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.