Friday, October 28, 2016

A Few Other Things

Besides the previously mentioned acquittal of the Malheur occupiers, here are some other things going out there:

Those pipeline protesters in North Dakota have gone beyond protesting.

It looks like the FBI is once again investigating Hillary Clinton's emails.

In reaction to this new investigation, stocks go down.

Maybe this news will help the stock market.

Interim DNC chairperson Donna Brazile may have passed a debate question to the Clinton campaign.

A German city has voted to subsidize two mosques.

Syrian migrants find mosques in Germany more hardline than those in Syria.

Some of the migrants expelled from the Calais "Jungle" have turned up in Paris.

For Cubs fans, here are some World Series party ideas.

An ally of Hezbollah is expected to become Lebanon's new president.

Playing against Virginia Tech last night, Pittsburgh scored a touchdown on a run by an offensive tackle.  The play answered an old question.  "Is handing the ball to an offensive lineman legal?"

But my Hokies still prevailed, or perhaps I should say survived, 39-36, for their first win ever at Heinz Field and their first in Pittsburgh since 1999.  (The two schools did not play each other in football from 2004 to 2011.)

Malheur Occupiers Acquitted

In a Federal District Court yesterday, a jury found all seven defendants who had been charged in the occupation of facilities in the Malheur wildlife sanctuary not guilty of conspiracy and weapons charges.  Among the defendants were Ammon and Ryan Bundy, who with their father Cliven Bundy, still face charges over a standoff at their ranch in Nevada.  Another occupier, LaVoy Finnicum, is unavailable for comment.

Read more at The New York Times, The Guardian, Fox13, the Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fires Break Out At Calais "Jungle"

As French authorities continue to clean out the migrant camp in Calais, known as the "Jungle", tents and wooden shacks in the camp were set on fire.  While fires set by encamped migrants are not new, members of the British anarchist group No Borders are thought to have entered the camp and started some of the fires.  After most of the fires had been brought under control, some migrants were allowed to return to the camp to salvage any remaining belongings.

The first link below was brought to my attention in a BlogTalkRadio show put on by Global Patriot Radio.

Read more at Global News, RFI, The Telegraph, Sky News and BBC News.

Protesters Block George Washington Bridge

This morning a group of ten protesters blocked the eastbound lanes of the George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York City, thus causing traffic delays.  The protesters, whose stated cause was "immigrant rights", carried a banner, chained themselves together, and were later arrested by police.

The last time I checked, blocking traffic was not a right, neither for immigrants nor for native-born American citizens.  In doing so, the protesters appear to have taken a page from Black Lies Matter, or maybe from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Read more at New York Mag, Gothamist, CBS New York, NJ(dot)com and NBC New York.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Report: Congress Knew About Pentagon's Efforts To Take Back Bonuses

This is a follow-up to a story from the Los Angeles Times that I included in a links post this past Saturday, which reported that the Pentagon is demanding the repayment of re-enlistment bonuses given to members of the California National Guard.  According to another story in the LAT, Congress knew about this for two years, and the problem might not be limited to California.  As the LAT now reports:
The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back reenlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, and even offered a proposal to mitigate the problem, but Congress took no action, according to a senior National Guard official.
The official added that improper bonuses had been paid to National Guard members in every state, raising the possibility that many more soldiers may owe large debts to the Pentagon.
Read the full story.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Did Eli Manning Audible "Trump"?

During yesterday's football game between the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Rams, played in London, NY quarterback Eli Manning calls an audible which sounds like the name of the GOP nominee.  His brother and fellow quarterback Peyton Manning, now retired, was noted for his frequent use of "Omaha" in his audibles.  For the record, Eli denies saying "Trump".

Two observations culled from the links below:

1. Maybe he was telling his offensive line "to build a wall and make the Rams pay for it".

2. To give equal time, Eli needs to call a "Clinton" audible.

Read more at Deadspin, the Daily News, USA Today, The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated.  Some of these include a video (with audio) of the audible, so you can decide for yourself.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

British Couple Takes In Fake "Refugee"

This story comes via the Gateway Pundit, who sarcastically states, "Nice vetting process."

A British couple took a Afghan refugee into their home, after being told that he was 12 years old, and got more than they bargained for.  His body hair and an examination of his teeth indicated that he had to be older than 12.  And his reported ability to fire a rifle might just have raised raised an eyebrow or two.  From the Daily Star Sunday:
Rosie welcomed Jamal into her home after social workers told her he was a 12-year-old orphan refugee from Afghanistan.
But Rosie soon had her suspicions about her "humble, polite" guest after noticing how hairy he was.
A dentist estimated that Jamal was more than a decade older than he claimed.
According to the DSS, Rosie's full name "remains anonymous".  Here's the video posted at GP:

Read the full story, and if you wish to help out a refugee, please make sure that he really is one.

UPDATE:  There's more on this story from The Sun (not the yellow fusion reactor in the sky, but a British newspaper's website).

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Links

As temperatures go back down to what might be normal for October, here are some things going on:

Donald Trump (R-NY) tells what he would do in his first 100 days.

It's been 25 years on SCOTUS for this Justice.

The candidate receiving the most "Islamist money" during the past year isn't even Muslim.

Getting ripped off is bad, but this might be just a wee bit of an overreaction.

Student loan debt hits blacks worse than whites.

California National Guard troops are told to give back their re-enlistment bonuses.

Refugee "children" call the English "stupid".

A Protestant missionary couple in Turkey is called a "security threat".

A new book describes the "white perspective on integration".

A White House press briefing gets a surprise guest.

While fighting in Mosul, ISIS attacks Kirkuk.

Iraq tells Turkey "no thanks".

Protesting the national anthem is not just for the athletes any more.

In Russia, 19 people die in a helicopter crash.

A group linked to George Soros is accused of violating an Arizona election law.

And to finish, a blind man from Brazil gets to meet his favorite Disney character.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dinesh D'Souza: Think About The Consequences Of Your Vote

One problem that we conservatives have faced during at least the last three presidential elections is a choice between the lesser of two evils.  The GOP candidate has some serious flaws, while the Democrat is obviously someone we could never support.  As a result, some of us stay home or vote third party, thus taking away votes that could otherwise help defeat the Democratic candidate, because we believe that we must vote with our "consciences" or "principles".  But as Dinesh D'Souza tries to remind us, in doing so, we must take into account the actual result of the choice we make.  From Bizpac Review:
D’Souza spoke of the distinct difference between intentions and consequences, saying that while a Christian might act out of pure intentions, those actions could result in terrible consequences.
Turning to the topic of the presidential race, D’Souza made it clear who those who choose not to vote for Donald Trump are supporting.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

NJ Senate Passes Bill Changing Who Investigates Police-Related Deaths

Today the New Jersey Senate passed a bill that would take the job of investigating deaths involving police officers away from county prosecutors and give it to the state Attorney General's office.  The bill, designated S-2469, passed with a vote of 23-10.