamuffin girl taken in by Jimmy Dean’s Josh Character. If the series had lasted another year she might have become a regular on the show. She was pretty good even back then.

Hollywood is a nasty environment and a lot of people particularly as the standards of “acceptable” behavior moved closer to the behavior that many in the entertainment industry indulged with relish outside of the eyes of the public paid the price for living in it.

That Jodie Foster has managed to be anything resembling sane with a lifetime of such an environment is an achievement greater than any accolade that the film industry can give her for her work.

That people decide to give additional credence to people from this environment never ceases to amaze me


Finally Football. I’m a baseball guy but the footballs playoffs have been very exciting. The Seattle Atlanta game was incredible, although the pats make it look easy it was still a great game. Baltimore vs Denver was classic, (Baltimore scares me more than any other team) but the greatest irony is in Denver.

Last year Tim Tebow led Denver to their division title and a playoff win before losing in the 2nd round. One year and 11 million dollars later Payton Manning got Denver a 1st round bye, but didn’t get the Broncos any farther than Tebow did. Meanwhile the Jets who absolutely refused to start Tebow even as Sanchez tanked and the 3rd string QB when down managed to go 6-10.

I’m a pats fan so Payton Manning and the Jets are both rivals so I naturally don’t mind them going down but I’d be a liar if I said that the treatment of Tebow by the Jets and Denver didn’t make both of those results sweeter.

I’ll put it on my confession list for this month…


Under the Fedora Ethics & Elastics

Back when I was in New York before the election there was a question during a debate between Ann Marie Buerkle and Hilary Rosen concerning fracking in NY

What wasn’t known at the time the question was asked was that NY State already had a report on Fracking and the environment commissioned by the state which said this:

The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York.

Well this is great news, it’s strange that we are only hearing about this report now, but then again, if it was up to the Cuomo administration we still wouldn’t have heard of it:

“Thanks to a leak from an anonymous insider, we learned Thursday that a report commissioned by the State of New York has given fracking a clean bill of health. The insider ‘did not think it should be kept secret’ and released the document, which is now nearly one year old, to the New York Times.”

I’m sure the fact that Ann Marie Buerkle winning in 2010 by a razor thin margin had nothing to do with it. After all no governor would withhold a report that could mean jobs statewide just for political reasons.

And surely that kind of thing would not happen on the federal level

The Food and Drug Administration released long-awaited documents Dec. 21 on genetically modified salmon: an assessment of the fish’s potential environmental effects and a preliminary “finding of no significant impact” of the fish on the environment. This brings AquAdvantage salmon — Atlantic salmon that has been modified with a growth hormone gene from chinook salmon so that it reaches maturity faster — a significant step closer to FDA approval.

Astute readers will notice that the recently released documents are dated May 4. So why were they just released Dec. 21 — seven months later?

Well it’s not like they were talking to the political people on the White House side:

The seven month delay, sources within the government say, came after discussions late last spring between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius’ office and officials linked to Valerie Jarrett at the Executive Office, who were debating the political implications of approving the GM salmon. Genetically modified plants and animals are controversial among the president’s political base, which was thought critical to his reelection efforts during a low point in the president’s popularity.


I wrote for a long time the left was acting like they were in deep trouble pre-election. Apparently they knew it too and made sure they held back anything that might depress vote from the president’s base.

Jazz Shaw asks a good question:

Obama originally swept into office claiming that the Republicans were the “anti-science party” and he was going to take the politics out science. Entine describes the White House block of the study’s release as, “a direct violation of numerous ethics regulations and possibly of federal laws.” But even if that weren’t the case, it would still be a stunning black eye for the administration which originally claimed it would change “the posture of our federal government from being one of the most anti-science administrations in American history to one that embraces science and technology.”

As time has gone by the left has become more and more dishonorable.


Speaking of things said before an election remember when Barack Obama said he would have more flexibility after the election? Well he proved it by a nominating Chuck “let the jews pay for it” Hagel for sec of Defense.

Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post opined a week before the pick that it seemed like an odd choice:

President Obama believes in tough sanctions against Iran; Hagel does not. The president insists that he wants good relations with Israel (and thereby can influence its decision-making with regard to Iran); Hagel has displayed a poisonous animosity toward the Jewish state. Hagel has advocated direct negotiations with Hamas; Obama has never gone this far. The difficulty in articulating to foes and friends our positions on an array of issues is greatly magnified when a critical cabinet officials has a long track record of disagreement with the president, or at least what the president says is his current policy.

Well it would be odd if President Obama actually believed these things

Of course some Obama supporters in the media see the Hagel nomination for what it is:

  • · As a Republican who criticized President Bush’s policy in Iraq and supported the Afghanistan war, Hagel gives Obama cover to pull troops out of Afghanistan.

  • · As a Republican who in 2011 called the Pentagon budget “bloated,” Hagel gives Obama cover to slash military spending, and to redirect money to deficit reduction and investments in Democratic policies.

  • · As a Republican who questioned the validity of unilateral sanctions against adversaries like Iran, and who spoke against knee-jerk acquiescence to Israel, Hagel gives Obama room to maneuver against Tehran.


Hagel gives Obama the cover to do the things he really wants to do but didn’t dare say it aloud.

I don’t want to hear a single complaint from any Jewish person who voted for the president. 20 years ago there might have been an excuse for not knowing but in this internet age the only reason to be ignorant of what was coming was to choose to be so.


I won’t laugh at them as lives are at stake, but I will laugh at Obama voters shocked SHOCKED to see the tax increase in the first paychecks of 2013 down 2% due to taxes. As Twitchy puts it

The harsh reality of crushed unicorn dreams and the bitter smell of regret. As Twitchy reported, Americans started noticing that Obama’s “fair share” claims weren’t so fair and many were shocked … shocked … that their first paychecks of the year were smaller.

The indebted young Twitter user above now says she was just being sarcastic, but plenty of Obama supporters facing smaller paychecks continue to show genuine disenchantment.

Those tweets are solid gold

There are some people who are doing better in these times, people like Bill Richardson:

The U.S. Export-Import Bank recently steered hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans to Spanish green energy conglomerate Abengoa, which happens to share an advisory board member with the bank.

There was a time when the MSM would have had an interest in this story, but in the age of Obama what happens with Democrats stays in places like the Washington Free Beacon.


I don’t follow college football, but I really have to laugh when I saw my fellow Catholics going nuts over Notre Dame vs Alabama. A lot of folks were upset when they were crushed by the tide.

I wonder how many of these Catholics were outraged by Obama as the Commencement speaker or by big contributors to Emily’s (Abortion) list on the board?

Where your treasure is that’s where your heart will be.


The NHL players have FINALLY agreed to a deal with the owners ending the lockout

The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association struck a tentative agreement early Sunday that may end a three-month lockout of unionized players, league and union officials announced.

Pat Garofalo at US news is not happy with the deal:

But while fans are surely excited that their favorite teams are returning to the ice (go Devils!), it’s a shame that another professional sports lockout was resolved by taking a chunk of hide from the players. And make no mistake: the lockout was about owners trying to extract huge concessions from their employees, and they largely succeeded.

These guys get paid a fortune to play a game, there are literally hundreds of people vying for each of their jobs that they have and they are upset at having to split the money. You’ll forgive me for not crying for them.


Time Magazine has suddenly discovered that there might be a downside to sex selective abortion

Growing evidence suggests that in countries like India and China, where the ratio of men to women is unnaturally high due to the selective abortion of female fetuses and neglect of girl children, the rates of violence towards women increase. “The sex ratio imbalance directly leads to more sex trafficking and bride buying,”

I don’t see why we should care, haven’t we been told for years these aren’t actually children being aborted? Mark Steyn who pointed this out years ago says this about the Time article:

The dearth of chicks will be one of the most important and consequential features of the global scene a couple of decades on, and, as I write in After America, “a world full of male frustrations will always find a market for sex slavery.” If American feminists wished to raise awareness of the issues Time is now addressing, they might give it an arresting name like, oh, “the war on women.” But I gather that title’s taken.

Hey it’s not a “war on women” unless the problem can be traced to white republican men or Christians, but maybe if Time blames it on colonialism they can pull it off?


Finally for Christmas I got an excellent book for Christmas Ships of Oak Guns of Iron by Ronald D. Utt and noticed an interesting question from Charles Francis Adams as to when the US became a world class power:

Adams not only says “yes” but dares to specify an exact date and time when the country reached this point:

…To be specific , it was at thirty minutes after six o’clock on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 19th 1812.

It wasn’t Adams quote, but the next two sentences of the author Ronald D. Utt that caught my eye:

Adams did not have to remind his audience what had happened at that specified moment. They all knew, as did every schoolboy in the nation (emphasis mine)

I will wager not one boy in a thousand today knows the significance of that day, It was the day Issac Hull in USS Constitution destroyed the HMS Guerriere.

In other words it’s a story of heroes and such stories are not allowed to be celebrated in Modern America as I wrote last week:

A society emulates and it’s children aspire to what it celebrates. A country celebrates greatness, can remain great. A society that celebrates nothing, can’t.

That simple sentence in that book says more about the decline of America than any budget battle or reality show ever can.

Truer words never spoken


Massive Election Fraud

The University of Colorado Department of Political Science Electoral
Vote projection is the most accurate presidential election model in our
history. They were the only source that correctly called the 1980
Reagan/Carter results. They have correctly modeled every presidential
election since with their projected electoral totals never off by more
than 1%.

Their method is not a standard political poll process. They include
complex algorithms that includes key economic, employment and social

They build their models state by state to assure sufficient
granularity for top accuracy. It is mathematically possible that statistical error could cause them to incorrectly project one state. But it is mathematically impossible for them to incorrectly project more than one. Their 2012 model projected Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia for the Romney/Ryan ticket. The results reported by those secretaries of state were different.

As each state reports their final election details, the evidence of
voter fraud is astounding. Massive voter fraud is being reported in
areas of OH and FL, with PA, WI and VA all deploying personnel to
investigate election results.

1. In 59 voting districts in the Philadelphia region, Obama received 100% of the votes with not even a single vote recorded for Romney (a mathematical and statistical impossibility – see below.)

2. In 21 districts in Wood County Ohio, Obama received 100% of the votes where GOP inspectors were illegally removed from their polling locations – and not one single vote was recorded for Romney (a statistical impossibility – see below.)

3. In Wood County Ohio, 106,258 voters were registered to vote in a county with only 98,213 eligible voters.

4. In St. Lucie County, FL, there were 175,574 registered eligible voters but 247,713 votes cast.

5. The National Seal Museum, a polling location in St. Lucie County, FL had a 158% voter turnout – the highest voter overage in entire the country. Second was Palm Beach County, FL with a 141% voter turnout overage.

6. In Ohio County, Obama won by 108% of the total number of eligible voters.

7. Obama won in every state that did not require a Photo ID and lost in every state that did. Add to this survey data showing the Democrat ticket losing support from 2008 among Blacks, Jews, Catholics and Independents, and the results reported for the above-named states are mathematically impossible.

Comrade Stalin once said of elections: “It doesn’t matter who gets the most votes. What is important is who counts them.”


Media Quiet About San Antonio Theater Shooting

Sunday, December 16, 2012

On Sunday December 16, 2012, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his ex-girlfriend. After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant!

Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting?

There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone. So since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened.

Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week. Just thought you’d like to know.



Under the Fedora: Here comes the Hangover

I’m typing this on New Years Eve and while I’m not a drinker I’m thinking it’s is the perfect day to think of Obama’s Second Term.

New Year’s Eve generally is a binge that ends with big headache and on occasion the company of someone you regret the next morning. That is going to be America circa 2013 all over.

We asked for it, we’re going to get it.

The fiscal cliff deal is coming (UPDATE it has come) and Zachary Goldfard at the Post pointed out a change in one part of the argument that is being ignored.

R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School and an architect of the Bush tax cuts, said it is “deeply ironic” for Democrats to favor extending most of them, given what he called their “visceral” opposition a decade ago.

Personally I think they still oppose them, By the time you read this we will know if a deal is struck. I figure the re-imposition of those tax increases in such a way that Republicans can be blamed is a two-fer for democrats and their media allies, but if there is a deal and those tax rates are made permanent somewhere in Texas George Bush will be smiling.


John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman have penned a piece (do people say “penned” anymore?) arguing for our involvement in Syria.

The United States must rally our allies to channel assistance to the newly established Syrian opposition council for distribution in the rebel-held areas. We must provide weapons and other lethal assistance to the opposition military command. And we must impose a no-fly zone in some areas of Syria, to include using the U.S. Patriot missile batteries en route to Turkey, to protect people in northern Syria from Assad’s aerial attacks.

If we remain on the current course, future historians are likely to record the slaughter of innocent Syrians, and the resulting harm done to America’s national interests and moral standing, as a shameful failure of U.S. leadership and one of the darker chapters in our history. That should unsettle us all as we pray for peace and goodwill this holiday season.

I understand the moral argument and it’s a fair point, but on the other end there is the question of aiding an opposition that is highly influenced by Al Qaeda and Islamists. They are likely to bring in a crew as bad or worse as the last bunch.

In for a penny, in for a pound if America goes in it has to be willing to commit the blood and treasure to keep this from happening. Like the fiscal mess with the GOP no matter what America does the Islamists and the left will blame us, so we should do what is in our best interests and, despite the crisis, I think our best interests to not intervene in Syria.


Slightly related I found this absolutely hilarious:

Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, called on Egyptian Jews to leave Israel to the Palestinians and return to their own homeland…

..”Egyptian Jews should refuse to live under a brutal, bloody and racist occupation stained with war crimes against humanity,” Erian said.

I think Egyptian Jews totally agree, that’s why they are living in Israel instead of Egypt.


I find one aspect of the entire Gun debate pretty odd:

Given as stipulated [for the sake of argument] the vast majority of the right is one step away from the cliff of slaughter, might saying: “Next year we’ve coming for your guns” less than two weeks after Andrew Cuomo said “Confiscation could be an option“, be the push to send a bunch of heavily armed Chick-Fil-A eating psychopaths over the edge?

It’s gasoline on a fire ready to engulf the country in flames with only the police, the army and power of the presidency to hold back the impending holocaust of good and decent Obama voters.

Liberals, be afraid, be VERY afraid…

If the gun owners were as dangerous and as scary as our liberal friends tell us, those same liberals would not risk provoking them this way.

Strangely enough those same liberals have no problem keeping silent about Islamists who oppress women and slaughter gays.

As Rush Limbaugh said, the left will always tell you who they fear…


Meanwhile speaking of the left

The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment.

Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday.

I suspect this will get very little play doesn’t fit the template. Maybe in twenty years they will serve in congress as reps from NY, after all in case you haven’t noticed from the Black Panthers to the mentors of Obama Ayers and Dorn the left always seems to embrace their terrorists.


Speaking of the left and terrorists here is some news out of Saudi Arabia

Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said.

The raid is the latest in a string of religious crackdowns against residents perceived to threaten the country’s strict religious code.

Why do I get the feeling an awful lot of folks on the left would love to do the same here?


Some sports? The Washington Redskins (5 -11 last year) took the NFC East with a win over the Dallas Cowboys last weekend. The Indianapolis Colts (2-14 last year) won 11 games and picked up the #5 seed in the AFC North.

On twitter somebody sent out the list of predictions for this year from ESPN’s experts. While the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants were all picked by people to win the division (in fact two “experts” picked the Dallas and Philly respectively to win the Superbowl, not a single person had either Indy or Washington going this far.

The Jets weren’t on any playoff lists but because of the acquisition of Tim Tebow they were all over the media. When Jeff Sanchez tanked NY rather than start Tebow went with 3rd stringer Greg McElroy. When he went down with an injury before the final game they pleased Tebow haters everywhere by putting Sanchez behind center one last time for one last loss.

One might wonder what harm It would have done for Tebow to start the final game, the answer is simple: What would they say if he won? That 10th loss is a small price to pay to avoid the embarrassment of Tim Tebow succeeding even slightly.

Just a reminder, Tim Tebow got the Broncos to the 2nd round of the playoffs last year, as of right now that’s the same place where Peyton Manning has them.

Of course compared to the entire NHL the Jets are a bunch of geniuses. At least they had the brains to play the season and get everyone paid. In an era of 24/7 entertainment and sports you don’t want to remind people they can do without you.


Finally the Doctor Who Christmas special was excellent, the plot interesting, the setup for the next season really worked and the new credits reminded me of a combination of the credits for Jon Pertwee (3rd Doctor) & Tom Baker (4th).

My one issue? I’m getting sick of the constant “Gay Marriage” messages. It’s become obligatory to the point where it’s odd if there isn’t a married lesbian lizard lady in Victorian London, or a Horse in the old west renamed “Susan” from Joshua whose life choices we needed to respect, or “thin/fat gay married Anglican marines. It’s almost as bad as the constant time paradoxes lately but in fairness those only became ubiquitous when Moffat became head writer.

Let give everyone a quick history lesson from 1989:

“The idea of bringing politics into Doctor Who was deliberate, but we had to do it very quietly and certainly didn’t shout about it,” said McCoy….Sophie Aldred, who played Ace, the Doctor’s feminist companion, said a shared contempt for right-wing ideology had inspired “a real bonding process” for cast and crew.

I’m not the first to notice, but let me say this: When the writing goes bad and there were some signs of that in series 6, expect them to go all social issues all the time because when the ideas run out there is always the agenda.

It killed off Dr. Who once, let’s hope it doesn’t happen again.

Happy New Year all.