Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Steelers vs Panthers

I like the Panthers’ chances to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in tonight’s primetime game from Bank of America Stadium.  Kickoff is 8:30 PM ET on NBC.

The Steelers have had 10 days rest following their 26-6 loss to Baltimore.  Their defense is ranked 27th in the NFL compared to the Panthers who are currently ranked 5th.

QB Ben Roethlisberger has been struggling with his accuracy and the rest of the team, both offense and defense, are flailing on fundamentals.  The Steelers will have to work hard to protect Big Ben from being sacked since Carolina is tied for fourth place with 7 sacks.

The 2-0 Panthers lead the League in giveway/takeaway ratio with 6 takeaways and no giveaways.

There was hope at the beginning of the preseason that Pittsburgh would be a top contender, a thought that was borne out in their first two quarters against the Browns.  Unfortunately, their level of play in the last six quarters has been lackluster.  If that holds, and if the experts’ predictions are right for tonight’s game, my angry kitties will be 3-0.


And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of the Junior Top Cats.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photoshop Of The Day: Fraidy Cat Community Organizer

Florida Gators Vs Alabama Crimson Tide

At 3:30 PM ET CBS will air the game between the Florida Gators (2-0) and my beloved Crimson Tide of Alabama (3-0).

Florida needed three O/Ts to finally win against the Kentucky Wildcats last week.  The Gators will play today’s game at 101,821-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium.  Talk about your 12th man.  How intimidating must it be to run onto the field and hear the deafening noise of so many crimson and Houndstooth-clad fans screaming at the top of their lungs and the sound of “Sweet Home Alabama” blaring over the stadium speakers?

In the Gators’ last meeting with Bama, they lost 38-10 in 2011 at home.  Last year Florida lost seven straight games to close their season leaving fans bewildered and frustrated.

I know Florida wants nothing less than revenge for their heart-breaking loss in 2009 that left Tim Tebow helplessly crying on the sidelines as Bama rolled 32-13 to the BCS Championship Game.  Bama went on to become National Champs as they defeated the Texas Longhorns 37-21.

Today, East meets West in which my boys are favored by at least two scores.  I hope I don’t have to watch bunch of Gator fans doing their trademark “chomping”.  So…


And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of some Bama lovelies.

UPDATE:  Today’s game was more like the Blake Sims/Amari Cooper/Derrick Henry show.  Sims threw for a total of 445 yards.  Despite the Gators’ Vernon Hargreave’s valiant effort to stop him, Cooper had 10 receptions for 201 yards and Henry carried the ball 20 times for a total of 111 yards.  Time of possession for Florida was 20:44 compared to Bama’s 39:16.  Even though The Tide had 4 turnovers they still defeated the Gators 42-21 with a total of 645 yards.  Florida was only able to rack up 200 yards.

The game was hard-fought on both sides of the ball.  I know fans of the Gators are disappointed but they shouldn’t be.  They played with class.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ten Buck Friday For September 19, 2014

Jeffrey M. Jones writing for Gallup notes, “Americans now view the Republican Party as favorably as they view the Democratic Party. While the Democratic Party's rating has been steady, the GOP's rating has improved, restoring their image to what it was prior to the federal government shutdown in the fall of 2013.”  Ace distills it down further saying, “I suppose it's just that the Democrat Party is being discredited by events.”

With the Senate’s passage of a short-term spending bill on Thursday that avoids another government shutdown, Harry Reid’s attempt to provoke a shutdown has failed and this certainly benefits the GOP.

The latest Quinnipiac poll indicates that Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) is trailing his Republican challenger Cory Gardner by 8 points.  This remarkable advantage seems to come on the heels of Udall’s outrageous claim that ISIL is not an imminent threat and news that Udall’s campaign reneged on a series of debates with Gardner.

Whereas last week Real Clear Politics reflected a 1.2 point lead by Bruce Braley (D-IA) over Joni Ernst, the very same Quinnipiac poll shows Ernst pulling ahead and now leads Braley 50% to 44%.  The RCP average has the two in a dead heat. 

The North Carolina race is really troubling to me.  I’m not certain that a visit by NJ Governor Chris Christie to stump for GOP challenger Thom Tillis has helped his cause.

The Senate Majority PAC, a group connected to Sen. Harry Reid and heavily funded by billionaires and labor unions, has been the biggest-spending Super PAC of the 2014 midterm contests. The Center for Responsive Politics database shows that in addition to Reid’s aforementioned Super PAC, another group called Patriot Majority has flooded Hagan’s campaign with $36 million for ad buys and voter outreach.

North Carolinians have been receiving mailers from Concerned Veterans for America reminding voters of her broken promises to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs.  CEO Pete Hegseth said, “Based on her own words, Senator Hagan was sent to Washington to improve care for North Carolina’s veterans. But since 2008, North Carolina’s VA facilities have deteriorated to become some of the worst in the country. Plain and simple, Senator Hagan knew that delays were taking place and only became interested in fixing the VA when it became politically expedient. How can North Carolina Veterans trust that this time will be any different?”

The group published an ad that highlights her saying, “We have got to do a better job of supporting our veterans,” and urged the people of North Carolina to call and tell her to fix the VA.

Jim Geraghty noted as recently as September 12th that it is disconcerting that Tillis is having trouble gaining traction against Hagan in a state that Mitt Romney won.

This week I’d like to ask my readers to consider contributing $10 to Thom Tillis for this week’s Ten Buck Friday.  Make sure to mark your contribution “Ten Buck Friday” so the candidate will know the conservative blogosphere is with him in standing guard over liberty.

You can contribute to Thom Tillis here.

Scottish Independence Vote Appears to be Going Down

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Aberdeen, the nation's third largest city, voted to stay 59-41%.  Glasgow voted to go 55- 43% with a 75% turn out.  The "no"s appear to have it overall.

Great Britain remains as great as it was yesterday.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mark Twain on Obama's Coalition Building

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Obama has a problem. Yes, I know I am the King of Understatement. But I was speaking specifically in terms of his coalition building attempts to battle ISIS/ISIL/IS/ those 'beheading folk'. He once again makes the classic blunder of telling his opponents exactly what he will and won't do in regards to "managing" the ISIS crisis. One of those things he has been adamant about is committing combat troops, commonly referred to as "boots on the ground".

Obama is willing to send bombers and intel and support personnel, but refuses (at the present time) to commit combat troops to the effort. The reasoning?
 "..this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region... America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat."
You see, it's not really our fight, well, it's kind of our fight, but just because we're leading the fight doesn't mean it's our fight. It's your region, so it's only fair that you guys put up the bulk of the cannon fodder, er, boots on the ground!

Man! That really ranks up there with "I have not just yet begun to fight!" doesn't it? More like, "Damn the torpedoes, you guys go on ahead, I'll catch up with you!"

Other than a sophomoric "fairness" argument, I have not heard Obama make the case for why any country should commit ground troops to a war where we will not.

America is seen by most of the world as a land of wealth. People we consider as being "below the poverty line" have a standard of living envied by most of the third world.  One of the criticisms of the Viet Nam war, advanced by good liberals, was that the draft was "unfair" because the sons of the wealthy were able to avoid it. The sons of poor people died in disproportionately high numbers to the sons of the wealthy.  The son of Senator Al Gore did go to Viet Nam, but as a REMF with a typewriter, well behind the battle lines. I don't believe that he has ever heard a "shot fired in anger". And George W. Bush, even though he was trained as a fighter pilot, still caused apoplexy among liberals as being "AWOL from Viet Nam".

How much will the world, Mr. President, view your request for ground troops from poorer nations to engage in mortal combat, while the sons of the 'affluent' sit home and play Mortal Kombat? "Unfair"?

If you are serious about destroying ISIS, why not care enough to send the very best? I, like most of the nation, am war weary. Mostly because it is unfair to ask even one young man to risk his life for no other real purpose than to provide photo ops and cover for venal politicians, as has been the case for the last six years.

The armed forces of the United States should be committed only when there is a clearly defined objective, are properly trained and equipped, and there is an exit strategy. Allowing casualties in Afghanistan, for example, the war that Obama said we needed to fight, simply to mark time until it is politically expedient to withdraw them, is criminal.

We need to destroy ISIS and simultaneously need to secure the borders that allow any people of uncertain motive into the heartland of our country.

But if we expect a coalition of countries to join us, and commit combat troops to the effort, we must lead by example. Nothing less will do. Nothing.

When Twain's Tom Sawyer was whitewashing his fence, he was able to con a number of people into doing the work for him. Those were simpler times, and Mr. Obama:

You're no Tom Sawyer.

Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Monday, September 15, 2014

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

                     “A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”~Mae West

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Detroit Lions Vs Carolina Panthers

The computer likes the Panthers in this matchup.  QB Cam Newton is expected to return to the field for the Cats after he sat out last week’s game against the Tampa Bay Bucs with a rib injury.

Fansided’s Henry McKenna thinks the Lions will be “gunning to put a few good shots on his chest to see how those ribs hold up.  If Newton can bear the beating, he can begin to develop a rapport with his new receiving core, particularly first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin, who had a strong outing in Week 1 with six receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers’ defense will need to keep the Lions’ big plays in check, limiting home run threats like Johnson and Reggie Bush.”

The Lions offense looked impressive against the Giants last week, but this Panthers defense isn’t the Giants. 

Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM ET from Bank of America Stadium.


And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of Top Cat Lauren.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Southern Miss Vs Alabama

Wes Bulgarella of Roll Bama Roll wrote, “Southern Miss is not very good. Their combined record from the last two seasons is 1-23. Last season they were outscored 503-205. Making matters worse for me, the Golden Eagle offense averaged 4.62 yards per play and scored 21 points or more only three times the entire season.”

I’m not going to make the mistake of getting cocky, but unless something absolutely bizarre happens my beloved Crimson Tide should have no trouble giving the Golden Eagles a good old-fashioned whipping.  They are a massive 47-point favorite according to oddsmakers.

This game gives The Tide one more chance to work out any kinks before they take on the Florida Gators in the first of seven consecutive league games. Bama has a bye after the Gators but then goes on the road to Ole Miss and Arkansas to start October.

QB Blake Sims is expected to start when the Crimson Tide hosts Southern Mississippi with Jake Coker coming off the bench.

Head Coach Nick Saban said, "The quarterback situation is no different than it was before.  I know you all would love to create a quarterback controversy.  But the one thing I noticed that I wish you noticed, when Jake Coker threw the touchdown pass [against West Virginia] who was the first guy to go and jump up and give him a congratulations and a hug was Blake Sims."

Kickoff is 6:00PM ET on ESPN2 from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.


And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of some Bama lovelies.


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