Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday Links

Some things going on, here in the middle of the week:

From The Washington Times, an Obama administration official allegedly diverted federal money to a family member.

From The Daily Signal, a pregnant illegal immigrant held in protective custody says that her lawyers "pressured" her to have an abortion.

From Voice Of Europe, protests against Chancellor Merkel and her immigration policies spread across Germany.

From the Daily Mail, Muslims in Pakistan burn Pampers because their cartoon cat logo resembles the Arabic spelling of "Mohammed".

From Behind The News, 111 Nigerian girls are missing after a Boko Haram attack on their school.  (H/T luchadora for the Tweet)

From The Guardian, more on Boko Haram attack and missing girls.  (This is a Nigerian website, not to be confused with the British site with the same name.)

From Birmingham Live, a candidate for city council claimed that ISIS doesn't exist.

From Reuters, E.U. guidelines for future relations with the U.K. is due in March.

From the NL Times, the Dutch town of Urk has no problem honoring its colonial past.

From Russia Today, London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls a meeting in response to a surge in knife crime.

From Breitbart London, the Bank of England predicts that British living standards will soon improve.

From WestMonster, wages are rising in Britain.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Al Arabiya, accused rapist Tariq Ramadan, currently being held in France, might also be facing charges in the United States.

From WJLA, a teenager in Maryland who allegedly brought a loaded handgun into his high school had a large stash of weapons at home.  (via the New York Post)

And from Penn Current, weird stuff about cultured meat.

UPDATE:  Here's one more.  From The Verge, is Twitter purging bots, or cracking down on conservatives?

Billy Graham 1918-2018

Billy Graham, the Southern Baptist preacher who became known as "America's Pastor", died earlier today at the age of 99, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.  He had suffered from a number of ailments, such as Parkinson's disease, prostate cancer, hydrocephalus and pulmonary problems.

William Franklin Graham Jr. was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, 1918 to William Franklin Graham Sr. and the former Morrow Coffey.  After graduating high school in 1936, Graham attended Bob Jones College for one semester, before transferring to Florida Bible Institute and later to Wheaton College in Illinois, where he earned a degree in anthropology.  He was ordained in 1939 in Palatka, Florida by a group of Southern Baptist clergymen.  He married Ruth Bell, whom he had met at Wheaton.

Graham was known for his public rallies, which he called Crusades.  He was acquainted with every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Barrack Obama.  He was involved with the civil rights movement, desegregating his Crusades starting in 1953, and inviting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to join him during a 16-week revival in New York City.  Graham also founded an evangelistic association, co-founded the Lausanne Movement, organized training conferences for evangelists around the world, wrote an advice column which appeared in newspapers, wrote about 30 books, and received too many honors to list here.  For more information, read the link above.

Graham was predeceased by his wife in 2007, and is survived by their five children, 19 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.  Ruth Graham is buried at the Billy Graham Library, where he will likewise be interred.

Read more at CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBN News and CBS News.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Some Things For Tuesday

Some things going on out there, other than unseasonably warm weather here in the eastern U.S.:

From The Federalist, TV host Mike Rowe says that "politically charged conversations" won't stop bad people from doing bad things.

From The Daily Caller, the majority of Americans now support President Trump's tax cuts, but two major media outlets won't tell you that.

From LifeNews, in Columbia, South Carolina, a car carrying a 15-year-old girl who wanted an abortion pulls up to pro-lifers, and one rider gives them a surprising message.

From CNS News, a comedian at Comedy Central shows his anti-Christian bigotry.  (I challenge him to say about Mohammed what he said about Jesus.)

From Accuracy In Media, a Washington Post fact-checker gives Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) four Pinocchios for his statement on the alleged "gun show loophole".

From Voice Of Europe, the leader of Italy's Lega Party wants to deport 500,000 migrants.

From ANSA, the leader of Frontex claims that Italy "is on the right track" with respect to deportations.

From ANSA Med, Bosnian officials are worried about the return of 30,000 Bosnians who have been denied asylum.

From Breitbart London, three people have been detained in southern France in connection with the terror attacks in Barcelona last summer.

From the NL Times, according to a Dutch police union, the Netherlands is turning into a "narco state".  (via Voice Of Europe)

From The Guardian, the estimated number of child sexual abuse victims in Rotherham, U.K. has been raised to 1,510.  (via WestMonster)

From France24, Iran criticizes Sweden for giving citizenship to a professor convicted of spying.

From UNPO, to force a man to surrender to them, Iranian authorities arrest 10 members of his family.  (The "UN" in "UNPO" does not stand for "United Nations".)

From The Lybia Observer, a Saudi extremist cleric instructs a warlord on how to build his army.

From Coconuts Jakarta, a 14-year-old Indonesian boy claims to be able to lay eggs.  (Is this satire?)

From the New York Post, thousands of young Russian women are exploited by "virginity dealers".

From Page Six, two TV stars can't agree on the definition of "hooking up".

From Cycling News, the bikes of this year's NAHBS.

And from WTSP, in the Tampa, FL area, an anonymous painter has been portraying people's pets.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Links For President's Day

Today is President's Day, an official holiday in the United States.  Although it has origins in observations of George Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays, it now refers to all American presidents.  Thus, you can honor any president you want, from Washington to Trump.  But even though today is a holiday, things still keep going on out there, such as:

From From LifeNews, a Canadian Catholic bishop believes that Christians are being turned into "second class citizens".

From The Daily Caller, an Iranian airline used Turkish front companies to acquire American-made equipment, thus skirting sanctions.

From Fox News, some errors and missed warning signs which have preceded mass shootings.

From the Chronicle, U.K. city leaders meet with the E.U. Brexit chief, but not yet with the U.K. Brexit Secretary.

From Russia Today, a British man in Egypt dies after life support is turned out, due to unpaid bills.

From Christianity Today, Hungary's prime minister calls Christianity "Europe's last hope" against Islam.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From the Daily Star, two people have been killed in a knife attack in Toulouse, France.

From the Express, the Netherlands refuses to pay more to the E.U. to make up for Brexit.

From WestMonster, the Eurosceptic party AfD has overtaken SPD as Germany's second most popular party.  (If you read German, read more at the Welt.)

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov disagrees with the E.U.'s approach to the Balkans.

From Deutsche Welle, France changes their immigration laws to both streamline the asylum process and make deportations easier.

From Malta Today, senior Maltese military officers are worried about the right winning the upcoming Italian elections.

From National Review, "Romney is a misfit for America".  (Due to his impending Senate campaign, I get to use the "Romney" label again, after a four-year hiatus.)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Links

As President's Day weekend continues, here are some more things going on out there:

I feel compelled to discuss the first story in some detail.  The Guardian asks why sex scandals aren't sticking to President Trump like they did with President Clinton.  Let me try to answer.  First, a quote from the article:
Did not Bill Clinton get impeached not so long ago, over an extramarital affair? And has not Trump’s conduct – which has been tied to a second payment before the election to a former Playboy model – been just as egregious, if not worse?
To directly answer the first question, Clinton was not impeached for having an extramarital affair.  He was impeached for perjury (for lying under oath about the affair) and obstruction of justice.  This point seems to be lost on The Guardian, as the words "perjury", "obstruction", "justice" and "oath" do not turn up in the article when I use my browser's "find" function.  As for Trump's conduct being at least as bad as Clinton's, that might be a matter of opinion, depending on how many affairs makes one man's conduct worse than the other's, and if I recall correctly, Mr. Bill seemed to have had quite a few.  (The article comes via HotAir.)

Continuing with the things going on:

From The New York Timesan "allahu akbar" breaks out at a church in the Russian region of Dagestan.  (This comes via Fox News, who link other sources.)

From the Sunday Express, Russian security forces kill a terrorist ringleader in the northern Caucasus.

From Breitbart Video, Rush Limbaugh proposes an amnesty deal for illegal aliens.  (via American Lookout)

From Arutz Sheva, the Israeli pilot who was injured when he was shot down over Syria has been released from the hospital.  (H/T Gadi Adelman for the Tweet)

From Yahoo News, the Saudi Arabian government will allow women to open a business without the permission of a male guardian.

From Voice Of Europe, according to a Swedish politician, his country is already having "small civil wars".  (The story also appears in the Hungarian site Magyar Hirlap, so if you read Hungarian, read it there.)

From Deutsche Welle, delegates at the Munich Security Conference discuss how to stop post-caliphate jihadis.

From Sputnik International, at the Munich Security Conference, leaders don't agree on how to make Europe safer.  (I could offer a few suggestions, but that could be part of a different post.)

From Gatestone Institute, "looking for ways out of the maze" which is Syria.  (Instead of maze, you could say "cluster[bleep]".)

From the Liverpool Echo, some relatively unknown "weird diseases".

And from the New York Post, farts on a plane cause an emergency landing.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Some Saturday Stuff

The weekend is here, with more stuff:

From the New York Post, the Florida school shooter has a history of abusing his mother.

From CNN, the shooter showed "violence and mental instability at home".

From NBC News, President Trump visits the hospitalized shooting victims.

From Gatestone Institute, how Islam views non-Muslim women.

From Breitbart London, the U.K. government cuts off funds to Oxfam due to an aid worker sex scandal.

From the Express, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says that E.U. regulations "are crushing normal people".

From Flanders News, in Belgium, a passenger without a ticket punches a train guard.

From Russia Today, an Israeli journalist goes undercover as a Syrian refugee.

From the Daily Mail, three suicide bombers kill at least 19 people at a fish market in Nigeria.

From BBC News, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May tells the E.U. to not block the post-Brexit security agreement.  (via The Religion Of Peace)

From Townhall, a reporter suggests that more abortions would have prevented the Florida shooting.

From The Washington Free Beacon, a bipartisan group of human rights activists support Trump's nominee for head of the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration.

And from ABC News, Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic couldn't believe that she won the gold medal for the Olympic super-G.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Links

Some things going on out there, including stories related to the recent shooting at a high school in Florida:

From NBC News, the FBI did not "follow protocols" after receiving a tip on the eventual shooter.  (via Gateway Pundit)

From Legal Insurrection, the FBI admits as much.

From the New York Post, in seven years, deputies were called to the shooter's house 39 times.  (He's 19 years old.  That would mean that they first visited his house when he was 12.  Was he, even at that age, doing things which brought the cops to his house, or was it the actions of another family member?)

From Fox News, portraits of the victims.

From CNBC, Special Counsel Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for allegedly interfering with the 2016 presidential election.

From the Express, German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out a bespoke Brexit deal.

From Russia Today, a British man is arrested on terror charges, for fighting against ISIS.  (That's right.  He's being accused of terrorism for fighting against terrorists.)

From Voice Of Europe, the EU, which already collects €219 per Dutch citizen per year, wants €261 next year.  (If you read Dutch, read more at De Telegraaf.)

From WestMonster, French police arrested more than 1,200 migrants smugglers last year.  (Haven't I previously said that the migrants are being smuggled?)

From the Express & Star, the British party UKIP faces a "make or break" vote to decide on their leadership.

From Eurasia Review, according to the E.U., Turkey's role in the refugee crisis is important but could use some improvement.

From Euractiv, French President Macron is "praised" as his country's economy improves.

From the Star(dot)kiwi, a Muslim teenager in New Zealand planned a vehicle ramming and stabbing terror attack.

From the Sasiat Daily, in Liverpool, England, fans of soccer star Mohamed Salah chant "I'll be Muslim, too" in his honor.

From FrontpageMag, a German activist gets red-pilled about Muslim refugees.

From Townhall, how government error helped enable some recent mass shootings.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Music Break

I haven't posted one of these all year, so here we go:

First up is Shooz by Styx, from the Crystal Ball album, their first with Tommy Shaw.  He and James Young wrote this blues-influenced number, with Shaw taking the lead vocals.  Shaw also plays slide guitar, while Young also contributes a "straight" guitar solo.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Links For Ash Wednesday And Valentine's Day

Today is both Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day.  So as you present your heart-shaped gift to your significant other, remember that you are dust, and to dust you will return.  If you think that's unusual, please also note that this coming Easter coincides with April Fool's Day.

Some things going on today:

From the Boston Globe, Poca, I mean, Senator Warren (D-MA) speaks.

From the Washington Examiner, a former governor of Warren's state is expected to announce his Senate candidacy tomorrow.

From The Baltimore Sun, three men are in custody after an SUV attempted to crash into the NSA campus at Fort Meade.

From FOX 6 NOW, an active shooter has been reported at a Parkland, Florida high school.  (via the New York Post)

From Breitbart London, Sweden's church is expected to lose a million members in the next ten years.

From the Express, the leader of the German Social Democrat party resigns.

From Russia Today, NATO will open new command centers in Germany and the United States.

From Voice Of Europe, according to an Italian criminologist, the Nigerian mafia has infiltrated Italy.

From Radio Poland, Polish President Andrzej Duda remains popular.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Greek Reporter, the flow of migrants into Greece decreased in January.

From Human Rights Watch, female refugees face a high risk of sexual violence in migrant centers on Greek islands.

From the NL Times, a Dutch company introduces the flying car.  (If you have about half a million Euros lying around, you can get one for yourself.)

From France24, the Netherlands' longest-serving prime minister dies at age 78.

From Sputnik International, Belgian and U.K. police bust a migrant smuggling operation.  (As I keep saying, the migrants are not merely migrating.  They are being trafficked.)

From the Evening Standard, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warns that stopping Brexit would be a "disastrous mistake".

From Euractiv, the founder of Friends of Europe says "Brussels must bite the bullet" when it comes to immigration policy.  (This is an opinion piece, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Euractiv.)

From the Weekly Standard, an open letter from a UCLA sociology professor to the Bruin Republicans about hosting Milo for a speech.  (Yes, that Milo.)

From National Review, America's "crumbling" infrastructure is a myth.

From FrontpageMag, two notable groups don't like Valentine's Day.

From the Daily Post, a Muslim group in Nigeria warns law schools not to ban the hijab.

From the Daily Sabah, a church in Vaxjö, Sweden backs a Muslim request to broadcast the call to Friday prayer.

From the New York Post, a shooting range connected to President Trump's sons is generating too much noise for the comfort of its neighbors.

From The Sun, meet North Korea's "Megaton Twins".

From the Laredo Morning Times, a woman becomes infected with eyeworms.

And from Inverse, contrary to legend, Pope Gregory the Great did not exempt baby rabbits from the Lenten ban on eating meat on Fridays.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Links For Fat Tuesday

Today is Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.  The day is commonly referred to by the French rendering Mardi Gras.  So as we stuff ourselves, here are some things going on:

From the Los Angeles Times, New Orleans celebrates their 300th birthday.

From The Daily Caller, the painter who produced the portrait of former President Barrack Obama has included some interesting subject matter in previous paintings.

From The Hill, an envelop containing white powder was sent to the building in which Obama leases office space.

From The Washington Times, the Oregon legislature considers making health care a right.

From Fox News, a former Massachusetts motor vehicle clerk goes to prison for scheming to provide false documents to illegal aliens.

From CNN, an illegal alien is detained by ICE, after calling police about a trespasser.  (via Pirate's Cove)

From Greek Reporter, the E.U. tells Turkey to respect the sovereignty of the member states.

From ANSA, Italy and Frontex, the E.U. border agency, disagree on migrant arrivals.

From Russia Today, the Dutch foreign minister resigns after admitting that he lied about Vladimir Putin.

From Voice Of Europe, an 87-year-old Belgian man is almost kicked to death for criticizing Islam.

From Euronews, E.U. Council President Donald Tusk arrives in Vienna to discuss Austria's upcoming E.U. presidency.

From Deutsche Welle, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warns that the E.U.'s armed forces will not replace NATO.

From Sputnik International, E.U.Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini calls for an integrated E.U. military.

From the Mirror, a Russian SWAT team guns down two ISIS fighters in Ingushetia.  (Ingushetia is an area of Russia close to Chechnya.)

From Dawn and the "you can't make this stuff up" department, Iran claims that westerners spy on their nuclear program with lizards and chameleons.

From DNA, a mosque turns away 25 families because they voted for the wrong political party.

From National Review, #MeToo will not chase President Trump from office.

From Townhall, liberals went nuts when Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked about "the Anglo American heritage of law enforcement".

From the New York Post, the Islamic terrorist who set off a time bomb in the New York neighborhood of Chelsea gets a life sentence.

From PageSix, newscaster Katie Couric apologizes after misidentifying the source of Dutch skating talent.

From News(dot)com(dot)au, some weird facts about Valentine's day.  (Tomorrow is 2/14, but it's already 2/14 in Australia.)

And from the Phoenix New Times, Arizona might be the world's leader in weird adopt-a-highway signs.