Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter song

Get ready for Easter with Keith Green.

Ice, ice baby

Powerline finds the picture of ice coverage of the Great Lakes - a month into spring.
Few recreational boats act like icebreakers - so it might be a while before they enjoy the lakes.

More trouble? How?

Legal Insurrection wonders how Elizabeth Warren's new book will be received by the Cherokee women whom she receives to meet.
They are ready for the book signings.
“We would still like to meet with Senator Warren and share information with her. She’s in a position to make a difference for American Indians if she would be willing to meet with us and listen to our concerns. It’s just my opinion, but I think it would be an opportunity to take something negative from the past and turn it into something positive for the future.”

Facebook quote of the week

According to the 9 citations I got for trespassing and peeping, "Neighborhood Watch" is not what I thought it was...

Saturday song

Rocking the disco world with Yvonne Elliman.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Moochers against moochers

An interesting attack by liberals against Cliven Bundy is to call him a deadbeat.
Look at him use our land and not pay for it.
Coming from people like Harry Reid, who use our money to build their powerbase. I doubt it's persuasive.
Highlighting moocher reminds conservatives of their dislike of those who ride in the wagon - not someone driving cattle through the desert looking for food.

Scary Harry

Branco perfectly sums up the warped mind of Harry Reid.

Weekend watchdog

Time for a rarely written sentence - the Washington Wizards are getting ready for a playoff game this weekend.
For only the fifth time since taking the name in 1997 - and the first time since 2008 - the Wizards continue playing after the regular season.
They moved into the fifth seed on the season's final day, and open against the Bulls Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT.
The postseason starts on ESPN Saturday at 1 p.m., when the Raptors host the Nets. ABC carries the Clippers' game with the Warriors, then it's back to ESPN for Hawks-Pacers at 7 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Grizzlies at 9:30 p.m.
TNT tips off Sunday when the Mavericks meet the Spurs at 1 p.m. The defending champion Heat face Charlotte on ABC at 3:30 p.m., and TNT has the Rockets at Blazers in the finale at 9:30 p.m.
The NHL postseason began Wednesday, and continues Friday with three contests. CNBC has the second game between the Canadiens and Lightning Friday at 7 p.m., and NBC Sports network's twinbill starts with the Red Wings at the top-seeded Bruins at 7:30 p.m. and the Stars facing the Ducks at 10 p.m.
The Blackhawks and Blues battle Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC, and NBC Sports network offers Blue Jackets-Penguins at 7 p.m. followed by Minnesota-Colorado.
It's Game 2 for the Flyers and Rangers Sunday at noon on NBC before the Red Wings meet the Bruins. Montreal hosts Game 3 against Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network and the Kings battle the Sharks at 10 p.m.
The Nationals continue a series against the Cardinals Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2 before moving to MASN Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Orioles battle the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN, then move to ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
FoxSports1 has a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with the Angels at Tigers at 1 p.m. and the Diamondbacks facing the Dodgers at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Virginia hosts North Carolina on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m. Georgia and Florida clash Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. and South Carolina faces Auburn Sunday at 2 p.m. Kansas meets Oklahoma State Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Formula One racers visit China this weekend, with NBC Sports network starting coverage Sunday at 3 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Classic on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, New England faces Chicago Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Chelsea faces Sunderland in Premier League play on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has a pair of contests Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur against Fulham at 7:45 a.m. followed by Cardiff City meeting Stoke City.
Norwich City battles Liverpool Sunday at 7 a.m., then it's Hull City-Arsenal at 9 a.m. and Everton taking on Manchester United.
Auburn has its spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Texas takes on Oklahoma in college softball on MASN2 Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

See you in October

The Washington Capitals got an earlier than expected start to their summer vacation.
So did Yasmeen and the Red Rockers.

Watch the knick-knacks burn

If you've been to the Outer Banks, you've seen a Wings store.
Towels, shirts and lots of beach junk to catch your kid's eye.
The one in Duck caught fire this morning.
It's almost tourist season. Is there enough time to rebuild this one?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blame is their only plan

Bearing Drift wonders if  Democrats have a "Plan B" in the budget standoff.
The only plan "Blame Republicans."

Hungry for chicken?

Via Instapundit, a look at the rising prices for beef, pork and shrimp.
Hope your wallet has what it takes.
Or you like chicken.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back on the ranch

The Nevada ranch standoff continues to stir discussion about the relationship between citizen and government.
First, the left often criticizes the right for having a "paranoid" view of government, seeing it as a menace which must be contained.
But notice here that the left harbors its own paranoid views of menaces that must be stamped out -- notably, the American people themselves.
Second, if the populace were really in such a state of near-rebellion such that the tiniest spark from a Nevada cattleman could set off a conflagration, wouldn't that be a sign that perhaps the government needs to adjust its behavior and attitude, rather than Harry Reid's suggestion that it must Show Who's Boss Here like a juvenile street gang demarcating its turf?

A good Republican choice

Powerline sees good things in a Wisconsin poll for Governor Scott Walker.
I expect that, with a solid victory in November, Scott Walker will become the effective front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. By effective front-runner, I mean the most likely nominee (assuming he wants the nomination), not necessarily the Republican who polls the best in early surveys.

Release the schedule

It's almost time for the new NFL schedule to be released.
September will be here shortly.

Apologize? For what?

The Daily Caller grabs an advance copy of Ben Carson's book.
"He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of the program, I received a call from some of the prayer breakfast organizers saying that the White House was upset and requesting that I call the president and apologize for offending him. I said that I did not think that he was offended and that I didn’t think that such a call was warranted.”
Put a Band-Aid on your boo-boo, White House.
 and grow up.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pony up

Dustbury signed the car for Mustang's 50th anniversary.
It's getting closer to 50,000.

Bundy's "Act of Love"

Have you been following the Nevada rancher story?
It has even caught Rachel Maddow's attention.
Shouldn't the government let a man do in the desert what he thinks is best for his family?
His family has raised cattle in this worthless stretch of land for years.
Bundy just wants to take care of his family.
Doesn't that reach the Jeb Bush "not a felony, but an act of love" criteria?

Keep tissues handy

The Boston Globe checks in with the Richard family, a year after the bomber took their son Martin and seriously injured other family members.
They faced loss.
Then the curiosity.
Then the outside expectations of doing good where they suffered evil.
A family that didn't want this attention - but don't want their son's death to have been in vain.

Don't moo-ve along yet

DaTech Guy try to make sense to the Bundy cattle war in Las Vegas.
It might be really simple.
If the government lets you do something for years, it's hard to stop.
If you give people a choice of villain - an individual or the government - the government easily becomes the bad guy.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Know your zombie safe zone

Via Ace, states where it might be best to be doing a zombie apocalypse.
Sorry, Rhode Island and Delaware.
Looks like you're what's for dinner.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Single payer problems

Megan McArdle ponders the problems Vermont's proposed single payer system will find.
Vermont is a middling-tax state, as states go. And that’s not an accident; its population consists of longtime Vermonters, some of whom vote Republican (at least for governor) and are not super-tax-friendly, and transplants from Massachusetts and New York state, who, last time I looked, had moved to Vermont partly because the taxes were lower. Paying for this program would likely make Vermont the highest-taxed state in the nation, by quite a lot.

Facebook quote of the week

So I bought silk sheets for the FIRST TIME EVER because there was a Groupon and I thought it would be romantic. HOWEVER, I have GERD and the head of our bed is raised about 4" to keep me from coughing all night . So we end up sliding down to the bottom of the bed. Turns out to be pretty funny, but not so romantic - lol!

Saturday song

Back to the 70s for some 10cc.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Facebook and friends

Checking today's Facebook feed, I see one of my cousins and her family are in Times Square.
Two other cousins and their families had breakfast with Mickey Mouse.
Guess going to the beach isn't in that league, but still not too shabby.

Weekend watchdog

mastersFor the first time in years, Tiger Woods won't be in Augusta.
CBS will be there. And a fresh new green jacket, ready for the week's winner.
The Masters continues Friday with second round on ESPN starting at 3 p.m.
After the cut, CBS has third round play Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday's final round starts at 2 p.m.
And the green jacket presentation in Butler Cabin.
The Nationals head to Atlanta for the weekend on MASN, while the Orioles host the Blue Jays for three on MASN2.
The Red Sox and Yankees battle Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Georgia Tech battles Florida State Saturday at 2 p.m. on Comcast while Arkansas takes on LSU Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Wizards gear up for the postseason Saturday, facing the Bucks on Comcast at 7 p.m.
The Thunder clash with the Pacers Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
NCAA's Frozen Four concludes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when Union faces Minnesota on ESPN.
The Capitals host the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, then host Tampa Bay Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC closes the regular season with the Penguins against Flyers Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Red Wings face the Blues Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers a doubleheader Friday featuring the Hurricanes and Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. followed by Colorado-San Jose. The Blackhawks take on the Predators Saturday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Darlington Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox, while the Nationwide racers go Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The IndyCar circuit visits the streets of Long Beach Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Qualifying is Saturday at 6 p.m., and the Indy Lights racers go at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
It's spring football season, with ESPN showing Florida State's game Saturday at 3 p.m. Notre Dame's Blue-Gold game will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
In the Premier League, Fulham faces Norwich City Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Liverpool meets Manchester City at 8:30 a.m., followed by Chelsea against Swansea City.
MASN2 has college softball between North Texas and Marshall Saturday at noon. Oklahoma plays Baylor on ESPN Saturday at 5 p.m. and Washington faces Stanford Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mixing up over the mixing bowl

The Weekly Standard looks at the bad deal Virginia got with the "Lexus lanes" on the Beltway and I-95.
Looking at the deal, it seems like a poor deal for Virginia taxpayers.
For one thing, citizens should always be wary when the government conveys public land to a private entity. They should be doubly so when the private party gets the land free. And triply so when the private party has no competition for the gift.

Ace schools Common Core

Ace notices the common problem with Common Core - skipping the basics leaves behind those who don't understand the basics.
Confronted with kids who aren't proficient with the low-level, low-conceptual-insight view of the problem, they decide... we'll teach them the high-conceptual-insight method of doing it.
If kids "aren't getting math," it seems to me the wrong way to go is to go higher concept on them.
Simple can be better.

Let the Masters begin

Enjoy the honorary starters getting the 2014 Masters going.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Work of the Master

Via Ace, the story of Billy Casper meeting the soldier he inspired back in 1968.
Clebe McClary has done many things since being critically wounded and lying on a hospital bed in Japan.
Many thanks to Billy Casper.