Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2019

With just a week to go until the European parliamentary elections, the Brexit Party has reached a new high of 35%, according to the latest polls. Meanwhile the Tories have sunk to 9%, the lowest polling figure in the party’s history.

In other news, two British women have been jailed in Oman for attempting to help dogs who were abused by their owners.

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Thanks to AF, Dean, Dora, Insubria, JD, Reader from Chicago, Seneca III, SS, Vlad Tepes, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» 2020 Presidential Hopeful Joe Biden Obama’s Replacement for Hillary Clinton
» 800,000 ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Sign Petition for HBO to Remake ‘Woefully Incompetent’ Final Season
» Attorney General William Barr: Explanations for Government Spying on Trump Campaign ‘Don’t Hang Together’
» Bank-Account-Raiding Goznym Malware Bust: Five Suspects Collared, Five Still on the Run. $100m Feared Stolen
» Barr Promises Country Will Know ‘Exactly What Happened’
» Breaking: Facebook Suspends Conservative Star Candace Owens for Stating Facts — That Liberal Policies Promote Fatherless Homes —updated
» ‘Coup’ Characters Could ‘End Up Ratting Each Other Out’
» Crack Pipe Found in Hunter Biden’s Rental Car — Authorities Declined to Prosecute
» Dad Tricks Suspected Pedo Into Meeting 13-Year-Old, Detains Until Police Arrive
» Dealing With Radicals
» Donald Trump: Spying on My Campaign Was ‘Treason’
» Exclusive: Junk Anti-Trump Russia Steele Dossier Appears Tampered With — Pages Were Replaced
» Gardasil’s Fraudulent Research Revealed: There Will be Legal Consequences, Says Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
» Hands Off My Hot Rod You Green Commies!
» Homeless Population Explodes in Liberal San Francisco, So They’re Moving Onto Makeshift Boats in Bay
» John Paul Stevens is Still Trying to Defend the Kelo Debacle
» Mass. Teacher Accused of Planting Live Ammo at School, Then Calling Police
» New Deep-Sea Coral Species Discovered Off Point Reyes Coast
» New York Times Columnist Lauds “Inevitable” Demographic Decline of “Racist” White People
» Pilot Ejects Before F-16 Crashes Into Warehouse
» Potty-Mouthed 14-Year-Old Anti-PC Comedian With Nearly 1million YouTube Followers Vows to Keep Making Her Videos After Coming Under Fire for Donning a Hijab and Mocking Muslims
» Taming the Bench: MAGA Means Ending Judicial Precedent
» Tesla Driver Killed After Smashing Into Truck Had Just Enabled Autopilot — US Crash Watchdog
» Trump Follows Through on Threat to Cancel $1 Billion for California High-Speed Rail
» Video: EU Elites Celebrate Censorship of Americans
» Video Emerges of 74-Yr-Old Man With Walker Being Pushed to His Death by Angry Bus Passenger He Asked to “Be Nicer”
» WordPress De-Platforms a Popular Sharia Info Site
 
Canada
» Canadian Government Imposes ‘Social Justice’ on All Universities
 
Europe and the EU
» Austrian Far-Right Leader Under Fire for Ibiza Meeting Video
» Austrian MPs Give Green Light to Headscarf Ban in Primary Schools
» Car Fires in the Netherlands on the Rise
» Conad Takes Over Auchan’s Italian Supermarkets
» Election Interference: Stripe Payment Processor Bans Tommy Robinson UK Election Campaign
» EU Citizenship Exists for Years — Moavero to Kompatscher
» Israel Claims Muslim Man Behind Stabbing of Jewish Woman in Sweden
» Italian PM Suddenly Requests Resignations of 6 in Their Intel… Is the Heat on Brennan?
» Italy: Del Vecchio and French Make Peace Over Essilux
» Italy: FI MEP, Lombardy Confindustria Chief Probed in Milan
» New Definition of the Kilogram Comes Into Force
» Quarter of British Muslims Sympathize With Charlie Hebdo Terrorists
» Spygate Shake-Up: Prime Minister of Italy Fires Top Officials From Italian Intel Agencies
» Sweden: Prominent Muslim Head of Free School Seized by Security Police
» Swedish Teen Assaulted While Leafleting for Populist Party Election Campaign
» Teen Brexiteer Who Went Viral After BBC Question Time Appearance Has Marriage Proposals
» Theresa May’s Attempts to Stitch-Up Brexit ‘Deal’ With Hard-Left Corbyn’s Labour Collapses
» Verified Twitter Journalist Threatens to Contact Man’s Employer Because He Did the ‘OK’ Hand Sign
» With Six Days to Go Brexit Party Hits 35 Per Cent While Tories Sink to Single Figures
 
North Africa
» Twitter Suspends Coptic Christian Account for Criticizing Muslim Brotherhood, An Egpytian Designated Terrorist Group
 
Israel and the Palestinians
» Watch: Roger Waters Posts Bizarre Rant Comparing Israelis to Aliens
 
Middle East
» British Women Jailed in Middle East for ‘Trying to Rescue Abused Dogs’
 
Far East
» Former State Dept. Official to China: Don’t Negotiate With Trump
» NGO Warns China Using Hollywood to Expand Authoritarian Reach
» Political Correctness is a Tool for Socialist Censorship and Thought Control
» South Korea to Donate $8m in Humanitarian Aid to North
 
Australia — Pacific
» ‘88 Days a Slave’: British Backpacker, 25, Moans That She Had to Get Up Early and Do ‘Hard Graft and Long’ Four-Hour Days While Fruit-Picking in Australia — and Complains the Bathrooms Were Too Dirty
» Australian Cricket Star Usman Khawaja’s Brother Admits Assaulting a Parking Inspector — Just Months Before He ‘Faked an ISIS Terror Plot to Frame His Love Rival’
» Huge Mural of Hijab-Clad Jacinda Ardern Hugging a Muslim Woman After the Christchurch Massacre is Unveiled in Australia Despite Petition From Angry Locals
» Proud Stepfather Bob Hawke Beams With Joy Alongside Wife Blanche as They Watch Her Son Marry His Beautiful Bride in Final Photos Taken Just Days Before His Death
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Ilhan Omar Complains Trump is Droning Jihadis in Somalia ‘To Death’
 
Latin America
» Twitter Arbitrarily Bans Babalú Blog Website, But Cuban Dictatorship Propaganda Websites Are Still Welcome
 
Immigration
» Alleged Serial Killer Charged in Deaths of 11 Elderly Women
» Dutch Ministry of Justice Covered up ‘Serious Crimes’ By Asylum Seekers. Rape, Battery, Murder, Etc. Listed Unspecified as “Other”
» Germany: 26yo Eritrean Migrant Repays Family Who Took Him in by Stabbing Their 11yo Child While Shouting ‘Die, Die, Die!’
» Hundreds of Illegal Migrants Pouring Across the English Channel
» Nancy Pelosi: ‘We Have Never Not Said There Was a Crisis’ At U.S.-Mexico Border
» Salvini Tells Rescue Ship Carrying 65 Migrants to Stay Away From Italian Territorial Waters
» Swedes Less Positive Than Hungarians to Taking in Refugees According to New Survey
» Trump Plans to Invoke Insurrection Act to Boot Illegal Immigrants
» Trump Admin Notifies 500,000+ Employers They Have Workers With Bogus Social Security Numbers
 
Culture Wars
» “Cultural Schizophrenia”: US Media No Longer Reports Facts, But Appeals to Emotions
» Cardinal: Gender Theory Threatens Family and Christian Faith
» Danish Women Prefer Wolf-Whistles to Feminism — Study Shows Denmark is One of the Least Feminist Countries in the World
» Emily Ratajkowski Poses Nude to Punish ‘Old White Men’ For Alabama Abortion Law
» Facebook Suspends Candace Owens for Saying Liberal Policies Incentivize Fatherless Homes
» Feminist Says Family Must be “Abolished” To ‘Dismantle Capitalism’
» Globalists Pushing for Further Social Media Censorship
» Head of Islamic Human Rights Commission Calls Gay Conservative Author Douglas Murray a “Hate Preacher”
» ‘Ideological Enforcement: ‘ Twitter Blocks Heritage Foundation Director Over Trans Sports Tweet
» Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Fundamentalists’ Trying to ‘Outlaw Sex That Falls Outside Their Theology’
» Pete Buttigieg Unveils 2020 Agenda: Amnesty, Legal Pot, And Abortion
» Pro-Abortion Activist Advocates Violence Against Pro-Life Women, 50,000 People Like Her Tweet
» San Antonio Officials Want to Hide Comments Condemning Chick-fil-A
» Snapchat’s Gender-Swap Filter Decried as ‘Transphobic’
» ‘Upholding My Religious Beliefs Should Not Affect My Ability to Work or Play for My Country’: Israel Folau’s Emotional Response After His $4million Rugby Contract Was Torn Up Over Anti-Gay Post
» Watch: Toronto Mayor Defends Drag Queen Lap Dance in Front of Children
» What is True Diversity?
» Who Was Jane Roe? Did She Have an Abortion?
 

2020 Presidential Hopeful Joe Biden Obama’s Replacement for Hillary Clinton

Biden would be a total joke were it not for the fact that he now leads the polls in the caravan of crazies heading for DNC primary nomination. link

But rather than a joke, Biden is Obama’s defiant continuation of the unsolicited ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’.

In political intent, Biden and Obama are joined at the hip.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

800,000 ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans Sign Petition for HBO to Remake ‘Woefully Incompetent’ Final Season

Game of Thrones fans are calling on HBO to remake the show’s final season, circulating a petition that is fast approaching one million signatures. The petition cites the show’s “woefully incompetent” writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who they themselves admit to planning on being “very drunk” and “in an undisclosed location” when the final episode airs on Sunday night.

[Comment: Should have waited for the book to be written first.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Attorney General William Barr: Explanations for Government Spying on Trump Campaign ‘Don’t Hang Together’

Attorney General William Barr said in a recent interview that the answers he has gotten to why the government began spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 are “inadequate” and have raised more questions than before.

“I’ve been trying to get answers to questions and I found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate. And I’ve also found that some of the explanations I’ve gotten don’t hang together,” Barr told Fox News’s Bill Hemmer in an exclusive interview.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Bank-Account-Raiding Goznym Malware Bust: Five Suspects Collared, Five Still on the Run. $100m Feared Stolen

Ten people have been accused of masterminded the theft of roughly $100m from bank accounts using the Goznym malware. Five have been arrested, charged, and are facing prosecution, and five have been indicted and remain at large. An eleventh person linked to the software nasty is awaiting sentencing after admitting his crimes.

Goznym was a highly sophisticated piece of Windows malware that raided the online bank accounts of some 40,000 victims: it would lurk on PCs waiting for folks to log into their accounts, snatch those details, and pass them onto crooks who would then clean out the accounts. The Feds and cops made their move, smashing the crime ring by nabbing its suspected members, after dismantling the Avalanche server network, which was set up to spam out emails that tricked victims into downloading and installing software nasties like Goznym.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Barr Promises Country Will Know ‘Exactly What Happened’

Attorney General William Barr said in an interview Congress’ attempts to hold him in contempt are part of the “usual … political circus” and he’s determined to uncover “exactly what happened” when the Obama administration launched a counterintelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign.

“The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information,” Barr explained.

His comments came in an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer during a trip to El Salvador in which he met with law enforcement officials.

Barr fired back at Democrats who have criticized his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. He called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim he lied to Congress ‘ laughable’ and dismissed an attempt to hold him in contempt of Congress.

“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he said.

Barr said there’s much to be learned about the Obama administration’s use of a debunked, anti-Trump dossier funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to obtain warrants to spy in the Trump campaign.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Breaking: Facebook Suspends Conservative Star Candace Owens for Stating Facts — That Liberal Policies Promote Fatherless Homes —updated

Facebook suspended conservative star Candace Owens on for stating facts about liberal policies promote fatherless homes.

For this she was suspended by Facebook for 7 days.

Her next infraction will cost her her Facebook page.

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

‘Coup’ Characters Could ‘End Up Ratting Each Other Out’

Rush Limbaugh: ‘This is so delicious’

Washington has entered a new era. The report from special counsel Robert Mueller put to rest claims the Trump campaign in 2016 colluded with Russia. There are no charges coming, he made clear.

So now, President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, is probing the origins of the investigation, and, says talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Obama administration officials are starting to get worried.

“All of these participants in the coup are beginning to accuse each other. This is so delicious,” he said. “[Former CIA chief John] Brennan and [fired FBI chief James] Comey are going at it over who first put the unverified dossier into the intelligence briefing.”

Limbaugh said: “Folks, it’s like rats scurrying amidst the ship to try to get off of it. They’re all out there trying to say, ‘I didn’t do it; you did it.’“

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Crack Pipe Found in Hunter Biden’s Rental Car — Authorities Declined to Prosecute

Breitbart News exclusively obtained a police report from November of 2016, just days before Election Day describing how a crack pipe was found in Hunter Biden’s rental car.

A used crack pipe, credit cards, a Delaware Attorney General badge, US Secret Service business cards, two ID’s belonging to Hunter Biden, son of former VP Joe Biden were found in a Hertz rental car in Arizona.

A lab analysis of the crack pipe revealed it was used to smoke cocaine, not meth, however no fingerprints were found on the pipe.

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

Dad Tricks Suspected Pedo Into Meeting 13-Year-Old, Detains Until Police Arrive

Vigilant parent set up trap to capture 29-year-old man who contacted child on Facebook

A dad in Indiana is being hailed as a hero for taking a suspected child predator off the street.

According to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the dad was able to fool accused pedophile Brandon Ruff, 29, into coming over to his home to meet with a 13-year-old child.

The father took action after he saw a Facebook message from Ruff to his child, as reported by Tribune News Wire:

Sheriff Jerry Goodin says the dad was checking his child’s Facebook when he noticed 29-year-old Brandon Ruff making contact with the child.

By pretending to be his child, Sheriff Goodin says the dad was able to get Ruff to come to the family’s home in rural Scott County to meet who he thought was the 13-year-old. When Ruff arrived on Wednesday, he was met by the father, who held him until deputies arrived…

The sheriff’s office urges parents to remain vigilant in monitoring their children’s Facebook profiles, especially messenger apps.

[Comment: Children should never use face “ build your own dossier” book.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Dealing With Radicals

The great pundit James Bowman recently said, “The biggest mistake conservatives make is to suppose that Democrats control the media. In fact, the power relationship is the other way around: The media control the Democrats.” His remark sheds light on the convulsions going on in the Democratic Party right now. There’s a power struggle in the media for who will set the agenda and issue orders. The resulting confusion is trickling down to Democrat politicians, who aren’t sure how and to whom they’re supposed to submit these days. …

After their mistake in letting the masses talk back to them online, the media would retreat from their utopian rhetoric about the online world. Now the media would say the internet was full of Nazis and that systematic changes were needed to separate Real News from Fake News. The time had come to reclaim their authority over the masses. …

The change is that the modern leftist believes, and believes correctly, that capitalist mass culture can be co-opted for leftist indoctrination and for their own economic benefit. T.S. Eliot’s “Distracted from distraction by distraction” has gone from an indictment of modern living to why leftists cheer it. Why else do they inject pop culture and media commentary with Marxist critical theory? A Marxist might say that it’s in their class interest to do so. By making Frankfurt School dogma (“critical theory”) a crucial component of entertainment, they ensure you should know critical theory to get a job in entertainment. They’re making their useless knowledge and degrees indispensable to production.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Donald Trump: Spying on My Campaign Was ‘Treason’

President Donald Trump concluded Friday his 2016 presidential campaign was spied on, accusing those responsible of “treason.”

“My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on,” he wrote on Twitter. “Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Exclusive: Junk Anti-Trump Russia Steele Dossier Appears Tampered With — Pages Were Replaced

The Trump-Russia Steele dossier that the FBI used to spy on the Trump campaign and Presidency via Carter Page appears doctored. Irrefutable evidence uncovered shows the original documents provided to the FBI were doctored.

The fake Trump-Russia dossier that Obama’s corrupt FBI and DOJ used to obtain the Carter Page FISA warrant appear doctored. Internet sleuths have uncovered material differences in the Steele dossier.

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

Gardasil’s Fraudulent Research Revealed: There Will be Legal Consequences, Says Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Children’s Health Defense’s Chairman and Chief Legal Counsel, finally has “put on the gloves” and is ready to fight Big Pharma’s Merck & Co., Inc. regarding the falsified and fraudulent research they undertook and presented to the CDC/FDA for the licensure of the HPV vaccine Gardasil(r).

After reading the transcript of Mr. Kennedy’s video, I could not help but spotlight some of the more apparently shocking facts he and his team uncovered in their exposé of the fraud that apparently took place during Merck’s testing of the Gardasil(r) vaccine.

Much of the information below is taken from various parts of the video/transcript, which I request readers refer to here. This may read out of context, but it falls together to tell a long story as briefly as possible.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hands Off My Hot Rod You Green Commies!

Car enthusiasts unhappy with liberal green movement ruining motor vehicles

Infowars reporter Millie Weaver heads to a car show in Lordstown, Ohio where Bernie Sanders kicked-off his 2020 presidential campaign.

He promised to strong-arm American automakers as well as endorsing the Green New Deal’s attack on combustion engines.

Millie asks these car enthusiasts what they think about Bernie and whether they are willing to give up their hot rods and muscle cars for the Green New Deal.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Homeless Population Explodes in Liberal San Francisco, So They’re Moving Onto Makeshift Boats in Bay

San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the U.S. in which to live. Real estate prices are through the roof — the median price of a small two-bedroom home is $1.3 million; a family making nearly $120,000 annually is actually considered low income.

And unfortunately, some people are falling through the cracks.

“A federal count shows the number of homeless people increased by double-digit percentages in three San Francisco Bay Area counties over two years as the region struggled to tackle the growing problem, including 17% in San Francisco and 43% in the county that includes Oakland,” the Associated Press reports.

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

John Paul Stevens is Still Trying to Defend the Kelo Debacle

ohn Paul Stevens has had it rough. In 2005, Stevens, then an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, authored one of the worst SCOTUS decisions of the past 50 years. Kelo v. City of New London let a local government bulldoze a working-class neighborhood so that private developers would have a blank slate on which to build a luxury hotel, a conference center, and various other upscale amenities. The city’s goal was to erase that existing community via eminent domain and replace it with a new commercial district that would (maybe? hopefully?) fill the local coffers with more abundant tax dollars.

Stevens, the poor soul, has been catching hell for this lousy ruling ever since. Kelo is “the most un-American thing that can be done,” declared Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California, an outspoken liberal. Her ideological opposite, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, has said that Kelo “bastardized” the Constitution. “Government can kick the little guy out of his or her homes and sell those [homes] to a big developer,” Limbaugh objected. Hating Kelo would seem to be the one thing that can bring a divided America together.

In 2011, about a year after he retired from the Supreme Court, Stevens apparently grew tired of the controversy and decided to respond to his critics. “The Kelo majority opinion remains unpopular,” Stevens acknowledged in a speech at the University of Alabama School of Law. […] The destructive ruling paved the way for atrocious real world consequences. It also further mangled the Takings Clause, which forbids the government from using eminent domain for anything less than a legitimate “public use,” a concept that has traditionally been understood to apply to things like roads or bridges—not to swanky redevelopment schemes run by for-profit enterprises. But that constitutional requirement was lost in the eyes of Stevens. “The disposition of this case,” he wrote in Kelo, “turns on the question whether the City’s development plan serves a ‘public purpose.’“ Critics like Root, Stevens grumbled in 2011, “mis-described” the case.

Stevens’ principal defense of Kelo is that he had no choice, that his hands were tied. For one thing, he writes in “The Making of a Justice”, the Supreme Court “had a duty to give deference” to “the state courts’ evaluation of the particular development plan that gave rise to the litigation.” He is referring to the Connecticut Supreme Court’s 2004 decision allowing the use of Eminent Domain to proceed against Susette Kelo and a number of her neighbors.

What Stevens neglects to mention is that Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Richard M. Palmer, one of the four justices who voted against the homeowners and thus directly precipitated their appeal to SCOTUS, personally apologized to Susette Kelo in 2010, saying he “would have voted differently” if only he knew better at the time. As reported by Jeff Benedict of The Hartford Courant, who was standing there when it happened, “Palmer turned to Susette, took her hand and offered a heartfelt apology. Tears trickled down her red cheeks. It was the first time in the 12-year saga that anyone had uttered the words ‘I’m sorry.’“ So much for the wisdom of deferring to that state court.[…]

[NOTE: Kelo remains an undeveloped disaster. They use the property they took as a dump site. Read the wiki.]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Mass. Teacher Accused of Planting Live Ammo at School, Then Calling Police

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. — A Southbridge teacher is accused of leaving ammunition in a school stairwell Thursday morning before calling police to report it.

Southbridge police said high school biology teacher Alfred Purcell III, 57, of Woodstock, Connecticut, reported to staff that he had just found one live round of 9 mm ammunition in the rear stairwell. The school was placed on lock down.

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

New Deep-Sea Coral Species Discovered Off Point Reyes Coast

A tiny, yellow coral in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Point Reyes National Seashore served as a reminder to local marine researchers that no matter how many times they may look, there may be something new to discover.

The first sighting of the newly discovered species, Chromoplexaura cordellbankensis, dates back to at least 2004 when researchers in submersibles were studying the depths of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary about 50 miles northwest of San Francisco. But it wasn’t until California Academy of Sciences researcher Gary Williams and the sanctuary’s research coordinator Danielle Lipski came upon the bright yellow coral once again in 2018 on Cordell Bank that a sample was taken back up to the surface.

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

New York Times Columnist Lauds “Inevitable” Demographic Decline of “Racist” White People

Says white America will not concede power “until its death rattle.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pilot Ejects Before F-16 Crashes Into Warehouse

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. — An F-16 fighter jet crashed at March Air Reserve Base Thursday afternoon, but the pilot ejected before impact, base officials said.

The jet crashed at the end of a runway at around 3:30 p.m., according to public affairs officer Maj. Perry Covington. The pilot ejected and was not injured, nor was anyone on the ground, Covington said.

Helicopter video from the scene showed a large hole in the roof of a commercial building near the base, which is presumably where the plane crashed. At least six fire engines and many more emergency vehicles were parked outside the building.

California Highway Patrol officials shut down both directions of the 215 Freeway between Harley Knox Boulevard and Cactus Avenue as first responders continued working at the scene…

           — Hat tip: Dean [Return to headlines]
 

Potty-Mouthed 14-Year-Old Anti-PC Comedian With Nearly 1million YouTube Followers Vows to Keep Making Her Videos After Coming Under Fire for Donning a Hijab and Mocking Muslims

[…]

The Buzzfeed article described Soph as ‘a cherubic white girl mocking Islamic dress while lecturing her hundreds of thousands of followers about Muslim ‘rape gangs,’ social justice ‘homos,’ and the evils wrought by George Soros.’

It points out instances in which the teen’s ‘comedy’ videos seem to veer into racism or anti-gay sentiments.

The author goes on to criticize YouTube for allowing Soph’s controversial videos, which the teen has defended as being comedic.

A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to DailyMail.com: ‘YouTube is an open platform where anyone may post videos as long as they comply with our Community Guidelines. This may include content that some find offensive. …

According to YouTube, Soph’s channel had been reviewed and while two videos were removed, the company found that the vast majority of her videos did not violate their policies.

Soph, whose channel grew about 10 per cent to 880,000 followers in the day after the Buzzfeed article, responded in a tweet directed at the author, Joseph Bernstein.

‘I cannot thank you enough @Bernstein,’ she wrote.

[Soph: Be Not Afraid www.bitchute.com/video/CimmdXZA3uCj/
ALEX JONES (FULL SHOW) Wednesday 5/15/19: ‘SOPH’ Bombshell First Interview After Leftist Media Smear www.brighteon.com/6037270797001
Soph on Bitchute www.bitchute.com/channel/RXA1oESUqP1c/
Soph on Twitter twitter.com/sewernugget]

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Taming the Bench: MAGA Means Ending Judicial Precedent

“It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind. These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions; and the judges never fail of decreeing accordingly.” So said Anglo-Irish essayist Jonathan Swift in Gulliver’s Travels in 1726. Unfortunately, something has changed almost three centuries later:

The decisions have perhaps become even more iniquitous.

Swift was rightly mocking the notion of “judicial precedent.” Yet it’s even more preposterous in our time and place, for at least 18th-century British judges didn’t have a constitution to violate. How is the principle even remotely defensible, however, in a nation with our Constitution, the “supreme law of the land”?

One justice who apparently understands this is Clarence Thomas, who just wrote the majority opinion in a recent decision (Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt) overturning a 1979 precedent. He was the ideal candidate for the task, as it has been noted that he’s not a “Court conservative” as much as an originalist. A conservative, after all, would hew to the status quo, which here means honoring precedent. In contrast, as SCOTUSblog pointed out in 2007, Thomas “believes that precedent qua precedent concerning constitutional law has no value at all; he does not give stare decisis any weight.” Thomas “believes that precedent qua precedent concerning constitutional law has no value at all; he does not give stare decisis [the notion that judicial decisions should not be undone]”.

This is why I’ve long said that Thomas is by far the best SCOTUS justice of recent decades (yes, that includes Scalia). Moreover, it’s certainly right to distinguish between Thomas’ originalism and being merely a “Court conservative,” which more and more is seeming akin to a court jester.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tesla Driver Killed After Smashing Into Truck Had Just Enabled Autopilot — US Crash Watchdog

Flash automaker insists victim ‘immediately removed his hands from the wheel’

In a preliminary report issued on Thursday, the US National Transportation Safety Board on said that a Tesla 3 crash on March 1 in Delray Beach, Florida, occurred while the vehicle’s Autopilot system was active.

“The driver engaged the Autopilot about 10 seconds before the collision,” the report stated. “From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. Preliminary vehicle data show that the Tesla was traveling about 68 mph when it struck the semitrailer. Neither the preliminary data nor the videos indicate that the driver or [Autopilot] executed evasive maneuvers.”

In other words, the car drove straight into the First Fleet semitrailer crossing the highway, and tore of its roof as if neither the human driver nor the AI-powered Autopilot were paying any attention.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Trump Follows Through on Threat to Cancel $1 Billion for California High-Speed Rail

The Trump administration followed through Thursday on its threat earlier this year to cancel a $929 billion grant that was meant to have funded high-speed rail rail in California.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared in his “State of the State” address that he was cutting back the proposed San Francisco-to-Los Angeles “bullet train,” telling legislators that after years of delays and cost increases, the project “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long.” He still hoped to build a segment of the rail project in the Central Valley, saying the state did not want to send $3.5 billion in federal money back to President Donald Trump.

But the president had other ideas, demanding that California repay the money immediately:

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video: EU Elites Celebrate Censorship of Americans

Alex Jones breaks down how Davos elitist Maurice Levy is happy that new “hateful content” rules for the Internet will see “discussions” being “quickly erased from social networks”.

[Commnet: note the term “violent online content”. How can words be violent? This mentally results in leftists filing assault charges for calling them a name.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Video Emerges of 74-Yr-Old Man With Walker Being Pushed to His Death by Angry Bus Passenger He Asked to “Be Nicer”

A 25-year-old female is facing murder charges after she was captured on surveillance video pushing an elderly man with a walker off of a public transit bus in Las Vegas after he reportedly asked to stop cursing at passengers.

According to the Daily Mail — Three times the suspect’s age, the elderly victim reportedly tried to diffuse the woman’s profane outburst as he walked past her on a public bus.

Serge Fournier hit his head on a sidewalk in the March 21 incident, police said, and the Clark County coroner ruled his death on April 23 a homicide resulting from his injuries.

[Comment: Two videos on the page. The second video show the man making impact with the sidewalk.]

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WordPress De-Platforms a Popular Sharia Info Site

By M. Dowling

‘Creeping Sharia’ is a popular website providing information on sharia. On Twitter, they describe themselves as, “Documenting news on the threat of Islamic sharia law and jihad to freedoms in the U.S., and beyond.”

After 11 years, the website was taken down permanently without warning. Three weeks prior to the takedown, they were notified that they violated Pakistani sharia laws. I guess that is the complaint that ended their eleven-year run.

Recently, Michelle Malkin was warned by Twitter that a harmless tweet of hers violated Pakistani sharia laws. The tweet included drawings of Mohammed that were not at all insulting.

What is happening is insane and our politicians are mostly nowhere to be found. Private corporations now have control of free speech in the United States.

A website called ‘Muslim Statistics’ was also de-platformed by WordPress. Blogger is doing the same thing.

In the UK, there is a new definition of Islamophobia. “The new definition of Islamophobia would devastate freedom of speech. It says anyone who targets ‘expressions of Muslimness’ is racist. This means anyone who criticizes Islam is racist. This is blasphemy law by the back door”, says Brendan O’Neill of Spiked.

It seems we are headed for the same definition in our Orwellian world. I am deeply concerned about free speech in America.

IT’S NOT ONLY SITES ABOUT SHARIA, IT’S EVERYTHING ON THE RIGHT WordPress regularly de-platforms right-wing websites. I know nothing about these sites except that they are right-wing and they were de-platformed: Mtn. Forge and the Dirt People blog, now Chateau Heartiste.

This just doesn’t happen to left-wing sites.

Recently Infowars, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson, and a couple of others were de-platformed by Facebook. This is only the beginning. So many bloggers I communicated with on Facebook are gone. They weren’t extreme, just right-wing.

The Gateway Pundit posted an article Thursday about something Facebook pulled on them. Their fact checkers perverted the headline of one of their articles and then called it fake news. In fact, the article was accurate. Facebook’s fact-checkers are all left-wing and mostly far-left. They use the ridiculously biased Poynter Institute, which is funded in part by George Soros, as one of the fact checkers. The checkers distort the headline, according to the Pundit, and then they block traffic to them.

The Facebook page we post on, Capitalism Is Freedom, has traffic blocked as well. Our numbers are drastically reduced. We have 930,000 supporters but few get to see the articles. It gets worse every day.

Patreon is doing the same thing — deleting the right.

YouTube took down one of my videos today. It was a five-year-old video about a terror-time Islamist in the UK who just got out of prison — Anjem Choudary. All that was on it was him ranting.

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Canadian Government Imposes ‘Social Justice’ on All Universities

The Liberal government of Canada has formulated a new program to which all universities are expected to commit. It is called “Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” A “Charter” for “Dimensions” has been distributed to all university presidents, who are urged to sign, endorsing the program for their universities.

Minister for Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan launched this program, using the “independent” funding councils—The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), The National Science and Engineering Council (NSERC), and The Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)—as the conduit for “Dimensions” grants. This is not the first time that Minister Duncan has imposed “equity, diversity, and inclusion” conditions for grants; in 2017, new diversity criteria were enunciated for the Canada Research Chair grants.

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Austrian Far-Right Leader Under Fire for Ibiza Meeting Video

BERLIN — Austrian opposition parties called Friday for the country’s vice-chancellor to resign after a two German newspapers published footage of him apparently offering lucrative government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor.

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and the weekly Der Spiegel published extracts of covert video allegedly showing Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, meeting a woman claiming to be interested in investing large amounts of money in the Alpine nation. The two papers said the meeting, which took place months before Austria’s parliamentary election, was clearly a trap laid to compromise the two politicians, though it’s unclear who was behind it.

In the video, the source of which the newspapers declined to reveal, Strache and party colleague Johann Gudenus are heard telling the unnamed woman she can expect lucrative construction contracts if she buys an Austrian newspaper and supports the Freedom Party. Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Der Spiegel said the footage was authenticated by a forensic video expert. It couldn’t be immediately independently verified by The Associated Press.

“It’s time to end this nightmare,” the head of Austria’s Social Democratic Party, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, said after the reports. “Strache and Gudenus must step down today.”

She urged Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of the center-right People’s Party to take responsibility for his government allies: “He chose to enter into this coalition.”

Werner Kogler, a leading member of Austria’s opposition Green Party, also urged Kurz to dissolve the coalition “or he himself will become untenable.”…

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Austrian MPs Give Green Light to Headscarf Ban in Primary Schools

Austrian MPs on Wednesday approved a law aimed at banning the headscarf in primary schools, a measure proposed by the ruling right-wing government.

So as to avoid charges that the law discriminates against Muslims, the text refers to any “ideologically or religiously influenced clothing which is associated with the covering of the head”.

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Car Fires in the Netherlands on the Rise

Automobile fires in the Netherlands are rising at an alarming rate, according to local media.

Dutch insurance companies have reported a 9 percent increase in car fires from 2017 to 2018, as 4,359 such claims were filed in 2018, up from 4,014 in 2017.

“The number of car fires in the Netherlands increased by no less than 45 percent in the past five years,” NL Times reports. “The provinces of Utrecht, Groningen and Zeeland in particular are seeing more and more cars set alight by vandals and arsonists.”

Some 40 to 50 million euros of damage are being inflicted upon vehicles annually, insurers say.

“We have been thinking about it for a long time, but we can not explain it very well,” says Richard Weurding, managing director of the Dutch Association of Insurers. “If a car burns down, that is the conversation of the day in a community. That has a big impact, especially if it’s your own car.”

[Comment: Incredible. Thinking about it for a long time and still can’t explain it.]

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Conad Takes Over Auchan’s Italian Supermarkets

Operation sees around 1,600 outlets change hands

(ANSA) — Milan, May 14 — Italian retailer Conad has signed an agreement to buy almost all of French supermarket group Auchan’s outlets in Italy, sources said Monday.

The operation will see around 1,600 outlets change hands.

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Election Interference: Stripe Payment Processor Bans Tommy Robinson UK Election Campaign

Independent European parliamentary candidate Tommy Robinson’s campaign has been banned from using the Stripe payment processor.

Robinson’s campaign has stated that this is a blatant case of campaign interference.

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EU Citizenship Exists for Years — Moavero to Kompatscher

FM ‘stunned’ by words on double passport for Alto Adige

(ANSA) — Rome, May 14 — European Union citizenship has existed for years, Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said to Trentino-Alto Adige Governor Kompatscher Arno Kompatscher Tuesday after the latter told Der Spiegel Monday that German and Ladin speaking Alto Adige citizens should have double citizenship as “an intermediate step towards European citizenship”.

Moavero said he was “stunned” by what the governor had said.

“Citizenship of the EU has existed for over a decade, it confers rights and is highlighted by a specific mention written on the cover of the passports in every EU state,” Moavero said.

Austria has repeatedly called for Alto Adige German speakers to be given a double passport.

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Israel Claims Muslim Man Behind Stabbing of Jewish Woman in Sweden

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has claimed that the man arrested earlier this week in connection with the allegedly anti-Semitic stabbing of a Jewish woman in Sweden is a member of the Islamic faith.

The attack occurred in the Swedish city of Helsingborg earlier this week and saw the woman, in her 60’s, stabbed up to nine times by her attacker who fled the scene following the incident. According to a report from the Times of Israel, local Jewish leaders say the motive for the attack was anti-Semitism and that the woman was the wife of a local Jewish leader.

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Italian PM Suddenly Requests Resignations of 6 in Their Intel… Is the Heat on Brennan?

Are we about to see the declassification from President Trump? Let’s get the ball rolling!

George Papadopoulos tweeted out confirmation that after President Trump’s phone call to the Italian Prime Minister, 6 deputy directors of Italian intelligence are being asked to resign.

He also says that Italy has flipped and is “giving up Brennan”.

This is huge because it further confirms that Brennan was heavily involved in the spying and set up that would allow the intel agencies to spy on Trump.

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Italy: Del Vecchio and French Make Peace Over Essilux

Shares rise 3% on news of deal

(ANSA) — Rome, May 13 — French-Italian eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica and French group Delfin on Monday signed a deal to settle governance issues.

Leonardo Del Vecchio and Hubert Sagnières delegated some powers to Francesco Milleri and Laurent Vacherot. All ongoing dispute have been resolved including Delfin’s arbitration sources said.

Essilux stocks rose 3% on the news of the deal.

EssilorLuxottica SA is a French-Italian vertically integrated multinational corporation based in Paris and founded on 1 October 2018 from the merger of the French Essilor and the Italian Luxottica. It is one of the leading groups in the design, production and marketing of ophthalmic lenses, optical equipment and prescription glasses and sunglasses. The company has more than 20 premium brands including Oakley, Michael Kors, LensCrafters, and more.

The global eyewear holding company has 16 billion euros in revenues and 57 billion capitalization. The company is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 share index which includes the 40 largest capitalized companies traded on the Paris Stock Exchange and the Euro Stoxx 50 which includes the 50 largest companies in the Eurozone.

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Italy: FI MEP, Lombardy Confindustria Chief Probed in Milan

For illegal party funding in major graft case

(ANSA) — Milan, May 15 — An MEP for former three-time premier and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party and the Lombardy head of Italian industrial employers group Confindustria were placed under investigation for illegal party funding over a payment of over 30,000 euros on Wednesday.

FI MEP Lara Comi is under investigation for illegal party funding in a big Milan graft probe involving politicians, businesspeople and allegedly the Calabrian-based ‘Ndrangheta mafia, sources said Wednesday.

At least two regional FI high-ups have already been implicated in the probe, in which a total of 43 people were arrested earlier this month.

Marco Bonometti, the president of Confindustria’s Lombardy chapter and president of the Brescia-based company Officine Meccaniche Rezzatesi, is also being probed by Milan’s DDA anti-mafia investigators for illicit funding, investigative sources said Wednesday.

Bonometti is also being investigated as part of the sweeping kickbacks probe by Milan anti-mafia prosecutors in which the 43 arrest warrants were issued in Lombardy and Piedmont eight days ago.

Bonometti, who is considered close to FI by investigators, was questioned by magistrates over illicit funding worth 31,000 euros allegedly given to companies linked to Comi, allegedly for a consultancy, according to the sources.

Comi’s lawyer said “the consultancy was legal and there was no illegal funding”.

A key suspect in the Milan probe into kickbacks between politicians and businessmen allegedly involving the ‘Ndrangheta mafia remained under house arrest this week.

Fabio Altitonante, an FI Lombardy regional councillor, saw his plea to be released rejected Monday after a judge found he was still “influential”.

Altitonante could still commit crimes, the judge said, meaning he had to stay under house arrest.

Altitonante and an FI European election candidate, Pietro Tatarella, were among those arrested in the kickbacks probe by Milan anti-mafia prosecutors on May 7.

FI councillor Altitonante, regional undersecretary for the Expo area for the Lombardy regional government, was taken into custody along with Milanese city councillor, deputy FI regional coordinator, MP and European Parliament candidate Pietro Tatarella.

Altitonante and Tatarella had both had a precocious start leading to promising careers in the party of former three-time premier and media magnate Berliusconi, and had been dubbed ‘golden boys’.

Also arrested was a businessman in the waste management and environmental clean-up sector, Daniele D’Alfonso, who owns the Ecol-Service company.

Prosecutors said Tatarella was on D’Alfonso’s “pay book” and received 5,000 euros a month for steering contracts of waste company AMSA his way as well as other contracts in Varese and Novara, where another FI MP, Diego Sozzani, was said to be “active”.

Sozzani said he would resign if there were a “shadow” of proof against him.

Tatarella was caught on a wiretap urging other suspects: “let’s try and get into the area of the former Expo”.

Another of those arrested, ex FI provincial coordinator in Varese Gioacchino Caianiello, was said to be the “puppet master” for many of the kickbacks.

Illicit funding to the nationalist Brothers of Italy (FdI) party was also unearthed, prosecutors said, a claim the party denied.

Prosecutors said there was also an episode of “instigation to corruption” regarding Lombardy Governor Attilio Fontana, who is the injured party and is not under investigation.

“I’m the injured party, I’ll talk to the prosecutors,” Fontana said.

Prosecutors said they were “evaluating the position” of Fontana, who is accused of abuse of office in relation to the appointment of a former law partner to a regional post.

Overall, some 43 warrants were issued in the probe against two criminal groups, operating between Milan and Varese and made up of local politicians, civil servants and business people, some with alleged ‘Ndrangheta links.

Those served warrants are accused of conspiracy to commit crimes aggravated by setting up a mafia type organisation, corruption and bid rigging, aimed at sharing out pubic contracts.

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New Definition of the Kilogram Comes Into Force

The redefinition of four units of the International System of Units (SI) will come into effect on Monday 20 May meaning that all seven base units are now based on fundamental physical constants. The kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole are now defined in terms of physical constants rather than an object or phenomenon. The decision to redefine of the four SI base units was taken in November 2018 when meterollogists and policy-makers from 60 countries around the world met at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles, France. The change will now become a reality on 20 May to mark World Metrology Day.

There are seven base units of the SI: the second, metre, kilogram, ampere, kelvin, mole and candela. Some have long been based on physical constants. The second, for example, is set as 9 192 631 770 times the period of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom. The metre, meanwhile, has been defined since 1983 as the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 seconds.

The biggest change is to the kilogram, which was set by a 143-year-old platinum alloy cylinder, dubbed “Le Grand K” housed in the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris. The kilogram is now defined in terms of the Planck constant, h, which has been measured with extraordinary precision in recent years. Its agreed value will be set as 6.626 070 15 × 10-34 kg m2 s—1, with researchers able to make precise mass measurement using equipment such as the Kibble balance.

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Quarter of British Muslims Sympathize With Charlie Hebdo Terrorists

One in four British Muslims sympathise with terrorists behind the Charlie Hebdo shooting in January, according to a UK-based poll.

A report published on The Telegraph said the polling by ComRes for the BBC discloses that a significant minority of Muslims validate terrorist activities against those who mock the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

27 per cent of British Muslims say they have “some sympathy for the motives behind the attacks” on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine. Meanwhile, around 11 per cent stated that magazines which publish images of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) “deserve to be attacked”.

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Spygate Shake-Up: Prime Minister of Italy Fires Top Officials From Italian Intel Agencies

In a surprise move Wednesday, Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister of Italy, fired the top management of three Italian intelligence agencies.

The move is being seen as the Conte government’s response to the previous government’s coordinated surveillance activity with U.S. intelligence officials during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Sweden: Prominent Muslim Head of Free School Seized by Security Police

The chief executive of a largely Muslim free school in Gothenburg has been placed in custody by the Swedish Migration Agency on the orders of the country’s Säpo security police. It follows the arrests of other Imams in recent months.

He was seized on Wednesday and taken to an immigration detention centre in the city, Sweden’s Expressen newspaper reported on Thursday.

Abdel-Nasser el Nadi, chief executive of Vetenskapsskolan, is the fifth senior member of Sweden’s Muslim community to be placed in custody in less than a month.

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Swedish Teen Assaulted While Leafleting for Populist Party Election Campaign

A 15-year-old man was violently attacked by a group of individuals while out campaigning for the populist Sweden Democrats (SD) for this month’s upcoming European Parliament election, it is claimed.

The incident took place in the main square in the city of Borås where the Sweden Democrats had set up a booth as part of their European Parliament campaign and followed a previous incident in which the teen had been sprayed with soda, local newspaper Borås Tidning reports.

After the teen had the soda poured on him, he attempted to take a picture of the alleged perpetrator around half an hour later near the city’s railway station but was set upon by multiple other individuals who began to violently beat him.

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Teen Brexiteer Who Went Viral After BBC Question Time Appearance Has Marriage Proposals

A YOUNG Brexiteer who went viral after backing the Brexit Party on BBC Question Time received multiple marriage requests following her appearance, with supporters praising her for challenging the ‘stereotype’ of what EU exit backers look like.

However 19-year-old Emily Hewertson, from Northampton, said she also received abuse following her appearance. On Question Time Nigel Farage beamed after Ms Hewertson commented: “At this point in time the only things that should be left in Europe should be Liverpool and Tottenham.” The Brexit backer explained how, despite being a Conservative Party member, she will vote for the Brexit Party in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

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Theresa May’s Attempts to Stitch-Up Brexit ‘Deal’ With Hard-Left Corbyn’s Labour Collapses

Prime Minister Theresa May’s efforts to stitch-up a Brexit deal with hard-left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have ended in failure.

“I believe the talks between us about finding a compromise agreement on leaving the European Union have now gone as far as they can,” Corbyn wrote to Mrs May in a letter reported by the BBC.

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Verified Twitter Journalist Threatens to Contact Man’s Employer Because He Did the ‘OK’ Hand Sign

A verified Twitter journalist is threatening to contact people’s employers because they did the ‘OK’ hand sign.

Yes, seriously.

Finnish Twitter user Iisak Selin responded to a tweet by journalist David MacDougall with a photo of himself using the hand gesture.

MacDougall responded by tweeting, “Hi Iisak — Do you have a job? I wonder what your employers think of you making a sign that has been co-opted by white supremacists and racists? Would be interesting to find out. Or maybe a future employer is interested…”

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With Six Days to Go Brexit Party Hits 35 Per Cent While Tories Sink to Single Figures

Nigel Farage’s Brexit party has hit a new polling high, reaching a predicted 35 per cent of the public vote just five weeks after the party was launched and six days before Britain votes in the European Union Parliament elections.

While the figures reported by major pollster YouGov remain comparatively static to their last figures published last week, the newly minted Brexit Party has managed to rise one point from an already historic 34 to 35 per cent, while the Conservatives have dropped one.

Now languishing in single digits at nine per cent, the party which presently rules the country under Prime Minister Theresa May is set to have its worst result in a national poll at any time in its nearly two-century history.

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Twitter Suspends Coptic Christian Account for Criticizing Muslim Brotherhood, An Egpytian Designated Terrorist Group

Twitter on Friday banned Lady in Medicine, a Coptic Christian who opposes the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Egyptian and Saudi government have designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

There are rumblings that President Donald Trump may place the Muslim Brotherhood on the US list of terrorist organizations.

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Watch: Roger Waters Posts Bizarre Rant Comparing Israelis to Aliens

The Pink Floyd frontman last week posted a video in which he mentioned a conversation he had had with his “good friend” Omar Barghouti, the founder of the BDS movement against Israel.

In an incomprehensible tirade, a bathrobe-clad Waters outlines “3 F’s” as to why Eurovision should withdraw from host city Tel Aviv. He references the movie The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, saying the Eurovision has “been taken over by aliens” — or, in this case, Israelis. “I know it’s giving aliens a bad name, but…,” he said.

He then points his index finger at the camera and yells “anti-Semite!” appearing to mock claims that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.

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British Women Jailed in Middle East for ‘Trying to Rescue Abused Dogs’

Two British women have been jailed in the Gulf state Sultanate of Oman, for “trying to rescue abused animals”.

The pair were in the Middle East teaching English for the British Council, but ran afoul of a “cultural misunderstanding” with their Arab hosts when they attempted to “save two mistreated dogs” who had been left out in “scorching” heat by their “cruel” owner.

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Former State Dept. Official to China: Don’t Negotiate With Trump

Tells Beijing to wait until president is removed in 2020

Mrs. Susan Thornton, the former acting assistant secretary of state in the Trump administration, told her Beijing audience to stop negotiating until President Trump is removed from office in 2020.

Until July 2018, she was Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State and led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China, and a fast-changing international environment.

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NGO Warns China Using Hollywood to Expand Authoritarian Reach

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is using its financial clout over Hollywood to exert influence and deepen its authoritarianism by censoring alternative ideas, an expert warned a House panel on Thursday.

Christopher Walker, the vice president for studies and analysis at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), argued that China had co-opted Hollywood to support Beijing’s authoritarian goals. Moreover, he pointed out that Beijing gained control of some U.S.-based traditional media outlets, noting that the CCP is clandestinely spreading its message on American soil via more than a dozen radio stations.

Walker’s comments came in the form of written testimony prepared for a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing focused on China’s “digital authoritarianism.”

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Political Correctness is a Tool for Socialist Censorship and Thought Control

[…]

The effects of political correctness can be found most clearly where the concept originates: under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as Mao Zedong created the concept in 1967 to control public dissent at the start of the Cultural Revolution. The idea was simple: support the regime’s policies and you are politically correct. Oppose them, and you can be targeted and destroyed.

In its details, the CCP’s use of political correctness is different from the way it’s used in the United States and Europe, yet underneath it has the same purpose. Under the Chinese regime, it’s used as an artificial moral system to guard the policies of the CCP. In the United States, it’s used as an artificial moral system to guard socialist policies. …

Soviet defector and former propagandist Yuri Bezmenov explained in his book, “Love Letter to America,” that when a communist regime is trying to subvert a country, it attacks all of the nation’s moral and cultural foundations. These attacks take various forms, but include promotions of drug use, grassroots movements, and all forms of vices.

Yet, when the regimes take power, they will move to forbid the systems of destabilization. Bezmenov wrote that when a socialist regime is formed, it then needs to establish stability and create a “new morality.” At that point, Bezmenov explained, there will be “No more ‘grass roots’ movements. No more criticism of the State. The Press will obediently censor itself.”

[ Yuri Bezmenov, Love Letter to America
archive.org/stream/BezmenovLoveLetterToAmerica/YuriBezmenov-LoveLetterToAmerica_djvu.txt
See also videoes by Yuri Bezmenov on YouTube, if that is still permitted.]

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South Korea to Donate $8m in Humanitarian Aid to North

May 17 (UPI) — The South Korean government has decided to send $8 million in humanitarian aid to North Korea, days after Pyongyang claimed the country is experiencing extreme drought.

The aid will not be delivered directly but will be channeled to various United Nations agencies, including the World Food Program and UNICEF, Yonhap news agency reported Friday.

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‘88 Days a Slave’: British Backpacker, 25, Moans That She Had to Get Up Early and Do ‘Hard Graft and Long’ Four-Hour Days While Fruit-Picking in Australia — and Complains the Bathrooms Were Too Dirty

A British backpacker has claimed she was lured into slave labour when she was made to wake up early and work more than four hours a day on a fruit farm in the Bundaberg region in Queensland.

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Australian Cricket Star Usman Khawaja’s Brother Admits Assaulting a Parking Inspector — Just Months Before He ‘Faked an ISIS Terror Plot to Frame His Love Rival’

Arsalan Khawaja, 39, pleaded guilty to common assault at the Waverley Local Court, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Thursday.

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Huge Mural of Hijab-Clad Jacinda Ardern Hugging a Muslim Woman After the Christchurch Massacre is Unveiled in Australia Despite Petition From Angry Locals

A GoFundMe page which received more than $11,000 in one day, was created to pay street artist Loretta Lizzio to paint the image on a silo in Melbourne.

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Proud Stepfather Bob Hawke Beams With Joy Alongside Wife Blanche as They Watch Her Son Marry His Beautiful Bride in Final Photos Taken Just Days Before His Death

The former Australian Labor prime minister died on Thursday surrounded by family, just two days before the federal election, which he was hoping his party would win.

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Ilhan Omar Complains Trump is Droning Jihadis in Somalia ‘To Death’

Describing herself as “an African on this committee,” she suggested that the Trump administration should “reassess” the way it deals with al-Shabaab and other jihadis in Somalia.

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Twitter Arbitrarily Bans Babalú Blog Website, But Cuban Dictatorship Propaganda Websites Are Still Welcome

Today marks ten days since Twitter, without warning or explanation, arbitrarily banned any links to Babalú Blog on its platform. On May 8th, Twitter began rejecting tweets containing a link to Babalú and continues doing so to this moment.

When I tried to tweet an article from Babalú on May 8th, I got a message the tweet did not go through. No reasons were given for blocking the tweet, leaving me wondering what was going on. So I checked the @babalubloggers profile to try and retweet the article from there. That is when I discovered the article tweets that auto-post from our website to the Babalú Twitter account had stopped posting

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Alleged Serial Killer Charged in Deaths of 11 Elderly Women

Accused is a Kenyan citizen who was living in the U.S. illegally

A Dallas man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least 11 more elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole, authorities said Thursday.

Kim Leach, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney’s office, said 46-year-old Billy Chemirmir was indicted Tuesday on six more counts of capital murder in the deaths of women ranging in age from 76 to 94.

Chemirmir, a Kenyan citizen who was living in the U.S. illegally, also is charged in nearby Collin County with two counts of attempted capital murder for similar attacks there, according to county court records.

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Dutch Ministry of Justice Covered up ‘Serious Crimes’ By Asylum Seekers. Rape, Battery, Murder, Etc. Listed Unspecified as “Other”

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reveals attempts by the Ministry of Justice and Safety to obfuscate the amount of crime committed by asylum seekers. In an article published on 16 May, the paper writes that despite promises of openness, the Ministry has attempted to hide serious crimes by misnaming them ‘other incidents’. Those ‘other incidents’ include rape cases and child abuse.

This deliberate attempt at misleading the public comes after De Telegraaf had to resort to legal steps in 2017 to get data on crimes committed by asylum seekers. Then, the Ministry denied keeping a separate registration, claiming it had no figures to release. In reality, the police kept statistics, with De Telegraafclaiming the sheer volume of the files kept the authorities from releasing the information.

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Germany: 26yo Eritrean Migrant Repays Family Who Took Him in by Stabbing Their 11yo Child While Shouting ‘Die, Die, Die!’

“The boy’s mother said, ‘We always helped Abdulrahman. We do not understand why he did this to us.’

A 26-year-old Eritrean migrant repaid a German family that took him in to their home in Bavaria by allegedly stabbing their 11-year-old child with a bread knife repeatedly while shouting “die, die, die!”

Refugee Abdulrahman M. (26) was kindly welcomed at the home of the German Tina K. (34). Yet he stabbed her son Paul (11) with a bread knife on July 25, 2018. The child was seriously injured and survived […] This week, the asylum seeker from Eritrea has to appear before the court of Passau (Bavaria) for attempted murder.

After his flight from Eritrea, Abdulrahman M. lived with other refugees in a multi-family home in Vilshofen. Tina K. (34) lived with her husband and two sons in the same house and took care of the refugees, German media write including Die Welt and Süddeutsche Zeitung.

According to the prosecutor, Abdulrahman M. lured his assistant’s son into ambush in the parental home. He was actually aiming at Paul’s mother, but she was shopping with the other refugees at the time.

The asylum seeker asked the boy where his mother was and pushed him into the living room. There he knocked him down and brought out a bread knife that he had kept hidden until then. M. would have called “die, die” when he stabbed the boy. Paul reacted fearlessly and defended himself during the knife attack.

The family dog — a terrier — eventually saved his life. He bit the attacker. Then Paul was able to free himself and run out of the house. M. did not stop the chase until the boy could stop a car along the road. Paul was seriously injured in the neck and arms and legs. He had to undergo emergency surgery. He had a cut of 15 centimeters [6 inches] on the neck.

Ten months after the facts, the boy still has serious psychological problems and concentration problems, his father said. He has been going back to school for a few weeks after being admitted to a specialized clinic for months.

[Comment: Stupid parents. They are just as much to blame because of their kool-aid multi-culti brainwashing.]

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Hundreds of Illegal Migrants Pouring Across the English Channel

Illegal migrants are continuing to pour across the English Channel in small boats, with hundreds being brought to shore by the authorities even after being intercepted.

Statistics released to House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee by Sir Philip Rutnam, permanent secretary at Sajid Javid’s Home Office, revealed that 739 migrants were discovered between January 2018 and February 2019, 135 of whom made landfall without being intercepted, The Times reports.

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Nancy Pelosi: ‘We Have Never Not Said There Was a Crisis’ At U.S.-Mexico Border

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) falsely claimed Wednesday that Democrats have “never” denied that there is a “crisis” on the U.S.-Mexico border — a statement directly contradicted by the words of multiple party leaders just months ago.

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Salvini Tells Rescue Ship Carrying 65 Migrants to Stay Away From Italian Territorial Waters

A ship operated by the German rescue charity Sea Watch rescued 65 migrants near Libya. Italy’s right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini said he doesn’t want them “getting near Italian territorial waters”, and vowed to block the ship from docking in Italy.

“I have just signed an injunction order against them getting near Italian territorial waters. Our ports are, and remain, closed to migrant rescue boats”, Salvini wrote in a tweet.

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Swedes Less Positive Than Hungarians to Taking in Refugees According to New Survey

A new survey regarding attitudes towards migration across Europe has found more than half of Swedes say they do not want to see the country take in more refugees, making it one of the most migration-sceptic nations.

Around 8,000 people in Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, France and Sweden were asked a series of questions in the survey by YouGov, including:

“Do you agree with the statement: ‘My country should not receive more refugees from conflict areas.’?” to which 51 percent of the Swedish respondents said they agreed, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports.

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Trump Plans to Invoke Insurrection Act to Boot Illegal Immigrants

“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said.

President Donald Trump is planning on using the Insurrection Act to remove illegal immigrants from the United States, The Daily Caller has learned.

According to multiple senior administration officials, the president intends to invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to remove illegal immigrants from the country.

“We’re doing the Insurrection Act,” one official said.

Under the Insurrection Act of 1807, the president has the authority to use the National Guard and military in order to combat “unlawful obstruction or rebellion” within U.S. borders. The act was last invoked in 1992 by George H.W. Bush to quell the Los Angeles riots, and was also used by Eisenhower in 1957 to enforce school desegregation in the south.

An official expressed concerns that Trump’s use of the act’s powers would face legal challenges, pointing to the lawsuits against the president’s travel ban from majority-Muslim countries. However, as the official noted, the travel ban ultimately prevailed in the Supreme Court.

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Trump Admin Notifies 500,000+ Employers They Have Workers With Bogus Social Security Numbers

The Trump administration has notified more than 500,000 employers that some of their employees’ names do not match their reported Social Security numbers in a new move to crack down on illegal aliens.

The move is reminiscent of Ronald Reagan, who in 1986 signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act that put the onus on employers by making the act of knowingly hiring undocumented people a criminal offense.

Since March, the Social Security Administration has mailed out “no-match letters” to more than 570,000 employers, telling them of the mismatched information on their employers.

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“Cultural Schizophrenia”: US Media No Longer Reports Facts, But Appeals to Emotions

The mainstream media in the United States has made a shift in the past few decades. Now, they appeal to emotions as opposed to reporting the facts. This “cultural schizophrenia” is tearing the U.S. apart at the seams.

Based on the conclusions to a RAND Corporation study, the mainstream media is actively sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT. The media is focusing on making two sides hate each other instead of reporting on the facts, and the majority of the public is unaware and doesn’t care that their minds are being manipulated by their own emotional responses.

The study, which was released by RAND earlier this week, states that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event— and context-based reporting to coverage that is “more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals.” According to RT, prime-time cable news shows and online journalism lead the way in this shift to emotional and hate-based rhetoric. It has been noticed in print journalism as well, the government-funded think tank concluded. This is contributing to what RAND termed “Truth Decay.” This is described as a shift away from facts and analysis in public discourse.

Hedges claims that the deterioration of the mainstream media is “far worse” than the RAND report suggests. And he isn’t alone in that assessment.

[Comment: Globalist owned media is intentionally ensuring viewers are in a constant state of anger and outrage. This is by design. ]

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Cardinal: Gender Theory Threatens Family and Christian Faith

ROME — Exposing the errors of gender theory is of the “utmost urgency” for the future of humanity and of Christianity, a Dutch cardinal told an assembly of Catholics in Rome Thursday.

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, the archbishop of Utrecht, said that gender theory is a modern development “which sets the city of the human race against the City of God, and the world order against the Christian faith,” in an address to the Rome Life Forum on the theme “City of man vs City of God — Global One World Order vs Christendom,” organized by Voice of the Family.

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Danish Women Prefer Wolf-Whistles to Feminism — Study Shows Denmark is One of the Least Feminist Countries in the World

A poll, conducted by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project of more than 25,000 people in 23 major countries, found that just one in six Danes consider themselves a feminist, a third said that wolf whistling at women in the street was acceptable, and two in five supported the #MeToo movement.

The startling results marks a dramatic contrast to Denmark’s neighbor Sweden, where 46 percent do, and a smaller share even than in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, which otherwise lag far behind Denmark on gender equality.

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Emily Ratajkowski Poses Nude to Punish ‘Old White Men’ For Alabama Abortion Law

Beautiful model Emily Ratajkowski posted a nude photo of herself to social media on Thursday to protest the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, the strictest abortion law in the nation.

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Facebook Suspends Candace Owens for Saying Liberal Policies Incentivize Fatherless Homes

“When a black woman begins discussing the TRUTH—which is that liberal policies have systematically ruined black homes—they censor”.

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Feminist Says Family Must be “Abolished” To ‘Dismantle Capitalism’

Feminist Sophie Lewis has written a new book in which she argues that in order to ‘dismantle capitalism’ it’s necessary to ‘abolish the family’.

Lewis was interview by left-wing website the Nation under the headline Want to Dismantle Capitalism? Abolish the Family.

According to the piece, patriarchy and capitalism combined to produce alienated workers who became “instruments of production” for the men who lorded over them.”

This led to the “heteronormativity of familial relations” and must be combated by a “radical reconceptualization of pregnancy itself”.

If by this point, you’re wondering what the hell any of this is about, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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Globalists Pushing for Further Social Media Censorship

Globalists are now pushing a pact called the “Christchurch Call to Action” which aims to curtail freedom of speech online in the name of “fighting extremism”. Matt Bracken breaks down this next level of tyrannical censorship now going worldwide.

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Head of Islamic Human Rights Commission Calls Gay Conservative Author Douglas Murray a “Hate Preacher”

During a debate about social media censorship, the head of the Islamic Human Rights Commission called gay conservative author Douglas Murray a “hate preacher”.

Massoud Shadjareh also said that Muslim reformist and liberal author Maajid Nawaz was a “hate preacher”.

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‘Ideological Enforcement: ‘ Twitter Blocks Heritage Foundation Director Over Trans Sports Tweet

On Wednesday, Twitter suspended the account of Greg Scott, director of media at The Heritage Foundation. Scott tweeted out an article about a male who identifies as a woman and who was booted from competing in women’s weightlifting. The NBC News headline said this man was “stuck on the sidelines.”

“He is not ‘stuck on the sidelines.’ He is free to compete against other men,” Scott tweeted. “The whole ‘I was astonished’ act is tired and dishonest. If any competitive sport highlights the differences [between] men & women that EVERYONE KNOWS ARE REAL, it is powerlifting.”

Twitter locked Scott out of his account for violating the rules against “hateful conduct.”

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Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Fundamentalists’ Trying to ‘Outlaw Sex That Falls Outside Their Theology’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has joined the chorus of Democrats in speaking out against the recent enactment of several state-level abortion laws, claiming they are about “owning women” and establishing a U.S. theocracy.

“Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies. They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted earlier Thursday morning. “From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.”

In a follow-up tweet, the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman contended that measures criminalizing the killing of infants expose that a woman’s right to receive an abortion “threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.”

“It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body,” she added.

[Comment: So she admits, its all about sex for liberated women. For them getting pregnant is an inconvenience that gets in the way of more sex. Of patriachy word thrown in too…as well as ignoring the baby’s DNA is different than that of the mother and so is not part of the woman’s body.]

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Pete Buttigieg Unveils 2020 Agenda: Amnesty, Legal Pot, And Abortion

Mayor Pete Buttigieg released a series of policy proposals on his website after campaigning on vague campaign themes so far in his 2020 presidential race.

The new policy proposals published on his website include a plan for amnesty for illegal immigrants, the legalization of marijuana nationwide, and the unfettered right to abortion.

“Comprehensive immigration reform must include a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living, working, paying taxes, and contributing to our American story, including DREAMers,” Buttigieg wrote on his website under his immigration proposals.

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Pro-Abortion Activist Advocates Violence Against Pro-Life Women, 50,000 People Like Her Tweet

A pro-abortion activist on Twitter endorsed violence against pro-life women and the tweet received 50,000 likes — proving once again how social media has radicalized the left.

A user called @cheleblush posted a video in response to the Alabama abortion law which shows Jordan Hunt roundhouse kicking an anti-abortion activist in Toronto.

The video went viral last year and led to Hunt’s arrest on eight counts of assault. It subsequently emerged that Hunt had a history of violent attacks against women and activists.

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San Antonio Officials Want to Hide Comments Condemning Chick-fil-A

City officials in San Antonio, who discriminated against Christian-owned Chick-fil-A in their airport contracting, are trying to hide from the public their conversations now that they’re under investigation for their behavior.

WND reported in December the chain with the famed cattle urging “Eat More Chikin” has been forecast to leap past Taco Bell, Burger King and Wendy’s to become the third largest restaurant chain in the U.S.

The liberal hatred for the chain erupted when Dan Cathy, the son of founder S. Truett Cathy, said in an interview in 2012 he supports traditional marriage.

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Snapchat’s Gender-Swap Filter Decried as ‘Transphobic’

The self-appointed transgender police have besieged Snapchat for a filter that shows what a person would look like as the opposite sex, alleging that the app oversimplifies gender transitioning.

Snapchat is learning the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished as a filter meant to encourage openness to gender fluidity is being condemned by LGBT hardliners as insensitive to the hardships of transgender people.

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‘Upholding My Religious Beliefs Should Not Affect My Ability to Work or Play for My Country’: Israel Folau’s Emotional Response After His $4million Rugby Contract Was Torn Up Over Anti-Gay Post

Israel Folau has responded to Rugby Australia tearing up his $4million rugby contract after sharing a homophobic Instagram post.

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Watch: Toronto Mayor Defends Drag Queen Lap Dance in Front of Children

“I was supporting the LGBTQ community”

Toronto, Canada Mayor John Tory, defended receiving a lap dance from a drag queen at a public book store with children in attendance on Mother’s Day.

“I was supporting the LGBTQ community by being at an event that was held at Church St. that many families were present at, mother’s and children,” the mayor said when questioned about the “Mother’s Day Drag Brunch.”

In footage from the event, Tory can be seen placing cash into the thong of a man dressed in drag and patting the dancer on the back as he squatted on the mayor’s crotch.

Watch the original drag queen lap dance video below:…

When Rebel Media’s Keean Bexte confronted Tory about the incident and asked about the fact “kids were there,” Tory said, “That’s the decision of their own parents.”

Mayor Tory then chastized Bexte for “dividing the city” and pledged to continue attending events that “support the LGBTQ community.”

The book store that held the event also holds Drag Kids Brunch events as seen in the store’s Facebook posts below:

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What is True Diversity?

[…]

Intrigued by this process, I asked several individuals about company recruitment procedures, shipboard priorities, employee qualifications, and the cultural and geographic range of efforts to acquire the best people possible. What I learned provided object lessons on how best to attain true diversity in a work environment.

The most important point that emerged from our discussions was that the American cult of diversity, as preached in academia and business, has a perverse nature to it. In fact, the gargantuan “diversity and inclusion” bureaucracies in this country, as Heather Mac Donald stressed in “The Diversity Delusion,” are worse than useless; they’re saturated with self-serving functionaries whose activities undermine the foundations of U.S. society—business, government, and equal treatment under the law. Is this a harsh conclusion? Consider our recent national experience. …

Conclusion: The lesson for American “diversity and inclusion” authorities is clear: They’re going about it in completely the wrong way. That is, respect for disparate cultures and experiences must be earned, not dictated, and that can only happen when individuals are respected first for their talents and contributions to common efforts.

Interest in individuals’ backgrounds naturally ensues after the person in question demonstrates his or her worthiness as a fellow student, colleague, or business associate. Then, we can explore more deeply what they’re all about. In fact, there’s a good name for that sort of curiosity, that sort of practice, and the policy it implies.

It’s called diversity.

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Who Was Jane Roe? Did She Have an Abortion?

Who was Roe, who was Wade and what were the circumstances of the case and what happened to the people involved?

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17 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/17/2019

  1. I often read the notes of Russians who, already in the conscious age, left after the collapse of the USSR to Europe or the United States. Most often it is quite educated people. They write that the degree of totalitarian madness in the West is now higher than it was once in the USSR and it is massive, unlike the USSR, where it was more for the species plus the usual Russian sloppiness, including in terms of ideology.

    In the topic below, the Polish question was raised. I read the book by Jan Karski, “My Testimony to the World,” where he describes Poland in 1939 and compares the communists and the Nazis. Oddly enough, the Russians in his notes look better than the Germans thanks to this very factor of sloppiness.

  2. .
    LIFE in Sweden is almost ruined – next in term is thh ECONOMY

    The ongoing venezualising of the Swedish economy and the monetary system risks pushing Sweden away from the group of developed countries faster and more efficiently than the ongoing slow degradation of social and political structures.
    Who knows – maybe we will see a banknote of one million Swedish Crowns with PM Löfven’s obnoxious face on, even before this term is over?

    https://gatesofvienna.net/2019/05/gates-of-vienna-news-feed-5-16-2019/#comment-532799

    • Yes, one wonders if the two-legged rats that the foolish Swedes so blithely let in will continue to stick around for the chance to rape Swedish women and boys, or if they will depart for greener pastures once the cash handouts have dried up.

      • .
        Where do you live that doesn’t have any two-legged rats in your vicinity?
        In Tasmania or on the Easter Island?

        • Next door to the People’s Republic of Minnesota; not immune to the plague of two-legged rats either, but the long, harsh, frigid winters drives most of them away along with the lack of freebies.

          There is still functioning law and order in the state in which I reside, and the locals take a very dim view of rape. The few cases I know of, one involving an african and the other a local both resulted in the rapists being sentenced to spend the next several decades in prison.

  3. Wonder if this former State Department sketchball, ms Thornton, is breaking the law in advising communist China on how to hinder fair trade negotiations. Let’s take her to court for a few years to find out!

      • Oh, wait. That’s Politico’s Europe page. It looks like the Austrians have a huge scandal to handle. Too bad about Strache, but at least he’s straightforward about his sins – i.e., “It was dumb and I was wrong”.

        Their US page is nearly all anti-Trump all the time. Look at this essay from NeverTrumper “conservative”, Rich Lowry (of National Review fame):

        What if Donald Trump hasn’t driven Democrats insane, sending them into a spiral of self-defeating radicalism, but instead made them shockingly pragmatic?

        Biden’s early strength suggests it may be the latter, that the reaction to Trump is so intense that it has crossed some sort of event horizon from fevered fantasy of his leaving office early via resignation or impeachment to a cold-eyed, win-at-any-cost practicality.

        Most of us find Biden to be a sleazy, beholden-to-China mess. IIRC, he was found guilty of plagiarism three separate times. Steal much, Joe?

      • I know, it was just for reference. Now Strache resigned just before the eu elections, so this is not a great time for FPÖ which was supposed to join populist movement. Also Kurz ended the government, so new elections.

        “Among other things, in the incriminated video the former vice-chancellor Strache also says he wants to boycott the Austrian and Bolzano-based entrepreneur by adoption Hans Peter Haselsteiner. To the alleged Russian oligarch with whom he speaks in Ibiza, Strache advises “to found a company like Strabag”, that is the company of Haselsteiner, giant of asphalt at European level. “When I am in government – adds Strache – I no longer want to have anything to do with Haselsteiner and you will have his contracts”. The entrepreneur, who has been living with his family in Bolzano for some time, has repeatedly spoken out against Strache’s party, also supporting nominations against the Austrian right with donations.”
        https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2019/05/18/news/austria_la_coalizione_di_governo_si_spacca_per_il_video_sui_legami_dell_ultradestra_con_i_russi-226561435/?refresh_ce

        The international institutions and financial banks are behind this. The timing is perfect, so they can double the outcome, destroy the government of austria, which was going too populist, and at the same time save their bills.

  4. Soph is Alia Atreides from Dune.
    Everything is filled with symbols. For example, today Arnold received a stab in the back. We waited for the Riot Machine, and we will be killed by [barbarians].
    And now begins the “Crusade” against children.
    In our country at some period few children were born – now it is called the “demographic hole”.
    Soph and Greta also belong to a small generation. Someone decided to do light work – clean this hole. It’s easier than killing baby bumers.

    I know for sure: if you stand under the banner, then you will be led to the slaughter.

  5. Apparently Tommy Robinson’s campaign stop was attacked in Oldham by the MDL (Muslim Defense League) where they were throwing eggs and bricks at supporters which included men, women and children. The MDL was from another city. A few videos are out
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_NpqhP5Y2_25OoXcmNsGA

    A few disturbing details are they police may have marched them there to protest. They did nothing except keep the groups separated even when chucks of bricks were being thrown. Tommy shut down his campaign stop.

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