Gates of Vienna News Feed 2/15/2019

A man named Gary Martin opened fire with a gun in a manufacturing facility in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, killing five people and wounding a number of others. The suspect was shot dead by police. Mr. Martin is thought to have been an employee of the plant where the attack took place.

In other news, ten illegal migrants who disembarked from two separate boats were detained in Kent in southern England after crossing the Channel from France.

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Financial Crisis
» Credit Agency Sees ‘Significant Risk’ of Early Snap Italian Election
 
USA
» 5G Wireless Broadband and How (Not) To Boil Eggs
» Amazon Quits New York: ‘Victory’ By Progressives Helps City Wave Good-Bye to 25,000 Jobs
» Arizona State Students, Faculty ‘Intimidated’ By Posters Featuring Covington HS’s Nick Sandmann
» Attacker of BBC Cameraman at Trump Rally Was a Possible Plant
» Call it What it is: Andrew McCabe Plotted a Coup to Overturn Results of the Election
» Campus Carry Bills Make Headway in WV, SD
» Chicago is Most Corrupt Big City, Illinois Third Most Corrupt State in Country, Study Finds
» Five Shot Dead at Illinois Manufacturing Facility
» Founding Fathers Have Become Terrorists
» Is Michelle Obama Going to Run for President in 2020?
» It’s Not the Politicians We Fear, It’s the People
» L.A. Skyscraper Shown Exploding in New ISIS ‘Promise Fulfilled’ Threat
» Ocasio-Cortez: Only the Latest in a Long Line of ‘You’re Gonna Die’ Con Men
» Police: Men Arrested in Jussie Smollett Case Are Black
» Socialism is Dead
» Statue-Vandalizing Grad Student Taken Aback, Distraught Over 18 Hours Community Service
» The Road to Shariadom in America
» Trump: America Will Never be a Socialist Country — But is it?
» Trump Declares Emergency on Border, Eyes $8B for Wall as He Signs Spending Package
» Use an 8-Char Windows NTLM Password? Don’t. Every Single One Can be Cracked in Under 2.5hrs
» What We Know Now About the Aurora Mass Shooting
» What’s Bad for the Media is Good for America
» Why Does That Website Take Forever to Load? Clues: Three Syllables, Starts With a J, Rhymes With Crock of Sh…
 
Europe and the EU
» 95% of Pickpockets on Brussels Public Transit Are Foreigners — Official
» Britain and America Sign Deal on Post-Brexit Trade, Plan Huge Free Trade Agreement
» British Economy Defies Anti-Brexiteers to Outpace Europe
» Czech Republic Confirms Chinese Tech Giant Huawei a Security Risk
» Farage: Viktor Orban ‘Represents the Future of Europe’
» France Nuncio Probed for ‘Sex Attack’ — Le Monde
» French Authorities Investigate Pope’s Ambassador for Homosexual Assault
» Italy: Cops Suicide Observatory Set Up
» Italy: Veneto Mulls Prostitute Register
» Italy: No Stop to Sunday Shop Opening — League
» Italy: Only 6 of 100 Vote for Me, ‘Crazy’ — Berlusconi
» Italy: Indian Murdered in Padua ‘Stabbed 60 Times’
» Italy: Govt Ponders Boeri Replacement at INPS
» Italy: Botswana Woman, 21, Nabbed in Desirée Case
» Italy: ENI Profit Up 25% in 2018
» ‘It’s Anti-Democratic’: EU Making Britain Suffer Over Brexit, Says Marine Le Pen
» Muslim School in UK Ousted After Describing Non-Muslims as ‘Pigs’
» President Trump Hails ‘Very Substantially Increased’ Trade With United Kingdom Post-Brexit
» Spain’s Sanchez Calls Snap Election April 28 After Stalemate
» Tucker Carlson Praises Hungary’s Pro-Family Agenda
» UK: Fragile Tory Peace Fractures Over ‘No Deal Brexit’ With 42 Days to Go
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Sweden Rules Out Moving Israel Embassy to Jerusalem
 
Middle East
» ‘Ginger Jihadi’ Who Fled Australia to Fight for ISIS in Syria Married an English Schoolgirl Before He Was Killed — and She ‘Is Still Alive and Fighting’
» Teen ISIS Bride Unfazed by Severed Heads Has Stockholm Syndrome, Says Family
 
South Asia
» New Species of Non-Venomous Keelback Snake Found in Arunachal Pradesh
» Orangutans Make Complex Economic Decisions
» Pakistani’s Relatives Cleared of ‘Honour Killing’
 
Australia — Pacific
» Australia’s Great Shame: A Child is Reported as Being Abused Every 21 Minutes in Troubled Northern Territory Towns
» ‘Bro, They Threw Me Out on the Street’: How an Islamist Extremist From Sydney Tried to Enter Syria to Fight With ISIS Before His Plans Spectacularly Unravelled at the Turkish Border
» ‘Go Back to Your Own Country!’ Sickening Taunts of Racists Who Tried to Rip Off Three Muslim Women’s Hijabs — While Bystanders Just Stood There and Watched
» ‘I’m Falling in Love With Your Eyes’: The Sickening Grindr Message a House Painter, 34, Allegedly Sent a 13-Year-Old Boy After ‘Raping Him at His Sydney Home’
» Sonia Kruger Did Vilify Muslims on the Today Show by Calling for Australia’s Borders to be Closed to Followers of Islam Because She ‘Didn’t Feel Safe’ From Terrorist Attacks
 
Immigration
» Alleged DWI Claims Tiny Life
» Beto O’Rourke: We Should Tear Down the Walls Already in Place
» German Police Lie About Migrant Crime Statistics to “Preserve Peace”
» Hungary: ‘Fighting Illegal Migration Not Possible Without Physical Barriers at Border’
» ‘I Can Make a Lot of Money’: Timorese Fisherman Issues Chilling Warning That 30 People Smuggler Boats Are ‘Ready to Go’ Because Australia’s Borders ‘Have Re-Opened’
» Ten Migrants in Two Boats Picked Up Off Kent Coast
» The Spending Bill Congress Just Passed Contains Restrictions That Make it Just About Impossible for Trump to Build His Wall
 
Culture Wars
» A Feminist Pastor Has Unveiled a Sculpture of a Vulva That Was Made Entirely With Old Purity Rings.
» Bombshell Book Claims 80% of Vatican Prelates Are Gay
» Luciferian Philosophy Driving Globalist Left
» Men Can be Mothers in UK, While French Schools Erase Terms ‘Father, ‘ ‘Mother’
» The Pope Encourages Those Attending “The World Government Summit” To Enthusiastically Embrace Sustainable Development
» UK Student Barred From Free Speech Debate for Saying ‘Women Don’t Have Penises’
 

Credit Agency Sees ‘Significant Risk’ of Early Snap Italian Election

Credit agency Moody’s has said that there is a strong chance of an Italian election and foresees a possible break-up of the populist coalition following May’s European Parliament elections.

The agency claimed there to be “a significant risk of early elections” in a report saying that the coalition partners of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League may find it increasingly difficult to balance their respective differences going into May’s elections, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.

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

5G Wireless Broadband and How (Not) To Boil Eggs

The new 5G wireless broadband technology that is said to be rolled out soon for wireless communication everywhere has some people concerned about potential health effects.

In my perception, that concern is not without thought-and not only for human health reasons.

In order to understand why, one has to review not just the numerous studies done about the safety of the current (4G) technology but also the technology of microwave ovens and traditional ways of cooking. Let’s begin with the latter…

In short, I think the envisaged 5G systems need to be tested very thoroughly in multiple double-blind field trials, with actual transmission towers and test systems that use both a variety of biological and non-biological 5G-EMW receptive “species” before the planned widespread 5G roll-out can go ahead.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Amazon Quits New York: ‘Victory’ By Progressives Helps City Wave Good-Bye to 25,000 Jobs

Amazon’s announcement that it will cancel its plans to build a major office complex in Long Island City is a huge defeat for Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, who staked their political capital on the high-profile deal.

The collapse of the deal is a victory, though, for the anti-gentrification, anti-development left, which assailed the plan as a giveaway to a trillion-dollar company and its billionaire owner. They claimed that Amazon would drive up rents, destroy the local community, create noise pollution, and increase wealth inequality in New York. A typical response came from law professor and three-time loser political candidate Zephyr Teachout, who exulted on Twitter, “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POWER OF THE PEOPLE. Speechless. Truth to power wins!”

What has “truth to power” won? It’s not as though Amazon was preventing the rise of sustainable, green, unionized, and well-paying manufacturing jobs in Long Island City, or stopping the construction of affordable low-income housing, along with schools and parkland.

The area where the company planned to build its secondary headquarters has been the focus of economic development plans for decades. It is presently the site of parking lots, storage units, and empty, city-owned land. Now it will stay that way.

Amazon was planning to rent 1 million square feet in the Citigroup Tower in Long Island City, which is largely vacant of tenants, and will now remain so.

Opponents claimed that the incentives offered to Amazon were unfair, and they have a point: most corporate subsidies are ineffective and wasteful. But Amazon wasn’t being offered anything obscene.

Job-creation tax incentives are written into state law and are available to any company doing business in New York. And the local politicians crying loudest have never squawked about the $420 million in transferable tax credits that the state gives every year to the film and television industries.

[…]

Opponents also argued that Amazon is not unionized, and that non-union companies are not welcome in New York, a “union town.” But the Amazon headquarters would have been built by union labor. The company was going to employ 3,000 unionized building-service workers in its 8 million square feet of office space, which is why local 32BJ was so enthusiastic about the deal. Those jobs are gone now, too.

Some progressives were angry that Amazon wasn’t promising to guarantee enough well-paying jobs to residents of the nearby Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in the United States. Decrying the “gentrification of jobs,” critics sneered that Queensbridge residents would get only a handful of entry-level positions and minimal training. Not to worry: now they won’t get anything…[…]

[Those leftist know-nothings practice jubilant ignorance]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Arizona State Students, Faculty ‘Intimidated’ By Posters Featuring Covington HS’s Nick Sandmann

The latest item to frighten contemporary college students is a poster featuring the unintentional figurehead of the Covington High School “controversy.”

The placards, seen around Arizona State University earlier this month, show a bust of Covington student Nick Sandmann garbed in his “Make America Great Again” hat with the phrase “STAND YOUR GROUND” underneath.

According to The State Press, although campus officials denounced the posters, some ASU minority students and faculty “still fear they may be targeted.”

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

Attacker of BBC Cameraman at Trump Rally Was a Possible Plant

Witness of the event shares his side of the story

The attacker of a BBC cameraman at a recent Trump rally was a possible plant.

Unite America First does an exclusive interview with Ben Bergquam of Frontline America, the man in the media box that witnessed and stopped the attack.

Bergquam and Will Johnson report the story that liberal news isn’t covering.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Call it What it is: Andrew McCabe Plotted a Coup to Overturn Results of the Election

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s book tour began with a “60 minutes” interview this week in which he confirmed that he commenced an effort to remove President Trump from office, citing his concerns with the president’s supposed ties to Russia, for which no evidence has ever surfaced.

Citing several thoroughly debunked Russian collusion narratives, McCabe, under the impression that President Trump was somehow compromised as commander in chief, attempted to gather votes inside the administration to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

In a “60 minutes” preview clip, McCabe forwarded the baseless conspiracy theory that President Trump won the election with the assistance of the Kremlin.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency. And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage,” McCabe said during the interview. “And that was something that troubled me greatly.”

Putting aside that Russia is not “our most formidable adversary” (it’s China, by a mile), to date, not a single piece of evidence has emerged that the “Russia case” was anything but a complete hoax based on opposition research sourced to anonymous Russians that was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

“I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground and if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they made that decision,” McCabe continued.

Unfortunately for McCabe, there was no “solid ground” to be found. The Russia investigation came up entirely empty, and the FBI bureaucrats’ leak-and-smear campaigns were not enough to oust the duly elected president through other means.

And the president was not even behind McCabe’s ultimate removal from his post. The former FBI deputy director was fired after a Department of Justice internal probe found that he committed gross misconduct on multiple occasions. The devastating report found that McCabe lied under oath several times. That wasn’t all. […]

[Note: Just another plot by the metastasizing Administrative State…]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Campus Carry Bills Make Headway in WV, SD

Two states have made moves to reinstate the Second Amendment rights of college students on public university campuses.

On Monday, the West Virginia House of Delegates held a hearing to address House Bill 2519, the “Campus Self Defense Act,” reported The Parthenon. The legislation is West Virginia’s version of a campus carry bill, which was written with the intent of “denying institutions of higher education the authority to restrict or regulate the carrying of a concealed deadly weapon by a person who holds a current license to carry a concealed deadly weapon.”

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

Chicago is Most Corrupt Big City, Illinois Third Most Corrupt State in Country, Study Finds

Chicago may be known as the “Second City,” but it remains Number 1 in the ranking of most corrupt big cities in the nation, according to a new report.

The report, titled “Corruption in Chicago and Illinois,” released Monday from the University of Illinois at Chicago notes that while there’s been a decline in recent years of federal convictions for public corruption, the Windy City still leads other localities.

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

Five Shot Dead at Illinois Manufacturing Facility

Chicago (AFP) — Five people were killed and multiple police officers shot Friday when a gunman opened fire in an industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago.

The shooting took place at approximately 1:28 pm local time, at a giant manufacturing complex in Aurora, Illinois — a small suburb 40 miles west of central Chicago.

Police said officers engaged in a firefight with the suspect, thought to be an employee, before he was shot dead. He was identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin.

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

Founding Fathers Have Become Terrorists

What started off with Western ranchers being harassed by the Federal Government’s unconstitutional environmental agencies unrelenting grip on these ranchers, ended up with Hammonds and the Bundys in a standoff with the federal government at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Approximately 100 to 150 armed militia took control of a closed Wildlife Park Headquarters approximately 30 miles from Burns, Oregon in an effort to draw attention to a ridiculous arrest of Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., 73, and his son, Steven Dwight Hammond, 46, who were scheduled to begin five year prison sentences for some ridiculous charge. BTW, those 800,000 laid off government workers during the government shut down were all from unconstitutional agencies.

Cliven D. Bundy had been involved for several weeks in the background striving to understand and comprehend this dilemma unfolding in Harney County, Oregon due to a silly unintentional fire caused by the Hammonds which caused no damage to anyone. Bundy claimed the United States Justice Department had NO jurisdiction or authority within the State of Oregon, County of Harney over this type of ranch management and Hammond and his son picked an isolated place to take a stand for as long as it took — a refuge way out in the desert where it can get —10 or so at night.

On January 20, Oregon governor Kate Brown called the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refugee “absolutely intolerable” as more militiamen from around the country drove in truck by truck to join the cause. Bundy reportedly met with his top-ranking counterparts for several hours but kept a tight lip about what was actually discussed. Following is a 26 minute complete video footage of a joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum along Oregon Highway 395 near milepost 50 in Harney County. Oregon’s transgender Democrat governor, Kate Brown, has blood on her hands…

Perhaps at this juncture it should be noted on May 1, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order to legalize BLM’s land grab and what we never saw mentioned in the MSM, the tragedy in Oregon began years earlier during the time when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State in the Obama Administration and was approached by Russian officials in Washington who were interested in buying land in Oregon where high-grade uranium ore had been discovered on just what happened to be the Hammond Ranch on the Malheur Wildlife Refuge that completely surrounds the ranch. Secretary Clinton had allegedly asked the Russians to make a substantial contribution to the Clinton Foundation and then contacted the Bureau of Land Management to make “arrangements” for the BLM to declare “imminent domain” to purchase that land and then sell it to the Russians.

Now, LaVoy, a rancher from Arizona, was simply one of many patriotic constitutionalists who arrived to support the Hammonds. The picture of him standing next to militia member, Jon Ritzheimer during a press briefing at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was taken on January 15, 2016 — eleven days later LaVoy Finicum was dead having been shot at a road block standoff…

Mark said there is video taken by individuals who were receiving training from Federal Law Enforcement regarding threats to the U.S. and the training instructor refers to the Founders as terrorists of their day and that terrorists of our day are “ring wing” Constitutionalists and are lumped in with White Supremacy, bigotry, hatred, Fascism, Hitler, etc. The American citizen is not the enemy as described in the Patriot Act and this must be changed, says Mark and he hopes his documentaries will help in that effort.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Is Michelle Obama Going to Run for President in 2020?

When she made a surprise appearance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the entire auditorium went into a “spontaneous shrieking hysterical meltdown” when she began to speak. She is the most admired woman in America by a very wide margin, and she is married to the most admired man in America. She released her critically-acclaimed memoir “Becoming” in November, and here we are in February and it is still the best selling book on Amazon. Her national book tour has been filling sports stadiums all over the nation, and Democrats all across America are buzzing about the possibility that Michelle Obama could run for president in 2020.

But she has always insisted that she will never do it. In fact, she has made statements like this one time after time…

“I’ve never had the passion for politics. I just happened to be married to somebody who has the passion for politics, and he drug me kicking and screaming into this arena.”

So that is the end of the matter, right?

Unfortunately, in politics you can never trust what people say, and it is much more important to watch what they do.

[Comment: Doubt Michael could win, even with organized Democrat run voter fraud.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

It’s Not the Politicians We Fear, It’s the People

“Fear not the politician for he or she is but an identical reflection in the mirror of the people in the majority.” —Ron Ewart

THE STATE OF THE UNION: This article is offered for free because it has no value. It won’t reach enough people to motivate them to solve the serious problems facing our once-free Constitutional Republic that has morphed into a mob-ruled Democracy, eager to embrace socialism. Your government (socialist/Democrats) has gone stark raving mad with an impossible-to-implement-and-fund, insane “Green New Deal.” They are lobbying for higher taxes and massive regulations, after the Trump Administration and Congress lowered taxes and reduced regulation. The truth is, the politicians won’t save you. Both parties intend to enslave you in one way or another. They will take your money in whatever quantity they want. They will pass regulations to restrict every aspect of human activity. And you are letting them do it!

America’s borders are wide open and you are being invaded by hordes of mostly ignorant illegal alien, diseased peasants, while you pay for their keep, education and medical care …. by force of law. Your “elected” politicians refuse to “fix” it. Why aren’t you screaming? Those very same politicians that the “people” elected, have corrupted health care, public education, welfare and more. Radical environmentalism has usurped most of our freedoms and property rights and your politicians let it happen when it was their sworn duty to see that it didn’t happen. The effort to “fix” alleged climate change will break the bank, lead us straight into third-world chaos and send us back to pioneer days, without sufficient energy to light and heat our homes, or drive our cars. The ignorant socialists that live in big cities are clamoring for it. As we said, “it’s not the politicians we fear, it’s the uninformed people that elected the politicians.”

The “people” keep electing the same dolts every election cycle. As an example, Michigan Democrat representative John Dingle just died a few days ago after serving almost 60 years (1955 to 2015) in the House of Representatives. John’s father served two decades before him. Nepotism is alive and well. Dingle, the longest serving representative, was behind the passage of Medicare, Medicaid and Obama Care, all socialist programs. His life-long dream was Medicare-for-all. Does that sound familiar?

[Comment: This is why the education system was seized by communists; their goal being to create generations of anti-constitutional socialists.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

L.A. Skyscraper Shown Exploding in New ISIS ‘Promise Fulfilled’ Threat

An ISIS-supporting group posted an image online depicting an explosion at the top of the third-tallest office tower in downtown Los Angeles.

Though ISIS backers operating under a number of media alliances regularly craft and circulate threats and recruitment propaganda in the form of posters and video, Los Angeles is rarely featured as a target. The online jihadists trend toward threatening New York, Washington, Las Vegas, and large European cities.

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

Ocasio-Cortez: Only the Latest in a Long Line of ‘You’re Gonna Die’ Con Men

“There is a sucker born every minute.” Who among us cannot recall being conned?

In the 1970 tear-jerker Love Story, the dying Ali MacGraw delivers this gem: “Love means not having to say you’re sorry.” With this declaration by Erich Segal, the author of the best-selling novel, millions were supplied the litmus test for the quality of their relationships: if you are expecting me to apologize for mistreating you, you obviously don’t know what love is. We blush.

The typical structure of a confidence game has five elements: the perpetrator, the shill, the mark, the offer, and the response. The shill, secretly collaborating with the perp, reassures the mark by appearing objective and kindred to the mark. The mark is the naïve, unsuspecting victim who will suffer some loss. The offer is a perceived positive: receiving something desirable or avoiding something undesirable. The response is what the mark does to receive the offer. No one wants to be the mark, though I daresay all of us have looked back with regret: I can’t believe I fell for that (the offer)!

Examples abound. Let’s recall a few that are relevant.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Police: Men Arrested in Jussie Smollett Case Are Black

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

A Chicago police spokesman confirms that the two suspects arrestedin the reported hate crime involving black actor Jussie Smollett are black.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also says the suspects were arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. He says department policy prohibits him from naming the victim but says that he can say the two Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the case involving the “‘Empire’ cast member.” Smollett is an actor on the television drama and has said he was beaten in a racist, anti-gay attack last month.

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

Socialism is Dead

by Servando Gonzalez

Only people miseducated in American public schools and universities still ignore the fact that socialism has proven to be one of the most disastrous social failures of all times. But don’t blame them. Blame yourself, because you are the one who has footed the bill for their communist indoctrination.

But not everybody sends their children to the idiot’s factories. Most of the progressive leftist millionaires in Silicon Valley send their children to very expensive private schools where computers are not allowed. The reason for this is because they don’t want their children to be indoctrinated but to become the future brainwashers. As Orwell wrote in his novel Animal Farm, all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Currently, even the benign socialism practiced in countries such as Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Holland is in deep crisis thanks to their immense love for illegal immigrants whose main hobbies are robbing, raping and killing the locals just for the fun of it. Some years ago, even the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics collapsed under the weight of its own failures. China still survives because they have changed their socialism into a sort of crony capitalism. Venezuela and Nicaragua, key examples of Latin American socialism, are in chaos. France and even the UK, where many socialist measures have been implemented, are facing strong opposition from their own people. In contrast, it seems that this group of women politicians in white hate America so much they would love turning it into a socialist cesspool.

Granted, capitalism is not a perfect system. Nevertheless, most of the evils of current capitalism are not the result of capitalism but of monopoly capitalism, and monopoly capitalism is either fascism or communism, but not true capitalism.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Statue-Vandalizing Grad Student Taken Aback, Distraught Over 18 Hours Community Service

A social justice-loving grad student at the University of North Carolina is trying her hardest to get out of the community service ordered after she smeared red paint and blood over a Confederate statue on campus.

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

The Road to Shariadom in America

The Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA) is part of an international network of Muslim scholars that preaches shariah rule as a government system, even issuing a fatwa delineating sharia’s “superiority” over democracy. It is one of many Muslim organizations now dangerously and politically active in the United States. They include the 25-year-old Council of Islamic Relations, CAIR, self-described as a “Muslim civil rights organization” with an Islamic perspective on American public issues. More recent organizations — created in 2015 and similarly politically dedicated — include JETPAC, the Justice, Education and Technology Policy Advocacy Center, which encourages American Muslims to get involved in local politics, and MPower Change, committed to creating a political platform for Muslim issues and organizing around it.

All these politically active Muslim-American groups, prominent Muslims and other Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations within the U.S. publicly avow that they have no intention of implementing sharia in the U.S. Yet, their stated political goals, public statements and recent reports, betray their true intentions: to grow in political strength sufficient to replace our democracy with their religious governance.

More than 100 top Muslim leaders belong to AMJA, which began in 2003. Imams at over 3,100 U.S. mosques look to AMJA for instructional guidance to lead their congregations. The group’s name in Arabic, “The Group of Sharia Specialists in America,” implies its purpose: to impel Muslims to follow its comprehensive, sharia-compliant fatwas. Many of the group’s leaders attended Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, the world’s highest academy of Islamic learning and interpreter of the definitive sharia text — The Reliance of the Traveller.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump: America Will Never be a Socialist Country — But is it?

I can’t predict if this quote will become a piece of history, but I can assure you this statement is not true, although I wish it were.

I say this because America is already a socialist country.

It didn’t start out that way. As the President noted, “We were born free…” but disturbingly, the America of today is thoroughly saturated in socialism.

In creating the Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx, a German philosopher and atheist, designed ten planks AS A TEST to determine whether a society has become communist or not. If they are all in effect and in force, then the people ARE practicing communists.

Consider that most of the audience that applauded the president’s remark is an audience that has accepted, embraced and voted to fund seven of those ten planks:

A socialist system of education for their children, A socialist, government-managed healthcare system, A completely socialist universal retirement program, A massive socialist bailout of the automobile industry and the banking industry, A socialist system of agriculture subsidies, A socialist taxation of real property, and arguably the largest social welfare system in the history of the universe.

We can see with clear sight that virtually every plank of Karl Marx’ communist manifesto has been fully implemented in this country.

Remember, communism by any other name is still communism.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Declares Emergency on Border, Eyes $8B for Wall as He Signs Spending Package

President Trump said Friday he is declaring a national emergency on the southern border, tapping into executive powers in a bid to divert billions toward construction of a wall even as he signs a funding package that includes just $1.4 billion for border security.

“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border … one way or the other, we have to do it,” Trump said in the Rose Garden.

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

Use an 8-Char Windows NTLM Password? Don’t. Every Single One Can be Cracked in Under 2.5hrs

HashCat, an open source password recovery tool, can now crack an eight-character Windows NTLM password hash in less time than it will take to watch Avengers: Endgame.

In 2011 security researcher Steven Myer demonstrated that an eight-character (53-bit) password could be brute forced in 44 days, or in 14 seconds if you use a GPU and rainbow tables — pre-computed tables for reversing hash functions.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

What We Know Now About the Aurora Mass Shooting

Six people died —- including the gunman —- in a workplace shooting at a manufacturing firm Friday afternoon, and five officers were struck by gunfire, officials said Friday. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed the shooter, Gary Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with police. Police believe he was an employee, and said they did not know the motive.

Here’s what else we know about the shooting so far:

  • At 2:23 p.m., City of Aurora officials confirmed an active shooter and Aurora police were on the scene at 641 Archer Road, an industrial area approximately 40 miles from Chicago. Officials would later confirm the incident happened at Henry Pratt Co., a manufacturing firm.
  • Multiple people were reported injured, according to officials.
  • Officials by 3 p.m. had confirmed the shooter had been apprehended. Law enforcement sources at 3:45 p.m. confirmed the shooter was dead.
  • At a press conference Friday evening attended by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, authorities confirmed 5 victims had been killed, and five officers were injured. The shooter, Martin, was also dead, making a total of 6 people killed in the incident.
  • Hospital officials at Rush Copley in Aurora earlier said in a tweet they had received three patients who were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
  • The shooting had prompted lockdowns at nearby schools, including Aurora University…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

What’s Bad for the Media is Good for America

The media’s loss of jobs is a very good thing. It’s a statement of confidence by Americans in America.

Why is the media failing while the rest of the economy is thriving?

It used to be said that what’s good for General Motors is good for America. But what’s good for the media is bad for America. And what’s bad for the media appears to be remarkably good for America.

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Why Does That Website Take Forever to Load? Clues: Three Syllables, Starts With a J, Rhymes With Crock of Sh…

Ex-Googler reveals study and, yes, we’re lookin’ at you, WordAds

If the web seems slow, blame third-party advertising and analytics scripts.

Many internet users have already come to that conclusion but Patrick Hulce, founder of Dallas, Texas-based Eris Ventures and a former Google engineer, has assembled data that clarifies the impact of third-party scripts in the hope it prompts more efficient coding.

Hulce has compiled a list of the third-party scripts residing in the top million websites and found that the 100 most common bits of JavaScript eat up about 59 per cent of script execution time.

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95% of Pickpockets on Brussels Public Transit Are Foreigners — Official

Some 95 percent of pickpockets operating on or near public transportation in Brussels are foreigners, according to figures obtained by a member of parliament.

Belgian MP Brecht Vermeulen reportedly requested information regarding the nationalities of petty thieves from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and shared his findings with local outlet Sceptr.

Between 2008 and the first quarter of 2018, only five percent of pickpockets caught by authorities held Belgian nationality.

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Britain and America Sign Deal on Post-Brexit Trade, Plan Huge Free Trade Agreement

The United Kingdom and the United States have signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement to ensure British-American trade continues seamlessly after Brexit, undercutting EU loyalists who claimed it would be damaged.

The United Kingdom trades with the United States, its largest single trade partner and number one source of inward investment, largely on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms — a so-called “No Deal” situation — as the European Union has failed to strike a bilateral agreement.

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British Economy Defies Anti-Brexiteers to Outpace Europe

The British economy is matching or outpacing growth in the Eurozone’s leading countries as Brexit approaches, with inflation falling and real wages rising.

New Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show inflation down to a two-year low of 1.8 percent, and quarterly growth is running at 0.2 percent — outpacing Angela Merkel’s Germany, which is supposed to be the economic powerhouse of Europe, and appearing to give the lie to claims by EU loyalists that Britain has become “the sick man of Europe” since the 2016 vote to Leave the European Union.

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Czech Republic Confirms Chinese Tech Giant Huawei a Security Risk

The Czech Republic’s National Office for Cybernetics and Information Security (NUKIB) has upheld a decision in which it labelled tech giant Huawei and ZTE a security risk in relation to both their hardware and software.

The initial NUKIB warning was put out in December and was challenged by Huawei after the report cost them a large contract with the country’s General Financial Directorate, Czech broadcaster CT24 reports.

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Farage: Viktor Orban ‘Represents the Future of Europe’

Brexit architect Nigel Farage has said that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban represents “the future of Europe” and predicted the EU will become more focused on nationhood, rejecting the domination of Brussels.

“He actually believes in things. He does not sheepishly, slavishly go along with the European project as he firmly believes in the concept of the nation state,” the Brexit Party MEP said in an interview with VaslaszOnline.

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France Nuncio Probed for ‘Sex Attack’ — Le Monde

Awaiting result of probe says Vatican

(ANSA) — Paris, February 15 — The Vatican nuncio to France Msgr Luigi Ventura has been placed under investigation by Paris prosecutors on suspicion of “sexual attacks” on a young functionary on the Paris council, Le Monde reported Friday.

The “aggressions” are said to have taken place during a reception at the Hotel de Ville on January 17, the French daily said.

Ventura is alleged to have tried to molest the clerk at a ceremony hosted by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Le Monde said.

Originally from Lombardy, Ventura is 74 and has been the Vatican’s envoy to Paris since 2009.

Interim director the of the Vatican press office Alessandro Gisotti told journalists: “The Holy See has learned from the press that an investigation has been launched by French authorities into Msgr Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio in Paris.

“The Holy See is awaiting the result of the investigations”.

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French Authorities Investigate Pope’s Ambassador for Homosexual Assault

The Paris public prosecutor has opened an investigation into charges that the Vatican nuncio to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, repeatedly molested a junior mayoral aide sexually during a speech last month.

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Italy: Cops Suicide Observatory Set Up

Baribrelli signs decree

(ANSA) — Rome, February 14 — Italian police chief Franco Gabrielli on Thursday signed a decree setting up the first ‘observatory’ on suicides in the police force, which have reportedly been rising.

The service aims to prevent suicides by boosting wellness and monitoring mental health, he said.

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Italy: Veneto Mulls Prostitute Register

Wd be able to club together but not disturb peace

(ANSA) — Venice, February 14 — Veneto is mulling a register for prostitutes allowing sex workers to club together but not disturb the peace, according to a regional bill filed Thursday.

The bill, filed by the Siamo Veneto (We Are The Veneto) group, proposes setting up a register of prostitutes in every municipality in the northeastern Italian region around Venice.

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Italy: No Stop to Sunday Shop Opening — League

Request for more hearings from oppositions

(ANSA) — Rome, February 14 — The League on Thursday came out against government partner the 5-Star Movement’s (M5S) move to stop shops opening on Sundays, saying the decision should be postponed pending more hearings at a House committee for category associations.

It said a request for more hearings came from the oppositions, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and the centre-right Forza Italia (FI).

The League said “we already gave an exemption to historic centres and neighbourhood shops”.

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Italy: Only 6 of 100 Vote for Me, ‘Crazy’ — Berlusconi

Out of their minds

(ANSA) — Rome, February 12 — Centre-right Forza Italia (Fi) leader and three-time former premier Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday that only 5-6 Italians out of 100 voted for him, “something out of this world, the Italians are almost all out of their minds, they should look in the mirror.”

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Italy: Indian Murdered in Padua ‘Stabbed 60 Times’

Row over political, religious differences

(ANSA) — Padua, February 15 — An Indian man murdered by a co-national in Padua over Indian political and religious differences was stabbed 60 times, an autopsy said Friday.

Hoshiar Singh, 45, was killed by Sanjay Budhwar, 36, in a row over Indian politics and religion earlier this week, police said.

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Italy: Govt Ponders Boeri Replacement at INPS

Buffagni dismisses report Nori taking over pensions agency

(ANSA) — Rome, February 15 — Talks are ongoing between the government coalition partners, the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the League, over who should replace Tito Boeri at the helm of pensions and social security agency INPS.

The term of Boeri, who has been a vocal critic of the government’s policies, expires on Saturday.

On Friday there were reports that an agreement was reached for Mauro Nori, a former INPS official and an advisor to Economy Minister Giovanni Tria, to get the nod.

But Regional Affairs Undersecretary and M5S member Stefano Buffagni said Friday that this hypothesis could be “pensioned off”.

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Italy: Botswana Woman, 21, Nabbed in Desirée Case

Roman girl, 16,found in abandoned building after overdose in Oct

(ANSA) — Rome, February 15 — A 21-year-old Botswana woman was arrested Thursday night in connection with the case of a 16-year-old Roman girl, Desirèe Mariottini, who was drugged, gang-raped and murdered in an abandoned building in the Italian capital’s San Lorenzo district in October.

Prosecutors said the woman supplied Mariottini with drugs “in a continual and aggravated way” in the days leading up to her death.

Drugs and methadone were found on the woman, police said.

A Rome re-examination court on November 15 ruled that murder charges should remain against a 27-year-old Senegalese man in Mariottini’s death in the Rome drugs dens.

Mamadou Gara is still charged with murder in the death of Mariottini.

For another two arrested men the re-examination court had dropped murder charges.

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Italy: ENI Profit Up 25% in 2018

Record production last yr, 1.84 mn barrels a day

(ANSA) — Rome, February 15 — ENI’s profits rose 25% to 4.2 billion euros in 2018, the fuels group said Friday.

Adjusted profits were even higher, at 4.5 billion euros, it said.

ENI hit record production last year of 1.84 million barrels a day.

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‘It’s Anti-Democratic’: EU Making Britain Suffer Over Brexit, Says Marine Le Pen

The EU is making Britain suffer as much as possible during its negotiations to leave the bloc to discourage other countries from doing the same, far right French leader Marine Le Pen said on Friday. She believes that strategy is “anti-democratic”.

Le Pen, who is head of the former National Front party — now National Rally (Rassemblement National), echoed the anger of many Brexiteers in the UK by suggesting the EU was to blame for the fact the negotiations have so far failed to produce a deal that will allow the UK to leave on March 29th.

“The European Union is determined to make the Brexit negotiations as painful as possible for Britain to stop other countries following suit,” she said.

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Muslim School in UK Ousted After Describing Non-Muslims as ‘Pigs’

Langley Academy has terminated its contract with the Al-Miftah Institute, which provided ‘IslamHood’ Sunday school classes from its campus in Slough.

It followed complaints by a member of the public and the National Secular Society that IslamHood had hosted speakers with controversial views about homosexuality.

Another speaker complained about women in hijabs making social media videos and described non-Muslims as “pigs”.

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President Trump Hails ‘Very Substantially Increased’ Trade With United Kingdom Post-Brexit

U.S. President Donald Trump has hailed the signing of a mutual recognition agreement (MRA) on trade with the United Kingdom, saying the move would see trade between the two nations “substantially increased” after Brexit.

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Spain’s Sanchez Calls Snap Election April 28 After Stalemate

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called a snap election, pitching the country into renewed uncertainty after a parliament veto of his budget laid bare the minority government’s inability to pass key legislation.

Sanchez said on Friday that the vote will be held on April 28, when he’ll seek to renew his tenuous grasp on power and hold off the advances of three right-wing groups that could potentially form a governing alliance.

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Tucker Carlson Praises Hungary’s Pro-Family Agenda

Hungary is encouraging its citizens to get married and have larger families through policies that have drawn the praise of television host Tucker Carlson.

Carlson interviewed Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjartó to discuss the rollout of a revolutionary plan to maintain a healthy native population by offering economic incentives to families, rather than by facilitating mass immigration.

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UK: Fragile Tory Peace Fractures Over ‘No Deal Brexit’ With 42 Days to Go

The British government has insisted that a full ‘no deal’ Brexit where the United Kingdom actually leaves the European Union is still on the table, despite clear messages from the Prime Minister and other senior figures that indicate otherwise, hours after another Commons defeat inflicted by a group of Brexiteer rebel Conservatives.

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Sweden Rules Out Moving Israel Embassy to Jerusalem

The Swedish government has totally ruled out moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem following a request by the Liberal Party with Foreign Minister Margot Wallström saying a move would contradict European Union convention.

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‘Ginger Jihadi’ Who Fled Australia to Fight for ISIS in Syria Married an English Schoolgirl Before He Was Killed — and She ‘Is Still Alive and Fighting’

Dubbed the ‘Ginger Jihadi’ because of his long red hair, 17-year-old Abdullah Elmir became a poster boy for the Islamic State after he fled Sydney in 2014 and later turned up in Syria.

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Teen ISIS Bride Unfazed by Severed Heads Has Stockholm Syndrome, Says Family

Pregnant 19-year-old Islamic State bride Shamima Begum, who expresses no regret for joining the terror group but wants to come back to the UK to have her baby, has Stockholm syndrome, according to her family.

Following the story of the UK national jihadi who was found at a Syrian refugee camp and interviewed by The Times, the family of Ms Begum has suggested she is suffering from a psychological condition where she has adopted allegiances to her ‘captors’ as a survival mechanism which they say may explain her total lack of remorse.

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New Species of Non-Venomous Keelback Snake Found in Arunachal Pradesh

Recent discoveries such as a new species of burrowing eel, a new sub-subspecies of endangered hog deer and several species of frogs, geckos, diatoms and insects, have put the northeastern region of India in the limelight. This time, researchers from Help Earth and the French National Museum of Natural History have discovered a new species of keelback snake in Arunachal Pradesh. Northeast India is home to about 110 species of snakes, with over half of them being found in Arunachal Pradesh. The new discovery, which was published in the journal Zootaxa, now takes the count of keelback snake species found in Arunachal Pradesh to seven. This study was funded by the Rufford Small Grants.

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Orangutans Make Complex Economic Decisions

Feb. 14 (UPI) — According to a new study, orangutans make complex economic decisions related to tool usage.

Biologists have long considered tool usage a sign of advanced cognition, but increasingly, scientists are realizing tools can be used in primitive, less-sophisticated ways, as well as more flexible, innovative and intelligent ways.

The new research — published in the journal PLOS ONE — showed orangutans use tools more intelligently than most animals.

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Pakistani’s Relatives Cleared of ‘Honour Killing’

Sana Cheema, 25, strangled after refusing arranged marriage

(ANSA) — Islamabad, February 15 — A Pakistani court on Friday acquitted the father, uncle and brother of a Pakistani-Italian woman from Brescia who was killed after refusing an arranged marriage.

The relatives of 25-year-old Sana Cheema were cleared of the ‘honour killing’ because of a “lack of clear proof”, the court in Pakistan said.

Cheema’s family claimed she had died of natural causes but an autopsy said she had been strangled to death.

The centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD)’s Alfredo Bazoli said the acquittals were “disconcerting” and urged the Italian diplomatic service to contact Pakistani authorities “over this murky affair”, recalling that Cheema’s father had confessed to her murder.

Bazoli is PD chief on the House justice committee.

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Australia’s Great Shame: A Child is Reported as Being Abused Every 21 Minutes in Troubled Northern Territory Towns

Shocking new figures have exposed an unacceptable level of child abuse in some Northern Territory towns.

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‘Bro, They Threw Me Out on the Street’: How an Islamist Extremist From Sydney Tried to Enter Syria to Fight With ISIS Before His Plans Spectacularly Unravelled at the Turkish Border

Documents released on Friday showed Amin Elmir, an Australian citizen, spoke frequently with a radicalised Australian known as EB who had travelled to Turkey in January 2015.

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‘Go Back to Your Own Country!’ Sickening Taunts of Racists Who Tried to Rip Off Three Muslim Women’s Hijabs — While Bystanders Just Stood There and Watched

The attack, which took place in the town centre of Dunedin, New Zealand, began when two male skinheads and their female accomplice approached three Muslim women waiting in a lane.

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‘I’m Falling in Love With Your Eyes’: The Sickening Grindr Message a House Painter, 34, Allegedly Sent a 13-Year-Old Boy After ‘Raping Him at His Sydney Home’

Colombian national Oscar Javier Romero Rodriguez, 34, (pictured) allegedly visited the boy’s home on Sydney’s northern beaches on Wednesday and sexually assaulted him.

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Sonia Kruger Did Vilify Muslims on the Today Show by Calling for Australia’s Borders to be Closed to Followers of Islam Because She ‘Didn’t Feel Safe’ From Terrorist Attacks

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal delivered their decision on Friday — almost three years after Kruger’s explosive comments were made on the Today Show in July 2016.

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Alleged DWI Claims Tiny Life

SANTA FE, N.M. — They are powerful images. One is of an anguished young mother lying in a hospital bed holding her lifeless baby. The other is of the father, saying a prayer over the tiny boy just before handing him over to the Office of the Medical Examiner.

It was the only time Zach and Aileen Smith held their son, whom they named Dimitri after Aileen’s grandfather.

[Comment: Further down in the article it says that the criminal defendant is also “being detained over immigration concerns.”]

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Beto O’Rourke: We Should Tear Down the Walls Already in Place

Failed Texas senate candidate and potential Democrat 2020 presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke told MSNBC on Thursday he would “absolutely” tear down the walls already in place on our southern border.

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German Police Lie About Migrant Crime Statistics to “Preserve Peace”

German police officers hide the severity of migrant crime statistics in order to “preserve civil peace” according to a recent news report.

The report cites research which suggests the statistics are “tweaked” so as not to alarm the population.

“There is no lying, nothing hushed up, but things are deliberately left out,” one state police officer is quoted as saying, which in other words means lying by omission.

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Hungary: ‘Fighting Illegal Migration Not Possible Without Physical Barriers at Border’

The Hungarian prime minister’s spokesman has said that “fighting illegal migration is basically not possible without physical infrastructure,” and that failing to do so is a “sign of weakness”.

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‘I Can Make a Lot of Money’: Timorese Fisherman Issues Chilling Warning That 30 People Smuggler Boats Are ‘Ready to Go’ Because Australia’s Borders ‘Have Re-Opened’

East Nusa Tenggara fisherman Amin Tagana said he believes the new bill, along with the reopening of Christmas Island, will reignite the illegal trade.

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Ten Migrants in Two Boats Picked Up Off Kent Coast

Ten migrants in two rigid-hulled inflatable boats have made their way across the Channel to the Kent coast.

The first vessel was spotted at the entrance to Dover Port at 02:15 GMT. The Border Force was sent to the scene and six people were taken to Dover.

The second boat, carrying four people, was located in the Channel at about 04:30 and escorted to Dover by a coastal patrol vessel.

All 10 people were medically well, and were passed to immigration officials.

The Home Office said their nationalities had yet to be established.

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The Spending Bill Congress Just Passed Contains Restrictions That Make it Just About Impossible for Trump to Build His Wall

On Wednesday, the House and the Senate both passed a massive 1,159 page spending bill that they were given less than 24 hours to read. There was a concerted effort by the leadership of both parties to rush this bill through before the American people could be mobilized to oppose it. We are being told that this spending package represents a compromise, but as you will see below, the wording of the bill is so restrictive that it is going to make it just about impossible for President Trump to get anything built on the border. At this point I think that Trump is counting on declaring a national emergency in order to get his wall built, but the moment he does that the Democrats plan to tie him up in court indefinitely.

Before we get to the details of this bill, let’s talk about how ridiculous this legislative process has been. During her first term as speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi often rushed through enormous pieces of legislation without giving anyone time to actually read what was in them, and now she is doing it again…

So there will be no concrete wall. Instead, it will just be the kind of pedestrian fencing that both Bush and Obama built.

In addition, the bill specifically says that this fencing can only be put up “in the Rio Grande Valley Sector”.

So why is construction of the fencing limited to that one area in Texas?

Well, the bill also contains a provision that gives Democratic lawmakers in those Texas border towns the power to block construction of the fencing…

[Comment: Democrats = Communists and Traitors to the Republic of the United States.]

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A Feminist Pastor Has Unveiled a Sculpture of a Vulva That Was Made Entirely With Old Purity Rings.

Nadia Bolz-Weber, 49, Christian author and theologian, showed off the sculpture — which was made by melting down the old jewelry — during a conference on Thursday, February 14, when she presented it to American activist Gloria Steinem.

The mother-of-two, who lives in Denver, said the purpose of the sculpture was to make something ‘beautiful’ from the rings that once used to pledge abstinence.

[Comment: A Feminist first, Pastor (even that is questionable) last. Maybe she should transfer to the Church of Satan.]

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Bombshell Book Claims 80% of Vatican Prelates Are Gay

The Vatican hosts “one of the biggest homosexual communities in the world,” alleges French journalist Frédéric Martel in an upcoming book on the Catholic Church and homosexuality.

The explosive exposé, titled In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, will be released on February 21, the very day that Pope Francis has convoked leading bishops from around the world for a Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse.

In the new book, which in other languages bears the more provocative title of Sodom: Power and Scandal in the Vatican, author Frédéric Martel — who is openly gay and an LGBT activist — accuses the Catholic Church of hypocrisy for its opposition to gay marriage and adoption when so many of its own clerics are active homosexuals.

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Luciferian Philosophy Driving Globalist Left

Anti-human forces openly advocate inverting everything that built Western civilization

“Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light… Doubt it not.” — Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma

Whether or not you believe in God or the devil, spiritual ideologies are driving humans on planet earth towards dramatically different goals.

Luciferians hold the belief that the God of the bible is a tyrannical ruler over humanity, and that Satan is the liberator of mankind.

Christians who hold traditional beliefs and morals are seen by this group as a threat.

This inversion can be seen all over today’s leftist politics. Luciferianism is the driving ideology, whether recognized or not, of the left.

Fringe groups — sensing the change of course in society — are coming out into the open, claiming to be oppressed by traditional Christian values that the west has held for hundreds of years.

  • Pedophilia is being normalized.
  • Men are becoming women and women are becoming men.
  • Christians are censored and persecuted.
  • Apple has threatened Mike Adams of Natural News to ban his app if he does not stop talking about Satanism.

[Comment: Up is down and down is up. Globalist elites are luciferians and their ranks are full of pedophiles.]

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Men Can be Mothers in UK, While French Schools Erase Terms ‘Father, ‘ ‘Mother’

A UK government lawyer has said that “mother” is no longer a gender specific term preserved only for women.

The comments were made during a High Court hearing where a ‘transgender’ man born a woman gave birth to a child and is seeking to be named the father, rendering the baby legally motherless, reports The Telegraph.

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The Pope Encourages Those Attending “The World Government Summit” To Enthusiastically Embrace Sustainable Development

Just days after the Pope signed the most important interfaith document in history, he had the opportunity to address global political leaders by video at the World Government Summit in Dubai. During his remarks he once again stressed the need for global unity, and he encouraged those attending to embrace “sustainable development” , but he also stressed that sustainable development will never succeed without “solidarity” . Of course most Americans don’t even know that a “World Government Summit” even exists because the mainstream media in the U.S. doesn’t really talk about it, but it is actually a very big deal. And obviously the Pope feels very strongly about what they are trying to do, because he took time out of his very busy schedule to record a video message for them…

World leaders are currently meeting at the World Government Summit, taking place in Dubai from 10-12 February. In his video message, Pope Francis greets those participating in the Summit, and recalls his own visit to the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. “I encountered a modern country which is looking to the future without forgetting its roots”, he said. “I also saw how even in the desert the flowers spring up and grow. I returned home with the hope that many deserts in the world can bloom like this.”

The World Government Summit is an annual event, and it attracts leaders from all over the globe that are interested in a more integrated planet. Here is a little blurb about the summit that comes from Wikipedia…

[Comment: You can trust a communist to behave like a communist. That is the only level of trust one should give a communist.]

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UK Student Barred From Free Speech Debate for Saying ‘Women Don’t Have Penises’

A student who was called transphobic after re-tweeting ‘women don’t have penises’ has been excluded from a free speech debate at Bristol university over ‘security concerns’.

Angelos Sofocleous posted the statement on his social media account last August. The tweet led to him being sacked from his role as president of Humanist Students and assistant editor of Durham University’s philosophy society journal.

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