Tuesday, May 31, 2011

No complaints about work

It's tough going back to work after a three-day weekend. But not as tough as some I've seen.
How about the school teachers in Maryland, dealing with 90-degree temperatures in rooms without air conditioning?
Or the returns desk at my local Wal-Mart. While I was returning an item Tuesday, work crews were using a jackhammer - too close by. The lady behind the counter asked me a question and I couldn't hear her.
At least I got to go home. And work in my quiet home office, making calls and typing away.

Winner in Weinergate

DaTech Guy uses his tech knowledge in an op-ed in the New York Post.
But it doesn't take a technie to understand the problem.
The biggest problem for Weiner and his defenders on the left is not bloggers from the right. It’s the details of “#weinergate” can be understood by millions of ordinary people in 140 characters or less.

Today's Tied with me

In Technorati today, I tied with a blog offering recipes for Meatless meals for Memorial Day weekend.
Interesting choices, but I'm looking forward to put some chicken on the grill soon.

Monday, May 30, 2011

He's still under par

Pat checks out President Obama's golf score - up to 70 rounds since becoming president.
At most courses, 72 is par. And we know President Obama is below par.
Time to bring back this graphic, with Sarah Palin likely headed to Gettysburg Tuesday.

The unexpected conclusion

Michael Barone does a column based on "unexpectedly" - the favorite media word to explain economic news.
How does the use of the word end?
November 2012
Obama loses presidency, unexpectedly.

All the attention, all the interest

Sarah Palin's going to make things interesting - through the summer and beyond.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lessons of Weinergate

Technology dooms Democrats.
Someone who understands the numbers will defeat your spin.
That means you too, DWS.

A time for choosing

Legal Insurrection puts it all on the line. In one short paragraph.
Now is not the time to play it safe. Because safe is a guarantee of four more years of the worst President since the Great Depression.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sarah Palin, the blogger's friend

It's Memorial Day weekend. People are thinking the beach or time off instead of time online. Blog traffic is slow
It's also time for Sarah Palin to start her "One Nation" bus tour. She'll be bringing the cameras to "Rolling Thunder" in Washington Sunday, and then to historic sites up the coast.
Memorial Day weekend is when media members would rather be off work than following Palin's latest move. But when you sign up as a media member, you know you're required to work when events warrant. It's part of the business.
Bloggers appreciate that Palin is going to "inspire and draw fire" this weekend, and maybe bring some more internet traffic.
Roll on, Sarah and family.

War, what is it good for?

Halting evil.

Saturday song

What was the Queen single released after Bohemian Rhapsody? This one, in the spring of 1976.

Facebook quote of the week

From Wednesday:
From the Better Late Than Never Department . . . watching Oprah Winfrey for the first time today.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Visit us, Sarah

Sarah Palin starts her bus tour in Washington Sunday.
She's just two and a half hours away from Fishersville.
She could come south, but instead she's going toward New England.
We have historical sites to see here.
Fishersville is home of Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center and Wilson Memorial High School.
Nearby Staunton has the Woodrow Wilson birthplace.
Never mind.

"My assistant, not my boss"

Instapundit links the lessons of a small-business owner.
The professor asks the businessman what is the proper role of government.
“Invisible,” he says. “I know there are things the government has to do. But they need to find a way to do them without people like me having to bump into a new regulation every time we turn a corner.” He reflects for a moment, then finds the analogy he seeks. “Government should act like my assistant, not my boss.”
Sounds like Rush will be talking about this as the program unfolds.

Slam time in Paris

It's almost halfway through the French Open. Arantxa Rus advanced to the second round.
With a name starting "A rant," she ought to be a favorite of bloggers.
UPDATE: Linked in Rule 5 Sunday.
UPDATE2: Unfortunately, she lost in the third round.

Weekend watchdog

Memorial Day weekend means fast cars in Indianapolis and Charlotte.
And, recently, the University of Virginia in the NCAA lacrosse championship Final Four.
The Cavaliers reached the Final Four for the fourth straight year, and will face Denver Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The other semifinal matches ACC rivals Maryland and Duke at 6:30 p.m. The winners battle Monday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia is going for its fourth national lacrosse championship, but has fallen in the semifinals the past three trips. The Cavaliers last won it all in 2006.
Sunday, it's "Gentlemen, start your refrigerators. And grills."
Get up early to watch the Indianapolis 500 begin its second century on ABC at noon. Stay up late with FOX as NASCAR drivers go around, and around, and around at the Coke 600 from Charlotte starting at 6 p.m. Not enough racing for you? The Nationwide drivers are on ABC Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The NBA finals are set, as Miami finished off Chicago Thursday. The Heat and Mavericks begin their championship series Tuesday on ABC.
On the ice, the Eastern Conference will be decided Friday at 8 p.m. on Versus. The winner takes on Vancouver, which beat San Jose in five games, next week.
The ACC has its baseball tournament in Durham this weekend. Comcast shows two games Friday at 11 a.m. (Virginia vs. Miami) and 7 p.m. There's three more games Saturday starting at 11 a.m. - Virginia plays North Carolina at 7 p.m. - and the final is Sunday at 1 p.m.
The best of the SEC battle Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN offers the Reds at Braves as the Sunday night game, while the Red Sox visit Detroit Sunday afternoon on TBS. FOX offers six different games across the country Saturday night, including Reds-Braves, Red Sox at Tigers and Phillies vs. Mets.
On MASN, San Diego comes east to visit Washington this weekend. The Orioles head west to play Oakland on MASN2 (Saturday night at 10 p.m. on MASN).
The PGA tour stays in Texas for the Byron Nelson Classic Saturday and Sunday on CBS. Coverage starts at 3 p.m. The Senior PGA championship will be on NBC Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.
The D.C. United are in Portland Sunday, facing the Timbers at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
The NCAA softball Super Regionals cover the ESPN family of networks this weekend.
The second game between Oregon and Florida kicks off coverage Saturday at noon, and Arizona takes on Oklahoma at 5 p.m. Washington and Missouri play Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
If some of the Super Regional series go to a deciding third game, they will hit the air throughout the weekend.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Saving Project Ryan

It's heartening to see conservatives rise to the defense of the Paul Ryan budget after the loss in NY26.
It's the only way to go. What's the other option?
Do you give up after the first bump in the road?
You could wait a few years until an entitlement program runs out of money and see what terrible things happen.
How will our politicians react?
Democrats have said "don't worry." The government won't default on its promises.
If politicians can't stand up to people protesting small benefit cuts, how will they stand against a mass of taxpayers seeing their paychecks cut? Taken in a massive way to keep those promises limping along.
It's going to be a tough few years. The Ryan plan must win for us to have a chance as a country.
Important battles take wise leadership, focusing on the situation and seeking the best way through.
Right now, the Ryan budget is the best way through to the future.
Representative Ryan will earn it.

Last lesson of the season

Dustbury wraps up the end of the season for the Oklahoma City Thunder. With an Oklahoma link, of course.
Experience, it turns out, pays dividends; the Thunder, by next spring, will have earned them. Will (Rogers) could have told you that, too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ace on some obscure website

Ace takes Media Matters to task for being - insufferable.
They are without character or identity. And without wit or warmth or anything recognizable as human.
All they are are a 24 hour a day propaganda manufacture and distribution machine.
They are dreary, stupid, bombastic, witless, stupid, and boring.
They are, in fact, Stalinist in their single-minded adherence to a never-resting Party Line.
And it shows in their traffic. By God it shows.
George Soros has some gold. And lots of dross.

Today's Tied with me

The Technorati numbers are moving this week.
I'm tied with the JetSetGirls, which offers some good travel tips and links.
Only 57 percent of Americans use all their vacation days. What's wrong with you people?

Is it Scott?

American Idol concludes tonight.
Dialidol.com thinks Scott has it won, by a large margin.
We'll see....after this.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NY GOP just sucks

A special election for the House in Western New York.
A Republican held the seat before, and a Democrat wins tonight.
What does it mean?
Thank God we're not in New York.
When you look up "inept" in the dictionary, there's a picture of the New York state Republican leadership.

Happy birthday

In the backyard, four eggs hatched today, and the baby Kildeer hang out in their nest.
Momma and Daddy were doing their best to be the center of attention.

Strange surfers

Every week, Dustbury examines the choices of words that lead web surfers to his blog.
He's got a classic this week.
a porpoise filled life:  It’s the goal of all manatee.

Honeysuckle time

It's four weeks until the official start of summer.
Days are longer.
And the aroma of honeysuckle fills the air when you're outside - and covers the back areas of our property.
It's a good time to be in the Valley.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Latest on the tornadoes

Joplin, Missouri is the latest city hit by tornadoes.
The Joplin Globe has coverage of the hard-hit town, after a reporter shares his tale with other newspapers that are part of the same chain.
And don't forget, four weeks ago, Tuscaloosa, Alabama got hit hard. Sports Illustrated didn't forget.

Cutting edge news

SWACgirl has the info on Gov. Bob McDonnell's Staunton announcement Monday.
Staunton has some sharp businessmen, and the industrial base gets a boost.

Today's Social Security news

Social Security is now spending more money than it is taking in.
But don't worry, proponents say, the federal government will continue to pay benefits. It won't default on its obligations.
The bad news - they are depending on today's youth to pay the future benefits. And most of those kids will be graduates of government schools.
The same government that says don't worry about Social Security deficits.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The mystery flavor was tooth

The youngest bought some candy Saturday - AirHeads with a mystery flavor piece.
He started chewing it and thought it was a little crunchy.
Then he realized he had lost a tooth, and it was stuck in the candy in his mouth.
Unfortunately, the candy was white. The tooth broke up before he realized what was going on.
We did find enough tooth to prove to the tooth fairy that he lost a tooth.

Overhead at the Camping house

Oh. I forgot to carry the 2.

Open the door, let 'em in

Momma-to-Momma offers lessons learned from raising good kids - and good friends of the kids.
We want our home to be a safe and dependable place where good food and kind words can be found, where everybody has a place and knows where they stand.  So far, so good.

Bumper snickers

Paul Harvey used to feature funny bumper stickers from around the country on his radio show.
Legal Insurrection keeps the theme running on the web, and easily finds the most stuck-up cars in Ithaca and elsewhere.

Dear girls

They're picking Wildflowers, so I pick them - the Jane Dear girls - for today's picture.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lessons from the End of the World

Today was supposed to be Judgement Day.
Many discussed this verse from Matthew 24
36 "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Didn't hear much of this verse, earlier in the chapter.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
People have often thought the end was near because they thought they had reached the world with the gospel. But the world was bigger than they thought it was.
Now, early in the 21st century, we have TV, internet and email. McDonald's and Coke have spread to every corner of the known world. Has the gospel met the standard of being preached in the whole world?
Obviously not.
There's still preaching to do.
There's always wars and rumors of wars. There's always signs of destruction that could be the birth pangs of the end.
It's right to say that we don't know the day or hour. But we know Jesus and what He means to the world.
It's time to keep spreading the Word.

Saturday song

Remembering the late 80s, when MTV still had videos from people you had heard of.
Elton John provided the animated action in "Club at the End of the Street."

Facebook quote of the week

Ya know that you are getting worn out when ya go on a 10 minute break from the shop and it turns into an hour and a half nap!!!! I must be gettin' old! Nawwww! not me!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rapture guys and terrorists

How are people who predict the end of the world and terrorists alike?
They can fail, often spectacularly, many times.
If things go according to plan just once, it's a major impact.

Posting will be light...

...while we await the end of the world May 21.
Welcome, visitors from Google searches.

Weekend watchdog

Affirmed, 1978.

He's the last Triple Crown winner, a fact mentioned in stories numerous times over the past 30 years.

Only Animal Kingdom has the power to relegate Affirmed to the history books this year. First, he has to win the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Saturday on NBC. Coverage starts at 4:30 p.m., and by 6:30 p.m. we should know if there's still a chance at a Triple Crown in 2011.

Versus shows the fillies running the Black Eye Susan Stakes Friday.

Baseball has its first interleague weekend of the season, matching neighbors most of the time. FOX has Saturday night baseball, with Mets-Yankees as the main game. Other parts of the nation will see Oakland vs. San Francisco, or Rangers at Phillies and Cubs-Red Sox. (I said matching neighbors most of the time). ESPN shows Cubs-Red Sox Sunday night, while the Mets take on the Yankees Sunday afternoon on TBS.

Mid-Atlantic rivals Baltimore and Washington battle this weekend on both MASN and MASN2 from Camden Yards.

The NBA and NHL are halfway through their conference finals. Oklahoma City hosts Dallas Saturday on ESPN, while the Eastern Conference final between Miami and Chicago has its Game 3 Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.

On the ice, Tampa Bay hosts Boston Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC. Out West, Vancouver visits San Jose for Game 3 Friday at 9 p.m. and NBC has Game 4 Sunday at 3 p.m.

It's the warmup weekend for the big Memorial Day races. NASCAR has its' all-star race from Charlotte Saturdayat 7 p.m. on Speed, while Versus shows Indianapolis 500 pole qualifying Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Nationwide racers are in Iowa, with ABC covering the event Sunday at 2 p.m.

Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, and gets to face Cornell Saturday at noon on ESPN2. The winner meets either Johns Hopkins or Denver the next weekend in Baltimore.

The PGA tour visits Texas the next two weeks. This weekend, it's the Colonial on CBS Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 p.m.

Clemson visits Florida State in ACC baseball Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, and Florida Atlantic takes on Florida International from the Sun Belt Conference at 7 p.m.

In the MLS, Chivas USA faces the L.A. Galaxy Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

The NCAA softball regionals begin this weekend. ESPN2 starts a bracket Friday at 5:30 p.m., then ESPN has coverage Friday at 8 p.m. There's three games Saturday starting at noon and the possible bracket championship Sunday at 1 p.m.

Cross-posted at Weekendwatchdog.wordpress.com.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My favorite day at UVa

It's graduation weekend at the University of Virginia - stay away from Charlottesville.
But I love the movie of Wednesday on the lawn - from the Rotunda Cam.
Look at how fast they put those chairs up.

Idol - who's the final two?

American Idol ends next week. Guess it's time to pay attention.
Dialidol.com thinks Scott's going to final.
Votefortheworst.com wants Haley there.
We'll see in a few hours.

Big Bang season finale

It's the end of the TV season - final episodes of the big series tonight through Wednesday.
Just because there's no new Big Bang Theory doesn't mean there can't be Kaley Couco days in the summer.

They lost a champion

Iowahawk has his take on the Frenchman caught with his pants down in New York.
And now the world's little brown peoples have tragically lost their beloved financial champion, who was lifting them from poverty and capitalist oppression, expecting in return only the occassional Porsche or villa in Provence.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The Republican nominee in 2012 will have to bring different groups in the party together.
This week, Newt Gingrich brought the party together.
Against Gingrich.
I think the Republican nominee - whoever it is - will win in 2012. Likely taking 40 states to just 10 states for Obama.
The strong reaction against Gingrich has been good.
In this political climate, Washington is out and the rest of the country is in.
Gingrich is too much Washington. So he's basically out before the rest of the field is in.
UPDATE: Linked by Jim Geraghty in NRO's Morning Jolt.
UPDATE2: Troglopundit likes the headline.
UPDATE3: Paco approves of this message.

Musical advice for Obama

Enough with the "I killed Obama" talk and time to continue the action - stopping terrorists.
Elvis has the words of wisdom, and Everybody loves Raymond provided the fun dance so you remember the lesson.

As a bonus, you can learn some Spanish.

Snake warning

In Louisiana, they are warning residents about various snakes - some poisonous - they may run into due to flooding.
The flood of debt is rising in Washington. Keep an eye for snakes there, too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Some ask why. I say "Wyblog"

Wyblog celebrates four years on the internet with the help of a guest blogger.
The guest cost more than a penny.

A little bit of dodge

Over at Ace, Drew looks at how Republican candidates should talk about Rep. Ryan's budget plan.
His answer? Talk a good game and get to 2013.
If the GOP gets the House, Senate and White House in 2012, we have to be fair and honest during the debate to get public buy in. It’s called leadership. What we don’t have to do is get buy in for a specific plan during the ‘12 campaign because no specific plan ever survives the legislative process. We don’t have referenda on policy plans or bills at the national level in this country. What we do is elect representatives to hash that all out later. Why waste political capital on something that would go in the trash on Day One of Congress?

I'd prefer a strong push for Ryan - "Come with me if you want to live" - but reality is reality. Ryan's plan may be as politically dangerous as it is fiscally necessary but it needs to get done. Democratic scare talk can't cost us any more time to fix the problems.

Today's Tied with Me

With the NBA playoffs ongoing, my basketbal ranking is Technorati has risen - just outside the top 300.
Today, I'm tied with this website that is recapping the 1979-80 Boston Celtics season.

Time question

For work, I'm attending a Time Management seminar today.
For the best learning experience, should I arrive too early or just after the class starts?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spend, spend, the world's going to end

I guess the administration believes the guy who says the world will end Saturday.
Let's start spending the money set aside for federal pensions. Sure, we'll pay it back in the future.
You can continue to spend if the world's gonna end.
If not, the end of the world could be a best-case scenario.

The Ryan spillway

It's sad to see the flooding in Louisiana.
So many people being harmed, due to the relentlessly rising Mississippi River.
And it's not the fault of people of Louisiana. The floodwaters have come from the upper Midwest, and we've seen the problem coming for weeks.
The decision was made - flood the swamp below the Morganza spillway instead of risking havoc in the populated areas of Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Rep. Paul Ryan is giving another budget speech Monday.
There's a relentless flood coming - entitlement spending that threatens to swamp the United States economy.
Ryan has a plan to spare the vulnerable - current seniors - but it means changes to younger voters.
It's easy to find people who will be hurt under Ryan's plan. But there's no "Louisiana 1927" song to show the perils of ignoring the flood his plan attempts to deal with.
In the past, the government built the Morganza spillway. It had a backup plan for another massive flood on the Mississippi.
What's the Democratic backup plan for the entitlement flood?
Tax the rich?
That levee won't hold.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Profile in incompetence

No, it's not another post about the Blogger blackout.
The Other McCain goes to the Jimmy Carter whacking stick again - finding a 10-part series of Carter's four-year error in Washington.
So there you have it: The definitive chronicle of Jimmy Carter’s rotten presidential record. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference, just in case you encounter someone who doesn’t realize just how bad Carter really was. And the next time one of your conservative friends swears that Barack Obama is the worst president in history, you can send them this post and say, “Maybe he’s not the worst — yet.”

Of course, Obama’s still got another 20 months remaining in office, so he might hold the uncontested title soon enough.

Troopathon time

No Sheeples Here highlights the annual Troopathon, with six teams of bloggers attempting to send good stuff to troops overseas.
It's a good cause, so click on over.

Drilled, baby, drilled

Is the Obama administration ready to allow drilling in Alaska?
Jerry FromonHigh has the list of policy shifts.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The real reason for the Blogger outage

Why did Blogger have an outage that shut down so many blogs this week?
Somebody's trying to slow down the Paco juggernaut.

Saturday song

Phil Collins doesn't look like a video star, but he had some big hits in the 1980s. Even his own movie, featured in the video of "Two Hearts."

Facebook quote of the week

Is about to start correcting my english paper witch is due on wednesday and is worth 2,000 points

Friday, May 13, 2011

Bad day for Blogger

I'm sure the tech guys and gals at Blogger are glad to get some rest tonight. A day down and lots of unhappy bloggers with no place to post.
Then Ann Althouse's blog disappears. Technical glitch or something more?
Not a good day in Google land.

Weekend watchdog

The Lakers didn't make the NBA Western Conference Finals - is that allowed?
The two-time champions exited the playoffs Sunday after being swept by Dallas.
The Celtics lost to Miami Wednesday, watching the Heat score the final 16 points of the game. The old guard is out the rest of the way.
In the last second-round series, Memphis hosts Game 6 of its series with Oklahoma City Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. They'll play Sunday at 3:30 p.m. if necessary.
The Eastern Conference finals start Sunday at 8 p.m. on TNT, as Miami visits Chicago.
The top two seeds in the NHL's Eastern Conference have been ousted, leaving Boston and Tampa Bay to battle for a Stanley Cup Final berth. They start their series Saturday at 8 p.m. on Versus.
Out west, Vancouver hosts San Jose Game 1 Sunday at 8 p.m. on Versus.
The Red Sox visit the Yankees this weekend - guess what's ESPN's Sunday game of the week? FOX has Saturday baseball in prime time. Games include Giants at Cubs, Dodgers-Diamondbacks and ....Red Sox-Yankees.
Sunday afternoon, TBS has the Phillies visiting Atlanta.
The Nationals host Florida this weekend - Friday and Sunday on MASN2 and Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN. The Orioles head to Tampa Bay for a series with the Rays on MASN (MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m.).
NASCAR visits the Monster Mile this weekend, with the Sprint Car racers on FOX Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationwide race takes the track Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA tour hits TPC Sawgrass and it's famous 17th hole for the Players Championship this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m.
The D.C. United face Colorado Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, while ESPN2 shows Seattle-Portland Saturday at 11 p.m.
Comcast has SEC baseball Friday at 7 p.m., with Vanderbilt going against Florida. Saturday, it's ACC action at 1 p.m. with Miami at Virginia followed by Tennessee-LSU at 4 p.m.
It's a big weekend for conference softball tournaments. The ACC crowns its softball champion Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. while ESPN2 has the Big East final Saturday at 5 p.m. The SEC title game is on ESPN Saturday at 8 p.m.
The NCAA lacross tournament starts this weekend. ESPN2 has Johns Hopkins vs. Hofstra Saturday at noon, and ESPN offers North Carolina against Maryland Sunday at 1 p.m.

We're back

Blogger's back.
Legal Insurrection found an interesting Google connection through the outage.
Will Blogger be better after this, or is it time to find another platform?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Not on my wish list

Nice Deb features the don't want toy of the year.
Looking at the Situation Room picture, he's more of a contender for Captain Slouch.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No kids, no cars

Dustbury notes something else San Francisco lacks besides kids - U.S. cars.
"It's a tough market. Imports have a much bigger share in San Francisco," said Dennis Fitzpatrick, owner of Concord Chevrolet and regional vice president of the California New Car Dealers Association. "When you can sell 100 imports a month as opposed to 25 domestic, and what with the rents and real estate, it's tough to make a U.S. car dealership pencil."
Union members, I hope you remember where Nancy Pelosi hails from.

Propping him up

GrandpaJohn highlights President Obama's favorite campaign prop.

Today's Tied with Me

It's an international world in the internet.
This Japanese photo blog has the same Technorati rank and authority as me.
Some cool photos there.

Super-situation room

Of all the photoshops of the situation room, I really like this one.
Featured at Ace of Spades

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Country royal wedding

Enough of Prince William and his new bride.
In America, we have a big wedding this weekend - country stars Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

How about a little Gunpowder and Lead to get you fired up?

UPDATE: Thanks to their appearance at Super Bowl XLVI, the popularity of this post grows.

Give us a real poll, please

The Washington Post poll has been big news this week - Allen vs. Kaine, Obama's chances in 2012 and Gov. McDonnell's popularity.
Then I see Campaign Spot, and the partisan breakdown
31 % Democratic
36% Independent
22 % Republican
Can I have a poll that - slightly - mirrors the state?
Poor Democrats. So overconfident. November 2012 is going to be so hard for him - especially if the Post keeps pushing out polls with this kind of breakdown.

The final countdown

Pat in Shreveport is counting down the final 10 days of school.
That means not long until Augusta County school close. What to do with the boys for 11 weeks until August and the new school year?
Everybody involved in schools is counting down the days now.
Not everybody has the same relieved thoughts that Pat has.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cuts for debt-ceiling increase

Let's go to the big battle - Speaker John Boehner links the raise in the debt-ceiling to the same amount of budget cuts.
Hey, Obama, you want to buy a debt ceiling increase of, say, $2 trillion that would take you past the next election? Fine, the going price is two trillion dollars in real spending cuts. Cannot afford that and hold your spending coaliton in place? Fine, you can buy a month of debt-ceiling relief, worth about $125 billion, for the reduced price of $125 billion in spending cuts. The price of the debt-ceiling hike is the the same amount — or more — of real spending cuts.
Let's see how President Obama deals with this situation.


Ann Althouse went seeking "Longneckers."
Little Miss Attila found hers.
What about this lady?

Thank you for being a friend

Fishersville is just outside the 20th House District of Virginia. Republican Dickie Bell now has a challenger - Laura Kleiner.

Check out this picture. I'd like to see the other pictures taken at the event.
You have the candidate and state Senator Creigh Deeds - 2009 Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Look at the distance between the two. She's dressed to impress and it looks like he's wearing sneakers.
Where's the crowd of family, friends and well-wishers? Staging isn't everything, but the staging could be much better here.
Best of luck to Kleiner, but it looks the hopeful college graduate will be graduating to a big loss in November.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dog-gone good candidate

Jason Bibeau spent part of Sunday afternoon in Fishersville, asking residents for a signature so he can get on the November ballot.
He's about halfway to the goal.
Sign the petition - my dog likes him.

Mother's Day present

What's the best present for the mother of two preschoolers? Both taking a nap at the same time.

They are much older now, but always nice to remember those rare times of peace and quiet.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Educate yourself

Little Miss Attila sends along information on two movies knocking down aggressive environmentalism.
The worst “cultural imperialism” going on in the world today is actually the problem of rich Westerners deciding that the material blessings and long lives they enjoy should be saved for themselves only, and people in poorer countries can get along just fine without such things–and holding to this, over the protests of those poor people who would actually like better food, indoor plumbing, insulated houses, affordable transportation, jobs, enhanced longevity, and all these other things that the American and European left are so intent on “saving” them from.

Facebook quote of the week

Good to know. Because I'm still hungry. (Thanks to a timely belch.)

Saturday song

Dig that 70s hair and those 70s clothes.
It's England Dan and John Ford Coley from the months before I started high school.

My oldest starts high school in August. The songs don't sound much like this now.

Obama drifts along

Dan Riehl looks at the week and Obama's part in Osama bid Laden's end.
Various agencies, agents and entities did their jobs just as they were supposed to do, creating a set of circumstances in which Obama had no other choice politically. They couldn't simply let him go! So, he did what he always does under those circumstances, the same thing he had done to create them - he acquiesced.

In the end, other than whomever actually pulled the trigger, a bodyguard following instructions, or a brave member of SEAL Team Six that, one or the other of them acting as trained and instucted under their own circumstances, no one actually decided to kill Osama bin Laden - it was circumstances.
The Obama "too busy for birth certificate" meme came out quickly Sunday night. Events since seem to lessen the credit Obama deserves for the action.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Obama and Nixon

How has the week gone for President Obama?
It started with the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden. It ends with more information coming out, and more questions being raised.
And how will history judge things?
Obama got bin Laden just like Nixon reached the moon
The death of bin Laden means - secrets kept for years can now seep out. Things that had to be kept quiet to catch him can be talked about.
Obama's glow will disappear - like bin Laden's body into the seas.

Facebook - show us your mommas

For Mother's Day weekend, the meme is spreading on Facebook - put your mom's picture as your profile picture.
Several friends and family members are on the bandwagon.
A nice treat for the weekend.

Join the Cain Train

There was a Republican presidential debate Thursday.
The Other McCain has been pumping the Herman Cain run, and has good reason.
Frank Luntz’s focus group just found: HERMAN CAIN WON!

Luntz says he has never seen anything like this: A previously unknown candidate winning over a focus group the way Cain did in South Carolina.
Donald who?

Weekend watchdog

You like your horsepower with four legs or four wheels? Saturday is for you.
In the afternoon, you have the running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, starting at 4 p.m. Lots of horses start but only one leaves Kentucky with a chance to win this year's Triple Crown.
In the night, FOX shows the NASCAR race from Darlington.
That ought to rev your engine for Mother's Day.
The horsepower in Kentucky gets featured on Versus in the days leading up to the big event. The fillies have their race - the Kentucky Oaks - Friday at 5 p.m.
Before the flag drops for the Southern 500, the Nationwide racers will go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The second round of the NBA playoffs continues this weekend with doubleheaders each day. Friday, ESPN shows Game 3 of the Bulls' series with Atlanta at 7 p.m., followed by the Lakers-Mavericks.
Saturday, ESPN has Game 3 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series from Memphis at 5 p.m., then ABC offers the Heat at Celtics at 8 p.m. Sunday's it's back to Dallas for the Lakers-Mavericks at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. Game 4 of the Bulls vs. Hawks will be at 8 p.m. on TNT.
The NHL continues its second round, but there may be only three games until the conference finals. Friday, the Sharks take on Detroit at 7 p.m., followed by the finish of the Flyers' game with Boston.
If San Jose and Boston win, those series are over. If the Flyers or Red Wings win, there's ice hockey Sunday.
The Predators head back to Vancouver for Game 5 of that series Saturday at 8 p.m. Nashville needs to win to return home for Game 6.
The Orioles make a rare national TV appearance this weekend, hosting Tampa Bay at 1:10 p.m. on FOX. Other parts of the nation get the Twins at Red Sox and Reds-Cubs. The Orioles-Rays games on Friday and Sunday are on MASN.
ESPN's Sunday game features the Braves at Phillies. TBS shows the Yankees at Texas Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
The Nationals head to Florida this weekend on MASN2.
The PGA tour hits Charlotte this weekend, with the Wells Fargo championship on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Comcast has C-USA college baseball this weekend, with Rice facing Houston at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.. From the SEC, LSU visits Alabama at 7:30 p.m.
The NCAA crowns its men's volleyball champion Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Ohio State and UC-Santa Barbara won Thursday to advance to the final.
ESPN2 offers the MLS Saturday night, with New York at Los Angeles at 11 p.m.
SEC softball gets the coverage Saturday at noon on ESPN, with Florida meeting Tennessee. Sunday at 1 p.m., it's off to the Big 12 for Texas taking on Missouri.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

An image we don't want to think about

We can't see the image of Osama bin Laden dead - too disturbing.
We can hear about this image - if bin Laden had been found naked, the Seals might not have shot him.
It also emerged today that the only way Bin Laden could have avoided being killed in the raid by U.S. forces is if he was naked.

The elite U.S. Navy Seals team that killed him was told to assume he was wearing a suicide vest if he was clothed, according to a briefing given to a congressional aide.
The aide - briefed on the rules of engagement - revealed that Bin Laden 'would have had to be naked for them to allow him to surrender'
Dead Osama
or Naked Osama
Which image scares you the most?

Bad school news

An interesting week in SWAC area education.
A second-grade student in Waynesboro takes a gun to school.
Two Augusta County schools lose power - due to a snake in the electrical line.

Don't trust

An email about a "bussiness proposal."
That really says "SPAM."

Any comment from Bert?

Everybody has an opinion about the death of Osama bin Laden. What about Bert, who got photoshopped into photos of him back in 2001?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fake bin Laden picture

This bin Laden thing keeps getting weirder.
Now, members of Congress say they were shown a photo of bin Laden dead that was actually a fake.
Here's the picture. I don't know how they got confused.

Facebook quote of the year

Osama's last Facebook post.


Dustbury features the new Osama drink.
Two shots and a splash.

Here's the joke

Poor people at Blue Virginia. They don't get out much.
Here's the joke Ken Cuccinelli was referencing.

When Obama died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the Nation I helped conceive?”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed.”
James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”
Thomas Jefferson was next, beat Obama with a long cane and snarled, “It was evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence.”
The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the radical, socialist, leader.
As Obama lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Obama wept and Said, “This is not what you promised me.”
The Angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 VIRGINIANS waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?”…..”You really need to listen when someone is trying to tell you something!”

h/t Liberty Pundit

Busy writing Trump jokes

Via Instapundit, Jim Treacher nails why President Obama delayed on the bin Laden mission.

Today's Tied with me

Monday was the 4th International Biomass Conference.
DomesticFuel.com has the report of the activity.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Too many Ray Lewis hits

Wyblog notes Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall's comments on Osama bin Laden.
Mendenhall has an excuse for his comments. He's been hit too many times by Ray Lewis.

How about some more hits.

Obama's doomed

It's often enjoyable to read Blue Virginia - the doom and gloom of the true believers on the left as the election approaches.
Teddy has a lengthy post on a "rah-rah" conference call that left him cold.
The entire call was like coach's pep talk at half-time when things look a little shaky for the home team----- or, better perhaps, a corporation staff meeting where a vice-president rolls out a supposedly new/old program, and all subordinate functionaries, whatever their secret opinion of the program, brown nose like crazy to earn points for their blind loyalty. In other words, kabuki theater.

Obama winning in 2012 depends on exciting people who voted for him in 2008. They aren't excited now.
I don't think there's anything that can excite them. Which means we have a year's worth of Obama people begging a lethargic people to be excited - just because.

A sad ending

The Los Angeles Times reports on the sad end of former Playboy playmate Yvette Vickers.
Her neighbor found her mummified body in her house.
Here's how she looked in better days.

How sad, to die alone and no one notice for months.
Much better to die with family and friends.
Just like Obama bin Laden did.
UPDATE: Troglopundit links.
UPDATE2: A special report from Camp of the Saints.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tracking the tracker

SWACgirl examines the life of Alan, the Democratic tracker. She doesn't think she could do his job, but check out the benefits.
  • You get to eat at Mrs. Rowe's (didn't he? If not, there's no helping some people).
  • You get to hear George Allen speak a lot.
  • You get to be in the same room with some great Virginians.
  • You wake up everyday hoping "Today's the day George Allen says something stupid."
Now, I think Allen's learned his lesson from 2006. He'll be a much more disciplined, focused candidate in 2012.
He'll mind this tongue, stick to the issues and roll back into the Senate.
Alan the tracker, and his Democratic buddies, will have been there - part of history.
And each night, they fell asleep knowing they stood there with a camera - and got nothing.

He did it ....our way

While Sunday's speech was all "me, myself and I," looking behind the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden you see lots of Republican policies.
If you're happy to see bin Laden gone, thank George W. Bush.

Glad I went to bed

Before I went to sleep Sunday, I heard the news about Bin Laden.
As a former newspaper reporter, I knew what was coming - long wait with little additional information.
Mark Steyn watched the speech, and gives his take.
Personally, I would have liked bin Laden’s death to have been announced by whatever lowest-level official was manning the night desk at the Department of Nondescript Bureaucrats, preferably reading it off the back of an envelope. But, if you’re going to put the head of state on TV to announce it himself, it would have been better to have been all brisk and businesslike.
Today and this week are for the aftermath.

What hath the stimulus wrought

Did Democrats catch Bob McDonnell Sunday on Meet the Press?
Did Democrats show the only thing the stimulus did?
The stimulus didn't boost the economy. It just shifted deficits from the states to federal government.
States didn't have to make tough spending decisions. And state officials - Democrats and Republicans - could claim credit for the money flowing from the federal government.
McDonnell is smart to claim credit. It's hard for Democrats to attack him without making themselves look bad.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Amazing modern technology

Thanks to Xbox Live, you can play video games with people around the world - or across the street.
The youngest and his friend were playing this afternoon. From our game room, you can see her house.
I fixed him some pizza rolls, and he told his friend. She said she would like some too, so he began imagining a way to push a pizza roll through the system and internet to her.
His imagination wasn't fast enough. She said "I think there's something coming through the earpiece."
An Xbox system that delivers food. Now that would be something.

A different kind of Sunday

My church does an annual "Compassion in Action" Sunday. Instead of the usual services, members fan out across the county to help our neighbors and show the impact of Jesus in our lives.
I waited until the last minute to choose a project, and found the free car wash could use assistance. So we packed up and offered our service to the community.
WHSV-TV has done stories on our church before, and today continued the series. The script info went up after the telecast, and I'm awaiting to the video to link that.

Into the top 20

Each Sunday morning, Tom White at Virginia Right compiles rankings of Virginia blogs.
Blognetnews had its rankings before suspending operations last summer, and I was usually in the weekly top 10. When White's rankings debuted at the beginning of the year, I was in the 30s. But gradually I've moved up and enter the top 20 this week.
I'd like to thank all the visitors for helping make this happen.

Here's your candidate

SWACgirl and Bob at the Journey have coverage of Jason Bibeau's candidacy announcement.
Looks like it's going to be a busy fall.