Saturday, February 25, 2017

Some More Stuff

As rain and cold front pushes the warm weather out of my area, here are some more things going on out there:

The new DNC chairperson will not be Keith Ellison.

The leadership of the next "women's march" includes a convicted terrorist.

In Germany, a man runs into people with his car and gets shot by a cop.

Also in Germany, two refugee centers catch fire.

In Pennsylvania, kindergarten kids learn how to program computers.

The Trump administration needs more people.

Gender-bending comes to the wrestling ring.

When the cops say "put it down", you might want to put it down.

One writer's opinion:  Trump should fund smart cities.

Mexico sends us some sewage

Denmark outsources their vaccines.

Muslims in Split, Croatia get a classroom for religious instruction.

In the southern hemisphere, a ring of fire.

In Florida, a burglar picks the wrong home.

In Texas, Trump supporters protest against jihad.

Why some Obama voters later voted for Trump.

Life can be tough for a fake black person.  (H/T Gulf Dogs, for Tweeting this one.)

Muhammad Ali Jr. was reportedly detained and asked about his religion.

The new EPA chief speaks out.

And to finish, are you car insurance rates going up?  Here's why.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Man In Wheelchair Climbs Mountain

This story comes via Growly(dot)us, but first, I must provide an intro of my own.

As I've previously mentioned, this blog's "badass" label is not limited by gender.  It is also not limited by species.  This post will show that the label is not limited by anyone's physical handicaps.  If you're partially paralyzed, but can still climb a mountain, while bringing your own wheelchair up with you, you're a freaking badass.  From Virasatu(dot)com:
On December 9th, 2011, champion rock-climber Lai Chi-wai suffered a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. On the same day, five years later, he climbed Hong Kong’s iconic Lion Rock once again, this time in a wheelchair.
33-year-old Lai Chi-wai is a four-time winner of the Asian Rock Climbing Championships, but on a faithful day, five years ago, his promising athletic career seemed to be over, following a devastating motorcycle accident. “When I woke up, I was already in the hospital and had been operated on. The staff told me … I was paralyzed from the waist down and would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life,” the young rock climber recalls.
Read the full story, and look at the pictures, too.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Some Stuff

A few things going on out there:

Protesters in Anaheim get arrested.

The Secretary of State goes to Mexico.

Grabbing these pussies is not advisable.

What's going on in Sweden?

Putin confesses. (No, this has nothing to do with any American election.)

If feminists wish to support Muslim women, how about this one?

Did Nazi Germany test a nuke?  (Yes, bring out your grain of NaCl.)

A tribute to Colmes from his sister-in-law.

Something is definitely rotten in Denmark.

I'd thought I'd finish with some evapotranspiration.

But I found one more.  A four-year-old Irish boy will visit New York.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Seven "Earth-Sized" Planets Found Orbiting Single Star

NASA has announced the discovery of a star orbited by seven "Earth-sized" planets.  The dwarf star is only 40 light-years from Earth, and has been named Trappist-1.  Three of the planets are said to be within the star's "habitable zone", where the temperature is right for liquid water to exist.

Read more at TribLive, Space(dot)com, Vox, The New York Times, and of course, NASA.

This new (to us) interesting solar system also has its own website.

Batter, Take Your Base

Major League Baseball has reportedly decided to change the procedure for an intentional walk.  Instead of having the pitcher throw four pitches outside the batter's strike zone, the defensive team will give the batter first base via a signal from the dugout.  The purpose is allegedly to speed up the game.

In my own personal experience, such a signal has been used in slow-pitch softball.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry things I've run across:

Some Senatorial hypocrisy on schools.

Here's what a real feminist looks like.

Tom Brady's backup gets his news from a familiar source.

Here's one reason a wall is justified.

That's a load of bull.

I'm sure that Kermit approves.

In the Swedish capital, Muslims riot.

This might be a backlash against Muslims in Sweden.

In Switzerland, two Muslims are attacked after tipping off a journalist.

White woman entering white-majority country claims to have been racially profiled.

Can a football coach run for governor?

The Russians show how scary big government can be.

I would not want to encounter whatever killed this shark.

Can a fish predict earthquakes?

Despite security problems, Verizon will still buy Yahoo.

A country full of desert wants to colonize an even drier desert.

What should the president do in his revised travel order?

And to finish, here's the new Calvinist hymnal.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things I Have Learned

This post is intended to be similar to my "Random Musings" posts, except that the ideas presented herein are admittedly not my own.  You might even call this list "other people's musings".  As with my own, they range from the serious to the light-hearted.  Many of these ideas I have been seen on Twitter, but others come from outside the Web, such as on bumper stickers.  I will try, where possible, to provide links for some further information.
All the alleged domestic spying by the federal government, including the collection of metadata by the NSA, failed to stop the Boston Marathon bombing, and the shootings at Garland, TX, Chattanooga, TN, and San Bernardino, CA.  (I might add the shootings at a church in Charleston, SC, at a college in Oregon, from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and at the Fort Lauderdale airport.)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Links

While I enjoy a somewhat warmer than usual February weekend, here are some things in the news:

From ABC News, some Spaniards want more refugees, and one terrorist's life sentence comes to an end.

From NPR Illinois, look at some megacities, or if you have the time, go find a planet.

From the Daily Mail, Vice President Pence and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speak their minds.

From KTLA, Secretary of Education DeVos will not be going out alone.

From Fox News, marijuana smugglers - and the Border Patrol - are getting more clever.

From Reuters, eight people flee the Border Patrol, to meet the RCMP.  (via Legal Insurrection)

From The Two-Way, Norma McCorvey passes away at age 69.

From Politico, the man who introduced Jack To Jackie passes away at age 95.

From Russia Today, French police fight back.

From the Daily Star, German Chanellor Merkel continues to be delusional.

From NBC News, the Twinks4Trump founder joins the White House press corps.

From American Lookout, Floridians go MAGA.

From Hollywood Reporter, the self-described "dangerous faggot" rides again.  (via American Lookout)

From the New York Post, General Petraeus will not replace General Flynn.

From The Washington Free Beacon, some former Flynn supporters reportedly recommend another possible replacement.

From LifeZette, a celebrity campaigns against human trafficking.

From WQAD, there's more rain on the way for California.

From National Geographic, some historical pictures of the Post Office.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, US-led airstrikes deprive ISIS of a bridge.

From the Express, in northern Somalia, rape gangs target female refugees.

From Twitchy, some lefties can't stand Bono showing respect to the vice president.

And from CNET, why do we (myself included) keep buying throw-away headphones?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh, The Irony

(H/T luchadora, who Tweeted the Jihadwatch post on this story.)

In a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, a Lebanese family's garage door was spray-painted with a swastika, along with an expletive and the word "Arabs".  As it turned out, the man charged with this vandalism is named.....wait for it.....Osama.  You know, the last time I checked, "Osama" was an Arab name, so this looks like a fake hate crime.  His last name, for the record, is Nazzal.

Read more at NBC24, The Blade and ABC News.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

She's Been Everywhere, Man

Cassie de Pecol, at just 27 years of age, has become the first woman to visit every country in the world, and did so in the shortest amount of time for travelers of either gender, about 18 months.  Now that she's back in the U.S.A., she plans to participate in an Iron Man Challenge, and eventually go to the one place on Earth that is not a country or part thereof - Antarctica.

Read more at the Independent, Travel+Leisure and CNN.