Friday, October 24, 2014

More Democratic woes

Nice to see Blue Virginia talking about Democratic excuses for the party's coming losses.
You don't talk about reasons you lost unless you think it's extremely likely you're going to be losing plenty of races Election Day.

Don't take this race for granted

The Ten Buck Friday crew eyes New Hampshire this week, where Scott Brown seeks a return to the Senate.
And a return of Harry Reid and Democrats to minority status.
We're riding the wave to victory in 2014.

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Weekend watchdog

A wild World Series heads to the west coast this weekend.
Wild cards Kansas City and San Francisco continue the Fall Classic from McCovey Cove Friday on Fox at 8 p.m. The teams split the first two games in Kansas City.
world series 2014Eight played a big part for both teams entering the series. The Royals won their first eight games this postseason, while the Giants have won eight straight postseason series - including the World Series in 2010 and 2012.
Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Sunday at 8 p.m. If necessary, the series returns to Kansas City Tuesday and Wednesday.
How about those Cowboys? The Redskins will find out Monday night, when they visit the division leaders on ESPN.
There's breakfast-time football this Sunday, as the Lions meet the Falcons in London on Fox at 9:30 a.m. Most of Virginia will catch the 4 p.m. game between the Eagles and Cardinals, while the Fishersville area is scheduled to get Bears-Patriots.
The AFC North leading Ravens take on the Bengals at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by Colts-Steelers. NBC shows the Packers and Saints Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Cincinnati hosts South Florida Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and BYU battles Boise State at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Oregon travels to California at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Virginia looks to bounce back against North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Top-ranked Mississippi State heads to Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ABC spends the day in the Big Ten, with Michigan-Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. followed by Ohio State visiting Penn State at 8 p.m.
Fox offers Texas Tech against TCU at 3:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a Conference USA matchup between Marshall and Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. and a top-20 contest in the Pac-12 with USC against Utah at 10 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon when Texas travels to Kansas State, then West Virginia takes on Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. Primetime starts at 7:15 p.m. with Mississippi-LSU before Arizona State and Washington close out the night at 10:45 p.m.
Rutgers meets Nebraska at noon on ESPN2 and Oregon State faces Stanford at 3:30 p.m. Alabama meets Tennessee at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has a pair of contests, with Maine-Rhode Island at noon before Charleston Southern meets Coastal Carolina. Rice faces North Texas at noon on MASN2.
Delaware takes on William & Mary on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR is down to its final four races, with only eight contenders left for the championship. Martinsville hosts this week's race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. The truck series takes the track Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Capitals continue their west coast swing, meeting Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. and Vancouver Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Niagara Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to the women's World Cup in Canada next year continues on FoxSports1, as the United States meets Mexico in the semifinals of CONCACAF Friday at 7:30 p.m. The championship match will be Sunday at 6 p.m., after the third place contest at 3 p.m.
NBC brings Leicester-Swansea Saturday at 12:30 p.m., then Manchester United plays Chelsea Sunday at noon. NBC Sports network starts its Premier League action Saturday at 7:45 a.m. when West Ham United meets Manchester City. Sunderland plays Arsenal at 10 a.m. and Everton takes on Burnley Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Seattle tangles with the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Houston clashes with Chicago Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network while ESPN2 has Kansas City against the Red Bulls Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia faces Wake Forest in men's soccer on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina hosts Florida State in women's soccer Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
In women's volleyball, Syracuse meets Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. Nebraska and Wisconsin clash on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
Comcast shows the Marine Corps marathon Sunday at 7 a.m.

Pass the Buck Friday

While waiting word on which candidate gets featured for Ten Buck Friday this week, I need to check out Democratic Pass the Buck Friday.
If background quotes were votes, they'd be in much better shape.
Democrats also privately gripe that the administration's response to Ebola was too slow, playing directly into a Republican narrative of  Democratic mismanagement. In August, the president's decision to issue a statement about the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic militants and then head directly to a golf game was viewed as tone deaf, at best, an assessment shared by the president himself.
But Democrats' biggest outrage stems from a speech Obama gave earlier this month, when a remark that his “policies are on the ballot” turned an economic speech into a potent attack ad. The remark was pre-scripted, further enraging campaign strategists when they learned it was not a spontaneous gaffe. Even friends couldn't defend the comment. “I wouldn't put that line there,” acknowledged the president's campaign guru, David Axelrod, on NBC's “Meet The Press,” calling it a “mistake.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to keep progressives agitated

Inside Sen. Elizabeth Warren's office -
Staffer: I know the best way to boost your presidential hopes.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Change your answer, ever so slightly.

Spreading blog friendship

I Own the World touts those blogs that have linked them recently.
Time to join the fun.
Their blog has been on my sidebar since January 2011.

Meet Marlins man

Orioles fans were annoyed to see a guy with a Marlins shirt in a prime location behind home plate at Kansas City last week.
Now Kansas City fans are annoyed.
Especially since he's probably bought the same seats for games 6 and 7.
Hopefully he'll wash his sweatshirt before then.

Beginning institutional repair

George Will looks forward to 2015, with Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader.
“An executive order can’t [create consensus]. The fiat of a nine-person court can’t do it. A raucous and precarious partisan majority in the House can’t do it. The only institution that can make stable and enduring laws is the one we have in which all 50 states are represented equally, and where every single senator has a say in the laws that we pass.”

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Throwing team Obama under the bus

The next two weeks promise to be fun - then there will be fun after Election Day.
Democrats are growing increasingly pessimistic about their chances of holding onto the Senate, with most close races trending in the GOP's direction in a nationalized political environment. Republicans are now in position to net more than the six seats necessary to take the majority. Iowa is emerging as a must-win state for Democrats if they want to halt the Republican momentum, and it's a race where Democrats can't afford late-breaking mistakes. A plugged-in Democratic House official said internal polling showed Braley trailing Republican Joni Ernst in all of the state's congressional districts, even those that typically favor Democrats. Democrats are even struggling to hold Braley's House seat.
Glad to see Democrats joining the reality based community.
The reality is Election Day doesn't look good for them.

Time to roost

Proof Positive sees what Democrats will see in two weeks - vultures in their roost.
Lots of scandals. Lots of bones to pick apart.

Order a McRib and save the company

Megan McArdle notes the problems McDonald is currently having.
Consider two of the things analysts say that McDonald's needs to fix: speed of service and adapting the menu to changing American tastes. Problem is, adding new items to the menu, such as the McWrap, to suit changing tastes seems to be one of the reasons service has slowed down. The CEO announced today that the company will be simplifying the menu to speed things up, but this carries its own risks: People may get offended if they lose a beloved product.
Get your McRib while you can.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Vote for my lying friends

Boil down President Obama's words on the radio Monday and you get a simple truth.
Democratic candidates are lying to voters in their desperate attempts to get elected.
Do you trust liars?
That's who Democrats have put on the ballot.
President Obama has done us a great service - reminding us some politicians will do whatever it takes to win.
And they are Democrats.

Hugh Jass problem

Via Best of the Web, another headache for Kentucky Democrat Allison Lundergan Grimes - the names of food at her family's restaurant.
Hugh Jass Burgers -- say it out loud to get the joke -- has menu items like "Charlotte's Rack, sure to be voted biggest rack" named after Grimes' mom and "Abby's Hugh Jass," a burger named after her sister. They also sell souvenirs like an apron with "Check Out My Buns" emblazoned across it.
The restaurant's approach has raised eyebrows, especially since Grimes' camp accused the GOP of sexism.
Sounds like a Hugh Jass problem to me.

President Gilligan

If you'd like to see President Obama sent to a deserted island, DaTech Guy has an idea how it would work.
The Professor and his fellow castaways don’t hate Gilligan, they can’t even stay angry at him.  They simply accept that no matter his intentions, anything he Gilligan touches turns to disaster.
That’s what has happened with Barack Obama.  Partisans on the left can be counted on to spin his failures, partisans on the right to ascribe malicious intent but the vast body of apolitical people simply shrug when things go wrong in government.
They just don’t expect better anymore.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A blog - a place for my stuff

Best of the Web found some good stuff - George Carlin talking about stuff.
I'll add it to my blog - a place with the internet stuff I like.

Perfect golf partner for Obama

Over the weekend, Tony Kornheiser played golf with President Obama.
In today's opening for "PTI," they were talking about Apple Pay.
Would Kornheiser use it?
He said he'd continue using co-host Michael Wilbon's credit card.
Sounds like he talked about spending with Obama.

Very interesting

Likely voters are wanting Republicans in charge - those with more interest in what's going on.
Low-information voters still like Democrats.
Can you inform them about the election while still keeping them as Democratic voters?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Helping paranoia grow

Slate joins those scoffing at fears of Ebola and immigration.
That doesn't help.
Telling someone their fears are irrational doesn't convince them it's wrong.
Our fears can be rational.
Responding in ways to calm fears can be helpful.
Scoffing at fears isn't.
Maybe Mexico and Belize have the right idea, keeping those suspected of having Ebola out of their territory.

Larry Hogan approves this story

President Obama got off the golf course and visited an actual campaign Sunday - trying to support the Democrat for governor in Maryland.
The people weren't impressed.
A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks.
Republican Larry Hogan ought to be encouraged.

God changes the game

Don Surber examines how quickly religious choice is being crushed by the rush to gay marriage.
This is not about gay marriage -- or gay rights. It is an attempt by socialists to eliminate religion from our lives. Government sees religion as a competitor. Jesus posed a threat to Rome simply by telling people there was a life after death. That's revolutionary because it liberates people from having to think only of themselves in the moment. No God, no morality and the government does as it pleases. When God enters the room, He changes the game.
God remains in the room, no matter what the courts say.

So mad I'm hitting the ball really hard

Ed Driscoll joins the crew asking the obvious question - how can President Obama golf Saturday when he's "seething" at the response to Ebola?
He's taking his frustrations out on the golf ball.
That means he's been frustrated since 2009.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

What to worry about

Weekly Standard lists the reasons to be worried about Ebola - and the government's response so far.
What’s terrifying about the worst-case scenario isn’t just the scale of human devastation and misery. It’s that the various state actors and the official health establishment have already been overwhelmed with infections in only the four-digit range. And if the four pillars—contact tracing, case isolation, safe burial, and effective public information—fail, no one seems to have even a theoretical plan for what to do.

"This wouldn't be happening if I were president"

It's a good time to mock today's New York Times story - how mad President Obama is with the response to Ebola.
He's frustrated.
He's mad.
He's president (guess he doesn't remember that).
My advice to Team Obama - encourage the Big Guy to take a look around. If he sees a playing field and thousands of screaming fans then he is probably in a luxury skybox somewhere and yes, he is free to cheer and boo like any other spectator. But if he sees a famous desk and slightly curved walls, then he is probably in the Oval Office and might want to remember that he is Chief Executive of the United States and is notionally responsible for the many bureaucracies he purportedly leads.

Facebook quote of the week

I've just made the investment to be sure we have no snow this're welcome!

Saturday song

Let's head East Bound and Down with Bandit and friends.

Evidence from Ferguson

The New York Times brings information from Ferguson that backs the side of the police officer.
The officials briefed on the case said the forensic evidence gathered in the car lent credence to Officer Wilson’s version of events. According to his account, he was trying to leave his vehicle when Mr. Brown pushed him back in. Once inside the S.U.V., the two began to fight, Officer Wilson told investigators, and he removed his gun from the holster on his right hip.
Chief Jon Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department has said in interviews that Officer Wilson was “pushed back into the car” by Mr. Brown and “physically assaulted.” The department is conducting the local investigation into Mr. Brown’s death.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The real winner

If you don't win big money influencing politics, here's an ad for you.
Unless you're a liberal who only thinks the Koch Brothers are the scary ones.

Weekend watchdog

Virginia doubled its win total from 2013 in the first half of the season.
What will the second half bring?
The Cavaliers, 2-0 in the Coastal Division, travel to Duke Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ACC network. The Cavaliers closed the first half with a win over Pittsburgh, while the Blue Devils - defending division champion - dropped their first conference tilt.
Boise State plays Fresno State Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There's a big battle in Tallahassee Saturday at 8 p.m., with the Seminoles hosting Notre Dame on ABC. In the afternoon, the offerings are Rutgers-Ohio State or UCLA at California, with ESPN2 showing the game not over the air in your area.
Texas A&M travels to Alabama at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Kansas State against Oklahoma, and Indiana hosts Michigan State at 3:30 p.m. Mississippi faces Tennessee at 7 p.m. followed by Stanford against Arizona State at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa on ESPN2 at noon. Missouri plays Florida at 7 p.m. before Nevada takes on BYU at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Baylor at noon on FoxSports1. Oklahoma State travels to TCU at 4 p.m. before Washington faces Oregon at 8 p.m.
Comcast offers Towson-Delaware at 12:30 p.m.
The Redskins host the Titans on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has the doubleheader action, with Falcons-Ravens early before the Giants take on the Cowboys.
Denver takes on the 49ers Sunday night on NBC, while the Texans travel to Pittsburgh on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, Ottawa plays Hamilton Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and Edmonton battles Saskatchewan Sunday at 4 p.m.
No baseball this weekend, as the Kansas City and San Francisco prepare for Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday on Fox.
NASCAR's Chase for the Cup reaches the end of its second elimination round, with four more drivers ousted from the chase after Talladega Sunday. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 2 p.m. after Fox shows the Truck Series Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals host Florida Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Notre Dame plays Lake Superior State in college ice hockey Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Portland takes on Real Salt Lake Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network while Dallas battles Colorado Saturday at 3 p.m. ESPN2 offers Galaxy-Sounders Sunday at 8:15 p.m.
In Premier League play, Manchester City meets Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:45 a.m. followed by Crystal Palace-Chelsea. There's two more games on Sunday, as Queens Park Rangers faces Liverpool at 8:30 p.m. and Stoke City clashes with Swansea City at 11 a.m.
NBA preseason play continues Friday at 7 p.m. with Charlotte visiting the Wizards on Comcast.
Boston College meets Louisville in college field hockey Friday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Clemson hosts Pittsburgh in college volleyball Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.

Block that hit

The Ten Buck Friday crew turns its attention to Colorado this week, where Cory Gardner beat back a major challenge this week - Deadspin.
They thought they had a scoop - Gardner talks about playing high school football and they thought he didn't.
Except he did.
Not a starter, and not as a senior, but he played three years of high school football.
He learned lessons about teamwork.
And avoiding nasty hits.
The Ten Buck Friday crew approves.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Romney really won

It would be nice to redo the 2012 presidential election, with answers people give today about whether they voted for Obama or Romney.
Democratic Senate candidates won't even admit to voting for Obama.
Obama voters have had quite a few the past two years.