Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday Links

As the first weekend of the NCAA football season gets underway (which actually started with a few games yesterday), here are some other things going on out there:

From FrontpageMag, what's really going on with the Syrian refugee crisis.

From the New York Post, Kansas University has lifted their lockdown after reports of a possible gunman on campus.

From LifeNews, an abortionist conducted research on the brains of aborted babies who had Down syndrome.  (If a baby has Down syndrome but the mother doesn't, wouldn't that imply that before birth the baby is not part of the mother's body?)

From the New York Daily News, shoe thieves are apprehended after posting pics of themselves with the goods on Facebook.

From Vermont Watchdog, the state of Vermont (or as I call it, the other VT), long known for its lack of billboards, has more recently been experiencing solar sprawl.

From CNN, a report on the Boeing 777-9X, which has folding wingtips.

From Fox News, the Chinese warships sailing near Alaska earlier this week reportedly came within 12 miles of the coast, thus entering U.S. waters.

From the Daily Mail, New York City has 80 encampments for the homeless.  (via End Times Headlines, and H/T Kristy Lonestar for Tweeting this)

From NBC Chicago, this month's upcoming lunar eclipse will be a supermoon.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an 11-year-old boy fatally shoots a 16-year-old allegedly invading his home.

From the Washington Post, a look at who led on September 4 of the respective year preceding the past few presidential elections.

From Wired, the latest Transporter movie has a different leading actor than the previous three.

From ABC News, the Spanish prime minister calls the migration Europe's "top challenge".

From Deutsch Welle, the UN calls for the EU to accept as many as 200,000 refugees.  Poland says stop the illegal migration.  (via Refugee Settlement Watch).

From FiveThirtyEight, today's Significant Digits.

From CNS News, while the unemployment rate decreases, the participation rate stays at a record low for the third straight month.

From Townhall, a report in President Obama's "Alaska Global Warming Field Trip".

And from Reboot Illinois, cartoonist Scott Stantis takes a swipe at Chicago Mayor (and Obama friend) Rahm Emanuel (D).

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Columcille Megalith Park is located in eastern Pennsylvania a few miles north of Bangor, and is inspired by the Scottish island of Iona, where an Irish monk named Columba established a monastery.  In Irish, his name was Colum Cille, from which the park gets its name.  Columcille is privately owned, but open to the public.  There is no admission charge, but the park has several places where donations may be left.  Walking in from the small roadside parking area, I could see these stones and a circular tower.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Renaming Mount McKinley Shows Obama's Inconsistency

As President Obama flies off to Alaska, an editorial in the Washington Examiner notes his inconsistency when it comes to honoring local wishes.  In changing the name of Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, back to the native Denali, Obama gave many Alaskans something they have been seeking for several decades.  But as the editorial points out, he and his administration have not always been so respectful toward the locals.
If Obama would go this far to honor local wishes — stripping honor from a war hero and predecessor who was murdered in office — perhaps he could consider honoring those wishes when there are matters of actual substance at stake. For example, Alaskans have unsuccessfully sought for decades to exploit certain oil resources that exist in their state.
Read the full article.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Obama To Appear On Survival Expert's Show

During his upcoming visit to Alaska, President Obama will join survival expert Bear Grylls on an episode of his show Running Wild With Bear Grylls.  Grylls has been a member of the British special forces and had an earlier show named Man v. Wild.  If anyone has recently told Obama to take a hike, it appears that he intends to do exactly that.  Although I've never a fan of Obama, I hope that Grylls is the only bear that he runs into.

Read more at CNN, BBC News, USA Today and Variety.

UPDATE:  From Twitchy, PETA gives their reaction.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Links

Some things going on out there:

From CNN, New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie (R) promises that as president, he will "track undocumented immigrants like FedEx packages".  This begs several questions.  In order to start such tracking, don't we have to first find them, which according to some people, can't be done for all 11 million of them?  And if we can find them, wouldn't this enable us to deport them?

From Breitbart Texas, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman addresses the #BlackLivesMatter "rhetoric".

From Reuters, Sheriff Hickman states that Deputy Darren Goforth was "killed because of [his] uniform".

From Independent Journal Review, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke accuses President Obama of starting a "war on police".

From the Chicago Sun-Times, General Mills announces its goals for cutting greenhouse gases.

From Arkansas Online, the University of Texas has removed its statue of Jefferson Davis from its place near the university's clock tower.

From The Sun, a British MI6 spy who was found dead five year ago had hacked into data on former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

From The Weather Channel, in a historical rarity, there are three Pacific hurricanes now in category 4.  (via End Time Headlines)

From US of Arn, Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) faults Senator Dick Durban (D-IL) for supporting the Iran nuke deal.

From WQAD, a small plane crashes near Kewanee, Illinois.

From Middle East Online, for the first time ever, woman in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote in local elections.

From the Chicago Tribune, Wisconsin Governor and presidential candidate Scott Walker (R) thinks that putting a wall on the U.S.-Canada border "merits further review".

From Fox News, some Appalachian Trail hikers have been "behaving badly".  (Having hiked all of the Maryland part of the trail, and a few miles into both Pennsylvania and West Virginia, I naturally find this news rather disconcerting.)

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, hundreds mourn for a 9-year-old girl killed in Ferguson, Mo.  (via ABC News)

And from the New York Post, a resident of the Hamptons, a very rich and very leftwing area of Long Island, has had to take extraordinary measures to protect his "Hillary For Prison" signs.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Migrants In Europe Helped By Smartphones

Here's an interesting story about the migrants traveling in Europe that came out in The New York Times three days ago, and was picked up by VDare a day later.  From the Times:
The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone charging station.
Among other things, the smartphones help them connect with traffickers.  Also from the Times:
On the Arabic-language Facebook group Trafficking to Europe, one trafficker offers a 50 percent discount for children under 5. The 1,700 euro price of the journey from Istanbul to Thessaloniki, Greece, about $1,900, includes travel by car to and from each side of the border with a two-hour walk across.
Not only is a lot of illegal immigration going on, but there appears to be a pretty sophisticated network ready to support it, or at least make money off it.  So much for the stereotype of such migrants being poor or fleeing poverty.  Read the full story.

Migrants Die In Separate Incidents

Some of the invaders migrants trying to reach Europe or travel between its countries have seen their travels come to a grim end.

From BBC News, two boats carrying a total of about 500 people capsized near Libya.  So far, 82 of them have been reported dead, with around another 200 still missing.

From AOL, 71 migrants appear to have suffocated in a refrigerated truck abandoned on a highway in Austria.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Virginia Journalists Killed During Broadcast

Two journalists in Virginia were shot and killed while they were conducting an on-air interview this morning around 6:45 a.m. at Bridgewater Plaza in the town of Moneta.  Reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward were employees of WDBJ, based in Roanoke.

I first learned about this horror at Hot Air, who provide links to WSLS and WDBJ.  You can also read more at The Epoch Times.

UPDATE:  The person being interviewed, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was also shot and hospitalized.  The suspect, identified as Vester Flanigan, shot himself near mile marker 17 on Interstate 66, and is reported to be in critical condition.  This would mean that he fled about 150 miles to the northeast after the shooting in Moneta.

UPDATE 2:  Hot Air has now linked a live blog by The Washington Post.  According to an entry timed at 1:58 p.m., the suspected shooter has been pronounced dead.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Sights In Western Colorado

To conclude my most recent travelogue, I have a few pictures from places in Colorado where I made a brief stop.  In Fruita, there is a welcome center just off exit 19 from Interstate 70.  Across a parking lot from the welcome center is the Western Slope Vietnam Memorial Park, which is easily spotted because of its mounted Army helicopter.
More on this memorial may be found at Pauahtun and Roadside America.

Crayfish Species Named After Edward Snowden

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who might be a hero, freedom fighter or traitor depending on whom you talk to, has been given a new namesake, a species of crayfish native to the Indonesian part of New Guinea, the Cherax snowden.  Specimens of this animal have previously been mistaken for members of another crayfish species.  The crayfish has a dark blue body with orange on parts of its extremities, and thus does not physically resemble Snowden.  Whether any have been found leaking secrets has not been reported.

Read more at Sci-News, UPI, The Washington Post and Time.