Archive for August 8, 2019

As you might have noticed the fundraiser that I pined to the top of the blog yesterday is no longer there. That’s because our stated goal has been reached.

We managed about 40% when it 1st went up. Another 20% through a facebook link from Baldilocks. When I came home from work I saw that Glenn at Instapundit had linked (thanks much) and the rest came in and more. As it was for a specific goal and said goal is made naturally the post is no longer on top, anything extra that comes in will go to paying down debt til it’s gone. May I up front thank all who kicked in and note that you will all be getting individual notes of thanks likely this weekend when I’m off from my day job.

By the time you read this I will have called our new host/provider to be they have been informed by email that the goal is made and the work can begin.

Here is what will happen blogging wise during the move:

At things will continue here as they have for the past week. I will be writing at least a post a day here, using the “quickdraft” feature which allows only plain text, no graphics or links and no edits. Once the draft is saved I go into the Posts menu and either post or schedule them.

Any members of DaMagnificent Seven who wish to write plan text posts will be doing the same although I will likely be doing the scheduling of the actual posts via the dashboard.

While this is going on I will be writing regularly at the original wordpress blog at Http:// which is now our blog backup. This will allow us post normally with html links etc. Our paid writers have accounts at that site and may at their discretion post there if they aren’t posting here. Any members of DaMagnificent Seven who wish to take the transition time off may do so at their discretion.

Once we are fully at the new site the wordpress location will again be our backup site and additionally, if I can pull it off, become DaTechGuy’s home for retired bloggers.

The primary goal is to get everything moved so we can function normally again, but this is also a good time to clean up a few things that have slowed down the site considerably over the years. Furthermore if our new host has design suggestions that might improve the site visually I’m of course interested provided that said changes do not significantly delay the move.

I have no idea if the end results will grow readership, bring in more regular revenue and make this the top 100 conservative blog it once was, that would be fantastic result.

But for me, if when all is said and done if we remain a good site with fine writers providing insight, opinion and some original reporting that informs our regular readers who have supported us over the years. A site that still pays our writers and our bills with a little bit left over that will be fine with me.

Thank you for deciding we’re still worth it either by your funds or just by stopping by and making us a part of your day. We have no demand on the money you have worked for or the slice of your brief time on earth that you spend here other than your decision to give it to us.

That any of you have made the choice to do so is, to me, a great honor.

Washington 4 New York 3

Corey Dickerson went 3-3 with 3 RBI & Jose Quintana threw a full nine innings to end Washington two game skid with a 4-3 defeat of the New York Yankees in DC

The damage against CC Sabathia (L 0-2) started in the 2nd. Marwin Gonzalez tripled to center to start the inning. and with two outs Corey Dickerson singled to right driving him in. A throwing error by Sabathia on a pickoff attempt sent him to third but he struck out Christian Vasquez to get out of the jam

Two innings later the cast was mostly the same. Gonzalez singled with one out and Billy Hamilton followed with one of his own. After a ground out that sent the runners to second and third Dickerson singled to right scoring both Gonzalez and the fleet footed Hamilton and the score was 3-0.

Meanwhie while the yanks managed the odd baserunner and even two of them in the 4th they didn’t break through off Jose Quintana (W 1-0) until the 6th. With one out Giancarlo Stanton singled to left and scored when Gleyber Torres drove a ball that in any other part would have been long gone. Torres had to settle for a triple but scored anyways when third baseman Anthony Rendon decided to go to 1st on Miguel Andujar’s grounder rather than trying to make a play at the plate making it 3-2. But in the bottom of the inning Jesus Andujar didn’t have to settle for three as his one out drive carried 435 feet to left to give Washington a 2 run lead again. Dickerson singled again to follow chasing Sabathia who was replaced by Zach Briton who gave up another single to Vasquez bringing up Quintana who was not pulled for a pinch hitter and struck out.

At first it looked like Washington’s faith in Quintana would be costly when with one out in the 7th Brett Garnder hit a ball over the fence down the right field line cutting the lead to 4-3 but that would be all as Quintana would retire the last 8 in a row as the ready arms in the bullpen watched and the fans applauded.

Notes: Billy Hamilton called up to the majors before the game went 1-4 starting in center for Starling Marte who while perfect in the field has been a disapointing at the plate. CC Sabathia became the 1st pitcher to lose two games this season giving up 8 hits without a walk in 5 2/3 innings. While the top of Washington’s lineup was a combined 0-12 the 4-9 hitters went 9-21. Reynaldo Lopez (1-0) gets the ball for the Senators tomorrow against Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) for the Yanks.

LA 8 Boston 2

The Dodgers struck for seven runs in the 1st two innings more than enough for Hyun-Jim Ryu as LA pounded Boston 8-2

Kyle Gibson (L 0-2) wasted no time loading the bases in the 1st on Cody Bellinger Walk, A Yasiel Puig Single and a Max Muncy walk and LA took advantage Bellinger scoring on a Manny Machado Grounder (Puig out at 3rd) another on a Joc Pederson single scoring Muncy and finally a sac fly by Matt Kemp on a drive to deep left scoring Machado.

It got worse in the 2nd Kiki hernandez walked and Chris Taylor singled him to 2nd. With one out Yasiel Puig hit a slow ball to 2nd that should have been the 2nd out but Aleg Bregman throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag to load the bases so when Muncy popped out it didn’t end the inning. That gave the red hot Manny Machado a shot to do damage and he did depositing a pitch over the Green Monster for a grand slam driving in four unearned runs and it was 7-0.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (W 2-0) didn’t need half of them as he kept the Red Sox batters guessing striking out eleven and bearing bearing down when he needed to, most notably in the 4th when they loaded the bases with one out on a Christian Yelich double, a Ronald Acuna Jr walk and a one out Abreu infield single. Ryu got the 2nd out on a deep fly to the Triangle by Bregman scoring Yelich and moving both runners but retired Yan Gomes on a popup to keep the game out of reach, and striking out the side in between a walk and single in the 5th.

The Sox had one more chance to gt things closer in the 7th. With two outs Kris Bryant doubled in Ben Zobrist who had singled before him but Scott Alexander came in not only striking out Yelich but only allowing a walk and a hit batsmen the rest of the way to close out the victory.

Notes: The Dodgers last run came on a one out double by Puig driving in Bellinger who walked. Despite the rough start Gibson pitched seven full innings giving up only 3 earned runs. Manny Machado had another big game driving in 5 and scoring twice. Alex Wood will try to keep the winning streak going against Dallas Keuchel for Boston.

Vikings 14 Texas 1

The Vikings sent 19 men to the plate in the 8th and ninth turning a pitching duel into a rout as the pulverized the Thunder 14-1

It certainly didn’t look like it would end that way as Texas’ Kyle Freeland (L 0-2) and King Ragnar’s Gerrit Cole (W 2-0) spent most of the game trading zeros Freeland putting down threats and Gerrit not evening letting them get started.

The only lapse was in the Vikings 5th. Eddie Rosario singled and was replaced on the basepads by Jed Lowrie on a fielder’s choice. Whit Merrifield drilled Freeland’s next pitch to right center, it rolled to the wall scoring Lowrie and sending him all the way to third.

With a man on 3rd and one out the Vikings played smallball, Mallex Smith bunted and beat Tucker Barnhart’s throw to 1st Merrifield scored. A Kentel Marte single sent Smith to 3rd but Freeland retired Elias Dias and Juao Soto to hold the Vikings to a 2-0 lead. That’s were it was when Keone Kela relieved Freeland in the 7th. It didn’t stay there long.

the Vikings 8th started with a Rene Rivera walk. Jean Segura doubled to left putting runners on 2nd & 3rd with nobody out for the 2nd inning straight. In the 7th Kela pitched out of it without damage, not this time. Rosario shot a double into left center scoring Rivera and Segura, moved to third on Lowrie’s single and scored with Kela 2nd pitch to Merrifield went to the backstop. When Merrifield singled to first Rasiel Iglesias came in to relieve Kela in the hope he could keep it a 5-0 game. For a moment it looked like he just might. Nolan Arenado was ready for Smith 2nd attempt to bunt a man home nailing Lowrie at the plate and when Marte grounded to 1st moving Merrifield to third and Smith to 2nd Iglesias was one out away from doing his job. But Anthony Rizzo’s single drove in Merrifield and Juan Soto’s plated Marte. Rivera followed with a double to right scoring both Rizzo and Soto and it was 9-0. After a Segura walk Rosario hit a ball to right center scoring Rivera making it 10-0 but mercifully for Texas he tried to turn that single into a double and was cut down on a great throw by Mike Trout.

Texas managed a run in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff triple by Javier Baez and a two out pinch single by George Springer off of Ryne Stanek but in the 9th Nathan Eovaldi coming in after a Jed Lowrie leadoff walk gave up singles to Merrifield and Smith (Lowrie thown out at home) A sac fly to Gerardo Parra a stolen base to smith another run scoring single to Rizzo and finally a 2 run homer making it 14-1 going into the last of the ninth where Texas would go down in order happy to put this game behind them.

Notes. Jed Lowrie would be thrown out at home twice once on a squeeze and once by George Springer from center. The Vikings struck for 20 hits 4 each off of the three Texas relievers who worked a single inning while Cole gave up only 2 hit and one walk while striking out 11. Texas answers tomorrow with Mike Clevinger (1-0) against Noah Syndergaard (0-1) for the Vikings

Rivertown 7 Juneau 1

Patrick Corbin struck out 13 and Rivertown went yard five times as the Raiders took game one of their series against Juneau 7-1

The Bombs began in the 3rd as Shohei Ohtani (L 0-1) gave up a lead off dinger to Paul DeJong to left one out later Jose Ramirez took one to right center Giving the Raiders a 2-0 lead.

Juneau answered off Patrick Corbin (W 2-0) in the 6th Mookie Betts drew a walk to start the inning and Buster Posey drove the 1st pitch he saw into the gap in left center. Mgr Carden brought in Andrew Benintendi to run for Posey who after Bryce Harper went down on strikes promptly stole 3rd. But Corbin k’d Moustakas swinging and coaxed a flyout from Matt Chapman preserving the 2-1 which would be all he would need.

That didn’t stop Matt Carpenter from leading off the bottom of the inning with another homer to right center making the score 3-1. Carpenter would do so again in the top of the 9th off Brad Ziegler and after a Jose Ramirez double drove in Paul DeJong who had singled Paul Goldschmidt drew the final blood with a Shot over the left center wall.

Notes: All but one one of Rivertown’s runs came on homers which is a good thing for them because they were only 1-7 with runners in scoring position. This was Ohtani’s 1st start since his last game was washed out by rain. Juneau lost the DH when Bryce Harper went into right field causing Othani to bat, he popped to 3rd in the 7th. It will be Rivertown’s Charlie Morton (0-1) against Miles Mikolas (0-1) in game 2

History has proved that government solutions never solve problems, and most often make the problems worse. This is most definitely true when it comes to mass shootings. Banning guns is the remedy most often proposed for ending gun violence. Banning guns only produces a more plentiful supply of unarmed victims.

Gun free zones were instituted on the local, state, and federal level to prevent mass shootings. The title of this Breitbart article “Study: 97.8% of Mass Shootings Since 1950 Occurred in ‘Gun-Free Zones’” proves the utter insanity of these zones.

“According to CPRC, 97.8 percent of mass public shootings from 1950 to May 2018 occurred in gun-free zones. These include the Virginia Tech University attack, which killed 32 (April 16, 2007); the Fort Hood attack, which killed 13 (November 5, 2009); the Aurora movie theater attack, which killed 12 (July 20, 2012); the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack, which killed 26 (December 12, 2014); the D.C. Navy Yard attack, which killed 13 (September 16, 2013); the Chattanooga military base attack, which killed 5 (July 16, 2015); the Umpqua Community College attack, which killed 9 (October 1, 2015); the San Bernardino attack, which killed 14 (December 2, 2015); the Orlando Pulse attack, which killed 49 (June 12, 2016); the Parkland high school attack, which killed 17 (February 14, 2018); and the Santa Fe High School attack, which killed 10 (May 18, 2018).”

The El Paso and the Dayton Ohio mass shootings took place in gun free zones. In his manifesto the El Paso shooter states he specifically chose a gun free zone and urged others to do the same.

We must educate others that gun free zones do not live up to the good intentions of those that advocated for them, that they produce disastrous results that are the opposite of the intended results. Repealing all of these deeply flawed government solutions will greatly lesson the number and severity of mass shootings. I know this is extremely unlikely given the overwhelming opposition from the democrats, liberal news, and Hollywood. I for one enjoy a good fight against overwhelming odds.

Far too few individuals are armed in public. When a mass shooting begins to happen the shooter rarely faces any armed opposition. The liberals have not only won the government battle with all of the gun control measures on the books across this country, they have also won the education and culture battles, convincing too may that guns are responsible for the killings rather than just a tool that can be used for both good and bad.. So few of us still understand the tremendously positive benefits of individuals being armed in public, not to mention having a well armed population. Few still understand the original meaning and rationale behind the Second Amendment, something we need to change. Winning the hearts and minds about guns will result in the repeal of misguided infringements of one of our most important God-given natural rights. I know it’s another tall order but it is one worth fighting for.

Thanks to the doctrine of Separation of Church and State, which appears nowhere in the Constitution, religion and morality have been all but banished from the public square. This is one of the biggest drivers of the mass shooting crisis and this needs to be fixed to solve the crisis. The first instance of the Supreme Court using this unconstitutional doctrine was Everson v. Board of Education in 1947. That decision openned the flood gates of the banning of things religious. Is it a coincidence that as the banning of religion and morality in the public square become more prevalent mass shootings became more prevalent?

There are almost always warning signs leading up to mass shootings, yet these signs rarely ever get reported to the proper authorities, if they had then these tragedies could have been averted. I don’t believe red flag laws are the answer. They would be too easy for liberals to twist into a mechanism for disarming people who do not pose a threat. Individuals reporting other individuals who show warning signs to the proper authorities who would investigate is the answer.

As you might have noticed from my last post the site went down yesterday. Before it did a commentator on the site inquired about the pricing of the move suggesting I might do better. I replied to him here and we had a pleasant conversation on twitter over it.

This morning when I got home and found my primary site back up I saw this tweet waiting for me. It really got me angry.

I’ve been around for a while and while I’m known a bit and even been praised by Candidate Donald Trump for my reporting, but even so I understand that in the big scheme of things I’m pretty small potatoes.

Yet this gentlemen after a conversation with me felt the need to delete tweets because he feared retaliation from the left that could affect his life and lively hood.

There isn’t a lot that gets my considerable temper going, but trying to harm a person’s ability to feed himself and his family does. It is what prompted my involvement in Stacy vs LGF business that he alluded to in his post over my fundraiser (thanks stacy btw).

That the left has decided that it’s OK to try to ruin people is despicable, that it’s reached a point where a guy putting a few tweets on line has to restrain himself because of fear of these bastards is simply evil.

To the left apparently it’s a matter of joy and satisfaction because politics has become a religion and to them their ends sanctifies any means.

Pray for them, they need it.