Friday, March 31, 2017

Ship of fools

It's hours away from April Fools Day.
In past years, people would try to trick you with fake news stories.
That's a hard task in 2017.
My best?
Russia Admits Hacking Election to Boost MSNBC's Ratings.

Weekend watchdog

On Opening Night, the Chicago Cubs will take the field as defending World Series champions - for the first time since 1909.
The Cubs and Cardinals meet Sunday at 8:25 p.m. on ESPN to cap three contests on the first day of the regular season.
The Yankees and Rays tangle at 1 p.m. on ESPN, and the Giants play the Diamondbacks on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. The rest of the league gets going Monday as the campaign begins.
The Nationals have exhibition games against the Red Sox Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN, with ESPN picking up the Saturday game also.
The NCAA's Final Four meet in Phoenix, with the semifinals starting Saturday at 6 p.m. on CBS. Gonzaga takes on South Carolina in the early matchup, followed by North Carolina-Oregon.
The winners advance to Monday night's championship and a chance to cut down the nets.
The women's Final Four tips on ESPN2 Friday at 7:30 with South Carolina against Stanford, then Connecticut clashes with Mississippi State at 10 p.m. The winners battle Sunday at 6 p.m. for the championship.
Four of the best high school teams meet Friday at 3 and 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The winners play Saturday at noon on ESPN after the girls championship at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
The Spurs meet the Thunder Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Rockets-Warriors.
Comcast carries the Wizards' contest with the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. and meeting with the Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Celtics face the Knicks at 1 p.m. Sunday on ABC, then the Jazz visit the Spurs.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville for the weekend, with the Monster Cup Series on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2 p.m. The Truck Series will be on Fox Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Capitals clash with Columbus Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network has the Flyers' visit the Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Comcast brings the Flyers and Devils Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Blackhawks battle the Bruins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC.
FoxSports1 has a pair of MLS matches Friday, with Toronto against Sporting KC at 7:30 p.m. before Seattle meets Atlanta. The Timbers take on the Revolution on ESPN2 Sunday at 9 p.m.
Liverpool faces Everton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, then Chelsea clashes with Crystal Palace. Swansea City meets Middleborough Sunday at 8:25 a.m. followed by Arsenal-Manchester City.
NBC Sports network has the World Championship Figure Skating competition, with Pairs Free Thursday at 1 p.m. and Ladies Free Sunday at 1 p.m. The Men's Free program will be Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Fill up your weekend with the PGA tour's Houston Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
ESPN2 has the women's semifinals of the Miami Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. There's a men's semifinal Friday at 1 p.m. The women's championship is Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 and men's final Sunday at 1 p.m.
On the college diamond, Texas A&M takes on LSU Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Auburn battles Georgia in SEC softball Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Colgate visits Loyola in women's college lacrosse Saturday at noon on Comcast.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

He's an easy lover

Via Ace, the story of a T Rex that you haven't heard before.
They found an earlier cousin of the tyranosaurus, not a rex but a smaller one, and found they probably enjoyed Snout Sex.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bad Vibrations

There's a bad vibe about vibes over at Ace's.
I've spend more of my life as an agnostic than I have as a Christian and it's no big deal to me when other people don't pray, but there's a substitute expression that a lot of atheist/agnostic people fall back on that I positively despise: Sending good vibes your way.
The way I see it, if you think prayer is some sort of mystical hokum then how is it that you believe in "vibes" instead? What are these vibes? Can you see them? Can they be measured? And how, exactly, does one send them? Is it like ESP? Do you wave your fingers? Is there some sort of sacred incantation developed by the Celtic druids of yore?

Follow the system

Scott Adams still sees Donald Trump moving forward while the media harps on last week's loss on health care reform.
By the way, I told you during the campaign that one of Trump’s signature moves is creating two ways to win and no way to lose. He did that again with healthcare. Here were his two ways to win:
1. Healthcare bill gets passed on the first try. Trump looks like an effective leader. The details of the bill get improved over time.
2. The healthcare bill does NOT pass on the first try. This softens up the far right by branding them villains. Now they have to compromise on the next bill or watch as centrist Democrats enter the conversation. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on Obamacare, and the conditions for compromise are IMPROVING EVERY MINUTE. That’s what the Master Persuader tells us happens when you “walk away from the table” like you mean it. Trump just walked away from the table to go work on tax reform. If you watch his Twitter feed, you know he is winking at the public and telling us to stay tuned on healthcare.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Who did the Russians influence?

When it comes to the Russians and the 2016 presidential election, one question remains.
Who directly changed their vote from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump based on supposed Russian influences?
You can say Russians attempted to influence the campaign.
You can add Trump advisors who met with Russians.
But how do you jump to votes changing?
Thousands of votes in the key states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Viva, Al Davis

The Raiders are on the move again, this time to Las Vegas.
“I have mixed feelings, obviously,’’ said owner Mark Davis, appearing subdued, minutes after the announcement at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. “I love Oakland. I love the fans in Oakland.” But … “My father always said, ‘The greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness.”

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Real Earth Hour anthem

If you like Earth Hour, Cletus T. Judd has your song.
There's no need for electricity if every light in the house is blown.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday song

Head off to the jungle with Tarzan Boy.


Recycling update

A nice start to the day with a trip to the recycling center.
Still paying 40 cents a pound for cans.

Facebook quote of the week

We definitely knew the way to San Jose . . . wish we would have stayed longer!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend watchdog

The overall top seed and defending champion - Villanova - won't be heading to Phoenix.
Three more days until we know the four teams who will play the final weekend.
The Sweet 16 continues Friday on CBS at 7 p.m. with North Carolina taking on Butler. Kentucky and UCLA tangle in the second game of the South regional. Madison Square Garden hosts the East regional, with Baylor-South Carolina in the first game at 7:29 p.m. followed by Florida against Wisconsin.
It's Xavier-Gonzaga for the West Regional championship Saturday at 6 p.m. on TBS, followed by Kansas against Oregon. The final two slots are filled Sunday afternoon on CBS.
The women's Sweet 16 starts Friday at 7 p.m. with regional action from Lexington and Oklahoma City. The other two regions - Bridgeport and Stockton get going Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Nets will be cut down in Lexington and Oklahoma City Sunday at noon and 7:30 p.m.
Division II crowns its champion Saturday at 3 p.m. when Fairmont State faces Northwest Missouri State on CBS.
ABC has the Thunder against the Rockets Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Nets on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and the Cavaliers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Penguins battle the Flyers Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network after NBC offers Wild-Red Wings Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
On the college ice, North Dakota meets Boston University in a West regional semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
NASCAR closes its west coast swing with a visit to Fontana. Fox has the Monster Series Sunday at 3:30 p.m. after the Xfinity Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Australian Grand Prix Sunday at 12:30 a.m., after qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m.
For a different type of horsepower, NBC Sports network has the Dubai World Cup Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
On the college diamond, LSU faces Florida Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and TCU takes on Oklahoma State at 8 p.m.
Comcast has Louisville's contest with North Carolina State Saturday at 1 p.m. and Miami meets North Carolina Sunday at noon.
Oklahoma State and TCU close out their series Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
Auburn tangles with Florida in college softball Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The PGA tour's World Golf Championship has coverage on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
FoxSports1 has World Cup qualifying Friday, with Mexico against Costa Rica at 8:30 p.m. followed by United States' contest with Honduras.
Azerbaijan takes on Germany on ESPN2 Sunday at 11:50 a.m.
There's rugby between Bristol and Gloucester Friday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and Saracens against Bath Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A sick system

President Trump and Republicans are trying to find a better way through healthcare and insurance.
Obamacare helps a few, but costs more for many people.
Can a better system be put in place without drawing major opposition?
They are trying.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

He knows the truth

Scott Adams read the article about himself at Bloomberg, and gives multiple examples of the writer's bias showing through.
The writer badgered me on several occasions to make a comparison between Dogbert and Trump. I said Dogbert’s personality is based on my own dark inner thoughts and had nothing to do with Trump except they are both ambitious in the extreme. So she wrote this: “I’d thought the point of those strips was to laugh at Dogbert’s cruelty—not celebrate it. But Adams seemed elated by the triumph of a Dogbertesque president.” WTF?
That’s sixteen intentionally-biased or incorrect components in one story.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's the pits

Over at Instapundit, Stephen Green is closely following the argument about Wonder Woman and armpit hair.
Yes, some please care about this topic.
And that's very illustrative of what they are still trying to call "feminist" these days. If whether or not a fictional superhero is a feminist if she shaves her armpits apparently has something to do with the quality of a woman's life in the West, then THE ACTUAL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN THE WEST IS AWESOME.
Of course, it's hysterical that no progressive is complaining that Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, is gorgeous. After all, isn't her standard of beauty "unattainable by real women"?

Such a good judge

Neil Gorsuch's testimony before the Senate has Powerline impressed.
Gorsuch displayed the same high degree of knowledge, ability to explain the law, humility, respect for the Constitution, and overall judiciousness that we have seen from most recent Supreme Court nominees, especially John Roberts and Samuel Alito. What stood out for me was Gorsuch’s ability to demonstrate his humanity.
Perhaps this comes from having been a trial lawyer who litigated a variety of cases — big and small — for plaintiffs and defendants. I believe, it’s been a good while since we’ve had a Supreme Court nominee with that background.
Gorsuch knows how to talk plainly to people, how to emote, and how to show his humanity. I’m certainly glad I never had to face him in a jury trial.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Who invaded Trump's privacy

President Trump claims former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last fall.
I doubt Obama walked into the building with gear, but someone wanted to know what was going on there.
During a presidential campaign.
And the results of that surveillance have been seen for months.
Who did it isn't the primary question.
How come is.
Unless the Trump team did its own wiretapping, someone trying to knock him down did.
Some Trump opponent was involved.
Why did they break laws on privacy?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nobody cares about Merrick Garland

While the Senate hearings for Neil Gorsuch get going this week, Blue Virginia dwells in the past - claims of Republicans stealing the seat.
The column starts with the usual rants about President Trump, but wants to tar all Republicans with his disgust of Trump.
The Supreme Court battle of last year provides the best way to do that.
But the battle was lost.
Because people didn't care.
If they did care, they would have elected Hillary Clinton to punish Republicans for their treatment of Merrick Garland.
They didn't.
Democrats can keep complaining, but it's all they have now.

Poor Verne

Verne Lundquist did the broadcast of Saturday's game between West Virginia and Notre Dame.
The action got a little too close to him during pregame warmups.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The legend's lone number one hit

Chuck Berry had many memorable songs, but only one reached number one on the charts - My Ding-A-Ling.
Remember to sing along.

Facebook quote of the week

Okay for those of you who chose to listen and NOT fact check, MEALS on WHEELS receives ONLY 3% of their Nationwide budget from the Federal Government.
STOP listening to Democrats and their LYING media!

Saturday song

Back to the 80s with Tiffany.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Sixth-eight teams earned spots in the NCAA tournament.
Only one gets a shining moment to cherish in a few weeks.
The tournament continues Friday on CBS with Michigan against Oklahoma State at 12:15 p.m. TruTv's four contests start with Baylor's battle with New Mexico State. TNT has the 8-9 matchup between Seton Hall and Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. from Greenville before top-seed North Carolina meets Texas Southern. TBS brings Oregon-Iona at 2 p.m.
CBS offers four games from the second round Saturday, with primetime doubleheaders on TNT and TBS.
There's more action on CBS Sunday afternoon, with two contests each on TBS and TNT while TruTV adds one contest at 7:30 p.m.
Then we're down to the Sweet 16.
There's NIT action Saturday and Sunday at noon on ESPN and Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.
The women's tournament starts Friday at noon on ESPN2. Connecticut takes on Albany Saturday at 11 a.m. to start the second day of competition, with second round play Sunday at noon.
Comcast has Wizards-Bulls Friday at 7 p.m.
The Cavaliers meet the Clippers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit Tampa Bay Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
The Orioles take on the Tigers in spring training action Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
On the college diamond, Virginia tangles with Clemson Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
NASCAR visits Phoenix this weekend, with the Monster Series going Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series will be on Fox Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC has the Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Paribas Open has its quarterfinals Friday on ESPN at 3 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. on ESPN2. The semifinals are Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN, with finals Sunday at 2 p.m.
Seattle meets the Red Bulls Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Bromwich Albion faces Arsenal Saturday at 8:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, with Stoke City clashing with Chelsea before Bournemouth faces Swansea City. Middleborough meets Manchester City Sunday at 7:55 a.m. and it's Tottenham Hotspur against Southampton at 10 a.m.
ESPN offers the NCAA wrestling championships, with finals Saturday at 8 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 8 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Alpine skiing Friday at 12:30 p.m. and there's Giant Slalom Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
It's the World Women's Curling Championship Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Gained viewers but lost respect

Lots of people watched Rachel Maddow Tuesday.
Lots were left wondering after the show.
Anybody else have 2005 tax returns they'd like to release to her?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

He's got the look

Someone found the perfect picture of President Trump and his inspiration, Dilbert.

Trump know how much tax he paid

It was a great game Tuesday night.
Donald Trump knows the answers.
The media guesses, and guesses wrong.
Thus, great interest is paid to find out Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2015.
Few people can imagine having that much money.
Fewer can imagine that much being just their tax bill.
Especially those who use their tax refund to buy cars or other items - especially sought by business owners this time of year.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

30 years of shining moments

USA Today watched and ranked 30 years worth of "One Shining Moments" after the NCAA tournament.
Pick your favorite.
It's interesting that they disliked 2002, but loved 2003 when Luther Vandross first sang the song.

Ready for spring

The last big snow of winter turned out to be not much.
Maybe an inch in Fishersville instead of the possible foot they thought possible over the weekend.
I should have known the storm would be a bust when I saw my neighbor working on his snowblower Sunday.
Maybe next year you'll get a chance to use it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Dog gone funny

Did Saturday Night Live have a funny skit this week?
Maybe the talking dog who likes Trump.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rooting for the "Mensch on the bench"

The World Baseball Classic has 16 countries competing for the title.
Through the first round, Israel has been the big surprise.
They beat Cuba Saturday, with games against the Netherlands Monday morning and Japan Wednesday.

He will never learn

Shia Lebeouf has tried three locations to protect President Trump.
He thought the last would be impossible to find.
In only a few days, it was found.
Autists at 8chan's /hwndu/ board immediately began searching for clues to the whereabouts of the flag. Listening to the local fauna, they were able to guess the biome of the flag. By watching the sun go down, they were able to find the orientation of the flag. At night they were able to see stars in the background and used that to find the general location of the flag. After 3am they then sent out a car who honked his horn at strategic locations to pinpoint the flag by playing "Marco Polo" with 8chan over the video stream.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Example of closed mind thinking

AlterNet gives voice to someone who doubts there can be understanding between Trump voters and the coastal elites.
He doesn't think Trump voters understand their fault in their problems.
The real problem is that rural Americans don't understand the causes of their own situations and fears and they have shown no interest in finding out. They don’t want to know why they feel the way they do or why they are struggling because they don’t want to admit it is in large part because of the choices they’ve made and the horrible things they’ve allowed themselves to believe.
The author offers lots of others to blame.
Rural Christian white Americans have let anti-intellectual, anti-science, bigoted racists like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, the Stepford wives of Fox, and every evangelical preacher on television into their systems because these people tell them what they want to hear and because they sell themselves as being like them. The truth is none of these people give a rat’s ass about rural Christian white Americans except how they can exploit them for attention and money.
The author uses his background to try and show his understanding of rural culture, but it seems more the view of some who reviles that culture.
And sees their flaws instead of their own.

Facebook quote of the week

Before the snow season started last year I claimed that since I had 3 working snowblowers that we wouldn't get much snow this year. A picture this year would just show brown grass. On this day in 2014 I had 3 working shovels. Snowblowers deter snow storms. Science!

Saturday song

Time for some Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Still feeling blue

New Republic produces another wine by a progressive still dealing with Trump's win.
They think the blue areas have the money, and should keep it themselves.
But the writer does understand what happened in 2016.
This letter is not intended as one more postmortem on what went wrong: on how the media should have done a better job, or how Hillary Clinton was a bad, bad, terribly bad candidate, the worstest candidate that ever was. Granted, it was Clintonism as a political philosophy, as practiced not only by both Clintons but also by President Obama and many others, that put the final stake in the heart of the Democratic Party as a national entity.

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Who's going where?
Who has the best road to Phoenix?
The debates begin Sunday night after the 68-team NCAA tournament field gets revealed.
CBS has coverage at 5:30 p.m., and sports TV and radio continue the debates until next Thursday.
The ACC tournament continues its visit the Big Apple, with a semifinal between North Carolina and Duke Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and the ACC network before Florida State faces Notre Dame.
The winners meet in the final Saturday at 9 p.m.
The first two Big Ten quarterfinals will be on ESPN Friday starting at noon. After the ACC semifinals, it's a Pac-12 semifinal game at 11:30 p.m.
ESPN2 offers the Big 12 semifinals Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., after showing a pair of games from the American Conference at noon and 2:30 p.m.
The Big East semifinals will be on FoxSports1 Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The A-10 quarterfinals are Friday starting at noon on NBC Sports network.
CBS has the Big Ten semifinals Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., then the Mountain West crowns its champion at 6 p.m.
The SEC semifinals are on ESPN at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Big 12 championship game at 6 p.m. The PAC-12 championship will tip at 11 p.m.
Fox has the Big East final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
ESPN2 starts its day at 11 a.m. with the championship of the American East Conference between Albany and Vermont. It's the MEAC title tilt at 1 p.m. then the semifinals from the American Conference at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Bids will be offered to the MAC at 7:30 p.m., the Southland Conference at 9:30 p.m. and the Big West at 11:30 p.m.
The SEC crowns its champion on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. and the American Conference final is at 3 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Ivy League championship at noon and Sun Belt at 2 p.m.
Then everyone waits to find out their tournament destination.
Comcast has the CAA women's semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m.
ABC has Spurs-Warriors Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Bulls' contest with the Celtics Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards meet Sacramento Friday at 10:30 p.m. and the Trail Blazers Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN has the Cavaliers' trip to Houston Sunday at 9 p.m.
MASN has the Orioles spring training game with the Pirates Saturday at 1 p.m. and the Nationals meet the Astros Sunday at 1 p.m.
NASCAR visits Las Vegas, with the Monster Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The IndyCar season starts on the streets of St. Petersburg Sunday at noon on ABC.
Ousted from home due to the Big Ten tournament, the Capitals have a western swing with visits to the Kings on Comcast-plus Saturday at 10:30 p.m. and the Ducks Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast also offers a pair of contests Saturday afternoon, with the Flyers against the Bruins at 1 p.m. followed by Predators-Sharks.
NBC has the Blackhawks and Wild Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The Rangers meet the Red Wings on NBC Sports network Sunday at 7 p.m.
NBC has the PGA tour Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Everton faces West Bromwich Albion Saturday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it's Liverpool-Burnley Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
MLS' new squads - Minnesota and Atlanta - meet on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. before the Galaxy take on the Timbers on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers women's giant slalom skiing Saturday at 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Obligated to pay more

Obamacare fans point to the people they say the law has helped.
What about those the law forced to pay more for worse coverage?
To me, that’s the essence of Obamacare: coerce certain people into paying for more health insurance than they need in order to subsidize health insurance for other people.
My wife’s situation is anomalous. I assume that only a small number of people in America have a primary insurance policy like hers.
But there may be millions of Americans who would like to buy the kind of policy we got for my wife — a lowish cost one with a high deductible that will protect us against the cost of medical catastrophes. (Indeed, it’s one of the principles of normal insurance purchasing to insure only against events you can’t afford the cost of bearing. That’s why I want to buy insurance for my home but not for my television or cell phone).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Making climate scientists feel the heat

Scott Adams has questions for scientists who believe in man-made causes for global warming.
Do they have the answers?
Think of this the next time you go to the beach.
11. When you claim the oceans have risen dramatically, you need to explain why insurance companies are ignoring this risk and why my local beaches look exactly the same to me. Also, when I Google this question, why are half of the top search results debunking the rise? How can I tell who is right? They all sound credible to me.

Defeating the purpose

It's "A Day without a Woman."
I heard about it on my local TV station, with the female journalist reading the story.
More women will be reporting on the event throughout the day.
Women working to tell the impact of women not working.
Would it be better for the movement if all those TV journalists were missing today?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tapping into their fears

Scott Adams examines how President Trump's use of the idea of wiretapping makes for big entertainment.
This wiretapping situation shows us how much fun it will be. Six months ago, if Trump made a hard-to-believe claim about something that is also hard to verify, the country would assume he was lying, incorrect, or negotiating. Now, if he says something hard-to-believe, such as the recent wiretapping claim, you have to wonder if the President knows something you don’t. Because he knows a lot of somethings you don’t. 
If history is our guide, this odd situation, in which the most famous “liar” in the world also has access to the world’s best secrets, will be more entertaining than dangerous. We’re seeing that entertainment now. Trump can make any claim about hard-to-verify situations and we’ll all have to wonder if he knows something we don’t.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thoughts from a grumpy old man

Do you care what David Letterman thinks about President Trump?
I don't have an obligation to care, or listen.

Read and learn

Time to learn about the American Health Care Act.
Repeal and replace the Democratic rhetoric.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The weight we were

Barbra Streisand is gaining weight.
And blaming President Trump.
Maybe he can send her some syrup.

Even foodies fuss

Can't President Trump eat what he enjoys?
The Washington Post's food critic criticizes his steak preference.
Food is often referred to as a bridge, a form of communion, a way to connect with people. Trump, a Queens native known to eat pizza with a knife and fork, views food in tinier terms. Unlike his pie-loving, almond-popping, restaurant-savvy predecessor, the current occupant of the White House appears to see food as something to be dispatched without much thought, like tweeting reviews of “Saturday Night Live.”

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Understanding Trump's tweets

Powerline tries to understand President Trump's motivation in his early morning tweet storm.
Trump had better be confident either that any wire tap on him was illegal or that the evidence leading to its authorization included nothing damaging to him. One inference from his decision to go on offense is that he has that confidence. But one could also surmise that he sees new trouble ahead and wants to change, as best he can, the focus of the conversation.

Saturday song

We might have reached the end of the line with the Traveling Wilburys.

Facebook quote of the week

I don't care what anyone thinks! Get over it n mind your own business.

Friday, March 3, 2017

For the birds

Before last Saturday's outdoor NHL game in Pittsburgh, there was a quick shot of some penguins at the stadium.
PETA lost it.
Do they know anything about Pittsburgh and its Penguins?
A spokesperson for the Pittsburgh Zoo said that amimal safety was a top priority and that the penguins had zoo keepers and a veterinarian at the stadium.
“The penguins who attended the Winter Classic are some of the same penguins that participate in our weekend Penguins on Parade event," Pittsburgh Zoo spokesperson Tracy Gray said. "They are very comfortable around people and noises. In addition, it was a great enrichment opportunity for our penguins to be introduced to new sounds, sights, and smells. Keepers and our Senior Veterinarian were with the penguins at all times on the ice.”
How can you deny these penguins an "enrichment opportunity?"

Weekend watchdog

final-four-2017Time to start sending invites to the Big Dance.
 The first conference champions will be crowned this weekend, setting the stage for the field of 68 to be unveiled next Sunday.
The Ohio Valley Conference brings its championship Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has the Missouri Valley Championship Sunday at 2 p.m. There's a pair of championship games on ESPN Sunday, with the Big South battle at 1 p.m. and Atlantic Sun at 3 p.m.
There's quarterfinal action from the West Coast Conference Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
Championships and bubble bursting will continue through the week.
For conferences finishing their regular season, West Virginia faces Iowa State Friday at 7 p.m. on MASN2 and it's Kent State-Akron at 9 p.m.
Virginia closes its home season against Pittsburgh Saturday at noon on ACC network. Syracuse faces Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. and other areas will see Miami against Florida State.
Virginia Tech hosts Wake Forest Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast.
There's three games on CBS Saturday, starting at noon with Kentucky-Texas A&M. Notre Dame visits Louisville at 2 p.m. before Arizona battles Arizona State.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Ohio State-Indiana. Florida faces Vanderbilt at 2 p.m., followed by Baylor against Texas and Kansas' contest with Oklahoma State. The GameDay crew catches Duke's contest with North Carolina at 8:15 p.m.
Georgia clashes with Arkansas on ESPN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. Memphis meets SMU at 4 p.m. and it's Oregon-Oregon State at 6 p.m.
George Mason faces VCU Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN.
Comcast has a pair of quarterfinals from the CAA tournament Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Connecticut Sunday at noon on CBS and it's Northwestern-Purdue at 4:30 p.m.
Comcast has a semifinal from the CAA tournament Sunday at 2 p.m., with the second semifinal on Comcast-plus at 4:30 p.m.
There's ACC women's tournament play Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Comcast. ESPN2 has a semifinal contest Saturday at noon.
MASN2 has quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's tournament Saturday at noon, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
There's five women's championship games on ESPN2 Sunday. The ACC tips off the action at 1 p.m., followed by the SEC and American Athletic Conference. The Big Ten goes at 7 p.m. with the PAC 12 title title at 9 p.m.
The Heat face the Magic Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN before the Spurs face the Pelicans at 9:30 p.m. Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., the Thunder visit the Mavericks.
On Comcast, the Wizards host the Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. and the Magic Sunday at 5 p.m.
ABC offers Clippers-Bulls Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Warriors' visit to the Knicks Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Orioles have a spring training contest with the Phillies Sunday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
There's college baseball on MASN2 Friday, with Texas A&M taking on Texas Tech at 4:30 p.m. and TCU-LSU at 8:30 p.m. There's three more games Sunday, with LSU-Texas Tech at 11 a.m. followed by TCU against Mississippi at 2:30 p.m. and Texas A&M battling Baylor at 6 p.m.
The Capitals meet the Flyers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network has the Blues taking on the Avalanche Sunday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Atlanta this weekend, with the Monster Series race on Fox Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1 followed the Truck Series at 4:30 p.m.
MLS season starts this weekend, and ESPN shows Orlando City against New York City at 5 p.m. and FoxSports1 has Atlanta United's debut contest with the Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m.
Manchester United takes on Bournemouth Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, and it's Liverpool-Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. Tottenham Hotspur faces Everton Sunday at 8:25 a.m. before Sunderland meets Manchester City.
There's rugby Friday on NBC Sports network, as Leicester faces Exeter at 2:30 p.m. followed by the first day of USA Sevens at 7 p.m. Action on day two begins Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and semifinals Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has women's downhill skiing Friday at 9 p.m.
USA swimming gathers in Indianapolis on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network brings USA Track and Field Indoor Championship Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

His meeting was different than my meeting

Jeff Sessions met with Russians last summer.
Big deal.
It was his job, as a Senator.
Not his secondary interest helping Donald Trump become president.
Not everything Sessions did last year was in service to Trump.
Republicans can do multiple things.
Maybe Democrats can't understand that.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Seeing the real Trump

Rush Limbaugh tells the reason for Democrats' horror - they saw the real Donald Trump for the first time.
I think one of the things that happened last night — and not just in that chamber, but I think in many parts of the country… I really believe this. I think the Democrats in that chamber may for the first time actually have heard Donald Trump say what he thinks and believes. I think they are so devoted to their media, I don’t think they spent much time actually watching Trump rallies, I don’t think they spent much time listening to what Trump was saying at his rallies, because if they had, there would not be this degree of anger and shock and disbelief.
But we know how cocooned these people are. We know how removed they are. They live in their own bubble, and they live in a bubble that has very thick boundaries to protect them from anything they disagree with. They don’t expose themselves to things they don’t agree with; they just characterize it based on their own bigotry and their own prejudice. And as the Democrats were shown on TV last night in these sporadic moments when the camera cut to ’em, yes, I noticed them sitting on their hands, and I noticed them looking really childish.

They've been Trumped

Roger L. Simon sees no hope for the current Democratic party.
Every time Trump called for bipartisanship for the good of our country, they winced.  They couldn't stand it and didn't know how to react because they are the least bipartisan people in the world and they scarcely know what cooperating is.  Working together is not in their natures.  Yes, they talk about it endlessly but they never do it.