Friday, September 23, 2016

Obama Vetoes 9/11 Bill

Today President Obama vetoed a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, to determine if that country was liable for supporting the terrorists who carried out the attacks.  The bill was passed overwhelmingly in both houses of Congress, where leaders of both parties have stated their intentions to hold an override vote.  Overriding a presidential veto requires a 2/3 votes in favor of the bill, in both houses.

Read more at The Hill, NBC News, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera and BBC News.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday Links

Some things in the news:

From Tulsa World, PCP was found in the car of a man fatally shot by police in Tulsa.

From the Daily Mail, Anthony Weiner's latest sexcapade allegedly involves a 15-year-old girl.

From The Huffington Post, scientists believe they know how Pluto got its heart-shaped region.

From The Politistick, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacts to President Obama's recent speech at the U.N.

From PoliZette, an opinion that an inaccurate Tweet by Hillary Clinton might have contributed to the unrest in Charlotte, NC.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Hillary's husband was paid $260,000 for a speech by a trade group that would benefit from the Clinton Foundation.  (Isn't it interesting how the "spread the wealth around" and "stop income inequality" factions of the left don't seem to have much to say about the Clintons?  Or did I miss it when they did?)

From The Guardian, the U.K. economy is doing quite well in spite of all those dire post-Brexit predictions.

From the Express, protesters call Sharia courts in the U.K. "discriminatory".

From USA Today, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani calls President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton "derelict" in the fight against terror.

From National Review, Jonah Goldberg explains how Obama's "trolling" helped fuel the political rise of Donald Trump (R-NY).

From The Jerusalem Post, schools have been evacuated in Prince Edward Island, Canada due to a "potential threat".

From Fox News, a cafeteria worker at a Pennsylvania school quits over a "lunch shaming" policy.

From the Mirror, ISIS executes six boys with welding rods.

From Philly(dot)com, a woman in Philadelphia admits planning to abandon her kids and join ISIS.

From FrontpageMag, Milo Yiannopoulos explains the alt-right.

From Breitbart London, the Hungarian government calls London and other cities "no-go" zones.

From Russia Today, in Syria, a U.S. coalition Predator drone was spotted near a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked.

And from The Washington Post, a Falls Church, Virginia man was a little hard on the beaver.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More Information Emerges About Rahami - And His Family

In the case of Ahmad Kahn Rahami, suspected of being involved in the New York and New Jersey bombings, two more developments were brought to light earlier today.

From The New York Times, Rahami's father told police that Rahami might be involved in terrorism, two years ago.

And from the Daily News, Rahami's wife and mother left the United States "just days before" the two attacks.

Monday, September 19, 2016

In New York, Bystander Helps First Responders

This guy gets my vote for coolest dude in New York City, for giving several bags full of coffee and other goodies to first responders at the site of the explosion in Chelsea.  Due to the width of the video, I can't easily embed it here, but you can go to the New York Post and watch it there.

If you know about anyone else who similarly made Saturday evening just a little bit easier for the NYPD, NYFD or EMTs, please let the world know.

More Bombs Found, Suspect Identified

Early this morning, five pipe bombs were found in a backpack left on a trash can in the Elizabeth, New Jersey railroad station.  One of them exploded when police tried to disarm it using a robot.

In other news, five people were arrested in connection with the bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York city.  Another suspect, identified as Ahmad Khan Rahami, is still at large.  Rahami was born in Afghanistan, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen residing in New Jersey.

Read more at The New York Times, New York Mag, NBC News, Russia Today and The Sun.

UPDATE:  Rahami has been captured, as reported by ABC7NY.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Explosion In New York City Injures Dozens

In the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, at around 8:30 p.m. this evening, an explosion took place reportedly inside a dumpster, which blew out windows in a nearby building that houses a facility for services for the blind.  Two cars also had their back windows blown out.  A reported 26 people were injured, with one seriously injured.

Although police have not said definitely that the explosion originated in the dumpster, it appears to be similar to an earlier incident in New Jersey, in which a bomb went off in a garbage can.  There is no indication as of this posting that the two events are in any way related.

Read more at ABC7NY, NBC New York, PIX11 and the New York Post.

UPDATE:  The total number of injured people is now reported to be 29.  The bombing has been called "intentional".  A second unexploded device has been discovered.  NBC New York has changed the url to their story, so I have edited the link accordingly.

In New Jersey, Pipe Bomb Explodes In Garbage Can

In Seaside Park, New Jersey, a reported pipe bomb exploded inside a garbage can along the route of the Seaside Park Semper Five 5K Charity Run, resulting in the cancellation of the race.  The nearby area was placed under lockdown, with some homes being evacuated.  The town's beach and boardwalk were also evacuated.  Other devices were found in the garbage can, but had not detonated.  No injuries have been reported.

Read more at PIX11, CBS New York, CNN, Philly(dot)com and NJ(dot)com.

Friday, September 16, 2016

X-Rays Detected From Pluto

The dwarf planet Pluto, recently visited by the New Horizons spacecraft, has given us another surprise.  NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has detected x-rays from Pluto, thought to be the result of solar wind hitting its thin cold atmosphere.  Normally, gases have to be very hot to emit x-rays.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Just A Thought

Sometimes, you need to take something with a grain of salt.  Other times, you might need to use an entire salt shaker.  But when things get really weird, you may have to consult Mrs. Lot.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge

Located just off Maryland highway 272, Gilpin's Falls covered bridge spans North East Creek a few miles north of North East, MD and is the state's longest remaining covered bridge.  When MD-272 was constructed in 1936, the bridge was bypassed.  The bridge was originally built in 1860 and refurbished in 1959, 1989 and 2009-2010.  There were also some repairs done in 1971 due to vandals kicking out some of its boards.

Here's the bridge from the south, with MD-272 on the left.  The five wooden posts on the near end prevent cars and trucks from going through.