Posts by Billthedrill

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  • Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN has become too political:

    09/21/2018 4:27:57 PM PDT · 21 of 34
    Billthedrill to yoe

    ESPN is going to start doing sports? Who knew?

  • Shipping Containers Carrying $104 Million In Bank Notes Have Gone Missing In Liberia

    09/21/2018 3:47:20 PM PDT · 23 of 24
    Billthedrill to zeestephen

    Hey, it happens. I misplaced my car keys the other day. I’m sure the money will turn up.

  • vanity - Prediction Thread....

    09/21/2018 12:10:00 PM PDT · 31 of 77
    Billthedrill to US Navy Vet

    I’ll have to pass. You’re talking to a guy who keeps predicting that this is the Mariners’ year to win the division. I also thought that Goldwater had a chance.

  • The Monkees Made a Christmas Album With Rivers Cuomo and R.E.M.ís Peter Buck

    09/21/2018 12:05:53 PM PDT · 45 of 53
    Billthedrill to Cecily
    Not sure about Davy.

    Jones was a drummer, according to bandmate Peter Tork, and apparently a good one. From the Wiki article, Tork stated that Jones was a good drummer and had the live performance lineups been based solely on playing ability, it should have been Tork on guitar, Mike Nesmith on bass, and Jones on drums, with Micky Dolenz taking the fronting role, rather than as it was done...

    They wanted him out front because they figured the teenage girls would flip over him...and they did.

  • Rosenstein denies that he proposed secretly taping Trump

    09/21/2018 11:49:49 AM PDT · 17 of 69
    Billthedrill to Innovative
    You have to parse everything these people say. "Inaccurate and factually incorrect" can mean entirely wrong or it can mean missing one minor detail. On the other hand, there's this:

    The Times cites several people who described the episodes but were not named in Friday’s report.

    And just what does that mean? The reporter just "described the episodes" himself but that doesn't meant either that he was an eyewitness or that they even happened. We're a little short of Who What Where When How, here.

  • Bear Spray Fails to Stop Fatal Grizzly Attack in Wyoming

    09/21/2018 10:15:17 AM PDT · 41 of 49
    Billthedrill to marktwain

    Bear spray does work, and it’s a good alternative if you’re being followed or stalked and recognize that. Once the bear has committed to an attack profile, though, it’s just a bad smell to it. And if the bear is close enough for a handgun to be an effective, you need a handgun in your hand, not in your pack. I did a lot of solo backpacking when I was younger, but no longer, not in Grizzly country.

  • When the puppets won't cooperate: CNN surprised by women's reaction to Kavanaugh case

    09/21/2018 9:53:12 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    Billthedrill to SeekAndFind

    Manufactured outrage tends to have a short shelf life, which is why Feinstein held onto the letter for months. But when the timing is too obviously manipulated, people start to wonder just what else is. This one stinks like a three-day-dead mackerel lying in the sunshine and it’s hard not to notice the smell.

  • Whom Will Democrats Nominate in 2020? Place Your Bets

    09/21/2018 9:44:14 AM PDT · 60 of 72
    Billthedrill to SeekAndFind
    I think most of the Dem strategists who matter are holding out for another 0bama, a relatively unknown figure (hence without a background he or she can be held accountable for) who makes one single breakout speech and is vaulted by the efforts of the media to a position of political prominence. The problem is that as the author points out, time is running out for that. Whoever does run will be running against Trump and incumbency, and that's an uphill battle.

    Maybe a sacrificial lamb such as Dole or McCain was for the Republicans? That has a problem too, because Trump isn't an establishment figure, and hasn't been coerced into becoming one, and the advantage for the 0bama/McCain ticket was that the Dems won either way. Such a figure could, however, form a core around which an updated Dem party might be built, to be later discarded in favor of someone a little shinier. I'd place Cuomo in that category at the moment, perhaps even Bloomberg, who helps solve the funding issues that put the DNC into Hillary's pocket in '16. Harris is an outside possibility (all of them are, to be candid) who isn't viewed as a "uniter", meaning unity of everyone covered under the current version of identity politics that's shackling the Democrat party to the radicals. Shriekers, yes, union rank and file, no. And so there we have the third problem: nearly all the current possible candidates have been caught by the Dems' lurch toward the left and away from the working class. Of all of those only Bernie has a track record of making the right noises, and despite him being an old white male who once again isn't actually a Democrat, he still has a chance and some political legitimacy. That will tell you how weak the bench really is.

    At the moment it will be up to the most influential wing of the Democrat party to decide: the media. That's who to watch.

  • Capitalism is Oppressive, Give Us Free Socialism

    09/20/2018 3:50:44 PM PDT · 4 of 33
    Billthedrill to rktman
    Just because you had the best of grades and higher education was free, it did not necessarily mean that you got in. The children of Communist Party members in good standing were admitted first, no question asked and no exams were necessary.

    This is a curious development that seems omnipresent in "egalitarian" socialism - there always is a New Class of party members and it's hereditary. A New Aristocracy, in short. Free everything for everybody is impossibly silly, but people seem to believe it.

  • McConnell: Democrats waited until 11th hour

    09/20/2018 3:25:36 PM PDT · 45 of 59
    Billthedrill to entropy12 I see a tiny hint of a white flag flapping in the hurricane of MSM gas?

  • Why Do People Flee Socialist Countries and Blue States, Then Vote Democrat?

    09/20/2018 11:39:47 AM PDT · 73 of 81
    Billthedrill to EdnaMode

    Speaking only of blue state emigres, and I know a few, these are not outcome-based decision makers, they focus on principles only and they’re the principles that make them feel good about themselves. A negative outcome is met with a shrug and “at least we tried.” And for that reason they all consider themselves more moral than their critics.

  • When will Democrats wake up and resist the socialists' scheme to take over their party?

    09/20/2018 10:59:54 AM PDT · 34 of 41
    Billthedrill to Oldeconomybuyer
    There is no final blueprint for socialism.

    An interesting admission. It means that there are no criteria by which the outcomes may be measured, which is why they're entirely unfazed by what is happening in Venezuela. Politically, it means that the only thing they actually are certain of is that they want power and mean to exercise it however they please.

  • Turkey's Erdogan defends gift of luxury plane from Emir of Qatar

    09/17/2018 2:22:51 PM PDT · 10 of 24
    Billthedrill to Texas Fossil
    ...saying it was a gift, not a purchase, and that it had been donated to the Turkish state, not to him personally.

    Ah, I see, he only gets to use it while he's president. Which is forever.

  • Head of international group threatens military response in Venezuela

    09/16/2018 10:31:45 AM PDT · 6 of 31
    Billthedrill to lowbridge
    It's the Colombians who are picking up the bulk of the problem, and Colombia just isn't that big a country. Here's what the problem is:

    Strange that we haven't heard a peep from the EU about this genuine emigration crisis. They're usually pretty shrill about this sort of thing, aren't they?

  • For William Shatner, Early 'Star Trek' Was Far From Glamorous

    09/16/2018 10:25:23 AM PDT · 21 of 117
    Billthedrill to ETL

    Good stuff, but who’s going to believe a communicator that you just flip open and start talking to people on?

  • The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be 'Highly Habitable'

    09/16/2018 9:56:30 AM PDT · 23 of 30
    Billthedrill to ETL
    From the caption:

    It is unclear if there is intelligent life in the universe...

    Yes, it is. It certainly is.

  • Michael Moore Thinks Donald Trump Wrote NYTimes Op-Ed Piece: ďHeís the master of distraction, he...

    09/15/2018 3:09:34 PM PDT · 13 of 49
    Billthedrill to E. Pluribus Unum

    Ah, yes, yesterday Trump was too stupid to tie his shoes and today he’s a criminal mastermind. Love to see that narrative dancing like a Mexican jumping bean.

  • New York Slimes: Weíre Measuring the Economy All Wrong

    09/15/2018 9:59:46 AM PDT · 43 of 45
    Billthedrill to EdnaMode
    The article is a bit of a head-scratcher, to be honest, and I'm not sure the reporter understands the field clearly enough to present what these people are saying. That, and there's that heavy dollop of "If it makes Trump look good we're doing it wrong" so current among the MSM spinmeisters.

    GDP is Gross Domestic Production. Period. There is nothing in it that reflects what happens to that production or who benefits. If you want to "measure the economy" by other metrics, fine, economists have been doing that since Adam Smith, but let's not pretend that changing from one standard to another is going to represent anything but a change in standards. For some time now the largely fraudulent "wealth gap" numbers have been hailed as some sort of dire revelation of the evils of capitalism. It's bunk.

    What is really going on here is a change in reporting, not a change in standards, and it's a matter of finding those metrics that least make the sitting President look good, not that more accurately represent the economy. Unfortunately for that case these are not new metrics and are perfectly available for a lengthy historical period. If they're going to change to reporting those instead, they ought at least to be honest about why.

  • Cowboys have lowest Week One local rating in nine years (NFL)

    09/15/2018 9:42:54 AM PDT · 71 of 83
    Billthedrill to bravo whiskey
    Many of these fans are lost for good.

    Yep. And even if you try to ignore the politics of the thing (I can't, not really) you still have a marketing disaster of the first order. It isn't the current numbers that the advertisers are looking at so much as the trend. If they're being asked to sign multi-year multi-million dollar contracts for air time they aren't going to be happy at any decline in viewership, however small at any one increment. Most of those contracts have buyback clauses and free air time in the event it gets below a certain threshold. You can bet the advertisers are watching this very closely.

    Most of them appear not to care very much about any stigma attached to the association of their products with what some ex-fans (me) consider hateful and anti-American behavior. They will if it becomes undeniable that it's a factor, which is one reason we are likely never to read about this in the media until after it happens, because the media lose out as well. They're no objective observers in this thing, much the opposite, they're major stakeholders, and they're not going to hurt themselves by negative reporting.

  • Macron's party neck-and-neck with far right in 2019 EU election poll

    09/14/2018 10:38:45 AM PDT · 22 of 22
    Billthedrill to Mollypitcher1
    French politics are extremely difficult to understand...

    Oh, yes. The connection between the head of state and actual policy implementation is often tenuous at best. France has a Deep State that makes ours look amateur. It does make for a certain stability between administrations but if that means it's going stably in the wrong direction it can be very difficult to turn.