Monthly Archives: November 2013

NFL Games Get Cold

Seattle SnowI LOVE Winter weather and I LOVE NFL Football.  The two will combine tomorrow and Monday Night for some great entertainment who feel the same way I do.  The state of Arizona wimped out yesterday and postponed ALL of their high school semi-final games because of RAIN, but the professionals play unless there is lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes or so much snow folks can’t get to the game.  I disagree with the last reason, but putting that aside, most of tomorrow’s and Monday Night’s games will be played in cold and one with snow showers.  Here is the forecast for all of the NFL games and my predicted winners:

EARLY GAMES – 1:00 pm EST Start:

NY Jets at Baltimore:
Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a northwest wind around 21 mph.
Ravens win

Pittsburgh at Cleveland:
A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Blustery, with a northwest wind 20 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Toss up game.  I’ll take the Browns at home.

Tampa Bay at Detroit:
In the dome. Who cares.
Lions

Minnesota at Green Bay:
Increasing clouds, with a high near 21. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Packers

Jacksonville at Houston:
A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Texans finally win against an improving Jaguars

San Diego at Kansas City:
Sunny, with a high near 34. South winds 10-20 mph.
The Chiefs

Carolina at Miami:
A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Windy, with a north wind 18 to 23 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Panthers are for real

Chicago at St. Louis:
In a dome.
Rams D gets it done in the dome

LATE GAMES – 4:05 EST Start:

Indianapolis at Arizona:
Another dome game
Colts are too good

Tennessee at Oakland:
Sunny, with a high near 66. West northwest wind around 6 mph.
The Raiders in front of Raider Nation

LATE GAME – 4:25 EST Start:

Dallas at NY Giants:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Toss up game.  Flip a coin.  I’ll take the Giants

SUNDAY NIGHT GAME – 8:30 EST Start:

Denver at New England:
Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.  Which means temperatures are likely to be in the low 20s and game time and falling with wind chills below zero.
Another toss up game.  Patriots in the cold

MONDAY NIGHT GAME – 8:40 EST Start:

San Francisco at Washington:
Sunny, with a high near 39.  Increasing clouds at game time with temperatures in the 30s and a light south breeze.
49ers

Which Lie Is It?

In 2009 the President said if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it.  Period.  I don’t have a degree in English, but I seem to remember from elementary school that period meant end of sentence.  End of discussion.  That’s all.  Period.

Seems that now the law has passed and folks are finding out what’s in it the period has become something else.  Someone is lying.  The 2009 guy or the 2013 guy?

The Tea Party Was Right

MobShot
Watch, “I am the Mob” from August, 2009

I admit it.  I have always admitted it.  I am a card carrying member of the Tea Party.  However, since we are a grassroots collection of local organizations, we don’t carry cards.  What we do is stand for smaller government, less taxation and better representation.  Taxed Enough Already?  TEA Party.  Proud to be on the right side of history although it is sad it has had to come to this.

In 2009 I stood on street corners with hundreds (thousands) of like minded Americans holding signs to hopefully stop the “Affordable” Care Act from becoming law.  We were much maligned by the press and the left.  And while the famous saying goes by someone who was falsely accused by the news media, “where do I go to get my reputation back?”, that is not why I put keyboard to blog this afternoon.  Rather it is to remind the country that I love so much that we were right and we can still get out of this mess.  We knew that if Obamacare became law that millions upon millions would lose their current coverage, despite the “misspoken” words of our President.  That they would have to exchange the care and doctors they liked for something much more expensive and limiting.  Not like it was hard to predict.  Throw everyone into the pot and it’s inevitable.  More people being insured, some with preexisting conditions, some too poor to pay for it themselves and you end up with millions paying more.  It’s called math.  Sometimes math can be devastatingly honest.

Now reality is hitting and it is hitting hard.  Even supporters of Obamacare are finding out that they can’t keep their coverage even if they like it period, and that the exchanges are a much worse deal complete with higher premiums AND deductibles.  True, we didn’t know everything.  Who could have guessed that implementation of the law would be so unbelievably botched?  Still, the fact remains that we gave a clarion call that the “Affordable” Care Act would end up costing and costing dearly.  We were mocked, called names, laughed at and dismissed.  Probably because the administration knew what we knew;  Americans would find out sooner or later what would happen to them under Obamacare.  The President was betting that later would be too late.  He knew Americans wouldn’t like it one bit when they discovered what was in the law once the law was passed and implemented.

There is some encouragement as I write this.  The Democrat led House of Representatives that passed the bill without a single Republican vote has become the Republican led House of Representatives.  Republicans ran on a message of repealing Obamacare and swept into leadership.  Their courageous efforts even led to a government shutdown as Senator Ted Cruz voiced our concerns from the Senate Floor for 21 straight hours.  Alas, the funding for the ACA wasn’t stopped as Senate Democrats voted against defunding, or delaying, Obamacare and the House eventually caved.  Now some of those Senate Democrats who voted against delaying the ACA, and thereby continuing the government shutdown, are now calling for a delay in the ACA!  Irony much?  or I should say Hypocrisy much?  But I digress.

Now that Americans on all sides of the isle are experiencing the inevitable sticker shock I am hopeful that Obamacare can yet be stopped.  You think it is bad now, wait until employers are no longer under the one year exemption of the employer mandate and millions of more Americans are thrown into the exchanges.  I don’t care if the Tea Party gets credit for being right.  I want the country to force our representatives to do what is right.  The “Affordable” Care Act.  End it don’t mend it.  Then we can restart the conversation on how to reform healthcare in this country by bringing market forces back into insurance coverage, and health care, to actually drive prices down and availability up.  What a concept.