Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Few Stories For Saturday - Or Early Sunday

It's another Saturday, with another slate of college football games.  So let me take a time out from watching the gridiron and pass on a few stories:

From Breitbart Texas, two members of MS-13 have been arrested in Maryland for their roles in an alleged gang-related murder.  (Yes, it may seem strange that the Texas division of Breitbart covers a story in Maryland, but I guess that's how they work.)

From Breitbart London, the party led by the "Czech Trump" appears to have done very well in the Czech elections.  (If the London division of Breitbart, which is based in the United Kingdom, can cover a story in other European countries, then the Texas division reporting on Maryland wouldn't be all that odd.)

From the Sunday Express, a British jihadi who joined ISIS is believed to have been killed by ISIS.  (It's Saturday here in the U.S. as I write this, but it's already Sunday over in the U.K.)

From The Telegraph, during the Brexit campaign, the BBC invited one third more Pro-E.U. speakers than Eurosceptic speakers.  (In other words, one British outlet criticizes another.)

From ZeroHedge, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledges an obvious truth.

From Russia Today, in Greece, anti-fascists (as they call themselves) protest against the rightwing party Golden Dawn.

From the Daily Mail, 200 migrants arrive at Piraeus, Greece, the port for Athens.

From Gatestone Institute, Germany has implemented censorship.

From The Sherbrooke Times, a Muslim on trial in France refuses to recognize man-made law.

From The Express-Tribune, a morgue in Peshawar, Pakistan refuses to keep the body of a murdered transgender.

From Sky News, in Germany, a man has been arrested in connection with a knife attack in Munich.

And from The New York Times, President Trump will release thousands of currently classified documents relating the assassination of President Kennedy.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Links

Some things going on in today's news, with a bit of opinion thrown in:

From Voice Of Europe, Poland's interior minister blames European leaders such as Angela Merkel for the migrant crisis.

From the Express, a terror watch boss wants ISIS jihadis "reintegrated" back into British society, and Storm Brian is heading for Great Britain.

From The Old Continent, Syria has suffered a brain drain due to emigration to Europe.

From the NL Times, the Netherlands has granted asylum to Turks who supported Fethullah Gulen, who with his followers has been blamed for a coup in Turkey.

From Sputnik International, at a shopping center in Poland, a man with a knife wounds nine people, one fatally.

From Russia Today, an intelligence chief warns that children returning from war zones controlled by ISIS could become future jihadis.

From Fox News, Romanian police stop 28 people from attempting to enter Hungary.

From The Guardian, a fund used to pay African countries to deter migration is running out of money.  (Was this fund even accomplishing anything in the first place?)

From Al-Monitor, in October, a record number of migrants have gone to Italy.  (So much for paying anyone to deter migration.)

From ANSA, "845 Tunisians arrive on Lampedusa in 4 days".  (Again, so much for paying anyone to deter migration.)

From The Gainesville Sun, three supporters of Richard Spencer have been arrested in connection with a shooting.  (via the New York Post) (Spencer is a white nationalist, and should not be confused with anti-jihadist Robert Spencer.)

From The Washington Free Beacon, the "Women for Peace" rally in front of the Pentagon today includes a performance by convicted sex offender Peter Yarrow.

From Philly(dot)com, in Philadelphia, nine people have been arrested in connection with an alleged illegal street lottery.

From PoliZette, the media, who once vilified President Bush the Younger, now seem to like him after he criticizes his current successor.

From The Washington Times, up to 3.6 million illegal aliens could benefit from legislation proposed to replace DACA.

From Reuters, the underwear bomber sues the U.S. government for violating his rights.

From Lincolnshire Live, a video about the history of Islam made by Lincolnshire police draws a backlash.  The article includes the video, so you can judge for yourself.

From the Metro, the United Kingdom has spent ₤800 million fighting ISIS.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, according to former Afghan president Karzai, the United States is using ISIS as a tool in Afghanistan.

From National Review, what happened in Niger is not "Trump's Benghazi".

From Breitbart's Big Government, the Fourth Circuit has ruled against Bladensburg, Maryland's "Peace Cross".  (Should I go out there and see it, before it gets removed?)

And from the New York Post, thieves in Germany pull off what is called the "largest recorded theft" of one particular type of merchandise.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash

Forty years ago today, the chartered Convair CV-240 aircraft carrying the band Lynyrd Skynyrd and their road crew ran out of fuel and crashed in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi.  Six people were killed in the crash - pilot Walter McCreary, co-pilot William Gray, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist/singer Steve Gaines, his sister backup singer Cassie Gaines, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick.  Cassie Gaines had been part of a vocal trio known as the Honkettes, which also included Leslie Hawkins and JoJo Billingsley, who was not aboard the flight.  Twenty people survived, including Hawkins, keyboardist Billy Powell, guitarists Allen Collins and Gary Rossington, bassist Leon Wilkeson, and drummer Artimus Pyle.  According to Powell, Van Zant was thrown from the plane as it broke up, his head hitting a tree.  Although suffering broken ribs, Pyle was able to reach a nearby farmhouse and alert the authorities.

In 1980, Collins, Rossington, Powell and Wilkeson formed the Rossington-Collins band with drummer Derek Hess (after Pyle was injured in a motorcycle accident), guitarist/singer Barry Harwood, and lead singer Dale Krantz, who latter married Rossington.  In 1987, Lynyrd Skynyrd reformed with Van Zant's younger brother Johnny on lead vocals, and initially included Rossington, Powell, Wilkeson and Pyle, along with guitarist Ed King, who had left the band in 1975.  Today, of the pre-crash members, only Rossington is still in Lynyrd Skynyrd.  His wife Dale is one of two female backing vocalists.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen And A Personal Note

Here are twelve things going on out there:

From Russia Today, British schools are told to protect free speech.  (The particular types of speech which are still considered "free" over there is another matter.)

From ABC News, a tourist in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy is killed by a piece of falling stone.  (via the New York Post)

From the Daily Mail, an entire Russian village is besieged by large white creatures.  (via The Daily Caller)

From Breitbart London, contrary to a previous report, the Viking burial cloth does not refer to "Allah".

From National Review, Mayim Bialik was right to advise women to protect themselves.

From UCA News, in Pakistan, a Christian student died from being beaten by police.

From Newsweek, the terrorist leader accused of masterminding the Peshawar school massacre has been killed.

From Townhall, Harvey Weinstein's accusers are brave, but such bravery is nothing new.

From The Week, defectors tell BBC interviewers that North Koreans are taught that Americans are wolves.  (via HotAir)

From the Washington Examiner, the southern border wall could contain solar panels.  (via The Daily Caller)

And from CNBC, a new video game involves clapping the fastest for the Chinese president.
On a personal note, I visited Florence in 2010, including the Basilica of Santa Croce.  To my disappointment, the square outside the church was occupied by a stage and seating for a rock concert, so I could not take a good picture of the church's front.  Fortunately, while inside, I was able to take a photo of the tomb of Galileo, another other things.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Links For Frank Beamer's Birthday

Today is the 71st birthday of retired Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, who now works as a special assistant to VT's Director of Athletics Whit Babcock, after saying "enough for one lifetime" during the 2015 season.  As I wish a "happy birthday" to Mr. Beamer, here are some other things going on out there:

From Voice Of Europe, the German media already has a very unflattering nickname for Austria's new chancellor.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, the new Austrian Chancellor does not appear to deserve the new nickname.

From Breitbart Texas, a member of MS-13 is arrested after allegedly falsely claiming U.S. citizenship.

From Breitbart Sports, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has a suggestion for what NFL players could protest against.

From National Review, QB-in-exile Colin Kaepernick's collision claim is not likely to be successful.

From The Hill, "beware of the Bannon".  (Like both yours truly and the above-mentioned retired coach, "the Bannon" earned his bachelor's degree at Virginia Tech.)

From The Daily Caller, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) faults a Fox News reporter for asking a "dumb" question.

From The Old Continent, singer Noel Gallagher says that "hippy idealism about religion" won't protect anyone.

From Radio Poland, according to Poland's defense minister, hackers have launched cyber attacks against Poland.

From the Express, for his immigration policies, French President Emmanuel Macron is called "two-faced".

From Total Croatia News, the number of illegal migrants entering Croatia from Bosnia and Hercegovina has increased by 350% over last year.  (This article is a translation.  The Croatian-language original comes from Index.)

From The Local SE, a Swedish police station is damaged by an explosion.

From the NL Times, hundreds of foreign prisoners get an early release and deportation.

From Reuters, Tunisian smugglers offer migrants a route to Europe.

From Russia Today, French police arrest 10 rightwing extremists.

From NBC Washington, a gunman is on the loose after killing three people and wounding two others at his workplace in Edgewood, Maryland.

From The Telegraph, a Singaporean newspaper has come under fire for a column by a Muslim cleric about wife-beating.

From the Mirror, a Nobel prize-winning Pakistani woman is trolled for dressing like a Westerner.

From the Hindu Post, police in Hanyara, India rescue a Hindu girl from Muslim captors who planned to convert and sell her.

From the Washington Examiner, a longtime confidant of the Clintons claims to have warned three Democrat executives about Harvey Weinstein.  (via Lucianne(dot)com)

From the Los Angeles Times, if you've got about $3.7 million lying around, you can own Judy Garland's former house in Malibu.

From the Independent, to deal with a political crisis in North Ireland, here comes Mr. Bill.  (How do you say "oh noooooo!" in Irish Gaelic?)

From Fox2 Now, a woman carrying a gun on the University of Missouri campus, possibly a suicide threat, has been taken into custody.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Carrick Furnace

After setting out for Buchanan's Birthplace State Park, with which I was already familiar, I set out for an unfamiliar place.  It was a short drive from said state park to Carrick Furnace, located along Pennsylvania Route 75, which has a junction with PA 16 in Mercersburg.  The furnace sits in a field just north of a place named Metal.  According to Wiki, the furnace was built in 1828 and operated until 1837.  It sat idle until 1879, when it was adapted to provide steam for a blowing engine.  This operation continued until 1884.  I walked through some overgrown vegetation to get this shot of the furnace and some adjacent machinery, possibly the remains of the blowing engine.

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park is located just off Pennsylvania Route 16 near the village of Cove Gap, between Mercersburg and McConnellsburg, in a gap of Tuscarora Mountain.  The park has an area of about 18.5 acres, and includes two covered picnic areas and other tables.  Every once in a while, I've stopped in there to take a break from driving, and to see the pyramid that marks the former location of the log cabin in which President James Buchanan was born.  Here's a front view.  Direct sunlight and shadows from leaves make for a high amount of contrast.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Links

Another weekend is over, so here comes another Monday full of bah-dah, bad-da-da-dah:

From the Washington Examiner, California's sanctuary policy shows the disconnect between the people and Democrat elites.

From Science News, thar's gold in them thar.......colliding neutron stars?

From Assyrian International News Agency, a priest issues a prayer appeal for persecuted Christians in Iraq.

From The Daily Signal, the policeman who wrongly arrested a nurse is now an ex-policemen.

From EUReporter, the Austrian election, in which rightwing parties appear to have done well, is a wake-up call to the E.U.

From the Express, the victory for Eurosceptics in Austria could be a nightmare for the E.U.

From The Local AT, Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz promises "great change".

From Russia Today, in Austria, it's the "rise of the right".

From Breitbart London, a Swedish woman defends Islamic polygamy.

From WestMonster, Angela Merkel faces calls for her resignation - from her own party.

From BosNewsLife, Hungary pledges to take in "a limited number" of Christians.

From Dutch News, some people in the Netherlands will be paying a higher tax rate, despite recent tax cuts.

From The Local FR, in France, any "undocumented foreigner" (a.k.a. illegal alien) who commits a crime (besides being in the country illegally) will be deported.

From The Local SE, in Sweden, police have a difficult time deporting failed asylum seekers.

From The Telegraph, in Portugal, 27 people have reportedly died as a result of wildfires.  (I think that California might have the right to say, "Welcome to the club.")

From AOL, citing Thomson Reuters, President Trump says that Congress is working on a "short-term solution" for health insurance markets.

From NBC News, Trump claims to understand his friend Steve Bannon's "war on GOP establishment".

From the Los Angeles Times, Trump blames the Cuban government for sonic attacks on U.S. diplomats.

From the Daily Mail, the Egyptian division of ISIS carries out a sharia punishment, and after her town was taken from ISIS, an Iraqi woman joyfully rips off her burqa.

From the Inquirer, in the Philippines, two dead terrorists will be given an Islamic burial.

From The Korea Herald, according to National Security Adviser McMaster, America's options on North Korea are "under constant refinement".

From Philly(dot)com, Philadelphia's soda tax produces all-too-predictable consequences.

And from The Daily Caller, the president apparently would welcome a rematch.  (As a certain saying goes, be careful what you ask for.)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Are You Ready For Professor Hillary Clinton?

Former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, most recently seen running unsuccessfully for President, might be reclaiming a title she once had before those listed above.  She has reportedly been in talks with Columbia University to take on a role as professor, and possibly even store her archives there.  (As for how many emails are in those archives, your guess is as good as mine.)  I say "reclaiming a title she once had" because she once was a law professor in Arkansas.

Read more at the New York Post and the Daily News.  All the other websites reporting on this story, as far as I can find, refer back to the Daily News.

Twin Truck Bombs Strike Mogadishu

Yesterday two truck bombs went off in Mogadishu Somalia, about two hours apart.  Some outlets are reporting 85 people killed, while others say that the death toll is 189.  At least 200 others have been wounded.  The Somalian government has blamed the al-Shabab terrorist group, but no one yet has claimed responsibility.  Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has declared three days of mourning.

Read more at Sky News, The Telegraph, the Independent, The Indian Express, ABC News (where "A" stands for "Australian") and The New York Times.