Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The pain of Kaine wanting Obama to explain

Tim Kaine wants a vote before authorizing military force against ISIS.
Not all Democrats agree.
Vulnerable Democrats fighting for their political lives are frustrated that Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, is pressing for a debate on giving President Obama new war powers at a time when the commander-in-chief has become a political liability for them.
“Asking anybody to take that vote within two months of an election is just stupid. Why would you put people in that position?” said a Senate Democratic aide.
Is Kaine trying to help Obama share the blame?
Might be time to explain that.

Jayvee explanation

Powerline looks at the spin over President Obama's "jayvee" comment on ISIS.
There is no getting around it. And given what ISIS has since achieved — plus the administration’s recent concession that ISIS has designs on attacking the U.S. — Obama’s “jayvee” comment will probably become the tag line of his presidency, in something like the way “Mission Accomplished” is President Bush’s.
Should Obama be consider "jayvee?"
Mission accomplished.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lois Lerner storage service

Lois Lerner lost emails.
Her hard drive crashed.
Now her Blackberry.
It's like she worked at the beach, and wrote her notes in the sand at low tide.
No traces left.

End of the paper chase

Megan McArdle looks at the gloomy future for newspapers.
Newspaper circulation has fallen only a little bit among readers older than 65, but it has started low and fallen lower among the under-35 demographic. It doesn’t seem reasonable at this point to believe that those folks will ever pick up the newspaper habit.
It was a good run.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Home of the Whopper, eh

Give me Tim Horton's donuts.
And Burger King a tax break.
What's not to like?

If the alarm clocks don't work

Chris Graham sees a way for Virginia to beat UCLA Saturday - the noon start will be 9 a.m. on their body clocks.
Not a problem for the Bruins.
I'm available to help if needed.
My youngest slept until noon all summer. But when school started, I was able to get him up at 6:30 a.m. to catch the bus.
I think UCLA will be able to handle East Coast time as well.

Quake up call

Via Instapundit, data on how the Napa earthquake impacted sleep patterns.
Napa, Sonoma, Vallejo, and Fairfield were less than 15 miles from the epicenter. Almost all (93%) of the UP wearers in these cities suddenly woke up at 3:20AM when the quake struck. Farther from the epicenter, the impact was weaker and more people slept through the shaking. In San Francisco and Oakland, slightly more than half (55%) woke up. As we look even farther, the effect becomes progressively weaker — almost no UP wearers in Modesto and Santa Cruz (and others between 75 and 100 miles from the epicenter) were woken up by the earthquake, according to UP data.

Watching the collapse

The next few months will be fun, watching liberals run away from Obama's failures.
He wasn't liberal enough.
He didn't attack Republicans like they wanted.
Reality is tough.
For Obama and his friends.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Challenge to be different

What's one of the best things about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?
Besides the money raised.
It's seeing the creativity of people.
We don't do the bucket challenge the same mandated way.
People use different size buckets.
Sometimes family members do the honor.
Others dunk themselves.
I bet you liked how Bill Gates did his.
I just saw one at a farm, with a front-end loader bucket full of cold water falling onto a couple.
That's a real cold shower.
Everyone is different, but working toward a common goal.
Not having to follow a common directive, but doing it our way.
George W. Bush has done his challenge.
When does Bill Clinton answer?

He doesn't know what he doesn't know

Belmont Club sees the reason for the Obama administration's panic over ISIS.
In retrospect it was clear Obama didn’t know the true state of affairs. He didn’t even suspect he had got it wrong; it was an “unknown unknown” to him. And not just in some insignificant detail but an error lurking in the facts which made up the very cornerstone of his strategic thinking. The Remnick article clearly illustrates just how critical the mistakes were.
For a gang that can't admit they made a mistake, this is the hardest part.

Marching to the sea again

Victor Davis Hanson sees parallels between the IDF campaign in Gaza and Sherman's famous march to the sea in 1864.
Sherman accepted southern hatred, but he assumed that after he left the Deep South, civilians would start to see a logic to his devastation: The homes and property of the middle classes and poor were largely spared, the infrastructure of the wealthy and of the state were not. That ruthless selectivity would spawn endless arguments among southerners over who was to blame for such destruction — well beyond Sherman himself. Certainly, for all the popular hatred, Georgians and Carolinians were far more likely to be alive after Sherman left than Virginians were after Grant was finished.
The Israeli army was eerily Shermanesque when it went into Gaza. The IDF targeted the homes of the wealthy Hamas elite, the private sanctuaries of the tunnels, and the rocketry and other infrastructure of the Hamas terrorist state. The homes of civilians who did not have rockets in the backyard or tunnels in the basement were usually not hit, and that sent a telling Shermanesque lesson. Long after the international media’s cameras have left, Gazans will argue over why one man’s house was leveled and another’s was not, leading to the conclusion more often than not that one was being used by Hamas, either with or without its owner’s consent, while the other was not.
Don't stop until Hamas has learned the lesson.

Making it a foursome

Instapundit found a great image to go with increasing criticism of President Obama's golf addiction.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sounds of your life

Via one of Ace's idiots, the pretty sound effect for your jokes.
And some other choices as well.

Down for the struggle

A rally in support of Officer Wilson in Ferguson attracted an on-duty postal worker - who pretended to be dead as the cameras rolled.
Hands up and do your job.

Remembering the summer of Pete

ESPN looks back on Pete Rose's ban from baseball, 25 years after the ruling came down.
As the summer dragged on, Rose's attorneys pursued remedies through the legal system. A Cincinnati judge named Norbert Nadel gave Rose a temporary reprieve when he blocked a hearing at which Giamatti could have banned Rose from the game. But the escape hatches eventually closed for good, and Rose was finally forced to come to grips with reality. He accepted a lifetime ban on Aug. 23, and his lawyers and MLB drew up the paperwork.
Forever oblivious to appearances, Rose flew to Minneapolis that night to hawk memorabilia on the Cable Value Network. The next morning, he appeared at a news conference, apologized to fans and steadfastly denied he had bet on baseball. The interview room at Riverfront Stadium was so packed with reporters I had to watch the announcement from outside the front door.
The next year, the Reds won the World Series.
And still Rose remains outside of baseball.

Facebook quote of the week

We need a Nationwide ban on Liberals!!!! PERIOD!!!

Saturday song

Ready for a morning song? This is it.

The most important meal of the day

Via Instapundit, word of new research about breakfast.
After six weeks, their body weights, resting metabolic rates, cholesterol and most measures of blood sugar were about the same as they had been at the start, whether people ate breakfast or not. The one difference was that the breakfast eaters seemed to move around more during the morning; their activity monitors showed that volunteers in this group burned almost 500 calories more in light-intensity movement. But by eating breakfast, they also consumed an additional 500 calories each day.
Guess SpongeBob needs a new song.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hail to the Editorial Board

How nice of the Washington Post editorial board to say they won't use the Redskins name in editorials.
If only they'd stop writing about the subject.

Hail to the Editors.
Hail ennui.
Writers on a warpath
Fight to be P.C.

Weekend watchdog

If you want to make NASCAR's Chase for the Cup, you have to shine at night.
There's three night races left and four spots left before the 16-car chase, which features race winners this season plus the tops in points among non-winners. Twelve different drivers have locked in their places, and the rest will continue the battle Saturday in Bristol.
ABC has coverage at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Gordon leads the pack with three wins after taking the Michigan race, with Dale Earnhardt Jr, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson close behind in points with three trips to Victory Lane also.
Nationwide racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Formula One racers will be in Belgium Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There's practice Friday at 8 a.m.
IndyCar visits Sonoma on NBC Sports network, with the race Sunday at 4 p.m. after qualifying Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Orioles finish their week in Chicago with a three-game set against the Cubs on MASN. The Nationals host the Giants for the weekend - Friday on MASN and Saturday and Sunday on MASN2. Saturday's game will also be on FoxSports1 and Sunday on TBS.
FoxSports1 shows Braves at Reds Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Angels and A's close the weekend Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Little League World Series closes its run Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC, matching Saturday's winners. South Korea plays Japan for the International title Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ABC, then the United States champion will be crowned at 3:30 p.m. as Nevada plays Chicago.
ESPN has the third place game Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Redskins and Ravens battle in the NFL preseason Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
CBS has the Raiders facing the Packers Friday at 8 p.m. and Colts-Saints Saturday at 8 p.m. The Chargers visit the 49ers' new stadium Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fox, and NBC closes the weekend with Bengals against Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
Arena Football ends its season Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Arizona battling Cleveland for the title.
The college season get an early kickoff on ESPN. Bowl Championship Series members Sam Houston State and Eastern Washington meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Miami Central meets Hoover of Alabama on the high school gridiron Saturday at noon on ESPN. Trinity Christian takes on Buford of Georgia on ESPN2 Saturday at 9 p.m. Sunday, it's off to Tennessee at noon for Oakland-Blackman on ESPN2. Florida's Dwyer and American Heritage play on ESPN 3 p.m. Sunday.
Everton faces Arsenal Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Aston Villa meets Newcastle United Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Leicester City. Sunderland takes on Manchester United Sunday at 11 a.m.
Real Salt Lake takes on Dallas Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 brings Portland-Seattle Sunday at 5 p.m.
Women's soccer has a semifinal match between Kansas City and Portland Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, then Seattle takes on Washington Sunday at 11 p.m.
NBC carries the U.S. women's gymnastics competition from Pittsburgh Saturday at 8 p.m.
The PGA tour's Fed Ex playoff run begins this weekend at the Barclays in New Jersey. CBS has coverage Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
CBS prepares for the U.S. Open with Arthur Ashe Kids Day Sunday at noon. The men gear up for the tournament in Winston-Salem, with semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. CBS carries the final Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Connecticut hosts top women, with semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. The final will be Saturday at 3 p.m.
In international basketball, the United States faces Puerto Rico Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The WNBA playoffs continue on ESPN2 Saturday at 5 p.m. with Washington-Indiana, followed by San Antonio against Minnesota. Sunday at 7 p.m., Atlanta faces Chicago on ESPN2 before the Sparks face Phoenix.
The Travers Stakes from Saratoga will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC.
The Pacific Classic will be on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the fifth stage of the U.S. Pro cycling championships Friday at 3:30 p.m., with coverage continuing Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The seventh stage will be on NBC Sunday at 4 p.m.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Trust

Matt Walsh sees all the trouble in the world and seeks some help.
And remembers we are here for a reason.
The truth is that God knew what challenges we would face before we faced them. He knew where our society would be before we were born into it. He knew of the despair, violence, and misery before we felt it.
He knew that our time would call for warriors, and so He sent us.
He sent us — you and me and everyone. He sent us here, now, today, because we have work to do. We have a mission to complete, a purpose to fulfill.

Until this weekend

Wall Street Journal tells of the declining attendance at Wrigley Field.
Hopefully not this weekend.
The Orioles are in town.
They might make the friendly confines more friendly for the AL East leaders.

No dinosaurs harmed in this post

Apparently you can't write about shooting a dinosaur with a gun in Summerville, South Carolina.
Stick to football, Green Wave.
All living dinosaurs are safe from gun violence.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Obama is bland

Althouse answers why President Obama is letting his fans down.
Maybe because he didn't act stupidly.
5. Obama doesn't want a replay of the Skip Gates fiasco, where he blurted out that the police "acted stupidly," when he didn't really know the the facts, and it turned out that what the police did was not stupid at all. In the case of the Ferguson incident, we don't know the facts. Today, I'm seeing: "Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop's version of events in shooting #Ferguson." (Ezra Klein brings up Skip Gates, but doesn't mention that Obama got the facts wrong because he spoke too soon, only that "the White House no longer believes Obama can bridge divides.")

What does the DOJ know?

Gateway Pundit's reporting that Officer Wilson suffered an eye injury in the Ferguson confrontation opens the question - does the Department of Justice know this?
If the officer was injured, how can this information be released?
Can his picture after the incident be shown?
The Friday release of the video from the store brought out angry words and property destruction the next night.
This could be much bigger, and thus harder to control.
It would be nice for Eric Holder to stay next to Wilson and tell people to turn their anger elsewhere.
Now.
Sooner better than later.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don Pardo, just tell me now what I didn't win

Don Pardo stole the scene during Weird Al's "I lost on Jeopardy."
Sorry, no Turtle Wax for you.

Headline writers hardest hit

Hail to the Redskins.
Or Skins.
When you're writing a headline for the newspaper, shorter names let you put more action into it.
Or
Give a
chance
to stack
stories
Washington won't fit in one column.
But announcers can say Washington all they want.
It leaves fewer syllables for silly commentary.
HTTR.

Don't beat on the police

Rule number one in life - don't hit the police.
That goes for you too, media.

Indictment of the indictment

DaTech Guy enjoys seeing the New York Times come out in support of Texas Governor Rick Perry.
low info voters Democrats depend on simply love Youtube videos of drunken people making asses of themselves might not think it’s unreasonable to require the head of a public integrity unit to be someone other that a lady who makes drunken threats against police.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Flighty Senator

Pat from Shreveport drops the bad news on Senator Mary Landrieu and her trouble paying for campaign flights.
CNN broke the story last Tuesday and, embarrassed, Landrieu’s campaign claimed it was all a big mistake, it wasn’t her fault, and that the charter company had billed Landrieu’s Senate office rather than the campaign.  It’s a good effort – the Blame-Someone-Else method works pretty well for Obama, so I can see why Landrieu would try it.
Let's retire this Democrat.