Those characters at ESPN are at it again

This post is dedicated to Ole Miss haters worldwide.

 

 

Leap Day: Super Tuesday Eve

Have you had a boss like Donald Trump before?

All they care about is the bottom line, and looking good in the process.  That’s not a necessarily a bad thing in the private sector.  It can be taken to extremes like anything.  The bottom line becoming so important that fraud ensues:  Enron and Worldcom come to mind.  But, a results-oriented boss is generally a successful boss, because they are driven to succeed.  And, they drive their employees to succeed.

The boss I had was also like Trump in the way of being, well, thin-skinned.  You had to walk on egg shells around him.  He didn’t take criticism very well, and was not open to suggestions on anything that was counter to his pre-determined path.  His way or the highway.  You know the type.

trump5Bu what bothers me about Trump as a Presidential candidate is the Constitution.  Trump’s style doesn’t lend itself to be willing to have his Executive power limited by the Constitution.  Case in point:  Two days ago, Trump said that he would “open up the libel laws” to allow an easier path to gain monetary awards.  The fact that the President doesn’t make the law aside, rewriting the interpretation of the First Amendment by the Court is not within the the power of the presidency.  Making a statement like this makes Trump look like a tinhorn, petty bully.

A boss in the private sector can do most anything he wants, as long as he meets his goals, keeps his superiors happy, and operates within the law.  This is the realm that Trump excels.  He has never had to deal with an entrenched bureacracy,  not to mention a possibly intransigent Congress, and a possibly hostile Court.  The expectations of a Trump Presidency will be unnaturally high, setting up a YUGE disappointment.

Super Tuesday is tomorrow.  I’m hopeful for a Cruz victory in Texas, a good showing across the South, and a further winnowing of the field.  Losing the Sessions endorsement yesterday had a real sting.  Maybe Jeff was telling Ted that he doesn’t think Ted’s quite ready yet.  I don’t know.  But it hurt nonetheless.  Head to head, I think Cruz has a chance to beat Trump.  A small chance granted, but a chance.

Cruz 2016. Because Conservatism Matters.  Because the Constitution Matters!

 

 

 

 

Bullies Land A Whale. Ben Howland hired at Mississippi State (Updated)

Howland's Howlin Hound DawgsWelcome Readers from SixPackSpeak.com

#HailState has become #HowlState as Ben Howland is set to become the new head coach of the men’s basketball program.

Howland is returning to coaching after a two year stint as a TV  analyst, following his very successful run at perenial basketball pwerhouse, UCLA.

The Blog interviewed legendary MSU alumnus Nuke Gingrich to get his reaction:

Epic.  Awesome.  The wool is thick.  Who would of thought AD Scott Stricklin had such a giant nutsack, to let go of his men’s basketball coach, with 2 years left on his contract, and go after a whale like Ben Howland.  And then, to bring him in —  I’m just beside myself with excitement.  I believe I speak for the entire Bulldog Nation when I say, “Welcome to Stark Vegas, Coach Howland.  We’re glad you’re here!”

Things happened quickly this weekend in Vegas, as the Saturday announcement of the non-renewal of Rick Ray’s contract was within a few hours followed by informed rumors that Howland had emerged as the leading contender for the position.  Howland had reportedly wanted to continue his coaching career at a football oriented school.  No doubt, Howland will get his wish at MSU and the SEC.

Consider this quote in an article from Bill Plaschke, LA Times.

“In my mind, my next job is where I’m going to finish my career,” he says. “I want to make sure it’s the right situation where we have great success.”

In typical Howland fashion, he then tightens his jaw and makes a promise.

“I’m really fired up about getting back into it, and I hope to do it next year,” he says. “And this time around, I will do the best job I’ve ever done.”

Yes, sir!  It’s a great day to be a Bulldog.

See alsoFor whom the cowbell tolls

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Update:  It is Official!  HailState Beat,

Statement from Athletic Director SS (Grasshopper):  “Ben is someone who is ready to invest in the people of Mississippi and Bulldogs everywhere, while bringing championship basketball back to the Hump. Mississippi State basketball can compete at the highest level, just as several of our other teams have done in recent years, and I’m excited to have coach Howland lead us back to that level.”

The school will officially announce the hire on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. Fans are invited to attend.

New NRA ad campaign strikes the RIGHT chords

The new ad campaign launched by the NRA is different than anything I’ve ever seen.  I was watching the news the other day and saw an ad, it stopped me in my tracks.  The words spoken by the narrator could have been my own.

It was almost like the first time I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio, and I was pleasantly surprised that someone could so eloquently express the same thoughts that had been swirling in my mind for so long.

If you haven’t seen them yet, I hope you will.  Here are the two that I have seen so far:

“Service”
http://youtu.be/oZVHss44Gac?list=PLyaSPxNidLLv6bIdAyQaHEfSBMfe08u-K

“Safety”

logo“It takes courage to be free — a special kind of backbone to reject the world that surrounds you, to sign your name where everyone can see it, to believe that there is always a right choice and an honest consequence.”

“That’s what it means to believe in America. It’s time to believe in the good guys again. We are the 5 million men and women of the National Rifle Association of America.  Join us today.”

Dittos, NRA!!

 

related:

The Washington Times;

NRA Youtube

Still think the establishment GOP is your friend?

A Guest Post by Dick Bachert

I’ve posted this around the net a number of times and do so again inasmuch as THIS is a constantly recurring problem and some may not grasp how widespread it is. And now that the RNC has OPENLY declared war on the TEA Party, it should be clear to all why I have for a few decades cautioned my many friends to NOT SEND THE RNC A NICKLE.

frayedOver the years – when, to steal a line from Billy Joel, I wore a younger man’s clothes – I was involved with several pretty solid conservative candidates for Congress. One was a Democrat (Lawrence Patton McDonald) – because that was the only way he could win in that district. Those old-timers who know Larry’s record will tell you that he was a solid an anti-communist America Firster and more Republican than the Pubbies in nearby districts at the time. (His mother’s cousin was General George Patton from whom he got the middle name – and his incredible resolve and love of this country.) How ironic that he, like General Patton, was also assassinated by the communists they both despised. It was my honor to introduce Larry at his last public speech in the district before that ill-fated KAL007 flight!

Those other candidates ran as Republicans and each had to pass my rigid litmus test or I went looking for someone who did. For that reason, I hooked up with what the TRADITIONAL country club Pubbie establishment types believed were too radical for their refined tastes. I served as treasurer for several and in other capacities for more.

As those campaigns began to unfold and it became clear to the country clubbers that these guys 1) had a shot and 2) were pretty independent thinkers who would be hard to keep on the reservation once they got sworn in, the local Pubbies communicated that information to the Republican National HQ types who rather quickly sent in campaign “professionals” ostensibly to lock up the impending victory.

Instead, in nearly every case to which I was privy, these “professionals” proceeded to TORPEDO our guy’s campaign in subtle but effective ways.

From that experience I can tell you that the Pubbies at the HQ in D.C. would rather have a Democrat win a given district than have a pubbie up there who would embarrass them by refusing to follow the party line.

nacho friendIf YOU become involved in campaigns for solidly conservative, America and Constitution loving, hard-nosed, independent thinking candidates in 2014 and beyond – and I pray many of you do — please DO NOT trust any of those folks from GOP HQ in Washington. If they want to send you no-strings cash for your campaign, take it. If, however, they “suggest” sending in one of their “professionals,” tell them to fuggetaboutit.

They ARE WHO GOT US INTO THIS MESS AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS!!!!

“The common and continual mischief of the spirit of Party is
sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to
discourage and restrain it.” G. Washington

(BTW, My genealogical research informs me that my 5th great-grandfather, one John Carpenter, was one of George Washington’s Virginia neighbors and fought with GW in the French and Indian War and the Revolution. Prior to that, John traveled with GW during his survey of the Northwest Territories.)

GTT: California Egress Continues

The Exodus from California continues.  This time, it’s a big one — Toyota

Toyota (TM) is expected to announce today the shift of hundreds of jobs in its sales and marketing department from Southern California to a location outside Dallas, according to several reports.

Toyota did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but an announcement could come later today after Toyota officials discuss the move with employees at their Torrance, Calif., facility.

While Toyota gained its early foothold in the U.S. in Southern California, the car maker now makes most of its U.S. built cars in Texas and the South. The move is apparently designed to consolidate its business operations within a smaller area.

GTT: California Exodus

GTT: California Exodus

The Los Angeles Times said about 5,300 people work at Toyota’s Torrance complex but that it was uncertain on Monday how many of those employees will be asked to transfer to Texas and whether the shift would entail layoffs.

The newspaper, citing people with knowledge of Toyota’s plans, said the move is expected to take several years.

Employees in Toyota’s Torrance offices and other U.S. locations asked to move to Texas will be offered relocation packages and financial assistance.

The new Texas headquarters is expected to house at least three units, including Toyota Motor Sales USA, Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America. The move will be scheduled to begin in August and will take place in stages through the end of 2016.

The move is seen as a blow to Southern California, where an undisclosed number of jobs will be lost in an important sector for the region, and a big win for Texas, which will be adding hundreds of new, mostly white collar, well-paying jobs.

Texas Governor Rick Perry has made several trips to California in a very-public effort to lure companies and their jobs to Texas, touting his state’s lower corporate taxes and less regulated business environment.

Everything’s better with bluebonnets on it

Especially in Texas.

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