Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Another reason to be happy Trump won

Hillary Clinton's recent international tour adds reasons Americans should be extremely glad she lost to Donald Trump.
After the comments received backlash, Clinton insisted that she “meant no disrespect” by her comments — but she’s lying. Disrespect is exactly what she meant. In fact, I couldn’t think of a better word to describe her intention. Think about it: If you’re insinuating that you think an entire segment of the population is racist, then you obviously intend to signal that you don’t have any respect for those people. She insists that these things can be “misinterpreted,” and that that’s what happened — but honestly, in what other possible way could she have intended them to be interpreted? (Seriously, if you can think of another way, let me know. I’m waiting.)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

No more Toys R Us kids

The end is near for Toys R Us.
Much of our money was spent at Toys R Us and Babies R Us when the boys were young.
Times and toys have changed.

This weekend in the FBI

FBI on Friday: We recommend firing Andrew McCabe since he provided information to the media outside allowed guidelines.
McCabe on Saturday: I've got notes I took after talking with President Trump. Anybody want to publish them?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday song

In Charlottesville this morning, lots of Virginia fans are down on the corner.

Facebook quote of the week

I hope I don’t have to remember where I was on this date.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rather dark in there

Peggy Noonan brutally sums up Hillary Clinton's problem.
During the campaign Mrs. Clinton was often urged to speak her heart, show us what’s inside. It turns out it is rather dark in there.

Weekend watchdog

The Virginia Cavaliers haven't reached the NCAA Final Four since 1984.
As the top overall seed, this year might finally be their time.
Virginia opens the first round of the tournament Friday at 9:20 p.m. against Maryland-Baltimore County on TNT. A likely win moves the Cavaliers into the second round Sunday in Charlotte.
The first round continues Friday as Providence takes on Texas A&M at noon on CBS, while TruTV brings Purdue-Cal State Fullerton at 12:30 p.m. Marshall meets Wichita State on TNT at 1:30 p.m., with Georgia State's clash with Cincinnati starting the day on TBS.
CBS has four games in the second round Saturday, starting at noon. TNT joins the party with a pair of games starting at 6 p.m., with TBS coverage at 7 p.m.
There's three more games on CBS Sunday at noon, with TNT having two games at 6 p.m. and TBS two more at 7 p.m. TruTV carries a contest at 7:30 p.m.
Then we'll be down to the Sweet 16.
The women's tournament gets going this weekend, with games tipping off Friday at noon on ESPN2. The next batch plays at 2:30 p.m., with Virginia taking on California at 5 p.m. The night closes with games at 7:30 p.m.
Action continues Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2, with other contests starting at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. It's on to the second round on ESPN Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m., and ESPN2 at noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The NIT continues with second round games on ESPN Saturday at noon as Notre Dame takes on Penn State. Baylor battles Mississippi State Sunday at noon, and it's Marquette-Oregon Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards host the Pacers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NASCAR visits California this weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1.
MASN has the Nationals' preseason contest with the Cardinals Friday at 1 p.m.
It's the Arnold Palmer Invitational from Orlando on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals take on the Islanders Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, and meet the Flyers Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Blues-Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the NCAA wrestling championship Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN
The Paralympics continue on NBC Sports network and sled hockey highlights the action Friday at 7 p.m. There's cross-country skiing Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings the FA Cup Saturday at 8 a.m. with Swansea City tangling with Tottenham. Manchester City meets Brighton Sunday at 6 a.m.
Huddersfield Town clashes with Crystal Palace on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10:55 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Watford.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund takes on Hannover Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN has the men's and women's championships at the Paribas Open Sunday at 2 p.m. There's men's quarterfinals at 3 p.m. and women's semifinals Friday at 10 p.m. ESPN has the men's semifinal Saturday at 2 p.m. and women's semifinal at 10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What women want

Hillary Clinton thinks women vote Republicans because they are forced to by the men in their lives.
Just because Bill forced her to do things doesn't mean all men do that too.

Monday, March 12, 2018

The bitter clinger

Via Powerline, the latest from Hillary Clinton blaming her loss on people in the middle of the country.
Watch and celebrate the fact Donald Trump is president instead of her.

He chose poorly

Clay Travis highlights a story about the bad relationship between ESPN and the NFL.
Their former leader appears to have botched the business side with the important client.
In the past, ESPN had executives in place who could mollify the NFL. Over the past two years, though, ESPN did not. Skipper did not engage with the people who matter at the NFL, like Goodell and Brian Rolapp, executive vice president of media, sources said. Skipper, who was known to favor basketball and his relationship with Adam Silver over the NFL and its leaders, never fully engaged in the partnership. He did not socialize with or develop close ties to influential owners, like Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Cowboys’ Jones. It seemed like the folksy Southerner had little in common with the people at the top of the NFL.
Maybe instead of complaining about President Trump, ESPN could have learned business lessons from him.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Filling out his bracket

The Atlantic asks "Where is Barack Obama?"
The answer is the same this week as this week in March the past nine years - thinking about his NCAA tournament bracket.
The trivial is his priority.

Stand down vs let's do it

Thanks to the time of Mother Jones' piece on the Obama administration's reaction to Russia in 2016, we have an easy comparison between Obama and Trump.
How did the Obama team deal with the possibility of Russian interference? Crank up the bureaucracy.
The meetings followed the procedure known in the federal government as the interagency process. The general routine was for the deputy chiefs of the relevant government agencies to meet and hammer out options for the principals—that is, the heads of the agencies—and then for the principals to hold a separate (and sometimes parallel) chain of meetings to discuss and perhaps debate before presenting choices to the president.
But for this topic, the protocols were not routine. Usually, when the White House invited the deputies and principals to such meetings, they informed them of the subject at hand and provided “read­ ahead” memos outlining what was on the agenda. This time, the agency officials just received instructions to show up at the White House at a certain time.
Last week as North and South Korean met, the opportunity arose for President Trump to meet North Korea's leader. A few high-level meetings and it was done - faster than expected.
Mr. Trump accepted on the spot, stunning not only Mr. Chung and the other high-level South Koreans who were with him, but also the phalanx of American officials who were gathered in the Oval Office.
His advisers had assumed the president would take more time to discuss such a decision with them first. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the president’s national security adviser, both expressed caution. If you go ahead with this, they told Mr. Trump, there will be risks and downsides.
Mr. Trump brushed them off. I get it, I get it, he said.

Sounds like success to me

Blue Virginia wails that its liberal agenda got nowhere during the 2018 General Assembly session.
All the ideas that got stopped because Republicans held the majority.
Sounds like Republicans had a successful session.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The trend is his friend

President Trump's approval ratings continue to move up.
The reason he's up, despite the Beltway's over-covered supposed turmoil at the White House, and the Russia,Russia,Russia obsession of the leftwing press, is not hard to discern. Job creation just hit the 300,000 mark, a number we have not seen in about a decade. Taxes went down - and they went down hard for almost everyone. Factories and their jobs are returning to the states. Workforce participation is growing.
Wave the Blue Wave goodbye.

Facebook quote of the week

I do and will give credit where it is due.

Saturday song

Time to hold the line on songs with Toto.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Weekend watchdog

Virginia finished the regular season ranked number one.
The Cavaliers hope to open the NCAA tournament in the top spot also when the field of 68 gets revealed Sunday at 6 p.m. on TBS.
After winning its first game at the ACC tournament Thursday, Virginia faces Clemson Friday at 7 p.m. in the first semifinal. Duke takes on --- at 9:30 p.m.
The championship will be Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ACC network and ESPN.
The SEC tournament has a pair of quarterfinals on ESPN2 Friday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There's a pair of quarterfinals from the American Conference on ESPN2 Friday at noon and 2:30 p.m., with the semifinals from the Big 12 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the Big East semifinals Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., and the second semifinal from the Pac-12 at 11:30 p.m.
CBS has the semifinals in the American Conference Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. The Mountain West crowns its champion Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Big East crowns its champion on Fox Saturday at 6:30 p.m., and FoxSports1 carries the Pac-12 title game at 10 p.m.
The SEC semifinals are Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, with the Big 12 finale at 6 p.m.
ESPN2 starts its day at 11 a.m. Saturday with the America East final between UMBC and Vermont. It's the MEAC final at 1 p.m., followed by a semifinal from the Ivy League at 3 p.m. The SWAC bid will be on the line at 5 p.m., then it's the MAC and Southland Conferences. The Big West closes the slate at midnight.
The Atlantic 10 holds its title game on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the American Conference at 3:30 p.m.
The SEC finale will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while ESPN2 shows the Ivy League at noon and Sun Belt final at 2 p.m.
The Wizards visit the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m. and the Heat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ABC brings Spurs-Thunder Saturday at 8:30 p.m. with Warriors-Timberwolves Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Cavaliers tangle with the Lakers Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC has the Valspar Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Phoenix for the weekend, with the Monster Series going Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on Fox.
The Capitals meet the Sharks on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC has the Bruins against the Blackhawks Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and it's Stars-Penguins on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
In exhibition baseball, the Nationals take on the Cardinals Sunday at 1 p.m. before the Orioles and Phillies meet at 6 p.m. on MASN.
D.C. United takes on Atlanta United on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m.
Manchester United meets Liverpool in the Premier League Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Newcastle United-Southampton and Chelsea's clash with Crystal Palace at 12:25 p.m.
Arsenal faces Watford Sunday at 9:25 a.m. then Bournemouth meets Tottenham Hotspur at 11:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hamburg on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it's Stuttgart-Leipzig Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The 2018 Paralympics get going Friday at 6 a.m. with opening ceremonies on NBC Sports network. There's alpine skiing Friday at 11 p.m., with sled hockey Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 p.m.
There's college softball between LSU and Auburn Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Trump is a genius

Via Don Surber, a glimpse of Trump's prowess from an unnamed Washington insider.
Donald Trump is a political genius. FULL STOP. In the days after his steel and aluminum tariff announcement, I’m told union leadership in this country have been inundated with messages of support for Trump from their members.

Understanding gun polls

Bearing Arms shared a pollster's look at polling on guns.
And why the headlines don't end up matching reality.
Other issues exist such as misleading questions, phrasing that fails to address how strongly someone feels about a topic. This is touched on slightly in the last quoted paragraph, but it doesn’t point out that this can be a willful attempt on the part of some pollsters to try and manipulate public perception. After all, peer pressure is a thing, and it doesn’t only impact school-aged kids.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Twitchy isn't impressed by McDonald's salute to the International Women's Day.
Go ahead and make me a sandwich.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lace 'em up

Political Clown Parade is ready for the ACC tournament.
Too bad the pick to win the tournament will be incorrect.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The next Best Picture - Black Panther

Oscar ratings sank like a stone Sunday - down almost 20 percent from last year and among the lowest total in televised history.
That goes back to the 50s when the country's population was much smaller.
How can they improve in 2019?
Obviously, pick a more popular movie that people have seen.
Something with great reviews from all the critics.
Will anything to top Black Panther in 2018?
Let's just go ahead and give it Best Oscar.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

The all arguments together

Scott Adams attempts to collect many items from the gun control debate into one convenient post.
With an interesting take on gun confiscation.
Gun owners worry about a slippery slope from background checks to gun confiscation. But with hundreds of millions of guns already in circulation, and a gun culture in our DNA, we already have Mutually Assured Destruction if the government were to attempt confiscation. The government itself would fall within a week, in my opinion. I judge the slippery-slope-to-confiscation argument to be a real risk, but a smaller risk than just about any other risk the country routinely discusses.

Wait 'til they get Chick-fil-A numbers

Do companies who come out against the NRA get a boost from gun control supporters.
Yahoo tries to use past incidents to show now pressure might work.
Opinion surveys are one thing.
Financial information is another.
Chick-fil-A knows the strength of buycotts among their customers.
We'll see if Dicks gets a real boost or not.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Facebook quote of the week

Are you kidding me , Bluefield isn't getting Bruce Willis in Death Wish, what a joke , bet we keep that porn movie for the 40 and up women, out there all spring!

Saturday song

Such a violent song by Cher. Dark Lady would never turn a card again.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Weekend watchdog

The first weekend of March usually brings a few conference tournaments from leagues at the lower end of Division I.
This year, the Big Ten gets a jump on the rest of the big guys.
Scheduling issues at Madison Square Garden - where the Big Ten tournament will be held - moved them a week earlier than usual.
CBS has the semifinals Saturday at 2 and 4:30 p.m., with the final Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Missouri Valley Conference holds its final Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN2 has the Ohio Valley Championship Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Big South holds its championship Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Atlantic Sun at 3 p.m.
As the regular season closes, Texas-Arlington takes on Texas State Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, then it's Iowa State-Oklahoma.
Kentucky faces Florida on CBS Saturday at noon.
Fox has three contests from the Big East Saturday, starting at noon with Xavier's trip to DePaul. Creighton clashes with Marquette at 2:30 p.m. and Georgetown tangles with Villanova at 5 p.m.
ESPN starts its day Saturday at noon with West Virginia against Texas. Baylor battles Kansas State at 2 p.m., followed by Kansas-Oklahoma and Louisville's contest with North Carolina State at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew catches Duke-North Carolina at 8:15 p.m., with UCLA meeting USC in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
Virginia Tech meets Miami at noon Saturday on ESPN2, then it's Alabama against Texas A&M at 2 p.m. TCU tangles with Texas Tech at 4 p.m. before Arkansas battles Missouri at 6 p.m. There's a pair of quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference Saturday at 10 a.m. and early Sunday at 12:30 a.m.
Virginia closes out its regular season against Notre Dame Saturday at 4 p.m. on the ACC network ACC network after Syracuse hosts Clemson at 2 p.m.
George Washington faces Dayton Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's a pair of games on NBC Sports Washington Saturday, with Wake Forest-Georgia Tech at noon followed by Boston College against Florida State.
CBS has Cincinnati's clash with Wichita State Sunday at noon.
The Wizards take on the Raptors Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and ESPN. ESPN continues coverage at 10:30 p.m. with Timberwolves-Jazz.
 The Wizards host the Pacers Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Celtics face the Rockets Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Sunday, the Bucks host the 76ers at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There's four women's championship games on ESPN2 Sunday. It's the ACC at 2 p.m., followed by the SEC at 4:30 p.m. and Big Ten at 7 p.m. The PAC-12 crowns its champion at 9 p.m.
NASCAR starts its western swing this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1, which has the Truck Series race Friday at 9 p.m.
The Naval Academy hosts the NHL's Stadium Series contest Saturday at 8 p.m., with the Capitals against the Maple Leafs on NBC.
NBC Sports network has the Red Wings taking on the Wild Sunday at 7 p.m.
The PGA tour goes south of the border for the Mexico Championship, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The MLS season gets going on ESPN Sunday at 7 p.m. with Seattle against Los Angeles.
Burnley battles Everton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Newcastle United at 12:30 p.m.
Brighton & Hove Albion meets Arsenal Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Manchester City clashes with Chelsea at 10:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Schalke battles Berlin on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. it's Koln-Stuttgart before Freiburg battles Bayern Munich at noon.
There's an women's soccer friendly between the United States and France Sunday at noon on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Harlequins and Bath Friday at 2:30 p.m.
There's TYR Pro Swim Series on NBC Sports network Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Planning ahead

President Trump plans to run again in 2020.
Are opponents ready?
All of these reasons point to the simple truth that Trump is looking toward the future. His first State of the Union Speech rang with the same optimistic, forward-looking message. Democrats sat on their keisters and glared angrily as he led cheers for America’s virtues and for her untapped potential. So, as the left continues to stew over a past election and #resist, Trump looks to tomorrow and embraces it. He’s started the 2020 campaign season on his terms. He’s welcoming an election that’s a referendum on his agenda. He might be a political novice, but he understands branding and messaging. That’s what we have here.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Courting trouble

Via DaTech Guy, a look at a looming Supreme Court case.
This is a First Amendment case. Can the government compel a nonprofit organization to deliver a message inconsistent with the organization’s mission? California might be having financial problems, but apparently the AG’s budget includes resources to argue this case all the way to SCOTUS. NIFLA is relying on assistance from Alliance Defending Freedom, the same legal group that successfully represented Eleanor McCullen in the Massachusetts buffer zone case.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Enjoying the conversation?

After a shooting, there's talk about having a conversation on guns.
It's been almost two weeks since the Florida shooting.
Like the conversation so far?
The reason we don't talk immediately is - we need facts, not emotion.
We got facts this week - the failure of the onsite officer to engage when shots rang out.
No NRA member told him to do that.
When emotion cools, you're left with logic.
For those who use guns responsibly, having them is safer than more regulation.
For those who shouldn't have guns, the government has tools - they need to be used better.