2017 Mascot Bracket

For those who like to pick by the mascot.

Here is a bracket for your consideration, use it wisely…2017 MascotMascot Bracket 2017

Logo Bracket located here.

What is a Warning for Anyway?

us_capitol_west_sideHere is a follow up to the previous post.

The Congressional Record is available for the Warren – McConnell Rule XIX hubbub.  When a warning is given- let’s use a yellow card in soccer; the action has been warned.  A different, further, second- (meaning not the first event) would have to occur for a second yellow card pulled to sit the player down.  Or better yet, if you kick your brother and are warned by your parents.  Your parents don’t typically increase your punishment 27 minutes later because you kicked your brother once.

I have highlighted the passages of when the first statement was made and when the initial warning to Senator Warren occurred: Continue reading ‘What is a Warning for Anyway?’

Nevertheless, She Persisted

ArchiveHere is the C-Span link to the Senator Elizabeth Warren-Rule XIX violation from Tuesday night debate on the Sessions nomination for Attorney General.  Below are some observations and thoughts about the incident that had been reported in many places.  Many reports (here, wrong, here) seem to insinuate that Warren was cut off and not able to finish the 1986 letter, and additional male senators were allowed to read the letter without violating rule 19.    (Find a timeline of the Start of Warren’s comments to the point where she is no longer allowed to speak.)

  • Elizabeth Warren read the Coretta Scott King in its entirety. (Video mark 4:45-5:03)
  • Warren spoke for 40 minutes criticizing the nominee and putting forth the reasons that she feels he is not qualified to be the next Attorney General.  She laid into him pretty good.  McConnell (McConnell’s staff) could have pulled something-anything out of the Warren speech that occurred after the initial warning (26 minutes of Warren impugning Sessions with remarks made by King, Kennedy, and Sessions himself).
  • If the floor of the Senate cannot debate a nominee who happens to be a sitting Senator in the same way they can debate a nominee that is not a Senator; maybe this is not the body to conduct the debate in.  -or- Suspend the rule so a Senator can provide reasons in a debate without the use of the rules to silence criticism.
  • The Chair needed too much help from Senate staff to know what to say (See 5:16 in the video)
  • After the Ron Paul fiascos (2012); Republicans (and all politicians, for that matter) should learn the parliamentary rules, chamber rules, Robert’s Rules of Order, etc.  to know how to navigate the process.
  • Senators need to sit down and show up when the Senate is in session.  McConnell most likely was not in the room when the King letter was read, instead relying on staff to spoon feed him what to read.
  • I don’t know why Warren did not make a point of the fact that McConnell’s citation occurred prior to the first warning.  In my mind, you get warned and then if later statements are made in violation than you can be called on it.  But Warren was already warned on the exact language that was used to make the statement that she persisted.
Time line to video with hour:minute markers.

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Last Play of Regulation…

I watched Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017.  I have no problem with the teams playing. Having played football into college; I have a problem with the play call on the last play in regulation.250px-post-pisarcik_qb_kneel_formation-svg

Fine you have a tied game and seconds left until overtime begins.  The Patriots line up in a kneel down formation, OK fine.  It is a regular play, but just like unwritten rules in baseball, this has the unwritten understanding in football:  If the defensive line fires off into the offensive players on the other side, then the defense is making an egregious assault on the norms of the game.  fine here, unwitten rule, offense not fined, here, Until…

The Patriots line up and run the ball out of this formation for an inconsequential gain at the end of regulation.  Every time Belichick and the Patriots line up in Kneel Down formation, there will be no more line man standing up and shaking hands.  There will be defensive linemen firing off and nailing the offensive linemen for one last time.  Because of this stupid call.

Year of the Rooster, Chinese New Year

rooster-40686_960_720January 28, 2017 is the second new moon after the shortest day, Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year.

For Las Vegas here are some events:

  • Chinese New Year in the Desert  Events are listed, some free, some ticketed.  Check their schedule.  Container Park and the Linq are locations for some of the events.
  • Lion and/or Dragon Dances:

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Russian Hacking

email-symbol-on-laptop-screen_318-62662.jpgDid Russia “hack” the election?  Depends on your definition of “hack.”  Is it embedding malicious software into a system to control it or destroy it; or is it putting together a login with a password and downloading private/non-public information?  We suspect that governments around the world do the latter; at least the Snowden leaks went into some revelations in this area.  But usually this information stays out of public light.

The “Russian Hacking” is reported to have leaked internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Clinton campaign and several of their higher ups in the organization and campaigns.  The emails were released through WikiLeaks throughout the ending months of the 2016 elections.  There are no allegations that votes were altered, machines tampered with, extra votes cast, or any other direct manipulation.  The only affect would be to sway public opinion about the inner workings of individuals within an organization (I would even say that the DNC is a private organization not governmental, with members that may be seeking or holding government positions). Continue reading ‘Russian Hacking’