Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/8/2017

The Danish People’s Party has proposed to warehouse failed asylum seekers on one or more of Denmark’s many unoccupied islands, while they await deportation. The country’s immigration and integration minister is not opposed to the idea.

In other news, Flemish separatists, inspired by the actions of Catalan separatists, have renewed their calls for an independent state of Flanders.

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Financial Crisis
» Economy Beats Expectations, Adds 228,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Remains the Same
» Investors ‘Buy the Dip’ After Trump Slams Wells Fargo’s “Bad Acts”
 
USA
» Julian Assange Bets $100k That CBS Report on Donald Trump, Jr., WikiLeaks is False
» Missouri: High School Student Suspended for Debating Islam With Muslim… in Debate Club
» Obama-Led Intel Fiasco Paved Way for Russian Subversion
» Roy Moore Accuser Admits Doctoring Yearbook Signature
» Trump Released a Savage Video This Morning Featuring Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — Here’s What it Said
 
Europe and the EU
» EU’s Worst Nightmare: Now Flemish Separatists Want Independence From Belgium
» Record 400 Arrests for Terrorism in Britain in 2017, Official Figures Show
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Caroline Glick: Trump’s Great Gifts to Israel and America
» Jerusalem, Now and Eternal
 
Middle East
» Mohammed Abdallah: How an Unemployed Manchester Cannabis Dealer Became an ISIS Sniper in Syria
 
Immigration
» Danish Government Proposes Putting Failed Asylum Seekers on Deserted Islands
» German Pilots Stop 222 Deportations as They Refuse to Take Migrants Home
» Instagram ‘Bomb Threat’: German Police Arrest Afghan Asylum Seeker
» Islamic Org Claims Europeans Need Millions of Muslim Migrants to Pay Their Pensions
» Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban Goes Into Full Effect — State Department
» UK: Migrant Admits in Court to Forced Sex Act Involving 83-Year-Old Woman
 
Culture Wars
» The Freedom Not to Bake
 

Economy Beats Expectations, Adds 228,000 Jobs in November; Unemployment Remains the Same

More jobs were added in November than economists anticipated while unemployment remained unchanged, according to the Washington Post.

What did the report find?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday that the economy added 228,000 jobs in November while unemployment remained at 4.1 percent.

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

Investors ‘Buy the Dip’ After Trump Slams Wells Fargo’s “Bad Acts”

In an out-of-the-blue tweet perhaps aimed at reassuring his base that his not ‘with the banks’, President Trump took aim at Wells Fargo this morning…

“Fines and penalties against Wells Fargo Bank for their bad acts against their customers and others will not be dropped, as has incorrectly been reported, but will be pursued and, if anything, substantially increased. I will cut Regs but make penalties severe when caught cheating!”

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

Julian Assange Bets $100k That CBS Report on Donald Trump, Jr., WikiLeaks is False

Julian Assange is challenging a report by CBS News that details an email reportedly received by Donald Trump Jr. that offered access to hacked information provided through Wikileaks during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

According to CBS and CNN, the email was received by Trump Jr. along with others in the Trump campaign (including a rarely used email for Donald Trump himself) and contained a website url and a decryption key on Sept. 14, 2016. (The email was first reported to have been sent on Sept. 4 but both news organizations corrected the date.)

But Assange said the reports were false. On Twitter, he challenged the Redstone family, who are majority owners in CBS, to a $100,000 bet on whether or not the claims are true.

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

Missouri: High School Student Suspended for Debating Islam With Muslim… in Debate Club

A Missouri high school that suspended a student for making critical comments about Islamic extremism says he’s not allowed to appeal the finding of wrongdoing.

           — Hat tip: Charles Low [Return to headlines]
 

Obama-Led Intel Fiasco Paved Way for Russian Subversion

VLAD’S VENGEANCE: Part of an occasional series

It’s a mystery that’s been smoldering in the back hallways of the FBI and CIA for months, quietly vexing American spies probing charges that Russia meddled in last year’s election.

How exactly did the corpse of Mikhail Lesin, Moscow’s most influential media magnate and the founder of the Kremlin-backed global satellite TV network Russia Today, or RT, wind up in a Washington hotel room just a mile from the White House almost exactly a year before voting commenced in the 2016 U.S. presidential election?

Mr. Lesin’s history with Russian President Vladimir Putin was well known to the CIA, so when The Dupont Circle Hotel discovered his battered body on its top floor in November 2015, “it got people’s radar up,” said an intelligence source who became involved in a clandestine probe into the incident.

“It’s messed up when a guy dies of unnatural causes, especially if he’s a former Kremlin guy,” said the source. “We tracked it, I remember, but it just didn’t go anywhere. It’s a weird situation.”

That so much of the Lesin case remains unexplained more than two years later underscores the deep confusion in Washington over what American spies knew and didn’t know about the depths of Russian subversion activities in 2015 and, more broadly, whether Moscow’s subsequent election-meddling exposed a major hole in American intelligence…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Roy Moore Accuser Admits Doctoring Yearbook Signature

One of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s accusers admitted that the yearbook she claims he signed was slightly doctored, during a Friday interview with ABC News.

Beverly Young Nelson, who accused Moore of groping her in the parking lot of a restaurant where she worked, appeared with famed liberal attorney Gloria Allred in the interview with “Good Morning America,” where she admitted to adding the date under Moore’s signature.

She claimed that in 1977 Moore groped her in the parking lot of a restaurant where she worked.

Moore, 70, would have been 30 at the time of the alleged assault.

Moore has said called the signature completely false, and has requested a handwriting expert look at the yearbook…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Released a Savage Video This Morning Featuring Bill Clinton and Barack Obama — Here’s What it Said

This week, Donald Trump made history and officially began the process of moving the US Embassy to Israel.

The decision marks the official recognition of the city as the undisputed capital of the Jewish state. The move sends a powerful message internationally. There were mixed responses around the world. Russia moved to recognize Jerusalem as the capital one day later.

Friday morning, president Trump took to twitter to share a video compilation of former presidents promising to also recognize Jerusalem as the capital. The video included:[the campaign promises of Clinton, GW Bush, and Obama]

[See embedded video at URL]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

EU’s Worst Nightmare: Now Flemish Separatists Want Independence From Belgium

FLEMISH dreams of a separate state from Belgium have been revived as the separatist leaders have been inspired by the mass Catalan demonstration in Brussels, providing yet another headache for the European Union leaders desperately trying to prevent the bloc from falling apart.

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

Record 400 Arrests for Terrorism in Britain in 2017, Official Figures Show

The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations in Britain has reached a record high, official figures revealed today.

A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September — a 54 per cent jump on the previous 12 months.

This was the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 with figures also revealing that 58 of those held were female — the highest number on record.

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

Caroline Glick: Trump’s Great Gifts to Israel and America

With his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump gave a Hanukka gift to the Jewish people. But he also gave a Christmas gift to the American people.

Trump’s gift to Israel is not merely that 68 years after Israel declared Jerusalem its capital, the US finally recognized Israel’s capital.

In his declaration, Trump said, “Israel has made its capital in the city of Jerusalem, the capital the Jewish people established in ancient times.”

By stating this simple truth, Trump fully rejected the anti-Israel legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama.

In his speech in Cairo in 2009, Obama intimated that Israel’s legitimacy is rooted in the Holocaust, rather than in the Jewish nation’s millennial attachment to the Land of Israel. Whereas the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations Mandate rooted the Jewish people’s sovereign rights to the Land of Israel in its 3,500-year relationship with it, Obama said that Israel is nothing more than a refugee camp located in an inconvenient area. In so doing, he gave credence to the anti-Israel slander that Israel is a colonialist power.

By asserting the real basis for Israel’s legitimacy, Trump made clear that the Jewish people is indigenous to the Land of Israel. He also made it US policy to view Israel’s right to exist, like its right to its capital city, as unconditional.

Trump’s extraordinary gift to Israel was an act of political and moral courage. It was also a stroke of strategic brilliance.

           — Hat tip: Caroline Glick [Return to headlines]
 

Jerusalem, Now and Eternal

President Trump’s recognition of Israel’s capital is at once prosaic and revolutionary.

Why now? That’s the question being asked in Arab capitals, at the Vatican, at the United Nations, and even in Washington, after President Donald Trump declared that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Calling it “long overdue,” Trump described his decision as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge and “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.” Thanking him, Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu agreed: “Jerusalem,” he tweeted, “has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.” Israel’s Knesset, its parliament, is in West Jerusalem. So are its Supreme Court, its key ministries, and most key official institutions. Trump maintained that the dramatic step, endorsed by Congress in 1995 but consistently avoided by his White House predecessors, would not damage the search for a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or change the status of Jerusalem’s geographic and political borders. Those issues would still have to be agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinians, the White House said.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, calling for three “days of rage” to protest the move, said that the U.S. had disqualified itself as a neutral broker between the Palestinians and Israelis. So did militant Islamic leaders of Hamas, which rules Gaza and which the State Department has designated as a terrorist group. Eighteen countries also denounced the change, including some of America’s usually more dependable allies. British prime minister Theresa May called Trump’s decision “unhelpful in the pursuit of peace.” Saying he “cannot remain silent,” Pope Francis worried that the move would spark new tension and violence in the city revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres also expressed alarm.

Initial responses were angry and swift, albeit predictable…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Mohammed Abdallah: How an Unemployed Manchester Cannabis Dealer Became an ISIS Sniper in Syria

Mohammed Abdallah is an unemployed former drug dealer who left school with no qualifications and has an IQ of just 68.

His journey from cannabis-smoking dropout to Isis sniper mirrors the transformation of many young men in his home city of Manchester and across the UK.

The 26-year-old has been jailed for 10 years for joining Isis in Syria, possessing an assault rifle and receiving £2,000 in terrorist funding.

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

Danish Government Proposes Putting Failed Asylum Seekers on Deserted Islands

Danish Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg has said that she does not oppose the idea of putting failed asylum seekers on one of the many deserted islands within Danish territory.

The proposal, which was initially put forward by the populist Danish People’s Party (DF), would see failed asylum seekers being kept on one of the 300 or so deserted islands while they await deportation. Støjberg said that while she agrees with the proposal in principle there would be some challenges in regard to its implementation, Berlingske reports.

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

German Pilots Stop 222 Deportations as They Refuse to Take Migrants Home

A German government report reveals that airline pilots in 222 cases this year have prevented the deportation of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants because they refused to fly them home.

At the Berlin-Tegel airport alone, from January to September 30th, 23 deportations have been stopped by pilots unwilling to take migrants back to their countries of origin. The pilots, who work for airlines like Lufthansa, are allowed to refuse to fly passengers if they feel they are under duress, broadcaster RBB reports.

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

Instagram ‘Bomb Threat’: German Police Arrest Afghan Asylum Seeker

A 19-year-old Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested in Germany after posting a picture of a Christmas market with three bombs superimposed on it on Instagram, police say.

The picture of the market in Ravensburg, southern Germany, was uploaded on Thursday evening, prompting police quickly to boost security.

The Afghan later admitted uploading the image, saying it had been a joke.

He is to face charges of making threats to commit crime.

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

Islamic Org Claims Europeans Need Millions of Muslim Migrants to Pay Their Pensions

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — an intergovernmental body consisting of 57 states — has declared Europeans need Muslim mass migration to pay their pensions.

As well as describing “rising” migration from the Muslim world as a “win-win boon”, the organisation’s information and communications director Maha Akeel said that Europe is obliged to “rejuvenate itself” through opening its doors to the world’s poor, because the continent is named after “a Syrian mother”.

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

Trump’s Expanded Travel Ban Goes Into Full Effect — State Department

The US State Department announced that it is fully implementing President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overrule injunctions against it.

“National security is our top priority in visa operations. Our embassies and consulates around the world are fully implementing Presidential Proclamation 9645 to protect the American people, now that US Supreme Court orders permit us to do that,” the State Department said in a statement Friday.

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

UK: Migrant Admits in Court to Forced Sex Act Involving 83-Year-Old Woman

A 29-year-old asylum seeker admitted to a forced sex act in which he forced an 83-year-old woman to allow him to masturbate on her, although he had previously claimed his penis was too small for him to have been able to commit the act.

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

The Freedom Not to Bake

The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is about First Amendment rights, not gay marriage.

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s surprisingly tough questioning of the lawyers for the state of Colorado and the gay wedding-cake customers at Tuesday’s Supreme Court argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission bodes well for free speech. Kennedy’s clear skepticism about a central premise of the discrimination case against Masterpiece proprietor Jack Phillips, and his distaste for the apparent religious bias against Phillips shown by at least one of the state commissioners, is cause for at least cautious optimism that the Court will put an end to one of the most disturbing threats to First Amendment rights in years.

Phillips is a devout evangelical Christian who refuses to make cakes for Halloween or for bachelor parties, and would not design them with racist or anti-gay themes. His path to the Supreme Court began five years ago, in July 2012, when a gay couple, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, came to his suburban Denver shop seeking a custom-made cake for their wedding. He declined the business because of his religious beliefs, but offered to sell them any off-the-shelf baked goods, or to design cakes for them for other occasions. The state Civil Rights Commission found that Phillips had discriminated against Craig and Mullins, in violation of the state’s gay rights law, and ordered him to design wedding cakes for gay couples if he continued to do so for straight couples. Rather than violate his conscience, Phillips stopped making any wedding cakes, thus losing 40 percent of his business.

Phillips’s case joins others around the country in which government civil rights authorities and gay couples have brought actions under state or local gay rights laws to compel photographers, florists, and cake designers to provide customized personal services for same-sex weddings—frequently requiring their attendance at the ceremonies, despite their religious objections to same-sex marriage. None of the small-business and crafts people in the dock in these cases has refused to sell commercial goods to gay people. Like Phillips, all have said that they would be happy to provide previously prepared products for same-sex weddings, and several had longstanding business relationships with the gay customers who sued them.

Lower courts have said that this doesn’t matter; refusal to service the same-sex wedding of customers whom one otherwise does business with is still discrimination based on sexual orientation, because, in the words of the Colorado appellate court in Phillips’s case, “the act of same-sex marriage is closely correlated to . . . sexual orientation” in that it is “engaged in exclusively or predominantly by gays, lesbians, and bisexuals.” But by that logic, a black carpenter who refuses to make the cross for a Ku Klux Klan rally, and a black photographer who refuses to photograph the festivities, are guilty of racial discrimination, even if they make cabinets for white people and take family photos of them, since the act of attending a Klan rally is engaged in exclusively or predominantly by whites and is thus “closely correlated” to race…

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 12/8/2017

  1. The Danish People’s Party has proposed to warehouse failed asylum seekers on one or more of Denmark’s many unoccupied islands, while they await deportation. The country’s immigration and integration minister is not opposed to the idea.

    In a sane world, Danish Immigration and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg, would be the recipient a Noble Peace Prize. Over a decade ago I recommended that America dedicate one of the small (relatively) uninhabited Hawaiian Islands as a way of isolating jihadis and Islamic extremists. Think, “Lord of the Flies”.

    For those who may be unfamiliar, Denmark has one of the highest proportions of Nobel Prizes per capita. And we’re not talking about pansy “literature” awards. Routine hard science achievements are the most common source of their prizes.

    When one considers how many lives might be saved by this simple Danish policy of isolation, Inger Støjberg, could end up saving more lives than prior Peace Prize recipients (guffaw) Arafat, Gore, and 0bama combined.

    Policies that physically and geographically segregate Muslim terrorists are the only ones with any hope of success (i.e., reopen Alcatraz). If these locations are surrounded by large bodies of water, so much the better. After all, how many of these desert-dwellers know how to swim? Can you say, “rockfish”?

    • why Hawaii? Nice subtropical climate.
      I am thinking of the Aleute Islands, much more adequate to desert – dwellers by vegetation and inclemency of temperatures, though in reverse. If memory serves me well, the most remote of these islands is close to Siberia, where they would land when attempting to flee, which would assure a heartly welcome by the locals.

  2. Muslims are going to pay our pensions? HAHAHA!!! They don’t even work, as nearly as I can ascertain from the news. They mostly sit on welfare. I suppose there are some hard-working muslims somewhere though.

    As always, can’t tell you how much I enjoy your website. As soon as I find that address, I’ll send a contribution.

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