In December, when we were in Sarajevo, we had the pleasure of watching a soccer/football match between FK Željezničar and NK Vitez in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Categorized by genus/species, placed chronologically by common name
American Tree Sparrow
American White Pelican
Cape May Warbler*
Eastern Goldfinch - See American Goldfinch
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eurasian Collared Dove
Eurasian Tree Sparrow*
Great Black-backed Gull*
Great Blue Heron
Great Grey Shrike
Great Spotted Woodpecker*
Greater White-Fronted Goose*
Lesser Black-backed Gull*
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
Northern Shrike - See Great Grey Shrike
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Groundhog - See Woodchuck
Ground Squirrel - See Eastern Chipmunk
This “chapter” produced 4 trials for me, personally. The last one is finally done.
Sex offender Melvin T. Lucier heard the word he’s heard three times before in a Scott County courtroom: Guilty.
A Scott County jury deliberated nearly 20 minutes Wednesday before finding the 55-year-old guilty of one count of third-degree sex abuse for abusing a then 12 or 13 year old boy in 2011 or 2012.
More than two hours later, Scott County District Court Judge Joel Barrows sentenced him to up to 25 years in prison, which will be served back-to-back with multiple life sentences for sexually abusing three girls
Today, Radovan Karadzic was found guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
“Finding Karadzic guilty of the Srebrenica genocide, judge O-Gon Kwon said that after Bosnian Serb forces attacked and seized the UN-protected enclave in July 1995, a “plan to destroy the Muslim population” was implemented in an organised way.”
I was able to visit the Srebrenica Memorial last December on a quiet, windless day. It’s a pretty eerie place, set off by the abundant fog, the lack of any noise whatsoever, and the backdrop of forest in the surrounding Dinaric Alps.
Another mistrial (back-to-back mistrials for me):
An “inappropriate” comment by a prospective juror this week led a Scott County judge to declare a mistrial for two brothers accused of beating a man at a Davenport strip club in October.
The comment was made Monday during the first day of jury selection for Kamden Shelton, 24, and Juan Shelton, 32, who are charged with attempted murder and willful injury causing serious injury.
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Via the QC Times:
An inadvertent comment from a prospective juror questioned to sit on the jury for four-time convicted child sex offender Melvin T. Lucier led a Scott County District Court judge to declare a mistrial Monday morning.
The decision by Judge Joel Barrow came less than an hour into jury selection in Lucier’s fourth sex abuse trial.
Prior to Monday’s trial, Barrows granted a motion filed by defense attorney Michael Motto seeking to bar any mention or testimony regarding Lucier’s prior convictions or that he already is a convicted sex offender.
Word of the Day – first-foot: the first person to cross the threshold of a house on New Year’s Day.
On December 10, 2015, we saw last year’s Serbian SuperLiga champion, FK Partizan Belgrade (ФК Партизан Београд), take on FC Augsburg of the German Bundesliga. It was the final game of the Group Stage of the UEFA Europa League, with the winner advancing to the knockout round and the loser being eliminated. Partizan jumped out to an early 1 – 0 lead, but ultimately lost 3 – 1.
A great article by Bill Wundram, my grandparents’ neighbor for many, many years:
So much about Christmas is tradition, and so many stories have been hanging around our family for a generation or two:
A week before Christmas, my dad would haul into the parlor (never the living room) the biggest Christmas tree in town. On Christmas Eve, heavy footsteps would stomp on the front porch, and my dad would shout “Goodbye, Santa.” We always knew the clomping was my dad’s feet, and the sliding parlor door would open to a magnificent Christmas tree surrounded by electric trains, dolls and BB guns. My mother, in her thin voice, would sing “God rest ye merry, gentlemen.”
Becky was about 10, also is the big house, the Christmas Eve night she was staring out her bedroom window and saw Santa Claus. She excitedly watched him lug a red sack into the house of our neighbors, the big Motto family. She ran downstairs, shouting, “I saw him. I saw Santa. He’s for real.” She is now an adult, a school teacher, who is still convinced that she actually saw Santa and tells her kindergartners that he is as real as the Easter Bunny.
I often see pro-gun advocates argue that we need to oppose gun control because the population cannot resist a tyrannical government if the population has been disarmed. Libertarians like Austin Petersen post anti-gun control memes like the following:
While it is, of course, true that a population cannot resist a tyrannical government if the population has been disarmed (setting aside the discussion of whether an armed population could effectively resist a government armed with tanks, jets, etc.), I do not find this argument to be very persuasive in opposing proponents of gun control. Since most gun control advocates do not consider the government a threat to the population (rather, they see the government as a protector and a provider of services), this argument ends up preaching to the choir – it is unpersuasive to gun control advocates and persuasive to those who are already firmly in the anti-gun control camp. (This is also why I do not bother arguing “the 2nd Amendment says…”, because opponents simply disagree with what the 2nd Amendment means.)
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Traveling for us is as much about trying the different foods and drinks as it is about meeting the people and seeing the sites. We had read about eating bugs prior to heading over, and the “Bug Guy” was right on time.
First up: grasshopper.
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Bosnia i Herzegovina
INSECTS, ARACHNIDS, MYRIAPODS & GASTROPODS
Categorized by family, placed chronologically by common name
- Bars & Drinks
- Book Review
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- Health & Medicine
- In Flight
- Mississippi River
- People and Faces
- Photo Hunt
- Rivers and Waterways
- Street Shots
- The Seven Seas
Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae)
Bee Flies (Bombyliidae)
Blow Flies (Calliphoridae)
Brown Lacewings (Hemerobiidae)
Bumble Bees, etc. (Apidae)
Carrion Beetles (Silphidae)
Cellar Spiders (Pholcidae)
Centipedes, House (Scutigeridae)
Common Sawflies (Tenthredinidae)
Crane Flies (Tipulidae)
Ermine Moths (Yponomeutidae)
Flower Flies - See Syrphid Flies
Funnel-Web Spiders (Agelenidae)
Ground Beetles (Carabidae)
Honey Bees - See Bumble Bees, etc.
Hornets - See Yellowjackets, etc.
Hover Flies - See Syrphid Flies
Ichneumon Wasps (Ichneumonidae)
Jumping Spiders (Salticidae)
Ladybird Beetles (Coccinellidae)
Leaf Beetles (Chrysomelidae)
Leaffooted Bugs (Coreidae)
Lightning Bugs - See Fireflies
Longhorned Beetles (Cerambycidae)
Mantid Flies (Mantispidae)
Minettia Flies (Minettia)
Narrow-Winged Damselflies (Coenagrionidae)
New York Weevils (Ithyceridae)
Paper Wasps - See Yellowjackets, etc.
Picture-Winged Flies (Ulidiidae)
Plant Bugs (Miridae)
Robber Flies (Asilidae)
Scarab Beetles (Scarabaeidae)
Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae)
Short-horned Grasshoppers (Acrididae)
Signal Flies (Platystomatidae)
Soft-Winged Flower Beetles (Melyridae)
Soldier Beetles (Cantharidae)
Soldier Flies (Stratiomyidae)
Sphinx Moths (Sphingidae)
Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae)
Sweat Bees (Halictidae)
Syrphid Flies (Syrphidae)
Tiger Moths (Arctiidae)
Tiphiid Wasps (Tiphiidae)
Yellowjackets, etc. (Vespidae)
Spider Lily - See Spiderwort
REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS
Common Garter Snake
Eastern Box Turtle*
Northern Fence Lizard*
Giant Sea Star*
Landscapes / Mountains
Planes / Trains / Autos / Boats
Rainbows / Clouds / Sky Formations
Rivers and Waterways
Signs, Billboards, etc.
Local Structures / Buildings
Sun and Moon