Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bad week for Russia

The Telegraph tells the bad tale of Russia's economy.
And it's not just because of the slide in oil prices.
Russia was sliding into decline before the storm hit this year. Its trend growth rate had collapsed. It was near recession when crude was trading at $110 a barrel, a remarkable indictment of Putin’s 15-year reign. The country has become reliant on the commodity supercycle. Oil, gas, and metals together make up 73pc of exports and half the budget.

Hard lessons for liberals

Via Instapundit, a list of the troubles liberals face getting their policies enacted.
Shell-shocked liberals are beginning to grasp some inconvenient truths. No gun massacre is horrible enough to change Americans’ ideas about gun control. No UN Climate Report will get a climate treaty through the U.S. Senate. No combination of anecdotal and statistical evidence will persuade Americans to end their longtime practice of giving police officers extremely wide discretion in the use of force. No “name and shame” report, however graphic, from the Senate Intelligence Committee staff will change the minds of the consistent majority of Americans who tell pollsters that they believe that torture is justifiable under at least some circumstances. No feminist campaign will convince enough voters that the presumption of innocence should not apply to those accused of rape.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

MASN's Christmas treat

Some people like watching Christmas Story on Christmas.
Orioles fans have a special treat on MASN that day - all three games of the divisional series against the Tigers. The action starts at 9 a.m.
And it's only two months until pitchers and catchers report.

A miracle for Christmas

Over at Ace, the story of a couple who thought they had lost their baby very early in pregnancy - only they hadn't.
You didn't give up even as we had pretended, badly, to move on from our pain. You fill us with a profound joy and purpose. These last two weeks have been the most exhilarating and wonderful we have ever experienced.
Thank you for proving to us that life is beautiful.

There is hope.

Recycling update

Another Saturday, another 50 cents a pound for aluminum cans.
More jingle in my pocket for Christmas.

Facebook quote of the week

It's been a long day my friends so I will say Good Night, Sweet Dreams and God Bless you ALL!!!!

Saturday Christmas song

It's the last Saturday before the big day.
Sing it, Andy.

A rather unpleasant character

The Daily Progress delves into the Rolling Stone article and school emails before the release of the story.
If you like, you can listen to a 44-minute interview between the article writer and UVA president Teresa Sullivan.
But this gem is buried near the bottom of the Daily Progress article.
After Erdely hangs up, a woman’s voice can be heard on the recording saying: “She was a rather unpleasant character.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

To fill up, or not fill up

It's so nice to see gas prices at $2.15 a gallon in Fishersville.
But if you're not going to be driving a lot, should you fill up?
Next week, you might find even cheaper gas.
I got $11 today, and that ought to get me through until Christmas.

Weekend watchdog

You've got to get up early to catch the first kickoff of the 2014-15 bowl season.
The first of 39 postseason games starts Saturday at 11 a.m. in New Orleans, with Nevada meeting Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPN.
The action heads to New Mexico at 2 p.m. as Utah State faces UTEP. ABC joins the action at 3:30 p.m. from Las Vegas with Utah against Colorado State and there's two more contests on ESPN to close out the night - Western Michigan battling Air Force from Boise at 5:45 p.m. and the Camellia Bowl from Birmingham as South Alabama battles Bowling Green.
Winning teams will be hoisting various trophies now through January 12 - when one team holds the national championship trophy aloft.
The Redskins have a Saturday afternoon contest with the Eagles on NFL Network before CBS shows the Chargers and 49ers in primetime.
The Ravens face the Texans on CBS at 1 p.m. Sunday before the Colts visit the Cowboys. Fox in Harrisonurg will offer Saints-Falcons at 1 p.m.
Arizona visits Seattle on NBC Sunday night, and the Bengals host the Broncos in the Monday night finale on ESPN.
North Dakota State hosts Sam Houston State on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m. in one of the championship series semifinals.
NCAA Division II crowns its champion Saturday at 4 p.m. as Minnesota State-Mankato battles Colorado State-Pueblo on ESPN2.
Portland visits San Antonio on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Lakers at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards battle the Heat Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast and host the Suns Sunday at 6 p.m.
CBS has a big doubleheader Saturday, with Ohio State-North Carolina at 1 p.m. followed by UCLA against Kentucky. Villanova hosts Syracuse on Fox Saturday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has four games Saturday, starting with SMU meeting Michigan at noon and Missouri facing Illinois at 2 p.m. N.C. State travels to West Virginia at 9:30 p.m., and the night closes with Utah-UNLV.
FoxSports1 has three games Friday, starting with St. Mary's at St. Johns at 7 p.m. Marquette hosts Texas A&M at 9 p.m. before Arizona takes on UTEP. Western Kentucky faces Louisville Saturday at noon, then it's Butler-Indiana.
Mount St. Mary's meets American on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m.
George Mason tackles Iona on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m.
MASN offers Chattanooga-Middle Tennessee Friday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m., Middle Tennessee battles Tennessee State.
Texas Tech hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday at 9 p.m. on MASN2. There's a pair of games on the slate Saturday, starting at noon with Charlotte-Georgetown. South Florida faces Florida State in the Orange Bowl Classic at 2 p.m., and Creighton clashes with North Texas Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 offers high school basketball from Illinois Friday, with Simeon against St. Rita at 6:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network brings Manchester City against Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:45 a.m. There's a pair of games Sunday, with Newcastle United facing Sunderland at 8:30 a.m. and Liverpool-Arsenal at 11 a.m. NBC plans to show a game Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The NCAA crowns its volleyball champion Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hail the Stooges of Sony

Remember when Hollywood took on evil?
The Three Stooges did in early 1939.
They knew how to poke dictators in the eye.

College of Twitter knowledge

My oldest son put in his college application last month.
This week, he found a Twitter hashtag used by students who received their acceptance letter.
Today, he joins that acceptance hashtag group.

Joy to the world? not here

DaTech Guy looks at the depressing headlines of the day.

Don't blame Cruz

Byron York looks at the charges that Ted Cruz's protest actually helped Democrats.
As the Senate wound up its work, I asked both Republican and Democratic aides what the effect of the Cruz maneuver had been. One GOP aide discounted the effect of Cruz's action. "Reid made clear that he was going to move these nominations before the end of the year," the aide said. "I personally cannot accept the idea that Harry Reid, out of his own generosity, was going to let us go, even if it cost him 20 nominations."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Spend it while you got it

Russians are rushing to the stores - to get their deals before the ruble loses more value.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ready for blastoff

Waynesboro gets another new restaurant Wednesday, with the opening of the Orbital Grill next to the Zeus Theater.
The center has Orbital and Zeus.
It's the land of Oz for your dining and entertainment choices.

Judicial discretion

Powerline highlights the first opinion that President Obama overreached on immigration.
Likely first of many.

Remembering 2014

Via Althouse, a glimpse of those Hollywood stars who departed the scene in 2014.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rubble of the ruble

The Russian economy isn't looking too good Monday.
According to a statement from Russia's central bank, Russia has taken its key interest rate to 17% from 10.5% in a stunning decision made after the collapse of the ruble on Monday.
The Bank of Russia's statement said the decision was driven by the need to limit significant devaluation in the ruble and inflation risks. 
The announcement was made at 1 a.m. local time in Moscow.
There will be plenty of unhappy Russians waking up Tuesday morning.

One week until Festivus Eve

It's almost time for Festivus.
Are you ready?
If not, I have a problem with you. And you're going to hear about it.

Snow job

SWAC girl remembers the big snow of 2009 - before the big snow of early 2010.
Snow is nice in pictures.
I'm dreaming of a balmy Christmas, though.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Get the sleighs ready

Early forecasts for Saturday show a chance of 3 to 5 inches of snow.
Better get your sleighs ready for action.

Grab culture

How do you get the "one in five" women assaulted charge with the actual number of reported rapes?
The rape number gets pumped up by "grabs."
The world is as scary as you make it.

The original "I can't breathe"

Proof Positive reminds us of someone else who couldn't breathe - but no one could hear her since she was left alone in that car in 1969.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

What you learn on facebook

A friend posted this picture on Facebook.

I suggested an anchovy design.
So you can sleep with the fishes.

We know who's not going to heaven

Somebody in the British media made up a story about the Pope saying dogs could go to heaven.
By taking bits and pieces of unrelated stories.
Will the writer of that story go to heaven?

Game day

Fishersville's football team headed out to their state championship game an hour ago.
The West Virginia college I covered for several years will be battling for a championship game berth in Minnesota.
I'll be surfing the web hard this afternoon to follow the action.

Facebook quote of the week

Cold cold cold on College, especially regardless of which way you are headed, wind is blowing in your face!

Saturday Christmas song

Elton John hits an upbeat note as he steps into Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Will Maury visit Richmond?

Maury Povich always has entertaining shows when a woman tries to find who's the daddy to her baby.
Maybe he can visit Richmond this legislative session.
After the hearing, Special Prosecutor William Neely of Spotsylvania told reporters that the former Morrissey employee is pregnant and that the lawyer "perhaps" is the father. He also said that the young woman and her mother spent Thursday night at Morrissey's residence under the surveillance of Henrico police detectives.
Those Democrats sure can be entertaining.