Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Researching Kenya's War on Terror

Many of you know that I have accelerated the writing of my second novel, Arlen’s Harem. February 1st was the original date target, then March 1st. Well, it looks like the target date will have to be moved again. I hope my supporters are okay with that.

I’m taking a short break from it to do some research on and write about Kenya’s role in the War on Terror, as requested by one of my readers. And this is something which may have a dual purpose, as it could be a part of a longer work about my father’s home country.

Now that Barack Obama has galloped off into the sunset, there might not be that much interest in the country anymore. However, for obvious reasons, I’m still interested and I hope that a few others are as well.

To begin a small primer on the topic, start with Kenya's Dadaab. It's the largest refugee camp in the world and the refugees are, primarily, Somalis--both in the ethnic and citizenship sense.

Dadaab
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Monday, February 20, 2017

First Episode of 'Ask Baldilocks'

This might be a thing for a little while. I'm not happy with the video quality, but we work with what we have.




I'll get a transcript up later and try to enunciate better. While I'm typing, send your friends and hit the tip jar!


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Video


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Short Observations About Offensiveness and Shame

I’m not a shrink but I’ve had 55.5 years of having to ponder and dust off the shame which others try to heap on me, various motives not important. Of note also are those who will take offense for non-obvious reasons.

This is my conclusion: shame-mongers and offense-takers are always projecting.

An online friend gets angry every time anyone says that black Americans should get off the Democrat “plantation” or that the Great Society programs “re-enslaved” black Americans.

This friend says that it’s offensive whenever anyone uses metaphors/similes involving slavery to address problems within the black community, as if being offended is a more relevant problem than the dystopic state of most Democrat-controlled majority-black communities. My friend has been saying this for years, but still left unexplained is this: what, specifically, makes it offensive.

Slavery references are offensive only if one is ashamed of the servitude condition of one’s ancestors. It’s why some black people are still “mad” about the status in which their ancestors came to America.

They’re not angry, per se; they’re ashamed of it. And they want everyone else to feel it, too.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

My January 2017 Post Digest From Da Tech Guy Blog


Longtime Blogger Ignores the News
Musings on Evil, Part One
Musings on Evil, Part Two
A Short Denunciation of the Fatherland
Marc Lamont Hill Shows Us His Wits
Post-Inauguration Short Takes
Lie Architecture
Presidential Persona
Doctor No Borders

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Baldilocks Traffic Magnets for 2016

Please contribute to this blog. Eyes Left!

Here are my top traffic attractors from last year. Three Instalanches. I excluded blegging posts and the elegy for Jeniffer Dawa Ochieng--mother of my Kenyan siblings.
As I was composing this post, I decided to look back again to see if I had a favorite post--one that I liked the best but is not on the list above. And it's this one:

Donald Trump and Our Current Level of Deception.

My thinking has only slightly changed since it was first posted; the fundamentals remain. Some of you know that I voted for him and will think "does she still think he's a plant?" Answer: I haven't yet ruled it out. Too soon.

Have I managed to annoy everyone? Well, it won't be the first time.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Steve Harvey, Talladega College, and the Shame Mob

Like NFL great Jim Brown did a few weeks back, Steve Harvey meets with President-elect Trump. And a marching band from Talladega College (AL)--a historically black college--raises well more than enough money for its amenities during a scheduled appearance for the Inauguration next week.

Meanwhile, the racial epithets against Harvey and Talladega’s president, Dr. Billy Hawkins, fly freely, from black people, of course.

Having been the target of such epithets from the same source, I'd like to describe how that kind of verbal attack looks from this target’s point of view.

I’ve talked about shame mongers before and, of course, the Internet is overrun by them. The trick to resisting them is to realize that shame is the only weapon they’re wielding. They have nothing else. And if one is immune to their form of shaming--name-calling--reading it is like watching a toddler throw a fit, only funnier.

So, while Harvey tries to use his celebrity for something selfless and useful and while the Talladega College marching band gets the world stage to show off the results of its hard work and school spirit, think of their detractors as the latter sit behind their cell phones and sling names like “coon” and “Uncle Tom”[i] in between posting their twerking and ghetto fight videos.

Think of their impotence.

Certainly Harvey was openly pro-Clinton and I wouldn't doubt that Dr. Hawkins and the most of band members old enough to vote were as well. But what they have already done and will do in the face of not getting what they wanted shows the type of people they are. They know the source of their power and that power does not come from sitting on the couch and slinging insults at others or even from the president of the United States.

As the woman said, ain't nobody got time for that.

And, as for Trump, a Facebook friend of mine pointed out that if he hadn't met with any Americans who are black, he'd be called a racist.

It never pays to consider the shame mob. They're only good for amusement--as a cat might be amused by a mouse.

Meanwhile, the band marches and plays on.

[i] I love how those who use the term 'Uncle Tom' as an epithet out themselves as illiterate. It’s like a boomerang.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Old Dogs, Old Tricks

Remember when CBS peddled a faked letter about GWB—a letter so ridiculously unmilitary in format that any GI could see that it was fake?

Remember that the letter--allegedly from 1973--was found to have been created using Microsoft Word?

Remember when a certain leftish blogger had objective evidence that GWB was not "AWOL," but pretended that the evidence was too difficult to read?

Seems like yesterday.
A new dossier making salacious claims against President-elect Donald Trump was published online by BuzzFeed on Tuesday — even though the site’s editor admits he has “serious reason to doubt the allegations” in it. 
The documents — compiled before the election by a former British intelligence agent at the behest of a group of anti-Trump Republicans — purport to detail sordid links between Trump and Russian agents. 
In an introduction to its dossier report, BuzzFeed admits the claims are “unverified” — but its editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, explained in an e-mail to his reporters that he decided to publish them anyway because “this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.”
And CNN bigwigs say that they've seen the report.
Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. 
The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Mr. Trump.
Trump has vehemently denied all of this. So have the Russians.

To be clear, I'm still on the fence about Donald Trump, but, for Heaven's sake, the man hasn't even taken office yet. And while I don't completely trust him, I trust the professional media and the intelligence edifice even less. Both have shown shown that they contain elements which are capable of colluding against any target, or protecting one. Even a president? Especially a president.

And the FBI is investigating...give me a break.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My December 2016 Post Digest From Da Tech Guy Blog





  • Trump is God and the Devil

  • California Prepares Its Final Blunder

  • Don't You Love Him as He's Walking Out the Door? (Got an Instalanche from this one.)

  • Aleppo and Human Nature

  • Scientific Method

  • The New York Times Wishes that the USA Had Never Existed

  • Reading Remains Fundamental

  • Religious Extremism and You

  • The Looming New Year



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    Thursday, December 29, 2016

    New Year's Resolution: Finish Arlen's Harem

    A lady who works for Southwest Airlines gave me a buddy-pass for the holidays so that I could spend them with my parents in Albuquerque. That makes twice this year that a fan has paid my fare so that I could visit my family. I am still overwhelmed at the generosity of fans--of friends--and how they have shown their appreciation for my work.

    And because of that generosity, I am making a New Year's Resolution: I will finish my second novel--still tentatively titled Arlen's Harem--and have it ready for editing by February 1.

    As for those to whom I owe a copy of my first novel Tale of the Tigers, this campaign is meant to get those mailed. You see, I have been living on those sales; I m ready for something more. But it is only through my own efforts-- my own discipline--that something more can be had.

    I'm restarting this campaign just for the month of January. I won't be on Facebook or Twitter very much next month except to publicize my twice weekly Da Tech Guy posts.

    It's time to get it done. I owe that to you and to myself and if you want to help, I thank you.

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