Saturday, November 22, 2014

Turkey of a forecast

Planning to travel Wednesday night or Thursday morning for Thanksgiving dinner?
It might be over the river
Through the woods
Behind the snowplow.
The Macy's parade in New York might have to replace balloons with snowmen.

Social media rules

A Facebook friend posted the story of an ESPN analyst being suspended from Twitter, supposedly for arguing creation and evolution with Curt Schilling.
Reminded me of what I saw last night, where ESPN doesn't want religious signs at College GameDay.
If you want to ban religious signs from your shows, it makes sense to slow your employees from jumping into controversies outside the sporting realm.
Wonder if those unhappy with the analyst's Twitter ban know of the sign ban?

Facebook quote of the week

When you don't like my status, I get upset. When I get upset, I mope around the house. When I mope around the house, my wife gets mad at me. When my wife gets mad at me, I take it out on the animals. When I'm mean to the animals, my wife kicks me out of the house. When I'm kicked out of the house, I go over to RJs house. When I go over RJs, I get drunk. When I get drunk, I end up out on the streets. When I end up out on the streets, I need protection. When I need protection, I call cousin Chicky. When I call cousin Chicky, people end up wearing concrete shoes at the bottom of the Barge Canal. Don't end up wearing concrete shoes at the bottom of the Barge Canal, like my status. ( Happy Birthday Cousin Chick!!!!!!)

Saturday song

Lorde has a new version, but Tears for Fears has the one we remember.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finish the job

The Senate races are down to one runoff - so the Ten Buck Friday crew has one last hurrah.
One last chance to boost Bill Cassidy - and boo Mary Landrieu.
One last chance to cheer the efforts of our crew.

Adrienne's Corner

Diogenes' Middle Finger

Fishersville Mike

For God, Family, and Country

Laughing Conservative

Left Coast Rebel

Mind Numbed Robot


Political Clown Parade

Proof Positive

Texas Conservative News

Theo Spark


United States - the best place to be

Why are we having a debate on immigration?
People want to be here.
We're the greatest country.
What other country are people begging to get into?
This is the destination.
The question is - how to keep the country the best?
If the people coming in boost the productivity of the United States, it can be a good thing.
If they add to the welfare rolls and cause trouble with current citizens, then it's bad.
President Obama asks you to trust his vision.
His trouble?
We've seen his vision on health care reform - and don't like it.
And won't trust him on him.

Weekend watchdog

LeBron James left the Wizards' division this offseason, but fans will get to catch the king in action Friday.
James and the Cavaliers come to Washington at 8 p.m., with coverage on Comcast and ESPN.
The Wizards hold the early lead in the NBA's Southeast Division, ahead of James' former team in Miami. Lebron excited the Cleveland fan-base with his return, but the team dropped to 5-5 after Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.
In the ESPN nightcap, the Bulls meet the Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m.
The Cowboys visit the Giants on NBC Sunday night, while the Ravens return to the Superdome Monday night, meeting the Saints on ESPN.
Fox offers the Lions at Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with the Titans at Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Redskins head west against the 49ers.
The college football weekend continues Friday when FoxSports1 has Rice against Texas-El Paso Friday at 8 p.m. ESPN shows San Jose State-Utah State at 9:30 p.m.
ACC newcomer Louisville faces Notre Dame on NBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Florida State hosts Boston College on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other areas getting Wisconsin-Iowa. ESPN2 shows the game not on-the-air in your area. In primetime, Southern Cal takes on UCLA.
CBS stays in the SEC West, with Mississippi playing Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. Baylor clashes with Oklahoma State on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech tries to become bowl eligible, taking on Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Minnesota-Nebraska, then it's Arizona against Utah. It's off to the SEC East at 7:30 p.m., with Missouri meeting Tennessee.
Penn State takes on Illinois at noon on ESPN2. Virginia closes its home season at 7 p.m. with Miami before Boise State meets Wyoming at 10:15 p.m.
Kansas travels to Oklahoma at noon on FoxSports1 and Stanford goes against California at 4 p.m.
It's Big South football on MASN at noon, with Gardner-Webb taking on Monmouth. MASN2 starts its day at noon with Western Kentucky facing Texas-San Antonio before Texas Tech travels to Iowa State at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings "The Game" - Harvard against Yale - at noon followed by CAA contests between New Hampshire and Maine at 3:30 p.m. before Richmond meets William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.
James Madison takes on Elon on Comcast at noon, followed by Georgia State-Clemson.
North of the border, Montreal faces Hamilton in the CFL Eastern Division final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college hardcourt, ESPN2 has the championship of the 2K Classic Friday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday's contests start at 2:30 p.m. with Notre Dame against Providence. It's the third-place game of the Puerto Rico at 4:30 p.m. and the championship at 7 p.m. then the Charleston Classic final tips at 9 p.m.
MASN shows Morehead State-Louisiana Tech Friday at 8 p.m. Presbyterian meets Louisiana Tech Sunday at 5 p.m.
Kansas State takes on Long Beach State on MASN2 Friday at 10:30 p.m., and Marquette meets Nebraska-Omaha Saturday at 7 p.m. Oklahoma hosts Northwestern State Sunday at 3 p.m.
Creighton hosts North Carolina Central Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Capitals host Buffalo on Comcast Saturday at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts UMass-Lowell in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The MLS conference finals start Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with the Red Bulls taking on the Revolution on NBC. The Galaxy and Sounders meet Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC shows Arsenal against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Chelsea clashes with West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Formula One circuit visits Abu Dhabi this weekend, with the race on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

See you in court

Mickey Kaus wonders if a court case against the Obama immigration policy will take long.
On April 8, 1952, during the Korean War, President Truman seized crucial steel facilities. The steel companies immediately sought and got an injunction. On June 2, 1952, less than two months after Truman acted, the Supreme Court swatted him down.
Courts can move quickly when they want to. This smells like one of those cases.

Now serving number 9,000

Just over six years into this blog, we've reached 9,000 posts.
It promises to be an interesting run to 10,000 in the new year.

Obama hates Hillary

President Obama's immigration announcement Thursday appears to be setting the stage for a Republican winning the White House in 2016.
He may not have another campaign to worry about. But how will the Hillary Clinton campaign answer this?
Talking about illegal immigrants and drivers licenses didn't help her in 2008.
He thinks he'll have several million happy voters joining the rolls.
What about the intensely unhappy opposition?
Those people who will be paying extra thanks to his decision.

What will it cost?

Blue Virginia thinks people want to do what Democrats want about global warming.
But look at the charts.
People support what won't cost them money.
The lowest support is for paying an average of $100 more per year for energy.
Thirty-six percent oppose that, either strongly or somewhat.
The percentage will likely rise as the price rises - or wind or solar energy supplies prove unreliable for what they expect in our daily lives.
If liberals would pay for our extra costs of renewable energy - instead of trying to profit from it - then their dreams might have a chance.

The first anti-Hillary

Jim Webb left the Senate in 2012, but wants to return to Washington in the White House.
Does he have a chance?
Webb is already 68 years old; by the time of the next election, he’ll be 70, older than Hillary Clinton. That’s not too old to run for President, but it’s certainly old enough to wonder whether Democrats really need another aging Baby Boomer in the crowd. The Republican contenders are already much younger than the Democrats presumed to be in the race, and here comes a blast from the Reagan Era past to underscore that disparity and make it official. The youth vote that lifted Obama in 2008 will only be eight years older in 2016, not twenty-eight years older.
Let the fun begin.

Really lame duck

All year long, President Obama has said he would do something about immigration.
Now, he wants to announce his plan.
Unfortunately for him, the rest of government has a say.
And might look to look more closely at Obamacare after watching this exercise.
This might turn out to be the last gasp of a lame duck before the nation moves on.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do legal immigrants get a refund?

All the talk about President Obama's legalization plan ignores the effort of those who followed the rules to become United States citizens.
They waited their turn to come here.
They attended classes and learned our history.
They gave up free time.
They spent their earnings to officially become Americans.
Now, President Obama opens this privilege up to anybody who ignored the rules.
Can legal immigrants get their money back?

Scaring you now

It's below freezing for the second straight day in Fishersville.
I'm supposed to be worried about a novel putting extreme global warming 29 years in the future?
If there's going to be two degrees of warming by 2100, where it is now?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

With friends like these

Democrats mustered 41 votes against the Keystone pipeline.
Mary Landrieu's last gasp for re-election looks doomed.
Will they help her pack her office in December?

Be nicer on the internet

Mike Rowe likes dirty jobs.
Even dealing with internet trolls.
If only they'd listen to his advice.
Consider limiting each blurb to a single entry. When you post the identical screed four times in a row, it looks very much like a broken record sounds. This will lead people to conclude that you’re either a) inept at posting, or b) deliberately obnoxious. Neither conclusion is likely to lead to a sale. Remember, most people see posts like yours as small piles of vomit that they can quickly step around. But when the same vomitus post appears multiple times, you force my friends here to slosh through a virtual lake of spew.

We lost and you're stupid

Blue Virginia gives space to another whine by a liberal about why Democrats lost Election Day.
Like Jonathan Gruber, the author blames the stupidity of the American voter.
1. Everyone lost. But we the citizens lost big time. The 1% has gerrymandered and vote-suppressed us in numerous ways. If only they turned their creativity into solving real problems. But this is a post-Citizens United world and the GOP and their voters are too obtuse to know they lost too.
You can believe others view things differently.
Or that they're stupid.
Which is probably the most stupid way to explain Democratic losses.

Monday, November 17, 2014

90 days until the big test

Megan McArdle tries to get a handle on how Obamcare is doing going into the second year of open enrollment.
Remembering that a big test comes from those who didn't enroll in 2014.
Another thing to keep in mind, however: This open enrollment period isn't the biggest test for Obamacare in the next 12 months.  The biggest test will be what happens on or around April 15th.  That's the first time all the people who didn't buy insurance will get hit with the individual mandate penalty, and the ones who thought that it was a nominal $95 fee are in for a nasty shock .  April 15th will also be the first time that people who got too much in subsidies are going to be asked to pay back some of that money.
But will we have to wait until April 15 to see that impact?
How about February 15?
If you expect a tax refund, you file as soon as you can. You get your W-2 and sent it in.
H.R. Block will give you a loan in advance of your refund.
Except if there's no refund coming.
Soon after the W-2 come out, some people who usually have refunds will get their big surprise.
And they will not be happy.
What will Obamacare supporters do then?


The Huffington Post brings up the discussion of women's sports teams being called "Lady."
Old news for me.
Back in 1995, I printed a small headline for "Lady Cavs" at the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
I was immediately told they didn't use "Lady" for the Virginia women's program.
The term does help quickly tell which team is featured in an article.
But "Lady Vols" ought to rule as long as they want.

Those lazy, crazy days of winter

Dustbury tries to find a bright spot in the looming cold season.
He wasn't lazy when it comes to finding a winter booster.
However, if you take away the ice, snow, and slush, winter can be a lazy person’s ticket to paradise. Although it may appear that I am trying to find the silver lining, trust me when I say: I lean more towards lethargic than evolved.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Internet never forgets

Now that videos of Jonathan Gruber have surfaced, the Obama team and Democrats want to say they don't know the man.
Except the archives show they did.
They worked closely with him.
We advised their plans.
Al Gore should have thought about this problem when he invented the internet.

Inside the Warren 2016 campaign

Staffer: I have an idea to boost your electoral chances.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Meet a group that donates $200,000 a year to political causes and deride the influence of money in politics.

Clothes make the controversy

DaTech Guy sums up the comet guy shirt kerfuffle in two tweets.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What's that smell?

The older brother of one of my high school friends tells the tale of Brussels Sprouts gone bad.
Another brother didn't want to eat the Brussels Sprouts on that night's menu.
He thought he found a spot under a built-in bench to hide them.
He didn't choose wisely.
Jerry's deceit was discovered when, a day or so later, a smell of rotting food began to emanate from beneath the bench, beside the register. As the Brussels sprouts decayed, the rotting was enhanced by the warm air coming out of the heat register. The smell was foul, and there was no way to clean it up, short of completely demolishing the built-in table and bench, which wasn't an option. So we just had to put up with the stench until the Brussels sprouts had completely decayed and stopped stinking.

Time for repeal-o

The videos keep coming with Jonathan Gruber tells how Obamacare snuck into law.
First, it was just a typo.
Or a speak-o.
Turns out Gruber would speak-o to anyone who would pay-o.
And tell-o the same story-o all the time.
Republicans and the Supreme Court are very interested in what he's got to say.
For Democrats, it's an oh-no.

Facebook quote of the week

Desire backed by faith does not know the word impossible...

The Keystone block didn't stop us

Blue Virginia highlights an Oklahoma oil man who says the Keystone XL pipeline isn't needed now.
I wonder if they read the whole story.
Why is Keystone unnecessary now?
The oil industry has worked around the Democrats' block of their project.
Hamm said his company, which had planned to use Keystone to ship some of its North Dakota crude, is already using other pipelines for half of its oil. And the percentage is growing.
“We’re supporting other pipelines out there, we’re not waiting on Keystone. Nobody is,” said Hamm, a former energy adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, who made a vast fortune as an early investor in North Dakota’s booming Bakken oil shale region. “That thing … needed action on it six years ago. I just think it’s too late and we need to move on.”
Liberals think they can keep the tar sands in the ground if they block Keystone XL.
The crude oil flows and their protests remind ineffective.

Saturday song

The official song of Democrats since Election Night - Dream on.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend watchdog

NASCAR's new Chase for the Cup format brings four top drivers together this weekend.
Whoever finishes best among them at Homestead wins the season's crown. ESPN coverage starts at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Kevin Harvick nudged his way into the final four with a win at Phoenix last week. Denny Hamlin, Joey Lagano and Ryan Newman round out the contenders. The rest of the field will be looking for a season-ending win as a stepping stone to win the Chase in 2015.
The Nationwide racers close their season Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series finale Friday at 8 p.m.
The Redskins host Tampa Bay Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, followed by the Packers against Eagles. CBS offers the Broncos at St. Louis at 1 p.m.
It's Patriots-Colts on NBC Sunday night, and the Steelers' trip to Tennessee closes the week Monday night on ESPN.
The college football continues Friday when Tulsa meets Central Florida on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
Saturday's big game matches top-ranked Mississippi State and No. 5 Alabama on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
ABC offers three games, starting at noon with Ohio State-Minnesota. Nebraska tangles with Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m., then it's off to the ACC for second-ranked Florida State taking on Miami.
Notre Dame hosts Northwestern on NBC at 3:30 p.m. Fox brings two games, with Washington facing Arizona at 4 p.m. before Texas and Oklahoma State clash at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Clemson taking on Georgia Tech and Oklahoma heads to Texas Tech at 3:30 p.m. Auburn tries to bounce back at Georgia at 7:15 p.m., and the night closes with Arizona State meeting Oregon State at 10:45 p.m.
Penn State plays Temple at noon on ESPN2, and LSU battles Arkansas at 8 p.m.
TCU aims to boost its chances to make the playoff field, traveling to Kansas at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1. It's North Texas against Texas-El Paso at 10 p.m.
ACC network offers Pittsburgh-North Carolina at 12:30 p.m.
In the CAA, James Madison visits Richmond on NBC Sports network at 12:30 p.m. while Towson takes on William & Mary at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN has a pair of games from the Big South, with Presbyterian against Gardner-Webb at noon followed by Charleston Southern visiting Liberty.
Marshall hosts Rice on MASN2 at 2:30 p.m.
Edmonton faces Saskatchewan in the CFL playoffs Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Spurs visit the Lakers Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN. The Wizards take on the Magic Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The college basketball season gets going this weekend. New ACC member Louisville faces Minnesota Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
MASN has Elon against Florida Atlantic Friday at 8 p.m., while MASN2 offers a pair of Big East teams facing non-conference foes - St. John's meeting New Jersey Institute of Tech at 7 p.m. before Marquette meets UT-Martin at 9:30 p.m.
Georgetown faces Saturday at noon on MASN2, then Seton Hall battles Mercer Sunday at noon. Charlotte plays Elon at 5:30 p.m. on MASN.
Comcast has a pair of ACC teams against non-conference foes Sunday, with Samford-Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. and Virginia opening its home season against Norfolk State at 7 p.m.
Creighton clashes with Chicago State on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
London hosts the ATP World Tour finals this week, with coverage on ESPN2 Friday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals host New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The United States meets Colombia in an international friendly on ESPN Friday at 2:30 p.m. Getting ready for Euro2016, Italy meets Croatia on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
MASN2 has the Conference USA men's soccer championship game Sunday at 2 p.m.