Sunday, May 1, 2016

Join the winning team

How solid are the delegates Ted Cruz won at conventions?
Less solid than a week ago.
Right now, many unbound delegates would rather present a united front against the Democrats in November than work to stop Trump in July. “No matter what happens in Cleveland, I am in the ‘anybody-but-Hillary’ camp,” says Poolman. “The most important objective is to get a nominee and unite the party.”Winning can be very persuasive.

Breaking the gloom

Over at Legal Insurrection, reasons for hope that Donald Trump will not be doomed in November.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Trump sees what elites ignore

David Brooks accepts his blame for the rise of Donald Trump.
I was surprised by Trump’s success because I’ve slipped into a bad pattern, spending large chunks of my life in the bourgeois strata — in professional circles with people with similar status and demographics to my own. It takes an act of will to rip yourself out of that and go where you feel least comfortable. But this column is going to try to do that over the next months and years. We all have some responsibility to do one activity that leaps across the chasms of segmentation that afflict this country.
He credits Trump for bringing this into focus. But doubts he's the right response.
But shouldn't the person who captured the moment get a chance to try his ideas?
If the old ideas have failed, maybe those who pushed those ideas need to learn from Trump.

Saturday song

Time for the song title describing Democrats.

Facebook quote of the week

What a drab, dreary, depressing, got nothing accomplished day.

Friday, April 29, 2016

My hometown

The lead story on the national story Thursday was the young boy who entered the Baltimore TV station claiming to have a bomb.
He was shot after not obeying police orders.
Now they tell were he's from - Elkridge, Maryland.
My hometown.
Fortunately, it's been 39 years since we've lived in the town.
He lived in a development built since then.
But still too close.

Weekend watchdog

The NFL teams have picked their first round of players.
Now time to fill out other openings.
The second round of the 2016 NFL draft continues Friday, starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN and moving to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. The final four rounds will begin Saturday at noon on ESPN.
Then Mel Kiper Jr. can rest for a while.
The NHL's second round continues Friday as St. Louis faces Dallas Friday at 8 p.m. and the Sharks face the Predators at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has a pair of Eastern Conference matchups Saturday, with the Islanders facing the Lightning at 3 p.m. before the Penguins and Capitals meet at 8 p.m.
It's Game 2 of the St. Louis-Dallas series Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC and the Sharks meet the Predators at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's three Game 6s in the NBA playoffs on Friday, starting with Raptors-Pacers at 7 p.m. on ESPNews. The Hornets host the Heat at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the Clippers face the Blazers at 10:30 p.m.
The semifinal series between Oklahoma City and San Antonio begins Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT. Sunday's schedule will be determined by Friday's results.
The Orioles host the White Sox Friday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2 and back to MASN on Sunday afternoon.
The Nationals head to St. Louis for the weekend. Games are on MASN2 Friday, MASN Saturday afternoon and MASN2 for Sunday's finale.
FoxSports1 has the Giants and Mets Saturday at 4 p.m., and the Red Sox and Yankees close out their series Sunday on ESPN at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, ESPN2 has a doubleheader Saturday with LSU-Mississippi at noon followed by Texas A&M against Arkansas.
Texas Tech takes on TCU on FoxSports1 Friday at 9 p.m. Old Dominion faces Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NASCAR heads to Talladega this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity race will be Saturday at 3 p.m.on Fox.
CBS has the Zurich Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Everton meets AFC Bournemouth on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9:55 a.m. It's Southampton-Manchester City Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
Portland faces Toronto on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 has the Galaxy against Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m.
Comcast brings the ACC women's lacrosse tournament this weekend, with the semifinals Friday at 5 and 7:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the United States against the World at the Penn Relays Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Caution - speeding economy

How fast did the economy grow in the recent quarter?
0.5 percent.
Feel the excitement of the Obama economy.
And people wonder why Donald Trump took off as a candidate.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bleed out before November

Scott Adams calls the Trump landslide we'll be talking about in six months.

Trump's America

Want to know how well Donald Trump has done this primary season?
The Democrats provide this graphic.
I guess it's supposed to scare their donors into giving money.
East of the Mississippi River looks pretty solid for Trump.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Big ideas

The Weekly Standard prints an analysis of how Donald Trump got the better of Ted Cruz.
Because Trump saw the bigger picture.
Cruz's operation was oriented around microtargeting various types of voters using big data. This involved reaching individual voters with unique messages designed to appeal to their researched opinions. It was executed using everything from Facebook ads to canvassing via phone banking and door knocking through a large network of volunteers.
Trump's operation essentially consisted of the candidate doing news interviews, flying around to speak at rallies, and issuing direct public statements on channels like Twitter. Only shortly before the actual voting did he deploy paid advertising and use volunteers. Unlike Cruz, he appears to have done no polling or other type of opinion research. Rather than microtargeting, Trump aimed for mass appeal among the GOP electorate.

Knight moves

Donald Trump needs to appear kinder and nicer.
So he'll appear with Bobby Knight in Indiana.
Job done.

Join the party

Roger L. Simon is ready to call the contest - for Trump.
I agree with Tucker Carlson, who said on The Kelly File Monday night that Trump was the only candidate with a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton in the general election. It is only Trump, of all the Republicans, if indeed he is a Republican, who is enough of a wild card to overcome the new American demographics that so favor Democratic candidates in presidential elections. They were bad enough when Obama ran against Romney. They are worse now.
#NeverHillary, people.

Monday, April 25, 2016

How Cruz can win Maryland

Tuesday is primary day in Maryland.
How can Ted Cruz peel away some of Donald Trump's support?
Remind Ravens fans that Trump is friends with Tom Brady.
That ought to sink his support.

Funny money

Shopping today, one of my dollar bills came back with a stamp for Bernie Sanders.

I haven't seen any stamps for Trump yet.
But I haven't seen many $50s or $100s either.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Believe it or not

The Washington Capitals won a playoff series.
A rare event, even for a team that has made the postseason most years since 1982.
Too bad they have to face the Pittsburgh Penguins next.
One series win in franchise history.
Keep the golf clubs close.

Here's the pitch

Steven Crowder has the thoughts of Curt Schilling.
Because ESPN punished those thoughts.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Facebook quote of the week

how do you start out with no plans for this weekend, then have to many things come up. What to do?

Saturday song

How about this jacket that Burton Cummings is wearing?
He stood tall.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Moe good food

Two years ago, the owner of the Waynesboro movie theater announced plans for his own restaurant next to the theater.
He had tried to attract a franchise, but couldn't.
His own restraurant didn't do well, open just over a year before closing in November.
Now the site has a Moe's Southwest Grill.
It was packed Friday evening, the second night of operation.
Hopefully this dinner and a movie combo will work.

Weekend watchdog

The Sprint Cup series visits Richmond twice - this week and early September.
Win in April and life is less nerve-racking the rest of the summer before the return trip.
Fox has the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Xfinity field goes Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Six different racers have posted victories in the first eight races of the season, earning their spots in the final 10-race playoff. When the circuit returns to Richmond, the field of 16 for the Chase for the Cup will be set after the checkered flag.
Likely bringing some "win or in" anxiety for drivers seeking the final spot.
There's four games Friday in the NHL playoffs, with three teams having the chance to finish their series. The Capitals host the Flyers on Comcast at 7 p.m., while the Panthers and Islanders are knotted 2-2 going back to Florida at 8 p.m. on CNBC. The Stars take on the Wild at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and the Sharks battle the Kings at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has two games Saturday - Rangers against Penguins at 3 p.m. and Chicago hosting St. Louis at 8 p.m. - while the Ducks and Predators battle Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Sunday's schedule will be determined as games progress.
The NBA postseason enters its second weekend, continuing Friday as Cleveland heads to Detroit on ESPN at 7 p.m., with Spurs-Grizzlies in the nightcap. ESPN2 offers Hawks against the Celtics at 8 p.m.
TNT has a pair of games Saturday, starting with Raptors-Pacers at 3 p.m. followed by the Heat heading to Charlotte at 5:30 p.m. ESPN brings the Thunder's trip to Dallas at 8 p.m. and it's Clippers-TrailBlazers at 10:30 p.m.
There's two games on ABC Sunday afternoon, as the Grizzlies host the Spurs at 1 p.m. and Warriors meet the Rockets at 3:30 p.m. TNT takes over at 6 p.m. when the Hawks battle the Celtics, followed by Cavaliers-Pistons.
The Nationals take on the Twins for the weekend on MASN. The Orioles head to Kansas City, with games Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday's game on MASN.
The Royals meet the Tigers on FoxSports1 Thursday at 7 p.m. It's Red Sox-Astros on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Florida faces Georgia Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and it's Mississippi State-LSU Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the Texas Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Manchester City meets Stoke City Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Newcastle United. Sunderland battles Arsenal Sunday at 9 a.m. and it's Leicester City-Swansea City at 11 a.m.
San Jose faces Kansas City in MLS play Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN and Orlando City goes against the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3:30 p.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. after practice Friday at noon.
Oklahoma takes on Tennessee in college softball Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN and UCLA plays Arizona on ESPN2 Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Here to save the day

Another Trump supporter tells the reason why.
He's thinking about how to save the country.
Ask yourself this: why did Donald Trump run for president in the first place? I believe that the real reason is that he, like you, is deeply concerned about the current state of the United States of America, and he, like you, fears for its future.

Come with me if you want to live

Some conservatives are enjoying the idea of a gun-toting Republican woman being put on our money.
No keeping this meme underground.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

No fat zombies allowed

Would you like to be a zombie on The Walking Dead?
Gotta be thin.
One thing you don't think about? Now that all of the walkers are looking more emaciated and decayed, the casting call says that all applicants "must be slim." Who knew?!
Unfair to fat zombies.
Guess they got eaten first.

I'm just whoever I want to be

Louder with Crowder catches up with a Bill who wants to be considered a Jill.
I like the woman who identifies as a gun-toter to scare Bill.

How do you like me now?

What did you say Donald Trump's ceiling was?
I don't remember anybody saying 60 percent.
All the bad news after Wisconsin seems to have disappeared.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Happy Trump Day

It's New York primary day.
Will Donald Trump win?
What's the margin going to be?
Likely yuuge.
Trump talks about the United States winning so much, we'll be tired of winning.
#NeverTrump folks have been tired of Trump's winning for a long time.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Trying to find hope

McDowell County, West Virginia had a booming economy after World War II.
Then the coal economy began to change.
Now one of the poorest counties in the nation, people are trying to bring hope to the children remaining.
Hoping for some good news from the Patch.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A line of Comrades

Don Surber likes that Bernie Sanders doesn't like the "Comrade Bernie" t-shirt.
A company called Liberty Fanatics is mocking Comrade Bernie Sanders with Red and White T-shirts.
Bernie is angry.
How dare the proletariat mock a member of the Politburo!

Proud of where they came from

A former co-worker of mine shares her thoughts on growing up in Appalachia.
In addition to these little things we also strive to live by the values instilled in us, and pass them on to others in younger generations. Values such as honesty and integrity.
Another favorite phrase I heard often when growing up: “They’re good people.”
That didn’t mean rich people, or people judged important by society’s standards. Nope, they could be poor as dirt without two nickels to rub together. That saying referred to a person or a family’s character — the type of people who would help neighbors after a tragedy, or mow the church lawn just because it needed to be done.
The good people that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton want to put out of work.