Saturday, October 21, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

I believe in love and random acts of kindness...we can't change the world but we can sure try. Instead of trick or treating tonite we gave out treats to our fellow campers. I've never seen so much happiness in a tiny face. We didn't post pics of people's faces but everyone should have seen what I saw

Saturday song

Starting the day with a serving of Meat Loaf.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The Virginia Cavaliers host Boston College Saturday.
By the end of the homecoming weekend, they could be making plans to play in the postseason.
Standing 5-1, the Cavaliers can clinch a bowl berth when they meet the Eagles on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m.
Virginia has won four straight, including ACC contests against Duke and North Carolina. Boston College knocked off Louisville last week, but stands 3-4 on the season.
The college football weekend continues Friday as Marshall meets Middle Tennessee on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m., followed by Colorado State-New Mexico. NBC Sports network offers Princeton against Harvard at 7 p.m.
Texas takes on Oklahoma State on ABC Saturday at noon, then Michigan State meets Indiana at 3:30 p.m. Second-ranked Penn State tangles with Michigan at 7:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama hosts Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
NBC offers a top 25 battle between Notre Dame and Southern Cal at 7:30 p.m.
There's a pair of Big 12 games on Fox, with Oklahoma-Kansas State at 4 p.m. followed by Kansas against TCU.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Florida State-Louisville. It's Miami's clash with Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. and LSU against Mississippi at 7:15 p.m. The slate closes at 10:45 p.m. with Washington State facing Colorado.
Northwestern heads to Iowa on ESPN2 at noon before Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. South Florida visits Tulane at 7 p.m. and Wyoming travels to Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
Iowa State faces Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Arizona State-Utah.
It's purple on purple as the Ravens visit the Vikings Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, followed by Bengals-Steelers. Fox has 49ers-Cowboys at 4:05 p.m. in the Fishersville area, with Saints-Packers in Charlottesville and southwest Roanoke.
The Steelers tangle with the Lions on NBC Sunday night, while the Redskins battle the Eagles Monday on ESPN.
North of the border, Hamilton visits Montreal Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Yankees and Astros meet in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, with Game 7 if necessary Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Dodgers await the winner in the World Series starting Tuesday.
NASCAR heads to Kansas Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the playoff field dropping from 12 to eight at the race's conclusion.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
The Wizards host the Pistons Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Cavaliers battle the Bucks on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m., with Warriors-Pelicans in the nightcap.
The Capitals visit the Red Wings Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus, then host the Panthers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
West Ham United tangles with Brighton & Hove Albion Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Watford Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Huddersfield Town-Manchester United. It's Everton-Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool at 10:55 a.m.
FoxSports1 has the Bundesliga Sunday, with Koln-Werder Bremen at 7:25 a.m. and Hertha Berlin's contest with Freiburg at 9:30 a.m.
There's a women's friendly between the United States and South Korea Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
The MLS regular season closes with games on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Marine Corps Marathon goes through the streets of Washington starting Sunday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Texas tangles with Oklahoma in women's volleyball on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

What Gen. Kelly said

General John Kelly spoke to the press Thursday.
General Kelly stepped forward on behalf of President Trump to address the hysteria fomented by Rep. Fredrica S. Wilson and her impressionable media friends regarding President Trump’s phone call to the Gold Star mom who lost her son in Niger. The substance of the phone call has become the cause celebre this news cycle. General Kelly’s statement should be a cause of another kind. It should be a cause of shame and introspection on the part of the media.
Listen and learn.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Baffled by the Trump bump

Newsbusters shares information on the confusion NBC has over the latest stock market high.
However, after that brief note of credit to the President, co-host Savannah Guthrie skeptically followed up "So often we see what happens in Washington, what happens with politics directly affects the market. So, if the market is strong, does that mean the economy likes President Trump?
Ruhle discounted that possibility, suggesting the market rally was happening in spite of him.
"Well, here’s what’s interesting. People are going, “How come the chaos in Washington is not playing out in the market?” Part of it is because it’s noise. President Trump does say a lot of things that scare us, but he doesn’t necessarily do them. He says things about immigration, about trade, geopolitics, but then his team kind of walks it back. So the market brushes it off unless it actually gets put into play. And it hasn’t so far."

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I love Raqqa roll

As Iowahawk tweeted, ISIS is now WASWAS.
Raqqa has fallen to mostly Kurdish forces.
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Sello released a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing that the fighting was over after a four-month assault, BBC reports.
The SDF is expected to make a formal declaration of the city's liberation in the near future. The final assault came at the end of three years of IS control in the city, and involved a final stand from up to 300 IS militants, according to the the BBC.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Oh, say can you C.J.

The same day Colin Kaepernick announced plans to fight the NFL - accusing owners of colluding to keep him from getting a job - the 49ers had a rookie show why Kaepernick is still unemployed.
C.J. Beathard threw for 245 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins Sunday.
He took over before halftime and nearly led the 49ers to their first win of the season.
Every year, numerous college quarterback seek to replace current players on NFL squads.
If you don't produce, you don't stay employed.
Kaepernick could have stood for the anthem all year long in 2016, and still be behind Beathard on the depth chart.
And as a rookie, Beathard has more potential.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Undefeated team watch

For the 45th straight year, the 1972 Miami Dolphins have celebrated when final unbeaten team that season had lost.
It took six weeks this year for the Kansas City Chiefs to lose for the first time.
Enjoy your continuing dominance, Dolphins.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Muster read blogging

Althouse has husband Mead reading the Hillary Clinton book.
He gives her tips and she goes from there.
That's all she can muster.
I've heard it said that the first maybe 100 pages of the book is a pretty good read, but after that it gets boring. I don't know if that's true, but I have found evidence that the first chunk of the book had a different author (or editor) than the rest of the book. The evidence is the word "muster" which I used to find a section of the text Meade and I were talking about, a section about Hillary's decision to show up for the swearing-in of Donald Trump.
The passage in question ended with
That’s how I ended up right inside the door of the Capitol on January 20, waiting to be announced. It had been such a long journey to get here. Now I just had to take a few more steps. I took Bill’s arm and squeezed it, grateful to have him by my side. I took a deep breath and walked out the door with as big a smile as could muster.
I muster return to find what else they find.

Liking what Trump does

Scott Adams notes how showing President Trump's low popularity - compared with the popularity of his program.
Consumer confidence is peaking while the president’s approval rating is in the cellar. That means people expect him to be effective on the big stuff. But they don’t like him because of the other stuff.

What to do with Weinstein's money

Democrats have a quandary.
They received all this money raised by Harvey Weinstein over the past 25 years or more.
Especially Hillary Clinton.
What should be done with this dirty money?
It's obvious.
Give it to the health insurance companies.
There's nothing in Obamacare that says individuals can't give to them.
But if Congress doesn't authorize, no one else in the government can dispense.
They would help more people than shuffling the money off to other Democrats, right?

Saturday song

Get your morning going with Styx and Mr. Roboto.

Facebook quote of the week

Retweeted Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump):
Very proud of my Executive Order which will allow greatly expanded access and far lower costs for HealthCare. Millions of people benefit!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend watchdog

James Madison hosted ESPN's College GameDay in 2015.
The Dukes won the national title in 2016.
Unbeaten so far in 2017, they get another visit from Lee Corso and crew Saturday.
GameDay starts on ESPN Saturday at 9 a.m., after shots during ESPN programming Friday and early Saturday morning.
MASN covers the game Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Clemson visits Syracuse Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Washington State-California.
Michigan meets Indiana on ABC Saturday at noon, followed by Georgia Tech-Miami. In primetime, Southern Cal hosts Utah.
Auburn travels to LSU on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with South Carolina-Tennessee. It's the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama hosts Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. Arizona State tangles with Washington at 10:45 p.m.
Duke hosts Florida State at noon on ESPN2 and Maryland meets Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. Florida faces Texas A&M at 7 p.m. followed by Nevada-Colorado State.
TCU takes on Kansas State at noon on FoxSports1, then Baylor battles Oklahoma State. It's Ohio State-Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.
N.C. State travels to Pittsburgh at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Virginia-North Carolina.
The ACC network carries Boston College-Louisville at 12:20 p.m.
The Redskins host the 49ers on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., while CBS offers Patriots-Jets and the Steelers against the undefeated Chiefs in the late afternoon slot.
NBC has the Giants and Broncos Sunday night, while the Colts visit the Titans on ESPN Monday at 8:30 p.m.
North of the border, Calgary clashes with Hamilton Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The American League Championship Series begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. with Houston taking on the Yankees on FoxSports1. Game 2 is Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
Can the Cubs defend their World Series title? The Dodgers host the first two games of the National League Championship Series on TBS, starting Saturday at 8 p.m. with the second game Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Talledega hosts NASCAR for the weekend, with the Monster Cup Series going Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
The Capitals visit the Devils Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, then take on the Flyers Saturday at 7 p.m.
In college hockey, Notre Dame hosts Denver Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liverpool takes on Manchester United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Crystal Palace-Chelsea. Everton clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Southampton takes on Newcastle United at 10:55 a.m.
The Red Bulls face Atlanta on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m., followed by Seattle-Dallas.
FoxSports1 has a U-17 World Cup contest between France and Honduras Saturday at 7:20 a.m. Leverkusen meets Wolfsburg in the Bunesliga Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Oklahoma State tangles with Texas Tech Friday at 7 p.m. in women's soccer on MASN2.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Not Fighting, Losing

Still think NFL players should protest during the national anthem?
Does the NFL?
The league wants the players to stand for the anthem, but it also doesn’t want to trample on their rights to free expression, even as it quietly changed its policy to allow for the punishment of anthem protestors, but please be aware it hasn’t actually punished anyone, never mind that the new policy can easily be weaponized to keep some players from demonstrating, but don’t you know the players are not actually required to do anything during the anthem, okay?Confused? You should be. There’s no logic or consistency to what the NFL is doing, which is in keeping with its efforts to make certain issues a league problem while making others a team concern. As always, what matters most is public relations and keeping the owners happy. Expect that to be the guiding principle at next week’s league meeting in New York City, where the issue will be “front and center,” according to NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pop a top again

Legal Insurrection carries the good news - Chicago has repealed its higher tax on soda.
Cook County commissioners voted 15-2 to repeal the 1-cent per ounce tax on soda, diet soda, sweetened coffees and teas, and sports drinks. The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune called the tax “highway robbery.” The tax added a $1.28 tax for a gallon of zero-calorie iced tea. 
Drink up, Chicago.
After December 1.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sour losers

Sports Illustrated gives space to a snarky retort to NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell's letter to the league.
And I never understood this line of thinking.
And nothing heals divisions like asking those players to set aside their political views and honor a tradition with jingoistic undertones that, in part, was paid for by the Department of Defense and served as marketing for the military.
So the NFL is only patriotic when they get paid?

Goodell asks for running time

When a youth, high school or college football game gets out of hand, the losing coach will sometimes ask for running clock.
No clock stoppage for incomplete passes or running out of bounds.
Get the game over before somebody gets hurt.
The NFL asked for running time in the Anthem battle today.
The league is trying to extricate itself from a bad situation of its own making. But it is a coyote ugly situation of race identification and entitlement, one that has been at least 350 years in the making.
Coyote ugly is when you are trapped with a person so ugly that you want to gnaw off your leg to escape, as legend has coyotes doing when their foot is caught in a trap.
After watching ratings drop and hearing fans boo, a few owners decided to crack down on kneeling instead of rising for the national anthem.

The sports media told us there was unity among athletes two weeks ago.
How's that going?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Wrong Hill to die on

ESPN's Jemele Hill will be taking a two-week vacation after her tweets about NFL protests.
In a statement Monday, the company said Hill "... previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision."
We'll see what happens on the field and in Bristol the next two weeks.

Undefeated team watch

The Chiefs won again, rolling their record to 5-0.
The Steelers await next Sunday afternoon.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Players upstage anthem by taking knee

I'm learning headline writing skills from Sports Illustrated today.
Did Vice President Mike Pence upstage the game, or did the protest by the 49ers?
The 49ers are the last large group of players continue to protest during the anthem.
Other teams have moved on or modified their protests from two weeks ago.
Did so many 49ers take a knee because Pence was in the building?
Would more have stood without his presence?
A better question to ask than immediately blaming Pence and President Trump.

Have a problem with silencers? I can't hear you

Via Ace, Larry Correia explains why Congress is trying to make it easier to get silencers for gun users.
If you’ve ever been around a really loud bang, you may have noticed that afterwards your ears ring. I’ve got some bad news for you, that ringing means you’ve permanently damaged your hearing. When that fades you will have lost some measure of hearing, and hearing damage is permanent and cumulative. The more of these loud bangs you are exposed to, the greater the damage. It will never get better. It will only continue to get worse.
I was a firearms instructor for about a decade and spent a lot of time running ranges and teaching people. I was religious about wearing my hearing protection, but if you spend enough time on the range you will be caught unaware eventually and somebody is going to touch something off right after you take your muffs off.
People who want it easier to get silencers aren't ignoring your points.
They can't hear you well.
Hang out at the gun range and you'll understand.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Give them credit

The home of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards has a new name this season - Capital One Arena.
The Wizards thought it needed a new nickname.
"The Vault" is it.
They earned what's in their wallet.

Saturday song

This song came to mind during the NFL player protests, and seems appropriate for this week of remembering Tom Petty.

Facebook quote of the week

Time for my annual Rock and Rock Hall of Fame rant... The 2018 nominees are out, and, for the most part, it's a good list, but there are a few that shouldn't make it. First, whom would I like to see IN? Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Rufus w/Chaka Khan, Bon Jovi, J. Geils Band, Cars, MC5, Zombies, Depeche Mode, Moody Blues, Kate Bush, Judas Priest and Nina Simone... KEEP 'EM OUT: LL Cool J, Rage Against The Machine, Radiohead.... There are three other acts I've never heard of, so I won't even list those....

Friday, October 6, 2017

Invisible Harvey

Remember the Jimmy Stewart film from 1950 "Harvey?"
Only Jimmy Stewart could see the six-foot rabbit.
Today, there's another Harvey that's invisible to the media.
He's been hiding in plain sight for years.

Weekend watchdog

Can the Red Sox and Yankees bounce back?
The American League Divisional Series continue Friday, after the Astros and Indians won Thursday's openers.
FoxSports1 starts the day at 2 p.m. with the Red Sox and Astros, with Yankees-Indians on MLB network at 5 p.m.
The National League Divisional Series get going on Friday on TBS, with Cubs-Nationals at 7:30 p.m. before the Dodgers battle the Diamondbacks at 10:30 p.m. The Nationals and Cubs meet for Game 2 Saturday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Dodgers-Diamondbacks at 9 p.m.
The American League series will have Game 3 on FoxSports1 Sunday in Boston at 2:30 p.m. and New York at 7:30 p.m.
The Capitals have their home opener against Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
CBS has the Patriots' trip to Tampa Thursday at 8:25 p.m. The Ravens head west to meet the Raiders Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on CBS. The Cardinals visit the Eagles on Fox at 1 p.m., followed by Packers-Cowboys.
The Chiefs visit the Texans on NBC Sunday night, with Bears-Vikings on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend continues Friday as ESPN has a pair of contests - Memphis meeting Connecticut at 7 p.m. before Boise State battles BYU.
Penn State travels to Northwestern Saturday at noon on ABC, followed by Notre Dame-North Carolina. Michigan meets Michigan State at 7:30 p.m.
Florida faces LSU at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Oklahoma takes on Iowa State at noon on Fox, then it's Maryland-Ohio State at 4 p.m. Washington State goes against Oregon at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Georgia-Vanderbilt. Florida State faces Miami at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama takes on Texas A&M at 7 p.m. The nightcap features California and Washington at 10:45 p.m.
Clemson hosts Wake Forest at noon on ESPN2, followed by Minnesota-Purdue. Virginia Tech tries to bounce back against Boston College at 7:15 p.m. and it's San Diego State-UNLV at 10:45 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings Texas Tech-Kansas at noon. TCU takes on West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. and Stanford faces Utah at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia takes on Duke on the ACC network at 12:20 p.m.
MASN offers Marshall meeting UNC-Charlotte at 6 p.m.
NASCAR's Monster Series playoffs are now down to 12 racers in contention, with the next stage starting in Charlotte Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
The Wizards have a preseason game against the Knicks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. ESPN shows Kings-Lakers Sunday at 9 p.m.
The road to the World Cup continues Friday as the United States meets Panama on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. and Mexico goes against Trinidad at 9:20 p.m.
England meets Lithuania on FoxSports1 Sunday at 11:25 a.m., followed by Germany against Azerbaijan. ESPN has Northern Ireland against Norway at 2:30 p.m.
The Breeder's Cup Challenge Series continues with the Bourbon/Spinster Stakes Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Can we talk?

Do you want to have a conversation about guns after Las Vegas?
Kurt Schlichter does.
Sit down and listen to him first.
So, let’s continue our important conversation. How about this? How about we continue to speak freely, saying whatever we want however we want, and you leftists just sit there and be offended? How about we practice our faiths however we want, even if that means some of us don’t end up validating every one of your preferred personal peccadillos (I checked under all of the penumbras and emanations in the Constitution and I can’t find anywhere that you have a right to have us high-five everything you do). And how about we insist that everyone accused of something gets due process and the chance to defend himself – or herself, or even xirself?
Yeah, we know that us having rights is inconvenient, but that’s too damn bad. Because we aren’t asking you for our rights. We’re telling you we aren’t giving them up.
Any questions?

Do players like sportswriters?

As a former sportswriter, I'm amused by the reaction to Cam Newton's press conference answer.
Do players like having to explain everything they do everyday during the season?
Players know that coverage is necessary for their jobs.
But it's not enjoyable.
Sportswriters act as if Newton's comment to the woman writer was the worst thing ever.
Writers need to relax about Newton.
He didn't mean to insult the woman.
He probably doesn't hold any of you in high regard.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Duct tape, what can't it do?

From my former newspaper in South Carolina, a column saluting what binds us together - duct tape.
For nerdy users – repair those broken glasses frames. For those who happen to catch a burglar – duct tape makes excellent handcuffs. 
Duct tape is such a key part of holding our society together that a roll is required on every NASA space flight.
So, Miss Williams, my Home Economics teacher of decades ago - even though you are in that great classroom in the sky now, please know your worst student managed to keep it together. With a little luck and a roll of tape.