Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hamas Booby-Trapped Hospital

After entering a UN-funded hospital earlier this week, three Israeli soldiers were killed by explosives that Hamas had booby-trapped into the hospital's walls.  There were also "tens of terror tunnels" under the hospital.

Read the story at Israel International News.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lerner E-mails Show Hostility Toward Right

Here's something that came out after the links post I made earlier today.  While former IRS official Lois Lerner has come under fire for lost e-mails, the contents of one set of e-mails, sent from her blackberry while she was in the United Kingdom, have been revealed.  In an exchange with a "colleague", Lerner used some unpleasant language, including one word that I will not reproduce here.

Read the story at AOL and the Mail Online.

Wednesday Links

Here in the middle of the week are a few things going on:

From The Blaze, the deadliest form of skin cancer has increased 200% in four decades.

From the algemeiner, an Italian journalist defies Hamas by reporting that an errant Hamas rocket killed 9 children at a camp named Shati.  (When reporting the truth is an act of defiance, you known you're dealing with totalitarians.)

From The Right Scoop, Ralph Peters has some words for Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

From the Tea Party Tribune, Lloyd Marcus responds to Joe Biden's accusations toward the GOP.  (Via Before It's News)

In Family Security Matters, Deroy Murdock asks us to imagine "Gaza on the Pacific".

From The Daily Caller, in their game's 16th inning and out of desperation, the Chicago Cubs use a catcher to pitch.  The result?  He gets the win!

In Frontpage Mag, Robert Spencer skewers President Obama's ridiculously ahistorical tribute to American muslims.

In National Review, Michelle Malkin explains how stopping amnesty would be "a real anti-poverty program".

From UPI, a man in South Carolina describes what it's like to be struck by lightning, which he claims to have experienced ten times.

From Fox News, the county council of Pierce County, Washington has decided to display a controversial motto in their chamber:  In God We Trust.

From CNS News, Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) criticizes the president and Congress for their "silence" about the plight of Iraqi Christians.  (Via Pat Dollard)

From Reuters, the U.S. economy bounced back in the second quarter.

From CNET, Canada accuses China of hacking into one of their government's networks.

And from Pamela Geller, the Israeli Ambassador answers the "Enemedia Question of the Day".  (Via I'm 41)

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Centennial Of World War I

One hundred years ago today, on 28 July 1914, the Empire of Austria-Hungary fired the first shots of a campaign to invade neighboring Serbia, in response to the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie a month earlier by a Serb named Gavrilo Princip.  The conflict grew as Austria-Hungary was joined by Germany, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire to form an alliance called the Central Powers; and Serbia was joined by its small neighbor Montenegro and its much larger ally Russia, and eventually the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan, Romania, the United States and other countries to form the Allies. The war became known as the World War or the Great War, and later as World War I after the start of World War II.

The war involved about 70 million combatants, 9 million of whom were killed in the fighting.  Much of the combat, especially on the front between France and Germany, was fought in trenches.  Because of the location of the combatant nations and their overseas colonies, the war was fought in Europe, the Middle East, parts of Africa, eastern Asia, and the Pacific.  The war ended on 11 November 1918 with an armistice and an Allied victory, which along with the early withdrawal of Russia, re-drew the map of Europe and the Middle East.  The Russian, Ottoman, German and Austro-Hungarian empires all ceased to exist, the last of these being dismembered, with the others losing a substantial amount of land and undergoing a change of their respective types of government.  The aftermath saw the birth of a number of modern European nations and the assignment of mandates in the Middle East, each comprising part of the former Ottoman Empire, the remainder of which became modern Turkey.  Germany was stripped of her possessions in Africa and the Pacific.

Who Built Hamas's Tunnels?

Via Breitbart's Big Peace:

According to a report published in 2012 by the Institute for Palestine Studies, much of the labor that went into the construction of the tunnels used by Hamas was from children, which resulted in "at least 160" of them being killed in those tunnels.  This would be something to think about then next time Hamas or anyone speaking on their behalf says anything about children.

Read the story at Tablet Magazine.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What's Life Like Living Near Hamas's Tunnels?

Let's ask some Israelis who live fairly close to the boundary with Gaza.  Spoken in Hebrew with English subtitles.  (H/T luchadora)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Opponents Of Illegal Immigration Rally In Boston

Via Weasel Zippers and I'm 41:

I've heard of a recent rally against the current surge of illegal immigration being held in Murietta, California, which I understand is a conservative city, but earlier today, there was a similar protest in Boston, which is hardly a rightwing bastion.  The rally was initiated by radio personality Jeff Kuhner.  Soopermexican reports in The Right Scoop about both the rally and how it was reported in a video by the Boston Herald.
It’s funny how the Boston Herald video doesn’t include the portion of the speech where radio host Jeff Kuhner welcomed Hispanics and legal immigrants, and the audience applauded.  See, that won’t help push their narrative that these protests are racially motivated and against all immigrants.
Read the full story.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Newtown Battlefield State Park

After leaving Watkins Glen, I continued southward and stopped at Newtown Battlefield State Park, which is on a hill a few miles east Elmira.  Formerly known as Newtown Battlefield Reservation, the park commemorates a battle in the Revolutionary War fought in 1779, between Continental soldiers against a combined force of British regulars, loyalists and Iroquois Indians.  The battle was part of a scorched earth campaign led by Generals John Sullivan and James Clinton against the Iroquois Confederation, mainly the Seneca, Cayuga and Onondaga.  These tribes had retained their alliance with the British which they had formed during the French and Indian War.

The park contains this monument, intended to be seen from a highway that runs below the hill.  The rock and two flagpoles in the foreground are a tribute to the British and Iroquois fighters.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Watkins Glen State Park

After driving north through Pennsylvania, I continued into New York and eventually found my way to Watkins Glen, at the south end of Seneca Lake, which is one of the Finger Lakes.  Watkins Glen is known for its international race track and the Summer Jam music festival, which took place in 1973.  My intended destination was Watkins Glen State Park, whose main entrance is just west of the village itself.  I remember one other visit to this park, during my childhood in western New York.

The park consists of a gorge cut by Glen Creek, which flows roughly west to east, some camping areas, mostly south of the gorge, and some land extending along the north side the gorge.  From the main entrance, the Gorge Trail takes hikers inside the gorge, leading generally westward and uphill.  Visitors enter the lit tunnel toward the right of this picture, proceed up some stairs and then turn left to go across the first bridge.

Mariam Ibrahim Arrives In Italy, Bound For The U.S.

Mariam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who recently escaped a death sentence for allegedly converting from Islam (which she has never practiced) to Christianity, has left Sudan and arrived in Italy.  She traveled with her two children on an Italian government plane, accompanied by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli, and was greeted on her arrival by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.  How long she will remain in Italy is unclear, but her plans are to continue on to the United States, of which her husband is a citizen.

Read more at The Sydney Morning Herald, Yahoo News, ABC News and CNN.

UPDATE:  From AOL, Ibrahim and her family meet Pope Francis.