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.
Why?
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?
Doubtful.
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?
No.
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

Ill-inois

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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What to watch Saturday morning

MSNBC has added Hugh Hewitt to its Saturday morning lineup.
I plan to watch.
Liberals will be upset no matter what.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Can Democrats Handel the loss?

The battle for Georgia's sixth district is done.
Jon Ossoff lost.
Twice.
He failed to win the first round against a fractured Republican field, and lost Tuesday in the run-off.
Is it a big deal?
Maybe not politically, but a Trump win is better than a Trump loss - which Democrats would have called a Ossoff win.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

He went down fighting

The oldest sailor lost on the USS Fitzgerald could have saved himself - but he went down trying to help his fellow sailors.
And, by various accounts, Gary Rehm had saved at least 20 of them after the collision. He then went down to save more.
“He said, ‘If my kids die, I’m going to die,’” the uncle said.
Gary Rehm perished with the six others.
Remember his valor.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hail to the Redskins for years to come

The Supreme Court's decision on another case Monday seems good news for the Washington Redskins.
Of less moment is the fact that the decision means victory for the Washington Redskins. Some left-wing activists have been campaigning against that name on the theory that it demeans Indians. They suffered a huge setback when a poll by the sympathetic Washington Post found that Indians overwhelmingly aren’t offended by the name.
Unable to prevail in the court of public opinion, the activists have been trying to prevail in the court of the administrative state by attacking the Redskins trademark. Now, they will fail in this effort too.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Enjoy your vacation

Instapundit has taken some time off, leaving guest bloggers to fill in.
Hopefully he'll returned refreshed.
We wish our country will have a restful week as well.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

I will not survive this upcoming school year & college choice. I know I have to let her spread her wings. But I can't. I just can't.
I'm already too emotional.

Saturday song

Since Barry Manilow writes the songs, he gets a space on the blog this morning.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Father's Day weekend brings a slew of different sports for dads to enjoy.
Golf brings one of its majors - the U.S. Open - on Fox. Action begins both Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.
FoxSports1 has the second round at 11 a.m. before Fox gets going at 6 p.m.
NASCAR's Monster Series will be in Michigan, starting at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1 Sunday. The Xfinity Series takes place Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on FoxSports1, with the Truck Series going Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Orioles host St. Louis for the weekend on MASN2.
The Nationals continue a four-game set with the Mets starting on MASN, with Friday's game also on ESPN.
The Saturday night lineup on Fox includes the Cubs' visit to Pittsburgh, Red Sox against Astros and the Royals meeting the Angels. FoxSports1 brings the Rays and Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m., with ESPN showing Red Sox-Astros Sunday night.
The College World Series gets underway Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN when Cal State-Fullerton takes on Oregon State. Florida State faces LSU at 8 p.m. Louisville meets Texas A&M Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and TCU takes on Florida on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
In MLS action, New York City faces Seattle on ESPN Saturday at 1 p.m. and Philadelphia meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Diamond League track and field from Stockholm Sunday at 10 a.m.
The Breeder's Cup Challenger Series goes on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
There's motorcycle racing from the High Point National Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dying to save some money

Dustbury looks at the cost of saving $400 by going the cremation way.
Cremation destroys the potential we have to give back to the earth after we’ve died. It uses an energy-intensive process to turn bodies into ash, polluting the air and contributing to climate change. All told, cremations in the US emit a staggering 600 million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. The truly awful truth is that the very last thing that most of us will do on this earth is poison it.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The game goes on

The Congressional Baseball Game Thursday will be getting much more coverage than usual.
It has an interesting history, especially since Washington didn't have a team from 1972-2004.
They played in Baltimore for a few years, and Bowie for 10 starting in 1995. Even Alexandria's Four Mile Run park, where I saw my first minor league game in 1981.
The Republicans won last year, after winning eight straight while George W. Bush was president.
We'll see if President Trump is good luck for the Republicans this year.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Let the fun begin

The polls have closed in Virginia.
While we await results, we look forward to the fun of the fall.
Donald Trump already made his impact in the primary.
Corey Stewart said Ed Gillespie wasn't Trump enough.
The Democrats both touted the fact that they aren't Trump.
We've got five months to find which of today's winners get the big prize.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Time to choose

Virginia's primary election day is Tuesday.
There will be winners celebrating tomorrow night.
And much work ahead for them until November.

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

President Trump held a cabinet meeting today, the first with the whole group.
Before I got home from work, I found the internet exploding with the portion where cabinet members said good things about Trump.
Don't you want positive news out there?
Perhaps the strongest words came from chief of staff Reince Priebus: "On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you've given us to serve your agenda."
Trump tries to tell the good news he sees of his administration, and automatically his foes explode.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

What Comey feared

James Comey didn't want to leak his own information, fearing the "flock of seagulls" in the press.
Finding Nemo shows why it's a smart move.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Stumbling toward 2018

How will Democrats fare in the 2018 elections?
They feel they can ride a wave of anti-Trump sentiment to big wins in the House and Senate.
Maybe.
Maybe not.
In May, the Public Religion Research Institute released a report, “Beyond Economics: Fears of Cultural Displacement Pushed the White Working Class to Trump.” It found that
“more than half (52%) of white working-class Americans believe discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities” and that “four in ten white working-class Americans agree” with the statement that “efforts to increase diversity almost always come at the expense of whites.”
There's a lot of people who won't consider Democrats, no matter what Trump does.

Piece de resistance

Don Surber writes the obit for the Trump resistance.
Unlike "anonymous" leaks -- surely the reporters know their names -- under oath, Comey had to answer questions beyond the spinning story.
Which depressed The Resistance (including Never Trumpers) because his testimony showed there were no Russian bogeymen under anyone's bed.

Saturday song

Styx sings about their Lady today.


Facebook quote of the week

Retweeted Sean Spicier (@sean_spicier):
By the time we get to the end of the Russia investigation, we'll probably have enough to impeach...Obama

Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekend watchdog

NBC has part of the Grand Slam and the end of the Triple Crown this weekend.
The clay of Roland Garros hosts the finals of the French Open. The women's final will be Saturday at 9 a.m., with the men's championship on Sunday at 9 a.m.
The men's semifinals will be Friday at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
With no Triple Crown on the line this year - and winners of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness not in the field, Belmont hosts the final race on NBC Saturday at 5 p.m. NBC Sports network has races earlier in the day starting at 3 p.m.
The Cavaliers host the Warriors Saturday at 9 p.m. in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on ABC.
NBC has Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles visit New York for the weekend, with games on MASN Friday and Sunday and Saturday on Fox. Other areas will see Red Sox-Tigers or the Indians taking on the White Sox.
The Nationals host the Rangers for the weekend on MASN2 Friday, MASN Saturday afternoon and MASN2 Sunday.
FoxSports1 brings Royals against Padres Saturday at 4 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with the Red Sox meeting the Tigers Sunday at 8 p.m.
The NCAA baseball Super Regionals get going Friday at noon with Louisville-Kentucky. Davidson takes on Texas A&M at 3 p.m., then the action swings west for Long Beach State against Cal State-Fullerton at 6 p.m. The day concludes with Vanderbilt battling top-seeded Oregon State at 9 p.m.
Saturday's contests start at noon with Louisville-Kentucky on ESPN and Sam Houston State meeting Florida State on ESPN2. ESPN has Wake Forest against Florida at 3 p.m., with the second game between Davidson and Texas A&M on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. Mississippi State and LSU start their series at 9 p.m. on ESPN with Vanderbilt-LSU on ESPN2. Action continues on both ESPN and ESPN2 Sunday.
NASCAR visits Pocono this weekend, with the Monster Series on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The trucks race in Texas Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC carries the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday at 2 p.m. There's practice on NBC Sports network Friday at 2 p.m.
The Indy Car racers head to Texas, with coverage on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:30 p.m. after qualifying Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The PGA tour hits Memphis for the St. Jude Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
The United States men face Mexico in World Cup qualifying Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The NCAA outdoor track championships continue on ESPN Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The America's Cup Challenger Final will be Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Comcast has WNBA action between the Mystics meeting the Lynx Friday at 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

President Trump is guilty

Comey Day is over.
President Trump survived, though the media tried to knock him down.
They say he's guilty.
of what?
Being an outsider.
He's been a businessman, a successful one, for many years.
He's not a mover in the deep political waters - just the shallow end in his dealings in his business and those politicians seeking his money.
The voters wanted to give him a chance.
It's time for Washington's political class to do the same.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spicier tweets

The Daily Caller highlights the best of the Sean Spicer parody account.
It's not the real thing.
I know it's hard to see the second i since it's small.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Know your donuts

Ace gives the information you need on donuts.
Plain donuts are also called "not donuts" or "ring-shaped bread."
Plain donuts were invented for parents who don't love their children. They are also sometimes put out as bait for poisoning rats, though they have a 75% failure rate. Rats don't like them either. Sometimes a poisoned plain donut will be found intact, with a dead rat next to it -- rats will lick the poison off the plain donut while avoiding the plain donut itself.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Get rowdy again

Glad to see ESPN will bring back Hank Williams Jr. for the Monday Night Football intro.
It will be nice to have new videos to post in the fall.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

What is falling down

Mark Steyn had interview plans Saturday night, and the topic changed after the latest terror attack in Great Britain.
London Bridge still stands, but everything else is falling down, in Britain and Europe.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Why we dislike Hillary

Hot Air tries to shed light on why so many dislike (or hate to some) Hillary Clinton.
Here’s another bit of reality for you. I don’t hate Hillary Clinton. I didn’t when she was First Lady. I didn’t when she was my Senator. I didn’t when she was Secretary of State. I didn’t when she was a presidential candidate. Oh, to be sure, I found her to be a luke-warm, mediocre candidate on the best of days. I opposed her reheated playbook of socialist policies which I felt would be destructive to the nation. I found her to be a person of little to no significant accomplishments who had both her Senate seat and her position at the State Department handed to her on a silver platter. I certainly had no intention of voting for her. But I didn’t hate her.
And here’s the other pertinent fact. I wouldn’t even be talking about her now were it not for two things. You (as in her adoring fans in the press) can’t stop talking about her and she can’t stop talking about herself.

Saturday song

Rock your morning with Joan Jett.

Facebook quote of the week

Vertigo + roller coasters = not a good combination. Lol

Friday, June 2, 2017

God controls the climate

Lisa Vox wants to know why Christians are less concerned about global warming.
Besides the obvious - they Who created our climate.
"As a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us," Republican Rep. Tim Walberg, told constituents at a town hall in Coldwater, Mich. "And I'm confident that, if there's a real problem, he can take care of it."
Among conservative evangelicals, that is not an unusual opinion. Nearly all evangelicals -- 88 percent, according to the Pew Research Center on Religion & Public Life -- believe in miracles, suggesting a faith in a proactive God. And only 28 percent of evangelicals believe human activity is causing climate change. Confidence that God will intervene to prevent people from destroying the world is one of the strongest barriers to gaining conservative evangelical support for environmental pacts like the Paris agreement.
Those who oppose Trump ought to be happy that he's not trying out for the role of Antichrist.

Weekend watchdog

The NBA held a regular season and three rounds of playoffs since last June.
Just to get back to last June's matchup.
The defending champion Cavaliers and 2015 champion Warriors continue the NBA Finals with Game 2 Sunday at 8 p.m.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers won the final three games of the 2016 Finals to claim Cleveland's first major sports title since 1964. The Warriors added Kevin Durant to their potent lineup, and finished with the best record in the league again. Thursday's victory gives the Warriors a 1-0 series lead.
The Stanley Cup Final moves to Nashville for Game 3 Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles continue a four-game set with the Red Sox Thursday at 7 p.m. on MASN. Games Friday and Sunday are on MASN, and Saturday's game is on Fox along with Astros-Rangers and Pirates against the Mets.
The Nationals continue their road trip in Oakland on MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Saturday afternoon's contest on MASN.
FoxSports1 offers the Braves battle with the Reds Saturday at 4 p.m., and the Cubs host the Cardinals Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR visits Dover this weekend, with the Monster Series on FoxSports1 at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Xfinity Series will be Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the Truck Series goes Friday at 5:30 p.m.
The IndyCar circuit has races in Detroit Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The College Softball World Series continues Friday as Thursday's winners play at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.
There's more elimination games scheduled on ESPN Saturday starting at noon. Sunday has winner's bracket games at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN, and if necessary bracket finals on ESPN2 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
College baseball's regionals get going on ESPN2 Friday at noon with Auburn-Central Florida. Texas A&M takes on Baylor at 3 p.m., with UCLA against Texas at 7 p.m. and San Diego State's contest with Long Beach State at 11 p.m.
There's four more games starting at noon on Saturday on ESPN2, with games Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m.
CBS carries the Memorial Tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Orlando City faces Chicago in MLS play Sunday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has USA swimming at Santa Clara Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
Qualifying for the America's Cup final continues Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sad over Trump's decision

Ace, among others, collects the unhappy reactions to President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
Logic optional.
This is a common signal from Progressive Messaging Central. The claim being made is that the Paris Accords are simultaneously an ineffectual nothingburger of meaningless symbolism, so why even bother withdrawing?, but also are The Only Thing That Will Keep the Earth from Literally Dying.
Obviously, these can't both be true at once: Either the Accords do something, or they do not do something. They cannot exist in a state of quantum indeterminacy where they remain in a mixed probabilistic waveform of both "doing something" and "doing nothing" until a Progressive Political Physicist takes a measurement of which state is most helpful for his Religious Fervor at this moment.

Let's make a better deal

Listening to President Trump in the Oval Office, he wants a better deal for the United States.
What's wrong with that?
Will other countries try to take advantage of the situation?
Maybe?
Will they fork over the cash like the United States was expected to do?
Doubtful.
Trump can lead.
He just doesn't want to lead by giving away money for not much in return.

Another reason to happy with President Trump

Powerline recounts the latest interview with Hillary Clinton.
More reminders why it's good she lost.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Zilla of the Covfefe

Zilla has a nice roundup of Covfefe coverage.
Scott Adams approves as well.

From the people who brought you "Recovery Summer"

I've seen emails from Democrats calling for a Resistance Summer.
It's from the same people who had Recovery Summer starting in 2009.
Which featured very little recovery.
I expect very little real resistance this summer.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Divided we stand, united we fall

Mark Steyn looks at the establishment's new favorite term - sowing division - after the Manchester bombing.
When death stalks the land, make no mistake: He may look like a grim reaper, but he's really a grim sower. An entire sowing bee of experts has so decreed. Indeed, in their warnings about sowing division, our betters are so non-divided that they give off the faintly creepy whiff of fellows all reading off the same cue card helpfully biked round to them by the Central Commissar ten minutes after the "incident" occurred.
You non-experts might think this a fairly crude sleight of hand - that concerns about "division" is a not so subtle way of suggesting that the real problem isn't guys like Salman Abedi waiting with his nail bomb at the exit to the pop concert, but divisive types like you querying whether it's prudent to keep importing more and more Islam into the western world. Well, screw you: if you disagree that the real danger here is the sowing of division, you're just sowing even more division.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Back to the grind

President Trump is back from his overseas trip.
The Memorial Day weekend is over.
What leaks will inflame the media this week and quickly fizzle?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Crying Game

Instapundit has a perfect response for reports of crying around Hillary Clinton since the election.
To be fair, that’s how it would be if she had won, too.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

I hope everone out there has a wonderful holiday weekend but let us not forget why we have this holiday..Some gave some and some gave it all.

Saturday song

For Memorial Day, time for Trace Adkins' Arlington.

Her cough persisted

I like Legal Insurrection's sub-head to the Hillary Clinton commencement speech.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend watchdog

You can watch racers go round and round all day Sunday.
The day begins in Monaco on NBC with the Formula One Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m., where they race through the streets of the small nation along the Mediterranean Sea.
Indianapolis hosts its big race on ABC Sunday at noon, where they will drive 500 miles in hopes of drinking milk.
There's another beverage at the NASCAR track, with coverage of the 600-mile race starting at 6 p.m. on Fox.
Before the big day, NBC Sports network has Indy's Carb Day Friday at 11 a.m. and Monaco qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m.
FoxSports1 brings NASCAR qualifying Thursday at 7 p.m. and the Xfinity race Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Orioles meet the Astros on MASN2 Friday and Sunday, with Saturday's game part of Fox coverage. Other areas will see the Pirates against the Mets and Cubs-Dodgers.
The Nationals host the Padres for the weekend on MASN.
FoxSports1 offers the Indians' contest with the Royals Saturday at 4 p.m. The Pirates and Mets meet Sunday night on ESPN2.
The ACC baseball tournament continues as Miami battles Wake Forest at 11 a.m. on Comcast, then Florida State faces Louisville at 3 p.m. and it's N.C. State-North Carolina at 7 p.m.
The winners of the four pools battle in the semifinals Saturday at 1 and 5 p.m., with the championship Sunday at noon on ESPN2.
The SEC crowns its champion Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Predators and Penguins have the weekend to prepare for Monday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final on NBC at 8 p.m.
The NBA Conference finals finished Thursday, giving the Warriors and Cavaliers seven days to prepare for the start of the NBA Finals.
The PGA tour's Dean and DeLuca Invitational will be on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Towson takes on Ohio State in the men's lacrosse tournament semifinal Saturday at noon on ESPN2. Maryland meets Denver in the second semifinal, with the winners tangling Monday for the title.
It's NCAA softball super regional weekend, with four games on ESPN2 Friday, starting at 4 p.m. and more action Saturday. ESPN has five contests to coverage from 1 p.m. and there's three games on ESPN2 beginning at 5 p.m.
Final berths for the Softball World Series will be claimed Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.
Fox offers Seattle-Portland in MLS action Saturday at 3 p.m. Atlanta United meets New York City Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN then Dallas takes on Houston on FoxSports1 at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has motorcycle racing from the Glen Helen National Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Premiership Rugby final will be on NBC Sports network Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Who's going to sing?

The Nashville Predators have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
They will know their opponent later tonight.
They know they have home games next weekend, but don't know who will be singing the national anthem.
Doubt it will be the guy who complained about being replaced by the star-studded lineup as the playoffs progressed.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

So long, everybody

Sad to hear the news that Sonny Randle passed.
He brought the sports news to life every morning for many years on the ride to work in Charlottesville.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ISIS or ISIL

There's been debate over calling our Islamic enemies ISIS or ISIL.
President Trump answered the question Tuesday.
It's ISIL - with the L for Loser.

Carry on until the next attack

Mark Steyn does not have kind words for European leaders after the latest attack - this time after a concert in Manchester.
 "Carry on" is a very British expression. One thinks of the famous scene in one of the most famous of the Carry On comedies, Carry On Up The Khyber, surely the most insightful film ever made about Afghanistan: as you'll recall, the revolting Khasi of Khalabar grows ever more enraged at the British Governor's refusal to let the shelling and destruction of Government House disrupt his dinner party. Even when the Khasi has the main course replaced with the head of a decapitated fakir, Her Majesty's viceroy declines to let his eye be caught by these vulgar attention-seeking jihadists. The film received unenthusiastic reviews from London critics in 1968. One would not have predicted that half-a-century later it would be official British policy on the home front.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top of the mountain

The Jeffersoniad does some blasting - of Tom Perriello supporters trying to ride anti-pipeline fervor to victory in the Democratic primary.
The Soros-set would have you believe that Kim Jong Un is the master engineer for this project.  The reality is that Thomas Jefferson was more destructive at Monticello leveling the top of that mountain than Dominion will be for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
How about a row of windmills along the proposed path of the pipeline?
Would that make the protesters happy?
Doubt it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

How many stayed to listen to Pence?

A group of Notre Dame students walked out on Vice President Pence during today's commencement ceremony.
Many, many more stayed to listen and learn.
Those who left will be looking for jobs in Trump's economy soon.
I hope they realize that.

O man, what a problem

NRO's David French got in trouble for calling Bradley Manning by his birth name.
He used his pronouns but not in the way Bradley and his friends intended.
Guess they have too much time on their hands.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trust the people who know the land

The Weather Channel highlights a poll where you can tell thoughts on global warming based on where people live.
It shows the divide of how people believe humans are the primary cause of global warming.
But in the Deep South, Midwest, Plains and intermountain West, most counties lean in the opposite direction and believe humans aren't the primary cause of global warming
What do those areas have in common?
People who work on the land.
Whose livelihood depends on good weather and understanding the local climate.
People who are closest to nature.
Maybe we should trust their opinion.

Recycling update

Dropped off some cans at the local center, getting 45 cents per pound.
Up five cents from the last visit in March.
And they asked if I lost weight since the last visit.
A good way to start the morning.

Saturday song

Tony Orlando wants to find his Sweet Gypsy Rose.


Facebook quote of the week

Tha moment when you're to blame because your preteen forgot to charge her phone?! And this is my fault how???

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekend watchdog

At Pimlico Saturday evening, we'll find out if there's a shot at a second Triple Crown winner in three years.
Or if it's wait until next year.
Always Dreaming tries to continue living the dream, leading the field into the 142nd Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage Saturday at 5 p.m.
A win means he could join American Pharoah as Triple Crown winners since 2015.
NBC Sports network has the Black Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 3 p.m.
The Orioles host the Blue Jays for the weekend, with games Friday and Sunday on MASN and Saturday on MASN2. The Nationals go to Atlanta, with coverage on MASN2 Friday and Sunday and MASN Saturday at 4 p.m.
There's three games scheduled on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m., with the Mets hosting the Angels, Giants meeting the Cardinals or Tigers taking on the Rangers. It's Tigers-Rangers on ESPN Sunday night.
TNT carries the NBA Eastern Conference finals, with Game 2 from Boston Friday at 8:30 p.m. and Game 3 from Cleveland Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
The Warriors and Spurs continue their Western Conference final Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
The Senators and Penguins tangle Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
The Western Conference final between Anaheim and Nashville goes west to Anaheim on NBC Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
NASCAR has its All-Star weekend in Charlotte, with FoxSports1 coverage at 8 p.m. after the qualifying Open race at 6 p.m. The Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It's qualifying weekend at Indianapolis, with coverage on ABC Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Premier League closes its regular season Sunday at 10 a.m., with NBC's family of networks covering all the contests. NBC carries Arsenal-Everton, with Liverpool facing Middlesbrough on NBC Sports network.
It's Watford against Manchester City on USA, while Manchester United faces Crystal Palace on CNBC. West Ham battles Burnley on Oxygen and Chelsea clashes with Sunderland on SyFy.
MSNBC brings Hull City-Tottenham Hotspur, with Bravo carrying Leicester City against Bournemouth. Stoke City tangles with Southampton on E and Esquire shows Swansea City against West Bromwich Albion.
Minnesota United meets the Galaxy on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. and Orlando takes on New York City on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
CBS has coverage of the PGA tour's Byron Nelson Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the men's college lacrosse tournament, Towson takes on Syracuse Sunday at noon on ESPN2 before Maryland meets Albany.
The NCAA softball tournament starts Friday at noon on ESPN2 with Marshall meeting Illinois. It's Notre Dame against California at 2 p.m., followed by Jacksonville State-Georgia at 4:30 p.m. and Longwood taking on Tennessee at 7 p.m. The night closes with Fresno State-Michigan at 9 p.m. and Lehigh's contest with UCLA at 11:30 p.m.
ESPN brings North Carolina against Arizona State at 7 p.m. and Wisconsin's battle with Missouri at 9 p.m.
Play continues on ESPN Saturday at noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m., while ESPN2 has contests from noon until 10 p.m. Sunday's play can be seen on ESPN at noon and 2:30 p.m. before moving to ESPN2 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has WNBA action between Minnesota and New York Thursday at 7 p.m.
The tour of California cycling race continues Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
There's motorcycle racing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.
Exeter takes on Saracens in rugby Saturday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

What do they know and when will they tell us?

Ace describes the problem now for anti-Trump partisans -now that there's a special counsel, what happens if Trump did nothing illegal?
They also use the very vague word "collusion" to mask the fact they have no idea what Trump and Putin "colluded" about, or how. What quid pro quo are they alleging? How was this contract formed? Who negotiated this contract?
They have no idea, because they don't even really believe such a thing happened.
If they really believed such things happened, they would specifically say "Trump Aide X, with Trump's knowledge and permission, negotiated to trade American policy Y to Russia in exchange for Russian act Z."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The snipe hunt continues

The allegations about Trump and Russia have been going on for so long.
If you don't trust Trump, everything you see confirms he did something wrong.
Now there's a special prosecutor.
Like a snipe hunt, there's nothing there in reality.
But you can still make a mess trying to find it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Everybody hates Trump

I'm bored.
Every day a new outage by President Trump, according to his critics.
Scott Adams tries to sort Trump's accomplishments and problems.
Trump haters won't be swayed.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Aborting chances for Democrats

Remember when the pro-life side was supposed to doom Republicans to years out of power?
Instead, it's the abortion rights crew that wants to split apart Democrats.
You may have seen their ads on Blue Virginia attacking Bernie Sanders on abortion which seem grossly irrelevant to the current governor’s race. The apparent relationship however is that Bernie Sanders recently joined with John Podesta, Elizabeth Warren and dozens of Obama alums in endorsing Tom Perriello for Governor. But for some reason, as the Democratic party continues to join together against Donald Trump and his neo-crazy agenda, NARAL-VA appears to be more interested in re-litigating Bernie Sanders.
Keep up the good work.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kick the bucket

Want to see some animals get a drink of water?
From the perspective of the bucket?
Quite an interesting concept.

Let's go to the Hut

Legal Insurrection found a quickly disappearing - but on the mark - take by Pizza Hut in Israel on the hunger strike by some Palestinians.
Until they think they can sneak a candy bar.
In the ad, which it posted on its Facebook page and later deleted, the pizza chain put a banner in Hebrew over a screenshot from a clip released by the Israel Prisons Service on Sunday of Barghouti eating. It read, “Barghouti, if you are already going to break the hunger strike, isn’t pizza better?”
The ad also included a photoshopped Pizza Hut box on the floor of the prison cell, as well as a piece of pizza in the sink.

Happy Parent One Day

Smitty has a greeting for the day.
You're going to need a bigger card.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Pro golfers want to win one of the year's four majors.
Also high on their list - this week's Players Championship.
NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The famous island green at the 17th hole may determine who takes the tournament title home.
The Nationals host the Phillies on MASN for the weekend, and the Orioles travel to Kansas City on MASN2.
FoxSports1 shows Cubs-Cardinals Saturday at 4 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with the Astros visiting the Yankees Sunday night.
The NBA playoffs continue with Game 6 of the Wizards-Celtics series Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
The Western Conference final starts Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC with the Spurs taking on the Warriors.
The NHL conference finals begin Friday on NBC Sports network as the Predators take on the Ducks at 9 p.m. The Eastern battle between the Penguins and Senators starts Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC, with Game 2 between the Predators and Ducks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NASCAR visits Kansas for the weekend, with the Monster Series on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:30 p.m. after the Truck Series goes Friday at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's practice Friday at 8 a.m.
West Bromwich Albion faces Chelsea on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:55 p.m. Manchester City meets Leicester City Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Sunderland-Swansea City and Stoke City's contest with Arsenal.
Seattle clashes with Chicago in MLS play Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and Portland battles Atlanta United Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 offers a pair of contest Sunday, with the Red Bulls hosting the Galaxy at 6 p.m. before New York City takes on Dallas.
Comcast has the semifinals of the ACC softball tournament Friday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
ESPN offers three championships Saturday, with the American Conference at noon, ACC at 2 p.m. and SEC at 8 p.m. There's Atlantic 10 softball Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network brings the college beach volleyball championship Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Tour of California cycling race starts Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Sparks tangle with the Storm in WNBA play Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

No more excuses

Kurt Schlichter approves of President Trump's handling of the Comey firing.
Along with reminding us how we reached this point.
No toilet server, no hacks, no problem – this was all of her doing and no one should blame Comey for that.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New conspiracy theory

With the firing of James Comey, my brother brought up an interesting fact - Comey's parents attended his wedding.
He told mom and dad they met the Comeys going through the reception line.
It jogged my memory.
I remember going up to Mr. Comey and saying "If your son ever has the chance to help Donald Trump become President, he should do it."
Not likely, you say?
Think I'm making it up?
It's still a better conspiracy theory than the ones Democrats have been peddling for six months.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Meat the resistance

Paco has had enough of former President Obama speeches on food.
When normal people think of cows, they think "Ummm, delicious beef!" Barry only smells cow farts.
Damn the methane, full speed ahead!

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's the end of the world and they know it

Kurt Schlichter lowers the boom on whiny liberals yet again.
Because, for Democrats trying to appeal to their Party’s base of unaccomplished coastal snobs and indolent, welfare-grifting morons, Armageddon is always just around the corner whenever conservatives do anything. Or whenever conservatives don’t do anything. It’s sort of, “heads you lose, tails you also lose, now give us more power and all your money.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017

An American in Paris

Powerline gives space to an American living in Paris to explain today's election.

Meanwhile in Paris

IOTW Report perfectly sums up the French election.

Give us another chance to get it right

DaTech Guy links a parade of stories on how the House Republicans have doomed their future due to passing a health care bill this week.
The same people who said we'd have President Hillary now.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Twenty colts are scheduled to enter the gates at Churchill Downs Saturday.
One leaves with a chance to win the Triple Crown.
NBC has coverage of the Kentucky Derby starting at 2:30 p.m., with the big race scheduled for around 6:45 p.m.
NBC Sports network has coverage of the Kentucky Oaks starting Friday at noon, and early races on Derby Day Saturday at noon.
The Orioles meet the White Sox on MASN2 Friday and Saturday before moving to MASN Sunday afternoon. The Nationals take on Philadelphia on MASN Friday and Saturday before MASN2 takes over for Sunday's contest.
The Yankees visit the Cubs Saturday night on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN. FoxSports1 has the Indians facing the Royals Saturday at 4 p.m.
On the college diamond, Pittsburgh plays Georgia Tech Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast. Texas tangles with TCU Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN and South Carolina faces LSU Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NBA's conference semifinals continue Friday with Game 3 of Cavaliers-Raptors on ESPN at 7 p.m., with Spurs against Rockets in the nightcap.
ABC has the Warriors taking on the Jazz Saturday at 8:30 p.m., then the Warriors tangle with the Jazz Sunday at 3:30 p.m. TNT has the Wizards against Celtics at 6:30 p.m. before the Spurs meet the Rockets at 9 p.m.
St. Louis hosts Nashville Friday at 8 p.m. on  NBC Sports network.followed by Game 5 between Edmonton and Anaheim at 10:30 p.m.
It's Game 5 matching the Rangers and Senators Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and the Capitals and Penguins tangle on NBC at 7:15 p.m.
NASCAR visits Talladega for the weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 2 p.m. on Fox and the Xfinity Series Saturday at 1 p.m. on Fox.
Manchester City meets Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Liverpool tangles with Southampton Sunday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Arsenal-Manchester United.
In the MLS, Seattle takes on Toronto on ESPN Saturday at 2:55 p.m. Minnesota meets Sporting KC Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The PGA tour's Wells Fargo championship will be on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN has the men's volleyball championship Saturday at 7 p.m.
The CAA crowns its men's lacrosse champion Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast has a semifinal from the Ivy League women's lacrosse tournament Friday at 7 p.m. and final Sunday at 11 a.m. The CAA women battle for their championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
Oklahoma State meets Oklahoma in college softball Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Auburn-Alabama at 8 p.m. It's Arizona against UCLA on ESPN2 Saturday at 9 p.m. Sunday, Auburn plays Alabama at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and it's Arizona against UCLA at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers USA Swimming from Atlanta Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time to grow up

Fausta has some advice for those really needing advice.
Some steps are easier than others: Making your bed every day, for instance. That doesn’t mean they are not important. Indeed, Admiral William H. McRaven (U.S. Navy Retired) has a best-selling book based on his speech, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World that begins by explaining why it is important to start your day with a task – i.e., making your bed – completed. Admiral McRaven learned that as part of his Navy Seals training. Socio-economist Randall Bell found that multi-millionaires make their beds, too.
That is what “adulting” is really about: Getting up every day and completing the tasks that bring meaning to our lives without neglecting the necessary daily chores that maintain us healthy (physically, mentally and financially) and grounded.

Step one

The House barely passed an Obamacare repeal and replace law Thursday.
Worthy of celebration, as the first step back from eight years of bad decisions on healthcare.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bank on this

Powerline tries to instruct the Associated Press on how President Trump views regulations.
I don’t know whether restoring something approximating the Glass-Steagall separation between commercial and investment banking is a good idea or not. Some conservatives and some liberals favor it. It would, indeed, result in the breakup of some of America’s largest banks.
Dodd-Frank, on the other hand, is a horrible law that is criticized by nearly everyone who has to deal with it. Dodd-Frank imposes so many onerous (and often pointless) requirements that complying with them costs more money than many small and medium-sized banks earn. The result has been a rapid decline in the number of community banks. This has hurt small businesses, since smaller banks are generally the ones that loan to smaller businesses.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Resistance is futile

Kurt Schlichter offers the perfect capper to the 100 day journey.
In the first 100 days since Felonia von Pantsuit was not inaugurated, the goofy collection of commie traitors, coastal snobs, and crack-pot weirdoes that hilariously styles itself “#TheResistance” has only managed to successfully resist success. Oh sure, they and the catamite media tried their darnedest but, as Yoda said, “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” And, as Yoda also said, “Chelsea Clinton is best Democrats can do, say you? Kidding me, you are.”

Pay your fair share, blue states

Instapundit finds a good thing in President Trump's tax reform plan - eliminating the deductibility of state taxes.
States should be able to set their own levels of taxing and spending, but I see no reason why a Walmart cashier in Tennessee (which has no state income tax and low property taxes) should be subsidizing a hedge fund mogul in New York or a studio executive in Hollywood. It’s fine if blue states want to have higher state and local tax rates, as they do, but they shouldn’t be encouraged to do so by federal tax giveaways. And it’s the urban, coastal areas that have done best over the past 25 years, so it seems time for them to pay their fair share now.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Getting an NFL fix

The NFL draft is done, and it's still a few months until the first exhibition game.
Fortunately, someone is filling Youtube with the "This Week in Pro Football" show from the late 60s and early 70s.
I found this one from 1973, which includes a Baltimore Colts victory over New Orleans that I saw from the upper deck of Memorial Stadium with my dad.


Da smart thoughts

DaTech Guy rattles off some interesting quick hits today, like:
Would it be so hard for Samantha Bee et/al to just admit that there is a good living playing to liberals panicked over Trump and she intends to make it?
If the Bill O’Reilly case doesn’t prove that Mike Pence is the smartest man in Washington I don’t know what is.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Words they don't want to read

The New York Times introduced a new columnist Friday - Bret Stephens.
Many disapprove.
What could Stephens write to upset them?
Let me put it another way. Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.
That will do it.

Facebook quote of the week

Pray for me. My son is driving home from practice!

Saturday song

Remember when we were fab?


Friday, April 28, 2017

100 days without Hillary

Althouse echoes Instapundit in touting the best thing about Trump's first 100 days - it's not Hillary's 100 days.

Weekend watchdog

Two weeks ago, the NFL announced the preseason schedule.
Last week, the regular season schedule came out.
This weekend, you'll find out some of the players you'll be cheering on your team this season.
ESPN and NFL network continue the NFL draft - visiting Philadelphia this year - Friday at 7 p.m. The action moves to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ESPN has the final four rounds starting at noon Saturday.
Then on Sunday, Mel Kiper Jr. can rest.
The NBA closes out its first round playoff series this weekend.The Wizards try to win their series Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast, then ESPN shows Celtics-Bulls at 8 p.m. with Clippers against Jazz in the nightcap.
Sunday's games depend on Friday's results, featuring either Game 7 or a conference semifinal starting.
It's time for the conference semifinals in the NHL playoff chase. The Western Conference has its second game of the series Friday, with the Predators visiting the Blues at 8 p.m. followed by Oilers-Ducks.
NBC has the Senators against Rangers Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Capitals hosting the Penguins at 8 p.m. The Predators face the Blues Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC, then it's Game 3 between the Ducks and Oilers at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Orioles tangle with the Yankees on MASN, with games Friday night then Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Nationals host the Mets on MASN2 for the weekend.
The Cubs visit Fenway Park Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday night on ESPN. FoxSports1 also has Angels-Rangers Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
On the college diamond, TCU takes on Texas Tech Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour heads to New Orleans Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
Richmond hosts NASCAR this weekend, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 2 p.m. after the Xfinity race Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
NBC Sports network has the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:30 a.m. There's practice Friday at 8 a.m.
The IndyCar circuit visit Phoenix Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network offers Hull City battling Southampton Saturday at 9:55 a.m. and Arsenal meets Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 11:25 a.m.
D.C. United takes on Atlanta Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Comcast has the ACC women's lacrosse tournament championship Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Penn Relays are on NBC Sports network Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Drake Relays follow Saturday at 3 p.m.
It's rugby on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2:30 p.m. with Bath meeting Gloucester.
Missouri meets LSU in college softball on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. Top-ranked Florida takes on Tennessee on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Sunday.