Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/3/2019

President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II spoke at a banquet during the president’s state visit to the UK. Meanwhile, 10,000 police were deployed on the streets of London to keep order as crowds of leftists and Muslims demonstrated against Mr. Trump.

In other UK news, the latest polls project a victory for the Brexit Party in the Peterborough by-election, which would give the party its first seat in the House of Commons.

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Financial Crisis
» Laid Off GM Workers in Ohio Fed Up With Ruling Class: ‘Nobody Has Our Backs’
 
USA
» “It’s All a Fraud”: Deceptive Edits Found in Mueller Report
» California Cities Are Disgusting Cesspools
» Can Conservatives Afford to be Nice Anymore?
» CNN’s Stelter Allows Daily Beast to Defend Doxxing of ‘Doctored’ Pelosi Video Creator
» Deep State and Democrats Are Terrified of Doddering “Figurehead” Mueller Testifying… He’s Unable to Answer Material Questions
» Democrats Boo Hickenlooper for Saying Socialism ‘Not the Answer’
» Facebook Helps Leftists Dox Trump Supporter Who Made Drunk Pelosi Video
» Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship
» Girl, 7, Gets 1,000 Stitches After an Akita Dog Bit Her Face While She Was Visiting a No-Kill Shelter With Her Parents Hoping to Adopt the Pet
» Islam: America’s Historical Failure
» Jussie Smollett Bought Drugs From the Brothers Who Staged Alleged Attack, Documents Show
» Just in: Mueller’s ‘Star Witness’ George Nader Indicted on Child Porn Charges
» Minnesota Judge Sentences Emmanuel Aranda to 19 Years in Prison for Hurling 5-Year-Old Boy Off Third Floor Balcony at Mall of America
» NRA Membership Dues, Contributions Rebounded in 2018
» Obama White House Was Privy to FBI Spying on Trump Campaign
» Ocasio-Cortez Tells Democrat to ‘Sashay Away’ For Opposition to Medicare for All
» Pastor Says He ‘Hurt’ Congregation by Praying for Trump During Unscheduled Visit
» Pearls of Expression
» Rep Doug Collins ID’s Peter Strzok as Likely FBI Official Who Leaked Grand Jury Info to Media… DOJ Refused to Prosecute
» ‘She Knocks the Country, She Knocks the President’: Veterans Criticize Ocasio-Cortez Over Community
» Somalis Have Changed Minneapolis
» Special: Nicole Neily, Free Speech Warrior, Sues the University of Illinois
» Swedish Start-Up Plans to Bring Pogo Sticks to Hilly San Fran as an Alternative to Scooters
» Trade War Won’t Kill Small Business — It’ll Make it Stronger
» Twitter is Eroding Your Intelligence: Study
» Violent Leftist Thug Attacks Trump Supporters at Protest — Spits in Woman’s Face — is Quickly Arrested (Video)
» Virginia Beach Shooting Gives Gun-Grabbers Another Opportunity
 
Europe and the EU
» German Politician Lübcke Shot in Head at Close Range
» Greek Conservatives Win Big in Local Elections
» Guardian Editors Warn “Demagogue” Trump “Not Welcome” In UK as 10,000 Police Deployed in London
» Italy: Conte Threatens to Quit Unless Government Solves Spat
» Making Sense of the European Elections
» Pictures: President Trump Lays Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey
» Pope Francis Confesses: ‘I Don’t Understand Italian Politics’
» President Trump Arrives in Britain for State Visit… Trump Delivers Blistering Tweet to London’s Muslim Mayor as “Stone Cold Loser”
» State Banquet: Queen Honours UK-U.S. Alliance, Trump Celebrates Shared Values of ‘Freedom, Sovereignty’
» Swedish Court Rejects Request to Arrest, Extradite Assange After UK Sentence is Up
» UK Foreign Sec Backs Trump After ‘Stone Cold Loser’ Khan Comments
» UK: ‘Protest Against Trumpism!’: Leftists Melt Down Over President’s State Visit
» UK: “Stone Cold Loser”: Trump Lashes Out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan
» UK: Brexit Party to Storm Peterborough by-Election: Shock Graph Shows Labour & Tories Nowhere
» UK: Jihadi Jack ‘Admitted He Was Terrorist in Facebook Message to His Parents While Asking Them to Help Him Come Home From ISIS Stronghold of Raqqa’
» UK: Video of London’s Muslim Mayor Defending Hate Preacher Louis Farrakhan Resurfaces After Saying London Will be “On Wrong Side of History” For Welcoming “Fascist” Trump
 
South Asia
» Aussie Home Minister Lays Wreath at Bombed Sri Lanka Church
» Huge Buddhist Protest Against Islamic Rise in Sl Forced Resignation of 9 Muslim Mins & 2 Govs
 
Far East
» “Trade War Has Not Made America Great Again”: China Lashes Out at US Which is “Solely to Blame”
» Chinese Defense Minister: Tiananmen Square Massacre Was ‘Correct Policy’
» Mysterious Light is Spotted ‘Moving at a High Speed’ Above Multiple Chinese Cities, Sparking Media Speculation Beijing is Secretly Testing ‘A Hypersonic Nuclear Missile That Can Reach the US’
» North Korean Nuclear Negotiator is Pictured With Kim Jong UN at Art Show After Reports of His Execution (Video)
» Twitter Takes Sides, Chooses Brutal Chinese Communist Govt. Over Freedom Dissidents and US Conservatives
 
Australia — Pacific
» Jacinda Ardern Sends Mum Who Was Pictured on the Front of Her Budget Book a Personal Message — After it Was Revealed That Even She Left the Country to Get a Job in Australia
» Lightning Ridge Opal Mine Surrenders Entire Herd of Dinosaurs
 
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Prominent White South African Farmer is Gunned Down in His Home While Having Dinner, Wife and Friend Survive Attack
 
Latin America
» Obama in Brazil: Bashes America… Tells Lies About Guns in the U.S. [Video]
» Trump: Russia Confirmed it Removed “Most of Their People” From Venezuela
 
Immigration
» 90% of ‘Catch-and-Release’ Illegals Fail to Show Up for Immigration Hearings
» As Many as Six Boats Packed With Asylum Seekers Could be on Their Way to Australia From Sri Lanka
» Danish Muslims Feel Backlash as Immigration Becomes Election Issue
» France Told to ‘Do More’ As Number of Migrants Crossing Channel to UK Expected to Rise
» Illegal Aliens Get Minimum Sentences for Killing Couple, Raping 12-Year-Old
» Immigration Agents Capturing Illegal Aliens Despite Democrats’ Sanctuary Cities
» Study: Of the Scandinavian Countries, Sweden Struggles the Most to Get Migrants to Work
» Tom Tancredo Praises the Historic “We Build the Wall” Sunland Park Project and Explains Why Democrats Hate Trump
» Winning! Federal Judge Rejects House Democrats’ Effort to Block Trump’s Border Wall
 
Culture Wars
» A Civilization With Feet of Clay
» Biological Man Who Beat Women in Cycling Complains About ‘Toxic Masculinity’
» Cher: If Trump Wins Re-Election, He’ll Put LGBTQ People ‘In Internment Camps’
» Outrage After Snapchat Debuts ‘Love Has No Age’ Filter for Pride Month
 
General
» 10 of 10 Coastal Antarctic Stations Show Zero Warming Over Past Decades. Failed Scientists Need to Resign
» Surprise: Largest Glacier in Northern Hemisphere Has Started Growing Again
 

Laid Off GM Workers in Ohio Fed Up With Ruling Class: ‘Nobody Has Our Backs’

Middle-class Americans whose livelihoods have been thrown off course after being laid off by General Motors (GM) in Lordstown, Ohio, are fed up with the country’s political and business ruling class in Washington, DC.

For months, the community of Lordstown has had to grapple with GM closing the region’s assembly plant, which has resulted in the immediate layoff of about 1,600 American workers, and since 2017, GM has laid off about 4,500 American workers in Ohio.

The GM plant closure is also expected to leave more than 8,000 American workers jobless in and around Lordstown as well as cut out about $8 billion in economic activity in the area. Already, more than 900 workers in supporting industries have been put out of work.

At the same time, GM has announced that it will manufacture a slew of new vehicles in South Korea, while GM CEO Mary Barra still plans on idling three other American manufacturing plants… two in Michigan and one in Maryland.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

“It’s All a Fraud”: Deceptive Edits Found in Mueller Report

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Saturday called for the immediate release of “all backup and source information” for the Mueller report after internet sleuth @almostjingo (Rosie Memos) discovered that the special counsel’s office deceptively edited content which was then cited as evidence of possible obstruction.

“It’s all a fraud” tweeted Nunes, replying to a tweet by @JohnWHuber (Undercover Huber), who also posted a comparison between the Mueller report and a newly released transcript of a November 2017 voicemail message left by former Trump lawyer John Dowd, in which he asked former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s attorney for a “heads up” if Flynn was planning on saying anything that might damage the president.

Mueller’s team omitted key context suggesting that Dowd was trying to strongarm Flynn and possibly obstruct justice by shaping witness testimony, while the actual voicemail reveals that Dowd was careful not to tread into obstruction territory in what was a friendly and routine call between lawyers.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

California Cities Are Disgusting Cesspools

The following Tim Pool video now ranks as one of my favorites. In the vid, Pool takes on the sad prospect of bubonic plague raising its ugly head in Los Angeles which, like most large, Democrat-run cities, is steadily falling into ruin.

Pool makes some interesting and quotable points:

  • mentally ill homeless people refuse to lodge in free shelters
  • but the local govt thinks housing is the primary problem
  • science denialism is on both sides of the political aisle
  • Dr. Drew Pinksy: “We have a complete breakdown of the basic needs of civilization”
  • Dr. Drew: we are one of the only cities in the country without a rodent-control program
  • bubonic plague, typhus on the rise
  • Nancy Pelosi’s home district of San Francisco has an exploding homelessness problem
  • homeless population increased by double-digit %ages in San Francisco areas over 2 years
  • Tim Pool: “If this is what [Pelosi’s] home district looks like, why should we listen to anything she has to say in terms of policy?” [I completely agree. —ed.]
  • Megacorps with HQs in California are bulwarks of privilege in the midst of s**t, poverty, and disease: “They’re living in their ivory towers while their streets are littered with feces.”
  • is climate change part of the problem?
  • Response 1: if yes, then maybe this is Nature’s course correction
  • Response 2: it probably isn’t climate change: NYC has homeless problem but not disease
  • Farhad Manjoo blames liberals who’ve abandoned core values (helping the poor, etc.)
  • L.A. has cleaned up one alleyway to keep disease away from the produce district
  • disease spread, loss of social cohesion, and science denial (dogmatism)
  • article title: “Self-censorship on Campus is Bad for Science”—it’s not just the conservatards
  • Pool: “students are denying established biology in favor of social justice”
  • Another article title: “The Left is Also Guilty of Unscientific Dogma”
  • “Everyone denies science in certain ways.”
  • “Anti-science people… are all over the place… and they’re becoming more prominent.”
  • [The left is] “impeding science while claiming to support it.”
  • It’s not “a partisan thing to say that Democrats do not have a handle on these issues.” Pool’s point, there, is that Democrats have long had supermajorities in large cities, so the blame for policy failures must objectively fall on them because they’re the ones who have been in power for a long time & thus have been in a position to fix these problems.

Pool himself is a liberal/leftist, but it’s interesting to observe that many of the above points have been made on sites like Instapundit for years—especially the point about Democrat-run cities that all eventually turn into [hell]holes.

While not someone I’d immediately think of as an expert in social trends, Fabio—a long-time resident of California (now, he lives mostly in Washington State)—was on Fox News to talk about why he thinks the state is going under:

[See video at link. California is a good example of Socialism on steroids. All socialism is failed socialism. It sinks under the weight of its unicorns and unintended consequences. See the UK’s National Health Service for best example of a failed idea.]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Can Conservatives Afford to be Nice Anymore?

Tucker Carlson’s famous Fox News monologue about the moral pitfalls of unquestioned free-market worship continues to cause aftershocks.

The right has long had the debate on just how healthy individual autonomy is for societal well-being. But the combination of Donald Trump’s nationalist vision overtaking the Republican Party and the Left molting its concern for solidarity in favor of radically subjective individualism has raised anew questions about what broad-c conservatives are willing to accept in a well ordered society.

For example, are drag reading hours in public libraries really appropriate for kids?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

CNN’s Stelter Allows Daily Beast to Defend Doxxing of ‘Doctored’ Pelosi Video Creator

Leftist site editor brags about publishing man’s private details

CNN host Brian Stelter provided a platform for The Daily Beast to promote its hunting down and publicly outing the person who slowed down a video of Nancy Pelosi to make her appear even worse than she usually does in a recent viral video.

The leftist ‘news’ site, which is owned by the multibillion-dollar megacorporation InterActiveCorp, published the man’s full name, the city and specific area he lives in, his employment details, and even his arrest record.

The Daily Beast received huge backlash for doxxing a private citizen over political opinions.

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald Drag an African-American day laborer into the spotlight and try to ruin his life because he made a trivial video about Nancy Pelosi. The only worse part is how you’re celebrating yourselves like you did something brave and important. Nauseating.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Deep State and Democrats Are Terrified of Doddering “Figurehead” Mueller Testifying… He’s Unable to Answer Material Questions

Mueller cannot get in front of a Congressional panel to address questions about his Mueller report. Deep State won’t let him. It would be devastating to their coup. “Placeholder” Mueller does not know all that happened under his watch.

For two years the Mueller special counsel was investigating the President of the United States. The Democrats and their Deep State cheered him on. Numerous corrupt and criminal events took place. The last thing that the Democrats now want is for him to testify in public about his bogus, dishonest and one-sided report.

Those that want the truth could ask… When did the investigation into Trump and Russia start? Why did you not address the phony Steele dossier in your report? Why did you not look at any of the actions by the Hillary team who paid for and supplied the dossier? Who cleared the team for conflicts of interest since it was all Hillary supporters, lawyers and donors? What was the original crime that started the investigation and why was the scope so broad and outside of the Special Counsel mandate? Why did you withhold information from Flynn, Papadopoulos, etc? When did you release Strzok and Page? Why did you destroy the data on their phones so their text messages could not be shared with Congress? And on and on and on… .

Many, many questions could be asked that Mueller could simply not answer.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Democrats Boo Hickenlooper for Saying Socialism ‘Not the Answer’

A room full of San Francisco Democrats booed former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) on Saturday after he warned against embracing socialism and socialist policies ahead of the 2020 presidential race, suggesting that it could place the entire Democratic party outside of the political mainstream.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Facebook Helps Leftists Dox Trump Supporter Who Made Drunk Pelosi Video

Confirmed to Daily Beast identity behind viral video

Facebook has helped far-left publication The Daily Beast dox the user behind the Pelosi meme that went viral last week.

In pursuing the identity of the person who uploaded a slowed-down video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring and stammering during a press conference, Facebook confirmed to the The Daily Beast the account belonged to one Shawn Brooks, a black 34-year-old day laborer and Trump supporter.

“But a Facebook official, confirming a Daily Beast investigation, said the video was first posted on Politics Watchdog directly from Brooks’ personal Facebook account,” the Daily Beast reported Saturday.

Why Facebook decided to expose the identity of one of its users to the leftist media despite him not violating the company’s community guidelines remains unclear.

“So… it appears that Facebook helped the reporter who wrote this story identify the person behind the doctored video of Nancy Pelosi… i.e., Facebook used its own internal data to help publicly identify a private citizen,” tweeted National Observer reporter Caroline Orr. “That’s extremely troubling.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship

By Victor Davis Hanson

The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was always implausible.

One, the Washington swamp of fixers such as Paul Manafort and John and Tony Podesta was mostly bipartisan and predated Trump.

Two, the Trump administration’s Russia policies were far tougher on Vladimir Putin than were those of Barack Obama. Trump confronted Russia in Syria, upped defense spending, increased sanctions and kept the price of oil down through massive new U.S. energy production. He did not engineer a Russian “reset” or get caught on a hot mic offering a self-interested hiatus in tensions with Russia in order to help his own re-election bid.

Three, Russia has a long history of trying to warp U.S. elections that both predated Trump and earned only prior lukewarm pushback from the Obama administration.

It’s also worth remembering that President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation had been recipients of Russian and Russian-related largesse — ostensibly because Hillary Clinton had used her influence as Secretary of State under Obama to ease resistance to Russian acquisitions of North American uranium holdings.

As far as alleged Russian collusion goes, Hillary Clinton used three firewalls — the Democratic National Committee, the Perkins Coie law firm and the Fusion GPS strategic intelligence firm — to hide her campaign’s payments to British national Christopher Steele to find dirt on Trump and his campaign; in other words, to collude. Steele in turn collected his purchased Russian sources to aggregate unverified allegations against Trump. He then spread the gossip within government agencies to ensure that the smears were leaked to the media — and with a government seal of approval.

No wonder that special counsel Robert Mueller’s partisan team spent 22 months and $34 million only to conclude the obvious: that Trump did not collude with Russia. […]

[RTWT]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Girl, 7, Gets 1,000 Stitches After an Akita Dog Bit Her Face While She Was Visiting a No-Kill Shelter With Her Parents Hoping to Adopt the Pet

A seven-year-old California girl required 1,000 stitches to reconstruct her face after being bitten by an Akita while she and her parents were looking to adopt from a private kennel.

The girl visited the no-kill shelter, A Passion for Paws Rescue, in Romoland, California, at about noon on May 26 when the dog, a two-year-old male Akita, was said to have lunged at her and bitten her on the right side of the face.

The child, who has not been named, suffered puncture wounds which required 1,000 stitches during three hours of surgery, according to California’s Riverside County Animal Services.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Islam: America’s Historical Failure

Will America stand a chance to defeat Islam? A short answer is, it all depends! Thus far, sounding the alarm for decades about the ever-increasing menace Islam poses to America has not worked. Honestly, I don’t know what will work! Apathy, political correctness, and massive Islamic lobbying have successfully prevented the public from truly grasping the all-pervasive, invasive Islamic assault.

As usual, the sworn enemies of the United States, leftist politicians, hungry for votes, who despise America and hate our Constitution, delightfully embraced and brought this ‘Trojan Horse’ army inside our gates. It was a perfect marriage. Both sides needed one another to survive.

These desert dwellers and the Quran trained people with the help of our leftist politicians and took advantage of the provisions of the most benign system known to humanity, our representative republic, to destroy it from within.

Islamists, by sheer numbers, eventually will be in a position to vote out our republic in many countries. They will elect Muslims to all positions of local influence, who will create and enforce policy according to the Quran. Once they have control over a town, they will begin to establish informal Sharia, and there’s nothing the government can (or will want to) do about it.

Oddly enough, our elected officials have completely ignored the Islamization of European cities. Many European elected officials have acted out of tremendous fear, and have given Muslims the right to establish their own shadow governments within the borders of countries like Sweden, England, the Netherlands, France and Belgium. Within these countries they control their own populations via Sharia Law without any accountability.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Jussie Smollett Bought Drugs From the Brothers Who Staged Alleged Attack, Documents Show

New documents released by Chicago police Thursday show Jussie Smollett discussing drugs with the two brothers who accused the “Empire” actor of paying them to stage an attack on him.

The texts were among the 460 pages released by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and Chicago Police Department Thursday after a judge ordered Smollett’s case file unsealed last week.

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

Just in: Mueller’s ‘Star Witness’ George Nader Indicted on Child Porn Charges

George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and one of Mueller’s ‘star witnesses’ has been indicted on child pornography charges.

Robert Mueller previously investigated whether George Nader, an advisor to the United Arab Emirates, was influencing U.S. policy, the New York Times reported in March of 2018 — Nader was reportedly interviewed by the Special Counsel’s team twice.

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

Minnesota Judge Sentences Emmanuel Aranda to 19 Years in Prison for Hurling 5-Year-Old Boy Off Third Floor Balcony at Mall of America

In April police were called at Minnesota’s Mall of America to the southeast corner of the mall to assist a child who was thrown off of the third floor level. Local FOX 9 reported that police were called at 10:17 AM to assist a child who “had fallen” and landed on the first floor. Witnesses told officers a man threw the child from the third floor balcony, then took off running. Police estimate the fall is just under 40 feet.

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

NRA Membership Dues, Contributions Rebounded in 2018

by Stephen Gutowski

Annual report provides insight into gun-rights group’s funding and spending

The National Rifle Association of America and its associated groups saw a sizable increase of both membership dues and contributions in 2018, according to the group’s annual report.

The report, which was handed out during the group’s latest annual meeting, shows dues went from $128,209,303 in 2017 to $170,391,374 in 2018—an increase of $42,182,071, or 33 percent. It also shows contributions rose from $132,879,299 in 2017 to $165,075,288 in 2018—an increase of $32,195,989 or 24 percent. The rise in dues came ahead of the NRA announcing it had reached 5.5 million members, a record number.

Overall, the NRA and its affiliates brought in $412,233,508 in 2018. That’s up from $378,122,489 in 2017. In total, the group’s revenue rose $34,111,019 or 9 percent. The numbers represent a clear resurgence of funding for the gun-rights group during 2018. Membership dues even topped those the group saw in 2016—$163,517,961.

The year 2018, of course, saw several events that likely contributed to the spike in NRA member dues and contributions—the largest being the midterm elections. With Democrats promising to pass new gun-control measures if elected, many gun-rights supporters likely joined the NRA in the run up to November. And given the election resulted in Democrats capturing the House of Representatives, bringing in a number of new high-profile representatives openly hostile to gun rights, it is likely that also drove membership up. […]

[The more the Left complains, the more the NRA is perceived as a bulwark against statist overreach]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Obama White House Was Privy to FBI Spying on Trump Campaign

Evidence that the Obama White House was privy to the FBI spying on the Trump 2016 Presidential campaign is borne out in the four heavily-redacted Verified Applications made by the FBI to the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Court to spy on Carter W Page—an American citizen and identified in the Applications as a former member of Trump’s campaign Committee.

The first Application was made in October 2016 by a person whose name is redacted—but who is identified in Paragraph 1 as: .

“A Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whose official duties at FBI headquarters include supervision of the FBI’s investigation of the above captioned target [Ed: Carter W Page] based on information officially furnished to [redacted]”

Who officially furnished the information to the FBI?

Paragraph 2 of the Application provides the answer:

“The target of this Application is Carter W Page a US person and an agent of a foreign power described in detail below. The status of the target was determined in or about October 2016 from information provided by the Department of State.”

John Kerry was the then Secretary of State and one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors and confidantes. It would be incredulous if the information supplied to the FBI was done without Kerry’s authorization beforehand after having first discussed its release with the President.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ocasio-Cortez Tells Democrat to ‘Sashay Away’ For Opposition to Medicare for All

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) Sunday to “sashay away” over his opposition to Medicare for All, contending that the single-payer, government-run health care program is “sound policy.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez slammed former Rep. Delaney for criticizing Medicare for All Sunday. The former Maryland lawmaker was booed for suggesting that Medicare for All does not serve as “good policy” but serves as “good politics.”

“We should have universal health care, but it shouldn’t be a kind of health care that kicks 150 million Americans off their health care,” Delaney said Saturday, sparking a chorus of boos. “That’s not smart policy.

Ocasio-Cortez suggested Sunday that there remains too many Democrats running for president, and she said that Delaney should “sashay away,” which means, according to Urban Dictionary, to leave a room like a drag queen.

[Comment: Stupidity and arrogance is an ugly combination. Hilarious comment to the article by “hey Gee” — “Look at those eyes! Grandpa Gee always taught us to look a horse in the eye. If a horse looked like that… you didn’t get on.”]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Pastor Says He ‘Hurt’ Congregation by Praying for Trump During Unscheduled Visit

by Dave Boyer

The pastor of a Northern Virginia church has acknowledged hurting some in his congregation by praying for President Trump when the president made an unscheduled stop at his church on Sunday.

Pastor David Platt of McLean Bible Church in Vienna said he made the decision in haste and he did not intend his prayer to be an endorsement of Mr. Trump or any political stance.

“Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t see coming, and we’re faced with a decision in a moment when we don’t have the liberty of deliberation, so we do our best to glorify God,” Mr. Platt said in a statement to church members. “I found myself in one of those situations.”[…]

[But that doesn’t mean he can’t put on his training wheels and ride back his prayer. Pope Frankie ain’t the only whited seplechure in the U.S. This one is located not far from the White House. Trump needs to acquaint himself with the geography in that Swamp. It extends a ways out.]

           — Hat tip: Dora [Return to headlines]
 

Pearls of Expression

[…]

I never liked the feel of someone’s hand in my pocket or of having to deal with some officious nimrod in the public or private power structure. What happened to that citizen prickliness that kept such things in check? Utter garbage is spewed from our “public” airwaves yet still the public shells out huge amounts of money to be lied to and deluged with statist, homo-globo propaganda. We accept highly restrictive ballot access laws so that new parties have a near-impossible task to get a toe in the door to challenge the Holy Duo. The write-in option on the ballot might as well not be there. Lung cancer is more popular.

Don’t look to movies to teach independence and defiance. Ever wonder why the Western disappeared as a movie genre, unless it was to teach the delights of adulterous sodomy or serve as a vehicle for moronic, black revenge fantasies?

The elites have involved us in pointless military adventures in recent decades leading to the deaths of more than a million foreigners and misery and death for our military and their families. Ho hum. “They” are at it again.

Levees are in danger of being breached in the Midwest while trillions have been wasted on war and the demonstration of some airy-fairy “exceptionalism.” All with utter contempt for the wishes or needs of Americans. Uncle knows best and take it from us those Russians desperately need to be straightened out. Sorry about your beloved son.

           — Hat tip: Bill Keezer [Return to headlines]
 

Rep Doug Collins ID’s Peter Strzok as Likely FBI Official Who Leaked Grand Jury Info to Media… DOJ Refused to Prosecute

On Wednesday The Gateway Pundit’s Cristina Laila reported the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General caught a top FBI official illegally leaking classified material to the liberal media including sensitive information sealed by Federal Courts.

The DOJ declined to prosecute this criminal agent.

Despite the fact that this senior FBI official, who was not named in the summary, clearly broke multiple laws, the Department of Justice declined to prosecute the individual. The Conservative Treehouse is now reporting on a new development related to the deep state’s coup attempt:

This is rather stunning. In letters from Representative Doug Collins to Inspector General Horowitz and AG Bill Barr, Collins identifies Deputy Asst. Director Peter Strzok as the official who leaked grand jury information to the media and yet the DOJ refused to prosecute. Incredible.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘She Knocks the Country, She Knocks the President’: Veterans Criticize Ocasio-Cortez Over Community

Two U.S. military veterans criticized Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying the way she spoke at a closed-door Bronx community meeting Wednesday night was “BS.”

Silvio Mazzella, 74, a Vietnam War veteran and treasurer of Community Board 11, said he walked out of the conference, along with former chairman of the board and Army veteran Anthony Vitaliano, 78, and another individual, reported the New York Post.

“She knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about,” Mazzella said.

“I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore. I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out,” former chairman of the board and Army veteran, Anthony Vitaliano, 78, said.

Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman Corbin Trent denied there was a walk-out during the conference.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Somalis Have Changed Minneapolis

Everyone not lying to themselves predicted when the federal government under Bill Clinton… aided and abetted by Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities and World Relief Minnesota — plopped 30,000 Somalis down into the midst of the kind, virtue-signaling, eager-to-help Midwesterners of Minneapolis (of which I am one) that it would lead to some grave consequences for our community.

Now, due to continuing refugee placements as well as chain migration there are an estimated 80,000 Somalis living in the Twin Cities metro area, or more like 79,000 if you subtract those who’ve left the country to join terrorist organizations like ISIS.

Anyhoo, here’s a week Minneapolitans had with their Somali neighbors last month:

On Wednesday, May 15th a couple of University students were attacked on campus at the East Bank Train station by two Somali thugs. It was an attempted robbery that the guys rebuffed sustaining injuries that required a hospital visit.

On Thursday, May 16th two Somalis burned down the pavilion at Lake Calhoun [or Lake Bde Maka Ska if you’re a virtue signaler) an eating and hanging out meeting place in the heart of the city enjoyed by generations of Americans around the prettiest city lake you’ve ever seen. This is in the most expensive neighborhood in Minneapolis.

On Friday, May 17th a gang of 10-12 Somali youths attacked all the white people at a that same East Bank Train station with hammers and pipes. Snopes says this is “Mostly False” because after the attack they fled, and out of the 7 who were eventually apprehended only two were still in possession of weapons, in this case pipes. So therefore, it never happened.

And now Tuesday, May 20th a woman walking her dog in a gorgeous, huge, wooded off leash dog park, complete with sandy beach on the Mississippi River, found spikes just off the path. Sharp metal objects taped to a wooden spike, presumably designed to hurt dogs running happily through the underbrush. Now, we don’t know that a Somali did that, it could be some crazed psycho Swede, but Islam abhors dogs as unclean because the prophet did.

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Special: Nicole Neily, Free Speech Warrior, Sues the University of Illinois

Even with the First Amendment “right there,” the University of Illinois is allegedly infringing on the rights of students.

Rob Shimshock had an exclusive interview with Nicole Neily about the legal actions taken by her group Speech First.

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Swedish Start-Up Plans to Bring Pogo Sticks to Hilly San Fran as an Alternative to Scooters

Commuters in San Francisco might be able to bounce their way to work soon, as a Swedish start-up plans to bring pogo sticks to one of the hilliest cities in the country.

Under the slogan ‘Jump into the future’, mobility company Cangoroo announced on its website last month that it wants to launch ‘shared pogo sticks to every street corner of the world’ to compete with e-scooters as a mode of transport.

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Trade War Won’t Kill Small Business — It’ll Make it Stronger

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The reality is that most small businesses in this country simply aren’t affected by the China tariffs. Don’t believe me? Then look at this survey conducted by Bank of America this past month of more than 1,500 small-business owners.

Fifty-nine percent of those respondents said they “don’t see any impact.” That data was backed up by the recent polling of 1,700 small-business owners from brokerage site BizBuySell. In that study, 57 percent of small-business owners said they weren’t affected by the China tariffs.

Why should they be? Most of the 30 million small businesses in this country sell pizzas, fix cars, repair roofs, balance books and mow lawns. These are not people who care about China.

Of course, many of these businesses serve bigger businesses or sell to the employees of big businesses, so a long-term dispute that impacts those companies’ profits could impact what they spend on their smaller suppliers.

To those suppliers I say: Don’t lose any sleep. Your customers are more likely to drop you because they’re unhappy with your service rather than because of a squabble with China.

But what about those small businesses that are affected? These small-business owners have demonstrated their ignorance because they’ve mostly relied on just one or two suppliers from one country (China) for their goods.

Or, as I’ve written before, they’re farmers who expected China to keep buying from them even though Donald Trump has been warning for years what he’ll do if and when he becomes president.

I feel bad for these guys because, through their own miscalculations, they are indeed suffering. Ultimately, business Darwinism will prevail. The dopiest ones will disappear and go back to their corporate jobs.The smart ones will survive, learn and grow. And they’ll ultimately benefit from this experience. Why?

Because if President Trump gets his way, I can stop hearing what I’ve been hearing from most of my small and medium-sized clients for the past three decades: that doing business with China has been patently unfair.

Trump has obviously heard those same complaints. He’s witnessed China’s behavior. Why else would he go to trade war with them? It’s not as if he doesn’t have other battles to fight.

It’s because he knows that something has to be done to right this significant and growing wrong for the long term and — luckily — he’s got a strong economy in which to do it. Say what you will about our president, but he’s fighting a fight that needs to be fought.

So what can small businesses expect if he prevails?

a more-level playing field; greater opportunities for small manufacturers to make stuff for the American market; more access to China’s numerous consumers; less illegal dumping of Chinese products that kill American suppliers; a crackdown on the bribes, graft and corruption that has always plagued U.S. business dealings with China; a reduction of cyber-espionage that steals our data and intellectual property; and no more joint venture “partners” that are required when one wants to do business in or with China.

This experience (like the last recession and other significant economic and political events) will prove to be a valuable lesson for those small businesses that are facing challenges right now.

The smart ones will diversify. They will require multiple suppliers. They will not put all of their eggs in one basket. They will minimize risks and opt to do business with friendlier, less-corrupt and autocratic countries. Better yet, more will likely do business at home.

[Som]e small-business owners are facing challenges as result of this trade war. But the smart ones will figure things out. In the BizBuySell study, many of the respondents who said they are affected planned to raise prices, cut costs, switch suppliers or start offering other products. And when the dispute is ultimately settled, they’ll be the better off from it.

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Twitter is Eroding Your Intelligence: Study

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) — Twitter, used by 126 million people daily and now ubiquitous in some industries, has vowed to reform itself after being enlisted as a tool of misinformation and hate.

But new evidence shows that the platform may be inflicting harm at an even more basic level. It could be making its users, well, a bit witless.

The finding by a team of Italian researchers is not necessarily that the crush of hashtags, likes and retweets destroys brain cells; that’s a question for neuroscientists, they said.

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Violent Leftist Thug Attacks Trump Supporters at Protest — Spits in Woman’s Face — is Quickly Arrested (Video)

On Sunday a group of Trump supporters held a rally in California.

During the protest an unhinged anti-Trumper attacked the group.

The thug screamed, pushed, cursed at and bullied the Trump supporter

Then he spit on a female Trump supporter… in the face!

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Virginia Beach Shooting Gives Gun-Grabbers Another Opportunity

The shooting at a state government office building in Virginia late Friday afternoon by an employee seeking revenge over being fired from his job is already giving anti-gunners another opportunity to promote their anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment agenda.

DeWayne Craddock, a 40-year-old former engineer with the city’s public utilities department, planned his attack carefully in advance. Police reported that over recent weeks he legally purchased a number of firearms including the .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and semi-automatic rifle that he used in his attack. He chose the perfect time to commit his crime: late Friday afternoon as the 400-plus employees were leaving the city’s Municipal Center for the weekend. He knew that, even though security detail had recently been beefed up following other recent mass shootings, he could enter the building without difficulty as he still held a security pass.

He also knew that the building was a gun-free zone thanks to Virginia’s state preemption law prohibiting Virginia Beach for enacting gun laws more favorable than those mandated by the state. It was anti-gun Governor Terry McAuliffe who signed an executive order in 2015 banning firearms in all government buildings. Ironically, at that time McAuliffe explained why: “We must take every precaution to protect our citizens and state employees from gun violence. We cannot wait until a tragedy occurs to decide to address it.”

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German Politician Lübcke Shot in Head at Close Range

German investigators have revealed that a popular regional political leader found dead in his garden was killed by a bullet fired at close range.

They have launched a criminal inquiry into the death of Walter Lübcke, the 65-year-old head of the regional council in the city of Kassel.

Suicide has been ruled out but police say they have no motive.

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Greek Conservatives Win Big in Local Elections

Greeks have returned to the ballot box after the ruling Syriza party suffered a crushing defeat in elections to the European Parliament. Candidates for the New Democracy party have won 12 of the country’s 13 regions.

Greece’s main opposition conservative party, New Democracy, repeated last week’s success in European Parliament elections by dominating in runoff local elections on Sunday. The political group secured 12 of the country’s 13 regions and won a majority of cities.

In Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, son of former conservative mayor Dora Bakoyannis and nephew of opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, won with a 65% share of the vote to defeat a candidate backed by the ruling left-wing Syriza.

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Guardian Editors Warn “Demagogue” Trump “Not Welcome” In UK as 10,000 Police Deployed in London

As the Metropolitan Police dispatch over 10,000 police officers to provide extra security during President Trump’s three-day state visit to the UK capital — which officially started early Monday when Air Force One touched down in London — the editors of the UK’s most left-wing newspaper have published a scathing editorial warning that Trump “was not welcome”, and bashing outgoing PM Theresa May’s government for inviting him.

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Italy: Conte Threatens to Quit Unless Government Solves Spat

The populist coalition governing Italy must put internal differences to one side, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has warned. If it doesn’t, the country may face early elections.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday said he would step down from his post unless the ruling 5-Star Movement and League parties started to take responsibility for running the country.

“I am asking both these political forces to make a choice and tell me if they still want to honor the government’s obligations,” he told a news conference. If not, “I will simply end my mandate.”

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Making Sense of the European Elections

Mainstream center-left and center-right parties — especially in Britain, France and Germany — performed poorly in European parliamentary elections held between May 23-26. The traditional centrist duopoly lost its majority in the next European Parliament, which opens on July 2 and will sit for five years, until 2024.

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Pictures: President Trump Lays Wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey

President Donald Trump laid a wreath at, and prayed over the interred remains of an unknown combatant of the Great War of 1914-1918 on Monday morning, during a visit to Westminster Abbey on his State Visit to the United Kingdom.

The visit to the Abbey, the historic place of burial and coronations for English and British Kings and Queens for nearly 1,000 years, was hosted by British Royal Prince Andrew and the chapter officers of the Abbey itself. President Trump was driven from Buckingham Palace, where he had eaten lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, to the Abbey in the Presidential motorcade in a journey along the Mall and Horse Guard’s which took a little less than two minutes to complete.

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Pope Francis Confesses: ‘I Don’t Understand Italian Politics’

Pope Francis said Sunday he understands little of Italian politics but warned against those who “sow hatred and fear” in an apparent allusion to interior minister Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Lega party.

Asked about the conduct of Mr. Salvini and his use of Catholic symbols such as the rosary and crosses during his campaign, the pope said that politicians “should be honest and not campaign with dishonest banners, with calumny, defamation or scandals.”

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President Trump Arrives in Britain for State Visit… Trump Delivers Blistering Tweet to London’s Muslim Mayor as “Stone Cold Loser”

London’s anti-Trump Mayor Sadiq Khan has been attacking President Trump since he was elected, but he ramped up the attacks before the president’s state visit to Britain to say he would boycott the visit.

As the president landed at Stansted Airport this morning, he tweeted out a blistering attack back at the London mayor:

‘Sadiq Khan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly ‘nasty’ to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me’.

‘Khan reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job… only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now’.

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State Banquet: Queen Honours UK-U.S. Alliance, Trump Celebrates Shared Values of ‘Freedom, Sovereignty’

Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. President Donald J Trump have delivered speeches at the Royal Banquet praising the enduring American-British alliance which was forged over 70 years ago during the Second World War.

On Monday evening, President Trump and the First Lady arrived at Buckingham Palace and participated in a procession with the Queen before dining with 170 guests from the political, business, and economic world.

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Swedish Court Rejects Request to Arrest, Extradite Assange After UK Sentence is Up

A Swedish court dealt state prosecutors a blow on Monday, denying a request for a Euroepan Arrest Warrant (EAW) to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for extradition once his 50-week sentence is up in the UK for skipping bail.

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UK Foreign Sec Backs Trump After ‘Stone Cold Loser’ Khan Comments

“What is really inappropriate, is for anyone to boycott a visit by the President of the United States,” Mr Hunt said, in relation to the leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, and the London mayor voicing their opposition to the visit. “This is a State Visit, not a political visit, he’s been hosted by Her Majesty the Queen to mark the great friendship between our two countries,” he added.

“For the Labour Party to be boycotting this visit on the grounds of sexism and racism in a day where their candidate in the Peterborough by-election is being accused of liking an antisemitic post on Facebook, when they are being accused of turning a blind eye to the terrible behaviour in the Labour Party HQ, this is about virtue signalling on Labour’s behalf, this isn’t about any position of principle,” the foreign secretary said.

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UK: ‘Protest Against Trumpism!’: Leftists Melt Down Over President’s State Visit

A number of British leftists have begun the ritualistic histrionics as President Donald J Trump arrived for his three-day State Visit to the UK, with some calling the President a ‘climate change denier’, “misogynist”, and a “warmonger”.

The most prominent performances of anti-Trump theatrics came from the Labour Party and its London mayor Sadiq Khan, who wrote on Sunday that President Trump was a “global threat”.

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UK: “Stone Cold Loser”: Trump Lashes Out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan

US president Donald Trump started calling the London mayor names even before his plane landed in the UK, where he has arrived for a state visit. Trump described Sadiq Khan as “a stone cold loser” who has done a “terrible job”, RT.com writes.

In his tweets, Donald Trump likened Khan to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying London’s head is “as dumb” but “only half his height.”

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UK: Brexit Party to Storm Peterborough by-Election: Shock Graph Shows Labour & Tories Nowhere

PETERBOROUGH heavily backed Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in last months European elections and this graph predicts voters will follow suit in next week’s by-election.

Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was removed from her position as MP on May 1 after she was convicted of perverting the course of justice. Ms Onasanya was found guilty of lying to police to avoid being prosecuted for speeding and a by-election was prompted in Peterborough to elect her replacement. The vote will take place on Thursday June 6 and it looks as if the Brexit Party could clinch its first seat in Parliament, ousting the Labour opposition.

In the European elections Peterborough voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Brexit party, securing 16,106 votes — more than twice that of runners up Labour.

Labour’s 7,272 votes were closely followed by the Lib Dems’ 6,491 votes.

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UK: Jihadi Jack ‘Admitted He Was Terrorist in Facebook Message to His Parents While Asking Them to Help Him Come Home From ISIS Stronghold of Raqqa’

Jihadi Jack admitted he was a terrorist in a Facebook message to his parents while asking them to help him come home, a court heard.

John Letts, 58, and Sally Lane, 56, are currently on trial accused of funding terrorism by sending cash to their son Jack while he was living in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

But their lawyers say counter-terrorism police had given the parents from Oxfordshire the ‘green light’ to send money to their radicalised son.

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UK: Video of London’s Muslim Mayor Defending Hate Preacher Louis Farrakhan Resurfaces After Saying London Will be “On Wrong Side of History” For Welcoming “Fascist” Trump

Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. London’s Muslim Mayor Sadik Kahn told the anti-Trump Guardian.

What’s interesting, however, is that Khan had no problem defending anti-Semite hate preacher Louis Farrakhan and his repulsive views.

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Aussie Home Minister Lays Wreath at Bombed Sri Lanka Church

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Australian Home Minister Peter Dutton has laid a wreath and offered condolences for the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

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Huge Buddhist Protest Against Islamic Rise in Sl Forced Resignation of 9 Muslim Mins & 2 Govs

Due to huge protest of Buddhist monks against Jihad, 9 ministers, 2 governors from Muslim community in Sri Lanka resign over Easter suicide bombing allegation.

Jaya Sirisena | HENB | Colombo | June 3, 2019:: Buddhist Sri Lanka is rightly fighting against the Jihadi Rise in the island country. Nine Muslim ministers and two provincial governors from the minority community resigned Monday to allow the Sri Lankan government to investigate allegations against some of them on links to an Islamist extremist group blamed for the deadly Easter suicide bombings.

The Muslim politicians also protested what they term the government’s inability to ensure the safety of their community which constitutes 9 per cent of the island’s 21 million population.

There are 19 Muslims lawmakers in the 225-member Parliament and nine of them held Cabinet, state and deputy ministerial positions.

“Until security of the people is ensured and until investigations are done by the police’s Crime Investigations Department (CID) is finalised we will stay as government back benchers,” Rauff Hakeem, a lawmaker for Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, told reporters.

Their resignations came four days after thousands of people, including majority Buddhist community monks, launched a protest in the pilgrim city of Kandy, demanding the expulsion of three Muslim leaders whom they alleged were linked to the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) — the banned outfit blamed for the attacks on three Colombo hotels and three churches.

Following the April 21 attacks that claimed 258 lives, some Muslim politicians representing the government came under criticism for their alleged support extended to the rising Muslim militancy.

Industry and commerce minister Rishath Bathiyutheen was accused of supporting the ISIS linked NTJ.

The Sinhala majority nationalists were demanding the sacking of Bathiyutheen. The opposition moved a motion of no confidence in the Parliament against Bathiyutheen, who has denied links to the NTJ and its terror activities.

In the wake of the bombings, majority Sinhala community mobs attacked Muslim-owned properties in towns north of the capital killing one Muslim man and leaving hundreds of homes, shops and mosques vandalised…

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“Trade War Has Not Made America Great Again”: China Lashes Out at US Which is “Solely to Blame”

China’s media propaganda campaign against the US in the increasingly dirty trade war between the two superpowers can be roughly divided into five parts. As the Economist’s Simon Rabinovitch broke down the various phases, these can be grouped roughly as follows: 1) quiet optimism; 2) reassessment; 3) put the theory to the test; 4) US failure is inevitable.

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That said, much of the White Paper was similar to the one published last September, and its content is broken down roughly along the following lines, as per CNBC’s China correspondent, Eunice Yoon:

China is the grown-up China is the victim China wants talks but only as an equal China will fight US for as long as it takes

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Chinese Defense Minister: Tiananmen Square Massacre Was ‘Correct Policy’

China’s defense minister, General Wei Fenghe, told an audience in Singapore Sunday that the Tiananmen Square massacre… the brutal crackdown of anti-communist protests in Beijing in 1989… was a “correct policy” and credited the mass murder with bringing “stability and development” to the country.

China has spent decades attempting to fully censor the incident and has never allowed estimates on the number killed or imprisoned. Experts believe Chinese Communist Party police and soldiers killed hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters demanding liberal democracy, inspired by the impending fall of the Soviet Union and similar protests nationwide. Until this year, China had largely ignored the anniversary of the protests, censoring all mention of it on the Chinese internet.

In a sign of potentially admitting defeat… or being comfortable enough with its repression to not fear inspiring outrage… Wei answered a question about Tiananmen, defending the incident, and China’s state-run newspaper Global Times published an article celebrating the “incident.”

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Mysterious Light is Spotted ‘Moving at a High Speed’ Above Multiple Chinese Cities, Sparking Media Speculation Beijing is Secretly Testing ‘A Hypersonic Nuclear Missile That Can Reach the US’

Residents in multiple Chinese cities have claimed to see a mysterious light moving fast across the sky, sparking speculation that Beijing was secretly testing its new nuclear missile.

The shiny spot, which appeared to have a massive ‘tail’, was witnessed yesterday in eastern and central parts of China, including the provinces of Henan, Hebei and Zhejiang, according to state media.

Sina, one of China’s largest news portals, reported that the unidentified flying object was likely to be related to a classified military test of Julang-3 (or JL-3), a submarine nuclear missile alleged to be capable of reaching North America.

The author also said that the suspected experiment could be China’s response to Washington amid an intensifying trade war and after the U.S. recently tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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North Korean Nuclear Negotiator is Pictured With Kim Jong UN at Art Show After Reports of His Execution (Video)

In December 2013 North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un had his uncle publicly removed from his seat in front of the government in a move not seen since the days of Saddam Hussein.

The North Koreans later that they have executed the “traitor.”

In April 2014 Kim Jong Un reportedly had top official O Sang-hon executed by flamethrower.

Last week the media reported that the Kim Jong Un regime reportedly executed top nuclear envoy Kim Hyok Chol after the last Trump-Kim summit failure.

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Twitter Takes Sides, Chooses Brutal Chinese Communist Govt. Over Freedom Dissidents and US Conservatives

Last year Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told the Daily Caller Foundation on Wednesday he is considering filing a FEC complaint over Twitter’s preferential treatment of liberals versus its censoring of prominent conservatives.

In July there was even video proof that President Trump’s Twitter page is being censored. Gateway Pundit contributor Cristina Laila received a notice in 2018 that her tweet violated Pakistani law. What the h*ll?

The President has over 57 million followers on his account but rarely does he receive more than 20,000 retweets or 100,000 likes on his tweets.

Now a new study at Quillette by Professor Richard Hanania at Columbia University found that Twitter censors conservatives over liberals at a 21 to 1 ratio.

But it’s not just in the US where Twitter destroys free speech.

Over the past several weeks Twitter has been suspending accounts of Chinese dissidents in the run-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

According to Tech Crunch:…

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Jacinda Ardern Sends Mum Who Was Pictured on the Front of Her Budget Book a Personal Message — After it Was Revealed That Even She Left the Country to Get a Job in Australia

An image of Vicky Freeman and her daughter Ruby-Jean, 9, featured on the front of the New Zealand government’s ‘Wellbeing Budget’ booklet. Trouble is she lived in Australia.

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Lightning Ridge Opal Mine Surrenders Entire Herd of Dinosaurs

The outback NSW town of Lightning Ridge yields opals with a total annual value of $70 million and, not infrequently, the fossilised remains of dinosaurs.

But now, in an Australian first, the remains of an entire herd of 100 million year-old dinosaurs has been identified, together with a new species and the world’s most complete opalised dinosaur.

The finds were announced overnight in the US-based Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology by a team of Australian scientists led by Phil Bell of the University of New England, Armidale. Dr Bell said he was “stunned” by the number of bones found in an underground opal mine.

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Prominent White South African Farmer is Gunned Down in His Home While Having Dinner, Wife and Friend Survive Attack

Prominent South African farmer Stefan Smit was the latest white farmer to be murdered on his farm. The farm has been in the family since 1896.

The killers entered the house through an unlocked door and shot Smit dead while sitting at the dinner table.

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Obama in Brazil: Bashes America… Tells Lies About Guns in the U.S. [Video]

“Former President Obama just straight up lied about America’s gun laws while at an event in Brazil—a country with strict gun laws and an unfathomably-high gun murder rate.” 2nd Amendment Reporter for Washington Free Beacon

All throughout Obama’s presidency, he bashed America and even apologized for things he perceived as past transgressions.

He hasn’t stopped… the video below shows him speaking to a crowd in Brazil about America:

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Trump: Russia Confirmed it Removed “Most of Their People” From Venezuela

President Trump confirmed in a Monday afternoon tweet that Russia communicated to the US that it has removed “most of their people” from Venezuela, in reference to military personnel previously servicing contracts with Maduro’s armed forces.

Trump’s tweet followed a Sunday WSJ report detailing that Russian state defense contractor Rostec is quickly pulling out of the Latin American country over concerns the debt-strapped socialist ally won’t be able to pay its bills now or in the future.

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90% of ‘Catch-and-Release’ Illegals Fail to Show Up for Immigration Hearings

Approximately 90% of illegal aliens detained and then released into the United States while they await their asylum hearings fail to show up to their court dates, according to a recent pilot program conducted b Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

And as Breitbart’s John Binder notes, “Since December 21, 2018, DHS has released at least 190,500 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the United States.” What’s more, the ‘catch-and-release’system often results in work permits which allow migrants to take jobs in the United States while awaiting their asylum claims — which of course hurts low-income Americans the most.

ICE officials told Congress last month that around 87% of illegal aliens skip out on their asylum hearings, forcing the agency to attempt to locate and deport each offender — which is nearly impossible given available resources.

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As Many as Six Boats Packed With Asylum Seekers Could be on Their Way to Australia From Sri Lanka

More illegal boatloads of Sri Lankan asylum seekers could be heading to Australia just days after 20 were intercepted at sea and sent back home, according to Department of Home Affairs sources.

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Danish Muslims Feel Backlash as Immigration Becomes Election Issue

By Stine JacobsenCOPENHAGEN, May 31 (Reuters) — Growing numbers of Danish Muslims say they have faced verbal abuse, exclusion and hate crimes.

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France Told to ‘Do More’ As Number of Migrants Crossing Channel to UK Expected to Rise

FRANCE has been urged to ‘do more’ to stop the rise of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel — as the numbers of those seeking a better life is expected to rise in the summer months.

On Saturday 74 migrants, including seven children, were found and intercepted on small boats attempting the perilous journey. The discovery triggered calls for air surveillance over the English Channel. Tory MPs and the Immigration Service Union said the surge showed extra surveillance put in place after a rise in attempted crossings during Christmas last year was not working.

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Illegal Aliens Get Minimum Sentences for Killing Couple, Raping 12-Year-Old

Two illegal aliens received prison sentences of 12 to 20 years, one for killing a young couple in a sanctuary city and another for raping a 12-year-old girl.

The Angel Family of 34-year-old Logan Wilson and his wife 32-year-old Jessica Wilson is outraged after an illegal alien was sentenced to just 12 years in prison after killing the young couple in a drunk driving crash in August 2018 in the sanctuary city of Marion County, Oregon.

Weeks ago, illegal alien Eduardo de la Lima Vargas from Mexico received a sentence of 12 years after killing the Wilsons, leaving their three young children now without parents, in a drunk driving crash where the couple’s motorcycle was wedged under the illegal alien’s pickup truck, Breitbart News originally reported.

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Immigration Agents Capturing Illegal Aliens Despite Democrats’ Sanctuary Cities

Local judges and prosecutors are helping illegal immigrants dodge deportation by not reporting drunk drivers to the feds

With local Democratic Party-run states and cities providing sanctuaries for some of the most vicious, violent, destructive and deadly illegal aliens ever to enter the United States illicitly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) senior agents have had to become more crafty and cunning to rid public-safety threats to Americans.

The governments run by far-left Democrats believe they possess a winning argument for allowing undocumented foreigners… encouraged by politicians to flaunt U.S. laws… to enter this nation without permission or authorization as well as to partake of social programs such as free education, free healthcare, free housing, food stamps and other perks. Meanwhile the American citizens are graced with picking up the tab by paying higher local sales taxes, homeowners tax, road tolls, and other programs designed to separate citizens from their hard-earned money.

“[President Donald] Trump lowers taxes, increases jobs, stabilizes the economy and provides real progress to minority groups, but then states such as California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois and others increase workers’ tax burdens to ‘even the playing field,’“ said political strategist and former police chief Thomas McDermott.

Since these self-righteous sanctuary-city advocates have made ICE agents’ jobs more difficult, under President Trump, these federal cops have become more creative in nabbing killers, rapists, gang members and other felons who are being protected by Democrats for their votes.

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According to Todd Michael Lyons, deputy field director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Boston, Massachusetts, “Local judges and prosecutors are helping illegal immigrants dodge deportation by not reporting drunk drivers to the feds. We saw a large number of people with charges dropped down,” Lyons says in the news story. He added how frustrating it is and that it’s occurring throughout New England.

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Study: Of the Scandinavian Countries, Sweden Struggles the Most to Get Migrants to Work

A new study conducted by Professor Emeritus in Economics Lars Calmsfors has revealed that Sweden — compared to Norway, Denmark, and Finland — has the most difficulty integrating newly arrived migrants into the labor force.

In the study, Professor Calmsfors notes that one of the central problems with getting newly arrived migrants to work is that most are unskilled or low-skilled workers, and the hurdles for entry into the unskilled or low-skilled occupations is substantially higher for them, Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reports.

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Tom Tancredo Praises the Historic “We Build the Wall” Sunland Park Project and Explains Why Democrats Hate Trump

Tom told us the current project is a political miracle and a technological miracle. The Army Corps of Engineers had said it was too steep of a slope but We Build the Wall went ahead with the project anyway. They built a half mile of wall up a steep incline in one week.

On Saturday President Trump tweeted out:

We asked Tom Tancredo about the Trump’s tweet that the cartels are running Mexico and his response was simply, “Yes.” He then added, “Mexico is a narco-state. When you have a situation where there are major parts of your country that you cannot control, that are controlled entirely by the cartels, then you cannot claim that you are a country. And the corruption does not stop at the border. There are towns all along the border that are just as dirty. And when you hear a mayor here or there say, ‘Oh we don’t want a wall, it will curtail commerce.’ Well you know what commerce they are talking about, commerce of drugs and people. And money is being made all along the border by dirty politicians on both sides.”

Tom went on to describe the modern day cartels we are up against, “These cartels have developed the most sophisticated methods of transporting both drugs and people into the United States that you can possibly imagine.”

Tom told us the problem is not just with the open border Democrats. “It’s amazing to me I thought when I went into Congress that there would be more support at least from my side of the aisle to borders and the rule of law which are things we are supposed to stand for. Democrats see massive immigration both legal and illegal as a source of voters. Republicans look at exactly the same phenomena and see cheap labor. Hence you’ve got his cabal of interests that are not shared by most people in the country. US citizens want secure borders. So, then you have to ask yourself, how can it be that if John Q.Citizen wants secure borders how come it has never happened? There is a powerful cabal that has stymied any effort to secure the borders.” Tom Tancredo pointed to former Speaker Paul Ryan as a prime example of a Republican leader indifferent to President Trump and the wishes of the voters.

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Winning! Federal Judge Rejects House Democrats’ Effort to Block Trump’s Border Wall

Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee, ruled against House Democrats who tried to temporarily stop the President from using Pentagon funds for the border wall.

Judge McFadden ruled that House Democrats cannot go to court to block Trump from using military funds to build the wall “because the Constitution grants the House no standing to litigate these claims,” reported The Hill.

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A Civilization With Feet of Clay

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If Washington and Jefferson can become villains overnight why not [Dr. Martin Luther] King? Western academic culture is besieged by the modern version of the Donatist heresy, a 4th century belief that “Christian clergy must be faultless for their ministry to be effective and their prayers and sacraments to be valid.” Since King was not flawless doesn’t that damage his legacy?

Modern Woke Donatism has plunged public life into a frenzy of virtue signaling since today truth comes from virtue. The highest form of virtue is victimhood, which is practically the new martyrdom, a necessary pre-requisite for any public argument to be taken seriously. That has resulted, Psychology Today notes, in an epidemic of victim hoaxes.

It is no longer enough to be the best person for the job. You’ve got to have an angle. But basing truth on virtue is problematic in Washington because there is so little of the latter that the former is equally scarce. As Jason Miller noted, scholars were at first reluctant to believe the reports about King precisely because J Edgar Hoover had even less virtue. If truth were based on virtue then how could the FBI ever be trusted?

The only way out of this dilemma is to entertain the possibility that the truth can be separated from the teller. St. Augustine, himself a reformed sinner (and target of several Donatist assassination attempts), “explained that the sacraments were valid and efficacious even when administered by an unworthy priest, for Christ was the actual actor of the sacraments”. To paraphrase the X-Files, the truth is out there, external to us.

The Taliban and the Boko Haram are wrong to oppose the polio vaccine as “conspiracy of Jews and Christians to make Muslims impotent and stunt the growth of Muslims” because the pharmaceutical mechanisms of the drug would be still be valid whoever invented them, and indeed would have eventually been discovered by somebody else had Salk and Sabin not happened upon them first.

Augustine’s idea of independent truth has its modern expression in the notion of trustless systems, so called because integrity largely reposes in system itself rather than the human beings who may be associated with it. “When we talk about trustless systems, we mean that our ability to trust it does not depend on the intentions of any particular party, which could be arbitrarily malicious.” The scientific method is supposed to depend on physical experiment, not the character of the researchers. This would not be possible if truth were completely dependent on human virtue. One familiar attempt at creating a semi-trustless system is the US constitutional system of checks and balances which almost assumes that people are scoundrels. […]

[People ARE scoundrels, including you and me. That’s what the book of Genesis showed quite well. Not to mention the doctrine of Original Sin…]

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Biological Man Who Beat Women in Cycling Complains About ‘Toxic Masculinity’

This weekend, a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman and who won a global cycling championship last year complained about how “toxic masculinity” makes women feel uncomfortable. Some feminists found this remarkably ironic.

“Toxic masculinity includes not being able to recognize when women are deeply uncomfortable with your behavior or presence,” Rachel McKinnon, an assistant professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, tweeted. McKinnon became infamous for winning the gold medal in the women’s 35-54 age group in the 2018 Masters Track Cycling World Championships.

“It’s definitely NOT fair,” Jennifer Wagner, the third-place finisher from Houston, Texas, said in a tweet responding to British conservative Katie Hopkins. Hopkins tweeted an image of the three cyclists on the championship podium. “For clarity — this was the WOMENS world championships. I repeat. Women’s. Congratulations to the brave faces of silver and bronze. The world is gripped by febrile madness,” Hopkins had tweeted.

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Cher: If Trump Wins Re-Election, He’ll Put LGBTQ People ‘In Internment Camps’

Left-wing pop icon Cher went on the attack against President Donald Trump and his supporters, this time with a new conspiracy theory insisting that Trump intends to put gay people in “internment camps.”

[Comment: She thinks like this because that’s what the left wants to do to conservatives. All communists did this whenever they came to power.]

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Outrage After Snapchat Debuts ‘Love Has No Age’ Filter for Pride Month

Social media company Snapchat is receiving backlash after users claimed the popular app made available a Pride Month-themed filter promoting pedophilia.

In a photo filter themed “Love has no labels,” conservative activist Ashley St. Clair noted the phrase “Love has no age” appeared as an option.

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10 of 10 Coastal Antarctic Stations Show Zero Warming Over Past Decades. Failed Scientists Need to Resign

by Kirye and Pierre Gosselin

Update: Another coastal station has been added: Novolazarevsk, so it’s 11 stations.

Over the past few years, climate alarmists have increasingly been resorting to weather-ambulance chasing, which has necessitated the trotting of the globe in the search of weather anomalies to behold as proof of man-made climate change.

But one place they have been avoiding like the plague is Antarctica as a number of studies have been showing the opposite of what was predicted earlier has been happening down at the South Pole, except for volcanic activity beneath parts of the Antarctic ice shelf.

Analysis of Antarctic stations show cooling

Today we look at 10 Antarctic station under operation in Antarctica, scattered along the Antarctic coastline and operated by various countries. These are not impacted by volcanic activity.

With the 2018 data in, now is a good time to look at the long-term temperature trends of these stations. We do know that Antarctic sea ice extent has seen an impressive upward trend over the past 40 years, and so tells us cooling may be at play.

[See URL for maps and charts and frozen stiff climate alarmists. Oh wait — they went home and put out some more computerized bilge. Because government.]

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Surprise: Largest Glacier in Northern Hemisphere Has Started Growing Again

The Jakobshavn is the glacier that dumps more ice in the ocean than any other in the Northern Hemisphere. It made the iceberg that “sank the titanic”. It has been receding for years, and the losses were accelerating, but then it astonished the scientists.

“At first we didn’t believe it,” said glaciologist Ala Khazendar of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We had pretty much assumed that Jakobshavn would just keep going on as it had over the last 20 years.” —ScienceAlert

But it’s OK, seriously, we’re all still going to bake in climate hell because all the models that didn’t see this coming are now saying it will be “temporary”. In a rush, climate-scientists hit auto-excuse-mode — saying the things they never say when there’s a bit of warming.

Apparently it is just some natural variation caused by a butterfly or something It’s such a quirk, a blip: in a spot 1000 km away the atmospheric pressure changed “resulting in either warming or cooling” (I don’t think the laws of physics are too happy about that) and then ocean currents carry that up to Greenland which affects the glacier. Sure. We never hear them work so hard to explain some temporary warming.

The cooling began in the North Atlantic Ocean, 966 kilometres (600 miles) south of the glacier, triggered by a climate pattern called the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO): every five to 20 years, atmospheric pressure at sea level fluctuates, ultimately resulting in either warming or cooling, which is then carried northward by the ocean currents up the southwestern coast of Greenland.

So the grand coupled climate models didn’t predict the air pressure, the ocean currents or the glaciers, but apart from that…

But wow. That water is a lot cooler:

In 2016, the water in this current was cooler by 1.5 degrees Celsius, cooling the Atlantic around Greenland by about 1 degree Celsius; this made its way to the mouth of Jakobshavn, allowing the ice to thicken.

[See URL for the abstract. So much for consensual science. About as dodgy as consensual sex, eh?]

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 6/3/2019

  1. Ocasio-Cortez eyes – this blonde makes quite a convincing comparison of AOC eyes to those of “Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos” – a well known liar and manipulator. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkOPfneKvGQ

    I red somewhere else that small or closed eyes, although sometimes may look like the person in front of you is sleeping, in fact mean “brain is in use”, and the person is “thinking”. Wide open eyes happen when a person is sexually aroused, ready to fight or flight – or whenever we need to use our senses in order to watch and understand the physical situation around us. Wide open eyes indicate the brain is running its own cave-man procedures, and not think too much, but react very quickly.

  2. .
    Western Sharia Police

    Sargon of Akkad
    Publicerades den 27 juli 2018

    Police forces across the Western world protect Islam over the rights of Western citizens. This cannot continue, Muslims must learn to accept criticism of Islam.

    https://youtu.be/SLT9JOE64WQ

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