Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Try, Try Again

Meet Fritz.  Fritz can’t catch. His human tosses tasty food to him.  Hot dogs, steak.  It doesn’t matter.  Fritz can’t catch.  You kinda feel sorry for Fritz because his missed catches result in food hitting him in the face making a mess on his adorable face.

I feel his human’s frustration.  My little furkid, Sophie, won’t fetch.  Maybe she feels like playing a game of fetch is too much of a commitment.  That’s okay though.  Her unconditional love is all I really need.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

“Where should one use perfume?" a young woman asked. "Wherever one wants to be kissed.”  Coco Chanel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March Madness: Duke Blue Devils Vs San Diego State Aztecs

Last night’s action in the NCAA Tournament saw No. 1 Villanova fall to the NC State Wolfpack.  Though I picked ‘Nova to win in my brackets, it was heart-warming to see the Pack win.  It was reminiscent of 1983 when the team known as “Phi Slamma Jamma” led by Jimmy V took the national crown.  (I miss Coach Valvano)

I must confess that I wasn’t as invested as a fan in that game as I was 32 years ago, but I kept my eye on it as the Tarheels methodically took apart the Arkansas Razorbacks’ full court pressure to convincingly defeat them 87-78.  The Heels now advance to the Sweet 16.

Today my attention is turned to the game which pits my beloved Duke Blue Devils against the San Diego State Aztecs.  The game will air at 2:40 PM ET on CBS.

These two teams have met only one other time: December 2001 at Cameron Indoor Stadium where the Atzecs lost 92-79.  Today, playing in Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena, it will seem like home field advantage for Duke.  The Aztecs have big guys in their line-up that should match up well against Okafor and Marshall.

If Duke can light it up like they did against RMU they should emerge the winner in today’s game, but that’s predicated on an up-tempo game and the Aztecs not being able to shut down Okafor.  Duke definitely needs to speed up the game and get out in transition in order to beat the Aztecs.  Oh, and foul trouble for SDSU’s forwards.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monica Lewinsky: The Bloodsport Of Public Shaming

Monica Lewinsky spoke from the TED stage in Vancouver recently to tell the audience, “At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss.  At the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences.”

In her speech, entitled “The Price of Shame”, Lewinsky recounts how she was betrayed by her friend Linda Tripp, was threatened with jail time and was swept up in the maelstrom of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.  Throughout the national disgrace of Clinton’s unchecked libido, Lewinsky was the target of slut-shaming.

She withdrew from public view for more than a decade, but has reemerged to tell her story.  I listened to her 22-minute speech and found it compelling and moving.  The temptress is resigned to her mistakes, but forcefully speaks to the viciousness of cyberbullying and makes a plausible argument that she was the first true victim of the phenomenon of “cultural humiliation”.

I think when President Clinton referred to her as “that woman”, he wounded her forever.  Many believe she is speaking out now to cripple the political future of the Clinton dynasty, but Lewinsky defended herself saying, “It is time to stop tip-toeing around my past.”

For now, at least, I believe her because no one would wish to “walk a mile in someone else’s headline.”

Friday, March 20, 2015

March Madness: Duke Blue Devils Vs Robert Morris Colonials

According to ESPN, just 273 out of 11.6 million Tournament Challenge brackets were a perfect 16-for-16 after Thursday’s games.  My brackets were likewise busted.  *sigh*

Sam Vecenie, writing for CBS Sports, thinks Bobby Mo’s key to a win against my beloved Duke Blue Devils is 6 ft. 6 guard/forward Lucky Jones who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals in their 4-point victory over North Florida.  Duke’s Jahlil Okafor towers over Jones at 6-11. The Colonials will not have an easy job containing the big men who make up the Blue Devils roster.

I made abysmal predictions during the ACC Tournament which prompted one commenter to write, “Please, please, please stop rooting for the team I root for.” 

Like Coach K and many of the other coaches whose teams made it to “the dance,” everybody starts at zero in the tourney.  Duke has made appearances in 15 Final Fours and won 4 national championships.  Tonight the drive for five begins.


Curmudgeonly Cartoon: One Ringy-Dingy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Why Is There No Starbucks In Ferguson?

On Monday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced an initiative he dubbed “Race Together” in which he asked his company's baristas to write "Race Together" on coffee cups as an invitation to talk about race with customers. 
Commuters who simply wanted their morning java quickly became irritated at the company’s insipid notion and took over the Twitter hashtag #RaceTogether mocking it to a fare-thee-well.
The company's Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Corey duBrowa, was forced to delete his Twitter account after a torrent of wilting criticism “overwhelmed” him.
"We knew this wouldn't be easy, but we feel it is well worth the discomfort," duBrowa bravely wrote in an email to CNN Money
The campaign started in cities where protests had erupted over rising racial tensions, like St. Louis, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Oakland.

If Schultz and his delicate flower, duBrowa, sincerely wanted to improve race relations they should have begun their campaign with Rev. Al Sharpton who, while fanning the flames of racial hatred in New York City following the assassination of police officers Wenjin Liu and Rafael Ramos led a protest march in that city with marchers chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops.  When do we want it?  Right now.”
The cops’ assassin was Ismaaiyl Brinsley who posted on his Instagram account, “I’m putting wings on pigs today.  They take 1 of ours…let’s take 2 of theirs.”
Some clever Twitter user decided to start a new hashtag, #NewStarbucksDrinks, and so I decided to Photoshop the rev helping Schultz’s campaign with, yes, a new Starbucks drink.

Netanyahu Defeats Obama

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer was shellacked in the 2010 midterms and his Democrat Party suffered an electoral blowout in 2014 and the drubbing continued on Tuesday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory.

There will be no celebration in the Oval Office and Secretary of State John Kerry and the dozens of foolish Democrats who boycotted his historic speech before a joint session of Congress will now be forced to tuck their tails between their legs.
Despite his protestations to the contrary, The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer has a seething disdain for PM Netanyahu.  That disdain motivated him to conspire to interfere in the democratic election of that nation.  He did so by “secretly” funding non-profit organizations that were hell-bent to replace Netanyahu’s government.

Stephen Kruiser suggests this:  
Expect the spinning to resemble the cartoon Tasmanian Devil by the morning. The last few days were absolutely polluted with stories about Netanyahu’s imminent political demise, with the most popular version of the tale being that he ruined his chances by angering great and powerful thin-skinned consumer of canines currently occupying the Oval Office. 
One does not hurt Barack Obama’s feelings without some backlash. 
Now that Obama has once again been revealed impotent in helping candidates not named Barack Obama to victory, his media petting zoo is out of sorts. They will be expending a lot of effort to explain exactly why this victory wasn’t really a victory.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cankles Has Fallen

Jonah Goldberg painted captivating images in his article this past Saturday at National Review.  He imagines the veteran grifters of Team Clinton:  Lanny Davis “in the middle of a meeting with an African dictator when, suddenly, his assistant hands him a note.”  Upon reading the note, which simply read “Cankles Is Down”, Davis abruptly terminates the meeting declaring, “The Clintons need me.” 

Goldberg then directs us to the banks of a bayou where James Carville, who has caught a catfish, proceeds to devour its entrails in the manner of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Gollum.  His snack is interrupted by a signal flare.  He knows instantly its meaning.  Quickly, he steps into his waiting limousine which speeds him to an MSNBC studio.  Meanwhile the other gutter rat, David Brock, “slinks out of his leather onesie” racing to his command center barking orders, “This is a level-one Alpha scenario.  Cancel all leave.”

Goldberg was, of course, thinking of action movies where grizzled old pros get together one last time to spin furiously as their dowager queen rapidly sinks in the quicksand of scandal.

Goldberg continues to posit, ”For 30 years, Hillary Clinton has been defensive bordering on paranoia (with occasional forays far over the border). For 30 years, Hillary Clinton has responded to every challenge—not just every scandal, but every challenge (like HillaryCare)—by convening huge task forces of loyalists."

We now know that Cankles’ Emailghazi troubles are just beginning as we learn that a State Department whistleblower told The Daily Signal a “boiler-room operation” was set up to hide documents after Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others attached to the CIA complex in Benghazi perished in a hail of gunfire and mortar rounds.

As one commenter noted, this movie will be a “popcorn bonanza.”

UPDATE:  Dvorak News broke the news today that the former Secretary of State used MX Logic, a spam filtering service now owned by McAfee that had full access to all her classified State Department email in unencrypted form.  It could be read, tapped, archived or forwarded to anyone in the world without anyone ever knowing.

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

There are some days you should go back to bed with a hot brandy, a box of chocolates and a warm energetic companion.


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