Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/25/2015

German authorities were shocked — shocked! — when they learned that at least 30% of the “refugees” who claim to be Syrian are not Syrians at all. Meanwhile, residency permits were granted to several Palestinians in Sweden who went on a hunger strike to protest not being recognized as asylum seekers. And the German federal government has promised an extra €4 billion to the states to help them cope with the flood of migrants.

In other news, one of the more than 700 people killed yesterday by the stampede during the Hajj is confirmed to have been a “Dane”.

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Financial Crisis
» Brazil Recession Deeper Than Previously Estimated: Bank
» Caterpillar Slashes Revenue Forecast, Cuts 10,000 Jobs
» The Stock Markets of the 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing
» According to the Left There is No ‘War on Cops’
» Air Force Alarmed at China’s New Missile
» EPA Spent $800 on a Pencil Holder
» FBI May Have Retrieved Deleted Emails Containing Classified Info Hillary Said Were Never on Her Server
» Half of Americans Think “Government is an Immediate Threat to Liberty”
» House Speaker John Boehner to Resign From Congress in October
» Michael Savage Warns of Communist—like Pope
» New Horizons: Pluto Displays Rippling Terrain
» Obama Promised Healthcare Premiums Would Fall $2,500 Per Family; They Have Climbed $4,865
» Old Net Addresses Run Out in US
» Pope Lays Out Global Marxist Agenda
» Putting American Interests First
» What Can’t Happen Here Did
Europe and the EU
» Catalan Independence Debate Gets Personal Ahead of Spain Vote
» Italy: MPS Soars on News of Nomura Settlement
» Italy: FCA to Produce Over 1 Mn Vehicles in 2016, Elkann Says
» Op-Ed: Will Europe Put a Yellow Star on Israeli Products?
» Poland’s Eurosceptic Opposition Tops Polls, Possible Majority
» Some 4.9 Mn Italian Workers Waiting for New Contracts
» UK: Jeremy Corbyn: 9/11 Was ‘Manipulated’
» UK: Randy Couple Indulged Their ‘Animalistic Lust’ After Being Kept Waiting at McDonald’s Drive-Thru
Israel and the Palestinians
» Israeli Row Over No-Fly Zone for Supermodel’s Wedding
Middle East
» At Least One Dane Among Mecca Stampede Victims
» Customs: Forged IDs Being Mailed to Asylum Seekers
» Hajj Stampede: Saudis Face Growing Criticism Over Deaths
» Pentagon Boss: Russia Will Empower ISIS
» Russian ‘Visitors’ Receive Warm Welcome in Coastal Syria
» Saudi-Israeli Action on Iran is Common Interest, Diplomat
» Global Aid Groups Express Outrage at Ban by Ukraine Rebels
» Kiev Prohibits Aeroflot Flights and Kaspersky Software
» Russia Announces Naval Drills in ‘East Mediterranean’
South Asia
» Monkey Selfie is Mine, UK Photographer Argues
» Singapore Shuts Schools, Distributes Free Masks for Haze
Latin America
» Argentine Vote to Bring Curtain Down on Kirchner Era
» Berlin Pledges 4 Billion Euros to Regional States for Refugees
» Bid to House Refugees in Sweden’s Empty Jails
» Czech Ex-Leader Wants Vote on Migrant Quotas
» EU Foreign Policy Chief: ‘Peace in Syria Won’t Stop Migrant Influx’
» EU to Arrest People Traffickers on High Seas
» ‘Finland’s No Good’: Disappointed Migrants Turn Back
» Foreign Minister Soini Condemns Use of Finnish Flag by Ku Klux Klan-Clad Protester
» Islam’s March on Europe and America
» Katie Hopkins: Photo of Drowned Aylan Was ‘Staged’
» Many Migrants Falsely Claim to be Syrians: Germany
» Mayors to Obama: We’ll Take More Refugees
» Migrant Quotas Forced on Austrian Local Authorities
» Netherlands: Police Called to Break Up Fights Between Refugees and Protests by Locals
» Obama Plans to Flood U.S. With Muslim Refugees
» Refugees Raise Far-Right Threat: Norway Intel
» Sweden: Residency Permits Granted to Several Palestinians on Hunger Strike
» Sweden to ‘Urgently Review’ Asylum Policies
» Sweden: Asylum Seekers: Gov’t Monitoring Developments ‘Hour by Hour’
» Swiss Populist Right Want Referendum on Asylum Law
» The Emperor’s Moral Narcissism
Culture Wars
» Climate Change, Planned Parenthood and Witch Doctors
» Let’s Play 20 Questions
» Pope Francis Calls on Bishops: ‘Flee the Temptation of Narcissism’
» Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year

Brazil Recession Deeper Than Previously Estimated: Bank

Brazil’s Central Bank warned Thursday of a deeper-than-expected recession in the world’s seventh-largest economy, with the darkening outlook sending the national currency plunging to new lows.

The bank projected a 2.7 percent contraction in the Brazilian economy this year, a major revision from its June estimate of a 1.1 percent decline.

It also predicted inflation would spurt to an annual rate of 9.5 percent by the end of the year before subsiding over the next two years…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

Caterpillar Slashes Revenue Forecast, Cuts 10,000 Jobs

(Reuters) Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) slashed its 2015 revenue forecast on Thursday and said it will cut as many as 10,000 jobs through 2018, joining a list of big U.S. industrial companies grappling with the mining and energy downturn.

Shares of Caterpillar tumbled as much as 8 percent to a five-year low, pulling down the sector and knocking as much as 37 points off the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Stock Markets of the 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing

You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news. But so far the mainstream media in the United States is treating it like it isn’t really a big deal.

Over the last sixty days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since the fall of 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary “bump in the road” and that the bull market will soon resume. Hopefully they are right.

When the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777 points on September 29th, 2008 everyone freaked out and rightly so. But a stock market crash doesn’t have to be limited to a single day. Since the peak of the market earlier this year, the Dow is down almost three times as much as that 777 point crash back in 2008. Over the last sixty days, we have seen the 8th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis and the 10th largest single day stock market crash in U.S. history on a point basis. You would think that this would be enough to wake people up, but most Americans still don’t seem very alarmed. And of course what has happened to U.S. stocks so far is quite mild compared to what has been going on in the rest of the world.

Right now, stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this. The following is a summary of what we have seen in recent days…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

According to the Left There is No ‘War on Cops’

Saying there is no war on police in a society where threats made against men and women in blue are not considered serious and encouraged by those in the highest level of government, is absurd

The “war on cops” began in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, aka the Gentle Giant. The killing set off the Black Lives Matters movement that began based upon the “hands up, don’t shoot” lie; that the black punk had his hands up attempting to surrender when he was killed by former white Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson.

It did not seem to matter that Brown did not have his hands up to surrender; rather he was rushing the officer. Nor did it seem to matter that Brown had previously tried to get a hold of Wilson’s firearm. No doubt had he obtained the gun, the innocent student would have taken it to school for show-and-tell.

Perhaps things would not have escalated to the point it did, had President Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder and the race baiters led by Al Sharpton, not all jumped in to stoke the fires of hatred of the men and women in blue. Of course the left and the mainstream media will go to any length to defend the president who made MSNBC’s Chris Matthews’ leg tingle. Let’s face it, if Obama killed little puppies on live television, the headline the next day would be, “Obama Makes America Safer for Cats.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Air Force Alarmed at China’s New Missile

The U.S. Air Force’s highest ranking officers have publicly and privately expressed alarm at China’s newest air missile, the PL—15, with one general asking outright at a public forum: “How do we counter that?”

Gen. Herbert Carlisle, the head of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command, expressed concerns on at least two public occasions about China’s new missile, which touts a high-tech radar seeker and extremely powerful motor that allows it to strike at targets more than 60 miles away.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

EPA Spent $800 on a Pencil Holder

The federal agency that has the job of protecting the environment doesn’t seem to have too much concern for trees, at least the ones cut down to make furniture.

The Environmental Protection Agency EPA to purchase, rent, install and store office furniture ranging from fancy hickory chairs and a hexagonal wooden table, worth thousands of dollars each, to a simple drawer to store pencils that cost $813.57.

The furniture shopping sprees equaled about $6,000 for every one of the agency’s 15,492 employees, according to federal spending data made public by the government watchdog

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

FBI May Have Retrieved Deleted Emails Containing Classified Info Hillary Said Were Never on Her Server

The FBI has recovered personal and work-related e-mails from the private computer server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success at salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. The disclosure of such e-mails would likely fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system for official business.

The FBI is investigating how and why classified information ended up on Clinton’s server. The probe probably will take at least several more months, according to the person, who described the matter on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing and deals with sensitive information.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Half of Americans Think “Government is an Immediate Threat to Liberty”

Government poses a threat to liberty, that much is clear.

But what may be surprising is that almost half of Americans clearly identified government as a clear and “immediate” threat, and are obviously outraged about what is going on.

Oddly, the number of angry Americans has remained consistent in poll number ever since about 2006 during George W. Bush’s second term, maintaining around 46-49% throughout Barack Obama’s entire presidency.

And yet, things continue to get worse and worse with each political cycle, and each new president.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

House Speaker John Boehner to Resign From Congress in October

John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives and a congressman from Ohio for three decades, has announced he will resign from his seat next month.

The Republican leader announced his resignation to a party conference at a meeting Friday morning, where he told his members he didn’t want to become “the issue” amid reports of conservative infighting.

Boehner has been under intense pressure from House conservatives, who have repeatedly threatened to stage a coup against the speaker over the years when they expressed dissatisfaction with his leadership in high-profile fights on Capitol Hill. Aides and members of Congress in the room, who were stunned by the announcement, said Boehner received a standing ovation during the meeting.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Michael Savage Warns of Communist—like Pope

Nationally known, top-ranked radio host Michael Savage sent out a not-so-subtle appeal to Catholics and others with religious beliefs, saying in his newsletter those of the faith need to “save us” from the communist agenda touted by Pope Francis.

“[It’s tragic] to see a pope arise out of nowhere who espouses the very communistic principles that the church opposed … Communism. Priests died under the hands of communists. The communists burned churches, destroyed icons and artifacts in Bolshevik Russia,” he said, in a piece headlined “Catholics, save us from this pope’s collectivist agenda” in his newsletter.

He went on: “Wherever communism has appeared, the church has suffered. Catholics have suffered terribly.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

New Horizons: Pluto Displays Rippling Terrain

A great swathe of Pluto that features a strange rippling terrain is perhaps the highlight of the latest image release from the New Horizons mission.

The Nasa probe, which flew by the dwarf planet in July, continues to downlink its data, and as it comes in, the scientists get to work on it.

The ripples stretch for many hundreds of km.

“It looks more like tree bark or dragon scales than geology,” observed mission team member Bill McKinnon.

“This’ll really take time to figure out; maybe it’s some combination of internal tectonic forces and ice sublimation driven by Pluto’s faint sunlight,” the Washington University, St Louis, scientist said in a US space agency release.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Obama Promised Healthcare Premiums Would Fall $2,500 Per Family; They Have Climbed $4,865

Considering that pretty much every single thing Obama promised when he was running for President turned out to be an outright lie, we shouldn’t be surprised this is also the case when it comes to his so-called “signature achievement.” Before getting into the meat of this post, let’s take a trip down memory lane and watch a video clip of Obama on the 2008 campaign trail.

As you can see, he didn’t just say it once or twice. He said it over, and over and over again. Now here’s what actually happened.

From Investors Business Daily:

Employer-based health insurance premiums climbed 4.2% this year for family plans, according to an annual Kaiser Family Foundation report. That’s up from 3% the year before.

Since 2008, average family premiums have climbed a total of $4,865.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Old Net Addresses Run Out in US

North America has officially run out of its stock of old net addresses.

This week the American agency which oversees net addresses in the region gave out the last block of these vital net components.

It said companies in North America should now accelerate their move to the latest version of the net’s addressing system.

Now Africa is the only region with any significant blocks of the older version 4 internet addresses available. Rising prices

The older addressing system, called IPv4, was created when the net was being set up in the 1970s. The system can support up to 4.3 billion addresses but the massive growth of the online world has swiftly depleted this.

The successor addressing system, known as IPv6, can handle a vast amount of addresses and is unlikely to ever run out. IPv6 has been available since 1999 but only now are large numbers of firms starting to use it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Pope Lays Out Global Marxist Agenda

Socialism and communism. But they would rather call it “sustainable development,” in order to confuse people about how the American way of life is being targeted for extinction

Socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is ecstatic over the pope’s address to Congress. In a message to his supporters, titled, “Why we must listen to Pope Francis,” he was particularly pleased with the fact that in his address to Congress, “Pope Francis spoke of Dorothy Day, who was a tireless advocate for the impoverished and working people in America. I think it was extraordinary that he cited her as one of the most important people in recent American history.” Day was a Marxist apologist for socialism and communist regimes. We covered this territory in my column, “With Pope’s Help, U.N. Bypasses Congress on Global Socialism.”

With Republican congressional leaders under fire from conservatives for cowering in the face of a Democratic Party onslaught, all that they needed was to roll out the welcome mat for a Marxist pope who would put them further on the defensive. But that’s exactly what happened.

Phyllis Bennis of the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies was right: “Pope Francis’ address to Congress was almost certainly not what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and other congressional leaders had in mind when they invited the pope to speak.” Speaking for many on the left, including the pro-abortion lobby, she said, “His clear call to end the death penalty was the only example he gave of protecting the sanctity of life: Even amid a raging congressional debate over Planned Parenthood, he never mentioned abortion.”

The list of left-wing causes in the pope’s address was extensive.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Putting American Interests First

Why does it seem that many Americans are more loyal to those who use their religion to abuse women, blow up churches, torture animals, enslave black Africans, and call for jihad on America than to a patriot like Dr. Ben Carson? I understand he didn’t exactly trip over himself to initially say that a muslim should be president, but please give me a break. When a television talk show host asked Dr. Carson that got you question regarding the United States having a muslim as president question, the good doctor simply stated, “I would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of this nation I absolutely would not agree with that.” To me he exhibited a high degree of understanding of reality and conviction when he doubled down on his views concerning the matter, when he told Sean Hanity on FOX News “We don’t put people at the head of our country whose faith might interfere with carrying out the duties of the Constitution.”

Let us not forget that the question asked Dr. Carson was a hypothetical one. He simply answered it as such. Now based upon the multi century history of those who practice islam, Mr. Carson was, is and will always be justified in giving the answer he gave.

The pro-jihadist group, the Council on American-Islamic Relations feigned their outrage at what Dr. Carson said. In fact, they called for political leaders from “across the political spectrum to repudiate these unconstitutional and un-American statements and for Dr. Carson to withdraw from the presidential race. Such hypocrisy would have me falling over with bellowing laughter if it were not connected to such an important and volatile subject. Arson was lambasted by CAIR members for what they called a religious test.

But yet the jihadist, sharia law pushers they support are on a daily basis calling for a takeover of the United States and abolishment of our Constitution.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

What Can’t Happen Here Did

The Revolutionaries of the New America first took root in the faculty lounges of academia providing the intellectual and cultural cover for an American movement that promoted the opposite of everything America stood for. From the classrooms of our colleges, came the next generations of teachers, journalists, lawyers, artists, and politicians. Soon it was common knowledge that our once rock-solid Constitution was a Living Document to be twisted and changed whenever those in power found the need.

From here it was just a matter of time until a revolution was accomplished through evolutionary change. Once the centers of power were secure in Washington, Hollywood, and in the media the trickle of change became a torrent and the torrent became a tsunami. Two wings on the same bird of prey, perpetually re-elected representatives from the twin headed party of power pander to the lowest common denominators, buying votes, using taxes to punish enemies and tax money to reward friends.

Our tyrants-in-training have captured the government and the economy, created a dependent class of motor-voters, convinced people that a continually growing debt is sustainable and turned the government into the one who picks winners and losers instead of a free economy. The slow slide down a slippery slope has accelerated into a precipitous procession over a predictable precipice. To those who have seen this coming it is like watching a slow motion train wreck. The coming destruction is not mitigated in the least by the decades or warning.

Our prideful boast of it can’t happen here has become a heart wrenching analysis of how it did happen here. How did the Progressives capture our land and subvert our Republic? They did it gradually inch by inch, step by step. When they lost a round they held their gains and as soon as possible recovered their long march toward a fundamentally transformed nation.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Catalan Independence Debate Gets Personal Ahead of Spain Vote

In reality, most of the animosity of the Catalan pro-independence movement is directed at Spain’s conservative Popular Party government.

In the words of Francisco Camas Garcia, an analyst at Metroscopia, one of Spain’s leading polling companies, “no-one can deny that there is a feeling in Catalonia that they (the Catalans) have been mistreated by the Spanish government”.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Italy: MPS Soars on News of Nomura Settlement

Tuscan bank up loss-making derivative trade

(ANSA) — Milan, September 24 — Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank has said it has reached a settlement with Japan’s Nomura Holdings to close a loss-making derivative trade, in a bid to boost its chances of finding a buyer.

Shares in the Tuscan bank soared over 8% to 1.6 euros a share on Thursday after MPS said late on Wednesday it would pay Nomura 359 million euros to wind up the deal on the so-called “Alexandria” derivative trade — 440 million euros less than the cost would have been under the initial terms of the trade.

In a statement, Nomura said it would incur losses of 34.5 billion yen (approximately 256.5 million euros) from the settlement, to be booked in the third quarter.

MPS, the world’s oldest surviving bank, was one of the largest to fail last year’s health checks conducted by the European Central Bank (ECB) and has been struggling in recent years after losses amid a global financial crisis that hit Italy especially hard.

The ECB has said it needs to find a buyer quickly.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: FCA to Produce Over 1 Mn Vehicles in 2016, Elkann Says

‘To see Pope Francis in Fiat 500L source of great pride’

(ANSA) — Rome, September 24 — Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will produce over 900,000 vehicles in 2015 and well over a million in 2016, group chairman John Elkann said Thursday.

“I am particularly pleased that FCA is one of the most environmentally friendly companies in the world,” added the 39-year-old scion of the Agnelli family that founded Fiat.

Elkann’s comments came against the backdrop of a global scandal over recent revelations that German carmaker Volkswagen had been cheating on emissions tests in the United States. Elkann also said the sight of Pope Francis travelling in a Fiat 500L during his visit to the US was “a source of great pride”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Op-Ed: Will Europe Put a Yellow Star on Israeli Products?

By Giulio Meotti

The European Union has just agreed to remove the sanctions from Iran’s anti-Semitic regime and put them on the Jewish State of Israel.

In the very same week that the EU Court of Justice based in Luxembourg relaxed the sanctions against Iran’s main aluminum manufacture company (Iralco), the very same EU imposed its first sanction against Israel.

It consists of the marking of products from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, to become effective from next month. Goods — fruit, vegetables, cosmetics, textiles and toys — worth €220 million — are exported to the EU from “settlements” each year.

The “settlement products” are labeled by Europe not only because these are political symbols, but also because it knows that businesses in Judea and Samaria are a very important part of the Israeli economy with companies such as Oppenheimer, Super Class and Shamir Salads, Golan Heights Dairies , Ahava, Hlavin, Beitili and Barkan Brackets.

The European blacklist not only violates international free trade, it is an obstacle to Mideast coexistence and constitutes the revival of Judeophobic racism.[…]

           — Hat tip: MC [Return to headlines]

Poland’s Eurosceptic Opposition Tops Polls, Possible Majority

Poland’s eurosceptic conservative opposition is on track to win next month’s general election, polls showed Friday, with one suggesting Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice (PiS) party could end up scoring a majority.

PiS garnered 34-39 percent support in three independent opinion surveys, well ahead of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz’s centrist Civic Platform (PO), for which support ranged between 26-30 percent after two consecutive terms in office.

According to the independent Ipsos pollsters, PiS could command as many as 243-seats in Poland’s 460-seat lower house of parliament, translating into a 13-seat majority that would allow it to govern alone…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

Some 4.9 Mn Italian Workers Waiting for New Contracts

Over four years for renewal, says Istat

(ANSA) — Rome, September 25 — Some 4.9 million Italians are waiting to have their collective labour contracts renewed, over one in three (38%) of contract workers, Istat said on Friday. The national statistics agency added that 2.9 million of those workers were employed in the public sector. It said that the average amount of time it takes for a collective contract to be renewed was over four years — 56.3 months.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

UK: Jeremy Corbyn: 9/11 Was ‘Manipulated’

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that 9/11 was “manipulated” to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan.

In comments that will raise questions about his suitability to lead the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn appeared to blame George Bush and Tony Blair for using the September 11 attacks in New York to allow them to go to war.

In a series of further articles, Mr Corbyn also appears to endorse controversial conspiracy theories about a “New World Order”.

It comes as Mr Corbyn prepares for his first conference as Labour leader.

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

UK: Randy Couple Indulged Their ‘Animalistic Lust’ After Being Kept Waiting at McDonald’s Drive-Thru

A woman has been banned from going out at night after carrying out a sexual act on her boyfriend in a McDonald’s car park.

Lisa Gray, 28, was spotted with her feet poking out of the driver’s window as she performed oral sex on boyfriend Rhys Higgins, 24, at 4.30am in the drive-thru car park.

In court on Friday, a judge blasted their “animalistic lust” after hearing how McDonald’s staff just feet away witnessed their drive-thru sex.

The court heard Gray turned to sex games after pulling up in her small yellow Fiat 500 at 4.30am after a night drinking with boyfriend Higgins.

Prosecutor Craig Jones said the couple then began to “kiss and embrace each other” in the car after being kept waiting outside the collection window.

She stretched herself onto him and then proceeded to put her legs through the driver’s window to free up more space.

Mr Jones said: “Staff who witnesses the incident were left feeling sick and disgusted from what they saw that night.”

           — Hat tip: Nick [Return to headlines]

Israeli Row Over No-Fly Zone for Supermodel’s Wedding

A request by Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli to close the air space over her wedding venue has sparked a row between the country’s transport minister and the civil aviation authority (CAA).

The CAA had agreed to close the skies over the hotel in northern Israel.

But Transport Minister Yisrael Katz then threatened to sack the CAA boss if he did not overturn that decision.

In the end, the skies stayed open to all air traffic during Thursday’s wedding, Israeli media reported.

The 30-year-old Refaeli, Israel’s most famous supermodel, married billionaire Israeli businessman Adi Ezra at the Carmel Forest resort near Haifa.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

At Least One Dane Among Mecca Stampede Victims

At least one Dane is among the victims of a tragic stampede that killed over 700 people and left hundreds more injured during the Hajj pilgrimage outside of Mecca on Thursday.

A stampede during the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca on Thursday has left at least 717 people dead and over 800 injured, Saudi officials have said.

The Danish Foreign Ministry confirmed via Twitter that a Dane is among the victims.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Customs: Forged IDs Being Mailed to Asylum Seekers

Finnish Customs officers say they’ve intercepted roughly 100 forged passports and other identification documents in mail from mainly Iraq and Turkey. The officials say the documents were addressed to asylum seeker reception centres and private individuals in Finland.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Hajj Stampede: Saudis Face Growing Criticism Over Deaths

Iran has led growing criticism of Saudi Arabia after at least 717 people died and 863 were injured in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca on Thursday.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council accused the Saudis of “incompetence” and urged them to “take responsibility” for the deaths.

Nigeria has dismissed remarks by the Saudi health minister blaming pilgrims for “not following instructions”.

King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage.

           — Hat tip: Fjordman [Return to headlines]

Pentagon Boss: Russia Will Empower ISIS

Ashton Carter, Obama’s Secretary of Defense, said during a Pentagon briefing on Thursday the Russian effort to target the Islamic State in Syria will “pour gasoline on the (ISIS) phenomenon.”…

Speaking with Charlie Rose this week about Russian involvement in Syria, Vladimir Putin said it is his “deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region.”

Putin also said the al-Assad government must engage in dialogue with the US supported, trained and armed opposition. “At the same time we must encourage them to engage in dialogue with the rational opposition and conduct reform.”

“It is only the Syrian people who should decide who should govern their country, and how.”

Putin did not define what he meant by “rational opposition.”

The proxy forces supported by the United States and its partners, including Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Emirates and Turkey, are comprised almost entirely of radical jihadists.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Russian ‘Visitors’ Receive Warm Welcome in Coastal Syria

In a hotel lobby in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, five muscular Russian men sit around two small tables, scowling and fiddling with their mobile phones.

“We are visitors, that’s all,” one of them says, his back covered in tattoos including a large cross.

Asked to be more forthcoming, another member of the group signals they do not want to be disturbed…

           — Hat tip: C. Cantoni [Return to headlines]

Saudi-Israeli Action on Iran is Common Interest, Diplomat

Interview with Naor Gilon, Israel’s ambassador to Italy

(by Elisa Pinna). (ANSAmed) — ROMA, 25 SET — Israel and Saudi Arabia have a “joint interest” in countering the danger constituted by Iran for the whole Middle Eastern region. It is not “an alliance” but a possibility to “act together”, already “an important point”, Israel’s ambassador to Italy, Naor Gilon, told ANSA in an interview.

Gilon attended in Rome a congress on ‘Iran towards an agreement, opportunity or threat’, which also saw the participation of Saudi officials.

The Israeli diplomat has no doubts: the agreement forged last July in Vienna among member countries of the UN Security Council (notably the United States), Germany and Iran is a threat.

And that is true for different reasons, he explained. First of all, because the accord actually does not eliminate the possibility for Tehran’s regime to build nuclear armaments, just slowing down the process yet leaving Iran with all the capabilities to obtain an atomic bomb shortly. Secondly, observed Gilon, during negotiations for the agreement, only the nuclear issue was discussed without confronting the expansionist and destabilizing policies of the ayatollahs in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain (a country they consider as part of Iranian territory, according to the diplomat) and Iranian aggressiveness towards Israel through allies Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Even after the agreement’s signature, top Iranian authorities continue to represent a threat for the United States and Israel, observed the ambassador. “Only two days ago, the head of the Iranian army announced that in 25 years the Israeli State will be destroyed”.

Moreover, with the agreement and the end of the embargo, Iran will gain once again control of funds that were frozen and, through new trade agreements, will have a huge quantity of money available for its military objectives, added Gilon.

“Those stating that Iran is a stabilizing force in the Middle East, have understood nothing of the region”, commented the diplomat. He believes the area is threatened by two factors: ISIS and Iran. “Iran — he stressed — is the most dangerous because it is a state with a strong structure, meaning to dominate the entire region, sparking even more tension with the Sunnis and a possible competition of all for the atomic” bomb.

Though ISIS and Iran are enemies, the equation “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” is not true in the Middle East, warned the ambassador, addressing westerners who hope that Tehran will help them defeat the Caliphate.

The diplomat ruled out any possibility of talks between Israel and Iran until there is a “regime that includes in its program the destruction of Israel”.

As far as Saudi Arabia is concerned, “we have a convergence of interests: we see Iran with the same eyes”. “We are certainly not at an alliance but we can move in the same direction”, he noted. “Also from the Saudi side, there is much less animosity towards Israel”, he said. “The level so far is that of informal contacts but the convergence of interests is already a good starting point”.

As far as the relationship between a democracy like Israel and an ultra-conservative Islamic state like the Saudi Kingdom, the ambassador says there is nothing shocking about it.

“We are pragmatic and also, think about the cooperation between the United States and Riyadh”. The Saudi representative, Abdulateef Al Muhlin, a journalist from Arab News, addressed the congress organized by the ‘Center of studies — Digital Democracies’, confirming Saudi fears over an agreement not eliminating the Iranian nuclear threat.

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Global Aid Groups Express Outrage at Ban by Ukraine Rebels

Global relief organisations voiced outrage and disbelief on Friday over Ukrainian separatists’ decision to ban 10 Western health groups for “grave violations of local laws”.

The pro-Russian eastern region of Lugansk on Thursday blacklisted such world-renowned organisations as Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Czech Republic’s People in Need (PIN).

But it spared the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) — targeted earlier this month for allegedly breaching fire safety laws.

The rebels on Friday also denied reports that they had kicked out United Nations workers from the war-torn industrial region…

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Kiev Prohibits Aeroflot Flights and Kaspersky Software

New sanctions against Russia enacted

(ANSA) — MOSCOW — The Ukrainian government has banned today the flights of Russian airlines, starting with Aeroflot, and the use of Russian software, in particular Kasperski.

In this way, Kiev made effective the new sanctions proposed by the Security Council and endorsed by President Poroshenko in response to the decision of the pro-Russian rebels to organize autonomously local elections.

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Russia Announces Naval Drills in ‘East Mediterranean’

Russia’s defence ministry on Thursday said it will hold naval drills in the “east Mediterranean” in September and October, as the West frets over a military buildup by Moscow in Syria.

The exercises include three warships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, including the Saratov landing ship, the Moskva guided missile cruiser and the Smetlivy destroyer, the ministry said in a statement.

The drills will involve “40 combat exercises, including rocket and artillery fire at sea and airborne targets,” the statement said.

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Monkey Selfie is Mine, UK Photographer Argues

The photographer at the centre of an international row over the ownership of a selfie photograph taken by a monkey in Indonesia has told the BBC that he will vigorously resist the latest challenge to its copyright.

On Monday, animal rights activists sought US legal permission for proceeds from the photos to benefit the monkey.

But David Slater said it took three days of hard work to get the photo.

He said that money accrued from its re-use around the world belongs to him.

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Singapore Shuts Schools, Distributes Free Masks for Haze

A dangerous haze caused by slash-and-burn agriculture in Indonesia has forced Singapore to close schools and distribute masks to the vulnerable. The haze is creating tension between the island city state and Indonesia.

The worsening air conditions, brought on by prevailing winds from Indonesia, came as the multi-ethnic city state was celebrating the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday and will celebrate the Chinese mooncake festival on Sunday.

Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have been impacted by nearly three weeks of haze, which is an annual occurrence as dense forests in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan islands are cleared for palm plantations during the dry season.

The haze has led to a growing dispute between Singapore and Indonesia, which was exacerbated by comments from Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla that neighboring countries “already enjoy 11 months of clean fresh air from Indonesia.” He suggested countries like Singapore could handle one month of dangerous air quality to allow forest clearing in Indonesia.

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Argentine Vote to Bring Curtain Down on Kirchner Era

A month ahead of presidential elections Argentina’s two leading candidates are racing to a finish line that will end President Cristina Kirchner and her late husband Nestor’s 12-year dynasty.

One is promising minor economic tweaks, the other offering radical change. Either way, with Kirchner unable to run again because she has already served successive terms, there will be a new president in Argentina.

Daniel Scioli, whose has campaigned to maintain the status quo — with exception to a few economic and diplomatic changes — is ahead in polls by nearly 10 percentage points, leading rival Mauricio Macri, the mayor of Buenos Aires, who promises more drastic measures…

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Berlin Pledges 4 Billion Euros to Regional States for Refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that Berlin will give its regional states extra funding to deal with an influx of migrants. The government says it plans to pay 670 euros per new arrival, per month.

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Bid to House Refugees in Sweden’s Empty Jails

Sweden’s migration minister said on Friday that refugees could be put up in empty prisons as he laid out steps to tackle the sharp rise in asylum seekers arriving in the Nordic country.

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Czech Ex-Leader Wants Vote on Migrant Quotas

Czech government said it would respect decision of Eu ministers

(ANSA-AP) — BUDAPEST — Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus, a renowned Euro-skeptic, says a nationwide referendum or early election should be called over a European Union decision to redistribute 120,000 asylum-seekers in member states.

The decision was approved by EU ministers this week despite opposition from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.

Slovakia is planning to challenge that but the Czech government said it would respect it.

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EU Foreign Policy Chief: ‘Peace in Syria Won’t Stop Migrant Influx’

Even peace in Syria won’t put an end to the unprecedented flow of migrants into Europe, the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has said. Refugees will simply continue coming from other regions.

“Let’s not delude ourselves. Today, Syria is in a prominent position, with 4 million refugees abroad and 8 million displaced on Syrian territories. But beyond Syria, there is a world of wars, famine and misery,” Mogherini told the Italian “La Repubblica” newspaper on Friday.

Thousands of people are fleeing a protracted war in Syria and heading to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea. The arrival of these refugees has sparked a refugee crisis unseen in Europe since World War II, with many governments imposing strict border checks to impede and manage the overflow of migrants. Germany and other European countries have pledged to take thousands of asylum-seekers as a gesture of solidarity.

Of the 485,500 people who reached the southern European states since the start of the year, more than 182,000 people are from Syria.

“Even if by miracle we were to resolve tomorrow the Syrian problem, Libya would remain an open and uncontrolled corridor to Europe, at least until we manage to rebuild a state there. And beyond Libya, there is the whole of Africa,” Mogherini added.

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EU to Arrest People Traffickers on High Seas

An EU operation against migrant traffickers in the Mediterranean which will allow for arrests in international waters will begin on October 7, the bloc’s foreign affairs chief said Thursday.

The political decision has been taken, the assets are ready,” Federica Mogherini said at the Rome headquarters of the European Union’s military operation, dubbed EUNAVFOR MED.

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‘Finland’s No Good’: Disappointed Migrants Turn Back

Hundreds of predominantly Iraqi migrants who have travelled through Europe to reach Finland are turning back, saying they don’t want to stay in the sparsely-populated country on Europe’s northern frontier because it’s too cold and boring.

Migrants have in recent weeks been crossing back into Sweden at the Haparanda-Tornio border just an hour’s drive south of the Arctic Circle, and Finnish authorities have seen a rise in the number of cancelled asylum applications.

“You can tell the world I hate Finland. It’s too cold, there’s no tea, no restaurants, no bars, nobody on the streets, only cars,” 22-year-old Muhammed told AFP in Tornio, as the mercury struggled to inch above 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) on a recent blustery grey day.

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Foreign Minister Soini Condemns Use of Finnish Flag by Ku Klux Klan-Clad Protester

Foreign Minister and Finns Party chair Timo Soini has condemned a Lahti protester who posed with a Finnish flag while dressed in the robes of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan movement. The individual was one of a group of demonstrators who hurled fireworks and rocks as a group of asylum seekers arrived to take up residence at hastily-arranged accommodation in former army barracks.

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Islam’s March on Europe and America

Part 2: The proliferation of other races dooms our race, my race, irretrievably to extinction in the century to come, if we hold fast to our present moral principles. (Accepting immigrants) —Jean Raspail, The Camp of the Saints, 1973

In the past few weeks, Europe unbarred its gates to 350,000 Muslims, its oldest enemy defeated at Toors in 732 by Charles Martel. But last week, Germany’s leader Angela Merkel opened the floodgates to 250,000 refugees, terrorists and heaven only knows what’s behind them.

In 1973, French author Jean Raspail wrote a book Camp of the Saints, describing a flotilla of corroded ships packed with beggars sailing from the Third World. They head for the French Riviera, where a million wretched, brown-skinned people hoped to storm the beaches and feed on the wealthy West. Would the French or any Europeans repel them?

Answer: too cowardly and too afraid of being called racists.

National Public Radio said this week, “Europe may expect another one million refugees next year.”

The human mob pouring in from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and a host of African countries constitute the largest armada of failed humanity on the globe. Virtually all of them Muslims escaping their dirty, degraded and wretched countries.

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Katie Hopkins: Photo of Drowned Aylan Was ‘Staged’

Hopkins has been outspoken about the refugee crisis, and a petition was launched calling for her her to be swapped for 50,000 Syrian refugees was signed by more than 50,000 people.

Writing in her column in the Sun, the controversial Hopkins said: “I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad.

“I still don’t care. Because in the next minute you’ll show me pictures of aggressive young men at Calais, spreading like norovirus on a cruise ship.”

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Many Migrants Falsely Claim to be Syrians: Germany

Germany estimates that 30 percent of incoming migrants claiming to be citizens of war-torn Syria are in fact from other countries, an interior ministry spokesman said Friday.

“It’s an estimate based on the observations of officials on the ground, especially the federal police, the Office for Migration and Refugees and (EU border protection agency) Frontex,” he said.

The spokesman stressed that Germany keeps no official statistics on asylum-seekers believed to be misstating their nationality…

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Mayors to Obama: We’ll Take More Refugees

(TheHill) A coalition of 18 mayors is urging President Obama to let more refugees come to the United States.

The group sent Obama a letter on Thursday stating their collective commitment to sheltering civilians displaced from Syria and other war zones, according to The Huffington Post.

“As the mayors of cities across the country, we see first-hand the myriad ways in which immigrants and refugees make our communities stronger economically, socially and culturally,” they said in the message.

[Comment: Probably the same bunch of commie mayors that are against the 2nd amendment.]

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Migrant Quotas Forced on Austrian Local Authorities

Austria’s upper house changed the constitution Friday to force local authorities to accept a quota of migrants equal to 1.5 percent of their population despite opposition from the resurgent far-right.

The move, mirroring EU efforts to oblige member states to accept more migrants, is aimed at relieving Austria’s overcrowded main refugee centre at Traiskirchen, and comes into effect on October 1.

It was put forward by Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats and the centre-right People’s Party, which form Austria’s governing coalition, and votes from the Greens gave it the necessary two-thirds majority…

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Netherlands: Police Called to Break Up Fights Between Refugees and Protests by Locals

Police were called to a refugee centre in the village of Overburg near Utrecht to break up two large fights on Thursday night. A police spokesman said there were confrontations between different groups of asylum seekers shortly after midnight and then again in the early hours of the morning. According to RTL news, a dispute over a game of football led to the first fight. Forty police officers and four dog handlers were involved in breaking up the fights, a police spokesman told the Volkskrant. ‘It was a serious breach of the peace,’ he said. At least two refugees were wounded and taken to hospital and two others were arrested for their role in the disturbances. Details about who was involved in the fights are still sketchy but reports say furniture was also thrown during the fighting. Meanwhile in Purmerend north of Amsterdam and in the Brabant town of Oudenbosch there were protests by locals about decisions to set up refugee centres, broadcaster Nos said. In Purmerend a town council meeting had to be cancelled as dozens of locals packed into the council chamber shouting ‘no azc’ (asylum seekers centre). Police were called to remove them from the building. The PVV emerged as the biggest party in Purmerend in the recent provincial elections, with almost one in five people supporting the anti-immigration party.

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Obama Plans to Flood U.S. With Muslim Refugees

Fundamental transformation?

A Jersey City, New Jersey, school board meeting erupted into an altercation between a room full of angry Muslim parents and the school board members, according to police on Tuesday. The parents had become hostile when they were told public schools would not be closed for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on September 24. One of the Muslim parents shouted into a TV news reporter’s microphone: “We’re going to be the majority soon!”

The speaker’s statement echoed a top Islamic preacher, Sheikh Muhammad Ayed, who said during a recent sermon at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque that Islam is taking root in America and Europe. “We will breed children with them, because we shall conquer their countries — whether you like it or not,” said the radical cleric. Yet with incidents like this occurring nationwide, the current administration is planning to bring thousands of Muslims from the most dangerous nations in the world.

Following the tsunami of Latin Americans who poured over the nation’s intentionally porous U.S.-Mexico border, the Obama administration is planning to flood the United States with refugees from arguably the world’s most deadly and backward regions, according to news stories on Sunday.

[Comment: Muslims are being used as foot soldiers (via violence and mass migration) to create chaos and destabilize Nation States throughout the world… end goal…WW3…a drastically reduced population…and World Government, with Nation States a shadow of what they were…]

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Refugees Raise Far-Right Threat: Norway Intel

The biggest risk posed to Norway’s national security by the influx of migrants is a possible violent reaction from the far-right, and not the infiltration of Islamists, Norway’s intelligence service said Thursday.

“Asylum seekers linked to radical Islam are not a main concern to the PST in the short-term,” intelligence service PST said in a statement.

“The increasing flow of asylum seekers in Norway could, first and foremost, have negative consequences on threats linked to far-right circles in Norway. This is because hostility to immigration is one of the main issues, and an important mobilising factor, for these circles,” it said.

The Scandinavian country is still traumatised by its inability to prevent right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik’s July 2011 twin attacks. He killed 77 people over his opposition to multiculturalism and what he called “the Muslim invasion.”

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Sweden: Residency Permits Granted to Several Palestinians on Hunger Strike

A number of Palestinian asylum seekers who went on a hunger strike demanding the right to stay in Sweden have been granted asylum, news agency TT reports.

On Wednesday, Swedish Migration Agency issued several residence permits to some of the Palestinians who protested for longer than a month outside the agency’s offices in Malmö.

“It started with two, and right now it’s up to 11 permanent residency permits,” said Tobias Lohse, who has been supporting the group since their protests began.

Those with residence permits are among the group of about 100 Palestinians who were previously deported to Iraq, and many now believe that the protests helped secured the permits.

The Swedish Migration Agency confirmed that a number of Palestinians from Iraq have received permanent residence but cited the deteriorating security situation for Palestinians in Iraq as a consideration for the cases.

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Sweden to ‘Urgently Review’ Asylum Policies

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has called for an “urgent review” to help tackle a sharp rise in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the Nordic country.

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Sweden: Asylum Seekers: Gov’t Monitoring Developments ‘Hour by Hour’

In a special parliamentary debate on asylum seekers called by the Left Party, the government on Friday proposed a number of measures to deal with the refugee situation in Sweden, with the housing of ayslum seekers to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

The Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson, said that he wanted to switch the law on forcing all local and municipal councils in Sweden to take in asylum seekers, which had been set to come in next summer, to instead happen as soon as possible. He asked for the municipal councils to start at once preparing accomodation places this autumn.

Ten thousand asylum seekers are currently stuck in asylum reception centres, still waiting for a placement.

The minister announced that the government would be taking stock of its properties that could be made available for use by council authorities.

He told parliament that around 1000 asylum seekers a day are arriving in Sweden and the Government is monitoring developments ‘hour by hour’.

Sweden between the years 2011-2015 received more than 100,000 Syrian refugees. Had all EU countries received the same amount, then 5 million Syrian refugees would have been able to obtain protection in the EU, according to Morgan Johansson.

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Swiss Populist Right Want Referendum on Asylum Law

Switzerland’s largest party, the populist right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP), said Friday it wanted a referendum on the country’s new asylum law, describing it as too lax and “dangerous”.

The party said it planned to launch a referendum against revisions to the country’s asylum law recently approved by both houses of parliament, warning the changes would turn Switzerland into “a powerful magnet for illegal immigrants, economic migrants and other profiteers of the social system”.

Parliamentarian Adrian Amstutz, who announced the party’s plans to launch a referendum, received little support from other parties, who accused the party of pandering to voters ahead of federal elections to be held on October 18…

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The Emperor’s Moral Narcissism

by Mark Steyn

Twelve years ago, it was said that the western armies in Iraq would be welcomed as liberators. (They were — for a while.) Today in Germany, another conquering army are being welcomed as liberators — liberators from the residual moral stain of what remains of ethnic nationalism and cultural identity. Watching European news broadcasts right now is like an insane demotic inversion of the Emperor’s new clothes. “To a fool these thousands of fit young Muslim men appear well dressed and well fed. But a wise man such as Your Majesty can easily see that they are desperate starving refugees in rags.” And so as the trains pull in to German railway stations to disgorge men who meet no known definition of “refugees” they are greeted on the platform by volunteers offering food and second-hand clothes. The cameras do their best to alight on a telegenic moppet or a covered woman, but, even when they do, you notice that they’re surrounded by a sea of confident vigorous males — who, according to the UN, make up 75 per cent of the “refugees”.

That would be an unusual demographic distortion in most emergency situations. If 75 per cent of the Titanic’s survivors had been men who’d left their women and children back on the ship, there might have been a few disapproving comments. But not here. And why complain that the Syrian refugees aren’t really “refugees”? After all, they’re not Syrian either. Only one in five of the arriving migrants are Syrians fleeing the implosion of their country.

To be sure, there are a lot of Syrian refugees. One in four people in Lebanon right now is a displaced Syrian. That’s the equivalent of America taking in 100 million Mexicans — or Canadians, if there were such a thing as 100 million Canadians. But the vast majority of those marching across the Continent to the bountiful welfare states of the north-west are economic migrants lured by western weakness:…

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Climate Change, Planned Parenthood and Witch Doctors

“Muti” is big business in Africa and most people believe in it. Really, it’s just one step up the ladder from what Planned Parenthood is doing: some of the unborn babies are still alive when Planned Parenthood starts cutting them up for parts. In both cases, someone is expected to benefit from the death of an innocent third party.

Oh, but we’re not superstitious in America! We don’t have witch doctors!

No—but we do have “climate scientists.”

Muti enjoys wide credibility in Africa. Here in the USA, the global warming muti is not as lucrative as it might be because too many people don’t believe in it. If people in Africa stopped believing in witch doctors, muti would cease to be profitable. Global Warming Muti needs a major shot of credibility. How to get it?

Not being as creative or enterprising as African witch doctors, some of the climate scientists—doesn’t that term make you laugh?—have nevertheless come up with a crude but potentially effective means of pushing their product.

They have asked the government—in particular, our lawless “president”—to punish any scientist or public figure who disagrees with them. Well, okay, the witch doctors in South Africa really can’t do that. It would look bad for the South African government to be jailing muti deniers.

If science gets done by human sacrifice, it gets settled by brute force. Can’t win the argument? Get Uncle Sam to win it for you! Simply jail everyone who disagrees with you and make it a crime to question your take on reality. In fact, that way you can settle your science without even having a debate. After all, debates are messy and time-consuming, and there is always the risk that the minority position might be the truth.

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Let’s Play 20 Questions

I am sure you remember the game 20 Questions. I used to enjoy playing it with my friends because it challenged us to think. We would do well to spend a little more time thinking these days. So much of what we are fed anymore is B.S. and we swallow it without even taking the time to ponder what we were just fed.

Asking questions is the most effective way to teach. Although most of us enjoy lecturing, actual learning tends to occur more readily when we are posed questions. Usually when I write a commentary, it is an explanation of what I think. Perhaps it is time for me to encourage YOU to think. So here are 20 questions for you.

If an unborn baby is not alive, why are its body parts of value?

If there is a “separation between the church and state”, why has the government spent so much money on a religious leader’s visit?

If Tea Party folks are so racist why do they like Ben Carson?

If the U.S. Supreme Court were to rule that it is “legal” for men to have sex with young boys, would it be legal?

Why are there no Protestants on the U.S. Supreme Court?

If flooding a nation with immigrants is the Christian thing to do, why don’t they ship a bunch of Syrian refugees to Vatican City?

If the Pope is so concerned about poverty, why doesn’t the Vatican fund the American welfare system?

Is there any country in the world where LGBT, blacks, Hispanics, women, Muslims, or other minorities have more rights than they do in the U.S.?

Is it possible that it is political ideology and not religion that Obama and the Pope share?

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Pope Francis Calls on Bishops: ‘Flee the Temptation of Narcissism’

Confronting Islam and its murderous escapades worldwide.

Pope Francis has gotten a lot of criticism for his version of ‘reaching out’ to Isalmics at the end of Ramadan. He has talked about scratching each other’s backs, compromising and becoming friends best we can. Granted, leaders in Christ should always promote love and peace, however, we are also warned about being unequally yoked and the danger of allowing sin and evil right into our camps.

Only a few days ago Whalid and Ted Shoebat found that Muslims tried to kill the Pope, making it clear that ISIS has targeted Pope Francis. To Islamic groups of all kinds, Pope Francis is the ‘bearer of false truth.’

Reaching out and being loving is nice but Christians, including the Catholic Church are being targeted over and over by Islamic radicals — maimed, tortured and murdered. What are millions of targeted Christians to do…have another Bible Study, pray more and make them dinner? I understand the spirit of what the Pope has said and his reaching out to Muslims, but it is time to pray, stand and lock and load.

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Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year

People have tumbled down the steps of the Taj Mahal, fallen off bridges and been electrocuted in an effort to take the perfect selfie.

In fact, there have been more selfie-related deaths this year than have have been deaths from shark attacks.

At least 12 people have been killed taking selfies while only eight have died in shark attacks.

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