Monday, September 26, 2016

"Delete It"

Although it's been around for a month, I just ran across this today.  This little ditty, entitled Delete It, is a parody of Beat It by Michael Jackson, and was put on YouTube by Demand The Outdoors.

You can also watch the video on YouTube.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer 1929-2016

Earlier today, golf legend Arnold Palmer passed away at the age of 87 in the UPMC Shadyside hospital in Pittsburgh, reportedly from complications due to heart problems.

Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and learned gold from his father, a professional greenskeeper.  He entered Wake Forest on a golf scholarship, but left school during his senior year after his friend and teammate Bud Worsham died in a traffic accident.  He enlisted in the Coast Guard for three years.  He returned to golf, winning the Ohio Amateur in 1953 and 1954, and the U.S. Amateur in 1954.  In 1955, he turned pro and achieved his first win in the Canadian Open.  He would eventually win 62 PGA tournaments (fifth all-time), including 7 majors.

Palmer was also an avid pilot, logging almost 20,000 flight hours.  He was married to the former Winifred "Winnie" Walzer, from 1954 until her death in 1999.  In 2005, he married Kathleen Gawthrop, who now survives him.

Read more at Golf Week, Golf, Golf Digest, CBS Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

New Jersey Runners Run In New York

Runners who had signed up for the cancelled Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, which was cancelled due to a terrorist bombing, took part in the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers run in New York City.  The race commemorates a New York fireman who ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to reach the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.

As noted five days ago in the Asbury Park Press, the Seaside park racers were allowed to take part in the New York race for no fee.

Read the full story at NorthJersey(dot)com, NBC New York and Newsday.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Obama Vetoes 9/11 Bill

Today President Obama vetoed a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, to determine if that country was liable for supporting the terrorists who carried out the attacks.  The bill was passed overwhelmingly in both houses of Congress, where leaders of both parties have stated their intentions to hold an override vote.  Overriding a presidential veto requires a 2/3 votes in favor of the bill, in both houses.

Read more at The Hill, NBC News, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera and BBC News.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Links

Some things in the news:

From Tulsa World, PCP was found in the car of a man fatally shot by police in Tulsa.

From the Daily Mail, Anthony Weiner's latest sexcapade allegedly involves a 15-year-old girl.

From The Huffington Post, scientists believe they know how Pluto got its heart-shaped region.

From The Politistick, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacts to President Obama's recent speech at the U.N.

From PoliZette, an opinion that an inaccurate Tweet by Hillary Clinton might have contributed to the unrest in Charlotte, NC.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Hillary's husband was paid $260,000 for a speech by a trade group that would benefit from the Clinton Foundation.  (Isn't it interesting how the "spread the wealth around" and "stop income inequality" factions of the left don't seem to have much to say about the Clintons?  Or did I miss it when they did?)

From The Guardian, the U.K. economy is doing quite well in spite of all those dire post-Brexit predictions.

From the Express, protesters call Sharia courts in the U.K. "discriminatory".

From USA Today, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani calls President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton "derelict" in the fight against terror.

From National Review, Jonah Goldberg explains how Obama's "trolling" helped fuel the political rise of Donald Trump (R-NY).

From The Jerusalem Post, schools have been evacuated in Prince Edward Island, Canada due to a "potential threat".

From Fox News, a cafeteria worker at a Pennsylvania school quits over a "lunch shaming" policy.

From the Mirror, ISIS executes six boys with welding rods.

From Philly(dot)com, a woman in Philadelphia admits planning to abandon her kids and join ISIS.

From FrontpageMag, Milo Yiannopoulos explains the alt-right.

From Breitbart London, the Hungarian government calls London and other cities "no-go" zones.

From Russia Today, in Syria, a U.S. coalition Predator drone was spotted near a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked.

And from The Washington Post, a Falls Church, Virginia man was a little hard on the beaver.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More Information Emerges About Rahami - And His Family

In the case of Ahmad Kahn Rahami, suspected of being involved in the New York and New Jersey bombings, two more developments were brought to light earlier today.

From The New York Times, Rahami's father told police that Rahami might be involved in terrorism, two years ago.

And from the Daily News, Rahami's wife and mother left the United States "just days before" the two attacks.

Monday, September 19, 2016

In New York, Bystander Helps First Responders

This guy gets my vote for coolest dude in New York City, for giving several bags full of coffee and other goodies to first responders at the site of the explosion in Chelsea.  Due to the width of the video, I can't easily embed it here, but you can go to the New York Post and watch it there.

If you know about anyone else who similarly made Saturday evening just a little bit easier for the NYPD, NYFD or EMTs, please let the world know.

More Bombs Found, Suspect Identified

Early this morning, five pipe bombs were found in a backpack left on a trash can in the Elizabeth, New Jersey railroad station.  One of them exploded when police tried to disarm it using a robot.

In other news, five people were arrested in connection with the bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York city.  Another suspect, identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, is still at large.  Rahami was born in Afghanistan, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen residing in New Jersey.

Read more at The New York Times, New York Mag, NBC News, Russia Today and The Sun.

UPDATE:  Rahami has been captured, as reported by ABC7NY.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Explosion In New York City Injures Dozens

In the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, at around 8:30 p.m. this evening, an explosion took place reportedly inside a dumpster, which blew out windows in a nearby building that houses a facility for services for the blind.  Two cars also had their back windows blown out.  A reported 26 people were injured, with one seriously injured.

Although police have not said definitely that the explosion originated in the dumpster, it appears to be similar to an earlier incident in New Jersey, in which a bomb went off in a garbage can.  There is no indication as of this posting that the two events are in any way related.

Read more at ABC7NY, NBC New York, PIX11 and the New York Post.

UPDATE:  The total number of injured people is now reported to be 29.  The bombing has been called "intentional".  A second unexploded device has been discovered.  NBC New York has changed the url to their story, so I have edited the link accordingly.

In New Jersey, Pipe Bomb Explodes In Garbage Can

In Seaside Park, New Jersey, a reported pipe bomb exploded inside a garbage can along the route of the Seaside Park Semper Five 5K Charity Run, resulting in the cancellation of the race.  The nearby area was placed under lockdown, with some homes being evacuated.  The town's beach and boardwalk were also evacuated.  Other devices were found in the garbage can, but had not detonated.  No injuries have been reported.

Read more at PIX11, CBS New York, CNN, Philly(dot)com and NJ(dot)com.