Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gregg Allman 1947-2017

Gregg Allman, lead singer and keyboardist of the Allman Brothers Band, and one of the pioneers of southern rock, died earlier today at his home in Savannah, Georgia.  He was 69.  He had previously contacted Hepatitis C and had undergone a liver transplant.

Gregory LeNoir Allman was born in 1947 in Nashville, Tennessee.  Along with his guitarist brother Duane, he moved to Florida during the mid-1960's and played in a band named after themselves, the Allman Joys.  They later relocated to Los Angeles and formed a band called the Hour Glass, and still later moved to Macon, Georgia to form the Allman Brothers Band.  The original lineup also included guitarist/singer Richard Betts, bassist Berry Oakley and two drummers, Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny Johanson, known as Jaimoe.  After the band put out two successful albums, Duane Allman and Oakley were each killed in a motorcycle accident.  They regrouped with Lamar Williams on bass and Chuck Leavell on piano.  The band, in various incarnations, would continue until 2014.  Its members have included guitarists such as Dan Toler, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (Butch's nephew), bassists such as Allen Woody and Oteil Burbridge, drummer David Toler (Dan's brother, who briefly replaced Johanson), and percussionist Marc Quiñones.  Besides organ, Gregg Allman would occasionally play piano and guitar.  He also had a side project called the Gregg Allman Band.

Allman had five children, including singer-guitarist Elijah Blue Allman, whose mother is pop singer Cher.  Read more at Billboard, CNN, Rolling Stone, Ultimate Classic Rock and TMZ.

Jim Bunning 1931-2017

Former Senator and Major League baseball pitcher Jim Bunning died yesterday at the age of 85.  He had suffered a stroke this past October.  He was the only person ever to be elected to both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the U.S. Senate.

James Paul David Bunning was born in Southgate, Kentucky, but attended St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.  He also graduated from Xavier University before playing minor league baseball.  He was called up to the Detroit Tigers in July, 1955.  He pitched a no-hitter in 1958 against the Boston Red Sox.  After the 1963 season, Bunning was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets in 1964, the first by a National League pitcher in 84 years.  He would later play for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Phillies, retiring from baseball after the 1971 season.

Bunning served as a city councilman in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, and then ran successfully for State Senator as a Republican.  In 1983, he ran for governor, but lost to Democrat Martha Layne Collins.  In 1986, he won a seat in the U.S. House of Representative, in which he served for six terms.  In 1998, he successfully ran for U.S. Senator, and was re-elected in 2004.  He declined to run again in 2010, supporting his eventual successor Rand Paul.

Bunning died in a hospital in the same town where he was born.  He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Catherine Theis, and their nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

Read more at WKYT, Politico, Cincinnati(dot)com, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.  For his baseball career stats, go to Baseball Reference.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Links

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, here are some things going on out there:

From The Washington Times, a woman is arrested as an alleged accessory to a triple murder.

From the Los Angeles Times, the London premiers of three movies have been cancelled.

From Fox Nation, President Trump orders an investigation into the leaking of British intelligence.

From Twitchy, Trump's rival returns to her alma mater.

From Townhall, DHS Secretary John Kelly responds to Trump's predecessor.

From Bloomberg, Trump's allies have been "convicted of high crimes without a trial".

From the Washington Examiner, Mark Levin thinks Sean Hannity "should consider suing" Media Matters.

From CNN, terrorists kill 26 Coptic Christians as they were riding a bus.

From The Telegraph, more on the Manchester bomber, from his sister.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Iran claims that their third underground missile production site is "fully operational".  (That term sounds vaguely familiar.)

From FrontpageMag, a self-described "Jersey Girl" weighs in on Confederate statues and other matters.

From National Review, not one but two reactions to the 4th Circuit decision on Trump's 2nd EO.

From ABC News, a day after being charged with allegedly body-slamming a reporter, Greg Gianforte (R-MT) wins a special congressional election.

From Bizpac Review, when it comes to assaulting reporters, Gianforte isn't alone.

From The Daily Caller, some people demand that In-N-Out burger stop serving meat made with antibiotics.

From The Roanoke Times, my alma mater is classified as a "baron" in college football.

From The Babylon Bee, which is satirical, a bible college freshman offers his pastor some help.

And from the normally not satirical ZeroHedge, let's have some fun with Bo(eh)ner.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Seven Arrested In Connection To The Manchester Bombing

In the aftermath of the suicide bombing in Manchester, England, seven people have been arrested.  Five of them, including the attacker's older brother, have been taken into custody in England.  The other two are the attacker's father and younger brother, who were arrested in Libya.

Read more at The Telegraph, Reuters, The Guardian, The New York Times and the Metro.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More On The Attack In Manchester

As I expected, here are some more items relating to the suicide attack in Manchester, UK:

From the Daily Mail, a woman injured in the bombing is under heavy sedation, and is thus unaware that her daughter was killed; and parents have taken to social media to find their children who have been missing since after the attack.

From the Observer, one freelance writer has a sick mind.

From The Telegraph, Manchester's city manager's wife and daughters were at the concert.  (via Russia Today)

From Breitbart, the British government thinks that another attack may be imminent.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, ISIS supporters promise more attacks.

From FrontpageMag, in one writer's opinion, British Prime Minister Theresa May should apologize and resign.

From National Review, one writer asks three questions after the attack.  (The first, "Who is the attacker?", appears to have already been answered.)

From Townhall, one Democratic candidate has her own idea of what to blame the bombing on.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Explosion Kills Concertgoers In Manchester, England

Toward the end of concert put on by American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester (UK) Arena, an explosion went off, killing 19 people and injuring at 50 others.  Police are regarding the blast as an act of terrorism, and possibly also suicide bombing, until they learn otherwise.

As with similar incidents, the relevant details will probably take some time to be reported.  I will therefore try to pass on whatever information that I come across in the near future.

Read more at The Telegraph, The Guardian, the Independent, The Sun and BBC News.

UPDATE:  The above links now indicate that the explosion was indeed a suicide bombing, carried out by Salman Abedi, who was a native of Manchester and a university drop-out.  They now report 22 people dead and 59 injured.

Monday Links

As our president continues his trip to the Middle East, here are some things going on, there and elsewhere:

From NBC News, Donald Trump becomes the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall.

From the Los Angeles Times, at the Western Wall, Trump was not joined by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

From Haaretz, in one writer's opinion, Trump's visit will not be good for the Israeli right.

From FrontpageMag, Trump's speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was a "marked improvement" over President Obama's speech in Egypt in 2009.

From National Review, Trump's speech was "statesmanlike".

From the Daily Mail, in one writer's opinion, the speech showed that Trump could be a "brilliant president".

From The Washington Free Beacon, reporters fall for a fake list of demands by Trump on his Israeli hosts.  (You'd think that inclusion of bacon, which is very non-kosher, might have been a clue.)

From PoliZette, America's first Slavic FLOTUS impresses the Saudis and Israelis.

From The Hill, America's Ambassador to the United Nations says we "absolutely" need an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

From Twitchy, one of the Notre Dame snowflakes graduates explains why they walked out of Vice President Pence's commencement speech.

From CNN, a report from someone who attended Pence's speech.

From the Tampa Bay Times, is it neo-Nazis or Muslims?  It's both.

From The Sun, one sign that your relationship may be in trouble.  (via Fox News.  Also, note the name of the writer.)

From The Daily Caller, wind turbines are blamed for the deaths of three whales.  (TDC cites The Times, but you'll have to register to access the full article there.)

From the Express, a Swedish airport is evacuated after a "trace of explosive" was found in someone's bag, and Spain faces a possible Catalexit.

From The Old Continent, in Austria, the victim of a migrant gang rape speaks out.

From Baptist Press, four lesbian couples sue the state of Tennessee over legal definitions.

From The Express Tribune, in Pakistan, a professor and his niece are arrested for allegedly having links to ISIS.

From The Times Of India, two boys are stripped and tonsured for stealing food.

From Indonesia Expat, in Indonesia, in preparation for Ramadan, police crack down on illegal alcohol sales.

From Breitbart London, Polish party leader Jarosław Kaczyński says the migrant crisis in Europe is Germany's fault.

And from The Sacramento Bee, LeBron James is human.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Downtown Gettysburg

Since I live in Maryland, I'm pretty close to some places in southern Pennsylvania, such as Gettysburg.  I recently drove up there, not to visit the battlefield, as I have done in the past, but to check out the center of town, including this statue of Abraham Lincoln and a modern citizen.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Music Break

I'd say it's time for full-size Music Break.  Here are a few songs that I'd regard as being not all that known.  I didn't know about this first one until recently.  Tom Fogerty's Joyful Resurrection, from his 1974 album Zephyr National, includes contributions by his old Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates Stu Cook (on bass and lead guitar) and Doug Clifford (on drums), along with his own rhythm guitar.  Depending on which source you consult, his brother John may have also contributed on guitar.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen

Here are twelve stories in the news:

Ladies and gentleman, it's Chelsea Manning and the pronouns.

Meet the merman.  (HotAir listed this one in their "Headlines" section with the link title "Dude".  They like to use this one-word title to indicate stories that are a bit weird.  When things get really weird, they also append a question mark.)

Venezuelan Supreme Court judges don't like being sanctioned.

Poland's refusal to take refugees could lead to a referendum.

General Mattis does not relish a military solution on North Korea.

With ISIS no longer in town, booze is back in Mosul, Iraq.

God might be your co-pilot, but Allah is this guy's lawyer.

Cholera spreads rapidly in Yemen.

A man is subdued after allegedly trying to breach a passenger plane's cockpit.

Clock boy's case is dismissed.

And even Harvard agrees, media coverage of President Trump is as negative as ever.