Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday Fuss

The sun has come out, the temperatures have risen into the 40s, and yesterday's snow has made like the Wicked Witch of the West and said, "I'm melting!"  As my area thaws out, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, British writer Janice Atkinson gives her opinion of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

From the Express, radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer asks Conservative MP Dr. Sarah Wollaston to point out just one concession from the E.U.

From BBC News, the U.K. names a new Brexit secretary.

From the Independent, some Cabinet ministers want to "remould" May's Brexit deal.  (In the U.S., we'd spell it "remold".)

From The Conservative Woman, is the U.K. Foreign Office any better than the mob in Pakistan?

From VRT NWS, a Belgian professor teaching in London thinks that "Britain is crippling itself" like nothing he's ever seen.

From the NL Times, anti-Zwarte Piet protesters, unable to prevent the character from appearing, will still get to protest.

From Dutch News, the Dutch state will appeal a court's ruling on climate change to their Supreme Court.

From Deutsche Welle, German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces critics of her refugee policy in Chemnitz.

From Radio Poland, the Polish government will introduce new benefits for mothers of at least four children.  (The answer to any Polish joke starting with "How many [Poles] does it take to...." will now be "The more, the better", or in Polish, Im więcej, im lepiej.  The story comes via Voice Of Europe.)

From Radio Praha, investigators are trying to find the son of Czech President Andrej Babiš, who may have been abducted to Crimea.

From The Slovak Spectator, thousands of protesters call for "a decent Slovakia".

From Daily News Hungary, a Hungarian opposition party will file a criminal complaint against Prime Minister Orban, accusing him of people smuggling for allowing former MYROM Prime Minister Gruevski to enter Hungary.

From Russia Today, Russian women sue their country's National Guard for not allowing women to serve as snipers.

From Sputnik International, Russia successfully launches a Soyuz rocket for the first time since the failed launch in October.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, French politician Marine Le Pen tells a forum in Sofia, Bulgaria says that the E.U. is the "biggest enemy of Europe".

From Ekathimerini, a deal between the Greek government and the Church of Greece appears to be doubt.

From the Greek Reporter, the Greek government promises to improve living conditions for migrants.

From Total Croatia News, when Croatia takes over the E.U. presidency in 2020, enlarging the E.U. into the Balkans will be a priority.

From ANSA, leaders of the two main parties in Italy's governing coalition continue their spat over (wait for it) trash incinerators.

From Malta Today, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat says that "the ball is in British hands" on the Brexit deal.

From France24, a French appeals court gives accused rapist Tariq Ramadan a conditional release.

From RFI, French motorists are ready to block roads in protest of higher gasoline prices.

From SwissInfo, is sucking carbon dioxide from air the solution for global warming?  (The earth is already full of things which absorb carbon dioxide.  We call them "plants".)

From Hürriyet Daily News, according to a columnist, Turkey has a second recording relating to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

From Arutz Sheva, as promised, the U.S. votes against the annual U.N. condemnation of the Israeli "occupation" of the Golan Heights.

From The Times Of Israel, the chief of Hamas tells Israel, "Don't test us again".

From The Jerusalem Post, Yad Vashem hosts Jewish leaders from Lithuania.

From Al Arabiya, has Qatar groomed a member of Al-Shabaab to become a district president in Somalia?

From AsiaNews, eight men have been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for allegedly recruiting children to become human shields.

From i24, two Argentinians with suspected ties to Hezbollah have been arrested ahead of the G20 summit.

From Gatestone Institute, America's first two Muslim congresswomen misled voters about their views on Israel.

From FrontpageMag, the top 10 university leaders who support terrorism.

From NPR, North Korea will release an American who had entered the country illegally.  (To all the "open borders" people out there, I know it might be hard to believe, but most countries in the world have laws about how and where to enter and will actually punish you for violating those laws.  If protecting national borders, requiring visitors and immigrants to be checked at ports of entry, and enforcing immigration laws are racist and xenophobic when done by the U.S., shouldn't these policies be equally objectionable when done by other countries?  The story comes via Townhall.)

From Townhall, is Hillary Clinton going to have another reincarnation?  (As I may have mentioned one other time, she will lose her desire to be president when she stops breathing, and even then, I'm not completely sure.)

From The Washington Free Beacon, it's not the right time to cut defense spending.

From the Washington Examiner, gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-GA) concludes her campaign.

From The Daily Caller, the migrant caravan is a "horde", says the mayor of Tijuana, Mexico.

From the New York Post, the migrants and the residents of Tijuana aren't getting along very well.

From Breitbart, the husband of President Trump's campaign manager would rather "move to Australia" than vote for his wife's client.

From Fox News, the border wall going up in Texas inspires nearby landowners to have a diversity of opinion.

From LifeNews, President Trump awards the Presidential Medal Of Freedom to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

From CNS News, "birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens should not be a difficult issue".  (This, of course, demonstrates the difference between "should not be" and "isn't".)

From American Thinker, today's marijuana is not the same stuff your grandfather might have smoked.

And from National Review, if you were on death row, what would be your last meal?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Things For A Cold Wet Thursday

Winter storm Avery has dropped in, and deposited some early shovel-worthy global warming on my yard and the adjacent walkways.  For the first time in years, as I tried to clear off the wet snow, my shovel also caught some leaves.  As I now warm up back in the house, here are some things going on:

From the Evening Standard, May says "I am going to see Brexit through".

From Townhall, if President Trump is a "racist", he's not doing a good job of it.  (I would add that he's also not doing a good job of being a "Nazi", such as by visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem and moving the U.S. embassy to that city.  Would the real historical Nazis, had they survived until the establishment of Israel, have even established an embassy in that country?)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday Links

As the middle of the week arrives, so do all these things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, migrants in Europe love German Chancellor Merkel and open borders.

From Deutsche Welle, members of Merkel's party apologize for singing a Nazi-era military song.

From Radio Poland, according to U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis, other NATO countries need to be consulted about a possible U.S. base in Poland.

From Radio Praha, the Czech Republic will not sign the U.N. migration pact.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From The Slovak Spectator, "Slovaks speak the worst English in central Europe".  (Even so, I'd bet that most of them speak English better than most Americans speak Slovak, my mostly Slovak-by-ancestry self included.)

From the Hungary Journal, according to the office of Hungarian Prime Minister Orban, the asylum request by former FYROM Prime Minister Gruevski is "solely a legal issue".

From Daily News Hungary, the true friendship between Hungary and Poland.

From Russia Today, a proposal to bury Lenin and replace his body with a polymeric replica is quickly opposed by communists.  (Their opposition, of course, is pretty much what you'd expect.)

From Sputnik International, Russia is developing a hypersonic missile designed for testing weapons.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, two of the above-mentioned Gruevski's alleged collaborators have been remanded in custody.  (It seems that "remanded in custody" is a fancy way of saying that they've been arrested.)

From Ekathimerini, the Greek Parliament sets a deadline for an expected report by their Constitutional Revision Committee.

From the Greek Reporter, government and opposition parties in the Greek Parliament clash over their constitutional review.

From Total Croatia News, Croatian MPs question their government about fake news and alleged hysteria about migrants.

From ANSA, Italian Interior Minister Salvini welcomes 51 refugees.

From El País, non-Spanish are buying more Spanish real estate than ever previously recorded.

From SwissInfo, let them wear jewelry.  (Yes, this story involves the French queen who allegedly said "let them eat cake", although the last word was not gateau, which means "cake", but "brioche".)

From France24, France plans to end "imported deforestation".

From the Express, U.K. Prime Minister May tries to get her cabinet to support her Brexit deal.

From BBC News, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that the deal is bad for Scotland.

From the Evening Standard, about 50 climate protesters are arrested in London this week.  (Have they done any protesting in front of the Chinese embassy?)

From the Daily Mail, in Australia, three terrorists laugh as they are found guilty.

From the Metro, Theresa May might be soon facing a "no confidence" vote.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From the Independent, an "emergency summit" over Brexit is scheduled for November 25th.

From the (Irish) Independent, Ireland's Taoiseach says that a "satisfactory outcome" has been reached on Ireland's Brexit priorities.

From VRT NWS, police in West Flanders check trains and trucks for migrants hiding therein.

From the NL Times, Sinterklaas is coming to town, specifically, the Dutch town of Zaanstad.

From Dutch News, anti-Zwarte Piet campaigners will not get their way this year.

From CBC News, the head of NASA wants to send Canadians to the moon.

From the Toronto Sun, shortages of recently legalized cannabis will plague Canada for two years.

From Naija Diary, Nigeria's peace ambassador calls for the sharia police to arrest two women for dancing.

From Palestinian Watch, before Hamas's TV station was destroyed, it was broadcasting a "death to Israel" song.

From Gatestone Institute, the West must offer Asia Bibi asylum, and a book recounts how Jews lived under Islamic rule in northern Africa.  (These two stories from GI, the two links immediately above, and the Daily Mail story come via The Religion Of Peace.)

From National Review, how President Trump has stood up to the enviro-leftists.

From Townhall, nationalism is not necessarily the opposite of patriotism.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Senator Schumer (D-NY) has chucked (pun intended) his old position on recounts.

From the Washington Examiner, they're heeeeeeeere.

From CNS News, the White House response to CNN's lawsuit over Jim Acosta's press pass.

From The Daily Caller, Trump wants a "you're fired" given to Broward County, Florida Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes.  (via the New York Post)

From Accuracy In Media, The Washington Post again uses only anonymous sources to criticize the president.

From the New York Post, Uber posts a $1 billion loss.

From Breitbart, the pope calls gossip a form of terrorism.  (Christianity has regarded gossip as sinful for a very long time, but regarding it as terrorism appears to be very recent.)

And from Fox News, Fox News has come out in support of CNN and Jim Acosta.

UPDATE:  I've run across two more.

From CNBC, House Republicans choose their next leader.

And from TMZ, noted lawyer Michael Avenatti is arrested for alleged domestic violence.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday Things

Here on a chilly Tuesday are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, an NGO teaches migrants how to act like genuine refugees when entering Greece.

From EU Observer, the E.U can't keep track of €1 billion given to Turkey to deal with refugees.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Hürriyet Daily NewsTurkish Vice President Fuat Oktay "storms out" of a conference in Italy about Libya.

From Turkish Minute, Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu wants the recordings of Jamal Khashoggi played in parliament.

From Ekathimerini, archaeologists have reportedly found remains of Tenea, an ancient city settled by war captives from Troy.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, the former prime minister of FYROM has requested political asylum in Hungary.

From Total Croatia News, Croatia and the U.S. sign a memorandum of understanding leading to the U.S. searching for soldiers' remains in Croatia.

From ANSA, more on the above-mentioned conference in Italy about Libya.

From Malta Today, Maltese authorities are not tracking most of the country's fishing vessels.

From El País, the Spanish government considers banning all fossil fuel-burning vehicles by 2040.

From France24, the French government combs social media for tax cheats.

From RFI, migrants steal a boat in France and use it to go to England.

From the Express, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a Brexit deal.

From the Evening Standard, U.K. politicians Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg oppose May's deal.

From the Independent, the European Commission will allow U.K. citizens to travel without visas.

From the (Irish) Independent, a look at how the Brexit deal will manage the Irish border.

From CBC News, a First Nation community in Saskatchewan legalizes cannabis.

From the Toronto Sun, a man from Montreal who drove to Michigan and stabbed a policeman has been convicted to terrorism and other charges.

From VRT NWS, the coins that saved a Belgian soldier during World War I.

From the NL Times, the Dutch immigration service has payed over €1 million to asylum seekers because of slow procedures.

From Dutch News, the European Court of Justice rules that tastes cannot be copyrighted.

From Deutsche Welle, recounts aren't just for American elections any more.

From Radio Poland, most Poles want non-E.U. visitors to be checked for immunization.

From Radio Praha, Czech state attorneys are investigating allegations that the prime minister's son has been kidnapped.

From The Slovak Spectator, police investigate the organizers of the For A Decent Slovakia demonstrations for possible ties to George Soros.

From Russia Today, a Russian company that certifies food for Muslims is suspended from the World Halal Council for letting pork-tainted products slip through.

From Sputnik International, Swedish media downplays the migrant contribution to crime and Islamic extremism.

From Arutz Sheva, can life return to normal after nearly 500 rockets are launched at Israel?

From Iraqi News, Iraqi troops destroy 10 ISIS hideouts.

From Dawn, Pakistan's foreign ministry confirms that Canada and Pakistan have been talking about Asia Bibi.

From Khaama Press, a U.S. airstrike kills eight Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan's Ghazni province.

From Gatestone Institute, the rocket attack on Israel follows a large grant of money from Qatar to Hamas.

From FrontpageMag, cartoonist Bosch Fawstin is banned on Facebook for saying "only Hitler is Hitler".

From National Review, we don't need a bigger House.

From Townhall, President Trump announces Justice Kavanaugh's replacement at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.

From the Washington Examiner, the "big tariffs" imposed on imported French wine amount to 29 cents per bottle.

From CNS News, in dealing with the migrant caravan, the Border Patrol closes some lanes.  (Taking a cue from certain New Jersey officials, maybe?)

From Twitchy, a Tweet by the Women's March is turning Japanese.  (I really think so....)

From Bloomberg, a company called Waymo plans to launch a driverless car service next month.  (via the New York Post)

From LifeNews, an abortion activist throws a lit cigarette at pro-lifers.

From The Daily Wire, congresscritter-to-be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as it turns out, is not too poor to rent an apartment in D.C.

From Philly(dot)com, my state's attorney general files a motion against the current U.S. acting attorney general.

And from The Babylon Bee, to aid with their recount, Broward County, Florida brings in someone who really likes to count things.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Links

Because Veterans Day fell on Sunday, some workers will get today off.  Whether you work or not today, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, Somalis in Sweden get their greed on.

From Novinite, Bulgaria will not join the U.N. migration pact.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Albania starts to prepare for their 2020 census.

From Total Croatia News, an NGO claims that is was not allowed to enter migrant asylum centers in Zagreb and Kutina.

From Ekathimerini, a Greek court sentences three migrant traffickers to song long prison terms.  (I know that it's been awhile, maybe a week or two, that I've pointed out that migrants are not merely migrating, but are being trafficked.)

From the Greek Reporter, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos supports his country's proposed extension of territorial waters.

From ANSA, Genoa Mayor Marco Bucci announces plans for demolishing what's left of the Morandi Bridge.

From Malta Today, how French spies monitored weapons delivered to Libya from a house in Malta.

From El País, this past weekend, more than 250 migrants were rescued off Spain's southern coast.

From France24, President Trump did not show up at the Aisne-Marne cemetery because he thought that his motorcade would disrupt traffic.

From RFI, the French government announces a framework or ensuring internet security.

From the Express, according to Downing Street, claims by E.U. negotiator Michel Barnier over Brexit should be met with lots of NaCl.

From the Evening Standard, U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid recommends a "fresh look" at police numbers.  (Sending them after violent criminals instead of people who merely say things online might help.)

From the Independent, there should be another Brexit vote, says the prime minister of Spain.

From CBC News, Toronto abandons its plans to buy a hotel to house refugees and asylum seekers.

From Global News, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau sends the head of the CSIS to listen to recordings of Jamal Khashoggi.

From VRT NWS, have studies at Belgium's Leuven University become to flexible?

From the NL Times, a group opposing Zwarte Piet now goes after Sinterklaas.

From Dutch News, four men who tried to break a gangster out of jail get to join him.

From Deutsche Welle, a look at Germany's list of "safe countries of origin".

From Radio Poland, Poland and the E.U. continue to squabble over Poland's courts.

From The Slovak Spectator, a sacred rock near Abranovce, Slovakia is "surrounded by legends".

From the Hungary Journal, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto calls for renewed economic cooperation between the E.U. and Russia.

From Daily News Hungary, Hungary and the UAE sign an anti-terrorism pact.

From Russia Today, first responders rescue a dog from an ice-covered lake in Siberia.

From Sputnik International, demand for Russian military weapons has grown.

From Hürriyet Daily News, five migrants die after their boat sinks near the west coast of Turkey.

From Turkish Minute, 494 alleged members of the Gülen movement were detained last week.

From Arutz Sheva, the IDF strikes targets in Gaza in response to rocket attacks.

From The Times Of Israel, an IDF strike levels a Hamas-affiliated TV station.

From The Jerusalem Post, the U.N. and Egypt try to stop the violence in (or maybe from) Gaza.

From Rûdaw, in Iraq, health care workers and patients are often targeted by violence.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, a former German foreign minister thinks that the Khashoggi murder should get more attention than the deaths of children in Yemen.

From the Deccan Chronicle, an Indian investment company allegedly tried to fraudulently attract Muslim customers.

From Albawaba, Arabic billboards appeared during the U.S. midterm elections.

From The National, according to a Catholic official, young French Muslims are seeking to isolate themselves from society.

From MEMRI, an Iranian official admits that if they're not doing something against Jews, they feel bad.

From Asian Image, a mosque in Liverpool, England apologizes for not allowing women to pray during Milaad.

From Gatestone Institute, a look at the relationship between Fatah and Hamas.

From The New York Times, "Saudi Arabia is misusing Mecca".

From FrontpageMag, David Horowitz addresses Republicans in Colorado.

From Townhall and the "thanks for the warning" department, according to a WSJ article and a former Clinton adviser, Hillary isn't done yet.  (The WSJ article is behind a paywall.  I've come to believe that the former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State will not lose her desire to become president until after she passes away, and even then I'm not sure.)

From the Washington Examiner, nine reasons why the Democrats might not nominate Hillary Clinton for president in 2020.

From The Washington Free Beacon, a new version of the FIRST STEP act could release many fentanyl dealers from prison.  (My spellchecker doesn't like the word "fentanyl".)

From The Federalist, now that the midterms are over with, the two parties will probably not change course.  (They're over with except for recounts and votes turning up in various places, that is.)

From CNS News, Chinese police kidnap a Catholic bishop.

From Accuracy In Media, Vogue can't understand why some women vote Republican.

From Twitchy, a CNN commentator doesn't realize that the problems in Mississippi long preceded Republican governance in that state.

From NewsBusters, a Facebook employee is fired after giving a large donation to a pro-Trump group.

From The Daily Caller, the admissions criteria that colleges are looking for.

From Rasmussen Reports, most Americans oppose any effort to impeach Justice Kavanaugh.  (via LifeNews)

From Fox News, a high school football game is followed by a food fight.

From the New York Post, while posing for a prom picture about 50 male students at Baraboo (Wisconsin) High School make a Nazi salute.

And from LifeZette, comic strip legend Stan Lee passes away at age 95.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Links For Veterans Day And Poland's Modern Centennial

Today in the United States is Veterans Day, which honors all who have served in the Armed Forces.  The day was originally called Armistice Day, because on 11/11/1918, forces fighting in World War I stopped fighting due to an armistice.  In the British Commonwealth, the day is called Remembrance Day, and is their commemoration of the end of that war.  To all who have served in the U.S. military, and in the forces of other countries observing this day, thank you for your service.

On that very same day, the country of Poland regained its independence after over a century of rule by Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Prussia, which merged with some other states to become Germany.  Thus, today marks the 100th anniversary of Poland's re-establishment.  To the people of Poland and to people with Polish blood, I say Miejmy inne sto lat! (Let's have another hundred years!)

On Veterans Day and the Polish centennial, here are some things going on:

From Breitbart, Poland celebrates its 100th anniversary.

From EuroNews, Polish leaders and nationalists hold a joint march in Warsaw.

From Vatican News, Pope Francis sends his message.

From Radio Poland, 200,000 people marched in Warsaw, and people around the world also celebrate.

From Radio Praha, the Czechs observe Armistice Day.

From Voice Of Europe, Slovakia has neither mosques nor terrorism.

From Daily News Hungary, was Count Dracula really Hungarian?

From Russia Today, unlike U.S. President Trump, Russian President Putin likes French President Macron's idea for a European army.

From Sputnik International, the Russian foreign ministry is concerned about a Russian journalist being forced to register as a foreign agent in the U.S.

From the Greek Reporter, the Church of Crete objects to proposed changes to the Greek constitution.

From Total Croatia News, Croatia marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  (This war resulted in Croatia being removed from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and then incorporated into the new country of Yugoslavia.)

From the Malta Independent, Malta marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

From ANSA, Italian politician Matteo Salvini says that his country could hinder E.U. activities.

From France24, President Macron calls nationalism the opposite of patriotism.

From RFI, world leaders mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

From the Sunday Express, MP Andrea Leadsom warns that the E.U. cannot keep the U.K. in a customs union.

From the Evening Standard, Queen Elizabeth and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeyer attend a prayer service to mark the World War I centenary.

From the Independent, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is forced to cancel a planned cabinet meeting.

From the (Irish) Independent, for the second time, Michael D. Higgins is inaugurated as the president of Ireland.

From the Irish Examiner, Higgins calls armistice celebrations "a simple recognition of our common humanity".

From CBC News, the POW camp in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

From Global News, Montreal honors fallen troops while marking the 100 anniversary of the end of World War I.

From the Toronto Sun, the mayor of Toronto hopes that the next century will be more peaceful.

From Arutz Sheva, an Israeli airstrike eliminates six Hamas terrorists.

From The Times Of Israel, according to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, "there is no diplomatic solution for Gaza".

From Rûdaw, 55 ISIS terrorists have been killed in Iraq in two days.

From Dawn, Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi denies that the U.S. has offered to release Aafia Siddiqi.

From Khaama Press, three Taliban terrorists are killed by their own IED.

From Jewish News Syndicate, an imam in Boston says "without Islam, America will meet its demise".

From The Times Of India, an Islamic seminary issues a fatwa against allegedly un-Islamic practices at Muslim weddings.

From Gatestone Institute, "a bloodbath for Christians, no response from Egypt".

From National Review, Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes should be fired.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump, recently faulted for skipping a ceremony due to rain, defies the rain at another ceremony.

From Twitchy, House Speaker-elect (maybe) Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) sets forth her "main issue".

From Reuters, Canadians could transport crude oil by turning it into pucks.  (Coming from a country with lots of hockey players, this is not too much of a surprise.)

From Al Jazeera, Jamal Khashoggi's last words reportedly were "I'm suffocating".  (via the New York Post)

From The Daily Caller, today deserves to be called Armistice Day again.

And from the Los Angeles Times, you're raking in the bucks, Mr. Grinch.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Stuff

On a sunny but cool Saturday, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, Hungary will not apologies for making cultural preservation a priority.

From Daily News Hungary, Hungary will expand its economic scheme helping Hungarians in Romania.

From Radio Poland, the Polish government and private organizations reach an agreement for the Independence Day march.

From Deutsche Welle, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron unveil a plaque at the World War I Memorial in the Compiegne forest.

From France24, U.S. President Trump and French President Macron agree on the need for more European defense spending.

From RFI, U.K. Prime Minister May and French President Macron law a wreath at a memorial in the Somme valley.

From the Express, U.K. politician Jacob Rees-Moggs says that U.K. fishermen have been "sacrificed" to the E.U.

From the Evening Standard, the U.K. will observe two minutes of silence to mark the centenary of the end of World War I.

From the Independent, according to the Metropolitan Police chief, U.K. police are "hamstrung" by outdated technology.

From the (Irish) Independent, Irish soldiers in World War I are remembered in a ceremony in Bray, Ireland.  (Ireland was part of the U.K. at that time.)

From CBC News, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau visits the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge in France.

From Malta Today, Italian Interior Minister Salvini accuses Malta of aiding migrants and sending them to Lampedusa.

From Ekathimerini, some facts about Turkey's territorial waters and Turkey's objections.

From Independent Balkan News Agency, Bulgaria restricts part of its border with Greece due to illegal immigration in the area.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey has given recordings of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and others.

From Arutz Sheva, according to U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt, neither side will like everything about President Trump's peace plan.

From ABC News, where "A" stands for "Australian", Austrian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls "violent, extreme Islam" the largest religious threat to his country.

From American Thinker, 10 questions about whether Islam and America are compatible.

From National Review, in the 2018 midterms, carbon taxes and mandates on renewables lost.

From Townhall, "what's next for U.S. climate and energy policies?"

From the Washington Examiner, recounts have been ordered for three Florida contests.

From Fox News, leaders will gather at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

From Breitbart, family apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley Sector of the Border Patrol in October are 378 percent more than a year earlier.

From LifeZette, Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez learns that living in D.C. is expensive.

And from The Guardian, writer George RR Martin admits that Game Of Thrones might initially have been a short story.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Links

As another weekend almost arrives, here are some things going on:

From The Washington Free Beacon, in the newly-elected congress, few GOP supporters of the Gang-of-Eight remain.

From the Washington Examiner, President Trump promises to send lawyers to Florida to "expose the fraud".

From National Review, when they lose, the Democrats bring out the standard lame excuse.

From Townhall, the "sordid and possibly criminal history" of the election supervisor of Broward County, Florida.

From FrontpageMag, a look at the siege of Tucker Carlson's house and other actions by ProFa.

From Voice Of Europe, Iceland's Christmas ad has been banned for being "too political", and the patriots who gave their lives in World War I did not fall so that another empire could invade.

From the Hungary Journal, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban explains how his nation benefits from a strong family policy.  (via Voice Of Europe)

From Radio Praha, a former Imam in Prague has been arrested for allegedly promoting terrorism.

From Radio Poland, will Poland's Independence Day march bridge the country's political divide?

From Deutsche Welle, German politicians mark the anniversary of Kristallnacht.

From the NL Times, a group of pro-Zwarte Piet activists are sentenced to community service for blocking a highway.

From VRT NWS, the Belgian and U.K. prime ministers lay wreaths in Mons, Belgium.

From France24, French President Emmanuel Macron can't seem to find a French hero worthy of honor.

From the Huffington Post, the U.K. will not offer asylum to Asia Bibi.  (via The European Post)

From the Express, U.K. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says that Brexit "can't be stopped".

From the Evening Standard, the U.K. Border Force, with help of the Dover Coast Guard, intercept seven Iranian migrants in the English Channel.

From the Daily Mail, a British prosecutor is "slammed" for refusing to use the term "Islamic terrorism".  (It seems that in some places, people can get in trouble for using that very phrase, as if it's wrong to connect Islam with terrorism.)

From BBC News, British MP Jo Johnson quits as transport minister over Brexit.

From SwissInfo, much ado about the re-moo-val of cow horns.

From El País, Spain has signed €48 million in irregular arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

From Total Croatia News, a report on the U.N. migration pact will be presented to the Croatian parliament.

From the Greek Reporter, Albania's Ministry of the Interior labels 52 Greeks to attended the funeral of an ethnic Greek killed by police as "undesirables".

From Ekathimerini, the Greek government seeks clarification as to why the 52 Greeks are given the "undesirables" label.

From Russia Today, 300 Russian police officers have been fired this year due to complaints from citizens.

From Hürriyet Daily News, police in the Turkish province of Sakarya seize a stash of amphetamine worth 2 million Turkish Liras.

From Arutz Sheva, a Kristallnacht vigil in London is disrupted by men shouting about killing Jews.  (H/T Gadi Adelman for the Tweet)

From News(dot)com(dot)au, a man in Melbourne, Australia stabs three people and is then killed by police.

From CBC News, suicide bombers kill at least 20 people at a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia.

From Fox News, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) "has little margin for error" in trying to take back that position.

From CNS News and the "thanks for the warning" department, Pelosi says, "I will be center stage".

From LifeZette, TV host Joey Scarborough calls Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) a "conspiracy theorist" for demanding that Florida follow its own laws.

From Accuracy In Media, Rubio accuses the media in Florida of "misleading coverage".

From Twitchy, the Woolsey wildfire has destroyed Caitlyn Jenner's home, while other celebrities evacuate.

From The Federalist, "how religion sustains the West's democratic ideals".

From American Thinker, the policies which led to Kristallnacht.

And from Breaking Burgh, the Jim Acosta microphone incident may have involved a second intern.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mass Shooting In California, And Other Stories

Late yesterday evening, a gunman killed at least 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California.  The suspect, identified as Marine veteran Ian David Long, was found dead inside the bar.

Read more at ABC News, CNN, CBS News, KOLO and NBC News.
In other stories:

From the NL Times, children in Zaanstad, the Netherlands reportedly prefer Chimney Pieten for their Sinterklaas celebrations.  (In 2017, I visited a part of Zaanstad named Zaanse Schans, which is mentioned in the article.)

From the Evening Standard, PayPal bans British activist Tommy Robinson.

From El País, Catalan police have arrested a Franco supporter for allegedly plotting to assassinate Spain's prime minister.  (From what I can tell, a "Franco supporter" is someone who opposes the PM's plan to move Franco's body from its current location.  If you read Spanish, read the story at Público.)

From Khaama Press, police in Kabul, Afghanistan thwart an attempt by terrorists to blow up an oil tank truck.  (The article calls the truck, which appears in a picture, a "tanker", a term which often is used to denote a ship.  However, Kabul is way too far inland to accommodate that type of tanker.  The article also uses the common euphemism "militants".)

From the New York Post, a teacher in Broward County, Florida finds a "provisional ballot box" in a school storage room.  (What? Not in a car trunk as allegedly happened in Minnesota a few years back?)