Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2020 vision

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Deep thoughts on deep state

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Deep state in deep trouble

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

Flipping out

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Trump's fireside chats

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

Better pay on time

Dustbury finds a possible new credit card - with a catch.
As I understand the Terms and Conditions, the M.M.M.C. offers a 20-day grace period beginning on your statement date, after which you get a less-than-friendly visit from Wolverine.

Saturday song

Last Saturday's College GameDay featured a Vegemite sandwich.
So does this song.



Facebook quote of the week

Government has tried to grow jobs in WV all 36 years I've lived here. Instead thousands of manufacturing and mining jobs lost.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Imagine there's no HuffPo

Scott Adams points out the problem faced by Huffington Post - how to deal with President Trump after mocking candidate Trump?
You might recall that the Huffington Post made a big deal of refusing to cover Trump on their political pages when he first announced his candidacy. They only carried him on their entertainment pages because they were so smart they knew he could not win.
Then he won. 
When reality violates your ego that rudely, you either have to rewrite the movie in your head to recast yourself as an idiot, or you rewrite the movie to make yourself the hero who could see what others missed. Apparently the Huffington Post chose to rewrite their movie so Trump is a deranged monster, just like they warned us.

Weekend watchdog

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook worked well together on the court for years.
How will they do this weekend now that they play for different teams - but both in the NBA's Western Conference?
The former Oklahoma City teammates will be on the same squad again Sunday, joining the West All-Stars against the East. Tipoff on TNT is set for 8:20 p.m.
Durant joins new teammate Stephen Curry on the West starting lineup. Westbrook will be among the West reserves looking to knock off Lebron James and the East stars.
The dunks and long-distance shooting take center stage with All-Star Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. TNT has the Rising Stars Challenge Friday at 9 p.m. after ESPN offers the Celebrity Game Friday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR gathers at Daytona to get ready to open the season. Qualifying for the Daytona 500 will be Sunday at 3:15 p.m. on Fox, after the Clash at Daytona Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
There's practices for the races Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Valparaiso tangles with Oakland on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. before VCU meets Richmond.
FoxSports1 has California-Stanford at 10 p.m.
ESPN's GameDay catches Virginia's contest with North Carolina Saturday at 8:15 p.m. The day begins at noon with Notre Dame against North Carolina State, followed by Florida-Mississippi State. Michigan State meets Purdue at 4 p.m. before Kentucky battles Georgia.
Northern Iowa meets Wichita State on ESPN2 at noon, then it's West Virginia taking on Texas Tech. Florida State faces Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. before SMU meets Houston and Arizona tangles with Washington. St. Mary's and BYU close out the night at 10 p.m.
Kansas battles Baylor on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m.
The ACC network offers Virginia Tech-Louisville Saturday at 1 p.m. along with Duke against Wake Forest.
Villanova takes on Seton Hall Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox, then it's Colorado-Oregon at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three contests from the Atlantic 10 Saturday, starting with Davidson-Massachusetts at noon. Dayton duels with St. Bonaventure before Rhode Island faces George Mason at 4 p.m.
Towson takes on James Madison Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN offers Tennessee-Martin against Southeast Missouri State Saturday at noon.
George Washington meets Duquesne Sunday at noon on NBC Sports network.
CBS has Maryland-Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
Butler battles DePaul on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before Georgetown clashes with Creighton.
Connecticut clashes with Temple Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN.
On the women's court, Butler battles Georgetown Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN2.
Texas takes on Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m. then it's Kansas State-TCU on MASN2.
Dayton faces Fordham on NBC Sports network Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three contests Sunday, starting with Temple-South Florida at 1 p.m. South Carolina takes on Missouri at 3 p.m. followed by Notre Dame against Syracuse.
The Capitals take on the Red Wings Saturday at 2 p.m. on Comcast before starting NBC's Hockey Day in America with a contest against the Rangers at 12:30 p.m. The Red Wings face Penguins at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has a pair of games Sunday night, with Blackhawks-Sabres at 6 p.m. followed by the Bruins against the Sharks.
On the college ice, New Hampshire takes on Boston University Friday at 6 p.m. on MASN followed by Colgate-Clarkson.
Notre Dame hosts Providence on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.
CBS has the Genesis Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NBC Sports network has men's giant slalom skiing Friday at 6:30 a.m., with the slalom Sunday at 6:30 a.m.
There's rugby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Old King Coal

President Trump took less than a month to undo regulations the Obama administration took 95 months to put together.
Congress utilized the Congressional Review Act to pass the joint resolution on Feb. 2. The joint resolution nullifies the Stream Protection Rule, which included new additional job-killing, unpopular, and costly regulations for the coal mining and coal mining related industries, U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va. said after the president signed the resolution.
"I was excited to attend the signing of H.J. Res. 38 and support the president as he begins to bring relief to the coal mining industry. This rule would have had devastating effects on Southwest Virginia and I am glad my efforts to prevent these new regulations, along with my fellow congressmen, paid off," Griffith said. "I am proud to represent Southwest Virginia, particularly today, as President Trump signs the resolution.”
Coal is not dead yet.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bracket buster

President Trump won't continue an Obama tradition - picking an NCAA bracket.
Guess he's too busy running the country.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wasted opportunity

New Republic has a lengthy article on the lost opportunity of Democrats from 2008 - failing to harness the enthusiasm of President Obama's first victory.
Instead of calling on supporters to launch a voter registration drive or build a network of small donors or back state and local candidates, OFA deployed the campaign’s vast email list to hawk coffee mugs and generate thank-you notes to Democratic members of Congress who backed Obama’s initiatives. As a result, when the political going got rough, much of Obama’s once-mighty army was AWOL. When the fight over Obama’s health care plan was at its peak, OFA was able to drum up only 300,000 phone calls to Congress.
And don't forget all the emails reminding you about birthdays.
Trump and friends thank the Democrats for making this mistake.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Blowing smoke

As a teenager, I worked one night a week at the local bingo hall.
Four hours in a room with hundreds of smokers, puffing away while trying to win.
I'm still here.
Maybe second-hand smoke isn't the killer it's been made out to be.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Some fly by day

We used Al Jarreau's Moonlighting song a few years ago, and it's time to bring it back with his passing today.


Spicier feed

Want to know what's really going on at the White House?
There's a good parody feed for you - Sean Spicier.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

They can mail their decision in

While the Supreme Court stands at eight members, conservatives basically know how things will go.
Democratic appointees will vote in block one way.
No matter how bad the lower court ruling is.
Republican appointees may stick together, or may not.

Facebook quote of the week

Okay, still can't stand any of his guts but that guy is the best ever and the Falcons are even more Falcony than ever.

Saturday song

February is the time to think about things being cold as ice.

Friday, February 10, 2017

See you in court

Three judges spoke.
President Trump spoke back.

Weekend watchdog

Kevin Durant's departure from Oklahoma City was the big story of the NBA offseason.
His first return to Oklahoma City Saturday ought to fire up the NBA weekend.
Durant and the Warriors make the first of two trips to Oklahoma City Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Warriors have two wins against the Thunder so far this season, both in Oakland. Durant led the Thunder to an NBA Final during his tenure in Oklahoma City, moving on this year in hopes of getting the Warriors back on top.
Comcast has the Wizards' contest with the Pacers Friday at 8 p.m., with coverage also on ESPN. The Bulls take on the Suns at 10:30 p.m.
The Spurs visit the Knicks Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
On the college court, Dayton faces Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Kentucky takes on Alabama Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
Fox brings Georgetown-Marquette at noon followed by Xavier-Villanova at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN's day starts at noon with West Virginia against Kansas State. Kansas takes on Texas Tech at 2 p.m., followed by Ohio State-Maryland and Florida State faces Notre Dame at 6 p.m. The GameDay crew catches top-ranked Gonzaga against St. Mary's.
Texas A&M takes on Florida on ESPN Saturday at noon. Miami meets Louisville at 2 p.m. and it's off to the Big 12 for Texas-Oklahoma State and Oklahoma against Iowa State. South Carolina battles Mississippi State at 8 p.m. and California clashes with Arizona in the nightcap.
The ACC network brings Syracuse-Pittsburgh and Clemson's clash with Duke Saturday at 1 p.m.
Comcast has North Carolina State against Wake Forest Saturday at noon before showing a pair of CAA games - the College of Charleston's clash with William & Mary at 2 p.m. followed by UNC Wilmington-Elon.
Creighton clashes with DePaul on FoxSports1 at 2 p.m. and then it's Washington-Utah.
Massachusetts meets St. Joseph's on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2:30 p.m. before George Washington hosts St. Bonaventure.
MASN brings Southeast Missouri State against Eastern Illinois Saturday at 2 p.m.
Michigan meets Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
Cincinnati clashes with SMU on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Oregon State-UCLA Sunday at 5 p.m.
On the women's court, FoxSports1 has Villanova-St. John's Friday at 8 p.m.
Iowa State meets Kansas State on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three games Sunday, starting at noon with Tulane-South Florida. Maryland meets Michigan State at 2 p.m. and it's Baylor's contest with TCU at 4 p.m.
Enjoy the views as CBS shows the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals' contest with the Ducks Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Lightning battle the Wild on NBC Sports network Friday at 8 p.m. and it's Bruins-Canadiens Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Wild meet the Red Wings on NBC Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college ice, MASN brings Merrimack-Boston College Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Air Force's contest with American International.
NBC Sports network offers Arsenal-Hull City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Manchester United against Watford. Liverpool faces Tottenham Hotspur at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
Chelsea clashes with Burnley Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and Leicester City takes on Swansea City on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has ladies Alpine skiing Friday at 6:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DeVos is DeBoss

Via Instapundit, a list of things Betsy DeVos can do now that she's Secretary of Education.
And Don Surber has some speech ideas.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The book on Trump

Don Surber's latest book comes out today.
Can't wait for this photoshop to become reality.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Can the NFL bounce back?

The Super Bowl caps a season where the NFL saw its ratings drop after years of increases.
What next?
The bottom line is that people are getting used to the type of experience offered by streaming services, and the NFL will have to evolve to compete.
"Up until now, the NFL was a juggernaut, steadily growing in popularity, but this year's audience declines and the palpable deterioration in fan interest in the NFL ... should give the NFL and its TV network partners serious pause," the UBS analysts wrote. "With audiences increasingly impatient and distractions only a digital device away, we would suggest that making the NFL games more engaging is crucial."

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Time for a new Pepsi commercial

Pepsi had a series of commercials this football season with ordinary people finding success, and thinking it's how their favorite player feels.
After the Super Bowl, I have a new idea.
When Roger Goddell gave the trophy to Robert Kraft, he could have been thinking "now I know how Hillary Clinton felt when she conceded to Donald Trump."

Are the ads worth it?

Bloomberg looks at why advertisers flock to the Super Bowl, despite the cost.
Perhaps the Super Bowl is best understood as the world’s most expensive debutante ball for new cultural products. On the one hand, the big soda, beer, and snack regulars spend millions each year in the hope that they can win about 24 hours of goodwill. But there’s not much evidence that those ads do much in the long run. Sunday evening’s blockbuster event matters most for the companies and products you’ve never heard of Sunday morning.

I got you under my skin

Althouse does a lengthy analysis of the term "thin-skinned" and how President Trump should react.
Ignore seems to be a good idea.
By the way, wasn't that Hillary Clinton's plan for the debates — "get under Trump's skin"? Wasn't there an old idea way back then that Trump was "thin-skinned"* and could be defeated by getting under his skin? He'd self-destruct? That's how I've packaged my memories of how everybody who tried failed to keep Trump from winning.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday song

It's Super Bowl weekend.
The perfect time to hear from the Junk Food Junkie.


Facebook quote of the week

It's so sad when people you think are honest and will always be there for you AREN'T! They don't care about anything only themselves!!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Weekend watchdog

Who wants to visit President Trump at the White House?
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons battle for NFL supremacy - and an invite to Washington before the new season - at Super Bowl LI Sunday on Fox.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. after hours of pregame entertainment and hype.
The Falcons reached their second Super Bowl behind the arm of Matt Ryan. They hope for a better result than in 1999, when they lost to John Elway in his final Broncos appearance.
The Patriots reach the Super Bowl for the seventh time since 2001 and ninth overall. Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl in 2002 and most recent in 2015.
The NFL will honor its top players Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
The Celtics host the Lakers on ESPN Friday at 8 p.m. before the Mavericks visit the Trail Blazers.
ABC has the Cavaliers' contest with the Knicks Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Clippers-Celtics Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Wizards host New Orleans Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
Rhode Island takes on Davidson Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS offers Duke-Pittsburgh Saturday at 1 p.m. while Fox brings Xavier against Creighton.
Maryland's contest with Purdue starts the day on ESPN Saturday at noon. Iowa State meets Kansas at 2 p.m., followed by Arizona-Oregon and North Carolina facing Notre Dame. The GameDay crew catches Florida's battle with Kentucky at 8:15 p.m.
Virginia-Syracuse starts coverage on ESPN2 Saturday at noon. Georgia meets South Carolina at 2 p.m., then it's Cincinnati clashing with Connecticut. Michigan faces Ohio State at 6 p.m. before Wichita State plays Illinois State. Top-ranked Gonzaga closes the night against Santa Clara at 10 p.m.
Georgetown hosts Seton Hall Saturday at noon on FoxSports1 before Marquette meets DePaul. Utah faces Stanford at 4:30 p.m.
The ACC network brings Boston College against Louisville and Miami-North Carolina State Saturday at 3 p.m.
Duquesne duels with Dayton Saturday at noon on NBC Sports network and George Washington meets Richmond at 2 p.m.
Towson tangles with William & Mary Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
Longwood visits Gardner-Webb Saturday at noon on MASN, with LaSalle against George Mason at 7 p.m. MASN2 brings Radford's contest with Liberty at 7 p.m.
Wisconsin faces Indiana Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.
On the women's court, Seton Hall faces Marquette Friday at 12:30 p.m. on MASN2. Oklahoma tangles with Oklahoma State Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2.
ESPN2 has three contests Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. with Maryland-Indiana. South Carolina takes on Arkansas at 3 p.m. before Tennessee meets Georgia at 5 p.m.
Super Bowl Sunday means the Capitals have a home contest, meeting Kings at noon on NBC. Saturday, the Capitals play in Montreal on Comcast at 1 p.m.
On the college ice, MASN has Maine-Providence Friday at 6 p.m. and Cornell's clash with Union at 8:30 p.m. Vermont visits Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour visits Phoenix, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The United States has an international friendly with Jamaica Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Chelsea clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Hull City-Liverpool. Manchester City meets Swansea City Sunday at 8:25 a.m., and it's Leicester City-Manchester United at 10:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Armory Invitational track meet Saturday at 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Taking a break

Iowahawk has been quiet today, after an epic rant on the troubles of social media.
May he enjoy his hot rods and may our fears cool down.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"I don't care what they want at this point"

Good job, Orrin Hatch.
Don Surber approves.
Cheered on by a complacently liberal media, Democrats boycotted the meeting, in an effort to avoid confirmation. Committee rules require at least one Democrat be present before a vote occurs.
Hatch had his committee waive the rule.
"This is all approved by the Parliamentarian," Hatch said. "I wouldn't have done it if it hadn't been."