Saturday, September 21, 2019

Schmookler makes me smile

Poor Andy Schmookler.
Ranting today about the possibility of Donald Trump winning re-election.
Orange Man Bad.
Why doesn't everyone see it?
If only Democrats could tell it as he sees it - Republicans are bad for supporting such a bad man.
If he writes this type of column now, how will he sound in November 2020 when Trump rolls into his second term?

Saturday song





Soon summer will be a memory, like this song from 1959.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Weekend watchdog

Many moves ago, the Rams franchise called Cleveland home.
The Rams, now back in Los Angeles, will return to the lake to face the Browns on NBC Sunday for the NFL primetime contest.
The Rams brought the first NFL championship to Cleveland in 1945, then moved to Los Angeles as when the new Browns debuted in the AAFC in 1946. Those Browns won several NFL crowns - the last in 1964 - and the current Browns hope to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Ravens tangle with the Chiefs on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the Steelers facing the 49ers. Fox will show the Dolphins against the Cowboys at 1 p.m.
The Bears and Redskins close the third week of play on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Utah meets Southern Cal on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m. and ESPN2 has Boise State-Air Force at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame visits between the hedges under the lights Saturday, taking on Georgia at 8 p.m. on CBS. Texas A&M hosts Auburn at 3:30 p.m.
It's Northwestern-Michigan State on ABC at noon. The 3:30 slot features Pittsburgh against Central Florida and Washington taking on BYU, with the game not seen over the air in your area on ESPN2. Texas tangles with Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin to start Fox's day at noon.
Tennessee takes on Florida on ESPN at noon before Louisville visits Florida State at 3:30 p.m. Stanford faces Oregon at 7 p.m. and the nightcap features UCLA against Washington State at 10:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Alabama tangles with Southern Mississippi on ESPN2 at noon. Virginia hosts Old Dominion at 7 p.m. followed by Toledo-Colorado State.
Iowa State meets Louisiana-Monroe at noon on FoxSports1, followed by TCU taking on SMU.
The ACC network slate begins with Syracuse against Western Michigan at noon. Central Michigan meets Miami at 4 p.m. and Charlotte clashes with Clemson at 7:30 p.m.
It's Elon-Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington at noon.
The Orioles close their home schedule against Seattle for the weekend on MASN.
The Nationals continue their quest for a wild-card berth against the Marlins on MASN2 this weekend.
The NL West champion Dodgers host the Rockies on ESPN Friday at 10 p.m. after Indians-Phillies at 7 p.m. The Indians meet the Phillies on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 on ESPN. TBS has the Cardinals and Cubs Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond with the Monster Series race on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series takes the track Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 8:05 a.m.
The Indy Car season concludes with the Grand Prix of Monterey on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
It's Southampton against Bournemouth Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.  Leicester City takes on Tottenham Hotspur Friday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Manchester City-Watford.
West Ham United faces Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Liverpool at 11:25 a.m.
Portland meets Minnesota United on ESPN Sunday at 3:55 p.m
In the Bundesliga, FoxSports1 has Bayern Munich's battle with Koln Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Eintracht duels with Dortmund Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of ACC soccer contests Friday, with Pittsburgh-Boston College at 5 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech against Louisville at 7 p.m.
The Capitals get ready for the season by facing Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The WNBA playoffs continue Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Japan takes on Russia in the Rugby World Cup Friday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Australia tangles with Fiji Saturday at 12:30 a.m. and England takes on Tonga Sunday at 6 a.m.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

If you're going in San Francisco

Since the government of San Francisco isn't doing much about its' homeless problem, the federal government will step in.
So you don't step in it.
Contaminated needles everywhere and human excrement on the sidewalks is an infinitely greater environmental problem than anything the EPA conventionally deals with.

Beto gunned down

Joe Manchin emerges from West Virginia to say not all Democrats agree with Beto's gun grabbing plan.
What’s the difference between Joe Manchin and Beto O’Rourke? There are many, but the most pertinent here is that Manchin got himself elected to the Senate from a red state, while O’Rourke didn’t–even though he swore up and down, falsely, that he had no intention of confiscating firearms. The Democrats would be well advised to listen to Manchin but, happily, they won’t.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Corn Pop and the Frosted Flake

We're in the campaign silly season, trying to understand Joe Biden's story about "Corn Pop" at the pool in the '60s.
Fifty-five years down the road, Biden has gone from young man to frosted flake.

Corey rules

Corey Lewandowski visited the House Tuesday for the impeachment inquiry.
He ruled and Democrats drooled.
Even a CNN guest agreed.
"I don't know what they were looking to get, that they couldn't already get from the Mueller Report. They need to drop this. You can't do an impeachment in an election year. It's gonna look terrible," the CNN guest continued.
"So they need to figure out a game plan, cause it's clear, they have no idea how to handle this administration," she said disappointingly.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Undefeated teams watch

With the NFL's week 2 almost finished, there's nine teams with 2-0 records and one - Detroit - without a loss at 1-0-1.
Three unbeaten teams are in the NFC West - Seattle, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco. They join the Packers, Cowboys, Patriots, Bills, Ravens and Chiefs with such successful starts.
Next week brings only one matchup between 2-0 teams - the Ravens and Chiefs meet in Kansas City.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are watching.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Don't lose your marbles

Iowahawk promotes a way to track your college team - the marble game.
Instead of sportswriters or coaches ranking teams based on last year's outcomes, you base this poll on wins and the strength of the team you have beaten.
Virginia ranks seventh in this poll - so it's good.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Greatest problem with gun control

As  Beto O'Rourke explains exactly how his administration would collect banned firearms - without banging on everyone's doors - it reveals the greatest flaw in the idea.
Exit question via Drew McCoy: Isn’t Beto giving away the game here by stressing his belief that Americans will comply voluntarily with the law? People willing to surrender their weapons upon a lawful demand by the feds are by definition “law-abiding.” If you’re worried about mass shootings but unwilling to go door to door to look for assault rifles, it’s inevitable that virtually all of the people whom you end up disarming are people whom you didn’t need to worry about in the first place.
UPDATE: Part of Under the Fedora at DaTech Guy.

The ad that has Democrats burning

Powerline highlights the ad that ran during Thursday's Democratic debate.
Democrats are offended by the ad appearing to burn a picture of AOC.
Not by the skulls left behind in Cambodia, thanks to socialism.

Are Democrats paying attention?

President Trump visited North Carolina Monday.
The Republican House candidate won the election Tuesday.
The concept befuddles Democrats.
Like Blue Virginia, who think they can win by tying Republicans to Trump.
Note that in the NC special election earlier this week, Trump’s election-eve rally was not countered by a Democratic rally with a Democratic star like Barack Obama. Why not? Got me, but it seems like a huge mistake to me.
Are there any undecided voters anywhere who don't know enough about Donald Trump to make a decision?
Everybody knows him.
The media has pushed so hard since he came down the escalator in 2015.
Now, it appears to bring votes to the Trump side instead of the opposition.
Or there's no Democratic superstar who can draw the attention Trump does.

Saturday song





Cherish the beach scenes in this video from Kool and the Gang.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New Biden campaign song





At Thursday's debate, Joe Biden said parents need to have their record players on to help children learn language.

He worked for him - we think.


Weekend watchdog

For one NASCAR driver, what happens in Vegas moves him to the next round of the playoffs.
Sixteen drivers start their chase for the championship Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Sunday's winner automatically advances to the second round starting Oct. 6 in Dover, while the rest need to win at Richmond and Charlotte or gain enough points to move on.
Kyle Busch holds the top spot among the 16 going into the Chase. Joey Lagano, the 2018 NASCAR champion, won the spring race at Las Vegas.
The Xfinity Series racers go Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 9 p.m.
The Cowboys and Redskins tangle on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. before the Saints visit the Rams. CBS offers the Bills against the Giants, with the Charlottesville area getting the Patriots' contest with the Dolphins and northern Virginia watching the late afternoon contest between the Raiders and Chiefs.
The Eagles visit the Falcons on NBC Sunday night, with Browns-Jets on ESPN Monday.
The college football weekend begins Friday when North Carolina battles Wake Forest at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Washington State travels to Houston at 9:15 p.m. The ACC network brings Kansas-Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame opens its home season against New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
Second-ranked Alabama takes on South Carolina on CBS Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech starts the ACC network slate at noon with a contest with Furman. It's  Miami against Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. and Virginia hosts Florida State at 7:30 p.m.
ABC starts its day Saturday with the battle between Pittsburgh and Penn State at noon. Southern Cal faces BYU at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Clemson takes on Syracuse at 7:30 p.m.
Indiana meets Ohio State on Fox at noon. Arizona State travels to Michigan State at 4 p.m. and UCLA hosts Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
ESPN brings Kansas State-Mississippi State at noon followed by Stanford-Central Florida. Kentucky clashes with Florida at 7 p.m. and Arizona hosts Texas Tech at 10:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Arkansas State on ESPN2 at noon. It's Oklahoma State-Tulsa at 4 p.m. before Auburn plays Kent State at 7 p.m. with Portland State against Boise State in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with North Carolina State on FoxSports1 at noon before Iowa faces Iowa State at 4 p.m. Nebraska meets Northern Illinois at 8 p.m
NBC Sports Washington offers Citadel-Georgia Tech at noon and Morgan State's contest with James Madison at 4 p.m.
There's high school football Friday on ESPN2, as St. Joseph's Prep faces IMG Academy Friday at 7 p.m.
North of the border, Ottawa visits British Columbia Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles head to Detroit on MASN2 for the weekend. The Nationals host the Braves for the weekend on MASN.
ESPN has the Dodgers against the Mets Sunday at 7 p.m.
Liverpool tangles with Newcastle United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Crystal Palace. NBC offers Manchester City against Norwich City at 12:30 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Everton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Watford takes on Arsenal at 11:25 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Portland on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m and the Galaxy battle Sporting KC on FoxSports1 Sunday at 10 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund faces Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim battles Freiburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Paderborn-Schalke at noon.
In women's soccer, Washington meets the Reign on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
The FIBA World Cup concludes Sunday at 8 a.m. with the championship on ESPN2. The third place game will be on ESPN2 at 4 a.m.
There's a pair of WNBA playoff games on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.
The Chaos and Redwoods meet in the Premier Lacrosse League playoffs Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This is how we do it

Instapundit goes back to the archives for ways to survive the disasters that can come our way.
In fact, one barely-reported story from September 11 illustrates this better than any other - the improvised navy that evacuated roughly a million people by boat from Lower Manhattan, in an operation that some have called an American Dunkirk. Ferries, commercial boats, and pleasure craft spontaneously assembled to carry people away from the scene of the attack, and to return with needed supplies.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Recycling update

I made a trip to recycling center over the weekend, and aluminum cans remain at 35 cents per pound.
Still a better market than plastics.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sad day in the blogosphere

Visiting Dustbury this weekend, there was nothing posted since Tuesday.
Not good.
He posts multiple times a day, and has since 1996.
Today comes the news that Charles Hill passed after being involved in a car accident that day.
From his perch in Oklahoma City, he was a true internet star.
He supported this blog from almost the beginning and I've visited his place numerous times.
And it picked up items from me, making the posting of items more enjoyable.
A favorite?
When my dad found his manual for Office 97 in 2014, I knew Dustbury would like it.
And he did.
Rest in peace, friend.
UPDATE: Thoughts from Roger O. Green and Fillyjonk.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Facebook quote of the week

It's been a while for this feature, but today one popped up that I had to share.
I forgot that Saturday afternoon at Costco is like Thunderdome. Also, why are there angry people buying 5 lbs of spinach. Is Popeye coming to dinner? I need to go home and sit quietly with the cat.

My mama told me, you'd better shop around

How will the U.S.-China trade dispute end?
Possibly with less U.S. dependency on China's manufacturing.
Because Vietnam and Thailand are also open for business.
For China, further decoupling has to be a terrifying scenario. The U.S. remains the world’s number one consumer market, and America is now clearly looking to shop around. Beijing needs to come up with some kind of offer to slow this trend either at the trade negotiating table or in some kind of arrangement with the U.S. manufacturers that are still in China.

Saturday song





A song to Cherish from the 60s.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Weekend watchdog

The NFL opened its 100th season Thursday with a rivalry that dates back to 1921.
The rest of the 32 teams open this weekend and Monday.
The defending Super Bowl champion had been hosting the season opener in recent years, but the NFL saves the Patriots' game with the Steelers for Sunday night on NBC.
ESPN has a pair of contests for the first Monday night of the season. The Texans take on the Saints at 7:10 p.m. followed by Broncos-Raiders.
The Ravens meet the Dolphins on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m.
Fox offers the Redskins-Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Giants tangle with the Cowboys in the late afternoon slot.
Virginia starts the college football weekend Friday, facing William & Mary at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Marshall meets Boise State on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
The College GameDay crew will be in Austin for LSU-Texas, with coverage on ABC at 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati clashes with Ohio State at noon followed by Clemson-Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Army on Fox at noon and it's Colorado-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Penn State hosts Buffalo.
Iowa hosts Big Ten foe Rutgers at noon on FoxSports1. Action heads out west at 10:30 p.m. for the Pac-12 contest between Washington and California.
Pittsburgh hosts Ohio on the ACC network at 11 a.m., followed by South Florida-Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. Florida State faces Louisiana-Monroe at 5 p.m. and there's a conference tilt between Miami and North Carolina at 8 p.m.
Tennessee takes on BYU on ESPN at 7 p.m. and Stanford travels to Southern Cal at 10:30 p.m.
It's West Virginia-Missouri at noon on ESPN2. Georgia battles Murray State at 4 p.m. before Auburn tangles with Tulane at 7:30 p.m
MASN offers Bowling Green-Kansas State at noon.
North Carolina State takes on Western Carolina on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m. and James Madison has its' home opener against St. Francis at 6 p.m.
The Orioles, who had a schedule change thanks to Hurricane Dorian, watch the skies for the storm's remnants this weekend as the Rangers come to town on MASN2. The Nationals visit the Braves on MASN.
The Red Sox host the Yankees Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. It's Phillies-Mets on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:10 p.m. and on TBS Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
ESPN has the men's finals of the U.S. Open Sunday at 4 p.m., after the women's doubles championship at 1 p.m. The men will battle for the final Friday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR gets ready for the playoffs with the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The Monster Series goes Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC, after the Xfinity Series race Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's the Italian Grand Prix on ESPN2 Sunday at 9:05 a.m.
The United States national team plays Mexico Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Germany clashes with the Netherlands Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN in a European qualifier.
The Mystics meet Dallas in WNBA action Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Lynx face the Sparks on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Premier League lacrosse playoffs Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Grilling Democrats

It's almost the weekend.
Maybe time for a cookout.
Unless you're a Democratic candidate for president.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Marianne learns

It's good to see Marianne Williamson has learned something from her campaign for president.
“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”
Williamson accused the left of lying about her use of crystals and “crystal gazing,” telling Remnick that there has “never been a crystal on stage” at any of her events and “there is no crystal” in her home.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Trump wins climate debate

CNN has a seven-hour town hall Wednesday to focus on climate change.
President Trump used eight tweets to deflate the event.
President Trump is trolling for a media fact-check in order to get his message out beyond Twitter. He does this all the time.
We shall see who, if anyone, bites.
But the president just ended the climate change argument. End of the debate. Time to take action and end all subsidies for alternative energy and go back to burning coal.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Where will the hurricane land?

Last week, some people on Facebook hoped Hurricane Dorian would hit Mar-A-Lago.
Looks like Mar-a-Lago is safe.
Maybe the storm will hit Martha's Vineyard - where President Obama just bought a place
Will Trump's critics be okay with that destination?

This was no vacation

Many Disney Cruise vacationers have been to Castaway Cay, one of the stops on the trip.
The island appears safe and crew members okay after Hurricane Dorian passed to the north.
[Disney Cruise Lines] is in regular contact with island leadership and all are safe. Forecast calls for tropical storm force winds, which is what is there now. There are extensive measures in place to keep crew safe. A shelter on the island houses all crew and is stocked with a plentiful supply of food and water,” Kim Prunty, Disney’s vice president of communications and public affairs, told Green on Twitter Sunday night.

Storm clouds ahead

Like Hurricane Dorian, the House impeachment battle grabs attention while spinning in circles.
But the storm may get moving - with Stormy Daniels.
The payments predate Trump’s presidency. Is it a “high crime and misdemeanor” for a candidate to buy the silence of someone who has damaging information about him? I don’t think so. At worst, it’s a technical violation of campaign finance law, and I doubt it even amounts to that.
But why let this stand in the way of sexy hearings? Stormy Daniels and the ex-Playboy model might be able to attract media attention and draw viewers to hearings that otherwise hardly anyone would watch.

Monday, September 2, 2019

To ask the question is to answer it

Blue Virginia wonders - why isn't the press interested in Alabama governor Kay Ivey doing something in blackface in the 60s?
It's not wall-to-wall coverage like Virginia's Ralph Northam.
What's the difference?
Pictures are important.
But the Democratic reaction fueled the interest - many Democrats jumping to push Northam out and then backing off when he didn't run.
And other troubles befell his possible successors.
If Democrats didn't purge Northam, why bother with Ivey?
Although Democrats may wish they purged Northam come Election Day.

Bull in China's shop

President Trump treats China differently than other recent presidents.
And it's a good thing.
Trump, by contrast, “is the first president in recent memory to seriously say to this communist dictatorship: If you want to keep doing business with us, you have to change.” And Trump has backed up this statement with his actions.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

We question their authority

Andy Schmookler wants you to question authority - just not the authority he believes.
His most recent column talks about the Scopes Trial - why did the people believe the authority of the Bible in their law against teaching of evolution.
Then he wonders why today, people don't blindly follow his climate change authorities.
It's because we've looked at evidence and question their authority.
If you don't realize there is information that disapproves the man-made climate change, or think it's just from an authority he doesn't trust, then you don't understand the other side.
You've fallen for a false authority and think you examined the evidence.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Not normal? Not a problem

Via Althouse, a Democrat trying to figure how to change the minds of 2016 Trump voters.
Her son weighs in.
The worst argument is he’s “NOT NORMAL,” “violates norms,” etc. That argument itself isn’t normal; “politics as usual” is an insult, not a compliment. WI, MI, & PA residents voted for him knowing he’s far from a normal politician and unlikely to change. They liked that about him.

Not messing with Trump

A few days ago, it looked like Hurricane Dorian was headed to the south Florida coast.
Some people thought it would be great for the storm to hit President Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort.
But each day, the storm seems to be turning away from the United States.
One day it aims at the Florida coast.
Then Savannah.
Now Myrtle Beach.
Looks like Dorian respects President Trump more than many of his opponents.

Saturday song





Gear up for a great day with the Rascals.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Peek-a-boo, I see you

President Trump tweeted a picture of the destroyed Iranian missile launch site Friday.
Immediately, the opposition rose.
How can you tweet a picture from our secret intelligence?
Our enemies will know our spying capabilities.
When an Iranian leader goes to the bathroom, our cameras can tell if they use single-ply or double-ply toilet paper.
That's good for our enemies to know we see what they are doing at all times.
They can try to hide, but we'll find them.
It's good to keep our enemies looking over their shoulders - constantly.

Weekend watchdog

Darlington offers plenty of memories for NASCAR fans.
The cars on track this weekend offer a chance to see those memories in action.
It's a throwback weekend at the 70th Southern 500, with the flag dropping on NBC Sports network Sunday at 6 p.m.
Upon returning the Southern 500 to its traditional Labor Day slot in 2015, teams have honored the past with their paint schemes.
The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has practice sessions Friday starting at 1 p.m., with qualifying for the Southern 500 Saturday at 2 p.m.
The college football season gets going this weekend as South Florida hosts Wisconsin Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Colorado against Colorado State.
FoxSports1 brings Tulsa-Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. and Oklahoma State battles Oregon State at 10:30 p.m. ACC network carries Wake Forest's contest with Utah State at 8 p.m.
Saturday on the ACC network starts at noon with East Carolina against North Carolina State. Virginia Tech tangles with Boston College at 4 p.m. and Virginia meets Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m.
Memphis takes on Mississippi at noon on ABC, followed by Duke-Alabama at 3:30 p.m. Oregon clashes with Auburn at 7:30 p.m.
Fox offers Ohio State-Florida Atlantic at noon before Northwestern takes on Stanford at 4 p.m.
Iowa State hosts Northern Iowa on FoxSports1 at noon. Iowa meets Miami of Ohio at 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska faces South Alabama at noon on ESPN, then it's South Carolina against North Carolina from Charlotte at 3:30 p.m. Florida State faces Boise State at 7 p.m. and Southern Cal clashes with Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
On MASN, Kansas clashes with Indiana State Saturday at noon.
Oklahoma hosts Houston on ABC Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with the ACC contest between Notre Dame and Louisville Monday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles head to Kansas City for a three-game set on MASN.
The Nationals take on the Marlins on MASN2.
 The Phillies clash with the Mets Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. TBS has the Yankees' contest with the A's Sunday at 1 p.m.
 ESPN has the U.S. Open Friday at noon, with ESPN2 taking over coverage at 6 p.m. Saturday action will be on ESPN2 starting at 11 a.m., with ESPN coverage Sunday at 11 a.m. going to ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
Manchester United meets Southampton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Sheffield United. Everton faces Wolverhampton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and it's Arsenal against Tottenham Hotsput at 11 a.m.
The Galaxy take on Seattle Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Lazio faces AS Roma on ESPN2 in Italian Serie A Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Mainz Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Werder Bremen battles Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Eintracht-Dusseldorf.
In women's soccer, Washington visits Orlando on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 9:05 a.m.
NBC Sports network has Diamond League track and field from Zurich Thursday at 2 p.m.
The pro volleyball beach tour visits Chicago Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

XFL week for the NFL

All NFL teams have their final preseason games Thursday.
Very few, if any, starters in the opener will be playing.
Who will?
Guys who will be cut from the roster Saturday.
They might make the taxi squad, or find a spot after injuries hit.
Many probably played in the Alliance of American Football this spring, and will be filling rosters of the new XFL in February 2020.
Will the new XFL have enough audience to survive?
Fans will watch tonight's games.
If the money people want, the XFL will make it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

In the heat of the moment

The Democratic National Committee didn't agree to have a single debate focused on climate change
So CNN stepped in.
Seven hours worth of candidate interviews on September 4.
I'm saving the environment by not watching.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday song





Topping the charts 50 years ago this week, Johnny Cash identifies as Sue.

Anybody have ACC network?

The new ACC network debuted Thursday night.
We don't have it here in Fishersville on the regular cable lineup.
Nor in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia.
Will we get it before the season opening games next Saturday?
Or will we wait until basketball season?
Cable companies and the ACC are playing a game of chicken.
How much money does the ACC need to pay cable companies for their network?
How much will the ACC be hurt if many games aren't seen by fans?
I'm used to missing games on ESPNU.
But more games are set for ACC network, especially early in the football season.
Good thing there's SEC games, West Virginia and Big Ten to capture my attention.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Weekend watchdog

College football celebrates 150 years of competition this season, and top two programs get an early start on the season.
ESPN has the battle between Miami and Florida from Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m. Youngstown State clashes with Samford Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
It's the NFL preseason week for starters to get their most playing time, and final tuneups for the NFL crews. The Bills battle the Lions on CBS Friday at 8 p.m., and NBC has a contest between the Steelers and Titans Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, Winnipeg travels to Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's high school football this weekend, as Mallard Creek meets Dutch Fork Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The gridiron action continues Saturday on ESPN when St. Frances meets Miami Central at noon. Dematha battles St. John Bosco on ESPN2 at 9 p.m., and Southern Columbia goes against Hammond School of South Carolina Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles face the Rays on MASN2 over the weekend. The Nationals visit the Cubs on MASN for the weekend. Sunday's contest will also be on TBS.
The Yankees take on the Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Cardinals host the Rockies on FoxSports1 at 7:15 p.m.
Little League baseball crowns its champion Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The third place contest will be on ESPN Sunday at 10 a.m.
ABC has the United States championship game between Hawaii and Louisiana Saturday at 3:30 p.m, after the International finale matching Japan and Curacao at 12:30 p.m.
There's a pair of MLS contests on Friday, with Orlando City-Atlanta United at 8 p.m. before Portland plays Seattle at 10 p.m. ESPN2 has New York FC against the Red Bulls Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Columbus Sunday at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Dallas-Houston and Los Angeles FC against the Galaxy at 10:30 p.m.
Aston Villa faces Everton Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Norwich City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Liverpool tangles with Arsenal on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester City meets Bournemouth Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Tottenham Hotspur takes on Newcastle United at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dusseldorf faces Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Bayern Munich battles Schalke at 12:30 p.m. Leipzig takes on Eintracht Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Hertha Berlin-Wolfsburg at noon.
Santos meets Monterrey on FoxSports1 Friday at 10 p.m.
Roma faces Genoa in Italian Serie A Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
In women's soccer, NBC Sports Washington has Washington against Orlando Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The top 30 players on the PGA tour compete for the Tour Championship on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Xfinity Series visits Road America Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series runs on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar race from Gateway in Illinois Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Mystics meet the Liberty on NBC Sports Washington Sunday at 4 p.m.
Fox has the Travers Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m.
Chrome clashes with Redwoods in Premier Lacrosse League action Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Out-slee

Another Democratic candidate is done - Washington governor Jay Inslee.
While Inslee had qualified for the first two presidential debates this summer, he struggled to gain traction in the crowded Democratic field and was falling short of the requirements needed to appear on two high-profile stages next month: the third DNC debate in Houston and a CNN town hall focused on climate change, Inslee's key issue.
He had recently hit one of the markers — 130,000 unique donors. But he had yet to reach 2% in any poll and would have needed to hit that level of support in four qualifying polls.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Antifa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

My favorite part of the internet is answering an accusation with a matching accusation.
Explain Antifa.
No, you explain right-wing extremists first.
So violence is okay if it's your side?
So two sides can both say violence is okay.
Which makes threats of violence basically inevitable.
No one wants to be good first.
It's always you go first.

People for Trump, quietly

The Seattle Times' story about  President Trump's support in Washington caught plenty of attention this weekend.
The latest federal-election reports show that Trump is doing surprisingly well getting backers in this bluest of blue places. With nearly 15 months to go before the 2020 election, he already has drawn more donations from Seattle addresses than he did during the entire 2016 campaign.
Opponents fuss loudly, but the noise doesn't enter the voting booth.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Begun, the Facebook wars have

Larry Correia finds himself banned from Facebook for posts about imaginary countries and a blogger with imaginary followers.
But it raises the question about why conservatives get blocked or banned.
But more importantly on a basic philosophical level, the left is always compelled to try and silence the right, while the right usually prefers the left to keep talking so that everybody can hear how stupid they sound. So the whole deplatforming tactic seems alien to most of the people on my side.
Maybe some good will come of this.
I’m on social media for one reason. That’s to sell books and interact with my fans. Everything else is a distraction (arguing with idiots mostly, though it does help me come up with snappy dialog). I used to primarily talk to the fans here, but for a while there it seemed like Facebook had killed blogging (people go wherever it is easiest to communicate) but now through their ham fisted, censorious ways, blogging might make a comeback.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Background check

Democrats want expanded background checks before someone gets a gun.
After reading the background of the Philadelphia shooter, how did he get his guns?
And which Democrat volunteers to disarm him?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

He's in the money

A Democrat running for Senate in South Carolina filed his financial disclosure forms.
What a difference 10 years makes when you're a lobbyist.
Harrison, now running for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, last had to file a financial disclosure in 2008 as a high-paid staffer for Rep. Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.). At the time, Harrison had no reportable assets and significant liabilities, disclosing credit card and loan debt together between $140,004 and $365,000.
But Harrison left Clyburn's office, where he was earning a six-figure salary, in December 2008 to join the now-defunct Podesta Group, where he went on to represent the interests of a who's who of corporate giants—Walmart, BP, Bank of America, Boeing, Merck, and Google.
The work paid off, according to a new required financial disclosure Harrison submitted Monday night. Harrison, who left the Podesta Group at the end of 2016, now reports assets of up to $3.45 million.
Good work is you can get it.

Dog days of the election cycle

An election story caught Althouse's eye - checking in on Kamala Harris.
Not because she wanted to discuss the election.
These articles about the election must be cranked out, and I'm only blogging this one because it is so absurd. Kamala Harris was "briefly sent... into the stratosphere"?! She briefly polled in the teens, and then slipped back into the single digits. Instead of an article asking why she's not more popular, ask yourselves how you ever got caught up into assuming that she was supposed to be so popular. You assume something should be true, then you proceed to inquire why it isn't. How about speaking honestly about your own assumption?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Eating Castro's lunch

DaTech Guy is having to use a backup site, but Instapundit found this post by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng on Texans and their BBQ.
The day after Castro published that hateful screed, thousands of Texans piled into their pickup trucks and drove to the nearest Bill Miller Bar-B-Q.
Social media reports flooded in showing massive drive-thru lines backing up onto busy streets. Hungry customers patiently waited in lines out the door.
Don't mess with Texas - or BBQ.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

If Smitty was impressed

Smitty at The Other McCain tipped his hat to Don Surber.
What did Surber say about the gun control battle?
Don't worry.
He's seen enough of the media in action to know this truth.
I am not saying the media gets everything about Donald Trump wrong. I am just having trouble remembering the last time they got it right.

Saturday song





The Rascals are glad it's a beautiful morning.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Never sausage a thing

Via Powerline, a German attempt to raise the tax rate on meat.
The Value Added Tax would go from seven percent to 19 percent under the proposal, moving meat from a staple product to luxury category.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Weekend watchdog

As American football begins its preseason schedule, English football starts its 2019-2020 this weekend.
The Premier League season kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Liverpool facing Norwich City.
Manchester City meets West Ham United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Bournemouth-Sheffield United. NBC brings Tottenham Hotspur's contest with Aston Villa at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday's play starts at 8:55 a.m. with Newcastle United against Arsenal. Manchester United clashes with Chelsea at 11:25 a.m.
The Redskins open preseason play against the Browns Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
North of the border, Ottawa battles Edmonton on ESPN2 Friday at 10 p.m.
The Arena League championship matches Philadelphia and Albany Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close their homestand with a three-game set against the Astros on MASN2. The Nationals take on the Mets on MASN for the weekend.
FoxSports1 heads west for the Giants hosting the Phillies Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by the Rockies meeting the Padres at 8:40 p.m. TBS has the Angels against the Red Sox Sunday at 1 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Phillies-Giants at 7 p.m.
ESPN follows the Little League's road to Williamsport with six semifinals Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Midwest. It's off to New England at 1 p.m. and the Northwest at 3 p.m. Teams from the Great Lakes play at 5 p.m., then the Mid-Atlantic goes at 7 p.m. and the day finishes out West at 9 p.m.
The berths to Williamsport get claimed Saturday. It's the Midwest Regional final at 11 a.m. before New England at 1 p.m. The top Northwest teams battle at 3 p.m. with the Great Lakes at 5 p.m. and Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. The West closes action at 9 p.m.
The Monster Series visits Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Xfinity Series takes the track at Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS carries the PGA tour's visit to New Jersey Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The women's U.S. amateur semifinals will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m., on FoxSports1 with quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. and the round of 16 and 32 Thursday at 4 p.m.
Atlanta United faces New York City FC on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. D.C. United battles the Galaxy on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Los Angeles FC against the Red Bulls.
There's an international friendly between Napolia and Barcelona on ESPN2 Saturday at 5 p.m.
Tijuana takes on Pumas Friday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In women's soccer, Chicago visits Washington Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Fox has the Junior NBA tournament, with the girls global final Sunday at 3 p.m. and boys championship at 4:30 p.m.
 There's a United States boys semifinal Saturday at noon on Fox followed by the International championship. The top United States girls teams tangle at 3 p.m., followed by the United States' boys final at 4:30 p.m
Phoenix faces the Sparks in WNBA play Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2 and it's Connecticut-Las Vegas Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports Washington has the contest between the Mystics and the Lynx Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the U.S. Open tennis series, the Rogers Cup closes Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. There's men's semifinals at 3 and 8 p.m. and quarterfinals Friday at noon and 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 has the round of 16 Thursday at noon.
The United States gymnastics championship will be on NBC Sports network Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
In the Premier Lacrosse League, the Archers take on Atlas Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Trusting the government

With the anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville looming, former governor Terry McAuliffe has a book out with his thoughts on the incident.
Blame Charlottesville government ranks high on the list.
In the six months leading up to the rally there were warnings of the potential for disorder, if not violence. They were not heeded with any sense of urgency or judgement at the highest levels of state government.
There's lots of hindsight, but not much foresight, about the events of two years ago.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Simple truth

Over at Ace of Spades, a simple explanation for the conundrum we face with guns.
As unpleasant as it may sound, we have to accept a certain amount of chaos in our society in return for the freedoms that we fought for. The question is, can we minimize that chaos while being respectful of our natural and God-given rights?
Ban guns feels good to those who say it.
It feels like a death sentence to those who know how to safely handle guns.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Saturday song





Do a double take with Spanky and Our Gang.

Perfect Trump cartoon












I found this cartoon last night.
Why not sooner?
It perfectly distills Trump's reactions to the Mueller Report.

Friday, August 2, 2019

See you in Houston

I wonder if Democrats have thought of this scenario.
They limit the next debate to people who met a certain threshold of donors and poll results.
If you miss the threshold, what do you do?
Stay home?
Campaign quietly in Iowa?
Or crash the party in Houston, where the media focus will be?
If I want to win, I'd be in Houston.
You might as well give up if you don't make the next debate - unless you do something to grab attention.
Get the popcorn ready.

Democratic debate debacle

The second round of Democratic debates has ended, leaving pundits to wonder what's wrong.
If you boil all the prognostication down to a single sentence, it would yield the answer to your question: Nothing has changed. Joe Biden is still shakily in the lead for the nomination, and no single candidate is yet poised to knock him off. In the end, perhaps the most salient fact to be taken away from the debates is the collapse in viewership: 8.7 million viewers tuned in the first night (second-night figures are not yet available as I write this), as opposed to 15.3 million viewers for the first Democratic debate a month ago and 18.1 million for the second. We’re down to the hard-core, highly engaged base of Democratic voters who probably are the least in need of the debates to make up their minds, plus Trump campaign strategists and scattered hate-watchers from the other side.
Or maybe it's bad candidates with bad ideas.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Weekend watchdog

The NFL plans a big party for its 100th season - starting with the first exhibition game Thursday.
The Denver Broncos - with new quarterback Joe Flacco - take on the Atlanta Falcons on NBC at 8 p.m. to kick off the weekend of festivities in Canton.
The newest class of Hall of Fame inductees gets to shine Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and NFL network.
North of the border, ESPN2 has CFL action between Toronto and Winnipeg Thursday at 7 p.m.
Baltimore hosts Albany in the Arena League playoffs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Valor visit Philadelphia Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Orioles return from their west coast trip with a four-game set against the Blue Jays on MASN. The Nationals visit the Diamondbacks on MASN2.
The Yankees and Red Sox battle in New York this weekend, with Saturday's game on FoxSports1 at 1 p.m. and Sunday night on ESPN at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Angels-Indians Saturday at 7 p.m., with the Cubs clashing with the Brewers Sunday at 2:20 p.m. on TBS.
NASCAR visits Watkins Glen, with the Monster Cup series going Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series takes the track Saturday at 3 p.m. The truck series hits the dirt track at Eldora Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at 9:05 a.m. after qualfying Saturday at 8:55 a.m.
CBS brings the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
As Little League baseball prepares for its tournament in Williamsport, several other divisions close their seasons this weekend. The Senior League final is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Intermediate league finishes its tournament Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Junior League softball championship is Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2  and the Senior League crowns its champion Sunday at 2 p.m.
It's Minnesota against Portland on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. and D.C. United battles Philadelphia Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Manchester United meets AC Milan in the International Champions Club on ESPN2 Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
In women's soccer, Washington visits Carolina on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has a quarterfinal matchup in The Basketball Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m.  ESPN has a contest Friday at 7 p.m., then the dunk contest happens Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 before another quarterfinal contest.
There's semifinals on ESPN Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.
In the WNBA, the Sparks face Las Vegas Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The X Games hit Minneapolis, with competition Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Action continues Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network offers the U.S. Nationals swimming competition Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

How dare you disagree with me

Elizabeth Warren got a big reaction with her comment against John Delaney.
"I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for President of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for."
What's behind the line?
How dare you disagree with me.
You can't tell me I'm wrong about my plans.
Delaney brings the businessman's perspective to the Democratic field.
Which means he's unlikely to be popular.
Maybe the Republicans will give him a speaking slot at next year's convention.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

That's going to sting

While Democratic candidates may battle each other Tuesday and Wednesday, a better battle is brewing.
Snopes vs. Babylon Bee.
There's a great line in the Bee's story on Snopes.
Since their original founding in 1957 by the KGB, Snopes has gained a reputation for objectively reporting what someone’s secret motivations probably were, and what they probably really meant when they said something. More recently, they have perfected the art of determining whether a satirical article is hilarious, left-leaning comedy or divisive, conservative-leaning fake news.
Wonder if Snopes is Russian to review this article.

Ready for some debate fireworks

The second round of Democratic debates will be tonight.
Expect CNN to ask more pointed questions.
Expect Joe Biden to get attacked.
Can he survive?
If other Democrats hit Biden hard, imagine what President Trump will do.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Who's in your wallet

Capital One may not be able to pay celebrity spokesmen and women soon.
They found a data breach for years worth of credit card applications.
It took a few days to find out who was in your wallet.

The truth about power

Ace of Spades gives space for Baldilocks to tell a simple story - teach your children to read and their lives will be better.
Yes, the education systems bear some blame, but the parents are primarily at fault. No white racist can stop a black parent from reading to his child every night or teaching him basic multiplication.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Represented by Gerry Mander

Today's Trump battle is against Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings.
Now my parents' congressman.
Why?
Compared to the rest of Maryland, the seventh district as it was designed in the 1970s is growing slower.
So each census, the majority-minority district has had to expand into the suburbs just enough to maintain numerical balance with other congressional districts.
Now the areas of Baltimore City with dangerous streets and murder - which caught President Trump's attention - share a district with rural areas of one of the richest counties in the country.
Kind of looks like an angry dog.
Thanks to Maryland Democrats gerrymandering the state to give them the best chance to dominate the House seats.

Saturday song





Since the theme of the past two weeks has been "go back," how about some Paul McCartney?

Get back to where you once belong.

Because liberals don't drive pickup trucks

Andy Schmookler thinks he's found a way to help Democratic campaigns in Virginia this fall.
He thinks Republicans don't serve the interest of their voters, just the rich and powerful.
Then he talks about the Trump tax cut.
The one that's seen unemployment remain low.
The stock market soar.
The economy hum along years after fellow Democrats thought Trump would crash it.
But he saves the best line for last.
It is not on the pick-up trucks of liberals that one sees the bumper stickers that picture an angry snake and the threatening motto, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
That's because liberals don't drive pickups.
They cause climate change, right?

Friday, July 26, 2019

The horse is still dead

Andy Schmookler flogs the dead horse of impeachment again.
I'm still waiting for him to understand why Democrats waited - not enough evidence to convince enough people.
Now he's down to the maybes.
Maybe this time the waiting will pay off, and the Democrats will get yet another moment that can launch them powerfully into conducting the necessary impeachment process:
Maybe Don McGahn will testify, and he’ll prove the witness that moves the proverbial needle of public opinion;
Maybe the Democrats will be able to get some of Mueller’s deputies to testify publicly, and maybe they will prove to be the kind of witnesses that understand both what is important for the public to understand about what they discovered and how they as prosecutors must communicate to convey to the public what the people need to know.
Maybe all these matters the Democrats have taken to Court will get resolved quickly enough that the process of public education that they’d hoped to start months ago will finally get rolling in a powerful way.

Do you see what I see?

After years of pushing bright, fresh looking candidates to the front, Democrats are now disturbed by optics.
Optics—the kryptonite of the modern media age, the glimmering, crystalline material that can subsume substance at every treacherous turn. Or as the former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett rejoined to Todd on Twitter: “When you say ‘on optics, this was a disaster’ it is you saying so that helps make it true. The disaster of the optics is the elevation of optics and the claim by pundits that it was a disaster.”
Face it, Mueller looked bad.
For wanting Mueller to appear in that setting, Democrats looked bad.
Mueller tried to warn them.
They didn't listen.
The report wasn't enough - Democrats needed the optics of Mueller testifying.
Maybe now they'll see they lost this battle?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Waiting for a hero

Poor Andy Schmookler, left disappointed by Democrats again.
He wants Democrats to fight President Trump.
But Robert Mueller failed to inspire them Wednesday.
Now Schmookler wonders if Nancy Pelosi will come through.
Maybe Speaker Pelosi, as she sometimes implies, is marshalling her forces in preparation for an eventual attack that will show that she and the Democrats she leads are fully determined to fight and win.
How about Jerry Nadler?
I have a small fantasy of Jerry Nadler deciding, with his committee, to move toward impeachment without Pelosi, if she never gives the green light (assuming the Committee can do that on its own).
Maybe Elizabeth Warren?
I continue to believe that pressing for impeachment is an important part of how these would-be Democratic standard bearers should demonstrate what kind of leadership they can provide for this battle.
(And for that reason, I welcome the news that Elizabeth Warren is pressing Pelosi on the impeachment issue, saying “Some things are above politics.”)
But you need warriors to go to battle.
That's not the Democratic party's strength.

Wednesday recap

Mueller mumbled.
Impeachment stumbled.
Democrats humbled?
Nah.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hoopla for Hoos

Jerry Ratcliffe.com celebrates a great year by dropping the paywall to the site.
It will be tough to top 2018-19, but Jerry Ratcliffe should have plenty of great stories on the Cavalier action.

Bad day for Biden

Robert Mueller struggled at times during his appearance at Congress Wednesday.
It hurt the impeachment quest.
And probably some 70-plus year old Democrats.
Mueller is 74, and appeared not able to handle Congress like he did as FBI director.
The years can take a toll.
Joe Biden is 76.
While he tries to use his past to provide good memories, any struggles on the 2020 campaign trail will now remind everyone of his age.
That youngster, 73-year-old Trump, looks better every day.

Merry Mueller-mas

The day Democrats have waited for has arrived.
Robert Mueller will speak.
Democrats think people will listen and rise up against President Trump.
I didn't know Mueller was speaking on Fantasy Island.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Monday song





After technical difficulties Saturday left me in the Danger Zone, I found a video to post.

Field of schemes

Kurt Schlichter gives a quick listing of the 2020 Democratic candidates.
The precise candidate who will employ it is not important because they all embrace the notion that punishing the essential moral failure of you and me and every other Normal American is the key goal of the Donkey Party. That goes equally for the Handsey Old Prospector, the Socialist Squaw, Crusty the Commie, Spartacus Sharpton, Starchild, the Furry, Not Ms. Willie Brown, the Unfabulous Gay Guy, and the many Unfabulous Ungay Guys.
All you need to know.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sanders staffers learn economics

The Sanders campaign planned to pay its staffers at least $15/hour.
But when some had to work 60 hours a week, their pay went under that amount.
How do you solve the problem?
You could pay time and a half for hours over 60 instead of a set salary.
You'd need more donations from more people to do that.
Or you could limit staffers to 40 hours per week.
Reducing your ability to reach voters with your message.
And leaving staffers with the same trouble if their salary isn't enough to live on.
Either way they decide to go, it's not going to end well for Sanders and his staffers.
Maybe they'll learn something about economics, though.

A high maintenance article

The Atlantic checks in on "When Harry met Sally" and the discussion of high-maintenance women.
And the writer is not low maintenance about the idea.
As insults go, just as Harry intuited, high-maintenance is extremely effective: Once introduced, it can’t really be argued with. (She is annoyed to be dismissed as high-maintenance? This is, obviously, the clearest evidence of all.) Sally, in the scene that popularized the term, resists the label—or tries to. “I don’t see that,” she protests, when Harry informs her that she is the worst kind. Harry replies with a dramatic rendering of one of her extremely specific restaurant orders: the house salad, but not with the standard dressing, and with the substituted version on the side. The salmon, but with the mustard sauce, and that sauce on the side. “On the side is a very big thing for you,” he concludes.
“Well, I just want it the way I want it,” she says.
“I know. High-maintenance.”

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Trump announces pronouns

Elizabeth Warren's campaign account put her preferred pronouns out Friday.
Donald Trump has preferred pronouns as well.
Along with he/him, you can call him "Your Majesty."
"Greatest POTUS ever"
Your choice.
He wants to include the best ever choices.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Battering ram batters

Clay Travis disproves of President Trump's methods in dealing with the four Congresswomen.
Even though he thinks he says what needs to be said.
My biggest issue with Trump so far — and why I haven’t been able to fully embrace him — is I think he’s an inarticulate expression of an important conversation about identity politics that our nation needs to be having. And I appreciate the fact that he’s willing to stand up to the far left wing of the Democratic party when many in our country run and hide because they’re afraid of being attacked as racist or sexist or misogynistic if they disagree with someone other than a white man’s opinion. But I question whether there’s a coherent strategy behind his inclination for political combat — his behavior often appears slapdash, incoherent, and utterly unpredictable, which are three characteristics I don’t want associated with my president.
There's two jobs there.
Trump is the battering ram.
Battering rams batter.
A fine verbal dissection of the Democratic battle could hurt them - but Trump shining his spotlight does as well.
A week from now, the furor over Trump will wane a little.
Democrats will still have an ideological battle they can't solve.

Fighting Obama nostaglia

The Federalist looks at how Netroots Nation feels about President Obama's legacy - and Joe Biden using that in his 2020 presidential bid.
For a crowd that thrives on accusing America of perpetuating white supremacy, progressives seem to have little fondness for America’s first black president. In a campaign where progressives preach the need to energize voters of color, they seem indifferent to the preferences of black voters. The left prefers a well-known candidate such as Warren (with an almost equally well-known likability problem), who polls in single digits with this crucial constituency, all the while telling themselves they can make people of color like her. If you wrote this as fiction, editors would reject it as unrealistic.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

All your Omar news

Powerline has been leading the way investigating Ilhan Omar's past - and marriages.
They combine with reporting with David Steinberg to give all that needs to be know.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Squad and squaw

I can't wait for Senator Elizabeth Warren to join AOC and friends at an event.
Squad and squaw.
The memes write themselves.

Didn't listen to Andy

Only 95 Democrats voted Wednesday to go ahead with impeachment.
The motion has been tabled for now.
Andy Schmookler can write many more posts on Blue Virginia about the Democrats' failure to do their duty.
Only 123 votes to go.
It might take 123 more columns.
But two a day columns gets us to the middle of fall 2020.
Better write more to convince the wayward Democrats.
If they're listening.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Democrats and deficits

There's lots of Democratic candidates.
They are spending a lot of money.
But several campaigns may not make it to 2020.
Eleven Democratic presidential candidates — nearly half of the sprawling field — spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year, according to new financial disclosures filed Monday. Eight contenders active in the spring limped forward with less than $1 million in cash on hand, and several top-tier contenders were already spending multiples of what their lower-profile competitors raised.
Democrats spend more than they have - in government and trying to run the government.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Twitter triumph

Althouse sees what President Trump is doing with his latest tweets.
So, again, Trump lines himself up with Pelosi. How do you defend Pelosi without defending Trump? In this view, it's a clever (and cruel) rhetorical move by Trump.
He gets them again.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Trump - Xe's right

The New Yorker goes on another binge about Trump's temperament - he loves praise and those who give it to him.
Then I think about the transgender world.
Those who want us to accept their version of the world and how they view themselves.
Are Trump and the transgenders that far apart?
If you tell transgenders that their behavior is like Trump's, what happens?
Would they read this post and think -  Xe's right?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Remembering Perot

Former Texas governor Rick Perry tells of the generosity of H. Ross Perot, who passed away this week.
The story of Perot's interaction with one soldier and his family tells of his commitment.
On the one-year anniversary of his wounding, I joined Alan and his family for a small gathering. He was still in very bad shape, neurologically and physically incapacitated. When I asked his mother, Rosie, what I could do to help, she said she was eager to get him out of the hospital and back home, but struggling with the prospect of transporting Alan to his many medical visits. 
I knew there was one person to call: Ross Perot. What happened next still amazes me to this day. The next morning, Ross personally called Rosie and made arrangements for his plane to pick up the Babins in Austin and fly them to Dallas where Alan could be seen by leading neurologists at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. 
When the hospital elevators opened, Ross was standing there to meet Alan personally and ensure that he got the best of care. Later that day, Rosie was handed a key to a hotel room across the street so she could be close to Alan throughout his extended stay.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Impeach or else

Andy Schmookler continues his tirade for Democrats to impeach President Trump.
Now it's do it or else.
If it was the passions burning in the hearts of the Democratic base that gave Pelosi the speakership after the 2018 election, it would seem that Pelosi’s putting out those fires by disheartening that Democratic 2/3 makes it less likely that Pelosi will gain the 2020 victory that seems to be her focal goal. 
So, setting aside the obligations of the “oath of office,” and setting aside the multiple threats to the nation represented by Donald Trump’s presidency (of which the undermining of the Constitution and the rule of law is but one), and considering only the Democrats’ political calculus: The need to rekindle those fires is one important political reason to look for a new Democratic leadership to rehearten the disheartened.
What do Democrats want?
Impeachment.
What if they don't get it?
They'll sulk.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bill and friend

Jeffrey Epstein returned to the news this weekend.
The mainstream news tried to tie him to President Trump.
Not former President Clinton.
Good thing the meme makers are working hard.


Fall preview

How will the fall campaign go in Virginia?
Here's a preview from Richmond Tuesday.
Democrats may try to forget their scandals of the winter, but reminders will be there.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Gunned down

The Virginia legislature met today, supposedly to talk about gun control.
They adjourned without voting on anything.
Blue Virginia calls it a loss for Republicans.
We'll see in November - after the election.

Monday, July 8, 2019

I believe that he can win

Liz Peek gives Democrats the bad news they fear - Donald Trump can win reelection.
Not only was Trump’s overall fundraising impressive, he received 725,000 individual contributions which averaged $48. That kind of online small-donor haul is unprecedented for a Republican politician. The RNC attracted “a larger share of donations under $200 than the Democratic National Committee,” reported the New York Times. As the Times noted, Trump will have far more money to boost his run than he did in 2016. 
 Gallup tells us that only 32 percent of the country is satisfied with “the way things are going in the United States at this time.” That is hardly cause for celebration, but at the same point during President Obama’s tenure, only 16 percent of the nation thought we were on the right track.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

It's okay to disapprove of U.S. women's soccer

The United States women will claim their fourth World Cup title in eight attempts shortly.
Boring.
They destroyed the competition because we're the most prosperous nation.
And prosperous nations can invest funds into women's soccer.
Starting with the 13-0 win over Thailand, I've been rooting for the team to fail.
Not because of anti-American sentiment or due to how the players talk about President Trump.
Soccer is not really our sport.
The United States dominates in so many sports.
Winning in soccer takes away one of the few areas where the rest of the world rules.
It reminded me of the story of David and Bathsheba.
After David got her pregnant and her husband killed, Nathan the prophet rebuked him.
David was the rich man who stole the poor man's only ewe.
He had plenty and wanted more.
It's nice for these players to win a championship.
But if the United States wins in 2023 and 2027, then women's soccer will wither.
The poorer nations will tire of the struggle of always fighting for second.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Don't you forget about me

Vogue's recent story on Democratic women running for president included a picture.
Without including Marianne Williamson.
So her campaign made it work.


Saturday song







They had hot times in the city 50 years ago.

Was it global warming?

Friday, July 5, 2019

Patriotic and political















A great photo of the flyover of the Lincoln Memorial during Thursday's salute to the country with President Trump.
Opponents said it was too political.
Thus making it too political.
Great visuals bring pride in being American.
The more voters with that pride, the worse things are for Democrats.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy flag anniversary

For the past 107 years, we have had a 48-star or 50-star flag for 106.
One year there was a 49-star flag, for Alaska joining the union before July 4.

It didn't wave long, but it celebrates the 60th anniversary of first raising today.

Ready for this parade

Babylon Bee one-ups those fussing about President Trump's military parade.
They think he's from the dark side.
He'll show you the dark side.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Come on, Marianne

Your Daily Treacher takes a ride on the Marianne Williamson magic carpet, or whatever spiritual advisors use.
How does she ride to the White House?
4. I don't think she can win, and I'm wrong about everything. You guys know how terrible I am at predicting things. I completely botched the 2016 election, and if anything, since then I've only gotten dumber. So if my gut feeling is that Marianne Williamson doesn't have a chance in hell... she's a shoo-in!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Taylor, you need to calm down

Poor Taylor Swift.
Someone she doesn't like bought the rights to her past music.
Should she calm down?
It's only money.
And her life.
Doesn't her latest video tell people to calm down about things that bother them?
Learn the lesson of your song.


Building a better country

Home Depot's founder plans to make some big donations to President Trump's re-election campaign.
“[Trump’s] got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus said. “…Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Border line personalities

Via Instapundit, Politico looks at the unhappiness of the Democratic side after this week's border bill defeat.
More than 90 Democrats voted against the Senate bill, including members of leadership like Reps. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and David Cicilline of Rhode Island — a sign of the deep discontent simmering within the caucus. In a shocking move, Pelosi’s entire team of negotiators on the border aid bill, including House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey of New York and Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut also voted no. Progressives, including Pocan, said they felt stung by the stunning course-reversal by Pelosi, where she swiftly bowed to pressure from moderates who had threatened to tank the House version of the bill — which contained hard-fought wins for the liberal Democrats. And Pocan warned that it could fire up the 90-member Congressional Progressive Caucus to take more hard-line stances on key bills in the coming months.
Watching the Democrats the next few months will be fun.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Inside Warren's debate prep

Staffer: Senator Warren, you've got to do a good job in tonight's debate.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Be yourself.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Tell of your struggles growing up in Oklahoma?
Warren: How?
Staffer: Let the people know you're not just an academic, but a real person with dreams just like them.
Warren: How?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Reparation H

Everybody's talking reparations.
Who wants it?
Everyone.
Who pays for it?
The government.
Like the government has a pile of unused money, built up from past years scamming the public, that it will let flow now that Democrats want it.
Should there be reparations for slavery?
Yes.
But no one alive now was a slave before the Civil War.
Then let's make it about Jim Crow. The government messed up and should pay.
So the government only messed up against you?
What about the other mess ups?
Do those people deserve compensation?
Too bad the gorilla pundit's ideas won't settle the question.
Here it is: we give reparations, we will make one TRILLION dollars available to any American citzen of African American descent (and we'll use the old 'one drop rule' for mixed-race determination) and in return, everyone will have to finally SHUT UP, once and for all, about racism. That's it. Finished. It's done. You don't get to talk about it, whine about it, bitch about it any more. Disband Black Lives Matter. Dissolve the NAACP, abolish the Congressional Black Caucus, and revoke Farrakhan's cult church's tax-exempt status. No more bitching and moaning, you've been paid off and you now have to get on with your lives. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will now have to get real jobs. African Americans can pool all of that sweet, sweet reparations cash and use it to rebuild Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other inner cities without any interference from evil racist white guys. We could all live together in peace and love and harmony. Thank God Almighty, we'll be free at last. For a measely trillion dollars, it would almost be worth it.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Joe doesn't know where I am

Somehow, I got added to the Joe Biden email list.
So many emails.
So much wrong.
As the name of my blog states, I live in Fishersville.
Joe's latest email asks for help for people from Harrisburg filling out a survey.
Quite off.
I've also gotten emails showing they don't know by zip code.
"I need help at 00000."
Fill in the blanks, I guess.
The emails keep me amused.

Friday, June 21, 2019

He's got friends in low places

When Joe Biden joined the Senate in 1973, there were plenty of Democrats there who supported segregation.
Back then, he worked with his colleagues on the Democratic side.
Forty-six years later, should he apologize?
Not until MSNBC realizes that the segregationists of the 1970s were Democrats - not Republicans.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Trump Fourth

Donald Trump has big plans for July the Fourth.
He'll speak early, but there will still be plenty of fireworks.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Two of a kind, working on a full house

How about some nice photos from President Trump's rally?
He knows how to pack a house.

Let's do it again

President Trump officially opens his re-election campaign tonight.
Can't wait.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Recycling update

Today's lunch break meant a trip to the recycling center.
Still 35 cents per pound.
With my cans on the scale, it moved between 12 and 13 pounds.
I got the price for 13 pounds.
I'll try not to spend it all in one place.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Did anybody protest?

Saturday was supposed to be a national day of protests to Impeach President Trump.
There were supposed to be 130 events across the country.
There were stories promoting the rallies beforehand.
GatewayPundit has a puny numbers of attendees from Saturday.
Haven't seen pictures or stories of overflow crowds.
It's all talk and not much action.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Channeling Bob Dole

Another dip into the impeachment pool for Andy Schmookler.
Another column wondering why people aren't as outraged as he is.
Just like Bob Dole toward the end of the 1996 campaign.
Where's the outrage in the media? Where's the outrage? There's no outrage. There's no outrage.
Sorry, dude.
People have jobs and money in their pockets - just like in 1996.
Your outrage doesn't transfer.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Is CNN still on?

Do you get your news from CNN?
So you're the one.
Their ratings have taken a dive recently, as Ace notes.
The only people watching CNN are Comfort Dogs lost in transport and waiting in the Dallas airport lounge for a new flight.
And they're like, "Can't we just watch Paternity Court?" And also, "Brian Stelter looks like a plus-sized snausage."

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Celebrating a bully

Let's keep talking about the women's soccer team and their big win over Thailand.
Jemele Hill has a problem with those who complain about the team's behavior in the final 10 minutes.
The celebration for goals 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
The United States women showed their prowess on the field.
Thailand showed they were there because the field needs 24 teams.
Goal differential could make a difference in seeding for the next round.
But the United States women, thanks to our strong economy giving more athletes the chance to compete, won't have any trouble advancing.
They'll probably win the championship again.
For now, they are the bullies of the soccer block.
Even if they don't feel like it compared to men's sports.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A kick in the head

Did you know the Women's World Cup is going on?
The United States played today.
And won 13-0.
Over Thailand.
That's not two touchdowns and an extra point, but 13 goals - 10 after the half.
The women's team can complain about their salaries being lower then the men.
But their competition is much, much lower.
Scores like 13-0 aren't going to attract fans to watch.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Trump on a roll

Don Surber enjoys recapping President Trump's accomplishments of last week.
Because he knows what it likely means next year.
But Democrats failed to accept defeat graciously. Now they suffer. They are unlikely to defeat the least popular president in my lifetime because the public views them even more negatively.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

How Trump wins 2020

A veteran of the 2012 Obama campaign sees what President Trump is doing ahead of 2020.
And worrying.
Look no further than the Trump campaign’s press secretary’s Twitter feed to watch daily footage of the campaign reconnecting with supporters and asking them to engage its networks. Trump’s campaign manager is raising general-election funds and appearing before influential audiences.
Meanwhile, neither the Democratic National Committee nor any of the major Democratic super PACs are live with any notable broadcast or digital-advertising budget in battleground states targeted toward general-election swing voters.

Failing the quest

Victor Davis Hanson goes out to sea looking for a comparison of Democratic tactics against President Trump.
Democrats can never forgive Trump for unexpectedly defeating supposed sure winner Hillary Clinton in 2016 and then systematically — and loudly — undoing the eight-year agenda of Obama.
So far, Trump seems to have escaped all of their efforts to spear and remove him before the 2020 election. Trump, like Moby Dick, seems a weird force of nature whose wounds from constant attacks only seem to make him more indestructible and his attackers even more obsessed with their prey.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Straight up

If you're going to have a Straight Pride parade, who should lead the parade?
A gay conservative, of course.

Fortunately, it's a living Constitution

Andy Schmookler wants Democrats to rely on the Constitution as a reason for an impeachment inquiry.
Since Trump is a threat to the constitutional order.
But it's a living Constitution according to Democrats.
So the Constitution can handle Trump.
He's just using the pen and phone President Obama gave him.

Saturday song





Sammy Davis Jr. entertains as he prepares audience for Baretta's theme.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Run and Hyde

In 24 hours, Joe Biden has changed his opinion on the Hyde Amendment.
Such a man of character and solid commitment.
Not.

Very interesting

On the overnight Instapundit watch, Sarah Hoyt has an interesting comment on Russia and the 2016 election.
ON THE RUN UP TO 2016, MY BLOG KEPT GETTING COMMENTS BY VIRULENT ANTI-SEMITIC, RACIST “OSTENSIBLE TRUMP SUPPORTERS” TO THE POINT I WAS AFRAID OF SUPPORTING HIM (UNTIL TWO VERY GOOD FRIENDS WHO ARE POLITICALLY POLAR OPPOSITES INDEPENDENTLY MADE ME LISTEN TO HIS SPEECHES BECAUSE THEY WERE VOTING FOR HIM.) THEN I BANNED RUSSIAN IP COMMENTS ON MY BLOG FOR ANOTHER REASON. AND OVER NIGHT ALL THOSE “TRUMP SUPPORTERS” VANISHED.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Just as I am

Instapundit highlights Back Row America, the story of a journey across the country finding those who seem left behind.
And what holds them together.
It wasn't what the former New York bond trader expected.
Yet from the moment I first walked into Hunts Point, I kept finding myself in churches, as I kept finding myself in McDonald’s, going there for one reason: because the people I wanted to learn from spent their time there. Often the only places open, welcoming, and busy in back row neighborhoods were churches or McDonald’s. Often the people using the McDonald’s were the same people using the churches, people who sat for hours reading or studying the Bible at a booth.
When I first went to the Bronx, I expected that the people there, those most affected by the coldness and ruthlessness of the world, would share my atheism. Instead, I found a strong belief in the supernatural, and a faith that manifested in many ways, mostly as a belief in the Bible.
Hopefully, some will read and understand.