It’s Come to This

That’s right, it’s come to this,
yes it’s come to this,
and wasn’t it a long way down,
wasn’t it a strange way down?

— Leonard Cohen, from “Dress Rehearsal Rag”

I’ve used the title and epigraph for this post several times in the past. I expect I’ll need to use them again in the future. And, given the current freefall of Western political culture, they could well become so clichéd that I’ll eventually have to abandon them.

Just step back for a moment and contemplate how far we have fallen in the past decade or two. Tonight’s focus is on Great Britain, but the situation in Sweden, or Canada, or Germany — or even in the United States, from time to time — could be as easily adduced.

The façade of liberal democracy is still being maintained everywhere, but the institution itself is actually a corpse. It’s like that old movie Weekend at Bernie’s, where two guys carry around a dead body, propping it up and manipulating its limbs to make it seem alive.

At some point, however, the smell will become noticeable…

As you all know by now, the renowned Counterjihad activist Tommy Robinson was arrested last Friday while he was doing a live-stream report on the final phase of a “grooming” trial at Leeds Crown Court. The suspected crime for which he was apprehended was “breach of the peace”, even though it is widely assumed that he was picked up for violating the ban on reporting about the trial.

Since Tommy was still on probation for an earlier (and similar) offense, his arrest was a violation of the terms of his probation. He was immediately taken before a judge, convicted, and sentenced to thirteen months in prison, reportedly in Hull. Since then there has been at least a partial media blackout on reporting about his arrest.

On Saturday morning my good friend Steen, the proprietor of the popular Danish blog Snaphanen, emailed to ask me if there was anything he could do to help, besides writing about the case. Like the rest of us, he was worried about what might happen during Tommy’s incarceration amongst mostly Muslim prisoners.

I told him it would be a good idea to donate to Tommy (here). However, I’m afraid that money alone may not do the trick like it did a few years ago. In that previous case his supporters mounted a big fundraising push and raised enough money to hire a QC (which is like a high-powered defense lawyer). Thanks to his improved legal representation, he was acquitted of the ludicrous charges that had been laid against him.

Given the rate at which people are donating to him, he should be able to hire competent counsel this time, too. His arrest has generated a lot of attention among us deplorables — despite the media muzzle, the word got out, to the point where at least three major demonstrations have been mounted in London over the weekend.

This case is different from previous ones, however. The arrest was obviously planned well in advance, and the “breach of the peace” charge is a just vague catch-all term that comes in handy against troublesome dissidents who need to be suppressed. The goal was to whisk him in front of judge for violating his probation and get him bunged inside as fast as possible. And if his culture-enriching fellow inmates happen to rough him up a little too much and cause his unfortunate demise — well, that will save the State a lot of trouble and inconvenience. “We deplore this cowardly act, and will act firmly to bring the perpetrators to justice under the full severity of the law…” etc blah yak.

The authorities seem to have him sewed up tight, and I’m not sure that a QC will be enough to engineer his release. This was a political arrest, and the only thing that could spring Tommy now would be the same thing that got him put away: political pressure.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Home Office — under the leadership of the recently appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid — gave the orders and arranged the banging-up of Tommy Robinson in Leeds. And putting political pressure on the Home Office is the only way his imprisonment could be reversed.

So who will put pressure on the Home Office? Obviously not the Tory leadership, who are neck-deep in the conspiracy to silence Tommy Robinson. And Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party would be at least as glad to see Tommy rot in prison. The Lib-Dems — in the unlikely event that they were to take a principled stance on the issue — no longer have any meaningful clout. And UKIP has even less.

Even if Tommy weren’t a Catholic, I doubt the Archbishop of Canterbury would intercede on his behalf. And I don’t expect Pope Francis to take an interest in his case.

So who does that leave? Who can hold the government’s feet to the fire?

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How to Become a Syrian and Migrate to Germany

The video below contains an excerpt from the latest in a series of documentaries on the Islam in the West by Zvi Yehezkeli, an Israeli journalist and filmmaker who is fluent in Arabic. In this operation Mr. Yehezkeli went to Turkey and posed as a Jordanian merchant in order to acquire a Syrian passport and enter Germany as a “refugee”.

Many thanks to RL for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript (based on the times in the larger video):

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/26/2018

The proposed Italian coalition government under prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte has gained more than an absolute majority of support in the Senate, and an even larger margin in the lower house. Meanwhile, the Lega and the 5-Star Movement have chosen Paolo Savona as economy minister. Mr. Savona is known to be a staunch Euro-skeptic and is very anti-German.

In other news, almost 1,500 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the course of just two days by the Italian coast guard and various migrant-rescue NGOs.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to AF, C. Cantoni, Caroline Glick, Charles Low, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, Upananda Brahmachari, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

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Rescue Squad Targeted by Culture-Enrichers in Uddevalla

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Fria Tider:

SD: Attacks against blue-light [emergency] personnel should bring at least four years in prison

May 24, 2018

DOMESTIC. After yesterday’s stone-throwing incident against the rescue service in Uddevalla, the Sweden Democrats now want such perpetrators to be severely punished: at least four years in prison.

It was just before 11pm on Thursday that the rescue service in Uddevalla was alerted that “young people” had lit an uncontrolled fire in a barbecue area.

Upon arrival they were met by stone throwing and personnel were hit by stones, but without serious injury.

Now the Sweden Democrats want to put on the hard gloves against the people behind such attacks.

At least four years in prison, according to the party.

“Yesterday the rescue service was exposed to stone-throwing when they were on duty. One of the emergency services staff was hit.” For SD, it’s completely unacceptable to attack blue-light personnel. “We therefore propose a minimum sentence of at least four years in prison,” the Sweden Democrats wrote on Twitter.

More Information on Tommy — Another Demo Tomorrow at Speaker’s Corner

Information from Facebook, including Tommy Robinson’s address, and how people can help him:

Due to the reporting restrictions set down by the judge I am unable to report on anything said or done in the court room other than Tommy was given 13 months for Contempt of Court and immediately taken to prison.

Tommy’s solicitor is meeting Tommy on Tuesday to discuss what next steps can be taken, if any. She was deliberately misled by the police, who informed her on the phone that he was being released, and when she asked for confirmation that he would be released and that there was no need for her to travel to Leeds they informed her that was correct. The police immediately took Tommy to the court and appointed a Court Solicitor, who was useless.

Below are details to contact Tommy if you wish to send messages of support, money for postage stamps, phone calls and food/toiletries are always appreciated. Tommy is okay so far.

A2084CG Stephen Lennon
HMP Hull Prison
Hedon Rd,
Hull
HU9 5LS

You can also use this service to email Tommy, and for small amounts of money you can use this secure service.

If you wish to help Tommy’s legal fund you can do so by going to tommyrobinson.online/support.

Please feel free to share this information with others, and pages/groups and any other stories out there regarding Tommy where he is or isn’t are FAKE.

A report from today’s demo outside 10 Downing Street:

About 1,000 supporters turned up. The police were not expecting it. We managed to block Whitehall traffic both ways for a couple of hours with traffic piling back.

The police were unprepared, and when they did turn up were treated to chants of “scum, scum”. There was one moment when it looked as if they were moving in on the crowd, but the moment passed and the crowd marched up Whitehall, past the Houses of Parliament and into a nearby park where there were speeches by Raheem Kassam, Gerard Batten, Janice Atkinson MEP and a few others. Then the crowd dispersed quietly.

Another demo has been planned for 1pm to 4pm tomorrow (Sunday) at Speaker’s Corner. Anne Marie Waters is due to speak.

Paul Weston: Britain is Now a Genuine Police State

The following essay by Paul Weston was adapted from a comment he made on yesterday’s post about the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson.

Britain is Now a Genuine Police State

By Paul Weston

There are a number of court cases taking place in Britain which are subject to reporting restrictions. A good percentage of these — and we really don’t know how many, which I think is rather the idea — relate to Muslim gang-rape trials. Tommy was under a 13-month suspended sentence for previously reporting on a gang-rape trial subject to reporting restrictions. In other words, if he broke the law again he would then serve the jail time as per the initial sentence.

I’m not sure if the trial he was reporting on when he was arrested was yet another “reporting restriction” case, but if it was (which I think it was) the police have a duty to issue a warning before taking action if the warning was ignored. Again, I am unsure as to what happened here.

But the police made no mention of reporting restrictions or contempt of court; they arrested him for “breaching the peace” which would seem to be a total fabrication and therefore unlawful. His immediate hearing and sentencing suggests this was a planned action by the police (and our lovely government) in order to shut him down.

To further reinforce the actions of a totalitarian state, a reporting restriction has now been put into operation with regard to his arrest. Tommy has been “disappeared” in much the same manner as countless others were airbrushed out of existence in genuine totalitarian regimes abroad, but I think this is the first time in England that a citizen has been “disappeared” in such a blatant way.

Even more horrifying is the supine manner in which this grotesque act of totalitarianism has been received by our media and purported civil-liberties merchants, none of whom have raised a murmur of disapproval at the time of this writing.

Couple this with the video of the woman arrested a few days ago by the police who threatened to break her down if she refused to open it — “DO NOT RESIST US! DO NOT RESIST US!” and I think it is very clear that the government, given the choice of crushing Islam or crushing those who question Islam, have chosen to crush the latter.

So the decent, democratic Britain I was born into has now gone. I warned some years ago of the direction the British police were taking (“Multiculturalism Has Destroyed the British Police”), and it is time to realise Britain is now a genuine Police State.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/25/2018

Last night two men wearing hoodies carried an explosive device into an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto. When the men left and the bomb went off, fifteen people were wounded. The suspects have not yet been found or identified.

In other news, three “Swedes” — a Syrian and two Palestinians — will stand trial for throwing Molotov cocktails at a synagogue in Gothenburg last year.

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Thanks to Charles Low, Dean, MM, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Help! The Banlieues Must Be Saved!

In a clip from French TV we posted a couple of weeks ago, Béziers Mayor Robert Ménard took issue with the “Borloo* Plan”, a government proposal for renewing the neighborhoods and suburbs where “youths” riot and murder and rape and otherwise engage in youthful hijinks. Mr. Ménard criticized the fact that the word “Islam” was not mentioned in the plan, even though the Religion of Peace is the real source of all the problems plaguing the banlieues.

The video below is made up of two parts. The first is an irritating animated propaganda clip promoting the Borloo Plan. In it the no-go slums ruled by violent and indolent migrants are obfuscated by the use of smarmy euphemisms and circumlocutions — which were difficult to translate, since English lacks the capability for baroque euphemism that the French language has so fastidiously refined.

The second part of the video is a brief reaction to the Borloo Plan by Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript (timed from two separate original clips):

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German Priest Celebrates Pentecost in Hijab

A Catholic priest in Germany caused outrage — and apparently quite a bit of approbation, too — by donning hijab during his sermon on Pentecost Sunday. The priest resorted to this desperate measure because he disapproved of the anti-immigration policies of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany).

Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an open letter (also translated by Nash) prompted by Fr. Sedlmeier’s stunt, from a victim of Catholic clerical abuse:

Victim of Abuse Writes Open Letter to the Priest in Aalen: “My Rapist Also Wore Such a Towel Around His Head!”

The gesture of submission by the priest in Aalen not only fired up the Islam debate more, but it also apparently awoke entirely different memories, as this open letter proves.

(The name of the writer of the letter is known to the editor)

Dear Herr Sedlmeier,

In the schwaebischen.de (online paper) one could see your pathetic hijab performance everywhere; it was widespread on the internet as well.

A long time ago I lived in a Catholic facility as an orphan for fifteen years, from the age of three years old.

But one can’t really talk of the Catholic facility in which I had to dwell, but rather of a Catholic camp where children were mistreated and abused.

It was simply gruesome, what one had to experience there, and what types of people one got to know there who called themselves “servants of God”.

My case of course was even written about in several newspapers, and members of the diocese and servants of God beseechingly apologized to me and wanted to clear everything internally.

If you wish, I can supply you with the respective articles and correspondences of the Catholic offenders, male and female.

To this day, nothing has been cleared. The archive supposedly was disbanded, so that my documents no longer be found.

The Catholic Church and its dubious characters have to this day left their victims standing in the rain. The church stole my childhood. I was a living dead person in your facilities.

And my youth was also stolen from the Catholic Church.

The fact that the pain and suffering that was inflicted not just on me, but others as well, which takes a lifelong toll on everything, can’t just be pushed aside, I’m just mentioning that.

Through the immoral actions of these servants of God, whether in the light or in the dark, I was traumatized for life, and I still am to this day.

A few years ago I was in a clinic for months, and during that time the trauma of my childhood and my youth has come to the surface. I have that black on white.

I had suppressed the memories of the abuse for decades until they simply broke out.

Life is too short to just dismiss the things that were done to me and others by the Catholic Church. The suppression of these memories for decades has cost me a lot of strength already.

I predominantly only got to know male pigs and violent women who claimed to be servants of God. As a child, if one can even say the word child, because I never could nor was I allowed to be a child, one internally scanned and memorized the various facial expressions of these servants of God so that one always knew what mood they were in.

That way, one could every once in a while actually get away before something happened, but unfortunately, only every once in a while.

I am writing you because you have that very same facial expression as many other toey and horny priests that I had the displeasure of knowing from my childhood.

They sometimes crept up on me with towels over their heads, too, because they thought that way they couldn’t be recognized.

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Tommy Robinson Arrested for Journalism

While the news stories are being shut one by one, as they go up, here is a brief video… who knows how long it will remain up?

The Baron will find more news later. A more permanent kind.

However, it does my heart good to hear him say, before the soviet police shut the door of the paddy wagon, “George, call my solicitor”.

Cressida (“Spotted”) Dick is in charge of this Metro Police shutdown on free speech.

Update from the Baron:

Yes, it seems that Internet news articles about Tommy’s arrest are being taken down as fast as they are put up. For some reason, however, there are still lots of YouTube videos of it.

As of this writing, this story from The Scottish Sun is still extant, as is this one from The Independent. But this one from Breitbart has gone missing. I read that others have also disappeared.

Also: I’m told a protest demo has been organized for 3pm tomorrow outside 10 Downing Street.

Further update (6:58pm EDT): This article from The Express has not yet been taken down.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/24/2018

A new migrant camp reminiscent of the late great “Jungle” in Calais has formed on the streets of Paris. About 2,500 migrants are thought to be living there, but a French government plan to evict them cannot be implemented, since Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo refuses to approve the action.

In other news, North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric prompted President Trump to call off the June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

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Thanks to Charles Low, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

Notice to tipsters: Please don’t submit extensive excerpts from articles that have been posted behind a subscription firewall, or are otherwise under copyright protection.

Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. We check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

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Diana West: The Soviet Union, Fellow Travelers, Useful Idiots, and Islam

Most readers will be familiar with the work of Diana West and the controversy over her ground-breaking book American Betrayal (for those who aren’t, see the Diana West Archives).

In the following interview Ms. West talks about Soviet influence at the highest levels of the United States government, and how it pertains to the current infiltration of Islam in the West.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for conducting the interview and uploading this video: