Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Is it 2017 yet?

Dana Milbank lets President Obama's lousy attitude do the talking.
He didn’t attempt to set the tone for the event, skipping an opening statement. And he often found himself remarking on the difficulty of his job: intelligence sharing (“this is hard stuff”), closing Gitmo (“it’s a hard case to make”), Republican governors blocking his health-care law’s implementation (“that makes it harder”) and responding in Syria (“it is a difficult problem”).
You know what he's thinking.
"When can I golf again?"

How's that interleague stuff going?

The first month of the baseball season has finished.
With 15 teams in each league, there's an interleague series going on all the time.
In each league, nine teams have played interleague contests and six still await their first foe outside the league.
Can't you feel the excitement?
Especially when Miami visited Minnesota in time for a snowstorm.

Hail to the Red Inks

Washington continues to be consumed with changing the name of the Redskins.
City Council has suggested Redtails.
In honor of the federal budget, Red Inks gets my vote.

Koch adds life

Roger Simon hopes the Koch Brothers bring life to the Los Angeles Times.
The package could include the Baltimore Sun. Hope they take down the paywall before Ravens' season.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Bayou Renaissance Man today. He's keeping an eye on Syria.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Fear of fear of Islamaphobia

Commentary Magazine compares the reaction between Newtown and the Boston bombing.
Why the differences?
But the myths about a post-9/11 backlash against Muslims that the media has helped foster—and which continue to be unconnected to any actual evidence of a wave of a prejudice or violence—has led to a situation where some think it better to ignore the evidence about the Tsarnaevs or to focus on peripheral details—such as Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s failed boxing career—than to address the real problem. The fear of Islamophobia is so great that it has spawned a different kind of backlash in which any mention of Islam in this context is wrongly treated as an indication of prejudice.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

White House Bootlickers Dinners

Much of the blogosphere was not amused by Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner.
Ann Althouse shares the sentiment.
I really do find the shots of the audience quite sickening. Do they not realize how they look? It's an anti-advertisement for the services they'd like to sell us. They seem utterly unprepared to confront power.

Watch out for Joe

DaTech Guy wants everyone to keep their eye on Joe Biden.
The truth is a man doesn’t service 36 years in the Senate without learning a thing or two about politics neither does he serve the cause of liberalism that long without earning a few chits.
Obamacare passed with EXACTLY enough votes in the senate, the US Senate held off making a budget just long enough so it wouldn’t effect the re-election of the president, Biden forces the issue of Gay Marriage at a time when Barack Obama funding from the left is in danger.
It's hard to imagine, but it does make sense.
I submit and suggest that Joe Biden figured out really fast that the “gaffe machine” business not only made him more endearing to the average person and has played it up over the years to disarm those who oppose him.

Learn something new

A Legal Insurrection reader sent in a set of bumper stickers.
Wasn't sure what they meant by "tollers" when he posted it. Readers to the rescue.

Reign of terror of losers

Bombers like the Tsarnaev brothers like to think of themselves as heroic figure - fighting evil in the name of Islam.
Their uncle had a better name for them - losers.
It will benefit us to remind any who want to follow their bombsteps - you're losers too.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Time to launch

Dr. Helen recommends a book about getting our teenagers prepared for the world.
First, clean up your room.
Then your parents should read the book.
The authors point out that even young people who appear to be succeeding by conventional standards wake up in their mid-twenties clueless about how to find a job, manage money, cook, or live on their own. They are educated but unable to care for themselves. “Twenty-five is now becoming the new fifteen.”

Go slow with Goodlatte

NRO checks in with Rep. Bob Goodlatte about immigration.
The Gang of Eight gets the attention.
But they have to wait for Goodlatte's committee, whether they like it or not.

Saturday song

It's the song everybody's been singing the past few days, including Neil Diamond at Fenway Park.

Facebook quote of the week

Beautiful moon this morning on the drive in to work. Reminds me that despite everything, God gave us a wonderful place to spend our time here on earth.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Sweeping into May

The TV season is about to end.
The reality shows are about to crown their champions.
Dancing with the Stars will be smart to have Kellie Pickler keep on dancing until the end of the season.
UPDATE: Part of Rule 5 Sunday.

Stuck with the next guy

It still amazes that Terry McAuliffe is going to be the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor.
Didn't he learn the lesson of 2009? He could have moved on, but instead the last-place primary finish left him the most famous candidate left this time around.
The whispers are growing - can be blow the opportunity in 2013?
Of course he will.
It will be easy to see why in November.
The signs are there now.

Booms and snips

Mark Steyn offers an honest discussion of the dangerous violence the left excuses.
Abortions and bombs?
Blame bigoted Americans.
But, if I follow correctly, these UCLA profs are arguing that, when some guys go all Allahu Akbar on you and blow up your marathon, that just shows that you lazy complacent Americans need to work even harder at “assimilating” “immigrants.” 

Weekend watchdog

nfl draftWho's going to be the first player picked on day two?
The NFL Draft continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the NFL network and ESPN. The final four rounds kick off Saturday at noon.
Can't get enough of Mel Kiper Jr.? This is your weekend.
After the last pick is selection, it's four months for these draftees to gain roster spots for the 2013 season.
The NBA playoffs continue through the weekend. The action moves to ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. as the Celtics host the Knicks. The Spurs meet the Lakers on ESPN at 10:30 p.m., while ESPN2 shows Nuggets-Warriors.
TNT starts a Saturday afternoon doubleheader with Bulls-Nets at 2 p.m., followed by the Clippers facing the Grizzlies. ESPN has Hawks against Pacers at 7 p.m., then it's Thunder-Rockets in the nightcap. Sunday starts on ABC at 1 p.m. with the Knicks in Boston, then the Bucks try to stay alive against the Heat. TNT brings Spurs-Lakers at 7 p.m., then the Nuggets battle the Warriors.
It's the final weekend of the NHL season. The Capitals host Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. On NBC Sports network, the Blackhawks take on Calgary Friday at 8:30 p.m. There's a pair of games Saturday, with Detroit-Dallas at 7 p.m. before the Sharks battle the Kings.
NBC has the Devils against the Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Nationals continue their series with Cincinnati on MASN Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Saturday's 1 p.m. contest will be on Fox. Other parts of the country will see Braves at Tigers or Phillies against the Mets.
The Orioles head west to Oakland, with games on MASN2 Friday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday's game at 4 p.m. will be on MASN.
TBS has the Yankees hosting the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, while ESPN features the Braves and Tigers on Sunday night.
There's SEC baseball on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m., with Mississippi State facing Vanderbilt. ESPN offers South Carolina against LSU Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Sprint Cup tour comes to Richmond Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox. The Nationwide racers go Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNews.
CBS brings plenty of golf this weekend. The Legends of Golf get coverage Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at 3 p.m. both days.
Chicago heads to Montreal for an MLS match on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4 p.m.
Comcast shows the semifinals of the ACC women's lacrosse tournament Friday at 1 and 3 p.m., with the final Sunday at 5 p.m.
Georgia travels to Florida in SEC softball Sunday at noon on Comcast.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Latest on the "chiseling Chechens"

Howie Carr unloaded on the bomber brothers and whoever supported their lifestyle.
Considering that Massachusetts supported them in their leisure, can you call their bombings “state-sponsored terrorism”?

Where's the inflation?

The Imaginative Conservative wonders where is inflation in an era of government printing tons of money.
Things are different from the 70s.
As they say, past performance doesn't guarantee future results.

Photoshop of the day

Viral Read finds more Democratic silliness - a photoshop of President Obama doing bunny ears behind George W. Bush.
That's not how it happened.
The teleprompter told Obama to do it.

Miss me yet?

Michael Barone has the latest poll on George W. Bush.
Not looking so bad in comparison.

Taxing problems

Megan McArdle looks at the problems of taxing internet sales - all the paperwork.
Meanwhile, immigration reform is being sold with the promise back taxes will be paid before citizenship is granted.
Except the lawmakers looked at the paperwork and went the easier route - pay if we caught you.
Think people will hate this approach?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jeb Bush's name problem

Jeb Bush has thought about running for president in 2016.
But after his father and brother served in the White House, people are tired of the Bush brand.
To run against Hillary Clinton, maybe he could change his name to..
Ben Ghazi.

Can we exchange this?

Via Dustbury, a skeptical look at the health exchanges that are a little more than eight months away.
They think.

Right to choose McAuliffe

Virginia Right looks at the in-kind contributions for the McAuliffe campaign - and finds Planned Parenthood.
What did they give?
What part of tax-payer funding supported that donation?
Another question for T-Mac to answer.

Change in climate change

Where's that global warming we've been promised?
And great new technologies for energy?
Still on the drawing board - or trashed due to reality.
Even if the full-monty doom and gloom case still looked persuasive, the massive and unexpected resurgence of hydrocarbon energy over the last few years has made the green dream of hydrocarbon energy suppression more implausible than ever, chiefly because the “renewable” alternatives are still so much more expensive, inferior in performance, and inadequate to our energy needs.

Screw up and go far

The Today show had a new face on the desk this morning - A.J. Clemente making a guest appearance.
One newscast and he made it to the big time.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Release the returns

The Cuccinelli campaign has learned from the Democrats - beat the tax return issue to death.
After six days of touting how their guy released eight years of tax returns, they watch Terry McAuliffe show just the front page of his last three returns.
Nice start, rich guy.
What's behind those numbers?
If the attack was good enough to use on Mitt Romney, it should be used on McAuliffe.

Two days stuck on Afton

It's the second day of VDOT work along I-64 going down Afton Mountain.
They don't want Afton Mountain to come down on I-64.
Staying in the Valley sounds like the best plan this week.

7,000 down, more to come

In just under four and a half years, this blog has reached 7,000 posts.
More good stuff to come, I hope.

Guns of Logan

The latest "scary shirt" kerfluffle comes from Logan, West Virginia.
One boy wears an NRA shirt Thursday.
Hundreds wear NRA shirts the following Monday.
Good job, zero tolerance folks.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with the Lonely Conservative today.
She has reports on the Canadian terror suspects among other things.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Can they fix it?

TV cooking shows helping struggling restaurant owners are everywhere.
Restaurant Impossible went to the South Carolina coast Sunday. How can a restaurant struggle in a tourist area?
They found a restaurant in Murrells Inlet and helped make it better.
Gordon Ramsey has tasted terrible food at multiple places before trying to make them work.
Too bad there's no show to help failing politicians get things right.
This White House is impossible, but I would watch White House Impossible - starring Bill Clinton to show Barack Obama how it's done.

They won't listen to this

Instapundit highlights a lengthy post from a left-leaning blogger who tells why left-leaning gun control politicians failed.
Remember, children don't need to be seen or heard in some debates.
Most Americans know when they’re being emotionally played for political gain, and so do the senators who voted against the barrage of legislation that went down in flames this week. Until you can stop marching children around as your cause celeb for no apparent logical reason, and until you propose legislation that at least has something to do with protecting them, no one is going to listen.

You have the right to read this post

Yankee Phil shares his knowledge of the Miranda warning.
A shocker - TV isn't real life.

We protest your protest

Breitbart shows what happens when Organizing for America decides to protest - they get overwhelmed.

2 plus 2 equals Islam

The poor left.
Can't find the elusive Tea Party bomber.
Their math never adds up.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Return to sender

Iowahawk puts the week into song.
He didn't start the fire - even if he picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

Wuss in the pulpit

Maureen Dowd has the obvious reasons why President Obama couldn't get any gun proposals through the Senate.
It’s unbelievable that with 90 percent of Americans on his side, he could get only 54 votes in the Senate. It was a glaring example of his weakness in using leverage to get what he wants. No one on Capitol Hill is scared of him.
Even House Republicans who had no intention of voting for the gun bill marveled privately that the president could not muster 60 votes in a Senate that his party controls.
President Obama thinks he can use emotion to bring pressure on Congress. But that’s not how adults with power respond to things. He chooses not to get down in the weeds and pretend he values the stroking and other little things that matter to lawmakers.
If he hasn't learned his lesson in his first four years, the next four will bring similar flops.

Check out the scouts' new turf

For years, the Boy Scout Jamboree was at Fort A.P. Hill just south of Washington.
After looking at western Virginia, the scouts settled on Fayette County, West Virginia as a new jamboree home.
The scouts will be arriving in July, but local residents will get a chance to ride through the property in May.
Should be a fun time for the scouts.

90 percent solution

The lamest stat thrown around in the gun control debate - 90 percent of the people approve of background checks so we should have them.
The News Leader editorial rails against the NRA based on the number.
If 90 percent of the population thought newspapers should be distributed for free, would you do it?
If one person gets better information, it would be worth it.

For immigration proponents

Boston's Howie Carr offers food for thought in the immigration debate.
Uncle Sam lets another bunch of leeching future terrorists into the country who have absolutely no business being here, gives them “asylum,” making them immediately eligible for welfare, and this is the thanks we get?
It's the Adam Lanza effect.
Take the worst example of your policy and make it the key question.
Good luck with the question, because now it's bubbled to the top.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

What's for dinner?

Amazing that after 40 years, I can still remember this scene from the Brady Bunch.
Just don't ask to remember what you just told me a few minutes ago.

Enjoy your furlough days, IRS

With the sequester, the IRS has to give employees five unpaid days in the next few months.
They did a pretty good job of picking the days, including
  • The Friday before Memorial Day
  • July 5, a Friday
  • The Friday before Labor Day
Lot of people will be taking those days off as well. We won't miss you too much.

Saturday song

Time for more Huey Lewis and the News.

Facebook quote of the week

Reporter just asked about Miranda warnings. Really?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Loser in custody

Suspect 1 is dead
Suspect 2 is in custody.
Today's memorable quote came from the uncle in Maryland, when asked why they did this.
"Being losers."
Remind them, Ace.

Weekend watchdog

nba playoffsIs it time for a Heat repeat?
LeBron James and his crew start their quest for a second straight NBA title Sunday against the Bucks. TNT has the coverage at 7 p.m.
The postseason starts on ABC Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Knicks hosting the Celtics. ESPN has the next three games on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. with the Warriors and Nuggets. The Bulls head to Brooklyn at 8 p.m., then it's out west for the Grizzlies at Clippers.
TNT has Hawks-Pacers at Sunday at 1 p.m., then the Lakers - without Kobe Bryant - head to San Antonio on ABC at 3:30 p.m. West top seed Oklahoma City hosts Houston at 9:30 p.m.
Each best-of-seven series will continue over the next two weeks.
The strike-shortened NHL season has two more weekends before the playoffs start. The Capitals head to Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
On NBC Sports network, Nashville faces Chicago Friday at 8:30 p.m. The Flyers head to Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 8 p.m. the Blues meet the Avalanche.
NBC offers the Devils and Rangers Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles start their interleague schedule this weekend on MASN when the Dodgers come to visit. TBS also carries the Sunday afternoon contest.
The Nationals face the Mets on MASN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., and are part of the Fox Saturday package again this week. Other parts of the country will see the Twins at White Sox or Tigers-Angels. ESPN's Sunday night game features the Cardinals at Phillies.
It's SEC baseball Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, with Auburn facing Mississippi State. Sunday at 1 p.m., Clemson visits Miami.
NASCAR heads to Kansas this weekend, with Sprint Cup action Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network shows the Indy Car Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday at 4 p.m. The Formula One racers are in Bahrain, with the race Sunday at 8 p.m. Practices will be Friday at 7 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
From the college football ranks, NBC Sports network shows the Notre Dame spring game Saturday at 1 p.m. and ESPN2 visits Alabama's spring game Saturday at 3 p.m.
In the MLS, the Galaxy host Kansas City Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN2 has the Mexican soccer league match between Jaguares de Chiapas and Club León Friday at 8:25 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Hilton Head this weekend, with the Heritage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
It's Extreme Games in the Southern Hemisphere this weekend, with ESPN heading to Brazil. Coverage continues Friday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday's action begins on ESPN at 11 a.m., with ESPN2 providing coverage at 9 p.m. ESPN has more skateboarding and other sports Sunday at 11 a.m.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eastbound goes down

VDOT will be working on I-64 on Afton Mountain the next week - removing loose dirt from above the roadway.
Good move, after West Virginia had problems on I-77 last month.
It will be good for me to stay close to Fishersville for the week.
Poor Charlottesville - cut off from the Valley for a few days.

Op-ed gunned down

James Taranto at Best of the Web thoroughly trashes Gabby Giffords' op-ed on the gun proposal defeat.
Giffords's 900-word jeremiad should be included in every textbook of logic and political rhetoric, so rife is it with examples of fallacious reasoning and demagogic appeals.

Today's carve-out is tomorrow's loophole

Senator Mike Lee tells why he voted against the "common sense" background check proposal.
The background-check amendment offered by Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin was too vague for law-abiding citizens to understand with certainty, and too easy for criminals to avoid. The plan created more questions than it answered about which types of transfers are lawful without a background check and might ensnare law-abiding gun owners simply exercising their constitutional rights. It also left in place a number of gaps that could easily be exploited by criminals intent on obtaining guns.
It's common sense if it can be understood with certainty. Just politics if it's not.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Win for law-abiding citizens

There's much wailing and gnashing of teeth of the defeat of the gun control proposals in the Senate.
For months, we've heard the President saying we needed to do something "for the children."
The NRA and supporters asked why proposals were aimed at making life tougher for "law-abiding citizens."
Chalk one up for law-abiding citizens.
When you go back to the drawing board, think of proposing laws that might actually help.

Walk the plank

Happy Shad Plank day.
Nice to see Democrats dismiss the gathering - four years after Terry McAuliffe murdered many trees in putting up his signs.
Why the sudden change of heart over the event?

Not fired up on guns

Jennifer Rubin looks at the obvious reason poll-tested gun measures are failing.
While majorities of the public support things like expanded background checks, banning or limiting high capacity magazines and re-instituting the assault weapons ban, they — by and large — don’t feel passionately about any of it. Those opposed to such measures are smaller in numbers but extremely passionate.”
It's "pry it from my cold dead hands" against "meh, whatever."

Loss of a gospel legend

The main singer at Billy Graham crusades through the years - George Beverly Shea - has died at the age of 104.
What a great voice.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For your viewing pleasure

Thursday will be the day to find out your upcoming sports viewing.
The NBA playoffs begin this weekend, with four games Saturday and four Sunday. Who will play where and when?
Out west, Oklahoma City knows it will be the top seed. Will their foe be the Lakers and Jazz?
If it's the Lakers, you might have a prime afternoon game on ABC. If it's the Jazz, you're probably looking at TNT in the evening. Not as much viewing excitement.
In the evening, the NFL will release its 2013 season schedule. We'll finally know where the Ravens will open the season, since their home stadium isn't available for the Thursday night opener.

He understands

DaTech Guy marvels at people who "don't understand" Monday's attack in Boston.
If you are surprised by any of this then you haven’t been paying a lot of attention for the last dozen years.
There are a lot of people who want to pretend evil doesn’t exist. It always has and always will.
Pretending that it doesn’t only serves to fool oneself and governing based on such a belief is irresponsible.

Keeping the drive-in alive

Via Instapundit, Time tells the tale of woe for most drive-ins - if you don't go all digital, there won't be new films for you to show.
The closest drive-in to Fishersville - Lexington's Hull's - made the leap a few years ago.
They have an interesting double feature this weekend - Lincoln and Django Unchained.

We're all Israelis now

Bombings like Boston on Monday have happened many times in Israel over the years.
Legal Insurrection has some of the reaction from there.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with the British site libdemvoice.org, which talks about the benefits of migration.

Monday, April 15, 2013

"What's the most gruesome thing you've seen, doctor?"

Fox News just showed the press grilling a trauma surgeon from Mass General.
It was brutal.
Who let these people on the streets to ask such questions?
Just because you watched M*A*S*H as a child doesn't mean you understand trauma surgery.
Or can ask a coherent question.

Passing of a hoops legend

One of the top college basketball coaches in West Virginia passed this weekend - Don Christie of Concord.
He won two West Virginia Conference tournament championships, along with coaching scoring sensation Archie Talley, before retiring in 1989.
With the foundation he helped build, the school won three more WVIAC tournament titles and went to two NAIA national tournaments over the following decade.
I got to cover his final season in 1989, and many good years of Concord athletics when he served as athletic director.
He will be greatly missed at the "Campus Beautiful."

"Obama's gonna let me go"

Mickey Kaus keeps his eye on the border, and sees talk of immigration reform making it to Mexico.
Linda Vickers, who owns a ranch in Brooks County, which is Ground Zero for the immigration debate, pins the blame directly on talk of ‘amnesty’ and a ‘path to citizenship’ for people who entered the U.S. illegally.
She recalls one man being arrested on her ranch not long ago.
“The Border Patrol agent was loading one man up, and he told the officer in Spanish, ‘Obama’s gonna let me go’.”
Border Patrol agents report that immigrants are crossing the border, and in some cases surrendering while asking, “Where do I go for my amnesty?”

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Important voices in gun debate

Senator Mike Lee of Utah sought stories from people supporting their right to bear arms.
The stories crashed his office's servers twice last week.
One week ago, Lee launched Project 2A, an initiative that encourages Americans to share their thoughts on “what the Second Amendment means to them and why they feel the Senate should protect their rights.” Submissions are made through his website, and staffers originated a Twitter hashtag, #Protect2A, to accompany the effort.
The response, a Lee aide tells National Review Online, has been overwhelming. In the first two days, he received over a thousand submissions. Some recount the lives of family members saved by guns; others, their views on the central role of the Bill of Rights in American history or the practicalities of self-defense.
It's sad that kids lost their lives in Newtown. Making laws that take more lives won't help.

Gosnell the racist

Bloggers have pushed a focus on the Philadelphia trial of Kermit Gosnell.
The local newspaper covering the trial offers this nugget from Thursday's testimony.
Tina Baldwin testified that Gosnell treated women differently, based on their race. White women “with money” were taken to an “immaculate” upstairs room where Gosnell treated them personally. Poor black, Latino and other women were kept in the clinic’s dingy, dirty downstairs rooms, and were usually treated by medically unqualified staff.
Tina Baldwin said she asked Gosnell about why he treated white women differently from the others. She recalled him saying, “Sorry, but that’s how it is.”
Maybe that might anger the media enough to cover the trial.

Walk this way

Spring is the time of fundraisers outside.
The Comfort Care Women's Health Center will be sponsoring a Stride Run/Walk in Staunton and Waynesboro on May 11.
Spring is the time of new life.
The center supports those bringing new life into the world.

Hungry like the wolf

Did you know politicians crave attention?
Perhaps a little too much?
Anthony Weiner can go on the internet and find people think he's too self-absorbed.
And he's probably proud to be mentioned instead of forgotten.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Almost race time

In a few minutes, Fox will begin showing the NASCAR NRA 500 from Texas.
Why does the NRA have a race sponsorship?
Because nobody would watch the Fussy Liberal 500.
A definitely no one would buy the race t-shirts.

Does he matter?

Fred Barnes looks at President Obama's budget proposal - and yawns.
The bully pulpit has served Obama poorly, as it has every president since Reagan. Obama, however, was expected to be more eloquent than his predecessors, thus able to generate enthusiasm for his initiatives. If anything, he’s generating indifference. His speeches on health care failed to stop Obamacare from losing popularity. His speeches on gun control failed similarly.

Saturday song

Head back to the beach and the 80s for Huey Lewis and the News.

Facebook quote of the week

Shelby Miller is braver than I would be tonight. With game-time temperature 44 degrees and a biting 13 mph wind, the young Cardinal starter is working in shirt sleeves.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Coming to our city

The Charlottesville radio station was excited Friday about Blake Shelton coming to town for a concert in September.
Jana Kramer will be along for the ride on the tour.

He ain't heavy, he's your brother

Howie Carr smacks down Sen. Warren when her charity doesn't begin at home - helping her brother who relies on Social Security for his income.
Why don’t you just call Dave down in the Indian Territory and tell him, no problem bro, you can just move to my mansion in Cambridge and crash there until we get rid of this evil Republican president — er, never mind.
But this is the moonbat m.o. She wants to raise your taxes, not hers. She’ll give you the shirt off your back. Same thing with her ex-pal Obama. What about his brother George, living in a box in Nairobi? If Obama sent him a double-sawbuck, he’d double his annual income. But like Granny, Obama throws around quarters like manhole covers.

Not bold

Richard Samuelson trashes President Obama's "lazy" budget.
He has chosen the lazy way out. He’s evading basic choices while claiming he’s bold and brave. A more charitable interpretation is that he’s focusing his political talents on more promising causes (gun control, immigration). Either way, government is slowly growing larger while — in many basic functions — it’s being strangled. This paradox, it seems, will be Obama’s questionable legacy.

Weekend watchdog

mastersBubba Watson heads to Augusta as the returning champ. Will he bring his new golf cart with him?
ESPN carries the second round of The Masters Friday at 3 p.m., and CBS takes over for the weekend - Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Before sunset, someone will walk off with the green jacket.
The Orioles head to New York this weekend, with games Friday and Saturday on MASN. Sunday's contest will be on ESPN at 8 p.m.
The Nationals hop channels while hosting the Braves this weekend. Friday's game will be on MASN2 and it's on MASN Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will be on FOX at 1 p.m., with other parts of the country getting either Giants-Cubs or Rays against Red Sox.
TBS shows Rays-Red Sox Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Virginia travels to Georgia Tech for ACC baseball Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. on Comcast. South Carolina plays Florida Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NCAA has its Frozen Four this weekend. The championship will be Saturday on ESPN at 7 p.m., matching Yale and Quinnipiac.
The Capitals continue their playoff push Saturday at 7 p.m. against the Lightning on Comcast.
The Blackhawks meet the Blues Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
NBC Sports network has the Flyers meeting the Sabres Saturday at 3 p.m., then the Red Wings take on the Predators Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
As the NBA season winds down, The Heat meet the Bulls on ABC Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast shows the Wizards against 76ers Friday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Texas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox, after the Nationwide racers go Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has practices from the Chinese Grand Prix Friday at 2 a.m. and qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m. The race goes Sunday at 2:30 a.m.
In MLS action, the Galaxy head to Dallas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. San Jose faces Portland Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
It's spring football season, and ESPN has the Texas A&M game Saturday at 3 p.m.
ESPN shows SEC softball between LSU and Texas A&M Saturday at 5 p.m. while ESPN2 offers Washington-Arizona State Saturday at 10 p.m.
The road to the Kentucky Derby continues on NBC Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with the Blue Grass Stakes. NBC Sports network has the Arkansas Derby at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Star Scientific vs. GreenTech

Democrats are demanding answers from Ken Cuccinelli about his involvement with Star Scientific.
Republicans are demanding answers of Terry McAuliffe about his company - Green Tech.
The difference?
GreenTech is McAuliffe's company. Part of his identity as a businessman to bring jobs to Virginia.
Take away GreenTech and he's just a money-grubbing political hanger-on.
With it, he's a money-grubbing political hanger-on some real world experience.
Star Scientific is one of those political things - just another government insider possible problems. Is there a politician who hasn't faced this type of accusation?
Have we found any real influence on Cuccinelli or just imaginary troubles?
Which will bother the electorate more? Probably McAuliffe.
Sorry Democrats.

Man, don't you bug me

Legal Insurrection keeps an ear out for the Senator McConnell tape case.
More fun ahead in the 2014 campaign.

Inside Sen. Warren's office

Staffer: Your protest of the proposed Social Security cuts have gotten attention.
Warren: How?
Staffer: People wonder how much of your money you give to your struggling brother.

Teach your children the Iowahawk way

Iowahawk weighs in on the "our children" talk from MSNBC.
When you put "we have to collectively educate/raise our children" into the Google Lefty Translator, you get "I want to force your kids to listen to my lectures, and I want to force you to pay me for it."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Smoke 'em if you got 'em

The latest debacle from Obamacare - the D.C. committee organizing their exchange have decided that smoking is a "pre-existing condition."
You can't charge smokers more than non-smokers.
In other words, Obamacare encourages you to smoke. Stopping smoking won't save you money.
Didn't see that coming, did you?

From the New York courtroom

Bill O'Reilly had great fun with a New York court awarding a frog-fearing man $1.6 million.
Did he use this song in the courtroom?

Time to advertise

A new location of Logan's Roadhouse opened in Waynesboro Monday.
An offer from Ruby Tuesday arrived in the mail today.
Don't forget about the restaurants that have been there.
UPDATE: SWACgirl likes the restaurant addition.

It's budget day

Finally, we have a budget from the President.
The savings? From being out of Iraq - and the Spanish American War.
As long as there are no problems the next 10 years, the Obama budget might work.
How are things going in North Korea?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sunday ride with the Palins

Sarah Palin turns the MSNBC ad on its ear - can we take your kids shooting after church Sunday?
If we're all part of the community, do you have to run it?
Why can't we run it?
How about diversity of experience - like going to church and shooting guns?

You're in Brazil. That's enough

Daily Caller touts an ESPN internal memo - you don't need to put down all your hours.
And don't be ugly Americans. That's management's job.

Where were you in 1996?

It's the blogiversary for Dustbury, clocking in at 17 years.
Must have been hard to start blogging on those stone tablets - Windows 95.
To many more Thunderous years. (yes, you can get him a pony.)

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Through the Fences baseball, which laments the Yankees picking up another high-priced veteran.
Good news for the Orioles and the AL East.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tell me the score in the morning

The NCAA men's basketball championship game started just before 9:30 p.m.
It will be over after 11:30 p.m., possibly pushing midnight.
The final score will be the same at 7 a.m. I'll catch up then.
The NCAA Final Four almost seems anti-climatic now. You have a nice shiny bracket the first weekend and lots of games to watch. As the tournament goes on, your bracket fades and it's easy to lose interest.
You watch some to keep up, but not with the same intensity.
I'd love to enjoy the whole game, but work beckons in the morning. They call timeouts tonight without regard to your bedtime.
SportsCenter and youtube awaits.

How about some "Un control?"

The NBC Nightly News started with President Obama talking gun control.
Next story was North Korea.
We'll be safer when Obama focuses on Kim Jong Un control.

Thatcher on the Euro

Business Insider goes to Margaret Thatcher's books to see the current problems with the Euro - detailed by Thatcher 20 years ago.
Basically, she outlined the problems with the euro perfectly, that Germany would chafe at the inevitable need for greater inflation, and that the poorer countries would inevitably be uncompetitive and need bailouts that would not easily be forthcoming.

True greatness

DaTech Guy notes bad timing for Hillary Clinton Monday - her MSNBC segment got overwhelmed by the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Suddenly instead of the phony accomplishments of Hillary Clinton (does she have actual accomplishments?) we are talking Thatcher.
Suddenly instead of propping up a woman whose power and “success” is based totally on pity we talk about a woman whose success is based on turning her country around.
RIP, Iron Lady.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Buy one and Bloomberg cries

Pizza Hut has a new pizza out - crazy cheese crust.
We had one this weekend, and it's good.
A nice cheese pod at the end of your slice.
If you buy one, Mayor Bloomberg cries.
So does Michelle Obama.

What could possibly go wrong?

The ATF's desire for a major database of the population brings the question - what could possibly go wrong?

Dealing with North Korea

What can be done with North Korea?
Do we bomb them into the dark ages?
Looks like they are already there.

Times are changing

Pat in Shreveport checks out the question of school libraries being necessary.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph looks at the future of cursive writing.
I tried asking the boys about this. They were busy on X-box and the computer.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Enjoy spring

Smitty's boy knows what to do on a warm spring day.
The joy of youth.

Power grab by the experts

The trouble with United Nations action is it always seems to benefit those proposing the action.
Poor people need access to economic growth.
Not so fast, if it means short-term environmental issues.
Who, you may ask, is responsible for identifying and enforcing those values? Why, the experts, of course. The power implications of planetary boundaries were spelled out explicitly by several of its leading advocates as follows:Ultimately, there will need to be an institution (or institutions) operating, with authority, above the level of individual countries to ensure that the planetary boundaries are respected. In effect, such an institution, acting on behalf of humanity as a whole, would be the ultimate arbiter of the myriad trade-offs that need to be managed as nations and groups of people jockey for economic and social advantage. It would, in essence, become the global referee on the planetary playing field.
Don't trust the experts who benefit when their rules become law.

Faster please

While awaiting the Wednesday release of President Obama's budget, we get to hear him say the deficit is going down.
It's true that the yearly deficits are slightly down since 2009.
But overall, it's six trillion more in debt since the start of his term.
Touting several trillion in future savings in future years doesn't meet the challenge.
I'd like the current yearly deficits to go down more.
Faster please.

Facebook quote of the week

Just had the most horrible realization that my classes start back up on Monday... NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT...

Rutgers - blame the lawyers

Wyblog is among the New Jersey taxpayers who will be coughing up over a million dollars for resigned basketball coach Mike Rice.
For all the fussing, it's a simple situation.
A contract is a contract, regardless of how many knots the boys at Garden State Equality tie their panties into.
Last year when this incident first came to light the lawyers said not to fire him. They specified a series of remedial actions, which according to all accounts Rice fulfilled. Then a disgruntled former employee decided to inflame passions by releasing a heavily edited tape recording of some basketball practices.
The lawyers followed the rules, but it can't stand against a video.

Saturday song

Remember when Bruce Willis had hair?
Cybill Shepherd definitely had 80s hair in Moonlighting.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The only answer is our answer

Mark Steyn expresses an opinion - while he still can.
The tolerance enforcers will not tolerate dissent; the diversity celebrators demand a ruthless homogeneity. Much of the progressive agenda – on marriage, immigration, and much else – involves not winning the argument but ruling any debate out of bounds. Perhaps, like Jeremy Irons, you don't have "strong feelings" on this or that, but, if you do, enjoy them while you can.

Is winter finally over?

We had snow before Halloween.
April opened with sleet here and snow in southwest Virginia.
Is this it?
From meteorologist Chris Fisher
"Once we get this stuff out of here, there should be a warm up into the weekend and next week as we approach Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The long-range forecast stays pretty warm. This should be our last little bit of winter."
I've heard that before.

Weekend watchdog

2013 final fourNow there are four - including a big Shocker.
Wichita State continues its surprising run at the 75th NCAA championship this weekend in Atlanta. The school from the Missouri Valley Conference takes on top-seeded Louisville in Saturday's first semifinal at 6 p.m. on CBS.
The nightcap matches a pair of four-seeds - Syracuse and Michigan. The Orange won the title 10 years ago, while the Wolverines are in the Final Four for the first time since the Chris Webber timeout game of 1993.
The winners battle Monday at 9 p.m., and shortly before midnight one team will cut down the nets.
And "One Shining Moment" will play.
The women gather in New Orleans for their Final Four Sunday on ESPN. Louisville plays California in the first semifinal at 6:30 p.m., followed by the matchup of Big East top seeds - Notre Dame against Connecticut.
In the high school ranks, ESPN2 has the semifinals of the National High School Invitational Friday at 2:30 p.m. The winners meet Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while the girls' championship game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
ESPN starts its Friday doubleheader in Charlotte, with the Bobcats meeting the Heat at 8 p.m., before the Rockets face the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat travel to Philadelphia Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ABC's Sunday doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. with the Knicks at Oklahoma City. The Lakers and Clippers battle at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards play the Pacers on Comcast-plus Saturday at 7 p.m., then travel to Boston Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
The Nationals head to Cincinnati for the weekend, playing Friday on MASN2 before afternoon contests Saturday and Sunday on MASN.
The Orioles open the home slate Friday at 3 p.m. against the Twins. The series continues Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
The Fox Saturday afternoon slate begins at 4 p.m. with the choice of Cardinals-Giants, Angels at Rangers and Yankees taking on the Tigers. TBS offers the Yankees-Tigers Sunday afternoon, and ESPN2 shows the Angels against Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
In college baseball, Comcast has the ACC contest between Florida State and Miami Friday at 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech travels to N.C. State Saturday at 1 p.m. and it's off to the SEC Sunday at 1 p.m. for Kentucky-LSU.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville, with coverage on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Indy Car race in Alabama, with the flag dropping Sunday at 3 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals' game with Florida Saturday at 7 p.m., then it's back home for the Lightning Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast-plus.
The Red Wings host the Blues Sunday at 12:30 on NBC, then the Devils take on the Sabres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC offers the Texas Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Family Circle Cup gets coverage on ESPN2, with the quarterfinals Friday at 1 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 1 p.m. and final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Real Salt Lake heads to Colorado Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 brings the Fire and Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has college softball between Baylor and Oklahoma Sunday at 3 p.m.
It's the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Busy, busy, busy

There's plenty of work for Louisville cheerleaders this weekend.
The men's basketball team is in Atlanta.
The women are in New Orleans.

Who'll tax the rain?

Drudge Report linked the headline about a government taxing - rain.
Quite a surprise that it's my home county.
Thanks to the Maryland House of Delegates, they probably won't be alone for long.
The county needs to raise about $130 million over the next five years from the new stormwater fee to cover their state requirements on stormwater management.
The fee will continue to be assessed after five years, but the county can’t predict those costs until it learns what its requirements are to meet state permits on stormwater management, according to Jim Caldwell, county stormwater manager.
UPDATE: Part of Paco's assortment.

The Junction boys could not be reached for comment

Amazing what a little video can do.
I never heard of Rutgers' Mike Rice until he pushed his way into the news.
It popped into the news the same week as former "Junction Boy" Jack Pardee died.
Comparing Bear Bryant in the heat or Mike Rice in the gym, Rice doesn't seem so bad.
But he's a losing coach.
With video of his actions released.

Cadillac medical care

Waynesboro's Cadillac dealership went bankrupt.
Augusta Health plans to buy the empty facility.
Obamacare wants to tax "cadillac" health insurance plans.
How many medical care done at a former Cadillac dealership?
Don't give them any ideas.

Democrats for Pedophiles

Shaun at Bearing Drift blasts the Democrats for picking this battle - Ken Cuccinelli appealing a decision involving a 47-year-old man soliciting a teenager.
It's easy to jump when you see headlines.
You need to think about the law, since that's what Cuccinelli does.
The question is, are the progs really this desperate to land a glove on Cuccinelli that they are willing to wrap their arms around pedophiles in order to find something to disagree with Cuccinelli on?

Feel guilty yet?

George Will looks at the "white guilt" curriculum being offered at schools.
The developers of the idea have it pretty good.
They get the taxpayers to pay for their privilege.
Don't they feel guilty talking about that?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Streamlined 61 pages

Mark Levin provided a link to the draft application we'll need to do with Obamacare.
It's 61 pages so far.
How many sections? 29.
With links and verbiage to come.
This is the streamlined version.

They're coming back

Via Instapundit, the Wall Street Journal helps parents prepare for the college kids coming home.
You're not a teenager. You can pay something.

Why gun control drew a blank

Jennifer Rubin lists 10 reasons that President Obama's gun control plans are going nowhere.
She saves the best for last.
10. There are a whole lot of law-abiding gun owners who don’t trust the government.
The last is perhaps the most important factor, too often ignored by the gun-averse media. The NRA succeeds because it has many, many members who feel strongly about the issue and see the ominous hands of government behind innocuous-sounding proposals (e.g. “background checks”). Just as liberals viscerally recoil from government regulation of marriage and abortion, conservatives do when it comes to guns.

Send coach to North Korea

Today's first two stories - the angry Rutgers coach and the North Korea situation.
Let's combine them.
Send coach Mike Rice to talk with Kim Jong Un.
Maybe Rice can get through to them.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

You're not getting warmer

Rich Lowry looks at the trouble with global warming - the globe hasn't been warming the past 15 years.
We've heard for years we have to do something or temperatures will go out of control.
We haven't done what they said needed to be done - and temperatures remain in control.
btw, there's still snow left over from the March storms at the edge of a Waynesboro parking lot. The scaremongers didn't predict that.

Going to the Big Dance

You know the four teams going to Atlanta for the Final Four.
The NCAA announced Monday the 10 referees who will be calling the games - including Mike Eades of Princeton, West Virginia.
Eades got his collegiate start doing games in the West Virginia Conference while I was covering games for the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
This will be his first Final Four, and hopefully there's more in the future for him.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with How to Make my Blog, which offers blogging tips.
They must be doing well to be tied with me and Marezilla today.

Recycling update

Having a recycling center in Fishersville means I can drop off cans before work.
I got 45 cents a pound today, staying steady.
But the recycling center is building a new building for its operations. More recycling there in the future.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Big day in South Carolina

The Other McCain travels the South Carolina Lowcountry as Republicans prepare for Tuesday's runoff election for the First District congressional seat.
Vote Bostic.
Tell Mark Sanford to take a hike.

Rue the day of pay for play

The NCAA faces a looming threat - a lawsuit by former players seeking a share of their TV money.
It's lots of money - supporting multiple teams at each school that don't produce enough revenue to cost their costs.
More money to players in the big sports - many of whom are headed to the pros - will hurt the other men's programs. Since Title IX means you've got to continue supporting women's sports.
Might be the next higher education bubble.