Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Short Takes

President Obama at NATO summit: reject isolationism.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell convicted on corruption charges.

BP found “reckless” in Gulf spill; faces $18 billion fine.

Federal judge blocks Ohio early-voting change.

Kansas A.G. blocks Democratic candidate’s withdrawal from Senate race.

R.I.P. Joan Rivers, 81, comedian, director, and producer.

The Tigers beat Cleveland 11-4 in extra innings.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Breaking Down and Escalating

The situation in Ferguson has deteriorated since last night.  There are reports of “coordinated attacks,” police are threatening news reporters, and the governor has called in the National Guard.

Missouri’s governor ordered the National Guard onto the streets of Ferguson early Monday after another night of violence following the shooting of an unarmed black teen by police. “Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk,” Gov. Jay Nixon said in a statement. “Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist … in restoring peace and order to this community.”

Meanwhile, the autopsy requested by the family of the man killed that started this situation has been released.  According to the report, he was shot six times, all shots hitting him in the front of his body.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.

The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.

I’m no crime scene expert, and watching reruns of Castle and CSI doesn’t make me one, but it the fatal shot struck him on the top of his head and he was over six feet tall, that suggests that he was neither running away from the police officer or even standing up.

A couple of days it seemed as if the situation was calming down.  Replacing the local police in heavy armor and artillery with the state police who walked among the citizens and talked to them as people seemed to be working.  Then the local police felt the need to release a video from a crime scene that was unrelated to the shooting but showed Mr. Brown as a criminal suspect in a robbery.  That inflamed the issue all over again because it made it look as if the officer that shot him was responding to the robbery when in fact he was not.

We are now back to where we were before cooler heads prevailed.  The National Guard is not a police force, they are a branch of the military.  How exactly will they restore “peace and order” in the community?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Short Takes

Droning on in Iraq: Political leaders are looking for someone to replace the current prime minister.

Syria: President Obama requests $500 million for rebels.

SCOTUS: The Court ruled against President Obama’s recess appointments and struck down abortion clinic buffer zones.

Arizona firefighter families sue over deaths.

End of the road for India’s iconic Ambassador automobile.

R.I.P. Howard Baker, 88, former Republican Senator from Tennessee.  Classy guy who couldn’t get nominated in the G.O.P. today.

The Tigers swept the Rangers 6-0 and extend their streak to seven wins.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Short Takes

The Department of Justice charges five Chinese military officials with hacking into U.S. computers.

Heard this before — Vladimir Putin says he’s ordered Russian troops on the Ukraine border back home.

Turkey detains mining officials over the deadly explosion last week.

A third case of MERS is reported in the U.S.

Credit Suisse pleads guilty to tax evasion scheme.

The Tigers lost in 10 to the team from Cleveland 5-4.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Short Takes

Hundreds of miners are feared lost in an explosion in a mine in Turkey.

Drones put to good use: searching for the missing girls in Nigeria.

Over 11,000 homes have been evacuated as wildfires burn in San Diego County.

Wedding bells for same-sex couples will begin on Friday in Idaho after the judge denied the stay requested by the governor.

The Tigers swept the Orioles 7-5.  At 24-12, the Tigers have the best record in the majors.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Short Takes

In the Ukraine, the acting president gives up hope of controlling the eastern part of the country.

A freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

Elections were held in Iraq.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin asked for an independent investigation into the botched execution.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia misquoted his own words in his dissent on the Clean Air Act ruling.

R.I.P. Bob Hoskins, 71, actor in Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The Tigers beat the White Sox 5-1.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It Runs Downhill

Via TPM:

A valve failure on an icy pipe in Allegan County, Mich. caused liquid cow manure from a dairy farm to seep into local waterways and spread about five miles toward the town of Hopkins, Michigan Live reported.

The Department of Environmental Quality started investigating the spill of otherwordly proportions on Friday after receiving calls from Hopkins residents.

As of Saturday, the manure flow had stopped after authorities were able to plug the pipe, which was buried beneath over a foot of snow.

DEQ analyst Bruce Washburn told Michigan Live that such a leak isn’t typical.

“This type of spill is a rarity,” he said. “It’s pretty much straight manure, not diluted runoff from a field. … We don’t deal with these very often.”

The owner of the dairy farm, John Schaendorf, called the leak an “act of ice.”


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Short Takes

N.T.S.B. says the pilot of the Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco tried to abort the landing.

Forty people still missing from Quebec train wreck and fire.

Teresa Heinz Kerry is hospitalized in Boston in critical but stable condition.

Raul Castro chastises Cubans for bad behavior.

7.2 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea.

Andy Murray of Scotland won the men’s finals at Wimbledon, ending Britian’s 77-year drought at the tournament.

Tropical Update: Invest 95L is still way out in the Atlantic.

The Tigers lost to the Indians 9-6, but they are still in first place.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

The Google Doodle today notes that we all live on this planet together.

Meanwhile, we remember that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill started three years ago and we’re still cleaning it up with chemicals that are still toxic, our fertilizer can still blow us to smithereens, and climate change is still happening despite what some crack-pot Jesus-shouter congressman from Texas thinks about Noah and the flood.

It’s still snowing up in Michigan and they’re still bracing for floods in the Midwest.

Have a nice day.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Short Takes

Big depositors in Cyprus could lose big in debt deal.

A deal on immigration reform is nigh, according to reports out of the Senate.

Murder in Texas — White supremacists suspected in assassination of D.A.

Oil pipeline ruptures in Arkansas, forcing evacuations.

Also in Arkansas, 1 dead, 3 injured in accident at a nuclear power plant.

Sen. Marco Rubio plans filibuster over gun legislation.

Mississippi bans soft drinks smaller than 20 ounces.

75-car pile-up on Virginia/North Carolina border kills at least one.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Short Takes

Egypt — President Morsi calls for a referendum on the new constitution.

Air base attacked in Afghanistan.

North Korea is planning to try to launch another missile.

Tunnel collapse outside Tokyo traps motorists.

Cuba wants to trade prisoners.

A wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park causes evacuations.

A tour bus took a wrong turn at MIA and hit an overpass; two dead.