Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday song





With ghosts coming for Halloween, you might need the Ghostbusters.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Weekend watchdog

Penn State fans have had lots to be happy about this season.
Saturday, the primetime cameras of ABC return to Happy Valley for the Nittany Lions' contest with Michigan.
Penn State already has a primetime ABC victory over Buffalo at home, and won last Saturday against Iowa under the road lights.
The college football weekend continues Friday as Syracuse hosts Pittsburgh on ESPN at 7 p.m. and Ohio State visits Northwestern at 8:30 p.m. on the Big Ten network.
The ACC network starts Saturday with Georgia Tech against Miami, then Virginia hosts Duke at 3:30 p.m. Wake Forest faces Florida State at 7:30 p.m.
Clemson clashes with Louisville at noon on ABC, followed by Oregon-Washington.
LSU meets Mississippi State on CBS at 3:30 p.m.
West Virginia visits Oklahoma on Fox at noon and Baylor battles Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon as Florida faces South Carolina. Kentucky takes on Georgia at 6 p.m. and top-ranked Alabama meets Tennessee at 9 p.m.
It's Purdue-Iowa on ESPN2 at noon and Temple travels to SMU at 3:30 p.m. Memphis meets Tulane at 7 p.m. before BYU-Boise State closes the night at 10:15 p.m.
Texas Tech tangles with Iowa State at noon on FoxSports1.
NBCSports Washington has a pair of ACC contests, with North Carolina State-Boston College at noon followed by Virginia Tech hosting North Carolina at 3:30 p.m.
TCU takes on Kansas State on MASN at 2:30 p.m.
The Raiders take on the Packers on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox offers Redskins-49ers at 1 p.m. followed by the Ravens' trip to Seattle.
NBC has the Eagles and Cowboys Sunday night, with Patriots-Jets on ESPN Monday night.
Wednesday's rainout pushed the American League Championship Series back a day. There's Game 5 Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1. If necessary, the series returns to Houston Saturday and Sunday on FoxSports1. The winner advances to the World Series against Washington starting Tuesday night.
The Capitals host the Rangers Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and visit Chicago Sunday at 7 p.m.
It's the quaterfinals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan this weekend. England takes on Australia at 3 a.m. Saturday on NBC Sports network and Wales faces France Sunday at 6 a.m.
Philadelphia faces the Red Bulls on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m. and it's Minnesota against the Galaxy on ESPN at 8:30 p.m.
NASCAR heads to Kansas, with the Monster Series on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
Everton faces West Ham United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur against Watford at 9:55 a.m. NBC offers Crystal Palace's clash with Manchester City at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester United meets Liverpool Sunday at 11:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
In the Bundesliga, Augsburg faces Bayern Munich Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. It's Koln against Paderborn Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
It's the semifinals of the women's soccer league Sunday on ESPN2, with North Carolina against the Reign at 1:30 p.m. before Chicago clashes with Portland.
The NBA preseason continues for the Wizards Friday at 7 p.m. when they visit the 76ers on NBC Sports Washington-plus. 
TNT has the Knicks taking on the Pelicans Friday at 8 p.m.
Michigan State meets Penn State in women's volleyball Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
There's motocross racing from Las Vegas Saturday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

That other Washington monument

The Washington Nationals making the World Series brings up stories of past Washington baseball glory - the few times that happened.
One of the baseball Washington ball players was Joe Judge.
His talent on the field speaks for itself, but something that makes Joe Judge really special to Washington is the fact that he really embraced the city and adopted it as his home. Originally from New York, he was one of the few Nationals/Senators that stayed in the area after the end of each season. A 1927 article in the Washington Post lists Judge, Bucky Harris, Walter Johnson, Sam Rice and Ossie Bluege as the only players that would winter in D.C. following the baseball season.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Never surrender

With the 20th anniversary of "Galaxy Quest" looming, a documentary tells the tale.
This documentary explains why, despite an initially disappointing turnout at the box office, "Quest" has become one of the most beloved sci-fi movies of all time. It was even dubbed "the best 'Star Trek' movie" by Wheaton in the documentary, despite being, well, not a "Star Trek" movie.

Raptor Nation for Hong Kong

Some Toronto Raptors fans plan to give away t-shirts showing support for Hong Kong at the team's October 22 game.
A great way to begin the defense of their NBA title.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Understanding Democrats

Stephen Green's drunkblog provides a perfect picture of the Democrats.
Whenever Trump is the subject, it's like that Twilight Zone episode where the woman is constantly told how ugly and disfigured she is, but in reality all her tormentors were.


Dunking on Lebron

Lebron James spoke out on the NBA controversy about China.
People in Hong Kong burned his jersey in response.
Lebron's worried about getting money from China.
There's more money to be made in free China than the current model.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Bouncing back stronger

What do you get when Twitter suspends Carpe Donktum's account?
Lots of bad publicity.
Carpe Donktum restored.
Twitter goes from looking bad to looking terrible.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Undefeated teams watch

The New England Patriots are undefeated through six weeks.
Not unexpected.
The San Francisco 49ers are 5-0 after beating the Rams in Los Angeles.
Very unexpected.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

OG - behind the story

Althouse likes SNL's version of Oscar the Grouch's origin story.
"Sesame Street" has always been a falsely sunny fantasy version of New York City, so what's really there if you remove the sunshine filter. Who are these creatures?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

Weekend watchdog

Virginia has a win over Florida State this season.
The Cavaliers look for a Florida ACC sweep Friday when they take on Miami. ESPN has coverage at 8 p.m.
Virginia opened the season with four straight wins - two in conference - before falling at Notre Dame. After last week's bye, they continue their quest for a Coastal Division title.
Miami dropped its first two conference matchups - to North Carolina and then Virginia Tech last Saturday.
The college football weekend continues later Friday as Colorado clashes with Oregon on FoxSports at 10 p.m.
Virginia Tech takes on Rhode Island Saturday at 4 p.m. on ACC network, followed by Louisville-Wake Forest.
Top-ranked Alabama visits Texas A&M Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Fox carries the Red River rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma at noon.
It's Notre Dame-Southern Cal on NBC at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Illinois on ABC at noon, followed by Clemson against Florida State. Penn State travels to Iowa in primetime.
ESPN starts its day at noon with South Carolina-Georgia. West Virginia hosts Iowa State at 4 p.m. and LSU faces Florida at 8 p.m.
Temple takes on Memphis on ESPN2 at noon and Houston clashes with Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m. Mississippi meets Missouri at 7 p.m. before Hawaii-Boise State at 10:15 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has Georgia Tech against Duke at 12:30 p.m.
The Panthers and Bucs play in London Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on NFL network.
There's a battle of winless teams on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Redskins visit the Dolphins. CBS has the Ravens against Bengals at 1 p.m. followed by Cowboys-Jets.
The Steelers visit the Chargers on NBC Sunday night, with Lions-Packers on ESPN Monday.
It's the Cardinals and Nationals in the National League Championship Series starting Friday at 8 p.m. on TBS. Game 2 will be Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Yankees and Astros tangle Saturday at 8 p.m. on Fox and Sunday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports for Game 2.
NASCAR goes back to Talladega this weekend, with the Monster Series on NBC Sunday at 2 p.m. The Truck Series goes on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Petit Le Mans Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Stars Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
There's college ice hockey between Air Force and Notre Dame Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
FoxSports1 has men's soccer between the United States against Cuba Friday at 7 p.m. It's Iceland-France on ESPN2 Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Wales clashing with Croatia Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Wizards' preseason continues with a contest against the Knicks Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Bucks come to town Sunday at 6 p.m.
New Zealand tangles with Italy in the Rugby World Cup Saturday at 12:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. It's Ireland-Samoa at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, and the United States takes on Tonga Sunday at 12:30 a.m. Host Japan meets Scotland Sunday at 6:30 a.m.
ESPN2 has women's college volleyball Sunday, with Michigan-Nebraska at 2 p.m. followed by UCLA's contest with Colorado.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Inspiration for Plankton

Kids love Spongebob Squarepants.
They have for 20 years.
Former Virginia basketball coach Pete Gillen loved Spongebob.
A professor found a reason to dislike Spongebob.
The professor probably roots for Plankton to steal the Crabby Pattie formula as well.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Futility on parade

After five weeks of NFL play, there are four teams without a win.
Sunday, viewers in the Fishersville area will get a chance to watch all four.
The Redskins and Dolphins play on Fox at 1 p.m., while the winless Bengals visit the Ravens on CBS.
Then on CBS in the late afternoon slot, it's the winless Jets against the Cowboys.
It will be a nice day to be outdoors - away from the TV.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bull in a China shop

You didn't see the NHL trying to be nice to China for some money.
Nor the NFL or MLB.
The NBA took the lead down the wrong road.

Undefeated teams watch

We're down to two undefeated teams after Week 5 - the Patriots and 49ers.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Rockets' red glare

China wants to dunk on the NBA and Houston Rockets because a staff member supported Hong Kong's protesters against the government.
The NBA is struggling to rebound.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

If you build it, jobs will come

There's vocal opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia.
But what about in West Virginia, where the gas resides - waiting for a way to market. And there's people ready to work the project.
Randolph County Commission President Mark Scott stated that he appreciates the commitment to continuing the project and added that “it’s something that needs to be done.”
“This state was swimming in gas, and there was no way to get it out. Having a way to get it out to the consumers that need it is vital,” said Scott.
What about crossing the Appalachian Trail?
“The National Forest Service has the right to approve utilities, power lines, water lines and sewer lines, but it doesn’t specifically say pipelines.”
“Historically, there have been 62 pipelines that already cross the Appalachian Trail, but ours was taken up to the Forest Circuit, which said that the National Forest Service didn’t have the authority to approve a pipeline — even though 62 have already been installed underneath the Appalachian Trial.”
“That is being taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “We’re very optimistic that that will be a ruling in our favor so we can continue construction of the project.”

Friday, October 4, 2019

Weekend watchdog

TBS was the Braves' place on the dial for years.
They return to the station for the 2019 postseason.
Atlanta takes on the Cardinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. The second series continues in Los Angeles at 9:37 p.m., with the Dodgers hosting wild-card winner Washington.
The American League gets going Friday with the Astros meeting wild-card winner Tampa Bay at 2 p.m. on FoxSports1. MLB network has the Yankees at Twins at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has second games in the American League Division Series Saturday - the Twins against the Yankees at 5 p.m. and Astros-Rays at 9 p.m.
The National League action moves to St. Louis and Washington Sunday for Game 3.
All best-of-five series continue through the week.
The Patriots take on the Redskins on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. Fox has Vikings-Giants at 1 p.m. followed by the Packers against the Cowboys in the late afternoon slot.
It's Colts-Chiefs on NBC Sunday night, and the Browns face the 49ers Monday night on ESPN.
The college football weekend continues Friday as Cincinnati clashes with Central Florida at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
CBS has a top-10 SEC contest Saturday, with Auburn facing Florida at 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame battles Bowling Green at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
Oklahoma clashes with Kansas on ABC at noon, followed by Texas-West Virginia at 3:30 p.m. The primetime matchup brings together Ohio State and Michigan State.
Michigan meets Iowa on Fox at noon before Northwestern visits Nebraska at 4 p.m. It's California against Oregon at 8 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Purdue-Penn State. Virginia Tech tries to bounce back against Miami at 3:30 p.m. and Tennessee takes on Georgia at 7 p.m. Washington-Stanford closes out the day at 10:30 p.m.
TCU tangles with Iowa State on ESPN2 at noon and Baylor battles Kansas State at 3:30 p.m. San Diego State clashes with Colorado State at 10 p.m.
Oklahoma State takes on Texas Tech at noon on FoxSports1.
The ACC network has North Carolina-Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. and Pittsburgh plays Duke at 8 p.m.
It's Boston College-Louisville at 12:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
North of the border, ESPN2 has Edmonton against Hamilton Friday at 7 p.m.
The Capitals visit the Islanders Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and open the home season against Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m.
NASCAR visits the Monster Mile this weekend, with the Monster Series Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ABC has Game 3 of the WNBA Finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with Connecticut hosting Washington.
The United States' men's soccer team tangles with South Korea Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
Portland meets San Jose on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Brighton & Hove Albion Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. West Ham clashes with Crystal Palace on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Chelsea faces Southampton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Newcastle United-Manchester United.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Wolfsburg meets Union Berlin Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
It's Fiorentina against Udinese in Italian Serie A Sunday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
Italy battles South Africa in the World Cup of Rugby Friday at 5:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network.  It's Australia-Uruguay Saturday at 1 a.m. New Zealand takes on Namibia Sunday at 12:30 a.m. before France tangles with Tonga at 3:30 a.m.
NBC Sports Washington has women's volleyball between Duke and Syracuse Sunday at 1 p.m. Stanford faces Oregon Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
Major League Lacrosse crowns its champion Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.

The dingbat ate my baby

Surely you've seen the video of the woman at AOC's event, talking about eating babies.
It's sad.
It's creepy.
The poor woman needs some kind of help after that outburst.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Trump's almost as bad as Democrats, media

John Podhoretz sees bad signs from Democrats, but still can't avoid taking a shot at President Trump.
In raising these matters, I am not defending Trump’s conduct. He brought this upon himself with his indiscipline and his evident conviction that his own personal political fortunes are no different from the international needs of the United States. That said, when you combine the facts of the phone call as we now understand them with the backstage shenanigans of Schiff, who is as nakedly partisan a politician as there is in today’s Washington, Democrats may be on the verge of an act of political overreach of almost unprecedented proportions.
Democrats are partisans and the media doesn't have all the facts, but Podhoretz can't cut Trump any slack.
Trump has at least learned to act like a politician.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tractor jam

The Netherlands learned Tuesday not to mess with farmers.
Thousands of Dutch farmers rolled their tractors over highways to The Hague to protest a possible crackdown on nitrogen emissions from livestock and farming operations. The angry farmers snarled traffic for hundreds of miles in what has been called the Netherlands' busiest morning rush hour.
Brightly colored rows of the tractors rolled slowly down main roads all morning on Tuesday. The Dutch automobile association ANWB says it recorded more than 700 miles of traffic jams at the peak of rush hour, mostly due to the protest.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Impeach or lose in landslide

Powerline tries to understand why Democrats are going all in with impeachment now.
Always wise to go with first impressions.
The Democratic 2020 president field is unbelievably weak. The two front runners are a doddering old fool and a fake Indian whose shrill demeanor and radical ideas assure a Trump re-election. Hence the impeachment crusade is a hail Mary pass intended not just to whip up the Democratic base, but hopefully drive down Trump’s poll numbers. If the election next year is a referendum primarily about Trump, even a mediocre Democrat might win. With the compliant media happy to help out, think of impeachment as a billion-dollar attack-ad in-kind contribution to the 2020 campaign.

Undefeated teams watch

The Patriots handed the Bills their first loss.
The Chiefs handed the Lions their first loss.
The 49ers rested on their bye week.
They stand alone as the only undefeated teams after four weeks of NFL play.
The opportunities for anymore games between undefeated teams dwindle - the Patriots and Chiefs play in December and neither could meet the 49ers until the Super Bowl.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue watching.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Little dog tries to take down big dog

If impeachment is on, are Democrats ready when they fail?
The Democrats are chasing impeachment in Congress like a dachshund chasing a Subaru. What do they think they’re going to do with it once they catch it? Unless they come up with far stronger evidence than they have now, the only way this ends is with Trump sending Chuck and Nancy really savage tweets about their failed witch hunt.

How to question Warren

Elizabeth Warren stumbled over a question about Hunter Biden Thursday.
When a reporter asked Warren whether her ethics plan would allow her vice president's son or daughter to serve on the board of a foreign company, but without directly referencing the Bidens, Warren responded "no" before quickly walking back her assertion.
"I don't know. I mean, I'd have to go back and look at the details," Warren said.
It's because they didn't ask the question in how Warren understands things.
They should have tried "How much tax should Hunter Biden pay on the $50,000/month he received from the Ukrainian company?"
Taxing the rich is what Warren understands.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

Scott Adams gets it right

Scott Adams looks at how President Trump negotiates with foreign leaders - and comes away impressed.
When Trump brings the full weight of the office with him, it sets the table for the current conversations, and every one after that. When Trump withholds funds, pulls out of a deal, or otherwise transfers power from Congress to himself, it makes him a more effective negotiator. It puts him in charge. It is a strong psychological advantage.

Weekend watchdog

With the NHL season officially starting October 2, this weekend provides the final chances for teams to set their opening night lineups.
The Capitals, 2017-18 Stanley Cup champions, have a preseason contest with the reigning champion - St. Louis - Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The two teams will meet again October 2 when the Blues raise their championship banner in the season opener on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals travel to Carolina Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington in the final tuneup before the schedule opens.
Baseball's regular season concludes this weekend. The Orioles finish with three contests in Boston on MASN.
The Nationals host the Indians for the weekend on MASN2. Saturday's game will also be on FoxSports1, with Sunday's contest also on TBS.
ESPN2 has the Cubs against the Cardinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Mets meet the Braves and Cubs clash with the Cardinals on Fox Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
The Redskins meet the Giants Sunday at 1 p.m. on Fox. It's Ravens-Browns on CBS followed by Vikings against the Bears.
The Cowboys tangle with the Saints on NBC Sunday night, with Steelers against the Bengals on ESPN Monday night.
The college football weekend continues Friday as Virginia Tech takes on Duke at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Arizona State-California.
FoxSports1 offers Maryland against Penn State at 8 p.m.
Undefeated Virginia travels to Notre Dame on NBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Alabama hosts Mississippi at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Wisconsin tangles with Northwestern at noon on ABC, followed by top-ranked Clemson against North Carolina. Ohio State battles Nebraska at 7:30 p.m.
Fox has Texas Tech-Oklahoma Saturday at noon followed by Southern Cal-Washington.
ESPN starts its day at noon as Texas A&M tangles with Arkansas. Baylor battles Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. and Auburn meets Mississippi State at 7 p.m. UCLA visits Arizona in the nightcap at 10:30 p.m.
It's Middle Tennessee against Iowa at noon on ESPN2 before Purdue-Minnesota. Central Florida hosts Connecticut at 7 p.m. and Hawaii battles Nevada at 10:30 p.m.
Syracuse meets Holy Cross on ACC network at noon, then it's Wake Forest-Boston College at 3:30 p.m. and Florida State facing North Carolina State at 7:30 p.m.
Kansas takes on TCU at noon on FoxSports1 and Washington State meets Utah at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has Delaware-Pittsburgh Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR closes the first part of its playoff run Sunday at Charlotte, with coverage on NBC at 2:30 p.m. When the checkered flag drops, the playoff field will drop from 16 to 12. The Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
ESPN2 has the Russian Grand Prix Sunday at 7:05 a.m.
The WNBA finals begin Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN with the top-seeded Mystics facing Connecticut.
Sheffield United meets Liverpool Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Chelsea clashes with Brighton & Hove Albion at 9:55 a.m. NBC offers Everton against Manchester City at 12:30 p.m.
It's Leicester City against Newcastle United at 11:25 a.m. Sunday on NBC Sports network.
D.C. United takes on the Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Minnesota meets Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Paderborn Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Dusseldorf battles Frelburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports Washington has women's college soccer Sunday with Wake Forest against North Carolina State at 7 p.m.
Washington faces the NC Cougars in women's soccer Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. ESPN2 has the Reign against Portland Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tongo takes on Argentina in the Rugby World Cup Saturday at 12:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC Sports network has the Breeders Cup Challenge from Santa Anita Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia field hockey takes on North Carolina Friday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Always looking for bad news

Powerline reflects on the week's Ukraine headlines.
Trump is predisposed to think he can do no wrong, just as Democrats are predisposed to think everything he does is wrong. In this instance, I believe Trump has a better feel for how Americans will view the transcript than the Dems do, and I agree with Jim Dueholm’s assessment of the politics of impeaching Trump, with the caveat that we don’t know now what additional evidence will emerge.
There's always the caveat that additional evidence could emerge to weaken Trump's position.
The evidence never emerges.

To a safer energy future

Scott Adams tries to instruct those given over to fear about climate change.
Throughout all modern history, when we humans see a problem coming from far away, we have a 100% success rate in solving it. Climate change is no different. All the right people are working hard at a wide variety of solutions and already know how to get there, meaning more nuclear power plus CO2 scrubbers, plus lots of green power from solar, wind, and more.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Follow the failed group?

Andy Schmookler keeps beating the drums for impeachment.
Democrats must preserve the nation.
He hopes the nation will follow - those leaders he calls out for failing to lead for many years.
What happens if Democrats lead impeachment and the country fails to follow?
They fail again.
Schmookler should be used to it.

Meep, meep

The perfect meme to describe Democrats' attempts to catch President Trump.


Monday, September 23, 2019

Hail to the Chief, part 2

Althouse wonders if the latest impeachment strategy for Democrats means they are throwing in the towel in 2020.
I don't know if the Democrats in Congress will go so far as to impeach Trump, but I tend to think that if they do, it will be because they think they're going to lose the election and they need another route toward defeating Trump.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Undefeated teams watch

In a matchup of 2-0 teams, the Chiefs knocked off the Ravens Sunday.
The Patriots and Bills both won, setting up next week's contest of 3-0 vs. 3-0.
The Cowboys, Packers, 49ers and Rams also remained unbeaten, with Lions staying without a loss at 2-0-1.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins continue to watch.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Schmookler makes me smile

Poor Andy Schmookler.
Ranting today about the possibility of Donald Trump winning re-election.
Orange Man Bad.
Why doesn't everyone see it?
If only Democrats could tell it as he sees it - Republicans are bad for supporting such a bad man.
If he writes this type of column now, how will he sound in November 2020 when Trump rolls into his second term?

Saturday song





Soon summer will be a memory, like this song from 1959.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Weekend watchdog

Many moves ago, the Rams franchise called Cleveland home.
The Rams, now back in Los Angeles, will return to the lake to face the Browns on NBC Sunday for the NFL primetime contest.
The Rams brought the first NFL championship to Cleveland in 1945, then moved to Los Angeles as when the new Browns debuted in the AAFC in 1946. Those Browns won several NFL crowns - the last in 1964 - and the current Browns hope to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Ravens tangle with the Chiefs on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m. followed by the Steelers facing the 49ers. Fox will show the Dolphins against the Cowboys at 1 p.m.
The Bears and Redskins close the third week of play on ESPN Monday at 8:15 p.m.
The college football weekend continues Friday when Utah meets Southern Cal on FoxSports1 at 9 p.m. and ESPN2 has Boise State-Air Force at 9 p.m.
Notre Dame visits between the hedges under the lights Saturday, taking on Georgia at 8 p.m. on CBS. Texas A&M hosts Auburn at 3:30 p.m.
It's Northwestern-Michigan State on ABC at noon. The 3:30 slot features Pittsburgh against Central Florida and Washington taking on BYU, with the game not seen over the air in your area on ESPN2. Texas tangles with Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Wisconsin to start Fox's day at noon.
Tennessee takes on Florida on ESPN at noon before Louisville visits Florida State at 3:30 p.m. Stanford faces Oregon at 7 p.m. and the nightcap features UCLA against Washington State at 10:30 p.m.
Second-ranked Alabama tangles with Southern Mississippi on ESPN2 at noon. Virginia hosts Old Dominion at 7 p.m. followed by Toledo-Colorado State.
Iowa State meets Louisiana-Monroe at noon on FoxSports1, followed by TCU taking on SMU.
The ACC network slate begins with Syracuse against Western Michigan at noon. Central Michigan meets Miami at 4 p.m. and Charlotte clashes with Clemson at 7:30 p.m.
It's Elon-Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington at noon.
The Orioles close their home schedule against Seattle for the weekend on MASN.
The Nationals continue their quest for a wild-card berth against the Marlins on MASN2 this weekend.
The NL West champion Dodgers host the Rockies on ESPN Friday at 10 p.m. after Indians-Phillies at 7 p.m. The Indians meet the Phillies on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 on ESPN. TBS has the Cardinals and Cubs Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
NASCAR visits Richmond with the Monster Series race on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Xfinity Series takes the track Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Singapore Grand Prix Sunday at 8:05 a.m.
The Indy Car season concludes with the Grand Prix of Monterey on NBC Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
It's Southampton against Bournemouth Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.  Leicester City takes on Tottenham Hotspur Friday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Manchester City-Watford.
West Ham United faces Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Chelsea clashes with Liverpool at 11:25 a.m.
Portland meets Minnesota United on ESPN Sunday at 3:55 p.m
In the Bundesliga, FoxSports1 has Bayern Munich's battle with Koln Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Eintracht duels with Dortmund Sunday at noon.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair of ACC soccer contests Friday, with Pittsburgh-Boston College at 5 p.m. followed by Virginia Tech against Louisville at 7 p.m.
The Capitals get ready for the season by facing Carolina Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The WNBA playoffs continue Sunday at 5 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Japan takes on Russia in the Rugby World Cup Friday at 6:30 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Australia tangles with Fiji Saturday at 12:30 a.m. and England takes on Tonga Sunday at 6 a.m.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

If you're going in San Francisco

Since the government of San Francisco isn't doing much about its' homeless problem, the federal government will step in.
So you don't step in it.
Contaminated needles everywhere and human excrement on the sidewalks is an infinitely greater environmental problem than anything the EPA conventionally deals with.

Beto gunned down

Joe Manchin emerges from West Virginia to say not all Democrats agree with Beto's gun grabbing plan.
What’s the difference between Joe Manchin and Beto O’Rourke? There are many, but the most pertinent here is that Manchin got himself elected to the Senate from a red state, while O’Rourke didn’t–even though he swore up and down, falsely, that he had no intention of confiscating firearms. The Democrats would be well advised to listen to Manchin but, happily, they won’t.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Corn Pop and the Frosted Flake

We're in the campaign silly season, trying to understand Joe Biden's story about "Corn Pop" at the pool in the '60s.
Fifty-five years down the road, Biden has gone from young man to frosted flake.

Corey rules

Corey Lewandowski visited the House Tuesday for the impeachment inquiry.
He ruled and Democrats drooled.
Even a CNN guest agreed.
"I don't know what they were looking to get, that they couldn't already get from the Mueller Report. They need to drop this. You can't do an impeachment in an election year. It's gonna look terrible," the CNN guest continued.
"So they need to figure out a game plan, cause it's clear, they have no idea how to handle this administration," she said disappointingly.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Undefeated teams watch

With the NFL's week 2 almost finished, there's nine teams with 2-0 records and one - Detroit - without a loss at 1-0-1.
Three unbeaten teams are in the NFC West - Seattle, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco. They join the Packers, Cowboys, Patriots, Bills, Ravens and Chiefs with such successful starts.
Next week brings only one matchup between 2-0 teams - the Ravens and Chiefs meet in Kansas City.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins are watching.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Don't lose your marbles

Iowahawk promotes a way to track your college team - the marble game.
Instead of sportswriters or coaches ranking teams based on last year's outcomes, you base this poll on wins and the strength of the team you have beaten.
Virginia ranks seventh in this poll - so it's good.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Greatest problem with gun control

As  Beto O'Rourke explains exactly how his administration would collect banned firearms - without banging on everyone's doors - it reveals the greatest flaw in the idea.
Exit question via Drew McCoy: Isn’t Beto giving away the game here by stressing his belief that Americans will comply voluntarily with the law? People willing to surrender their weapons upon a lawful demand by the feds are by definition “law-abiding.” If you’re worried about mass shootings but unwilling to go door to door to look for assault rifles, it’s inevitable that virtually all of the people whom you end up disarming are people whom you didn’t need to worry about in the first place.
UPDATE: Part of Under the Fedora at DaTech Guy.

The ad that has Democrats burning

Powerline highlights the ad that ran during Thursday's Democratic debate.
Democrats are offended by the ad appearing to burn a picture of AOC.
Not by the skulls left behind in Cambodia, thanks to socialism.

Are Democrats paying attention?

President Trump visited North Carolina Monday.
The Republican House candidate won the election Tuesday.
The concept befuddles Democrats.
Like Blue Virginia, who think they can win by tying Republicans to Trump.
Note that in the NC special election earlier this week, Trump’s election-eve rally was not countered by a Democratic rally with a Democratic star like Barack Obama. Why not? Got me, but it seems like a huge mistake to me.
Are there any undecided voters anywhere who don't know enough about Donald Trump to make a decision?
Everybody knows him.
The media has pushed so hard since he came down the escalator in 2015.
Now, it appears to bring votes to the Trump side instead of the opposition.
Or there's no Democratic superstar who can draw the attention Trump does.

Saturday song





Cherish the beach scenes in this video from Kool and the Gang.

Friday, September 13, 2019

New Biden campaign song





At Thursday's debate, Joe Biden said parents need to have their record players on to help children learn language.

He worked for him - we think.


Weekend watchdog

For one NASCAR driver, what happens in Vegas moves him to the next round of the playoffs.
Sixteen drivers start their chase for the championship Sunday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Sunday's winner automatically advances to the second round starting Oct. 6 in Dover, while the rest need to win at Richmond and Charlotte or gain enough points to move on.
Kyle Busch holds the top spot among the 16 going into the Chase. Joey Lagano, the 2018 NASCAR champion, won the spring race at Las Vegas.
The Xfinity Series racers go Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and FoxSports1 has the Truck Series Friday at 9 p.m.
The Cowboys and Redskins tangle on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m. before the Saints visit the Rams. CBS offers the Bills against the Giants, with the Charlottesville area getting the Patriots' contest with the Dolphins and northern Virginia watching the late afternoon contest between the Raiders and Chiefs.
The Eagles visit the Falcons on NBC Sunday night, with Browns-Jets on ESPN Monday.
The college football weekend begins Friday when North Carolina battles Wake Forest at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Washington State travels to Houston at 9:15 p.m. The ACC network brings Kansas-Boston College Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame opens its home season against New Mexico at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.
Second-ranked Alabama takes on South Carolina on CBS Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech starts the ACC network slate at noon with a contest with Furman. It's  Miami against Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. and Virginia hosts Florida State at 7:30 p.m.
ABC starts its day Saturday with the battle between Pittsburgh and Penn State at noon. Southern Cal faces BYU at 3:30 p.m. and top-ranked Clemson takes on Syracuse at 7:30 p.m.
Indiana meets Ohio State on Fox at noon. Arizona State travels to Michigan State at 4 p.m. and UCLA hosts Oklahoma at 8 p.m.
ESPN brings Kansas State-Mississippi State at noon followed by Stanford-Central Florida. Kentucky clashes with Florida at 7 p.m. and Arizona hosts Texas Tech at 10:30 p.m.
Georgia hosts Arkansas State on ESPN2 at noon. It's Oklahoma State-Tulsa at 4 p.m. before Auburn plays Kent State at 7 p.m. with Portland State against Boise State in the nightcap at 10:15 p.m.
West Virginia tangles with North Carolina State on FoxSports1 at noon before Iowa faces Iowa State at 4 p.m. Nebraska meets Northern Illinois at 8 p.m
NBC Sports Washington offers Citadel-Georgia Tech at noon and Morgan State's contest with James Madison at 4 p.m.
There's high school football Friday on ESPN2, as St. Joseph's Prep faces IMG Academy Friday at 7 p.m.
North of the border, Ottawa visits British Columbia Friday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles head to Detroit on MASN2 for the weekend. The Nationals host the Braves for the weekend on MASN.
ESPN has the Dodgers against the Mets Sunday at 7 p.m.
Liverpool tangles with Newcastle United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Crystal Palace. NBC offers Manchester City against Norwich City at 12:30 p.m.
Bournemouth battles Everton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and Watford takes on Arsenal at 11:25 a.m.
D.C. United hosts Portland on ESPN Sunday at 3:30 p.m and the Galaxy battle Sporting KC on FoxSports1 Sunday at 10 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dortmund faces Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Hoffenheim battles Freiburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Paderborn-Schalke at noon.
In women's soccer, Washington meets the Reign on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
The FIBA World Cup concludes Sunday at 8 a.m. with the championship on ESPN2. The third place game will be on ESPN2 at 4 a.m.
There's a pair of WNBA playoff games on ESPN2 Sunday at 3 and 5 p.m.
The Chaos and Redwoods meet in the Premier Lacrosse League playoffs Saturday at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This is how we do it

Instapundit goes back to the archives for ways to survive the disasters that can come our way.
In fact, one barely-reported story from September 11 illustrates this better than any other - the improvised navy that evacuated roughly a million people by boat from Lower Manhattan, in an operation that some have called an American Dunkirk. Ferries, commercial boats, and pleasure craft spontaneously assembled to carry people away from the scene of the attack, and to return with needed supplies.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Recycling update

I made a trip to recycling center over the weekend, and aluminum cans remain at 35 cents per pound.
Still a better market than plastics.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Sad day in the blogosphere

Visiting Dustbury this weekend, there was nothing posted since Tuesday.
Not good.
He posts multiple times a day, and has since 1996.
Today comes the news that Charles Hill passed after being involved in a car accident that day.
From his perch in Oklahoma City, he was a true internet star.
He supported this blog from almost the beginning and I've visited his place numerous times.
And it picked up items from me, making the posting of items more enjoyable.
A favorite?
When my dad found his manual for Office 97 in 2014, I knew Dustbury would like it.
And he did.
Rest in peace, friend.
UPDATE: Thoughts from Roger O. Green and Fillyjonk.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Facebook quote of the week

It's been a while for this feature, but today one popped up that I had to share.
I forgot that Saturday afternoon at Costco is like Thunderdome. Also, why are there angry people buying 5 lbs of spinach. Is Popeye coming to dinner? I need to go home and sit quietly with the cat.

My mama told me, you'd better shop around

How will the U.S.-China trade dispute end?
Possibly with less U.S. dependency on China's manufacturing.
Because Vietnam and Thailand are also open for business.
For China, further decoupling has to be a terrifying scenario. The U.S. remains the world’s number one consumer market, and America is now clearly looking to shop around. Beijing needs to come up with some kind of offer to slow this trend either at the trade negotiating table or in some kind of arrangement with the U.S. manufacturers that are still in China.

Saturday song





A song to Cherish from the 60s.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Weekend watchdog

The NFL opened its 100th season Thursday with a rivalry that dates back to 1921.
The rest of the 32 teams open this weekend and Monday.
The defending Super Bowl champion had been hosting the season opener in recent years, but the NFL saves the Patriots' game with the Steelers for Sunday night on NBC.
ESPN has a pair of contests for the first Monday night of the season. The Texans take on the Saints at 7:10 p.m. followed by Broncos-Raiders.
The Ravens meet the Dolphins on CBS Sunday at 1 p.m.
Fox offers the Redskins-Eagles at 1 p.m. before the Giants tangle with the Cowboys in the late afternoon slot.
Virginia starts the college football weekend Friday, facing William & Mary at 7:30 p.m. on the ACC network. Marshall meets Boise State on ESPN2 at 9 p.m.
The College GameDay crew will be in Austin for LSU-Texas, with coverage on ABC at 7:30 p.m. Cincinnati clashes with Ohio State at noon followed by Clemson-Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.
Michigan meets Army on Fox at noon and it's Colorado-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. In primetime, Penn State hosts Buffalo.
Iowa hosts Big Ten foe Rutgers at noon on FoxSports1. Action heads out west at 10:30 p.m. for the Pac-12 contest between Washington and California.
Pittsburgh hosts Ohio on the ACC network at 11 a.m., followed by South Florida-Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. Florida State faces Louisiana-Monroe at 5 p.m. and there's a conference tilt between Miami and North Carolina at 8 p.m.
Tennessee takes on BYU on ESPN at 7 p.m. and Stanford travels to Southern Cal at 10:30 p.m.
It's West Virginia-Missouri at noon on ESPN2. Georgia battles Murray State at 4 p.m. before Auburn tangles with Tulane at 7:30 p.m
MASN offers Bowling Green-Kansas State at noon.
North Carolina State takes on Western Carolina on NBC Sports Washington at 12:30 p.m. and James Madison has its' home opener against St. Francis at 6 p.m.
The Orioles, who had a schedule change thanks to Hurricane Dorian, watch the skies for the storm's remnants this weekend as the Rangers come to town on MASN2. The Nationals visit the Braves on MASN.
The Red Sox host the Yankees Saturday at 4:05 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. It's Phillies-Mets on FoxSports1 Saturday at 7:10 p.m. and on TBS Sunday at 1:10 p.m.
ESPN has the men's finals of the U.S. Open Sunday at 4 p.m., after the women's doubles championship at 1 p.m. The men will battle for the final Friday at 4 p.m.
NASCAR gets ready for the playoffs with the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. The Monster Series goes Sunday at 4 p.m. on NBC, after the Xfinity Series race Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
It's the Italian Grand Prix on ESPN2 Sunday at 9:05 a.m.
The United States national team plays Mexico Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Germany clashes with the Netherlands Friday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN in a European qualifier.
The Mystics meet Dallas in WNBA action Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Lynx face the Sparks on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Premier League lacrosse playoffs Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Grilling Democrats

It's almost the weekend.
Maybe time for a cookout.
Unless you're a Democratic candidate for president.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Marianne learns

It's good to see Marianne Williamson has learned something from her campaign for president.
“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the left was so mean. I didn’t think the left lied like this,” Williamson told the New Yorker’s David Remnick in an interview. “I thought the right did that. I thought we were better.”
Williamson accused the left of lying about her use of crystals and “crystal gazing,” telling Remnick that there has “never been a crystal on stage” at any of her events and “there is no crystal” in her home.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Trump wins climate debate

CNN has a seven-hour town hall Wednesday to focus on climate change.
President Trump used eight tweets to deflate the event.
President Trump is trolling for a media fact-check in order to get his message out beyond Twitter. He does this all the time.
We shall see who, if anyone, bites.
But the president just ended the climate change argument. End of the debate. Time to take action and end all subsidies for alternative energy and go back to burning coal.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Where will the hurricane land?

Last week, some people on Facebook hoped Hurricane Dorian would hit Mar-A-Lago.
Looks like Mar-a-Lago is safe.
Maybe the storm will hit Martha's Vineyard - where President Obama just bought a place
Will Trump's critics be okay with that destination?

This was no vacation

Many Disney Cruise vacationers have been to Castaway Cay, one of the stops on the trip.
The island appears safe and crew members okay after Hurricane Dorian passed to the north.
[Disney Cruise Lines] is in regular contact with island leadership and all are safe. Forecast calls for tropical storm force winds, which is what is there now. There are extensive measures in place to keep crew safe. A shelter on the island houses all crew and is stocked with a plentiful supply of food and water,” Kim Prunty, Disney’s vice president of communications and public affairs, told Green on Twitter Sunday night.

Storm clouds ahead

Like Hurricane Dorian, the House impeachment battle grabs attention while spinning in circles.
But the storm may get moving - with Stormy Daniels.
The payments predate Trump’s presidency. Is it a “high crime and misdemeanor” for a candidate to buy the silence of someone who has damaging information about him? I don’t think so. At worst, it’s a technical violation of campaign finance law, and I doubt it even amounts to that.
But why let this stand in the way of sexy hearings? Stormy Daniels and the ex-Playboy model might be able to attract media attention and draw viewers to hearings that otherwise hardly anyone would watch.

Monday, September 2, 2019

To ask the question is to answer it

Blue Virginia wonders - why isn't the press interested in Alabama governor Kay Ivey doing something in blackface in the 60s?
It's not wall-to-wall coverage like Virginia's Ralph Northam.
What's the difference?
Pictures are important.
But the Democratic reaction fueled the interest - many Democrats jumping to push Northam out and then backing off when he didn't run.
And other troubles befell his possible successors.
If Democrats didn't purge Northam, why bother with Ivey?
Although Democrats may wish they purged Northam come Election Day.

Bull in China's shop

President Trump treats China differently than other recent presidents.
And it's a good thing.
Trump, by contrast, “is the first president in recent memory to seriously say to this communist dictatorship: If you want to keep doing business with us, you have to change.” And Trump has backed up this statement with his actions.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

We question their authority

Andy Schmookler wants you to question authority - just not the authority he believes.
His most recent column talks about the Scopes Trial - why did the people believe the authority of the Bible in their law against teaching of evolution.
Then he wonders why today, people don't blindly follow his climate change authorities.
It's because we've looked at evidence and question their authority.
If you don't realize there is information that disapproves the man-made climate change, or think it's just from an authority he doesn't trust, then you don't understand the other side.
You've fallen for a false authority and think you examined the evidence.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Not normal? Not a problem

Via Althouse, a Democrat trying to figure how to change the minds of 2016 Trump voters.
Her son weighs in.
The worst argument is he’s “NOT NORMAL,” “violates norms,” etc. That argument itself isn’t normal; “politics as usual” is an insult, not a compliment. WI, MI, & PA residents voted for him knowing he’s far from a normal politician and unlikely to change. They liked that about him.

Not messing with Trump

A few days ago, it looked like Hurricane Dorian was headed to the south Florida coast.
Some people thought it would be great for the storm to hit President Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort.
But each day, the storm seems to be turning away from the United States.
One day it aims at the Florida coast.
Then Savannah.
Now Myrtle Beach.
Looks like Dorian respects President Trump more than many of his opponents.

Saturday song





Gear up for a great day with the Rascals.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Peek-a-boo, I see you

President Trump tweeted a picture of the destroyed Iranian missile launch site Friday.
Immediately, the opposition rose.
How can you tweet a picture from our secret intelligence?
Our enemies will know our spying capabilities.
When an Iranian leader goes to the bathroom, our cameras can tell if they use single-ply or double-ply toilet paper.
That's good for our enemies to know we see what they are doing at all times.
They can try to hide, but we'll find them.
It's good to keep our enemies looking over their shoulders - constantly.

Weekend watchdog

Darlington offers plenty of memories for NASCAR fans.
The cars on track this weekend offer a chance to see those memories in action.
It's a throwback weekend at the 70th Southern 500, with the flag dropping on NBC Sports network Sunday at 6 p.m.
Upon returning the Southern 500 to its traditional Labor Day slot in 2015, teams have honored the past with their paint schemes.
The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network has practice sessions Friday starting at 1 p.m., with qualifying for the Southern 500 Saturday at 2 p.m.
The college football season gets going this weekend as South Florida hosts Wisconsin Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Colorado against Colorado State.
FoxSports1 brings Tulsa-Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. and Oklahoma State battles Oregon State at 10:30 p.m. ACC network carries Wake Forest's contest with Utah State at 8 p.m.
Saturday on the ACC network starts at noon with East Carolina against North Carolina State. Virginia Tech tangles with Boston College at 4 p.m. and Virginia meets Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m.
Memphis takes on Mississippi at noon on ABC, followed by Duke-Alabama at 3:30 p.m. Oregon clashes with Auburn at 7:30 p.m.
Fox offers Ohio State-Florida Atlantic at noon before Northwestern takes on Stanford at 4 p.m.
Iowa State hosts Northern Iowa on FoxSports1 at noon. Iowa meets Miami of Ohio at 7:30 p.m.
Nebraska faces South Alabama at noon on ESPN, then it's South Carolina against North Carolina from Charlotte at 3:30 p.m. Florida State faces Boise State at 7 p.m. and Southern Cal clashes with Fresno State at 10:30 p.m.
On MASN, Kansas clashes with Indiana State Saturday at noon.
Oklahoma hosts Houston on ABC Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with the ACC contest between Notre Dame and Louisville Monday at 8 p.m.
The Orioles head to Kansas City for a three-game set on MASN.
The Nationals take on the Marlins on MASN2.
 The Phillies clash with the Mets Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. TBS has the Yankees' contest with the A's Sunday at 1 p.m.
 ESPN has the U.S. Open Friday at noon, with ESPN2 taking over coverage at 6 p.m. Saturday action will be on ESPN2 starting at 11 a.m., with ESPN coverage Sunday at 11 a.m. going to ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
Manchester United meets Southampton Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-Sheffield United. Everton faces Wolverhampton Sunday at 8:55 a.m. and it's Arsenal against Tottenham Hotsput at 11 a.m.
The Galaxy take on Seattle Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Lazio faces AS Roma on ESPN2 in Italian Serie A Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich meets Mainz Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Werder Bremen battles Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Eintracht-Dusseldorf.
In women's soccer, Washington visits Orlando on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix Sunday at 9:05 a.m.
NBC Sports network has Diamond League track and field from Zurich Thursday at 2 p.m.
The pro volleyball beach tour visits Chicago Sunday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

XFL week for the NFL

All NFL teams have their final preseason games Thursday.
Very few, if any, starters in the opener will be playing.
Who will?
Guys who will be cut from the roster Saturday.
They might make the taxi squad, or find a spot after injuries hit.
Many probably played in the Alliance of American Football this spring, and will be filling rosters of the new XFL in February 2020.
Will the new XFL have enough audience to survive?
Fans will watch tonight's games.
If the money people want, the XFL will make it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

In the heat of the moment

The Democratic National Committee didn't agree to have a single debate focused on climate change
So CNN stepped in.
Seven hours worth of candidate interviews on September 4.
I'm saving the environment by not watching.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday song





Topping the charts 50 years ago this week, Johnny Cash identifies as Sue.

Anybody have ACC network?

The new ACC network debuted Thursday night.
We don't have it here in Fishersville on the regular cable lineup.
Nor in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia.
Will we get it before the season opening games next Saturday?
Or will we wait until basketball season?
Cable companies and the ACC are playing a game of chicken.
How much money does the ACC need to pay cable companies for their network?
How much will the ACC be hurt if many games aren't seen by fans?
I'm used to missing games on ESPNU.
But more games are set for ACC network, especially early in the football season.
Good thing there's SEC games, West Virginia and Big Ten to capture my attention.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Weekend watchdog

College football celebrates 150 years of competition this season, and top two programs get an early start on the season.
ESPN has the battle between Miami and Florida from Orlando Saturday at 7 p.m. Youngstown State clashes with Samford Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
It's the NFL preseason week for starters to get their most playing time, and final tuneups for the NFL crews. The Bills battle the Lions on CBS Friday at 8 p.m., and NBC has a contest between the Steelers and Titans Sunday at 8 p.m.
North of the border, Winnipeg travels to Edmonton Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
There's high school football this weekend, as Mallard Creek meets Dutch Fork Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The gridiron action continues Saturday on ESPN when St. Frances meets Miami Central at noon. Dematha battles St. John Bosco on ESPN2 at 9 p.m., and Southern Columbia goes against Hammond School of South Carolina Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles face the Rays on MASN2 over the weekend. The Nationals visit the Cubs on MASN for the weekend. Sunday's contest will also be on TBS.
The Yankees take on the Dodgers Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Cardinals host the Rockies on FoxSports1 at 7:15 p.m.
Little League baseball crowns its champion Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The third place contest will be on ESPN Sunday at 10 a.m.
ABC has the United States championship game between Hawaii and Louisiana Saturday at 3:30 p.m, after the International finale matching Japan and Curacao at 12:30 p.m.
There's a pair of MLS contests on Friday, with Orlando City-Atlanta United at 8 p.m. before Portland plays Seattle at 10 p.m. ESPN2 has New York FC against the Red Bulls Saturday at 7 p.m.
Cincinnati clashes with Columbus Sunday at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1, followed by Dallas-Houston and Los Angeles FC against the Galaxy at 10:30 p.m.
Aston Villa faces Everton Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network. Chelsea clashes with Norwich City Saturday at 7:25 a.m. Liverpool tangles with Arsenal on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester City meets Bournemouth Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Tottenham Hotspur takes on Newcastle United at 11:25 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Dusseldorf faces Leverkusen Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1 and Bayern Munich battles Schalke at 12:30 p.m. Leipzig takes on Eintracht Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with Hertha Berlin-Wolfsburg at noon.
Santos meets Monterrey on FoxSports1 Friday at 10 p.m.
Roma faces Genoa in Italian Serie A Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
In women's soccer, NBC Sports Washington has Washington against Orlando Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The top 30 players on the PGA tour compete for the Tour Championship on NBC Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
The Xfinity Series visits Road America Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Truck Series runs on FoxSports1 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the IndyCar race from Gateway in Illinois Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Mystics meet the Liberty on NBC Sports Washington Sunday at 4 p.m.
Fox has the Travers Stakes Saturday at 5 p.m.
Chrome clashes with Redwoods in Premier Lacrosse League action Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Out-slee

Another Democratic candidate is done - Washington governor Jay Inslee.
While Inslee had qualified for the first two presidential debates this summer, he struggled to gain traction in the crowded Democratic field and was falling short of the requirements needed to appear on two high-profile stages next month: the third DNC debate in Houston and a CNN town hall focused on climate change, Inslee's key issue.
He had recently hit one of the markers — 130,000 unique donors. But he had yet to reach 2% in any poll and would have needed to hit that level of support in four qualifying polls.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Antifa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

My favorite part of the internet is answering an accusation with a matching accusation.
Explain Antifa.
No, you explain right-wing extremists first.
So violence is okay if it's your side?
So two sides can both say violence is okay.
Which makes threats of violence basically inevitable.
No one wants to be good first.
It's always you go first.

People for Trump, quietly

The Seattle Times' story about  President Trump's support in Washington caught plenty of attention this weekend.
The latest federal-election reports show that Trump is doing surprisingly well getting backers in this bluest of blue places. With nearly 15 months to go before the 2020 election, he already has drawn more donations from Seattle addresses than he did during the entire 2016 campaign.
Opponents fuss loudly, but the noise doesn't enter the voting booth.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Begun, the Facebook wars have

Larry Correia finds himself banned from Facebook for posts about imaginary countries and a blogger with imaginary followers.
But it raises the question about why conservatives get blocked or banned.
But more importantly on a basic philosophical level, the left is always compelled to try and silence the right, while the right usually prefers the left to keep talking so that everybody can hear how stupid they sound. So the whole deplatforming tactic seems alien to most of the people on my side.
Maybe some good will come of this.
I’m on social media for one reason. That’s to sell books and interact with my fans. Everything else is a distraction (arguing with idiots mostly, though it does help me come up with snappy dialog). I used to primarily talk to the fans here, but for a while there it seemed like Facebook had killed blogging (people go wherever it is easiest to communicate) but now through their ham fisted, censorious ways, blogging might make a comeback.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Background check

Democrats want expanded background checks before someone gets a gun.
After reading the background of the Philadelphia shooter, how did he get his guns?
And which Democrat volunteers to disarm him?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

He's in the money

A Democrat running for Senate in South Carolina filed his financial disclosure forms.
What a difference 10 years makes when you're a lobbyist.
Harrison, now running for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, last had to file a financial disclosure in 2008 as a high-paid staffer for Rep. Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.). At the time, Harrison had no reportable assets and significant liabilities, disclosing credit card and loan debt together between $140,004 and $365,000.
But Harrison left Clyburn's office, where he was earning a six-figure salary, in December 2008 to join the now-defunct Podesta Group, where he went on to represent the interests of a who's who of corporate giants—Walmart, BP, Bank of America, Boeing, Merck, and Google.
The work paid off, according to a new required financial disclosure Harrison submitted Monday night. Harrison, who left the Podesta Group at the end of 2016, now reports assets of up to $3.45 million.
Good work is you can get it.

Dog days of the election cycle

An election story caught Althouse's eye - checking in on Kamala Harris.
Not because she wanted to discuss the election.
These articles about the election must be cranked out, and I'm only blogging this one because it is so absurd. Kamala Harris was "briefly sent... into the stratosphere"?! She briefly polled in the teens, and then slipped back into the single digits. Instead of an article asking why she's not more popular, ask yourselves how you ever got caught up into assuming that she was supposed to be so popular. You assume something should be true, then you proceed to inquire why it isn't. How about speaking honestly about your own assumption?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Eating Castro's lunch

DaTech Guy is having to use a backup site, but Instapundit found this post by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng on Texans and their BBQ.
The day after Castro published that hateful screed, thousands of Texans piled into their pickup trucks and drove to the nearest Bill Miller Bar-B-Q.
Social media reports flooded in showing massive drive-thru lines backing up onto busy streets. Hungry customers patiently waited in lines out the door.
Don't mess with Texas - or BBQ.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

If Smitty was impressed

Smitty at The Other McCain tipped his hat to Don Surber.
What did Surber say about the gun control battle?
Don't worry.
He's seen enough of the media in action to know this truth.
I am not saying the media gets everything about Donald Trump wrong. I am just having trouble remembering the last time they got it right.

Saturday song





The Rascals are glad it's a beautiful morning.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Never sausage a thing

Via Powerline, a German attempt to raise the tax rate on meat.
The Value Added Tax would go from seven percent to 19 percent under the proposal, moving meat from a staple product to luxury category.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Weekend watchdog

As American football begins its preseason schedule, English football starts its 2019-2020 this weekend.
The Premier League season kicks off Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network with Liverpool facing Norwich City.
Manchester City meets West Ham United Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Bournemouth-Sheffield United. NBC brings Tottenham Hotspur's contest with Aston Villa at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday's play starts at 8:55 a.m. with Newcastle United against Arsenal. Manchester United clashes with Chelsea at 11:25 a.m.
The Redskins open preseason play against the Browns Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
North of the border, Ottawa battles Edmonton on ESPN2 Friday at 10 p.m.
The Arena League championship matches Philadelphia and Albany Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Orioles close their homestand with a three-game set against the Astros on MASN2. The Nationals take on the Mets on MASN for the weekend.
FoxSports1 heads west for the Giants hosting the Phillies Saturday at 4 p.m. followed by the Rockies meeting the Padres at 8:40 p.m. TBS has the Angels against the Red Sox Sunday at 1 p.m., and ESPN closes the weekend with Phillies-Giants at 7 p.m.
ESPN follows the Little League's road to Williamsport with six semifinals Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Midwest. It's off to New England at 1 p.m. and the Northwest at 3 p.m. Teams from the Great Lakes play at 5 p.m., then the Mid-Atlantic goes at 7 p.m. and the day finishes out West at 9 p.m.
The berths to Williamsport get claimed Saturday. It's the Midwest Regional final at 11 a.m. before New England at 1 p.m. The top Northwest teams battle at 3 p.m. with the Great Lakes at 5 p.m. and Mid-Atlantic at 7 p.m. The West closes action at 9 p.m.
The Monster Series visits Michigan Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while the Xfinity Series takes the track at Mid-Ohio Saturday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
CBS carries the PGA tour's visit to New Jersey Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The women's U.S. amateur semifinals will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m., on FoxSports1 with quarterfinals Friday at 4 p.m. and the round of 16 and 32 Thursday at 4 p.m.
Atlanta United faces New York City FC on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. D.C. United battles the Galaxy on FoxSports1 Sunday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Los Angeles FC against the Red Bulls.
There's an international friendly between Napolia and Barcelona on ESPN2 Saturday at 5 p.m.
Tijuana takes on Pumas Friday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In women's soccer, Chicago visits Washington Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Fox has the Junior NBA tournament, with the girls global final Sunday at 3 p.m. and boys championship at 4:30 p.m.
 There's a United States boys semifinal Saturday at noon on Fox followed by the International championship. The top United States girls teams tangle at 3 p.m., followed by the United States' boys final at 4:30 p.m
Phoenix faces the Sparks in WNBA play Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2 and it's Connecticut-Las Vegas Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports Washington has the contest between the Mystics and the Lynx Sunday at 3 p.m.
In the U.S. Open tennis series, the Rogers Cup closes Sunday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. There's men's semifinals at 3 and 8 p.m. and quarterfinals Friday at noon and 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 has the round of 16 Thursday at noon.
The United States gymnastics championship will be on NBC Sports network Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
In the Premier Lacrosse League, the Archers take on Atlas Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Trusting the government

With the anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville looming, former governor Terry McAuliffe has a book out with his thoughts on the incident.
Blame Charlottesville government ranks high on the list.
In the six months leading up to the rally there were warnings of the potential for disorder, if not violence. They were not heeded with any sense of urgency or judgement at the highest levels of state government.
There's lots of hindsight, but not much foresight, about the events of two years ago.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Simple truth

Over at Ace of Spades, a simple explanation for the conundrum we face with guns.
As unpleasant as it may sound, we have to accept a certain amount of chaos in our society in return for the freedoms that we fought for. The question is, can we minimize that chaos while being respectful of our natural and God-given rights?
Ban guns feels good to those who say it.
It feels like a death sentence to those who know how to safely handle guns.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Saturday song





Do a double take with Spanky and Our Gang.

Perfect Trump cartoon












I found this cartoon last night.
Why not sooner?
It perfectly distills Trump's reactions to the Mueller Report.

Friday, August 2, 2019

See you in Houston

I wonder if Democrats have thought of this scenario.
They limit the next debate to people who met a certain threshold of donors and poll results.
If you miss the threshold, what do you do?
Stay home?
Campaign quietly in Iowa?
Or crash the party in Houston, where the media focus will be?
If I want to win, I'd be in Houston.
You might as well give up if you don't make the next debate - unless you do something to grab attention.
Get the popcorn ready.

Democratic debate debacle

The second round of Democratic debates has ended, leaving pundits to wonder what's wrong.
If you boil all the prognostication down to a single sentence, it would yield the answer to your question: Nothing has changed. Joe Biden is still shakily in the lead for the nomination, and no single candidate is yet poised to knock him off. In the end, perhaps the most salient fact to be taken away from the debates is the collapse in viewership: 8.7 million viewers tuned in the first night (second-night figures are not yet available as I write this), as opposed to 15.3 million viewers for the first Democratic debate a month ago and 18.1 million for the second. We’re down to the hard-core, highly engaged base of Democratic voters who probably are the least in need of the debates to make up their minds, plus Trump campaign strategists and scattered hate-watchers from the other side.
Or maybe it's bad candidates with bad ideas.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Weekend watchdog

The NFL plans a big party for its 100th season - starting with the first exhibition game Thursday.
The Denver Broncos - with new quarterback Joe Flacco - take on the Atlanta Falcons on NBC at 8 p.m. to kick off the weekend of festivities in Canton.
The newest class of Hall of Fame inductees gets to shine Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN and NFL network.
North of the border, ESPN2 has CFL action between Toronto and Winnipeg Thursday at 7 p.m.
Baltimore hosts Albany in the Arena League playoffs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and the Valor visit Philadelphia Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Orioles return from their west coast trip with a four-game set against the Blue Jays on MASN. The Nationals visit the Diamondbacks on MASN2.
The Yankees and Red Sox battle in New York this weekend, with Saturday's game on FoxSports1 at 1 p.m. and Sunday night on ESPN at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Angels-Indians Saturday at 7 p.m., with the Cubs clashing with the Brewers Sunday at 2:20 p.m. on TBS.
NASCAR visits Watkins Glen, with the Monster Cup series going Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. The Xfinity Series takes the track Saturday at 3 p.m. The truck series hits the dirt track at Eldora Thursday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
ESPN2 has the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday at 9:05 a.m. after qualfying Saturday at 8:55 a.m.
CBS brings the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
As Little League baseball prepares for its tournament in Williamsport, several other divisions close their seasons this weekend. The Senior League final is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and Intermediate league finishes its tournament Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Junior League softball championship is Saturday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2  and the Senior League crowns its champion Sunday at 2 p.m.
It's Minnesota against Portland on ESPN Sunday at 4 p.m. and D.C. United battles Philadelphia Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Manchester United meets AC Milan in the International Champions Club on ESPN2 Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
In women's soccer, Washington visits Carolina on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
ESPN has a quarterfinal matchup in The Basketball Tournament Thursday at 7 p.m.  ESPN has a contest Friday at 7 p.m., then the dunk contest happens Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 before another quarterfinal contest.
There's semifinals on ESPN Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.
In the WNBA, the Sparks face Las Vegas Thursday at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.
The X Games hit Minneapolis, with competition Thursday and Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Action continues Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network offers the U.S. Nationals swimming competition Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

How dare you disagree with me

Elizabeth Warren got a big reaction with her comment against John Delaney.
"I don't understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for President of the United States just to talk about what we really can't do and shouldn't fight for."
What's behind the line?
How dare you disagree with me.
You can't tell me I'm wrong about my plans.
Delaney brings the businessman's perspective to the Democratic field.
Which means he's unlikely to be popular.
Maybe the Republicans will give him a speaking slot at next year's convention.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

That's going to sting

While Democratic candidates may battle each other Tuesday and Wednesday, a better battle is brewing.
Snopes vs. Babylon Bee.
There's a great line in the Bee's story on Snopes.
Since their original founding in 1957 by the KGB, Snopes has gained a reputation for objectively reporting what someone’s secret motivations probably were, and what they probably really meant when they said something. More recently, they have perfected the art of determining whether a satirical article is hilarious, left-leaning comedy or divisive, conservative-leaning fake news.
Wonder if Snopes is Russian to review this article.

Ready for some debate fireworks

The second round of Democratic debates will be tonight.
Expect CNN to ask more pointed questions.
Expect Joe Biden to get attacked.
Can he survive?
If other Democrats hit Biden hard, imagine what President Trump will do.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Who's in your wallet

Capital One may not be able to pay celebrity spokesmen and women soon.
They found a data breach for years worth of credit card applications.
It took a few days to find out who was in your wallet.

The truth about power

Ace of Spades gives space for Baldilocks to tell a simple story - teach your children to read and their lives will be better.
Yes, the education systems bear some blame, but the parents are primarily at fault. No white racist can stop a black parent from reading to his child every night or teaching him basic multiplication.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Represented by Gerry Mander

Today's Trump battle is against Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings.
Now my parents' congressman.
Why?
Compared to the rest of Maryland, the seventh district as it was designed in the 1970s is growing slower.
So each census, the majority-minority district has had to expand into the suburbs just enough to maintain numerical balance with other congressional districts.
Now the areas of Baltimore City with dangerous streets and murder - which caught President Trump's attention - share a district with rural areas of one of the richest counties in the country.
Kind of looks like an angry dog.
Thanks to Maryland Democrats gerrymandering the state to give them the best chance to dominate the House seats.

Saturday song





Since the theme of the past two weeks has been "go back," how about some Paul McCartney?

Get back to where you once belong.

Because liberals don't drive pickup trucks

Andy Schmookler thinks he's found a way to help Democratic campaigns in Virginia this fall.
He thinks Republicans don't serve the interest of their voters, just the rich and powerful.
Then he talks about the Trump tax cut.
The one that's seen unemployment remain low.
The stock market soar.
The economy hum along years after fellow Democrats thought Trump would crash it.
But he saves the best line for last.
It is not on the pick-up trucks of liberals that one sees the bumper stickers that picture an angry snake and the threatening motto, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
That's because liberals don't drive pickups.
They cause climate change, right?

Friday, July 26, 2019

The horse is still dead

Andy Schmookler flogs the dead horse of impeachment again.
I'm still waiting for him to understand why Democrats waited - not enough evidence to convince enough people.
Now he's down to the maybes.
Maybe this time the waiting will pay off, and the Democrats will get yet another moment that can launch them powerfully into conducting the necessary impeachment process:
Maybe Don McGahn will testify, and he’ll prove the witness that moves the proverbial needle of public opinion;
Maybe the Democrats will be able to get some of Mueller’s deputies to testify publicly, and maybe they will prove to be the kind of witnesses that understand both what is important for the public to understand about what they discovered and how they as prosecutors must communicate to convey to the public what the people need to know.
Maybe all these matters the Democrats have taken to Court will get resolved quickly enough that the process of public education that they’d hoped to start months ago will finally get rolling in a powerful way.

Do you see what I see?

After years of pushing bright, fresh looking candidates to the front, Democrats are now disturbed by optics.
Optics—the kryptonite of the modern media age, the glimmering, crystalline material that can subsume substance at every treacherous turn. Or as the former Barack Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett rejoined to Todd on Twitter: “When you say ‘on optics, this was a disaster’ it is you saying so that helps make it true. The disaster of the optics is the elevation of optics and the claim by pundits that it was a disaster.”
Face it, Mueller looked bad.
For wanting Mueller to appear in that setting, Democrats looked bad.
Mueller tried to warn them.
They didn't listen.
The report wasn't enough - Democrats needed the optics of Mueller testifying.
Maybe now they'll see they lost this battle?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Waiting for a hero

Poor Andy Schmookler, left disappointed by Democrats again.
He wants Democrats to fight President Trump.
But Robert Mueller failed to inspire them Wednesday.
Now Schmookler wonders if Nancy Pelosi will come through.
Maybe Speaker Pelosi, as she sometimes implies, is marshalling her forces in preparation for an eventual attack that will show that she and the Democrats she leads are fully determined to fight and win.
How about Jerry Nadler?
I have a small fantasy of Jerry Nadler deciding, with his committee, to move toward impeachment without Pelosi, if she never gives the green light (assuming the Committee can do that on its own).
Maybe Elizabeth Warren?
I continue to believe that pressing for impeachment is an important part of how these would-be Democratic standard bearers should demonstrate what kind of leadership they can provide for this battle.
(And for that reason, I welcome the news that Elizabeth Warren is pressing Pelosi on the impeachment issue, saying “Some things are above politics.”)
But you need warriors to go to battle.
That's not the Democratic party's strength.

Wednesday recap

Mueller mumbled.
Impeachment stumbled.
Democrats humbled?
Nah.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hoopla for Hoos

Jerry Ratcliffe.com celebrates a great year by dropping the paywall to the site.
It will be tough to top 2018-19, but Jerry Ratcliffe should have plenty of great stories on the Cavalier action.