Sunday, May 24, 2015

No Tomorrow

Tomorrowland didn't draw audiences to the theater this weekend.
It's not for lack of trying.
There was a Super Bowl 30-second spot, a Google teaser experience, a TakeMeToTomorrowland.com launch featuring exclusive and explorable looks at the world of the film, seven-minute sneak peek on Imax showings of Avengers: Age of Ultron, a Disneyland world premiere and a globe-trotting filmmaker cast tour in San Francisco, London, Valencia Spain and Tokyo, Japan.
Maybe George Clooney doesn't have the appeal Disney thought.

What have you done for me lately?

Over at DaTech Guy, thoughts on why have accomplishments matters.
We’ve all worked with an office know-it-all, the person who can’t hack his own job but has plenty of ideas on how he can do a better job than his boss. All he–or she of course–needs is a promotion and the power to shine. On the rare occasion I’ve seen that complainer move up the ladder, the result was predictable, failure.
Because having great ideas and vision is only part of what is needed to be successful. You need to have skills to convince others that your course of action is the best–and to have patience to maintain alliances if initially confronted with failure. The concept of the philosopher-king is a myth.

Messing with maps

Democrats are unhappy with the district maps drawn up by Republicans recently.
Why?
The rules said to create majority-minority districts.
They did.
Maybe too much majority, but now Democrats are unhappy that too many Republicans hold the other districts.
Let the districts change, and bring more competition - and discussion - to the majority-minority districts.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hillary broke it

Powerline looks at the Hillary emails - including those who praise her leadership in 2011 in changing the government.
The Benghazi murders are of course important. But it is critical to recognize that they resulted not just from a lack of adequate security or other misjudgments that may have been made at the time. Rather, the fact that terrorists were largely in control of Benghazi by September 2012 was the direct result of Hillary’s bad judgment in leading the overthrow of Qaddafi while having no plan for what would come after, and no ability to influence events on the ground. It is that poor judgment that disqualifies her as a candidate for the presidency.

For when I'm sorry

Powerline likes that Chris Pratt wants to get ahead of the crowd - in case someone gets offended.
I am fully aware that the subject matter of my imminent forthcoming mistake, a blunder (possibly to be) dubbed “JurassicGate” is (most likely) in no way a laughing matter. To those I (will likely have had) offended rest assured I will do everything in my power to make sure this doesn’t happen (again).

Saturday song

It may be a three-day weekend, but Frankie Valli is working his way back to you.


Why the Clintons were broke

Hillary Clinton was mocked for saying she and Bill left the White House broke.
Why did they have money troubles during that time?
Paying $850,000 to settle Paula Jones sexual harassment in 1999 took a big bite from the budget.
Bad decisions led to bad finances.
It's likely a pattern they haven't fixed now that the money is pouring in.

Facebook quote of the week

Post prom report - everything went well and no charges have been filed

Friday, May 22, 2015

Didn't work for George Allen

Does one loss doom a politicians' career?
George Allen lost in 2006, and couldn't bounce back in 2012.
Democrats have lots of 2010 losers trying to get back into the Senate.
Not many former Senators have returned to the job since the 1950s.
As political analyst Stu Rothenberg put it, they're asking "voters to rehire them for a job from which they were fired." Senate Democrats are relying on these repeat candidates for the exact same reason that Democrats are comfortable with anointing Hillary Clinton for their presidential nomination: There aren't any better alternatives.
Hopefully for Republicans, the trend will continue in 2016.

Won by Bush; Lost by Obama

Charles Krauthammer doesn't focus on the 2003 decision about Iraq.
What happened in 2011 and since catches his attention.
Bush bequeathed to Obama a success. By whose measure? By Obama’s. As he told the troops at Fort Bragg on Dec. 14, 2011, “We are leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people.” This was, said the President, a “moment of success.”
Which Obama proceeded to fully squander. With the 2012 election approaching, he chose to liquidate our military presence in Iraq. We didn’t just withdraw our forces. We abandoned, destroyed or turned over our equipment, stores, installations and bases.
We surrendered our most valuable strategic assets, such as control of Iraqi airspace, soon to become the indispensable conduit for Iran to supply and sustain the Assad regime in Syria and cement its influence all the way to the Mediterranean.

Weekend reading

Waiting for 5 p.m. before the three-day weekend.
How nice of the Clinton team to help fill the hours with emails to enjoy.

Weekend watchdog

Memorial Day weekend can mean beach trips or picnics.
Remembering our veterans.
And lots of auto racing.
There's speed from Europe to North Carolina Sunday, from early morning to late into the night.
NBC gets the action going at 7:30 a.m. with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco. The flag drops at the 99th Indianapolis 500 at noon on ABC. Then the NASCAR crews go deep into the night at Charlotte, with coverage of the Coca-Cola 600 starting at 6 p.m. on Fox.
Before the big day, it's Carb Day from Indianapolis Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Indy Lights race at noon.
The Infinity Series hits the track in Charlotte Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network has qualifying from Monaco Saturday at 8 a.m.
The NBA and NHL are in the midst of their conference finals.
TNT has the Eastern finals, with Game 2 from Atlanta Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Game 3 in Cleveland Sunday at 8:30 p.m. The Warriors lead their series 2-0, and visit Houston Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
On ice, the Blackhawks host Game 4 against the Ducks Saturday on NBC at 8 p.m. Tampa Bay faces the Rangers Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles head to Miami for the weekend. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN2, with Saturday's game on Fox at 7:15 p.m. Other parts of the country will see either the Angels-Red Sox or the battle of Missouri between the Royals and Cardinals.
The Nationals take on the Phillies on MASN for the weekend. The Braves battle the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN has the Yankees and Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC baseball tournament, continuing Friday at 11 a.m. with Virginia-Notre Dame, followed by Clemson against North Carolina and Miami meeting North Carolina State. Florida State faces Louisville Saturday at 11 a.m. and it's Miami-Notre Dame at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the ACC championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and the SEC title tilt at 4:30 p.m. The Big 12 championship will be on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NCAA crowns its lacrosse champion this weekend. Denver meets top-seeded Notre Dame Saturday at 1 p.m., followed Johns Hopkins-Maryland. The winners meet Monday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
It's Super Regional weekend for NCAA softball. ESPN has a pair of contests if necessary Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Oklahoma against Alabama Friday at 7 p.m.
Saturday's play starts at noon on ESPN with Auburn facing Louisiana-Lafayette, then it's North Carolina State meeting Oregon before the second contest between Oklahoma and Alabama. There's a third game, if necessary, on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. before Arizona battles LSU at 10 p.m.
The second game between top-seeded Florida and Kentucky will be Sunday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game if necessary at 3 p.m. and LSU against Arizona at 5 p.m. ESPN2 carries a deciding game if necessary at 8 p.m.
D.C. United tangles with New England Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. FoxSports1 has a pair of contests Sunday, with Philadelphia facing the Red Bulls at 5 p.m. before Orlando City travels to San Jose.
There's 10 Premier League matches on 10 networks at 10 a.m. Sunday. NBC carries Hull City against Manchester United, while NBC Sports network has Chelsea-Sunderland and USA offers Newcastle United meeting West Ham.
Arsenal battles West Bromwich on Bravo, Aston Villa and Burnley meet on Esquire and Crystal Palace try to entertain on E! CNBC brings Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, with last-place Queens Park Rangers meeting Leicester on Oxygen, Manchester City taking on Southampton on MSNBC and Stoke City playing Liverpool on SyFy.
The PGA tour spends the weekend in Texas, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC carries the Senior PGA Championship Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Rochester meets Toronto in indoor lacrosse Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Play begins at the French Open Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Glen Helen Saturday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Worse than expected

Maybe Hillary Clinton is so inevitable, people don't think they need to donate to her Super PAC.
Or maybe her chances are much, much worse than expected.

Code case

Graduates, do you have a job?
Want one?
Maybe you should have gone to Coding School instead of wherever you partied for four or more years.
Code-camp students don’t get a diploma they can hang next to an Ivy League one, but they come away with projects they can show off in interviews, typically apps. Six months after finishing, 59 percent report a salary increase, averaging $23,000 annually, according to SwitchUp, another rating site. “They do seem to be effective at helping their candidates win entry-level tech jobs,” says Tyler Willis, a spokesman for tech headhunter Hired.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Coasting to the exit

Ace doesn't shed too many tears for the final show by David Letterman.
Now I don't want to say that Letterman was never funny. He was -- at least I thought so. He was hugely funny.
But the thing is, all this media praise being directed at Letterman...? All the bits people are talking about -- the Top Ten, Stupid Human Tricks, Throwing Objects Off a Five Story Building, the Velcro Suit, the monstrously funny bits with Chris Elliot --
All of these were from the show's first five or six years of existence.
He's been coasting on his past glories ever since.

10 games, 10 networks, 10 a.m.

If you like Premier League soccer, then Sunday is your day.
There's 10 games on 10 networks under the NBC umbrella.
But it does mean the end of the season for fans.
It's one time where Washington, D.C. is hardest hit.

Going to the mattress

Reason tries to find a reason why a student carried a mattress across the stage at Columbia's graduation.
This isn't quite the end of the story: Nungesser is suing Columbia, university president Lee Bollinger, and Sulkowicz's thesis supervisor for allowing him to be subjected to "gender-based harassment" which severely damaged his educational experience and future prospects, even though a campus panel found him not culpable on the sexual assault charge.
The accused may own Columbia before this is over.

Changed minds? Never mind

Politico shares the news that a positive study on attitudes toward gay marriage was fake.
The retraction this week of the popular article published in a December issue of the Science academic journal follows revelations that his co-author allegedly faked data for the study, “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support of gay marriage.”
It sounded too good to many people.

Because it was.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I'm sorry I said he would say he's sorry

The University of Michigan jumped the gun before a meeting between football coach Jim Harbaugh and some unhappy students.
Would Harbaugh apologize for getting behind a showing of "American Sniper."
Not quite.
“Vice President Royster has met this request and scheduled a meeting in which Coach Jim Harbaugh will be issuing a private apology,” student Lamees Mekkaoui, a leader of the campus organization Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, stated in the email. “I would really love to have anyone falling into these identities who felt impacted by Coach Harbaugh’s tweets present for support, especially because this meeting was requested by students.”
A few hours after Mekkaoui sent the email, it was retracted and replaced with a different message.
“I would like to make a correction in my email,” her second email stated. “I made the mistake of assuming that an apology would be issued. However, Coach Jim Harbaugh was simply invited to a private meeting with us in order to talk about the screening of American Sniper and get a dialogue going about how a university leader’s social media can impact campus climate. I take full responsibility for this assumption and I am very sorry for any confusion I may have caused.”
Sorry for assuming an apology.
They should be sorry for assuming that would happen.

Don't believe her and don't trust her

Ron Fournier doesn't believe Hillary Clinton's responses on her emails.
Or conflicts of interest.
The Clinton team seems to think talking about interests of the people will carry them.
Drip, drip, drip goes the bad news.

Going through the motions

Roger L. Simon wonders why Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are even running for president.
Both Jeb and Hillary think they want to be president, have had it in their dreams for umpteen years, but now, faced with the reality, they don’t know why they’re doing it.  At least they don’t act that way. They are lost people, running not on fumes, but on habit.  They’re supposed to run.  They were bred to run.  But they don’t have a clue where they want to lead the country, not in any passionate sense.

Monday, May 18, 2015

What does Fay say

Fay Vincent led baseball in the aftermath of the Pete Rose banishment in 1989.
His perspective ought to get a hearing about the Tom Brady episode.
There are some important teaching moments in this case. One is the need to do future investigations much faster. This one took too long, and the vapid conclusion it reached was a whimper when a bang was needed.
Second: In Deflategate the cheating was done by low-level employees, one of whom refused to even talk to the investigating lawyers. As a result, the investigation could not determine whether someone higher up directed their tampering. It should be clear in the future that any employee who fails to cooperate with a league inquiry does so at the cost of his job.

Deranged parenting

George Will looks at the overreaction to parents who let their children walk home alone.
Increased knowledge of early-childhood development has produced increased belief in a “science” of child rearing. This has increased intolerance of parenting that deviates from norms that are as changeable as most intellectual fads.
“Intensive parenting” is becoming a government-enforced norm. Read “The day I left my son in the car” (Salon), Kim Brooks’s essay on her ordeal after leaving her four-year-old in the car as she darted into a store for about five minutes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

You have bias - I don't

You can boil down the George Stephanopoulos fuss to one line.
You have bias. But I don't.
In the interview with author Peter Schweizer of "Clinton Cash," Stephanopoulos accused him of bias due to prior work with the Bush administration.
But the ties Stephanopoulos has with the Clinton team - including donations to the foundation - don't seem like bias to him. Not even worth mentioning.
It's a simple problem for Stephanopoulos.
But there's no easy way out.


Fifty shades of mistakes

Not everyone know about "Fifty Shades of Gray."
A West Virginia teacher didn't know what the movie was about.
Was 10 minutes enough to figure it out?
The filmography request was made by a group of Hampshire County students who asked their teacher, who was ignorant of the film’s content, if they could watch it as a reward for good work.
“Fortunately, an assistant principal walked by and saw what they were doing,” said school principal Jeff Woofter. “They got there 10 minutes after it started and shut it down.”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Too rich to be influenced

Don Surber looks at the George Stephanopoulos donation to the Clinton Foundation.
The apology by George Stephanopoulos for donating to the Clinton Foundation did what no amount of complaints by moderates, conservatives and anti-Clinton liberals could do. It made the Clinton Foundation dirty money in the public eye. He would not have to apologize for donating to the Red Cross or any real charity.
Real charities do real work.
Fake ones talk and take in money.
Like $30 million since the beginning of 2014.

Saturday song

Start your morning with "Oh What a night."


Coffee talk

Powerline's weekly collection of cartoons includes a conversation between Hillary Clinton and Tom Brady.

Facebook quote of the week

You know you have too much laundry when you lose an iPod a couple months back and find it once you clean clothing at the bottom of the pile.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Not egg-cellent

Buy your eggs while you can - a massive run of bird flu has hit flocks in Iowa.
And it might be heading east.
It's not a pretty sight.
Mounds and mounds of carcasses have piled up in vast barns here in the northwestern corner of Iowa, where farmers and officials have been appealing for help to deal with disposal of such a vast number of flocks. Workers wearing masks and protective gear have scrambled to clear the barns, but it is a painstaking process. In these close-knit towns that include many descendants of the area’s original Dutch settlers, some farmers have resorted to burying dead birds in hurriedly dug trenches on their own land, while officials weighed using landfills and mobile incinerators.
Iowa, where one in every five eggs consumed in the country is laid, has been the hardest hit: More than 40 percent of its egg-laying hens are dead or dying. Many are in this region, where barns house up to half a million birds in cages stacked to the rafters. The high density of these egg farms helps to explain why the flu, which can kill 90 percent or more of a flock within 48 hours, is decimating more birds in Iowa than in other states.