Sunday, April 5, 2020

How long do you want to wait?

Yahoo has another Trump-bashing article on hydroxychloroquine.
It's unproven, they say.
There haven't been months-old clinical trials to fight a virus we just discovered a few months ago.
How many people should die while awaiting trials be done?
How many should die while being given placebos during correct studies?
Several doctors have had success with the treatment. Let's continue and see how it works.

Don't be dense

Coronavirus warnings about social distancing may kill - government plans for dense development.
The holy grail for the Met Council’s urban planners, and their allies at the Minneapolis City Council, is “densification.” They seek to engineer a world in which we increasingly abandon our single-family homes for stack-and-pack, multifamily apartments, and our private automobiles for jampacked mass transit.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Check out this crap

Need a better way to check for Coronavirus?
How about wastewater treatment plants?
Analysing wastewater—used water that goes through the drainage system to a treatment facility—is one way that researchers can track infectious diseases that are excreted in urine or faeces, such as SARS-CoV-2.
One treatment plant can capture wastewater from more than one million people, says Gertjan Medema, a microbiologist at KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Monitoring effluent at this scale could provide better estimates for how widespread the coronavirus is than testing, because wastewater surveillance can account for those who have not been tested and have only mild or no symptoms, says Medema, who has detected SARS-CoV-2 genetic material—viral RNA—in several treatment plants in the Netherlands. “Health authorities are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.”

Friday, April 3, 2020

Briefly speaking

The daily presidential briefings on Coronavirus have become a topic - based on your opinion of the president.
Viewers are relying on that stream of news; they are communing with their president and the federal government in a way we rarely see. It is not clear how this virus will progress, when we can get back to work or how bad the economy will be over the next several months. But Americans see Trump fighting for them, every day, as hard as humanly possible.
Democrats know that will help him win four more years.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Why June 10?

Governor Northam pushed out the date of June 10 as the length of time the current stay-at-home order could last.
Why June 10?
It's a weird date.
It's a Wednesday. Middle of the week.
Deadlines end on a weekend, so you start the week fresh on a Monday.
A full week of work.
It's one day after the next set of primary elections are scheduled.
That makes the timing even weirder. 
I doubt we'll go that far - we'll see the worst in April and open May with brighter horizons.

Idea for inventors

We have need for masks and ventilators.
Inventors are searching for new ways to increase supply.
Can you make a ventilator using empty toilet paper rolls?
We seem to have a large supply of that..

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Get ready to work

Governors across the country are telling their residents to stay at home.
It's rest time.
We'll be working hard very soon to build back our economy.
We can do it.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

I missed Earth Hour

Apparently, last night was Earth Hour.
People were supposed to turn off lights at 8:30 p.m.
I forgot about it.
Canada's Justin Trudeau didn't.
I need to give Trace Adkins his chance to shine.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thrills from the pills

Via Powerline, more good news from France.
In 80 in-patients receiving a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, the team found a clinical improvement in all but one 86 year-old patient who died, and one 74-year old patient still in intensive care unit. The team also found that, by administering hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin, they were able to observe an improvement in all cases, except in one patient who arrived with an advanced form, who was over the age of 86, and in whom the evolution was irreversible, according to a new paper published today in IHU Méditerranée Infection.

Saturday Coronavirus song

The Police give the advice real police now give - don't stand so close to me.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Looking for a hero

Kurt Schlichter tells us who stepped in to save the world - and who stepped in it.
A big hero is Dr. Anthony Fauci for going everywhere and talking to everyone. Yeah, he’s a liberal in his personal life. He seems to like Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit for some reason but he does what you should do in his position and plays it straight. Where he disagrees with the president, he does it respectfully and without the spittle-spraying insanity of the Never Trump set, and where he thinks the president is right, Dr. Fauci says so. Sure, some conservatives are suspicious of him, and that’s no surprise. What is shocking is seeing someone not being a liberal hack.

Looking for good news

Instapundit has some morning links about people working together to fight Coronavirus and the impacts.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Do we need big cities?

Once we get through Coronavirus, what's next?
The areas getting hit hard are big cities like New York and Seattle - where lots of people cram into a small space.
If you look at the map of Virginia cases, all counties west of Roanoke are clean - except for Lee in the far southwest.

People who love New York like being where the action is.
But being stuck in a small one-room apartment isn't the big city life.
Will companies stay in the big cities, or seek wide open spaces?
Prepare for plenty of changes in the coming months and years.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Great American Resurrection

Can we begin reviving the country's economy by Easter - April12?
We have needed a date for hope - that this will end.
We have enough bad news on a minute-by-minute basis.
Great phrase by Trump.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Saturday Coronavirus song

When you need to keep your distance, "invisible touch" is a good idea.

Friday, March 20, 2020

It's the perfect time to panic

PJ Media looks at the matchup between President Trump and NBC's Peter Alexander.
President Trump described himself as optimistic and full of hope. He believes the people are with him and not scared, but acting in a prudent and measured way in a difficult time. "When, not IF, when we win the war," he said he is confident that jobs will come back.
The president wants the media to share the good news with the country and stop fear-mongering and searching for the worst-case scenarios and instead focus on the enormous efforts that are underway to bring this crisis to a swift end. No U.S. hospitals have been overwhelmed thus far, supplies are on the way, and American companies are stepping up to fill in any shortage gaps by manufacturing anything that is needed. Cruiselines are offering ships for more hospital space, Navy ships are being deployed to the places hardest hit, and millions of masks for medical professionals are on the way. But none of the reporters in that room wanted to focus on these amazing developments and instead were single-mindedly trying to trip Trump up and get a viral clip of themselves on social media because "orange man bad."
Good times are coming.
Even if the media can't see it.

Virus flies over flyover country

Ron Brownstein sees the difference in reactions between red and blue states.
Republican-leaning states to this point are displaying notably less urgency about the outbreak. Of the states that have taken the fewest actions to restrict public gatherings or limit restaurant service on a statewide basis—such as Texas, Missouri, and Alabama—almost all have Republican governors, according to research by Topher Spiro, the vice president for health policy at the liberal Center for American Progress, where he directs a program that examines state health initiatives. That’s left Democratic-run cities in those red states—such as Houston, Tucson, Nashville, and Atlanta—to try to impose their own rules on public gatherings. Yet all those local limits face an obvious problem: People from elsewhere in the state can still travel to their jurisdictions. “We can’t seal our borders,” acknowledged Lina Hidalgo, the chief administrator in Harris County, Texas, which includes Houston, when she announced county-wide closures on Monday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hope is on the way

As the days go by, more scientists are trying more ways to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Remember that as you see the daily bad news.
The better we get at interventions to identify and isolate specific people with the virus, the less we should need to rely on interventions that isolate the entire population. That’s a reason the ramp-up of widely available testing remains such an important goal for the U.S.: More testing should, in time, allow for more normal living.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Still the one

Eighty people in West Virginia have been tested for coronavirus.
None have tested positive.
Is it time to head for the hills?

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Here come the germs

Penelope Trunk thinks surviving the pandemic might be hard for her and her teenage sons.
But at least Boston's quiet.
And the streets of Boston are quiet now that the students have all flown home to deliver coronavirus from the petri-dish dorms to little houses full of old people all over the country.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saturday Coronavirus song

Long before Coronavirus, there was Rockin Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu

Keep calm and trust Trump

Friday's press conference boosted the stock market in the final hour before closing.
The president and his all-star CEOs said they were going to work together to get us through the situation.
But media members who haven't trusted Trump before look for items to continue criticizing him.
Maybe it's time to quarantine complaints?

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Weekend watchdog hiatus

A full Weekend Watchdog column was ready to go for its Friday morning slot on the blog.
Then the NBA cancelled Thursday night games.
And basketball tournaments were scrapped.
And NHL.
And baseball.
and soccer.
Will NASCAR run this weekend? That's one sporting event with little contact between fans and competitors on race day.
The watchdog will break for a while as the sports world tries to figure its place in Coronavirus world.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Leave me alone

Powerline asks if self-quaranting strikes some people as the perfect opportunity to do what they prefer to do.
Why go out? You can save a lot of money cooking at home, you’ve got a giant flat-screen TV (or several), there is beer in the fridge, you would rather spend time with your wife and kids than attend boring business or social events. So why not stay home? To the extent you want to keep in touch with other people, you can do it via email and text. You can post photos on Instagram to let them know what you are up to (i.e., staying home). You can Face Time, Tic Tok, or whatever. “Social distance” is much what most of us are increasingly used to. Why risk personal contact?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Death takes a holiday

Lileks gives his takes on movies to watch while self-quarantining.
Start with Andromeda Strain.
The discovery of the bug remains one of the great unnerving moments of sci-fi — you’re terrified not so much by the green Jell-O (the props were clichés, too), but what it does.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Not bugged by coronavirus

The Other McCain attended CPAC.
He's not panicking.
While fear-stricken hypochondriacs are stampeding Costco to buy out all the hand sanitizer, I’m endeavoring to remain calm and doing no more than routine hygiene. What is the responsible thing to do? Am I supposed to be worried? Am I like Gen. Sedgwick, foolishly joking about something that might actually kill me? Germs are not bullets and, as dangerous as coronavirus may be, its lethality seems mainly limited to the elderly. Well, I’m 60, but still vigorous enough to feel confident that my immune system can cope with a virus (to which I may or may not have been exposed).

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Remember Little Sisters of the Poor

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick whines about the latest abortion case before the Supreme Court.
It's so unfair that doctors at clinics need admitting privileges at local hospitals.
She tells how safe the clinics are.
This very proficiency is part of the reason they cannot obtain admitting privileges and the record shows that they did in fact try and were refused. Hospitals don’t want to give such privileges to physicians who almost never need admit a patient. As Breyer noted in Whole Woman’s Health, doctors at the El Paso clinic in Texas performed 17,000 procedures in the preceding 10 years and not one had to be transferred to a hospital. That made admitting privileges impossible to obtain.
So the rules aren't needed because they are necessary.
An extra financial burden.
Yet Obamacare demanded the nuns at Little Sisters of the Poor have birth control and contraception in their health plans.
For that group, it wasn't needed. It was just an extra financial burden.
Liberals can't push rules to promote abortion and then complain when the same logic is used against abortion providers.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Milking the problem

There are protesters who shout "Let Dairy Die."
The explanation is here.
I'm not moo-ved.

Saturday song

You'd think this would be a great song for Donald Trump to use at rallies, thanks to Charlie Daniels Band.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Weekend watchdog

Who's going to Dayton?
Usually Dayton is known as the host the First Four, where four conference champions from lower ranked leagues start their NCAA tournament experience.
This year, the hometown Flyers ranked among the best in the country, and ESPN's College GameDay will be there Saturday morning before the Flyers' regular season finale.
The first bids for the 68-team NCAA tournament will be issued this weekend. The Mountain West holds its championship game on CBS Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with the Missouri Valley title contest Sunday at 2 p.m.
ESPN2 has the Ohio Valley championship game Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Big South championship will be Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Atlantic Sun. There's a West Coast Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
As the regular season winds down in other conferences, Georgia Tech clashes with Clemson on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and VCU meets Davidson at 9 p.m.
SEC regular season champion Kentucky faces Florida on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by UCLA-USC.
Villanova visits Georgetown on Fox Saturday at noon and Creighton clashes with Seton Hall at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Wisconsin facing Indiana and Kansas tangles with Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Virginia hosts Louisville at 4 p.m. before Duke and North Carolina battle at 6 p.m. It's Washington-Arizona at 10 p.m.
Auburn takes on Tennessee at noon on ESPN2, then it's Georgia-LSU and Texas' contest with Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Oklahoma faces TCU at 6 p.m.
FoxSports1 has DePaul-Providence Saturday at 6:30 p.m., then Butler meets Xavier at 8:30 p.m. before Stanford-Oregon at 11 p.m.
Marquette battles St. John's on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
Memphis meets Houston Sunday at noon on CBS and it's Ohio State against Michigan State at 4 p.m.
Michigan battles Maryland on Fox Sunday at noon.
The Wizards meet the Hawks on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Heat Sunday at 7 p.m.
The Heat take on the Pelicans on Friday at 8:15 p.m. followed by the Bucks against the Lakers.
The Warriors host the 76ers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and it's Lakers-Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The ACC women's tournament continues Friday with quarterfinal play at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington, then games at 6 and 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington-plus.
Texas Tech tangles with Oklahoma on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m. and Baylor battles Iowa State Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has five women's conference games Sunday, starting with the ACC at noon. The best of the SEC battle at 2 p.m., then it's American Conference at 4 p.m., Big Ten at 6 and PAC-12 at 8 p.m.
The Big East semifinals are on FoxSports1 Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
The Orioles meet the Yankees on MASN Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has Red Sox-Braves Friday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals battle the Penguins Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
 NBC Sports Washington also has Ottawa-San Jose Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Blues face the Blackhawks Sunday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Colorado-San Jose.
NBC has the PGA tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
 The XFL season reaches its halfway mark this weekend, starting Saturday at 2 p.m. with Seattle's visit to Houston on ABC. New York takes on Dallas at 5 p.m. on Fox. St. Louis tangles with Washington Sunday at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1, with Tampa Bay-Los Angeles on ESPN at 9 p.m.
NASCAR visits Phoenix, with the Cup Series on Fox Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The United States faces Spain on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m.
In the MLS, Portland tangles with Nashville Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
Premier League play begins Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network when Liverpool faces Bournemouth. It's Arsenal against West Ham United at 9:55 a.m. and Burnley battles Tottenham Hotspur at 12:25 p.m.
Chelsea clashes with Everton Sunday at 9:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and NBC has Manchester City-Manchester United at 12:30 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg meets Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1.
Florentina faces Brescia in Italian Serie A Sunday at 7:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
There's Pro Series swimming on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m.
MASN has the Tampa Bay Derby Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and it's the Santa Anita Handicap at 8 p.m.
The Big 12 men's wrestling championships are on MASN Sunday at 7 p.m.
The American Cup gymnastic meet is on NBC Sports network Saturday at 5 p.m.
Daytona hosts motocross racing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Warren campaign's last meeting

Warren: We've got to find a way to get more votes.
Staffer: How?
Warren: We've got to tell our story.
Staffer: How?
Warren: We've got to do this without money to pay for TV ads and other usual campaign aids.
Staffer: How?

Late night with DaTech Guy

Want to cap your day with political insight?
DaTech Guy has resumed podcasting, now at 12:35 a.m. after his second shift job.
It may not help you wind down after a long day, but it's there on YouTube when you're ready.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Bloomberg's business case

Michael Bloomberg suspended his presidential bid Wednesday.
So many lessons to learn.
Let Don Surber teach.
Mini Mike made a big deal about self-financing his campaign. 
President Donald John Trump initially made the same mistake. Then he realized, the guy giving you five bucks is going to vote for you come hell or high water. He got Hillary had the big donors. The Donald had the small donors. Who won? It takes a helluva salesman to get waitresses to donate to a billionaire.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Inside the Warren campaign - final edition?

Staffer: We need to make a big splash before Super Tuesday.
Warren: How?
Staffer: We need to mute the publicity going toward the Biden campaign since Saturday.
Warren: How?
Staffer: We need to talk about why people should vote for you.
Warren: How?

No hope for Bernie

Establishment Democrats have accelerated their plans to stop Bernie Sanders.
Two more moderators have dropped out and endorsed Joe Biden.
Even Andy Schmookler has given up on Elizabeth Warren a day before Tuesday's primary.
Because he thinks it's likely President Trump's team will destroy Sanders.
But at least as plausibly, one can imagine Sanders being annihilated by Trump’s propagandists, who whip up a big chunk of America that doesn’t like the word “socialist,” doesn’t trust someone who had good things to say about the Castro regime, and who would make “radical” changes to America.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Now the fun begins

Joe Biden finally has a primary state victory.
Now the fun begins.
Lots of states will vote Tuesday.
Bernie Sanders will win delegates.
Joe Biden will win delegates.
Mike Bloomberg might win delegates.
The rest will likely disappear from the campaign trail.
It will be a long march to Milwaukee in July.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Friday, February 28, 2020

Weekend watchdog

February 29 only comes around once every four years.
This time it's on a Saturday, with a full slate of basketball on TV.
CBS has a Big 12 battle between Kansas and Kansas State at 1:30 p.m., with Auburn against Kentucky at 3:45 p.m.
Providence tangles with Villanova on Fox at noon and Seton Hall meets Marquette at 2:30 p.m.
The College GameDay crew visits Maryland for the 8 p.m. contest with Michigan State on ESPN. The today's schedule begins in the Big 12 with Texas-Texas Tech at noon and Baylor tangles with TCU at 2 p.m. It's off to the ACC at 4 p.m. for North Carolina's contest with Syracuse and Virginia hosts Duke at 6 p.m. Arizona faces UCLA in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
Texas A&M takes on LSU at noon on ESPN2, followed by Florida facing Tennessee and West Virginia-Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Northern Iowa duels with Drake at 6 p.m., then it's San Diego State against Nevada and Saint Mary's meets Gonzaga at 10 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has a pair ACC contests, with Florida State-Clemson at 2 p.m. and Wake Forest tangles with Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Massachusetts meets Richmond at 6 p.m.
Butler battles DePaul on FoxSports1 at 6:30 p.m.
In the NBA, the Rockets visit the Celtics on ABC at 8:30 p.m.
There's women's basketball between Mt. St. Mary's and St. Francis at 2 p.m. on MASN.
Saturday's XFL slate brings Los Angeles' contest with New York on ABC at 2 p.m. and Seattle-St. Louis on Fox at 5 p.m.
It's NFL combine week, with coverage on ABC at 5 p.m.
The MLS regular season starts on Fox at 8:30 p.m. with Nashville against Atlanta.
NASCAR's Xfinity Series takes the track on FoxSports1 at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has three contests from the Premier League, starting with Crystal Palace's clash with Brighton & Hove Albion at 7:25 a.m. Bournemouth battles Chelsea at 9:55 a.m. and it's Watford-Liverpool at 12:25 p.m.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich battles Hoffenheim at 9:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The World Rugby Seven Series starts on NBC Sports network at 8 p.m.
There'll be plenty of leaping as NBC Sports network covers motocross racing from Atlanta at 5 p.m.
For the days around Leap Day, the Thunder battle the Bucks on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. and it's Nuggets-Clippers in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Warriors Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Clippers host the 76ers on ABC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and ESPN has Lakers-Pelicans Sunday at 8 p.m.
Davidson and Dayton duel on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m. and Texas State takes on UT-Arlington at 9 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Washington-Washington State Friday at 9 p.m.
Xavier tangles with Georgetown Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS, followed by Michigan-Ohio State.
 Cincinnati clashes with Houston on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
It's Creighton-St. John's on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women's court, Villanova visits Creighton on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m. and James Madison hosts Drexel at 9 p.m. on MASN.
There's three contests on ESPN2 Sunday, with Texas A&M-South Carolina at noon followed by Duke against North Carolina and Maryland's meeting with Minnesota at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers Virginia against North Carolina State Sunday at 2 p.m. and Boston College takes on Syracuse at 4 p.m.
Fox has the NASCAR race from Fontana Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
There's a pair of contests Sunday, with Capitals-Wild at 8 p.m. and the Kings' contest with the Golden Knights at 10:30 p.m.
The Flyers face the Rangers on NBC Sunday at noon.
On the college ice, Notre Dame hosts Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Nationals have a spring training game with the Rays Friday at 1 p.m. on MASN.
NBC has the Honda Classic Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Houston visits Dallas on FoxSports1 Sunday at 4 p.m. in XFL action, and the Defenders visit the Vipers on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
MLS opening weekend continues with two matches on ESPN - Seattle against Chicago at 3 p.m. followed by Los Angeles FC against Inter Miami. FoxSports1 offers Portland meeting Minnesota at 7:30 p.m.
Norwich City battles Leicester City on NBC Sports network Friday at 2:55 p.m.
Everton meets Manchester United Sunday at 8:55 a.m.
Union Berlin meets Wolfsburg at 7:30 a.m. Sunday on FoxSports1 and it's Leipzig-Leverkusen at 9:30 a.m.
NBC Sports network has the second day of the rugby Seven Series from Los Angeles at 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lululemon, I choose you

Don Surber writes about the stores in Elizabeth Warren zones - and I've never heard of Lululemon.
Sounds like a new Pokemon.
Except it's not ready to fight far from the coasts.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Friend of the Indians

President Trump visited India Monday, with a packed cricket stadium full of over 100,000 people greeting him.
More recently, India has adopted more progressive, free-market economic policies, and has turned decisively toward the West. Its alliance with the United States is one of the most positive geopolitical developments of recent years, and it is properly being celebrated by President Trump.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bernie loses - it's science

Althouse's son provides four facts to throw cold water on the Bernie team.
Listen to women, right?

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Saturday song

The start of the song sounds like a list of place where Michael Bloomberg has homes. It's the Beach Boys with Kokomo.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Weekend watchdog

The 2020 baseball season starts early - March 26.
So spring training games - and TV coverage - starts this weekend.
The first games are set for Friday, and MASN starts its slate Saturday as the World Champion Nationals meet the Astros at 6:05 p.m.
The Orioles make their spring debut Sunday, taking on the Red Sox at 1 p.m.
NASCAR begins a west coast swing this weekend, with Las Vegas hosting the race Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. Ross Chastain will take the place of Ryan Newman, who will be recovering from his last lap crash at Daytona.
The Xfinity Series hits the track Saturday at 4 p.m. and the Truck Series goes Friday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The XFL's third week gets going Saturday at 2 p.m. on ABC with Tampa Bay's home opener against Houston. Fox has Dallas-Seattle at 5 p.m.
New York visits St. Louis Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN and FoxSports1 offers D.C. against Los Angeles at 6 p.m.
The Wizards host the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7 p.m.
The Nuggets meet the Thunder Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the Pelicans play Portland at 10:30 p.m.
The Bucks host the 76ers Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, with the Celtics taking on the Lakers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Buffalo battles Kent State Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with VCU-Saint Louis in the nightcap.
There's three games on CBS Saturday, starting at noon with Tennessee-Auburn. Texas tangles with Kansas State at 2 p.m. followed by UCLA against Colorado.
Marquette meets Providence on Fox Saturday at noon before Xavier faces Villanova.
ESPN begins its day at noon with Kansas-Baylor. Michigan meets Purdue at 2 p.m. then North Carolina takes on Louisville and Florida faces Kentucky at 6 p.m. It's Oregon-Arizona at 9 p.m.
Virginia tangles with Pittsburgh on ESPN2 at noon, followed by Houston-Memphis and Oklahoma against Oklahoma State at 4 p.m. Virginia Tech battles Duke at 8 p.m. and Gonzaga meets BYU at 10 p.m.
George Mason meets St. Joseph's on NBC Sports network Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Richmond faces St. Bonaventure at 6:30 p.m.
It's Georgetown-DePaul Saturday at 9 p.m. on FoxSports1.
St. John's meets Seton Hall Sunday at 2 p.m. on CBS with Maryland's contest with Ohio State at 4 p.m.
Wichita State clashes with Cincinnati on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m.
Indiana hosts Penn State Sunday at noon on FoxSports1. Butler battles with Creighton at 4 p.m.
On the women's court, ESPN2 has three SEC contests Sunday. Tennessee tangles with Vanderbilt at noon, then it's South Carolina-Kentucky and Auburn against Texas A&M.
The Capitals visit the Devils Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC has the Capitals' contest with the Penguins Sunday at noon.
There's a pair of games on NBC Sports network Sunday, with Blues-Wild at 7:30 p.m. and the Golden Knights tangling with the Ducks at 10 p.m.
The PGA tour heads to Mexico City for the World Championship of Golf, with coverage on NBC.
Chelsea clashes with Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Sheffield United faces Brighton at 9:30 a.m. NBC has Leicester City against Manchester City at 12:30 p.m.
Manchester United meets Watford Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Arsenal battles Everton at 11 a.m.
In the Bundesliga, Werder Bremen meets Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Leverkusen tangles with Augsburg Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Genoa faces Lazio in Italian Serie A Sunday at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2.
There's women's gymnastics between Utah and UCLA on ESPN2 Sunday at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington has rugby between D.C. and Houston Saturday at 8 p.m.
There's motocross racing from Arlington Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Happy Days are here again

The Annual Report of the Council of Economic Advisers gives President Trump and his supporters good news headed to November 2020.
The vicissitudes of the various campaigns come and go, but the administration’s excellent record on the economy remains the most important factor in the election. To Democrats, the message is: read it and weep.

What reporters saw

Michael Bloomberg had a bad debate Wednesday.
But more people will see his ads than watched the debate.
So will it make a difference in his rise in the polls?
It impacted the pundits.
That will spill out in their commentary the next two weeks.
Bloomberg's ads will have trouble covering the smell of his debate/

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Stock up for the debate

Remember, the best way to enjoy debates where Michael Bloomberg appears is to have a Big Gulp and some salty snacks.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Abort the ban

Four Virginia Senate Democrats didn't go along with the gun grabbers Monday.
The "assault weapons ban" won't come to term this year.
It likely will be left in a cool, dark place for a while.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Brother to brother

David Limbaugh pens a column about his brother's impact on the country.
He has been the tip of the spear for political conservatism. No one has done more to bring conservatism into the mainstream of American life, and he’s paid a heavy price for it — but he never complains. He has been the left’s favorite target for hate and abuse for decades, opening myriad pathways for thousands of other conservatives to bring their talents and share their message with like-minded Americans.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Recycling update

Another morning trip to the recycling center, getting 35 cents per pound on aluminum cans.

Saturday song

The theme song from Robin Hood? I'm stealing this for my blog.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Donald hearts Democrats

The Trump campaign has Valentine Day's cards for Democratic candidates.
Trump fans love them.
Democrats probably won't.

Weekend watchdog

Fox carries the Daytona 500 for the 20th time Sunday, but the first time without Darrell Waltrip in the broadcast booth.
Jeff Gordon takes over as the lone color commentator as Fox covers the first half of the NASCAR season. Mike Joy handles the lead announcing role for the 20th year - his 44th as part of Daytona coverage.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claimed the pole during Sunday's qualifying, with Alex Bowman on the outside. Coverage starts Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
The Xfinity Series opener will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1 and the Truck Series starts its year Friday at 7:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
It's NBA All-Star weekend, with the game Sunday at 8 p.m. on TNT. The 3-point contest and other skills events take place Saturday at 8 p.m. on TNT, after Friday's celebrity game on ESPN at 7 p.m. The rising stars take the court on TNT Friday at 9 p.m.
It's an outdoor weekend for the NHL, with the Avalanche facing the Kings from the Air Force Academy Saturday at 8 p.m.
There's a pair of contests on NBC Sunday, with Red Wings meeting the Penguins at 12:30 p.m. followed by Bruins-Rangers.
The Capitals visit Arizona on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 10 p.m.
The Predators host the Blues Sunday at 6 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers San Jose-Winnipeg Friday at 7 p.m.
In the second week of the XFL, New York visits D.C. at 2 p.m. on ABC and Fox has Tampa Bay at Seattle Saturday at 5 p.m. ABC has Dallas' contest with Los Angeles at 3 p.m. and St. Louis faces Houston at 6 p.m. on FoxSports1
Davidson tangles with St. Bonaventure Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and Illinois State meets Wright State at 9 p.m.
Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m., with Indiana-Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ohio State hosts Purdue on Fox Saturday at noon followed by Georgetown-Butler.
The day on ESPN starts at noon with Oklahoma-Kansas. Mississippi meets Kentucky at 2 p.m., then Notre Dame battles Duke and Maryland tangles with Michigan State at 6 p.m. It's Virginia against North Carolina at 8 p.m. and Gonzaga against Pepperdine at 10 p.m.
Syracuse faces Florida State on ESPN2 at noon and Texas takes on Iowa State at 2 p.m. LSU meets Alabama at 4 p.m., followed by Auburn-Missouri and Northern Iowa against Illinois-Chicago at 8 p.m. Hawaii hosts UC-Irvine at midnight.
Miami meets Wake Forest on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at 2 p.m.
There's three Atlantic 10 games on NBC Sports network Saturday, starting at noon with Dayton-Massachusetts. LaSalle takes on St. Louis at 2 p.m. followed by George Washington-George Mason.
FoxSports1 offers DePaul-Creighton Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before Colorado takes on Oregon State.
It's Iowa-Minnesota Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. Utah tangles with Oregon at 9 p.m.
On the women's court, Villanova faces Temple at 1 p.m. and Memphis meets Connecticut at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has three contests Sunday, starting with Duke-Florida State at 1 p.m.
Kansas State meets Oklahoma on FoxSports1 Sunday at 3 p.m.
On the college ice, Notre Dame tangles with Minnesota Friday on NBC Sports network at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
CBS has the PGA tour's Genesis Invitational Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
It's Wolverhampton against Leicester City Friday at 2:55 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Southampton battles Burnley Saturday at 7:25 a.m. and NBC has Norwich City-Liverpool at 12:30 p.m.
Aston Villa tangles with Tottenham Hotspur Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network and Arsenal meets Newcastle United at 11:30 a.m.
Washington faces Alabama in college softball Thursday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. UCLA battles Florida State Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
NBC Sports network has the USA Indoor Track and Field championships Friday at 9:30 p.m.
There's motocross racing from Tampa Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Frank Burns, season five

MeTV in my area shows M*A*S*H at 7 p.m.
There are running the fifth season currently.
The final season for Frank Burns, where he's even more annoying than before since Hot Lips got engaged.
He was annoying and thoroughly unlikable.
Just like the Democrats running for president in 2020.
Hawkeye and B.J. were constantly cracking jokes - just like President Trump and his supporters now.
Frank Burns' character arc hit its downward spiral.
Just like the Democrats in 2020.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

End of the road for Joe

How much longer can Joe Biden hang on?
It's not looking good after a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire.
What happened then to Biden is what’s happening to him now. The more the voters get a look at the actual Joe Biden, and not just his resume, the less they like him. We can focus all we want on policy statements, voting records, etc. But in the end, the voters always choose the most persuasive candidate.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Backstage at Warren campaign

Staffer: We have to stop this slide in support.
Warren: How?
Staffer: We have to get back to the excitement of the fall.
Warren: How?
Staffer: We have to show people we're a better choice than Bernie.
Warren: How?

Slogan for 2020

Election 2020
Trump - Dow 40,000
Sanders - Dow 400

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Can't buy me love

Michael Bloomberg ads are everywhere.
National TV
Local TV
He's spending more by himself than everybody else.
Will it bring votes, or just turn everybody off?

Behind the debacle

Matt Taibbi tells the tale of Democratic failure in Iowa.
Including a great word picture of the Biden campaign.
Biden performed surprisingly well all year in polls, but he headed into Iowa like a passenger jet trying to land with one burning engine, hitting trees, cows, cars, sides of mountains, everything.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

We all have our roles

Powerline features Rush Limbaugh's comments from Friday's radio return.
I remember when I was at the National Review 50th anniversary dinner in Washington — some of you will remember this story — I’m sitting at Mr. Buckley’s table, and a man walks up to me who has been severely wounded in battle. And he asks if I could come over to his table to meet others at his table who also have been wounded. So I did. 
 I got over there, and I was listening to these guys who have nearly died defending the country, telling me how much they enjoy listening to my program and all that. I said to these guys, “You know… (sigh) I don’t know, guys. You’ve faced bullets, almost died. I sit behind a microphone in an enclosed room and talk.” The leader of the Wounded Warriors said, “Sir, we all have our role,” and I’ve never forgotten that.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Weekend watchdog

Last spring, a new pro football league tried to fill the void after the Super Bowl.
It failed.
This weekend, the XFL tries again - 19 years after its' first attempt.
Games will be broadcast on either the ABC or Fox family of sports networks, starting Saturday at 2 p.m. on ABC when Seattle visits Washington at Audi Field (home of D.C. United).
Fox has a 5 p.m. Saturday game between Los Angeles and Houston, with Tampa Bay-New York Sunday at 2 p.m. It's Dallas against St. Louis on ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m.
The XFL plans a 10-game regular season, with four teams making the playoffs. The AAF planned 10 games last year and didn't get that far.
NASCAR season starts Sunday at noon with qualifying for the Daytona 500 on Fox. The Busch Clash follows at 3 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The PGA tour visits Pebble Beach on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Wizards host the Mavericks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington and meet the Grizzlies Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Raptors meet the Pacers on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m. with Portland-Utah at 10:35 p.m.
The Lakers visit the Warriors on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Davidson visits VCU Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and South Alabama takes on Troy at 9 p.m.
Maryland heads to Illinois on FoxSports1 Friday at 8 p.m.
Tennessee takes on Kentucky on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and it's Ohio State-Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with LSU-Auburn. Purdue faces Indiana at 2 p.m. followed by Virginia-Louisville and Duke's contest with North Carolina at 6 p.m. Gonzaga meets Saint Mary's in the nightcap at 10 p.m.
There's six contests on ESPN2 Saturday, beginning at noon as Kansas takes on TCU. Florida faces Mississippi at 2 p.m. and Texas Tech takes on Texas at 4 p.m. It's top-ranked Baylor against Oklahoma State at 6 p.m., with Iowa State-Kansas State at 8 p.m. and UCLA's contest with Arizona at 10 p.m.
Boston College battles Virginia Tech Saturday at noon on NBC Sports Washington, followed by Georgia Tech-Pittsburgh.
NBC Sports network offers St. Bonaventure-Duquesne at 3 p.m. and there's the Philadelphia battle between Saint Joseph's and LaSalle at 5 p.m.
It's Providence against Xavier Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1 and Southern Cal visits Arizona State at 10 p.m.
Wichita State battles Houston Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
Butler battles Marquette on FoxSports1 Sunday at noon.
On the women's court, Texas A&M takes on Mississippi State Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
Louisville faces Syracuse on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. followed by Kentucky-Arkansas.
NBC Sports Washington has a doubleheader Sunday, with Boston College-Clemson at noon before Virginia Tech meets North Carolina.
Colorado clashes with Minnesota Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
The Capitals tangle with the Flyers Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Bruins meet the Red Wings on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Everton clashes with Crystal Palace Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC has Brighton & Hove Albion's battle with Watford at 12:30 p.m.
It's Sheffield United against Bournemouth Sunday at 9 a.m. on NBC Sports network followed by Manchester City-West Ham United.
In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg duels with Dusseldorf on FoxSports1 Saturday at 9:30 a.m. It's M'gladbach against Koln Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Napolia faces Lecce in Italian Serie A Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on ESPN2.
There's rugby between NOLA and Old Glory DC Saturday at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
NBC Sports network has freestyle skiing from Utah Friday at 9:30 p.m.
There's motocross racing from San Diego Saturday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

We feel good

Powerline highlights a poll showing Americans expect to be doing better financially a year from now.
Sure, a lot can change between now and November. But with 74% of Americans looking forward to being more prosperous a year from now, it is hard to imagine a majority thinking that a radical change in the direction of socialism is a good idea. A huge majority of Americans, whatever they may think of Donald Trump, appear to be invested in the direction the country is moving.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What's next after shooting blanks

Impeachment is over.
The Democrats used the best weapon in their arsenal and didn't dent Trump.
What's next?
Trump even stronger than before.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Rush to a quick recovery

Kurt Schlichter joins those wishing Rush Limbaugh well in his battle with lung cancer.
Every once in a while, my phone will go nuts, and I know the great Rush Limbaugh has read one of my Townhall columns on the air again, and no doubt mispronounced my last name!
Rush, you can pronounce “Schlichter” any way you please. If not for you, I probably would not be a columnist, or an author, or an occasional radio host. Thank you.

Hold my ethanol

You look at all the electoral mistakes done through history.
The Iowa Democrats said: Hold my Ethanol."

Monday, February 3, 2020

Song to use against Bloomberg

Before this weekend, you thought "rich" when you heard Michael Bloomberg's name.

Now you think "short."

Good job, President Trump.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Mr. Peanut returns

Enjoying the Super Bowl commercials?
We found a tear from the Kool-Aid Sunday helped bring forth a baby Mr. Peanut.
Oh yeah.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Rushed recipe falls flat

Jonathan Turley reminds us what he said in November - Democrats needed to follow the process on impeachment.
And they didn't.
The hard truth is that House Democrats lost this case the minute they rushed an impeachment vote, and they knew it. With the approaching Iowa caucuses, they chose a failed impeachment rather than taking a few more months to work on a more complete case against Trump, a case more difficult to summarily dismiss.

Saturday song.

When it comes to impeachment, it's time for Democrats to listen to Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Trump 2020 booster shot

Friday's vote on witnesses finally gives us a timeline for the end of impeachment.
Senators escape Washington Saturday and Sunday.
They return Monday, talk some more and then Trump gets acquitted Wednesday - after Tuesday's State of the Union address.
He'll be back for the 2021 State of the Union.
How many Democrats in the audience will be returning?

Weekend watchdog

Get ready for a weekend hearing about Joe Montana and 65 toss power trap.
Super Bowl LIV matches the team that won four championships with Montana - the San Francisco 49ers - against the team that won Super Bowl IV - Kansas City. Fox has coverage, with kickoff around 6:30 p.m.
The Chiefs won three AFL titles during the league's ten years, capped by the win over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. The Chiefs used their run play 65 toss power trap to claim the championship.
The 49ers began seeing more success in the 70s, and claiming their first Super Bowl championship in 1981. Montana won three more rings before he finished his career with Kansas City with a pair of postseason appearances.
Fox has the NFL honors ceremony Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Australian Open closes with the men's final Sunday at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN and the women's final is Saturday at 3:30 a.m.
The Wizards host the Nets Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Mavericks meet the Rockets on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., with Trail Blazers facing the Lakers in the nightcap.
The Celtics host the 76ers on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Before the big game, the Rockets take on the Pelicans Sunday at 2 p.m.
 VCU tangles with Rhode Island Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Memphis meets Connecticut on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m., and it's Georgetown-St. John's Sunday at 1 p.m.
Xavier takes on Seton Hall at 11 a.m. on Fox, followed by Michigan State-Wisconsin at 1 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with Indiana against Ohio State. Louisville faces North Carolina State at 2 p.m., then Texas Tech tangles with Kansas. The College GameDay crew catches Kentucky-Auburn at 6 p.m., with Duke meeting Syracuse at 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech visits Notre Dame on NBC Sports Washington Saturday at noon, followed by Drexel-Delaware and Virginia Tech's contest with Florida State at 7 p.m.
Creighton clashes with Villanova on FoxSports1 Saturday at noon and Providence battles Butler at 2 p.m. It's Colorado-Southern Cal at 10:30 p.m.
George Mason meets St. Bonaventure on MASN Saturday at 4 p.m.
It's DePaul-Marquette Saturday at 2 p.m. on MASN2 before James Madison tangles with UNC-Wilmington.
Fordham faces Dayton Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network and St. Louis takes on Saint Joseph's at 6:30 p.m.
It's Illinois against Iowa on FoxSports1 Sunday at 1 p.m followed by Utah-UCLA.
On the women's court, Baylor battles Texas on FoxSports1 Friday at 7 p.m.
Oklahoma clashes with Kansas on MASN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals tangle with the Senators on NBC Sports Washington Friday at 7:30 p.m.
NBC has the Capitals' traditional Super Bowl day game, with the Penguins in town at 12:30 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Phoenix, with coverage on CBS Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Leicester City clashes with Chelsea on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:25 a.m. followed by Liverpool-Southampton. Manchester United takes on the Wolves Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Burnley battles Arsenal Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network before Tottenham Hotspur takes on Manchester City.
In the Bundesliga, Mainz meets Bayern Munich Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Koln faces Freiburg Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
There's snowboarding on NBC Sports network Friday at 12:30 p.m. and World Cup halfpipe at 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports network has motocross racing from Oakland Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Why Trump still stands

Mollie Hemingway lists the ways President Trump has beaten back the impeachment onslaught.
With a histrionic media and political base spending the last few years demanding impeachment, House Democrats surely had hoped that President Trump would do something justifying an impeachment inquiry. They undoubtedly were not pleased when the best they had to work with was Trump asking for help investigating Ukraine’s known 2016 election meddling or investigation into Biden family corruption in Ukraine.
So they started with a weak hand. But they failed to follow a good process. They didn’t have the House authorize an impeachment inquiry until late in the process. This decision made it unlikely that the many early subpoenas they sought would be deemed valid by a court of law if contested.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Here comes Bernie Claus

It's less than a week until the Iowa caucuses.
Democrats are starting to fret about Bernie Sanders' support level.
What is undeniable is Democratic establishment nervousness about Sanders. The basic worry is that he is so far to the Left that the party might end up nominating the only candidate President Trump can beat.
Keep on worrying, guys.
You've got nine months to watch the worst outcome you fear come true.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Farewell to Kobe

Since the news broke around 3 p.m., the airwaves have been filled with memories of Kobe Bryant.
It reminded me to check Dustbury, who chronicled the NBA before he passed in September.
Sure enough, the search engine found Kobe's final road contest in 2016 was in Oklahoma City.
It was the last home game of the season, which was one event: it was Kobe Bryant’s last-ever road game, which was another. The combination of the two was a bit baffling at times, but the desired results were obtained: Kobe knocked down 13 points in the first quarter, in Kobe-like fashion, and the Thunder, after a 10-point lead at halftime, went on to trounce the Lakers 31-13 in the third quarter on the way to a 112-79 blowout. And there was lots of purple and gold in the house, an appreciation for a man who almost always played like he had his eye on the Hall of Fame.

Thus says the bully

Blue Virginia highlights one of its commenters on impeachment.
The reader supposedly demolishes the arguments on the Trump side.
But the post ends with this.
I honestly don’t know how you Trumpanzees can honestly say with a straight face that this is supposedly about “us” simply not accepting the election results. But bullies project their own tendencies onto to others, especially the victims, all the time. I guess this is not surprising with Trump and his deplorable followers.
Way to be persuasive.
I doubt you'll feel any better at the end of the week.

Nobody cares. It's the saddest thing ever

Althouse checks out Maureen Dowd's latest on impeachment, and the sad cry from the Senate gallery.
One Democratic Senate staffer mourned the apathy. 'Our phones aren’t ringing,' he told me. 'Nobody cares. It’s the saddest thing ever.' One side of the room seemed to be smirking 
Which got her thinking.
Sounds like a lament from a female teenager from back in the days when people talked on the phone. Here's the song that drifted through my head...
Bobby Vinton's Mr. Lonely goes great with impeachment coverage.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday song

Enjoy your day, all star

Impeachment of Hunter Biden

President Trump's side gets its time in front of the Senate, starting Saturday morning.
How will it go?
When will Alan Dershowitz speak (that's what I want to see).
Will Hunter Biden be a big part?
If the Ukraine call was impeachable, it would be because there was nothing wrong with Hunter Biden's deals there.
If President Trump had good reason to question Biden's connections with Ukraine, now is the time to tell us.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Weekend watchdog

The football season has one big game left.
The ice hockey season has reached the halfway mark.
This weekend, both groups bring their best together.
The best of the NFL - minus the Chiefs and 49ers - gather in Orlando for the Pro Bowl. ESPN has coverage Sunday at 3 p.m.
St. Louis hosts the NHL All-Stars, with NBC carrying the contest Saturday at 8 p.m. NBC Sports network has the skills competition Friday at 8 p.m.
The Wizards head to Atlanta Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
The Clippers tangle with the Heat Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and it's Celtics-Pelicans Sunday at 6 p.m.
ABC carries the Lakers against the 76ers Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin faces Purdue Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 followed by Marquette-Butler.
 Villanova battles Providence on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday it's Maryland-Indiana at 1 p.m.
Missouri meets West Virginia on ESPN Saturday at noon, followed by LSU-Texas. Tennessee takes on Kansas at 4 p.m., with Kentucky against Texas Tech at 6 p.m. and top-ranked Baylor battling Florida at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has four games Saturday, starting at noon with Miami-North Carolina. Mississippi State meets Oklahoma at 2 p.m. followed by TCU-Arkansas and Kansas State's clash with Alabama at 6 p.m.
It's Illinois-Michigan Saturday at noon on FoxSports1, followed by St. John's-DePaul. Washington clashes with Colorado at 9 p.m.
There's a pair of ACC contests on NBC Sports Washington Saturday, with Clemson's contest with Louisville at 2 p.m. followed by North Carolina State-Georgia Tech. Dayton duels with Richmond at 6 p.m.
VCU faces LaSalle on NBC Sports network Saturday at noon.
Fox has a doubleheader Sunday, with Michigan State-Minnesota at 3 p.m. before UCLA battles Oregon at 5 p.m.
Xavier clashes with Creighton Sunday at 4 p.m. on FoxSports1.
On the women's court, MASN offers Mt. St. Mary's against Bryant Saturday at 2 p.m.
Texas takes on Oklahoma State on MASN2 Saturday at 2 p.m.
Virginia Tech hosts Clemson Sunday at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
ESPN2 has a top 10 battle between Oregon and Oregon State at 4 p.m.
St. John's takes on Seton Hall on FoxSports1 Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships Saturday at 8 p.m. Earlier action will be Friday at 5 p.m.
The Australian Open continues, with third round coverage on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m. and there's round of 16 matches Saturday at 9 p.m.
The PGA tour visits Torrey Pines Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS.
In the Bundesliga, Eintracht faces Leipzig Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Werder Bremen meets Hoffenheim Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and Leverkusen tangles with Dusseldorf at noon.
There's Italian Serie A between Roma and Lazio Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
The 24 hours of Daytona gets coverage on NBC Sports network Saturday at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., continuing Sunday at 6 a.m. NBC finishes the race from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
 It's X Games weekend in Aspen, continuing on ESPN Friday at 10:35 p.m., Saturday at 10 p.m., moving to ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. The event concludes Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has rugby between Bristol and Gloucester Saturday at 10 a.m.
There's indoor track from Boston Saturday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Bring on the Bidens

Andrew McCarthy thinks the Democrats made a mistake in their early arguments against President Trump.
In sum, the House’s chief prosecutor represented to the American people that President Trump had asked his Ukrainian counterpart to fabricate a false case against Biden. In any court in America, that would open the door to the Trump defense team to show that this was not the president’s intention at all; he was simply asking Zelensky to look into a situation that cried out for an inquiry.
In light of Schiff’s explicit allegation, the president is entitled to an opportunity to show that there was reason for him to believe that a notoriously corrupt Ukrainian energy company had retained Hunter Biden and paid him a fortune despite his lack of qualifications; and that later, despite the blatant conflict of interest, then–vice president Biden extorted Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, threatening to withhold $1 billion in desperately needed funds.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Life of the party

President Trump plans to spend part of his Friday speaking to the March for Life.
More important than what's happening in the Senate chamber.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Billy the kid moving on up

Billy Wagner nearly doubled his Baseball Hall of Fame votes this year, moving to 31.7% after five years on the ballot.
I watched him pitch many times in high school.
It will be very cool to see him get to Cooperstown.
Hopefully, in a few years.

Nobody likes Bernie

Hillary Clinton hits the interview circuit again - and comes down hard on Bernie Sanders.
But there are some fun parts to the story, including Hillary’s unsurprising opinion that “Nobody likes [Bernie Sanders], nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
Of course, some of this is Hillary’s bitterness at what she thinks was the sexism of Bernie’s challenge to her in 2016: “It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women. And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture — not only permitted, [he] seems to really be very much supporting it.”
If there's anyone who knows about being unlikable, it's Hillary.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Richmond still stands

Thousands came for the pro-gun rally at the capital Monday.
Predictions of violence were wrong.
Fear lost and bravery won the day.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Getting stronger every day

PJ Media tells the good news about the United States in 2020.
The labor participation rate is breaking records. Unemployment is at historic lows across all demographics. Wages are increasing, faster for those at the lower income levels than for those at the top. China has agreed to a historic trade deal. Congress (finally) passed the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal which will create jobs across the continent. The stock market keeps breaking records despite impeachment. There’s almost too much good news to pack into one paragraph. It all points to growing American strength just a few years after President Barack Obama mused aloud about a “post-American world.”

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Facebook quote of the week

Facebook has become mostly worthless. All I see are repeat posts, advertisements, friend suggestions, and group suggestions. It feels like they've killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

Saturday song

Earth, Wind and Fire ask what happens after the love is gone.

Friday, January 17, 2020

You threw a fit, so we must acquit

Welcome Alan Dershowitz to the Trump defense team when the impeachment trial gets going next week.
O.J. could only dream of a team of lawyers like Trump will have.

Weekend watchdog

The Kansas City Chiefs ended the NFL's 50th season by winning the Super Bowl. Sunday, they'll try to advance to the final game of the NFL's 100th season.
The Chiefs take on the Titans on CBS at 3 p.m. in the AFC championship game.
Kansas City survived an early surge by Houston last Sunday, overcoming a 24-0 deficit before posting a 51-31 win. Tennessee rumbled past the top-seeded Ravens 28-12 to advance to the championship as a sixth-seed.
On the NFC side, San Francisco hosts Green Bay on Fox at 6:30 p.m. The 49ers won the November matchup 37-8, but the Packers won their final five regular season games while San Francisco dropped contests to Baltimore and Atlanta.
The 49ers rolled past Minnesota 27-10 while the Packers advanced with a 28-23 victory over Seattle.
The two winners advance to Miami for the big game on February 2.
The Australian Open begins its' two-week run Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The Bulls meet the 76ers Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Portland's visit to Dallas.
ABC has the Clippers' contest with the Pelicans Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and the Lakers visit the Rockets at 8:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit the Raptors Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Dayton faces Saint Louis on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
Wisconsin meets Michigan State Friday at 7 p.m on FoxSports1 and Michigan tangles with Iowa at 9 p.m.
CBS has Auburn-Florida Saturday at 1:30 p.m. followed by Oregon against Washington.
Seton Hall takes on St. John's Saturday at noon on Fox. It's Arizona-Colorado at 2:30 p.m.
ESPN starts its day at noon with North Carolina-Pittsburgh. Kansas tangles with Texas at 2 p.m, then Kentucky meets Arkansas at 4 p.m. Duke battles Louisville at 6 p.m.
Baylor meets Oklahoma State on ESPN2 at noon, with Purdue-Maryland at 2 p.m. Houston takes on Wichita State at 4 p.m., followed by Northern Iowa-Bradley and LSU faces Mississippi at 8 p.m. It's BYU-Gonzaga in the nightcap.
Connecticut clashes with Villanova Saturday at noon on FoxSports1, then Georgetown meets Marquette at 2 p.m. and Providence clashes with Creighton at 4:30 p.m.
There's three Atlantic 10 contests on NBC Sports network. LaSalle visits Rhode Island at 12:30 p.m., then Richmond faces George Mason at 2:30 p.m. and it's George Washington-Massachusetts at 4:30 p.m.
On the women's court, West Virginia visits Baylor Saturday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
Louisville faces North Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday followed by Central Florida-South Florida. St. Bonaventure meets LaSalle Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network. ESPN has high school basketball between IMG Academy and Montverde Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Capitals host the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington NBC Sports network has the Lightning's trip to Minnesota Thursday at 8 p.m. Pittsburgh takes on Boston on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Watford takes on Tottenham Hotspur Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network. Burnley battles Leicester City Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Liverpool-Manchester United. In the Bundesliga, Augsburg faces Dortmund Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on FoxSports1. Bayern Munich battles Hertha Berlin Sunday at 9:30 a.m. AC Milan meets Udinese in Italian Serie A on ESPN2 Sunday at 6:25 a.m. Rutgers tangles with Penn State in wrestling Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. There's Pro Series swimming on NBC Sports network Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Penn State takes on Nebraska in women's gymnastics Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and it's Oklahoma-Alabama Friday at 9 p.m. NBC Sports network offers motorcycle racing in Anaheim Saturday at 10 p.m.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Rise of the disgruntled koala

Kurt Schlichter catches up on the Democratic candidates - and Bernie's rise.
 Let’s be clear about one thing – Bernie Sanders is not cute and he’s not funny. He’s an unrepentant adherent of a vicious ideology that has butchered better than 100 million people in the last hundred years. The risk of electing a doctrinaire Marxist is open civil war – with his murder-fetishizing acolytes on the anti-freedom side along with the Never Trump True Conservatives™ who contend that True Conservatism™ demands we submit to communist rule because Trump tweets mean things at fugly celebs.

She speaks with forked tongue

Elizabeth Warren vs. Bernie Sanders.
Bring it on.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Remember when

Mark Steyn remembers when Donald Trump went to Vermont as 2016 dawned.
The headline in Friday's local paper read: "BURLINGTON TRUMPED". That's what his fans liked. In the liberal heart of a liberal state, the supporters streaming out of the Flynn Theatre, waving genially to the social-justice doofuses across the way, couldn't recall a night like it. Not in Vermont. In New Hampshire, sure. In South Carolina. But not in Vermont. It felt good to be taking it to the other side's turf. And they'd like a lot more of it between now and November.

Monday, January 13, 2020

He's the spare. Why do we care?

Prince Charles had two sons.
The heir and the spare.
We've spent a lot of time the last week talking about the spare.
With William now having three children, Prince Harry is much further down the list of potential British rulers.
You can have a great life as it is.
Could have.
The last week will make the rest of Harry's life a lot tougher.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Beating the dead ERA horse

Virginia Democrats think they are the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, meeting the 3/4 of states needed to have the amendment make the Constitution.
Except the amendment originally had a seven-year time frame to ratify - which expired when I was in high school.
There was an extension until 1982 - which expired when I was in college.
And five of the 38 states have voted to pull their ratification.
Can ratification only go one way?
The courts get to continue to deal with this issue.
If you'd like the amendment in the Constitution, a new decade is a great time to start.
Virginia is one, work on the other 37.

Saturday, January 11, 2020


Purple teams went 0-for-3 in playoff games Saturday.
But someone with purple in their scheme has to win Monday's college playoff finale.

Saturday song

Good morning. Let the sun shine in.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Weekend watchdog

By the end of Monday, we'll have two college football champions and the four teams still alive for Super Bowl LIV.
The best football weekend of the year begins Saturday when North Dakota State and James Madison meet again for the Football Championship Subdivision title game. ABC has coverage at noon from Frisco, Texas.
The Bison have claimed seven of the past eight championships at this level, with James Madison winning the 2016 title after ousting the Bison in the semifinals.
The NFL playoffs kickoff Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC, with NFC top-seed San Francisco facing Minnesota. The 49ers hope to advance to the conference championship for the first time since the 2013 postseason, while the Vikings last played for the Super Bowl berth two years ago.
Saturday's primetime matchup has the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens hosting Tennessee on CBS. The teams have met three times in the postseason, with the road team taking each contest.
Houston takes on Kansas City Sunday at 3 p.m. on CBS. The Texans snagged a win against the Chiefs earlier in the season, but Kansas City gained the second seed.
Fox has the Packers' contest with the Seahawks at 6:40 p.m. Both teams have won Super Bowls in the past 10 years, and Seattle won the last postseason contest between the two prior to Super Bowl XLIX,
Clemson and LSU contest the Football Bowl Subdivision championship Monday on ESPN. LSU holds the top seed in the tournament, while Clemson looks to defend its championship.
The Pelicans take on the Knicks on ESPN Friday at 7:15 p.m. and the Lakers meet the Mavericks at 9:45 p.m.
The Wizards host the Hawks Friday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington. The Jazz come to town Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Maryland meets Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1, then Butler battles Providence at 9 p.m.
Northern Kentucky faces Illinois-Chicago Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
CBS has Baylor's contest with Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m. and Michigan State meets Purdue Sunday at noon.
Ohio State tangles with Indiana on Fox Saturday at noon. Creighton clashes with Xavier at 2 p.m.
Alabama faces Kentucky on ESPN at noon Saturday, followed by Notre Dame-Louisville. Syracuse battles Virginia at 4 p.m., with Georgia against Auburn at 6 p.m. and Mississippi State taking on LSU at 8 p.m.
ESPN2 has six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Cincinnati's clash with Central Florida. Oklahoma State takes on TCU at 2 p.m. and Houston tangles with Tulsa at 4 p.m. It's Texas Tech against West Virginia at 6 p.m., followed by Oklahoma-Iowa State and USC's matchup with UCLA at 10 p.m.
It's North Carolina State against Virginia Tech Saturday at 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Georgetown visits Villanova Saturday at noon on FoxSports1.
Massachusetts meets Dayton on NBC Sports network Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by Saint Joseph's-Davidson.
Richmond hosts St. Louis Saturday at 6 p.m. on MASN.
MASN2 has DePaul-St. John's Saturday at noon.
Memphis meets South Florida on ESPN2 Sunday at 4 p.m.
Arizona faces Oregon State Sunday at 10 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In high school hoops, Huntington Prep takes on IMG Academy Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
On the women's court, ESPN2 has Maryland's meeting with Michigan Sunday at noon followed by Central Florida-Cincinnati.
It's St. John's-DePaul Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1.
West Virginia tangles with Texas on MASN2 Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has Rhode Island against Davidson Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The Capitals face the Devils Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
Sheffield United faces West Ham United Friday at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Crystal Palace clashes with Arsenal Saturday at 7:25 a.m. on NBC Sports network and it's Chelsea-Burnley at 9:30 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur takes on Liverpool on NBC at 12:30 p.m.
It's Bournemouth against Watford Sunday at 8:55 a.m. on NBC Sports network before Aston Villa faces Manchester City.
Floretina faces SPAL in Italian Serie A on ESPN2 Sunday at 8:55 a.m.
There's motorcycle racing from St. Louis Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports network.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Love child, never quite as good

Hunter Biden's crash into the news universe continues to amaze.
Oh baby, he's a handful.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Miss me, miss me, now you gotta kiss me

What happens when Iran fires missiles and hurts no one?
DaTech Guy has some ideas.
Given what we’ve seen from the deep state I hesitate to give a lot of credit to the Government however I do presume they know more about this than me and from what I’ve seen from Donald Trump I trust him to make the right choice from this list (or a different one that I haven’t thought of) based on what he considers in the best interest for the country given the realities on the ground.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Starting the new year right

Rush Limbaugh returned to his show Monday.
President Trump joined him for an interview.
A great way to get the word out.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Trump doctine - you die

Kurt Schlichter offers a simple explanation for the Trump doctrine.
You don’t get to hurt Americans. Ever If you do, bad things will happen.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

It's all bluster, buster

Worried about what Iran will do?
They'd better wonder, since President Trump knows what he'll do if Iran does anything.
They will talk and threaten.
But any attack on American interests will open them to another major attack.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Meat Loaf is cooking

We haven't heard much from Meat Loaf in the past 40 years.
He's still singing, and talking about Greta Thunberg.
I guess climate alarmists don't have a taste for Meat Loaf.

Do you follow the world?

The United Methodist Church has proposed a split over the ordination of gay clergy and the question of gay marriage.
The "Traditional Methodists" will consist of some American churches and more outside the States.
For liberals who blast American thoughts and praise those outside the country, why don't they follow the beliefs of their brothers around the world - and ban gay marriage?

Saturday song

One more year of Saturday songs starts with One Less Bell to Answer.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Weekend watchdog

Four teams are two wins away from the Super Bowl.
Eight teams play this weekend for a chance to join them in the conference semifinals.
The AFC gets things going Saturday, with the winners advancing to either Baltimore or Kansas City.
Buffalo battles the Texans on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. Both teams enter the contest 10-6, with the Texans hosting as the AFC South champion.
New England plays in the wild-card round for the first time since 2010, meeting the Titans on CBS at 8 p.m.
The Saints lost the tiebreaker to the 49ers and Packers, placing them in the Sunday 1 p.m. contest against the sixth-seeded Vikings on Fox.
NBC has the NFC East champion Eagles against Seattle, which earned the fifth-seed after falling to the 49ers on the final play on last Sunday's regular season finale.
Bowl season continues Friday as Ohio faces Nevada in the Potato Bowl at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
It's the Armed Forces Bowl on ESPN Saturday at 11:30 a.m. matching Southern Mississippi and Tulane.
The 76ers visit the Rockets on ESPN Friday at 8:15 p.m., with Pelicans-Lakers as the nightcap.
NBC Sports Washington has the Wizards' contest with Portland Friday at 7 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Wisconsin against Ohio State Friday at 7 p.m. and Georgetown clashes with Seton Hall at 9 p.m.
Central Florida takes on Houston on ESPN2 Friday at 7 p.m.
Memphis meets Georgia on CBS Saturday at 1 p.m.
Indiana tangles with Maryland Saturday at noon on Fox, followed by Villanova-Marquette.
It's an ACC battle between Duke and Miami Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
ESPN2 has six contests Saturday, starting at noon with Oklahoma State-Texas Tech. Florida State faces Louisville at 2 p.m. and it's Notre Dame against Syracuse at 4 p.m. Alabama takes on Florida at 6 p.m., followed by Texas-Baylor and top-ranked Gongaza against Pepperdine in the nightcap.
Butler battles Creighton at noon Saturday on FoxSports1 and Providence faces DePaul at 2 p.m.
NBC Sports Washington offers a pair of ACC contests Saturday, with Wake Forest against Pittsburgh at noon followed by Virginia-Virginia Tech.
St. John's meets Xavier Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.
There's three Atlantic 10 games on NBC Sports network Sunday. VCU visits George Mason at noon, followed by Davidson-Duquesne and Massachusetts' contest with Saint Louis at 4 p.m.
FoxSports1 has Purdue-Illinois Sunday at 8 p.m. followed by Southern Cal against Washington.
On the women's court, Michigan State meets Michigan at noon. Cincinnati clashes with South Florida at 2 p.m. and Tennessee meets Kentucky at 4 p.m.
There's high school basketball on ESPN2 Friday at 9 p.m., with Patrick School facing Sierra Canyon.
The Capitals visit Carolina on NBC Sports Washington-plus Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host the Sharks Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network offers a pair of contests Sunday, with Red Wings-Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. and the Predators' contest with the Mighty Ducks at 10 p.m.
On the college ice, Western Michigan meets Notre Dame on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 p.m.
The PGA tour has it's Tournament of Champions on NBC Saturday at 4 p.m.
Gloucester meets Bath in rugby Saturday at 10 a.m. on NBC Sports network. The Wasps face Northampton Sunday at 10 a.m.
There's motorcycle racing from Anaheim on NBC Sports network Saturday at 10 p.m

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Still your president

It's 2020.
Trump is still in the White House.
And planning on staying.
He wears it well.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Two among nearly 2,000

The Daily Progress profiles retired nurse midwife Donna Vinal, who participated in the births of almost 2,000 babies during her tenure.
Two of those are my sons.
She was a great blessing to my wife and our family.

We're still standing

Welcome to 2020.
A nice round number.
One that climate alarmists used a few years ago as the point of no return.
Terrible weather and rising seas would greet 2020.
Well, we just passed it.
Onto 2030.
We'll wait for climate alarmists to be wrong again.