The European Union pisses off Central Europe.

This one is from the Aussie Conservative, and reading this, I feel bad that the Central European countries have to deal with this. I also wonder if these countries would ever consider leaving the EU because of how they have been thrown under the bus with the migration crisis, but who knows. Enjoy!

Europe’s Migrant Crisis: Views from Central Europe

What a scary thought…

Another from the NZ Conservative Coalition. When I read this article, I wasn’t surprised that this has happened given the whole Angela Merkel and her compadres have dug themselves in concerning immigration. I can only hope that it can somehow get better, but who knows how plausible that is. Enjoy!

Germans now the minority in Frankfurt — Fellowship of the Minds

The Most Succint Way I’ve Heard This Perspective

So, as you could probably tell by last week’s sparse amount of posts, I was on vacation. My family went to my dad’s home state of New York for Fourth of July and ended our trip at my cousin’s wedding in Michigan. Originally, we were going to get to Michigan from New York by going through Canada, stopping to visit my parents’ friends in Toronto. Unfortunately, that part of the plan was derailed as my and my brother’s passports expired just days before we would go to Canada…my dad had forgotten to get ours renewed. Any American who’s traveled to Canada knows that the Canadians wouldn’t give you much trouble crossing the border…in fact, when I was younger, you didn’t used to need a passport to cross the Canadian-American border at all. Naturally, with everything going on, things have somewhat regrettably but necessarily changed from what my dad has described as a border that should’ve not had to be this secured (I suppose we have all the immigration blunders to thank for this). As a result, you could guess that my brother and I would have trouble crossing back to America. As disappointed as I admittedly was, I guess I can be glad that Americans are taking border security seriously on at least one border. In any case, my parents’ Canadian friends agreed to meet us in Buffalo (we had to take the long way to Michigan) for lunch.  We ended up talking a little bit about the state of the world and how, in short, migration from the Islamic world was causing lots of problems. One of my parents’ friends very succinctly summarized why many people, including myself, don’t like how they have come and not assimilated the proper way by saying something along the lines of, “If you come to this country and bring your country with you, what’s the point of coming here in the first place?” I, of course, understand if immigrants want to hold onto some traditions and customs as a nod to the homeland, and as long as you assimilate (learning English, following our laws, etc.), I don’t mind at all. We aren’t asking you to completely forget your heritage (my family certainly doesn’t). After all, remembering where you came from is super important. However, if you refuse to assimilate, bring outdated and conflicting law systems there, and segregate yourself from the rest of society while being intolerant of your host society, this makes us angry. With this in mind, it should be no surprise to Muslims and other immigrants why we are angry with the immigration situation.

The Resurrection of the Travel Ban

As we heard in the news this week, the Supreme Court has allowed most of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, which it did last night. This is great news as it brings us one step closer to being able to control who comes into our country as any nation state should have the right to do and, perhaps more importantly right now, ensure that the people coming here are not going do us harm. I found a brief article on the Aussie Conservative blog that briefly summarizes what went down this week. Enjoy!

Supreme Court breathes new life into Trump’s travel ban

Maybe they should think about who they elect.

Anyone who is decently versed in Chicago politics knows that the reason Chicago is called The Windy City ain’t because it’s super windy there. The city hasn’t had a Republican mayor in ninety years, and the Democratic machine there is still active, so much so that I’m pretty sure it influences the surrounding counties, even neighboring Lake County across the state lines in Indiana (which is home to another machine in Gary, Indiana…they haven’t had a Republican mayor since the 1940’s). If you want some insight into this, compare a map of Illinois’s counties to a map of their congressional districts and keep these facts in mind: Chicago has about 3 million, and Illinois has about 13 million people. Eight of nineteen of their congressional districts include some part of Chicago, and to me, when I look at these maps,  it almost looks like there’s some gerrymandering. Maybe I’m over analyzing things, but things seem fishy to me.

Anyways, people in Chicago seem to be always complaining about something–the Chicago teachers complain about public school funding, they complain about murder rates and gun violence, etc. Well, the politicians of Cook County (which is essentially, Chicago) have decided to enact a sugary drink tax (read the article below for more details), and citizens have protested it, saying it’s too much (for those of you who aren’t aware, Chicago has taxes on many, many things…such that as that article says, it’s hard to remember what isn’t, and as my dad always likes to say, it’s taxation without representation). As I was reading that article and analyzing in light of what I know about Chicago, I realized that if Chicago has this much to complain about, maybe they should elect different representatives.

Here’s an 2016 electoral map of Illinois, which shows its counties. Notice which counties are red, which are blue, and what the popular vote totals are:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Illinois,_2016

Here’s the map of the Congressional districts of Illinois.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois’_congressional_districts

Here’s a map of Indiana counties from our last presidential election…just for comparison. Notice the similarities:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election_in_Indiana,_2016

Here’s the sugary drink tax article I mentioned:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-cook-county-soda-tax-0629-20170628-story.html

 

Spotify is on the LGBTQ bandwagon.

Back in February, I finally gave in and got a Spotify, so I could get a playlist from a retreat I went on and because, admittedly, it’s easier to listen to songs I haven’t bought for my phone yet on there than listening to them from my YouTube video history. As I’ve said in many previous posts, the LGBTQ movement goes against what my religion teaches about the traditional family and also against what human biology teaches us about gender and sexuality, so I’ve never really bought into it. Since this movement seems to be all the rage these days, I wasn’t surprised when I saw this email appear in my inbox (apparently, June is their pride month):

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Trump’s Approval Rating: Some Interesting Observations

I saw this on the NZ Conservative Coalition blog, and though I was not old enough to remember Bill Clinton’s presidency, I thought this commentary about a comparison between his approval ratings and President Trump’s was interesting. Enjoy!

Uncomfortable Truth: Trump’s Approval Rating Is Better Than Bill Clinton’s During His First Term

The Spanish Deconquista

I was surfing Facebook and found the following article about the Spanish Left’s attempt to change the historic mosque-cathedral of Córdoba, which is currently used as a church, into a worship place for both Muslims and Christians (or secretly, a solely Muslim place). The history behind the place is that it was originally a 7th century church then was converted to a mosque during the Muslim Invasion and then converted back in the Reconquista. This is actually a very beautiful place, and I have actually been there–last summer I was in Spain with some classmates, but to not allow this place to be what it originally was and change what it now is by taking away its Christian history is absolutely wrong. Enjoy!

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-spanish-left-yearns-for-deconquista-1496960885?mod=e2fb