Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Car-And-Knife Terrorism In London

Today in London, two people were reportedly killed and about a dozen others injured when a car plowed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge and a policeman was stabbed near the Parliament building by an attacker who was then shot by other police.  Metropolitan Police are calling the attack a "terrorist incident".  The man with a knife had reportedly been seen leaving the car, and is described as "Asian", which in the United Kingdom often refers to people from the Indian subcontinent.

Whether the alleged knife attacker was the car's driver or a passenger has not been reported.  If he was the driver, this incident would be very similar to what happened on the Ohio State University campus, where a man ran into people with his car and then continued his attack with a knife, before he was shot by a cop.

Read more at The Telegraph, the Mirror, BBC News, the Independent and The New York Times.

UPDATE:  Some of the linked articles now report four dead and about 20 injured, and that a single assailant both drove the car and stabbed a policeman.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Links For Spring

As the Spring Solstice arrives, here are some things going on:

It's going to be warm and wet.

In Berlin, a man on a bike attacks women.

Tom Brady's stolen jerseys have been found.

But the question remains.  Who stole them?

Libya will help stop the migration - for a price.

Women's weightlifting is dominated by one of the Caitlyn type.

A teenager and teacher, before going missing, were allegedly seen kissing.

Watch out, world.  Here comes another Trump.

The president keeps on Tweeting.

Young ladies, some definitions, please.

Could the Trump Tower have been under surveillance, but without wiretapping?

Judge Gorsuch speaks before his confirmation hearing.

Gorsuch has some defenders.  (via here)

His main backer will stay out of the fray.

Of course, Democrats lose their minds over one quote.

Senator Feinstein says you can't change a "super-precedent".

According to one critic, the kung fu in Iron Fist isn't very good.

The European Parliament passes more gun control laws.

A "sanctuary county" releases more illegal aliens.

One critic of sanctuary policies wants their perpetrators prosecuted.

In Indonesia, masked enforcers carry out sharia punishments.

Here's yet one more "end of the world" prediction....well, sort of.

The Bixby voice assistant will soon be available on all Samsung devices.

Energy and bank stocks are going lower.

The former #1 golfer thinks he can come back.

And last but not least, five traditions for the start of spring.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry 1926-2017

Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, died at his home in St. Charles, Missouri today at the age of 90.  Police and medical personnel arrived at his home, but were unable to revive him.  The cause of his death, as far as I know, has not yet been reported.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis to a middle class black family.  His father Henry was a contractor and a Baptist deacon, while his mother Martha was a school principal.  While in high school, he was convicted of armed robbery, which resulted in his being sent to a reformatory until he turned 21.  He got married and worked in two automobile assembly factories and as a janitor, and eventually starting performing with some local bands in order to earn extra income.

In 1955, Berry signed with Chess Records, thus starting his long recording career.  He produced a series of hit records through the end of the 1950's, and opened a nightclub in St. Louis.  An arrest for transporting a teenage girl across state lines resulted in a 18-month prison term in 1962 and 1963, after which he resumed his music career.  In 1972, he released his only #1 single, My Ding-A-Ling, written by Dave Bartholomew.  He would afterwards record music less frequently, but numerous bands would cover many of his songs.  He continued performing up to 100 gigs per year, often getting paid in cash, which led to a conviction for under-reporting his income, resulting in a 4-month prison term in 1979.

Chuck Berry's contributions to early rock and roll, and his influence on musicians who came after him, can never be overstated.  According to John Lennon, who sang the lead vocal on the Beatles' cover of Berry's Rock And Roll Music, "if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."  Ted Nugent once said, "If you don't know every Chuck Berry lick, you can't play rock guitar."

Read more at Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ultimate Classic Rock and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Some More Saturday Links

As the last weekend of the winter gets underway, and Stella's snow continues to melt, here are some things, other than the incident at Orly airport, going on out there:

From Fox News, and speaking of Stella and airports, her remaining snow delayed the arrival of an airplane at LaGuardia.

From the Associated Press, it shall be built bigly.

From KTLA, please show us your designs for it.

From Gatestone Institute, a month in France.

From the Daily News, Kellyanne Conway gets a tasty new name.

From The Daily Caller, the House shows some respect to our veterans - and the Second Amendment.

From TribLive, Indiana troopers get their man.

From WorldNetDaily, some countries won't take back illegal aliens.

From Mediaite, attorney Alan Dershowitz discusses the court order against President Trump's three-month pause.

From The Washington Times, a college scholarship fund is reactivated.

From The Times Of India, an atheist gets hacked to death.

From Sputnik International, Germany uses software that can recognize a refugee's dialect.

From AL(dot)com, the FBI wants to bring 4,000 jobs to Alabama.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Jerusalem gets its tallest minaret.

From National Review, the G-File, with links of its own, written by Jonah Goldberg while in Alaska.  (If you want to know why he's up there, read the article.)

From Philly(dot)com, residents on a street in Fishtown are still inconvenienced by a water-main break.

From Legal Insurrection, both sides of the media aisle debunk the hysteria over proposed cuts to Meals On Wheels.

From ABC News, Meanwhile, Meals On Wheels, sees greatly increased private donations.  In other words, it moves toward being a real charity.

There is another breaking story of which I've just learned, but it's something that I believe deserves a post unto itself.  Stay tuned.....and pull out a musical instrument.

French Muslim Dies Attempting Airport Attack

Earlier today at the Orly airport near Paris, a man described as a "radicalised Muslim" was fatally shot after he tried to take a soldier's rifle.  The suspect, identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, had previously shot at police during a traffic check in Stains, a northern suburb of Paris, and had reportedly stolen a car by which he then traveled to the airport.  He already had a police record and was known to both police and intelligence agencies.  In response to the shooting, police have started a terror investigation.

Read more at The Local FR, the Metro, the Independent, Reuters and the Evening Standard.

Si vous lisez français, lisez plus à Espace Manager, Turess and JeanMarcMorandini(dot)com.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Judicial Overreach And Other Stories

Late last night, a federal judge in Hawaii stayed President Trump's revised Executive Order temporarily suspending travel into the United States from six countries.  (The original EO included seven countries.  Iraq has been removed.)  Earlier today, a judge in Maryland made a similar ruling.  Naturally, various people and websites on the right quickly published their reactions.  For example, go herehere, herehere, and here.  I would merely add that the judge's decision seems to place an inordinate amount of importance on then-candidate Trump's statements during his campaign, while downplaying the actual text of the EO and the law (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)) under which the EO was made.  This is troubling because while laws and EO's can be amended by the appropriate authorities, campaign statements, no matter how later clarified, will always stand as historical fact from when they are first uttered.  I have also noticed that, generally speaking, the attitude of the left has completely reversed from their opposition to Arizona statute SB 1070.  Back then, they regarded immigration as a federal matter, not a state matter.  Now, it appears that states can sue to undo the actions of the federal government, including the president, on immigration policy.  On the other hand, no one seemed to have a problem when Obama paused the processing of refugees from Iraq in 2011.

In related matters, some have noticed that former President Obama traveled to Hawaii a few days before the decision was handed down, and the judge and Obama graduated together at Harvard Law School.  These things are probably irrelevant, but they still make you wonder what's going on.  Meanwhile, our ambassador to the United Nations gives her opinion.

In other news:

Is it now OK to threaten the president?

Rightwing radio host Michael Savage was allegedly attacked after walking out of a restaurant.

My alma mater is reportedly planning to demolish and replace the student's center in which I had done my fair share of hanging around.

If your jewelry has been stolen, you can look for it on a website.

Some Catholics are still discussing the reason for Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

To force down drug prices, the U.S. could use its own patent rights.

Yesterday, there was an election in the Netherlands.

Once again, dogs prove themselves to be man's best friend.

In Peru, a woman pulls herself out of a flood.

And finally, watch out for snow when a train comes in.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Technical Difficulties, Please Stand By

YouTube user Mark Dice has put out a short compilation video of CNN losing the feed while interviewing people in the middle of such things as criticizing Obamacare or Hillary Clinton, or expressing concern about refugees.  President Trump appears in two clips which run into such technical difficulties, but even Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is not immune.  If anyone thinks that Dice has deceptively edited these clips by merely cutting them off, he also includes admissions by CNN personnel that the feed has been disconnected.

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Links For Pi Day

Today is 3/14, which is called "Pi Day" because it reminds people of the first three digits of what it probably the world's best known irrational number.  So I've decided to find 14 things to share.  If not any irrational number, some of these items might refer to irrational people.

From The Daily Caller, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) doesn't seem to know much about guns and silencers.

From Zero Hedge, how dare those Hungarians defend their border!

From The Two-Way, you can really catch a falling star - if you're a black hole.

From the Coventry Telegraph, a mosque leader admits stabbing a child with a pen.

From The Telegraph, a British judge sends a boy to a Muslim school, despite objections by his father.

From Arutz Sheva, in 30 British church schools, Muslim students outnumber Christians.

From BBC News, the Saudi Arabian girl's school council hides its female members.

From The Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech's basketball team returns to the NCAA tournament, and former VT quarterback Tyrod Taylor will stay with the Buffalo Bills.  It's all on one page.

From Fox News, Somali pirates hijack an oil tanker.

From The Washington Free Beacon, a lawsuit says, "Free the Obamacare documents."

From the Daily News, a NYPD officer dies of "9/11-related" cancer.

From Politico, Press Secretary Sean Spicer says that President Trump is "extremely confident" that there is evidence for his wiretapping claims.

From The Politistick, Senator Lisa Murkoski (R-AK) can't handle a CNN reporter's question.

And from ABC News, a professor describes how his children crashed his BBC interview.

Good Riddance

As usually happens when a new president and attorney general take office, the U.S. attorneys who had served in the previous administration were all asked to turn in their resignations.  An Obama holdover named Preet Bharara, however, decided not to resign and was then fired, which generated a bit of controversy.  As Glenn Reynolds points out in USA Today:
There’s been a lot of faux outrage about this decision of Trump’s, but it’s all bogus. And Bharara’s refusal to resign was childish, an effort to score anti-Trump points with Democrats that, all by itself, demonstrated why Bharara was unfit for office and why Trump was right to let him go.  [italics in original]
Reynolds continues by pointing out that there's nothing unusual about such resignation (or firing) and replacement:
It’s traditional for new administrations to request the resignation of holdovers from the previous administration. It’s considered more polite than outright firing people. But that’s all it is: politeness.
To learn more, read the full article.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Boaty McBoatface And A Brief Music Break

About 50 years ago, the Beatles sang about a "Yellow Submarine".  Today the United Kingdom is sending a real yellow submarine, which has been named Boaty McBoatface, to Antarctica for its first scientific mission.  But unlike the subject of the Beatles song or its namesake movie, there will not be any people, either real or cartoon, aboard the craft.

Read more at BBC News, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Fox News Tech and Quartz.

Play the video to hear the song.

We All Live in A Yellow Submarine by FUNKYFRANKIE

Instead of YouTube, this one comes from Dailymotion.  Click the link below the video to watch it there.