To Shake or Not to Shake?

Jimmie Åkesson is the leader of the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna), the anti-immigration party that is shunned and cordoned off by all the decent, progressive parties — which means every other political party in Sweden (with the exception of Alternativ för Sverige).

In the following interview, Mr. Åkesson discusses the decision by Foreign Minister Margot Wallström not to shake hands with the representative of the Iranian regime during his recent visit to Sweden.

Many thanks to Kronans Martell for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Cops in Montreal Receive a Culture-Enriching Beating

Two policemen were beaten up by a group of attackers, at least some of whom were immigrants. The incident occurred right next to a police station in Montreal. The news story below says the motive for the attack is still unknown, but the two cops definitely had a culture-enriching experience. The article also neglects to mention that the “group of people” consisted of foreigners, but that information is available from other news sources.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from TVA Nouvelles:

Two plainclothes police officers attacked in Montreal

by Amélie St-Yves, Journal de Montréal
August 25, 2019

[Photo caption (not shown): The two police officers who were beaten had just finished their shift at the police station in quarter 21 in Montreal. Witnesses recorded the scene and shared it on the internet.]

Two police officers were beaten by a group of people during the night between Friday and Saturday, near Émilie-Gamelin Square, Le Journal has learned.

They were in plainclothes and had just finished their shift at the police station in quarter 21, just next door, according to our information.

In the video that Le Journal was able to watch, you can see one of the police officers exchange blows with three people before being brutally thrown to the ground, at Sainte-Catherine Est Street, while his colleague was approaching the group.

The two agents were then kicked and beaten by at least six individuals.


One of them was kicked four times while lying on the ground on his side.

Insults were shouted [at them] during the attack.

“Plainclothes police. You have been cracked.[…] You f***ing bitch! You’re not tough now,” yells the man who is recording the attack.

You can then hear him yell, “Put him to sleep!” after one of the men threw a right hook to the chest of the police officer, who [then] fell to the ground.

The video ends with one of the officers standing over his colleague, who is still on the ground, at the entrance to an apartment building.

“F*** da police” appears in the video, accompanied by big smiles.

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The Bolsonaro Government Flips the Bird at Emmanuel Macron

Because the Brazilian people elected a populist president rather than a leftist or a globalist, the international community has decided to raise the alarm about fires in the vicinity of the Amazon rainforest, even though the fires are well within the normal range for the season. Fiercer and more extensive fires are currently burning in the African tropics, but the countries involved have not sinned against the New World Order, so there is no alarmed campaign about them in the media.

At the recent G7 meeting in France, President Emmanuel “Toy Boy” Macron led the way in proposing an aid package to manipulate help Brazil during the wildfire “crisis”. In response, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his ministers were forthright in directing their tongue-lashings towards Mr. Macron and other members of the G7.

Many thanks to José Atento of Lei Islâmica em Ação for translating this post from the blog at

Onyx says government will reject G7 financial aid announced by Macron

The French president stated that group will send 20 million euros to combat fires. ‘Perhaps these resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,’ replied the minister.

by Gerson Camarotti and Mateus Rodrigues
August 26, 2019

The Minister of the House, Onyx Lorenzoni, told the blog that the government will reject the aid of the G7 to combat the fires in the Amazon, which was announced on Monday (August 26) by French President Emmanuel Macron. The office of the Planalto Palace confirmed the information given by Onyx.

The aid was announced in France after Macron attended a G7 meeting. According to him, the group decided to allocate €20 million to combat the fire [later, the French government corrected itself and reported that it was $20 million].

The French President and President Jair Bolsonaro have been publicly criticizing each other since last week.

“Thanks, but perhaps these resources are more relevant to reforesting Europe. Can Macron not even prevent a predictable fire in a church that is a World Heritage Site, yet wants to teach something to our country? He has a lot to look after at home and in the French colonies,” Onyx told the blog.

“Brazil is a democratic, free nation, and has never engaged in colonialist and imperialist practices, as is perhaps the objective of the French Macron. Incidentally, coincidentally, with high domestic rejection rates,” added the minister of the Civil House.

Onyx Lorenzoni also said to the blog that Brazil can teach “any nation” how to protect native forests. “By the way, there is no country that has a larger native coverage than ours,” he added.

MRE speaks of ‘redundant initiatives’

By means of a note, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MRE) reported that despite the “supposed launch of new initiatives related to the Amazon” to reforest the region, there are already instruments provided for this type of measure.

According to the note, the actions are foreseen in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and already include, for example, the payment by developed countries like France of US $30 billion for the reduction in Brazil of greenhouse gas emissions.

“France — and other countries that may support its ideas — are expected to engage seriously in these discussions within the UNFCCC, rather than launching redundant initiatives, with amounts well below their international commitments, and with ambiguous innuendo about the principle of national sovereignty,” states the MRE.

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The Ummah Lays Claim to Ottawa

A reader in Ottawa sends this report on the Islamization of his local park. The upraised index finger mentioned in his account is often referred to as the “ISIS salute”, but that is a misnomer: it is widely used by devout Sunni Muslims (and not just followers of the Islamic State) to represent tawhid, or the oneness of Allah. Christians are idolaters against tawhid due to their doctrine of the Trinity. Hindus, of course, are even worse, with their full pantheon of gods that are not Allah.

The Minto incident:

Two days ago, around 3:30 in the afternoon, so on 26 August 2019, in Minto Park, which is in center town Ottawa, where I was sitting minding my own business, there were two black guys on the bench opposite me.

As I was getting up to leave, one of them flashed the upraised index finger at me, the sign of Muslim supremacy. No mistake. It was very clear, and he was looking right at me and holding his arm straight out. The disquieting Muslim presence in the city is becoming increasingly obvious.

The sound on the ground, a while back, was that “ they” were planning to take over the nearby Business Inn, an apartment hotel for business travelers, also on Elgin, a big place, formerly an apartment building, which is next to the park, for Syrian “refugees”. This has not happened. Should it take place, I fear it would be the end of our lovely quiet, clean and safe Golden Triangle…

Freedom of Speech is Not When Everyone Says the Same Thing

Many thanks to JLH for translating this op-ed from Junge Freiheit:

Freedom of Speech is Not When Everyone Says the Same Thing

by Laila Mirzo
August 23, 2019

Freedom of expression is probably the most contended constitutional right in the context of today’s political discourse. It is the foundation for democracy and the rule of law, and any curtailment is an indicator of a social-political imbalance. There is something rotten in a state in which everyone is of the same opinion. A lively diversity of opinion is part of pluralism. Striving for a similarity of opinion is a deceptive harmony — the first step toward enforced conformity. It is difficult to ignore that public as well as private broadcasting companies and publishing houses are playing politics with their reporting. Neutral and objective reporting of facts gives way more and more to an instructional pedagogy.

Anja Reschke, journalist and moderator of the ARD [German state TV] political magazine “Panorama” speaks plainly about the “educational task” of journalists in an interview with Swiss Television in December, 2018. Answering the question of what the media’s task is, she says: “A media landscape that is intended to educate the citizen to [become] a responsible, democracy-voting citizen or to enable the citizen to participate in elections. That is the job.” Astonished, the Swiss moderator saw a similarity to the “re-education” of German prisoners of war in Great Britain. Reschke confirmed the parallel.

Re-Education 2.0

The goal of the erstwhile program of re-educating post-war Germany to become a democratic society, and the subsequent “re-orientation” measures was the de-Nazification of the Germany population. The purpose was to break through the Germans’ deference to authority and strengthen critical and independent thinking in the citizens. So that never again should a totalitarian, inhumane ideology plunge Germany into misfortune.

The constitution, the rule of law and a pluralistic media landscape would be effective bulwarks against a new totalitarian regime. But 70 years after Hitler’s Germany, the information task of much of the Fourth Estate has become a “re-education 2.0.” From Tagesschau to Tatort[1], we are told what to think.

If the alternative to advocating a one-sided welcoming policy is ostracism, objectively dealing with political opponents becomes impossible. Ultimately, there would be no “platform for a rightist populist’s incitement.” It could, of course, be that one or another of the onlookers has a provocative thought in the “wrong” direction. If it manages to create a critical voice, a morality trial pronounces sentence.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/27/2019

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has barred the migrant-ferry Eleonore from entering Italian waters. The ship is owned by a German NGO, and is carrying more than 100 “refugees”.

In other news, a woman was cradling her baby when she was shot in the head and killed in the culturally enriched southern Swedish city of Malmö.

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Justice for Pamela, Deferred

We’ve reported in the past on the case of Pamela Mastropietro, who was raped, murdered, and dismembered last year by the Nigerian “cannibal mafia” in the Italian town of Macerata. Pamela’s uncle has now put the Italian government on notice that if it repeals Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s ban on further immigration, he will present the photos of her dismembered body to the Italian Parliament.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Il Giornale:

Pamela’s uncle: “If they cancel the security decrees I’ll go to Parliament with the photos of her tortured body”

The shocking gesture announced by the uncle of Pamela Mastropietro “to remind those who want to cancel the security decrees the catastrophic effects of illegal immigration”.

by Bianca Elisi
August 27, 2019

Among those who shudder at the thought of a yellow/red [a coalition government between the 5-Star Movement and PD, Partito Democratico] executive, there are also the relatives of Pamela Mastropietro, the 18-year-old who was raped and killed at Macerata on January 30 of last year.

Judged responsible for one of the most barbaric homicides in the history of our country, the Nigerian drug dealer Innocent Oseghale was sentenced to life imprisonment in the first degree. A victory for the family of the victim and for her uncle, Marco Valerio Verni, who has also assumed the role of defender [of the family] in the process. However, in these days of feverish negotiations, anger and worry have erupted.

The same Verni told Libero he is ready for an extreme gesture if the Yellow-Reds [coalition Government] agree to scrap the security decrees. Pamela’s uncle is prepared to bring the blowups of his niece’s tortured body right up to the Parliament and the Quirinale [residence of the president of the Republic] . For what purpose? “To remind those in power of the catastrophic effects of illegal immigration.” Effects that rendered the body of poor Pamela unrecognizable, enough to cause the president of the criminal court of Macerata to decide that the hearing in which the pictures of the massacre were shown should be held behind closed doors.

So now Verni threatens to show them “to remind those in power of the catastrophic effects of illegal immigration.” A painful gesture which, according to Pamela’s uncle, is necessary to rip away the veil of hypocrisy. “Every day we are bombarded with tearful images of barges loaded with migrants that the Left would like to receive without worrying about the consequences. The same Left that remained silent when Pamela was raped and murdered with unspeakable ferocity.” And the accusations of racism do not frighten him. “Almost everyone who is in Pamela’s case file in various ways — he explains — are asylum seekers who survive by selling drugs to our children.”

Oseghale, brought to our shore from a shipwreck, is no exception. Not to mention, as the lawyer Verni recalls, the suspicion that he is also affiliated with the Nigerian mafia, which also weighs on his account. These considerations give rise to the idea of an action so hard, however, it risks transforming Pamela’s body into a political battleground. This time Verni’s reply is also sharp. “The question, unfortunately, has been politicized right from the start, and certainly not in favor of the family; from the institutional Left there has come no support, while from the right, a light has been lit. The problem, however, should be universal, because this is not a battle against anyone but for the good of all.”

Nazis, Nazis Everywhere!

These days German Communists are out on the streets marching against “Nazis”.

Oh, they don’t call themselves “communists” anymore — presumably the stigma of Stalin and the gulag and the Stasi would make for bad PR. Nowadays they call themselves Die Linke (The Left) or Die Grünen (The Greens). But it’s the same old ideology, and its adherents go to great lengths to demonize anyone who is even a smidgen to the right of the Social Democrats.

In recent months the communists have been more and more stridently attacking members of the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) as “Nazis”. What began as murmur of allusion about National Socialist tendencies has morphed into a full-throated scream of “Nazis! Nazis! NAZIS!” whenever the AfD is mentioned.

The three videos below provide various illustrations of this process. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

The first video features Katja Kipping, the leader of Die Linke, speaking to an adoring crowd in Dresden:

The second video shows an anti-AfD demonstration in Dresden. As Vlad points out, the demonstrators are completely in tune with George Soros and his “Open Society”:

The final video is the creepiest of the three. It features an East German woman named Marianne Birthler, a prominent veteran of the campaign for human rights in the DDR before the fall of the Wall in 1989. If anyone should know what real totalitarianism is all about, it is Ms. Birthler. Yet all she can do is join the chorus of “Nazis! Nazis! NAZIS!” against the AfD.

Note that the AfD said to have “stolen” the slogan “Wir sind das Volk” from the activists protesting against the DDR back in the 1980s. In other words, no group is allowed to proclaim “We are the People” without the imprimatur of the State:

Video transcript #1:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/26/2019

Coalition talks in Italy between the leftist Partito Democratico and the populist 5-Star Movement have reportedly been “constructive”. The PD insists that Matteo Salvini’s ban on migrant-ferry vessels must be reversed if it is to join coalition. Some analysts believe that any PD/M5S coalition will be very short-lived.

In other news, the Norwegian government announced that it will not accept the resettlement of any migrants from the migrant-ferry NGO Open Arms.

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Dymphna, Patron Saint of the Insane

I just returned from my mini-vacation; everything went well. I got to see a play (a Neil Simon comedy) performed by a local amateur troupe, had dinner with friends and relatives, and drank adult beverages at a honky-tonk while listening to live music.

It wasn’t the same without my wife — those were Dymphna’s friends and relatives, too, and it was a place we had visited together numerous times in the past. Still, it made for a break from rattling around by myself in this empty house.

Below is this week’s installment of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits. As far as I know, this is the first time she told the story of St. Dymphna. It was originally published at The Neighborhood of God, and not at Gates of Vienna.

Dymphna, Patron Saint of the Insane

by Dymphna
First published October 25, 2005

This essay is dedicated to Erico.

The saints’ stories were among my favorites growing up. I don’t mean the anemic virgins-and-martyrs-eaten-by-lions books, illustrated with men and women lifting their eyes heavenwards as the lions stalked them in the background, waiting for the blessing of the food before they ate it. Nor did St. Sebastian, his body full of arrows, hold my attention, other than a brief look — “yikes” — and turn the page, please.

There were lots of men and women who were canonized for more mundane reasons than dying for their faith and it was their stories which attracted me. In my house, being full as it was of expatriate Dubliners, St. Patrick had pride of place. My mother never quite got over the fact that while New York City and Savannah had large parades on his feast day, the rest of the country used it as an excuse to drink green beer. In Ireland, on St. Patrick’s Day, in serious honor to his name, the bars were all closed and the churches were open.

Alongside St. Patrick there was St. Bridgid. Early on, the Catholic Church had a rough gender equality; frequently a male saint had a companion female saint. They usually knew one another. To my mind, some of them probably got up to a little hanky-panky: the intensity of the holy can do that. One thinks of Heloise and Abelard, those star-crossed lovers who veered from the paths of holiness, dropping off into the ravines of fleshly distractions. In Spain, St. Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross were friends. He was the more mystic of the two; she was the reformer.

The thing is, the desire for union with God and the desire for union with another human being arise from the same root — the urge for transcendence, for flight from our solitary experience, for immortality. Given our differing temperaments, predilections, and experiences we can diverge in many ways from the usual paths of what the Church used to term “vocation.” The idea was not that we chose what we would do with our lives; instead we were to listen to that small inner voice in order to be given our marching orders. Within evangelical circles, I believe the term “calling” refers particularly to some kind of ministry. Back in the old pre-Vatican II days, it meant that you were supposed to have divine assistance in trying to figure out what you were going to do with this, your one and only life. Some of those choices were limited; now there are almost no limits at all and young people freeze in the quandary of too much choice and too little direction. Saint Dymphna’s situation was familiar: her “vocation” was not what she chose but rather what was forced upon her by circumstance.

But before we consider her story, let’s discuss its veracity. The oral tradition surrounding Saint Dymphna probably points to a real person, given some of the artifacts. In Roman Catholic terms, the relics of Dymphna are considered “first class” relics. But that’s hardly important here since we are talking about a mythos which likely formed around an all-too-familiar story, a situation which repeated itself through the generations in many areas of Europe (the story is too old to call these “countries” in the modern sense). There are similarly named women with comparable stories in Ireland and in Germany.

Since we can’t know for sure, and since there seem to be physical remnants of someone in a final resting place, I choose to envision Dymphna as real. For lack of a better term, call her my transitional object. But that’s my meaning: you can read her story and decide its significance for yourself. I am merely the teller of the tale. Since there are variations in the stories, I have chosen to present the dominant narrative while appropriating elements from various accounts.

Dymphna was born in the 7th century (a contemporary of Mohammed, though as far from Allah’s servant as one can be and still exist on the same planet). She was the daughter of an Irish chieftain father, Damon, and an unnamed Christian mother. At least this is how most stories present her parentage. Since Patrick knew intimately the clan system in Ireland his strategy was to convert all the chieftains first, knowing the rest would follow (a good strategy. It worked with Constantinople). Thus, it’s likely Damon was in fact a Christian, though this takes some of the luster off the shamrock. To get around the problem of his obviously murderous tendencies, he is often portrayed as a pagan rather than a Christian. Hagiography is not history.

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Inevitably, seasons change…

The Baron has taken a well-deserved break to visit family and left his house to me. As your housekeeper, I am honored to introduce myself. My name is Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, and I reside in a crazy place called Central Europe, a place that I often no longer recognize. It pains me to watch my country, along with so many other countries, transformed into a resemblance of a Third World country.

The following words were originally penned in German, but the anonymous blog owner “Nicht mehr mein Deutschland” (No longer my Germany) kindly provides an excellent translation. What you are about to read epitomizes what I, along with millions of other native Europeans, see and feel every single day. The author adeptly describes a heavy and aching heart witnessing Germany’s transformation, the breakdown of public infrastructure, of society, of losing of free speech, and the rise of incapable politicians that magnify their capabilities.

Summer is waning; fall is just around the corner, not only for Germany, but for all of us. The change of season is inevitable, a part of life. Germany need not be waning. But  Germany believes its fall is inevitable.


How Germany Is Changing

When I was a child in Germany, some things were ugly on the outside, but pleasant on the inside. The houses they had built after the war were ugly, as were the hairstyles, the furniture and the fashion.

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A Brief Interlude

I’m leaving this afternoon to visit family for a couple of days. It’s my first trip away from home since Dymphna died — in fact, I haven’t even eaten in a restaurant since then. So we’ll see how it goes.

There won’t be any news feed until after I get back. However, a couple of my colleagues have agreed to check in from time to time and moderate comments, and may possibly even put up some posts. So the blog won’t be completely idle.

See you later, alligator.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 8/23/2019

Philip Hammond, who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer when Theresa May was Prime Minister of the UK, is negotiating with the European Union on behalf of anti-Brexit Tories. Meanwhile, EU leaders are reportedly in panic mode as Brexit edges closer to becoming a reality.

In other news, two women from Queens have pleaded guilty to planning a terrorist bombing attack in New York. Both women are American citizens, and both were allegedly inspired by the Islamic State.

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Islam: Men Versus Women

Islam: Men Versus Women

by SF

It’s easy to see why men like Islam: they are favored in every way. They can have arranged marriages, and up to four wives. If they tire of one of their wives, they can divorce her on the spot and get a new model. They can rape and beat their wives whenever they want. The women and children they capture in jihad become their sex slaves forever. And if they die in the course of jihad, they are whisked to the Muslim sexual paradise and receive 72 eternally virgin busty angels.

In contrast, it does not seem very attractive to be a Muslim woman. She is always owned by a man; first her father, and then her husband. Her father arranges her marriage, and can kill her if she dishonors him. She is subject to genital mutilation (which the Muslims call female circumcision). She cannot go out in public unless heavily covered, and is limited in all her interactions with men. She cannot divorce without consent of her husband. She is limited to one husband at a time, and can never marry a non-Muslim. Her testimony in court is limited, as well as her right to inheritance. If she is raped and reports it, but cannot find four Muslim male witnesses to testify in her favor, then she herself is found guilty of fornication and/or adultery, and is whipped or stoned to death!

Moreover, Muhammad, the incarnation of allah on earth, said that women have half the intelligence of a man, and that most Muslim women will end up in Muslim hell (where they can never bother their husbands, who are in Muslim paradise).

So you might wonder how any woman can be proud to be a Muslim — and why, in the supposedly free and enlightened West, Democrats, feminists, and lesbians defend Islam so strongly?

The analysis that follows is not politically correct: There is clearly such a thing as instinctual human nature. Humans are designed to be tribal; to be fiercely loyal to one’s own tribe, and to fiercely hate the enemy’s tribe. Women want to have sex with men, and to be the mothers of children. Women come to love the father of their children (and vice versa). Men won’t abuse women they are fond of (at least too badly), and women will generally put up with male abuse, as long as it is not too bad.

If all this is true, then it would seem that Islam as practiced is not as bad for women as it could be in theory.

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