Saturday, June 25, 2016

Today in Euro 2016

Right now, Wales is playing Northern Ireland in the round of 16.
Who will leave?
Who will remain?

Saturday song

Start your morning off with a Jump.

Facebook quote of the week

Q. What did Britain say to the rest of Europe?
A. "See EU later!"

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit knowledge

Ace's overnight thread gives you plenty of British information, like why they still drive on the left side of the road.
Taking the left hand side in traffic is a habit that goes back hundreds of years, possibly as far as the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, but certainly to an era when people habitually carried swords when traveling. As around 85-90% of humans are right-handed, passing on the right-hand side would leave carriage and cart drivers more open to attack from people coming the other way. Knights with lances, squires with knives, peasants with pitchforks, everyone had to be ready for a dust-up at a moment’s notice, and that meant keeping to the left so you could get a good swing at your assailants. Granted, this did mean they were more vulnerable to be attacked from the pavement, but no system is entirely foolproof.

Brexit in Facebook terms

United Kingdom has changed its status to divorced.
European Union has changed its status to "It's complicated."

Weekend watchdog

In Omaha, the Meadowlands and France, tournament trophies are awaiting their winners.
There won't be a long wait.
The College World Series is down to its final four teams. The two brackets have contests Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 with Oklahoma State battling Arizona, and Coastal Carolina plays TCU Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
If necessary, bracket championship games will be Saturday. The bracket winners face off in a best-of-three final starting Monday at 8 p.m.
Copa America crowns its champion Sunday at 8 p.m. as Argentina faces Chile on FoxSports1.
Euro 2016 enters its round of 16 Saturday, as Switzerland faces Poland at 9 a.m. on ESPN. Wales faces Northern Ireland at noon, followed by Croatia-Portugal at 3 p.m.
There's three more games Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. as host France plays Ireland. Germany meets Slovakia at noon and it's Hungary-Belgium at 3 p.m.
The Orioles host Tampa Bay for the weekend on MASN, while the Nationals take on the Brewers on MASN2.
The Pirates take on the Dodgers on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday on ESPN at 8 p.m. Fox also offers Mets against the Braves and Astros-Royals. FoxSports1 has the Padres' contest with the Reds Saturday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR hits the road course at Sonoma Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar Road America Sunday at 1 p.m. There's practice Friday at noon.
NBC Sports network has the NHL draft Friday at 7 p.m.
Washington hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with coverage of the Quicken National Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, New York City takes on Seattle Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN and Portland plays Houston Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to Rio continues on NBC Sports network with swimming finals Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Canadian Football League season kicks off on ESPN2 Friday at 8:30 p.m., with Winnipeg hosting Montreal. It's Calgary against British Columbia Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Cleveland battles Jacksonville in Arena Football Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup challenge series Saturday at 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Follow the Clinton money

A mailer for Hillary Clinton arrived in the mail today.
She boasts how she didn't go to a big law firm to make big money out of law school, but instead decided to help children.
As Donald Trump reminded us, she made up for lost time in the last few years.
She talks about caring for children. We all know her love is money.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

If you don't like me, this is what you get

If you don't like Donald Trump, that's okay.
He let you know what you're getting if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fundraising vs. remote control

You hear the wailing about Donald Trump's lackluster fundraising.
How can he compete against Hillary's team and all their TV ads.
I've seen the start of a few Hillary commercials during the evening news.
I never see the end.
I grab the remote and change to another channel.
I may return to that station later.
Hillary and her team may be enriching TV stations, but are they reaching voters?
Or are voters reaching for their remotes as well?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Give baseball some style

Thanks to an April rainout, the Baltimore Orioles had to make a one-day trip to Texas Monday.
The travel from Baltimore must have gotten to announcer Jim Palmer. He began wondering why the umpires doesn't dance like Leslie Nielsen.
Palmer had a bit part in the film, and it obviously had an impact on him.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Open to persuasion

Scott Adams tries his hand again at using persuasive techniques to change the minds of people who dislike Donald Trump.
Including those who dislike his talk about banning Muslims.
For context, point out that Islam is unique among religions in that it includes an order from God that Muslims should overthrow any government that is not compatible with Islam. Moderate Muslims around the world ignore that part of the religion, but refugees are coming from places where it is considered mandatory.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hello, I must be going

Five days until the Brexit vote.
Will it be great or terrible for Great Britain?
In a column mentioning all the woes that come from a vote to leave, there's one with major reasons why leaving is a good idea.
For Europe, Britain’s departure would be like a first brick pulled from a flimsy wall. The union is already fragile. Its mismanagement of the eurozone debt crisis after the 2008 crash was followed by its mismanagement of the refugee crisis. No wonder a recent Pew Research Center poll showed plummeting approval ratings for the union in key European countries.
Reason to stay?
Hitler might rise again in Europe.
We'll see in a few days.

Saturday song

Breaking up to an upbeat song is definitely hard to do.

Facebook quote of the week

Dreamt of black cloud tornados. The entire dream I was looking for cover. Thankfully I found that long tube slide that dropped me in a parking garage.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Gun control squirrel

Democrats and the media have been chasing squirrels all week - gun control and gay rights are the lessons they want to push after the Orlando terror attack.
The killer was a registered Democrat. The source of his hatred was not the Christian Coalition but radical Islamism. He stated this motivation clearly during the shooting and for months prior. He reportedly also considered attacking that notorious gay hangout Disney World.When you're chasing the wrong squirrels, you're making the next attack easier to pull off.
Focus on radical islam, not those squirrels.

Weekend watchdog

The sports world has plenty to offer dads on Father's Day weekend.
Hopefully there will be very few ties.
The NBA Finals stands tied after six games, with the deciding matchup Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Golden State tries to repeat as champion and complete their record season, while Lebron and the Cavaliers hope to bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964.
Oakmont hosts the U.S. Open, with coverage continuing Friday at 8 a.m. on FoxSports1. Fox has primetime coverage at 5 p.m. Fox coverage on the weekend starts Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
The College World Series starts its run in Omaha Saturday, with Oklahoma State facing Cal-Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. on ESPN and Arizona-Miami at 8 p.m. Coastal Carolina battles Florida Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles face the Blue Jays for the weekend on MASN. The Nationals head west, facing the Padres in a four-game set on MASN2.
The Cubs host the Pirates on Fox Saturday at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Fox also offers Braves-Mets and Tigers against the Royals. The Rangers take on the Cardinals on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
Euro 2016 continues Friday as Italy tangles with Sweden at 8:30 a.m., followed by Czech Republic-Croatia at 11:30 a.m. and Spain meets Turkey at 2:30 p.m. Belgium battles Ireland Saturday at 8:30 a.m., with Iceland against Hungary at 11:30 a.m. and Portugal-Austria at 2:30 p.m.
Groups begin their third contests Sunday with France facing Switzerland Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN and Romania takes on Albania on ESPN2.
Copa America Centenario reaches the quarterfinals, with Colombia facing Peru Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Sporting Kansas City takes on Dallas Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 has Seattle against the Red Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR's Sprint Cup series takes Father's Day off, but the Xfinity series will run in Iowa Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Truck Series goes Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the European Grand Prix Sunday at 8:30 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 9 a.m. after practice Friday at 9 a.m.
In Arena Football, Philadelphia faces Arizona Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing Saturday at 4 p.m. from the High Point Nationals.
The road to Rio continues with the semifinals in Syncho Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's track and field from the Boston City Games Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stopping potential radical Islamic terrorists

Did Democrats pump up the volume on gun control once President Obama had to utter the phrase "radical Islam" on Tuesday?
If your gun control is focused on stopping potential radical Islamic terrorists from getting guns, more power to you.
If your gun control is against the gun, the machinery, ask yourself "Why?"
Some guns can protect against radical Islamic terrorists.
People don't want to die at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists.
Especially if they know how to protect themselves.

NRA - a well-regulated militia

Friends of gun control try to make "well-regulated militia" from the second amendment into only a state function.
Why can't the NRA be considered an independent "well-regulated militia."
Doesn't the state need all the help it can get?
They join together across state lines for the nation's welfare, but most gatherings are local.
They emphasize gun safety and NRA rules.
They aren't the people doing the shooting and killing at these recent attacks.
They want to protect themselves and their families.
The job of a well-regulated militia.

Prepare for more bad things

PJ Media's Jack Dunphy warns of future terrorists attacks - and how police will learn from Orlando.
Like the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, the Orlando shooting will be studied by law enforcement officers in a search for a more effective response. Recall that prior to Columbine, police tactics to address an “active shooter” had not been widely considered.  Officers responding to the school followed the standard protocol for barricaded suspects, which was to contain them and await the arrival of a SWAT team. Today, active-shooter protocols dictate that responding officers form teams of four or five and make entry as soon as possible, bypassing downed victims if necessary to seek out and neutralize the threat.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Coming attractions

Dustbury found someone who found Dory.
Hope the movie doesn't end like that.

Three hours

Would guns in the hands of patrons made a difference in Orlando?
Democrats say no.
It was dark and confusing.
People might get caught in the crossfire.
But it was three hours between the start of the siege and it's end.
How many people shot at 2 a.m. could have been saved if they got attention quicker?
Would fewer shots have been fired by the bad guy if a good guy with a gun was there?
It's like the parenting commercials.
You don't need to be a perfect shot.
You just need to be there.

Do you trust Trump?

Donald Trump sent out a tweet this morning, about meeting with the NRA about the no-fly and watch lists.
Did he say they should reverse their position?
He said he'd talk.
He spoke the magic words that liberals think will solve the problem.
Which it won't.
But he's open to the differing viewpoints - unlike President Obama.
Neither Obama nor Clinton could meet with the NRA on this issue.
If you don't trust Trump, it's a bad sign.
If you trust Trump, he's building his negotiating stance.

Don't let a crook off the hook

Diamond and Silk get the crowd fired up before the latest Trump rally.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Words bring focus

Donald Trump got his birthday present - President Obama finally said "radical Islam."
And what difference does it make?
If an Islamic man kills and you talk gun control instead, you're fighting an extra battle.
Instead of working together to fight the problem that's there, the battle about why the attack happened becomes the focus.
And it's more likely another attack will happen.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Well Dunn

Singer Ronnie Dunn wasn't impressed by President Obama's Sunday insights into the Orlando shooting.

On to Omaha

Virginia may not have advanced to defend its College World Series title.
But I have a new team to root for - Coastal Carolina.
Been a fan for 30 years - since it was the closest college to my newspaper job in Georgetown.
Let's go, Chants.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

If by we you mean yourself and Hillary

John Podhoretz pans the afternoon statement by President Obama.
Here again, and horribly, we have an unmistakable indication that Obama finds it astonishingly easy to divorce himself from a reality he doesn’t like — the reality of the Islamist terror war against the United States and how it is moving to our shores in the form of lone-wolf attacks.
He called it “terror,” which it is. But using the word “terror” without a limiting and defining adjective is like a doctor calling a disease “cancer” without making note of the affected area of the body — because if he doesn’t know where the cancer is and what form it takes, he cannot attack it effectively and seek to extirpate it.


There's so many more twists and turns to the Orlando shooting investigation.
The first 12 hours bring talk about gun control.
Time tells why that's not the answer.
And more things will be learned as more time passes.

Get your tickets, skipper

Sit right back and hear the tale of a three-game series.
The Bluefield Blue Jays will be honoring Bob Denver - TV's Gilligan - July 22-24.
Get your bobblehead Sunday, if you get there early.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Recycling update

Before heading to the beach, I made some cash turning in the aluminum cans.
Still 40 cents per pound.
Money already spent.