Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mama Bigfoot 1937-2018

I have stepped from away blogging for the past few days to travel to Virginia to pay my last respects to my mother, who passed away from a heart attack this past Monday.  Later that afternoon, I got a call from one of my brothers.  Because this is unusual for us this time of year, I could pretty much sense that he had some bad news.  According to my siblings, Mom had checked herself into a hospital about a week earlier.

We had two viewings this past Thursday and the funeral yesterday, for which I was a pallbearer, as I had been for my father in 2013.  For the viewings, we found about 10 photos from Mom's life, including one from her and Dad's wedding and one of them about to go on a date.  The viewings and funeral were attended by friends and co-workers of my siblings, some out-of-town relatives, and some of the same neighbors who had shown up for Dad.  One relative was a cousin I had not seen since the late 1980's, at her home in Pennsylvania.

Mom was born during the Great Depression and the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, and lived to see a president younger than her first two children, and even to see him step down.  Her father was coal miner and her mother was housewife.  She was the middle of three sisters, who also had an older brother.  About two years after she graduated high school, she married an older alumnus from the same school, who had gone to work in western New York State.  Other than during a one-year hiatus in Connecticut, they raised six children in New York.  In 1975, due to Dad changing jobs, we all moved to Virginia, where most of my siblings still live.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Links

Another Tuesday afternoon, another bunch of things going on:

From Sputnik International, Italy rescues about 1,400 migrants in one day.

From Hungary Journal, Hungary is considering banning Hungarian native George Soros from setting foot in the country.  (The story comes via Voice Of Europe.  If you read Hungarian, read more at 444.)

From Russia Today, a Syrian man in Germany is detained on suspicion of planning act of terror.

From Voice Of Europe, some Paris metro stations are becoming "no-go" zones.

From BBC News, France will not allow another "jungle" in Calais.

From The Old Continent, the E.U. task force set up to oppose "fake news" can't figure out what "fake news" is.

From Breitbart London, five incidents which showed that mass immigration into the Netherlands is harmful.

From The Daily Signal, 10 thoughts on President Trump and the [bleep]hole countries.

From The Hill, Trump passes his physical and mental health tests.

From Twitchy, the left goes nuts over Trump's declaration of Religious Freedom Day.  (And yet, their side claims that he has mental problems?)

From Fox News, there could be new charges stemming from the Las Vegas mass shooting.

From France24, in France, an Islamic convict attacks prison guards with scissors.

From the New York Post, Trump now says that he wants immigrants "from everywhere".

From Science News For Students, a creature that Fred Flintstone might have called a "duckasaurus".

And from 11Alive, five things that cold weather does to your body.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Links For The King Holiday

Today is the holiday which commemorates the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King.  It is also Dr. King's actual birthday.  This holiday, like several others, is observed on a designated Monday, which this year coincides with his birthday.  Here are some things going on:

From LiveMint, a timeline of the meetings between the Israeli and Indian prime ministers.  (via Legal Insurrection)

From The Daily Caller, a Puerto Rican columnist blames the Jews for the island's problems.  (I wonder what Juan Epstein, the fictional Puerto Rican Jew from Welcome Back, Kotter, might think of this development.)

From Deutsche Welle, almost half of rejected asylum seekers in Germany are winning their cases on appeal.

From The Courier, France's new "fake news" law raises concerns about censorship.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Voice Of Europe, an Italian politician is worried about his country's "white race".  (If you read Italian, read more at Varese News.)

From Sputnik International, in Austria, 45 people have been arrested for alleged drug dealing involving smuggling by minor asylum seekers.

From the NL Times, 22 percent of Dutch women have been victims of sexual violence.

From the New York Post, several cars in Brooklyn, New York have been damaged by exploding manholes.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Canada Warns Against Illegal Immigration, And Other Stories

Today I ran across an article in Breitbart's Big Government about Canadian immigration policy.  It seems our friends to the north have adopted what I will call a "Lee Corso" policy toward those who would enter Canada illegally, as in "not so fast!"  An excerpt:
With many illegal immigrants becoming uneasy over their status in the U.S., some are eyeing a trip northward to a country many are told will accept everyone and give them lots of free stuff to boot.
But Ahmed Hussen, Canada's immigration minister, recently warned illegals that they shouldn't waltz into Canada and necessarily expect to get cradle to the grave freebies, according to the New York Times.
Hussen, who was an immigrant to Canada himself, warned illegals that while Canada is a welcoming country, they won’t take everyone who illegally crosses into the country.
Did you catch that?  The Canadian immigration minister is himself an immigrant.  Putting someone in charge of immigration who actually has been through the system....what a concept!  But wait, there's more:
In another effort to stave off a wave of illegals, Canada is sending Pablo Rodriguez to Los Angeles, California. Rodriguez, who is from Canada's Liberal Party and a member of Parliament, intends to warn Mexicans and Central and South Americans that they can't assume they'll get a free ride by illegally entering into Canada.
Let's look at this for a second.  A Hispanic Canadian, himself a member of a left-leaning party, is down here in the United States telling other Hispanics, who are not themselves U.S. citizens, that illegally entering Canada is not such a good idea.  These developments beg several questions for Americans who support open borders and call anyone who wants our immigration laws enforced "racists" and "xenophobes".  Does Canada have a right to defend her borders?  Does Canada have a right to have immigration laws, to enforce them, and to discourage non-Canadians from disobeying them?  If the answer to any of these is "yes", then why is it wrong for the United States to carry out any of these measure?  Why is it OK for one country to restrict immigration, but not another?

Whatever your opinion of this matter might be, read the full story, where you can also click to see what the above-mentioned Mr. Hussen told the New York Times.
A few other items worth noting:

From the Express, although Angela Merkel has reached an agreement with the Social Democrats, her effort to form a coalition government for Germany is not yet out of the woods.

From The Guardian, the French interior minister says that the U.K. must pay more for Calais.

From Hungary Journal, Victor Orban says that Hungary, not the E.U., decides whom Hungary takes in.  (The story comes via Voice Of Europe.  Orban gave his remarks in an interview with Welt am Sonntag, the article being, from my perspective, behind a paywall.  Click there if you read German, and are allowed to access the article or wish to pay for doing so.)

From The Daily Caller, now that there's again a Republican in the White House, the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks returns to again run her mouth.

From Business Insider, the trade show CES "still has a woman problem".

From the New York Post, the mother of a slain teenager says that he was killed over an iPhone.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Missile, Manning, And More

At 8:07 a.m. local time, residents of Hawaii were subjected to an alert about an incoming ballistic missile, which turned out to be a false alarm. The alert was sent out to cell phones and televisions, and appears to have been caused by a human error.

Read more at USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Vox and CBS News.
The convicted and pardoned leaker formerly known as Bradley Manning has decided to go into politics.  And to my surprise, she (in the Caitlyn sense of the pronoun) wants to be my Senator.  That's right, she has filed in Maryland.  I don't know where his/her legal residence was during his/her seven years of confinement, but I don't recall anything about him/her ever living in Maryland.  But as we've seen with a certain woman from Arkansas who became Senator from New York, the candidate must only inhabit the state from which he or she is elected, without any specific length of time therein being required.  (Perhaps ironically, there are often time-specific residency requirements for anyone wanting to vote in a given state.)  Since Manning is a Democrat, she will have to run against the incumbent Senator Ben Cardin.

Read more at The Washington Post (via HotAir), The Hill, WBAL TV and NBC Washington.

In the above paragraph, I use the slashed pronouns, such as "his/her", because the period in Manning's life to which I refer, the confinement, includes time both before his sex-change operation and afterwards.  Both The Hill and WBAL refer to the article in The Washington PostWBAL also cites the Associated Press, and refers to Manning as a "former Army officer".  I'm not sure that this term is accurate, since the highest rank he held was the Specialist (E-4), according to WikipediaThis rank is a junior enlisted rank, which is not even regarded as being a type of NCO.  (Yes, there is some irony in citing Wiki, since Manning gave his leaked information to a place called Wikileaks.)
Here are some more items:

From Voice Of Europe, for the second year in a row, the most popular baby boy's name in the Netherlands is Mohammed - if you include several known spelling variations.  (How many boys named Hans or Pieter are there in Egypt, Syria or Saudi Arabia?  Just wondering.)

From the Express, an Italian candidate for prime minister calls E.U. treaties "unfair".

From the Evening Standard, some vintage photos of the London Underground.

From Breitbart London, Czech President Milos Zeman wins the first round of his country's election.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany fears that E.U. reforms will bring in even more refugees.

From the Times Of Oman, Turkish President Erdoğan says that his country's forces will "crush" the Kurdish militia in the Afrin region of Syria.

From the Daily Mail, two protesters at a fracking site in Yorkshire, U.K. are arrested after a guard dog is poisoned.

From WISN, a previously-deported illegal alien hijacks a bus north of Chicago.  (via Twitchy)

From the New York Post, as seen in El Paso, Texas, walls can work.

From Townhall, the current winter and the climate alarmists' hypocrisy.

From Al Arabiya, torture and death in Iranian prisons after the protests.

From Fox News, Iranian protesters thank President Trump and want more sanctions.

From News18, a fatwa against marrying bankers is denounced by (as you would expect) bankers.

From The Malaysian Insight, academics in Malaysia say that self-censorship among non-Muslims is unhealthy.

From Newsday, after a cow is killed by a car, a bull runs people off.  (via the New York Post)

And from ESPN, sportscaster Keith Jackson 1928 - 2018.

Friday, January 12, 2018

[Bleep]holes And Other Stories

It appears that President Trump may have stepped into some [bleep] and set off a [bleep]storm by calling Haiti and some African countries "[bleep]holes", and indicating a preference for immigrants from Norway instead of those "[bleep]hole" countries.  As reported by Ed Morrisey at HotAir, the president allegedly used this language during a meeting about immigration policy, but later denied doing so, but Senator Dick Durban (D-Ill) says that Trump did indeed use the term "[bleep]holes".  According to the New York Post, GOP lawmakers don't recall the president using such terms.  Make of it what you will, but I will set forth my reaction.

If the president really did use some form of the s-word, my advice would be that he should adjust his language to say what he wants without being vulgar.  It's certainly not politically correct to call countries "[bleep]holes" even when they deserve it, but being politically incorrect doesn't require talking like a jerk.  Trump's enemies will hate his guts no matter what, but he doesn't have to help them.  On the other hand, some perspective might be in order.  Which is worse, calling a country a [bleep]hole, or a country really being a [bleep]hole?

Some people on Twitter have found a story, reported by the Independent, for example, in which then-President Obama faulted U.K. Prime Minister Cameron for allowing Libya to become a "[bleep] show" after the ouster of Muammar Ghadafi.  Of course, whether he himself had contributed to making Libya a "[bleep] show" by helping to oust Gha-daffyduck in the first place didn't seem to occur to Obama.  But in any event, foul language from Obama does not excuse foul language from Trump.

One thing that should be obvious about immigration is that allowing people to move from Haiti, Norway, or anywhere else is not to change much of anything in those countries.  This means that if a country is a [bleep]hole, it will still be a [bleep]hole after a small number of its people leave for the United States.  As for Norway, I'm not sure that taking people from a continent which is experiencing sub-replacement fertility might not be all that beneficial, either.
Here's some other [bleep] in the news:

From The Washington Free Beacon, there has been a decline in prison population going on three years.

From KAKE, a convicted murderer in Missouri, who raped and killed a ten-year-old girl, gets the ultimate penalty.

From Independent Women's Forum, in Seattle, how the minimum wage hike killed the five-dollar footlong sub.

From Russia Today, a British woman in Dubai faces jail time for being in the vicinity of a fight.

From iNews, the Great Mosque in Brussels is said to be an "Islamist hub".

From the Express, Greece has 20 percent unemployment.

From Voice Of Europe, a man claiming to be a "child refugee" goes on vacation in the Middle East after getting his Swedish residency permit.  (It was so bad back home that he had to leave, but now that he has left, it's safe enough for him to visit?)

From France24, the new German coalition government will take in 200,000 refugees each year.  (The story comes via Defend Europa.  Does this mean that Chancellor Merkel has successfully formed a new coalition?)

From Hungary Journal, Hungarian mayors want to prevent Hungarian native George Soros from setting up offices in Hungary.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Sputnik International, according to a British MEP, forcing Poland to take in migrants may push Poland out of the E.U.

From Middle East Monitor, forty-odd African migrants are prevented from storming into Ceuta by Moroccan security forces.  (Ceuta is a Spanish city in Africa, separated from Morocco only by a border wall.)

From the Independent, police in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England have arrested 20 men for alleged involvement in a rape grooming gang.

From the NL Times, in 2017, Dutch police discharged their firearms 23 times, killing 4 suspects.

From National Review, Republicans should say "no" to Joe.

From Brinkwire, in response to President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, three American imams call for the death of Jews.

From Breitbart London, left-wing pro-immigrant bias shows up in the French media.

From Modern Ghana, an imam urges the Ghanaian government to not give rights to homosexuals.  (The last three stories come via The Religion Of Peace.)

From Politico, Trump extends the nuclear deal with Iran.  (via the New York Post)

From the New York Post, 80-year-old woman 1 - thug who tried to take her purse 0.  (She thus gets the "badass" label.)

And from Health24, why people go to sleep in strange places.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Links

As temperatures get even warmer around here, which is a sign of global warming, er, climate change just as much as recent cold temperatures were, here are some various things going on:

From Fox Business, the store I sometimes call Sam's Asian Imports is giving its employees bonuses of up to $1,000.  (I used to call them Sam's Chinese Imports until I started noticing other Asian countries of origin on their products' tags.)

From Accuracy In Media, the media are still "cherry picking" stories to support their view on global warming, er, climate change.

From Breitbart's National Security, Julian Assange is now a citizen of Ecuador.  (If you read Spanish, you can also read the story at El Universo.)

From Sputnik International, on the other hand, the U.K. will not grant Assange diplomatic status.

From TechRadar, a robot teaches kids how to code.

From The Daily Caller, President Trump signs a bill to give the Border Patrol $9 million to combat the importation of fentanyl.

From Voice Of Europe, Malmö, Sweden has become so dangerous that even refugee want to leave.

From Breitbart London, an Italian party says, "Slaves of Europe?  No Thanks!"

From the Express, protesters in Bulgaria burn the E.U. flag.

From the NL Times, the Dutch government has stopped four terror attacks since 2011.

From The Local SE, according to his son, the man killed by a hand grenade in Sweden thought it was a toy.

From France24, Trump say that the U.S. might "conceivably" rejoin the Paris agreement.

From Deutsche Welle, seven southern E.U. countries promise to improve their migration policy.

From Philly(dot)com, the Trump administration allows states to require recipients of Medicaid to work.

From FrontpageMag, why the Democrats really oppose a border wall.

From National Review, Steve Martin's new play Meteor Shower is one of his best works ever.

From Variety, Patricia Hearst blasts two documentaries about her kidnapping.

From the Detroit Free Press, the 2018 Women's March won't feature last year's headgear.  (via The Washington Free Beacon and Townhall)

From the Daily Mail, comics legend Stan Lee is accused of sexual misconduct.

From WKRN, a Tennessee university cancels an event over the allegedly "anti-Muslim" views of one of its speakers.

From DNA, Hindus in Mithi, Pakistan face pressure to convert or leave.  (Yes, there are Hindus in Pakistan, just as there are Muslims in India.)

From the New York Post, 17 members of MS-13 are arrested in Long Island.

From Forbes, Jon Gruden is a "weird choice" to (again) coach the Raiders.

And from The Mercury News, some ugly, weird or offensive wine labels.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday Links

Here are some things going on, starting with the latest bomb threat (with commentary from yours truly):

From Russia Today, trains were halted today in Salzburg, Austria due to a bomb alert.

From the Express, the worst country in which to be a Christian is (click to find out).

From National Review, some judicial overreach.

From Hungary Journal, the Hungarian government gets some support from my neck of the woods.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From The Daily Caller, only 13 percent of polled voters think that Fire and Fury is credible.

From FrontpageMag, a leaked memo shows why Democrats support DACA.  (I'm pretty much convinced that if DACA recipients came from ethnic groups whose American citizen members supported Republicans or leaned right, the Dems would want them to be treated in the same manner as the Clinton administration treated Elian Gonzales.)

From The Guardian, a Spanish woman testifies in a Moroccan court for allegedly colluding with human traffickers.  (The migrants going into Europe are not simply migrating.  They are being trafficked.)

From Breitbart London, an ISIS sympathizer in London planned to bomb "smart people".  (Whether he could find any, of course, is another matter.  The story cites The Times, which is behind a paywall.)

From Bloomberg, Czech President Zeman pledges to continue supporting Prime Minister Babis.

From Sputnik International, the E.U. has warned that some business may be shut down if there is no deal over Brexit.

From Voice Of Europe, according to a German study, almost 30 percent of Muslims "would fight and die for Islam".  (If you read German, read more at Welt.)

From Politico, the new Austria interior minister promises "very very tough asylum policies".  (via Voice Of Europe)

From El País, two leaders of the Catalan separatist movement each take a step back.

From The Local CH, President Trump will attend the economic conference in Davos, Switzerland.

From the NL Times, the new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands won't retract his story that Dutch politicians were set on fire.

From Al Arabiya, a senior Iranian cleric goes to Germany for medical treatment.

From the Greek Reporter, the Greek parliament allows Muslims to have "optional" sharia.

From Reuters, in Tunisia, 237 people are arrested in connection with attacks on police stations, government buildings, and a Jewish school.

From Townhall, "temporary" should really mean "temporary".

From CNN, Congressman Darrell Issa says "enough for one lifetime".

From ABC13, the "Snapchat shooter" appears in court.  (The story comes via the New York Post.  He is accused of shooting other than in the photographic sense.)

From Page Six, the Weiners are not getting divorced, after all.

From RedState, the government of Seattle learns about trying to dictate people's lives.

And from CNET, I'm not saying it's aliens, but something even stranger.

UPDATE:  From the Daily News, the Weiners are still getting divorced, but it will be settled out of court, to protect their young son.  (via The Daily Caller)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Links For A Somewhat Mild Tuesday

As winter relents and a relative heat wave sends temperatures around here into the 40's, here are some things going on:

From The American Conservative, how to brighten up January.

From Philly(dot)com, President Trump suggests a "two-phase" immigration deal.

From the Washington Examiner, former sheriff Joe Arpaio will run for the Senate from Arizona.

From The Federalist, coming out as a Republican was more difficult than coming out as gay.

From The Telegraph, according to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, his country's intelligence services have helped stop terror attacks involving airplanes.

From Politico, in the scandal over Sudanese migrants, Belgium's government won't fall, for now.

From The European Post, the Teatro del Maggio in Florence re-writes the ending of the opera Carmen.

From Politics Home, E.U. Commission President Junker says that there will be no second referendum on Brexit.

From the Derby Telegraph, a would-be terrorist in Derby was a "strict Muslim".  (Unlike other stories I've found from this site, this one is not about things left behind in public accommodations.)

From the New York Post, Representative Steve Scalise (R-Lou) will undergo another surgery tomorrow.

And from Scientific American, the weird tubular structures on Mars are probably not caused by any sort of life.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Various And Sundry

Other than the previously posted election of Frank Beamer to the College Football Hall of Fame, some other various and sundry things have been going on.  But as I may have mentioned before, "sundry" is not to be confused with "sun-dry", especially since there hasn't been enough sun around today to dry anything.  So here are some of those things:

From National Review, liberals stay silent as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is subjected to racist attacks.

From Sky News, a couple who met online are convicted of plotting an ISIS-inspired attack.

From CNN, Luke Skywalker's mother, well actually the actress who portrays her, has to point out that the Golden Globe nominees for best director are all male.  (Yes, I used the term "actress".)

From Voice Of Europe, German TV unleashes propaganda against Poland.  (Tak, to gniewa mię, I mean, yes, this angers me.)

From Defend Europa, a Sardinia left-wing politician allegedly wants to bring migrants into Sardinia to replace the population.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Time, 64 migrants are feared dead trying to cross the Mediterranean, after their dinghy sinks.

From The Guardian, the Belgian government risks collapse over the deportation of 100 people back to Sudan.

From Hürriyet Daily News and the "try not to laugh" department, a Turkish academic claims that Noah called his son on a cell phone.  (Does anyone know where those ante-diluvian cell towers were?)

From Townhall, President Trump signs an EO expanding broadband in rural America.