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.