Saturday, September 23, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a warmer than normal winter, with less snow. The Farmers Almanac predicts almost the complete opposite. Let's see which will be more accurate this year.

Saturday song

Is there any other choice for a song this week?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The NFL has been playing regular season games in London since 2007.
The Baltimore Ravens haven't been part of the action - until this weekend.
The Ravens take on the Jaguars Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in a contest that will stream on Yahoo.
The Jaguars have split their four appearances in London, with wins the past two years.
CBS has a pair of contests Sunday, with the Steelers meeting the Bears at 1 p.m. before the Packers taking on the Bengals. Fox brings the Giants and Eagles at 1 p.m.
The Redskins host the Raiders on NBC Sunday night, and it's Cowboys-Cardinals on ESPN Monday night.
North of the border, British Columbia hosts Hamilton Friday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2. Calgary clashes with Saskatchewan Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Virginia tangles with Boise State at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, and it's Utah-Arizona on FoxSports1 at 10:30 p.m.
Florida State faces North Carolina State at noon Saturday on ABC, with some areas showing that game on ESPN2 and Houston-Texas Tech on ABC.
ABC's day continues when California clashes with Southern Cal at 3:30 p.m. and Iowa meets Penn State at 7:30 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama visits Vanderbilt on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Fox brings Michigan-Purdue at 4 p.m. followed by Michigan State against Notre Dame.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Arkansas taking on Texas A&M, then it's Oklahoma State-TCU. Georgia goes against Mississippi State at 7 p.m. with UCLA-Stanford at 10:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Clemson clashes with Boston College on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. It's LSU-Syracuse at 7 p.m. before Hawaii takes on Wyoming at 10:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh plays Georgia Tech on the ACC network at 12:20 p.m.
Central Florida travels to Maryland at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Baylor battles Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m. and Colorado meets Washington at 10 p.m.
James Madison begins CAA play against Maine on MASN at 1:30 p.m.
Kent State visits Louisville on Comcast at noon.
The Orioles meet the Rays on MASN2 for the weekend, while the Nationals continue to gear up for the postseason, meeting the Mets over the weekend on MASN.
The Cubs and Brewers get coverage Friday on ESPN, Saturday afternoon on Fox and Sunday on TBS, while Fox also shows Angels-Astros. ESPN closes the weekend with the Astros against Angels Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits New Hampshire Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series races in Kentucky Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series goes at New Hampshire on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
The 30 best golfers of the season gather for the PGA tour championship, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The NHL preseason gets going on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 p.m. when the Blues battle the Penguins.
The Capitals host the Blues Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before taking on the Hurricanes Saturday at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Bundesliga play between Hannover and Koln Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
West Ham United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Crystal Palace. Brighton and Hove Albion goes against Newcastle United Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
Atlanta tangles with Montreal in MLS play Sunday at 5 p.m. on Fox, and Portland visits Orlando on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Virginia takes on North Carolina on Comcast-plus Friday at 7 p.m.
There's women's volleyball between top-ranked Minnesota and Michigan State at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Michigan battles Wisconsin at 3 p.m. while Kansas and Kansas State meet Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trump knows his audience

President Trump's approval ratings have begun to tick upwards.
What should his detractors think?
The man knows box office. Just think of how this is going to drive the “resistance” left out of its mind. Chuck and Nancy are “normalizing” Trump. He can’t be “literally Hitler” if Chuck and Nancy keep smiling on the couch and announcing the framework of deals.
Trump keeps on out-smarting those who think he's not so smart.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

That's the ticket

Just a few days until the big Charlottesville concert.
Some of those who won free tickets are still waiting for them to arrive.
Maybe we should be more concerned about mail delivery than statues.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

And I think it's gonna be a long, long time

Did you enjoy President Trump using "Rocket Man" in Tuesday's speech to the United Nations?
Scott Adams did.
The left better get used to Trump being President.
Cause I think he's gonna be there a long, long time.

Undefeated teams watch

Thanks to the Hurricane Irma postponement, we have two 1-0 teams - Miami and Tampa Bay - along with those who started 2-0.
Week 3 brings just one matchup of undefeated teams - Atlanta against Detroit.
The 1972 Dolphins are watching.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Mowing 'em down

Ed Driscoll gives a lengthy look at the boy who mowed the Rose Garden lawn - and the over-the-top reactions.
This photo-op is such a pretty nifty small win all around for Trump; it humanizes him next to the 11-year old kid and by reminding voters how much PR Giaccio is going to get now that he can use this in his marketing efforts. Having Giaccio at the White House wanting to promote his business contrasts Trump with Obama trolling America via “clock boy” last year. And the White House PR team had to know when they scheduled it that someone in the DNC-MSM would find some way of freaking out – Trump could say “Nice day today,” and a lefty scold would shout, “But what about global warming???!!!!”

Keep abreast of the situation

Kurt Schlichter enjoyed watching the exchange between the CNN anchor and her interviewee who likes two things.
And wants to fight those who demand silence from the conservative side.
Basically, if you don't have any female body parts, you're just wrong all of the time. Unless you have fake female body parts and betrayed your country; then you are America's greatest hero and a martyr to Harvard's infamous legacy of transphobia. Or something.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dud with THUD

Poor Dana Milbank.
Wondering if Bernie Sanders' healthcare proposal will cover Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Well hung fellow

Harvard withdrew its offer for Bradley/Chelsea Manning to be a fellow.
Manning hung up when getting the news.
Manning ended the conversation on Thursday as the dean, Douglas Elmendorf, tried to justify to her his decision to cancel the fellowship only a day after it had been announced. The dean had said he needed to talk to Manning “urgently” after CIA figures first raised their objection to Harvard offering the whistleblower a place among its 2017-18 visiting speaker program – raising the prospect that one of America’s most prestigious academic institutions had kowtowed to pressure from the intelligence services.
Why did Harvard do this?
I guess they decided to rely on intelligence.

Facebook quote of the week

Another three-and-out. Fourth punt in the first 7 minutes
Still no first downs
I think the team that does not fall asleep wins the game

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Sixteen drivers have a shot at the NASCAR Monster Series Cup championship.
One is going for title number eight.
Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the playoff contenders hit the track at Chicagoland Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Johnson won his seventh championship last year, joining Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. with that number. He opens the playoff season in fifth place after winning three times during the first 26 races.
The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 8:30 p.m.
The Orioles have a series with the Yankees on MASN. The Nationals host the Dodgers for the weekend. There's coverage on MASN2 Friday, moving to Fox Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night.
Fox also offers Mariners-Astros Saturday, and the Royals visit the Indians on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
The Ravens battle the Browns on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m., and Fox brings two contests - the Eagles facing the Chiefs at 1 p.m. and Redskins against Rams at 4:25 p.m. The Falcons open their new stadium against the Packers on NBC Sunday night, with the Lions taking on the Giants on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Illinois visits South Florida at 7 p.m. on ESPN followed by Arizona-UTEP.
UCLA travels to Memphis Saturday at noon on ABC, then BYU meets Wisconsin. In primetime, Louisville hosts Clemson.
Florida faces Tennessee on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Fox offers Army-Ohio State at 4:30 p.m. followed by Texas-USC.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Oklahoma State's visit to Pittsburgh. Notre Dame goes against Boston College at 3:30 p.m., then Mississippi State meets LSU at 7 p.m. Mississippi takes on California at 10:30 p.m.
Virginia clashes with Connecticut on ESPN2 at noon, followed by North Texas-Iowa. Top-ranked Alabama takes on Colorado State at 7 p.m. and its San Jose State against Utah in the nightcap.
Nebraska battles Northern Illinois at noon on FoxSports1.
Duke takes on Baylor on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
The PGA tour's playoff field will reach 30 after this weekend's tournament on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Brighton & Hove Albion Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Crystal Palace clashes with Southampton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Manchester United meets Everton Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Mainz 05 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast brings ACC soccer between Boston College and Clemson Friday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and there's practice Friday at 8:30 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visits Sonoma Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with practice Friday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Understanding Trump

Scott Adams brings his ideas to today's news about the dreamers and border security.
Trading Imaginary Assets for Real Ones: If we believe initial reports from Pelosi, Schumer, and Trump, there will be some sort of deal for greater border security in exchange for allowing DACA folks to stay in the country. But realistically, the DACA folks couldn’t have been rounded up and deported without a civil war. So President Trump traded an imaginary asset (the idea of deporting the DACA folks) for something potentially real in terms of greater border security funding.
If you doubt Trump today, you join a long line of people who didn't think he'd become president.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What else you got, Democrats?

Legal Insurrection wonders if Democrats are overplaying their hand with Trump hate.
So there’s something going on here that the Dem insiders are picking up that rings true: People don’t have to like Trump to vote for him. And the more people attack him hysterically and unreasonably, the more they help him.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Do you know the way to sand, Jose?

With Hurricane Irma done, attention can turn to Hurricane Jose.
It's been spinning in the Atlantic for the past few days.
Hopefully it will spin away from the east coast.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Your time is up

Will Hillary Clinton really get out of the way now?
It’s not hard to guess why Hillary might want to keep going. She lost a winnable race to a candidate the left hates. If she exits the stage now it’s pretty arguable that Trump’s presidency becomes the last word on her legacy. Hillary clearly is not ready to accept that.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

On the solar and wind front

The looming hurricane has climate change proponents in action - this storm is so bad because you don't listen to us.
So solar and wind power and we'll have a better future, they say.
They point to Europe.
But Germany is going to fall short on its targets for 2020.
The German government has targeted a 40 percent reduction of GHG emissions by 2020, as compared to 1990 levels, but with less than three years to go the country remains far from achieving that goal. Berlin already admitted that the 40 percent goal likely wasn’t possible, and instead lowered its sights to a 35 percent reduction, but even that seems unlikely now. A new study from the green think tank Agora Energiewende says Germany is likely to achieve only a 30-31 percent reduction.
Maybe nature has more input into the hurricane than man's energy use.

Happy "Watch TV reporters get drenched" day

It's Hurricane Irma landfall day.
People are snug in their shelters, or outside the storm zone.
TV reporters from all the networks are spread across the state.
Getting wet.
Getting blown by heavy wind.
Plenty of coverage of stock footage over phone calls with city officials in the storm's path.
I've just summarized the whole day on the network.
You can watch other things most of the day and be informed.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday song

Everybody is against the wind today.

Facebook quote of the week

South Florida friends... Are you staying or going? If you are staying... are you going to a shelter? If you are going... where are you going?

Friday, September 8, 2017

The looming disaster

When we get through the weekend, a disaster awaits us - Hillary Clinton's newest book.
Therapists are standing by.

Weekend watchdog

It's not fantasy - the new NFL season has begun.
After Thursday's season opener, the campaign gets going Sunday as Fox has the first doubleheader of the season - the Redskins hosting the Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Seahawks tangle with the Packers.
CBS offers Ravens-Bengals at 1 p.m.
NBC begins its Sunday night coverage with Giants at Cowboys.
 ESPN has its season-opening twinbill on Monday night, with the Saints taking on Vikings at 7 p.m. followed by Chargers meeting the Broncos.
The college football weekend begins Friday when Oklahoma State takes on South Alabama on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Ohio meets Purdue on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday's action on ABC starts at noon with Cincinnati-Michigan. Penn State battles with Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m., with Ohio State hosting Oklahoma in a top-10 contest at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame hosts Georgia on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
CBS starts its SEC coverage with Arkansas taking on TCU at 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska heads to Oregon on Fox at 4:30 p.m., followed by Stanford-USC at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN begins its day at noon when Louisville visits North Carolina. In primetime, Auburn clashes with Clemson at 7 p.m. before Boise State meets Washington State.
Iowa and Iowa State tangle on ESPN2 at noon, then top-ranked Alabama takes on Fresno State. It's South Carolina-Missouri at 7 p.m. with Utah's contest with BYU at 10:15 p.m.
Oregon State hosts Minnesota at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Georgia Tech tangles with Jacksonsville State on Comcast at 12:30 p.m.
MASN2 has three contests Saturday, starting at noon with Charlotte's clash with Kansas State. It's Central Michigan against Kansas at 4 p.m. and Baylor battles Texas-San Antonio at 8 p.m.
The Orioles take on the Indians Friday on MASN, moving to Fox Saturday and ESPN Sunday night.
The Nationals host the Phillies for the weekend, with games on MASN2 Friday and moving back to MASN Saturday and Sunday.
Fox also shows Yankees-Rangers Saturday at 1 p.m., while TBS brings Dodgers against Rockies Sunday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR finalizes its Monster Cup playoff field at Richmond Saturday on NBC Sports network at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN has the finals of the U.S. Open, with the women taking the court Saturday at 4 p.m. and the men Sunday at 4 p.m. along with the women's double title match Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's men's semifinals Friday at 4 p.m. on ESPN, after doubles at noon on ESPN2.
Comcast has ACC soccer between Virginia Tech and Duke Friday at 7 p.m.
Manchester City meets Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it's Arsenal-Bournemouth. Burnley battles Crystal Palace Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Swansea City tangles with Newcastle United at 10:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Freiburg faces Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Columbus clashes with Sporting Kansas City Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
There's a pair of WNBA playoff games on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You make me feel like a natural puppet

America's Got Talent has a star in Darci Lynne and her puppets.
Even the one who thinks she likes Simon.

Fun at Harvard

The Other McCain visits Harvard, seeing if he can walk across the yard without students fainting.
Well, if everybody is welcome at Harvard, probably they won’t mind me wandering around campus checking out the student scene. My plan is to meet up with Republican students on campus — believe it or not, there are at least two — and maybe grab a pizza and a few cold beverages.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Waiting on the storm

What do people want to talk about this week?
The one that messed with Texas and the one aiming at Florida.
Be prepared as the time comes.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Our finest whine

The excerpts from Hillary Clinton's new book get better and better.
Instead of the Russians, now it's Bernie's fault.
Bernie Sanders and his male followers.
She said that his attacks against her during the primary caused "lasting damage" and paved the way for "(Donald) Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign."
Clinton, in a book that will be released September 12 entitled "What Happened," said Sanders "had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character" because the two Democrats "agreed on so much."
Nothing will boost your standing among Bernie supporters more than saying they enabled Trump.

Dream on

President Trump's decision on the Dream Act - end it, maybe mend it - has the political world enflamed again.
Will Trump really pull the plug?
Will Congress offer something people will like?
Which way will Obama's entrance push the discussion?
One thing's for sure.
Nobody's talking about Russia this week.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Not a good look

The Virginia campaign season traditionally begins with Labor Day activities in Buena Vista.
There's a breakfast, then a parade and speeches in a local park.
Democrats came for the breakfast.
And skipped the rest of the activities.
Guess the people of Buena Vista don't fall for Democratic scare tactics like other areas in the state.

Work hard

A reminder that today's day off for Labor Day is meant to celebrate the hard work that built the country.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Song test

Looks like YouTube has changed its sharing to blogs. Bob Seger gets the test run.

Trump and friends

Donald Trump visited hurricane victims in Houston Saturday.
How do you like these pictures, Trump haters?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Watt's right about America

Powerline highlights J.J. Watt's update on his fundraising - topping $15 million after an initial goal of just $200,000.

Facebook quote of the week

Texas needs to erect a statue of an average guy with a bass boat!

Saturday song

The unique combo of Debbie Harry and Kermit the Frog team up this morning.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Weekend watchdog

For the three-day Labor Day Weekend, many will watch college football players begin their season's labor.
The 2017 season gets going Friday when Rutgers battles Washington on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m. and it's Wisconsin-Utah on ESPN at 9 p.m.
Top-ranked Alabama and third-ranked Alabama begin their season in Atlanta Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Penn State meets Akron at noon, with a top 25 battle between Florida and Michigan from Cowboys Stadium at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame faces Temple on NBC at 3:30 p.m.
Oklahoma clashes with UTEP on Fox at 3:30 p.m. and Purdue plays Louisville at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Kent State-Clemson, then goes to Charlotte for South Carolina against N.C. State at 3 p.m. Georgia faces Appalachian State at 6:15 p.m., and the day closes with BYU-LSU at 9:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Texas on FoxSports1 at noon and it's Washington State-Montana State at 10:30 p.m.
FedEx Field hosts Virginia Tech and West Virginia Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Texas A&M clashes with UCLA from the Rose Bowl on Fox at 7:30 p.m. South Carolina State faces Southern on ESPN2 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The weekend closes Monday night when Tennessee takes on Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Orioles continue a series with the Blue Jays on MASN, while the Nationals visit Milwaukee on MASN2.
FoxSports1 offers a pair of contests Saturday, with Cardinals-Giants at 4 p.m. followed by the Angels against Rangers. The Diamondbacks and Rockies battle on TBS Sunday at 3 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Yankees-Red Sox Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Darlington for Labor Day weekend, with the Southern 500 Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit heads to the Glen Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network carries the Italian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Woodward Stakes Saturday at 6 p.m.
ESPN2 has middle rounds of the U.S. Open, with coverage Friday at 7 p.m. The third round continues Saturday at 11 a.m., with round of 16 play Sunday at 7 p.m.
Netherlands meets Bulgaria in World Cup qualifying Sunday at 11:50 a.m. on ESPN2. FoxSport1 offers Czechia against Germany Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why we need the pipelines

Virginia's election this fall will bring the battles over natural gas pipelines to the front.
Maybe this week will give pipeline opponents pause.
Have you seen how much gas prices jumped since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston?
Much of the United States' oil refining capacity resides along that part of the Gulf Coast.
Maybe we need other parts of the country to become energy hubs?
The pipelines across Virginia will bring natural gas to the Atlantic Coast, and then onto Europe.
Our energy can make the world a better place.
Spreading the energy sites around makes sure it flows when needed.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sorry, really sorry

Some cities have powerful mayors.
Charlottesville is not one of them.
Even if Mike Signer thought he had power.
We'll see if he learns his lessons.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

They don't waffle

The hurricane means Waffle House gets in the news.
Over the years, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate noticed this phenomenon following hurricane damage and developed the Waffle House Index. “Green” is full menu, “yellow” is partial menu, and “red” means there may be no Waffle House left.
“Waffle House stays on when the wind’s blowing—they never close,” Philip Strouse, FEMA’s Private Sector Liaison, told Yahoo Finance last year. “They have a small footprint, they’re easy, and if these little stores are going out when it only takes a few people to staff … that’s bad.”

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A platform to believe in

Kid Rock for Senate sounds like a good idea, especially if he follows through with this plan.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Facebook quote of the week.

I put on my welding helmet,looked to the sun and saw Elvis!!!

Saturday song

Electric Light Orchestra brings the whole gang to help a livin' thing.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The best 130 golfers of the season begin their battle for the top spot this weekend.
The four week of the PGA's tour Fed Ex playoffs begin with the Northern Trust, with coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The top 130 in points since the season began got the invite to the Northern Trust. The field shrinks each week, down to the top 30 who participate in the final tournament to determine the championship.
Little League baseball crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ABC, matching the winners of the United States and International brackets. The brackets have their finals Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The losers of those games play in the consolation contest at 10 a.m. on ESPN.
The Orioles head to Fenway Park for the weekend to meet the Red Sox on MASN.
The Nationals host the Mets on MASN2 Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. FoxSports1 also has coverage of Saturday's game and ESPN carries the series finale Sunday night.
The Indians take on the Royals Saturday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
CBS has a pair of NFL preseason games this weekend, with the Chiefs clashing with the Seahawks Friday at 8 p.m. followed by the battle of Los Angeles between the Rams and Chargers Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Bears tangle with the Titans Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox, then the Redskins take on the Bengals. NBC carries the 49ers and Vikings Sunday at 8 p.m.
The college football season starts Saturday on ESPN when BYU hosts Portland State at 3 p.m. Stanford and Rice meet in Australia Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN.
There's high school football Friday at 9 p.m. between DeMatha and Bishop Gorman on ESPN. Tulsa Union takes on Broken Arrow of Oklahoma Saturday at noon on ESPN and ESPN2 shows Bartram Trail against Cartersville Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 brings Wayne of Ohio battling Pine-Richland Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
While NASCAR's Monster Series takes the weekend off, the Xfinity Series visits Road America. NBC has the race Sunday at 3 p.m, after practice on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit goes Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network after qualifying at 7:30 p.m.
The Belgian Grand Prix runs on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
Manchester City meets Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Newcastle clashes with West Ham. Leicester battles Manchester United on NBC at 12:30 p.m. and it's Liverpool-Arsenal Sunday at 10:55 a.m.
FoxSports1 has Bundesliga action Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with Werder Bremen against Bayern Munich, followed by Dortmund-Hertha Berlin. Leipzig battles Freiburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
The Red Bulls and New York City FC tangle Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, and Montreal meets Toronto Sunday at 4:30 p.m. There's a pair of games on FoxSports1 Sunday, as the Galaxy take on San Jose at 7 p.m. before Portland plays Seattle.
The Sparks meet the Lynx in WNBA play on ESPN2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
The U.S. Open Series continues with the Connecticut Open on ESPN2 Friday at 3 and 7 p.m., and the semifinals from Winston-Salem are Friday at 9 p.m. The finals are Saturday at 3 p.m. on Connecticut and 5 p.m. on Winston-Salem.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


ESPN wanted to avoid controversy.
They got more controversy.
Even if you believe ESPN on face here about protecting a broadcaster, it’s still a self-inflicted wound and a decision made out of fear of negative press. The company would have been far better served with Lee doing the game and dealing with the one-day fallout (if you can call it that) of jokes and snickers. This is obviously easy for me to say in hindsight, given I’m not the one dealing with it.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fortunately, no one will watch Virginia home opener

How do you get publicity for ESPN3's coverage of Virginia against William & Mary?
Move the announcer due to his name.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

They still can't belive Hillary lost

Scott Adams goes through the list of hallucinations he's seen since November 8, 2016.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Cognitive dissonance hits the losing team hardest. It has to, because only the losing side need to make sense of it all. The winning side thinks things are going exactly as expected. They have no trigger for hallucinating.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Awaiting the magical eclipse

Today's eclipse has come and gone.
There will be another on May 8, 2024.
But people can really look forward to one scheduled August 12, 2045.
Florida will be getting six minutes of totality, where the moon blocks the sun.
The path includes Disney World.
Can you imagine the thrill of seeing an eclipse over Cinderella's castle?
Get working on Eclipse Land, Disney.

Recycling update

Before the eclipse, I dropped off my aluminum cans at the recycling center.
Still 50 cents per pounds.
No word on statue recycling and its costs.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Just another Trojan horse

What does the horse named Traveler at Southern Cal have to do with Robert E. Lee's horse Traveller?
L if I know.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Slowly I turned

This week has felt like the old vaudeville skit "Niagara Falls."
Like poor Curly, we say a word and get attacked.

Weekend watchdog

The best young baseball teams in the world gather this weekend in Williamsport.
The Little League World Series continues Friday at 2 p.m. on ESPN with Australia-Japan, then Washington clashes with California. South Korea plays the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m. and South Dakota battles North Carolina at 8 p.m.
There's four games in the loser brackets Saturday, with one on ABC at 3 p.m. and the rest on ESPN. The winners of the first two days will play Sunday, hoping to advance to next Sunday's final.
ESPN2 has the Junior League final Sunday at noon.
The Orioles return home to face the Angels this weekend on MASN.
The Nationals have a series against the Padres on MASN2.
FoxSports1 has the Dodgers' visit to Detroit Saturday at 4 p.m., and TBS has Red Sox-Yankees Sunday afternoon. ESPN closes the weekend as the Cardinals face the Pirates.
NFL's preseason continues as the Redskins host the Packers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
It's Giants-Browns Monday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Bristol hosts its NASCAR night race Saturday, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Indy Car circuit visits Pocono Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network, with qualifying Saturday at 1 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Greensboro for the weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox brings the United States Amateur final Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at noon on Fox, after quarterfinals Friday at 6 p.m.
Swansea City battles Manchester United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Huddersfield Town takes on Newcastle United Sunday at 8:25 a.m., then it's Tottenham Hotspur-Chelsea.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg meets Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and it's Schalke-Leipzig at noon on FoxSports1. Freiburg takes on Eintracht Sunday at 9:30 a.m. before Koln meets B. M'gladbach on FoxSports1.
Seattle meets Minnesota Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The Breeder's Cup Challenge Series airs on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Gymnastics Championships Friday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m. ESPN2 has action from the Western and Southern Open, with finals Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. There's semifinal play Saturday at noon, with earlier rounds Friday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

That's hysterical

Scott Adams tells how to see you're in a mass-hysteria event - which appears quite common in 2017.
If you’re in the mass hysteria, recognizing you have all the symptoms of hysteria won’t help you be aware you are in it. That’s not how hallucinations work. Instead, your hallucination will automatically rewrite itself to expel any new data that conflicts with its illusions.
But if you are not experiencing mass hysteria, you might be totally confused by the actions of the people who are. They appear to be irrational, but in ways that are hard to define. You can’t tell if they are stupid, unscrupulous, ignorant, mentally ill, emotionally unstable or what. It just looks frickin’ crazy.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Diverse like me

Via Instapundit, Rod Dreher look at diversity's attack on those outside its preferred circle.
These “diversity” programs, such as the one A.B. had to endure, amount to catechesis in the righteousness of dhimmitude. Is there any wonder that people disadvantaged by this religion are sick and tired of it? Having taught the masses to think of themselves in terms of identity categories, the clerisy is shocked to find that the unclean, the Deplorables, are doing just that, but rejecting the idea that their identity defiles them.

Kaine knows protest violence

Senator Tim Kaine has complaints about President Trump's comments on Charlottesville.
Perhaps his son gave him pointers on proper violent protest protocol.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who pays Kessler's bills?

An interesting bit from ZeroHedge via Instapundit - there was a CNN contributor a few years ago named Jason Kessler.
Same guy as the Charlottesville Kessler?
Who knows?
He does, for sure.
The question arises because there are internet sleuths going after the attendees of Saturday's rally.
A guy at a hot dog stand in California.
A guy from South Carolina.
They thought they found a guy in Arkansas, but he just looked like a person in the pictures.
Are they going after Kessler and his employer?
If not, why not?
I doubt he's independently wealthy.
There's a story for the media to chase.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The story will come out

Did the police in Charlottesville back off, allowing the violence to grow?
Sources say yes.
 However, McKelway says: "I can say, having been in Emancipation Park from early on that morning, that what I saw with my own two eyes confirms what this law enforcement source told us. At least from all visible appearances. We saw people coming out of that park who had headwounds, who were bleeding from the head, people walking into that park with bats, with sticks -- you saw what they were wearing -- helmets, body armor, they had come -- and this pertains to both sides -- they had come to do damage.. you cannot help but notice from that video that police had been more pro-active, they could have potentially calmed this thing down to some degree."

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gasoline on the fire

A day's worth of coverage and little context - just more fuel of anger on the fire lit Saturday in Charlottesville.
The days ahead will move from pundits and biased eyewitnesses to the legal system.
We'll see how well that goes.

David Duke, who's he?

If you think people voted for Donald Trump because they listened to David Duke, then you listen to David Duke more than Trump voters do.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

Watching Have Gun Will Travel in crisp black and white. Edgar Buchanan (guest) and Richard Boone. Boone is smoking a real cigar

Hot time, summer in the city

All three news channels have coverage of the rallies in Charlottesville Saturday.
Can't we all just get along?

Saturday song

Olivia Newton-John has the magic.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekend watchdog

It's Bay vs. Bay weekend in major league baseball.
The Nationals are home to San Francisco, while the Orioles continue a west coast swing in Oakland. The Nationals will be on MASN, with Orioles' contests with the A's on MASN2.
The Yankees host the Red Sox Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. TBS offers Indians-Rays Sunday afternoon.
NFL network has several live games opening weekend of NFL exhibition games, including the Cowboys facing the Rams Saturday at 9 p.m. and the Los Angeles Chargers' first home preseason contest Sunday at 8 p.m. against the Seahawks.
North of the border, British Columbia clashes with Saskatchewan Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Little League baseball's road to Williamsport continues with six games on ESPN Friday, with six more Saturday at 11 a.m.
NASCAR's Monster Series visits Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series rolls through Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It's time for the final golf major championship of the year, with CBS covering the PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FoxSports1 has the United States' women's amateur championship Sunday at 4 p.m. The semifinals are Saturday at 4 p.m., after quarterfinals Friday at 6 p.m.
The new Premier League season gets going Friday at 3 p.m. with Arsenal taking on Leicester City on NBC Sports network. Watford faces Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Chelsea-Burnley. NBC has Manchester City meets Brighton and Hove Albion at 12:30 p.m. Newcastle United battles Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 8:25 a.m. with Manchester United against West Ham United at 10:55 a.m.
Real Madrid battles Barcelona in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
The Galaxy host New York City Saturday at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.
Phoenix meets Dallas in WNBA action Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The road to the U.S. Open tennis tournament continues with the Rogers Cup Friday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN2. There's more action Friday at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. The finals are Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hung jury

Major League Baseball will have a nickname weekend at the end of August.
Will fans be impressed by their players' choices?
Aaron Judge will wear All Rise.
Fans will probably be a hung jury.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We'll miss you

After a long battle with Alzheimer's, Glen Campbell passed away today.
He left memories even when his failed.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fishersville's first eclipse forecast

The Weather Channel website gives you a forecast for the next 15 days.
Eclipse Day August 21 now falls within that window.
What does the long-term outlook look like for Fishersville?
A 40 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms and high of 82 degrees.
It's summer.
There's almost always a chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon.
Two weeks until we find out.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Sharknado Day

I just turned the TV to SyFy, and it's Sharknado day.
Who's ready for 8 p.m. and the newest installment?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The picture will make you hungry

Instapundit features another lefty whining about Chick-fil-A.
Most people will see the picture of the chicken sandwich, then get in the car to get one.
Before they close Saturday night.

Faces of global warming

A new report gives us something else to blame for global warming.
Our dogs and cats.

Go ahead.
Tell them to change their diets and habits.

Facebook quote of the week

I'm such a bum. After a hard day's work, a lot of people just want to go out and have a brewski or two. I just want to relax on my couch with a cold glass of strawberry lemonade.

Saturday song

Don't fear Blue Oyster Cult.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Know your eclipses - Staunton division

The media storm is building about the solar eclipse in 17 days.
But there's more to see in the sky over the next few years in the Staunton area.

Weekend watchdog

The NFL preseason has begun.
Saturday, the stars of the past get their due.
The NFL inducts its newest class of Hall of Famers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NFL network and ESPN.
The Orioles host the Tigers, with Friday's game on MASN before moving to MASN2 Saturday and Sunday.
MASN has the Nationals' series with the Cubs Friday through Sunday, and TBS carries the Sunday contest.
The Mets host the Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday afternoon and ESPN Sunday night.
Senior League baseball has its international final Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with the Intermediate championship game Sunday at 9 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Watkins Glen, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS has the World Golf Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Fox has the German Super Cup between Borussia Dormund and Bayern Munich Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
It's the MLS battle of New York Sunday at 6 p.m. followed by Kansas City-Atlanta on FoxSports1. ESPN shows the Timbers and Galaxy Sunday at 4 p.m.
There's an international friendly between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus Saturday at 12:25 p.m. on ESPN.
The Mystics host the Mercury Sunday at 3 p.m. on Comcast.
Junior League softball holds its final Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and it's the Senior League title tilt Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the road to the U.S. Open, ESPN2 shows the Bank of the West Classic Sunday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Change in West Virginia

West Virginia governor Jim Justice took advantage of President Trump's visit to the state to announce he'll become a Republican.
Let the fun begin in the Mountain State.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Suit yourself

It's been less than a week since a construction crew cut an electrical cable on the North Carolina Outer Banks.
The lawyers are already hard at work.
The lawsuit alleges that PCL claimed it could save $60 million and work on an accelerated schedule to win a contract to replace the Bonner Bridge. It says that power lines were cut during construction work on the bridge, which crosses the Oregon Inlet from Bodie Island to Hatteras Island.
As a result of the cut cable, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands lost power and utility companies have used generators to provide power to the islands. The generators were not enough to provide sustained power to all of both islands, resulting in rolling blackouts. In a news release, Wallace and Graham said “tens of thousands” of residents and tourists have been forced to evacuate the islands since Friday.
Let's see the lawyers work through the night to build something.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


The Boston Globe tries to tie the coming eclipse with territory won by Donald Trump.
There's another eclipse coming in the spring of 2024.
That will cover plenty of Trump territory too, as we prepare to vote for a new president after Trump's eight years in office.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lower forever

Are you enjoying gas prices around $2/gallon?
Remember when Democrats didn't think that would ever happen?
The Energy Information Administration projects that, next year, U.S. oil production will average almost 10 billion barrels a day, which would beat the previous record of 9.6 billion in 1970. What's more, a quarter of this production is coming from one oil field: the Permian Basin in West Texas.
Those "obscene" industry profits? They've fallen as well. ExxonMobil's (XOM) revenue in 2016 was about half what it was in 2011. In its most recent quarter, the company earned $3.4 billion — or 78 cents share. In the same quarter in 2011 it earned $10.7 billion, or $2.18 a share.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekend watchdog

With July 31 looming, the major league baseball deadline for non-waiver trades has everybody thinking of the postseason.
Washington hosts a pair of teams aiming for October baseball this weekend as the Nationals host the Rockies on MASN.
The Nationals have a big lead in the NL East, while Colorado battles Arizona for the two wild card spots - several games ahead of the defending champion Cubs.
The Orioles visit Texas for the weekend on MASN2.
FoxSports1 has the Dodgers against the Giants Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the Marlins meeting the Reds. The Cubs take on the Brewers Sunday at 2 p.m. on TBS, with the Dodgers facing the Giants on ESPN Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR's Monster Cup Series heads to Pocono for the weekend, with coverage Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series will be in Iowa Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC and the Truck Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network carries the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
North of the border, the PGA Tour's Canadian Open will be on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
British Columbia clashes with Edmonton Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Baltimore battles Philadelphia in the Arena Football League Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
It's Real Madrid-Barcelona in the International Champions Cup Saturday at 7:55 p.m., while ESPN2 has Chelsea's clash with Internazionale at 7:30 a.m. and Manchester City taking on Tottenham Hotspur at 6 p.m. Roma faces Juventus Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
Atlanta takes on Orlando City on Fox Saturday at 5 p.m. The Galaxy goes against Seattle Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN and it's Toronto-New York City Sunday at 4 p.m.
FoxSports1 carries the U.S. Girls Junior Championship Saturday at 2 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 3 p.m.
The Mystics host Connecticut in WNBA play Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The road to the U.S. Open starts with the Atlanta Open on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m.
The World Aquatics Championships continues on NBC Sports network Thursday at 11:30 a.m., with more action Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Another Meh movie

This weekend, moviegoers have a choice.
They can watch "The Emoji Movie," starring Meh.
Or say "Meh" to another Al Gore environmental disaster movie.
Gore is a smug man, and he perhaps reaches peak smugness in the new film when he is seen telling an audience: “Ten years ago [now eleven], when the movie An Inconvenient Truth came out, the single most criticized scene was an animated scene showing that the combination of sea-level rise and storm surge would put the ocean water into the 9/11 memorial site, which was then under construction. And people said, ‘That’s ridiculous. What a terrible exaggeration.’” Smash cut to: Hurricane Sandy, and the flooding of downtown Manhattan and the World Trade Center area, in October of 2012. If Gore had a sense of humor, he would play a sample of Nelson Muntz’s iconic “HAW-ha” from The Simpsons. 
Except Gore is here misleading us about his own earlier prediction. In An Inconvenient Truth Gore didn’t say anything about lower Manhattan getting inundated because of a passing storm. He showed the tip of the island disappearing underwater because of melting ice in the North Atlantic, not because a hurricane happened to strike the area at high tide and during a full moon. There’s a fairly critical distinction between the two scenarios: One is permanent. Lower Manhattan may someday be uninhabitable by anyone who doesn’t have gills, but it’s silly for Gore to claim this happened five years ago.At least there's baseball and Big Bang Theory.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The real collusion

Want to hear about a real threat to our national security involving foreigners and technology?
How about the Democratic IT staffer trying to leave the country under questionable circumstances?
So let's digest this story. In a media environment obsessed with the DNC hack, it turns out five individuals were abusing their access to the DNC email system while -- possibly -- committing an assortment of crimes.
* Imran Awan's wife (herself one of the IT 5) already fled to Pakistan, carrying $12,000 in cash with her.
* Imran Awan man himself wired $280,000 to Pakistan, then attempted to flee there.
Read the whole thing, at a site that really cares about the country.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

They must be crazy

Althouse lets her commenters loose on the idea that psychiatrists can give their professional opinion on President Trump.
Let them speak, and then the rest of us will speak about whether they are professionals deserving of deference or human beings like the rest of us who can't keep our political preferences from skewing whatever it is we might think about some pressing issue of the day.
And her readers oblige.
The percentage of hacks, cranks and fools in the mental health "profession" is stunningly high. And many of them are in a position to make individual lives worse.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rock the Senate

An interesting first poll from Michigan - Kid Rock leading incumbent senator Debbie Stabenow.
Lots of undecideds in this poll.
Lots of proof the Trump effect will be alive and well in 2018.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How's he doing?

DaTech Guy and his writers look at the Trump presidency at the six-month mark.
The good news is I trust President Trump to be smart enough to adapt and will recognize these problems and act.  The bad news is I can’t say the same for the GOP caucus.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The media's problem

The media dislikes President Trump.
But is their dislike causing them more trouble than it's causing Trump?
Everything they do, they do as a herd – even when it’s running headlong over a cliff.
Then he compares Trump to comedic icon Rodney Dangerfield.
It’s about legitimacy, of course, and what’s left of the respectable press is utterly captivated by the theme. It completely defines their war on Trump, for example. They know what a politician is supposed to look like and act like and sound like; they know that Trump does not conform to those rules; and they react to him as a kind of foreign object jammed rudely into their creamy world, a Rodney Dangerfield defiling the fancy country club.
Dangerfield got no respect, and playing that game got him a long career.

Saturday song

Toto sings about Roseanna, not Roseann Roseannadanna.

Facebook quote of the week

97, feels like 113. That's a lie! I'd say it 117, feels like 235.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The best golfers in the world have gathered across the pond in search of the Claret Jug.
NBC has coverage of the third round starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, with the final round Sunday at 7 a.m.
The Golf Channel has coverage of the second round Friday morning, and early coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:30 a.m.
Royal Birkdale hosts the tournament for the first time since 2008, when Padraig Harrington won his second Open title.
FoxSports1 carries the United States Junior Amateur, with finals Saturday at 2 p.m. There's semifinal action Friday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles host the Astros on MASN for the weekend. TBS also carries Sunday afternoon's contest.
The Nationals visit Arizona for the weekend on MASN2.
The Cubs host the Cardinals Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. FoxSports1 also has Rangers-Rays Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR has its big weekend at Indianapolis, with the Brickyard 400 on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Tour de France arrives in Paris for the final stage Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Friday and Saturday stages start at 8 a.m.
FoxSports1 has a Gold Cup semifinal Sunday at 9 p.m.
Juventus takes on Barcelona in the International Champions Cup Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN and it's Paris Saint Germain against Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Orlando City faces Atlanta United Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and Minnesota United meets the Red Bulls Saturday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 brings Vancouver-Portland Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
The best of the WNBA gather for the all-star game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
Comcast offers World Team Tennis play between Springfield and San Diego Friday at 8 p.m.
The Diamond League track and field competes in Monaco Friday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Memories of O.J.

O.J. Simpson returned to the news today, a big story like he was in 1994-95.
We all remember the Bronco chase, the trail, the verdict and the years of his vain search for the real killer (which he saw in the mirror every day).
I still remember a few days before the media storm broke.
I had just returned from vacation, and had three pages to fill with sports news at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
In a time when there wasn't much local competition going on.
I struggled to find AP wire stories and I got down to one small corner at the bottom of the third page.
The story of O.J. Simpson's wife being killed in L.A. filled that final spot for that Tuesday morning edition.
A few days later, O.J. took over the front pages.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Failing grade

Via Althouse, the story of a college professor who decided to grade his ex's apology letter.
He's accused of cyberbullying her for posting the letter — marked up with mock pedantic comments — that she left on the windshield of his truck after he'd blocked her on his phone and on social media. He didn't reveal her name or any other information about her. He didn't threaten her. He just put up her words on a document that she'd given to him and his own humorously distanced commentary.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dealmaking in a land of no compromise

The travails of the House and Senate dealing with Obamacare show the weakness in President Trump's way of governing.
You can't make deal with people who won't compromise.
Democrats won't compromise - Obamacare's good ideas are ours and problems due to Republicans.
Republicans won't compromise - at least enough won't to prevent a deal.
For both sides, no compromise benefits them.
Trumps used to deals where both sides benefit from getting a deal done.
Democrats think they'll benefit if they don't deal with Trump on anything.
Thus stalemate.
That costs all of us.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Song for the week

The Trump administration wants us to talk about "Made in America" this week.
The Oak Ridge Boys tried a few years ago.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wait til next year

The Baltimore Orioles just finished a terrible weekend series, basically dooming their chances to make the postseason.
I tried to encourage my family.
I said each Sunday, why don't you buy a dozen crabs for each time the Orioles lost during the week.
They didn't think they could afford that many crabs.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

It was a perfect summer day to take a day trip to one of our favorite towns: Harper's Ferry, WV. (The yard work can wait.)

Saturday song

Bruce Hornsby tells us that's the way it is.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that's the book for me

DaTechGuy visits the Vatican's website and makes a surprising finding.
The link to the Bible had been taken down.
The Holy Bible is available in almost every language on earth: the Episcopal Conferences take care of the continuous updating of the translations. In order to have access to the latest Bible version, kindly consult the website of your Episcopal Conference. 
Yes, the Bible is everywhere.
Can't the Vatican webmaster spend a few minutes a week to make sure the Bible link takes visitors to the right place?

Weekend watchdog

There's a Williams sister in the women's finals.
No surprise.
There's an American man in the semifinals.
A surprise.
Venus Williams vies for the championship Saturday at 9 a.m. on ESPN. It's the 14th time in 17 years that a Williams sister has reached the final, but the first trip for Venus since 2009.
On the men's side, Sam Querry ousted top-ranked Andy Murray Wednesday to advance to Friday's semifinals. ESPN has coverage starting at 8 a.m. with the final Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles start the second half by hosting the Cubs on MASN this weekend, while the Nationals visit Cincinnati on MASN2.
The Yankees and Red Sox get plenty of coverage, with Saturday afternoon's game on FoxSports1 before the Sunday day/night doubleheader splits between TBS and ESPN. The Rangers meet the Royals Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NASCAR visits New Hampshire this weekend, with the Monster Series on NBC Sports network Sunday at 3 p.m. The Xfinity Series takes the track Saturday at 4 p.m.
CBS has the PGA tour's John Deere Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox carries the U.S. Women's Open Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. FoxSports1 has the second round Friday at 2 p.m.
Stage 13 of the Tour de France starts Friday at 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The race continues Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has NBA Summer League games Saturday at 4 p.m. and two games Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m.
The Galaxy face Manchester United in an international friendly Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Gold Cup continues as Costa Rica clashes with French Guiana Friday at 7:30 p.m. before Canada takes on Honduras. Mexico meets Curacao Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There's X Games action from Minneapolis Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Coverage continues Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Future pissed away

Via Instapundit, the travails of the failing Epicopalian Church.
Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership. Six prominent bishops are ready to take their large dioceses out of the American church and align with conservative Anglican groups in Africa and South America.
If you want an inclusive church, join one that includes churches in Africa and South America.
Not one that thinking inclusive is picking up any group that clashes with years of Christian doctrine.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Complain, shout, repeat

Another day on the Trump trauma wagon.
His opponents only see the worst.
His supporters want him to continue making America great again.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trumped up charges

Donald Trump Jr.'s emails have Democrats giddy.
Could this be the item they are looking for?
But it won't keep Democrats from pushing it.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Seasons are changing

Today is the Baseball Home Run Derby, part of the All-Star festivities that mark halfway through the season.
Other signs point to baseball's time ending.
A friend posted on Facebook, asking high school football coaches about their preseason media days.
And the American Hockey League released its schedule for home openers.
Summer feels like it just started, and already fall sports are making noise about their turns.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Propel pipeline and punish Putin

Augusta County has many signs against a proposed natural gas pipeline through our area.
How will it benefit us, the critics say.
President Trump provided the answer in Poland this week.
More energy exported from the United States helps other countries in Eastern Europe that now depend on Russian oil and gas.
The more oil and gas we produce, the more we have available to sell to other countries in the export market.
Putin and Russia lose their strangehold on Eastern Europe.
The rest of Europe gets a boost also.
What's the fastest way to get natural gas to Europe?
Through the port at Hampton Roads.
We already have big piles of coal at the water's edge going that way.
A plant to process natural gas - arriving from West Virginia via Augusta County - would help Eastern Europe and hurt Russia.

Look me up at my Gettysburg Address

Remember when Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam handled North/South relations?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Recycling update

Aluminum cans are worth more again - up five cents since the last visit in April.
Good to see 50 cents a pound now.

Saturday song

Bruce Hornsby goes down the Valley Road this morning.

Facebook quote of the week

Somebody forgets where she claims to have come from...just a poor, single mom, down on her luck, with a ratty old typewriter. Now she's new, mouthy, trash rich and thinks she has some kind of voice. Methinks ol' JK's been swigging from the Hollywood fountain.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The fate of statues

Charlottesville has spent plenty of time this year talking about statues.
Statues of Confederate heroes who have graced the scene for many years.
Should we ask the purpose of these statues?
For most, like this one of Jefferson Davis in Memphis, the purpose is to give pigeons a place to perch.

And do what pigeons do.
Get the cleaning supplies.

Weekend watchdog

A year after flooding forced the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic, the resort will host the PGA tour this weekend.
CBS has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Last year's flood - two weeks before the tournament was scheduled - covered the resort's golf courses in water and debris. Restoring the Old White course means the PGA tour pros will be playing a different type course than the last visit two years ago.
The Orioles visit the Twins for the weekend, with games on MASN2 Friday and Sunday and MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Nationals host the Braves, with coverage on MASN Friday, moving to MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. before the series finale airs on MASN.
Fox brings three contests Saturday at 7:15 p.m., with the Royals visiting the Dodgers while the Cubs host the Pirates and the Tigers take on the Indians.
FoxSports1 offers the Diamondbacks against the Reds Saturday at 10 p.m., and ESPN closes the first half of the season by showing the Tigers and Indians.
Coverage of Wimbledon's second round continues Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR visits Kentucky, with the Monster Series going Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series takes the track Friday at 8 p.m.
The Indy Car circuit will be in Iowa Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, after qualifying Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix Saturday at 8 a.m.
The Tour de France continues on NBC Sports network with Stage 7 Friday at 8 a.m. and Stage 9 Sunday at 7 a.m.
The United States meets Japan Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. It's United States against Puerto Rico Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 before the United States takes on Australia at 8 p.m. There's another contest Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
There's NBA Summer League action between the Clippers and Lakers Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN2 has the Bucks and Cavaliers Friday at 6:30 p.m., then it's Suns-Kings at 10:30 p.m.
The Lakers take on the Celtics Saturday at 8:30 p.m., followed by 76ers-Warriors on ESPN. Sunday's play starts at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN with the Suns against the Mavericks, followed by three games on ESPN2. The Timberwolves take on the Nuggets at 6:30 p.m., then it's Trailblazers-Celtics and 76ers meeting the Spurs.
Comcast has an NBA Summer League game between the Wizards and Grizzlies Saturday at 4 p.m.
North of the border, Hamilton takes on Saskatchewan Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pole position

Donald Trump gave a great speech in Poland Thursday.
But the best part came about three-quarters of the way through.  After reminding his audience about the million people who gathered to hear John Paul II celebrate Mass in 1979, he asked: what did the people want? Answer: “We want God.” This led into the heart of Trump’s speech.  The prerequisite for the success of Western civilization is not material riches. Economic prosperity and military might on their own are not sufficient. The critical leaven is the confidence in core Western values: such things as free speech, the equality of women, respect for individual rights, the rule of law, the affirmation of faith and family.
The Polish people are pretty smart.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I am HanA******Solo

Don Surber has the roundup of the next people CNN will have to go after.
Reminds me of the movie Spartacus.
They want to take Spartacus away.
Everyone in the crowd answers "I am Spartacus."
How many people can CNN fight at one time?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Planning your fireworks viewing

It's always cool to watch fireworks outside - except for the heat and mosquitos.
But if you can't get out, there's some fireworks to watch on your TV.
PBS has the Capital Fourth starting at 8 p.m. and a repeat starting at 9:30 p.m.
NBC carries the Macy's fireworks from 8-10, with a repeat of the action from 10-11.
The Boston Pops have moved to Bloomberg TV for a three-year contract, starting at 9 p.m.
Since days last longer at higher latitudes when summer starts, you can get Washington live.
Then move to New York and finish with live fireworks - and the cannons of the 1812 Overture - around 10:30 p.m.

Thoughts for the Fourth

DaTech Guy examines the second verse of America the Beautiful.
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Reminds us that self control for a country, like for a person strengthens one’s soul. The ability to act with calm deliberation when others are in panic is what a leader and a great nation and great people do.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Travels to 20

My oldest turns 20 this week, so we had dinner in downtown Charlottesville tonight.
I celebrated by taking four roads that didn't exist when he was born 20 years ago.

  • Lewis and Clark Dr., where I work.
  • Berkmar Drive extended, which opened this weekend.
  • The Rio Road overpass on Rt. 29
  • John Warner parkway.
Lots of things have changed in 20 years.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lessons from the beard

In April, I decided to start growing a beard.
Both of my younger brothers had beards at the time, and I wanted to see how mine would come in.
They both had white beards that made them look like Santa Claus.
Not me.
Areas of grey, but also areas of my natural color.
After a while, I decided to keep it until my beach trip.
I wanted to be the Old Man and the Sea.

I have had some nice comments on having a beard.
Makes you look more distinguished, like a professor my mom said.
My wife hates it though.
I ask her, how can I make it better.
Shave it off is the reply.
Thus the lesson of the beard answers the question about why President Trump tweets as he does.
He likes it.
It's a part of him.
Would a trim of his Twitter output satisfy his foes?
Cut the whole thing off.
Like Samson and his hair, Trump feels he gains power from his tweets.
His thoughts are there for his supporters and opponents to see.
Trump wouldn't be Trump without his twitter feed.
I don't look for Trump to trim his twitter anytime soon.
After today's WrestleMania tweet, I hope it's obvious where he stands on the matter.
He's the President and you're not.
But like a showman, how's he going to top this tweet?

If Trump changed, would everyone else?

The discussion of President Trump's tweets often moves from "not presidential" to "preventing his agenda from being discussed."
Critics imagine how much could be done if President Trump didn't divert the discussion into the Twitter gutter.
He could even bring Democrats and Republicans together.
I doubt it.
We've seen a few times where Trump acted like people think a president should - his speech to Congress in February and his first overseas trip.
Immediately, any hint of praise for the presidential Trump got met with a chorus of anger - how can you normalize him?
You can keep dreaming of the lovely things that would happen if President Trump reduced his tweet output.
I doubt reality would match up.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

I like this feature where it brings up memories.

Saturday song

Get ready for the Fourth of July with Toby Keith.

Chasing the sun

Mental Floss tells of preparation for the Great American Eclipse on August 21.
Especially Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the town closest to the place where the total eclipse will last the longest.
The town, which expects visitors from across the U.S. as well as from as far as Germany, Brazil, and Japan, has hired a full-time eclipse coordinator. They've requested 85 National Guard and a handful of state police be on hand to help control traffic on the two-lane highways lacing the countryside. They've advised locals to avoid eating out on the days before the eclipse to ease the food crunch, and they've hired at least 50 food vendors to set up shop downtown (50 more vendors will be located at different spots around the county). Officials have encouraged locals to acquire temporary health and safety licenses to hawk snacks.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Weekend watchdog

NBC starts its time covering NASCAR - just in time for Dale Earnhardt Jr's farewell tour.
Junior takes his final trips about the Daytona oval Saturday, starting when the flag drops on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
Earnhardt has posted four victories at Daytona, including the July race months after his father died in a final lap crash at the Daytona 500. He won the July race in 2015 before sitting out the second half of last season.
The Xfinity Series goes Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's qualifying for both series Friday at 2 p.m.
The Tour de France gets underway Saturday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with stage two Sunday at 8 a.m.
The Orioles host the Rays for the weekend on MASN.
The Nationals head to St. Louis with Friday's contest at 8 p.m. will be on MASN2, Saturday's game on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN.
Fox also offers the Yankees against the Astros and Indians-Tigers. The Marlins meet the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The PGA tour visits the Washington area this weekend, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Fox has the final two rounds of the U.S. Senior Open Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The second round is on FoxSports1 Friday at 2 p.m.
The Confederation Cup closes this weekend, with Chile facing Germany at noon on after the third-place game between Mexico and Paraguay at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces Ghana in an international friendly Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.
Real Salt Lake visits Orlando Friday at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN, then Sporting Kansas City battles Portland Saturday at 7 p.m. Philadelphia faces New England on FoxSports1 Sunday at 5 p.m.
There's a pair of CFL games Friday on ESPN2, with British Columbia taking on Toronto at 7 p.m. before Montreal meets Edmonton at 10 p.m.
Seattle clashes with Connecticut in WNBA play Thursday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network carries the Diamond League track and field meet in Paris Saturday at 2 p.m.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mourning Joe

President Trump blasted Morning Joe and Mika this morning, giving them more attention than they've had in a while.
He keeps driving the media crazy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Build the road

For years, there's been a dream of a new interstate highway through the West Virginia mountains.
The final destination would be Myrtle Beach.
That leg in South Carolina gets closer to reality.
He said the greatest benefit of I-73, which is estimated to cost about $4 billion, is that it will be a hurricane evacuation route, but it will also lessen traffic on U.S. Highway 501, getting travelers in and out of Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas efficiently.
Wooten said the road will be funded and maintained by tolls, projected at 12 cents a mile, and the cost would depend on where drivers enter and leave the highway.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


The money has been running out in Illinois.
Saturday marks the start of a new budget year - another one without a budget.
The people have been waiting for their leaders to lead - unfortunately it's off a cliff.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Take a snooze

The New York Times gives space to the idea of taking a nap at work.
Good luck not ending up on the unemployment line.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Give it a quick gong

Althouse wasn't impressed by the new Gong Show, especially Mike Myers as the mystery host.
More here, explaining the role of Mike Myers made up into a new character with a name I'd tell you if I could remember but I'm not going back to that link to find out.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stuck in loser gear

Maureen Dowd looks at the Democrats' problems with the electorate.
Democrats are going to have to come up with something for people to be for, rather than just counting on Trump to implode. (Which he will.) The party still seems flummoxed that there are big swaths of the country where Democrats once roamed that now regard the Democratic brand as garbage and its long-in-the-tooth leadership as overstaying its welcome. The vibe is suffocating. Where’s the fresh talent?
How about a fresh idea?
Trump's not going to implode.
He hasn't for years.
He didn't during the primary and campaign.
And he hasn't in the months since becoming president.

Facebook quote of the week

Please, oh please, let me hit the lottery this week...

Saturday song

Could this be some magic from Barry Manilow?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend watchdog

To reach the College World Series, you have to win two series.
You need two more to claim the crown.
The winners of the two brackets meet Monday in a best-of-three series for the championship.
Oregon State and Florida have advanced to Friday's bracket championship games, with Oregon State playing LSU at 3 p.m. on ESPN while Florida faces TCU at 8 p.m.
Bracket finals will be played Saturday, if necessary, with the two winners moving onto the championship series.
The Orioles visit Tampa Bay for the weekend, with coverage on MASN2 Friday before moving to MASN Saturday and Sunday. The Nationals take on the Reds on MASN Friday at 7 p.m., with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
FoxSports1 has the Braves' contest with the Brewers Saturday at 4 p.m. Fox offers three contests - Mets against Giants, Angels taking on Red Sox and Pirates facing Cardinals - Saturday at 7 p.m. ESPN closes the weekend with the Cardinals taking on the Pirates Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR's Monster Series visits Sonoma Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1, while the Xfinity Series will be in Iowa Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The trucks race in Iowa Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The IndyCar circuit runs on NBC Sports network Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
Break out your red umbrella for the Travelers championship on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NHL picks its future stars starting Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has races in the America's Cup final from Bermuda Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Confederations Cup continues Saturday as Russia tangles with Mexico at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. it's Germany-Cameroon on Fox and Chile against Australia on FoxSports1.
Fox has the MLS battle of New York Saturday at 1 p.m., and Portland plays Seattle Sunday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Royal Ascot horse races will be on NBC Sports network at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Comcast carries Arena Football action between Washington and Baltimore Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN2 has the CFL contest between Edmonton and British Columbia Saturday at 10 p.m., with Hamilton facing Toronto Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Mystics meet the Lynx Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's volleyball from Seattle on NBC Sports network Sunday at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from Muddy Creek Saturday at 3 p.m.