Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy end of the quarter

How many money appeals for political donations will I get before midnight?
Too many to count.
How many will I ignore?
All of them.

George Wallace was a Democrat

Ed Driscoll notes the trend of liberals trying to offload George Wallace's racism to the current Republican party.
Remember, racism built the Democratic party.
The current Democratic structure would not be there without the racists of the past.
Democrats, you own Wallace and his friends from that era.

R-e-s-p-e-c-t, doubt Joe's got it for me

Althouse received the same Joe Biden email that I did.
What's the theory behind "respect" for me? Am I supposed to feel like Joe Biden will withdraw his respect if I don't pony up? Is this email for women only or do they throw this "respect" business at men too? (I'm about to give you all of my money... Not.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Only a keg to stand on

Pat from Shreveport lets DaTech Guy's readership learn more about Mary Landrieu's lame defense of her "keg-stand" photo.
Although her constituents don't appear to be bothered.
Indeed, in an informal poll by the Times-Picayune, 49% of those responding don’t have a problem with a U.S. Senator funneling beer into a dude’s mouth at a tailgate event as he holds himself aloft by his hands on a beer keg.  38% think this is poor behavior for a Senator.
It IS Louisiana, after all!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
The keg-stand might be the best thing going for Landrieu.

Which wild card to root for?

Major League Baseball almost announced the game times for Thursday and Friday's start of the divisional series.
The Orioles will play Thursday at 5:37, or maybe 6:07. Depends if the Royals or A's win Tuesday.
What about the second game Friday? Either 12:07 if the Giants win the National League wild-card game, or 3:07 if the Pirates win.
The Nationals will have their opener Friday either 12:07 or 3:07, depending on the Orioles' time slot.
Hope fans like their plans being up in the air 36 hours before first pitch.
If you're planning on celebrating Yom Kippur Friday, you don't know for sure if your team's Friday game will be done by sundown.
At least now you know who to root for.

Who underestimated ISIS?

When President Obama blames "they" for underestimating the threat of ISIS, who are the "they?"
The State Department?
No, they couldn't blame Hillary.
The Defense Department?
They might have had a better handle on the situation if they kept troops in Iraq.
But who promised to remove the soldiers from Iraq?
Which campaign, in 2008 and 2012?
"They," and take away two letters, gets you "he."

Fear factor

The 2014 election will likely be decided by fear.
Democrats are trying to incite fear of Republicans.
Voter who fear for the world may put Republicans in charge.
Fear of diseases crossing a porous Southern border.
Fear of rising Islamic violence.
Basic fear of the future.
I fear we'll have more to fear in the next five weeks before Election Day.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Undefeated teams watch

Only one of the 3-0 teams hit the field Sunday.
The Eagles got close, but lost late against the 49ers.
The idle Bengals and Cardinals remain the final unbeaten teams in the NFL.
The only place they can play - Super Bowl 49 in the Cardinals' home stadium.

Good news for Ernst

Iowa produces good news this Sunday - Joni Ernst has a six-point lead in the Senate race.
Ernst leads 44 percent to 38 percent in a race that has for months been considered deadlocked. She leads nearly 4-1 with rural voters, and is up double digits with independents.
"Very interesting, and good news not just for Ernst but also for the GOP's chances of taking the U.S. Senate," said national political prognosticator Larry Sabato of "Sabato's Crystal Ball."
And there's more bad news for her opponent.
Some of the vulnerabilities for Braley, a lawyer and eight-year congressman: He isn't winning in his home district, in northeast Iowa. Two-thirds of likely voters think it's a problem that he missed a large percentage of Veterans Affairs Committee meetings in the U.S. House. Fifty-nine percent think his role in crafting the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, is a problem.

By the dawn's early light

A visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a great time to view the sunrise.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Maybe we have a race

Numbers like a 22-point lead for Mark Warner diminish enthusiasm in the Senate campaign.
Numbers like this keep hope alive.

Saturday song

Ride into the weekend with America's "Horse with no Name."

Facebook quote of the week

Never thought I'd be excited to hear that I've had food poisoning. Means I wasn't contagious. And I can hold my boy again!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Back in black

Megan McArdle isn't impressed with the black in kitchen.
Why black? I'm reading between the lines here, but the consensus of designers seems to be that “all the other colors were taken.”
It's pretty, as long as you don't use it.
The merest puddle of water will leave a ghostly cloud of minerals on your midnight granite counter, and every flat surface will quickly become a fingerprint collection facility that rivals the FBI's.

Weekend watchdog

Lots of excitement in Scotland the last week.
rydercup-logo2014It continues this weekend with the Ryder Cup.
The 12-member United States team will try to claim the trophy on foreign soil for the first time in many years.
Saturday's competition begins on NBC at 3 a.m., and the final battle for the Cup starts Sunday at 7 a.m. with all 12 golfers competing in singles matches - all trying to reach enough points to claim the cup.
Europe retains it with 14 points, and the United States needs 14 1/2 to bring it home.
The Ravens host Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, while Fox starts its day at 1 p.m. with the Packers taking on the Bears. Undefeated Philadelphia faces the 49ers in the late afternoon game on Fox.
NBC offers the Cowboys and Saints Sunday night at 8:20 p.m., with the Chiefs battling the Patriots on ESPN Monday night.
The college weekend continues Friday as Old Dominion makes its C-USA home debut at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1, facing Middle Tennessee. New Mexico battles Fresno State on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Western Michigan on the ACC network Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Florida State visits North Carolina State on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other areas seeing Minnesota-Michigan. ESPN2 has the game not seen over-the-air in your area. Syracuse battles Notre Dame in the Meadowlands at 8 p.m.
CBS brings Texas A&M against Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. while Fox has a pair of contests - Stanford against Washington at 4:15 p.m. before Baylor battles Iowa State at 8 p.m.
Georgia clashes with Tennessee on ESPN at noon, then it's Missouri playing South Carolina at 7 p.m. Southern Cal faces Oregon State at 10:30 p.m.
ESPN2 offers Michigan State-Wyoming at noon. It's off to the ACC at 7:30 p.m. with Duke meeting Miami.
Kansas takes on Texas at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Boston College hosts Colorado State at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast, then it's a pair of CAA contests - Delaware against James Madison before Towson faces Maine at 7 p.m.
MASN2 offers UTEP at Kansas State at noon.
The Orioles head to Toronto for a regular season-ending set on MASN2. The Nationals host the Marlins for four games including a day/night doubleheader Friday on MASN.
Derek Jeter's career ends at Fenway Park, and Fox has Saturday's contest at 1 p.m. before TBS shows the season finale Sunday at 1:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Pirates against Reds Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
NASCAR visits Dover this weekend, with the bottom four in the 16-member Chase for the Cup seeing their dreams dashed. ESPN has the action Sunday at 2 p.m. The Nationwide drivers race Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Revolution visit Sporting Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and D.C. United takes on Philadelphia Saturday at 3 p.m. The Galaxy take on the Red Bulls on ESPN2 Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three Premier League contests Saturday, starting at Liverpool-Everton at 7:45 a.m. Manchester United clashes with West Ham United at 10 a.m. followed by Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur. West Bromwich Albion battles Burnley Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Capitals have a preseason contest against the Bruins Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers the Jockey Cup Gold Cup Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Heading to Tillis country

My weekend plans are a trip to the North Carolina Outer Banks.
Good timing that the Ten Buck Friday crew has Thom Tillis as this week's candidate to support.
Tillis in the new Republican Senate would make beach life even more relaxing.
So thinks the crew.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Phil Simms drinking game

Take a drink each time Phil Simms slips and says Redskins.
Or laugh.
Or sing the Redskins fight song.
Hail Victory.

Can we piggy back?

SWACgirl has a good idea - adding high-speed internet cables to the Dominion gas pipeline right-of-way.
The pipeline must go through rural areas, and they don't think they'll benefit from potential industrial uses of the natural gas.
But giving them easier access to internet - might be a good sweetener.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Raining on Jeter's parade

The Yankees lost Wednesday, ending their postseason hopes.
Thus, Thursday will be Derek Jeter's final home game.
Unless it rains.
Lots of people who spent lots of money on tickets will be singing "rain, rain, go away."

Smoke vs. pot smoke

Tony Stewart has now been cleared in the race track accident that killed Kevin Ward Jr.
Now we know the rest of the story.
"There is toxicology evidence in the case related to Kevin Ward, that actually indicated at the time of operation that he was under the influence of marijuana," Tantillo said. "There was no toxicology work performed on Tony Stewart, however a certified drug recognition expert had interviewed him on the night of the collision and determined that he found no basis to observe any alcohol consumption or impairment by drugs."
It's a sad day for race fans, but Stewart should be able to drive with a clear conscience the rest of the season.

Decide to visit here

The Ace of Spades Decision Desk has a new site, gearing up for November.
We aim to provide a one-stop-shop for polls, a cross-party compilation of election analysis along with our own, and, of course, a fast and accurate alternative source for election returns on the big night.
I'll be visiting.

ISIL see them advancing

Powerline sees the boots on the ground still advancing after airstrikes grabbed the headlines.
In Iraq, the army seems incapable of taking on ISIS. And, says Boot, the Kurdish peshmerga is in only marginally better shape. Accordingly, six weeks of U.S. air strikes have failed to dislodge ISIS from its strongholds in Iraq or to prevent ISIS’s recent success in Anbar Province described above.
Former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Robert Gates both insist that it will take U.S. “boots on the ground” to galvanize and train the potential anti-ISIS forces. As long as President Obama refuses to permit such participation, the bombing campaign probably will remain something of a sideshow.

It's a blast

India has a satellite now orbiting Mars.
Welcome to the neighborhood.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What a tangled Webb we weave

Could Hillary be hearing Jim Webb's footsteps on the 2016 campaign trail?
Good luck.
You'll need it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Continuing the keg trend

You might remember the Colorado ad for Obamacare, featuring a guy doing a keg stand.

Guess he's in Louisiana now.
Both need help from Democratic senator Mary Landrieu.

Only hot air on climate change

John Fund sees desperation in the climate change crowd that hit New York Sunday.
There was a tone of fatalism in the comments of many with whom I spoke; they despair that the kind of radical change they advocate probably won’t result from the normal democratic process. It’s no surprise then that the rhetoric of climate-change activists has become increasingly hysterical.

Undefeated teams watch

The Bengals, Eagles and Cardinals advanced to 3-0.
The Bills, Texans, Broncos and Panthers did not.
After three weeks of the season, there's only one game left where undefeated teams can meet - Cardinals at Eagles in late October.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

If that's moving up, then I'm moving out

Blue Virginia gets more blue after seeing a story that 40 percent of Arlington County residents plan to leave in the next five years.
At least they learn basic supply and demand.
Places like Arlington have enacted the types of policies (and/or failed to enact the types of policies) that, both explicitly and implicitly, have constrained the supply curve for housing (e.g., kept that supply curve from shifting out sufficiently) while the demand curve (the overall number of people who "demand" housing in Arlington) has shifted out sharply, along with the region's population.
Lots of liberal ideas depend on increasing housing density, and more people wanting to live in compact, walkable neighborhoods.
Except they can't bridge their desires and the reality of how people want to live.

Remembering Hugo

Hurricane Hugo hit the South Carolina coast about two years after I moved to West Virginia.
I visited the following spring, and now 25 years later, stories about the storm are being shared again.
This house was on the south end of Pawleys Island, in the area northeast of where the eyewall struck.

How to celebrate Florida State's win

Florida State won without quarterback Jameis Winston Saturday.
Makes me what to jump up on a table and shout.