Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday Links

In the middle of the week, here are some things going on:

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Turkey is urged to deliver on their Syria promises.

From The Brussels Times, the international community has pledged about $4.4 billion toward humanitarian aid for Syrian and its refugees.

From the NL Times, according to an anti-monarchy group, the Dutch royal family costs a lot more than is reported.

From Dutch News, the Dutch prime minister faces a "stormy debate" over memos about abolishing the tax on dividends.

From Ekathimerini, the Greek migration minister drafts plans to deal with the increasing migrant influx.

From the New Straits Times, Malaysia bans six books.

From The Guardian, an eighth-century manuscript of the Koran appears to have been written over text from the Bible.

From the Egypt Independent, calls to delete verses from the Koran are denounced.  (Asking any religion to change its scriptures is very unrealistic.)

From FrontpageMag, Facebook's anti-right bias.

From the New York Post, how to deal with intestinal gas.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tuesday Links

Some things going on out there:

From The Daily Caller, the Supreme Court rules that foreign citizens cannot sue foreign corporations in American courts.

From Fox News, Puerto Ricans are getting angry over the lack of basic services.

From LifeNews, British doctors express horror at the "medical tyranny" inflicted on young patient Alfie Evans.

From Philly(dot)com, Amazon will now deliver to your car, but there is a drawback.

From The Federalist, according to FEC records, Hillary Clinton's campaign laundered $84 million.

From Voice Of Europe, Alice Weidel of the AfD points out how German retirees live in poverty while migrants receive generous benefits.

From the Express, a Polish MP tells Europe to stop ruling them like babies.

From Breitbart London, the government of Bavaria orders crosses on its buildings.

From The Old Continent, the European Parliament publishes a sheet on "online disinformation", which is "as useless as you expected".

From the Daily Mail, Italy's highest court refuses to release a boat confiscated from a NGO.

From China Plus, China has developed a ducted fan drone.

From Euractiv, France's new asylum laws could clash with E.U. law.

From the NL Times, most of the Poles in the Netherlands work for less money than the Dutch, but still want to stay.

From Russia Today, the U.K. is faulted for its silence after a Saudi Arabian forces strike a wedding.

From Deutsche Welle, the European Court of Justice rules that torture victims may claim asylum.

From ANSA, an Italian woman originally from Pakistan returns there, and is killed for refusing an arranged marriage.

From Sputnik International, dozens of "radicalized individuals" have been identified in Finnish prisons.

From RTÉ, the E.U. and U.N. hold a conference on Syria in Brussels.

From Crux, in Nigeria, 15 people are killed when gunmen attack a Catholic church.

From BBC News, German Jews are advised against wearing the kippah.

From the Daily Nation, the Islamic University in Uganda expels 23 students for allegedly engaging in sexual relationships.

From Pakistan Today, a transgender person is killed in Swabi, Pakistan.

From The Telegraph, an Afghan teenage girl is forced to live as a boy.  (This website is from India, and has the same name as a well-known British site.)

From Gatestone Institute, the jihad continues in Spain.

From the Greek Reporter, Greece's Minister for Migration expresses "deep concern" over the increasing migration into his country.

From CNS News, California enforces a "new sexual orthodoxy" in recent bill.

From the New York Post, Uranus (pun intended) smells like a fart.

From The Seattle Times, a weird view of Seattle's "breakneck" growth.

And from Treehugger, Vancouver's weird bike share system.

Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Another Prince, And Other Stories

Earlier today, Princess Kate, a.k.a. the Duchess of Cambridge, a.k.a. Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child, a boy, at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital.  His name has not yet been revealed to the public.  The princess and her husband Prince William stood outside the Lindo Wing for a while to show their new son to the public.  Some related stories:

From The Sun, Kate and William show off their new baby boy.

From the Daily Mail, William jokes "thrice worry now".

From Global News, a first look at the new prince.

From MacLean's, the new prince is fifth in line for the throne.

And from News(dot)com(dot)au, the Queen made an appearance, sort of.
In other news:

From Fox News, some information on President Trump's first state dinner.

From Philly(dot)com, youngsters drink less while baby boomers drink more.

From Lovin Malta, Maltese pro-lifers protest against embryo freezing.  (via LifeNews)

From PoliZette, RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel is "concerned" that Trump voters won't turn out for the midterm elections.

From CNS News, James Shaw Jr. recounts his confrontation with the Waffle House shooter.

From The Brussels Times, in Belgium, more than 600 underage refugees have gone missing.

From Flanders News, in Brussels, two defendants have been convicted of attempted terrorist murder.

From France24, France reinforces their border with Italy.

From Deutsche Welle, France passes new "sweeping" immigration law.

From Breitbart London, German Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble wants the E.U,. to have a uniform asylum policy.  (If you read German, read the story at the Welt.)

From Euractiv, U.K. MPs warn that a "no-deal" Brexit for the food and drink industries.

From The Syrian Observer, refugees impose polygamy where it's banned.

From Voice Of Europe, locals and refugees clash in Mytilini square in Lesvos, Greece.  (If you read Greek, read the story at LesvosNews.)

From the Times Live, in Afghanistan, ISIS beheads three brothers who were all involved in the medical profession.

From Middle East Eye, ISIS promises to target voters in Iraq.

From Arutz Sheva, in Germany, Muslims shoot from their cars.

From Asia Times, "how Islamic does Brunei want to be?"

From ABC News (where "A" means "Australian"), some Islamists in Aceh, Indonesia oppose the decision to ban flogging in public.

From UCA News, Pakistan's highest judge will hear the appeal of Asia Bibi's conviction for blasphemy.

From Gatestone Institute, an interview with Somalian-Swedish activist Mona Walter.

From National Review, "maybe the British royal family isn't so silly after all".

From CTV News, a driver runs over people with a van in Toronto.  (The story comes via Townhall.  The story was also mentioned on Red Fox Blogger's BlogTalkRadio show while I was listening.)

From Townhall, by taking in refugees, Europe is reaping what they've sown.

From the New York Post, the suspected Waffle House shooter has been apprehended.

From The Austin Chronicle, a review of Al Yankovic's current tour.

And from The Babylon Bee, now that GQ has called the Bible "overrated", the nation "patiently awaits" the same for the Koran.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Some Sunday Stories

As another weeks starts, more things keep going on:

From Voice Of Europe, Muslims in France riot because a woman is arrested for covering her face.

From The Spectator, "why should France tolerate Islamic intolerance?"

From Deutsche Welle, the IMF wants to crack down on corruption.

From Sputnik International, French President Emmanuel Macron wants France, the U.K. and the U.S. to stay in Syria.

From the Sunday Express, two U.K. politicians are accused of "risking Brexit".

From Greek Reporter, Turkish President Erdoğan wants to make a deal.

From Russia TodayErdoğan faults the U.S. and NATO countries for helping the Syrian Kurds.

From Politico, the "loving embrace" from the E.U. is actually hurting the hopes of Balkan countries which want to join.

From France24, Mont-Saint-Michel in France is evacuated after a man threatens to attack police.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, 300 French celebrities sign a petition against anti-Semitism.

From Gatestone Institute, will Belgium become Europe's first Islamic state?

From Space War, Iran is ready to resume their nuclear program if the U.S. backs out of the 2015 deal.

From SAYS, four facts about the Palestinian lecturer who was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

From the Vanguard, two teenage suicide bombers attack a mosque.

From CNN, a suicide bomber kills 57 people at a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

From National Review, Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch strikes a blow against the administrative state by agreeing with the court's liberal justices.

From AOL, an almost naked gunman kills four people at a Waffle House.

From Twitchy, the Waffle House shooter was previously arrested near the White House.

From the Tennessean, meet the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter.  (via Townhall)

From Fox News, some congresspeople call North Korea's denuclearization announcement a "publicity stunt".

From the New York Post, beware the knife-wielding baby seal.

From Page Six, Michael Jackson's moonwalk shoes are going up for auction.

From The Guardian, unusual animals are making their way up to Alaska.

And from The Roanoke Times, several Virginia Tech football players await the NFL draft.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Stuff

Whether I take a break or not, the things keep going on.  Here are some of them:

From Bizpac Review, a former federal prosecutor calls James Comey's memos a "suicide note".

From Bloomberg, while ditching his nuclear tests, Rocket Man shifts his attention to the economy.  (The story comes via HotAir and was written by someone with the last name Kim.)

From Shy Society, the owners of a mosque in South Reading, England have breached the planning laws.

From France24, students evicted from Tolbiac University in Paris say that their protest is "far from over".

From Deutsche Welle, anti-nuke activists file charges against the operators of two power plants.

From Voice Of Europe, the Polish government forms a group to deal with unequal treatment of right-wingers on social media.  (Being on the right and having some Polish descent, I couldn't agree more with this development.)

From the Evening Standard, accord to a leading British trauma surgeon, London could face "carnage" this summer.

From the Daily Star, two men are stabbed just outside an Underground station.  (The "carnage" isn't waiting for summer to arrive, it would seem.)

From the Express, the United Kingdom and Australia are working on what could be an "epic" trade agreement.

From The Local FR, Generation Identity activists block an Alpine pass against use by illegal migrants.

From Pakistan Today, a Christian woman is set on fire for refusing a Muslim man's marriage proposal.

From The National, accused rapid Tariq Ramadan admits a relationship with one of his accusers.

From The Express Tribune, a fitness center in Saudi Arabia is closed over an "indecent" workout video.

From the Daily Mail, according to a propaganda video, al Qaeda uses Google Maps to plan their attacks.

From CNN, at the request of Sylvester Stallone, President Trump is considering pardoning boxer Jack Johnson.

Music Break

Taking time out from the normal things going on, here's some music, starting with Elton John and Elderberry Wine, which was the B-side of his hit Crocodile Rock and included on his 1973 album Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player.  John (piano and vocals) and his regular bandmates Davey Johnstone (guitar), Dee Murray (bass) and Nigel Olson (drums) are joined by French musicians Jacques Bolognesi (trombone), Ivan Jullien (trumpet), Alain Hatot (sax) and Jean-Louis Chautemps (sax), the brass arranged by the album's producer Gus Dudgeon.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Stories for 4/20

Today is April 20, or 4/20.  This date has become known as a day for smoking marijuana, is the birthday of an infamous Austrian who became the leader of Germany, and is the anniversary of the high school shootings in Columbine, Colorado.  This year, it's also the date of the latest gun-control protests.  Starting with such anti-civil-rights protests, here are some things going on:

From Vox, students kick off "the next wave of gun control activism", thus marching against the civil right of gun ownership.

From CBS News, the DNC can't stop being sore losers.

From Fox News, "Barbara Bush's passion for education and family lives on".

From Politico, President Trump will not attend Barbara Bush's funeral.

From Philly(dot)com, in Philadelphia's Center City, blacks are disproportionately stopped indoors by police.

From The Federalist, memos from former FBI director James Comey indicate that a briefing in early 2017 was a set-up.

From RFI, the French parliament votes on President Macron's proposed immigration laws.

From WestMonster, 56,000 people have signed a petition for a referendum on abolishing the U.K. House of Lords.

From UAWire, Germany gives Ukraine €9 million to help house displaced persons.

From Turkish Minute, Turkey accuses Greece of protecting alleged coup plotters.

From ANSA Med, the number of migrants arriving in Italy has decreased since last year.

From the International Organization For Migration, a look at this year's statistics.

From Deutsche Welle, Bavaria plans to bring back its border police.

From Voice Of Europe, Hungary leads the world in wage growth.

From Sputnik International, how much the U.K. will have to pay the E.U. is still not settled.

From The Intercept, an Italian court decision could stop rescue boats from picking up migrants in the Mediterranean.

From Handelsblatt, in a plan to thwart smugglers, Germany will accept 10,200 new refugees.

From Reuters, an outpost leader of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees is under investigation for allegedly wrongly approving asylum requests.

From the Express, a pedophile rape grooming gang treated their victims "like trophies".

From Ekathimerini, Cyprus granted asylum to 1,300 people last year.

From Euractiv, Turkey's ambassador to the E.U. wants cooperation to bring refugees back to Afrin.  (This is the part of Syria now being invaded by Turkey.)

From The Sun, in Indonesia's Aceh province, unmarried couples are publicly whipped for "flirtatious behavior".

From the Prague Daily Monitor, bishops criticize a play in which Jesus commits rape.

From France24, France deports a controversial Salafist imam.

From National Review, "today's sad feminism - and two breaths of fresh air".

From FrontpageMag, if you're white and own a gun, the left hates you.

From Townhall, another anti-Semitic rant from Louis Farrakhan has been unearthed.

From the New York Post, MS-13 tells its members to "take out a cop".

From BBC News, a woman on trial for allegedly killing her mother read "weird stuff" online.

From The Spoon, some "weird & wonderful" Instagram feeds.

And from Edgy Labs, five "weird and wonderful stoner inventions" for 4/20.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Things

Another Thursday, another list of things going on (with a bit of my own commentary):

From Voice Of Europe, migrants beat up a German boy for eating pork.

From The Brussels Times, the Belgian Secretary of State tells Albanians to visit, spend money, work and study, but don't seek asylum.

From Russia Today, Hungary says "no" to illegal migrants.

From Sputnik International, some refugees have reportedly sold their E.U. IDs online.

From the Express, Saudi Arabia and Qatar launch joint military drills.  (You could call this your gasoline money at work.)

From the Daily Mail, a Greek court rules that asylum seekers cannot be held while their claims are being assessed.

From EuroNews, the E.U. granted about 500,000 asylum claims in 2017.

From Quartz, 60 percent of approved E.U. asylum requests were by one country.

From the NL Times, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg criticizes the Netherlands for not spending more on defense.

From Dutch News, unemployment in the Netherlands falls below 4 percent.

From Total Croatia News, Austria passes a law facilitating deportation of migrants to Croatia.

From Newsweek, Kurdish forces claim to have captured a German Islamic terrorist connected to the 9/11 hijackers.

From Reuters, according to E.U. officials, time for reforms is running out.

From Flanders News, at the Aalst, Belgium railroad station, thug brings knife, cops bring guns.

From ANSA, Italian Senate Speaker Maria Elisabetta Casellati starts a second round of talks between parties trying to form a government.

From the ABC News (where "A" means "Australian), Australia's first female Muslim member of Parliament says that her husband used sharia to keep her in an abusive marriage.  (via the Daily Mail)

From Feminism And Religion, a look at toxic masculinity.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, hundreds of displaced Syrians return home from Lebanon.

From Gatestone Institute, Turkish President Erdoğan threatens France.

From FrontpageMag, jihadis and drug smugglers are at our southern border.  (In other words, two more reasons why building a wall is perfectly non-racist.)

From National Review, the proper response to the Fresno State University professor who said some horrid things about Barbara Bush is indifference.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump backs current Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as she runs for Senator.

From The Hill, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told Trump that he is not a target of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation.

From the New York Post, thieves steal $800,000 worth of Disneyworld tickets from a youth group.

And from Hudson Valley One, the sun is acting weird.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday Links

As I settle back into my normal life in Maryland, here are some things going on:

From the Wheaton Patch, a Maryland man faces animal cruelty charges for allegedly stuffing his SUV with chihuahuas.

From the Express, the U.K. House Of Lords votes to keep the country in the E.U. customs union.

From Breitbart London, Germany's E.U. Minister wants to keep the door open for Turkey.

From Reuters, the CEO of Facebook, after facing the U.S. Senate, is invited to Europe.

From Voice Of Europe, migrants fight each other in Athens.

From Russia Today, Italian Foreign Ministry officials and a subsidiary of the German company Rheinmetall are sued over arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

From the Manchester Evening News, hundreds of people were evacuated after "unstable chemicals" were found at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.

From the NL Times, according to police, Albanians play a major part in Amsterdam's underworld.

From The Old Continent, Belgian M.E.P. Guy Vanhofstadt calls for an E.U. military capable of launching missile strikes.

From France24, Austria forces asylum seekers to hand over their mobile phones and pay a fee.

From the Daily Sabah, according to the U.N., the refugee deal between the E.U. and Turkey has made a "huge impact".

From National Review, a tribute to Barbara Bush.

From BizPac Review, a professor at Fresno State has a very different attitude toward Mrs. Bush.

From the Daily Observer, a Liberian legislator proposes to allow non-blacks to become citizens.

From Pakistan Today, Saudi women wear sports abayas, making a "rebellious fashion statement".

From Gatestone Institute, let the Turkish scholars speak.

From the New York Post, the Coachella festival sucks.

Virginia Tech And The Spring Football Game

This past Saturday, I was in Blacksburg, Virginia to watch the Virginia Tech spring football game.  The weather was warm and sunny, which allowed me to walk around the campus.  In the center of campus is a large open area known as the Drill Field.  At its eastern end is the War Memorial Chapel, which includes pylons that are engraved with the names of alumni who died while in military service.