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Fairfax Free Citizen Thought The VA GOP Convention A Blast

Posted on | May 23, 2013 | 7 Comments

by Smitty

The World’s Youngest Blogger, the new job, an online course in Data Science: I’ve been busy. Hence the fact it’s been mostly Twitter for me, of late. There was a deal with Mrs. Other Smitty that the blogging would be walked back after the election, as well.

Too, Stacy’s been jamming with the new band over at Viral Read, that plague-like hotbed of infectious conservative disease vectors. It’s all great. This year’s CPAC launch of VR, from my little perspective, was like coming in from a Navy deployment (all of the effort leading up to the election) when the highly-trained crew that has persevered together for stressful months scatters to the four winds. Difference here being that we’re sort of still operating together, albeit at a lower tempo. The Internet is kind of like that.

Amidst all of the other projects, the Northern Virginia Tea Party requested that I lend some blog-fu to the Fairfax Free Citizen, which is a shameless knock-off of the Fauquier Free Citizen, and hopes to get a word in edgewise against some of these Patch sites.

As I was actually a delegate to the VA GOP Convention, I put up a post in praise of this November’s “How Conservative Can We Get?” ticket:

The Virginia GOP Convention last weekend showed a party veering to the right in preparation for the off-year election this November.
There was no action in the Governor slot. Ken Cuccinelli was nominated by acclaim.
Some tension arose at the Attorney General level, where the first round vote was so close that the party opted for a hand recount, narrowly going to Mark Obenshain, who was most gracious in victory. Have we seen the last of Rob Bell? One thinks not.

Conventions over primaries? No preference, really.


7 Responses to “Fairfax Free Citizen Thought The VA GOP Convention A Blast”

  1. Susan Valentine
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Susan Valentine liked this on Facebook.

  2. K-Bob
    May 23rd, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Heh. No haughty attitude at the coursera site or anything. I got the “Please use a modern browser that supports javascript” message.

    I don’t surf nekkid on the bit waves. I employ a script blocking plugin.

    Good old, data structures. Studying up on that stuff is fun. It’s kind of like taking an architectural engineering course. Then, when you get done, they want you to build everything out of crappy 2x4s and duct tape. Same with the data structure stuff. You come in loaded with the relational database and oop goodness, but the boss wants that damn ajax whether it uses the net or not, and they prefer you cram everything into arrays using bit flags, because the back end runs on FORTRAN.

    Good times.

  3. Bob Belvedere
    May 24th, 2013 @ 12:04 am

    Godspeed in all of your endeavours, Chris.

  4. Adjoran
    May 24th, 2013 @ 1:10 am

    You’re becoming a rock star on Twitter, so there’s that.

    Hey, good thing Stacy spent all those years watching editors pretend to work, he hit the ground running at stride.

    Conventions should be preferred to primaries. The whole primary mystique nonsense was a result of the McGovern Commission reforms in the Democratic Party, which was tasked with solving their problem after the Chicago ’68 disaster, as reads their mission statement: “This Party must move forward from the midst of filthy criminals rioting in the streets by inviting them in and turning the Party over to their full control.”

    So naturally they couldn’t let the party workers who spend all their time working for the party have so much influence, because drug-addled commie revolutionaries can barely be convinced to get off the streets to defecate, much less organize, so primaries it was, in the name of “involving the people.”

    The GOP, as usual, was afraid of being left behind and being thought of as the party of Big Business that doesn’t care about The Little Guy who is just trying to work a little, cop a buzz, and draw all the Fluking benefits he can squeeze out of the rest of us, so they jumped on the primary bandwagon.

    Funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same, eh?

  5. smitty
    May 24th, 2013 @ 5:22 am

    No way, man: we’ve upgraded to 1995, and everything is kept in XML, for maximum over-bloat.

  6. smitty
    May 24th, 2013 @ 5:24 am

    I don’t think the convention, as such, solves anything; it just moves the problem. Pareto Optimal might be alternating between primaries and conventions.

  7. Kevin Trainor Jr.
    May 24th, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    Kevin Trainor Jr. liked this on Facebook.