Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Canadian Cops Unleash The Nickelback

The police in the small Canadian town of Kensington, Prince Edward Island have come up with a new way to make life even more unpleasant for anyone they arrest for drunk driving.  During your trip in the back seat of the police cruiser, if you are arrested on this specific charge, you will be subjected to music by Nickelback.  This might be called "cruel and unusual punishment", except for the fact that Canada, being separate from the United States, does not have the Eighth Amendment.  (It's possible that they have something analogous, but I'm not familiar with their constitution.)  On the other hand, any true fans of Nickelback who get to ride in a Kensington, PEI police car might find their experience temporarily enjoyable.  But in any event, if you've been enjoying Labatt Blue, Molson or Moosehead, take a good break or let someone else drive before you go running around the Maritime Provinces.

Read more at The Verge, CBC News, Quartz, Refinery29 and CNN.

Things I Don't Believe #2

This post will be devoted to a single topic, because of how much I had to write in order to explain what it is that I don't believe, and why I don't believe it.  The topic is the purported death of a certain musical celebrity, of which reports have been greatly exaggerated, as Mark Twain would say.

I do not believe that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966, and replaced with a look-alike.

According to this conspiracy theory, the man currently known as Paul McCartney isn't really Paul McCartney.  This is because the original Paul McCartney, who played in a group called the Quarrymen, which later evolved into the Beatles, died in a car accident in late 1966.  The Beatles found a replacement in William Shears Campbell, a Scottish man who (depending on which version of the story you run across) had either won or come in second in a Paul McCartney look-alike contest.  Starting in 1967, the band started passing off Campbell as McCartney, perhaps with the help of some cosmetic surgery.  They also started to incorporate, into their songs and album cover artwork, clues to Paul's alleged death and replacement.  One early example of this would be the lyrics "the one and only Billy Shears" in the title song of their 1967 album Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, allegedly giving a clue to Campbell's identity.  If this theory is true, it would mean that a man named Bill Campbell, after assuming McCartney's identity, married Linda Eastman and later Heather Mills, founded the band Wings, had a long solo career, was knighted, and is still around today.  Meanwhile, the "true" Paul McCartney has been pushing up daisies for fifty years (although no believer in all this, as far as I can tell, has ever tried to point out the location of his grave).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The ACC Football Coach Of The Year Is....

....drum roll, please....

....Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech.

In just his first year as head coach of Virginia Tech's football team, Justin Fuente has been named Coach of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference.  The Hokies have finished the regular 12-game season at 9-3, the best since 2011, in the process winning the Coastal Division.  They will face Atlantic Division winner Clemson in the ACC Championship Game this coming Saturday.  Fuente had previous been the head coach at Memphis.

Read more at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, WDBJ, TechSideline and Hokiesports.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Man Attacks With Car And Knife On OSU Campus

This morning on the campus Ohio State University, a man ran into pedestrians with his car, and then got out and started stabbing people with a butcher knife, before being shot dead by a policeman.  Nine people were injured.  The attack was originally, but wrongly, reported as a shooting, but the only gunshots came from the cop.  The attacker was identified as Abdul Artan, an 18-year-old student of OSU, who was born in Somalia and who had also lived in Pakistan.

Read more at The Columbus Dispatch, NBC News, Cincinnati(dot)com, Reuters and AOL.

Some information on the suspect may be found at Inquistr (who say that Artan was 19) and Heavy.

UPDATE:  This is not the first attack on a college campus by a Muslim using a car as an assault weapon.  Another one happened ten years ago.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fidel Castro 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, the communist dictator who ruled Cuba from 1959 to 2008, has died at age 90.  Due to his failing health, he had handed over much of his power to his brother Raúl in 2006 and then formally resigned the Cuban presidency two years later.  For much of his time in power, he and his country were in a state of conflict with the United States, with episodes ranging from the Cuban Missile Crisis, which also involved the Soviet Union, to the custody battle over Elián Gonzáles, a young boy who had survived a risky boat voyage to Florida.

Reactions to Castro's death range from tribute to celebration.  I'll provide just one example.  In his article at HotAir, Jazz Shaw points what he thinks "might be the ultimate irony".
In the end, Castro died on Black Friday, arguably the biggest celebration of capitalism on the entire calendar.
Read more at The New York Times, BBC News, Al Jazeera, ABC News and the Miami Herald.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Links For Black Friday

Besides the start of Christmas shopping, here's what else is going on:

In Chicago, Black Friday is for protesting.

The president-elect might be able to learn something from this guy.

One city in Italy keeps getting flooded - by tourists.

Another Italian city has an even worse problem.

I wish these leaders would show the same concern for the people who haven't left their countries.

It looks like this guy will get his day in court.

In their presidential primary, one French candidate says non to multiculturalism.

It looks like President Obama could be returning to the community organizing business.

Missing Friday prayers can cause Muslims to miss quite a bit of time.

Dutch police foil a plot to attack synagogue.

Over 70 pilgrims are killed by a truck bomb in Iraq.  (via here)

In Sweden, migrants burn down art work.

A Canadian imam wants one entire country to be burned down.

The self-destruction of Europe.

Here's an example of what happens when previously deported illegal aliens return.

A Chicago neighborhood puts up the largest lit Santa Claus in the United States.

A Canadian company shoots videos of the earth from space.

And to finish, Florence Henderson, known for her role as Carol Brady of The Brady Bunch, passes away at age 82.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obama's Last Turkey Pardon

Today, President Obama performed his eighth and final turkey pardon, which could be called a double feature.  The two turkeys, Tater and Tot, were raised and named in Iowa, and each weigh about 40 pounds.  Normally I don't take note of this annual event, but this year, the two birds will be sent to my alma mater, whose Hokiebird mascot has been described as a highly evolved turkey.  They will live out their days at Virginia Tech's "Gobbler's Nest".

The ceremony under which presidents pardon turkeys at Thanksgiving goes back, at least formally, to the first President Bush, but has some antecedents going back to President Lincoln, who spared his son's turkey from being eaten at Christmas.

Read more at NBC News, ABC News, CNN and WTOP.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two Interesting Articles

Earlier today, I read two articles that I thought were worth passing on.  The first comes via HotAir from Politico, and asserts that the true creators of Trump were the left.  A brief quote:
The general attitude of the left was: Disagree with us? You’re probably racist, xenophobic, sexist, bigoted or all of the above. Indeed, for many liberal Americans, these prejudices have come to be seen as inseparable from identity of the Republican Party itself.  [emphasis in original]
Read the first article.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Things I Don't Believe #1

There are many popular notions out there, some of them called "conspiracy theories", that many people have come to believe, but which I have decided not to believe.  I was hoping to write an essay on these, and make it into a single post, but I seem to have come up with so many things to write about, and so much to write about some of them, that it would be better to spread these things out.  Let me start with some things related to the man who will soon leave our country's highest office.

I do not believe:

That Barack Obama is a Muslim.
As I pointed out in one of my "Random Musings" posts, our soon-to-be-former president drinks beer, eats pork, and has kept at least one dog as a pet, all three of which are not normally permitted under Islam.  This would mean either that he is not Muslim, or that he has somehow carried out a very elaborate deception on behalf of Islam.  Applying Occam's Razor, I would be more likely to believe the former.  While Obama has called himself a Christian, his particular brand thereof appears to be the Black Liberation Theology preached by Pastor Jeremiah Wright.  It is obvious that Obama has a great respect for Islam, perhaps because he sees it as an oppressed culture or a victim of colonialism, but this is distinct from being an adherent of that religion.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Just A Few Things

Just a few things that I've run across, or which have been brought to my attention:

Plans appear already to be in the works for Donald Trump to have dinner with Queen Elizabeth II.

The French "far right" are doing well in the polls.

Another thing I don't remember from the 2012 election is how a fashion designer refused to make dresses for Michelle Obama.

A DOJ attorney who accused current AG-designate Jeff Sessions of racial remarks has had his own legal problems.

To our friends on the left, please practice what you preach.

And in an item brought to my attention by my Canadian friend Kel of Red Fox Blogger, when in Parliament, discussing how your peers regard your province, please do not refer to the breaking of wind.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Remember When?

Remember how badly some people in the Tea Party movement, other Romney supporters, and even children, reacted to the reelection of President Obama four years ago?  For example:

Remember when Tea Partiers assaulted a man they thought had voted for Obama and tried to steal his car?

Remember when pro-Romney high school students in Maryland beat up a fellow student who wore a pro-Obama hat?

Remember how a pro-Romney high school student in Florida punched a classmate for holding up a pro-Obama sign?

Remember when pro-Romney students beat up an 11-year-old boy for voting for Obama in a mock election?

Remember when a Tea Partier even had the audacity to carry a sign that said "Rape Michelle"?

And finally, do you remember the teenagers who acted out a mock assassination of Obama?

Do you remember any of that?  Let's just say....


Disclaimer:  Everyone please note that I'm referring to a hypothetical mock assassination, not a real one.  The actual mock assassination was part of a skit, the "victim" not being the current president.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Various And Sundry

Some various and sundry (or sun-dried) things going on out there:

From the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, six things in the news.

From National Review, if you want know who "normalized" Donald Trump, look left.

From AOL News, the most powerful female on Trump's team is not who you'd think.

From Politico, Trump's designee for Attorney General is already catching flak.

From USA Today, "Who is Michael Flynn" whom Trump has tapped for National Security Adviser?

From the New York Post, Trump has some other unfinished business to take care of.

From Twitchy, the irony of Trump's predecessor's warning about "fake news".

From The Daily Caller, some of the under-reported attacks on Trump supporters.

From CNN, here's someone who didn't vote, but if he had, would have voted for Trump.

From The Jerusalem Post, Benjamin Netanyahu has some advice for Trump.

From FrontpageMag, what not to do if you want whites to vote for you.

From Gatestone Institute, don't call these guys what they are.

From Reuters, 32 well-off Sri Lankans join ISIS.  (So much for terrorism being driven by economic concerns and poverty.)

From the Daily Mail, Britain's first Muslim female Lord Mayor defends herself in court.

From Warrior, some badassery from the U.S. and U.K. military.

From TechCrunch, can the tech industry solve political problems?

From Fox News, a judge is indicted for giving a gun to a felon.

And from Truth Revolt, a Twitter user exposes their double standard.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Music Break

Now that the election is over a week in the past, I can turn my attention back to music for a bit.  The first number, Crossfire, comes from In Step, the fourth and last album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.  It was written by his band-mates Tommy Shannon (bass), Chris Layton (drums) and Reese Wynans (keyboards), along with Bill Carter and Ruth Ellsworth.  The track includes Joe Sublett on sax and Darrell Leonard on trumpet, the two collectively known as the Texicali Horns.  Sadly, after releasing Family Style with his brother Jimmy, Vaughan would die in a helicopter crash after performing at a show in Wisconsin in 1990.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A New Senator John Kennedy (R-LA)?

This coming January, there might be a new Senator named John Kennedy, who is, even with that name, a Republican.  But first, he must win the runoff election in Louisiana.

Read more at Roll Call, Politico, The Times-Picayune and The Hill.

Monday, November 14, 2016

What I'd Like To See From President Trump

You could say that I've waited four years to write this post.  Back in 2012, I was hoping to congratulate Mitt Romney on being elected president, and then set out what I'd like to see from him when he gets into office.  Those hopes, as we all remember, were dashed by the reelection of Barack Obama.  As a result, my experience in writing this type of post consists only of a post which I wrote in 2010 congratulating the GOP for retaking the House of Representatives, when I was a contributor to AndRightlySo.  So then, here are my suggestions for President-elect Donald Trump:

First of all, as Han Solo once said to Luke Skywalker, "Don't get cocky."  I realize that asking any politician, even one whose experience is mostly outside of politics, to reign in his arrogance is a tall order, but it must be done.  You will soon be the most powerful man in the world (which already scares the [bleep] out of the left), and will have responsibilities more grievous than most people would ever want.  If memory serves me correctly, George Bush the Elder once said that there really is nothing that truly prepares you for the presidency.  For that reason alone, a little bit of humility will go a long way.

Pit Bull Elected Mayor

For the fourth time in its history, the small town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky has elected a dog to be their mayor.  A pit bull named Brynneth Pawltro, or Brynn for short, beat out other dogs, a chicken, a cat, a donkey (a Democrat, maybe?), and a Godzilla figurine.  The previous mayor, a border collie named Lucy Lou who had been in office for eight years, stepped down with all four legs after the election was called.

Read more at The Telegraph, WLWT and The Dodo.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Anti-Trump Prognosticators Fail Miserably

YouTube user Marc Dice has posted a video compilation of politicians and media figures saying either that Donald Trump will not be president, or that he will not be the GOP nominee.  The political people come from both major parties, and include Trump's respective immediate predecessors as president and as GOP nominee.  At the start, however, we get to watch one person who got it right.

The direct link is here.  For those of you on record as predicting that Trump would never be elected president, enjoy eating your crow.

Saturday Links

Here are things going on, as the weekend starts to unfold:

The speculation can now begin.  What kind of administration will President Trump have?

The crybabies are still crying.

An open letter to said crybabies.

I'd call this a good piece of advice to said crybabies.

Our friends to the north can breathe a small sign of relief.
UPDATE:  So can some of our amigos across the Atlantic.

Should we cry this guy a river, or just get out the very small violin?

A college course on Hillary Clinton's life.

Was a hiker's encounter with Clinton staged?

Lego and the Daily Mail will part ways.

Some information on the migration into Europe.

Some of those migrants are drug dealers.

France pays tribute to the victims of the terror attack a year ago.

A space object's orbit might have been affected by Planet Nine.

And to finish with some historical humor, a special snowflake from the past is very upset that Trump won.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Trump's Letter From Nixon

Several media outlets have recently reported about a letter Donald Trump received in 1987 from former President Richard Nixon.  The letter was posted by the National Archives Foundation and mentioned by author Michael D'Antonio in his new biography of the president-elect, entitled Never Enough.

In late December of 1987, former First Lady Pat Nixon was watching Phil Donahue's TV show, on which Trump was a guest, and apparently was rather impressed with the real estate developer.   Mrs. Nixon thought that Trump could be successful in politics, which sentiments Mr. Nixon conveyed to Trump in the letter.  The body of the letter reads:
I did not see the program, but Mrs. Nixon told me you were great on the Donahue show.
As you can imagine, she is an expert on politics and she predicts that whenever you decide to run for office you will be a winner!  [underline in original]
To be sure, the Nixons did not mention any specific public office, much less the presidency.  While this correspondence is not quite, in my opinion, as interesting as the in-person handshake between President John F. Kennedy and a boy from Arkansas named Bill Clinton, it's certainly worth taking note of the connection between the current president-elect and one of his predecessors.

Read more at The Vindicated (part of New York Mag), AOL News, The New York Times and WPVI-TV.

UPDATE:  Here's another blast from the past, of the comical variety.

Some Takeaways From Trump's Victory

Here are some facts and consequences arising from Donald Trump's victory in this year's election:

As I've previously mentioned, Trump is the oldest man ever to be elected president, and this coming January, will be the oldest man to be sworn into the office.  He is also the first twice-divorced person to be elected president.  Due to his vast wealth, if he decides to accept his presidential salary, he will probably still be taking a very large pay cut (or as he would put it, a yuuuuge pay cut).

Trump will not be the only president to have not previously held any other type of civilian government office such as senator (like Obama and Kennedy) or governor (like Clinton and Bush the Younger).  However, most of the others with this distinction, as far as I know, had been military generals (like Eisenhower and Grant) before becoming president.  Thus, Trump will be one of the few presidents, if not the only one, to have no earlier service in any other government office, either civilian or military.

Mrs. Trump, the former Melania Knauss, will become the first First Lady to be born in mainland Europe, specifically Slovenia, and the second born outside the United States (or the antecedent British colonies), after Louisa Adams, who was born in London.   While her attractiveness is obvious, she also has enough smarts to speak five languages.  She will also be the first Slav that I know of to become FLOTUS, something that a part-Slovak part-Pole like myself can be proud of.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Canadian Immigration Site Crashes

It looks like all that talk about moving to Canada was more serious than I thought.  During yesterday's American election, Canada's immigration website crashed.

I haven't run across anything similar with America's other large neighbor, Mexico.  While some people apparently have a problem with president-elect Trump wanting to build a wall on our border with Mexico, as if desiring a secure border is xenophobic, their sympathy with Mexico seems only to be directed toward people trying to leave that country while illegally crossing into the United States.  Making the trip in the opposite direction, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be in their plans.

Donald Trump Wins Presidential Election

It took until the wee hours of this morning, but Donald Trump (R-NY) has been elected President of the United States, defeating former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-NY).  Some media outlets are calling his victory an "upset".  At age 70, Trump becomes the oldest person to be elected president, which would also have been true had Clinton been elected.

I spent yesterday evening, and early today, reading the results on a Google search page, which now indicates that Trump has 276 electoral votes and Clinton has 218.  When I finally retired for the night, the election had not yet been decided.  This morning, I learned that Pennsylvania and Wisconsin had been called for Trump, thus putting him past the needed 270 electoral votes.  In the states not yet called, Trump leads in Michigan, Arizona and Alaska, while Clinton leads in Minnesota and New Hampshire.  She also has a small lead in the popular vote.

Besides the final vote totals, one other thing which remains to be determined is how Canada will deal with the Americans who had previously stated that they would move up there if Trump wins.  Perhaps they can be housed in some igloos in Nunavut.

Read more at Politico, The Washington Post, Yahoo News, NBC News and USA Today.

UPDATE:  The Google search page now says Trump 279, Clinton 228.  Alaska (3 EV) has been called for Trump, while Minnesota (10 EV) has been called for Clinton.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Some Election-Related Stories

It's early in the afternoon on election day, so it will probably be a while before we know who will win, but some developments have been reported in the news.

In several states, voting machines are experiencing technical difficulties.

One such problem has occurred in Lebanon - the county in Pennsylvania.

A similar problem has occurred elsewhere in PA, in an ironically-named township.

Meanwhile, Wall Street holds it breath.

A Florida man dies before finding out if his absentee ballot signature is accepted.

Here's an hour-to-hour guide for what's going on tonight.

The government is making a serious effort to protect the election from being hacked.

An "unlikely race" that could decide which party controls the Senate.

And last but not least, the two presidential candidates vote.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Janet Reno 1938-2016

Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as the United States Attorney General, has died at age 78, in her home in Miami, Florida, of complications from Parkinson's Disease.  She was also the longest-serving AG during the 20th century.

Janet Wood Reno was born in Miami to parents who were both newspaper reporters.  She was valedictorian of her high school.  She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in chemistry, and earned her law degree at Harvard.  She worked for two law firms in Miami, for the Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of Representatives, and for the Dade County State Attorney's Office.  In 1978, she was appointed State Attorney for Dade County and later elected Florida State Attorney.  In 1993, after President Clinton's first two nominees for Attorney General had both been found to have employed an illegal aliens as nannies for their respective children, he successfully nominated Reno, who served throughout the rest of his presidency.  In 2002, she ran for Governor of Florida, but lost in the Democratic primary.

Read more at CNN, Fox News, The Washington Post, USA Today and Reuters.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Hokie Visits Duke

Yesterday, I was in Durham, North Carolina to watch a football game, in which my Virginia Tech Hokies narrowly beat the Duke Blue Devils.  I arrived at the Duke campus with plenty of time before kickoff, which allowed me to walk around and take some pictures.  This was my fourth trip to Duke, which meant that I had already seen much of their campus, but this time, the sunny weather gave me a great opportunity for some good shots.  My route from a gameday parking lot, as in previous visits, took me past their greenhouse complex, part of which is shown here.

Turning onto Science Drive, I encountered the statue of a biology professor named Knut Schmidt-Nielsen and a camel.

This dormitory, not far from Wallace Wade Stadium, includes a clock tower.

Another dormitory section includes parapets and a bell tower.  While positioning myself for this shot, someone told me that I was brave wandering around there "dressed like that", referring to my shirt with its Virginia Tech logo.  I told him that it was only the fourth time I have done such a thing.

This is Duke's chapel.  Years ago, when I asked a Duke alumna which European city they stole it from, she said, "All of them."

Not far from the chapel is a statue of James Buchanan Duke, who left a large endowment to Trinity College, which was later renamed after his father Washington Duke.

This parking lot, full of tailgating tents, is part of Krzyzewskiville, an area named after Duke's highly successful basketball coach.  My inner Pole tells me that there should be a dot over the second "z".

After this last pic, it was time to put away the camera and watch the game.

Hillary Clinton Again Escapes Charges Over Emails

Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will still not face any criminal charges resulting from a review of new emails, according to FBI Director James Comey.  About a week ago, Comey had revealed that the agency's investigation into Clinton's emails had been reopened.  Or to slightly modify a certain saying, skaters gonna skate.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Hillary Clinton Ballot Gets Suspicious Typo

In Lonoke County, Arkansas, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's first name was misspelled as "Hilliary", which contains consecutive letters spelling the word "liar".  Is this an honestly mistaken typo, a deliberate jab, or maybe a Freudian slip?  Obviously, I'm no fan of the former Arkansas resident, who in 2000 bagged her carpets into my native state of New York, but I don't need that particular typo to remind me why.  Besides, she's far from the only politician who deserves those four letters.

Read more at NBC New York and Arkansas Matters.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chicago Cubs Win World Series

The year was 1908.  Teddy Roosevelt was in the last full year of his presidency.  A large man named William Howard Taft was poised to succeed him.  The Olympics where held in London because Rome wasn't ready to host the event.  Russia and China were both ruled by emperors.  Americans weren't yet sure what to make of the contraption invented by the Wright brothers.  Three of my four grandparents were little kids; the other would be born the next year.  And for the second straight year, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

The year is 2016.  Barack Obama is in the last full year of his presidency.  Two large (at least when it comes to their egos) people named Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are vying to succeed him.  The Olympics were held in Rio de Janeiro despite health concerns over the Zika virus.  Russia and China, having cast off their respective emperors decades ago, are still stirring the proverbial pot.  Americans endure hassles in security lines to board the Wrights' invention.  My grandparents, and more recently my father, have all gone to Sasquatch heaven.  And for the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series.

It took seven games, with the last one going into extra innings after a rain delay, but the curse of the billy goat has finally been lifted.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Meet The Namesakes

Courtesy of CNN, meet Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, neither of whom is running for president.  In fact, this Hillary Clinton is too young to qualify for the office, and her namesake's rival's namesake is correctly addressed as Dr. Donald Trump.

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube.

Wednesday Links

Today is All Souls Day for Catholics and the Day of the Dead in some cultures, but is also a day in the news.

From Bloomberg Markets, bookmakers overwhelmingly choose one presidential candidate.

From LifeNews, a Catholic bishop sets forth one criterion about whom you vote for.

From The Denver Post, if you vote for Hillary Clinton (D-NY), there's something you should read.

From the Observer, Clinton loses the support of a former rival.

From Breitbart's 2016: The Race, a little reminder from the past.

From the Tampa Bay Times, in Florida, early voting has turned out different from that in 2012.

From ABC News, joking about Boko Haram gets three Cameroonian men a long jail sentence.

From the Washington Examiner, U.S. drones keep finding al-Qaeda leaders.

From The Daily Caller, Iraqi jets spoil an ISIS pool party.

From TechCrunch, the future of ticketing is already taking place.

From NPR, the Fed is leaving interest rates alone - for now.

From CBS Chicago, as the Cubs and Indians get ready to play the deciding game in the World Series, a fan calls today his "longest day".  By winning tonight, one of the two teams will end a very long championship drought.

From PoliZette, the Obama administration claims to have the votes to ratify TPP.

From the Daily Mail, Attorney General Loretta Lynch faces a lawsuit over her meeting with Mr. Bill.

From the Associated Press, France orders four mosques closed.

From China(dot)org(dot)cn, it's not a pig, it's just a symbol.

From Vocativ, Turkey reads islamophobia into Pac-Man.

And from the New York Post, a friendship for the ages - both young and old.