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?