Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Links

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

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

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

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

From BBC News, "bigger" attacks were planned.

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

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

From Russia Today, opposing demonstrators clash in Barcelona.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Van Hits Pedestrians In Spain

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

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

UPDATE:  Read still more at The Local ES.

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

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Migrants, Memorials And Muslims, Oh My

Some news out there about some specific topics:

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

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

From Ekathimerini, they're still coming into Greece.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Alabama Primary Special Election Results

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

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

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

Various And Sundry

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

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

The wrong way to make a state.

Tiger Woods's drugs.

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

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

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

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

Did ISIS find the hanging gardens of Babylon?

A doctor gives a woman an abortion drug by mistake.

Scientists create mutant ants.

Mexican drug cartel members burn the bodies of their rivals.

My governor calls for the removal of one particular statue.

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

Where will the protesters show up next?

The Lincoln Memorial and other sites are vandalized.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017

Protesters Topple Confederate Statue

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

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

Monday Links

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

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

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

From Townhall, "the Charlottesville dystopia".

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

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

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

From Reuters, fraud against ISIS is still fraud.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Music Break

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen

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

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

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

Albanians are caught trying to stow their way into Britain.

Opinion:  President Trump should not criminalize opioid addicts.

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

An abortionist wants to do "tel-abortions".

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

The migrant crisis brings more slavery to Europe.

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

Christians are again fleeing Iraq.

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

And to finish, Italy's garden of monsters.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Links

Some things going on out there:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From The Atlantic, 2016 was hot and weird.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From National Review, "is California cracking up?"

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

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

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell 1936-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Of The Weird

Here are just a few weird stories in the news:

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

Various And Sundry Stories For A Rainy Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Sputnik International, almost 200 illegal aliens invade Spain.

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

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

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

From FrontpageMag, California won't be so cooperative.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Illinois To Observe Barack Obama Day

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

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

Links For Obama's Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From The Guardian, a gallery of wildlife pictures.

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

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday Links

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

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

Look who causes over half of the terror in Germany.

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

Unionists are racists?

Roscoe P. Coltrane would be envious.

Migrants literally set up camp in Brussels.

A black conservative sounds off on Al Gore.

President Trump has lots of supporters in a surprising place.

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

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

In Great Britain, a lack of proportionality.

No drawing allowed!

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

"Time to end DACA"

The NAACP issues a travel advisory.

Audit: the IRS "misled" Obamacare customers.

Turkey wants to clear the evidence of ancient peoples.

And to finish, some weird weed news.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mars, Pennsylvania

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fort Ligonier

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

Bedford, Pennsylvania

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