Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/22/2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May has become increasingly isolated as more and more cabinet members resign, the latest being Andrea Leadsom, the Tory leader in the House of Commons. Mrs. May still refuses to consider stepping down, despite a revolt among pro-Brexit members of her own party. The last straw was apparently her call for a second Brexit referendum.

In other news, according to the latest projections, four of the five largest parties after the European parliamentary elections will be “populist” parties, with the Brexit Party being the largest of all.

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Financial Crisis
» American Feel Good About Economy and Give Trump Credit: Poll
 
USA
» 64% Think FBI Knew the Dossier Was Unreliable When They Applied for Search Warrant Against Trump Campaign
» Breaking: ‘Should I Bomb Trump Tower?’ — NJ Man Arrested After Threats
» California Sues Trump to Keep $1 Billion for Ghost Train to Nowhere
» Don’t Trust the Messenger: The Rise and Fall of Old Media
» Experts Worry Fatal Brain Disease Could Threaten Minnesota’s $1B Deer-Hunting Industry
» Florida Man Bathes in Wendy’s Kitchen Sink, Company Investigates
» Florida Man Says Passenger Performed Sex Acts While He Drove
» Hysteria: Chicago High School Spends Over $50,000 Replacing Year Book Because Some Students Did the ‘OK’ Hand Sign
» John Solomon Predicts Trump’s Next Move Will “Add to the Problems of the Deep State” [Video]
» Michael Avenatti Charged With Stealing From Stormy Daniels
» MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Plummet to Yearly Low
» No Wonder Obama Intel Chiefs Panicking — Trump to Declassify “Bucket 5” Russiagate Docs
» Phyllis Schlafly’s Handpicked Successor Calls for Official RNC Censure of Justin Amash
» Shock Poll: Trump Surging in Florida; Tops Biden and Every Democrat in New Poll
» The Battle for America’s Unconscious Mind: Framing the Debate
» The Pentagon Finally Admits it Investigates UFOs
» Trump Gives Dems an Ultimatum: No Infrastructure Deal Until Investigations Stop
» Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe it’s Their Duty to Lie to You
 
Canada
» Unsanctioned Signs in Off-Leash Park Ask Owners to Keep Dogs Away From Muslims
 
Europe and the EU
» Architects of Woke, #2: Slavoj Žižek & the Romance of Revolutionary Terror
» EU Elections: Macron Says Nationalists Pose ‘Existential Risk’ To EU, Poll Puts Le Pen Party on Course for Victory
» EU President Jean-Claude Juncker Lashes Out on Eve of Elections: “These Stupid Nationalists — Are in Love With Their Own Countries”
» European Elections Kick Off in Netherlands, UK Tomorrow
» Exclusive: Facebook ‘Hate Agents’ List Includes British Candidates for European Election
» Farage on What is at Stake at European Election: ‘Democracy, It’s Quite Simple Really’
» Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections
» German Socialist Party Youth Wing Threatens Nationalists With Baseball Bat in Facebook Post
» Google Electioneering: YouTube is Now Labeling Benign Tommy Robinson Campaign Videos as “Inappropriate or Offensive”
» Leading Eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt Admits EU Wants an ‘Empire’
» MEP Janice Atkinson: “The European Elections Are Taking a Nasty Turn for the Worse”
» Orban Tells Voters to Send ‘Strong Message’ To Brussels in EU Elections
» Prediction: 4 of 5 Largest Parties in Europe After Election Will be Nationalist-Populist
» Salvini: ‘Extremists’ Merkel, Macron and Junker Betrayed Europe in the Name of Finance, Multinationalism, And Mass Immigration
» The Death of Schengen: Denmark Proposes to Make Border Controls Permanent
» UK Orthodox Jews Mobilize for Tommy Robinson
» UK Postal Ballots Arrive Late or Not at All
» UK: ‘Betrayal of 17.4m People’: Brexiteer MPs Pan Deal, Demand May’s Ousting
» UK: Cable Collapse Continues as May’s ‘New Deal’ Flops, Farage Soars
» UK: Latest YouGov European Parliament Voting Intention Figures
» UK: May’s Cabinet Ministers Line Up to Face the PM in Private Meetings as MPs Demand She Quit Today Amid Fury at Disastrous Brexit Bill Second Referendum Promise
» UK: May’s Government in Chaos After Critical Cabinet Minister Resigns
» UK: Manchester Arena Bomb: Service Marks Second Anniversary
» UK: Tommy Robinson Speech in Burnley: “We Already Know We’re the Majority”
» UK: Tommy Robinson in Burnley: “Ready Made” Protesters Won’t Answer Questions
» UK: Tommy Robinson Supporters: “Theresa May is a Traitor”
 
Middle East
» Levin: ‘What in the Hell’ Is Dianne Feinstein ‘Doing Talking on an iPhone’ To the Iranian Foreign Minister?
» Turkey Willing to Help Canada Repatriate ISIS Members Held in Syria, Official Says
 
South Asia
» India Elections 2019: Voters to Find Out if Modi Returns as PM
 
Far East
» ‘Fool of Low IQ’: North Korea Slams ‘Imbecile’ Joe Biden
» Huawei Chief Says the Company Will Launch Its Own Operating System Within Months and it Will Work With All Android Apps
» Sean Spicer: Huawei, The Threat That is Hiding in Plain Sight
» Vodafone Found Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Equipment
 
Australia — Pacific
» Can You See the Problem Here — Because Bill Shorten Couldn’t! How a Greenie Convoy Cost Labor the Election — by Infuriating Locals Who Cared About Their Jobs More Than Global Warming
» Floods and Drought Devastate Crops All Over the Planet — Could a Global Food Crisis be Coming?
» Free Beers, Fancy Cocktails and a Lavish Slap-Up Dinner: Inside Labor’s Pre-Election Party as They Toasted Victory… Only to Suffer a Humiliating Defeat in Election Stunner
» ‘These People Don’t Have Electricity Mate’: Barnaby Joyce Says Voters Are More Interested in Affordable Power Than Climate Change Policy in Fiery Rant
 
Immigration
» Dutch Asylum Minister Resigns After Hiding Number of ‘Refugees’ Suspected of Serious Crimes
» Germany Spent Record 23 Billion Euros on Refugees in 2018, Government Document Shows
» ICE Sweep Nets 58 Illegal-Alien Criminals; Salvadoran, Filipino Thugs Deported
» Illegal Alien Convicted of Raping Dog to Death Released by Sanctuary State
» Illegal Alien From Kenya Charged With Killing 12 Elderly Women— CNN Still Ignoring Story
» Immigration Expert Calls Out Dem Candidates for Policy That Promotes Dangerous Trek to the U.S. [Video]
» MS-13 Illegal Aliens Charged With Murdering Teen Girl After Being Released by Sanctuary City
» UN ‘Human Rights Experts’ Demand Italy Reopen Ports, Slash Immigration Controls
 
Culture Wars
» CRC and Dangerous Documentaries Announces New Series: The Architects of Woke
» How Media Propagandists Create ‘Symbolic’ Meaning
» Nolte: Cannes Poster Features First Lady Carrying Donald Trump’s Severed Head
» NY Times: ‘Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives’
» NYC Department of Education: ‘Individualism’ Is ‘White Supremacy Culture’
» Texas County Defies Demands to Remove Crosses From Courthouse
» ‘Thoughtcrime’ Is Becoming a Reality
» UK: Muslim Parents Pelt LGBT Activists With Eggs in Row Over ‘Equality Lessons’
 

American Feel Good About Economy and Give Trump Credit: Poll

Most Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and in their own financial situation, and more now give President Trump’s policies credit for a strong economy than did so last year.

Seven in 10 Americans say the economy is in good shape, including a quarter who say it is very good. Nearly all Republicans and most Democrats and independents share this view.

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

64% Think FBI Knew the Dossier Was Unreliable When They Applied for Search Warrant Against Trump Campaign

Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters believe the FBI knew a controversial dossier was unreliable when they used it to obtain a search warrant against President Trump’s 2016 campaign. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that skepticism is shared by 86% of Republicans, 64% of Independents, and 47% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

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

Breaking: ‘Should I Bomb Trump Tower?’ — NJ Man Arrested After Threats

A New Jersey man was arrested Wednesday after threatening to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb Trump Tower in New York.

Jonathan Xie, 20, has been also been charged with attempting to provide support to a terrorist organization after allegedly sending money to Hamas militants.

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

California Sues Trump to Keep $1 Billion for Ghost Train to Nowhere

The State of California sued the Trump administration on Tuesday over the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to cancel a nearly $1 billion grant for a high-speed railway that the state admits it no longer intends to build as planned.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Don’t Trust the Messenger: The Rise and Fall of Old Media

Summary: Conservatives and right-leaning moderates know that in order to get the “full story” they should read not only the Wall Street Journal and National Review, but also the Washington Post and The Atlantic. After all, it’s important to know how the other half of America thinks and feels about the news of the day. However, the media landscape isn’t what it used to be—where once there were nominally nonpartisan broadcast and print media, new nonprofit newsrooms backed by big liberal foundation resources have risen, even as conservative platforms have folded. But that doesn’t mean conservative readers and writers should resign themselves to obsolescence: a combination of foundation giving and visionary leadership could breathe new life into conservative and even less-partisan journalism, while providing the stability and flexibility necessary for new outlets to thrive.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Experts Worry Fatal Brain Disease Could Threaten Minnesota’s $1B Deer-Hunting Industry

This is a crisis Wisconsin knows well. What started as a fairly localized outbreak near Madison 16 years ago has spread across the lower third of the state. In certain areas, half the deer have CWD…

In non-scientific terms, the animal’s brain becomes like Swiss cheese. Within just a few years, a once healthy deer becomes skinny and confused, wandering around with strings of infectious drool running from its mouth.

Infected deer will likely die within two years. They are highly contagious while still alive, and research shows infected carcasses and gut piles left behind by hunters can leave infectious traces on plants which can contaminate other deer years later.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Florida Man Bathes in Wendy’s Kitchen Sink, Company Investigates

A woman posted a video on Facebook of what appears to be a Wendy’s employee taking a bath in the sink. The young man is shirtless and barefoot in the kitchen before climbing into the sink full of soapy suds.

“Go, go go go, oh s**** a person says in the background, encouraging the behavior, “take a bath, take a bath. Get in there.”

The person who posted the video says it happened at the Wendy’s in Milton.

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

Florida Man Says Passenger Performed Sex Acts While He Drove

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A Florida woman who was riding shotgun in a pickup truck before a traffic stop was doing more than just drinking beer and smoking crack cocaine, deputies said.

Rhonda Koppenhoefer, 55, of Fort Pierce, was also performing sex acts during the ride, the driver told deputies.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a May 14 traffic stop on a Ford F150 that ran a red light at Orange Avenue and South 25th Street.

When deputies approached the truck, they found a half-full bottle of Bud Light between Koppenhoefer’s legs, a crack pipe on the floorboard by her feet and three crack rocks on the ground nearby, according to an arrest affidavit.

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

Hysteria: Chicago High School Spends Over $50,000 Replacing Year Book Because Some Students Did the ‘OK’ Hand Sign

A school in Chicago is set to spend over $50,000 dollars replacing a year book because some students displayed the ‘OK’ hand sign.

Yes, really.

“Administrators at the Oak Park and River Forest High School announced it will spend a total of $53,794 to replace the 1,750 copies of “Tabula” after staff found 18 photos of students making an upside down OK hand sign,” reports Newsweek.

Despite officials noting that “various races, ethnicities, genders, and grades” were pictured making the sign and the obvious fact that they were playing the circle game, the gesture was treated “as a symbol of white supremacy” and the year book must be replaced to avoid “potentially subjecting our students to this trauma”.

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

John Solomon Predicts Trump’s Next Move Will “Add to the Problems of the Deep State” [Video]

Incredible reporting from John Solomon throughout the Mueller probe is heating up because President Trump will be declassifying documents in the next week.

This is why the Deep State actors are lashing out at President Trump. Watch for the other show to drop soon…

“The President is going to add to the problems of the Deep State, when he declassifies these first documents in the next several days…”

“I have confirmed that sometime in the next 7-8 days, the President will declassify the first of many documents…” — John Solomon

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Michael Avenatti Charged With Stealing From Stormy Daniels

For disgraced ‘creepy porn lawyer’ Michael Avenatti, the hits just won’t stop. After being indicted by prosecutors on both coasts over allegations that he tried to extort Nike and — in a separate incident — stole settlement money from a client to offset losses in one of his businesses, federal prosecutors in Manhattan are preparing to charge Avenatti with additional financial crimes.

The new charges, first reported by ABC News, are expected to include accusations that he stole from Stormy Daniels when he was representing the porn star during her crusade against President Trump.

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

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s Ratings Plummet to Yearly Low

MSNBC primetime host Rachel Maddow brought in her worst weekly ratings of the year last week.

Her show last week averaged 2,324,000 viewers, with an average audience of 337,000 in the 25-54 age demographic, both of which mark yearly lows for the liberal television host, according to Nielsen Media Research.

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

No Wonder Obama Intel Chiefs Panicking — Trump to Declassify “Bucket 5” Russiagate Docs

As Congressional Democrats insist on conducting post-Mueller probes into President Trump and those around him, much of the recent infighting and backpedaling we’ve seen from former Obama intel chiefs is starting to make sense.

Appearing with Fox News‘s Sean Hannity Tuesday night, The Hill‘s John Solomon revealed that according to his sources (and Hannity’s as well), President Trump will begin declassifying ‘Russiagate’ documents in the next 6-7 days.

Among those will be the so-called “Bucket Five” — documents which were originally presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016, which included everything the FBI and DOJ used against Trump campaign aide Carter Page — including the FISA surveillance application and its underlying exculpatory intelligence documents which the FISA court may have never seen.

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

Phyllis Schlafly’s Handpicked Successor Calls for Official RNC Censure of Justin Amash

Dear Chairman McDaniel,

As a former Missouri Republican Party chairman, I know very well the power of the party’s collective voice. We establish principles to guide our voice every four years at the Republican National Convention. President Reagan taught us to aspire to “a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people.” In 2016, I believe we adopted just such a banner in the Republican Party Platform. I was there when then-candidate Trump promised the late Phyllis Schlafly to uphold the platform. Any reasonable Republican would conclude that our president has kept his word.

Yet, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan has chosen to undermine President Trump with his ludicrous comments. Using the megaphone of social media, Amash spread the Democrat lie that “President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.” He went on to attack the honor of his Republican colleagues in Congress by saying “Few members of Congress even read Mueller’s report,” and insinuated conservatives defend our president blindly.

In reality, Rep. Amash’s statements spring from a deep rejection of the conservative principles President Trump staunchly defends. Something has to be done. We are the party Amash claims to stand with. It is our responsibility to let America know we wholeheartedly oppose his radical views. We must stand with our president and send a message even the thick-headed Rep. Amash can’t ignore.

It is for these reasons I respectfully request Rep. Justin Amash be officially censured by the RNC.

All the best.

Ed Martin

[comment: Phyllis was a great American. She chose her successor well.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Shock Poll: Trump Surging in Florida; Tops Biden and Every Democrat in New Poll

President Donald Trump’s popularity in the key swing state of Florida is surging, pushing him to a lead over every Democrat vying to challenge him for reelection in 2020—including former Vice President Joe Biden—according to a new Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative poll released Wednesday. With 29 electoral college votes, Florida is a must win for Republicans and Democrats and was key to Trump’s 2016 victory.

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

The Battle for America’s Unconscious Mind: Framing the Debate

The psychology behind the Left’s cultural long march

Summary: For all the talk of “unconscious bias” that the Left uses to cow their intellectual opponents, left-wing activists are not afraid to use subtly loaded language to win arguments and silence dissent. A look at the history of cultural Marxism and the evolution of public policy debates shows that conservatives need to apply more finesse to language and consider emotive strategies to bolster already superior arguments.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

The Pentagon Finally Admits it Investigates UFOs

The Pentagon has finally uttered the words it always avoided when discussing the possible existence of UFOs — “unidentified aerial phenomena” — and admits that it still investigates reports of them.

In a statement provided exclusively to The Post, a Department of Defense spokesman said a secret government initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena.”

And while the DOD says it shut down the AATIP in 2012, spokesman Christopher Sherwood acknowledged that the department still investigates claimed sightings of alien spacecraft.

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

Trump Gives Dems an Ultimatum: No Infrastructure Deal Until Investigations Stop

President Trump on Wednesday took to a podium in the Rose Garden for an unannounced speech to discuss the ongoing efforts by Congressional Democrats to investigate his administration — blaming the ongoing ‘phony investigations’ for scuttling bipartisan negotiations over infrastructure.

Trump began by refuting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Wednesday accusation that he is engaged in a “cover up,” saying “I don’t do cover ups.”

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

Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe it’s Their Duty to Lie to You

[…]

Far from making the U.S. political news industry better, accountability journalism totally ruined it. It created an atmosphere in which being neutral and objective in reporting on political issues is seen as counterproductive and outdated. Meanwhile, all the hip and sophisticated people who are going places and changing the world were the ones who were shaping the news to fit the “right” narratives that people “needed” to hear.

What many in the mainstream news media loved the most about accountability journalism is that it allowed them to openly be what they always were: political activists disguised as reporters, chafing under the repressive strictures of the old model of neutrality and objectivity.

The good news is that the DNC media complex has almost completely rotted itself to the point of total ruin at this point, and the collapse of the industry has already begun.

Trump predicts many of these news outlets will be gone in six years.

I think he’s right.

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

Unsanctioned Signs in Off-Leash Park Ask Owners to Keep Dogs Away From Muslims

The city of Pitt Meadows is removing unsanctioned signs posted in one of its off-leash dog parks asking owners to keep their canines away from Muslim people.

A number of flyers were recently posted in Hoffman Park asking dog owners to keep their pets leashed.

“Many Muslims live in this area and dogs are considered filthy in Islam. Please keep your dogs on a leash and away from the Muslims who live in this community,” the flyers read.

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

Architects of Woke, #2: Slavoj Žižek & the Romance of Revolutionary Terror

[…]

The second episode, “Slavoj Žižek & the Romance of Revolutionary Terror” covers the influence of the famed Slovenian communist philosopher Slavoj Žižek. Having starred in three feature-length documentary films, debated academic superstar Jordan Peterson, and holding one of the largest fan bases of any academic in the world, Žižek is perhaps the most influential Marxist alive. But despite Žižek’s fun pop-culture references and friendly debate with Professor Peterson, his ideas are far from benign. A supporter of revolutionary violence, Žižek speaks approvingly of deadly revolutionaries Vladimir Lenin and Maximillien Robespierre. In Žižek’s view, a free capitalist society is inherently oppressive, and violence is needed to overthrow it. The video concludes, based on Žižek’s own words, that Žižek’s utopia is to squash you in order to gratify his narcissism.

To learn more about Žižek and his critics, we recommend the following:…

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

EU Elections: Macron Says Nationalists Pose ‘Existential Risk’ To EU, Poll Puts Le Pen Party on Course for Victory

President Emmanuel Macron has urged the French to vote for pro-EU parties in Sunday’s European Parliament election to stave off the threat of “nationalists.”

The leader of the globalist-progressive La République En Marche (LREM/Republic on the Move) claimed that despite being the president, who should remain above the fray of national elections, he had to intervene because of the role he plays in bringing forth the “new stage of the European Project.”

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

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker Lashes Out on Eve of Elections: “These Stupid Nationalists — Are in Love With Their Own Countries”

EU President Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at “Stupid Nationalists” on the eve of the European Union elections.

Juncker is the same guy who shows up drunk to ceremonies wearing different shoes that don’t match.

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

European Elections Kick Off in Netherlands, UK Tomorrow

This week residents of the European Union will vote for the European Parliament. The elections are held over several days throughout the EU, starting in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom on Thursday.

The fact that the elections aren’t all held on the same day, has to do with the different rules around elections in the various EU Member States, according to NU.nl. In the Netherlands, for example, elections are never held on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays — to take account of the holy days of the various religions represented in the country. Other EU countries hold elections on Sunday because that is the day most people have off work. The Czech Republic sets aside two days for voting.

[Comment: Article dated May 22, 2019.]

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

Exclusive: Facebook ‘Hate Agents’ List Includes British Candidates for European Election

The leader of a British political party and a candidate in tomorrow’s European elections are both included on Facebook’s list of potential “Hate Agents,” Breitbart News can exclusively reveal.

Carl Benjamin, YouTube star and candidate for UKIP in tomorrow’s European elections and Anne-Marie Waters, founder of the For Britain party and director of Sharia Watch UK are both included.

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

Farage on What is at Stake at European Election: ‘Democracy, It’s Quite Simple Really’

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has gone head-to-head with stop-Brexit politician Vince Cable in the only broadcast debate in the run-up to Thursday’s European Parliament election, and appealed to voters who backed both leave and remain previously to vote for his party to help strengthen British democracy.

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

Far-Right Propaganda Floods Facebook Ahead of EU Elections

[…]

These are just a few examples of the ugly far-right propaganda and disinformation that has flooded Facebook ahead of parliamentary elections in the European Union this week. According to a new report by online activist group Avaaz, networks of fake accounts, pages, and groups have been spreading divisive, white-nationalist, anti-immigrant content throughout Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain. In some cases, they posed as politicians themselves. In others, they created fan pages for political parties or alternative media organizations. Together, they amassed followings several times larger than the actual far-right groups operating within these countries.

As part of its investigation, Avaaz’s global network of volunteers reported more than 500 “suspicious” pages and groups to Facebook. The company has since taken action against 77 of them, the report states, and has removed more than 200 accounts. Avaaz says those pages had nearly 6 million followers among them, three times as many followers as the actual far-right groups in those countries combined. The content they spread was viewed 533 million times over the past three months, according to the report. Just who exactly is behind these operations remains a mystery.

[Avaaz, a “progressive” organisation has written a report on “far-right” deception. It has no interest in leftist deception.

FAR RIGHT NETWORKS OF DECEPTION
avaazimages.avaaz.org/Avaaz%20Report%20Network%20Deception%2020190522.pdf ]

           — Hat tip: AF [Return to headlines]
 

German Socialist Party Youth Wing Threatens Nationalists With Baseball Bat in Facebook Post

In the latest example of threatening political behaviour sweeping Europe, a youth branch of the left-wing German SPD (Social Democrat Party) has posted a picture of a member wearing a hoody bearing the European Union flag on while holding a baseball bat with a caption threatening nationalists.

The girl, a member of the Jusos (youth wing of the SPD) in Berlin is pictured in an official poster brandishing the weapon with a caption that translates as “drop nationalists ice cold.”

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

Google Electioneering: YouTube is Now Labeling Benign Tommy Robinson Campaign Videos as “Inappropriate or Offensive”

The tech giants are no longer trying to hide how they tip the scales in political races.

In November 2018 The Guardian reported on group of Google employees who published an open letter calling on their employer to cancel its plans to build a censored search engine for China.

The Google employees were very upset that Google’s Project Dragonfly would allow the Chinese government to blacklist certain search terms. The employees said, “Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind… After a year of disappointments … we no longer believe this is the case.”

Just months later it is now obvious that Google, Facebook and Twitter are all using their own blacklists to censor and shadow-ban prominent conservatives, their supporters and anyone Google deems “inappropriate or offensive.”

UK nationalist and anti-radical Islam activist Tommy Robinson is running for office in Great Britain.

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

Leading Eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt Admits EU Wants an ‘Empire’

Leader of the left-progressive group in the European Parliament Guy Verhofstadt has said that in order to compete with the rest of the world, the European Union must become an “empire.”

The leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) told CNN that proposals by European populist-patriots to reform the EU and devolve power from Brussels back to the nation-state would mean that the bloc “will die inside.”

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

MEP Janice Atkinson: “The European Elections Are Taking a Nasty Turn for the Worse”

MEP candidates are being attacked with milk shakes from burger chains. It makes a good photograph. The Left laugh, ‘it’s only a milk shake’, the MSM smirk, most encourage the attacks because the Right are inhuman and hateful. It’s ok to direct your hate at the Right with no fear of recourse.

The commentators from the Left have taken years to condemn the violence, just realising in this election week that their silence and attacks drive more people to vote for the anti establishment and Brexit parties. I don’t think it’s real condemnation, just political expediency.

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

Orban Tells Voters to Send ‘Strong Message’ To Brussels in EU Elections

Hungarian conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called on voters to send a “strong message” of change to Brussels during the European Parliament elections, highlighting the importance of strong borders.

“We want change, and a Europe that protects its borders on land and at sea,” Prime Minister Orban said on Kossuth Radio, according to a press release from the Hungarian government.

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

Prediction: 4 of 5 Largest Parties in Europe After Election Will be Nationalist-Populist

Four of the five single largest parties in this week’s European Parliament elections will be nationalist-populist eurosceptics with the Brexit Party biggest of the lot, according to new seat projections from the pollsters by website EuropeElects.

The projections, which are based on the latest Europe-wide polling data collected by the website, show the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage is likely to cause a huge upset and take the most seats of any single party on the continent with 28 elected MEPs.

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

Salvini: ‘Extremists’ Merkel, Macron and Junker Betrayed Europe in the Name of Finance, Multinationalism, And Mass Immigration

The national populist parties from eleven European countries that gathered in Milan, promised to reshape continent via this week’s critically important European election.

Headlining the event was Itay’s Deputy Prime Minister and de-facto leader Matteo Salvini and Marine Le Pen of France’s National Rally (RN). The Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) voting bloc, led by two populist leaders, is expected to become Brussel’s third largest party following the election.

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

The Death of Schengen: Denmark Proposes to Make Border Controls Permanent

Denmark will be looking to make temporary border controls in place since the 2016 migrant crisis permanent due to the threat of terrorism and mass migration, defying the European Union Schengen agreement.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Foreign and Integration Minister Inger Støjberg, and Morten Løkkegaard, a leading candidate for the European Parliament elections, have introduced the new policy saying that they would look to invest 50 million Danish Kroner (£5.9m/$7.5m) for research into technologies to aid border control, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) reports.

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

UK Orthodox Jews Mobilize for Tommy Robinson

Members of hasidic and Sefardic communities urge community to ‘do right thing for ourselves — and for country to which we owe so much.’

A group of British Orthodox Jews including members of the Sefardic and hassidic communities has mobilized in a mass outreach campaign to support independent EU Parliament candidate Tommy Robinson.

Thousands of flyers were distributed throughout Manchester today calling on “our fellow Orthodox Jews” to vote for Robinson in the May 23 elections, calling Robinson “a staunch friend of our people”.

“Please open your hearts and consider giving your vote to Tommy Robinson in Thursday’s European elections,” the flyer read. “Tommy is an independent, fearless fighter for a sane, decent, honest, traditional-values society, and justice for victims of terrible crimes, callously ignored through ‘political correctness’.”

A recent canvass by independent journalists revealed that many UK voters are afraid of losing their jobs if it were made public that they support Robinson.

“We all know that in the last few years England has become unrecognisable from the decent country we grew up in,” the flyer continued. “Who among us has not reacted in horror as each month brings new levels of moral decline and self-destruction in the name of ‘diversity’ and ‘human rights’?

“For how long will we wring our hands helplessly, our activists trying to do their best, while the country carries on this awful march to the worst places, led by foolish, corrupt, ‘educated’ leaders?” wondered the authors.

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UK Postal Ballots Arrive Late or Not at All

Some Connexion readers have reported postal ballots for the EU elections in the UK arriving in France late or not at all — though we do not know how widespread this problem is.

They included one reader who said her ballot paper only arrived on Friday last week, leaving limited time for her to return it, while another reader early this morning reports his has still not arrived.

Reader Ann Bone said having posted back her ballot to Calderdale council on Saturday her French post office said it had “little chance of getting there”, and her husband’s, from Shropshire, has not come at all.

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UK: ‘Betrayal of 17.4m People’: Brexiteer MPs Pan Deal, Demand May’s Ousting

Brexiteer Tories have come out against Theresa May’s plan to allow MPs to vote on a second referendum if they pass her EU-approved treaty, with some lawmakers calling for the prime minister to be ousted.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) is set to be voted on for a fourth time next month, and what was touted as a “bold offer” of concessions to win over Tory Remainers and the Opposition was branded as “dead on arrival” by Mark Francois, vice-chairman of the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG).

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UK: Cable Collapse Continues as May’s ‘New Deal’ Flops, Farage Soars

Cable has plunged almost 2 full handles from the post-May-’New Deal’ hope of yesterday afternoon as it’s increasingly clear her latest and last gambit is dead on arrival…

Bloomberg reports that Theresa May is facing pressure to abandon her Brexit deal and quit as British prime minister within days, according to people familiar with the matter. Several senior government officials said they were shocked that the premier’s new offer intended to win votes in Parliament for her European Union divorce agreement had been so badly received so quickly.

Which just goes to show how disconnected from reality they are. FX traders, however, were not surprised…

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UK: Latest YouGov European Parliament Voting Intention Figures

The final YouGov/Times European Parliament voting intention survey before the election finds the Brexit Party continuing to dominate with 37% of the vote, having been on 35% in last week’s survey.

The Lib Dems tighten their grip on second place, holding a six-point lead over third-placed Labour. Close to one in five people now say they intend to vote for the Lib Dems (19%, from 16% last week) compared to 13% for Labour (from 15%). In fact the Green party is now snapping at Labour’s heels for third place, being only one point behind on 12% (having been on 10% last week).

The Conservatives now sit in a distant fifth place, with just 7% of people planning to back the Tories (from 10% last week). Change UK are now on 4% (from 5%), votes for UKIP stand at 3% (unchanged), and voting intention for all other parties stands at 6%.

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UK: May’s Cabinet Ministers Line Up to Face the PM in Private Meetings as MPs Demand She Quit Today Amid Fury at Disastrous Brexit Bill Second Referendum Promise

Theresa May is facing the threat of an all-out Tory mutiny tonight as ministers desert her and senior MPs warn she ‘needs to go’.

Cabinet is mobilising to stop the PM pressing ahead with her Brexit Bill after she sparked a furious backlash by offering to hold a vote on a second referendum.

The so-called ‘Pizza Club’ of Eurosceptic ministers — including Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom — met this morning at short notice to discuss the situation.

A senior source said there was a growing consensus that the Bill should not be brought to the Commons. ‘The mood music in Cabinet is heading towards stopping it coming back,’ they told MailOnline.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has asked for a meeting with the PM to protest that her promise of a vote on a second referendum is a gift to the SNP, which is pushing for another independence ballot north of the border. More junior ministers are also making clear they will not support the legislation if it does come to Parliament.

In another mortal threat to Mrs May, the powerful Tory 1922 committee is meeting tonight to consider changing party rules to allow an immediate confidence vote in her leadership.

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UK: May’s Government in Chaos After Critical Cabinet Minister Resigns

Update (2:40 pm ET): Britons are still waiting on the outcome of Wednesday’s confrontation between the PM and the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, but judging by the latest development, it’s not going well for Theresa May.

Andrea Leadsom, the Tory leader in the Commons and considered a critical member of May’s cabinet, has resigned, and it looks like May’s decision to add a clause calling for a second referendum was the straw that finally broke her.

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UK: Manchester Arena Bomb: Service Marks Second Anniversary

The second anniversary of the Manchester Arena bomb has been marked with a multi-faith memorial service.

Twenty-two people died and hundreds were injured in the suicide bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande gig.

Outside the invitation-only service at St Ann’s Church, the Manchester Survivors Choir sang and hundreds of floral bouquets were laid.

Hearts were left across the city for people to take and bells rang out at 22:31 BST, the time of the blast.

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UK: Tommy Robinson Speech in Burnley: “We Already Know We’re the Majority”

In front of his vandalized screen, Tommy Robinson gave his stump speech to a crowd of supporters in Burnley that focused on sacrifice and family.

In Tommy’s speech, he stresses that we’re living in a post-free speech era, and that Parliament doesn’t have any reason to care about the working class. But, since the working class is already the majority, voting for Tommy in spite of his censorship can “strike fear” into the heart of the establishment.

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UK: Tommy Robinson in Burnley: “Ready Made” Protesters Won’t Answer Questions

At a campaign stop in Burnley, several people with matching signs gathered to protest Tommy Robinson and his crowd of supporters numbering in the hundreds.

At first the protesters were happy to speak with me, but things turned sour when I started asking who made their signs and if they were paid to be there.

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UK: Tommy Robinson Supporters: “Theresa May is a Traitor”

Who’s a bigger patriot, Tommy Robinson or Theresa May?

(LANGUAGE WARNING)

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Levin: ‘What in the Hell’ Is Dianne Feinstein ‘Doing Talking on an iPhone’ To the Iranian Foreign Minister?

Thursday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin called out the hypocrisy of the Democrats after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was caught on the phone with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif earlier Thursday, and the media said nothing.

“He’s the foreign minister to an enemy state that seeks to attack American military personnel in the Middle East, that seeks to put nuclear warheads on ICBMs so they can reach the United States. It is a terrorist regime, an Islamo-Nazi regime in Tehran, that has killed Americans, that funds Hezbollah to kill Americans, that funds Hamas to kill, and is a threat to our national security, obviously,” Levin said. “What in the hell is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee doing talking on an iPhone around the Capitol to Javad Zarif?”

“What is it with these Democrats fronting for this Islamo-Nazi regime that wants to kill Americans and Jews in Israel? You’ve got Frankenfeinstein, you’ve got … John Kerry — or the real Frankenstein — giving aid and comfort to the enemy! It’s not enough that they released $150 billion to this regime; now they’re giving it advice, against the president of the United States. You want to talk about the Logan Act? You want to talk about collusion?”

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Turkey Willing to Help Canada Repatriate ISIS Members Held in Syria, Official Says

Turkey is open to allowing captured Canadian ISIS members to transit through the country so they can return to Canada for prosecution, a Turkish official said in an interview.

The official told Global News that Turkey was willing to co-operate with the RCMP to repatriate the dozens of Canadians caught by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces during the collapse of ISIS.

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India Elections 2019: Voters to Find Out if Modi Returns as PM

Indians will finally find out on Thursday who won the general election after a long and bitter campaign.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stormed to power in 2014, campaigned hard to retain his commanding majority.

He was up against the resurgent main opposition Congress party and powerful regional rivals across the country.

Exit polls have predicted a win for Mr Modi, but analysts warn they have often been wrong in the past.

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‘Fool of Low IQ’: North Korea Slams ‘Imbecile’ Joe Biden

Joe Biden’s decision to criticize leader North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has drawn a stinging response from state media, calling him a “fool of low IQ” personally “bereft of elementary quality as a human being.”

The character assessment of the presidential hopeful comes after Biden lashed out at President Donald Trump, comparing him to “tyrants and dictators all over the world” at a Saturday campaign launch, as Breitbart News reported.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) responded late on Tuesday.

“What he uttered is just sophism of an imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being, let alone a politician,” it said.

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Huawei Chief Says the Company Will Launch Its Own Operating System Within Months and it Will Work With All Android Apps

Huawei smartphone owners will be able to use the company’s own operating system as early as this autumn, a Huawei executive has revealed amid claims that the company’s self-developed system is ‘far from ready’.

Yu Chengdong, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, said the new system would not only work with all Android apps, but also boost their efficiency by 60 per cent, according to Chinese media.

[Comment: Android is based on freely available Linux. Huawei can easily do the same.]

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Sean Spicer: Huawei, The Threat That is Hiding in Plain Sight

Over the last year, President Trump and others have warned of the threat Huawei poses.

Huawei is the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer and world’s largest supplier of network equipment for Internet and mobile phone companies.

Serving numerous wireless and internet providers around the world, including smaller companies that serve rural areas in the U.S., Huawei is now a leading contender to roll out the next generation of wireless technology, 5G.

Super-high speed 5G networks will be the infrastructure through which all data and information flows, connecting people, machines, power grids, and yet-to-be developed technologies such as self-driving vehicles.

Whoever controls this infrastructure controls everything.

That’s why the government of China has made 5G wireless networks a national strategic priority. Beijing has invested more than $400 billion in the development of 5G, providing subsidies that allow Huawei to underbid competitors and lock up contracts to build 5G networks around the world.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has said whoever controls 5G has the ability to control our telecommunications infrastructure, “to maliciously modify or steal information [and] conduct undetected espionage.”

This makes Huawei 5G acutely dangerous.

For you see, while Huawei claims to be just another independent telecom company, that’s just not the case.

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Vodafone Found Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Equipment

Vodafone asked Huawei to remove backdoors in home internet routers in 2011 and received assurances from the supplier that the issues were fixed, but further testing revealed that the security vulnerabilities remained, the documents show. Vodafone also identified backdoors in parts of its fixed-access network known as optical service nodes, which are responsible for transporting internet traffic over optical fibers, and other parts called broadband network gateways, which handle subscriber authentication and access to the internet, the people said. The people asked not to be identified because the matter was confidential.

A backdoor, in cybersecurity terms, is a method of bypassing security controls to access a computer system or encrypted data. While backdoors can be common in some network equipment and software because developers create them to manage the gear, they can be exploited by attackers. In Vodafone’s case, the risks included possible third-party access to a customer’s personal computer and home network, according to the internal documents.

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Can You See the Problem Here — Because Bill Shorten Couldn’t! How a Greenie Convoy Cost Labor the Election — by Infuriating Locals Who Cared About Their Jobs More Than Global Warming

Labor’s election fate may have been sealed from the moment it turned its own voters against it by flooding Queensland with Greens supporters (pictured) yelling: ‘Stop Adani!’

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Floods and Drought Devastate Crops All Over the Planet — Could a Global Food Crisis be Coming?

It looks like global food production could be well below expectations in 2019, and that could spell big trouble in the months ahead. In recent weeks, I have written extensively about the problems that we have been experiencing here in the United States. As many as a million calves were lost to the flooding that hit the state of Nebraska in March, farmers have planted less than half of the corn that is normally in the ground by this time of the year, and a lot of the crops that have been planted in the middle of the country are really struggling due to extremely wet soil. But it isn’t just the United States that is facing a very troubling year. Earlier today, one of my readers sent me an article entitled “Global food crisis ahead as extreme weather events devastate crops and fields around the world” which I would encourage everyone to read. In that article, we are told that after the worst drought in 116 years Australia has actually been forced to import wheat. And according to the Guardian, this is the first time in 12 years that this has happened…

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Free Beers, Fancy Cocktails and a Lavish Slap-Up Dinner: Inside Labor’s Pre-Election Party as They Toasted Victory… Only to Suffer a Humiliating Defeat in Election Stunner

Labor was so sure it had victory in the bag that party headquarters in Sydney threw a huge election eve party with free booze and prawns galore, before their hopes were dashed just a day later.

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‘These People Don’t Have Electricity Mate’: Barnaby Joyce Says Voters Are More Interested in Affordable Power Than Climate Change Policy in Fiery Rant

Barnaby Joyce claims Labor lost the election because Australian voters are more worried about power prices than climate change, and policies like scrapping Adani mine would raise them.

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Dutch Asylum Minister Resigns After Hiding Number of ‘Refugees’ Suspected of Serious Crimes

Worried it would lead to “confusion”

The Netherlands’ asylum minister Mark Harbers was forced to resign after he hid the number of ‘refugees’ suspected of serious crimes from a crime report.

Harbers failed to include a category called ‘other’ in the report on crimes committed by asylum seekers, which included 79 sexual offenses, 51 aggravated assaults, and 31 suspicions of murder and manslaughter.

Harbers’ excuse for not reporting the figures was that it would lead to “confusion”.

“Last week’s report showed ‘fake’ asylum seekers who come from so-called safe countries, namely Morocco and Algeria, were responsible for almost half the 4,600 incidents requiring police intervention,” according to DutchNews.nl.

Other European countries have massaged stats on migrant crime or refused to release details altogether.

In 2016, Swedish police were ordered to stop reporting the ethnicity of suspects over fears of being branded “racist”.

The following year, Sweden’s “most experienced police investigator,” Peter Springare went public with claims that migrants were responsible for most of the crime in Sweden.

[Comment: Should be charged with subversion and treason.]

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Germany Spent Record 23 Billion Euros on Refugees in 2018, Government Document Shows

Germany spent a record 23 billion euros last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, Reuters reports.

That marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent in the previous year, a document prepared by the Finance Ministry shows.

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ICE Sweep Nets 58 Illegal-Alien Criminals; Salvadoran, Filipino Thugs Deported

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement staged a four-day surge through multiple cities last week and collared more than four dozen illegal-alien criminals.

May 13 through May 16, agents from field offices in Newark, Baltimore, and New Orleans arrested 58 illegal-alien thugs facing charges or convicted of myriad violent crimes or drunk driving.

Many were previously deported, of course. ICE arrested 33 across the south, 13 in New Jersey, and 12 in Maryland.

Agents from the Crescent City’s field office posted the biggest haul; 22 of the 33 illegals are either convicts or face criminal charges, while 23, ICE reported, were previously deported or ordered removed.

Agents collared 12 in Alabama, nine in New Orleans, eight in Arkansas, and four in Tennessee.

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Illegal Alien Convicted of Raping Dog to Death Released by Sanctuary State

An illegal alien convicted of raping a dog to death was released by the sanctuary state of Oregon after being sentenced to just 60 days in prison.

As Breitbart News reported, illegal alien Fidel Lopez, 52-years-old, was convicted last month and sentenced to 60 days in prison after raping his girlfriend’s small Lhasa Apso which led to the dog’s death. The judge in the case said he would have given the illegal alien more prison time but that 60 days is the maximum sentence allowed in Oregon.

Following his sentence, Lopez was immediately released because he had already served 60 days while waiting to stand trial. Despite his illegal alien status, Multnomah County, Oregon officials released Lopez back into the community.

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Illegal Alien From Kenya Charged With Killing 12 Elderly Women— CNN Still Ignoring Story

An illegal alien from Kenya has been charged in the deaths of 12 elderly women in Texas, and at least one major media outlet has so far ignored what could be one of the most prolific serial slayings in American history.

Billy Chemirmir, a 46-year-old former healthcare worker, had already been charged with capital murder in March 2018 in the death of Lu Thi Harris, 81, but was indicted on Tuesday for 11 additional deaths: five in Collin County and six more in Dallas County.

Court records show that Chemirmir, a citizen of Kenya living illegally in the United States, allegedly smothered his victims with a pillow and then robbed them, according to The Dallas Morning News.

After Chemirmir’s initial arrest, authorities told reporters their plans to review around 750 cases of unattended deaths of elderly women for links to Chemirmir, some of which had already been ruled as natural causes.

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Immigration Expert Calls Out Dem Candidates for Policy That Promotes Dangerous Trek to the U.S. [Video]

Former ICE Director Thomas Homan is so sharp on immigration and will call out anyone who wants open borders.

Homan says that anyone for open borders and no detention only incentivizes illegal immigration.

Listen to this brilliant assessment of what’s going on at our borders:

“When politicians like her say things like we don’t want to detain anybody. She wants to support sanctuary cities. She wants to abolish ICE. When you have the open border attitude, more people are enticed to come into this country illegally. They’re more enticed to put themselves in the hands of criminal organizations to come to this country. That’s why they’re coming.”

“Homan continued: 93% of every person that ICE removed last year was removed from a detention bed. When you get released, chances are you will never be removed. Last year, 47,000 people got ordered to remove an abstention, which means they didn’t show up for court. Right now we are on the path to having over 70,000 in abstention this year. If you look at the people on the border claiming asylum, 49%, almost half, never follow-up with the immigration court.”

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MS-13 Illegal Aliens Charged With Murdering Teen Girl After Being Released by Sanctuary City

Two illegal alien members of the violent MS-13 gang have been charged with the murder of a 14-year-old girl in Maryland after previously being released from custody by a sanctuary city.

Last week, illegal alien MS-13 gang members Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce, 16-years-old, and Joel Ernesto Escobar, 17-years-old, were charged with first-degree murder — along with 14-year-old Cynthia Hernandez-Nucamendi — in the death of 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

According to police, the two illegal alien MS-13 gang members and Hernandez-Nucamendi met the 14-year-old victim at an apartment complex before taking her into a wooded area nearby. In the wooded area, police say the three beat the girl with a baseball bat and stabbed her to death with a machete.

Now, the pair of illegal alien MS-13 gang members and Hernandez-Nucamendi have been charged with murdering Funes-Diaz.

Last year, Fuentes-Ponce and Escobar were released from custody by Prince George’s County officials after being charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempted robbery.

At the time, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency had requested that the two illegal alien gang members not be released back into the community and instead be turned over to their custody for deportation.

Prince George’s County, a sanctuary city, released the illegal aliens anyway, and they were never able to be arrested or deported by ICE.

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UN ‘Human Rights Experts’ Demand Italy Reopen Ports, Slash Immigration Controls

Only open borders policies can prevent human trafficking, UN ‘human rights experts’ have said, ordering Italy to reopen the country’s ports to boatloads of illegal immigrants.

The Italian foreign ministry received a letter signed by six Special Rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council urging populist interior minister Matteo Salvini to end his blockade policy on migrant search-and-rescue boats and for Italian lawmakers to block the League leader’s proposals to fine NGOs €5,500 (£4,800/$6,100) for each immigrant they bring to Europe.

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CRC and Dangerous Documentaries Announces New Series: The Architects of Woke

The Capital Research Center is proud to announce the release of the first episode of a new webseries, The Architects of Woke, this Monday, March 11th at 12pm ET on YouTube, Facebook, DangerousDocumentaries.com, and CapitalResearch.org. The episode is entitled “Judith Butler’s War on Science.”

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How Media Propagandists Create ‘Symbolic’ Meaning

In the information age, propaganda has become one of the most powerful forces in the world. And political factions, legacy news outlets, and special interest groups looking to manipulate societies to their wills use propaganda’s various tactics to advance their goals.

Yet, if we can manage to understand the inner workings of these propaganda tactics, their effects can be blunted. Like watching a magician at work, the tricks lose their charm when we can recognize the sleight of hand.

Among the most common methods used by legacy news outlets and political factions to manipulate public opinion is to deceive people into interpreting their adversaries as “symbols” of intended emotions and concepts.

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Nolte: Cannes Poster Features First Lady Carrying Donald Trump’s Severed Head

A movie up for sale at the Cannes Film Festival’s Market features a poster that shows Melania Trump carrying Donald Trump’s severed head.

It’s a real movie titled When Women Rule the World and it stars a Melania Trump lookalike who plays a character in the movie named Maria Putin (har har).

The poster’s tagline reads, “Meet the first lady of the future with her heads of state!”

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NY Times: ‘Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives’

The New York Times has launched a full-court press on behalf of the abortion industry with an op-ed titled: “Pregnancy Kills. Abortion Saves Lives.”

Written by Warren M. Hern, who specializes in performing late-term abortions, the article asserts that every pregnancy poses a “serious health risk” to the mother.

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NYC Department of Education: ‘Individualism’ Is ‘White Supremacy Culture’

The New York City Department of Education has instructed its teachers that “objectivity” and “individuals” are “white supremacist” concepts.

According to a report from the New York Times, Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza gave a presentation about “white supremacy” culture. In the lesson, Carranza claims that concepts like “perfectionism,” “paternalism,” and “objectivity” are part of “white supremacy culture.”

Surprisingly, documents from Carranza’s presentation do little to tie these concepts to “white supremacy.” A graphic from Carranza’s lesson explains why “objectivity” is a negative concept. “This can lead to the belief that there is an ultimate truth and that alternative viewpoints or emotions are bad, it’s even inherent in the ‘belief that there is such a thing as being objective,’“ the graphic reads.

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Texas County Defies Demands to Remove Crosses From Courthouse

The latest efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) to force its godless ideology on others has suffered a head-on collision with a Texas county determined to maintain its autonomy concerning religious expression. Recently the FFRF, which touts itself as the “nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics),” sent a letter of warning to a judge in San Jacinto County, Texas, advising him that four crosses adorning the county courthouse in Coldspring, Texas were a violation of the First Amendment’s “Establishment” clause, which supposedly disallows any symbols of faith on government property.

In the letter to County Judge Fritz Faulkner, an FFRF attorney claimed that a local resident had complained about the crosses and wanted them removed. “The County’s permanent display of four large Latin crosses on the County Courthouse is unconstitutional,” blustered the FFRF lawyer. “The inherent religious significance of the Latin cross is undeniable and is not disguisable… The display of this patently religious symbol on public property confers government endorsement of Christianity, a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause.” The letter went on to demand that “San Jacinto County must remove these crosses from the San Jacinto County Courthouse immediately.”

While the FFRF is accustomed to intimidating school districts and government entities into submission to its demands, the residents of San Jacinto County offered a different response. In a nearly three-hour public meeting called by the county commissioners, individuals from Coldspring and the surrounding area weighed in on the FFRF’s demand, insisting that the county keep the crosses in place on the courthouse. “I am a Christian woman,” testified one woman to the commissioners, as reported by TheBlaze.com. “I’m here today as a servant of our Lord and Savior [Jesus Christ], asking that the crosses on our courthouse in Coldspring be left on this building.”

James Holcomb, a student at Calvary Christian Academy, a Christian school in Coldspring, testified that “the foundation of this town is built upon God, and just because you cannot respect that, doesn’t mean you can take it away from us.”

Another citizen recommended that those who don’t like seeing the Christian symbols on the government building should look the other way.

Following testimony by scores of local residents, County Judge Faulkner, chief executive officer of the county, said, “I think the people have spoken. We are elected by the people and it is our obligation to follow the people.” The county commissioners followed up with a unanimous vote to ignore the FFRF’s demands and keep the crosses in place.

In a letter of support to the county, Texas First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer confirmed that the county was within its constitutionally guaranteed rights to “reject FFRF’s demand to impose its anti-religion bias against San Jacinto County.” He added that “we want to make it clear that your county may display historical religious symbols, like crosses, without violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

Mateer noted the FFRF’s penchant for filing lawsuits “to try to force government to purge all acknowledgment of religion,” advising that “if that occurs, we look forward to supporting your lawful decision to retain the crosses.”

[Comment: This is religious freedom and NOT establishment of religion. Only Congress has the power to establish a religion.]

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‘Thoughtcrime’ Is Becoming a Reality

In several Western countries, people are receiving visits from the police to question them about their political views, and some have been arrested.

Cases in the UK and New Zealand have involved people who made comments against mass migration and Islamism. In a May 4 viral video posted on Facebook, a New Zealand man is questioned by police for his alleged posts about the mosque shooting in Christchurch.

Of course, the real issue isn’t about religious “intolerance.” It’s publicly accepted for people, including public leaders, to openly condemn religions such as Christianity. This is very specifically a political issue, related to state policy on mass migration, which is often heavily from Muslim countries. …

Even in the United States, similar practices are now in place, only they’re being enforced by large corporations. Chase Bank is accused of canceling the accounts of some customers who have “right-wing” views; Twitter and Facebook are accused of censoring conservatives; and Google is accused of firing employees for questioning the company culture of “political correctness.” …

Under Mao Zedong, for example, people who opposed his 1967 theory of “political correctness”—which was used to guard his destruction of Chinese culture during the Cultural Revolution—could be labeled as a “counter-revolutionary” and be killed by the regime.

In the United States, the idea that anyone who opposes socialist goals should be attacked by any means comes from the Marxist Frankfurt School’s theory of “repressive tolerance.” The idea, from Herbert Marcuse’s “A Critique of Pure Tolerance” in 1965, held that only things that support the socialist cause should be tolerated, and anyone who opposes it should be met with intolerance.

It introduced a warped concept of “tolerance” that tolerates only its own views. …

We see the same thing today: Intolerance is bad, unless it’s intolerance of those who oppose socialist policies—then it’s encouraged. Attacks on religion are bad, unless they’re attacks on religions that the regime opposes. Racism is bad, unless it’s attacks on the “oppressive” races.

What we’re witnessing is the same theory of thoughtcrime that Orwell envisioned, with a similar thought police enforcement branch and the same doublethink, crimestop, and blackwhite tools to justify it.

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UK: Muslim Parents Pelt LGBT Activists With Eggs in Row Over ‘Equality Lessons’

Police are investigating claims that LGBT activists were harassed, intimidated, and pelted with eggs outside a primary school in Birmingham where a row has blown up between the activists, and Muslim parents over the teaching of LGBT issues to children.

Officers are currently looking into three reports of assault and two of criminal damage after the parents and protesters clashed with the LGBT activists who were placing banners reading, “Love is the answer” and rainbow flags on the school gates.

The group of LGBT activists, which consisted of 12 women and one man, said they were harassed and intimidated by the parents and anti-LGBT protesters.

[Comment: Muslims are right on this issue. It is not about “equality”, it is about indoctrination of the very young. The person who created this indoctrination program was pushed out of another school earlier. Yet still continues to push the brainwashing program.]

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One thought on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 5/22/2019

  1. “Many Muslims live in this area and dogs are considered filthy in Islam. Please keep your dogs on a leash and away from the Muslims who live in this community,”

    It is time we erected notices telling muslims to keep their co-religionists on a leash as their hosts are sick and tired of their outrageous behaviour.

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