Thursday, May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Short Takes

Iraqi forces will try to re-take Ramadi.

Texas, Oklahoma and the Plains can’t catch a weather break.

The Nebraska Senate will try to override the veto of the death penalty repeal.

Cleveland and the DOJ have reached a settlement on their policing.

One person/one vote will be tested in a case before the Supreme Court next fall.

The Tigers beat the A’s 1-0.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer and Schvitz

ANTIQUE_FAN_1_734_800South Florida has two seasons: wet and dry.  The astronomical calendar has summer starting around the 21st of June.  Here the wet season starts about Memorial Day, followed soon thereafter by the start of the hurricane season, which lasts until the end of November.  The air temperature doesn’t vary a lot: it can be 90 in January and in July.  The difference is the moisture: not just the rains that come on a regular basis between May and November, but the humidity.  It keeps the orchids happy, but it can be trying if you want to keep your clothes from getting soaked by your own perspiration.

I’ve lived in temperate climates of northern Michigan, alpine climates such as the Rockies, the desert of New Mexico, and in between.  I appreciate them all: snowfall in Michigan is beautiful, the mountains are magnificent, and the colors of a New Mexico sunset are beyond belief.  But I like it here, too, and I don’t mind a little schvitz as long as the hurricanes go someplace else, preferably out over the Atlantic.  And you don’t have to shovel the heat.

Short Takes

Twelve missing in floods in Texas.

Kurdish leader blames Iraqi forces for losses to ISIS.

Tornado kills 13 in Mexico border city.

Bug out: Ladybugs released as high school prank.

R.I.P. John F. Nash, mathematician profiled in A Beautiful Mind; Anne Meara, comedian and actress.

The Tigers lost split the series with the Astros and lost Monday to Oakland.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Short Takes

Iraqi-backed militiamen were gathering to try to re-take Ramadi.

President Obama will limit sending military equipment to local police.

Biker shootout in Waco could result in up to 175 people being charged, some for capital murder.

The western drought has spread to Washington where the governor is declaring a statewide emergency.

The Tigers lost 3-2 to the Brewers.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Short Takes

Nepal hit with another major earthquake.

The Obama administration is giving conditional approval to drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Liberia is declared Ebola-free.

Secretary of State Kerry to meet with Putin.

Health insurers are ordered to give free contraception.

Severe weather left destruction and fatalities in the Plains and Midwest.

The Tigers had the night off.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Short Takes

Rough weather across the Plains on Mothers Day.

E.U. plans to punish Mediterranean immigrant smugglers.

Four charged with killing two policemen in Mississippi.

Former President Jimmy Carter returns early from Guyana due to illness.

Raúl Castro met with Pope Francis; considers going back to church.

Happy birthday, Melissa.

The Tigers had a rough weekend and last night lost a 10-inning heartbreaker to K.C. 2-1.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Short Takes

Lots of tornadoes hit the Midwest and Plains states.

Netanyahu works out a deal to form a government for Israel.

Chicago will pay reparations to victims of police torture.

The New England Patriots did deflate their balls.

R.I.P. Former House Speaker Jim Wright, 92.

The Tigers dropped another to the White Sox 7-6.

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.