College Football 2019 – Week 15 (Conference Championships)

Conference championship week has arrived, bringing with it some potentially epic battles.  In chronological order, below are all of the scheduled games for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), including both the the Power 5 (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) and Group of Five (AAC, C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt) conferences.

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Postcards of Death

In Japan, the big holiday is New Year. There is a tradition of sending New Year’s Cards and giving money to young people before they have enter the ranks of society. There is an exception to sending New Year’s cards though. This is if a close member of your family has died in the year. In that case you send cards to your friends telling them of the death so therefore no cards this year. So far I have received four of these cards. It is called “ mochū hagaki“. I hope next year will be easier on my friends.

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College Football 2019 – Week 14 (Thanksgiving Edition)

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the effective end of the college football regular season. All of next weekend’s games will be conference championships, followed by the Army-Navy game on December 14, and then the postseason bowls and playoffs beginning on December 20.

This week’s matchups offer a number of traditional rivalries from coast-to-coast. In the ACC, the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅 have a showdown on the road at the South Carolina Gamecocks 🐓, the Florida State Seminoles 🏹 are at the #11 Florida Gators 🐊, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack 🐺 host the North Carolina Tar Heels 👣. The Big Ten has the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂 at the #13 Michigan Wolverines 〽️ and the #12 Wisconsin Badgers 🦡 at the #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿. The SEC gives us the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide 🐘 at the #15 Auburn Tigers 🐯, the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #2 LSU Tigers 🐅, the Vanderbilt Commodores ⚓️ at the Tennessee Volunteers 🔶, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 hosting the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶. Out in the PAC-12, the #14 Oregon Ducks 🦆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿 for the Civil War, the Stanford Cardinal 🚩 play the visiting #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 are playing the Washington Huskies 🐺 in the Apple Cup. Finally, in the Big 12, Bedlam comes with the #21 Oklahoma State Cowboys 🤠 hosting the #7 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻‍🌾, the #21 Iowa State Cyclones 🌪 play the Kansas State Wildcats 😺 in this year’s Farmageddon, and in their annual game for the Chancellor’s Spurs, the Texas Longhorns 🐮 host my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴‍☠️.... [Read More]

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Just like California’s rolling blackouts, except…

Just like California’s rolling blackouts, except mine are barely a second long.

Well here’s the long story shortened. I have an UPS, an uninterrupted power supply, It WAS connected to two outlets upstairs, (my computer and the UPS is in the basement), it had a massive battery failure a few years ago. The two matched car batteries it ran off sort of decided that they will out-gas hydrogen sulfide and just die. I disconnected it and hoped for the best. We had another failure for a few hours just recently and that prompted me to buy a generator. But a generator will not help with a drop out of only a second. The second drop outs are because of the high winds we are experiencing in NE PA.

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Time for some levity…

I was going to wait until after Thanksgiving, but it seems there are too many downers in the recent postings…

You may be in need of a chuckle…

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College Football 2019 – Week 13

While much of the country may be feeling the chill of fall, the college football gridiron remains red-hot! The Atlantic Coast Conference has the the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ hosting the Boston College Eagles 🦅 while the Pittsburgh Panthers 🐆 are in Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies 🦃. Sadly, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 came up short against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 🐝 28-26 on Thursday night.  In the Big Ten, the biggest game features the #8 Penn State Nittany Lions 🦁 at the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes 🍂. Also, the #10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 play the Northwestern Wildcats 😸 and the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤 host the Illinois Fighting Illini 🏹.  The top matchup in the SEC is the Texas A&M Aggies 🤠 at the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶, while the Big 12 offers up the #13 Baylor Bears 🐻 hosting the Texas Longhorns 🐮. Finally, the Pac-12 has the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 at the Arizona State Sun Devils 🌞 😈, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Oregon State Beavers 🐿, and the Washington Huskies 🐺 are at the Colorado Buffaloes 🐃.

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Giving a Tele-Monster, a taste of his own medicine.

Hello Ratburgers!

Most of you know I hate “tele-monsters” with a passion that is unequaled.

I’ve subscribed to NOMOROBO.com  for my home phone and they take care of 99% of the “tele-monsters”. But there was that single ring before NOMOROBO would pick up the line and then disconnect the “tele-monster”. So I found a “First Ring Eliminator” on Amazon and installed that. Now I don’t hear that annoying first ring. (It’s unfortunately not available right now.)

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College Football 2019 – Week 12

It is now mid-November and the end of college football’s regular season will be upon us in a few weeks.  Thus, teams are jockeying for position as conference championships and the postseason loom.  Let us look at a few matchups of interest.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons ✝️😈 are on the road at the #3 Clemson Tigers 🐅. Also in the Carolinas, the N.C. State Wolfpack 🐺 will host the Louisville Cardinals 🐦.  The Big Ten has the undefeated #8 Minnesota Golden Gophers 🐿 at the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes 🐤, and in Ann Arbor the #15 Michigan Wolverines 🦡 will play the Michigan State Spartans ⚔️. In the Southeastern Conference, the marquee matchup will feature the #4 Georgia Bulldogs 🐶 at the #12 Auburn Tigers 🐯. The Big 12 Conference’s feature attraction is the #10 Oklahoma Sooners 👨🏻‍🌾 at the undefeated #13 Baylor Bears 🐻. Also, my Texas Tech Red Raiders 🏴‍☠️ will be hosting the TCU Horned Frogs 🐸. Out west in the Pac-12, the #6 Oregon Ducks 🦆 play the visiting Arizona Wildcats 🐱, and Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars 🐆 host the Stanford Cardinal 🚩.  In addition, the game between the #23 Navy Midshipmen ⚓️ and the #16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish ☘️ should be worth watching.... [Read More]

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Iconoclast protesters loot Catholic churches

This is a story from Chile.  Or, perhaps it is a non-story from Chile.

Street protests turned violent in Santiago last week, and have persisted into this week.  Anti-government protesters have been wearing masks, looking like AntiFa anarchists, and attacking government buildings.

Of course, once Leftist mobs turn violent, it is unlikely that their energy will maintain focus.  They soon attacked another target.   Catholic churches became prey for the mob.  Several were looted for materials to add to street barricades.  Statues of Jesus and Mary were destroyed.

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Science Security

China is stealing our science. They steal copyrighted material, they steal proprietary information, they steal research, they steal research results, and they are grooming a large number of U.S. university researchers to be poached to staff Chinese labs in China.

There was a confab on “Science Security” at the recent meeting of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. It was written up for Inside Higher Ed, but it is on the public side of their paywall so you can all read it. I found it to be a fascinating read. Here is the intro:... [Read More]

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Alien-Nation or Alienation: My Inescapable Ethos

“In the absence of values, society begins to decay. … Conservatism is that which does not get in the way of moving forward and upward, but does prevent from sliding backwards and downwards.” – Vladimir Putin

Born in 1944, I think such a statement as Putin’s would have been unremarkable for about the first half of my life. Since, according to America’s self-proclaimed elite mouthpieces, conservatives are haters of all peoples and things hallowed by progressives, his statement today would almost certainly be classified as “hate speech” by our media betters; even worse, the speaker is Russian, demanding louder condemnation.... [Read More]

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