Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Drink up

If you like Guinness, you're going to bed happy tonight.
The beer maker plans to open a new brewery outside Baltimore sometime next year.
Not far from Baltimore's sports stadiums - just a short train ride away.
Be careful using the neighboring interstates.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Are the Saudis happy?

If you are protesting President Trump's executive order on immigration, you might use the line about Saudi Arabia.
How that country is not included even though many of the 9/11 attackers came from there.
How does that line make the Saudis feel?
Are they happy not to be included in the current ban?
Or upset that people keep reminding the world of their part in the 9/11 terror attacks?
Why don't you give me a paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Slow down, you move too fast

Donald Trump's first week as president has gone by quickly.
Maybe too quick for some.
Not a chance. Trump is a man of action and it’s working for him, in a way. Call a meeting with CEOs, visit key cabinet agencies, hold signing ceremonies, watch yourself being discussed on cable TV late into the night, legislate by fiat, and tweet your heart out. By no means stop to read a briefing book or study what’s gone before. Make moves based on instinct and impulse.
Maybe his instincts from years in the business world reduce the need to delay action.
Let's see what the second week brings.

Vetting Trump's persuasion

Scott Adams sees the way through for President Trump with the weekend's battle over immigration restrictions.
If Trump is a Master Persuader, as I have been telling you for over a year, he just solved his biggest problem with immigration and you didn’t notice. The biggest problem is that his supporters on the right want more immigration control than he can (or should) deliver while his many critics on the left want far less. Normally when you negotiate there is only one party on the other side. But in this case, Trump is negotiating two extremes in two different directions. It’s the toughest possible situation. Best case scenario is that 40% of the country want you dead when it’s all over. Not good.
In a divided nation, Trump will probably be using this strategy plenty during his term.
Get used to it.

Promised made, promises kept

Powerline notices the story behind President Trump's executive orders - they are all things he said he was going to do during the campaign.
Each of these policies or practices, though, fulfills a campaign promise. President Trump is doing what candidate Trump said he would do.
It turns out that Donald Trump needed to be taken both seriously and literally.
Keeping campaign promises is a good thing. One can even argue that it’s a sine qua non of a properly functioning democracy.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Not so wil-e

Via Powerline, a look at Democratic strategy making this week.

Trumpet call

Don Surber has an announcement today - his next book "Trump the Establishment" will arrive in 10 days.
Two books in a year.
If Trump continues to upend the political world, Surber will have enough material for a third.

Facebook quote of the year

Forget what you heard , water is the most powerful force on earth.

Saturday song

We survived the first week of the Trump presidency.
B.J. Thomas has the motto for the rest of the way.

Weird Dave has two moms

Over at Ace, blogger Weird Dave has his Roe v Wade story.
Sobbing, she thought “He's going to a better life. He's going to people who will love and care for him, as I can't”
And I did.
But she was wrong. She may not have been able to care for me, but I never for a moment believed that she didn't love me.
35 years later we met again, for the first time, and I told her that. And that's why I have 2 moms.
This is what #MarchForLife means to me.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The best of the NHL head to Los Angeles this weekend.
The best of the NFL - except for the two Super Bowl teams - will be in Orlando.
The NHL All-Star game will be on NBC Sunday at 3:30 p.m., with a second straight year of division vs. division play. The winners of the first two periods will battle for the overall championship in the final 20 minutes.
NBC Sports network has the All-Star skills competition Saturday at 7 p.m.
The NFL returns to its AFC vs. NFC format, but finds a new venue - Orlando.
Kickoff will be Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
There will be a Skills Competition Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Patriots and Falcons send their regrets. They're getting ready for their trip to Houston.
The best college players hope to improve their draft status at the Senior Bowl Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on NFL network.
The Australian Open closes its run with the women's championship Saturday at 3 a.m. and men's final Sunday at 3 a.m.
The Rockets visit the 76ers Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC's Saturday primetime contest matches the Clippers and Warriors at 8:30 p.m. The Thunder visit the Cavaliers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards' trip to Atlanta Friday at 8 p.m. and New Orleans Sunday at 6 p.m.
Dayton tangles with VCU on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m.
CBS offers North Carolina-Miami Saturday at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with West Virginia facing Texas A&M at noon. The SEC/Big 12 challenge continues at 2 p.m. with Florida-Oklahoma and Texas against Georgia, capped by the 6:15 p.m. game between Kansas and Kentucky.
Florida State faces Syracuse at noon on ESPN2. The SEC/Big 12 matchups continue with Kansas State-Tennessee at 2 p.m., then Iowa State visits Vanderbilt and Baylor battles Mississippi at 6 p.m. Ohio State meets Iowa at 8 p.m. with Gonzaga-Pepperdine in the nightcap.
The ACC network has Duke's trip to Wake Forest Saturday at 3 p.m. and Louisville hosts N.C. State Sunday at 1 p.m.
Creighton clashes with DePaul on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Comcast carries four games on Saturday, starting at noon with Clemson-Pittsburgh. It's off to the CAA at 2 p.m. with the College of Charleston against Drexel followed by UNC-Wilmington's contest with William & Mary. Duquesne faces Richmond at 6 p.m.
Davidson meets Fordham on NBC Sports network Saturday at noon, followed by St. Bonaventure against Rhode Island.
Radford tangles with UNC-Asheville at noon on MASN and it's Providence-Marquette on MASN2 at 2 p.m.
Virginia takes on Villanova on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by Washington-Arizona at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Michigan State Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
On the women's court, FoxSports1 has DePaul against Creighton Friday at 8 p.m.
Kansas takes on Texas Tech at noon Saturday and it's Oklahoma State-Kansas State at 4 p.m. on MASN2.
Comcast offers a pair of ACC contests Sunday, with Duke-Wake Forest at 1 p.m. followed by North Carolina State against North Carolina.
It's Iowa-Maryland on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m., with Baylor battling Oklahoma at 6:30 p.m.
Tiger Woods hits the course for the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
On the college ice, MASN brings Northeastern against UMass-Lowell at 6 p.m. Friday followed by Bowling Green's battle with Ferris State.
NBC Sports network has the New Balance indoor track meet Saturday at 4 p.m.
The United States takes on Serbia in an international friendly Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's men's World Cup downhill skiing on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 a.m.
It's an X Games weekend on the ESPN family of networks, as action continues on ESPN Friday at 10:30 p.m. ABC has coverage Saturday starting at 1 p.m., with ESPN taking over at 8:15 p.m. Sunday's action gets going at noon on ESPN.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cleaning up the EPA

Think your job is bad?
You don't work at the Environmental Protection Agency.
The entire agency is under lockdown, the website, facebook, twitter, you name it is static and can’t be updated. All reports, findings, permits and studies are frozen and not to be released. No presentations or meetings with outside groups are to be scheduled.
Time for the agency to get a Super fund cleanup.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

They're caught in a trap

DaTech Guy likes the trap Donald Trump has set for the media on the subject of illegal immigrants voting.
There is one sure way to definitely debunk President Trump’s claim, and that’s to examine the voting in blue enclaves that overwhelmingly voted Hillary, areas that for the most part unexpectedly don’t have voter ID laws in place, and do some good old fashioned investigative reporting.
And this is the trap being laid.
I strongly suspect that said enclaves can not stand the scrutiny that such an investigation would bring. Thus if any press organization decides to launch one, even if ostensibly to debunk claims of voter fraud, they are likely to get a lot of pushback in said Democrat enclaves. Will by their very nature reinforce the idea that the Democrats are hiding something.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Take a picture, it will last longer

President Trump found a photo to hang where the press works at the White House - a nice one of the crowd at his inauguration.
Media members can spend their spare time counting how many people they see.

Monday, January 23, 2017


Althouse highlights the hot new hashtag.
Don't think the Packers or Steelers have enough healthy players to protest outside the big game.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Waffle fries and cries

Via Don Surber, the inside look at how the Obama White House reacted to Donald Trump's win on Election Night.
It was overconfidence meeting realtiy.
For more than two years, I’d referred to Hillary Clinton as the “President-in-Waiting.” I’m a worrier by nature, but it was always clear to me that she would succeed President Obama. When the White House began making plans for the visit of the President-elect the week before, I scribbled in my calendar: “Thursday, POTUS will meet with HRC.”
And reality hit in the morning meeting.
I was full-blown ugly crying in the Oval Office as the President gave us a pep talk. I had to turn away and try to get it together.
I feel better just reading his story.

The communicator couldn't communicate

Obama communication director Jen Psaki has a concern - will the women's march amount to much?
The danger we face is allowing the march to make us feel better, to lull us into complacency. That is where the sinking feeling is coming from.
There are more post mortems about the outcome of the election than I can recount, but one thing is clear. People didn’t show up. And not just to vote. Though more than 90 million eligible voters did not show up on Election Day. But to volunteer, to make phone calls, to donate, to run for office.
The campaign didn’t show up in rural, red districts or suburbs where the assumption was made that undecided and female voters would vote for someone of the same gender and against the misogynist and racist language we heard during the campaign.

The communications team didn't communicate in 2016.
They thought women were a solid voting block for the woman in the race.
Now Democrats have much more time to talk about their issues while Donald Trump gets to work.

Will he listen?

Marchers at Saturday's Women's March want President Trump and Congress to listen to their concerns.
Marchers at the Tea Party rallies of 2009 wanted President Obama and Congress to listen to their concerns.
Obamacare was still passed after the big rallies of 2009.
This march got lots of nice coverage.
It's doubtful it will make much of a difference in the current legislative term.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

I meant it all

Peggy Noonan reacts to President Trump's inaugural speech.
The speech will electrify President Trump’s followers. They will feel satisfaction that they understood him and knew what they were backing. And it will deepen the Washington establishment’s unease. Republican leaders had been hoping the address would ameliorate their anxieties about the continued primacy of their traditional policy preferences. Forget that. This was a declaration that the president is going his own way and they’d best follow.

Did the Boob Czar make it?

The women's march Saturday drew a big crowd.
As did the Tea Party march in September 2009.
Did the Boob Czar make the trip this time?

Saturday song

It's the Trump era.
Let's be happy together.

Recycling update

Another trip to the recycling center, and 40 cents per pound again.
But I got to see an impressive sight.
The truck before me had a pallet loaded with old radiators stacked up. Just placed on top of each other, nothing secured.
The forklift driver pulled up, got the pallet lined up, then lifted it to the measuring area while keeping things perfectly level.
None of the radiators budged on the way to the scale.

Facebook quote of the week

Yes, Dad made dinner, and that's why the ceiling fans are on. Eat your broccoli.

Friday, January 20, 2017

I won, and don't you forget it

Politico wonders why Donald Trump continues to talk about winning the election.
Guess he thinks some people need reminding.

Weekend watchdog

Don't close the Georgia Dome just yet.
The Falcons will have a final home game after 25 years in the facility, hosting Green Bay in the NFC Championship game Sunday on Fox. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Packers' last-second field goal Sunday knocked off the top seeded Cowboys, giving Atlanta one more home game before its new stadium opens for next season.
The teams met in Week 8, with the Falcons taking a 33-32 win. It was the start of the Packers' four-game midseason losing streak, but Green Bay carries a eight-game winning streak into Sunday's contest.
The Patriots and Steelers continue their quest for Super Bowl records in the AFC championship at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.
The Patriots want to win their fifth Super Bowl with Tom Brady under center - looking to pass the Steelers' Terry Bradshaw and 49ers' Joe Montana - while the Steelers seek a record seventh victory.
New England won in Week 7 at Pittsburgh, but the Steelers bring a nine-game winning streak into this matchup.
The East-West Shrine Game will be on NFL network Saturday at 3 p.m. and FoxSports1 has the Collegiate Bowl all-star contest Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC has the United States Ice Skating championships this weekend, with women's coverage Saturday at 8 p.m. and men's Sunday at 4 p.m. There's pairs free skate and pairs dance Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest with the Pistons Saturday at 6 p.m.
ESPN has the Warriors' contest with the Rockets Friday at 8 p.m. and it's Pacers-Lakers in the nightcap.
There's NBA action Saturday on ABC, with the Cavaliers hosting the Spurs at 8:30 p.m.
The ACC network offers North Carolina-Boston College Saturday at noon. Virginia tangles with Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. while it's Wake Forest-North Carolina State in other areas.
Top-ranked Villanova takes on Providence Saturday at noon on Fox.
CBS has three contests Saturday, starting with Florida-Vanderbilt at noon. Kansas tangles with Texas at 2 p.m. and it's Arizona-UCLA at 4 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Syracuse-Notre Dame, followed by Louisville against Florida State. Michigan State tangles with Indiana at 4 p.m. and South Carolina meets Kentucky at 6 p.m. before the GameDay crew catches Miami and Duke at 8:15 p.m.
Georgia tangles with Texas A&M at noon on ESPN2, then it's Oklahoma against Iowa State at 2 p.m. Auburn and Alabama clash at 4 p.m. before West Virginia travels to Kansas State.
DePaul battles Butler Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Rhode Island meets Duquesne on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Comcast offers High Point against Radford Saturday at noon, followed by Towson's battle with Delaware.
Marshall meets Western Kentucky Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN and it's Liberty-Winthrop on MASN2 at 7 p.m.
CBS has Xavier against Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m. and FoxSports1 offers Seton Hall's contest with St. John's at noon.
LaSalle visits VCU on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2 p.m.
On the women's court, FoxSports1 has Georgetown-Xavier Friday at 8 p.m.
West Virginia hosts Baylor on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m.
Top-ranked Connecticut plays Tulane on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m. Maryland meets Rutgers at 3 p.m. and it's Vanderbilt-Tennessee at 5 p.m.
There's three games on Comcast Sunday, starting with Virginia-Pittsburgh at 12:30 p.m. Miami meets Syracuse at 2:30 p.m. before George Mason travels to Richmond.
The Bruins meet the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and NBC offers the Rangers and Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, Vermont clashes with Connecticut Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN followed by Bently-Sacred Heart.
NASCAR has its Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Liverpool faces Swansea City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then it's Stoke City meeting Manchester United. NBC brings Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday brings Southampton-Leicester City at 6:55 a.m., followed by Arsenal-Burnley and Chelsea's contest with Hull City at 11:25 a.m.
Third round play from the Australian Open goes on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m. The round of 16 takes the court Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Can Democrats escape doom?

NBC News runs the scenarios for Democrats going forward.
Not looking very good.
No matter what, Democrats will need to reinforce their decaying state and local party apparatuses to build power outside cities. Conservatives understood the importance of these down-ballot races years ago and have invested heavily in them, while Democrats tended to concentrate on the presidency and interest-group specific causes.
Party leaders seem to have recognized the error and have the new Obama-backed effort to win state legislatures ahead of the next round of redistricting in 2020. If successful, the party will lessen the headwind of Republican gerrymandering, though they will still have their own self-gerrymandering to worry about.
But they'll need to trim the sails on their positions.
What they told Republicans to do, and fortunately Republicans ignored.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Eviscerate and replace

The New York Times' profile of cabinet pick Tom Price includes this lovely phrase - eviscerate and replace.
But it takes a while for them to get back to reality.
He has also written a fairly detailed plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act. It would repeal the law’s expansion of Medicaid and provide tax credits to help with the cost of coverage based on age instead of income, with older people getting higher credits.
Shouldn't that be higher in the story?
It's not just repeal in 2017.
Replace is there, waiting for review.

Opening line of Trump's speech

How should President Donald Trump open his first speech after taking the oath of office?
I'd suggest "Former President Obama, can I borrow your pen?"

Tweets will continue until the media improves

Althouse shares Donald Trump's reason for using Twitter.
"But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press. And it’s my only way that I can counteract. When people make misstatements about me, I’m able to say it and call it out."
Guess his Twitter feed will stay active for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

He's still an ugly woman

So President Obama decided to commute the prison sentence of Bradley Manning.
Call yourself what you will.
But dude, you're still an ugly woman.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How can I work with all this noise around?

Via Instapundit, a look at open offices and what they bring.
More sickness and less focused work.
There’s one big reason we’d all love a space with four walls and a door that shuts: focus. The truth is, we can’t multitask and small distractions can cause us to lose focus for upwards of 20 minutes.
Back to work - in a few.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Distracted by the latest shiny object

The New York Times tries to help Democrats figure out their strategy against Donald Trump.
Good luck with that.
A year of waiting for Trump to implode didn't do the job.
But, despite all predictions in the Republican primary contests and then in the general election, Mr. Trump’s succession of perceived missteps never proved fatal. It turned out that waiting for his inevitable collapse based on his behavior amounted to a grave miscalculation of what the electorate cared most about.
“Jobs and wages are more important than anything to do with process,” said Senator Michael Bennet, Democrat of Colorado.

Spoiling the party

Powerline details the many celebrities who have been pressured about being part of the Trump inauguration.
Most people don’t like bullies. Around the country, millions are watching the Democrats’ crazed attacks on Donald Trump, and on anyone who declines to join their hate-fest, and are more convinced than ever that they voted for the right candidate.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tammarow, Tammarow, you're fired tammarow

A Maryland high school student wanted school closed last week.
He sent a misspelled tweet.
Showing he needed to be at school.
But the reply tweet cost the tweeter her job.
Will he and his classmates learn how to spell "tomorrow?"

You're no puppet if you do what I say

Dana Milbank wants Donald Trump to renounce Vladimir Putin.
To prove he's not a puppet.
How does he do that?
He needs to do what Milbank wants.
I doubt Trump will be Putin's puppet.
And he definitely won't be a puppet of the media.

Saturday song

Raindrops falling on your head isn't the best, but it's better than freezing raindrops.

Facebook quote of the week

By the authority invested in my red Mustang GT convertible, I hereby proclaim January 12, 2017, to be Top Down Day in Poca, West Virginia.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have been the surprise story of the season.
Will their postseason be as good?
The Cowboys close the best NFL weekend of the year Sunday at 4:40 against the Packers on Fox. Dallas won the regular season matchup at Lambeau Field, during its 11-game winning streak en route to the top seed in the NFC.
The Falcons and Seahawks start the weekend Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox in potentially the final game at the GeorgiaDome. The teams met in Seattle in October, with the Seahawks pulling out a two-point victory.
AFC top-seed New England hosts the Texans Saturday at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Patriots ousted Houston in the third week of the season, before Tom Brady returned from his suspension.
Sunday starts on NBC with Steelers visiting the Chiefs at 1 p.m. The Steelers won big in week four, but the Chiefs went 10-2 after the contest to claim the second seed in the AFC.
By Sunday night, there will be four left with hopes of making Super Bowl LI.
The Celtics battle the Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with Pistons-Jazz in the nightcap. Sunday at 9 p.m., the Bulls take on the Grizzlies.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest against the 76ers Saturday at 8 p.m.
Virginia meets Clemson on ACC network Saturday at noon followed by Notre Dame's visit to Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
Georgetown clashes with Connecticut Saturday at noon on Fox while CBS offers Texas A&M against Mississippi State at 1 p.m.
Duke has a trip to Louisville Saturday at noon on ESPN. Florida State faces North Carolina at 2 p.m., followed by Auburn-Kentucky.
ESPN2 has six contests on Saturday, starting at noon with Florida-Georgia. The Big 12 takes the stage with Kansas against Oklahoma State and West Virginia meeting Texas, then it's Maryland-Illinois at 6 p.m. Wichita State takes on Illinois State at 8 p.m., with Saint Mary's-Gonzaga in the nightcap.
NBC Sports network features the Atlantic 10 Saturday, with Richmond visiting St. Joseph's at 12:30 p.m. followed by St. Louis-George Mason and Fordham's contest with St. Bonaventure at 4:30 p.m.
Villanova battles St. John's on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon, then it's Xavier-Butler.
Pittsburgh plays Miami at noon Saturday on Comcast, followed by Northeastern-Towson and Boston College's clash with Syracuse at 4 p.m.
MASN has Austin Peay's contest with Southern Illinois Saturday at noon and Western Kentucky faces Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m.
Providence plays Seton Hall Saturday at noon on MASN2 then it's DePaul-Marquette. Iowa State takes on TCU at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Michigan State visits Ohio State on CBS at 1:30 p.m.
Massachusetts tangles with Rhode Island Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and it's George Washington-LaSalle at 4:30 p.m.
There's high school basketball between Hillcrest Academy and Westtown Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
FoxSports1 brings Big East women's basketball between Georgetown and St. John's Friday at 7 p.m. Sunday it's Butler battling Marquette at 1 p.m.
Miami meets Louisville Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before Purdue takes on Ohio State on ESPN2.
The Capitals host the Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Flyers Sunday at 12:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has the Wild against Chicago Sunday at 7 p.m.
There's a pair of college ice hockey games on MASN Friday, with Denver-Western Michigan at 6:30 p.m. followed by Omaha against Colorado College.
Tottenham Hotspur meets West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Swansea City-Arsenal. Sunday at 8:25 p.m. it's Manchester City facing Everton before Manchester United and Liverpool tangle.
There's USA Swimming in Austin Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Action at the Australian Open starts Sunday at 7 p.m. with first round action on ESPN2.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Read this later

A friend posted this story on procrastination on Facebook.
I'll get around to reading it eventually.

Sweet Jesus, these people are terrible

Instapundit has been watching the battle of the media and establishment against Donald Trump.
And wondering.
Both journalism and the intelligence community are both more politicized, and less competent, than even I thought. Sweet Jesus, these people are terrible

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farewell to the farewell speaker

Mark Levin brings his focus on President Obama's farewell speech Tuesday.
Tonight, in Chicago — the nation’s murder capital, Barack Obama boasted of his self-styled achievements as president, and gave a preview of his future as the nation’s first activist former president. The setting provided a bitter irony for Obama’s self-praising. Chicago is both where Obama honed his activist chops, and is one of the places most negatively affected by his policies. A perfect allegory for a failed presidency.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Plumbing the depths

DaTech Guy shows writers and their magazines how to look bad.
There are however two things even more pathetic than a person afraid of his plumber:
1. A person who thinks that it’s a good idea to advertise to the world that he’s afraid of his plumber.
2. A publication that thinks it’s a good idea to publish stories about their writers being afraid of their plumbers.

Charlie Walker smiles

During my time in South Carolina in the 1980s, the neighboring county had a must-read columnist for its weekly newspaper - Charlie Walker.
Charlie loved the Clemson Tigers.
He passed away a few years ago - after a colorful career that included costing his radio station its license in 1961 - but I'm sure last night's result from cheer to him and his family.

Monday, January 9, 2017

In front of the mirror, singing "How Great thou Art"

President Obama's farewell tour continues Tuesday with a speech in Chicago.
After parties and numerous interviews.
And the plan to be right there for insight when needed - by Democrats and the partisan media.
Even if all he does is talks about how great he thinks he did.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

JMU's secret ingredient

James Madison football just claimed the 2016 championship for its division.
The Dukes also won in 2004.
Both were years that the Republican candidate won the presidential race.
George W. Bush was the good luck charm in 2004.
Donald Trump's win was the good luck charm this year.

Succeeding unexpectedly

Scott Adams tells of his past successes and failures, trying to identify the pattern.
And hypes a future project.
I’ve also started a new book that will tell the story of how I used persuasion techniques to be the most accurate political pundit of the last election. At least a hundred people have asked me to write a book of that type. That type of reaction hasn’t happened since i wrote The Dilbert Principle. This too is a good sign. (My 2017 is looking great.)

Facebook quote of the week

Finally seeing snow fall in Southside 😍❄️❄️❄️ I'm looking for at least 10 inches

Saturday song

Firefall fires it up this morning.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Two parts of the college football universe will crown their champions this weekend.
Alabama hopes for a repeat title.
James Madison made sure there wasn't a repeat in their division.
Before Alabama and Clemson meet Monday for their division's title, James Madison will try for its second national title Saturday at noon. The Dukes face Youngstown State from Frisco, Texas with coverage on ESPN2.
James Madison won the I-AA title in 2004, and ousted five-time defending champion North Dakota State in the semifinals. Youngstown State, which won four championships in the 1990s, needed a late touchdown to knock off Eastern Washington.
ESPN has the repeat matchup between Alabama and Clemson Monday at 8 p.m. from Tampa Bay. The Crimson Tide claimed the 2015 national championship with a 45-40 victory over the Tigers.
The NFL playoffs kick off Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the site of Super Bowl LI. The Texans host the Raiders on ESPN in a rematch of a game played in Mexico City in November. NBC has the Seahawks' contest with the Lions Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Steelers host the Dolphins Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS, with Giants-Packers closing the weekend on Fox at 4:30 p.m.
While those eight play, the Patriots, Cowboys, Falcons and Chiefs await next weekend.
ESPN has the Knicks taking on the Bucks Friday at 8 p.m., then it's Grizzlies against the Warriors at 10:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Timberwolves on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and battle the Bucks in Milwaukee Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Dayton takes on Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, with Oakland-Valparaiso in the nightcap.
Fox brings Georgetown-Butler Saturday at noon, while CBS has Texas A&M facing South Carolina at 1:30 p.m.
Penn State plays Michigan State Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with North Carolina against North Carolina State at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has five contests Saturday, starting at 3:15 p.m. with Maryland-Michigan. Tennessee takes on Florida at 5:15 p.m., followed by Texas Tech-Kansas and Texas meeting Iowa State. It's Nevada against New Mexico at 11:15 p.m.
Xavier takes on St. John's on FoxSports1 Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m. it's UCLA-Stanford.
There's three games from the A-10 Saturday on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. with Massachusetts-VCU. St. Joseph's faces Fordham at 3 p.m. before George Mason takes on St. Bonaventure.
Comcast offers East Carolina-Temple Saturday at noon followed by Boston College-Duke.
Liberty meets Campbell on MASN Saturday at 2 p.m. MASN2 has Florida International-Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m.
Richmond meets George Washington Sunday at noon on NBC Sports network, then it's Davidson against St. Louis at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three women's contests Sunday. Temple takes on Tulane at 1 p.m., followed by Notre Dame-Miami and Washington faces UCLA at 5 p.m.
On FoxSports1, Villanova plays Providence at 2 p.m. and West Virginia hosts Oklahoma at 4 p.m.
The Capitals visit Ottawa Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network offers the Ducks' contest with the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
MASN has college ice hockey between UMass-Lowell and New Hampshire Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Bemidji State against Bowling Green.
Michigan Tech meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
West Ham United clashes with Manchester City in the FA Cup Friday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Three more contests are on Saturday, starting with Manchester United-Reading at 7:30 a.m. Wimbledon meets Sutton United before Arsenal tangles with Preston North End.
The third round of play continues Sunday with Liverpool-Plymouth Argyle at 8:30 a.m. and Aston Villa against Tottenham Hotspur at 11 a.m.
There's rugby on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:30 p.m. between Newcastle and Bath. Saracens meets Exeter Saturday at 10 a.m. and it's the Wasps against Leicester Sunday at 10 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the Audi Cup alpine skiing with women's slalom racing Sunday at 6 a.m.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Merely passengers

Larry Sabato doesn't have much good news for the Democrats in the final two weeks before Donald Trump moves into the White House.
In just a couple of weeks, the old sun will be completely eclipsed by the new one. Democrats will be essentially on their own, in a greatly diminished role. Their future will depend on President Trump’s performance, and no one really knows what will happen. It’s easy to spin scenarios whereby Trump becomes popular and successful, and equally easy to see how and why he might crash and burn. The point is that Democrats have no representative in the cockpit of the plane; on most days in most ways, they are now merely passengers on a long flight whose direction and destination are determined solely by the Republicans at the controls.

They won't rise again

They had to look at Canada, but researchers compared liberal churches and conservative ones to compare growth.
Sorry, liberals, but you're not on the growth side.
For example, because of their conservative outlook, the growing church clergy members in our study took Jesus’ command to “Go make disciples” literally. Thus, they all held the conviction it’s “very important to encourage non-Christians to become Christians,” and thus likely put effort into converting non-Christians. Conversely, because of their liberal leanings, half the clergy members at the declining churches held the opposite conviction, believing it is not desirable to convert non-Christians. Some of them felt, for instance, that peddling their religion outside of their immediate faith community is culturally insensitive. 
It should be obvious which of these two convictions is more likely to generate church growth.
DaTech Guy adds his insight.
The really funny part of this story?  The fact that discovering believing in something vs believing in nothing tends to attract more people was “counterintuitive”.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Somethin' 'bout a truck

Ace looks at the twitter sensation of the day - Do you know anybody who owns a truck?
Sean Davis rounds up the hysterical overreactions by people in the media -- and liberals who apparently consider themselves to be reporters by proxy (I guess on the theory that anyone on Twitter is a "reporter") -- and it's a sumptuous feast of stupid.
There were basically three types of hysterical response to a simple question about truck owners: 1) shut up, 2) you're stupid and/or sexist and/or racist, and 3) whatever, liar, trucks aren't popular (far and away my favorite delusional response to a simple question from a group of people who want you to believe they're extremely concerned about "fake news"). It turns out that people who are paid large sums of money to opine on what Americans outside the Acela province think get very upset if you demonstrate that they don't actually know any of the people about whom they pretend to be experts.

Maybe they need to catch this video.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The long goodbye

In 17 days, Barack Obama will be a former president.
He's running out of time to make things harder for Donald Trump.
His promise to make the transition to the administration of Donald Trump easy is similarly worthless. The new president will bring to office an agenda with radically different priorities - which is why the people of the 50 states elected him - and Mr. Obama is doing everything he can to lay traps and land mines in the Donald's paths, few of which he would have dared earlier.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Best of 2016

Don Surber adds his comments to Director Blue's annual blog awards.
His three "Least Influential (i.e., The Biggest Losers of 2016)" were spectacular car crashes. Heading the list was National Review, followed by Red State, and the Weekly Standard.
Their falls from grace came from diving into Never Trump's shallow pool from the top of Trump Tower.

Holiday or not?

When New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the federal holiday moves to Monday.
But there are a few people working today, and a few schools open for business.
If so, you're missing an ice hockey game outdoors in St. Louis and two football games.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Trump's going to be mean to us

Ann Althouse watched the Sunday show to start 2017.
It doesn't look good for journalism in the new year.
Meet the Press lets emotions lead.
Face the Nation does the "he who must not be named" game.
It's going to be fun to watch, especially if media members aren't have fun.

Not bowled over

The current college football bowl season doesn't impress Powerline.
Anyone who watched either of yesterday’s BCS “playoff” games has to come away with disgust for whoever came up with the scheme to have a faux college football championship. Washington played creditably against Alabama for much of the game though the result never seemed much in doubt, but Ohio State didn’t even belong on the same field with Clemson. The Buckeyes took more black eyes than Rhonda Rousey in a one-round fight; they looked worse on the field than Mariah Carey without a lip-sync track.
Maybe Alabama vs. Clemson will be a great game.
But it will be on a Monday night after a big NFL weekend.
Likely extending to midnight.
A Monday where most people work, and have to get up early Tuesday to work.

Not birthing any more babies

CBS' Sunday morning used New Year's Day to air a feature on Charlottesville doctor Ed Wolanski, who delivered more than 10,000 babies during his career that ended with 2016.
Plenty of happy people in Charlottesville and environs thanks to his work.

Looking ahead to 2017

The new year brings a new president - Donald Trump.
It may bring a new longest living president.
Right now, Gerald Ford lived the longest among our presidents - 93 years, five months and 12 days.
George H.W. Bush will celebrate his 93rd birthday in June and would pass Ford around Thanksgiving this year.
Jimmy Carter will also turn 93 in October.
Barack Obama leaves office in a few weeks at age 55. So he'll need to live until 2055 to reach 93 years.