Sunday, May 24, 2020

Tool definition

From maggiesfarm

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Minaret speakers play – Songs of revolution?

From Balkan Insight

By Hamdi Firat Buyuk

In last two days, unknown persons in Turkey have hacked mosques’ digital audio systems in the coastal city of Izmir and played the anti-fascist song Ciao Bella and other songs with revolutionary messages.

After videos of the stunt were widely shared, Izmir police announced that they had started an investigation on Thursday and detained several people for insulting religion.
The detainees included Banu Ozdemir a former city official of main opposition Republican People’s Party, CHP.
The Turkish Religious Authority, the Diyanet, announced that it had filed a criminal complaint about the hacking.
“These people are unknown and evil-minded. They insulted our sacred religious values in the holy month of Ramadan. We have filed a criminal complaint at the city prosecutor’s office,” the chief cleric in Izmir, Mufti Sukru Balkan, said on Thursday.
The Diyanet had to suspend all calls to prayers, known as adhans, in Izmir because of the attacks until further notice.

The digital attacks and the playing of songs from minarets angered local politicians.
“We condemn these attacks on our mosques. Whoever has a problem with mosques also has problems with the nation,” Omer Celik, the spokesperson of the ruling Justice and Development Party, said on Thursday.
Tunc Soyer, the Mayor of Izmir, from the CHP, also called the incidents provocative. “The incidents made me and the people of Izmir very sad. This is a provocative and villainous act to set us against each other. We should not fall into this trap,” Soyer told the media.

Redhack previously hacked several Turkish government websites, including the Ankara city police department and the Turkish parliament. The group also hacked the email account of Berat Albayrak, the Finance Minister and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Erdogan’s Islamist government had close links to the mosques, which have backed the government’s policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aegean seaport of Izmir is an industrial, touristic and agricultural centre on the coast and is a stronghold of the main opposition CHP.

(Hackers should have played The Who’s “We Won’t Get Fooled Again.)

Wikipedia probably figures nothing ever happened there

“Aikin Grove is an unincorporated community in Red River County, Texas, United States.”

The Handbook of Texas Online has a few more words about the community.

“AIKIN GROVE, TEXAS. Aikin Grove is a small farming community located on Farm Road 910 about four miles south of Clarksville in south central Red River County. The settlement was established during the latter half of the 1800s and named for the Aikin family. In 1870 a one-room school was built. On March 5, 1897, J. D. Aikin and his wife sold two acres to the Aikin Grove Missionary Baptist Church and to the Methodist Episcopal Church South for use as a cemetery. Residents in the early 1900s included the Hall, Lyons, Perrin, Hubbard, and Aikin families. The community's best known native son, prominent Texas legislator and education advocate A. M. Aikin Jr., was born in 1905. By World War I Aikin Grove had grown to include about 100 families, three stores, churches, and the cemetery. The school was eventually expanded to a four-room structure, and 165 students were enrolled in 1933. The town declined during the second half of the twentieth century, however. Aikin Grove's last store, owned by W. J. Hubbard, closed in 1957. By the mid-1960s the community reported a population of forty. That figure dropped and remained steady at twenty-six from 1970 through 2000. The Baptist church remained active in the area.” – Laurie E. Jasinksi

Friday, May 22, 2020

Another case of they mamas should have taken the babies straight to jail

Why do people give children Go to Jail names?

From the Texarkana Gazette.

“Bosnia Delease Taylor, 21, and her brother Demarius Dejuan Taylor, 20, were indicted Thursday for murder in the March 31 death of Notorious Crabtree. The siblings are expected to appear for arraignment next month before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.”

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Cunningham, Texas

Cunningham is in southeastern Lamar County and north of the Sulphur River. The population is around 100.

Wikipedia has this to say: “Cunningham is an unincorporated community in Lamar CountyTexasUnited States.
“The Prairiland Independent School District serves area students.”

Not much. Here’s a bit more about the community:

History in a Pecan Shell
Named for early settler and landowner Sam Cunningham, who was responsible for luring other citizens, the first event worth mentioning was the establishment of a post office in 1912.

The first population figures are from 1915 when 350 people called Cunningham home. The town had its own doctor, three general stores as well as a saw mill and a newspaper. The community had two churches at that time.

The Great Depression hit the town hard and by the 1940s it had decreased to just 200. Cunningham had added an additional church by the 1980s, even as the businesses and population declined. The community showed 110 people for the 1990 census – and remained the same for the 2000 count.
That site has several photographs of buildings in Cunningham.

The land is mostly farmland and grazing land. There are some wooded areas and quite a few pecan trees.

In Northeast Texas counties, you can often drive a mile outside town and see nothing but land and woods and an occasional house for a long time.

Hungary to EU court: Our border, our fence, our country

From Voice of Europe

The Hungarian Defense Ministry said both the armed forces and Hungarian government would do all they could to defend the country’s border and maintain its border fence despite a new ruling from the European Court of Justice that Hungary illegally detained asylum seekers in transit zones.

The statement from Hungary comes at a time when the vital Western Balkans route has seen a sharp increase in crossing from illegal migrants. Despite a sharp fall in April due to the border closures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, illegal border crossings in the Western Balkans rose by 60 percent in the first four months of the year compared with the same period of 2019, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex said in its April migration update.

“There were fewer than 100 detections of illegal border crossings recorded on this route in April, down 94% from the previous month. However, in the first four months, the number of illegal border crossings increased by 60% from the same period of last year to nearly 6,000,” the Frontex report wrote.

Hungarian State Secretary of the Defense Ministry Szilárd Németh said on Sunday at the Röszke border crossing with Serbia that with the national lockdowns coming to an end, Hungary will again face increased pressure from illegal immigrants. He was speaking at the transit zone which served as the focus of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)’s ruling last week that Hungary illegally held asylum seekers there.

He reiterated the Hungarian position that the ruling intends to force Hungary to stop defending its border with a fence and allow immigrants into the country. He said that the country would do all its power to continue defending its borders.

"The Fidesz-KDNP parliamentary majority and the government will do everything in its power to maintain the [border] fence, live military and police patrols and keep the transit zones operational," Németh said.

In its update of the weekend's events, Hungarian police said officers apprehended 151 illegal immigrants and transported them back to the countries they came from as well as further 37 that have been prevented from crossing the Serbian border into Hungary.

Just last week, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó warned of a new migration wave threatening Europe in a videoconference meeting with 14 EU foreign ministers.

More idiocy from the governor of California

Newsome tells Republicans that police, fire, EMS and other first responders will be the first layoffs if GOP doesn’t help him get more federal money.

The governor says California has money to pay illegals and sees no problem with releasing violent criminals, but with fire season near, he is ready to lay off firefighters.