Monday, December 5, 2016

Time for change

John Fund details reasons for conservatives to be happy with the Trump transition so far.
Conservative are cheerful at the thought, in large part because the Trump transition team is relying heavily on groups such as the Federalist Society. Among such groups, perhaps the biggest role is being played by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that played a major role in Ronald Reagan’s transition in 1981.
Following Reagan's footsteps is a great way to start.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Check your filter

Scott Adams focuses on persuasion to explain the world.
If you view an action through trying to persuade, you view Donald Trump one way.
If you view Trump's actions as a man who doesn't know what he's doing, you view it differently.
I think Adams is more persuasive.
Because how did Trump get where he is - and stay on top for years - if he doesn't know what he's doing?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Taiwan on

The news has been abuzz with Donald Trump phone call with the president of Taiwan Friday.
Was it a mistake by a guy who doesn't know what he's doing?
Scott Adams knows better.
But if you look at this situation through the filter of a Master Persuader, it makes perfect sense. Trump is “setting the table” for future negotiations with China. He just subtracted something from China’s brand that they value, and later he will negotiate with them to maybe give it back in some fashion. Probably in return for some trade concessions.
But what about the risk? Does it ever make sense to poke a nuclear power? In this case, probably yes. As I have said in this blog before, China’s leadership is both mature and competent. Many of them have engineering degrees. They understand what Trump is doing, and none of it is a path to war because neither side has any interest in war. None. Zero.

Hope this makes you feel better

Powerline found a picture that should help deal with the election result.

Facebook quote of the week

God did not make us hateful & ignorant !!!!

Saturday song

Take a morning escape with Rupert Holmes.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekend watchdog

By the end of the weekend, four teams will know their New Year's Eve plans.
The college football regular season closes with several conference championship games and the announcement of the four teams involved in this year's playoff Sunday at noon on ESPN.
The big weekend begins Friday on ESPN2 with the MAC championship between Western Michigan and Ohio. Fox brings the Pac-12 title contest between Colorado and Washington Friday at 9 p.m.
Top-seeded Alabama faces Florida in the SEC championship game on CBS at 4 p.m.
In primetime, ABC has the ACC title game between Clemson and Virginia Tech, while Fox has the Big Ten championship between Wisconsin and Penn State.
The Mountain West contest matching Wyoming and San Diego State goes at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.
The day starts on ABC at noon with Navy against Temple in the American Conference finale, while ESPN has Conference USA action between Western Kentucky and Louisiana Tech.
FoxSports1 has Big 12 action between TCU and Kansas State at noon followed by Baylor-West Virginia at 3:30 p.m.
Fox brings Oklahoma against Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Southern faces Troy on ESPN2 at noon and Arkansas State takes on Texas State at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 80 college teams will officially find out their bowl destinations - with the top four going to Atlanta and Phoenix for a chance at the national title.
The Ravens host the Dolphins Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. Fox has the Eagles against the Bengals at 1 p.m. before the Redskins head to the desert to meet the Cardinals.
The Panthers visit Seattle Sunday on NBC, with Colts-Jets on ESPN Monday night.
ESPN brings the Cavaliers clashing with the Bulls Friday at 8 p.m. before the Rockets take on the Nuggets. The Wizards visit the Spurs Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college hardcourt, top-ranked Kentucky takes on UCLA Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN brings Stanford-Kansas at 3:30 p.m. followed by Arizona against Gonzaga. Baylor battles Xavier on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. before Duke meets Maine.
North Carolina State faces Boston University on Comcast Saturday at 4:30 p.m. while MASN has Mount St. Marys against Loyola at 4 p.m. and Providence plays Rhode Island on MASN2 at 4:30 p.m.
Georgetown hosts Elon Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Indiana takes on Southeast Missouri State on ESPN2 at 4 p.m.
On the women's court, Tennessee battles Baylor Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and Texas takes on Connecticut on ESPN at 4 p.m.
Mississippi State meets Iowa State on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Capitals visit Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The Flyers face the Blackhawks Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Notre Dame visits Massachusetts Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
NBC Sports network has Manchester City against Chelsea Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Tottenham Hotspur battling Swansea City. AFC Bournemouth faces Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 p.m. then it's Everton facing Manchester United.
Hit the slopes with Alpine Skiing Friday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The AT&T swimming Winter National championships will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The Sale Sharks meet the Exeter Chiefs in rugby Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Unsung hero

Via Powerline, the story of an American POW who saved the Jewish soldiers imprisoned with him.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Three weeks later

Blue Virginia liked this analysis of the Trump win - as another Voxer can't quite understand how Donald Trump won.
He does have one good insight.
Rural whites feel left behind economically and disdained socially. They have what they see as a hostile entertainment/media/academic/urban elite and in the end were willing to vote for just about anyone who promised to punch those elites in the nose.
How does it feel?

Ugly thoughts

Andy Schmookler continues trying to deal with the idea of a Trump presidency.
What's the ugly thought behind his latest column?
Calling Trump and his crew part of the ugly side of American life.
Likewise, Trump’s being in thrall to ugliness means that he is drawn to other ugly people. So he surrounds himself with a veritable Rogues’ Gallery of ugly people, like Steve Bannon and Rudy Guiliani. And now we have, day by day, additions to the roster of ugly people who will be sitting around the table with Trump.
(It is my intuitive sense that it is Bannon more than Trump who has determined these ugly appointments. It looks that way to me because I have not seen Trump as having the kind of firm commitment to an ugly hard-right ideology as these appointments represent. Whereas Bannon, seems much more driven by an ideologically-determined set of goals toward which he wants the power of this presidency to take the nation and the world.)
Ugly thoughts about Steve Bannon.
Instead of thinking how Trump wants to make America great again.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

On the road again

President-elect Trump plans to visit the country before moving to the White House in a few weeks.
Visiting the voters instead of Hawaii.
Imagine that.
We will have a different president on January 20.

Monday, November 28, 2016

When I kneed you

Do you participate in Fantasy Football?
Results in the fantasy world don't always match the real world.
Which is why SI says you should consider Colin Kaepernick to your team.
His team stinks - losers of 10 straight - so he's always behind.
Thus he's always throwing for yards in the second half.
Good for fantasy, bad for reality.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Climategate carol

I've posted this Climate carol for years.
The lights shine each year.
And the threat of government regulations seems to dim each year.
Such a great Christmas present.

Al Gore speaks, no one's listening
In the lane, lights are glistening
Oh what a sight
With houses really bright
Seeing all the Christmas lights are on

Gone away is good science
Here to stay, blind allegiance
We're singing our song
Yet lights come on
Look how all the Christmas lights are on

On computers we can cook some data
then pretend that it is warmer now
They'll ask: Are you sure?
We'll say: You know, man
And here's the hockey stick
that we have found

Later on, we'll conspire,
With warnings, that are dire
Make the people afraid
We'll pass cap and trade
No more seeing Christmas lights turned on

On computers we can cook some data
And say skeptics are just circus clowns
We'll have lots of fun with our bad data
Until our own emails knock us down.

When we speak, ain't it thrilling
People's hearts, they are chilling
We'll frolic and play, the socialist way,
No more seeing Christmas lights turned on

No eye in the sky

The signs remain.
But there's no planes watching for speeders.
Until more money arrives.
There's plenty of officers on the roads, especially today.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Proper sendoff for Fidel

In four words, Donald Trump summed up the thoughts of many - Fidel Castro is dead!
Was it diplomatic?
But for those lives shattered by Castro's lengthy rule, it said what they felt.
Compared to President Obama, who talks about himself in the midst of the statement.
During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity.
You can't forget the past.
The suffering for many for years was real.
Trump's tweet expresses the relief of the end of that chapter.

List of demands

The Washington Post presents the case of a University of Virginia second-year concerned about the recent election.
It starts trying to present sympathy for his plight.
It ends with a list of demands to make him and his friends feel better.
The university must refuse to bend to any federal legislation that may be passed in the coming months and years that would directly harm its students. Female students deserve access to reproductive health services, undocumented students deserve access to education as well as protection from dislocation or deportation, and Muslim students deserve to learn at our university without fear. This school has the power to ensure these things, and it must take the side of student protection if it wishes to fulfill its mission of educational excellence.
It's my way or the highway, says the student.
He's got more learning to do.

Facebook quote of the week

Can't get more politically incorrect than calling Hamilton "overrated" lol

Saturday song

Steely Dan has a song about yesterday's shopping.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ready for a strange Big Ten day

Saturday marks a big contest between Michigan and Ohio State.
And conflicted feeling for other schools.
If Michigan wins, they win the division.
If Ohio State wins, then Penn State holds a tiebreaker if it beats Michigan State later in the day.
So you have Penn State fans rooting for Ohio State at noon.
And maybe Michigan fans rooting for Michigan State in the late afternoon.
Sounds like a fun day.

Weekend watchdog

The big meal is done.
But there's still plenty of sports to enjoy with your leftovers.
Black Friday brings plenty of college football, starting at noon with North Carolina-North Carolina State on ESPN and Houston meeting Memphis on ABC.
Missouri takes on Arkansas on CBS at 2:30 p.m. and Nebraska goes to Iowa at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
FoxSports1 brings the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN closes the day with a pair of contests, with Baylor battling Texas Tech at 6 p.m. and Arizona against Arizona State at 9:30 p.m.
Virginia and Virginia Tech tangle on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.
ABC has the big contest between Michigan and Ohio State at noon, followed by Notre Dame-Southern Cal at 3:30 p.m. and Florida facing Florida State at 8 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama meets Auburn on CBS at 3:30 p.m. and Fox has the PAC-12 meeting between Colorado and Utah at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when Louisville faces Kentucky, followed by Michigan State-Penn State at 3:30 p.m. and Clemson's contest with South Carolina at 7:30 p.m.
Duke meets Miami on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. California battles UCLA at 7 p.m. with a nightcap featuring Wyoming and New Mexico.
Kansas clashes with Kansas State on FoxSports1 at noon followed by West Virginia-Iowa State.
Pittsburgh plays Syracuse on the ACC network at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast offers Boston College-Wake Forest at 3 p.m.
Southern clashes with Grambling State at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The pros return Sunday, as the Ravens try to stay atop the AFC North at 1 p.m. when the Bengals visit on CBS. The Patriots take on the Jets in the late afternoon slot, with Fox showing Browns-Giants at 1 p.m. The Broncos host the Chiefs Sunday night on NBC, with Packers-Eagles on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, ESPN2 has the Grey Cup between Calgary and Ottawa.
It's tournament time on the college hardcourt, with action continuing Friday with the championship and third place games at the Las Vegas Invitational Friday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It's the championship of the Battle for Atlantis on ESPN Friday at 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 brings the championship game of the NIT tip-off tournament at 3 p.m. after games at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Advocare and Atlantis.
Maryland meets Richmond on MASN in the Barclay Center Classic Friday at 9:30 p.m. after Kansas State-Boston College. Oklahoma hosts Abilene Christian on MASN2 at 3 p.m.
Northern Iowa takes on Xavier Saturday at noon on MASN, and it's James Madison-George Mason at 6 p.m. The Barclay Center Classic championship tips at 9:30 p.m. after the consolation game at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
ESPN has the finals from the Advocare Invitational Sunday at 1 p.m. and Wooden Classic at 8:30 p.m.
Georgetown hosts Howard on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
In women's basketball, South Carolina takes on Louisville on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Wizards meet the Spurs Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC has ice hockey Friday at 1 p.m., with the Rangers visiting the Flyers.
The Capitals host the Sabres Friday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, MASN brings the Friendship Four Friday. Vermont takes on Massachusetts at 11 a.m. before Quinnipiac battles St. Lawrence at 3 p.m. Winners advance to the championship game will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The MLS playoffs continue with the Western Conference final between Colorado and Seattle at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network offers Burnley-Manchester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Liverpool against Sunderland. NBC brings Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m. Manchester United meets West Ham United Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
Formula One has its Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
There's rugby on NBC Sports network with Northampton-Newcastle Friday at 2:30 p.m., the Exeter Chiefs meeting the Worcester Warriors Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Bath Rugby clashing with the Harlequins Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Singing with his savior

I missed the news last week of the passing of Cliff Barrows, who led songs for Billy Graham crusades for 60 years.
I was fortunate enough to meet him once during my time in South Carolina 30 years ago - since his son was pastor at the church I attended. He eagerly told his story yet again to me, a young reporter, while spending time with his grandchildren on the church grounds.
The news clip has a very interesting part - video from Graham's 95th birthday celebration three years ago.
Guess who's at the next table to Rev. Graham - Donald Trump.

Blow back

It's been an enjoyable two weeks watching Democrats and liberals struggling to deal with the looming Trump presidency.
Charles Blow of the New York Times is the latest to take a swing.
I will say proudly and happily that I was not present at this meeting. The very idea of sitting across the table from a demagogue who preyed on racial, ethnic and religious hostilities and treating him with decorum and social grace fills me with disgust, to the point of overflowing. Let me tell you here where I stand on your “I hope we can all get along” plea: Never.
You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.
Nice blast.
What will it accomplish?
You can vent and complain, but January 20 is coming.
You need more than anger to deal with the Trump presidency.
The problem for liberals?
They think Republicans only fought President Obama over anger, or superficial issues.
To win again, they need policies that work for more than a few Americans who vote for them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Will we have to hear about the "alt-right" community for four years?
Or eight?
Or more?
Do they have more influence because Donald Trump won, or does the media publicity give them more recognition than they deserve?
Why would The Los Angeles Times give the GQ treatment to a guy who “heils” victory and quotes Nazi propaganda onstage in German, as Richard Spencer did this weekend? I suppose it’s the same reason every major publication gave David Duke, who was polling at 3-4 percent in his Louisiana Senate race all year, their undivided attention. (What am I talking about? We’re still hearing about Duke on a daily basis.) It’s to create the impression that they matter.
Time for a reality check for the media.

As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

Behind the scenes of the WKRP in Cincinnati "Turkey Drop"

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Liberals want to lock her up

Donald Trump seems to have decided not to continue investigating Hillary Clinton's email server.
Which disappoints which groups more?
  • Trump supporters?
  • Hillary supporters?
Sounds like they would like Trump to keep up the pressure.
Why do they dislike Hillary so?

The Art of the Failed Deal

Huffington Post continues looking at how the Clinton campaign failed.
Such an enjoyable way to spend my time.
But for the top ranks of the Clinton campaign, the failure is not so much about poor decisions as it is about poor data. Their models showed that the best way to defeat Trump was to paint him as unqualified for the office of the presidency, which they successfully did. Voters just ended up not caring. As one top official asked: When your own polling shows you are likely to win and the public polling says the same, “what would you have done differently?”

Monday, November 21, 2016

You might be persuaded

Scott Adams asks you to imagine how the campaign would have gone without Donald Trump.
If Trump didn’t win because of his persuasion skills, which other Republican candidate can you imagine beating Clinton?
You might be thinking that Clinton’s email problems and the Comey announcements made her an unusually weak candidate, and that means any sane Republican could have beaten her. But you’d be wrong. The reason that the emails, the Comey decisions, and Wikileaks were so effective is that Trump had been labelling Clinton “Crooked Hillary” for months. That created the confirmation bias trap that made everything Clinton ever did sound suspicious. None of the other candidates would have crafted such a perfect persuasion trap.
I also have a hard time imagining any other candidate going after Bill Clinton so hard that it took him out of the game. Was Jeb going to do that?
If you're happy to avoid President Hillary Clinton, thank Donald Trump.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Who's the next birthday email?

Being part of the Democratic party email list, I see they love birthdays.
Wish President Obama a happy birthday.
Or Michele Obama.
Or Joe Biden this week.
And don't forget the Clintons.
But who will be the focus of emails in 2017?
I doubt we'll hear about Hillary's birthday again.
I can't see being excited about the birthday of the new DNC chair.
How will they seek donations and email addresses in the future?

Who over-reacted?

Friday night at the theater, the cast of Hamilton had words for Vice President-elect Pence.
Saturday morning, President-elect Trump responded.
Who's to blame?
Well, they started it. Both sides say.

Curtains for the curtain call talk

DaTech Guy likes free speech.
But thinks the Hamilton cast could have used a different venue to challenge Mike Pence.
The show Hamilton is one of the most popular ones on Broadway, the cast has a very platform and easy access to media, particularly in NYC who would like nothing more than to hear them publicly hit the incoming administration. The cast of Hamilton could have achieved the same effect by having making their statement in an open letter that I’m sure the NYT would have gladly published and the MSM endlessly repeated. Given that fact the necessity to violate the bounds of propriety by challenge a paying customer would seem rather pointless.