Sunday, August 28, 2016

Most amazing thing about the weekend

What did we learn this weekend?
Everyone has an opinion about the 49ers backup quarterback.

Does he know the third verse?

There's an interesting defense of Colin Kaepernick bubbling up - the third stanza is racist.
The anthem was written a few weeks after a group of freed slaves joined the British in beating the American army around Washington.
Thus, the third stanza discusses the triumph of American soldiers over those freed slaves.
Nice thought.
Does Kaepernick know that's in the anthem?
Digging up racism in the life of Francis Scott Key may make you feel better, but it really has nothing to do with Kaepernick.
Or the reaction.

Tracking slipping poll numbers

The election is already over.
The media keeps saying so.
The Morning Consult has some interesting numbers for you.
Trump is now within three points, improving each week since the beginning of August.
The Right Track/Wrong Track numbers for the nation are stuck at 29/71, a decidedly poor figure if you’re essentially running on a promise of delivering a third term for Barack Obama. Also, the issues most on the minds of voters seem to be playing into Trump’s hands no matter how oddly he runs his campaign. The economy and jobs remain on top at 36%, but security issues are number two at 21%. Nothing else even comes close.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

He's used to sitting

Colin Kaepernick took his stand Friday by sitting during the national anthem.
We surely wouldn't be talking about him because of his performance on the field.
Let him sit.
He did last fall.
And will probably do much bench sitting this year.

Facebook quote of the week

Watching the 5000 meter finals, wondering what it would be like to be able to run that fast while shoving half a piece of pizza into my mouth.

Saturday song

Turn around and catch Bonnie Tyler.

Friday, August 26, 2016

People eating tasty animals

Ace shows how to drive a steak into PETA's heart.

Vote for me or you're a racist

Hillary Clinton gave a speech Thursday trying to tie Donald Trump to the conspiracies of the alt-right side of the internet.
Did she succeed?
Scott Adams says probably yes, although Trump has a good comeback.
Trump has built his brand around the idea that he will protect legal American citizens of all types – who he loves – against bad people in other countries. Trump is saying he’s on Team America. Period.
But Clinton just insulted 40% of American voters by calling them racists. Clinton literally – and publicly – turned on her own citizens.
Trump, by contrast, has attacked only professionals who are in the cage fight against him, including politicians on both sides, and the media.

Weekend watchdog

The third week of the NFL preseason is usually time for the starters to get their extended playing time before the season openers.
Broadcasters need their warmup work, and get it this weekend.
CBS offers the Browns and Buccaneers Friday at 8 p.m. and Raiders hosting the Titans Saturday at 8 p.m.
There's a pair of games on Fox Sunday afternoon, with the Chargers visiting the Vikings at 1 p.m. and Cardinals-Texans at 4 p.m. NBC practices in its Sunday night slot with the Bengals battling the Jaguars.
Comcast brings the Redskins' game with the Bills Friday at 7:30 p.m., and the Ravens tangle with the Lions Saturday at 7 p.m.
The college football season starts in Australia Friday at 10 p.m., as Hawaii meets California in Sydney on ESPN. Charleston Southern takes on North Dakota State Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Arena Football has its championship Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Philadelphia battling Arizona in the Arena Bowl.
North of the border, it's Saskatchewan facing Edmonton Friday at 10 p.m.
There's high school football Saturday on ESPN - Pine-Richlands meeting St. Edward at noon and Saguaro from Arizona against Valor Christian at 3:30 p.m. Action moves to ESPN2 at 6 p.m. with IMG Academy clashing with Grayson, and the nightcap features Bishop Gorman of Nevada and Cedar Hill.
Florida football takes the stage Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 with Trinity Christian taking on Cocoa.
The Orioles visit the Yankees for the weekend on MASN while the Nationals host the Rockies on MASN2.
FoxSports1 brings Cubs-Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by the Angels taking on the Tigers. The Cubs and Dodgers play again on TBS Sunday at 4 p.m., with ESPN showing the Red Sox and Royals Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Little League World Series crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC.
The International final will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, followed by the United States matchup at 3:30 p.m. The third place game will be on ESPN Sunday at 10 a.m.
Michigan hosts the Sprint Cup series Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity Series goes on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 7 p.m. with qualifying on CNBC Saturday at 8 p.m
The IndyCar circuit takes the track on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9 p.m.
The PGA tour's playoff season begins at the Barclays Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN has a pair of MLS contests Sunday, with the Red Bulls facing the Revolution at 2:30 p.m. followed by Portland-Seattle. New York City battles Orlando FC Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Fox has Bundesliga Soccer between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer 04 Leverkusen Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the final two tournaments before the U.S. Open, with the Connecticut Open semifinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. before Saturday's final at 4 p.m. There's action from Winston-Salem with semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. and finals Saturday at 2 p.m.
Orange County faces San Diego in the finals of World Team Tennis Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
Action on the Breeders Cup Challenge Series will be on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
There's a pair of WNBA games on ESPN2 Sunday, as Seattle meets Minnesota at 7 p.m. before the Sparks battle the Mercury at 9 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

You can't keep your money

Just in time for election season, states are announcing the increases in Obamacare premiums.
Illinois is seeking big numbers.
Will you blame the insurances companies, or the government that made the rules that those companies must follow?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Best case scenario

Victor Davis Hanson lists the reasons a Donald Trump presidency will be better than one with Hillary Clinton.
Mysteriously, each time he hits rock bottom, Trump — even before his recent “pivot” — begins a two-week chrysalis cycle of inching back in the polls to within 2 or 3 points of Clinton. Apparently Trump represents something well beyond Trump per se. He appears to be a vessel of, rather than a catalyst for, popular furor at “elites” — not so much the rich, but the media/political/academic/celebrity global establishment that derides the ethos of the middle class as backward and regressive, mostly as a means for enjoying their own apartheid status and sense of
exalted moral self, without guilt over their generational influence and privilege.

Another close poll

Drudge Report touts another poll with a close race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
It's UPI/CVoter, maybe not a household name.
But any poll with a tight race is not good news for Hillary Clinton when the media keeps talking blowout.

Monday, August 22, 2016

If we're not there, it didn't happen

The comparisons about the presidential responses to Louisiana flooding miss an important point.
In 2005, the national media descended on New Orleans before the storm hit.
They were stuck there in the mess.
In the current flooding, nobody was on site prior to the event except the locals.
Brian Williams and Shep Smith will make a big deal about a situation when they are experiencing it.
That drives the news, not the newsworthiness of the event.
There's always flooding out there somewhere.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

If you like your dad, you vote for Trump

The Progressives at DFA want people to watch a movie "The Brainwashing of My Dad" in their pursuit to get more liberals elected.
See the problem?
Lack of respect for your elders and their experiences.
Instead, they try to blame conservative talk radio for changing their dad's mind.
Do they have so little respect for their dad's intelligence that he could be brainwashed?
Just because he doesn't agree with you doesn't make him brainwashed.
My mother hated Rush Limbaugh for years, and now she's a big fan. She hasn't been brainwashed - she's seen bad things over the years that eroded her support of the traditional Democratic party.
I wonder if a pollster asked people about their experiences with their dads and the candidates.
I'd bet people who have a good relationship with their fathers would prefer Donald Trump more than those with a negative or neutral relationship.
If you trust your dad and his years of knowledge from the game of life, you'll trust a man from his generation - likely with his temperament - to run the country.

Here's the comeback

It's one poll, but today's L.A. Times tracking poll has Donald Trump leading by two points.
Going to Louisiana probably helped.
The numbers are much better than reported in the other media.
When will those catch up?

Kinda don't care

Justin Moore made an appearance at the Rockingham County Fair this week.
His fans sound like they had a good time.
His new album is "Kinda don't care" but this group seems to care.
Especially the young man who gets the share the stage with him.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Do they give money for nothing?

The New York Times looks at the problem with the Clinton Foundation - no matter what they do in the future.
Some emails and other records described donors seeking and in some cases obtaining meetings with State Department officials. None showed Mrs. Clinton making decisions in favor of any contributors, but her allies fear that additional emails might come out and provide more fodder for Mr. Trump.
The Clintons found nice people who only give to help others.
That's why they give to the Clintons instead of any of the multiple charities in the world.

"What do you have to lose by trying something new?"

Don Surber likes Donald Trump's new focus on getting the African-American vote.
So what gives? Why is he campaigning in Democratic strongholds, and speaking to rural white crowds about the problems inner city black people face?
First, we are still in the dawn of the general election campaign. Trump is trying to stretch and widen the battlefield by adding Michigan and Wisconsin to Hillary's list of woes.
Second, Trump is training his troops. To counter the rote trope of racism used against any Republican candidate, Trump is showing his followers how they must frame the issue as a failure of Democratic Party policy.

Saturday song

Get up and cheer for Mickey.

Facebook quote of the week

Breaking News: Michael Phelps says he will be retiring after the Rio games... I hope he's able to adjust, just can't bear the thought of him roaming around like a fish out of water.

Friday, August 19, 2016

What about the 3 p.m. call?

In 2008, Hillary Clinton ran an ad touting her experience when "the 3 a.m. call" comes.
This time, you wonder what will happen during a 3 p.m. call.
Will she be taking a nap?
She's definitely sleeping while Louisiana struggles.

Weekend watchdog

The youth of the world close out their time in South America this weekend. 2020_1Off to Tokyo for a repeat visit in 2020.
Coverage continues until the Closing Ceremonies Sunday on NBC. Highlights of the last weekend include the men's basketball gold medal game Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC and the women's championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The men's marathon runs Sunday, and the athletes gather one more time Sunday night before extinguishing the Olympic flame.
The Orioles faces the Astros in a series on MASN2, while the Nationals take on the Braves on MASN.
The Giants host the Mets Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Yankees tangle with the Angels on FoxSports1 Friday at 10 p.m. and it's Red Sox-Tigers Sunday on TBS at 1:05 p.m.
The Little League World Series continues in Williamsport Friday at 2 p.m. as Japan battles Canada on ESPN. It's California taking on Iowa at 4 p.m. before South Korea meets Curacao. The first round of games concludes as Kentucky plays Texas at 8 p.m.
Play continues over the weekend, with games on ESPN Saturday at noon, 6 and 9 p.m. ABC has games Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., with other play on Sunday on ESPN at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. while ESPN2 brings the nightcap at 7 p.m.
The Junior League championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast has the Redskins against the Jets Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Ravens meet the Colts Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Bristol for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7 p.m. USA brings the Xfinity Series Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Pocono hosts the Indy Car circuit Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits North Carolina for the Wyndham Championships on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States Amateur will be on Fox Sunday at 3 p.m., after semifinals Saturday at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 brings early round play Thursday at 3 p.m. and quarterfinals Friday at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Western and Southern Open this weekend, with round of 16 play Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. The quarterfinals are Friday at 1 and 7 p.m., with semifinals Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. The women's championship will be Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by the men's at 4 p.m.
In the MLS, New York City takes on the Galaxy Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and D.C. United battles the Red Bulls Sunday at 3 p.m. Portland plays Seattle on FoxSports1 Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Like a prayer

As part of DaTech Guy tryouts, Christopher Harper looks at what NBC misses at the Olympics - religion.
After Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the fastest man in the world, won his third gold medal in the 100-meter sprint, he fell to his knees to pray. The NBC commentators apparently couldn’t bring themselves to utter the word “prayer.”
Many other examples exist, but NBC and other mainstream media have focused on less significant details of athletes’ lives rather than their trust in God. Fortunately, faith-based news organizations have chronicled what the athletes themselves consider their most important characteristic: their belief in God.

Dorm rooms of the rich and famous

Via Althouse, the dorm rooms of girls from the University of Mississippi.
What about the guys?
Nobody wants to take a picture of those.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

If you like your industry

Like President Obama, the health insurance industry will enter 2017 with change and uncertainty.
Obama needs to learn to live outside the White House.
The health insurance industry sees if it can survive the post-Obama era - after Obamacare rules changes altered the rules.
Apparently for the worse.

Safest hoodie around

For a good look at small city police work, Bangor Maine's posts on Facebook can brighten your day.
They even have a mascot, the Duck of Justice.
And you can buy shirts and hoodies with the Duck of Justice logo.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Looking for a cure

Brad Thor has been thinking about his NeverTrump stance - and has decided to give Trump a chance.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Squidward for president

Mrs. Fishersville Mike caught a glimpse of Evan McMullin on FoxNews this evening.

She quickly realized who he reminded her of.

Wonder who SpongeBob will endorse?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Encouraging the Shy Trump vote

Scott Adams shares his ideas on how Donald Trump can turn things around - a combination of things out of Trump's control and things he can do - if his actions are heard and believed.
He touches on the important "Shy Trump voter."
If people think Trump has a chance, they are more likely to take him seriously.
Having that supporter shown in polls would boost him more, since it would draw other "Shy Trump" voters out into the mainstream.
Make the race tight, and Trump can pull it off.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Recycling update

Another run to the recycling center, and 40 cents per pound on cans again.