Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Links, Starting With The March For Life

The annual March For Life took place earlier today.  Starting with the march, here are some things going on:

From Breitbart, House Republicans were told to not promote the March For Life on their official accounts.  (Where they, or their Democrat colleagues, also told to not promote the Women's March?)

From The Washington Free Beacon, the Democratic presidential field is "lackluster".

From FrontpageMag, Congress gets the "Nero Award".

From the NL Times, Amsterdam plans to cut 95 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.  (The title says "carbon emissions", but the article correctly calls the emitted substance "CO2".)

From the Greek Reporter, the European Parliament is concerned that there have been too many tourists going to Santorini.  (I was there in 2006, so go ahead and blame me.)

From Dawn, a women's bicycle rally in Peshawar, Pakistan is cancelled due to protest threats by religious parties.  (Will the organizers of the U.S. Women's March have anything to say about this?  I won't hold my breath.)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

No Military Plane For The Speaker, And Other Stories

President Trump has denied Speaker Pelosi the use of any military plane for her planned trip to Afghanistan, effectively postponing the trip.

Read more at CNN, CBS News, Fox News and the Military Times.

In a related story from The Daily Caller, the Speaker's luggage was returned to her office.
In other stories:

From Voice Of Europe, the Labour Party wants an alternate Brexit plan and new elections.

From the Express, a Labour MP who supports Brexit warns that a "great betrayal has begun".

From the Evening Standard, Prince Philip is involved in a car crash, but is uninjured.

From the Mirror, a post office bans a woman for complaining that a Muslim worker was praying instead of serving her.

From the (U.K.) Independent, what will the U.K.'s MEPs going to do after Brexit?

From the (Irish) Independent, an Irish export CEO says "we're screwed".

From France24, according to President Macron, France will stay involved in the Middle East this year.

From ANSA, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will run in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

From Ekathimerini, thieves steel 3.5 tons of bronze sheets from Thessaloniki's water garden.

From Novinite, Bulgaria will open the world's largest history park near Varna.

From Hungary Journal, according to the communications chief of the Fidesz party, the European Parliament has voted to increase funding for "Soros groups".

From Daily News Hungary, Hungary's foreign minister urges Europe to push back against migration pressure.

From About Hungary, the European Parliament is "in the hands of a pro-migration clique".

From The Slovak Spectator, nine of the 13 judges on Slovakia's Constitutional Court will step down a month from now.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany steps up preparation for Brexit.

From the NL Times, a no-deal Brexit is expected to cost Amsterdam about €1 billion.

From Dutch News, Turkey deports a Dutch journalist for "security-related reasons".

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey promises to "eliminate" ISIS from Syria.

From Turkish Minute, one fifth of Turkey's prison inmates were jailed for terrorism charges.

From Arutz Sheva, the man who snuck into Lebanon from Israel is reportedly an American.

From The Times Of Israel, a Palestinian-American man jailed for selling land to Jews will instead be deported.

From Radio Farda, Human Rights Watch criticizes Iran for its "widespread arrests", including those made on environmentalists and anti-hijab protesters.

From Ahlul Bayt News Agency, Hezbollah condemns the U.S. arrest of an Iranian news anchor.

From Dawn, the U.S. and Pakistan support intra-Afghan dialogue.

From Sputnik International, Swedish TV censors Islam from their story about a Saudi refugee girl.

From Gay Star News, members of the Islamic Defense Front raid an HIV support center in Indonesia.

From Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority spends six times as much money on terrorists than they do on helping the poor.

From CBC News, a Canadian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso has been found dead.

From Gatestone Institute, Strasbourg, France and "the future of Europe".

From FrontpageMag, some new congresscritters demand that the Speaker resume negotiating with the president.

From National Review, how dare Karen Pence participate in a (gasp!) Christian ministry.

From Townhall, remember when the liberal media said that there was no migrant invasion?

From The Washington Free Beacon, the Democrats want to expand government control of education even more.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump cancels the Davos trip for his delegation.  (He had previously cancelled his own trip there.)

From American Thinker, why Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not produce an impeachment report.

From CNS News, CNN and Politifact downplay 2,000 homicides committed by illegal aliens.

From the New York Post, a group of Senators introduces a bill to prevent Trump from withdrawing the U.S. from NATO.

From Twitchy, the YWCA sticks with the Women's March.

And from The Babylon Bee, the economic toll of the government shutdown is almost as bad as having such a huge government in the first place.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stories For Religious Freedom Day

January 16th is Religious Freedom Day, observed on the anniversary of the passing of Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786, a forerunner of some aspects of the First Amendment.  As we observe our religious freedom and respect the rights of others to do the same, we may also read about some things going on:

From National Review, a look at Religious Freedom Day.

From Townhall, President Trump should reject Speaker Pelosi's request to postpone the SOTU.

From FrontpageMag, secure borders are good for immigrants.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Trump signs a bill intended to prevent and respond to genocide.

From the Washington Examiner, people living near the Mexican border keep finding non-Mexicans, or evidence their presence.

From The Federalist, Princeton's students aren't really elite if they're afraid of hearing conservatives.

From American Thinker, climate alarmists are the real deniers.

From Numbers USA, a bipartisan "gang" of Senators are working on an immigration compromise.

From Accuracy In Media, former congresscritter and Ohio Governor John Kasich joins CNN.

From Twitchy, Kasich bumps a woman from her first class seat on a flight.

From the Express, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survives a no-confidence vote.

From the Evening Standard, most of London's MPs voted against May's Brexit deal.

From BBC News, some possible ways to break the Brexit deadlock.

From the (U.K.) Independent, some Labour MPs want another public vote on Brexit.

From the (Irish) Independent, a woman becomes the first member of the Irish Travelling community to get a PhD.

From the Irish Examiner, Ireland's finance minister orders an economic assessment to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit.

From RFI, France steps up its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

From France24, a French court bans the weedkiller brand Roundup.

From The Portugal News, Portugal would support a request by the U.K. for an extension or for a Brexit reversal.

From El País, the underage migrants that Spain doesn't want.

From the Malta Independent, Malta's Court of Criminal Appeals orders resentencing for a Syrian man convicted of groping a Maltese girl.

From Malta Today, Malta's Transport Ministry will not link a proposed Malta-Gozo tunnel to any public transport system.

From ANSA, Italian Interior Minister Salvini promises actions in response to the bombing of a pizzeria in Naples.

From SwissInfo, it's a (very old Swiss) cook book!

From VRT NWS, Belgian businesses are "woefully" unprepared to deal with Brexit.

From the NL Times, a "more relaxed" Brexit deal is possible, says Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

From Dutch News, a Dutch truck driver suspecting of killing a "yellow vest" protester claims to have been attacked by "10 to 20" men.

From Radio Poland, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urges Poland's allies to spend more money on cybersecurity.

From Radio Praha, according to the Czech press, a "hard" Brexit would result in a drop in exports and about 40,000 lost jobs.

From Hungary Journal, about two thirds of polled Hungarians are worried about illegal immigration.

From Daily News Hungary, according to a Fidesz party spokesman, George Soros's people reveal themselves in the European Parliament.

From Hungary Today, according to Hungarian prime minister’s commissioner Katalin Szili, ethnic Hungarians in Romania should rework an ethic minority bill.

From About Hungary, a Hungarian MEP calls for the E.U. to protect its borders on land and sea, as intended by its voters.

From Total Croatia News, 15 people who had illegally entered Croatia have been rescued from Plješivica Mountain.

From Ekathimerini, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras narrowly wins a confidence vote.

From Novinite, a Bulgarian Parliament committee approves the start of negotiations to purchase F-16 fighters from the U.S.

From Russia Today, a dashcam records a large explosion at a chemical factory near Saint Petersburg, Russia.

From Sputnik News, Russia President Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe agree to sign a peace treaty, but some issues remain.

From Hürriyet Daily News, a U.S. technical team holds talks about Russian and American air defense systems.

From Turkish Minute, a voter list in Kayseri, Turkey includes a 165-year-old woman.

From Rûdaw, 19 people were killed or injured in a suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria.

From The Times Of Israel, the terror group Al-Shabaab claims that its attack on a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya was in response to Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  (What does Trump's decision have anything to do with Kenya or any place in Kenya?)

From The Jerusalem Post, a peace plan to be offered by the Trump administration reportedly would divide Jerusalem.

From YNetNews, vandals in Ramat Gan, Israel topple a Holocaust memorial made by an Auschwitz survivor.

From Egypt Today, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly imposes a curfew in parts of North Sinai.

From Morocco World News, the European Parliament passes an agricultural trade agreement with Morocco.

From Radio Farda, how dissident clerics are dealt with in Iran.

From The Express Tribune, Taliban officials claim that Pakistan is applying pressure to Afghan peace talks.

From Khaama Press, a video shows Taliban terrorists receiving the business end of an airstrike.

From ABC News, one American was killed in the attack in Nairobi.

From The Times Of India, in Modasa, India, kite-flying is called "un-Islamic".

From Gatestone Institute, Denmark has been changed "in one generation".

From CBC News, Ottawa's English Catholic school board allows a graphic novel showing two boys kissing back into school libraries.

From Global News, Quebec's immigration minister is working on a French language and values test for newcomers.

From CTV News, according to Ontario's environmental commissioner, very few people want to abolish the province's cap-and-trade program.

From the Brisbane Times, someone kidnapped a dog and painted her blue.  (via the New York Post)

From The Daily Caller, Senators Harris (D-Cal) and Gillibrand (D-NY) will not attend this year's Women's March.

From LifeZette, Democrats introduce a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

From the New York Post, President Trump signs a bill to pay federal workers when the shutdown ends.

From CNS News, Attorney General nominee William Barr tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that the border needs a barrier system.

From Fox News, homes in Sambucca, Sicily, Italy are very cheap, but buyers are then obligated to refurbish them.

And from Variety, Metallica pays tribute to Chris Cornell, and launches their new beer.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday Links

As the snow slowly continues to melt, here are some things going on:

From the Express, a Tory MP gives a very brief speech explaining his opposition to Prime Minister May's Brexit deal.  (A politician being brief?  Yes, believe it or not.)

UPDATE: The House of Commons votes against the Brexit deal.

From the Irish Examiner, a "Not My Taoiseach" protest is called off due to low turnout.  (Like yours truly, they might have had a difficult time pronouncing "Taoiseach".)

From British Israel Communications and Research Center, the U.S. is considering establishing a safe zone in northeastern Syria.

From The Times Of Israel, a man infiltrates Lebanon from Israel.

Monday, January 14, 2019

More Travels And Some Stories

While travelling yesterday, I learned about the winter storm which left a bunch of snow in Virginia and Maryland, and was expected to leave a bit more snow, ending this past midnight.  As I started out from my undisclosed location in North Carolina, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the rain and mist I had battled the previous day was no longer present.  Along the way northward, the weather was mainly cloudy with occasional bits of sunshine.  I first noticed snow on the ground near the southern outskirts of Richmond, Virginia.  Thankfully, while the ground was covered with snow from there northward, the interstate was completely clear, and even the back roads were mostly clear, too.

Now that I'm back home, I can rest a bit, but first, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, President Emmanuel Macron writes a letter to the French public, stressing that they work together.  (I've come to believe that when a politician, regardless of nationality or ideology, says to "work together", it really means "everyone do what I want to be done".)

From Independent Balkan News Agency, the E.U. wants reforms, not snap elections.

From Total Croatia News, six migrants from Albania have been arrested for assaulting police in Zagreb.  (For those like to blame the migrant crisis on western attacks on their homelands, who has been attacking Albania?)

From the (U.K.) Independent, Prime Minister May makes her "last ditch plea".

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Links

As I again take a break from driving in an undisclosed location in North Carolina, here are some things going on:

From Arutz Sheva, was a car crash that killed an Israeli woman caused by someone throwing stones?  (H/T Gadi Adelman, who Tweeted this story)

From the Greek Reporter, Greece goes to pot.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Stuff

While I enjoy my last evening on Hilton Head Island, here are some things going on:

From the Evening Standard, a 15-year-old boy is arrested at a London train station for carrying a sword in his trousers.  (Is that a sword in your pants, or......yikes, it is a sword!)

From the (Irish) Independent, anti-abortion Irish speak out.

From Turkish Minute, a Turkish prosecutor considers investigating a politician for calling President Erdoğan a "shepherd".  (Every U.S. president in my lifetime has surely been called worse things than that.)

From Gatestone Institute, the E.U. brings about more censorship.

From American Thinker, what do socialists really want?

And from Variety, a man named Castro announces his bid to become the next U.S. president.  (That worked out well for Cuba, didn't it?)

One Last Look At Hilton Head

Today is my last full day on Hilton Head Island, so I decided to take a few more pictures.  (The reason for the "badass" label will be evident below.)  On the northern side of the island is this salt marsh, seen from one of the local seafood restaurants.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Fuss And Fun

Back here in Hilton Head, I now present some things going on:

From the Evening Standard, U.K. hospital women's wards will admit Caitlyn-type women.  (The article cites the Daily Telegraph, whose article is behind a paywall.)

From The Slovak Spectator, Slovakia builds a record number of cars.

From Radio Poland, Polish authorities arrest two men for allegedly spying for China, one of whom works for Huawei.  (Arresting Huawei employees is not just for Canada anymore, it seems.)

From Rûdaw, neighbors in Baghdad are trying to save a Chaldean church from being turned down to make room for a shopping mall.  (That's right, it's not a dictatorial government, invading U.S. forces, Al Qaeda in Iraq, ISIS, or vandals who are threatening this church.  It's a shopping mall.)

From American Thinker, Speaker Pelosi (R-Cal) has a problem.

From Breitbart, Mexican police stop human traffickers from cutting through a border fence.  (If you read Spanish, read the story at Radio Patrulla.)

The Old Sheldon Church Ruins

About two miles from the combined U.S. highways 17 and 21, near Sheldon, South Carolina, lie the ruins of the Prince Williams Parish Church, known as the Old Sheldon Church.  The surrounding grounds includes gravestones, crypts, and numerous trees.  The front of the church includes four columns, which like its arched walls, are made of bricks and mortar.