Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday song

A Memorial Day tribute from Trace Adkins.

Facebook quote of the week

3 hours ago my GPS said I had 26 hours to my next destination 3 hours later it still says 26 hours

Friday, May 27, 2016

Path to Hillary's defeat

Politico traces ways that Hillary Clinton can be beaten.
It’s a long way to November, and Trump could always self-destruct. But he probably won’t, and 2016 is shaping up as a contest that a careful Clinton campaign can easily lose, state by state, even as she piles up the popular vote in California and other sure-win places. Demographics are not destiny. In fact, they can be a disaster waiting to happen.

Weekend watchdog

indy100It's the 100th race at Indy - with a big race before and one after.
ABC has coverage of the Indianapolis 500 - race number 100 since the first one in 1911 - starting Sunday at 11 a.m.
NBC Sports network offers Carb Day activities Friday at 11 a.m.
Race day starts in Monaco, with the Grand Prix on NBC at 7:30 a.m., with qualifying on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8 a.m.
NASCAR caps the day with 600 miles from Charlotte - starting at 6 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Xfinity race Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN has Game 6 from the East final between the Cavaliers and Raptors Friday at 8:30 p.m. The NBA Western Conference heads west Saturday at 9 p.m., with Golden State trying to stay alive in Oklahoma City on TNT.
If necessary, Game 7 in the East will be Sunday and Monday in the West.
The Orioles visit Cleveland Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN. The Nationals host the Cardinals on MASN Friday and Sunday, with Saturday night's contest on Fox.
Fox also offers Pirates-Rangers and Dodgers against Mets Saturday, with ESPN2 showing the Dodgers' visit to the Mets Sunday at 8 p.m.
Comcast has the ACC tournament from Durham, continuing Friday as Clemson clashes with Louisville at 11 a.m. before Virginia takes on Wake Forest. The nightcap offers Georgia Tech-N.C. State at 7 p.m.
Saturday's play begins at 11 a.m. with Wake Forest meeting Clemson. Florida State faces Miami at 3 p.m. and Virginia battles Louisville at 7 p.m. The championship game will be on ESPN2 Sunday at noon, with the SEC title tilt at 3 p.m.
It's Super regional weekend in college softball, continuing Friday at 5 p.m. with game 2 of Florida-Georgia, followed by Oklahoma against Louisiana-Lafayette. Alabama battles Washington at 9 p.m.
James Madison plays its second game against LSU Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Missouri-Michigan at 3 p.m. The second contest between Alabama and Washington will be at 5:30 p.m., then there's a possible deciding game at 7:30 p.m. and Oregon opens its best-of-three against UCLA at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has three games Saturday, with Florida State-Utah at 4:30 p.m. and Auburn meeting Arizona State at 6:30 p.m. A possible deciding game will be at 8:30 p.m. It's Game 2 between Missouri and Michigan Sunday at noon on ESPN followed by Auburn-Arizona State.
College lacrosse crowns its champion this weekend. The semifinals are Saturday, with North Carolina against Loyola at noon on ESPN2 before Brown battles Maryland. The final will be Monday.
CBS brings the PGA tour stop at the Colonial Country Club Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
New York City tangles with Orlando City on ESPN Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has an international friendly between England and Australia Friday at 2:30 p.m. Mexico meets Paraguay Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with the United States battling Bolivia at 8 p.m. ESPN2 shows Switzerland facing Belgium Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Prefontaine Classic goes on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing Saturday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fighting hard

The American Spectator looks at how Donald Trump has disrupted the Democratic attack plan.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Brutally bending the rules

Did Hillary Clinton break the rules with her private email system?
She sure bent them out of shape.
If it didn't break, the rules were mangled - hanging together by a thread.
She can claim rules weren't broken.
But they will never be the same again.

Bernie or Bust

When Hillary fans complain about the Bernie or bust boys, I doubt they mean these busts.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Straight talk about Crooked Hillary

Will Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton help him win the White House?
It's working pretty good so far.
But what does the public find more shameful? Is it the businessman who looks after his own interests, using government to smooth his real-estate business and casino interests? Or the government official, who prostitutes the public offices she uses, not only for personal gain, but sometimes in ways that work to legitimize human-rights abusers in Africa, or enrich shady Middle Eastern business concerns, or give Russian companies greater access to weapons material? We're going to find out.

Democrats for Trump

Andy Schmookler hits the panic button - Democrats are blowing a chance to put Donald Trump away early.
And he knows who to blame.
Bernie Sanders.
The main reason for this lost ground is that an important segment of the Democratic Party – and by this I mean Senator Sanders and many of his followers – has failed to understand which battle it has become time to fight. Ever since the April 25 primaries, when Hillary Clinton swept highly populous states like New York and Pennsylvania, the contest for the nomination has been effectively over. Though not yet “mathematically” eliminated, for the past month Senator Sanders has had no plausible scenario to the nomination.
The trouble for Democrats - Sanders keeps winning and drawing large crowds.
People keep showing up - they haven't given up.
Perhaps Hillary Clinton isn't the answer to how to beat Trump.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Most likely to be target of an FBI probe

The news broke just as the workday ended - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under FBI investigation.
That brightens my Monday.
Sure, you can say everybody does it.
Bernie Sanders says that also.
The system is rigged, and now one of Hillary Clinton's friends has to fight off charges of rigging the system.
When the Democrats nominated McAuliffe, you knew this day would come.

And the Thunder rolls

I switched over to TNT Sunday night, wanting to see how close the contest would be.
It was halftime.
Oklahoma City was up by 25.
Dustbury has the big hits.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Change the subject

The Washington Post poll on the Redskins name - most Native Americans don't care - has raised the ire of activists who do.
Can they build momentum to change the name?
The question?

Yes, he might win

Howard Kurtz follows the latest media trend - realizing Donald Trump really does have a chance in November.
Even if the polls are off by a few points, it means that a non-politician, who has been widely derided for being too divisive and inflammatory, is a serious contender against a former first lady, senator and secretary of State.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Limping to the finish

I once visited the North Carolina island where "Weekend at Bernie's" was filmed.
So I loved the headline for Maureen Dowd's latest column.
I doubt the Clinton team enjoyed it.
I’ve talked to several former Clinton and Obama White House aides who don’t enjoy checking in with the joyless Clinton campaign in Brooklyn. “It’s the Bataan Death March,” one says.
Hopeful acceptance of Hillary has shifted to amazed disbelief that she can’t put away Bernie. Given dynasty fatigue and Hillary’s age, many Democrats assumed that their front-runner would come out of the gate with a vision for the future that gave her campaign a fresh hue, instead of white papers tinkering around the edges. She should have been far over her husband’s bridge to the 21st century and way down the highway by now.

Saturday song

The people of Montreal like this Gino Vannelli song.

Facebook quote of the week

I know I state the obvious, but this super delegate thing is crap.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Weekend watchdog

It's one race down and two to go for Nyquist.
The Kentucky Derby winner will take on 10 other colts in the Preakness Stakes Saturday. NBC has coverage starting at 5 p.m. after NBC Sports network has earlier races starting at 2:30 p.m.
Derby runner-up Exaggerator will be among the horses hoping for a victory that ends hopes for a triple crown this year.
NBC Sports network has the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 3 p.m.
The Cavaliers face the Raptors in Game 3 of their series Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City hosts Golden State on TNT Sunday at 8 p.m.
San Jose takes St. Louis in the fourth game of the NHL Western Conference final Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Tampa Bay tangles with Pittsburgh Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Game 5 on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles visit the Angels with games on MASN2 Friday and Saturday between a Saturday night contest on MASN. The Nationals head to Miami for games on MASN Friday and Sunday.
Fox starts its summer run of Saturday baseball, featuring the Nationals and Marlins at 7:15 p.m. Other areas of the country get Cubs-Giants or Astros against the Rangers. The Cardinals host the Diamondbacks Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, and ESPN brings Cubs-Giants Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Creighton clashes with St. John's Saturday at noon on FoxSports1.
It's qualifying weekend at Indianapolis, with the drivers going for the poll Saturday at 4 p.m. on ABC. The final chances to make the 33-car field are Sunday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR gears up for its Memorial Day weekend festivities with the All-Star race Saturday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m.
North Carolina battles Notre Dame in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals Sunday at noon on ESPN2.
The road to the NCAA softball World Series continues on ESPN with two games on Friday - a possible final game of the Missouri regional at 7 p.m. before Wichita State faces Oklahoma at 9 p.m.
Texas takes on Texas A&M on ESPN2 at 4:30 p.m., followed by Marist-Tennessee at 7 p.m. It's off to the Oregon regional at 9 p.m. for Long Beach State's contest with Baylor before Oregon battles Fordham at 11:30 p.m.
ESPN has three games from a regional Saturday starting at noon, with ESPN2 going with five contests beginning at noon. There's a possible regional final Sunday at noon on ESPN and another at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour visits Texas this weekend, with play on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Vancouver hosts Portland in MLS action Sunday at 4:30 p.m., then FoxSports1 offers San Jose against the Galaxy.
The United States has a friendly against Puerto Rico on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
In the Copa del Rey, Barcelona meets Sevilla Sunday at 3:25 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour of California cycling race continues on NBC Sports network Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m.
There's Olympic qualifying in Water Polo on NBC Sports network Sunday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from the Hangtown Classic Saturday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Native Americans for Redskins

If anyone should be offended by teams named "Redskins," it should be Native Americans.
Never mind.
Among the Native Americans reached over a five-month period ending in April, more than 7 in 10 said they did not feel the word “Redskin” was disrespectful to Indians. An even higher number — 8 in 10 — said they would not be offended if a non-native called them that name.

Painfully stupid

John Podhoretz explains the plight of the bumbling Hillary Clinton campaign.
Her uncommonly gifted husband was always getting himself into trouble, but at least it was fun trouble. Her trouble is boring, plodding, unimaginative, ill-considered trouble. Bill Clinton is larger than life. Hillary Clinton is smaller than the office she’s trying so hard to occupy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bern it down

Another Tuesday of elections, and Bernie Sanders keeps going.
And establishment Democrats don't know how to stop him - because they can't.
While Kentucky isn’t likely to be a swing state in November, problems there for Clinton may foreshadow difficulties in parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Any additional wins for Sanders, meanwhile, give him more standing to demand concessions from the party, in order to bring over his supporters even if he cannot secure the nomination. 
“The question now for a few weeks has been what does Sanders really want,” said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “While Clinton has pretty handily won this nomination she does need his voters. They’d have to give Sanders something that inspires his supporters for lack of a better word.”

The thing that wouldn't leave

Hillary is ready - for the general election.
One minor detail before she can totally focus on Trump.
Bernie Sanders.
Will he finally give in after the primaries end?
or is it on to the convention?
Liberals are counting on Sanders' followers joining Clinton for November.
Will they be enthusiastic?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When to get to the airport

For some airports, the TSA now recommends you get there three hours before your flights.
You might be better off walking.
What will they be saying around the holidays?
For a Thanksgiving week flight, arrive Halloween.
For Christmas week, the day after Thanksgiving. (although Thanksgiving afternoon is strongly suggested).

Thunderous upset

The NBA playoff games that start at 9 p.m. last past bedtime.
Who won Monday?
Check Dustbury.
Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 102.
Game 2 is day after tomorrow in Oakland. Cardiac patients should probably take precautions.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Courting trouble

Former supervisor David Karaffa tells some of the story behind Augusta County's drive for a new courthouse in Verona - instead of working with the historic old courthouse in downtown Staunton.
The county exhaustively has discussed this with the City of Staunton, an agreement cannot be made because all the options to staying downtown don’t meet all the needs, and the costs are way too high for the short amount of time that it could all be jury rigged (pun intended) to work in downtown Staunton.
The best option is to build a new courthouse in Verona. It will save a ton of money in the long run, be better access for the public, safer for the citizens with more secure transfer of prisoners, and consolidates services for Augusta County residents all in one place, and you don’t have to pay to park. Ah! That’s nice.

Sanders' Kollege of Financial Knowledge

Sad news about Burlington College today - it will have to shut its doors.
Too much debt.
Not enough fundraising.
Poor decisions in spending funds - buying too much land.
Who was college president when the poor decisions were made?
Bernie Sanders' wife.
And they did a poor job sharing the news of the closure.
Most students were shocked by the news, including (Michelle) Carbino, a Channel 3 intern who learned about the school's closing by our news team.
Will Bernie Sanders' learn from this?   

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Bill comes due

Hillary's campaign has an interesting way to look at Bill's presidency.
Did you like something?
My administration will be just like that.
Do you dislike something from the 1990s?
We were wrong then and will change.
It's likely nothing would go as she might wish.

Why no one cares

Andy Schmookler continues to look for ways to get the Senate Republicans to do something about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
But it appears no one cares.
Except liberal pundits.
Meanwhile, the Obama teams pushes out rules about transgender usage of rest rooms in public schools.
Does the public want to give more power to a group who thinks that's a good idea?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

19 trillion reasons to support Trump

What's a reason to support Trump that's barely mentioned?
The national debt.
It was around $10 trillion when George W. Bush left office, and now stands at $19 trillion and rising.
Who caused the debt to grow?
Trump or politicians?
You can harp upon Trump's four bankruptcies over the years.
Politicians would be saddled with multiple bankruptcies if they had to work under the rules of businessmen.
If politicians did a better job with our finances, people wouldn't be looking to Trump for help.

Facebook quote of the week

First he tells small business owners, "You didn't build it!" Now he tells anyone who has become a success -- in front of impressionable college grads, no less -- "You're lucky." Can I tell him, "You're an idiot"?

Recycling update

The cans went to the collection center this morning, and it's 40 cents per pound.
Looking up.