Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Life is more than the sum of its parts

National Review collects some of the best tweets on Unplanned Parenthood.
Glad to see them celebrate life.

Parting over parts

Powerline tries to find Hillary Clinton's position on the Planned Parenthood videos - knowing there's more to come.
While Hillary professed that she’s unalterably pro-choice and plans to “stand with Planned Parenthood,” there was the telltale hedging, as though she wants to leave room to run for the tall grass if subsequent videos are, as they may well turn out to be, even more indefensible.

Don't trade in - destroy

Tom Brady can work for cell phone companies during his suspension - his idea of destroying his phone works better than trading it in.
For the cell phone companies.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

That's where I come from

Real Clear Politics tells of Scott Walker's tour of the town where he spent part of his youth.
Walker’s greatest asset in Iowa, however, might be his proximity. When he discusses his record as Wisconsin governor, Walker talks about what he did “just across the Mississippi [River].” At each stop, he shows a faded photo of himself and his brother David as small boys, holding an Iowa flag they raised money to buy for the Plainfield town hall. He jokes about the Big Ten, and he seizes any opportunity to use “Midwest” in the first person plural.
“That’s the kind of people we are here in the Midwest,” Walker told a crowd in Council Bluffs. “We stand up for what’s right, we do the right thing. We don’t make a lot of fuss about it, we just do it.”

Recycling update

Another recycling trip and another drop in the price of aluminum cans - down to 30 cents per pound.
Almost down to the levels of January 2009.
Hope the people who support President Obama adjust their memes accordingly.

Weather makes them sad

Mark Steyn shares the sad news about sad scientists - worried about their future now as much as the global warming they see.
If you're having trouble keeping score, the old post-traumatic stress disorder is what you get if you're just some nancy wuss pantywaist who goes to Iraq and gets blown up by an IED. But the far more serious pre-traumatic stress disorder is what you get if you sit around on government grants all day worrying about sea levels in the Maldives in the early 22nd century.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Make room for Carly

Carly Fiorina has high hopes to make the top 10 in the poll before the first Republican debate.
She loves to knock on Hillary Clinton.
Put her next to Donald Trump - that will be fun.

The cost of free healthcare

Ace provides the list of woes for states trying to have their own insurance exchanges.
My favorite.
2. Magical thinking.
Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets. Experts estimate about half face financial difficulties. Federal taxpayers invested nearly $5 billion in startup grants to the states, expecting that state markets would become self-sustaining. Most of the federal money has been spent, and states have to face the consequences.
Self-sustaining? How was "more services" and "fewer costs" ever going to be self-sustaining? It was magical thinking, as Vermont discovered:
In Vermont, a debate has been raging about whether to abandon the state exchange. Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin originally wanted a single state-run system for all residents, along the lines of Canada. Shumlin backed off because it would have meant prohibitively high taxes.

Hoping this isn't you

Along with parents dreading the empty nest, summer is the time when the nest fills back up.
Congratulations. Two months ago, your kid graduated from college, bravely finishing his degree rather than dropping out to make millions on his idea for a dating app for people who throw up during Cross Fit training. If he’s like a great many of his peers, he’s moved back home, where he’s figuring out how to become an adult in the same room that still has his orthodontic headgear strapped to an Iron Man helmet.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ready for the empty nest

Some moms are having problems letting go of their college-bound children.
Singing the Frozen song doesn't work.

Love telling the story

The youngest, now 14, wants to understand the sign of Virginia coming back to our state.
Why does it say "Virginia is for Lovers"
Glad I had the answer before checking Wikipedia.

Listen to what Trump said

Don Surber finds something good coming from the mouth of Donald Trump - a truth about Hillary Clinton.
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump on Saturday seized on new reports that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is under criminal investigation for her private email server, warning that “bad things have to happen.”
“I don’t know how a person with that cloud over their head can actually be running for president,” Trump told a rally in Iowa.

Spock for the pipeline

The proposed Atlantic Coast pipeline continues to cause troubles, because people don't want it in their backyard.
Or ever built.
They just see the pipeline pushed by a business, instead of how it will provide cheaper, more secure energy for millions who depend on that.
(while we wait for the sun to shine or windpower that doesn't kill birds)
They forget the words of Spock.
The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Build the pipeline. It's only logical.

Idea for liberals - show me the money

Liberals are now trying to remove Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from the names of their events.
Turns out they were bad in some way. (Besides helping start the Democratic party).
I'll help any liberal who doesn't like the idea of Jefferson or Jackson out there.
Jefferson is on the nickel.
Jackson on the $20 bill.
No way you can use those.
I'll take your money with those offensive images, and you can feel better.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fix the system first

Via Powerline, the answer for those asking how Thursday's shooter was allowed to get a gun.
The system - already in place - failed.
 Liberals are constantly proposing legislation to extend NICS to firearms transactions that don’t involve licensed dealers. As I have written repeatedly, the major problem with NICS is not that it doesn’t cover transactions between relatives, etc., but rather that the database is deficient. All mass shooters (I am not including terrorists here) are more or less crazy, but the vast majority are not in the database. So the exercise becomes futile, as it was here.

His account is in arrears

Facebook gives you a wild view of the world.
Like the Wyoming man caught with eyeballs - from cows at a slaughterhouse where he works - in his bowels.
“Company won’t let us take animal scraps home and instead toss them in the landfill,” Tilbott said in the police report. “They’re a very wasteful company. We should be allowed to take scrap meat and other parts home. The company should start a green initiative. They don’t even have recycling at the plant.”
Tilbott explained his actions:  “I enjoy eating bovine eyeballs and smuggling them out in my colon was the only way I knew how to get them out without potentially getting caught and fired.”
btw dude, your plan didn't work.

Who could have seen this coming?

A federal grand jury indicted a psychic on fraud.
She said she could see the future.
Why didn't she see the indictment coming and prevent it?

No place in the tent

Politico notes the woes of Southern Democrats - watching the national party turn left and doom their chances.
“The national Democratic Party’s brand makes it challenging for Democrats in red states oftentimes and I hope that going forward, the leaders at the national level will be mindful of that and they will understand that they can’t govern the country without Democrats being able to win races in red states,” said Paul Davis, who narrowly failed to unseat Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last year.

Truth of the deal

Powerline's weekly cartoon roundup includes one with the truth behind the Iran deal.

Saturday song

Bringing back Duran Duran might make you hungry - like the wolf.

Facebook quote of the week

Can't sleep so trying again to watch Sharknado 3

Friday, July 24, 2015

Show us that it works

Liberals want a $15/hour minimum wage.
Conservatives say it won't work.
That it will kill jobs.
Shouldn't liberals just pay their employees $15 an hour or more, to show us how it's done.
Right, Senator Sanders?

Seeing the sites

My favorite billboard on today's trip into West Virginia?
The sign for the Beef Jerky outlet.
Next exit.

Weekend watchdog

Jeff Gordon won the first Brickyard 400 race in 1994.
He gets his final shot at the famous track Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Gordon claimed his fifth win at Indianapolis last year, but hasn't won yet on his farewell tour around the circuit. Sunday's winner will get their chance at history, and to kiss the bricks.
NBC has the Xfinity race Saturday at 3 p.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for both series on NBC Sports network and practices for the races will be Friday at noon.
The Tour de France rides into Paris for its finale Sunday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There are mountain stages Friday and Saturday at 7 a.m. before the trip to the final stage.
The Orioles head to Tampa for the weekend on MASN. The Nationals visit Pittsburgh on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers the A's against Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the Braves and Cardinals at 7 p.m. The Dodgers take on the Mets Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on TBS, with the Tigers meeting the Red Sox on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Jamaica faces Mexico in the Gold Cup final from Philadelphia Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Barcelona meets Manchester United in International Champions Cup play Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
D.C. United visits Philadelphia on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. while FoxSports1 has Orlando against New York City Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Canada hosts the PGA tour this weekend, with the Canadian Open on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The best senior golfers gather for the British Senior Open on ESPN2, with second round Friday at noon. Play continues Saturday at noon, with the final round Sunday at noon.
The United States amateur concludes Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. The semifinals are Friday at 2 p.m.
ABC carries the WNBA all-star game Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Pan-Am games close Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage of the action will be on ESPN2 Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 and 7 p.m.
The Opening Ceremonies of the World Special Olympics games are Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. There's more action Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Washougal Saturday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Trump in a baseball hat

If the Republican establishment wants to derail Donald Trump, make him wear a baseball hat everywhere.


Take advantage of the opportunity

Commentary thinks the debate among Republican candidates out of the top 10 might be worthy of attention.
The debate format eliminates the incentive for these candidates to punch wildly upward at the Republicans who are performing better in the polls. While it’s likely to expect the debate participants to make reference to those Republican candidates who will be battling it out later that evening, it would be wasted effort if any of these debaters did not use their fleeting hour before a national audience to make a positive case for themselves. And each candidate has a positive case to make; one unique to themselves and often radically divergent from their fellow second-tier candidates.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Ed Driscoll likes the idea of Taylor Swift gear in China.

Who's inevitable?

Worried about the chances of the Republican nominee winning in 2016?
Maybe you don't need to be.
Today's Quinnipiac poll puts Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio all in front of the top Democrat contenders.
Hillary Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, Virginia voters say 55 - 39 percent. She is a strong leader, voters say 54 - 42 percent, but she does not care about their needs and problems, voters say 50 - 45 percent.
Bush gets a positive 43 - 39 percent favorability in Virginia. Voters say 51 - 33 percent that he is honest and trustworthy and 63 - 28 percent that he has strong leadership qualities, but split 44 - 41 percent on whether he cares about their needs and problems.
Virginia voters give Rubio a 36 - 27 percent favorability rating and say 45 - 27 percent that he is honest and trustworthy; 43 - 28 percent that he has strong leadership and 41 - 36 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
Walker gets a 36 - 26 percent favorability rating in Virginia. Voters say 39 - 26 percent that he is honest; 46 - 24 percent that he has strong leadership qualities, but split 37 - 33 percent on whether he cares about their needs.
Only 39 percent trustworthy? Virginians know they like honesty, and that's not Hillary's game.

Their argument is "enthusiastic and sober"

Reason checks out the sexual consent policies at Coastal Carolina University.
That’s right: a simple “yes” is not good enough from the standpoint of CCU administrators. Students who want to hook up must agree to each and every sex act beforehand, they must express consent enthusiastically, and they must be sober.
The university’s definition of consent is at odds with the legal one—as well as any common sense understanding of how sex happens. If complete sobriety were required before every sexual encounter, than any person who was even slightly drunk could be branded a rapist. In fact, it’s incapacitation that renders consent invalid, not mere intoxication.

Chasing paperwork

A Facebook friend posted this plea from the ACLU - voter registration is bad because the government can lose your paperwork.
And yet they would endorse single-payer healthcare.
If the government can lose a single piece of paper, what can be done with an entire medical record?