Friday, April 29, 2016

Green Beret Who Confronted Afghan Boy-Rapist To Stay In Army

Weasel Zippers found this story and passed it along.  Besides their source, Fox News, I found two other outlets reporting this latest development.  In reversing a previous decision, the U.S. Army will not kick out Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, a Green Beret who roughed up an Afghan police commander who allegedly raped a boy and beat up the boy's mother.

Read more at the above-mentioned Fox News, Army Times and The Washington Times.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Man In "Panda Suit" Makes Bomb Threat At TV Station

According to several reports, a man wearing a panda suit entered the Fox News affiliate in Baltimore, threatened to blow the place up, and was later shot by police.  The building had been evacuated in response to his threat.  The suspect's condition is not yet known.

UPDATE:  The suspect is reportedly in "serious but stable" condition, and is expected to survive.  I have a feeling that his explanation for his actions, if he chooses to give one, is going to be interesting.

Read more at WMAR, FOX5, CBS News and FOX45 (the place which was threatened).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday Links

A few stories out there in the news:

China has successfully tested a hypersonic glider.

The U.S. Air Force will have its own hypersonic weapons.

A mushroom cloud is seen coming from Area 51.

A British MP is suspended for her pre-membership comments about Israel.  (H/T Kel Fritzi & Catstrangler, for mentioning this on their BTR show)

An OECD official likens the possible Brexit to a tax.  (Another H/T to Kel & Cat)

The Republican and Democrat Senate primary winners in Maryland are....

Although the media won't say, among the losers of the Democrat House primary is....

The DOE is worried about anti-Muslim bullying.

The Austrian "far right" is angry about alleged sex attacks by refugees.  (Does being against sexual assault make you "far right"?)

This particular example deserves some Austrian anger, I'd say.

According to the Austrian presidential frontrunner, only about 1 in 5 of the migrants in Austria is a "real refugee".

In France, a Muslim shopkeeper is fined for having different hours open for men and women.

In France, a synagogue will be converted into a mosque.

In Denmark, Muslim girls attend girl-only swimming lessons.  (via here)

In Delaware, three girls involved in a fight in which a schoolmate was killed are suspended from their school.

President Obama will visit Flint, Michigan next week.

The current election may be one of the craziest ever, but at least the technology is improving.

Ted Cruz (R-TX) announces his VP choice.

And finally, a Pennsylvania state representative hires casting extras.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Augsburg, Germany Installs Traffic Lights In Sidewalks

"German engineering" is pretty much a cliché, but the German city of Augsburg has engineered a way to accommodate people who like to walk and look at their smartphones at the same time, while seemingly oblivious to their surroundings.  The city has installed traffic lights in its sidewalks, so that smartphone addicts don't have to look up.  I first read this story at IndiaTimes, because it had been put on Twitter, but after a bit of Googling, found some corroboration at The Washington Post and the Daily Mail.  The earliest publication, however, appears to be at TheLocal(dot)DE - a source from Germany.

Monday, April 25, 2016

LGBT Magazine Editor In Bangla Desh Killed In Machete Attack

If you're an American, and your attitude toward homosexual conduct is critical in any way, you might be accused of hate.  You don't have to do anything to harm a gay person, you merely have to have a politically incorrect opinion, such as opposition to gay marriage.  At the same time, if your attitude toward Islam is critical in any way, you might be accused of Islamophobia or even racism (even though Muslims can be members of any race).  But ironically enough, these two demands of political correctness are inherently at odds, since homosexuals in Muslim-majority countries can face dangers far worse than not being allowed to marry.  For example, in Bangla Desh, an editor of that country's first LGBT magazine was hacked to death by machete earlier today, along with a man who worked at the U.S. Embassy, in an act that by any objective standard, is far more hateful than refusing to sell a cake for use at a gay wedding.

Read more about the reported machete attack at the Independent, Fox News and CNN.

Irish Teen Helps Homeless With Invented Sleeping Bag

A teenage girl in Ireland has come up with a sleeping bag for the homeless in her country, and with the help of the charity Mendicity Institution, has given some homeless Irish an employment opportunity.  From ABC News:
It all started Jan. 9, 2015, when [Emily] Duffy entered the Irish "BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition." There, she presented a waterproof, fireproof sleeping bag and was noticed by the Mendicity Institution, a homeless charity in Dublin.
Mendicity manager Charles Richards offered her a deal: They would set up a workshop where service users would learn how to make their own sleeping bags and get paid for it.
"I knew straight away that there was going to be a use for my product and it would become something more that I could even imagine," Duffy told ABC News. "They tested them out, made a few modifications to fit what they wanted and that's how the Duffily bag came to be."
I'd say that what Emily Duffy has done is a perfect example of the best way to help the less fortunate among us - give them a chance to work.  Perhaps her sleeping bag might also be good for camping.  But before you go out and get your Duffily bag, laddies and lassies, read the full story.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Codorus Furnace

Codorus Furnace is located along Corodus Creek, about 8 miles northeast of York, Pennsylvania.  According to the sign standing in front of it, the furnace was built in 1765 by William Bennet, and is "the oldest remaining landmark of the iron industry in York County".  In 1771, James Smith, who later signed the Declaration of Independence, purchased the furnace and continued its operation.  It was finally shut down in 1850.  Today, a road passes in front of the furnace, between it and the creek.  There is a small parking area just off the road.  Behind the furnace is a hill.  As seen in this shot of the furnace and the sign, the furnace comprises three sections: a short trapezoidal base, a circular stone section tapering upwards, and an upper section made of brick.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Links For Saint George's Day

Here are some things going on, as our friends across the Pond celebrate Saint George's Day and mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare:

From The Age, Australian troops in Iraq are finding "entire suburbs" wired with mines.  (via Topix and Terrorism Headlines)

From SBS, the Grand Mufti of Australia is reportedly suing News Corp for defamation.

From The Jerusalem Post, Iran accuses ISIS of conspiring against it.

From UPI, ISIS claims to have downed a Syrian plane and captured its pilot.

From Business Standard, a professor in Bangla Desh is "hacked to death", for which ISIS claims responsibility.  UPDATE:  There's more on this story from CNN.  (via Bare Naked Islam)

From D.C. Clothesline, a look at a Time article about Islam, from 1979.

From Hürriyet Daily News, 12 police officers and three civilians are wounded in a bomb attack by the PKK.  (via Turkish Weekly)

From CNS News, according to Turkey's prime minister, migrant crossings from Turkey into Greece have dropped.

From Fox News, according to South Korean defense officials, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.

From The Times Of Israel, a look at Melania Trump's Slovenian home town.

From National Review, Donald Trump's accusation of "stolen delegates" and "rigged" elections are nothing new.

From Townhall, America's "most predatory victims".

From Yahoo News, tens of thousands of Germans protest against a proposed transatlantic trade deal.  (via TeaParty(dot)org)

From YNetNews, suicide in Israel is decreasing.

From Farandu Life, world leaders sign the latest U.N. climate deal.

From the Express, a man in Gillingham, England allegedly exposes himself to a woman at a pool.

From Re/Code, how to binge on Prince.

And from CNet, headphones for people who love hearing bass.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Scared Yet?

Why should you be scared?  Consider this:  At the same time more illegal alien families than ever are entering the United States, ISIS (according to a man accused of trying to join them) is trying to open routes from Mexico into the United States.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016

The musical artist known as Prince, whose full name appears in the post title, was found dead earlier today at his Paisley Park compound in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  He was 57.  He had recently been suffering health problems, including an episode which forced his private plane to make an emergency landing.

Prince was born to parents who were racially mixed and musically talented.  He could play several instruments, recording most if not all the instruments on many of his albums.  Although often marketed as a solo artist, he also fronted bands called The Revolution and The New Power Generation.  By combining influences from rock, R&B and new wave, Prince helped to create the Minneapolis sound.   In 1984, he starred in the movie Purple Rain and won an Oscar for its soundtrack.  As a result of a dispute with his record label, Warner Bros., he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993, reverting back to his given name in 2000.

Read more at Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, CNN, The New York Times and TMZ.