Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sports Announcer Pulled Because Of His Name

This post is about political correctness devolving into inanity.  According to Outkick The Coverage, MSESPN has removed one of their announcers for the upcoming football game between William & Mary and the University of Virginia because they think that his name will offend somebody.  That's right, his freaking name.  From OTK:
In a story that seems made for The Onion, but is actually true, according to multiple Outkick fans inside ESPN MSESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having an ASIAN FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER NAMED ROBERT LEE would be offensive to some viewers.
Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?
Is this even real life anymore? This might even be worse than MSESPN apologizing for the fantasy football slave draft a couple of weeks ago.
A fantasy slave draft?  Thankfully, I missed that one.  But seriously, anyone who is stupid enough to be offended by this man's name because it coincidentally resembles that of the Civil War general can go fly a kite, as far as I'm concerned.  Read the story at the above link, and also check out the reaction on Twitchy.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Eclipse Of 2017

As the noted British astronomer Roger Waters once said, "Everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."  Today, I got to experience that last line from the Pink Floyd song Eclipse first hand.  It took me two days of travelling, including a stay at my mother's house in west central Virginia, but I was able to make my way to my intended destination within the path of totality.  In Tennessee, there is a small city named Philadelphia, which includes a community park near its eastern boundary.  Since I had stayed in Knoxville, my drive to the park was relatively short.  Although I arrived shortly after 11 a.m., there were at least a dozen cars in the parking lot, and dozens of people already in the park.  Looking at their license plates, I'd say that some of these people had driven from much farther away than myself.

Jerry Lewis 1926-2017

[Note:  I would have liked to have posted this yesterday evening, but the wifi in the place I'm staying in was not working very well.  Conditions seem better today, so let me try again before I check out.]

Jerry Lewis, who had a long career as an actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter and humanitarian, passed away yesterday at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91 after a brief illness.

Joseph Levitch was born in Newark, New Jersey to Russian Jewish parents.  His father, Daniel Levitch, was an entertainer who used the name Danny Lewis.  His mother, the former Rachel Brodsky, was a piano player at a radio station.  As started his comedy career, Lewis decide to use Jerry as his stage name, to avoid confusion with boxer Joe Lewis and comedian Joe E. Lewis.  From 1946 to 1956, Lewis formed a comedy team with Dean Martin, who acted as a straight man.  Afterwards, he appeared in a long list of movies, most recently Max Rose in 2016.  Lewis hosted telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1952 to 1959, and again from 1966 to 2010.

Lewis was married twice, first to Patti Palmer and later to SanDee Pitnick.  He and Palmer had six children, one of whom was adopted.  With Pitnick, he adopted a daughter.  His oldest son, Gary Lewis, became the leader of a pop group called Gary Lewis & the Playboys.  During his life, Lewis suffered a series of health problems, including two heart attacks, and recently had a urinary tract infection.  The cause of his death appears as yet unreported.

Read more at Variety, Vanity Fair, CNN, The Hollywood Reporter and E!News.

UPDATE:  The cause of death is reported to be heart failure, as indicated by TMZ.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Links

As the weekend starts and I prepare for some travelling to see the upcoming eclipse, here are some things going on:

From ABC News, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has resigned.

From The Mirror, an "Allahu akbar" breaks out in Turku, Finland.

From Breitbart London, the Barcelona attackers could have killed many more if their original plans had come to fruition.

From BBC News, "bigger" attacks were planned.

From the NL Times, a Dutch girl had both legs broken in the Barcelona attack.

From Townhall, one American was killed in the Barcelona attack.

From Russia Today, opposing demonstrators clash in Barcelona.

From Yahoo News, Gambrils, Spain "emerges from a terrifying night".

From the Express, a majority of polled Europeans think that their national governments should be able to refuse the dictates of the European Union.

From National Review, being less evil than the Klan or the Nazis doesn't make you good.

From BizPac Review, Sir Charles has something to say about tearing down statues.

From the Washington Examiner, six "bogus" arguments against the RAISE act.

From the Los Angeles Times, would banning neo-nazi websites raise free speech issues?

From the Cumnock Chronicle, a timeline of terror in Europe.

From the Daily Star, a knife attacker is on the loose in Germany.

From Gatestone Institute, is an intolerant culture replacing a tolerant one?

From The Federalist, vandals in Chicago burn a bust of Lincoln.

From The Baltimore Sun, watch the statue of SCOTUS Justice Roger Taney being removed from the Maryland State House.  (via The Daily Caller)

From Fox News, thousands petition for Lehigh University to withdraw President Trump's honorary degree.

And from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chief Wanna Dubie RIP.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Van Hits Pedestrians In Spain

Earlier today, a van was driven into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain.  In other words, there has been yet another run-over-the-pedestrians style terror attack.   Authorities say the one person was killed, but local media outlets report that 13 people have died.  The driver and possibly another man, both of whom may be armed, reportedly left the van and holed themselves up in a restaurant.

Read more at The Guardian, BBC News, CBS News, the Independent and the Daily Mail.

UPDATE:  Read still more at The Local ES.

UPDATE 2:  The previously reported number of 13 killed has been confirmed by law enforcement.  A man named Driss Oukabir, described as being of Moroccan origin, has been arrested in relation to the attack.  A second suspect was killed at a police checkpoint.  A second van thought to be connected to the attack has been found in the Catalonian town of Vic.

UPDATE 3:  Four suspects have been killed by police in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, as reported by Russia Today.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Migrants, Memorials And Muslims, Oh My

Some news out there about some specific topics:

From Breitbart London, invaders migrants have found another way into Europe, via the Black Sea.

From Westmonster, the number of migrants arriving in Spain has tripled since last year.

From Ekathimerini, they're still coming into Greece.

From Global News, some migrants from Haiti crossing from New York to Quebec, have allegedly brought some disgusting contraband.

From Fox News, the monuments at Gettysburg are not going anywhere.

From Breitbart's Big Government, if Democrats want to erase memorials to racism, here are twelve that they should remove; and demonstrators in Atlanta can't even properly identify a monument.

From CBS Chicago, a local pastor wants memorials to Presidents Washington and Jackson removed.

From Seattle Pi, Trump supporters in Seattle protest at a statue of Lenin.

From The Daily Caller, a defense of Robert E. Lee.

From Canada Free Press, the alt-left is as bad as the alt-right.

From the Associated Press, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing is being memorialized with a new park.

From Assyrian International News Agency, Iraq asks for international help to investigate crimes by ISIS.

From the Daily Mail, a Muslim convert in Australia claims that non-Muslims are smellier.

And from CNN, four people involved in the pulling down of a statue in Durham, North Carolina get to wear the bracelets.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alabama Primary Special Election Results

In the Alabama primary election for United States Senator, former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore garnered more votes than the current incumbent Luther Strange, who was appointed to replace current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but did not receive a majority of votes.  As a result, Moore and Strange will face each other in a runoff on September 26, for the Republican nomination.  Among the Democrats, Doug Jones easily surpassed 50 percent, and will thus face either Moore or Strange in the special general election on December 12.

Moore has gained some notoriety for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building.  Strange has received the endorsement of President Trump.

Read more at The New York Times, Fox News, AL(dot)com and ABC News.

Various And Sundry

Some various and sun-dried (and rain-moistened) things going on out there:

A computer glitch shuts down early boarding for Southwest Airlines passengers.

The wrong way to make a state.

Tiger Woods's drugs.

Senatorial candidate Roy Moore (R-AL) goes to the polls on horseback.

The vandals who pulled down the Confederate statue in Durham, NC might be facing charges.  (intermediate source)

The Alt-Right and Antifa movements grow with each other.

A Swiss hotel asks Jewish guests to shower before swimming.  (intermediate source)

Did ISIS find the hanging gardens of Babylon?

A doctor gives a woman an abortion drug by mistake.

Scientists create mutant ants.

Mexican drug cartel members burn the bodies of their rivals.

My governor calls for the removal of one particular statue.

In Georgia, a gubernatorial candidate calls for the removal of the carvings on Stone Mountain.

Where will the protesters show up next?

The Lincoln Memorial and other sites are vandalized.

And to finish, President Trump condemns the "alt-left" for their role in Charlottesville.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Protesters Topple Confederate Statue

Earlier this evening, a group of about 100 protesters gathered in front of a courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, and pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier.  Some of the vandals protesters placed a ladder next to the statue, which was on top of a pedestal.  One of them climbed the ladder and attached a rope, by which the statue was pulled down.  After the statue hit the ground, some protesters showed their bravery by kicking it and giving it the "we're no. 1" salute.

Read more, and watch the videos, at The Herald-Sun, WRAL, ABC11 and WNCN.

Monday Links

As the workweek starts, here are some things in the news, and some reaction to recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia:

From Philly(dot)com, President Trump, after a bit of delay, names names.

From FrontpageMag, here's how the left can stop the neo-nazis and similar groups.

From Townhall, "the Charlottesville dystopia".

From the Greek Reporter, human traffickers abandon migrants on a Greek island.

From the Assyrian International News Agency, Assyrian face their greatest challenge returning home to places liberated from ISIS.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, over 600,000 Syrians have returned home this year.

From Reuters, fraud against ISIS is still fraud.

From PoliZette, a liberal writer misses the good old days, when America had three news networks.  (Isn't missing the good old days something that conservatives are often accused of?)

From The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore city councilman call for the city to remove all of its Confederate-era monuments.

From PR Newswire, Feed a Bee announces an effort to plant wildflowers.

From BBC News, don't get drunk while on an airplane.

From LifeNews, the "top 10 reasons why it's good to be pro-life".

From the New York Post, a man gives a highly unlikely reason for his forklift rampage.

From The Daily Caller, white-on-black homicides are much more likely to be justified than those of other racial combinations.

From Kurdistan 24, a look at ISIS's prison system.  (H/T TROP)

From Egyptian Streets, the president Tunisia calls for allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.

From The Daily Mail, an Australian publisher decides against publishing a book critical of Islam.

From The Indian Express, pamphlets and WhatsApp messages calling for boycott of Muslims raise tensions in Narkhed, India.  (via The Express Tribune)

From The Hill, President Trump is "quietly" putting his stamp on the federal courts.

And from Voice Of America, five weird things you can visit in the United States.