June 13, 2017

With the first serious heat of the summer scheduled to hit the Valley of the Sun this weekend it’s a damned good thing I got my summer planting in last weekend. Normally I get my hydrangea in the front pots Memorial Day weekend as a sign of solidarity with the way my peeps back in New England mark their summer season, but this year Hi at “the nursery” didn’t have any hydrangea the way I like them: the light baby blue kind. So, I had to wait a week while he got some supply from one of his other stores.

But they sure look nice, no? It took me all of fifteen minutes to “fertilize” them so hopefully they’ll last at least a couple of summers out there. Between the sun, the heat, the dust, and any rain we might get over the monsoon season they really take a beating if they’re not thoroughly sprayed and coated. I’ve already got some compliments from the neighbors – guess that’s to be expected when you possess a “green thumb”. :-)

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June 10, 2017

If you’re all for inundating the US with Muslim refugees you might want to read this piece first. I’m actually all in as far as embracing different cultures goes, but it has to be a two-way street. Here’s the line that stuck out to me:

The nice lady who asked me to give a talk a couple months ago on my hometown asked me if there were any refugees who were an “asset to the community”. I replied that they do not consider themselves part of your community, so if they are going to be an asset to any community, it is not going to be yours.

As the saying goes, read the whole thing.

…along those same lines, maybe something like Yahoo! News considers this a celebration of multiculturalism, but I sure don’t.

I tried to tell y’all to watch out for the Yankees this year. I don’t see them folding.

The Langhorns are a pretty damned fine surf band from Sweden. If you’re feeling stressed out close your eyes, kick back, and listen. Doesn’t get a whole lot better than this, surf music-wise.

While the Democrats want to focus their efforts on damaging Trump in whatever way they can, they’re missing the ballgame going on behind the scenes:

Over the past couple of weeks, as the media and congressional Democrats have focused on Comey and the Washington impeachment circus, Trump has been on a roll. He named 12 new well-regarded federal judges to the bench, rolled back one of the EPA’s “most expensive regulations ever,” put an end to Obama’s corrupt policy of using public money to enrich far-left activist groups, pulled the U.S. out of the laughably bad but absurdly costly Paris Climate Change Agreement, and continued a far-reaching reversal of regulations that the American Action Forum called a “profound” shift in policy that will have a major impact on the U.S. economy.

And on Thursday, while Comey spoke and Democrats fumed, the House passed a bill that would undo some of the most pernicious elements of the Dodd-Frank law — another promise Trump made and is now on the verge of keeping.

Personally, I hope the Dems keep it up.

R.I.P. Adam West. His Batman reflected a more simpler and less cynical time.

If you’re looking for the last word on what was truly going on between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, this piece is hard to beat. McCarthy’s opening line says it all:

He believed that the FBI director misled the public to think that the president was under investigation.

…it will ultimately be understood that Comey was nothing more than a partisan Washington hack with delusions of grandeur – an embarrassment to both the FBI and to Democrats who thought he was their means to “getting Trump”.

Would it be difficult to imagine a Tiger Woods announcement that he’s checking himself into rehab due to an addiction to pain-killers? The guy seems to be in a very dark place right now.

Have a great weekend, everyone – I’m checking out. Now that I know who my Goodboys Invitational playing partner is, I’ve got balls to hit, both today and tomorrow.

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June 8, 2017

Electrifying? Game changing? Much ado about nothing? I’ll take door number three, Alex.

Former FBI Direct James Comey’s widely-anticipated and much-ballyhooed appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee wasn’t a game-changer and was hardly electrifying, but it definitely wasn’t much ado about nothing. Of course, the mainstream media and liberals and Democrats everywhere (my apologies for being redundant) had hoped this would be the first step on President’s Trump road to impeachment (for what I’m still trying to figure, but more about that later), but at the end of the day, when you’ve lost Chris Matthews

Just like a good baseball trade, however, there was something for those on both sides of the political aisle. For Democrats, Comey’s testimony that President Trump expressed to him his hopes that the investigation involving Trump transition team member General Michael Flynn might be curtailed gives them “obstruction of justice” ammo for their talking points, but as Paul Mirengoff writes at PowerLine blog, Trump’s comments don’t even sniff at obstruction:

Comey says he took President Trump’s statements about the Flynn investigation as a “direction” to drop the investigation. However, the words Comey attributes to Trump, and Comey’s subsequent conduct, render the former director’s inference highly questionable.

Stating a hope or a desired outcome, or even exerting pressure to see that outcome occur, is not issuing an order or directive. And if Comey thought he had been directed to drop an investigation, it’s quite likely he would have resigned (as he threatened to do in 2004 when he thought the Bush administration was behaving improperly — a point made by Sen. Tom Cotton), complained publicly, or complained to the Attorney General or the White House Counsel. He did not.

For Republicans and conservatives, Comey’s bombshell testimony that Obama AG Loretta Lynch advised him to downplay Hillary Clinton’s e-mail investigation served as a big “I told you so”, and made Comey look nothing more than a two-bit Washington insider who, rather than standing up for the FBI’s reputation and the rule of law, chose to play it fast and loose for the sake of political expediency. Is it any wonder he never had President Trump’s confidence and deserved to be fired?

And then there was the bomb Comey tossed at the mainstream media when he testified that their continued use of anonymous and unnamed sources showed they really didn’t know what was going on. That had to hurt.

I do think it’s fairly safe to say that Director Comey put himself in legal danger with his testimony today, either by committing perjury before Congress or admitting to being a leaker of intelligence to the media.

In short, as PowerLine blog commenter David Spence commented, there were really only five main takeaways from Comey’s testimony today:

1. Comey leaked potentially classified info to the NY Times to smear Trump, an offense not only criminal but disqualifying him in any position of trust;
2. [Obama AG] Loretta Lynch absolutely tried to obstruct justice;
3. Comey didn’t “expect” Trump to lie, he set this up to try and trap Trump into a lie (committing a “process crime”) or obstruct justice. It didn’t work;
4. Comey lied today by saying he leaked the dinner conversation after waking up in the morning of May 15th. The NY Times story Comey leaked appeared on May 11-quite the feat!;
5. Comey is a Democrat hack; a narcissistic, whiny drama-queen – and those are his good traits.

Where does this leave the Democrats and a mainstream media who has been pushing the Russia election “hacking” probe on a daily basis since Trump’s election? Hard to say. It seems CNN is committed to keeping their impeachment dream alive. I suppose certain batsh*t-crazy moonbats might hang their vagina hats on the idea that the President’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord is an impeachable offense. But if that’s all they’ve got to keep their voters energized ahead of the 2018 midterms, well, they’re crazy – Elizabeth Warren crazy.

The mainstream media, of course, needs something – anything – to maintain its outrage at Trump’s election, but the only thing they have left is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. I wouldn’t get my hopes up: after seven months of daily and unrelenting faux outrage, unnamed sources, anonymous stories and explosive headlines, no one – and I mean no one has brought forth a single piece of evidence tying the President or his administration to any wrongdoing. Whispers? Lots. Accusations? Lots. But one would think after all this time – seven months since election night – if someone, anyone, had any kind of solid, irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing in the form of documents, taped conversations, or direct eyewitness testimony it would have been leaked by now, right?

I have to think even Democrats know that the time has come to sh*t or get off the pot when it comes to Trump and Russia. You can only string your loyalists along on fake and/or manufactured news for so long – otherwise, you end up being revealed for the hapless morons you actually are, running on and standing for nothing but manufactured outrage and obstructionism without any real opposition party agenda. Does anyone out there – and I’m asking all of you liberals (and you know who you are) – know what the Democratic Party stands for anymore outside of being against anything Trump? If you do, let me know.

The clock is ticking, fellas, and Director Comey’s testimony today did y’all no favors. Sorry, hipsters.

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June 6, 2017

Not sure what the point of this article was, but there is nothing I feel I’m missing out on from working from home.

Some “nice to knows” if I ever choose this line of work once I retire.

Weird to see so-called journalists writing about Tiger Woods’ recent DUI arrest without openly asking what on earth he was doing out by himself at 3 AM? Not that I care, but it seems to me that would be an interesting line of questioning.

It doesn’t bother me that so-called “comedian” Bill Maher used the N-word the other night. It does bother me that his guest, Republican senator Ben Sasse, just sat there like a dope grinning like a goose in response. Talk about a defining moment – like Tin Cup’s Roy McAvoy said, “either you define the moment or the moment defines you.” A glorious opportunity for conservatives and conservatism wasted.

…and speaking of Roy McAvoy, here’s a cool story about the golf course actually used for the U.S. Open course in “Tin Cup”. It would be a hoot to play, I think.

Check the two airport security pics here and tell me this isn’t a world gone mad.

As Howie Carr is wont to say about liberals in the post-Obama age, their agony brings me joy.

To be honest, I’m surprised this doesn’t happen more often. Unless you’re using something like UPS or ShipSticks you’re really taking chances expecting the airlines to take good care of your clubs. If you’re a professional you ought to spend the dough-re-mi and do it right.

He’s #1 on Amazon and he’ll be #1 on my list of books to read during my trip back to Massachusetts in July.

I’ve been pushing this kind of thing all along: start deporting people – and lots of them, even if they had nothing to do with the act itself – and you’ll see the number of terror attacks drop precipitously. Start with the killers’ inner circle, then go out two to three levels of relatives. Or, alternatively, deport everyone associated with the mosque the killer(s) attended. Pretty soon folks will get the idea. When you’re in a war, the only way you win is to break the spirit of the enemy.

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June 4, 2017

Days until the 2017 Goodboys Invitational: 40
Location: Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch
Score: 50 / 52 = 102
Handicap: 23.7 / Trend: 23.7 (no change)

Let’s start with the gory details about a round played under cloudless skies on a Saturday where the temp was 90 when we started, a blazing 106 by the time our foursome finished in a tidy 4 hours 15 minutes. The last two times I played at Trilogy Power Ranch I shot 94s, today it was eight strokes higher. I wouldn’t say TPR is a difficult course, but you have to work your way around it and bring your short game with you and today I didn’t. My chipping was sloppy and my putting on the fastest greens I’ve played in a long time was as bad as I can remember it being (41 putts). Pretty easy to see where those eight extra strokes came from, isn’t it?

That being said, I’m feeling pretty frustrated at my inability to replicate all the hard work I’ve been putting in at the driving range not just hitting balls but attempting to learn my swing – what works, what doesn’t. I started off hot today: bogeys on the first five holes without anything less than a two-putt. So I was hitting the ball pretty well. Then it all came apart: I lost my tempo, lost the feel for my driver, started jumping at the ball and over-swinging, playing the ball too far forward in my stance – all the old familiar swing demons – and I couldn’t make the necessary adjustments. And even at that, I discovered I can take one less club on all my yardages with the new Callaway Steelheads then I did with my old RAZR-Xs. So that, I guess, is a plus.

I’m still having a murder of a time trying to hit my new Cobra 5-wood and my hybrids, and today it really cost me. As much as I would have liked to simply keep pulling one 5-iron after another, if you’re not getting long off the tee (which I wasn’t) you gotta try and get some distance somehow. Not to mention the fact that on those occasions when your driver is making change on the dollar it would be nice to have another club you can fall back on, which is something I don’t have right now. Hitting ground balls to the second baseman is not a desired outcome!

The good news is that, unlike in past years, I know the way out of this mess. So it will be back to the driving range again, back to working on ball position and tempo with my irons, weight shift and tempo with my driver, and trying figuring out what I’m doing so wrong with the 5-wood and the hybrids. It’s not like I can’t hit them: I wouldn’t have bought them at the PGA Tour Superstore if I hadn’t hit them solid in the bays there – it’s a puzzle that simply has to be solved. And as far as my putting goes? I have to chip better and get the ball closer so that I don’t have to work so hard on the greens.

I’ve still got plenty of time before Goodboys Invitational weekend to nail this stuff down but clearly there is more work to do.

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June 3, 2017

This is what winning sounds like:

We’ll always have Paris – NOT. Spare me the faux outrage over the Prez announcing U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord. He ran on it, was one of his campaign promises. When are these dolts in the mainstream media going to understand that when Trump says he’s gonna do something he means it? Besides, when it comes to climate change George Carlin was right.

The 24 1/2 reasons Hillary Clinton lost the election. What a sad, bitter cow. This country truly dodged a bullet last November!

I’ve seen the same thing around here. And if Democrats think it’s gonna be better for them in the 2018 midterms, they have another thing coming….

…Don’t believe me? OK, then check this out.

The Kathy Griffin fiasco is going to haunt Democrats and liberals for a long time. She’s no whack job, she’s now the poster child for liberals whose so-called “resistance” to Donald Trump’s election has revealed them for the petulant, immature ignoramuses they’ve always been.

Ace is right: when it comes to what’s going down on the college campuses, it’s time to punch back twice as hard. The only thing these privileged punks are going to understand is elimination of their privileges. Any university that gets taxpayer money that pulls this kind of crap and doesn’t 100% support free and unfettered speech loses that money.

Expect to see a whole lot more stories like this in the coming months. The only way Democrats ever win is when they cheat.

Every day brings this scandal just a little bit closer to exploding. And explode it will. By the time it’s over, the Obama administration will make Richard Nixon’s actions look dime store.

Just remember what Donald Trump said. The man keeps his promises.

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June 2, 2017

I know this qualifies as “fake news” but I thought it was pretty funny…

Hat tip: Conservative Treehouse

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June 1, 2017

Took a walk to the mailbox the other day and felt that little familiar change in the air – that hint of humidity that gets the Texas sage going with that familiar, musky smell. Looking north and northeast you could see beyond the mountains thunderstorm clouds piling up in their familiar whites and grays, and to the southeast more storm clouds far, far in the distance. Up in Flagstaff to the north and Tucson to the south they’d be getting rained on, for sure.

Once you get to June the monsoon season here in the Valley of the Sun is not far away. Couple weeks from now and on any day until the end of September, perhaps even a little beyond that, you could get afternoons ranging anywhere from just breezy and dusty to big winds and haboobs, from small localized thunderstorms with or without rain to big ones with downpours and/or hail and microbursts that uproot trees and take down limbs on one block and leave the next one unscathed. Unlike back home in Massachusetts where the thunderstorms tend to line up along a cold front, here in the Valley they can pop up anywhere and at a moment’s notice. And on any given night, you can stand out in the warm dusty air, the crickets chirping in a loud chorus, chilled glass of Pinot Grigio in hand and see flashes and streaks off in any direction, sometimes in multiple directions, and watch the heavens flash and streak, sometimes with grumbling thunder, sometimes with just the sniff of electricity. And no matter whether the storms are big or small, or far in the distance or creeping up ever so slowly on the Accuweather radar, they always rekindle in my mind a sense of awe and wonder, and the soft, sentimental memories of days long past growing up in a family of thunderstorm hounds who would gather on our front porch at the first hints of a storm coming.

Right around this time every year I do a sight check of all our queen palms to see where they are in their growing cycle. There’s nothing you can do about it one way or the other, but it’s always nice to see the new stalks that have been growing out of the tops since April turning into palm branches, because stalks tend to break in the first strong winds of the monsoon. The three palms planted in triangular fashion in the southeast corner, ranging from giant to medium to small, always seem to do pretty well; it’s the palm situated in the middle of the backyard along the south wall that always seems to struggle: it’s growth cycle is just a tad slower than the others, meaning that its stalk is never quite far enough along by the time the monsoon starts. The last two years its stalk has broken, but this year it looks a little closer to palm branches, and I’m hoping in the next week it will be safe from the strong and dusty winds that will inevitably come.

It’s the wind chimes on the back patio that typically sound the alarm that there is weather coming in. You walk out outside knowing that warm blast of air is going to hit you, the ceramic tile floor still warm from the triple-digit day, the air filled with the rustle of palm branches and wind chimes, and the moon above looking like a dissolving Alka Seltzer tablet through the cloud cover. The bottle of Sam Adams Summer Ale starts to sweat in the hand, and the happy pineapple lights shine softly above. I look at the Tiki bar waiting for a visitor and think just how lucky I am to live in a place I could never, ever have dreamed of growing up in the Merrimack Valley back in Massachusetts. Warm nights, swimming pool, palm trees, Tiki bar? I know it took me a long time to embrace life here in the Valley of the Sun, but I have, and coming monsoon season is my favorite time of the year.

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May 30, 2017

OK, Tiger, so maybe it was prescription meds that resulted in your DUI arrest. But the question remains what the hell were you doing out on the roads at 3 AM? Surely a man of your means could afford either calling a cab or having a limo driver around to take you home. In golf I believe they would call this an “unforced error”. In reality I think there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

Hopefully conservatives are starting to wake up and not all the liberal left to hound us into submission. At some point you have to take the gloves off, and politically speaking I believe in punching back twice as hard.

This is a squirrel that got lucky.

The best and worst rated in customer service. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever dealt with better and more honest folk and gotten better customer service than I have with Quicken Loans and Edelman Financial, and In N’ Out. And I completely agree with AT&T and Cox Communications near the bottom. They suck. But even though DirecTV is now part of AT&T they still seem to deliver quality service.

I read this kind of stuff and think that the American loony left can’t get more laughable or irrelevant. I hope they keep it up, because the 2018 midterms can’t come soon enough.

It’s only May and folks are already getting revved up for the New England Patriots 2017 season. Could they end up being one of the best ever? We’ll see…

Something you would never, ever see Barack Obama ever come close to doing. That’s what you would come to expect from a real president.

Enough about war, peace, and climate change. This is what the world has been waiting for.

Congratulations, President Trump, on a great first foreign trip abroad.

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May 29, 2017

Pretty cool that for Memorial Day the Papago Park G.C. in Phoenix (where I hit balls each weekend) decked their chipping area and putting green out with American flags. I told the guy at the pro shop desk that it was a nice gesture – something I’d bet that few people anymore would appreciate. Told him that those of us who do and would are nothing more than dinosaurs roaming the earth. That in ten, twenty years no one will give a shit.

A touching video that exemplifies everything this day is.

I will observe this day cherishing the memory of my brother Mark and all those who have died in the service of our country, whether it be as a direct result of action on the battlefield, or from the scars that resulted and chased them down thereafter until they couldn’t live with it anymore.

God bless you all.

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