Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bad Vibrations

There's a bad vibe about vibes over at Ace's.
I've spend more of my life as an agnostic than I have as a Christian and it's no big deal to me when other people don't pray, but there's a substitute expression that a lot of atheist/agnostic people fall back on that I positively despise: Sending good vibes your way.
The way I see it, if you think prayer is some sort of mystical hokum then how is it that you believe in "vibes" instead? What are these vibes? Can you see them? Can they be measured? And how, exactly, does one send them? Is it like ESP? Do you wave your fingers? Is there some sort of sacred incantation developed by the Celtic druids of yore?

Follow the system

Scott Adams still sees Donald Trump moving forward while the media harps on last week's loss on health care reform.
By the way, I told you during the campaign that one of Trump’s signature moves is creating two ways to win and no way to lose. He did that again with healthcare. Here were his two ways to win:
1. Healthcare bill gets passed on the first try. Trump looks like an effective leader. The details of the bill get improved over time.
2. The healthcare bill does NOT pass on the first try. This softens up the far right by branding them villains. Now they have to compromise on the next bill or watch as centrist Democrats enter the conversation. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on Obamacare, and the conditions for compromise are IMPROVING EVERY MINUTE. That’s what the Master Persuader tells us happens when you “walk away from the table” like you mean it. Trump just walked away from the table to go work on tax reform. If you watch his Twitter feed, you know he is winking at the public and telling us to stay tuned on healthcare.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Who did the Russians influence?

When it comes to the Russians and the 2016 presidential election, one question remains.
Who directly changed their vote from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump based on supposed Russian influences?
You can say Russians attempted to influence the campaign.
You can add Trump advisors who met with Russians.
But how do you jump to votes changing?
Thousands of votes in the key states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Viva, Al Davis

The Raiders are on the move again, this time to Las Vegas.
“I have mixed feelings, obviously,’’ said owner Mark Davis, appearing subdued, minutes after the announcement at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. “I love Oakland. I love the fans in Oakland.” But … “My father always said, ‘The greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness.”

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Real Earth Hour anthem

If you like Earth Hour, Cletus T. Judd has your song.
There's no need for electricity if every light in the house is blown.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday song

Head off to the jungle with Tarzan Boy.


Recycling update

A nice start to the day with a trip to the recycling center.
Still paying 40 cents a pound for cans.

Facebook quote of the week

We definitely knew the way to San Jose . . . wish we would have stayed longer!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The overall top seed and defending champion - Villanova - won't be heading to Phoenix.
Three more days until we know the four teams who will play the final weekend.
The Sweet 16 continues Friday on CBS at 7 p.m. with North Carolina taking on Butler. Kentucky and UCLA tangle in the second game of the South regional. Madison Square Garden hosts the East regional, with Baylor-South Carolina in the first game at 7:29 p.m. followed by Florida against Wisconsin.
It's Xavier-Gonzaga for the West Regional championship Saturday at 6 p.m. on TBS, followed by Kansas against Oregon. The final two slots are filled Sunday afternoon on CBS.
The women's Sweet 16 starts Friday at 7 p.m. with regional action from Lexington and Oklahoma City. The other two regions - Bridgeport and Stockton get going Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Nets will be cut down in Lexington and Oklahoma City Sunday at noon and 7:30 p.m.
Division II crowns its champion Saturday at 3 p.m. when Fairmont State faces Northwest Missouri State on CBS.
ABC has the Thunder against the Rockets Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Nets on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and the Cavaliers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Penguins battle the Flyers Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network after NBC offers Wild-Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, North Dakota meets Boston University in a West regional semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR closes its west coast swing with a visit to Fontana. Fox has the Monster Series Sunday at 3:30 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Australian Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
For a different type of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Dubai World Cup Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
On the college diamond, LSU faces Florida Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and TCU takes on Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
Comcast has Louisville's contest with North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m. and Miami meets North Carolina Sunday at noon.
Oklahoma State and TCU close out their series Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
Auburn tangles with Florida in college softball Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour's World Golf Championship has coverage on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
FoxSports1 has World Cup qualifying Friday, with Mexico against Costa Rica at 8:30 p.m. followed by United States' contest with Honduras.
Azerbaijan takes on Germany on ESPN2 Sunday at 11:50 a.m.
There's rugby between Bristol and Gloucester Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Saracens against Bath Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A sick system

President Trump and Republicans are trying to find a better way through healthcare and insurance.
Obamacare helps a few, but costs more for many people.
Can a better system be put in place without drawing major opposition?
They are trying.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

He knows the truth

Scott Adams read the article about himself at Bloomberg, and gives multiple examples of the writer's bias showing through.
The writer badgered me on several occasions to make a comparison between Dogbert and Trump. I said Dogbert’s personality is based on my own dark inner thoughts and had nothing to do with Trump except they are both ambitious in the extreme. So she wrote this: “I’d thought the point of those strips was to laugh at Dogbert’s cruelty—not celebrate it. But Adams seemed elated by the triumph of a Dogbertesque president.” WTF?
That’s sixteen intentionally-biased or incorrect components in one story.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's the pits

Over at Instapundit, Stephen Green is closely following the argument about Wonder Woman and armpit hair.
Yes, some please care about this topic.
And that's very illustrative of what they are still trying to call "feminist" these days. If whether or not a fictional superhero is a feminist if she shaves her armpits apparently has something to do with the quality of a woman's life in the West, then THE ACTUAL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN THE WEST IS AWESOME.
Of course, it's hysterical that no progressive is complaining that Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, is gorgeous. After all, isn't her standard of beauty "unattainable by real women"?

Such a good judge

Neil Gorsuch's testimony before the Senate has Powerline impressed.
Gorsuch displayed the same high degree of knowledge, ability to explain the law, humility, respect for the Constitution, and overall judiciousness that we have seen from most recent Supreme Court nominees, especially John Roberts and Samuel Alito. What stood out for me was Gorsuch’s ability to demonstrate his humanity.
Perhaps this comes from having been a trial lawyer who litigated a variety of cases — big and small — for plaintiffs and defendants. I believe, it’s been a good while since we’ve had a Supreme Court nominee with that background.
Gorsuch knows how to talk plainly to people, how to emote, and how to show his humanity. I’m certainly glad I never had to face him in a jury trial.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Who invaded Trump's privacy

President Trump claims former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last fall.
I doubt Obama walked into the building with gear, but someone wanted to know what was going on there.
During a presidential campaign.
And the results of that surveillance have been seen for months.
Who did it isn't the primary question.
How come is.
Unless the Trump team did its own wiretapping, someone trying to knock him down did.
Some Trump opponent was involved.
Why did they break laws on privacy?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nobody cares about Merrick Garland

While the Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch get going this week, Blue Virginia dwells in the past - claims of Republicans stealing the seat.
The column starts with the usual rants about President Trump, but wants to tar all Republicans with his disgust of Trump.
The Supreme Court battle of last year provides the best way to do that.
But the battle was lost.
Because people didn't care.
If they did care, they would have elected Hillary Clinton to punish Republicans for their treatment of Merrick Garland.
They didn't.
Democrats can keep complaining, but it's all they have now.

Poor Verne

Verne Lundquist did the broadcast of Saturday's game between West Virginia and Notre Dame.
The action got a little too close to him during pregame warmups.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The legend's lone number one hit

Chuck Berry had many memorable songs, but only one reached number one on the charts - My Ding-A-Ling.
Remember to sing along.

Facebook quote of the week

Okay for those of you who chose to listen and NOT fact check, MEALS on WHEELS receives ONLY 3% of their Nationwide budget from the Federal Government.
STOP listening to Democrats and their LYING media!

Saturday song

Back to the 80s with Tiffany.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Sixth-eight teams earned spots in the NCAA tournament.
Only one gets a shining moment to cherish in a few weeks.
The tournament continues Friday on CBS with Michigan against Oklahoma State at 12:15 p.m. TruTv's four contests start with Baylor's battle with New Mexico State. TNT has the 8-9 matchup between Seton Hall and Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. from Greenville before top-seed North Carolina meets Texas Southern. TBS brings Oregon-Iona at 2 p.m.
CBS offers four games from the second round Saturday, with primetime doubleheaders on TNT and TBS.
There's more action on CBS Sunday afternoon, with two contests each on TBS and TNT while TruTV adds one contest at 7:30 p.m.
Then we're down to the Sweet 16.
There's NIT action Saturday and Sunday at noon on ESPN and Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
The women's tournament starts Friday at noon on ESPN2. Connecticut takes on Albany Saturday at 11 a.m. to start the second day of competition, with second round play Sunday at noon.
Comcast has Wizards-Bulls Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers meet the Clippers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Orioles take on the Tigers in spring training action Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
On the college diamond, Virginia tangles with Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
NASCAR visits Phoenix this weekend, with the Monster Series going Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on Fox Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC has the Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Paribas Open has its quarterfinals Friday on ESPN at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, with finals Sunday at 2 p.m.
Seattle meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Bromwich Albion faces Arsenal Saturday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Stoke City clashing with Chelsea before Bournemouth faces Swansea City. Middleborough meets Manchester City Sunday at 7:55 a.m. and it's Tottenham Hotspur against Southampton at 10 a.m.
ESPN offers the NCAA wrestling championships, with finals Saturday at 8 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Friday at 12:30 p.m. and there's Giant Slalom Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
It's the World Women's Curling Championship Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gained viewers but lost respect

Lots of people watched Rachel Maddow Tuesday.
Lots were left wondering after the show.
Anybody else have 2005 tax returns they'd like to release to her?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

He's got the look

Someone found the perfect picture of President Trump and his inspiration, Dilbert.

Trump know how much tax he paid

It was a great game Tuesday night.
Donald Trump knows the answers.
The media guesses, and guesses wrong.
Thus, great interest is paid to find out Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2015.
Few people can imagine having that much money.
Fewer can imagine that much being just their tax bill.
Especially those who use their tax refund to buy cars or other items - especially sought by business owners this time of year.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

30 years of shining moments

USA Today watched and ranked 30 years worth of "One Shining Moments" after the NCAA tournament.
Pick your favorite.
It's interesting that they disliked 2002, but loved 2003 when Luther Vandross first sang the song.

Ready for spring

The last big snow of winter turned out to be not much.
Maybe an inch in Fishersville instead of the possible foot they thought possible over the weekend.
I should have known the storm would be a bust when I saw my neighbor working on his snowblower Sunday.
Maybe next year you'll get a chance to use it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dog gone funny

Did Saturday Night Live have a funny skit this week?
Maybe the talking dog who likes Trump.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rooting for the "Mensch on the bench"

The World Baseball Classic has 16 countries competing for the title.
Through the first round, Israel has been the big surprise.
They beat Cuba Saturday, with games against the Netherlands Monday morning and Japan Wednesday.

He will never learn

Shia Lebeouf has tried three locations to protect President Trump.
He thought the last would be impossible to find.
In only a few days, it was found.
Autists at 8chan's /hwndu/ board immediately began searching for clues to the whereabouts of the flag. Listening to the local fauna, they were able to guess the biome of the flag. By watching the sun go down, they were able to find the orientation of the flag. At night they were able to see stars in the background and used that to find the general location of the flag. After 3am they then sent out a car who honked his horn at strategic locations to pinpoint the flag by playing "Marco Polo" with 8chan over the video stream.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Example of closed mind thinking

AlterNet gives voice to someone who doubts there can be understanding between Trump voters and the coastal elites.
He doesn't think Trump voters understand their fault in their problems.
The real problem is that rural Americans don't understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of the choices they’ve made and the horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.
The author offers lots of others to blame.
Rural Christian white Americans have let anti-intellectual, anti-science, bigoted racists like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, the Stepford wives of Fox, and every evangelical preacher on television into their systems because these people tell them what they want to hear and because they sell themselves as being like them. The truth is none of these people give a rat’s ass about rural Christian white Americans except how they can exploit them for attention and money.
The author uses his background to try and show his understanding of rural culture, but it seems more the view of some who reviles that culture.
And sees their flaws instead of their own.

Facebook quote of the week

Before the snow season started last year I claimed that since I had 3 working snowblowers that we wouldn't get much snow this year. A picture this year would just show brown grass. On this day in 2014 I had 3 working shovels. Snowblowers deter snow storms. Science!