Thursday, April 24, 2014

What about the real issue?

Liberals are trying to use racist statements by Cliven Bundy to weaken support for the rancher.
Which raises the question.
Should his opinions disqualify him from his livelihood?
If not, why the fuss?
If so, then anyone can lose their livelihood at the whim of government or the crowd.
The man wanted to be left alone to continue the family tradition of raising cattle.
The government thought the west was tamed, and now didn't need ranchers to help watch the land.
Can you depend on government or can you lose your livelihood when they change their minds?
You'd think liberals would want to support the man against the power.

See the circus

A circus is coming to town next week.
Not just Ringling Brothers.
The anti-circus whiners will be there too.
When heading into the arena, remind your children not to point at the protesters and laugh.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hail to Haley

Poor liberals at Think Progress.
They think they've found the worst ad of the 2014 political season already.
I wonder if they thought before they whined.
South Carolina's Nikki Haley leads by 15 points in polls.
It's early in the political season, and only junkies are watching ads now.
And it's South Carolina, where Republicans have held the state house all but four years since 1987.
I'd think Haley, her staff and the Republican Governors Association know the voters they are trying to reach in South Carolina.
A worst ad for liberals probably boosts Haley's likely re-election.

Plan your fall

The NFL brought out its 2014 schedule Wednesday.
Both games between the Ravens and Steelers will be in primetime.
And welcome back Saturday football the weekend before Christmas.

Hillary, the delicate flower

Erick Erickson offended liberals while hosting Rush's radio show Tuesday.
“She’s going to be old!” Erickson noted. “I don’t know how far back they can pull her face!” he added.
“Can I say that on the air? I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t,” Erickson continued. “You know what I mean, though!”
You can't be mean to Hillary.
Just because she'll be 69 in November 2016, you can't say she'll be old.
The coming election won't be pretty.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Saving the worst for last

The New York Times waits until the final two paragraphs to explain a major problem with Obamacare - the incentive to stay on subsidies instead of working and making more money.
And now that she has health insurance for the first time, she has already begun worrying about losing it. Might she have to give it up if her income grows and her subsidy shrinks?
“If work picks back up and I jump right back up there,” she said, “then I’m stuck.”
If she stays on the subsidy, then the people are stuck with the bill.

Hail to the victors valiant

The Supreme Court let the Michigan voters have their say Tuesday - not overturning the 2006 electoral decision on discrimination.
Time to move on - but I doubt MSNBC will.

Going to the senior specials together

Via Instapundit, news of a rise in people ages 50-64 moving back in with their parents.
For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents' homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development.
The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health who crunched the data.
Wonder if they have curfews again?

A good career

A longtime Baltimore newscaster - Don Scott - has announced his plans to retire this summer.
While in high school, I talked with him at a career fair about working in broadcasting.
That was 35 years ago.
I went into the newspaper business, but obviously Scott knew plenty about being successful in his career.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Guesses, based on too little data

Megan McArdle tries to tease some information out of the latest Obamacare numbers.
The good news is that pretty soon, we’ll find out what the insurers are thinking; they’ll start filing some of their preliminary rate increases in a couple of weeks. My guess would be that those increases will be modest in places such as New York, which had a lot of signups -- and had also nearly destroyed its private insurance market, so that almost any reform would have been an improvement. My guess would be that in other places, where the signups are too old or too few, premiums will jump sharply.
The debate continues.

The word for today is "dilute"

My 13-year-old likes the Kool-Aid liquid that you squirt into a bottle of water.
He wondered what the liquid tasted like straight.
He checked the label for safety, to see if you shouldn't do that.
He saw "Always Dilute" on the side of the package.
He wasn't sure what "dilute" meant.
He learned after taking a sip of the liquid.
It's good to learn new words.

Guess who's out of the will

Washington Post shares an interesting question - do you have to carry your child on your insurance until they turn 26?
For the daughter who said the law requires it, it's doesn't require you staying in the will.

Posting what you don't understand

Over at Ace, they blast a post by Vox that goes completely opposite of their political philosophy.
If your entire worldview is based on greater concentration of political power over the economy and the incentives under which individuals operate, wouldn't you look at those 4 points alone and either say, "What an idiot this guy is!" or "Hmmm....I may need to evaluate my thinking on everything."?
How can you read those words and think, "Yes! This guy nails it and oh by the way, society should be organized in such a way as to ignore everything he just said"?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

At the cross

DaTech Guy stands at the cross and remembers the reason for this season.
But no matter where you fall within the Christian sphere there is one issue that can’t be ducked, dodged or hidden if you claim Christianity you are confronted with Easter, Jesus died for our sins and after three days rose from the dead.
It is this, and NOT Christmas that is the center of our belief, if Christ doesn’t die for our sins, our debt is not paid, and if he doesn’t rise again our eternal life is not achieved.
Even decorated with flowers, the cross stands out.

Time to rev up

Iowahawk wants to get your motor running - time for the annual Earth Day cruise-in.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter song

Get ready for Easter with Keith Green.

Ice, ice baby

Powerline finds the picture of ice coverage of the Great Lakes - a month into spring.
Few recreational boats act like icebreakers - so it might be a while before they enjoy the lakes.

More trouble? How?

Legal Insurrection wonders how Elizabeth Warren's new book will be received by the Cherokee women whom she receives to meet.
They are ready for the book signings.
“We would still like to meet with Senator Warren and share information with her. She’s in a position to make a difference for American Indians if she would be willing to meet with us and listen to our concerns. It’s just my opinion, but I think it would be an opportunity to take something negative from the past and turn it into something positive for the future.”

Facebook quote of the week

According to the 9 citations I got for trespassing and peeping, "Neighborhood Watch" is not what I thought it was...

Saturday song

Rocking the disco world with Yvonne Elliman.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Moochers against moochers

An interesting attack by liberals against Cliven Bundy is to call him a deadbeat.
Look at him use our land and not pay for it.
Coming from people like Harry Reid, who use our money to build their powerbase. I doubt it's persuasive.
Highlighting moocher reminds conservatives of their dislike of those who ride in the wagon - not someone driving cattle through the desert looking for food.

Scary Harry

Branco perfectly sums up the warped mind of Harry Reid.

Weekend watchdog

Time for a rarely written sentence - the Washington Wizards are getting ready for a playoff game this weekend.
For only the fifth time since taking the name in 1997 - and the first time since 2008 - the Wizards continue playing after the regular season.
They moved into the fifth seed on the season's final day, and open against the Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT.
The postseason starts on ESPN Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Raptors host the Nets. ABC carries the Clippers' game with the Warriors, then it's back to ESPN for Hawks-Pacers at 7 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
TNT tips off Sunday when the Mavericks meet the Spurs at 1 p.m. The defending champion Heat face Charlotte on ABC at 3:30 p.m., and TNT has the Rockets at Blazers in the finale at 9:30 p.m.
The NHL postseason began Wednesday, and continues Friday with three contests. CNBC has the second game between the Canadiens and Lightning Friday at 7 p.m., and NBC Sports network's twinbill starts with the Red Wings at the top-seeded Bruins at 7:30 p.m. and the Stars facing the Ducks at 10 p.m.
The Blackhawks and Blues battle Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC, and NBC Sports network offers Blue Jackets-Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by Minnesota-Colorado.
It's Game 2 for the Flyers and Rangers Sunday at noon on NBC before the Red Wings meet the Bruins. Montreal hosts Game 3 against Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Kings battle the Sharks at 10 p.m.
The Nationals continue a series against the Cardinals Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2 before moving to MASN Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Orioles battle the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN, then move to ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with the Angels at Tigers at 1 p.m. and the Diamondbacks facing the Dodgers at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia hosts North Carolina on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m. Georgia and Florida clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and South Carolina faces Auburn Sunday at 2 p.m. Kansas meets Oklahoma State Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One racers visit China this weekend, with NBC Sports network starting coverage Sunday at 3 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, New England faces Chicago Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Chelsea faces Sunderland in Premier League play on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur against Fulham at 7:45 a.m. followed by Cardiff City meeting Stoke City.
Norwich City battles Liverpool Sunday at 7 a.m., then it's Hull City-Arsenal at 9 a.m. and Everton taking on Manchester United.
Auburn has its spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Texas takes on Oklahoma in college softball on MASN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

See you in October

The Washington Capitals got an earlier than expected start to their summer vacation.
So did Yasmeen and the Red Rockers.

Watch the knick-knacks burn

If you've been to the Outer Banks, you've seen a Wings store.
Towels, shirts and lots of beach junk to catch your kid's eye.
The one in Duck caught fire this morning.
It's almost tourist season. Is there enough time to rebuild this one?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blame is their only plan

Bearing Drift wonders if  Democrats have a "Plan B" in the budget standoff.
The only plan "Blame Republicans."

Hungry for chicken?

Via Instapundit, a look at the rising prices for beef, pork and shrimp.
Hope your wallet has what it takes.
Or you like chicken.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back on the ranch

The Nevada ranch standoff continues to stir discussion about the relationship between citizen and government.
First, the left often criticizes the right for having a "paranoid" view of government, seeing it as a menace which must be contained.
But notice here that the left harbors its own paranoid views of menaces that must be stamped out -- notably, the American people themselves.
Second, if the populace were really in such a state of near-rebellion such that the tiniest spark from a Nevada cattleman could set off a conflagration, wouldn't that be a sign that perhaps the government needs to adjust its behavior and attitude, rather than Harry Reid's suggestion that it must Show Who's Boss Here like a juvenile street gang demarcating its turf?

A good Republican choice

Powerline sees good things in a Wisconsin poll for Governor Scott Walker.
I expect that, with a solid victory in November, Scott Walker will become the effective front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. By effective front-runner, I mean the most likely nominee (assuming he wants the nomination), not necessarily the Republican who polls the best in early surveys.

Release the schedule

It's almost time for the new NFL schedule to be released.
September will be here shortly.