Friday, January 30, 2015

SuperHog or Ground Bowl?

There's certain times of the year when you like weather forecasting websites - like Maryland's Foot's Forecast and Justin Berk's weather information.
They are focused tonight on Sunday and Monday - will there be snow and how much?
A Super Bowl/Groundhog Day storm.
Whatever happens, I bet Augusta County schools will be closed Monday.

Weekend watchdog

Before Super Sunday in Arizona, there's Super Saturday in Charlottesville.
The second-ranked Cavaliers host ESPN's College GameDay Saturday at 10 a.m. before hosting Duke at 7 p.m. The GameDay crew previews the day's contests around the college basketball world, along with contests for the fans arriving early in the morning for the show.
Virginia remained unbeaten after escaping Virginia Tech Sunday in its last contest. Duke has already lost three ACC contests, but got coach K his 1000th college victory Sunday at St. John's.
The sporting world makes way for Super Bowl XLIX Sunday at 6:30 p.m., with Seattle trying to defend its title and New England hoping to deflate those hopes.
It's the Patriots' second trip to University of Phoenix Stadium for the big game. Last visit, they came in unbeaten and left losers to the Giants.
The NFL honors show will be Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
The Australian Open crowns its champion this weekend, with the women's title game Saturday at 3 a.m. on ESPN. The tournament closes with the men's championship match Sunday at 3 a.m.
Arkansas takes on Florida Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. it's Michigan-Michigan State.
Iowa tackles Wisconsin at noon Saturday on ESPN, followed by Kansas State-Kansas and a big ACC battle between North Carolina and Louisville.
ESPN2 has six games on the schedule Saturday, starting with Auburn-Tennessee at noon. The Virginia battle between VCU-Richmond tips at 2 p.m. with Wichita State against Northern Iowa followed by Texas facing Baylor. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State tangle at 8 p.m. and Memphis closes the night at Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
There's a pair of Big East contests on FoxSports1 Saturday. Xavier faces Seton Hall at noon before Villanova battles DePaul. Fox brings Providence-St. John's at noon.
The ACC network offes Notre Dame against Pittsburgh Saturday at noon along with North Carolina State facing Georgia Tech.
On Comcast, William & Mary heads to James Madison Saturday at 4 p.m.
Davidson meets Saint Joseph's Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's off to the Ivy League Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN for Yale against Columbia.
MASN2 offers Marquette meets Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. and Marshall takes on Louisiana Tech at 5:30 p.m.
On the women's hardcourt, ESPN2 has a pair of games Sunday. Connecticut takes on Temple at 2 p.m. and Iowa meets Maryland at 4 p.m.
Comcast offers Florida State against Georgia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. There's a pair of games Sunday, with Wake Forest taking on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. and North Texas meeting Rice at 3 p.m.
ESPN offers the Mavericks meeting the Heat Friday at 8 p.m., then it's Bulls-Suns. Saturday at 9 p.m., the Clippers battle the Spurs.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has the Capitals visit to Montreal Saturday at 1 p.m. The Capitals' traditional Super Bowl afternoon contest will be on NBC Sports Network against the Blues Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, New Hampshire visits Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Chelsea battles Manchester City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Hull City takes on Newcastle United at 7:45 a.m. Saturday on NBC Sports network before Manchester United meets Leicester City. Arsenal takes on Aston Villa Sunday at 8:30 a.m. followed by Southampton-Swansea City.
CBS heads to Phoenix for the PGA event Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Don't forget to pick up the trash.
NBC Sports network has the induction ceremonies for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday at 8 p.m.
The Armory Invitational track meet will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The good old days weren't that good

Megan McArdle reminds us that modern Americans have so much more in the house and pantry than our ancestors - even 50 years ago.
The average working-class family of 1901 had a few changes of clothes and a diet heavy on beans and grain, light on meat and fresh produce -- which simply wasn't available for much of the year, even if they'd had the money to afford it. Even growing up in the 1950s, in a comfortably middle-class home, my mother's wardrobe consisted of a week's worth of school clothes, a church dress and a couple of play outfits. Her counterparts today can barely fit all their clothes in their closets, even though today's houses are much bigger than they used to be; putting a family of five in a 900-square-foot house with a single bathroom was an aspirational goal for the generation that settled Levittown, but in an era when new homes average more than 2,500 square feet, it sounds like poverty.

McTofu and Gruel

Vodkapundit doesn't have high hopes for improvement at McDonalds.
The Left has been waging a cultural war against McDonald’s for decades now, and the results are telling. It won its fight against the chain in the early 1990, forcing McD to remove the beef tallow from the french fries, in order to avoid offending the tender sensibilities of vegetarians. The company’s troubles began in earnest with the emasculation of its world-class fries, but the trend has accelerated with the ascension of Michelle Obama to First Lady. She rails tirelessly against affordable and wholesome-but-bland food which parents can actually get their kids to eat, because buttinskies can’t be happy without buttinsking. McDonald’s has tried to comply by offering healthy apple wedges in place of french fries in children’ Happy Meals, but it’s obvious that the Left won’t be happy with anything short of the chain converting to McTofu & Gruel.

Super snow

East Coast Super Bowl watchers have to keep an eye on the sky as well Sunday.
But there's good news in a Monday morning snow storm.
If you don’t like winter, cheer on this storm: It would likely keep Punxsutawney Phil from seeing his shadow Monday morning… thus calling for an early spring.

Paul's got this covered

The Facebook feed can alert you to stories you might not care about.
Or what really bad thinking is out there.
Like this old story about religious people being less intelligent.
I'll let Paul explain it to the non-religious.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Yes, I used the King James Version.
Hopefully those smart, non-religious people can understand these words.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

So wrong for so long

Powerline likes a new website highlighting the worst predictions about damage due to global climate change.
Finding predictions of opposite impacts for climate change - more coral reefs or fewer - is always fun.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keep on saving

The Obama team wanted to tax withdrawals from 529 college saving plans as part of his tax enhancement plan.
The uproar was huge.
The plan is now dead.
Will the Obama team learn their lesson?

Threes in the presidential field

There's so much talk about a third Bush running for president.
What about the third Republican with Walker in his name?
Scott Walker could follow George Herbert Walker Bush and George Walker Bush to the Oval Office - if he can catch fire.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Marching back to West Virginia

The New Orleans Saints found a different area for their training camp in 2014 - the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
The season didn't go as well as expected, but they will return to the Greenbrier in 2015.
Coach Sean Payton is already thinking of the new season.
“When you finish 7-9, you have to take a good close look at not just one specific game but four or five that came down to the last series to win or lose,” said Payton. “We have to do a better job finishing.
“If you’re not careful you begin to look at other things and not blocking, tackling, not turning the ball over, closing games out. We have to do a better job of teaching that stuff.”

Farewell too soon

Rush Limbaugh spent several long segments Monday telling the story of his chief-of-staff Kit Carson, who died of brain cancer Monday morning.
He loved everybody here, and everybody loved him.  We've all heard people remembered by having it said about them that they never heard the guy say a bad word about anybody.  How many times have you heard that in eulogy?  Well, Kit Carson, honest to God, never, ever had a bad word to say about anybody.  Kit Carson never, never had a critical thing to say about anybody he dealt with, anybody else on the staff.  He did not engage in back-stabbing. He did not ever, not a single time, try to undermine anybody else on the staff for his benefit.  And you know that's common in office settings, but he never did it.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Will there be a dry slot?

It's been a day of snow panic.
Will there be an historic blizzard in New York?
Will there be snow in central Virginia?
Our area looks likely to miss out - depend on the dry slot developing as the storm passes on the way to the coast.
What will the weather be in the morning?
Go to bed and you'll find out when you wake up.

Where's the empathy for the coalfields?

Two columns from the Sunday papers.
In Virginia, one blaming people from the coalfields for not giving up on coal and moving on to other possible industries.
In the New York Times, one blaming society for the columnist's high school friend dying young.
In the coalfields, the columnist blames politicians for selling the former miners on the "War on Coal."
In the Times, it's the fault of others that the jobs left rural Oregon.
The Times writer wants empathy for his friends' struggle and early demise.
The Virginia writer doesn't suggest what jobs could replace the coal jobs - just the need to move on.
Times change.
Jobs disappear and move, and people have to adapt.
Whether they are your friends or not, they need empathy.
So do the taxpayers who help both groups because they have adapted to the current situation.

Time for new blood

Byron York's look at the GOP field going into Iowa repeats a theme of Instapundit - time for new blood.
Supporters aren't locked into their past decisions.
But the world has changed; issues have changed and new candidates have emerged. Moderates who backed Romney now have Jeb Bush and Chris Christie to consider, while conservatives who backed Huckabee and Santorum have Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. Even if the veterans run again, they won't be able to recreate what they had before. They'll have to do something different.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Go big and go bold

Scott Walker made a good impression in Iowa Saturday.
The man knows how to win over tough crowds.

Know your German toilets

For some reason, men peeing while standing is a problem in Germany.
If you want to know reason number one, check out German toilet design.

Going where the money is

Megan McArdle tries to explain why President Obama wants to tax college savings in 529 plans.
As I observed when I first wrote about the plan, the very fact that we are discussing taxation of educational savings -- redistributing educational subsidies downward -- indicates that the administration has started scraping the bottom of the barrel when seeking out money to fund new programs. Why target a tax benefit that goes to a lot of your supporters (and donors), that tickles one of the sweetest spots in American politics (subsidizing higher education), and that will hit a lot of people who make less than the $250,000 a year that has become the administration's de facto definition of "rich"?
You saved.
The government spent.
Now the government wants your savings to continue spending.

Saturday song

This guy asked Mr. Custer not to go.
Our theme of songs inspired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren goes on.

State of the race

This cartoon perfectly sums up the looming presidential nomination campaigns.

Facebook quote of the week

I didn't watch the President's SOTU speech tonight. I don't really care about the state of the country's golf courses.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Take a picture, it will last longer

ESPN has a new special telling the story of the four photographers who have shot every Super Bowl so far.
The game and equipment have changed greatly, but you still need a knowledgeable eye to capture the action.

Gearing up for Iowa

Scott Walker has some help starting his bid for the Republican presidential nomination - one of the top Iowa strategists.
The guy who helped Joni Ernst will help Walker.
That will make Democrats squeal.

Deflating their legacy

Nine more days of talk about deflated football before the Super Bowl.
Who knows how much talk about it after?
Looking like the Patriots' bubble has burst.
The Patriots can win another championship Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. Belichick can join Chuck Noll as the only coaches with four Lombardi Trophies, and Tom Brady can join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with four rings. 
But the most important thing — the Patriot legacy — is lost. The Patriots and their fans will never win the “best ever” argument. Everything is tainted. Footballs (reportedly) have been doctored, headlines have been written, and opinions have been formed.
Locally, the Patriots are revered. Nationally, they are loathed and branded as cheaters, and once again they have handed the hammer to their legion of enemies.

Weekend watchdog

As we await the Super Bowl commercials and halftime show (there's a game too?), some of the top athletes in their fields will gather this weekend.
The NFL moves the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl site this year, with the best of both leagues competing Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin drafted players for their teams Wednesday, and the coaches of the Ravens and Cowboys' staffs will guide the teams from the sidelines.
Columbus hosts the NHL all-star game Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network. What will be the rosters of the two teams? The teams will be drafted Friday at 8 p.m. and the skills competition hits the ice Saturday at 7 p.m.
College football players look to impress the scouts at the Senior Bowl Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL network. Mel Kiper knows everybody on the field.
NBC offers the U.S. Skating Championship this weekend, with action Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. then Sunday at 4 p.m.
Sunday afternoon NBA starts on ABC this weekend, with Heat-Bulls at 1 p.m. followed by the Thunder's visit to Cleveland.
The Wizards head west, facing the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. and the Nuggets Sunday at 8 p.m. on Comcast.
The Bulls meet the Mavericks on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m.
On the college hardcourt, VCU visits St. Louis Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kansas heads to Texas Saturday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by UCLA-Oregon. It's off to the Big Ten Sunday as Indiana clashes with Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. before the ACC matchup between Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Coach K goes for his 1000th coaching win Sunday at 2 p.m., meeting St. John's on Fox.
Top-ranked Kentucky visits South Carolina on ESPN Saturday at noon. North Carolina faces Florida State at 2 p.m., followed by Michigan State-Nebraska at 4 p.m. and Wisconsin against Michigan at 7 p.m.
Weekend action on the ACC network starts Saturday at noon with Wake Forest's visit to Clemson, and Virginia travels to Virginia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2's Saturday slate of four games begins at noon with Oklahoma State-Kansas State. It's off to the SEC for Arkansas against Missouri at 2 p.m., then Miami meets Syracuse before Oklahoma battles Baylor at 6 p.m.
Marquette hosts Georgetown on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Creighton clashes with Villanova Sunday at 7 p.m.
The CAA takes the stage on NBC Sports network Saturday, with College of Charleston against Drexel at noon followed by Northeastern-William & Mary.
Richmond heads to Dayton on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m., and Boston College battles Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m.
On MASN, Marshall meets UTEP Saturday at 3 p.m. and it's off to the WAC at 9 p.m. for Utah Valley against New Mexico State. Sunday, Ohio Valley-Belmont goes against Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m.
There's a pair of Big East games on MASN2 over the weekend, as DePaul faces Xavier Saturday at 6 p.m. and Seton Hall battles Butler Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the women's hardcourt, Virginia Tech takes on Wake Forest Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Pittsburgh battles Boston College Saturday at 4 p.m. then it's an ACC doubleheader Sunday as N.C. State visits Syracuse at 3 p.m. before Miami meets Louisville.
FoxSports1 has Big East play Friday, with Seton Hall facing Villanova at 7 p.m. and Creighton-DePaul at 9 p.m. Butler meets Xavier Sunday at 2:30 p.m., then it's Iowa State-Texas.
ESPN2 has Connecticut taking on Cincinnati Sunday at 3 p.m. before North Carolina tangles with Duke.
Charlotte clashes with Middle Tennessee Saturday at noon on MASN2, followed by West Virginia-Kansas.
Play continues at the Australian Open with the round of 16 on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m. Action continues Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m.
It's time for the X-Games, with action on ESPN Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC offers ski slopestyle finals Saturday at 1 p.m. and coverage continues on ESPN Saturday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Play continues in the FA Cup this weekend on FoxSports1, as Cambridge United meets Manchester United Friday at 3 p.m. and Manchester City faces Middlesbrough Saturday at 10 a.m.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Don't Risk this

Smitty has the inside story of the Obama team's European strategy.

Warren - Senator from the state of cheaters

Liberals are trying to get Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
They are planning parties for Super Bowl weekend, even including the game in the events.
Now, the Patriots have reached the big game.
And the deflategate story follows them.
What's Warren's opinion on this?
Did the team from her home state bend the rules for their advantage?
Like she claims big business does.
Should the Patriots be punished before the Super Bowl?
Or are they too big to fail?
Warren and liberals rail against businesses they claim cheat to boost their bottom line.
Will she call out the Patriots?

Right way to tell a story

Don Surber honors the memory of  "Wrong Way" Corrigan.
The story of Wrong Way captured the hearts of Americans. He was given ticker-tape parade down Broadway and in Chicago. They made a film about him. He was the working class Lindbergh.
There are two ways to do things, the right way and the wrong way. In this case, the wrong way was the right way.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Small credit; big pile of tax money

Jane the Actuary looks at whether childcare tax credits help parents - or just government get more tax money.
In this raw fiscal-impact perspective, it makes a ton of sense for the government to push women to work, to increase GDP and tax revenue.  In fact, in discussions in Germany (back a while ago, when we were living there) on state subsidy of childcare centers, this was front-and-center:  these subsidies would more than pay for themselves by increasing tax revenue, and bringing more mothers into the workplace was an explicit goal and method of dealing with the declining working-age population relative to retirees.
 I took off six years from work to raise the boys, and the tax bite was a major consideration. The partner with the lower earnings may be basically working for free - factor in daycare, transportation and added costs due to less time to run the house.
Obama only wants to give out things that benefit his crew.

Deflating the Patriots' excuses

SI.com has an attorney look at the legal angles on the Patriots' alleged ball deflation activities.
If Goodell decides to suspend Belichick, do not expect the suspension to take effect until after Super Bowl XLIX. As noted above, the NFL will likely take some time to fully review the Deflategate accusations and any evidence against specific Patriots coaches and officials. Suspending a team’s coach before a Super Bowl would also be highly disruptive. Obviously, the sports betting community would be up in arms, but of greater concern to the NFL, so might the league’s sponsors. Any action that harsh would not be imposed until next season.

A real speaker in the House

The Republicans have invited Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu to speak about Iran in February.
It will be good to hear some truth from the podium.