Archive for January 22, 2011

Tonight Little Miss Attila Joins us from the left coast for DaTechGuy on DaRadio.

Her posts may take a minimalist approach but her opinions sure don’t. Last week I suggested Glenn Reynolds would be a tough act to follow and her reaction was:

I can beat Glenn Reynolds any day of the week. Especially on a Saturday.

Well tonight at 9 p.m. on AM 830 WCRN we will find out if it’s true, and if you are on the left coast and wish to listen to the The scourge of the blogosphere from the WCRN web site:

Also we welcome two new advertisers to our show including some special offers:

Our first new advertiser is Central Plaza Pizza 220 Main Street in Townsend Ma. They not only have great food (try their new half pound burgers) and a killer pinball machine and a nice flat screen TV with the games on, but they have a bonus you won’t believe. Go there for a bite to eat (or even just a soda) write your name and number on the back of your receipt drop it in the jar and you’re entered for a monthly drawing for two tickets to see the Boston Bruins at the Garden! A great meal and a chance to win Bruins tickets? If that’s not worth a call to 978-597-2223 or trip to Townsend I’d like to know what is? (and don’t forget to mention you heard about it from DaTechGuy).

Our second new advertiser is T & R Custom Automotive 621 Lancaster Street Leominster, MA right on route 117. Not only do they repair everything from the family car to dump trucks and John Deere Tractors. Not only do they do bodywork, general repairs and detailing, not only do they offer used cars and a low price, but for the next few weeks they are running a DaTechGuy on DaRadio special. Starting tomorrow mention their ad on DaTechGuy on DaRadio when you call 978-401-0364 and get $10 an hour off labor!

With gas prices where they are that can ad up to a few more gallons in your tank once your car is up and running!

Finally one of our first advertisers Aaron Pallet 150 Benson Street Fitchburg is offering a deal to new customers who find them through DaTechGuy on DaRadio. Mention their ads on DaTechGuy on DaRadio and get 5% off your first Pallet order. So your small or large business not only gets Aaron Pallet’s decades of quality and dedication but you get an extra 5% in your pocket.

Please patronize these and all our advertisers from the 5th Street diner (134 Harvard St. next to Romano’s Mkt and the 5th street Bridge) , to Joyce’s Pies and Bakery 580 N Main St, Leominster (my favorite is the Key Lime Pie)

From DLott’s Insurance (in the same building as Joyce’s Pies call 508-277-1427 for a quote or ask at Formal Attire) to The Natural discount shop 614 N Main Street (Killer Rootbeer there)

From the FCA flight center at Fitchburg Airport (only $59 gets you in the air for your 1st lesson) to Bee’s Shipping (908)-656-3941 (the best and most cost effective way to ship to Ghana, Liberia, Guinea or Nigeria with pickup points in New york, NY, New Haven,Hartford and East Hartford CT, Leominster, Fitchburg and Worcester, MA and Newark & Elizabeth, NJ)

From Sharp Designs Hair Salon at their new location 360 Summer Street (say hi to Bernadette for me). To Little’s Floor Covering at 359 Summer right across the street from Sharp Designs.

From Linguini’s Italian Eatery 350 Boston Post Road West Route 20 in Marlborough (two words Chicken Pizzola) to Putnam Street Lanes 14 Putnam St Fitchburg (remember show up for the creation of Tea Party bowling team (or teams) Wednesday Jan 26th at 6 p.m.).

Remember these people and all the others who have advertised with me make the show possible. When you support our advertisers and thank them for advertising on DaTechGuy on DaRadio you are helping me support my family without having to hit DaTipJar so on my family’s behalf thank you for your patronage to all of our advertisers.

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…then my neighbor from across the street is an Orchard.

I spent yesterday morning making a list of things I have to do today concerning the show and the business it is. In addition to that base list I knew I had to shovel so as soon as I had a series of posts scheduled I grabbed a shovel and started working on the back when I noticed a cascade of snow heading across my front lawn.

I figured it was falling off a neighbor’s roof but nope it was the man from across the street, snowblowing my front.

He knows my snowblower is busted and I can’t afford a new one these days so without even asking he started clearing out my area, and a bunch of other neighbors as well.

He is a Jehovah’s Witness. Aside from basic Christianity in theological terms we are very far apart but let me tell you something, if Christianity is boiled down to Love of God and Love of neighbor he has it down pat.

I know I wrote about them last year but they are certainly living my friend James Marley’s words “The only Bible some people will ever see is ourselves, so act accordingly”.

Update: Lisa Graas comments, I would stress that this post isn’t about if the doctrinal beliefs Jehovah’s Witnesses is sound (it isn’t) but it is about a good neighbor acting like one. I will have a longer post on the subject tomorrow.

I had a very long day yesterday and decided I needed to be away for the net and what happens? BOOM!

Olbermann announces the end of “Countdown”

That’s from Hot Air. Before we get to just about every other bloggers comment in the world here is what I think is driving this:

#1 Comcast:

I have Comcast, A lot of cities have Comcast, Comcast is buying NBC. That means that every conservative who is giving money to Comcast was paying for Olbermann’s show. Can you say Verizon FIOS? O’Donnell and Maddow and Matthews and Schultz all have their moments but none of them have the reputation for outrageousness that Olbermann did. This is in my opinion a preemptive move because the next time Olbermann said something really stupid and insulting the people who would be sending angry e-mails would be in a position to vote with their wallets and Verizon would happily help them along.

#2 Triangulation:

The very act of removing Olbermann creates a (albeit temporary) split between the far left and MSNBC. Since MSNBC is part of the democratic spin machine (and lets not pretend it is not, the public certainly knows it) the removal of Olbermann is a signal of a more “moderate” tone. Democrats need not actually do anything different. The simple tone that will be quoted on blogs and papers changes at once. Additionally it allows democrats to differentiate themselves between “the Keith Olbermanns of the left” and their own calm moderate selves (HA). I suspect (as I have read NO BLOG on this as I type) the reaction of the Far left will be hyper enough to provide the separation that Democrats desire.

That being said how to replace him? After all one needs to compete with O’Reilly on FOX and you don’t want there to be a mass exodus to Parker and Spitzer on CNN (of course the quality of Parker and Spitzer being what it is helps to lighten that fear). I need to find a person just as partisan, and just as socialist as Olbermann who is pragmatic enough to tailor his message to aid the white house and democrats over the next two years. If I am a democrat worrying about 2012 who is the person I want in that chair ….

#3 Selling the democratic message
…to sell my bill of goods? I want Lawrence O’Donnell. O’Donnell is a true believer, admitting on air that he is a socialist. Don’t think for one moment that Lawrence O’Donnell isn’t the Obama/DNC Choice for the MSNBC 8 p.m. slot. O’Donnell for all his PITAness is one of the most politically astute people on the left. He is a hyper-partisan but is pragmatic enough to give blunt advice to democrats when it comes to political reality. Think of him as Olbermann with self control, insider political experience and brains. He can be on Morning Joe and can sound reasonable. Look at this video again:

here is the money quote:

I Glenn (Greenwald) unlike you, am not a progressive, I am not a liberal, who is so afraid of the word that I have to change my name to “progressive”. Liberals amuse me. I am a socialist. I live to the extreme left of your mere liberals, OK? But I know this about my country: Liberals are 20% of the electorate, conservatives are 41% of the electorate OK. So I don’t pretend that my views which would ban all guns in America make medicare available to all in American, have any chance of happening in the Federal Government. Ok you can sit there and pretend that liberals should run more liberal in conservative districts, the reason, you love the loss of the blue dogs, ..the only way you have a Chairman Barney Frank, there is only one way, that’s by electing Blue Dogs! It’s the only way you have a Speaker Pelosi. all emphasis mine

As Rush Limbaugh has said over and over again, liberals can only win if they hide who they are. O’Donnell gets it. His goal is to help the democratic party seem moderate so that he can get a Chairman Barney Frank and a Speaker Pelosi and advance the agenda that he and the Democratic party shares.

He is MUCH more dangerous to the right than Olbermann, and when the far left understands that they will come back and embrace him.

This may be a feel good moment on the right but O’Donnell will hurt us more on MSNBC that Olbermann ever did. He will not just speak to the true believers, he will put a moderate face on and persuade people ( who want to be persuaded ) that the democratic agenda is something it is not. For democrats this is all about 2012.

Now over to the reaction:

Nice Deb Bye-Bye Bathtub Boy

Legal Insurrection: Have you no Job sir?

The Cable Gamer:

The Cable Gamer can’t help but think that two big events in the news: The FCC’s approval of Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, and Jeff Immelt’s ascension as the Obama administration’s favorite corporate stooge, have something to do with this.

Ya Think?

Michelle Malkin (via Doug Powers): MSNBC Leans Forward, Pushes Olbermann Out the Door

Robert Stacy McCain:

If Olbermann was too much for the suits at Comcast, they’re not going to want Little Miss Lesbian anchoring their 8 p.m. hour. Bet $20 it’s O’Donnell.

He won that bet fast.

Howard Kurtz quotes a knowledgeable official:

A knowledgeable official said the move had nothing to do with Comcast taking control of NBC next week

Said official then offered to sell Mr. Kurtz a bridge.

Don Surber:

Perhaps some medication might help him overcome himself.

Nope don’t think so.

Daily Kos has a suggestion:

CNN should snap up Olbermann.

This would actually be a really smart move in an economic sense. It would grab the far left who would migrate out of spite giving them the chance to shift the 8 p.m. audience numbers. But in the sense of helping elect democrats in 2012, it would be a bad move so it will not happen.

Gateway Pundit: Sanity Wins!… Crazy Keith Olbermann Is Out at MSNBC – Effective Immediately

Weasel Zippers Olbermann Out At MSNBC . . . Update: Fired For Being a Pompous Gasbag

Moonbattery:

The details aren’t clear, but it appears that Olbermann is so obnoxious that not even MSNBC could stand him anymore.

Taylor Marsh:

Considering his sins during the primary season of 2008, including his blatant sexism and over the top critiques of Hillary Clinton, with no actions except to be banned from some broadcasts and replaced by David Gregory, I can’t imagine what grievous sin he committed that caused it to happen now.

Taylor Taylor Taylor those actions helped The One. Now his actions hurt The One. Get with the program.

Firedoglake:

That sound you just heard was millions of Americans saying “WHAT?!?”

Millions?

Comments from left field: Good night and good luck.

TPM: What the hell was that about?

Sister Toldja: Left wing heartbreak: Keith Olbermann abruptly departs MSDNC

Ed Driscoll:

Oh, and “NBC executives said one term of his settlement will keep him from moving to another network for an extended period of time,” the Times’ Bill Carter adds.

So much for Kos’ plan.

Conservatives for Palin: Keith Olbermann Should Run a Third-Party Campaign Against Obama and Governor Palin

Little Miss Attila: Bye-bye

Babalu Blog: Breaking: Hasta la Vista, Olby (Updated)

Lonely conservative: Olberman canned

Pam Geller :

Countdown to Zero. Don’t let the door hit cha in the ace, Keefy.

I was wondering who would finally use that metaphor.

Yid with Lid: Olberman gone, thank you Comcast!

Patterico’s Pontifications:

I have told you this before: I am reliably informed that he is an OK guy in person, and the TV person is an act. He sure as hell acts different when he fills in for Warren Olney on the “Which Way L.A.?” radio show.

Remember Danny DeVito in Taxi? He made a good living pretending to be a pain.

Adrienne’s Corner goes with the cute picture.

Powerline: Goodbye to one of the worlds worst people

No Sheeples here : Toodle-Loo To Bathtub Boy

Glenn Reynolds as you might guess gets it exactly right:

He was a useful idiot for a while. Now he’s no longer useful. Expect to see more of this kind of thing.

Update: I’ll add more reactions and I find them

American Glob: Top 10 New Job Suggestions For Keith Olbermann

Left Bank of the Charles: Keith Olbermann No Longer the Worst Person in the MSNBC World

Fisherville Mike: Has some fun film featuring Gordie Howe

Camp of the Saints asks the question:

Does anyone still give a sharia about Keith Oberwoman, specifically, and MSNBC, generally?