Friday, July 28, 2017

Links For A Rainy Friday

As the wet stuff falls from the sky, here are some other things going on:

Charlie Gard, RIP.

Britain surrendering to the U.N. led to Charlie Gard's fate.

An "Allahu akbar" breaks out in Hamburg, Germany.

McCain helps sink Obamacare repeal.

Prince William to the rescue.

A U.S. Representative from Maryland will run for president.

Why hasn't President Trump said much about Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT vendors?

The ancient Canaanites are still here.  (intermediate source)

A prison escapee kills a teenager, and is later killed by cops.

Police shoot a man 19 times, and he lives.

Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to allow the Capitol Police to enforce immigration law.

Why sanctuary cities are not compassionate.

The latest Nork missile could hit America's east coast.

A Malaysian politician says that withholding sex is abuse.

Al Qaeda establishes an affiliate in Kashmir.

Assyrians in Alqosh, Iraq don't want a Kurdish mayor.

Orders for American durable goods hit a 35-month peak.

A court rules against the EPA.

Yellowstone disciplines workers for sexual harassment.

And last but not least, Virginia Tech adds BYU to its football schedule.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Some Facts And Thoughts On The Trans Ban

In today's edition of FrontpageMag, Daniel Greenfield has posted an article entitled "The Transgender Ban Isn't Fair.  Neither Is War".  What caught my interest, however, were the facts that he lays out in the first three paragraphs.
The ban on transgender service that President Trump reaffirmed was there for eight years under Obama. It was there in his first term and his second term. And the media said nothing.
Only in the summer of last year did the ban technically end. And, in practice, it remained in force. All the while there was no angry clamor about the suffering of potential recruits who couldn’t enlist. Those who are fuming with outrage now had hypocritically remained silent. Obama had done it. So it must be good.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Trans Ban And Other Stories

President Trump has reinstated the ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.  The move comes about a year after then-President Obama and his Secretary of Defense Ash Carter had lifted the ban.

Read more at NBC News, Reuters, The New York Times, Fox News and CNN.

And in other news:

From the Express, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is accused of treated French President Macron like a student.

From The Federalist, some good news for college students falsely accused of sexual assault.

From FOX 13, cops fatally shoot a man after going to the wrong place.  (via WPXI and The Daily Caller)

From The Hill, new white house Communications Director Scaramucci blames Obama.  Well, sort of.

From Breitbart London, police in Milan crack down on migrants after stabbing incident.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, the E.U. Court of Justice finally admits the obvious.

From Breitbart's Big Government, seven facts about the recently arrested IT vendor employed by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

From the Los Angeles Times, Israel has no problem with transgender troops.

From The Daily Signal, a former transgender agrees with the president's decision.

From Red State, a Iraq combat veteran Tweets his defense of the Trump's decision.

From the New York Post, why people are leaving the Northeast.  (I did this myself a long time ago, but it was due to my father changing jobs.)

From Assyrian International News Agency, the Syrian city of Aleppo recovers from war surely but slowly.

From BBC News, the United Kingdom will phase out new vehicles powered by diesel and petrol (what we Yanks call "gasoline").

From Cision, a tea maker finds a way to cut down on plastic.

From BuzzFeed, a Coke product gets re-branded.

From Independent Journal Review, the president of Planned (avoidance of) Parenthood just got in trouble for non-PC speech.

From The Jerusalem Post, a member of the Israeli Knesset tells his Arab colleague to pick a side.

From the Evening Standard, acid attacks aren't just against women anymore.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, in 2016, the E.U. deported thousands of asylum-seekers - back to Albania.

And from Russia Today, Poland again butts heads with the E.U.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Some Stuff For Tuesday

Some things going on out there:

Earlier today, an Iranian ship got too close to an American vessel.

The S&P 500 hits a record high.

Former Speaker Bo(eh)ner makes an all-too-believable prediction.

A Chinese corporation will stick more to its own country.

A Chinese energy company plans to build 100 panda-shaped solar farms.

A phase change in a semiconductor could lead to a new type of chemical vapor detector.

A conservative speaker is attacked with water.

Zimbabweans live in fear.  (H/T Lisa Graas for the Tweet).

An imam in California calls for the annihilation of Jews.

A year ago, a French priest was killed by jihadists.

Jews visiting Aaron's grave in Jordan are detained for praying.

The president of the Philippines wants three church bells returned.

The story of Charlie Gard shows what's wrong with a government monopoly on health care.

The hospital is allegedly making it more difficult for Charlie's parents to take him home.  (intermediate source)

A writer points out how school choice is not a type of welfare.

Much of the money you spend to go on vacation goes to the government.

A wildlife writer says that capitalists should connect with nature.

Princeton hires a "men's engagement manager".

New Jersey Governor Christie's opponent picks his running mate.

And to finish, is President Trump really a conservative?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Links

As the new week starts, here some things that have already been going on:

From Russia Today, let's just say that this ain't no crop circle.

From Breitbart London, Turkish President Erdogan sounds off after Turkey arrests German nationals.

From Reuters, a rival of German Chancellor Merkel says that their country must "act now" to prevent another refugee crisis.

From Euronews, the migrant crisis in Italy is worsened by E.U. indecision.

From Sputnik International, the U.K. has lost track of over 100 refugee children.

From the Sunday Express, someone on a flight from Poland to England just couldn't wait for the plane to land.

From Polonia GP, Poland's new law does not threaten their democracy.

From CTV News, Canada revises their citizenship guide.

From Politico, don't laugh at Kid Rock's Senate bid.

From BizPac Review, President Trump's bid to build his wall might be helped by an anti-terror law.

From the Mirror, civilians liberated in Raqqa, Syria get rid of their burqas and beards.

From Jihad Watch, a security guard at the Israeli embassy in Jordan is stabbed to death.

From Fox News, Israel installs security cameras at an entrance to the Temple Mount area.

From The Guardian, a bear chases 200 sheep over a cliff.

From the New York Post, next month's solar eclipse could cause a massive traffic jam.

From Golfweek, Jordan Spieth wins the British Open.

From National Review, "Made in America" might not mean much with today's "globalized supply chains".

From The Daily Caller, Jake Tapper faults new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci for changing his tune on Trump.

From Canada Free Press, some advice for the GOP, based on a quote from General McArthur.

And from Variety, the highest grossing film of summer is Wonder Woman.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Music Break - More Beatles Covers

This is my second music post dedicated exclusively to Beatles songs performed by other artists.  Some of these I've come across recently, while others I've known about for a long time.  Of the former type is the Tedeschi Trucks Band version of I've Got A Feeling.  The band is led by singer-guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitarist husband Derek Trucks, who had been in the Allman Brothers Band with his uncle, drummer (and original member) Butch Trucks.  Singing the John Lennon part ("everybody had a hard year....") is Mike Mattison.  I'd say that this rendition pretty close to what Beatles music would have sounded like if played by the Allman Brothers.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Various And Sundry

With the weekend upon us, here are some various and sundry things going on, other than the previously noted change of the White House press secretary:

Toronto tears down a $550 staircase so it can build one for at least $10,000.

Migrants in Sweden don't seem eager to learn anything.

Greek police bring down a sham marriage racket.

With the Juice now scheduled for parole, one family naturally is not pleased.

One friend of Mr. Bill hasn't gone away.

Britain awaits the tourists.

The remains of an honor killing victim are found in a freezer.  (Reader discretion is advised.)

Both sides are dishonest.

Interpol identifies 173 potential ISIS suicide bombers.  (intermediate source)

An Indian writer is told to convert or die.

In the Netherlands, an attempt to promote harmony between Jews and Muslims invokes a backlash.

A man offers an incredibly stupid excuse for stabbing his girlfriend's dog.  (intermediate source)

Poland ejects protesters from an ancient forest.

The U.S. Navy allows a woman to attempt to become a SEAL.

California has finished its environmental review of a proposed water tunnel.

And to finish, the Democrats unveil their new slogan.

Out With Spicer, In With Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders has replaced Sean Spicer as President Trump's press secretary.  Spicer had resigned a few hours earlier  She is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R), and had served as the chief deputy press secretary.

How this development will affect the parody Twitter account Sean Spicier remains to be seen.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Links For Moon Landing Day

Although there is no such official designation, I call July 20th "moon landing day" because it's the anniversary of Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's first steps on the moon.  That said, here are some things going on down here on earth:

From The Washington Times, in an appropriate development, a bag containing traces of moon dust is sold at auction.

From CNN, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has undergone surgery for brain cancer.

From NBC News, former football player and murder suspect O. J. Simpson has been granted parole, after serving nine years for a botched robbery.

From The Blaze, at his parole hearing, Simpson still managed to raise eyebrows.

From the Daily Mail, Austria gives Italy some advice about migrants.

From PRI, a German town struggles to deal with migrants.

From The New York Times, an American city struggles to deal with refugees, and vice versa.

From the Express, a Russian woman is held at the border of Turkey and Syria.

From the Washington Examiner, the GOP needs to get their act together on the Obamacare repeal or face a difficult time in 2018.

From Reuters, a British zoo donates white rhino eggs to help develop IVF technology.

From Breitbart London, in Berlin schools, an increasingly common insult is anti-Jewish.

From the Independent, a song by Puerto Rican artists gets banned in Malaysia.

From FrontpageMag, what difference would it have made?

National Review opines that Attorney General Sessions should not expand civil forfeiture.

From Townhall, elect Kid Rock.

From Twitchy, conservatives offer new slogans for Democrats.

From LifeNews, a court rules against an Illinois law that would have forced pregnancy centers and doctors to promote abortion.

From Fox News, the FBI turns over 7,000 documents from Anthony Weiner's laptop.

From DefenseTech, the Russian Su-35 performs at an airshow near Moscow.

And from The Telegraph, the lion named Xanda suffers his father's fate.  (via the New York Post)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

China Bans Winnie The Pooh

The "willy nilly silly old bear" known as Winnie the Pooh, which is the main character in a series of cartoons based on stories by A. A. Milne, has been banned in China.  The reason, from what I can gather, is that Chinese President Xi Jinping has been likened to Pooh in various internet memes, which Xi doesn't like.  Oh well, there's nothing like a too-sensitive communist.

The cartoons with Winnie the Pooh and his friends in turn inspired a song by Loggins and Messina.

Read more at Spacewar, ABC News (where "A" stands for "Australia"), The Verge, AOL and CNN.