Sunday, May 21, 2017

Downtown Gettysburg

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Music Break

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


Friday, May 19, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen

Here are twelve stories in the news:

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

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

Venezuelan Supreme Court judges don't like being sanctioned.

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

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

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

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

Cholera spreads rapidly in Yemen.


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

Clock boy's case is dismissed.

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

Weiner Pleads Guilty

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

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

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Various And Sundry

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

Why Scotland wants a referendum on independence.

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

The notorious leaker gets released.

Did another leaker pay with his life?

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

Erdogan's bodyguards attack Kurds - in DC.

To this title, I say "Amen".

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

An Afghani state-run TV station is attacked.

Putin thinks America has "political schizophrenia".

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

Es gibt keine deutsche Kultur, says the Integration Commissioner.

Austria to hold a "snap election".

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

The BBC doesn't like English versions of names.

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

I guess it takes one to know one.

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

Elite opposition to Trump is becoming "dangerous fantasies".

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

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Two Flags

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

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

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Links For Mother's Day

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

From FaithZette, President Trump speaks at Liberty University.

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Los Angeles Times, "Spicy" returns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Brief Music Break

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



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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Return To, And From, Antwerp

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

Return To Brugge, Belgium - Part 2

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Return To Brugge, Belgium - Part 1

That's right, my visit to Brugge was a repeat.  I stayed there in 2005.  During that trip, Brugge was the base from which that tour group explored other parts of the country.  This time, Brugge was a full day tour, as we went between Veere, Netherlands to Antwerp.  (I visited Antwerp 12 years ago, too, but that will be another post.)  Because both French and Flemish (which is often regarded as a dialect of Dutch) are commonly spoken in Belgium, Brugge is also known by its French name Bruges.

We entered the city from the south and soon came upon Lover's Lake and its environs.

Wednesday Links

It's the middle of another week, and here's a bit of what's going on:

A Dutch politician tells the European Central bank to give the Netherlands back some money if they leave the Eurozone.

Desperately seeking Israeli apartheid.

Desperately seeking the right-wing terrorist.

Desperately seeking the new "Saturday Night Massacre".

One Senator has a possible new job for James Comey.

While other areas cut back, one part of the world wants more coal.

From the "you can't make this up" department, squirrels endure media bias.

Beware the accidental Tweet.

Microsoft present the Presentation Translator.

U.S. Representatives visit the Dalai Lama.

Here's some amazing historical ignorance.

The methane rule survives in the Senate.

What happened to Johnny Depp's millions?

Meet your Muslim neighbors in Northern Ireland.

In Indonesia, a gay couple faces the cane.

Pennsylvania has 12 of the 100 worst puppy mills in the United States.

The Rock for President.

And to finish, what makes a good grilled cheese sandwich?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trump Fires Comey

President Donald Trump has just told FBI director Comey, "You're fired!"  The decision was based on recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein.

Read more at The Hill, Time, USA Today, Politico and Reuters.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Veere

Veere is a small resort town located on a peninsula in southwestern Netherlands.  The peninsula extends between the East Scheldt and West Scheldt estuaries.  The Veerse Meer (Lake of Veere) cuts into the peninsula, and contacts the northeast side of Veere.  On the southeast side is a channel called Buitenhaven (which might translate to "boat haven", if I'm permitted an educated guess), where our ship was docked.  On the northwest side is a marina.  Here is Veere's main commercial area, a street called Markt (which seems to be a common name for central squares in both the Netherlands and Belgium).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Hague

The Hague is a city in southwestern Netherlands, situated on the North Sea coast.  It is the seat of the Dutch government and the provincial capital of South Holland, and is the location of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.  The city was once called des Graven hage ("the Count's wood" or "the Count's hedge"), which has evolved to s'-Gravenhage.  It is also known as den Haag ("the Hedge").  We arrived via a short bus ride from Delft.  Our first stop was at the Vredespaleis ("peace palace"), where the ICJ convenes.

Sunday Links

It's Sunday morning, and the stories are coming out:

From Politico, it's time for the French to vote.

From Gatestone Institute, candidate Emmanuel Macron is called a "useful infidel".

From Breitbart London, it's the French presidential election livewire.

From the Sunday Express, gamblers favor Le Pen.

From Fox News, 82 freed Nigerian girls will meet with their president.

From the Los Angeles Times, Iranian coal miners besiege their president.

From The New York Times, tempers flare as New Orleans prepares to remove Confederate statues.

From NBC News, it's time to say, "Lighten up, Francis!"

From AhlulBayt News Agency, the invaders refugees keep coming to Italy.

From National Review, there is no "right" to health care.

From Townhall, "a free speech tipping point".

From Turkish Minute, Turkish journalists critical of President Erdogan are harassed by his media supporters - in the United States.

From the New York Post, President Trump says that the media should investigate Democrats' dealings with Russia.

From ABC News, a Packard car plant in Detroit, sold three years ago, is still in ruins.

And from The Washington Post, bring on the kimchi, sauerkraut and yogurt.

UPDATE:  From The Guardian, Macron wins.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Delft

Delft is a fairly small city in southwestern Netherlands, known for Delft Blue pottery, for Delft University of Technology, and for being the seat of the first William of Orange.  According to our tour guides, a large fraction of the city's population are students.  We walked from our buses to the Markt square, which includes the city hall.  Workers were taking down various things which had been set up a day earlier for King's Day, but had not yet gotten to the band shell.  (I saw a forklift lift several outhouses onto a truck, making me realize that I didn't want to use any of them.)

Kampen

After visiting Giethoorn, we returned to our ship, which was docked in Kampen.  We then got to walk around some of Kampen's streets, where the King's Day celebration was still going on.  This is one of the city's gates.  I took a picture of this side because it was sunlit.  The other side faces the IJssel river and our ship.  (Again, for reasons of which I am ignorant, both the "I" and "J" are capitalized.)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Giethoorn

After being docked in Amsterdam for several days, our ship sailed on the Ijsselmeer to the smaller city of Kampen.  We then boarded buses to travel most of the way to Giethoorn, a small town in which the main thoroughfares are canals.  The name translates to "goat horn".  When the canals were dug, goat horns were found in the soil.  To actually reach the place, we had to get on canal boats.

A Bit More Of Amsterdam

After returning to Amsterdam, but before our ship sailed to its next port, I took a few pictures of the area where it was docked.  The Mövenpick Hotel and Muziekgebouw aan't IJ were just down the street.  Our ship wasn't too different in structure from the Scenic Jasper docked nearby.  The large ship in the distance was Viking Cruise ship, but I don't know her specific name.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Links For Star Wars Day

Now that I've been back for a few days, let's see if I can find a few stories to pass along.  Today has been called "Star Wars Day", as in "May the Fourth be with you".  With that, here are a few things in today's news:

The House narrowly passes the AHCA, which still faces the Senate.

One high school student took "May the Fourth" a bit too seriously.

I've heard of the dead voting, but now apparently they can also get a college degree.

On the other hand, one student gets her college degree before graduating high school.

"It's not my fault!", she cried.

How wrong were last year's election polls?

Visa overstays are rarely caught.

ISIS is making its own answer to Facebook.

Be careful about what you put on YouTube.

Feeling down?  Try this.

A former Virginia Tech football player gets an award as a coach.

And finally, I hope Mick and Keef let this show use their song with the same name.

Keukenhof, Part 2

As promised in Part 1, I have some more pictures from Keukenhof.  After visiting the park's windmill, I found this water course, with flowers and walkways on either side.

Keukenhof, Part 1

Keukenhof is a privately owned park which includes numerous flower gardens, consisting mostly of tulips, located near the town of Lisse.  Just after entering, we came upon this area, in which various types of tulips grow to different heights, resulting in a multilayered formation called a "lasagna" planting.  You can see the overcast gray sky in the background.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Zaanse Schans And A Bit Of Amsterdam

After arriving in the Netherlands, I was put on a bus, along with my fellow travelers, which took us to  the Zaanse Schans area of Zaanstad, a city on the Zaan River.  ("City on the Zaan" is what the name means.)  Even with the delays at Schiphol Airport, we had arrived before our accommodations were ready.  In Zaanse Schans, we were treated to a demonstration wooden shoe-making, and then given time to walk around some nearby windmills, such as these.

I'm Back

Yesterday I got back from my trip to the Netherlands and Belgium, arriving at chez Grand-Pied just before 7:00 p.m.  After listening to a show on BlogTalkRadio, I hit a jet-lag-induced wall around 9:00 and decided to put off any blogging until this morning.  The upside, of course, is that waking up early in my home time zone becomes rather easy.  So I'll mention a few preliminary items:

The Netherlands is known for windmills, wooden shoes and tulips.  But as pointed out by our guides, none of these actually comes from there.  Windmills originated in southern Europe around the Mediterranean Sea (although the Dutch claim to have improved them by giving them the ability to change direction, in order to point into the wind).  Wooden shoes came from France, in the vicinity of Bordeaux.  Tulips are from western and central Asia, finding their way westward via the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires.  According to one guide's story, if I remember it correctly, the Austro-Hungarian royals had a gardener who just happened to come from the Netherlands.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bigfoot's Vacation

Later today, I'll be flying across the Atlantic for some touring and sightseeing in what are sometimes called the Low Countries.  The computer will not be along for the ride, which means that I won't be posting anything until the first week of May.  If there's a computer available for guests where I'm staying, I'll probably check my email and do a little browsing, but for the most part, will leave the Interwebs alone.  When I get back, of course, there will be travel reports and pictures.  See you then.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Some More Stuff For Sunday

Other than the French election, here are a few things going on:

From NBC News, one copy of the Declaration of Independence appears to have reached its intended destination.

From Fox News, the Zika virus might be back.

From Philly(dot)com, Jews in Philadelphia remember the Holocaust.

From World Israel News, Israel remembers the Holocaust.

From Breitbart California, the vast majority of Trump supporters would vote for him again.  (To that charge, of course, I plead would guilty, just to keep his rival away from the White House.)

From National Review, not another Clinton, please.

From The Daily Caller, it's Bill Nye versus William Happer.

From Townhall, the last conservative with guts might be this gal.

From The Times Of India, a national champion athlete is divorced for giving birth to a girl.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, 10 million people have commemorated the seventh Shiite Imam.

From Assyria International News Agency, a Rand Corporation report finds that ISIS is "on a path to collapse".

From The Jerusalem Post, one of the new members of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women doesn't even allow them to drive.  (via Twitchy)

From The Washington Times, some history on Planned Parenthood's founder.

From Real Clear World, Venezuela has a Tiananmen Square moment.  (via Pat Dollard.  RCW cites CNN, but the link doesn't go there.)

And from People, Erin Moran, who passed away yesterday, is remembered by her neighbors.

Macron And Le Pen To Meet In French Presidential Runoff

In today's vote in the French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen finished first and second, respectively, and will thus face each other in a second round on May 7.  Macron is described as "centrist" and has served as France's economy minister.  Le Pen is called "far right", for being skeptical on the European Union and wanting to limit immigration.

Read more at The Local FR, France 24, The Telegraph, Politico and ABC News.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Music Break - From The 80's

Here are a few songs that I enjoyed listening to during the 1980's.  Of course, I've included songs from that decade in other music posts, but as far as I can tell using Blogger's "search" function, I haven't yet posted any of these on this blog.

To start off, here's a song whose words were obviously not meant to be taken seriously, Vive Le Rock by Adam Ant, the title song from his 1985 album.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Links

Again, Thursday is a good day for some links.  Of course, stuff happens every day of the week, but here are some things going on today:

U.S. jobless claims rise, but remain low.

For the E.U., carbon credits ain't working out.

Mr. Bill (in this case, not the former president) just got one huge severance package.

China puts their bombers on high alert.

America hasn't learned how to deal with the "known wolf".

How the ethanol mandate is destroying our prairie grasses.


The shooter reportedly wanted to shoot policemen.

A terror cell goes on trial in France.

Berkeley attacks free speech once again.

But they will allow Ann Coulter to speak, at an (as yet) undisclosed location.

The horrible consequences of corrupted forensic science.

Everyone's favorite Twelver will not be back in office.

In India, a man is killed for agreeing with a Tweet.  (via here)

In England, two businessmen go to jail for passing off turkey as lamb.

Vice President Pence praises the "moderate form of Islam" in the country once inhabited by his running mate's predecessor.

Speaking of Pence's running mate, President Trump has reportedly saved taxpayers $86B in regulatory costs.  (H/T Bloviating Zeppelin for the Tweet)

For-profit colleges are doing better under Trump (so far, maybe) than under Obama.

Women in and around Paris are afraid to use public transportation.  (H/T LSU Jeff for the Tweet)

Black teens are more likely to use smartphones than their white counterparts.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ossoff To Face Runoff

Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, running in a special election in Georgia's sixth district, fell short of receiving 50 percent of the vote.  He will face second-place finisher Karen Handel (R), who has served as Georgia's Secretary of State, in a runoff in June.  The seat was vacated by Tom Price when he became President Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.  As noted in yesterday's links post, Ossoff already has shown some skill at question dodging.

Read more at The Hill, CBS News, CNN, NBC News and National Review.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gunman Kills Three, Later Shouts "Allahu Akbar"

Three people have been fatally shot in Fresno, California, including one near Catholic Charities.  The suspected gunman, Kori Ali Muhammad, reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" while being arrested. He had made Facebook posts saying that he didn't like whites.  He is also suspected of killing a security guard at a Motel 6.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News (citing The Associated Press), KFSN, YourCentralValley and The Fresno Bee.

"Facebook Killer" Kills Himself

Murder suspect Steve Stephens, who allegedly killed a man and posted a video of the act on Facebook, fatally shot himself in Erie County, Pennsylvania after a brief pursuit by PA state police.  He had stopped at a McDonald's about five miles away from where he took his own life.

Read more at Fox43, Cleveland(dot)com, Cleveland 19, Go Erie and CNN.

Election News And Other Links For Tax Day

Today is the deadline for Americans to file our federal income tax forms.  This means that post offices and their parking lots are going to be crowded.  There is also a special election in the 6th Congressional District of Georgia.  With that in mind, here is what else is going on:

From FrontpageMag, a referendum in Turkey will result in their president receiving greatly increased powers.

From CBS News, British Prime Minister Theresa May calls a "snap" election.

From Observer, one writer asks about this British election, "What's the point?"

From America Rising, one candidate for Georgia-6, demonstrates a very important political skill - dodging a question.

From CNS News, more on the question-dodging candidate.

From NBC News, more about the Georgia-6 election.

From the Washington Examiner, why the Georgia-6 election "is not a referendum on Trump".

From CNN, on the other hand, "stakes are high" for Trump in Georgia-6.

From Breitbart London, the Easter weekend was good for invaders migrants from Africa.

From PopZette, a man finally gets his star.

From Politico, President Trump says that North Korea "outplayed" two of his predecessors.

From Twitchy, Trump's hat throw was not into the crowd at the Easter Egg Roll.

From National Review, "Trump is not a neocon."

From AhlulBayt News Agency, according to Iraq's vice president, ISIS are trying to form an alliance with al Qaeda.

From Tech Crunch, "Snapchat introduces World Lenses".

From WNEP, a wounded veteran from Pennsylvania carries a woman across the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

From Russia Today, a Saudi helicopter crashes in Yemen.

From ABC News, a commercial rocket ship is named after John Glenn.

From the Los Angeles Times, other than dragging people off planes, United is doing very well.

And from Yes (the network, not the band), Matt Holiday of the Yankees hits a 459-foot home run.  This is actually two feet short of the deepest part of the playing field of the original Yankee Stadium.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter, And A Sad Anniversary

Today is a day of mixed emotions.  As a Christian, I celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the day known as Easter Sunday.  Before today is over, I'll spend some time with my extended family, which might include watching its younger members hunt for plastic Easter eggs.  However, today is also the tenth anniversary of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech.  I don't know if the phrase "tragic irony" truly describes this coincidence, but it's probably the best term I can think of.

On April 16, 2007, I was at work, using my computer to produce what was then called "paper work".  As I often did back then, I took a break to browse the Internet, which took me to TechSideline, a site dedicated to Virginia Tech sports.  The site included (and still includes) several message boards, over which the horrible events of that day started to be reported.  It seemed that every time I went back to the site, the number of people who had been killed would increase.  Trying to get any work done soon became almost impossible.  When it was all over, 32 people been killed by a mentally ill student, who afterwards took his own life.  In the aftermath, my alma mater was shown a great amount of sympathy from numerous other college communities and sports organizations.  Here are a few related stories from the last few days:

From Virginia Tech's website, "We remember".

From U.S. News & World Report, "When campus safety changed forever", which features a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting.

From NBC Washington, families mark the 10-year anniversary.

From The Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech "still never forgets", including numerous links (via TSL, above).

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "heartbreaking memories remain" (also via TSL).

From the Washingtonian, "Virginia Tech, ten years later".

From WRIC, the shooting still haunts the superintendent of the Virginia State Police.

From the Culpeper Star-Exponent, a survivor is now a new father.

From WAVY, a look at what has changed and what hasn't changed since the shooting.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Links For Jackie Robinson Day

Seventy years ago today, Jackie Robinson made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, thus breaking major league baseball's color barrier (or maybe re-breaking it).  As this year's baseball season gets underway, here are some other things going on:

The most profitable MLB team is this one.

A federal judge tells Arkansas to hold off on their upcoming executions.

Turkey could give President Erdogan even more power.

Around the world, churches bolster their security.

At a Good Friday procession in Spain, an "Allahu akbar" broke out.

Where does the word "Easter" come from?

A Czech Easter tradition tries to keep going.  (The tradition and the author of the linked article share the same name.)

North Koreans are told 10 myths about the Kims.

Yes, there is a such thing as transparent coffee.

Some Californians are still feeling the effects of the recent drought.

A church in California has recovered most of their stolen musical equipment.

In a recount, the number of ISIS terrorists reportedly killed by the MOAB is revised upward.  Even so, "lefties remain unimpressed".

I'm sure that most lefties will not approve of this planned speech by President Trump.

Could the anti-Trump protests be "losing steam"?

You can help the family of a fallen Green Beret.  (H/T Gulf Dogs for the Tweet)

A look at the "quietist" movement.

An imam says no to last rites for the blasphemer.

A woman claims to have been sexually assaulted, while visiting Mecca.

In Australia, Christian values are "lamely defended".

And to finish, congratulations, it's a giraffe.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Of Chemical Weapons And Hitler

President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer caught some flack for stating that during World War II, Hitler did not attack his people with chemical weapons, as Syrian President Bashir Ashad recently allegedly did.  Since the Nazis did indeed use chemicals to kill people in the concentration camps, Spicer was even accused of Holocaust denial, even though he was talking about bombs being dropped on civilians, not about the horrors done in the camps.

Someone out there did a little research, and found that Spicer is not alone.  Via Twitchy:



Here's an excerpt from Matthews's report, also via Twitchy:
Don’t use chemical weapons.  We didn't use them in World War II, Hitler didn't use them, we don't use chemical weapons, that's no deal.  Although we do know that Assad's father did.  Then he goes ahead and does it.
It may be fair to say that Spicer should have been more specific in his historical reference, but from the overall respective contexts, it might also be fair to say that both he and Matthews were talking about battlefield munitions, not the gas chambers.  This is not to say that one man's error excuses that of another, but to show the apparent selective outrage.  You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.  Ironically enough, during World War I, Hitler was a victim of a chemical attack.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday Things

Some things going on today, which is Thursday:

From Air Force Times, the demand for virgins has just skyrocketed.

From Reuters, my response to this development would be "Zgodę się bardzo."

From the Express, the British "benefits capital" is this place, and a horrific "honor" attack.

From The Blaze, a certain liberal comedian didn't know the correct date of a special election.

From ABC News (where A stands for "American"),  Star Wars people tribute Carrie Fisher.

From Breitbart Tech, how the left tolerates one type of homophobe.

From The Daily Caller, a doctor in Michigan is charged with performing FGM.

From The New York Times, why your shoes get untied.

From WGN, Chicago will get a new police oversight agency.

From the Daily News, President Trump signs a law allowing states to decide whether they fund Planned Parenthood.

From FrontpageMag, what the "Resistance" wants.

From National Review, a historical parallel to President Obama.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Iraqi troops advance in Mosul.

From Townhall, the Obama administration claimed to have eliminated "all" of Syria's chemical weapons.

From Sky News, the man suspected of bombing the Borussia Dortmund team bus was a refugee.

From ABC News (where A stands for "Australian"), an Islamic group puts out a controversial video.

From One News Now, the Gospel is now being preached in the place where it originally came from.

From Business Insider, what a MOAB blast looks like.

From Shots, what doesn't kill you can still maim.

And from the New York Post, do you root for the horse or the gator?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bomb Attack Suspect Arrested

Don't go blaming Mus.......and it's a Muslim.

A man described as an "Islamic extremist" and an "Islamist" has been arrested in connection with the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.  Another suspect was under investigation.

Read more at the Daily Mail, BBC News, The Telegraph, The Sun, Deutsche Welle and the Evening Standard.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon

This post's title refers to the weekday and time of its creation, except when it refers to a song by the Moody Blues.  Here are a few things that I've recently run across:

That darned Attorney General is actually going to enforce our immigration laws.

Yes, he will do that.

Russia has a high-level stooge, and it ain't the current president.

Speaking of our current president, why does his administration have so many vacancies?

One victim of the Stockholm truck terror attack was trying to help failed asylum seekers.

Things are so bad in Sweden that "Swedish conditions" has become a by-word.

An Iranian website writer looks at Turkey.

An American website thinks that we should look at Turkey, too.

The man who was dragged off an overbooked United flight has an interesting past.

United Airlines is given some new mottos.

Here's an informative article about the San Bernardino school shooting.

Three bombs explode near a bus full of soccer players.

One congressional Democrat thinks we should learn from Iraq.  Somehow, I think we have learned from what happened in Iraq, after we removed a secular despot, but instead of regarding it as a mistake to avoid repeating, our politicians have wanted to do the same thing in other countries.

Refugees fleeing a war zone doesn't just happen in Syria.  We also need to look farther south.

And to finish, my alma mater has declared Labor Day a university-side holiday.  During my student days, we were not in class on Labor Day, but only because the school year started later in September back then.  The only holiday I ever remember having off, during a week in which classes were otherwise in session, was July 4th, and that was only because I was in class for that particular summer.

UPDATE:  Three more articles about the bombs exploding near a bus were posted into a BlogTalkRadio chatroom.  With the H/T to Red Fox Blogger, here's one.  With the H/T to Gulf Dogs, here's another and still one more.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Monday

Monday has rolled around again, so here is some of the bah-dah, ba-da-dah-duh:

From The Corner at National Review, "What does it mean to be a [Russian] patriot?"

From FrontpageMag, why legalizing illegal aliens would be "catastrophic".

From ABC News, the UN tells the EU not to send migrants back to Hungary.

From The American Spectator, big government keeps the poor poor.

From Campus Reform, Clemson University gives their faculty diversity training.

From The New York Times, Wells Fargo will "claw back" millions from two former executives.

From The Washington Post, Wells Fargo has known about "sham accounts" for quite a while.

From the New York Post, citing the Associated Press, the Trump administration will allow the sale of attack airplanes to Nigeria.

From The Daily Caller, in response to the church bombings in Egypt, Israel closes its border.  (They cite The Times, but you'll have to register there if you want to read the link.)

From the Washington Examiner, Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) criticizes President Trump on Syria.

From National Review, the strike on Syria does not oblige the United States to let in unvetted refugees.  (H/T Yankeemom for the Tweet).

From the Chicago Tribune, a Cook County judge is shot dead just outside his house.

From CNET, Google will reportedly invest in pixel-phones.

From TechCrunch, the Naval Research Laboratory will test some smaller than usual drones.

From CNN, NASA puts areas of the Earth up for adoption.

From LifeNews, Associate Justice Gorsich is sworn in.

From Kurdistan24, watch as new Peshmerga fighters receive their training.

From The Telegraph, the Stockholm attacker bragged about what he did.

From the Metro, Marvel pulls a comic having hidden messages against Jews and Christians.

From Vanguard, in Nigeria, Sharia leads to poverty.  (via Nigeria Today)

From the Daily Mail, in Australia, an Islamist preacher tells his fellow Muslims to avoid using public urinals.  (So where should they, uh, relieve themselves?)

From WBRC, U.S. airlines are doing better at keeping their schedules and your bags.

From Time, here's why you get zits.

And from Observer, get your waffles on a stick.

UPDATE:  After I made this post, I found two other things worthy of being passed along.

Back to the Daily Mail, in Chechnya, authorities have opened an alleged "concentration camp for homosexuals".  (via the Geller Report)

And from Page Six, Caitlyn no longer has Bruce's original equipment.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Two Egyptian Churches Bombed

At least 36 people were killed in two explosions targeting Coptic churches in Egypt, during celebrations of Palm Sunday.  In Tanta, located in the Nile delta north of Cairo, a bomb went off during Mass in the Mar Girgis church, killing 25 people.  Later, a suicide bomber killed at least 11 people at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria.  Coptic Pope Tawadros II had been at the church, but left before the blast.  About 100 people have been reported injured from the two attacks.  No group has yet claimed responsibility.  Catholic Pope Francis is due to visit Egypt later this month.

Read more at Al Arabiya, Deutsche Welle, CNN, Reuters and NDTV.

UPDATE:  DW, CNN and Reuters now report between 16 and 18 people killed in Alexandria.  That would place the overall number at up to 43.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Two Stories From Stockholm

Here are two follow-up stories about the truck terror attack in Stockholm.  The first comes via Jihad Watch, from the Daily Mail:
Police investigating the Stockholm truck attack have arrested six more suspects after three were bundled out of a car and police raided a property 12 miles from the scene where four died.
Officers smashed the window on the driver's side of the vehicle, thought to be linked to the atrocity, and took three people into custody at 5pm, local media reported.
Later, heavily armed policemen raided a flat in the suburb of Vårberg and surrounded three people in the courtyard.
A 39-year-old Uzbek man is suspected of organizing the attack, in which a beer truck was hijacked and then driven into a crowd.  Read the full story.

The other story comes via my blogosphere buddy Holger Awakens, who is as proud of his Scandinavian heritage as I am of my Slavic heritage.  From his source, The Telegraph:
A suspected terrorist targeted young children as he drove a hijacked lorry into a crowded shopping street in Stockholm, witnesses claimed last night.
Infants' buggies were sent "flying through the air", one Swedish broadcaster reported, as the vehicle zigzagged along the pedestrianised Queen Street shopping district and embedded itself in the window of a department store.
Naturally, my opinion of someone who deliberately targets infants is about as low as you can get.  Read the full story.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Missile Strikes, More Truck Terrorism, And Other Stories

Some reaction to yesterday's attack on a Syrian base, and other things in the news:

From Commentary, President Trump needs to explain his actions in Syria.

From ABC News, some battle damage assessment from a local eyewitness.

From National Review, the United States should "play a very long game".

From Al Arabiya, nine planes were destroyed.

From WJLA, citing the Associated Press, Russia intends to help Syria beef up their air defenses.

From Middle East Eye, some reaction from Syrians.

From Townhall, some reaction from world leaders.

From The Sun, British Prime Minister May calls the strikes an "appropriate response" to the Syrian government's chemical attack.  (This, of course, sets aside the question of whether the chemical attack was really the work of the Syrian government.)

From The American Conservative, Trump's attack on Syria was illegal.

From BBC News, Arabs give the president a new name.

From the Daily Star, a vehicle crashes into people in Stockholm, Sweden.

From the Independent, a fifth victim of the Westminster Bridge attack has died.

From the New York Post, President Trump accepts an invitation to visit China.

From Fox News, a report on yesterday's nasty weather around D.C.

From Ahlul Bayt News Agency, Syriac Catholics visit the shrine of Imam Ali.

From FrontpageMag, how old is "Islamophobia"?

From Gatestone Institute, sentenced to death for a joke.

From Canada Free Press, an open letter about Obamacare.  (H/T Luchadora for the Tweet)

From The Washington Post, two Marines are disciplined for online conduct.

And from the Daily News, a tribute to Don Rickles.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

U.S. Strikes Syria With Cruise Missiles

In response to the recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians, American naval vessels fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into Syria, targeting the Ash Sha'irat airfield.  This is the base from which the chemical attack is believed to have been launched.  President Trump ordered the cruise missile strike without announcing it in advance.

Read more at the Daily Star, USA Today, AP News and NBC News.