Saturday, February 28, 2015

Time for winter to leave

Just a few hours left in February.
One of the coldest and snowiest in many areas of the East and Midwest.
Anybody heard from the global warming crowd lately?
Definitely not hearing from these robins.

Think beach

Tired of freezing February temperatures?
It's now less than 90 days until Memorial Day.
You can start thinking about your beach plans.
It will be warm soon.

Facebook quote of the week

Just moved a book off the desk to make room for my phone and maybe that one action just symbolized everything that's going wrong with us.

Bird in the hand worth two in the bush

I enjoy reading reasons why we shouldn't develop fossil fuels.
We have resources in the ground.
They work with our current infrastructure.
But that doesn't persuade this group.
Solar and wind are the answer - they just need time and government money.
Sure, gas and oil are a bird in your hand.
They offer two in the bush.
Which might make life easier.
Or fly away and leave you empty handed.

Saturday song

Another Reddy for Hillary songs, with Angie Baby telling the radio good night.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tiny Spock, help

The passing of Leonard Nimoy reminds me of his appearance - voicing a Spock toy - on The Big Bang Theory.

Dump on the hill

C-Ville revisits the sad story of the buildings atop Afton Mountain.
The owner has plenty of property in Augusta and Nelson counties.
Perhaps Dominion can link his properties with their new pipeline.
A gas pipeline would be an improvement over the Afton properties.

Weekend watchdog

In many of the past 15 years, you never knew when Virginia would play its last home basketball game.
They might make the NCAA tournament, but it was more likely an NIT or other college tournament bid that kept the arena going into March. The scheduled regular season finale wasn't going to be the final home contest.
Not this year.
When the Hokies visit Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network, it will be the last chance for local fans to see the Cavaliers in action. The second-ranked team closes the regular season with two road games, then it's time to defend their ACC tournament championship in Greensboro.
The third week of March will be played at an NCAA tournament venue to be determined, not John Paul Jones Arena.
In other ACC action, Georgia Tech takes on Clemson Saturday at noon.
Iona takes on Manhattan on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
CBS gets ready for the NCAA tournament with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown faces St. John's at noon, then North Carolina visits Miami and top-ranked Kentucky battles Arkansas. Sunday's action starts at 2 p.m. when SMU meets Connecticut, then Michigan State plays Wisconsin.
Villanova visits Xavier on Fox Saturday at 2 p.m.
Maryland meets Michigan Saturday at noon on ESPN, followed by Northern Iowa taking on Wichita State. Texas tangles with Kansas at 5 p.m., then Syracuse heads to Duke and Arizona battles Utah at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has 14 straight hours of action, starting at noon with Louisville-Florida State. Dayton visits VCU at 2 p.m. and it's Iowa State-Kansas State followed by Tennessee taking on Florida. The final three games are out west, with Boise State going to San Diego State at 8 p.m. BYU battles Gonzaga then UC Irvine goes against UC Santa Barbara at midnight.
Marquette meets Providence on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. It's off to the Pac-12 at 7 p.m. for Oregon-Stanford, then Washington State battles UCLA.
On Comcast, North Carolina State faces Boston College Saturday at noon, followed by a pair of CAA matchups - Drexel against William & Mary at 2 p.m. before Hofstra heads to James Madison.
Rhode Island meets LaSalle Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Columbia clashes with Dartmouth Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN. UNC-Asheville meets Liberty Saturday at 3 p.m. and there's Atlantic 10 action between George Mason and Saint Louis at 7 p.m.
George Washington duels with Davidson Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
On the women's hardcourt, Texas takes on West Virginia on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. North Carolina battles Duke at 3 p.m. before South Carolina faces Kentucky.
FoxSports1 brings Providence against Villanova Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Louisville on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Florida State facing Miami.
Baylor battles Iowa State Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN2. Southern Miss faces UTEP Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Heat visit New Orleans on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Oklahoma City-Portland as the nightcap. The Thunder tangle with the Lakers Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest with the Pistons Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Clippers meet the Bulls Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, followed by the Cavaliers against the Rockets.
NASCAR heads to Atlanta Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2 p.m., then the trucks take to the track at 5:30 p.m.
NBC brings NHL action to prime time, with the Rangers meeting the Flyers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals visit Carolina Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and host Toronto Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Ducks take on the Stars Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Notre Dame faces Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour moves to Florida and NBC this weekend, with the Honda Classic on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
West Ham United faces Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Manchester United against Sunderland at 10 a.m. It's Liverpool-Manchester City Sunday at 7 a.m. before Everton takes on Arsenal at 9 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the U.S. Indoor track and field championships Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Freeskiing from the United States Grand Prix will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

We're going to build it. Will you come?

President Obama vetoed the bill from Congress to get the Keystone XL pipeline built now.
Jim Webb isn't impressed.
But after six years of waiting, two more isn't too long.
We're going to build it.
No matter your protests.
How long until liberals come along?

Nightmare side of the Dream act

Powerline highlights the video of a father whose won was killed by an illegal immigrant - one the government had in custody and released.

Was the money for nothing?

The Clintons sure love money.
Powerline notes the Washington Post checking into their latest fundraising.
Accepting donations to a family foundation from foreign governments while serving as Secretary of State represents extraordinarily bad judgment. Sure, most of the money went to bona fide charitable causes. But there are any number of ways to donate to, say, earthquake or flood relief. Does anyone seriously think that a foreign government would choose the Clinton Foundation as its preferred charitable vehicle unless it sought to curry favor with a) a former president and still leading figure in the Democratic Party, b) the Secretary of State, and c) a possible future president? How dumb do the Clintons think we are?
Will there be questions raised about the cash as the campaign heats up?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Big news from the little guys

2015 will be the big year for exploring Ceres and Pluto - our solar system's dwarf planets.
Never before visited by human spacecraft, Ceres and Pluto, as we will soon bear witness, are both evolving, changing worlds. Yesterday, Ceres and Pluto were strangers, distant, barely known runt members of our solar system. By the end of this calendar year, however, we will have showered both objects with our passion and our attention, we will have welcomed them both into our embrace. And we almost certainly will once again call both of them planets.

Hoo is stalking him?

Ray Stevens has a new album coming out - including an ode to Taylor Swift.
If Swift could sing about Tim McGraw, why can't Stevens sing about her?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lessons from 1880

The Weekly Standard gives Jeb Bush some bad news from 1880.
Being the establishment guy doesn't mean you'll be the ultimate guy.
The 1880 campaign has been mostly forgotten, but the nomination that year was really a watershed in the young GOP’s history. Ulysses S. Grant had been out of the White House for four years by that point, and the ensuing time had been hard for the professional political class. Nowadays, when we think of the GOP “professional class” we imagine the mega-donors, strategists, consultants, and lobbyists -- all of whom draw a living off Republican politics in some manner or another. Back then, the professional class hailed from the political machines in states like Pennsylvania and New York. These were the bosses, lieutenants, and various campaign workers who depended on federal patronage, mostly through government jobs like the post offices and customs houses.
Bush offers the professional class a chance to make cash.
What does he offer the rest of the party?

You are....a loser

If you enjoy Keith Olbermann on TV, you'll be missing him the rest of the week.
He got into a Twitter battle about Penn State.
Insulting the school - which just raised 13 million dollars for cancer research this weekend - didn't go over well.
You are
not very smart

More fun for managers

Via Instapundit, FuturePundit looks at a major impact on robots - making life easier for managers.
Suppose you manage low skilled and low productivity workers. Suppose they aren’t very conscientious. What is your day going to be like? Kinda like someone running around plugging new holes that spout in dikes. Will you like your job? For most people the answer is going to be “No!”. So automate the jobs and stop dealing with people who are a hassle to deal with.
Be nice to your manager.
So they don't think they need to replace you.

Yes. Next question

Breitbart asks a question many must answer yes to - “Do you now or have you ever held a negative personal opinion of President Barack Obama?”
Yes, I think he's a lousy president.
Next question.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Free from the union burden

Union leaders hate Scott Walker.
The numbers tell why.
Union officials declined to release precise membership data but confirmed in interviews that enrollment is dramatically lower since the new law was signed in 2011.
The state branch of the National Education Association, once 100,000 strong, has seen its membership drop by a third. The American Federation of Teachers, which organized in the college system, saw a 50 percent decline. The 70,000-person membership in the state employees union has fallen by 70 percent.
Walker's reforms didn't make it illegal to join unions.
He just removed their ability to have dues taken from employees paychecks automatically.
When given a choice, former union members decided to keep their money instead of giving it to the union.

Walking to the White House

The Federalist offers a thank you to the left - for building Scott Walker into a potent Republican candidate.
Had the Democrats not targeted Walker with a recall, that massive fundraiser network, the national profile, the party unity, and his highly developed get-out-the-vote team almost certainly wouldn’t exist. He may have still won re-election, but he would be just another Midwestern Republican governor who enacted reforms and faced push-back, not the conservative folk hero of a party longing for a win.

Does ISIS watch the Oscars?

Last night's Academy Awards fills the news.
Who won.
Who wore what.
The political speeches and concerns.
If ISIS watches this, what do they think?
Does this show help their recruiting - showing Muslims how different their concerns are with this part of America.

Defending themselves

Rudy Giuliani did the country a favor - reminding us how liberals and the media hate any criticism of President Obama.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The real Oscar winner

Why watch the Oscars, when the best movie of the year wasn't represented?
Good thing the guys from the Lego movie know how to make cool statues.

Come with me if you want to live

Just over a week until Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to Congress.
His message will be simple.
If we want to live, we must do something.
Not depend on the Obama administration's negotiations.

Happy Hockey Day

NBC has a team at Lake Placid for its annual "Hockey Day in America" promotion.
They visited the locker room used by the United States team before the win over the Soviets.
Reminds me of the Herb Brooks speech.
Go out there and take it.

When to take a break from shoveling

Fishersville is digging out from about a foot of snow Saturday.
Temperatures in the 40s are helping.
But when I looked into the backyard and saw buzzards sitting high in a tree beyond the tree, I took the sign to go inside for a while.

Fresh paint on an old house

If you think your job is tough, at least you aren't trying to rebrand Hillary Clinton's image before the coming campaign.
The most sensible view expressed in the Post’s story is that of Republican advertising “guru” Fred Davis. He says that if Clinton’s re-branding “seems like a craven attempt to try to put fresh paint on an old house, then it will backfire.”
I don’t see how yet another attempt to re-invent Clinton at this late date could seem other than craven. With an old war horse candidate, “what you see is what you get” might be the best marketing approach. It’s telling that Team Clinton rejects this approach. You’ll get something better than what you’ve seen is their pitch.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It worked for him

Hot Air shares the story of a North Carolina blogger who won the right to tell his story.
Talking about changing your diet to feel better doesn't make you a dispenser of unauthorized medical advice.
Celebrate the warrior's victory.

Let it warm - save government budgets

If you don't like global warming and want you stop burning fossil fuels, don't you realize what you're doing to government budgets?
All this snow plowing means government budget troubles.
Less money available for your priorities.
If you want government to spend more for your people, let the coal burn.

Get off my cyber lawn

Chris Graham laments the loud, unhappy voices that fill the internet today.
What do you think?
Flame away.

Saturday song

Reddy for Hillary month continues with another campaign theme song "You and me against the World."