Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I see Big Macs and Wendy's burgers

Any Whoppers when Clemson visited?

Tell me why

Tonight on the Colbert show, Kristen Gillibrand is supposed to announce she's running for President.
I'm not staying up to watch.
The real problem for Gillibrand is the presence of her female Senate colleagues, Elizabeth Warren and (presumably) Kamala Harris, in the 2020 field. What will be Gillibrand’s case for preferring her to them?
Well, I mentioned her in this blog - her first appearance in 10-plus years.
That, is the highlight of her run.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Here, piggy piggy

Don Surber wonders why people in Washington don't pick up after themselves.
People are still walking by the mall, still drinking latte, and still tossing the containers away. And if the trash bin is full? They throw it on the ground, and just walk away instead of carrying it out.
Littering is a crime in Poca, West Virginia.
Apparently, littering is OK in Washington, DC.

Not going to the White House

For the past two years, every sports championship gets met with the question - will you visit the White House?
Athletes get to fuss about President Trump to the media.
But athletes declined visits to the White House before Trump entered.
Miami Dolphin Bob Kuechenberg, who passed away this weekend, did not join his 1972 teammates on a White House visit in 2015.
President Barack Obama honored nearly three dozen members of the '72 Dolphins – the lone unbeaten team in NFL history – during a ceremony at the White House.
Kuechenberg, Hall of Fame center Jim Langer and defensive tackle Manny Fernandez did not attend the event because of their political differences with Obama.
Why would these Dolphins stay away?
Langer was more direct in a Yahoo interview. "We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington. I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that," he said.
"If that (angers) people, so be it."
Trump didn't start the fire with athletes.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday song

In time for the Australian Open tennis tournament, a lovely song from Down Under.

How and who?

Joining Elizabeth Warren as Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination are Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Weekend watchdog

Three of four road teams won last weekend.
Will they be able to continue on the road to Super Bowl LIII?
The top two teams in each conference - coming off their byes - hit the field this weekend against last weekend's winners.
The slate begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC when the Colts visit AFC top-seed Kansas City. The Chiefs have struggled in postseason the past 25 years, winning only once. Four of the losses came against the Colts - two at home.
The Cowboys visit the Rams on Fox at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Rams are seeking their first playoff win since returning to Los Angeles, where they met and lost to the Cowboys twice in 1970s NFC championship games.
The Chargers return to the east coast to battle the Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. New England won a pair of postseason meetings 2006 and 2007, but the Chargers claimed their only AFL title against the Patriots in 1963.
The top-seeded Saints take on the defending champion Eagles on Fox at 4:30 p.m. The Saints blasted the Eagles 48-7 in November, but Philadelphia has won six of seven since then.
Coverage of the Australian Open begins on ESPN2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Pacers face the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Lakers take on the Jazz at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers the Bucks against Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. and the Raptors' visit Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has Wright State against Northern Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m. FoxSports1 has a pair of Big Ten games Friday, with Indiana-Maryland at 7 p.m. followed by Purdue playing Wisconsin.
Virginia clashes with Clemson Saturday at noon on NBC29 and other Raycom affiliates, with some stations showing Pittsburgh against North Carolina State.
Fox offers Georgetown-Providence Saturday at noon and Villanova's clash with Creighton Sunday at noon.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Louisville-North Carolina, then Duke faces Florida State. Kansas battles with Baylor at 4 p.m. before Tennessee tangles with Florida.
It's Kansas State against Iowa State at noon Saturday to start ESPN2's slate. Illinois State takes on Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m., then Georgia meets Auburn and Syracuse plays Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. with Gonzaga-San Francisco in the nightcap.
Boston College meets Notre Dame Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Wake Forest-Miami.
Marquette faces Seton Hall Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TCU takes on Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN.
It's St. Louis against LaSalle on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 has UCLA against Oregon State Sunday at 10 p.m.
There's Atlantic 10 action on NBC Sports network Sunday, with Massachusetts-Dayton at 3:30 p.m. and George Mason against Rhode Island at 5:30 p.m.
In women's hoops, Baylor battles TCU on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Kansas clashes with Kansas State Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Blue Jackets on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m.
West Ham United faces Arsenal on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Liverpool against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Post got scooped

In the newspaper business, you don't another paper publishing information ahead of you.
Especially when the news involves your company.
The National Enquirer has a big issue about the owner of the Washington Post.
How could they have missed this?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Death watch

The American Spectator doesn't see much life in the Democratic party.
Progressive propaganda notwithstanding, the current ascendency of the Democrats in the House of Representatives and a few state offices here and there constitutes little more than the party’s temporary state of terminal lucidity as death draws nigh. This end-of-life rally doesn’t signify any real change in the syndrome that has been slowly killing the Democratic Party — the lethal combination of identity politics, utopian socialist fantasies, and TDS. This disease doomed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and it can’t be cured by comediennes like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or crazies like Rashida Tlaib. The voters don’t want snake oil. They want solutions to real problems and the Democrats don’t have any.

Monday, January 7, 2019


The Federalist gives a brutal beatdown to Elizabeth Warren - comparing her to Jeb Bush.
Bush tried to appeal to voters on the issues of previous election cycles when his ideas about education reform, immigration moderation, and a tough interventionist foreign policy were in vogue. But in a year in which Republicans wanted an outsider who rejected establishment conventional wisdom about everything and would fight Democrats tooth and nail by fair means or foul, Bush was an obsolete political model.
Warren runs the same risk. Democrats may be just as receptive to her anti-Wall Street demagoguery as they would have been in 2016, and like her willingness to mix it up with Trump. But it’s just as likely that the key to victory in 2020 for Democrats will be not so much her brand of hard-line leftist economics as someone with the charisma that can mobilize Democratic voters.
Moreover, candidates who can appeal to minority voters — the key to the Democratic base — better than Warren, such as Sen. Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke (although his claims to Hispanic identity are as tenuous as Warren’s to membership in the Cherokee tribe), may be a better bet to energize the party. Worse, just as Bush seemed too tame to battle the Democrats, the combative Warren may have already failed the one test her party faithful will require its nominee to pass: the ability to withstand Trump’s abuse.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Why Kaepernick still sits

If you want to know why Colin Kaepernick is not playing quarterback anywhere, watching the Ravens' playoff game against the Chargers explains why.
Lamar Jackson has great talent and led the Ravens to six wins in the final seven games of the regular season.
But the Chargers got two shots at him in two weeks.
They learned how to stop him the second meeting.
Kaepernick blazed through the league in 2012. But as the years went on, defenses watched tape and learned how to stop him.
If a team signed him to start, all those tapes would come out.
Kaepernick would struggle.
We'll see if Jackson is a one-hit wonder. He's got an offseason to improve.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

On the Warren campaign trail

Voter in Sioux City: Why did you take the DNA test and give President Trump a line of attack?
Warren: How?
Voter: It let him talk about his Indian ancestry claims.
Warren: How?
Voter: You realize your chances for the nomination are smaller than your percentage of Indian heritage.

Saturday song

The Captain has passed but the song from 1975 will live on.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fond farewell

Former Virginia coach George Welsh passed this week, unleashing a torrent of fine memories.
It's been 18 years since he left the sideline, and the Cavaliers still struggle to reach the success they had under Welsh.

Weekend watchdog

College football set up a four-team playoff to determine the best team five years ago.
One matchup keeps repeating.
The last three champions get to battle for supremacy Monday as top-ranked Alabama takes on Clemson for the fourth straight season. ESPN and ESPN2 have coverage at 8 p.m.
It's the third championship matchup between the schools since 2016, with a semifinal contest last year.
Both teams plowed through the regular season undefeated, won their conference championship and cruised in the semifinal last week.
In the Football Championship Series, Eastern Washington takes on North Dakota State on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.
The NFL playoffs get going Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and ABC as the Texans host the Colts. The teams split their meetings this season, with the Texans posting an overtime triumph in the first contest.
The Cowboys battle the Seahawks Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
CBS gets the Ravens against the Chargers Sunday at 1 p.m., with the Eagles trying to defend their title with a trip to Chicago on NBC at 4:30 p.m.
The Saints, Rams, Chiefs and Patriots await this week's winners.
The Mavericks meet the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., followed by Thunder-Trail Blazers.
The Wizards meet the Heat Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and face the Thunder Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Tulane tangles with SMU Friday at 7 p.m on ESPN2.
CBS has Georgetown against St. John's Saturday at noon and Indiana's contest with Michigan Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan State meets Ohio State Saturday at noon on Fox followed by Villanova-Providence.
Kentucky takes on Alabama Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Clemson against Duke at 8 p.m.
Virginia faces Florida State on ESPN2 Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by Kansas-Iowa State. South Carolina takes on Florida at 7 p.m., then it's West Virginia against Texas and BYU against St. Mary's at 11 p.m.
Butler battles Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon.
Virginia Tech hosts Boston College on NBC Sports Washington at noon, followed by Wake Forest-Georgia Tech.
NBC Sports network offers LaSalle-Massachusetts Saturday at 1 p.m. and Duquesne against Davidson at 6 p.m.
Marquette meets Xavier on Fox Sunday at noon.
It's Seton Hall against DePaul on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
There's three games on NBC Sports network Sunday, starting at noon with Richmond-Dayton. George Washington battles St. Joseph's at 2 p.m. followed by St. Bonaventure's contest with George Mason.
In women's hoops, FoxSports1 has DePaul meeting Marquette Friday at 8 p.m.
There's three contests on ESPN2 Sunday, starting at noon with SMU-Cincinnati. Missouri meets Tennessee at 2 p.m. and Texas tangles with West Virginia at 4 p.m. F
lorida State faces North Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Washington.
There's outdoor college ice hockey Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Notre Dame hosting Michigan on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals visit Dallas Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m on NBC Sports Washington.
The Blackhawks take on the Penguins Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's Tampa Bay-San Jose Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 has women's gymnastics between Nebraska and UCLA Friday at 9 p.m.
Ohio State takes on North Carolina State in college wrestling Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
In rugby, it's Leicester against Gloucester on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Wasps take on the Saints Sunday at 10 a.m.
There's Motocross racing from Anaheim Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

On the warpath

Donald Trump found a great graphic to tweet.

It's going to be an enjoyable year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mitt throws a fit

Mitt Romney decided to come to Washington by fussing about President Trump's character.
Trump gets results Republicans have wished for.
I boldfaced “promoted” because Romney has unwittingly provided the devastating argument against his style of Republicanism. Yes, it is quite true that nearly all Republican presidential candidates—and presidents—have promoted tax reform, lower regulation, getting tough with China, and appointing better judges (and add in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem), if by “promoted” you mean giving lip service to the ideas.
None of them have delivered on these “promoted” ideas (Reagan excepted, of course). The two presidents Bush botched judicial appointments, extended regulation, delivered little in the way of serious tax or spending reform, and did nothing serious with regard to China. I wish Romney had defeated Obama in 2012, but does anyone think this Massachusetts technocrat, who gave us the state-level version of Obamacare in the Bay State, signed up for a regional climate change cap-and-trade scheme, who appointed the egregious Gina McCarthy (Obama’s second EPA administrator) to be his environmental adviser, and appointed state judges who struck the first judicial blows for same-sex marriage, would have governed as a serious conservative had he won?
Trump's in the White House and Romney is not.
It's all that matters.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Who gets the losing moment

Althouse reviews the New York Times article seeking the right Democrat for this "moment."
It's a subtle pushback to the Bernie-Beto-Biden triad, but it is — as I see it — another NYT pushback to the 3 white men who ought to know better than to clutter the path of The Foursome. And we can see who the expendable member of The Foursome is, because they've left her name out of this article altogether.

Monday, December 31, 2018

How? Now, cash cow

Elizabeth Warren looks like she plans to enter the 2020 presidential nomination contest.
Why on the final day of 2018?
A source close to Warren has said the timing of Monday's announcement -- on New Year's Eve, when most people aren't plugged into the news -- had more to do with a need to "build an apparatus" by "identifying and hiring staff" than influencing other contenders' plans.
But some Democratic operatives are skeptical, and one fundraiser suggested the Warren team might be hoping that a hefty day-one haul, made public in early 2019, could cause potential rivals to reconsider their options.
"It's a gamble that folks will give a ton of small money today," the Democrat said.
Squaw needs wampum, I guess.

Battlelines drawn

How can Donald Trump have a good 2019?
By Democrats starting to tear each other apart looking forward to the next election.
Like Bernie Sanders supporters fighting those who like Beto O'Rourke.
O’Rourke’s burgeoning image as the next Obama is the very reason socialists reject him. “I think they are suspicious of Beto because he has taken oil and gas money, he’s becoming the darling of big donors, and Obama likes him,” says historian Michael Kazin. “Beto is a lot like Obama, true;” writes Breunig, “it’s perhaps time for left-leaning Democrats to realize that may not be a good thing.” Of course, given that 95 percent of Democrats approve of Obama, this message has fairly limited utility as a line of attack.
The Democrats have not yet begun to fight - each other.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Down to the last strand

The poor Pittsburgh Steelers.
To make the playoffs, they've had to depend on the Cleveland Browns and then Blaine Gabbert to do the job.
That's putting yourself in a bad situation.

If you can't stand the heat

Let's talk climate change.
If you agree.
If not, you can't talk.
Remember, baby it's cold outside.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Weekend watchdog

The Steelers tied the Browns in the season's opening week.
As the season concludes, the Steelers need a Browns win, or a tie, to advance to the playoffs.
The Steelers face the Bengals Sunday at 4:25 p.m., while watching the scoreboard as the Browns take on the Ravens on CBS. A Ravens' win clinches the AFC North, while a Browns' win gives the Steelers a chance.
NBC has the winner-take-all game between the Titans and Colts at 8:25 p.m. The winner claims the final playoff spot, unless they tie. Then the Steelers would advance if they beat the Bengals.
The NFL slate begins at 1 p.m. with Cowboys-Giants on Fox and the Jaguars meeting the Texans on CBS. The Eagles try to keep their playoff hopes alive against the Redskins on Fox at 4:25 p.m., while the Vikings face the Bears in hopes of claiming the final NFC wildcard spot.
The college football bowl season continues Friday as Purdue plays Auburn in the Music City Bowl at 1:30 p.m., followed by West Virginia-Syracuse from Orlando at 5:15 p.m. and the Alamo Bowl contest between Iowa State and Washington State at 9 p.m.
Saturday brings the National semifinals, with Clemson facing Notre Dame at 4 p.m. on ESPN before top-ranked Alabama battles Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
Virginia tangles with South Carolina in the Belk Bowl Saturday at noon on ABC, while Michigan meets Florida in the Peach Bowl on ESPN at noon. CBS Sports network has the Arizona Bowl between Arkansas State and Nevada.
The Wizards host the Bulls Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Hornets Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college court, Marquette meets Southern on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m. and ESPN2 has Illinois-Chicago against Wright State Friday at 7 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Texas-Rio Grande Valley on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
North Carolina meets Davidson Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Louisville-Kentucky.
Georgetown faces Howard Saturday at noon on FoxSports1, then it's Xavier-DePaul. Belmont battles Purdue at 4:30 p.m.
Miami meets Campbell on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings Georgia Southern against Dayton Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
It's Oklahoma State against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN2 and Seton Hall tangles with St. John's at 8:30 p.m.
VCU faces Rider on MASN Sunday at 2 p.m.
In women's hoops, Iowa tangles with Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals visit Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Southampton faces West Ham United Thursday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Wolverhampton Saturday at 9:55 a.m. NBC covers Liverpool against Arsenal at 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Palace clashes with Chelsea Sunday at 6:55 a.m., followed by Southampton-Manchester City. It's Manchester United against Bournemouth at 11:25 a.m.
Juventus meets Sampdoria in Italian Serie A Saturday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

This doesn't look like Mar-a-lago

Donald Trump surprised and irritated the press by visiting Iraq Wednesday.
The troops there seemed to welcome him.
The media will try to downplay it.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Yule shoot your eye out

What's the perfect movie to watch Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?
Christmas Story, of course.
Just watch out for bullies.

Trump's right, but also crazy

Via Instapundit, Mickey Kaus sums up Andrew Sullivan's piece on Trump and Syria.
There's a sort of Newtonian principle at work: The more a column implicitly praises Trump's action, the nastier the To-Be-Sure-I-Hate-Trump graf has to be. And this is a very pro-Trump column

Do you remember?

A topic for the hot stove league - should the Washington Nationals have a throwback day to honor the Montreal Expos?
A game where the old uniforms come out - although not in their original city.
Not so fast, my friend.
I think - think, not know - more people would be against it than for it. Based on the responses I get anytime I reference a Nationals player surpassing a former Expo on the franchise leaderboard, I sense D.C. baseball fans aren’t interested one bit in embracing this club’s original roots.
Like it or not, though, the Expos and Nationals officially are considered one continuous franchise by Major League Baseball. This team played for 36 years north of the border, compared to only 14 years in the nation’s capital.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Favorite Christmas Carol

Ten years ago, I posted "I heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Enjoy again.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men

I thought how, as the day had come
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

And in despair I bowed by head
"There is no peace on earth," I said
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men"

Yet pealed the bells more loud and deep
"God is not dead nor doth he sleep;
For wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men"

Then ringing, singing on its way,
The World revolved from night to day
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men

Friday, December 21, 2018

Weekend watchdog

What's ESPN's present to you before Santa arrives?
The Broncos taking on the Raiders Monday at 8:15 p.m.
At least most fans won't be distracted from their Christmas activities.
Before the big day, NFL network has a pair of games on Saturday. The Redskins visit the Titans at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Ravens' contest with the Chargers.
Fox has the Cowboys' clash with Tampa Bay Sunday at 1 p.m. The Eagles host the Texans on CBS at 1 p.m., followed by Steelers-Saints.
The Chiefs tangle with the Seahawks on NBC Sunday night.
Bowl season continues Friday at 12:30 p.m. when Florida International takes on Toledo. BYU battles Western Michigan at 4 p.m. from Boise.
ESPN has four bowls on Saturday, starting at noon with the Birmingham Bowl matching Memphis and Wake Forest. Army takes on Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl at 3:30 p.m., followed by Buffalo-Troy from Mobile. In the nightcap, Hawai'i faces Louisiana Tech at 10:30 p.m.
The Bucks battle the Celtics Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN before the Pelicans meet the Lakers.
NBC Sports Washington has the Wizards' clash with the Suns Saturday at 7 p.m. They visit the Pacers Sunday at 5 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, Oregon battles Baylor on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Providence-Texas.
FoxSports1 has Butler against Cal-Irvine at 6:30 p.m. and Buffalo tangles with Marquette at 8:30 p.m.
Villanova clashes with Connecticut Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on CBS. Ohio State takes on UCLA at 3 p.m. followed by Kentucky-North Carolina.
ESPN2 has five contests on Saturday, starting with Wake Forest-Tennessee at noon. Clemson faces South Carolina at 2 p.m. and it's Wichita State against VCU at 4 p.m. Vanderbilt meets Kansas State at 7 p.m. before Kansas-Arizona State.
DePaul hosts Boston College Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Seton Hall-Maryland. Sacred Heart meets St. John's at 8 p.m. and it's San Diego against Washington State in the nightcap.
There are semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic Sunday on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
In women's hoops, Notre Dame meets Marquette on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Sabres on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and visit Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
The Kings take on the Sharks Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has Wolverhampton's contest with Liverpool Friday at 2:55 p.m. Arsenal battles Burnley Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Chelsea-Leicester City. NBC offers Cardiff City against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Everton faces Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 10:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund faces M'gladbach Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. Leipzig tangles with Werder Bremen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it's Augsburg-Wolfsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Pregnant pause

Hot Air finds a great sentence in a story about Planned Parenthood hassling employees who are pregnant or might think of getting pregnant.
“Planned Parenthood’s policies, though, can make it hard for employees to scrape by after giving birth.”