Saturday, April 18, 2015

Oklahoma To Have Asphyxiation As Backup Execution Method

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) has signed legislation that makes nitrogen-induced hypoxia the main backup method of execution, if the state's primary method, lethal injection, cannot be used.  Under this method, a variety of inert gas asphyxiation, a condemned prisoner is made to breath nitrogen gas, which contains little or no oxygen, causing the prisoner to lose consciousness.  While supporters of the law claim that this method is quick and painless, it has never been used to execute anyone.  The state's other backup execution methods, the electric chair and firing squad, remain available.

Read more at The Washington Post, CNN, The Guardian, UPI and the Tulsa World.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Music Break

Since I didn't put up a music post last month, I'd better do one this month.  These are mostly obscure songs, but one is very well known, and I'd even say obvious.

In the tradition of "ladies first", the opening song is by the all-female group Fanny, consisting of June Millington (guitar), Jean Millington (bass), Nickey Barclay (keyboards) and Alice de Buhr (drums).  All contributed vocals to some extent.  On this live version of Blind Alley, recorded for the German TV show Beat Club, Barclay sings lead and moves (literally) between the piano and the organ.  The Millington sisters were born in the Philippines, but with their family immigrated to California.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton Appears To Use Handicapped Parking Space

Tweeted to my attention by Gulf Dogs:

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently arrived in Council Bluffs, Iowa for a meeting with some local Democratic Party leaders.  As noticed by Bizpac Review, when she walked back to her "Scooby" van, it was parked in a handicapped space, as shown in a video put out by KETV.  If you watch the video, at about the 28 second mark, you'll see the "reserved parking" sign.  You'll have to be patient, because there is an ad before the actual video of Hillary's brief appearance.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Follow Up: Man Lands Copter At Capitol

More has come out on the landing of a small helicopter, called a gyrocopter, near the Capitol this afternoon, which I added as an update to my links post earlier today.  From the New York Post:
A Florida mailman delivered a bizarre message to DC lawmakers by landing his tiny gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the US Capitol, prompting a temporary lockdown, according to reports.
The looney aviator – who was promptly arrested by Capitol Police – was not immediately identified by authorities. But the Tampa Bay Times said it was Dough Hughes, 61, a Ruskin native who had been planning a protest flight that would violate the highly protected airspace.
The Post also includes the following video, made by a witness and shown by the Associated Press.


Read the full story.

Links For Tax Day

Yes, folks, that day has come.  So if you already haven't done so, get those forms in the mail, or send them off electronically, or get whatever method you use done.  Besides taxes, here's what else is going on:

From MyFoxChicago, vacationing in Europe is getting cheaper for Americans, due to the Euro's drop in value.

From The Washington Free Beacon, a video of David Ignatius saying that the White House left Secretary of State Kerry like a "breached whale" after the deal with Iran, and China has agreed to help Iran build five nuclear power plants.

From Wise Conservatism, Americans aren't thinking any more.

From France24, Americans in Yemen are fleeing on ships to Djibouti.

From The Washington Times, the GOP presidential candidates are "all losers", says the man with one eye.

From UPI, a candlelight vigil is held to commemorate the death of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.

From Fox News, the caretakers of Lincoln's tomb face budget cuts and criticism from National Geographic.

From CNN, former football player Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of first degree murder.
UPDATE:  The story now indicates that he has been sentenced to life without parole.

From CNET, the European anti-trust regulator has accused Google of abusing search-engine dominance.

From American Thinker, the Louisiana executive director of the ACLU thinks that the proposed "Marriage and Conscience Act" could allow men to beat their wives.  (There is indeed a religion that under some circumstances, permits wive-beating.)

From Zero Hedge, Bank of America's revenue drops.

From Reuters, the price of crude oil increases due to Middle East tension and an expected drop in U.S. production, but the increase is checked by an IEA report suggesting that supplies may tighten later than previously expected.

From The Guardian, four people were arrested at Manchester (U.K.) airport for allegedly attempting to enter Syria.

From The Big Story at AP, according to Israeli researchers, attacks against Jews increased 38% in 2014.  (via Truth Revolt)

Also from The Big Story, the wife of former L.A. Clippers owned Don Sterling has won a lawsuit against his old girlfriend.  (via Uproxx)

And from GayPatriot, a little tax day humor.

UPDATE:  Here's one more.  From WJLA, a small helicopter lands on the west side of the Capitol.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Obama Asks Congress To Remove Cuba From Terror List

President Obama has asked Congress to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, on which Cuba was placed in 1982.  The list also currently includes Iran, Sudan and Syria.  In a message to Congress, the president stated that Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the preceding six months.

Read more at CNN, Yahoo News, The New York Times, BBC News and Russia Today.

Hillary Clinton In The News

Now that Hillary Clinton is officially running for her husband's old office, she's going to be in the news even more than she's already been in the news.  Here are a few recent items:

From former Ambassador John Bolton's Super Pac, "Hillary's Top Five Foreign Policy Failures".

In a video from Fox News, Cal Thomas gives us his take on Hillary's attempt to reinvent herself.

From The Washington Free Beacon, a video record of Hillary's untrustworthy statements.

From NewsBusters, an Iowa man appearing in shown in a Hillary Clinton campaign video is not merely a Democratic voter, but a politician who ran for office.

And from Yahoo News, Hillary attacks CEO pay.  (Hmmm, how much does she make per speech these days?)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Announces His Candidacy

I guess that one toss of a hat into the ring deserves another.  Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has reportedly told his supporters that he plans to run for president, and is expected to make a formal announcement this evening.  Rubio was elected Senator in 2010.

Read more at CNN, The New York Times, the Tampa Bay Times, USA Today and CBS News.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hillary Clinton Announces Her Candidacy

As expected, former First Lady, Senator (D-NY) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that she is running for president.  She ran for her party's nomination in 2008, but lost to then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), but later served in his cabinet.  She has recently faced some controversy for using a private email server for her work at the State Department.

Read more at CNN, The Guardian, the Epoch Times, the New York Post and The New York Times.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Man Commits Suicide Near Capitol

This afternoon, not longer after 1:00 p.m., a man committed suicide by shooting himself on the west front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in front of dozens of people.  As a result, the Capitol went into lockdown.  The man had no weapons other than his gun, but carried a sign with a message about "social justice" and the "1%".