This year the story so far is wildfires in western states and high temperatures in northern states. There’s several large wildfires burning in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. Over the July 4th holiday (it fell on Wednesday) temperatures topped 100° F as far north as Minnesota.
It’s now the second week of July, and we’ve only had one subtropical storm, Alberto. Another storm, Hurricane Beryl, is located about 720 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It was a category 1 hurricane, but it was downgraded this morning to a tropical storm. Last year we had 4 tropical storms by July 4th; first hurricane, Franklin, formed August 9 and hit Mexico the next day.
On Monday another storm formed, Tropical Storm Chris (it’s that circle east of the Carolina’s). It’s expected to make hurricane 1 strength by Tuesday but it is not expected to last long or make problems for people.
I’m sure there’s more storms coming, but for now it’s all quiet – and hot.
As expected, TS Chris became Hurricane Chris on Tuesday, July 10, but it is expected to head into the Atlantic and not make landfall. (There is a high pressure area on the east coast that is keeping it offshore.
TS Beryl continued to to slowdown and weaken until today it’s no longer a tropical storm; maximum winds 35 mph.
Hurricane Chris strengthened to category 2 overnight. It’s continuing on a northeasterly track, and it’s not a direct threat to land.
They met in Singapore on June 12, 2018, to discuss nuclear disarmament of North Korea.
Just two weeks ago Pres. Trump sent a letter canceling the summit. These sure are strange times we are living in – he has to be (one of) the oddest president.
Last night, the United States, France and the United Kingdom, launched airstrikes against 3 strategic targets in Syria. The strikes were in reliation against alleged chemical weapons attacks that occurred on April 7, 2018. Russia, a Syrian ally, warned such actions will have consequences. Here is a brief timeline of events that have some wondering if we’re on the brink of World War III. Continue reading
The site looks like this today because the CSS is stripped off. #CSSNakedDay
Austin was rocked by 6 bomb blasts in 21 days. The suspect, 23-year-old Mark Anthony Conditt of Pflugerville, Texas, was killed in the last blast. His motive has yet to be determined. Here’s a timeline of what happened.
- March 2: A package bomb kills 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House when it explodes on his front porch.
- March 12: 17-year-old Draylen Mason, was killed and his mother was injured after a package exploded inside their home.
- March 12: Hours after the second explosion occurred, police reported a third blast, confirming that at least one elderly woman was injured.
- March 18: Two men in their 20s suffered non-life threatening injuries when they triggered a bomb via a tripwire while walking their bikes.
- March 20: A bomb blast at a FedEx ground distribution facility in Schertz, Texas, injured one person.
- March 21: Just before 5 am police/FBI/ATF corner Conditt at a Red Roof Inn on Interstate 35 in Round Rock, Texas. He drove off a short distance then blew himself up in his car. Source: FoxNews.com
The bad news is we may not be finished with this person or their bombs. FBI agent Chris Combs, head of the agency’s San Antonio office, said, “We are concerned that there may be other packages that are still out there.” Source: KBTX.com
Happy 13th blogiversary! I think this is the 500th published post! Wow, 13 years, 500 posts, and many more thoughts and ideas have I written about. I think I chose the name well, teamsiems zeitgeist.
The Primary Election this year is March 6 (early voting starts February 20, in 2 weeks), and the General Election will be November 6 (early voting starts October 22). So far it’s a pretty quiet election – no hotly contested seats; Ted Cruz might have to campaign to keep his seat in the Senate.
UPDATE: More than 30 races are headed to runoffs on May 22. I think I’m eligible to vote for one: Lupe Valdez (D) and Andrew White (D) for governor. Source: Texas Tribune.
U.S. Senate (Texas)
- Ted Cruz (R) – incumbent
- Geraldine Sam (R)
- Mary Miller (R)
- Bruce Jacobson, Jr. (R)
- Stefano de Stefano (R)
- Beto O’Rourke (D)
- Edward Kimbrough (D)
- Sema Hernandez (D)
U.S. House of Representatives (District 17 Texas)
- Bill Flores (R) – incumbent
- Rick Kennedy (D)
- Dale Mantey (D)
- Greg Abbott (R) – incumbent
- Barbara Krueger (R)
- Larry “Secede” Kilgore (R)
- James Jolly Clark (D)
- Cedric Davis (D)
- Joe Mumbach (D)
- Adrian Ocegueda (D)
- Jeffrey Payne (D)
- Lupe Valdez (D)
- Tom Wakely (D)
- Andrew White (D)
- Grady Yarbrough (D)
Texas Lieutenant Governor
- Dan Patrick (R) – incumbent
- Scott Milder (R)
- Mike Collier (D)
- Michael Cooper (D)
Texas Attorney General
Texas Senate (District 5)
- Charles Schwertner (R) – incumbent
- Harold Ramm (R)
- Glenn “Grumpy” Williams (D)
- Brian E. Cronin (D)
- Meg Walsh (D)
Texas House of Representatives (District 14)
- John Raney (R) – incumbent
- Jeston Texeira (R)
- Sarah Laningham (R)
- Rick Davis (R)
- Josh Wilkinson (D)
- Alex Vidal (D)
Comptroller of Public Accounts
- Glenn Hegar (R) – incumbent
- Tim Mahoney (D)
- Joi Chevalier (D)
Commissioner of the General Land Office
- George P. Bush (R) – incumbent
- Davey Edwards (R)
- Jerry Patterson (R)
- Rick Range (R)
- Tex Morgan (D)
- Miguel Suazo (D)
Commissioner of Agriculture
- Sid Miller (R) – incumbent
- Trey Blocker (R)
- Jim Hogan (R)
- Kim Olson (D)
- Christi Craddick (R) – incumbent
- Weston Martinez (R)
- Chris Spellmon (D)
- Roman McAllen (D)
District Judge, (Texas) 85th Judicial District
- Kyle Hawthorne (R) – incumbent
District Judge, (Texas) 272nd Judicial District
- Travis B. Bryan III (R) – Next election 2020
District Judge, (Texas) 361st Judicial District
- Steve Smith (R) – incumbent
District Attorney – Brazos County
- Jarvis Parsons (R) – Next election 2020
Sheriff – Brazos County
- Chris Kirk – Next election 2020
Well, I finally got my Dear John letter from YouTube. They’re raising their monetization requirements and kicking little guys to the curb if they don’t have the numbers. The new threshold is 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time in the past 12 months.
The Great YouTube Demonetization Controversy Continues
Folks want to blame Logan Paul for this latest policy change. He’s a popular (15 M subscribers) YouTube creator who posted a video where he showed a dead body in a Japanese forest known for hosting suicides. A YouTube spokesperson had this to say, “Sometimes our systems get it wrong, which is why we’ve encouraged creators to appeal.” (Source: The Guardian). I say sometimes they don’t get it at all, but I don’t blame Logan Paul. I blame YouTube: adopting weak business practices and morphing into a traditional media outlet replete with ass-kissers for advertising dollars.
I guess there’s Vimeo…
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter will attend the event at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University. Source CNN.com
They’ll be in town Saturday to bolster donations and support for hurricane relief. Bush 41 wanted to do something bigger than a anniversary party for his library – it was his idea to have a concert and start a fund raising campaign – One America Appeal.
The weather isn’t cooperating. There is a 30% chance of rain during the day increasing to 90% chance at night.
Full disclosure, I graduated from the University of Florida in 1995.
Judging by the tweets (#SpencerAtUF), a lot of people showed up to protest and now they’re walking out of the building.
Spencer, who heads the National Policy Institute, a nationalist think tank, is scheduled to speak at 2:30 p.m. EDT [October 19, 2017] at a [University of Florida] campus performing arts center. The university said it did not invite him to speak, but was obligated by law to allow the event.
Richard Spencer’s event at the university in Gainesville, which prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency to prepare for possible violence, comes about two months after rallies by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to a deadly clash with counter-protesters.
The school said it will spend more than $500,000 on security, and the National Policy Institute is paying more than $10,000 to rent the facility and for security within the venue. Source: Reuters.com
Last December, Spencer visited Texas A&M University, and was met with a small crowd, most of whom were protesters. At that time I said watch this guy we’ll see him again.