Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekend watchdog

150px-SEC_new_logoThere's four berths in the new college football playoff.
And three teams in the SEC West in the top four this week, vying for a playoff spot.
The real college playoffs begin Saturday, when No. 4 Mississippi seeks to bounce back from its' first loss as No. 3 Auburn comes to town. Kickoff is 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Top-ranked Mississippi State takes on Arkansas on ESPN2 at 7:15 p.m. Alabama, ranked sixth in the first poll that will determine the January 1 semifinal matchups, has the weekend off before a big contest with LSU next week.
The top four contenders already have big plans for Thanksgiving weekend. Mississippi and Mississippi State will tangle in the Egg Bowl while Auburn-Alabama try to top last year's Iron Bowl.
The college weekend continues Friday as Tulane takes on Cincinnati at 8 p.m.
The Service Academies star in CBS's triple-header Saturday. Army hosts Air Force at 11:30 a.m., and Navy faces Notre Dame at FedEx Field at 8 p.m. In between, Florida and Georgia battle at 3:30 p.m. in Jacksonville.
ABC brings the Big 12 battle between TCU and West Virginia or Purdue-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m., with the game not seen over-the-air in your area on ESPN2. In primetime, it's Oklahoma State-Kansas State or Illinois facing Ohio State.
Fifth-ranked Oregon faces Stanford on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to bounce back at home, facing Boston College at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Other areas will see North Carolina-Miami.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin visits Rutgers. Arizona travels to UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland makes its first Big Ten trip to Penn State at noon on ESPN2 and the night ends at 10:45 p.m. with Wyoming-Fresno State.
Oklahoma State battles Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, then Kansas visits Baylor at 4 p.m. Action continues from the Big 12 at 7:30 p.m. when Texas takes on Texas Tech, then it's off to the west coast at 11 p.m. for Utah against Arizona State.
Comcast starts its day at noon with Villanova against Richmond, then North Carolina State visits Syracuse at 3:30 p.m.
NBC gets to show the AFC North battle between the Ravens and Steelers Sunday at 8:20 p.m., and the Colts meet the New York Giants on ESPN Monday at 8:20 p.m.
The Redskins head to Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, while CBS shows Chargers against Dolphins at 1 p.m. and the Broncos-Patriots at 4:25 p.m.
It's the first week of the NBA regular season - 82 games until the real action of the playoffs in April.  ESPN has LeBron James and the Cavaliers' trip to Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. and Clippers-Lakers in the nightcap.
The Wizards have their home opener Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Bucks on Comcast.
NASCAR heads to Texas this weekend. The flag drops on the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The Formula One racers will also be in Texas, with the race Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. There's qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m. and NBC Sports network has the practice Friday at 3 p.m.
For another kind of horsepower, NBC has the Breeders' Cup Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Capitals host the Coyotes Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The Islanders visit San Jose on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
Notre Dame takes on Vermont Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS playoffs continues Sunday at 9 a.m. as Seattle hosts Dallas in the Western Conference semifinals.
Liverpool faces Newcastle United at 8:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Queens Park Rangers. Sunday's action starts with Manchester City battling Manchester United at 8:30 a.m., then Aston Villa takes on Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Clemson hosts North Carolina State Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Miami meets North Carolina State in women's volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 shows the New York City marathon Sunday at 9 a.m.

The last roundup

It's the final Ten Buck Friday before Election Day.
We've presented eight fine Republican candidates to support with our time and efforts.
And cash.

Scott Brown - New Hampshire

Cory Gardner - Colorado

Bill Cassidy - Louisiana 

Thom Tillis - North Carolina 

Tom Cotton - Arkansas 

Joni Ernst - Iowa

David Perdue - Georgia

Dan Sullivan - Alaska

All eight can be celebrating Election Night.
And we will be celebrating with them.
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Running on empty

How do you know Tuesday is going to be rough on Democrats?
They are already spinning their losses.
But will they blame their captain for crashing their ships?
This year's midterms are shaping up to be a referendum on President Obama's management, giving anxious voters an opportunity to express their frustration about everything from the president's handling of health care, growing terrorism threats, an Ebola scare, and a broken immigration system, among others. It's far from an election about nothing. Democrats should have recognized that the president was falling out of favor with the public and inoculated themselves a long time ago. Instead, many bought the White House's spin, and are at risk of going down with a sinking ship.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Homer ties it up

Homer Hickam shows the Coalwood Way to smack down the Obama team.

You'll snicker

A great cartoon by Branco.

Obama Ebola volunteers

The United States sends doctors, nurses and soldiers to help West Africa deal with Ebola.
Then bureaucrats set rules that make the life of volunteers harder.
Who wants to be quarantined for 21 days before Thanksgiving or Christmas?
Fortunately, there's a batch of Americans who will have free time on their hands starting next week.
Organizing for America members.
Democratic Party volunteers.
Let's send a bunch of them to Liberia and other countries where needed.
They won't want to talk with other Americans for the next month or two anyway.

Undocumented in Charlottesville

Mark Steyn's book tour appearances includes Charlottesville Wednesday, with an appearance on the Schilling Show scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Six and time to celebrate

This blog started in 2008, in the depths of despair before the start of the Obama presidency.
Looks like the sixth blogaversary comes at a much better political time.
Which means the next two years will be so much better.

Bibi and babies

The Atlantic posted an article today on how poorly the Obama team views Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu.
It didn't take long for the babies to get spanked.
Good thing for Israel that Netanyahu's friends look likely be stronger in Washington after Tuesday's Election Day.

Is it time for Nick Joe to go?

Will the 20th congressional campaign for Nick Joe Rahall be his last?
The coalfields don't love the coal job killing agenda of Obama's EPA. Being a Democrat, Rahall has trouble hiding from the connection.
In a debate last week, Mr. Rahall boasted of “standing up to my party to stop the overreaching, overzealous, job-killing E.P.A. agenda.”
It is a tough argument to win, however, given the president’s desire to leave an environmental legacy of lower carbon emissions from power plants, as proposed by the E.P.A. this year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

I approve this Hail to the Redskins

Lynn Mitchell approves of the new Ed Gillespie campaign ad.
In a smack-down to Senator Mark Warner’s rubber-stamping of  almost 100% of the Democratic agenda, it pointed out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill to force the Redskins to change the name of their team, and Senator Warner’s refusal when twice asked to say whether he supports the bill or not.
Changing Senators is more important than changing a team name.

Farewell, Mrs. Kotter

Welcome Back Kotter reached the airwaves just as I reached to high school age.
It was always enjoyable to see Gabe open with a joke told to his TV wife, Marcia Strassman, who passed away Monday.

Get that boat outta there

There was a planned rocket launch from Wallops Island Monday.
It was all over the news.
Except some boat captain didn't get the message.
Let's look east again tomorrow.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

31 days until Thanksgiving

Ace of Spades' food blogger gives you the essentials for Thanksgiving dinner.
What about vegetables?
One of them. Nobody likes vegetables anyway, and if you say you do you are lying, or trying to get laid.

I believe my family

My church has been using Andy Griffith show to illustrate sermons this fall.
Today, the pastor remembered the episode about Mr. McBeevee from 1962.
Eventually, Andy believed Opie's story because he knew his son.
Like those who believe in Jesus believe due to their vast cloud of witnesses who went before them.

What Joni did right

The Atlantic looks at Democratic woes in Iowa, instead of how Joni Ernst surprised the pundits.
Braley's opponent, state Senator Joni Ernst, has led in five straight public polls, by an average of 2.5 percentage points. His fellow Democratic candidates can relate. In past election years, Democrats have been able to rely on Republicans squandering opportunities thanks to infighting, inept candidates, and campaign missteps. But this year, it is Democrats who have made the mistakes, while the GOP has produced compelling, relatively gaffe-free candidates and unified around them. The national mood continues to darken, and Obama’s approval ratings continue to slide, dragging down Democrats everywhere. And Braley is—for the moment at least—losing to a woman who’s served a single term in the Iowa legislature and who was virtually unknown until a few months ago.
She's known now.
She'll be known in Washington in 2015.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Relying on fear

The Democrats' email from President Obama this week shows they are in trouble.
It starts "I don't want to scare you."
President Hope now has to depend on fear.
Why is that a problem for Democrats?
I'll let President Snow explain why.

Ebola makes you sick

In New York, Ebola is making people sick very quickly.
One doctor becomes a patient, and hospital staff don't feel very well.
Perhaps only Democrats and government bureaucrats should be treating Ebola victims right now.

Saturday song

There's wouldn't be a Saturday song feature if there wasn't somebody to write the songs.

Big game Hunter

Want the best take on Vice President Biden's son?
Michelle Malkin tells the tawdry tale of big money going to someone due to his dad's position.
The youngest son of Vice President Joe Biden made news last week after The Wall Street Journal revealed he had been booted from the Navy Reserve for cocaine use. His drug abuse was certainly no surprise to the Navy, which issued him a waiver for a previous drug offense before commissioning him as a public affairs officer at the age of 43. The Navy also bent over backward a second time with an age waiver so he could secure the cushy part-time job.
Papa Biden loves to tout his middle-class, “Average Joe” credentials. But rest assured, if his son had been “Hunter Smith” or “Hunter Jones” or “Hunter Brown,” the Navy’s extraordinary dispensations would be all but unattainable. Oh, and if he had been “Hunter Palin,” The New York Times would be on its 50th front-page investigative report by now.

Follow the Clinton's campaign stops

How bad might things be for Democrats in 2014?
DaTech Guy looks out his window and projects.
All the empirical evidence screams Big Red Wave but I think a lot of conservatives like me were burned in 2012 and are gunshy about publicly saying it too loud, but when you have democrats using Both Clintons, Both Obamas and Biden in MASSACHUSETTS with under 20 days to go, you’re in trouble.

Facebook quote of the week

Was having an annoying day, but a nap makes everything aaaaall better.

Friday, October 24, 2014

More Democratic woes

Nice to see Blue Virginia talking about Democratic excuses for the party's coming losses.
You don't talk about reasons you lost unless you think it's extremely likely you're going to be losing plenty of races Election Day.

Don't take this race for granted

The Ten Buck Friday crew eyes New Hampshire this week, where Scott Brown seeks a return to the Senate.
And a return of Harry Reid and Democrats to minority status.
We're riding the wave to victory in 2014.

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Weekend watchdog

A wild World Series heads to the west coast this weekend.
Wild cards Kansas City and San Francisco continue the Fall Classic from McCovey Cove Friday on Fox at 8 p.m. The teams split the first two games in Kansas City.
world series 2014Eight played a big part for both teams entering the series. The Royals won their first eight games this postseason, while the Giants have won eight straight postseason series - including the World Series in 2010 and 2012.
Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m. If necessary, the series returns to Kansas City Tuesday and Wednesday.
How about those Cowboys? The Redskins will find out Monday night, when they visit the division leaders on ESPN.
There's breakfast-time football this Sunday, as the Lions meet the Falcons in London on Fox at 9:30 a.m. Most of Virginia will catch the 4 p.m. game between the Eagles and Cardinals, while the Fishersville area is scheduled to get Bears-Patriots.
The AFC North leading Ravens take on the Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by Colts-Steelers. NBC shows the Packers and Saints Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Cincinnati hosts South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and BYU battles Boise State at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Oregon travels to California at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia looks to bounce back against North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Top-ranked Mississippi State heads to Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ABC spends the day in the Big Ten, with Michigan-Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. followed by Ohio State visiting Penn State at 8 p.m.
Fox offers Texas Tech against TCU at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Conference USA matchup between Marshall and Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. and a top-20 contest in the Pac-12 with USC against Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when Texas travels to Kansas State, then West Virginia takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. Primetime starts at 7:15 p.m. with Mississippi-LSU before Arizona State and Washington close out the night at 10:45 p.m.
Rutgers meets Nebraska at noon on ESPN2 and Oregon State faces Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Alabama meets Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has a pair of contests, with Maine-Rhode Island at noon before Charleston Southern meets Coastal Carolina. Rice faces North Texas at noon on MASN2.
Delaware takes on William & Mary on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR is down to its final four races, with only eight contenders left for the championship. Martinsville hosts this week's race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. The truck series takes the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Capitals continue their west coast swing, meeting Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. and Vancouver Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Niagara Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the women's World Cup in Canada next year continues on FoxSports1, as the United States meets Mexico in the semifinals of CONCACAF Friday at 7:30 p.m. The championship match will be Sunday at 6 p.m., after the third place contest at 3 p.m.
NBC brings Leicester-Swansea Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Manchester United plays Chelsea Sunday at noon. NBC Sports network starts its Premier League action Saturday at 7:45 a.m. when West Ham United meets Manchester City. Sunderland plays Arsenal at 10 a.m. and Everton takes on Burnley Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Seattle tangles with the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Houston clashes with Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia faces Wake Forest in men's soccer on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina hosts Florida State in women's soccer Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In women's volleyball, Syracuse meets Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. Nebraska and Wisconsin clash on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast shows the Marine Corps marathon Sunday at 7 a.m.

Pass the Buck Friday

While waiting word on which candidate gets featured for Ten Buck Friday this week, I need to check out Democratic Pass the Buck Friday.
If background quotes were votes, they'd be in much better shape.
Democrats also privately gripe that the administration's response to Ebola was too slow, playing directly into a Republican narrative of  Democratic mismanagement. In August, the president's decision to issue a statement about the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic militants and then head directly to a golf game was viewed as tone deaf, at best, an assessment shared by the president himself.
But Democrats' biggest outrage stems from a speech Obama gave earlier this month, when a remark that his “policies are on the ballot” turned an economic speech into a potent attack ad. The remark was pre-scripted, further enraging campaign strategists when they learned it was not a spontaneous gaffe. Even friends couldn't defend the comment. “I wouldn't put that line there,” acknowledged the president's campaign guru, David Axelrod, on NBC's “Meet The Press,” calling it a “mistake.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to keep progressives agitated

Inside Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office -
Staffer: I know the best way to boost your presidential hopes.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Change your answer, ever so slightly.

Spreading blog friendship

I Own the World touts those blogs that have linked them recently.
Time to join the fun.
Their blog has been on my sidebar since January 2011.

Meet Marlins man

Orioles fans were annoyed to see a guy with a Marlins shirt in a prime location behind home plate at Kansas City last week.
Now Kansas City fans are annoyed.
Especially since he's probably bought the same seats for games 6 and 7.
Hopefully he'll wash his sweatshirt before then.

Beginning institutional repair

George Will looks forward to 2015, with Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader.
“An executive order can’t [create consensus]. The fiat of a nine-person court can’t do it. A raucous and precarious partisan majority in the House can’t do it. The only institution that can make stable and enduring laws is the one we have in which all 50 states are represented equally, and where every single senator has a say in the laws that we pass.”