Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring, Another Shooting, And Other Stories

Today marks the spring equinox, even as the east coast is getting one (hopefully) last blast of wintry weather.  I look outside to see a mixture of rain and sleet (or maybe graupel) falling from the sky and accumulating on my vehicles and the grassy areas in my neighborhood.  Fortunately, the roads have not been affected very much, but that might change due to the precipitation turning to snow later tonight.
This morning at Great Mills High School in Saint Mary's County in southern Maryland, a student who had armed himself two of his fellow students.  He was later engaged and shot by a school resource officer, and was declared dead just after 10:30 a.m.  The two victims have been hospitalized.

In other news:

From the Los Angeles Times, congressional negotiators haggle over abortion coverage and health care.  (via LifeNews)

From The American Conservative, after a Republican loses the popular vote but wins the presidential election, Democrats try everything to obstruct the new president - Rutherford B. Hayes.

From Space War, Chinese President Xi Jinping says that his country is ready to fight a "bloody battle".

From Philly(dot)com, the president of Penn State pushes for a national database of fraternity violations.

From the Star Tribune, the Minneapolis police officer who killed an Australian woman has been charged, and has turned himself in.  (via the New York Post)

From Breitbart, a Scottish court finds YouTuber Count Dankula guilty of a hate crime, for posting a video of his girlfriend's dog making a nazi salute.

From the Express, the Brexit could come "crashing down" over the issue of the U.K.-Ireland border.

From Business Insider, numbers of asylum applications have dropped to pre-immigration wave levels.

From Russia Today, Palestinian President Abbas seems to regard the U.S. ambassador to Israel as a young canine.

From the Daily Mail, a German court rules against a Muslim woman's attempt to overturn Germany's ban on driving while wearing face coverings.

From the New York Post, according to astronomers, the object known as Oumuamua likely came from a binary star system.

And from The Babylon Bee, a man on a Holy Land tour is befuddled that he is not in the United States.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Mania

It's just another manic Monday, so I must report some of the bah-DAH-bah-dah-Dah-duh.  Oh wait, that's mixing my Monday musical metaphors.  But whether you're a fan of the Bangles (or Prince, who wrote that one) or of the Mamas and the Papas, here are some things going on:

From NBC News, a woman in Tuscon, Arizona has been killed by a self-driving Uber.

From the Rockville Patch, it looks like snow is headed for yours truly, right here in Maryland.  (Well, since SUVs such as mine are to blame, I guess I had it coming.)

From Fox News, the explosions which have gone off around Austin, Texas may be the work of a serial bomber.  (The Red Fox Blogger put this into the chatroom of her BTR show.)

From Townhall, it's good to drive the left nuts.

From Politico, the U.K. and the E.U. reach a transitional Brexit deal.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Business Insider, Scottish Tories threaten to vote against the Brexit deal over fishing rights.

From Voice Of Europe, hospital nurses in Bielefeld, Germany have been attacked and verbally abused by migrants.  (If you read German, read the story at Neue Westfälische.)

From Breitbart London, a British woman who went to Syria to fight against ISIS has been killed in an airstrike believed to have been carried out by Turkish forces.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany talks to refugees about sex.

From El País, 33 Spanish provinces are expecting snow.  (Is someone over there driving an SUV?)

From Sputnik International, the leader of Denmark's Social Democratic Party is criticized for suggesting that a Somalian-Danish Facebook commenter should be grateful for being in Denmark.

From The Local SE, thousands of refugee children in the process of being deported from Sweden have gone missing.

From ZeroHedge, Germany's new interior minister wants the Schengen Agreement to be suspended.

From Euractiv, Germany's chancellor will meet today with Poland's president and prime minister.  (Due to the time difference, this has probably already happened by the time I post this.)

From National Review, contrary to popular opinion, recently fired FBI director McCabe will not lose his pension.

From FrontpageMag, Robert Spencer explains why Muslim persecution of Christians has recently gotten worse.

From Kent Online, a man who drove his car into a nightclub in Gravesend, England has been charged with attempted murder.

From Gatestone Institute, France slouches toward Islam and away from free speech.

From the New York Post, Maryland authorities seize horses left alive on a farm where others had died or were starving.

From Page Six, singer Selena Gomez enjoys her post-Bieber life.

From NBC12, if you're willing to lecture about white chocolate, you'll be paid in bagels.  (Getting hungry yet?)

And from Newsweek, on an airplane, orgies are not allowed.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Various And Sundry

Here are some various and sundry things going on.  Today has been very sunny, which means that understanding "sundry" as "sun-dry" is currently permissible.  But don't worry, the rain is bound to return.  With that, here are the stories:

Once again, Putin has been put in.

For once, I find myself agreeing with Senator Schumer (D-NY).

A former FBI assistant director claims that high-ranking government people conspired to protect Hillary Clinton.

The first few days of spring might bring snow to North Carolina.  (My CO2-spewing SUV strikes again!)

A member of Germany's AfD party gives Chancellor Merkel a piece of his mind.

At Speaker's Corner in London, Tommy Robinson gives Martin Sellner's speech.

Opinion:  The refugee deal between Turkey and the E.U. is full of hypocrisy.

The French island of Mayotte deals with strikes and protests.

The Serbian president doesn't trust the E.U. or the U.S.

A former German Bundeswehr officer asks for asylum in Russia.

Some European leaders don't agree with reform plans offered by Merkel and Macron.

One German politician thinks that the E.U. has a "patronizing" attitude toward eastern European countries on migrants.

A Rotherham grooming survivor speaks out.

"The media, the NRA, and Islam"

What happens in Nigeria could happen in Europe.

Iraqi troops capture a senior ISIS leader.

The right of free speech includes the right not to speak.

Spring practice starts of Virginia Tech's football team.

The man who emailed a bomb threat against a concert by the Roots is arrested.

And to finish, weather is weird on other planets.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Links For Saint Patrick's Day

Ay begorrah!  Top o' the blogosphere to ya.  Today is the feast of St. Patrick, the missionary who brought Christianity to Ireland.  Although strongly identified with that country, he was actually born in Britain.  Contrary to popular legend, he didn't drive the snakes out of Ireland, because there weren't any native snakes there in the first place.  Although he called himself "Patricius" when he wrote his Confessio and Epistola, his real name is believed to have been Maewyn Succat.  Our modern notion of St. Patrick might have him conflated with another missionary sent to Ireland, a bishop known as Palladius.  So if you're Irish, either normally or just today, wear your green clothing (or orange if you're Protestant), drink some green beer, and eat some corned beef and cabbage (which also seems to come with carrots and potatoes).  And as with any day, read the following stories:

From The Federalist, why some people should wear orange today.

From The Local FR, French President Macron and German Chancellor Merkel promise an E.U. "reform roadmap".

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey's prime minister "blasts" an E.U. motion against his country's invasion of Syria's Afrin region.

From Sputnik International, a Brexit campaigner believes that the E.U. fears a prosperous post-Brexit United Kingdom.

From Russia Today, according to an Australian reporter, white farmers in South Africa are being attacked on their lands.

From the International Business Times, did ISIS hack photos of Meghan Markle?

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in Kabul, Afghanistan, a suicide car bomb kills barbers and shoeshiners.

From Gatestone Institute, more on the German interior minister who said, "Islam does not belong to Germany".

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch, in the NCAA tournament, first-seeded Virginia loses to 16th-seeded UMBC, and it wasn't even close.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Links

Two days ago was Pi Day.  Yesterday was the Ides of March.  Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day.  But today is nothing more than March 16th.  As usual, there are stories to pick up and pass on, but the first item is some sad news from Congress.

From the Democrat & Chronicle, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) died today at a hospital in Washington D.C. at age 88.  She had been the oldest sitting member of Congress.

From The American Conservative, a tribute to Dr. Stephen Hawking.

From Philly(dot)com, meet the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania House's Irish-American Caucus.  (Do they also have a Polish-American Caucus?  I wouldn't be surprised if they do.)

From The Daily Caller, a member of a left-wing organization is arrested for allegedly assaulting an Interior Department official.

From Space War, the U.S. and South Korea will reportedly scale down their military exercises.

From France24, Germany's new interior minister raises ire by saying, "Islam is not part of Germany".  (I'm pretty sure that their Turkish minority might beg to differ.)

From ANSA Med, a ship carrying 281 migrants, operated by an NGO, is not allowed to dock at E.U. ports.

From the Express, Gibraltar threatens to revoke the rights of non-U.K. residents if Madrid tries to exclude the place from any Brexit deal.

From the NL Times, at least 20 shots were fired at a closed coffee shop in Oss, Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands.

From The Star, being named after the current American president is difficult if you're a young boy living in Afghanistan.

From FrontpageMag, here's a real feminist for you.

From the Huffington Post, Weird Al Yankovic makes history.

And from KATU, Bruce Wayne (yes, that's his name) finally stops eating Chipotle.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Links For The Ides Of March

Here in the middle of March are some things going on (with some commentary from yours truly):

From CBS Miami, a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University has collapsed onto traffic below, killing one person, hospitalizing six more, and trapping an unknown number of others.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump's campaign manager has some harsh words for his rival.

From Flanders News, Belgian social inspectors found thousands of irregularities involving foreign workers in Belgium.

From Dutch News, the Netherlands remains in sixth place on the U.N.'s happiness ratings, but migrants rate it at eleventh.

From Gatestone Institute, "the high price of denial" and Poland finds a jihadist in asylum-seeker's clothing.  (Niech żyje Polska!)

From Sputnik International, central banks have been stocking up on gold.

From Deutsche Welle, in Germany, a Syrian refugee is charged with allegedly planning a bomb attack.  (They are not dangerous.  They are in danger.  Oh, wait....)

From Fox News, Colombian authorities arrest a Cuban man for allegedly plotting to kill American diplomats for ISIS.

From the New York Post, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tells his state's schools to refrain from disciplining kids for staging yesterday's walkout.  (As indicated by the information relayed in my post earlier today, there doesn't seem to be much of that happening, unless the kid expressed an opinion which disagreed with those of the anti-gun students and teachers.)

From Page Six, Vanessa Trump has filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr.  (Yesterday's story appears to have been correct.)

From The Babylon Bee, to protest gun violence, all Democrat 2020 presidential candidates will forego armed security.  (This is satire, but if it were true, it would mean that the Dems were finally foregoing their hypocrisy on guns and putting their money where there mouths are.)

And from Creative Loafing Charlotte, "news of the weird".

Reaction To The Anti-Gun Walkout

Yesterday's walkout from school, by various teenagers, was called #NationalWalkoutDay or other hashtags on Twitter, but I regard it as a march against civil rights.  This is because the ownership of firearms, except for convicted felons, is a civil right protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Let me be clear about this.  I'm not saying that the Amendment creates or establishes that right, but that it protects a right which was given to me by my Creator.  If you want to know more, read the Declaration of Independence.  This means that if you are marching to restrict the right of law-abiding people to keep and bear arms, you are marching against civil rights.

(This post seems to take up a good deal of space, so click on the fold to read the whole thing.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

More Stories For Pi Day

Today's date is 3/14, which has come to be known as "pi day".  Of course, those of us with large appetites, myself included, are tempted to call it "pie day".  But then, pie may be consumed any day of the year.  Today's stories include a very close special election and the national walkout from school by children demanding that law-abiding citizens give up their civil right to gun ownership.

From The Horn News, was the election rigged?

From Real Clear Politics, why this election doesn't matter.

From ABC News, thousands of kids rally to end gun violence (as if rallying could end gun violence).

From the National Post, Belgian officials downplay the recent snub by Prime Minister Trudeau toward their king and queen when they visited Canada.

From Voice Of Europe, an Afghan migrant brutally murders a Belgian woman.  (If you read Flemish, read the story at HLN.)

From New Europe, the Prime Minister of Portugal proposes the creation of an E.U. monetary union.

From Breitbart London, the U.K. expels 23 Russian diplomats.

From the Hungary Journal, the Hungarian government decides to allocate almost 1.9 billion Forints for counter-terror measures.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From the Express, the leader of Italy's Lega party accuses the E.U. of using the left "to sell its propaganda".  (via Voice Of Europe)

From The Local IT, the leaders of Italy's 5-Star Movement calls upon other parties to help him break the post-election deadlock.

From the Daily Mail, the U.K.'s former integration czar wants schools ethnically mixed and sharia marriages registered.  (Considering that sharia allows for a man to marry up to four women, does he want polygamous marriages to be registered?)

From The Libertarian Republic, a 17-year-old convert to Islam fatally stabs a 13-year-old.  (TLR cites The Daily Caller News Foundation as its source.)

From the Pulse and the "roll your eyes" department, a Nigerian imam charged with raping a 2-year-old girl claims that his zipper opened itself.

From the Sentinel-Tribune, some Bowling Green football players are being investigated over an altercation which allegedly happened during spring break.  (via the New York Post)

From Page Six, according to some friends, Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa are headed for divorce.  (He will need to go through two divorces in order to equal his father.)

Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

Stephen Hawking, the British physicist known for his work with black holes and relativity, died today at his home in Cambridge, England.  He had suffered for most adult life with a rare slowly progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, U.K. to Frank Hawking and the former Isobel Walker, who had both attended the University of Oxford.  The family lived in London, but moved to St. Albans, Hertfordshire when Frank Hawking became the head of the parasitology division at the National Institute for Medical Research.  Hawking attended schools in London, Radlett and St. Albans before entering his parent's alma mater.  After graduating from Oxford, he obtained his PhD from Trinity Hall, a college within the University of Cambridge.

During his career, Hawking worked on the singularity theorem, black hole dynamics, quantum mechanics, quantum gravity, the arrows of time, and the loss of information when something enters a black hole.  One of his most noted ideas was that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation, which results in them eventually evaporating.  He authored or co-authored more than 15 books, including the best-seller A Brief History Of Time.  Because of ALS, Hawking needed to use crutches, and later a wheelchair.  He would eventually require a speech-generating device.

Hawking was married twice, first to Jane Wilde, with whom he had three children, and later to Elaine Mason.  Both marriages ended in divorce.  He is survived by his children Robert, Lucy (with whom he wrote a series of children's fiction books), and Timothy.

In an interesting coincidence, Hawking's death happened on pi day (3/14), which is also the birthday of Albert Einstein.  Hawking was reluctant to believe in an afterlife, but if he's wrong, the conversation those two might be having would be interesting indeed.

Read more at Scientific American, BBC News, the Independent, Reuters and The Guardian.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump Fires Tillerson, And Other Stories

Earlier today, President Trump told Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, "You're Fired", and then announced current CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement.  Tillerson will stay on until the end of this month.

In other news:

From Voice Of Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban says that Hungarian money should be spent on Hungarians instead of on migrants.

From the Daily Mail, the E.U. claims that 16,000 African migrants have been cleared from camps in Libya.

From AOL, the leader of the Telford and Wrekin council calls for an investigation into the claims of child sexual exploitation in Telford.

From RTÉ, Spanish police have arrested 155 members of a Chinese human trafficking gang that smuggled migrants mainly into the U.K. and Ireland.  (Have I mentioned that migrants are being traff....oh, never mind.)

From Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah (the terrorist organization led by Yasser Arafat before he became the leader of the PLO) celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Coastal Road terror attack.

From Townhall, while visiting India, Trump's rival almost falls on her face, and reveals her prejudices.

And from BuzzFeed, 15 weird facts about tea.