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.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kill the NRA Billboard - Anti-Gun's Next Step

Surely emboldened by the 24/7 anti-gun coverage on CNN, someone in Kentucky scaled a billboard and crafted this message of unity.  Immediately the NRA picked up on it and communicated out to its members that "they're coming for us."

The winds of hatred have whipped up to hurricane force.  People are likely going to be attacked and killed.  If some congressmen can shot up merely because of the (R) after their name, how could one doubt that some unhinged lefty will fell compelled to take it upon himself to act on this?

In the meantime, the rhetoric of appeal of the 2nd Amendment, "blood on their hands," "if you're not for us you're against us," is having the opposite effect, per usual.

Are gun sales up or down the past couple of days?
How about ammunition sales?
NRA memberships?


We're now at the point where one side believes that the right to protect our selves and our families is a core of our existence, and that right is close to being taken away.  The other side believes people that own guns are as guilty of murder as the evil individuals the pulled the trigger.  

There is no middle ground.  There certainly could be, but emotions and rhetoric have caused that ship to sail.  All that is left is hate and mistrust.

And, in all likelihood, a whole lot of violence.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Who is Behind The March for Our Lives?

Yesterday, the victems of the latest school shooting did the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows.  They were well scripted, angry, and announcing a march on Washington to protest gun ownership.

I don't begrudge them their opionion.  Had I personally witnessed my friends being slaughtered, I would expect a lot of people would be hearing from me.  What worries me, though, is how quickly this all came about.

The shooting happened late Wednesday afternoon.  In less than three days, a URL was negotiated and purchased ( surely was not just sitting there), a website, social media sites, talk show interviews, and a march on Washington were all planned and launched.  Even merchadise was made available for sale.  Three days.  High school kids, fresh of a tramatic event.  Three days.

Likewise, their media appearances were EXTREMELY well scripted.  Perhaps they're all naturally gifted at being in front of a camera and handling questions from the media.  Or, perhaps, there was some practice.

Again, I don't begrudge these kids.  However, I do want to know who they're working with, and where exactly the money and coaching is coming from.  It sure looks like things are being fast tracked by someone.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Another School Shooting

Yesterday we experienced yet another horrific school shooting.  Our hearts ache, and we search for solutions and meanings.  Unfortunately, there are few of either.

The knee-jerk reaction is to simply ban guns; as if those hundreds of millions in circulation would just up and disappear, and as if the evil that truly causes these events would just shrug its shoulders and not seek another method of meeting out mayhem and death.  

A sober and unemotional view of the situation knows that a ban is folly.  It'd be nice if it were that easy.  It's not.

So what then?  Certainly, this case will teach us something as the shooter was taken alive.  I can't ever remember a shooting where that was the case, and the perp will be studied endlessly to see what we can glean.  

More than that, the stories are being told about the shooter are that people EXPECTED him to do something like this.  What do we do with information like that?

We can't talk civilly to each other anymore (don't believe me - just watch the gun arguments by the talking heads this week).  We don't go to church anymore.  Our fathers aren't involved in raising their kids anymore.  We attribute the absolute worst to people that oppose us; easily dropping terms like Nazi and racist to fan our hate.

We don't care about each other anymore.  We look for slights and when we perceive them we lash out in hatred.  Most times it's done via a social media screed.

But sometimes it's done with an AR-15 in a school.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Ash Wednesday

Some Van the Man to get us started on our journey.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Good Time for Lent

With Ash Wednesday tomorrow, Lent begins.

It couldn't come at a better time.  It has been a really, really hard winter.  The weather has been so cold for so long that it has been a struggle to do much else other than go to work and come back.  

Sure, heartier souls are doing things like ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing, but not this guy.  It literally has been painful to get out.  

We're finally getting a rare break today.  It is already 10 above (a rarity) and on its way to 37 tomorrow.  If that occurs, it will be our highest temp since early December.  Unfortunately, after that we head back down and we'll be well below freezing the next ten days.  Hence, the sooner we can get Lent started and the sooner we get to Easter, maybe the sooner we get to Spring.

Stay warm.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Mandolin Orange - Never Die

I'm not much of a folk guy, but this song is so damn good.  The harmonies at the bridge are chilling.  

Such a pretty song...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

I Love Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Smart.  Intense.  Intolerant of fools.  Tough.

It has been a long time since we've seen a Press Secretary of this stature.  Here's a recent example of how she rolls:

How big of an ass-kicker is she?  Big enough to inspire a meme like this:

Man, I do dig tough women.  Hat's off, Sarah.  You rock.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Little Perspective on Life

Important words, delivered in virtuoso fashion.  


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Audacious Audi Commercial

Audi won the preachy prize for this year's Super Bowl commercial cavalcade.  According to Audi, women are worth less than men.

I'm tired of suffering this lie.  I've been responsible for a payroll of over 40, and in no circumstances did I see any examples where women were paid less than men for comparable work.  In 2018 talent is too scarce, business too cutthroat, stakes too high, that if a company did indeed pay qualified people less than others with the same skill, they'd be out of business in no time.  

Has it always been easy for women in the workplace?  Hell no, and even in what should be "enlightened" environs like the media and entertainment, some women are still treated like meat.  But in business, where folks have to build teams to compete and win or die?  I'm sorry, the lie just doesn't apply anymore.

In the meantime, Audi preaches in hopes that it drives sales, but here's the dirt: they only have 2 women on their 14-person US senior leadership team, and have ZERO women on their board.  Kind of hard to pay women the same as men, when they don't even get a seat at the table.  Perhaps that's why they produced this ad for the game, went to the expense of producing it and getting George Clooney to voice it, but decided not to air it.  

That pretty much tells you everything you need to know.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Super Bowl Ad Recap

A pretty good crop of ads this year.  We didn't get too preachy, things were pretty entertaining, and a number of brands did very well for themselves.  

Tide won the night, and by a wide margin.  At first, I was put off as they're involved in some controversy related to kids eating their Tide pods, but they went right past that and put out a massive advertising blitz that had them owning the night.  It was not even close.

Here are others of note:

The Good

Another mash-up of brands worked just awesome together.  Big names, big production, big entertainment value:

Avocados from Mexico

Conveys a strong expansion of use in an extremely funny manner.  Really effective advertising:


The "bleep" don't stink was hilarious.  Admit it - it's tough as hell to sell poop spray.  They approached the subject in impressive fashion:

Special props to the NFL for the Dirty Dancing TD celebration.  Great stuff!

The Bad

M&M Danny DeVito 

The punch line of DeVito playing an M&M has been public for weeks now, so it was no surprise when he showed up.  Since the big surprise was out, you'd think their content would be out of the park.  Not so much.  Huge miss by M&Ms:

Kia Steven Tyler

I do marketing for a living, and I honestly don't understand the point of this ad.  


When did Coke fire their ad agency and go with Pepsi's?  The most preachy ad of the night.  We got all of the lefty bases covered, including the obligatory hajib shot, because Islam!  I believe this campaign will actually hurt their brand.  They must be privy to some incredibly damaging research to have moved so far away from their traditional brand.  Really disturbing:

The Ugly

I'm running out of time to embed them, but they are:

Diet Coke Girl Dancing (Coke, how bad can you suck?)
Squarespace with Kenau Reeves

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Delta Recaps My Year

I recently received a great email from Delta airlines which thanked me for my patronage in the past year and recapped my experiences with them.

I can't embed the video here, but you can check it out at this link.

How smart!  A loyalty program is just that - something designed to endear me to their brand and make me choose them over other providers.  Likewise, they have all the data they needed to pull off this very personal video right at their fingertips.

Kudos to Delta.  What they're doing is exactly what one should do with loyal customers, especially when you've already gone to all the trouble of tracking their interactions.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Livin' is Winter Hard

I've lived in Minnesota nearly all of my life, and this winter is by far the hardest, and by a good stretch.  We've had a massive run of incredibly cold weather which started in early December and has continued unabated until now (it's currently -12 as I write this).

By incredibly cold, I mean below zero.  Nearly all of the days have been below zero, and too many to count never got above zero.  The worst temp in which I was outside was -33, and the worst windchill was -59.

The bitter cold makes everything hard.  Going to the grocery store, getting gas, going to the gym, and other mundane tasks all the sudden become quite trying.  Just a quick shuffle from the car to wherever you're headed is painful, uncomfortable, and trying.

In the meantime, our energy bill is through the roof, my dog is bored out of her mind, cabin fever is setting in, and the scale is moving in the wrong direction.  Unfortunately, it is going to be that way for a while - the current 10 day forecast doesn't have us with a day without a minus in front of it until 7 days from today, and even then the high will only be 14.

Brutal, and really no end in sight.  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Trump Owns State of the Union

Trump stayed on script and delivered one of the best state of the union speeches since Reagan.  It really was that great.  It celebrated the country, took credit for the good works the administration had done, and laid down markers for where we were heading.  It was a conservative anthem we haven't heard since the 1980's.


And what did the Democrats have to offer?  Frowns.  Sitting through the lowest historic unemployment rate for blacks.  Running out of the room because someone dared chanted "USA!"  Then throwing out a Kennedy (holy crap, I'm not kidding) who looked like he just left from the beer pong table to scold us for our "hate" and regale us with stories of worried parents of tranny kids.  

Seriously.  Watch this kid get touted as a presidential candidate because the cupboard is truly that bare as it pertains to any kind of talent with a (D) behind it.  

That is what liberalism offers in the era of Trump.  If they continue to be a party without ideas, one that only offers hate of the opposition, and one that only panders to the very fringes, Trump wins 2020 in a romp, because that is EXACTLY why he won in 2016.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday Song Share: The Time - Jungle Love

Not their best song of all Time (hey - see what I did there?), but certainly one of them.

Regardless of what you felt about Morris Day, the dude was really, really cool:

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tostitos Super Bowl Commercial / Party Invite

Tostitos has developed a really cool way to invite folks to your upcoming Super Bowl party - you can do so by creating your own Super Bowl commercial.

You'll need to click this link to see it (I can't embed it), but it is pretty cool technology.  And, as you're creating it, if you're not a fan of how it came out, you can remix it for various other scenes.

Cool stuff.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Changing of Guard at US Bank Stadium

As is done in some other stadiums, US Bank stadium has a seat dedicated to our POW/MIA soliders.  During games, these seats are guarded by a Marine (who else?).

Here's a changing of that guard during a recent game:

Yes, this team can break our hearts on the field, but sometimes, based on their actions, they can warm those same hearts based on what they do off it.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Peloton Tread

What does a $4000 treadmill look like?  This:

Is it worth it?  

  • The platform itself looks incredible, and from a footprint standpoint, looks to take up a fraction of the size of a typical treadmill.
  • The content and it's delivery system look incredible, although if this works the same as the bike, it will requrie a seperate subscription fee.
  • The cross-fit techniques make a ton of sense, and will help those that follow them to avoid traditional runners' injuries.
I won't personally be buying one anytime soon, but they are admittedly really cool.  Fitness is continuing to meet up with technology.

Good stuff.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Justice Delayed. Why?

This past year there were two massive stories, and neither of them made sense.  First, a Somali police officer shot and killed a woman who had reported a crime.  She came out to talk to the officers, stood at the driver's side of the vehicle, did nothing inappropriate, but the Somali officer grabbed his gun and shot the woman in cold blood, across the body of his "partner."

To date, we've been offered no explanation or any kind of justice.

Second, after planning and executing preparation for the deed, a man at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino rained down death in a mass shooter rampage.  58 people were killed, and over 800 were injured.  

Again, to date, we've been offered no explanation.  We don't know the motives of the killer, or if there is any kind of future risk.  Just silence.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist.  I'm really not.  However, something REALLY stinks in these cases.  After months and millions spent in investigation, we still know nothing?  Really?

I'm not buying it.  Some truth in both of these cases, regardless of how horrific, would be appreciated. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Another Chapter in Vikings Playoff Heartache

As a Vikings fan, I knew what the history was.  However, this year seemed different.  The stadium.  The skol chant.  The Case Keenum article.  The Minneapolis Miracle.  The chance to be the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home field.

It all seemed different.  Around the state it felt like 1987 or 1991 with the Twins.  There was a vibe.  

And then, going into Philadelphia as 3 point favorites, we were crushed 38-7 in a game that wasn't close after the first quarter.  We were outmatched, outcoached, and outexecuted.  It was yet another chapter of Vikings playoff heartache.

Where does it rank?  Let's see:

7) 2016 Blair Walsh misses a 27 yard chip shot
6) 1988 The Darrin Nelson drop at the goal line
5) 2017 The Philly massacre
4) 2001 One of the greatest Vikings teams of all times loses 41 - doughnut in New York
3) 2010 Brett Favre is targeted and battered by a cheating New Orleans defense
2) 1998 Gary Anderson's miss after being perfect all season
1) 1975 and Drew Pearson's push-off.  Of course.

Top five - that's not bad.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

IHop Pancakes Ad

A good old-fashioned advertising technique is to cram as many product mentions into the ad as possible.  IHop does this, and then some, with their latest ad:

Throw in the great close in the parking lot, and this one's a home run.

Better said, this one's "pancakes."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Stevie Ray Vaughn - Tin Pan Alley

We go back to the blues with one of the greatest guitarist to have ever lived.  Here is Texas' Mr. Vaughn, at the height of his powers:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Red House TV Commercial

There are almost too many things to love about this.

Just enjoy:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Diggs Catch is Puckettesque

As a Minnesota sports fan, this was the biggest single play since Puckett's Game 6 home run heroics.  

I know it's been shown ad nauseam.  Don't care.  Biggest Vikings play ever.

To paraphrase Jack Buck, "And we'll see you Sunday night!"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Trump Does the Talking Heads

I remember when I first saw the original of this video back in high school, and how cool I thought it was at the time.  The Talking Heads, David Byrne, the whole thing.  Now this.  I'll never be able to see the original in the same light again.

Good stuff - great mashup

Sunday, January 14, 2018

End the Suffering

I have been a Minnesota sports fan my entire life.  I've seen a vast swath of championship performance:

  • I've seen the Twins win two World Series and celebrated the second one at Bullwinkles on Seven Corners.  When Larkin hit that ball, the place went absolutely ape.  It remains my happiest sports moment of all time.
  • I've seen the Met host a Stanley Cup final, but I did leave the game early as I couldn't bring myself to watch Lemieux skate around my beloved ice holding the cup over the Stars' heads.
  • I enjoyed the dominance of Gopher hockey and watched it parlayed into a gold medal for the USA when, as a country, we desperately needed it.  I've then watched them parachute to hockey irrelevance.
  • I've hopped around my living room, watching SJU on ESPN winning one of its myriad NCAA D3 Championships.
  • I've watched too many talented Gopher basketball teams content to win NIT championships.
  • I've watched the Wild be happy about making the playoffs, and then get thumped by a clearly more talented team. 
  • I've watched the Gopher football team consistently suck, and happy to make it to lower-tier bowls.
  • I've watched great Vikings teams - truly great by any measure - lose in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl.
Of all the highs and lows, the only thing I truly care about anymore is the last bullet.  I'm tired of feeling like this team has a curse.  I'm tired of having some incredible teams and having nothing at all to show for it.  I'm tired of having to put up with the jokes and ridicule.

As it comes to sports, I've seriously never wanted something more in all my life.

Come on, Vikings.  It starts today.  End the suffering.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Truckin' Buddy

As an owner of an old dog, as well as a body clearly in its middle age, this is a hell of an invention:

I think the next YDP mobile will definitely be a pickup truck, and this will likely be on the short list of accessories to add.  Cool stuff.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fitness Matters for the Older Set

I'm rapidly careening into my mid-50's, and frankly, my habits aren't the best.  

Old age isn't the end of physical fitness.  In fact, this very blunt message reminds us that our quality of life is really dependent on how seriously we take our fitness.

Tough words, but true.  

Time to hit the gym...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

More on Oprah

I had a very wide-ranging discussion with Mrs. YDP last night on the Golden Globes.  She put forth the postulate that Oprah's speech was a good one, and the Oprah alone could not have "fixed" Hollywood.


However, in YDP's world, if you see evil and choose to do nothing (especially because it is fiscally prudent to do so), that makes you evil as well.  You're simply no better than the ones committing the atrocities.  

That's exactly why, upon liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in WWII, GIs forced the local populace into the camps to clean them and to serve witness to what was committed in their backyard, with their permission.

If Oprah had blown a whistle ten years ago, could she have changed things?  Maybe, maybe not.  But here's what I know for sure:

  • She's arguably the most powerful woman in the world.  Part of being a good leader is understanding how to use power.  If she can't understand that, I'd argue she wouldn't make a very good president
  • Because she didn't do anything hundreds if not thousands of people were harmed.  She needs to own that.  She was happy to stand by and watch.
  • Not only did she watch, but she did this:

Still think Oprah is presidential material?

Gross.  Just gross.

True heroes expose evil.  They fight evil.  Even up to their deaths.

They don't go around protecting evil with their silence, and they certainly don't go around kissing evil...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Oprah's Speech

Everyone is positively euphoric of Oprah's speech at the Golden Globes.  "An history moment."  "The picture of speaking truth to power."  "Her candidacy for the presidency begins now."

One problem:  They knew.  They ALL knew.  For decades.   How many lives were trashed because, until now, it would have been personally inconvenient to say anything?  

Shame on you, Hollywood.

That includes you too, Oprah.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Yellow Dog's Last Retrieves

2017 marked full retirement for the yellow dog from hunting.  She was 12 this year, and while in good shape, her muscle mass had decreased substantially, and she showed significant signs of arthritis.  Thus, she logged a lot of nap time in our visits to the duck camp this year.

There were two exceptions.  One Sunday afternoon, my departing partner texted me on his way off the property, stating "Bunch of roosters on the south side of the driveway by wild rice pond.  Counted 4."  I texted back a thanks, and thought maybe those birds might still be around when I departed five minutes later.  If they were, I'd take the yellow dog out for one last quick run.

We drove down the driveway and arrived at the previously identified spot, but saw nothing.  Still, it was a nice day, and I figured we could take a quick five-minute walk and see if anything could be scented.  I loaded up my gun and let out from her crate, and she bolted forward like she was ten years younger.

The dog moved slowly but deliberately, and almost instantly got birdy.  We tracked a bird up twenty yards then across the road.  From there the dog really got excited, and we immediately flushed a hen, then another, then another.  I was disappointed that her hard work had not yielded a rooster, but then the dog hooked a hard left and a lone rooster exploded from the cover.

I knew the gravity of the shot - this would be my dog's last flush - and the last thing I wanted to do was choke.  I took my time getting my barrel in front of the hard-crossing bird, got my lead, and gently squeezed the trigger.  Fortunately, the bird crumpled with my first shot, and the yellow dog was on him like a shot and brought him back to hand.  I was able to capture it on my camera:


Later in the season, I was able to get the dog her last duck retrieve.  Given the late sunrise, I decided to sleep at home and depart at 4:00 AM for my drive to the camp.  I'd be able to sleep one more night in my own bed, but would still be able to get to camp and set up in plenty of time before legal shooting hours.

I took my dog with me but left her in my crate in the truck at the landing, where she'd be able to sleep, warm and dry, while I hunted.

We had a great hunt on our dry land point and dropped a number of birds.  One bird did get away from us, and my partner's dog was unable to retrieve it.  It was floating quickly away on a brisk northeast wind and was floating right toward our landing.  I wanted to the landing to cut off the floating bird and expected to walk out on the dock and simply grab it.  Unfortunately, the trajectory of the bird would make it impossible for me to reach.  What to do?

I remembered my sleeping dog in my nearby vehicle.  Again, I opened up her crate and found a very willing partner, and she ran down to the lake like she already knew what she needed to do.  I pointed to the bobbing bird, commanded "fetch," and out she went.  Agin, I was able to capture it:

The water was near freezing, and by the time I got the dog back into her crate, she was visibly shaking.  As I turned on the vehicle to let the heat warm her up and covered her up with a blanket, I'm pretty sure she smiled at me.

No, after 12 years of bringing birds back to me, there won't be any more opportunities.  While I'll certainly miss that, I am so very grateful for the last two memories she provided me.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sirach, Chapter 3 and Missing Dad

Last Sunday's first reading got to me and sure made me think about and miss my Dad:

Sirach Chapter 3

12 My son, be steadfast in honoring your father;

do not grieve him as long as he lives.

13 Even if his mind fails, be considerate of him;

do not revile him because you are in your prime.

14 Kindness to a father will not be forgotten;

it will serve as a sin offering—it will take lasting root.

15 In time of trouble it will be recalled to your advantage,

like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.

I hope that I was appropriately considerate of him, even as his mind failed him.  I know there were times of significant frustration, and hopefully, those sins will be offset by the kindness I tried to show.

Even in his worst condition - unable to recognize me and barely able to speak - I still miss seeing him.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jack Daniels Squire Benefit - My Own Barrel

As stated here previously, I am a Jack Daniels Squire.  It comes with some pretty significant benefits, and last month's was one of the best.  Here's the offer:

The experience sounds incredible, as does the whiskey.  Too bad I didn't have a spare $11,000 laying around, as last Christmas would have been awesome for my Jack-loving family and friends.  

Hope they do it again sometime down the road when I have a lot more chips.  Until then, I guess it will just be straight old No. 7 and me again tonight.

Not a bad fallback plan...