Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why we need the pipelines

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sorry, really sorry

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

They don't waffle

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A platform to believe in

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Facebook quote of the week.

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

Saturday song

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Weekend watchdog

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017


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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fortunately, no one will watch Virginia home opener

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

They still can't belive Hillary lost

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Awaiting the magical eclipse

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

Recycling update

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Just another Trojan horse

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Slowly I turned

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

Weekend watchdog

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

That's hysterical

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Diverse like me

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

Kaine knows protest violence

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who pays Kessler's bills?

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

The story will come out

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Gasoline on the fire

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

David Duke, who's he?

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Facebook quote of the week

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

Hot time, summer in the city

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

Saturday song

Olivia Newton-John has the magic.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekend watchdog

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hung jury

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We'll miss you

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Fishersville's first eclipse forecast

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Sharknado Day

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The picture will make you hungry

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

Faces of global warming

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

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

Facebook quote of the week

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

Saturday song

Don't fear Blue Oyster Cult.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Know your eclipses - Staunton division

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

Weekend watchdog

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Change in West Virginia

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Suit yourself

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


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