Monday, August 29, 2016

VT Football To Honor Frank Beamer

Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente has come up with an interesting way to honor his predecessor Frank Beamer.  For every game this year, someone playing on special teams will wear jersey number 25, which was Beamer's number during his playing days.  Virginia Tech became known for its special teams play during Beamer's coaching years, when his special teams coach was (drum roll, please) himself.  During the last few years, however, the number of kicks blocked by VT has gone down quite a bit.

Read more at The Roanoke Times, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Hokiesports(dot)com.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Music Break

Once again it's about time I posted a five-song set.  I've run across most of these rather recently, in part thanks to a BlogTalkRadio host who calls himself "Reactionariez", or "RZ" for short.  Although he specializes in conservative politics, he also likes to spin the tunes.  Although I've known about The Guess Who for a long time, it was RZ who introduced me to Rain Dance, written by singer/keyboardist Burton Cummings and guitarist Kurt Winter, and released in 1971.  At this time, the band also included guitarist Greg Leskiw, bassist Jim Kale and drummer Garry Peterson.

Colin Kaepernick Explains Sitting During The National Anthem

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has generated some controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem before yesterday's exhibition game, and for his reasons.  He believes that he could not show pride in a country that "oppresses black people and people of color".  This is not the first time he has sat during the anthem.

Read more at NFL(dot)com, ForTheWin, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and Independent Journal, which presents an Army Ranger veteran's reaction.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Planet Found Around Proxima Centauri

Proxima Centauri is a faint red star a little over 4 light-years from our solar system, and is the closest star to Earth other than the sun.  It is classified as a red dwarf, the smallest, dimmest, and longest-lived type of active star.  (I say "active" to indicate that it is currently producing energy from nuclear fusion, unlike "dead" stars such as white dwarfs and neutron stars.)  It is close to the binary star Alpha Centauri, and might be in orbit around it, but scientists aren't sure whether this is so.  With an apparent magnitude of 11, Proxima Centauri is far too dim to see from Earth, and would have a magnitude of 5 if seen from the vicinity of Alpha Centauri.  (Magnitudes are indicated numerically in a logarithmic manner.  A magnitude 1 star appears 2.51 times as bright as magnitude 2 star, a magnitude 2 star appears 2.51 times as bright as a magnitude 3 star, and so on.  Depending on viewing conditions, stars with a magnitude between 5 and 6 are the faintest that can be seen with the unaided eye.)

Today, astronomers have announced that Proxima Centauri has a planet, which would of course be the closest exo-planet to our solar system.  It orbits the star every 11 Earth days, and lies within the "Goldilocks zone", in which liquid water may exist.  The planet has a mass about 1.3 times that of Earth.  Whether is has an atmosphere or even a solid surface has not been determined.

Read more at European Southern Observatory, Scientific American, Discover and Universe Today; and watch this video from Science News:

Astronomers discovered the planet using ESO's telescopes.

Earthquake Strikes Central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Italy early today, resulting in at least 73 deaths and extensive damage in several small towns.  The epicenter was about 6.5 miles southeast of Norcia, in the Umbria region.  The towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto were among the most severely damaged.  The quake was felt as far north as Bologna and as far south as Naples.  Around 80 aftershocks have been reported.

Read more at CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC News and The Guardian.

UPDATE:  The outlets are now reporting that "at least 120" are dead.

Monday, August 22, 2016

14,900 More Clinton Emails Found

Just when we thought we had enough of Hillary Clinton's emails, 14,900 more of them from her time as Secretary of State have shown up, found by the FBI even though her lawyers did not disclose them.  The emails are supposed to be released sometime during October.

"How The Left Is Silencing Free Speech"

This video is of a C-SPAN interview of author Kimberley Strassel discussing her book The Intimidation Game: How The Left Is Silencing Free Speech.  While watching it, I realized that it will make just about everyone angry.  If you're on the right, you will be angry at the actions of the left that Ms. Strassel is pointing out.  If you're on the left, you will be angry that she dares to do exactly that.

You can also watch the video on YouTube.  The video was posted yesterday, but the interview took place this past June 28.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Suicide Bomber Strikes Turkish Wedding

In Gaziantep, Turkey a suicide bomber struck a wedding party, resulting in a reported 51 people dead and 69 others injured, including the groom.  The attacker was described as a child aged 12 to 14.  The attack has been blamed on ISIS.  Gaziantep is close to the Syrian border, and was the site of a suicide bombing this past May, in which two policemen were killed.

Read more at BBC News, Reuters, Al Jazeera, NBC News and Sky News.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

My Dog's A Democrat

Country singer Bryan Lewis suspects that his dog might be a Democrat.  Featuring some cameo vocals by a Democrat who recently tried to bark like a dog.

You can also watch the video at YouTube.  If your dog instead supports Donald Trump, he might build a fence around a dog park and force a chihuahua to pay for it.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Cajun Navy

In response to the historic flooding that has hit southern Louisiana, a rescue group has emerged, known as the Cajun Navy.  Comprised of ordinary folks who own boats, they have been rescuing people and pets from the floodwaters, and working with local authorities.

Read more at People, the Independent Journal, Vocativ and ABC News.  If you're on Facebook, you can visit their group.