Monthly Archives: April 2013

Stanley Cup Time: Western Conference Playoff Predictions

Western Conference

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

I’m giving the Wild one game simply because Niklas Backstrom helped my fantasy team this year. I’m loyal that way.

Blackhawks in 5

LA Kings vs. St. Louis Blues

The defending champion Kings are eerily reminiscent of last year’s “meh season” and then  a big run in the playoffs. That said, Jonathan Quick hasn’t been very good this year, at least not compared to last year.

St. Louis in 6

Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings

The opening night of the season I thought the Ducks were done after how they were playing two periods. They got better.

I didn’t think the Wings would even make the playoffs but anything that lets us see more Pavel Datsuk is a good thing. They are a mix of really old and really young. They just don’t have enough consistent production to hang with the Ducks.

Anaheim in 7

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

Ah yes, the series between the team tanks early vs the one that tanks late.

Form will hold, the Sharks are one and done.

Vancouver in 7

Super Fact Checker Candy Crowley Is An Idiot

You may recall Candy Crowley is big on fact checking, well at least on incorrectly fact checking Mitt Romney to help Barack Obama.  Today on her CNN show “State of the Nation” John McCain said it’s important to remember that North Korea has the ability to “set Seoul on fire” to which Crowley added….

Yes they do and we’ve seen them actually attack Seoul in the last two, three years and not only inflict damage but kill South Korean soldiers*.

The transcript isn’t up yet on CNN.com (update: here it is) but I replayed it several times to get that quote.

Did I miss something? You know, the full restart of the Korean war? Now, I know that the DPRK sank a South Korean patrol boat and shelled Yeonpyeong Island (which is 70+ miles from Seoul) but I don’t recall Seoul coming under attack recently.

Layers and layers of fact checkers.

Everyone makes mistakes but the idea she or anyone else was qualified to “fact check in real time” a presidential debate was a joke. But it helped Obama, so…Mission Accomplished.

*I originally had “two or three years” but apparently she left out the “or”, so I updated the transcription to reflect CNN’s version. It doesn’t change the error she made.

 

Yes, There Is An Actual Gun Control Bill That’s Been Written

I’m seeing lots of tweets and blog posts wondering how the Senate could invoke cloture on a bill that hasn’t been written yet (I made that mistake myself at one point).

Most of it seems to trace back to a statement from Senators Rubio, Lee and Cruz.

This morning the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the firearms bill (S.649). It is expected that the Toomey-Manchin provision announced yesterday will replace the current language regarding background checks. Yet, as of this morning, not a single senator has been provided the legislative language of this provision. Because the background-check measure is the centerpiece of this legislation it is critical that we know what is in the bill before we vote on it. The American people expect more and deserve better.

Unfortunately, the effort to push through legislation that no one had read highlights one of the primary reasons we announced our intention to force a 60 vote threshold. We believe the abuse of the process is how the rights of Americans are systematically eroded and we will continue to do everything in our power to prevent it.

People seem to conflate the lack of language on the Toomey-Manchin amendment with the underlying bill. That’s a mistake.

The current bill (pdf), includes Section 122 which would impose universal background checks on any sale of a firearm and almost all transfers. Toomey-Manchin (or as I call is Schumer-Toomey) will be offered as an amendment to that section.

Rubio, Cruz and Lee are saying they need to see the language of an amendment before they would allow a bill to come to the floor. That puts the cart before the horse. The reason bills come to the floor is to be debated and amended. There will be amendments other than Schumer-Toomey and there’s no guarantee Schumer-Toomey will pass. This is simply the legislative process in the Senate (or at least how it’s supposed to work. The GOP rightly complains when Harry Reid short circuits these procedures).

I don’t like the politics of what Toomey did in co-authoring this amendment but I’m not a fan of pre-debate filibusters either. I also don’t like it when “our side” goes out and plays fast and loose with the facts any more than I am when Democrats do it.

Running On Empty…Fisker Going The Way Of Solyndra

fuel gaugeAnother Failed Bet By Team Obama

The reverse Midas Touch.

Struggling carmaker Fisker Automotive laid off 160 employees, most of its staff, Friday as it struggles to reach a financing deal that would save the maker of the Karma hybrid sports car.

The Anaheim company dismissed all but a core group of about 40 workers needed to keep the business running as it continues talks with three Chinese businesses considering buying or investing in Fisker, according to individuals familiar with Fisker’s strategy.

“They pulled back another layer as they try to work out a last-minute deal. They need to do a deal quickly and they know it and are working on it,” said Mike Sullivan, who has a Fisker store among his chain of LACarGuy dealerships in the Southern California.

They’ve already hired a bankruptcy firm.

That HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in federal loan guarantees  is gone and not coming back soon.