We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Trump is neither a British citizen nor has any established right of abode there. So, yes, the UK can prevent his entry.
This is no different than in your own country. And it's not a "free speech" issue per se: sovereign states are not obligated to admit foreigners (e.g., Americans have no "right" to enter Canada anymore than I have a "right" to enter the US).
For the record, I think the UK banning Trump's entry would be a ridiculous move (just as banning Pam Geller was). But in the final instance, the UK, as an independent, sovereign state, gets to call the shots on who gets in and who does not.
GE recently finalized it's purchase of Alstom in Europe. Now 6,500 jobs are about to go away over here including 765 in France and 1,300 in Switzerland and will include shutting the plant in Mannheim, Germany. It will be interesting to see how GE is going to provide the promised 1,000 jobs in France that were part of the Alstom deal.
In fairness to GE, Alstom would have gone out of business (at least the gas turbine division) if GE hadn't offered to buy Alstom. Which is why Pat Kron went hat-in-hand to GE and then lied about it to the French officials.
The truth is GE actually saved hundreds, if not thousands of jobs in Europe, but the European media will most likely play the Americans like the bad guys.
Keep in mind Alstom only held 3% of the entire gas turbine market world wide, so their days were numbered even after the 2004 bailout by the French to the tune of €3.2-billion.
The other side of the coin is the fact these cuts come on top of reductions elsewhere in the energy industry. BP will eliminate 4,000 jobs in crude production. World wide, the oil industry has already cut about 250,000 jobs in the past 18 months.
Karl Horst (Germany)
I looked up "stupid sad irony" in the dictionary and it used Britain barring Trump as an example. "Great" Britain isn't great anymore in fact it is imploding. millions of immigrants have come there for the generous welfare and other 'free stuff' and anyone who suggests allowing anti-British people to immigrate might have been a mistake can be jailed for hate speech. Within 10-20 years England will be a disaster area and citizens of Northern European descent will be refugees fleeing to the next sanctuary country to be destroyed. So what is Trump's great crime that demands he be banned from even setting foot on English soil? He believes that unlimited and excessive immigration especially by people who do not intend to and will not ever assimilate is a mistake. My god! The horror! The man is mad...
Anyone who believes that Christians and Muslims worship the same god is batsh*t crazy and shouldn't be teaching at any level, especially at a Christian college. I suggest such a person find employment stacking cans at a grocery.
Mohammad said that Allah proclaimed to be the greatest of deceivers. When deceiver is used in the biblical text it always refers to the Evil One, Satan.
Wheaton: This is sort of interesting. As an atheist, I have no particular affection for any type of conservative Protestantism, but in this case I tend to side with the school.
When you go to work for an explicitly sectarian school, you're kind of agreeing to support their teachings. If you don't agree, you really should be somewhere else.
If this professor had merely urged compassion for Muslims, I don't think anyone would have been too upset. But her arguments seem to have goe beyond that, essentially redefining the explicity theology of the organization.
In fairness to the Brits, most of the "immigrants" are from former UK colonies as is the case with the Netherlands and France. All three were major colonial powers so their colonial subjects simply returned to the "mother ship" in hopes of a better life.
The fiasco in Germany and Scandinavia is a completly different story since these countries never seriously colonized much of anything in their past 300-year history. This is simply the stupidity of the liberal-left trying to prove how multi-cultural they are even if it requires throwing their own citizens under the multi-culti bus.
But despite our social democratic facade, the roots of German nationalism are very, very deep. We Germans have a 2,000 year history of keeping foreigners out. Just like we did to the Romans in the Teutoburg forest, we can still do to these new invaders.
Karl Horst (Germany)
"Big cities have become increasingly desirable to the young. The children of those who fled to suburbs to escape urban decline have embraced city living. "
Funny. Data disagrees. Whodathunkit?
Cities are just one of several ways humans organize.