Monday, August 21, 2017

The Eclipse Of 2017

As the noted British astronomer Roger Waters once said, "Everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."  Today, I got to experience that last line from the Pink Floyd song Eclipse first hand.  It took me two days of travelling, including a stay at my mother's house in west central Virginia, but I was able to make my way to my intended destination within the path of totality.  In Tennessee, there is a small city named Philadelphia, which includes a community park near its eastern boundary.  Since I had stayed in Knoxville, my drive to the park was relatively short.  Although I arrived shortly after 11 a.m., there were at least a dozen cars in the parking lot, and dozens of people already in the park.  Looking at their license plates, I'd say that some of these people had driven from much farther away than myself.

Jerry Lewis 1926-2017

[Note:  I would have liked to have posted this yesterday evening, but the wifi in the place I'm staying in was not working very well.  Conditions seem better today, so let me try again before I check out.]

Jerry Lewis, who had a long career as an actor, singer, producer, director, screenwriter and humanitarian, passed away yesterday at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91 after a brief illness.

Joseph Levitch was born in Newark, New Jersey to Russian Jewish parents.  His father, Daniel Levitch, was an entertainer who used the name Danny Lewis.  His mother, the former Rachel Brodsky, was a piano player at a radio station.  As started his comedy career, Lewis decide to use Jerry as his stage name, to avoid confusion with boxer Joe Lewis and comedian Joe E. Lewis.  From 1946 to 1956, Lewis formed a comedy team with Dean Martin, who acted as a straight man.  Afterwards, he appeared in a long list of movies, most recently Max Rose in 2016.  Lewis hosted telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1952 to 1959, and again from 1966 to 2010.

Lewis was married twice, first to Patti Palmer and later to SanDee Pitnick.  He and Palmer had six children, one of whom was adopted.  With Pitnick, he adopted a daughter.  His oldest son, Gary Lewis, became the leader of a pop group called Gary Lewis & the Playboys.  During his life, Lewis suffered a series of health problems, including two heart attacks, and recently had a urinary tract infection.  The cause of his death appears as yet unreported.

Read more at Variety, Vanity Fair, CNN, The Hollywood Reporter and E!News.

UPDATE:  The cause of death is reported to be heart failure, as indicated by TMZ.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Links

As the weekend starts and I prepare for some travelling to see the upcoming eclipse, here are some things going on:

From ABC News, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has resigned.

From The Mirror, an "Allahu akbar" breaks out in Turku, Finland.

From Breitbart London, the Barcelona attackers could have killed many more if their original plans had come to fruition.

From BBC News, "bigger" attacks were planned.

From the NL Times, a Dutch girl had both legs broken in the Barcelona attack.

From Townhall, one American was killed in the Barcelona attack.

From Russia Today, opposing demonstrators clash in Barcelona.

From Yahoo News, Gambrils, Spain "emerges from a terrifying night".

From the Express, a majority of polled Europeans think that their national governments should be able to refuse the dictates of the European Union.

From National Review, being less evil than the Klan or the Nazis doesn't make you good.

From BizPac Review, Sir Charles has something to say about tearing down statues.

From the Washington Examiner, six "bogus" arguments against the RAISE act.

From the Los Angeles Times, would banning neo-nazi websites raise free speech issues?

From the Cumnock Chronicle, a timeline of terror in Europe.

From the Daily Star, a knife attacker is on the loose in Germany.

From Gatestone Institute, is an intolerant culture replacing a tolerant one?

From The Federalist, vandals in Chicago burn a bust of Lincoln.

From The Baltimore Sun, watch the statue of SCOTUS Justice Roger Taney being removed from the Maryland State House.  (via The Daily Caller)

From Fox News, thousands petition for Lehigh University to withdraw President Trump's honorary degree.

And from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chief Wanna Dubie RIP.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Van Hits Pedestrians In Spain

Earlier today, a van was driven into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain.  In other words, there has been yet another run-over-the-pedestrians style terror attack.   Authorities say the one person was killed, but local media outlets report that 13 people have died.  The driver and possibly another man, both of whom may be armed, reportedly left the van and holed themselves up in a restaurant.

Read more at The Guardian, BBC News, CBS News, the Independent and the Daily Mail.

UPDATE:  Read still more at The Local ES.

UPDATE 2:  The previously reported number of 13 killed has been confirmed by law enforcement.  A man named Driss Oukabir, described as being of Moroccan origin, has been arrested in relation to the attack.  A second suspect was killed at a police checkpoint.  A second van thought to be connected to the attack has been found in the Catalonian town of Vic.

UPDATE 3:  Four suspects have been killed by police in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, as reported by Russia Today.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Migrants, Memorials And Muslims, Oh My

Some news out there about some specific topics:

From Breitbart London, invaders migrants have found another way into Europe, via the Black Sea.

From Westmonster, the number of migrants arriving in Spain has tripled since last year.

From Ekathimerini, they're still coming into Greece.

From Global News, some migrants from Haiti crossing from New York to Quebec, have allegedly brought some disgusting contraband.

From Fox News, the monuments at Gettysburg are not going anywhere.

From Breitbart's Big Government, if Democrats want to erase memorials to racism, here are twelve that they should remove; and demonstrators in Atlanta can't even properly identify a monument.

From CBS Chicago, a local pastor wants memorials to Presidents Washington and Jackson removed.

From Seattle Pi, Trump supporters in Seattle protest at a statue of Lenin.

From The Daily Caller, a defense of Robert E. Lee.

From Canada Free Press, the alt-left is as bad as the alt-right.

From the Associated Press, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing is being memorialized with a new park.

From Assyrian International News Agency, Iraq asks for international help to investigate crimes by ISIS.

From the Daily Mail, a Muslim convert in Australia claims that non-Muslims are smellier.

And from CNN, four people involved in the pulling down of a statue in Durham, North Carolina get to wear the bracelets.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alabama Primary Special Election Results

In the Alabama primary election for United States Senator, former state Supreme Court justice Roy Moore garnered more votes than the current incumbent Luther Strange, who was appointed to replace current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but did not receive a majority of votes.  As a result, Moore and Strange will face each other in a runoff on September 26, for the Republican nomination.  Among the Democrats, Doug Jones easily surpassed 50 percent, and will thus face either Moore or Strange in the special general election on December 12.

Moore has gained some notoriety for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building.  Strange has received the endorsement of President Trump.

Read more at The New York Times, Fox News, AL(dot)com and ABC News.

Various And Sundry

Some various and sun-dried (and rain-moistened) things going on out there:

A computer glitch shuts down early boarding for Southwest Airlines passengers.

The wrong way to make a state.

Tiger Woods's drugs.

Senatorial candidate Roy Moore (R-AL) goes to the polls on horseback.

The vandals who pulled down the Confederate statue in Durham, NC might be facing charges.  (intermediate source)

The Alt-Right and Antifa movements grow with each other.

A Swiss hotel asks Jewish guests to shower before swimming.  (intermediate source)

Did ISIS find the hanging gardens of Babylon?

A doctor gives a woman an abortion drug by mistake.

Scientists create mutant ants.

Mexican drug cartel members burn the bodies of their rivals.

My governor calls for the removal of one particular statue.

In Georgia, a gubernatorial candidate calls for the removal of the carvings on Stone Mountain.

Where will the protesters show up next?

The Lincoln Memorial and other sites are vandalized.

And to finish, President Trump condemns the "alt-left" for their role in Charlottesville.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Protesters Topple Confederate Statue

Earlier this evening, a group of about 100 protesters gathered in front of a courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, and pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier.  Some of the vandals protesters placed a ladder next to the statue, which was on top of a pedestal.  One of them climbed the ladder and attached a rope, by which the statue was pulled down.  After the statue hit the ground, some protesters showed their bravery by kicking it and giving it the "we're no. 1" salute.

Read more, and watch the videos, at The Herald-Sun, WRAL, ABC11 and WNCN.

Monday Links

As the workweek starts, here are some things in the news, and some reaction to recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia:

From Philly(dot)com, President Trump, after a bit of delay, names names.

From FrontpageMag, here's how the left can stop the neo-nazis and similar groups.

From Townhall, "the Charlottesville dystopia".

From the Greek Reporter, human traffickers abandon migrants on a Greek island.

From the Assyrian International News Agency, Assyrian face their greatest challenge returning home to places liberated from ISIS.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, over 600,000 Syrians have returned home this year.

From Reuters, fraud against ISIS is still fraud.

From PoliZette, a liberal writer misses the good old days, when America had three news networks.  (Isn't missing the good old days something that conservatives are often accused of?)

From The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore city councilman call for the city to remove all of its Confederate-era monuments.

From PR Newswire, Feed a Bee announces an effort to plant wildflowers.

From BBC News, don't get drunk while on an airplane.

From LifeNews, the "top 10 reasons why it's good to be pro-life".

From the New York Post, a man gives a highly unlikely reason for his forklift rampage.

From The Daily Caller, white-on-black homicides are much more likely to be justified than those of other racial combinations.

From Kurdistan 24, a look at ISIS's prison system.  (H/T TROP)

From Egyptian Streets, the president Tunisia calls for allowing Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.

From The Daily Mail, an Australian publisher decides against publishing a book critical of Islam.

From The Indian Express, pamphlets and WhatsApp messages calling for boycott of Muslims raise tensions in Narkhed, India.  (via The Express Tribune)

From The Hill, President Trump is "quietly" putting his stamp on the federal courts.

And from Voice Of America, five weird things you can visit in the United States.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Music Break

For this month's music break, let's start with one relevant to an upcoming celestial event.  Back in 1973, Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon album featured the two-part song Brain Damage / Eclipse.  The video shows members of the band in the studio, the band in concert, and some then-notable public figures.  Due to some reformatting at YouTube, I can't easily change the size of the videos, so I'll put it (and the rest, of course) below the fold.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen

As the weekend starts, here are twelve things in the news:

According to a survey, 7 out of 10 Britons want a "hard Brexit".

In Germany, it's "almost impossible" to deport failed asylum seekers.

Albanians are caught trying to stow their way into Britain.

Opinion:  President Trump should not criminalize opioid addicts.

The President isn't ruling out military action on Venezuela.

An abortionist wants to do "tel-abortions".

Yes, it's true.  They blow up so fast.  (H/T here)

The migrant crisis brings more slavery to Europe.

In Burma, Buddhists block Muslims from travelling to the Hajj.

Christians are again fleeing Iraq.

No, the firing of James Damore was not done by conservatives.

And to finish, Italy's garden of monsters.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Links

Some things going on out there:

From ANSA, the number of migrants entering Europe is down from last year.

From Breitbart London, the contempt "grooming gangs" have for white women; and in Germany, a fireman is fired and fined for an anti-migrant Facebook post.

From Radio Poland, Poland keeps defending itself from the E.U.

From the Associated Press, migrants keep trying to enter Spain through its two African enclaves.

From The Local SE, a hostage survived by pretending to be Muslim.

From the Daily Star, a London bus crashes into a kitchen shop.

From the New York Post, a New York bus driver is attacked with coffee.

From The Atlantic, 2016 was hot and weird.

From Global News, some Somalis migrating illegally from the United States to Canada have criminal records.

From The New York Times, in Indonesia, a statue of a Chinese deity gets covered up.

From the Daily Mail, a Muslim sues Virgin Airlines claiming he was removed from a plane after casually mentioning 9/11.

From AOL, recently ousted white House Communications director Anthony Scaramucci finds an interesting person to compare himself to.

From the Express, German police search for a man who killed a prostitute and cut her body into pieces; and ancient Egypt was ruled by a giant (for the time) pharaoh.

From KGW, the name "Lynch" will be removed from two schools in Oregon.  (via The Blaze)

From the Independent, a British Labour MP tells the truth about how people regard "grooming gangs".

From PopZette, musician Charlie Daniels has some words for our politicians.

From National Review, "is California cracking up?"

From FrontpageMag, the media isn't saying much about the RAISE Act.

From Free Malaysia Today, an elementary school religiously segregates drinking cups.

And from Variety, the White House area is visited by a Trump Chicken.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell 1936-2017

Singer-songwriter-guitarist-actor-TV host Glen Campbell has died of Alzheimer's disease, from which he had suffered for about six years, in an assisted living facility in Nashville.  He was 81.

Glen Travis Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas.  He was one of the twelve children of John Wesley Campbell and the former Carrie Dell Stone.  He learned guitar during his childhood, and in 1954, moved to Albuquerque to join a band that included his uncle.  In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles to work as a studio musician, eventually joining what would later be called the Wrecking Crew.  Starting in late 1964, Campbell spent several months as a touring musician for the Beach Boys, filling in for Brian Wilson on bass guitar and harmony vocals.

As a solo artist, Campbell struggled for several years before having a huge hit in 1967 with Gentle On My Mind, written by John Hartford.  He had several major hits that were composed by Jimmy Webb, including By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Galveston.  He co-starred in the John Wayne movie True Grit, and sang its title song.  From January 1969 to June 1972, he hosted The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.  He would later host several TV specials.  During the 1970's, he continued to have hits, such as Rhinestone Cowboy, Southern Nights and Sunflower.

Campbell was married four times and had eight children, but was also known for his relationship with fellow country singer Tanya Tucker, which attracted some attention from gossip columnists.  After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, he went on his "goodbye tour", which finished in November 2012.  He is survived by his fourth wife Kimberly Woollen, whom he married in 1982.

Read more at Rolling Stone, Variety, TMZ, The Hollywood Reporter and Us Weekly.

UPDATE:  Glen Campbell is remembered by his golfing buddy, Alice Cooper.

News Of The Weird

Here are just a few weird stories in the news:

First up, when HotAir links something under the title "Dude", you know it's weird.  (When they put a question mark after "Dude", it's even weirder.)  The story comes from the Chicago Sun Times, in which a burglar learns the hard way that solid waste contains DNA.

From the Los Angeles Times, jury selection continues in the Taylor Swift "groping" trial.  In this suit, someone alleged that she falsely accused him of groping her.  In a counter suit, she makes that very accusation.

As reported in Fox Carolina, a group claims to have spotted a Bigfoot in North Carolina.  Due to the fact that I live in Maryland, I'll give them credit for being only two states away.

And to finish, from ForTheWin, NFL teams have used these eight "totally weird drills" in their training camps.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Various And Sundry Stories For A Rainy Day

If rainy days and Mondays get you down, as in the Carpenters song, today is both.  Among other things, this means that today, "sundry" cannot be understood as "sun-dry".  But in any event, here's some various and sundry things going on out there:

From Twitchy, some of our friends on the left still haven't figured out that the Twitter account Sean Spicier is parody.

From The Daily Signal, some of our friends on the left things that conservatives shouldn't be allowed to conduct an orchestra.

From Russia Today, video surfaces of the capture of the German teenage "ISIS bride".

From Defense Tech, better keep your drones away from military bases.

From The New York Times, New York's subway hasn't been doing very well these days.  (via The Daily Caller)

From PopZette, one comedian should be careful what she asks for.

From the Express, Germany wants to seize money from Romania and Bulgaria that was supposed to be used to help the Roma.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany has lots of "frustrated young refugees".

From Sputnik International, almost 200 illegal aliens invade Spain.

From The Local DK, almost 80% of Danish adults receive money from their government.

From USA Today, Ohio State develops a device that can greatly aid healing.  (via The Blaze)

From the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade prisons will cooperate with the federal government on immigration detention requests.

From FrontpageMag, California won't be so cooperative.

From Yahoo News, the real tension between China and India might be at sea.


From Townhall, one CNN host thinks that the Democrats are out of touch on immigration.

From One News Now, Facebook appears to be censoring "anti-Islamic" content.

From Asian Correspondent, the Malaysian government investigates an atheist group.  (The last two stories come via The Religion Of Peace.)

From Assyrian National News Agency, who cite Newsweek as their source, ISIS makes $100 million every year by smuggling ancient artifacts.  (The artifacts they don't destroy by blowing them up, anyway.)

And from the Observer, Brexit might be good for Detroit.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Illinois To Observe Barack Obama Day

Two days ago, I noted the birthday of former President Barack Obama, but his adopted home state has gone much farther.  The Illinois legislature, of which Obama was once a member, has designated August 4th as "Barack Obama Day".  Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed the bill, which received no negative votes.  The day will be a commemorative holiday, which does not involve state government offices taking a day off.

Read more at the Washington Examiner, WGN, ABC7 and NBC5.  NBC5 has been cited by The Hill and The Blaze.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Links For Obama's Birthday

Yes, it is the birthday of our most recent former president.  This, of course, sets aside the objections of the "birthers", which were mainly about where he was born, not when.  So as Barry enjoys his birthday cake, here's some of what's going on out there:

From Breitbart London, the E.U. sends money to refugees in Turkey.

From Russia Today, that burkini is gonna cost you, lady.

From the Express, a shopping center in England is evacuated due to a bomb threat.

From the Independent, the U.N. tells the U.K. to take in more refugees.

From The Old Continent, a refugee and his friends visit a Swedish family who had sheltered him, which results in a rape.

From Mediaite, Representative Maxine Waters (D-Cal) supports the White House leakers.  (via The Blaze)

From PoliZette, Attorney General Sessions has four alleged leakers in his sights, and an interview with my favorite convicted felon.

From the New York Post, the "Mona Lisa" of dinosaurs.

From NewsBusters, NBC's Today advises shoppers to throw groceries at robbers.  (This makes me wonder.  If a robber just happens to be Muslim, would throwing bacon at him be a hate crime?)

From Campus Reform, a professor warns that "social justice warriors" are "ruining" engineering.

From FrontpageMag, a look at President Trump's proposed immigration law.

From National Review, a look at our current immigration system.

From Townhall, why West Virginia Governor Jim Justice switched parties.

From The Express Tribune, a 12-year-old seminary student is tortured and injured.

From the Deccan Chronicle, a Pakistani textbook blames Hindus for the violence accompanying the 1947 of British India.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, a new resort in Saudi Arabia will allow bikinis.

From NBC News, Baltimore starts its "Nobody Kill Anybody" weekend.

From The Guardian, a gallery of wildlife pictures.

From Yahoo News, when and how to see the Perseid meteor shower.

And from Fox News, O.J.'s Bronco is back on television.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday Links

Now that I'm back home, it's once again time to pass on things in the news, such as:

Spanish police break up a smuggling operation that brought Iranians to the United Kingdom.

Look who causes over half of the terror in Germany.

Nie, wy zapÅ‚acicie!  (No, you will pay!)

Unionists are racists?

Roscoe P. Coltrane would be envious.

Migrants literally set up camp in Brussels.

A black conservative sounds off on Al Gore.

President Trump has lots of supporters in a surprising place.

The father of a girl visiting the United States to attend a robotics contest is killed in Afghanistan.

In Australia, a local council bans the construction of a synagogue because it could become a target for terrorism.

In Great Britain, a lack of proportionality.

No drawing allowed!

People are leaving the State Department, which might be a good thing.

"Time to end DACA"

The NAACP issues a travel advisory.

Audit: the IRS "misled" Obamacare customers.

Turkey wants to clear the evidence of ancient peoples.

And to finish, some weird weed news.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mars, Pennsylvania

The last place I got see on my latest trip was Mars.  Not the planet, mind you, but the borough in Pennsylvania.  Mars is located roughly between Pittsburgh to the south and Butler to the north, about a half mile off PA 228, between PA 8 and Interstate 79.  When I arrived, it was too early for lunch, but I did pay a visit to the local coffee shop, thus buying a cup of java from a real live Martian.  A nearby park included this flying saucer.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fort Ligonier

Fort Ligonier is located just off U.S. 30 in a borough named, you guessed it, Ligonier.  The fort was built by the British in 1758 during the French and Indian War, and abandoned in 1766.  It was attacked by the French and some Delaware Indians while still under construction, but was not taken.  More recently, the fort been reconstructed, and now serves as a museum.  To see the fort, you pay your admission fee at the visitor's center, and walk to the west side entrance.

Bedford, Pennsylvania

For my latest road trip, I decided to go into southwestern Pennsylvania, and make a quick stop in Bedford, which I've driven through a few times, mostly on the PA Turnpike.  This time, I drove into town on U.S. Business 30 and turned off to see Fort Bedford.  This is the northern side of the fort, which faces the Juniata River.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Well, That Was Quick

President Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci, known as "The Mooch", from the post of white house communications director.  He had been in the position for only ten days.

Read more at CBS News, CNBC, ABC News and the New York Post.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Sasquatch's Sunday Dozen

Twelve things going on out there:

From Breitbart London, the E.U. takes action against Poland.

Yahoo News asks, "Who is John Kelly?"  They cite The Independent as their source.

From The New Yorker, why bad bankers don't go to jail.

From the New York Post, Pope Francis calls for a "greater commitment" against human trafficking.  (He could help by supporting, instead of opposing, a border wall between the United States and Mexico.)

From the Daily Mail, an Iraqi man opens fire in a nightclub in Konstanz, Germany.

From Hurriyet Daily News, an attacker opens fire at a beach resort in Bodrum, Turkey.

From The Straits Times, the Malaysian government bans another book.

From Dawn, 69 people have been killed by Boko Haram in an attack on an oil exploration team.

From the Sunday Express, people are rescued from a cable car hanging over the Rhine.

From Sputnik International, the "biological extinction" of Europeans.

From RFI, near Dunkirk, France, 26 migrants are discovered in the back of a refrigerated truck.

And from Reuters, Saudi Arabia refuses to internationalize their holy sites.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Links For A Rainy Friday

As the wet stuff falls from the sky, here are some other things going on:

Charlie Gard, RIP.

Britain surrendering to the U.N. led to Charlie Gard's fate.

An "Allahu akbar" breaks out in Hamburg, Germany.

McCain helps sink Obamacare repeal.

Prince William to the rescue.

A U.S. Representative from Maryland will run for president.

Why hasn't President Trump said much about Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT vendors?

The ancient Canaanites are still here.  (intermediate source)

A prison escapee kills a teenager, and is later killed by cops.

Police shoot a man 19 times, and he lives.

Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to allow the Capitol Police to enforce immigration law.

Why sanctuary cities are not compassionate.

The latest Nork missile could hit America's east coast.

A Malaysian politician says that withholding sex is abuse.

Al Qaeda establishes an affiliate in Kashmir.

Assyrians in Alqosh, Iraq don't want a Kurdish mayor.

Orders for American durable goods hit a 35-month peak.

A court rules against the EPA.

Yellowstone disciplines workers for sexual harassment.

And last but not least, Virginia Tech adds BYU to its football schedule.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Some Facts And Thoughts On The Trans Ban

In today's edition of FrontpageMag, Daniel Greenfield has posted an article entitled "The Transgender Ban Isn't Fair.  Neither Is War".  What caught my interest, however, were the facts that he lays out in the first three paragraphs.
The ban on transgender service that President Trump reaffirmed was there for eight years under Obama. It was there in his first term and his second term. And the media said nothing.
Only in the summer of last year did the ban technically end. And, in practice, it remained in force. All the while there was no angry clamor about the suffering of potential recruits who couldn’t enlist. Those who are fuming with outrage now had hypocritically remained silent. Obama had done it. So it must be good.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Trans Ban And Other Stories

President Trump has reinstated the ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.  The move comes about a year after then-President Obama and his Secretary of Defense Ash Carter had lifted the ban.

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

And in other news:

From the Express, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is accused of treated French President Macron like a student.

From The Federalist, some good news for college students falsely accused of sexual assault.

From FOX 13, cops fatally shoot a man after going to the wrong place.  (via WPXI and The Daily Caller)

From The Hill, new white house Communications Director Scaramucci blames Obama.  Well, sort of.

From Breitbart London, police in Milan crack down on migrants after stabbing incident.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, the E.U. Court of Justice finally admits the obvious.

From Breitbart's Big Government, seven facts about the recently arrested IT vendor employed by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

From the Los Angeles Times, Israel has no problem with transgender troops.

From The Daily Signal, a former transgender agrees with the president's decision.

From Red State, a Iraq combat veteran Tweets his defense of the Trump's decision.

From the New York Post, why people are leaving the Northeast.  (I did this myself a long time ago, but it was due to my father changing jobs.)

From Assyrian International News Agency, the Syrian city of Aleppo recovers from war surely but slowly.

From BBC News, the United Kingdom will phase out new vehicles powered by diesel and petrol (what we Yanks call "gasoline").

From Cision, a tea maker finds a way to cut down on plastic.

From BuzzFeed, a Coke product gets re-branded.

From Independent Journal Review, the president of Planned (avoidance of) Parenthood just got in trouble for non-PC speech.

From The Jerusalem Post, a member of the Israeli Knesset tells his Arab colleague to pick a side.

From the Evening Standard, acid attacks aren't just against women anymore.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, in 2016, the E.U. deported thousands of asylum-seekers - back to Albania.

And from Russia Today, Poland again butts heads with the E.U.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Some Stuff For Tuesday

Some things going on out there:

Earlier today, an Iranian ship got too close to an American vessel.

The S&P 500 hits a record high.

Former Speaker Bo(eh)ner makes an all-too-believable prediction.

A Chinese corporation will stick more to its own country.

A Chinese energy company plans to build 100 panda-shaped solar farms.

A phase change in a semiconductor could lead to a new type of chemical vapor detector.

A conservative speaker is attacked with water.

Zimbabweans live in fear.  (H/T Lisa Graas for the Tweet).

An imam in California calls for the annihilation of Jews.

A year ago, a French priest was killed by jihadists.

Jews visiting Aaron's grave in Jordan are detained for praying.

The president of the Philippines wants three church bells returned.

The story of Charlie Gard shows what's wrong with a government monopoly on health care.

The hospital is allegedly making it more difficult for Charlie's parents to take him home.  (intermediate source)

A writer points out how school choice is not a type of welfare.

Much of the money you spend to go on vacation goes to the government.

A wildlife writer says that capitalists should connect with nature.

Princeton hires a "men's engagement manager".

New Jersey Governor Christie's opponent picks his running mate.

And to finish, is President Trump really a conservative?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Links

As the new week starts, here some things that have already been going on:

From Russia Today, let's just say that this ain't no crop circle.

From Breitbart London, Turkish President Erdogan sounds off after Turkey arrests German nationals.

From Reuters, a rival of German Chancellor Merkel says that their country must "act now" to prevent another refugee crisis.

From Euronews, the migrant crisis in Italy is worsened by E.U. indecision.

From Sputnik International, the U.K. has lost track of over 100 refugee children.

From the Sunday Express, someone on a flight from Poland to England just couldn't wait for the plane to land.

From Polonia GP, Poland's new law does not threaten their democracy.

From CTV News, Canada revises their citizenship guide.

From Politico, don't laugh at Kid Rock's Senate bid.

From BizPac Review, President Trump's bid to build his wall might be helped by an anti-terror law.

From the Mirror, civilians liberated in Raqqa, Syria get rid of their burqas and beards.

From Jihad Watch, a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Jordan is stabbed to death.

From Fox News, Israel installs security cameras at an entrance to the Temple Mount area.

From The Guardian, a bear chases 200 sheep over a cliff.

From the New York Post, next month's solar eclipse could cause a massive traffic jam.

From Golfweek, Jordan Spieth wins the British Open.

From National Review, "Made in America" might not mean much with today's "globalized supply chains".

From The Daily Caller, Jake Tapper faults new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci for changing his tune on Trump.

From Canada Free Press, some advice for the GOP, based on a quote from General McArthur.

And from Variety, the highest grossing film of summer is Wonder Woman.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Music Break - More Beatles Covers

This is my second music post dedicated exclusively to Beatles songs performed by other artists.  Some of these I've come across recently, while others I've known about for a long time.  Of the former type is the Tedeschi Trucks Band version of I've Got A Feeling.  The band is led by singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitarist husband Derek Trucks, who had been in the Allman Brothers Band with his uncle, drummer (and original member) Butch Trucks.  Singing the John Lennon part ("everybody had a hard year....") is Mike Mattison.  I'd say that this rendition pretty close to what Beatles music would have sounded like if played by the Allman Brothers.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Various And Sundry

With the weekend upon us, here are some various and sundry things going on, other than the previously noted change of the White House press secretary:

Toronto tears down a $550 staircase so it can build one for at least $10,000.

Migrants in Sweden don't seem eager to learn anything.

Greek police bring down a sham marriage racket.

With the Juice now scheduled for parole, one family naturally is not pleased.

One friend of Mr. Bill hasn't gone away.

Britain awaits the tourists.

The remains of an honor killing victim are found in a freezer.  (Reader discretion is advised.)

Both sides are dishonest.

Interpol identifies 173 potential ISIS suicide bombers.  (intermediate source)

An Indian writer is told to convert or die.

In the Netherlands, an attempt to promote harmony between Jews and Muslims invokes a backlash.

A man offers an incredibly stupid excuse for stabbing his girlfriend's dog.  (intermediate source)

Poland ejects protesters from an ancient forest.

The U.S. Navy allows a woman to attempt to become a SEAL.

California has finished its environmental review of a proposed water tunnel.

And to finish, the Democrats unveil their new slogan.

Out With Spicer, In With Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has replaced Sean Spicer as President Trump's press secretary.  Spicer had resigned a few hours earlier  She is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R), and had served as the chief deputy press secretary.

How this development will affect the parody Twitter account Sean Spicier remains to be seen.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Links For Moon Landing Day

Although there is no such official designation, I call July 20th "moon landing day" because it's the anniversary of Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's first steps on the moon.  That said, here are some things going on down here on earth:

From The Washington Times, in an appropriate development, a bag containing traces of moon dust is sold at auction.

From CNN, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has undergone surgery for brain cancer.

From NBC News, former football player and murder suspect O. J. Simpson has been granted parole, after serving nine years for a botched robbery.

From The Blaze, at his parole hearing, Simpson still managed to raise eyebrows.

From the Daily Mail, Austria gives Italy some advice about migrants.

From PRI, a German town struggles to deal with migrants.

From The New York Times, an American city struggles to deal with refugees, and vice versa.

From the Express, a Russian woman is held at the border of Turkey and Syria.

From the Washington Examiner, the GOP needs to get their act together on the Obamacare repeal or face a difficult time in 2018.

From Reuters, a British zoo donates white rhino eggs to help develop IVF technology.

From Breitbart London, in Berlin schools, an increasingly common insult is anti-Jewish.

From the Independent, a song by Puerto Rican artists gets banned in Malaysia.

From FrontpageMag, what difference would it have made?

National Review opines that Attorney General Sessions should not expand civil forfeiture.

From Townhall, elect Kid Rock.

From Twitchy, conservatives offer new slogans for Democrats.

From LifeNews, a court rules against an Illinois law that would have forced pregnancy centers and doctors to promote abortion.

From Fox News, the FBI turns over 7,000 documents from Anthony Weiner's laptop.

From DefenseTech, the Russian Su-35 performs at an airshow near Moscow.

And from The Telegraph, the lion named Xanda suffers his father's fate.  (via the New York Post)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

China Bans Winnie The Pooh

The "willy nilly silly old bear" known as Winnie the Pooh, which is the main character in a series of cartoons based on stories by A. A. Milne, has been banned in China.  The reason, from what I can gather, is that Chinese President Xi Jinping has been likened to Pooh in various internet memes, which Xi doesn't like.  Oh well, there's nothing like a too-sensitive communist.

The cartoons with Winnie the Pooh and his friends in turn inspired a song by Loggins and Messina.

Read more at Spacewar, ABC News (where "A" stands for "Australia"), The Verge, AOL and CNN.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen, Again

Twelve things I've recently run across:

Two GOP Senators were for it before they were against it.

It's not easy being a Kurdish journalist.  (intermediate source)

Terrorism of the "run over the pedestrian" variety comes to Sweden.

An audio file about "the trouble with national solutions for local problems".

A House spending bill makes the EPA's "buy America" regulation a bit less stringent.

A woman dies after having four sex-selection abortions.  (intermediate source)

"The fifth American war"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defends his party's report card.

Could the cathedral at Cordoba become a mosque?

Two Australian cereal makers opt out of halal.  (found here)

HUD finally stops fighting a county in New York over zoning laws.

And finally, Saudi authorities don't like miniskirts.

Riddle Me This #6

It's been four years since I made a "riddle me this" post, so this one is waaaaay past due.

I hope that the "abolish the white race" movement is only on the leftwing fringe, but I still must ask.  If their goal is achieved and there are no white people left, on whom will non-whites blame their problems?  And who will then be considered "privileged"?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Links

Some things going on out there:

From The Daily Caller, some people aren't satisfied with the Doctor's upcoming sex change.

From UPI, the European Union apparently has gotten a clue.

From the Greek Reporter, young adult Greeks are having a hard time getting on their own two feet.

From the Daily Mail, an Italian mayor barricades an abandoned building to keep migrants out.

From Breitbart London, in a British Islamic secondary school, pro-rape books are discovered.

From the Observer, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair should move to Brussels.

From The Old Continent, anti-Jewish crime soars, but does not get prosecuted.

From Cincinnati(dot)com, a mother who thought she lost her baby wasn't really pregnant.  (via WTVR)

From FrontpageMag, pretty much confirming what I said in a "Things I have learned" post, there are people who consider speech that they don't like to be violence.

From National Review, the Trump administration takes on the campus rape culture controversy.

From Townhall, why liberals hate President Trump.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is reportedly still alive.

From The Times Of Israel, a Canadian imam is wanted by police for demonizing Jews.

From Twitchy, new Senate candidate Kid Rock releases his opening statement.

From DefenseTech, the U.S. tells Turkey that their Russian-made missile batteries aren't compatible with NATO technology.

From Fox News, could eating dates induce labor?

From CNN, the operation to removed a blood clot above Senator John McCain's eye was pretty significant.

From CBS Las Vegas, O.J. might come back.

From LifeNews, a biologist claims that it's "OK to euthanize disabled newborns".

And from the New York Post, is that a banana, or are you happy to eat breakfast?