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A lot to do today so let’s end this year with a Podcast

A lot of our problems come from collectively pretending lies are truth. Let’s hope we have more courage in 2022

I have to laugh when I read story after story about the left in panic that they are suddenly losing “Hispanic” voters.

I’ve already touched on the whole “Hispanic” business but the reason why I think it’s funny is that I was told the answer years ago by a woman named Maria and her translator Christian during my “Interviews with Immigrants” series (which incidentally is some of the best work I’ve ever done).

During my interview I asked Maria why she decided to move to America and here is what she said:

The key line: She feels secure every time she walks on the street she don’t have fear when she was walking alone.

Note how she talks about that moment as the thing she’ll never forget. It’s the very essence of one of the Four Freedoms. Freedom from Fear.

A lot of folks have gone though an awful lot to get to this country. A lot of effort a lot of cost and a lot of sweat. If they were all set safe and sound in their own countries they wouldn’t go though what they do to come here.

FDR, was once the template for what Democrats stood for, talked about the four freedoms. Freedom of speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. All four of these are under attack by the Democrat left of today, but when crime sours in cities, when people don’t feel safe in their own downtown, in their own neighborhoods. When looters and criminals go free and are not even prosecuted while those who risk themselves to protect others are demonized the freedom from fear that made America so unique in the history of the world disappears.

I haven’t seen Maria for years, but I suspect there are plenty of Marias in this country who came from dangerous places who are not anxious to lose that sense of security that they came here for.

Of course the left would know this, if they talked to anyone outside their liberal bubble

I saw this report at Twitchy concerning the Biden Admin’s play to fight racism in medical care with $

Given that doctors and hospitals et/all are so busy these days I thought I’d save everyone some time by coming up with a simple anti-racism plan for them to follow:

DaTechGuy’s Official Medical Anti-Racism Plan

  1. Treat patents based on their aliments and symptoms rather than race

In the interest in helping the greatest number of medical professionals I hereby give permission for any physician, medical facility or nursing hone or extended care facility to appropriate this plan at no charge.

However tip jar hits will be graciously accepted

Saturday at Pintastic NE is always a busy day. You tend to draw the largest crowds and there is plenty going on.

One of the more popular games was the Beatles 1964

Not only is the gameplay of this machine great but it of course has the best sound track of all the games here

A lot of people bring Pinball games here to sell but one of the problems is: If you sell a game how do you get it home? Well that’s where Dino of Shipmypinball.com comes in

Getting the machine from point A to point B is something that always needs to be considered when buying a machine.

Of course there are those who offer an alternative to buying game, RENTING THEM

I’m thinking the Bushey Brothers may cut the Gordan knot for many guys like me whose wives don’t want a game in their house or big money spent but might actually go along with getting a game in the house if it’s only for a month or two and someone else moves it in and out for you.

Of course there are some thing that shouldn’t be forgotten during Pintastic NE and such as God and the Sacraments. Luckily for a Catholic like me there is St. Anne’s Shrine only a mile away down the road.

If you’re wondering where the hat is , hey I’m at a church of course I have it off.

Of course if you’re buying an old game or even if you need an newer one there is always the need for the parts, that’s where Mayfair Games (not to be confused with the old wargame maker) comes in.

You will see them as the first dealer on the left at every Pintastic

Of course while the old game are big here It’s the new ones that draw eyeballs. One of those new players is American Pinball and I talked to their man David Fix.

He was in high demand and I didn’t have a chance to talk to him until the vendor room was closing. But it worked out very well because he moved one of the Legends of Valhalla games to the Extra Ball Lounge were my youngest and I started playing.

Alas my son is too good so we couldn’t show the full game

Of course I’m not the only guy filming here Todd Tuckey was Livestreaming

While the Guns and Roses Tribute Band: Welcome to the Jungle who played the event played on…

They came in to celebrate the release of the new Guns and Roses game from Jersey Jack who for some reason I didn’t manage to interview this year (more from the band later).

You might recall I talked to Michael two years ago when he brought a bunch of games, well he and Emily have graduated from hobby to Pinball Museum Proprietors in Pawtucket RI

You heard that right 28 of the machines people were playing came from them and it’s worth noting that on day four those machines were still here to play as they’re invariably the last folks out (next to Gabe of course).

But while the hobbyists and game providers are big the real question is what did the folks who paid their money to play think. I ran into four such folks who were attending Pintastic for the first time

When people are willing to come 3000 miles and say they’ll do it again next year you’ve got it right.

By this time is was late and I finished my work day talking to the tribute band after their 2nd performance.

after that I finally got to play the popular Sonic the Hedgehog homebrew which won best Homebrew game and can be played either via flippers or from a Sega controller

2 AM came very quickly and checkout is 11 AM so it was time to crash and prepare for the final day of Pinball.