Thursday, May 24, 2018

Green Bay Marathoner Sets Record

I didn't think I'd be writing much about the place that we used to live, but out of Green Bay comes this amazing story of endurance:

And like a true Sconnie, he slams a beer at the end.  However, earn that PBR he certainly did.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What Happens on the Web in a Minute?

Check out this amazing infographic:

What's amazing about this is the growth in just one short year.

What will this look like in 5?  10?  Incredible.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Audi and Driving in the Future

We're quickly approaching the age of autonomous vehicles and intuitive artificial intelligence assistants.  Audi envisions what this future might be like, and how we'll respond:

Me?  I love to drive.  Always have.  I may not feel that way in the future, but for right now, I'll be damned if I sit in the back when I could be taking care of business in the front seat.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Why Me, God?

Life, ultimately, is suffering.  Some have a little, some have a lot, but all of us will know it, and feel its pain.

In those moments, we wonder where God is, and we wonder why we must suffer.  "Why me, God?  What's this purpose?"

We can't explain, and we can't understand.

Fr. Don addressed this issue in a recent post:

The funeral of a young woman murdered by an intruder in her apartment prompts many questions and frustrations along with great sadness among her friends. Two of Sandy's passions were music and children; she taught in a local school and loved her guitar. Friends and preachers both know how inadequate words are at such times. In Peter De Vries' novel, The Blood of the Lamb, the father of a young girl who has died of leukemia says that in the end all we can do is sit side-by-side on "the mourners' bench" holding each other in silence, linked by grief and compassion. No matter how poorly, how inadequately, we must express ourselves even in unspeakable sadness.

Another clue about what we can do comes from Sandy's passion for music. In it, whether performing or listening, we often find an outlet for thoughts and feelings too deep for banal words. The disaffected often pooh-pooh religious services, but the shared experience of music, as well as our poor words, is, I suspect, for most people some help and a necessity. Aldous Huxley writes: "After silence, what comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." 

You might say that even God felt the inadequacy of words when he resorted to something fleshly and palpable. God's word, God's son, became flesh (John 1:14). Rather than attempting to give us some verbal explanation for suffering and tragedy, God has shown solidarity with us in suffering by the cross and death of Jesus. There is God's answer to the age-old human question, "Why me? Why did this happen?" 

"My Son wasn't spared; you should not be too surprised."

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse

I know this song is somewhat dated, but damn, I have always loved it.  It has an awesome, Foo Fighters-esque bridge, which always gets me.

Turn it up and enjoy:

Friday, May 18, 2018

7 Deadly Sins, Digital Version

I bumped into this infographic online, and believe that it could not be more accurate:

Sure does make you think...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

How to Christen a Boat

Today, if everything goes OK, I'll be christening my new boat this afternoon.  How exactly does someone do that?  This little video shows the steps:

I can guarantee that my speech is going to be a hell of a lot better and my friends will be less well behaved, but this is what we'll be doing.  

Stay tuned for the name...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Robison Resigns with Vikings

Long time DT (so long ago he was the other end to Jared Allen) Brian Robison has resigned with the Vikings.

That's a good thing.


Because he has the best sack dance in all of football:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dog Shaming

I tried bringing my dog to work last week, with disastrous results.  As such, a period of dog shaming was required:

I'll be needing to bring in a dog crate to prevent future jail breaks and subsequent poor behavior.  In the meantime, as it stands with life with a Yellow Dog, the struggle is real.  

Monday, May 14, 2018

Music for My Brother

My brother's birthday was yesterday, and normally I post up the music I gift to him that's on heavy rotation here at YDP headquarters.  Unfortunately, Mother's Day was yesterday, so my annual post to him got bumped.  I apologize, K, but I guess it came down the tiebreaker, and that was who I knew longer.  Mom had you by a year and a half.  

Here's this year's installment:

Learning How to Love - The Greyhounds: Sweet blue-eyed soul, and one of the coolest bands out there right now.  Smooth, soulful and funky.

Alright - Mike Yung: As long as we're on a soul kick, Yung belts this one all the way out of the park.  Cool guitar interjection, as well as a solid gospel back up.

Nervous Mary - The Breeders: Great 90's band comes back with a vengeance. Makes me pine for those days and that music.

We Will Rock You - Queen: This is a fast version from their Live Killers album.  I'm embarrassed to admit I never heard it before until I heard it this year in a commercial.  Holy cow, I was missing out.  This is exactly how this song should have been sung, especially live

She Needs Me - Foster the People: I really like this band, and their latest offering is really solid.

Wall of Glass - Liam Gallager: While I know this guy is really a jerk, he is really talented and makes some really good music.  Really well done.

Tappin' the Glass - Bros. Landreth: Continuing the glass theme comes this tune which could easily be a homage to 70's era Eagles or Poco.  A really nice listen.

Run - Foo Fighters:  This is your song for attacking that nasty hill on the bike.  

Red Hill Mining Town - U2: This was one of my favorite songs that they did when they did their Joshua Tree tour last year.  I was really surprised at that, as there is so much great material on that album, but for some reason, their performance of this song just really struck me.

Over Everything - Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile:  I think Courtney Barnett is one of the most talented songwriters out there right now, and it's not close. I love songs that don't have obvious rhymes; it's one of the reasons why I love Dylan so much.  When I first heard her sing "You give me some money and I'll make some origami, honey," I was so hooked.  I love the line in this song of "several levels at hard decibels."   Not a great voice (Dylan again) but talent galore.  Love her.

No Diggity - Blackstreet: I saw a Price cover of this song, which was a damn treat, but the original is still awesome.  "I like the way you work it..."

Roland - Interpol:  I know that a lot of Iterpol songs sound the same.  However, they all sound really good.

Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton:  My favorite living country artist, and it is not close.  Great voice, great songwriting.  Just awesome.

Sky Full of Song - Florence & The Machine: She continues to put out really damned good music.  The latest offering does not disappoint.  I just love her voice.

Seventh Heaven - Beck:  Dude is still relevant.  The best driving song of the mix.

Long Time Coming - Cheap Trick:  Speaking of still relevant.  Not much to offer with this one other than some nostalgia and appreciation of a band that still brings it, even after 40 years.

In My World - Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie:  Buckingham is brilliant; scattered but brilliant.  McVie's voice pairs so well with his, and this sounds a lot like it could have come off of Mac's Tango in the Night album from the late 80's.  Very cool.

Easy Money - Foghat:  Yes, that Foghat.  A deeper track that still holds up.

Get Off - Foxy:  As long as we're in the Wayback Machine, let's do some Foxy.

Passing Out - Strand of Oaks: A great way to close, with a great talent and a great song.

Hope you have a great birthday.  I love you tons.  

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

I'm fortunate to have the best mom in the world.  That's not hyperbole.  I absolutely have the best mom in the world.  She's smart, engaged, conscientious, kind, generous, loving, fun, and accomplished.  If I've achieved anything in this life, it is due to her rearing of me and by me modelling her example.

She can also give the fish hell, and here she is with a clutch fish-fry saving catch last summer:

Happy Mother's Day, Mom.  I am so very blessed and honored to be your son.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ron Schara Says Goodbye

For a Minnesota outdoorsman there's no bigger icon than Ron Schara.  He's been writing outdoor columns for the StarTribune for as long as I can remember, and his suite of outdoor TV shows reflect his folksy passion for the outdoors.

Now at the end of his career, he's saying goodbye, and did so in a very sweet moment of a recent episode:

His was a unique voice, and a uniquely Minnesotan voice, and it will be missed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How to Get Home

I am loyal to Delta airlines.  I consolidate my travel to the one carrier and have been rewarded with Gold status for three years, and Silver for more than a half dozen more.  The status really does pay - I've been upgraded to first class quite a bit, and even having the ability to book into an exit row is worth it to me.

The loyalty has not come without at cost.  Being captive in their markets, Delta has had the opportunity to really price gouge, and gouge they did.  Lack of any serious competition, along with some friendly collusion on pricing, made it painful.  However, there is one benefit to being in a captive Delta market - you are always going to get home.

With Minneapolis as a primary hub, regardless where you were stranded, if you could find a way to another hub (Atlanta, Detroit, etc.), you'd find a way back to Minneapolis.  And if you got to Minneapolis, you had options in terms of getting the rest of the way home.

Just get to a hub, and you're golden.  

No, it's no fun paying a premium for living in a captive market.  However, if one looks at it as paying for insurance for getting home at a decent time, it makes the price a little more easy to swallow.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Birthday to Mrs. YDP

She may be another year older, but she couldn't be more beautiful to me.  

Here she is, out celebrating with me on St. Patrick's Day:

I am a lucky man, indeed. 

Happy birthday, Sweetheart.  I love you more than I could write in a thousand blog posts.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Wood Duck Box Changing

This past weekend we were up at the duck camp for a labor weekend.  The biggest task was mowing fire breaks around the property for an impending burn of our switchgrass.  The burn is necessary as it kills off the noxious weeds, kills off the pocket gophers, and results in a much thicker, robust field of grass for our pheasants.

We were also to do some cleaning of wood duck boxes as the weather had gotten warm, our lakes opened, and wood ducks would soon be nesting.

While Fuzzy was working on the plumbing, I decided to start work on the houses without him.  I drove our vehicle to the first box, climbed up and unscrewed the base to remove any eggshells or debris and replace the bedding.

As I lowered the base out of the box, I thought to myself,  "Damn, this base seems heavy."  At heavy it was, as when I got it out of the house, I was met with a hen wood duck sitting on a brood of eggs. 

I'm not sure who was more surprised, and she managed to fly away and I managed to not spill any eggs from the full nest.  I quickly replaced the base while she watched from a nearby lake.

I guess the old bedding from last year is going to have to work.  Judging by my interaction, it does seem to be working just fine.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Missing in Action

Greetings, YDP readership.

I apologize for the radio silence.  Things have been very busy up here, and I was on the road for much of last week attending the Craft Brewers Conference for work.

Hard work, that craft brew...

A couple of take aways from the trip:

  • The craft brew trend is still on the grow - over 1,700 breweries were represented, with most doing incredibly well, and new ones coming on line all the time.
  • There is a ton of really good beer being made right now.  Simply amazing.
  • Massive beards are all the rage for these guys.  I looked totally out of place.
  • Nashville is a hell of a nice town.
  • Despite thinking I'd have down time to write, I did not.
I'll be writing and posting a lot this week and will have things back to normal.  In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me here at YDP.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Trouble No More - Muddy Waters

Taken two years before his death, he was still relevant and laying down the blues.  I would have so much liked to have seen him play.  Given his brokering of the blues in England, and the music is subsequently spawned, he's arguably one of the most influential figures in rock and roll music.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Port Authority Commissioner Versus Cops

Want to know why people hate politicians?  This is why people hate politicians:

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Rise of the Theyby

In the latest in the fight to 1) eradicate all masculinity and 2) create a world where gender is simply a choice, some parents are choosing to raise their babies as genderless humans.


The child has no gender-specific name, pronoun, clothes, etc.  It really is an it, allowing it to become whatever it will become.

You can check out the full article here.

Here's a quote from an enlightened parent raising a theyby of their own (emphasis mine):

“Our baby is going to be whatever they want to be,” he says. “And then we’re going to send somebody out into the world who is in turn not going to project their own opinions or stereotypes onto who someone else should be. I’m happy for our kid to be the vehicle in which our parents and friends get up to speed with what’s going on. Change has to happen, and we’re doing it.

Change has to happen, and if my baby is subject to untold trauma to get it done, so be it.

We live in a completely depraved and sick world, and we deserve everything that is coming to us.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Yankee Woes

After giving up 22 runs over the past two nights, the Twins ineptitude against the Yankees appears to be well intact here in the 2018 season.  Our inability to do anything with the Bronx Bombers is well established, but the last two games have yielded a special level of ugly.

It's not just the pitching, either.  The bats have gone cold as we've put up a whopping 4 runs against the Yanks' 22.  

The Twins are clearly in a swoon; we've dropped five straight and have gone from first place in the division to two games below .500.  Certainly, there's a lot of baseball left to be played, and that's the good news.

The bad news?  We face the Yankees again today.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Why the Wild Have No Chance

Down 3-1, the Wild have their backs to the wall; facing Winnipeg on the road in two out of the next three games if they could possibly stay alive.  But stay alive they won't.  

Why?  Lots of reasons.  They lost Suter before the playoffs started.  They lost Parise at the end of game 3.  They've been drastically outplayed in three out of the four playoff games thus far.

But here's the real reason why they're done:

That was the Wild's best player and the only source of consistent offense taking a brutal cross check to the head.  But they'll lose not because of what happened.  Rather, they'll lose because of what didn't happen.

At no time in the rest of the game was there any payback for this brutal hit to their best player.  Nothing.  And when a team doesn't have each other's backs, especially in hockey, they're done.

Get your golf clubs ready, boys, because your gutless rear ends are going to be off the ice by the end of the night.

Cowardly, gutless, selfish losers.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SW1380 Audio

Southwest flight 1380 had an engine explode and a passenger killed by debris.  Despite this, the plane laned without further catastrophy.  Part of the reason was the professionalism of the team working on the situation.

Here's the audio of what that sounded like:

What remarkable composure by all involved.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Britain in Free Fall

Yesterday the Daily Mail reported that there is a machete crime committed in Britain every 90 minutes.  

Machete crime.  Seriously.

Also recently reported is that London has passed up New York on number of homicides, despite England's ban on guns.  Indeed, most of the deaths have been caused by knives.

You know why people aren't killed with machetes or knives on our streets?  Because you never know who might be packing, and it is suicide to bring a knife to a gun fight.

Still, Londoners click their tongues at us in chat rooms for our gun violence while those that they've invited to their country continue to hack at their necks and spill their blood onto the streets.

You reap what you sow.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Twins Restart in Puerto Rico

After having their last three games snowed out - not rained out, snowed out - the Twins have flown off to Puerto Rico where they'll act as the home team for a two-game series with the Cleveland Indians.  

It's a good time for us to think about our blessings.  Yes, we've had to endure a horrible winter.  However, our infrastructure is still intact and deaths due to the weather have been few.  The same can't be said for the beautiful island, and there is still a lot of locations that are without power.

Hopefully, the games can serve as a nice distraction for everyone.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Longest Winter

Here in northern Minnesota winter started in the first week of November.  Our lakes froze, our duck season ended, and we hunkered down for what we expected would be a long winter.

We had no idea.

First, we had winter without any reprieve.  In a usual winter, we'd get a number of days in the 40's to allow things to thaw and allow people to come out of their hibernation.  We had nothing like that.  In fact, we had the opposite, with stretches of days that ran well below zero.  It was so bad, that positive temperature figures, even single digits, felt good.

Second, we're here in the second week of April and are still mired in a full-scale winter.  To our south, the Twin Cities are unburying from nearly a foot of snow.  It's horrific.

Let's do the math on that span: That's nearly five and a half straight months of winter.  We're not talking fall or spring days - we'll talking 100% straight winter stuff.  Even staunch Minnesotans have had enough of this.  We're ready for spring.

It looks like we may get our wish as temps at the end of the week will be into the 50's, and all of that snow will quickly melt.  Hopefully, we've turned the corner and we can put a cap on the longest winter I can ever remember.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dysfunction Junction

Yesterday was an odd day.  I had not one but two encounters with customers in which they felt slighted, and their remedy for the slight was to behave in a wildly inappropriate fashion.  Then, later that evening, I had a fellow board member on a board in which I sit go completely off for reasons that might seem reasonable for an adolescent mean-girl.  

I've not seen anything like it.

Perhaps I've been really lucky and just have not had to deal with a ton of dysfunction in my life.  Actually, I know I've been lucky.  Those with whom I've been close have done a good job of keeping the drama in check.  Likewise, I've been fortunate that chemical abuse has been limited as well.

Thus, when one event occurred yesterday it was odd.  Two?  Really weird.  Then throw in the inappropriate behavior of last night and I don't even know what to say.  Upon reflection, I think things get summed up as follows:

  • There are a lot of people out there that have honed their interpersonal skills in social media, and that should scare the living hell out of all of us
  • We don't know what kind of medial and/or addiction issues some folks might be suffering

When encountering these behaviors, we're best served not to get caught up in the drama and emotion.  These people don't deserve our anger or even our engagement.  They may deserve our pity and our prayers, however.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Shame on 60 Minutes

Last night 60 Minutes treated us to a 20-minute segment on the lynching of blacks.  Their reporting included extremely grizzly photography, stomach-turning news stories, and a firm blame that because of lynchings over 100 years ago in our history, black people are still being discriminated against in a grotesque manner to this day.

To what end, 60 Minutes?  Sure seems like your goal is to fan racial hate.  I'm not sure there was any other objective.

Perhaps it can be couched as making us face our history, like keeping the concentration camps open in Germany?  Sure.  This was an ugly part of our history, and we need to own it.  However, to make the leap to blame lynching on the current incarceration statistics while failing to ignore the facts that blacks from single-parent families commit crimes in wildly higher numbers than any other group, and that single-parent families are rampant in the black community ignores data. 

Our disgusting history of lynchings isn't responsible for the sorry state of race relations in this country.  The replacement of the nuclear family, starting with Johnson's great society and continuing unabated ever since has everything to do with it. 

But 60 Minutes isn't concerned about race relations, or the truth, or facts.  As long as we can blame each other for our ills, and as long as that continues to manifest itself in hate, well folks that there is some good TV.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Saturday Song Share: James McMurtry - Choctaw Bingo

I don't know how he keeps the lyrics straight.  

Great songwriting:

Friday, April 6, 2018

No "Dilly Dilly" at the Masters

It's being reported that a list of phrases has been submitted to Masters security, and patrons shouting those phrases would be ushered off the premises.  

Some definitely need to go.  "Baba booey" and "Get in the hole" have definitely run their course.  But "Dilly Dilly?"  That's just no fun.

Speaking of fun, here's what Bud Light did to celebrate Loyola's improbable run to the final four:

Someone on their marketing team deserves a huge bonus.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

We Don't Call it "Minny"

Want to know if someone is not from Minnesota?  If they use the word "Minny" to describe our state, they're definitely NOT from Minnesota.

We don't use that word.  Many of us hate that word.  However, the rest of the country (espcially NHL announcers) throw it around like it's said all the time.

It's not.  Because it sucks.

I'm from Minnesota.  Calling it Minny, especially in one of our local establishments, might result in a "correction."

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Best Solution for Stopping Telemarketing Callls

I'm not sure about you, but I'm seeing a huge increase in the amount of telemarketing calls that I'm getting on my iPhone.  Upon recieving an offending call, I'll always note the number and establish them as a blocked number on my phone, but despite doing this well over 100 times, the calls still keep coming.

What's a guy to do?  How about getting even?

There's a cool service out there called Jolly Roger that uses a voice robot technology to waste telemarkers' time and drive them crazy.

How it works is that when you get a call from a telemarketer, you use a really cool technique to hand them off to a Jolly Roger robot.  From there, the conversation begins.

Here's an example:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Suter's Loss

When one considers the most important players on the Wild this past season, the list would look something like this:

1) Eric Staal - His 40 goals have been critical and were some nights the only goals the Wild scored

2) Devan Dubnyk - The goalie is coming into his own, landing his 5th shutout last night

3) Ryan Suter 

Suter was second in the league in time on the ice.  While his offensive stats aren't going to find any leaderboard, his play was critical.  Not only at even strength; Suter was critical for both power play and penalty kill teams.  

Prior to his leg break, Suter was playing some of the best hockey of his career.  His positioning was virtuoso, his passes tape to tape, and his leadership unquestioned.  

The Wild had their first test last night with Suter gone and passed with flying colors.  All three defensive lines played extremely well, and as a result, Dubnyk was rewarded with a shutout.

The Wild will need a similar effort, all playoffs long if they have any hope of going anywhere.  The loss of Suter is a big, big hole to fill.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Technology's Impacts on Our Brains

I just engaged in a recent article which relayed some shocking information on the impact our mobile engagements are having with us physiologically; most importantly, with our brains:

New studies are showing how we relate to apps, smartphones are keeping us in a constant state of stress that can have some serious consequences on our social lives, anxiety levels, mental health and general well-being. In teens, there are far greater risk factors.

The problem is here then the use of technology at the intersection of our brain. One way to put the problem is, mobile devices and apps are easily adjustable. Our Brains are not. Currently, the monetization of Tech is putting profits ahead of our well-being.

As we're continuing to learn, Facebook, Google, and others are gaming us.  As our dependency on them increases, so will their algorithms.

We don't know the long-term effects of this, but, unfortunately for all of us, we're going to find out.   

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Jesus Wins. We Win.

Mark Chapter 16

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. 

“You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. 

See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ” 8 Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Saturday Song Share: The Baseball Project - Please Don't Call Them Twinkies

In honor of the return of Major League Baseball, here's the sweetest love song ever penned for the Minnesota Twins:

Friday, March 30, 2018

Why Is It Called "The Passion" of Jesus Christ?

Why in the world is the brutal torture, suffering, and death of called the "passion?"

There are two answers:

First, it's Latin.  The word passionem means "suffering, enduring," so from that perspective, it makes sense.

Second, it's the reason for the suffering.  Christ absorbs the betrayal, ridicule, beatings, whipping, thorns, dehydration, taunting, denial, heartache, cross, and ultimately death because He loves us.  He loves us with a passion that is unrivaled in all of time.  

So from that perspective, it makes sense as well, no?

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Opening Day

Baseball returns.  With it comes the promise of summer.  A team with a chance.  Warm nights floating on the lake and listening to see if the home town team can regain past magic.  

Finally.  Baseball returns.

I know I often share this clip on this day, but it's because it is one of the best scenes from the best movie of all time.  

This game.  It's a part of our past, Ray.  It reminds us of all that once was good, and could be again...

Play ball!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Singing Mayo Surgeons

Two Mayo Clinic surgeons are going viral for their cover of Mike Yung's Alright.  Their role as doctors led to the music choice, and their "operation" of it is virtuoso.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Minnesota Wrestler Restores Your Faith in Youth

When you're just about ready to give up on the current generation, along comes something like this:

Anyone surprised that this kid is from Minnesota?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Thoughts on The March for Our Lives

The march went down this past weekend and the adulation and fanfare it was afforded was akin to a religious revival.  Likewise, the kids were able to bask in an afterglow from a fawning media that was all too eager to toss softball questions and gush over their actions.

Personally, I find it all really creepy.  The kids are creepy.  The media is creepy.  What's being proposed is really, really damned creepy.

Based on all that went down, here are a couple of takeaways that were evident from the event:

  • This event wasn't about safe schools or stopping school shootings.  It was only about guns, and anyone that told you differently wasn't being honest.  Just look at reactions to armed police in schools (especially after Maryland) and to clear backpacks.  They don't really want safe schools.  They want guns.  
  • The talking point of "nobody is looking to take away your guns - we just want common sense gun laws" is straight bullshit.  This movement is absolutely about banning most guns.  If you're looking to ban semi-automatics, you're looking to ban nearly all guns.  Stop lying.
  • The "empowered" kids that are supposedly behind this movement are becoming really scary totalitarians.  It will be interesting to see how all the old people that are currently in their corner feel when these empowered youth figure out what a Ponzi scheme social security is and come to take it away.
Monsters.  We're creating monsters...

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Elton John - Madman Across the Water

From 1971.  Gives a great picture of how talented Elton was in this era.  Amazing singer, amazing pianist, amazing talent.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kiss Cam at Pro Bowl - Check the Boxes

This ad was sent to me as an example of a "great ad."  Why is it great?  Perhaps because it checks nearly all the liberal boxes:

  • Gay couple - crowd goes wild!
  • Not one but two Interracial couples - pretty much always a white guy and a woman of color on commercials.  Only rarely do you see it the other way around.  
  • Hajib - Because you're not truly diverse until the symbol of the subjugation of Muslim women gets shown.
  • Downs Syndrome kids - this one was surprising, as most Downs Syndrome kids are aborted, and we know how much the left loves aborting kids.  For example, only one or two Downs Syndrom kids are born in Iceland per year.  Every other one is aborted.
  • Lesbian couple - I'm conflicted.  The Orlando Survivor t-shirt thing is troubling as a Muslim guy was responsible for the hate crime.  Maybe we can just blame guns and go back to forgetting the fact that Islam loathes homosexuals.  

Who you love is your business, and I literally could not care less about it.  Had I been in the stadium, I'd not have been surprised by any of these kisses.  They're great.

What I don't need is the feeling that unless I'm actively cheering, I hate.  

You know what I do hate?  I hate being told how I need to feel about every damned thing.  I hate overt virtue signalling.  And I hate that there are boxes - so many boxes - that just gotta be checked.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Do We Really Care about the School Shooting Generation?

This whole week we'll be treated to the students of Parkland High School as we build momentum to their march on DC for the banning of guns.  It started with 60 Minutes on Sunday, where we were treated to a breathless reporter responding to the claim that the students represent "the school shooting generation."

Since the shooting we've been told that we're either for the banning of guns, or we don't care about kids' lives.  The issue was that black and white, and for #NeverAgain to become a reality, we needed to stop accepting that kids being killed in school was OK.  Turn over the guns.  It's over.

Here's a troubling little statistic - 11 teens die every day because of texting and driving.  11 every day.  That is a Parkland shooting every other day.  That's a 9/11 of kids every nine months.  Out kids are dying in massive numbers, and it is all because of cell phones.

The solution is simple - cell phones need to be banned.  Oh, I know how many cell phones are out there, and how many are used safely and never harm anyone.  Doesn't matter.  How many dead kids do you need?  Hand them over.

What about the First Amendment on free speech?  First, the founders could have never envisioned a communication means like this that led to such distraction and death.  Second, your rights go by the wayside if I feel threatened, and with kids and phones, I'm threatened.

Hand them over, and stop the carnage that is occurring on an every day basis.

Then, when we've truly taken steps to save lives - lots of lives - you can go get the guns.   

Monday, March 19, 2018

Is Sling TV Commercial Too Much?

In watching NCAA basketball this past weekend, this commercial was served up:

Color me not a fan.  Those that know me know I'm not a prude, but this ad just smacks of creepy.  At best it's a risque SNL skit, and at worst it is a further degradation of traditional marriage.  Yeah, it is that bad.

Yuck.  Just yuck.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Boy Crisis

Admittedly there is some crap in here.  OK, quite a bit of crap.  There is also a ton of astounding information.

Try and fight your way through the crap, as the overarching message is a sobering one.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Is Kirk Cousins the Answer?

Today the Vikings will announce their agreement with Kirk Cousins.  It will be a ton of money, guaranteed, and is an all-in bet by the Vikings that Cousins will be able to lead them to at least one, if not multiple Super Bowls.  

On paper, the deal appears to make sense.  Cousins is the best QB free agent talent out there, and QB has been the position that the Vikings have lacked since Favre's first season.  However, this just doesn't feel right:

  • While Cousins' numbers were very good, they were not great.  Granted, he played on a much lesser team, however, look at what Rodgers does with the crap that surrounds him in Green Bay.  Elite QBs make their teams elite.  Cousins didn't do that.
  • Is Cousins appreciably better than Keenum?  For the money being paid, he needs to be, and by a lot.  I'm not sure that I see that in his game.
  • QBs are fragile.  We know that all too well, being down two starters last year.  That guaranteed money could be a real albatross if something catastrophic occurs.
I wish I could be more excited by this move.  Unfortunately, all I feel is worried.

That makes me a Vikings fan, I guess.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018 Hockey Hair Team

It's that time again when we pay homage to the salad and the flow.  Enjoy:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Pat Condell on Progressive Feminism

This guy is shot out of a cannon and could not be more right.

If you're paying attention to the massive amount of rapes being conducted in Europe right now, you know he's batting 1.000.

Worth a listen:

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Crosses Others Carry

Last month I was on a flight home from a long trip.  I was tired, homesick, and worried about my car starting at my minus 25-degree destination.  At least, I thought, I have the row to myself.

Just minutes ahead of the door closing, a tall, dishevelled man entered the plane.  My muttering of "please, no" was completely ineffective, as the gentleman plopped down next to me.  And plopped was the proper term, complete with a lot of interfering in my personal space.

My row mate turned out to also be an armrest hog, and that's a pet peeve of mine.  We weren't even to 10,000 feet when I started casting my aspersions on him and what he was like.

About five minutes later, I looked down to see if I could do anything about the armrest situation when I noticed his wrist.  It was all scarred from being aggressively torn up.  It was the ugliest scar I'd ever seen on a human being.   

The poor soul sharing my row had felt his life was so worthless that he tried, very aggressively I might add, to take himself out.  Why did he feel that way?  What could have been so terrible?  How awful his situation must have been.

I saw him in a whole new light.  He was not a distraction.  He was one of God's children and had suffered greatly.  My heart ached for him, and what he had to endure.

We have no clue what others have been through.  Instead of thinking the worst of those that we encounter, how about trying to see them as flawed and hurting humans, each with their own cross.  Some big, some small.

And some completely unbearable.

Friday, March 9, 2018

iPhone Fiasco

Ever since the launch of iOS 11, I've been having serious trouble with my iPhone 6S.  There were a lot of little troubles, but the most infuriating one was that all of my Bluetooth connections would randomly be dropped.  That was particularly when using my Bluetooth headphones while working out, or using the capabilities to play music or talk on the phone in my car.

Sometimes I could go hours without a drop.  Other times it would be every three minutes.  The whole time I'd be sitting there wondering when the next time the connection would be lost.  It plain sucked.

Diagnosing online offered a bevvy of potential solutions, and I tried them all, from the mundane to the downright painful.  Nothing.

Having suffered from this since the upgrade last September, having tried every fix under the sun, and having been disappointed by the failures of myriad upgrades since to improve my situation, I took my phone into the Apple Store and was loaded for bear.  Somebody was going to feel my wrath.

The kid that came up to help me could not have been more nice.  I don't mean that as a cliche.  He was ridiculously nice.  He worked with me to try and diagnose my issue, and when one wasn't in the offing, he broke the bad news to me gently: I needed to do a full wipe of my phone.  My OS system was likely corrupted, and the only way to fix it would be to restore the phone to factory defaults and set it up as a new phone; ignoring my backups which likely contained tainted code.

It'd be long and it'd suck.  Everything would be gone, from apps to photos to contacts.  Everything would need to be restored, and we'd start from scratch.  He was sorry, but that's what we needed to do.

I couldn't say anything.  All I could do is take my sick phone home and relegate myself to my fate.

I did it.  And guess what?  It failed.  I was back to Bluetooth drops; this time worse than before.  Now I was really ticked.  I was able to navigate my way through to actually call someone at Apple - a rare feat in and of itself - and I was fit to be tied.  She was working off a script and asking me if I had tried different treatments, which I had, multiple times.  She then asked, "Have you reached out to the manufacturers of the devices to which you're trying to pair to see if they can make upgrades to accommodate iOS11?"  

That was it.  The last straw.

"WHAT?  You want ME to call FORD and have them fix my car because YOU upgraded YOUR software and it doesn't work with my car anymore?"  She hated my response and immediately handed me off to a supervisor.

The guy that hopped on the phone was a tool.  My only options would be to send it in for repair or buy a new phone.

Hello iPhone 8 plus.  So far, things are working OK, but I'm on pins and needles.  If this doesn't work, I'm going back to a laptop and a landline.   

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Lizzie Converts to Catholicism

Lizzie's Answers is a wildly popular Christian video blog.  Coming up as a Protestant, she was well grounded in her faith, but she was also eagerly researching her faith.  With her research, her questioning, and likely with a nudge from the Holy Spirit, she felt the need to convert to Catholicism.    

I've personally been doing some research and delving into apologetics over the past couple of years.  Lizzie's reasons are among the same that attract me to my faith:

  • The Church's direct line back to St. Peter, and to Christ himself
  • The Eucharist, not as a symbol, but truly as Christ being present

Welcome, Lizzie.  We hope you bring some of your viewers with you.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Saturday Song Share: George Jones - The Race is On

Perhaps the best set of chorus lyrics from any country song:

Now the race is on
And here comes Pride up the backstretch
Heartache is goin' to the inside
My Tears are holdin' back
They're tryin' not to fall
My Heart's out of the runnin'
True Love's scratched for another's set
The race is on and it looks like Heartache
And the winner loses all

Friday, March 2, 2018

Fat at Lent

Every lent I make a commitment to get healthier.  With the end of the holidays, the annual Hunting with Kin trip, and the Super Bowl, it is easy to pack it on, and lent has always been a good go-to to hit the gym, put the beer fridge on lock-up and get back to eating right.

Usually, the weight loss is easy, but that's not been the case this year.  Part of it is that my activity level is down.  It has been so damned cold here that my only exercise is what I get at the gym on a daily basis.  Walks with the dog, a random run, or just walking around a store haven't been done because it's too cold.

Likewise, I ain't no spring chicken anymore.  My body is definitely changing, and that's working against me.

I was walking around the track at the gym the other morning and spied a guy in the mirror and asked myself, "Who's that fat SOB?"  The reflection belied it was yours truly.


It's easy to get down on oneself in such cases.  When it happens, we need to look for a way out.  Mine came via a Minnesota Twin.

Miguel Sano showed up to camp at 293.

Two.  Ninety.  Three.

I plead guilty to not taking as good of care of myself as I should, but DAMN.

Miguel and I have a lot of work to do before Easter (which also coincides with MLB opening day). 

Go, us!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Best Day and Worst Day of My Life

With our recent move to a lake, the next step for us was to go out an buy a boat.  With that objective in mind, that's exactly what I did last weekend.

Here she is:
Officially, here are the details:
  • Model is Tracker Pro-Guide V175 Combo
  • Motor is from Mercury, and is 115 HP
  • Upgrades were made on the trailer system and the electronics

Overall, it's more than I wanted to pay.  That being said, it is the boat that I wanted, in pretty much every way possible, so I'm hoping that I won't be running into any regrets.  

Now we just need to get this ice off our lakes.  Given as cold as this winter has been, I'm hoping it will be sometime before June.

We'll see.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Ben Shaprio at CPAC

He comes off as a little nervous, which I don't understand as he speaks in public all the time, but still, Ben Shapiro hits a home run at CPAC.  Yeah, he does throw some red meat to the crowd, but his takedown of Political Correctness is virtuoso.

However, there is some lecture to the crowd as well.  His points that we must ALWAYS tell the truth, and that virtue matters need to be heard, and more importantly, lived.

I admit to a raging man-crush on Mr. Shapiro.  This speech is prime example of why:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Jake Trapper Asks Hard Questions of Sheriff Scott Isreal

Just last week Broward (rhymes with coward) County Sheriff Scott Isreal was a darling of he left as he lectured the NRA at the "town hall" and blamed them for the massacre at his local school.  Unfortunately, CNN found out too late that Isreal's deputies were at the scene of the shooting, guns drawn and cowering, while kids were getting slaughtered and were bleeding out in the school.

We don't know all the details yet, but one thing the Blue Wall can't tolerate is cowardace, and in between on-the-record accounts which should come and video which is everywhere, the whole truth will come forth.  In the meantime, Trapper takes apart Isreal.

Isreal's reaction is quite telling.  His lip licking and eye movements are classic behavior for one that is deceiving.  As a cop, that's exactly what he's looking for when grilling a suspect.

Isreal needs to resign.  The failure of his office - from following up on calls about the killer up to and including failure to literally save lives - should have him leaving in disgrace.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Recap of CNN Town Hall

Lots of thoughts on last night's "Town Hall":

  • What a shit show.  The lack of decorum, respect, and a display of those drunken with their time in the spotlight turned this into a version of the Wellstone Memorial.  I understand the trauma these folks faced.  But opening a vein to that trauma is not a "Town Hall."  It is an emotional rant.  Call it what it is.
  • Along those lines, that's the last one of these we'll see.  The smugness, mugging to the camera, and canned questions were too much.  There certainly will be rallies, but you'll never see someone with a different point of view on stage there to discuss.  Rubio and the NRA were merely there to shut up and take their punishment.  Period.
  • Marco Rubio was a punching bag, and the example that will be pointed to when republicans turn down future invites to "discussions" like these.  He was the Christian that was served to the lions to satisfy the crowd's lust for someone to pay.  Despite making a couple of good points, nobody was there to listen to him.  They wanted blood.  They got it.  
  • That being said, Dana Loesch of the NRA came across as very grounded, versed, level-headed, and sympathetic.  If this was a prize fight, folks there wanted (and truly expected) a first round knock out.  In reality, not many gloves landed.  She still loses on decision due to the emotion of the night, but she made it all 15 rounds and was not bloodied.
  • Loesch's argument that law enforcement had dropped the ball was spot on, although nobody wanted to hear it.  And there, gentle reader, is your sign.  Nobody wants to "fix" the situation if the fix doesn't involve banning guns.  
  • Sherriff Scott Isreal came prepared to turn any accountability of law enforcement back to "too many guns on the streets."  He played to the crowd, told them what they wanted to hear, and accepted zero responsibility for the failure of his office to keep kids from being killed.  As a law enforcement official, he's truly a disgusting individual.
What happens from here?  Like the Wellstone memorial, it sure feels like the hand is being overplayed.  The kids are being told by their betters in the liberal stratosphere about how great they are and how they're going to change the world.  Money and adulation are rushing in, and that usually brings out the worst in people.  We're seeing that.  

While this screed can play extremely well to those drunk on the liberal Kool-Aid, I feel it's time is not going to last too long with middle America.  Sympathetic figures will look less so.  "With us or against us," demands require that folks choose an immediate side on a very nuanced issue, and such demands aren't typically received well.  Real solutions that would have done something but don't ban guns will continue to be rejected because they don't deliver upon the Final Solution.

But CNN will continue to drive this; scripting questions and events.  Big money will continue to flow.  Kids will continue to gain in celebrity, driven by their political hatred and refusal of comprimise.  

In essence, expect the shit show to continue.