Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stars and Stripes Forever

The Boston Pops examines the parts "Stars and Stripes Forever," merging North, South and West to show how our country comes together.

P.C. Dukes of Hazzard

So nice to have Facebook friends to show you past TV shows that get the present so right.

Facebook quote of the week

Third day in a row. Trying to catch crabs, but have a snapping turtle eat our bait.

Saturday song

The song that provided the basis for Justice Kennedy's decision on same-sex marriage.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Maybe the creditors do know

The story about Greece's troubles includes this howler of a quote.
Mr Varoufakis vowed to resign if the Greek people voted yes. "I prefer to cut off my own arm rather than sign an agreement without debt restructuring," he told Bloomberg TV.
He said there is not a "smidgeon of an iota of possibility" that the terms on offer can lift the Greek economy out of a deflationary tailspin, insisting that the talks broke down because the creditors refused to face up to the fact that Greece's debt is unpayable.
The creditors haven't refused to face the fact.
The Greeks have for years.
They refuse to face up to the fact credit has limits.

Getting too close

We went to the northern Outer Banks three weeks ago.
Today, there's a 77-inch shark just over 10 miles away from here we stayed.
Those Sharknado guys will do anything to promote their movie.

Why government dislikes "Dukes of Hazzard"

Don Surber gives the real scoop beside the war on "Dukes of Hazzard."
Beneath all the veneer of Good Old Boys running around is a protest of a corrupt government, and the dangerous advocacy of self-reliance. The government took their guns. The Dukes used compound bows, baby.
Dukes began as a drive-in movie, "Moonrunners," based on the true adventures of 1950s moonshiner Jerry Rushing. Waylon Jennings narrated both the movie and the TV series. The concepts are the same. An uncle, bow-hunting cousins in fast cars, corrupt politicians, eye candy, and chase scenes.

When you don't show Dukes of Hazzard, the modern-day Boss Hogg wins.

Never meaning no harm

Poor Dukes of Hazzard.
Just two good ole' boys.
Never meaning no harm.
And the fans still support them.
If they don't get hateful looks when they say so.

Weekend watchdog

July is a big month at West Virginia's Greenbrier resort.
The Saints come marching in for training camp at the end of the month, but this weekend it's the best of the PGA in town.
Even Tiger.
CBS has weekend coverage of the Greenbrier Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR moves to the NBC networks for the second half of the season, with the Sprint Cup racers in Daytona Sunday at 7:45 p.m.
The Xfinity series goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC Sports network has practice coverage for both sets of drivers Friday at 2 p.m.
The Orioles head to Chicago on MASN2 Friday and Saturday, with Sunday's contest on MASN.
The Nationals host the Giants over the weekend. Friday's game at 6 p.m. will be on MASN and ESPN, with Saturday at 11 a.m. on MASN and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 offers the Cubs-Marlins Friday at 2:20 p.m. and ESPN has the Mets against the Dodgers at 10 p.m.
The Rays battle the Yankees on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m., and Fox brings the choice of five games Saturday at 7 p.m. - Mets taking on Dodgers, Phillies-Braves, Twins tangling with the Royals, Brewers-Reds and Cubs meeting the Marlins.
ESPN has Wimbledon coverage Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.
Calgary tangles with Montreal Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Women's World Cup concludes with the championship Sunday at 7 p.m. on Fox as Japan tries to defend its title against the United States. Germany and England battle in the third place game Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on Fox.
There's an international friendly between the United States and Guatemala on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m.
In MLS, Portland battles San Jose on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Tour de France kicks off this weekend, with the second stage on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7 a.m.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fun with Hillary emails

Zero Hedge enjoys the Hillary Clinton email showing her inept use of a fax machine.
But notice the headers.
The thread starts with one email address (HDR22) and closes with hrod17.
Two different email addresses in one day?
And she can't handle a government account?

The dream matchup

I now have my dream matchup for the 2016 campaign - Donald Trump against Joe Biden.
Can you imagine the fun?
The debate moderator would get combat pay, trying to maintain order.
The 90-minute debate would go on all night before they tired of talking.

It's different - ewww

Jazz Shaw has fun watching same-sex marriage supporters explain why polygamy isn't next.
I suppose one possible explanation is that, even though there was zero value seen in the traditional definition of marriage as being the union of one man and one woman, the math underlying the equation was somehow sacrosanct. It didn’t really matter what genders filled the values of A and B in the principle of sums so long as C was still equal to two. Any other number would be an insult to… something.
A perhaps more cynical argument might be phrased as follows: Holy cow! We spent so long arguing against that slippery slope theory where letting gays marry could lead to polygamy that we’d damned well better come up with a convincing policy presentation now or we’re going to look like a bunch of self-serving asses! Find us an ethicist, stat!

Rehabbing the name

Fishersville's Woodrow Wilson state complex has a new name - emphasizing its efforts returning people to the workforce.
“Business, industry, our community partners, and, most importantly, our consumers have offered a resounding endorsement for the new name,” said WWRC Director Rick Sizemore. “Adding the word ‘workforce’ to our name really helps those we serve to identify with our mission of helping develop employment readiness. Keeping the word ‘rehabilitation’ in our name ensures we are known for the comprehensive medical therapies we provide to help individuals with disabilities return to work.”
WWRC will unveil signage for the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center following Creamer’s remarks in the center’s Garden of Hope at 9:30 a.m.,July 1.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Clean up, before it's too late

Via Dustbury, thoughts on being alone.
Maybe Justice Kennedy could have helped this guy.
Three months ago in an apartment on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan, Haruki Watanabe died alone. For weeks his body slowly decomposed, slouched in its own fluids and surrounded by fetid, fortnight-old food. He died of self-neglect, solitude, and a suspected heart problem. At 60, Watanabe, wasn’t old, nor was he especially poor. He had no friends, no job, no wife, and no concerned children. His son hadn’t spoken to him in years, nor did he want to again.
For three months no one called, no one knew, no one cared. For three months Watanabe rotted in his bedsheets, alongside pots of instant ramen and swarming cockroaches. The day that someone eventually called, he came not out of concern but out of administration. Watanabe had run out of money, and his bank had stopped paying the rent. The exasperated landlord, Toru Suzuki, had rung and rung, but no one had picked up. Sufficiently angry, he made the trip from his own home, in downtown Osaka, to the quiet suburb where his lodger lived. (Both men’s names are pseudonyms.)
First, there was the smell, a thick, noxious sweetness oozing from beneath the door frame. Second, there was the sight, the shape of a mortally slumped corpse beneath urine-soaked bedsheets. Third, there was the reality: Suzuki had come to collect his dues but had instead found his tenant’s dead body.

Embrace the secular fatwa

Jonah Goldberg reminds why the slippery slope is so slippery - what's denied yesterday becomes today's project for change.
A deeper and more poisonous problem is the breakdown in trust. Again and again, progressives insist that their goals are reasonable and limited. Proponents of gay marriage insisted that they merely wanted the same rights to marry as everyone else. They mocked, scorned and belittled anyone who suggested that polygamy would be next on their agenda. Until they started winning. In 2013, a headline in Slate declared "Legalize Polygamy!" and a writer at the Economist editorialized, "And now on to polygamy." The Atlantic ran a fawning piece on Diana Adams and her quest for a polyamorous "alternative to marriage."

Helping you retire

Don Surber tells the tale of the man who got the 401K retirement plan moving.
More than 30 years later, the 401-k is now a $4 trillion industry. Roughly $2.5 trillion is invested in equities. The rollout of the 401-k coincided with three of the best bull markets in America as in a little over 30 years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose from 2,000 points to 18,000.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Worst thing for women's soccer

The United States advanced to the final of the Women's World Cup with a win over Germany Tuesday.
Big whoop.
The imperial power, with all the resources and plenty of available playing talent, dominates the rest.
Bad for the rest of the world.
Can you have compelling matchup that excite the fan base with the United States always does well?
A United States loss on Sunday will probably benefit the sport more than a win.

The family business

Rush mentioned this on his show today - how much Hillary Clinton wanted to speak at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
They had to settle for Chelsea instead.
The school nickname is Kangaroos. But their pockets aren't that deep.

Everything turn, turn, turn

Mark Steyn liked a post by Kathy Shaidle on the swiftly changing rules of the world.
The same people who said “Hey, if you don’t like it, change the channel” now run #StopRush and try to ban Ann Coulter et al from campuses.
The same people who used to tell us to “lighten up” and “learn to take a joke” now fire people who make them.
LITERALLY the same people.
If we’re “crazy,” they made us that way.

Beginning of chaos or end of days

Roger L. Simon moves his focus off the Supreme Court and onto the looming Iran nuclear deal.
Obama is about to hand nuclear weapons to the Iranians who are well on their way to building ICBMs that can reach Chicago, if they haven’t already.  A nuclear-armed Iran is ultimately more dangerous than the Soviet Union because some of its leaders, at least, believe in a fanatical religious system that has no fear of armageddon.  Good-bye mutually assured destructions.
At the same time,  that new caliphate (and that’s what it is) the Islamic State, aka the jayvee team, is celebrating its first anniversary, raping, throwing homosexuals off towers,  lopping the heads off Christians and performing acts of unspeakable barbarity we haven’t head since the days of Dr. Mengele.  They control a territory the size of New Jersey.  Obama has no strategy.  (Other than the other side wins.) Are we going to wait until they blow up the Mall of America?

You are not alone

Red State's Erick Erickson looks ahead, giving advise to prepare.
The left has worked very hard to control information. They will now work extra hard to push conservatives forcibly into a ghetto of thought. The overarching goal will be to convince you that no one agrees with you and there are no voices echoing you.
Just remember, you are not alone.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Look to the skies

Venus and Jupiter light up the evening sky this week, appearing extremely close the next two nights.
The planets have been high in the sky in recent weeks, but their time in the evening sky is growing short.
After July 1st, both planets will appear to quickly separate and sink closer to the horizon. They'll be lost in the glare of the sunset by the end of the month. Both will reappear in late August as bright morning stars visible before dawn.
But before that, Venus and Jupiter will offer one last opportunity for an amazing photo at dusk. As a grand finale, the planets will be joined by the razor-thin crescent moon on July 18th. The tight celestial grouping will span no more than 4 degrees—less than the width of the three middle fingers held at arm's length.

Why Biden likes Amtrak

Once again, Delaware has no commercial airline flights. Being too close to Philadelphia and Baltimore doomed the market.
All Delaware has is Amtrak.
And Joe Biden.
What a sad state.


A comic that perfectly sums up the latest Supreme Court decision on Obamacare.

I intended to be a millionaire. Will Justice Roberts help me with my quest?

Recycling update

Last month, the local recycling center gave 55 cents per pound for aluminum cans.
Today, it was 40 cents per pound.
What does that mean for the economy, and recycling costs?

What show to hate next?

The Dukes of Hazzard is now on the crosshairs.
What about M*A*S*H?
Klinger has to offend somebody.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The greatest blasphemy

A Facebook friend posted a chart that tries to show you can't oppose homosexuality if you like bacon.
Such blasphemy.
They try to say all the things against homosexuality are in Leviticus.
They forget the writings of Paul, but that's another story.
In Acts 10, Peter dreams of God telling him to kill and eat animals considered unclean.
God wanted Peter to preach to a Roman centurion named Cornelius, and used the vision to show it was okay to bring those outside the Jewish dietary laws into the new church.
If Peter could eat with Gentiles, surely I can eat bacon.
Back to the drawing board, gay marriage supporters.

I only want to see you there

The events of Friday brought to mind the opening lyrics of a song by Keith Green, a Christian artist who died in 1982.
It's hard being called someone who hates when it's the love of Christ that compels you to tell others the reality of heaven.

I need to say these things 'cause
I love you so
And I'm sorry you get angry when I say that
You just don't know
That there's a heaven waiting
For you and me
I know it seems every time we talk
I'm only tryin' to just make you see
And it's only that I care
I really only want
Just to see you there

Read more: Keith Green - Song To My Parents Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Better than Scott Walker

A few months, Politifact had to check if Scott Walker could have paid only $1 for a new sweater at Kohl's.
Yes, thanks to Kohl's cash promotion from a prior purchase.
I beat him today.
We bought a few things for the oldest son as he prepares for college, and paid nothing. Kohl's cash covered the three items.

Watch out for the trap

DaTech Guy realizes the trap for religious people interested in politics - the political side pushing out the compassion.
And the next time you feel tempted to play parry and reposte with someone onlnie remember that screwtape’s words and Fr. MacDonald’s words are both directed at us. Never forget the very first soul we are called upon to bring to salvation is our own.
#prayernotpride that is the hastag we should answer with.