Sunday, January 22, 2017

Well, That Was Quick

Just one day into his term, President Trump has already been hung in effigy.  Not by any of the participants in the liberal women's march yesterday, but by a man in Kentucky.  Via WSPA from WNCT:
One Kentucky man is turning heads due to a display he created at his home in Crestview Hills.
Ken Blair built the display depicting a life-size Donald Trump doll hanging from a noose, with a controversial quote written below that Trump received backlash for during the campaign.
The video at WNCT has edited out a certain slang term which can refer either to the female privates or to a cat, but Blair's neighbors get to see the uncensored quote.  Read the full story.  I'd say that Trump now deserves a "welcome to the club" from his two immediate predecessors.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Music Break - Alabama

A while back, I posted the story on how grocery shoppers in Brooklyn were triggered when the song Sweet Home Alabama came over the store's PA system.  This strange little story made me realize that there were other songs which evoke that particular southern state, so I've decided to present them in a music post.  First up, of course, is the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic itself.  There are quite a few YouTube videos of the song, but I chose one that uses scenes from the movie Forrest Gump, which includes the song in its soundtrack.


A Little Humor

Someone put this short conversation on Twitter, but I have no idea where it comes from.  I have removed the names to protect the innocent (or maybe not-so-innocent).

One Person:  I've awakened from an eight-year nightmare.  Did I miss anything?
The Other Person:  Yes.  Bruce Jenner's a woman, and the Cubs won the World Series.

I could add that Frank Beamer is no longer coaching football at Virginia Tech.

Friday, January 20, 2017

In DC, The Anti-Trumpers Come Out

As some may have expected, rioters and vandals whom we charitably call "protesters" have made their presence known in DC.  Well, I'm sure there were also genuine anti-Trump protesters who kept their actions within the bounds of civility, but unfortunately, they were overshadowed by the more unhinged faction.  Some even threw rocks at police, who responded with tear gas and concussion grenades.

Read more at Breitbart, The Federalist, NBC Washington, Sky News and LifeNews.

Donald Trump And Mike Pence Take Office

Today at noon, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath.  President Trump used two bibles, one used at Abraham Lincoln's inauguration and more recently used by President Obama, the other a gift from Trump's mother.  Moments earlier, Justice Clarence Thomas had sworn in Vice President Mike Pence.

Read more at The Washington Post, The Hill, Reuters and ABC News, who posted President Trump's inauguration speech on YouTube.



Congratulations on taking office, Mr. President.  Now enjoy your inaugural balls and then get to work.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Links

Hang in there, fellow rightwing nutjobs, because today is the last full day of the Obama presidency.  With the transition almost complete and the inauguration set for tomorrow, here are some other things going on out there:

I will call this Trump's first mistake in office.

Was Trump elected by the Russians?  Nyet!  It was his supporters.

Threatening the new president is not a good idea.

Neither is threatening the old president.

Here's one more postmortem for the Obama presidency.

No, Obama was not a leftwing Reagan.

Speaking of nutjobs, here come our leftwing counterparts.

The RNC picks Romney to be their chairperson - no, not that Romney.

How do you "rethink capitalism"?

Amazon (the retailer, not the river, nor even the legendary female warriors) drives retailers crazy.

In a historic British cathedral, a different kind of prayer.

Learning Arabic can come in handy.

In France, attacks on Christians are on the rise.

Iranian authorities arrest a female bodybuilder.

Indian authorities arrest 52 suspected ISIS supporters.

An avalanche buries an Italian hotel.

The Bushes are feeling healthier.

Are you ready for the Las Vegas Raiders?

When you die, you can leave behind a digital time capsule.

And to finish........rats!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Obama Commutes Manning's Sentence

Just three days before leaving office, President Obama has commuted the sentence of convicted document leaker Chelsea Manning, despite objections from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.  The former Bradley Manning is now due to be released this coming May 17.  Obama also pardoned former General James Cartwright and commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Read more at The Washington Times, The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian and CNET.

UPDATE:  As reported by ESPN, Obama has also pardoned baseball Hall Of Famer Willie McCovey.

Major Technical Difficulties

Due to nobody's fault but my own, I've been disconnected from the Internet for a few days.  To make a long story short, let's just say that computers and soup do not mix.  Now that I'm back, I've been catching up, re-establishing my bookmarks, plugging in usernames and passwords into all the sites I visit, and surely but slowly getting things back to normal.  Fortunately, the ability to transfer data from an old hard drive to a new computer does indeed exist.  But due to the self-inflicted nature of my problems, the "Stupid People" label goes to yours truly.

Of course, the world did not take time out during my cyber-absence.  So pretty soon, I'll be gathering up and relaying out all the stuff that I find fit to post, and adding my own $0.02 worth of opinion.  But for now, it's good to be back.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday Links

With eight days left until the presidency is transferred, here are some things going on:

From FrontpageMag, a former Obama voter gives his thoughts as Obama's tenure comes to its end.

From National Review, how hate-crime legislation was a good idea that went bad.

From Radio Poland, American troops arrive in that country.

From The Guardian, Russia doesn't like American troops being in Poland.

From Fox Business, Donald Trump's victory has been very costly for one wealthy left-winger.  (via The Politistick)

From Twitchy, L.L. Bean CEO and Trump supporter Linda Bean fires back at leftwingers calling for a boycott.

From the Los Angeles Times, Trump's nominee for CIA chief says he won't obey orders to use torture.

From Fox News Insider, Trump seems to have found a place for former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  (via The Washington Free Beacon)

From SBS, a "far-right" candidate has been seen at the Trump Tower.

From Philly(dot)com, New Jersey's lieutenant governor announces that she will run for governor.

From The Hill, "Mad Dog" gets his waiver.  (via RedState)

From The Washington Post, the white working class aren't the worst off.

From ABC News, the DOJ's inspector general will investigate the actions of the DOJ and the FBI during this past election.

From ABC7, in Arizona, an armed civilian defends an ambushed cop.

From ARA News, Turkish border guards kill two civilians fleeing Syria.

From the Express, an Italian archbishop criticizes his church.

From AsiaNews, another Pakistani secular activist goes missing.

From BBC News, a Hindu saved his own life by reciting from the Koran.

From ESPN, the San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles.

And from TMZ, bad dog!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Random Musings #7

Now that Dr. Thomas Sowell is no longer writing columns, the "Random Musings" posts at this blog will carry forth the tradition he started with his "Random Thoughts" columns.  Since this type of post is thus not my creation, anyone else out there who wants to put out anything similar won't need my OK, or have any obligation to acknowledge anything I've written.  But I would suggest that any such writer or blogger would acknowledge Dr. Sowell, as I previously have.  So with that, here we go:
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According to some people, this past election has been hacked by Russia, or maybe somebody in Russia.  As a result, a new humorous meme has arisen, blaming various people's failures on Russia or the Russians.  Apparently, this includes Mariah Carey's attempted lip-syncing on a recent New Year's Eve show.

MTV recently put out a video of proposed New Year's resolutions for white men, one of which was not regarding "Black Lives Matter" as the opposite of "All Lives Matter".  If that's true, it should be a two-way street.  In other words, "All Lives Matter" should not be viewed as the opposite of "Black Lives Matter", nor as an insult toward blacks.  I would also suggest that if the "Black Lives Matter" movement wants more respect, they should refrain from things such as blocking roads and calling for the deaths of cops.