Sunday, July 31, 2016

More football, more problems

I guess people who deal with the presidential debates don't watch the NFL.
Two of the three are on nights that NFL games have been played since 1990 - Sunday and Monday.
One game in each time slot.
It's kind of a big deal.
One of the 2012 debates was on Monday - the final one.
It's understandable that there's more problems this cycle - the NFL added Thursday games since 2012.
But that still leaves Tuesday and Wednesday free, and Friday - when a presidential and vice presidential debates were scheduled in 2008.
That's high school football night for those debate people who don't know about the game.
Trump has a point - a bad decision was made, even if it was agreed upon by both parties.

Hillary's Watergate

The DNC emails reveal the underhanded ways that Hillary Clinton's crew wanted to make sure she got the nomination.
But why do such things?
Didn't she have the name recognition and lack of opposition that any sign of favoritism was  unnecessary?
She was going to win anyway.
Just like Richard Nixon in 1972.
Why did he and his people go through such steps to monitor the DNC - then cover up what they did?
He won 49 states, and likely would have won without doing anything illegal.
But he wanted to win more.
He wanted to control the process.
Hillary and Nixon.
Alike in temperament.
If she cheats before the election, what will she do if she wins?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Go Pokemon go

The oldest and I have been traveling across Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia over the past week.
He downloaded Pokemon Go before leaving, and we've learned the developers like churches.
It's easy to find stops to get supplies or gyms at your local church.
Friday while driving through rural West Virginia, I slowed down next to a small church.
And he found the best Pokemon stop so far - five items appeared there.
If Pokemon can get more people to churches, it's a good thing.

Facebook quote of the week

Leaving breakfast and trying to get into the wrong Suburu ‪#‎vermontproblems

Saturday song

Thinking of a calm election season?
Dream on.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Weekend watchdog

The major portion of the PGA schedule usually closes in August with the PGA championship.
But with golf as part of the Rio Olympic Games, the major schedule gets squeezed in 2016. So two weeks after the Open championship, top golfers will be trying to claim the final major of the year.
CBS has weekend coverage starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. TNT brings the second round starting at 1 p.m., with early coverage Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
Across the pond, NBC brings the Women's British Open Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Orioles travel to Toronto this weekend on MASN. The Nationals have a series with the Giants, with games on MASN2 and Saturday's contest also on FoxSports1.
The Cardinals face the Marlins Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday on TBS. ESPN closes the weekend with the Mariners taking on the Cubs Sunday at 8 p.m.
Pocono hosts the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with the Truck race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The Xfinity Series will be in Iowa Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers the German Grand Prix Sunday at 7 a.m.
 The IndyCar circuit goes to Mid-Ohio Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on CNBC.
In the International Champions Cup, Celtic takes on Barcelona Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by Chelsea-Real Madrid on ESPN.
In the CFL, British Columbia faces Calgary on ESPN2 Friday at 10 p.m.
ESPN2 has the quarterfinals from the Rogers Cup Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., with semifinals Saturday starting at 1 p.m. and the finals Sunday.
NBC has the Haskell Invitational Sunday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

We built it and you don't care

Michelle Obama's comments about slaves building the White House got plenty of play.
Scott Adams updates the theme for the group of voters Hillary struggles with.
But if you’re an undecided voter, and male, you’re seeing something different. You’re seeing a celebration that your role in society is permanently diminished. And it’s happening in an impressive venue that was, in all likelihood, designed and built mostly by men. Men get to watch it all at home, in homes designed and built mostly by men, thanks to the technology that was designed and built mostly by men. I mention that as context, not opinion.
Slaves had hope for a better life, some day.
What hope to Democrats offer men for their futures?

Entitled to a hard time

DaTech Guy is having a blogger tryout, and JD Rucker takes a swat at Hillary Clinton.
There’s a word that would work wonders to take down Hillary. It’s ideal because it’s a word that hasn’t manifested very often throughout the campaign but when people hear it, they can make the connection in a way that cannot be disconnected.
The word to associate with Hillary Clinton that would doom her campaign is “entitled.”
So many good names to knock Hillary, and such a short time until the election.

Who dat gonna fix that park

The New Orleans Saints were supposed to start training camp Wednesday.
Instead, they helped fix up a park in White Sulphur Springs ravished by flooding last month.
"Normally we have a conditioning test today and we made a decision as a team, we felt it would be a better idea to kind of go and help do some rebuilding, just help out one of many areas that got hit hard with the terrible floods back in June," New Orleans Saints' 10th year head coach Sean Payton said. "I think all of us, the coaches, the players, there was five bus loads of people all did a great job."
Their first win of the season.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

She's caught in a trap

About time for President Obama to speak.
Will he help Hillary or hurt her?
The last few years show hurt her in the lead.
Early in her campaign, Hillary seemed to want to break with Barack Obama’s presidency. She recognized that while Obama was personally popular, his tenure had largely been seen as a failure by a dissatisfied American republic. She therefore pursued twin goals: tying herself to Obama’s “first black president” legacy and big-government growth, and avoiding the consequences of his rotten decision-making.
By first delaying a decision from Vice President Joe Biden about whether Biden would run, the Obama White House forced Hillary into full-scale obeisance to the Obama era. That’s been disastrous for Hillary. Her convention week has completely ignored the serious problems that keep most Americans up at night. There have been five jihadist attacks in Europe in the last eleven months. On the first day of the convention, 61 speakers mentioned ISIS precisely zero times. That same day, ISIS beheaded an 86-year-old priest in Normandy, France. Over the past few weeks, Americans have mourned over a wave of anti-cop massacres. So Hillary is now trotting out the “Mothers of the Movement” — Black Lives Matter activists including the mother of attempted cop-killer Michael Brown — to promulgate myths about police racism.

Russian to judgement

Donald Trump's comments about Russia and Hillary's emails have driven many crazy.
Guess what we're talking about tonight.
Reminds you of the reset button in 2009.
Obama's "more flexibility" comment in 2012.
That Russia is much more aggressive now than in 2008.
And it keeps Hillary's emails in the news.
With such threats out there, how could Hillary be so sloppy with her emails?
Good move by Trump.

You brought it up

When the DNC emails were leaked over the weekend, Democrats tried to say the Russians were helping Donald Trump.
Today, Trump said, if Russia has Hillary's emails, they ought to release them.
Not hack Hillary today.
Give up what you hacked over the past seven-plus years.
You tried to tie Trump to Russia, and you get smacked.

Empty suit

The legal cases against the Baltimore police officers ended Wednesday.
The Baltimore Sun remains hopeful, that police discipline could be involved.
But four trials came up empty.
As expected when the cases were filed last year.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Understanding Democrats

There was surprise that Bernie Sanders supporters booed the idea of voting for Hillary in November.
They forget why there were Bernie voters in the first place.
Many Democrats have no desire to vote for Hillary - primary or general election.
That was the reason they voted Bernie in the first place.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Scenes from Philly

Maybe I shouldn't compare Hillary Clinton to the Princess Bride, but the reaction was the same.

Dream shall never die

Bad news for Hillary Clinton if Bernie Sanders decides to look at Teddy Kennedy's speech from 1980.

Leaving problems to fester

Politico's story on the ouster of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz doesn't paint a good portrait of President Obama.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman – and a former top adviser to Barack Obama – broached the idea of replacing Wasserman Schultz as early as last fall, only to be rebuffed by the president’s team, according to two people with direct knowledge of the conversation.
“It came down to the fact that the president didn’t want the hassle of getting rid of Debbie,” said a former top Obama adviser. “It’s been a huge problem for the Clintons, but the president just didn’t want the headache of Debbie bad-mouthing him… It was a huge pain in the ass.”
Sounds like Obama.
Letting problems fester until someone else deals with it.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Foghorn Leghorn's wisdom

You can imagine this interaction between voters and Hillary Clinton.

Did Bernie lead, or ride, a movement

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton.
He will speak Monday at the convention.
Does this matter to people who supported him in the primaries?
If he's the leader, his supporters should follow him.
If they don't follow, then perhaps he's not the leader. But the guy who rode a movement to prominence, but dropped back when the primaries ended.

Are you happy with the state of the nation?

Eliminate the shouting and angst, and the choice in November boils down to - are you happy with the last eight years?
If so, Hillary is the person to continue that.
If not, Donald Trump is the person to change things.
With huge numbers of people saying the country is on the wrong track, it will be interesting to see how the Democrats work with that at their convention.
Will Hillary do things differently than President Obama?
Or will they blame all problems on Republicans and Donald Trump?
Somebody let me know.
I don't plan to watch.
There's better things to do in life.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

She listens. Does she hear?

Vox tries to understand Hillary Clinton.
Her staff love how she listens to them.
But many dislike throughout America her.
If you listen to people, they will like you.
If millions of Americans don't think Hillary is listening to them, how can they like her?
They love to blame years of Republican attacks.
But she's done stuff - like the email server - that enhance Republican concerns.
If she told staff her plans, would they want to turn her down and lose the access?
If she listened to the rules, she wouldn't have the current mess.

What's next

Bloomberg View gives Megan McArdle and Ranesh Ponnuru a chance to look ahead at Philadelphia next week.
Will it be worth watching?

Saturday song

It didn't work on 10 Cloverfield Lane, but this guy thinks he's alone now.

Facebook quote of the week

I have absolutely no problem with American Exceptionalism.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Numbers to watch

Allahpundit looks at the ratings numbers for Donald Trump last night vs. past conventions - in a different media era.
Why is Trump’s Romney-esque rating performance not surprising? Because we’re in the mobile era now. The first iPhone came out in 2007, around the time that year’s primary campaign was starting to roll. The first Android phone came out shortly before the general election. Many news platforms weren’t offering online streaming yet. If you wanted to watch McCain and Obama, you had to turn on your TV; last night you could have watched Trump on YouTube, and many did. Competition for eyeballs from non-news outfits has also expanded remorselessly with platforms like Netflix and Hulu, both of which were in their infancy at the time of the 2008 election. How many people who would have otherwise watched the speech last night decided to watch something on Netflix instead? (Raises hand.)
But he still expects Trump's numbers to better Hillary's.
What sort of sick mind, given the cornucopia of media options now available to Americans, would choose to watch a speaker as dreary as her spoonfeed center-left oatmeal to viewers for 75 minutes? Good lord almighty. There’s not enough booze in the world.

Come to the dark side

What could Donald Trump have done to make the media happy?
His gives an in depth speech, with some plans for his administration.
They say it's too long.
It's too dark.
Every night, the Republicans did something to get on the wrong side of the media.
Best to ignore them.
Next week, it's the Democrats' turn.
Can Hillary speak for 75 minutes without a cough jag?
Or bathroom break?

Shield your eyes

Scott Adams details why Hillary will lose.
Would you prefer seeing Bill and Hillary Clinton decompose in front of your eyes for eight years, or watch the Trump family develop their dynasty?

Weekend watchdog

NASCAR visits Indy this weekend, with a big kiss planned by the winner at the end.
NBC Sports network has the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3 p.m. Around 6 p.m., the winner, his crew and family will gather at the start/finish line to celebrate by kissing the bricks from the original track. And plenty of pictures to remember the occasion.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying for both races Saturday at 11:40 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., after practice Friday starting at noon.
Then you'll have to wait until next May for another visit to the famous oval.
NBC Sports network carries the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
The Tour de France closes its run on Sunday with the final race into Paris at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage 19 starts Friday at 8 a.m., with another run Saturday at 7 a.m.
The Nationals host the Padres on MASN for the weekend, while the Orioles face the Indians on MASN2.
The Yankees host the Giants on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on TBS. FoxSports1 features Rangers-Royals Saturday at 7 p.m. and the weekend closes with Dodgers facing the Cardinals on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
CBS has the Canadian Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Leicester City faces Celtic in the International Champions Cup Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Internazionale against Paris Saint Germain Sunday at 5 p.m.
Portland battles the Galaxy Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on ESPN and it's Sporting Kansas City facing Seattle Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States women face Costa Rica in an international friendly Friday at 8:55 p.m. on ESPN.
The road to the Flushing Meadows begins with the Bank of the West Classic. The semifinals are Saturday at 5 and 10 p.m. on ESPN2, and championship Sunday at 5 p.m.
In Arena Football, Arizona hosts Cleveland Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Agreeing with Michael Moore

It's a very rare thing for me to agree with Michael Moore.
But when he says Donald Trump is going to win, it's nice to see him talking sense.

Happy Trump night

A few hours until Donald Trump speaks.
A week until Hillary Clinton speaks.
Which speech will people enjoy more?

Don't go to the videotape

Remember your first VCR?
We know the last ones are being shipped soon.
What will we do with all of those old tapes?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Let's pillary Hillary

Are Republicans been too tough on Hillary Clinton?
Did I dream it or did the head of the FBI not give a press conference two weeks ago explaining why Hillary Clinton did in fact violate 18 U.S.C. 793(f) by showing gross negligence in her handling of classified information? If I dreamed it, I must have also dreamed that her poll numbers went into the toilet directly afterward as it dawned on swing voters that, yes indeed, this unprosecuted criminal was likely given a pass because of her power and supreme political importance to the Democratic Party.
It's an incredibly important reminder - voting against Hillary is a great reason to vote for Trump.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Never gonna give you up

Chicago Boyz have a theory - someone sabotaged Melania Trump's speech.
There is also a passage in Melania Trump’s speech which is a direct quote from a Rick Astley song
In other words, Melania Trump’s speech was Rickrolled.
To those who do not recall the fad from 2008 or so, Rickrolling was providing a link which purported to be something else, but in fact linked to a Rick Astley video, in fact, the very video whose lyrics were included in Melania Trump’s speech.
The only plausible explanation for the presence of these lyrics is that someone who participated in the drafting of Melania Trump’s speech intentionally included the Rick Astley lyric, apparently as a signal the speech had been “hacked.”

Monday, July 18, 2016

Enough of your pain, let's talk about mine

People genuinely feel the hurt of seeing police officers shot and killed.
Many people are related to a police officer.
They've seen them for years.
Seeing them suffer makes us hurt.
But President Obama and Hillary Clinton are using the occasion to continue mentioning past problems by police.
They can't stop talking their talking points.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

How Trump met Pence

The New York Times offers background on how the Trump/Pence ticket came together.
Pence said he disliked the Clintons and the scandals of the 90s.
With the vice presidency potentially hanging in the balance, Mr. Pence described his personal distaste for Hillary Clinton and her husband, the former president, and spoke of feeling disgusted at what he called the corruption of the 1990s.
The monologue appeared to be a success.
Even Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, a trusted adviser who had admired Newt Gingrich, came away swayed, believing that Mr. Pence could gel with the Trump team.
See, it's easy to find common ground.

TP to clean up the mess

The initial Trump/Pence logo didn't last long.
Too many TP jokes and other distractions.
So the Trump team now has the simple names and slogan look.
But there's good vibes for the TP symbol.
You use toilet paper to clean up messes.
Trump/Pence wants to clean up the current mess in Washington.
Laugh if you want, but they have a job to do.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Most extreme since the last guy

Democrats pulled out their favorite word to describe Mike Pence - extreme.
The most extreme pick in a generation, they say.
Except they said the same thing about Paul Ryan.
And Sarah Palin.
Democrats have probably hurt Palin's feelings.
She thought she was the most extreme, and now they say it's Pence.
Maybe Democrats need to add more words to their vocabulary.

Recycling update

Summer means more drinks and more trip to the recycling center.
Cans still 40 cents per pound.

Saturday song

Another shot of Juice for your morning.

Facebook quote of the week

If I ever run for public office, one of my first priorities will be to push a ban on auto-start videos on websites. Huge pet peeve! Ugh.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Who needs TV ads?

There's been lots of fussing about Donald Trump's lack of fundraising and early TV ads in swing states.
But how effective are those means of reaching the voters?
Compared to what I saw at the grocery store today.
Donald Trump's money would have trouble buying the good publicity he gets this weekend when millions of Americans hit the stores.

Weekend watchdog

Time for the British Open.
And a new location on the cable box.
The Open moves to NBC and the Golf Channel, with coverage continuing Friday at 1:30 a.m. on Golf Channel.
Mike Tirico also makes the move from ESPN to NBC for the event, as studio host in his first gig at his new broadcast home. NBC has weekend coverage starting at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Orioles start the second half with a weekend trip to Tampa Bay on MASN2.
The Nationals take on the Pirates for the weekend on MASN.
It's a Red Sox-Yankees weekend, with games on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The Tigers take on the Royals Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and TBS offers Rangers-Cubs Sunday at 2:20 p.m.
NASCAR heads to New Hampshire for the weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Toronto, with coverage on CNBC Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Tour de France continues with Stage 13 Friday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The ride continues Saturday at 8 a.m. with Sunday's stage starting at 7 a.m.
In MLS action, Fox brings Seattle-Portland at 3 p.m. Sunday. Montreal meets New York City Sunday at 4:55 p.m. on ESPN while FoxSports1 has the Red Bulls against Philadelphia at 7 p.m.
CBS has the final round of the LPGA Marathon Classic Sunday at 4 p.m.
In Arena Football, Philadelphia faces Tampa Bay Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The NBA Summer League continues with games Friday at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on ESPN2, with quarterfinal play Saturday at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. The semifinals are Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Name for getting away with it

Via Dustbury, the official Hillary Clinton song.

French Lives Matter

Who would crash a truck into a crowd of patriotic French?
Not racist cops.
Not any groups President Obama appears to be worried about.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stop the presses

For seven-plus years, my work night ended when the first newspapers rolled off the presses.
Many nights, I had to make a quick review of headlines to make sure there were no major mistakes - or else we'd have to stop the presses.
Then I'd leave through the parking lot full of people waiting to drive copies of the paper to their home areas.
In a few months, that press will go silent.
It's happened at papers around the country, and now it's come to Bluefield.

Likely deflated

Tom Brady is friends with Donald Trump.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't like Donald Trump.
Ginsburg gets to decide if the Supreme Court hears Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.
Sorry, Patriots fans.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Pokemon Go grand prize

For all of you playing Pokémon Go, here's exclusive news of a grand prize.
In two weeks, Hillary Clinton will be in Philadelphia.
Capture her and take her to prison, and you win.
And we all win.

Remember when America had a real president

George W. Bush spoke today in Dallas.
With their deaths, we have lost so much. We are grief stricken, heartbroken and forever grateful. Every officer has accepted a calling that sets them apart.
Most of us imagine if the moment called for, that we would risk our lives to protect a spouse or a child. Those wearing the uniform assume that risk for the safety of strangers. They and their families share the unspoken knowledge that each new day can bring new dangers.
This is how you do it.

EPA learns from Sheen

When my kids were young, we watched Jimmy Neutron.
It appears the EPA did too.

Big day

Former president George W. Bush will be joining President Obama today in Dallas at the ceremony remembering the fallen police officers.
Will Obama finally learn from Bush how to handle these situations?

Monday, July 11, 2016

There was no shootout

When talking gun control, advocates bring up the possibility of shootouts when multiple people have guns in an area.
Thursday in Dallas, multiple people had guns at the rally.
Only the shooter and police shot.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown estimated that 20 to 30 open-carry activists attended the rally. He said some wore gas masks, bulletproof vests and fatigues. They ran when the shots rang out, but the presence of so many armed individuals at the scene of a sniper attack caused instant confusion.
Police questioned those with permits.
They didn't fire shots at the shooter or wildly into the crowd.

He's got the power

Don Surber's new book on pundits and Donald Trump earned a nice review from Powerline.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Police - a force for good

How do you see police?
As a threat to you?
As the force for good, keeping you and your community safe?
If two people have divergent views of the police, how to you bridge the gap?
When police are involved in a bad situation - where someone dies - was it their intention for bad to happen?
They were doing their job, protecting and serving the community.
If intent matters, then police as a group should be viewed as good.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Making an offer you can't refuse

Don Surber has been on the ground floor of the Trump run to the nomination.
But he sees trouble ahead after Hillary's last few weeks.
Starting with Bill's meeting with Loretta Lynch.
Because it made it look like the fix is in, and voters do not want to be on the side that is losing. Hillary is invulnerable.
Just what Clinton and Lynch talked about does not matter. In politics, words are secondary to pictures. Graphics matter. The word in Washington was this looked bad. Wrong. He looked like the consigliere delivering the offer she could not refuse.

Saturday song

Interesting 70s scenes go along with this interesting song.

Facebook quote of the week

I just dreamed that Ray and I were on a 2-person bicycle on one of those like Tibetan skinny cliff roads. We lost balance, because SOMEBODY insisted he should steer, and toppled toward the ground. As we fell backwards, all I could manage was, "I love you, good-bye. " Then, I woke up in full-blown panic.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Weekend watchdog

wimbledonFortnight at Wimbledon draws to a close this weekend.
ESPN has the men's championship Sunday at 9 a.m., after the ladies crown their champion when Serena Williams faces Angelique Kerber Saturday at 9 a.m.
The men's semifinals will begin Friday at 8 a.m. on ESPN as Andy Murray faces Tomas Berdych while Roger Federer battles Canadian Milos Raonic.
Euro 2016 concludes with the championship match between host France and Portugal Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The Orioles host the Angels on MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Saturday afternoon's game on MASN.
The Nationals visit the Mets, with games on MASN Friday and Sunday. Saturday's game is part of Fox's coverage. TBS also carries Sunday's game.
Fox also has Dodgers-Padres and Cubs taking on the Pirates Saturday. FoxSports1 offers Yankees against the Indians Saturday at 4 p.m., and the weekend closes with Giants-Diamondbacks Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Tour de France continues with Stage 7 Friday at 8 a.m. and another stage Sunday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR heads to Kentucky, with Sprint Cup coverage Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m.
IndyCar races in Iowa this weekend, starting Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has qualifying for the British Grand Prix Saturday at 8 a.m., with race coverage on CNBC Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
While the PGA tour has the weekend off due to flooding at the Greenbrier, Fox carries the final two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. FoxSports1 has the second round Friday at 3 p.m.
In CFL action, Saskatchewan battles Edmonton Friday at 10 p.m.
NBA Summer League goes on ESPN Friday, with Timberwolves-Nuggets at 8:30 p.m. before the Lakers meet the Pelicans. The Sixers battle the Lakers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2 followed by Spurs-Warriors. Sunday, the Bulls go against the 76ers at 8:30 p.m. before the Celtics clash with the Suns.
Seattle battles the Galaxy Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and it's Red Bulls facing Portland Sunday at 6 p.m. New York City takes on Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces South Africa in a women's international soccer friendly Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The road to Rio continues on NBC Sports network with track and field trials Friday at 6 p.m. before moving to NBC at 8 p.m. There's more track Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Gymnastic trials are Friday at 9 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hillary, the bad example

Hillary says she cares about the children.
But what are children learning from her today?
If you tell enough lies, you can get away from not following the rules?
The whole email mess is a litany of bad examples.
The rules say my emails are government records.
She says they are hers to decide.
The rules say keep secrets safe from enemy governments.
She says physical security is what she needs against cyber criminals.
Hillary keeps saying "I wouldn't do it again."
How many things will she do wrong in the future, and attempt to use that line?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Talking about lying Hillary all day long

What's the theme of the day?
FBI won't charge Hillary Clinton?
Or that she said to the public.
and Again
And Again.
It's hard to imagine Lynch speaking in public about how Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" about national security, obvious though that was, or the high probability that the Clinton's server, not to mention her cell phone (!), was hacked by foreign powers.  There were also several new revelations, such as the surprising fact that there were actually multiple personal servers, not just one. This was prevarication of a high and deliberate order.
This part of the story may be over.
But it's still four months until election day.
Do you trust your future to Lying Hillary?

Monday, July 4, 2016

What we know. What the Russians know

Hugh Hewitt puts the Hillary email situation into simple terms.
Ask yourself how you would feel if your worst three enemies had every bit of email, text and direct messages you had sent and received for the past five years. Would you be vulnerable to them? Could they manipulate you or your correspondents? Could they do so without you knowing? Would they have a detailed knowledge of you, your methods and operations, your strengths and your weaknesses?
That's the situation with Hillary Clinton and America's enemies. To prevent such situations the government insists that those trusted with its secrets and even just those trusted with its leadership use encrypted devices and often retreat to "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities" to discuss crucial matters. Those facilities are as secure as we can make them from prying eyes and machines.
Secretary Clinton broke all those rules.

Gotta have my pops

Is it the Fourth of July without Stars and Stripes Forever?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Working his way back

Dustbury had surgery last week, and has begun the trek back.
His friends are trying to help.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Talking points time

The New York Times' report on Hillary Clinton's meeting with the FBI makes for interesting reading.
They follow the talking points.
Second paragraph starts - The voluntary interview.
That's how the Clinton campaign wanted it called.
But if it was voluntary, why wait until now?
She could have volunteered to talk months ago.
The FBI wasn't ready to hear her story until they had a better idea of the true story.
Later, there's a note of about "None of the emails on Mrs. Clinton’s private server were marked classified at the time they were sent or received."
Who knows if that's true or not?
The FBI.
Who has pushed the idea that no classified information was involved in the email server?
Team Clinton.
If the Clinton side of the story was totally true, there's be no need for today's interview.
They wouldn't have needed to talk with Hillary Clinton. The agents have better things to do on the Fourth of July weekend.
But defending our nation is their job, and that job doesn't take a holiday.

How to volunteer

Hillary's campaign said she had a "voluntary meeting" with the FBI Saturday.
Just like we "voluntarily" pay our taxes each year.

Facebook quote of the week

At Newark airport, about to depart for 3 weeks in India. Always hard to leave home, but looking forward to this time.

Saturday song

Start your morning with an angel.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Keep on singing

Looking to get attention before the holiday weekend, some guy wrote we shouldn't sing "God Bless America" so much.
I could ignore him.
or say "Sing it, Kate."

Weekend watchdog

The NASCAR season has reached its halfway point, returning to Daytona this weekend.
NBC takes over coverage for the rest of the season, starting Saturday at 7:45 p.m.
Tony Stewart became the 11th different race victor Sunday at Sonoma. After missing the first eight races due to injury, he needs to pass a few more drivers to make the season-ending Chase for the Cup.
The Xfinity race goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, after Sprint Cup qualifying at 4 p.m.
The fortnight of Wimbledon hits its mid-point this weekend. ESPN has coverage starting at 7 a.m. Friday, with play beginning Saturday at 8 a.m.
With baseball nearing its midway point, the Orioles take on Seattle, with Saturday's game on MASN, and the rest on MASN2.
The Nationals face the Reds on MASN Friday and Sunday afternoon, with Saturday night's game on Fox.
Fox also offers Angels-Red Sox and Cubs against the Mets Saturday night. The Yankees face the Padres on FoxSports1 Saturday at 10 p.m. with Marlins-Braves closing out the weekend from Fort Bragg Sunday at 8 p.m.
The quarterfinals of Euro 2016 continue on ESPN2 as Wales battles Belguim Friday at 3 p.m., with Germany against Italy Saturday at 3 p.m. Host France takes on Iceland Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The Red Bulls take on New York City Sunday at noon on ESPN. Columbus faces Kansas City on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7 p.m.
Akron hosts the Bridgestone Invitational on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Tour de France gets going Saturday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Stage 2 Sunday at 8 a.m.
Calgary clashes with Winnipeg in the CFL Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to Rio continues Friday with swimming on NBC at 8 p.m. followed by the start of the track and field trials at 9 p.m. NBC Sports network has more trials Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and then action moves to NBC Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Red Bud National motorcycle racing goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Friday at 8 a.m.