Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Stuff

Whether I take a break or not, the things keep going on.  Here are some of them:

From Bizpac Review, a former federal prosecutor calls James Comey's memos a "suicide note".

From Bloomberg, while ditching his nuclear tests, Rocket Man shifts his attention to the economy.  (The story comes via HotAir and was written by someone with the last name Kim.)

From Shy Society, the owners of a mosque in South Reading, England have breached the planning laws.

From France24, students evicted from Tolbiac University in Paris say that their protest is "far from over".

From Deutsche Welle, anti-nuke activists file charges against the operators of two power plants.

From Voice Of Europe, the Polish government forms a group to deal with unequal treatment of right-wingers on social media.  (Being on the right and having some Polish descent, I couldn't agree more with this development.)

From the Evening Standard, accord to a leading British trauma surgeon, London could face "carnage" this summer.

From the Daily Star, two men are stabbed just outside an Underground station.  (The "carnage" isn't waiting for summer to arrive, it would seem.)

From the Express, the United Kingdom and Australia are working on what could be an "epic" trade agreement.

From The Local FR, Generation Identity activists block an Alpine pass against use by illegal migrants.

From Pakistan Today, a Christian woman is set on fire for refusing a Muslim man's marriage proposal.

From The National, accused rapid Tariq Ramadan admits a relationship with one of his accusers.

From The Express Tribune, a fitness center in Saudi Arabia is closed over an "indecent" workout video.

From the Daily Mail, according to a propaganda video, al Qaeda uses Google Maps to plan their attacks.

From CNN, at the request of Sylvester Stallone, President Trump is considering pardoning boxer Jack Johnson.

Music Break

Taking time out from the normal things going on, here's some music, starting with Elton John and Elderberry Wine, which was the B-side of his hit Crocodile Rock and included on his 1973 album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player.  John (piano and vocals) and his regular bandmates Davey Johnstone (guitar), Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olson (drums) are joined by French musicians Jacques Bolognesi (trombone), Ivan Jullien (trumpet), Alain Hatot (sax) and Jean-Louis Chautemps (sax), the brass arranged by the album's producer Gus Dudgeon.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Stories for 4/20

Today is April 20, or 4/20.  This date has become known as a day for smoking marijuana, is the birthday of an infamous Austrian who became the leader of Germany, and is the anniversary of the high school shootings in Columbine, Colorado.  This year, it's also the date of the latest gun-control protests.  Starting with such anti-civil-rights protests, here are some things going on:

From Vox, students kick off "the next wave of gun control activism", thus marching against the civil right of gun ownership.

From CBS News, the DNC can't stop being sore losers.

From Fox News, "Barbara Bush's passion for education and family lives on".

From Politico, President Trump will not attend Barbara Bush's funeral.

From Philly(dot)com, in Philadelphia's Center City, blacks are disproportionately stopped indoors by police.

From The Federalist, memos from former FBI director James Comey indicate that a briefing in early 2017 was a set-up.

From RFI, the French parliament votes on President Macron's proposed immigration laws.

From WestMonster, 56,000 people have signed a petition for a referendum on abolishing the U.K. House of Lords.

From UAWire, Germany gives Ukraine €9 million to help house displaced persons.

From Turkish Minute, Turkey accuses Greece of protecting alleged coup plotters.

From ANSA Med, the number of migrants arriving in Italy has decreased since last year.

From the International Organization For Migration, a look at this year's statistics.

From Deutsche Welle, Bavaria plans to bring back its border police.

From Voice Of Europe, Hungary leads the world in wage growth.

From Sputnik International, how much the U.K. will have to pay the E.U. is still not settled.

From The Intercept, an Italian court decision could stop rescue boats from picking up migrants in the Mediterranean.

From Handelsblatt, in a plan to thwart smugglers, Germany will accept 10,200 new refugees.

From Reuters, an outpost leader of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is under investigation for allegedly wrongly approving asylum requests.

From the Express, a pedophile rape grooming gang treated their victims "like trophies".

From Ekathimerini, Cyprus granted asylum to 1,300 people last year.

From Euractiv, Turkey's ambassador to the E.U. wants cooperation to bring refugees back to Afrin.  (This is the part of Syria now being invaded by Turkey.)

From The Sun, in Indonesia's Aceh province, unmarried couples are publicly whipped for "flirtatious behavior".

From the Prague Daily Monitor, bishops criticize a play in which Jesus commits rape.

From France24, France deports a controversial Salafist imam.

From National Review, "today's sad feminism - and two breaths of fresh air".

From FrontpageMag, if you're white and own a gun, the left hates you.

From Townhall, another anti-Semitic rant from Louis Farrakhan has been unearthed.

From the New York Post, MS-13 tells its members to "take out a cop".

From BBC News, a woman on trial for allegedly killing her mother read "weird stuff" online.

From The Spoon, some "weird & wonderful" Instagram feeds.

And from Edgy Labs, five "weird and wonderful stoner inventions" for 4/20.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Things

Another Thursday, another list of things going on (with a bit of my own commentary):

From Voice Of Europe, migrants beat up a German boy for eating pork.

From The Brussels Times, the Belgian Secretary of State tells Albanians to visit, spend money, work and study, but don't seek asylum.

From Russia Today, Hungary says "no" to illegal migrants.

From Sputnik International, some refugees have reportedly sold their E.U. IDs online.

From the Express, Saudi Arabia and Qatar launch joint military drills.  (You could call this your gasoline money at work.)

From the Daily Mail, a Greek court rules that asylum seekers cannot be held while their claims are being assessed.

From EuroNews, the E.U. granted about 500,000 asylum claims in 2017.

From Quartz, 60 percent of approved E.U. asylum requests were by one country.

From the NL Times, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticizes the Netherlands for not spending more on defense.

From Dutch News, unemployment in the Netherlands falls below 4 percent.

From Total Croatia News, Austria passes a law facilitating deportation of migrants to Croatia.

From Newsweek, Kurdish forces claim to have captured a German Islamic terrorist connected to the 9/11 hijackers.

From Reuters, according to E.U. officials, time for reforms is running out.

From Flanders News, at the Aalst, Belgium railroad station, thug brings knife, cops bring guns.

From ANSA, Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Casellati starts a second round of talks between parties trying to form a government.

From the ABC News (where "A" means "Australian), Australia's first female Muslim member of Parliament says that her husband used sharia to keep her in an abusive marriage.  (via the Daily Mail)

From Feminism And Religion, a look at toxic masculinity.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, hundreds of displaced Syrians return home from Lebanon.

From Gatestone Institute, Turkish President Erdoğan threatens France.

From FrontpageMag, jihadis and drug smugglers are at our southern border.  (In other words, two more reasons why building a wall is perfectly non-racist.)

From National Review, the proper response to the Fresno State University professor who said some horrid things about Barbara Bush is indifference.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump backs current Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as she runs for Senator.

From The Hill, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told Trump that he is not a target of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation.

From the New York Post, thieves steal $800,000 worth of Disneyworld tickets from a youth group.

And from Hudson Valley One, the sun is acting weird.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Links

As I settle back into my normal life in Maryland, here are some things going on:

From the Wheaton Patch, a Maryland man faces animal cruelty charges for allegedly stuffing his SUV with chihuahuas.

From the Express, the U.K. House Of Lords votes to keep the country in the E.U. customs union.

From Breitbart London, Germany's E.U. Minister wants to keep the door open for Turkey.

From Reuters, the CEO of Facebook, after facing the U.S. Senate, is invited to Europe.

From Voice Of Europe, migrants fight each other in Athens.

From Russia Today, Italian Foreign Ministry officials and a subsidiary of the German company Rheinmetall are sued over arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

From the Manchester Evening News, hundreds of people were evacuated after "unstable chemicals" were found at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.

From the NL Times, according to police, Albanians play a major part in Amsterdam's underworld.

From The Old Continent, Belgian M.E.P. Guy Vanhofstadt calls for an E.U. military capable of launching missile strikes.

From France24, Austria forces asylum seekers to hand over their mobile phones and pay a fee.

From the Daily Sabah, according to the U.N., the refugee deal between the E.U. and Turkey has made a "huge impact".

From National Review, a tribute to Barbara Bush.

From BizPac Review, a professor at Fresno State has a very different attitude toward Mrs. Bush.

From the Daily Observer, a Liberian legislator proposes to allow non-blacks to become citizens.

From Pakistan Today, Saudi women wear sports abayas, making a "rebellious fashion statement".

From Gatestone Institute, let the Turkish scholars speak.

From the New York Post, the Coachella festival sucks.

Virginia Tech And The Spring Football Game

This past Saturday, I was in Blacksburg, Virginia to watch the Virginia Tech spring football game.  The weather was warm and sunny, which allowed me to walk around the campus.  In the center of campus is a large open area known as the Drill Field.  At its eastern end is the War Memorial Chapel, which includes pylons that are engraved with the names of alumni who died while in military service.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Barbara Bush 1925-2018

Barbara Bush, the wife of one president and mother to another, died today at her home in Houston, Texas at the age of 92.  She had recently decided to discontinue her medical treatment.

Barbara Pierce was born in the New York borough of Manhattan and raised in the suburb of Rye, New York.  Her parents were Marvin Pierce and the former Pauline Robinson.  She attended Ashley Hall, a girls boarding school in Charleston, South Carolina.  At age 16, while on Christmas vacation, she met a student from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts named George H.W. Bush at a school dance.  They were engaged 18 months later, just before he went to fight in World War II as a Navy pilot.  They were married on January 6, 1945 in her home town of Rye.

Because of George Bush's military assignments and later involvement in the oil business, the couple moved frequently.  They had six children:  George W., Pauline "Robin" (who died of leukemia at age 3), John E. (known as "Jeb"), Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.  They even spent some time in China when George Bush was appointed head of the U.S. Liaison Office in the P.R.C.  He was later appointed to direct the CIA, and was elected Vice President and President.  Two of Mrs. Bush's children also became successful politicians, as George W. was elected Governor of Texas and President, and Jeb was elected Governor of Florida.  During her time in Washington, she took up the cause of literacy, after her son Neil was diagnosed with dyslexia, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

After leaving Washington, the Bushes resided in Houston and at their family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Starting in 2008, Mrs. Bush suffered a number of ailments including pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and Graves' disease.  She was preceded in death by her daughter Pauline, her brother James Pierce, and her sister Martha Rafferty; and is survived by her husband, her brother Scott Pierce, her five remaining children, her 17 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Read more at ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, the New York Post and People.

A Few Things For Tuesday

Now that I'm back from my trip to Virginia, let me share a few things in the news:

From Fox29, the Pennsylvania House votes to ban abortions for which Down syndrome is the only reason.  (via LifeNews)

From Voice Of Europe, almost 90 percent of refugees who got their residency papers in 2014 in the Netherlands are unemployed.  (So much for the idea that Europe needs immigrants to fill their work force.  If you read Dutch, read the story at De Telegraaf.)

From The Old Continent, German cities are plagued by "Lebanese gangs".

From News(dot)com(dot)au, an Italian seat manufacturer introduces an airplane seat that would probably give yours truly some discomfort.  (via the New York Post)

From Live Science, scientists still haven't quite figured out the "weird pit of magma" beneath Yellowstone.

From Breitbart London, Nelson's column will not be demolished.

From Fox News, Greek authorities detain hundreds of illegal aliens migrants who had entered from Turkey.

From France24, the IMF predicts 3.9 percent economic growth for the next year.

From the Express, Morrissey slams Mayor Sadiq Khan for the violence in London.

From Turkish Minute, from an opinion column, Turkish President Erdoğan urges Muslim minorities to dominate non-Muslim majorities.

From Khaama Press, ISIS executes a 14-year-old boy for helping Afghan security forces.

From The Nation, ISIS targets Christians in Pakistan.

From Gatestone Institute, is mass migration in Germany a no-win situation?

And from The Loop, this year's Boston Marathon "was weird even by marathon standards".

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Marathon, A Sad Observance, And Monday Links

As the Boston Marathon gets underway, and Virginia Tech observes the 11th anniversary of the on-campus shootings, here are some things going on:

From WDBJ, Virginia Tech honors the victims of the 2007 shootings.

From the Washington Examiner, more smugglers trying to bring cocaine and heroin into the U.S. are going through Puerto Rico.

From Philly(dot)com,  the Starbucks where two black men were arrested last week is still dealing with the fallout.  (I understand that they were arrested for using the bathroom without buying anything, in other words, while not being customers.)

From Fox News, after a renegade driver loses the police, he calls them to say that his car was stolen.

From Russia Today, in a propaganda poster, ISIS threatens to bomb the New York subway.

From The Washington Times, the wife of imprisoned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is disappointed that the Supreme Court won't hear his appeal.

From The Daily Caller, Dick's Sporting Goods will destroy their remaining inventory of guns.

From Deutsche Welle, while President Trump wants a quick withdrawal from Syria, President Macron wants France and the U.S. to stay longer.

From the Express, the Eurozone heads into an economic downturn.  (I thought that Brexit was supposed to hurt Britain's economy, not the E.U.'s.)

From Voice Of Europe, Swedish feminists want to ban organizations critical of migration.

From Politico, Swedish violence has come to belie its peaceful image.  (Much of it comes from migrants, whom the above-mentioned feminists think should not be criticized.)

From the NL Times, in the Netherlands, a motorist runs an ambulance off the road.

From The Local FR, police and "anti-capitalists" again clash in Notre-Dames-des-Landes as the latter try to re-establish their camp.

From National Review, "striking Syria was the right call".

From FrontpageMag, Trump enforces the red line.

From Sputnik International, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that the missile attacks "won't be left unanswered".

From the New York Post, for the first time since 1985, the women's winner in the Boston Marathon is an American.

From Science News, the book Weird Math tries to explain the connection between math and reality.

And from The Babylon Bee, King David requests that we stop comparing him to Donald Trump.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Links

As I continue my visit to Virginia, and the weather becomes cloudy and wet, here are some things going on:

From The Daily Signal, the Trump administration has delivered the "right response" to Syria's actions.

From Breitbart London, U.K. politician Nigel Farage, on the other hand, disagrees with his country's participation in the bombing of Syria.

From BizPac Review, a Canadian journalist judges dead hockey players by race and gender.

From TechCrunch, how would you react to an offer to pay Facebook $11 per month to remove ads?  (H/T GulfDogs for the Tweet)

From Voice Of Europe, how Roman culture was preserved in some places and destroyed in others.

From Reuters, pro-E.U. politician Milo Ðjukanovic appears to have won the presidential election in Montenegro.  (via Politico)

From Russia Today, in Accra, Ghana churches and mosque are told to use WhatsApp instead of loudspeakers to call worshipers to prayer.

From the Daily Star, imprisoned Britain First leader Jayda Fransen is ordered to attend the Prevent program, normally intended for terrorists.

From Flanders News, Belgian Asylum Secretary Theo Francken wants Belgium to adopt an asylum policy similar to Australia's.

From This Day, according to a Nigerian journalist, only 15 of the 113 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram are still alive.

From PressTV, the Iranian Parliament Speaker faults some Muslim countries for supporting the bombing of Syria.

From the New York Post, former Vice President Joe Biden is considering running for president in 2020.

From the Palm Beach Post, "Stormy and Trump create a vortex".

And from Vulture, the induction of Dire Straits into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was marked by the absence of the Knopfler brothers.