Thursday, February 28, 2013

Argo and Woodward

The week began with the Best Picture Oscar going to a movie about Hollywood being the hero of an international crisis.
It ends with Bob Woodward as the hero of a Washington power struggle between the media and White House.
The media loves being the star.
Being the good guy.
The Obama team better be nice to the media - fast.

Who will Warner endorse?

While Bill Bolling seeks supporters for an independent run, a question he must consider
Who will Mark Warner endorse in the fall?
As the face of Virginia moderation, will Warner lean toward a moderate Bolling?
Or just back his fellow Democrat - Terry McAuliffe.
In theory, people like the idea of an independent candidacy.
Come the stretch run of the campaign, it will be about the partisan team.
If Bill Bolling's big announcement comes with a major Democrat at his side, he could have a chance.
Without that, it's a split of the Republican vote.
Not much good moderation will come with Democrats in the leadership.


Bill Bolling wants input about whether to mount an independent run for governor in November.
My thought -
It's nice to think you're the independent voice, free of partisan conflict, that could bring solutions to Virginia.
It won't.
You weren't able to get fellow Republicans to hold a primary that could have benefitted your chances. You had seven years in Richmond to make an impact, and it hasn't happened.
Ken Cuccinelli is not a Tea Party flash in the pan. He's been on the job for years, building enthusiasm for his brand of politics. Enough that there will be a convention to nominate Lt. Governor and Attorney General.
With his leading the party, others members running will be as part of his team.
With Bolling in the mix, Republicans are split.
Democrats benefit.
If you're concerned that the Republican party might be heading in the wrong direction, those now in control have been concerned about the past direction. Which is way they are part of the Cuccinelli team.
Stand down, Bill Bolling.
Your statewide chance was 2012.
Mitt Romney didn't win with your backing.
If you couldn't get it done for him, then it's foolish to think Virginians will look well on your independent bid.
You will scrape off just enough Republican support to put Terry McAuliffe in the governor's mansion.
UPDATE: I've got to use a graphic from Bearing Drift.

Best luck for your future

White House speechwriter Jon Favreau has decided to move to new opportunities.
Instapundit has pictures of his best work.

Stew on Lew

Powerline highlights Senator Jeff Sessions' thoughts on new Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
On day 1,400 since the Senate last passed a budget.
This is the heart of the problem here in Washington right now. We have one political party that sees the budget debate as exercise in political warfare, not problem-solving.
At the center of this strategy is the White House.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Weight of the world

Perhaps you've heard an Obama supporter touting his financial restraint - his administration has been spending grow at the smallest percentage amount in 60 years.
Doesn't impress me.
It's like being 100 pounds overweight and being happy you're eating two cheeseburgers at dinner - not three like you did before.
Why don't you cut back on your eating and get healthy?
Michelle wants kids to get moving. Why not move for a healthier economy?

Who do you trust?

Legal Insurrection stands with Bob Woodward.
He won't be sequestered.

Joining the stars

Kelli Pickler has been named to the cast of the latest "Dancing with the Stars."
Hope she lasts deep into the contest. Might have time for more pictures of her.

Sequester jester lets things fester

Michelle Malkin can't laugh at the Obama clowns talking sequester.
Limits to government spending have been put in place before. We survived.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Let's make a deal

Part of Obamacare is getting states to increase Medicaid participation with the promise of federal cash to pay the way - for a few years.
In an era of trillion dollar deficits, where's the money going to come from?
What's really behind that door?
Carol Merrill wouldn't be proud.

It's just a scratch

Sequestration is crumbs compared to the overall federal deficit.
If we slow down the deficit now, we'll have a better chance of surviving the lean years looming in the future.
That's not the message of President Obama and the media.
Guess we're just going to crash into the wall at full speed.

When life gives you lemons

Thanks to Best of the Web, here's a way to get that pregnant mom to deliver - lemon cupcakes.
Bet it beats castor oil.

Pie chart

A great cartoon on the budget pie we're dealing with.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with the crime blog of the Dallas Morning News.
Four thefts at a Victoria's Secret in the past two months?
Is that how you impressed your woman?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Yo, Adrian

The Weather Channel is up to R in its weather storm list of the season.
Time for Rocky.
Is the theme "Gonna Snow Now"

Magical $85 billion

Over at Ace, they notice how a $85 billion dollar cut in federal spending will cause the world to collapse.
At least the reporters will be able to recycle the stories when we really run out of money.

Purple on the red carpet

The commentators on the Oscar Red Carpet included Ravens' safety Ed Reed, helping out the NFL network.
Meanwhile on the TV side, Jacoby Jones will be one of the stars on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."
Winning a Super Bowl sure can keep you busy.

Roger that

Pajama Media's Roger L. Simon watched the Oscars so I didn't have to.
Hollywood has enough of a reputation for being in the pocket of the Democratic Party, but now they not only are in the pocket, they’re in the wallet, the purse, the laptop, the vestibule, the fax machine, the refrigerator, the oven, the slow cooker, shoes, socks, bell, book and candle and just about everything else.

One is enough

From Houston, a young man uses his family's gun to fight back against a home invasion.
For those who love studies showing guns are rarely used in this type of situation, this happened.
This family didn't kill each other.
They protected themselves.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Greatest story, once again

March has five Sundays, leading to Easter Sunday on March 31.
The History Channel will be featuring a mini-series on the Bible, and many churches will be using it in their services during the month.

If you'd like quicker hits from the Bible, this site summarizes each chapter into a tweet each day. He began the Gospel of Matthew on Friday.

Hope you're not thirsty

Sorry Domino's fans in New York City.
A two-liter is too big for them to sell.
Mayor Bloomberg wants to throw out the pitchers.
That will make for some interesting parties.

Back in the bigs

In 1987, Juan Nieves threw a no-hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers.
I was in the cold crowd in Baltimore.
He injured his arm a year later, and his playing career ended shortly thereafter.
Now, he's back as pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox.
Good luck. With that crew, he's going to need it.

See, that wasn't so bad

Happy Sequester Week.
Will it be bad for Democrats or Republicans?
Depends on the reaction after March 2.
But if voters react with a shrug, congressional Republicans will have won a major victory in their campaign to shrink the size of government. Instead of cancelling the sequester, the GOP will likely push for more.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Is it needed and will it work?

Local Congressman Bob Goodlatte has a big responsibility in the gun control debate as chairman of the House Judicary committee.
How will he stand against the current emotional pressure to do something?
A letter to the Justice Department, asking for data on the enforcement of past gun laws, seems a good start.
“Part of the decisionmaking process as to whether additional laws are necessary to combat future violence is whether the existing federal firearms laws are being enforced,” the letters said. “It is imprudent to simply call for more laws without examining the efficacy of the current laws.”
If you do something, and it's just more of the same, did you really do something worth doing?

Facebook quote of the week

I have a feeling this is going to be the most poorly officiated game in the history of basketball

Saturday song

Billy Joel plays for those in the mood for a melody at the bar. Man, what are you doing here?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Counting the cost

Time has a lengthy story by Steve Brill on the drivers for higher health care.
Except for explaining why things cost so much.
There's snark about high salaries of administrators.
Lots of praise for how Medicare curtails its costs.
A few mentions of tort reform - then back to attacking the medical profession.
Lobbyists get a share of blame - too bad government is too weak to bring prices down.
The "chargemaster" gets the bigger share of abuse. It's the way hospitals decide to charge for their various services.
No where does the government say a peep about the "chargemaster" making prices too high.
The article thinks cutting the prices of medical care would help our budget woes.
But prices have been rising for years, and nothing from government has slowed the movement.
What makes them think Obamacare will make things different?

Weekend watchdog

2013_DAYTONA500Time for DW to "reach up there and pull those belts tight" for the first of 13 times this year.
"Boogity-boogity-boogity, let's go racing boys."
And girl.
The flag drops on the Daytona 500 Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. Darrell Waltrip and friends on FOX cover the first 13 of the 36-race slate, through Dover in June.
Danica Patrick claimed the pole position, hoping to be the first to win from there since Dale Jarrett in 2000. Jeff Gordon will start second, with Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch on the second row after winning Thursday in the Twin 125s.
Sunday, 43 drivers will head to the starting line, ready to race.
The start of the Nationwide season will be Saturday at 1:15 p.m. on ESPN.
It's Bracketbuster weekend in college basketball. Friday at 7 p.m., North Dakota State takes on Akron on ESPN2. Creighton plays St. Mary's Saturday at 6 p.m., while ESPN2 has three contests - Detroit-Wichita State at 4 p.m. then South Dakota State against Murray State at 8 p.m. before Ohio faces Belmont at 10 p.m.
Virginia hosts Georgia Tech Sunday at 2 p.m. on ACC network, while other areas will catch Boston College against Duke.
On ESPN Saturday at 4 p.m., the Tar Heels battle the Wolfpack and the GameDay crew catches Missouri-Kentucky at 9 p.m.
Maryland plays Clemson Saturday at noon on ESPN2, then it's Big 12 action between Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Marquette faces Villanova at 6 p.m.
CBS brings a pair of games both weekend days. Georgia meets South Carolina at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by Georgetown-Syracuse. Sunday starts in the Big East with Cincinnati against Notre Dame, then Michigan State faces Ohio State.
William & Mary plays George Mason Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast. Hofstra hosts Old Dominion Sunday at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network shows New Mexico meeting Colorado State Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by Nevada-San Diego State.
MASN has Seton Hall at Louisville Saturday at noon and Connecticut against DePaul at 8 p.m. From the Big 12, TCU tackles Kansas at 4 p.m. Sunday at noon, Pittsburgh meets St. John's.
In women's basketball, Comcast shows Miami against Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. James Madison visits Delaware at 4 p.m. MASN offers Big East play between Syracuse and South Florida Saturday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has three games Sunday. Purdue faces Minnesota at 1 p.m., followed by a top-ten battle between Duke and Maryland. Texas A&M takes on Vanderbilt at 5 p.m.
ESPN offers Minnesota at Oklahoma City Friday at 8 p.m., followed by the Spurs at Warriors. The Sunday doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with the Grizzlies visit Brooklyn, and the Bulls take on the Thunder at 9:30 p.m.
ABC brings the Lakers at Mavericks Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards playing the Nuggets Friday at 7 p.m. and the Rockets Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Neither rain nor snow shall keep NBC away from the World Match play final Saturday and Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.
The Lightning battle the Penguins Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Capitals host New Jersey Saturday at noon on Comcast.
There's a twinbill on NBC Sports network Friday, with Yale at Quinnipiac at 7:30 p.m. before Denver hosts North Dakota.
Gearing up for the MLS season, the Desert Diamond Cup final will be Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In college lacrosse, Maryland faces Loyola Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wishing on TV

You might enjoy the Direct TV commercials for Hannah Smith as the Genie.
I wonder when there are ever five different shows you'd like to watch on TV at once. I'm lucky if there's one thing on that's interesting to watch.

Sealing the deal

Breitbart does a good job mocking the Washington Post on sequestration.
Don't worry about the future - look at that cute face.

Change the climate

A friend is in Arizona for spring training. Wednesday wasn't a good day for that.
Scottsdale snow. How about that global warming?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Explaining sequester to kids

Bring up the "sequester" talk and eyes glaze over.
And that's the politicians and economists.
What do you use to explain sequester to kids?
I think this guy can help with a change of the words.

Sequester Jester lets things fester.
Who's the Jester?
Each side can point to someone they consider the jester.
But if we don't get serious about the debt soon, no one will be laughing.
Enjoy his greatest hit.

Head to Texas

How many more jobs will Texas gain from California?
If the jobs move, then California's higher taxes are a cause of global warming.
Earlier this month, Texas governor Rick Perry came to California to talk about doing business in the Lone Star State. A dismissive Jerry Brown wanted to talk about the weather. “A lot of these Texans that come here, they don’t go back,” California’s governor tried to explain to reporters. “I mean, who would want to spend summers there in 110-degree heat inside some kind of fossil fuel air conditioner? Not a smart way to go,” he said.
Higher taxes in California make people use more fossil fuel in Texas.
Listen and learn, Washington.

How do you cut sequester?

John Boehner gives his ideas on sequester.
How will the President respond?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stuck in the tar sands

Blue Virginia highlights the battle in the "climate change" crowd.
What fun.
When you feel there's no time to compromise, you fuss at reporters talking about compromise.
When you're locked into the elimination of fossil fuels like this guy -
The foreseeable future must be fossil fuel free. Since this is the case we would be foolish to open any new fossil fuel sources.
you're stuck in the tar sands.
The future will not be fossil fuel free, because nothing we have works better for running our cars and heating our homes.
Find something better and you might make the tar sands obsolete.
Where is it?
Don't blame lack of more goverment money.
Locking up the tar sands behind regulation - while prices rise for fossil fuels and everything this them - won't earn you praise.
Quite heated hatred looms.
I look forward to the Obama administration finally having to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Lots of anger awaits them.
The fossil fuel future will not be fuss free.

Learning about universal Pre-K

Penelope Trunk shares her thoughts on President Obama's Universal Pre-K proposal.
It boils down to - "Don't do it."
Women have been very vocal about not wanting to work full-time while they have kids. And we have recognized as a nation that our school system is out of date and a waste of time for kids. So why are we dumping money into an institution that does not meet anyone’s needs?

Today's Tied with me

This blog has the same Technorati rank as Canadian Progressive World, which supported the Climate Change/No XL pipeline rally Sunday.
This blog didn't.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Guns are dangerous. So are criminals

Over at Ace, a good look at gun safety - from a writer who knows guns from his youth.
First - should there be more warnings about guns being dangerous?
Where would you put it?
The outside of the box, inside of the box and manual are littered with warnings about the risk of death or injury from unsafe handling practices. Also, the gun store where I bought it has safety instructions printed on the receipt and you're required to sign a statement that you've read and understand them in order to take possession of the firearm.
Once someone has waded through all this, is one more form of warning really going to do any good?
The problem with gun control efforts now is gun control efforts of the past.
I can personally attest to how hard Massachusetts makes lawful purchase and possession of firearms. As a matter of fact, they do virtually all of the things Frum suggested in his column, from requiring locked storage at home to promulgation of "approved firearms rosters" defining what guns can and can't be sold here under the guise of consumer safety.
These laws were made by people who know as little about guns as Frum and ignored all the advice of people who know vastly more. That this has failed to produce the intended results should come as no surprise.

Solving the deficit

The bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling in 2004 is up for bid.
Maybe President Obama can put his golf duds up for auction.
Or sell a picture of him with Tiger Woods.
Not worth a trillion dollars, but it's a start.

All talk, no action

DaTech Guy looks at the love affair the media had with Chuck Hagel - using his opinions to bash Republicans.
The guy can talk.
Can he lead?
Who will follow him?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I want climate change

There was a rally for climate change in Washington Sunday.
Wind chill of 16 degrees.
I'm tired of this cold weather.
I'd like the climate to change, and spring can't come soon enough.

Watch out for "rate shock"

Insurance companies are preparing for the "deflect the blame game."
They point to "rate shock" when they have to hike premium rates to meet Obamacare mandates.
Obamacare supports point to subsidies to help cover the costs.
Who's going to provide the subsidies?
Taxpayers, also known as those having to pay higher premiums.
I don't blame insurance companies for trying to deflect the blame.
Government has been blaming them for years.

MJ at 50

I think ESPN has gone a little overboard, featuring Michael Jordan's 50th birthday. Guess you have to find some programming between the end of NFL and spring training games starting in a few weeks.
At least they didn't try to sell stuff like the Obama campaign did in 2011.

Best of wrestling

The Olympic committee surprised many by voting to eliminate wrestling for the schedule in the 2020 games.
Southwest Virginia knows good high school wrestling.
Christiansburg won a 12th straight Group AA title.
Grundy, which won 15 straight Group AA crowns before Christiansburg started its run, claimed a second straight title in Group A.
The matmen in Salem this weekend know how to shine.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Stand strong, Bob

Smitty encourages Bob McDonnell to do the right thing in the battle on Obamacare.
How strange it is to have to plead with elected officials to do the sane thing.

Death panel for the Democratic party

How's Obamacare going to work for Democrats?
They seem a bit worried as the deadline looms - and people find out how the bill might hurt them.
They passed the bill. Now they'll find out what it really means.

Saturday song

Watch out for that "Smokey Mountain Rain."

Facebook quote of the week

Now 2 of my kids so far away! Glad I live where they like to visit!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Meanwhile in magical fantasyland

Mark Steyn wasn't impressed by President Obama's State of the Union wish list.
And at the end of the speech, nothing gets done, and nothing gets fixed, and, after a few days' shadowboxing between admirers and detractors willing to pretend it's some sort of serious legislative agenda, every single word of it is forgotten until the next one.

Fill up fast

When gas prices are rising, I check VirginiaGasPrices to make sure I'm getting the best value in my area.
A local 7-11 had the best price tonight, $3.39 a gallon.
Until I finished, when the price went up to $3.45.
Good timing.

Keystone Kops

Wouldn't the construction of the Keystone pipeline be a great boost to the economy?
Building things employs workers.
President Obama still remains mum on the project.
A brief moment on Wednesday showed why President Obama can't win when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. In front of the White House, protesters led by actress Daryl Hannah and the head of the Sierra Club demanded that Obama kill the project. Just a few blocks away, the head of the AFL-CIO's powerful Building and Construction Trades Department joined with the American Petroleum Institute to demand that Obama approve it.
You wanted the top job. Time to make a decision.

Weekend watchdog

nbastarsThe best of the NBA gather to shoot, dunk - everything except play defense - this weekend in Houston.
TNT has the NBA all-star game Sunday at 8 p.m. How many points can they score?
The festivities begin Friday on ESPN at 7 p.m., with the Celebrity game. TNT offers the Rising Stars challenge at 9 p.m. Saturday is filled with the skills contests, starting at 8:30 p.m. It starts with the shooting competition, then the skills test before the 3-point shot contest. The night closes with the slam dunk contest.
Sunday, will there be more than 300 points scored? The West won 152-149 last year in Orlando. Before the stars gather,
Virginia travels to North Carolina Saturday at noon on the ACC network, while other areas see Boston College-Florida State.
Kentucky takes on Tennessee Saturday at 1 p.m. on CBS, and Sunday at 1 p.m. Ohio State battles Wisconsin.
ESPN's Rivalry week continues Friday when Georgetown meets Cincinnati at 9 p.m.
The GameDay crew catches Texas at Kansas Saturday at 9 p.m. ESPN's day starts at noon with Villanova-Connecticut, followed by Purdue against Indiana. Missouri faces Arkansas at 4 p.m. and Maryland plays Duke at 6 p.m.
Louisville takes on South Florida Sunday at 1 p.m.
On ESPN2, Virginia Tech travels to North Carolina State Saturday at 2 p.m., after Xavier-Dayton at noon. UCLA faces Stanford at 4 p.m., followed by Detroit-Valparaiso and Georgia against Mississippi at 8 p.m.
There's two CAA games on Comcast Saturday, with William & Mary facing Old Dominion at noon and Georgia State goes to George Mason at 4 p.m. It's Georgia Tech-Wake Forest at 2 p.m. and VCU takes on George Washington at 7:30 p.m.
MASN catches action from three different conferences Saturday. The day starts at noon in the Big East with Notre Dame-Providence, then it's off to the Big South for VMI's contest with Campbell. West Virginia hosts Texas Tech at 4 p.m., then Liberty hosts High Point at 6 p.m. The lineup concludes back in the Big East at 8 p.m. when Syracuse battles Seton Hall.
MASN2 shows Central Connecticut State at Mt. St. Mary's Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
LaSalle against St. Joseph's starts the schedule Saturday on NBC Sports network at 1 p.m. Princeton meets Harvard at 7 p.m., followed by San Diego State-UNLV.
Comcast has women's basketball between Northeastern and William & Mary Friday at 8 p.m. There's an ACC doubleheader Sunday, with North Carolina against Florida State at 1 p.m. before Wake Forest battles Duke.
ESPN2 has a twinbill Sunday, with different games across the country. ACC areas will have Georgia Tech at N.C. State before Maryland faces Virginia at 5 p.m.
It's the weekend for Hockey Day in America. NBC starts the schedule at noon with the Penguins at Buffalo, then the Kings meet the Blackhawks. The Capitals battle the Rangers Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Comcast.
NBC Sports network has college ice hockey between Boston University and Maine Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Speed Weeks starts in Daytona with the Unlimited Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox. Qualifying for the top two spots will be Sunday at 1 p.m., getting ready for the big race on Feb. 24.
CBS has the Northern Trust Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The college lacrosse season starts Sunday on NBC Sports network with Denver against Penn State at 1 p.m. Jacksonsville meets Ohio State at 3:15 p.m.
The U.S. Curling championships are on NBC Sports network Saturday. The women start the action at 10 a.m., with the men at 4 p.m.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tell me about the Democratic enthusiasm

Are you excited about the 2013 statewide elections yet?
Emails from candidates are starting to fly.
The first tests of strength are being seen.
Democrats in Northern Virginia held a straw poll last Saturday.
Not Larry Sabato was not impressed.
None of the candidates have enough support to even get 200 people to show up and vote for them on a Saturday night in a location within 30 minutes of about 75% of the NoVA population. That tells me *everyone* is really weak right now with very little organization behind them.
Remind me again how Democrats are inspired after 2012 and will use the momentum this November.

Another one bites the dust

Wyblog provides the joyous news that Frank Lautenberg will not run for re-election.
It's not the end of anything. It's the beginning of two more years for Wyblog to beat up on Lautenberg.

Hail to the Redskins

The award for spinning your wheels goes to efforts to get the Washington Redskins to change their name.
Yes, many high schools and colleges have moved from Indian names in the past 40 years.
Even the Washington Bullets became the Wizards to avoid an "offensive" name (although the new logos and uniforms harken back to the old name).
Redskins football is Washington - has been for 75 years.
Millions of fans have Redskins hats, shirts, sweatshirts and uniforms. They are invested in the current name.
They are the Braves on a warpath, fighting for old D.C.
There are more important things to fuss about.
Leave the name be.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Can we have a big bang?

Leonard Nimoy did a voice appearance on Big Bang Theory.
Wil Wheaton and several "Next Generation" co-stars have been on the show.
Can Kaley get Captain Kirk to visit?
He'll probably say her accent needs work.
UPDATE: Part of Rule 5 Sunday.

We are not alone

I didn't bother with the State of the Union Tuesday.
The dog wanted to walk, and there was good ice hockey on TV.
Sounds like lots of people joined me in missing the speech.

Better Ted than red

Ted Cruz shows the way to oppose Chuck Hagel.
Ted Nugent went to the State of the Union address so you didn't have to watch.
Good to have these Teds on the right side.

State of the City address

Chris Graham gives his opinions on what's going on in Waynesboro.
And it's not good.
Recent personal experiences have been pushing me into territory that I, as a lifelong liberal, had never thought possible. Government power, particularly at the local level, is out of control, and seriously needs to be reined in, and now.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Man, that's good satire

Time to point and laugh.
A Washington Post blogger thought a parody from the Daily Currant was actual news about Sarah Palin.
She got four paragraphs in and this didn't light the warnings.
"As you all know, I’m not a big fan of newspapers, journalists, news anchors and the liberal media in general,” Palin said. “But I met with the folks at Al-JaJizzraa (sic) and they told me they reach millions of devoutly religious people who don’t watch CBS or CNN. That tells me they don’t have a liberal bias.”
It's either well-written satire, or a gullible Postie found something they believed to be true - even if it wasn't.
Iowahawk sums it up best.
Another proud moment for the Washington Post's layers and layers of fact-checkers. Take a bow, Suzi!

Let's go Rubio

Marco Rubio gets to deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union.
Rubio says he intends to draw on his personal experiences growing up in Florida to explain to the country why Obama’s policies won’t work. The president has focused too much of our national discussion demonizing those who have had success, Rubio says, and paid too little attention to those trying to make it. He seeks to shift that emphasis with his remarks tonight – from a politics of class warfare to policies that elevate the middle class.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Tech News Plus, which looks at the success of LinkedIn on Wall Street.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Green car, blue feet

How do electric cars do in cold weather?
Not hot.
Nearing New York, I made the first of several calls to Tesla officials about my creeping range anxiety. The woman who had delivered the car told me to turn off the cruise control; company executives later told me that advice was wrong. All the while, my feet were freezing and my knuckles were turning white.

Enjoy the address, Ted

Ted Nugent gets to go to the State of the Union address Tuesday.
If he's watching, I can watch ice hockey or college basketball.
Thanks Ted.

Pay up, Obama voters

Legal Insurrection really enjoys this Buzzfeed story about Obamacare.
The provisions required to make any sort of health insurance plan work — not just ObamaCare, but really any plan of its sort — require healthy young people to pay more in health insurance than they consume in services, while the elderly (saved by Sarah “Death Panels” Palin from any serious attempt to ration expensive and often futile end-of-life care) consume far more than they pay in. There is always a push and pull, however, and this year will be spent laying plans to shift the burden further toward the young.
We already knew that.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rough times in the mountains

The Charleston Gazette has a pair of stories on the decline of the coal industry in McDowell County, West Virginia.
Once a bustling area when coal was king around World War II, not many jobs remain.
One of the main coal towns - Gary - gets its story told in a book.

Can you deliver what you promise?

The Postal Service continues to lose money, and their future looks bleak.
Who to blame?
Some want to blame the requirement to fully fund future postal employee retirement benefits.
If they can't fund the retirement fund now, how will they in the future with declining revenues?
You've got to deliver what you promise, or not promise.
While we fight over Saturday mail delivery, the big picture is the delivery of government retirement benefits.
You may be waiting longer for them in the future as well.

Sign of the blizzard times

Doug Ross found a great photo from the departure of the New England blizzard.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

California wants you to play doctor

Obamacare promises more access to healthcare for those currently without insurance.
But are there enough doctors to care for the patients?
California finds itself in trouble, lacking primary care physicians.
Can pressing other medical professionals into service solve the problem?
The doctor, or an equivalent, will see you now.

Naming the storms

Do you like how Weather Channel has begun naming winter storms this season?
Naming this one Nemo seems to have caught on - for good and bad.

How about naming the storms after Weather Channel reporters in the midst of the storm?
I'd love to watch the coverage of Winter Storm Cantore.

Facebook quote of the week

OMG! I wish that kids came with a MUTE BUTTON!

Recycling update

Aluminum cans are still getting 45 cents a pound at our local recycling center.

Saturday song

Elvis in Hawaii trying to sing about Kentucky.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Watch those crazy weather guys

Everybody in New England should be staying home, keeping warm.
Except the weather people who entertain us while standing in the cold and snow.
Go inside guys. We know it's cold and nobody should be out.

Snow in New England

I worked for a summer at the Ashworth Hotel in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.
They have a webcam to show the blizzard their beach will be getting this weekend. Already snowy on Friday at noon.

Weekend watchdog

ESPN's GameDay crew visits a Big East conference showdown Saturday night - soon to be an ACC rivalry.
Notre Dame hosts Louisville Saturday at 9 p.m. in a meeting of top 25 teams. The duo became the latest Big East members to announce intentions to join the ACC this year, with departure dates still to be determined. At most, this year's freshmen can plan on visiting Tobacco Road for conference games as seniors.
The Cardinals and Fighting Irish - along with future ACC colleagues Syracuse and Pittsburgh - reside in the top half of the Big East standings entering the final month of the regular season.
For some current ACC teams, ESPN has North Carolina against Miami Saturday at 2 p.m. Wake Forest plays Florida State Saturday at noon on ESPN2 while The Hokies host Georgia Tech on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m.
Maryland hosts Virginia Sunday at 1 p.m. on the ACC network and N.C. State heads to Clemson for other areas of the region.
CBS has Mississippi-Missouri Saturday at 1 p.m., and top-ranked Indiana takes on Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts Saturday's action at noon with Michigan-Wisconsin. Kansas takes on Oklahoma at 4 p.m., followed by Pittsburgh against Cincinnati. St. John's heads to Syracuse Sunday at 3 p.m.
St. Joseph's battles UMass Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by Valparaiso against Cleveland State and Iowa State-Kansas State. LSU faces Alabama at 8 p.m., then it's Illinois State meeting Creighton at 10 p.m.
From the CAA, Northeastern faces Old Dominion Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast. James Madison meets Drexel Sunday at 7 p.m.
MASN shows a pair of Big East games Saturday - Georgetown-Rutgers at noon followed by DePaul against Marquette. West Virginia battles TCU at 4 p.m. Sunday at noon, Connecticut takes on Seton Hall.
New Mexico battles UNLV Saturday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
In Big East women's basketball, Cincinnati plays Rutgers Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN. ESPN2 has a doubleheader Sunday, with Michigan State-Penn State at 2 p.m. followed by Kentucky taking on Vanderbilt.
There's three women's games on Comcast Sunday. Hofstra visits Georgia State at noon, and it's off to the Atlantic 10 for Butler against George Washington. Old Dominion faces Drexel at 4 p.m.
ESPN2 shows high school basketball between Chester and Neumann-Goretti Sunday at 6 p.m.
ESPN shows Clippers plays the Heat Friday at 8 p.m. before the Bulls meet Utah. San Antonio faces the Nets Sunday at 8 p.m.
ABC's Sunday doubleheader starts with Clippers at Knicks at 1 p.m., then the Heat host the Lakers. Brooklyn faces the Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Capitals try to bounce back Friday at 7 p.m. when the Panthers come to town on Comcast.
NBC has the Kings meeting the Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Penguins host the Devils on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
North Dakota travels to Nebraska-Omaha Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The PGA tour heads to Pebble Beach Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Back on the merry-go-round

I've enjoyed the haunting "Merry-Go-Round" by Kacey Musgraves on country radio. Why not a picture of the rising star?

Terry McAuliffe approves of this message

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling bowed out the Republican contest for the 2013 gubernatorial nod in December, leaving Ken Cuccinelli as the candidate to face Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
But Bolling hasn't closed the door on running as an Independent.
It's hard to give up your desire for higher office, but Bolling needs to end the speculation.
Two words.
Romney lost.
Bolling chaired the Romney campaign in Virginia. Romney lost the state in November.
If Romney had won, life would be much better for Bolling.
But he lost.
If Romney's style of governing didn't woo Virginia voters, will Bolling's similar style?
Especially when we already have a Republican candidate.
If Romney win could have moved Gov. Bob McDonnell to Washington and put Bolling in the governor's mansion - and the driver's seat.
It didn't happen that way.
Cuccinelli energizes part of the party and drives Democrats absolutely crazy. He will be a powerful candidate.
Maybe he should have waited his turn behind Bolling.
But Barack Obama didn't. It doesn't always work that way in politics.
A Bolling run makes it more likely Obama's man McAuliffe would win in November.
Bolling wouldn't want to be remembered for that.

Top tip - stay home

Road and Truck offers thoughts to avoid winter pileups.
The best one is stay home, since many drivers aren't reading the helpful tips.

Drone on

How nice to know the Washington Post and New York Times knew about the drone program, and held off reporting on it.
Does the news make his base happier?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Obama doesn't care what you think

I'm enjoying the big news about the Obama administration's policy on drone strikes.
Liberals are whining about Obama not meeting their desires. How unhappy they are that Obama continues to follow many of the George W. Bush policies they hated.
They yell and fuss that Obama should follow their thoughts on human rights.
Obama has had to grow up and live in the real world.
And no matter how much they fuss and complain, Obama knows they won't leave his side.
He doesn't even need to act like he hears their concerns.

Sports time flies

We've just finished the NFL season.
Time to think about basketball.
Oops, high school basketball tournaments start in Virginia on Friday.
Catch the hardcourt action while you can.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Two minutes for hooking

The Other McCain keeps an eye on the Senator Menendez sex scandal - for those who can't stand to look at him.

Worthwhile investment

There are questions where spending lots of money to bring in pro sports teams - and keep them happy - makes a worthwhile investment.
Around 80,000 fans in Baltimore Tuesday say yes.

Quote of the day

From Instapundit, a quote unlikely to be heard from the Geek Squad.
I lived in dread of mixing up my phone-sex job with my tech support job.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati's football rankings have this blog tied with Perfect Choice Vending, which reviews the Doritos commercials.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Drive for five

The 2012 Ravens have claimed the fifth NFL title for Baltimore.
The first title came in 1958, in coach Webb Ewbank's fifth season.
The 1971 Colts won the fifth Super Bowl.
In 2001, the Ravens closed their fifth season with a championship.
John Harbaugh won the crown in his fifth season as coach.
With a quarterback wearing number 5.

Leaving liberals scrambling

Former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton weighs in on taxes - and doesn't blame Phil Mickelson from worrying about his bill.
If there's anything that should upset or insult Americans, it's just how much of their money the government takes. Mickelson estimates that more than 60% of his earnings are snatched in federal and state taxes (he lives in California). Should a private citizen, no matter how successful, really owe the government more than half of what he or she makes? Intuitively, this cannot make sense to anyone who believes in the principles of hard work and personal responsibility.

At the nexus

Roll Call highlights the new-found power of Rep. Bob Goodlatte - and the close eye kept on him by the Tea Party.

Can I get a "Woo Hoo?"

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Woo hoo

Ravens 34
49ers 31
Turn out the lights.

Bad sign for the 49ers

Remembering Dandy Don while we await the lights to come back on.

Getting the last word

Ace brings out a problem with wordsmiths - they always get the last word. Even after everyone has moved on.
I don't think that the "wordsmith" class is inherently evil or unworthy. What I believe is that they have, due to their position, the power to comment upon everything, and in every dispute they will have the last word. It's their job to have the last word.
This means that the wordsmith professions are barely every critiqued by those outside the professions. Capitalists, of course, suffer the critiques of the wordsmiths every day, but rare is the day that the capitalists lodge their own critique of the wordsmiths.  

Who has it better than us?

Happy Super Bowl Day.
Glad to see the Harbaugh parents enjoying the moment and keeping it in perspective.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Don't say "Don't photoshop"

Some people just can't follow orders.
When the White House says not to manipulate the photos, they go to town.

Saturday Super Bowl song

Ready for the Big Game?
The Bears were in 1986.

Oversedated Elmer Fudd

Mark Steyn joins the conservative smackdown on Chuck Hagel's terrible testimony Thursday.
It's hard to contain his excitement.
There are over 300 million Americans, and another 20 million Undocumented-Americans about to be fast-tracked down the soi-disant "path to citizenship." Surely, from this vast talent pool, it should be possible to find someone who's sufficiently interested in running the planet's biggest military not to present himself on the world stage as a woozy, unfocused stumblebum.

Facebook quote of the week

I just got my taxes back today! I've got some breathing room again.

Friday, February 1, 2013

On second thought, never mind

One of the worst articles about Super Bowl XLVII comes at
The writer tries to predict the type of game based on past Super Bowls in New Orleans.
Many have been blowouts, including the biggest loss in 1990. Then he gets to the end of the article.
And judging by the last two Super Bowls played in New Orleans, perhaps the "curse" has run its course. Super Bowl XXXI, which ended the '96 season, was a back-and-forth affair between the Green Bay Packers and the Patriots before Desmond Howard's 99-yard kickoff return midway through the third quarter lifted the Pack to a 35-21 victory.
Even better was Super Bowl XXXVI, which culminated the 2001 season. After leading most of the game, New England needed a Tom Brady-led drive and a last-second 48-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri to edge the St. Louis Rams, 20-17.
There's been blowouts, and the last two New Orleans games have been decent. Many recent games have been tight.
Considering that six of the 10 Super Bowls since New England's win have been decided by a touchdown or less, perhaps the odds finally are in New Orleans' favor for another memorable game.Remember how he started the column?
Never mind.

Running with scissors

Lots of laughs at the DHS video on what to do if a gunman attacks your office.
Maybe find the scissors.
How about finding the person with a concealed carry permit?

Weekend watchdog

sb47Which Harbaugh brother will hoist the Lombardi Trophy?
CBS has the long pregame show and big commercials along with Super Bowl XLVII, matching the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., pending the length of the introductions and other hoopla.
John Harbaugh led the Ravens to their second Super Bowl contest, after winning at least one playoff game in his first five seasons. Ray Lewis, MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, returns for his last ride.
Jim Harbaugh, who almost quarterbacked Indianapolis to Super Bowl XXX, brings the 49ers to their sixth big game. They won all five prior trips, including a 55-10 blowout of Denver in 1990 at the Superdome.
Before the big game, CBS brings ACC basketball between Miami and North Carolina State Saturday at 4 p.m.
Virginia Tech heads to North Carolina Saturday at noon on the ACC network, and other areas will see Clemson-Boston College.
Future ACC foes Pittsburgh and Syracuse meet Saturday at noon on ESPN, then current conference members Duke and Florida State play. Tennessee faces Arkansas at 4 p.m. before Kentucky takes on Texas A&M. The GameDay crew catches top-ranked Michigan against Indiana at 9 p.m.
Marquette takes on Louisville Sunday at 2 p.m.
Saturday brings five games on ESPN2 - starting at noon with Purdue facing Northwestern. It's Notre Dame-DePaul at 2 p.m., then Wichita State plays Northern Iowa. Kansas State takes on Oklahoma at 6 p.m., and the slate concludes at 8 p.m. when Baylor tackles Iowa State.
Comcast offers Wake Forest against Maryland Saturday at 2 p.m., along with three CAA games. Hofstra plays William & Mary at noon, then it's George Mason-James Madison at 4 p.m. Drexel meets Northeastern at 6 p.m.
On MASN, West Virginia heads to Texas Tech Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by Oklahoma-Kansas. Liberty takes on Winthrop at 7 p.m. There's a Big East doubleheader Sunday starting at noon, with Providence-Villanova before South Florida plays Connecticut.
Dayton takes on St. Louis Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Columbia meets Princeton at 6 p.m. and Nevada faces New Mexico at 8 p.m.
ESPN's NBA Friday starts at 7 p.m. with the Heat visiting the Pacers. The nightcap has the Lakers in Minnesota. The Wizards travel to Memphis Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast-plus and San Antonio Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Comcast has a women's basketball doubleheader Sunday. Georgia Tech travels to Virginia at 1 p.m. before UNC-Wilmington meets Old Dominion.
The Capitals battle the Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC's game of the week. Their weekend begins Friday on Comcast against the Flyers at 7 p.m.
Dartmouth faces Union Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has the Phoenix Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Please pick up the trash when you're done.