Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gobble Gobble

As most of us anticipate eating turkey and various other dishes tomorrow, here are some facts about our conspicuous consumption, via Cincinnati(dot)com:
151 million: The number of people who said they shopped in stores or online over last year's Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation.
244.0 million: Turkeys raised in the United States in 2016, which was up 4.5 percent from 2015. Roughly 44.5 million of them were raised in Minnesota.
To learn more related facts, read the full story, and have a happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Sasquatch's One-And-A-Half Dozen

Here on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, are eighteen things going on out there:

From The Daily Signal, the GOP (at least in the Senate) is not leaving small businesses behind.

From Voice Of Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel should resign and go to jail.

From the NL Times, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is having technical difficulties (just like when I was there, it seems).

From Dutch News, the terror threat in the Netherlands includes female returnees.

From the Express, in a contest to hold a medical conference, Milan loses to Amsterdam in a drawing of straws.

From Newsweek, Saturn's moon Titan has cyanide ice clouds.

From EU Observer, the government of Mrs. Trump's homeland collapse over the fate of a single Syrian refugee.

From The Local ES, Spanish police arrest an alleged ISIS operative in Melilla.

From The Local FR, an "anti-racism campaigner" is investigated for an allegedly anti-Semitic Tweet.

From FrontpageMag, all the respect that Pope Francis has shown Islam is not being reciprocated.

From The Hindu, sex abuse is rampant in Pakistani Islamic schools.

From the Daily Mail, German police arrest six ISIS supporters suspected of plotting to attack a Christmas market.

From The National, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan might have "hundreds" of victims.

From El País, former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont might be spending Christmas in Belgium.

From Townhall, Charlie Rose, recently accused of sexual harassment, gets fired by CBS.

From Modern Farmer, six "weird" facts about the turkey.

From The Babylon Bee, the new violence-free Bible.

And from the New York Post, college students (who get the "stupid people" label) call Steve Martin's King Tut skit "racist".  Trigger warning:  Click on the fold to judge for yourself.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Good Riddance, And Other Matters

First up, the cult leader who masterminded the murders of actress Sharon Tate and the LaBianca family is no longer receiving oxygen from the earth's atmosphere.  Read the story at CNN, ABC News, TMZ and the New York Post.

In related stories:

From The Washington Post, the cult leader's brief friendship with one of the Beach Boys.

And from AOL, his henchmen, with a few exceptions, are still in prison.
In other matters:

From Russia Today, with her attempt to form a coalition ending in failure, German Chancellor Angela Merkel would rather have a new election than a minority government.

From the Express, a British singer wants Germany to be German.

From The Local FR, with Germany in political chaos, France needs to lead.

From Gatestone Institute, Turkey gives Denmark more mosques.

From The Old Continent, "globalism may bear the seeds of its own demise".

From Voice Of Europe, authorities in the Paris suburb of Clichy-la-Garenne will no longer allow Muslims to pray in the street.  (In France, as far as I can tell, no one is allowed to drive through a mosque.)

From the NL Times, a ban on headscarves in police uniforms gets a negative ruling from the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights.

From the Metro, the United Kingdom is advised to keep E.U. standards in future trade deals.

From Sputnik International, Hungary is accused of "anti-Muslim moves" by a former resident.

From the Greek Reporter, a riot breaks out in a refugee camp.

From RFI, France will take in refugees who have recently been moved from Libya to Niger.

From Al Arabiya, Sudan acquires Russian fighter jets.

From The Hill, Roy Moore's accuser wonders how many of her there are.  (via HotAir)

From National Review, Moore's opponent is a "zealot" on abortion.

From Townhall, two Border Patrol agents were attacked with rocks.

From FrontpageMag, the rise of the "anti-immigrant" political parties.

From The American Conservative, a Canadian grad student is disciplined for not condemning another academic's views.

From The Daily Caller, a group of scientists from country that produces the most carbon dioxide allege that the global warming "hiatus" didn't happen.

From Philly(dot)com, Pennsylvania's former "election czar" did not resign, but was fired.

From the Washington Examiner, Nebraska regulators have approved a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

From AP News, a daredevil plans to ride his rocket over a ghost town.

And from The Sun, how to qualify for the Darwin Award without dying.  (via Fox News)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Links

As Thanksgiving week gets started, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, western Europeans are finding refuge in Hungary.  (From what, dare I ask, are they fleeing?)

From Al-Monitor, Christians in Basra, Iraq fear that they might go extinct.  (via Assyrian International News Agency)

From Süddeutsche Zeitung, there's a tax scandal in Europe.

From ANF News, Germany and Interpol are talking on how to protect Turkish refugees.

From the Sunday Express, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has one day left to form a coalition government.

From Russia Today, police use tear gas against anti-slavery protesters in front of the Libyan embassy in Paris, who were protesting against slave auctions in Libya.

From The Straits Times, Muslims in Johor, Malaysia "tilt toward conservative Islam".  (Is "conservative" Islam a sect which promotes limited government, low taxes and strong national defense?  Just wondering.)

From Gatestone Institute, is Europe being destroyed by indifference?

From Reuters, the Algerian coast guard picks up 286 illegal migrants in the Mediterranean.  (I've asked this before, and I'll ask it again.  From whom are these migrants getting their boats?)

From BBC News, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is sacked by his political party.

From Fox News, Nebraska regulators will announce their decision about a proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline as it goes through their state.

And from the Tennessean, country singer Mel Tillis, RIP.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Music Break - Some Foxing And A Tribute

During my younger days, I listened to two songs which had the same title, Fox On The Run.  One of them was hard rocker by The Sweet, released in 1975.  The other was a bluegrass song, which I pretty much assumed to be a old standard in that genre.  More recently, I've become a regular listener of a BlogTalkRadio show hosted by a woman named Kel, who calls herself the Red Fox Blogger and usually ends her show with The Sweet's song.  I have recently found, and let Kel know about, a cover by the Regrettes, a band consisting of four teenagers.  More recently still, while researching the bluegrass song, I learned that its origin is very different from what I had previously thought.  It was actually written by British songwriter Tony Hazzard and recorded by Manfred Mann.  So naturally, I brought that to Kel's attention, too.

Here's Fox On The Run, by Manfred Mann.  The group included Mike D'Abo on lead vocals, Tom McGuinness on guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass, Mike Hugg on drums, and the band's namesake on keyboards.  Although the band was based in Britain, Mann (real name Manfred Lubowitz) was born in South Africa, and Voorman is German.  (He's the same guy who did the art work for the Beatles album Revolver, and played bass on some of Ringo's, John's and George's solo albums.)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bullet Strikes A Maryland Church, And Other Stories

Gunshots were fired near a church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, one of which resulted in a bullet hole that was discovered by an attendee.  No one has been reported injured.  Police recovered bullet fragments at the scene, and are now investigating the incident.  Read more at the Gaithersburg Patch and WTOP.
In other stories:

From the Daily Mail, a manspreader gets violent when told to stop.

From Breitbart's Big Government, President Trump adds five people to his list of possible Supreme Court nominees.

From Philly(dot)com, another Trump nominee is also a ghost hunter.

From The Daily Signal, Louisiana embraces "long-overdue" criminal justice reform.

From Voice Of Europe, a German Christmas advertisement includes snow-women dressed in some distinctly non-German garb.

From The Local FR, Iran blames France for "stoking" problems in the Middle East.

From Deutsche Welle, Germany deports a Syrian refugee wearing an ankle tag.

From the NL Times, Dutch police are having problems with their reorganization.

From WestMonster, the British prime minister meets her Polish counterpart.

From Russia Today, Italian prosecutors have a hard time jailing suspected ISIS-linked terrorists due to "red tape".

From Sputnik International, Turkey detains over 500 illegal migrants.

From Politico, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has had "a few" regrets.  (via HotAir)

From National Review, "how is Mike Pence a problem?"

From FrontpageMag, the original anthem kneeler is nothing like a certain American boxer.

From BBC News, a tribe in Indonesia is forced to convert to Islam.

From the New York Post, paying a $30K traffic fine is no big deal - if you're a billionaire.

From Fox News, racer Danica Patrick will call it a career next May.

And from KREM2, some Naval aviation personnel appear to have literally taken the idea of "compensating" to new heights.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Misbehaving Senators And Other Stories

Today's first story is about a comedian who became a Senator, and was written by a victim of his misbehavior.  If anyone is wondering why I don't use the word "alleged" in that first sentence, it's because she has photographic evidence.  Back in 2006, two years before Al Franken (D-MN) ran for Senator, he was on a USO tour with several other entertainers, including Leeann Tweeden, who has been a model and a TV host.  To learn what he did to her, read her full story at KABC, and be sure to look at the incriminating picture.

In related stories:

From Fox News, Franken once considered writing a skit about raping another TV personality.

From Townhall, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has asked for an ethics investigation, and has gotten the agreement of both Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

From The American Conservative, "Al Franken and Uncle Roy".  ("Uncle Roy" does not refer to Roy Moore, but to a series of Saturday Night Live skits.)

From ABC News, who is Leeann Tweeden?

And from Slate, Franken "should resign immediately".

UPDATE:  Here's a new story.  From Breitbart's Big Hollywood, it looks like Tweeden isn't the only woman subjected to Franken's inappropriate behavior.  (This story, too, has photographic evidence.)
In a story involving a different Senator, reported by the New York Post, the case against Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has ended in a mistrial.
In other stories:

From Twitchy, a congressional Hispanic, although the son of refugees from Cuba, isn't really Hispanic.

From the Daily Mail, marry a Muslim, convert to Islam, get killed anyway.

From Sputnik International, 16 E.U. countries pledge to accept 34,000 more refugees.

From WestMonster, a Polish member of the European Parliament walks out.

From the Express, the Bulgarian prime minister urges the E.U. to allow Bulkan countries to join, and a car strikes a pedestrian in the Camden section of London, after being chased by police.

From Breitbart London, sex attacks are on the rise in a "no go zone" in Berlin.

From Asia Times, a new zoo in Kashmir will include pigs.

From Khaleej Times, an Indian man has gone on trial for disrespecting Mohammed.

From American Thinker, a look at the Koran.

From The Express Tribune, a suicide bomber strikes a political gathering in Kabul.

From The Daily Caller, ICE arrests over 200 members of MS-13.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Links And A Video

First up, this video was posted on YouTube yesterday by Stefan Molyneux.  He interviews British political activist Tommy Robinson on his recent visit to Poland.  Among Robinson's points are western media mischaracterization of a march in Warsaw which he observed, and how Polish people who disagree with Robinson were willing to talk with him in a civilized manner, unlike such people back in the United Kingdom.  It's over 40 minutes long, so if you want to watch all of it, give yourselves some time.

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.

Now for the links:

From Gatestone Institute, in France, it's out with the Jews, in with the Muslims.

From Seeker, in Iraq, some archaeological discoveries were made just before the recent earthquake.  (via Assyrian International News Agency)

From the Daily Mail, Italy defends its policy of blocking migrants in Libya.  (Defending your own country against illegal incursions?  Like governments are supposed to?)

From The Daily Signal, nine suggestions for a better NAFTA.

From LifeNews, an appeals court allows Arkansas to not fund Planned Parenthood.  (No matter what you think of them, Planned Avoidance Of Parenthood is a private organization, and as such has absolutely ZERO right to receive so much as one cent from the Arkansan taxpayer.)

From News(dot)com(dot)au, a possibly habitable exoplanet has been found, and it's getting closer to us.  (via the New York Post)

From Voice Of Europe, the Netherlands has endured an outbreak of carbeques.

From the Express, French President Emmanuel Macron loses party members due to his alleged "cult of personality".

From The Local FR, Macron unveils his plan to improve life in French suburbs.

From Russia Today, the E.U. insists upon telling Poland how to run their own country.

From Euractive, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło says that there won't be a Polexit.  (I have to go to my computer's Character Map program to type the letter "ł", but due to my own Polish heritage, I feel an obligation to correctly type Polish names.)

From the NL Times, according to a Dutch minister, Pegida is becoming smaller but more radical.

From The Old Continent, the Swiss feel more like being Swiss.

From The Washington Post, Burmese villagers recall violence by Rohingya Muslims.

From The American Spectator, the Ohio chapter of CAIR lobbies Ohio legislators.

From ABC News (where "A" stands for "Australian"), an Australian woman will be tried for allegedly supporting ISIS.  (The last three links were found at The Religion Of Peace.)

From National Review, Democratic sex offenders are having "a convenient reckoning".

From FrontpageMag, "the rule of law is back."

From Townhall, Roy Moore's lawyer opens mouth and inserts foot.

From Politico, Moore (R) trails Jones (D) by double digits.  (via HotAir)

From (rather than via) HotAir, there's a movement to de-genderize the Romance languages.  (This will be very tricky since most of them, such as the French that I once studied, have no neuter gender.  Even with inanimate objects, there is no "it", only "he" or "she".)

From The Guardian, North Korea sentences President Trump to death for insulting Kim Jong-un.  (If the United States had that kind of policy, there would be none of us left.)

From the New York Post, the Pope will not be driving his new Lamborghini, but will auction it off for charity.

And from BGR, there's a strange triangle on Mars.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry stuff going on out there:

From Voice Of Europe, strong borders make Hungary safe.

From Breitbart London, the U.K government wants charities to be less white.

From Philly(dot)com, Christmas comes back to Philadelphia's Village Park.

From the New York Post, thanks to President Trump, three UCLA basketball players are coming home.

From BBC News, when in the real Kazakhstan, do not dress like Borat.  (via the New York Post)

From National Review, in the "he said/she said", Roy Moore loses.

From Townhall, three Christian pastors in Alabama deny signing a letter supporting Moore.

From The American Spectator, "put Roy Moore out of his misery."  (via HotAir)

From FrontpageMag, the Mueller investigation about relationships with Russia expands to include Hillary Clinton.

From the Independent, in London, a teenage girl is arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting an act of terrorism.

From Russia Today, U.K. politician Nigel Farage wants the E.U. to investigate George Soros.

From the Express, Germany will not allow U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to directly address the E.U. summit next month.

From WestMonster, Polish Prime Minster Beata Szydło calls the E.U. bureaucrats "out of touch" with ordinary Europeans.  (The article cites the Financial Times, whose article is behind a subscriber wall.)

From The Local DE, Germany needs to do a better job monitoring mosque, says the Tolerance Minister of the U.A.E.

From The Local IT, Italy seizes over €28 million in counterfeit bills.

From Sputnik International, in Sweden, migrant boys are "replacing" girls as prostitutes.

From Assyrian National New Agency, in Iraq, Kurds "back away" from independence.

From Fox News, in California, a gunman kills four people and wounds seven before being killed by police.

From The Federalist, Keurig coffeemakers are terrible.

And from Management Today, "the good, the bad, and the weird".

Monday, November 13, 2017

Earthquakes And Other News

Yesterday near the Iran-Iraq border, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck, killing about 450 people.  It was one of seven quakes occurring during the day, the others having a magnitude less than 5, along with about 50 tremors.  About 7,000 people have reportedly been injured.  The tremors and quakes were felt in Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Israel.

Read more at AhlulBayt News Agency, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, BBC News and CNN.  (ABNA refers to Israel as "Occupied Palestine".)

In other news:

From the Star Tribune, at the Mall of America, a would-be thief stabs two men who tried to stop him.

From WestMonster, victims of the terror attack at the Bataclan in Paris claim to have been ignored by President Macron.

From the Express, a French MP warns that ISIS wants to wage more terror in France.

From The Local FR, in a week, eight French police offers commit suicide.

From The Local CH, two Swiss journalists are arrested in the United Arab Emirates.

From Breitbart London, a Dutch woman has been convicted of supporting terrorism.

From Ekathimerini, in Greece, a chase by police and ensuing scuffle with a driver smuggling illegal aliens result in injuries to all of the above.

From the Daily Mail, European and African ministers promise to improve the protection of migrants.

From The Old Continent, the President of the European Parliament wants more money.

From Sputnik International, an "Orwellian" letter is sent to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

From The Sentinel, some parents in the U.K. refuse to let their children go on school trips to mosques.

From FrontpageMag, the Ottoman genocide against the Assyrian Christians.

From Radio Poland, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło says that her government has been successful during its first two years.

From Anadolu Agency, Turkey has held at least 442 migrants found in anti-human-trafficking raids.

From National Review, the Supreme Court will decide two important First Amendment cases.  (This was written by David French, whom I have recently cited regarding Roy Moore.)

From Townhall, a second woman accuses Roy Moore of attempted sexual assault.

From WTOP, if your bike breaks down while you're riding in northern Virginia, one shop will come to your rescue.