Thursday, October 31, 2013

If you like your candy

CainTV has a dandy facebook chat.

Remember your princesses

Lots of girls get to be their favorite princess on Halloween.
Even the ladies of Big Bang Theory.

Pay up, Obama voters

Supposedly, the youth vote for Obama showed the Republican party was doomed.
Until the young Obama voters start getting their health insurance premium notices for 2014.
Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we’d be the ones paying for it.
The L.A. Times headline would have been better if it said "Taxed Enough Already."

Life in Expertopia

Megan McArdle pulls back the curtain on how experts view the world - and don't communicate their thoughts to the real world.
We forget that when millions of people hear the president say that “if you like your insurance, you can keep it” and “premiums will fall by $2,500 for the average family,” they don’t listen with a wry smile. They don’t write it off as understandable hyperbole from a president who is working to pass a great law with a few flaws. They don’t think this speech means “I care about getting the best insurance for as many people as possible.” They think it means “if you like your insurance, you can keep it” and “premiums will fall by $2,500 for the average family.” If they didn’t think it meant that, they might not have supported the law.
That gap matters -- not least because there’s a strong risk that when the people outside Expertopia finally figure out what everyone knew all along, they will turn on the people who allowed all that tacit knowledge to stay tacit. That’s what Democrats are now experiencing. It’s kind of surprising, in fact, that not everyone knew this was going to happen.

Flight of 'old 666'

Via the sidebar at Ace, the heroic story of the misfit crew that got one of the most important aerial photographs of World War II.

You broke it, you own it

In 2009, Republicans warned Democrats about the looming problems with their health care reform.
Democrats plunged ahead anyway.
And now they need Republican help.
It’s a little late to get or expect any Republican buy-in, though. That would have required serious compromise back in 2009, when Democrats, at the high tide of their power in the Obama era, saw no reason to make any. They ignored the polls, they ignored Scott Brown’s shocking win in Massachusetts, and they ignored normal parliamentary practices to pass the single most partisan piece of major social legislation in a century.
They insisted on this particular law, at this particular time. They own it. They own every canceled policy, every rate increase, every unintended consequence and every unpopular intended consequence. It is theirs, lock, stock and two smoking barrels.
You broke it, and now you own it.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Remember, Red Sox fans

The Boston fans love David Ortiz this World Series.
As long as he doesn't wear the wrong hat again.

Before Game 6

DaTech Guy visited Fenway Park this morning.
Will there be a party tonight?
If not, who will celebrate Wednesday?

Getting closer

You've seen polls with Terry McAuliffe's lead growing ahead of Election Day.
Here's one where it's only four points.
Don't give up hope.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Liar, lunatic or lousy

James Taranto gets to the bottom of the Obama trilemma.
Did he lie?
Did he really believe the impossible things he said?
Or is his administration just lousy bringing its law to reality.
It's sad that lousy is the best option.

Lies all the way down

Should Republicans help Democrats get out of this Obamacare mess?
Jonah Goldberg reminds us how we got into this.
The president and the Democrats lied us into a bad law. The right opposed the law on principle. A single party — the Democrats — own this law in a way that no party has had complete ownership of any major social legislation in a century. They bought this legislation with deceit and the GOP said so.   Now that it is going into effect, the facts on the ground are confirming that deceit. Moreover,  the same haughty condescending bureaucrats and politicians who told us they were smart enough and tech-savvy enough to do just about anything are being exposed as incompetent political hacks. And this is the moment when Sargent thinks the GOP should simply throw in the towel and work with the Democrats to make Obamacare bipartisan?

How does Cruz look now?

When Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor several weeks ago, Democrats scoffed.
People will love the new program.
Hasn't turned out that way.
Senator Cruz was trying desperately to shut down this Obamacare chaos just a couple of weeks ago. But the Washington Establishment shouted him down and laughed him off. President Obama, the Democrats and that Washington Establishment owe him an apology today.

Today's Tied with me

It's time for the NBA season, and Pistonpowered is excited for the new campaign.
I’m as excited for this season as I was during any approaching season in the most recent golden age of Pistons basketball. Not because I expect this team to be as good as any of those teams — they most assuredly won’t be. But because there are no shortage of interesting, meaningful storylines that will be worth following throughout the season.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Alive at five

FishersvilleMike has turned five years old.

Merry Christmas, Redskins

If you're offended by words, this headline will blow your mind.

I meant "if I like your plan"

What's worse than having to visit
Having to do it since your current policy has been cancelled.
But people across the country are finding out they're losing their existing insurance plans under Obamacare because requirements in the law, such as prenatal and prescription drug coverage, mean their old plans aren't comprehensive enough.
In California, Kaiser Permanente terminated policies for 160,000 people. In Florida, at least 300,000 people are losing coverage.

I don't remember this line in any speech in 2009.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Remember Benghazi?

60 Minutes has its look at last year's Benghazi attack.
I know. At this point, what difference does it make?

Undefeated team watch

Halfway through the 2013 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have not lost a contest.
Next up - a trip to Buffalo next week.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins keep on watching.

In an exchange far, far away

Luke doesn't want to go to the dark side.

Scenes from the park

I made a visit to Maryland's Patapsco State Park, where this swinging bridge connects opposite sides of the valley.

While we were there, a bride and groom in wedding attire came to the bridge for some memorable pictures of their day.
The groom walked ahead.
His bride took her time, probably thinking, "you try to walk on this rickety bridge with high heels."

Saturday, October 26, 2013

MSNBC - I cannot even stand to look at you

Why are MSNBC's ratings so much lower than Fox?
So many hosts you can't stand to look at.
If not for conservative bloggers, there might not be an audience at all.

New to TV in 2014?

There's much sadness over the end of "Breaking Bad."
Can we have a show about the current medical realities?

F is not for Fantastic

You know how liberals bash business executives when things go wrong?
Shouldn't the president be held to that standard?
Woe to the members of the management team in a corporation if problems with a project are hidden from the chief executive when they become known, exposing the chief executive to embarrassing public relations surprises. Heads would roll. The board, however, would assign the blame for such problems not primarily to the management team and instead to the chief executive himself or herself. He hired and supervised the team.
From that perspective, the blame for the disastrous rollout of goes to its entire management team, to be sure, but primarily to the chief executive on top of that project. In my view, not only the proverbial buck stops on the chief executive’s desk, but, for the management of this particular project, the grade of F goes there as well.

Facebook quote of the week

If the Packers are wearing those hideous throwback uniforms, why don't they wear leather helmets?

Saturday song

Getting you ready for Halloween with Warren Zevon.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Weekend watchdog

series2013Tim McCarver was catcher on a pair of St. Louis World Series champions in the 1960s.
He gets to close his career announcing with 19th appearance in the Fall Classic.
Game 3 of the World Series will be on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in St. Louis. Sunday's Game 4 will be at 8 p.m., with Game 5 Monday night. If necessary, the series returns to Boston Wednesday.
Boston and St. Louis have meet in some memorable Fall Classics, including the 1967 series that McCarver and the Cardinals won in seven games.
The teams last met for the championship in 2004, with the Red Sox winning four straight for their first title since 1918.
The Redskins get their chance to stop Peyton Manning and the Broncos in the second game on FOX Sunday. The Cowboys visit Detroit in the early game, while CBS offers Patriots-Dolphins at 1 p.m.
NBC shows Packers-Vikings Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. while the Seahawks face the Rams on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend continues Friday at 8 p.m. as BYU faces Boise State on ESPN.
Top-ranked Alabama hosts Tennessee Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS, while Fox offers Texas Tech at Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Ohio State battles Penn State on ABC. The afternoon ABC choices are N.C. State traveling to Florida State or Michigan State-Illinois, with the game not seen in your area will be on ESPN2.
ESPN starts its day in the Big Ten at noon with Nebraska against Minnesota. Maryland takes on Clemson at 3:30 p.m. before a Pac-12 doubleheader - UCLA meeting Oregon at 7 p.m. followed by Stanford-Oregon State.
Louisville visits South Florida on ESPN2 at noon, then Missouri battles South Carolina at 7 p.m. The night closes at 10:30 p.m. with Fresno State playing San Diego State.
FoxSports1 offers West Virginia against Kansas State at 3:45 p.m., and two more games in primetime - Texas taking on TCU at 7:30 p.m. and California-Washington at 11 p.m.
Virginia tries to bounce back against Georgia Tech at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC network.
Towson takes on Richmond on Comcast at noon, then Boston College heads to North Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
MASN shows Oklahoma State against Iowa State at noon, while MASN2 offers Connecticut-Central Florida.
Jimmie Johnson's quest for another Sprint Cup championship continues at Martinsville Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Formula One heads to India this weekend, with the Indian Grand Prix on NBC Sports network Sunday at 5:30 a.m. Qualifying is Saturday at 4:30 a.m.
It's the final weekend of the MLS season, and NBC shows D.C. United against Houston Sunday at 1:30 p.m. There's a pair of games on NBC Sports network Saturday afternoon - Kansas City-Philadelphia at 3 p.m. before Dallas goes against San Jose. ESPN shows Seattle against the Galaxy Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC Sports network starts the day at 7:45 a.m. with Crystal Palace against Arsenal. Manchester United faces Stoke City at 10 p.m. before Southampton meets Fulham. Sunday, Newcastle United takes on Sunderland at 9:30 p.m. followed by Chelsea-Manchester City.
ESPN2 has the Mexican League contest between Monarcas and Chivas de Guadalajara Friday at 8:25 p.m. On the college pitch, Comcast shows Boston College at Clemson Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Duke women play Pittsburgh Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals continue their road trip in Calgary Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
Massachusetts faces Maine in college ice hockey on NBC Sports network Friday at 8 p.m.
On the race track, MASN heads to Keeneland Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the Hagyard Fayette race.
Wake Forest hosts Miami in college volleyball Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Man up - vote Cuccinelli

Is Virginia the land of wimps?
Terry McAuliffe must think so.
They are so scary.
His commercials feature women scared of what they think Ken Cuccinelli might do.
And don't forget the government shutdown.
Our Northern Virginia economy has been built on federal government deficit spending - it would be scary to end that.
Even if we need to for a better future.
Fear seems to be McAuliffe's agenda.
There's no way Cuccinelli's agenda can be worse than McAuliffe's.

Can Hannity call me?

Monday, Sean Hannity reached the call center and reached Erling.
She lost her job for talking with him about Obamacare troubles.
He plans to pay her a year's salary for her troubles.
In call centers throughout the country, people are begging to get Hannity's next call.

No trust at all

Daniel Henninger catalogues the list of broken trust left behind by President Obama.
Bluntly, Mr. Obama's partners are concluding that they cannot do business with him. They don't trust him. Whether it's the Saudis, the Syrian rebels, the French, the Iraqis, the unpivoted Asians or the congressional Republicans, they've all had their fill of coming up on the short end with so mercurial a U.S. president. And when that happens, the world's important business doesn't get done. It sits in a dangerous and volatile vacuum.
The next major political event in Washington is the negotiation over spending, entitlements and taxes between House budget chairman Paul Ryan and his Senate partner, Patty Murray. The bad air over this effort is the same as that Marco Rubio says is choking immigration reform: the fear that Mr. Obama will urge the process forward in public and then blow up any Ryan-Murray agreement at the 11th hour with deal-killing demands for greater tax revenue.

Ida know

Ed Morrissey finds the perfect mascot for the Obama administration.
When the media demanded to know what happened, the White House responded with a battalion of Ida Knows. How many people had succeeded in actually purchasing insurance through the federal exchange? Ida Know, White House sources told the Associated Press this past weekend when trying to brag about having 476,000 user accounts set up in the portal. Did insurers actually get their data and have them enrolled? Ida Know. When will the system actually work? Ida Know, OMB Director Sylvia Burwell told Bloomberg News.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ted Cruz won

Pajamas Media looks at the media meme on the shutdown and goes - not so fast my friend.
The failures of Obamacare couldn’t be worse. Obamacare has become a punch line, a joke, a catastrophic catastrophe, squared. So have at it. Prove that a shutdown-less environment could lead to killing off the program. Go win the narrative you said you could win.
But we may learn that the Cruz-led fight focused the nation on the failures of Obamacare in a way that no pundit or consultant will be able to match. If the Cruz-less narrative fails to win the field and end Obamacare, then Cruz wins yet again.

Talking to a bitter clinger

Don Surber goes over the greatest hits after five years of Obama.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Can we avoid disaster?

Paco sees the same bad news in polls as I do.
I can't watch the local news. I don't want to destroy my TV when a Terry McAuliffe ad comes on.
This is another troubling aspect of the proliferation of low-information voters: I guess they vote for whoever crops up most often in televised political commercials.
Another reason for his surprising success is, of course, the migration into Northern Virginia of hundreds of thousands of federal employees, government lobbyists, and special-interest pimps over the last couple of decades (a genuine flood during the last five years).

The Cuccinelli campaign has been waiting for people to wake up and realize - I'm voting for this guy?
It happened in the Democratic primary of 2009.

Summer in Kansas City

There's just one undefeated team left in the NFL.
The Kansas City Chiefs.
Summer's team.

Monday, October 21, 2013

A few more buyers and this ponzi scheme can work

When people are having trouble accessing the Obamacare websites, should you keep pushing more people to sign up?
If it's all you know to do, then yes.

Rooting for reality

Good to see someone admitting a mistake Monday.
Too bad it was James Taranto, taking the blame for another lousy Obama speech.
Who thinks this is a great line - "The Affordable Care Act is not just a website. It's much more."
Try it like this.
"Thanksgiving is not just turkey. It's much more."
"Halloween is not just candy. It's much more."
The website was the centerpiece of the promise of Obamacare - the way to find the best deal that had been hidden before.
Instead, people who lost their insurance plan they liked - but the government didn't - can't find a replacement easily.
January 1 is not that far away.
Want to take a chance getting hurt that day - without insurance due to a balky website?
The president tried to take Republicans to task for "rooting for failure."
We're just rooting for reality to intrude.
The trimmings are nice, but they don't make the meal.
Like the website was supposed to make Obamacare work.

It was supposed to silence critics

What's the biggest flop with the Obamacare exchange websites?
It's giving critics more ammunition, instead of proving them wrong.
Remember the days before October 1?
"Once you see the prices and coverage available, you'll know Fox News and Republicans have been lying to you."
The President can come out Monday and say it's going to be a good deal.
But for three weeks, people have been looking for that good deal - and not finding it.
Reports of high prices and high deductibles have spread.
Reports of someone young and healthy paying their way - extremely rare.
No amount of written code can cover up the past three weeks of struggles.

Death panels to death spiral

Remember all the hits at Sarah Palin for pushing "death panels."
Now, the key term is "death spiral."
In both cases, you look at the numbers and that's where we're headed.

New and improved

Legal Insurrection has a newer look.
See what a little planning can do, government types?

Making it easier made it harder

A key part of the Obamacare exchange problems has been the income check - if you can get a subsidy.
When a person applies for insurance, you can ask them to provide their income information.
The government thought - "Hey, we've got that information. We'll find it for you."
That would be easy, if it were easy to get that information from the pile of all income information.
"It's in this closet somewhere."

Undefeated team watch

One last NFL team remains undefeated - Kansas City.
A team with a new coach and new quarterback, coming off a last-place division finish in 2012.
Next up - Cleveland next Sunday.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A fun family Thanksgiving activity

Prior to past Thanksgivings, liberals have issued talking points for family gatherings.
This year's activity can be helping out family members to sign up for Obamacare.
If the "glitches" are fixed by then.
You'll need the whole family to help remember the 36-character reference number.

A paper that makes a decision

The newspaper in the state capital failed to make an endorsement for Virginia governor.
It's up to a paper in the coalfields to boost Ken Cuccinelli.
However, after careful consideration and debate, we endorse Cuccinelli for governor of Virginia. And our endorsement is based upon his past and current support for the coal industry of Southwest Virginia. It is clear to us that Terry McAuliffe is aligned with Barack Obama when it comes to Washington’s destructive war on coal. He’s said as much to Richmond-based reporters by openly endorsing the Obama administration’s controversial new EPA rules.
We would hope that it would be clear to voters that Ken Cuccinelli is the best and only logical choice for the future of the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. A vote for Ken Cuccinelli is a vote against Obama and his foolish war on coal. And it’s a vote for the future of Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth as a whole.

Save jobs in the coalfields.
Vote for Cuccinelli.

Bad news for the young

Wall Street Journal gives the young Obama voters something to think about - how much they are going to have to pay for continuing Obama policies.
While many seniors believe they are simply drawing out the "savings" they were forced to deposit into Social Security and Medicare, they are actually drawing out much more, especially relative to later generations. That's because politicians have voted to award the seniors ever more generous benefits. As a result, while today's 65-year-olds will receive on average net lifetime benefits of $327,400, children born now will suffer net lifetime losses of $420,600 as they struggle to pay the bills of aging Americans.
When will you wake up, young voters?

What he said

Powerline provides the audio to a speech then Senator Obama never gave - he just inserted it into the Congressional record.
In his 2006 speech then Senator Obama railed against raising the debt limit, an act he condemned as “a failure of leadership.” Then Senator Obama was the kind of guy President Obama and his toadies have condemned over the past week or two as extortionists, arsonists, murderers and terrorists. Have I missed any of the crude opprobrium Obama has flung at Republicans?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dying for knowledge

Did someone die where you live?
Died in House can help.
If you scare up $11.99 for a search.

They go together

My neighbor has a car with a flat tire in the driveway.
And a Redskins sticker on the back.
Those things go together this year.

Recycling update

Another good Saturday to turn in aluminum cans in Fishersville.
Still 45 cents a pound.

Saturday song

Brighten your morning with some Ambrosia.

Facebook quote of the week

Not a great day for America. One of our main political parties lacks the will to meaningfully address the government's spending addiction, and the other often refuses to even admit it has that addiction. It's high time for a cup of TEA.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Running out of time

When looking at the opening struggles of the Obamacare exchanges, supporters cling to some tall tales.
Megan McArdle sees time running out quickly.
Ultimately, Obamacare will only be economically and fiscally sustainable if it can also get the rest of the uninsured to join the ranks of the insured. Almost all of the reporting has focused on people who have found it hard to get insurance in the past. But the health of the program ultimately depends on roping in people who could easily buy insurance right now -- but haven’t bothered, for one reason or another.

How bad is it?

On to talking about the troubles of the exchanges.
NRO's Yural Levin gives a lengthy assessment, with insights from his time in the Bush White House during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.
All of that said, I want to end with a caveat. The character of the conversations I had with these very knowledgeable individuals in the last few days reminded me of something: It reminded me of the daily intra-governmental video conferences and calls in the wake of hurricane Katrina in 2005. I was witness to many of those, as a White House staffer. What I saw in the first days of the disaster quickly fell into a pattern: local, state, and federal officials on the ground would report on what they knew directly—which was often grim—and then they would pass along information they’d heard but hadn’t gotten first hand, which was often much more grim but almost always ultimately turned out not to be true. Some of these stories went public (remember the shootings at the Superdome? They never happened). Some didn’t. They were often reported with a kind of detached authority that made them believable, and they were a function of living in panic amid an unbelievable situation over time.
We have a bunch of unknown unknowns at work.
The skeptics had a strong case before, and he's more weight for that.

Weekend watchdog

No one has been able to stop Peyton Manning this season.
Will his former mates?
Manning and the Denver Broncos visit Indianapolis on NBC's Sunday night game at 8:25 p.m. Manning won one Super Bowl during his 14-year tenure with the Colts. His quest for a second title has gotten off to a good start, with 22 touchdown passes in six wins.
Andrew Luck took the Colts to the playoff after taking over Manning's quarterback slot, but his team enters the contest off a Monday night loss to San Diego.
In the afternoon, the Redskins host the Bears on Fox at 1 p.m. CBS has the doubleheader, with Patriots-Jets at 1 p.m. before the Ravens head to Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m.
The winless Giants host Minnesota Monday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The National League series returns to St. Louis Friday for Game 6 at 8 p.m. on TBS. If the Dodgers win, Game 7 will be Saturday. It's back to Boston for the American League series Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Game 7, if necessary, will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
The college football weekend continues Friday at 8 p.m. when Louisville hosts Central Florida.
CBS offers an SEC doubleheader Saturday, as Georgia meets Vanderbilt at noon before Auburn takes on Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC has a pair of teams in the top five - Clemson and Florida State - and they meet on ABC at 8 p.m. In the afternoon, it's either Ohio State-Iowa or UCLA playing Stanford, with ESPN2 showing the game not seen over-the-air in your area.
Notre Dame meets Southern Cal on NBC at 7:30 p.m. and Fox goes early with TCU-Oklahoma State at noon.
ESPN starts and ends the day in the SEC. South Carolina meets Tennessee at noon, and Alabama battles Arkansas at 7 p.m. In between, Oklahoma plays Kansas at 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota takes on Northwestern at noon on ESPN2. The primetime doubleheader starts at 7 p.m. with LSU-Mississippi, then Oregon State goes to California at 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia welcomes Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1, and Oregon hosts Washington State at 10 p.m.
Virginia hosts Duke at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast, after the CAA contest between Villanova and New Hampshire at noon.
MASN brings SMU at Memphis at noon, while MASN2 features Southern Mississippi taking on East Carolina.
ESPN has the BCS countdown show Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
There's high school football from New Jersey Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, with Don Bosco Prep meeting Paramus Catholic. FoxSports1 heads to Florida for Cypress Bay at St. Thomas Aquinas at 7 p.m.
With five races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR visits Talladega Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN. FoxSports1 has the truck race Saturday at 4 p.m.
Indy Car concludes its season in California Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Capitals face Columbus Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
D.C. United travels to Kansas City Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Dallas hosts Seattle on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. while the Galaxy head to San Jose on ESPN Sunday at 9 p.m.
In the Premier League, NBC shows West Ham against Manchester United Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Newcastle United faces Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United-Southampton. Sunday at 11 a.m., it's Aston Villa-Tottenham Hotspur.
On the college pitch, Syracuse plays North Carolina on Comcast Friday at 6:30 p.m. There's women's action Sunday on Comcast, as Syracuse meets N.C. State at 1 p.m. and Wake Forest goes against Clemson.
From Keeneland, MASN offers the Raven Run at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Iowa State takes on Texas in women's volleyball Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. Comcast brings Duke against Georgia Tech Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wedding bells looming

Kaley Cuoco has a new movie about weddings.
Thus, the picture.
A good addition for Kaley Cuoco Thursday.

Tea Party members are smart - it's science

Knock the scientist over with a feather.
Tea Party supporters are smarter than average about science.
Glad he learned something.

Shakeout song

Jerry Lee Lewis was ready for the Shakeout drill years ago.

Don't forget to shake

After the earthquake of 2010, it's time to practice for another in Virginia.
I'll be singing "Shake, Rattle and Roll."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

When's the next battle?

Did the last two weeks solve anything?
There's still tons of debt.
Diminished hope for economic revitalization.
More Obamacare surprises.
Why must the fight continue? We don't have the resources to plug the holes.
We can’t just gently restrain the growth of a few programs and wait for rising GDP to bail us out. Many of the factors that are making us grow more slowly, like an aging population, are making government outlays grow more quickly than usual. Someone is going to have to pay -- or lose what they've been counting on getting.
Yes, the holdouts in the Republican caucus have been particularly unwise. But we shouldn't count on things getting better any time soon. The Republican Party may be frustrated by its inability to halt the growth of the welfare state. But congressional Democrats will probably soon find themselves equally frustrated by their inability to get voters to pay for it.

Why we fight

Brit Hume explains the Tea Party strategy, for those who doubt they have one.
They see an American population becoming unrecognizable from the free and self-reliant people they thought they knew. And they see the Republican Party as having utterly failed to stop the drift toward an unfree nation supervised by an overweening and bloated bureaucracy. They are not interested in Republican policies that merely slow the growth of this leviathan. They want to stop it and reverse it. And they want to show their supporters they'll try anything to bring that about. 
Ace likes.
But while I do think the Tea Party is sometimes wrongheaded in its theory of negotiation -- that staking out the most maximalist position leads, more or less inevitably, to a better political resolution for the side staking it out -- I do fault the Establishment for not re-calibrating its politics and realizing, The base is serious about these things.

We tried to warn you

Among DaTech Guy's thoughts.
The GOP is getting a lot of heat now, but as Obamacare continues to crash & burn they’ll be grateful they are able to say they fought to the very end to stop things.
As Sheldon would say, "I informed you thusly."

Math is hard

Powerline finds a Republican Congressman standing strong in the face of default hysteria.
[T]here is no such thing as default unless there is an actual evil attempt from the administration. When you have 18 percent of GDP coming in in cash, less than 2 percent going out in debt coverage—I’m stunned you all fall for it in the press. None of you were math majors, were you?”

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


American Glob likes Megyn Kelly - and her ratings.
Just glad Hannity doesn't have a desk like Kelly's.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Rant Sports, which looks at Dodgers reliver Brian Wilson.
How should Giants fans feel about this?

What's the drop-dead date?

Megan McArdle asks the hard question - by what date must the exchanges work or else we pull the plug for this year.
So it doesn't take everything else with it.
If the exchanges don’t get fixed soon, they could destroy Obamacare -- and possibly, the rest of the private insurance market. The reason that the exchanges were so important was that they were needed to attract young, healthy people into the insurance system. The worry was that if insurance is hard to buy -- if you have to do your own comparison shopping and then call the insurance company, and fax in some paperwork and two years of tax returns -- that the young and the healthy simply won’t do it. Sick people and old people who were getting huge subsidies -- and maybe the ability to buy insurance on the private market for the first time in a long while -- would overcome any obstacles, because if you’re spending $15,000 a year on health care, it’s worth a lot of your time to make sure that you have insurance. But if your biggest annual health-care expense is contact lens solution, you may just decide to skip it and pay the fine.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Orange you glad he's president

Don Surber had this on his blog today.
I had to steal it.

Learn from Dilbert

Dilbert creator Scott Adams gives career advice.
If you drill down on any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You can't control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens. The universe has plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your hand raised until it's your turn. It helps to see failure as a road and not a wall.

Waiting for the plunge

It's almost time for my boys to go to college.
Bart Hinkle's hopes can't come soon enough.
Aid to higher ed already has exploded: In 1964, federal student aid was only $264 million, or $1.7 billion in current dollars. Today, the feds shell out $105 billion a year just in student loans. Total federal aid has soared from $64 billion (in 2000) to $169 billion (in 2010). 
Flooded with such largess, colleges have sent prices skyward (tuition is up more than 500 percent over the past three decades) and indulged in luxuries that would have made Marie Antoinette blush, from gourmet dining halls (sushi at Bowdoin, vegan at JMU) to rock-climbing walls. Last month, Virginia Commonwealth University announced the construction of two new dorms that will add 426 beds. Their $41 million cost comes to more than $96,000 per bed. Thank goodness Virginia is, comparatively, fiscally conservative: Princeton recently built a dormitory at a jaw-dropping cost of almost $300,000 per bed. 
Trend lines like these cannot go on — and they won’t. But not because of politicians’ efforts to rein in college costs. College costs will drop because of market forces politicians will be powerless to stop.
My first college semester had a tuition under $500. It would be nice to head that way again.

He sailed the ocean blue

Instapundit remembers the world Christopher Columbus lived in - and changed upon his return.

The hole in the argument

James Pethokoukis wonders if by preaching doom and gloom, conservatives are bringing on the disaster they fear.
He brings in Jeremiah, who foretold the troubles Israel would have when it ignored God.
The trouble is Jeremiah was right, and those saying everything would be fine were wrong.
And we don't know their names, but we know Jeremiah and his writings.
God showed Jeremiah that Israel was on the path to doom. There was still time to turn around, but they didn't take advantage of it.
If Cruz and crew were silent, the path of spending more than you have still brings disaster.
If people don't listen, at least they heard the truth before the real trouble started.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Undefeated teams watch

Three teams entered Sunday 5-0.
Two leave 6-0.
The New Orleans Saints were just seconds away from joining them.
But now, the only undefeated teams reside in the AFC West - Denver and Kansas City.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Why not work less?

If you've gotten through to the Obamacare exchanges, you've seen possible rates.
And whether or not you can get a subsidy.
The San Francisco Chronicle has some advice on getting to the subsidy.
Goof off.
Let's find out how much this family will save.
Proctor estimates that her 2014 household income will be $64,000, about $2,000 over the limit. If she and her husband could reduce their income to $62,000, they could get a tax subsidy of $1,207 per month to offset the purchase of health care on Covered California.
That would reduce the price of a Kaiser Permanente bronze-level plan, similar to the replacement policy she was quoted, to $94 per month from $1,302 per month. Instead of paying more than $15,000 per year, the couple would pay about $1,100.

Guess who makes up the difference?

Inside the flop

Legal Insurrection notes the story behind the IT troubles of the exchanges.
Such a rich mine of problems.
Some people intimately involved in the project seriously doubted that the agency had the in-house capability to handle such a mammoth technical task of software engineering while simultaneously supervising 55 contractors. An internal government progress report in September 2011 identified a lack of employees “to manage the multiple activities and contractors happening concurrently” as a “major risk” to the whole project.
55 contractors?
How could you think, for a second, that you could integrate all of those entities?

Double check day

Aaron Rodgers will be in Baltimore today.
Hope he didn't fly into town with the guys in grill class.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Not so sweet

Jonah Goldberg wonders if Obamacare will be a sweet entitlement lots of people will love - or just a few fervent supporters will keep the majority paying more for their benefit.
The White House hopes that Obamacare will create a coalition of interests — including such diverse groups as people with preexisting conditions and hospital conglomerates — that will defend the law, regardless of the social costs.
No one knows if that strategy will work. Obamacare is different than the typical program that concentrates benefits while diffusing burdens. It creates new constituencies eager to protect the law, but it also creates huge constituencies eager to get rid of it (at least for them).

Saturday song

There's no love lost for this Earth, Wind & Fire hit.

Guess who's out of the will?

I bet there are fun family gatherings at this house - the filmmaker who says her dad has been brainwashed by talk radio.
"Pass the turkey, turkey."

Facebook quote of the week

I saw a bumper sticker on the way home that said
"My reality check bounced"
Made me giggle out loud.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Wall Street is not our cup of Tea

Legal Insurrection knows the influence Wall Street has on the Tea Party.
It's a weak cup of tea.
Anyone who really understood the Tea Party movement would know that the Tea Party is not the party of Wall Street or big business.

Battling the gravy train

DaTech Guy watches the battle between Establishment and Tea Party - and sees nothing he didn't expect.
Power is congress is based on the ability to grant favors. The reasons millions of dollars are spent on lobbyists is because the votes on the house & senate floor, the spending on the White House can make or break a business and pay rewards many times what the cost of their investment is.
It’s one thing for the Establishment to get Tea Party votes in a special election but it’s another thing if they actually manage to change the culture of Washington, suddenly the revolving door from congress to wealth closes and that they can’t abide.

Weekend watchdog

Fox starts its postseason coverage Saturday, with Tim McCarver in the booth for the final time.
McCarver and crew will be in Boston for the Red Sox against the Tigers. First pitch is 8 p.m., and Game 2 will be Sunday at 8 p.m.
2013 postseasonSaturday's game marks the start of the road to McCarver's 23th World Series in the announcing booth - along with those he played for St. Louis in the 1960s.
TBS brings the National League series between Dodgers and Cardinals starting Friday at 8:30 p.m. It's Game 2 on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Washington visits the Cowboys for the NBC Sunday night contest. In the afternoon, the Ravens host Green Bay in the Fox early game. The Saints head to New England at 4:25 p.m., while CBS shows the winless Steelers against the Jets.
The Colts take on the Chargers on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend continues Friday at 8:30 p.m. when Temple takes on Cincinnati.
ABC offers the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma Saturday at noon. In the afternoon, third-ranked Clemson takes on Boston College and Northwestern travels to Wisconsin. The game not on the air in your area will be on ESPN2.
Florida meets LSU on CBS at 3:30 p.m. while Fox shows Baylor at Kansas State.
The ACC network brings Navy against Duke at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Missouri on ESPN Saturday at noon, with Michigan-Penn State at 5 p.m. and Texas A&M battling Mississippi at 8:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has Indiana-Michigan State at noon, and top-ranked Alabama takes on Kentucky at 7 p.m. The night closes with California against UCLA at 10:30 p.m.
FoxSports1 starts its day in the Big 12 at noon with either Iowa State taking on Texas Tech or Kansas-TCU. Second-ranked Oregon battles Washington at 4 p.m., followed by Tulsa-UTEP.
NBC Sports network has Lehigh-Columbia at noon before heading to the CAA for James Madison hosting Richmond at 3:30 p.m. and Villanova against Towson at 7 p.m.
Delaware battles Albany at noon on Comcast, followed by Syracuse-N.C. State.
MASN brings the contest between South Florida and Connecticut at noon. There's Big 12 action on MASN2, as Kansas goes to TCU at noon.
It's the fifth of 10 races in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, showing on ABC Saturday at 7 p.m. Matt Kenseth holds a slim lead over Jimmie Johnson. The Nationwide racers go on ESPN2 Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network covers the Japanese Grand Prix Sunday at 2 a.m. There's qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m.
The Capitals host Denver Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. Notre Dame faces Western Michigan in college ice hockey Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The road to Brazil continues with World Cup qualifying between the United States and Jamaica Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Germany faces Ireland on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Portland takes on Seattle in MLS action Sunday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Virginia hosts Maryland in ACC men's soccer Friday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. In women's play, Notre Dame faces Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
Florida State takes on Pittsburgh in women's volleyball Sunday at 2 p.m. on Comcast.
The Dew Tour holds its City Championships in San Francisco this weekend. NBC has coverage Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., with more action on NBC Sports network Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday at 10 p.m.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Not so lucky

The first major network cancellation of the TV series has happened - Lucky 7 is gone.
I never heard about it either.
Summer Bishil will have to find another project.

I like big butts

From my former employer, a police report - a man showing his butt near Butts Street.

Another unhappy shopper

Via Sister Toldjah, a story of a Texas man who got through the Obamacare website - and found messy numbers on the other side.
The story going forward is going to be that the low-cost plans are garbage. Plan after plan had $5,000 and $6,000 deductibles before they pay a penny in benefits, and even then you’d still be on the hook for 40% of your bill.
Maybe it's a brick in the wall of making sure the program stays.
As long as people don't talk about the high prices or complain.

Koch adds life

After a hard day at work, you want to find out how the shutdown battle is going.
You see Ed Show ranting about the Koch brothers.
Things still going well, then.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hail to the Redskins, still

Daniel Snyder doesn't have plans to change the name of the Redskins.
The team is enjoying its 80th anniversary.
Hail to the Redskins, for many more years.

Watching Al Jazeera? So you're the one

NRO's Corner gives the bad news on Al Jazeera America's ratings.
Last week, some of Al Jazeera America’s daytime news programs hit zero among the key demographic of those aged 25 to 54, and its primetime shows bounced in and out of the single-digits in the same demographic. For example, Mediaite reported that the 10 p.m. primetime show Consider This averaged only 3,000 viewers of those aged 25 to 54 and only 9,000 total. On Thursday, the show earned a 0 rating.
For the guys from the Gulf Oil states, not exactly a gusher of viewers.

How to solve this

Paul Ryan tells his way to solve the government shutdown.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mandate will be delayed

Eight days since the Obamacare exchanges opened.
How many people do you think have signed up?
A million?
Half million?
Only 100,000?
Wish we knew the real number.
Remember, there's just 12 weeks until 2014 begins.
They tell us 30 million people don't have insurance, and many more can use the exchanges as they continue individual health insurance policies.
How many people need to be signed up by Thanksgiving for this to be a success?
What happens if we're only at 20 percent potential coverage going into December?
Republicans see the looming problems and seek delay for a year.
In December, President Obama may have no other choice.
And he look much worse in the Christmas holiday than he does now.

Delay the individual signup

Maryland has its own state exchange for the Affordable Care Act.
They supported the program.
Through the first week, they signed up 326.
Out of an estimated population of 600,000 needing insurance.
With the same rate of signing up until January 1, you get to less than one percent coverage by 2014.
See, there's no reason to delay the individual mandate.
Everything's working fine.

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Dad29, who tells of cutbacks on religious Christmas music in Wausau.
Let's start the season early.

Blame the moderates

Conservative Republicans have known for years - you can't depend on moderates to stand with you. Now liberals are blaming the moderates - for not standing up to their conservative brethren.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tell us your Obamacare success story

Supposedly, there were millions of people looking forward to being able to buy health insurance under Obamacare exchanges.
How many?
They won't tell.
Reporters have found people who have to pay more.
Where are the stories of people saving money with the exchanges?
Are you out there?

Sure you can trust him

If you need a Monday laugh, Alternet provides a good choice.
They think Republicans are crazy for believing Obama wants to take their guns.
Come on.
He said he wasn't going to take your guns.
Right after he said "if you like your insurance, you can keep it."
Why are you suspicious of him.

Try it, you won't like it

Have you visited the exchange website?
If you haven't, it's likely you're more in favor of the plan.
You haven't seen the reality yet.

Let's move, President Obama

President Obama and his crews have decisions to make during the government shutdown.
What websites to keep up and which can keep running.
Let's move is still up.
Will he take the advice?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Where's Ted Cruz?

Has Ted Cruz kept a lower profile since his lengthy speech of two weeks ago?
Candy Crowley wishes he did.

Undefeated teams watch

Five teams entered the weekend 4-0.
The Patriots fell to Cincinnati.
Seattle went down to the Colts.
But the Chiefs, Broncos and Saints survived.
Will the Chiefs and Broncos survive without a loss until they meet Nov. 17? That's the last potential matchup of unbeaten teams in 2013.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

March on the mall

As the shutdown continues, veterans don't like being in the middle.
So they will head to the middle of the Mall to see their sites - up close as they should.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Debt is the threat

The Wall Street Journal pushes the focus to the debt limit - and dangers that loom in the not-too-distant future.
Just how negative becomes clear when one considers the full range of scenarios offered by CBO for the period from now until 2038. Only in three of 13 scenarios—two of which imagine politically highly unlikely spending cuts or tax hikes—does the debt shrink from its current level of 73% of GDP. In all the others it increases to between 77% and 190% of GDP. It should be noted that this last figure can reasonably be considered among the more likely of the scenarios, since it combines the alternative fiscal scenario, in which politicians in Washington behave as they have done in the past, raising spending more than taxation.

Can't stop us

As they did 70 years ago, World War II soldiers have taken another objective.
The Iwo Jima statue fell to a group of veterans from Central New York Saturday.
Beat the Japs, now the Feds.

Don't worry until the 22nd century

Watt's Up with That plugged through the latest climate report and found the good news - the major disaster they've been warning about likely won't happen in the 21st century.
The scariest parts of the “planetary emergency” narrative popularized by Al Gore and other pundits are Atlantic Ocean circulation shutdown (implausibly plunging Europe into a mini-ice age), ice sheet disintegration raising sea levels 20 feet, and runaway warming from melting frozen methane deposits.
As BishopHill and Judith Curry report on their separate blogs, IPCC now believes that in the 21st Century, Atlantic Ocean circulation collapse is “very unlikely,” ice sheet collapse is “exceptionally unlikely,” and catastrophic release of methane hydrates from melting permafrost is “very unlikely.” You can read it for yourself in Chapter 12 Table 12.4 of the IPCC’s forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report.

Let's relax and enjoy the next 87 years.

Keeping Keystone alive

Nice to see Obama supporters expanding their list of enemies to Canada.
An anti-Keystone XL pipeline crusader has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, suggesting Canada’s aggressive lobbying for the project played a part in the ongoing government shutdown south of the border.
Tom Steyer, a San Francisco billionaire who’s also a major Democratic party fundraiser, chastises Harper for saying he would not “take ‘no’ for an answer” from U.S. President Barack Obama on TransCanada’s Keystone XL.
How dare a foreign leader try to help this country's interest.
Doesn't he know President Obama knows best?

Saturday song

Sorry, but the blogger putting together this feature is on furlough due to the government shutdown.
Maybe next week.

I promised; you make it happen

Via Instapundit, a technical look at the problems with
One possible cause of the problems is that hitting "apply" on causes 92 separate files, plug-ins and other mammoth swarms of data to stream between the user's computer and the servers powering the government website, said Matthew Hancock, an independent expert in website design. He was able to track the files being requested through a feature in the Firefox browser.
Of the 92 he found, 56 were JavaScript files, including plug-ins that make it easier for code to work on multiple browsers (such as Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer and Google Inc's Chrome) and let users upload files to
Guess Dilbert's boss was in charge of the project.
I made the promise, so my work is done.

Facebook quote of the week

Wishing money grew on trees because I just don't have anywhere near enough of it...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Exchanges as Schrodinger's Cat

Three days into Obamacare signups, and the most famous enrollee is a volunteer for Organizing for America.
Is the program alive or dead?
Open the box and show the enrollment numbers.
Take off your shoes if you need to count double digits.

Find other roads to travel

The shutdown has closed Shenandoah National Park, and some attractions along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
What to do in looking for fall foliage?
Look west.
I-64 from Lexington to the West Virginia border offers great scenery.
Try some new roads.
The colors are waiting for you.

Weekend watchdog

2013 postseasonIt's time for baseball's postseason.
In past years, that's meant Yankee games in prime time in the divisional round. They only missed one playoff appearance since 1995.
Make that two.
With Yankee Stadium dark and the wild card games done, the Divisional round began Thursday at the National League parks with the Dodgers and Cardinals claiming Game 1.
The two American League series kick off Friday in Boston and Oakland. The Red Sox face Tampa Bay on TBS at 3 p.m., while the A's and Tigers battle at 9:30 p.m. MLB Network has Game 2 of Cardinals-at 1 p.m. and the Braves and Dodgers meet at 6 p.m.
TBS carries Game 2 of the American League series at 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, and the National League contests head to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles Sunday.
The Redskins have a bye this week, so Fox will show Giants-Eagles at 1 p.m. CBS brings Ravens against Dolphins at 1 p.m., with Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Dallas for the 4:25 p.m. contest.
NBC offers the Texans at 49ers Sunday night, while Atlanta hosts a primetime game for the second straight week when the Jets come calling.
NFL network adds a late night Sunday special - Chargers at Raiders - due to the A's playoff game.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Nevada tackles San Diego State at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
CBS brings a doubleheader Saturday, starting with Air Force-Navy (what government shutdown?) at 11:30 a.m. before Georgia meets Tennessee at 3:30 p.m.
Clemson visits Syracuse on ABC at 3:30 p.m., with other parts of the country getting either Michigan-Minnesota (on ESPN2 in ACC territory) or Kansas State at Oklahoma State. In primetime, Ohio State travels to Northwestern.
Fox heads to the Big 12 for TCU-Oklahoma at 7 p.m., while Notre Dame faces Arizona State on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts North Carolina for the ACC game of the week at 12:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its Saturday in the ACC with Maryland meeting Florida State at noon. In primetime, LSU heads to Mississippi State at 7 p.m. and Washington takes on Stanford at 10:15 p.m.
Michigan State plays Iowa on ESPN2 at noon, and it's Arkansas against Florida at 7 p.m.
The Big 12 gets featured on FoxSports1 at noon, as Texas Tech takes on Kansas. It's out west at 4 p.m. for Washington State-California, then the Big 12 battle between Baylor and West Virginia at 8 p.m.
Virginia tries to bounce back against Ball State at noon on Comcast, followed by N.C. State against Wake Forest.
MASN brings the AAC contest between Louisville and Temple at noon. MASN2 offers Eastern Michigan at Buffalo at noon before the C-USA battle between East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State.
ESPN2 has high school action from Louisiana, with St. Augustine meeting John Curtis Friday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Kansas Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, after the Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The IndyCar racers are in Houston, with races on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Formula One racers head to Korea, with coverage Sunday at 2 a.m. on NBC Sports network, after qualifying Saturday at 1 a.m. The Capitals travel to Dallas Saturday at 8 p.m. Comcast.
The best golfers gather in Ohio for the President's Cup. NBC has coverage Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
Atlanta meets Minnesota in Game 1 of the WNBA finals Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
D.C. United takes on Chicago Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network, and Seattle meets Colorado Saturday at 10 p.m.
There's three Premier League games on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting with Manchester City-Everton at 7:45 a.m. Liverpool battles Crystal Palace at 10 a.m., followed by Sunderland against Manchester United.
Sunday, Chelsea faces Norwich City at 8:30 a.m. before Arsenal plays West Bromwich Albion at 11 a.m.
Comcast offers ACC women's soccer between Maryland and North Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

404 is his lucky number

Paco has big plans for this furlough time.
By the by, as a government employee, I made sure to guarantee myself an indefinite unpaid vacation by having the words "Non-Essential Employee" tattooed on my forehead, so there would be no mistake about it (it's true, as JeffS has pointed out, that the correct terminology is now "excepted" and "non-excepted", but the tattoo is so lovely - the text is inscribed within a drawing of a sagging hammock that enfolds a portly bureaucrat, snoozing in the mottled shade of a mimosa tree - that I didn't have the heart to change it).

Remember the Obama budgets?

Why are we battling over a continuing resolution?
Because the House and Senate can't agree on a budget.
The president offers a budget proposal as well.
President Obama's thoughts haven't been popular.

How's that Obamacare signup going?

Can't get through the website.
Neither can those who might help.
Maybe we should ask for a two-year delay.

Walk around the Barry-cades

DaTech Guy finds closed national parks in Massachusetts - and others walking around the barry-cades to see the sites.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tear down the Barry-cades

Legal Insurrection coins a great term for the Battle of the WWII Memorial.
Democratic hubris and Harry Reid’s fisticuff-style of politics were no match for elderly WWII Vets seeking to pay homage to their fallen comrades in what for many of them would be a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the WWII Memorial.
Everything changed overnight. Even the biased mainstream media is being forced to cover the protests today.

Meanwhile in the Capitol Region

The shutdown isn't playing well in the D.C. region.
Just like the Hunger Games capitol wasn't excited about Kantiss and friends.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Shutdown - we survived day one

Who won Day One of this shutdown?
The World War II vets getting to the monument.
What should we storm tomorrow?

Today's Tied with me

Technorati has this blog tied with Compete Everyday, which has new ideas for inspiring t-shirts.
Choose Faith over Fear.
Good thought for this first day of October.

Will shutdown impact my hits?

With the non-essential federal government work shutdown, will there be an impact on the blogosphere?
Will furloughed workers spend more time on Facebook and websites like my blog?
Or since they are out of the office, will internet traffic go down?
Only Sitemeter and friends know for sure.

Tweet the disaster

Twitchy brings you the best of blank screens and broken links to Obamacare websites.

First shutdown of the internet age

Melt the keyboards.

Undefeated teams watch

The NFL's undefeated teams kept it going in Week 4.
Only Chicago lost on Sunday, and the Dolphins fell in Monday's battle of 3-0 teams.
Five remain unbeaten - Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, New England and New Orleans.
There's no contests between undefeated teams in Week 5.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching. Probably wishing the 2013 Dolphins stayed undefeated a little longer.