Saturday, February 24, 2018

U.S. Wins Olympic Gold in Curling, Hockey

Magical moments...
A curling stone landing in the sweet spot..

Team USA added two new gold medals to its record in the Winter Olympics this week with a first time in men's curling and America's first gold in women's hockey in 20 years.

The U.S. men's curling team capped off an unlikely run with a 10-7 upset over Sweden, Daniel Rapaport reports on si.com.

For more: https://www.si.com/olympics/2018/02/24/us-mens-curling-olympic-gold-sweden

Wake up, America, There's great news waiting for you.  While you were sleeping, something magical happened in a hockey game at the Olympics, Christine Brennan reported on usatoday.com.

For more on the U.S. women's hockey victory over Canada to end a 20-year gold-medal drought: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/brennan/2018/02/22/u-s-womens-hockey-gold-medal-came-great-olympic-game-made-even-greater-statement/362168002/


The U.S.women's hockey team celebrating Olympic gold this week.


Photos: Google.
Next time on The Allen Report:
Smile: Here Comes Your New Week.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Darien Ends a Slower Real Estate Week

Weekly update...

A soft afternoon shower. 

Darien ended a slower residential real estate week today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were:

-- Five new listings of properties for sale;
-- Five price changes;
-- One accepted offer; 
-- Thee properties going under contract and,
-- One closing.

For more:


Next time on The Allen Report:
U.S. Wins Olympic Gold in Curllng, Hockey.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Coming to Grips with Gun Violence

Preventing shootings...

Automatic rifles on display.

As a reporter, I have become eerily attuned to this horrible American ritual.  I do the same thing every single time we get news of a mass shootings: verify reports, write a "what we know" article, and then begin to update our old pieces on guns, German Lopez reports on vox.com.

There are signs that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed at least 17 people and injured at least 14 others could have a different outcome, Lopez wrote.

But I remain skeptical.  The federal government did nothing after 6- and 7-year-olds were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children, six adults, and himself in 2012, Lopez added.

Since then, there have been more than 1,600 mass shootings, killing more than 1,800 people and wounding 6,400.  

Many of these events led to protests and calls for action, but Congress refused to budge every time, Lopez reported.


For more on gun laws vs. gun deaths:  https://www.safehome.org/resources/gun-laws-and-deaths/



Photos: Safehome, Vox.
Next time on The Allen Report:
The Latest Darien Real Estate Update.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Education of Kim Jong-Un

A profile of the leader of a hermit kingdom...

Kim Jong-Un.

Jung H. Pak, a former CIA analyst now at the Brookings Institute, offers a fascinating, in depth look North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Despite all the chest-thumping and bad behavior, Kim is not looking for a military confrontation with the United States, Pak reports on brookings.com.

He is rational, not suicidal, and given his almost-certain knowledge of the significant deficiencies in North Korea's military capacity, he is surely aware that North Korea would not be able to sustain a prolonged conflict with either South Korean or the U.S., Pak adds.

We can still test Kim's willingness to pursue a different course and shift his focus toward moves that advance denuclearization.  We can do so through strengthening regional alliances -- especially with South Korea and Japan -- that are demonstrably in lockstep on the North Korea issue.  We  can also increase stresses on the North Korean regime by cutting off resources that fund its nuclear weapons program and undermine Kim's promise to bring prosperity to North Koreans, and ramp up defense and cyber capabilities to mitigate the threat posed by North Korea.  

We should also intensify pressure on the regime through information penetration, raising public awareness of Pyongyang's human rights violations, and create a credible, alternative vision for a post-Kim era to encourage defections.

Kim Jong-Un is still learning. Let's make sure he's learning the right lessons, Pak wrote.

For more: https://www.brookings.edu/essay/the-education-of-kim-jong-un/?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=BPIAds&utm_campaign=EssayKorea&utm_term=NoNoCtyUS-18%5E65-NoListNoCAnoBHV&utm_content=145495073

Kim Jong-Un watching a missile test launch in North Korea.

Photos: Brookings, Pinterest.
Next time on The Allen Report: 
Coming to Grips with Gun Violence.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Key Points: Mueller's Case of Russian Meddling in U.S. Election

Multi-faceted effort...

This advertisement, which ran on Facebook, was released by the House Intelligence Committee in November along with other samples of Russian-purchased ads.

Thirteen Russian nationals have been charged with illegally trying to disrupt the American political process, according to an indictment filed by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

For key points of the Mueller indictment by Andrew Harris on bloomberg.com: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-16/mueller-s-case-of-russian-meddling-in-u-s-election-highlights

For what we know about Russian operatives meddling in the U.S. election by Nick Miriello and Alex Liautaud on vice.com: https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/9kzqpd/everything-we-know-about-the-russian-operatives-accused-of-meddling-in-the-us-election

Today, Mueller filed a new indictment in his Russia probe, this time against a Dutch lawyer who was formerly with an American law firm.  The lawyer pleaded guilty in Federal court in Washington:  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-20/skadden-arps-lawyer-is-charged-with-role-in-u-s-russia-probe

President Trump responds to Mueller indictment news: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/17/politics/white-house-responds-mueller/index.html

Photo: Google.
Next time on The Allen Report:
The Education of Kim Jong-Un.

A Cartoon That is Breaking People's Hearts

March for our lives...

Hero's Welcome.

"I saw this earlier, and sat in front of my students and cried," one teacher tweeted on Friday.

"And then I showed it to them, and they cried, too.

"Very powerful.  The most beautiful thing I've ever seen," Samantha Smith reports on washingtonpost.com .

"When I saw your drawing, I cried hysterically for a half-hour and I couldn't stop," another person posted on Twitter, Smith wrote.

Pia Guerra, who created the cartoon, even said she heard from a parent of a girl who died in the Sandy Hook shooting, Smith added.


Photo: Google.
Next time on The Allen Report:
Key Points in Mueller's Russian Election Meddling Case.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ruff Takes: Behind the Scenes at Westminster

Best in show...

Bravo.

If you like dogs and have ever wondered what it would be like to go to the annual Westminster Kennel Club show in New York, don't miss this wonderful ruff take: https://youtu.be/3NomrfqM1M0

Photos: Tumblr.
Next time on The Allen Report: 
A Cartoon That is Breaking Hearts.