Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Short Takes

The stock markets tanked again yesterday.

President Obama proposes expanding the U.S. arctic icebreaker fleet.

A manhunt is underway near Chicago for three suspects who killed a police officer.

Support grows in the House and Senate for the Iran nuclear deal.

Tropical Update: TS Fred is fizzling out.

The Tigers beat the Royals 6-5.

Monday, August 31, 2015

It’s His Turn

I never understood why all the Very Serious People said that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) would be a formidable candidate in presidential race.  He’s not an especially inspiring speaker, he hasn’t done that great a job as governor as compared to his neighbor Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota in terms of turning the state around after the recession, and he’s basically your average right-wing nut job on social policy such as abortion and marriage equality.  He’s basically Mitch Daniels of Indiana with backing from the Koch Brothers.

Now he and the rest of the GOP field are getting big-footed by Donald Trump and his used-car-dealer demagoguery, so he has to come up with something to get back the spotlight.  Like Mike Huckabee did a month ago, he has to find something to say that will at least get our attention for a moment.

How about immigration?  Well, why not?  It’s a hot topic, and while Wisconsin isn’t the choice destination of anchor babies and pot smugglers, it’s something that gets the base riled up without any logic behind it: deport 11 million! seems to be the way to make them applaud and throw money.

But he had to find a fresh angle.  Everybody’s talking about building a wall to keep out the Mexicans and other brown people; why not look the other way and keep out the white hockey players and poutine-eaters?

NBC’s “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd asked Walker on the Sunday program if he would consider building a wall along the country’s northern border.

Walker said that some people along the campaign trail have raised the issue.

“They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” Walker told Todd.

Rest assured that the only reason Canada would go along with this would be to keep us from getting into Canada.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Short Takes

Up/Down: The stock market continued its wild gyrations on Monday.

The three Americans and Briton who thwarted the attack on the train in Europe were honored by France.

The Koreas made nice.

The wildfires in Washington are now the largest in state history.

Tropical Update:  Danny is done, but Tropical Storm Erika is following in his tracks.

The Tigers lost a makeup game in Cincinnati against the Reds 12-5.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Short Takes

North and South Korea talk about their loudspeakers.

Washington ups efforts against wildfires.

Investors race to escape risk in emerging markets.

Tropical Update: Danny is back to tropical storm strength and aiming south of Florida, but there’s Invest 98L coming along the same track.

The Tigers had a rough weekend.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Short Takes

Jimmy Carter is “at ease” with his future fighting cancer.

Israel hits back after rockets attack from Syria.

Three firefighters died in the wildfire in Washington state.

Explosion reported at New York high school.

Stocks fall on jitters over weak Chinese economy.

Tropical Update: Hurricane Danny will be in the Lesser Antilles this weekend.

The Tigers beat the Rangers 4-0.

Happy birthday, SJW.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Short Takes

Thai cops release a sketch of Bangkok bombing suspect.

U.S. and Russia trade barbs over Ukraine.

Court rules that cops convicted in post-Katrina shooting deserve new trial.

R.I.P. Louis Stokes, first black Congressman from Ohio.

Tropical Update: TS Danny heads west toward the north end of the Leeward Islands.

The Tigers beat the Cubs 15-8.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Short Takes

Report: ISIS used mustard gas against the Kurds.

The death toll in the explosion in Tianjin, China, is over 50.

Speaking of China, the currency devaluation is seen as another round in a financial skirmish.

Sesame Street is moving to HBO.

El Niño could make California windy and wet.

The Tigers had the night off.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Short Takes

China devalued their currency to stabilize their place in the world market.

Right-wing armed militia freaks show up to “patrol” Ferguson with assault rifles.

Greece is on the verge of clinching a deal for a new bailout.

The EPA is hard at work to clean up its ten-million gallon mess in Colorado and New Mexico.

Watch the skies: The Perseid meteor shower peaks this week.

The Tigers lost 6-1 in K.C.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Short Takes

A state of emergency is declared in Ferguson after another shooting.

Colorado mine wastewater spill estimated to be 3 million gallons.

Hillary Clinton puts forth a plan to end the student loan crisis.

China read e-mails of top U.S. officials.

Archaeologists may have found the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

R.I.P. Frank Gifford, 84, NFL star and broadcaster.

The Tigers lost 4-0 to K.C.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Short Takes

Fox News picks their top ten.  Much teeth-gnashing among the left-behind.

Want to read the whole 159-page Iran nuclear deal?  Here it is.

Puerto Rico’s debt crisis is getting worse.

Sandra Bland’s family is suing Texas and the trooper who pulled her over.

Tropical Update: Invest 95L heads out over North Carolina.

The Tigers released GM Dave Dumbrowski, replacing him with Al Avila.  They lost 5-1 to the Royals.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Short Takes

The Persian Gulf states are on board with the Iran nuclear pact.

President Obama announced major goals to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.  Expect major power outrage.

Major wildfires continue to devastate California.

Senate Democrats blocked an attempt by the GOP to defund Planned Parenthood.  It’s not over.

Tropical Update:  Invest 95L moves inland.

The Tigers had the night off.

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.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Short Takes

Turkey and the U.S. unite to fight ISIS in Syria.

President Obama was in Ethiopia to talk about South Sudan.

“Ridiculous if it wasn’t sad” was how the President responded to Mike Huckabee’s oven door statement.

Boston bows out of the 2024 Olympics bid.

Europe approves world’s first malaria vaccine.

The Tigers lost 5-2 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

Jumping The Gun

Three members of the president’s cabinet went to Capitol Hill yesterday to promote the nuclear deal with Iran, but they might as well have stayed home for all the chances they had of convincing the Republicans.

Their view seems born of genuine distaste for the deal’s details, inherent distrust of President Obama, intense loyalty to Israel and an expansive view of the role that sanctions have played beyond preventing Iran’s nuclear abilities.

The discord began the Sunday before a deal was announced this month, when some high-ranking Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, were booked on Sunday talk shows and denounced the accord ahead of its release.

Hours after the accord was revealed — but before classified sections were made available to Congress — Republican lawmakers raced to send out news releases criticizing it.

That’s the New York Times’ gentle way of saying that they had already made up their minds before the deal was done and even if it had a complete capitulation by the Iranians and a promise to turn Tehran into Jesusland East, they’d hate it because Obama.  These cats would launch an airstrike against Tehran if they looked at us funny.

And don’t you just love the part about their “intense loyalty to Israel”?  That’s nice to support an ally, but just a gentle reminder: you took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.  In other words, you work for us, not them.  Try to remember that.

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.