To all web designers everywhere…

I don’t want to subscribe to your newsletter. I get spammed enough by the people I actually do business with.

Side note: If you are sending me more than one email per week, you need to rethink how much you are pissing me off! I have stopped doing business with people JUST because they are totally annoying.

If I want to subscribe to a newsletter, I will look for how to do so. You should make that easy. (As you can see above, I do get email from people I am interested in doing business with.) Don’t send more than 1 per week.

I don’t want to let your website send notifications to my browser. Thank you to Firefox; one of the newer versions added a “block all future requests for notifications” in options. (And who thought that was a good idea in the first place?)

I don’t want to share my location with you, you creepy stalker.

And no, I’m not going to disable the ad-blockers/privacy extensions just because you ask nicely. I am not a product for Google, or any other ad company to be tracked.

There should be a special place in hell for designers and web architects who think all this crap up.

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37-year-old Muslim Attacks 62-year-old for Being Jewish

I’m shocked to discover that there is a Muslim in New York City that would perpetrate an antisemitic hate crime. SEE IT: Livery cab driver beats Borough Park man in anti-Jewish hate crime. (OK, I’m not that shocked.)

Farrukh Afzal, 37, attacked man at the intersection of 13th Ave. and 46th St. in Borough Park around 7:30 a.m., said cops.

The victim is 62-year-old Lipa Schwartz, who was on his way to Shul in the very-Jewish neighborhood of Boro Park in Brooklyn.

Afzal, of Staten Island, was arrested and charged with hate crime assault, criminal mischief and harassment.

As several people have noted, I’m sure that 37-year-old felt very manly as be beat an elderly man.

Hat tip to The Geller Report, which has more info.

Mr. Schwartz said a passerby stopped the attacker from running and immediately called NYPD and Shomrim which assisted the NYPD in apprehending the suspect.

The Geller Report also has the video. Which is embedded below, and also at this link. (In case YouTube is freaking out over privacy extensions in your browser.)

It’s Sunday, So That Means…

Weekend Link Roundups.

Priate’s Cove has Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup. Which starts off with something from yours truly.

What’s happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. 357 Magnum notes what may happen if you keep breaking into homes
  2. Blazing Cat Fur links to gays being terrified to criticize trans ideology
  3. Chicks On The Right discusses why Melania Trump wore the “I really don’t care do u” jacket
  4. Creeping Sharia covers a month of Islam in America
  5. Datechguy’s Blog notes that hysterical females are deadly
  6. DC Clothesline covers what happened after that Taylor Swift endorsement

Maybe the story covered by DC Clothesline will convince singers to shut up and sing. (But I doubt it.)

Also The Other McCain has FMJRA 2.0: Turn Your Radio On. This includes such stories as the few I’ve listed below.

  • Author of Smear Against Conservative Journalists Exposed as Foreign Agent [not for Russia!]
  • What Media Bias Looks Like
  • Party of Science™ Update: Democrats Now Actively Consorting With Satan [This was one of my favorite stories from the past week or so! Z-Deb]

The End of German Volksparteien?

The “Grand Coalition” that has been governing Germany for years may – May – be on its way out. Why the Bavarian election matters for Angela Merkel.

Actually the coalition and their partners have been sinking in the polls for sometime, but they started out with such a majority, that it has taken a while to notice.

The German state of Bavaria is having itself an election today. (It is a federal system after all.) The Christian Social Union (CSU) has been the majority party in Bavaria since the 1950s. At least. The CSU and Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) have been governing Germany for years, lately in coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SDP). That looks like it might be changing.

The party [CSU] has been steadily sinking in the polls since the election campaign began. A Friday poll by public broadcaster ZDF put them at 34 percent, 2 points below September, 5 points below August, and a whole world away from the 48 percent they reached in the 2013 state election.

The 2 groups to gain are the Greens on the Left and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) on the Right.

It is hard to say what will happen to the Chancellor, because she is not a member of CSU, and this is a state election, not impacting the seating in the Bundestag, but it could drive CSU out of coalition, and that might lead to a no-confidence vote. But no one thinks that is likely.

It could make things easier for Merkel in the short term, but the fact that some stories are saying she is being referred to as a “lame duck” doesn’t look good.

Self-defense is Legal in Alabama

I never thought she should have been arrested when I first heard about this incident. Selma woman charged in husband’s shooting death cleared by grand jury.

A Dallas County grand jury on Thursday heard testimony from 38-year-old Jacqueline Dixon and, when it was over, declined to issue an indictment against, said District Attorney Michael Jackson.

The investigators and DA’s office issued a murder-domestic violence warrant, but the Grand Jury declined to prosecute.

The Rich Turn Their Homes Into Fortresses

The Hamptons – not what it used to be. DON’T PANIC Mega rich New Yorkers installing luxury panic rooms in their mansions amid fears over deadly MS-13 gang.

Last year, Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki publicly expressed concern that the gang might spread further east.

When he deployed police equipped with anti-terrorism gear, including automatic weapons, along the perimeters of summer 2017 charity galas, locals took note.

Rich people are arming with handguns and shotguns. Installing bullet-proof glass and high-security entry doors as well as panic rooms.

A single window that you can beat with a sledge hammer – and not break – costs about $6000. To start. Some of them are full on bomb-shelters. Cold War 2.0 is upon us after all.

Rolex Cup Sailing

Some of my sailing friends have nothing but disdain for the high-tech America’s Cup boats, so here is some classic sailing.

The Rolex Cup is actually a series of races. There are 2 classes of Maxi yachts, and a regatta of Swan boats. Maybe more. I don’t know if YouTube will complain about these non-music videos, but if it says the embedded videos aren’t available, use the links provided. (Do they even support embedding anymore, or do they just hate privacy?)

The video is of highlights of this year’s maxi racing, which finished up in September. It is a bit long at 8 minutes or so. (It isn’t one of the races I really follow.)

The Swan (a European manufacturer of sailboats) races included 3 classes that I know of: 50s, 42s and 45ft boats. This video is highlights from the 50s regatta.