Friday, December 15, 2017

Links For A Cold Friday

For the second time this month, there's snow falling around here, but I think it might really be grappel.  So as the solid precipitation comes down, here are some other things going on:

From The Daily Signal, a government program that transfers money to the rich.

From PoliZette, President Trump tells MS-13 that they'll be thrown out of the country.

From Breitbart's Big Government, Trump opens 80,000 jobs to Americans.

From The Kansas City Star, a congressional candidate withdraws due to 12-year-old accusations of sexual harassment.  (via the New York Post)

From CBS Philly, the Phillies sign a first baseman who might sound like a guitarist.

From the Express, European Commission President Juncker wants everyone to "calm things down".

From Flanders News, a terrorist imprisoned in Iraq wants to collaborate with the Belgian security service.

From the International Business Times, an imam in New Jersey blames the Jews for the Sinai mosque attack.

From Russia Today, authorities in Helsinki will not allow construction of a grand mosque, which would have been financed by people in Bahrain.

From Voice Of Europe, a small Italian town has more migrants than Italians.

From Ekathimerini, the E.U. gives itself until next June to figure out how to distribute refugees.

From The Local FR, France and Germany will unveil Eurozone reforms this coming March.

From the Mirror, police shoot a man wielding a knife in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.  (Yes, that's the one I flew into and out of earlier this year.)

From Reuters, Italy plans to hand over sea rescues to the Libyan coast guard

From Sputnik International, the Swedish minister of labor says that migrants need to learn "Swedish values".

From The Moscow Times, seven suspected ISIS terrorists were arrested in St. Petersburg for allegedly plotting a suicide bombing.

From News Letter, Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen is released on bail.

From Novinite, Bulgaria will transport migrants with two buses donated by the Netherlands.

From The Federalist, the eight "worst defenses" of the anti-Trump FBI texts.

From The Star, a Malaysian woman is fined and jailed for insulting Islam.  (via The Religion Of Peace)

From National Review, China expresses a desire to mess with the U.S. Navy.

From Townhall, the FBI releases more information on the meeting between Attorney General Lynch and former President Clinton.

From Co(dot)Design, a look at the weird houses of Queens, NY.

And from Variety, where does the merger of Fox and Disney leave International Newswire?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Moore's Loss And Other Stories

As would be expected, the punditosphere is reacting to Roy Moore's loss in the Alabama special election for Senator.  Here's a small sampling:

From HotAir, Jazz Shaw says that "not a [bleep] thing" has changed.

From National Review, "Roy Moore does the impossible".

From Townhall, how Moore "lost an unlosable election".

And from FrontpageMag, "who really lost in Alabama".
In other news:

From Voice Of Europe, in Nimes, France, firefighters get stoned (but not with marijuana).

From The Local DK, a man in Denmark is sentenced for terrorism offenses, including the loss of his passport.

From The Local NO, four months after holding an election, Norway might get a new government next month.

From France24, in Brussels, a "row" breaks out over E.U. refugee quotas.

From the NL Times, a Syrian man in Amsterdam denies having anything to do with ISIS.

From Breitbart London, British MEP Nigel Farage accuses U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May of "dancing to the E.U.'s tune".  (If Brexit is ever completed, it would mean that the U.K. will no longer send any representative to the E.U. parliament, which in turn would mean that Farage will be out of a job.)

From Russia Today, six mute swans, which by law are possessions of the British monarch, have been found beheaded.

From New Europe. the E.U. has adopted a program for aiding health services in Libya.

From The Times Of Israel, Sudanese President and suspected war criminal Omar al-Bashir is welcomed in Turkey.

From The Telegraph, the OIC will exclude the United States from the Palestinian-Israeli "peace process".

From the Mirror, China has collected the DNA of everyone in the region of Xinjiang.

From Time, the NY suicide bomber followed the teachings of a leader of a group that was banned in Bangla Desh.

From LifeNews, Planned Avoidance Of Parenthood operates fewer clinics than ever.

And from Law & Crime, after crashing his car, a man in northern Virginia shows a remarkable tolerance for cold weather.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Alabama Chooses Their Senator Today

Today, Alabama is holding the special election for senator, to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now our attorney general.  Polls close at 8:00 p.m. eastern time.  (Alabama is in the central time zone, so that's 7:00 p.m., their time.)  Here are some related stories:

From the New York Post, whether Roy Moore (R) or Doug Jones (D) is leading depends on which poll you believe.

From National Review, the case against Moore.

From Page Six, celebrities endorse Jones.

And from the Daily Beast, Moore goes to vote riding his own beast.

UPDATE:  Jones wins, by about 2 percent.  Read more at CNN and CBS News.

Monday, December 11, 2017

More Stuff For Monday

Besides today's failed suicide bombing in New York, here are some things going on:

From Voice Of Europe, Mateusz Morawiecki, designated to succeed Beata Szydło as Poland's prime minister, defends his country's right to decide whether to accept refugees.

From The Guardian, E.U. council president Donald Tusk (of Poland) suggests that mandatory refugee quotas should be scrapped.

From Crux, religious leaders in Malawi oppose their government's proposed law which would allow for more abortions.  (via LifeNews)

From Middle East Eye, Iraqi troops and members of the Syrian Democratic Forces meet to discuss border security.

From FrontpageMag, President Trump's enforcement of immigration law benefits American workers.

From New Europe, Denmark is approving fewer asylum applications.

From Sputnik International, Sweden's Skåne County tries to get immigrants to integrate.

From The Local SE, unaccompanied minors migrating to Sweden risk falling through the cracks.

From Russia Today, police in London carry out a chemical attack drill at the Israeli embassy.

From the Express, Russian President Vladimir Putin orders his troops to start leaving Syria.

From the Prague Daily Monitor, the Visegrad 4 undertake an effort to protect the Libyan border.

From Townhall, the "awesome power" of not caring about what liberals think.

From the New York Post, Uber and Lyft refund riders over dynamic pricing after this morning's suicide bombing attempt.

From the Daily Sun, the subway bombing suspect reportedly "always looked angry".

From Premier Christian Radio, Islamic militants attack Christian children in their home.

From The Daily Signal, the Senate should join the House in closing special interest loopholes.

From The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian scientists have sequenced the DNA of the extinct Tasmanian tiger.

And from The Babylon Bee, a church in Mississippi finds a way to deal with people who arrive late.  (This is satire, but if you ask me, not a bad idea.)

Suicide Bomber In New York Fails To Kill Himself

This morning at around 7:30, a would-be suicide bomber set off a bomb in a subway passage near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City.  The bomb reportedly detonated prematurely and partially, wounding the bomber and injuring three others, but killing no one.  The suspect, identified as Brooklyn resident Akayed Ullah, is believed to be from Bangla Desh, and was possibly inspired by ISIS.  After the explosion, he was taken into custody and then to a hospital.

Read more at the New York Post, The New York Times, the Daily News, PIX11 and FOX5.

Music Break

Once again, it feels like time to listen to a few songs.  First up is Get Up Kate by the original Eagles, written and sung by Glenn Frey.  This song was recorded after they had finished their eponymous debut album in 1972.  They had performed it when they were Linda Ronstadt's backup band.  In the thumbnail, from left to right, are Bernie Leadon, Randy Meissner, Don Henley and Frey.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Various And Sundry

As yesterday's early-season snowfall melts away, here are some other things going on out there:

From Assyrian International News Agency, pundits got it wrong on Assad and ISIS.

From The Telegraph, in response to migrant street camps, Parisians threaten a hunger strike.

From Defend Europa, Hungarians erect a crucifix near a Lidl store, in response to the chain's erasing crosses from pictures on their products' packages.  (Lidl is based in Germany.)

From Arutz Sheva, anti-Israel protesters in Times Square invoke "the army of Muhammed".

From Haaretz, anti-Israel protesters in Gothenburg, Sweden throw firebombs at a synagogue.

From Russia Today, according to a German intelligence chief, there are more radical Islamists than ever.  (How many have been allowed into his country by his own government, I can only wonder.)

From the Sunday Express, the new Czech prime minister warns the E.U. over its immigration policy.

From Townhall, liberals don't like being held to the standards which they set for others.

From The Times Of Israel, Palestinians allegedly throw rocks while hiding behind an ambulance.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, the Iranian parliament speaker denounces President Trump's decision on al-Quds.  ("al-Quds" is the Islamic name for Jerusalem.)

From the New York Post, the Turkish president is likewise not pleased with Trump's decision.

And from WLTX, the mystery of the lights seen over Lexington and Calhoun Counties in South Carolina has been solved.  (via 9NEWS)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Links For A Snowy Day

It's been snowing most of today, from part of a storm that has extended from southern Texas to New England.  December snow is not uncommon here in Maryland, but it's more unusual farther south.  Here are few things going on, mostly having nothing to do with the weather:

The Afghan "teen refugee" who is now on trial for allegedly raping and killing a German girl is actually 33 years old.

The United Kingdom's Leader of the Commons says that the country "will take back control".

Muslims pray in front of the White House to protest President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital (or as I call it, his acknowledgement of reality).

French identitarian activists are fined for occupying a mosque site.  (My spell-checker does not like "identitarian".)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Catholic Teaching, Musical History, And Today

Today's date is significant for two reasons, which are quite unrelated to each other.  For Catholics, December 8th is the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  As explained in the National Catholic Register, in Catholic doctrine, Mary the mother of Jesus was conceived without original sin.  The Catholic Church also regards Mary as the patron saint of the United States under the title of the Immaculate Conception, as explained by Aquinas & More.  (You'll have to scroll down a bit.)
Today is also the anniversary of the death of John Lennon.  Writing in National Review, Kyle Smith recalls how he, in his early teens, had regarded Lennon as being "old and washed up", but after his death, then grew to appreciate Lennon's music.  My own experience was very different.  During my teen years, I had already grown to like the music of the Beatles and their later solo work.  I was in college when Lennon was killed, and still remember hearing someone in my dorm's hallway saying, "John Lennon's been shot."  It is still one of the few celebrity deaths which have affected me emotionally.
In today's stories:

From Breitbart's Big Government, one of Roy Moore's accusers admits forging in the yearbook where he allegedly signed.

From KHOU, Texas, including Houston, just got "walloped" by snow.  (Will this be blamed on man-made global warming?)

From the Los Angeles Times, the wildfire in southern California has killed thoroughbred horses.

From CBS Pittsburgh, a homeowner, 84, fights off invaders.  (via Fox News)

From Sports Illustrated, Sandusky the Younger is sentenced.

From Voice Of Europe, Gothenburg, Sweden is enduring an epidemic of rats.

From Breitbart London, a friend of the Manchester bomber claims to have "accidentally" joined ISIS.

From Radio Praha, the Czech Republic, even while dealing with a lawsuit, will not take in migrants.  ("Praha" is the Czech name of its capital city, known in English as "Prague".)

From The Local DE, Berlin is broke.

From Russia Today, a French school in Beirut apologizes for acknowledging Israel's existence.

From the Mirror, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May gets a breakthrough in the first phrase of Brexit negotiations.

From The News, Pakistan's Air Chief Marshall says a mistake was made in the case of Osama bin Laden.

From the International Business Times, a Somali refugee in the United Kingdom is sentenced for rape.

From The Loop (which appears to be part of Golf Digest), a look at the weird world of python hunting.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Franken Resigns And Other Stuff

It looks like the Senatorial version of the Al Franken Decade has been cut short.  As pretty much expected, and as some have called for, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) has announced his resignation from the Senate, effective some time "in the coming weeks".  In his resignation speech, Franken couldn't help but take some parting shots at President Trump and candidate Roy Moore (R-AL).

I'm sure that conservatives in Minnesota - at least the two that I know of - are happy at this development.  Perhaps Franken can return to his old line of work.  Does Saturday Night Live have any openings?

Read more at NBC News, CNN, ABC News, Politico and The Hill.

Also check out this post by one of those two Minnesota conservatives, the proprietor of Holger Awakens.
In other stuff:

From Voice Of Europe, due to street robberies, German police advise people to walk in pairs.

From The Local DK, the leader of the Danish People's Party wants curbs on asylum.

From the International Business Times, Denmark's immigration minister has an idea about what to do with failed asylum seekers.

From Ekathimerini, migrants stranded on Greek islands are not getting comfortable there.

From Breitbart London, a former E.U. president calls for a "United States of Europe".

From the Express, pro-Brexit MEP Nigel Farage rants against said proposal.

From The Times Of Israel, according to Prime Minister Netanyahu, some other countries might follow the United States and move their embassies to Jerusalem.

From Sputnik International, Hamas calls for another intifada.

From Gatestone Institute, Sweden will help the homeless - if they are foreigners.

From The Moscow Times, Russia's defense minister claims that Syria is now free of ISIS.

From Roll Call, Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) is expected to resign.  (via Townhall)

From Townhall, prosecutors involved in the "John Doe" investigations in Wisconsin reportedly got way out of line.

From the La Crosse Tribune, CAIR sues a Wisconsin manufacturer for not allowing more prayer time for Muslim employees.

And from the Washington Examiner, Franken gets defended by an amphibian.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

President Trump has done something that his predecessors have been considering but have never carried out since 1995.  He has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which is expected to bring about the relocation of the U.S. embassy to that city.  The embassy has been in Tel Aviv since 1948.

Perhaps it can be said the Trump has simply acknowledged reality.  The modern city of Jerusalem was been part of Israel since 1948, while the Old City (as part of the West Bank) was taken from Jordan during the Six-Day War of 1967.  While some might decry the "juda-ization" of Jerusalem, as if the city's character is somehow non-Jewish, the place was first juda-ized about 3,000 years ago by a Juda-ite named David.

Read more at The New York Times, CNN, The Hill, ABC News and The Guardian.

In a related development, the Czech Republic has followed suit, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.

For some historical context, go to Haaretz.

In a related story, the president's speech became a "weird, slurred mess", according to the Metro.

In an unrelated story by Fox News, the House has rejected a resolution calling for the president's impeachment.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Conyers Retires And Other Stories

Call it a resignation if you want to, but longtime Representative John Conyers (D-Mich) has announced his retirement from Congress, and has endorsed his son John Conyers III to replace him.  Conyers had become the longest serving member in Congress (although you have to wonder if "serving" is even the correct term any more), but has recently faced allegations of sexual misconduct.  In the upcoming special election, which Michigan's governor will have to call, Conyers III could face his cousin Ian Conyers, currently a state Senator.

Read more at USA Today, CBS News, The New York Times, NBC News and CNN.
In other stories:

From The Daily Signal, legal scholars defend Masterpiece Cakeshop.

From Townhall, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop.

From Space War, an Air Force General believes that Russia and China have been making weapons that can target America's assets in space.

From The New York Times, Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics.  (via The Daily Caller)

From The Daily Caller, banning the Russian hockey team "is a horrible decision".

From The Washington Times, the defendant in a statue-toppling case calls the charges "unfair".

From LifeNews, the E.U. warns Poland against banning the abortion of disabled unborn babies.

From Numbers USA, polled voters don't support DACA.

From News Busters, NBC downplays President Trump's travel ban victory at the Supreme Court.

From Voice Of Europe, the number of HIV cases is Sweden has almost tripled in ten years.

From BBC News, many child migrants into Sweden aren't children.

From Russia Today, about 50 people are injured when trains collide near Dusseldorf, Germany.  (For those of you who read German, this story is also in the Bild.)

From The Local DE, one in five German children can't read when they leave primary school.

From the Daily Mail, an Italian nativity scene includes a dinghy.

From the Express, Greece's austerity appears to be over.

From The Irish Times, a Rohingya refugee in Ireland challenges a decision not to admit his wife.

From Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish President Erdoğan tells President Trump that Jerusalem is "a red line for Muslims".

From the Mirror, nine terror attacks have been foiled in Britain since this past March.

From Reuters, German police arrest an Afghan suspected of smuggling migrants from Turkey to Greece, where several dozen people died when their boat collapsed.

From the NL Times, a Dutch conservative party leader resigns after posting Tweets called activists against Zwarte Piet "negro fascists".

From FrontpageMag, "everybody knew" about sex abusers.

From the Vanguard, in Nigeria, Muslims object to a governor's Christmas gift to Christian children.

From the Metro, an optical illusion puts "God's massive hands" in the sky.

From Variety, a movie about the Westboro Baptist Church is in the works.

And from CBC News, a stolen bike travels from Canada to the Philippines and back.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Links For National Cookie Day

According to Twitter, today is #NationalCookieDay.  I assume that it refers to the common dessert item, rather than the little file that websites send to your computer.  I'm sure that the Cookie Monster is enjoying himself today.  So while you eat your cookies, read some stories:

From Politico, the Supreme Court sides with President Trump on the latest version of his travel ban.

From the Los Angeles Times, it's always the other side's deficits which matter.

From Voice Of Europe, 82 percent of gang rapists in Sweden were foreign born.

From News(dot)com(au), slave auctions in Libya have been caught on camera.  (via the New York Post)

From Breitbart's Big Hollywood, is hugging still OK?

From the Daily Mail, in Australia, protesters clash over Milo.

From Russia Today, Hungary's foreign minister states that illegal migration leads to terror.

From Deutsche Welle, many German pilots are refusing to participate in deportation flights.

From The Local FR, Napoleon's ancestral homeland wants more autonomy.

From the Express, British foreign aid money for the Free Syrian Police has been diverted to extremists groups.

From The Blaze, how much is illegal immigration costing your state?

From ABC News (A=Australian), former Yemeni president Saleh is killed by Houthi fighters.

From Breitbart London, the Red Cross tells it branches to remove crucifixes.

From Gatestone Institute, the claim of an anti-Muslim backlash is not supported by FBI statistics.

From the Middle East Forum, the connections between Georgetown University's Islamic Studies department and radical Islam.  (via The Georgetown Review)

From National Review, opinions for and against Masterpiece Cakeshop.

From The Virginian-Pilot, Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente is "incredibly happy" where he is.

And from WBAL, shoppers at an Aldi store get to experience firsthand the Rogers-Hammerstein lyric "doe, a deer, a female deer".

Sunday, December 3, 2017

College Football Playoffs, And Other Stories

In NCAA football, the FBS conference championships have been played, and the playoff participants have been determined.  Numbered from one to four, the teams are Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama.  The first three teams all have records of 12-1, while Alabama's is 11-1.  Georgia and Alabama are in the same conference (the SEC).  Georgia defeated Auburn in the SEC title game, after Auburn upset Alabama in the their annual game, known as the Iron Bowl, thus winning their division.  Here are a few related stories:

From CBS Sports, Alabama gets the fourth spot over Ohio State, who beat previously undefeated Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.

And from The Daily Caller, the playoff should have eight teams.  (Since expanding the championship from a single game with two teams to a four-team playoff doesn't seem to have decreased the controversy over who deserves to be in, I'm not sure that expanding the playoff to eight teams would do much better.  It would just kick the controversy down to who should be ranked eighth instead of fourth.)
In other stories:

From the Sunday Express, the right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD) says that Germany "cannot tolerate another Merkel government".

From Sputnik International, Chancellor Merkel's staff rules out AfD being in any coalition.

From Voice Of Europe, the eastern part of Europe "holds the key".  (The writer is a British man married to a Polish woman.)

From WestMonster, according to one poll, most British want to let President Trump have his state visit.

From Al Arabiya, Hamas threatens an "intifada" if the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

From Arutz Sheva, the decision to possibly relocated to Jerusalem might be decided very soon.

From the New York Post, today's game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots was interrupted by a strange but familiar object.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Links For Football Saturday

Today is an interesting day for fans of NCAA football.  For most teams, such as my Virginia Tech Hokies, the regular season is over.  The larger Division 1 Bowl Subdivision conferences are putting on their championship games sometime today.  There are still some regular season games being played in some smaller conferences which don't have a championship game, and even a few makeup games, which had been postponed due to the hurricane that hit Florida earlier this year.  Meanwhile, the Hokies and their fans get to take a breather until the bowl game, whichever bowl that night be.
Here are some other things going on:

From the Los Angeles Times, and continuing with college football, one conference championship game was played last night, in which USC defeated Stanford in overtime, for the Pac-12 title.

From Russia Today, a "fake news" story by ABC causes stocks to fall.

From Deutsche Welle, German left-wing protesters clash with police.

From The Local DE, German police pretty much expected as much.

From Sputnik International, German police step up their presence at Christmas markets.

From Voice Of Europe, an interview with Ann Coulter.

From the Express, in Egypt, a Coptic priest is ambushed an hacked to death, and two policemen were shot in France.

From the Daily Sabah, in Nigeria, twin suicide attacks result in 13 people being killed.

From Breitbart London, French police arrest three Iraqis suspected of smuggling migrants into Britain.

From the Evening Standard, poor children in London are not getting very much for Christmas this year.

From Defend Europa, "Europeans owe the world nothing".

From AhlulBayt News Agency, according to the E.U., ISIS is still a threat after losing its caliphate.

From The Daily Signal, Kate Steinle deserves better than opposition to "Kate's Law".

From Radio Poland, the Polish defense ministry teaches women's self-defense.

From Townhall, if lying to the FBI is illegal, what about the FBI lying to us?

From The Daily Caller, cannabis growers like carbon dioxide.

From the New York Post, four things that the NY subway can learn from other systems.

And from the eponymous site of Todd Starnes, Belk says "bah humbug" to bell-ringers.  (via Fox News)

Friday, December 1, 2017

Links To Start December

Today's big story would have to be the indictment of former national security adviser Michael Flynn by special counsel Robert Mueller on charges of lying to the FBI, and Flynn's subsequent guilty plea.  Read more at The Washington Post, The Hill, Politico and National Review.
As I expected, there has been some more reaction to yesterday's acquittal (on most charges) in the trial of the illegal alien who shot Kate Steinle.

From FrontpageMag, it was "no justice for Kate Steinle".

Here are some other things going on out there:

From Anadolu Agency, the Turkish German who shut down President Trump's Twitter account claims to have done so by mistake.

From the Express, the E.U. withdraws funds from Turkey, thus jeopardizing the country's bid for membership.

From SwissInfo, a Swiss woman faces trial for "promoting jihad".

From Sputnik International, many Muslims in Europe will not "integrate with locals".

From Voice Of Europe, illegal immigrants in Bulgaria bring in more illegal immigrants.

From Flanders News, a woman of Moroccan origin, convicted of recruiting jihadists, has been stripped of her Belgian citizenship.

From the Mirror, a bomb was found at a children's carousel at a Christmas market in Potsdam, Germany.

From WestMonster, a German exhibit honoring martyrs includes one of the terrorists involved in the attack in Paris in 2015.

From Sky News, Pope Francis asks the Rohingya Muslims for forgiveness for "the world's indifference".

From the New York Post, Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich) will consider resigning, due to his health.

From UPI, today in history.

From Page Six, the Bush is back.  (Neither the Bush who told us to read his lips, nor the one who mispronounces "nu-kyu-ler", but the one who got Trump to joke about grabbing the, uh, cat.)

And from Hokiesports, the Sun Bowl will honor retired Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer as one of its Legends.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Shooter Acquitted In Death Of Kate Steinle

A five-times-deported illegal alien on trial for killing Pleasanton, California resident Kate Steinle in San Francisco has been acquitted of murder, manslaughter, and assault with a firearm charges, and convicted only of possession of a firearm by a felon.  Steinle was killed by a shot to her back, as she was walking with her father at Pier 14 in San Francisco in 2015.  The jury deliberated for six days, and apparently decided to give some credence to the defense's argument that the defendant accidentally caused the gun to fire, the bullet ricocheting on a concrete walkway before striking Steinle.  The shooter now faces sentencing for the remaining change, and his sixth deportation.

Although we all have a First Amendment right to agree or disagree with the verdict, I don't normally like to criticize juries.  They often learn things that we in the public don't find out, and sometimes are instructed to disregard certain statements made in the courtroom.  I also must concede that I'm not acquainted with California's homicide laws.  But I can't help but wonder why there aren't any appropriate lesser types of charges, such as negligent homicide, that this shooting could have met.

Read more at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, Fox News and ABC7.

UPDATE:  I found the RedState article about this case linked over at HotAirRS goes into some pretty good detail and asks if we have "been lied to" about this case.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trump's Retweets And Other Stories

President Trump, or someone using his Twitter account, has retweeted three Tweets by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, described as a "far-right" group.  (Apparently, supporting free speech about Islam and Muslims makes you "far-right" in the U.K., but I digress.)  Each of her Tweets includes a video of a violent act by a Muslim, or someone purported to be a Muslim.  The authenticity of each video, as in whether the violent person(s) really is or are Muslim(s), seems to be a matter of debate.

In other stories:

An Italian village, population 7, will get 80 migrants.

In Germany, migrant attacks on police have reached "epidemic proportions".

French President Emmanuel Macron is not all that popular these days.

Contrary to popular perception, there are indeed migrants in Poland.

In Australia, Milo stirs the pot.

To protect themselves, Jews in Bochum, Germany will stop wearing the kippot.

Some Arabic terms for non-Muslims.  (H/T Global Patriot Radio for the Tweet)

A convicted war criminal renders his sentence moot.

And last but not least, sports broadcaster Al Michaels speculates on Eli Manning's future.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Rockets And Other Stories

Today's first two stories involve rockets.  According to a certain meme, Poland cannot into space, but Russia has into space for decades, and North Korea keeps trying.  Thus, here are some things going on, or maybe, going up:

From Fox News, for the first time in two months, North Korea has fired an ICBM.

From the Boston Globe, a Russian weather satellite fails to enter its intended orbit.

From VOA, France calls for sanctions against Libyan slave traffickers.

From Russia Today, students in British Islamic schools are taught that beating wives who refuse sex is permissible.

From Voice Of Europe, in Germany, being 86 years old and suffering from health problems is no excuse for illegally resting at a bus stop.

From The Daily Signal, why five terrorists are still in pretrial hearings after 9/11.

From Radio Poland, the ruling party in Poland is doing better than it was when it was elected two years ago.

From The Local DK, police in Copenhagen arrest two suspects in connection with a gang-related shooting.

From The Local IT, Italians had 12,000 fewer babies in 2016 than the year before.

From The Telegraph, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will hand over the Euros.  (via Breitbart London)

From the Express, the European Central Bank is "overstepping its mandate", and Ireland's government is on the "brink of collapse".

From the NL Times, according to Oxfam Navib, the Netherlands belongs on a "tax haven blacklist".

From Flanders News, a controversial imam will be allowed to stay in Belgium.

From Hurriyet Daily News, more than 3,000 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean.  (Whoever is providing the boats and/or encouraging them to migrate might want to reconsider.)

From Euronews, according to Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, Bitcoin is un-Islamic.

From BBC News, Egypt continues to crack down on LGBT, jailing 16 for "debauchery".

From The Japan Times, Australian police foil a New Year's Eve "terror plot" by an ISIS sympathizer.

From Cincinnati(dot)com, a mosque gives the University of Cincinnati $1M to teach about Islam.

From National Review, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is a "progressive fraud".

From Townhall, President Trump is right about who should appoint the next leader of the CFPB.

From CNS News, according to one opinion writer, the CFPB should be abolished.  (H/T luchadora for the Tweet)

From the New York Observer, the problem with Prince Harry's fiancée is not her race, but her celebrity.  (She is African American through her mother.  Full disclosure:  The article's author and I follow each other on Twitter.  He also has his own website.)

And from Page Six, the guy who got Donald Trump (at the time a private citizen) to talk about grabbing [bleep] is hospitalized by a golf ball.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Another Monday Comes Around

It's another Monday, and another round of things going on:

From the Orlando Political Observer, Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL) joins the effort to get the Treasury Department to crack down on Hamas.  (H/T Vito Esposito, one of the BlogTalkRadio hosts I listen to, for the Tweet)

From Russia Today, some of those young migrants in Germany ain't so young.

From Voice Of Europe, a Brussels policeman reports on the difficulties his department faces.

From ANSA Med, over 33,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since 2000.

From the Express, Christians protest the court-ordered removal of a cross from a statue of Pope John Paul II.

From Speisa, a Somali asylum seeker, in Germany for 10 days, says that he wants to stay, but will not work.  (How do you say "arrogant" in German?)

From 10News, since the summer of 2015, rapes in Denmark have increased by 232 percent.

From Arutz Sheva, Time's 2017 Person Of The Year will most likely not be President Trump, but a certain person who probably hates him.

From Outlook, police in Kerala, India warn of a possible poisoning at a railway station.

From Gatestone Institute, how "Hijab Barbie" is not really a symbol of empowerment for girls.  (This story was discussed earlier today on the Red Fox Blogger show at BTR, and was also found at The Religion Of Peace.)

From AhlulBayt News Agency, Iraqi troops find another mass grave created by ISIS.

From HotAir, how illegal immigration contributes to sexual harassment.  (This, of course, is yet another reason why opposing illegal immigration is perfectly non-racist and non-xenophobic.)

From FrontpageMag, a look at Ahmadiyya Islam.

From Townhall, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) accuses President Trump of a "racial slur" by referring to her as "Pocahantas".  (Since Warren has little if any Native American ancestry, I'd say that calling her "Pocahantas" is unfair to the memory of the real Pocahontas.)

From The Daily Caller, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders weighs in on "Pocahantas".

From Defend Europa, a South African man is attacked on his farm, which is part of a disturbing trend.

From Philly(dot)com, a woman approached The Washington Post with a false story about Roy Moore.

From The Telegraph, it's now official.  Prince Harry is engaged.  (via Page Six)

And from the Times Free Press, after losing to Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Alabama will spend a "weird" week not preparing to play in the SEC championship game.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Twenty Links For Sunday

On the last Sunday of November, here are 20 things going on:

From Flanders News, the Brussels Christmas market is open.

From The San Diego Union-Tribune, the tunnel rats go after drug smugglers.

From the Daily Mail, one minority Islamic sect will protect their British mosques with airport-style security.

From ABC News, an altercation among Afghan migrants in Lesbos, Greece results one of them being killed.

From Voice Of Europe, a Swedish victim of a gang rape is told that she is "disgusting".  (Where are the feminists on this one?)

From the Sunday Express, an Italian political party wants international observes for next year's election.

From Russia Today, a security official of the UAE wants Al Jazeera to be bombed.  (I know that we on the right might have our problems with the media, but bombing them might be a bit much.)

From Reuters, the U.K. international trade minister does not expect a Irish border deal before a trade agreement with the E.U.

From the Evening Standard, according to leaked papers, the E.U. will impose new rules during Brexit, just to [bleep] off U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

From Breitbart London, in Germany, a driver runs into six people with his car.

From the Daily Sabah, the driver is said to "probably" come from Syria.

From the Washington Examiner, Representative Jackie Speier (D-Cal) will not call for the resignation of Representative John Conyers (D-Mich), because she doesn't know if the accusations against him are true.  (via Twitchy) (I can only wonder what she thinks about the accusations against Roy Moore.)

From HotAir, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) won't say if Conyers should resign from Congress, but he does resign from the Judiciary Committee.

From Townhall, don't blame society for perverts.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, a new law in Saudi Arabia reportedly defines criticism of the crown prince as "terrorism".

From Arab News, the crown prince wants to prevent terrorists from tarnishing Islam.

From The National, a Qatari man serving as the U.K. head of a charity also created an "extremist" website.

From Newsweek, women are training to be infantry soldiers.

From the New York Post, five black churches in Jersey have been vandalized.

And from Scientific American, a "super-salty" pond has formed in Antarctica.