Monday, August 13, 2018

Trump's 4x4

Don Surber sees the method behind President Trump's trade war.
Most people saw the U.S. trade deficit and assumed we had the poor hand. They assumed we were desperate for a deal.
But President Trump saw the $800 billion-a-year deficit as a bargaining tool, much as he saw his name as a bargaining tool when he went through his first visit to bankruptcy court. World bankers from Frankfurt to Tokyo kept him on because taking his name off his casinos would make them worthless.
So it goes with world trade.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Milestone or millstone

As life speeds up, posting on the blog slows down.
I used to shoot for 100 posts per month.
Then to post at least once a day.
And I haven't always met that.
But this is post 12,000 since October 2008.
I'll keep pushing on, with the 10-year anniversary looming.

Facebook quote of the week

Found a new crash diet plan.
Its called VERTIGO!
Instant results!

Saturday song

Silver Convention gets your morning going with "Fly Robin Fly."

Friday, August 10, 2018

Be a star

Somebody uses a pick axe to destroy Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Someone else puts multiple Trump stars around the city.
Who wins this battle?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Weekend watchdog

The 100th PGA Championship got going Thursday - for the last time as the final major of the season.
Starting in 2019, the tournament will move to May as the PGA reshuffles its schedule.
Tiger Woods continues this quest for his 15th major title with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. With different winners at each of the first three majors, several golfers can claim the title of season's best starting this weekend.
The Orioles host the Red Sox on MASN2 Friday and Saturday before moving to MASN Sunday.
The Nationals visit Wrigley Field on MASN Friday and Saturday, with FoxSports1 also carrying Saturday's game. The series concludes on ESPN Sunday night.
FoxSports1 has the Brewers battling the Braves Saturday at 7 p.m., with Mariners-Astros on TBS Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
ESPN continues the road to the Little League World Series, with six games scheduled for
Friday starting at 11 a.m.
Tickets to Williamsport will be given Saturday, with the Midwest final at 11 a.m. and New England at 1 p.m. The Northwest Region crowns its champion at 3 p.m., followed by the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic. The day concludes with the West Regional final at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Michigan, with the Monster Cup Series race Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series races in Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Premier League season gets underway Friday at 2:55 p.m. with Manchester United facing Leicester City on NBC Sports network.
Newcastle United takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Huddersfield Town-Chelsea. Liverpool clashes with West Ham United Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Arsenal meets Manchester City.
Toronto takes on New York City in the MLS Sunday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 brings D.C. United against Orlando Sunday at 8 p.m., followed by Seattle-Dallas.
The United States semifinals of the Jr. NBA World Championship from Orlando are on Fox Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m. The girls championships of the International and U.S. brackets will be Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., with boys bracket finals Saturday at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The girls world championship will be on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with the boys final at 4:30 p.m.
In the WNBA, the Mystics take on Dallas Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 offers the Sparks and Mercury Sunday at 7 p.m.
The U.S. Open Series continues with the Rogers Cup. The women's final will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN2, with the men's championship at 4 p.m. The  quarterfinals are Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. and semifinals Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Arlington Million Saturday at 6 p.m.

Mo money

As Charlottesville prepares for the weekend of August 10-12, another disaster from the weekend last year pops up.
City Manager Maurice Jones lost his job since the events of last August 12.
But don't cry for him.
He's got a new job in North Carolina, and forgiveness of $80,000 in loans from Charlottesville.
And his new home doubled in value since 2012.
Pretty good for a former weekend TV sportscaster.
Twenty years ago, we covered the same high school soccer game.
He scored with his deal.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

No hits, no walks, one win

Powerline highlights the new rule in minor league baseball - which allowed a Florida State League team to win 1-0 without a hit or a walk.
In extra innings, the player who made the final out starts the new inning on second base.
In the Clearwater-Tampa game, neither team scored during regulation play. No Clearwater player even reached first base. 
In the first extra frame, Luke Williams was duly placed at second base. Williams reached third base on an error by Tampa shortstop Diego Castillo, then scored when Daniel Brito hit a grounder to first, and he beat the throw home. 
In the bottom of the inning Tampa failed to score despite starting out with the runner on second. 
Glad I'm not an official scorer now.

Monday, August 6, 2018

How dry I am

Victor Davis Hanson lives the California drought, and tells why it's so bad now.
No one knows the exact figures on how many million acre-feet of water have been sent to the ocean since the beginning of the drought. Most agree that several million acre-feet slated for households or farming went out to sea. 
There is more irony in opposing the construction of man-made and unnatural reservoirs, only to assume that such existing storage water should be tapped to ensure constant, year-round river flows. Before the age of reservoir construction, when rivers sometimes naturally dried up, such an environmental luxury may have impossible during dry years.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Drink up

The first weekend is in the books for the new Guinness brewery outside Baltimore.
And hoping to meet what beer drinkers want now.
Bart Watson is the chief economist at the Brewers Association. He says that to bring a crowd to a brewery, you have to offer an "experience." 
 "It's certainly something now that we see being important to beer lovers, going and experiencing the brewery, learning about the beers, taking a tour — and also something that drives purchase decisions," he says.
 The Guinness "experience" includes a large lawn that's shaped like an imperial pint glass. It's big enough for around 4,000 people to hang out and listen to music.

Heng in there, Elizabeth

Facebook pulled a campaign ad for a Republican candidate in California.
She was telling her story, how her parents survived Cambodia in the 1970s before coming to the United States.
Visit her website to find out the truth.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

I'll use small words so you can understand

Powerline takes two cracks at the decision to restart DACA - by the same judge who threw out the original opinion in April.
The latest reason?
Our robed master Bates ruled that the Trump administration had inadequately explained its rejection of the Obama administration’s DACA decree, but he kindly afforded Trump one more chance to explain.
If he opened his mind, Bates might understand what the Trump team is trying to do.
But that would be too hard.

Saturday song

A better song than "Toughen up, buttercup," but not by much.

Facebook quote of the week

I have a new habit! I am drinking water with a little coffee creamer. I would not recommend it.
That’s what you get when you continually forget to put the k-cup in the Keurig.

Friday, August 3, 2018

White people don't understand "white people"

Are you trying to understand the controversy over Sarah Jeong?
Vox isn't there to help.
They blame the brevity of Twitter for our "misunderstandings."
“White people” is a shorthand in these communities, one that’s used to capture the way that many whites still act in clueless and/or racist ways. It’s typically used satirically and hyperbolically to emphasize how white people continue to benefit (even unknowingly) from their skin color, or to point out the ways in which a power structure that favors white people continues to exist.
I get that white people who aren’t familiar might find this discomforting. Sullivan thinks it’s unacceptable on an “an open-forum website like Twitter.” But the reality is that Twitter is where these conversations between people of color are taking place, and (given the 280-character limit) it’s a lot easier to use the kind of “white people” shorthand rather than adding endless qualifications (“a certain kind of white person, definitely Not All White People,” is pretty lengthy).
So she's a communicator who doesn't communicate well.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Weekend watchdog

Ray Lewis dances into the NFL Hall of Fame this weekend.
The Ravens' linebacker, who led the team to victory in Super Bowl XLVII in his final contest, joins six other new members of the Hall of Fame for Saturday's induction ceremony. NFL Network and ESPN have coverage at 7 p.m.
The Hall of Fame weekend begins Thursday at 8 p.m. with the Ravens facing the Bears on NBC. It's the first time the Ravens have played in the game, while the Bears have won their four visits.
North of the border, Ottawa faces Toronto Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Montreal meets Hamilton Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The new-look Orioles travel to Texas for a four-game series starting Thursday at 8 p.m. on MASN2.
MASN has the Nationals' series with the Reds beginning Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Red Sox and Yankees battle for the AL East lead Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Angels and Indians tangle on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:10 p.m.
Senior League baseball crowns its champion Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, and it's the Intermediate League final Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Junior League softball championship will be Sunday at noon on ESPN2, with the Senior League softball title game on ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Monster Series visits Watkins Glen, with coverage on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Atlanta United takes on Toronto in MLS action Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN. Los Angeles FC meets the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 6 p.m.
The International Champions Cup continues Saturday at 2 p.m. with Internazionale facing Olympique Lyonnais on ESPN before Real Madrid tangles with Juventus at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN offers the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m., with the final Friday at 9 p.m.
The Sparks battle the Lynx Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the World Championship of Golf Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The U.S. Open tennis series continues with the semifinals of the Silicon Valley Classic Saturday at 4 and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The championship is Sunday at 5 p.m.
World Team Tennis has its championship Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup Challenge Series Saturday at 5 p.m.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Wisdom from Gulag Barbie

Kurt Schlichter examines the Democrats' current desire for free stuff.
With reasons why it won't turn out as hoped.
No one loves socialism quite like a moron who has never experienced it firsthand. No one hates it like someone who has seen it up close. I walked around in its ruins overseas; it’s an abattoir. My wife escaped it, though her granddad didn’t – he rotted in Castro’s prisons for nearly two decades because he refused to play ball with the reds. Then he died. Oh well, gotta break a few eggs to create a paradise where somebody else pays for your college, right?

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Iran into more trouble

Powerline tells the latest woes from Iran.
Iran’s currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rials to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.
100,000 rials to the dollar isn’t Venezuela territory, but it is getting there. Just a few more orders of magnitude to go!
The rial has lost half its value against the dollar in just four months, having broken through the 50,000-mark for the first time in March.
Going against President Trump costs you.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Do you mind if we dance with your dates

Add Animal House to the list of movies being questioned in the current cultural climate.
Give up?
It's not over until we say it's over.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sticky issue

Twitchy has the news from San Francisco - be careful where you sit on public transit.
There was at least one needle found in the BART car, and they warned you to look for more.
Way to promote San Francisco and public transportation.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Where the gas will go

As Virginia battles over a pair of natural gas pipelines, we know where the gas could go.
Thanks to President Trump's agreement with the European Union, more American liquefied natural gas will be going to Europe.
"The eurozone and Washington also agreed to lower industrial tariffs on both sides and increase liquefied natural gas and soybean exports to Europe, with an agreement to avoid tariffs on European auto makers also in the works," according to the Wall Street Journal.
The pipelines are needed.
To help the world go.

Bluefield to the Bronx

The Orioles traded Zach Britton to the Yankees last night.
As the news spread through the clubhouse, Britton remember his origins in the Orioles organization in 2006.
“Weird. Been here for 12 years, black and orange. Down in the bullpen I didn’t know it was official but I was just running through flying to Bluefield and Lenny Johnson picking me up at the airport and being 18, first time away from home. And then hitting Delmarva, Frederick, Bowie, Norfolk, every stop along the way. All of the coaches that helped me get to this point."
Like Cal Ripken and Boog Powell before him, Britton made his Orioles start at Bowen Field and built his talent to a great major league career.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Otto's sad story

GQ tells the story behind the eventual release of Otto Warmbier in the way to downplay President Trump's effort to get Warmbier home before he died.
"Was he really tortured?" the article asks.
As if only physical torture is torture.
The equipment tearing down North Korea's nuclear program should be named for Warmbier.
The country's reduced threat is Warmbier's legacy.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Can't stop the fire

Victor Davis Hanson sees the problem Democrats face.
Democrats privately acknowledge that Obama wrecked the Democratic Party—losing Congress, the presidency, state and local offices, and now the Supreme Court. But they must praise the forces of that wreckage and seek to trump them by becoming the party of hyper-identity politics. In other words, the Democrats know what sort of agenda might bring them back into power as it did in 1992. But they feel that Clintonesque cure is worse than the disease of being in the purer political wilderness without power.
So, for now, they rant, they rave, and they stew, accepting that they cannot do what might save them and therefore they only do more of what is destroying them. Out of that lose-lose dilemma was birthed Trump hatred. Without a persuasive argument, progressives came up with the mantra that Trump is a traitor, and that all they needed to do was to explain to supposedly dense voters that their current economic renaissance was actually jackbooted National Socialism.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Why the change of heart?

Michael Ledeen wonders why Democrats have changed their tunes on Russia.
As recently as the Obama-Romney debates, the Democratic candidate ridiculed the notion that Russia was America’s prime global enemy. The intelligence community notoriously understated the Soviet threat, as demonstrated by the Team B exercise, which demonstrated a far greater military threat, and more aggressive anti-American intentions, than official estimates had indicated. The IC supported a more benign interpretation of Soviet intentions. Today, it is astonishing to see former CIA director Brennan calling the president a traitor for failing to challenge Putin in Helsinki.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Can we keep the trophy?

Although Virginia and Florida State don't play very often now, there is a trophy given to the winner.
It's named after Thomas Jefferson and his grandson Frances Eppes VII, who served on the board at the founding of what became Florida State University.
But Eppes owned slaves.
So his statue of campus may be moved.
Even though students voted two years ago to keep the statue where it was.
Just give Virginia the trophy, and some of the money Florida State's football program earns.

Saturday song

ZZ Top gets your morning rocking.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Gunned down

Who wants to direct "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3?"
Thanks for your past service, James Gunn, but we're going in a different direction.
You'll have more free time to be on Twitter now.