Monday, June 26, 2017

SCOTUS Rulings And Other Monday Links

As the first Monday of summer is now upon us, here are some other things that have recently been upon us:

From NBC News, the Supreme Court, in a 9-0 decision, will allow parts of President Trump's travel pause to take effect, but won't actually decide on its merits until this fall.

From LifeNews, SCOTUS rules that government programs can't exclude Christian organizations just for being Christian organizations.

From Philly(dot)com and the "Are you serious?" department, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) says that her party has momentum.

From Breitbart London, in Sweden, children cannot talk about the Bible or even say "amen", in Christian schools.  (Will children in Islamic schools be likewise forbidden from saying "Allahu akbar" or discussing the Koran?  I won't hold my breath.)

From The Guardian, a Swedish man held by Islamic fighters in Mali has been set free after almost six years.

From the Express, ISIS terrorists in Yemen vandalize the graves of British war heroes.

From Morocco World News, ISIS uses the Koran to justify slavery.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, the Hashd al-Shaabi attack ISIS across the Syria-Iraq border.

From YNetNews, five Muslim artists have asked to have their works removed from an Israeli exhibition.

From the Daily Mail, Australia will deport a Muslim immigrant for kidnapping a girl and forcing her to marry him.

From The American Spectator, it's the new Persian Empire.  (If my understanding of ancient history is correct, there have already been two Persian Empires.  The first conquered Babylon, let the captive Jews go back home, and eventually fell to Alexander the Great.  The second, known as the Sassanid Empire, fought against the Romans and Byzantines, and was later conquered by the Islamic Caliphate.)

From FrontpageMag, the left's hierarchy of victim categories gets tested by a murder in Fairfax County, Virginia.

From National Review, the repeal of Obamacare won't cause mass dying.  (NR also has stories related to the two SCOTUS decisions above, so go ahead and browse around the site.)

From Townhall, some advice for Democrats in 2018.

From Haaretz, a Jewish lesbian asks why she and her Israeli pride flag were excluded from Chicago's Dyke March.  (via The Tower, who report that the ADL wants an apology from the march's organizers)

From ESPN, is John McEnroe sexist, or just realistic?

From Radio Poland, Poland has taken in 1.4 million migrants - from Ukraine.

From Sputnik International, a Ukrainian family seeking asylum in Germany poses as Syrians.   (It seems that they should have tried Poland, instead.  They wouldn't have needed to pose as anything other than what they really are.)

From The Washington Free Beacon, the anti-Trump leak campaign is hurting more than just the president.

From the Independent, the next recession could be caused by countries such as China.

And from HokieSports, former Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall has been inducted into the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Jug Bridge Marker

The Jug Bridge Marker currently sits just of Maryland Route 144, near its interchange with Interstate 70, but this is not its original location.  It once sat at one end of a bridge over the Monocacy River in Frederick, MD.  Because the monument resembles a demijohn, a type of whiskey jug popular in the 19th century, the bridge became known as the "Jug Bridge".  (It reminds me a bit of Buddhist stupas.)  There has even been a rumor that a real jug of whiskey is embedded somewhere within the monument.  In 1942, the bridge collapsed, and the monument was moved to where it is now.  From the parking lot, it's a short walk to the marker.  The marker, the rock in front of it and the plaque to right will be shown in greater below the fold.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Sasquatch's Various And Sundry Dozen

Just combining two of my links post titles.  Here are twelve various things in the sundry (or sun-dried) news:

To the chagrin of fishermen, monsters invade the Pacific coast.

Please tell us, lefties, would this be considered "hate speech"?

BlackLiesMatter gets chided by a guy who can't even perceive blackness.

Ladies on the right, one of you is telling you to speak up.

Schoolchildren will no longer be taught evolution.  Darn those fundamentalist Christians!  Oh, wait.

In Kashmir, a cop gets stoned.

The Arab world's political problem is really religious.

Those robocalls are gonna cost ya, pilgrim.

In the first round, the NBA drafts ten players from the ACC.

President Trump signs the VA reform bill.  (intermediate source)

A year after Brexit, other countries might follow their example.

And to finish, a country up to its nose in migrants is urged to take in more.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Links

Some stuff going on out there:

From Breitbart London, immigration has boosted the United Kingdom's population numbers.

From ABC News, the Donald claims that he did not tape conversions with FBI Director James Comey.

From the Express, the other Donald thinks that Brexit can be reversed.

From WRCB TV, the Tunisian-Canadian man who brought an "Allahu akbar" to the Flint, Michigan airport is thought to be a lone wolf.  (via Legal Insurrection)

From CNS News, Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) wants Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) to step down as their party's leader in the House; and in Washington, DC, you can get a gender-neutral driver's license.

From Twitchy, the New York office of BuzzFeed literally gets bugged.

From The Star, immigrant drug gang fights plague Spital, England.

From The Daily Caller, an MSNBC host makes three errors in a nine-word sentence.

From PopZette, some fat guy from Michigan criticizes the Democrats for losing Georgia-6.

From Philly(dot)com, three college campuses near Philadelphia are among 20 finalists for the most beautiful in America.

From Deutsche Welle, ISIS targets children to punish their parents.

From the Daily Mail, an Islamic preachers says that Allah is displeased by crying when someone dies.

From Greek Reporter, the Greek government objects to a Koran reading and Islamic prayer held in the Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum, but was a mosque, and before that, a church.

From The Indian Express, if you want to root for Pakistan's sports teams, go live there.  (I could say the same thing about people who root for Mexican soccer teams playing in the United States.)

From FrontpageMag, one writer predicts that Germany will be Islamic in 20 years.

From National Review, political violence done by groups "is hard to pull off".

From TownHall, a bill in North Carolina to protect free speech is opposed by a Charlotte newspaper.

From Breitbart's National Security, Canuck sniper 1, ISIS terrorist 0.

From The Jerusalem Post, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair recommends a different approach to peacemaking in the Middle East.  (via The Tower)

From The Federalist, "Who does the FBI work for?"

And from the Los Angeles Times, there will soon be no more Cats on Broadway.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Handel Beats Ossoff

Karen Handel (R) defeated Jon Ossoff (D) in the special election in the 6th district of Georgia.  The seat had been vacated by Tom Price (R), who became President Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary.  The seat was once held by Newt Gingrich (R), who spent two terms as Speaker of the House.  The final tally was about 52 percent for Handel and 48 percent for Ossoff.  With over $50 million spent by the two parties, this contest now stands as the most expensive House race in history.

Someone who apparently supported Ossoff created the Twitter hashtag "#VoteYourOssoff".  I'd say that Handel kicked his Ossoff.

There have been reports that Ossoff doesn't actually live in the 6th district.  Looks like he won't have to worry about needing to move.

Read more at CNN, NBC News, Politico, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Naturally, the analysts have started analyzing:

From ABC News, what the results mean for each party.

From the Daily News, the "real lessons of Handel-Ossoff".

At HotAir, Allahpundit asks, "Did the polls get the Handel/Ossoff race wrong?"  (My follow-up question would be, "You mean like they got the 2016 presidential race wrong?")

Form MarketWatch, why Handel and Trump won, and Ossoff lost.

And from the Washington Examiner, Ossoff complains about "money in politics", after spending six times as much as Handel.  The hypocrisy is strong in this one (though present to some extent, in my opinion, in just about all politicians).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Links Before The Solstice

Some things going on out there, on the last full day of Spring:

From The Hill, in the 6th District of Georgia, there's a special election today.

From Breitbart's Big Government, "Clinton 3.0" (as they called her) scolds Steve Bannon.

From Fox News, at the main railroad in Brussels, an "Allahu Akbar" breaks out.

From The Daily Caller, the FBI will announce their findings concerning the baseball field shooting.

From The Telegraph, the Finsbury Park attacker allegedly wanted revenge for the London Bridge attack.

From MHW Magazine, a van driver was killed when he drove into trucks stopped by obstacles placed in the road by migrants near Calais, France.

From France 24, a man killed when he rammed a police van had a gun permit, although he was on a jihadist watch list.

From The Jerusalem Post, nearly half of Muslim youth in Austria think that Jews have too much influence.

From Egypt Independent, a mosque in Berlin that allows men and women to sit together causes some consternation.

From the Daily Mail, an ISIS-inspired Lego knockoff is available in Australia.

From FrontpageMag, leftists have "anger privilege".

From National Review, even "hate speech" is free speech.

From HotAir, a look at how the left treated Otto Warmbier.

From The Roanoke Times, Congressman Tom Garrett (R-VA) calls for North Korea to be put back on the list of state sponsors of terror.

From the Express, EU member states argue over who should get to host the two agencies that are currently located in London, but must be relocated due to Brexit.

From Yahoo News, and the "Are you sitting down?" department, former Attorney General Eric Holder is thinking about running for president.  (via American Lookout)

From the New York Post, if you want to be Mickey Mouse, it's a good idea to learn sign language.

From The Blaze, Press Secretary Sean Spicer doesn't know if President Trump has seen a draft of the Senate version of what could become Trumpcare.

From The Daily Signal, reports of the death of criminal justice reform have been greatly exaggerated.  (They actually quote Mark Twain.)

And to finish with some satire from The Babylon Bee, and the anachronism department, the Apostle Paul's copy of the King James Bible is up for auction.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Music Break

I've been wanting to put up one of these for a while, and it looks like I finally got around to it.  Like last month, I'm presenting songs that aren't all that well known.  The first one, It Came Out Of The Sky, in reality came from Creedence Cleanwater Revival's album Willy And The Poor Boys.  The video includes subtitles in Spanish.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In London, Vehicle Hits Pedestrians - Again

Once again, a vehicle has hit pedestrians in London.  This time, however, it was not on any bridge, and the victims, not the suspected perpetrator, are Muslim.  At around 12:20 a.m. British Time, a van struck people who were reportedly leaving the Finsbury Park Mosque after a Ramadan night prayer service.  Twelve people have been reported injured.  The van's driver has been arrested.

Read more at the Express, The Guardian, the Independent, BBC News and The Sun.  Of these articles, The Sun states that two people are "feared dead", but I've found no confirmed reports of fatalities.

UPDATE:  The links now indicate that one victim has died, eight have been taken to hospitals, and two were treated at the scene.  Authorities are now calling the attack an act of terrorism.  The attacker allegedly said that he wanted to "kill all Muslims".

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Some More Stuff

Another day, more stuff to read and link:

Surprise, surprise.  Europeans want their own governments to decide on immigration.

Open a suitcase, find a migrant.

Removing monuments isn't just for over-sensitive Americans any more.

Like I said, removing monuments isn't just for over-sensitive Americans any more.

Two rightwing protesters interrupt the simulated stabbing of Donald Trump/Julius Caesar.  For the record, I don't condone what they did.  Like it or not, this play, where ancient Romans are given a modern makeover, and in which the Caesar character looks like our current president, is free speech.  However, I would also submit that what these two protesters did is microscopic compared to the leftwing violence that cancelled a speech by Milo Yannopoulos, among other recent incidents.

What happened when Officer Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile?  We don't really know.

Christians and Muslims to rebuild Mosul university library.

In the area of sports, here comes the Judge, here comes the Judge.

Which "head" was she referring to?

Mr. Bill's troubles are not going away any time soon.  (This is not about a former president.)

The names of Mr. Bill's jurors will not be revealed.

She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie.  You can guess the rest.

Could economic ties be established between these two countries?

Happy belated birthday, your Majesty.

Virginia Tech's athletic director uses science and art to hire the right coaches.

And to finish, summer internships are allegedly ruining the American dream.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen - And A Bonus

Here's the Sasquatch's Dozen, 12 things in the news today:

From Breitbart London, more asylum recipients are going on vacation back where they came from. (If the old country is so dangerous that you had to leave, isn't going back a bit risky?)

From the Express, French voters don't want President Emmanuel Macron to have too much power.

From Israellycool, some questions for Linda Sarsour.

From CBC News, Canada looks to make citizenship requirements easier - and removal of citizenship more difficult.

From the Daily Mail, British politician Jeremy Corbyn has some ideas on where to house victims of the fire that destroyed the Grenfell Tower.

From National Review, let's all just grow up.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, more than 100 groups agree to join the Syrian army.

From Straits Times, an Indonesian tribe converts from Animism to Islam.

From Russia Today, a man wields a knife outside the British Parliament building.

From The Local ES, Spaniards don't appear to want a Spexit, but they welcome a referendum.

From Fox News Insider, Kellyanne Conway hypothesizes about the reaction if she were to be shot.

And from Billboard, it's time for Carlos Santana to change his theme song.

Here's the bonus story, from this past April:

From Breitbart Texas, the sorry state of our southern border.  I'll add my own opinion on this.  If you support open borders and/or oppose any new wall, you effectively support the horrors reported in this article.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Congressman And Others Shot At Baseball Practice

This morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and at least four others were shot, including two Capitol Police officers.  Scalise was shot in the hip, has undergone surgery, and is expected to fully recover.  The alleged shooter has been taken into custody.  Scalise and other Republicans were practicing for a charity baseball game against congressional Democrats.

Read more at WTOP, USA Today, NBC News, Fox News and The Hill.

UPDATE:  The suspect, who had been shot by police, has died of his injuries.  He has been identified as James Hodgkinson, from Belleville, Illinois.  He had worked in Iowa for the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry things going on out there.  Considering that today's forecast in Maryland is sunny and mid-90's, trying to dry something in the sun would have a pretty good chance of success.

In Germany, a man steals a policewoman's gun and shoots her.

Lefties gonna keep going left.

In India, a man is arrested for using the Koran to print bank checks.

A fake imam is arrested for assault.

The Helsinki airport to go solar.

President Trump is not surprised by the latest court ruling.

And that was just one of Trump's morning Tweets.

Trump's Tweets might get archived under (Are you ready for this?) the COVFEFE act.

What did Trump tell Janet Yellen?

North Korea releases an American student....

....and will shortly welcome another American for his fifth visit.

Feminists, anyone?  Where are the feminists?

In another non-surprise, Iran blames the U.S. for ISIS.

In Australia, theater-goers hear "Allahu akbar!", but no one is killed, stabbed or injured.

Fewer Irish women are traveling to Great Britain to get abortions.

Znowu, Polska mówi "nie".  (Again, Poland says "no".)

The E.U. sues three countries for not taking refugees.

Here's America's newest submarine.

Young British voters want tuition fees scrapped.

And to finish, Verizon acquires Yahoo.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Links

As global warming, er, climate change, um, warm weather hits my area, here are some things going on:

From The Blaze, Senator Reed (D-RI) thinks President Trump should not testify.

From AP News, Attorney General Sessions, on the other hand, will testify.

From The Guardian, Trump's visit to the United Kingdom will have to wait a while.

From Assyrian National News Agency, Syrian fighters capture parts of Raqqa.

From The Baloch News, a Balochi human rights activist is kidnapped.

From National Review, Reagan's SDI (a.k.a. "Star Wars") looks pretty good in hindsight.

From Breitbart London, Syrian asylum seekers in Germany allegedly molest girls at a swimming pool.

From Trend News Agency, 20 Iranians are lashed for breaking the Ramadan fast.

From Fox News, a Pakistani man is sentenced to death for insulting Muhammad.

From The Times Of India, one of the London Bridge terrorists had been trying to get a job with the agency that provides security for Wimbledon.

From the Daily Mail, an Islamic bookstore in Australia displays books on Sharia, and another claim that the caliph of ISIS is dead.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, people in Ankara, Turkey protest in front of the Saudi embassy.

From Russia Today, 2,500 more migrants are rescued in the Mediterranean.

From the Los Angeles Times, Uber's directors will meet to discuss the fate of their CEO.

From the Washington Examiner, respect for the flag brings America together.

From Gatestone Institute, pro-Erdogan political parties are popping up in Europe.

From The Daily Caller, Canadian troops arrive in Latvia.

From Philly(dot)com, Puerto Ricans vote on statehood.

From Yahoo News, Chinese kids play American football.

And from the Fresno Bee and the "you can't make this up" department, a man is assaulted by someone known as "Cheeseburger".

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"Let's Start Talking About Islam"

I found this article at The Religion Of Peace.  It was published on June 4, while I was out on my most recent road trip.  From Sp!ked:
Another month, another terror attack. Britain’s third in three months. This time the targets were Saturday-night revellers in London Bridge and Borough. Mown and stabbed for the crime of having fun, of being free. And already we are seeing the same craven, baleful response that follows every act of Islamist terror. ‘Watch out for an Islamophobic backlash’, aloof observers say, their minds always more agitated by the thought of stupid white people saying something rude about Islam than by acts of Islamist mass murder. ‘Don’t say anything bad about this wonderful religion or its adherents’, they tell us. This is a really bad response, because it is becoming increasingly clear that one of the major problems we face today is not that our society is too mean about Islam, but that it flatters Islam too much.
The thesis of this editorial is basically, "Protecting Islam from criticism is contributing to violence by Muslims", which is the opposite of the politically correct view that the violence is caused by such criticism.  Read the full article.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Seneca Rocks

Seneca Rocks is a rocky outcrop at the top of a mountain in West Virginia, a small town below and to the west of this mountain, and a state park encompassing the mountain.  The center of town is marked by an intersection between US-33, WV-28 and WV-55.  From the state park's parking lot, just north of the intersection, I could see the west face of the outcrop, although it was partially obscured by some trees in the foreground.

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Continuing northward from Huntington and Lesage, and passing various things named after a certain former klansman Senator from West Virginia, I arrived in Point Pleasant.  This place is notorious for alleged sightings of a creature called the Mothman during the late 1960's.  The Mothman was reportedly seen by over 100 people, and is thought to have possibly been an omen that warned of impending disaster.  Today, the Mothman Museum sits in downtown Point Pleasant, with a statue of the creature just down the street.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday Links

Now that I'm back from my road trip, let me pass on some things in the news.

From The Times-Picayune, 16 anti-Trump vandals appear in court.

From Greek Reporter, the Greek government will freeze pensions until 2022.

From Assyrian National News Agency, Germany warns Iraqi Kurds against having a "one-sided" election.

From The Blaze, while former FBI Director James Comey testified, Donald Trump sent out Tweets.  (No, I'm not talking about the president.)

From Yahoo News, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) admits having given Comey confusing questions.

From the Los Angeles Times, a talk radio host in Arizona blasts Comey.

From Fox News, Comey's testimony, in their opinion, exonerates President Trump.

From Twitchy, Trump's former rival appears to be stuck in an "infinite loop".

From The Telegraph, the United Kingdom appears to have elected a "hung parliament", and the Saudi soccer team would not line up for a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

From The Tower, the Labour Party's candidate for Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbin, has "extremist ties".

From The New American, according to the National Association of Secretaries of State, the 2016 election "was not hacked".

From Breitbart London, the brother of one of the London Bridge terrorists had received money from a government anti-radicalization program.

From Stinson Hunter, video of a man attacking police with a hammer near Nôtre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

From the International Business Times, and perhaps the non-sequitur department, Iran's Revolutionary Guard blames the terror attack in Iran on President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.

From Sp!ked, private jokes can get you expelled from Harvard.

From Breitbart's Big Government, the Charlotte (gay) Pride Parade bans a pro-Trump gay group.  (So much for the "inclusion" the left likes to preach.)

From The Hill, the House scales back Dodd-Frank.

From World Israel News, Palestinian leader Abbas agrees to meet Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu without a settlement freeze as a pre-condition.

From the Daily Mail, ISIS warns of future attacks.

And from The Washington Times, you can fish without a license in Michigan - but only this weekend.

A Most Interesting Place To Eat

If you drive northward from Huntington, WV on WV Route 2, you soon get to the small community of Lesage and its noted grub joint Hillbilly Hot Dogs.  The place includes quite a few old dilapidated vehicles such as this school bus, which the public is not allowed to enter.

Huntington, West Virginia

After visiting Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, I headed eastward, back toward Maryland.  I stopped in at Huntington, located on the south side of the Ohio River.  It is one of two prominent cities in the area where Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia meet, the other being Ashland, KY.  Huntington is also the home of Marshall University.  There were two places in Huntington that I wanted to see.  The first was Ritter Park, which includes this ring made of iron, with stripes radiating on the inside.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Rabbit Hash, Kentucky

Rabbit Hash is a very small unincorporated community, located on the south bank of the Ohio River, southwest of the Cincinnati metropolitan area.  I had previously noticed that the place seems to have a penchant for electing dogs to the office of mayor.  Apparently, the town's name does indeed refer to an item of food made with rabbit meat.  (Elmer Fudd would be proud - and maybe a bit jealous, too.)  I don't know what this building is called, but it might include restaurant facilities, as implied by the name The Scalded Hog on the contraption to the right.

Seip Earthworks

On my recent road trip, my last stop in Ohio was at Seip Earthworks, located just of US 50, about 15 miles west of Chillicothe.  This was very much a return visit, the third time I've been to the place.  Back in 2002, it was part of an archaeological tour that I went on.  In 2003, I decided to swing through Ohio on my way back to Maryland from a wedding in southern Indiana, and stopped in at Seip.  During those two trips, the site was called Seip Mound, after the artificial construction of the same name.  The area is now a unit of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, the ownership having been transferred from the Ohio History Connection to the National Park Service in 2014.  The NPS unit seems to be quite a bit larger in area than the old state-owned site.  Here is the north side of Seip Mound, reached by walking southward a few hundred yards from US 50.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ohio Caves And Waterfalls - Part 2

After visiting Ash Cave and Cedar Falls, I continued northward on OH Route 374 to Old Man's Cave.  This cave is actually a large alcove on one side of a creek.  From the alcove, I got this shot of a bridge spanning the creek.  Not my best focus, but not as bad as in my first two pics from Ash Cave.

Ohio Caves And Waterfalls - Part 1

Continuing my current road trip after passing through western Maryland and West Virginia, I went back to Ohio (apologies to Chrissie Hynde) to check out an area through which I had passed last summer.  During that trip, I stopped to see the Moonville Tunnel, which is on a then-under-construction rail trail.  A few miles east, along the same trail, is the King's Hollow Tunnel.  I first tried to see if I could reach this tunnel from Mineral, a small town at the intended east end of the Moonville Rail Trail, but I could only reach a creek that had no bridge.  If the old railroad had a bridge, it's now long gone.  Eventually I found a back road that took me west of the tunnel, from which I could walk several hundred yards to reach it.  It's a bit longer than the Moonville Tunnel, and has a different cross section.  This is the west end of the King's Hollow Tunnel.  I didn't try going all the way through, because it looked pretty wet.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Casselman Bridge

To quote that noted travel guide Willie Nelson, I've gone out "on the road again".  The first place I stopped to see was Casselman Bridge in its namesake state park, in Grantsville, Maryland.  The bridge spans Casselman River, and is reached by turning off of U.S. Alternate 40, which goes through Grantsville.  Today, only pedestrians are allowed on the bridge.  In this picture, taken from an oblique angle, some idiots visitors sit or stand on the bridge's outer wall.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Van Hits Pedestrians On Bridge In London - Again

Different day, different bridge, same modus operandi.  Today on the London Bridge, a van plowed into about 20 pedestrians after mounting the bridge's curb.  There are also reports of a man, possibly someone other than the driver, leaving the van and attempting to stab people.  The incident has been called a terror attack.  There are no reports yet about how many people have been injured or killed.

Two months ago, pedestrians were struck buy a vehicle on the Westminster Bridge in London.  As with similar incidents, there will undoubtedly be updates as more information comes out.

Read more at the Express, the Mirror, BBC News, The Sun and the Daily Star.

UPDATE:  Depending on which story you read, there were either three or five attackers, two of whom were killed by police.  Up to seven victims of the attack may have been killed.  There are also reports of possibly related incidents in the areas of Borough Market and Vauxhall.  Let me add two more sources, the Daily Mail and The Telegraph.

UPDATE 2:  According to the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, the attackers shouted "This is for Allah."

UPDATE 3:  The links now indicate seven victims killed and 48 injured.  There were three attackers, all of whom were shot dead by police.  The terrorists reportedly wore fake bombs or gas canisters.

Saturday Links

Here are some things going on out there, during the first weekend of June:

From the Express, she misspoke.  (No, this is not about Hillary Clinton.)

From The Guardian, Bill Maher did more than misspeak.

From The Blaze, did Utah's new DUI legislation go too far?

From the Daily News, Kathy Griffin gets a new defender.

From Sky News, explosions go off at a funeral in Kabul.  (via Fox News)

From Military(dot)com, a Naval officer gets a six-year sentence for leaking military secrets.  (via The Daily Caller).

From American Thinker, despite their country's economic turmoil, Venezuela's elite are doing well.

From the Twitter feed of Jack Posobiec, CNN gets some harsh criticism.  (From where would the critic get such an idea?)

From Townhall, some negative reaction to President Trump's pullout from Paris.

From The New York Times, the Manchester suicide bomber allegedly met with ISIS in Libya.

From Breitbart London, police have made their 17th arrest in connection with the Manchester bombing.  (This fact might become useful the next time someone uses the term "lone wolf" to describe a terrorist.)

From Twitchy, some scenes from the #MarchForTruth.

From Bizpac Review, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal), like many politicians on both sides of the aisle, uses the Bible when it suits her.

From Fox News, Defense Secretary Mattis calls North Korea a "clear and present danger".

From PopZette, 10 surprising things about Marilyn Monroe.

From Yahoo News, Toyota cuts their ties with Tesla.

From The Daily Caller, meet the "Ottoman snowflake".

From CampusReform, students at the University of Maryland want stricter "hate speech" rules.

In National Review, Jonah Goldberg discusses the "lifestylization" of politics.

And from FoxSanAntonio, flag thieves wear fur.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Why Paris Won't Work

As everyone not living under a carbon-dioxide-heated rock knows, President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.  For some reaction, go to FrontpageMag and National Review.  But back in January, before The Donald took office, YouTube user PragerU came out with their reasons for opposing Paris.  Their message is basically "big cost, small result".

The video may also be viewed directly on YouTube.

UPDATE:  There's more positive reaction to Trump's decision from The Daily Signal.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Links For The End Of May

As May draws to a close, here are some things in the news:

Move over, Kek, Kermit and Hoppity Hooper, Nature World News presents a new species of frog.

As The American Mirror points out, Griffin's stunt was too much even for Satan worshipers.

On the other hand, an opinion writer in the Washington Examiner defends Griffin's right to do what she did.

It's very hard to get to what the New York Post calls "Mexico's most Instagrammed beach".

From the Daily Record, a Muslim convert flees Scotland while wondering why Muslims should care about Manchester.

As pointed out in FrontpageMag, sometimes revolutions eat their own.

Gatestone Institute asks, "Fleeing tyranny or bringing it with them?"

As National Review reports, Hillary keeps trying to be relevant.

According to an opinion writer in The Week, if you want universal health care, first look across the Pond.

According to an opinion writer from The Heritage Foundation, the real enemy of farmers is not capitalism.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Israel is well aware of Hezbollah's missiles.

From CNN, a truck bomb in Kabul kills 90 people.

From Reuters, China and the EU will support the Paris climate agreement.

From the Independent, President Trump reportedly won't keep the the Paris agreement.

Despite what we may have heard, according to The Daily Caller, the German ambassador to the U.S. says that President Trump and Chancellor Merkel get along quite well.

From ABC News, at the Orlando airport, police take into custody a man who was brandishing a fake gun.  (Pop quiz:  When are cops most likely able to determine whether a gun is real or fake?  Answer:  After they arrest the person with the gun.)

And from Fox Newsplease pass the covfefe.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Links For Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Kennedy.  Here are some things going on out there:

Memorial Day in a divided nation.

What is Kekistan?

In one writer's opinion, President Trump should say non to the Paris agreement.

A famous golfer gets arrested in Jupiter.  (Perhaps he should have turned left at the Great Red Spot.)

Arrogant illegal aliens set forth their demands.

Israel will soon have an earthquake early warning system.

Meanwhile, California gets a very mild quake.

In Kashmir, Ramadan celebrators defy curfew.

Islam was present in America at its Founding, but was not part of it.  (intermediate source)

The Portland stabbing suspect doesn't like Muslims, Christians or Jews.

I'll just recite the title: "Sharia down under".

A Jewish family on a British beach are pelted with stones.

A controversial Mosque in Switzerland will be closed down.

Egypt transfers the security chief of the area where terrorists killed 29 Christians.

And to finish, a tight end texts his quarterback.

I Am The Hippo

Via Chicks On The Right and Pirate's Cove, from The Daily Caller:
A PhD student explained his "transpecies" hippopotamus identity and why he prefers being "transpecies" to transgender in a peer-reviewed paper published in May.
Florentin Félix Morin, a French PhD student who studied at the University of Arizona in the spring 2017 semester, published a paper discovered Saturday entitled "EGO HIPPO: The subject as metaphor," in which he explained "how his metaphorical hippo-self is collectively produced and performed."
John Lennon sang I Am The Walrus, but this guy opted for another large water-loving mammal.  Thankfully, Mr. (perhaps soon-to-be-Dr.) Morin has the sense to admit that his "hippo-self" is "metaphorical".  Read the full story.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gregg Allman 1947-2017

Gregg Allman, lead singer and keyboardist of the Allman Brothers Band, and one of the pioneers of southern rock, died earlier today at his home in Savannah, Georgia.  He was 69.  He had previously contacted Hepatitis C and had undergone a liver transplant.

Gregory LeNoir Allman was born in 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Along with his guitarist brother Duane, he moved to Florida during the mid-1960's and played in a band named after themselves, the Allman Joys.  They later relocated to Los Angeles and formed a band called the Hour Glass, and still later moved to Macon, Georgia to form the Allman Brothers Band.  The original lineup also included guitarist/singer Richard Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and two drummers, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson, known as Jaimoe.  After the band put out two successful albums, Duane Allman and Oakley were each killed in a motorcycle accident.  They regrouped with Lamar Williams on bass and Chuck Leavell on piano.  The band, in various incarnations, would continue until 2014.  Its members have included guitarists such as Dan Toler, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (Butch's nephew), bassists such as Allen Woody and Oteil Burbridge, drummer David Toler (Dan's brother, who briefly replaced Johanson), and percussionist Marc Quiñones.  Besides organ, Gregg Allman would occasionally play piano and guitar.  He also had a side project called the Gregg Allman Band.

Allman had five children, including singer-guitarist Elijah Blue Allman, whose mother is pop singer Cher.  Read more at Billboard, CNN, Rolling Stone, Ultimate Classic Rock and TMZ.

Jim Bunning 1931-2017

Former Senator and Major League baseball pitcher Jim Bunning died yesterday at the age of 85.  He had suffered a stroke this past October.  He was the only person ever to be elected to both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the U.S. Senate.

James Paul David Bunning was born in Southgate, Kentucky, but attended St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.  He also graduated from Xavier University before playing minor league baseball.  He was called up to the Detroit Tigers in July, 1955.  He pitched a no-hitter in 1958 against the Boston Red Sox.  After the 1963 season, Bunning was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets in 1964, the first by a National League pitcher in 84 years.  He would later play for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Phillies, retiring from baseball after the 1971 season.

Bunning served as a city councilman in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and then ran successfully for State Senator as a Republican.  In 1983, he ran for governor, but lost to Democrat Martha Layne Collins.  In 1986, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representative, in which he served for six terms.  In 1998, he successfully ran for U.S. Senator, and was re-elected in 2004.  He declined to run again in 2010, supporting his eventual successor Rand Paul.

Bunning died in a hospital in the same town where he was born.  He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Catherine Theis, and their nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Read more at WKYT, Politico, Cincinnati(dot)com, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.  For his baseball career stats, go to Baseball Reference.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Links

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, here are some things going on out there:

From The Washington Times, a woman is arrested as an alleged accessory to a triple murder.

From the Los Angeles Times, the London premiers of three movies have been cancelled.

From Fox Nation, President Trump orders an investigation into the leaking of British intelligence.

From Twitchy, Trump's rival returns to her alma mater.

From Townhall, DHS Secretary John Kelly responds to Trump's predecessor.

From Bloomberg, Trump's allies have been "convicted of high crimes without a trial".

From the Washington Examiner, Mark Levin thinks Sean Hannity "should consider suing" Media Matters.

From CNN, terrorists kill 26 Coptic Christians as they were riding a bus.

From The Telegraph, more on the Manchester bomber, from his sister.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Iran claims that their third underground missile production site is "fully operational".  (That term sounds vaguely familiar.)

From FrontpageMag, a self-described "Jersey Girl" weighs in on Confederate statues and other matters.

From National Review, not one but two reactions to the 4th Circuit decision on Trump's 2nd EO.

From ABC News, a day after being charged with allegedly body-slamming a reporter, Greg Gianforte (R-MT) wins a special congressional election.

From Bizpac Review, when it comes to assaulting reporters, Gianforte isn't alone.

From The Daily Caller, some people demand that In-N-Out burger stop serving meat made with antibiotics.

From The Roanoke Times, my alma mater is classified as a "baron" in college football.

From The Babylon Bee, which is satirical, a bible college freshman offers his pastor some help.

And from the normally not satirical ZeroHedge, let's have some fun with Bo(eh)ner.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Seven Arrested In Connection To The Manchester Bombing

In the aftermath of the suicide bombing in Manchester, England, seven people have been arrested.  Five of them, including the attacker's older brother, have been taken into custody in England.  The other two are the attacker's father and younger brother, who were arrested in Libya.

Read more at The Telegraph, Reuters, The Guardian, The New York Times and the Metro.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More On The Attack In Manchester

As I expected, here are some more items relating to the suicide attack in Manchester, UK:

From the Daily Mail, a woman injured in the bombing is under heavy sedation, and is thus unaware that her daughter was killed; and parents have taken to social media to find their children who have been missing since after the attack.

From the Observer, one freelance writer has a sick mind.

From The Telegraph, Manchester's city manager's wife and daughters were at the concert.  (via Russia Today)

From Breitbart, the British government thinks that another attack may be imminent.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, ISIS supporters promise more attacks.

From FrontpageMag, in one writer's opinion, British Prime Minister Theresa May should apologize and resign.

From National Review, one writer asks three questions after the attack.  (The first, "Who is the attacker?", appears to have already been answered.)

From Townhall, one Democratic candidate has her own idea of what to blame the bombing on.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Explosion Kills Concertgoers In Manchester, England

Toward the end of concert put on by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester (UK) Arena, an explosion went off, killing 19 people and injuring at 50 others.  Police are regarding the blast as an act of terrorism, and possibly also suicide bombing, until they learn otherwise.

As with similar incidents, the relevant details will probably take some time to be reported.  I will therefore try to pass on whatever information that I come across in the near future.

Read more at The Telegraph, The Guardian, the Independent, The Sun and BBC News.

UPDATE:  The above links now indicate that the explosion was indeed a suicide bombing, carried out by Salman Abedi, who was a native of Manchester and a university drop-out.  They now report 22 people dead and 59 injured.

Monday Links

As our president continues his trip to the Middle East, here are some things going on, there and elsewhere:

From NBC News, Donald Trump becomes the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall.

From the Los Angeles Times, at the Western Wall, Trump was not joined by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

From Haaretz, in one writer's opinion, Trump's visit will not be good for the Israeli right.

From FrontpageMag, Trump's speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was a "marked improvement" over President Obama's speech in Egypt in 2009.

From National Review, Trump's speech was "statesmanlike".

From the Daily Mail, in one writer's opinion, the speech showed that Trump could be a "brilliant president".

From The Washington Free Beacon, reporters fall for a fake list of demands by Trump on his Israeli hosts.  (You'd think that inclusion of bacon, which is very non-kosher, might have been a clue.)

From PoliZette, America's first Slavic FLOTUS impresses the Saudis and Israelis.

From The Hill, America's Ambassador to the United Nations says we "absolutely" need an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

From Twitchy, one of the Notre Dame snowflakes graduates explains why they walked out of Vice President Pence's commencement speech.

From CNN, a report from someone who attended Pence's speech.

From the Tampa Bay Times, is it neo-Nazis or Muslims?  It's both.

From The Sun, one sign that your relationship may be in trouble.  (via Fox News.  Also, note the name of the writer.)

From The Daily Caller, wind turbines are blamed for the deaths of three whales.  (TDC cites The Times, but you'll have to register to access the full article there.)

From the Express, a Swedish airport is evacuated after a "trace of explosive" was found in someone's bag, and Spain faces a possible Catalexit.

From The Old Continent, in Austria, the victim of a migrant gang rape speaks out.

From Baptist Press, four lesbian couples sue the state of Tennessee over legal definitions.

From The Express Tribune, in Pakistan, a professor and his niece are arrested for allegedly having links to ISIS.

From The Times Of India, two boys are stripped and tonsured for stealing food.

From Indonesia Expat, in Indonesia, in preparation for Ramadan, police crack down on illegal alcohol sales.

From Breitbart London, Polish party leader Jarosław Kaczyński says the migrant crisis in Europe is Germany's fault.

And from The Sacramento Bee, LeBron James is human.