Has there ever been a gay couple who wanted pizza at their wedding? I mean, is pizza a big wedding food anywhere?

And are there gay couples who can’t find flowers for their ceremony. Heck, we all know florists – shouldn’t take all that long to find one who specializes in same sex ceremonies.  Uh, ditto bakers of cakes and cupcakes too.

Obviously, all of this hullaballoo over Memory’s Pizza and the state of Indiana and the RFRA is purely fabricated, purely political, and so damned out of proportion. There is no shortage of places that gay couples can marry, honeymoon, live, etc, with all the trimmings. Even in Indiana, which by the way, does allow gay marriage.

To here Tim Cooke and ESPN and the entire Jurassic Media, however, you would think Indiana is under Sharia Law. Actually, Cooke and Apple does a lot of business in Sharia Law countries – but what the hell – hypocritical is the nature of liberals. SOP.

The silver lining is that the O’Connor family of Memory’s Pizzeria is on the way to raising 750 grand on GoFundMe – and will be more modern, more cash flush, and more popular than ever.

Uh memo to all GOP candidates and would be candidates: 25 thousand some odd people will donate to this cause. Maybe 15 or 20 gaystapo types started it. Do the math.

 

AS PUBLISHED AT BREITBART SPORTS:

Clank!

When March Madness rolls around, the NCAA falls in love with big football domes as venues for much of the basketball tournament. Yes, I know – it’s all about the money – tons of it generated by selling 40-50-60 thousand tickets to a game normally played in front of 15-20 thousand. I get that.

The problem is, these domes are constructed for football – and their configurations for basketball are cavernous and awkward. As such, the outside shooting in almost all of these domed stadium games is abysmal. This has been known, and been discussed at this time of year for a couple of decades – by coaches, commentators and players – as the bigger arenas started to come into play in the Regionals and Final Fours.

(Note: the Carrier Dome in Syracuse was built for basketball as well as football, thus it is less than half the size of most football domes, and does not have the unwieldy background for shooters.)

There was one regional – the South – played in a dome this year. In the Sweet 16, at Houston’s NRG Stadium, which holds up to 80 thousand plus for basketball, Gonzaga, UCLA, Utah and Duke combined to clank nearly 80% of their three point attempts off the rim. UCLA, which has hit a 3 pointer in well over 500 consecutive games (about 17 full seasons) was 3 of 13 – and none of those successes came until the game’s final minutes. Gonzaga doinked 16 of their 19 attempts, yet managed to win anyway.

During game one – and in between games, the CBS/TBS crews at the stadium and in studio again mentioned the problem with shooting in a large stadium – because it distorts the perspective these players are used to in every other game they play all year. The way the eye, brain and muscle memory work together, depth perception is key to targeted activities.

The game becomes, in a way, a totally different game. It’s like playing outside in a large open field. Former Georgetown Coach John Thompson was famous for saying that things were different “under the big top.” And they are.

In the second game Friday, Utah bricked 12 of their 16 attempts, while Duke was the night’s long range winner at 33% – but only on 3 of 9 shooting. The feel of the stadium backdrop was so out of kilter that Duke’s three best shooters on the season only attempted 5 shots between them – and missed all of them. None were even close. A hometown freshman went 3-4, else Duke would have goose egged the trey.

Keep in mind, all four of these teams have a long tradition of successful three point shooting. Friday they were a combined 22.8% from behind the arc. In the Regional Final, Duke warmed to 8 of 19, but Gonzaga was poor again – going 2-10. For the entire regional, the teams – all good shooting teams – combined to brick more than 70% of their treys.

That’s painful to watch. March Madness shouldn’t be painful to watch.

This is adding to the mounting list of problems that seem to be plaguing the college game, most of which have to do with a lack of fluidity and poor offense. There are many reasons for this – and some will be hard to address – but these big domes are among them and the solution is easy. Just don’t schedule the NCAA Tournament in these stadia.

And the South Regional  – the only one in a dome – predictably compared poorly with all other regionals, even though it had the best four team combined collection of three point shooters. At the Staples Center, the West was won by Wisconsin – but all four teams combined to shoot over 40%, and winners shot 43%.

In the East Regional, played at the Carrier Dome (which as noted above, is configured specifically for basketball), the teams combined for 35% shooting, even though poor shooting Louisville was in the mix in two of the three games.

In the Midwest Region, played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the teams topped 30%, which was misleading. If you the out the un-competitive Kentucky West Virginia game – where no shots were meaningful, the field shot 34%, and the winners of the 3 games topped 40%.

It is pretty clear: games in the domes will be more defensively oriented because the outside shooting is simply more difficult without the normal backdrop perspective. This is just a fact, and its pretty clear to anyone who’s shot in a dome before. These tournament games should move back into basketball arenas.

But wait. What about the revenue? What about tens of thousands of fans who won’t now be able to get tickets?

Uh, not really a problem. Friday there were less than 22 thousand spectators at NRG Stadium. There were barely 20 thousand on Sunday. So in addition to having a cavernous backdrop to the baskets from every angle, most of what was in the background were empty seats. And at NRG, the seats go up so gradually that even most of the full seats were a long long way from the court – and peaking over the shoulder of the person in front of you was a chore for spectators.

In other words, it was an awful atmosphere for players and spectators alike. It created a root canal of a TV show too.

Besides, there are a handful of arena’s in the greater Houston area that could easily handle a crowd of that size – and they are all real basketball arenas. This is true all over the country. And a little supply and demand pressure on tickets is not a bad thing.

And then there’s this: no sport should fundamentally change the game in their championship tournament. I understand that the big revenues allow the NCAA to disperse nice checks to all the participating schools, and many of the mid majors and others need this check to make budget. Contrary to popular belief, most schools lose money on athletics, so this is a good thing – especially to a Davidson or Georgia State.

But it’s hurting the game, both in person and on TV. And now we’re off to the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Consider: Five years ago, Duke and Butler – both outstanding shooting teams, combined to go 11-35 from behind the arc in the Title game at this very same stadium. Duke was below even 30%…and they won! Prepare for some more clanking this weekend, probably from all four teams.

The author is contributor to Breitbart, American Thinker, Newsmax TV, Talk Radio Network, and author of WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost…Again.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m making a list, and checking it twice – gonna expose who’s wrong and who’s right. Senator Cruz is coming to town!

PAST HER SELL BY DATE: these days, Noonan's work is so much babbling....

PAST HER SELL BY DATE: these days, Noonan’s work is so much babbling….

This is not a flat out prediction that Cruz will win the nomination, though I could easily see that happen. What this is a flat out prediction of is this: the infantile and shallow metrics used by the Cruz naysayers will become embarrassing to those making the most preposterous pronouncements. This includes practically the entire Democrat Party (and their Jurassic Media wing) – as well as the Republican establishment and their out of touch media wing.

Having said that, the most absurd of all the Cruz panning is coming from other Republicans – the idea that we’ve tried a first term Senator, and that didn’t work (Obama).

Really? Is that the best ya got?

Is Obama’s problem that he’s a one term Senator? If so, that means Obama’s problem is that he simply hasn’t the executive experience to get his wonderful agenda passed and implemented. Do you Peggy dear, and wheels Krauthammer, really believe this?

Frankly, Obama has been astonishingly successful in getting his agenda forced on us. His lack of experience hasn’t hurt him a damned bit.  So, why is this:

Easy. The Presidency is not an executive administration position. Perhaps it has been in the past, but those years are long long gone. The Presidency is a vision position, a direction setting agenda, a big picture bully pulpit positioAs Mark Levin said, elect a visionary and “let him hire the managers.” So Peg, Chaz – get out of your little beltway/Manahattan comfort zone and talk to some real people for a change.

Ted Cruz Makes Big Inroads into the Most Important Primary

by C. Edmund Wright on March 23, 2015

You can talk about the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire and South Carolina all you want – and those all are important – yet none of them is the most important primary on the Republican side.

No, the most critical Republican primary, at least for non-establishment candidates, is the Rush Limbaugh-Drudge Report-Breitbart-Mark Levin-Sean Hannity-Glenn Beck internet message board primary. For a conservative base candidate to win the nomination, he or she must carry most of the above precincts.

Now this is not to say that all, or any of the above, will endorse a candidate by name during the primary season. They probably will not. But they will all talk about, report on, interview and discuss what and who they like. And the some 30-40 million people who make up those combined audiences and readerships will be impacted and educated by these venues. They go to these shows and these websites specifically for opinion and news after all.

Thus it is critical to win this primary, because those are the voters who turn out for non-establishment candidates in primaries. They just are.

Consider: for the past six weeks, Scott Walker has dominated this primary. The Drudge Report has posted many very friendly headlines about Walker during this time, and talk radio – led by Limbaugh – has been recounting over and over how Walker defeated the liberals and the unions in Wisconsin.

As a result, he has skyrocketed up the polls, gotten unexpected fund raising traction, and has been drawing fire from panicked liberals from everywhere.  And why not? He has beaten them at every turn. It appears he will be formidable for the long run, and as such, he has been aggressively vetted by some on the right as well. The take away is, his dominance of the Rush-Drudge-et al universe was a tremendous launching pad for him. It was almost overnight.

And going back to the cycle of 2007-2008, during the two stretches of that cycle where Newt Gingrich clearly won this universe, he was way ahead in the polls and did in fact win South Carolina in a high turn out rout. Newt did this by attacking Obama, judges, academics, unions and the media relentlessly in debate while praising other Republicans. For some strange reason, he abandoned that strategy totally in Florida, and promptly imploded. He immediately lost the talk radio-internet universe, and became irrelevant. It was over at that point.

Thus, this “primary” matters. A lot. Jeb might be able to win without it (though I doubt it), but no one else can.

And there was a shift in this realm on Monday as Ted Cruz announced his candidacy at Liberty University. Nobody said anything negative about Walker, but the talk of the internet and talk radio was about how impressive Cruz was, and how the liberal media was going bananas over him, and how finally there was someone articulating what we believe and doing so fearlessly and very well. Rush said it was dazzling and “scared the heck out of the left.”

Cruz definitely started to make big inroads in this unofficial primary on this day.

Which of course makes sense. Of all the potential candidates out there, Cruz -through my observation –  is probably the most ideologically simpatico with, say Rush, Levin and the other talkers. More to the point, he is perhaps more in step with the listeners and readers of these venues than any other candidate.  And many of these voters will no doubt rally around Cruz’ fearlessness as well.

Conservatism matters, but so does tone. This universe is not the least bit interested in some doddering old fool telling us we have “nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency” the way McCain did in 2008 – nor is there any appetite for someone who’s going to call the Democrats “nice guys who are simply over their heads” the way Mitt Romney’s catastrophic campaign did.

Conservatism, well articulated and without apology, will attract a huge following. It’s the unpolled craving that is out there. Certainly there is no slam dunk in politics, especially at this extremely early stage. However, I think it’s a pretty safe bet that Cruz’ message will continue to resonate, and that he too will enjoy a tremendous boost from talk radio and the internet. The Rush-Drudge et al primary: you must win this, or at least a big slice of it, as a conservative to have a chance.

And for a domain where the ability to defend and promote conservatism off the cuff  and without notes is paramount, Cruz’ ability to do just that will be important and score big points for him.

 

Starbucks Preposterous Campaign: CEO of a lily white company preaches to us about our racism…..

March 19, 2015

It is one of the most astonishingly misguided decisions any big time CEO has ever made – the decision by Starbucks to run their #RaceTogether campaign – on Twitter and in their stores. In rolling out the campaign, Starbucks indicated on Twitter than there isn’t enough discussion about race. WHAT PLANET are they on? Oh, […]

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What is Jeb Bush Babbling About on Common Core?

March 14, 2015

Jeb Bush and his supporters in the Republican establishment would have us believe that the former Florida governor is the most accomplished, intelligent and reasonable man available to run for President on the Republican ticket. He is somewhat accomplished as governor of the very difficult state to govern Florida, and I suppose in a way […]

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Michelle Malkin and Melissa Klein: A Tale of 2 Obama Care Horrors

March 11, 2015

Perusing the web today was interesting – as articles from different sources that I happened to read back to back – demonstrated the IRS related bureaucratic hell that is Obama Care. Why, how, etc, this is a surprise to anyone is beyond me. We do suffer so at the hands of the low information voter, […]

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Erickson at Red State calls out GOP leaders for confusing strategy with tactics – a point from my book

March 10, 2015

Erick Erickson has a piece at Red State today outlining the latest example of Republican leaders lacking a long term strategy – favoring instead a short term tactic just to keep from being yelled at. Erickson is right – and this is one of the main points I made in the 2013 book WTF? How […]

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Debating Limousine Liberal Charles Krauthammer on the dollar a gallon gas tax idea.

January 10, 2015

Charles Krauthammer does not drive himself, which is understandable due to his physical condition. He also lives inside the cloistered beltway, for which he can also be forgiven, given that he works for Fox News in the Washington. Moreover, he supported Walter Mondale against Ronald Reagan – and while we may forgive that – I […]

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Jurassic Media Desperate for GOP to nominate Jeb: The psy-ops is underway

December 29, 2014

There’s been a pretty obvious trend in the Jurassic media over the past couple of weeks – a movement to contrive this wave of support for Jeb Bush as the Republican Presidential nominee for 2016. Why not? The mainstream media is simply an arm of the Democrat Party – and the Democrats (though not the […]

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