Sunday, September 21, 2014

If that's moving up, then I'm moving out

Blue Virginia gets more blue after seeing a story that 40 percent of Arlington County residents plan to leave in the next five years.
At least they learn basic supply and demand.
Places like Arlington have enacted the types of policies (and/or failed to enact the types of policies) that, both explicitly and implicitly, have constrained the supply curve for housing (e.g., kept that supply curve from shifting out sufficiently) while the demand curve (the overall number of people who "demand" housing in Arlington) has shifted out sharply, along with the region's population.
Lots of liberal ideas depend on increasing housing density, and more people wanting to live in compact, walkable neighborhoods.
Except they can't bridge their desires and the reality of how people want to live.

Remembering Hugo

Hurricane Hugo hit the South Carolina coast about two years after I moved to West Virginia.
I visited the following spring, and now 25 years later, stories about the storm are being shared again.
This house was on the south end of Pawleys Island, in the area northeast of where the eyewall struck.

How to celebrate Florida State's win

Florida State won without quarterback Jameis Winston Saturday.
Makes me what to jump up on a table and shout.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Poor judgment from top to bottom

Peggy Noonan sees the overarching problem with President Obama - poor judgment.
His essential problem is that he has very poor judgment.
And we don't say this because he's so famously bright—academically credentialed, smooth, facile with words, quick with concepts. (That's the sort of intelligence the press and popular historians most prize and celebrate, because it's exactly the sort they possess.) But brightness is not the same as judgment, which has to do with discernment, instinct, the ability to see the big picture, wisdom that is earned or natural.

Lost her cookies

So Blue Virginia dislikes natural gas and chocolate chip cookies.
Liberals need to think more about their examples when trying to persuade.
I can't wait for the comparison of natural gas and apple pie.

Already sick of them

If the sight of Hillary and Bill Clinton doesn't annoy you know, Powerline found a cartoon for you.

Facebook quote of the week

The chick that voiced my GPS might rank in the top 5 bossiest women I have

Saturday song

The weekend is a good time to hear "slow down, you move too fast."

Friday, September 19, 2014

Block that media

Roger Goodell's press conference left DaTech Guy impressed.
By holding a long press conference and answering many questions (even if many of those answers were vague) he appears to be open to critique.  By taking responsibility he deflects problems from their sponsors.  By announcing a series of programs he gives other people skin in the game for NFL money to continue to flow and finally by saying all will be done by the Super Bowl he makes it more likely that the story can fade for most of this season so everyone can make their bucks and enjoy their games.
The media cheerleaders are left why nobody is following their whine.

Hope I die before I get old

Remember Democrats fussing when Sarah Palin accused Obamacare of including "death panels."
Now read the words of Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel.
Sounds like he'd like parents to get the bucket more quickly.
Our living too long places real emotional weights on our progeny.
Unless there has been terrible abuse, no child wants his or her parents to die. It is a huge loss at any age. It creates a tremendous, unfillable hole. But parents also cast a big shadow for most children. Whether estranged, disengaged, or deeply loving, they set expectations, render judgments, impose their opinions, interfere, and are generally a looming presence for even adult children. This can be wonderful. It can be annoying. It can be destructive. But it is inescapable as long as the parent is alive. Examples abound in life and literature: Lear, the quintessential Jewish mother, the Tiger Mom. And while children can never fully escape this weight even after a parent dies, there is much less pressure to conform to parental expectations and demands after they are gone.
Thanks for your input, but enough enjoy living that they will keep doing it.

Weekend watchdog

Last year's Super Bowl wasn't a treat for Peyton Manning.
But he gets a second chance at the Seahawks this week. The teams meet at 4:25 p.m. on CBS.
The Broncos bolted out to a 2-0 start, one of seven teams to begin the year perfect. The Seahawks fell to San Diego last week after their season opening victory over the Packers.
Kirk Cousin and the Redskins take on Philadelphia Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, while the Ravens visit Cleveland on CBS.
The Steelers and Panthers cap Sunday's action on NBC, and ESPN brings the Bears' visit to the New York Jets Monday.
On the college gridiron, Connecticut visits South Florida Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Top-ranked Florida State gets tested by Clemson on ABC Saturday at 8 p.m. In the afternoon, ABC offers Utah at Michigan or Texas A&M facing SMU. ESPN2 has the game not shown over the air in your area.
Third-ranked Alabama faces Florida at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, while Oklahoma and West Virginia clash on Fox at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Virginia Tech hosting Georgia Tech, then Virginia heads to BYU at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Mississippi State faces LSU before Oregon tangles with Washington State at 10:30 p.m.
Wisconsin battles Bowling Green on ESPN2 at noon. Miami faces Nebraska at 8 p.m.
Comcast carries a pair of games from the CAA, with James Madison visiting Villanova at 12:30 p.m. before New Hampshire plays Richmond.
Louisville tries to bounce back from its loss to Virginia, taking on Florida International on FoxSports1 at 3:30 p.m. San Diego State battles Oregon State at 10:30 p.m.
Maryland left the ACC, but they appear on the ACC network this week with a trip to Syracuse at 12:30 p.m.
Old Dominion takes on Rice on MASN2 at noon.
With division titles in hand, the Orioles and Nationals rest up and gear up for the postseason this weekend. Boston comes to Baltimore for the final regular season home series Friday through Sunday on MASN, while Washington heads to Miami on MASN2.
The Royals host the Tigers in a battle for the AL Central, with coverage on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on TBS.
The Dodgers and Cubs also meet on Fox Saturday at 1 p.m. ESPN shows the Reds and Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits New Hampshire for the second race in the Chase for the Cup. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's practice Friday at 9:30 a.m.
D.C. United visits Chicago Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast. Colorado takes on Real Salt Lake Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and there's a pair of games Saturday - Vancouver-Portland at 5 p.m. followed by the Red Bulls against Seattle.
West Ham takes on Liverpool Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. Queens Park Rangers face Stoke City Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Aston Villa meets Arsenal at 10 a.m. Chelsea clashes with Manchester City at 11 a.m.
The NHL preseason begins on Comcast Sunday at 5 p.m., with the Capitals hosting Buffalo.
NBC Sports network offers equestrian show jumping from Central Park Thursday at 7 p.m.

Living in high Cotton

Another Friday, another good Republican to support in November.
Arkansas' Tom Cotton gets the spotlight from the Ten Buck crew today.
The crew appreciates your support.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bridgegate? Never mind

Remember all the fuss liberals made about Chris Christie and the bridge closing?
Of course he knew.
He had to know.
After nine months, they found - nothing.
Nobody turned on him to save their hide.
"Turned up nothing."
Bet they can find more if they spend nine months looking into Benghazi, the IRS, Obamacare websites......

If you're easily offended, read this

Matt Walsh knows you're easily offended.
And he offends you anyway.
We get offended faster and more efficiently than anyone. And it’s not just our speed that separates us from the rest — it’s our endurance. We have a limitless capacity for offendedness. Every week there are dozens of new national outrages and boycott campaigns and social media crusades to raise awareness about some offensive thing, or to get someone fired for saying some offensive thing, or to teach people that some previously non-offensive thing has now become offensive.
Most of all, I find myself positively dazzled by the dexterity and athleticism with which we get offended. We can juggle six or seven outrages all at once, and then drop them and pick up new ones in the blink of an eye.

Another one under the bus

How does the 2014 campaign look for Democrats?
Politico has a lengthy story on the troubles between DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Obama team.
Nuff said.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No security for Democrats

The Atlantic gives Democrats more cause for concern about the November election.
Fundamentally, the Democrats’ terrorism problem with women—especially married white women—isn’t about policy. It’s about trust. In 2002, at a time of heightened anxiety, women trusted a Republican president to keep them safe. In 2014, with that anxiety heightened again, they don’t trust a Democratic president to do the same.
This is likely the product of long-standing stereotypes about Democrats as weak on national defense and a generally sour mood about Obama and the direction of the country. In some voters’ minds, Ball notes, the chaos in the Middle East and the chaos in Ferguson have fused to create the picture of a frightening, unraveling world. That conflation was a staple of Republican politics in the 1970s and 1980s, when Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan accused liberals of failing to stand up to violent disorder both in the third world and on America’s streets. It proved toxic for Democrats back then, and it’s proving toxic again today.

Cal didn't sit

The Nationals and Orioles clinched their divisions last night.
I have several players from those teams on my fantasy team.
Thus, five of my top players are resting tonight.
Now we know why Cal Ripken played in so many games in a row - he rarely had to rest for the postseason.
At least these players gave me a pretty good regular season.

Does Jindal have what it takes?

Enough of this election cycle. What about 2016?
Any Bobby Jindal supporters out there? He might have a spot.
Jindal has fought the Obama administration on a wide range of energy issues. As befits a wonk, his mastery of these issues seems complete. You can read Jindal’s energy plan at the AmericaNext website.
If Jindal runs for president, he will need to impress both as a wonk and as a traditional politician. Today, he seemed capable of this. But the trick will be to know when to come across as the one and when to come across as the other.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crush at the crash site

Orioles' Chris Davis has been known as Crush for his home runs.
Now on suspension for forgetting to get permission to use his Adderall, he was driving south of Baltimore Monday when Crush saw a car crash.
He and some other drivers jumped into action to help the injured.
"I pulled past the wreck and over to the right-hand pull-off and I saw that there were still two men in the truck and that one of them was trapped halfway out the window. He was pinned underneath the overturned truck. He was bleeding pretty badly and gasoline was dripping out of the truck. The first man waved me over, and he, and I, and a woman started trying to lift the truck off of the pinned man. It was too heavy for the three of us - it was an old, large model pick-up and was VERY heavy. However, within a half-a-minute, another five to six folks had jumped out and started helping. We were able to pick the truck back up onto its wheels - unpinning the man.
"When I turned to look at the first man, I instantly noticed a VERY strong resemblance to Chris Davis. He didn't have any Orioles gear on (so I wasn't sure .. there was no big "19" on him anywhere!), except his tennis shoes were black and orange. We glanced at each other with a "good job" look and I said, 'Chris?' He said, 'Yeah?' 'Chris Davis?' 'Yeah?' I said, 'One hell of a way to meet Chris Davis ... and by the way, I think they screwed you over big-time and I support you 100 percent.' He said 'Thanks, it really means a lot to hear that," and was very sincere about it. He also said he was RIGHT in back of the truck when it had a tire blow-out and swerved, hit the wall and rolled.
He did good on the road.
He'll be good on the diamond when he returns.

Undefeated teams watch

Two weeks of the NFL season are done, and seven teams remain undefeated.
Did you think the Bills and Texans would be among them?
There's no meetings between 2-0 teams next week.
How many will remain perfect - and give us another battle of undefeated teams?
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are watching.

Monday, September 15, 2014

All talk, no action

Ace wonders if President Obama has inspired his followers to help his fellow man - or just feel better about themselves.
Then answers his own question.
Here is my guess: No, they have not, because if they had, the increased social giving of Obama's minions would be a frequently-noted phenomenon in the media, frequently cited as one of the things Obama did to benefit us all.
And frankly, Obama needs some Wins like that.
So if he had this Win, I assume the media would have told us about it.
Given that the media has not told us about it, I assume the opposite: that it has not in fact happened.

Clinching time

The Nationals are in Atlanta, where wins in two of three games clinch the NL East.
The Orioles welcome Toronto, and can claim the AL East with two wins in three games - provided the Yankees lose once in Tampa.
It's almost celebration time.

Thus, the fantasy season ends

I joined a fantasy baseball league for the first time this year.
I think I enjoyed the season more with this, although the Orioles winning really helped.
Last week started our playoffs, and I had the higher seed (fourth of 14 squads) and a 5-5 tie Sunday afternoon.
I just needed Tampa Bay to win in nine innings, giving Chris Archer the win and clinching that category for me.
One out to go, and a 5-4 lead.
Until John Mayberry homered.
The Rays won in extra innings, but that did me no good. A tie in wins meant I finished 4-5-1, and there goes the championship hopes.
At least the Orioles and Nationals will live their postseason fantasies in a few weeks.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Not a fine whine

Powerline suffered through the New York Times' article on President Obama Sunday.
The principal impression one takes away from the story is of the president’s whininess. He seems to take it as a personal affront that Islamic terrorists have disrupted the torpor of his second term, and have even required him to make a decision to use military force. A recurring theme is Obama’s belief that he is unpopular because Americans just don’t appreciate how deliberate, how careful, how nuanced–how smart, in a word–he is.

How about thinking about ISIS?

The Sunday shows gave politicians a chance to discuss the Ray Rice situation.
How about doing your job, and securing the country?
But if you did that, then we'd be shocked.

85 years to go

Two weeks ago, Dustbury mentioned preparations for viewing an eclipse in 2017.
The site listed the projected paths of future eclipses.
Looks like Fishersville will be in the middle of the eclipse on Sept. 14, 2099.
Starting the countdown to the big day.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Can we learn a lesson?

During the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky trial, you might have heard about Baltimore sportscaster Gerry Sandusky - what a difference one letter in your name can make.
His daughter worked with the Ravens as an intern before moving to work in relationship violence prevention.
She hopes to see more learning and less shouting from this episode.
I remember a time that I had made a character compromising decision and someone much wiser and empathetic told me that when you are young and you make a mistake, people react in two ways: some judge and some teach. In this world there are teachers and there are judgers.
I am not condoning Ray's actions. I'm not pretending to know what is going through his or his wife's mind. I'm suggesting that maybe instead of focusing all of our energy as a society on judging and analyzing and generating opinions, we should focus our energy on teaching.
Instead of bashing the Rice’s relationship, or criticizing how the Ravens handled the situation, or speculating that the NFL is comprised of a bunch of liars, or demanding statements and judgments from every member of the media; we should instead use this tragic incident as a reminder to treat our loved ones with care and kindness, educate our children about healthy relationships, reflect on our own priorities and ask ourselves if we are consistently making decisions we are proud of on a daily basis.

Bad things make some people feel good

Virginia Right sees the problems around the world boiling down to one point - those using circumstances to elevate themselves and their views.
A woman goes after her man, slapping and spitting and screaming. They trap themselves in an enclosed elevator, stare each other down in mutual resentment, and together embrace the insanity of a mutual tragedy. He slugs her. Her head slams into a railing. She loses consciousness.
Hooray! What excellent circumstance! For now as a nation we may, as individuals and as a mob, pass judgment upon this man and this woman, upon those who employed the man, those who wore his jerseys on Thursday night, those who stood for The State and failed to pass a sentence that pleased us, and announce to ourselves and to all the world that “We’re angry because violence is bad!”.
How do you stand against this mob?
Be remembering that you're not alone.
And it's likely those proclaiming their anger at other faults have major faults of their own.

Recycling update

Another run to the recycling center, and 55 cents per pound for aluminum cans.

Saturday song

The doctor told a man he had "Tom Jones" disease. Is it rare? It's not unusual.