Friday, September 30, 2016

Man Drives Into Potomac

White's Ferry is a ferry across the Potomac River.  The Maryland side is near the town of Dickerson.  This morning on the Maryland side, someone drove his car through a closed gate, onto the ferry, and then into the river.  The car was later recovered and the driver charged with DUI.  The ferry was closed for several hours.

Read more at NBC Washington, WTOP and The Washington Post.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yes, Virginia, There Is Voter Fraud

I must admit that this story gave me a bit of a scare, because my late father lived in Virginia.  Reading further, I realized that he was not affected, since he did not live in the city of Harrisonburg, where 19 people who are no longer with us were still somehow able to register to vote.

Read more at The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Congress Overrides Obama Veto Of JASTA

Today the Senate and House of Representatives both voted to override President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).  First, the Senate voted 97-1 in favor of the override.  The House the followed with a vote of 348-77 to override.  Both tallies were easily in excess of the 2/3 necessary to override a presidential veto.  This is the first time that Congress has overriden an Obama veto.

Harry Reid (D-NV) was the only Senator to vote to sustain the veto.  Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), the latter currently the Democrat nominee for Vice President, did not vote.

Read more at Real Clear Politics, the International Business Times, CNN Money, Politico and Russia Today.  (Yes, a Russian source has reported on this story.)

Shimon Peres 1923-2016

Shimon Peres, who had served as Israel's President and Prime Minister, has died at the age of 93 at the Sheba medical center near Tel Aviv.  He had suffered a stroke two weeks earlier.  His condition reportedly improved, but then suddenly deteriorated.

Szymon Perski was born in Wiszniew, Poland (now Vishnyeva, Belarus) to a timber merchant father and a librarian mother.  His father emigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1932, with the rest of the family following in 1934.  During the 1940's, he worked as a dairy farmer, shepherd and kibbutz secretary, and was also the secretary of a Labor Zionist movement.  He served in the Haganah (predecessor of the IDF) and later in several positions in the Ministry of Defense.  In 1959, he was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Mapai party.  He eventually severed in four different cabinet positions, twice as Prime Minister, and as President.

In 1945, Peres married Sonya Gelman, who had served as a truck driver in the British military during World War II.  She died of heart failure in 2011.  They had three children.

Read more at BBC News, The Guardian, The Times Of Israel, Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post.

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.