Sunday, March 17, 2019

Empty guns save lives

How did the New Zealand attack end?
At the second mosque, Abdul Aziz found a shotgun the shooter dropped and went after him.
He took on a mass murderer with a credit card machine and an empty gun and he got the killer to curse him and drive away.
Guns in the hands of good guys can do amazing things.

I'm sorry you're so obnoxious

The week began with demands Tucker Carlson apologize for comments made a decade ago.
It ends with Chelsea Clinton and Beto O'Rourke apologizing for their comments when confronted.
Althouse doubts giving in is the best strategy.
My real point here is once you adopt the lifestyle of apologies, you can never do enough. The demands for apologies are endless. Where are you going to draw the line? And how are you going to seem presidential? Everybody's trying to take you down, Beto. Don't be beta.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Facebook quote of the week

Well, that was 2 hours of my life I'll never get back.
And I still don't know anything.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Why vote for Trump

A nice list of all the judges appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate.
The reason we voted for him in 2016, and will vote again for him in 2020.

Weekend watchdog

Virginia appears headed for another top seed in the NCAA tournament.
Is UMBC in its future again?
The Cavaliers continue their defense of the ACC tournament title Friday at 7 p.m. against Florida State on ESPN, NBC29 and Raycom.
Virginia rallied in the second half to oust North Carolina State on Thursday, while the Seminoles squeaked past Virginia Tech in overtime.
Duke and North Carolina meet in the other semifinal at 9 p.m. The winners battle Saturday at 8 p.m. for the title.
What about UMBC? The Retrievers face Vermont in the America East finale Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 in a rematch of last year's contest.
Virginia hopes for no rematch or repeat next week.
CBS carries the unveiling of the field of 68 on Sunday at 6 p.m.
It's the semifinals of the Big East tournament on FoxSports1 Friday, with Xavier against Villanova at 6:30 and Seton Hall meeting Marquette at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 offers the Big 12 semifinals at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday.
There's a pair of quarterfinals in the SEC tournament on ESPN Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and two games from the American Conference on ESPN2 Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m.
The Atlantic 10 quarterfinals continue Friday at noon on NBC Sports network.
The semifinals of the Big Ten tournament go Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on CBS. The Mountain West crowns its champion Saturday at 6 p.m.
The SEC semifinals are on ESPN Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., followed by the Big 12 championship at 6 p.m. and Pac-12 finale at 10 p.m.
Fox carries the Big East tournament final Saturday at 6 p.m.
The semifinals of the American Conference will be Saturday at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
It's the MEAC final Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by the Mid-American championship at 7:30 p.m. and Southland at 9:30 p.m. The Big West finale tips at midnight.
CBS gears up for the bracket reveal with the Atlantic 10 championship at 1 p.m. and Big Ten at 3:30 p.m.
The SEC championship will be on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the American Conference at 3:15 p.m.
On ESPN2, the Ivy League championship will be at noon before the Sun Belt crowns its champion.
The Wizards host the Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and battle the Grizzlies on NBC Sports Washington-plus Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Warriors visit the Thunder Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC., and the Sixers take on the Bucks Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
It's Timberwolves against the Rockets on ESPN Sunday at 9 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Lightning Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
It's Predators-Sharks on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Flyers facing the Penguins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Edmonton visiting Vegas at 10 p.m.
The PGA tour moved The Players Championship from May to March, giving fans an earlier look at the 17th green. NBC has coverage Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
In exhibition baseball, the Orioles tangle with the Yankees Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
The Nationals take on the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
NASCAR visits California, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
It's the Twelve Hours of Sebring on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Australian Grand Prix Sunday at 6:35 a.m.
New York FC faces Los Angeles FC on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m. and it's Cincinnati-Portland at 5 p.m.
Burnley battles Leicester City on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 a.m. Fulham faces Liverpool Sunday at 10:10 a.m. and it's Everton-Chelsea at 12:30 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen battles Werder Bremen Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Eintracht faces Nurnberg at 10:30 a.m.
Lazio plays Parma in Serie A Sunday at 9:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Six Nations Championship features Italy-France at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network and England against Scotland at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has the men's and women's finals of the Paribas Championships Sunday at 4 p.m. \

Thursday, March 14, 2019

It's OK if they eat dirt

The New York Times offers advice you don't often hear.
We're too clean.
“Our immune system needs a job,” Dr. Lemon said. “We evolved over millions of years to have our immune systems under constant assault. Now they don’t have anything to do.”
She isn’t alone. Leading physicians and immunologists are reconsidering the antiseptic, at times hysterical, ways in which we interact with our environment.
It's spring. Time to get dirty.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Full Big House

My wife has been watching the Hallmark series "When the Heart Calls."
Lori Loughlin has a major role.
Probably not for long.
Now we can have teenagers telling parents that they don't really love them - they didn't bribe colleges to get them into the top schools.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Nothing really matters

Tucker Carlson nailed his opening monologue Monday.
The Media Matters crew may need Bubba the Love Sponge to soak up their tears.
And Tucker has friends.
This sort of stuff makes for a worse country. It’s not meant to purify our public discourse. It’s meant to club to death opponents using the convenience of a Google search. The use of the tactic means that only the shameless (people who will never apologize for anything) or neophytes (people who have never said anything) or radical Leftists who will be let off the hook for anything (see Reid, Joy) will be tolerated. That’s the goal. So let’s not pretend Media Matters is making the world a better place. They’re making it a worse one, one fishing expedition at a time.

Straw poll

My college decided to remove straws last year.
They brought them back a few weeks ago.\
“We believe Towson should be a green campus; however, we should have better alternatives than something that dissolves in soda,” Ford said.
Dissolving straws definitely suck.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Bring on the chaos

The Democratic party has changed since President Trump reached the Oval Office.
The former gatekeepers have been overrun.
The Democrats are beginning to come to terms with what their newly constituted party. They got a big dose of it this past week in the House, as they wrestled with how to respond to controversial comments by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) about supporters of Israel that drew widespread criticism as being anti-Semitic.
As they were preparing to send a resolution to the floor condemning anti-Semitism, in a rebuke of Omar, House Democratic leaders felt a revolt well up from beneath them. Allies of Omar pushed back. The resolution was altered to condemn all forms of hate.
Does the grassroot have electoral magic - or will they tear down the party enough for Trump to cruise to reelection?

We hope Taylor's swift

The Weather Channel giving names to winter storms makes them more interesting.
If we're at T, then winter is almost over.

Pay for play

The United States women's soccer team has more trophies than the men's team.
But the men are paid more.
The women have filed a lawsuit about getting equal pay.
No need for court action.
Let the men and women play on the soccer pitch.
Winner gets paid more.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday song

Let's go back to the 60s and go south with Freddie Cannon to Tallahassee.

Give it up

A trendy idea for Lent - give up plastics.
Except the United States is a small part of worldwide plastic usage.
Most plastic debris comes from part of the world when Christians are not the majority.
Maybe if you want to save the environment, you should use your money to support missions that preach about Jesus to those areas.
Then they can join you in giving up plastics as your Lenten obligation.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Let me sleep on it

Via Althouse, good news if you can take a quick nap during the day.
His study found that a 20-minute nap resulted in an average drop of 5mm Hg (how medical experts measure blood pressure) - that's about the same as a low dose of blood pressure medication.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Weekend watchdog

The road to Minneapolis starts this weekend, with teams likely to play in the First Four in Dayton gaining some of the first berths.
Several smaller conferences get their chance to shine this weekend, en route to a double-digit seed.
The Ohio Valley Conference crowns its champion Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2,  and ESPN has the Big South final Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the Atlantic Sun at 3 p.m.
CBS carries the Missouri Valley Conference final Sunday at 2 p.m.
The major conferences close their regular seasons this weekend.
Virginia Tech hosts Miami on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. before VCU battles Saint Joseph's.
Minnesota meets Maryland on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m.
Syracuse clashes with Clemson Saturday at noon on CBS, then Florida faces Kentucky and it's Arizona State against Arizona at 4 p.m.
Fox brings Villanova against Seton Hall Saturday at noon, Georgetown-Marquette at 2:30 p.m. and St. John's taking on Xavier at 5 p.m.
ESPN starts its day Saturday at noon with Tennessee-Auburn. Baylor battles Kansas at 2 p.m. before Virginia goes for the ACC regular season championship against Louisville. If Virginia loses, North Carolina's contest with Duke at 6 p.m. could determine the champion.
Michigan meets Michigan State at 8 p.m. and Oregon faces Washington at 10 p.m.
TCU tangles with Texas on ESPN2 Saturday at noon. It's Texas A&M against Mississippi State at 2 p.m., followed by Central Florida-Temple and Oklahoma's clash with Kansas State. There's quarterfinals in the West Coast Conference tournament at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 a.m.
NBC29 and Raycom offers Wake Forest-Florida State Saturday at noon, with other stations showing Pittsburgh against Notre Dame.
North Carolina State visits Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
DePaul clashes with Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at 8 p.m.
Houston takes on Cincinnati Sunday at noon on CBS and Wisconsin tangles with Ohio State at 4 p.m.
Penn State hosts Illinois on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of quarterfinals contests Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The ACC women's final will be on ESPN2 Sunday at noon. The SEC championship follows at 2 p.m., then there's a semifinal in the American Conference at 4 p.m. It's the Big Ten finale at 6 p.m. and Pac-12 at 8 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Big 12 semifinals Sunday at 3 and 5:30 p.m.
The 76ers visit the Rockets on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Nuggets-Warriors in the nightcap.
NBC Sports Washington-plus has the Wizards against the Hornets Friday at 7 p.m. with the contest with the Timberwolves Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Celtics visit the Lakers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Pacers meet the 76ers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Exhibition baseball continues as the Orioles take on the Red Sox Friday at 1 p.m. and the Yankees Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
The Nationals meet the Marlins on MASN2 Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Sunday, with the Bruins visiting the Penguins at 7:30 p.m. followed by Kings-Ducks.
The Capitals meet the Devils Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and host the Jets Sunday at 7 p.m.
Fox has the Monster Series from Phoenix Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m.
The IndyCar season starts Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Cincinnati FC hosts its first home MLS contest, meeting Atlanta United on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. Los Angeles FC plays Portland on FoxSports1 at 7:30 p.m.
In indoor soccer, NBC Sports Washington has Baltimore against Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m.
Crystal Palace clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Southampton-Tottenham Hotspur. NBC carries Manchester City against Watford at 12:30 p.m.
Burnley battles Liverpool Sunday at 7:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it's Chelsea against Wolverhampton at 10 a.m. Manchester United meets Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
Bayern Munich faces Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN has the NCAA men's and women's indoor track championships Sunday at 7 p.m.
Bath Rugby takes on Saracens Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Pro Swim Series Friday at 8 p.m.
There's motocross racing from Daytona Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Let Democrats Duke it out

David Duke of the Ku Klux Klan has a tweet out today.
Praising Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
Democrats, how do you feel about the endorsement?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

I hate it when that happens

The Democrats are unhappy with each other.
Thanks to Ilhan Omar's comments on Israel, some want to condemn her.
Some want to defend her and condemn leadership for bringing a resolution to condemn Omar.
That moment of frustration reflects widespread anxiety in the caucus over how to handle the latest bout of remarks from Omar — one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress — after she suggested that pro-Israel advocates had “allegiance” to Israel. The remarks offended multiple top Democrats, who said it alluded to painful, decades-old stereotypes that Jews had “dual loyalties.”
Multiple Jewish lawmakers, including Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) stood up in the caucus meeting to explain why Omar’s latest remarks were so offensive and potentially dangerous. But other Democrats — including a Jewish lawmaker — stood up to defend Omar and say they didn’t see the remarks as deeply offensive.
So much hate on the Democratic side.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Who's the most woke of them all?

Victor Davis Hanson sees the crash of intersectionality coming.
Then diversity as a revolutionary moment was further expanded by including gays and woke women, which essentially took the initial African-American population whose plight was the aim of affirmative action and expanded it to in theory a majority of about 200 million Americans who were either non-white or women or both.
Now the revolution cannot figure out its own hierarchy of authentic grievance groups.
Just call me MAGA-gendered.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Latest Democratic update

How long does it take to read about all the Democratic candidates and potential candidates?
If you follow all the links, quite a while.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Riding the rails

Today's big news on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz?
Her driving in cars and flying in airplanes.
Things she'd like to see gone in 10 years.
And apparently she doesn't like trains as much as she says.
And despite a high-speed rail being the cornerstone of her green strategy, the Democratic firebrand took Amtrak 18 times, compared to 66 airline transactions costing $25,174.54 during the campaign season.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Recycling update

The price for recycled aluminum cans dropped again, down to 35 cents today.
Not good for recyling.
Not sure what it means for the economy going forward.

Saturday song


Meanwhile at the border in the 60s, it's Jay and the Americans.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Weekend watchdog

The defending champion meets the first champion as the Major League Soccer season kicks off this weekend.
Atlanta United, winners of the MLS Cup in its second campaign, hosts D.C. United Sunday at 6 p.m. as part of the MLS opening weekend.
The league welcomes its 24th team when Cincinnati debuts in Seattle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m.
The Galaxy face the Chicago Fire Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and ESPN2 has Los Angeles FC against Sporting KC Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR finds out what happens in Vegas this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. after the Truck Series rides Friday at 9 p.m.
Rhode Island faces Dayton on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m.
CBS kicks off Saturday with three contests, with Kansas-Oklahoma State at noon. Tennessee takes on Kentucky at 2 p.m and it's Miami against Duke at 4 p.m.
Michigan State meets Indiana on Fox Saturday at noon, then it's Butler-Villanova.
NBC29 and Raycom affiliates have Virginia-Pittsburgh Saturday at 2 p.m., after showing Syracuse against Wake Forest at noon.
ESPN's day starts at noon with LSU-Alabama. Ohio State plays Purdue at 2 p.m. before Central Florida meets Houston. It's North Carolina-Clemson at 6 p.m. and Gonzaga battling St. Mary's at 10 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State on ESPN2 Saturday at noon and it's Iowa State-Texas at 2 p.m. and Texas Tech tangling with TCU at 4 p.m. Bradley battles Loyola-Chicago at 6 p.m., followed by Baylor-Kansas State and Arizona taking on Oregon at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of Atlantic 10 contests Saturday, with George Mason-St. Louis at 3 p.m. and LaSalle's contest with Saint Joseph's at 5 p.m.
Notre Dame battles Louisville on CBS Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and Michigan meets Maryland at 3:45 p.m.
St. John's faces DePaul Sunday at noon on FoxSports1 and Creighton clashes with Marquette at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has Washington-Stanford at 4 p.m.
In women's hoops, Oklahoma State battles Baylor on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Virginia women visit Notre Dame Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 brings a pair of games Sunday, with North Carolina against Duke at noon and South Carolina's contest with Mississippi State at 2 p.m.
The Trail Blazers tangle with Toronto on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. and it's Bucks-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Celtics on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 8 p.m. and host the Timberwolves Sunday at 6 p.m.
The 76ers host the Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and Rockets take on the Celtics Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Islanders Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings the Predators' contest with the Wild Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The Blackhawks face the Kings on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 4 p.m. and take on the Sharks Sunday at 10 p.m
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and NBC Sports Washington has Saturday's contest at 7 p.m.
In exhibition baseball, the Orioles face the Tigers Sunday at 3 p.m. on MASN.
ABC has coverage of the NFL Combine Saturday at 1 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Arsenal on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Manchester United meets Southampton at 9:55 a.m. followed by West Ham United against Newcastle United.
There's three more Premier League contests Sunday, starting with Leicester City-Watford at 6:55 a.m. Fulham faces Chelsea at 9 a.m. and it's Everton-Liverpool at 11:30 a.m.
 In the Bundesliga, Nurnberg battles Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Stuttgart faces Hannover Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The United States' women's team faces England on Fox Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
MASN2 has horse racing Saturday, with the Fountain of Youth stakes from Gulf Stream Park at 5:30 p.m. and Pasadena Stakes from Santa Anita at 6:30 p.m.
There's motocross racing from Atlanta Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Death by taxes

Bryce Harper signed with the Philadelphia Phillies today.
The San Francisco Giants made a big offer as well.
But thanks to California taxes, Harper gets more take-home pay in Pennsylvania.
Yes, Democrats, people make decisions based on high taxes.
They avoid them.

Slow boat to anywhere

Via Instapundit, what it would take to replace diesel container ships with electric.
Technology we definitely don't have.
The conclusion is obvious. To have an electric ship whose batteries and motors weighed no more than the fuel (about 5,000 metric tons) and the diesel engine (about 2,000 metric tons) in today’s large container vessels, we would need batteries with an energy density more than 10 times as high as today’s best Li-ion units.
That’s a tall order indeed: In the past 70 years the energy density of the best commercial batteries hasn’t even quadrupled.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

It's a cotton-picking shame

Virginia first lady Pamela Northam is in trouble - for giving a teenager a piece of cotton.
Virginian first lady Pamela Northam gave cotton to black students and asked them to imagine being enslaved during a tour of the governor’s mansion — and one of the children’s parents complained in a letter to lawmakers.
The Washington Post reported that Mrs. Northam, wife of embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, made the offensive action last week in the midst of the controversy surrounding the governor’s yearbook page featuring a person in blackface.
The Northam family has two more years of this kind of scrutiny in Richmond - unless they decide it's time to head home.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

For the history books

When historians remember this week in the future, what will top their lists?

  • President Trump's summit with North Korean's leader.
  • What the House is doing
  • Michael Cohen testifying to Congress.

I think Trump's trip will trump what's going on in Washington.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Do you support Kamala Harris?

What have you been smoking?

Lessons learned

Via Scott Adams' Twitter feed, the story of a man who made it out of the projects.
He learned five vital lessons, including how to keep a cool head in tough situations.
While a guy might not have a gun, he might not care about catching an aggravated assault charge to defend his honor. (This is assuming you call the cops, which everyone in the ghetto avoids: it just increases the likelihood of retaliation.)
Since I didn’t know who cared about staying out of jail, I just addressed everyone with basic respect.