Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/17/2020

According to emails that were leaked from the mayor’s office in Nashville, Mayor John Cooper ordered his subordinates not to make public the COVID test results for bars and restaurants. The mayor was concerned that the numbers were so low that they would jeopardize his draconian lockdown restrictions.

In other news, in the space of just one year the number of BBC subscribers who pay the annual TV tax dropped by more than 250,000.

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

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Caveat: Articles in the news feed are posted “as is”. Gates of Vienna cannot vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of the contents of any individual item posted here. I check each entry to make sure it is relatively interesting, not patently offensive, and at least superficially plausible. The link to the original is included with each item’s title. Further research and verification are left to the reader.

USA
» “Not Ideal” — Fox Offers Non-Apology to Newt Gingrich After Awkward George Soros Rebuke
» “Where Are the Police?” After Voting to Defund Cops, Minneapolis City Council Baffled Over Recent Crime Wave
» AG Barr Says Lockdown is “Greatest Intrusion on Liberty” Since Slavery — Will He Do Anything But Talk?
» AG William Barr Calls Coronavirus Lockdowns Nation’s “Greatest Intrusion on Civil Liberties” Besides Slavery
» Big Apple Downsized: New Yorkers Ready to Leave Their City
» Bill Gates: There Needs to be a “Discussion” About How Social Media Can Stop Spreading “Crazy” Conspiracies
» Breaking: Trump Slams ‘Totally Discredited’ 1619 Project and Other BLM ‘Toxic Propaganda’ In Fiery Speech
» Calif. Prof Shares Home Address of Officer in Blue Lives Matter Photo
» Chicago Homicides Up 52%, With Vast Majority of Victims Black or Latino
» Chris Rock Blames Democrats for ‘Letting the Pandemic Come In’
» Coffee Shop Owner Arrested for Speaking Against Harassment Caused by Tucson Council’s Anti-Mask “Wall of Shame”
» COVID — Why Terminology Really, Really Matters
» Democratic Senators Introduce Bill That Creates COVID “Misinformation” Task Force to Kill Dissent
» Emails Between Nashville Mayor’s Office, Health Department Indicate Coverup of Low COVID-19 Numbers Linked to City Bars, Restaurants
» Facebook Censors Ad on Biden Raising Taxes Despite Fact-Checker Contradicting Its Own “Mostly False” Rating
» Federal Court Order Prohibits Employees in TN School District From Leading Prayers, Organizing Religious Events, Or Citing Religious Readings
» Fox News Panel Melts Down After Gingrich Exposes George Soros as Financier of BLM/Antifa Riots
» George Floyd Riots Cost Insurance Companies as Much as $2 Billion — More Than Any in History, Industry Claims
» Georgia Tech to Pay $50K, Improve Free Speech Policy in Legal ‘Win’ For Pro-Life Students
» In the End: The Rioters Are Obama’s Army
» Mail-in Voting? A “Political Question” Which Only State Legislatures and Congress May Decide
» Mayor De Blasio Postpones Reopening of NYC Schools for a Second Time
» Mike Ditka Tells NFL Players: “if You Can’t Respect This Country, Get the Hell Out of it”
» Millennial and Gen Z New Yorkers Show Profound Lack of Holocaust Knowledge
» Nashville Officials Concealed Low COVID-19 Numbers Coming From Bars and Restaurants: Leaked Emails
» Outrageous Video: Airline Passenger Tells Veteran, “You Should’ve Died in Afghanistan” Amid Mask Dispute
» PA Supreme Court Agrees to Allow 3 Extra Days for Mail-in Ballot Counting After Election Day
» Portland Riots: Justice Department Considered Pursuing Charges Against City Officials in Violent Unrest
» Portland Protester Jailed for Injuring Officer With ‘High-Powered Laser’ Capable of Burning Clothes
» SFSU President Defends Inviting Terrorist Hijacker to Speak
» South Florida Hispanics Reject ‘Communist’ Kamala Harris, Threaten to Boycott Restaurant She Visited
» Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva Puts Fallen Military Veteran’s Name Over Police Shooting Victim Name on His Helmet
» Trump Responds to Cramer’s “Crazy Nancy” Apology: “No Pandering!”
» Twitter Locks Kanye Out of His Account After Anti-Music Industry Rant
» Twitter Labels President Trump’s Tweet for Making a “Potentially Misleading” Statement About Mail-in Voting
» U.S. Government Plans to Make COVID-19 Vaccine Free to Americans
» Yelp Says About 60% of Businesses That Shut Down for COVID-19 Have Closed for Good
 
Europe and the EU
» ‘Anti-British’ Joe Biden Interferes in Brexit Talks, Takes EU’s Side
» Czech MEP: Coronavirus Being Used to Centralize EU at the Expense of Nations
» Former UK Conservative Leader to Biden: Stay Out of Brexit, Worry About ‘Killing and Rioting’ In USA
» Hungary’s PM Orban Announces New Coronavirus Restrictive Measures (Video)
» Switzerland: Muslim Kills Portuguese Man in Front of Kebab Shop to ‘Avenge the Prophet’
» This Man Wants to Destroy Poland After He Already Helped Destroy Spain
» UK: ‘All Our Thoughts Are Offensive and Should be Corrected’: Tory MP Refuses to Take ‘Unconscious Bias Training’
» UK: Boris Criticises ‘Abusive’ EU for Not Negotiating in ‘Good Faith’
» UK: BBC TV Tax Subscribers Collapse by Quarter of a Million in One Year
» UK: Boris Govt Backtracks: Don’t Snitch Unless Neighbours Are Having ‘Animal House’ Parties
» UK: Top Cop Slams Extinction Rebellion Protestors as a ‘Complete Pain in the Neck’ When They Deliberately Go Limp at Arrest
 
Middle East
» The Case for Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize
 
Far East
» Tucker Slams Facebook Censorship of Chinese Virologist: “it’s Turning US Into the Soviet Union”
 
Australia — Pacific
» Chairman Dan’s Great Wall of Misery: Checkpoints, Number-Plate Technology and Police Stationed in Holiday Towns Will Ensure Melburnians Don’t Escape Their City Prison — as the Lockdown Lasts Longer Than Wuhan’s
» Dramatic Moment Cops Surround a Range Rover Driver Outside His Home in Melbourne and Demand to See His Licence — Before the Father Explodes Into a Terrifying Rage
» How Hundreds of Anti-Lockdown Protesters Are Using Encrypted Messages to Plan a New ‘Freedom Day’ Rally and Stay Hidden From Police
» How Jacinda Ardern’s Lockdowns Have Caused an Even Worse Recession Than Feared — With the New Zealand Economy Plunging by 12.2% in Just Three Months
» ‘Premier Pinocchio’ Has Got to Go: New Bid to Kick Dan Andrews Out of Office Early Over His Disastrous Pandemic Response
» Stunning Texts From Top Cop Show the Order to Use Private Security for Quarantine Instead of the Army Did Come From Dan Andrews’ Office — Before the Virus Leaked, Killed 700 and Crippled the Entire State
» ‘They Must be Extremely Careful’: Former Defence Chief Issues a Chilling Warning to Australians Living in China and Reveals Why All Expats Should Return Home Now
» Video: Australians Chant “Freedom!” as Market is Shut Down by COVID Riot Cops
» Whose Decision Was it, Then? More Buck Passing Over Victoria’s Bungled Hotel Quarantine as Top Bureaucrats Deny Bringing in Private Security Guards Responsible for Second Wave
» Why Your Groceries Are About to Get Far More Expensive as Desperate Farmers Are Forced to Destroy Their Crops
 
Immigration
» EU Considers Scrapping Dublin Asylum Agreement, New Measures Could Force Migrant Redistribution
» Farage Watched French Navy Abandon Struggling Migrant Vessel in English Channel
» Greek Politicians Warn of ‘Moria Tactic’ From Migrants After Another Arson on Samos Island
» Illegal Immigrant Murders Italian Priest Roberto Maldesini at Soup Kitchen, Pope Francis Says Priest Was a Witness of Charity
» Italian Priest Who Worked With Migrants Stabbed to Death by Tunisian Illegal
» Italy: Migrant Under Deportation Order Turns Himself in After Murder of Priest
 
Culture Wars
» Behind the Pandemic: How the Globalist Agenda Will Cause a Massive World Depression & Destroy Society
» French Court Rules That Man Who Identifies as a Woman is Not the “Second Mother” of a Child He Fathered
» PJW Live: Will Coronavirus Lockdowns Ever End?
» Teacher Tells Student She Doesn’t Have the Right to an Opinion Because She’s “White” And “Blonde”
» Twitter Locks Account of Conservative Activist for Stating He is Against Pedophiles
 

“Not Ideal” — Fox Offers Non-Apology to Newt Gingrich After Awkward George Soros Rebuke

Fox News host Harris Faulkner addressed an awkward moment on Wednesday, when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich correctly pointed out that billionaire George Soros has influenced local races for district attorney around the country, who have in turn been soft on leftist criminals causing violence and mayhem throughout the country.

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

“Where Are the Police?” After Voting to Defund Cops, Minneapolis City Council Baffled Over Recent Crime Wave

What did they expect?

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

AG Barr Says Lockdown is “Greatest Intrusion on Liberty” Since Slavery — Will He Do Anything But Talk?

Share this censored transmission to push back against Big Tech’s war on reality.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

AG William Barr Calls Coronavirus Lockdowns Nation’s “Greatest Intrusion on Civil Liberties” Besides Slavery

Attorney General William Barr told a crowd at Constitution Day event hosted by Hillsdale College on Wednesday that government-imposed lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic were the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties,” besides slavery, in the nation’s history.

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

Big Apple Downsized: New Yorkers Ready to Leave Their City

The Big Apple could soon get down-sized. Well-heeled New Yorkers continue to grapple with the challenges posed by life in New York City under Democratic leadership and trying circumstances. New research from the Manhattan Institute, a think tank espousing free market ideas, reveals a very glum situation in good old Gotham.

The organization cites the grim reality among residents who earn $100,000 or more. They make up 80% of New York City’s income-tax revenue, placing the city government at risk to “tax-base erosion.” Personal income tax, in fact accounts for 22% of the city’s overall take in tax revenues. Many residents have had just about enough.

“We found that 44% of high-income New Yorkers say that they have considered relocating outside the city in the past four months, with cost of living cited as the biggest reason. More than half of high-income New Yorkers are working entirely from home, and nearly two-thirds believe that this will be the new normal for the city. Of those considering leaving New York City, 30% say that the possibility of working remotely makes it more likely that they will move,” the analysis reports, citing the institute’s succinct new poll of high earners.

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

Bill Gates: There Needs to be a “Discussion” About How Social Media Can Stop Spreading “Crazy” Conspiracies

Those online who question the push for a global coronavirus vaccination are conspiracy theorists and are “so crazy,” Bill Gates said during an interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday. (See below)

These days, the tech billionaire now focuses more on his philanthropic foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is heavily investing in finding and distributing a coronavirus vaccine.

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

Breaking: Trump Slams ‘Totally Discredited’ 1619 Project and Other BLM ‘Toxic Propaganda’ In Fiery Speech

President Donald Trump spoke at the White House Conference on American History Thursday, excoriating the New York times’ 1619 Project, critical race theory, and other Black Lives Matter-affiliated anti-white projects as “toxic propaganda” and “ideological poison” that “if not removed will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together.”

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

Calif. Prof Shares Home Address of Officer in Blue Lives Matter Photo

A tenured faculty member at California State University-Chico’s Department of Public Health & Health Services Administration posted a police sergeant’s personal information on her social media profile.

Lindsay Briggs posted the information in response to colleague Paul Bailey receiving backlash on a comment he made on Facebook.

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

Chicago Homicides Up 52%, With Vast Majority of Victims Black or Latino

Murders and shootings are up 52% from the same time last year in Chicago, a surge of violence that some are linking to the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.

With more than three months remaining in 2020, there have been more homicides in Cook County, which includes Chicago, than in all of last year, according to a report.

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

Chris Rock Blames Democrats for ‘Letting the Pandemic Come In’

Hollywood Comedian Chris Rock squarely blamed Democrats for not being quick enough to quell the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year, arguing that the party was too obsessed with trying to impeach President Trump.

Rock made the comments in an interview with the New York Times, noting “It was totally up to Pelosi and the Democrats.”

“Their thing was, ‘We’re going to get him impeached,’ which was never going to happen. You let the pandemic come in. Yes, we can blame Trump, but he’s really the 5-year-old,” Rock stated.

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

Coffee Shop Owner Arrested for Speaking Against Harassment Caused by Tucson Council’s Anti-Mask “Wall of Shame”

The owner of a coffee shop in Tucson, Arizona, was arrested during a county board of supervisors meeting to discuss his establishment’s non-compliance with the mask mandate.

He wants the county health department to adopt a mask policy that does not shame businesses as the policy was making him and his business the subject of an online harassment campaign. And when he complained about and gave examples of the threats he was receiving, he was arrested.

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

COVID — Why Terminology Really, Really Matters

To start with, we have the mangling of the concept of a ‘case’.

Previously, in the world of infectious diseases, it has been accepted that a ‘case’ represents someone with symptoms, usually severe symptoms, usually severe enough to be admitted to hospital. Here, from Wikipedia… yes, I know, but on this sort of stuff they are a good resource.

‘In epidemiology, a case fatality rate (CFR) — sometimes called case fatality risk or disease lethality — is the proportion of deaths from a certain disease compared to the total number of symptomatic people diagnosed with the disease.’

Note the word symptomatic i.e. someone with symptoms.

However, now we stick a swab up someone’s nose, who feels completely well, or very mildly ill. We find that they have some COVID particles lodged up there, and we call them a case of COVID. Sigh, thud!

A symptomless, or even mildly symptomatic positive swab is not a case. Never, in recorded history, has this been true. However, now we have an almost unquestioned acceptance that a positive swab represents a case of COVID. This is then parroted on all the news channels as if it were gospel.

I note that, at last, some people are beginning to question how it can be that, whilst cases are going up and up, deaths are going down, and down.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Democratic Senators Introduce Bill That Creates COVID “Misinformation” Task Force to Kill Dissent

We’re more than six months into the coronavirus saga, and at this point, anyone paying attention has witnessed countless unprecedented, in number and intent, instances of censorship taking place on social networks — particularly on the most influential, globally dominant ones like YouTube and Facebook.

People are having their own private conversations on the matter censored.

And yet, somehow, we’re still hearing from some quarters that none of this has been enough.

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

Emails Between Nashville Mayor’s Office, Health Department Indicate Coverup of Low COVID-19 Numbers Linked to City Bars, Restaurants

A series of emails sent between the Nashville mayor’s office and the local health department point to a coverup of the fact that recorded cases of coronavirus linked to the city’s bars and restaurants was unexpectedly low.

Local news outlet Fox 17 reported on the emails.

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

Facebook Censors Ad on Biden Raising Taxes Despite Fact-Checker Contradicting Its Own “Mostly False” Rating

Facebook has censored a pro-Trump ad despite fact-checker PolitiFact contradicting its own “mostly false” rating with pretzel logic.

As the Daily Wire‘s John Bickley writes, the ad launched on August 4 was given a “mostly false” rating by the partisan fact-checker, and subsequently banned by Facebook.

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

Federal Court Order Prohibits Employees in TN School District From Leading Prayers, Organizing Religious Events, Or Citing Religious Readings

Employees of a Tennessee school district are now prohibited by a federal court orderfrom leading prayers at school events, organizing or leading religious events, and citing or assigning religious texts without a non-religious, educational purpose.

Smith County School System, based in Carthage, Tennessee, has agreed to the order, which is technically known as a consent decree, to settle a lawsuit brought against the district in 2019. The Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union brought the suit, alleging that the district has engaged in “unconstitutional activities.”

The ACLU alleged that teachers and coaches lead prayers at school assemblies and sporting events, and read Bible verses in classes. The suit also said the district invited a Christian organization to hand out Bibles to students.

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

Fox News Panel Melts Down After Gingrich Exposes George Soros as Financier of BLM/Antifa Riots

So-called conservative channel not interested in discussing who is funding the violence across America.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

George Floyd Riots Cost Insurance Companies as Much as $2 Billion — More Than Any in History, Industry Claims

The tidal wave of arson, vandalism, and other property crimes that swept across the nation in the aftermath of the Floyd killing left between $1 billion and $2 billion in damages.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Georgia Tech to Pay $50K, Improve Free Speech Policy in Legal ‘Win’ For Pro-Life Students

The Students for Life chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology has dismissed its lawsuit against the university after the institution agreed to pay $50,000 in attorneys fees and damages and change its policies to better protect free speech on campus, according to the settlement.

The lawsuit was filed after the student government refused to fund a pro-life event featuring Dr. Alveda King, niece of civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Brian Cochran, former president for SFLA at Georgia Tech, told The College Fix he is gratified by the settlement, calling it a “big win not just for Students for Life but really for all students.”

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

In the End: The Rioters Are Obama’s Army

“We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded [as the military].” — Barack Obama, 2008

If Hillary Clinton had been elected as our president in 2016 and was seeking reelection in November, George Floyd would probably still have met his unfortunate end on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer kneeled on his neck during his arrest. Video footage of the incident would still have elicited outrage and touched off demonstrations — but that’s where the similarity to actual events would have ended.

Had Hillary Clinton been our president, when it became clear that the officers involved in Floyd’s death were to be prosecuted, any protests that had arisen would have died down and the focus would have been on those prosecutions. Incidents such as the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment six months ago following the horribly flawed execution of a no-knock warrant would have been handled through quiet legal diplomacy and the rule of law.

Why such a different outcome with only the replacement of a chief executive? The answer is simple: If Hillary Clinton were our president and facing re-election, the radicals who have been terrorizing our cities for the past six months would have been ordered to stand down — or more accurately, they never would have been given their marching orders to start with.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Mail-in Voting? A “Political Question” Which Only State Legislatures and Congress May Decide

It has become obvious that one of the purposes of the COVID-19 scam is to bring about unrestricted mail-in voting in the toss-up and Red States so that the upcoming presidential election can be stolen by the Left for the senile Joe Biden and his constitutionally ineligible running mate, Kamila Harris.

On September 9, 2020, the Left achieved their goal for the Red State of Tennessee — unless the Tennessee State government enforces the US Constitution and rejects the federal judge’s unconstitutional order.

1. The absurd Order from the US District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

The Tennessee Code permits mail-in voting for certain categories of people [Tenn. Code §2-6-201]; but requires those who register by mail to appear in person at the official place of voting and bring proof of identity when they vote for the first time [Tenn. Code § 2-2-115 (b) (7)].

Our elections are already tainted by the “ghost voters” described in Deroy Murdock’s article (published 2017) [here]. Murdock showed that throughout the United States, over 3.5 million persons who didn’t exist were registered to vote. But that number wasn’t sufficient to elect Hillary Clinton; so the Left needs more ghost voters. With mail-in voter registration, dead people can be registered to vote; and with unrestricted mail-in voting, those dead people can vote forever.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Mayor De Blasio Postpones Reopening of NYC Schools for a Second Time

In-person classes in New York City have been delayed for all students at the city’s public schools for the second time.

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued the delay just days ahead of the previously scheduled Monday start date. New York City’s school system, which is the largest in the nation, will now begin in-person classes as late as October 1. Until then, students will be allowed to come back in phases according to grade level.

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

Mike Ditka Tells NFL Players: “if You Can’t Respect This Country, Get the Hell Out of it”

It was just days ago that we noted the NFL’s ratings for Sunday Night Football this past week tanked significantly. We noted that this year’s NFL season seems to be more about social justice and Covid precautions instead of; well, playing football.

It appears that legendary coach Mike Ditka agrees. Ditka appeared on Newsmax this week to talk about the state of the NFL, offering up a scathing critique of how he believes that the league has lost its way.

Ditka told the host: “Football’s football. It’s not a complicated thing. You’re playing the game, you’re enjoying the game. You don’t like the game, get out of it. It’s not for protesting one way or the other. What color you are, what you think, this or that. You play football. That’s it.”

He continued: “You’re privileged. You got a gift from God that you can play the game because you got a body you can do it with. I don’t really understand what you’re protesting. I played the game. I coached the game for a long time. It makes no sense to me.”

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

Millennial and Gen Z New Yorkers Show Profound Lack of Holocaust Knowledge

The first 50-state survey on the Holocaust knowledge of American millennials and Generation Z has revealed that 60% of those surveyed in New York alone were unaware that 6 million Jews were victims of Adolf Hitler’s genocide. Additionally, almost 20% believed that Jews caused the genocide.

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

Nashville Officials Concealed Low COVID-19 Numbers Coming From Bars and Restaurants: Leaked Emails

“Not for public consumption.”

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Outrageous Video: Airline Passenger Tells Veteran, “You Should’ve Died in Afghanistan” Amid Mask Dispute

Former Army Ranger harassed by Las Vegas nurse offended over face mask.

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

PA Supreme Court Agrees to Allow 3 Extra Days for Mail-in Ballot Counting After Election Day

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that election officials will have three days after Election Day to count mail-in ballots after the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania requested the extension.

The state’s primary election, held in June, was sent into chaos after officials allowed people to request mail-in ballots for any reason. More than 1.4 million people cast mail-in ballots in that election, which deluged the system and left results of some races undecided for weeks. Almost 40,000 primary ballots were canceled, or not counted, due to late return or discrepancies.

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

Portland Riots: Justice Department Considered Pursuing Charges Against City Officials in Violent Unrest

The Justice Department explored possible criminal or civil charges against local officials in Portland, Ore., after weeks of clashes between federal law enforcement and violent protesters, spokeswoman Kerri Kupec told Fox News.

Kupec declined to comment on whether the department ultimately will bring charges. She said there were no specific charges in mind, rather, DOJ officials were looking at the way Portland officials “were handling, or not handling” the riots and violence.

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

Portland Protester Jailed for Injuring Officer With ‘High-Powered Laser’ Capable of Burning Clothes

A Portland man has been indicted by a grand jury for an attack on a police officer using a high powered laser during protests last month.

36-year old Bryan Kelley allegedly pointed a laser into an officer’s eyes that so powerful it can cause permanent blindness, and possibly strong enough to burn through clothing and protective equipment.

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

SFSU President Defends Inviting Terrorist Hijacker to Speak

San Francisco State University President Lynn Mahoney is defending the school’s decision to invite terrorist hijacker Leila Khaled to speak at a virtual event on September 23. Khaled is best known for hijacking a plane on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a U.S. designated terrorist organization, in 1969.

On a flight from Rome to Tel Aviv, Khaled and a fellow PFLP member revealed they had a hand grenade and pistol and made their way to the cockpit to announce, “This is the Palestinian movement taking over your airplane.” They, then, instructed the pilots to redirect the flight to Damascus and fly over Palestine to “put the suffering of her people on the world’s stage,” according to an interview with Vice.

Finally, when the flight was evacuated, they blew up the nose of the aircraft.

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

South Florida Hispanics Reject ‘Communist’ Kamala Harris, Threaten to Boycott Restaurant She Visited

Trump surging with Latino voters in critical swing state

           — Hat tip: JD [Return to headlines]
 

Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva Puts Fallen Military Veteran’s Name Over Police Shooting Victim Name on His Helmet

During the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday Night Football game, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva elected to cover the name of police shooting victim Antwon Rose Jr. on the back of his helmet with the name a U.S. veteran who died in combat.

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

Trump Responds to Cramer’s “Crazy Nancy” Apology: “No Pandering!”

A day after MSNBC host Jim Cramer referred to Nancy Pelosi as “Crazy Nancy” right to her face during an interview, President Trump weighed in on the matter.

Cramer, who had spent the first part of the interview with Pelosi discussing Trump’s frequent use of the term, then actually called the Speaker of the House ‘Crazy Nancy’ before apologising.

Cramer asked, “What deal can we have, Crazy Nancy?” He immediately followed with, “I’m sorry, that was the president. I have such reference for the office. I would never use that term.”

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

Twitter Locks Kanye Out of His Account After Anti-Music Industry Rant

Twitter has locked Kanye West out of his account following the rapper’s anti-music industry rant, during which he posted a video of someone urinating on a Grammy award.

Referring to the music industry as “modern-day slavery,” West uploaded photos of his Universal contracts, commenting, “I need every lawyer in the world to look at these.”

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

Twitter Labels President Trump’s Tweet for Making a “Potentially Misleading” Statement About Mail-in Voting

Twitter has amped up its editorialization of President Trump by labeling one of his tweets because it contained what the company deemed to be a “potentially misleading” statement about mail-in voting.

Trump’s tweet states:

“Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of unsolicited ballots which will be sent to ‘voters’, or wherever, this year, the Nov 3rd Election result may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED, which is what some want. Another election disaster yesterday. Stop Ballot Madness!”

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

U.S. Government Plans to Make COVID-19 Vaccine Free to Americans

In conjunction with federal health agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense is developing plans to provide a coronavirus vaccine to all Americans, free of charge.

The plan is outlined in a report to Congress that includes directions for state and local governments to begin administering the free vaccine in January or potentially even earlier.

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

Yelp Says About 60% of Businesses That Shut Down for COVID-19 Have Closed for Good

Nearly 98,000 American businesses that shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanently closed, data from the business review website Yelp show.

That is about 60% of the operations that closed on a supposed temporary basis during the crisis. Yelp gathers data on closures by analyzing changes to a business’s listed hours of operation or business description on its app.

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

‘Anti-British’ Joe Biden Interferes in Brexit Talks, Takes EU’s Side

Joe Biden has waded into the Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union on the EU’s side, signalling that, as President, he would punish the British for not submitting to EU control over the British province of Northern Ireland.

“We can’t allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland to become a casualty of Brexit,” declared Biden, who has previously claimed that “Ireland will be [found] written on my soul” when he dies — although his colonial ancestor William Biden appears to have been an Englishman.

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

Czech MEP: Coronavirus Being Used to Centralize EU at the Expense of Nations

Some Czech politicians were unhappy with the focus of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen State of the Union speech on Wednesday, with the Czech Civic Democratic Party saying that her main proposals were for new taxes and greater integration.

The chairman of the Civic Democratic Party parliamentary group, Jan Zahradil, described it as worrying that, according to him, the coronavirus epidemic also served the commission mainly as a pretext for deepening integration at the expense of nations.

“It is pretext for efforts to strengthen central decision-making, to introduce new taxes, to inflate the EU budget and to unprecedented common debt,” he said.

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

Former UK Conservative Leader to Biden: Stay Out of Brexit, Worry About ‘Killing and Rioting’ In USA

British Conservative politicians including a former party leader have told Joe Biden to stop “lecturing” Britain on Brexit and worry about stopping the “killing and rioting” in the U.S.

77-year-old Biden has waded into the acrimonious negotiations between the British and the European Union on the side of the EU, warning that, if elected, he will block a British-American trade deal if the British government does not submit to the EU’s demands with respect to Northern Ireland.

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

Hungary’s PM Orban Announces New Coronavirus Restrictive Measures (Video)

As Hungary strives for a balance between protecting lives and keep the country’s economy going, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced a series of new restrictive measures, extending compulsory mask wearing to most public places and putting a price cap on coronavirus tests.

“Epidemiologists believe that the second wave will peak sometime around December-January,” Orban said in a video posted on Facebook. “Until then, we must constantly defend ourselves. We have a war plan on how to protect the elderly, how to cure the sick and at the same time how to keep the country up and running.”

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Switzerland: Muslim Kills Portuguese Man in Front of Kebab Shop to ‘Avenge the Prophet’

The 29-year-old Turkish-Swiss man accused of murdering a random victim in front of a kebab shop Saturday evening in Morges has confessed to his crime, saying it was justified for “revenge against the Swiss state” and “the Prophet”, revealed Swiss news outlet RTS.

Arrested on Sunday in possession of the murder weapon and a copy of the Quran, he justified his crime by “revenge against the Swiss State” by attacking a man representing its population. He also said it was “to avenge the Prophet”, a source close to the investigation told RTS on Wednesday.

The Portuguese victim, who died at the scene, was a resident in the area and worked for a transport company. He was present with his girlfriend when the attacker murdered him.

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This Man Wants to Destroy Poland After He Already Helped Destroy Spain

The LIBE committee chairman for the European Parliament, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar — the author of the critical report on LGBT in Poland — is the same man who spoiled Spain.

Aguilar’s report on LGBT in Poland was discussed by the European Parliament this week. So, what are the achievements of the man who wants to fix democracy in Poland?

Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar comes from the Canary Islands, is a doctor of law, and a committed member of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) since 1983.

He is an MEP for the Socialist and Democrat Group and is attempting to have Poland sanctioned under Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty.

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UK: ‘All Our Thoughts Are Offensive and Should be Corrected’: Tory MP Refuses to Take ‘Unconscious Bias Training’

A leading Tory MP announced he will refuse to partake in the Black Lives Matter inspired ‘unconscious bias training’ in the House of Commons.

Former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Ben Bradley said that the move to introduce the training was a signal of how groupthink has infected the metropolitan elite in London, including “the BBC, the British Library, or even government departments”.

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UK: Boris Criticises ‘Abusive’ EU for Not Negotiating in ‘Good Faith’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he does not believe the EU is negotiating Brexit in good faith, making it necessary to legislate for powers to stop it from using provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement with the bloc in an “abusive” way.

Britain technically left the EU in January, but remains a member-state in all but name until the end of the ongoing “transition” period at the end of the year, while a new partnership is negotiated — or not.

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UK: BBC TV Tax Subscribers Collapse by Quarter of a Million in One Year

The BBC-funding licence fee has seen its sharpest decline in recent history, losing some 256,000 households in just one year, as the broadcaster faces a crisis in confidence over its liberal-metropolitan bias.

The broadcaster’s annual report blamed not just licence evaders, but a rise in viewers who decide to forego watching live television altogether, streaming content instead from YouTube or services like Netflix.

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UK: Boris Govt Backtracks: Don’t Snitch Unless Neighbours Are Having ‘Animal House’ Parties

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rowed back on his ministers’ statements that Britons should snitch on their neighbours breaching new coronavirus measures — unless they are having hot tub ragers and “Animal House” parties.

On Monday, new rules came into force that banned gatherings of more than six people, following an increase in coronavirus cases in the UK.

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UK: Top Cop Slams Extinction Rebellion Protestors as a ‘Complete Pain in the Neck’ When They Deliberately Go Limp at Arrest

A TOP cop has slammed Extinction Rebellion protestors as a “complete pain in the neck” when they go limp during an arrest.

Sir Steve House called on the campaigners to “behave like adults” — instead of requiring four officers to carry them away.

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The Case for Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize

by Morgan Deane

International lawmakers recently nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize. This has inspired a great deal of ridicule and mocking from elites around the world. But when a person takes out their emotions and perceptions, and instead considers Trump’s record compared to other Nobel Prize winners like Barrack Obama a strong case can be made that Trump deserves the prize.

Trump’s Peace Brokering Record

We can begin with Trump’s record. Many people who follow and comment on politics can’t get past his rhetoric. But his blunt style is an important part of cutting through palavering elites that have produced a failed status quo.

Most recently Trump has achieved breakthroughs in Arab-Israeli deals and in the Balkans. These are the events that earned him the nomination. Critics use various arguments to say these don’t matter. The United Arab Emirates isn’t the biggest country and isn’t even a regional power. They contend that Trump accidently gets a few things right including fixing relations between Israel and the UAE. But this is only the third instance of a country recognizing Israel, and it was quickly followed by a wave of change.

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Tucker Slams Facebook Censorship of Chinese Virologist: “it’s Turning US Into the Soviet Union”

Authored by Sam Dorman, op-ed via FoxNews.com

Facebook and other tech giants have engaged in a troubling pattern of censoring speech surrounding major issues in the coronavirus debate, Fox News host Tucker Carlson argued during his Wednesday night monologue.

Carlson’s comments came after Facebook slapped a warning label on video of his Tuesday interview with Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who claimed to have evidence showing China “intentionally” released COVID-19 onto the general population.

“Within a few hours of her interview last night,” Carlson said, “a video of the segment reached 1.3 million people on Facebook.”

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Chairman Dan’s Great Wall of Misery: Checkpoints, Number-Plate Technology and Police Stationed in Holiday Towns Will Ensure Melburnians Don’t Escape Their City Prison — as the Lockdown Lasts Longer Than Wuhan’s

Police will use checkpoints at major highways, automatic number plate recognition and extra patrols at bus and train stations to catch city dwellers trying to escape strict lockdown.

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Dramatic Moment Cops Surround a Range Rover Driver Outside His Home in Melbourne and Demand to See His Licence — Before the Father Explodes Into a Terrifying Rage

The man, named Robert, exploded into an expletive-ridden rant when the police officers pulled up to his house in Melbourne earlier this week.

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How Hundreds of Anti-Lockdown Protesters Are Using Encrypted Messages to Plan a New ‘Freedom Day’ Rally and Stay Hidden From Police

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters headed to the streets over the past two weekends in Melbourne calling for an end to the strict Stage Four lockdown.

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How Jacinda Ardern’s Lockdowns Have Caused an Even Worse Recession Than Feared — With the New Zealand Economy Plunging by 12.2% in Just Three Months

New Zealand’s strict COVID-19 lockdown has seen the nation plunge into recession for the first time in a decade.

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‘Premier Pinocchio’ Has Got to Go: New Bid to Kick Dan Andrews Out of Office Early Over His Disastrous Pandemic Response

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews faces a motion of no confidence in parliament over his handling of COVID-19.

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Stunning Texts From Top Cop Show the Order to Use Private Security for Quarantine Instead of the Army Did Come From Dan Andrews’ Office — Before the Virus Leaked, Killed 700 and Crippled the Entire State

Victoria Police’s top cop when COVID-19 hit our shores was told Premier Daniel Andrews’ office had ordered private security to be used at quarantine hotels instead of police.

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‘They Must be Extremely Careful’: Former Defence Chief Issues a Chilling Warning to Australians Living in China and Reveals Why All Expats Should Return Home Now

Former senior Defence official and diplomat Allan Behm (pictured) issued the stern warning on Thursday after documents revealed the Australian Federal Police were investigating China’s Sydney consulate.

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Video: Australians Chant “Freedom!” as Market is Shut Down by COVID Riot Cops

A remarkable video out of Australia shows people chanting “freedom!” as a food market is forcefully shut down by COVID riot cops.

The clip shows dozens of police on horseback and armed with riot gear facing off against market sellers and customers.

Chants of “freedom, freedom!” then break out as one officer directs the riot police to move in.

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Whose Decision Was it, Then? More Buck Passing Over Victoria’s Bungled Hotel Quarantine as Top Bureaucrats Deny Bringing in Private Security Guards Responsible for Second Wave

The inquiry into Victoria’s bungled hotel quarantine has been running for near on a month, with no-one yet to claim responsibility for the disaster.

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Why Your Groceries Are About to Get Far More Expensive as Desperate Farmers Are Forced to Destroy Their Crops

Luciano Monte, who runs a farm in Perth, has already been forced to destroy 100,000 market-ready lettuce heads this week due to worker shortages.

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EU Considers Scrapping Dublin Asylum Agreement, New Measures Could Force Migrant Redistribution

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has proposed abolishing current European Union asylum rules, suggesting new measures could force member states to take migrants through a “new strong solidarity mechanism”.

President Von der Leyen told the European Parliament on Wednesday that the asylum system needed to be changed, likely to make it easier to distribute migrants from countries where they first arrive, such as Greece and Italy.

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Farage Watched French Navy Abandon Struggling Migrant Vessel in English Channel

Nigel Farage, a Telegraph journalist, and a fishing boat captain were witnesses to the French Navy escorting into British waters a vessel full of migrants bailing water and return to France without the coastguard or UK Border Force in sight.

On Wednesday, Mr Farage released a short video detailing how he had watched the French navy escort a boat full of illegal aliens out of French waters into British territory.

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Greek Politicians Warn of ‘Moria Tactic’ From Migrants After Another Arson on Samos Island

A week after migrants lit a fire that destroyed the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, another fire has broken out near a migrant camp on Samos island. Now, Greek politicians are warning of a “Moria tactic” forming involving migrants burning down their own camps in order to be rewarded with passage to European countries like Germany.

Video of the fire on Samos was posted to social media.

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Illegal Immigrant Murders Italian Priest Roberto Maldesini at Soup Kitchen, Pope Francis Says Priest Was a Witness of Charity

Italian priest Roberto Maldesini has been killed at the age of 51 after he was stabbed multiple times by an illegal immigrant from Tunisia, all while the victim was handing out breakfast to the homeless in front of his church in Como, Italy, news portal Avvenire reported.

According to the portal, the perpetrator was a 53-year-old immigrant of Tunisian descent who had already been deported from Italy by the authorities earlier this year. The man’s deportation was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Italian Priest Who Worked With Migrants Stabbed to Death by Tunisian Illegal

Catholic apostle had worked tirelessly to help illegal migrants, homeless

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Italy: Migrant Under Deportation Order Turns Himself in After Murder of Priest

A homeless illegal migrant from Tunisia has turned himself in after the brutal murder of priest Roberto Malgesini, who was killed in a public square in the city of Como.

The alleged murder took place on Tuesday morning in the Piazza San Rocco. The body of the 51-year-old priest was found at 7 am, and he is believed to have died from being stabbed in the neck.

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Behind the Pandemic: How the Globalist Agenda Will Cause a Massive World Depression & Destroy Society

Jones breaks down the LONG-TERM GLOBALIST plan for this world… Tune in and spread this LIVE interview!

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French Court Rules That Man Who Identifies as a Woman is Not the “Second Mother” of a Child He Fathered

A French man who identifies as a woman has lost his legal bid to become the “second mother” of a child he fathered with his wife.

The Cour de Cassation, France’s highest court, on Wednesday overturned the 2018 ruling of an appeals court that designated the man as “biological parent.” The designation “biological parent” was a new classification, in addition to “mother” and “father,” following the appeals court’s decision.

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PJW Live: Will Coronavirus Lockdowns Ever End?

Deaths plummeting, hysteria soaring.

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Teacher Tells Student She Doesn’t Have the Right to an Opinion Because She’s “White” And “Blonde”

A video clip shows a grandmother confronting a teacher over the phone about how she told a student she didn’t have a right to an opinion because she was “white” and “blonde.”

The footage starts with the grandmother explaining to the teacher that her granddaughter is crying and hasn’t been to school because of this “BLM crap.”

She then accuses the teacher of telling her granddaughter that she had no right to express an opinion on the issue because she’s British, white and has blonde hair.

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Twitter Locks Account of Conservative Activist for Stating He is Against Pedophiles

Conservative activist CJ Pearson found his Twitter account locked, Wednesday after he posted a statement condemning pedophilia.

Pearson posted the statement “Every pedophile in America should be castrated,” but found his account locked shortly after, with Twitter ruling that the post had violated its “abuse and harassment” policy.

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12 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 9/17/2020

  1. BBC ” SUBSCRIBERS”? Just to be clear, if you watch free to air broadcast BBC and you don’t have a licence you are committing a criminal offence. Britons regard this as government TV anyway so resent the licence in addition to regular taxes, particularly as the BBC has declared war on Brexit, the Conservative Party and have proven to be a safe zone for paedophiles for many decades

  2. “Compulsory Solidarity System”
    Brussels wants to abolish self-determination of EU countries in migration policy

    In September, Ursula von der Leyens EU Commission wants to present a proposal for a joint EU, asylum and migration pact. The Swedish EU commissioner responsible for home affairs, the communist Ylva Johansson (PI-NEWS reported on the lady) , is supposed to solve the “migration crisis” of Europe in the next few days.

    In an interview with the Swedish TV broadcaster SVT Nyheter, the lady revealed quite unabashedly that Brussels wants to increase its influence with the new legislative package and further undermine the national sovereignty of the EU member states. Johansson will make proposals that countries lose the right to decide how many migrants and refugees they will take in. Instead, power and authority are transferred centrally to Brussels.

    “That would mean that we get order and justice for refugees. We need a common legal framework and Sweden is one of the countries that support a compulsory solidarity system in which all countries participate and contribute, said Johansson. “There is no migration crisis in Europe, but there are migrants in crisis”.

    Danish People’s Party wants to build a four-meter-high fence to Germany

    2015 must not be repeated, it was said again and again. And they do it again. Germany takes around 3000 Moria migrants. But that’s not all. According to the new EU, Asylum and Migration Pact (see above) “Germany would also participate to an appropriate extent according to the size of our country,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

    Germany’s repeated solo attempts have raised concerns among our hyggelike neighbor Denmark that thousands of immigrants with Islam in their rucksacks could again pour over the German border into their small country. The Danish People’s Party would therefore like to protect Denmark with a four meter high fence. The material is already there. In 2015, the former Liberal government bought what it takes to build a 69-kilometer barbed wire fence.

    On Wednesday, Ursula von der Leyen continued to drive the division of Europe in her address on the State of the EU: The EU should be climate neutral by 2050 and the admission of boat migrants must be part of the EU migration policy. Rescue at sea is mandatory and not optional, thanks to (thanks) Corona the time for a health union has come. She also announced the appointment of an EU envoy for the fight against racism: “Brussels will act against all forms of discrimination, regardless of whether it is based on race, religion, gender or sexuality”.

    Brouscella – Brussels – in Old Dutch means “settlement in the swamp”. Lesbos is a micro version of what will happen to Europe through the EU.

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    Danish People’s Party: We should erect a four meter high barbed wire fence towards Germany

    Denmark should not be put to bed if a new refugee crisis arises with migrants who in thousands roll over the border, says leader of the Danish People’s Party, Kristian Thulesen Dahl , in a newspaper interview.

    The materials have already been purchased. When the crisis came in 2015, the former Liberal government bought what is needed to build a security fence.

    The task will be handled by the Danish Armed Forces. It is a 69-kilometer-long barbed wire fence that is similar to what Hungary has set up along the border with Serbia.

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https://www.document.no/2020/09/15/dansk-folkeparti-vi-bor-reise-et-fire-meter-hoyt-piggtradgjerde-mot-tyskland/

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    COMMUNIST EU POLITBURO

    • This is the end of Europe, and Germany is responsible for this horror, protect your daughters and wife’s , Merkel&CO , again preparing something very exciting for all Europeans.. it’s so sad .,

  3. The communist Ylva Johansson speaks of “order and justice for refugees”.
    For European taxpayers this means disorder and injustice.

  4. Muslims have arms ammo explosives stored across Europe’ including ammonium nitrate that caused Beirut blast. Foot soldiers everywhere just waiting for their orders.

    • In case it has escaped your notice, but there are miles of bunkers and tunnels filled with weapons from WW2 through the cold war ready to use at a moments notice in the former Warsaw pact nations and Ukraine.

        • Mark H, those pesky warsaw pact nations and Russians were very nice to collect all those weapons and keep them in cool dry places with no air in them to keep corrosion away. There are literally hundreds of miles of those bunkers filled to the brim with things that are going to come in very handy soon.

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