Friday, July 21, 2017

Various And Sundry

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

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

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

Greek police bring down a sham marriage racket.

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

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

Britain awaits the tourists.

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

Both sides are dishonest.

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

An Indian writer is told to convert or die.

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

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

Poland ejects protesters from an ancient forest.

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

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

And to finish, the Democrats unveil their new slogan.

Out With Spicer, In With Sanders

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

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Links For Moon Landing Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From FrontpageMag, what difference would it have made?

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

From Townhall, elect Kid Rock.

From Twitchy, conservatives offer new slogans for Democrats.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

China Bans Winnie The Pooh

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen, Again

Twelve things I've recently run across:

Two GOP Senators were for it before they were against it.

It's not easy being a Kurdish journalist.  (intermediate source)

Terrorism of the "run over the pedestrian" variety comes to Sweden.

An audio file about "the trouble with national solutions for local problems".

A House spending bill makes the EPA's "buy America" regulation a bit less stringent.

A woman dies after having four sex-selection abortions.  (intermediate source)

"The fifth American war"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defends his party's report card.

Could the cathedral at Cordoba become a mosque?

Two Australian cereal makers opt out of halal.  (found here)

HUD finally stops fighting a county in New York over zoning laws.

And finally, Saudi authorities don't like miniskirts.

Riddle Me This #6

It's been four years since I made a "riddle me this" post, so this one is waaaaay past due.

I hope that the "abolish the white race" movement is only on the leftwing fringe, but I still must ask.  If their goal is achieved and there are no white people left, on whom will non-whites blame their problems?  And who will then be considered "privileged"?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Links

Some things going on out there:

From The Daily Caller, some people aren't satisfied with the Doctor's upcoming sex change.

From UPI, the European Union apparently has gotten a clue.

From the Greek Reporter, young adult Greeks are having a hard time getting on their own two feet.

From the Daily Mail, an Italian mayor barricades an abandoned building to keep migrants out.

From Breitbart London, in a British Islamic secondary school, pro-rape books are discovered.

From the Observer, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair should move to Brussels.

From The Old Continent, anti-Jewish crime soars, but does not get prosecuted.

From Cincinnati(dot)com, a mother who thought she lost her baby wasn't really pregnant.  (via WTVR)

From FrontpageMag, pretty much confirming what I said in a "Things I have learned" post, there are people who consider speech that they don't like to be violence.

From National Review, the Trump administration takes on the campus rape culture controversy.

From Townhall, why liberals hate President Trump.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, ISIS leader al-Baghdadi is reportedly still alive.

From The Times Of Israel, a Canadian imam is wanted by police for demonizing Jews.

From Twitchy, new Senate candidate Kid Rock releases his opening statement.

From DefenseTech, the U.S. tells Turkey that their Russian-made missile batteries aren't compatible with NATO technology.

From Fox News, could eating dates induce labor?

From CNN, the operation to removed a blood clot above Senator John McCain's eye was pretty significant.

From CBS Las Vegas, O.J. might come back.

From LifeNews, a biologist claims that it's "OK to euthanize disabled newborns".

And from the New York Post, is that a banana, or are you happy to eat breakfast?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Doctor To Get A Sex Change

In previous regenerations, the protagonist of the British scf-fi show Doctor Who acquired new teeth or new kidneys, but the next Doctor will acquire a new gender.  The thirteenth version of the Doctor will be female, to be played by Jodie Whittaker.  This is not too much of a surprise, since his (soon to be her) fellow Time Lord and longtime nemesis the Master has already become a woman, known as Missy.  Will the show's fans accept a female Doctor?  Time (pun intended) will tell.

Read more at The Telegraph, The Hollywood Reporter, the Independent, BBC News and The Guardian.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Few Migration Stories

Some stories about the migration into Europe:

Italy is considering a "nuclear option" in which they give migrants visas, which would allow them to travel farther north within the Schengen zone, as reported by Breitbart London and the Metro, both of which cite The Times.  (You'll have to register if you want to read their full article.)

According to PRI, who cite Agence France-Presse, asylum-seekers have been housed in "human warehouses".

The Globe And Mail report that migrant crisis in Italy has spawned protests.

Deutsche Welle reports that "right-wing extremists" have chartered a ship with the intent of obstructing the flow of migrants.

And in the Express, there's a story about British taxpayers paying for unused airline tickets for failed asylum seekers.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Some Follow-Up, And Links For Bastille Day

Last November, I made a "Things I Don't Believe" post about the rumor that Paul McCartney died in a car crash in 1966, and was replaced by a look-alike.  I recently found a YouTube video which makes some of the same points that I made in my post, but focuses on Paul's relationships, both before and after the purported crash.  Would his father James, his brother Mike (known as Mike McGear), his then-girlfriend Jane Asher, and the other three Beatles have continued, with an impostor, all the respective relationships that they originally had with Paul?  Watch below or here.



In France, today is la Fête nationale, which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, and is known in English-speaking countries as Bastille Day.  In keeping with the date, here are 14 things going on:

From ABC News, President Trump and the First Lady attend a military parade celebrating Bastille Day.

From The Guardian, President Macron "pulls out all the stops".

From Breitbart's National Security, ISIS reportedly has a new caliph.

From The Daily Caller, earth to a certain Airbnb host:  racial discrimination is still illegal.

From Turkish Minute, in the first half of this year, 3,206 Turkish nationals have sought asylum in Germany.

From Southeast Energy News, Dominion Energy seeks "flexible compliance" for any carbon regulation scheme put into place by the state of Virginia.

From the Assyrian National News Agency, at look at the three genocides which took place under the Ottoman Empire.

From LifeZette, there appears to be a double standard regarding dissidents in Russia and China.

From Russia Today, terrorists kill two Israeli policemen near the Temple Mount.  (via the Geller Report and Jihad Watch)

From The Telegraph, an American specialist will be allowed to examine Charlie Gard.  (via The Blaze)

From the Los Angeles Times,  a look at "Star Wars Land".

From the Express, a British supermarket decides to sell only British meat.  (via WestMonster)

From Fox News, the FBI investigation of Jane O'Meara Sanders (wife of Bernie) appears to track information in Hillary Clinton's emails.

And from USA Today, and the "grain of salt" department, a man was locked in an ATM.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Some Stuff

Some stuff to get stuffed on:

Christian pastors lay their hands on President Trump, thus befuddling CNN anchor.

Bienvenue, Monsieur et Madame Trump.

The Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. has some leftwing connections.

House bans the regulation of hearing devices.

You can trust a quantum computer.

The Remainers are determined to be pains you know where.

The Sint Maarten airport beach produces a Darwin Award nominee.

Senator McConnell (R-KY) rolls out the health care bill.

The next Super Bowl will not include Britney Spears.

Soundcloud might not make it through the year.

HuffPost hits the road.

Is the founder of AMANA a Hamas member or not?

China establishes their first overseas military base in Djibouti.

UCLA apparently doesn't like free speech.

How bad is Oregon's new abortion law?  This bad.

British cops search a Muslim man for wearing too many clothes.

Larry Elders wrote a (so far unanswered) letter to Representative Waters (D-Cal).

And last but not least..........rats!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Huge Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica

If you're sailing in the southern ocean, you might want to watch out for a very large iceberg, which just calved off of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.  It's been described as being the size of Delaware, and weighing a trillion tons.  This means, of course, that if it gets near, it will be hard to miss.

Read more at The Verge, News(dot)com(dot)au, The Telegraph, ABC News (where "A" stands for "Australia") and the New York Post, who cite Reuters as their source.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Links For 7/11

This is for the date, not the convenience store.  Should I provide seven or eleven....or both?   Let's see what I can come up with:

From CNS News, a noted musician writes about Auschwitz.  (I have visited the camp myself.)

From The Daily Caller, move over Elizabeth Warren, here's the next fake Indian.

From ABC News, who's the Russian lawyer that Trump Jr. has been talking to?

From Townhall, read Trump Jr.'s emails for yourself.  (What about Hillary's emails?  Oh, never mind!)

From HealthZette, here's more of what policemen have to deal with.

From Variety, here's more of what policemen have to deal with.

From Philly(dot)com, does anyone want to buy an airfield?

From the Express, relations between Norway and the E.U. are getting crabby.

From The Federalist, conservative columnist George Will sounds off on Twitter, collusion, healthcare and baseball.

From the Washington Examiner, Energy Secretary Rick Perry goes to Mexico.

From FrontpageMag, a look at Linda Sarsour.

From The Washington Times, an American soldier is arrested after pledging loyalty to ISIS.

From Breitbart Jerusalem, over 120,000 children attend summer camps run by Hamas and similar groups.

From Reuters, ten years of Hamas rule has not been kind to Gaza.

From the Daily Mail, a British inspector challenges a court ruling that permits gender segregation.

From SFGate, BART officials are reluctant to release information on crime.  (via Fox News)

From ZeroHedge, in Venezuela, it's the real Mad Max.

And from the New York Post, a writer claims that Trump's rival's daughter ripped off his idea.

I believe that I've found seven and eleven, which totals eighteen stories in all.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Sasquatch's Dozen

Twelve things going on out there:

In Chechnya, gays are reportedly executed without trial.

Megyn Kelly's rating keep going down.


The next time you have a complaint about police, first take a look at what they have to deal with.

Migrants are making it harder to be a Lesbian (and I'm not talking about female homosexuals).

In the Netherlands, Muslim children are compensated for missing a photo session.

President Trump's critics display their ignorance of history.


Two million more Americans have lost their health insurance this year.  Wasn't Obamacare supposed to prevent that sort of thing?  (intermediate source)

Charlie Gard's parents have been given 48 hours to produce new evidence about experimental treatments for his condition.  (intermediate source)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson goes to the Middle East.

And to finish, the next status symbol might be, of all things, sleep.

More Things I Have Learned

This is another list of things I've run across on sites such as Twitter, or have read elsewhere.  As with my first post of this kind, these could be called "other people's musings".  For some of these, I have tried to provide links to some background information.

According to some people:

In a Tweet, Ann Coulter said something like this:  If President Trump's pause on immigration from six Muslim countries is a possible recruiting tool for terrorists, couldn't this also be true of the DNC choosing against electing a Muslim, Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN), as their chairperson?

There is now a faction of the left which views violence for reasons they agree with as speech, and speech which they don't agree with as violence.

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus.  She didn't trash the bus.  Big difference.  Her friends boycotted the Montgomery buses.  They didn't block traffic.  Again, big difference.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Testing

Just testing out the Blogger photo upload and display functions.  Here are some things I once used to operate a computer.  In those days, the computer, which I never saw, took up an entire room.  I loaded a bunch of these things into a reader, located in another room, and got a printout as a result.


Operating systems like Windows were beyond my imagination back then.

Sunday Links

As the week begins, I must resume relaying things going on out there.

The New York Post slams "Burgermeister de Blasio".

From Breitbart London, Albanians migrate to Bulgaria in hopes of migrating further.

From FaithZette, the Pope criticizes the G-20 while facing another sex scandal.

From the Evening Standard, British teenagers endure a chemical attack.

From the Sunday Express, German industry is willing to lose UK trade to protect the E.U.

From The Daily Caller, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin defends his boss's cooperation with Russia, while Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) opposes it.

From BBC News, the Church of England will vote on whether to hold special services for transgender people.

From The Times Of Israel, Radiohead will play in Tel Aviv, whether protesters like it or not.

From Townhall, a ceasefire starts in southwest Syria.

From The Corner at National Review, the U.K. government might be "messing up Brexit".  (The article contains a large quote from an article in The Financial Times, but you'll have to subscribe to read it.)

From AhlulBayt News Agency, the Imam Ali Holy Shrine helps pilgrims to beat the heat.

From The Guardian, Iraq claims victory in Mosul.  (via HotAir)

From One India, Kashmir faces a four-pronged fight.

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a Muslim preacher tells Christians to stop passing out Bibles.

Gatestone Institute reminds us that leaving Islam can be hazardous to your health.

From the Daily Mail, her Majesty picks a Ghanaian-born man to be her equerry.

From Philly(dot)com, the G-20 rioters keep rioting.

And from Variety, the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming is doing very well.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Changes Afoot?

Winston Churchill once described Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma".  In a similar vein, I seem to have gotten into a predicament wrapped in a dilemma inside a quandary.  (In a small quandary, I also had to figure out how to spell "quandary".)  If you've gone to any of my posts which contain one or more embedded pictures, you might see, instead of the picture(s), a notice from Photobucket to "please update your account to enable 3rd party hosting".  If you want to see the picture, you need to right click on the notice, and select "open link in new tab", which will take you to the Photobucket page which hosts the picture.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Seven For 7/7

Because it's the seventh day of the seventh month, here are seven things in the news:

Well, what do you know.  It looks like there really has been some collusion between Presidents Trump and Putin.

Despite media expectations, these 11 Trump employees still haven't been fired.

Making threats around a Senator's office doesn't pay.

Movie executives offer a donation to replace the Ten Commandments monument in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A House Democrat proposes legislation to give green cards to illegal immigrants who worked in the recovery after 9/11.

Brazilian protesters block a road to their northern ports.

And last but not least, happy 77th birthday to Ringo Starr.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Links For A Rainy Thursday

Yesterday, as I drove back from Virginia, and most of today have had the same weather, as in rain.  But other than the wet stuff falling from the sky, here are some other things going on out there:

From The Local IT, European ministers try to figure out how to help Italy with all those migrants.

From The Observers at France24, some Syrians get "disenchanted" with Europe and go back to Turkey.

From Breitbart London, the Polish government apparently tries to give President Trump a history lesson.

From Radio Poland, Trump calls Poland an "example for others who seek freedom".

From the NL Times, the Netherlands has deported 480 migrants for committing crimes.

From the Express, protesters at the G20 get wet.

From LifeNews, Oregon gives tax-subdized free abortions to everyone.

From FrontpageMag, the latest rise of faketriotism.

From National Review, enough with the idea that Republicans vote "against their interests".

From The Daily Caller, the number of NATO personnel assisting the Iraqi Operation Inherent Resolve is pretty darn low.

From The Times of Israel, the Prime Minister of India hails the blossoming ties between his country and Israel, as he concludes his visit.  (via Breaking Christian News, which was Tweeted by luchadora, my fellow BTR listener)

From The Washington Free Beacon, the Trump administration has been hit by a leak per day.  (Tweeted by GulfDogs, another BTR user)

From The Federalist, in the ratings, CNN was outdone by Yogi Bear.  (Don't feel too bad, CNN.  Yogi is smarter than the average bear.)

From AdWeek, KFC introduces the Colonel Sanders robot.

From Philly(dot)com, Mr. Bill (not the former president) goes back on trial in November.

From Real Clear Politics, Linda Sarsour wants "jihad" against Trump.  (via Fox News)

From Breitbart's National Security, over the same amount of time in their respective terms, President Trump has had 50% more meeting with foreign leaders than President Obama.

From The Local AT, the alleged murderer of an elderly couple in Linz, Austria is believed to have had an "Islamist motive".

From Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority calls the Ma'alot massacre an "act of heroism".

From The New Indian Express, a man converts his entire family from Islam to Hinduism.

From AP, Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) undergoes another surgery.

From the Los Angeles Times, a figurative hockey game breaks out at a McDonald's.

From The Daily Signal, meet the Pole who fought for our freedom.  (You might have run across a similarly named brand of mustard.)

And from Niezależna (the name meaning "independent"), the full text of President Trump's speech in Warsaw.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day, America

On this day in 1776, in Philadelphia, the Second Continental Congress declared that the thirteen colonies which they represent would no longer be ruled by Great Britain and her king, setting forth the reasons why they would no longer swear allegiance thereto, and assume a "separate and equal station" among the nations of the earth.  Among other things, this Declaration of Independence set forth the then-radical idea that all men are created equal, and have rights which come directly from their Creator.  This was a departure from the centuries-old European tradition be people being born into their respective ranks, each with its own prerogatives, distinct from the other ranks.  Telling a king that he was equal to a peasant was something you just didn't do back then without consequences.

Here are some related articles:

From Hot Air, "Happy Independence Day 2017".

From National Review, "A People without a King".

From Townhall, "5 Ways the American Revolution Was Different From Other Revolutions".

From FrontpageMag, "Freedom and Tyranny: The Meaning of Independence Day".

And of course, you can also read the original document.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Some Various And Sundry Items Before Independence Day

On the day before Independence Day, here are some things going on:

The Greek Coast guard fires on a Turkish cargo ship.

Iraq's gains in Mosul have been boosted by air strikes.

The beach was closed down, but a whale was still spotted.

Why Americans feel less free.

The best thing Chief Justice Roberts wrote during the most recent SCOTUS term.

Why we like McMansions.

The left are eating their own.

In Pakistan, attackers fire two bullets into the home of a civil rights advocate.

In Indonesia, a cleric says that Starbuck's support for gay marriage will bring about the extinction of mankind.  (Do even the Westboro Baptists say anything that stupid?)

In France, police say a recent shooting near a mosque was not terrorism, but gang-related.

In Iraq, a transvestite suicide bomber kills 14 people.  (intermediate source)

A noted Sharia advocate will move from Australia to the United Kingdom.

The media appears to be benefiting from its feud with President Trump.  (intermediate source)

The president offers support for a very young British child.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, but John Adams was its "floor manager".

The president of India will soon visit Israel.

Only one animal in the world has a double kneecap.

And last but not least, some good economic news.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Links For Canada Day

Today is the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Canada as a self-governing dominion of Great Britain.  Here are some things going on more recently:

From the Daily Mail, the student union president at Salford University has some things to say, and they ain't pretty.

From Breitbart London, more than 95,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year.

From Sputnik News, the European Union promises to help Italy with all the migrants they're taken in.

From Yahoo News, who cited Reuters as their source, the "most powerful politician" in Poland says that his country has the right to say "no" to refugees.

From France 24, police break up fights between African immigrants in Calais.

From the Cape Cod Times, an opinion about "hate speech".

From The Times Of Israel, here's what one Palestinian cleric prays for.

From Egypt Independent, members of the Egyptian parliament want their government to censor online interaction between unrelated people of the opposite sex.

From the Boston Herald, the man who killed three policemen in Baton Rouge almost a year ago left behind a suicide note and Islamic prayer.

From AhlulBayt News Agency, British politician Jeremy Corbin calls for his country to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

From Gatestone Institute, in Europe, the collusion between big business and Islam.

From National Review, on this date in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg started.

From Townhall, here's why liberals hate our conservative guts.

From USA Today, 25 people were shot at a nightclub in Little Rock, Arkansas.

From American Thinker, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski "wallow in the mud".

From Fox News, Melania Trump responds to Brzezinski.  (In keeping with my part-Slovak part-Polish ethnic background, I'll call this the Battle of the Slavic Women.)

From the New York Post, meanwhile, Melania's husband keeps on Tweeting about Joe and Mika.

From Crux, a Vietnamese Catholic blogger gets 10 years in prison for "propaganda" against the government.  (via Lisa Graas)

From the Washington Examiner, a reporter who helped bring down President Nixon wants a "different kind of reporting" when dealing with President Trump.

From The Daily Caller, drug abuse has resulted in half a million children being sent to foster care.

From Russia Today, Julian Assange hits back at death threats.

From The Washington Free Beacon, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) opposes efforts to investigate voter fraud.

And from Twitchy, this weekend, The New York Times will include a copy of the Constitution.