Monday, April 30, 2018

Let the winning continue

Kurt Schlichter glories in the continued good run by Republicans and President Trump.
This is still huge – major black celebrities are refusing to be told what they can and cannot think and are actively pushing back against the backlash. And there’s a ton of backlash – the Democrats cannot afford to lose their lock on the minority vote – but minorities are now openly asking the question that terrifies liberals: “What have you done for us lately besides run your Chardonnay-guzzling mouths?”

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Facebook quote of the week

Mortality check: CBS FM —- always known to me as the Oldies station — playing The Outfield (some of you remember)

Saturday song

Stumblin' Into the weekend with Suzi Quatro

Friday, April 27, 2018

This would be a tasteful pardon

Ace gets behind the idea of giving a pardon to Martha Stewart.
Pardon Martha Stewart, just on the outside chance that it might afford James Comey one more chance at introspection and honest self-examination.
He'll avoid that at all costs, of course-- but it would be righteous of us (and not self-serving and self-pleasing at all! Nope! Not in the least!) to afford him that chance at moral scorekeeping.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Best. Infinity War. Review. Ever.

Babylon Bee gets you ready to watch Avengers: Infinity War.
  • The plot was one of the best so far: the Avengers have to band together to stop Thanos from busting into a college classroom and yelling, “THERE ARE ONLY TWO GENDERS!” It’s a real step up from some of the contrived plots of the past films.
  • We’re not entirely sure the Avengers teaming up with the High School Musical gang for the final confrontation with Thanos was the right tonal choice for the film.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    Plan your viewing

    The NHL will start the Conference semifinal round on Thursday.
    Tuesday is a rare night in April or May with no ice hockey.

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    How can I spark Twitter outrage?

    The prom here in Fishersville is less than two weeks away.
    Jay Feely showed how to bring controversy to prom pictures.
    Can I do something to top that?

    Sunday, April 22, 2018

    Man, I feel like a Trump voter

    Shania Twain said she would join the Trump train.
    “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both,” she told the outlet. “If I were voting, I just don’t want bull----. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”

    Look at what Trump's doing right

    The Weekly Standard gives kudos to President Trump for many of his recent actions.
    Before Trump, Assad could use chemical weapons with impunity; after Trump, he pays a steep price. BT, China could plunder American intellectual property and disregard the rules of the trading system that it has manipulated in its rise to power; AT, it fears Trump’s tariffs sufficiently to begin modifying its unfair trading practices. BT, Russia could wage cyberwar on the U.S. electoral system without fear of response from America; AT, Putin and his oligarch cronies find themselves being cut off from access to the world financial system. BT, the economy was mired in sub-trend growth; AT and his tax cut, growth is up. BT, in the post-war years most presidents projected a dignity of sorts; AT, presidential dignity is not even considered a virtue.

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Facebook quote of the week

    And they laughed at me when I bought a new snowblower in the middle of February... more snow expected this afternoon and tonight!

    Recycling update

    Aluminum cans are still 50 cents per pound locally.
    A little extra cash helps on a spring Saturday.

    Saturday song

    Get going with Stevie Wonder and Sir Duke.

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Colluding with craziness

    A day after James Comey's memos came out - showing no collusion or obstruction - Democrats decide to file suit against the Trump campaign.
    For colluding with Russia.
    Trump 2020 is looking like a landslide for him.

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Thinking of kickoffs

    We're barely into spring, but the NFL schedule release can make up plan your fall weekends.
    And Thanksgiving.
    It's Redskins against Cowboys in the late afternoon slot.
    Plan your dinners accordingly.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    The flithy streets of San Francisco

    If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to bring disinfectant.
    Even the people in charge of tourism think so.
    Sure, San Francisco has great facets worthy of postcards and travel books, but it also has a worsening underbelly that D’Alessandro says he can no longer gloss over.
    People injecting themselves with drugs in broad daylight, their dirty needles and other garbage strewn on the sidewalks. Tent camps. Human feces. The threatening behavior of some people who appear either mentally ill or high. Petty theft.

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    This column makes me hungry

    Larry Correia goes to town on the New Yorker's hate-filled attack on Chick-fil-A.
    After reading the original, Correia leaves the author extra crispy.
    New Yorker: Chick-fil-A’s success here is a marketing coup. Its expansion raises questions about what we expect from our fast food, and to what extent a corporation can join a community. 

    Correia: I think most people just expect their fast food to be fast, tasty, and delivered with decent service.
    But not the New Yorker. “Would you like fries with that?” “NO I WOULD LIKE RIGOROUS IDEOLOGICAL PURITY!” “Okay, should I make that a combo?”
    And the New Yorker's big words don't impress.
    You can always spot a New Yorker writer because they try to use $10 words to try and sound smarter than they are. I’m an award winning, New York Times bestselling novelist, and I had to go look up the word claustral. (You know someone’s trying too hard when MS Word’s spell check doesn’t even recognize it).

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    The right fight

    Kurt Schlichter still has high hopes for November - if Republicans fight for it.
    A tall order for sure.
    Then there is the Trump factor. First, if you saw his CPAC or other recent speeches, you know he’s totally committed to winning the midterms. The guy is a competitor, and they have not beaten him yet. While the DC/NYC axis has decreed that he’s hated and loathed and hated some more, that’s not exactly showing up in the polls. Rasmussen has him at around 50% approval, and the economy is improving just like he promised. Out here, beyond the Beltway, nobody seems to be abandoning Trump. 
    The danger is the other side’s base is activated, but how will the Dems activate normal voters? Democrats may have to run on the platform of “Don’t believe your lying eyes about the economy getting better – instead, let’s spend 2019 impeaching Trump for cavorting with formerly hot women over a decade ago!”

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Apu rules

    Which Simpsons character doesn't insult some group?
    Apu is in the spotlight now.
    Let us praise Apu.
    Apu is not a cultural separatist but an American, with American friends of all ethnicities with whom he shares a common culture—in parallel with the culture of his South Indian roots. He honors his origins by marrying his harridan mother’s choice of bride, and his American friends celebrate the Indian wedding. He had been Springfield’s most sought-after bachelor, because—caricature alert!—he has an advanced degree and his own business. He also drives an eye-catching Pontiac Firebird.

    Saturday, April 14, 2018

    Saturday song

    If Taylor Swift can remake September, then it's time to show the Earth, Wind and Fire original.

    Facebook quote of the week

    Took off today!

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Want some Chick-fil-A?

    The local Chick-fil-A is on my way home from work.
    At 6:15 p.m. on a Friday, the line for the drive-thru went around the building and into the road leading to the restaurant.
    Guess those people don't read the New Yorker.

    Weekend watchdog

    It's been nine years since I began Weekend Watchdog on my site, moving to Wordpress in 2011.
    I'm going to take a few months off to refresh.
    But the sports will go on.
    The Orioles and Nationals will fill the evening schedule on MASN most nights.
    ESPN has the Sunday night window, and Fox will be airing games on the Saturdays prior to the All-Star game.
     Washington will host the gathering of the best on July 17.
    The postseason begins in the NBA and NHL this weekend, with 16 teams in each league battling for the crown. ABC has the NBA Finals in early June while NBC and NBC Sports network carry the Stanley Cup Final.
    The NFL draft moves to Fox after years on ESPN, with the Cowboys hosting the action. The preseason schedule starts August 2 when the Ravens meet the Bears.
    NASCAR continues on Fox and FoxSports1 through June, moving to NBC and NBC Sports network with the July 1 race at Chicagoland.
    The IndyCar circuit gears up for its big race Memorial Day weekend, before hitting several Midwest venues for the summer.
    With the Masters over, the PGA tour has three more majors to fill the schedule.
    The tennis circuit has three more majors for the summer, with the French Open final on June 10, Wimbledon July 15 and the road to the U.S. Open from the end of July through August.
    The NCAA's spring sports crown their champions in May and June. ESPN carries the lacrosse final four Memorial Day weekend, then the softball World Series and baseball World Series in Omaha.
    The MLS continues through the summer on ESPN and FoxSports1.
    NBC Sports network carries the Premier League's final weeks before delegation day in May.
    FoxSports1 brings the German Bundesliga contests.
    Russia hosts the World Cup, starting June 14 and continuing to the final July 15.
    For fans of the horses, there's the Kentucky Derby May 5 and Preakness May 19. If one horse wins the first two, a Triple Crown championship could be waiting at the end of the 150th Belmont Stakes.

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Catching the wave, eight years later

    DaTech Guy sees positive signs for Republicans heading into the election after looking at the 2010 wave.
    In 2010 the year of the big red wave the Republicans tax ran on the same congressional maps that the Democrats had won big on it 2006 and 2008, however the wave of 2010 extended was not limited to congress but took place over the entire nation giving the GOP an unprecedented number of seats at the state level just before redistricting. This means that the supposed “big blue wave” is going to have to break on a set of maps that specifically favor republicans in the house.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018

    Anti doesn't matter

    David Brooks states the obvious - anti-Trump isn't having the intended impact.
    The main reason Trump won the presidency is that tens of millions of Americans rightly feel that their local economies are under attack, their communities are dissolving and their religious liberties are under threat. Trump understood the problems of large parts of America better than anyone else. He has been able to strengthen his grip on power over the past year because he has governed as he campaigned.
    To see the problems in the heartland, you've got to go there - not just fly over.

    Tuesday song

    Since YouTube reworked sharing, I have found it harder to save songs for future posting.

    Some Saturdays are busier than others.

    But I got to hear this Olivia Newton-John song to use.

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    Diamond and Silk

    What's the best way to get around Facebook's blockage of "Diamond and Silk."
    More people posting their stuff.
    Keep going, ladies.

    Democracy dies in the paywall

    I tried to read an article at the Washington Post.
    They have "Democracy dies in darkness" atop the page.
    But the link didn't work for me.
    They asked me to pay to join their site.
    So the article is dark to me.
    If the Post believes that "Democracy dies in darkness," shouldn't they open up their website and let the light of knowledge through?

    Sunday, April 8, 2018

    Friendly advice

    If teachers and other school personnel are counting down days until school ends, it's past time to think of that senior quote. The one everyone will remember you by.
    • Thanks to this high school I learned to right good.
    Maybe you'll have another chance next year.

    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    Facebook quote of the week

    When they said "April showers", I didn't think they meant snow showers in Virginia....

    I want candy

    Michelle Obama tried to compare her husband and Donald Trump.
    She used parenting.
    “We thought it’d feel fun — maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy all day and stay up late and not follow the rules.”
    I like this style of parenting.

    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Weekend watchdog

    Tiger's back.
    Will he wear another green jacket by the end of the weekend?
    Twenty-one years after he won first Major as a 21-year-old, Tiger Woods take to Augusta National for the Masters. CBS has weekend coverage, starting Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
    Woods has won four green jackets in his career, but none since 2004. He has a pair of top five finishes this year after missing the past two Masters.
    ESPN has the second round Friday at 3 p.m.
    The Orioles take on the Yankees for the weekend on MASN.
    The Nationals face the Mets Saturday afternoon's contest on MASN2 and Sunday on ESPN.
    The Brewers host the Cubs on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
    The Wizards take on the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
    The Capitals gear up for the postseason against the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
    The Ducks fight on a playoff spot against the Stars Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
    The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Saturday at 3 p.m.
    Notre Dame meets Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four championship Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
    NASCAR visits Texas, with the Monster Cup race Sunday at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. Fox carries the Xfinity Series Saturday at 3 p.m.
    ESPN2 has the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday at 11 a.m. There's practice Saturday at 7:55 a.m. and qualifying at 10:55 a.m.
    The IndyCar circuit visits Phoenix Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. There's qualifying Friday at 8 p.m.
    In the Premier League, NBC Sports network has Everton against Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Brighton & Hove Albion faces Huddlesfield Town at 9:55 a.m. with NBC covering Manchester City's contest with Manchester United.
    Arsenal meets Southampton Sunday at 9:10 a.m., then Chelsea clashes with West Ham United.
    Atlanta takes on Los Angeles FC in MLS play Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN and it's Orlando City against Portland Sunday at 4 p.m. FoxSports1 has the Galaxy against Sporting KC Sunday at 9 p.m.
    In the Bundesliga, Dortmund battles Stuttgart Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
    Fox has the United States' contest with Mexico Sunday at 2 p.m.
    Penn faces Brown in college lacrosse Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
    Arizona battles Oregon in college softball Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN. Florida faces Alabama on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. before Tennessee takes on Auburn. Sunday, there's another contest between Florida and Alabama at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.
    MASN has the Santa Anita Derby Saturday at 6:30 p.m. while NBC Sports network shows the Wood Memorial at 5:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Sunk in the Atlantic

    Poor Kevin Williamson didn't last long at The Atlantic.
    Watch what you say on the Internet.
    Someone with too much time on their hands will likely be offended.

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018

    Blocking the caravan

    President Trump knows his issue.
    A report of a group of people going through Mexico destined for the United States got his attention.
    Now everybody knows.

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    On ice

    The Wall Street Journal reports on a court hearing that didn't go the way climate alarmists thought it would.
    Thanks for a sharp judge and lawyer.
    The defendants’ lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. , emphasized the little-discussed but huge uncertainties in reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the failure of worst-case climate models to pan out in reality. Or as Judge Alsup put it: “Instead of doom and gloom, it’s just gloom.”
    Mr. Boutrous also noted that the city of San Francisco—in court claiming that rising sea levels imperil its future—recently issued a 20-year bond, whose prospectus asserted the city was “unable to predict whether sea level rise or other impacts of climate change or flooding from a major storm will occur.”

    Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Life inside the bubble

    A reporter from Indiana shares his insights about visiting Brooklyn and Washington.
    But I also found there was something more to the Trump hatred—a kind of closed-off complacency that also translated into how they treated me. The more I persisted, and closer I got to the beating heart of D.C., the more reluctant people were to talk to me on the record. The whole trip would leave a sour taste in my mouth over how difficult it is to perforate the Blue Bubble. It wasn’t just the clich├ęd dispatches from Trump Country that Clinton Country voters had come to loathe—it was Trump Country itself.