Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2020

Not long after the Iranian missile attacks on US bases in Iraq, a passenger plane crashed in Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard. The Iranian government refused to make the plane’s “black box” available to investigators.

In other news, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) won the coveted “Anti-Semite of the Year” award.

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Financial Crisis
» ADP Jobs Report Shows U.S. Payrolls Rose by 202,000 in December. It Often Undershoots the Labor Department’s Reading.
» Here’s Why the Stock Market Hit New Record Highs After Trump’s Comments on Iran
 
USA
» Breaking: Covington Students Sue Disgraced Former CNN Host Reza Aslan
» CNN Settles Covington Catholic Lawsuit Out of Court for Undisclosed Amount
» Democratic Socialists Silence Free Speech During Antiwar Rally
» Democrat Ilhan Omar Wins ‘Antisemite of the Year’ Award
» Harvey Weinstein Asks Judge to Recuse Himself From Case After Reprimand for Using Phone
» Hunter Biden Says He Wants No Custody of ‘Baby Doe’ He Fathered With Arkansas Stripper
» Jussie Smollet Investigation: Judge Orders Google to Turn Over a Full Year of the Actor’s Data as Part of Special Prosecutor Probe
» My 2-Point Plan to Keep America Great
» NY Times Columnist Paul Krugman Says Hacker ‘Compromised’ His IP Address to ‘Download Child Pornography’
» Oscars 2020 Will Once Again Not Have a Host
» Pictures Show Bill Clinton Posing With Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein Victim Chauntae Davis
» Stunning Percent of College Students ‘Unfamiliar’ With US Killing of Iran Gen. Soleimani: Survey
» The Real Reason Facebook is Banning ‘Deepfake’ Videos’
» Video: BlazeTV Contributor Assaulted by Antifa for Reporting on Seattle Counterprotest
 
Canada
» Anti-Terrorism Protest to be Held in Toronto This Saturday
» Hutterite Turkey Farm Protest Case in Court: Charges Yet to be Determined by Crown
» Shut Out of Iran-Probe for Plane Crash That Killed 63 Canadians: Garneau
 
Europe and the EU
» Deadly Brain-Destroying Virus Lurking in Shrews Has Killed at Least 14 People Across Europe Since 1999 and Gone Unnoticed for Decades
» EU Makes Threats as Boris to Tell Eurocrat UK Ready to Walk Away Without Deal
» Facebook and eBay Pledge to Tackle Fake Reviews
» France: Paris No-Go Suburb Schools Using Meditation Workshops to Reduce Violence
» The Austrian People’s Party and the Greens — A Successful Coalition for the Future?
» UK: ‘Islamist’ Uber Driver ‘Boasted How He Deceived Jury Into Clearing Him of Samurai Sword Attack on Police Outside Buckingham Palace Then Went on to Plan Another Attack on Tourists in London’
» UK: Hopes for Big Ben Bonging on Brexit Day Dashed
» UK: Jeremy Corbyn Says US Killing of Qassem Soleimani Was ‘Illegal’ And Refuses Four Times to Call the Iranian General a Terrorist
» UK: The Queen’s Fury as Harry and Meghan Quit: Royal Couple Did Not Tell Her Majesty, Prince Charles or William Who All Learned of Their Decision to Step Back From the Television as Aides Complain About Being ‘Stabbed in the Back’
» Websites Peddling ‘Pray to Greta, Saint of Climate Change’ Candles
 
North Africa
» EU Rejects Turkish Troops in Libya
 
Middle East
» Americans Are Debating About Whether We Will Go to War With Iran, But the Iranians Say the War Has Already Started
» Cover-Up: Iran Refuses to Hand Over Black Box Data of Plane That Crashed Over Tehran
» Experts Say Passenger Plane That Crashed in Tehran Was Likely Shot Down
» Germany Withdraws Troops From Iraq as Iran Tensions Continue
» Ilhan Omar Signals to Iran Trump Properties as Potential Military Targets
» Iran Warns That Israel Will be Bombed if Trump Responds to the Missile Attack on U.S. Bases in Iraq
» Iran Warned Iraq Before Missile Strike; Warning Was Passed on to U.S.
» Iranian Government Passes Bill Declaring All US Military Personnel “Terrorist Entities”
» Iraqi Militia Leader Threatens to Target American Citizens if They Re-Elect Trump
» MSNBC Amplified Fake News That Iranian Attack Had Killed 30 U.S. Soldiers
» Security Analyst: U.S. Ground Invasion of Iran Would Require Military Draft
» Ukrainian Boeing 737 Crashes in Tehran, Everyone Onboard Killed, This is Suspicious to Say the Least
 
South Asia
» ‘The Punishment Fits the Crimes’: Wealthy Indonesian Property Tycoon Father of World’s Worst Rapist Reynhard Sinaga Supports His Son’s 30-Year Jail Sentence for 195 Attacks
 
Australia — Pacific
» How the Hell is This Going to Help? Songs Referring to ‘Fire’ Are Banned From Radio Because Woke Stations Fear the Tunes Could be Seen as ‘Insensitive’ Amid Australia’s Deadly Inferno Crisis
» Muslim Charged for Starting Australian Wildfire Laughs After Court Hearing
» The Truth About the Australian Bushfires
» Who Started the Australian Bush Fires?
 
Latin America
» New Species of Praying Mantis Impales Its Prey on Barbed Spikes
 
Immigration
» 500 Migrants Evacuated From Maltese Centre After Fire
» Europe’s Nigerian Mafia
 
Culture Wars
» Atheists Demand U.S. Town Remove Cross From Mural
» Canada Touts How ‘Assisted Suicide’ Is Providing Human Spare Parts. So Hurry Up and Die, Already.
» Hallmark to Cut 400 Jobs Weeks After Conservative Boycott Over Kissing Brides Ad
» Swedish Church to Replace LGBT Eden Painting With Jesus in High Heels Art
» Unholy Bible’: University Promotes Art Project of Desecrated Bible, Satanic Christ
 

ADP Jobs Report Shows U.S. Payrolls Rose by 202,000 in December. It Often Undershoots the Labor Department’s Reading.

Payroll processor ADP said non-government payrolls rose 202,000 in December, well above the 160,000 economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected. It’s the best reading since last April, and it comes along with a significant upward revision to a weak November figure (November private payrolls were 124,000, ADP said Wednesday, up from an initially reported 67,000).

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

Here’s Why the Stock Market Hit New Record Highs After Trump’s Comments on Iran

Topline: Despite stock futures plummeting overnight on reports that Iran launched a missile attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq, the market sharply rebounded on Wednesday. Stocks hit new record highs after Trump’s comments on Iran indicated a de-escalation of potential conflict.

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

Breaking: Covington Students Sue Disgraced Former CNN Host Reza Aslan

The revenge of Covington high school students continues. Just one day after CNN came to a settlement in their defamation lawsuit with Nick Sandmann, lawyer Robert Barnes announced he was suing Reza Aslan, the disgraced former CNN host, for a minimum of $135,000 in damages.

Reza Aslan’s tweet of January 19, 2019 features an image of Sandmann and poses the question: “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?”

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

CNN Settles Covington Catholic Lawsuit Out of Court for Undisclosed Amount

$275 million lawsuit accused Fake News Network of knowingly slandering Nick Sandmann.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Democratic Socialists Silence Free Speech During Antiwar Rally

The left proves they care more about silencing conservatives than stopping war.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Democrat Ilhan Omar Wins ‘Antisemite of the Year’ Award

You’ve probably sorted through plenty of year-end lists by now, it being January. StopAntisemitism.org, an anti-hate group that “expos[es] antisemitism from the radical left, the religious extreme, and the alt-right” was a little late to the party with its “Antisemite of the Year” award, only announcing it Monday.

This is a surprise, considering that it seems like it should have been a lock from the get-go. And yet, even at that, it got plenty of pushback on social media.

In what was no doubt the anticlimax of the year, the group’s anti-Semite of the year is indeed Rep. Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota. Omar only took office in January of last year but had an impressive rookie season with “the squad.”

Here’s a greatest hits video assembled by the folks at StopAntisemitism.org:…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Harvey Weinstein Asks Judge to Recuse Himself From Case After Reprimand for Using Phone

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have asked Judge James Burke to recuse himself from the producer’s sexual assault trial, accusing him of being biased against their client and of having “presided over a courtroom animus towards the Defendant”.

In a remarkable letter sent to the judge on Wednesday, they complained in particular about his reprimanding Weinstein the day before for having used his mobile phone.

Judge Burke told the 67-year-old on Tuesday: “Is this really the way you want to end up in jail for the rest of your life, by texting in violation of an order? Is it?”

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

Hunter Biden Says He Wants No Custody of ‘Baby Doe’ He Fathered With Arkansas Stripper

The son of former Vice President Joe Biden will not fight for the custody of a child he fathered with an Arkansas woman.

Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer ruled on Wednesday morning that Hunter Biden is the “biological and legal father” of the “Baby Doe” child born to Lunden Roberts, named “NJR” in court documents.

“The results of the DNA tests indicate with near scientific certainty that the defendant is the biological father of the child in this case,” said Meyer.

Roberts, 28, met Biden, 49, while she was working as an exotic dancer in Washington and is hoping to receive financial compensation for the child’s future.

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

Jussie Smollet Investigation: Judge Orders Google to Turn Over a Full Year of the Actor’s Data as Part of Special Prosecutor Probe

A Cook County judge has ordered Google to turn over Jussie Smollett’s emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the special prosecutor’s investigation into the purported attack on the actor.

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

My 2-Point Plan to Keep America Great

by Michelle Malkin

My plan to “Keep America Great” is very simple:

1) Stop exporting American soldiers to countries that hate our guts.

2) Stop importing people from countries that hate our guts.

When I voted for Donald Trump in 2016, I thought this was the plan.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

NY Times Columnist Paul Krugman Says Hacker ‘Compromised’ His IP Address to ‘Download Child Pornography’

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is appearing to be having technical difficulties as he acknowledged Wednesday on Twitter that his IP address had been “compromised” and used to “download child pornography.”

“Well, I’m on the phone with my computer security service, and as I understand it someone compromised my IP address and is using it to download child pornography,” Krugman wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “I might just be a random target. But this could be an attempt to Qanon me. It’s an ugly world out there.”

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

Oscars 2020 Will Once Again Not Have a Host

The 2020 Oscars will go ahead without a host once more this February.

“Let me confirm it now. Together with the Academy (of Motion Pictures), we have decided there will be no traditional host again this year,” Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, told television reporters on Wednesday.

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

Pictures Show Bill Clinton Posing With Ghislaine Maxwell and Epstein Victim Chauntae Davis

Pictures recently released from The Sun show former United States President Bill Clinton on the steps of the Epstein’s private jet with Ghislaine Maxwell, who some consider to have been a “pimp” for Epstein.

He can also be seen with Chauntae Davies who was Epstein’s personal masseuse and one of his accusers.

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

Stunning Percent of College Students ‘Unfamiliar’ With US Killing of Iran Gen. Soleimani: Survey

A recent poll found that 49 percent of US college students disapprove of the United States’ decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The poll also found that Republican students were more likely to favor the move than Democrat students by a wide margin.

A whopping 26 percent were “unfamiliar” with the strike against the Iranian general.

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

The Real Reason Facebook is Banning ‘Deepfake’ Videos’

They’re going to abuse the policy to ban memes because the left can’t meme.

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

Video: BlazeTV Contributor Assaulted by Antifa for Reporting on Seattle Counterprotest

Elijah Schaffer, BlazeTV contributor and host of “Slightly Offens*ve,” was physically assaulted by an Antifa protester after Schaffer attempted to prevent the protester from taking a camera from one of his producers while covering a demonstration Sunday in Seattle.

Police stood by as the brief altercation took place but did not intervene as they monitored the protests and counterprotests progressing in downtown Seattle.

Schaffer recorded the incident and posted it on Twitter. The video begins with Schaffer walking up to his producer, who is holding a camera as an Antifa protester appears to be trying to take it or at least prevent him from recording.

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

Anti-Terrorism Protest to be Held in Toronto This Saturday

An anti-terrorism protest will be held in Toronto this Saturday, the 11th of January. The protest has been named “Toronto Stands Against Terrorism.” This follows the killing of the Iranian terrorist, Qasem Soleimani.

The protest will be held at 360 University Avenue. It will start at noon and will last for two hours. This protest has been created in reaction to the pro-Soleimani protest, which sparked street clashes between pro-Soleimani protestors and counter-protestors.

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

Hutterite Turkey Farm Protest Case in Court: Charges Yet to be Determined by Crown

Lawyers for protesters accused of stealing property from an Albertan Hutterite turkey farm were in court in Fort Macleod today to prepare for a Crown decision on whether or not to criminally indict the self-proclaimed “animal rights activists”.

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

Shut Out of Iran-Probe for Plane Crash That Killed 63 Canadians: Garneau

Transport Minister and former astronaut Marc Garneau says Ottawa may need alternative intelligence to understand the reason why Ukraine International Airline flight 752 crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini international in Tehran Wednesday morning.

“There are a number of possibilities and we will have to wait to obtain more information, perhaps from the black boxes or from other intelligence,” Garneau told reporters during an Ottawa press conference barely 22 hours following the tragic crash that killed 63 Canadians, and another 75 of the deceased were headed to Canada.

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

Deadly Brain-Destroying Virus Lurking in Shrews Has Killed at Least 14 People Across Europe Since 1999 and Gone Unnoticed for Decades

A deadly disease spread by shrews has been killing humans for decades and going unnoticed, according to scientists.

Doctors say at least 14 patients in Germany have died from encephalitis caused by Borna disease virus 1.

But it is feared the total could be much higher, given the shrews that carry the bug are found in Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Experts are now calling for more research into the spread of the virus, to work out if it really is behind even more unexplained human deaths.

Encephalitis makes the brain swell up and can cause a fever, headache, vomiting, seizures, limb weakness and loss of consciousness.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

EU Makes Threats as Boris to Tell Eurocrat UK Ready to Walk Away Without Deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell the president of the European Commission that he is ready to walk away from the EU without a trade deal at the end of the transition period.

Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the EU’s powerful executive arm, is in the UK for talks with the prime minister on Wednesday. A Downing Street spokesman told The Times: “He will tell President Von der Leyen that, having waited for over three years to get Brexit done, both British and EU citizens rightly expect negotiations on an ambitious free trade agreement to conclude on time.”

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

Facebook and eBay Pledge to Tackle Fake Reviews

British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Wednesday that tech giants Facebook and eBay committed to better tackle fake and misleading reviews, according to Reuters. “Millions of people base their shopping decisions on reviews, and if these are misleading or untrue, then shoppers could end up being misled into buying something that isn’t right for them,” said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli.

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

France: Paris No-Go Suburb Schools Using Meditation Workshops to Reduce Violence

Schools in the Paris suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis are increasing meditation workshops in an effort to reduce the burgeoning problem with violence on campuses in the area.

The workshops, which include the yoga-based relaxation technique sophrology, started in 2015 in various schools across the no-go suburbs and, according to some school officials, the workshops have led to a decrease in violent behaviour, Le Parisien reports.

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

The Austrian People’s Party and the Greens — A Successful Coalition for the Future?

After the end of a popular coalition government between the Austrian People’s Party and the Freedom Party — as well as snap elections on September 29, 2019, and extensive exploratory talks among all political parties — coalition negotiations between the allegedly center-right People’s Party and the far-left Greens Partyreached their conclusion on January 2, 2020. Austrians had to exercise patience for more than 100 days until they would once again be governed by an elected administration. Since the previous government’s crash and the following parliamentary no-confidence vote against then-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, an unelected, appointed, technocratic caretaker government had been in charge.

The People’s Party under the leadership of Sebastian Kurz together with the Greens under the leadership of Werner Kogler garnered 53% of the vote in 2019, the hitherto smallest support for a coalition government. In 2017, when the People’s Party and the Freedom Party entered their government, they could count on the backing of 62%, a percentage that remained stable in polls until the Chancellor Kurz called for snap elections following the emergence in May 2019 of the Ibiza-video. which showed the Austrian vice-chancellor in a shady meeting with a woman claiming to be the niece of a Russian oligarch on the island of Ibiza.

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

UK: ‘Islamist’ Uber Driver ‘Boasted How He Deceived Jury Into Clearing Him of Samurai Sword Attack on Police Outside Buckingham Palace Then Went on to Plan Another Attack on Tourists in London’

An Uber driver cleared of launching a Samurai sword attack on police outside Buckingham Palace went on to plan another attack on tourists in London, a court heard today. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, of Luton, Bedfordshire, allegedly boasted to undercover police how he had deceived a jury into finding him not guilty of the attack.

The 28-year-old was ‘motivated by dreams of martyrdom for the cause of Islam, and inspired by preachers of hate’, a jury at Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Duncan Atkinson QC, prosecuting, said Chowdbury was ‘keen to take part in an attack on a high profile and very public target in the UK.’

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: Hopes for Big Ben Bonging on Brexit Day Dashed

Speaker of the House of Commons Lindsay Hoyle has not chosen an amendment to the Brexit bill for debate on requiring Big Ben to chime on Brexit day.

The campaign was led by Conservative Brexiteer MPs Mark Francois and Nigel Evans and would have seen the clock housed in the Queen Elizabeth Tower ring at 11 pm on January 31st, 2020, when the UK officially leaves the EU. Big Ben’s functionality has been limited whilst it and the tower are undergoing renovations.

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

UK: Jeremy Corbyn Says US Killing of Qassem Soleimani Was ‘Illegal’ And Refuses Four Times to Call the Iranian General a Terrorist

Jeremy Corbyn last night refused four times to say Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist — and described his killing by the US as ‘illegal’.

The Labour leader also criticised the killing in the House of Commons after previously writing a letter to Boris Johnson asking for an urgent Privy Council briefing about the US assassination of top Iranian General Soleimani last Friday.

He asked for evidence and clarification that proved Soleimani was a threat — but the Prime Minister rejected his request yesterday.

Speaking to Sky News last night, Mr Corbyn was asked four times whether he believed Soleimani had engaged in terrorism.

He did not say yes and also added that it would be a ‘good idea’ if all foreign troops were pulled out of Iraq.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

UK: The Queen’s Fury as Harry and Meghan Quit: Royal Couple Did Not Tell Her Majesty, Prince Charles or William Who All Learned of Their Decision to Step Back From the Television as Aides Complain About Being ‘Stabbed in the Back’

Harry and Meghan last night ‘pressed the nuclear button’ on their royal careers by announcing they are quitting their frontline roles.

Their dramatic decision was taken without the knowledge of the Queen, Prince Charles or Prince William, who learnt about the announcement as it broke on television news channels.

The couple, who plan to split their time between Britain and North America, made the bombshell announcement just days after returning from a six-week break in Canada.

A senior royal source said the Queen and her family were ‘deeply disappointed’. Another said the royals were ‘shocked, saddened and downright furious’ at the couple.

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

Websites Peddling ‘Pray to Greta, Saint of Climate Change’ Candles

When Sen. Mazie Hirono suggested Americans should “believe in climate change as though it’s a religion,” some enterprising Canadians were listening.

A website called Shrine On is among the many selling Greta Thunberg prayer candles, so supplicants can ask the climate gods to stop destroying us or something.

“Pray to Saint Greta Thunberg, Saint of Climate Change,” the Shrine On description reads. The candle, which includes a picture of Greta Thunberg dressed up as Jesus Christ often is in votive candles, sells for $18 plus shipping.

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

EU Rejects Turkish Troops in Libya

The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell — along with a handful of leading EU states — have rejected Turkish military presence and deployment in Libya.

Following a meeting with foreign ministers from France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, Borrell on Tuesday (7 January) called for an immediate ceasefire in and around Tripoli.

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

Americans Are Debating About Whether We Will Go to War With Iran, But the Iranians Say the War Has Already Started

Whether you want it or not, the war with Iran has already begun. It is kind of sad that the pundits on our cable news channels are so clueless about what has happened. They seem to think that there is still a debate about whether we will go to war with Iran or not, but meanwhile the Iranians believe that the war has already started. Of course most Americans don’t want such a war, and President Trump didn’t intend to start one, but we now have one nonetheless. Over the past few days, vast hordes of Iranians mourning the death of Qassem Soleimani have been literally screaming for “war” and “revenge” at the top of their lungs. And as you will see below, the top military adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei just told CNN that our two nations are already at war. So it isn’t our decision to make. The Iranians are going to be shooting at us whether we shoot back or not.

Perhaps you think that I am exaggerating.

Well, I would like for you to consider some of the statements that Major General Hossein Dehghan made during an exclusive interview with CNN. Dehghan is the top military adviser to Ayatollah Khamenei, and he is promising that Iran will soon “take direct action against America”…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Cover-Up: Iran Refuses to Hand Over Black Box Data of Plane That Crashed Over Tehran

Speculation builds it was shot down by Iranian missile.

Al Hadath Dubai News reported that the plane had been brought down by a missile, tweeting, “The speed data of the Ukrainian plane suddenly stopped which means it exploded,” and “Preliminary images of the Ukrainian plane suspected of being hit by an Iranian missile.”

Now Iran is refusing to hand over vital black box data from the aircraft, suggesting they are trying to control the investigation.

“Iran says it will not hand black box of crashed plane over to Boeing,” reports the Spectator Index.

[Comment: Should the speculation be true, expect rabid leftists to blame Trump.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Experts Say Passenger Plane That Crashed in Tehran Was Likely Shot Down

Experts say that the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Tehran early this morning was likely shot down.

The aircraft plunged out of the sky shortly after take off, killing all 167 passengers and nine crew. The majority of passengers were from Iran and Canada.

The timing of the crash, coming just hours after Iran fired missiles towards U.S. bases in Iraq, immediately prompted speculation that the plane had been accidentally shot down.

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

Germany Withdraws Troops From Iraq as Iran Tensions Continue

The German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, have removed a large proportion of their small deployment to Iraq following the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani.

The Bundeswehr stated that its forces in Iraq would be transferred to bases in both Jordan and Kuwait, citing the current tensions in the region that were sparked by the United States’ killing of General Soleimani, Kronen Zeitung reports.

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

Ilhan Omar Signals to Iran Trump Properties as Potential Military Targets

Radical congresswoman’s strategic military advice to U.S. enemy may put civilians in harm’s way.

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Iran Warns That Israel Will be Bombed if Trump Responds to the Missile Attack on U.S. Bases in Iraq

We are at one of the most critical turning points in modern world history, and whether or not we will be able to avoid World War 3 will come down to a handful of key decisions that Donald Trump will make over the next few days. If he makes the wrong decisions, he will be second guessed for generations to come. But if he makes the right decisions, he could literally change the course of human history for the better. The entire globe was shocked when Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq a few hours ago. But the initial reports indicate that there were no U.S. casualties, and the Iranians are telling us that there will be no further attacks as long as the U.S. does not retaliate. So this gives Trump the opportunity to de-escalate the conflict and still save face. Since we were able to take out Qassem Soleimani without losing a single American life, Trump can simply claim victory and move on.

But there will be an enormous amount of pressure on Trump to respond militarily to this attack, and if that happens the Iranians are already promising to escalate the conflict to an entirely new level.

In particular, the Iranians have repeatedly warned that they will bomb Israel if there is U.S. retaliation.

And if Iran attacks Israel, the Israelis will likely respond with overwhelming force, and once that happens nobody is going to be able to stop a major war from happening.

This could literally be our last chance to avoid World War 3, and hopefully President Trump is getting some really good advice from the people around him.

Because I believe that the Iranian threats are very real. Shortly after launching missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq, the Iranians threatened “to bomb Israel and Dubai if the United States retaliates”…

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Iran Warned Iraq Before Missile Strike; Warning Was Passed on to U.S.

Iraq says that it was warned by Iran about last night’s missile attack and that this warning was passed on to the U.S., suggesting that the attack was merely a face saving effort by Tehran.

“Iraq’s prime minister’s office said on Wednesday it had received “an official verbal message” from Iran informing it that a missile attack on US forces stationed on Iraqi soil was imminent,” reported Pakistan’s Dawn News.

According to war correspondent Elijah J. Magnier, Iran told Iraq that it would only target areas of bases under U.S. control.

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

Iranian Government Passes Bill Declaring All US Military Personnel “Terrorist Entities”

‘Any aid to these forces will be considered as cooperation in a terrorist act’

Legislation was passed in Iran’s parliament Tuesday that declares all US military personnel as ‘terrorist entities’.

A report by the Islamic Republic News Agency (Iranian state media) notes that Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill, which will now become law.

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Iraqi Militia Leader Threatens to Target American Citizens if They Re-Elect Trump

An Iraqi militia leader reacted to the airstrike on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani by suggesting American citizens could be targeted if they re-elect Trump.

The deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was one of the Iraqi officials killed by the drone strike on Soleimani last week.

Now Jawad Al Telbawi, a commander of one of the factions within the PMF, says American civilians may be targeted if they return Donald Trump to the Oval Office.

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

MSNBC Amplified Fake News That Iranian Attack Had Killed 30 U.S. Soldiers

During the Iranian missile attack on U.S. air bases in Iraq, MSNBC amplified a fake news claim by Iranian state media that the air assault had killed 30 U.S. troops.

Shortly after it was confirmed that Iran had launched the retaliation attack, rumors began circulating on Twitter, having originated with Iranian state media and pro-Iran propaganda accounts, that the attack had killed at least 20 U.S. soldiers.

This figure quickly rose to 30, at which point MSNBC’s Ali Arouzi went on air to report the fake number.

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Security Analyst: U.S. Ground Invasion of Iran Would Require Military Draft

U.S. military veteran and security analyst Mark Sleboda says that any potential ground invasion of Iran would require the reinstatement of the draft.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran are at fever pitch following Iran’s missile attack on a U.S. base in Iraq last night.

Sleboda says the best outcome would be for the Trump administration to understand that the Iranian attack was relatively weak and mostly a face saving exercise.

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Ukrainian Boeing 737 Crashes in Tehran, Everyone Onboard Killed, This is Suspicious to Say the Least

IF the Iranians did it and if there is solid evidence, if they chose to revenge on Ukraine for their issues with USA, then they are the biggest terrorist b*stards in the world and USA has our green light to go ahead and bomb them to ashes but again, cui bono? Why would Iran do such a despicable thing? If anything we suspect USA of doing it, they have kill switches installed on everything they sell, even on cellphones and cpus in laptops or desktop computers… Everything American is infested with killswitches. Of course Boeing has killswitches too.

According to our sources it was reported after take off the plane and its entire GPS, navigational systems, you name it went blank. It is very possible that the plane was electronically kill switched by someone who has something to gain out of this.

Out of the 176 people on board, there were 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.

Here’s the report where RT says that this plane was in perfect shape:

Nothing was wrong with the Ukraine International Airlines jet that came down in Iran with 176 on board, the company has said. It was one of the best planes in UIA’s fleet and had undergone maintenance just days before the crash.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

‘The Punishment Fits the Crimes’: Wealthy Indonesian Property Tycoon Father of World’s Worst Rapist Reynhard Sinaga Supports His Son’s 30-Year Jail Sentence for 195 Attacks

A churchgoing PhD student was unmasked yesterday as the world’s worst serial rapist.

Reynhard Sinaga, 36, preyed on at least 195 young men and police admit the true figure may be higher. Jailing him for 30 years, a judge called him a ‘monster’.

Sinaga incapacitated victims with the date rape drug GHB before filming his attacks. Last night Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered a review into whether tougher controls are needed for the Class C drug widely used recreationally among the gay community.

Sinaga, who mostly targeted heterosexual students in Manchester, was convicted of 159 attacks, including 136 rapes, eight attempted rapes and 15 indecent assaults against 48 victims. Four trials were held over 18 months…

The Indonesian father of the ‘world’s worst rapist’ Reynhard Sinaga has said the family ‘accepts the verdict’ after his son was convicted of scores of sex attacks.

Sinaga, 36, was jailed for 30 years on Monday in Manchester.

He had preyed on at least 195 young men and the judge ruling over the case branded him a ‘monster’.

Now his father Saibun Sinaga has opened up about the ruling. It was his father’s money that had allowed him to move from Indonesia to Manchester where the predator targeted students.

Speaking to BBC Indonesia Mr Sinaga said: ‘We accept the verdict. His punishment fits his crimes. I don’t want to discuss the case any further.’

[…]

His life in Britain as a perpetual student was funded by money sent to him by his father, a property tycoon in the conservative South-East Asian country.

Sinaga appeared reluctant to return there because his parents Saibun and Normawaty, who did not know he was gay, wanted him to marry and settle down…

Sinaga would go looking for victims in the early hours of the morning, approaching lone young men around the Fifth Avenue and Factory nightclubs near his flat, the court heard.

He would ‘befriend’ them by chatting about university life or music, or offer assistance if they were too drunk for a taxi driver to take them home.

Victims simply thought he was trying to help them and most went willingly to his flat. But Sinaga’s true nature was revealed in an online chat with another gay friend about his exploits.

The friend joked: ‘There’s always a new one. F****** hell, darling, you get a different straight [man] every week.’ In response, Sinaga made light of the method he used to attack his victims — drugging them until they were unconscious.

‘F****** hell, black magic potion,’ he wrote. ‘Manchester is a magical city. City of gay romance, city of gay love. Take a sip of my secret poison. It’ll make you fall in love. One drop should be enough.’ Having twice raped one heterosexual man in the early hours of New Year’s Eve 2015, Sinaga told a friend in a sickening boast: ‘I met him in the Factory [a nearby bar]. Straight, 22, playing football. He was straight in 2014. 2015 is his breakthrough to the gay world hahaha.’

[…]

But for the bravery of one teenage victim, Reynhard Sinaga’s crimes may never have come to light.

The 18-year-old sixth former woke up in Sinaga’s flat to find himself being sexually assaulted.

Although still in a ‘confused and disorientated’ state he was able to push Sinaga off and fought with his naked attacker in order to escape.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

How the Hell is This Going to Help? Songs Referring to ‘Fire’ Are Banned From Radio Because Woke Stations Fear the Tunes Could be Seen as ‘Insensitive’ Amid Australia’s Deadly Inferno Crisis

The Hit Network, responsible for Sydney’s 2DayFM and Melbourne’s Fox FM radio stations, have chosen to censor the material for the time being.

           — Hat tip: SS [Return to headlines]
 

Muslim Charged for Starting Australian Wildfire Laughs After Court Hearing

A Muslim teen who was accused along with his brother of starting a fire in Australia was seen laughing as he left court in Sydney on Tuesday.

Fadi Zraika and his brother Abraham, both 18, allegedly set off fireworks that started a grass fire at a park in Guildford, near Sydney, on Dec. 22, the Daily Telegraph reported.

On Monday, the New South Wales police force announced it had charged 24 people with deliberately starting catastrophic fires that have ravaged many parts of the country. The blazes are so widespread they can be seen from space.

The Daily Telegraph said police were called to the park about 2:40 p.m. after reports of several loud explosions were followed by small grass fires that spread rapidly in sudden winds.

The fires were put out by the Rural Fire Service.

Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer noted Islamic jihadis have identified setting fires as a tool of jihad.

[Comment: Likely, the use of fireworks is so the perp’s can claim it was an “accident”.]

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

The Truth About the Australian Bushfires

The Australian bushfires have nothing to do with ‘climate change’.

In fact, green policies that outlawed controlled burns & fire breaks made the situation far worse.

Many of the fires were also deliberately started.

The media refuses to even acknowledge this.

They’re lying to you on a gargantuan scale.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Who Started the Australian Bush Fires?

Climate change extremists, terrorists or just bored kids?

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

New Species of Praying Mantis Impales Its Prey on Barbed Spikes

Mantises are elite ambush predators, snatching their victims with a lightning-fast strike of their front limbs. But one newly described species doesn’t just hold its prey in a prickly embrace: It impales it, using long, barbed tines to expertly polish off the squirming morsel like a chunk of bread skewered on a fondue fork.

The new mantis hails from the highland tropical rainforest of central Peru, where the species has undoubtedly lived for eons. But it’s just in recent years that Julio Rivera, an entomologist at St. Ignatius of Loyola University in Lima, has been studying the insects up-close. Having first come across a male of the species roughly two decades ago, Rivera eventually acquired a live female and began rearing the miniature hunters in his lab, offering them kokedama plants as habitats.

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

500 Migrants Evacuated From Maltese Centre After Fire

About 500 migrants were evacuated on Wednesday from a reception centre in Marsa, Malta, after a large fire broke out inside one of the dormitories, the Times of Malta reported. Nine people were treated for smoke inhalation. The reception centre in Marsa hosts migrants while their asylum applications are being proceeded, or they are relocated to other EU member states.

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

Europe’s Nigerian Mafia

One of the fastest growing criminal networks in Europe is now the Nigerian mafia, which is spreading its criminal activities across the continent. It consists of rival groups such as Black Axe, Vikings and Maphite. Most recently, authorities in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Malta conducted an international operation directed at two of the major Nigerian mafia groups. Police accused the gangs of human-trafficking, drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, sexual violence and prostitution.

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

Atheists Demand U.S. Town Remove Cross From Mural

An organization of atheists and others who oppose religion in public life is demanding that an Illinois town remove a cross from a mural memorializing a famous white 9/11 cross.

But the non-profit First Liberty Institute is advising officials in Effingham, Illinois, to ignore the complaint by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, because the image is protected by U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Canada Touts How ‘Assisted Suicide’ Is Providing Human Spare Parts. So Hurry Up and Die, Already.

The death-cult bankrolled by George Soros promised us when they pushed “assisted suicide” that there’d be no killing people for spare parts. But Ottawa, Canada, just gave up the game.

The Ottawa Citizen newspaper puts some pretty, pretty pink lipstick on the correlation between doctors committing “assisted suicide” and the sudden plethora of spare human body parts for those needing organ transplants.

The headline tells it all: “Medically assisted deaths prove a growing boon to organ donation in Ontario.”

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

Hallmark to Cut 400 Jobs Weeks After Conservative Boycott Over Kissing Brides Ad

Hallmark Cards Inc., the Missouri-based owner of the Hallmark Channel that faced a boycott from conservatives last month for featuring ads of two kissing brides, announced plansMonday to cut 400 jobs from its global workforce including 325 from their Kansas City-based headquarters.

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

Swedish Church to Replace LGBT Eden Painting With Jesus in High Heels Art

The St. Pauli church in the Swedish multicultural city of Malmo will replace a controversial pro-LGBT altarpiece with another work depicting Jesus Christ in high heels.

Swedish priest Helena Myrstener told media that the original painting, which was taken down because some claimed it depicted transgender individuals in a negative light, will be replaced by a print of another work by the same artist which depicts a transgender Jesus at the last supper, broadcaster SVT reports.

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

Unholy Bible’: University Promotes Art Project of Desecrated Bible, Satanic Christ

A university’s promotion of an atheist student’s art display of a desecrated Bible and demonic images covering Jesus’ face has sparked outrage from Christians who meet on campus for worship.

The University of Southern Maine has found itself embroiled in a controversy over the art piece called the “Unholy Bible: Very Revised Standard Edition.”

The piece was created by sophomore Riley Harris for an art class assignment requiring students to re-purpose a book and create something new.

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

3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/8/2020

  1. “In other news, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) won the coveted “Anti-Semite of the Year” award.”

    Yes, She did. What helps her be staunchly and boldly and shameless anti-semite ? She is anti-semite with impunity. Does not she remind us of 1933s?

    What happened to those ubiquitous monuments with the so forgettable moto:

    Lest we forget!

    The Continent of forgetfulness.

  2. UK: ‘Islamist’ Uber Driver: “‘motivated by dreams of martyrdom for the cause of Islam, and inspired by preachers of hate’”. Memo to prosecutors:

    If it did not so state
    In the Great Book of Hate
    It wouldn’t be there to preach

  3. Candles are wax (hydrocarbon) which burns and generates CO2 and air pollution. Greta is a hypocrite and only cares about money and attention. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sussex’s end up selling candles too.

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