Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Advance vs. Retreat

SWACgirl is exciting about the upcoming Republican Advance at Hot Springs this weekend.
Blue Virginia keeps posting complaints about Democratic leaders not listening - not being progressive enough.
Boy, is 2012 going to be fun. And 2013 will be even more fun for Republicans.

Can Cain regain before campaign goes down the drain?

The Other McCain is pulling out all the stops to help Herman Cain survive.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Occupy Charlottesville, your time is up

The time has come for Occupy Charlottesville to leave Lee Park.
The next venue?
Who knows?
I like this part about Tuesday's Occupy general assembly.
The occupiers contemplated doing a head count of how many people of planned on staying to get arrested, but decided against it due to the presence of two city police officers who were standing on the outskirts of the campfire where the meeting was taking place. At one point, two members approached the police and asked them to leave, but the officers refused to go.
The officers were just exercising their rights to hang out at the park. Shouldn't have bothered them at all.

Good job, Pundette

Mark Steyn read from Pundette's website during his guest hosting appearance on Rush Limbaugh's show Tuesday.
Looks like Christmas came early.

McCain shows strain from snub by Cain campaign

The Other McCain is reassessing his support of Herman Cain.
It won't take seven days to get an answer.

Today's Tied with Me

It's nice to have the same Technorati ranking as today.
Don't miss their thoughts on the shows they like.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Explain, poor Cain, the pain must be contained

Checking Legal Insurrection this morning, I had good thoughts about Herman Cain - four weeks and really nothing solid about harassment.
Then I saw the headline on the TV this evening - a woman claims an affair with Cain.
Nothing found by Cain - or any reporter.
People who knew the woman called the media - and she felt she had to talk.
What to think? Another little thing being made big, or the final straw to end the Cain campaign.
There ought to be some kind of trace we can find - hotel records, phone records, plane records. Something in the public record of Cain's travels to provide support for her claims - or destroy them.
If there's something there, it's time to tell Cain "thanks for the ideas and energy. But this won't beat Barack Obama."
If there's nothing there, we need more information.
Why come out now?
Just because Cain's finally big enough that these kind of stories make a difference?
Cain can't talk about anything that might be fishy, but he needs to explain more.
It's not all women in financial trouble.
Although in this economy, one thing Obama is growing is people in financial trouble.
For Cain, the rest of us have enjoyed his rise. But time is short, and we need to focus on beating Barack Obama.

Bye, bye, Barney

It looks like it may be the end for Barney Frank.
Time to replay a song parody from last year.

Where not to shop Cyber Monday

Paco highlights the gifts at the Obama catalog.
The kind of gifts that will spark a good argument Christmas morning.

Big games in loserville

Lucas Oil Stadium will host the Big Ten championship game Saturday.
Home state team Indiana went 0-8 in the league.
The stadium will host Super Bowl XLVI in February.
The home state Colts are 0-11 with 0-16 in view.
Will Indianapolis be bidding for these championship games in the future?

Taxed Enough Already? We've got our reasons

Via Instapundit, Victor Davis Hanson lists 12 reasons why it's good to protest higher taxes.
And provides a great closing statement.
The above is not a bold plea not to pay taxes, but a feeble rear-guard action to remind some why 50% of an income paid in assorted taxes is enough — and why more is not just unnecessary, but will more likely make things far worse. Had Obama been, even for a year, an electrical contractor or Starbucks manager rather than spent a lifetime in academia, community organizing, or comfortably employed by some sort of government, he would have had a different view of taxes and expenses. I might suggest from experience that I knew a lot of independent farmers who could have done graduate work at a Stanford or UC, but not too many Stanford Ph.Ds who could have run and survived on a 400-acre operation of cotton, almonds, and citrus.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

King Grover

It's fun to watch a policy wonk become the embodiment of what's wrong with the other side.
For the past few weeks, Democrats have made Grover Norquist the big baddie.
Blaming Norquist for the troubles of the supercommittee.
I guess Norquist is more powerful than President Obama or the Democrats.
Then again, it doesn't take much to have more intellectual influence than Obama and friends.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

North to Dakota

Got jobs?
North Dakota does.
Plenty of them - good money. If you know anything about fossil fuels.
Doubt President Obama or his friends will be swinging by there.
The Other McCain tries to start another stampede.

Who ya got?

Almost kickoff time for Virginia vs. Virginia Tech.
Lots of big games this weekend.
My nephew received his acceptance to Penn State this week. We are Penn State (that's my brother's money talking when the bill arrives).

Saturday song

Heading from D.C. to Baltimore, you'll pass an exit for Skaggsville.
Reminded me of Boz Scaggs from the 70s

Facebook quote of the week

To the young girl that wanted me to try the new wrinkle cream at the perfume counter at Belk....bite me. See if it will help your black eye!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

On to the final four

Fishersville's Wilson Memorial won again Friday, moving to the Division 2 state semifinals.
The Hornets scored 68 points in the first round.
Then 42 in the second.
And 43 Friday in beating Dan River.
What awaits Goochland next week?

It's now Rebecca Black Friday

Dustbury features the Kohl's ad using the Rebecca Black song.
I missed it Thursday night.
I guess Kohl's decided not to make a buy during the Ravens-49ers game.
Will the song and parody last until 2012? Probably as long as there are people willing to shop in the middle of the night.

Undefeated team watch

The Packers made it to 11-0.
Now comes some rest before the Giants await Dec. 4.
The Harbaugh brothers can now talk more thoroughly about football, with their Thanksgiving meeting finished. First on the agenda, how Jim's 49ers can learn from John's Ravens to beat the Steelers Dec. 19.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

How long until baseball season?

The new baseball season will mean a new team name - Florida Marlins will now be known as Miami Marlins with a new home.
And cheerleaders like Stef.

Happy Franksgiving

Lileks goes to the answer man on Thanksgiving - remembering the partisan split on Thanksgiving from 1939-1941.
If FDR's way had been approved, Thanksgiving would have been last Thursday.
Nice to know there was a time no one wanted to advertise Christmas sales before Thanksgiving.

Weekend watchdog - Thanksgiving edition

At Thanksgiving dinner, some brothers fight over the drumsticks.
This Thanksgiving, two brothers will be fighting for NFL victory.
Jim Harbaugh brings his surprising 49ers across the country to face brother John's Baltimore Ravens on the NFL Network game at 8 p.m. Jim's 49ers have won eight straight, pulling away with the NFC West. John's Ravens edged Cincinnati Sunday to pull into first place in the AFC North.
The first game of the day looks pretty good too - 10-0 Green Bay at Detroit on FOX. Prepare for plenty of clips from the 1962 Thanksgiving game. In between, the Cowboys host the Dolphins on CBS. Keep Leon Lett away from the ball.
Sunday, the Redskins head west to see if Washington state is a better venue than inside the Washington beltway. Kickoff against the Seahawks is 4 p.m. CBS shows a doubleheader, with the Bills taking on the Jets at 1 p.m. and Eagles hosting the Patriots at 4:15 p.m.
In primetime, the Steelers visit Kansas City on NBC. The Giants head to New Orleans Monday night on ESPN.
The ACC Coastal Division comes down to one game - Virginia Tech at Virginia on ABC at 3:30 p.m. Other areas of the country have the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State, and in those areas Hokies-Cavs will be on ESPN2.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with the final meeting of Texas and Texas A&M as conference rivals. ESPN has kickoff at 8 p.m.
It's a full day Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 with South Florida hosting Louisville. Iowa closes its regular season against new conference foe Nebraska at noon on ABC, followed by Miami vs. Boston College.
CBS has the big game between Arkansas and LSU at 2:30 p.m. ESPN's primetime doubleheader starts with the Backyard Brawl between Pittsburgh and West Virginia at 7 p.m., followed by California-Arizona State.
Comcast brings Conference USA action at noon, with Houston traveling to Tulsa.
Saturday, the ACC network has North Carolina State trying to become bowl eligible against Maryland at 12:30 p.m. Comcast brings Duke-North Carolina at 3 p.m.
CBS has the Iron Bowl matching Alabama and Auburn at 3:30 p.m., while NBC has the Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling at 2:30 p.m.
ABC begins the day with Ohio State-Michigan, then heads west for Notre Dame's game with Stanford at 8 p.m.
ESPN's Saturday starts with Georgia at Georgia Tech at noon, then Penn State and Wisconsin battle for a berth in the first Big Ten championship game at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Clemson faces South Carolina. ESPN2 offers Rutgers vs. Connecticut at noon and Florida State taking on Florida at 7 p.m.
On FX, Iowa State goes for its second straight big upset at Oklahoma at noon. Versus heads west for Washington State at Washington at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has the Big East game of the week - Cincinnati at Syracuse - at noon before offering New Mexico State at Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m.
Comcast continues in the Conference USA Saturday, as Rice visits SMU at noon before Southern Cal plays UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
NBC offers NHL hockey on Friday, with the Red Wings visiting Boston at 1 p.m. Comcast shows the Rangers' trip to Washington Friday at 4 p.m. and visit to Buffalo Saturday at 7 p.m.
Feast Week features plenty of college basketball throughout the weekend. ESPN2 gets it going at noon Thursday with Texas Tech vs. Indiana State from the Old Spice Classic. Minnesota-DePaul follows, then it's west for the 76 Classic - Villanova against UC-Riverside at 4:30 p.m. It's back to the Old Spice Classic at 7 p.m., with Wake Forest taking on Dayton followed by Arizona State-Fairfield. At 11:30 p.m., it's back to the 76 Classic for Oklahoma's game with Washington State.
Friday, ESPN has games from the Old Spice Classic starting at noon, and the final of the preseason NIT at 5 p.m. ESPN2 continues coverage from the Old Spice Classic, then North Carolina plays South Carolina in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. At midnight, there's another game from the 76 Classic.
Saturday features another game from Las Vegas at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2, and Sunday there's two games from the Old Spice Classic starting at 4:30 p.m. before a final game from the 76 Classic at 9 p.m.
Versus offers action from the Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday, with Central Florida vs. College of Charleston at 2 p.m., then Florida State meeting Massachusetts. The two semifinals are on Friday, starting at 2 p. m., and the consolation and championship game are Saturday starting at 2 p.m.
MASN has the Great Alaska Shootout, starting Thursday at 10:30 p.m., with Central Michigan facing New Mexico State. The semifinals start Friday at 9:30 p.m., followed by the third place game Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and the championship at midnight.
In the lower 48 on MASN, Ohio takes on Louisville Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has women's basketball Sunday, with Baylor visiting Tennesee at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This Thanksgiving Eve, a walk around the neighborhood finds a few houses with Christmas lights and trees already up.
Too early?
Maybe. But we can be thankful that we have the money to light the lights over a month before the big day.

As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly

A short version of the classic WKRP Thanksgiving episode.

Blame politicians, not the scientists

The latest batch of Climategate email has been released.
Plenty of good reading.
The past few years, people who questioned global warming/climate change/it's our fault it's hotter have been called anti-science.
Not so fast my friends.
Maybe the scientists were being manipulated by certain politicians. And knew it.
Instead of the other side manipulating politicians (Koch Brothers and paid studies, so forth).
Sit back, and collect more data. It's not time to panic. If it's so important, there's time for more study.
Because the science isn't settled - if this email quote is true.
"What if climate change appears to be just mainly a multidecadal natural fluctuation?”

Where's the turkey?

A co-worker sent this picture last year.
If you can't find your turkey now, it's getting late.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's called Indian Summer

Blue Virginia whines about how warm it's been on Thanksgiving the past 30 years.
Don't they remember it snowed before Halloween?
Or how about this icy Dallas in 1993?

Event for the top one percent

With the NBA in lockout, where are NBA players going to play?
Some will play in an "Obama Classic" Dec. 12 in Washington.
Ticket prices go from $100 to $5,000 for courtside.
Doesn't sound like prices for the 99 percent of people Democrats claim to represent.

Booed in the safest place

Big discussions about Michelle Obama being booed at the final NASCAR race.
It was held in far south Florida, a long, long drive from the deep South.
Of all the NASCAR tracks, Homestead probably had the best chance of having the best reception for Obama - near Miami and parts of Florida that voted for her husband in 2008.
If Michelle Obama got booed in Homestead, what kind of reception would she have at any other track in the country?

Today's Tied with Me

It's a big rivalry weekend in college football, from sea to shining sea.
While I'm close to Virginia, I'm tied in Technorati with a blog looking forward to the Oregon-Oregon State game.

Solve the problem, NCAA style

The Other McCain highlights a problem with the Occupy movement - not enough women.
What to do?
Attract more women?
He shows why that's hard.
They should follow the example of the NCAA with Title IX. Remove the excess men until you have equal numbers of men and women.
Just tell them to leave.
Maybe a steel cage death match will work.
For numerical equality you have two choices - add more to one side or subtract from the other.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Another Fox News poll

People who don't watch Fox News are more arrogant and condescending than those who do.
Why else do these "Fox News watchers polls" keep coming out?

Darth Vader on Thanksgiving

At the Thanksgiving table, remember Darth Vader goes to the dark side.
UPDATE: Linked by Paco.

Rules vs. rights

It should be an interesting city council meeting in Charlottesville Monday, with the local Occupy group petitioning to stay in Lee Park - against the rules that had been set up.
Protestor Bailee Elizabeth said the petition focuses on the belief that the movement has a right to be in the park, regardless of city ordinances.
“[The petition] is basically saying, why do we even need a permit when it’s our constitutional and human right,” Elizabeth said.
Interesting argument. Our rights are more important than your rules.
But the rules were set to benefit the rights of all citizens, not some special one percent that wants special treatment.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Undefeated team watch

The Packers held on, and take a 10-0 record into their Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit.
Time to break out the Cheesehead.

Fishersville's finest

It was one bad guy vs. four citizens in Fishersville Sunday.
A felony grand larceny suspect was apprehended at noon Sunday in Fishersville after citizens chased the suspect as he fled the Food Lion parking lot at Windward Pointe, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said.
Good job, good guys and gals.

It's the greatest something

What's next for the #Occupy crew?
The Washington Post runs a lengthy column by two of the original organizers.
Lots of coffee got spit out when you reached the third paragraph.
For two heady months, the amorphous encampment in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park had been the symbolic heart of Occupy Wall Street, the birthplace of the greatest social-justice movement to emerge in the United States since the civil rights era.
Don't trust believing, whatever.
It's the greatest pile of crap to emerge in the last two months.
The Other McCain tells why.
Take the winter off, and return when it's warm.
While you're resting, the Tea Party will be working for candidates to solve this mess after the 2012 election - and beyond.

Don't wake him

Trog's gone hunting.
The deer heard and planned a party.

Maybe Gingrich has a chance

It seems to be Newt's turn going to the top of the pack.
Lines like this may keep him there
Go get a job right after you take a bath
Keeping camping, #Occupiers. Newt needs you as a punch line.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

More occupy thoughts

Looking through my old photos today, I found this.

Has anyone done an #Occupy Wall Street Barbie?

Da anniversary

DaTech Guy celebrates his first year on the air this morning.
Wonder if he'll get a call from Denver?

Facebook quote of the week

Times are getting tough, going to have to sell a few things to pay bills. Hope my neighbor doesn't miss her 60" flat screen TV... or her Blu Ray Player...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Weekend watchdog

It's championship weekend for NASCAR and the MLS.
The Sprint Cup champion will be crowned Sunday at Homestead, with ESPN providing coverage at 3 p.m. Carl Edwards holds a slim lead over Tony Stewart, who has won four of the first nine races in the chase.
The MLS season closes Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN, when Los Angeles plays Houston for the MLS Cup. The Galaxy finished the season with the best record in the MLS, and will be playing at home against the Dynamo - seventh best in the regular season. Former Virginia soccer coach Bruce Arena and David Beckham look to keep the Cup in L.A.
The Nationwide racers also end their campaign this weekend, with the final green flag dropping Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Virginia Tech opens the college football weekend Thursday, hosting North Carolina on ESPN at 8 p.m. Friday, second-ranked Oklahoma State travels to Iowa State on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Virginia tries to keep alive its hope for an ACC championship, traveling to Florida State Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The ACC network offers Georgia Tech at Duke at 12:30 p.m., and Comcast has Maryland playing Wake Forest at 3 p.m. Clemson gears up for the ACC championship game, facing N.C. State on ABC at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Boston College at 4 p.m on NBC.
ABC's afternoon offerings also include Penn State at Ohio State or Texas Tech-Missouri. ESPN will carry the Penn State game in the Fishersville area. In primetime, ABC has either USC vs. Oregon or Oklahoma traveling to Baylor.
Arkansas hosts Mississippi State on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Versus has "The Game" - Harvard vs. Yale - Saturday at noon. Then it's out west for Colorado State at TCU, with Colorado taking on UCLA at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN begins its Saturday with Nebraska's trip to Michigan at noon. Top-ranked LSU takes on Mississippi at 7 p.m., followed by California's battle with Stanford. ESPN2 has Wisconsin facing Illinois at noon.
MASN opens the day with a Big East battle between Louisville and Connecticut at noon. Liberty faces Stony Brook at 3:30 p.m., with the WAC game between Utah State and Idaho following. Comcast's CAA game at noon features William & Mary at Richmond.
FX brings Kansas State taking on Texas at 8 p.m.
Can the Redskins stop their losing streak? The Cowboys come to town Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX. That means CBS in Washington can only show one game - San Diego at Chicago at 4:15 p.m. The Eagles try to slow their recent troubles on NBC Sunday Night, as the Giants come calling.
The Chiefs visit New England on ESPN Monday night, while NFL Network showcases the Jets at Tim Tebow and the Broncos Thursday at 8:15 p.m.
It's President's Cup weekend down under. Golf Channel has the live coverage in primetime, and NBC offers tape-delayed action Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at noon.
ESPN2 gets college basketball going for the weekend Thursday at 5 p.m., as Maryland plays Alabama. It's Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State at 7 p.m., followed by Arizona-St. John's. Friday, there's two games from the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament starting at 4:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., it's a semifinal game from Puerto Rico.
The championship game from Puerto Rico will be Sunday at 8 p.m., with the third place game tipping at 5:30 p.m.
MASN offers a basketball battle of Baltimore Thursday at 7 p.m., with Loyola facing UMBC. Sunday at 1 p.m., Coppin State travels to Connecticut.
The Capitals make their first trip to Southeast Division rival Winnipeg Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast and travel to Toronto Saturday at 7 p.m.

Real heroes of #OccupyWall Street

Via Powerline, a word from the real heroes of New York - the sanitation workers who have to sort the trash from Zuccotti Park.
“I pick up garbage [for a living], and these were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced,’’ one worker grumbled to The Post.
Good thing our TV don't have Smell-a-vision.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A million conversations? Is that all?

The Obama campaign fires out some interesting emails.
Today, they note a million conversations about the campaign.
Is that it?
Herman Cain has had that many, and never stumbled.
Rick Perry has had that many, and never forgets his lines.
Newt Gingrich probably has had two million conversations about Obama.
Some people had said a million cusswords about Obama.
Our children have millions of reasons for Obama to lose in 2012.

It's "do we have it,", not "do they deserve it"

Blue Virginia laments the study showing older Americans having more money than the younger.
It's against this kind of class warfare, but 99% vs. 1 % is no problem.
Older Americans do have the savings and home values, but they didn't produce enough offspring to keep the money train going.
Or enough offspring to buy the homes where their value remains.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


We had trouble with the internet at home today.
Computers could see the wireless router, but no internet access.
Tried the troubleshooting on the computer.
Took a computer next to the modem, and directly plugged the network cable from there to the computer.
Called computer support, and tried to have them see the MAC address of the modem to reset it.
No luck.
Swapped in a spare modem.
Asked a friend, followed his advice.
Still nothing.
Back to computer support, and again nothing. They wanted to set up an appointment to check the wiring, to see why nothing was working.
Then he threw out a word.
That could be the problem. Connect the cable wire to the modem directly, instead of through the splitter.
It's alive.
I'm alive.
A little piece of equipment provided so much trouble today.

Today's Tied with Me

What site has the same Technorati rank that caught me eye today?
Information about The Hobbit trailer.
I must link, since the site has been "Serving Middle-earth Since The First Age."

Undefeated team watch

From the heat of Southern California to the cold of Monday Night Football, the Green Bay Packers keep on winning.
Up next? Tampa Bay comes calling after losing to Houston last week.
At least the Colts won't lose this Sunday. It's their bye week finally.
The 1972 Dolphins and 2008 Lions are watching.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Camp song

Iowahawk provides the song for Camp Zucotti and all the other Occupy places.

Celebration a Bruin

The Boston Bruins honored a local family at a recent game. And gave them a big surprise when their son - who they thought was in Afghanistan - walked across the ice.

The drain on Cain may make his campaign wane

Herman Cain stopped by the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee today. Now everybody knows.
Is this it?
Or just another stumble on the primary road?
"Mr. 57 states" said some silly things in 2008, but he's president. Maybe it's not a good example.
In the post about this Michelle Malkin calls the paper "Sentinel Journal." Should that be a knock against her?
Those who don't like Cain or aren't sure about him won't be happy with the performance.
Cain can blame it on fatigue, selective editing or some other problem. People who like Cain came to like him for what he said. But stumbles make it easier to jump off the Cain Train then jump on.
It's a long campaign season. But after votes start being cast, some people won't last much longer.

The spring #OWS needs

#Occupy Wall Street often talks about being inspired by the "Arab Spring."
Maybe they need to meet this spring instead.
UPDATE: Since Paco decided to link this, how about a commercial message?

Back in the saddle again

Saturday, I covered my first high school football game in 14 years.
Sunday, the college I covered during my sports writing career returned to the postseason after an absence of 19 years.
Concord of West Virginia won its conference title and earned a sixth-seed in the East in the Division II playoffs. Pretty good for a program that had struggled for most of the past 15 years.
I covered the school from 1987 to 1994, when they met several appearances in the NAIA playoff field. They won a game in the 1992 playoffs, but after that the league moved to Division II and Concord dropped from the top.
It's good to see the Mountain Lions restore the roar.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Yuck, the green logo

Watching NBC's Sunday night football, the regular logo has been replaced by the green logo.
Time to watch another network this week.
btw, what was the carbon footprint of "Where in the world is Matt Lauer?"

Fairness - what it looks like

Much of #Occupy Wall Street is upset with the unfairness of life - why does the top 1% have all the money? It's not fair that a few have the success.
How does the quest for fairness work out in real life?
Let's look at the Virginia high school football playoffs.
Back in 1985, there were three state football champions. But with the range of size of schools within each division, it didn't seem fair for the smaller schools to compete against the biggest.
Thus, the state divided each group into two divisions. In Group A, a big school and a littler school would be crowned state champions.
It was a four-week process. Each division had four regions, and four teams from each region advanced to the playoffs for their division.
Win two games against your regional foes, and it's off to the semifinals. Then the winner plays someone from the other side of the state.
But that still wasn't completely fair. Regions were different sizes, and poor regions got four teams into the postseason as well as good regions. Last year, Wilson Memorial shared the Southern Valley District title, but because they lost the last game of the season they missed the playoffs.
This year, Wilson dropped to Group A - which decided to go from a 16-team playoff to 32-teams in each division. And instead of regional play, it's eastern division and western division.
So, for the first round, Wilson got to host a game as the sixth-seed. But they played a team from Wise County, over 250 miles away.
How does fairness work out? Wilson Memorial scored 68 points. And that wasn't the most points in the first round.
George Wythe of Wytheville had 73 Friday night.
Sussex Central also scored 68.
Lots of mismatches when there's so many schools making an expanded postseason.
Maybe it's not fair for a deserving team to be left out of the playoffs. But is it fair to have a team get a terrible beating in their last game of the season? Just to say you made the playoffs?

Wilson Memorial moves on

Fishersville's Wilson Memorial won its playoff opener Saturday, 68-24.
The first team offense was on the field for nine drives - they scored eight times. Backup quarterback Mack Cullen had the final touchdown, going 37 yards on a busted play. His parents were sitting in front of me, and they were pretty excited as he spun out of the backfield, went down the right sideline and cut back at the 10 for paydirt.
Too bad the TV crew had already moved to the next playoff game.
Up next? Appomattox, which beat Grundy Friday.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

From Boston to Denver

DaTech Guy gets to do another report on the struggles of #OccupyDenver.
I'll mention the travels of the Other McCain, since he drove past Fishersville in the early morning hours en route to Spartanburg, South Carolina. He needs to take advantage of our cool fast-food restraurants the next trip.

Saturday song

It's the first weekend of high school playoffs for Virginia. And for some boys, it's their last time in uniform. Kenny Chesney remembers "The Boys of Fall."

Recycling update

I got 50 cents a pound for my aluminum cans.
That's down from 55 cents a pound in August.
I blame President Obama.

Facebook quote of the week

After a brief deliberation and minimal research, Milo and I have decided that Toaster Strudel is way better than all the other strudels combined.. Including microwaved strudel, sautéed strudel, and shake-n-bake strudel.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Da Center of attention

#OccupyDenver must have heard DaTech Guy will be doing his 52nd radio show this weekend.
Why else would they visit BlogCon?

Pardon me, is there Grey Poupon at this rally?

Instapundit highlights the Occupy protest at Harvard Yard - an exclusive Occupy event. How about that?

At the beep...

The time will be 11:11 on 11/11/11.

Weekend watchdog

The Hokies have the inside track to a spot in the ACC championship game.
Can Virginia keep pace?
The Cavaliers host Duke Saturday at 3 p.m. on Comcast. If they beat the Blue Devils and Florida State, then the Nov. 26 meeting could be for the division title.
Imagine that.
Elsewhere in the conference, the ACC Network offers North Carolina State at Boston College at 12:30 p.m. Notre Dame brings along the national spotlight to its game with Maryland, at 7:30 p.m. on NBC from FedEx Field.
Florida State meets Miami Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in one of ABC's afternoon contests. Other games in those slots are Michigan at Illinois (ESPN will air this game in the Fishersville area) and Texas A&M taking on Kansas State. The day starts at noon on ABC with either West Virginia-Connecticut or Oklahoma State battling Texas Tech. In primetime, Oregon faces Stanford.
CBS offers an SEC doubleheader, with Florida facing South Carolina at noon before Auburn goes to Georgia - don't get stuck in the hedges.
ESPN starts its Saturday at noon with Nebraska at Penn State, and the primetime SEC game matches Alabama and Missisissippi State at 7:45 p.m.
Friday, ESPN2 has South Florida taking on Syracuse at 8 p.m. Saturday, Michigan State travels to Iowa at noon, then Arkansas plays Tennessee at 6 p.m. The night ends with Idaho meeting BYU at 9:15 p.m.
The Big East game of the week matches Louisville and Pittsburgh at noon on MASN. Old Dominion takes on William & Mary at noon on Comcast.
Versus starts the day at noon with Pennsylvania at Harvard, then shows TCU-Boise State at 3:30 p.m. The PAC-12 takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. with Arizona State going to Washington State.
At noon, FX has Texas heading to Missouri for the final time as conference foes. Washington takes on USC at 3:45 p.m.
It's anchors away as the college basketball season tips off this weekend. Top-ranked North Carolina takes on Michigan State from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson Friday at 7 p.m.
MASN begins its college basketball coverage Friday with a Big East doubleheader - Tennessee-Martin against Louisville at 7 p.m. followed by Mt. St. Mary's at Marquette. There's two more games Saturday - Syracuse taking on Fordham at 4 p.m. then St. Francis plays Seton Hall at 7 p.m. - and Sunday Alabama State meets Cincinnati at 7 p.m.
Big NFL division matchups take over primetime, with the Patriots facing the Jets Sunday on NBC and Minnesota at Green Bay Monday on ESPN.
Sunday afternoon, the Redskins travel to Miami at 1 p.m. on FOX before the Giants take on San Francisco. CBS in Washington follows the Ravens west for their game with Seattle at 4 p.m.
Tony Stewart keeps winning, and Carl Edwards keeps holding onto the points lead. This week, Phoenix hosts the NASCAR racers Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Capitals visit New Jersey Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, and the teams meet again in Washington Saturday.
The Big East crowns its men's soccer champion Sunday at noon on MASN. The United States plays France in an International Friendly Friday at 2:55 p.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast has ACC volleyball between Georgia Tech and N.C. State Sunday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Better Penn State news

Tired of bad news about Penn State?
How about a nice photo of the dance team.
UPDATE: Rule 5 Sunday comes across the transom Monday.

Friday - unhappy pinkie finger day

Troglopundit is so excited about Friday being 11.11.11.
It's a lousy day for typists.
All the 1s being hit with your left pinkie finger. At work, I know my pinkie finger is sore.
It's important to take a few days off in November, to lessen the times you must type 1.
Hurry up and get here, December.

Is he your type?

Dustbury highlights a teaching website - rules of typography given on pictures of Ryan Gosling.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Advice for the losers

It's been fun to visit Blue Virginia Wednesday.
They are very blue.
What went wrong? Everything looked great in 2008.
Now look. It's all Republicans all over the state. And likely to be for years to come.
Thanks, Brian Moran, for making the blue side really blue.
And it's not likely to get better anytime soon.
As much as the progressive bloggers blast the establishment, it makes sense for them to act as they did this season. Virginia is a Republican state, and the only way to win is being more like them - not more progressive.

It's plain the Cain Train will not be detained

The Other McCain throws his weight behind Herman Cain.
Can Herman Cain survive? Your guess is as good as mine. But if he does survive, his trial by fire will have imparted valuable lessons, and he will remember those who stood with him when the fire was hottest.
Because We Can’t Let His Enemies Win

Disdain for Cain is plainly on their brain

The Other McCain examines the unhappiness of Ace and others with Herman Cain.

Remembering the Journey

SWACgirl remembers the path David Karaffa took to Tuesday's election win.

Congrats to Karaffa

David Karaffa's independent bid for a supervisor succeeded Tuesday.
Karaffa edged incumbent Jeremy Shifflett to win the seat for the next four years.
Congratulations on a successful race.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Today's Tied with Me

In Technorati's U.S. politics rankings today, I found this great piece about Veteran's Day store.

Our new supervisor

By the end of the night, our area's county supervisor will be either Michael or Moore.
Fortunately, it won't be Michael Moore.

No champagne should rain for those who disdain Cain

Legal Insurrection looks at the latest allegations with a grain of salt.
After a week of obsessive reporting (at least 91 stories about Cain’s alleged sexual harassment of employees at the National Restaurant Association), Politico had published not a single fact that showed either what Herman Cain was accused of or what he actually did.
But that wasn’t the point of the obsessive reporting, which essentially took over Politico’s home page for a week.  Rather, as I wrote three days into the project, Politico was seeking to smoke out people who were not yet identified who would complain about Cain:
Where it goes from now? We'll see.
At least Gloria Allred doesn't have to worry about the weak economy.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Michael might be one lucky Ladd

In my district's election for county supervisor, independent Kurt Michael is running against Republican Jeff Moore.
Michael has the endorsements of the two local newspapers. Moore's time on the school board means he has unhappy parents from Ladd Elementary, which appears likely to be closed in the next few years.
That decision means some voters aren't very happy with Moore. Like this Facebook friend.
Hey, Augusta County friends, be sure to go vote tomorrow... and ask yourself how happy you are with your school board. PS - Jeff Moore is running for county supervisor... the same guy who wants to shut down Ladd without figuring out renovation costs. Do you want someone in charge of the county who won't think about all the issues before making up his mind???
Ladd's located on the edge of Waynesboro, near thriving big box stores and more traffic than it had 10 years ago. It's a logical candidate to be closed - being in a business district instead of a neighborhood.
But it might mean trouble for Moore's chances to move to the board of supervisors.

The man for Beverly Manor

David Karaffa posts his final thoughts before Election Day at his blog.
Bob adds the links at our group blog and his own site.

Where the shovel ready money went

Instapundit notes why we don't build big things anymore -
To pick an example from my neck of the woods, the TVA had its first dam filled within 18 months of the TVA Act’s passage. That could never happen today. Now arguably TVA built too many dams, but at least taxpayers who wondered where their money was going could see dams springing up all over. Now it goes into the pockets of lawyers and consultants and Environmental Impact Statement reviewers. Not surprisingly, that’s less impressive.
Ace looks at Ground Zero for his example.
I immediately began looking for pictures of Freedom Tower, to see how far along in construction it was. Ten years along, this seems to be as far as we've gotten.

Happy Election eve

Enjoy the final day of TV ads for the candidates.
He's out of touch
Professional politician
Extreme friends
Job killer

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Undefeated team watch

Green Bay won the Super Bowl last season.
Indianapolis played in the Super Bowl the year before.
The Packers came off their bye and improved to 8-0.
With Peyton Manning on the bench, the Colts fell to 0-9. With Miami's win, the Colts are the last winless team in 2011.
The Packers will remain undefeated until next Monday, when they host Minnesota.
Indy tries to win against Jacksonville on Sunday before getting a well-deserved bye.

They say this, and we hear that

Instapundit has a column on the ways the Occupy movement will help the Tea Party.
Because demanding more government money didn't work for those camping in the parks.
More troubling still for the Obama Administration is that the rhetoric of the tax increase's supporters sounded much like that coming from the Obama camp -- lots of talk about "investments" and lots of pictures of children. But taxpayers didn't buy it.
Why not? Perhaps because the past couple of years have demonstrated, in a fashion hard to miss, that no matter what politicians promise, new government spending seems, somehow, to wind up in the pockets of politicians' cronies.
So when "new revenues" are sold as "investments in the community," voters hear instead "taking my money to give it to your buddies and buy votes." Not surprisingly, this doesn't sell.

Endorsement time

Tuesday's Election Day means a vote for a new supervisor in my district.
The Waynesboro and Staunton newspapers have both endorse independent Kurt Michael over school board member Jeff Moore.
Interesting reasoning in the News Leader's endorsement
While we have been impressed with Michael's work on the issue and his grasp of other issues facing the county, we remember another of his public faces — a raving Republican making more waves than sense over a state election in 2008. We hope that part of the candidate truly is calmer and more rational.
Uh, thanks for the ringing endorsement?

Hitting the road hard

Three Augusta County schools reached the Virginia High School League playoffs.
They will definitely have home-field advantage next weekend.
Riverheads has the top-seed and opponent Virginia High has to travel over 200 miles on I-81 for the contest.
That's easier than Union's trip to Stuart Draft and Wise's trek to Wilson Memorial - from Wise County deep in the coalfields.
Five games, and lots of miles, to the state championship.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Worth stealing

A friend put this on Facebook. I couldn't resist.

h/t Jan on America

Almost game time

Pat in Shreveport is getting ready for the big game.
Sit back and enjoy the contest.
Then it's back to politics and other stuff.

Facebook quote of the week

The Fonz turned 66 today. How old do you feel now??

Saturday song

Do Hall and Oates get any money when politicians say their opponents are "out of touch?"

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ten down, five to go

Virginia's high school football season closes this week. Now it's time for the long postseason.
Fishersville's Wilson Memorial should host a first-round playoff game next week, as 16 teams of similar size make the playoffs in our half of the state.
Next week, an opponent may need to travel three or more hours to play here.
And it will take four wins to reach the state championship game.
Best of luck teams, and get ready for some time on the road.

Highlights of the accuser's press conference

The lawyer for one of the Cain accusers had a press conference Friday.
The highlight -

Nothing to see here.

Please comment on what you can't comment on

Jeff at Protein Wisdom asks questions of Politico...and wait for answers.
So let me ask directly, once again, the following questions of the 4 Politico reporters: 1) Did you know of a confidentiality agreement when you published your initial story? 2) Did you know Mr Cain would be unable to comment on the particulars you left out? 3) Did you know of the actual settlement numbers when you went to press? 4) Did you ever actually speak to either of the women for the piece?
If we allow these questions to go unanswered, the very kind of journalism that is driving this story’s trajectory — itself hardly new — will be practiced upon conservative candidates again and again and again.
Remember, Politico ends in O - as in nothing.

Weekend watchdog

Who's going to the national championship in January?
After Saturday, we'll probably know who has the inside track from the SEC - and who will be left to go somewhere else. CBS has coverage of top-ranked LSU taking on No. 2 Alabama Saturday at 8 p.m.
Both teams have won national championships in the past four years. LSU has some big wins away from home - over Oregon at Dallas and at West Virginia - that should help as the Bayou Tigers head to Alabama.
The winner should claim the SEC West, and a matchup against South Carolina may loom before the national championship game in New Orleans.
ESPN starts college football weekend Friday as Southern Cal visits new conference rival Colorado at 9 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Central Michigan at Kent State.
Virginia tries to get its sixth win against Maryland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
ABC's prime time contests match Notre Dame and Wake Forest, while others will see No. 3 Oklahoma State face Kansas State (ESPN2 shows the alternate game). In the afternoon, ABC offers No. 4 Stanford at Oregon State, Texas A&M against Oklahoma and Purdue-Wisconsin. ESPN2 carries one of the games not on the air in your area.
It's not quite Army-Navy, but CBS shows Army vs. Air Force at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN opens the day at noon with Michigan's trip to Iowa. In primetime, South Carolina battles Arkansas at 7:15 p.m.
Comcast offers Duke taking on Miami at 3 p.m., then Oregon plays Washington at 10:30 p.m.
MASN has the Big East battle between teams wanting to join the Big 12 - Louisville at West Virginia at noon - followed by Liberty-VMI.
FX goes with Texas Tech at Texas at noon. Versus features Arizona State against UCLA at 7:30 p.m.
AFC North rival Baltimore and Pittsburgh take their grudge match to NBC Sunday night. ESPN has the Bears taking on Philadelphia Monday night.
The Redskins host San Francisco Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Giants at New England. CBS in Washington goes with Tim Tebow leading Denver to Oakland.
It's down to the final three races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, this week in Texas. The NASCAR drivers hit the track Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN, while the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 12:55 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Capitals have road games Friday at Carolina on Comcast and Saturday at the Islanders.
It's time for the Breeders Cup, from Churchill Downs this year. ESPN2 begins the races Friday at 4 p.m., then ABC has coverage Saturday at 2 p.m. ESPN carries the rest of the slate starting at 3:30 p.m.
The MLS playoffs continue Sunday at 9 p.m. with a conference final matchup on ESPN as Real Salt Lake visits Los Angeles.
The Big East women's soccer championship will be on MASN Sunday at noon.
The ACC field hockey tournament semifinals are on Comcast Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. The championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Anything but drab

Sports Illustrated has some photos of NFL cheerleaders in Halloween outfits, mostly focusing on the San Francisco cheerleaders.
Wonder what the Taliban would think of an outfit of American soldiers dressed like this?

The case against Occupy

Ace highlights a good rundown on the Occupy crew and their troubles.
The protestors, in the beginning, took to the streets against “corporate corruption and greed.” A decent and reasonable cause to be sure, but one that lasted shorter than a New York minute. Unfortunately, any decent and reasonable people quite quickly picked up their corporation made signs and went home the instant they saw these protests for what they really are: A war against traditional American values, including capitalism, and a battle to get as much of somebody else’s money as possible.

Campaign vs. presidency

During the 2008 campaign, Republicans looked at President Obama's meager resume and wondered how he would do as president.
Not to worry, Democrats said. Look at the campaign he's run, and he'll do well as president.
We see how well that's working so far.
Herman Cain's campaign has been blasted for how he's handling these allegations.
The world is much more messy than a campaign. There's unknowns and unknown unknowns.
A campaign is basically easy, if you take advantage of the flaws of your opponents. Obama could do that with Hillary Clinton and John McCain, but the rest of the world learned their lessons.
Whether it's true sexual harassment or just the imagination of a whiner, we'll hear soon enough.
Cain has a long record of strong work in changing environments. Which is more like the real world than a campaign.

Combination rocket scientist/Baptist preacher

PJMedia's Tatler has high praise for Ann Coulter's column on Herman Cain.
Coulter’s message is that liberals can’t bear the fact that Mr. Herman Cain is widely admired by Republicans because that intolerable fact could cause liberals — oh, the horror of rational thought! — to have to rethink their entire world view.  That view is based on the scurrilous premise that Republicans are evil because they’re not fans of The One, meaning, of course, that they’re racial bigots.  If our candidate is also black, then what happens to their intellectually and morally bankrupt house of cards? Poof!  Gone with the wind.
via Instapundit.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cain's new hires

Since the Cain revelations broke, a story has been the staff's poor response to the story.
Maybe Cain ought to hire John Edwards' staff from 2008.
They were experts at keeping bad news out of the media.

Into the blogosphere, rode the 5000

It's post number 5000 for this blog.
I just passed three years of the blog last week, meaning I've averaged four and a half posts a day for the span. I'm trying my best to keep the Google servers busy.
It's been fun. I've made friends locally and across the country.
And I'm looking forward to the coming year - the last one of the Obama administration.
I look forward to sending them out with a bang.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Seven days until total domination

In a week, Election 2011 will be over.
Will Republicans win the Senate to go along with their majority in the House of Delegates and the Executive Branch?
Will Democrats spend the winter moaning and whining?
Will the talk end that Virginia has a chance of going to President Obama again in 2012?
I know, people like President Obama.
They just don't like his friends.
or his policies.
or what's happened since he took office.
Other than that, he's in a good shape.

"You've got your fantasies; I've got mine"

Instapundit imagines a world where Politico has standards.
Legal Insurrection asks questions and waits in vain for answers.

Today's Tied with Me

Technorati gives you the opportunity to see interesting blog names out there.
Like How to Carve Roast Unicorn.
A rare sight.