Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An idea to become rich

A prank on the Outer Banks just might work.
Beginning June 6, 2015, the very first high-speed car-carrying hovercraft ferry service will begin for the Outer Banks.
Right now, it can take four hours to cross the last 40 miles to your vacation destination on a summer Saturday.
How much would some people pay to ride across the water and enjoy more time at the beach?
Now if they could figure a way to get your cars across easily.

What will you be watching?

It's the weekend for the men's and women's college basketball championships.
Three top seeds reached the men's Final Four.
All four top seeds reached the women's Final Four.
Did you even know who's in the women's tournament?
No matter what Geno Auriemma thinks, the men will get the fans and women only a few people not watching baseball's opening week.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Indiana Inquisition

Ace tells it like it is about Indiana.
There is no principle here. The zealots are not claiming that we must be tolerant towards all -- that is a principle most could agree with.
No, they are instead claiming we must embrace the things they love, and hate -- and persecute -- the things they hate.
This is not "tolerance." This is, at best, simply the replacement of one set of bigotries and hatreds with the left's favored set of bigotries and hatreds.

April fools

It's Wednesday, April 1 in Switzerland.
Talks with Iran continue.
If John Kerry and crew think they are making the world safer, they are truly April Fools.

Recycling update

I did some early morning, mid-week recycling.
Still 50 cents per pound.
And saw a cool sunrise.

Can't be satisfied

Happy March 31.
Supposedly, the deadline for a deal between Iran and the P+1 on nuclear development.
Except citizens in the United States don't like the deal.
And Iran keeps asking for more.
Do you trust them with nuclear material?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bring back the Big Bang

Watching the NCAA tournament has been fun - but enough is enough.
Time to return The Big Bang Theory to the lineup on CBS and TBS.
I need something to watch this week before baseball season starts.

Gloomy or reality

Althouse defends Scott Walker against being a gloomy Gus.
Walker is telling us what's wrong with America. Why not what's right with America? The obvious answer is that if things are going swimmingly, then we should want another Democratic President.
Ward's writing fits squarely into the genre called They'll Tell You Who They're Afraid Of.  He proceeds to blabber about "an undertone of testiness in his stump speech, leavened with chest-swelling machismo fueled by his defeat of a recall effort in 2012 and his re-election in 2014."
Testiness and machismo seem like the opposite of gloom, but I guess gloom is the overtone and testiness is the undertone, while machismo is the leavening.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grin and bear it

In finding home movies from the 1950s, I found dad's family took a trip by Fontana Lake in North Carolina en route to the Smokey Mountains.
I guess we know where they stopped to eat.



Where has this info been hiding?

So many years of debate about toilet paper - over or under - and only now are we finding the patent information.
Over won in 1891.
Engineer-turned-writer Owen Williams found the 1891 patent for toilet paper (pause: just imagine a time before toilet paper), and it's clear how the inventor intended it to hang.
Time to debate something else.

Pedro sez

If you drive I-95 south, you know South of the Border.
Here's how it looked in the summer of 1957.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Font of knowledge

Dustbury finds a cool new font.
But it's no Dom Casual.

It's gotta be Mars

A pleasure of parenthood - introducing your teenage son who loves shoes to the classic Air Jordan commercials starring Mars Blackmon.


Story behind PBR

Don Surber tells how Pabst got the Blue Ribbon added to its name.
"The famous Pabst Blue Ribbon beer came about through a combination of marketing and awards won at various fairs and expositions. Pabst's beer won gold medals at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876 and the 1878 Paris World's Fair. In 1882 Pabst began tying blue ribbons around the neck of each bottle of its Select beer to distinguish it from other brands. People soon began asking for blue ribbon beer even though that was not the official name until the 1890s when Pabst beer won the blue ribbon at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago," according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Earth Hour song

Do you remember that today features Earth Hour?
They have their traditions, and I have mine.

Facebook quote of the week

One more weekend on the couch and I will be an honorary throw pillow.

Check before you donate

The Facebook feed brought up a link to Flying Lombardi, a blog about the early NFL.
They report someone donated the sweater worn by Vince Lombardi while coaching Army in the 1940s.
It was purchased for less than a dollar at Goodwill, and sold for many times that.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Teen challenge

Via Instapundit, Dr. Helen is looking for reasons teens might be happier and healthier than 10 years ago.
I wonder if teens are happier now because they spend less time around peers and there are more choices for how to spend one’s free time. Video games, online school and online activities mean that one can find more individualized ways of spending time rather than being around other obnoxious teens and school administrators. The internet and video games have their pros and cons but they do allow for more individual choice, and a way to find others who are more similar to oneself. Instead of getting in trouble on the streets, teens have other options that are a click away.

Viva la France

President Obama wants a deal with Iran.
The other allies? Not so much.
The French ambassador to the UN, Francois Delattre, stated again to the Security Council: Iran's progress was "insufficient" for guaranteeing the longterm peaceful character of its nuclear program.
Maybe France has learned the right lessons in recent years and the United States has not.

Don't be crabby

Good news for people in Maryland this year - blue crabs are doing better.
Hopefully, they will taste better as well.

Who's in the lead pack?

Charles Krauthammer picks the candidates looking the best as the 2016 Republican primary season kicks off.

Weekend watchdog

finalfour15Kentucky marches on, with 37 straight wins.
Will the Wildcats remain perfect through the weekend?
The Sweet 16 continues Friday as CBS brings the South Region - UCLA against Gonzaga at 7:15 p.m. followed by Duke-Utah. The ACC battle between Louisville and North Carolina State starts the East Regional on TBS, with Michigan State against Oklahoma meeting at 10 p.m.
Kentucky tries to advance Saturday at 8:49 p.m., taking on Notre Dame on TBS. The day begins at 6 p.m. with top-seeded Wisconsin against Arizona.
CBS covers the other two regions Sunday afternoon, then it's off to Indianapolis.
The women's Sweet 16 starts Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN with North Carolina against South Carolina. Iowa battles Baylor at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Arizona State-Florida State. ESPN has the nightcap at 10 p.m. when Stanford meets Notre Dame.
There's four games on ESPN Saturday, starting with Connecticut-Texas at noon and Louisville dueling with Dayton at 2:30 p.m. Maryland meets Duke at 4:30 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Gonzaga.
ESPN has regional finals Sunday at noon and 8:30 p.m.
The best of Division II vie for their championship Saturday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The Wizards host the Hornets Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast before playing the Rockets on ABC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The IndyCar season starts in St. Petersburg Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.
Formula One visits Malaysia this weekend, with the Grand Prix Sunday at 2:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying Saturday at 5 a.m.
The Capitals take on the Predators Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast, then it's off to Madison Square Garden Sunday at 3 p.m. for a battle with the Rangers.
NBC Sports network offers the Penguins and Sharks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Denver meets Boston College in the semifinals of the East Regional on ESPN2 Saturday at 5 p.m., and the Northeast Regional is 5:30 p.m.
In preseason baseball, Boston battles the Braves Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has Arena Football between Philadelphia and Orlando Sunday at 7 p.m.
D.C. United takes on the Galaxy Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Philadelphia faces Chicago on ESPN2 Sunday at 4:50 p.m. and Toronto heads to Salt Lake Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There's an international friendly between Mexico and Ecuador Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to Euro 2016 continues on ESPN2 Friday at 3:30 p.m. with Spain against Ukraine. Portugal faces Serbia Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Gas up and go to the PGA's Valero Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p .m. on NBC.
NBC Sports network offers the United States freestyle skiing championship Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania plays Yale in college lacrosse Saturday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

First steps

Virginia Right gives its platform to Rep. Dave Brat, who tells of the House's budget proposal.
"While no budget is perfect, this is a solid plan that demonstrates Congress is working to turn this economy around and create an environment that spurs job creation and higher wages for all Americans."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

You evolved to like big butts

Evolution proves Sir Mix-a-lot right, according to this article.
A study, published online in Evolution and Human Behavior, investigated men's mate preference for women with a "theoretically optimal angle of lumbar curvature," a 45.5 degree curve from back to buttocks allowing ancestral women to better support, provide for, and carry out multiple pregnancies.

The spy who disliked me

Powerline analyzes the story on Israeli spying - and the spying that found the spying.
And the leak that revealed it.
Even if it wasn't direct Israeli spying on the United States, but through other parties.
Indeed, Entous reports in the seventh paragraph of his story: “Israeli officials denied spying directly on U.S. negotiators and said they received their information through other means, including close surveillance of Iranian leaders receiving the latest U.S. and European offers. European officials, particularly the French, also have been more transparent with Israel about the closed-door discussions than the Americans, Israeli and U.S. officials said.” I can’t find a single fact in Entous’s story that belies the Israeli denials.

Blown the cover of the Rolling Stone

Megan McArdle sums up the Rolling Stone/Jackie story.
The police were at pains to say that they don't know that nothing happened on the evening of Sept. 28, 2012, and that they are not closing the investigation, just "suspending" it, since they have no evidence with which to prosecute a crime. But what I took away from their press conference is that whatever happened on that night, it is almost certainly not what Sabrina Rubin Erdely wrote in Rolling Stone.
They wanted to help a cause.
They devastated it instead.

T-Mac strikes again

Governor Terry McAuliffe is among the Democratic politicians that appear to have benefitted from "improper influence" from Homeland Security to investors in his company.
There was unusually interest in plans from McAuliffe's electric car company.
In the Gulf Coast example, the inspector general said Mayorkas mounted an "unprecedented" intervention in the denial of an EB-5 application for funding of a firm "to manufacture electric cars through investments in a company in which Terry McAuliffe was the board chairman." The inspector general said that "because of the political prominence of the individuals involved, as well as USCIS' traditional deference to its administrative appeals process, staff perceived it as politically motivated."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bavarian Idol

Ed Driscoll remembers another politician who said things to excite followers - and we know how that turned out.

Avoid the press

Powerline notes Hillary Clinton spoke to reporters Tuesday - and didn't take questions from them.
In her remarks, Clinton offered the reporters tough love, or something. She called on them to focus on “serious” and “substantive” journalism going forward.
Translation: Don’t burden my presidential campaign by discussing anything that goes to my character or integrity. 
The question is - who will ask a hardball question in the next 12 months?

What lies at the bottom

Stacy McCain sums up the Rolling Stone/Jackie fiasco.
Jackie’s malicious lie about Phi Kappa Psi was a clear violation of the UVA honor code. Whatever the truth may be, Jackie lied to a national publication, defaming her fellow students, wrongly damaging the reputation of the university.
Jackie must be held accountable for her lies. The university’s institutional prestige is on the line, and only cowardice can prevent UVA officials from expelling her for her dishonesty.