Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Short Takes

The Saudis like the Iran nuclear framework.

California agriculture is exempt from water restrictions.

Closing arguments in the Boston bombing trial.

Carbon monoxide kills eight in Maryland family.

Duke beat Wisconsin.

The Tigers won their Opening Day game against the Twins 4-0.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

…And Snow Religion Too

Fox News discovered the plot to ruin religious holiday celebrations by godless public schools: make it snow!

Tantaros’ comments were fueled by an Easton, Mass. school district that had to extend its school year to June 29 because of how much snow the Boston area received this year. In preparation for next year, the district chose to get rid of two Jewish holidays and a Christian holiday so the school year wouldn’t have to be extended.

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), who appeared as the show’s “One Lucky Guy,” helped Tantaros reach her conclusion by being the first to criticize liberals who, he said, were using the record snowfall to their advantage.

“Don’t let any good crisis go to waste, and if you want to take religion out of the public square, look at Boston, look at all the snow and say, ‘What a great reason. Now we can take these religious holidays out of our school system,'” Duffy said. “It’s using the crisis to the liberal benefit.”

Somehow Al Gore is behind this.

Of course, we have yet to figure out how to mess with Purim and St. Crispin’s Day here in Florida with extra snow days.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Short Takes

Iraq launched an offensive against ISIS in Tikrit.

President Obama says disagreement with Israel is not “permanent.”

Venezuela tells U.S. to reduce embassy staff.

An officer-involved shooting in Los Angeles caught on tape.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) plans to retire.

More winter storms on the way.

R.I.P. Minnie Minoso, 91, first black Latino major league ball player.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Short Takes

Defense Secretary Carter made his first trip to Afghanistan.

President Obama wants to shield seniors from retirement plan grifters.

Dock workers on the West Coast have a tentative agreement to settle their strike.

The endless winter continues in the South and Northeast.

Never too late: 94-year-old charged with serving at Auschwitz.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Short Takes

Secretary of Defense stands up for transgender people in the service.

Malls in U.S. on alert after terror threat.

More winter weather hits the South.

South African miners rescued after fire.

New killer virus found in Kansas.

And the Oscars went to…  (And my brother was right about Birdman.)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cold Morning

At 5:38 a.m.:

Miami Weather 02-20-15I think this is the coldest temperature I’ve seen in Miami.  I know; it’s a lot worse up north.  I’m not complaining about the cold personally; I’m from the Midwest and I grew up with subzero temperatures and piles of snow.  It’s a reminder that Florida — even as far south as Miami — can get cold, and that technically we’re not in the tropics.

The cold does have an effect on agricultural interests, so a freeze up in the citrus belt or the vegetable belt will effect the price of your orange juice or at the salad bar.  Plus, all the snowbirds who came down to escape the cold air will wonder why they paid all that money to shiver on the beach.

This is supposed to be the last morning of this current cold wave.  The temperatures are expected to bounce back to normal later today.

Miami Forecast 02-20-15See you on the beach.

Short Takes

Germany says nein to Greece’s proposal to resolve its debt crisis.

President Obama calls for expansion of human rights to fight extremism.

Wal-Mart to pay $10 an hour minimum wage.

Superbug — Nearly 180 people may have been exposed to a deadly virus at a hospital in Los Angeles.

A first for Texas: a same-sex couple were granted a one-time-only marriage license.

Brrrr — Cold wave strikes the Midwest and East Coast.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Short Takes

Egypt strikes back at ISIS in Libya.

Danish officials say they have arrested two people in connection with an attack at a freedom-of-speech event over the weekend.

A train carrying crude oil derailed in West Virginia; several hundred people evacuated.

The government is intervening in the labor dispute that has slowed shipping at West Coast ports.

Now it’s ice — The Southeast and Northeast brace for more bad weather.

6.8 earthquake hits northern Japan.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Short Takes

The blizzard in New England isn’t over yet.

Americans among those killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in Libya.

A lot of people, including President Obama, showed up to pay respects in Saudi Arabia.

Consumer confidence is at its highest rating since 2007.

Mormons try to balance marriage equality and the right to discriminate.

Obamacare cost estimate keeps getting smaller.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Big Snow

Yeah, I know, you don’t need to hear anything about a big blizzard from a guy in Florida, but I hope that those of you who live up there in the snow zone are safe and warm.

I spent enough time in the snowbelt to know that blizzards are no joke; they should be taken as seriously as the tropical cyclonic events we get here in Florida, and in some places, the results can be just as devastating.  So be careful out there.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Short Takes

Over a million people marched in Paris against terror.

F.B.I. assumes larger surveillance role.

Ice storms and freezing rain head for the eastern U.S.

Seven shot, two killed in North Carolina house party.

House GOP plans to undercut Obama’s immigration plans.

Who won a Golden Globe?

Thursday, January 8, 2015