Thursday, May 31, 2012

The day Romney won the presidency

Events today show Mitt Romney will beat President Obama in November.
A nice ambush of an Obama event in Boston, and a photo op at Solyndra.
Five more months, and Obama's done.

Summer star

It's almost time for new season of Storage Wars.
More interesting stuff in the lockers.
More fussing between Jarrod and Brandi.

Pow-wow at the Warren campaign

Staffer: Did you know you could get in trouble for falsely claiming Indian heritage.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Read Legal Insurrection for more information.

I doubt it's going to work

Atheist lobbyists are headed to Richmond.
Put me in the camp of unbelievers on this.

Hut, hut ... timber

Blue Virginia joins a group for trees and against Hokie football players.
The Hokies want an indoor practice facility near Lane Stadium, and look at the woods as the best place for it.
If you're been to Blacksburg, look west. There's a national forest on the ridgeline.
Lots of trees there.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Solyndra - sole focus of campaign

Mitt Romney can't really go wrong talking about Solyndra all day long from now until November.
If Obama focuses on Bain's failures, here's a fresh stinking pile of failure in the Obama camp.
Next move, Obama team?

Cherokees vs. fake squaw

Legal Insurrection reports the online presence of Cherokees questioning Elizabeth Warren's claims of Indian lineage.
Can she survive?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Smoke and haze

Can DeepFriedManatees find a great poster for President Obama?
Yes, they cannabis.
2008 - Hope and Change
2012 - Smoke and Haze

Love him or else

Ace highlights the argument against "Obama the Lightbringer" - as the light fades on his term.

Halo? I think you made a mistake

The BBC accidently used a logo from the "Halo" video game instead of the United Nations logo.
Up next, how the recent drought is impacting "Farmville."

Today's Tied with me

Technorati covers blogs from coast to coast. Today, this east coast blog is tied with SFgirlbybay, which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Once again inside the Warren campaign

Staffer: You might not get the Senate nomination at the coming party convention.
Warren: How?
Staffer: If another candidate gets enough votes, there will be a primary in September.
Warren: How?
Staffer: If Marisa DeFranco gets 15 percent at the convention, she qualifies for the ballot.

Happy Memorial Day

Whether you're at home or at the beach, enjoy the day and remember those who served.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Been there, got the instalanche

The Twitter meme #describeObamainthreewords?
Been there
Do my bidding
Have the instalanche.

Another Warren campaign event

Staffer: We need to give a speech, and avoid the Boston Herald reporter.
Warren: How?

1/32 breed

American Glob highlights a great Elizabeth Warren parody.
My favorite line.
My friends have reservations now, cause they see this paleface gal and say to me...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jimmy Carter moment

It's tough waiting for the bottom to drop out of the Obama campaign.
You think it's coming, but there's still time until November.
The Telegraph looks at Obama's recent problems.
Romney has his weaknesses. But they are fewer than Obama’s, whose charisma disguises a multitude of problems so great that it’s hard to imagine him overcoming them.

Spending reality

I love how the Obama camp keeps saying increased recent spending isn't their fault.
Spending as adjusted leaped by 15% in fiscal 2010, even though the recession was officially over three months before it began. That percentage increase would probably be a modern single-year non-wartime record if the government handled its accounting properly. Even Nutting, if he had integrity, would have to admit that this constitutes a “spending binge.” Adjusted outlays only ramped back a bit during fiscal 2011. Given how spending rose during the two preceding years, the 6.4% compound annual rate of spending in fiscal 2010 and 2011 is inexcusable.

Facebook quote of the week

Hmmm...seems Barry Dunham is losing some popularity.

Saturday song

Dig the cool outfits of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

Friday, May 25, 2012

"Not in immediate crisis"

AARP highlights an interview with President Obama, saying Social Security is "not in immediate crisis."
Immediate, I guess, means before November.

Weekend watchdog

Get yourself strapped in for 1100 miles of racing Sunday.
The Indianapolis 500 gets your day at the track started at 11 a.m. on ABC. After 500 miles, a drink of milk and a kiss of the bricks (thanks for the idea, NASCAR guys), then it's off to the longest race of the NASCAR schedule.
The flag drops on the Coca-Cola 600 in the early evening, with coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. on FOX.
The Nationwide racers hit the track Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
The NBA Conference finals start Sunday, with Oklahoma City heading to San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. on TNT. The Celtics and 76ers will decide their series Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC, with the winner taking on the Heat.
The Stanley Cup Final will start May 30, and the winner of Rangers-Devils will be hosting the first two contests. They have Game 6 Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and Game 7 will be Sunday if necessary. The L.A. Kings, winners against the three Western division champs, await the victor.
The Nationals visit Atlanta on MASN Friday and Saturday, then play the Sunday night game on ESPN. The Royals come to Baltimore to meet the Orioles on MASN2 (Sunday afternoon on MASN).
Fox offers five choices for their game Saturday night - Tampa Bay at Boston and Angels-Mariners in the American League along with Cubs-Pirates, Rockies against Reds and Phillies at Cardinals. Sunday on TBS, the Red Sox meet the Rays at 1:35 p.m.
The PGA tour stays in Texas, for the Crowne Plaza Invitational Saturday and Sunday on CBS. Coverage both days start at 3 p.m.
The top NCAA lacrosse teams meet in their Final Four Saturday on ESPN2. Notre Dame plays top-seed Loyola at 2:30 p.m., then it's an ACC battle between Maryland and Duke at 5 p.m. The champion will be crowned Monday.
The French Open begins play Sunday at 5 a.m. on ESPN2.
Comcast offers three games Friday from the ACC baseball tournament, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday's play starts at 3 p.m. with the final two games of pool play. The Sun Belt conference championship will be decided Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 brings the ACC baseball championship Sunday at noon, then the SEC title tilt goes at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN and ESPN2 show NCAA softball super regionals throughout the weekend. ESPN has a regional third game, if needed, Friday at 7 p.m., then Oregon faces Texas. Oklahoma faces Arizona Saturday at noon on ESPN, with a deciding game following. The second game between Texas and Oregon is Saturday at 5 p.m., with an extra game following if necessary.
Sunday, Tennessee plays Georgia at 1 p.m. California and Washington play Saturday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, with game 2 Sunday at 7 p.m.
There's two MLS games on NBC Sports network this weekend - Galaxy against the Dynamo in a rematch of last year's championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. before San Jose visits Kansas City Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Warren interview transcript

If only Elizabeth Warren's interview with Boston reporters went like this.
Warren: I know I have Indian heritage.
Reporters: How?
Warren: My mom told me so.

Sky Walker

When Scott Walker takes the presidential oath sometime in the future (after two Romney terms, maybe), Democrats will remember how they got him into that position.
From Ann Althouse:
The recall has put Walker in the position where he must advertise and promote himself, which might have been awkward before — and it was never his thing. TV viewers are getting barraged with Walker ads — and almost nothing for his cash-strapped opponent, and we're tolerating it because he was forced into having to defend himself. What a nice opportunity for him!
I don't watch all the TV shows, but this week, I've watched "American Idol" and part of a couple Brewers games, and I've seen ad after ad for Walker. I saw one ad against Walker, and it was a confusing complaint about how Walker is a "rock star." Idiots! They made him a rock star.

Amy Farrah Fowler Thursday

The network TV season is over. Regular shows are on hiatus until September. We'll have to tide ourselves over with reruns of Big Bang Theory, and Mayim Bialik in a a Star Trek outfit. Wonder if there's a new picture of Kaley Cuoco today?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Go East, young men

We're more than 25 percent through the baseball season.
All five American League East teams are .500 or better.
Four of the five National League East teams are over .500.
And the Baltimore Orioles have the best record of the Eastern lot.
I'm enjoying the nice start.

Some things are more dense

Smitty has the engineering viewpoint on the latest thrust at green fuel in the military.
The truth seems to be that biofuels are less energy dense, meaning it takes more fuel to get the same amount of thrusties out the back end. Not sure if you have the time to blog on this, but it has me and a couple of engineers here at NAVAIR bleeding out our eyeballs reading this propaganda.
Biofuels are less energy dense.
Politicians are more energy dense.
UPDATE: Smitty likes. And I notice a spelling mistake.
UPDATE2: Daily Pundit adds the linkage.

Can't blame Obama

Blue Virginia is right.
You can't blame President Obama for the rise in debt during his presidency.
He was following the budget passed by the Democratic Senate.
Oh, that's right.
They haven't passed a budget in three years.
If you don't have a budget, you can't be overbudget.
Tell that to the collection agencies.

As West Virginia goes

West Virginia paved the way, giving over 40 percent of the vote to a felon instead of President Obama.
Kentucky and Arkansas watched and learned.
Let's see how Texas does next week.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recipe for Democratic defeat

It's good to visit Blue Virginia and see displayed the trouble Democrats are in this year.
Attacking Cory Booker for his statement on Bain Capital.
Questioning Mark Warner on working with Marco Rubio.
Whining in May.
More whining to come in the fall.
Real whining after Election Day.
Democrats holding their breath until they turn blue.

2008 vs. 2012

2008 - Obama's lack of executive experience doesn't matter.
2012 - Romney's executive experience isn't right for America.
Unfortunately, the experience of the last four years leads us toward seeing Romney's experience as a major plus.

Latest from the Warren campaign

Staffer: We may have found a way out of this Indian mess.
Warren: How?
Staffer: Just claim being "part Indian" is correct in mythical terms in Oklahoma.
Warren: How?

Trawling for poop

Jim Treacher find a stinky story in Atlanta.

You've been bought

Poor liberals. The Bain attacks continue to go down the drain.
Think Progress thinks they have something - Cory Booker received money from members of the Bain team in his 2002 mayoral run.
See? Booker's been bought.
How about, Bain gives to politicians, Democrat and Republicans.
The equity business isn't as mindless partisan as they say.
Why can't Booker bite the hand that feeds him campaign cash, like President Obama does?

Today's Tied with me

Want to know about Mississippi State athletics? Forwhomthecowbelltolls has the roundup of the 1907 football season.

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's plain that Bain will drain Obama's campaign

Good job Cory Booker - giving Obama's "people vs. the powerful" a powerful smackdown.
It's nice to tear down your opponent - but sometimes you bring the wall down on yourself.

Looking out for everyone - except Catholics

On the day President Obama talks about "looking out for everyone" as part of his job, several members of the everyone class - Catholic hospitals and educational facilities - tell him to look out. We'll see you in court.

They sunk my Battleship

Poor Battleship. Swamped by the Avengers tide.
Too bad the Harry Potter series has reached its end.

Stand by your squaw

The latest on Elizabeth Warren and her troubled campaign - which has been a recipe for disaster.

Can't hide the decline

A nice look at Obama's fundraising in April - both big and small donations are down.
Obama’s campaign took in $25.7 million, after raising $43.6 million in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee. That represented a drop from the $35 million in receipts the campaign saw in March on $53 million raised by the joint fundraising effort.
Most of Obama’s drop is attributable to a decline in contributions of more than $500, which fell by more than $9 million. Many of Obama’s top donors have already hit the legal $2500 maximum to the campaign, which — along with an apparent failure to recruit a new cadre of wealthy supporters — may account for the decline.

Sabotaging the economy

Another week, another story claiming Republicans are sabotaging the economy so Obama will lose in November.
Republicans can't sabotage the economy.
Obama has done it quite well all my himself.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Now I'm hungry

Via Ace, some of the top fast food commercials of the 1970s.
And awful lot of brown and orange in those uniforms.

Hope in November

My church is looking ahead to November, where we will host a "Weekend of Hope" conference.
Among the speakers will be the Ceraks. Six years ago, they thought their daughter Whitney had died in a van crash involving students from Taylor University.
A few weeks later, they found identities had been switched in the crash aftermath. She had survived the crash, and another family learned their daughter was gone.
A book has been written about the two families, and they will share their story at the church.

Air and space

The latest whining about separation of "church and state" comes in Princeton, West Virginia.
PikeView High School students voted to have their graduation at the Church of God facility.
It has more space, meaning enough tickets for all who want to attend.
It has air conditioning, meaning a comfortable experience with the ceremony.
No worries about weather if you decide to go outside to the stadium.
Somewhere in the community, a protest erupted to the choice.
The students voted last September, and the church earned 138 of 148 votes. Not good enough for the protesters.
It's less than two weeks to the ceremony. The protesters need to give the students their space.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Good news from Wisconsin

At Ace of Spades, they looked at why Wisconsin governor Scott Walker seems to be doing so well headed to the June 5 recall election.
This election on June 5th is more critical than any other political event this year, because it will impact every other that follows, either positively or negatively, for Republicans. Walker wins, and wins big, the "crack" in the Blue Wall grows exponentially.

Saturday song

It's no secret Johnny Rivers had some good songs, like Secret Agent Man.

Not up to the job

Fred Barnes looks at the Obama focusing on the "likeability factor" - when many feel they don't like the job he's doing.
Obama has a bigger problem: the growing assessment he’s simply incapable of reviving the nation. American Crossroads has conducted a series of focus groups with swing voters who backed Obama in 2008. Last fall, they reluctantly acknowledged he’d failed to solve the country’s problems, though they didn’t regard their vote for him as a mistake.
This spring, they’ve begun to render a tougher verdict: Obama may not be up to the job. Law says these swing voters won’t be attracted to Romney by negative attacks on the president. Instead, he must persuade them he can succeed where Obama hasn’t.

Facebook quote of the week

Well the Armada is now gone, into 2012 Maxima nice car better mpg by roughly 10.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Did Mormons evolve?

One of the interesting attacks on Mitt Romney deals with the Mormon's history of polygamy. Since his family line includes men with multiple wives, you can ignore his thoughts on gay marriage today.
Why can't the Mormons of 1890 be seen like President Obama today?
Their views evolved - no official support of polygamy - in the name of fairness. They wanted to become an official state.
Mormons evolved to the view of one man, one woman being the best way.
No need to fuss over previous views.

Again inside the Warren campaign

Staffer: Now reporters found out your recipes in PowWowChow appear to be copies of other recipes.
Warren: How?

"I'm an Indian too"

Instapundit passes along a cute video from Republican Party Animals.

Weekend watchdog

What does the Kentucky Derby winner say about a trip to the Winner's Circle?
I'll have another.
The Derby winner tries to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown Saturday at the Preakness Stakes. NBC has coverage starting at 4:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network shows the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Friday at 4 p.m.
Playoffs continue in the NHL and NBA. On ice, the Eastern Conference final between the Rangers and Devils has Game 3 Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC. The Kings host Phoenix in Game 4 Sunday at 3 p.m.
The NBA's second round continues Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, with the Celtics traveling to Philadelphia, then the Thunder head to L.A. in the nightcap. ABC offers Game 3 of the Spurs and Clippers from Los Angeles Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and then the Heat and Pacers meet for Game 4 Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
TNT spends the weekend in L.A., with Thunder-Lakers Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and Clippers against Spurs Sunday at 10:30 p.m.
The WNBA tips off Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC with Phoenix meeting Minnesota.
Baseball starts interleague play this weekend, and the Orioles' visit to Washington is one of five games on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Sharing the coverage is the battle of Chicago (Cubs vs. White Sox) and Texas (Rangers-Astros). The Diamondbacks head to Kansas City and Red Sox travel to Philadelphia.
TBS has the finale of that series Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ESPN offers the Cardinals at Dodgers Sunday night at 8 p.m.
MASN has games between the Orioles and Nationals Friday and Sunday.
It's NASCAR all-star weekend, with the activities beginning Saturday at 7 p.m. on Speed. The Nationwide Series visits Iowa, with ESPN coverage Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
Gearing up for the Indianapolis 500, NBC Sports network has qualifying Saturday starting at 11 a.m. and Sunday at noon. By nightfall, the 33-car field will be set.
The PGA tour heads to Texas for the Byron Nelson Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
In MLS play, ChivasUSA meets the Galaxy Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2. D.C. United takes on Toronto on Comcast at 7:30 p.m.
We're nearing the end of spring sports season in the NCAA. ESPN2 has a pair of quarterfinal matchups in the Division I lacrosse tournament Saturday, as Maryland plays Johns Hopkins at noon. Denver meets top-seed Loyola later in the day.
NCAA softball regionals start Friday on ESPN2, with Kentucky vs. Michigan at 4:30 p.m. followed by Louisville-Valparaiso. Saturday, ESPN has games at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m., and it's back to ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
It's the final weekend of the regular season in college baseball. Comcast has games matching Miami and Georgia Tech Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ready to Duet

The Voice has finished.
American Idol crowns its next champion this week.
Then it's the summer TV season.
Time for ABC to run Duets with Jennifer Nettles. A good time to re-run this picture.

Promises, promises

Instapundit has links to broken Obama promises from 2008.
Will we see more links like this?
I promise we will.

Breaking the hockey stick

PJMedia has the latest roundup of new science on climate change.
If you change the starting point from 1400 to 500 years earlier, it's not a hockey stick. There's a dip for the Little Ice Age and current temperatures are not rising abnormally.
We'll see if the scientists tell us the truth.

"Come for the freak, stay for the food"

Ace of Spades highlights a Wisconsin protester - who did not get "all he could eat" at a Friday buffet.
An added link to a classic Simpsons episode.
Because it is false advertising when the "Neverending story" ends.

Tolerance watch

How's the same-sex marriage talk bringing us together?
An L.A. mall banned boxer Manny Pacquiao from its premises after he spoke out.
Then unbanned him when he updated his statement.
The blogger who noted the event has his advice for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao should take a page out of classic campaigning and just smile, wave and avoid saying anything controversial until those PPV buys are secured.
It's not about the opinion anymore, just about the money.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stand your ground on Trayvon

JustOneMinute has the latest roundup on the Trayvon Martin case.
It would be nice if people heard the truth about the case before the verdict - if it even goes to trial.

She knows fraud

Why is Elizabeth Warren running for Senate in Massachusetts?
Because she was too extreme to become the first head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
It's obvious now she would have been the perfect choice.
She knows fraud - her life and claims of being Cherokee have been one.
Security firms hire hackers to make their programs stronger.
Warren's experience puffing up her record could have helped consumers fight against those who use fraud to get ahead.
Now, she just stands as a warning against being a fraud.
Fortunately, those who fight for the good name of the Cherokee nation are on the case.

Palin speaks, voters listen

The candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin won the Nebraska Republican Senatorial nomination Tuesday.
More people listen to Palin than anyone who mocks her.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

If Rush sells tea...

...does Media Matters sell wine?
Instapundit likes the service from Rush's tea company.

Wisdom of Chris Graham

I love looking at the internals of polls, especially Virginia ones where they add more Democratic voters than the last few years show exist.
After another lousy poll, Chris Graham linked it and I noted the partisan bias.
He noted that losers in polls are the ones who talk about the bias.
Thought about that as the Obama team blasts the numbers in the latest New York Times/CBS poll.

Just say no

Momma-to-momma remembers the way to peace in your life - saying no when you need to say it.
I pledge to under-commit to stuff that other people could do, and commit, instead, to the stuff only I can do.

Today's Tied with me

Poor Wayne Gretzky cutout. Adrants shares a family battle over the icon in his Edmonton uniform.

Paywall, emphasis on wall

SWACgirl notes the News Virginian's announcement of a $5/month subscription to access content.
Thanks for the warning, guys.
Local newspapers are in a trap. They bring together local and national news in a package for readers to easily read.
National news is readily available for free on the internet.
If you like local news, does that provide enough value to pay a monthly fee? Or do TV stations, alternate media and other sources give you what you need to know?
I grew up reading the Baltimore Sun. Now they limit me to 15 articles a month, so I limit my viewing of their stories. There's always ESPN and MASN to catch up on sports.
It would be nice to be better informed on local issues, but you have to make choices.
If they choose a paywall, I choose to stay on the outside.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Gay cover bashing

A lot of my friends have noted the Newsweek Obama cover.
I find sadder news in this New York Times story.
About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself. He had struggled with the decision, he said, but had come to believe it was the right one.
The ministers, though, were not all as enthusiastic. A vocal few made it clear that the president’s stand on gay marriage might make it difficult for them to support his re-election.
When talking about a decision that greatly impacts religious Americans, it might have made sense to talk to spiritual leaders before you drop the bombshell.

Leaving the top 5

Via Althouse, the Social Security administration has released the top baby names of 2011.
For the first time since 1948, Michael is outside of the top 5.
We'll have a moment of silence for this news.

Bo knows... how to help

ESPN had a great piece this weekend on Bo Jackson's bike ride through areas of Alabama that suffered in last year's tornadoes.
Way to go, Bo.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Shouting "bigot" doesn't persuade

The most annoying part of the whole "gay marriage" arguments - how easily bigot is thrown out.
If it that's the only reason to oppose the movement.
Opponents of gay marriage are assumed to be ignorant and bigoted, with no real reason for their views.
Not the path of human history.
Not the scriptures that many base our lives on.
There's a great crowd of witnesses, our ancestors, who didn't support gay marriage. Are they allowed in heaven with that record?
It's oftentimes hard to express logical arguments on the subject. Arguing about marriage is like arguing about breathing oxygen or drinking water to survive - how it's been is so natural that we've never had to think persuasively about it.
Not like gay marriage proponents are going to be persuaded on the error of their ways.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

What to do Sunday morning

Listening to Mark Levin Friday, he urged his audience to avoid this week's Sunday morning shows and their Obama-loving news angles.
No problem.
Many, many people have better things to do than watch those shows.
They go to church on Sunday morning.
They listen to preachers who have different versions of the Bible than President Obama has found.
They chat with friends who share their understanding of the scripture.
They can easily ignore what President Obama decided to share this week.
And remember - when November comes - how Democrats look down on those maintain the beliefs held by millions for many, many years.

Gas prices

I just paid $3.22 a gallon for gas in Harrisonburg (thank Sheetz card).
Democrats can get excited about gas prices dropping.
Except gas prices dropped before the 2008 election also.
Dropped from record highs also.
Didn't help Republicans much.
UPDATE: Linked by Dustbury.

Facebook quote of the week

Big honkin' pitcher of homemade sangria is chilling, and the tiramisu layers are getting friendly with each other. Next up: four lasagnas-- 3 meat, one veggie. Garfield would love this kitchen.

Inevitable failure

Rich Lowry looks at how right the "right side of history" has been.
History is littered with the wreckage of causes pronounced inevitable by all right-thinking people. The failed Equal Rights Amendment looked inevitable when it passed Congress in 1972 and immediately 30 states ratified it. Opposition to abortion that was supposed to inevitably wither away is as robust as ever. The forces favoring gun control seemed unstoppably on the march when Congress passed the Brady Bill and the assault-weapons ban in the 1990s, but there are more protections for gun rights now than two decades ago.
Jonah Goldberg thanks Democrats for the publicity for his new book.
Karl Marx could not be reached for comment.

Saturday song

The haunting sounds of Kansas, with "Dust in the Wind" live.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Early exit

The Chicago Bulls' playoff run ended much earlier than expected.
Carissa and the Luvabulls have to wait until October for a new NBA season to return to the court.

He doesn't quit

President Obama doesn't quit.
We'll have to drag him out of the Oval Office kicking and screaming.

"Dead man's quotes"

The Other McCain compiles the posts pushing back against the Mitt Romney bullying article.
By God, you can’t do that in journalism: You cannot base a key element of a story — in this case, the claim that Romney’s bullying left Lauber emoitonally traumatized for life — on a quote from the deceased “victim” attributed to him based on an (alleged) private conversation. Lauber isn’t around to verify or dispute the accuracy of Seed’s account, and therefore it is unethical to include the “quotes” that Seed attributes to Lauber.
Is Mitt Romney the bully?
Or the Washington Post, joining its friends to taunt Romney?

Weekend watchdog

NASCAR gives its racers off on Mother's Day - since they visit the "Lady in Black" the night before.
The racers make their visit to Darlington - the track "Too Tough to Tame" - on FOX Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the Southern 500.
The Nationwide racers take on the track Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Then shut down the garage and take care of Mom on her day.
If you enjoy the 17th hole at Sawgrass, this is your weekend. The PGA tour takes on the famous hole at the Players Championship on NBC. Coverage begins Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The NBA closes its first round this weekend, while the Eastern Conference starts second round action. The Clippers try to advance over the Grizzlies Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The winner plays Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC, either Memphis hosting Game 7 or the Clippers going to San Antonio to start the second round.
It's Game 7 between the Nuggets and Lakers Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on TNT.
Back East, bring back the memories as the Celtics host the 76ers Saturday at 8 p.m. in their series opener on TNT. Sunday, the Heat and Pacers play at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Capitals forced Game 7 in their series with the Rangers, and they will decide it Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The winner faces Devils in the Conference finals beginning Monday, while the Western Conference matchup brings together Phoenix and Los Angeles - starting Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The IIHA tournament goes this weekend, with coverage on NBC Sports network. The United States plays Kazakhstan Friday at 9 a.m. and Finland Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Orioles host Tampa Bay for the weekend on MASN in a battle for the AL East Division lead. The Nationals head to Cincinnati to play the Reds on MASN2.
Fox has an early Saturday afternoon schedule this weekend, with the Mets at Marlins, Cubs-Brewers and Angels against Rangers as the choices. The Braves take on St. Louis Sunday at 2:15 p.m. on TBS, while ESPN's Sunday Night baseball matches the Angels and Rangers.
D.C. United meet Houston Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 shows Philadelphia at the Red Bulls Sunday at 12:15 p.m.
The NCAA starts its march to the lacrosse final four this weekend. ESPN shows Syracuse facing Duke Saturday at noon, and Virginia hosts Princeton Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast shows the semifinals of the ACC softball tournament starting Friday at 1 p.m., then ESPN offers the final Saturday at 4 p.m.
ESPN has the final of the SEC tournament Saturday at 8 p.m. ESPN2 offers the Big East softball championship Saturday at 6 p.m.
The first stage of the Tour of California bike race is Sunday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The American LeMans series heads to Monterey, Mexico Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Back in the USFL

Do we need another USFL?
We'll find out in a few months.

Once again inside the Warren campaign

Staffer: People have heard that the University of Pennsylvania considered you a Native American.
Warren: How?

Where's my ice hockey?

After a month of playoff action, the NHL is quiet tonight.
And Friday.
It's great that the Capitals forced a Game 7 against the Rangers, but they can't start the Conference Finals until the previous round is done.
There's between 13 and 22 more NHL games left in the season.
Cherish the moments on ice.

Another lousy poll

If you poll more Democrats that Republicans, you ought to have the Democrat out in front.
Another chance to laugh at Democrats, thinking their guy is riding high.
via Ace.

Obama supports

Getting more campaign cash.

Boob bait for Bobos

How nice of President Obama to give his opinion on gay marriage.
What does it do for the economy?
For years, liberals have taunted Republicans for offering "boob bait for bubbas" - pandering on social issues.
Is this "boob bait for bobos?" Something to excite his base, but no real impact.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sink the shot

Did you know Massachusetts senator Scott Brown sank a half-court shot at an event?
I'll take a guy who can sink a half-court shot over a party that sinks our economy.

"Across political and racial lines"

North Carolina's vote to define marriage as being between a man and woman rolled Tuesday.
Who joined the ranks of "bigots?"
While the NAACP campaigned hard against the amendment, many black voters continued to see same-sex marriage not as a civil rights issue, but as a lifestyle choice with which they don’t agree.
“This amendment has always been about one thing and one thing only, marriage and family,” said Bishop Phillip Davis, pastor of Nations Ford Community Church, a black congregation in southwest Charlotte. “The voters of North Carolina have chosen to protect the soul of the state and the nation; that is marriage and family.”

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Six months to the landslide

President Obama is going to lose so badly in November.
It's not going to be funny.
Look at what happened Tuesday.
West Virginians voting for a felon instead of Obama.
They didn't care who he was. They knew who he wasn't.
Mitt Romney's not a felon.
He's not Obama either.
Scott Walker looks likely to withstand the recall.
If he wins that, Romney would likely win Wisconsin.
How does Obama win again without Wisconsin?
There's plenty of states Obama needs that would go Republican before Wisconsin.
Forty states for Romney? Maybe that's a little low.

Good primary day

Look at the votes in Indiana, North Carolina and Wisconsin Tuesday.
Which group should feel momentum on their side?
On to November.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Obamas will wash your car

With the $3 pleas to donate - with a chance for dinner or a spot at a fundraiser with George Clooney - you wonder what else the Obama campaign will offer when trying to separate Democrats from their money.
The next answer - a Mother's Day tweet from the president for being a grassroots fundraiser.
As the campaign goes on, look for the Obamas on a corner near you - will wash your car for campaign cash.
Just no bake sales.

From MarknotJohn to notanymore

Mark Warner waged an epic battle with John Warner for the U.S. Senate in 1996.
He won the seat in 2008 when Warner retired.
Now, just over three years into the term, he's ready to quit the gig?
Chris Graham adds his speculation to the Warner returning to Virginia talk.
Spending a day with the frustrated junior senator on Capitol Hill a few weeks ago, well, I kinda gave myself away there, calling him frustrated. It was clear to me that Warner could do without being forced to be the guy to bang the gavel to open and close the Senate on Mondays and Fridays so that other members can make speeches on C-SPAN that nobody will watch, among other things.
An unhappy camper. Would returning to Richmond make him happier?
Doubtful. And it would be the end of his political career.
If he wins, it's still limited to one term. In January 2018, he would be done.
He couldn't go back to the Senate then.
And it's likely the Presidential derby will pass him by - especially in these partisan times. Quitting the job you craved for years isn't a big draw for people looking for a presidential candidate to support.
It's no fun being a moderate in the Democratic Senate majority.
If he waits, it might be more fun to be a Democratic moderate in a Republican Senate majority. That's where the action is for someone with his credentials.
In 2013, he wouldn't have to gavel in sessions while his colleagues fly home for the weekend.
That will be George Allen's job.
Maybe he could work with Republican Tea Party Senators like Richard Mourdock. If you want to make change in Washington, that would be a way.
Retreating to the warmth of an old job for a last hurrah? Not a way to end your career.

More inside the Warren campaign

Has President Obama called Elizabeth Warren to talk about her current troubles?
Obama: You need to stop this talk about Indian ancestry.
Warren: How?

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Faildesk today.
Faildesk attempts to deal clearly with users on a printing issues.
And fails.

What are they smoking?

What did the Charlottesville city council spend their time talking about Monday?
Marijuana possession policies.
You have to go all the way to the end of the story to find its sponsor.
The idea for the resolution was brought to the council by Jordan McNeish, a 23-year-old activist formerly involved with the Occupy Charlottesville movement who has since founded a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. McNeish has openly acknowledged that he has had past legal trouble involving marijuana possession.
He's obviously occupying the council's time with his agenda.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Will the last one...

...out of the newsroom please turn off the lights?
Bad news from the Washington Post.
And my folks switched to it from the Baltimore Sun since it had more stories in the paper.
The Other McCain knows reporters need to be more like him to keep writing for pay.
The essential problem of Old Media dinosaurs is that they refuse to acknowledge that a lean-and-mean operating model, with a more efficient use of personnel and a flatter pay structure, is their only hope for survival. Publishers simply can’t keep paying six-figure salaries to scores of people whose output averages no more than a few hundred words per day. Excessive specialization, eight-hour days, three weeks of annual vacation — you’re just not going to be able to compete like that in the New Media environment.

Dinosaur flatulence

How can you not post a link to this story?
If you can't blame cars, you have to find something.

Not charismatic, not experienced

John Hawkins lists 30 possible candidates for vice president, but looks at mainly two characteristics.
If you've got one, you lack the other.
Just look where Mr. Charisma has us after his first term.
Dull and duller may win this race.

Muppets in Congress

A cool collection of Muppet characters - and members of Congress who resemble them.
I bet Statler and Waldorf like the post.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

How to waste stimulus money

West Virginia got some stimulus money for computing needs - looks like too much.
The Gazette reports they overpaid for routers - seeking more computing power than some places will need in the foreseeable future.
Cost for the routers - $22,000 each.
More than you'd pay at Staples.
One size fits all buying.
No matter the size of the facility - the same router.
Have fiber optic line already - we'll send a converter we're sending the places without fiber optic.
They claim they are planning for future needs.
After this story gets out, some of the buyers may not have a future in government.

This is forward?

President Obama claims to be carrying us forward.
And that Mitt Romney would take the country backward.
But the numbers state fewer are going forward with Obama than in 2008 - even if Democrats doubt those jobs numbers.
Here's the main question for 2012.
For many voters, the first question they will try to answer is likely to be whether the country truly is going forward fast enough to satisfy them.
If you think you're progress is good, you plow forward.
If you're unsure, you stop and check. And maybe double-back to check your bearings.
If the past four years have shown such good progress, there wouldn't be so many people asking Obama to pull and check the map.

Bureaucrat in action

Augusta County schools have decided to change the group of referees they use for basketball starting next season.
The head of the current referee group needs to catch up with the times.
His group was down to the minimum number of schools to be a sanctioned referee organization before losing the five Augusta county schools.
Did he work hard to build the group back up?
He whined about having to bid for the job.
He tried to work around the bid system the schools set.
He failed to submit a bid on time.
Now that the bid is gone, he's trying to strong-arm his refs to stay with him.
"We hope all our guys will support and stand by the VOBA, and I hope not one shows up," Spears said. "If they do, then that's their choice. What they have to realize is that the dance ain't over. You might want to dance there tonight, but next year the dance might be back over here."
It's hard to learn sportsmanship from this referee. Maybe some lessons about the real world.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chasing the title

The Oklahoma City Thunder look poised to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Ainsley's a member of the Storm Chasers, not to be confused with the Thunder Girls.
Never confused with Rumble the Bison mascot.
UPDATE: Finished first round sweep, now a few days of rest. And more practice for the Storm Chasers.
UPDATE2: Part of Rule 5 Sunday on Monday.

Is it too early to celebrate?

The baseball season is a month old.
The Baltimore Orioles just beat the Yankees two out of three in New York, and then won Friday and Saturday in Boston.
Han Solo would say "Don't get cocky, kid."
I think I'll ride the wave.

Facebook quote of the week

So THIS is what it feels like to NOT be on someone else's schedule?!?!?

Obama's policies are so ugly...

You remember the joke.
"You're so ugly, your mom had to tie a pork chop around your neck just so the dog would play with you."
We're there in Campaign 2012.
The Obama campaign is trying to entice voters with reasons to vote for him. They roll out new reasons - their "pork chops."
Unfortunately for Obama, there's other dogs out there.
Conservative dogs.
They like pork chops too.
The campaign puts a new pork chop around Obama's neck, and before their voters can be enticed, the Republican dogs are there.
Tearing up the pork chop.
Picking the bone clean.
Then sitting back, wondering "where's the next pork chop?"
Conservative dogs have chewed up Julia, Forward and the Dog-eater in recent weeks.
Has the Obama team found a way to inspire their supporters?
Not yet.
Have they inspired their opponents?
Yes, they have.

Saturday song

It's the day of the "Run for the Roses." You'll be hearing this the first Saturday of May for years.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Buddy Poppy time

My brother let his friends know about the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Buddy Poppy program.
Veterans across the country will be selling the flowers in May to assist programs for wounded vets.
If you see one, do your part.

Help us, Obi-Warner Kenobi

Blue Virginia posts a silly and sad thought - can Mark Warner serve as both governor and senator in 2014?
Why? Democrats know their field is terrible for 2013.
Help us, Obi-Warner Kenobi, you're our only hope.
He's the only Democrat who could beat Bill Bolling or Ken Cuccinelli, they think.
So sad for the other Democrats considering the office.
They use the example of Huey Long serving in both roles in the 1930s.
Really sad.
Democrats are really going to be sad in November, when George Allen returns to the Senate.
UPDATE: SWACgirl has more info on the possible Warner move.

Weekend watchdog

It's been 34 years since we've had a triple crown winner. Will this be the year?
Twenty horses are scheduled to run in the 138th Kentucky Derby Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. Just over two minutes later, only one will have a chance at this year's Triple Crown.
Bodemeister jumped out of the gate as the early favorite, just ahead of Union Rags. One of them could be remembered like Secretariat, or fade as another trivia answer after their glorious ride.
The fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The second round of the NHL playoffs continues Friday, as Nashville battles Phoenix in Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. The Capitals host New York in Game 4 Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Kings try to advance against St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m. The Devils-Flyers close the weekend Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The NBA playoffs also continue, and ESPN rejoins the playoff fun Friday at 7:30 p.m., with the third game between the Hawks and Celtics. The Lakers travel to Denver at 10:30 p.m., while the Bulls and 76ers meet on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
There's two more games on ESPN Saturday afternoon - Indiana vs. Orlando at 2 p.m. followed by the Grizzlies meeting the Clippers. TNT has the primetime schedule Saturday, with Game 4 of Oklahoma City-Dallas at 7:30 p.m. before San Antonio visits Utah.
Sunday afternoon, ABC has an Eastern Conference doubleheader with the Bulls-76ers at 1 p.m. before the Knicks face the Heat. The Celtics host the Hawks Sunday at 7 p.m. on TNT, with the Lakers at Nuggets in the nightcap.
The Orioles try to extend their hot start this weekend in Boston, playing Friday and Saturday on MASN2 and Sunday on MASN. The Nationals face the Phillies for the weekend. The first two games are on MASN, with the finale part of ESPN's Sunday night package.
Fox offers a trio of games Saturday at 4 p.m. - Diamondbacks-Mets, Brewers at Giants and White Sox against Tigers. The Yankees visit Kansas City Sunday at 2:10 p.m. on TBS.
NASCAR heads to Talledega this weekend, with coverage at noon on Fox. ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 3 p.m.
Charlotte hosts the PGA tour this weekend, starting Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Philadelphia plays Seattle in MLS action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. D.C. United head to Toronto Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. on Comcast-plus, while ESPN shows the Galaxy against the Red Bulls Saturday at 8 p.m.
It's SEC baseball Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast, as Florida takes on Kentucky, while ESPN2 offers South Carolina against Arkansas Saturday at 1 p.m. Houston meets Rice from Conference USA Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
Top 10 teams meet on the softball diamond twice this weekend - ESPN2 has Florida-Alabama Saturday at 4 p.m. while Oklahoma hosts Texas at 2 p.m Sunday on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the IIHF ice hockey tournament, with the United States meeting France Friday at 5 a.m.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Enjoy your last bounce

The Washington Post has a good poll for President Obama - leading by seven points among registered voters.
Not as bad as Public Policy Polling's recent work - only a four-point advantage for Democrats in the pool.
The main headscratcher - Obama leading 51-41 among independents. Much better than his 2008 numbers when it was Hope and Change instead of Moan and Complain.
But it could be Obama's last poll bounce of 2012.
The anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden is one of the few events that brings good thoughts about Obama. As time passes, the good feelings will fade and the woeful economy will return to center stage.
Conventions may provide a bounce, but this could be Obama's high point of the election.

Still rooting

George Will celebrates his son's 40th approaching birthday.
Jon had seats at Camden Yards near my family's seats before the Nationals arrived. Now he's enjoying them as his home team.
This year Jon will spend his birthday where every year he spends 81 spring, summer and autumn days and evenings, at Nationals Park, in his seat behind the home team’s dugout. The Phillies will be in town, and Jon will be wishing them ruination, just another man, beer in hand, among equals in the republic of baseball.

Heap big fun

I just found out Bob at Camp of the Saints has Indian lineage.
I read his great post.
My Indian name (Laughs at Blogs).

Think before you speak

Momma-2-Momma gives good advice about raising your children - watch that mouth, because the kids are watching you.
Model good behavior. Extended out, we are bettering generations, hundreds of future people, when we better ourselves. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Don't mess with lawyers

Elizabeth Warren, Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts, is done.
No chance.
Legal Insurrection tries to figure out why she listed herself as a Native American in legal directories before going to Harvard.
There's lots of lawyers with blogs out there.
This is a pitch right over the plate - no break, no speed. One they can smack out of the park.
Lawyers have filled out the paperwork for directories like Warren.
They understand, and can communicate what it means.
It really means that Warren's candidacy is in deep trouble.

Waynesboro woes

Waynesboro held city elections Tuesday, and the incumbents held their seats.
"Progressives" now hold their noses.
Chris Graham, who ran and lost in the 2008 races, shares his thoughts on the latest defeat for his candidates.
Who knew it was because of an old theater?
Why do we keep losing? Simple. We keep playing the game using the other guys’ rules on their field and their ball. All the mayor has to do is say the words Wayne Theatre, and our side starts falling all over each other about how to respond.
Oh, dear, he said Wayne Theatre. The election is lost.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Obama campaign song

With so much talk about President Obama being "cool," it reminded me of this Joe Nichols' song.

Today's Tied with me

Ranking in the top 400 in U.S. Politics, this blog is tied with Think Markets -which has thoughts on Europe's debt dilemma.

Simply brilliant

James Taranto has a great way to look at Obama's "bin Laden is dead" celebrations.
What if President Nixon made the moon landing the highlight of his 1972 reelection campaign?
Imagine if President Nixon had decided to base his 1972 re-election campaign on the boast that he landed on the moon. His predecessors tried and failed for eight years. It wasn't an easy decision--what if something went wrong? But that's why you hire a president, to make those gutsy calls. Which path would George McGovern have taken?
That's analogous to President Obama's effort to campaign on the killing of Osama bin Laden. His absurd braggadocio is turning one of the few successes to occur under his leadership into a political liability.
Good job.

Law school grads - coming to a drive-thru near you

Instapundit links the troubles of lawyers these days.
Can I hear Legal Zoom?
Looks like too much supply and not enough demands.
Even if they sue each other.