Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music Break - Some Foxing And A Tribute

During my younger days, I listened to two songs which had the same title, Fox On The Run.  One of them was hard rocker by The Sweet, released in 1975.  The other was a bluegrass song, which I pretty much assumed to be a old standard in that genre.  More recently, I've become a regular listener of a BlogTalkRadio show hosted by a woman named Kel, who calls herself the Red Fox Blogger and usually ends her show with The Sweet's song.  I have recently found, and let Kel know about, a cover by the Regrettes, a band consisting of four teenagers.  More recently still, while researching the bluegrass song, I learned that its origin is very different from what I had previously thought.  It was actually written by British songwriter Tony Hazzard and recorded by Manfred Mann.  So naturally, I brought that to Kel's attention, too.

Here's Fox On The Run, by Manfred Mann.  The group included Mike D'Abo on lead vocals, Tom McGuinness on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, Mike Hugg on drums, and the band's namesake on keyboards.  Although the band was based in Britain, Mann (real name Manfred Lubowitz) was born in South Africa, and Voorman is German.  (He's the same guy who did the art work for the Beatles album Revolver, and played bass on some of Ringo's, John's and George's solo albums.)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bullet Strikes A Maryland Church, And Other Stories

Gunshots were fired near a church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, one of which resulted in a bullet hole that was discovered by an attendee.  No one has been reported injured.  Police recovered bullet fragments at the scene, and are now investigating the incident.  Read more at the Gaithersburg Patch and WTOP.
In other stories:

From the Daily Mail, a manspreader gets violent when told to stop.

From Breitbart's Big Government, President Trump adds five people to his list of possible Supreme Court nominees.

From Philly(dot)com, another Trump nominee is also a ghost hunter.

From The Daily Signal, Louisiana embraces "long-overdue" criminal justice reform.

From Voice Of Europe, a German Christmas advertisement includes snow-women dressed in some distinctly non-German garb.

From The Local FR, Iran blames France for "stoking" problems in the Middle East.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany deports a Syrian refugee wearing an ankle tag.

From the NL Times, Dutch police are having problems with their reorganization.

From WestMonster, the British prime minister meets her Polish counterpart.

From Russia Today, Italian prosecutors have a hard time jailing suspected ISIS-linked terrorists due to "red tape".

From Sputnik International, Turkey detains over 500 illegal migrants.

From Politico, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has had "a few" regrets.  (via HotAir)

From National Review, "how is Mike Pence a problem?"

From FrontpageMag, the original anthem kneeler is nothing like a certain American boxer.

From BBC News, a tribe in Indonesia is forced to convert to Islam.

From the New York Post, paying a $30K traffic fine is no big deal - if you're a billionaire.

From Fox News, racer Danica Patrick will call it a career next May.

And from KREM2, some Naval aviation personnel appear to have literally taken the idea of "compensating" to new heights.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Misbehaving Senators And Other Stories

Today's first story is about a comedian who became a Senator, and was written by a victim of his misbehavior.  If anyone is wondering why I don't use the word "alleged" in that first sentence, it's because she has photographic evidence.  Back in 2006, two years before Al Franken (D-MN) ran for Senator, he was on a USO tour with several other entertainers, including Leeann Tweeden, who has been a model and a TV host.  To learn what he did to her, read her full story at KABC, and be sure to look at the incriminating picture.

In related stories:

From Fox News, Franken once considered writing a skit about raping another TV personality.

From Townhall, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has asked for an ethics investigation, and has gotten the agreement of both Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

From The American Conservative, "Al Franken and Uncle Roy".  ("Uncle Roy" does not refer to Roy Moore, but to a series of Saturday Night Live skits.)

From ABC News, who is Leeann Tweeden?

And from Slate, Franken "should resign immediately".

UPDATE:  Here's a new story.  From Breitbart's Big Hollywood, it looks like Tweeden isn't the only woman subjected to Franken's inappropriate behavior.  (This story, too, has photographic evidence.)
In a story involving a different Senator, reported by the New York Post, the case against Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has ended in a mistrial.
In other stories:

From Twitchy, a congressional Hispanic, although the son of refugees from Cuba, isn't really Hispanic.

From the Daily Mail, marry a Muslim, convert to Islam, get killed anyway.

From Sputnik International, 16 E.U. countries pledge to accept 34,000 more refugees.

From WestMonster, a Polish member of the European Parliament walks out.

From the Express, the Bulgarian prime minister urges the E.U. to allow Bulkan countries to join, and a car strikes a pedestrian in the Camden section of London, after being chased by police.

From Breitbart London, sex attacks are on the rise in a "no go zone" in Berlin.

From Asia Times, a new zoo in Kashmir will include pigs.

From Khaleej Times, an Indian man has gone on trial for disrespecting Mohammed.

From American Thinker, a look at the Koran.

From The Express Tribune, a suicide bomber strikes a political gathering in Kabul.

From The Daily Caller, ICE arrests over 200 members of MS-13.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Links And A Video

First up, this video was posted on YouTube yesterday by Stefan Molyneux.  He interviews British political activist Tommy Robinson on his recent visit to Poland.  Among Robinson's points are western media mischaracterization of a march in Warsaw which he observed, and how Polish people who disagree with Robinson were willing to talk with him in a civilized manner, unlike such people back in the United Kingdom.  It's over 40 minutes long, so if you want to watch all of it, give yourselves some time.

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.

Now for the links:

From Gatestone Institute, in France, it's out with the Jews, in with the Muslims.

From Seeker, in Iraq, some archaeological discoveries were made just before the recent earthquake.  (via Assyrian International News Agency)

From the Daily Mail, Italy defends its policy of blocking migrants in Libya.  (Defending your own country against illegal incursions?  Like governments are supposed to?)

From The Daily Signal, nine suggestions for a better NAFTA.

From LifeNews, an appeals court allows Arkansas to not fund Planned Parenthood.  (No matter what you think of them, Planned Avoidance Of Parenthood is a private organization, and as such has absolutely ZERO right to receive so much as one cent from the Arkansan taxpayer.)

From News(dot)com(dot)au, a possibly habitable exoplanet has been found, and it's getting closer to us.  (via the New York Post)

From Voice Of Europe, the Netherlands has endured an outbreak of carbeques.

From the Express, French President Emmanuel Macron loses party members due to his alleged "cult of personality".

From The Local FR, Macron unveils his plan to improve life in French suburbs.

From Russia Today, the E.U. insists upon telling Poland how to run their own country.

From Euractive, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło says that there won't be a Polexit.  (I have to go to my computer's Character Map program to type the letter "ł", but due to my own Polish heritage, I feel an obligation to correctly type Polish names.)

From the NL Times, according to a Dutch minister, Pegida is becoming smaller but more radical.

From The Old Continent, the Swiss feel more like being Swiss.

From The Washington Post, Burmese villagers recall violence by Rohingya Muslims.

From The American Spectator, the Ohio chapter of CAIR lobbies Ohio legislators.

From ABC News (where "A" stands for "Australian"), an Australian woman will be tried for allegedly supporting ISIS.  (The last three links were found at The Religion Of Peace.)

From National Review, Democratic sex offenders are having "a convenient reckoning".

From FrontpageMag, "the rule of law is back."

From Townhall, Roy Moore's lawyer opens mouth and inserts foot.

From Politico, Moore (R) trails Jones (D) by double digits.  (via HotAir)

From (rather than via) HotAir, there's a movement to de-genderize the Romance languages.  (This will be very tricky since most of them, such as the French that I once studied, have no neuter gender.  Even with inanimate objects, there is no "it", only "he" or "she".)

From The Guardian, North Korea sentences President Trump to death for insulting Kim Jong-un.  (If the United States had that kind of policy, there would be none of us left.)

From the New York Post, the Pope will not be driving his new Lamborghini, but will auction it off for charity.

And from BGR, there's a strange triangle on Mars.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry stuff going on out there:

From Voice Of Europe, strong borders make Hungary safe.

From Breitbart London, the U.K government wants charities to be less white.

From Philly(dot)com, Christmas comes back to Philadelphia's Village Park.

From the New York Post, thanks to President Trump, three UCLA basketball players are coming home.

From BBC News, when in the real Kazakhstan, do not dress like Borat.  (via the New York Post)

From National Review, in the "he said/she said", Roy Moore loses.

From Townhall, three Christian pastors in Alabama deny signing a letter supporting Moore.

From The American Spectator, "put Roy Moore out of his misery."  (via HotAir)

From FrontpageMag, the Mueller investigation about relationships with Russia expands to include Hillary Clinton.

From the Independent, in London, a teenage girl is arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting an act of terrorism.

From Russia Today, U.K. politician Nigel Farage wants the E.U. to investigate George Soros.

From the Express, Germany will not allow U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to directly address the E.U. summit next month.

From WestMonster, Polish Prime Minster Beata Szydło calls the E.U. bureaucrats "out of touch" with ordinary Europeans.  (The article cites the Financial Times, whose article is behind a subscriber wall.)

From The Local DE, Germany needs to do a better job monitoring mosque, says the Tolerance Minister of the U.A.E.

From The Local IT, Italy seizes over €28 million in counterfeit bills.

From Sputnik International, in Sweden, migrant boys are "replacing" girls as prostitutes.

From Assyrian National New Agency, in Iraq, Kurds "back away" from independence.

From Fox News, in California, a gunman kills four people and wounds seven before being killed by police.

From The Federalist, Keurig coffeemakers are terrible.

And from Management Today, "the good, the bad, and the weird".

Monday, November 13, 2017

Earthquakes And Other News

Yesterday near the Iran-Iraq border, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck, killing about 450 people.  It was one of seven quakes occurring during the day, the others having a magnitude less than 5, along with about 50 tremors.  About 7,000 people have reportedly been injured.  The tremors and quakes were felt in Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Israel.

Read more at AhlulBayt News Agency, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, BBC News and CNN.  (ABNA refers to Israel as "Occupied Palestine".)

In other news:

From the Star Tribune, at the Mall of America, a would-be thief stabs two men who tried to stop him.

From WestMonster, victims of the terror attack at the Bataclan in Paris claim to have been ignored by President Macron.

From the Express, a French MP warns that ISIS wants to wage more terror in France.

From The Local FR, in a week, eight French police offers commit suicide.

From The Local CH, two Swiss journalists are arrested in the United Arab Emirates.

From Breitbart London, a Dutch woman has been convicted of supporting terrorism.

From Ekathimerini, in Greece, a chase by police and ensuing scuffle with a driver smuggling illegal aliens result in injuries to all of the above.

From the Daily Mail, European and African ministers promise to improve the protection of migrants.

From The Old Continent, the President of the European Parliament wants more money.

From Sputnik International, an "Orwellian" letter is sent to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

From The Sentinel, some parents in the U.K. refuse to let their children go on school trips to mosques.

From FrontpageMag, the Ottoman genocide against the Assyrian Christians.

From Radio Poland, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło says that her government has been successful during its first two years.

From Anadolu Agency, Turkey has held at least 442 migrants found in anti-human-trafficking raids.

From National Review, the Supreme Court will decide two important First Amendment cases.  (This was written by David French, whom I have recently cited regarding Roy Moore.)

From Townhall, a second woman accuses Roy Moore of attempted sexual assault.

From WTOP, if your bike breaks down while you're riding in northern Virginia, one shop will come to your rescue.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Some Moore Thoughts

Like many on the right, I find myself wondering what to make of the allegations against former Alabama judge and current Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.  Of course, as someone who does not live in Alabama, and thus is not qualified to vote in that state, I have no say in the matter other than to offer my opinion, to the extent possible.  In doing so, there are a few things I believe should be kept in mind.

First of all, as David French correctly points out in National Review (and which I linked yesterday), Moore is not on trial to defend his rights to life, liberty and property, and is thus not entitled to what we call "due process".  From NR:
Constitutional protections for due process apply when the state is attempting to deprive a person of "life, liberty, or property."  That's why we have trials before we render civil or criminal judgments.  That's why due process is mandatory before state-mandated punishment in campus sexual assault tribunals.  As a general rule, when the state is attempting to deprive you of rights you'd otherwise enjoy, due process attaches.  Here, there is no state action.  Roy Moore will not lose his life, liberty, or property if voters reject his bid for high office.
To add to French's point, running for and serving in public office is a privilege, not a right.  No one has to prove Moore guilty beyond a reasonable doubt (the criminal standard) or even to show a preponderance of evidence (the civil standard) that he did what his accuser claims, in order to say, "I'm not voting for this guy."  For that matter, someone can decide to vote for Moore's rival Doug Jones (D) for reasons that have nothing to do with these recent allegations.  The voting booth does not distinguish between "Moore assaulted a teenage girl" and "I only vote for Democrats."

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Stories For Veterans Day And Polish Independence Day

Today is Veterans Day, which is known outside the United States as Armistice Day, since it marks the date in 1918 on which World War I was officially concluded.  In Poland, today is Independence Day, because on that same date, a new independent Poland was created, after the Poles had been ruled for over a century by Russia, Austria and Prussia (which united with other states to form the German Empire), which had started with the partitions.  To all American veterans, thank you for your service and for keeping us free.  To the people of Poland and those of Polish descent elsewhere, wesołego Święta Niepodległości.

Some stories in the news, and some opinion:

From Voice Of Europe, in Warsaw, Poles march to commemorate their independence.

From Breitbart London, the United Kingdom observes Armistice Day.

From the Express, the United Kingdom plans next year's Armistice Day observance.

From the Mirror, a shopping center in London is evacuated in response to "loud bangs".

From Russia Today, Catalans protest the imprisonment of their leaders.

From Sputnik International, the Speaker of the Catalan parliament is released on bail.

From The Local SE, Sweden reduces the number of workers in its migration agency.

From City Today, the Grand Mosque in Brussels is called a "hotbed for extremism".

From National Review, Senate candidate Roy Moore is not entitled to due process.

From Townhall, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley lets the U.N. have it.

From The Atlantic, Iran has helped al Qaeda come back.  (via HotAir)

From AhlulBayt News Agency, ISIS hacks Swedish radio.

From CBS Denver, an illegal alien is arrested six days after allegedly stabbing a woman with a screwdriver.  (via United States Illegal Alien Crime Report)

From the New York Post, if you're in Staten Island, a beauty queen might collect your garbage.

And from The Irish Times, a weird festival for economists and comedians.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday Links

After a one-day hiatus, it's back to blogging for yours truly.  Like most internet warriors, I actually have a life outside the blogosphere.  But now that I've stepped back in, here are some things going on out there:

From NBC News, Special Counsel Mueller is investigating a meeting between former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Cal), who has been known to advocate pro-Russia policies.  (Is that the new definition of "collusion with Russia"?)

From The Cullman Times, an Alabama state legislator does not believe Roy Moore's accusers.  (via The Daily Caller)

From National Review, "Roy Moore should drop out".

From Decision Desk HQ, Moore and Doug Jones (D) are tied.  (via HotAir)

From the Daily Star, police in Madagascar have been forced to seize the bodies of plague victims.

From Voice Of Europe, a Polish woman living in Germany says "no" to her son's Islamic homework.  The article includes a Tweet from an account named "Prawa strona", which means "right side".

From the Daily Mail, a British man won't get his stepdaughter do her Islamic homework, and a refugee from Syria is sentenced for assaulting women in a subway.  (In the U.K., a subway is a pedestrian walkway that goes under a street.)

From the Express, in a suburb of Toulouse, France, a man rams three students with his car.

From WestMonster, a nine-year-old British boy pledges allegiance to ISIS.

From Breitbart London, refugees in Britain find that reality is not the same thing as expectation.

From The Local FR, the French employment agency has been dealing with a lot of fraud.

From Russia Today, the Palestinian who attacked people in Hamburg, Germany with a knife has stated his excuse reason for his actions.

From CNS News, there are over 7 million Pakistanis who were married before age 16.

From Dutch News, a Dutch court has ordered an investigation of the decision to prosecute Geert Wilders.

From FrontpageMag, GOP Senators unveil their tax reform plan.

From CNN, the American and Russian presidents meet in Vietnam.

From DefenseTech, more American bombers could be flying near North Korea.

From The Washington Free Beacon and the "roll your eyes" department, passengers on the New York subway will no longer be called "ladies and gentlemen".  (via Twitchy)

And last but not least, from Military(dot)com, happy birthday, USMC.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Scream At The Sky, And Other Stuff

Attention, those of you on the left.  Your side of the aisle did well yesterday, but today Donald Trump is still president, and you're supposed to scream at the sky to mark the one-year anniversary of his election.  Since there are plenty of you in my adopted home state of Maryland, I should be able to hear you.  So go out there are give it your best shot.

Meanwhile, here's a sample of what else is going on:

From CNS News, Governor-elect Ralph Northam's victory speech was interrupted by supporters of illegal immigration.  (H/T luchadora for the Tweet)

From the Washington Examiner, former DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile called the Hillary Clinton campaign a "cult".

From DefenseTech, there will not be any Space Corps in the upcoming NDAA.

From Fox 5, a man in Georgia shoots two cops, who survive, and ends up dead.  (via Fox News)

From Voice Of Europe, the Netherlands holds a "gruesome" anti-terror drill in Amsterdam.

From Breitbart London, Tesco's Christmas ad shows Muslims and Sikhs, but no obvious Christians.  (Last time I checked, Muslims and Sikhs don't celebrate Christmas, at least in the religious sense.)

From The Old Continent, some British businesses are "quietly sorry" that the U.K. economy did not suffer a hit from Brexit.

From Radio Poland, new proposed E.U. regulations could derail a gas pipeline between Germany and Russia.

From the Express, the E.U. reportedly wants pro-E.U. lessons taught to children as young as 4.

From The Local ES, Carles Puigdemont, now on bail in Belgium, criticizes the E.U. for supporting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's "coup".

From The Local FR, France is having difficulty reducing its reliance on nuclear energy.

From Sputnik International, the Russian foreign minister says that President Putin is ready for a meeting with President Trump.

From Euractiv, European diplomat Frederica Mogherini warns against escalation in the Middle East.

From the Chicago Tribune, former President Obama is relieved from jury duty.  (via the New York Post)  (I've had that experience myself.)

From the Los Angeles Times, the Trump administration establishes new rules for traveling to and doing business with Cuba.

From the South China Morning Post, there's an app for supporting ISIS.

From National Review, why more laws are not the answer to mass shootings.

From Russia Today, Germany's highest court rules that the country must legally recognize a "third gender".

And from the New York Post, on top of an Austrian mountain is a large woody.