Saturday, April 25, 2015

The force is not strong with this one

Via Powerline's weekly roundup, Hillary trying the Jedi mind trick on the press.

Saturday song

I stumbled upon this song for today - Stumblin' In.


Facebook quote of the week

I am quite confident that my recent string of bad luck is because i didn't copy and paste that facebook post asking if I loved any family member ever in my entire history.

Friday, April 24, 2015

The worth of children

Via Instapundit, an interesting look at how Christianity changed the viewpoint toward children.
Various pagan authors describe children as being more like plants than human beings. And this had concrete consequences.
Well-to-do parents typically did not interact with their children, leaving them up to the care of slaves. Children were rudely brought up, and very strong beatings were a normal part of education. In Rome, a child's father had the right to kill him for whatever reason until he came of age.

Hungry for good news

Don Surber tells the good news about Twinkies after the rebirth.
The government protected the very things that brought down GM: Unions, lack of innovation, inefficiency, and not knowing the market. GM is just another Amtrak.
Have a Twinkie. Those we will make because the politicians have no interest in them. Now if you don't mind, my red Mustang GT convertible awaits me.

Weekend watchdog

Richmond gets to host a pair of NASCAR races under the lights - one before the 16 driver playoff begins and this weekend.
Fox has coverage Saturday at 7 p.m., and racers hope the flag drops shortly thereafter - not after a long rain delay like last week at Bristol.
Kevin Harvick leads the Sprint Cup field with two wins in the first eight races. When the drivers return to Richmond in September, the final 16 driver Sprint for the Cup lineup will be finalized.
 The Xfinity Series racers hit the track Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network offers the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NBA postseason heads into its second weekend, starting Friday at 7 p.m. when ESPN offers the Mavericks and Rockets Friday, followed by Spurs-Clippers. The Wizards host Toronto at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and Comcast.
There's a pair of games on TNT Saturday afternoon - Hawks against Nets at 3 p.m. before the Bulls battle the Bucks. New Orleans hosts the Warriors at 8 p.m. on ESPN, then it's Grizzlies-TrailBlazers.
ABC has the Sunday afternoon action - Game 4 of Cavaliers-Celtics at 1 p.m. and Clippers against Spurs at 3:30 p.m. the Wizards host Toronto on TNT and Comcast at 7 p.m., then it's Rockets facing the Mavericks.
Anaheim has moved on in the NHL postseason, and Friday's action starts at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network with the Penguins meeting the Rangers. Ottawa tries to stay alive in Game 5 at Montreal on CNBC, and the Wild and Blues meet on NBC Sports network at 9:30 p.m.
The Capitals can boot the Islanders from contention in their Game 6 Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC. The Red Wings visit Tampa Bay at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with Predators-Blackhawks on NBC Saturday at 8 p.m. Calgary clashes with Vancouver at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Sunday's slate will be determined after Friday's contests.
The Orioles host the Red Sox for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN, Saturday on MASN2). The Nationals head to Miami for the weekend (Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday at 4 p.m. on MASN).
FoxSports1 offers the Indians' trip to Detroit Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by Mets-Yankees at 4 p.m. That series concludes on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Georgia Tech faces Clemson at 1 p.m. Saturday on Comcast. LSU and Texas A&M tangle on ESPN Saturday at 2 p.m. and Alabama meets Mississippi Sunday at 1 p.m. FoxSports1 has Kansas State-Baylor Sunday at 3 p.m.
The PGA tour visits New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Manchester City meets Aston Villa on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Southampton faces Tottenham Hotspur on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by Burnley battling Leicester City. Arsenal and Chelsea bring the battle of London Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
The Red Bulls meet the Galaxy on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. FoxSports1 has a pair of games Sunday, with Toronto at Orlando City at 7 p.m. followed by Portland visiting Seattle at 9:30 p.m.
Comcast carries the ACC women's lacrosse tournament, with semifinals Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. and the final Sunday at 1 p.m.
In college softball, Texas takes on Texas Tech Saturday at 3 p.m. on MASN2.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Welcome to the party, pal

Politico gathers the mainstream media's interest in "Clinton Cash."
Can they protect both Clinton and the Obama team?
If not, who goes down?
"[T]he best-case scenario is bad enough: The Clintons have been disorganized and greedy," Chait writes. "The news today about the Clintons all fleshes out, in one way or another, their lack of interest in policing serious conflict-of-interest problems that arise in their overlapping roles."
Chait also places the "Clinton Cash" revelations in the context of larger Clintonian secrecy: "The Obama administration wanted Hillary Clinton to use official government email. She didn’t. The Obama administration also demanded that the Clinton Foundation disclose all its donors while she served as Secretary of State. It didn’t comply with that request, either."
Obama may be on his way out of office.
But the next few months should remain quite interesting.

Dis-enchanted

Growing up in Howard County, Maryland, I made a few trips to the Enchanted Forest.
The site is now a shopping center, and the remaining structures from the theme park are being moved to a farm away from the busy highway.
But we'll always have our memories.

Clinton indulgences

If you remember your history, you know the story of indulgences in the late Middle Ages.
Indulgences were considered ways to help penitents deal with their sins. As time went on, the powerful used them to extract money from the people and build their power.
Sounds like the Clinton Foundation. They like to talk about the good they want to do. But are donors giving from the good of their hearts or to gain something for themselves?
And the Clintons are getting very rich on the way.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Moving on

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa announced his resignation Wednesday as he prepares to move out of state.
Best of luck for the future.



Do you feel safe to comment?

Over at Volokh Conspiracy, they try to get to the bottom of the "feeling unsafe."
While feeling the First Amendment's future may be unsafe.
Today’s college students are going to be tomorrow’s judges, and if they truly believe that “safety” means “never having to deal with opinions that disagree with one’s cherished beliefs,” then censorship has a good chance of gaining the upper hand over freedom of speech. After all, public safety can be a justification for suppressing speech, as with the “fighting words” doctrine.

Not so hot

Sales numbers aren't looking so good for Chipotle.
Ricochet has some ideas to help.
Despite being advertised as “healthy,” a Chipotle burrito clocks in at about 1,000 calories — 1,600 if you get all the fixings. That latter number is all the calories you need in a day, and you wasted it on a horrible fast-food burrito.

McCain explains it all

The Other McCain has been on a quest to expose the radical thinking of current feminists.
He sums it up pretty nicely.
Mutual trust and respect are necessary to effective teamwork, and feminist discourse is calculated to destroy women’s ability to trust or respect men. Feminists relentlessly derogate males, per se, while celebrating the virtue of females, per se. To any woman who accepts feminist ideology, every male-female conflict becomes self-explanatory: He is the wrongful oppressor, and she is his victim. Because feminists believe this dynamic of male oppression and female victimization is ubiquitous under the system of male supremacy, there can never be a reason for a woman to consider any man trustworthy. She must view men with suspicion, hostility and contempt.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sounds fishy

Don Surber has the bad news from drought-stricken California - an idea to release billions of gallons of the water to save six fish.
People who blame climate change for California's water woes want to waste water for a few fish.

Closing the door on kids in need

I used to live in Bluefield, West Virginia, where local volunteers have turned an old school into a ministry center.
But hopes for working through the summer have been dashed.
They bring in people to help in the summer, and they live in the school.
Except the living spaces didn't meet the fire code.
It's an old school.
It's will be harder for the Wade Center to help kids this summer.
But rules are rules.

Follow the money

Up next on the campaign trail - the release of "Clinton Cash."
And newspapers are going to use the book to follow the money.
David Brock isn't impressed.
"Schweizer is a partisan right-wing activist whose writings have been marked with falsehoods and retractions, with numerous reporters excoriating him for facts that 'do not check out,' sources that 'do not exist,' and a basic failure to practice 'Journalism 101,'" Brock said in a statement. "Buyers should beware and consider the source."
Change right-wing to left-wing and Brock describes himself.

A woman to listen to

John Fund checks out the performance of Carly Fiorina on the Republican campaign trail.
Fiorina also seems to relish the role of being the most pointed critic of Hillary Clinton. “She tweets about women’s rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights,” she jabbed back in February when a scandal involving the Clinton Foundation surfaced. She contrasts her background as a “problem solver” with Clinton’s record as a professional politician. Her critique of Clinton’s record is withering: “I come from a world where speeches are not accomplishments. Activity isn’t accomplishment. Title isn’t accomplishment. I come from a world where you have to actually do something; you have to produce results.”

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hospital games

Should you be offended or relieved that hospital workers use gallows humor to cope with their daily grinds?
Makes you want to slim down.
Researchers at Northeast Ohio Medical University say the patients most likely to be joked about are the ones perceived to have brought on their own medical problems. The California nurse told me: “We all play a game called Interesting Things I Have Found in Obese People’s Rolls of Fat. So far I’m sitting in third with a fork, second place is an ICU nurse who found a TV remote, and the winner is an ER nurse who found a tuna fish sandwich.”

Surely you can't be serious

Relive the fun of Airplane! in this oral history.
And forget the sequel.

Can we have our fair share?

You'll often hear liberals saying business CEOs should reduce their pay to help the people who work for them.
How many CEOs made $136.5 million between 2001-12?
I'd like a few bucks from the Bill and Hillary Clinton income stream.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Punching up

The new term or excuse is "punching down."
Garry Trudeau excused the murder of the staff of Charlie Hebdo because their Muslim attackers were "punching up." To criticize Muslims is punching down.
Among our presidential candidates, who rides the highest?
Hillary.
Thus, anything said about her is fine because it's "punching up."

Peace, if you're quiet

Powerline provides a recent list of Muslim attacks against Christians in Africa and Australia.
In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church:
“One of the short messages in my phone read, ‘Be you informed that we do not want your church in this area. If you continue worship here, then you will live to regret it,’” the pastor told Morning Star News.
Peace if you're quiet is not true peace.

Shame shame shame

Megan McArdle examines how shaming someone changes from a small community to the whole internet.
On the Internet, when all the social context is stripped away and you don't even have to look at the face of the person you're being mean to, shame loses its social, restorative function. Shame-storming isn't punishment. It's a weapon. And weapons aren't supposed to be used against people in your community; they're for strangers, people in some other group that you don't like very much.
The internet can be used for good.
It will be a shame if it's not due to this abuse.

Understanding the love of Jesus

Via Instapundit, an interesting take on what it means to "love your wife as Christ loves the church."
One of the problems with modern Christian culture is the misconception that loving is a synonym for nice.  Jesus is often considered to be a sort of passive non judgmental friend, instead of our Lord, our Master.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Not over the hill yet

Have you passed your 40th - or 50th - birthday?
And have people joke about being over the hill?
According to this, you haven't reached the peak yet.
Celebrate.
If it's not your bedtime yet.

Meeting the thoroughly vetted people

Business Insider tells of all the hoops five people had to go through to be part of a meeting with Hillary Clinton.
The people who had coffee with Clinton had to sign the release forms because the event was filmed for a video the Clinton campaign released on Friday. However, everyone who spoke to Business Insider said they weren't able to get take their own pictures of the meeting because Price asked to take their phones before the encounter.
"I was so excited," Yowell said. "But then they took our cellphones and I was, like, 'But I can't call and tell anyone?'"
"We had to turn our cellphones in to them before we went in," Nelson said. "We all handed them over."
We can talk - after you follow all my rules.

Saturday song

Going back to the 80s with Gloria.


Facebook quote of the week

Memo to ‪#‎Wrestling‬ fans: The "What!!" chants have been ruining live shows for more than a decade now. Please stop.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Out of sync

Michael Barone doesn't feel Hillary Clinton's campaign opener meshes well with the mood of 2015.
Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 as a different kind of Democrat, more moderate on some issues than previous nominees, vastly interested in alternative public policies that he had advanced as head of the moderate Democratic Leadership Council.
His party was prepared to accept him because Democrats were uncomfortably aware that their candidates had lost five of the six previous elections and had won the other one only by a narrow margin. Political scientists proclaimed that Republicans had a lock on the White House. Liberal Democrats were willing to settle for half a loaf to break that lock -- which they did.
Democrats have won four of the last six presidential elections and won a popular-vote plurality in another. Liberals no longer feel they need to compromise to win.

Listen my children

Legal Insurrection notes the 240th anniversary of Paul Revere's ride.