Sunday, March 26, 2017

Some Sense On The Westminster Attack

While running down my Twitter stream, I found a Tweet referring to an article in National Review by Andrew McCarthy, in which he opines on Islam, Muslims, and the recent attack on Westminster Bridge and near Parliament.  He opens with an interesting observation.
It was a careful choice of words, Bernard Lewis being nothing if not careful.  In 2004, the West audibly gasped when its preeminent scholar of Islam famously told the German newspaper Die Welt, “Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century,” if not sooner. 
Listen carefully.  He did not say that Muslims will be the majority population in what is still recognizably Europe. No, Professor Lewis said “Europe will be Islamic.”  [italics as in original]
The state of affairs Lewis predicted for Europe was true of the Middle East about 900 years ago when the Crusades were launched.  If my sense of history is correct, the areas invaded by the Crusaders had a Christian majority population at that time, even while being under Islamic rule.  In other words, such an arrangement in Europe is not only foreseeable, but has a historical precedent.  McCarthy also observes, with respect to "Western political and opinion elites":
They cannot help but project onto Islamic beliefs and practices their own progressive pieties - which take seriously neither religion nor the notion that there is any civilization but their own.
I have long held the opinion that in reality, Islam is similar to, but in some ways worse than, what the left accuses conservatism of being.  For example, Islam's attitudes toward women and gays are not only opposite to those of the Western left, but by any standard of proportionality, are also clearly harsher than those of the Western right.  But enough of my $0.02, read the full story.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Another Car Collides With Pedestrians In London

Earlier tonight in the Islington area of London, four people were injured when a car plowed into them.  After the collision, two men got out of the car and fled on foot.  One man was arrested soon afterward.  One knife was found in the car, and another on the pavement nearby.  Police are saying that this event is not terrorism.

In view of what happened earlier this week on Westminster Bridge, I'd say that this incident being a copycat crime shouldn't yet be ruled out.

Read more at the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Sun and the Mirror.  (The Daily Mail reports three people injured, the other links say four.)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Links

Some things going on, as the weekend approaches:

From ZeroHedge, get a grip, everyone.

From FrontpageMag, if you support illegal immigration, register as a foreign agent.

From Fox Business, Keystone XL gets a presidential permit.

From InfoWars, double standards, anyone?

From Fox10, in Alabama, fewer spring breakers are getting arrested.

From CNET, the creators of the movie Life wanted to make their alien "as scientifically accurate as possible".

From The Corner at National Review, which is it, Chuck?

From AhlulBayt News Agency, a Canadian attempting to join ISIS is arrested in Turkey.

From Sky News, more on the London terrorist.

From the Independent, the face of the London terrorist.  (Like the man incorrectly identified as the attacker, he doesn't look "Asian" in any sense that I'm familiar with.)

From ANSA, this weekend, do not fly anything over Rome.

From Gatestone Institute, the West should stop siding with criminals.

From The Pickering Post, some historical perspective on Mohammed.

From Fox News, 29 Mexican prisoners tunnel their way out.

From Townhall, President Trump is right to want Big Bird's head on a platter.

From LifeNews, the House Rules Committee votes to defund Planned Parenthood.

From The Daily Caller, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin says that the Trump administration is ready for tax reform.

And from Road Show, a billboard that purifies the air around it.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

London Terrorist Named

The name of the terrorist who carried out yesterday's attack in London has been released, along with the names of the three people he killed.  The perpetrator was Khalid Masood, who was born in the county of Kent, and who had a previous criminal record.  The victims were Kurt Cochran, an American from Utah who was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary, Aysha Frade, a teacher in London who had relatives in Spain, and police officer Keith Palmer, who was stabbed before his fellow officers shot the attacker.  Cochran's wife was injured and hospitalized.

Read more at The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Irish Times and ABC News.

UPDATE:  The links now indicate that a fourth victim has died, but have not stated his name.  He was a 75-year-old man.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Car-And-Knife Terrorism In London

Today in London, two people were reportedly killed and about a dozen others injured when a car plowed into pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge and a policeman was stabbed near the Parliament building by an attacker who was then shot by other police.  Metropolitan Police are calling the attack a "terrorist incident".  The man with a knife had reportedly been seen leaving the car, and is described as "Asian", which in the United Kingdom often refers to people from the Indian subcontinent.

Whether the alleged knife attacker was the car's driver or a passenger has not been reported.  If he was the driver, this incident would be very similar to what happened on the Ohio State University campus, where a man ran into people with his car and then continued his attack with a knife, before he was shot by a cop.

Read more at The Telegraph, the Mirror, BBC News, the Independent and The New York Times.

UPDATE:  Some of the linked articles now report four dead and about 20 injured, and that a single assailant both drove the car and stabbed a policeman.

UPDATE 2:  A member of Parliament tried to help the policeman who had been stabbed.  The MP had lost his own brother in the Bali bombing 2002, as reported by the Express.

UPDATE 3:  The attacker, who has died, was identified by several media outlets as Abu Izzadeen, a member of a Muslim organization which has been banned for "glorification of terror".  This identification turned out to be erroneous, because Izzadeen, once known as Trevor Brooks, is currently in jail.  He appears to be of African descent.  Read more at AOL News and Jihad Watch.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Links For Spring

As the Spring Solstice arrives, here are some things going on:

It's going to be warm and wet.

In Berlin, a man on a bike attacks women.

Tom Brady's stolen jerseys have been found.

But the question remains.  Who stole them?

Libya will help stop the migration - for a price.

Women's weightlifting is dominated by one of the Caitlyn type.

A teenager and teacher, before going missing, were allegedly seen kissing.

Watch out, world.  Here comes another Trump.

The president keeps on Tweeting.

Young ladies, some definitions, please.

Could the Trump Tower have been under surveillance, but without wiretapping?

Judge Gorsuch speaks before his confirmation hearing.

Gorsuch has some defenders.  (via here)

His main backer will stay out of the fray.

Of course, Democrats lose their minds over one quote.

Senator Feinstein says you can't change a "super-precedent".

According to one critic, the kung fu in Iron Fist isn't very good.

The European Parliament passes more gun control laws.

A "sanctuary county" releases more illegal aliens.

One critic of sanctuary policies wants their perpetrators prosecuted.

In Indonesia, masked enforcers carry out sharia punishments.

Here's yet one more "end of the world" prediction....well, sort of.

The Bixby voice assistant will soon be available on all Samsung devices.

Energy and bank stocks are going lower.

The former #1 golfer thinks he can come back.

And last but not least, five traditions for the start of spring.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Chuck Berry 1926-2017

Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, died at his home in St. Charles, Missouri today at the age of 90.  Police and medical personnel arrived at his home, but were unable to revive him.  The cause of his death, as far as I know, has not yet been reported.

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was born in St. Louis to a middle class black family.  His father Henry was a contractor and a Baptist deacon, while his mother Martha was a school principal.  While in high school, he was convicted of armed robbery, which resulted in his being sent to a reformatory until he turned 21.  He got married and worked in two automobile assembly factories and as a janitor, and eventually starting performing with some local bands in order to earn extra income.

In 1955, Berry signed with Chess Records, thus starting his long recording career.  He produced a series of hit records through the end of the 1950's, and opened a nightclub in St. Louis.  An arrest for transporting a teenage girl across state lines resulted in a 18-month prison term in 1962 and 1963, after which he resumed his music career.  In 1972, he released his only #1 single, My Ding-A-Ling, written by Dave Bartholomew.  He would afterwards record music less frequently, but numerous bands would cover many of his songs.  He continued performing up to 100 gigs per year, often getting paid in cash, which led to a conviction for under-reporting his income, resulting in a 4-month prison term in 1979.

Chuck Berry's contributions to early rock and roll, and his influence on musicians who came after him, can never be overstated.  According to John Lennon, who sang the lead vocal on the Beatles' cover of Berry's Rock And Roll Music, "if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."  Ted Nugent once said, "If you don't know every Chuck Berry lick, you can't play rock guitar."

Read more at Billboard, Variety, Rolling Stone, Ultimate Classic Rock and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Some More Saturday Links

As the last weekend of the winter gets underway, and Stella's snow continues to melt, here are some things, other than the incident at Orly airport, going on out there:

From Fox News, and speaking of Stella and airports, her remaining snow delayed the arrival of an airplane at LaGuardia.

From the Associated Press, it shall be built bigly.

From KTLA, please show us your designs for it.

From Gatestone Institute, a month in France.

From the Daily News, Kellyanne Conway gets a tasty new name.

From The Daily Caller, the House shows some respect to our veterans - and the Second Amendment.

From TribLive, Indiana troopers get their man.

From WorldNetDaily, some countries won't take back illegal aliens.

From Mediaite, attorney Alan Dershowitz discusses the court order against President Trump's three-month pause.

From The Washington Times, a college scholarship fund is reactivated.

From The Times Of India, an atheist gets hacked to death.

From Sputnik International, Germany uses software that can recognize a refugee's dialect.

From AL(dot)com, the FBI wants to bring 4,000 jobs to Alabama.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Jerusalem gets its tallest minaret.

From National Review, the G-File, with links of its own, written by Jonah Goldberg while in Alaska.  (If you want to know why he's up there, read the article.)

From Philly(dot)com, residents on a street in Fishtown are still inconvenienced by a water-main break.

From Legal Insurrection, both sides of the media aisle debunk the hysteria over proposed cuts to Meals On Wheels.

From ABC News, Meanwhile, Meals On Wheels, sees greatly increased private donations.  In other words, it moves toward being a real charity.

There is another breaking story of which I've just learned, but it's something that I believe deserves a post unto itself.  Stay tuned.....and pull out a musical instrument.

French Muslim Dies Attempting Airport Attack

Earlier today at the Orly airport near Paris, a man described as a "radicalised Muslim" was fatally shot after he tried to take a soldier's rifle.  The suspect, identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, had previously shot at police during a traffic check in Stains, a northern suburb of Paris, and had reportedly stolen a car by which he then traveled to the airport.  He already had a police record and was known to both police and intelligence agencies.  In response to the shooting, police have started a terror investigation.

Read more at The Local FR, the Metro, the Independent, Reuters and the Evening Standard.

Si vous lisez français, lisez plus à Espace Manager, Turess and JeanMarcMorandini(dot)com.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Judicial Overreach And Other Stories

Late last night, a federal judge in Hawaii stayed President Trump's revised Executive Order temporarily suspending travel into the United States from six countries.  (The original EO included seven countries.  Iraq has been removed.)  Earlier today, a judge in Maryland made a similar ruling.  Naturally, various people and websites on the right quickly published their reactions.  For example, go herehere, herehere, and here.  I would merely add that the judge's decision seems to place an inordinate amount of importance on then-candidate Trump's statements during his campaign, while downplaying the actual text of the EO and the law (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)) under which the EO was made.  This is troubling because while laws and EO's can be amended by the appropriate authorities, campaign statements, no matter how later clarified, will always stand as historical fact from when they are first uttered.  I have also noticed that, generally speaking, the attitude of the left has completely reversed from their opposition to Arizona statute SB 1070.  Back then, they regarded immigration as a federal matter, not a state matter.  Now, it appears that states can sue to undo the actions of the federal government, including the president, on immigration policy.  On the other hand, no one seemed to have a problem when Obama paused the processing of refugees from Iraq in 2011.

In related matters, some have noticed that former President Obama traveled to Hawaii a few days before the decision was handed down, and the judge and Obama graduated together at Harvard Law School.  These things are probably irrelevant, but they still make you wonder what's going on.  Meanwhile, our ambassador to the United Nations gives her opinion.

In other news:

Is it now OK to threaten the president?

Rightwing radio host Michael Savage was allegedly attacked after walking out of a restaurant.

My alma mater is reportedly planning to demolish and replace the student's center in which I had done my fair share of hanging around.

If your jewelry has been stolen, you can look for it on a website.

Some Catholics are still discussing the reason for Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

To force down drug prices, the U.S. could use its own patent rights.

Yesterday, there was an election in the Netherlands.

Once again, dogs prove themselves to be man's best friend.

In Peru, a woman pulls herself out of a flood.

And finally, watch out for snow when a train comes in.