Friday, December 27, 2019

The Reverse Blood Libel - Commentary

The same day two monsters murdered three people in cold blood in a Jersey City kosher supermarket—next door to a yeshiva housing 50 defenseless children, which was apparently the original target—the Trump administration announced it would extend anti-discrimination protections under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to American Jews. The juxtaposition is important, because one was an unspeakable act of anti-Semitic evil and the other an act of philo-Semitic friendship. And yet listen to the executive director of the Central Conference of American Rabbis speaking about this: “I’ve heard people say this feels like the first step toward us wearing yellow stars.”

Yeah, so have I. But you know, every day I hear people say stupid, factitious, wrong-headed, historically demented, and slanderous things.

via www.commentarymagazine.com

December 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Costa del Sol deaths: Gabriel Diya drowned with 2 kids

The British dad who drowned alongside two of his children on the Costa del Sol in Spain has been identified as a devout Christian pastor, according to reports.

Gabriel Diya, 52, and his son Praise-Emmanuel Diya, 16, were named as the family members who died trying to save 9-year-old Comfort Diya after she became trapped in the pool on Christmas Eve, according to The Telegraph.

via nypost.com

Yikes.

December 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Russia’s Natural Population Decline to Hit 11-Year Record in 2019 - The Moscow Times

Russia’s natural population decline will set an 11-year record this year as the country’s demographic crisis shows no signs of letting up, the RBC news website reported Friday. 

Russia’s overall population totaled 146.7 million in January-September 2019, the State Statistics Service Rosstat said in a report last week. While migrant inflows had offset its natural population decline in previous years, in 2018, Russia’s total population dropped for the first time in a decade as migration numbers hit record lows.

via www.themoscowtimes.com

December 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Russia’s Natural Population Decline to Hit 11-Year Record in 2019 - The Moscow Times

Russia’s natural population decline will set an 11-year record this year as the country’s demographic crisis shows no signs of letting up, the RBC news website reported Friday. 

Russia’s overall population totaled 146.7 million in January-September 2019, the State Statistics Service Rosstat said in a report last week. While migrant inflows had offset its natural population decline in previous years, in 2018, Russia’s total population dropped for the first time in a decade as migration numbers hit record lows.

via www.themoscowtimes.com

December 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The 10 Biggest Archaeology Discoveries of 2019 | Live Science

A Bronze Age "megalopolis" in Israel, a "cachette of the priests" near Luxor, Egypt, and a massive ancient wall in western Iran are just a few of the many incredible archaeological stories that came to light in 2019. Here, Live Science takes a look at 10 of the biggest archaeology discoveries that emerged this year. As in past years, it was difficult to narrow this list to only 10. 

via www.livescience.com

December 27, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, December 26, 2019

China’s One Way Out of the Hong Kong Crisis | The National Interest

What exactly is going on in Hong Kong? Why have these protests so unnerved China’s leaders? And is there a way for the current crisis to end on a peaceful note?

via nationalinterest.org

They may not know it, but what HKers need is the market.

December 26, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Nasdaq hits 9K for first time, S&P 500 sets all-time high in year-end rally

Stocks climbed Thursday, hitting record highs as the market rallied into the end of 2019.

via www.cnbc.com

The bubble could pop any time, including ten years from now.

December 26, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Law prof: The Senate isn't required to hold an impeachment trial at all

Forget for the moment the question of when Nancy Pelosi will send over the articles of impeachment. Does the Constitution require Mitch McConnell to do anything with them except perhaps give the House a receipt? Georgetown law professor Bradley Blakeman argued yesterday evening in The Hill (via Twitchy) that an impeachment trial is neither required or needed, especially in this instance.

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December 26, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)

New Yorkers react to being named 'rudest city in America'

Americans think New Yorkers are the biggest jerks in the country, according to a new survey — released just days before Christmas, no less.

The slap-in-the-face Business Insider study found 34.3 percent of the knuckleheads who responded believe Big Apple residents are the rudest in the US.

But many locals were too polite to respond to the diss Monday.

“F–k off!” one man told a Post reporter on 125th Street in Harlem when asked his opinion of the study.

via nypost.com

I don't think NYers are rude exactly. Say you're walking down 5th Avenue and you ask somebody for directions. You'll probably get them. But ask somebody for change, not so much. NYers have exquisite BS detectors. That's part of it. They're not patient. But for sheer denial of your essential humanity rudeness, you can't beat DC.

December 26, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

This Christmas, We Need a Visit from the Real Saint Nicholas - American Thinker

The Puritans may have had little inclination to celebrate the saint, but migrants to the later English province of New York were not similarly disposed. It was there that the gift-giving aspect of Santa took root. In Washington Irving’s partially accurate History of New York (1809), Santa arrives on horseback on the evening of December 6. The image proved popular, leaving Clement Clark Moore, a professor of Greek and Hebrew, to write “A Visit from St. Nicholas” for his family at Christmas, 1822. It was published anonymously shortly afterwards. Moore did not acknowledge his authorship until 1837.

The illustrator Thomas Nast, whose caricatures of drunken Irishmen and Boss Tweed appeared in the pages of Harper’s Weekly between the 1860s and 1880s, has Santa giving out presents to Union Army troops at Christmas, 1862. Nast’s pen produced several dozen images of Santa in this time, in the course of which Santa was given a shop for making toys which seems to have become located at the North Pole.

Fifty years after Nast, 1931 color magazine ads for Coca Cola gave us the image of Santa that we have today. In 1939, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed reindeer was given life by ads for Montgomery Ward.

Through a millennium and a half, then, Saint Nicholas has been transformed from a saintly priest of unknown stature, a charitable man who performed miracles. He has become a bearded, jolly old man in a red coat whose seasonal occupation is to seat little kids on his lap in shopping malls, there to encourage the parents to buy more toys than the little ones could ever need. The only known instance of defiance of this job requirement is that by the character portrayed by Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

via www.americanthinker.com

Last night we watched the remarkable movie "Elf," in which Will Ferrell plays a human brought up by elves, who visits NYC to find his real father. The first two-thirds is a pretty good movie, though it is remarkable how completely secular the movie is. There is literally not a single reference to anything supernatural, except Santa and his affiliated elves' supernatural ability to manufacture toys and read children's minds of what they want. When people stop believing in this fantasy, it causes Santa's sleigh to lose power and eventually become stuck on the ground and impossible to fly. But start believing, the Clausomenter moves to the right and the sleigh revs up. The cast of the movie was great, except that most of the stars were communists, or democratic socialists I suppose you're supposed to say. Ed Asner, a cameo by Burl Ives, Bob Newhart, and introducing an unknown singer as far as I know.

December 25, 2019 | Permalink | Comments (0)