Archive for August 8, 2009

angel of Scutari
My review of #122 in the Big Finish Doctor Who series The Angel of Scutari is available at here.

You are going to wait for a while to see how this cliffhanger ends since the next 7th doctor adventures are going to feature Kline from the adventure Colditz.

You can of course buy all of these audios from Mike’s comics. They carry all kinds of great Dr. Who stuff.

Back in April at the tea party I attended I noted the following:

I asked two different police who where there and they said it was the easiest crowd they ever dealt with.

Lorie Bird noted at the time how it confused the media:

We learned that when liberal unions bus people to protests and when some liberal groups even pay people to protest, the media does not deem that influence worth reporting. But if a cable news channel decides to cover (and promotes that they will cover) a protest with hundreds of thousands of participants taking place in all 50 states that should be reported as evidence the people were not protesting of their own accord.

Well now we have liberals calling in Union members and using day workers who can’t even read the signs they are holding. So what does the media do, they whip out their template: Tea party members are phony, run by Fox and by the insurance companies.

However we can be sure of one thing, now that the SEIU is involved we will certainly need a police presence. Funny that. Not as funny as the lefty blogs spin on it but still funny.

Of all of what I’ve seen since the left decided that Americans speaking out was just too much for a sitting president and a large democratic majority to take this is the most amazing:

This clinic is adjacent to Denver’s day laborer pickup street, Park Avenue. Being fluent in Spanish, El Marco asked these guys “¿hablan ingles?” “casi nada” was the reply from our amigo on the left. I asked him if he could tell me what the signs said. “¿Quien sabe?” (who knows?) was all he said to me, with a big grin. I’m kicking myself for not asking them how much they were getting paid to support the grassroots.

Our democratic friends who accuse us (well I guess me since I attended a tea party earlier this year) of being paid by the insurance companies are providing this kind of “grassroots” support for the president. To quote the blog author:

This is the first time in my life that I can recall a government in North America organizing protests of one group of citizens against another. This is standard operating procedure in countries with left-wing governments.

You know in a media age when anyone can snap a photo or take a film and get it on the net you just can’t get away with this BS and keep it under the radar anymore. When that photo with the ¿Quien sabe? breaks nationally the game is going to be all over.

Via Michelle

Update: Newsbusters notices, as does Pundit & Pundette

Update 2: The Spectator notes some issues but misses the why don’t they understand the signs they are carrying.

John Quincy Adams the Tweets from beyond the grave

Posted: August 8, 2009 by datechguy in oddities, tech

I’m not much of a twitter person (I don’t even have a facebook account) but I am very into John Quincy Adams and anything that gives more attention to one of the most remarkable statesmen to ever serve America is ok with me.

The micro-blogging site Twitter wasn’t around in John Quincy Adams’ day, but a recent visitor to the MHS suggested he might have found it a very natural addition to his routine. JQA was a prolific diarist, filling fifty-one volumes over sixty-nine years (amounting to nearly 15,000 pages) – and not only did he keep a diary, he often kept multiple diaries simultaneously (there are three different entries for the day he was inaugurated as president, for example: a long entry, a draft entry, and a line-a-day entry).

What started as interesting note is now a project:

when we realized that JQA begins a long series of line-a-day entries on 5 August 1809 as he departs on his voyage to Russia (where he would serve as the first American ambassador), we decided some opportunities are just too good to pass up.

So, beginning on 5 August 2009, we’ll be posting JQA’s line-a-day diary entries on Twitter, one per day exactly 200 years later. You can check out the project at, and if you use Twitter too we hope you’ll follow along and receive the daily updates. We’ll be posting JQA’s exact words (his entries really do work perfectly as 140-character tweets), and where possible we will augment the posts with maps showing his location (thank him for providing regular latitude and longitude readings), links to longer diary entries, and other information. His short entries are surprisingly rich, full of wonderful details about his reading, meals, weather, and shipboard activities.

“His” twitter page is here.

Remembering these are the days before the common use of steam let alone electricity so this would be heady stuff for people.

One interesting Adams fact. In addition to being President, Sec of State and a Congressman AFTER being president Adams was nominated for the Supreme Court BEFORE all of that and voted in unanimously by the Senate but turned it down because he didn’t consider himself qualified enough.