Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Less extreme weather: Below normal hurricane season predicted

Global warming begat climate change begat extreme weather. The liberal Luddites who want to destroy the fossil fuel industry--particularly coal--have been using scare tactics for four decades to advance their agenda. The latest one, "extreme weather," is the claim that additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere might not be warming up the planet, but it was causing more violent storms.

Well, this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting fewer than average Atlantic Ocean hurricanes.

Google Auto Awesome daisy fleabane

Once again, courtesy of Google Auto Awesome, I have another striking image this afternoon.

Here are some daisy fleabane blossoms that I photographed in Morton Grove's Linne Woods restored tallgrass prairie on Memorial Day.

(MSNBC video) Hillary is "so removed" from Americans’ problems and "can’t relate"

Hillary Clinton says she wants to be "your champion." But does she know what Americans want? An MSNBC panel on Morning Joe today commented that Hillary is "so removed" from the problems Americans and she "can't relate."

Colmes: Hillary email release "Meaningless because any questionable emails might have already been deleted"

Liberal analyst Alan Colmes on Fox News this morning said that Friday's trumpeted release of some emails on the Benghazi murders is "meaningless because any questionable emails might have already been deleted."

The Democratic presidential candidate, contrary to federal law, used her own email server while serving as secretary of state. She later wiped that server clean.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

#CopsLivesMatter: Thousands line funeral route of slain Omaha cop

Omaha's skyline
Last December in New York protesters chanted, "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!" New York City's mayor is leftist Democrat Bill DeBlasio.

Last week, hours before she was to begin maternity leave, Omaha cop Kerrie Orozco was shot to death while on duty. Omaha has a Republican mayor, Jean Strothert.

In Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, where Orozco resided, thousands of people lined her funeral route today.

See the difference?

From the Omaha World-Herald:
Many held American flags, balloons and homemade signs: Heroes Live Forever. You Made a Difference. We Support Our Men and Women in Blue. OPD Blue Forever. #KerrieOn.

As the procession started, the crowd fell silent. At one point, the only sound was the rumble of police motorcycles and a guitarist in front of the downtown library plucking “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The procession started at 1 p.m. at St. John's and ended at 2:45 p.m. at the cemetery in Council Bluffs. It took about an hour for drivers to complete the route. At one point, vehicles were entering the cemetery while others were still leaving Creighton seven miles away.

More than 450 marked cruisers with first responders from about 200 agencies from several states took part. Many officers held their phones up to the crowd, recording the scene as they passed by. At the same time, people in the crowd pointed their phones back to capture the moment.
The real America still lives.

Animation: Deer drinking from the North Branch of the Chicago River

I took several photos on my Samsung Galaxy cell phone--and looked what Google Auto Awesome did to them

That  white-tailed deer was photographed drinking from the North Branch of the Chicago River at Miami Woods in Morton Grove, Illinos.

Islamic State now a threat to critically endangered bird in Syria

Not only is ISIS a peril to people and archaeological sites--a rare bird inadvertently finds itself in the crosshairs of the the Islamic State.

From the BBC:
A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.

A tiny breeding colony of the northern bald ibis - a critically endangered species - was found near the city in 2002.

Only one female returned from the wintering grounds in spring 2013.

Three further birds held in captivity were abandoned last week after their Bedouin guards fled the fighting. Their fate is unknown.

Chiraq: 12 dead and 43 wounded over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is typically quite violent in Chicago--and this year was no different. Twelve people were murdered in Chicago during the holiday weekend--and at least 43 others were wounded.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Baltimore carnage: Deadliest month since 1999

Baltimore's left-wing mayor and its agenda-driven prosecutor have declared war on the police. As the Baltimore Sun points out--it's costing people their lives. With five days still left in May, 35 people have been murdered in Maryland's largest city--already making it the deadliest month in Baltimore since 1999.
[Police Commissioner Anthony W.] Batts last week said police are struggling to stop violence in West Baltimore, where officers have been routinely surrounded by dozens of people, video cameras and hostility while performing basic police work since the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody. The Western District, the site of Gray's arrest and the epicenter of the protests and rioting that followed his death, has seen the majority of the city's recent shootings and homicides, which are coming faster than they have in eight years.

Six officers are charged criminally in Gray's death. Some police officers have said they feel hesitant on the job under intense public scrutiny.

On Friday, the director and another member of [Mayor Stephanie C.] Rawlings-Blake's criminal justice office left their jobs, marking the biggest shake-up in her administration since the recent rioting and unrest in the city. Their departures came a few weeks after the director of the city's anti-violence initiative, Operation Ceasefire, left his job voluntarily.

Throughout the 1990s, Baltimore saw more than 300 homicides every year. The death toll dropped to 253 in 2002 under then-Mayor Martin O'Malley — who instituted a tough-on-crime policing approach called "zero tolerance" — before rising to 282 in 2007, prompting then-Mayor Sheila Dixon to replace Police Commissioner Leonard Hamm with Frederick H. Bealefeld III midyear.
In a democracy, sadly, sometimes people get the government they deserve.

Houlihan's fires manager who treated veteran with service animal rudely

Algonquin Clock
There are many red faces--deservedly so--at the Houlihan's restaurant chain on Memorial Day after a manager treated a veteran with a service dog rudely in Algonquin, Illinois.

From the Daily Herald:
"This is not something that our company tolerates," said Amy Fasholt-Fisher, vice president of operations for the Kansas City-based chain. "We are taking full responsibility, offering no excuses."

The confrontation occurred Sunday at the restaurant, 1508 S. Randall Road.

The veteran, whose name was not released by the company, entered with his mother and his dog and requested to be seated, Fasholt-Fisher said.

A hostess got a manager, who asked what service the animal provides, Fasholt-Fisher said.
The manager who confronted the veteran has since been fired. The vet's mom posted about the nastiness on Facebook earlier today. "It was insulting ... so they decided to leave," a Houlihan's manager told the Daily Herald.