Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Shooting In Maryland, And Other Stories

Just after 9 a.m. this morning, a woman shot and killed three people at a Rite Aid distribution center in Harford County, Maryland.  The location is south of Aberdeen and about 30 miles east of Baltimore.  She reportedly wounded several other people before shooting herself in an apparent unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Read more at WBAL, The Baltimore Sun, CBS Baltimore and CNN.

UPDATE:  The suspect has died.
In other stories:

From Voice Of Europe, British journalist Katie Hopkins likens Warsaw to Paris "in the good years".

From ANSA, a Pakistani woman studying in Italy, who had been forced by her family to leave Italy for an arranged marriage, is returning to Italy.

From Migration Watch UK, about 70,000 illegal aliens arrive in the U.K. every year.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Radio Poland, according to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland wants a breakthrough in the Brexit talks.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Radio Praha, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is disappointed with the E.U. talks on migration.

From Russia Today, the leader of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party says that people who run in cancelled regional elections due to violations should be barred from running again.

From Ekathimerini, the IMF wants Greece to go through with its pension cuts.

From the Greek Reporter, some Greek archaeologists claim that their government is planning to privatize some archaeological sites.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's energy minister says that his country will protect its energy rights in the Mediterranean.

From Rûdaw, Syrian Kurds hand over a woman suspected of being a member of ISIS to Sudan.

From Arutz Sheva, high-ranking officials of the Russian and Israeli air forces meet in Moscow.

From Total Croatia News, Croatia needs workers.

From El País, hundreds of young people pay their respects to recently murdered Spanish golfer Celia Barquín.

From France24, French politician Marine Le Pen has been ordered to psychiatric testing because of her Tweets showing violence by ISIS.

From VRT NWS, a look at the migrant camp in Maximilian Park in Brussels.

From the NL Times, four children are killed when a train hits a trike in Oss.

From Dutch News, the man accused of killing an 11-year-old boy at a camp in 1998 has not confessed.

From Deutsche Welle, journalists and rights groups plan to protest a visit to Berlin by Turkish President Erdoğan.

From the Express, British and French military jets are scrambled to monitor Russian bombers over the North Sea.

From the Independent, two 15-year-old boys in Ramsgate are arrested for allegedly plotting a "far-right terror attack".

From the Evening Standard, workers at three restaurant chains in the U.K. will launch a joint strike.

From Coconuts KL, the Indonesian state of Kelantan will hold a sharia-compliant men's body building competition.  (via Yahoo News)

From The Times Of India, Pakistan commemorates terrorists on stamps.

From Asia News, a Pakistani Christian dies from a acid attack from a Muslim who resented his higher position in their workplace.

From National Review, to the Democrats, some violence against women is more equal than others.

From Townhall, the Republicans are not silencing Judge Kavanaugh's accuser by inviting her to testify.

From FrontpageMag, what the Republicans should do next concerning the Kavanaugh nomination.

From Accuracy In Media, the sexual abuse complaint that the media won't tell you about.

From LifeNews, abortion activists trash Kavanaugh are "panicked" over abortion.

From The Roanoke Times, former Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer will receive an award named after Bear Bryant.

And from The Babylon Bee, Pope Francis apologizes for the carbon dioxide emissions produced by burning heretics at the stake.

On The Road In Pennsylvania - Part 2

After viewing Williamsport from an overlook along U.S. 15, I drove downhill into the city to find some food and a place to stay the night.  The next morning, I headed westward to Lock Haven and then northward, generally following the West Branch Susquehanna River upstream to an unincorporated place named Hyner.  Following some signs, I drove uphill to Hyner View State Park.  Here's a view looking back down at Hyner and the river, which was certainly hazier than I'd like.  Somewhere behind the haze and further upriver is a placed called Renovo.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On The Road In Pennsylvania - Part 1

I recently decided to take the new Bigfootmobile out for a spin, northward into Pennsylvania, where I've taken just about every vehicle I've ever owned.  As I've done on other trips, I made a stop at McKee's Half Falls, a rest stop on the northbound side of U.S. 11 and 15.  These two highways run together along the Susquehanna River between Harrisburg and Shamokin Dam.  The half falls is really a set of rapids where the river runs over two roughly parallel rows of rocks.  Here's one of them, but most of the rocks are underwater due to the high level of the river.

A Sasquatch's Dozen-And-A-Half

If I've counted right, here are 18 things going on:

From Chronicle Live, this year's British storm season will start with Ali.  (The story comes via Voice Of Europe.  I can't resist saying "Down goes Frazier!"  CORRECTION:  That was Foreman, not Ali, who knocked Frazier down.  Never mind.)

From CBC News, Canadian Conservatives call their government's firearm legislation a "back door gun registry".  (Like the U.K. party of the same name, Canada's Conservatives are called "Tories".)

From National Review, "make sex crimes criminal again".

And from Breaking Burgh, in the aftermath of Florence, a large mass of hot air arrives in North Carolina.  (Some would even say that it's "yuge".)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Things

A few things going on out there:

From Voice Of Europe, according to a government report, mass migration has lead to decreased wages and higher housing prices for the poorest Britons.

From ANSA, no breakthrough on migrants is expected at the E.U. summit.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From the Express, a boy is stabbed at an Underground station in the city where knives are illegal.

From The Local ES, smugglers brings migrants from Africa to Europe.  (via Voice Of Europe and the "I told you so" department)

From Radio Poland, support has increased for Poland's ruling party.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From The Slovak Spectator, almost 1,500 Slovak troops and foreign troops participate in the Slovak Shield exercises in Lešť.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany's chief of domestic intelligence has been relieved of his duties and promoted.  (Is this an example of the Peter Principle?)

From the NL Times, the king of the Netherlands says that everyone should benefit from the improving Dutch economy.

From France24, the French interior minister quits President Macron's government.

From the Greek Reporter, on today's date in 1834, Athens became the capital of Greece.

From CBC News, the plans of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau the Younger have gone "sideways".

From El País, a Spanish golfer, who was also an engineering student, has been killed on a course in Ames, Iowa.

From Augusta Review, Tunisian authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with a foiled bomb plot in Germany.

From Emirates News Agency, Houthi rebels in Yemen turn a mosque into a military hideout.

From MalaysiaKini, Australians watch out for "fruit terrorism".

From Clarion Project, a Shiite group in Arizona hosts a supporter of Iran and Hezbollah.

From Albawaba, a store in Kuwait is shut down for selling "cult idols".

From American Thinker, "Humanness must trump Muslimness".

From National Review, Judge Kavanaugh's accuser must testify, or the vote must go on.

From FrontpageMag, Kavanaugh should not be the only one investigated.

From The Washington Free Beacon, the U.S. monitors the buffer zone in Syria created by Russia and Turkey.

And from The Babylon Bee, an atheist dies from avoiding scientific advancements made by Christians.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Links For Constitution Day

On today's date in 1787, a group of Americans in Philadelphia produced a Constitution for the United States, which was intended to replace the Articles of Confederation.  Today, there's a controversy surrounding a nominee to our Supreme Court, whose appointment by our president is subject to confirmation by our Senate.  All of these offices were created by the Constitution.  Starting with that controversy, here are some things going on:

From ANSA, Italian Interior Minister Salvini tells the European Commission's Vice President to shut up.  (Salvini was elected to the Italian legislature, while the E.C.V.P. is unelected.  The story comes via Voice Of Europe.)

From Radio Poland, Poland observers the 79th anniversary of the Soviet invasion just after the beginning of World War II.  (Germany had invaded on September 1st, 1939.)

From Dutch News, a Dutch inventor's device for removing plastic from the ocean is tested 240 nautical miles west of San Francisco.  (I had previously linked a story about the launching of the device, but did not know that its inventor was Dutch.)

From France24, Russia and Turkey agree to a demilitarized zone in the Syrian region of Idlib.  (Whether anyone fighting in that area agrees to cooperate may well be another matter.)

From BBC News, according to the IMF, a no-deal Brexit could damage the U.K. economy.  (Wasn't that supposed to happen after the original Brexit vote?)

From ABC News (where "A" means "Australian"), a woman in Adelaide, Australia is found guilty of being a member of ISIS.

From ABC News (where "A" means "American") police in Brussels shoot a man wielding a knife.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Links For A Sunny Sunday

Today is Sunday, and has largely lived up to the name.  Besides an appearance of the bright yellow thing in the sky, here are some other things going on:

From ZeroHedge, a Greek "humanitarian organization" smuggles migrants.  (See, I told you that migrants are being trafficked.)

From Radio Praha, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is under fire for not taking in Syrian orphans.  (Why Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc. can't take them in is not asked.)

From The New Indian Express, Pakistan has become a "graveyard of Muslims".

From American Thinker, Islam's "culling footbridge".

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday Stuff

Other than a not-quite-full schedule of NCAA football games, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, a Senegalese migrant in Spain kicks a dog and suffers bobbitish consequences.  (If you read Spanish, read the story at Diari de Tarragona.)

From the Express, according to a columnist, U.K. Prime Minister May might have to hold a "people's vote" on the final Brexit deal.

From the Independent, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair thinks that a new party in his country "may be impossible".

From The Guardian, about two in five polled voters in the U.K. say that they would vote for a new party.

From the Evening Standard, families are rescued from a rollercoaster that lost a wheel in Warrington, England.

From France24, Paris puts out a PSA against public urination.

From Deutsche Welle, NATO "monitors" Russia's war games while maintaining its air-policing program.

From Total Croatia News, an "extreme right" party protests outside the offices of the Croatian Democratic Union in Zagreb.  (In Europe these days, if you don't want your country overrun by unlimited numbers of migrants, you're "extreme right".)

From Ekathimerini, the leader of the Greece's New Democracy party pledges lower taxes and social security contributions.

From the Greek Reporter, a poll puts New Democracy ahead of the SYRIZA party.

From Sputnik International, according to the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, the tensions between the Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates have been going on for centuries.

From Radio Poland, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak asks for a permanent deployment of U.S. troops in Poland.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey will not open its border with Armenia until it ends its occupation of Azerbaijan's Karabakh region.

From Rûdaw, Iraq elects the new Speaker for their Parliament.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, members of the Komala party throw stones and other objects at Iran's embassy in Paris.

From Arutz Sheva, Israeli planes reportedly conduct airstrikes near the Damascus airport.

From The Jerusalem Post, a terror balloon lands in the back yard of a member of the Israeli Knesset.

From Haaretz, Iran shuts down a newspaper because of an article deemed offensive to Islam.

From The Star, Malaysian police arrest ten suspected members of a terror cell.

From Jamie Glazov Productions, why Glazov was banned by Facebook.

From Twitchy, Vox notes some "striking parallels" between the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.  (Various Tweets recorded by Twitchy note what might be some glaring differences.)

From Fox News, gunmen kill four people and injure nine others in Mexico City's Garibaldi Plaza.

From the New York Post, according to a new book, we're entering the "age of bewilderment".

From The Verge, FEMA will test a "presidential alert" text message for iphones.

From LifeZette, was that Weather Channel reporter faking it?

And from Breaking Burgh, cracking down on President Trump, special prosecutor Mueller gets golf courses to wear wires.

Music Break

Today I have a little extra time on my hands because the college football game I wanted to watch has been cancelled due to Florence, so here's a musical post.  To start is Paul McCartney's Smile Away from the Ram album, in which the singer's various body parts allegedly give off a far-reaching odor.  The song features some unintelligible backing vocals which sound vaguely like "I don't know how to do that".

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Fuss And Florence

As Florence pushes inland, probably striking a town in South Carolina having the same name, here are some other things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, an "allahu akbar" of the "run 'em over" variety breaks out in Nîmes, France.  (If you read French, read more at Midi Libre and Le Figaro.)

From The Local FR, more on the attack in Nîmes.

From Russia Today, the Russian Orthodox Church ends its participation in structures chaired by the Patriarchate of Constantinople.  (The patriarchate appears to still bear the former name of Istanbul.)

From Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah mocks 9/11 in a cartoon.