Archive for March 24, 2010

The field guide continues its home stretch as we add Tim Mak to the mix:

David Frum isn’t all that popular with conservatives lately but since he sponsored a free beer party at CPAC he was king for a day.

Mr. DaTechGuy goes to CPAC part 5

Posted: March 24, 2010 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 if you missed them:

By the time I had got back to the main area I had managed to miss John Bolton but managed to see Ann Coulter. She is what you would call a real pip. Not shy about saying what she thinks and even less shy about going after liberals. It was a lot of fun to see what she was saying

Newt Followed up with a speech that was Very Catholic (and a presentation later in the day on Pope John Paul II and the Cold war that was even better).

I was starting to get a bit hungry and restless, the only internal party I had attended was the Smart Girl Politics reception (although I popped in and out of the Allen West Party) where I had the honor to meet the reader who put me over the top.

There was no way I was paying Hotel prices for food so I walked down toward McDonalds and found a line stretching out the door. The manager had said yesterday they were flat out but now they were REALLY flat out.

There was a small greek/meditarian place next to it. Jeff Quinton had mentioned they had a good burger and a Scott Brown special for CPAC. I figured the that was a good plan so I ordered the Scott Brown special.

I was a little confused when another person asked me what I wanted after I had already ordered, I was even more confused when the first lady brought over some kind of drink. It was then that I looked at the special board, apparently the “Scott Brown” was Godiva chocolate liqueur with vodka etc.

Now I’m a very frugal man I had paid for that drink, but it certainly wasn’t the fault of the girl that I didn’t read the board and I wasn’t going to throw the thing away without at least tasting it.

So I waited for the food, and skimmed the drink. Didn’t really care for it and when I left 90% of the drink was still sitting there.

When I got back I had missed Col West’s talk (a shame because he is REALLY good) but was back and ready when it came time for the straw poll results. Before the result I was ticked pink to hear from a young lady named Shana Jean Kluck that the Morning Joe people knew the blog and felt they were treated fairly by me. That statement was the second of the three great pleasures of CPAC.

I actually wasn’t all that surprised with the result. There was a lot of overlap in the selection and the Ron Paul people are were pretty much united. Scott Brown’s election helped Mitt’s vote a bit as well.

The Big event was of course Glenn Beck. Les Phillips came down and sat in the Bloggers Room between Barbara and me. I’m not a big Beck fan (although he is an excellent speech maker) so I spent my time coming and going and taking pictures of people outside the hall. Everybody watching the speech and was spellbound. I must have come and gone half a dozen times.

I noticed that suddenly security was a lot tighter, didn’t realize until later that it was because of Code Pink trying to pull a stunt and bloggers spotting it before it could be done. If only the rest of the party was so vigilant.

When the speech was over people started writing their essays and bodies started leaving. I found myself back at the Bar area where I began, talking and visiting since I didn’t know when I would see these people that I had grown so found of again.

Phillip Berg was still floating around passing out his sheets and being ignored. One of the myths of CPAC that the left holds is that it is full of a bunch of crazies. I noticed that nobody was giving Mr. Berg the time of day. When you went downstairs to the exhibitors area the impressive John Birch society display was also void of actual people wanting to talk to them.

At the bar people talked and visited, Stacy was heading off to the Reagan Pallozza but I wasn’t up to it. I ran into Miss Attila again and we talked for another hour before she left with the Bank of Kev crowd for dinner. She was the third great pleasure of CPAC and I was really sorry to see her go.

From that point I waited, I had an early flight out, Smitty had already headed home and Stacy was supposed to come back with my soft fedora. 10 became 11 and 11 became 12, by 12:30 it was just too late to wait any more. I said my goodbyes to those who were left and took the metro back. Smitty grabbed me at the station and I began packing for the morning.

Just before the plane left I gave Stacy a ring, he got in at 5 a.m. and was not going to be available. I said my goodbyes to Smitty and headed for check-in at Reagan one Fedora shy, but with a bunch of great memories, photos and people that went with me.

Life is very good!

How do we know the Apocalypse has come?

Posted: March 24, 2010 by datechguy in oddities
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Turner Classic movies is featuring The Naked Gun on demand.

Ok maybe it’s a just a sign I’m old, it is a really funny movie but C’mon.

I never acknowledged Jay Nordlinger…

Posted: March 24, 2010 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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…for giving Mike Romano his props here. Bravo to Jay. And don’t miss his latest column where he dumps on former hunger striker and now president of Brazil who for some reason had very little sympathy for a certain late Cuban dissident:

…he defended the Castros’ dictatorship. He said, “We have to respect the decisions of the Cuban legal system and the government to arrest people depending on the laws of Cuba.” He further said, “I don’t think a hunger strike can be used as a pretext for human rights to free people. Imagine if all the criminals in São Paulo entered into hunger strikes to demand freedom.” Thus did he compare prisoners of conscience to drug dealers, rapists, and murderers.

and Che’s daughter is even worse if possible

“She said he (Zapata) was a common criminal who went on a hunger strike not to demand freedom but to demand a television set, a telephone and a kitchen,” Salles said Friday.

Aleida Guevara is a liar, and having a monstrous father is no excuse. Romano Mussolini was a jazz pianist who turned out pretty much fine.

It’s really sad to see this stuff, not only because of the inhumanity but to watch people just throw their souls away.

And lets ask a basic question, if Cuba was a paradise people claim it was why are we still seeing stories like this:

A Cuban diplomat based in Mexico and her husband defected last week, but their whereabouts remain unknown, worried relatives said Tuesday.

Yusimil Casañas, 25, head of the passport section of the Cuban embassy in Mexico City, and her husband, Michel Rojas, 32, disappeared March 17, said her uncle, Esteban Casañas Lostal, who lives in Canada.

People don’t have to defect from paradise. I really can’t believe the left is really stupid enough to pretend that Cuba is anything but what is has been for decades, one giant prison camp that feeds an elite and waits on an increasing amount of foreign tourists who either don’t know better or don’t care.