Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wipers up

Almost time for the first big snow of the season.
Forecasters are trying their best to figure out an unusual storm on the biggest travel day of the year.
Time for wipers up before the storm hits.

Justice done - you can see yourself

The Ferguson police officer will not face charges for the death of Michael Brown.
The prosecutor spent plenty of time explaining the decision - the physical evidence didn't match the media reports.
Don't believe it - here's the evidence.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Does Obama want Hilary to win?

President Obama's actions since the election raise the question - does he want a Democratic successor?
Democrats across the country has suffered for his decisions in 2010 and 2014.
How does Hillary thread the needle in 2016 - getting support from Obama voters while not driving the rest of the country away?
George W. Bush has not had bad things to say about Obama's actions.
Do you believe Obama will be quiet after leaving office?
He might be on MSNBC every night, blasting his successor.
It would be easier for him if a Republican wins in 2016 - he can blast away and not upset Hillary's crew.

Awaiting the Gizzard Blizzard

By the end of Monday, we should have a better handle on snow potential for Wednesday.
While checking on the possibilities, I found this Maryland forecaster with a user suggested name for this weather.
The Gizzard Blizzard.
For those of you dreaming of a white Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Walker and friends

Politico looks at one of the many groups of Republicans considering bids for the 2016 presidential nomination.
Scott Walker appears to be the frontrunner of this group.
Walker, 47, won national attention after beating back a labor-led 2012 recall attempt. He has pushed through a series of big-ticket bills, including requiring women to get ultrasounds before they have abortions and paving the way for more mining in the state. He’s now preparing a legislative agenda that includes mandating drug tests for welfare beneficiaries, repealing the Common Core education standards and cutting property taxes.
A good legislative session in 2015 puts him among the top choices.

Just don't choose "Another one bites the dust"

Via Dustbury, an update on the most popular songs for funerals.

Waiting for Trey

While liberals rejoice at the latest Benghazi report, there remains Trey Gowdy's Select committee to release its report.
Powerline looks at the latest report, and talks about a point liberals probably didn't see.
The Committee states that, according to CIA security personnel, State Department security agents repeatedly said they were ill-equipped and ill-trained to contend with the threat environment in Benghazi. Indeed, they knew well before the attacks that they could not defend the State Department’s facility against an armed assault.
These State Department agents told the CIA that they had requested additional resources. Their request was still pending on September 11, 2012.
If nothing could have been done - because they were put in a bad situation - that needs to be examined.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Turkey of a forecast

Planning to travel Wednesday night or Thursday morning for Thanksgiving dinner?
It might be over the river
Through the woods
Behind the snowplow.
The Macy's parade in New York might have to replace balloons with snowmen.

Social media rules

A Facebook friend posted the story of an ESPN analyst being suspended from Twitter, supposedly for arguing creation and evolution with Curt Schilling.
Reminded me of what I saw last night, where ESPN doesn't want religious signs at College GameDay.
If you want to ban religious signs from your shows, it makes sense to slow your employees from jumping into controversies outside the sporting realm.
Wonder if those unhappy with the analyst's Twitter ban know of the sign ban?

Facebook quote of the week

When you don't like my status, I get upset. When I get upset, I mope around the house. When I mope around the house, my wife gets mad at me. When my wife gets mad at me, I take it out on the animals. When I'm mean to the animals, my wife kicks me out of the house. When I'm kicked out of the house, I go over to RJs house. When I go over RJs, I get drunk. When I get drunk, I end up out on the streets. When I end up out on the streets, I need protection. When I need protection, I call cousin Chicky. When I call cousin Chicky, people end up wearing concrete shoes at the bottom of the Barge Canal. Don't end up wearing concrete shoes at the bottom of the Barge Canal, like my status. ( Happy Birthday Cousin Chick!!!!!!)

Saturday song

Lorde has a new version, but Tears for Fears has the one we remember.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Finish the job

The Senate races are down to one runoff - so the Ten Buck Friday crew has one last hurrah.
One last chance to boost Bill Cassidy - and boo Mary Landrieu.
One last chance to cheer the efforts of our crew.

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United States - the best place to be

Why are we having a debate on immigration?
People want to be here.
We're the greatest country.
What other country are people begging to get into?
This is the destination.
The question is - how to keep the country the best?
If the people coming in boost the productivity of the United States, it can be a good thing.
If they add to the welfare rolls and cause trouble with current citizens, then it's bad.
President Obama asks you to trust his vision.
His trouble?
We've seen his vision on health care reform - and don't like it.
And won't trust him on him.

Weekend watchdog

LeBron James left the Wizards' division this offseason, but fans will get to catch the king in action Friday.
James and the Cavaliers come to Washington at 8 p.m., with coverage on Comcast and ESPN.
The Wizards hold the early lead in the NBA's Southeast Division, ahead of James' former team in Miami. Lebron excited the Cleveland fan-base with his return, but the team dropped to 5-5 after Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.
In the ESPN nightcap, the Bulls meet the Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m.
The Cowboys visit the Giants on NBC Sunday night, while the Ravens return to the Superdome Monday night, meeting the Saints on ESPN.
Fox offers the Lions at Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with the Titans at Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Redskins head west against the 49ers.
The college football weekend continues Friday when FoxSports1 has Rice against Texas-El Paso Friday at 8 p.m. ESPN shows San Jose State-Utah State at 9:30 p.m.
ACC newcomer Louisville faces Notre Dame on NBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Florida State hosts Boston College on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other areas getting Wisconsin-Iowa. ESPN2 shows the game not on-the-air in your area. In primetime, Southern Cal takes on UCLA.
CBS stays in the SEC West, with Mississippi playing Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. Baylor clashes with Oklahoma State on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to become bowl eligible, taking on Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Minnesota-Nebraska, then it's Arizona against Utah. It's off to the SEC East at 7:30 p.m., with Missouri meeting Tennessee.
Penn State takes on Illinois at noon on ESPN2. Virginia closes its home season at 7 p.m. with Miami before Boise State meets Wyoming at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas travels to Oklahoma at noon on FoxSports1 and Stanford goes against California at 4 p.m.
It's Big South football on MASN at noon, with Gardner-Webb taking on Monmouth. MASN2 starts its day at noon with Western Kentucky facing Texas-San Antonio before Texas Tech travels to Iowa State at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings "The Game" - Harvard against Yale - at noon followed by CAA contests between New Hampshire and Maine at 3:30 p.m. before Richmond meets William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.
James Madison takes on Elon on Comcast at noon, followed by Georgia State-Clemson.
North of the border, Montreal faces Hamilton in the CFL Eastern Division final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college hardcourt, ESPN2 has the championship of the 2K Classic Friday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday's contests start at 2:30 p.m. with Notre Dame against Providence. It's the third-place game of the Puerto Rico at 4:30 p.m. and the championship at 7 p.m. then the Charleston Classic final tips at 9 p.m.
MASN shows Morehead State-Louisiana Tech Friday at 8 p.m. Presbyterian meets Louisiana Tech Sunday at 5 p.m.
Kansas State takes on Long Beach State on MASN2 Friday at 10:30 p.m., and Marquette meets Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at 7 p.m. Oklahoma hosts Northwestern State Sunday at 3 p.m.
Creighton hosts North Carolina Central Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals host Buffalo on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts UMass-Lowell in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS conference finals start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with the Red Bulls taking on the Revolution on NBC. The Galaxy and Sounders meet Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC shows Arsenal against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Chelsea clashes with West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Formula One circuit visits Abu Dhabi this weekend, with the race on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

See you in court

Mickey Kaus wonders if a court case against the Obama immigration policy will take long.
On April 8, 1952, during the Korean War, President Truman seized crucial steel facilities. The steel companies immediately sought and got an injunction. On June 2, 1952, less than two months after Truman acted, the Supreme Court swatted him down.
Courts can move quickly when they want to. This smells like one of those cases.

Now serving number 9,000

Just over six years into this blog, we've reached 9,000 posts.
It promises to be an interesting run to 10,000 in the new year.

Obama hates Hillary

President Obama's immigration announcement Thursday appears to be setting the stage for a Republican winning the White House in 2016.
He may not have another campaign to worry about. But how will the Hillary Clinton campaign answer this?
Talking about illegal immigrants and drivers licenses didn't help her in 2008.
He thinks he'll have several million happy voters joining the rolls.
What about the intensely unhappy opposition?
Those people who will be paying extra thanks to his decision.

What will it cost?

Blue Virginia thinks people want to do what Democrats want about global warming.
But look at the charts.
People support what won't cost them money.
The lowest support is for paying an average of $100 more per year for energy.
Thirty-six percent oppose that, either strongly or somewhat.
The percentage will likely rise as the price rises - or wind or solar energy supplies prove unreliable for what they expect in our daily lives.
If liberals would pay for our extra costs of renewable energy - instead of trying to profit from it - then their dreams might have a chance.

The first anti-Hillary

Jim Webb left the Senate in 2012, but wants to return to Washington in the White House.
Does he have a chance?
Webb is already 68 years old; by the time of the next election, he’ll be 70, older than Hillary Clinton. That’s not too old to run for President, but it’s certainly old enough to wonder whether Democrats really need another aging Baby Boomer in the crowd. The Republican contenders are already much younger than the Democrats presumed to be in the race, and here comes a blast from the Reagan Era past to underscore that disparity and make it official. The youth vote that lifted Obama in 2008 will only be eight years older in 2016, not twenty-eight years older.
Let the fun begin.

Really lame duck

All year long, President Obama has said he would do something about immigration.
Now, he wants to announce his plan.
Unfortunately for him, the rest of government has a say.
And might look to look more closely at Obamacare after watching this exercise.
This might turn out to be the last gasp of a lame duck before the nation moves on.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do legal immigrants get a refund?

All the talk about President Obama's legalization plan ignores the effort of those who followed the rules to become United States citizens.
They waited their turn to come here.
They attended classes and learned our history.
They gave up free time.
They spent their earnings to officially become Americans.
Now, President Obama opens this privilege up to anybody who ignored the rules.
Can legal immigrants get their money back?

Scaring you now

It's below freezing for the second straight day in Fishersville.
I'm supposed to be worried about a novel putting extreme global warming 29 years in the future?
If there's going to be two degrees of warming by 2100, where it is now?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

With friends like these

Democrats mustered 41 votes against the Keystone pipeline.
Mary Landrieu's last gasp for re-election looks doomed.
Will they help her pack her office in December?

Be nicer on the internet

Mike Rowe likes dirty jobs.
Even dealing with internet trolls.
If only they'd listen to his advice.
Consider limiting each blurb to a single entry. When you post the identical screed four times in a row, it looks very much like a broken record sounds. This will lead people to conclude that you’re either a) inept at posting, or b) deliberately obnoxious. Neither conclusion is likely to lead to a sale. Remember, most people see posts like yours as small piles of vomit that they can quickly step around. But when the same vomitus post appears multiple times, you force my friends here to slosh through a virtual lake of spew.

We lost and you're stupid

Blue Virginia gives space to another whine by a liberal about why Democrats lost Election Day.
Like Jonathan Gruber, the author blames the stupidity of the American voter.
1. Everyone lost. But we the citizens lost big time. The 1% has gerrymandered and vote-suppressed us in numerous ways. If only they turned their creativity into solving real problems. But this is a post-Citizens United world and the GOP and their voters are too obtuse to know they lost too.
You can believe others view things differently.
Or that they're stupid.
Which is probably the most stupid way to explain Democratic losses.

Monday, November 17, 2014

90 days until the big test

Megan McArdle tries to get a handle on how Obamcare is doing going into the second year of open enrollment.
Remembering that a big test comes from those who didn't enroll in 2014.
Another thing to keep in mind, however: This open enrollment period isn't the biggest test for Obamacare in the next 12 months.  The biggest test will be what happens on or around April 15th.  That's the first time all the people who didn't buy insurance will get hit with the individual mandate penalty, and the ones who thought that it was a nominal $95 fee are in for a nasty shock .  April 15th will also be the first time that people who got too much in subsidies are going to be asked to pay back some of that money.
But will we have to wait until April 15 to see that impact?
How about February 15?
If you expect a tax refund, you file as soon as you can. You get your W-2 and sent it in.
H.R. Block will give you a loan in advance of your refund.
Except if there's no refund coming.
Soon after the W-2 come out, some people who usually have refunds will get their big surprise.
And they will not be happy.
What will Obamacare supporters do then?

Lady

The Huffington Post brings up the discussion of women's sports teams being called "Lady."
Old news for me.
Back in 1995, I printed a small headline for "Lady Cavs" at the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
I was immediately told they didn't use "Lady" for the Virginia women's program.
The term does help quickly tell which team is featured in an article.
But "Lady Vols" ought to rule as long as they want.

Those lazy, crazy days of winter

Dustbury tries to find a bright spot in the looming cold season.
He wasn't lazy when it comes to finding a winter booster.
However, if you take away the ice, snow, and slush, winter can be a lazy person’s ticket to paradise. Although it may appear that I am trying to find the silver lining, trust me when I say: I lean more towards lethargic than evolved.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Internet never forgets

Now that videos of Jonathan Gruber have surfaced, the Obama team and Democrats want to say they don't know the man.
Except the archives show they did.
They worked closely with him.
We advised their plans.
Al Gore should have thought about this problem when he invented the internet.

Inside the Warren 2016 campaign

Staffer: I have an idea to boost your electoral chances.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Meet a group that donates $200,000 a year to political causes and deride the influence of money in politics.