Monday, February 28, 2011

Book project time

The youngest, now 10, has a book project to do for school - read a biography and do a report.
We went to the bookstore and he found a good historical person to read about.
He passed on my suggestions - Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.
Smart boy.

Life's a beach - Libyan edition

Over 200 years ago, the Marines stormed "the shores of Tripoli."
Today, President Obama gives us the "flip-flops of Tripoli."

"Ultimate uncharted territory"

You're Peter King.
You love writing about NFL football.
You love talking to players, owners and anyone connected with the game.
And you're staring at months of talking about labor issues.
Keep the Starbucks coming, and maybe some updates from the train going back and forth between Boston and New York.
Three days until the first lockout deadline.

New towering light in the blogging world

One of my college classmates started a blog last week.
We worked together at the college newspaper, The Towerlight, and now we both have blogs on blogspot.
I like what she wrote about coming home after a busy day of activities.
The chickens needed to be locked up, the dogs and cats needed to eat, two of the six of us were over-the-top grouchy and the laundry fairy had failed to show up while we were gone.  (Again!  Grrr.)  She must have been hanging out with the dishes fairy, the dustmopping fairy and the vacuuming fairy.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

What a week it's going to be

Welcome to one of the most interesting weeks in American history.
On Friday, the United States government runs out of money - borrowing authority. Will there be a government shutdown, or a continuing resolution for a few weeks?
The NFL's labor agreement ends Thursday night. Will there be a lockout, or an extension to talk as the preseason rolls on?
What's going to happen in Wisconsin?
What's going to happen in Libya?
How much more will gas cost on Friday?
What wild-card will happen this week?
Stay tuned.

Something else for the left to boycott

Big Fur Hat found a list of Koch Brothers products the left wants to boycott.
He's got a better idea.
Let’s tell these idiots that Koch Industries owns the air. Please, boycott it.

Obama-Gadhafi 2012

I've been lucky to pay under $3.00/gallon for gas until Saturday.
Last weekend, I went to West Virginia where it was $3.23 a gallon. But I didn't need to refill until I was back on I-81, and found a spot with gas at $2.99.
Are those the good old days?
Instapundit links this list of ways the surge in gas prices is trouble for the economy.
Trouble for the economy means trouble for President Obama's reelection effort.
The longer Gadhafi stays in power, the longer the odds for President Obama winning a second term.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Little man, big office

There was an interesting choice of photograph on the White House website Thursday.

Cool picture. Can you see the little man behind the big desk?

The problem is - other people aren't paying enough taxes

There's been a lot going on this month. The Coffee Party thinks it might be a tipping point toward the people rising up in a progress way.
Blue Virginia isn't so hopeful about the 10 wake-up calls, but the last one intrigues me - Tax Week in April.
During the week of April 10 through April 17, the Coffee Party will help to organize nationally-coordinated actions to demand change.
The Tea Party has gotten plenty of power from the past two Tax Days, and another surge should come this year. The Coffee Party is trying to get a little of that. Read this part of their paragraph and think the Tea Party would agree with it.
We understand that we are broke by design because the taxes that are owed to this nation are paid by everyone except those who benefit most from doing business here.  We are not going to allow the corruption of our government to continue without challenge.  We demand nothing less than a fundamental change to our power structure.  Once people see the whole truth, that change will be inevitable.
Trouble is, the Coffee Party sees just Republican power brokers getting the breaks. The Tea Party sees trouble all around, including big spending politicians and the unions who keep wanting more despite huge deficits.
Both sides think others aren't paying enough.
Both see others getting tax money that should go to their projects.
Could they work together?
The party of government is too entrenched in its way, even as the money runs out. Getting more money out of the rich won't make a dent on the looming budget troubles.
It's more likely the tipping point will go toward the fight of the Tea Party.
Too many people feel they are paying too much in taxes and getting too little in return. You can't give them more money when there's no money to give, and you can't relax the tax burden when you want to spend the money.
It will be fun to see a Coffee Party emphasis on Tax Week. Think it will grow cold pretty quickly.

Happy Bacon Day

Paco has a good picture to go with the celebration.
Iowa, if only you picked presidential candidates like you pick food.

Obama's phases

2008 - Yes, we can.
Jan. 20, 2009 - Yes, we did.
Ever since - Yes, we're done.

Facebook quote of the week

Someone's going to Mexico.
The non-tourist beheading section.

Deferred compensation

For the Wisconsin governement employees, one of the left's arguments is Scott Walker wants to take back the employees' money. In the past deals, the union took deferred compensation instead of cash at the time.
You guys trusted politicians?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Taking on the "irresponsibility of politicians"

Ace likes the New York Times' profile of New Jersey's Chris Christie.
Let's fire up the DeLorean.
Leaders of the teachers’ union, meanwhile, are apoplectic about Christie’s proposed changes to their pension plan, which they say will penalize educators for the irresponsibility of politicians. After all, they point out, it wasn’t the unions who chose not to fund the pension year in and year out, and yet it’s their members who will have to recalibrate their retirements if the benefits are cut.

When I made this same point to Christie, he simply shook his head. What’s done is done, he told me, and it’s time for someone to tell these workers the truth, which is that the state is simply never going to have the money to make good on its commitments. “Listen, if they want to travel in the Michael J. Fox time machine and change time, I guess we could try that,” he said. “We could get the DeLorean out and try to go back there. But I think realistically that that was just a movie and make-believe. So we’ve got to live with what we’ve got.”
We can't undo the mistakes of the past, but we can't continue making the same mistakes in the future.
If we want a future.

Return of the grown-ups

Instapundit highlights this smackdown of our teen-age President.
During the last presidential election, we saw the most widespread adolescent display in American history. Throngs of wild-eyed fawners and fainters joined hands and chanted, “Yes we can march off this cliff,” as though there were no tomorrow. Formerly presumed intelligent media elites were reduced to a teenage-swoon mentality the minute Barack Obama entered their midst. A man with a postage-stamp sized resume held a majority of modern Americans enthralled with nothing more than teleprompted oratory, giddy-girl-crush syndrome, yellow-brick-road finance wizardry, and Jack-and-the-Beanstalk promises.
Go to your room, Barack, and no Xbox for you.

If you're doing it for the children...

...then take the pay cut and get back to work.
History will smile upon your sacrifice.
Because history will be written in the future, by the children watching your actions now.
You're not doing it for the children if you're leaving them the bill to pay for your demands.

Bumper sticker of the day

Mind Numbed Robot has found a good bumper sticker.
Too bad we have to wait until November 2012 for the next servicing.

Weekend watchdog

Cassell Coliseum and its fans get to shine this weekend.
ESPN's GameDay crew pays a visit to Cassell Coliseum Saturday, as the Hokies host Duke at 9 p.m. The festivities begin in the morning with the two-hour preview show, and then get you ready for the game at 8 p.m.
The question remains - are the Hokies ready for primetime? They lost both matchups to Virginia, and fourth place in the ACC doesn't guarantee anything - even with the NCAA tournament field now at 68 teams.
But they won at Wake Forest Tuesday, giving needed momemtum to face the top-ranked Blue Devils.
ESPN's Saturday begins at noon when Missouri heads to Kansas State, followed by St John's at Villanova. It's back to the Big 12 at 4 p.m. when Kansas plays Oklahoma, then Mississippi State takes on Tennessee.
ESPN2 has Wichita State at Missouri State at 1 p.m., followed by Memphis-UTEP. It's off to the Big West at 8 p.m. when UC Santa Barbara battles Long Beach State.
Friday, Judgment Week begins on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. when Siena meets Fairfield in the MAAC.
Sunday, ESPN shows Purdue-Michigan State at 1 p.m. while ESPN2 goes with Xavier at Dayton.
The ACC network splits its coverage of games Saturday at 2 p.m. NBC29 and northern areas will feature Georgia Tech at N.C. State, while CW29 shows Miami at Florida State.
CBS has a full weekend of college basketball as the NCAA tournament nears. There's three games Saturday, starting at noon when Syracuse visits Georgetown. BYU heads to San Diego State at 2 p.m., followed by Florida taking on Kentucky.
Sunday at 2 p.m. it's back to the Big East when Louisville meets Pittsburgh. The Big Ten battle between Indiana and Ohio State caps off the weekend.
Comcast brings ACC basketball Saturday at noon when Boston College meets Virginia. That's followed by Temple at George Washington and William &Mary-Old Dominion.
The Sunday ACC game of the week features Maryland traveling to North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Comcast heads west at 10:30 p.m. for Washington State-Washington.
MASN offers there's three games from across the nation Saturday. At 2 p.m., there's the Big East matchup between South Florida and DePaul, followed by Texas at Colorado. The Big South takes the stage at 7 p.m. with VMI meeting Winthrop.
Sunday West Virginia visits Rutgers at noon, followed by St. Peter's at Rider. It's back to the Big East at 4 p.m. when Providence heads to Marquette.
As the weather warms and time for the Masters quickly approaches, the PGA tour brings together its 64 best golfers for the World Match Play Championship this weekend.
In most tournaments, the players get four rounds to notch the best score. This week, it's beat your opponent each day or head off for next week's venue. Sorry, Tiger Woods, but you won't be exciting the crowds this Sunday.
Golf Channel has coverage during the week, and NBC picks up the action Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. both days.
Fresh off his upset win at the Daytona 500, Trevor Bayne and the NASCAR gang head to Phoenix this Sunday. Coverage begins at 3 p.m.
The Nationwide drivers hit the track Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NBA on ESPN Friday offerings are the Magic hosting Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. and the Nuggets meeting the TrailBlazers in the nightcap.
ABC only offers one game this weekend, with the Lakers heading to Oklahoma City at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
With Carmelo Anthony now on the squad, the Knicks host Miami Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Hawks play Portland at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit Miami Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and host Dallas Saturday on Comcast-plus.
For the hopeful stars of the future, Versus shows the D-League game between Bakersfield and Idaho Saturday at 11 p.m.
Comcast offers three women's basketball games Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. when Virginia Tech hosts Virginia in the regular season finale. It's off to the CAA at 3 p.m. when Delaware visits Old Dominion, then back to the ACC for North Carolina-Duke.
MASN goes to the Big East for women's basketball Saturday at noon, with South Florida at Villanova.
ESPN2 shows Baylor taking on Oklahoma Sunday at 5 p.m.
It's a New York weekend for the Capitals, with the Rangers in town Friday on Comcast plus and a trip to play the Islanders Saturday on Comcast.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

See how she's blossomed

One of the interesting additions to Big Bang Theory has been former "Blossom" star Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler.

How many people on TV have this as part of their bios?
Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. Her thesis in psychoneuroendocrinology examined Hypothalamic Secretions and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Her comedy doesn't need work, but her website does. At least she's got one picture in the gallery..

Drill baby drill

We're finding oil in interesting place these days.
O Canada, lefties thank you for the money.

A new union to join

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Unions are having all the fun, hanging out in Wisconsin and trying to get their way - instead of working.
GrandpaJohn notes his union history, and it reminded me of an old idea - why not a union of conservative bloggers?
I've got a name - Union of Political Commenters Having Unique Conservative Knowledge (UPCHUCK).
I've got a slogan - UPCHUCK. You can't keep us down.
And I've reworked this song from the past for our campaign.

Look for the union label
When you are reading a comment or blog
Remember somewhere, we’re in pajamas
Not the Bahamas, like those rich guys
When we read those earmarks, we start complaining
We hate to think that we’re paying for this
So always look for the union label
It’s says we’re writing
For a better U.S.A.

2,200 posts, and none of them crud

Pat in Shreveport notes the round number of posts on her blog.
Spring and warm weather are coming.
Looking forward to more pictures of events down in Louisiana.

The Koch Brothers will be fine

It's fascinating to see the left's obsession with the Koch Brothers as the power behind the Tea Party.
Whatever happens with the economy, the Koch Brothers will be fine. They're rich, after all.
They're probably invested in commodities that are rising in value as debt fears grow. Rich people know how to make money in all economic environments.
They've got a cushion in case things don't work out the best.
Even if they lost all their money, it wouldn't solve the problems we're facing as a country.
Those without a cushion are concerned. Those with cushy union benefits aren't, because they expect the rest of the country to cushion their fall.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Goons live here

Teachers and unions battling the Wisconsin legislature.
Pushing and shoving conservatives in D.C.
Time to bring back my parody of Andy Williams' "Moon River" in (dis)honor of all the labor goons in the news.
Goons live here, get into your face
We're going to take your base away
Oh, vote taker, you deal breaker
Whatever you're thinkin', better go our way

Last chance, to get our bill passed
Opposition we don't want to see
It'll be worse than status quo, then watch costs explode
Don't mess with me my friend, goons live here, you'll see

(Goons live here, getting in your face)
(We're going to take your base away)
Oh, we'll shake ya, you deal breaker
Whatever you're thinkin', we'll make you pay

Last chance, to get our bill passed
Opposition we don't want to see
It'll be worse than status quo, then watch costs explode
Don't mess with me my friend, goons live here, you'll see

A video of the inspiration

Civil unions

President Obama, you can have civil unions when you give us civil unions.
(and that ain't gonna happen).

The Knicks' new colors

The New York Knicks will be adding a new color to their scheme.
They call it Melo Yellow.

The quicker picker upper

DaTech Guy was in Boston for dueling protests, and the usual after protest event - liberals leaving their trash behind and conservatives cleaning up the mess.
Just like in Wisconsin.
And Ohio.
And D.C.
And ........

I won't play the sap for you

What should you think of Richard Cohen's column about unions?
And nice words about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker?
Walker is personifying the feeling of resentment and anger toward government workers who have so gamed the system that some of them retire on larger stipends than the average American makes in salary - and with health care, too.
Unions - the eyes of the people are on U.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Newspapers to bloggers: We will bury you

The newspapers like the New York Times keeps looking for signs of weakness in blogging.
The Other McCain keeps whacking away at the lousy reasoning in the stories.
Newspapers are trying to say to blogs "We will bury you."
Just like Khrushchev.
We all know how well it turned out for him.

Thank a teacher

Everybody knows the famous bumper sticker - "If you can read this, thank a teacher."
Wisconsin has inspired me to try some new bumper stickers.

"If you want to see public sector unions look bad, thank a teacher."
"If you appreciate Gov. Walker's policy stand, thank a teacher."
"If you want the youth of today burdened by crushing taxes when they are adults, thank a teacher."
"If you like seeing Democratic legislators show their true colors (yellow), thank a teacher."
"If you want to show home-schooling is the way to go, thank a teacher."
"If you want to see adults throw temper tantrums, thank a teacher."

Do we really appreciate the lessons we're learning from the teachers in Wisconsin?

Money quote

Roger Simon gets to the bottom of the Wisconsin protests - greed.
Not greedy rich people. Greedy liberals.
When the chips are down, our modern liberals are overcome by their own sense of entitlement. Christopher Lasch’s Culture of Narcissism has infected them to such a degree reality cannot intrude. I get my pension even if there’s no money, even if you have to pay for it and you’re broke without any pension of your own.

Wisconsin vs. Virginia

Cato compares the economic performance of Virginia and Wisconsin, for those who think the world will end if Wisconsin governor Scott Walker gets his way.
Well, the world will end for us. But be better for many of us.
h/t Instapundit

Wisconsin and the weather

We awoke in Fishersville to ice on the car windshields and a two-hour delay for schools. Just days after it was 70 degrees, and 24-hours after a warm morning.
Things changed in an unexpected, but not unusual, way. It's still February and still winter, but it's unexpected because a warm day gets you thinking it's getting close to spring. You mentally prepare for warm weather, not a return to cold.
Several Facebook friends in Maryland and eastern West Virginia were stunned to see snow on the ground and big totals forecast overnight.
In Wisconsin, the protesters are shocked by the unexpected, but not unusual, budget news. And Governor Scott Walker's plans to balance the budget.
Like those of us expecting warm weather based on a nice Friday, they expected continued benefits and pay despite the fact it's winter outside in the budget world. The reality of the situation shocked them.
Like complaining about the weatherman, they are complaining about the governor. But he's not the problem, just the teller of the budgetary truth.
Unlike the weather, it's not guaranteed that better budget news is just around the corner. We might be in for a long haul of bad budget news.
Wisconsin protesters, think to quit your whining and prepare for what's coming. Instead of wanting others to give up their coats so you can be warmer.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Would you drive this?

Driving in Staunton Sunday, I happened upon this orange Ford Pinto.
With an antique license plate.
When I was a teenager, I test-drove a used Pinto. We had to stop and pick up a piece of the exhaust pipe before returning it to the dealership.
Some memories should remain memories, not actual transportation.

The "have yours" class

A simple but sound definition of the battle in Wisconsin - part of the coming war of bureaucrats vs. the real owners - the taxpayers.
As long as Democrats think it's the rich they are fighting, they don't have a chance. They are looking the wrong way for the enemy that will take them out.
Taxpayers are becoming acutely aware of the have-yours as a class -- something like Angelo Codevilla's ruling class -- whose gains in salaries and benefits aren't associated with harder work and important innovations but political access. Public-sector unions rallying in Madison aren't even taking a hit for their political activism, given that their protest is made possible by paid sick days, negotiated for them by their collective bargaining units who, it must be said, donate to the very people with whom they negotiate.
Democrats and Republicans are together on the wrong side of this battle. But Republicans can switch to the winning side more easily.

Are you ready for the "Solar Katrina?"

The sun is heating up - throwing off new powerful solar flares.
Instapundit highlights the possible bad news.
The sun is waking up from a long quiet spell. Last week it sent out the strongest flare for four years – and scientists are warning that earth should prepare for an intense electromagnetic storm that, in the worst case, could be a “global Katrina” costing the world economy $2,000bn.
Fix up those typewriters and land line phones. Maybe learn how to send smoke signals.

Why you're going to work this Monday

So you don't end up like this guy featured on Dustbury.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Virginia Right and DaTech Guy

DaTech Guy interviewed several bloggers at CPAC last weekend, including Virginia Right's Tom White.
Tom has concocted a ranking of Virginia bloggers, and this week I moved up five spots to 28.
We're both part of the Axis of Fedoras, and now we've both been interviewed by DaTech Guy.

Part of our social security problem

For those who think there's no Social Security problem - the money has been saved for use until 2037 - the logic just fails.
It's a numbers game. There's not enough workers coming into the pipeline to pay for benefits of those retiring. The young won't be able to pay enough taxes to cover the "bonds" that will supposedly be "redeemed" so Social Security can remain solvent for the next 26 years.
Remember the era when Social Security was born. My parents and in-laws were born in that generation - 1935 to 1949.
  • My dad was fifth of seven kids.
  • My mother was third of six kids.
  • My mother-in-law was fourth of six kids.
  • My father-in-law was seventh of 13 kids.
That's lots of kids to pay for Social Security benefits when they grew up. Lots of benefits to be paying out now.
How many people do you know with six kids now? How many with four? Most families are one, two or three.
The shrinkage of family size shouldn't come as a surprise. Why government officials didn't plan for Social Security based on that, we don't know.
Numbers like this show the pension trouble, the Social Security trouble that this country can't avoid. Even if Democrats and President Obama try.

Your Wisconsin budget numbers

Is Wisconsin in deficit or actually a surplus?
The left claim it's a surplus, and the Republican governor is just plotting to hurt the poor, hard-working government workers.
There's Polifact's take.

Every girl's crazy for a smart-dressed man

I couldn't make Virginia Bloggers Day Wednesday, but Augusta Conservative, Augusta Water Cooler and Bob from the Journey did.
At least I made the SWAC Corps graphic.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Why Palin is paid so well

Back to the archives for Palin February.
Unfortunately for Palin, she's got lots of years of work ahead trying to tame the Obama deficit.

Who ya gonna call? Unionbusters

Is Wisconsin a battle of middle class vs. the rich, or rich bureaucrats vs. the people?
Pick one, and the Democrats' class war of the past has a chance.
Pick the second, and it's Tea Party rule and Democrats drool.
The labor movement has too much nostalgia for the years when it was fighting against the rich owners.
Unfortunately, today they are fighting about fellow taxpayers.
And Republican governors are fighting more for them.
The teachers calling in sick in Wisconsin would force their students to pay crushing tax burdens in the future to avoid some financial pain now. You can't spin that fact.

Wisconsin showdown

Dan at POWIP has a big roundup of the goings on in Madison.
A Facebook friend of mine saw Russ Feingold there. Just another American who lost his job in 2010.

Why we're doomed

It's a short item from Waldo's Political Blogroll from Thursday night. But the headline show the deep trouble we're in.
Social Security Isn’t the Problem

Why not?
The fact is, Social Security holds U.S. bonds that are the U.S. government is no more likely to default on than they would China’s.

Social Security is broke because the money has been spent. By Democrats and Republicans over the past 30 years.
There's no money, just IOUs.
What's going to pay the IOUs? Several unappealing possibilites.
Inflation. If you owe a $1 million dollars, but inflation makes a million dollars worth of items cost $2 million, then the government can feel it's met the obligation while the people suffer.
Today's youth - unborn during the times when Social Security ran a surplus - will pay higher taxes to support those who spent the money in the first place. And likely never see any of that money for themselves.
That's not going to go well for the younger generation.
Because if they're paying higher taxes, they won't be buying stuff. They won't be buying your house when you want to retire and enjoy your golden years.
Budget cuts now are the only way to provide hope for the future. Trimming the rates of growth should have been done 15 years ago, but it was just a crisis in the future.
The future is closer than you think.

Weekend watchdog

Can Jimmie Johnson win yet another title?
Can Dale Earnhardt Jr. win once?
Will a new star burst onto the scene in 2011?
NASCAR begins answering its questions Sunday when the flag drops on the 53rd annual Daytona 500. Fox has the coverage starting at 1 p.m., and by nightfall a new hero will be crowned. Dale Jr. has the pole, with teammate Jeff Gordon in the second slot. But Dale Jr. had the second spot in the 2010 Daytona 500, and failed to reach Victory Lane for the second straight season.
First race of the Nationwide Series season will be Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing boys. 
The best of the NBA gather in L.A. Sunday for the All-Star game at 7 p.m. on TNT. Saturday is time for the other all-star events, starting at 8 p.m. and finishing with the Slam Dunk champion.
For those who want an early start to the weekend, ESPN has the Celebrity All-Star game Friday at 7 p.m. For the hopeful stars of the future, Versus shows the D-League game between Bakersfield and Idaho Saturday at 11 p.m.
It's BracketBuster weekend at ESPN. Friday, ESPN2 offers Virginia Commonwealth at Wichita State at 7 p.m. There's four more games on the ESPN2 schedule Saturday, starting with Missouri State at Valaparaiso at 5 p.m., followed by George Mason-Northern Iowa. The coverage heads west at 9 p.m. for Utah State taking on St. Mary's, then Montana meets Long Beach State. Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2, Cleveland State visits Old Dominion.
ESPN offers five games on Saturday, beginning at noon with Pittsburgh at St. John's. Top-ranked Kansas hosts Colorado at 2 p.m., then it's Boston College-North Carolina and Washington at Arizona. The GameDay crew will watch Illinois take on Michigan State at 9 p.m.
Sunday, ESPN has Florida-LSU at 1 p.m.
Virginia hosts Virginia Tech on the ACC network and NBC29 Saturday at 1 p.m., while CW29 and southern areas of the conference see Florida State at Wake Forest.
CBS has a pair of games to show Saturday at 1 p.m. - splitting the country between Georgia-Tennessee and Notre Dame-West Virginia - then Sunday at 1 p.m. it's Ohio State at Purdue.
MASN offers four Big East games Saturday, starting at noon when Villanova visits DePaul. Rutgers goes to Syracuse at 4 p.m., then it's a primetime doubleheader starting at 7 p.m. - Georgetown traveling to South Florida and Seton Hall-Marquette.
There's a pair of Atlantic 10 games on Comcast Saturday - Duquesne-Dayton at noon and George Washington taking on LaSalle at 7 p.m. - with Oregon State-Oregon at 4 p.m.
Sunday is the ACC doubleheader - North Carolina State at Maryland at 5:30 p.m. with Georgia Tech-Duke as the nightcap. UCLA visits California at 10:30 p.m.
MASN carries Big East women's basketball Saturday at 2 p.m. when Notre Dame goes to Connecticut. Sunday, it's time for America East action when UMBC visits Hartford at 1:30 p.m.
Comcast offers Big 12 women's basketball Saturday when Baylor takes on Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Sunday there's a pair of games - Boston College at Virginia at 1 p.m. followed by James Madison at Delaware.
ESPN2 has a women's doubleheader Sunday - Maryland at Florida State at 3 p.m., then it's off to the Big 10 for Ohio State-Purdue.
Outdoor ice hockey takes the stage on Versus Sunday at 6 p.m., when Calgary hosts Montreal in the Heritage Classic.
The Capitals visit Buffalo Sunday at 12:30 p.m. as one of three games on NBC. NBC continues the hockey action at 3:30 p.m. when Pittsburgh takes on Chicago. Versus
Comcast has the Flyers visiting Carolina Friday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the PGA tour -the Northern Trust Open - Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
A sure sign of spring is college lacrosse, and Sunday at 3 p.m. ESPN shows Duke at Notre Dame.

Troglopundit at 2

Did you know Troglopundit turns two today? How did you miss it?
Break out the auto-motivators.

Photo from GrandpaJohn
and finally, let's see how he'll reach the million hit mark.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Open windows

It's nice to see people with their windows open when coming home after work.
There's hope that warmer weather will be here soon.
It's a short-sleeve shirt at work on Friday.

Interesting new movie "tweet-ment"

GrandpaJohn starts work on his new movie masterpiece - You've got Tweet.
You've got Mail was on TBS a few weeks ago. The sounds of modems connecting made me nostaglic - for a minute.
Amazing how that was the hot new technology 15 years ago, and now it's been quickly bypassed.

You can have a bearing on the vote

Bearing Drift is looking for a cool new logo.
Follow the link to vote on your favorite.
I like number 1 because it explains who they are. The other two are very good, but could be used by anyone near the water.

Following the SWAC bloggers

SWACgirl led the SWAC delegation to Wednesday's Bloggers Day at Richmond.
Looking forward to the reports on meeting with Lt. Gov. Bolling and others.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sen. DeMint - brought to you by the letters N and O

Cubachi notes Sen. Jim DeMint taking on the "Muppet lobby."
When taxpayer funding for public broadcasting ends, rest assured, Cookie Monster will still be fed.

Saving the country from crushing debt and taxes is going to require hard choices. Telling the Muppet lobby “no” shouldn’t be one of them.

Democrats - officially a fringe party

Between Baltimore and Philadelphia  on I-95 lies Hartford County, Maryland.
Where Democrats are officially a fringe party.
Why? In the last county elections, Democratic candidates only received 12 percent of the total votes. They fielded candidates in only three of seven elections.
Republicans looked at the law - a party needs 15 percent of votes to participate in redistricting - and followed the law.
The Democrats cried. Because they weren't paying attention to the law.
The (county) charter was approved by a Democratic-controlled council at a time when all members were elected at large. The document was not revised in 2000, when voters supported a referendum for election by district.
Read the story for the different aspects of the Democratic playbook.
  • Whining
  • Protests
  • Threats to sue
  • Wanting to use numbers from the past that favor them
  • Ignoring the consequences of a law they passed.
  • Insults "Republicans here are so tea-partied up that they think they don't even have to include us," said Wendy Sawyer, chairwoman of the county's Democratic Central Committee. "This originally was a clear attempt to keep fringe parties from participating in redistricting. To suggest that we are a fringe party is outrageous."

Sorry, but the law says you're a fringe party. Counting "legacy Democrats" who probably consider themselves Republicans won't change that.

It's a trap

Are the Republicans like the rebels in the Star Wars movie, headed into a trap?

Remember, the rebels won because the force was with them. And the dark side realized it wouldn't win.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Down memory lane

The Other McCain looks back at CPAC, and lessons from CPAC, as time goes by.

Pick your candidates

I'll take this Cain over this Kaine any day.

Obama asleep at the wheel

Reading the comments about President Obama's budget proposal, it's like he's being the grandpa in the old joke.
"I'd like to die peacefully in my sleep like Grandpa.
Not screaming in terror like his passengers in his car."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Pitchers and catchers report

You know it's winter when Al Gore talks global warming during a blizzard.
You know winter's almost over when pitchers and catchers report for the first workout of spring training.
Maybe the Orioles can have a winning season this year.

How to get Democrats to tolerate spending cuts

Blue Virginia wails about the Republican plan to cut the subsidy to Metro. Guess we've got to speak the Democrats' language to get them on board.
  • Nancy Pelosi said "Pay as you go", right?
  • We've asked for more money from the richest Americans (federal employees around D.C. vs. rural Americans? No contest.)
  • We're encouraging Americans to be more green (heard about working from home instead of commuting?
Is the Metro in such tight budget ways that it can't function without the subsidy? The subsidy of Texans to pay for easier commutes for federal workers? Sure, people from all across the country use the Metro when visiting D.C. But those in D.C. need to think of ways to make do with less.
The federal government takes plenty of money from the rest of the country. It has to learn to live with less.

Friendship in a cyber age

The sudden passing of Joshua Goldberg sparked this thought I found from Bookworm at Right Wing News.
Joshua Goldberg's sudden death, at age 43, has really saddened me. I feel as if I've lost a friend -- not a best friend, because we weren't that close, but a friend nevertheless. What's funny, though, is that I never actually met Joshua. I never talked to him on the phone. I never even saw him across the room. Instead, our friendship played out entirely over the internet. We emailed each other. When I needed help, he gave it. When he had something interesting to say, he offered it. I valued our communications, and felt a bond with him. I called that bond friendship.

Just like the passing of snaggletoohie a few weeks earlier, you feel loss at the departure of someone you never knew physically. But you know of them from the internet.

No more salad days

Remember the cold weather at the Super Bowl? Instapundit finds it also hit fresh produce hard in northern Mexico.
Coming very soon - higher prices at the salad bar.
Thanks for global warming, of course.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ron Paul and Tom Perriello

Ron Paul won the presidential poll at CPAC.
Tom Perriello leads among Virginia Democrats to be drafted for the U.S. Senate race.
Both of these things mean - absolutely nothing.
It's a long way to November 2012.

Facebook quote of the week

Get some body fat.
From an exchange between two sisters.

Will this get hits?

As we approach the second anniversary of  "How to get a million hits on your blog," I found a blog headline that ought to get traffic.
Just for the obvious clashes between the people.
John Kerry versus Lady Gaga
Thank you, Don Surber, for brightening this Sunday.


CPAC is done, and it's time for bloggers to clean out the notebook.
Stacy McCain has ties older than the Politico writer he smacks around.
DaTech Guy's got a computer full of material for his Field Guide for bloggers series, and then the radio show.
He can post about CPAC until the snow melts in Fitchburg.
Obi's Sister will be happy saying goodbye to spotty wi-fi.
There will plenty of CPAC catchup flowing this week.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Social issues - still the base of the party

Pundette wasn't happy with what she read today - is the abortion issue passe at CPAC?
Where do social issues stand in 2011?
Not out in front, but they are the base.
The solid foundation.
The rock upon which the movement was born.
Conservatives and the Tea Party would not be where they are today without the work of pro-life supporters.
Through the years, pro-life people were asked to be quieter. It was said that they and their issues were too divisive.
But they were right about the direction the country was taking. Their warnings were true.
A country that emphasized the here-and-now (abort that baby, it's okay to kill off the old folks) would of course spend money now and not save for later. Take the FICA taxes of a 20-year-old to buy the vote of a 70-year-old.
Live for today and forget about tomorrow. Forget why pro-life was the default position for most of human history. Live just for yourself and humanity would be history.
The type of person who could run that Pennsylvania abortion mill would also leave future budgets looted.
Now, we've got to take the long view if we're going to make it long term. We've got to trim our urges for instant gratification. State retirees aren't going to be to get everything they've been promised - because those who promised them were wrong to do so. They spent money that wasn't their to spend.
As the tea party gains steam, so will social issues. As we care about the lifestyles of future generations, giving those future generations life will matter more.
When the financial mood of the country changes, opinions toward the social issues will change.
It make not be cool to focus on social issues right now. But conservatives would be nowhere without those who focus on them.

PBS and Saturday morning cartoons

When I was a kid, Saturday morning was the only time for kids shows. You saw your cartoons then, and maybe on an independent channel if you were lucky.
Now, my kids have three kids channels on basic cable. And if that's not enough, you can add expanded cable and have more kids choices - an all Pre-K channel, west coast feeds - so your kids never have to watch anything else.
Unfortunately for PBS, they've entered the expanded cable part of the market. The niche for those with extra money to spend when we don't have the extra money to spend on everything we want.
When you've got huge expenses, things like TV must be looked at in light of the overall picture. Not just how good you think they are.
The House Republicans are making a start with $100 billion in budget cuts. If PBS and NPR don't use that much of the budget, then it won't take much for some private individual to replace that money.
Just because we live in an age with lots of choices, the government doesn't have to subsidize all of them.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fund PBS with Soros' pocket change

A Facebook friend posts a link to's attempt to save NPR and PBS.
In an age where AOL can spend (how much?) for Huffington Post, why do we need government support for certain channels. There's hundreds of channels out there, for all interests, and the future will probably bring more - not less - choice.
PBS shouldn't miss it's money - sell a few more Elmo shirts.
NPR dug its grave with the Juan Williams mess - nothing like putting a big target on your back when the Republican budget cutters are out hunting.
Sure, it's doesn't take much federal money to fund NPR and PBS. George Soros probably has that much in his pocket.
Lest children find that Sesame Street has been brought to you by the letters "I.O.U."


SWACgirl has put up a few posts from the first day of CPAC.

Watch for 'unknown unknowns'

Whatever is going on in Egypt, it's best to remember the words of Donald Rumsfeld.
We have known knowns,
known unknowns
and unknown unknowns.
Lots of unknowns in Egypt right now.

For your Valentine card

IOwn the World held a contest for interesting Valentine's verses.
I like this one, even if it didn't win.
I see London
I see France
I see the Palins
at the Inaugural Dance

Weekend watchdog

It's Speed Week at Daytona.
You've got a week to wait until the flag drops on the Daytona 500, but hopefully the Daytona Shootout will whet your appetite. The race is on FOX Saturday at 8 p.m.
Boogity, boogity, boogity, let's go racing boys.
The racing weekend continues Sunday with qualifying at 1 p.m. that sets the first two spots for next Sunday's Daytona 500 and the fields for Thursday's Twin 125s.
In the NBA, the Lakers are on an East Coast swing - thus filling the airwaves. ESPN's Friday doubleheader features the Lakers at New York at 8 p.m. followed by the Suns at the Jazz.
ABC's Sunday doubleheader starts with the Celtics hosting the Heat at 1 p.m., then the Lakers visit Orlando. ESPN offers the Thunder at Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Spurs visit Washington Saturday at 8 p.m. on Comcast. Then somebody's gotta win when the Wizards take on Cleveland Sunday at 6 p.m.
The ACC Network offers split regional coverage for games Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Hokies host Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC29, while other fans can tune to CW29 for N.C. State against Wake Forest. Saturday, the choices are North Carolina-Clemson on NBC29 and Maryland-Boston College on CW29.
There's five games on ESPN and six on ESPN2 Saturday. ESPN starts in the Big East with Syracuse-Louisville at noon, then offers Ohio State-Wisconsin, Texas taking on Baylor at 4 p.m. and Tennesee-Florida at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew will be in Philadelphia for Pittsburgh's contest with Villanova.
On ESPN2, the day begins with a pair of games in Virginia - St. Louis at Richmond at noon followed by Old Dominion-VCU. North Texas faces Western Kentucky at 4 p.m., then it's Southern Miss-Memphis, Detroit meeting Butler and Northern Iowa hosting Wichita State.
ESPN returns to the Big East Sunday, with Marquette against Georgetown at 1 p.m.
CBS goes to the SEC Saturday, as Kentucky takes on Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Sunday, it's a Big Ten matchup between Purdue and Illinois.
Comcast has coverage as Virginia heads to Florida State Saturday at 3 p.m., then it's James Madison at George Mason. Arizona battles Arizona State Sunday at 9 p.m..
MASN offers four games Saturday, starting with Notre Dame taking on South Florida at noon. UNC-Charlotte visits Rhode Island at 2 p.m., then it's back to the Big East as DePaul goes to West Virginia.
ESPN2 has a high school contest Friday at 7:30 p.m., with Oak Hill Academy crossing the border into North Carolina and facing Christ School.
Comcast has an ACC women's doubleheader Friday - Georgia Tech at Florida State at 6:30 p.m., followed by Duke-Wake Forest. Sunday at 1 p.m., it's Florida State vs. North Carolina. On ESPN2 Sunday, it's Michigan State-Michigan at 2:30 p.m. then West Virginia meets Louisville.
CBS heads to Pebble Beach for PGA golf Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
Before embarking on a two-week road trip, the Capitals host Los Angeles Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Comcast. NBC's Sunday afternoon game matches Boston and Detroit.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Some things just go together

Friday is Sarah Palin's birthday.
Friday, the Republicans in the House will release their proposal for $100 billion in spending cuts.
Nice present for Palin, and the American people.

Virginia from a distance

The week's events have Smitty happy in Kabul.
Although Jim Moran for Senate probably has less of a chance of happening than Creigh Deeds for Senate.

Lots of jealousy

Senator Webb's departure from the 2012 race has set off Blue Virginia. The target is the Washington Post, and the list of complaints:

  • Mad about talk of insiders
  • Mad at the neglect of the "Democratic grassroots"
  • Mad the Post forgot their work for Webb in 2006
  • Mad that bloggers don't get respect
  • Mad about publicity that the Tea Party gets
Too much jealousy for one post. Have a timeout and catch your breath.

No clues, no shirt, no service

Pundette joins in the group waving goodbye to Rep. Goodbody.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What a tangled Webb we weave

Darn, Senator Webb took a bunch of the fun out of the 2012 Senate race.
How about a draft Creigh Deeds for Senate movement?
If the best way to beat George Allen is to make him overconfident, that would work.

D.C. is getting smarter

It's almost time for CPAC, so numerous conservative bloggers are about to descend on Washington.
DaTech Guy, among others, are on the way.
There's hope for Washington, at least for the weekend.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

As the seasons turn

The Packers have held their post Super Bowl celebration.
So today, my inbox has a message to prepare for the NCAA tournament picking contest.
And my newspaper in West Virginia highlighted the first college baseball games of the season.
See you, NFL. Time for the next big sports thing.

If liberals are so smart.....

...they wouldn't have to spend all their time telling us how smart they are.

Bureaucrats drool, chaos rules

Donald Rumsfeld's book "Known and Unknown" debuts Tuesday, and Instapundit links a Wall Street Journal interview.
What went wrong in Iraq?
Was it "Bush lied, people died."
Nah. Bureaucrats turf fights.
Mr. Rumsfeld devotes an early chapter to his meditations on the purpose of the National Security Council (NSC), accompanied by his judgment that National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice did a poor job of airing and debating substantive disagreements between the State and Defense departments. Rivalries between State and Defense are nothing new, yet Ms. Rice's most "notable feature" of management, writes Mr. Rumsfeld, "was her commitment, whenever possible, to 'bridging' differences between the agencies, rather than bringing those differences to the President for decisions."

"Condi Rice is a very accomplished human being," he says in our interview, and "she had an academic background. Blending things and delaying things is okay in the academic world. She developed a very strong relationship with the president, which is critically important. And yet one of the adverse aspects of the way things functioned—and I wouldn't use the word 'dysfunction'—is that things did get delayed, and the president didn't get served up, in a crisp way, options that he could choose among."
I hope the current administration learns the lesson that academics may not be the best way to run a country.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Long overdue

Don Surber provides oversight for a pair of stories about government needing oversight.
Power corrupts.

It corrupted the meat-packing industry. A century later, it corrupted the government that inspects the meat packers.

Will there be a next year?

Reading about Sunday's Super Bowl, you get the feeling some sports writers don't expect there to be a Super Bowl XLVI in Indy next year.
It's less than four weeks until the labor deal ends. It's hard to think a lockout could destroy the entire 2011 season, but the possibility is there.
How will Snickers sell candy bars if there's no Super Bowl?

Best hit of the Super Bowl

Who didn't like seeing Roseanne hit with a log?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Best. Fans. Ever. Remember that NFL

Maybe the NFL owners and players ought to play this ad every hour on the hour while they are negotiating the new labor deal.
Get it done, for the best fans ever.

Super Bowl - what did you miss?

I missed the National Anthem before the game. So Facebook quotes of "She sounded like a howler monkey" made me want to search for it.
Thanks to
It's quite fun to see what your friends are saying on Facebook. A high school classmate is watching at a Hard Rock Cafe in Colombia.

"My voters don't like what you're doing"

Blue Virginia wails about Sen. Jim Webb joining an attempt to slow EPA regulations of coal.
He gives lots of reasons why Webb is wrong.
And forgets the reason Webb and West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller are right - my voters are unhappy.
The people don't want the rules environmentalists want. Not because they don't care.
Because they want jobs.
And want to stay warm.
And want to go places.
Just like this story about oil from Canada, fossil fuels may not be the best but they're the best we have right now.
And right now, we need fuel and jobs.
Looks like Webb and Rockefeller are remembering that. Since lots of their fellow Democrats lost their jobs after the last election.

Ten and 40 years ago

Baltimore has won two Super Bowls - won in 1971 with the Colts, and in 2001 with the Ravens.
The Baltimore Sun looks at the changes in the game since those early years, when the game finished in sunshine.
Bill Curry, who played in three of the first five games, found out the difference over the years.
In 1967, tickets for the first NFL-AFL championship game, as it was then called, cost $12. Four years later, when the Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V, seats were $15.

"This year, I called the NFL and asked if former players could buy tickets," Curry said. Told the cost would be $900, he asked, "That's for two tickets, right?"
Wrong. Curry was stunned.
"I decided not to buy them," he said.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Something to watch Sunday

What's the biggest matchup Sunday?
Packers vs. Steelers?
Or President Obama vs. Bill O'Reilly in the pre-game interview?
Too bad FOX isn't sending Glenn Beck.


NoSheeplesHere has a great tribute to Ronald Reagan on the 100th anniversary of his birth Sunday.

Listen to the crowd

Instapundit features a reader who has learned a lesson from Egypt.
“If Obama thinks a leader should step down simply because large crowds of people protest in the streets of the capitol for a week or so, I’ve got an idea.”

Friday, February 4, 2011

Go Packers, go

In 48 hours, we'll know who won Super Bowl XLV.
We know who Troglopundit likes.

He likes the team, also.

Snow in the south

It snowed in Texas and Louisiana this week.
Glad it didn't snow here.
SWACgirl has the Texas photos, and Pat shows what's going on in Shreveport.

A sweet Palin graphic

I forgot how much I enjoyed Grandpa John's graphic of Sarah Palin, President Obama and friends.

Six months to 50

Today is six months away from President Obama's 50th birthday - August 4.
Will wisdom come with age? We all hope so.

Weekend watchdog - XLV

You're Jerry Jones.
You're proud to have the Super Bowl at your new stadium.
You really wanted the Cowboys to be playing this weekend, but that didn't happen.
Can you name two worse teams to be at Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV?
From the AFC you have the Steelers, who beat the Cowboys in two Super Bowls. A fierce rival in the 1970s.
From the NFC you have the Packers. The team that beat Dallas in two NFL title games before the first two Super Bowls. Maybe they aren't the Redskins, but seeing either of these teams celebrate on your field won't feel quite right.
The game and commercials begin at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.
The pregame? Probably started now as you're reading this.
In college basketball, there's a split ACC doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. Wake Forest visits Maryland at 1 p.m. on NBC29, while southern areas (and Charlottesville's NBC29) have Clemson at Georgia Tech.
CBS offers either St. John's-UCLA or Illinois at Northwestern Saturday at 1 p.m., then the Big Ten battle between Michigan State and Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast's Saturday starts with James Madison hosting VCU at noon before Old Dominion meets George Mason. Then it's off to the Pac-10 at 4 p.m. for Washington taking on Oregon.
The ACC game of the week is Sunday at 2 p.m., with Florida State against North Carolina.
MASN has four Big East games Saturday starting at noon with Providence at Georgetown. Syracuse visits South Florida at 2 p.m., then Cincinnati takes on Pittsburgh at 6 p.m. followed by DePaul at Louisville.
Sunday at noon, Rutgers battles Notre Dame and Marist takes on Niagara at 3 p.m.
It's five games each for ESPN and ESPN2 on Saturday. ESPN starts the day at noon with West Virginia heading to Villanova, then it's Baylor-Texas A&M, Memphis vs. Gonzaga and North Carolina State heading to Duke. The Primetime crew watches Kentucky take on Florida at 9 p.m.
On the deuce, the day begins at noon with Butler vs. Cleveland State and Rhode Island at Temple. Iowa heads to Indiana at 4 p.m., followed by Mississippi against Arkansas and Loyola Marymount at St. Mary's.
Sunday while getting ready for the big game, Ohio State meets Minnesota at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
In women's basketball, MASN has Pittsburgh at West Virginia Saturday at 4 p.m. Comcast goes to the CAA Thursday as Towson visits Drexel at 7 p.m., then offers a pair of games Sunday - N.C. State vs. Maryland at noon and Nebraska facing Colorado at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 has high school basketball Saturday at 10 p.m. with Bishop Gorman meeting Long Beach Poly.
In NBA action, ESPN offers the Celtics hosting Dallas at 8 p.m. followed by Jazz-Nuggets. Sunday on ABC, the Magic visit Boston at 2:30 p.m.
The Wizards have a pair of home games on Comcast this weekend - Friday against the Magic and Saturday against the Hawks.
CBS has the PGA tour from Phoenix Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. And don't forget to take out the trash.
The Capitals host the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, after playing at Tampa Bay Friday on Comcast-plus.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Know your numbers

The census data is coming out, and Blue Virginia highlights some of the numbers.
The Roanoke Times' website has a good section on the numbers, including an interactive map of the state.

One month to the lockout?

It's Super Bowl mania time, which means just a month until the owners can lock players out before the 2011 season.
Here's bad news for players in a poll - 72 percent of all those surveyed -- and 64 percent of NFL fans -- think players' salaries are too high.
Good luck winning the public relations war with that number.
Enjoy the game, fans. The real battle starts when the celebration ends.

For Palin February

IOwnTheWorld has declared it "All Palin February."
Good thing I had a graphic prepared for use.
UPDATE: Linked at IOwnTheWorld.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Da show joins da archives

DaTech Guy has posted the broadcast of Saturday's radio show, where I joined Aleister from American Glob, Left Bank of the Charles, John Weston from Conservatively Speaking and DaTech Guy in talking about Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin and President Obama.

Happy Groundhog Day

If he sees his shadow on his birthday, it's six more weeks of Legos.
UPDATE: It's always good to get birthday greetings from Troglopundit.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Here's your Palin information

Sarah Palin Information would be a likely spot to celebrate All Palin February.
And they don't disappoint.

He's got the whole world in his hands

C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville looks at Ken Cuccinelli's use of power during his first year as Attorney General.
The cover graphic, Cuccinelli holding the world in the palm of his hands, is just about right. Which drives Democrats nuts.

Palin February kickoff

We share Smitty's ode to Sarah Palin to start the month-long celebration.
May Smitty have more boring meetings and good internet connections in Kabul.