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.

And finally, a cartoon which came out not long after the shooting, symbolizing the sympathy from other college communities around Virginia.

Happy Easter, and neVer forgeT.

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.

GOP Goes "Nuclear" Over Gorsuch

Republicans in the Senate approved the "nuclear option" to stop the Democrat filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.  Or as I see it, the GOP grew a pair.  A final vote on Gorsuch's confirmation is expected to take place tomorrow.

Read more at ABC News, The Hill, The New York Times, NBC News and Fox News.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday Links

Some more stuff going on:

As the week starts out, President Trump starts out by telling Steve Bannon "You're fired."  (In public office or not, Bannon is my fellow Hokie, who attended Virginia Tech before I did.)

The Trump administration has created a tip-line to report H-1B visa abuse.

In one writer's opinion, Trump should make a deal on infrastructure as soon as possible.

In another opinion, whatever Susan Rice as doing, she wasn't alone.

In still another opinion, anti-Trumpers have become lost in their own "political Area 51".

An F-16 fighter jet crashed this morning in Clinton, Maryland.  Fortunately, the plane came down in a wooded area.  No one was hurt, not even the pilot, who ejected.

A video looks at the pro-abortion movement in Ireland.

William, Kate and Harry honor the London terror victims.

ISIS terrorists stage attack in Saddam Hussein's home town.

The Left cites scripture where it suits them.  (I've believed this sort of thing for a long time, and not necessarily only about that particular side of the aisle.)

Ambassador Nikki Haley silences the UN.

Nivea gets rid of their "white is purity" ad.

Pepsi pulls their controversial add, too.

Looks like you don't even need to be white to be accused of being a "white supremacist".  (via here)

A man arrested for drunk driving was wearing an appropriate shirt.

Panera Bread gets a new owner.

And last but not least, Barry Manilow tells us what many of us pretty much already knew.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Links For 4 By 4

Today is April 4th, or in numerical shorthand, 4/4.  You could even call it "4 by 4".  So here are some items for 4/4:

From ABC News, get ready to roll your eyes.

From CNN, a new sieve could make desalination easier.

From The Washington Free Beacon, if you're looking for the wage gap, go see the fake Cherokee.

From CBN News, 60 civilians, including at least 12 children, are killed in a chemical weapons attack.

From Politico, these attacks could be a "new test" for President Trump.

From WBRC, the NCAA will once again consider allowing championships to be held in North Carolina.

From The Daily Signal, two cases which show that Judge Gorsich is worthy to sit on SCOTUS.

From National Review, this could be "the dumbest filibuster".

From Breitbart London, Hungary moves to restrict foreign-funded universities.

From USA Today, President Trump meets with Jordan's King Abdullah.

From FrontpageMag, ISIS threatens Russia.

From NPR Illinois, residents of Ferguson, Missouri worry about low voter turnout in the upcoming mayoral election.

From HeatStreet, Black Lies Matter calls a black-only meeting.

From CBS Sports, Cowboys QB Tony Romo reportedly finds a new career.

From KTLA, a 2-year-old girl, whether she realizes it or not, fights against racism.

And from ZeroHedge, Susan Rice unleashes the double negative.

Was Ty Cobb Really A Bad Person?

Ty Cobb, the first person to be inducted into major league baseball's Hall Of Fame, was regarded as being both a dirty player and a racist.  He used to sharpen the spikes on his cleats, to hurt any infielder who got in the way of his slide, so the story goes.  Off the field, according to another story, he fatally stabbed a black waiter.  Given all this, if I had been around during his heyday, I would not have wanted to run into him.  But after watching this video from PragerU, I'd say that Lee Corso's line "not so fast" might be appropriate when it comes to Cobb's posthumous reputation.

You can also watch the video on YouTube.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Explosion Hits St. Petersburg Metro

Two explosions have reportedly occurred in separate stations of the Metro system of St. Petersburg, Russia, resulting in at least 10 people being killed and about 20 others injured.  One blast, at the Sennaya Ploshchad station, went off inside a train car, blowing out one of its doors.  The other occurred at the Tekhnologichesky Institute station.  Both are thought to have been caused by IEDs containing shrapnel.  Several Metro stations have been closed, with people being evacuated.

Read more at Sputnik International, Russia Today, The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Independent.

UPDATE:  The linked articles now indicate that the report of two bombs was incorrect.  Instead, a single blast occurred along the Metro's Blue Line between the two above-mentioned stations.  A second device was found in another part of the Metro, but it had not detonated.

UPDATE 2:  The number of dead is now reported to be 11, with 45 others injured.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Some Stuff For Sunday

A few things going on out there:

Will the West wake up, already?

Turkish migrants foresee a civil war.

Judge Gorsuch gets another supporter.

Gorsuch could be helped by the "two-speech" rule.

In Pakistan, a shrine custodian allegedly kills 20 people.

In the Palestinian Authority, almost 40 schools are named after terrorists.

In Colombia, 207 people have died in an avalanche.

In France, presidential candidate Marine Le Pen doesn't like the Euro.

In Yemen, youngsters play football (which we Yanks call "soccer").

The award for the worst economy since WWII goes to this president.

GOP: the DNC chairman is "unhinged".

The violence in Chicago keeps adding up.

Vin Diesel is turned into a ham sandwich.

One more by-product of Obamacare will be the "pizza gestapo".

President Trump and Senator Paul (R-KY) go golfing.

Senator Schumer (D-NY) wants Trump to veto a certain bill.

A family recovers a painting stolen 40 years ago.

And to finish, anyone want a cookie?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tim Burton Convicted Of Harassment Charge

It is my sad duty to pass on the news that Tim Burton of Liberty GB, whom I have listened to many times on BlogTalkRadio, was unsuccessful in defending himself against a harassment charge in a British Crown Court.  I was informed of this development by Kel Fritzi, another BTR host.  As reported by Fahrenheit211:
Tim Burton of Liberty GB was convicted yesterday at Southwark Crown Court of religiously harassing Fiyaz Mughal, the notorious Islamic grievance monger and founder of the questionably honest Tell Mama organisation. Mr Burton was found guilty by a jury of ten (two of their number having previously succumbed to illness) on one count of racial or religious harassment.
Mr. Burton is currently on bail, with sentencing expected late this month.  This is the second time that Mr. Mughal, mentioned in the above excerpt, has taken him to court.  Three years ago, Burton was acquitted of a similar charge.  Read the full story.

Three Charged In Connection To Highway Fire

Three people, all believed to be homeless, have been arrested in connection to the fire that caused the collapse of a section of Interstate 85 in Atlanta.  Basil Eleby was charged with arson and criminal damage, while Barry Thomas and Sophia Brunner were charged with trespassing.  Eleby has a long criminal record, mostly for drugs-related offenses.

The fire started in a storage area under the highway, which contained construction materials such as high-density polyethylene.  Authorities have not yet indicated what kind of material was used to start the fire, or the motive for starting the fire.

This incident reminds me of the claim by 9/11 "Truthers" that fire can't melt steel.  As seen from what happened to this section of highway, it would appear that fire can indeed cause steel structures to collapse.

Read more at AJC(dot)com, WSB-TV, Georgia Newsday and CNN.