Friday, October 31, 2014

Links For Halloween

Before you go trick-or-treating, chaperon your kids as they trick-or-treat, or dress up for that Halloween party, please read a few stories:

From NBC Washington, an ax-wielding man attacks a policeman in Washington, DC.  Could this be a copycat of a similar incident in New York?

From MyFoxChicago, former NBC superstar Michael Jordan is not impressed with President Obama's golf game.

From Pantagraph, on the other hand, LPGA golfer Danielle Kang has her second hole-in-one in eight days.

From CNN, both Senate candidates in North Carolina are admonished for the negative tone of their ads, by someone too young to vote.

From Roll Call, meet the Democrats' recount lawyer.

From The Daily Caller, the Senate races in Colorado and Iowa "are more important than you think".

From The Blaze, a wolf-like animal has been spotted in northern Arizona.

From the Daily Herald, the recent drop in fuel prices has led to a drop in the sale of small cars.

From Bernama, two sons of a passenger on Flight MH370 have filed a lawsuit.

From Israel National News, Jordan threatens to revoke its 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

From Prophesy News Watch, the United States gave almost $8 billion in aid to Pakistan during the past five years, while a Christian woman has been jailed for blasphemy.

From The Verge, Samsung releases the thinnest-ever smartphones.

From Breitbart's Big Peace, a village in France has banned clown costumes.

From ABC News, shelters in Sri Lanka take in victims of a deadly mudslide.

And from the Huffington Post, the history of the pin-up girl.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Survivalist Accused Of Killing Policeman Captured

After a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains and a repeated case of mistaken identity, Pennsylvania State Police have captured survivalist Eric Frein, who is accused of murdering one policeman and wounding another in what has been described as an ambush.  Frein's previous criminal record includes only a conviction of criminal possession of stolen property arising from the theft of World War II military uniform reproductions from a vendor in New York in 2006.

Read more at The Morning Call, CBS Philly, the New York Post, NBC News and Lehigh Valley Live.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Cheap Alternative To Obamacare

Here's an alternative to ObamaCare that I didn't know about.  Instead of going through the state exchanges set up by the ACA, customers can buy one-year policies that can be renewed if they stay healthy.  From Fox News:
The plans, the only ones allowed for sale outside of ObamaCare exchanges, generally cost less than half of what similar ObamaCare policies cost, and are increasing in popularity as uninsured Americans learn they are required to get health coverage. The catch -- that the policies only last for a year -- is not much of a deterrent, given that customers can always sign up for ObamaCare if their short-term coverage is not renewed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

U.S. Official Calls Netanyahu "Chicken[bleep]"

Via the Washington Examiner:

Writing in The Atlantic, Jeffery Goldberg opines that the relationship between the American and Israeli governments "have moved toward a full-blown crisis".  One official's description of the Israeli Prime Minister got a little vulgar.  From Goldberg:
The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chicken[bleep],” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.
Read the full (uncensored) story.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Machines In Maryland Reported To Switch Votes

Via Fox News:

The same problem that was reported with some voting machines in Cook County, Illinois has turned up in Maryland.  Machines switching Republican votes to Democrat votes have been reported in the city of Frederick and the counties of Queen Anne and Anne Arundel.  Will these switches likewise be attributed to a "calibration issue"?

Neither of Maryland's two Senators, Democrats Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, are up for reelection in 2014, but this year's ballot includes the vote for Governor.  In Maryland, the governor is elected every four years, which is offset from the presidential election by two years, thus coinciding with the "midterm" elections.

Read the story at Watchdog(dot)org.

UPDATE:  There's more on this story from CBS Baltimore.

Darth Vader Prevented From Voting

Via the Huffington Post:

I'm normally not in favor of voter suppression, but I still believe that there are some people who should not be allowed to vote.  One type of person who should be kept away from the voting booth is the alien, someone who is not a citizen of the country in which he seeks to vote.  Chances are, if you come from a galaxy other than the one in which the election is held, you might be an alien.

However, that's not why Darth Vader, who is running for Prime Minister of Ukraine, was turned away from the polling station.  From MSNBC:
The force is not so strong with this one.
Darth Alekseyevich Vader, a candidate running for Prime Minister in Ukraine, was turned away from a polling station Sunday – the day of the parliamentary election – after he refused to take off his mask and reveal himself. 
Read the full story.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Bruce 1943-2014

Jack Bruce, known as the bass player and singer for Cream, often considered to be the first "supergroup", died earlier today from liver disease at his home in Suffolk.  He had undergone a liver transplant in 2003, recovering well enough to resume performing in 2004.

John Simon Asher Bruce was born in 1943 in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow.  He originally studied cello and played the double bass, before switching to electric bass.  He also played guitar, harmonica and keyboards.  Bruce played bass in several bands including John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann, before forming Cream with guitarist Eric Clapton, who also contributed some lead vocals, and drummer Ginger Baker.  After Cream disbanded in 1968, Bruce played in various other bands, produced solo albums, and worked as a session musician.  Cream reunited for a concert in 2005.

Bruce is survived by his second wife Margrit, four children, and a granddaughter.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Remains Of Hannah Graham Positively Identified

On September 13, University of Virginia student Hannah Graham disappeared after being seen in downtown Charlottesville, VA.  Although a suspect named Jesse Matthew Jr. was arrested and charged with abducting her with intent to defile, her whereabouts and whether she was still alive remained unknown.  Today, human remains were found this past Saturday on an abandoned property in Albemarle County, VA were identified as belonging to Hannah Graham.

As horrible as the above story is, it gets worse.

In 2009, a Virginia Tech student named Morgan Harrington was on the University of Virginia campus, attending a concert at the John Paul Jones Arena.  Afterwards, she went missing.  Her body was found about 5 miles from where Hannah Graham's remains were discovered five years later.  Police reportedly have evidence tying Matthew to Harrington's murder, as well as to a sexual assault which took place in 2005 in the city of Fairfax, VA.  Matthew has been indicted in that case.

Read more at The Roanoke Times, WTVR, WJLA and WDBJ.

Google VP Breaks Skydive Altitude Record

Alan Eustace, a vice president at Google, made a skydive from a balloon earlier today at a record height of 135,908 feet, outdoing the jump from 128,100 feet made by Felix Baumgartner two years ago.  Unlike Baumgartner or Joe Kittinger, who held the record before Baumgartner and who coached Baumgartner during his jump, Eustace did not ride into the stratosphere in a capsule, but dangled underneath his balloon in a spacesuit.

Read the story at The New York Times.

Man Attacks NY Policemen With Hatchet

Yesterday in New York City, a group of four rookie police officers were posing for a photo when they were attacked by a man wielding a hatchet.  The assailant, Zale Thompson, hit one cop in the arm and other on the head, the latter now in critical but stable condition.  The cops fatally shot Thompson, but also hit a female bystander, who was taken to a hospital for surgery.

Read more at CNN, the Daily News, The New York Times, NBC New York and Reuters.

UPDATE: According to the New York Post, Thompson had something in common with the gun-wielding terrorist in Ottawa.