Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Looked at her and ran screaming

When you want to know how the Clintons deal with problems, you check with Dick Morris.
His latest column doesn't disappoint.
The attacks are rooted in nothing more than a list of dirty names they call the Vermont senator every day. Having found little in his record to attack, they have consulted the thesaurus to turn up ugly sounding accusations.
Sanders has a coherent, consistent and concise message: Incomes are stagnant because the economy is rigged by the top one-tenth of 1 percent that controls politics through massive campaign contributions.
Clinton has no competing message, just the charge that Sanders’s supporters are “sexist and vulgar.” Brock adds that one of Sanders’s ads was racist because it had too many white people in it.

EPA's plans up in smoke

The Supreme Court said "halt" to the Obama administration's plans to deal with climate change by EPA action.
A new front on the War on Coal, with the states getting a chance before rulings go too far.

The end for Hillary

When the results of the New Hampshire primary come out tonight, the worries of the Hillary Clinton campaign will show through.
How can she lose to Bernie Sanders?
What other bad news from the past will loom in her path?
Could she be the favorite yet again and lose yet again?
To Sanders?
What will be the big news topic of the next week?
Trump's bluster or Hillary's blunder?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Heading into Trump's arena

Whether you like or dislike Donald Trump, he's done an impressive job gaining support despite not doing Iowa and New Hampshire as they've always been done.
For decades, candidates visited several gatherings for months at a time.
Voters would get several opportunities to meet them, ask questions and figure if they deserve their support.
After Tuesday, the pace picks up.
It's time for news media and a few, well-placed gatherings as we go to South Carolina, Nevada and then the multitude of March primaries.
What Trump has done well since June becomes the way to woo potential voters.
You know he can plan and hold a rally.
And people will come to see him.
His vote total in New Hampshire may be below his polling numbers.
But he's headed for turf he knows well.

Is the kid ready yet

Cam Newton appeared in a NFL Play60 commercial earlier in his career.
This kid planned to take over from Newton.
Panthers fans want an update.

Enjoy the ad, annoy NARAL

Thanks to Doritos for making NARAL look really bad.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Not enjoying the show

Legal Insurrection follows NARAL's Twitter feed on Super Bowl commercials.
Hoping that no one listens to their whiny complaints.

I'd watch

Almost Super Bowl kickoff time.
To be ready, you must read this column.
Such great insights.

The quarterbacks.

Carolina’s Cam Newton is impossibly athletic and congenitally jubilant. He is known for celebratory dancing and for presenting the football to an adorable child after each touchdown. Naturally, sports pundits hate his guts. They bellyache about his “showboating” ways. This is yet another reason for Sportsnet executives to green-light my proposed reality show: Let’s Lock Some Sports Pundits in a Basement!

When will they greenlight this show?

You mean you can't trust McAuliffe?

Blue Virginia continues its whine about Governor McAuliffe's gun control action.
They thought McAuliffe was their ally, and now he's gone against them.
McAuliffe puts his interest ahead of theirs.
Is this a surprise?
Republicans could have told you this was coming.

Jeb's final countdown

The L.A. Times follows Jeb Bush around New Hampshire.
One line he doesn't use - "Are you still alive? I can hear you breathing."
Perhaps Bush's greatest political misfortune, though, is seeming like a voice of substance and seriousness at a time many in the GOP prefer more animal instincts.
Nothing seems to energize Bush more than a rigorous discussion of education policy, or his plan to revamp Social Security. But as Bush went on at length in Laconia, at a resort on Lake Winnipesaukee, the crowd of 125 or so sat mute, and the only sound was the whoosh of the ventilation system in a hotel function room.
The next day in Pittsfield, at a plant that makes clothing for firefighters, Bush's accompaniment was the hum of refrigerator cases in an employee break room. When he finished outlining a plan to reform the welfare system, he asked his questioner, a troubled single mother, what she thought of his response.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pay your bills, people

A high school in southwest Virginia, near where I used to work, got into the news when students with unpaid school lunch fees were denied lunch.
Only a few were supposed to be denied, but a miscommunication had more students going without lunch Thursday.
The story notes $4,555 is owed for past lunches.
That's a lot of money for a small school.
I doubt this was suddenly dropped on the students with the highest bills.
They probably had months of letters and notes reminding them to catch up.
And each year when school starts, they get applications for free and reduced lunch program.
How do you get non-payers to pay?
The principal probably should have been in the cafeteria at lunchtime to make sure things were done correctly.
You can get mad at the principal and her bosses, but they were trying to solve a tough problem.
Do you have any better ideas?

Getting ready for the big game

Powerline gives advice on picking a Super Bowl winner.

Saturday song

Campaign season is a perfect time for this O'Jays hit.

Facebook quote of the week

Alright fine. I'm up. Where's the coffee?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Trump's concession speech

What happens if Donald Trump's campaign doesn't bounce back after New Hampshire?
What happens the day he realizes he won't win the nomination?
What will he say?
Something like this.

I'm still rich.
And I'd better not see any of you politicians in my office, asking for money.

A fine San Francisco whine

It's Super Bowl weekend.
The trendy thing in San Francisco is to complain about the game being in their city.
Friends who live in the city grumble about the traffic caused by the “Stupid Bowl.” North Bay residents are angry about the whole Santa Clara 49ers business. Others abhor the corporate stink—the omnipresent Super Bowl branding—and outsized impact, which extends from road closures to hidden costs to the police escort that accompanied a media bus to San Jose on Monday, slowing the midtown commute.
Shut up and let us enjoy our game.
It will probably be a long while until it's back in your area, anyway.

Primary focus

When making the school calendar, Augusta County forgot to factor in the primary election March 1.
It was scheduled for a school day.
Not now, but the planned holiday Feb. 15 will now be a school day.
Unless it snows.

Weekend watchdog

It's Peyton against Cam.
In a year without Roman numerals.
Super Bowl 50 dominates the sports weekend as usual, with hours of hype leading up to kickoff around 6:30 p.m.
It's a day of game, food, and all those cool commercials.
Peyton Manning will be looking to tie his brother Eli with two Super Bowl championships, and to bring home a title to Denver after several years of close calls.
Cam Newton has two things Manning doesn't - a Heisman Trophy and college national championship title - but will be trying for his first Super Bowl victory. The Panthers reached the big game once before, losing to New England XII years ago.
The NFL Honors Awards will be distributed Saturday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
The Hawks take on the Pacers Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and it's a Texas battle between San Antonio and Dallas at 9:30 p.m. The Thunder meet the Warriors Saturday at 9 p.m.
ABC has the Heat and Clippers Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Wizards host the 76ers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and visit Charlotte Saturday at 7 p.m. \
Columbia clashes with Yale Friday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1.
On MASN, Penn plays Dartmouth Friday at 6 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State on CBS Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by Florida-Kentucky. Fox features Arizona and Washington Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Virginia hosts Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on the ACC network, along with Boston College-Louisville.
ESPN starts its day Saturday at noon when TCU takes on Kansas. Duke faces North Carolina State at 2 p.m., followed by Purdue-Maryland. The Gameday crew catches North Carolina against Notre Dame at 7 p.m.
There's seven games on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon when Cincinnati meets Memphis. It's Iowa State-Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., then Stanford faces California and Mississippi State battles LSU at 6 p.m. West Virginia hosts Baylor before Illinois State takes on Wichita State at 10 p.m. At midnight, it's Gonzaga against Pepperdine.
Oregon battles Utah at 4 p.m. Sunday.
FoxSports1 has Marquette-Xavier Saturday at noon, followed by Villanova against Providence. Western Kentucky takes on UTEP at 5 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Clemson Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast and it's Hofstra-James Madison Sunday at 3 p.m.
Davidson takes on Duquesne Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Delaware duels with William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. It's St. Louis against St. Bonaventure Sunday at 2 p.m.
MASN starts Saturday's action at noon with Coastal Carolina's visit to Radford, then Marshall meets Texas-San Antonio. There's a pair of Atlantic 10 matchups - Dayton against George Mason at 6 p.m. and Rhode Island-LaSalle at 8 p.m. - before Missouri-Kansas City takes on Seattle at 10 p.m. Southeast Missouri battles Eastern Illinois on MASN2 Saturday at noon, followed by DePaul-Creighton. It's Butler against St. John's at 4:30 p.m. On the women's court, Tennessee takes on Texas A&M Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN. Duke duels with Miami on Comcast Sunday at 1 p.m. Providence meets Xavier Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it's St. John's-Seton Hall Sunday at 1:30 p.m. MASN has Princeton-Harvard Sunday at noon followed by St. Joseph's facing George Mason. Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on MASN2.
The Capitals take on New Jersey Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast and have their Super Bowl Sunday contest against the Flyers on NBC at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, Lake Superior State heads to Michigan Tech on MASN Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the PGA's Phoenix Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Manchester City meets Leicester City Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur-Watford. Bournemouth battles Arsenal Sunday at 8:40 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Manchester United at 10:55 a.m.
There's an international friendly between the United States and Canada Friday at 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Visit Bernie's Bank and Trust

The Democrats are talking.
Glad there are other people watching. Not me.
But Bernie Sanders' riff on banking leaves the question.
If you break up the big banks, what happens?
Will you need a Bernie's Bank and Trust in every city?
Banks grew bigger thanks to government intervention as well as the market.
When one bank saw a bigger bank was doing better, it wanted to be bigger too.
And looked for partners to join up.
Being bigger spreads out the costs of government mandates, and makes them easier to handle. A five-bank company can't afford the regulation Sanders would bring down on them.
I'm not a big bank person - love my local credit union. But I don't travel enough where it's helpful to have a branch of my local bank a 1,000 miles away.
You can blame the banks for being greedy. But break them up and there will be untold new ways Bernie's Bank and Trust (and their new friends) will make life tough for the public.

Backstage at the Democratic debate

Do you want your kids to be interested in politics?
But how can they relate to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. They haven't been kids for over 50 years.
Fortunately, SpongeBob has some older friends your kids may know.

Socialism lost already

DaTech Guy looks at the Democratic side and wonders - why doesn't Hillary link Bernie Sanders with the defeated Soviet Union.
Bernie honeymooned in the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
The socialist paradise fell apart in the 1980s.
Unfortunately, Bernie's fans don't remember the end of the Soviet Union.
Shouldn't Hillary remind them?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trump's religious revival

Thanks to Donald Trump, the country will be much more religious this year.
So many are praying that he isn't elected president.

Let Carly speak

The Republicans have another debate Saturday.
Will they allow Carly Fiorina in?
Now we're down to eight candidates (nine if you count Jim Gilmore, which few do).
There will probably be fewer candidates after New Hampshire. Carly will be hanging on then, so let her speak this week.

Bernie, be more like Trump

Andy Schmookler likes Bernie Sanders.
But he wants Bernie to be more aggressive now.
Kinda like Donald Trump.
You don’t have to be president yet to start the process, because the powers required for leading a political revolution are not those granted the presidency by the Constitution. The “bully pulpit” is not in the Constitution. But, as Donald Trump has demonstrated, a presidential candidate can have a pulpit that’s bully enough to change the national conversation.Your job is to find the rhetorical strategy -- appropriate for your values and your political goals – to accomplish that.
The question for Bernie fans is - can he meet your expectations?
He talks a big fight - but can he do anything with it?
He's had chances in debates with Hillary Clinton - but backed away from the attacks any normal politicians would jump on.
He excites his fans - but will they be left unfulfilled again?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cursive, foiled again

It's the birthday for the youngest. Number 15.
My mom sent a birthday card, including a hand-written note. In the cursive writing she learned so many years ago.
He looked at it and said he couldn't read it.
They don't teach much cursive writing in schools these days. He learned cursive back in second grade, but there's not much need for cursive now in middle and high school.
Everybody types on their computers or phones.
The reasons for using cursive have diminished with new technology.
My mom also knows shorthand. You needed that to be an office worker in the 50s.
Not anymore.
Some teachers are putting up a fight to save cursive.
But the handwriting is on the wall - not much need for handwriting in our world.

Don't bury Trump yet

It's amazing that one loss can have pundits getting ready to bury Donald Trump's campaign.
If a guy's company can go through bankruptcy four times, don't you think he knows how to bounce back?
Scott Brown endorsed him today.
Who will be next on the Trump bandwagon?

On to New Hampshire

Two Democrats head to New Hampshire.
Three Republicans head there, with several others making their last week on the campaign trail.
Who drops and where the supporters go with determine the Republican race.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Check the desk

Want results?
Decision Desk has the numbers.

Mondayiest of months

Thanks to Leap Year, we will have five Mondays in February this year.
First time since 1988.
Next one will be 2044.
If you dislike Mondays, this is not your month.

Happy Trump day

For months, we've been waiting for this day.
Can Donald Trump turn his poll numbers into actual votes?
Is his lead just hot air?
By tomorrow morning, we'll have a much better idea.
Then it's time to reevaluate.