Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/12/2019

According to the latest polls on the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party will receive more votes than Labour and the “Conservatives” combined. The Brexit Party now polls at 34%, while Labour and the Tories receive 21% and 11% respectively.

In other news, the Islamic State has announced the establishment of an Indian province of the Caliphate, called Wilayat al Hind, or “The Province of India”.

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USA
» Connecticut Man Faces Up to 140 Years in Prison for Threatening to Kill President Trump, Federal Officials
» Dealers Scramble to Deal With 4.2 Million Unsold Cars
» Dems Call for Nationwide Gun Confiscation
» Facial Recognition is Being Used Everywhere
» Farrakhan Slams ‘Satanic Jews’ After Facebook Ban
» Google Gives Left-Wing Websites Preference Over Conservative Ones, Audit Finds
» HS Student Claims National Honor Society Rejected Him for Quoting President Trump on Social Media
» Kamala Harris: If Elected I Will Take Gun Dealers’ Licenses Away With Executive Action
» New CIA “Flying Ginsu” Missile Shreds Individual Targets With 6 Long Blades
» One Denver Shooting Suspect Posted Anti-Christian, Anti-Trump Messages; The Other Thinks She’s a Boy
» Purge Victim Laura Loomer Featured in New Film on Censorship
» Rebellion is Bursting Out All Over
» Rush Limbaugh Blasts Liberal Newspaper’s Hate for Tiger Woods
» Study Finds Severe Liberal Bias in Google’s ‘Top Stories’ Section
» Trump, Pareto, And the Fall of the Elites
» Whitney: Judgment Day Looms for John Brennan
 
Canada
» A “Cancer on Our Economy”: Report Finds Over $7 Billion Laundered Through British Columbia in 2018
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘Corbygeddon’: Britain’s Mega-Rich Pack Up and Leave UK — Taking £1trillion With Them — as They Prepare for Tax Increases if Labour Leader is Made PM
» Delingpole: Viva Brexit! Nigel Farage Totally Destroys BBC’s Andrew Marr
» Erdogan Plans to Open Turkish High Schools in France, Which, Among Other Things, Teach “Good Jihad”
» EU Election Poll Has Farage’s Brexit Party Beating Labour and Tories Combined
» France: Le Pen Urges Macron to Follow Charles De Gaulle’s Example and Resign if She Gets More Votes in the EU Elections
» Germany Debates ‘Mosque Tax’ To Replace Foreign Funding
» Islam is Violent Because of Founder, Muslim Expert Says
» Italy: PD Will Win Over 20% in Europe Elections — Zingaretti
» Le Pen: EU Elections in France ‘A Referendum on Emmanuel Macron’
» Populists Unite: Anti-EU Parties Continue Growing
» Sadiq Khan Snubbed by the Queen — London Mayor Not Invited to Trump State Banquet
» The EU is “The Embodiment of Bureaucratic Hubris”
» Turkey Steps Up Fight for Gas in Eastern Mediterranean
» Two Arrested After ‘Heavy Blast’ Rocks Restaurant in Sweden
» Vatican: Both Jesus and Buddha Promoted ‘The Dignity of Women’
 
Middle East
» Terrorist Massacre of Children in Syrian Christian Town of Al Suqalibiyah on Borders of North Hama and Idlib
 
South Asia
» Angry People Attack Mosques in Sri Lanka in a Reaction of Easter Attacks
» Asia Bibi Free But Another Christian in Her Cell
» Islamic State Announces Launch of Indian ‘Province’
» ‘Namaj on Roads’ Protest Erupted. Communal Clash Between Hindus & Muslims in Assam’s Hailakandi. Indefinite Curfew Imposed.
» One Dead After Militant Gunmen Storm Five-Star Hotel in Pakistan in ‘Attack on Multi-Billion-Dollar Chinese Investment’
 
Australia — Pacific
» Pictured: The Nepalese Tourist Who ‘Plied His Sydney Friend’s Flatmate, 21, With Shots of Tequila Then Raped Her Before Fleeing to New York Hours Later’
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Backlash as Trevor Noah Airs South African Politician’s ‘White Genocide’ Remarks
 
Latin America
» Allow Venezuela to Fail
» Ecuador Will Give US All Documents & Devices Assange Left in London Embassy — Report
 
Immigration
» Bill Allowing Illegal Aliens to Work in Congress Approved by House Committee
» Border Force Officers Catch 26 Suspected Migrants Including Eight Children Off Kent Coast — Bringing Total to 42 This Weekend
» CBP Catches Sex Fiends at Border; Rescues Another Illegal; Seizes More Drugs
» Generous Joe: More “Free” Healthcare for Illegals Needed
» Harris: I Support Illegal Aliens Having Full Access to Health Care
» Lindsey Graham to Introduce Immigration Legislation on Wednesday — Will End Central American Illegal Border Invasion (Video)
» Migrants Force Entry Into Spain’s Melilla Enclave
» Not Here Legally? UMN Has a Scholarship for That
» Why Are Taxpayers Flying Illegals All Over the Country? You Deserve Answers!
 
Culture Wars
» Alyssa Milano Calls for ‘Sex Strike’ In Renewed Plea for Georgia Boycott Over Abortion Law
» Anti-Bullying Video Comes Back to Haunt Brian Sims After He Filmed Bullying Girls, Lone Woman
» Chips Ahoy Goes Full SJW — Promotes “Drag Moms” In Bizarre Mother’s Day Advertisement (Video)
» Evan Rachel Wood Suggests Men Get ‘Mandatory Vasectomies’ In Response to Georgia ‘Heartbeat’ Law
» Left Hijacks Another Holiday: School Renames “Offensive” Mother’s Day
» Tax Expert Fired for Stating Men Are… Men
» Three-Year-Old Changes Gender From Boy to Girl After Being Sent to Live With Foster Parents Whose Own Son Had Just Transitioned to Become a Female Aged Seven
 
General
» “I Don’t Know Why They Attacked Our Village”: Persecution of Christians, February 2019
» Russell Kirk and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — The Centennial of Two Conservative Giants
 

Connecticut Man Faces Up to 140 Years in Prison for Threatening to Kill President Trump, Federal Officials

John Durham, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced Friday that a federal grand jury in New Haven returned a 16-count indictment charging Gary Joseph Gavelle, AKA Roland Prejean, 51, with threatening to kill President Trump and other federal and state officials.

According to the indictment, in September of 2018, used mail, email and telephone to threaten to kill and harm officials, including President Trump.

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

Dealers Scramble to Deal With 4.2 Million Unsold Cars

Auto dealers are attempting to deal with 4.2 million unsold cars. As the vehicles that no one wants to or cannot afford to buy stack up, the mainstream media continues to say the economy is “robust” and “booming.”

Abandoned factories, forgotten shopping malls, and undeveloped parcels of land have become parking lots full of new cars as dealers try to figure out what to do with mounting inventories of unsold vehicles, according to OKCFox, a local Oklahoma City Fox News affiliate reported. But the mainstream media keeps saying the economy is great, and even though stocks have fallen on the news of a heightened trade war, there isn’t much other real truth happening when it comes to reporting on the economy.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dems Call for Nationwide Gun Confiscation

Every single Democrat 2020 candidate supports limiting Second Amendment rights.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facial Recognition is Being Used Everywhere

The technology-driven revolution in policing is unfolding in big cities and small communities around the country, as more police departments purchase facial recognition software. The government “facial biometrics” market — which includes federal, state and local law enforcement — is expected to soar from $136.9 million in 2018 to $375 million by 2025, according to an estimate by market research firm Grand View Research. Driven by artificial intelligence, facial recognition allows officers to submit images of people’s faces, taken in the field or lifted from photos or video, and instantaneously compare them to photos in government databases — mugshots, jail booking records, driver’s licenses.

Unlike DNA evidence, which is costly and can take a laboratory days to produce, facial recognition requires little overhead once a system is installed. The relative ease of operation allows officers to make the technology part of their daily work. Rather than reserve it for serious or high-profile cases, they are using it to solve routine crimes and to quickly identify people they see as suspicious.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Farrakhan Slams ‘Satanic Jews’ After Facebook Ban

Facebook banned Rev. Louis Farrakhan for his rampant anti-Semitism. So how come the video of him speaking about “Satanic Jews” is still live on the platform?

The leader of the Nation of Islam spoke in front of an audience at the Catholic Church of St. Sabina in Chicago with far-left Priest Michael Pfleger. The video of the speech was streamed live on Facebook, and received 31,000 views. Farrakhan railed against the Jewish people and Facebook, saying that he only “knows the truth” and is “just here to separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Google Gives Left-Wing Websites Preference Over Conservative Ones, Audit Finds

“Our data shows that 62.4 percent of article impressions were from sources rated by that research as left-leaning, whereas 11.3 percent were from sources rated as right-leaning. 26.3 percent of impressions were from news sources that didn’t have ratings. But even if that last set of unknown impressions happened to be right-leaning, the trend would still be clear: A higher proportion of left-leaning sources appear in Top Stories. (Again this means news sources shared on Facebook more often by people with a left-leaning political affiliation,[)]” Diakopoulos wrote.

The researchers also tested the theory that perhaps left-leaning outlets produce more content. They found that was the case, but also that Google’s curation algorithm amplified that skew as well.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

HS Student Claims National Honor Society Rejected Him for Quoting President Trump on Social Media

Funny, but no one can remember a single incident of a student being beaten up, bullied, or reprimanded by their school administrators or teachers for supporting former President Barack Obama. But dare to show your support for President Trump, and expect to pay the price. Such is the case with a New Jersey high school student who dared to openly show his support for our 45th President of the United States.

A Holmdel High School junior claims he was rejected from the National Honor Society because of his public backing of President Donald Trump, but the superintendent insists the school administration doesn’t discriminate on the basis of political affiliation.

Boris Kizenko, 16, said in a radio interview this week with NJ 101.5’s Bill Spadea that he was rejected from the National Honor Society because of conflicts he encountered with the school administration, including a dispute over his backing of Trump in social media.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Kamala Harris: If Elected I Will Take Gun Dealers’ Licenses Away With Executive Action

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said if she is elected president, she will use executive action to take away gun dealers’ licenses “who fail to follow the law.”

When asked if she would support a federal gun license, Harris said, “I like the idea. Jake, I’ll tell you, on this issue of the need for gun safety losses, we’re not at any loss for good ideas. People have been having good ideas for decades on this issue. What we’re at a loss is people in Congress have the courage to do something. I’m going to tell you on this subject, we’re not waiting for the worst tragedy because we’ve seen the worst of tragedies including what happened this week and seeing the heroism of a child who we now mourn his loss, his parents’ only child. We’re not waiting for tragedies and great ideas. Universal background check? Good idea. You might want to know if someone has been proven to be a danger for themselves or others before they can buy a lethal weapon.”

Harris said, “Let me tell you what I’m proposing. I’m proposing, one, if by my 100th day in office when elected president of the United States, the United States Congress fails to put a bill on my desk to sign with all of the good ideas or any of the good ideas that I’m prepared to take executive action because that’s what’s needed.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

New CIA “Flying Ginsu” Missile Shreds Individual Targets With 6 Long Blades

The CIA’s latest high tech assassination precision strike missile appears something straight out of Mortal Kombat. “To the targeted person, it is as if a speeding anvil fell from the sky,” the WSJ wrote, revealing the weapon publicly for the first time based on interviews with over a dozen current and former defense officials.

The R9X is the newest “secret” missile in the CIA arsenal and is nicknamed the “flying Ginsu” — given its six blades used to kill targets on impact as the missile lands at high speed, without carrying an explosive payload.

It’s a modified version of the Hellfire missile which can shred anything in its path on impact, but designed to prevent or minimize civilian deaths.

It’s also sometimes called “the Ninja Bomb” for its ability to rip through cars and buildings after being fired from a UAV as a kind of 100-pound giant flying switchblade, but since it doesn’t create a blast radius, is optimal for individual targeting…

One of the confirmed uses of the R9X was in Syria on Feb 26, 2017 in Idlib, during the reported CIA assassination of al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu Al-Khayr al-Masri.

Analysts had been perplexed at the time as to the precision hole in the car’s roof yet without any clear trace of an explosive blast impact, and Masri was confirmed dead inside. (picture of car)

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

One Denver Shooting Suspect Posted Anti-Christian, Anti-Trump Messages; The Other Thinks She’s a Boy

One of the students charged with killing one and wounding eight at a high school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, doesn’t much care for the Bible, Christians, or Donald Trump.

The other is a “transgender” male, meaning a girl who pretends to be or actually thinks she is a boy.

Suspect Devon Erickson (shown) wrote anti-Christian, anti-Trump messages on social media, while the other, Maya McKinney, calls herself Alec.

The motive for the shooting in the suburb of Denver is unclear, but a friend claimed on social media that both suspects are mentally disturbed…

Erickon appears to have some serious mental health issues. Police towed a car from his home that said “F*** Society” across the passenger-side door. As well, a producer at Denver’s CBS affiliated tweeted, the car also bore “‘666’ and a what looks like a pentagram sprayed on the hood.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Purge Victim Laura Loomer Featured in New Film on Censorship

Do we have a right to be on Facebook? Who decides? With social media becoming an ever-increasing hub of public life, what happens when you can’t get online?

You Can’t Watch This tells the story of five controversial figures deplatformed for their political beliefs, finding themselves forced to adjust to watching the debate from the outside.

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

Rebellion is Bursting Out All Over

As Spygate proceeds to its certain conclusion — the trials of those who engaged in this scandalous coup attempt — we receive the details of the scheme only in dribs and drabs. Too many were involved and have too much to lose at this point by not revealing to the investigators their role in exchange for more lenient treatment, which is why I believe all will soon be revealed.

So for the moment let’s turn to the broader picture that explains in large part why so many officials were so determined to keep Donald Trump from the White House and to oust him once he won the election.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Rush Limbaugh Blasts Liberal Newspaper’s Hate for Tiger Woods

In the sports category are included 33 athletes with names like Olympian Jesse Owens, baseball’s Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, and Ernie Banks. There are football players on the list, boxers (Muhammad Ali), basketball players, tennis players and, yes, at last, golfers. The latter category are only four: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Charles Sifford and — at long last — Tiger Woods.

The award for Tiger comes in the aftermath of the recent Masters tournament that riveted golf fans. It was a triumphant comeback from a series of professional and personal setbacks that, this being Tiger Woods, were splashed all over eight years worth of headlines.

And the reaction from the Baltimore Sun editorial? To blast Tiger for accepting the Medal because…because…the board can’t stand the president. And because, wait for it — because Tiger is black. Here is some of the hate spewed from the Sun:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Study Finds Severe Liberal Bias in Google’s ‘Top Stories’ Section

While most conservatives know that Google has a serious liberal bias, a new study has proved that it may be worse than many even thought.

According to a study published in the Columbia Journalism Review, 86 percent of Google’s “Top Stories” come from just 20 news outlets. The most common being none other than left-leaning CNN.

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

Trump, Pareto, And the Fall of the Elites

In places inhabited by elites, the Democrats dominate. Trump’s victory was built on heavy voting by working class people who do not share in the patronage the Democrats bestow on identity groups held up as victims. The groups that are true victims, such as people whose jobs have been outsourced to low-wage countries, rebelled against the Democrats and elected Trump. Clearly the Democrats represent the elite, ruling class. That is not to say that the Republicans are not fellow travelers with the Democrats. Much of the right-leaning intellectual and political classes side with the Democrats in their hatred of Trump. Many politicians hide their dislike of Trump for fear of being primaried.

The reaction of the elites to Trump’s election was to launch an extra-legal attack with phony charges of Russian collusion. The FBI and Justice Department adopted police-state tactics such as wiretapping, entrapment, and even placing suspects in solitary confinement for lengthy periods in order to pressure them to testify against Trump. Most of the press, themselves part of the elite, participated wholeheartedly in this effort to destroy Trump and remove him from office…

Trump came to office with a completely different set of policies that upend the former conventional wisdom about the economy, trade, defense, and energy. His policies are changing public and intellectual opinion. A new paradigm has arrived, and it’s gaining traction. This is a threat to the old elite establishment. They have to stop Trump and discredit him, or else the old establishment will be further discredited and will lose its ability to rule.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Whitney: Judgment Day Looms for John Brennan

Attorney General William Barr has already stated his belief that spying on the Trump campaign “did occur” and that, in his mind, it is “a big deal”. He also reiterated his commitment to thoroughly investigate the matter in order to find out whether the spying was adequately “predicated”, that is, whether the FBI followed the required protocols for such spying, or not. Barr already knows the answer to this question as he is fully aware of the fact that the FBI used information that they knew was false to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. Having no hard evidence of cooperation with the Kremlin, senior-level FBI officials and their counterparts at the Obama Justice Department used parts of an “opposition research” document (The Trump Dossier) that they knew was unreliable to procure warrants that allowed them to treat a presidential campaign the same way the intelligence agencies treat foreign enemies; using electronic surveillance, wiretapping, confidential informants and “honey trap” schemes designed to gather embarrassing or incriminating information on their target. Barr knows all of this already which is why the Democrats are doing everything in their power to discredit him and have him removed from office…

Could it be that Comey was just an unwitting pawn in a domestic regime change operation launched by former CIA Director John Brennan, the one public figure who has expressed greater personal animus towards Trump than all the others combined? Could Trump’s promise to normalize relations with Russia have intensified Brennan’s visceral hatred of him given the fact that Russia had frustrated Brennan’s strategic plans in Ukraine and Syria? Keep in mind, the CIA had been arming, training and providing logistical support to the Sunni militants who were trying to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al Assad. Putin’s intervention crushed the jihadist militias delivering a humiliating defeat to Generalissimo Brennan who, soon after, left office in disgrace. Isn’t this at least part of the reason why Brennan hates Trump?

Regular readers of this column know that I have always thought that Brennan was the central figure in the Trump-Russia charade. It was Brennan who first referred the case to Comey, just as it was Brennan who “hand-picked” the analysts who stitched together the dodgy Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) (which said that “Putin and the Russian government aspired to help…Trump’s election chances.”) It was also Brennan who persuaded Harry Reid to petition Comey to open an investigation in the first place. Brennan was chief instigator of the Trump-Russia fiasco, the omniscient puppet-master who persuaded Clapper and Comey to do his bidding while still-unidentified agents strategically leaked stories to the media to inflame passions and sow social unrest. At every turn, Brennan was there guiding the perfidious project along. According to journalist Philip Giraldi, the CIA may have even assisted in the obtaining of FISA warrants on Trump campaign aids as this excerpt from an article at The Unz Review indicates:…

Bottom line: The agents and officials who conducted this seditious attack on the presidency never thought they’d be held accountable for their crimes. But they were wrong, and now their day of reckoning is fast approaching. The main players in this palace coup are about to be exposed, criminally charged and prosecuted. Some of them will probably wind up in jail.

“The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine.”

[Comment: Highly recommended reading. Clear case of treason by Brennan. He should receive the death penalty.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

A “Cancer on Our Economy”: Report Finds Over $7 Billion Laundered Through British Columbia in 2018

It may have taken a while, but now that housing prices are starting to crash in Vancouver, BC legislators are finally starting to get wise to the fact that the province has been a hot bed for money laundering. It was an easy problem to ignore with prices on the way up, but on the way down — not so much.

And so an independent report released on Thursday concluded that an astounding $7.4 billion was laundered in British Columbia in 2018, out of a total of $46.7 billion laundered across Canada throughout the same period. The report was published by an expert panel led by former B.C. deputy attorney general Maureen Maloney.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘Corbygeddon’: Britain’s Mega-Rich Pack Up and Leave UK — Taking £1trillion With Them — as They Prepare for Tax Increases if Labour Leader is Made PM

Billionaires and multimillionaires say they are preparing for ‘Corbygeddon’, with plans being made to protect themselves from left-wing tax increases in the UK.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Delingpole: Viva Brexit! Nigel Farage Totally Destroys BBC’s Andrew Marr

Nigel Farage just totally destroyed a BBC interviewer on TV this morning.

And, in doing so, Farage reminded us exactly why his Brexit Party is flying so high in the polls, why he’s being tipped as a future prime minister, and why the current shambles of a Conservative party is so inadequate to the task of beating him…

Interviewer Andrew Marr began by making the huge mistake of treating Farage like the BBC treats all politicians to the right of Lenin: with unutterable contempt, as if he were a dangerous idiot with wacky views which no civilised person could possibly hold.

Marr began (from a long list of “gotcha” questions designed to make Farage look like an extremist) with climate change:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Erdogan Plans to Open Turkish High Schools in France, Which, Among Other Things, Teach “Good Jihad”

President Erdogan does not hide his views on the French school. In a recent article, Le Point revealed that the Head of State plans to open Turkish schools in France.

In April, the heads of the French high school in Turkey received several “moderately polite” visits from Ankara officials.

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

EU Election Poll Has Farage’s Brexit Party Beating Labour and Tories Combined

New polling for the upcoming European Parliament elections shows another astonishing surge in support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, while the governing Conservatives have crashed to fourth place on just 11 per cent.

The Opinium poll of 2,004 people, conducted online between the 8th and 10th of May, showed support for Mr Farage’s weeks-old party up 6 points to 34 per cent, more than Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour — down seven points to 21 per cent — and Theresa May’s Conservatives — down three points to just 11 per cent — combined.

The Conservative Party’s stunning collapse puts down in fourth place behind even the Liberal Democrats, who have been only a third force in British politics since the 1920s, and barely even that after arch-europhile Nick Clegg led them to near-obliteration in the 2015 general election.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

France: Le Pen Urges Macron to Follow Charles De Gaulle’s Example and Resign if She Gets More Votes in the EU Elections

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to spare no effort to prevent Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party from grabbing more seats in the European Parliament elections.

And now Marine Le Pen has issued an “ultimatum” to Mr Macron regarding upcoming elections to the European Parliament, citing the legacy of General Charles de Gaulle.

According to Le Pen, the elections to the European Parliament constitute a confidence vote in Macron, and should he lose this “vote of confidence”, he will have to follow the example of General de Gaulle and step down.

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

Germany Debates ‘Mosque Tax’ To Replace Foreign Funding

Berlin (AFP) — Support is growing in Germany for a “mosque tax” to make Islamic institutions less dependent on potentially anti-democratic or “radical” foreign funding sources, a media report said Sunday.

The federal government sees it as “a possible path”, according to an answer to a parliamentary query, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported.

Several of Germany’s 16 states had also signalled support in principle for the idea which would mirror Germany’s voluntary Christian “church tax”, the rnewspaper said.

Concern has grown in Germany about the influence of foreign funding sources on mosques for the country’s estimated five million Muslims, who hail mostly from Turkey and Arab countries.

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

Islam is Violent Because of Founder, Muslim Expert Says

‘ISIS is doing nothing different than Muhammad and his successors’

Since 9/11, when Islamic terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people, Muslim advocacy groups in the United States have had considerable success promoting the notion that Islam is a religion of peace.

Al-Qaida, ISIS and other such violent groups have nothing to do with Islam, goes the narrative.

But Hamed Abdel-Samad, an Egyptian-born political scientist and author who emigrated to Germany, insists otherwise, arguing one need only examine the sacred texts and the founder of Islam.

“ISIS is doing nothing different than Muhammad and his successors, at the time,” Abdel-Samad said in a talk show on the Austrian ServusTV channel. “They brought an ideology into the world, using weapons and the subjugation of peoples.

He said that as an Egyptian, he “would never have been born a Muslim if Muhammad’s successors had not behaved like ISIS does.”

“The same holds true for Morocco, Iran, and, in fact, anywhere Islam spread. The entire history of Islam is a history of conquest,” he said.

He addressed the contention that “Islamophobia” is the cause of terrorism.

“Many Muslims from every Muslim country joined ISIS,” he pointed out. “The first group came from Saudi Arabia. I don’t think Islamophobia exists there. The second group came from the middle class of Tunisia. There is not much Islamophobia there either.

“There is not a single Islamic country that is devoid of terrorism and of increasing radicalization,” he said. “Saying that the main and only reason (for terrorism), in your view, is that these young people face Islamophobia is not the way to solve the problem.”

Abdel-Samad said to solve the problem, teaching in mosques that encourages violent jihad must be curbed.

[Comment: Ban wahabbi imams from Saudi Arabia from even entering into your particular country. Boot out any that are there already.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Italy: PD Will Win Over 20% in Europe Elections — Zingaretti

If our joint list wins we’ll end political cycle, govt goes home

(ANSA) — Rome, May 9 — The centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) will win over 20% in the European elections on May 26, PD leader Nicola Zingaretti said Thursday.

He said “if our list wins a political phase will close and the government will go home”.

“It’s the only symbol, that of our joint list, that can end this political cycle,” he said.

“I think we’ll get more than 20%, we’ll reach that result”.

The PD is vying to become the second biggest party in the polls ahead of the ruling 5-Star Movement (M5S), which is also polling around 20%.

The M5S’s government coalition partner, the League, is polling at around 33% as top party.

In the general election last year, the M5S got 33%, and the League and the PD both about 18%.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]
 

Le Pen: EU Elections in France ‘A Referendum on Emmanuel Macron’

Populist French MP Marine Le Pen has called for President Emmanuel Macron to resign from his post if he is not able to secure a victory for his La Republique En Marche (LREM) movement in this month’s European Parliament elections.

The Rassemblement National (RN) leader made her comments in response to those of Macron, who said that he would be putting his full energy into ensuring an LREM victory later this month, LCI reports.

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

Populists Unite: Anti-EU Parties Continue Growing

These are difficult times for the European Union project. The United Kingdom has already voted to leave the collective, while across partner nations there are clear signs the far-right are on the rise, growing stronger and bolder.

At the start of May 2019 — in the run up to European Union elections to be held between May 23 and May 26 — an Ipsos poll in France placed Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN or National Rally) ahead of President Macron’s La République en Marche (REM).

But, it is not just in France that the populists are in the ascendency. In the UK, Nigel Farage’s new anti-EU Brexit Party is also ahead in the polls. In Germany, theAlternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, formed only six years ago, is now the largest opposition grouping in the Bundestag, while the Freedom Party of Austria is in a power-sharing coalition government with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’ Austrian People’s Party…

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

Sadiq Khan Snubbed by the Queen — London Mayor Not Invited to Trump State Banquet

Labour’s Mr Khan was left off the guest list by the Monarch

He played rude games the last time, so the Queen isn’t giving him the chance to do it again and embarrass England.

Via Express:

Labour’s Mr Khan was left off the guest list by the Monarch, despite announcing he would be happy to meet the American. Mr Khan’s spokesman, Jonathan Weisgard, told Newsweek: “The mayor has not been invited to the state banquet.” Invitations were sent to Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who both declined to attend.

Mr Khan and Mr Trump have clashed on numerous occasions in the run-up to the President’s second state visit, the first being last year.

Mr Khan, who has been condemned by Mr Trump for London’s knife crime epidemic, agreed to allow a blimp of the Republican to fly over the Capital in protest to his last visit.

[Comment: “Clearly this is racism”…in 3, 2, 1… but it is actually a result of his buffoonish behaviour.]

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The EU is “The Embodiment of Bureaucratic Hubris”

The EU retreated from the ideas of free trade, free markets, and competition and turned its attention, resources and intentions towards developing a bureaucratic, regulatory, planning economy approach which gave more and more economic decisions to bureaucrats, regulators and advocates of redistribution and forced equalization.

Today’s EU is the embodiment of bureaucratic hubris.

The second element was the mind-boggling mishandling of the Euro-crisis, as it was born out of the global financial crisis which laid bare the intrinsic tensions, weaknesses and governance deficits of the Eurozone. The answers presented in the face of the crisis were not an improvement on these deficits. They rather aggravated and deepened them. Instead of addressing the governance issues and adverse incentives, the answer of European politicians was to plaster over the problems with solutions buying time at the expense of long-term stability and reduction of imbalances. For them, economics seems to be the science of money pots, not of incentives and scarcities.

As it turned out, the promises on paper, specifically with regards to the Maastricht treaty did not pass the test of the crisis. The politicians running the show were effectively seeking quick fixes and sent the treaty and the rule of law wholesale overboard. But without the rule of law, any government degenerates into a band of robbers as the doctor of the Church Augustinus of Hippo observed already almost two millennia ago.

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Turkey Steps Up Fight for Gas in Eastern Mediterranean

Turkey said that it plans on drilling for natural gas in Cypriot waters, raising tension in the region and drawing rebukes from the European Union and the United States.

The Eastern Mediterranean has emerged as a major source of natural gas in recent years, with multiple discoveries announced in several countries over the past decade. The first few discoveries came in Israeli waters in 2009 and 2010 — the Tamar and Leviathan fields. In 2011, the Aphrodite gas field was discovered in Cypriot waters. Noble Energy, a Houston-based company, was the main company in all three of those discoveries.

Italian oil giant Eni took things to a new level with its Zohr discovery in 2015, which was roughly twice as large as the Leviathan field. Eni fast-tracked development and brought it online at the end of 2017. A series of other smaller discoveries have also been reported in the region over the years.

[…]

Last year, as Cyprus stepped up efforts to develop its gas reserves, Turkey sent warships to block Eni from drilling. Turkey claims that Northern Cyprus (represented by Turkish Cypriots) has the right to drill in the area. The conflict not only centers on the division of Cyprus and overlapping territorial claims, but it is also the latest point of contention between Turkey and Greece, and even Turkey and the European Union.

In other words, gas is the latest vehicle for longstanding fights over sovereignty. Instead of gas as a unifier, helping to tamp down conflict, gas is opening old wounds and leading to new conflicts.

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Two Arrested After ‘Heavy Blast’ Rocks Restaurant in Sweden

Two people in the Swedish city of Malmö have been arrested following a large explosion at a restaurant late on Friday, according to local media.

Swedish television broadcaster SVT described a “heavy explosion,” with pictures of the aftermath showing widespread damage to the restaurant.

“It is very extensive damage so it must have been a heavy charge that exploded,” Malmö police commander Jerker Olsson said, adding that they were tipped off by an alarm system, resulting in no injuries.

Olsson also said that the restaurant had been targeted with molotov cocktails last month, but no injuries were reported.

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Vatican: Both Jesus and Buddha Promoted ‘The Dignity of Women’

“Both Buddhism and Christianity have taught that women and men are equal in dignity, and both have played an important role in the advancement of women,” said the Vatican’s department of interreligious dialogue in a letter released Saturday.

In its message titled “Buddhists and Christians: Promoting the Dignity and Equal Rights of Women and Girls,” the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue offered its “warm greetings and prayerful good wishes” for the celebration of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh.

“The teachings of Jesus and the Buddha promote the dignity of women,” the text states, adding that “Buddhist and Christian women have made significant contributions to our religious traditions and to society as a whole.”

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Terrorist Massacre of Children in Syrian Christian Town of Al Suqalibiyah on Borders of North Hama and Idlib

This morning, the 12th May 2019, the remnants of terrorist groups still embedded in the countryside of northern Hama and Idlib targeted the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh. 6 children have been martyred, many others have been injured, some critically. At least one was taken to Hama National Hospital and put on life support.

The Western-sponsored terrorist groups, led by Nusra Front or the HTS rebrand, attacked the city with Grad missiles and mercilessly mowed down children in their homes and as they were playing in the Monastery which doubles up as a school and community center. Following the recent Syrian Arab Army advances and liberation of the surrounding countryside, civilians in the town had finally begun to relax. The threat of missiles, death and destruction seemed, finally, to have ended. This morning it returned and claimed the lives of children, innocent children.

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Angry People Attack Mosques in Sri Lanka in a Reaction of Easter Attacks

After Myanmar, Buddhist Sri Lanka is showing a trailer of a Anti-Jihad Action Film! The World Must Follow.

Reuters | Colombo | May 12, 2019:: Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores and a local man was beaten in the town of Chilaw ‘s west coast on Sunday in a dispute that started on Facebook, sources told Reuters.

Three weeks ago in Sri Lanka Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.

Since then Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints from across the country about people being

harassed.

“A police curfew has been imposed in Chilaw Police area with immediate effect until 6am tomorrow to control the tense situation,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters. The police later said the curfew would be lifted at 4 am.

A screenshot of the alleged Facebook exchange seen by Reuters showed a user had written in Sinhalese “It is difficult to make us cry” and added a local slur against Muslim men.

A Facebook user identified as Hasmar Hameed, whom two locals said was the man later arrested, replied in English: “Dont laugh more 1 day u will cry.”

Authorities said they arrested the author of a Facebook post, identifying him as 38-year-old Abdul Hameed Mohamed Hasmar.

Locals in Chilaw, a majority Christian town, said Hasmar’s post was interpreted as menacing and an angry crowd beat him.

Reuters was unable to determine what the original conversation was about or to contact Hasmar for comment.

“Later they pelted stones at three mosques and some Muslim-owned shops. Now the situation has calmed down, but we are scared of the night,” said one local Muslim man who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons.

One mosque suffered extensive damage, he said. Video footage circulating online shows several dozen young men shouting and throwing stones at a clothes store called New Hasmars, which locals said belonged to Hasmar.

Some communities say they are fearful that the government, which failed to act on successive warnings about looming Islamist attacks, has not caught all potential militants.

A week ago in Negombo, where more than 100 people were killed during Easter prayers, a violent clash erupted between local Muslims and Christians after a traffic dispute.

Unlike after the Negombo clashes, the Sri Lankan government did not impose a ban on social media platforms on Sunday.

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Asia Bibi Free But Another Christian in Her Cell

New case of ‘blasphemy’ against Muhammad

This week, supporters of Asia Bibi celebrated the Christian mother’s exit from Pakistan, where she spent eight years on death row for “blaspheming” Islam’s prophet then went into protective custody amid death threats after the nation’s Supreme Court overturned her sentence.

But another Christian woman who has been condemned to death under Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law is now in her cell, according to Bibi’s lawyer.

Saif-ul Malook told Christianity Today he’s now representing Shagufta Kausar, a 45-year-old mother of four, and her husband.

CT pointed out that Christians comprise just 1.6 percent of the Muslim nation’s population of 210 million. But most of the blasphemy charges are filed against Christians because of their poor status and their association with the West.

Kausar is in the same cell in the women’s prison in Multan where Bibi was incarcerated for many years.

In 2014, a trial court condemned Kausar and her husband, Shafqat Masih, 48, to death. Prosecutors alleged Masih sent blasphemous text messages from Kausar’s cell phone with her “connivance.”

“The couple is innocent,” Malook told CT, “and there is no legal substantial evidence available that proves they actually texted those messages.”

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Islamic State Announces Launch of Indian ‘Province’

ROME — The Islamic State announced the formation of a new Indian subsidiary on Saturday after clashes with Indian forces in Kashmir.

The new jihadist chapter, called “Wilayat al Hind” (“the Province of India”), represents the Islamic State’s first attempt to establish a beachhead in India, just as the Islamist terror group is suffering near eradication in its former realms.

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‘Namaj on Roads’ Protest Erupted. Communal Clash Between Hindus & Muslims in Assam’s Hailakandi. Indefinite Curfew Imposed.

Street encroachment by Mosque, Namaj on Roads, Mosque mike provocation… all behind Hilakandi (Assam) communal clash.

Rintu Das | HENB | Hailakandi | May 10, 2019:: Curfew has been imposed as clashes broke out between Hindus and Muslims in Hailakandi town of Southern Assam on Friday, the police said.

“As many as seven persons have been injured in stone pelting in the clashes. Those injured include three government officials,” said Mohneesh Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Hailakandi referring to the clash which erupted during the Friday prayers.

“Following emergency like situation curfew has been imposed by the district administration…,” a statement by the district administration said. Later in the evening, the curfew which was initially enforced in town was extended to the whole district till May 12.

Keerthi Jalli, the Deputy Commissioner Hailakandi said curfew has been imposed as “there exists strange relation between groups who are trying to indulge in violence and create communal violence…”

The district administration said central forces, including the Assam Rifles and the CRPF, have been deployed in the city even as the district administration has sought the help of the Army to bring the situation under control.

The incident happened during the afternoon prayers on the first Friday of Ramzan in Marwaripatti area of Hailakandi town over people trying to offer Namaz on the road outside the mosque, according to Mohneesh Mishra, Superintendent of Police.

The move was objected to by the locals belonging to the other community and a clash ensued. “There was stone pelting too. We had to resort to baton charge to control the situation as the situation was getting violent,” Mishra said. Locals claimed there was arson, shops were targeted and vehicles set on fire by the angry Muslim mob…

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One Dead After Militant Gunmen Storm Five-Star Hotel in Pakistan in ‘Attack on Multi-Billion-Dollar Chinese Investment’

Armed militants stormed the exclusive Pearl Continental in Gwadar and are believed to be holed up in a staircase surrounded by security forces.

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Pictured: The Nepalese Tourist Who ‘Plied His Sydney Friend’s Flatmate, 21, With Shots of Tequila Then Raped Her Before Fleeing to New York Hours Later’

Balram Shiv, 35, now languishes in a Sydney jail cell after being extradited from New York, charged with raping and molesting the young woman in June 2017 then getting an Uber to the airport.

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Backlash as Trevor Noah Airs South African Politician’s ‘White Genocide’ Remarks

‘If you think Trump is bad, meet South Africa’s anti-establishment politician,’ Noah tweeted

Julius Malema, the head of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, which seeks to re-distribute white-owned land among South Africa’s black majority, has earlier been accused of inciting hatred toward white people but was cleared by the country’s Human Rights Commission.

Comedian Trevor Noah has been accused of promulgating anti-African propaganda after he mocked a contentious South African opposition figure.

Noah, who is himself South African, has aired some inflammatory comments by Julius Malema, the leader of the country’s third-biggest political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Malema has been sued in the past for inciting hate and violence against the white minority.

“If you think Trump is bad, wait until you see how Julius treats the press,” Noah said in a recent episode of the Daily Show.

In the video compilation shown by Noah, Malema was seen ripping into journalists and telling people to randomly shoot lawmakers, whom he referred to as “thugs and criminals”.

In a fragment of a 2018 interview, Malena was heard saying: “We have not called for the killing of white people — at least for now. I cannot guarantee the future”.

“Godd*mn!” Noah reacted, “he just speaks about genocide like he’s talking about remodelling his kitchen!”

[Comment: RE:backlash from leftists — yeah, how dare he shine a spotlight of truth on that leftist “success story”, the Peoples Republic of South Africa. ]

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Allow Venezuela to Fail

Are we stepping on the same rakes again — in Venezuela? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently tweeted “My message to the Venezuelan people is clear: the United States stands firmly with you in your quest for freedom and democracy.” He also confirmed that the military option is on the table. In other words, the U.S. is ready to liberate the Venezuelan people from themselves.

For those who suffer historical amnesia, it is worth pointing out, that the Venezuelans had democratic elections and they have chosen socialism. Hugo Chavez was a socialist, and he ran on a socialist platform and got elected with wide popular support. So was his successor Nicolas Maduro.

Whether the Venezuelans voted for socialist serfdom knowingly or they have been duped is irrelevant. If people are ignorant or complacent, they deserve the government they elect. As Barack Obama famously said, “Elections have consequences.”

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Ecuador Will Give US All Documents & Devices Assange Left in London Embassy — Report

Ecuador’s Attorney General has informed a Julian Assange lawyer that the WikiLeaks co-founder’s files, computer, mobile phones and other electronic devices will be seized during a search at the London embassy and sent to the US.

After an unsuccessful attempt by WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson to retrieve Assange’s personal belongings from Ecuador’s UK embassy, where Assange had been holed up for almost 7 years before his arrest and incarceration last month, the Ecuadorian government reportedly greenlighted the US request to provide it access to the documents and electronic devices left behind by the jailed WikiLeaks editor after he was hauled out of the embassy by the British police on April, 11.

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Bill Allowing Illegal Aliens to Work in Congress Approved by House Committee

Illegal aliens are now eligible for driver’s licenses in some states, and in March the House voted in favor of extending the vote to people who disregarded the law and entered the United States illegally. Now there’s another bill trying to give Illegal Aliens the same rights as legal Americans has advanced through the House Appropriations Committee by a party-line vote. The bill would lift a ban on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from being able to apply for positions on the staffs of elected officials.

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Border Force Officers Catch 26 Suspected Migrants Including Eight Children Off Kent Coast — Bringing Total to 42 This Weekend

The Home Office was yesterday accused of losing control in the Channel after 42 people made the hazardous crossing from France in three incidents over the weekend.

A small boat carrying 16 men, women and children was stopped on Saturday on the 22-mile journey.

Two more vessels — one with six adults and eight children as young as two, and another with 12 adults — were intercepted yesterday. The 42 arrivals — mainly Iranians or Iraqis — are believed to be the highest number in one weekend this year. It means around 200 migrants have been picked up so far this year.

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CBP Catches Sex Fiends at Border; Rescues Another Illegal; Seizes More Drugs

Families, single adults, and unaccompanied minors aren’t the only class of illegals piling up the at border in the mad rush to claim squatter’s rights in the United States.

Convicted sex perverts show up as well. Customs and Border Protection locked up four in the last week.

Beyond that, the agency reported Thursday, border agents had to pull another illegal-alien child out of the Rio Grande with his irresponsible mother, and agents also impounded another $3 million-plus in drugs.

Previously Deported Sex Fiends

On Wednesday, CBP reported, agents in the El Centro border sector arrested an illegal who crossed the border 17.5 miles west of the Calexico West port.

The routine background check revealed that Mexican Bernardino Sanchez-Perea, 30, was convicted on September 12, 2010 of having sex with a child three years or younger in Skagit County, Washington. That crime sent him to jail for 15 months, and immigration authorities booted him out of the country in 2011.

In addition to that fellow who does the jobs Americans won’t do, agents at Eagle Pass collared two more previously deported sex perverts.

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Generous Joe: More “Free” Healthcare for Illegals Needed

Presidential candidate Joe Biden wants American taxpayers to pay for illegal-alien healthcare. Indeed, he doesn’t just want us to pay for their healthcare, he says we are obliged to pay for their healthcare.

That’s likely because Biden thinks illegals are American citizens, and doesn’t much care how many are here as long as they vote the right way.

What Biden didn’t explain when he said we must pay for illegal-alien healthcare is how much such beneficence would cost.

Answer: A lot.

[Comment: All illegals should move into Biden’s house, he will pay their medical, free.]

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Harris: I Support Illegal Aliens Having Full Access to Health Care

Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she supported giving health insurance to people in the country illegally.

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Lindsey Graham to Introduce Immigration Legislation on Wednesday — Will End Central American Illegal Border Invasion (Video)

Senator Lindsey Graham joined Maria Bartiromo on Mother’s Day Sunday to discuss the Deep State attempted coup against President Trump and the US southern border invasion.

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Migrants Force Entry Into Spain’s Melilla Enclave

Madrid: Fifty-two African migrants forced their way into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Sunday by climbing over a towering border fence, Spanish authorities said.

About 100 migrants tried to storm the barbed wire fence at dawn but Spanish and Moroccan security force prevented “around half” from entering Melilla, Spain Interior Ministry in Melilla said in a statement.

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Not Here Legally? UMN Has a Scholarship for That

The University of Minnesota is offering scholarships to illegal immigrants.

On its website, the school talks about the scholarship program for illegal immigrants, as well as a program for so-called “Dreamers,” the name ascribed to individuals who came to the U.S. illegally with their parents as children, many of whom former President Barack Obama granted temporary legal status. President Donald Trump discontinued that program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Why Are Taxpayers Flying Illegals All Over the Country? You Deserve Answers!

We’ve been reporting on your tax dollars being used to fly illegals all over the country prior to the report below. It’s interesting that even the liberal Washington Post is reporting on this outrage now. Shouldn’t we all be asking why taxpayers are paying for this?

Why are taxpayers flying illegals all over the Country?

Why the h*ll aren’t they being sent back to Mexico Border detention cells in Texas are so overcrowded that U.S. is using aircraft to move migrants — The Washington Post.

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Alyssa Milano Calls for ‘Sex Strike’ In Renewed Plea for Georgia Boycott Over Abortion Law

Actress and political activist Alyssa Milano has called for women to abstain from sex with men via a “sex strike,” claiming, “Our reproductive rights are being erased.”

[Comment: Watching “Who’s the boss?” or Arnold’s “Commando” , who could predict she would grow up to be such a loon?]

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Anti-Bullying Video Comes Back to Haunt Brian Sims After He Filmed Bullying Girls, Lone Woman

Sims is literally the walking contradiction of modern leftism. Bullying is hatred that stays with you for the rest of your life. Except my bullying. And that’s just love because your religious beliefs are bullying. If only we could get this guy on record about how the Green New Deal is really a bargain and how your rights end where his feelings begin, he could be like leftism’s mascot.

And much like modern leftism, he’s an abject failure. His bullying and eye-rollingly bad apology drew up to a thousand-strong protest at the Planned Parenthood he was trying to “protect.” Also, everyone now knows how dodgy the clinic’s medical record really is, which is roughly as dodgy as Sims’ ethical record in office. And this is all thanks to Sims’ massive hypocrisy.

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Chips Ahoy Goes Full SJW — Promotes “Drag Moms” In Bizarre Mother’s Day Advertisement (Video)

Chips Ahoy! promoted “drag moms” and drag queens in their Mother’s Day advertisement on Sunday.

Is nothing sacred anymore? An infinitesimal percentage of people dress in drag, yet Chips Ahoy decided to feature a (male) “drag queen” in their Mother’s Day advertisement.

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Evan Rachel Wood Suggests Men Get ‘Mandatory Vasectomies’ In Response to Georgia ‘Heartbeat’ Law

Hollywood actress Evan Rachel Wood took to Twitter over the weekend and joked that men should undergo mandatory surgical sterilization in response to Georgia’s “Heartbeat” abortion law, which prohibits a woman from aborting her pregnancy in the state after a heartbeat is detected.

[Comment: Too bad her father did not do this earlier.]

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Left Hijacks Another Holiday: School Renames “Offensive” Mother’s Day

Christianity doesn’t matter to the Left. The truth doesn’t matter to the Left. What matters most, is making sure no one is offended.

One primary school is doing their part to destroy a beautiful tradition of dedicating one day to honoring our mother’s. Instead of celebrating the love and sacrifices a mother makes for her children and family throughout the year, they’ve decided that since some people don’t have traditional families or a mother in the home, it’s best to do away with it. Instead of celebrating Mother’s Day, they’ve decided to focus on the minority of people who might be offended by watching others celebrate their moms on one day of the year…

The Daily Mail Reports — A school has renamed a Mother’s Day stall to avoid upsetting any children without a mother.

Brunswick East Primary School in Melbourne will call the stand an ‘appreciation stall’ instead.

In previous years, the school has hosted a fundraising stall where children could buy Mother’s Day merchandise such as mugs, trinkets, candles, and soaps.

But staff have decided to change it because some families were offended — and now children can buy gifts for any special person in their life.

Principal Janet Di Pilla explained the change in a newsletter to parents, reported the Herald Sun.

She wrote: ‘I am sorry that in the past we have offended some members of our community and I hope that this acknowledgment goes some way to address any hurt which has occurred in the past.

‘I sincerely hope that this change in name will show that we as a community recognize that our families are not made up of any particular combination of people and that we no longer subscribe to a binary world.’

[Comment: How about “Breeder Day”, no that won’t work…what about parent day?.yeah.that’s it “parent day”…but what about those adopted?…make it “guardian day”…or “Guardians of the Galaxy Day”? . Jackas*es, must they ruin everyone elses freedom to enjoy the day just for a handful?]

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Tax Expert Fired for Stating Men Are… Men

A tax expert who was fired by a think tank because she expressed her opinion via Twitter that men are men is taking her former employer to court.

Maya Forstater, 45, was working for the Centre for Global Development in the U.K. when she wrote of her concern about allowing people to choose their gender, arguing its determined by biology rather than identity.

DailyMail.com reported she wrote on Twitter it’s a biological fact that “men cannot change into women.”

She explained her employer immediately “expressed concern” and said, “I was told to put a disclaimer into my twitter bio and warned that a lot of people would find my tweets offensive and exclusionary.”

She then was dismissed, she said, even though she was found innocent of breaching company policy.

The U.K.’s Christian Institute noted Forstater is arguing that her beliefs are protected under the Equality Act in the U.K. and firing violates that law.

In her Twitter conversation about the transgender issue, she wrote that “being a woman/female [isn’t] a matter of identity or womanly feelings. It is biology.”

She already has raised about $70,000 in cover the legal costs of a tribunal.

“I am concerned that governments around the world are rushing through laws and policies which say that people with male bodies can become women simply by identifying as women,” she explained.

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Three-Year-Old Changes Gender From Boy to Girl After Being Sent to Live With Foster Parents Whose Own Son Had Just Transitioned to Become a Female Aged Seven

Parents of two transgender children were investigated at a hearing after the three year old boy they fostered transitioned into a girl, just months after their biological son had legally become a female at the age of seven.

A hearing revealed how the couple’s youngest foster child had been sent to school in girl’s clothes despite the school ‘expressly asking’ them to stop doing so.

The middle-aged couple, known as CP and TP, were investigated by Lancashire county council’s social services after fears arose that they had ‘manipulated’ the children’s gender by ‘actively encouraging’ them to change, reports The Sunday Times.

A third child fostered by the couple is also believed to have experienced ‘gender issues’ after staying with the couple.

However a closed hearing at Preston family court last month saw the claims dismissed by judge…

The Tavistock Centre, Hampstead, London. The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is for children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity. The only service of its kind in Great Britain.

[Comment: This is child abuse. Period.]

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“I Don’t Know Why They Attacked Our Village”: Persecution of Christians, February 2019

During just the first two weeks of February, “[a]t least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France.” — Catholicherald.co.uk, February 15, 2019; France.

“The attack was so terrible that Haroon’s kidney was cut into two pieces” from the stabbings…After he was rushed to hospital, “doctors were forced to remove his kidney.” As is common in such cases, police and local authorities tried to pressure the family not to press charges against the Muslim youths… — Persecution.org; International Christian Concern; February 21, 2019; Pakistan.

“A group of kidnappers meets in a mosque to discuss potential victims. They keep a close eye on Christians’ houses and monitor everything that’s going on. On that basis, they weave a spider’s web around [the girls]… I remember a Coptic Christian girl from a rich, well-known family in Minya. She was kidnapped by five Muslim men. They held her in a house, stripped her and filmed her naked. In the video, one of them also undressed. They threatened to make the video public if the girl wouldn’t marry him… The kidnappers receive large amounts of money. Police can help them in different ways, and when they do, they might also receive a part of the financial reward the kidnappers are paid by the Islamisation organisations.” — Testimony by “G”, Persecution.org, February 19, 2019, Egypt.

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Russell Kirk and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — The Centennial of Two Conservative Giants

Both men were shaped by immersion in their respective cultures, and it is precisely that foundation that helped establish their clear enunciation of the “Permanent Things” in their writings. As Russell Kirk observed in a letter from 1963:

“The great line of demarcation in modern politics does not lie between the liberals on the one hand, the totalitarians on the other, but rather between the immanest [sic] sectarians on the one hand, and all those who believe in a transcendent order on the other.…

“Surely we have a hard row to hoe. And we may fail. But we are put into this world to do battle. “Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind,” more than ever before. I suspect, indeed, that the modern age will come to smash; and then we will have to build afresh upon old principles. Meanwhile, we guard what Mr. T. S. Eliot calls, “the enduring things.”

Or, as Solzhenitsyn stated more formally in his 1972 “Nobel Lecture on Literature”:

“And who, if not the writers, are to express condemnation not only of their own bankrupt rulers … but also of their own society, whether it be a matter of its craven humiliation or its complacent weakness, or the featherbrained escapades of youth, or young pirates brandishing knives?

“People will ask what literature can do in the face of the pitiless assault of open violence? Well, let us not forget that violence does not have its own separate existence and is, in fact, incapable of having it: it is invariably interwoven with THE LIE. They have the closest of kinship, the most profound natural tie: violence has nothing with which to cover itself except the lie, and the lie has nothing to stand on other than violence.… Writers and articles have a greater opportunity: TO CONQUER THE LIE!”

Writing in defense of The Truth — “the enduring things” — both men illuminated the lies that must be opposed. Thus, Solzhenitsyn’s writings swept around the globe and were soon translated into many languages, and continue to be translated for, and read by, a generation born after the “dissolution” of the Soviet Union in December 1991. Dr. Russell Kirk’s writings also continue to find a global audience, as recent Portuguese, Czech, and Italian translations of his works offer sufficient witness.

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13 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/12/2019

  1. Re. the EU Parliament elections in the UK. I have ready a short length of string with a loop at both ends and a suitable hook behind my lavatory door. With eleven days to go to the EU Parl elections that string is still empty because not a single election leaflet has dropped through my door. I live in a Tory constituency with a huge majority yet nothing?

    Come on, CCHQ, get with it so that I can attend to my hygiene needs free of charge! This dereliction on your part is costing me money because very soon I shall have to pop down to the shops and buy a couple of rolls.

  2. Dealers Scramble to Deal With 4.2 Million Unsold Cars

    Millions of new unsold cars are not just an American phenomenon. It’s the same in the UK and Europe and indeed globally – vast lots of them sitting there row on row. Production has long outstripped need and demand and an adjustment is long overdue.

    • The adjustment has begun.

      The third shift at one of the major assembly plants in my city will soon be completely removed.

    • It is worse than that: People who understand cars are becoming more and more weary by the current “let’s stick a microchip in every hole of your car” approach. Add to it the “let’s change every metal part for a piece of plastic” approach, and combine it with cost cutting at every curve of the car…

      When you compare for example VW cars up until about 2008 and the brand new “wirelessly connected computer screens with wheels” – I mean even young 14 year old boys hate the modern cars and that is saying something.

      I think that it is saying that a government subsidized and protected car industry is on its way to hell.

      • Not to worry.

        In an accident at 30 km/h the air bags will gently cradle us in a peaceful soft billowy cloud as the paper thin plasic car is instantly shattered into a neat pile of shards that are swept into a recycle bin. Your valuable organs lying on the pavement are swept into another recycle bin marked ‘Donation’.

  3. Re: New CIA “Flying Ginsu” missiles.

    Looking at this from the UK perspective, which is of course different from that of the US, the CIA is roughly the equivalent of our MI6, dealing with overseas intelligence, just as the FBI is concerned with domestic intelligence, like our MI5 and Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, and I daresay the ATF corresponds- very approximately- with our HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs).

    But, with all due respect, WTF is an intelligence agency doing with missiles, which should be the province of the military? I know our ficticious agent 007, James Bond, working (in the original novels) for what we now know to be MI6, was “licensed to kill”, but I don’t believe he was allowed anything bigger than a pistol!

    • That is what I noticed when I watched Dr.No about a year ago – how the first Bond movies have one or two murders and generally come off as a detective story with a “secret service twist”. None of that over the edge superhero stuff that they made Bond into.

    • This certainly supports the idea that the CIA is a separate, independent government of its own; an entity only loosely controlled by the US gov’t.

      I’m sure with each launch of a CIA rocket in moslem lands, 10,000 jihadis will be created. It is difficult as it is for many Americans to explain the difference between their love of their country and a full acceptance of CIA operations.

      • The CIA is not well-thought of. Perhaps it was once, but not in recent times. When I’m not able to do much, I read trash novels. For some time I’ve noticed the cloak-and-dagger guys are the villains. They used to be the good guys but that’s a dated view now.

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