I am not a Pats fan. At all. Nor am I a Seahawks fan. I WOULD like to see a good game next week, though, and the Deflategate matter is making that less and less likely.
One of my pet peeves in life is watching someone get railroaded by forces much larger and more powerful. When someone gets thrown under the bus for the sake of the larger entity’s power and prestige it really chaps my hide. That being said, having read so much (too much) about Deflategate it is more than likely that the League officials screwed up initially with their assessment/testing of the Patriots’ game balls before the AFC Championship. The NFL will not issue a statement that clearly and unequivocally states that the Officials tested all the balls with a calibrated pressure gauge (certified accurate) before the game. Many players, equipment managers and former officials have said that it is not uncommon to give them the squeeze test and not use a gauge at all. Others have said they saw the gauges in the room lying on the floor but never used. The majority of quarterbacks have the balls roughed up, relaced etc to their preferences. Not uncommon at all, and hardly considered cheating. The impossibility of deflating the balls after the pregame checks has been well-documented.
No, it is much more likely that the Patriots will be owed a huge collective apology (I’d like to see punitive damages awarded them against any/all news outlets, and talking heads who have pronounced them guilty. Shameful.
 January 25, 2015 at 10:37pm
Sheesh, where to begin…
That the failures of the nuclear “negotiations” with Iran go unreported / underreported (even by conservative sites) is amazing. Very few issues today bear as much security importance as whether or not Iran gets a nuke. Steve Chapman over at Townhall blows my mind with his recent article: http://townhall.com/columnists/stevechapman/2015/01/25/an-iran-deal-is-nothing-to-fear-n1947414
In this piece Chapman posits that those who are angry and worried over the state of current “negotiations” with Iran are being irrational and backwards. He states that we must have “realistic” goals in such talks and that realism takes the shape of granting ever greater concessions to Iran regarding their pursuit of nukes. Hogwash.
Let me refer you to this brilliant piece over at Commentary: https://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/enabling-irans-nukes/
Read this wonderful (in depth) summation and timeline of the current “negotiations and see if those who would impose / re-impose sanctions on Iran now are being unduly nervous. I think not. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/enabling-irans-nukes/
This is not an issue we want to fool around with. A nuclear Iran is insanity incarnate and will truly destabilize an already unstable region. Holy cow! How anyone who isn’t named Obama or Kerry (or one of their minions) can abide this farce is beyond the rational. Even Bob Menendez is apoplectic over the SuperStalling Iran is getting away with.
 July 17, 2014 at 1:37am
OH, come on! Think this through, will ya? Probably the last straw with this site. PUKE!
There is absolutely no comparison between an official military establishment (with or without “civilian presence nearby) and the run and hide among the citizenry tactics of Hamas. Zero. None, nil.
I heard some dimwit apologist writer/author on the tube – guess it was PBS/BBC etc but national broadcast – making the exact same statement and would have laughed if it weren’t so tragic. This is not a responsible argument and should not be left unexamined less the idea of some kind of moral equivalency be furthered.
There is no point defining the argument for you if you are too dense to reason/imagine it out for yourself.
Look at this footage. Now, let’s see some footage of Hamas running around city streets launching their missiles. See which group (the one with cajones) is operating from a clearly-defined military zone and which hides among their populace. Tell me again – where is the parallel? Thought so.
So dang stupid.
 July 15, 2014 at 12:25pm
My buddies in San Diego (where I once lived) are commercial fishermen. They come from a long line of fishermen (Portuguese) and so have not only their own experiences, but those of their Dads’, Grandfathers’, and Great-Grandfathers’ to draw upon.
They tell me anchovie massings are not that rare depending on where you happen to be up and down the West Coast and how far out you may happen to be fishing.
They insist it’s cool they came so close in at this location, but that it’s not an environmental indicator in their books. Maybe if it becomes the new norm, but as a one off? Nope.
San Diego dude here, you and he are are correct it is part of the natural cycle. El Nino can and do cause the fish who normally live south of here to swim farther north. The 1972-1973 El Nino (looked this up I am no fish genius) caused this to the extent that the Peruvian Anchovy industry collapsed. South and Central American Fisherman noticed El Nino centuries ago.
 June 30, 2014 at 7:39pm
Boy, howdy. If Obama can’t tell the truth he ought to just shut the hell up.
Alternative legislation on a wide range oif issues has left the House only to be sidelined by H. Reid in the Senate, and Obummer knows this full well.
I just hope beyond hope the media plays this one straight. (Doubtful, but I can hope nonetheless)
April 26, 2014 at 8:42pm
Because of Karmic Paybacks I am so glad I once had a bit of compassion for an employee.
The guy was supporting his family out of his van. They were homeless. We had a bath remodel to undertake, and the guy gave ma a good bit of help. During the process, when everything was pulled and nothing reinstalled, this gent sneezed bigtime and his dents blew across the room and down into the toilet drain pipe! Poor guy! Though he fished them out and bleached them, my team just couldn’t take it. We bonused him enough to replace the teeth that DAY.
Now, many years later, the same thing could happen to me because I now take dentures. Whoever does wear them can certainly relate to this guys’ decisions……
January 31, 2014 at 6:21pm
I’m sure you’re right. After all, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to legally steal from their neighbors so as to have “free” goodies?
Tell us, please, which of the goodies you like the most. We’d like to know that our money is being appreciated at least.
January 31, 2014 at 6:18pm
“We must be total idiots to elect this type of representative:”
I, for one, am beyond joyous that I don’t live in Pelosi’s district. I don’t think I could make it in a community full of the idiots you’re speaking of. My brain would explode inside 60 days, I’m sure of it.
January 25, 2014 at 6:59pm
Since this one will almost surely be placed on indefinite leave without pay, she should resign and move to New York where their new mayor would welcome her with open arms. As a selfish, disgraceful, arrogant, Progressive Pothead she’s a perfect fit for New York.
Unfortunately, she’ll probably stay out west because she’s already been kicked out of every other region in the country.
January 25, 2014 at 6:52pm
Oh, get off her back you racist! Can’t you see she was just trying to help those less fortunate to finally experience the wonderful effects of marijahoochie? She was being the Good Samaritan, helping to push the President’s agenda forward. Always forward, never backward has to be the mantra of anybody who even hopes to be as wise and cool as the President.
Now, sarcasm aside, this woman is an immature idiot and should be punished to the full extent of the law. Bad enough it’s so easy to get pot in CA (just ask me, I took my family there on vacation and never had such an unpleasant time in my life) but Ms.Badger’s actions put others at risk when they were dosed unknowingly. Stupid, stupid, stupid…
You’re right, it takes no intelligence to become a teacher these days. The future looks dark indeed.
If we could get enough conservatives in power things might be turned around. Problem is, the Proggies just keep pushing their lies and misinformation no matter what. They’ve been at it here in the US for 100 years now and they’re finally getting their “payday” in spades.
January 25, 2014 at 6:28pm
He’s sure swung that way when the rubber met the road. In times past the matters in front of the Nation did not have the same “do or die” meaning that they seem to have today. Probably because so much of such importance was shuffled down the road for so long that we’re now at the edge of the cliff and hanging on for dear life.
The Progressive Machine has remained relentless for all these decades and can finally see their big payday. All of their efforts across the spectrum – social, cultural, political, anti-spiritual, anti-morality etc. has finally led to a Public Conscience that is so malleable they have all but won the day.
McCain is a reflection of this, in my opinion. Not that he’s excused. Many of us see what’s going on and refuse to stick our heads in the sand – he could have joined us instead.
The Libs are going "all in" on the next election and have been putting all of the money and cards on the table. I am not sending any money until they put a real conservative on the ticket.
January 24, 2014 at 9:06pm
You know, I live in San Marcos, TX (home of Texas State University). It’s a nice burg, slowly being consumed by the ever-expanding university. They’re not a particularly good neighbor, though they provide a lot to the local economy.
I saw some hungry people today, gave away a few bucks to a homeless guy… makes me wonder why anyone felt at liberty to spend tax dollars on some obscure forensics study regarding a somewhat famous painting. What the heck. I’m just not with it, I guess.
While the universities are busy spending tax and tuition dollars performing mental masturbation, I’m sure there are many whose lives will never be enriched by knowing the exact time (still guesswork) Monet was inspired to paint this seascape – they’re too busy worrying about eating and staying warm.
So the JV retook Fallujah? It’s having a big party in Syria? It flew the AQ flag at our compound in Benghazi?
Man, that’s some junior varsity squad!
January 13, 2014 at 3:45pm
May not be widely known, but is well-established that Texas Game Wardens have some of the most far-reaching powers of any law enforcement here in Texas. They can enter any property without a warrant for the most flimsy reasons. This is necessary for them to police such large and open tracts of land for game violations.
With their legal mobility thru any property it nicely circumvents pesky warrant needs as they help secure the long and wild border between Texas and Mexico. Good idea!
Now maybe they’ll lay off of the fishermen. I actually watched one Warden try to stretch a fish over the legal limit one day – he really, really wanted to write a ticket…
True in California as well, Department of Fish and Game is the only law enforcement agency in the state that can enter private property without a warrant. They follow the game animals not the laws establishing private property and search and seizure. They also do it stupidly. they display bad Officer safety tactics as they enter private land
stretch a fish???? really? that put my imagination in gear. I know for a fact fish stories get stretched, I'm pretty good at that, but stretch a fish that's a stretch.
True in the Northeast as well,....and the worst part is their total and complete US against them attitude that they bring to the job. I've seen it first hand. You can see it on the show North Woods Law.
January 12, 2014 at 10:57pm
Yep. Gotta be properly dowelled in and anchored.
I think what we’re seeing above is the result of the anchoring/hurricane tie/hardware crew running late. There is a tendency for the framers to wait until right before the framing inspection to install all the straps and clips (except for sheet clips on the roof decking that go in as it’s installed). Damn straps cost a bundle and take quite a bit of labor to install. They are an invaluable part of the overall engineering of the building though, and as we see here, the building won’t stay put wiithout them. Good thing nobody was home! man, what a waste!
January 11, 2014 at 10:01pm
I’ve ordered the book so I can get an answer to that question and a couple others. Still, our guys acted with integrity in spite of what they knew were going to be negative consequences. I disagreed with their choice, but I wasn’t there either.
Caused them a ton of pain to be civilized, didn’t it?
January 11, 2014 at 9:57pm
Aren’t you a whiz kid, though? !! You just couldn’t restrain youself. Now everyone will be forced to wait for video or waste 20bucks on popcorn. Next time demonstrate a bit of patience to share you opinion, please. Others aren’t chompin at the bit for your “special insight”. Glad you’re so well-read. What are you, an orphan or something? Can’t get a date?
Was it really so important to share your feelings? sheesh…
C’mon, man! Dammit!
January 11, 2014 at 11:45am
If Tapper and the rest of his “Team Progressive” industry subversives would spend more time speaking truthfully and plainly, and less time perpetuating Proggie “values” via nuanced doublespeak we’d more inclined to take his words at face value. As it stands, Trapper et al tell the unvarnished truth just often enough to establish an “I told the truth on April 23rd” fallback position.
Sing your sorrows to someone else, Jake – we’re not buying. After all, you could have plainly said something on the order of ” we’re saddened by the loss of these brave men who gave their lives so that others might know freedom”… Then we’d know without a doubt that he’s on the right side of history, not trying to rewrite it to suite the Progressive narrative.
January 5, 2014 at 12:14am
I hear ya.
However, as I understand the demographics of Detroit (not that I’m an expert on Detroit by any means) there are probably many people there whose idea of “proper use of a firearm” is spraying a crowd of rival gang members.
It’s got to be tough weeding out the legit from the “don’t go theres”…
Race baiters would have a field day.