Wednesday, June 3, 2015

George W. Bush outpolls Barack Obama

George W. Bush outpolls Barack Obama

Of course, yours' truly is adding a little fuel to the fire:

“It is the first time in more than a decade that Americans have expressed a favorable view of Bush, at least according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.”

If the poll had been a positive report about either Hillary or Barry, would the author have qualified the sentence with an“at least”?

How many times could a story about the current occupant in the White House be prefaced with an “at least”?

While ISIS is taking more and more territory in Iraq, at least Mr. Obama can still say “he ended a war”, and “there’s no American boots on the ground”. Oh wait!

Now that ObamaCare has been established as a federal health care program, at least Mr. Obama can say “premiums haven’t risen at the rate of the previous system”. Oh wait!

Since Hillary Clinton has announced her candidacy for President, at least she doesn’t have to rely on men to fill her campaign functions. Oh wait!

Now that Hillary has convinced the liberal media that she won’t answer ANY questions about her emails or her Foundation loaded with Foreign Donations, at least it hasn’t effected her favorable polling numbers. Oh wait!

Since the American voter has supplied the Republican Party with two major shellackings, (2010 & 2014), at least we won’t have to expect another one in 2016. Oh wait!

~ Rovin

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Breaking: Health Care Cost About to Go Through the Roof Next Year

Who, (besides the low-info liberals) didn't see this one coming?

Via Politico:
Health experts see big price hikes for Obamacare
Premiums could rise more sharply in 2016. 
"The cost of Obamacare could rise for millions of Americans next year, with one insurer proposing a 50 percent hike in premiums, fueling the controversy about just how “affordable” the Affordable Care Act really is. 
The eye-popping 50 percent hike by New Mexico insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield is an outlier, and state officials may not allow it to go through. But health insurance experts are predicting that premiums will rise more significantly in 2016 than in the first two years of Obamacare exchange coverage. In 2015, for example, premiums increased by an average of 5.4 percent, according to PwC’s Health Research Institute."

 20%-30%-50% increases, and the rest are all "moderate", right?  Anyone remember when the Feds took over the student loan programs from the private bankers---another “we can do a better job at controlling cost” joke Obama presented, and our dear liberal friends swallowed.  The “unexpected” result was, since the Fed guaranteed these loans, there would be no defaults---so the greedy college institutions raised their rates sending tuition cost skyrocketing.

The insurance industry and the Big Pharma’s, (both huge investors/special interest in pushing for ObamaCare), are now beginning to reap the benefits of their investment---the great ObamaCare Scam of the 21st Century.  Both will point their fingers at each other blaming the rising cost, and in the meantime the insurance industry will be seeking a massive federal, (taxpayer funded), bailout---to the tune of a couple of trillion dollars just for starters---and the industry will fall under the “too big to fail” category,  (just like the big banks did in 2009, only this time the taxpayers won’t be paid back.

All of this under the guise of a 100% Democrat-passed Affordable Care Act---a government-controlled take-over of the health insurance industry, another failed experiment in federal socialism.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Halperin excused?

Conservatives constantly (e.g., Kilmeade on Fox and Friends this morning (5/12) with McChrystal) criticize this administration for refusing to "name the enemy." 

Yet when it comes to an obviously biased, liberal reporter like Mark Halperin, conservative media explains it away.  This morning on F & F, both Laura Ingraham and Charles Krauthammer claimed that the interview was not representative of Halperin.

Eau contraire.  

Since 2004, Halperin has been little more than a liberal guard dog.  You will recall that as political director for ABC News he instructed his subordinates to have a higher standard of scrutiny for Bush claims than Kerry, that they should not "artificially" or "reflexively" hold both sides "equally accountable."

There is simply no doubt that Halperin has already assumed the same role for the 2016 election. 

The interview with Senator Cruz is simply another indication that Halperin is doing all that he can to avoid giving in to his own "reflexive" and "artificial" temptations to hold both sides equally accountable. 

A "fair-minded" and "excellent" reporter does not even consider such questions, much less ask them.

That the senator is gracious does not exculpate conservative media for refusing to call a biased, liberal reporter "biased and liberal." 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Re-Booting America Starts with Deleting the Socialist/Collectivist Ideology

Re-booting America starts with booting out the far left-wing radicals who have infected the Democratic Party and sent them adrift. The Socialist/Collectivist liberal progressive ideology is finally losing the political clout that has poisoned the Party. 

The trouble with liberals is they’ve not figured out that capitalism is still the foundation and the future of individual prosperity in this country. Liberals and Liberalism got their collective wings clipped last November and they’ve got this delusion that what happened was an anomaly. 

The People are sick of collectivism and the redistribution of wealth policies---that have historically failed time and again---especially where a central government, (filled with corruptive politicians), controls the people’s financial well being, crushing the individual and entrepreneurial spirit of this great nation. 

This nation was founded, (and grew in individual wealth), on the free market principles of capitalism, and with little intrusion from the federal government. Liberals would like nothing better than to keep the status quo and continue the polices of ceding “the people’s money” to a central government, leaving a few selective politicians in Washington to decide where “the wealth” is distributed. This philosophy/ideology is coming to an abrupt and well deserved end as the liberals will come to understand in 2016. 

Since 2008 Democrats have lost 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, 910 seats in state legislatures, 30 state legislative chambers & 11 governors, yet the old Democratic Party has yet to figure out that the policies of the far left-wing radical liberals have destroyed their party. Perhaps they’ll “get it” after this next major shellacking. Make no mistake, the People have decided to keep their money in their own pockets instead of sending it to Washington and the powerbrokers/redistributionist who plan to control their daily lives. 

There will be no Democrat in the White House in 2017. Even the House and the Senate will remain in Republican’s hands as liberalism is dealt its last blow. Only then will the Democrats begin to throw the far left-wing radicals out of their Party and return to the principles of a capitalist free market state. Liberalism/Socialism, (and by extension Marxism/Communist values), is dead on arrival in this next election cycle. And, Conservatives should throw them, [the misguided far left-wing liberals] a well deserved wake.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Jordan Spieth Wins the Masters----Wire to Wire!

Masters Winner Jordan Spieth

Ever since Jordan Spieth watched his quest for a Green Jacket slip away in last year’s Masters, he’s been on a mission---establish a lead, get into the final pairing, and finish off his competition.  Watching Bubba Watson slip on that Green Jacket, (for the second time), was all the motivation the young 21 year old needed.

And this year, he did it in a fashion rarely seen in a major tournament, going wire to wire, setting numerous records, and oh yeah, keeping a U.S. Open champion and a three-time Masters’ champion from overtaking him on Sunday.  Starting the day out with a four-stroke lead, the “contenders” made their runs at the young gun, but Jordy held them back with his steady methodical play, sinking some great birdie putts, scrambling for a few pars, and eventually watching both Rose and Mickelson fade away.

Yet the day was not by any means easy for Spieth.  After Justin Rose nailed a fifteen-foot birdie putt on the first hole and Spieth followed suit with 10-footer for birdie himself, the race was on!  After Rose birdied the second hole and Spieth could only par, the lead was already down to three, and Mickelson was still looming behind by 5-6 strokes and ready to make some noise.  However, both Mickelson and Rose would finish the front nine at even par, 36 (with two birdies and two bogeys apiece), and Spieth did them one better, (with three birdies and two bogeys), to make the turn advancing his lead---five over Rose, and six over Mickelson.

When Spieth birdied #10, (sinking a twenty-footer), and pared the difficult 11th  hole to reach a -18 under par score, (and a six-stroke lead at that point), the “race” seemed to be over.  Spieth had gone through “amen-corner” even par, (par, bogie, birdie), leaving his composure and lead intact.  Even Mickelson’s blast out of the sand trap on #15 for an eagle three didn’t seem to rattle the youngster.  On this same hole, he calmly pulled out his fairway wood for his second shot, flew it over the pond and through the green, chipped within six feet and nailed the putt to get to a record -19 under par.  Rose would birdie 13, 14, and 15 to make his final run at the kid, but it still left him four strokes behind with three holes to play.

What Jordan Spieth did on #16 was an exclamation point to what we may see for a very long time in this young man’s career----an “amped-up” and adrenaline-filled shot over the green, and, just a “fair” chip back onto the green, leaving him an 8-foot slider for par.  As his putter has not failed him all week, Jordan snaked the putt dead center into the cup for par.  

“I stepped over that putt (on 16) just trying to put good speed, feed it out there and visualize a line,” Spieth said. “That was certainly … I would call that the biggest putt I've ever hit in my life.” 

Rose missed his 19-foot birdie putt, to leave him still four strokes down with two to play.  Both Rose and Spieth would par the 17th, and bogey the 18th, but the party was on!


Add to that a 1.8 million dollar check, and a custom fit Green Jacket, a lifetime exemption to playing Augusta, (and moving into the number two spot in the world rankings), it just doesn’t get much sweeter than this.  Well done Jordy……well done.

(photo credit, (above), to the Bleacher Report)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Final Round at the Masters---Who Joins the List of Immortals?

O.K., I’ll admit it----I’m a Masters junkie.  My own personal passion for the game of golf transcends to this single tournament every year---it’s the superbowl of professional golf---and I rarely miss a single shot, from the Wednesday final practice round to the final pairing walking up to the eighteenth green on Sunday.  Just ask any man still walking on these hallowed grounds on Sunday, (or a few who missed the cut), which major tournament they covet more than any other, and most of them will tell you it’s the Masters.  And, they all dream of slipping on that Green Jacket while joining the immortality of the title, and the heroes of the game that walked the same grounds, hit the historical shots, and inhaled the echoing roars of the back nine at Augusta, as they claimed their title as Masters’ Champions

From Horton Smith, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson in the 30‘s, to the battles of Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, and Ben Hogan in the late 40’s and early 50’s, then “the big three” who dominated the game, (and Augusta), for the next two decades, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player, then the 80’s march of Tom Watson, and the “foreign invasion” of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, and Bernhard Langer, and yes, Ben Crenshaw sneaking in a  victory, (and the Golden Bear slipping in one more miraculous victory in ’86 for his unprecedented sixth Green Jacket), then on to the 90’s with José María Olazábal, Langer, Faldo, and Crenshaw “winning again”, and then a young upstart by the name of Tiger Woods in 1997.  From then on, (from 2001 to 2010), it was mostly Woods and Phil Mickelson who owned the majestic grounds of Augusta, winning six out of the nine year span with three apiece, before a young lefty named Bubba Watson sandwiched in a couple of victories between Adam Scott---who would later garner a world #1 ranking.

Yes, these are the immortals who have etched their names into the record books of the Masters, and slipped on the Green Jackets that insures an automatic and lifetime invitation to return to the course Bobby Jones, Clifford Roberts, and Alister MacKenzie founded, built, and designed---The Augusta National Golf Club.

Which is why so many avid golfers---the duffers, the hacks, the accomplished amateurs, and the pros---inordinately covet this tournament.  If you love the game, (as I do), you can’t help yourself from embracing the storied history that is The Masters.

Who ever reaches the pinnacle of the Masters this Sunday will become a part of this history, forever leaving their mark and footprints along side of the greatest that ever played the game.

Somewhere, Bobby Jones is smiling. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The 2015 Masters---Round Two "In the Books" Jordan Spieth's Still on Fire

So far, Jordan Spieth has been........Masterful.

After Jordan Spieth's first round score of 64, what does one do for an encore? How about firing a bogey-free 66 early in the day and leave the rest of the field wondering "who is this guy?"  Spieth has now gone 36 holes with only one bogey on his cards.  His -14 under par for the first two rounds is a Major record, (Jordan Spieth's 130 thru 36 holes is a new record at the Masters and ties the record for all majors).
"I've been kind of on my game and feeling really good about coming to a place that I love, that everybody loves," Spieth said. "It's special to be in the tournament, let alone out front."
"On his game" is an understatement:
In his last three starts, Spieth has won the Valspar Championship and finished runner-up in the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open. In his last 11 worldwide starts, he has three wins, two seconds, a third, a fourth and two ties for seventh as he's risen to a career-high No. 4 in the world rankings. 
"You just cannot see this kid not win many, many majors," said Els, playing in his 21st Masters. "I think he is by far the most balanced kid I've seen. … He's got that little tenacity to him and he's really got a fighting spirit, and he's the nicest kid in the world. So I just love playing with him. I played with him last week and we had a ball.
"He's a special kid."  (link)

And, barring a total meltdown*, there's just a few golfers left in the field who can catch him.

So, who’s got a shot at catching the hottest player in the game?  My prediction: if Spieth shoots either a 68 or a 69 today, (Saturday),----NOBODY.  Even if he post two 72’s over the weekend, some one’s got to shoot much lower.  

#68 World-ranked Charley Hoffmann has the best chance at -9 under, just five shots back.

Other than Hoffmann, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey---all seven shots back at -7 have an outside chance, but Jordan Spieth will have to falter.  Even if Spieth shoots par, the rest of the these guys MUST shoot 3-4 under par to have a shot at him on Sunday.  

Phil Mickelson (at -6 under) and two-time Masters’ winner is eight shots back heading into the weekend and could contend, but he’s got to shoot something around 64 to get back into the race.

Ernie Els (-5 under par), and the rest of the field are just too far back.  Making up nine shots over two rounds is nearly impossible, and that would be just to tie Spieth’s -14 under.

* Ah yes, there have been "meltdowns":  Can Spieth have a Greg Norman breakdown, (final round 78 in the 1996 Masters)?  Or, a Dustin Johnson meltdown, (shooting a final round 82 in the 2010 U.S Open at Pebble)?  Or even a Rory McIlroy disaster, (shooting a final round 80 in the 2011 Masters)?

Anything is possible, and meltdowns do occur.  But in Spieth's case, I just don't see it happening.  If he keeps his focus today and breaks par, it's his Masters to win-----or lose.


Addendum:  Tiger Woods says in his interview that “maybe the committee will tighten up the golf course tomorrow, (with pin placements and dryer greens), to make it tougher”.  

So, Tiger thinks the course has been too easy?  This coming from some one who’s shot a 73, 69 and only two strokes under par.  But, you can’t compare this scenario to Tiger’s game, right?  Then, let's take a look at the top 20 golfers in the world and see how they feel about "this easy course": 

   1    Rory McIlroy    71-71 -2 under par            
   2    Henrik Stenson  73-73 +2 over par   
   3    Bubba Watson    71-71 -2 under par            
   4    Jordan Spieth      64-66  -14 under par      
   5    Jason Day      67-74 -3 under par          
   6    Adam Scott    72-69 -3 under par           
   7    Dustin Johnson   70-67 -7 under par        
   8    Jim Furyk    74-73 (missed cut)            
   9    Sergio Garcia   68-74  -2 under par         
  10    Jimmy Walker   73-72 +1 over par          
  11    Justin Rose   67-70 -7 under par           
  12    J.B. Holmes    76-71 (missed cut)          
  13    Rickie Fowler  73-72 +1 over par          
  14    Martin Kaymer  76-75 (missed cut)          
  15    Patrick Reed     70-72  -2 under par        
  16    Matt Kuchar      72-74  +2 over par        
  17    Hideki Matsuyama   71-70  -3 under par     
  18    Billy Horschel     70-78 (missed cut)      
  19    Brooks Koepka       N/A     
  20    Victor Dubuisson    74-75 (missed cut)

  #44  Paul Casey   69-68  -7 under par
  #63  Charley Hoffman  67-68  -9 under par

  UNRANKED  Mark O'Meara*  73-68  -3 under par

Yes, there are a few here who are having a "fair to good" Masters.  But where would they be if the course was "tightened up" as Tiger suggest?  

* Mark O’Meara:   Now 58 years old, O’Meara spent nearly 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking from their debut in 1986 to 2000. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and will be inducted in July 2015.

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