Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/20/2020

Former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani announced that he has turned over photographs of underage girls taken from Hunter Biden’s hard drive to the Delaware police. Meanwhile, Hunter’s father Joe said that Muslims would serve at all levels in his presidential administration.

In other news, a Christian missionary from Switzerland who was held hostage by mujahideen in Mali for four years has been executed by her captors.

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Thailand: It’s Shirt Time Again!

Our Bangkok correspondent H. Numan sends this update on the latest unrest in Thailand.

Thailand: it’s shirt time again!

by H. Numan

I’ve reported extensively about the red vs yellow shirt crises during last decade in Thailand. In the end the green shirts (army) won. At this moment we see the white shirts (students) battling it out with the brown shirts (police). Who will win is not clear, but I’m absolutely certain we are witnessing the beginning of what could become large-scale riots, if not something a good deal worse.

As usual, a bit of groundwork. What’s that with colors in Thailand? Well, you have to understand: Thailand is not a western country. It is one of the few Asian countries that was never colonized. Therefore it was able to keep its identity. In Thai culture colors have names, and every day of the week has its own color. The late king was born on Monday, which has the color yellow. In Thailand yellow is reserved for the king himself. All members of the royal family have their own personal color.

When people started to organize themselves into opposing camps under the Thaksin administration, royalists wore yellow shirts. They were mainly middle class citizens of Bangkok. Adherents to Thaksin started to wear red shirts. Not because they are communist. Communism is explicitly forbidden in Thailand. Red is the color of blood and of love for the country. Thaksin supporters (red shirts) were predominantly lower-class citizens outside Bangkok. In other words: a huge majority. Both the red and yellow shirts were monarchists. The monarchy was not an issue. That’s why you have the weird situation in which both parties were carrying large portraits of the late king Rama IX.

Those colors are important. When the late king Bumibhol left the hospital one day wearing a mint green jacket, I saw lot of people the next day wearing mint green shirts.

In the end, the green shirts won. They committed a coup d’état in 2014 and are still in control. Both the yellow shirt and red shirt leaders were arrested and put on trial. Both movements were disbanded. As usual they claimed no other solution was possible but a coup, and they would put things right and fight corruption. And, of course, as soon as possible democracy would be restored.

And, of course, that didn’t happen. This military government may not have been the most corrupt government in Thai history, but they sure tried. One nice juicy scandal involved the many watches of General Prawit Wongsuan. He was spotted wearing an expensive watch he hadn’t declared when he took office. Soon it was clear he had a collection of 24 watches. We’re talking top-of-the-line watches costing many thousands of dollars. Each watch is more worth than the annual salary of a general.

We do have a national anti-corruption commission — which is akin to Marlboro running anti-smoking campaigns. That NACC did its utmost best to keep Prawit out of the wind. After a lengthy investigation they accepted his excuse: those watches were from a friend, who sadly passed away. That friend had loaned him those 24 watches, and matching jewelry. He will return them to the next of kin, some day in the far future. He wears them today. As a badge of (dis)honor, even. After all, he, an honest hard-working underpaid officer, defeated the evil corrupt NACC.

Last year the military government announced they had re-written the constitution, would resign from office, and called for democratic elections. When Prayuth announced his candidacy for premier, I knew he was going to win. No Thai PM would ever announce his candidacy if he wasn’t 100% certain he was going to win. Which he did.

Were the elections rigged? Probably. A vote costs Bt. 500 ($16) each. Thai politics are not based on national parties, but on persons. For example, scumbag first class, I mean police captain Chalerm Yubamrung. Talk about every crime in the book, he will assure you he committed more. His youngest son Duangchalerm shot a police officer in a bar. He fled to Singapore. There the Thai ambassador personally escorted him home, where daddy had arranged a hero’s welcome for him on the airport, with thousands cheering the returning hero. He never had to see a judge, the court has ruled that the bribe was sufficient there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. Daddy was member of parliament and even vice-premier under the Yingluck administration. He supported the wrong team, and was arrested shortly after the coup. Now he is retired in comfort.

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A Conspiracy to Behead

Here’s the latest update on the execution of the blasphemous infidel schoolteacher in Paris last Friday.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Le Figaro:

The assassination of Samuel Paty: A parent of a pupil and the assailant exchanged messages before the attack

These exchanges are believed to have been on the message server, WhatsApp.

by Le Figaro and AFP
October 20, 2020

The pupil’s father who had called for a mobilization on social media against Samuel Paty, the professor assassinated on Friday 16 October near his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), exchanged messages by telephone with the assailant in the days that preceded the attack, AFP learned Tuesday from a source close to the case.

These exchanges are believed to have taken place on the message server WhatsApp, added this inside source, confirming news from BFMTV, without giving specifics as to their content.

The father of the female pupil had given his telephone number on Facebook in a message accompanying a video disseminated 8 October, in which he called for mobilization against Samuel Paty after a course on the Mohammad cartoons, which, according to him, his daughter attended. The latter, who is in the 4th year, was, indeed, part of a class in which Samuel Paty gave a course on freedom of expression on 6 October, but she was absent that day according to a source close to the case.

On 12 October he had disseminated a new video on YouTube targeting the teacher, in which the militant Islamist Abdelhakim Sefrioui appeared with him. The two men were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in this anti-terrorist investigation, along with 14 other persons, including five students.

Bodo Gets a Visit from the CoPo

Bodo Schiffmann is a German otorhinolaryngologist, and an outspoken critic of the wearing of masks in response to the Wuhan Coronavirus. In the following video Dr. Schiffmann’s birthday party in an event room of a restaurant is interrupted by a visit from the Corona police, who have received a report that the doctor and his guests have broken Corona regulations on masks and social distancing.

There is a wry joke about the DDR (“German Democratic Republic”) partway through the video. In the old East Germany the police (as opposed to the Stasi) were the Volkspolizei, commonly known as the VoPo. It seems appropriate to designate the mask-wearing uniformed drones in this video CoPo — it’s short, easy to remember, and has a nice resonance.

Many thanks to Hellequin GB for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/19/2020

The well-known writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was suspended by The New Yorker for masturbating while on camera in a Zoom call. Mr. Toobin has also taken a leave of absence from CNN.

In other news, former Vice President Joe Biden was photographed wearing two masks during a campaign stop in North Carolina.

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Email Problems Yet Again

I’m having a similar problem to the one I had three months ago: I can receive emails, but I can’t send them. I’ve spent hours on the phone with the hosting service trying to sort it out, but no luck so far.

If you’ve been sending emails, I probably got them, but couldn’t reply. I hope to resolve this tomorrow.

All this hassle has delayed other posts. I’ll be putting up the news feed, but nothing else tonight.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/18/2020

In order to avoid detection by British surveillance drones, French fishing boats are being used to smuggle illegal migrants across the English Channel. Once the boats are in the middle of the Channel, dinghies hidden aboard are released, with migrants as passengers.

In other news, earlier this evening a man was seen dangling by a rope from the 16th floor of Trump Tower in Chicago. The man refused to pull himself up, and demanded to speak with President Trump.

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An Outpouring of Saccharinity in France

The mujahid decapitator of Paris has now been identified as an 18-year-old Russian Chechen named Abdoullakh A., and his schoolteacher victim as Samuel Paty. Both of them are dead — why is it that we only get an initial for the killer’s surname, but are given the full name of his victim?

I noticed in the photo accompanying the article that the Parisian Eloi have heaped up the usual saccharine “memorial” materiel outside the school where Mr. Paty taught. Savvy investors who bought teddy bear futures or stock in candle companies must be making a killing — so to speak.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Le Matin:

Live: Teacher decapitated: A national tribute to Samuel Paty will be held Wednesday

Here is a late recap of the events that followed the murder Friday evening of Samuel Paty, a teacher decapitated because he had shown a cartoon of Mohammed to his pupils.

The assailant, killed by the police after the attack, has been identified as Abdoullakh A., a Russian-Chechen, 18 years of age, who was born in Moscow and came to France as a refugee with his family, stated the national anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard to the press. The killer was known for past common law offenses, but not by the intelligence services for radicalization. On 4 March 2020 he obtained a residence permit valid until March 2030. He had refugee status, and resided at Evreux in Normandy.

Ten people were in custody Saturday, including the parents, grandfather, and younger brother of the assailant, detained at Evreux (Eure). Also in custody is the father of the pupil who called for action against the teacher. He was placed in custody at Chanteloup-les-Vignes. The man who accompanied him to the college to complain about the teacher, and who interviewed the daughter of this parent of a pupil in a video, the militant Islamist, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, active in France since the middle of the years 2000, as well as his companion, were also arrested.

About 1,000 persons gathered Saturday afternoon in front of the college of Bois d’Aulne a Conflans-Saint-Honorine (Yvelines). Samuel Paty, age 47 and the father of a family, was a teacher of history-geography in this establishment. The teacher, known for his investment in his pupils, was “very well-thought of,” stated Armelle, whose 13-year-old son attends the college. In the morning, white roses were placed at the entrance to the college in this residential quarter, where pupils and parents are in a state of shock.

Large demonstrations of support are expected Sunday across the country. Representatives of the principal political parties, associations, and unions will demonstrate Sunday at 3pm in Paris, at the emblematic Square of the Republic, and in numerous other cities. A national tribute will be held Wednesday to this teacher of history and geography, the Élysée announced. And a defense meeting, presided over by Emmanuel Macron, is expected to take place Sunday. “Other expressions and announcements are planned after the meetings,” according to the executive.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/17/2020

The attacker who beheaded a schoolteacher on the street in Paris is revealed to have been an 18-year-old Chechen born in Russia. The young mujahid asked students to point out the teacher before the killing. President Emmanuel Macron described the murder as an Islamist terrorist attack.

In other news, a couple in Milan has been fined €400 for kissing in public, violating Wuhan Coronavirus restrictions.

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The Thug Got What He Deserved

Yesterday a French schoolteacher was beheaded on the street in Paris by a man who shouted “Allahu Akhbar” during the attack (see the New York Post report). The killer, who was shot dead by police, is said to have been outraged that the teacher had shown a Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoon to his class, which included Muslims.

The following video, recorded by a prominent French imam, is allegedly what inspired the decapitation of the teacher. If the schoolgirl in the video is correct, the blasphemous image the teacher showed his class depicted the prophet with no clothes on. Assuming that is in fact the case, the picture may have been a panel from the special comic book series published by Charlie Hebdo in 2013, “La Vie de Mahomet”.

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

Video transcript:

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A Nation of Compliant Drones

Europe is currently experiencing its “second wave” of the Wuhan Coronavirus, and a number of countries are in the process of imposing varying degrees of a new lockdown. Spain, France, and the UK have adopted particularly strict regimes.

MissPiggy sends this report of her personal experience with Coronamadness in Germany:

Yesterday I visited hairdresser’s and immediately ran afoul of the Corona regulations. First it was about not having the “right mask”. Then I was given my next instructions about going to the bathroom to wash my hands. After that I was told my hands needed to be disinfected.

I said, “I’m sorry, I just washed my hands — that should be enough.” I showed my hands, and said that I have an allergic reaction on my hands (fingertips) from all these disinfectants. So I refused, and they said, “Sorry, then we can’t serve you.”

Then they agreed to just spray the palms. So far, so good. Then I had to fill out a form with my contact information. That’s when I said, “Nope. I’ll spend my money elsewhere.” So now there’s a “mobil friseur” coming to my house on Tuesday.

As for that hairdresser’s, they can go bankrupt. The owner even said in the end that he had no understanding for people who wouldn’t comply with these measures. His reasoning was that because of people like me, there will be a second lockdown. I told him that was going to happen with or without people like me.

At one point I just asked, “What’s next, a PCR to get your hair cut?” Their response was, “No, no…” That launched a whole discussion about how this isn’t their idea, that they have to follow instructions, and they don’t want another lockdown because they barely survived the first one, etc.

I had the same conversation with a lady at the fish counter in a grocery store. I didn’t have my glasses on and she pointed at something I couldn’t see, so I leaned forward. She barked at me to stay behind the magic tape on the floor. I retorted, “If I don’t, will you call the Corona police?” She explained to me that they are also sick of it all, but they have secret shoppers from the health department checking up on them.

MissPiggy’s story brought to mind the following poem by W.H. Auden. I’ve posted it before, but it’s worth revisiting.

It was written in the 1930s, during another rapid expansion of the all-powerful socialist state:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/16/2020

A mentally disturbed man beheaded a schoolteacher on the street in Paris today while shouting “Allahu Akhbar”. Police caught the unfortunate fellow and shot him dead when he refused to surrender. He was reportedly upset that his child had been shown a Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoon in class. The authorities are investigating the incident as possibly being terror-related.

In other news, UK Prime Minister Boris “BoJo” Johnson has given up on getting the EU to budge from its position, and now is planning for a clean break no-deal Brexit in January. He may mean January of 2075, but I’m not sure.

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Islam: A Permanent War Institution

Michael Copeland’s latest compilation affirms the inherently warlike nature of Islamic ideology.

Islam: A Permanent War Institution

by Michael Copeland

Here are some statements about Islam by Islamic spokesmen:

  • “…it’s an eternal endless war.” — Sheikh Dr. M. Rateb Al-Nabuls
  • “Jihad fighters everywhere! …Come closer to Allah through the blood of infidels, do not relent in spilling [their blood].” — Sa’ud Bin Hamoud Al-Utaybi, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (quoted by mortimer, comment May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • “Islam is not Christianity …Islam is the religion of agitation, revolution, blood, liberation and martyrdom.” — Shaikh Morteza Mathari
  • “Those who are against killing have no place in Islam. If the survival of the Faith requires the shedding of blood, we are there to perform our duty.” —
  • Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali, IRI Judge
  • “Islam is a religion of blood for the infidels.” — Ayatollah Khomeini
  • “…always … war and conflict.” — al Baghdadi
  • “…warfare … is the highest expression of fidelity.” — Hassan al Banna
  • “Battle, animosity, and hatred.” — Osama bin Laden
  • “Jihad is a permanent war institution.” — Al Azhar
  • “…jihad will remain as long there is Islam.” — Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan
  • “We are at war and I am a soldier.” — London 7/7 killer
  • “The kafir is the enemy.” — Saudi government ruling
  • “We shall conquer their countries, whether you like it or not.” — Muhammad Ayed, Al Aqsa Mosque
  • “…their right and duty to make war.” — Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, ambassador to Great Britain 1786
  • “…those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world.” — Ayatollah Khomeini
  • “Britain has always been Dar al Harb [Realm of War].” — Anjem Choudary
  • “Nothing … is mentioned more than …fighting in the Koran.” — Anjem Choudary
  • “Islam isn’t in the world to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant.” — Omar M. Ahmad, founder of CAIR
  • Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries — Sheikh Huwayni (Translating Jihad, 11 June 2011)
  • “To the rulers of the West, this is the religion of Allah. Either you pay the jizya poll tax, or else you will bring the sword to your necks.” — Sheikh Nader Tamimi
  • “…then we fight them, and we abduct their women, and destroy their churches — This is Islam!… Come on! Learn what Islam is!” — Grand Ayatollah Ahmad Al Baghdadi to interviewer on Iraq television.

Non-Muslim statesmen and writers who inform themselves about Islam come to the same conclusion:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/15/2020

A car carrying six illegal immigrants from Syria fled from a police checkpoint in Hungary and crashed on a highway with police in pursuit. No one was killed, but all six culture-enrichers were injured.

In other news, according to a new poll, almost two-thirds of British citizens support a strict new coronavirus lockdown.

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