Florida Gators to enter spring practice without nine players – ESPN

Florida coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday said the Gators will open spring practice March 19 with nine players out due to injury, including three starters.

Florida Gators to enter spring practice without nine players – ESPN.

Muschamp can’t catch a break.  I don’t know what his coaching would be like if he actually had his starters playing.  So far, he hasn’t had a real opportunity to show what he can do.  I suspect that even if it’s not his fault, he may be out after next season if he doesn’t get some good quality wins and a lot of them.

Putin speaks with Merkel, Cameron as Crimea crisis mounts – CNN.com

In separate phone calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, Putin underlined “steps being taken by Crimea’s legitimate authorities … being based on international law on behalf of the interests of the population there,” according to a Kremlin statement. Putin also said new Ukrainian authorities were doing nothing “to curb ultra-nationalist and radical forces committing outrages” in Kiev and other regions.

Putin speaks with Merkel, Cameron as Crimea crisis mounts – CNN.com.

You know, this sounds awfully familiar for some reason.  That reason would be this.

You are always hearing about how this and that sounds a lot like Hitler.  Well if you know the true history like you can get from this book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich“, you will know that a lot of it isn’t true.  In this case, however, it sounds exactly like Hitler did before and after going into Austria and many other nations  near Germany where he claimed that atrocities toward Germans were happening and had to be stopped.  Hillary Clinton recently was scolded for making this connection but it does show that she knows her history.  In this case at least.

I’m not sure what Putin is up to exactly, other than protecting his own country’s interests in this case.  For years I’ve warned about his attitude being a threat and this is just one more confirmation of that fact.  He is from the old school KGB.  The government is good, everything else is secondary.  Many people still don’t believe that he’s trying to rebuild the Soviet empire, but I’m not so sure.  His military puts on a good show, but they really aren’t as viable as they would have you think.  They have had as many recent failures as successes, but do continue to beat down descent amongst their people at Putin’s orders.

The lack of respect for American power displayed by Putin is a direct result of President Obama wanting to make America seem weak to the world to gain favor.  Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t understand the world very well.  He certainly doesn’t understand the Putins of the world who believe that displays of power that go unchecked further strengthen their position.  Having the natural resources that Russia does also influences their power and wielding this power in their own neighborhood is something that Putin is getting more flagrant about. He knows that many of the eastern block countries that were formerly a part of the Soviet Union can’t make it without oil and gas supplied to them from Russia.  This presents them with much the same problem that we have with the middle east.

If America is to remain relevant and more importantly secure, we have to continue to be a power not to be taken lightly.  When you weaken yourself to make others feel more secure and try to gain their friendship this way, you also look weak to those who are looking to take over your big brother role in the world.  Make no mistake, America can hold her own militarily against anyone. As long as the world knows this, they are less likely to try to really do anything to hurt you directly.  Of course, countries like Iran will blow smoke and yell that they will destroy you, but they are only trying to gain notoriety for taking on the big guy while knowing the truth of their position.  How you react to these types of threats is what really shows the world who you are and unfortunately at present, our president has shown he’s more interested in being popular than doing what’s best for America.

First on CNN–Confidant’s diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge’ – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs

First on CNN–Confidant’s diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge’ – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs.

As far back as 1994, Hillary was putting together her revenge list of those who she would want to get revenge on.  What kind of person does that?  This woman is very likely going to be our next president and she has a decades long list of people that she wants revenge on. What a mess this country is in…

Coin » Use One Coin for All of Your Cards

Coin » Use One Coin for All of Your Cards.

This looks interesting but if you read the fine print it says that if your information is stolen from Coin somehow then you are solely responsible. If you are using your actual card then the terms will be whatever they are with the card issuer. Since you effectively made a copy of your card and put it into this device, you aren’t covered the same way and might have to pay up if someone gets your information from this device. It looks like a great idea, but until the card issuers catch up and cover this device like your card I wouldn’t use it.

’2016: Obama’s America’ Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws – The Hollywood Reporter

“When American citizens begin to suspect that people are being arrested for alleged minor violations because of their vocal dissent against their elected representatives or rulers, it breeds disrespect and contempt for the law and suspicion of those officials.

via ’2016: Obama’s America’ Filmmaker Indicted for Violating Campaign Finance Laws – The Hollywood Reporter.

‘I’ve got a pen’: Obama raises hackles with executive actions | Fox News

“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone — and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward,” Obama said. He suggested he could use his phone to try and bring people together.

via ‘I’ve got a pen’: Obama raises hackles with executive actions | Fox News.

If this had been done 30 years ago it would have been the end of a presidency.  These days it’s seen as just another over reach that no one is willing to really do anything about.  Congress will talk big, but in the end unless they threaten to remove him for overstepping his powers and essentially becoming a dictator he will continue to dictate his policy with his pen.

New Jersey mayor claims Chris Christie held Hurricane Sandy aid ‘hostage’ in diary entries – NY Daily News

“Embarrassed to say — but I found myself breaking down last night on the plane,” she wrote, saying that in addition to being upset about her father, “I was emotional about Governor Christie. I thought he was honest. I thought he was moral. I thought he was something different. This week I found out he’s cut from the same corrupt cloth that I have been fighting for the last four years. I am so disappointed — it literally brings tears to my eyes.”

via New Jersey mayor claims Chris Christie held Hurricane Sandy aid ‘hostage’ in diary entries – NY Daily News.

Hearfelt or political grandstanding?  Impossible to know for sure.  There seems to be some fact to Christie’s political pressure on this and the lane blockage but is it a pattern or a setup?  It’s so difficult to know fact from fantasy.  Politicians make all kinds of deals to get the things done that they want done, but when you get to situations like this it seems that it’s more like the mafia than trying to get things done.

I thought Christie was a breath of fresh air in politics, but depending on the outcome of this, he may be just another power hungry asshole trying to look like a friend of the people.