Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eviscerate and replace

The New York Times' profile of cabinet pick Tom Price includes this lovely phrase - eviscerate and replace.
But it takes a while for them to get back to reality.
He has also written a fairly detailed plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act. It would repeal the law’s expansion of Medicaid and provide tax credits to help with the cost of coverage based on age instead of income, with older people getting higher credits.
Shouldn't that be higher in the story?
It's not just repeal in 2017.
Replace is there, waiting for review.

Opening line of Trump's speech

How should President Donald Trump open his first speech after taking the oath of office?
I'd suggest "Former President Obama, can I borrow your pen?"

Tweets will continue until the media improves

Althouse shares Donald Trump's reason for using Twitter.
"But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out."
Guess his Twitter feed will stay active for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

He's still an ugly woman

So President Obama decided to commute the prison sentence of Bradley Manning.
Call yourself what you will.
But dude, you're still an ugly woman.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How can I work with all this noise around?

Via Instapundit, a look at open offices and what they bring.
More sickness and less focused work.
There’s one big reason we’d all love a space with four walls and a door that shuts: focus. The truth is, we can’t multitask and small distractions can cause us to lose focus for upwards of 20 minutes.
Back to work - in a few.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Distracted by the latest shiny object

The New York Times tries to help Democrats figure out their strategy against Donald Trump.
Good luck with that.
A year of waiting for Trump to implode didn't do the job.
But, despite all predictions in the Republican primary contests and then in the general election, Mr. Trump’s succession of perceived missteps never proved fatal. It turned out that waiting for his inevitable collapse based on his behavior amounted to a grave miscalculation of what the electorate cared most about.
“Jobs and wages are more important than anything to do with process,” said Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat of Colorado.

Spoiling the party

Powerline details the many celebrities who have been pressured about being part of the Trump inauguration.
Most people don’t like bullies. Around the country, millions are watching the Democrats’ crazed attacks on Donald Trump, and on anyone who declines to join their hate-fest, and are more convinced than ever that they voted for the right candidate.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tammarow, Tammarow, you're fired tammarow

A Maryland high school student wanted school closed last week.
He sent a misspelled tweet.
Showing he needed to be at school.
But the reply tweet cost the tweeter her job.
Will he and his classmates learn how to spell "tomorrow?"

You're no puppet if you do what I say

Dana Milbank wants Donald Trump to renounce Vladimir Putin.
To prove he's not a puppet.
How does he do that?
He needs to do what Milbank wants.
I doubt Trump will be Putin's puppet.
And he definitely won't be a puppet of the media.

Saturday song

Raindrops falling on your head isn't the best, but it's better than freezing raindrops.


Facebook quote of the week

By the authority invested in my red Mustang GT convertible, I hereby proclaim January 12, 2017, to be Top Down Day in Poca, West Virginia.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have been the surprise story of the season.
Will their postseason be as good?
The Cowboys close the best NFL weekend of the year Sunday at 4:40 against the Packers on Fox. Dallas won the regular season matchup at Lambeau Field, during its 11-game winning streak en route to the top seed in the NFC.
The Falcons and Seahawks start the weekend Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox in potentially the final game at the GeorgiaDome. The teams met in Seattle in October, with the Seahawks pulling out a two-point victory.
AFC top-seed New England hosts the Texans Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Patriots ousted Houston in the third week of the season, before Tom Brady returned from his suspension.
Sunday starts on NBC with Steelers visiting the Chiefs at 1 p.m. The Steelers won big in week four, but the Chiefs went 10-2 after the contest to claim the second seed in the AFC.
By Sunday night, there will be four left with hopes of making Super Bowl LI.
The Celtics battle the Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Pistons-Jazz in the nightcap. Sunday at 9 p.m., the Bulls take on the Grizzlies.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest against the 76ers Saturday at 8 p.m.
Virginia meets Clemson on ACC network Saturday at noon followed by Notre Dame's visit to Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
Georgetown clashes with Connecticut Saturday at noon on Fox while CBS offers Texas A&M against Mississippi State at 1 p.m.
Duke has a trip to Louisville Saturday at noon on ESPN. Florida State faces North Carolina at 2 p.m., followed by Auburn-Kentucky.
ESPN2 has six contests on Saturday, starting at noon with Florida-Georgia. The Big 12 takes the stage with Kansas against Oklahoma State and West Virginia meeting Texas, then it's Maryland-Illinois at 6 p.m. Wichita State takes on Illinois State at 8 p.m., with Saint Mary's-Gonzaga in the nightcap.
NBC Sports network features the Atlantic 10 Saturday, with Richmond visiting St. Joseph's at 12:30 p.m. followed by St. Louis-George Mason and Fordham's contest with St. Bonaventure at 4:30 p.m.
Villanova battles St. John's on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it's Xavier-Butler.
Pittsburgh plays Miami at noon Saturday on Comcast, followed by Northeastern-Towson and Boston College's clash with Syracuse at 4 p.m.
MASN has Austin Peay's contest with Southern Illinois Saturday at noon and Western Kentucky faces Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m.
Providence plays Seton Hall Saturday at noon on MASN2 then it's DePaul-Marquette. Iowa State takes on TCU at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Michigan State visits Ohio State on CBS at 1:30 p.m.
Massachusetts tangles with Rhode Island Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and it's George Washington-LaSalle at 4:30 p.m.
There's high school basketball between Hillcrest Academy and Westtown Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 brings Big East women's basketball between Georgetown and St. John's Friday at 7 p.m. Sunday it's Butler battling Marquette at 1 p.m.
Miami meets Louisville Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before Purdue takes on Ohio State on ESPN2.
The Capitals host the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Flyers Sunday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Wild against Chicago Sunday at 7 p.m.
There's a pair of college ice hockey games on MASN Friday, with Denver-Western Michigan at 6:30 p.m. followed by Omaha against Colorado College.
Tottenham Hotspur meets West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Swansea City-Arsenal. Sunday at 8:25 p.m. it's Manchester City facing Everton before Manchester United and Liverpool tangle.
There's USA Swimming in Austin Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Action at the Australian Open starts Sunday at 7 p.m. with first round action on ESPN2.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Read this later

A friend posted this story on procrastination on Facebook.
I'll get around to reading it eventually.

Sweet Jesus, these people are terrible

Instapundit has been watching the battle of the media and establishment against Donald Trump.
And wondering.
Both journalism and the intelligence community are both more politicized, and less competent, than even I thought. Sweet Jesus, these people are terrible

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farewell to the farewell speaker

Mark Levin brings his focus on President Obama's farewell speech Tuesday.
Tonight, in Chicago — the nation’s murder capital, Barack Obama boasted of his self-styled achievements as president, and gave a preview of his future as the nation’s first activist former president. The setting provided a bitter irony for Obama’s self-praising. Chicago is both where Obama honed his activist chops, and is one of the places most negatively affected by his policies. A perfect allegory for a failed presidency.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Plumbing the depths

DaTech Guy shows writers and their magazines how to look bad.
There are however two things even more pathetic than a person afraid of his plumber:
1. A person who thinks that it’s a good idea to advertise to the world that he’s afraid of his plumber.
2. A publication that thinks it’s a good idea to publish stories about their writers being afraid of their plumbers.

Charlie Walker smiles

During my time in South Carolina in the 1980s, the neighboring county had a must-read columnist for its weekly newspaper - Charlie Walker.
Charlie loved the Clemson Tigers.
He passed away a few years ago - after a colorful career that included costing his radio station its license in 1961 - but I'm sure last night's result from cheer to him and his family.

Monday, January 9, 2017

In front of the mirror, singing "How Great thou Art"

President Obama's farewell tour continues Tuesday with a speech in Chicago.
After parties and numerous interviews.
And the plan to be right there for insight when needed - by Democrats and the partisan media.
Even if all he does is talks about how great he thinks he did.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JMU's secret ingredient

James Madison football just claimed the 2016 championship for its division.
The Dukes also won in 2004.
Both were years that the Republican candidate won the presidential race.
George W. Bush was the good luck charm in 2004.
Donald Trump's win was the good luck charm this year.

Succeeding unexpectedly

Scott Adams tells of his past successes and failures, trying to identify the pattern.
And hypes a future project.
I’ve also started a new book that will tell the story of how I used persuasion techniques to be the most accurate political pundit of the last election. At least a hundred people have asked me to write a book of that type. That type of reaction hasn’t happened since i wrote The Dilbert Principle. This too is a good sign. (My 2017 is looking great.)

Facebook quote of the week

Finally seeing snow fall in Southside 😍❄️❄️❄️ I'm looking for at least 10 inches

Saturday song

Firefall fires it up this morning.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Two parts of the college football universe will crown their champions this weekend.
Alabama hopes for a repeat title.
James Madison made sure there wasn't a repeat in their division.
Before Alabama and Clemson meet Monday for their division's title, James Madison will try for its second national title Saturday at noon. The Dukes face Youngstown State from Frisco, Texas with coverage on ESPN2.
James Madison won the I-AA title in 2004, and ousted five-time defending champion North Dakota State in the semifinals. Youngstown State, which won four championships in the 1990s, needed a late touchdown to knock off Eastern Washington.
ESPN has the repeat matchup between Alabama and Clemson Monday at 8 p.m. from Tampa Bay. The Crimson Tide claimed the 2015 national championship with a 45-40 victory over the Tigers.
The NFL playoffs kick off Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the site of Super Bowl LI. The Texans host the Raiders on ESPN in a rematch of a game played in Mexico City in November. NBC has the Seahawks' contest with the Lions Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Steelers host the Dolphins Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Giants-Packers closing the weekend on Fox at 4:30 p.m.
While those eight play, the Patriots, Cowboys, Falcons and Chiefs await next weekend.
ESPN has the Knicks taking on the Bucks Friday at 8 p.m., then it's Grizzlies against the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Timberwolves on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and battle the Bucks in Milwaukee Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Dayton takes on Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, with Oakland-Valparaiso in the nightcap.
Fox brings Georgetown-Butler Saturday at noon, while CBS has Texas A&M facing South Carolina at 1:30 p.m.
Penn State plays Michigan State Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina against North Carolina State at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has five contests Saturday, starting at 3:15 p.m. with Maryland-Michigan. Tennessee takes on Florida at 5:15 p.m., followed by Texas Tech-Kansas and Texas meeting Iowa State. It's Nevada against New Mexico at 11:15 p.m.
Xavier takes on St. John's on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. it's UCLA-Stanford.
There's three games from the A-10 Saturday on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. with Massachusetts-VCU. St. Joseph's faces Fordham at 3 p.m. before George Mason takes on St. Bonaventure.
Comcast offers East Carolina-Temple Saturday at noon followed by Boston College-Duke.
Liberty meets Campbell on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. MASN2 has Florida International-Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m.
Richmond meets George Washington Sunday at noon on NBC Sports network, then it's Davidson against St. Louis at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three women's contests Sunday. Temple takes on Tulane at 1 p.m., followed by Notre Dame-Miami and Washington faces UCLA at 5 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Villanova plays Providence at 2 p.m. and West Virginia hosts Oklahoma at 4 p.m.
The Capitals visit Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers the Ducks' contest with the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
MASN has college ice hockey between UMass-Lowell and New Hampshire Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Bemidji State against Bowling Green.
Michigan Tech meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
West Ham United clashes with Manchester City in the FA Cup Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Three more contests are on Saturday, starting with Manchester United-Reading at 7:30 a.m. Wimbledon meets Sutton United before Arsenal tangles with Preston North End.
The third round of play continues Sunday with Liverpool-Plymouth Argyle at 8:30 a.m. and Aston Villa against Tottenham Hotspur at 11 a.m.
There's rugby on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:30 p.m. between Newcastle and Bath. Saracens meets Exeter Saturday at 10 a.m. and it's the Wasps against Leicester Sunday at 10 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the Audi Cup alpine skiing with women's slalom racing Sunday at 6 a.m.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Merely passengers

Larry Sabato doesn't have much good news for the Democrats in the final two weeks before Donald Trump moves into the White House.
In just a couple of weeks, the old sun will be completely eclipsed by the new one. Democrats will be essentially on their own, in a greatly diminished role. Their future will depend on President Trump’s performance, and no one really knows what will happen. It’s easy to spin scenarios whereby Trump becomes popular and successful, and equally easy to see how and why he might crash and burn. The point is that Democrats have no representative in the cockpit of the plane; on most days in most ways, they are now merely passengers on a long flight whose direction and destination are determined solely by the Republicans at the controls.

They won't rise again

They had to look at Canada, but researchers compared liberal churches and conservative ones to compare growth.
Sorry, liberals, but you're not on the growth side.
For example, because of their conservative outlook, the growing church clergy members in our study took Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples” literally. Thus, they all held the conviction it’s “very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians,” and thus likely put effort into converting non-Christians. Conversely, because of their liberal leanings, half the clergy members at the declining churches held the opposite conviction, believing it is not desirable to convert non-Christians. Some of them felt, for instance, that peddling their religion outside of their immediate faith community is culturally insensitive. 
It should be obvious which of these two convictions is more likely to generate church growth.
DaTech Guy adds his insight.
The really funny part of this story?  The fact that discovering believing in something vs believing in nothing tends to attract more people was “counterintuitive”.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Somethin' 'bout a truck

Ace looks at the twitter sensation of the day - Do you know anybody who owns a truck?
Sean Davis rounds up the hysterical overreactions by people in the media -- and liberals who apparently consider themselves to be reporters by proxy (I guess on the theory that anyone on Twitter is a "reporter") -- and it's a sumptuous feast of stupid.
There were basically three types of hysterical response to a simple question about truck owners: 1) shut up, 2) you're stupid and/or sexist and/or racist, and 3) whatever, liar, trucks aren't popular (far and away my favorite delusional response to a simple question from a group of people who want you to believe they're extremely concerned about "fake news"). It turns out that people who are paid large sums of money to opine on what Americans outside the Acela province think get very upset if you demonstrate that they don't actually know any of the people about whom they pretend to be experts.

Maybe they need to catch this video.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The long goodbye

In 17 days, Barack Obama will be a former president.
He's running out of time to make things harder for Donald Trump.
His promise to make the transition to the administration of Donald Trump easy is similarly worthless. The new president will bring to office an agenda with radically different priorities - which is why the people of the 50 states elected him - and Mr. Obama is doing everything he can to lay traps and land mines in the Donald's paths, few of which he would have dared earlier.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Best of 2016

Don Surber adds his comments to Director Blue's annual blog awards.
His three "Least Influential (i.e., The Biggest Losers of 2016)" were spectacular car crashes. Heading the list was National Review, followed by Red State, and the Weekly Standard.
Their falls from grace came from diving into Never Trump's shallow pool from the top of Trump Tower.

Holiday or not?

When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the federal holiday moves to Monday.
But there are a few people working today, and a few schools open for business.
If so, you're missing an ice hockey game outdoors in St. Louis and two football games.