Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I see Big Macs and Wendy's burgers

Any Whoppers when Clemson visited?

Tell me why

Tonight on the Colbert show, Kristen Gillibrand is supposed to announce she's running for President.
I'm not staying up to watch.
The real problem for Gillibrand is the presence of her female Senate colleagues, Elizabeth Warren and (presumably) Kamala Harris, in the 2020 field. What will be Gillibrand’s case for preferring her to them?
Well, I mentioned her in this blog - her first appearance in 10-plus years.
That, is the highlight of her run.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Here, piggy piggy

Don Surber wonders why people in Washington don't pick up after themselves.
People are still walking by the mall, still drinking latte, and still tossing the containers away. And if the trash bin is full? They throw it on the ground, and just walk away instead of carrying it out.
Littering is a crime in Poca, West Virginia.
Apparently, littering is OK in Washington, DC.

Not going to the White House

For the past two years, every sports championship gets met with the question - will you visit the White House?
Athletes get to fuss about President Trump to the media.
But athletes declined visits to the White House before Trump entered.
Miami Dolphin Bob Kuechenberg, who passed away this weekend, did not join his 1972 teammates on a White House visit in 2015.
President Barack Obama honored nearly three dozen members of the '72 Dolphins – the lone unbeaten team in NFL history – during a ceremony at the White House.
Kuechenberg, Hall of Fame center Jim Langer and defensive tackle Manny Fernandez did not attend the event because of their political differences with Obama.
Why would these Dolphins stay away?
Langer was more direct in a Yahoo interview. "We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington. I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that," he said.
"If that (angers) people, so be it."
Trump didn't start the fire with athletes.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday song

In time for the Australian Open tennis tournament, a lovely song from Down Under.

How and who?

Joining Elizabeth Warren as Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination are Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Weekend watchdog

Three of four road teams won last weekend.
Will they be able to continue on the road to Super Bowl LIII?
The top two teams in each conference - coming off their byes - hit the field this weekend against last weekend's winners.
The slate begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC when the Colts visit AFC top-seed Kansas City. The Chiefs have struggled in postseason the past 25 years, winning only once. Four of the losses came against the Colts - two at home.
The Cowboys visit the Rams on Fox at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Rams are seeking their first playoff win since returning to Los Angeles, where they met and lost to the Cowboys twice in 1970s NFC championship games.
The Chargers return to the east coast to battle the Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS. New England won a pair of postseason meetings 2006 and 2007, but the Chargers claimed their only AFL title against the Patriots in 1963.
The top-seeded Saints take on the defending champion Eagles on Fox at 4:30 p.m. The Saints blasted the Eagles 48-7 in November, but Philadelphia has won six of seven since then.
Coverage of the Australian Open begins on ESPN2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Pacers face the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the Lakers take on the Jazz at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers the Bucks against Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. and the Raptors' visit Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has Wright State against Northern Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m. FoxSports1 has a pair of Big Ten games Friday, with Indiana-Maryland at 7 p.m. followed by Purdue playing Wisconsin.
Virginia clashes with Clemson Saturday at noon on NBC29 and other Raycom affiliates, with some stations showing Pittsburgh against North Carolina State.
Fox offers Georgetown-Providence Saturday at noon and Villanova's clash with Creighton Sunday at noon.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Louisville-North Carolina, then Duke faces Florida State. Kansas battles with Baylor at 4 p.m. before Tennessee tangles with Florida.
It's Kansas State against Iowa State at noon Saturday to start ESPN2's slate. Illinois State takes on Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m., then Georgia meets Auburn and Syracuse plays Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. Connecticut clashes with Cincinnati at 8 p.m. with Gonzaga-San Francisco in the nightcap.
Boston College meets Notre Dame Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Wake Forest-Miami.
Marquette faces Seton Hall Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1.
TCU takes on Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN.
It's St. Louis against LaSalle on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 has UCLA against Oregon State Sunday at 10 p.m.
There's Atlantic 10 action on NBC Sports network Sunday, with Massachusetts-Dayton at 3:30 p.m. and George Mason against Rhode Island at 5:30 p.m.
In women's hoops, Baylor battles TCU on MASN2 Saturday at 4 p.m. and Kansas clashes with Kansas State Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Blue Jackets on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
On the college ice, Minnesota meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m.
West Ham United faces Arsenal on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m., followed by Liverpool against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Post got scooped

In the newspaper business, you don't another paper publishing information ahead of you.
Especially when the news involves your company.
The National Enquirer has a big issue about the owner of the Washington Post.
How could they have missed this?

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Death watch

The American Spectator doesn't see much life in the Democratic party.
Progressive propaganda notwithstanding, the current ascendency of the Democrats in the House of Representatives and a few state offices here and there constitutes little more than the party’s temporary state of terminal lucidity as death draws nigh. This end-of-life rally doesn’t signify any real change in the syndrome that has been slowly killing the Democratic Party — the lethal combination of identity politics, utopian socialist fantasies, and TDS. This disease doomed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and it can’t be cured by comediennes like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or crazies like Rashida Tlaib. The voters don’t want snake oil. They want solutions to real problems and the Democrats don’t have any.

Monday, January 7, 2019


The Federalist gives a brutal beatdown to Elizabeth Warren - comparing her to Jeb Bush.
Bush tried to appeal to voters on the issues of previous election cycles when his ideas about education reform, immigration moderation, and a tough interventionist foreign policy were in vogue. But in a year in which Republicans wanted an outsider who rejected establishment conventional wisdom about everything and would fight Democrats tooth and nail by fair means or foul, Bush was an obsolete political model.
Warren runs the same risk. Democrats may be just as receptive to her anti-Wall Street demagoguery as they would have been in 2016, and like her willingness to mix it up with Trump. But it’s just as likely that the key to victory in 2020 for Democrats will be not so much her brand of hard-line leftist economics as someone with the charisma that can mobilize Democratic voters.
Moreover, candidates who can appeal to minority voters — the key to the Democratic base — better than Warren, such as Sen. Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke (although his claims to Hispanic identity are as tenuous as Warren’s to membership in the Cherokee tribe), may be a better bet to energize the party. Worse, just as Bush seemed too tame to battle the Democrats, the combative Warren may have already failed the one test her party faithful will require its nominee to pass: the ability to withstand Trump’s abuse.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Why Kaepernick still sits

If you want to know why Colin Kaepernick is not playing quarterback anywhere, watching the Ravens' playoff game against the Chargers explains why.
Lamar Jackson has great talent and led the Ravens to six wins in the final seven games of the regular season.
But the Chargers got two shots at him in two weeks.
They learned how to stop him the second meeting.
Kaepernick blazed through the league in 2012. But as the years went on, defenses watched tape and learned how to stop him.
If a team signed him to start, all those tapes would come out.
Kaepernick would struggle.
We'll see if Jackson is a one-hit wonder. He's got an offseason to improve.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

On the Warren campaign trail

Voter in Sioux City: Why did you take the DNA test and give President Trump a line of attack?
Warren: How?
Voter: It let him talk about his Indian ancestry claims.
Warren: How?
Voter: You realize your chances for the nomination are smaller than your percentage of Indian heritage.

Saturday song

The Captain has passed but the song from 1975 will live on.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fond farewell

Former Virginia coach George Welsh passed this week, unleashing a torrent of fine memories.
It's been 18 years since he left the sideline, and the Cavaliers still struggle to reach the success they had under Welsh.

Weekend watchdog

College football set up a four-team playoff to determine the best team five years ago.
One matchup keeps repeating.
The last three champions get to battle for supremacy Monday as top-ranked Alabama takes on Clemson for the fourth straight season. ESPN and ESPN2 have coverage at 8 p.m.
It's the third championship matchup between the schools since 2016, with a semifinal contest last year.
Both teams plowed through the regular season undefeated, won their conference championship and cruised in the semifinal last week.
In the Football Championship Series, Eastern Washington takes on North Dakota State on ESPN2 Saturday at noon.
The NFL playoffs get going Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and ABC as the Texans host the Colts. The teams split their meetings this season, with the Texans posting an overtime triumph in the first contest.
The Cowboys battle the Seahawks Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
CBS gets the Ravens against the Chargers Sunday at 1 p.m., with the Eagles trying to defend their title with a trip to Chicago on NBC at 4:30 p.m.
The Saints, Rams, Chiefs and Patriots await this week's winners.
The Mavericks meet the Celtics on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., followed by Thunder-Trail Blazers.
The Wizards meet the Heat Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and face the Thunder Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Tulane tangles with SMU Friday at 7 p.m on ESPN2.
CBS has Georgetown against St. John's Saturday at noon and Indiana's contest with Michigan Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Michigan State meets Ohio State Saturday at noon on Fox followed by Villanova-Providence.
Kentucky takes on Alabama Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, with Clemson against Duke at 8 p.m.
Virginia faces Florida State on ESPN2 Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by Kansas-Iowa State. South Carolina takes on Florida at 7 p.m., then it's West Virginia against Texas and BYU against St. Mary's at 11 p.m.
Butler battles Creighton on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon.
Virginia Tech hosts Boston College on NBC Sports Washington at noon, followed by Wake Forest-Georgia Tech.
NBC Sports network offers LaSalle-Massachusetts Saturday at 1 p.m. and Duquesne against Davidson at 6 p.m.
Marquette meets Xavier on Fox Sunday at noon.
It's Seton Hall against DePaul on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
There's three games on NBC Sports network Sunday, starting at noon with Richmond-Dayton. George Washington battles St. Joseph's at 2 p.m. followed by St. Bonaventure's contest with George Mason.
In women's hoops, FoxSports1 has DePaul meeting Marquette Friday at 8 p.m.
There's three contests on ESPN2 Sunday, starting at noon with SMU-Cincinnati. Missouri meets Tennessee at 2 p.m. and Texas tangles with West Virginia at 4 p.m. F
lorida State faces North Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday on NBC Sports Washington.
There's outdoor college ice hockey Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with Notre Dame hosting Michigan on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals visit Dallas Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus and Detroit Sunday at 5 p.m on NBC Sports Washington.
The Blackhawks take on the Penguins Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's Tampa Bay-San Jose Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 has women's gymnastics between Nebraska and UCLA Friday at 9 p.m.
Ohio State takes on North Carolina State in college wrestling Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
In rugby, it's Leicester against Gloucester on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 a.m. and the Wasps take on the Saints Sunday at 10 a.m.
There's Motocross racing from Anaheim Saturday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

On the warpath

Donald Trump found a great graphic to tweet.

It's going to be an enjoyable year.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mitt throws a fit

Mitt Romney decided to come to Washington by fussing about President Trump's character.
Trump gets results Republicans have wished for.
I boldfaced “promoted” because Romney has unwittingly provided the devastating argument against his style of Republicanism. Yes, it is quite true that nearly all Republican presidential candidates—and presidents—have promoted tax reform, lower regulation, getting tough with China, and appointing better judges (and add in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem), if by “promoted” you mean giving lip service to the ideas.
None of them have delivered on these “promoted” ideas (Reagan excepted, of course). The two presidents Bush botched judicial appointments, extended regulation, delivered little in the way of serious tax or spending reform, and did nothing serious with regard to China. I wish Romney had defeated Obama in 2012, but does anyone think this Massachusetts technocrat, who gave us the state-level version of Obamacare in the Bay State, signed up for a regional climate change cap-and-trade scheme, who appointed the egregious Gina McCarthy (Obama’s second EPA administrator) to be his environmental adviser, and appointed state judges who struck the first judicial blows for same-sex marriage, would have governed as a serious conservative had he won?
Trump's in the White House and Romney is not.
It's all that matters.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Who gets the losing moment

Althouse reviews the New York Times article seeking the right Democrat for this "moment."
It's a subtle pushback to the Bernie-Beto-Biden triad, but it is — as I see it — another NYT pushback to the 3 white men who ought to know better than to clutter the path of The Foursome. And we can see who the expendable member of The Foursome is, because they've left her name out of this article altogether.