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  • Friday Open, Belated Birthday

    by coldwarrior ( 39 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at October 18th, 2018 - 10:20 pm

    Happy Birthday YENTA!

    Paul Allen Dead at 65

    by coldwarrior ( 135 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at October 16th, 2018 - 7:30 am

    Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner, dies at 65

    You Can’t Fix Stupid. Even With Duct Tape.

    by The Barbarian ( 72 Comments › )
    Filed under Uncategorized at October 14th, 2018 - 9:00 am

    Exhibits A and B are the tweets below:


    These would be laughable if they had been posted by 17-year-old high school students who had received little to no instruction in the precepts of the Constitution; but they were written by GROWN-UPS.  Not only that, grownups that are on broadcast news.  I’ve never seen the job application for NBC News and it’s low-IQ cable edition, but it would not surprise me in the least if the question “Do you understand the fundamentals of the Constitution and the rule of law?  If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, please turn in your application and apply for a job at Fox News and/or Rush Limbaugh.”

    I’m not going to insult my reading audience with the explanation of Republicanism, tyranny of the majority and the true intent of the Senate and its makeup; to do so would irritating to you and anyone with a functioning neocortex that may be passing by (because this week I AM going to remember to link this to my Twitter account).  In truth, though, I could NEVER figure out how the requisite 3/4ths of the States were somehow convinced to give up the power to appoint their Senators and went ahead and passed the 17th Amendment.  Dumb.  Really dumb.  If you wanted Senators to be directly elected from your state, you had the option to do so.  But you had to go ruin it for the rest of us.

    While there is no real danger of the Senate make-up or the Electoral College going the way of the Dodo, it’s important to see what would happen if these rampant crazies got their way.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you California.  Land of the oppressively taxed and the perpetually outraged.

    California, like most states, has a bicameral legislature – an Assembly and a Senate.  Both are based on population.  Which of course, begs the question – WHY have two houses, if the population is represented in like manner in both of them?  My guess would be it’s a big state and a lot of people want jobs in government, with government benefits, government payments and per diem.  Personally, I think the legislators in California are in office because they couldn’t get a high enough score on the civil service exam to work for the Department of Motor Vehicles.  It’s worth noting that the voters of California, back when sanity prevailed, put an initiative on the ballot that created term limits.  It’s also worth noting that when those in real power in the legislature are approaching their expiration date, they put on the ballot a referendum that changes the parameters for term limits – with of course a convenient clause that resets the clock for anyone currently in office.  And it always goes down in defeat.

    California has 58 counties, including the largest county in the United States – San Bernardino (to give you an idea, if you drive across the widest part, it would be roughly the equivalent of me leaving my office in Oakland, California and showing up at dorian’s front door in the Southland).  The smallest county is San Francisco, comprised ONLY of the City itself.  The intriguing thing is that once you get past the coastal areas, the state goes from light red to vivid red to the Nevada and Arizona borders.  Blue and Red counties in and of themselves are almost evenly divided; yet, up until this last election, the Sacramento legislature enjoyed an almost supermajority which allowed them to pass an exclusively leftist, socialist agenda that apparently is just fine with the blue counties.  Red counties might as well stay home on election day, except we care a great deal about sending Republicans to Congress.

    To illustrate the even greater disparity in representation, consider this – the greater Los Angeles area sends almost half the Senate representation to Sacramento; the entirety of California’s Central Valley, representing easily 25% of California’s land mass – sends only 1.  Yeah, nothing wrong there, and I’m sure the interests of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Orange County coincide nicely with their counterparts in Visalia.

    Democrats always complain about our governmental checks and balances when they’re out of power.  But nothing is more annoying than their apparent sudden realization that representation in the Senate is fair to every state.  Well, okay, got it.  But maybe they’re on to something.  After all, every state isn’t equal.  So I suggest that if we’re going to change the Senate, and since at least the original concept of the Senate was the for the representation of the individual states in the Federal system, AND since the population as a whole is already voiced in the House, why not make Senate representation based on LAND MASS?  After all, shouldn’t size count?  I can seen their faces now…..

    ….the minute they realize that the States of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are the new New York and California…..

    And as always, this is your open thread for Sunday, so enjoy your sports and enjoy your families, friends and our furry best friends in the waning days of summer.


    NCAA D1 Football Week #6 2018 Open Thread

    by coldwarrior ( 28 Comments › )
    Filed under College Football, Open thread at October 13th, 2018 - 8:00 am

    Oh man, it was a bad week last week, I was 2/7 and am down to 23/43 $1150/$1000. So, with that in mind…here I go.

    Tennessee at #21 Auburn – Sat, Oct 13, 12:00 PM ET – The Vols are 14 point dogs at The War Eagle, Auburn beats this spread at home.

    #14 Florida at Vanderbilt – Sat, Oct 13, 12:00 PM ET – The Gators are 7 point favorites on the road and they beat this spread.

    Pittsburgh at #5 Notre Dame – Sat, Oct 13, 2:30 PM ET – ND made a statement last week for them making the playoffs. Guess what ‘Domers? Yinz ain’t gonna beat the 22 point spread against my Beloved Panthers.

    Michigan State at #8 Penn State – Sat, Oct 13, 3:30 PM ET – The Spartans are getting 13 on the road at Happy Valley…NOPE. PSU beats this spread and makes a statement for the playoffs.

    #2 Georgia at #13 LSU – Sat, Oct 13, 3:30 PM ET – LSU is getting 7 at home, yeah, G beats this spread continue on with their most excellent season…the battle with ‘Bama is soon yinz Bulldogs!

    #16 Miami at Virginia – Sat, Oct 13, 7:00 PM ET – The Huricanes are giving 7 on the road. As much as I hate them, they beat the spread.

    #6 West Virginia at Iowa State – Sat, Oct 13, 7:00 PM ET – ‘Neers are undefeated and are giving 6 on the road, they beat this spread and start to make an argument about the playoffs.

    #15 Wisconsin at #12 Michigan – Sat, Oct 13, 7:30 PM ET – W is getting 10? Man, I don’t think so. They beat this spread at the Big House.

    Let’s go with $100 a game.

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