Thursday, September 3, 2015

Getting ready for the next debate

At the next Republican presidential debate in two weeks, Hugh Hewitt will be one of the questioners.
He talked with Hugh Hewitt Thursday, and you can get a taste of how it will go then.

Enjoying the Carson surge

Rich Lowry finds Dr. Ben Carson's surge to the top refreshing.
Ben Carson stands for something different. His personal story shows how true class isn't about riches, but about character. Donald Trump has all the finest things and I'd hazard to guess barely as much class as Ben Carson's penniless mother struggling to raise her sons had in her pinky.
Carson may not ultimately have the political pull of Trump, who is more mediagenic and can potentially spend much more money. Yet, if conservatives want to flirt with an unconventional candidate, Carson provides the opportunity to do it without a guilty conscience.

Recycling update

Took aluminum cans to the recycling center this morning, and got 40 cents per pound.
Up from the last visit, but still down from the spring.
Kind of like the stock market.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Why are so many leaving Syria and Libya?

Europe is being overrun by desperate refugees trying to leave their war-torn areas.
Why are those two countries the biggest exporters of refugees?
What's gone on over there in the past six years?
Can we find answers in Hillary's email?
Might be worth a look.

Ruler of them all

Queen Elizabeth II has been queen for quite a long time.
Next week, her reign will pass the length of Queen Victoria's reign.
They did the math.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pointy-haired Secretary of State

You'd probably get in trouble with Dilbert's Scott Adams, but someone should draw Hillary Clinton with hair like Dilbert's boss.
The emails don't paint a portrait of a heavy thinker - just someone totally relying on her staff to get through the day.
Maybe the brilliant, omnicompetent Hillary Clinton of myth never existed. Maybe she is nothing but an empty pantsuit who rode her husband’s coattails to an utterly unmerited position of power. Certainly there is nothing in her official email traffic to suggest the contrary.

Get a bucket of chicken

Just got back from dinner at KFC with my KFC-loving 14-year-old.
Good timing for Don Surber's profile on the Colonel.

If Hillary likes private email so much

Hillary Clinton should not return to public office if she likes using private email so much.
How do you know she won't set up a separate system in the White House?
Are you absolutely sure?

Monday, August 31, 2015

How the Clintons saved money

Ace shares the news of how the Clinton's shared an IP address - for the Clinton Foundation and Hillary's secret server.
Way to keep it hidden - part of a former President's extremely public worldview tour.
But it was probably cheaper at the time.
Important since they had been broke just a few years earlier.

Focused on his future

The Boston Globe's feature on Donald Trump's college days shows the determination that has served him well.
His former classmates said he seemed a student who spoke up a lot but rarely shined in class, who barely participated in campus activities, shunned fraternity parties, and spent most of his spare time pursuing his dream: using his advantages as the son of a prominent New York real estate developer to get an early start on the business career that would make him very, very rich.
Trump didn't take a vacation during college - he began his career while getting a degree.
An example to be followed, not mocked.

New and improved

My church changes its name with the new month - it will now be known as Bridge Christian Church.
Same great God, different church name.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The lawyers will get a workout

Part of Obamacare will be heading to court soon - which fitness programs meet the laws' requirements and will be able to bill for their services.
The heavyweight fight starts in Washington, D.C. of course.
And it gets worse, says CrossFit, which offers a brand of high-intensity workouts and asserts that it is the nation’s largest chain of fitness facilities. The District, according to the company, has allowed itself to become a pawn in a bitter industry fight over which personal trainer certification will have the muscle of the law behind it. That could enrich some for-profit organizations and cost others dearly. CrossFit, an industry rebel with millions of devotees as well as critics who say its program leads to injury, says it could be hurt the most.
The tab for revamping CrossFit’s training courses could run into the tens of millions of dollars if the company is forced to do so nationwide, says its chief executive.
CrossFit fans may be in for a big workout - and attorneys for the firm also.

The doctor is in

Donald Trump continues to lead in Iowa, but who's second - Dr. Ben Carson.
With Trump and Carson running 1-2 in Iowa, Cruz tied for third, and Carly Fiorina in seventh place, it seems clear that, at this juncture, the overriding sentiment of a critical mass of Iowa caucus-goers is disgust with the “political class.” But it is Carson alone who seems capable of expressing the disgust in an Iowa-friendly way.
Hillary Clinton continues to lead in Iowa, but maybe not the next poll at this rate of decline.
It may be only August, but there should be a chill among the expected leaders - finding themselves in poor positions.

Before the inevitable fall

As her summer polling suffers, the Hillary Clinton team tries to say "What difference does it make?"
She's got a plan - win big on Super Tuesday.
She's got superdelegates - claiming support of 440 already.
They think her name and money make her inevitable.
It just makes the inevitable fall worse.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Will Jeb be in President Trump's cabinet?

The idea of Donald Trump being a leading contender for the Republican nomination has been shocking.
So is the idea that he lead going into the early votes in 2016.
And the idea he might win.
And that he might win the presidency over a hobbled Hillary Clinton campaign.
Is it too early to think he might need to appoint people to this cabinet?
Who might be in?
Jeb Bush thought he'd be the leading contender for president.
If that didn't happen, would he accept a spot on the team?
Would he be considered?
The next month will determine whether he'll be thinking of cabinet members - or whether to join someone else's team.

Can money buy votes?

Politico reports that three fundraisers for Jeb Bush left the campaign.
Usually, raising money keeps a candidate afloat.
But this is not a normal primary season.
Especially when you have a rich opponent ready to pounce.
Frontrunner Donald Trump seized on the POLITICO report Saturday morning and took a shot at his rival on Twitter: “Wow, Jeb Bush just lost three of his top fundraisers - they quit!”
Money can't buy that kind of publicity.

How did it go

Powerline's weekly collection checks in with Joe Biden's meeting with Elizabeth Warren.

Facebook quote of the week

OK, did I miss the announcement or something? Was this declared National Cut Across Three Lanes of Traffic at the Last Second to Make Your Right Turn Week? An awful lot of people seem committed to it around here lately!

Saturday song

It's not a wasted day when you hear Freddy Fender.

Friday, August 28, 2015

CNN is terrible

I caught Donald Trump's press gathering Friday from Massachusetts.
He started by bashing CNN.
Good start.
Then he defended Tom Brady.
Ravens' fans were not amused.

Breaking the political windows

Don Surber likes how Peggy Noonan understands the Trump phenomenon.
As the summer becomes the fall, I find myself believing Donald Trump can win, and the more the elites mock him and his supporters, the less convinced I am that it would be a bad thing.

Stop preening and start doing

Charles Cooke thinks it's time for people who want gun control to put up - not just talk up everytime there's a tragedy.
You’re not going out there to tell these people that you want “reform” or that “enough is enough.” You’re going there to solicit their support for removing one of the articles within the Bill of Rights. Make no mistake: It’ll be unpleasant strolling into Pittsburgh or Youngstown or Pueblo and telling blue-collar Democrat after blue-collar Democrat that he only has his guns because he’s not as well endowed as he’d like to be. It’ll be tough explaining to suburban families that their established conception of American liberty is wrong. You might even suffer at the polls because of it. But that’s what it’s going to take. So do it. Start now. Off you go.They will never go there.

Weekend watchdog

Sixteen teams from around the world came to Williamsport last week.
Four remain, and one will leave Sunday as the Little League World Series Champion.
ABC has coverage of the final at 3 p.m. Sunday. The United States championship game between Texas and Pennsylvania will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m., after the international finale matching Japan and Mexico at 12:30 p.m.
The third place game will be Sunday at 11 a.m. on ESPN.
The Orioles head to Texas for the weekend on MASN2 while the Nationals face Miami  on MASN2.
Interleague action fills the FoxSports1 schedule Saturday, with Red Sox-Mets at 4 p.m. followed by the Yankees against Braves. TBS offers the Red Sox and Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m., and the Cubs battle the Dodgers on ESPN Sunday night.
The Redskins head up I-95 to battle the Ravens on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS brings the Lions and Jaguars Friday at 8 p.m. and Seahawks-Chargers Saturday at 8 p.m. The Texans face the Saints Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and it's Cardinals-Raiders on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, it's Toronto-Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Jacksonville and San Jose battle for the Arena Football championship Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The college football season starts in the Football Championship Series, with North Dakota State facing Montana Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
It's Florida high school football on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Booker Washington against St. Thomas Aquinas. Miami Central takes on DeMatha Saturday at noon.
The Sprint Cup series gets its final week off of the season, but the Truck Series runs on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series visits Road America Saturday at 3 p.m., after qualifying at 12:15 p.m.
Sonoma hosts the Indy Car circuit Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying Saturday at 6:30 p.m. after practice at 1:30 p.m.
The PGA tour's playoff season begins this weekend at the Barclays, with coverage on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Newcastle United battles Arsenal Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It's Southampton-Norwich City Sunday at 8:30 p.m. followed by Swansea City against Manchester United.
Seattle takes on Portland Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and D.C. United faces the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m. In women's soccer, Portland meets Washington at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The road to the U.S. Open winds down this weekend, with the Connecticut Open semifinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. and final Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. There's semifinal play from Winston-Salem Friday at 3 p.m. and final Saturday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Democrats' anchor problem

Republicans are getting fussed at for talking about "anchor babies."
Democrats have an anchor for frontrunner.
The NYT interviewed no less than 75 Democratic movers and shakers and found widespread “bewilderment” at how Hillary’s handled the e-mail scandal, which I take it is party-speak for abject panic that this anchor’s going to drag them down through the sheer weight of accumulated corruption. Not a single person interviewed will admit to worrying that something even more disastrous than “top secret” documents will turn up on the server, although the Times does allow at one point, in discussing Team Clinton’s whiny frustration at how “unfair” the media’s being, that “Aides have privately told supporters that the email issue is not going away anytime soon.” Hmmmm.

What's your fantasy?

All across the country, people are getting ready for the NFL season with fantasy football league drafts.
If you have multiple personalities, do you need to find a league that lets you have more than one team?

Book 'em

Don Surber's second book on Exceptional Americans hits Amazon next week.
There's 80 examples of Exceptional Americans to enjoy.

Does big money matter?

Jeb Bush has raised tons of money.
Hillary Clinton has raised tons of money.
In this cycle, does it matter?
If Joe Biden enters the race, he'll have a financial disadvantage.
But that disadvantage was supposed to keep him out of the race.
If he's in, Hillary can says to her fundraisers "What difference does it make?"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bad people do bad things

What's the lesson of WDBJ?
The same as the lesson of Charleston.
And Columbine.
And Sandy Hook.
Bad people do bad things.
Simple lesson.
No amount of wishful thinking will change that.

Four score and he's a moron

Powerline likes the Gettysburg Address has done by Trump.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lettuce consider this advice

Do you feel like eating a salad?
Drink some water, and it's almost the same.
Unless you're eating at a restaurant.
I won’t be the first to point out that items labeled “salad” at chain restaurants are often as bad, if not worse, than pastas or sandwiches or burgers when it comes to calories. Take Applebee’s, where the Oriental Chicken Salad clocks in at 1,400 calories, and the grilled version is only 110 calories lighter. Even the Grilled Chicken Caesar, the least calorific of the salads on the regular menu, is 800 calories.
Of course, salad isn’t always a bad choice, and Applebee’s has a selection of special menu items under 550 calories (many chain restaurants have a similar menu category). Applebee’s Thai Chicken Salad is only 390 calories (although it has more sodium than the Oriental Chicken Salad).