Sunday, May 21, 2017

Downtown Gettysburg

Since I live in Maryland, I'm pretty close to some places in southern Pennsylvania, such as Gettysburg.  I recently drove up there, not to visit the battlefield, as I have done in the past, but to check out the center of town, including this statue of Abraham Lincoln and a modern citizen.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Music Break

I'd say it's time for full-size Music Break.  Here are a few songs that I'd regard as being not all that known.  I didn't know about this first one until recently.  Tom Fogerty's Joyful Resurrection, from his 1974 album Zephyr National, includes contributions by his old Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates Stu Cook (on bass and lead guitar) and Doug Clifford (on drums), along with his own rhythm guitar.  Depending on which source you consult, his brother John may have also contributed on guitar.


Friday, May 19, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen

Here are twelve stories in the news:

Ladies and gentleman, it's Chelsea Manning and the pronouns.

Meet the merman.  (HotAir listed this one in their "Headlines" section with the link title "Dude".  They like to use this one-word title to indicate stories that are a bit weird.  When things get really weird, they also append a question mark.)

Venezuelan Supreme Court judges don't like being sanctioned.

Poland's refusal to take refugees could lead to a referendum.

General Mattis does not relish a military solution on North Korea.

With ISIS no longer in town, booze is back in Mosul, Iraq.

God might be your co-pilot, but Allah is this guy's lawyer.

Cholera spreads rapidly in Yemen.


A man is subdued after allegedly trying to breach a passenger plane's cockpit.

Clock boy's case is dismissed.

And even Harvard agrees, media coverage of President Trump is as negative as ever.

Weiner Pleads Guilty

Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who couldn't keep his namesake body part private, has plead guilty to the charge of transferring obscene material to a 15-year-old girl, doing so across state lines.  He faces a sentence of 21 to 27 months, and will register as a sex offender.

Read more at The New York Times, NBC News, CNN, the Daily News and Fox News.

UPDATE:  Mrs. Weiner files for divorce, as reported by the New York Post.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry and sun-dried things going on out there:

Why Scotland wants a referendum on independence.

One Trumpet calls the former FBI director "weird and vindictive".

The notorious leaker gets released.

Did another leaker pay with his life?

Planned Prevention of Parenthood (their true name, if you ask me) abandons an entire state.

Erdogan's bodyguards attack Kurds - in DC.

To this title, I say "Amen".

Senator Tillis (R-NC) collapses during a race, but is reportedly OK now.  (intermediate source)

An Afghani state-run TV station is attacked.

Putin thinks America has "political schizophrenia".

Migrant boats to be banned from Sicily during the G-7 meeting.

Es gibt keine deutsche Kultur, says the Integration Commissioner.

Austria to hold a "snap election".

In the Netherlands, a would-be terrorist is foiled by his own jammed gun.

The BBC doesn't like English versions of names.

Franklin Graham:  "Churches, get out of the Boy Scouts."

I guess it takes one to know one.

A look at one of the right's favorite tin foil hatters.

Elite opposition to Trump is becoming "dangerous fantasies".

And to finish, some real quackery is going on in DC.

UPDATE:  Here's one more.  Say "hi" to the new Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Two Flags

Click on this link to see the flag of Indonesia, which is the world's largest Muslim country by population.

Click on this link to see the flag of Poland, where only 0.4% of people are not Christian (although 10.8% are "unspecified").  This would mean that in Poland, Muslims constitute but a fraction of 0.4% of the overall Polish population.  Today, unlike many European countries, Poland is not welcoming migrants from Muslim countries.  Back in 1683, the Polish king Jan Sobieski defeated the (Muslim) Turks at Vienna.

If you've clicked on both links and looked at both flags, you'll see that the flag of the world's largest Muslim country, and the flag of a country that has often defended itself against Muslims, are each upside-down from the other.  Coincidence?  Sądzę że nie.  (I think not.)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Links For Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there.  Here are some things your kids have been up to lately:

From FaithZette, President Trump speaks at Liberty University.

From Breitbart's Big Government, the leftwing media gets their "lighten up, Francis" moment.

From The Daily Caller, this time, there will be nyet reset.

From Twitchy, the White House gets a lot of visitors who are (gasp!) rich GOP guys.

From ABC News, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says that Trump can "fire anyone he wants".

From The Hill, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has "to earn Trump's confidence every day".

From i24 News, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirms his country's position that the American embassy should be moved to Jerusalem.

From the Los Angeles Times, "Spicy" returns.

From The Washington Times, Nevada Democrats seek to raise the state's minimum wage.

From Philly(dot)com, Philadelphia's Democrats get ready to vote in their primary for District Attorney.

From Sputnik News, Latvia plans to build a border fence.

From Sky News, a Chinese railroad worker prevents a suicide.  (via Fox News)

From Life News, according to NOW's president, a procedure that takes life saves lives.

From the Sunday Express, European commission President Juncker takes a swipe at Brexit.

From Russia Today, according to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, his country might be getting money from the EU instead of vice versa.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany and Italy propose an EU mission to keep migrants from entering Libya, before they can cross that country to reach Italy.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, was a terror attack against Iranian border guards aided by Riyadh?

From Breitbart London, some Swedish authorities admit that mass immigration is causing economic problems.

From Leading Britain's Conversation, political correctness allows rape grooming gangs to prosper.

And from CSN Philly, former Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans's time with the Eagles has been very short.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Brief Music Break

A while back, I wanted to include Sometimes by Fleetwood Mac in a Music Break post, but the YouTube video had become unavailable.  Today, I was able to find another video of that song.  The reason for my renewed interest is that today is the 67th birthday of the song's writer and singer Danny Kirwan.  The song, in my opinion, shows some country influences, especially with Kirwan's lead guitar, and the acoustic rhythm, played by Kirwan and/or Bob Welch.  Christine McVie adds a happy-sounding piano part.  Sometimes was included in the band's 1971 album Future Games.



Although he's now 67, Kirwan is still younger than all of Fleetwood Mac's current members, who achieved great success during the late 1970's.  In related stories, Ultimate Classic Rock reviews Bare Trees, their last album with Kirwan, and Observer has a story about his time with and departure from Fleetwood Mac.  Happy Birthday, Danny, wherever you are.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Return To, And From, Antwerp

The last place I visited before returning home was Antwerp, Belgium.  I had also been to Antwerp in 2005, on the same trip when I stayed in Brugge.  Across the street from where our ship was docked, but down a few blocks, was the Entrepot du Congo (Warehouse of the Congo), where goods shipped from the Belgian Congo were stored after arriving in Belgium.  (The story of this colony, the predecessor of today's Democratic Republic of the Congo, is quite ugly.)

Return To Brugge, Belgium - Part 2

After touring De Halve Maan (The Half Moon) brewery, we resumed walking northward toward the central part of Brugge.  On the way, we saw these two columns, which look like they could be the remnants of something the Romans built.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to learn anything about them or what they once might have been part of.