Sunday, February 28, 2010

Reconciliation and rules

Is reconciliation really not a big deal, or a major change to how the Senate does things?
Or is the big deal going to reconciliation now, in the midst of the debate?
It feels like a baseball team, finding its pitcher struggling, changing the strike zone to make it easier on the pitcher.
Or a football team, in the middle of the game, saying it should get five downs instead of four.
It just feels like a sign of Democratic weakness. Not the way to attract votes, and support of the country.

Bridging the gap

Al Gore had his op-ed in the New York Times. And the right-side of the internet had its fun whacking him. All of that snow shoveling built up our muscles.
Powerline has the big picture. You can site stats that January was the "warmest in recorded history on the globe" but we just don't believe you. Nothing you can pull out of the stats right now will make us believe you. Repeating your stats and warnings does nothing.
I don't know how you bridge the gap. The global warming crowd is going to have to get used to hard, hard pushback about their data, theories and conclusions. We're not going to take medicine you want us to take when we don't think we're sick. And you can't convince us we are sick.

Sid did

Canada 3
U.S.A. 2 in OT.
Sidney Crosby gets the game-winning against Ryan Miller. Just like the 2008 Winter Classic, when Crosby had the shootout winner against Miller and the Sabres.

Daley Gator approved

Daley Gator enjoyed Yankee Phil's posting of some quotes from Thomas Jefferson.
Thus Yankee Phil is the blog of the day in Gator-land.
Daley Gator also has a link to a conservative blogger debate featuring The Classic Liberal and That's Right.

Faceoff, fight for a Baltimore score

Gearing up for the U.S. playing in the gold medal game, I remember my first days going to ice hockey games. Baltimore got a minor league team in 1979, and we went to a few games and got hooked.
I did an college internship with the team in the winter of 1983, and one day I went into a closet full of stuff from prior Baltimore ice hockey teams. And I found a 45 rpm record of the Baltimore Clippers fight song.
Someone put their copy on the internet.

After a score, they would play the first 45 seconds. That's when the fans would yell along "Fight, fight, fight" and the announcer would say who scored and assisted on the goal. Then play would resume.

Standard thoughts

Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes take turns whacking at the Obama presidency.
Kristol brings out a great line.
As one wag commented, Obama turned out to be quite an effective community organizer. But the community he organized was a majority of the American people in opposition to his agenda of big-government liberalism.
Barnes finds Obama far short of the FDR standard in ruling Washington.
When I first heard the tale that Obama had told congressional Democrats to write the bills and he’d sell them, I thought it was apocryphal. Now I’m not so sure. Obama seems to see presidential power as purely rhetorical.

Fishersville Mike Junks Reprogrammed Androids

Will the United States ice hockey team win the gold today? While waiting, check out these golden links.
Smitty at the Other McCain clears out the leftovers from CPAC weekend.
Carol keeps up the Olympic theme with her roundup.
Ruby Slippers checks out the action at "Weekend at Barry's."
Wyblog has a big roundup.
Daley Gator stitches together links about the health care summit.
Pat shells out her weekly roundup.
Troglopundit picks the best motivational posters.
Grandpa John picks up on a security threat.
Another Black Conservative spills the beans on the Coffee Party.
Pundette looks at the wreck of reconciliation.
Reading Potluck is like a day at the beach.
Beard or no beard, that is DaTech Guy's question.
Dustbury won an Okie Blogger award for Best Veteran.
Don Surber is looking forward to fantasy baseball season.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Know your blog facts, and remember the winter snows or high school days.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gore speaks

Don Surber notes Al Gore's op-ed in the New York Times.
I thought this was an interesting line.
We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands.
It would have been better if he was talking about government and spending, instead of the weather.

In November, we do the sweeping

Legal Insurrection continues his look at the "sweeping" health care legislation.
Get your brooms.
In November, we do the sweeping.

Working in the coal mines

Blue Virginia highlights a study putting coal employment at just two percent in the Central Appalachian region. Is that right? Carl lives in Wise County and doesn't agree.
I agree with Carl's two eyes. Whatever employment there is in many parts of far Southwest Virginia is due to coal. If there weren't any mining, it would be plenty of empty acres there. Especially on the winding two-lane roads.
I lived for seven years in Bluefield, W.Va., a city that erupted from nothing in the 1880s due to coal. The Millionaires lived just north of there in Bramwell. The lawyers, doctors and other professionals that are there are due to coal mining.
Population in the coal fields has dropped since the 1950s as ways to mine have changed, but it's still a big part of life. There's not much flat land to build big plants to employ people - unless a mountain is cut down and valley filled in.
And if you plowed through the mountains to build better roads, you might add more diversity to the economy. Until then, coal is it. Kill coal and you kill a big region.

Waiting on March Madness

Just a few more weeks until the NCAA tournament. I wonder if President Obama's going to pick his bracket on ESPN again.
You know he's thinking about it.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow plus 28 days - again

It's rare for snow to last on the ground four weeks in central Virginia

It's even more rare for it to happen twice. But it's been 28 days since the first of four measured snowfalls in Fishersville.

We're finally getting some melting. Yesterday, the youngest's snowboard reappeared from under the 19 inches of snow that fell Feb. 5-6.
Can't wait for all of this snow to finally disappear, and warm weather to arrive.
It's only five weeks until baseball season gets underway. Yes, I'm counting down.

Down memory lane

Coverage of the big Northeast storm has included a fire in Hampton, N.H. that destroyed several building. Several buildings that I walked past each morning in the summer of 1982 en route to my job at the Ashworth Hotel.
And Thursday, instead of listening to Rush Limbaugh, some people in Maryland listened to my college friend Chuck Jones speak about living in Frederick County, Md.

Two feet of snow

Via Maryland Weather blog at the Baltimore Sun.

"Phenomenal waste of time"

Megan McArdle wasn't impressed by Thursday's health care summit.
The longer these things wear on, the more hardened opinion gets. I never saw this moving the needle of public opinion. Democrats have to decide if they want to ignore what the voters think, knowing that this will be an issue in the next election. I doubt they will, but maybe they care enough to toss away the house and the senate. After all, what's the point of winning elections if you don't get to push through your policy agenda?
The Atlantic sums up reaction from various columnists.

Summit wrapup

Stephen Green posts his live blog from Thursday's health care summit.
You'll never think about Harry Reid the same.

Reconciliation thought

If Democrats decide to go the reconciliation route, they will need great party discipline and unity to get it done.
What did Will Rogers say?
I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.
Good luck with that.

Weekend watchdog

Sunday night, the Olympic flame will go out in Vancouver. Two weeks of speed and gold medals will close out.
Before the world packs up to return home, there's plenty of big events. Men's ice hockey semifinals are Friday, with the United States playing Finland at 3 p.m. and Canada and Slovakia meeting at 9:30 p.m. The losers go to the bronze medal game Saturday, then the gold medal contest is Sunday before the Closing Ceremonies.
The skating medals have been won, but Saturday there's the Champions Gala to give you one more chance to see the best skaters.
Then if you'd like to see more ice dancing or short-track speed skating, you'll have to wait for the torch to be lit in Sochi, Russia in four years.
For your speed on the track, NASCAR is at Las Vegas Sunday at 3 p.m. on FOX. For those who'd like to keep track of Danica Patrick, the Nationwide race will be Saturday on ESPN at 4 p.m.
CBS begins gearing up for March Madness with three games Saturday and two more Sunday. Georgetown hosting Notre Dame and Kentucky-Tennessee are the choices at noon, followed by North Carolina taking on Wake Forest at 2 p.m. and Kansas-Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Louisville heads to Connecticut at 2 p.m., then it's a choice of Big Ten contests - either Michigan State-Purdue, Michigan vs. Ohio State or Minnesota at Illinois.
Raycom offers two games Saturday at 4 p.m. - Maryland at Virginia Tech or N.C. State-Miami.
ESPN starts Saturday with Michigan-Ohio State at noon and Texas-Texas A&M at 2 p.m.
Mississippi State takes on South Carolina at 6 p.m. before the Big East battle between Villanova and Syracuse with the GameDay crew on site.
ESPN2 offers Mississippi-Alabama at 2 p.m. and Richmond facing Xavier Sunday at 1 p.m.
MASN's Saturday basketball lineup starts with a pair of Big East games - Pittsburgh at St. John's at noon, followed by Cincinnati visiting West Virginia. Then it's Winthrop facing Radford at 4 p.m., UNC-Charlotte at George Washington at 6 p.m. and closing out with CAA action - William & Mary at UNC-Wilmington.
Sunday features Marquette at Seton Hall at noon.
Comcast begins its college basketball Saturday with the ACC battle between Boston College and Georgia Tech at noon, then it's off to the CAA for VCU-Old Dominion at 4 p.m. UMass faces Dayton at 7 p.m.
Sunday features an ACC doubleheader on Comcast-plus - Clemson vs. Florida State at 5:30 p.m., followed by Duke-Virginia. The second half of that game will be seen on Comcast after the Wizards finish playing.
ESPN has a pair of NBA doubleheaders this weekend. Dallas visits Atlanta at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Orlando-New Orleans. The Magic reappear on your screen Sunday at 7 - hosting Miami - then the Hornets face the Mavericks.
ABC's Sunday afternoon doubleheader starts with Phoenix-Antonio, then it's Denver at the Lakers.
The Wizards host the Knicks Friday and visit New Jersey Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
For your women's basketball action, Comcast shows UNC-Wilmington at Drexel at 1 p.m. Sunday. Then the big ACC contest between Duke and North Carolina follows at 3 p.m. ESPN2 offers Florida State-Maryland at 3 p.m. Sunday, then Kansas-Baylor.
The PGA tour is in Phoenix, shuffled off to Golf Network.

Remembering Johnny Cash

One of my Facebook friends joined the group remembering Johnny Cash's birthday - today.
I didn't know he sang the "Bonanza" theme song. Now I do.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Big Lots update

The guys at Ace of Spades shop Big Lots. Guess what they found?
Just got back from Big Lots while making my weekly Arugula and Wagu Beef run and they had a big stack of handsomely boxed limited run Obama commemorative plates for $2. They used to sell for $20+S&H on TV. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Even though they were placed on an endcap at the front of the store, it didn't look like they were moving.
Hope you didn't buy them as an investment.

Worse than unimpressive

NRO's Yural Levin looks at the first half of the health care summit.
The purpose of this spectacle is not so much to move the public as to move Democratic members of Congress—to create some momentum that might last long enough to help wavering Democrats cast a very painful vote. That audience very likely is watching, and they are seeing their leadership fail to make a straightforward case for the Democratic approach to health care, or to respond to the most basic Republican objections about high costs, excessive spending, overregulation, and the effect of this plan on American families. They are managing to lose an argument about health care to Republican members of Congress—no mean feat.

McCain brings the pain

Commentary Magazine's Contentions blog is following the health care summit.
John McCain listed the various deals Democrats have agreed to so far. President Obama wasn't happy with the reminder.

Obamacare - going at ludicrous speed

This look at Obamacare - mentioning the Wall Street Journal's editorial "ObamaCare at Ramming Speed" reminds me of this scene from Spaceballs.

The President has past the Republicans and American people. He's gone to plaid.

Idol - who's going home?

American Idol goes from 24 singers to 20 in Thursday's show. predicts Katie and Andrew are safe. wants Haeley and Tim to stick around.

Mrs. West Virginia

They held the Mrs. West Virginia pageant Saturday, and the winner is Crissy Jamie of Charleston.
I found this while visiting the Daily Mail, home paper of Don Surber.
The last pageant winner whose picture I posted went on to win Miss America. We'll see how Mrs. West Virginia does.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

From the Barbie Cam

The Other McCain downloads his photos from last weekend's CPAC. Looks like a lot of fun.
He and Smitty also made GQ's spread, thanks to the fedoras. Hope DaTech Guy gets a commission for his fedoras making the spread.

The Blame Game

The Blame Game
From Weekly Standard's blog, looking at health insurance companies and their profits.
President Obama could eliminate insurers' profits altogether (a possible goal), and more than 99.5 percent of our health costs would remain.

What's the higher percentage?

Blue Virginia highlights a poll that just 7 percent of Americans are dismissive of global warming.
In February 2007, what was the percentage of Americans who thought Barack Obama would be our next president? Bet it was less than seven percent.

Global warming update

I just received my gas bill, which includes the average daily temperature.
February 2010 has an average temp of 29.9 degrees, about seven degrees lower than February 2009.
Is that included in those stats of "warmest day ever?"

Yes, I'd like free candy

Professor Bainbridge looks at the poll questions on health care reform.
The trouble with these sort of polls is that they almost never ask the right followup questions: How much would you be willing to see your insurance premiums rise if "insurers [are banned] from excluding people because of pre-existing conditions"? Do you understand that if "insurers [are banned] from excluding people because of pre-existing conditions," there will have to be a government mandate that healthy young people buy insurance? If there is no mandate, either the insurance industry will go bankrupt or rates will skyrocket.
And the closing:
In sum, the trouble with polls like these is that they assume a free lunch and TANSTAAFL.
h/t Instapundit

It is an Olympic year ending in "0"

The U.S. ice hockey team plays Wednesday at 3 p.m. Can they win the gold?
The U.S. has won gold in 1960 and 1980. The only Winter Olympic years that ended in "0." Like 2010.
Besides, the kid met the Olympians Sunday. He was on SportsCenter Tuesday night.
What kid, you ask? This kid.

Follow the money

The Washington Post reports that banks and investment firms are shifting their political donations toward the Republicans.
The wealthy securities and investment industry, for example, went from giving 2 to 1 to Democrats at the start of 2009 to providing almost half of its donations to Republicans by the end of the year, according to new data compiled for The Washington Post by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Commercial banks and their employees also returned to their traditional tilt in favor of the GOP after a brief dalliance with Democrats, giving nearly twice as much to Republicans during the last three months of 2009, the data show.

The lessons:
1. Isn't it nice to have the internet to help analyze this data?
2. The electoral momentum is going Republicans' way
3. Money to politicians doesn't mean you get your way. They just won't stay bought.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

This is from his side

We Will Rock Dem rocks President Obama hard.
I'm not sure what is worse, a President with no spine (Obama) or a President with no brain (Bush).
If Obama's polls showed public option as popular as their polls do, Obama would be strongly behind it. Unless he has no brain and no spine.

Ignore those constituents

NRO's Campaign Spot looks at President Obama's promises from last year and how it's hurting this year.
I suspect the decline in Obama’s approval rating in the past year — particularly on the economy — has come from Americans who took that leap of faith with the new president and felt like they endured a crash landing. They just don’t trust Obama’s pledges about the effects of legislation anymore, and that’s why no matter how grandiose and appealing the promises surrounding the health-care bill get, the numbers barely budge.
No matter how "masterful" Obama's performance is, the health-care bill is likely to remain pretty unpopular, with some corners of the electorate furiously opposed. Obama has to persuade congressional Democrats to ignore their constituents and, in many cases, end their careers over this legislation.

All-white Tea Party protest

Via Instapundit, the blogprof offers pictures of a Tea Party in Michigan.
Some of those guys look frosted.
Feel free to add your own puns. I snow you can.

Samson option, with a twist

Rich Lowry looks at President Obama's latest health care reform plan.
Democrats are now in pursuit of a “catastrophic success” — to borrow George W. Bush’s phrase for the Iraq War — on health care. They figure that both House and Senate Democrats have already taken defining votes for unpopular health-care bills, that November is inevitably going to be ugly, so they might as well reach again for the goal that has eluded them since Truman.
It’s the Samson Option, with a twist. In his last extremity, Samson pulled down the pillars of the temple of Dagon to destroy himself and his Philistine enemies. Democrats will rain destruction on their own hapless, vulnerable members, a category that grows by the day. These swing-district Democrats, once hailed as the “majority makers” by Nancy Pelosi, have a new role as the suicidal front ranks of Pelosi’s Last Charge.

Don't be selfish - support ObamaCare

Blue Commonwealth has an interesting take on two columns about health care. Unfortunately, Roger Cohen has been staring at the mirror too long to make sense.
The public option, not dead, would amount to recognition of shared interest in each other’s health and of the need to use America’s energies and resources better. It would involve 300 million people linking arms.
Or we can turn away from each other and, like Narcissus, perish in the contemplation of our own reflections.

I don't know how calling health care reform opponents "Narcissus" makes them change their minds. And the tea party movement considers itself many people linking arms to save what's good in the country.
How many thousands linked arms together in Washington last weekend for the CPAC conference. Or the 9/12 marches. Or local tea party gatherings.
If President Obama says "my way or the highway" with health care reform, he'd better to prepared to be standing on the side of the road with salt spray splattering him and his sign back to Chicago.

Boucher on coal

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports on Rep. Rick Boucher's town hall in Richlands Monday.
The Bluefield TV station was also there.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Herded or heard

Pat looked at the Des Moines Register poll on President Obama's sinking approval rating.
Instapundit liked this comment.
Obama is failing because he thinks we need to be herded not heard.

Not a very good "best case scenario"

Megan McArdle looks at the apparent revival of health care reform. And doesn't see a very healthy patient.
Reid says they'll be ready to do reconciliation within 60 days. Really? Democrats are going to pass a mongo, costly new entitlement right around tax day? The caucus might as well pass the hat for the GOP election fund. But if you delay it, you're leaving an unpopular bill very fresh in peoples' minds as they go into the 2010 elections.

Best answer

Rachel Maddow and friends have been having fun attacking Republicans for accepting funds from the stimulus bill after voting against it.
Best of the Web takes one of those stories and turns it around - Democrats voting against tax cuts then paid lower rates.
You pay higher taxes first, and we'll consider it for ourselves.

1994 vs. 2010 has an interesting chart comparing the political climate of 1994 vs. today.
None of this is to suggest that the results that Democrats will encounter any fewer problems in 2010 than they did in 1994. Frankly, it has become easy enough to imagine Democratic losses of the same magnitude as 1994 or even worse. But the less superficial one is in comparing the two cycles, and the more one is willing to uncover root causes, the less similar they seem to be. There's well more than one way to lose a majority.

Numbers game

President Obama reached an important milestone Monday - 215 days since holding a formal press conference. Longer than the longest stretch between George W. Bush formal press conferences.
You've got to feed the media a proper diet to keep them happy. All interviews and no press conferences is like eating vegetables and no candy. The media wants their candy. Now.
And don't tell them they should be happy with just vegetables. That only makes them angrier.

Party like it's 1994

The Other McCain reports on the parties of CPAC.
If you want to continue the party, head to Daytona Beach this weekend.

Hillary up, Nancy out?

Big Government has an interesting piece up on the possible repercussions of a big Democratic loss in November.

Start your morning right

I listened to the first part of Bill Bennett's radio program Monday.
A caller - an ice hockey fan - said he heard President Obama was going to apologize to Canada. We scored too many goals and hurt their feelings, I guess.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Climate ping pong

Earlier Sunday, Blue Virginia and Blue Ridge Data posted the thoughts of a UVa scientist on the rise of sea levels.
Later, Yankee Phil and Virginia Right post the latest story - we don't know if there will be a rise of sea levels. There are mistakes in the report.
Look for yourself. I'm sure that's what Attorney General Cuccinelli wants you to do.

Have you heard the one about...

Jules Crittenden isn't holding his breath that Democrats will get health care reform done.
More like spewing coffee out of his mouth.
Like Danny Thomas used to do.

Party of No vs. Mr. No

So Arnold Schwarzenegger called Republicans the "Party of No." In a few more months, we will be hearing no more from Mr. Schwarzenegger.
Instead, we'll still have President Obama. Michael Barone's column inspires Jennifer Rubin to see President Obama as Mr. No - No Intuition, No Judgment.
Put slightly differently, Obama lacks judgment. We were told during the campaign that he had loads of judgment, and it would offset his experience gap. But alas, he lacked the judgment to assess nearly every critical issue he faced — the Iranian nuclear threat, the Middle East “peace process,” health-care reform, and his entire domestic agenda. He might lack intuition – the ability to foresee how events will unfold – but more critically, he also lacks the ability to assess events once they do unfold.
There's the "no" of a stubborn two-year-old and the "no" of a protective parent. Big difference.

Coal comfort

Rep. Nick Joe Rahall has been in Congress since 1977. But this year he's got a Republican challenger. So you get this kind of headline in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: Rahall to EPA - Get your act together.
“The EPA needs to tell the industry not only what they cannot do, which they’re good at, but what they can do in order to get a permit approved. And the EPA needs to get their act together."
Coal mining is very important in Rahall's southern West Virginia district. He tells how he's protected coal interests from government interests - which are mainly Democratic core interests.
Rahall's Democratic friends in Washington are going to keep him on the spot this entire campaign season.

Fantastic Man Jets 'Round America

Happy CPAC weekend. The annual gathering brought together bloggers from across the country. Thanks for those who hit the tip jar.
The Other McCain features CPAC and Smitty's Cthulhu mini-series.
Wyblog posts a "somewhat respectable" roundup.
No Sheeples Here has a roundup that's going downhill.
American Power has a sweet roundup.
Pat is ready for spring. I'd be ready for spring also, if it weren't for all the snow in my backyard.
Camp of the Saints cleared out the cache, and there's always plenty of good stuff there.
Grandpa John's shares some Wisconsin pride.
Troglopundit celebrated one year and 330,000 visits to his site.
Pundette shares a happy ending.
Naked Villiany would like to see more Olympic sports and less Olympic sportscasters.
Carol finds a disturbing picture in her closet.
DaTech Guy posted a special video from CPAC. And met that Cuba guy.
Dustbury describes a major feet.
Daley Gator supports the local gunfighter.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Remember to use caution, watch out for turkeys and look out below.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Don't trust me, don't trust you

Gearing up for the health care meeting at Blair House next week, I thought I'd bring back my parody of Abba's "Knowing Me, Knowing You."

Sort through
those old tax files
Silence the protestors
Looking at this lousy bill, makes us all cry
If this is what you think of us, this is goodbye

Don't trust me, don't trust you (oh-noo)
It's what this struggle comes down to
Don't trust me, don't trust you (oh-noo)
Better face it now or health care is through
Making law is never easy, you know, but you have to start
Don't trust me, don't trust you
Learn to trust or we're through

Make sure (make sure)
they don't (they don't)
scam us (scam us)
They'll get (they'll get)
only what (only what)
we say (we say)

Do all these unfamiliar words mean what they say?
Now the bill goes up in flames, it's the only way

Don't trust me, don't trust you (oh-noo)
There is nothing you can say
Don't trust me, don't trust you (oh-noo)
You'll just have to face it this bill is through

Making law is never easy, you know, but you have to learn (listen more and don't push it through, next time you'll know)
Don't trust me, don't trust you
Learn to trust or we're through

Eight steps to disaster

Don Surber explains again where President Obama and the Democrats went wrong.

Doorknob dead

American Interest pronounces the death of the global climate change treaty and looks for who to blame.
The movement to stop climate change through a Really Big and Comprehensive Grand Global Treaty is dead because there is no political consensus in the US to go forward. It’s dead because the UN process is toppling over from its own excessive ambition and complexity. It’s dead because China and India are having second thoughts about even the smallish steps they put on the table back in Copenhagen.
And sorry, movement members, but you get no consolation prize.
Now they are just another piece of roadkill on the heartless historical highway–an unforgiving place for people who seek to change the behavior of the world through comprehensive treaties, like the nuclear freeze proponents before them and like the advocates of the Grand Global Treaty Against War in the 1920s. (And at least the 1920s peace movement got its Grand Global Treaty: the 1929 Kellogg-Briand Pact outlawed war forever, sparing all future generations from this terrible scourge.)
h/t Instapundit

Tip of the sword

Charlie Cook looks at the strength of the tea party movement and troubles of the Democratic party.
If I had a choice of the Republican Party's problems right now or the Democratic Party's problems, I think you could triple the Republican Party's problems and I'd still rather have their problems than the problems facing Democrats.
h/t Contentions blog

What's cooking

Several bloggers have combined their talents and set up shop at Potluckbloggers.
Pundette's there, so you know they'll be Mark Steyn stuff.

Friday, February 19, 2010


The headline - Obama to spell out new healthcare plan.
Spell out. D-O-O-M-E-D.
Looking forward to reading this plan. And watching the Democrats run when portions become public. Especially what this plan says about abortion.

Snow plus 21 days

The backyard has been covered by snow for 21 days, since Jan. 29. Foot's Forecast in Maryland is tracking a pair of storms for next week, Sunday-Monday and Thursday-Saturday.
Foot's Forecast has even caught the notice of Bill Gates - not the Microsoft computer guy, but a reporter for the Dundalk Eagle and sports editor of the Towson State University paper during my tenure on the news side.

Elites vs. proles

Instapundit highlights Barton Hinkles' column on the battle between the elites and the public they say they intend to help.
It's a common theme in public discourse: My side is full of passionate idealism -- your side is just a bunch of angry fruitcakes. Both sides play the game, but some progressives manage to achieve a level of disdain that approaches the Olympic.

Outside my window

I turned on CMT this morning and Sarah Buxton's video came on. That deserves a picture.

Weekend watchdog

Each year, teams from small and mid-major conferences hope they will be the Cinderella making a big splash in March Madness.
This weekend, those potential Cinderellas gear up on ESPN Bracket Buster weekend.
ESPN2 shows six games, starting Friday at 7 p.m. with Old Dominion traveling to Northern Iowa. Play starts Saturday at 11 a.m. with Siena at Butler, followed by Louisiana Tech at Northeastern and Nevada vs. Missouri State.
George Mason hosts College of Charleston at 8 p.m., then at midnight it's Wichita State taking on Utah State.
There's 49 games in all under the Bracket Busters banner, covering 14 conferences from coast to coast.
The Winter Olympics have reached their second weekend, with events on NBC, CNBC, MSNBC and USA. Ice Dancing highlights competition Friday and Sunday, while the ice hockey showdown between the United States and Canada takes place Sunday night.
In other college basketball, CBS will show North Carolina at Boston College Saturday at noon. Some areas will get Florida-Mississippi. Sunday, it's either Ohio State visiting Michigan State or Villanova-Pittsburgh.
CW29 will show Georgia Tech at Maryland Saturday at 2 p.m. ACC markets in North Carolina can catch Wake Forest-N.C. State.
ESPN has five games Saturday, starting with Seton Hall visiting West Virginia at noon. Texas travels to Texas Tech at 2 p.m., followed by Illinois-Purdue and Kentucky-Vanderbilt. UCLA's contest with Washington caps the day at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has another game Sunday at 1 p.m., Dayton at Duquesne.
MASN shows St. John's taking on South Florida Saturday at noon. At 4 p.m., it's Connecticut-Rutgers, then at 7 p.m. High Point plays Liberty in Big South action. Sunday at 2 p.m., Marquette takes on Cincinnati.
Comcast starts with an Atlantic-10 doubleheader Saturday - Temple plays Big Five rival St. Joseph's at noon, then it's Xavier-UNC Charlotte. Virginia travels to Clemson at 4 p.m. as the Cavaliers try to snap their losing streak.
Sunday, Virginia Tech's trip to Duke is the ACC game of the week at 7:30 p.m. The PAC-10 matchup between Arizona State and Arizona tips at 5:30 p.m.
The Boston Celtics head west this week, and you can catch them on national TV. They face Portland Friday on ESPN and Denver Sunday afternoon on ABC. On Friday, ESPN has Dallas' visit to Orlando, and Sunday's first game on ABC is the Cavaliers at Magic.
The Wizards face the Nuggets Friday and visit the Raptors Saturday on Comcast.
MASN shows a Big East women's game Saturday - DePaul vs. Marquette at 2 p.m. Comcast goes west Saturday night, showing Washington at USC at 11 p.m. Sunday, Maryland women play Duke at 1 p.m., followed by the big CAA clash between James Madison and Old Dominion.
ESPN2 shows the Big Ten contest between Ohio State and Michigan State Sunday at 3 p.m.
For some speed, FOX shows the NASCAR race from California Sunday at 3 p.m.
MASN offers some tennis Sunday with the Regions Morris Keegan singles championship at 4 p.m.
CBS has the Match Play Championship Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2 p.m. each day.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How about a fourth party?

If third parties don't work, would a fourth party work?
Maybe a third party would be a complete disaster, but a fourth party could actually work. You see, the liberals are already getting restless with Obama. They don’t understand that their entire ideology is basically political poison, and when Rahm Emanuel tried to calmly explain that to them, it only upset them even more.
h/t Instapundit

Live from Tucson

Spring Training is gearing up in Florida and Arizona. Thomas Harding has the latest on the Rockies.
We're both veterans of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and the prep sports scene near Myrtle Beach.

Don't be an Obama Zombie

The Other McCain and Smitty are part of the horde at CPAC this weekend. They had lunch with the author of Obama Zombies.
Plenty of other bloggers are in D.C. DaTech Guy brought the cannoli. Little Miss Attila has info on the pre-game party.
And Sundries Shack has the rules to live by for bloggers.

Know your Idols

American Idol has selected its top 24 contestants for the season.
Vivian does a good job keeping up with the weekly winners.
I like checking out, which ranks the 24 in their unique way. When a singer you don't like stays in the competition, it's likely Vote for the Worst has its hands in it.

"Feckless, useless lot"

E.J. Dionne whacks at the Democrats pretty hard.
If you want to be honest, face these facts: At this moment, President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing.
With an opening paragraph like that, I had to link the column.
Maybe the Republicans can carry the column with them to discuss health care with the president next week.

Buy me yet?

CafePress reports a surge in purchases of George W. Bush "Miss Me Yet?" themed merchandise.
CafePress isn't the place I'd expect those seeking Obama merchandise to shop, but Bush is ahead of Obama there.
h/t Instapundit

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Life ain't easy for a boy named Sioux

The University of North Dakota may lose the nickname Fighting Sioux Thursday.
h/t Don Surber Maybe they can become the UND Dots.

Dr. "Not a Rule 5 girl"

Yankee Phil posts the latest update on Dr. Amy Bishop, crazy girl. Hopefully he's got a happier-looking lady selected for this week's Rule 5 Sunday post.
Remember kids, before shooting someone, you need to remember that whatever crazy things you've done in the past will come out once you pull the trigger.
I'd say think before doing something stupid, but thinking and shooting people don't go together.

Government health care

Blogger Jim Treacher got his by a government car in a crosswalk two weeks ago.
He posted his x-ray photo, for those who like that sort of thing.

Generation We or Generation Wii?

Glenn Beck began Wednesday program with information on Generation We.
By claiming youth covering 22 years (1978-2000), they are able to have a bigger population than the Baby Boom Generation (18 years from 1946-64).
Is this age group more progressive, or more into video games? I'd side with the video games. And they will want lower taxes to buy the newest game systems and games.

Green Death

Doctor Zero has an interesting post up about the legacy of the 1960s book Silent Spring.
h/t Instapundit

Visit Troglopundit

Troglopundit reaches his blog's first anniversary Thursday.
Danica Patrick would be very happy if you stopped by and visited.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two charts

Organizing for America sent out this chart Tuesday, to make sure we'd seen it.

I wonder if they've seen this debt chart also.

O's woes

Pitchers and catchers are ready to report to spring training later this week. One of the Orioles' pitchers - Brad Bergesen - won't be ready to pitch for another week.
He hurt his arm while filming a commercial in December.
Good to see the Orioles are 20 years behind my friends at Concord University in West Virginia. We were doing a profile on the high-flying basketball center, and asked if we could have him dunk for a photo shoot. They declined, not wanting him to be injured dunking for a photo.
Get well, Brad. Learn your lesson, Orioles.

How will dis go?

Instapundit wants to break out the leisure suit.
It's the new jobs bill, and Hot Air sees lots of hot air and little job growth. And too much Jimmy Carter.
If we're going back to the 1970s, here's a song track from the Bee Gees.

A project for SWACgirl's family?

Visiting Powerlineblog, they posted a photo from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

I think a snow cave would be a good addition to SWACgirl's backyard. Think of the cool photos.
Maybe Yankee Phil and the Boy Scouts might take a shot at it.

Recycling update

I just went to the local recycling center, and got 45 cents per pound for my aluminum cans. That's up 10 cents since December. Good news for those turning in cans for cash. Hopefully good news for the economy also.

Capping the EPA

Rep. Rick Boucher visited the Bluefield Daily Telegraph editorial board Monday, talking cap and trade. Sounds like he sees the bill capping the EPA more than coal and energy interests.
"If Congress doesn’t act, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will regulate carbon dioxide emissions within the space of a year,” Boucher said Monday. He said that if the EPA becomes the sole regulator of emissions, the agency will consider “point source regulation,” not a plan that is sensitive to the existing coal-fired utilities, the carbon capture program under development or off-sets that would provide additional time for utilities to develop alternate energy sources.
Boucher has a energy meeting planned for Monday outside of Richlands. We'll see how the people react to his ideas.

Numbers game

Stats, we got stats here in the Virginia blogosphere.
Yankee Phil gives you the Blognet News weekly roundup.
Bearing Drift checked on the latest from Technorati. And picked up a bunch of comments.
Blue Virginia focused on the sitemeter readings to see who's doing well.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Bold-Mold tour 2013

The dueling Sunday TV appearances between Vice President Joe Biden and former VP Dick Cheney got plenty of coverage.
After the 2012 election, when Obama and Biden lose, maybe they could tour together.
Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck did the BoldFresh tour. They were snowed-out in Norfolk, but maybe they'll do more shows in the future.
Cheney and Biden could have the Bold-Mold tour. The Bold one would be the vice president of your party, and the Mold one would be the other one.
Might be interesting to watch.

Is Palin perfect for hyper-partisan times?

Evan Bayh blames the partisan atmosphere for his decision to leave the Senate.
Progressives blame President Obama's overtures to Republicans with slowing his agenda. The attempts at bi-partisanship came up empty in their view.
What might work best in a world of hyper-partisans? Would it be to be hyper-partisan as a leader?
If so, then Sarah Palin would be perfect for this time.
Partisans on her side love her. The other side despises her. No need to attempt bi-partisanship; it won't work.
Palin may not call herself hyper-partisan, and could point to her pre-2008 work in Alaska. I doubt that would change the minds of those who dislike her now.
If we can't work together, one side's going to pull things their way. And the momentum is going to Palin's side.

Last minute Bayh Bayh

The two interesting parts of Evan Bayh's decision to retire
1. That he's decided he wants out.
2. That he decided so close to the deadline for entry to the primary.
NRO's Campaign Spot looks at the Indiana Democratic congressmen who might run for Bayh's seat, and their primary statuses.

Fighting the Blue Beast

NRO's Campaign Spot has an interesting post about the challenges President Obama faces not being the ones he wants to face.
Almost every industry and sector of society has been going through wrenching changes in the past two years, and sometimes for quite a few years before that: print media, the television networks, the auto industry, the music industry, publishing, both residential and commercial real estate, the energy sector, etc. And yet there’s one area where it’s been business as usual, or perhaps even a time of growth and expansion. As Rich notes, “It used to be said that the Great Depression wasn’t so bad, if you had a job. The Great Recession has practically been a boom, if you have a government job.”
It’s not sustainable. Of course, as I said earlier this month, “unsustainable is the new normal.” We’re having a reckoning, but President Obama isn’t all that interested in it; he wants to believe that a full, thriving economic recovery, along with rejuvenated tax revenues, is just around the corner.

580 days of labor negotiation ahead

Peter King's post-Super Bowl column gives the countdown to Opening Night 2011 - if there is one.
As of this morning, we're 580 days away from Opening Day 2011 -- the first day there will be no football if the owners lock out the players. There are going to be 580 twists and turns of the story between now and then. Still, I believe there will be a work stoppage in 2011. The fact is, owners want players to bear some burden for the costs of all the stadiums that have been built in recent years, and players don't want to pay for something they've never paid for before. That's the elephant in the negotiating room right now, and no one's budging.
I agree there will be labor trouble in the NFL and NBA when the current contract ends. It's just like the gridlock in D.C. Both sides are set in their ways and don't trust the other side.
We'll see which group gets smart first. Or which gets hurt the most and the others learn.

College students - our future?

I worked two years at my college newspaper. When the blizzard of 1983 hit, I ended up doing several stories since I lived just off-campus and could get in to write.
This year's blizzard shut down Towson for an entire week. How did one member of the newspaper spent the time - read his account, 10 days of vacation, 10 days of drinking.
Don’t get me wrong, I had the best 10 days I’ve had in college. Not having school was
incredible. Going back to school will be far from it. I literally don’t know how to learn anymore.
Good luck at those future job interviews, dude.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

What to say to a 'warmer'

Besides the East Coast blizzards, there's a blizzard of problems with the "science" behind "global warming/climate change/just do what we say to do." Here's a list.
h/t Lucianne

Stating the bad news

Doug Ross collects the bad news of certain states with rich pension promises and poor prospects.
The mathematical impossibility of paying off the overly rich pensions of public sector employees is hitting home in state after state. The battle over dwindling financial resources will pit taxpayers against the unions; once the citizenry gets wind of the outrageous defined-benefit pension plans crafted by SEIU bosses, there will be no containing the rage.

NASCAR's back

What's the best part of the season starting for NASCAR?
1. DW going "Boogity, Boogity, Boogity."
2. Seeing Digger and the Digger-cam.
I'm waiting to see if Digger adds a new friend, Trogie, to his crew

The absent-minded professor

The U.K. Daily Mail gets the inside info from climate professor Phil Jones.
Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.
Remember to tell the IRS your record keeping is "not as good as it should be." Maybe that will hide any decline in your tax payments.

Horribly inept

Kausfiles looks at the health care troubles, looking for why it happened.
Lots of intellectual effort now seems to be going into explaining Obama's (possible/likely/impending) health care failure as the inevitable product of larger historic and constitutional forces. There's something to this of course--the Framers went overboard in making it hard for the government to act, for example. But in this case there's a simpler explanation: Barack Obama's job was to sell a health care reform plan to American voters. He failed.
Commentary expands on that.
Kaus, unlike those still snared in the Obama thrall, isn’t afraid to come out and say just how horribly inept Obama has been in persuading Americans of the merits of the bill.
If you can't sell a plan in the afterglow of a historic presidential win, how do you sell it with Louisiana Purchase and Cornhusker Hustle baggage?

Fishersville Mike's Jury-Rigged Activities

For some people, this day is important as Valentine's Day.
For others, it's important as race day in Daytona.
For bloggers, it's been a year since we received wisdom from on high - how to get a million hits on your blog.
What's up with the Other McCain? Smitty looks like he's trying for a million-word roundup.
Ruby Slippers goes for the gold with her roundup.
Carol has somethin' for Mutton.
Pat has a Mardi Gras parade of links.
Wyblog got energized by his local government cleanup crew - really!
Little Miss Attila has the rules and the views.
Naked Villiany dealt with the D.C. area snows.
DaTech Guy is headed to CPAC next weekend.
Grandpa John's knows the Vikings always go the wrong way.
Jules Crittenden watches the dominos.
Legal Insurrection looks fondly at some old pictures.
Dustbury lets you know what players have "lacktion."
Troglopundit had one eye on Daytona, and the other on bloggers trying to steal his page views.
American Power talks about a poll on the right side.
Another Black Conservative breaks out the popcorn.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Catch a video, keep on trucking, enjoy the scenery and celebrate a milestone.

Snow country

A southern snow means everybody gets into the snow photo fun, and you see snow where you never expect it.
The Charleston News & Courier sent its photographers out, and one caught snow on the dock off the Ashley River.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Four-blog pileup

The Other McCain explains why Danica Patrick wrecked at Saturday's Nationwide race.
Yankee Phil plans to keep a close eye on the situation.

You blockhead

Poor President Obama. Slantblog sees him playing Charlie Brown to the mean ol' Republicans' Lucy. Might as well find a picture to remind you, since - if that's true - you've got three more years of this. Did Charlie Brown ever kick the football?

Marathon madness

It snowed in Myrtle Beach overnight, messing up plans for the Myrtle Beach marathon.
The Sun News offers plenty of snow photos, including snow covered boats at a marina.

Bat Cuisinarts

Don Surber's not impressed by the latest green push.
The jobs argument is just as phony as the anecdotes and the science. We’re going to waste trillions installing bat Cuisinarts along the ridges of Greenbrier County just because it is the latest political fad.


Ocracoke Island, N.C. reported an inch of snow overnight before rain washed it away.
Fishersville had the lightest dusting overnight, and quickly melted away.
A friend in Savannah said school children got to pelt a teacher with snowballs.
Let's go sun. Melt that snow.

Picking up the slack

Instapundit brings his tale of the Tea Party Convention to the Wall Street Journal.
Pundits claim the tea partiers are angry—and they are—but the most striking thing about the atmosphere in Nashville was how cheerful everyone seemed to be. I spoke with dozens of people, and the responses were surprisingly similar. Hardly any had ever been involved in politics before. Having gotten started, they were finding it to be not just worthwhile, but actually fun. Laughter rang out frequently, and when new-media mogul Andrew Breitbart held forth on a TV interview, a crowd gathered and broke into spontaneous applause.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Remembering 1976 Olympics

My first big Winter Olympic memories came in 1976, watching the games from Innsbruck. Franz Klammer helped make those games memorable.

Hey, Bill Nye

NBC News just reported there is measurable snow in 49 of the 50 states. (only Hawaii is snow-free).
While it takes moisture to make snow, it also takes COLD AIR. Cold air that's strong enough to turn the moisture into the white stuff.
And it usually takes a long cold snap in the Midwest/Mid-Atlantic to let it be cold enough to allow snow in the Carolinas/Deep South. Check the dates of Charleston, S.C. snowfall and you'll usually find very cold temperatures for a week or two in places like Charleston, W.Va. and Fishersville.
We have cold air. It came from someplace. Someplace cold.
Hope Sarah and Todd Palin kept enough cold air in Alaska for Todd to race his snow-machine.

Lowcountry is snow country

Since I lived for three years in Georgetown, S.C., I'm watching their preparations for snow tonight.
The Charleston News & Courier lists the top 10 daily snowfall totals since recordkeeping began in 1938. I expect the 10th highest totals - 1.6 inches - to be dropping off the top 10. Charleston S.C. has not had measurable snow at the airport since Jan. 2000
I'm looking forward to the new snow-cover map for the United States after this storm finishes dropping snow across the south.

Ready for the games

My boys have been playing the video game "Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games." So they are expressing interest in watching the real thing.
We'll see how that goes. I mean, once you've seen Dr. Eggman or Luigi curling, it's hard to go back to boring Canadians or Norwegians going for the gold.
The United States will become the country with the second-most Winter Olympic medals, probably by Sunday. The U.S. has won 216 medals since the games began, just behind the Soviet Union's 217. And the Soviets aren't winning any more medals.

Olbermann week in review

The Daily Caller watches "Keith Olbermann can count to five" so you don't have to.
And summarizes the past five days in one paragraph.
Let’s sum up the week. Friday: Keith Olbermann is bad at spelling. Monday: Keith Olbermann is bad at telling jokes. Tuesday: Keith Olbermann is good at picking on children. Wednesday: Keith Olbermann is bad at understanding things. Thursday: Keith Olbermann is bad at respecting women. Better luck next week!
Maybe by mentioning this, I can be a candidate for worst person of the world.

Southern snow

Pat has snow in Shreveport.
Georgetown, S.C. is waiting for its first snowfall in eight years tonight.
Dallas has a record snow ahead of hosting the NBA All-Star game. Too bad they closed the roof at the Cowboys Stadium.
I won't be complaining about heat this summer, I tell you that.

Weekend watchdog

This weekend in Florida, you've got NASCAR's best racing around the speedway.
And across the continent, the world's best will be racing on snow and ice.
If you like your speed in fast cars on asphalt, Daytona is for you. After Thursday afternoon's Twin 125s sets the field, the flag drops on the Super Bowl of racing, the Daytona 500 Sunday at 1 p.m. Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing boys.
The racing excitement includes the Nationwide Series opener Saturday. Danica Patrick joins the good ol' boys on the track.
The Winter Olympics begin Friday with the opening ceremonies on NBC. Since it's in Vancouver, there will be live medal events in the afternoon (2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday) and in prime-time.
The men's downhill highlights Saturday's action, and Sunday night you'll be seeing lots of the pairs short program.
The NHL takes off two weeks for the Olympics Games. Before the top players head west, the Capitals visit St. Louis Saturday.
The NBA's best gather at the Cowboys' Stadium for the All-Star game. Friday, ESPN shows the All-Star celebrity game at 7 p.m. The rest of the weekend will be on TNT - Friday's Rookie Challenge, the skills competition Saturday night, and the game Sunday.
On the college hardcourt, CBS will show Maryland going to Duke at 1 p.m. Saturday and Ohio State-Illinois Sunday.
Virginia heads to Virginia Tech Saturday night on CW29. If you don't like watching the local teams, Georgia Tech-Wake Forest will be broadcast also.
ESPN has the hardcourt meeting of the Backyard Brawl Friday - West Virginia at Pittsburgh - at 9 p.m. Saturday, ESPN's day starts with Michigan State visiting Penn State at noon. Oklahoma goes to Oklahoma State at 2 p.m., then it's North Carolina-N.C. State and Xavier-Florida. The GameDay crew is at Rupp Arena for Tennessee's game with Kentucky.
ESPN2 starts its tripleheader at 5 p.m. with Texas A&M at Texas Tech, followed by Memphis-Tulsa and St. Mary's playing Portland.
Sunday afternoon, ESPN carries Louisville at Syracuse at 1 p.m.
Comcast offers four games on Saturday, starting with the ACC battle between Miami and Clemson at noon. Richmond visits St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m., followed by CAA action - George Mason at Old Dominion and VCU at James Madison. The Sunday night ACC game matches Florida State and Boston College, then UCLA visits Southern Cal at 10 p.m.
MASN shows four games Saturday, starting at noon with Cincinnati taking on Connecticut. Nebraska goes to Texas at 4 p.m., followed by Charleston Southern-High Point and South Florida visiting Marquette at 8:30 p.m.
There's four more games Sunday, starting at noon with DePaul at Seton Hall. Loyola visits Iona at 2 p.m., then two more Big East games - Georgetown at Rutgers, and St. Johns-Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has a women's basketball doubleheader Sunday. At 3 p.m., it's Houston-SMU and Arkansas visiting South Carolina. The nightcap features either Mississippi at Mississippi State or the ACC battle between Miami and N.C. State.
MASN has the women's game between Cincinnati and Syracuse Saturday at 2 p.m. Comcast shows a CAA doubleheader Sunday - Georgia State visiting Delaware and Old Dominion-George Mason.
The PGA is at Pebble Beach for the AT&T National Pro-Am on CBS.


The Tuesday Morning Quarterback column sadly winds down when the season ends. This week's edition featured several cheerleader pictures, since they have also sadly finished their season.
Jasmine of the Saints earned a special place in the column for being part of a Super Bowl winning effort.
UPDATE: Part of Rule 5 Sunday on the Other McCain and Classic Liberal.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Watch what you're shoveling

Several bloggers have been impacted by the big blizzard, including Paco Enterprises.
He has some nice pictures, including one of the Paco Command Igloo.
Then there's an interesting comment.
After spending the better part of the afternoon shoveling out her sidewalk and driveway, my husband had to listen to the nice old lady up the street expound on how this is all further evidence of global warming. I told him to put all of the snow back where it was.

Waiting on Louisiana snow pictures

Pat in Shreveport has been enjoying photos of Augusta County snows by SWACgirl during the recent blizzards.
Now, she'll have a chance to post her own snow pictures.
We're looking forward to them.

Is that all?

Organizing for America sent out its latest email blast Thursday - let's pledge to work 1,000,000 hours to pass the health care reform bill.
I'm glad to see they've raised the goal to 2 million, since a million seems awfully small for the entire country.
How many hours did Republicans and Conservatives invest in electing Scott Brown in the special election in January. One race, covering basically one month.
How many hours did blogger William Jacobson invest? Give him credit for 50 hours for the month leading up to the special election. Add 2,000 more volunteers and you get 10,000 hours for Brown.
Whatever OFA makes its goal to fight for the bill, opponents will be investing more time.

Quit your whining

So let me get this straight.
The blizzard is proof of global warming.
We contribute to global warming by driving gas-guzzling SUVs.
We need gas-guzzling SUVs and snow plows to clean our roads after the blizzards.
So those SUVs will make future weather worse. And people will be buying more SUVs to get around, after being stuck and learning their lessons in this set of storms.
They'll buy SUVs after hearing this advice from Maryland governor Martin O'Malley.
"Stop already with the 'Scrape my street down to the pavement.' That cannot happen for the next 72 hours," he said.
So it's either buy SUVs and contribute to global warming, or stay in your house and wait for the sun to do it's work.
Don't worry about your cabin fever. It's for the polar bears.

Bill Nye, get a clue guy

Pundette mentions Bill Nye's appearance on Rachel Maddow's show Wednesday. Several points to ponder, science guy.
1. Just because science has done good things doesn't mean this science is good.
2. Sure, it's harder for older people to wrap their heads around climate change. They're the ones having to shovel all of this snow, and trying to drive on snowy roads for the past two and a half months.
3. When you use "Daddy, the polar bears," to push your side of climate change, then you should expect pushback when Washington, D.C. becomes the perfect habitat for polar bears.

Make a snowman

You have lots of snow on the ground. Do you want to make a snowman?
Calvin and Hobbes offer some ideas.
h/t Instapundit

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Showdown at the Mullah's Corral

Michael Ledeen looks at what's going on in Iran heading up to Thursday's big announcement (big protests).
One of the most fascinating aspects of the current phase of the Iranian revolution is that many of those arrested knew it was coming, had the opportunity to hide, but chose to go to jail. They viewed their arrest as a badge of honor, and (not to make light of the horrors of Iranian jails) perhaps even a good career move. They expect the regime to fall, and they are building up credits for the next government.

I love you, sweetie

Riehl World View has the info on what Michelle Obama expects from the president on Valentine's Day.
Dan hears what she's getting is different from those expectations.
Psst - I hear this year's gift is a CD of his speeches! heh!
And socks!

Retracto's song

At Big Journalism, Retracto the Corrections Alpaca keeps an eye on the media.
And now has his own theme song.

Shovel ready

Via NRO's Media blog, and Christian Science Monitor.

I hate hearing Gary McQuain's voice

Augusta County schools uses a phone tree notification to let parents know if school is delayed or cancelled for the day.
Poor county superintendent Gary McQuain. He's had to record calls for eight straight days, saying school is out.
I detect a lack of enthusiasm in his voice this week. I almost expect Thursday or Friday he'll record a message, "This is Gary McQuain, you know the drill. Snow and icy roads, yada, yada, yada. Talk to you again tomorrow."
Augusta County schools have missed 11 snow days so far, the number put into the schedule. Since almost the whole state is in the same boat, I don't expect school to continue past June 11.

There is hope

The sun is shining brightly in Fishersville. Just about two or three inches of snow fell overnight, and the 10-day forecast on Weather Channel has only one chance of snow - next Monday.
We might just make it after all.
Meanwhile, Jonah Goldberg is two hours away and sees the end of the world looming.
I'm on the hook to be on Fox today around 1:30. They're sending a car. I'm dubious. If things get bad, I might just have to cut open the driver like tauntaun and get inside.

Straw man in the snow blind

Blue Virginia likes this column from the Washington Post. Instead of throwing out straw man arguments about Republican opposition, how about looking at some real problems with "snow insurance."
First, do people feel they've already paid what's needed to get snow removed? Keeping the roads clear should be the minimum done by local government, since slick roads can bring other higher costs - emergency personnel responding to accidents that clog traffic.
Second, people have seen higher taxes for needed services not providing all the services they say they will. If people pay $25 extra per year, how do we know that $10 of that fee won't just go to higher pay for current employees?
If you pay extra, you want the extra work done. Now.
Third, people are already working together. My short street has been cleared since Saturday afternoon. Why? The state plow came through twice, and then a neighbor brought in someone with a snow plow to clear driveways. Several neighbors paid to have their driveways cleared, and the plow pushed snow off the street while working. We moved our snowy cars onto the street while he finished clearing our driveways.
On the other side of my house, a neighbor has a snow blower. He clears his driveway, then goes down the street to help others clear theirs. My brother outside of Philly had two neighbors bring by snow blowers to clear his driveway Sunday after the snow.
I did my part on government roads during the blizzard of 1993 in West Virginia. I had a downtown apartment, and took my shovel to clear a storm drain of storm one evening. The water drained and traffic moved more smoothly.
"Snow insurance?" An interesting idea. If you think opponents have a real reason for being against your idea, then you can better present it. And make a better program to benefit the community.
Besides, didn't RFK Jr. say the era of Big Snows was Over? Why invest in something you won't need in a warmer climate?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Other McCain headed north

Since Fishersville just a few miles off I-81, and just over two hours from the Other McCain home headquarters, I got the call to provide traffic info for him as he makes his way up the Shenandoah Valley.
Snow forecast in our area dropped from six inches to two, and the road north is clear. Traffic cameras showed I-81 looking okay from New Market to the West Virginia line.
He's got some good stuff to report from his Alabama visit, and said Instapundit is on the case also.
Now, get home, get some sleep and shovel some snow in the morning.


In the Washington Post, Joel Achenbach talks about neighbors helping neighbors in the big snow as "snowcialism."
Snowmaggedon has actually been a pleasant experience so far. People help one another in Blizzard Country. The snow crisis has led to an efflorescence of snowcialism.
In talking about sidewalks being shoveled, I think he gets the wrong message. The sidewalks are clear in front of individual houses and businesses.
Get to the corner, property of government, and you're stuck in the muck.
Neighbors helping neighbors. Almost sounds like how Sarah Palin got her start in Wasilla government.

Young voters getting wiser?

Public Policy Polling looks at the preferences of under-30 voters from its recent polls.
The group that went heavily for Barack Obama in 2008 is not going heavily for Democrats in 2010.

Where's the pictures?

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been getting beaten up about his "no more snow in D.C." column from September 2008. He remembers much colder winters during his youth.
In Virginia, the weather also has changed dramatically. Recently arrived residents in the northern suburbs, accustomed to today's anemic winters, might find it astonishing to learn that there were once ski runs on Ballantrae Hill in McLean, with a rope tow and local ski club. Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don't own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory Hill nearly every winter weekend to ride saucers and Flexible Flyers.
In those days, I recall my uncle, President Kennedy, standing erect as he rode a toboggan in his top coat, never faltering until he slid into the boxwood at the bottom of the hill. Once, my father, Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, brought a delegation of visiting Eskimos home from the Justice Department for lunch at our house. They spent the afternoon building a great igloo in the deep snow in our backyard. My brothers and sisters played in the structure for several weeks before it began to melt. On weekend afternoons, we commonly joined hundreds of Georgetown residents for ice skating on Washington's C&O Canal, which these days rarely freezes enough to safely skate.

I ask - is there a picture of this rope tow in McLean? A picture of it being taken down after winters with little snow? Any family pictures of the igloo in the back yard, or the Eskimos helping build it?
Much of his saying "it's getting warmer" depends on it being much colder in the 50s and 60s than today. You've got memories. Any pictures?

"You will be living out history"

Foot's Forecast in Maryland has the latest update on the coming storm.
Nothing like this has ever happened before, not even 1888, 1899, 1922 or 1958. Forget 1966, 1983, 1996 or 2003. Two blizzards along I-95 in one week? You will be living out history. It can be dangerous living on Earth.
Happy snow day number 10 for Augusta County schools.

Remember 1983?

Instapundit links a report on the future of Social Security, with this scary quote.
“We won’t have a crisis,” says Michael Astrue, commissioner of the Social Security Administration. “2037 is a long way off and there is no reason to panic, but this is a serious issue we need to resolve. Younger people tend to overreact.”
Okay, 2037 is 27 years away. Going the other way, 1983 is only 27 years away from today also. Does it feel that long ago?
We wouldn't be worrying about Social Security in the near future if we had looked at the numbers in the baby boom generation more in 1983.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Cap and trade - Dead and buried

If Cap and Trade legislation still have the slimmest chance of passing, it's buried under the snow in Washington, D.C.
The visuals for commercials against the legislation are easy to see.
The snowball fight at DuPont Circle.
Snow covered major highways.
President Obama saying "Snowmaggedon."
The tree limb falling on the motorcade, cracking under the weight of snow.
A list of biggest snows in Washington recorded history, with two of the top eight this year. Unless Tuesday's coming storm makes the top 10 also.
Doesn't look good, as NRO's Campaign Spot says - When schools like Loudoun are announcing they'll still be closed four days from now, everybody's got less time to worry about how warm we'll be a hundred years from now.

Not wiser, after all

Might two members of the Supreme Court depart this year? It's likely today's 59 Democratic leaning Senators will be a high water mark for a long, long time. So Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens might head for the exits.
Who's next after Sonia Sotomayor? Maybe one of the frogs will be more to the liking of liberals.

'Miss Me Yet' Billboard

Via Instapundit, a billboard in Minnesota has a picture of George W. Bush and the signature phrase.
Troglopundit must be proud. I know I am.