A burglar brought down by a blowhard (sort of)

I had to smile at this news from Kingsport, Tennessee (with a tip o’ the hat to reader Dwight for forwarding me the link).  Tornadoes rolled through the area last weekend, and one of them helped solve a crime in the process.  A good citizen went to help his neighbors clean up their storm damage, when: “The first thing [Mr. Cleek] noticed was this bright red air compressor that he just reported stolen the day before, so obviously his eye was drawn to it,” says Thomas Patton with the Kingsport Police Department. . . . “Basically the end result was

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Accuracy in action

Here’s a B-52H bomber of the US Air Force dropping 45 M117 750lb. bombs on Farallon de Medinilla, an uninhabited island in the Marianas group used as a target range.  From a shooting perspective, it’s what I’d call a nice group. It’s a bit more potent than the average handgun group, though . . . Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #779

We haven’t had a “Doofus Of The Day” for over a month.  To break the drought, today’s award goes to the administrators of a sports stadium in Tonghe County, China.  The Telegraph reports: Sports officials in northeast China have claimed the gold medal for incompetence after authorising the construction of a running track with right-angled corners. The track was completed recently as part of a major refurbishment of a 1,000 sq ft stadium in Heilongjiang province’s Tonghe County. The stadium itself appears to have been impressively built and features an immaculately laid artificial grass football pitch at its centre. But

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Moral equivalence and the Palestinian question

I’ve found myself – yet again – nonplussed at the outpouring of emotion over the situation in Gaza.  All over the world Israel is being condemned for defending itself against terrorist attacks, which aren’t even mentioned by most of its critics.  At the same time, many of those defending Israel are ignoring the fact that Palestinians have a legitimate grievance against being dispossessed of lands that were theirs and being treated like dirt by the ‘occupiers’. The situation is not dissimilar to that faced by many people in South Africa under the iniquitous policies of apartheid.  Those opposed to apartheid

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The Book of Barkley

Our dear friend Brigid lost her beloved black Labrador retriever, Barkley, earlier this year.  They’d been together for a long time, and I know it was a difficult period for her.  Rather than sit down and mope, she sat down and wrote:  and the result is now available. She’s produced a rich tapestry of tribute to a dog who wasn’t a pet so much as a friend.  Barkley (whom Miss D. and myself both knew, meeting him on several occasions when we visited Brigid) was full of everything fun and good in a dog.  My first encounter with him was

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Don’t kill Sean Bean!

I had to smile at the news that fans of Sean Bean, the British actor, have launched a Twitter campaign to persuade the producers of his latest TV show not to kill him.  The Telegraph reports: Sean Bean has appeared in blockbuster films and TV shows as well as small independent movies, but he rarely comes out of them unscathed. Having been run off a cliff by rampaging cows, shot in the neck with a grappling hook, beheaded and quartered by horses in his 31-year acting career, the Sheffield-born actor hasn’t had much luck cheating death. . . . Now,

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Music for the mind and soul

As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of Mike Oldfield‘s music.  Here are three tracks from his 2008 orchestral performance “Music Of The Spheres“.  It draws heavily upon his original masterpiece, “Tubular Bells”, and its sequels for inspiration, with some of its themes readily recognizable as reworked versions of the originals (hence my irreverent nickname for “Spheres” – “Tubular Balls”!) I highly recommend taking the time to listen to these if you need to relax and unwind.  Here’s the opening track, “Harbinger”. From the middle of the work, here’s “On My Heart”. And here’s the penultimate track, “Empyrean”.

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Want to know where the “poor children” are going?

If you’d like to know where all the “children” streaming across our southern border are being sent by the authorities, Numbers USA has a very informative map.  Click over there to see whether your state and/or city is among the targeted areas. Considering the nature of some of those “children”, I expect crime statistics in those areas to show a significant upward trend starting right about now . . . Peter

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