Monday, November 30, 2015

Undefeated team watch

The Panthers rolled to their 11th straight win Thanksgiving Day.
The Patriots couldn't join them Sunday.
Only one team remains undefeated with five games left in the regular season.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tracking Deer

American Thinker provides background and some possible motivations to the Colorado Springs shooter. Nothing sounds like a guy who lives for politics.
From what I have found so far, Dear looks like a pretty sad figure, the not quite right in the head child who never grew up. He apparently never got along all that well with people even before he dropped out to live off the grid. I have to wonder if his parents never stopped contributing to his upkeep and that when senior was alive junior was kept on a short enough leash to seem respectable.

Straining the gnat and swallowing the camel

The Planned Parenthood shooting
The Climate Conference
Radical Islam.
For liberals with time to post on Facebook, the top two are bigger problems than radical Islam.
Which shows the liberals want everyone to learn from Jesus' lesson for the pharisees.
You strain out a minor issue, and swallow the bigger problem.

O go, O go, Emanuel

Chicago has been inflamed by the release of a video showing a black teen shot by a police officer.
Last year.
Prior to the mayoral election last winter?
Why, Rahm Emanuel, friend of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton?

Warning signs from Iran

Why would Iran hold a practice military exercise about taking the Al-Asqa Mosque in Jerusalem?
Any answers, President Obama or Secretary Kerry?

London's bridge has fallen down

The University of Virginia is looking for a new football coach again.
Mike London had one winning season in six campaigns at the helm.
A nice guy, but it takes winning to keep your job as well in modern college football.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Will we need to change our name?

Some Princeton students have a problem with Woodrow Wilson.
The boys have attended schools named for Wilson for years.
Will our schools have to change names to get with the times?

Facebook quote of the week

Today’s the day for loved ones to gather together, give thanks, and decide who gets stuck doing the dishes.

ISIS and climate change

According to President Obama, the coming climate change conference will impress ISIS with their determination at tackling a major problem.
There's going to be one of two reactions from ISIS.
Wow, these Westerners can work together. Our plots are doomed.
Beating these infidels will be easier than we thought.
Which do you think is more likely?

Saturday Christmas song

We start the season of Saturday Christmas songs with Casting Crowns' version of "I
Heard the Bells on Christmas Day."

Friday, November 27, 2015

Who's thin-skinned

As we go into the final two months before the Iowa caucuses, the question remains about Donald Trump.
Is he too thin-skinned to be president?
Or are there too many people too thin-skinned to handle Trump being president?
Everything he does offends people.
He says he doesn't mean the offense taken, but every week there's another offense out there.
And yet he remains atop the polls.
That's probably what offends the thin-skinned most of all.

Thanksgiving leftovers

Via Ace, a talk with the crew members of WKRP in Cincinnati about the infamous "Turkeys Away" episode.
As God as my witness, it's a great read.

Ready for Thanksgiving 2016

What's going to be the best thing about Thanksgiving 2016?
It's just two weeks after Election Day.
No candidates will be offering their talking points about issues to share at the table.
One side will have won, and the other won't want to talk about it.
Since Democrats have been the kings and queens of talking points in recent years, I hope they will be the shell-shocked ones next year.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Riding home with the full moon

After a good Thanksgiving dinner in West Virginia, we headed home on a brilliantly moonlight night rising over I-64 eastbound.
It might have had an impact on the boys.
The youngest started singing the chorus to "Shaving Cream," which I taught him in the past.
Then they brought up songs from Phineas and Ferb.
Because it's Swinter.

Mind your Thanksgiving manners

Sister Toldjah has tips to avoid a messing Thanksgiving.
More politeness, and less politics.

Where's the turkey?

If you're still trying to find your Thanksgiving turkey, it's time to see what restaurants are open.

Taking them where he wants to go

Byron York looks at Trump's immigration rhetoric against what people want - and what might be his end goal.
Compromise on his terms.
"Compromise has become the dirty word," a questioner said to Trump. If a President Trump were involved in a conflict on, say, taxes, what kinds of things would he offer, "as a gesture of compromise"?
"Let me just tell you, the word compromise is not a bad word to me," Trump replied. "I like the word compromise. We need compromise, there is nothing wrong with compromise, but it's always good to compromise and win. Meaning, let's compromise and win."

Weekend watchdog

Thursday, all 16 AFC teams get to stay home for the holiday.
Six NFC teams will be competing for Thanksgiving themed postgame trophies.
Fox starts the day at 12:30 p.m. with the Eagles facing the Lions. The Cowboys host the Panthers on CBS at 4:30 p.m., and the night closes on NBC when the Bears invade Lambeau Field to face the Packers.
Sunday, the Redskins meet the Giants on Fox at 1 p.m. CBS offers Dolphins-Jets early before the Steelers take on the Steelers in the late afternoon slot.
NBC has the battle between the Broncos and Patriots Sunday night. The Ravens face the Browns on ESPN Monday night.
There's a pair of college football games Thanksgiving night, with South Florida-Central Florida on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. while FoxSports1 offers Texas Tech-Texas at 7:30 p.m.
Undefeated Iowa closes its regular season against Nebraska Friday at 3:30 p.m., following Navy-Houston at noon.
Missouri and Arkansas battle on CBS at 2:30 p.m., while Fox brings the Apple Cup between Washington and Washington State at 3:30 p.m.
Miami meets Pittsburgh at noon on ESPN2 and it's Baylor taking on TCU on ESPN at 7:30 p.m.
Marshall heads to Western Kentucky on FoxSports1 at noon.
Notre Dame, hoping to make the four-team playoff, battle Stanford on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan and Ohio State have their annual matchup at noon on ABC. Rivalries take the air at 3:30 p.m., with North Carolina against North Carolina State or Southern Cal-USC. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
In primetime, it's Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The Iron Bowl takes center stage on CBS at 3:30 p.m., with Alabama meeting Auburn.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Clemson-South Carolina. Michigan State tries to clinch the Big Ten East against Penn State at 3:30 p.m. before Florida State faces Florida at 7 p.m.
Georgia tangles with Georgia Tech on ESPN2 at noon. It's the Egg Bowl between Mississippi and Mississippi State at 7:15 p.m. and Nevada meets San Diego State at 10:45 p.m.
The ACC Network offers Duke-Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1, followed by Kansas-Kansas State at 4 p.m. and Arizona State taking on California at 10 p.m.
Boston College battles Syracuse on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Bayou Classic between Grambling and Southern at 5 p.m.
Conference USA takes the stage on MASN and MASN2 Saturday, with Old Dominion hosting Florida Atlantic on MASN at noon followed by Charlotte-Rice. MASN2 has Southern Mississippi taking on Louisiana Tech at noon before UTEP-North Texas.
It's Grey Cup day in Canada, with Ottawa battling Edmonton for the CFL title Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards tangle with the Celtics on Comcast Friday at 8 p.m. and the Raptors at home Saturday at 7 p.m.
The ESPN family of networks have a bunch of tournaments for its Feast Week. The Battle4Atlantis in the Bahamas has semifinals Thursday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and two more games Friday at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Top-ranked Kentucky meets South Florida Friday at 5 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests Thursday, starting at noon with Alabama-Xavier. It's Wichita State-USC at 2 p.m., then Stanford plays Michigan State at 4:30 p.m. Michigan State meets Boston College at 6:30 p.m., followed by Iowa against Dayton and Santa Clara-Arizona in the nightcap at 11:30 p.m.
The NIT preseason tournament crowns its champion Friday at 3 p.m. There's semifinals of the Wooden Legacy at 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., sandwiched between Ohio State-Memphis and a semifinal at the AdvoCare Invitational at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday brings two more games from the AdvoCare Invitational at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., along with Wisconsin-Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 brings West Virginia's contest with Richmond at 5 p.m., then it's California-San Diego State from Las Vegas Thursday at midnight.
Friday, it's two contests from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Georgia faces Seton Hall Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Marquette faces Jackson State Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
MASN offers play from the Barclay Center Classic Friday, with Cincinnati-Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. followed by Tennessee taking on George Washington. Louisville plays St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m. Baylor faces Arkansas State at 1 p.m. on MASN2, and it's Oklahoma State-Long Beach State at 8:30 p.m.
Liberty meets Appalachian State Thursday at 3 p.m. on Comcast, and it's Old Dominion-VCU Saturday at 4 p.m.
Texas and Tennessee tangle on the women's hardcourt Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC has Black Friday afternoon ice hockey, while the Blackhawks visit the Ducks on NBC Sports network at 5 p.m.
The Capitals host Tampa Bay Friday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
Conference finals have their second leg in the MLS Sunday, with Dallas-Portland at 5 p.m. on ESPN and the Red Bulls clashing with Columbus on FoxSports at 7:30 p.m.
It's Manchester City-Southampton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by Leicester City against Manchester United on NBC in 12:30 p.m. Liverpool meets Swansea City Sunday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Starting the death spiral

HotAir shares the good news - the looming death spiral for Obamacare gets closer thanks to Marco Rubio.
Two years ago, Marco Rubio won a fight during the budget battles to include a requirement for HHS to maintain budget neutrality in its risk-corridor programs. Rubio had pushed back against this program for months, claiming — as it happens, accurately — that it was a back-door bailout of the insurance companies that had cooperated in the effort to pass ObamaCare. Instead of allowing HHS to dip into general funds for risk-corridor payments, Rubio’s rider restricted those payouts to funds collected from taxes on insurers.
The move forced HHS to cut expected risk corridor payments to pennies on the dollar, and prompted the closure of more than half of the co-ops launched by HHS to provide supposedly low-cost coverage. Now that United Healthcare has signaled that it may cut its losses and get out of the ObamaCare market, The Hill credits Rubio with starting the death spiral many predicted when Democrats first passed ObamaCare in March 2010.

May the force be with your Turkey

Forget politics.
The real battles at the Thanksgiving table will be over Star Wars.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

On dealing with turkeys

The left has spent the last few years churning out pieces with advice for their readers dealing with family Thanksgiving dinner.
Democrats even fired out an email on the topic today.
Ace offers his plans for rebuttal.
It is the goal of the dedicated Thanksgivingman, then, to achieve the sublime art of giving offense without offense being taken.
My basic strategy is thus: It would be as rude of you as it is rude of your cretinous grownchildren kin to allow a Thanksgiving dinner into a stupid game of Rachel Maddow Talking Points and their rebuttals.
So, rather than confront the unemployed idiots who will be assailing you, I propose instead to superficially avoid conflict and engagement on their dummy mouthflappings, and appear instead to agree with them.
Happy Turkey Day.
Hope there's no liberal turkeys at your table.

Undefeated teams watch

The Panthers won easy.
The Patriots had to battle.
Both emerged 10-0.
With national telecasts looming for both in the next few days.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are watching.

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's a holiday - relax

Megan McArdle wants you to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner.
Novelty is overrated at holidays. If you want to try planked salmon and braised leeks for the first time this year, then bon appetit. But the idea that we must have novelty, that a good cook is constantly seeking out new and better things, is a curse. The best parts of our lives do not require constant innovation; they are the best because they are the familiar things we love just as they are.

Time to hide under your bed

The next five weeks are the major travel time of the year - Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Maybe not, says the State Department.
Are you sure you want to keep telling people it's okay to accept Syrian refugees?

Cut it out

Were you surprised about the strength of ISIS?
Apparently, some in the defense department weren't.
They voiced concerns.
And were told "cut it out."
Who lied, and who died in Paris?

No comparison

Powerline questions a column linking today's Syrian refugees with those Jews who tried to escape Hitler in the 1930s.
There are respectable arguments in favor of admitting 10,000 Syrians into the U.S. and respectable arguments against doing so (which I find more persuasive). Alleging bigotry against opponents of admitting Syrians is not a respectable argument, and neither is the specious comparison between contemporary Syrians and Jews fleeing the Nazis.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

Thanksgiving means time to remember WKRP's Turkey Drop.

The odds are not in your favor

Over at DaTech Guy, a look at Illinois' financial woes.
Without a budget, they can't pay out lottery winnings over $600.
But they still want people to play the lottery.
How about paying for a full-page newspaper advertisement?
I wonder if it cost more than $600.

Rules before shootings

Want some clear thoughts on the Paris shooting?
Larry Correia provides.
On the personal, local level, this is another example of why you should carry a gun. No, we don’t expect every permit holder to be a Navy SEAL, just a speed bump. The best way to stop a mass shooter is an immediate violent response. At best, you drop them before they can hurt too many people. At worst, congratulations you were a distraction, but even distractions can save lives or derail plans.
Running is great. I’ll never fault somebody who chooses to run or hide when bad things happen. Every one of us has a different level of training, knowledge, and commitment, and what is the right answer for you, isn’t the right answer for your grandma. If you are the kind of person to get involved, you need to have a clue. However, since the only constant of gunfights is that they suck for somebody, you can do everything right and still die. On the bright side you at least bought everybody else some time.
Should you consider his suggestions?
It looks like there will be more, not less, jihadi-style attacks in the near future.
I’ve got a ton of fans who are feds. Oh, the horror stories I hear from these guys. So many plots have been foiled, so many bad guys have been caught, and the stuff they are worried that is coming next is frankly terrifying… I mean, we’ve not seen anything yet. There are some nightmare scenarios out there that I won’t talk about on the internet. But don’t worry, our administration’s greatest concern is climate change. They’re all over that.

Stop the insanity

Roger L. Simon looks at the world and sees Donald Trump staying atop the polls.
Islam has a big problem and although people want to be polite or deliberately lie about it to look "good" to their neighbors or to their cousins at the Thanksgiving table, when they get into a voting booth, many of them are guiltily going to be pulling the lever for someone with the you-know-what to put an end to this global homicidal insanity -- and it's not going to be John Kasich or Rand Paul or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.  It's going to be Donald Trump.  And if not Donald, possibly Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz, both of whom seem to be able to find Raqqa on a map.