Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/9/2017

A campus police officer at Texas Tech University was shot in the back of the head and killed today by a student who had been brought to the police station for a wellness check. The alleged shooter, a student named Hollis A. Daniels, fled the scene after the murder, but was later caught and is now in custody.

In other news, Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont will reportedly declare “gradual independence” from Spain in a major speech tomorrow.

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» America’s Urban War Zone: Baltimore Doubles Chicago’s Homicide Rate in 2017
» Antifa Groups Plan Nationwide “Deface Columbus Day” Acts for Monday
» Breaking: Suspect Identified, Texas Tech Police Officer Killed as Campus Remains on Lockdown Following Reported Shooting
» Breaking: Suspect in Custody, Texas Tech Police Officer Killed on Campus
» California Separatist Leader: ‘We Welcome the Vocal Support of Julian Assange’
» Communist Story at Walmart Worth Repeating
» Convention of States Adopts Newspeak to Sell the ‘Con-Con’ Con
» Destroying Whitey in Obama’s New World Order
» Las Vegas Shooting Victim: ‘I Was Shot by a Gunman in the Crowd’
» Sighting Down on the Second Amendment
» Surveillance Video Shows Stephen Paddock Practice Shooting Before Massacre
» Texas Tech Police Officer Shot Dead, Student Suspect on the Loose, Officials Say
» The Hate-America Death Squad
Europe and the EU
» Austrian Party Chiefs Trade Angry Exchanges in Pre-Election Debate
» Catalan President to Declare “Gradual Independence’ on Tuesday
» Catalonia Spain: Catalan Leader Under Pressure Ahead of Key Speech
» Denmark Burka Ban: Scandinavian Country Set to Become Latest to Ban Full Face Veils
» France Leads EU Pressure on Catalonia
» Ireland Honors Dead Commie Che Guevara
» Italian Interior Minister Says Ban on Islamic Law ‘Non-Negotiable’
» Italy: Marseilles Killer’s Brother Was Foreign Fighter in Syria
» Italy: Albanian Villa-Robbing Gang Busted
» Padoan Has Doubts About New ECB Rules on NPLs
» Radical Leftist Pope Francis Ousts Anti-Communist Bishop From Key Post
» Vatican: 3 Yrs Asked for Profiti in Bertone Flat Trial
» Why Behavioural Economics Can Protect You Against Marketing Tricks: Nobel Prize Explained
South Asia
» Myanmar Beauty Queen Dethroned After Posting Video Exposing Rohingya Jihad, Media Manipulation
Australia — Pacific
» Chilling Pictures Show Wannabe Teenage Jihadi, 14, Posing With Guns and Doing the ISIS Salute as He ‘Plotted to Kill Police in the Name of Islam’
» Horrifying Moment Gang of Asian Teenagers Rob Man of His Phone and Wallet at Gunpoint Before Fleeing on a Motorbike
» Suspicious Fire Rips Through Grass Close to Melbourne Mosque — as Police Hunt for Arsonist
» African ‘Migrant’ Stole Millions From Bronx Church and Villanova University
» Australia: Disgraced Muslim Imam Who Married a 14-Year-Old Girl to a Refugee, 34, Appeals His Sentence — Even Though He Was Spared Jail
» Far Right Wants Austria to Join Group of Anti-Immigrant States
» Viktor Orban Reveals ‘Mission’ To Block Migrant Route With Romania
Culture Wars
» NY Attorney General Tries to Silence Free Speech
» The Culture War of Gun Control

America’s Urban War Zone: Baltimore Doubles Chicago’s Homicide Rate in 2017

Back in June, President Trump used Twitter to officially announce America’s urban crisis.

He hit the ground running calling out the death and destruction in Chicago.

Trump made it clear that he was “sending in Federal help” to contain the dying city.

Since then, Trump’s focus has transitioned on to an international stage with North Korea’s ‘rocket man’ in a war of words battle.

The geopolitical tensions on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere have distracted this administration from conquering the real out of control war on city streets.

According to The Daily Caller, Baltimore’s homicide rate is now doubled Chicago’s in 2017.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Antifa Groups Plan Nationwide “Deface Columbus Day” Acts for Monday

Tomorrow’s Columbus Day celebrations could turn violent, as various “antifa” anarchist groups have announced a nationwide campaign to deface Christopher Columbus statues during Monday’s holiday.

According to PJ Media, at least five Christopher Columbus statues have already been vandalized in New York City in recent weeks, based on reports from Far Left Watch. In one case last month, vandals defaced a “larger-than-life” statue of Columbus in Central Park, leaving blood-red paint on his hands, and scrawled, “Hate will not be tolerated” and “#SomethingsComing” on its pedestal.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Breaking: Suspect Identified, Texas Tech Police Officer Killed as Campus Remains on Lockdown Following Reported Shooting

A suspect name has been released after a Texas Tech Police officer was killed during a reported shooting that left the university campus on lockdown on Monday night.

Officials say a Texas Tech student, identified as 19-year-old Hollis A. Daniels, is still on the loose.

Officers were reportedly performing a wellness check on Daniels while on campus, when he was brought into the department for questioning, the officer was shot in the head, according to Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook.

A campus emergency notification was issued shortly before 8:30 p.m., following the reported shooting.

“At this time, the shooter is still at large,” the notification reported.

Numerous law enforcement officials are staged near 19th Street and Boston Avenue, including the Lubbock Police Department SWAT Team.

Lubbock police spokeswoman Kasie Whitley is on scene and said their agency has been called to assist the Texas Tech Police Department.

The campus is on lockdown and students are urged to take shelter in a safe location.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

Breaking: Suspect in Custody, Texas Tech Police Officer Killed on Campus

Emergency personnel stage at the intersection of Boston Ave. and 19th st., across from Talkington Hall on the Texas Tech University campus where a suspected active shooter was believed to be in. Electricity to the building was cut off and the building blacked out. The suspect is new in custody. The suspect is believed to have shot and killed a campus police officer around 8pm, October 9, 2017, in Lubbock, TX.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

California Separatist Leader: ‘We Welcome the Vocal Support of Julian Assange’

A leader of California’s oldest and largest independence movement, Louis Marinelli, said he would “welcome vocal support” from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Assange began tweeting about CalExit last month, as he was ramping up his support for Catalonia’s secession referendum

Marinelli’s embrace of Assange risks widening the rift between Yes California and another major separatist group, the California National Party

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Communist Story at Walmart Worth Repeating

After the massive shooting in Las Vegas on 10/1/2017, I figure a letter I received from Kelleigh Nelson, NWV contributor in 2014 is worth repeating. I had placed a pink stickum marked “keeper” and filed it away. Isn’t it interesting how it just happened to fall out of my file today? The letter was from Tom how one busy afternoon he went to WalMart and ran into a two English speaking customers from Romania. The father preferred that the son do the speaking who said he was 14 when his family immigrated to the United States in 1982. With some quick math he calculated the son was about 43 years old which corresponded with his appearance and the father around 70.

Tom asked, “Wasn’t Romania a communist country for most of your lives?” “Yes, Romania was put under Russian communist control in 1947,” the son replied. “What was it like living under communism?” he inquired. “There were good things and bad things about it,” he said. Surprised that there could have been anything good about it, he asked, “What was good about it?” “Well the government controlled the currency so there was no inflation and there were no taxes.” “No taxes?” he asked. “Yes, the government owns everything to start with so they don’t have to tax you. They just give you what they want to give you. My father was a farmer. They took his land away from him and made him work on a government collective farm.”

Communism is Already Here

“Do you think America will fall to communism eventually?” he asked hoping they wouldn’t mind such a far-flung probing question. And here’s why I decided to repeat this testimony by Tom from Kel: The son said “It’s already started here and it’s moving fast. It will be worse here,” he said. Tom followed them out to the parking lot arguing, “There is a difference here in America, you know. Americans are armed. They will not allow such a takeover.” He replied, “It doesn’t matter. The Romanian people believed very strongly that Romania would never submit to communism, but it happened quickly. The Romanian people were armed, but it didn’t matter. COMMUNISTS HAVE INFORMANTS. They get neighbors to report on their neighbors who have guns, then the authorities come and seize them. They use torture to get compliance. Many Romanian men were burned alive for not turning over their guns, and some didn’t even have guns, but the authorities burned them anyway, just to strike fear in the rest. You have to understand that communists use a lot of torture.”

Tom said his heart quickened as he listened to these live witnesses tell him the inside story about a communist takeover. He said he tried one more time, “You don’t understand, Americans are armed with a lot more guns and a lot more ammunition than other countries.” The son repeated, “It doesn’t matter. They have more soldiers than you have bullets, besides in this country they have sophisticated means. Americans will not stand a chance against this government any more than we did. Your guns will be good for one thing — looters. In Katrina there were a lot of people killed by looters because they did not have guns to defend themselves. For awhile you will need guns to protect yourself from other Americans. Eventually the government will confiscate all of them.”

[Comment: Americans, never give up your 2nd amendment.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Convention of States Adopts Newspeak to Sell the ‘Con-Con’ Con

In the novel, “1984,” George Orwell’s unsettling prophecy of a totalitarian society, Newspeak was the official language of Oceania. It was devised to limit freedom of thought. New words were invented, undesirable words eliminated, and the remaining words redefined or limited in scope to further the Party’s ideology. If something can’t be said, it can’t be thought, making a diverging thought unthinkable.

So too, the Convention of States Project (COS) uses Newspeak to manipulate people into believing that the convention provided for by Article V of our Constitution is really a “convention of the states” which is controlled from start to finish by State Legislatures.

“Convention of the States” v. “Constitutional Convention”

On September 24-25, 2011, radical leftist professor Larry Lessig who has ties to George Soros, and salesman Mark Meckler who now heads COS, co-hosted Conference on the Constitutional Convention at Harvard. That conference kicked off the current push for the Left and the phony Right to work together to promote an Article V Convention.

But the Convention Lobby soon realized that conservatives had been schooled over previous decades by the John Birch Society and Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum to recoil from an Article V convention, also known as a “constitutional convention” or “con-con,” because it could run amok and replace our existing Constitution.

And despite their attempt to win conservative support by focusing state Article V convention applications on supposedly “conservative” issues like a “balanced budget amendment” or “fiscal restraints,” convention proponents were met with resistance from those who understood that State Legislatures have no power to limit the scope of a convention to specific topics or amendments. The same ploy was tried and failed in the 1970s and 1980s for the same reason.

What to do?

Shamelessly, Mark Meckler and his legal operatives turned to Newspeak…

[Comment: Con-Con is a big CON. There is no “governing” of a Con-Con. Attendees will likely abolish all existing State and Federal legislatures, so they are beholden to no one except their globalist masters. It will lead to the abolishment of the Constitution and the implementation of a “New Constitution” — a blueprint for tyranny which has ALREADY been written. Americans — never give up your 2nd amendment — it is all that stands between the people and a tyrannical government — as the framers intended.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Destroying Whitey in Obama’s New World Order

A book by an associate of Barack Hussein Obama had predicted a “permanent progressive governing coalition” would be solidified by the presidential election of 2016. But the prediction in the book Brown is the New White ran into the reality of a Donald J. Trump victory.

This helps explain why Obama has not retired from the public scene and why, in tandem with loser Hillary Clinton, he has worked to undermine the peaceful transition to power of the Trump Administration. What really drives Obama & Company crazy are the white voters, mostly in the working and middle classes, who revolted against their “progressive” vision of society. Trump acted as an exorcist of Cultural Marxism, also known as political correctness, which was destroying their nation, their families and their jobs, through radical “identity politics” and unlimited immigration.

In announcing its immigration policy objectives on Columbus Day, the Trump Administration has once again touched a chord with Middle America and the previous “Silent Majority,” declaring that it intends to ensure safe and lawful admissions; defend the safety and security of our country; and protect American workers and taxpayers.

As we have seen in the rejection of the unpatriotic NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem, the awakening that ushered in President Trump is still very much alive and is becoming cognizant that what made America into the most successful country in the history of the world has to be saved. Marxist penetration of sports has been a wake-up call to many people.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Las Vegas Shooting Victim: ‘I Was Shot by a Gunman in the Crowd’

One of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting has blown the whistle to reveal that he was shot by multiple gunmen during the massacre.Rocky Palermo was shot by a gunman in the crowd during Sunday night’s mass shooting and says he has the evidence to prove it.He says there were between 3-5 active shooters firing weapons into the crowd and says there was gunfire coming from the ground as well as from above.Palermo was rushed to hospital after taking a .223 round to the pelvis and still has 30-40 pieces of bullet shrapnel still inside his body.Doctors told him the bullet was inches from paralyzing or even killing him.Mr. Palmero confirmed that his injury was caused by an attacker on the ground and that the bullet was fired at his with a horizontal trajectory and wasn’t fired down from above, although weapons were being fired from “all angles”.Oddly, Rocky says he has been trying to contact the FBI to give them his eyewitness account of what happened on that night, but his requests have been ignored by agents investigating the case.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Sighting Down on the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment is worthy of our defense. It is there to defend us. Don’t ever lose sight of that

Before a people are enslaved, before any nation is taken over, they are first disarmed. That’s just history and common sense. From the inside or out, a nation is always first compromised by the removal of its ability to defend itself. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, et al., they all declawed whatever organism that stood in their way — most especially the people they intended to govern.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Surveillance Video Shows Stephen Paddock Practice Shooting Before Massacre

“FBI says room service told him he pretended? I’m told they are coercing employees”

On Thursday Tony Hernandez Armenta, an employee at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, posted a room receipt that shows killer Stephen Paddock was with a guest at the hotel four days before the massacre.

Investigative journalist Laura Loomer also posted evidence that Paddock was in the hotel earlier than was reported.

Source who works at @MandalayBay said #StephenPaddock had the suite since Sep. 25th.

Why did police lie and say he checked in on Sep. 28th?

— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 4, 2017

Waiters at Mandalay Bay said they heard Stephen Paddock “speaking with others” in his room while ordering food.

But the FBI says he was faking that discussion. That’s what the waiters are now saying — Paddock was “speaking with others” but he was just pretending

How would room service know he was not speaking to another person?

FBI says room service told him he pretended? I’m told they are coercing employees. #LasVegasShooting

— Aldo Raine (@Tabertronic) October 7, 2017

Here is the video from ABC News:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Texas Tech Police Officer Shot Dead, Student Suspect on the Loose, Officials Say

Texas Tech University said its campus was locked down because a shooter was “at large.”

A Texas Tech student brought to the university’s police station for a welfare check shot and killed an officer Monday night before bolting from the police department, officials said, locking down the campus and urging students and staff to “take shelter.”

Police had found “evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia” in the student’s room, the university told the student newspaper the Daily Toreador.

Texas Tech is on lockdown after an Tech PD officer was shot and killed. Suspect Hollis Daniels is on the loose.

— Sarah Self-Walbrick (@SarahFromtheAJ) October 10, 2017

After officers brought the student to the police station, that student pulled out a gun and shot one officer in the head, officials said.

The suspect was described as 6 feet tall and 140 pounds with blue eyes and red hair, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt, KCBD reported.

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]

The Hate-America Death Squad

From the founding of America 241 years ago, those opposed to and threatened by America’s Founding Fathers’ noble aspirations of freedom for all and a government in which citizens and not kings or dictators decide who will represent them have waged fierce resistance.

From the Muslim Barbary Pirates who fought America’s first presidents (George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson) to today’s equally bellicose, supremacist, and fascist groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, all harbor the fantasy of destroying big bad America and replacing our Democratic Republic first with socialism and finally with communism. Predictably, they are fully supported by the leftists, progressives, communists, and Islamists among us.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Austrian Party Chiefs Trade Angry Exchanges in Pre-Election Debate

The leaders of Austria’s two main centrist parties hurled accusations at each other on Sunday over a murky smear campaign, in their first one-on-one debate a week ahead of a snap election.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]

Catalan President to Declare “Gradual Independence’ on Tuesday

In the latest twist ahead of tomorrow’s much anticipated “next step” announcement to be made by the Catalan secessionists, which is still to be formalized, Spain’s EFE newswire reports that Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont has reportedly drafted a declaration of “gradual independence”, that will be “gradually effective” and which will plan to start a constituent process.

The declaration, which will cap what El Periodico dubbed “the most critical moment for Catalonia” will allegedly insist on Catalonia’s wish to negotiate with central government and the need for mediation, although in an indication that Puigdemont may be back tracking from his hard-line “binary” stance, EFE adds that the Declaration won’t lead to parliamentary vote, and as such may be non-binding.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Catalonia Spain: Catalan Leader Under Pressure Ahead of Key Speech

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is facing growing pressure to drop plans to break from Spain ahead of a key address to the regional parliament.

There has been speculation that he could announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed referendum.

France and Germany have both expressed support for a united Spain.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Denmark Burka Ban: Scandinavian Country Set to Become Latest to Ban Full Face Veils

DENMARK is set to become the latest European country to outlaw burkas in public places.

The proposed law would see the Scandinavian country join Austria, France, Belgium, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria which all have laws banning full-face Islamic veils.

A cross-party majority in the Danish parliament has now overwhelmingly backed proposals to forbid face coverings.

Jacob Ellemann-Jensen, of Denmark’s liberal party which leads a centre-right governing coalition, said the law was not aimed at any particular religion.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

France Leads EU Pressure on Catalonia

Capitals across the European Union are looking on with concern at events in Catalonia. In Paris the French government has said it wont recognise an independent Catalonia. France’s European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau Minister has said it would mean expulsion from the bloc.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Ireland Honors Dead Commie Che Guevara

The postal service in the Republic of Ireland has decided to honor psychopathic mass-murdering communist Ernesto “Che” Guevara with a €1.00 (one euro) postage stamp on the 50th anniversary of his death. The decision was approved by Ireland’s cabinet, which didn’t bother to submit the matter to the Oireachtas, the country’s parliament.

“The promotion of Che Guevara as some kind of folk hero is nothing new; college campuses are filled with students unironically wearing Che tee-shirts,” Frank Camp writes at the Daily Wire. “Unfortunately, much like a cockroach, every time Guevara’s legacy is shown to be one of thuggery and murder, his deity-like status among progressives returns as if it had never been dismantled, and we see things like Ireland’s commemorative stamps.”

[Comment: More proof Ireland’s government is riddled with comunists. Google articles by Humberto Fontova for more truth about Che Guevera.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Italian Interior Minister Says Ban on Islamic Law ‘Non-Negotiable’

“It is not possible to subject our country to a jurisdiction marked by religious radicalism,” said Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti on Sunday, stressing that there can be no question of allowing sharia law a foothold in Italy.

“Whoever looks to sharia law must understand that it won’t happen in Italy,” Minniti told an assembly at the School of Democracy in the northern Italian city of Aosta, adding that “on this question there can be no middle ground since these values are non-negotiable.”

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Italy: Marseilles Killer’s Brother Was Foreign Fighter in Syria

Anis Hannachi arrested in Ferrara on Saturday

(ANSA) — Rome, October 9 — Anis Hannachi, the brother of Marseilles killer Ahmed Hannachi, combatted with jihadi foreign fighters in Syria, according to information the French authorities passed on to their Italian counterparts, investigators said Monday. Tunisian Anis Hannachi was arrested in Ferrara on Saturday. He is suspected of complicity in the Marseilles attack, in which two young women were stabbed to death, and of radicalizing his brother. The Italian police executed a European arrest warrant for Anis Hannachi, who later Monday agreed to be transferred to France. The Marseilles victims were two cousins aged 20, Mauranne and Laura. Ahmed Hannachi reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he stabbed the women. The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Anis Hannachi was sent back by Italy in 2014 when he landed at Favignana in 2014 on a migrant boat with other Tunisians, according to the results of investigations after his arrest. The French authorities had notified Italy that he was probably in Italy on October 3 and on October 4 it was ascertained that he was in Liguria. At the moment “there is no evidence” that Anis Hannachi wanted to commit terrorist actions in Italy or had plans to do so, investigators said at a press conference Monday. There is also nothing to suggest that the 25-year-old Tunisian had “solid support” in Ferrara for logistics.

Anis Hannchis’ court-appointed lawyer, Laura Lemmi, said “My client does not understand Italian and needed an interpreter. He is as tranquil as you can be in these cases”.

In Ferrara, he was the guest of a childhood friend who told police he had “no idea” the Hanachis had become radicalised.

Italy’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor Franco Roberti told reporters: “Ahmed never showed any signs of radicalization in Italy. “The investigative hypothesis we’re working on is that the younger brother radicalized the older one.” Ahmed Hannachi, who has shot dead by soldiers, had reportedly lived in Italy for several years and was reportedly married to an Italian woman resident in Aprilia, near Rome — the same town where Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri also lived for a short time, police said. Amri killed 12 people at a Berlin Xmas market before going on the run and being shot dead at Milan central train station in December 2016.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Albanian Villa-Robbing Gang Busted

36 burglaries in 3 mths near Asti, Cuneo, Turin

(ANSA) — Turin, October 9 — Italian police on Monday said they had busted an Albanian gang that burgled 36 villas near Asti, Cuneo and Turin while their owners slept in the last three months. Five people were arrested for stealing jewels, watches and wedding rings as well as silver cutlery, espresso machines and cars. The gang’s hauls have been recovered and returned to their owners.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Padoan Has Doubts About New ECB Rules on NPLs

Economy minister has doubts about ‘method and content’

(ANSA) — Luxembourg, October 9 — Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said Monday that he had doubts about the European Central Bank’s new rules on non-performing loans. “It’s clear in Italy there is a problem with reducing bank bad loans,” Padoan said on his way into a Eurogroup meeting. “It is clear that this process has started and is going in the right direction at increasing speed. “So we are satisfied about this.

“I have perplexities about the method and content of the communication put under discussion by the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM). We will discuss it in the coming weeks”.

Under the new rules, the ECB will ask lenders to put aside more cash to cover newly classified bad loans from next year.

The president of the European Banking Association, Andrea Enria, told the European Parliament Monday that the principle of the new rules “is not wrong, but it is right to see how it is applied in practice”. Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said the new rules would risk hitting small and medium-sized businesses.

He vowed: “we will fight a battle in Europe”.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Radical Leftist Pope Francis Ousts Anti-Communist Bishop From Key Post

Rolling out the tired, old “we’re all immigrants” mantra

Pope Francis continues to wreak havoc as he community-organizes the Roman Catholic church.

The latest outrage comes in the form of the pope’s September 28 decision to fire Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican. As a result of this power play, the 67-year-old archbishop, who has no diplomatic experience, is going to Athens, Greece, to become the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to the Hellenic Republic.

Archbishop Hon is apparently being sacrificed by Francis as an overture to the Communist Chinese. Hon is from Hong Kong and is the highest-ranking official of Chinese origin in the Vatican, the Epoch Times reports.

As the French newspaper La Croix noted, Archbishop Hon has been one of the most senior bishops opposed to Pope Francis’ policy of rapprochement with the Chinese regime. His position at the Vatican’s Propaganda Fide, where he served for seven years since being appointed there by previous Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, was a powerful post as that put him second-in-command in the Vatican body that directly governs Vatican’s missionary works.

The Vatican and the People’s Republic of China have had no diplomatic relations since 1951, as the Chinese Communist Party insisted from the very beginning of its rule that all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in mainland China should be appointed by itself so as to maintain control. Instead, a regime-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) was created to supposedly represent Catholics in China, yet the CPCA has never been recognized by the Vatican.

Francis is a hero to the radical Left because he is one of them. Although the Left vindictively led the charge against the Catholic church during the various sexual abuse scandals, it now has this pope’s back because, except for abortion, he agrees with leftists.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Vatican: 3 Yrs Asked for Profiti in Bertone Flat Trial

Spina acquittal for lack of evidence sought

(ANSA) — Vatican City, October 9 — A Vatican prosecutor on Monday requested a three-year prison term for the former head of the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù children’s hospital foundation, Giuseppe Profiti, for embezzling funds to restore the Rome apartment of former Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The prosecutor, Roberto Zanotti, requested the acquittal for lack of evidence of former Bambino Gesù foundation treasurer Massimo Spina. The prosecutor said a picture of “desolation” had emerged, “marked by opacity, silences, and very bad management of the public good”. Bambino Gesù President Mariella Enoc told the court Bertone was “not aware nor agreed to” the revamping of his flat. A sentence is expected next Saturday.

Bertone has not had to testify at the Vatican trial of the two former managers of the Bambino Gesu’ Hospital accused of using funds to pay for the expensive revamp of his penthouse apartment.

Profiti and Spina are on trial for allegedly using 422,000 euros to pay for improvements to the central Roman flat.

“The Vatican is determined to go all the way” in the case, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said.

The pair are charged with using the cash “for completely extra-institutional purposes” in restructuring Bertone’s allegedly luxury living quarters.

Unveiling the misappropriation probe against Profiti and Spina last year, the Vatican said it was in connection with expensive renovations to the penthouse apartment inhabited by Bertone.

Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke said the probe began after allegations that the work was paid for by the foundation linked to the Bambino Gesu’ pediatric hospital in Rome, confirming an earlier report by L’Espresso news magazine.

The hospital operates in the Italian national health system but is owned and managed by the Holy See.

Cardinal Bertone is not under investigation, Burke added.

L’Espresso said in its report that the Vatican had launched a probe into the funding scandal after journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi documented alleged lavish spending by clergymen in his controversial 2015 expose’ book, Avarice.

Fittipaldi was acquitted in a trial in the Vatican along with another journalist in the so-called Vatileaks 2 case last year involving the alleged leaking of confidential Vatican documents.

A Vatican former PR expert, Francesca Chaouqui, got a suspended sentence while a Vatican official said to be the chief leaker, Mons. Lucio Vallejo Balda, got 18 months.

“Pope Francis’ judges have already found evidence documenting how the renovations to the apartment were paid for by the Bambin(o) Gesu’ pediatric hospital foundation,” Fittipaldi wrote in the article.

L’Espresso claimed the renovations cost a total of just over 422,000 euros and were billed not to the contractor — the now-bankrupt Castelli Re — but to a London-based holding company controlled by Gianantonio Bandera, the owner of Castelli Re and Bertone’s personal friend.

“The money destined for sick children was in actuality used for the renovations and then sent on to London,” Fittipaldi wrote.

“In addition to the seven invoices paid to the builder out of the Foundation’s accounts at the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA), Pope Francis’ magistrates also have signed letters nailing Benedict XVI’s former secretary of state to his responsibilities,” L’Espresso continued.

The magazine said it was in possession of correspondence between Profiti and Bertone suggesting the manager offered to pay for the renovations through the foundation in exchange for hosting “institutional meetings” in the penthouse apartment, and that the cardinal accepted the offer the following day.

“Bertone’s name is not cited in the magistrates’ document but the Holy See will find it hard to overlook his direct involvement in the scandal,” L’Espresso said.

The cardinal has denied any wrongdoing.

“(The cardinal) reiterates he never indicated or authorized the Bambin Gesu’ Foundation to make any payment in relation to the apartment he occupies,” his lawyer Michele Gentiloni Silverj said in a statement.

The note echoed denials made at the time of the revelations in autumn 2015.

“I used my savings,” Bertone wrote in Genoa-based Catholic weekly Il Cittadino last November.

“I have the paperwork to prove I paid roughly 300,000 euros to the Vatican governorate from my own account.

“I later discovered that the Bambin Gesu’ Foundation had made a contribution for the same purpose,” he continued.

“I rule out having ever given indication or authorised the foundation to make any payment,” the cardinal said.

Cardinal Bertone also denied living in luxury.

“The apartment measures 296 square metres and I don’t live there on my own. I live with a community of nuns who help me,” the prelate told Corriere della Sera newspaper at the time.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Why Behavioural Economics Can Protect You Against Marketing Tricks: Nobel Prize Explained

One of the members of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences explains to The Local why research about human behaviour won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]

Myanmar Beauty Queen Dethroned After Posting Video Exposing Rohingya Jihad, Media Manipulation

A Myanmar beauty queen has been stripped of her title after accusing Rohingya Muslims of being ‘harbingers of terror and violence’ in the ongoing conflict in the Rakhine state.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

Chilling Pictures Show Wannabe Teenage Jihadi, 14, Posing With Guns and Doing the ISIS Salute as He ‘Plotted to Kill Police in the Name of Islam’

Alarming photos show a 14-year-old wannabe Jihadi from Sydney doing the ISIS salute and posing with guns he took from his uncle’s collection, all while conspiring to plot a terror attack.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

Horrifying Moment Gang of Asian Teenagers Rob Man of His Phone and Wallet at Gunpoint Before Fleeing on a Motorbike

The horrifying moment a man is robbed at gunpoint in Queensland by two callous thieves who demand their victim’s cellphone and wallet has emerged online.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

Suspicious Fire Rips Through Grass Close to Melbourne Mosque — as Police Hunt for Arsonist

A man has poured an accelerant along the bottom of the property’s fence in Hallam North, south of Melbourne, on Saturday night, but there is no damage to the mosque itself.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

African ‘Migrant’ Stole Millions From Bronx Church and Villanova University

A Wall Street fraudster pleaded guilty to stealing over $3.5 million from a Bronx church and Villanova University in separate schemes, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday.

Anthony Nyame, of The Bronx, had convinced members of the First Ghana Seventh Day Adventist Church to fork over investment cash by convincing them that he could secure millions of dollars in additional seed money, officials said.

The manipulative moneyman also managed to steal $2.7 million from Villanova University by convincing them to send a payment intended for a vendor to his own account through the use of a fake email.

“It is simply appalling that anyone would choose to fleece universities and churches to line their own pockets,” said state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “New Yorkers deserve to know that when they seek to grow their organizations there isn’t a fraudster lurking in the shadows.”

Nyame, 59, convinced members of the church that he could secure a $30 million loan to help them build a structure on their property if they coughed up enough money for collateral.

He instead used the dough for his own ends — including $71,000 in cash withdrawals, $47,000 to pay for a Wall Street apartment and an additional $26,000 on personal goods.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

Australia: Disgraced Muslim Imam Who Married a 14-Year-Old Girl to a Refugee, 34, Appeals His Sentence — Even Though He Was Spared Jail

A former Muslim imam convicted of marrying an underage girl to a 34-year-old man says a video of the Melbourne ceremony should not have been used as evidence to find him guilty.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]

Far Right Wants Austria to Join Group of Anti-Immigrant States

VIENNA (Reuters) — The far right Freedom Party (FPO), set to become kingmaker after elections on Oct. 15, wants Austria to join the Visegrad Group of central and east European states opposed to immigration.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

Viktor Orban Reveals ‘Mission’ To Block Migrant Route With Romania

Mr Orban has vowed to help Romania protect the European eternal border and is urging the country to build an “efficient border barrier system”.

A new report issued by the Hungarian government revealed the partnership aiming to combat weaknesses on Europe’s eastern borders.

Mr Orban said: “Romania is an important country in this regard, and will have an important mission to stop the uncontrolled masses of migrants flowing to Europe at its eastern.”

He warned of “uncontrolled migrant masses flowing to Europe” and said Romania risked being “flooded”.

           — Hat tip: Reader from Chicago [Return to headlines]

NY Attorney General Tries to Silence Free Speech

Liberty Counsel filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit, filed by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, to shut down the pro-life speech of Christians who regularly counsel and preach on public sidewalks outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Jamaica, NY.

Liberty Counsel represents one of the defendants, Scott Fitchett, Jr., a pre-K teacher who spends his Saturdays preaching outside the facility “to persuade women to change their minds about seeking an abortion by communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Liberty Counsel’s filing includes Fitchett’s opposition to the attorney general’s motion for an immediate injunction to stop Fitchett’s sidewalk preaching of the Gospel.

The Attorney General’s lawsuit is based on the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and similar New York laws. Enacted by Congress to prevent actual violence and physical obstruction of abortion facility entrances, Attorney General Schneiderman is using FACE to shut down pro-life speech. Schneiderman’s disdain for free speech in general, and the pro-life message in particular, was made clear in his press conference announcing the lawsuit, where he said, “We are not a nation where you can choose your point of view,” and that pro-life Christians “run their mouths” with “unlawful, un-American rhetoric.”

“It is obvious that Attorney General Schneiderman abhors the Christian, pro-life message of our client and is willing to twist the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act to silence any opposition to abortion,” said Roger Gannam, Liberty Counsel’s Assistant Vice President of Legal Affairs. “It is inexcusable for the highest legal officer of the State of New York to declare war on free speech and the pro-life message, and we hope the court will turn back this assault on our most cherished liberties,” said Gannam.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

The Culture War of Gun Control

A cultural critique is very different than a common sense solution. It isn’t guns that the left wants to ban. It’s people. It was never really about banning guns. It was always about the culture war.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]

12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/9/2017

  1. A student hauled to the police station for a “wellness check”? What kind of “wellness check” might this be to cause him to snap and do something drastic? Okay, I don’t know him and his circumstances either, but something there sounds disturbing.

    • They found drug paraphernalia in his room. “Wellness check” is a euphemism for some sort of examination, maybe taking a blood sample.

      • I see, thank you. Getting paranoid… With state authorities everywhere turning more and more Orwellian there isn’t much you can put past them nowadays. Orwellian and Kafkaesque.

  2. On the Communist Story at Walmart: The eventual scenario is as laid out by those two Romanians. The government is organized, it has lots and lots of agencies that employ agents who are only too willing to take away firearms from law abiding folk when given the order to do so, and by force if necessary, and at the hours between 1:00 AM and 4:00 AM when the owners of firearms believe they are safely tucked up in bed.

    Apart from the Three Percenter’s and the Oath Keepers, there is no established and organized civilian militia that is equipped to deal with any large scale government firearm confiscation when the time comes – and it will come one day because that is where all these orchestrated mass shootings are heading to.

    I can see a time when Americans will have to resort to what Australians have already done, bury their weapons and ammo for a future time when needed.

    • I also was struck by the story of the Communist takeover in Romania. I have been saying for a long time that guns are worse than useless against the government.

      First of all, the government has active special forces and a support network. There was a news article that a sniper had killed someone at two miles. If individuals could really maintain their independence against a government, they wouldn’t need the second amendment. They keep guns because the government allows them to keep guns.

      Second, if you start shooting the police and federal officials, you really will drain off any possible covert help you will get from the individuals in those agencies. It’s difficult for a government to get troops to act against civilians they identify with, which is why a government will import military from far regions if there is going to be serious suppression.

      But, guns are extremely valuable in protecting against non-official domestic violence. It has a political implication because governments can use unofficial street gangs to foment violence and increase the prerogative of the government. The leftists previously looked to violent street gangs to enforce leftist government in cities, and are now using Antifa to bring violence against populists and Trump supporters. The reaction of the state and local government to the Charlottesville attacks made it perfectly clear that the street gangs were acting as a branch of the government.

      In sum, nationalists should look to last-ditch political battles, and not operate under the delusion that guns can help them against a full-blown government assault. Guns can not only foster a sense of independence and manhood, but can also serve against government-surrogate violence, if backed up by legal and political firepower.

      • I’ve had many ‘arguments’ over the years with those who just cannot get it through their heads that the possession of ‘legal’ firearms does not make them immune from having them taken away at any time.

        And there are some devious means used by government to ‘rid the streets of firearms’.

        One such method in my home state, is where the government uses ‘domestic violence’ incidents as a means to ‘confiscate’ any known firearms in the possession of the aggressor in such incidents.

        And while the confiscation can be appealed in court, if the owner of the firearms is convicted of any offence involving acts of violence, the chance to appeal the confiscation is automatically made null and void.

        Also, anyone wishing to obtain a firearm must become a member of a ‘Gun Club’ and attend the club’s range on at least six occasions over a 12 month period in order to comply with firearms possession laws. All firearms purchased, and the only semi-autos permissible are pistols, no long arms, must be registered, kept in a locked safe at home and inspected regularly by police.

        So, one may well determine that it is just not worth the hassle in legally purchasing firearms, and when one takes a close look at such legislation it becomes obvious why it is in place – to harass the legal possessor!

        BTW, I don’t have any legal firearms!

        • Some Americans make their decision about where to live based on (a)the tax rate in a given state; and (b)the gun laws in same. For some odd reason, the gun control states like high taxes.

  3. Apparently the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics received it for the work of Ludwig von Mises.

  4. .

    Today October 9, 2017, we dissident Swedes can read about the Muslim fashion designer Iman Aldele on the imigration critical blog the Free Times:


    Military and Fire brigades can soon wear Veil.

    A few years ago, designer Iman Aldebe designed Muslim veils to the Swedish police, which the authority has bought in. Now she has also designed veilings for the Military and the Fire department. Once tested correctly, the garment can start to be used.
    “They are very positive about this,” said Iman Aldebe to the GP (GöteborgsPosten).

    It was her father the radical Islamist and Imam Mahmoud Aldebe,
    then President of the Muslim Association, who back in April 2006 in a letter to the political parties of Sweden demanded the introduction of sharia law to govern the country’s Muslims in regard to marriage, divorce, and custody of children. He also then was trying to slip into the Parliament as a representative for the Centre Party (Centern). The ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ and Centre Party member Aldebe was on the nomination list to Parliament for the County of Stockholm in the 2010 elections. Was he elected? Memory fails

    It was Iman Aldebe who 2011 raised great resurrection when she designed the first veil for Sweden’s Police. The police department also bought the garment, despite the fact that many were critical and felt that the police should not stand behind religious messages.
    Now she has taken the stage even further and designed veilings for the Military and the Fire Department.

    According to Aldebe, both the Defense and the Fire Department are very positive to the new veilings. However, in order for the Muslim garment to be used, it must first undergo certain tests so that they do not start to burn for example!

    “I have been in dialogue with the purchasers, and there must not be any fire risk and the like. But they look very positive about this, she says to the GP.

    Aldebe is one of those who currently shows her pieces at the “Norm Form”, a so-called norm-critical exhibition, which will take place until February 11, 2018 at the ArkDes Museum at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.

    According to Iman Aldebe, there were many who were upset when she launched her veil for the Police. The critics felt that she was trying to islamize Sweden or force women to wear veil. But, according to her, it is a question of the Muslim women not having to stand outside society, but being self-sufficient and not being in a state of dependence of their Muslim men. Has she red her Quran?

    In addition, Aldebe believes that by changing and raising the courage she can also give the Muslim woman a more “positive image” in society. For example, a ‘policeman’ in veil gives a kind of “pondus”, she claims.

    But the garment does not seem to have contributed to any major change within the Police. According to the GP, the Police Authority today uses the veil, which Iman Aldebe designed in 2011, though to a very small extent, because extremely few women with the need of veiling work within the Police.
    Exactly when the Military and Fire brigades will buy the garment is unclear.
    (translated by Da Capo)

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