Thursday, February 23, 2017

Some Stuff

A few things going on out there:

Protesters in Anaheim get arrested.




The Secretary of State goes to Mexico.

Grabbing these pussies is not advisable.

What's going on in Sweden?

Putin confesses. (No, this has nothing to do with any American election.)

If feminists wish to support Muslim women, how about this one?

Did Nazi Germany test a nuke?  (Yes, bring out your grain of NaCl.)


A tribute to Colmes from his sister-in-law.

Something is definitely rotten in Denmark.

I'd thought I'd finish with some evapotranspiration.

But I found one more.  A four-year-old Irish boy will visit New York.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Seven "Earth-Sized" Planets Found Orbiting Single Star

NASA has announced the discovery of a star orbited by seven "Earth-sized" planets.  The dwarf star is only 40 light-years from Earth, and has been named Trappist-1.  Three of the planets are said to be within the star's "habitable zone", where the temperature is right for liquid water to exist.

Read more at TribLive, Space(dot)com, Vox, The New York Times, and of course, NASA.

This new (to us) interesting solar system also has its own website.

Batter, Take Your Base

Major League Baseball has reportedly decided to change the procedure for an intentional walk.  Instead of having the pitcher throw four pitches outside the batter's strike zone, the defensive team will give the batter first base via a signal from the dugout.  The purpose is allegedly to speed up the game.

In my own personal experience, such a signal has been used in slow-pitch softball.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry things I've run across:

Some Senatorial hypocrisy on schools.

Here's what a real feminist looks like.

Tom Brady's backup gets his news from a familiar source.

Here's one reason a wall is justified.

That's a load of bull.

I'm sure that Kermit approves.

In the Swedish capital, Muslims riot.

This might be a backlash against Muslims in Sweden.

In Switzerland, two Muslims are attacked after tipping off a journalist.

White woman entering white-majority country claims to have been racially profiled.

Can a football coach run for governor?

The Russians show how scary big government can be.

I would not want to encounter whatever killed this shark.

Can a fish predict earthquakes?

Despite security problems, Verizon will still buy Yahoo.

A country full of desert wants to colonize an even drier desert.

What should the president do in his revised travel order?

And to finish, here's the new Calvinist hymnal.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things I Have Learned

This post is intended to be similar to my "Random Musings" posts, except that the ideas presented herein are admittedly not my own.  You might even call this list "other people's musings".  As with my own, they range from the serious to the light-hearted.  Many of these ideas I have been seen on Twitter, but others come from outside the Web, such as on bumper stickers.  I will try, where possible, to provide links for some further information.
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All the alleged domestic spying by the federal government, including the collection of metadata by the NSA, failed to stop the Boston Marathon bombing, and the shootings at Garland, TX, Chattanooga, TN, and San Bernardino, CA.  (I might add the shootings at a church in Charleston, SC, at a college in Oregon, from the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and at the Fort Lauderdale airport.)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Links

While I enjoy a somewhat warmer than usual February weekend, here are some things in the news:

From ABC News, some Spaniards want more refugees, and one terrorist's life sentence comes to an end.

From NPR Illinois, look at some megacities, or if you have the time, go find a planet.

From the Daily Mail, Vice President Pence and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov speak their minds.

From KTLA, Secretary of Education DeVos will not be going out alone.

From Fox News, marijuana smugglers - and the Border Patrol - are getting more clever.

From Reuters, eight people flee the Border Patrol, to meet the RCMP.  (via Legal Insurrection)

From The Two-Way, Norma McCorvey passes away at age 69.

From Politico, the man who introduced Jack To Jackie passes away at age 95.

From Russia Today, French police fight back.

From the Daily Star, German Chanellor Merkel continues to be delusional.

From NBC News, the Twinks4Trump founder joins the White House press corps.

From American Lookout, Floridians go MAGA.

From Hollywood Reporter, the self-described "dangerous faggot" rides again.  (via American Lookout)

From the New York Post, General Petraeus will not replace General Flynn.

From The Washington Free Beacon, some former Flynn supporters reportedly recommend another possible replacement.

From LifeZette, a celebrity campaigns against human trafficking.

From WQAD, there's more rain on the way for California.

From National Geographic, some historical pictures of the Post Office.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, US-led airstrikes deprive ISIS of a bridge.

From the Express, in northern Somalia, rape gangs target female refugees.

From Twitchy, some lefties can't stand Bono showing respect to the vice president.

And from CNET, why do we (myself included) keep buying throw-away headphones?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh, The Irony

(H/T luchadora, who Tweeted the Jihadwatch post on this story.)

In a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, a Lebanese family's garage door was spray-painted with a swastika, along with an expletive and the word "Arabs".  As it turned out, the man charged with this vandalism is named.....wait for it.....Osama.  You know, the last time I checked, "Osama" was an Arab name, so this looks like a fake hate crime.  His last name, for the record, is Nazzal.

Read more at NBC24, The Blade and ABC News.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

She's Been Everywhere, Man

Cassie de Pecol, at just 27 years of age, has become the first woman to visit every country in the world, and did so in the shortest amount of time for travelers of either gender, about 18 months.  Now that she's back in the U.S.A., she plans to participate in an Iron Man Challenge, and eventually go to the one place on Earth that is not a country or part thereof - Antarctica.

Read more at the Independent, Travel+Leisure and CNN.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday Links

A smattering of today's new and opinion:

PoliZette explains why we should give a dam.

The Politico pollsters get ahead of themselves.

From Fox News, he's not insane.......and a "baby supernova".

From The New York Times, a movie is advertised with fake news.

From ABC News, nyet, there were no contacts with Trump's campaign.

From Bizpac Review, Rush weighs in.

From MSNBC, Paul Ryan weighs in.

From Mashable, a headset brings sight to the blind.

From the Independent, U.K. politician Jeremy Corbin is right to be worried.......and a Ghanian soccer player in the UAE gets in trouble because of his hair.

From the Express, a U.K. columnist doesn't like false accusations of racism.......and three French Muslims are arrested for plotting a terror attack.

From CNN, Stephen Miller warned about "islamofascism" while in college.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Iran's president calls for Muslims to help Yemenis.

From Russia Today, German police arrest alleged Turkish spies.

From The Standard, an Indonesian Muslim explains why he can't vote for Jakarta's governor.

From the East London & West Essex Guardian, a British man claims to have been forced out of his house after leaving Islam.

From National Review, we can't just erase history.

From ZDNet, how to improve the visibility of your mouse pointer.

And from the Midtown Manhattan Patch, show dogs are still dogs.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Oroville Evacuation Lifted

As officials start work on repairs to the Oroville dam, Butte County authorities have lifted the evacuation notice.  Erosion in the dam's spillways is no longer believed to be a threat.  Nearly 200,000 people had been evacuated from areas below the dam along the Feather River.

Read more at CBS SF BayArea, the Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News, KCRA and the New York Post.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Dozen Items

Here are some things going on out there, other than dam concerns:

Like father, like son?

Why be wary of Syrian refugees?  This might be one reason.

Paris suburbs burn once again.

When dealing with the left, turnabout is fair play.

Could locking her up really come true?

Swedish leaders visiting Iran dress accordingly.

ISIS destroys more of Palmyra.

How many Muslims would condone terrorism?

India flexes its naval muscles - and that's a good thing.

Senator Paul wants to discuss civil forfeiture.

According to one conservative pundit, the NFL is "playing with fire".

And to finish, did Saturday Night Live go to far with their Kellyanne Conway skit?

Evacuation Ordered Due To Dam Situation

Yesterday in and around Oroville, California, evacuations were ordered due to erosion of the emergency spillway of the Oroville dam.  Here are some related stories:

From WQAD, citing CNN, "at least 188,000 people have been evacuated".

The Los Angeles Times has live updates.

From The Sacramento Bee, there's no word as to when the evacuation order will be lifted.

From The Two-Way, water is no longer pouring over the emergency spillway.

From The Mercury News, three environmental groups reportedly warned of problems with the spillway in 2005.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Make The Grammys Great Again

I don't know much about singer Joy Villa's music or her political leanings, but today she showed up at the Grammy Awards wearing a dress emblazoned with President Trump's campaign slogan.  For wearing a pro-Trump dress in what is most likely an anti-Trump environment, Villa earns the "badass" label.  If women (other than of the Caitlyn variety) can have "balls", she surely does, which I mean as a compliment.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo and the Daily News.

UPDATE:  The all-too-predictable reaction from the left is reported by Gateway Pundit.

Oops!

A newspaper in the Dominican Republic named El Nacional, in an article about President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, used a picture of Alec Baldwin portraying Trump on Saturday Night Live.  This might not be FakeNews, but it could be a FakePhoto.

I figure that Sarah Palin and Tina Fey might be having a good laugh.

Read the full story at Fox News Insider.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ten Stories For The Tenth

Since it's the 10th of February, here are 10 things going on out there:

Why the "Resistance" is not the new Tea Party.

Shia LaBoeuf's museum protest will not go forward.

If you think that President Trump doesn't like Iran, they don't like him either.

In one writer's opinion, Trump's travel moratorium "is not recruiting more terrorists".

A look at the TSA's suicide bomber awareness training.

I'm not saying it's aliens, but.....

A Muslim is sentenced for a shooting in a gay nightclub - but not in Florida.

The new Secretary of Education encounters one of the hazards of her job.

An army general learns a lesson:  Pay for your own recreation.

And to finish, please be sure to watch out for falling ice!

Orange Alligator Seen In South Carolina

Residents of Hanahan, South Carolina were recently surprised to see an orange alligator.  Because it reminded some people of our new president's hair, it's been called "Trumpagator" (although I think "Boehnergator" would also have worked).  The reptile is reportedly between 4 and 5 feet long, which would make it a sub-adult.  No one seems to know how it acquired its orange hue, but it's not believed to be genetic.  Since gators shed their skin, this one will eventually revert to looking normal.

Read more at Russia Today, CNET, Fox 8 and The State, who cite The Associated Press.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Links For Pizza Day

According to Twitter, it's National Pizza Day.  So before you go out and stuff yourself, here are some things you can read:

From the Express, chemical warfare on a London commuter train.

From The Local FR, a French landmark will get its own wall.

From LifeNews, eight countries will subsidize international abortions.

From CBS Chicago, a murderer gets 50 more years.

From The Daily Caller, the Dear White People trailer isn't doing too well.

From Australia Unwrapped, you can wash your hair without water.

From The Two-Way, Alabama appoints the Senate replacement for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

From FrontpageMag, some perspective on the Sessions confirmation.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Muslims in Austria protest against a proposed ban on face veils.

From National Review, the proposed "Calexit" has some parallels with another secession movement.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, one prominent Women's March activist has a checkered past.

From BizPac Review, it took 20 years to deport this illegal alien.

From The Daily Signal, a Republican proposes a carbon tax.

From Business Insider, archaeologists find new caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls may have been hidden.

From the Los Angeles Times, here are all of President Trump's Tweets.

From USA Today, Trump and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) go at each other.

From Reuters, Trump "adds nuance" to his Israel policy.

From Philly(dot)com, the snowstorm didn't quite turn out as forecasted.

From CNN, making babies from skin cells?

And from The Washington Times, a Delaware state SCOTUS judge announces his retirement.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Secure The Border, Said The Democrats

(H/T angrymom, who posted this on Twitter.)

Political commentator Mark Dice takes 84 Lumber's Super Bowl commercial and parodies it, in order to point out how some on the left used to be very much in favor of securing the border, and even had the sense, seemingly rare on their side today, to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.



As always, you can watch the video directly on YouTube.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Anti-Trump Protesters Promise Some Exposure

Normally, a full moon rises about when the sun sets, but this coming Sunday, a whole bunch of moons are scheduled to rise during the late afternoon, in front of the Trump Tower in Chicago.  The purpose of an unusual protest, involving rear ends exposed toward the building, is to demand that President Trump release his tax returns.  So if you're in the Chicago area, and want to make like ZZ Top and go downtown looking for some tush, you might be in luck.  Or if you simply want to make an ass of yourself, here's your chance.

Read more at The Hill, Chicagoist, CBS Chicago and WND, the last link brought to my attention by Kel of Red Fox Blogger.

Music Break - Brits Play Country

While the American style of music called rock and roll has spread to just about all parts of the globe, American country music seems to have mostly stayed home.  Even so, a few British artists have recorded an occasional country song, or something that sounds like country.  One example is Led Zeppelins's Hot Dog, from their 1978 album In Through The Out Door.  Guitarist Jimmy Page starts the song off, followed by singer Robert Plant reciting the song's name.  Multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones then takes over with some honky-tonk piano.

Monday, February 6, 2017

That's Quite A Catch

In yesterday's Super Bowl LI, Julian Edelman (#11) of the New England Patriots makes an amazing catch, in the process demonstrating the value of not giving up.  Tom Brady's pass was partially blocked by Atlanta Falcon's defender Robert Alford (#23).  As Edelman, Alford, and other Falcon defenders drop toward the ground, the ball hits Alford's leg, but ends up in Edelman's hands.  This catch, like the Patriots' comeback 34-28 victory, illustrates the quote attributed to Yogi Berra, "It ain't over 'til it's over."



By showing his powers of concentration, Edelman earns this blog's "badass" label.  The video may also be watched on YouTube.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Some Other Stuff

A few things I've run across:

Pipeline protesters, claiming to protect the environment, aren't doing too good a job of it.

The Romanian government backs down on decriminalizing some types of corruption.



Three men who survived two internments in POW camps.

A former Hokie is hired by the Redskins.

A future Hokie is one freshman football player who might play right away.


The Tripper strikes again.....well, probably not intentionally.....this time.

And to finish, exit the closet, stage left.

The Louvre Attacker Had Paint Bombs

This information comes via Gateway Pundit, from Vlad Tepes.

According to various sources linked by Vlad Tepes, the man who attacked soldiers at the Carousel du Louvre is an Egyptian who arrived at the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport on a flight from Dubai.  He had no explosives, but had two backpacks in which he carried a cell phone, a machete and paint bombs.  He was shot in the "flanks" and the rear end, and was hospitalized.

The thought of the damage paint bombs could do to the contents of an art museum should be truly horrifying.  Read the story at Vlad Tepes, and be sure to check out the comments thereto.  I would especially recommend a comment posted by someone calling himself Green Infidel, which reproduces a comment left on Jihadwatch by an archaeologist who tried to visit petroglyph sites in Pakistan.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday Links

Here are some things going on out there, besides interesting statues:

From The Daily Caller, the Screamer once again makes a donkey of himself.

From BBC News, an "allahu akbar" broke out in the Louvre's shopping center.

From The Orange County Register, a crude IED gets thrown into a restaurant.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump announces sanctions in response to Iran's missile test.

From the Examiner, a Muslim Austrian MP proposes a ban on Christian symbols.

From Breitbart's National Security, a charge against Sebastian Gorka is dismissed.

From The Straits Times, a Saudi diplomat in Singapore gets prison and caning for molesting a female hotel intern.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, another one bites the dust.

From FrontpageMag, the real reason for the refugee protests.

From WBRC, an Iraqi interpreter, despite the 7-country moratorium, arrives in America.

From Truthfeed, according to residents of El Paso, "walls work".

From PoliZette, the mayor of Boston can't say whether the Boston bombers were refugees.

From Independent Journal Review (another right-leading site with the word "review" in its title), get ready for more Trump executive orders.

From the Daily News, it's rappers against Trump (language warning).

From CNET, a woman has undergone a successful cockroachectomy.

From Fox News, a veteran sends pizzas to deployed troops.

From WGN, seats from Wrigley Field are on sale.

And from Hoodline, Bugs and Daffy walk around San Francisco.

Lincoln Meets Boehner?

This comes from the YouTube channel of Justin Imel, whom I also follow on Twitter.  Congressman and former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was recently informed about a statue of Abraham Lincoln talking to a modern day American, who looks like Boehner.



I'd say that the modern citizen looks like a younger version of Boehner.  I can only wonder if there are other statues out there, showing Tip O'Neill, Newt Gingrich or Nancy Pelosi talking to some other past president.  You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.

UPDATE:  According to Roadside America, the modern American looks like Perry Como.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Kuwait Bans Visits From Five Muslim Countries

This comes via a Jihadwatch post put on Twitter by luchadora.  Travelers from three of the same countries under President Trump's refugee moratorium, along with those from two other countries, have been banned from entering Kuwait.  The reason is reported by Asia News:
The Kuwaiti Government has asked would-be migrants from the five banned nations not to apply for visas, as Kuwait City is worried about the possible migration of radical Islamic terrorists.
Asia News cite Sputnik News as their source, but do not provide a link, but I found one anyway.  Whether anyone will protest the Kuwaiti ban, as is being done in response to the American moratorium, remains to be seen.  (Yeah, I won't my breath.)  Read the  Asia News story and the Sputnik News story.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Thugs Shut Down Speech

A speaking appearance by British gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos was evacuated after self-styled "anti-fascists" showed up, some of whom reportedly threw rocks and aimed fireworks at police.  In other words, the people who claimed to be anti-fascists acted like fascists.  Yiannopoulos's speech was to be his last appearance on his Dangerous Faggot Tour.

I've stated this before and will say it again.  If anyone brings fascism to the United States, he will accuse his opponents of being fascist.

Read the story, still developing as of this posting, at Breitbart.

UPDATE:  Read more on this story at CNN, SFGate, KTVU and NBC Bay Area.