Sunday, December 10, 2017

Various And Sundry

As yesterday's early-season snowfall melts away, here are some other things going on out there:

From Assyrian International News Agency, pundits got it wrong on Assad and ISIS.

From The Telegraph, in response to migrant street camps, Parisians threaten a hunger strike.

From Defend Europa, Hungarians erect a crucifix near a Lidl store, in response to the chain's erasing crosses from pictures on their products' packages.  (Lidl is based in Germany.)

From Arutz Sheva, anti-Israel protesters in Times Square invoke "the army of Muhammed".

From Haaretz, anti-Israel protesters in Gothenburg, Sweden throw firebombs at a synagogue.

From Russia Today, according to a German intelligence chief, there are more radical Islamists than ever.  (How many have been allowed into his country by his own government, I can only wonder.)

From the Sunday Express, the new Czech prime minister warns the E.U. over its immigration policy.

From Townhall, liberals don't like being held to the standards which they set for others.

From The Times Of Israel, Palestinians allegedly throw rocks while hiding behind an ambulance.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, the Iranian parliament speaker denounces President Trump's decision on al-Quds.  ("al-Quds" is the Islamic name for Jerusalem.)

From the New York Post, the Turkish president is likewise not pleased with Trump's decision.

And from WLTX, the mystery of the lights seen over Lexington and Calhoun Counties in South Carolina has been solved.  (via 9NEWS)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Links For A Snowy Day

It's been snowing most of today, from part of a storm that has extended from southern Texas to New England.  December snow is not uncommon here in Maryland, but it's more unusual farther south.  Here are few things going on, mostly having nothing to do with the weather:

The Afghan "teen refugee" who is now on trial for allegedly raping and killing a German girl is actually 33 years old.

The United Kingdom's Leader of the Commons says that the country "will take back control".

Muslims pray in front of the White House to protest President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital (or as I call it, his acknowledgement of reality).

French identitarian activists are fined for occupying a mosque site.  (My spell-checker does not like "identitarian".)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Catholic Teaching, Musical History, And Today

Today's date is significant for two reasons, which are quite unrelated to each other.  For Catholics, December 8th is the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  As explained in the National Catholic Register, in Catholic doctrine, Mary the mother of Jesus was conceived without original sin.  The Catholic Church also regards Mary as the patron saint of the United States under the title of the Immaculate Conception, as explained by Aquinas & More.  (You'll have to scroll down a bit.)
Today is also the anniversary of the death of John Lennon.  Writing in National Review, Kyle Smith recalls how he, in his early teens, had regarded Lennon as being "old and washed up", but after his death, then grew to appreciate Lennon's music.  My own experience was very different.  During my teen years, I had already grown to like the music of the Beatles and their later solo work.  I was in college when Lennon was killed, and still remember hearing someone in my dorm's hallway saying, "John Lennon's been shot."  It is still one of the few celebrity deaths which have affected me emotionally.
In today's stories:

From Breitbart's Big Government, one of Roy Moore's accusers admits forging in the yearbook where he allegedly signed.

From KHOU, Texas, including Houston, just got "walloped" by snow.  (Will this be blamed on man-made global warming?)

From the Los Angeles Times, the wildfire in southern California has killed thoroughbred horses.

From CBS Pittsburgh, a homeowner, 84, fights off invaders.  (via Fox News)

From Sports Illustrated, Sandusky the Younger is sentenced.

From Voice Of Europe, Gothenburg, Sweden is enduring an epidemic of rats.

From Breitbart London, a friend of the Manchester bomber claims to have "accidentally" joined ISIS.

From Radio Praha, the Czech Republic, even while dealing with a lawsuit, will not take in migrants.  ("Praha" is the Czech name of its capital city, known in English as "Prague".)

From The Local DE, Berlin is broke.

From Russia Today, a French school in Beirut apologizes for acknowledging Israel's existence.

From the Mirror, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May gets a breakthrough in the first phrase of Brexit negotiations.

From The News, Pakistan's Air Chief Marshall says a mistake was made in the case of Osama bin Laden.

From the International Business Times, a Somali refugee in the United Kingdom is sentenced for rape.

From The Loop (which appears to be part of Golf Digest), a look at the weird world of python hunting.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Franken Resigns And Other Stuff

It looks like the Senatorial version of the Al Franken Decade has been cut short.  As pretty much expected, and as some have called for, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) has announced his resignation from the Senate, effective some time "in the coming weeks".  In his resignation speech, Franken couldn't help but take some parting shots at President Trump and candidate Roy Moore (R-AL).

I'm sure that conservatives in Minnesota - at least the two that I know of - are happy at this development.  Perhaps Franken can return to his old line of work.  Does Saturday Night Live have any openings?

Read more at NBC News, CNN, ABC News, Politico and The Hill.

Also check out this post by one of those two Minnesota conservatives, the proprietor of Holger Awakens.
In other stuff:

From Voice Of Europe, due to street robberies, German police advise people to walk in pairs.

From The Local DK, the leader of the Danish People's Party wants curbs on asylum.

From the International Business Times, Denmark's immigration minister has an idea about what to do with failed asylum seekers.

From Ekathimerini, migrants stranded on Greek islands are not getting comfortable there.

From Breitbart London, a former E.U. president calls for a "United States of Europe".

From the Express, pro-Brexit MEP Nigel Farage rants against said proposal.

From The Times Of Israel, according to Prime Minister Netanyahu, some other countries might follow the United States and move their embassies to Jerusalem.

From Sputnik International, Hamas calls for another intifada.

From Gatestone Institute, Sweden will help the homeless - if they are foreigners.

From The Moscow Times, Russia's defense minister claims that Syria is now free of ISIS.

From Roll Call, Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) is expected to resign.  (via Townhall)

From Townhall, prosecutors involved in the "John Doe" investigations in Wisconsin reportedly got way out of line.

From the La Crosse Tribune, CAIR sues a Wisconsin manufacturer for not allowing more prayer time for Muslim employees.

And from the Washington Examiner, Franken gets defended by an amphibian.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

President Trump has done something that his predecessors have been considering but have never carried out since 1995.  He has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which is expected to bring about the relocation of the U.S. embassy to that city.  The embassy has been in Tel Aviv since 1948.

Perhaps it can be said the Trump has simply acknowledged reality.  The modern city of Jerusalem was been part of Israel since 1948, while the Old City (as part of the West Bank) was taken from Jordan during the Six-Day War of 1967.  While some might decry the "juda-ization" of Jerusalem, as if the city's character is somehow non-Jewish, the place was first juda-ized about 3,000 years ago by a Juda-ite named David.

Read more at The New York Times, CNN, The Hill, ABC News and The Guardian.

In a related development, the Czech Republic has followed suit, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

For some historical context, go to Haaretz.

In a related story, the president's speech became a "weird, slurred mess", according to the Metro.

In an unrelated story by Fox News, the House has rejected a resolution calling for the president's impeachment.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Conyers Retires And Other Stories

Call it a resignation if you want to, but longtime Representative John Conyers (D-Mich) has announced his retirement from Congress, and has endorsed his son John Conyers III to replace him.  Conyers had become the longest serving member in Congress (although you have to wonder if "serving" is even the correct term any more), but has recently faced allegations of sexual misconduct.  In the upcoming special election, which Michigan's governor will have to call, Conyers III could face his cousin Ian Conyers, currently a state Senator.

Read more at USA Today, CBS News, The New York Times, NBC News and CNN.
In other stories:

From The Daily Signal, legal scholars defend Masterpiece Cakeshop.

From Townhall, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop.

From Space War, an Air Force General believes that Russia and China have been making weapons that can target America's assets in space.

From The New York Times, Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics.  (via The Daily Caller)

From The Daily Caller, banning the Russian hockey team "is a horrible decision".

From The Washington Times, the defendant in a statue-toppling case calls the charges "unfair".

From LifeNews, the E.U. warns Poland against banning the abortion of disabled unborn babies.

From Numbers USA, polled voters don't support DACA.

From News Busters, NBC downplays President Trump's travel ban victory at the Supreme Court.

From Voice Of Europe, the number of HIV cases is Sweden has almost tripled in ten years.

From BBC News, many child migrants into Sweden aren't children.

From Russia Today, about 50 people are injured when trains collide near Dusseldorf, Germany.  (For those of you who read German, this story is also in the Bild.)

From The Local DE, one in five German children can't read when they leave primary school.

From the Daily Mail, an Italian nativity scene includes a dinghy.

From the Express, Greece's austerity appears to be over.

From The Irish Times, a Rohingya refugee in Ireland challenges a decision not to admit his wife.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish President Erdoğan tells President Trump that Jerusalem is "a red line for Muslims".

From the Mirror, nine terror attacks have been foiled in Britain since this past March.

From Reuters, German police arrest an Afghan suspected of smuggling migrants from Turkey to Greece, where several dozen people died when their boat collapsed.

From the NL Times, a Dutch conservative party leader resigns after posting Tweets called activists against Zwarte Piet "negro fascists".

From FrontpageMag, "everybody knew" about sex abusers.

From the Vanguard, in Nigeria, Muslims object to a governor's Christmas gift to Christian children.

From the Metro, an optical illusion puts "God's massive hands" in the sky.

From Variety, a movie about the Westboro Baptist Church is in the works.

And from CBC News, a stolen bike travels from Canada to the Philippines and back.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Links For National Cookie Day

According to Twitter, today is #NationalCookieDay.  I assume that it refers to the common dessert item, rather than the little file that websites send to your computer.  I'm sure that the Cookie Monster is enjoying himself today.  So while you eat your cookies, read some stories:

From Politico, the Supreme Court sides with President Trump on the latest version of his travel ban.

From the Los Angeles Times, it's always the other side's deficits which matter.

From Voice Of Europe, 82 percent of gang rapists in Sweden were foreign born.

From News(dot)com(au), slave auctions in Libya have been caught on camera.  (via the New York Post)

From Breitbart's Big Hollywood, is hugging still OK?

From the Daily Mail, in Australia, protesters clash over Milo.

From Russia Today, Hungary's foreign minister states that illegal migration leads to terror.

From Deutsche Welle, many German pilots are refusing to participate in deportation flights.

From The Local FR, Napoleon's ancestral homeland wants more autonomy.

From the Express, British foreign aid money for the Free Syrian Police has been diverted to extremists groups.

From The Blaze, how much is illegal immigration costing your state?

From ABC News (A=Australian), former Yemeni president Saleh is killed by Houthi fighters.

From Breitbart London, the Red Cross tells it branches to remove crucifixes.

From Gatestone Institute, the claim of an anti-Muslim backlash is not supported by FBI statistics.

From the Middle East Forum, the connections between Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department and radical Islam.  (via The Georgetown Review)

From National Review, opinions for and against Masterpiece Cakeshop.

From The Virginian-Pilot, Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente is "incredibly happy" where he is.

And from WBAL, shoppers at an Aldi store get to experience firsthand the Rogers-Hammerstein lyric "doe, a deer, a female deer".

Sunday, December 3, 2017

College Football Playoffs, And Other Stories

In NCAA football, the FBS conference championships have been played, and the playoff participants have been determined.  Numbered from one to four, the teams are Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama.  The first three teams all have records of 12-1, while Alabama's is 11-1.  Georgia and Alabama are in the same conference (the SEC).  Georgia defeated Auburn in the SEC title game, after Auburn upset Alabama in the their annual game, known as the Iron Bowl, thus winning their division.  Here are a few related stories:

From CBS Sports, Alabama gets the fourth spot over Ohio State, who beat previously undefeated Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

And from The Daily Caller, the playoff should have eight teams.  (Since expanding the championship from a single game with two teams to a four-team playoff doesn't seem to have decreased the controversy over who deserves to be in, I'm not sure that expanding the playoff to eight teams would do much better.  It would just kick the controversy down to who should be ranked eighth instead of fourth.)
In other stories:

From the Sunday Express, the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) says that Germany "cannot tolerate another Merkel government".

From Sputnik International, Chancellor Merkel's staff rules out AfD being in any coalition.

From Voice Of Europe, the eastern part of Europe "holds the key".  (The writer is a British man married to a Polish woman.)

From WestMonster, according to one poll, most British want to let President Trump have his state visit.

From Al Arabiya, Hamas threatens an "intifada" if the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

From Arutz Sheva, the decision to possibly relocated to Jerusalem might be decided very soon.

From the New York Post, today's game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots was interrupted by a strange but familiar object.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Links For Football Saturday

Today is an interesting day for fans of NCAA football.  For most teams, such as my Virginia Tech Hokies, the regular season is over.  The larger Division 1 Bowl Subdivision conferences are putting on their championship games sometime today.  There are still some regular season games being played in some smaller conferences which don't have a championship game, and even a few makeup games, which had been postponed due to the hurricane that hit Florida earlier this year.  Meanwhile, the Hokies and their fans get to take a breather until the bowl game, whichever bowl that night be.
Here are some other things going on:

From the Los Angeles Times, and continuing with college football, one conference championship game was played last night, in which USC defeated Stanford in overtime, for the Pac-12 title.

From Russia Today, a "fake news" story by ABC causes stocks to fall.

From Deutsche Welle, German left-wing protesters clash with police.

From The Local DE, German police pretty much expected as much.

From Sputnik International, German police step up their presence at Christmas markets.

From Voice Of Europe, an interview with Ann Coulter.

From the Express, in Egypt, a Coptic priest is ambushed an hacked to death, and two policemen were shot in France.

From the Daily Sabah, in Nigeria, twin suicide attacks result in 13 people being killed.

From Breitbart London, French police arrest three Iraqis suspected of smuggling migrants into Britain.

From the Evening Standard, poor children in London are not getting very much for Christmas this year.

From Defend Europa, "Europeans owe the world nothing".

From AhlulBayt News Agency, according to the E.U., ISIS is still a threat after losing its caliphate.

From The Daily Signal, Kate Steinle deserves better than opposition to "Kate's Law".

From Radio Poland, the Polish defense ministry teaches women's self-defense.

From Townhall, if lying to the FBI is illegal, what about the FBI lying to us?

From The Daily Caller, cannabis growers like carbon dioxide.

From the New York Post, four things that the NY subway can learn from other systems.

And from the eponymous site of Todd Starnes, Belk says "bah humbug" to bell-ringers.  (via Fox News)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Links To Start December

Today's big story would have to be the indictment of former national security adviser Michael Flynn by special counsel Robert Mueller on charges of lying to the FBI, and Flynn's subsequent guilty plea.  Read more at The Washington Post, The Hill, Politico and National Review.
As I expected, there has been some more reaction to yesterday's acquittal (on most charges) in the trial of the illegal alien who shot Kate Steinle.

From FrontpageMag, it was "no justice for Kate Steinle".

Here are some other things going on out there:

From Anadolu Agency, the Turkish German who shut down President Trump's Twitter account claims to have done so by mistake.

From the Express, the E.U. withdraws funds from Turkey, thus jeopardizing the country's bid for membership.

From SwissInfo, a Swiss woman faces trial for "promoting jihad".

From Sputnik International, many Muslims in Europe will not "integrate with locals".

From Voice Of Europe, illegal immigrants in Bulgaria bring in more illegal immigrants.

From Flanders News, a woman of Moroccan origin, convicted of recruiting jihadists, has been stripped of her Belgian citizenship.

From the Mirror, a bomb was found at a children's carousel at a Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany.

From WestMonster, a German exhibit honoring martyrs includes one of the terrorists involved in the attack in Paris in 2015.

From Sky News, Pope Francis asks the Rohingya Muslims for forgiveness for "the world's indifference".

From the New York Post, Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich) will consider resigning, due to his health.

From UPI, today in history.

From Page Six, the Bush is back.  (Neither the Bush who told us to read his lips, nor the one who mispronounces "nu-kyu-ler", but the one who got Trump to joke about grabbing the, uh, cat.)

And from Hokiesports, the Sun Bowl will honor retired Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer as one of its Legends.