Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/31/2019

Another day, another mass shooting. This one was in the cities of Midland and Odessa in Texas. A man was stopped by police at a traffic check, and began shooting at the cops and innocent bystanders. He hijacked a mail truck, shot some more people, and was eventually killed by police. At least 24 people were shot, and five are dead.

In other news, Hurricane Dorian has slowed down, and the latest projections indicate that it may never actually come ashore in Florida.

To see the headlines and the articles, click “Continue reading” below.

Thanks to C. Cantoni, JD, Reader from Chicago, SS, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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USA
» Actor Allen Covert Fires Back at People Hoping Dorian Will Wipe Out Trump Estate
» Adam Schiff’s New Law Expands Definition of ‘Domestic Terrorism’, Promotes FBI Entrapment
» Alabama Law Diminishing State’s Role in Marriage Goes Into Effect
» At Least 24 Shot, 5 Killed in West Texas Rampage, Official Says; Suspect Dead
» Coaches Tell Football Players to Take Cover, Fans Hide in Stands During Mass Shooting at High School Game in Mobile — 10 Injured
» Court Rules Airline Passengers Can Sue TSA Agents for Abusive Searches
» Deep State DOJ Refuses to Grant Security Clearance to General Flynn’s Lawyer Sidney Powell — Refuses to Turn Over Original 302 Document
» Delayed by Obama, Trial of 9/11 Plotters Finally Set for 2021
» District Attorney’s Office Pursues Riot Charges Against 15 Antifa Thugs in Portland
» Google’s Project Zero Reveals Stunning iPhone Hack
» Greta Thunberg Mum as Climate Activist Proclaims ‘We Cannot Live in a World That is Melting’
» Ilhan Omar Defends Notorious Somali Terror Group on Twitter
» Magnitude 6.3 Quake Off the Oregon Coast Raises Concerns That the Cascadia Subduction Zone Could Soon Rupture
» More People Are Leaving NYC Daily Than Any Other U.S. City
» MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: If the Electoral College Wasn’t in the Constitution, It Would be Unconstitutional
» Police Video From Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida Mansion Appears to Show Pictures, Some Topless, Of Ghislaine Maxwell
» Student Suspended After Shooting Guns at Range With Mother
» Too Ignorant for Congress? AOC’s Greatest Generation Claim
» Trey Gowdy: I’ll Apologize to Comey ‘When it Snows in Hell’
» Tropical Storm Watches Issued on Florida’s East Coast as Hurricane Dorian Slows Down Near the Bahamas
» Tucker Carlson: “Sleazy” Comey Sees Himself as the “Last Honest Man in Washington”
 
Canada
» A Climate Alarmist Sued a Skeptic for Defamation… and Lost
 
Europe and the EU
» Apple Fires 300 in Ireland for Listening to Siri’s Recordings of People Having Sex
» Diane Abbott Joins London Mob as 1000s of Corbyn-Backed Activists Bring Chaos Across UK
» German Police to Disclose Nationalities of All Criminal Suspects
» Hungary Rejects Swedish Criticism: ‘Fake Facts and Misleading Arguments’
» Italy Goes Back to Leftist Globalism, Salvini Ousted From Government
» Rising Tide Against Globalism Now Threatens Continued Rule of Germany by Angela Merkel
» UK: Dad’s Hotel Room Stormed by Police After Checking in With Teenage Daughter
» UK: Former BBC Broadcaster: Brexit Voters Should be Deprived of Medicine, Left to ‘Starve and Die’
» UK: Paedophile Spared Jail Because ‘Prison Would be Difficult for Him’
» UK: Remain Revolt Will Trigger Election: Boris and Farage Are Ready for Brexit Fight at Polls
» UK: Sheep Farmer Who Had to Check Under His Tractor for Bombs Wins a Restraining Order Against Militant Vegan Activist Who Carried Out Eight-Month Campaign of Harassment
» Why the State Elections in Eastern Germany Are Important
» Woman Shot Dead After Masked Gunmen Open Fire on Swedish Beach
 
Middle East
» Russian Special Forces Eliminate Entire Ahrar Al-Sham Terrorist Unit in Idlib, Syria
 
Russia
» U.S. To Help Poland, Ukraine Disconnect From Russian Gas
 
Far East
» Chaos on Hong Kong’s MTR Network as Police Chase Protesters Into Station and Beat People on Train
» Hong Kong Police Are Spraying Protesters With Blue-Dye Water Cannons to Mark Them for Arrest Later
» Hong Kong Protesters Plan to Disrupt Airport After Night of Chaos
 
Australia — Pacific
» Gangster and Islamic Extremist Bassam Hamzy Won’t be Punished Over Jail Yard Brawl in Prison Dubbed ‘Supermosque’ With Convicted Terrorist Who Supplied Gun Used to Kill Curtis Cheng
» Sri Lankan Family Who Narrowly Avoided Being Deported From Australia Have Been ‘Secretly’ Moved to Christmas Island
 
Immigration
» 500 Illegal Migrants Land on Greek Island in One Day
» Another Swedish Municipality That Took in Migrants Faces Economic Crisis
» Asylum-Seeker From Afghanistan Arrested in France After Knife Attack That Left 1 Dead, 9 Injured
» California Appeals Court Overturns Sole Conviction Against Illegal Alien Who Killed Kate Steinle
» Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Strangling and Drowning 10-Year-Old US Girl
» Illegal Aliens Hire Deep State Law Firm to Sue Trump Administration for Damages After Being Deported
» Migrant Crisis: British Border Force Intercepts 54 Migrants on Flotilla of Boats at Dover
» Omar’s Call for UN Takeover of Mexico Border Undermined by History of Child Rape Scandals
» Over 600 Migrants Land on Greek Island in One Day
» Salvini Praised for Standing Up to the EU Over Mass Migration, The “Wave of Organized Crime”
» Violent Leftist Hurls Molotov Cocktail Into Immigration Office — Second Molotov Attack by Unhinged Leftist on DHS Office in Two Months
 
Culture Wars
» Atheists Can be Blocked From Giving Invocation in Pennsylvania Legislature
» Boston ‘Straight Pride Parade’ Kicks Off as Planned, Draws Protests
» Faculty Demanded University Boot Chick-fil-A. The Administration Gave it a Better Location Instead.
» Quality: Australian University Lowers Standards for Women Looking to Enter Engineering Degrees
 
General
» U.N. Chief: Climate Change Damaging Human Rights, Will Produce ‘Powerful Conflicts’
 

Actor Allen Covert Fires Back at People Hoping Dorian Will Wipe Out Trump Estate

“You have sunk so low in your hatred that you have become worse than what you hate.”

Actor and comedian Allen Covert took a dim view of Trump critics who hoped Hurricane Dorian would wipe out Mar-a-Lago.

“My family lives about 10 miles from Mar-a-Lago so all of you people cheering the fact that Dorian might wipe it out can kindly go yourselves. You have sunk so low in your hatred that you have become worse than what you hate,” Covert tweeted Thursday evening.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Adam Schiff’s New Law Expands Definition of ‘Domestic Terrorism’, Promotes FBI Entrapment

Recently, the US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) introduced a bill which intends to criminalize various new acts under the ever-expanding banner of domestic terrorism. Undoubtedly, this is an attempt by the government to broaden the definition of ‘domestic terrorism’ in order to make interpretation more arbitrary, and thus qualify more offenses for terrorism prosecutions.

Schiff’s new law will give the US Attorney General new powers which would potentially charge any threat of violence or damage to property that “creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury” — as an act of domestic terrorism.

Potentially, this might could also include the use of heated political rhetoric during a “planning meeting” (a conversation in person, or in an internet chat room), or even breaking a window during a protest. In theory, the Federal government could them pursue sentences up to 30-years in prison.

Predictably, mainstream partisan pundits are cheering this authoritarian move by Schiff, as they believe that this legislation will give the state more power to crack down on what they perceive as their political enemies, namely ‘white supremacists’ and ‘white nationalists. It’s important to point out that this same reactionary, flawed logic was used by Neconservatives in the wake of 9/11 in order to target and ‘deal with’the supposed ‘Muslim threat’ by rushing through Patriot Act I and II during the Bush Administration.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Alabama Law Diminishing State’s Role in Marriage Goes Into Effect

Alabama’s new marriage law, which effectively removes the state from the responsibility of sanctioning marriage, goes into effect today. The new law removes the state as an authority governing marriage and reduces its responsibilities regarding the institution to a mere record-keeping role.

Senate Bill 69 (SB69) passed overwhelmingly in both houses and was signed by Governor Kay Ivey in May. The new law abolishes the requirement in Alabama that a couple must receive a marriage license prior to getting married. Probate judges will now simply record that a marriage exists between any two individuals (straight or gay) based on signed affidavits of the two principles.

According to SB69’s summary, the new law will “eliminate the requirement for solemnization of a marriage for it to be considered valid.” It will also serve to “specify that the judge of probate would have no authority to reject any recording of a marriage, so long as the affidavits, forms, and data are provided.”

So probate judges will no longer have to violate their own religious principles in order to sanction gay “marriage.” Neither do they have any standing to disallow such a “marriage.” They simply record it based on the forms submitted by the couple.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

At Least 24 Shot, 5 Killed in West Texas Rampage, Official Says; Suspect Dead

At least 24 people were shot and five people were killed Saturday in a series of shootingsin the area of Midland and Odessa, Texas, an Odessa city official told Fox News.

A suspect, who local police identified only as a white male in his mid-30s, was shot and killed at an Odessa movie theater, local police said.

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

Coaches Tell Football Players to Take Cover, Fans Hide in Stands During Mass Shooting at High School Game in Mobile — 10 Injured

At least six people were injured after a shooting at a high school football game in Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

The game was already ended at the time of the shooting but the players were on the field. The coaches told the players to take cover and the fans were hiding in the stands as dozens of shots were fired.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Court Rules Airline Passengers Can Sue TSA Agents for Abusive Searches

A federal appeals court ruled travelers can sue Transportation Security Administration officers for “abusive conduct,” stripping the controversial agency of the government immunity that has protected it thus far.

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia declared TSA screeners act as “investigative or law enforcement officers” when searching passengers, meaning they can be subject to civil claims for intentional wrongdoing under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The decision reverses a controversial 2018 ruling by a three-judge panel from the same court that effectively gave TSA officers immunity under the law.

The “intimate physical nature” of the screenings classifies them as a law enforcement act, the court ruled in a 9-4 decision on Friday, meaning the government’s immunity from lawsuits does not apply in cases where TSA agents abuse their power.

“If you think you are a victim of intentional misconduct by TSA agents, you can now have your day in court,” exulted lawyer Paul Thompson. His client, Nadine Pellegrino, sued the TSA over a 2006 incident in which she was imprisoned for 18 hours and charged with crimes including assault and making terroristic threats, after objecting to an especially invasive screening as she attempted to board a US Airways flight at Philadelphia International Airport.

While she was acquitted of the charges two years later, Pellegrino and her husband sued the TSA for false arrest, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution — only to be told last year that they were not legally permitted to sue the TSA. Now, at least, the case can continue.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Deep State DOJ Refuses to Grant Security Clearance to General Flynn’s Lawyer Sidney Powell — Refuses to Turn Over Original 302 Document

In June General Mike Flynn hired well-known defense attorney Sidney Powell to represent him after abruptly firing his lawyers.

In an earlier interview with The Epoch Times Sidney Powell blasted the appalling two-tiered judicial system in the United States today where General Michael Flynn can get set up and prosecuted by deep state operatives while Peter Strzok can leak and lie and get off scot free.

President Trump praised General Flynn for retaining Attorney Sidney Powell.

Now this…

In a court filing on Friday Attorney Sidney Powell revealed two very disturbing developments in the Flynn case.

According to Sundance at Conservative Treehouse:

In a filing today (full pdf below) Flynn’s defense lawyer, Sidney Powell, notes two significant issues: (1) Ms. Powell is being denied a security clearance she needs to review all of the documents in the case; and (2) the DOJ is refusing to provide the original FBI notes from their interview of Michael Flynn on January 24th, 2017.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Delayed by Obama, Trial of 9/11 Plotters Finally Set for 2021

For those of you who weren’t yet born on September 11, 2001, on that day Islamic jihadis killed nearly 3,000 Americans in attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A fourth plane was set to murder even more people by crashing into another landmark in Washington, but it was downed in Pennsylvania by its passengers in order to thwart the jihadis’ plans. Even those who don’t remember the day have probably learned about it in school, but few people are aware of the fact that the surviving plotters have not yet been brought to trial.

That is now set to change on January 11, 2021, the day that Air Force Colonel W. Shane Cohen has just set the trial to begin at Camp Justice, at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Why has it taken nearly twenty years for these jihadis to face justice? Largely because of Barack Obama.

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

District Attorney’s Office Pursues Riot Charges Against 15 Antifa Thugs in Portland

Formal indictments have been handed down on numerous antifa affiliated thugs stemming from the August 17 protest in Portland.

Someone in the Multnomah County district attorney’s office has actually decided to do their job and is pursuing charges against 15 of the far left thugs, much of which seems to be centered around the attack on two buses carrying right wing ralliers that came under attack of hammers, rocks, concrete blocks, pepper spray, fists, and kicks from antifa as they were leaving the protest.

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

Google’s Project Zero Reveals Stunning iPhone Hack

A recently disclosed hacking operation that ran for two and a half years and had “attacked thousands of [iPhone] users a week” was used to steal nearly all data stored on and used by those devices. That data included up-to-the-minute location information, all passwords, contacts, chat logs, e-mails, and more.

The complexity of the hack was simply astounding. Using a few hacked websites, the hackers were able to deliver malware to devices running iOS simply by the device being used to visit the sites. No user interaction beyond visiting those sites was needed for the devices to be taken over by the hackers; simply visiting the hacked websites was sufficient to launch the attack and install the malware that was then used to grant the hackers remote access to the devices. This particular type of remote access is known as a “monitoring implant.”

While it is unknown who the hackers were, the complexity and efficiency of the attack indicates that they possessed both a skill-set and organizational structure usually seen in state-sponsored hacking organizations. This hack involved five separate exploit chains made up of 14 distinct bugs. Due to the difficulty of hacking the iPhone, developing or purchasing the information needed for a single exploit chain for an up-to-date iPhone can cost up to $3 million, according to a report by Motherboard. That means that this hack had a price possible tag in the $15 million range.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Greta Thunberg Mum as Climate Activist Proclaims ‘We Cannot Live in a World That is Melting’

Greta Thunberg, the green teen from Sweden who sailed on a racing yacht from Europe to New York City because she refuses to fly on a plane, did not speak on Friday at a “climate strike” protest at the United Nation’s headquarters. She marched with the few dozen young people that showed up but sat silently as protesters chanted and gave speeches.

“We cannot live in a world that is burning,” one young woman said, “that is melting.”

“Climate change is already affecting millions of people,” another young woman claimed. “This could lead to mass extinction.”

“We are not here to guilt individuals that forgot to recycle a cup last week,” another young woman said. “We are here to hold cowardice [sic] politicians accountable who have caused this damage by turning their heads in fear.”

“Those 12 years left (to stop carbon emissions),” a young woman yelled. “Is now down to 10 years and five months.”

[Comment: These poor stupid kids — no idea they were brainwashed to believe the globalist lie masquerading as truth.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Ilhan Omar Defends Notorious Somali Terror Group on Twitter

Rep. Ilhan Omar publicly tweeted support for a group who is known to finance terrorism earlier this week.

The tweet went largely unnoticed until the Times of Israel picked up on it.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Magnitude 6.3 Quake Off the Oregon Coast Raises Concerns That the Cascadia Subduction Zone Could Soon Rupture

We haven’t seen this sort of seismic activity on the west coast in a very long time. Last month, two monster earthquakes in southern California were followed by thousands upon thousands of aftershocks, and the shaking still hasn’t stopped. Scientists tell us that the San Andreas fault is “locked and loaded” and that it could potentially “unzip all at once” without any warning at all. But meanwhile, another ominous threat is looming farther north. As you will see below, more than 4,500 earthquakes have rattled the Cascadia Subduction Zone over the last two weeks, and that includes a magnitude 6.3 quake that struck off the coast of Oregon on Thursday. The following comes from the official USGS website…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

More People Are Leaving NYC Daily Than Any Other U.S. City

(Bloomberg) — Scores of people are leaving the New York City area behind every day.

New York leads all U.S. metro areas as the largest net loser with 277 people moving every day — more than double the exodus of 132 just one year ago. Los Angeles and Chicago were next with triple digit daily losses of 201 and 161 residents, respectively.

This is according to 2018 Census data on migration flows to the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas compiled by Bloomberg News.

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

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: If the Electoral College Wasn’t in the Constitution, It Would be Unconstitutional

Friday on MSNBC’s “All In,” host Chris Hayes took on the Electoral College and how it can allow for candidates to win the presidency without a majority of the vote, which undermines the premise of one person, one vote.

During his dissertation, Hayes made the astounding conclusion that if the Electoral College were not a part of the U.S. Constitution, it would be unconstitutional.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Police Video From Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida Mansion Appears to Show Pictures, Some Topless, Of Ghislaine Maxwell

Video from a 2005 police raid at convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion shows several photos — at least one of them explicit — and a sketch that appears to depict the financier’s girlfriend at the time, Ghislaine Maxwell.

One photograph seen in Epstein’s Palm Beach home appears to show his girlfriend and alleged madam topless on a beach. The video also showed his house was partially decorated with explicit photos and imagery of young women, Fox News reported Thursday.

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

Student Suspended After Shooting Guns at Range With Mother

“People base their apprehension on their own paradigm and their own fear of guns and gun culture.”

A Loveland, Colorado, junior was suspended from high school pending a police investigation after he went to a shooting range with his mother.

Complete Colorado reports that 16-year-old Nathan Myers was reported anonymously by another student after posting alleged “threatening” material to Snapchat. The alleged “threatening” material was a video of guns Nathan and his mother Justine posted before heading out to the range.

The caption on the video said, “Finna be lit.”

Weld County Sheriff Steve Ream spoke to the uproar over Nathan’s video, saying, “People base their apprehension on their own paradigm and their own fear of guns and gun culture. One kid is totally excited to go out and train on how to use a gun responsibly, while another kid is totally freaked out about seeing a gun.”

Bearing Arms reports that Loveland High School—the school suspending Nathan—is operating in line with a program called “Safe 2 Tell.” The program is designed to allow students an avenue to report possible threats.

Sheriff Ream observes Nathan’s plight as a perfect example of the trouble that arises from putting laws in place where people can face punishment or have guns confiscated simply on accusations.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Too Ignorant for Congress? AOC’s Greatest Generation Claim

It’s called the Greatest Generation because these Americans grew up during the Great Depression and while the were still in their teens and early twenties they left their homes to fight in World War II, and those who stayed home contributed to the war effort. These men and women weren’t fighting for recognition or riches, they were fighting to save the world and that’s what they did.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest attempt to take away the biggest imbecile in congress crown from Rep. Hank “Guam will tip over” Lewis (D-GA) is her claim that today’s Millennials are the greatest generation of all.

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

Trey Gowdy: I’ll Apologize to Comey ‘When it Snows in Hell’

Friday on Fox News Channel, network contributor and former Rep. Trey Gowdy criticized former FBI director James Comey for claiming he is owed apologies.

Gowdy said, “I’m certainly not going to apologize to anyone who violated FBI and Department of Justice policies, who violated an employment agreement, who shared sensitive information about an ongoing investigation, who sent classified information to an unauthorized person, and then had amnesia when the FBI came to his home to try to retrieve government property.”

When asked a second time if he plans on apologizing to Comey, Gowdy said, “What temperature is it in Hell right now? Is it snowing? When it snows in hell, you let me know.”

He added, “Why would I apologize to somebody who has been dinged on both of the major investigations by a guy like Michael Horowitz, who is hardly a Republican!”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Tropical Storm Watches Issued on Florida’s East Coast as Hurricane Dorian Slows Down Near the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian is a powerhouse Category 4 hurricane that is a prolonged danger for parts of the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas well into next week.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for portions of Florida’s east coast from Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet.

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

Tucker Carlson: “Sleazy” Comey Sees Himself as the “Last Honest Man in Washington”

Tucker Carlson delivers a fantastic overview of some of the most egregious things that James Comey did to try and harm President Trump.

It’s frightening to think that a delusional Comey was in charge of the FBI and got no punishment for the things he did.

“It is all a lie.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

A Climate Alarmist Sued a Skeptic for Defamation… and Lost

The Supreme Court of British Columbia recently dismissed a defamation lawsuit by celebrity climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann against global warming skeptic climatologist Dr. Tim Ball. Mann must pay the full legal costs to the defendant. The ruling is explosive because it means that Ball’s claim that Mann was a scientific fraudster is now supported by the court.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Apple Fires 300 in Ireland for Listening to Siri’s Recordings of People Having Sex

Taking a tough stand against contractors who listened to over 1,000 Siri recordings per shift including people having sex, Apple has reportedly laid off 300 contractors in Cork, Ireland.

According to a report in Engadget quoting the Guardian on Wednesday, after suspending the Siri “grading” programme last month, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker Apple has decided to terminate it.

“More contractors throughout Europe may have been let go”, said the report.

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

Diane Abbott Joins London Mob as 1000s of Corbyn-Backed Activists Bring Chaos Across UK

REMAINERS backed by Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott have brought chaos across the UK amid a nationwide protest against Prime Minister Boris Johnson proroguing Parliament to force Brexit through — with or without the backing of MPs.

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

German Police to Disclose Nationalities of All Criminal Suspects

The nationalities of all criminal suspects will now be revealed by police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Die Welt reports.

Since Chancellor Merkel instituted her policies allowing for mass immigration from the third world, the topic has because especially sensitive in Germany.

On Monday, the state Interior Ministry announced in Dusseldorf that police in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia would begin disclosing the nationalities of all criminal suspects in communications with the media when it’s ascertainable beyond any doubt.

The ministry also said that the communication policies of police are also being revised.

From state to state, policies on disclosing a suspect’s national origin vary. In a large number of states across Germany, the suspect’s nationality is only revealed when the authorities regard it to be important to the nature of the crime that was committed. For instance when it functions as a motivating factor.

Herbert Reul, North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister, stated that the new policy was a part of a broader move for increased transparency.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Hungary Rejects Swedish Criticism: ‘Fake Facts and Misleading Arguments’

Swedish social democrat MEP Helene Fritzon heavily criticised Hungary’s government in an op-ed for Aftonbladet. She claimed that there are no women in the government, and that the proportion of women in the parliament has dropped. According to Fritzon, the Orban government “pays women to have more children”.

Hungary’s ambassador in Stockholm, Adrien Müller responded in an op-ed for Aftonbladetas well. According to the diplomat, Fritzon “singled out Hungary with animosity” and “mistakenly or on purpose uses fake facts and misleading arguments”.

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

Italy Goes Back to Leftist Globalism, Salvini Ousted From Government

The populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and the establishment Democratic Party (PD) — two parties with pretty much nothing in common — have joined hands to take down their arch political opponent — Matteo Salvini.

Yesterday, the BBC reported that the two unlikely partners were able to strike a coalition deal to take down right-wing populist Matteo Salvini and his League Party, which has surged in popularity in the last months.

The two parties which have traditionally been at odds with one another entered into coalition discussions after the previous coalition between the League and M5S broke down after months of internal strife.

A failed attempt by M5S to do away with plans to construct a high-speed rail link proved that the populist coalition could no longer govern, Salvini said at the time. Salvini subsequently tabled a no-confidence motion against him with the hope that it would bring forth new elections.

[Comment: And so, the mass invasion will now continue… when will Italians wake up and realize those supporting this invasion are traitors?]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Rising Tide Against Globalism Now Threatens Continued Rule of Germany by Angela Merkel

With rising resistance to the authoritarian globalist elites in Europe in nations such as the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Hungary, and Poland, even Germany’s longtime chancellor, Angela Merkel (shown), and her ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are now threatened with electoral defeat at the hands of Alternative for Germany (AfD). Germany is clearly the dominant power on the European continent, and if the spirit of Brexit that caused Great Britain to say goodbye to the European Union were to spread to that nation in Sunday’s elections, it could prove to be the fatal blow to the European Union, which, other than the United Nations itself, is the crown jewel in the New World Order dreamed of by globalist elites.

Germany boasts the largest economy on the continent, with the most population.

The CDU has ruled the central European nation since the collapse of communism in eastern Germany nearly 30 years ago, but elections in two large German states — Saxony and Brandenburg — could provide yet more evidence that the uprisings across Europe against the globalist elites has not yet abated.

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

UK: Dad’s Hotel Room Stormed by Police After Checking in With Teenage Daughter

A single dad was left feeling ‘disgusted’ after police interrogated him over sharing a hotel room with his 13-year-old daughter. Jon Coupland said he was ‘horrified’ when police stormed Nottingham’s Jury’s Inn an hour after he checked in with his daughter Jessica on Wednesday.

The 58-year-old, from Lincolnshire, has had full custody of the teen since she was three months old and says he has never been made to feel like he was acting suspiciously. Jessica had come with him on a work trip so she could go shopping for school supplies but was left in tears over the incident.

Mr Coupland said: ‘I have never been made to feel like this in the whole time I have had custody of Jessica. ‘No one has ever questioned me or made me feel like this before. ‘I decided to book the Jury’s Inn as it looked like a good location and then when we got there I was checking in and they asked for ID.

Mr Coupland said staff knew he was Jessica’s dad and believes he was treated with suspicion because his daughter is half Thai. The single dad said he was particularly upset by the incident because of what he had been through in the past. In 2014 it was reported he was awarded £86,000 in damages after being falsely accused of abusing his daughter.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Former BBC Broadcaster: Brexit Voters Should be Deprived of Medicine, Left to ‘Starve and Die’

Mainstream media talking head Terry Christian has suggested Brexit supporters should be deprived of food and medicine in the event of a No Deal Brexit, and said he is hoping for a “good virulent strain” of flu to strike down pensioners who voted Leave.

“No Deal brexit [sic] will cause shortage of flu vaccine,” former BBC and Channel 4 broadcaster claimed in a mean-spirited social media post.

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

UK: Paedophile Spared Jail Because ‘Prison Would be Difficult for Him’

A man who groomed schoolgirls has walked free from prison after a judge heard he had difficult teenage years and he would be ‘harmed’ by a jail sentence.

Kyle Sweet, 19, targeted girls between 13 and 14, sending them pictures of his privates, video of himself masturbating and asking them for sexual videos.

He was confronted by the mother of the younger victim who reminded him how old her daughter was in a face-to-face confrontation.

He was arrested at his home in Blackpool last December but while under investigation he contacted another two girls and was re-arrested in February.

Sweet faced up to 14 years in prison but was given a three-year community order instead after Preston Crown Court heard he had ADHD.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Remain Revolt Will Trigger Election: Boris and Farage Are Ready for Brexit Fight at Polls

BORIS JOHNSON will call an election within days if Remainers succeed in blocking a no-deal Brexit.

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

UK: Sheep Farmer Who Had to Check Under His Tractor for Bombs Wins a Restraining Order Against Militant Vegan Activist Who Carried Out Eight-Month Campaign of Harassment

A sheep farmer has been granted a restraining order against a vegan activist after she branded his family ‘murderers’ and confronted him at agriculture events.

Father-of-two John Wood, 47, from Wimborne Minster, Dorset was briefed by counter terror police and feared vegans had planted bombs under his tractors.

The sheep farmer had created the ‘Meat & Greet British Farming’ Facebook page last year to ‘educate the public in farming practices’ and celebrate British agriculture.

However, Mr Wood was the target of vile abuse and extremists sent him, his wife Karen, 42, and children aged 12 and 15 a series of death threats.

Mr Wood reported mother-of-three Emma Christoforakis, 37, from Dorset to the police.

Mrs Christoforakis, who describes herself as a ‘militant vegan’, was charged with harassment after she travelled to Mr Wood’s farm and shouted: ‘How many sheep die? You are murderers.’ She also confronted him at Bournemouth farming events.

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Why the State Elections in Eastern Germany Are Important

Elections on Sunday in Saxony and neighboring Brandenburg, two federal states in former East Germany, have the entire country holding its breath. The far-right AfD is poised to do well, and the results could be historic.

On September 1, the states of Saxony and Brandenburg will vote in highly anticipated parliamentary elections.

The results will not only determine their respective regional governments for the next five years. They could also have repercussions at the national level, and mark a turning point in the post-reunification political history of these two former East German states.

So what makes these state elections so important for Germany?

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Woman Shot Dead After Masked Gunmen Open Fire on Swedish Beach

Several masked gunmen opened fire on a man and woman carrying a child near the popular beach resort of Ribersborg, Sweden. The woman has died and police are hunting for the perpetrators, RT.com reports.

At approximately 10am local time, a gang of several masked attackers fired off between eight and ten shots, reportedly from multiple weapons, before fleeing the scene through the grounds of a nearby apartment building.

The woman was reportedly carrying the child when she was struck by a bullet in the unprovoked attack. She was taken to hospital for emergency treatment but later died of her wounds. The man they were with then went into shock.

According to Swedish media reports, one possible motive being explored by police is that the child’s father was the intended target of the attack. The man is said to have a criminal record in both Sweden and Denmark and has served time in prison previously.

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Russian Special Forces Eliminate Entire Ahrar Al-Sham Terrorist Unit in Idlib, Syria

At least sixteen militants of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement were killed on August 30 in a supposed raid by the Russian Special Forces.

According to the available information, a unit of the Russian Special Forces raided the militants’ position between the towns of Qasabiyeh and Hursh Abdin in southern Idlib after a successful infiltration.

Sources affiliated with the Ahrar al-Sham Movement acknowledged the group’s losses. The sources also revealed that one of the militants killed in the raid was Basil al-Khatib, a prominent commander who is known by his nom de guerre Abu Dahdah.

A day earlier, the Russian Special Forces killed a field commander of Jaysh al-Nasir and his two guards in a similar raid in northwestern Hama.

[Comment: Finally, some good news for today.]

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U.S. To Help Poland, Ukraine Disconnect From Russian Gas

WARSAW (Reuters) — The United States, Poland and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to enhance cooperation over secure gas supplies in the region which still relies on Russia.

“We’re helping Poland to reduce its dependence on Russian gas,” U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry told a news conference in Warsaw after meeting officials from Poland and Ukraine.

The Polish government official responsible for energy infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, said Poland, which has increased purchases of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States in recent years, would be able to send six billion cubic meters of gas to Ukraine starting from 2021 compared to the current capability of 1.5 bcm.

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Chaos on Hong Kong’s MTR Network as Police Chase Protesters Into Station and Beat People on Train

Elite Hong Kong police chasing radical protesters entered a train on Saturday night, clubbing people wearing masks with batons, pepper spraying them, and making arrests in unprecedented scenes of violence and chaos.

After police fired tear gas and deployed water cannons on Hong Kong Island to disperse rampaging protesters — who took over roads, threw petrol bombs and set barricades on fire — the battlefield moved to Kowloon.

Video footage showed members of the Special Tactical Squad, known as “raptors”, charging into a stationary train at Prince Edward station.

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Hong Kong Police Are Spraying Protesters With Blue-Dye Water Cannons to Mark Them for Arrest Later

As flashpoints erupt between protesters and police in Hong Kong, water cannons filled with blue dye are being turned on the protesters.

Hong Kong citizens were out en masse protesting for the thirteenth week in a row on Saturday, despite a police ban on rallying. The protests were sparked in June by a proposed extradition bill by mainland China.

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Hong Kong Protesters Plan to Disrupt Airport After Night of Chaos

HONG KONG (Reuters) — Pro-democracy demonstrators planned on Sunday to choke travel routes to Hong Kong’s international airport after a chaotic night of running battles between police and masked protesters, the latest wave of unrest to hit the Chinese-ruled city.

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Gangster and Islamic Extremist Bassam Hamzy Won’t be Punished Over Jail Yard Brawl in Prison Dubbed ‘Supermosque’ With Convicted Terrorist Who Supplied Gun Used to Kill Curtis Cheng

Bassam Hamzy and Talal Alameddine stood toe-to-toe inside an exercise yard at the Goulburn Supermax in October last year after an argument over prisoner hierarchy.

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Sri Lankan Family Who Narrowly Avoided Being Deported From Australia Have Been ‘Secretly’ Moved to Christmas Island

Priya, her husband Nadesalingam and their Australian-born children Kopika, 4, and Tharunicaa, 2, were being flown back to Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Thursday.

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500 Illegal Migrants Land on Greek Island in One Day

At least 500 migrants have landed on the Greek island of Lesbos this week from Turkey in a single day, as conditions on the islands in the Aegean continue to deteriorate.

The 500 migrants arrived on Thursday, according to the DPA news agency, who noted that the landing was the single largest since the migration pact signed betwen the European Union and Turkey in 2016, television broadcaster RTBF reports.

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Another Swedish Municipality That Took in Migrants Faces Economic Crisis

The Swedish municipality of Hässleholm, which took in nearly 3,000 asylum seekers in three years, faces an economic crisis as up to 80 per cent remain on welfare.

Hässleholm City Council chairman Lars Johnsson, a member of the centre-right Moderate Party, said that the Swedish municipality has at least 100 migrants who are illiterate and another 200 with very poor educational backgrounds, saying, “It will in principle be impossible to get them to work,” Kristianstadsbladet reports.

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Asylum-Seeker From Afghanistan Arrested in France After Knife Attack That Left 1 Dead, 9 Injured

Isn’t diversity wonderful?

A 33-year-old asylum-seeker from Afghanistan was arrested near Lyon, France on Saturday after killing 1 person and injuring 9 others in a stabbing spree.

French officials told the Associated Press that they don’t believe the stabbing was terror-related.

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California Appeals Court Overturns Sole Conviction Against Illegal Alien Who Killed Kate Steinle

A California state appeals court on Friday overturned the one conviction against the illegal alien who shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015.

The illegal alien killer Garcia-Zarate remains in custody and is still facing federal charges.

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Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty to Strangling and Drowning 10-Year-Old US Girl

An illegal alien who was previously deported from the United States for violent crime charges has pleaded guilty to strangling and drowning a 10-year-old girl after kidnapping her from a church service and attempting to sexually assault her in Cherokee County, Texas.

Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, an illegal alien from Mexico, pleaded guilty Thursday to murdering Kayla Gomez-Orozco, his cousin by marriage, in 2016 after the girl went missing, CBS Austin reports.

Breitbart reports: Court records released after the murder reveal gruesome details where Zavala-Garcia kidnapped Gomez-Orozco from a church service and attempted to sexually assault her.

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Illegal Aliens Hire Deep State Law Firm to Sue Trump Administration for Damages After Being Deported

Two illegal aliens sued the Trump Administration for damages suffered after they were deported from the United States. The two illegal aliens hired the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Covington & Burling, a far left law firm, to file their claims.

The illegals now are suing for being sent home.

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Migrant Crisis: British Border Force Intercepts 54 Migrants on Flotilla of Boats at Dover

BRITISH Border Force has intercepted an army of more than 50 migrants that this morning stormed a beach in Kent in a flotilla of boats.

[Comment: Article dated August 31, 2019.]

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Omar’s Call for UN Takeover of Mexico Border Undermined by History of Child Rape Scandals

Democrat left-winger Ilhan Omar wants the United Nations to take control of the U.S.-Mexico border to handle migrants “humanely” — despite its long record of child abuse scandals.

“We should do what any other country does, by dealing with this situation in a serious way,” Rep. Omar insisted at a public meeting in Minnesota— but the Somalia-born ‘Squad’member was not advocating building a wall or adopting a robust policy of turning illegal migrants away, as sovereignist governments in Hungary and Italy have done, drastically reducing not only migrant numbers, but also migrant deaths.

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Over 600 Migrants Land on Greek Island in One Day

Sixteen boats packed with over 600 migrants stormed ashore on the Greek island of Lesbos in single day, according to reports.

In the span of one hour on Thursday, thirteen boats carrying 547 migrants landed, followed shortly by the rest.

The vessels reportedly set sail from Turkey laden with migrants mostly from Syria and Afghanistan.

“Hundreds have been arriving in Greece from Turkey each week, despite a deal struck between Turkey and the European Union which saw Ankara receives billions in funding from the bloc in return for stemming the flow,” the Telegraph reports.

“But Thursday’s mass arrival was the largest of its kind since 2016, when the agreement came into effect.”

Interestingly, local media outlet Keep Talking Greece reports that NGO workers were on shore, helping to guide passengers through the disembarkation process.

[Comment: Why are these NGOs allowed to freely operate? They should be should down and those involved arrested for sedition.]

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Salvini Praised for Standing Up to the EU Over Mass Migration, The “Wave of Organized Crime”

Justin Schembri, a local councilor from Malta, has applauded Italy’s populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for opposing the European Union’s pro-mass migration policies, and for not allowing “his country to be accomplices” in the “wave of organized crime” that’s taking place on the Mediterranean Sea.

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Violent Leftist Hurls Molotov Cocktail Into Immigration Office — Second Molotov Attack by Unhinged Leftist on DHS Office in Two Months

A woman hurled a molotov cocktail into a US Immigration office in Florida on Friday.

Authorities are protecting the woman’s name for some reason.

The firebomb did not explode before it could be put out.

Acting US Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccuinelli reacted to the attack.

This was the second attack by a wild-eyed leftist ona DHS facility with a molotov cocktail in two months.

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Atheists Can be Blocked From Giving Invocation in Pennsylvania Legislature

A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that would have allowed atheists and agnostics to offer the invocation before Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled August 23 that the state’s nearly 340-year-old invocation policy was constitutional, overturning a 2017 decision to the contrary by a U.S. District Court judge. The policy requires that any individual offering the invocation be “a member of a regularly established church or religious organization” or “a member of the House of Representatives.”

In 2016, a coalition of atheists and “non-theists” filed a federal lawsuit insisting that the policy violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause, as well as the First Amendment’s Free Speech, Free Exercise of Religion, and Establishment Clauses.

In his lower court ruling, U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner allowed the suit to proceed only on the plaintiff’s argument that the policy violated the Establishment Clause.

In explaining the Third Circuit Court’s decision to overrule the lower court action, Judge Thomas Ambro wrote that with regard to the Establishment Clause, “we uphold the [state legislature’s] policy because only theistic prayer can satisfy the historical purpose of appealing for divine guidance in lawmaking, the basis for the Supreme Court taking as a given that prayer presumes a higher power.”

Ambro added that as for “the Free Exercise, Free Speech, and Equal Protection Clauses, we hold that legislative prayer is government speech not open to attack via those channels.”

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Boston ‘Straight Pride Parade’ Kicks Off as Planned, Draws Protests

The long-anticipated and controversial “Straight Pride Parade” commenced in Boston on Saturday, drawing crowds of both supporters and hecklers on top of a heavy police presence, reports NBC News.

“The parade, which drew several dozen participants, kicked off at around noon to the sound of Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’ with some floats displaying messages of support for President Donald Trump, with signs such as ‘build the wall,’ ‘Trump nation’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter.’“

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Faculty Demanded University Boot Chick-fil-A. The Administration Gave it a Better Location Instead.

If you thought LGBTQ activists in the University of Kansas faculty were mad before, wait till you see them now.

Following years of demands that the taxpayer-funded institution discriminate against a vendor because of its founders’ religious beliefs, the KU administration actually gave its Chick-fil-A restaurant a better place on campus, The Kansas City Star reports.

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Quality: Australian University Lowers Standards for Women Looking to Enter Engineering Degrees

Equality? No thanks. Women at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will be able to enter engineering and construction degrees with a lower score on an admissions test than their male counterparts

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that UTS will allow women to enter engineering and construction degrees with a lower score on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) than male students. Women can score 10 points lower than men and still be admitted into the degree programs.

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U.N. Chief: Climate Change Damaging Human Rights, Will Produce ‘Powerful Conflicts’

The U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned Friday that climate change will cause serious “harm to Human Rights” as well as producing “powerful conflicts” among peoples.

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