Friday, July 31, 2015

Short Takes

Serial number confirms that the piece of the airliner found on Reunion is from Malaysia Airlines MG 370.

The University of Cincinnati policeman indicted for murder in the killing of an unarmed man had his bail set at $1 million.

A California wildfire near Napa Valley has forced 650 people from their homes.

Six people were stabbed by a lunatic in the Jerusalem gay pride parade.

Athletes will swim in filth at the Rio Olympics according to the AP.

The Tigers beat the Orioles 9-8.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Short Takes

Afghans say Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in 2013.

Remains of a plane washing ashore on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean could be from the missing Malaysia jet.

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) indicted on corruption charges.

Cincinnati police officer indicted for murder in the shooting of an unarmed man.

Refugees are camped out in France trying to get to England by the chunnel.

Finally!  Justin Verlander gets his first win as the Tigers beat the Rays 2-1.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Short Takes

Turkey called an emergency NATO meeting over ISIS in Syria.

President Obama told African leaders who overstayed their welcome to get the hint.

Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel, will be paroled in November.

Tom Brady’s four-game suspension because he deflated his balls is upheld by the NFL commissioner.

Talk about an upgrade: Delta offers a private jet.

The Tigers lost 10-2 to the Rays.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Short Takes

At least 13 killed in Somali hotel blast.

Boat belonging to missing 14-year-old boys found off Florida coast.

Fiat Chrysler faces record $105 million fine for safety issues.

President Obama delivers tough-love message to Kenya.

Senate resurrects Import-Export Bank.

The Tigers got walloped 11-1 by the Red Sox.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Another Mass Shooting

This time in Lafayette, Louisiana, in a movie theatre.

A gunman killed two people and wounded nine others after opening fire Thursday night about 20 minutes into a movie being shown at theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, police said.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said the 58-year-old white man used a handgun and later took his own life. Dee Stanley, chief administrative officer of the city about 50 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, told MSNBC TV that some of the wounded were in “very critical” condition with life-threatening injuries.

The ages of the victims range from late teens to 60s, according to Craft.

Lafayette police said the shooting occurred at the Grand Theatre 16 about 7:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET). Witnesses described hearing about six shots during a screening of the movie “Trainwreck.”

Officials said it appears the gunman — who had a “criminal history” — entered the theater alone and fired randomly at film-goers.

One more awful, and every time this happens we all ask ourselves and each other how many more times does this have to happen before we do something about it.  Obviously we haven’t reached that point yet.

Short Takes

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter dropped in on Baghdad.

Autopsy results on Sandra Bland showed injuries consistent with suicide.

Secretary of State John Kerry went to Capitol Hill to persuade Congress to approve the Iran nuclear deal.

NASA mission discovers another Earth-like planet 1,400 light years away.

The Tigers lost 3-2 to the Mariners in extra innings.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Short Takes

Dylann Roof, the alleged shooter in Charleston, is indicted on federal hate crime charges.

Secretary of State Kerry testified about the Iran deal before Congress.

The highway bill is running into a speed bump in the Senate.

Texas officials claim the video showing the arrest of Sandra Bland was not edited.

Five volcanoes erupted in Indonesia.

The Tigers beat the Mariners 9-4.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Short Takes

Three Spanish reporters missing in Syria.

Iran’s parliament put off voting on the nuclear deal for 80 days.

Sweet Sixteen: Ohio Gov. John Kasich joins the GOP field.

Part of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s sentence for corruption is vacated.

Check your mailbox: Citibank is going to pay credit card holders $700 million for ripping them off.

R.I.P. Theodore Bikel, 91, actor, singer, humanitarian; E.L. Doctorow, 84, author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate.

The Tigers lost to the Mariners 11-9.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Short Takes

U.S. and Cuba set to re-open embassies today.

Keep it up, Trump; you’re doing great.

Hobby drones hinder California wilidfire-fighting efforts.

Former President George H.W. Bush leaves hospital.

The Tigers‘ annual mid-season slump continues after losing two of three to the Orioles.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Short Takes

Not Again — Shooting in Tennessee leaves four Marines dead.

Aurora, Colorado, gunman found legally sane and guilty on all counts.

President Obama visited a prison, calls for reform.

Japan votes to expand military’s role.

Doctors expect former President George H.W. Bush to recover from neck injury.

The Tigers resume play tonight against the Orioles.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nuclear Deal Made With Iran

From the New York Times:

VIENNA — Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States have agreed to a historic accord to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions against Iran, a senior Western diplomat involved in the negotiations said on Tuesday.

The deal, which President Obama had long sought as the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency, culminates 20 months of negotiations.

A formal announcement of the agreement was expected later on Tuesday, when foreign ministers from Iran and the six nations it has been negotiating with will meet at a United Nations complex in Vienna. Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for the European Union, said a final plenary meeting of the six nations — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Vienna, followed by a news conference, but she provided no further details.

Congress will now have 60 days to accept or reject it.  That means that the Republicans will rip it to shreds because it was negotiated by the Obama administration and therefore is a sellout to his secret Muslim brothers, ignoring the fact that five other nations, including Russia and China, were in on the deal.  Of course they are; Barack Obama is also a socialist and a collectivist and he holds sway over the rest of the world when he’s not a weak-willed nuancer.

Cue up the following:

Sen. John McCain:  This is a terrible deal and we’ll all be blown to smithereens.

Sen. Lindsey Graham:  Yeah, what daddy said.

Reporter:  Have you read the deal?

Sen. McCain:  Of course not!  What a stupid question!

Sen. Graham:  Why all this talk when there’s a perfectly good war to be waged?

Peace out.

Short Takes

Gone Quiet — Silence indicates that Iran nuclear negotiators are close to a deal.

Mexican authorities are searching frantically for the escaped drug lord.

New York offers Eric Garner’s family $5.9 million to settle case.

President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 non-violent offenders.

The Pentagon is finalizing plans to lift the ban on transgender soldiers.

Tropical Update: TS Claudette forms out in the Atlantic; heads to sea.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Short Takes

Leaders work past deadline on Greek debt crisis.

Mexican drug kingpin escapes prison via tunnel.

Texas burger chain challenges state open carry law.

Kentucky gets swamped with torrential flooding.

Alligator Alley across the Everglades closed to rescue airboaters.

The Tigers head into the All-Star break at .500.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Short Takes

Iran nuclear talks go on past the deadline.

The Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina statehouse will come down at 10:00 a.m. today.

France steps up for Greece in Eurozone debt negotiations.

F.B.I. chief says ISIS-inspired plots for attacks on 4th of July were foiled.

Florida Supreme Court throws out Congressional redistricting map; eight districts to be re-drawn.

The Tigers best the Twins 4-2.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Short Takes

Glitches: United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange suffered computer problems yesterday.

Greece proposed a three-year debt plan to a skeptical Eurozone summit.

Baltimore police commissioner given his walking papers.

South Carolina House votes 94-20 to take down the Confederate flag.

Washington NFL team loses trademark appeal.

The Tigers beat the Mariners 5-4.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Short Takes

Germany is keeping the pressure on Greece.

President Obama says we will battle ISIS on two fronts: militarily  and ideologically.

Many non-violent drug offense prisoners could be freed by the president.

South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag.

Scientists excited about possible AIDS vaccine.

R.I.P. Jerry Weintraub, 77, Hollywood producer.

The Tigers beat the Mariners 12-5.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Short Takes

U.S. women’s soccer team for the win over Japan 5-2.

Greece votes “OXI” (“No”) to the bailout.

Secretary of State Kerry locked in negotiations with Iran as deadline approaches.

New York prison escapee returned to the joint.

South Carolina legislators brace for Confederate flag debate.

The Tigers had a topsy-turvy weekend against the Blue Jays.

(Footnote: this is the 2,400 edition of Short Takes.  Good morning.)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Short Takes

Grecian Turn: Another attempt at getting out debt is proposed.

Six predominately black churches have burned in the last two weeks.

The government is investigating whether major airlines colluded on keeping prices high.

A federal judge in Alabama has ordered judges to issue marriage licenses to all comers.

R.I.P Nicholas Winton, 106, a Briton who saved nearly 700 children from the Nazis.

The Tigers lost 9-3 to the Pirates.