Tuesday, April 25, 2017

These are the days of our lives

Scott Adams gives his perspective on President Trump reaching the 100 day mark of his administration.
Everyone observing politics seems to agree on two things about a president’s first 100 days in office:
1. 100 days is a meaningless, arbitrary marker for a president’s performance that is likely to be more misleading than useful.
2. Let’s treat it like it is important! Reeeeeeee!

Monday, April 24, 2017

New job for O'Reilly

Althouse commenters have a great idea for Bill O'Reilly's next gig.
Fire Spicer and hire O'Reilly. It would be the most fun ever.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

No life of party

Do you support abortion rights?
Great, Democrats have room for you in their party.
Do you question abortion rights?
Forget about it.
Will they learn to regret that decision?
If the Democrats want to weed out every single candidate across the nation who opposes abortion they will be driven further into the wilderness than they are now. Pro-abortion speeches sell really well in the coastal cities where Democrats hold large majorities and raise most of their money, but there’s an awfully large swath of the country in between where that’s not going to win you an election. I get that Perez needs to appease his base during the tumultuous transition they’re currently going through, but if he’s actually interested in doing the job he fought so hard for he needs to start delivering some wins. And you don’t do that by letting the most extreme wing of your party write all of the rules.

Looking forward to the next 2800 days

The Trump presidency reaches 100 days this week.
The media, like Chuck Todd, wonder if Trump has done anything.
Trump voters have been impressed.
Trump’s supporters are unfazed that a new health-care law is not in place (yet), thrilled with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, weary of the constant accusations of his ties to Russia, supportive of his strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its people and dismayed that House Republicans and Democrats are unwilling to compromise. To them, the president remains disruptive, unconventional, defiant and willing to change his mind — appealing attributes to his supporters, but not so to the press.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

A plan for O'Reilly

Don Surber has some ideas for Bill O'Reilly's next act.
Be as independent as you can be. If you are working for someone, max contributions to a 401-k, IRA, whatever, for that fateful day when either you tell them to shove it, or they shove you out.
I see where O'Reilly got a nice settlement. Good for him. Maybe he can do Sirius. Put up a studio. Get a screen caller, techs, research assistant and work from anywhere in the world.
They can knock us down, but we rise up stronger, better, and happier.

Saturday song

Just a reminder, it's a wonderful world.
Oh, yeah.

Facebook quote of the week

I was pulled over by a State Trooper today. It turned out ok: I let him off with a warning.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Fresh off their Easter break, NASCAR drivers are planning another big contest at a small track.
Fox has coverage of the Food City 500 Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kyle Larson has the points lead early in the season, but only one win compared to two by Brad Keslowski.
The NBA postseason continues Friday as the Bulls battle the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 7 p.m. and Houston travels to Oklahoma City at 9:30 p.m. The night closes on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. with the Clippers taking on the Jazz.
There's four games on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. on TNT with Bucks-Raptors. The Wizards visit the Hawks at 5:30 p.m. on TNT and Comcast, then action moves to ESPN for Spurs against Grizzlies at 8 p.m. and Trail Blazers clashing with the Warriors in the nightcap.
ABC has a pair of contests Sunday afternoon, with Pacers-Cavaliers at 1 p.m. and the Thunder meeting the Rockets at 3:30 p.m. TNT takes over at 6:30 p.m. with the Bulls battling the Celtics followed by Clippers against Jazz.
The chase for the Stanley Cup continues Friday as Comcast has the Capitals' return home for Game 5 Friday at 7 p.m., with national coverage on NBC Sports network. USA carries Bruins-Senators at 7:30 p.m.
NBC has Game 5 between the Wild and Blues Saturday at 3 p.m., with Rangers- Canadiens at 8 p.m. The Oilers meet the Sharks on NBC Sports network at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the Bruins battle the Senators at 3 p.m. on NBC and it's Game 6 between the Capitals and Senators at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC Sports network.
The Orioles host the Red Sox Friday and Saturday on MASN2, moving to MASN Sunday afternoon.
The Nationals meet the Mets on MASN Friday and Saturday. Saturday's game is also on FoxSports1, and Sunday's series finale will be on ESPN at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, Florida faces South Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
CBS offers the PGA tour stop in Texas Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Burnley battles Manchester United Sunday at 9:10 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Crystal Palace.
Foxsports1 has the FA Cup semifinal matching Manchester City and Arsenal Sunday at 10 a.m.
Orlando City meets New York City in MLS action Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, then the Galaxy take on Seattle Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network offers the Indy Car Alabama Grand Prix Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
It's spring football time at Notre Dame, with NBC Sports network covering the Blue-Gold game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ESPN has the Alabama contest Saturday at 3 p.m.
There's three college softball games on ESPN2 Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. with Baylor-Oklahoma. Arizona tangles with Oregon at 5 p.m. followed by Texas A&M against Georgia. Action continues Sunday at 1 p.m. with Baylor facing Oklahoma before another matchup between Oregon and Arizona at 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The losing will continue

Don Surber tries to help the Democratic party.
It's doubtful they will listen.
The Democratic Party will never recover from November until they admit they were wrong, and come up with their own plan on how to make America great again.
In short, Democrats will not win again until they grow up.
There is no entitlement to win. The party that offers the best to the most people wins. So far, all Democrats have to offer is girly melodrama about The Resistance and pink knitted hats given a naughty name.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Missed it by that much

Democrats had high hopes in Tuesday's special election in Georgia.
They thought they had a candidate who could get over 50 percent in the crowded field.
They would show the world the anti-Trump tide was on the rise.
Didn't happen.
Their candidate won the most votes, but not 50 percent.
About the same percentage Hillary Clinton got in the district last fall.
So there's a runoff, where Republicans can get together behind the second-place finisher.
There was plenty of talk how a Democratic win would weaken President Trump.
Does he emerge stronger after tweeting about the race in the past few days?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A day for good election news

A book on the Hillary Clinton campaign came out tonight.
Along with Andrew Sullivan's take on the last election.
And so I find myself wondering at odd times of the day and night: Why is Trump in the White House? And then I remember. Hillary Clinton put him there.

Monday, April 17, 2017

We have not yet begun to fight

Saturday's protests against President Trump's failure to release his tax returns went up a notch at Berkeley Saturday.
One side has pushed the violence this year.
That side can dial it back, or face wrath.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

God loves life

Happy Easter.
I've been looking through some pictures of my oldest, who will be 20 this summer.
There's many pictures of a happy baby and toddler, enjoying life and learning what's in the world around him.
Swinging on a swing.
Playing on the floor.
Eating food and making a mess.
God's gift to us is bringing new life into the world.
God loves giving us life, and wants us to share in his enjoyment.
Love life.
Because that's what God does.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Easter song

Keith Green shares his heart in "The Easter Song."


When she was born, they partied like it was 1899

The world's oldest person passed away Saturday at age 117.
She appears to have been the last living person born prior to 1900.
At her birth, her family partied like it was 1899.

Facebook quote of the week

It's a special kind of affection you feel for your kids when they still count as tax deductions.

Saturday song

Before you tire of winning, catch Hot Chocolate's song.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The Washington Capitals earned the most points this NHL season.
The Washington Wizards won their first division championship since the Carter administration.
Will either survive until June?
The NHL playoffs began Wednesday, and the NBA tips off this weekend with 16 teams in each league vying for the title.
The Capitals continue their quest with Game 2 Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC Sports network.
It's Game 2 between the Rangers and Canadiens Friday at 7 p.m. on USA. The Wild take on the Blues Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Sharks-Oilers in the nightcap.
NBC brings two games Saturday. The Bruins battle Ottawa at 3 p.m. and there's a primetime meeting between the Predators and Blackhawks.
The Flames face the Ducks to close out the night on NBC Sports network.
The Wild and Blues meet in Game 3 of their series Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC. CNBC offers Penguins-Blue Jackets at 6 p.m. with NBC Sports network showing Canadiens against Rangers at 7 p.m. and Oilers clashing with the Sharks at 10 p.m.
NBA action begins Saturday at 3 p.m. on ABC with the Cavaliers hosting the Pacers. ESPN takes over with three more contests, as the Bucks face the Raptors at 5:30 p.m. followed by Grizzlies-Spurs and Jazz against the Clippers.
The Wizards tangle with the Hawks at 1 p.m. on TNT and Comcast. ABC brings the Warriors' contest with the Trail Blazers at 3:30 p.m., then it's back to TNT for Bulls-Celtics at 6:30 p.m. and the Thunder meet the Rockets at 9 p.m.
The Orioles continue their visit to Toronto Friday on MASN2, with coverage on MASN Saturday and Sunday.
The Nationals host the Phillies Friday at 4 p.m. on MASN, with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
The Indians host the Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the weekend concludes with the Cardinals' visit to Yankee Stadium Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, it's Oklahoma State-Kansas Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Florida faces Vanderbilt Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour visits Hilton Head Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
ESPN offers MLS soccer between Philadelphia and New York City FC Friday at 7 p.m. and Orlando City hosts the Galaxy Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on Fox.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on AFC Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Crystal Palace clashes with Leicester City. West Bromwich Albion meets Liverpool Sunday at 8:25 a.m. followed by Manchester United-Chelsea.
It's Manchester City against Southampton Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
The NCAA women's gymnastics championships will be Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN after the semifinals Friday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's rugby between the Harlequins and Exeter Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Leicester faces Newcastle Saturday at 2 p.m.
Missouri meets Alabama in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It's a blast

Today's big news was the big blast in Afghanistan.
Got your attention, bad guys?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Be glad she lost

There's a book coming out about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
It will make you appreciate the outcome.
Her aides took the browbeating — one of several she delivered in person and on the phone that day — in silence. They had a lot of their own thoughts on what went wrong, some of which echoed Hillary’s assessment: her message was off for Michigan, and she had refused to go hard against trade; Mook had pinched pennies and failed to put organizers on the ground; the polling and analytics were a touch too rosy, meaning the campaign didn’t know Bernie was ahead; she had set up an ambiguous decisionmaking structure on the campaign; and she’d focused too heavily on black and brown voters at the expense of competing for the whites who had formed her base in 2008. The list went on and on. 
The underlying truth — the one that many didn’t want to admit to themselves — was the person ultimately responsible for these decisions, the one whose name was on the ticket, hadn’t corrected these problems, all of which had been brought to her attention before primary day. She’d stuck with the plan, and it had cost her.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

United we stand

Does anybody not have an opinion on United Airlines and the passenger taken off the plane against his will?
How many more days will we be talking about it?
I can't blame it on the media, when I and 98% of the internet-using public seized on this story yesterday. Few wanted the guy being dragged off the plane to be dragged through the mud, but when you make something a story, you get spin-off stories. The latter is kind of an unavoidable consequence of the former.
It does seem to me this new story, while not exactly what I wanted to read about the victim here, is in fact news. (Or at least what passes for "news" in the current clickbait age.)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Key to sibling mayhem

Happy National Siblings Day.
My brother notes an Allstate calendar that can bring mayhem to the day.
It suggests sending a note to your siblings, saying
"Happy Siblings Day, signed Mom's favorite."

Sunday, April 9, 2017

They'll keep losing until they learn

As long as Democrats blame the Russians for the loss in the last election, will they have a chance in 2020?
If they keep re-running the Russian angle, they miss where the electorate will be next time around.
President Trump will be keeping his finger on the pulse of the country until then.

Celebration 108 years in the making

The Chicago Cubs have their home opener Monday.
The first home game since winning the World Series.
Think there will be some excitement?

Doing things Obama wouldn't do

How do you feel about the missiles fired at Syria by President Trump?
President Obama never made you think about the scenario.
He left you thinking why didn't he fire missiles.
Or do something in Syria.
Doing things left undone by Obama.
That's Trump's mission.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Rickles and Reagan

With the passing of Don Rickles, I've been enjoying different highlight of him on YouTube.
He had a nice set in 1985 prior to the second inaugural of President Reagan.

Facebook quote of the week

I don't have anything to worry about and that worries me.

Saturday song

Finding a song to post each Saturday morning is a hard habit to break.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Today's Russian lesson

What does Gorsuch mean in Russian?
"You lose, Democrats."

Weekend watchdog

It's the weekend of the year to watch golf.
The honorary starters have done their work, and a new crop of contenders seek their green jacket this weekend at Augusta National.
ESPN has second round action Friday at 3 p.m. CBS takes over the weekend, with coverage starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and the final round Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rainy weather hit the course Monday and forced cancellation of the par-3 contest Wednesday. But the weather looks good for a weekend of watching and awaiting the green jacket presentation.
The Nationals visit Philadelphia for the weekend. Friday afternoon's contest will be on MASN, with games Saturday and Sunday on MASN2.
The Orioles close out the first week of the season with the Yankees in town, with Friday's game on MASN2 and contests Saturday and Sunday on MASN. FoxSports1 also carries Saturday's game.
The Marlins meet the Mets Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
On the college diamond, Oklahoma takes on Texas Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1. Vanderbilt faces South Carolina Saturday at noon on ESPN2.
The Spurs battle the Clippers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest with the Knicks Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the meeting with the Heat Saturday at 7 p.m.
It's Frozen Four weekend, with the championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Capitals close the regular season against the Panthers Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast after playing the Bruins Saturday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Lightning and Canadiens Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR visits Texas for the weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Fox.
NBC Sports network brings the Chinese Grand Prix Sunday at 1:30 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 3 a.m.
The Grand Prix of Long Beach takes to the streets Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There's practice Friday at 5 p.m.
For a different kind of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Wood Memorial Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Watford Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it's Manchester City meeting Hull City. Sunderland battles Manchester United Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Everton takes on Leicester City.
NBC brings Chelsea's clash with Bournemouth Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
The United States faces Russia in an international friendly Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN in men's soccer.
Orlando meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN followed by Sporting KC against Colorado on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
ESPN offers the Florida State spring football game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Villanova faces Denver in college lacrosse Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It's LSU-Alabama in college softball Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by UCLA against Oregon.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Sale and Worcester Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Over there plus 100

Legal Insurrection notes the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I.
Right before America joined, the Allies began to fall apart. Russia faced a revolution in February 1917 that forced Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate and saw the rise of the Communists. British and French forces could not fill in the holes left by the fallen soldiers. The Allies needed the Americans. The U.S. government established the Selective Service Act in 1917, which brought in 2.8 million men and 10,000 arrived in Europe every day. So while the Allies replaced their losses, the Germans could not:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

It won't be the same

The Masters opens Thursday morning with the honorary starters taking to the first tee box.
Arnold Palmer won't be there with them.
But he will surely be remembered as the crowd gathers again.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trump goes "Meep meep"

Don Surber sees President Trump escaping yet another attempted media trap.
Once again he said something that was just enough off for the media to jump on it thinking this time -- finally this time -- we have got him trapped. There is no escape.
But there was an escape, and he made it. Just as the Road Runner passes through the tunnel Wile E. Coyote painted on the boulder, so President Trump sails through another media storm.
A month later, there is no doubt anywhere that the Obama administration spied on Citizen Trump.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Rice is cooked

How did news of Donald Trump and Russians get out into the media?
It appears Susan Rice helped push out the narrative.
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like "U.S. Person One."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Opening Day wish

MASN manager Buck Showalter has his thoughts on the first game of the season looming Monday.
“I just want the weather to be good, the beer to be cold, the baseball to be good and everybody have a great time and the Orioles win and they want to come back,” Showalter said.

Give them a pizza your mind

34 million.
That's how many possible pizza combinations Domino's figures it can offer to its customers.
How do you make a sign for the caloric amounts on those combinations and meet the government requirements?

He's legit so quit

Andrew McCarthy reminds us how Democrats' views changed once the ballots were cast.
What happened here is very simple: Russia was unimportant to Democrats, was avoided by Democrats, until they needed to rationalize a stunning defeat.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ship of fools

It's hours away from April Fools Day.
In past years, people would try to trick you with fake news stories.
That's a hard task in 2017.
My best?
Russia Admits Hacking Election to Boost MSNBC's Ratings.

Weekend watchdog

On Opening Night, the Chicago Cubs will take the field as defending World Series champions - for the first time since 1909.
The Cubs and Cardinals meet Sunday at 8:25 p.m. on ESPN to cap three contests on the first day of the regular season.
The Yankees and Rays tangle at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and the Giants play the Diamondbacks on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. The rest of the league gets going Monday as the campaign begins.
The Nationals have exhibition games against the Red Sox Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN, with ESPN picking up the Saturday game also.
The NCAA's Final Four meet in Phoenix, with the semifinals starting Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBS. Gonzaga takes on South Carolina in the early matchup, followed by North Carolina-Oregon.
The winners advance to Monday night's championship and a chance to cut down the nets.
The women's Final Four tips on ESPN2 Friday at 7:30 with South Carolina against Stanford, then Connecticut clashes with Mississippi State at 10 p.m. The winners battle Sunday at 6 p.m. for the championship.
Four of the best high school teams meet Friday at 3 and 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The winners play Saturday at noon on ESPN after the girls championship at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Spurs meet the Thunder Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Rockets-Warriors.
Comcast carries the Wizards' contest with the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. and meeting with the Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Celtics face the Knicks at 1 p.m. Sunday on ABC, then the Jazz visit the Spurs.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville for the weekend, with the Monster Cup Series on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m. The Truck Series will be on Fox Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals clash with Columbus Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network has the Flyers' visit the Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Comcast brings the Flyers and Devils Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks battle the Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
FoxSports1 has a pair of MLS matches Friday, with Toronto against Sporting KC at 7:30 p.m. before Seattle meets Atlanta. The Timbers take on the Revolution on ESPN2 Sunday at 9 p.m.
Liverpool faces Everton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace. Swansea City meets Middleborough Sunday at 8:25 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Manchester City.
NBC Sports network has the World Championship Figure Skating competition, with Pairs Free Thursday at 1 p.m. and Ladies Free Sunday at 1 p.m. The Men's Free program will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Fill up your weekend with the PGA tour's Houston Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
ESPN2 has the women's semifinals of the Miami Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. There's a men's semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. The women's championship is Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and men's final Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the college diamond, Texas A&M takes on LSU Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Auburn battles Georgia in SEC softball Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Colgate visits Loyola in women's college lacrosse Saturday at noon on Comcast.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

He's an easy lover

Via Ace, the story of a T Rex that you haven't heard before.
They found an earlier cousin of the tyranosaurus, not a rex but a smaller one, and found they probably enjoyed Snout Sex.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bad Vibrations

There's a bad vibe about vibes over at Ace's.
I've spend more of my life as an agnostic than I have as a Christian and it's no big deal to me when other people don't pray, but there's a substitute expression that a lot of atheist/agnostic people fall back on that I positively despise: Sending good vibes your way.
The way I see it, if you think prayer is some sort of mystical hokum then how is it that you believe in "vibes" instead? What are these vibes? Can you see them? Can they be measured? And how, exactly, does one send them? Is it like ESP? Do you wave your fingers? Is there some sort of sacred incantation developed by the Celtic druids of yore?

Follow the system

Scott Adams still sees Donald Trump moving forward while the media harps on last week's loss on health care reform.
By the way, I told you during the campaign that one of Trump’s signature moves is creating two ways to win and no way to lose. He did that again with healthcare. Here were his two ways to win:
1. Healthcare bill gets passed on the first try. Trump looks like an effective leader. The details of the bill get improved over time.
2. The healthcare bill does NOT pass on the first try. This softens up the far right by branding them villains. Now they have to compromise on the next bill or watch as centrist Democrats enter the conversation. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on Obamacare, and the conditions for compromise are IMPROVING EVERY MINUTE. That’s what the Master Persuader tells us happens when you “walk away from the table” like you mean it. Trump just walked away from the table to go work on tax reform. If you watch his Twitter feed, you know he is winking at the public and telling us to stay tuned on healthcare.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Who did the Russians influence?

When it comes to the Russians and the 2016 presidential election, one question remains.
Who directly changed their vote from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump based on supposed Russian influences?
You can say Russians attempted to influence the campaign.
You can add Trump advisors who met with Russians.
But how do you jump to votes changing?
Thousands of votes in the key states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Viva, Al Davis

The Raiders are on the move again, this time to Las Vegas.
“I have mixed feelings, obviously,’’ said owner Mark Davis, appearing subdued, minutes after the announcement at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. “I love Oakland. I love the fans in Oakland.” But … “My father always said, ‘The greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness.”

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Real Earth Hour anthem

If you like Earth Hour, Cletus T. Judd has your song.
There's no need for electricity if every light in the house is blown.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday song

Head off to the jungle with Tarzan Boy.


Recycling update

A nice start to the day with a trip to the recycling center.
Still paying 40 cents a pound for cans.

Facebook quote of the week

We definitely knew the way to San Jose . . . wish we would have stayed longer!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The overall top seed and defending champion - Villanova - won't be heading to Phoenix.
Three more days until we know the four teams who will play the final weekend.
The Sweet 16 continues Friday on CBS at 7 p.m. with North Carolina taking on Butler. Kentucky and UCLA tangle in the second game of the South regional. Madison Square Garden hosts the East regional, with Baylor-South Carolina in the first game at 7:29 p.m. followed by Florida against Wisconsin.
It's Xavier-Gonzaga for the West Regional championship Saturday at 6 p.m. on TBS, followed by Kansas against Oregon. The final two slots are filled Sunday afternoon on CBS.
The women's Sweet 16 starts Friday at 7 p.m. with regional action from Lexington and Oklahoma City. The other two regions - Bridgeport and Stockton get going Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Nets will be cut down in Lexington and Oklahoma City Sunday at noon and 7:30 p.m.
Division II crowns its champion Saturday at 3 p.m. when Fairmont State faces Northwest Missouri State on CBS.
ABC has the Thunder against the Rockets Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Nets on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and the Cavaliers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Penguins battle the Flyers Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network after NBC offers Wild-Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, North Dakota meets Boston University in a West regional semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR closes its west coast swing with a visit to Fontana. Fox has the Monster Series Sunday at 3:30 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Australian Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
For a different type of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Dubai World Cup Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
On the college diamond, LSU faces Florida Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and TCU takes on Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
Comcast has Louisville's contest with North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m. and Miami meets North Carolina Sunday at noon.
Oklahoma State and TCU close out their series Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
Auburn tangles with Florida in college softball Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour's World Golf Championship has coverage on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
FoxSports1 has World Cup qualifying Friday, with Mexico against Costa Rica at 8:30 p.m. followed by United States' contest with Honduras.
Azerbaijan takes on Germany on ESPN2 Sunday at 11:50 a.m.
There's rugby between Bristol and Gloucester Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Saracens against Bath Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A sick system

President Trump and Republicans are trying to find a better way through healthcare and insurance.
Obamacare helps a few, but costs more for many people.
Can a better system be put in place without drawing major opposition?
They are trying.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

He knows the truth

Scott Adams read the article about himself at Bloomberg, and gives multiple examples of the writer's bias showing through.
The writer badgered me on several occasions to make a comparison between Dogbert and Trump. I said Dogbert’s personality is based on my own dark inner thoughts and had nothing to do with Trump except they are both ambitious in the extreme. So she wrote this: “I’d thought the point of those strips was to laugh at Dogbert’s cruelty—not celebrate it. But Adams seemed elated by the triumph of a Dogbertesque president.” WTF?
That’s sixteen intentionally-biased or incorrect components in one story.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's the pits

Over at Instapundit, Stephen Green is closely following the argument about Wonder Woman and armpit hair.
Yes, some please care about this topic.
And that's very illustrative of what they are still trying to call "feminist" these days. If whether or not a fictional superhero is a feminist if she shaves her armpits apparently has something to do with the quality of a woman's life in the West, then THE ACTUAL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN THE WEST IS AWESOME.
Of course, it's hysterical that no progressive is complaining that Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, is gorgeous. After all, isn't her standard of beauty "unattainable by real women"?

Such a good judge

Neil Gorsuch's testimony before the Senate has Powerline impressed.
Gorsuch displayed the same high degree of knowledge, ability to explain the law, humility, respect for the Constitution, and overall judiciousness that we have seen from most recent Supreme Court nominees, especially John Roberts and Samuel Alito. What stood out for me was Gorsuch’s ability to demonstrate his humanity.
Perhaps this comes from having been a trial lawyer who litigated a variety of cases — big and small — for plaintiffs and defendants. I believe, it’s been a good while since we’ve had a Supreme Court nominee with that background.
Gorsuch knows how to talk plainly to people, how to emote, and how to show his humanity. I’m certainly glad I never had to face him in a jury trial.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Who invaded Trump's privacy

President Trump claims former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last fall.
I doubt Obama walked into the building with gear, but someone wanted to know what was going on there.
During a presidential campaign.
And the results of that surveillance have been seen for months.
Who did it isn't the primary question.
How come is.
Unless the Trump team did its own wiretapping, someone trying to knock him down did.
Some Trump opponent was involved.
Why did they break laws on privacy?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nobody cares about Merrick Garland

While the Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch get going this week, Blue Virginia dwells in the past - claims of Republicans stealing the seat.
The column starts with the usual rants about President Trump, but wants to tar all Republicans with his disgust of Trump.
The Supreme Court battle of last year provides the best way to do that.
But the battle was lost.
Because people didn't care.
If they did care, they would have elected Hillary Clinton to punish Republicans for their treatment of Merrick Garland.
They didn't.
Democrats can keep complaining, but it's all they have now.

Poor Verne

Verne Lundquist did the broadcast of Saturday's game between West Virginia and Notre Dame.
The action got a little too close to him during pregame warmups.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The legend's lone number one hit

Chuck Berry had many memorable songs, but only one reached number one on the charts - My Ding-A-Ling.
Remember to sing along.

Facebook quote of the week

Okay for those of you who chose to listen and NOT fact check, MEALS on WHEELS receives ONLY 3% of their Nationwide budget from the Federal Government.
STOP listening to Democrats and their LYING media!

Saturday song

Back to the 80s with Tiffany.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Sixth-eight teams earned spots in the NCAA tournament.
Only one gets a shining moment to cherish in a few weeks.
The tournament continues Friday on CBS with Michigan against Oklahoma State at 12:15 p.m. TruTv's four contests start with Baylor's battle with New Mexico State. TNT has the 8-9 matchup between Seton Hall and Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. from Greenville before top-seed North Carolina meets Texas Southern. TBS brings Oregon-Iona at 2 p.m.
CBS offers four games from the second round Saturday, with primetime doubleheaders on TNT and TBS.
There's more action on CBS Sunday afternoon, with two contests each on TBS and TNT while TruTV adds one contest at 7:30 p.m.
Then we're down to the Sweet 16.
There's NIT action Saturday and Sunday at noon on ESPN and Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
The women's tournament starts Friday at noon on ESPN2. Connecticut takes on Albany Saturday at 11 a.m. to start the second day of competition, with second round play Sunday at noon.
Comcast has Wizards-Bulls Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers meet the Clippers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Orioles take on the Tigers in spring training action Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
On the college diamond, Virginia tangles with Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
NASCAR visits Phoenix this weekend, with the Monster Series going Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on Fox Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC has the Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Paribas Open has its quarterfinals Friday on ESPN at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, with finals Sunday at 2 p.m.
Seattle meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Bromwich Albion faces Arsenal Saturday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Stoke City clashing with Chelsea before Bournemouth faces Swansea City. Middleborough meets Manchester City Sunday at 7:55 a.m. and it's Tottenham Hotspur against Southampton at 10 a.m.
ESPN offers the NCAA wrestling championships, with finals Saturday at 8 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Friday at 12:30 p.m. and there's Giant Slalom Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
It's the World Women's Curling Championship Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gained viewers but lost respect

Lots of people watched Rachel Maddow Tuesday.
Lots were left wondering after the show.
Anybody else have 2005 tax returns they'd like to release to her?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

He's got the look

Someone found the perfect picture of President Trump and his inspiration, Dilbert.

Trump know how much tax he paid

It was a great game Tuesday night.
Donald Trump knows the answers.
The media guesses, and guesses wrong.
Thus, great interest is paid to find out Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2015.
Few people can imagine having that much money.
Fewer can imagine that much being just their tax bill.
Especially those who use their tax refund to buy cars or other items - especially sought by business owners this time of year.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

30 years of shining moments

USA Today watched and ranked 30 years worth of "One Shining Moments" after the NCAA tournament.
Pick your favorite.
It's interesting that they disliked 2002, but loved 2003 when Luther Vandross first sang the song.

Ready for spring

The last big snow of winter turned out to be not much.
Maybe an inch in Fishersville instead of the possible foot they thought possible over the weekend.
I should have known the storm would be a bust when I saw my neighbor working on his snowblower Sunday.
Maybe next year you'll get a chance to use it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dog gone funny

Did Saturday Night Live have a funny skit this week?
Maybe the talking dog who likes Trump.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rooting for the "Mensch on the bench"

The World Baseball Classic has 16 countries competing for the title.
Through the first round, Israel has been the big surprise.
They beat Cuba Saturday, with games against the Netherlands Monday morning and Japan Wednesday.

He will never learn

Shia Lebeouf has tried three locations to protect President Trump.
He thought the last would be impossible to find.
In only a few days, it was found.
Autists at 8chan's /hwndu/ board immediately began searching for clues to the whereabouts of the flag. Listening to the local fauna, they were able to guess the biome of the flag. By watching the sun go down, they were able to find the orientation of the flag. At night they were able to see stars in the background and used that to find the general location of the flag. After 3am they then sent out a car who honked his horn at strategic locations to pinpoint the flag by playing "Marco Polo" with 8chan over the video stream.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Example of closed mind thinking

AlterNet gives voice to someone who doubts there can be understanding between Trump voters and the coastal elites.
He doesn't think Trump voters understand their fault in their problems.
The real problem is that rural Americans don't understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of the choices they’ve made and the horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.
The author offers lots of others to blame.
Rural Christian white Americans have let anti-intellectual, anti-science, bigoted racists like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, the Stepford wives of Fox, and every evangelical preacher on television into their systems because these people tell them what they want to hear and because they sell themselves as being like them. The truth is none of these people give a rat’s ass about rural Christian white Americans except how they can exploit them for attention and money.
The author uses his background to try and show his understanding of rural culture, but it seems more the view of some who reviles that culture.
And sees their flaws instead of their own.

Facebook quote of the week

Before the snow season started last year I claimed that since I had 3 working snowblowers that we wouldn't get much snow this year. A picture this year would just show brown grass. On this day in 2014 I had 3 working shovels. Snowblowers deter snow storms. Science!

Saturday song

Time for some Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Still feeling blue

New Republic produces another wine by a progressive still dealing with Trump's win.
They think the blue areas have the money, and should keep it themselves.
But the writer does understand what happened in 2016.
This letter is not intended as one more postmortem on what went wrong: on how the media should have done a better job, or how Hillary Clinton was a bad, bad, terribly bad candidate, the worstest candidate that ever was. Granted, it was Clintonism as a political philosophy, as practiced not only by both Clintons but also by President Obama and many others, that put the final stake in the heart of the Democratic Party as a national entity.

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Who's going where?
Who has the best road to Phoenix?
The debates begin Sunday night after the 68-team NCAA tournament field gets revealed.
CBS has coverage at 5:30 p.m., and sports TV and radio continue the debates until next Thursday.
The ACC tournament continues its visit the Big Apple, with a semifinal between North Carolina and Duke Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and the ACC network before Florida State faces Notre Dame.
The winners meet in the final Saturday at 9 p.m.
The first two Big Ten quarterfinals will be on ESPN Friday starting at noon. After the ACC semifinals, it's a Pac-12 semifinal game at 11:30 p.m.
ESPN2 offers the Big 12 semifinals Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., after showing a pair of games from the American Conference at noon and 2:30 p.m.
The Big East semifinals will be on FoxSports1 Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The A-10 quarterfinals are Friday starting at noon on NBC Sports network.
CBS has the Big Ten semifinals Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., then the Mountain West crowns its champion at 6 p.m.
The SEC semifinals are on ESPN at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Big 12 championship game at 6 p.m. The PAC-12 championship will tip at 11 p.m.
Fox has the Big East final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
ESPN2 starts its day at 11 a.m. with the championship of the American East Conference between Albany and Vermont. It's the MEAC title tilt at 1 p.m. then the semifinals from the American Conference at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Bids will be offered to the MAC at 7:30 p.m., the Southland Conference at 9:30 p.m. and the Big West at 11:30 p.m.
The SEC crowns its champion on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and the American Conference final is at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Ivy League championship at noon and Sun Belt at 2 p.m.
Then everyone waits to find out their tournament destination.
Comcast has the CAA women's semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m.
ABC has Spurs-Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Bulls' contest with the Celtics Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards meet Sacramento Friday at 10:30 p.m. and the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN has the Cavaliers' trip to Houston Sunday at 9 p.m.
MASN has the Orioles spring training game with the Pirates Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Nationals meet the Astros Sunday at 1 p.m.
NASCAR visits Las Vegas, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The IndyCar season starts on the streets of St. Petersburg Sunday at noon on ABC.
Ousted from home due to the Big Ten tournament, the Capitals have a western swing with visits to the Kings on Comcast-plus Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and the Ducks Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast also offers a pair of contests Saturday afternoon, with the Flyers against the Bruins at 1 p.m. followed by Predators-Sharks.
NBC has the Blackhawks and Wild Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Rangers meet the Red Wings on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7 p.m.
NBC has the PGA tour Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Everton faces West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it's Liverpool-Burnley Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
MLS' new squads - Minnesota and Atlanta - meet on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. before the Galaxy take on the Timbers on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers women's giant slalom skiing Saturday at 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Obligated to pay more

Obamacare fans point to the people they say the law has helped.
What about those the law forced to pay more for worse coverage?
To me, that’s the essence of Obamacare: coerce certain people into paying for more health insurance than they need in order to subsidize health insurance for other people.
My wife’s situation is anomalous. I assume that only a small number of people in America have a primary insurance policy like hers.
But there may be millions of Americans who would like to buy the kind of policy we got for my wife — a lowish cost one with a high deductible that will protect us against the cost of medical catastrophes. (Indeed, it’s one of the principles of normal insurance purchasing to insure only against events you can’t afford the cost of bearing. That’s why I want to buy insurance for my home but not for my television or cell phone).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Making climate scientists feel the heat

Scott Adams has questions for scientists who believe in man-made causes for global warming.
Do they have the answers?
Think of this the next time you go to the beach.
11. When you claim the oceans have risen dramatically, you need to explain why insurance companies are ignoring this risk and why my local beaches look exactly the same to me. Also, when I Google this question, why are half of the top search results debunking the rise? How can I tell who is right? They all sound credible to me.

Defeating the purpose

It's "A Day without a Woman."
I heard about it on my local TV station, with the female journalist reading the story.
More women will be reporting on the event throughout the day.
Women working to tell the impact of women not working.
Would it be better for the movement if all those TV journalists were missing today?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tapping into their fears

Scott Adams examines how President Trump's use of the idea of wiretapping makes for big entertainment.
This wiretapping situation shows us how much fun it will be. Six months ago, if Trump made a hard-to-believe claim about something that is also hard to verify, the country would assume he was lying, incorrect, or negotiating. Now, if he says something hard-to-believe, such as the recent wiretapping claim, you have to wonder if the President knows something you don’t. Because he knows a lot of somethings you don’t. 
If history is our guide, this odd situation, in which the most famous “liar” in the world also has access to the world’s best secrets, will be more entertaining than dangerous. We’re seeing that entertainment now. Trump can make any claim about hard-to-verify situations and we’ll all have to wonder if he knows something we don’t.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thoughts from a grumpy old man

Do you care what David Letterman thinks about President Trump?
I don't have an obligation to care, or listen.

Read and learn

Time to learn about the American Health Care Act.
Repeal and replace the Democratic rhetoric.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The weight we were

Barbra Streisand is gaining weight.
And blaming President Trump.
Maybe he can send her some syrup.

Even foodies fuss

Can't President Trump eat what he enjoys?
The Washington Post's food critic criticizes his steak preference.
Food is often referred to as a bridge, a form of communion, a way to connect with people. Trump, a Queens native known to eat pizza with a knife and fork, views food in tinier terms. Unlike his pie-loving, almond-popping, restaurant-savvy predecessor, the current occupant of the White House appears to see food as something to be dispatched without much thought, like tweeting reviews of “Saturday Night Live.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Understanding Trump's tweets

Powerline tries to understand President Trump's motivation in his early morning tweet storm.
Trump had better be confident either that any wire tap on him was illegal or that the evidence leading to its authorization included nothing damaging to him. One inference from his decision to go on offense is that he has that confidence. But one could also surmise that he sees new trouble ahead and wants to change, as best he can, the focus of the conversation.

Saturday song

We might have reached the end of the line with the Traveling Wilburys.

Facebook quote of the week

I don't care what anyone thinks! Get over it n mind your own business.

Friday, March 3, 2017

For the birds

Before last Saturday's outdoor NHL game in Pittsburgh, there was a quick shot of some penguins at the stadium.
PETA lost it.
Do they know anything about Pittsburgh and its Penguins?
A spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Zoo said that amimal safety was a top priority and that the penguins had zoo keepers and a veterinarian at the stadium.
“The penguins who attended the Winter Classic are some of the same penguins that participate in our weekend Penguins on Parade event," Pittsburgh Zoo spokesperson Tracy Gray said. "They are very comfortable around people and noises. In addition, it was a great enrichment opportunity for our penguins to be introduced to new sounds, sights, and smells. Keepers and our Senior Veterinarian were with the penguins at all times on the ice.”
How can you deny these penguins an "enrichment opportunity?"

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Time to start sending invites to the Big Dance.
 The first conference champions will be crowned this weekend, setting the stage for the field of 68 to be unveiled next Sunday.
The Ohio Valley Conference brings its championship Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the Missouri Valley Championship Sunday at 2 p.m. There's a pair of championship games on ESPN Sunday, with the Big South battle at 1 p.m. and Atlantic Sun at 3 p.m.
There's quarterfinal action from the West Coast Conference Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
Championships and bubble bursting will continue through the week.
For conferences finishing their regular season, West Virginia faces Iowa State Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN2 and it's Kent State-Akron at 9 p.m.
Virginia closes its home season against Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on ACC network. Syracuse faces Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. and other areas will see Miami against Florida State.
Virginia Tech hosts Wake Forest Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast.
There's three games on CBS Saturday, starting at noon with Kentucky-Texas A&M. Notre Dame visits Louisville at 2 p.m. before Arizona battles Arizona State.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Ohio State-Indiana. Florida faces Vanderbilt at 2 p.m., followed by Baylor against Texas and Kansas' contest with Oklahoma State. The GameDay crew catches Duke's contest with North Carolina at 8:15 p.m.
Georgia clashes with Arkansas on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. Memphis meets SMU at 4 p.m. and it's Oregon-Oregon State at 6 p.m.
George Mason faces VCU Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN.
Comcast has a pair of quarterfinals from the CAA tournament Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut Sunday at noon on CBS and it's Northwestern-Purdue at 4:30 p.m.
Comcast has a semifinal from the CAA tournament Sunday at 2 p.m., with the second semifinal on Comcast-plus at 4:30 p.m.
There's ACC women's tournament play Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN2 has a semifinal contest Saturday at noon.
MASN2 has quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's tournament Saturday at noon, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
There's five women's championship games on ESPN2 Sunday. The ACC tips off the action at 1 p.m., followed by the SEC and American Athletic Conference. The Big Ten goes at 7 p.m. with the PAC 12 title title at 9 p.m.
The Heat face the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN before the Spurs face the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m. Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., the Thunder visit the Mavericks.
On Comcast, the Wizards host the Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. and the Magic Sunday at 5 p.m.
ABC offers Clippers-Bulls Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Warriors' visit to the Knicks Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Orioles have a spring training contest with the Phillies Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
There's college baseball on MASN2 Friday, with Texas A&M taking on Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m. and TCU-LSU at 8:30 p.m. There's three more games Sunday, with LSU-Texas Tech at 11 a.m. followed by TCU against Mississippi at 2:30 p.m. and Texas A&M battling Baylor at 6 p.m.
The Capitals meet the Flyers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network has the Blues taking on the Avalanche Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Atlanta this weekend, with the Monster Series race on Fox Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1 followed the Truck Series at 4:30 p.m.
MLS season starts this weekend, and ESPN shows Orlando City against New York City at 5 p.m. and FoxSports1 has Atlanta United's debut contest with the Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m.
Manchester United takes on Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it's Liverpool-Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. Tottenham Hotspur faces Everton Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Sunderland meets Manchester City.
There's rugby Friday on NBC Sports network, as Leicester faces Exeter at 2:30 p.m. followed by the first day of USA Sevens at 7 p.m. Action on day two begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and semifinals Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has women's downhill skiing Friday at 9 p.m.
USA swimming gathers in Indianapolis on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings USA Track and Field Indoor Championship Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

His meeting was different than my meeting

Jeff Sessions met with Russians last summer.
Big deal.
It was his job, as a Senator.
Not his secondary interest helping Donald Trump become president.
Not everything Sessions did last year was in service to Trump.
Republicans can do multiple things.
Maybe Democrats can't understand that.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seeing the real Trump

Rush Limbaugh tells the reason for Democrats' horror - they saw the real Donald Trump for the first time.
I think one of the things that happened last night — and not just in that chamber, but I think in many parts of the country… I really believe this. I think the Democrats in that chamber may for the first time actually have heard Donald Trump say what he thinks and believes. I think they are so devoted to their media, I don’t think they spent much time actually watching Trump rallies, I don’t think they spent much time listening to what Trump was saying at his rallies, because if they had, there would not be this degree of anger and shock and disbelief.
But we know how cocooned these people are. We know how removed they are. They live in their own bubble, and they live in a bubble that has very thick boundaries to protect them from anything they disagree with. They don’t expose themselves to things they don’t agree with; they just characterize it based on their own bigotry and their own prejudice. And as the Democrats were shown on TV last night in these sporadic moments when the camera cut to ’em, yes, I noticed them sitting on their hands, and I noticed them looking really childish.

They've been Trumped

Roger L. Simon sees no hope for the current Democratic party.
Every time Trump called for bipartisanship for the good of our country, they winced.  They couldn't stand it and didn't know how to react because they are the least bipartisan people in the world and they scarcely know what cooperating is.  Working together is not in their natures.  Yes, they talk about it endlessly but they never do it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The time for small thinking is over

Don Surber gives his take on President Trump's speech to Congress Tuesday.
The biggest ovation of the night went to Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who died in last month’s counterterrorism raid in Yemen.
His father was bitter over it, as one might expect. But his widow, Carryn Owens, was there and President Trump assured her that her husband did not die in vain. The president's words and the waves of applause for her husband had to ease some of the great grief she feels. I pray his father, too, gets some solace from this night.
(I hate writing when I am crying. I apologize.)

Guess who went to dinner

IJR's Benny Johnson got a front row seat Saturday when President Trump went out to dinner.
It was quite a treat for those at the restaurant.
Another woman tells Trump it's her birthday and gets a selfie. The woman tells me emotionally afterward that she had no idea Trump would be here. She booked the birthday dinner a month ago and said meeting Trump here was, “like meeting Walt Disney in Disneyland.”

What's cooking

There's been smoke rising from a new restaurant just off I-64 in Waynesboro.
The people at the Fishin' Pig have been warming up for next week's opening.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Time for the real winners

Powerline celebrates the Oscars' major miscue with a collection of memes.
Alvin and friends can still dream.

Not worth watching

Scott Adams describes how his TV viewing is decreasing.
I can’t watch any of those commercials without feeling bad. And that bad feeling is associated with the news channel that carries those commercials. If you associate a bad feeling with a good product for long enough, the good product will become intolerable.
I see no hope of television surviving in the long run if they stick with their current business model of training their customers to hate the entire television experience.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ready for Tuesday's excitement

President Trump addresses Congress Tuesday.
The president’s first speech to Congress will draw a huge TV audience, and the chances are next to nil that he will use the occasion to pretend to be somebody he is not.
To be clear, he is capable of change when it’s necessary. During the campaign, Trump had the discipline to stick to the issues after he dug himself into rabbit holes and started to use a teleprompter to avoid mistakes.
But as president, it’s far too early to declare peace. He’s at war with the status quo and caving in to dead-ender opponents after five weeks would mark him as weak with his core supporters. He wants to expand his power, not reduce it, as he begins the dance with Congress over ObamaCare, tax reform and the budget.
Get your popcorn ready.

Slap Shot plus 40

The movie "Slap Shot" debuted 40 years ago, and the people of Johnstown celebrated this weekend.
The Hanson Brothers have been there for many years.
We've been back together for over 25 years now. I was coaching in Memphis, and I brought the boys in because we weren't drawing very well in the Central League. Dave was the general manager of the Capital District Islanders, and he wasn't drawing very well. We brought [the Hansons] into Memphis, no long hair, just mustaches, and we sold out the place. Dave did the same thing in Albany, New York. And ... it has been just an unbelievable ride. We've been all over Canada and all over the United States. We've been to Germany four times, London, England, and Dave made a trip to Australia last year.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winner of the losers

The Democratic National Committee has a new chairman - Thomas Perez.
Don Surber isn't impressed.
Barack Obama -- who took a filibuster-proof Senate and turned it into a pumpkin -- and Hillary Clinton -- whose debacle on 8 NOV 16 made her a cosmic joke -- chose the new DNC chairman.
Barely. 235-200 on the second ballot.
Expect more money to be raised and wasted on technocratic nonsense than ever before.

Bye bye mandate

It's been slow going for the Obamacare repeal in Congress, but it looks like a plan is coming together.
A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.
Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees get at work.
Let's see how the push works.

Facebook quote of the week

To all my friends who have to work today......

Saturday song

A friend's Facebook post inspired going with his week's selection - after an eye appointment led to Double Vision.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Which witch is which

Witches plan to protest President Trump tonight.
I fully expect the President to break the binds they plan to put him in.

Weekend watchdog

Darrell Waltrip and friends are back.
The top NASCAR series has a new title sponsor - Monster Energy - as the top drivers take to the track Sunday on Fox at 2 p.m. Chase Elliott has the pole for the second straight year.
The Xfinity Series has its season opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 after the Truck Series opener Friday at 7:30 p.m.
It's Boogity, boogity, boogity time until the end of June.
Monmouth meets Siena at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 Friday followed by Dayton-Davidson. FoxSports1 offers California-Oregon State Friday at 10 p.m.
CBS brings three contests Saturday, starting at noon with SMU-Connecticut. Florida faces Kentucky at 2 p.m. before Duke meets Miami.
Fox brings Creighton-Villanova at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Virginia takes on North Carolina State Saturday at noon on ESPN. West Virginia tangles with TCU at 2 p.m. then it's Iowa State-Baylor. There's more Big 12 action with Texas against Kansas at 6 p.m. before the GameDay crew catches the top 5 battle between Arizona and UCLA.
ESPN2 starts its day at noon with Wichita State against Missouri State. Rhode Island faces VCU at 2 p.m. before Michigan meets Purdue and Maryland goes against Iowa. Texas A&M takes on Alabama at 8 p.m. before top-ranked Gonzaga battles BYU in the nightcap.
The ACC network offers North Carolina-Pittsburgh Saturday at noon along with Florida State's trip to Clemson.
Virginia Tech visits Boston College on Comcast-plus Saturday at 4 p.m.
There's Atlantic 10 action on NBC Sports network Saturday, with Richmond-Fordham at 2:30 p.m. and Saint Joseph's faces St. Louis at 4:30 p.m.
MASN2 brings a pair of Big East contests Saturday, with Georgetown-St. John's at noon followed by Seton Hall against DePaul.
There's CAA contests on Comcast Saturday, as James Madison hosts Hofstra at noon before Towson takes on William & Mary at 2 p.m.
Marshall meets Charlotte on MASN Saturday at 6 p.m. and it's off to the Ivy League for Brown-Harvard at 8 p.m.
It's Syracuse-Louisville on CBS Sunday at 2 p.m. followed by Wisconsin against Michigan State. FoxSports1 has Butler taking on Xavier at 3:30 p.m.
On the women's court, Comcast has Georgia Tech against Miami Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has three contests, starting at 1 p.m. as Notre Dame faces Florida State. It's Ohio State-Rutgers at 3 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Mississippi State.
Georgetown meets DePaul on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Celtics battle the Raptors on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m., with Spurs-Clippers as the nightcap.
The Wizards host the Jazz Sunday at 5 p.m. on Comcast.
The Cavaliers meet the Bulls on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Florida for the Honda Classic on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC carries an outdoor battle between the Penguins and Flyers Saturday at 8 p.m. and the Bruins against the Stars Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Capitals host the Oilers Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before visiting Nashville Saturday at 5 p.m. The Blackhawks take on the Blues Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
On the college ice, Notre Dame visits Boston University Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN before UMass-Lowell battles Boston College.
Chelsea clashes with Swansea City Saturday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it's Tottenham Hotspur-Stoke City Sunday at 8:25 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the Tokyo marathon Saturday at 7 p.m.
There's rugby between Harlequins and the Leicester Tigers Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Can we use your pool?

Via Ace, a great quote in the profile of Tucker Carlson.
Carlson recounts, with some amusement, how he saw these attitudes surface in his neighbors’ response to Trump’s victory. He recalls receiving a text message on election night from a stunned Democratic friend declaring his intention to flee the country with his family. Carlson replied by asking if he could use their pool while they were gone.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Devil with the blue suit on

The Washington Post gives space for a pastor who felt "demonic activity" at President Trump's rally.
What sparked his feeling?
I heard two ladies off to my left chanting, not yelling or screaming but chanting, “T-R … U-M-P; that’s how you spell — bigotry!” They repeated the rhyme over and over.
When protesters visit a Trump rally, you should expect fireworks.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2020 vision

Did you like President Trump's Florida rally Saturday?
There's more to come in the four-year reelection campaign.
Recent presidents have established their reelection campaign committees in their third year in office to meet ballot access deadlines for key nominating contests and to have time to raise sufficient campaign funds. Trump, in contrast, filed the paperwork to establish his reelection campaign committee on Jan. 20, 2017, the day he took office. This enables his campaign to fundraise for his reelection in his first weeks, months and years in office, including, as one news article noted, raising funds from ongoing sales of his “Make America Great Again” hats. He has also filed a trademark application for a reelection slogan, “Keep America Great.”
Trump is always thinking ahead.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Deep thoughts on deep state

Althouse provides a deep look at deep state.
I want to include all of Lane's answer just because I thought he said a lot of good things (not because they're on the topic of "deep state"):
LANE: You sure got a lot... of resistance from the problems. But let me make my second point. Of course you’re getting resistance from all these sort of establishment agencies, if you like, because Donald Trump himself came in promising to attack them, promising to disrupt them, promising to take them down. What does he expect them to do, just stand back and let him, you know, destroy their influence and their power? Of course there’s going to be resistance. But, you know, he -- it’s not as if he avoids provocation of these people, particularly the media, as you have been pointing out. He relishes this combat. A lot of what he’s complaining about as resistance and so forth is resistance that he himself is provoking for the very political reasons.... For his base, a battle with the media is wonderful. It’s almost as good as actual policy change because it makes -- it confirms their world view. It confirms their view of what’s wrong with the country and its terrific politics.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Deep state in deep trouble

You'd think the establishment and permanent governing class would do their best work in private - away from the eyes of voters.
President Trump has brought the Deep State out into the open.
Those who work in the shadows might not like being exposed to the light of attention.
If you care about liberty, there's really only one side here. In the fight between Donald Trump and the Deep State, I'm for Trump one hundred percent. Unconstrained bureaucrats, rogue spies, and their media fellow travelers — I hope he defeats them all.

Flipping out

Dustbury notes the news that Vanna White has turned 60 - including an interesting parody from back in the day when winners picked merchandise with the money they'd won.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Trump's fireside chats

President Trump went to Florida to have a rally in Melbourne tonight.
Watch the liberals and his opponents be upset - it's not presidential.
But it's his way to communicate to the people.
The news networks have to cover it.
He gets his word out to people who want to believe in him.
He just brought up a guy who had been in line since 4 a.m., and appeared on some TV interviews.
You have to have a heart of stone not to love his interactions with ordinary people.