Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's not lack of money

Via Ace, a chart showing the increases in VA funding since 2000 - towering over increases in workload.
Blame Bush doesn't work here.
Next excuse?

Recycling update

The local recycling center has increased its payment on aluminum cans to 55 cents per pound.
That's a little extra jangle in my pocket.

Facebook quote of the week

REMINDER TO SELF... Things to never do again... Move to a third story apartment...

Saturday song

No joking. Here's Steve Miller from the 70s.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Regulation pollution

Megan McArdle previews the proposed emissions limits - and the likelihood they come to pass before 2017.
As with any new Environmental Protection Agency rule, a lengthy comment period will ensue. After the comment period, the EPA presumably has discretion about the deadlines they set. With a big election coming in 2016, and some nice, big, coal-consuming swing states on the line, I would wager cash money that those deadlines are set no earlier than Dec. 31, 2016.
So Hillary, what difference will these regulations make?

Benghazi Lie-Check

NRO's Jim Geraghty knows how to spot a lie by Hillary Clinton.
The point of this…
Hillary's assessment of the events in Benghazi that night was undoubtedly shaped by the PTSD she had from escaping snipers in Tuzla, Bosnia.
… is to remind people that Hillary Clinton is willing to lie, quite dramatically, boldly, and shamelessly, even in ways that can be easily checked and refuted, when her political aspirations are at stake.

Honeysuckle weather

It's a great time of year for walking outside.
The aroma of honeysuckle rises through Fishersville.
Enjoy your weekend before the summer heat hits.

Weekend watchdog

At the Monster Mile this weekend, Darrell Waltrip will reach up one more time.
"Boog-ity, boog-ity, boog-ity, let's go racing boys."
Fox closes its portion of the Sprint Cup series at Dover Sunday at 1 p.m. It's off to TNT for a few races until the Brickyard in late July.
Those who enjoy diversity atop the leaderboard didn't like Sunday's result - Jimmie Johnson claimed his first victory of the season. Looks like he'll be in the chase for the championship this fall, going for his seventh NASCAR title.
The Nationwide tour hits the Monster Mile Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
ABC carries the IndyCar Detroit Duals Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
San Antonio tries to advance to the NBA Finals in Game 6 Saturday at 8:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City. Game 7, if necessary, will be Monday.
The Heat try to close out the Pacers Friday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Indiana hosts Game 7 Sunday at 8:30 p.m., if necessary.
The Stanley Cup final will start June 4, and the New York Rangers are awaiting their opponents. The Blackhawks stayed alive Wednesday, and head to Los Angeles for Game 6 Friday at 9 p.m. The deciding game will be back in Chicago Sunday at 8 p.m. if necessary.
The Orioles continue their road trip in Houston for the weekend on MASN2 while the Nationals host the Rangers on MASN.
The Pirates host the Dodgers Saturday night on Fox and Sunday night on ESPN2. Some parts of the country will see Rays-Red Sox Saturday, and FoxSports1 offers Braves at Marlins Saturday at 4 p.m.
NCAA teams start the road to Omaha this weekend, and ESPN2 has regional contests Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m.
CBS presents the Memorial tournament Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The weekend means the midpoint of the French Open. NBC has coverage Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m. while ESPN2 starts action Friday at 5 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Kansas City Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast. The United States gears up for the World Cup with a friendly against Turkey Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The softball College World Series continues Friday with winner's bracket games on ESPN2. Top-seeded Oregon takes on Florida at 7 p.m., followed by Kentucky-Oklahoma at 9:30 p.m.
The loser's bracket kicks off action Saturday at noon on ESPN2 with Baylor against Florida State, with Louisiana-Lafayette meeting Alabama at 2:30 p.m. Friday's losers meet Saturday's winners at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. The winner's bracket continues on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The best collegiate rugby teams head to Philadelphia for their championship Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., and NBC Sports network joins the action Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
NBC has the final events of the Prefontaine Classic from Oregon Saturday at 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has coverage at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Hangtown MX Classic motocross championship Saturday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Virginia traitor

Ace notes how former Senator John Warner has endorsed a pair of Democratic candidates for Senate this year - including Mark Warner over Ed Gillespie in Virginia.
I doubt Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Mike Lee will be endorsing any Democrats - ever.
Understand why the Tea Party distrusts the Republican establishment?

No easy answers

Police officer Jack Dunphy gives his perspective on Elliott Rodgers.
Do not be taken in.  In this respect Elliot Rodger was like most men one finds in prison: full of rationalization and justification for the behavior that resulted in their incarceration.  Was he mentally ill?  No doubt.  But was he insane in the sense that, had he survived, an insanity defense would have been available to him?  Not a chance.  Such a defense requires that the accused be incapable of knowing the wrongfulness of the acts he is charged with.  The degree of planning and subterfuge Rodger engaged in clearly demonstrated he knew the consequences of what he would do, which is why he was so explicit in his plan to commit suicide when confronted.
There is evil in the world.
Blame that, not the NRA.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Peak Straw Man

Like Legal Insurrection, I missed President Obama's speech at West Point.
He's seen it all before.
A lectern littered with straw.

Fond farewell

Best of the Web notes the final column by former Delaware governor Pete DuPont.
Through tough times, he keeps his hope high.
My optimism is driven primarily by the ingenuity and resilience of America's people. A nation of more than 300 million will have its share of lawbreakers, slackers and charlatans, but America is so much more filled with people who are wise, honest and hardworking. The capacity of Americans to sacrifice—greatly at times—for others is truly impressive.
Our story is still being written.
Time for another columnist to show the way.

Stuck on QWERTY row

Megan McArdle looks at why fixing the VA will be hard - processes started through the years resist reform and change.
What that means in plain English is that when you put reforms in place, you can’t just rip out the stuff that’s not working and do something different. What you’re actually reforming is the process, and because many of the current elements of the process are functionally mandated by other government rules, or court rulings, or bits of legislation that your reform effort didn’t amend, you have to layer your reform on top of the system you wanted to reform, rather than in place of it. Many of your reforms simply stack another layer of bureaucracy on top of the bureaucracy that was already causing problems. This is a problem that CEOs don’t face, unless they’re in some heavily regulated business such as banking or oil refining.
QWERTY remains the standard years after the last metal arms struck paper on a typewriter.
It takes so much more than talk to fix a broken system.
Which is why Obama has struggled making his promises reality.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Friends of Wyblog

Wyblog celebrates seven years of blogging with a star-studded gala.
Best wishes from this part of the ether.

Pay up, Democrats

Powerline has the best way to get money for reparations - make Democrats pay.
Let’s stick with the principle of strict liability for a moment.  The chief defender of slavery and its aftermath, the regime of Jim Crow segregation, was the Democratic Party.  Democrats in large numbers opposed the 13th Amendment, the 14th Amendment, then for decades disenfranchised blacks in defiance of the intent of the 15th Amendment, and contrived numerous ways to take the property of newly freed blacks and/or prevent them from acquiring property in the South.  For decades Democrats blocked civil rights legislation, and federal anti-lynch laws that Republicans proposed in the early 20th century.
Waiting for MSNBC to get behind this idea.

IRS makes life harder for you

DaTech Guy tells the numerous problems that may come from the latest IRS-Obamacare ruling.
Topping the list -
You don’t have to provide health insurance to people who do not work for you. If the government won’t allow companies to make a cost-effective decision they will cut those costs a different way and the cheapest and fastest is to cut people.
Democrats will try to scramble - we didn't force your boss to fire you - but the reason things are becoming harder for you is their vote for Obamacare.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hail to the Redskins, and gun owners

It's interesting to read about gun control and the Redskins - and see the same theme to the same argument.
Supporters should give up before the tide of opinion overwhelms them.
Peter King sees the NFL forcing Daniel Snyder to change the team's name.
I’ve thought this for some time. At some point, at some league function or some private moment, but probably not for some time because it’s not a tidal wave of native sentiment yet, Roger Goodell and perhaps another owner Snyder trusts will go to Snyder and ask him, “Why are you doing this? Is this worth it? If you’re offending even 15 percent of native Americans in this country—and that’s probably a low number—is it worth it?”
To me, it just doesn’t make much sense for Snyder to keep fighting a fight that’s on the wrong side of history.
A CNN column by a lawyer who's a gun owner doesn't want to defend gun rights too much longer.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently pledged $50 million to address gun issues. In the face of such a concerted effort, the failure of gun rights advocates to allow any reasonable flexibility to our right to bear arms could mean that it will eventually buckle under the weight of thoughtful opposition propelled to action by the next series of tragic and, unfortunately, inevitable mass shootings.
You don't get understand why people stand their ground on these issues - just the appearance to a wave you can't stop.
But if you stand firm, you might find it's a mirage.

EU wake-up call

The European Union held elections Sunday.
The leadership of the European Union didn't like the results Monday.
The architects of the EU envision a European superstate in which national identity is subordinated to the abstraction of “Europe.” The regime would be internationalist but only titularly democratic: the real power (as has been traditional on the continent) would reside in a technocratic elite, not the people. But the people, it seems, have just awakened to this reality and it turns out they don’t like it.
That's the way it should be.
Listen to the people; don't make rule by elites.

Althouse and Orange

I don't think I've ever seen the Annoying Orange mentioned on the Althouse blog.
Here it is.
Don't click his video unless you want to be annoyed.

Look in the mirror

The Santa Barbara killer sparked a run of posts looking for scapegoats.
Dustbury knows where to look.
And if you're not doing so well with members of the sex you prefer, you might ask yourself: "What do all these failures have in common?" If you need a hint, here's one: there's a pertinent picture on the front of your driver's license.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reason for the day

Trace Adkins tells the story of a soldier who made it to Arlington.

Blame Bush, again and again

For five years, George W. Bush has been back in Texas.
But when trouble crops up, Democrats bring him back to the fore.
VA problems?
Due to war and Republicans trying to hold the line on spending.
Can you look at the real problems, please?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Let the thunder roll

It's Rolling Thunder weekend in Washington.
Heading to the Orioles' game in Baltimore, traffic slowed on I-66 just outside the Capital Beltway.
It was hundreds of motorcyclists heading downtown for the event.
It was a pleasure to watch them roll.

Saturday song

I had this song running through my head the other day.

Facebook quote of the week

One mouthy 10 year old refusing to go to sleep....looks like it is going to be a rough morning and an extremely long day! Yeah me.....happy happy happy, NOT!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Like a boss you dislike

The Democrats' "Like a Boss" bumper sticker idea has gotten the conservative side busy as we approach the Memorial Day weekend.
More like a boss you doesn't care.

It's 5 p.m. - noooo

Via Althouse, the story that people are more relaxed at home.
Enjoy your three-day weekend.

Sticky business

Michael Gerson sees why the VA problem have stuck to the Obama team.
But I'd contend that the stickiest scandals are the ones that confirm pre-existing suspicions -- that draw neon outlines on an existing portrait. The Iran-contra affair confirmed a public impression that Ronald Reagan was disengaged. Bill Clinton's infidelity was further evidence of indiscipline. More recently, the image of Chris Christie as a bully was reinforced by a staff that engaged in malicious bullying.
This is precisely why President Obama's Veterans Affairs scandal is the most serious and damaging of his presidency. It is the Obama administration in sum and in miniature: incompetent management of a health system defended by crude media manipulation.
Now maybe more problems will stick.

Not on the warpath

Nice to see Senators Warner and Kaine were not among the 50 senators to ask the NFL to change the Redskins' name.
An aide to Kaine said he has been publicly supportive of a name change for months but that he had concerns about the tone of the letter sent by the Senate Democrats.
An aide to Warner said in a statement that “Senator Warner believes that it’s not for Congress to dictate what the league does. He believes that over time, team names will change to reflect the times, as happened with the Washington Wizards.”
It's easy to fuss at something in somebody else's backyard.
Hail to the Redskins.

Weekend watchdog

From Monaco to Indianapolis and then Charlotte, Sunday is the day for racing.
NBC drops the flag with the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco, starting at 7:30 a.m. As an appetizer, there's qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, starting at 11 a.m. on ABC. NBC Sports network has pre-race events, with the Carb Day action Friday at 11 a.m. and Indy Lights at noon.
NASCAR finishes the big day with 600 miles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fox has coverage starting at 6 p.m., and ABC carries the Nationwide race Saturday at 3 p.m.
Baltimore hosts the NCAA men's lacrosse championship, with Duke against Denver at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. Maryland battles Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m., and the title will be decided Monday.
It's the midpoint for conference finals in the NBA and NHL. The Heat host the Pacers in Game 3 Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Game 4 Monday at 8:30 p.m. while the Western final heads to Oklahoma City Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.
The Rangers host Game 4 against the Canadians Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network. NBC carries the third game between Chicago and Los Angeles Saturday at 8 p.m.
Fox has its first baseball action of the season Saturday at 7:15 p.m., with Nationals at Pirates among the choices. Other parts of the country will see either the Cardinals meet the Reds or Royals against Angels. FoxSports1 has the Rangers and Tigers Saturday at 4 p.m., and ESPN offers Cardinals-Reds Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles host Cleveland this weekend on MASN (Sunday afternoon on MASN2). The Nationals visit Pittsburgh on MASN2 Friday, and Sunday on MASN.
Comcast has the ACC tournament Friday starting at 11 a.m. as Florida State battles Maryland. It's Clemson-Georgia Tech at 3 p.m. and Virginia meets North Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday's play starts at 11 a.m. with Miami-Duke, and Maryland takes on North Carolina at 3 p.m.
The title tilt is on ESPN2 Sunday at 1 p.m., with the SEC championship
 at 4:30 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Big East championship Sunday at 1 p.m. and Big 12 at 5:30 p.m. CBS has the PGA Tour's Colonial tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. The best senior golfers hold their PGA championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United visits New England Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
It's super regional weekend for the NCAA softball field, continuing Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 when Tennessee and Oklahoma battle. ESPN has games at 7 and 9 p.m. if needed to decide Softball World Series berths.
The second game between Baylor and Georgia starts the day Saturday at noon on ESPN. There's a decisive game scheduled at 3 p.m., then Game 2 of the Tennessee-Oklahoma series at 5 p.m. ESPN2 has a possible third game at 8 p.m., then top-seeded Oregon plays Minnesota at 10 p.m. Sunday's action starts at noon on ESPN, with game 2 from Oregon at 5 p.m. and a decisive game if necessary on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network carries action from the World Ice Hockey Championship, with semfinals Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The final will be Sunday at 2 p.m.
The French Open starts on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 a.m. NBC has coverage at noon.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

They'll learn losing soon enough

The Blaze highlights a school field day in Michigan that doesn't want to emphasize "winning."
Don't worry.
These kids will learn about a life of losing soon enough.

Hillary calls in the calvary

The Benghazi affair centers on the question - why wasn't aid sent when there was trouble.
Hillary wants aid sent when she's in trouble.
Four Americans would have liked to have Hillary provide help for them.

Broken lantern

A good takedown of the "Green Lantern" theory of the presidency.
The launch of the Affordable Care Act and the worsening of conditions at the Veterans Affairs Department are emblematic of Obama's inattention to the hard work of governing. He is slow to fire poor-serving Cabinet members and quick to dismiss controversies as "phony scandals." To the Obama administration, transparency is a mere talking point. The great irony of his progressive presidency: Democrats privately admit that Obama has done as much to undermine the public's faith in government as his GOP predecessor. The Green Lantern Theory is an excuse for failure.
Next is the Tinkerbell theory.
Clap your hands and it will work.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Not the greatest

Powerline's Paul Mirengoff shares a story of the Job Corps, using his father's experience.
He used to tell the story of a Job Corps center in Indiana (I think) that trained welders. The welders, virtually all of whom were Black, would then seek employment at a shipyard in Alabama. Invariably, they would be rejected.
Inside the Department of Labor, the party line was that the man in charge in Alabama was a racist. But my father dug deeper. He called the guy, who said he was willing to take Job Corps alumni, but insisted they just weren’t good enough at welding.
My father invited the Alabaman to spend a few days at the Indiana center. He agreed.
At the end of his visit, he told my father, “Bill, not only are your welders not good enough to work for me, your teachers aren’t good enough to work for me.”
Great Society?
Not that great at teaching.

Bring the heat

Ace has tired of Obama's fake outrage, and wants some real outrage.
It's the only way to put some fire under the bureaucracy.
The press may now tut-tut at the VA bureaucracy, acting ruthlessly in their own bureaucratic interests while actually killing veterans through malicious paperwork, but who gave the Bureaucracy this idea that they could get away with murder with no consequences to their Phony Baloney Jobs at all?
Well, Obama did, of course, as the first actor, and then Holder and the rest of the Imperial Praetorian; but next came the media Palace Guard, backing up Obama on his decision that no matter what the fiasco, no matter how deadly the incompetency of the government or how viciously tyrannical its petty ministers treated the citizenry, no Heat whatsoever would be applied to the Bureaucracy, but rather that it would continue to be permitted to "work through the bureaucratic process" and investigate itself internally and so forth.

Trashing the turf

Peter King looks at the first astroturf in the NFL - and the physical problems caused.
It is impossible to know with any certainty the exact role artificial turf played in Dierdorf’s—or any player’s—physical breakdown. Long-retired players suffer not just from the surface that lay beneath their feet, but from the collisions that impacted the rest of their bodies. How the blame is apportioned is anybody’s guess. Yet Dierdorf’s is the extreme version of a common narrative from players in the 1970s and ’80s. “I don’t’ know anybody who liked playing on the artificial turf that we had back then,” says ESPN analyst Herman Edwards, who spent all but one of his 10 seasons in the NFL on the notorious carpet at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. “It was like playing football on concrete.”
This much is not up for debate: Players disliked early turf, they dislike modern turf a little less. Nearly all of them prefer grass.

Not all liberal websites

Vox tries to explain the "not all men" meme.
At first look, it's women upset that men state a truth - don't generalize about all men when discussing your problem.
Individuals do things - not a group.
Not all liberal websites understand that.
Wait, probably none understand that.

Post needing "trigger warning"

Jonah Goldberg explains "trigger warnings" for those needing to know what to mock.
Before I continue, I should explain what a "trigger warning" is.
They started on left-wing and feminist websites. Like a "spoiler alert" in a movie review or a more specific version of the movie rating system, trigger warnings are intended to alert very sensitive people that some content might set off, or trigger, their post-traumatic stress disorder or simply deeply offend some people. According to most accounts, this was a conscientious accommodation of people who'd been raped or otherwise horribly abused.
But soon the practice metastasized. Trigger warnings were provided for an ever-increasing, and ridiculous, list of "triggers."
These warnings have triggered great mockery among conservatives.
Thanks for the entertainment.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Denied with no appeal

Hot Air finds lots of holes in the Obama team's VA response.
Good to see more in the media noticing.
National Journal’s Ron Fournier blasts the Obama administration handling of the communications surrounding the VA scandal. He deems it a “20th century” strategy of lying over and over again and assuming people couldn’t check the references for themselves. Just how dumb, Fournier asks, does the White House think we all are?

What's going on in India

Legal Insurrection has the good news about India's new leader.
Indian-born writer Vijeta Uniyal believes that the election signals a sea change both politically and economically, with India looking to Israel for technology and investment to jump start the moribund Indian economy, India’s PM-elect Narendra Modi: a friend of Israel.
Good news for India, and Israel.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Let's go Peay

Three months until college football season.
Will Austin Peay get its field fixed in time?

I'm sad man

Via Ace, making fun of the new Batman.
Why so glum, chum?

Rubber ducky, we love you

If you head to Norfolk this week, you can see a giant Rubber Duck floating outside the museum of art.
But hurry.
Ernie picks him up after Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Time to hate the Swiss?

Voters in Switzerland went to the ballot box Sunday to decide several issues, including creating the highest minimum wage in the world.
It went down.
Do you blame Swiss voters to going against their interest?
I don't think Rush Limbaugh is on the radio there.

Rise of the Kochs

The New York Times visited Charlottesville recently to learn more about the Koch brothers, including David's run for Libertarian Party vice president in 1980.
Powerline found the article, which tells lessons learned from the run.
You can also find how things haven't changed in 34 years.
He denounced the “harassment” of Koch Industries and implored the activists to make the party “a force that will roll back the coercive force of government.”

Should Rove apologize?

The big news on the Sunday shows is Karl Rove's discussion of Hillary Clinton's health.
Should he apologize for what he said?
What difference, at this point, does it make?

Honor for D'Antoni

It's not been a good few weeks for former Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni.
His 100-year-old dad has been doing better, earning an honorary degree from Concord University Saturday.
He congratulated the graduates of 2014 from the podium, noting, “I know that you are anxious to receive your diplomas. Seventy-seven years ago, I was in the same situation, waiting to receive my diploma.
“I would like to tell each graduate that the world is waiting for you, so I say to you, go after them. ... I want to wish you the best of health and a happy life.”

No one was protesting his speech.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Just wait 'til the next life

Aleister at Legal Insurrection notes the Satanists feeling like victims after their plans for a Black  Mass.
Here’s the MSNBC segment featuring the head of New York’s Satanic Temple. He clearly thinks he and his fellow devil worshipers were the victims in all this. Chris Hayes is all to happy to indulge them.
With what they were trying to do, have they thought about their reception in the next life?

Saturday song

Head to the jungle with Steve Miller.

Facebook quote of the week

There is nothing worse than cold rain hitting the top of your head ‪#‎bald‬

Friday, May 16, 2014

Guess what day it is

If you're tired for the Geico camel commercials, there's reason to look at them differently.
They bring out the idiot in some liberals.
Kevin D. Williamson asked this question earlier -- do leftwing students at these less-prestigious schools think they can increase the prestige of their school by out-radicalizing better schools?
Do they think that they can boost their own schools' mediocre academic standing by simply carrying on like petulant little dum-dums?
I've noticed this myself. The dummies in the dumber schools tend to be more stupidly radical than the not-quite-so-dumb dummies at the better schools.
We've now heard of this college.
We're not impressed.

Coalition of the unwilling

The Spectator looks at an issue likely to split Democrats - the Keystone Pipeline.
It has now become obvious that the economy is never going to improve under Obama because he and his supporters don’t want it to. It might hurt the planet. So it’s procrastinate and procrastinate and procrastinate until the next election and maybe even the one after that.
The pipeline is the keystone to our economy - sorry environmentalists.

Less powerful than Powerline

Powerline notes the problem faced by the New York Times seeking a strong internet presence - traffic count.
On page 23 of the report, there are charts showing the paper’s internet traffic. The Times currently gets around 6 million page views per day. That is a lot, to be sure. But Power Line averages over 200,000 page views per day. On a big news day, we may get more than 500,000. So day in and day out, the New York Times gets around 30 times the traffic that we do.
No wonder the Times has trouble finding a viable business model! We are four guys running a web site in our spare time. We have no expenses other than hosting fees of around $1,000 a month. We have no payroll and no advertising expenses. And yet the vast, expensive apparatus of the nation’s supposedly premier newspaper can muster only 30 times our traffic.
Keep working hard to the news, but we're not eating at your table.

Weekend watchdog

It's been the longest run without a Triple Crown winner since the races started in the 19th century.
California Chrome hopes to keep its championship hopes alive at Pimlico Saturday.
NBC carries the Preakness Stakes, starting at 4:30 p.m. If California Chrome wins, it's off to Belmont for a shot at the Triple Crown. If not, it's wait until next year again.
The Kings and Ducks have their series-deciding game Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The conference finals start Saturday at 1 p.m. when Montreal hosts the New York Rangers on NBC. Chicago plays the winner of Friday's game Sunday at 3 p.m.
It's down to the Final Four for the NBA. The Heat and Pacers start the Eastern Conference finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC, and the Spurs and Thunder will start their series on Monday.
The Orioles head to Kansas City, with games on MASN2 for the rest of the weekend. The Nationals host the Mets on MASN Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
ESPN offers the Red Sox and Tigers Sunday at 8 p.m. The Pirates visit the Yankees on FoxSports1  Saturday at 4 p.m.
On college diamond, Comcast offers North Carolina at Miami Friday at 7:30 p.m. Florida travels to Tennessee Saturday at 1 p.m. Kansas State hosts Texas Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
FoxSports1 carries the NASCAR all-star race Saturday at 8:30 p.m., after the all-star qualifying race at 7 p.m. ESPN has the Nationwide race from Iowa Sunday at 2 p.m.
The field for the Indianapolis 500 will be set after qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC.
A pair of ACC teams try to advance to the NCAA lacrosse final four Saturday, with Maryland facing Bryant at noon followed by Albany-Notre Dame.
D.C. United hosts Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
It's time for the Byron Nelson Championship on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Portland plays San Jose in Arena Football on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m.
The NCAA softball tournament starts Friday on ESPN2 with South Florida-South Carolina at 4:30 p.m. followed by Fordham-Florida State. Play continues in the Tallahasse regional on ESPN Saturday at noon, with three games before heading to Tucson at 7 p.m. The regional finals are Sunday at noon in Tallahasse and Tucson at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
New York plays Chicago in WNBA action Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Tour of California continues with stages Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Stage eight will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Rush rides to the win

DaTech Guy noticed Rush Limbaugh won an award for his Rush Revere book.
And the spin attacking the book.
Which was just that - spin with no proof.
She said this was the seventh year of the awards. I asked he about press coverage in the past and she told me every year press releases would be sent out announcing nominations and winners. I asked if the press had contacted her about the awards in past years and she answered they had.
I then mentioned the AP story above and asked if in any past years the press had inquired about the integrity of the voting for the award. Not only did she say the press never had questioned the integrity of the award in the past but stressed that there was absolutely no reason to question the integrity of the vote this year either.
Good thing more people read Rush Revere than read the critics.

Teen wants to go to Charleston

West Virginia held its primary Tuesday.
In the Eastern Panhandle, a high school senior won the Republican primary - in a Republican-leaning district.
Blair campaigned on an antiabortion, pro-Second Amendment platform, offering her cellphone number to constituents and pledging not to go negative. She spent about $4,800 on her campaign, state finance records show (Kump, a former lobbyist, only spent $1,800 on his reelection bid).
“I think I’m fully capable of doing the job, and I don’t think it’s rocket science by any means — not if you just listen to the people,” Blair told the Hagerstown Herald-Mail this week.
She can run for President in 2032.
Will you join her campaign?

New look

The News Leader has updated its website.
Looking for the link to the local blogs.
The old one still seems to work.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The newest Tea Party star

Ben Sasse won the Republican nomination for Senator in Nebraska.
Rich Lowry looks at his line of smart decisions.
Sasse established his identity as a fierce opponent of Obamacare early on, and — in a strategic risk — went up with TV advertising very early. The campaign did this even though it knew it didn’t have the funds to stay up on TV and would have go dark for a long stretch during the heart of the campaign.
The advertising drove attendance at town-hall meetings, which were basically the only campaign events Sasse did. He was doing them all around the state when he was no longer up on TV, driving his message and establishing personal contact with a big swath of the primary electorate. His campaign robo-called local Republicans to get them attend, and even if they didn’t show up, they heard a brief version of Sasse’s campaign pitch on the phone. Sasse brought a 9.5-foot tall stack of Obamacare regulations to every town hall, almost guaranteeing a picture of him and the stack in every local paper.
Time to watch and learn, Republicans.

Who has "brain damage?"

DaTech Guy tips his hat to Karl Rove's comment about Hillary Clinton's health.
Consider: You want to interject an issue into the political conversation (Hillary’s Health & her concussion) when you are facing a press that is not only universally against you but dedicated to protecting the target of your attack.
You give them a statement designed to get your foes to charge like a bull:
Thirty days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.
The reaction was all that he could hope for people jumped all over him Rove game them a full news cycle of attacks on him, the Today Show, CNN and the NBC nightly news.
That's the difference that it makes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Taxing Johnny Football

Sports Illustrated looks at the tax implications of Johnny Manziel going to Cleveland - instead of staying in Texas.
Manziel can still avoid Ohio's income tax on most of his endorsement earnings simply by making sure that he remains a Texas resident. He's thus likely to keep his Texas residency and not avail himself of Ohio tax law unless it's absolutely necessary. A local trading card show or endorsement for a Cleveland car dealer would trigger Ohio tax law, but national endorsement deals would not. Expect Manziel to avoid spending 182 days in Ohio, as doing so would risk him being classified as a "full-year nonresident" under Ohio law and having higher taxes.
Maybe the NFL draft should be a Tea Party.

Life's not a beach during beach week

It's almost graduation time.
High school graduates think about going to the beach.
Parents better think twice about signing for a beach house for the kids.
Parents with experience agree.
"No matter how responsible HE THINKS his kids may be, their friends likely are not. At 17 or 18 you haven’t witnessed enough cops getting called and pukings to learn the fine line between fun and problems.”

Can Sam be cut?

The Federalist looks at a reason why teams might have passed on Michael Sam - fear of how it would look if he's not good enough for the 53-man squad.
This is the real thing the NFL is concerned about: as a seventh round tweener DE/LB, the odds don’t favor a long career for Sam. Maybe he’ll beat those odds, and the league would love it if he does. If he has a long and productive career, the league office would be overjoyed as will most fans. But this unnamed team is acknowledging that this cuts both ways, and they fear that whether he succeeds or fails, Sam will not be viewed as an individual player, and instead as a representative of a class, and that the team that cuts him will be accused of bias or homophobia or worse.
The Rams are a safe place for Sam to land - not a contender and close to his college. Eventually, his play will have to be the story.

Overcoming evil with good

DaTech Guy has pictures of the thousand-plus people who came out for good - when evil wanted to hold a "Black Mass."
Black Mass, they kicked your ---.


"Hashtag Diplomacy" has a major weakness - doing nothing while others do something.
So parents have in some cases taken bows and arrows into enemy terrain to hunt for their children, because the guys commanding the most powerful and technologically advanced armies in the world are holding up cardboard signs and looking glumly into the camera, as if Boko Haram will be moved to charity by the ostentatiously pathetic nature of it all.
We've got a mob of people feeling they are doing something.
And the girls are still missing.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Watch for brown M&Ms

A nice video of David Lee Roth explaining the "no brown M&Ms" rule in contracts.

Ace dark; Jesus alive

There are server problems over at Ace of Spades today.
They are working to restore content, but until then this is the most recent post.
It's Easter morning again.
Maybe we need the reminder that the Black Mass at Harvard doesn't matter.
That side lost on Easter morning.

This week's long-distance dedication

How would you like to be the lawyer for Kasey Kasem's wife?
You get to tell the court you have no idea where your client has her husband - the father of those on the other side of the case.
It's a good way to lose your case - and endure the shame you deserve.

For an event with no mass appeal

DaTech Guy watches Harvard flounder trying to avoid bad news with the scheduled "Black Mass" by one of its student groups.
We do not agree with the student group’s decision to stage an event that is so deeply disturbing and offensive to many in the Harvard community and beyond.
Translation:  After a weekend of national coverage that has not been favorable having no opinion o this event is  no longer tenable, and note the use of the word “we” who is “we”?  Is it we the university, we the exchange club, we the people fielding the phone calls from all over the nation? 

It's my privilege to ignore you

Do you owe your success to "white privilege?"
This guy doesn't think so.
The privilege game is designed to circumvent arguments based on reason and facts and evidence, so the way to win it is to defeat it on its own terms.
Call: “Check your privilege!”
Response: “What you call ‘privilege’ is just me being better than you.”
It's his privilege to mock you.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

When the chips are down

Dustbury finds science - a chart showing a correlation between the price of potato chips and falls from wheelchairs.
Maybe they need bags of chips around the wheelchair to break their falls.

Koch adds life to West Virginia

I'm visiting southern West Virginia this weekend, so I got to see an anti-Koch Brothers ad.
Nick Joe Rahall has to thread the line - being a Democrat where President Obama is immensely unpopular.
The ad hits the Koch Brothers and Massey Coal as helping his Republican opponent.
The Democratic Koch craziness has spread.

Lead, follow or get out of the way

Bull Elephant has a good post on what 's going on Rep. Cantor's district.
A friend remarked to me after Cobb’s defeat that what made this possible was the unique vitality of various Tea Party groups within the 7th District. I responded, “Do you think that’s a coincidence?” In fact, it is not, but is instead a direct consequence of the way Rep. Cantor and his supporters have consistently circled the wagons around the Congressman to ensure as much control of the local politics surrounding him as possible. Where in other districts, like the 1st District where I live, Tea Party and libertarian newcomers have been welcomed into the GOP tent, in the 7th they have consistently been made to feel unwelcome inside the GOP.
The Republican party isn't your private party.
The battle for the heart and soul of the party continues, and those who's been leading need to follow the voice of the people.
Or get out of the way.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tea for you

Rep. Eric Cantor's district has a new chairman - from the Louisa County Tea Party.
Maybe bringing people to a convention on Saturday morning means more than bringing in money.
We'll see how Cantor works with his new crew.

Fighting the clingons

Powerline notes how different parts of the Democratic party pull against each other - like those who hate Wal-Mart dealing with President Obama praising them.
But I see this morning that Robert Reich is angry with the White House for arranging for President Obama to visit a WalMart in order to praise WalMart’s commitment to “sustainability.”  But WalMart is evil:
Reich, who served under President Bill Clinton, called Walmart one of the country’s “worst employers,” with “low wages, unreliable hours, few benefits, discrimination against women and anti-union” offenses.  “What numbskull in the White House arranged this?”

I agree with Reich that there are plenty of numbskulls in the Obama White House.
But this isn't one of the ways.

Bring back our power

Mark Steyn notes the inept show of "power" trying to use social media to fight guns.
Just as the last floppo hashtag, #WeStandWithUkraine, didn't actually involve standing with Ukraine, so #BringBackOurGirls doesn't require bringing back our girls. There are only a half-dozen special forces around the planet capable of doing that without getting most or all of the hostages killed: the British, the French, the Americans, Israelis, Germans, Aussies, maybe a couple of others. So, unless something of that nature is being lined up, those schoolgirls are headed into slavery, and the wretched pleading passivity of Mrs Obama's hashtag is just a form of moral preening.

Saturday song

Do you only wanna be with the Bay City Rollers?

Facebook quote of the week

Thought of the day... Persistence, persistence, persistence...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Benghazi until you spill the beans

Why do Republicans keep talking about Benghazi?
It works.
People are suspicious of government, and the Obama team's actions after Benghazi raised suspicions.
How to your relieve suspicions?
Which we are still waiting for.
Thus, more Benghazi talk.

Weekend watchdog

The first round is done. Time for the rest to find their teams.
The second round of the NFL draft kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and NFL network.
ESPN2 takes over the action at 8 p.m. Saturday's picks begin at noon on ESPN, with the final four rounds. Will you hang on until the final picks to see who your team gets?
Then it's time to get ready for the new season.
It's Premier League championship Sunday, and NBC and its networks will show all 10 games at 10 a.m. Manchester City looks to clinch the crown against West Ham on NBC, while Liverpool goes against Newcastle on NBC Sports network.
It's Chelsea battling last-place Cardiff City on CNBC, Arsenal-Norwich City on MSNBC and Bravo shows Everton at Hull City. Over on USA network, Tottenham Hotspur plays Aston Villa. SyFy has Manchester United clashing with Southampton and Stoke City visits West Ham on Oxygen. The stars of Crystal Palace and Fulham will be on E! and Swansea City and Sunderland are styling on Esquire.
Some move onto the Champions League, and the bottom three move down to make room for the some second division talent for next season's contests.
NBA conference semifinals continue Friday as the Wizards host top-seeded Indiana Friday on ESPN at 8 p.m., and the Thunder and Clippers battle in L.A. at 10:30 p.m.
Action in the Heat-Nets series moves to Brooklyn Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC, and San Antonio heads to Portland at 10:30 p.m. ABC carries the fourth game of Thunder-Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Wizards and Pacers battle at 8 p.m. on TNT.
The NHL playoffs continue Friday on NBC Sports network, with Game 5 in Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m., and the Wild host Chicago at 9:30 p.m. The Bruins and Canadiens play in Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. before the Kings and Ducks meet at 9:30 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. will feature a Game 6, if necessary.
Belarus faces the United States in the World Ice Hockey Championships Friday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. It's the United States against Switzerland Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
The Orioles host Houston over the weekend while the Nationals head to Oakland for the weekend on MASN2.
ESPN has the Pirates hosting St. Louis Sunday at 8 p.m. The Giants meet the Dodgers on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by Indians-Rays.
On the college diamond, St. John's faces Creighton Sunday at 1 p.m. Comcast offers Florida State against North Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m., with Tennessee battling Mississippi State at 8 p.m. Miami heads to Duke Sunday at noon.
NBC carries The Players Championship Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Virginia hosts Johns Hopkins in the NCAA lacrosse tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. NASCAR spends Mother's Day weekend in Kansas, with Sprint Cup series on Fox Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Brickyard hosts the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis, using the front straightway and road course area, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Formula One circuit visits Spain, with the race Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. after practice Friday at 8 a.m.
In the MLS, the Galaxy visit Portland Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. D.C. United visits Philadelphia Saturday at 4 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network carries the first stage of the Tour de California Sunday at 5 p.m.
It's softball championship Saturday on ESPN2. The ACC crowns its champion at 2 p.m., followed by the American conference at 4 p.m. and SEC at 8 p.m. FoxSports1 has the final in the Big East Saturday at noon. Comcast has the ACC semifinals Friday at 1 and 3 p.m.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cotton picking

Powerline likes Rep. Tom Cotton's powerful speech about Benghazi - and not leaving a man behind.
Saving your people - instead of trying to save your political life.
That's the difference that it makes.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Brilliance in 140 characters

Smitty gets straight to the Clinton/Lewinsky bottom line.

Look at the eyes

The Anchoress sees a different story when she sees the eyes of the woman supposedly celebrating her abortion.
If you let yourself become distracted by what is coming from her mouth, you miss all that is revealed in her face, which tells the whole, and very different story. A month after the abortion — with the dramatic change in hairstyle that so many women effect when emotions are high and they need to feel in control of something — watch Emily, then. The light is gone from her eyes. The seeming disconnect between pc-fed head and instinctive heart is laid out in breathtaking and stark incongruity, even down to the shadows, the blue note, the lack of energy. Devastating. Cognizant of it or not, she is a mother in grief.
Matt Walsh has something for eyes prepared for the tough truth.

Hammer don't hurt 'em

The Libertarians have a candidate for the Sixth District - Will Hammer.
Nothing much can hurt Bob Goodlatte - as long as immigration stays bottled up in his committee.

Bringing the tea to the party

An establishment backed candidate won the North Carolina senate primary.
Not a win for the Tea Party, but not a loss either.
Together, over the past two years, Tillis and McCrory have enacted a broad conservative agenda and pushed through some of the most ambitious legislative changes that any state has adopted in such a short period of time. The tax code got a rewrite, school vouchers were introduced, and an expansion of Medicaid was blocked. Tort reform, restrictions on abortion, and a voter-identification law were enacted. The moves so rankled Democrats that they began a weekly protest known as “Moral Mondays.” They garnered national attention as protesters were arrested week after week, prompting the editorial writers at the New York Times to declare the slew of legislative changes a “demolition derby.”
Maybe once he gets to Washington, Tillis can teach the establishment how to do things right.

Not going Gaga

Due to the Wizards' postseason success, they had a conflict with a Lady Gaga concert set for May 15.
The concert has been moved three days to May 12.
Guess the Verizon Center thought it was a slam dunk decision.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

We're deeply disappointed, too

Here's a surprise - President Obama is deeply disappointed in us.
Can we be deeply disappointed in him?
He doesn't seem to see a reason why.
He can't even admit the most trivial alleged flaw. He's apparently attempting to remedy this alleged flaw, but can he just say, "You know, perhaps I didn't use enough tools from the social toolbox in the past, so I'm working on that now," he still has to claim "Nah, bro, I did plenty of that. (But now I'm doing more.)"

Still part of the Obama army

Democrats are trying to win in 2014 by trying to hide their party status.
Mark Pryor really wants to hide his Washington friends from his Arkansas voters.
They can run, but can't hide.

War on women - economy edition

With the poor economy, more adult children are moving back in with their parents.
Who's doing the cooking, cleaning and shopping?
Women have less leisure time - and do more housework - due to the Obama economy.
Can we get the country growing so these women can relax more?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Trey bien

Nice to see Trey Gowdy will be the face on the House's Benghazi investigation.
Stopping watches videos and help the country, Democrats.

Like a prayer

The Supreme Court allowed prayers before governmental meetings on Monday.
The appeals ruling didn't have a prayer.

The bang is big

A nice analysis of why "Big Bang Theory" thrives.
A chance to catch up on the past seasons helps.
After TBS started airing episodes in syndication in 2011, Big Bang “just exploded even more,” says Vebber. In the first 12 weeks of syndication, the show’s broadcast ratings rose 21 percent. This is likely due to TBS’s relentless promotion and generous scheduling—the cable network airs Big Bang in blocks five days a week.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I'll have a steak

The Wall Street Journal has new diet advice - eat steak and use butter.
Our half-century effort to cut back on the consumption of meat, eggs and whole-fat dairy has a tragic quality. More than a billion dollars have been spent trying to prove Ancel Keys's hypothesis, but evidence of its benefits has never been produced. It is time to put the saturated-fat hypothesis to bed and to move on to test other possible culprits for our nation's health woes.

Fox Butterfield, is that you?

Best of the Web has an almost daily feature - a liberal contradiction that's not really a contradiction.
CNN's David Gergen approaches the territory.
But it has now become equally puzzling why he has not become more sure-footed in foreign affairs. He is one of the brightest men ever to occupy the office, and yet his learning curve has been among the flattest.
Maybe he's not as bright as you think he is.
You say he's bright, but do his actions match?

May the Fourth be with you

Bob Newhart as Obi-Wan?
The force was definitely with Big Bang Theory last week.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Shell game

Obamacare supporters love to tout that it was passed by the House and Senate, and approved by the Supreme Court.
How it was passed by the House and Senate may doom it.
In October 2009, the House passed a bill that would have modified a tax credit for members of the armed forces and some other federal employees who were first-time home buyers — a bill that had nothing to do with health care. Two months later the Senate “amended” this bill by obliterating it. The Senate renamed it and completely erased its contents, replacing them with the ACA’s contents.
Case law establishes that for a Senate action to qualify as a genuine “amendment” to a House-passed revenue bill, it must be “germane to the subject matter of the [House] bill.” The Senate’s shell game — gutting and replacing the House bill — created the ACA from scratch. The ACA obviously flunks the germaneness test, without which the House’s constitutional power of originating revenue bills would be nullified.
If the Senate didn't follow the law, will the Court put them back on track?

Saturday Derby song

Dan Fogelberg's anthem to the day.

First Saturday in May

Taking the dog for her morning walk, I caught the hint of a scent of charcoal burning.
Fishersville's Boy Scouts were preparing chicken for their monthly fundraiser.
Driving around, there are tons of yard sales.
Is everybody paying taxes on their outside earnings today?

Facebook quote of the week

*****News Flash*****
The search for Flight 370 has been declared "The most difficult in human history."
Amelia Earhart could not be reached for comment...

Friday, May 2, 2014

You lied to win re-election

The focus on Benghazi drives liberals crazy.
It's nothing.
It's a distratction.
What difference, at this point, does it make?
The difference is distilled into five words -
  • You lied to win re-election.
You spent time deflecting blame instead of chasing the bad guys who killed four Americans.
You deny the inquiry as partisan, while your defense is purely partisan.
You fuss that Bush lied before going into Iraq - and don't get bothered that the Obama team lied for days.
It's why the focus remains - waiting for the real truth.
No matter how long it takes, dude.

It's Apathetic

Peggy Noonan tries to figure out President Obama's leadership style.
If you're apathetic like him, that's as far as you'll get.

Weekend watchdog

It's been 35 years without a Triple Crown winner.
By nightfall Saturday, we'll know which horse has a chance in 2014.
NBC's coverage of the Kentucky Derby starts at 4 p.m. and twenty horses hope to be in the lead when "down the stretch they come."
NBC Sports network has the early races and Derby prep starting Saturday at noon.
The fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Ice hockey hits its conference semifinals this weekend. The Rangers visit Pittsburgh Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Wild-Blackhawks. The Canadiens and Bruins take the ice for Game 2 Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Ducks and Kings meet at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has the second game between the Blackhawks and Wild Sunday at 3 p.m., with the Rangers and Penguins at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Heat and Wizards have already advanced to the second round, and await the completion of other first round action.
Friday starts on ESPN2 with the Raptors and Nets at 7:30 p.m. The Mavericks try to stay alive against the Spurs on ESPN at 8 p.m., then the Rockets and TrailBlazers battle.
TNT has three Game 7s on Saturday, starting at 5:30 p.m. with the top-seeded Pacers meeting the Hawks. Oklahoma City tries to oust Memphis at 8 p.m., and the Clippers and Warriors battle at 10:30 p.m.
Friday's action will determine Sunday's schedule.
MASN has the Nationals facing the Phillies this weekend, while the Orioles head to Minnesota for the weekend on MASN2.
The Cubs host the Cardinals Saturday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1, then it's Royals-Tigers at 7 p.m. ESPN brings the Cubs and Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college diamond, East Carolina hosts Florida International Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN2. Comcast has Florida meeting Alabama Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Virginia Tech plays Georgia Tech Saturday at 1 p.m. It's back to the SEC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when Arkansas hosts Mississippi.
ESPN2 has LSU facing Texas A&M Saturday at 1 p.m.
It's Talladega weekend in NASCAR, with the Sprint Cup racers hitting the track Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. The Nationwide racers go Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA tour visits Charlotte this weekend, with CBS covering the Wells Fargo Championships Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Columbus clashes with Kansas City in MLS play Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network. D.C. United travels to Portland Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
West Ham United faces Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:45 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester United against Sunderland. Sunday's contests begin at 8:30 a.m. with Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion, and Chelsea meets Norwich City at 11 a.m.
ESPN offers college softball this weekend as Florida travels to Arkansas Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Stanford meets UCLA at 3 p.m.
Spokane plays the LA Kiss in Arena Football Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Big East crowns its lacrosse champion Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
 Comcast has the women's lacrosse final from the Atlantic Sun Sunday at noon.
In Major League Lacrosse, Chesapeake takes on New York Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The college rugby Varsity Cup will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Baby, the rain must fall

The big news of Wednesday was the collapse of a retaining wall in Baltimore, sending several cars into the main cargo rail line going through downtown Baltimore.
Thursday brings the finger pointing.
City and railroad officials offered few answers Thursday about what happened, why complaints went unaddressed and who was responsible for the integrity of the retaining wall that collapsed.
Maybe you can use tax money to hold up century-old walls, instead of hoping they hold.

Hot and cold

Powerline provides the good and bad about climate skepticism.
Read the whole thing.
That's good science.

It's okay that we were unprepared

How does Blue Virginia attack the Benghazi news?
Highlighting "there was nothing more the military could have done."
Which shows they weren't prepared for what happened.
If they had been prepared, more could have been done.
The statement makes the Obama team look worse, not better.